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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 10:06 am PDT Review: ‘What Men Want’ is to avoid this blunder of a filmcenter_img Not to kick off this review with a spoiler alert, but after seeing “What Men Want” the answer to what men want is probably the same as what women want: Not to be ripped off by yet another dubious rom-com like this.Taraji P. Henson tries a little too hard in a predictable, gender-switching remake of the Nancy Meyers-led 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want.” This time, a woman unlocks the power to read men’s minds. The premise has potential but “What Men Want ” is not funny enough, it’s poorly edited and blunt when it could have been sharp.Henson plays Ali, a hard-elbowing, high-powered sports agent who is bitter and brash — “OK, Bridezilla, take a Xanax,” she tells one of her three best friends. To a co-worker, she says: “I’m going to need you to calm down, baby man-child.” There’s a weird ’90s feel to the look and dialogue of this film, accentuated by a dusty soundtrack that features hits by TLC, Bell Biv DeVoe, 2 Live Crew, En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa.Ali is repeatedly passed up for promotion at her smarmy, all-male firm, which seems to leak testosterone in buckets. “You don’t connect well with men,” she is told by the boss. To make partner, Ali vows to land the biggest sports target of the season: The No. 1 NBA draft pick. Along the way, she somehow bangs her head and then can hear the inner thoughts of any man nearby. That happens about 30 minutes in, which is an eternity of set-up, including a flabby and pointless scene at a club.And what are men secretly thinking about? According to this film, it is fears of being fat, feeling lame, worry about bodily functions, trying not to completely geek out about little things, a near-universal adoration of arena skyboxes, mundane stuff like lost keys, and the occasional horrific X-rated bluntness.If you expected director Adam Shankman and writers Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory to find rich material to discuss male privilege in these #MeToo days, think again. Men actually come off not so bad here. The women, though, end up worse: There’s a scene with all of Ali’s best friends wrestling during a horrific, weave-yanking cat fight at a church that’s the nadir of filmmaking in 2019.Ali learns to use nuggets of insight into co-workers’ minds to gain an advantage and falls for a boyfriend whose inner thoughts seem to be pure. But Ali also learns that it’s not what’s in men’s minds that really counts. It’s what’s in their HEARTS. And winning, if you’re a nasty person, DOESN’T matter. Cue the montage of her fixing all the things she just did wrong. (Just not this film.)Henson does as best she can with this material, attempting Lucille Ball-level physical comedy. But she’s labouring and often overshadowed by the one unpredictable spark in the film — provided by Erykah Badu. The singer-songwriter is in rare form here as an off-kilter fortune teller, shooting electricity in every scene, while small roles by Tracy Morgan and Pete Davidson are oddly flat. (If you’re still bored, there’s always playing Cameo Bingo: Look for appearances by sports figures Mark Cuban, Shaquille O’Neal, Lisa Leslie, Grant Hill and Karl-Anthony Towns.)The script is uneven and heavy, with some of the only jokes coming from Badu and a few movie references to “Black Panther” and “Get Out.” Mostly, this is a film that still thinks people having a hard time navigating a beaded curtain is funny and that surprise S&M sex is hysterical.Another thing that seems forced in “What Men Want” is the tremendous amount of alcohol sucked down. There’s day-drinking, blackout nights and cocktails at work. The cast drink margaritas, whiskey neat, wine, beer and vodka and cranberry. Toward the end, it seems like every scene had some booze, a lazy way to create mischief. But, come to think of it, if alcohol was offered to the audience, this whiff of a film would be better received.“What Men Want,” a Paramount Pictures release, is rated R for “for language and sexual content throughout, and some drug material.” Running time: 117 minutes. One star out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Online: https://www.paramount.com/movies/what-men-want___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsMark Kennedy, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. The pair received the LGBTQ advocacy group’s Vanguard Award on Thursday during its 30th annual media awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Jay-Z, Beyonce dedicate GLAAD award to her uncle BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jay-Z and Beyonce have dedicated their GLAAD award to her uncle, who died of HIV-related complications.The musical power couple received the LGBTQ advocacy group’s Vanguard Award on Thursday during its 30th annual media awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. The group says the award honours “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.”Jay-Z honoured his mother, Gloria Carter, a lesbian whose story was featured last year in his song and video “Smile.”Beyonce told the audience one of her most beautiful memories about respect was on her tour “looking out from the stage every night and seeing the hardest gangsta trappin’ right next to the most fabulous queen.”She said witnessing the battle of her uncle Johnny was a painful experience.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 8:33 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

