Australias booming tourism industry is set for an

first_imgAustralia’s booming tourism industry is set for another boost when Qantas’ first Melbourne-Tokyo Narita service takes off this week.The new daily service is being launched in response to strong demand, as travel between Japan and Australia grows at around 20 per cent a year, and will be operated by an upgraded, two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft fitted with Qantas’ signature Marc Newson interiors.It takes the number of seats the national carrier offers on Japanese routes each week to 6000, following the launch of new Sydney-Tokyo Haneda and Brisbane-Tokyo Narita routes in 2015 – with extensive onward connections in both countries.Inbound flights on the new route are timed to link smoothly to the rest of Qantas’ Australian domestic network, including popular destinations like Hobart, Adelaide and Perth, while outbound services will connect with Jetstar’s extensive domestic network within Japan.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the new route was the latest example of the national carrier growing its international network to meet demand and unlock opportunities for Australia in Asia.“The clear message from our Japanese customers was that they wanted a direct link into Melbourne – so we’re delighted to be opening up that gateway for them today,” Mr Evans said.“We’ve had a great response from Victorian tourism operators and the many companies in Melbourne who do business with Japan.“With a new Free Trade Agreement in place, there’s tremendous potential to build on the fantastic growth we’ve already seen in this market, and we want the Qantas Group to lead the way in making it happen.”The route launch means Tokyo becomes the eighth international destination Qantas serves out of the Victorian capital. Flights to Christchurch began on 4 December, while Qantas confirmed earlier this week that Melbourne-Los Angeles would be the launch route for its game-changing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.Features of the Airbus A330 that serve the new route include the latest generation of its award-winning Recaro seat in Economy, a lie-flat Business Suite that can be reclined during take-off and landing, and more than 1500 inflight entertainment options.QF79 is set to depart Melbourne at 9.15am and QF80 will depart from Narita at 7pm, with launch celebrations in both cities, including a water cannon salute and ribbon cutting ceremony.last_img read more

The Doyle Collection the privately owned and mana

first_imgThe Doyle Collection, the privately owned and managed group of luxury hotels in Ireland, the UK and US, has embarked on a major redesign of The Bloomsbury, a 1928 Sir Edwin Lutyens, Grade-II listed building on Great Russell Street in London.Following the successful relaunch of The Kensington in 2016, The Bloomsbury redesign will be completed in November 2017. The hotel will be transformed following a multi-million-pound investment programme led by Bernie Gallagher, chairman of The Doyle Collection, in collaboration with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.The transformation of The Bloomsbury has been a long-term focus for Gallagher, whose vision for the brand is to create a group of hotels at the forefront of cool design and product innovation with superb service, that are deeply rooted to their local area.Patrick King, CEO of The Doyle Collection comments: “Our aim for The Bloomsbury is to create a hotel that is a hub for the local area, offering guests a vibrant and fun place to come and stay, relax, meet and socialise. Having evaluated the kind of spaces that our customers like to use and live in, we are creating a hotel with a private club-like feel – informal yet luxurious, with the highest quality materials and design. As the Bloomsbury area continues its journey of redevelopment and rejuvenation, our hotel is poised to embrace and be part of these exciting changes within the cultural heart of London’s West End.”New designThe transformation will include the redesign of the public spaces of the Grade II-listed building, including a new reception area, guest lounge and stunning new bar, The Coral Room. The original entrance at the side of the property has been restored, incorporating a new glazed canopy to enhance the arrival experience. The original flight of Portland Stone steps leads guests into the new reception area, an intimate space which includes a beautiful Lutyens-inspired Living Room for the exclusive use of guests to relax and unwind. A colour palette of muted greens and pinks will be accented with an electric mix of furnishings, artwork and lighting.Mindful of the original Lutyens design and the building’s listed status, this bar area is being sensitively reimagined. The original panelled walls will be retained and given a high-gloss lacquer finish in vivid coral – a colour that Lutyens was fond of. A striking feature of the new interior will be the five bespoke Murano glass chandeliers which will be specially created for the space.The hotelThis refurbishment is the final chapter of the wider restoration of The Bloomsbury, following the very successful launches of the award-winning Dalloway Terrace and The Bloomsbury Club Bar, which were added to the property in 2016.Dalloway Terrace quickly became one of London’s most sought-after al fresco dining hotspots, serving brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The quintessentially English space, named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, is an indoor/outdoor restaurant, fully heated in winter, offering the peace and charm of a secluded garden.The Bloomsbury Club Bar, launched soon after, in the summer of 2016, brings old-school romance and the magic of a bygone era of glamour to the hotel. The bar has a members’ club feel and is furnished with leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and mahogany panelling, taking inspiration from the lives of the famously hedonistic Bloomsbury Set. The bar leads on to the outdoor space; a twinkling grotto perfect for long summer evenings, while the drinks menu takes influence from the 1920s and 1930s, with a selection of original cocktails named after literary icons and their libertine lifestyle, such as: ‘Virginia Woolf’, ‘Leonard Woolf’ and ‘Vanessa Bell’.The Bloomsbury continues to embrace its literary heritage with its wood-panelled Seamus Heaney Library, an ideal event space filled with the work of the area’s former residents. To complement this unique facility, the hotel also has a Poet in Residence.Bloomsbury the boroughCoinciding with the refurbishment of the hotel, the Bloomsbury borough is itself experiencing a transformation, not seen since the heady days of ‘The Bloomsbury Set’ in the first half of the 20th century. This influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey, all lived, worked or studied together in Bloomsbury and were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts. Their works and outlook deeply influenced literature, aesthetics, criticism and economics. The new Bloomsbury crowd are still rooted to these literary and creative roots, with many companies such as Google taking root in the locale.A modern-day Bloomsbury set will emerge as access to the area rapidly increases with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, making the journey to and from Heathrow and other parts of London even more accessible. The neighbouring British Museum will complete a refurbishment by the end of 2018, with plans to open three new galleries. However, what continues to make Bloomsbury such a timeless hidden London gem, is its elegant garden squares and streets lined with an eclectic selection of shops and boutiques. The Bloomsbury is just a stone’s throw from Soho and Covent Garden and along with the rest of The Doyle Collection, is very much involved in the local area, which is highlighted via its ‘Slice of the City’ initiative and packages.last_img read more

