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first_imgThe defensive tackle is set to count $9.8 million against the salary cap in 2015, which is the final year of his contract. Coming off a lost season due to a torn ACL, that may be a bit more than the Cardinals would like to pay him. But that does not mean they want to part with him.“We’d love to have Darnell back,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “That’s one of those things, I’m not going to get into specific players because we could go down the list, but Darnell’s a guy that we really missed him this year because he was the heart and soul and he’s obviously an energetic player; he’s been a really good leader the past couple years.“But we’ll be having some conversations with Darnell moving forward.”Originally a third-round pick of the Cardinals’ in 2004, Dockett has amassed 530 tackles, 40.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and four interceptions in his career, all of which has been spent in Arizona. A Pro Bowler in 2007, 2009 and 2010, he ranks 7th on the team’s all-time sack leaders list. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Entering the offseason, the Arizona Cardinals had a couple of contract “issues” to work out.The first was what to do with Larry Fitzgerald, who was scheduled to count $23.6 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap.That got sorted out Wednesday, with the receiver agreeing to a new, restructured deal.One of the next contracts on the docket is, well, Darnell Dockett’s.And yes, bad pun intended. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, left, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Per #Alabama LB Reuben Foster, #NFL source said he got into heated argument with a doctor. Felt mistreated. Wasn’t a physical confrontation.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 4, 2017“The diluted test didn’t help,” Clayton said. “So consequently, with that little ding on him, he fell. If he was going to fall that bad, he would have fallen into the second and even the third round. He didn’t help himself, but I think anybody that knows him or knows about him realizes that he can be a handful for a coach, but he can also be a handful for an offense because he’s such a great player.”Either way, the Cardinals got a new defensive weapon in Reddick, who made 65 tackles and 22.5 tackles for loss at Temple in 2016, adding an interception, a forced fumble and three passes defensed. – / 16 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Though the Arizona Cardinals were thought to have wanted to find a successor to Carson Palmer with the No. 13 pick in the draft, their selection of linebacker Haason Reddick wasn’t the worst thing that could’ve happened.Perhaps Reddick was who the Cardinals would have picked anyway, regardless of whether the top quarterback prospects had been on the board. Nobody knows for sure, but ESPN’s John Clayton said the Cardinals didn’t hurt themselves by talking about quarterbacks and enticing teams to snap the top passers before Arizona was on the clock. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “No, if anybody spoke too much, it was the Cleveland Browns trying to get out that they wanted Mitchell Trubisky,” Clayton said. “If you’re talking about at the 13th pick, I don’t know if it’s really one where it’s going to change the equation with them talking.”Quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina, Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech were all selected before the Cardinals made their first-round pick on Thursday night. Arizona went with Reddick over another top linebacker prospect, Alabama’s Reuben Foster, who fell to pick No. 31.“Haason Reddick is a cleaner player,” Clayton said. “(He’s) a guy that we talked to, I asked him, ‘What was the committee when they first talked to you about coming in and going into the draft?’ and he said sixth round.”Reddick’s rise up the draft boards was likely because of his work ethic at Temple, Clayton said.So why did Reuben Foster — who was frequently linked to the Cardinals — fall?“He’s a high-maintenance kind of guy,” Clayton said. “Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to be a great player, because I think the comparables to him are Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Bobby Wagner of the (Seattle Seahawks). But I think he does hang around sometimes with guys that aren’t the best. I think he can get through that.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Foster reportedly got into an altercation with a hospital worker during the scouting combine, then later tested ‘dilute’ on his drug test, which is treated as a failed drug test.last_img read more

