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first_img RelatedEurope’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationsBest man? Maid of honour? You’ve got a job to do: arrange a stag or hen party that’s not going to cost a fortune. No problem. We’ve chosen 5 top stag and hen do destinations in Europe and created his and hers guides to each party city to help you…5 flights for £50 or less!5 flights for £50 or less!6 flights for under £50Six countries, six cheap flights to six brilliant short break destinations, for the city, for the sun or for the snow. Riga is the party wild child of the Baltics, a no holds barred northern oasis that offers everything from old world beer halls to slick style bars and riotous nightclubs.Underpinning the frenetic nightlife action is a UNESCO-listed old town awash with cobbles, dramatic churches and art nouveau flourishes. In short a striking backdrop for a big night out. Yes there are often one-too-many stag nights in town, but if it’s a party on the Baltic (or on a budget) you want, Riga is the place. 1. Skyline BarDoes exactly what it says on the tin. This swish lounge on the 26th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija offers unbeatable views of Riga. There’s a €3 entry charge from Thursday to Saturday, but it’s well worth it. As well as expensive cocktails, they also serve the excellent Latvian lager Cesu, from nearby Cesis.https://instagram.com/p/1kF34cBOer/More: 10 of the world’s sexiest bars (and what to drink when you’re there)2. B BarsOk, so it might make you screw your face up in horror, but you certainly won’t forget your first taste of Riga Black Balsam. This most unlikely of traditional drinks is a 90% proof concoction of more than two dozen plants, herbs and goodness knows what else mixed with strong vodka. They say it works well with cola, but most locals avoid it altogether despite the supposed health benefits. If you want to brave it this is the place, the second Black Balsams bar and much more stylish than the original.https://instagram.com/p/0heOa0Lcdu/3. Victory PubRiga overflows with British-style theme pubs. We would advise you to dodge them and the rather-too-friendly local girls that hang out there. Many are dreary affairs anyway, but this is a proper party place with 20 beers behind the bar, live football on TV and karaoke. Check in on Foursquare and you get a free hour of pool.https://instagram.com/p/lT9ds7DBQm/4. Pulkvedim Neviens NerakstaA bit of a mouthful this one, the name of which translates as Nobody Writes to the Colonel, referring to the novella by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Back in the 1990s it was pretty much the only place in town for fans of alternative music and counter culture. It’s still got a leftfield vibe today and functions as both a bar and, later on, as a club.https://instagram.com/p/v1iw7tFwzb/5. DM BarsHands up all you Depeche Mode fans! What, no one coming clean? Well if you are a fan slip on your black leather trousers and pay tribute to Dave Gahan and Co at this unlikely Latvian homage to the British goth popsters. The cocktails dedicated to DM songs, like Strangelove, Black Celebration and the non-alcoholic Behind the Wheel (get it?) might be a bit much if you’re not a fan, but the staff are friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and the drinks inexpensive.https://instagram.com/p/peeplpMjwV/6. LeningradAfter a bit of Soviet retro chic? Well ditch Glasnost and Perestroika and immerse yourself in a red world of vintage paintings, books, old radio sets and busts of the man behind it all, Lenin. A recent move to the city centre means live gigs are now on the roster too. One new addition that would have Lenin turning in his mausoleum are the excellent guest ales from Scottish craft brewer Brew Dog.https://instagram.com/p/1VRhCOudRh/7. Beer gardensRiga’s nightlife spills over into its beer gardens during the long, light Baltic summer nights. Piebalga (Livu Laukums) is the place to see and be seen, while Doma Darzs (Doma Laukums) by the cathedral has cocktails rather than ales. Savvy locals escape the city centre bustle at Labais Krasts (Anglikanu 5) with its river views and reasonable prices.https://instagram.com/p/19_ghqOSnV/8. Kaļķu Vārti/Club KVLocated in a cellar in the heart of Riga’s old town, this sundown institution is one of the most popular clubs in town. You can see why, with free entry, weekly specials on cocktails, DJs spinning a top mix of absolute tunes and a roof terrace – what more do you need? https://instagram.com/p/0aT7wQglgX/9. Riga Pub CrawlIf you find Riga’s nightlife bewildering, and you wouldn’t be the first. You can take the easy option and join a guided pub crawl. A gaggle of operators have started up in recent years to cater for demand, though some are just thinly-veiled attempts to get you to dodgy pubs and clubs. Riga Pub Crawl offer warts-and-all Riga tours. They can tailor your night to stick to atmospheric old pubs or cool bars or steer you towards the nefarious strip joints that pull in the stag night crowds.https://instagram.com/p/17W4MpGbsu/Riga’s nightlife tired you out? Get cultural with Latvia’s neighbours:Top 9 things to do in VilniusTop 11 things to do in TallinnFind flights to RigaFind hotels in RigaSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineHublot is further strengthening its presence and brand image in the world of skiing! Maria Riesch (born 24th November 1984 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria) has become our number one Alpine skier. Double Olympic champion in the Super Combined and Slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, she took the Gold Medal in the Slalom at the Val d’Isère 2009 World Championships and is currently No. 1 in the FIS* classification. There was an immediate spark between the hugely talented skier, with her winner’s mentality, and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot. Now, at the top of her game and on excellent form, she has even greater ambitions for these World Championships, taking place in her home territory from the 7th to the 20th of February 2011. She currently leads the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup General ClassificationThe Maria Riesch phenomenon Hailing from a long line of female all-round skiers, Maria Riesch began skiing in her native Bavaria at just three years of age. Entering the World Cup very early on, the many-time Junior World Champion distinguished herself from the very beginning, finishing in the top 10 several times, particularly in the slalom. Her meteoric rise was hampered by serious injuries which frequently kept her off the slopes. Spared injury since the 2006-2007 season, she has reached the highest level of the sport, with exceptional performances in both speed events (downhill and Super G) and technical contests (giant slalom and special slalom). She is now a star of the world circuit and the leading figure in German Alpine skiing.Hublot, Official Timekeeper for the world of skiing Hublot has always been closely linked to the mountains and skiing. Of course, this is partly due to its origins, and the Swiss culture that underpins its values, but also to its deep attachment to the world of sport in general. In the luxury watchmaking world, Hublot is an ultra-inventive brand that has formed extraordinary associations with sports such as football, Formula 1, sailing and polo, and always at the very highest level. In 2010, Hublot was the first luxury brand to forge links with competitive skiing. Champion skiers Bode Miller and Dario Cologna became its distinguished ambassadors and the watch brand was appointed “Official Timekeeper” for the FIS Ski World Championships, not only in the Alpine discipline (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 7th – 20th February 2011) but also in Nordic skiing (Oslo, 24th February – 6th March 2011). Having signed a long-term partnership as official Time Keeper and Official Watch with the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Hublot now has a presence at all races, both at the start in the shape of a Hublot clock and on the large screens at the finish, as well as on the aerials of all the TV channels broadcasting the races. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hublot will also be the “Official Watch” of the Swiss-Ski House 2011, the rallying point for the champions and all the supporters throughout the competition. A 4-metre high Hublot totem clock will be installed on-site to welcome visitors. The watch brand has also been involved in organising the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the first ever Alpine ski race at Crans Montana, with the installation of a commemorative plinth and the organisation of a full weekend of events on the 2nd and 3rd of April featuring appearances from numerous skiing champions and legends, including Dario Cologna. It is also a partner of the Courchevel Ski School which aims to encourage the transmission of expertise and help secure the future of skiing, thus reaffirming its strong attachment to the values of sharing and respect.www.hublot.comlast_img read more

