Spain v Honduras Mon 21 June Ellis Park

Spain v Honduras Mon 21 June Ellis Park

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first_imgTo enter our #SkyscannerCupid Twitter competition you will need to tweet as below:“Dear @Skyscanner, I wish you could fly me to city name with my love @person’sname #SkyscannerCupid”.In order for it to be an acceptable entry, the entrant must be a follower of @skyscanner and tweet must contain the @skyscanner Twitter handle and the hashtag #SkyscannerCupid.This prize draw is open to persons aged 18 years or over who are resident in the United Kingdom. It is not open to employees of Skyscanner, their families or anyone connected to the prize draw.No purchase necessary.A person may enter the prize draw only once.By entering this prize draw, entrants consent to Skyscanner processing their personal information in accordance with the terms of Skyscanner Privacy Policy.Entries which appear to the promoter (in its sole discretion) not to have been submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will be disqualified from entry to the prize draw.Prize draw: one winner will be selected at random from the list of entrants on 1st of March and will be awarded the following prize:Up to a maximum of £400 worth of flights.Please note that the winner will be required to comply with Skyscanner’s anti-money laundering procedures. These will require the winner to provide Skyscanner with a copy of any one of the following forms of photographic identification:PassportPhotographic Driving LicenceNational Identification Card from any country within the European Economic Area.There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable.The winner will be notified by Twitter message on Friday the 1st of March 2013. The winner will be required to notify the promoter of their email address.If the prize is unclaimed after 48 hours the promoter reserves the right to conduct another prize draw to determine a new winner without any liability to the original winner for doing so.Skyscanner will not be liable for any circumstances beyond its reasonable control that prevents the prize from being delivered to the winner.The winner agrees to take part in any post-promotion publicity in connection with the prize draw.The promoter’s announcement of the winning entrant is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The name and county of the winner will be made available on written request for up to 90 days after the prize draw winner is drawn.The winner is responsible for paying all fees and taxes, arranging appropriate travel insurance, familiarising themselves with visa and other travel requirements.For countries where visas are required, the winner is responsible for applying for and paying for visas in good time ahead of the trip.For countries operating a visa waiver programme, the winner is responsible for applying for authorisation in good time ahead of the trip.The promoter reserves the right to cancel the prize draw or amend these terms and conditions without prior notice at any time, for whatever reason, and without liability to any entrants for doing so.By entering this prize draw, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Want to win £400 worth of flights?To enter our #SkyscannerCupid Twitter competition you will need to follow @skyscanner and tweet as below:“Dear @Skyscanner, I wish you could fly me to city name with my love @person’sname #SkyscannerCupid”.In order for it to be an acceptable entry, the entrant must be a follower of @skyscanner and tweet must contain the @skyscanner Twitter handle and the hashtag #SkyscannerCupid.Everything started a few days ago when our customer service team received the following email: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img RelatedWin flights in Twitter contest!Let us know you’ve booked a ticket with Skyscanner for the chance to win £300 worth of flights back!WIN flights in our #FlyAnywhere competitionWin flights to a destination of your choice in our amazing new competition.Say thanks to travel’s Christmas Heroes and win an amazing tripCheck out our Christmas Heroes and share a photo of yours for your chance to win the holiday of a lifetime!last_img read more

