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first_img(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals signed 22-year-old German Football League defensive tackle Moubarak Djeri on Wednesday.“It was a big dream, and right now it’s life,” Djeri told AZCardinals.com. “I’m so excited to be here.”The 6-foot-3, 275-pound native of Togo recorded 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles for the Cologne Crocodiles last season.Djeri was born in Togo and as an 11-year-old moved to Germany while taking part in a student-exchange program. 28 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He joined the junior professional football team in Cologne when he was 18 years old. In 2014 and 2015, Djeri’s team reached the junior bowl championship game and won the title in 2014. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

In his place the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks

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first_imgIn his place, the Cardinals promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich to the coordinator position.One of the biggest knocks on McCoy was his usage, or lack thereof, of running back David Johnson.Through seven games, Johnson was limited to just 47.9 yards per game on the ground (335). He was even more non-existent in the passing game, something he was well-known for in 2016.Under McCoy, the running back caught just 2.9 receptions per game for a pedestrian 23.7 yards per game. He scored just once through the air.Patrick Peterson Trade RequestWith a losing record staring the Cardinals in the face and an offensive coordinator sent packing already, the team was met with another issue internally.Growing more and more frustrated, All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson reportedly requested a trade just over a week before the NFL trade deadline.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out,” Peterson said two weeks prior to the trade request. “It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With Rosen showing signs of being able to take over signal-calling duties, there was no need longer a need for Bradford, who was released on Nov. 3.In 13 games, Rosen completed 217 of his 393 passes (55.2 percent) for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns. Turnovers were a constant for the young quarterback all year as he threw 14 interceptions and finished with a 26.6 QBR.OC Mike McCoy FiredOffensive coordinator Mike McCoy was another name that didn’t make it a full season with the team after he was fired following a blowout loss in which Arizona GM Steve Keim called “embarrassing.”After beginning the season 1-5, the Cardinals had a Thursday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos, a former team of the OC.Denver’s Von Miller, whose team entered the contest losing their last four games, called the Cardinals’ game a get-right-game of sorts.And it was as Denver pummeled the Cardinals 45-10, tied for their worst loss of the season (Week 12 against the Chargers). Offensively, the team turned the ball over five times and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry against a team who had allowed a league-worst 5.6.That was the final straw for the Cardinals’ brass as McCoy was gone the following Friday. It was the second time in two years that the coordinator had been fired from the position midway through the season. He was let go by the Broncos during the 2017 campaign. (AP Photos) The 2018 season is officially in the books for the Arizona Cardinals.This year was not Arizona’s as the team dealt with injuries, personnel changes and a dismal 3-13 record.While this season is surely one to forget for many in the desert, here are the five biggest moments of the Cardinals’ season:O-Line Injury WoesBefore the regular season even began, the Cardinals were already behind the eight ball.During the team’s Red & White practice at State Farm Stadium, starting center A.Q. Shipley went down with a torn ACL and headed to the injured reserve, ending his season before even playing a regular season game. Pegged as the most durable of the offensive lineman, Shipley started all 16 games the previous two seasons and was the lone lineman to remain healthy throughout, the injury would foreshadow what was to come. After signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason to the tune of $20 million with $15 million guaranteed, the veteran quarterback underwhelmed in his three starts. He threw for just 400 yards, completing 62.5 percent of his throws. He ended with a 62.5 passer rating and was sacked six times.After scoring only 20 points through three games, the Cardinals had seen enough.Enter, rookie QB Rosen.Not wasting any more time on the veteran, Arizona made the change in Week 3 during the fourth quarter against the Bears. Rosen completed three of his six passes for 27 yards in his first NFL action before tossing an interception.On Sept. 24, it was official. Rosen was the new starter.He was thrown to the fire early on, as his first test was the Seattle Seahawks. In his first career start, the rookie completed 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) for 180 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 20-17 loss.Rosen wouldn’t have to wait long to taste the fruits of victory. Playing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, the QB got off to fast start, finding fellow rookie Christian Kirk for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. He finished with 170 yards and the score in the 28-18 win. At the time, the defense ranked 11th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (233.9) and 23rd in points per game (26.3).Following a few days of unrest from Cardinals fans and a barrage of questions for Keim and head coach Steve Wilks, the cornerback broke his silence on the matter.“I’ve been incredibly frustrated with how the season has gone,” he wrote on the trade talk. “But my energy is 100% focused on being part of the solution and helping us turn this around. I’ve never shied away from a challenge before and I’m not starting now.“I have always given my all to the Cardinals organization, my teammates and fans. That is what I intend to do for the years to come. I am an Arizona Cardinal, and my focus is on this week’s game.”Steve Wilks Relieved of Head-Coaching DutiesWith the Cardinals ending the season at 3-13, more changes were in store for the team in the desert.After replacing former head coach Bruce Arians with Wilks, Arizona made the decision to move on for the first-year head coach.In 16 games under Wilks, the Cardinals suffered nine double-digit losses.With the firing, Wilks joins 10 other first-year head coaches, including Pete Carroll (Jets) and Chip Kelly (49ers), who were let go following just one season with the team since 2000.center_img Related LinksBickley: Bidwill faces tall task in selection of next Cardinals head coachCardinals ‘went backwards’ under Steve Wilks, Bidwill saysA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesBy the numbers: Steve Wilks’ lone season as Cardinals head coachCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchIn addition to Shipley, six other Cardinals offensive lineman — D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Mike Iupati, John Wetzel, Jeremy Vujnovich and Korey Cunningham — made their way to the IR, while Andre Smith, who signed a two-year deal in March, was waived after playing just eight games. He missed three due to injury as well.The one constant? Rookie center Mason Cole, who filled in for Shipley to start the season. He was the only lineman to make all 16 starts for Arizona.And with a continuous revolving door of injured lineman, the play on the field suffered greatly.Offensively, Arizona ranked last in total offense (241.6 yards per game), total points (225), rushing yards per attempt (3.8) and rushing yards per game (83.9). The line also allowed 52 sacks, tied with Oakland and Miami as the fifth most in the league. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen accounted for 45 of the 52.And with an offense constantly spurting, the lack of scoring was evident as the Cardinals managed just 15 touchdowns.Josh Rosen Named Starter, Sam Bradford BenchedThree starts, two touchdowns, four interceptions and three fumbles. That was the summary of Sam Bradford’s tenure as a starter for the Cardinals. Statistically, the Cardinals were one of the worst teams on both sides of the ball under Wilks.Noted for his defensive prowess, the head coach bolstered one of the worst defensive units in the league, allowing 154.9 yards per game on the ground. Offensively, the ground game was stagnant and the passing game seemed to have few wrinkles to confuse the opposition.With NFL lows in both categories, it was a swift departure for the coach.“The fact we went backwards on both offense and defense,” determined Wilks’ fate, according to Bidwill.“Looking at his plan for 2019, I just didn’t feel like it was a plan I wanted to get behind, that would turn us around and get us back to the type of football that we expect and our fans deserve.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Belmond has announced the latest developments for