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first_img(AP photos) “It was hard to do when you only have a very limited number of opportunities there and not a lot of yardage. Hopefully we can get some things accomplished this week,” Wilks said of the receiving group, specifically.Starting quarterback Sam Bradford threw catchable incompletions to receiver J.J. Nelson and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones while going 1-for-4 for six yards passing on Sunday. By the end of the night, two players who had impressed in Week 2 of the preseason went fairly unnoticed.Related LinksWilks takes stock in Cards’ preseason turnover figures; Rosen’s status TBDCardinals RB D.J. Foster tore ACL, MCL vs. CowboysCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald to speak at Phoenix tribute of John McCainKeim, Fitzgerald helped Cardinals’ Shipley move forward after ACL injuryRookie receiver Christian Kirk caught two passes for a total of one yard, while second-year pro Chad Williams, who also ran with the first team in Fitzgerald’s absence, didn’t receive a target.Veteran Brice Butler led Arizona with two catches for 17 yards in a return after he missed last week’s dress rehearsal with a foot injury.“We got to improve on moving the chains on third down,” Wilks said of the offensive issues. “Sixty-two yards passing is not good enough. We had too many dropped balls.”Relatively, Arizona gained a little more knowledge about its running back depth behind Johnson.Rookie Chase Edmonds rushed 11 times for 55 yards, and as backup D.J. Foster went down to a season-ending knee injury, second-year pro T.J. Logan finished six carries for 86 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. — The Cardinals have yet to discuss any decisions regarding the 53-man roster that must be set by Friday.— Arizona, which has used many three-safety looks with Tre Boston, Antoine Bethea and Budda Baker, is also considering how to use linebackers Josh Bynes and Haason Reddick in nickel coverages, Wilks said.— Wilks, unsolicited, on Mason Cole’s success in his evaluation of the offensive line: “I just love, number one, the continuity they’re playing with up front. And I’m very excited about Mason,” the coach said. – / 28 “He showed some of the things that he showed in college,” Wilks said of Logan. “I know he had a limited role there, but when he was on the field there, very explosive. He gives you some flexibility in the kicking game from the standpoint of return guy. He’s been doing some good things, he’s been flashing.”Extra points— In addition to Foster’s season-ending knee injury, Wilks said veteran linebacker/defensive end Arthur Moats suffered an MCL sprain that could keep him out “roughly, maybe” 2-4 weeks.— Cornerback Brandon Williams, a third-round pick two years ago, missed Sunday with an ankle injury. He could be fighting for a roster spot heading into Thursday. “I feel like he definitely needs to play just to get out there and again be part of a live game situation going against another team,” Wilks said of Williams. “Hopefully he’s able to play this week. He’s still dealing with an ankle and we’ll see how things go.”— Wilks on Bradford taking a sack, his first of the preseason: “You have to ask him this, but I think that he feels good about it now — not about the sack itself but just about getting hit and being able to get back up. I think you get the jitters out.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals know they have a lead receiver and a franchise running back.They held out Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson from playing in a 27-3 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. But barring a heavy dose of two-back sets appearing in the regular season, Arizona head coach Steve Wilks didn’t gain much clarity in searching for which players can be regular third and fourth offensive options. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 22 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter>Secret Retreats is delighted to start 2016 with the addition of five new properties to its collection. These inclusions expand the Secret Retreats’ portfolio into 15 Asian countries to now host 75 beautiful, boutique properties across the region.“With the addition of Sri Lanka as a new destination in our collection, Secret Retreats is now present in every country around Asia. Our goal to gather the 100 best small boutique hotels across Asia is getting closer. We are now concentrating our efforts in the preparation of packages combining our properties and on a foundation to support sustainable actions initiated by our members,” said Stéphane Junca, Director of Secret Retreats.Secret Retreats’ five new members:Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris – Yala and Wilpattu Parks, Sri LankaUsing stylish South African tents, both camps are located in two major national parks: Yala and Wilpattu. The campsites are made up of non-permanent structures, ensuring minimal impact on the parks, complete with comfortable king-sized beds and a range of modern comforts and allowing privacy.Glenburn Tea Estate – Darjeeling, IndiaGlenburn is a plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range, with views of the world’s third-largest mountain. Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn then passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families – The Prakashes, also known as the “Chaiwala family” – which means “tea planters”.Sandat Glamping Tents – Ubud, Bali, IndonesiaSituated only five kilometres from Ubud centre, immersed in nature with the experience of five safari-tents and three rice-barns (eco-lumbung). Blending east with west, and complemented by distinctive Italian touches, each accommodation has its own unique décor, replete with all the modern comforts including king-size bed, ensuite bathroom and a deck with an infinity pool that overlooks forests and the river, featuring all the elements that define the very best of glamping.Khwan Beach Resort – Koh Samui, ThailandOpening in 2015, situated on Maenam Beach, Khwan Beach Resort is the only boutique and gallery hotel in Koh Samui. Offering a perfect romantic retreat in one of seven, private swimming pool villas or suites overlooking the bay and Koh Phangan.Luang Say Cruise & Lodge – Mekong River, North LaosLuang Say’s custom built riverboats offer a opportunity to learn more about life and nature along the legendary Mekong River. Travelling between Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, each of the three boats is 34 metres long and has a 40 person capacity. During the cruise, guests will spend one night at the Luang Say Lodge – set along the banks of the Mekong River.Go back to the e-newsletter>last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter PONANT has successfully

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterPONANT has successfully taken delivery of Le Lapérouse, the brand-new vessel and the first of the six exceptional PONANT EXPLORERS series. Construction of the other five ships is currently underway.Le Lapérouse left the shipyard in Ålesund, Norway, on 16 June after a recent series of sea trials. Having sailed to Reykjavik, Iceland the ship is now on her maiden cruise. The inauguration of the ship will take place on 10 July in Reykjavik.“Le Lapérouse is a wonderful achievement for the company and the result of intensive teamwork with Vard and Fincantieri. From remarkable nautical performances to technical excellence and offering an extraordinary level of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a huge success,” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT.PONANT Le Laperouse during sea trials in Norway © Photo credit Philip PlissonOf a smaller capacity with just 92 staterooms and suites all with a balcony or private terrace, the ship boasts an elegant design, a long sleek line, state-of-the-art technology and major innovations. Also designed to respect the environment, Le Lapérouse is a symbol of a new generation of ships flying the French flag.The six PONANT EXPLORERS will feature a world first: the “Blue Eye”.  The innovative multi-sensorial underwater lounge will allow passengers to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye. The eye looks out on to the sea bed, non-intrusive underwater lighting, and hydrophones integrated into the keel that retransmit the natural symphony of the deep water. Additionally, Body Listening sofas, offer a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusIceland Express adds Gatwick to Stansted servicesIcelandic low-cost airline Iceland Express is launching flights from Reykjavik to London Gatwick this winter. Cheap flights carrier Norwegian is set to expand the number of routes operating between London Gatwick and Norway.New flights to Copenhagen, Oslo and four other cities will begin operating out of London Gatwick from the end of March 2009.The new services have been welcomed by commercial director at the airport Mike Luddy.He said: “This strengthens our growing route network to the Nordic region and provides our customers with yet more choice from London Gatwick.”We look forward to welcoming passengers of Norwegian on their programme which is operating almost sixty flights a week.”New flights to Oslo will depart three-times per day, while Copenhagen will receive two daily services.Daily flights to Bergen, Stavanger and Aalborg will also be offered, while two services per week will be offered between Gatwick and Tromso.Norwegian welcomed more than nine million passengers on to its aeroplanes in 2008, with total passenger traffic increasing by 20 percent compared to 2007. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Lufthansas cheap flights to Tokyo from Frankfurt

first_imgLufthansa’s cheap flights to Tokyo from Frankfurt will begin using the airline’s new A380 aircraft this summer.A380 services to the Japanese capital will commence on June 11th and will replace the existing route operated by a Boeing 747-400.Lufthansa’s first A380 route will depart for Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from Germany’s financial centre on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while return flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.Elsewhere, the German national carrier will introduce further A380 flights to Beijing from Frankfurt on August 25th, with services operating three times a week.Airports around the world are currently upgrading their facilities in order to accommodate the A380, which is the world’s largest passenger aircraft.Passengers travelling from Frankfurt board Lufthansa’s A380 on two levels, with the aircraft able to accommodate a total of 526 passengers.Meanwhile, the carrier commenced flights to Dusseldorf from Edinburgh on Monday (April 26th), while a second daily service to Frankfurt is being introduced from the Scottish capital.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSingapore Airlines’ flights to Zurich to use A380 aircraftPassengers flying to Zurich from Singapore will be able to travel on a new A380 aircraftQantas plans Airbus A380 for Heathrow flightsQantas plans Airbus A380 for Heathrow flightsSIA to add extra A380 flights to LondonSingapore Airlines has announced plans to add more flights from London Heathrow using the carrier’s A380 aircraftlast_img read more