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CANCUN MEXICO — Tourists are in awe and locals co

first_imgCANCUN, MEXICO — Tourists are in awe and locals couldn’t be happier: Cancun has finally gotten its beaches back. As the $71 million project continues, the results can not only be seen, but are already being enjoyed by all.The project commenced on September 4th, 2009, delivering more than 2,000 tons of pipeline material to the destination and more than 1.3 billion gallons of sand to replenish all of Cancun’s Hotel Zone seashore.To see actual tourist testimony, visit www.cancun.travel/en/ and click on the “Cancun’s beach recovery project continues with great progress” icon. To view 360 degree images of the new and improved Cancun beaches, check out www.bluechannel.com.mx/recuperacion2009/Visit www.cancun.travel for more information.last_img

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Miami Beach Florida – The 49th Annual Fort Lauder

first_imgMiami Beach, Florida – The 49th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will see the unveiling of snew models by Bertram Yachts as they change the brand’s image from classic sport fishing to dual-purposes pleasure yachting. The brand is introducing new advances in technology and design, giving Bertram a fresh appeal.Recognizing that these yachts are not simply for sport-fishing enthusiasts only, but rather are luxuries for those looking to spend more time with their family and friends, Bertram is committed to providing the backdrop for enjoying life while out on the sea.The Bertram 540 The new Bertram 540 yacht is distinguished as an ultra performing luxury sport-fishing vessel, which incorporates unique elements of design, unlike other Bertram’s before.This layout also features a galley aft, which creates more space and liveability on board. A first for a Bertram yacht of this category, this galley aft design opens up the whole interior space of this yacht providing a unique living area with extra room between the salon and cockpit.The most striking new feature is the forward wraparound window that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding waters and allows for an incredible amount of natural light to shine through the interior of the yacht. This feature highlights the yachts profile, which will likely become this yachts signature.Another impressive asset of the 540, equipped with Twin CAT C-32 1676 hp engines, it can reach top speeds of up to 39 knots. Overall, this is a universal sport-fishing machine that exudes luxury and performance equally.The Bertram 800 The new Bertram 800 is the largest Bertram model to ever be built in its production stages at the Bertram plant. This impressive vessel is in development for winter 2009.The 800 is being built to accommodate the desires of the most sophisticated customers for both U.S. and International markets. It will be offered as both an Enclosed and Open version to meet this variety of needs. With the support of the AYT, extensive research was done to improve upon the dynamics of the shaft and strut functions and new advanced window design on this new yacht. AYT – successfully identified how to modify these design struts in order to dissipate cavitation, thereby minimizing maintenance issues, gaining better fuel economy and enhancing engine performance.The 800 will also feature the exclusive ARG (Anti-rolling Gyro) technology, in which Ferretti has just renewed the exclusive contract with Mitsubishi until 2011.The luxurious full beam master will offer sweeping views of the open ocean with large porthole windows, which surround the master suite. The 800 features a four cabin layout and will offer multiple layout options for the master staterooms than can be customized upon request.last_img read more