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first_imgBelmond has announced the latest developments for its properties, with some of the major updates including:Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressIn 2016, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will embark on a journey to Berlin, with the new route linking three European capital cities: London, Paris and Berlin.The inaugural departure will leave from London on 2 June 2016.Eagle Island reopens in November The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana will reopen in November, with all lodges now featuring plunge pools and outdoor decks overlooking the delta. A new restaurant and camp fire area complete the renovation.Belmond Eagle Island Lodge can be coupled with the Belmond Khawi River Lodge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Chobe National Park.Christmas journeys on board British Pullman and Belmond Northern BelleBelmond’s two luxury trains will this year be home to Christmas festivities with the British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle hosting journeys to Christmas markets and cathedral cities in winter.Belmond Grand Hibernian launches grand tours of Ireland Guests can now book their place aboard the upcoming Belmond Grand Hibernian, the first luxury train to tour Ireland.A four night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey travels to Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport while the two night ‘Realms of Giants’ travels to Dublin, Belfast and Portrush.For more information visit www.belmond.com.last_img read more

The perfect antidote to dark mornings and frosty w

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first_imgThe perfect antidote to dark mornings and frosty weather, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has created the Warming Winter Glow Body Therapy – an indulgent treatment designed to restore the skin’s natural glow during the cold winter months.Detoxifying and moisturising the skin while easing the mind and relieving stress during what is often a busy social season, the body therapy incorporates fragrant, seasonal spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, alongside a range of antioxidant ingredients such as orange and dark chocolate, which stimulate circulation and hydrate skin.Ideal for banishing the winter blues, the warming 90-minute spa ritual begins with gentle brushing of the body, softening and reviving dull, dry skin. A 20-minute body exfoliation follows, combining apple, brown sugar, coconut oil and a variety of spices, encouraging removal of dead skin cells and impurities, aiding new skin growth and providing a healthy, vibrant glow. A 10-minute steam session then preps the pores, cleanses and detoxifies the skin, improving circulation and alleviating congestion. Guests can then choose from a 60-minute decadent chocolate and orange zest body wrap or a relaxing vanilla candle massage to follow.For those choosing the heated wrap, expect to be enveloped in a cocoon of warmth filled with dark chocolate mud, orange zest, champagne and honey. The cosy wrap will detoxify and lift the skin, achieving a firmer feel, and leaving skin silky and smooth. The therapy concludes with a warm shower and gentle application of body butter.The relaxing candle massage moisturises the skin and stimulates the senses, easing tension and calming the mind. The candle wax melts into a sumptuous, warm massage oil that is drizzled over the skin and massaged in with gentle, soothing massage strokes, leaving skin lightly scented.Guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine after their treatment. The Warming Winter Glow Body Therapy is also available to enjoy as a couples’ experience.The Warming Winter Glow is available until 28 February 2017, from Monday to Thursday at GBP 200 per person, and Friday to Sunday at GBP 210 per person.last_img read more