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first_imgReported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs part of the initiative, The Peninsula Hotels in North America and Asia are showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October with special pink décor as well as “Pink Ribbon” promotions including room and spa packages, parties, teas and dinners with a percentage of the proceeds going directly to breast cancer-related charities. Some of the activities are detailed below:The Peninsula Tokyo * Dining: There will be pink-themed promotions at four restaurants with JPY 10 from each “Pink Ribbon” promotion sale donated to local breast cancer charities. The Banquet Division will contribute JPY 100 for each confirmed guest when reserving the “Enriching Your Life and Community” party package. Hei Fung Terrace restaurant will feature Chef Frankie Tang’s “Pink Ribbon” pudding with strawberries. Guests may enjoy The Peninsula “Pink Ribbon” Classic Afternoon Tea in The Lobby and receive a Peninsula teddy bear and Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon pin. Executive Pastry Chef Nojima offers a tasting box containing six kinds of pink sweets. When purchasing and wearing an Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon pin to the following restaurants; Peter, Hei Fung Terrace, The Lobby or The Peninsula Boutique & Café, they enjoy a complimentary aperitif with any meal. * Fundraiser: The hotel will host “The Rockin’ Pink Party” on October 1, 2010 at the restaurant Peter, located on the 24th floor of the hotel with sweeping views of Tokyo’s skyline. Celebrity DJ m-flo VERBAL and other Japanese celebrities, the event will raise breast cancer funds through a JPY 5,000 participation fee donated by each guest, with 100% of the proceeds going direct to local breast cancer charities. * Spa by ESPA: The spa will donate JPY 50 from the sale of every spa treatment listed on the “Enriching Your Life and Community” menu. * Décor: The entire hotel will illuminate its sweeping exterior and crown beginning October 1, 2010.The Peninsula Manila * Dining: The hotel will feature four pink-themed Food and Beverage offerings with 15% of the proceeds of each item sold benefiting Icanserve. * Décor: Throughout October, the grand fountain in front of the hotel will become a shining pink landmark when its 10.5 meter-high curved water-cascading steps will be illuminated in pink light. Hotel staff will wear pink ribbons and provide pamphlets on early breast cancer detection. * Fundraiser: The Peninsula Manila will partner with Avon Walk and Run Against Breast Cancer on October 3, 2010 where a purchase of the Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer shirt entitles interested parties to participate in the walk and five kilometer run at the bayside Mall of Asia complex.The Peninsula New York * Dining: Two dollars will be donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for every Afternoon Chari-tea served in Gotham Lounge. A special pink tea – Mighty Leaf’s Organic Berry Wellness will be featured for its mineral-rich ingredients which support the health of those undergoing cancer treatments. Pastry items will display the breast cancer awareness symbol. Fives restaurant will donate $2 for every prix fix menu featuring Pink items including salmon, beets, etc. * Event: Think Pink Flower Workshop and Afternoon Tea with Flowers of the World on October 23, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm in the Gramercy room. For each workshop and tea ticket purchase, a $5 donation will be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. * Spa by ESPA: The hotel will provide a complimentary Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Treatment and donate $5 with the purchase of a 60-minute Massage. * Fundraiser: Peninsula New York employees will participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the American Cancer Society on October 17, 2010. * Décor: The entrance will feature pink lighting and pink florals in the lobby with pink ribbons adorning the Fu Dogs and front desk agents will wear pink ties and scarves.The Peninsula Chicago * Dining: The hotel will donate $3 for every guest who mentions Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation when making their afternoon “Pink tea” reservation. The special pink tea is Mighty Leaf’s Organic Berry Wellness known for its mineral-rich ingredients. * Décor: Pink remembrance ribbons will be placed on the Peninsula Fu Dogs in front of the hotel and pink lights will illuminate the hotel sign.The Peninsula Hong Kong * The entire hotel will shine with pink backlighting beginning September 28, 2010 to support and promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. www.peninsula.com<last_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, photo singer Debby Boone poses for a photo at the AP television studios in Los Angeles. Debby Boone, best known for her 1977 song “You Light Up My Life,” is celebrating its 40 years with a reissued CD. Boone won a Grammy for best new artist in 1978. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) A Grammy curse? Milli Vanilli’s Fab Morvan, others reflect by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2018 10:13 am PDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Winning the best new artist Grammy is a goal for most breakthrough performers, but for some of its recipients, it can create pressure to match previous success or surpass it.That’s why some feel that winning the award is a slight curse.The Recording Academy has been known for picking the wrong best new artist winner over the years. Some of the world’s greatest musicians have lost the award, including Elton John, Elvis Costello and the Dixie Chicks. Taylor Swift lost, too, though it was understandably to Amy Winehouse. But other choices will surprise you — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis not only beat out Kendrick Lamar, but they won over Ed Sheeran.But sometimes the Grammys gets it right: The Beatles, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Adele are some of the superstars who have picked up the honour, and have followed up their wins with impressive work.We take a look at four acts who won best new artist and what life was like afterward.___MILLI VANILLIFab Morvan of Milli Vanilli said even before the Grammys asked the duo to return its best new artist award, the group planned to give it back.