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first_img by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2018 10:22 am PDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation NEW YORK, N.Y. – Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards.Gill said it is “impossible” to not leave someone off the list in a given year.“I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys will go on and the country artists will feel slighted. Or maybe the classical people will feel slighted,” Gill said. “It’s impossible to pull something off like that and not leave a few people by the wayside.”The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha.Sitting with Harris and Morris before the concert, the 21-time Grammy winner said all that matters is that musical people are “conscious of what’s great at the end of the day.”“You’re looking at three really ope- minded musical people. We don’t care about genres, of colour of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that’s all,” he said.Morris, who won her first Grammy last year, agreed, saying that the Grammys history backs it up.“I think the person that’s won the most Grammys is Alison Krauss so I don’t know. I mean, there’s obviously some things that need to be looked at, I think, and maybe it’s just voting members. Maybe we need to like expand on that,” Morris said.Krauss has won 27 Grammys, and nominated 44 times. Krauss is actually tied for second place with Quincy Jones for most Grammy wins. Hungarian composer Georg Sorti holds the record with 31 wins.Morris also cited another Grammy winner.“I was really proud of Alessia Cara that she won best new artist. I think she really deserved that,” Morris said. “But I think there’s always improvement that needs to be had.”Harris admitted she was aware of the problems facing women in the recording industry, from sexual misconduct to unfair treatment, but doesn’t count herself among those affected.“I haven’t run into a lot of the problems that I know are out there. But my path has been pretty unfettered with those kinds of things,” Harris said.The Recording Academy drew criticism for a variety of issues, including not having album of the year nominee Lorde perform on the live telecast last month. Also, of the awards shown on the broadcast, only two winners were women — Cara and Rihanna (for a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar).Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow intensified the situation, saying that women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. He later said he misspoke.center_img FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Vince Gill performs during a memorial service for country music singer Troy Gentry at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Gill is defending the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Gill says it’s impossible not to leave someone off the list each year and that some group always feels slighted. The country music star made the comments earlier this week of Feb. 12, 2018, before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) last_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – The Boss will be among the headli

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Boss will be among the headliners at the Tony Awards telecast on Sunday.Producers of the show said Wednesday that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Radio City Music Hall in addition to receiving a special Tony for his ongoing show “Springsteen on Broadway.”Springsteen will be among a list of stars presenting or performing at the show, including Robert De Niro, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patti LuPone, Katharine McPhee, Tina Fey, Billy Joel, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells.The co-hosts are Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. The three-hour show on CBS starts at 8 p.m. FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs during the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto. Springsteen will be the special guest in Asbury Park, N.J., on June 18, 2018, at the Asbury Lanes concert to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File) Bruce Springsteen to perform at Sunday’s Tony Award telecastcenter_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2018 8:36 am PDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Sean Young under investigation for alleged laptop

first_imgSean Young under investigation for alleged laptop theft by Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2018 12:26 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2018 file photo, actress Sean Young attends the premiere of TNT’s “The Alienist” in New York. Police say Young is still under investigation in New York on suspicion she stole two laptops belonging to a production company that fired her from a new film she was directing. A New York Police Department spokeswoman said on Monday, Aug. 13, that no charges have been filed. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Actress Sean Young was under investigation Monday in New York after the alleged theft of two laptops belonging to a production company that fired her from a new film she was directing.A New York Police Department spokeswoman said no charges have been filed against the 58-year-old star of the 1980s film “Blade Runner.” However, detectives are still looking into the matter.NYPD Cadet Taylor Cannon said the laptops taken last Thursday from a Queens apartment came with production software for a film Young was directing called “Charlie Boy.”The actress has acknowledged that she mistakenly took the production laptops instead of her personal ones while retrieving her belongings. In a statement issued last Friday, Young said she had “gathered what I believed to be my property but later discovered I was mistaken.”She was fired from the film several months ago after a dispute with producers.Her manager, Gregg Edwards, said Monday that a surveillance video shows her “putting her own table into her own car in the middle of the day.” According to police, the video also shows Young entering and leaving the building accompanied by an unknown man.Edwards said his client had pre-arranged with the building owner to enter the apartment, and the door was open when she arrived. “She assumed it was open so she could get in,” he said.Since then, Young said in her statement, she has contacted producer Dominick Martini “to arrange for the 2 laptops to be returned and to pick up my 2 laptops at their earliest convenience but have now been receiving threatening voice mails from Director Timothy Hines who has been releasing untrue slanderous statements to the press.”Neither Martini nor Hines, who is now directing the film, could immediately be reached for comment Monday.Young starred in the 1982 film “Blade Runner” alongside Harrison Ford. Also in the 1980s, she appeared in “No Way Out” and “Wall Street,” and more recently on TNT in “The Alienist.”last_img read more

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by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Nov