Eastern Airways has launched a new service to Sout

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first_imgEastern Airways has launched a new service to Southampton from Leeds Bradford Airport.The new year-round flight from Leeds will depart on weekdays at 14:30 GMT and will arrive at Southampton at 15:30.The service began operations yesterday (February 16th) and is designed to meet the flexible needs of business travellers using the route.Chris Holliday, Eastern Airways, chief operating officer, said: “Adjusting the timing gives our passengers greater flexibility in the afternoon.”Customer feedback is very important to us and as a result we are making this adjustment to our schedules to meet the needs of our business travellers.”The new services will complement existing flights from Leeds to Southampton, which depart at 06:50 and 17:40 GMT.Eastern Airways was recently rated the most punctual airline to operate out of Birmingham and Newcastle airports.According to Civil Aviation Authority figures, over 94 percent of the airline’s flights from the two airports departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Southampton offer Yorkshire passengers alternative link to LondonThe recommendation comes after bmi announced that it would be withdrawing flights to HeathrowNew flights with Eastern AirwaysEastern Airways will launch early morning flights to Newcastle from Southampton International AirportFlights to Durham from Southampton to be introduced by Eastern AirwaysFlights to Durham from Southampton to be introduced by Eastern Airwayslast_img read more

Nice France from £29 return Some good deals for

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first_imgNice, France (from £29 return)Some good deals for the capital of the French Riviera at the moment. This is the great summer or autumn destination if you’re looking for sea, sand and sophistication, with splendid dining, dozens of excellent museums and galleries, and of course – the beach!Find cheap flights to Nice from 25 UK airports including London airports, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh.Innsbruck, Austria (from £43 return)If you’re looking for an active break, Innsbruck is a great choice. Capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, this charming gem offers outdoor fun and lively nightlife. Surrounded by mountains, there’s hiking and biking on offer and after any excursion you can enjoy a cool Austrian beer and glass of Austrian wine at a restaurant by the blue green river.Find cheap flights to Innsbruck from London Gatwick, Liverpool and Bristol.Faro, Portugal (from £27 return)One of Europe’s most popular summer destinations, Faro is the capital of the Algarve region which boasts over 300 days of sunshine and over 100 sandy beaches. The Algarve offer a diverse range of holiday types; family friendly beach resorts, lively nightlife for party-hungry hedonists and romantic restaurants for amorous couples.Find cheap flights to Faro from 25 UK airports including London airports, Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool, East Midlands, Glasgow and Cardiff.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations. RelatedBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the week: Faro | Malta | AlicanteBargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Faro | BudapestBargains of the Week: Dubrovnik | Faro | BudapestBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | Amsterdamlast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMr Antonio Calce, Chief Executive Officer of Corum, has personally become a shareholder of Montres Corum SARL. This is an important milestone in the implementation of the new Corum strategy which started in 2005 for the redevelopment of the Brand.This again illustrates the long-term oriented vision and commitment of Antonio Calce together with the Severin Wunderman Trust, to achieve the objectives of growth in partnership with the distributors of the brand.Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum declared: “This is a process that started a long time ago and is just another step to my commitment to the Corum brand. I trust in the brand and its ability to push itself to the highest level in the watch making industry.”Richard E. Tomlin Jr., President and Trustee of Corum stated: “I am very pleased to welcome Antonio Calce as a partner of Corum. He has proved his unique skills and expertise in both watch making and entrepreneurial leadership. I am convinced that this strengthening of our partnership will enable the Brand to achieve even higher level of success.”www.corum.chlast_img read more

Today represents another historic milestone in the

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first_imgToday represents another historic milestone in the development of the Virgin Islands, as an Order in Council in the United Kingdom (U.K.) Parliament promoting the Territory to a Category One ship registry becomes effective.Speaking via the Department of Information and Public Relations, Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) Captain Baboucar Sallah said the newly implemented Order in Council was signed by London’s Privy Council on Wednesday, 7 May, 2008 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen. The Director of Shipping also revealed that after the Privy Council’s approval the Order had to be laid in the U.K. Parliament for 21 days before being passed into law today June 4.“When we calculated the days we were able to determine that today would be the day when the Order in Council will become effective, and the Territory will be lawfully able to operate as a Category One Red Ensign group register,” the Director of Shipping said.This means that the Virgin Islands (U.K.) will lawfully join Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, and the United Kingdom among Red Ensign Group countries with a Category I ship registry status.“As Category I the Territory will be able to register all types of yachts, including mega yachts and super yachts up to 3000 gross tons (GT) and general cargo ships of unlimited tonnage,” the Director of Shipping said. Captain Sallah also noted that over 95% of yachts presently in operation around the world are less than 3000 GT.Captain Sallah said the only vessels that the Territory will, for the time being, not be able to register are specialist vessels such as oil tankers, ore carriers and cruise-liners; since specialised professionals would have to be recruited at the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry to ensure that the relevant expertise is available within the Territory.The Red Ensign Group is comprised of the United Kingdom, UK Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and UK Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands.Generally, Category One administrations may register ships of unlimited tonnage, type and size. Category Two administrations may register commercial ships of up to 150 GT and pleasure vessels of up to 400 GT. Pleasure vessels, by definition, refer to ships used for sport or leisure, which are not operated commercially.The maintenance of Category One standards and status is controlled through a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between Her Majesty’s Government, represented by the Secretary of State for Transport, and the Government of the Virgin Islands, represented by Premier Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.last_img read more