ExFugees rapper charged in campaign finance case

first_imgEx-Fugees rapper charged in campaign finance case by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 1:13 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON — One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the Justice Department said Friday.A four-count indictment accuses Prakazrel “Pras” Michel of conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financer Jho Low to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions. He is alleged to have used straw donors to give campaign contributions to a presidential candidate, who is identified in the indictment only as Candidate A.“Mr. Michel is extremely disappointed that so many years after the fact the government would bring charges related to 2012 campaign contributions,” said defence lawyer Barry Pollack. “Mr. Michel is innocent of these charges and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury.”Michel faces a separate civil forfeiture complaint accusing him in a scheme to try to get the department to drop an investigation into embezzlement from a Malaysian investment fund. Michel has denied wrongdoing in that case.The embezzlement from the fund, known as 1MDB, became a political scandal in Malaysia. Looted money paid for jewelry and luxury art and helped finance “The Wolf of Wall Street” and other Hollywood productions films. The Justice Department last year announced charges against Jho Low and two former Goldman Sachs bankers in a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered money from the fund, created to spur economic development projects in that country.One of those bankers, Roger Ng, was extradited from Malaysia several years ago to face charges in New York.The Associated Press FILE – In this April 12, 1997, file photo, Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, part of the group the Fugees, sings on stage during a concert in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A lawyer for one of the founding members of the 1990s hip hop group the Fugees says his client is facing charges related to 2012 campaign contributions. Defense lawyer Barry Pollack said Friday, May 10, 2019, that Michel is innocent and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury.(AP Photo/Daniel Morel, File) last_img read more

Long time resident Jeff Buderer right left Arcos

first_imgLong time resident Jeff Buderer (right) left Arcosanti for Texas soon after the Paradox Conference.Jeff spent much of his time at Arcosanti trying to foster theidea of sustainable living and building in the Project.Also pictured Victor Arcos. A close up of the stairs and his glowing window from outside. October 4, 2001DeparturesTasuku Matsuyama, a resident/construction volunteer for 9 months, is leaving this weekend to return to Japan.He did an amazing job of transforming his spartan room in E.C.1 into a very cool Japanese style living space.Lit stairs lead up to a loft/sleeping space with privacy screens that can slide open for air.Due to the fact Shoji gami (special paper for screens) is rare in Arizona,he used canvas to allow the passage of light.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] center_img Metalshop manager Sean Oehler also left Arcosanti recently.Here he is working on the decorative railing around the stairway encircling ECIII.last_img read more

New life for ancient Mathiatis mine

first_imgBy Rebekah GregoriadesSouth of Mathiatis, hidden in the pinewoods at the foot of Strongylos hill, is the oldest mine of the area, which will soon come to life again with gold mining and works to restore it.The mine dates back to 600 BC. It started out as a copper mine but gold was extracted between 1935 and 1945.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Mathiatis community leader, Theodoros Tsatsos, said the mine was considered “a great gift” to the community, since it will bring many benefits to the broader region, including the creation of some 50 new jobs.Tsatsos pointed out that to the northwest of the mine is Mavrovouni area, where caves and rocks with rust point out to the existence of furnaces to process copper in antiquity.He explained the Hellenic Mining Company approached the community with an interest in exploiting the mine and soon, with the signing of the contracts, works will begin.“As a community, we did not ask for this project ourselves. It was a copper mine BC. From 1935 to 1945 it was mined for gold. In those times, miners used pickaxes, pans, and ditches. Today mining is more sophisticated. There is modern machinery which can reveal the gold with greater success,” Tsatsos said.He added that “40 per cent of the volume that the company will transport to Skouriotissa is debris processed during 1935-1945, as well as part of the crater”.“The company came to us with an interest in mining. We had to study the proposal and give our positions. It is national wealth. It is gold. The community council itself could not just say `yes` or `no`. We had to study the proposal, see if there would be consequences or benefits, if it would be a nuisance, and act accordingly”, he said.Tsatsos noted that “before the Community Council officially received the application or the environmental study, we invited the company to come before the community council to present its intentions”, and a meeting took place in the presence of the Council`s advisers, including an environmental chemist and geologist, the legal adviser, and the technical adviser.“But before proceeding we called a community assembly and invited the company to present the project to the members of the community and answer questions”, he said.In a subsequent referendum, residents voted 62 per cent in favour and 38 per cent against, and thus it was decided that the works would proceed, as long as specific conditions set out by the council were met.The conditions include paving some two kilometres of roads to create a bypass for heavy vehicles and to minimise dust from traffic, to observe the timeframe of 25 months for the transportation of debris and gold mining, to remain within the boundaries of the mine and not expand it even if new deposits are found, to continuously measure dust levels and take measures, such as spraying water, in the event that high concentration of dust was seen, to protect any antiquities found, to preserve nature and only cut down trees where absolutely necessary and under the supervision of the forestry department, and to restore the site.Tsatsos said “the mine is visited by many tourists and in the new year this archaeological site will be included in the Cyprus Tourism Organisation list”, so it was requested that the site be restored — with a play area, a park, parking, kiosks, benches, pathways leading safely into the crater etc.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Larnaca police investigating assault and battery against two men