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 10:04 am PDT ‘Superwoman’ star Lilly Singh joins creators taking a break from YouTube Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Lilly Singh speaks during the We Day event in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov TORONTO — Lilly Singh is the latest YouTuber to say she’s taking a break from the platform to focus on her mental health.The Toronto native, known by her nickname “Superwoman,” released a video on Monday telling her viewers she is “mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted” by the pressures of churning out content.“I’ve been doing YouTube consistently for eight years,” she said, pointing to her twice weekly videos and regular blog posts.“I love it, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s been a lot.”Singh, who has nearly 14.5 million YouTube subscribers, said she isn’t “super happy” with some of the videos she’s made to keep pace with expectations on YouTube.“It kind of is a machine,” she said.“And it makes creators believe that we need to pump out content consistently, even at the cost of our life and our mental health and our happiness — because if you don’t then you’ll become irrelevant.”Other creators have addressed their own mental health challenges, saying they worsened with the crush of demands that come with being a YouTuber.Ottawa-based Elle Mills published the video “Burnt Out at 19” in May, after saying the pressures of being a successful YouTuber led to panic attacks.She eventually returned to posting videos about a month after signing off.Singh emphasized she’s not leaving YouTube, but hasn’t made any promises for when she plans to return.Singh is chasing a successful career offline as well, publishing the book “How to Be a Bawse” last year, starting her own production company and speaking at public events, including the United Nations General Assembly for youth in September.Over the summer, she expressed dismay over how difficult it was to satisfy fickle YouTube viewers who seemed to only want more. She doubled down on those thoughts in her latest message, suggesting creators shouldn’t measure quality by the number of video views.“That’s why I need to take a little bit of a break to truly re-evaluate what I define my success as, and what I want my legacy to be,” she said.“Because right now it’s not something that I’m proud of.”Singh added that she couldn’t preach about self-care and happiness on YouTube if she wasn’t practising it herself.“You are the biggest and most important project you will ever work on,” she added. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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This also makes the beautiful spiral design on the

first_imgThis also makes the beautiful spiral design on the ceiling more visible. August 24, 2015This continues our report on interior renovation of East Housing, see initial report about plans on 7/24/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Part of the second floor loft has been removed to brings more light into the second floor space. Utilities manager Scott Riley is touring the site with the planning team to talk in detail about the upcoming changes.More to come.last_img

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May 23 2016Here are photos of highlights of last

first_imgMay 23, 2016Here are photos of highlights of last Saturdays performances during the FORM 2016 festival.Morning talk in the Ceramics Apse with artist and filmmaker DOUG AITKEN and Cosanti Foundation co-director Jeff Stein.[photos by Sue Kirsch]LYDIA AINSWORTHSON LUXEMPRESS OFPoet SAUL WILLIAMSMOSES SUMNEYDAN DEACONHUNDRED WATERSlast_img

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Civil servant union chief against political postings

first_imgThe head of Pasydy civil servants’ union, Glafcos Hadjipetrou said on Wednesday that no civil servant, regardless of their rank, should hold a political party office.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC radio, Hadjipetrou said that a 2015 law allowing civil servants to take up party posts as long as they obtain permission from the Public Service Commission (PSC) first was unconstitutional. The law provides for those on the A8 pay scale and above. Those below A8 are exempt from the regulations.“A civil servant is there to serve the public. How can someone that promotes party policy be a civil servant promoting government policies?” Hadjipetrou asked.He added that civil servants could not hold party posts and perform their duties impartiallyThe only acceptable position, he said, was for civil servants to be simple party members.Hadjipetrou said this did not constitute the rights of civil servants whose task is to serve the public.He said that the union had asked its legal advisor, Alecos Markidis, to look into the possibility of challenging the law in question. “If there is such a possibility we will. It is 100 per cent unconstitutional,” he said.Hadjipetrou expressed his regret that the law was voted in “and nobody stopped it and now there is a row over who received permission or not”.He was referring to the disagreement between Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides over the interpretation of the law as to the case of Savia Orphanidou, a civil servant who is also member of ruling Disy’s political bureau.Attorney-General Costas Clerides recently ruled that any civil servant who held any post in any political party from 1991 to 2015 had been in violation of the law, and likewise those civil servants on the A8 pay scale or higher since 2015 holding party posts without permission from the PSC.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Ayia Napa tells louts theyre not welcome