Related Fewer passengers took international flight

first_img RelatedFewer passengers took international flights in OctoberFewer people chose to book international flights in October according to new figuresPassenger demand for international flights continues to fallDemand for international flights fell by 5.6 percent in January compared to the same month last yearSlight increase in demand for flights during 2008There was a 1.6 percent increase in the demand for flights from passengers over the course of 2008 The number of people taking flights in September fell by 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).The high cost of fuel and the effects of the global credit crunch have been blamed for the first decrease in global passenger traffic since the Sars outbreak in 2003.Commenting on the drop, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer said the figures revealed an “alarmingly fast-paced” decline.”Even the good news that the oil price has fallen to half its July peak is not enough to offset the impact of the drop in demand,” he said.Latin America was the only world region to show a rise in passengers, with its carriers enjoying an increase in turnover of 1.7 percent.Despite the figures, cheap flights carriers in the UK are remaining optimistic, with Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary announcing earlier this month that the credit crunch would be “good for business”. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Worlds worst biting bugs how to avoid in

first_img RelatedWorld’s worst biting bugs: how to avoid insect attackDon’t be bugged by bugs! Mossies, midges, no-see-ums, ticks and sand flies: how to avoid these little biters on your holidays.Thailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsThailand holidaymakers not seeking health advice, survey suggestsSkyscanner donate laptops to KenyaSkyscanner donate laptops to Kenya As Cheryl Cole cancels lucrative commitments including The X Factor TV, to battle a bout of malaria believed to be contracted on a recent trip to Tanzania, Skyscanner offers up its anti-malaria advice.What is Malaria?Malaria is an infection of the blood cells caused by a parasite called a protozoa, which is carried by some mosquitoes which spread the infection when they bite. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia. The main symptoms are: fever, sweating, shivers and exhaustion. In severe cases, malaria can lead to death, but the good news is that it is both preventable and curable.How to Prevent Mosquito Bites and Malaria1. At least six weeks before you travel to a potential malaria zone, visit your healthcare professional who can advise the best type of anti-malaria drugs which can help prevent the disease2. During your travels, reduce the chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes using insect repellent (ideally containing up to 50% DEET) and mosquito netting when sleeping3. When outside, cover arms and legs, although be warned, the mossie’s long snout can penetrate loosely woven clothing. Burning mosquito coils or using plug-in vapour deterrents will also help repel the little critters4. Before you go to bed, ensure windows are shut and do a thorough check of the walls and ceiling, slaughtering any mossies you find, mercilessly.Bug Free Holidays; places with few biting insects:If you’d prefer not to give blood to bugs, creepy crawlies and other biting insects, where can you go on holiday to avoid them? Well, unfortunately, very few places in the world are completely free of such pests, but here a few suggestions where you can largely avoid being eaten alive.1. City Breaks – although not completely devoid of insect life, you’ll generally find that most dense urban areas are less prone to plagues of ticks, midges or mosquitoes than rural zones.2. Head High – the ‘mosquito line’ is the altitude above which mosquitoes don’t live, so the higher you go, the further you get away from biting insects. Therefore anywhere