Split Airport 52 miles 2Hrs 25Mins

first_imgSplit Airport52 miles2Hrs 25Mins Dubrovnik Airport142 miles4Hrs 55Mins 2Hrs 25MinsCompare car hire at Split Airport for up to date rental prices. Nearest Airports to HvarThere are four airports you can fly to near Split. Three of them are in Croatia, while one (Mostar) is in neighbouring Bosnia & Herzegovina. Bus Distance from HvarDriving time (approx) Getting from the airport to HvarIt’s also important to think about how you’re going to get to Hvar once you land at your chosen airport. Distance is a big factor as it can impact time and cost. The below table shows how long it takes to get from each airport to Hvar on average using public and private transport. It also gives you an idea of how much it’ll cost.Car Mostar Airport Split AirportCroatia AirlinesEasyjetJet2LondonManchesterEdinburghBristolLeeds-Bradford Mostar AirportAlba StarGlasgow N/A Zadar Airport 3Hrs 15Mins€220* N/A 2Hrs 25Mins€110* Dubrovnik Airport 4Hrs 55Mins€300* Mostar Airport107 miles4Hrs Dubrovnik Airport 4HrsCompare car hire at Mostar Airport. for up to date rental prices. Dubrovnik Airport 3Hrs 15MinsCompare car hire at Zadar Airport for up to date rental prices. 1Hr 30MinsHRK 97* Includes ferry transfer to Hvar. *Prices subject to change Top AirlinesFly direct from Split Airportcenter_img Zadar Airport Train N/A Dubrovnik AirportBritish AirwaysEasyjetJet2LondonEdinburghManchesterBristolLeeds-Bradford Which airport is best for flying to Hvar?Comparing flights across all four airports gives you the chance to find the cheapest flights to Hvar. As well as looking for the best price, you should also consider convenience: for example can you fly direct from your nearest airport?The table below shows the main airlines flying to each of the four airports near Hvar, as well as the top five UK airports with direct flights. Split Airport N/A Dubrovnik Airport Split Airport Zadar Airport Split Airport Zadar Airport RelatedZermatt AirportsZermatt doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest is Sion Airport, which is 48 miles away (about 1Hr 15Mins by car). This is a small airport which mainly serves European charter flights. There are also three major international airports (and two small airports) within 150 miles of Zermatt. This page…Costa del Sol AirportsMalaga Airport is the only airport in the Costa del Sol and is the most convenient option for flights to the Costa del Sol. There are three other airports within 150 miles, however. Read on to find out more about the best airports near the Costa del Sol, or simply…Torquay AirportsTorquay doesn’t have an airport of its own. There are three airports within 100 miles of Torquay that you can fly to, however. The nearest is Exeter Airport, which is 26 miles (40 minutes’ drive) from Torquay town centre. This page has all the information you need to book the… 5Hrs 50MinsHRK 234* Includes ferry transfer to Hvar. Mostar Airport N/A Mostar Airport Taxi Zadar Airport133 miles3Hrs 15Mins Mostar Airport Zadar AirportRyanairLondonManchester 5Hr 50MinsHRK 234* Includes ferry transfer to Hvar. N/A 4Hrs 55MinsCompare car hire at Dubrovnik Airport for up to date rental prices.last_img read more