“We didn’t sing on the record. That is 100 per cent, so we wanted to give it back. It was the right thing to do,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “And to this day it got twisted (and people thought) the Grammys wanted it back, when in fact we were the first to say, ‘We want to give it back.’”Milli Vanilli, who won the honour at the 1990 Grammys, had to famously return the award after the public learned Morvan and Rob Pilatus didn’t sing on the duo’s 1989 U.S. debut, “Girl You Know It’s True.”Morvan said despite that, it was still an honour to be nominated and that he and Pilatus, who died in 1998, still put in a lot of work.“People might say, ‘Well, you know, they didn’t sing on the record.’ But look at the rest. We were the heart and soul of Milli Vanilli. We did those 107 cities (on tour) … in eight months,” he said. “We worked hard. We worked our butts off. We entertained people.”Milli Vanilli beat out acts like Indigo Girls, Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry and Tone Loc for the honour. In some ways, Morvan feels winning the Grammy actually hurt the group.“We were a target, an easy target at that. So, you know, winning the award definitely made us a major target. It pissed people off,” he said.___JODY WATLEYWinning best new artist for Jody Watley was vindication in its finest form.“I remember reading at the time when I quit Shalamar in 1983, ‘Jody Watley’s future will probably be the most in doubt,’” she recalled with a laugh. “Pretty much everyone made sure that I knew that they thought I would fail. Everyone said that it would be the biggest mistake of my life, that I would live to regret it. And so …getting nominated and winning it is one of the greatest moments of my life.”Watley had previously been nominated for a Grammy with Shalamar, so being a nominee for best new artist surprised some people. She won the honour at the 1988 show over Swing Out Sister, Cutting Crew, Terence Trent D’Arby and Breakfast Club.“When people ask the question, it’s like, ‘Well, get over it. I was eligible and I was the best new artist.’ And I shut a lot of people up,” she said, laughing again.Watley’s 1987 debut launched five hits, including the Top 10 pop hits, “Looking for a New Love,” ”Don’t You Want Me” and “Some Kind of Lover.” She said winning didn’t create pressure for her second album, which launched three more Top 10 pop smashes.Watley said she knows that the conversation around winning best new artist “sometimes … has a negative connotation,” but she wants to remind people that she’s “a great success story.”The 58-year-old is currently recording music in the group SLR — Sexy Real Love — and said she could return to the Grammys.“I was teasing the guys and I was saying, ‘Maybe we’ll make history and we’ll end up nominated for best new artist,” she said. “Because I think we would be eligible.”___ARRESTED DEVELOPMENTArrested Development marked history when they won best new artist in 1993, becoming the first rap act to do so.It opened doors for hip-hop performers like Lauryn Hill, Chance the Rapper and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to win the same honour.“People who had never explored (hip-hop) and didn’t totally get it really got what we were bringing out,” said Speech, the lead vocalist and co-founder of the progressive rap group. “It made me proud that we were sort of like introducing hip-hop to a large audience.”Arrested Development’s 1992 debut, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of…,” was a departure from the gangster rap that had dominated radio at the time. The album had three Top 10 pop hits, including “Mr. Wendal,” ”People Everyday” and “Tennessee,” which won the group another Grammy.But following their debut album wasn’t an easy task, Speech said.“For our second album, the label was more in a business model thinking about quarters and when can they make the biggest impact from a first to fourth quarter standpoint, and things that have less to do with the heart (of making music),” Speech said. “So if I had a chance to do it over again, I just would have just taken more time on the second album, regardless of how it sells. It’s not even because it didn’t sell as well as the first, but just because that’s what the art deserves.”“If you take four or five years or if you take a few months, whatever it is for you, take that time and really pour it in just like you likely did on your first project or on the project that got you best new artist,” he added.___DEBBY BOONEBeing named best new artist in 1978 was an “out of body experience” for Debby Boone, who had a huge hit with the song, “You Light Up My Life.”But following up the win had some challenges.“It did create pressure. And I think it added to the discouragement when that was not what happened, you know, if people believed in me and now I’m letting them down, a little bit of that,” she said.Though Boone didn’t match the achievements of her debut album and single, she still released music that charted successfully and won more Grammy Awards.But she admits she has “mixed feelings about” how things took off after her best new artist win.“I thought everybody knew more than me. So even when I didn’t particularly like the choices that were being made on my behalf, I would tell myself, ‘These are the experts. These guys know. I don’t like this song, but I’m going to give it my best shot.’ And that’s because my success happened suddenly,” she said. “When ‘You Light Up My Life’ took off, I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go. I knew what I liked, but I didn’t trust that what I liked would be liked by other people.”“And now I’m old enough to realize, first of all, I don’t want to spend my life doing things that I don’t believe in, or love, or feel passionate about,” the 61-year-old added. “I think the healthiest attitude at this stage of my life, and even 20 years ago, is to say, ‘It is what happened.’”Boone is a Grammy voter and says when looking at the best new artist nominees, she’s voting “for who I think has a talent that is most promising to continue giving us wonderful music.”“And though I haven’t had a string of hit records, basically on the strength of that hit record, I have, for 40 years, had a very full life of performing and recording,” she said. “And I’m nothing but grateful.”___The 60th annual Grammy Awards will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday. Nominees for best new artist are R&B singers SZA and Khalid, pop singers Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels, and rapper Lil Uzi Vert.___Online: http://www.grammy.com___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar to guest star Sunday on Starz drama