first_imgLarnaca police are investigating a claim of assault and battery against two men, 32 and 38, a report said on Wednesday.According to the report, a 22-year-old man from Larnaca filed a complaint on Tuesday night that around 9.15pm he was in open space with some friends of his near the Antonis Papadopoulos football stadium, in order to discuss with another group of men certain differences between them.Amid the discussion, the man claimed, a 32-year-old man from Tsiakkillero, Larnaca, and a 38-year-old from Larnaca, father of one in the other group, and assaulted the 22-year-old, punching him in the head.The 32-year-old also assaulted a 19-year-old from Larnaca, hitting him and kicking him.The 22-year-old said he was able to escape, but the two men chased him in their car, and he sought refuge in a nearby residence.An ambulance was called to the scene and transported the 22-year-old to the Larnaca general hospital, where on-call doctors found a hematoma on his scalp, neck and chest pain, and admitted him as a precaution.The 19-year-old did not go to the hospital for treatment, police said.Larnaca police continues to investigate the case.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 SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Audit office never swept issues under the carpet updated

first_imgAuditor-general Odysseas Michaelides’ claim that the Audit Service under his predecessor Chrystalla Georghadji sometimes swept issues under the carpet is untrue, the former chief auditor said on Tuesday.In a statement of response to the allegation made by Michaelides a day earlier, Georghadji said “most of the issues that have been presented as new were raised and are recorded in past annual reports of the Audit Service”.“Because this is not the first time that the former Auditor-General is being targeted, I want to make clear that I will not be issuing further comment,” Georghadji, who left the Audit Service in 2014 to be appointed governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus, said.But Georghadji’s reference to “issues” may leave her open to new criticism, as Michaelides, who made the claim while speaking at an anti-corruption event on Monday, had only publicly referred to one case where the handling of the Audit Service under his predecessor had prompted questions.“At the Audit Service we have had a mountain of audits that hadn’t been conducted for years,” Michaelides had said.“And let’s admit it: at times, the Service functioned as a tool to cover up, rather than expose, scandals. It saddens me to say it, but I can’t adopt a logic of immunity for every previous official, since that would directly clash with principles of accountability.”In a statement of response, Michaelides mocked Georghadji, first saying she was “right”, then explaining why she wasn’t.“Mrs Georghadji is right,” the statement said.“The scandals of the sewerage boards of Paphos, Nicosia and Larnaca, the Koshi waste-treatment plant, Limassol university Tepak and the Larnaca Land Registry building were recorded in the Audit Service’s annual reports. Only their recording as mere instances of mismanagement, without the requisite in-depth investigation so that criminal investigations can be launched, cannot lead to accountability.”As far as I am aware, Michaelides added, none of these cases was ever forwarded to the Attorney-General, and of course none of the culprits was ever indicted.In Monday’s anti corruption speech, the Auditor-General returned to the case of the premises of the Larnaca District Land Registry, for which he has recently alerted the Attorney-General’s office.Michaelides had explained his agency’s findings at a House Watchdog committee session last week.“The picture we have so far is that various individuals in power, either individually or in collaboration with each other, facilitated the buying of this building at a blatantly exorbitant price, in a way that implied that the price was actually reasonable and beneficial to the state, and followed up their actions to keep the questionable actions from parliamentary scrutiny,” he told committee members.According to Michaelides, the building, which had cost €8.1 million to build and was valued between €11.5 and €13.7 million, was bought in 2009 from the owners for €14.2 million, in addition to an extra €900,000 paid as rent for use of the building prior to the sale.Because the government decided to expropriate the property, rather than buy it outright, the owner paid no capital gains tax on the €7 million profit he made.“The price agreed for the expropriation constitutes squandering of public money,” Michaelides told the committee.“We might describe the entire procedure as a veiled awarding of a contract to build a public building, in violation of the legally-prescribed procedure for this.”In addition, he said, it was at least strange that the entire process was concluded in five days, when cases like this take an average of two years to process.In 2010, the Audit Service under Georghadji had said the transaction had failed to secure “transparency, equal treatment of citizens, and a price resulting from competition”, but deemed the price to be “ranging in reasonable levels”.Michaelides said the Audit Service’s estimate at the time had been “misleading”.“The ministry technocrats are now telling us that they have no responsibility because they were simply making recommendations,” Michaelides said on Tuesday.“The politicians are saying they simply accepted the technocrats’ recommendations, therefore they, too, have no responsibility.”You May LikeMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus 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