first_imgAyia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos has written a letter to media and tour operators abroad saying ‘low-quality’ tourists such as ‘lads-style’ holidaymakers were undesirable at the popular resort.The letter was published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper under the headline ‘Boozy lads no longer welcome in Ayia Napa, mayor warns’ because he wants to make Ayia Napa into “the most cosmopolitan tourist resort of the Mediterranean”.Karousos said that after discussions with other interested parties it was time to end the “low quality youth” market because it only counted for around 8 per cent of arrivals to the resort and he did not want the other 90 per cent to be put off by loutish behaviour.Ayia Napa has had a rocky path to tourism success over the years from being popular with Cypriot youth back in the eighties to a noisy and troubled clubbing attraction in the nineties, a lull over the following decade and a resurgence in recent years as a party destination, and all of the headaches that brings in terms of law enforcement and reputation.“We shall not allow a small number of our visitors to turn away the remaining 90 per cent, with their negative actions and behaviours,” said Karousos in his letter.“We would therefore like to make it public that such inappropriate behaviour from certain clientele (low quality youth market) and all their related business partners (tour operators, nightlife event organisers, etc.) are not welcomed in Ayia Napa [sic].”Karousos said a new CCTV system would also be installed across the town to prevent and punish “illegal behaviour”.According to the Telegraph, quoting the mayor, Karousos said the resort had welcomed vast investment in new hotels and apartments but more was needed to rid a style of tourism “not in line with our future strategy and our vision”. It mentioned the new €220m marina is set to open next year.Karousos referred to the ‘organised youth’ who misbehave, do not respect the laws of Cyprus, “and with their actions creates negative publicity and actually do damage [to] the reputation of the brand name Ayia Napa”.The Telegraph said that some resorts in Spain were taking similar actions. Last December Tom Smedley, managing director of Compare-Travel.eu, which counts ladsholiday.com among its portfolio, told Telegraph Travel that the days of the lads holiday were numbered.“Society’s changing, drinking culture is changing. Early on the drinking was the main part of the holiday, now it is a part of it. It’s reflective of the UK: increasing sophistication of society is driving it. “People want to go to nice hotels, like they want to go to cocktail bars on a Saturday night in the UK.”Ladsholiday.com, site for boozy male holidays, describes Ayia Napa thus: “If you and your mates want a lads holiday destination that is a cut above many other resorts, then Ayia Napa on the island of Cyprus‚ has been giving groups of lads exactly what they want for the last few years.”It says with a massive number of clubs backed up by some top-class bars and pubs, and combined with some postcard-quality beaches where you can chill out in the day, “Ayia Napa is a lads holiday destination that ticks all the boxes”.“Ayia Napa used to be a tiny, peaceful, fishing village. Not any more – Cyprus has embraced club culture and the island now actively encourages groups to come here and party hard in what is always a destination with a good, friendly vibe, and lots of like-minded lads and classy ladies,” it adds.But not for Karousos. He said his vision for the resort is more in line with the island’s national tourism strategy.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo 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

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ExManafort aide testifies his mentor hid income in Cyprus

first_imgFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s right-hand man testified at trial on Tuesday that Manafort instructed him not to tell their firm’s bookkeeper about payments from accounts in Cyprus that held millions of dollars in earnings from consulting work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.Rick Gates, the US government’s star witness in Manafort’s trial on tax fraud and bank fraud charges, told a federal court jury in Alexandria, Virginia, that there were hundreds of emails showing Manafort approved payments out of the Cypriot accounts.Gates’ testimony on the trial’s sixth day was part of the prosecution’s effort to prove that Manafort was responsible for financial manoeuvrings that he and other witnesses have testified include filing false tax returns and failing to report foreign bank accounts.Gates, Manafort’s long-time business partner, was expected to face a tough cross-examination later on Tuesday by defence lawyers in the first trial to arise from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. The Kremlin denies election meddling.Manafort’s defence is seeking to pin the blame on Gates himself, who has acknowledged embezzling from Manafort’s firm.Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.Gates, who also was an official on Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators and conspiring to defraud the United States and agreed to cooperate.On Tuesday, Gates also testified about “modified” invoices for payments to US vendors that he said he created at Manafort’s request. The invoices were created to meet document requirements of a bank, Gates said, adding that the payments were legitimate.He testified about a complex scheme in which earnings from Manafort’s political work in Ukraine would be paid by Ukrainian businessmen using companies in Cyprus to other Cyprus-based companies controlled by Manafort.Prosecutors showed contracts laying out that Manafort would be paid $4 million a year in quarterly instalments of $1 million, all channelled through Cyprus. The funds were logged as loans, but Gates testified they were in fact compensation to Manafort.Gates, 46, testified on Monday that he helped falsify Manafort’s tax returns and hide his foreign bank accounts. He testified that he has met with prosecutors about 20 times. It is unclear what other information he may have provided to Mueller’s team.Gates admitted on Monday that he did steal money through inflated expense reports, but he said it was hundreds of thousands of dollars, not millions as defence lawyers stated.last_img read more

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Adopted American tracks down Cypriot birth mother in just a week