Secaucus NJ – Panasonic today announced the rele

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first_imgSecaucus, NJ – Panasonic, today announced the release date of the world’s first* 32 Gigabyte (GB) SD High Capacity (SDHC)** Memory Card with Class 6 speed specification. With a global release in April 2008, the new SDHC Memory Card, RP-SDV32GU1K, is perfect for those wanting High Definition content,as it can record up to 12 hours of High Definition video. The new SDHC Memory Card will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $699.The newly developed card, featuring a massive 32GB of capacity is ideal for AVCHD High Definition video recording, a growing demand thanks to the recent expansion of High Definition SD Camcorders. When used with Panasonic’s newly released High Definition SD camcorder, the HDC-SD9, the 32GB card can record approximately 12 hours of 1440 x 1080i High Definition video in HE mode, and approximately four hours of 1920 x 1080i full High Definition video in HA mode. With the Class 6 speed specification and maximum data transfer speeds up to 20MB/s, the 32GB card allows users to enjoy superb performance and high-quality recording.The card is also equipped with a new user-friendly labeling feature, which allows users to write titles or comments directly onto labels on the front and back of the card. Panasonic will introduce the new labeling feature in its other SD Memory Card models, with a running changeover from the current card designs.The new card, like all other Panasonic SD and SDHC Memory Cards, is extremely reliable even under severe temperature conditions. Since the cards incorporate an industrial-grade flash memory, they work in temperatures ranging from -13°F to +185°F, while consumer-grade flash memory only guarantees +32°F to +158°F, thus ensuring consistent performance regardless if the user is skiing or snowboarding or if the SD Memory card is left in a hot car.***The arrival of Panasonic’s 32GB SDHC Memory Card further strengthens the company’s Pro High Speed line-up and brings the total line to six models, joining those currently available: the 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB card sizes with the Class 6 speed specification.* A 32GB SDHC Memory Card having Class 6 speed specification.** 1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes. Usable capacity will be less. SDHC Memory Cards can only be used in SDHC host devices, which support the SDHC Memory Card.***Panasonic recommends that you never leave any electronic product sitting in direct sunlight or under other severe heat conditions.About Panasonic Consumer Electronics CompanyBased in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic’s exclusive Panasonic Plasma Concierge customer support program (888-972-6276) is administered through its Virginia-based Call Center, recognized as a Certified “Center of Excellence” by the Center for Customer-Driven Quality™ at Purdue University. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroomlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – The Latest on CBS investigation i

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on CBS investigation into personal misconduct claims after a New Yorker article detailed sexual harassment allegations against its CEO, Les Moonves (all times local):7:20 p.m.New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow says six women who accuse CBS Corp.’s chief executive officer Les Moonves of sexual misconduct had to overcome their fears of retaliation in order to tell their stories.Farrow says he spent eight months investigating the story published in the New Yorker on Friday.Six women who had professional dealings with Moonves say he sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s. Four of them described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings.Farrow told The Associated Press that the story is “an opportunity to look at how our most important corporate institutions treat vulnerable people coming forward with these kinds of charges.”___6 p.m.The New Yorker is reporting that six women who had professional dealings with the CEO of CBS, Les Moonves, say he sexually harassed them between the 1980s and late 2000s.The article says that four of the women described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings. It says two said that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers.The article is written by Ronan Farrow, who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning story for the same magazine uncovering many of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey WeinsteinMoonves acknowledges to the New Yorker that were times decades ago when he may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. But he says, “Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely.”___4:20 p.m.CBS says independent members of its board of directors are investigating personal misconduct claims after reports that the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.The media company says it takes all allegations of personal misconduct seriously. It says the independent directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the upcoming New Yorker article.Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors worried that Moonves might be forced to step down. They closed down 6 per cent, the company’s worst one-day loss in more than six years. The Latest: New Yorker writer says women feared retaliation by The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2018 4:27 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by Kelli Kennedy The Associated Press Posted

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first_img by Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2018 1:55 pm PDT In this, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 photo, tennis players Serena Williams, left, and Caroline Wozniacki, center, chat as Wozniacki’s fiance David Lee during the launch of Williams’ first pop-up shop at the Faena Bazaar in Miami Beach, Fla. The 23-time Grand Slam champion not only designed all the clothing in the shop, but also painted all the art on walls, calling painting her outlet. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — Strong. Sophisticated. Sexy. Like the tennis champ herself, Serena Williams’ fashion line is all about power moves and she’s hoping it will also inspire woman to find their own voice.“I want everyone to be able to do that and to step into their power,” she said Wednesday night at the launch of her first pop-up shop.Williams launched her shop at the luxe Faena hotel during Miami’s Art Basel where guests, including fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, drank cocktails draped with fluffy pink cotton candy and snapped selfies from a life-size swing covered with botanicals.Everything in the line, from a black sequined top with the word “Unbothered” to a crisp, white button-down that says “Slay” in red letters, is under $200.The 23-time Grand Slam champion not only designed all the clothing in the shop, but also painted all the art on the walls, saying many of the paintings took a month to complete because of their intricate textures.“I’ve painted for years, probably like ten years now. It’s my outlet,” she said. “I jokingly said I’m going to be at Art Basel one day.”It’s been an awe-inspiring year for Williams, who said she was “pinching myself, like what the heck am I doing here,” at the Wimbledon final in July after a difficult pregnancy and childbirth.She said her recent accomplishments on the court helped her persevere through the challenges of being a first-time mom.“If I can be in the final less than a year (after giving birth), I’m OK to handle my little baby who’s starting to have tantrums. I’m OK to handle this tantrum baby. I can do it. I can do it,” she joked, speaking of her 15-month old daughter.Last month, GQ magazine named her its 2018 Woman of the Year, featuring an image of Williams wearing a black bodysuit and Chanel belt. The headline crossed out “Men” and some fans took offence.But Williams, who has been criticized for being too muscular, too strong and too outspoken throughout her career, said it was “really cool” and just another example of women breaking down barriers.“This is a strictly men’s thing but they broke and said, ‘Let’s also put a woman on (the cover) because this is a strong woman. She’s just as strong as our men.’”Art Basel Miami Beach, the prestigious extension of the annual contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland, has spawned dozens of other art shows around Miami over the years, along with star-studded parties days in advance.Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and rapper Cardi B, fresh from a split with rapper Offset, were all spotted making the rounds Wednesday night.Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Serena Williams launches pop-up shop during Art Basel Miamilast_img read more