Letymbou pushing its way on to the visitor map

first_imgBy Bejay Browne LETYMBOU village in Paphos is experiencing a reawakening as plans to improve infrastructure, create a more inclusive community, promote agro tourism and encourage artistic expression get underway.The push for change is being spearheaded by the local mukhtar, Costas Hadjisolomou and his American wife, popular singer, Melissa Williams. He told the Sunday Mail that he didn’t like the inequality that was rife in the village ahead of his election and wanted to address that and other issues.“The Cypriots were paying less tax than the British and I didn’t like that at all. Everyone is equal and should be treated as such. I want people to know that if they chose Letymbou to live, they will be treated fairly,” he said.The community leader has spent his first year of office addressing such issues and ‘getting all of the work in order’. It has been a mammoth task as some residents hadn’t paid tax for years, in some cases, a decade. “It has taken a year to get everything back on track,” he said.Collecting the outstanding debts and ensuring a smooth operation of the village means there will be funds to improve infrastructure and undertake projects and implement plans to encourage visitors and new residents to the area, he said.Letymbou is a traditional Cypriot village, close to the Ezousas River, with an agricultural history, including vine growing and a small population of around 400 permanent residents consisting mainly of Cypriots, Britons and Swedes. These numbers can increase at times, as both Cypriots and other nationalities have holiday homes in the area.The couple said that exciting things are happening in the village, a new winery has opened, a traditional Cypriot house demonstrates cooking to the public, and an Egyptologist is keen to excavate various spaces around the village following the discovery of ancient human bones.“Antoine Hirsch PhD of the Canadian Institute in Egypt is interested in digging in the village, alongside Cypriot universities, and the project will be financed by the university and funds from the EU. We are just waiting for the go ahead from the antiquities department and work can get underway,” said Williams.The singer pointed out that as there was currently no museum in the village, this project will enable one to open, offering further reasons for people to visit the area, she said.“Any findings could be displayed and there is also documentation that there were numerous churches in and around the village. It is exciting to think what may be uncovered,” she added.The mukhtar and his wife said that the village was slowing becoming more popular with visitors who like exploring.Letymbou being spruced up“Someone once told me that Letymbou is one of the ugliest villages in Cyprus, I don’t agree at all, I love this community. However, there will be some beatification projects getting underway,” she said.A huge, long concrete wall in the village will be painted and tiled and by local artisans, and a general spruce-up of the area will see it tidied to present a more pleasing aspect, she said.Recycling bins are being introduced and importantly, the muktah is mulling various ways to encourage younger families to move to the area.“Child care is vitally important and subsidising child care is beneficial for young couples,” said his wife.She believes this is a way to encourage more people to the villages to ensure that communities don’t die out. “Many villages run the risk of turning into ghost towns as populations die and no-one moves to the villages.”Community activities to bring the villagers together are also being considered, such as outdoor Tai Chi, in which people of all ages would be able to participate.The village is already becoming busier with word of mouth recommendations. Popular with Israeli visitors is ‘Andros and Sofia’s Traditional House’. This ‘living museum’ offers a unique and authentic traditional experience and many members of the family are involved.Sofia decided to open up her home to the public and gives demonstrations of how to make halloumi, resi and bread, said Williams. It attracts visitors who experience a traditional, warm hospitable welcome and a real Cypriot experience, she added.“There is also an area where visitors can sample the foods made at the house, it’s like a mini taverna.”Recently opened ‘Makarounas Boutique Winery’ is also popular, opened eight months ago, the winery currently produces three wines from the families’ grapes grown in the area.Oenologist, Theodoros Makarounas said that grape-growing has been a family tradition for decades and that the time had come to create a bespoke winery to showcase their own wines.“We used to make wine for family and friends for many generations, we also sold our grapes to the smaller wineries, but I decided to open our own winery as I love to make wine,” he said.Based on modern methods of cultivation and bottling, the wines present a distinct, rich and full taste, he noted.Another popular venue is ‘The Vineyard Taverna’, owned and run by British ex pat residents, Julie and David Cooper. The restaurant holds a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and is popular with both locals and visitors. Live music and other events at the venue are breathing new life into the village and keeping things interesting, said Williams.“The traditional coffee shop in the village centre is also popular and frequented by women as they hold darts night which sees many attend.”Costas Hadjisolomou and Melissa WilliamsHadjisolomou and his wife are a force to be reckoned with. They met at one of her gigs after Williams took up a job offer on the island six years ago. She was originally due to stay for only three months.“I fell in love with the island and stayed. A year later I met my husband.  He is very handsome and always behaved with the ladies and has a wonderful voice, I thought his wife was a lucky lady,” she said.However, fate threw them together on a stormy night when both took shelter in a tavern and they discovered they were both single.  “He had never married and I was single and we have been together ever since that night,” she said.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 saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Brits said to be fuming over halloumi shortage