first_imgA 51-year-old Cypriot-born American man adopted as a child and taken to the US found his birth mother in Cyprus within a week after he started his search through a plea in a local newspaper.The story was reported on Tuesday by daily Politis, which last week published another story that 51-year-old John Cohen was looking to locate his biological mother.Cohen, who grew up in Long Island, New York, knew he was adopted but had no information as to where he was from. But after the death of his adoptive mother he discovered he had been born in Cyprus in 1967. He found out his given name was Yiannis Kofterides and he had been born in July 1967 in Nicosia, probably to a single mother as there was no name anywhere on his documents of a biological father.A few months ago Cohen started work as a cook at the restaurant of Greek Cypriot Nicolas Apostolides in Florida. After telling his employer his story, Apostolides offered to help. While in Cyprus on holiday, Apostolides asked Politis for help and gave them all the information Cohen had in his possession.Following the publication of the article last week, Cohen’s birth mother, Thalia, who has been living in Canada since 1972, contacted the daily, asking for more information about the son she never stopped looking for as, she said, she had never signed any adoption papers.Originally from the village of Pomos in Paphos, Thalia – the second of 12 siblings – worked as a maid at a Nicosia house at the time. On one of her visits to her village to see her family she met a soldier who was stationed in the area. They continued seeing each other in Nicosia until she got pregnant at the age of 20. Her 22-year-old boyfriend told her he could not marry her. After the baby was born, he agreed to recognise it as his own, but said he did not want to have anything to do with Thalia and their child.Thalia continued working to support herself and the baby but after she decided to take him out of a kindergarten because they were not taking good care of him her parents took Yiannis with them to the village.While at the village, Yiannis’ grandparents were approached by Menelaos Frouxides, a representative of ETKO wineries in the Paphos district who told them he could arrange for the boy to be adopted by a good family in the US.They tried to convince Thalia, who in the meantime had got married and had another child, to agree to this. Thalia, according to Politis, did not want to give her son up but eventually agreed to a try-out period of one year. Frouxides had found the Cohens, a Jewish American couple who had no children and who wanted to adopt Yiannis.Thalia travelled in 1971 with Yiannis and the Cohens to Beirut to arrange at the US embassy there for the boy’s visa so he could travel without her to the US. She had tried to do the same at the US Embassy in Cyprus, but there was a delay so they all flew to Beirut.After Yiannis’ travel documents were ready, he left with the Cohens for the US from Beirut, and Thalia travelled back to Cyprus. She had told Frouxides that if she felt after a year that her son was in good hands she would sign the adoption papers. She never saw Yiannis since.In 1972, Thalia moved to Canada with her husband, where she had another child.Over the years she received a few letters from Yiannis’ adoptive father through Frouxides. She also managed to speak to him on the phone a couple of times after finding the family’s contact details and asked to see her son. She told Politis that when she asked Mr Cohen how the adoption had been made as she never signed any documents and enquired about the role of Frouxides, he threatened her not to call again because he could have her thrown in prison.Thalia, the daily said, had made numerous attempts to get to her son through embassies, private detectives, even TV shows but without any success.After contacting the daily, she was able to speak to him on the phone. Her first words to Yiannis were: “I know the day you were born. I was there. I gave birth to you.”You May LikeAp +25 Motorcycles Worth More Than Most SupercarsAp +UndoSidiario.comDo you know how to buy the best fruit? Discover these tricksSidiario.comUndoTerdstores10 Perfect Wine Accessories Gifts For Wine Lovers – TERDSTORESTerdstoresUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Ibrahims Khan hosts first Christmas event

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneIbrahim’s Khan, an historic building in the heart of Paphos old town, will host its first interactive Christmas event on Saturday and a full day of entertainment including decorating a Christmas tree is planned.Organised by the Ibrahim’s Khan event and promotion team along with Paphos municipality, entrance is free and it will get underway at 11am.Artists and artisans occupy the individual units at the newly renovated Khan. Historically, the ancient building was used as an inn and an area where merchants and craftsmen would come together.There are sixteen units altogether, including an olive house, a carob workshop, traditional products, jewellery, mosaics, wood carving, painting, chair-making and pasta-making workshops and a new restaurant. There is also a theatre space with a stage that is available to hire.Team member and well-known mosaic artist Sharen Taylor also has a workshop at the Khan, and told the Cyprus Mail that the event will be an interesting day out for all of the family.“We want to encourage people to come and visit us at the Khan as some people still don’t know that we exist.”As well as the resident artists and craftspeople, a number of guest workshops will also be hosted at the space at the ‘Christmas Spirit at Ibrahim’s Khan’ event. Most are interactive and will invite members of the public, both children and adults to participate, she said.“The Christmas tree has just been put up and all of the decorations will be hand made by the public on the day,” she said.A workshop on how to make decorations and decorate a Christmas tree will conclude with participants placing their creation on the 6m high fir tree.Jewellery maker Stephanie Socratous, also a member of the Khan’s organising team, said that the programme will also include,  wine tasting, oil tasting, making carob products, gingerbread  and waffle making and fabric stamping.“People will be able to stamp fabric and postcards at various workshops, they will also dress the tree and there will be other activities and workshops too,” she said.Homemade soups by Beatriz bistro and hot chocolate will be on offer and stilt walkers and a full music programme will keep the public entertained, she said.Accordion player, Stavros Savs, will play from 11am-1pm, followed by Pavel on saxophone until 3pm and DJ George Kara will also play from 11am to 4pm.“The musicians and DJ will lay together at some points,” said Taylor.Visitors will be able to try their hand at mosaic making at Taylor’s workshop and also view the mosaic map of Ibrahim’s Khan that was created by children of Paphos as part of the artists’ summer school workshop, 2018.The mosaic will be placed on a wall of the Khan at a later date.‘Christmas Spirit at Ibrahim’s Khan’ – Saturday November 24, 11am until late Further information: Sharen Taylor: 99603782www.facebook.com/ibrahimskhanoldtown/You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cabinet approves roadmap for privatisations Updated