Ryanair hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowance

first_img7. Pick and choose Ryanair extras Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Non-priority customers can pay £8 when booking to place a larger bag in the hold. Otherwise it will cost £10 after booking.At the gate: if your bag does not meet the size requirements you will be made to check it into the hold. This will be at a cost of £25 per item. Savvy traveller? Read on for more budget-boosting and stress-saving tips: Ryanair hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees Ryanair hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees 4. Pool your (checked) baggageTravelling with a friend? Share the load – and the cost – if you need to check your hold all bags in. Ryanair checked baggage fees start from £20/€20 in low season and £30/€30 in high season for 15kg, if you purchase when you book your flight. This allows you up to two bags, and higher fees apply if you change your booking or pay at the airport. The 20kg allowance starts from £30/€30. However, if you check in with an allowance of 15kg each, even if one of you goes over the weight by a couple of kilos, you can use part of the other person’s allowance – as long as you don’t exceed 30kg combined.Note that checked baggage fees are charged per person by Ryanair, so you won’t be able to ask a friend to check your bag with theirs if you haven’t paid before you arrive at the airport.5. Go travel-sizeTravel-size no longer just means a tiny shampoo and a squirt of sun-cream. There’s an amazing array of miniature items you can take on holiday these days, from mini hair straighteners that take up half the room of full-size pairs, to micro-fibre travel towels that fold away to the size of a tissue. Don’t forget the airport liquids rule when you’re buying travel toiletries – all travel liquid containers must be 100ml or less if you’re carrying them in your hand luggage. And if you can’t get a smaller size of a particular item, think about whether you really need to take that bulky jacket or those extra heels. Learning how to pack sensibly for weekend breaks is a valuable skill these days, so check out our guide on packing light, to avoid those last-minute baggage fees once and for all. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Buy the ‘official’ Ryanair cabin bagMany retailers now stock ‘cabin approved’ hand baggage that fits within the most common hand luggage dimensions for major airlines. However, if you want to be doubly sure you’ll breeze through boarding, just take the lead from Ryanair itself. You can buy from a range of suitcases that perfectly match the official Ryanair cabin bag size through the airline’s website. Reassuringly known as ‘Ryanair Guaranteed Cabin Bags’, they’re actually made by respected American luggage company, Samsonite. One less thing to worry about while you’re frantically buying last-minute face wipes can only be a good thing. 3. Get to the airport earlyOf course, you stand a much better chance of squeezing both your cabin bags in if you arrive at the airport in plenty of time – 90 minutes to two hours before departure time is recommended for domestic and short-haul flights. There’s not often an orderly queue at the gate when boarding a Ryanair flight, so being ahead of the rest is a good idea, especially if you haven’t booked an allocated seat. Although you now get an allocated seat with Ryanair, all of those Priority Boarding passengers will get their pick of overhead locker space, so the closer you are to the front of the queue, the better your chances are of getting your bag on board. Besides, being early affords you time to grab some all-important snacks for the journey: remember you have to pay (sometimes quite a lot) for on board refreshments on budget flights. Are additional items allowed?Medical equipment such as dialysis machines are allowed on board. Footballs and other inflatable sports equipment are also permitted, but these must be deflated before boarding.Ryanair’s Baggage App Could HelpThe Ryanair app now has a feature that lets you size up your bags using your mobile phone’s camera. It could help you work out if your bags are within Ryanair baggage limits before you head to the airport. Give it a try here.Tips to max your baggage allowanceFollow these tips to make sure your cabin bags don’t cause a problem:1. Don’t forget your handbagRyanair is quite unusual amongst low-cost airlines in allowing a small cabin bag as well as your standard carry on luggage – as anyone who’s ever tried to stuff their handbag into their suitcase on an easyJet flight will know!Take advantage of the extra baggage allowance and bring an additional handbag, small hold-all or mini rucksack for your personal items and you’ll have much easier access to things like your passport and money as you whizz through the airport. Naturally, because this rule allows people to bring more stuff, you may still have to place one of your bags in the hold. So long as you’re within the Ryanair cabin bag size limits though, there’s no charge for this, so at worst it means a slightly longer wait on arrival, plus having the extra bag means you won’t have to place all of your valuables at the mercy of the baggage handlers! 81x119x119cm maximum dimensions20kg maximum weight for checked bagsRyanair baggage allowance can be pooled between passengers on the same Ryanair flight bookingUp to 3 items of hold luggage per passengerOnline £13-£24At the airport £32-£45These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying Search Flight Deals in the App Ryanair hand luggage allowance:From the 1st November 2018, cabin baggage allowance on all Ryanair flights will be changing. Only priority boarding passengers will be allowed one small bag (40x20x25cm), plus a larger cabin bag (55x40x20cm) with a maximum weight allowance of 10kg into the cabin. Passengers who do not have priority boarding will only be able to bring one small cabin bag on board free of charge. Find out more from Jen below  Ryanair hold baggage sizeRyanair hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of Ryanair hold luggagecenter_img 6. Bump up to Business Plus 8. Shop around other budget airlinesRyanair is not the only option for cheap flights out there, so it’s worth shopping around other major European airlines. easyJet have a similar size limitations on hand baggage to Ryanair, but there’s no weight restriction. While Flybe customers are now allowed to carry an additional laptop bag or handbag stowed under the seat in front. Use our guidelines here to compare the baggage allowances for easyJet, BA and more Image: Terminals & Gates, CC BY 2.0. Ryanair cabin bag sizeRyanair hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed onboardCost to check in oversized hand luggage Keep up-to-date on Ryanair baggage fees by signing up to our weekly newsletter, and we’ll send you news, tips and cheap flight deals to help you travel smarter. Ryanair is known for being the pick-and-mix of the aviation world, so you could always just purchase what’s important to you. There are different prices for allocated seats, depending on whether you want Priority Seats with extra legroom for your bulky carry on (£15/€15), as opposed to risking Standard Seats (£8.00/€8.00). If you don’t have a huge cabin bag but just want to ensure it makes it on board, select Priority Boarding for an extra £4. Find all of Ryanair’s fees laid out in a table here and buy at the time of booking to make the best savings. Search Flight Deals in the App RelatedCabin luggage: Guide to hand baggage sizes and weight restrictionsSave yourself a whole lot of cabin baggage stress and potential additional charges when boarding by checking dimensions and weight restrictions before you travel. We’ve pulled together Europe’s major airlines cabin allowances into one easy to read guide below. And if you’re fed up with waiting for your luggage at…Wizz Air luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size cabin bag can you bring on board? How much does it cost to check a bag in? Find all of the answers you need about Wizz Air baggage allowances in our handy table and pick up some tips on how to avoid unexpected luggage fees…easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees: 55x40x20cm larger cabin bag dimensions40x20x25cm smaller cabin bag dimensions10kg maximum weightOne small bag which must fit under the in front of you (40m x 20cm x25cm)The larger cabin bag will only be available for customers who pay for priority boarding. If you want to rule out the hassle altogether, consider booking a Ryanair Business Plus flight. This option starts from £59.99* and Ryanair often runs discounts and special offers to entice passengers to upgrade. What do you get for your money? Well, you’ll have access to the fast-track at security at 31 European airports including London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Belfast, priority boarding (and therefore guaranteed room for your carry on bags) and better seats. You can also change your flight up until and including the day you travel at no extra cost. Crucially, there’s a checked baggage allowance of up to 20kg included in the price, so you don’t need to worry about whether your bags meet the Ryanair cabin baggage size limits. For more on how to land a flight upgrade for free, read all of our staff’s sneaky tips and tricks here. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Skyscanner’s essential packing listWhether you’re hiking, skiing or lazing on a beach for your next trip, our packing list will help you get yourself organised.50 insider tips and tricks to travelling smart that will change the way you organise a tripFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Find the best flights every time with these 6 tipsFind the perfect flight with Skyscanner’s super search tools and explore the world without making a big hole in your pocket.Information correct as of 10th August 2018, obtained from https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/useful-info/baggage/bag-policy. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/useful-info/baggage/bag-policy before booking a tripSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, trains and car hire. QantasAer Lingus Jet2last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineProudly soaring in its hometown over the chic Yorkville neighborhood, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto takes a bold stand as the new beacon of style and excitement in the city.More than 50 years ago, a modest hotel was built in Toronto with hopes for a grand future. Decades later, with an expansion to 86 hotels in 35 countries, Four Seasons continues to soar high above the city’s skyline at the company’s flagship and hometown property at a new location at 60 Yorkville Avenue. The landmark Hotel will offer an immaculately designed two-story spa, Café Boulud and dbar by international restaurateur and Chef Daniel Boulud, glass-enclosed event spaces, and, of course, Four Seasons guest rooms: 259 personalized accommodations including 42 suites that feature interactive tablets, lightning-speed Wi-Fi, easy climate control, digital signage and marble bathrooms with discreetly hidden televisions inside mirrors.“We are quite literally at the intersection where business and pleasure come together in Toronto,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager Dimitrios Zarikos, referring to the Hotel’s coveted address at the corner of Bay Street and Yorkville Avenue. “Four Seasons has not only been connected to the Toronto community but we have also welcomed visitors to this dynamic city for half a century, and we are taking that tradition and those relationships with us into our new home.”There is a reason behind this insatiable “need for spa.” The pressures and demands placed on us in today’s world require that we give our bodies time to unwind and rejuvenate. Flooding with natural light, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto will span 2,700 square meters (30,000 square feet) across two floors and is fully equipped to help guests de-stress in one of the 17 customized treatment rooms, a full service salon, relaxation pool with adjacent whirlpool, fitness centre and yoga studio.“We are bringing a completely new spa experience to Toronto,” explains Senior Spa Director Todd Hewitt, an Ontario native who most recently managed the award-winning spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. “It’s not only a selection of spa experiences tailor-made to each person, but we have the most advanced fitness equipment, interactive workout classes, and special surprises along the way as we introduce the newest spa trends, skincare lines and innovations from around the world.”International restaurateur and Chef Daniel Boulud brings his innovative culinary expertise to Four Seasons with Café Boulud and dbar, destined to take their place amongst the city’s most lively establishments. The loft-like restaurant floats above the bar located next to the lobby area and will offer a Mediterranean menu rooted in French culinary traditions in a more playful setting. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can expect a delicious blend of contemporary cuisine, seasonal selections, fresh vegetable dishes and explorations of international flavors.Capturing the essence of the city and the glamour of Yorkville, dbar’s contemporary design features spectacular 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious seasonal terrace. With its own menu, chic cocktails by master mixologists and craft beers on tap, dbar will soon become a favored hangout, whether it’s for a drink after a long day at work, a lunch break from a day of shopping and gallery hopping in the neighborhood, or a memorable night out.“There are few people in the city who don’t have memories of times spent with us,” says Director of Food & Beverage and Catering Marc Dorfman, who grew up in the city. “It might be a milestone occasion such as the first dance at their wedding, spotting celebrities at the bar during the Toronto International Film Festival, or nailing a particularly tricky business deal over a meal at the restaurant. Now, at the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, a stunning stage is set for more memorable moments to come.”Two main event rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in natural light and offering panoramic views of the city, anchor the function spaces at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. The larger room offers a divisible 629 square meters (6,776 square feet) and 6.5 meter (21 foot) ceiling for up to 565 reception guests, while the smaller room, at 306 square meters (3,249 square foot), will accommodate up to 250 for a banquet.In addition, nine smaller meeting rooms, several of which are combinable, will be ideal for breakout sessions and board meetings, and a private dining room at Café Boulud will offer an additional opportunity for groups of up to ten to gather in style.Hotel guests are welcomed to the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto via a driveway resembling a Victorian carpet that sweeps around a courtyard fountain that towers a staggering four stories tall. Another entrance on Bay Street offers easy access to Café Boulud, the Spa and meeting rooms, and a third on Yorkville Avenue opens directly into dbar.Inside, Toronto-based and internationally acclaimed designers Yabu Pushelberg have created an environment of playful elegance and stylish luxury. Canadian art-filled public spaces present a palette of materials and textures that beautifully blend together, though strikingly different. Woods and stone are carefully book-matched to create harmonious surfaces, while an innovative lighting system featuring Czech glass fixtures transitions from day to night. In the sunny guest rooms, the mood is lively featuring gold or silver undertones with modern considerations. Barrier-free rooms are also available.Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, comprising two towers connected by a skyway bridge and a third building for events designed by architectsAlliance and Page + Steele IBI Group Architects, rises above landscaping by Claude Cormier + Associés Inc. and NAK Design Group. Interior design is by Yabu Pushelberg (hotel including dbar), and Rosalie Wise Designs (Café Boulud).For the lucky few who own one of 210 Four Seasons Private Residences, 60 Yorkville Avenue will also be their personal address. Housed in two towers connected by a skyway bridge with full access to all the services and amenities of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and interiors by Brian Gluckstein Design Planning, Four Seasons Private Residences are modern urban living at its very best.www.fourseasons.comlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – The Latest on nominations for the