Britains Prince Harry arrives to attend the Easte

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first_img Britain’s Prince Harry arrives to attend the Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle in England Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool) Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday by The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2019 6:02 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 93rd birthday, which this year coincides with Easter Sunday.The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London.She was joined by Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, whose wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting their first child in the coming weeks and did not attend.Harry and Meghan did post a birthday greeting for the queen on their Instagram page: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”The queen’s birthday is marked this year by an unusual sunny spell that has sent flowers blooming on the extensive castle grounds.Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen. She marks her official birthday in June with the Trooping the Color parade.The two-birthday tradition dates back more than 250 years, when it was instituted by King George II.Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She still maintains an active schedule, although she does not travel as often as she used to.Her 97-year-old husband, Prince Philip, has retired from public duties and did not attend the service.The Associated Presslast_img read more

News podcast childhood obesity

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first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form. Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:The EU Commissioner for the Environment visits Cyprus;The Education Minister inaugurates a unique exhibition;We talk about health: anti microbial resistance and childhood obesityFind out why the Ambassador of Georgia is supporting rugby in CyprusFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/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 SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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

Charity trek across Cyprus is underway

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first_imgA local resident has set off with boots and backpack on a 210 kilometre coast-to-coast trek to raise funds for animal welfare.Graham Shackleton is currently making his way along the south coast to raise money for improvements at the Limassol Municipal pound.He left Cape Greco at 6.30 on Friday morning and hopes to be at Paphos Harbour by sunset on Saturday evening.Talking about his motivation for the challenge, the 43-year-old told the Cyprus Mail: “I’ve been helping rescue stray dogs in Cyprus for ten years, and we want to make the shelter in Limassol a little bit better.”Shackelton has been drumming up support online, where well-wishers have been spurring him on. His group, Rescue and Re-home Cyprus says there are currently 170,000 dogs living in shelters and on the streets.“We process adoption forms, conduct home checks and if all is passed we arrange vet preparation and flights to the relevant adoptive families all over Europe.”Although the trek has been planned over many months, Shackelton says he has not been in the gym. “I’ve not done enough training, but I like to keep fit, so we will see how it goes.“It’s more the distance than anything, with approximately 210 kilometers of walking, which will take us along some back roads and coastal roads.”Beyond fundraising, during the walk Shackelton will also be handing out leaflets about re-homing dogs.If you would like to help you can donate at PayPal – RnRCyprus@hotmail.comYou May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Energy on the agenda of US officials visit to Cyprus Updated

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first_imgThe US chief diplomat for European and Eurasian affairs Wess Mitchell will be in Cyprus on Friday as part of a tour that includes visits to Pristina, Skopje, Belgrade and Athens taking place this week.According to a statement issued by the US State Department, the assistant secretary of state will meet senior officials in Cyprus “to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the development of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean”.During his visit, Mitchell will meet with President Nicos Anastasiades, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides.The diplomat is also set to meet United Nations representatives.According to Christodoulides, the visit was planned a long time ago and is unrelated to Cyprus’ hydrocarbons explorations.Surveys scheduled to take place by ExxonMobil will go ahead as planned in Block 10, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said, adding that a need to resolve the standoff with Turkey over natural gas did not offset the primary goal of solving the Cyprus problem.ExxonMobil will reportedly be drilling two back-to-back exploratory wells in late summer or early autumn. Its research vessel Ocean Investigator is on course to Limassol where it is expected to arrive by Wednesday according to marinetraffic.com.The second vessel Med Surveyor was still located off the port of Haifa, Israel.The first stop of the diplomat’s tour is Pristina where he is scheduled to meet senior officials, including President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramos Haradinaj on Monday. The following day he will be in Skopje for meetings with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.Mitchell will be in Athens on Thursday for meetings with senior Greek officials. They will discuss “the deepening of the Greek-American strategic ties and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, including defence, energy, trade and investment.”Prior to Athens, he will visit Belgrade on Wednesday for talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Anna Brnabic. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Dealing with Private Debt and NPLs A Comprehensive Blueprint