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first_imgKendrick Lamar to guest star Sunday on Starz drama “Power” by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2018 6:31 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kendrick Lamar arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. amar is appearing Sunday on the Starz series “Power,” and turns out he had a connection to make it happen. Courtney Kemp, the show’s creator, said fellow “Power” producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson mentioned that Lamar wanted to guest on it. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Kendrick Lamar is appearing Sunday on the Starz series “Power,” and turns out he had a connection to make it happen.Courtney Kemp, the show’s creator, said fellow “Power” producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson mentioned that Lamar wanted to guest on it.Speaking to TV critics Saturday, Kemp said she asked Lamar to help determine the character he would play. She didn’t discuss details, other than saying Lamar asked to play a drug addict, or whether he’d be back on the series.Kemp said the Grammy and Pulitzer-winning Lamar was “fearless” in approaching what Starz called his first role on a scripted TV series.“Power,” in its fifth season, stars Omari Hardwick as a man who’s trying to leave behind his life as a drug kingpin and go legit.last_img read more

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TORONTO – Singer Lindsay Kay recalls the pushback

first_img TORONTO – Singer Lindsay Kay recalls the pushback she felt while preparing to make her debut album with only female musicians and sound engineers.The Calgary-raised performer says she was never told outright that recording without the help of men in the studio was a bad idea, but it was often implied by her peers.“When I specifically asked for female engineers, there was a lot of, ‘Oh hmm, a woman engineer? Hmm, I don’t know any,’” Kay said.“Or comments like, ‘It’s too bad you’re only working with women, because I know this great guy who’s amazing.’”Kay felt people were missing the point.When “For the Feminine, by the Feminine” was completed earlier this year, the album was done by rejecting the misogyny she feels lingering in the mindset of many people in the music industry. Every layer of the project was made with only female and female-identifying people.“It makes me sad that women think they can’t create things without men,” she said.“There’s something deeply unsettling about that to me.”Kay isn’t alone in wanting to elevate female talent in the creation process. A number of Canadian musicians have started work this year on albums built exclusively by women from start to finish. In many ways, it’s an effort to reject the perceived boys club behind the scenes in the music industry.Earlier this year, Juno winner Lights consulted her massive following on social media seeking recommendations of lesser-known female producers. She hopes to recruit an entirely female production staff for her next album.Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta took a similar approach with her upcoming album, which she self-produced and says will be released in both a pop version and one recorded in “just brass and voice.”“I’m not gonna have men included in that album,” she recently told a conference at Canadian Music Week.“To me, it just makes sense that I have a bunch of women.”Hiring an entire roster of female-identifying people took considerably more time and research, Kay acknowledged, because the pool of candidates is much smaller.The experience inspired her to continue working only with women after her album’s release in October. She recently filmed a music video for the song “Too” with a female director and cast, as well as clothes made exclusively by young women in the fashion industry who she discovered on Instagram.She expects over time she’ll be able to grow her circle of women in music.Plans don’t always run quite that smoothly, as Toronto hip-hop act The Sorority can attest. The four-person group was named after the comradery they felt was “missing in the industry,” said Phoenix Pagliacci, one of the members.After they formed two years ago, their objective was to support women in as many ways as they could — often hiring female photographers and directors. But when The Sorority set out to make their 2018 debut album “Pledge,” their plan to hire all women was met with confusion by their peers.“A lot of males didn’t understand exactly why we wanted to do this,” Pagliacci said.They struggled to find a roster of female beat makers, and while The Sorority managed to get two of them onto the album, the rest of the tracks were produced by men.Pagliacci said the experience was a lesson for the group about the knowledge they lacked on the experiences of women in the industry, particularly in hip-hop music.She points to the 1990s as a bygone era where rap labels believed in bringing female voices into the mix. Bad Boy Records, the label owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, elevated the career of rapper Lil’ Kim while Ruff Ryders Entertainment invested in putting Eve at the forefront alongside male stars like DMX and Swizz Beatz.These days the rap industry is dominated by men at labels like Drake’s OVO Sound, which doesn’t have a female signed to their roster.While Cardi B is the first woman rapper to have two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she did it by first building her reputation on her own through social media and reality television before being considered a serious force in music.“We have to stick together as females and grow those networks and resources ourselves,” Pagliacci urged her peers.“Because if we don’t grow them, they don’t grow — that’s what we’re finding.”It’s an experience echoed by Vancouver electronic musician Soledad Munoz, who four years ago launched Genero, an all-female indie record label.The idea materialized when she became frustrated over what seemed to be a lack of women interested in modulation synthesizers. She set out to discover some who were.“For me, it was trying to make a world where I fit in and where I felt comfortable,” she said.“The thing about visibility is that a lot of times the people are there, but they’re just not being showcased.”Munoz said often the message gets interpreted as women trying to undermine their male colleagues.“We’re not even trying to go beyond it or else it would be patronizing,” she said.“We’re just trying to get to equality — and that is achieved by focusing 100 per cent on what we’re lacking.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Musicians tap into all-female production teams in a push for equality by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2018 7:41 am PDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgChance The Rapper goes undercover to raise money for arts FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Chance The Rapper performs during a community concert at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job: Lyft driver. The Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who’s given millions of dollars to the school district recently went undercover as a Lyft driver to make a video that encourages riders to donate to the arts programs in the city’s public schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) CHICAGO – Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word.The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who has given millions of dollars to Chicago Public Schools recently went undercover as a driver for the rideshare service to make a video that encourages riders to donate to the city’s public schools arts programs.The video shows Chance wearing shades and a maroon hat telling riders his name is John. Then he reveals his true identity and encourages riders to use the Lyft app’s feature called Round Up and Donate that allows users to support his charity, The New Chance Fund, or others of their choice.center_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2018 11:56 am PDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Music Nova Scotia Award winners announced in Truro

first_imgMusic Nova Scotia Award winners announced in Truro, N.S., Sunday night TRURO, N.S. – The winners of this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards were announced Sunday night, as the organization handed out 49 awards to musicians and other industry members at the Holiday Inn in Truro.The announcement of the winners, determined by online votes from Music Nova Scotia members, caps the end of Nova Scotia Music Week, which aims to promote artists from around the province.Halifax-based singer-songwriter Mo Kenney nabbed two awards: Solo Recording of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year for her album “The Details.”David Myles, originally from New Brunswick but now living in Halifax, picked up Recording of the Year and Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year for “Real Love.”And Makayla Lynn, a 17-year-old country singer from Elmsdale, N.S., won the Flagship Construction Entertainer of the Year award.The full list of winners can be found on the Music Nova Scotia website. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2018 6:07 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Review Mac DeMarco melds classic and fresh on new