first_imgBrits are suffering from a shortage of halloumi, UK tabloids are reporting.The Daily Mail and the Sun say farmers in Cyprus are struggling to meet increasing demand from the UK, halloumi’s biggest market outside the island.“Supermarkets are running out of halloumi almost as quickly as they put it on the shelves, with heartbroken shoppers telling of their frustration on social media,” the Daily Mail said.One wrote: “Are people panic buying it? I’ve been trying to get hold of some for two weeks.”According to the Sun, Twitter user Lauren, said: “This is going to sound silly but… Is there a shortage of halloumi? Are people panic buying it?“I’ve been trying to get hold of some for 2 weeks and none of the local shops have it in stock… All I want is a salty, cheesy fix!”It added, Rosie tweeted: “Been to two different shops now and NEITHER had any halloumi is this a joke?? Is there a national shortage????”The Daily Mail said Pittas Dairies was sending emergency supplies across Europe by road to stores that do not want to wait the normal four weeks for it to arrive by sea.“It costs more money to send it that way but Brits love their halloumi,” company director John Pittas told the newspaper.Leading scientists were also addressing the issue, the paper said.A team from the Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University, where Dolly the sheep was cloned, is helping Cypriot farmers to increase their milk production to boost halloumi yields. The institute’s Ricardo Pong-Wong said: ‘The team in Cyprus are doing a fantastic job and they are already seeing benefits.’The Sun said the halloumi crisis followed the excitement of Aldi’s halloumi fries – which flew off the shelves and left customers fuming.“Scores vented on Twitter as the frozen food keeps being displayed as ”sold out” in a string of stores across the UK,” said the paper.It added that one angry customer wrote: ”Sixth time the charm I thought.. Previously I’d been in the evening so understood them being sold out but how were they sold out at 10 in the morning?“@Aldi you’re going viral with a product then at least make sure you’re stocking it.”You May LikeWatch DistroTVWatch Flour Power on DistroTV. Learn delicious baking recipes.Watch DistroTVUndoCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksFlight Price From India to USA Might Surprise YouCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksUndoSkip and GiggleMan Finds Plane Hidden In Jungle, But When He Looks InsideSkip and GiggleUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Woman wins right to religious privacy from states prying eyes

first_imgBy Elias HazouA female dentist has become the first Cypriot citizen to have had removed from state records any reference to her religious creed.Elena Milioti argued that this information constituted sensitive, personal data about herself and that therefore the state should delete this data from all its records.Last month, Milioti was informed that her request was successful: the Civil Registry department had amended the information regarding her religious creed, from ‘Christian Orthodox’ to ‘unspecified.’In effect, her position was that the state has no business knowing what her religious convictions are.She based her argument on the recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applying to individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area.Initially, she had turned to the Church, which advised her that she needed to be excommunicated before she could stop being referred to as Christian Orthodox.Through the bureaucratic rigmarole, she discovered that this would be too complex a procedure, since the Holy Synod conducts very few excommunications.Milioti insisted, however, that the matter concerned the state, not the Church.“My purpose was not to enter into a dispute with the Church, nor to offend anyone’s faith,” she told daily Politis.“I fully respect the beliefs of all people and, regardless whether I myself believe or not, I think that the state has no justification to know, and to hold records, about a citizen’s convictions.”Milioti next applied to the Nicosia District Office. Although they understood her request and were helpful, officials also asked her for a sworn affidavit.She refused to provide an affidavit, pointing out that this would defeat the very purpose of her request – a sworn statement entails appearing in court and swearing an oath on the Holy Bible or the Koran.“Even atheism is a creed, in a sense. What I wanted, is for any reference to my religion to be deleted. The fact I applied for the deletion of my religious creed is irrespective of whether I believe or not,” she explained.The Nicosia District Office agreed, and her application simply included a note that she had refused to provide a sworn affidavit.This was sufficient for her application to be processed, and ultimately approved.According to Politis, once word got out of Milioti’s successful application, a number of individuals began contacting authorities seeking information on how to do the same.The inclusion of a person’s religious creed in state records applies to all citizens, be they Christian Orthodox, Muslims, Armenians, Latins (Catholic) or Maronites.You May LikePsychologyQuestionsLearn More About Yourself with this Free Personality TestPsychologyQuestionsUndoTripsInsiderAmazingly Cheap Flights in United StatesTripsInsiderUndoJournalistateCheck Out These Photos Taken From High AboveJournalistateUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Annual Europa Donna march for breast cancer awareness