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on nominations for the Tony Awards (all times local):3:30 p.m.Tony-winner George C. Wolfe is happy with the vast diversity of shows on Broadway, many of which have earned Tony Award nominations.The director earned another nomination for his work on “The Iceman Cometh,” which captured eight nods, including for lead actor Denzel Washington.Nominations on Tuesday went to shows with a singing squid, one about high school nerds, a play about the grown-up wizard Harry Potter and a revival of a play exploring the lives of people diagnosed with AIDS in 1980s New York.Says Wolfe: “It’s what Broadway should be. It’s what New York should be. It’s what America should be.”___10:30 a.m.Tony nominees are checking their text messages and counting their blessings after the nods were announced Tuesday morning.Katrina Lenk, receiving her first nomination for the musical “The Band’s Visit,” calls it “a deep joy.” She’s planning to take a nap — and then she gets to do the show again. She says “the best way to celebrate is just to come back and do it.”Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, nominated for writing and composing the musical version of “Mean Girls,” say they awaited the early-morning announcement with bated breath. Richmond says the couple is delighted; the show got 12 nods.Taylor Louderman earned her first nomination for playing a high school queen bee in “Mean Girls.” She says the young version of herself “would be freaking out right now.”___9 a.m.The musicals “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” have each gotten 12 Tony nominations, leading the pack for the 2018 awards to be given out in June.“The Band’s Visit,” ”Carousel” and “Angels in America” closely follow with 11 nods each.Critic and audience favourite “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has garnered 10, along with the revival of “My Fair Lady.”Best musical nominees are “The Band’s Visit,” ”Frozen,” ”Mean Girls,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”Best play nominees are “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” ”The Children,” “‘Farinelli and the King,” ”Junk” and “Latin History for Morons.”Among the prominent names given acting nods are Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane for “Angels in America,” Denzel Washington for “The Iceman Cometh,” Glenda Jackson for “Three Tall Women,” Amy Schumer for “Meteor Shower,” Mark Rylance for “Farinelli and the King,” and Katrina Lenk for “The Band’s Visit.” The announcement was co-hosted by “Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, currently starring in “Waitress.”___3 a.m.The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands — Disney’s “Frozen,” J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter,” Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”The nominations are set for Tuesday morning, co-hosted by “Hamilton” alum Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee, currently starring in “Waitress.”Possible best musical nominees include “Mean Girls,” ”Frozen,” ”SpongeBob SquarePants,” ”Escape to Margaritaville” and “The Band’s Visit.” All are derived from a film, TV or music.Top play nominees may include “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” ”The Children,” ”Meteor Shower,” ”Farinelli and the King” and “Junk.”The best musical revival will likely include “Carousel” and “My Fair Lady,” while the best play revival will probably be led by “Angels in America,” ”Three Tall Women” and “The Iceman Cometh.” by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2018 6:13 am PDT Last Updated May 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: George C. Wolfe pleased with scope of Tony nodslast_img read more