Review Mac DeMarco melds classic and fresh on new

first_imgReview: Mac DeMarco melds classic and fresh on new album AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This cover image released by Mac’s Record Label shows “Here Comes the Cowboy,” a release by Mac DeMarco. (Mac’s Record Label via AP) by Ragan Clark, The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2019 9:46 am PDT Mac DeMarco, “Here Comes the Cowboy” (Mac’s Record Label)For a musician who rose to fame quickly — and somewhat unexpectedly considering his niche indie roots — it’s natural that Mac DeMarco may feel some reluctance when diving full force into the limelight. This reticence is palpable on “Nobody,” DeMarco’s first single off “Here Comes the Cowboy.”“Another creature/Whose lost its vision” DeMarco sings of himself. “There’s no turning back/To nobody.”“Here Comes the Cowboy,” DeMarco’s fourth full length album, carries a tone of melancholy mixed with hesitancy as DeMarco seemingly has one foot ahead of him and one in the past.In “K,” a slower, more stripped back song for DeMarco, he comforts a lover, grateful for the path that brought them together and foreseeing the hard times ahead: “Anytime it feels as though my love has gone away/K, settle down, turn around, take this song, let it play.”“Heart to Heart” also looks at past years of a connection, while “All Our Yesterdays” confronts the tension of the past and future head on: “All of our yesterdays have gone now/ But that don’t mean your dream is over.”Throughout the record, DeMarco employs his typical lazy-rock style intermixed with lo-fi effects, yet adds a Western tinge to reflect the album’s cowboy motif. The cowboy theme perhaps alludes to the way an isolated DeMarco feels.In “Preoccupied” he laments about a world with “no conversation”— one where people have opened up their minds, but “filled it with (expletive).” In “Finally Alone,” a cowboy desperate to get away takes a flight to Spain. “Honey, you’re finally alone.”Overall, DeMarco delivers an album true to his traditional style, yet not afraid to experiment. “Choo Choo” and the latter half of the 7-minute track “Baby Bye Bye” feature a funkier DeMarco than his typical slow jam esthetic, while “Little Dogs March” gives more of what you’d expect from DeMarco.The Canadian artist may feel like “another creature whose lost its vision,” but on “Here Comes the Cowboy,” his vision is perfectly intact.Ragan Clark, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMay 21, 2010 On Sunday, May 16, 2010, Arizona RunningEvents Co. and Arcosanti presented the Arcosanti 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. There were 55 runners participating in the 5K and 12 walkers in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, including many Arcosanti residents. [photo & text: Anita Baker] Runners received t-shirts and were issued a magnetic chip to attach to a shoe to get accurate running times. When the runners crossed the mat at the start/finish line, the chips were activated. Refreshments, fruit, snacks, water and ice cream were available. The 5K is a beautiful scenic dirt road course around the Arcosanti site through the Agua Fria River valley. The course was a little over 5K and the running times are for 3.5 miles. The day was perfect for running: 70 degrees and a little breeze. [photo & text: Anita Baker] A winner! Susan Gordon from Sedona, Arizona was the first place winner for women with a running time of 26:28. Winners received ceramic wind-bells (the famous bells made at Arcosanti), medallions and gift certificates. [photo & text: Anita Baker] Another happy winner! Matteo Di Michele, another Arcosanti resident, was third place winner in his age group with a running time of 32:55. Arcosanti plans to host another 5k running event next year. Don’t miss it! [photo & text: Anita Baker]last_img read more

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Cyprus wine competition reflects islands vibrant industry

Cyprus wine competition reflects islands vibrant industry

first_imgA total of 147 wines competed last weekend in the 10th Cyprus Wine Competition, aiming for gold, silver and bronze stickers indicating a quality product from what has become an annual event.And in another sign of how vibrant the wine industry is on the island, over 20 wineries were in competition in the event, which is now held under the auspices of the ministry of agriculture. In the end no bronze awards were given because of the high number of silvers.The Cyprus Wine Competition is now an institution. It is, in a way, one of the best methods to evaluate Cyprus wines, and has a lot to offer to all local vine growers and wine makers. It is also a way to attract the attention of the media in Cyprus and abroad as several journalists from other countries joined the seven-member jury of international judges who had the task of judging the wines by blind tastings.Wine has been made in Cyprus for over 5,000 years and the island has an excellent climate for it with its long hot summers to ripen the grapes. The message of the competition was that Cypriot winemakers must stick more to the local, indigenous varieties. The only grand gold medal was awarded to 2010 Commandaria Aes Ambelis.Overall, 16 gold medals were awarded and 30 silver. Only 10 medals were awarded to dry reds (last year it was 17) and 19 to dry white, with surprisingly five to sweet white wines and five to Commandaria wines. Rosé wines were awarded eight medals, better than last year’s two.The jury was slightly disappointed this year with the Cyprus reds, as several samples were found oxidised and with some defects. But they were impressed with both rosé and especially the whites, with Xynisteri leading, followed by Morokanela and Promara. A new imported variety, Altes, was introduced along with a couple of dry Muscat, and only one Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Shiraz was the grape variety that won most medals, while only one Cabernet Sauvignon did.Special awards were given to Kolios Winery’s 2012 Ayios Photios for its Maratheftiko varietal, and Gerolemo Winery for its 2016 Morokanella white varietal. Laxia 2015 of Santa Irene in Pharmakas village was awarded the special award for local Mavro varietal and 2016 Tsangarides Winery was given this special award for its Xynisteri. The local white 2015 Promara of Vouni Panayias was given the last special award.This page will feature tasting notes of the winners at the first opportunity. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate not only all those winemakers that won a medal, but also all wine makers who entered their wines in the competition. Time and consistency in quality will do them justice in future competitions.The President of the Jury of Tasters was Dr Jean-Claude Ruf, from France, who is actually acting as the OIV Commissioner and Head of Unit Health and Safety. OIV stands for the International Organization of Vine and Wine. The competition is under the auspices of the OIV and the ministry is obliged to follow its rules and regulations in terms of blind tasting, marking the wines and distributing the medals.As for the rest of the panel, there was only one Master of Wine (MW), Demetri Walters of Berry Bros & Rudd of London. Demetri is keen on Cyprus wine as some are introduced and promoted by Berry Bros and Ruud shop’s in London. His professional interest comes from the fact that his mother was born in Pachna village.To complete the jury the five other seats were taken by expert oenologist Marie-Laurence Porte who was very active in Bordeaux and works for several Petit Château, oenologists from Greece, Apostolos Matamis and Dr Evangelos Soufleros, also a viticulturist who teaches at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, active wine writer in social media, consultant and sommelier Gerald Olivier and Sotiris Neophytidis of Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol and winner of the best Sommelier of Cyprus in 2016. Sotiris was the only Cypriot on the panel, complying with OIV regulations which state that only one native member of the organising country is allowed.The Cyprus Union of Qualified Oenologists was the host of the annual awards ceremony held at the Annabel hotel.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Sheftalia recalled due to salmonella