first_imgThe thirteenth annual breast cancer awareness ‘pink silhouette’ walk will take place on October 7 at 5pm in Nicosia, organisers Europa Donna Cyprus and AstroBank announced on Wednesday.“Breast cancer is still the first cancer for women and the first cause of death. One in eight women will get sick,” Europa Donna Cyprus president Evi Papadopoulou told a press conference at the presidential palace.“However, prevention campaigns, early diagnosis, new targeted drugs, treatments and a specialised approach bring the survival rate in Cyprus up to 80 per cent as in other advanced countries. Today in Cyprus there are at least 8,000 women who continue their lives after cancer and another 350 women who receive treatment each month.”Survival is not only fought in research laboratories, but also by doctors, in surgeries, schools, by national health systems and in government offices, she added.For this reason, Europa Donna Cyprus’ focus is on two main pillars, specialisation and an interdisciplinary approach with the common purpose to stop the disease from taking lives.At this year’s walk, held as part of global breast cancer awareness month, participants will hold 620 pink figures, one for each woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer, seven blue ones symbolising the seven men diagnosed and 102 white figures for the persons who died from the disease over the past year.The walk will start at the carpark on Makarios avenue and end at the Astrobank headquarters at the junction of Griva Digeni and Themistokli Dervi street.After the walk, the figures, each containing a message of strength and support, will be placed in front of the bank.Papadopoulou thanked AstroBank chief Giorgos Appios and the bank for their long-term support and cooperation.Appios said the ultimate goal is for the walk “to be transformed sometime in the future into a celebration and walking empty-handed, without any new diagnosed incidents and without any loss of human life from the illness.”Europa Donna Cyprus and AstroBank called on the public to participate in the pink silhouette walk under the motto ‘We walk for all the women in our lives’.   You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity 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 GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Free parking for electrichybrid cars

first_imgStrovolos municipality announced on Monday that electric and hybrid cars will be able to park for free in all municipal car parks.The municipality announced that owners of such cars need to apply for a free parking pass which will be valid until the end of December 2021.The permits of existing holders will be automatically renewed and sent to the beneficiaries through the post, the municipality said.Those interested in applying for such a pass may do so through the municipality’s website (www.strovolos.org.cy) or the citizens service office at the Strovolos town hall.A copy of the car’s ownership title must be submitted along with the application.The application may be found at:  https://www.strovolos.org.cy/wp-content/uploads/aitisi_dorean_stathmeusi2018.pdfYou May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Security guard suspended for pushing woman at welfare office video

first_imgA security guard has been suspended from his job at the Welfare Office after a video showed him manhandling a woman, head of the welfare services Maria Kyratzi said on Friday.According to statements Kyratzi made to offsite.com.cy, her department has requested an internal investigation into the matter. She added that the man is not a permanent member of staff but a contracted employee from the private sector.The incident was caught on video, and shows the man pushing the woman after she throws her bag at him.Police said the man got into the altercation with the woman after she started yelling in the offices.Following the incident, the woman was allowed to return to the office to make her request.After the video was shared on the internet, Disy MP and head of the House human rights committee Stella Kyriakidou said that there is zero tolerance towards violence on the part of any man or woman.Akel MP Skevi Koukouma said that incident was unacceptable.She added that the welfare service needs to explain what measures will be taken so such an incident does not occur again.“For example, what was the education and the training of this specific individual and the other individuals that work for the welfare services? Did the Labour Ministry request that individuals in such positions receive specific evaluation, education, and training?”The incident was made public on Friday, but happened at the welfare offices on Wednesday.You 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. 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