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first_imgBy Renos Ioannides*The excessive private debt burden of households and businesses and the stubbornly high levels of non-performing loans are on top of everybody’s agenda these days, as they should be in light of their strategic importance for the country.2018 will be, one way or the other, a milestone year for local banks on both fronts. Despite the inroads made to date, the situation is not self-healing and far-reaching decisions ought to be taken. If they are not, the long-term stability of the financial system may be put at risk and the impressive rebound of our economy may be jeopardised.Solutions to the problems cannot be developed in isolation. A multi-disciplinary approach is required, which must be finely balanced so as not to jeopardise both the current and the potential state of the economy, public finances, the stability of the local financial system and the well-being of the people.Debt levels must be managed to match viable borrowers’ debt servicing capacity; this is the only way of converting unsustainable debt to sustainability. At the same time, those borrowers who are exploiting the prevailing system’s weaknesses at the expense of their fellow citizens must be exposed and efficienty dealt with. A much needed revamp of the facilitating framework, the insolvency, enforcement and judicial regimes in particular, is therefore imperative.Above all, what is required is a strategic view which shall be led and driven by a governing body of experts. This governing body should be fully accountable for progress and results via disciplined, pre-defined milestones and timelines.A comprehensive blueprint (“business plan”) must be drawn up, instead of a piecemeal approach, with specific pre-agreed milestones (short-term, medium-term and long-term objectives, detailed output deliverables, pre-defined timelines and the set-up of expert teams accountable for each output deliverable).A specimen blueprint is provided below, broken into distinct but inter-related step components, by way of indication of the multi-disciplinary approach that ought to be followed.Such high-level blueprints can act as the basis for further technical analysis and expert discussions on each of the constituent components to arrive at a country-level resolution policy.The specimen blueprint comes in two parts, the Core Key Portfolio Management Solutions on the one hand and the Peripheral Framework Facilitators on the other.The two parts are intrinsically inter-linked and should, as a result, run in parallel. (*) Renos Ioannides is a financial analyst rennos.ioannides@gmail.comYou May LikeMental FlareThis Crazy New Park Is Not For People Afraid Of WolvesMental FlareUndowww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndoL&C MagazineThe Most Unforgettable Oscars Outfits Of All TimeL&C MagazineUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New machines for Paphos renal unit but more needed

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first_imgBy Bejay Browne THE first four of 20 new dialysis machines promised by the government are finally operational at Paphos’ renal unit.The machines went into use at the unit over the Christmas period, according to Graham Brown, the chairman of the Paphos Kidney Association. He told the Sunday Mail that although improvements at the unit are ongoing, much more needs to be done.“I believe the rest of the machines will be added as and when the current ones, which are very old, break beyond repair. This is a positive move but we need a larger space and more staff,” he said.Fifteen machines are presently working and are in constant use, catering for the 14 beds at the unit at Paphos general hospital. A further one is situated in the intensive care unit.Dialysis patients are of all ages and two machines have been specially adapted to cater for children.According to Dr Lakis Yioukkas, who runs the renal unit, there are currently 75 patients receiving regular dialysis with a further 12 waiting for treatment.“Every year, the number of patients we see increases by 20 per cent, and last year alone we had fifteen new patients,” he said.As number of those needing lifesaving dialysis treatment soars, Dr Yioukkas urged people to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, as they can cause chronic kidney damage.“Painkillers and such like are the main reasons behind kidney damage we are seeing, and they are dangerous medications. People should take them with caution and always with medical advice.”He also advised people to exercise more and eat healthily, which will help to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes.He also stressed the urgent need for a new renal unit along with more doctors – there are currently only two – and more nurses.“The main problem we are facing is that the haemodialysis unit is too small and also that we have no in-patient kidney clinic at the hospital.”The doctor said that patients admitted to the hospital currently have to be placed ‘wherever there is a spare bed’ and that they could end up on any of the wards.“We urgently need a six bed ward dedicated to kidney patients where they can stay, the current situation is not satisfactory at all,” he said.Brown fully understands the problems facing patients as he has hereditary polycystic kidney disease and receives regular dialysis treatment at the unit to keep him alive. Each of the hemodiafiltration (HDF) units which the charity has recently donated and which the government will now supply, comes with a €25,000 price tag. If a patient doesn’t receive dialysis when needed, they will die within five days.Brown’s treatments take around four to five hours and he needs them three times a week to keep him alive. It costs around €50,000 to treat each patient a year.Nurses are currently working many double shifts, he said, four days and nights of the week, due to understaffing and a number on sick leave.“We have also raised money for a new special machine for those with low blood pressure and this will need three specially trained nurses to operate. Intensive care is examining training them up to be able to use the machine correctly but we can’t do anything to help to pay for this, as specialist training is the responsibility of the government,” he said.Brown noted that while regular dialysis treatments takes around five hours, patients with low blood pressure can’t use the machines. They need a far gentler treatment, which takes far longer and currently have to travel to Nicosia to use the only machine on the island.“We have got the money for the machine, well over 30,000 euros.”Supporters of the association worked tirelessly in 2017 and raised over 73,000 euros for the renal unit. All sorts of events such a regular quizzes, raffles and generous donations have helped, said Brown. And in 2018, a classical music festival celebrating the music of Bach, in support of the association, organised by Andrew Oliver, is expected to boost the charities income considerably.The renal unit is reliant on the fundraising of the association and Brown also advises concerned holidaymakers as to the local diet and facilities.“I often get phone calls from all over the world asking advice about dialysis treatment available and I have also developed a diet sheet specifically for people who are unsure about Cyprus and the food here.”Brown said that although the government has agreed to build a new renal unit at the hospital and initial steps towards this are underway, he has no idea of its size or how long it will take to build.The association is constantly trying to upgrade the standards of the ward and ensure that the nurses have what they need to make their working lives better.Brown said the charity also aims to re-equip the new ward when it’s ready, and recently bought new pillows and pillow cases after nurses were forced to ask patients to bring in their own pillows.“I am just thankful that I am not one of the people waiting for dialysis,” he said. Further information is available at the Paphos Kidney Association Facebook page or call (00 357) 99244679www.cypruskidney.comYou May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Yet another report highlights high level of Caesareans