CBS 60 Minutes gathers audience week by week

first_imgCBS’ ’60 Minutes’ gathers audience week by week by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2018 12:23 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The newsmagazine “60 Minutes” was not television’s most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company’s cumulative measurement of programs may not mean much in the business of television, but it’s a bragging point at CBS News.For the purpose of setting advertising rates, the currency of television is Nielsen’s estimate of how many people watch a program in a given week. By that measurement, the since-departed ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” with an average of 18.7 million viewers on the night an episode debuts, was this past season’s champ. With 11.1 million viewers each week, “60 Minutes” was No. 18 on television in that ranking.But Nielsen estimated that 100.4 million people watched “60 Minutes” at least once during the year. That was second only to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” franchise, whose cumulative viewer figure was 111 million.A news show is well-suited to this measurement, because while not everyone watches every week, now and then there’s a story that attracts their interest. Meanwhile, an entertainment show is more likely to have people who watch more regularly.“I believe that doing so well in that measurement proves there’s a hunger in America for real reporting, that there’s a large pool of people who want to see the kind of quality storytelling we put on each Sunday night,” said Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes.”NBC’s “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” and CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” round out the top five rankings in cumulative audience, Nielsen said. Both “This Is Us” and “The Big Bang Theory” also ranked in the past season’s top five in terms of popularity of each week’s episode, along with ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”During a quiet summer week in television last year, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was by far the dominant program.CBS won last week in prime-time, averaging 4.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, ION Television had 1.39 million, Univision had 1.35 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 770,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.83 million viewers, and had two of the top 20 shows in all of television last week following President Trump’s summit in Singapore. MSNBC averaged 1.71 million viewers, HGTV had 1.42 million, USA had 1.23 million and TBS had 1.22 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.7 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million.For the week of June 11-17, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 11.46 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.51 million; “Code Black,” CBS, 6.18 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.13 million; “World of Dance,” NBC, 6.07 million; “Hannity” (Monday), Fox News, 5.91 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.89 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 5.886 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.86 million; “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 5.68 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: http://www.nielsen.comlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Kevin Spacey was erased from All

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kevin Spacey was erased from “All the Money in the World” and booted from “House of Cards,” but a movie starring the disgraced actor is going forward with a summer release.Vertical Entertainment announced that it will release “Billionaire Boys Club” on video-on-demand on July 17 and in theatres August 17. The film is about young wealthy men in Los Angeles who run a Ponzi scheme. It stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Spacey.“Billionaire Boys Club” was shot in 2015, before Spacey was accused last fall of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour by numerous people. Spacey apologized to one accuser, “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey tried to force himself on Rapp in the 1980s. At the time, Rapp was 14.“We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it,” the film distributor said in a statement. “At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theatres, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences.”Other companies have elected to remove Spacey entirely from their productions.After shooting was completed but before the film was released, Sony Pictures and director Ridley Scott chose to reshoot large parts of “All the Money in the World” with Christopher Plummer in Spacey’s role. “House of Cards” producer Media Rights Capital, opted to move forward with a sixth and final season of “House of Cards,” but without Spacey. Netflix scrapped a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey. FILE – In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Spacey arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Spacey, accused of sexual misconduct or assault by at least 24 men, was erased from “All the Money in the World” and booted from “House of Cards,” but a movie starring the disgraced actor is going forward with a summer release. Vertical Entertainment announced that it will release “Billionaire Boys Club” on video-on-demand on July 17 and in theaters August 17. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2018 10:33 am PDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Film starring Kevin Spacey to be released in Augustlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Adam Driver, from left, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm, cast members in “The Report,” pose together at the premiere of the film during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Amazon picks up CIA torture investigation film ‘The Report’ by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2019 10:32 am PDT PARK CITY, Utah — Vice Studios has announced that Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the CIA torture investigation film “The Report.”Vice produced the film and made the announcement Monday following an all-night bidding war for the buzzy political film.“The Report” stars Adam Driver as senate staffer Daniel Jones, who investigates the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein in the long gestating film from writer-director Scott Z. Burns that received rave reviews at the festival. It was purchased for around $14 million.Amazon plans to release “The Report” in theatres in the fall for an awards push.It’s the second major acquisition for the studio, which also picked up Mindy Kaling’s talk show host comedy “Late Night” for $13 million.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more

April 6 2002 Gregor Knauer is part of our Landsca

first_imgApril 6, 2002 Gregor Knauer is partof our Landscaping Department. He has also takenresponsibility for the bee colonies in our garden. Gregor istransferring a newly aquired colony of bees from a nucleus of 4 framesto their new home. During this process the nosy emu came over to seewhat he was doing. [Photo & text: SA] Here is a closer lookat one of the new and very busy frames. On the far right, we can seethe smoker that helps to calm the bees during inspection. Also to theright, inside of the hive, we can see a feeder frame filled withdiluted syrup to compensate for the lack of nectar at this time of theseason. Gregor is checking to see if he can locate the queen of thisnew hive. [Photo & text: SA]last_img read more