Lagarde list reveals communicating vessels between Greece and Cyprus

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouTHE list of Cyprus- and Greece-affiliated individuals and companies included in the revelations relating to Swiss HSBC account-holders resemble “communicating vessels”, Greek newspaper Ta Nea reported yesterday.The paper, which was the only Greek organisation involved in the global investigation that led to the revelations, compared the list of Greek entries on the list – known as the ‘Lagarde list’ – with Cypriot-affiliated individuals or companies that maintained accounts with HSBC Switzerland.Comparison revealed several common entries, a fact deemed by the paper “unsurprising” given the strong commercial and cultural ties between the two countries.However, it added, evidence thus far suggested that although Cypriot authorities have requested access to the list of Cyprus-affiliated entries, none has been granted.The ‘Cypriot’ list, Ta Nea reported, shows a total 308 account-holders who maintained balances of $647m in the Swiss bank. Of these, eight people had stated Greek residential addresses, two being Greek nationals.These eight individuals accounted for $11.5m in deposits, while other entries in the Cypriot list were found to hold accounts in which amounts flowing in mirrored those of Greek account-holders exactly, suggesting a link between the two.Although holding overseas bank accounts is neither illegal, nor indicative of wrongdoing, it has been widely speculated that the leaked information may include evidence of undeclared income, which was moved to Switzerland to take advantage of its ultra-strict bank secrecy laws.Meanwhile, following its public call for the Finance ministry to obtain the list and forward it to deputies, the House Ethics committee continued to beat the transparency drum yesterday as reason for demanding the names.“The primary focus is whether this list includes suspicious money, and any money linked to politically exposed persons,” committee acting chairman Demetris Syllouris told state radio. “Not necessarily politicians – they could be relatives of politicians or high-ranking government officials, who could have had a chance to get kickbacks through awarded contracts.”Taxation department official Renos Ioannou said that although media reports of such information is sufficient for the department to launch investigations, requesting the list from the French authorities is a matter for the government.“When we are handed the list, we will evaluate it to examine any issues of tax evasion, whether the money has been declared, and if not levy the appropriate taxes,” he said. “But it is the Finance ministry’s job to contact the right people and secure the list.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New book takes a look at partition

first_imgIf you’re interested in politics and observing cultural and social norms then Grigoris Ioannou’s new book in Greek may be of interest. Entitled Denktash in the South: The Normalisation of the Partition in the Greek-Cypriot side, it will be presented by Psifida Publishing at three events this week each with different invited guest speakers.The first is tonight in Limassol’s Tepak, where sociologist Andreas Panagiotou will present the book along with director Adonis Florides and sociologist Nikos Trimikliniotis. Of course, the book’s author will be present as well as will researcher Maria Hadjimichael, who will coordinate the discussion.On Saturday Arts Centre Kimonos in Paphos will host the book event along with historian and Psifides publisher Christos Mais and architect Sevina Floridou. The final event will be on Monday at the University of Cyprus with professor Olga Demetriou, professor and MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek, Takis Hadjigeorgiou and Takis Hadjidimitriou.“We’ll borrow the words of Professor Alexis Heraclides,” say the publishers “to say that the book ‘aspires to articulate a general view of how the partition was normalised’ to the Greek-Cypriots over the past 25 – mostly 15 years – and thus bring to light a hidden but ‘common’ secret of the Greek-Cypriots.”The basic argument of the book is that ‘the consolidation of partition’ was not automatic nor did it happen behind the backs of the Greek Cypriots. Perhaps more important was the repudiation by many of the consequences of 2004 and people’s ‘inability to work out alternative practices and other scenarios in the years to come.’Heraclides adds that “the demystification of the referendum process meant the end of the fog and the end of the innocence for all”. He clarifies that the motto ‘Denktash in the south’ was shouted by the Turkish Cypriots ‘on the evening of the announcement of the results of the referendum, thus reversing the ethnocentrism expressed and served by Rauf Denktash and his colleagues.’”Author Grigoris Ioannou, who has spent 20 years participating in many actions of rapprochement of Greek and Turkish Cypriots and more generally in the Cyprus Peace and Reunification Movement, is ready to present his views that this situation has left on Greek-Cypriots in his latest book. Book presentationAuthor Grigoris Ioannou and Psifida publishing present the book Entitled ‘Denktash in the south: The normalization of partition in the Greek-Cypriot side’. July 5. TEPAK, Limassol. 7.30pm. July 6. Kimonos Arts Centre, Paphos. 8.30pm. July 8. University of Cyprus, Nicosia. 7pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-675880 You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Road works to cause disruption on highway

first_imgRoad works on the Nicosia-Limassol highway will be carried out from Monday until Friday, the public works department announced.According to the department, the right lane in both directions will be closed for approximately 300m close to the Moni exit between 10am and 4pm.The works are expected to finish at around noon on Friday.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EastMed pipeline deal to be reached very soon government says