first_imgBy George PsyllidesThe cabinet on Thursday unanimously approved the roadmap for the privatisation of state companies that is part of the terms of the island’s €10 billion bailout.Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said the process will be evolutionary, and expected to last three years.“The first privatisation will take place after two years of preparing and restructuring a specific organisation,” Stylianides said, a period when Cyprus is expected to return to growth.The spokesman said there was no question of fully privatising any organisation.Stylianides said Cyprus must first see how to overcome the recession, and at what stage of growth the economy would be when it seeks investors.“The decision will be implemented in the in a manner that will yield the best results for the state,” the spokesman said. “In the meantime, any proceeds from casino licenses for example, or other sources, will be taken into consideration and counted towards our obligation to find €1.4 billion so that we have more flexibility as regards the form and extent of the denationalisations.”Privatisations are part of terms in the island’s bailout agreement. Cyprus must raise €1.4 billion through privatisations between 2016 and 2018.The roadmap was a condition for the release of the third tranche amounting to some €185 million.It must be approved by international lenders before the cash is released later this month.“We are in continuous consultation with the troika. We expect their stance to be constructive,” Stylianides said.The decision ensured the workers’ participation in the procedure and secured their rights. They, as well as the wider public, can also take part in the ownership.Each organisation will be handled accordingly, depending on the nature of the service it provided, the spokesman said.Unions oppose privatisations and have already staged warning strikes. They have threatened to escalate if the government went through with its plans.Stylianides said the dialogue with the unions will continue throughout the transition period so that the best results were achieved.Based on the roadmap, the first organisation slated for privatisation is state telecommunications company CyTA.The organisation’s board said on Thursday that the current period was not suitable for the sale of CyTA or any part of it.In a written statement, the board said CyTA must immediately restructure in a bid to cut costs and increase its value.This way “the state will continue to have an asset of increasing value, which can be used in the best possible way without pressure and timeframes.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo 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

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EC report says Cyprus has good beaches too many birds trapped

first_imgDespite some progress on illegal bird trapping in Cyprus, numbers are still unacceptably high, the latest Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) of the European Commission said.The report, published on Friday, found that insufficiencies also remain on the designation of the terrestrial part of the Natura 2000 network but that Cyprus has “several examples of sound fiscal measures on the environment” to show. Moreover, there are significant insufficiencies at sea, especially in the offshore marine areas, the report said.“The effective protection of Natura 2000 areas — especially coastal zone — from incompatible activities or developments that fragment or degrade them, remains a concern,” the report said.It added that management plans for these areas must be completed and properly implemented and all necessary environmental assessments carried out correctly before potentially damaging plans or projects can be approved.Some progress has been made on the illegal trapping of birds thanks to increased enforcement and stricter fines for mist-netting in legislation, it said, “however, the trapping numbers are still unacceptably high.”Cyprus however, has some “examples of good practice” to show.“According to the European Environment Agency report on European bathing water quality, in 2017, 97.3 per cent of Cyprus’ 113 bathing waters were of excellent quality and none were of poor quality,” it said.It added that Cyprus has used LIFE funds effectively to establish its Natura 2000 network which now covers 28.8 per cent of the land area which is way above EU average – 18.1 per cent – and to implement conservation measures at specific sites.Cyprus’ revenue from environment-related taxes is also above the EU average, it said, adding that “consumption and environmental tax revenues are high, making Cyprus’ tax structure relatively growth and environment friendly.”It also notes several examples of sound fiscal measures on the environment, such as the domestic and irrigation water pricing policy, supported by environmental NGOs and academia.Another example is the considerable progress being made on reducing the ‘diesel differential’ (difference in the price of diesel versus petrol) since 2005.“On environmental information, the first-rate air quality portal can be an example for other environmental areas,” it said.On the Timber Regulation, between March 2015 and February 2017, Cyprus “performed more checks on operators for both domestic and imported timber than was originally planned and carried out the most checks of any member state during this period.”There has been some progress on waste management, it said, as the strategic framework for waste is now in place and the national waste management plans for all waste streams have been adopted. It called for proper rehabilitation of the illegal landfills in Limassol and Nicosia that have closed down.According to the report, there is a significant delay in the adoption and implementation of the new economic instruments have been set out in the national waste management plan.Cyprus, it said, needs to make significant efforts to establish an adequate network of facilities that would effectively manage all of its waste in line with the waste hierarchy if it is to reach the 2020 targets and even higher recycling targets.According to the Commission’s 2018 ‘early warning report’, Cyprus is at risk of not meeting the 2020 municipal waste recycling target of 50 per cent.On water management, Cyprus has made some progress, by adopting its second river basin management plan (RBMP) and putting in place a new water pricing policy that covers some water services. However, significant gaps remain in monitoring programmes.The report also said it remains to be seen if the new legal framework on water pricing provides adequate incentives for users to use water efficiently, as adequate metering and volumetric charging of abstractions are limited.You May LikeLivestlyChip 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 SearchUndoKelley 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