November 3 2004 One of the construction crews

first_imgNovember 3, 2004 One of the construction crews working on a small concrete loading dock for the Arcosanti cement shed. First, the footings for the new dock are marked out and a volume of earth is excavated. [Photo: Therese Kristiansson & text: Jacob Schwartz] Construction manager Scott Riley supervises planning interns Dennis Gerrigk (left) and Boris Pizzeghello (right). The team mark out the boundaries of the future concrete slab, pegging string above the soil to mark edges. [Photo: Therese Kristiansson & text: Jacob Schwartz] First the footings are poured… [Photo: Therese Kristiansson & text: Jacob Schwartz] center_img … and then the slab itself. The full crew mixes the concrete (left), including (from right) American crew leader Ray Shong, Swedish planning intern Therese Kristiansson, Brazilian construction volunteer Erika Peres, Italian October 3. workshopper Maria Rita Rodino and construction volunteer Chihiro Adachi from Japan. The international crew transfers the concrete into wheelbarrows and pours the slab. Therese and Chihiro shovel the concrete out of a wheelbarrow (right), and into the formed loading dock space.   Apart from the ongoing construction of the East Crescent, small projects like the new cement shed loading dock allow workshoppers and interns to participate in a wide variety of construction. [Photo: & text: Jacob Schwartz]last_img read more

Cyprus has received 160000 migrants since the mid 1980s

first_imgCYPRUS has received some 160,000 economic migrants since the mid-1980s, or 20 per cent of its population, the second highest rate in the EU after Luxembourg, a UN representative said on Thursday.Damtew Dessalegne, the representative of the UN high commission on refugees, said around 1,075 people have been granted refugee status and 6,890 were given subsidiary protection by Cyprus in the past 12 years.The UN official said the high commission was satisfied about the progress achieved by the Republic as regards its international legal obligations on refugees.Dessalegne said conditions at a reception centre in Kofinou needed improvement though asylum seekers living outside, who were the overwhelming majority, were faced with worse difficulties for their survival.He said if they cannot work, either because they cannot find work or had health problems, the financial assistance they received was lower than the minimum guaranteed income — €320 per month – and could not cover all their needs.Work was also needed on integration of refugees, he said. If there was no investment on integration, the refugee status had no meaning.Effective integration required integration policies for asylum seekers, designed to promote integration and not isolation and separation from local society, he said.Naturalisation remains the strongest weapon of integration, Dessalegne added, and the process should include strategies and training on the values of tolerance, multiculturalism, mutual respect, and diversity.The UN official said hate and racism phenomena abounded in Europe and it was responsibility of European leaders to tackle it effectively through education and positive public discourse. The mass media also have an important role to play.Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said the island had received over 1,100 migrants since the beginning of the crisis.Since 2011, more than five million people had abandoned their homes seeking refuge. In the first two months of the year, 140,000 asylum applications had been filed in the EU while a single week in March, between 13 and 19, recorded a 16 per cent rise.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Farmers want commemoration day for 1426 serf rebellion

first_imgTHE Farmers Union (Eka) on Thursday urged President Nicos Anastasiades to make May 12 an annual commemoration of the struggles of Cypriot serfs and of their leader Re Alexis against the Frankish rulers of the island in the medieval period.The general secretary of Eka, Panikos Champas, said he sent the president a letter asking him to set May 12 as the day of the struggles of the island’s farmers, who had the status of serfs during the Frankish rule (1191 – 1489), and for the rebellion against serfdom to be taught in schools and universities.It will be 590 years on May 12 this year, the letter said, “since the hanging of the great Greek Cypriot rebel Re Alexis, the serf, who led the rebellion of the Cypriot villagers and farmers against the Franks”. It added that the rebellion lasted between 1426 and 1427 and ended with the hanging of Re Alexis by the rulers on May 12 of that year in Nicosia.According to the chronicle of Cypriot historian Leontios Makhairas, the serfs rebelled against the Franks and established Re Alexis as a king in Lefkonoiko – the word Re means king in Provencal and Italian –  and captains in Morphou, Limassol, Lefka and Peristerona. It took the Frankish nobility more than six months to defeat the rebels.The rebellion, the letter said, “was a liberation movement calling for justice, freedom and for the land to be given to those cultivating it”.Despite that this rebellion left a mark on the island’s history, the letter said, “unfortunately until today, and despite our repeated suggestions, the due importance for this great historical, national event of Cyprus is not given on the schools’ curriculum but is briefly mentioned”.Champas urged the president to promote “objective research” on this historical event and for teaching material to be produced to be taught in schools and universities, which should commemorate the rebellion on May 12.Such unique, historical moments of Cyprus and such great leaders as Re Alexis, he said, “should lead us, illuminate us with their example and their prowess, become inspiration, and a beacon for new struggles”.It appears farmers are a bit of a marginalised group in terms of their contribution being given recognition globally. There does not appear to be an International Farmers Day listed when international days are being allocated for ‘World Hello Day’, ‘World Television Day’, according to lists on the web.  The US and India have their own national day of farmers.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 Taboolalast_img read more