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first_imgYet another report has highlighted that Cyprus carried out the most Caesarean sections in Europe, reaching 56.9 per cent of all births. The country also has the lowest maternal mortality rate.According to the third European Perinatal Health report, the average in Europe was 27 per cent, and one quarter of countries had rates below 21 per cent.Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands had the lowest rates of the 31 countries surveyed, below 18 per cent.At the other end of the scale, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus had more than 35 per cent.In 2015, the percentage of caesarean deliveries in Cyprus due to the mother’s choice or because the birth did not happen on the planned date was 40.5 per cent, while another 16.4 per cent of surgeries were carried out because of medical emergencies.This means Cyprus has the highest rate of planned surgical procedures, while Romania has the lowest with 3.6 per cent.The total births in this report were all births with a gestational age of 22 weeks and over.In 2015, the total number of births in Cyprus was 9,425 (9,394 live births and 31 deaths).The mortality rate at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy for Cyprus in 2015 was 1.8 per 1,000 total births, the lowest among the countries. Bulgaria has the highest rate.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The crisis in the judiciary

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first_imgBy Christos PanayiotidesOver the past few weeks, I have been watching, breathless, the crisis plaguing our judiciary. Thus far, I have consciously avoided taking a stand on the issue. When the subject matter of a debate forms a cornerstone of our society (as in this particular case), taking a public position should be preceded by careful thought and by an in-depth evaluation of all the issues surrounding the problem.Given that the members of the judiciary themselves have expressed the view that justice in Cyprus has been adversely affected by the misrepresentation of pertinent facts or the presentation of the facts in a discriminatory manner (resulting in derisory and embarrassing comments being made), I consider it necessary to summarise the substance of these facts, which none of the parties involved disputes.First, when the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) encountered problems from the massive withdrawal of deposits, due to the gradual loss of confidence on the part of its depositors, it resorted to offering exorbitant interest rates (of the order of 7 per cent per annum) as an inducement for not transferring deposits to other banks abroad. The resulting increased risk assumed by the depositors of the bank was reflected in the higher interest rate offered for converting ordinary deposits into bonds. Among those who chose this scheme was the sister of the current president of the supreme court of Cyprus, Myron Nikolatos and Mr Nikolatos himself (acting on behalf of his then underage daughter).As a result of the subsequent effective bankruptcy of the BoC in 2013, all the bondholders of the bank lost the entire amount they had invested in the bank’s bonds (in contrast to the ordinary depositors of the bank, who lost half of their deposits over €100 thousand). Some of the injured bondholders resorted to justice, claiming compensation from the BoC for the damage suffered, on the grounds that they had been misled by the bank’s salespeople, who failed to disclose the increased credit risk embodied in the bonds. Some of these actions were settled out-of-court, with BoC agreeing to pay part of the claimed damages in return for an undertaking to forgo all other claims the claimants may have had. The settlements made, with the knowledge of the court, included the claims of the daughter of Mr Myron Nikolatos and that of his sister. The lawyers acting for the BoC were Chrysafinis & Polyviou llc.Second, sometime after this extra-judicial arrangement, the supreme court heard the appeal of the BoC’s long-serving CEO and director, Andreas Eliades, and of the bank itself, against their criminal court conviction which had found them guilty of market manipulation. Of the three judges sitting on the bench, one upheld the conviction while the other judge was in favour of acquitting the appellants. As a consequence, the outcome of the appeal was determined by the supreme court president, Myron Nikolatos, who sided with the second judge. The reasoning of the acquittal was that, although there was no room for doubt that the defendants misled the bank’s shareholders by giving them false financial information, the offence of market manipulation had not been committed, given that the intention of the defendants was not the manipulation of the market but merely “the appeasement of the shareholders”, who saw their property evaporating. The lawyers who assumed the bank’s defence were, again, the law firm of Chrysafinis & Polyviou llc, the company that has long handled the BoC’s legal matters.These facts are not disputed by anyone. Likewise, the relationship between the law firm and close relatives of certain judges serving on the supreme court has not been substantively challenged.On the basis of these undisputed facts, it transpires that Myron Nikolatos had an impediment preventing him from hearing Mr Eliades’ appeal. Without indulging in legal technicalities, I would merely mention the setting aside by the supreme court of England (the House of Lords) of its previous judgement on extraditing General Pinochet of Chile following his arrest in the UK in 1998 (taken in the capacity of an appellate court), on the grounds that one of the judges who participated in the composition of the appellate court participated (without any remuneration or other benefit) in the administration of a non-for-profit charitable organisation linked to Amnesty International (which was one of the parties involved in the litigation process). Although no one claimed that the implicated judge was in any way influenced, the English supreme court ruled that the decision previously taken had to be set aside because “of the risk of shaking public confidence in the process of administering justice” (House of Lords Judgement in Re Pinochet).The Cyprus supreme court, itself, has set a precedent of setting aside an earlier decision in the case of Poullis (1060/2001), where the court, in full