first_imgCyprus is very close to reaching an agreement with the countries involved in the construction of the East Med pipeline to transfer natural gas from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, a government source said on Sunday.The government source was commenting on reports in The Times of Israel this week, which, citing reports of Hadashot TV, said that Greece, Italy, and Cyprus have reached an agreement with Israel to lay a pipeline connecting the latter’s gas reserves to the three countries to supply gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.The media outlet recalled that the European Union agreed to invest $100 million in a feasibility study for the project  – estimated at over $7 bn – before the agreement was reached “over the laying of the longest and deepest underwater gas pipeline in the world.”As part of the agreement, Israel and Cyprus will be granted preference over other countries in exporting gas to the European market, according to the report.The EastMed Pipeline Project is to start about 170 kilometres off Cyprus’ southern coast and stretch for 2,200 kilometres to reach Otranto, Italy, via Crete and the Greek mainland. The pipeline will have the capacity to carry up to 20 bn cubic meters of natural gas per year.Work on the five-year project is expected to begin within a few months, reports said.Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Israel agreed last year to back the construction of a gas pipeline from newly discovered fields in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. The four countries also said they would cooperate to facilitate studies, permits, construction and operation of the project, with a view to signing an Intergovernmental Agreement on the project within 2018.A government source told state broadcaster CyBC on Sunday that an agreement is expected to be reached very soon among all countries involved in the project. After the deal is struck, the source said, it will take about five weeks for its provisions to be examined by the European Commission.Nicosia, the source said, is looking into all possible alternatives, as a lot will depend on the results of the drilling of  ExxonMobil that is currently underway, in Cyprus’ offshore block 10, within the island’s exclusive economic zone.The Stena Icemax drillship leased by ExxonMobil started drilling in the Delphine location in block 10 last week. The drilling is expected to last around two months.The rig will then move to either ‘Glafkos’ or ‘Anthea’ targets. The choice of the second target will depend, in part, on the findings of the first drilling in Delphine.Isreali Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz commented on the deal to Hadashot TV, saying that it could temper Arab influence in Europe.“For decades, we have complained about the Arab influence in Europe due to oil and gas. The export of gas to Europe will moderate this influence to a certain extent and be a counterweight to Arab power,” he said.Last December, Steinitz said a study on the project showed that the link was feasible, even though it presents technical challenges due to the depths involved and has an estimated cost of €6.2 bn ($7.36 bn).You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus joins EU ban on Boeings

first_imgCyprus said Tuesday it has suspended all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes inside its airspace.The ban came to force at 9pm.The island said it was complying with an EU-wide suspension issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency after the accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same type.EASA has also suspended all commercial flights involving the models performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoArgaka mukhtar stops conservationists againUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bizon cosponsors measure to allow experienced teachers to return to the classroom

first_img Categories: Bizon News 29Jan Bizon co-sponsors measure to allow experienced teachers to return to the classroom A measure co-sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon would eliminate the sunset on a 2012 law and allow retired teachers and school employees to re-enter the work force to fill critical vacancies in Michigan schools.“A strong education is of vital importance for future generations in Michigan, and we need to make sure schools have the necessary resources available to provide the best education for our children,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “There are critical and specialized vacancies these retired teachers can fill so that our schools can offer the best environment possible for students to learn and grow.”The bill, House Bill 4059, eliminates a July 1, 2014 sunset on Public Act 464 of 2012, which gives the state superintendent the ability to determine critical teacher shortages in Michigan school districts and allows the districts to fill the vacancies with qualified personnel. Many of the shortages are in areas requiring specialized training, such as speech pathologists and special education staff.“Our students deserve the best education we can provide,” Bizon said. “Giving local school districts the ability to easily remedy staffing shortages will help Michigan children have a brighter future.”The legislation retains existing safeguards for the current law to prevent educators from earning full pay while receiving their retirement pension.###last_img read more

Rep Lucido announces local monthly news program

first_img27Feb Rep. Lucido announces local monthly news program Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter J. Lucido is bringing updates from Lansing to televisions in homes across the 36th District.Rep. Lucido is appearing on a monthly television program on WBRW-TV and Shelby TV titled “Lucido YOUR State Legislator.” It provides an update on state government and local news for the residents of Shelby, Bruce and Washington townships and the Village of Romeo.“I look forward to providing the families and residents from the 36th District with an update on what’s happening both at the Capitol and in the area,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “If any constituents have questions or concerns regarding the issues covered in these programs, I encourage them to contact my Lansing office, 517-373-0843.”The program is hosted by Washington Township constituent liaison and resident Gary Kopp.  Please consult your local listings for dates and times for the show.   Any questions about episode times can be answered by calling WBRW-TV at (586) 697-5344 or Shelby TV at (586) 254-7130.Residents can contact Rep. Lucido at (517) 373-0843, by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov or at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.###last_img read more