Sheftalia recalled due to salmonella

first_imgThe ministry of health on Thursday recalled a batch of Tasoulla Spitisia Fagita frozen pork sheftalia after it detected salmonella.The production date for the contaminated batch is January 31, 2017, and the best-by date July 30, 2017.The packages weigh 600g and are packed in soft plastic with a nylon cover.Health services have already informed the company that manufactures and supplies the product about the incident and demanded the immediate withdrawal of the batch from the market.Consumers are urged not to eat the sheftalia and to return it to the shop they bought it from.The health and veterinary services are working together to further investigate the issue.You May LikeTruthFinder 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 AppUndoObsevAdopted Pup Takes A Look At His New Dad, Decides To Stay With Him ForeverObsevUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Payment into court

Payment into court

first_imgThe payment of a sum of money into court, which the defendant believes is reasonable to cover the claim of the action of the plaintiff for debt or damages, constitutes a way to bring an end to the course of the trial and to expedite the procedure. The exercise of this right by the defendant puts the burden upon the shoulders of the plaintiff, since if he continues with the action and after the trial he does not obtain a judgment for an amount higher than the one paid, he will be ordered to pay all the costs for both him and the defendant.The Civil Procedure Rules provide that in any action for a debt or damages the defendant may at any time upon notice to the plaintiff pay into court a sum of money to satisfy the claim. When the defendant has no defence and disputes the amount of the claim, he has the option to pay an amount into court, which he considers satisfies the claim and he can do so as soon as possible after the filing of an appearance and before judgement is issued.The payment into court is an effort to reach a settlement, as stated in a judgment issued by the Supreme Court on 14.3.2018, however, strictly speaking, it does not constitute a defence. The court added that when the plaintiff accepts the amount offered, the dispute is resolved as if it was settled, but it does not constitute res judicata nor indicate acceptance of liability. The issue under examination was referred to the Supreme Court through an appeal regarding an alleged wrong judgment of the court of first instance as to costs in an action for damages.The defendant accepted liability, however he alleged the special damages claimed were unreasonable and that the actual damages were not higher than a certain amount, which had been offered to the plaintiff, but he did not accept it. The defendant finally paid into court a higher amount than the one offered. The court of first instance although it had issued a judgment for a lower amount than the one deposited ordered the defendant to pay all the costs of the proceedings. The Supreme Court disagreed, deciding the court of first instance wrongly interpreted the Civil Procedure Rules. However, they do not require a separation between the claim and the costs, as wrongly decided by the Court of first instance and the payment could have been reasonably divided to cover the costs and the claim.The Supreme Court interpreted it as generally relating to the procedure of the payment into court for a claim in an effort to bring an end to the continuation of the trial or to minimise its time. A defendant who has no defence, acts correctly if he makes a payment into court as soon as possible. This right is considered valuable for the protection of defendants in general, since it aims to ensure that the plaintiff will not carry on with an abusive action against the defendant, who accepted the claim.That is so because the rule is that the court, in the exercise of its discretionary power to adjudicate costs, will order the plaintiff who insists to continue the action but who does not obtain more than the sum deposited by the defendant to pay all the costs of both sides created after the payment into court. Consequently, the Supreme Court accepted the appeal, set aside the judgment of the court of first instance and ordered the plaintiff to pay the costs of the trial after the payment into court, including the costs of the appeal.George Coucounis is a lawyer specialising in the Immovable Property Law, based in Larnaca, Tel: 24 818288, coucounis.law@cytanet.com.cy, www.coucounislaw.comYou May LikeDr. 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 BookUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Spehar to meet Akinci on Wednesday

Spehar to meet Akinci on Wednesday

first_imgUN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Advisor in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will have a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, on Wednesday morning, the United Nations has confirmed.Unficyp spokesman Aleem Siddique confirmed that Spehar would be meeting the Turkish Cypriot leader at 11 am.”Spehar, who met on Tuesday with President Nicos Anastasiades is trying to facilitate a social dinner between the two leaders who have not met since the talks collapsed in Switzerland last July.You May LikeTravel PatriotA Peek Inside Taylor Swift’s New $40M Luxury RideTravel PatriotUndoFood PreventHow To Cleanse Your Liver With Raisins and WaterFood PreventUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsCurrent Walk In Tub Prices May Surprise YouWalk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus cinema a work in progress