session, ruled that “a predefined course of action or an explicitly defined procedure are not necessary for mobilising the court to discharge its obligation to justice to set aside an invalid decision previously taken. Once the relevant facts, which expose the decision previously taken to annulment, become known, the court itself may raise the issue and act accordingly, after hearing the views of all interested parties. Any other approach in resolving such a problem would be in conflict with the principles of natural justice.”As regards the interpretation of the term “market manipulation”, the view taken by the criminal court in the original Eliades’ case and which was fully endorsed at the appeal level by the dissenting judge, Mrs T Psara-Miltiadou, fully coincides with my opinion as an experienced certified public accountant.In its decision, the criminal court states: “In fact, the defendant disseminated information that was transmitting misleading messages, which, in terms of substance, were clearly linked to the value of the shares of the Bank of Cyprus. No justification of the reasons prompting such a disclosure could be identified other than the desire, at that point in time, to avoid giving a true picture of the financial position of the bank and to evade the disclosure of the financial difficulties confronting the bank. In fact, at that stage, the defendant was aiming at pacifying all concerns and, in particular, those of the shareholders, thus averting their adverse reactions and market movements.” Mrs Psara-Miltiadou then adds: “This summing up by the criminal court leads, in my opinion without any further ado, to a ‘market manipulation’, which was carried out through a statement that was knowingly and intentionally misleading. … I believe the position taken that the statement was made to pacify the concerns of the shareholders, strengthens rather than annuls the conclusion that it constituted an attempt to manipulate the market. Indeed, because the statement made under the conditions elaborated on, was intentionally incorrect and misleading, the so called ‘pacification of the shareholders’ was precisely aiming at the manipulation of the market, by projecting unreal and untrue facts, which, nonetheless, were presented as true and correct.”As the president of the supreme court himself confessed, the uproar which followed Mr Eliades’ acquittal has inflicted damage on the prestige of Cyprus justice. It follows that there is a pressing and urgent need to take all those healing actions that will lead to a full recovery. In my opinion, these action steps cannot be other than the following:First, the immediate resignation of Myron Nikolatos from his judicial office. The strengthening of the prestige of justice constitutes the ultimate objective, which stands above all other goals. The practice Mr Nikolatos has followed so far of judging himself and of attempting to defend his position was inappropriate. Once he resigns his position and finds himself outside the system, he will be free to defend himself, if he so chooses. If he refuses to resign, he should be compelled to do so.Second, the supreme court ruling on Andreas Eliades and the BoC should be set aside on the basis of the impediment of Myron Nicolatos to serve as the president of the appeal court. In my opinion, the competence of the supreme court to function as a “third level” court, in those cases that procedural shortcomings are identified at the appeal level, is unquestionable (House of Lords: Re Pinochet as well as the Cyprus supreme court itself: Poullis Case)Third, a re-examination of the appeal judgement, solely and exclusively in respect of the legal issue concerning the correct interpretation of the term “market manipulation”. Ideally, the hearing should be conducted by the supreme court in full session, after the self-recusal of those judges that have an impediment to participate in the process. The fairness of the hearing on the issue of what constitutes “market manipulation” could be secured by the court seeking the guidance of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), through the filing of a request for a preliminary ruling, under Article 267 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).  Indeed, one of the important functions of the CJEU is to secure the correct and uniform interpretation of national law that emanates from EU directives (as in this particular case).Fourth, the codification, without further delay, of the procedural rules for the administration of justice (addressing issues of conflict of interest, evaluation of and expulsion from the judiciary, etc.) in a clear, specific and effectively monitored manner.Fifth, within the overall framework of the “self-cleansing” of the judicial system, identification and prompt application by the supreme court of all the steps that must be taken to substantially shorten the unacceptable delays noted in administering justice. The causes of the unacceptable delays currently experienced are known to the judiciary and, therefore, the problem should be addressed on an urgent and drastic basis.Sixth, beyond the criticism, in good faith, of judicial judgements, which is both legitimate and necessary, avoidance of public statements, quarrels and conflicts, at a personal level, and acknowledgement and respect of the principle that the standing and the reputation of justice should always be placed above self-interest and personal status.PS:Without attaching any significance to it, I mention the fact that my father-in-law was a brother of the late mother of Nicos and Costas Clerides Christos Panayiotides is a regular columnist writing in the Cyprus Mail, Sunday Mail and AlithiaYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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Hotel industry may have to expand capacity CTO chairman says

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first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe chairman of Cyprus’s tourism board said that the local tourist industry may have to seek to tap funds from the European investment initiative to expand bed capacity in the hotel industry, and upgrade existing ones.“The need is there,” Angelos Loizou who chairs the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said in an interview while responding to a question on comments made by European Commissioner jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more