Where government falls short NGOs step in

first_imgBy Jelter MeersCyprus’ efforts against human trafficking were not as successful in 2016 as they were in 2015, according to the latest US Department of State report but where government falls short, NGOs step in to help victims of sexual and labor trafficking.Migrant support organisation, KISA head Doros Polykarpou calls the government’s specialised committee to work with NGOs “a farce.”It can take a long time for victims of trafficking to receive support from the social welfare service, during which they have no source of income, he said.“The welfare services are supposed to help them but unfortunately, the process is very slow,” said Androulla Christophidou, the director of Cyprus Stop Trafficking. “While Minister of Labour Mrs. Zeta Emilianidou is always ready to meet with us and provide innovative solutions, the bureaucracy of the welfare system is very slow.”When the victims leave reception centres for immigrant arrivals, they are faced with the challenge of finding affordable accommodation with almost no money.“After their time in the centre, they receive very little money for a few days and then they must wait for months until they receive more from social welfare,” Christophidou said. “We give them money for rent and electricity so they can live in an apartment.”The US State Department report states that while the Republic has invested more money in protecting trafficking victims, less people were identified and helped.“The government identified 21 trafficking victims, compared to 40 in 2015. Of these, 10 women were subjected to sex trafficking, three men to forced labor, and seven women and one man to forced criminality,” the report said.The real problem is systemic, according to Polykarpou. The report, which is based on statistics from government agencies, probably does not show the full extent of the government’s failure to identify trafficking victims.“The Cypriot system concerning immigration is closer to the Middle East, like Lebanon, than to Europe, Polykarpou said. “This means that there is a very high dependency on the employers, who are the guarantors for immigrants. Because of this, the line between exploitation and trafficking is very thin and the system itself encourages trafficking.”To measure the identification of victims based on treatment by the Welfare Services is misleading.“The social welfare services do not help victims until they have been to the police, which is something they lied about to the Americans,” Polykarpou said. “The number of people that were helped, the statistics, are relative to this problem. Only trafficking victims who are found by NGOs will be brought to the police.”The failure to work together with NGOs in a meaningful way was one of the reasons why the US State Department gave the Republic a lower rating.“Three of the four NGOs in the [Multidisciplinary Coordinating Group] withdrew because NGOs were not given a substantive role and meetings were infrequent,” the report said.The three NGOs that withdrew were the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus Stop Trafficking and STIGMA. The NGO that stayed was KISA. Polykarpou said that they understand why the others left.“We were the last NGO that stayed in the group,” he said. “We understand why the other NGOs left but believed it was a better strategy to be there and point out the problems with the system.”Over the past year there were only two meetings, during which the NGOs weren’t allowed much room to talk about the issues.“Eighty per cent of the meeting consists of announcements and updates from the minister of interior,” Polykarpou said. “If you are lucky, you have twenty minutes, half an hour at the most, to discuss issues. The Multidisciplinary (Coordinating Group), to be honest, is a farce.”Four hours per year are not enough to create a plan to tackle the issues with human trafficking.Kisa’s Doros Polycarpou“We told them that we need in-depth discussion, it’s not enough to meet for two hours two times per year,” Polykarpou said. “You have 20 representatives from all these institutions coming together for four hours per year to discuss trafficking in the whole country. But the minister said we don’t have time to do more.”The last NGO in the group might decide to leave the group as well.“We might also withdraw after this,” Polykarpou said. “We’ve had enough. We gave them the opportunity to show that they will make an effort to make the group function but it’s been so disappointing.”Sexual trafficking victims mostly come from Eastern Europe and Africa. They are lured by traffickers with false promises.“A lot of the sexual trafficking victims whom we received under our rehabilitation services were Cameroonian and Nigerian,” said Fatema Islam, a social worker at the Future Worlds Centre’s Humanitarian Affairs Unit who works with torture victims. “Many arrive through the north. They are smuggled into the country and promised to be brought to other EU countries.”Rather than taking them to another country, the traffickers and smugglers force the victims to do illegal work.“Some of our clients were forced into prostitution,” Islam said. “They are beaten, raped and held in confinement, usually until they escape.”Many of the victims are bright young women who want to study.“We have victims from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Africa,” Androulla Christophidou said. “Some of them are very intelligent girls and students who fell into the trap of traffickers.”The traffickers make them work in cabarets, bars and restaurants. But usually these are fronts for illegal activities. “One of the most brilliant girls I knew, she came here to work in a restaurant and now everyone from that place is in prison, which tells you something,” Christophidou said. “In the north, the situation is even worse.”While many of the cabarets were shut down in the South, the problem has shifted to bars.“When we started ten years ago, there were 108 cabarets and 6,000 girls came to Cyprus every year, Christophidou said. “Many of them have been abolished thanks to our efforts but a lot of trafficking happens in bars now.”In 2015, the government investigated 31 suspected traffickers, initiated prosecution against 30 defendants and convicted 31 traffickers. By 2016, those numbers dropped to 26 investigations, 10 defendants and the conviction of only one trafficker.“It would be good if there would be more prosecution of traffickers and a more efficient and humane migration policy in place so people are not exposed to traffickers,” Fatema Islam said.Polykarpou agrees also stresses that the system of migration needs to change.“We need to be able to legalise the victims and protect them within the same system,” he said. “Prevention and changing the system is more important than prosecution.Even the number of convictions recorded in 2016 might not tell the whole story. KISA is suing the government over a “symbolic conviction” that left labour trafficking victims without any compensation.“We currently have a case pending where we are suing the court for failing to secure compensation for trafficking victims,” Polykarpou said. “The trafficker owed the victims €20,000 to €35,000 each in salaries and when the government sued him, the attorney-general agreed with him that the company for which he worked would take the blame. In the three years while the case was pending, the company went bankrupt.”With the company bankrupt, nobody is being made to pay the labour trafficking victims for their work.“We had a conviction of a bankrupt company and after waiting for three and a half years, the victims didn’t get anything,” Polykarpou said. “The victims go through this process because it’s a matter of survival, they need this money desperately because their families depend on it. It was a symbolic conviction without any consequences.”The police press office had not taken  a final decision on whether to give permission to the Cyprus Mail to talk to the head of the Combating Trafficking Unit by the time of publication.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos water bills to rise

first_imgPaphos municipality said on Monday that water prices will increase for the next quarter, bills for which will reach consumers by the end of October.The prices are in line with an EU directive that imposed an environmental tax on water use, which is then passed on by the government to the municipalities.For each tonne, the price will rise by seven cents, bringing the price to 88 cents per tonne. Head of the Paphos water services, Constantinos Letymbiotis, said this is much less than consumers in other municipalities pay.“The difference for an average bill of €30 per quarter will be less than €3,” Letymbiotis said, while urging customers to be careful with this valuable asset.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, he said a great deal of effort is being made to reduce the loss of water which occurs while it is being transported through pipelines from the Assprokremnos refinery to the reservoirs in Paphos.An increase in water prices in Nicosia was announced by water board chief Nicos Zambakides on September 4 for the same reason.At the time, Zambakides said each municipality will decide on how much to charge customers.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more