Cyprus cinema a work in progress

first_imgBy Preston WilderTwo cinematically noteworthy things are happening in Cyprus this weekend. The first is the realisation that, out of three new releases, two are based on comics, two are dubbed into Greek, and all three are essentially aimed at children. The second is the closing ceremony of Cyprus Film Days – a festival whose line-up has included four Cypriot films (or films by Cypriot directors) in its National Competition, with prizes awarded on Saturday.The two things aren’t exactly related – yet the increasing irrelevance of multiplex fare, at least for adults, does focus the mind on local product, and whether it could somehow be upgraded. I’ve only seen one of the four Cypriot films at time of writing, Clementine by director Longinos Panagi (the others are Sunrise in Kimmeria by Simon Farmakas, Chinatown: The Three Shelters by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen and Happy Birthday by Christos Georgiou) – but the point doesn’t lie in the merits of any particular local movie, it lies in the singular buzz of watching local movies in the first place. Making films, technically speaking, has never been easier – yet our country still lags behind, seemingly unable to forge a film industry worthy of the name.On the one hand, things are getting better. As mentioned last week, Marios Piperides’ Smuggling Hendrix is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival (it’s already been called “a laid-back charmer” by Screen International). On the other hand, the four local names in this year’s CFD have only four previous films between them, even though they’re all over 40; two are making their debuts, the others (Georgiou and Danezi-Knutsen) haven’t made a feature in 10 and 17 years, respectively. This year’s Cypriot films have been years in the making; two have been waiting for funding since before the haircut; even Smuggling Hendrix took years of graft to get financed, and then only with German co-producers. Our problem, in other words, is systemic, namely the lack of an infrastructure that will allow directors to make films more often, gaining valuable experience.The issue is simple: everyone expects the state to help, yet the state has no money (at least for film; it seems to have lots of money for civil servants). I can think of two possible solutions. The first is a more proactive role for television, especially CyBC. TV can be a breeding-ground for filmmakers, as for instance the BBC was for people like Mike Leigh and Alan Clarke – but local TV is a wasteland for creative work, even its prestige productions (such as they are) discouraged from offering any visual style, edginess or dramatic subtlety, i.e. the traits filmmakers have to build if they’re going to compete internationally.Would it be too much for CyBC to develop something like the Beeb’s Screen One and Screen Two from the 80s and 90s, outsourcing work to production companies to create feature-length drama on a weekly basis? Probably. Still, any kind of serious opportunity would be welcome – especially for the growing numbers of young film-school graduates who might choose to come back, if there were anything to come back to.The other idea – apart from giving tax incentives for private investors, which needs to happen asap – is to go micro-budget. This is far from ideal, simply because micro-budget films tend to disappear in a crowded marketplace – but the state, at the moment, only has around €1 million a year for film funding, and a single low-budget production can eat up half of that. Rather than give €600,000 to one movie, why not €60,000 to 10 movies? To be sure, this isn’t viable long-term. Films made on that kind of budget (even supplemented with online fund-raising) would be pared down to the bone. But at least it could kick-start a community, as it has for instance on the New York independent scene, and would also allow directors to practise their storytelling on a regular basis – as opposed to spending years making shorts (which require different skills, and have zero commercial life anyway) or just waiting around for their turn to come.Cyprus cinema isn’t dead, but it’s definitely ailing. This is not about being small; Iceland, a country smaller than ourselves (and with no film tradition to speak of), has made films which have won major prizes – Rams won ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes – and raised its national profile. We do need more funding, even beyond the suggestions mentioned above. We also need more producers (as opposed to directors), who can reach out abroad and broker co-productions.And we need a local audience, if only to boost filmmakers’ confidence. Film societies do support local movies (Boy on the Bridge played at the Larnaka Film Society recently, with director and stars in attendance), but the mainstream is warier. Last year’s CFD was won by Rosemarie, a dark semi-comedy by Adonis Florides that’s flawed but ambitious, touching on issues from incest to the plight of the disabled; it played a measly two weeks at the cinema, one performance only. Does the multiplex audience really prefer watching films aimed at children? 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Car accident on highway hospital equipment not working

Car accident on highway hospital equipment not working

first_imgTwo drivers were injured on Wednesday night on the Ayia Napa – Larnaca highway in a crash that caused two lanes to close.The accident happened at around 8pm when a rental car at the Oroklini exit didn’t go towards the Rizoelia roundabout but instead went on the wrong lane on the Ayia Napa highway.It consequently collided with another rental car on the highway driving from Ayia Napa.Head of the Larnaca traffic police Haris Hadjiyiasemi said both drivers were Greek Cypriot. One of the drivers was an 88-year-old woman and a man aged 50.Both drivers were injured and an ambulance took them to Larnaca general hospital.  As the CT scan was not operating, they were transferred to Nicosia general hospital for the scan.Information about the condition of their health was not immediately available.Two lanes were temporarily closed due to the accident. You May LikeDaily MailThis Plane Gets you to London from New York in 1 HourDaily MailUndoHealthy Food10 Best Exercises for Killer AbsHealthy FoodUndoNewsXoXo5 Signs Of Common Cold Turning into Bronchitis You Need to Know!NewsXoXoUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Bilateral military agreement signed with UK

Bilateral military agreement signed with UK

first_imgA programme for bilateral military cooperation was signed on Friday during a meeting in Nicosia between Defence Minister Savvas Angelides and British Minister of State for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster.According to an announcement, Angelides and Lancaster discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defence, and the security situation in the broader region of the Middle East.They furthermore reaffirmed their will to continue and further enhance cooperation in defence matters.The signing of the Bilateral Defence Co-operation Programme (BDCP) 2018-2019 reflects the will of Cyprus and the UK to further upgrade relations in the sector of security and defence, the announcement said.This is the third successive year that the BDCP between the two countries has been renewed.Co-operation between the UK and Cyprus in defence and security matters includes information-sharing, and joint activity on counter terrorism, crisis response, maritime security, search and rescue and illegal migration.Lancaster had said that Cyprus and the UK share similar security concerns in the region. “Cyprus is uniquely well-placed as a beacon of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean to help its allies and partners understand better regional dynamics.”He also said the Cyprus government had been supportive of Britain’s use of the bases for military and humanitarian operations in Iraq and in Syria and pointed out that UK military from the bases also worked closely with Cyprus on many domestic and regional challenges, from mutual assistance with forest fires and large-scale participation in Cyprus’ biggest civilian-military exercise Argonaut.The British official arrived in Cyprus on Friday for a two day visit to underline the deepening defence relationship between the UK and Cyprus.The minister was to also visit bases (SBA) to review operations and meet British military personnel on the island including those with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp).During his visit to the British bases, Lancaster will be briefed on efforts to counter the illegal trapping of birds within the SBAs. Enhanced efforts to counter bird trapping has resulted in an estimated 72 per cent reduction in the number of bird deaths within the base area in last year’s autumn migration compared to the previous year.Lancaster’s visit follows that of the Defence Minister Gavin Williamson to Cyprus in March 2018. Angelides has also been invited to make a return visit to the UK in autumn 2018.You May LikeTotal Restore SupplementUS Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesTotal Restore SupplementUndoTymoutFather & Son Discover Treasure Worth $1 Million! | tymout.comTymoutUndoStairlift | Search AdsStairLift Elevators Could Be A Dream Come True For SeniorsStairlift | Search AdsUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Altamira deal signed at gunpoint former Coop nonexec says