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Disy apologises for presidents Akel are zeros comment

first_imgRuling party Disy on Monday tried to walk back earlier incendiary remarks by President Nicos Anastasiades who had referred to his critics within Akel as ‘zeros’.Perhaps realising that the president’s comments went beyond acceptable political discourse, and given the backlash on social media, Disy and the government spent the latter half of Sunday and Monday on damage limitation.Disy spokesman Demetris Demetriou offered an apology, seeking to soften the impact from the president’s harsh words. It was an apology by proxy, as the government itself made no such direct act of contrition.“The president of the Republic was not referring to any individual in person, be it the leadership or the grass roots of the left,” Demetriou said on a live news show on the Sigma channel.“But he [the president] has insulted and hurt people, and we can only say sorry to these people.”The president’s use of the word ‘zeros’ alluded not to individuals but rather to the policies of the Akel party when it was in power, but also to its current nihilistic critique of the Anastasiades administration.Earlier on the same show, Akel leader Andros Kyprianou was complaining that the president’s cruel language is a sign that Anastasiades is intolerant to criticism.“President Anastasiades and Disy are unaccustomed to hearing opinions and positions different to theirs. So their reaction is harsh, offensive,” Kyprianou said.“How can we be the ‘zeros’ when we are looking out for the interests of the overwhelming majority of the Cypriot people, while the president describes as excellent people like Rikkos Erotokritou, Ionas Nicolaou and Harris Georgiades, to name but a few.”The Akel chief then threw down the gauntlet, challenging Anastasiades to a televised debate to discuss all.But the invitation was artfully declined.“If Mr Kyprianou wanted a one-on-one debate with president Anastasiades, he should have run in the last presidential elections,” Disy’s Demetriou responded.Meantime the office of the presidency put out a statement in a bid to set the record straight. It said that if one reviews the video of Anastasiades’ speech, one can see that the president is clearly referring to the leadership of Akel, the politicians, and not the party’s supporters.The presidency also released a clip from Anastasiades’ contentious speech.In it, he says: “I have absolute respect for the people of the Left, who do not identify with what they hear every day from those who are in command.”The ‘zeros’ kerfuffle began on Friday evening when Anastasiades made the remarks during a Disy election gathering.Evidently irritated by Akel’s incessant criticism of his administration – including its handling of the recent Turkish violations of Cyprus’ maritime zones – the president lashed out at the main opposition party.“How can the zeros comment on those who have excelled?” Anastasiades asked rhetorically, evidently alluding to members of his government.Turning to the Christofias administration (2008 to 2013), Anastasiades sarcastically said that its “achievements were misery, poverty, pension and salary cuts.”In 2013, Anastasiades added, when he took office succeeding Christofias, Cyprus resembled the junkyard at Kotsiatis.Calculated or not, the war of words may have injected some life into the arena ahead of the European Parliament elections.A recent poll by Noverna Analytics & Research showed that Disy is expected to garner 16.7 per cent of the vote, Akel 14.4 per cent.Around one third of voters are undecided.       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 AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Government debt rises after Coop sale

first_imgThe general government deficit rose to €1.050bn in the third quarter of 2018 as a result of the state’s divestment of the ‘good part’ of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, the statistical office has reported.The €1.050bn deficit compared to a surplus of €366.7m posted in the third quarter of 2017.According to CyStat, the sale of part of the assets and liabilities of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd (CCB) to Hellenic Bank resulted in the establishment of two new entities, the Cooperative Asset Management Company Ltd (Sedipes) and the Cyprus Asset Management Company Ltd (Kedipes), which received assets with a book value of €8.34bn in return for a liability of €3.54bn.The fiscal burden of €1.5bn in the revised fiscal accounts of the third quarter that resulted from the above transaction is analysed as follows:Non-performing loans (NPLs) of nominal value amounting to €6.97bn are an asset of the new entities. The real economic value of these NPLs has been estimated by CyStat to be 20.94 per cent of the nominal value.Therefore, the estimated real economic value of the NPLs received by the new entities is valued at €1.46 bn. According to this valuation, a negative investment of €710m is observed and recorded in fiscal accounts, which is the result of the acquisition value (€2.17bn) minus the real economic value of NPLs (€2.17bn – €1.46bn = €710m).In addition to this negative investment, an expenditure of €625m, corresponding to the share of the collateral received from the former CCB and concerns its fixed assets, is recorded as investment. This investment increases the capital assets and hence the net worth of the general government by the same amount, CyStat said.CyStat also recorded as expenditure the guarantee of €155m (contingent liability) received by Hellenic Bank.Meanwhile according to data released Monday by the EU statistical office Eurostat, Cyprus’ government debt to GDP ratio at the end of the third quarter of 2018 was at 110.9 per cent, among the highest in the European Union.By comparison, in the second quarter of 2018 Cyprus’ debt to GDP ratio had been 104 per cent, or €20.932bn.In the EU, the highest government debt to GDP ratios at the end of Q3 2018 were recorded in Greece (182.2  per cent), Italy (133.0 per cent), Portugal (125.0 per cent), Cyprus (110.9 per cent) and Belgium (105.4 per cent).“At the end of the third quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 86.1 per cent, compared with 86.3 per cent at the end of the second quarter of 2018,” Eurostat said. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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