Altamira deal signed at gunpoint former Coop nonexec says

first_imgFormer Co-op board member Adonis Pegasiou on Tuesday told an investigative committee that the bank’s decision to enter an agreement with Spain’s Altamira was taken “at gunpoint”.“The position of the management was that we should go ahead immediately with direct negotiations with Altamira because of the tight time margins that existed,” he said. He added it was an example of bad governance to decide on important issues “at gunpoint”.Pegasiou, the second witness to testify at the committee probing the collapse of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank on Tuesday, said he disagreed with the proposal to quickly enter direct negotiations with Altamira to set up a non-performing loans management platform, tabled at a board meeting on December 28, 2016, and based on a study prepared by Blackrock.The appointment of the bank’s chairman as chief executive officer (CEO) distorted governance, he said.He also said that he disagreed with the bank’s decision to restructure the loan of an elected official, a matter that the supervisory authorities were aware of, he said, and disputed the “business rational” of the restructuring.The state-owned bank, the former board member continued, could not restructure loans of elected state officials. He agreed to disclose the name of the official in writing when asked to do so by the committee.Pegasiou, who largely confirmed the version of events described on Monday by former chairman Christakis Taoushanis with respect to the deal with Altamira, said the arguments supporting the management’s proposal to enter talks with Altamira was that it would offer the Co-op a first movement advantage rendering it market leader.Taoushanis said on Monday that the bank had failed to explore alternatives to Altamira, whereas Hellenic Bank had entered talks with 40 parties.While Pegasiou initially accepted this argument, when Hellenic Bank announced days later its agreement with the Prague-based APS Holdings to set up a similar platform to manage Hellenic’s bad loans, the situation had changed and he asked the board in a letter on January 19, 2017 to reconsider the initial decision, he said.That letter in which he proposed the preparation of an alternative plan, including cooperating with the Hellenic-APS joint venture in case of failure in the negotiations with Altamira sparked “unprecedented criticism, negativity and derogatory behaviour,” which he had to face at a board meeting 13 days later, he continued. A non-binding agreement with Altamira signed in June or July 2016 gave the Spanish company an advantage via access to the Co-op’s data.Those who objected to the Altamira deal, i.e. himself, Taoushanis and Susanna Poyiadji who testified earlier on Tuesday, got the worst evaluation, Pegasiou said adding that Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, the bank’s CEO, was in favour.When in early May last year he was asked by representatives of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Central Bank of Cyprus about the reasons the Co-op went ahead with Altamira in a non-transparent procedure he invoked the tight time margins in order not to expose internal disagreements, Pegasiou continued. Supervisory authorities also criticised selection of managers following the merger of the 18 independent saving banks administered by the former Central Cooperative Bank, to form the Cyprus Cooperative Bank last year, on the grounds that those persons did not fulfil requirements.Lastly, Thanasis Stavrou, also a former independent board member who served from 2013 to 2015 and chairman of the risk management committee, said he had resigned for personal reasons.“There was lack of action and appetite for important changes,” which could increase the bank’s value ahead of its initially intended privatisation, while the Co-op lacked experienced people to implement a restructuring plan, Stavrou said.You May LikeLifestyle A2ZCivil War Photographs Captured That Show A Different Side Of WarLifestyle A2ZUndogetsinsideThe Most Luxurious Hotels Around The World | Gets Inside:: Explore The World!getsinsideUndoThePhotoStickThe Easiest Way To Keep Your Photos & Videos SafeThePhotoStickUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Childrens charity to reopen

Childrens charity to reopen

first_imgBy Maria SavvaAfter being forced to close due to financial difficulties, ‘Anemoni’ the Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children in Ayios Dhometios in Nicosia will be reopening in September.The charity was able to secure state support as well as help and support from donors, said Commissioner of Volunteerism Yiannis Yiannaki.Anemoni had suspended its operation after it became impossible to cope with the economic difficulties it faced. The announcement prompted an immediate mobilisation, which succeeded in raising enough money to get the centre running again.“Prior to closing, Anemoni had an operational expense of about €250,000 a year which will now be around €150,000 a year.After the council’s actions we have managed to find the appropriate means of help and support from donors and the centre will be operational in September. The centre will be working closely with relevant government officials to make sure that it is receiving all the contributions it deserves,” he added.Anemoni’s objective is to provide proper care, support, and treatment to children with special needs. It serves as a day care centre, which accommodates children with disabilities from two to fourteen years old. The disabilities vary from light to severe mobility problems, loss of hearing or vision, and learning disabilities.Yannaki said the centre was helping around 10 children. “Volunteering is very important in our country, and I believe that with good coordination and cooperation from the state and its ministries ‘Anemoni’ is on a good path to reopen,” he said.Volunteer Neophytos Neophytou said steps were also being taken to see if there was interest on a long- term basis to provide help to children with special needs. “We have had very positive indications and response from various sectors, individuals and organisations willing to help,” he said.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 SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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