high in the Alps, Pyrenees, Rockies, Andes etc should have a low pest count.3. Go to the snow – you never hear skiers or snowboarders complaining of mosquito bites or midge attacks, so wait until winter and you can pretty much guarantee an insect free holiday.4. Scuba dive – you won’t find biting insects under sea, so coral reefs provide a bug free zone. Unfortunately, you’ll have to come up for air eventually, and don’t forget that there exists other things that can bite you under the ocean which may be of greater concern.5. Antarctica – although Antarctica’s largest true terrestrial animal is the wingless midge (which is a whopping 6mm long) it lives among penguin colonies and is unlikely to trouble polar visitors.6. Space – the final frontier is still insect free, though as soon as we get our first moon colony up and running, insects are likely to find their way up there too. However, space doesn’t come cheap; the Russians will take you to the International Space Station for around £15million and we’re still waiting for Virgin Galactic, the “world’s first space line” to launch, though they are taking bookings; tickets start at $200,000 . So unless you’re a millionaire, you may just want to settle for a bottle of insect repellent after all.7. Become a ‘Bubble Boy’ – buy a bubble suit and spend your holiday inside it, therefore avoiding any possible contact with the insect world.See here for more anti-bug advice Or check wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Should Will and Kate take a home grown honeymoon o

first_imgShould Will and Kate take a home grown honeymoon or should they be free to jet off to a far away land? VOTE NOW!<a href=”” mce_href=””>Do you think Will and Kate should spend their honeymoon in the UK?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”><a href=”” mce_href=””>online surveys</a></span> ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhat do you miss most when on holiday?What do you miss most when on holiday?Who is your favourite Robin Hood? VOTE NOW!Who is your favourite Robin Hood? VOTE NOW!Flirty Flying: ever flirted with a passenger you just met?Flirty Flying: ever flirted with a passenger you just met?last_img read more

11 The Maldives The Maldives consists of nearly 1

first_img11. The MaldivesThe Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands spread across 90,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean – and when it comes to idyllic isles ringed by white-sand beaches, you’re spoilt for choice.Find cheap flights to The Maldives 7. MadagascarMadagascar’s varied landscape features everything from desert to tropical forests, and some stunning beaches, too. It’s also home to a unique mix of flora and fauna, including some of the world’s most endangered animals.Find cheap flights to Madagascar 14. Bagan, MyanmarThe thousand-year-old city of Bagan in Myanmar consisted of around 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries, of which more than 2,000 still survive today. They provide a mind-blowing spectacle of temples thrusting through the greenery for as far as the eye can see.Find cheap flights to Myanmar 9. Bazaruto island, MozambiqueBazaruto is a sandy island off the coast of Mozambique that’s home to a large population of dugong, or sea cows – the only such population in the Indian Ocean. Bazaruto also happened to be the location for the ITV game show Prize Island.Find cheap flights to Mozambique 5. Cozumel, MexicoLying off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Cozumel’s Caribbean waters are scuba diving nirvana.Find cheap flights to Mexico 15. Goa, IndiaA former Portuguese territory, Goa became a well-known stop on the hippy trail in the 1970s. Nowadays it’s been inundated with British and Russian tourists – but if you head far enough north, you’ll still find the odd hippy enclave next to a perfect, palm-fringed beach.Find cheap flights to Goa 2. Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New ZealandGreat granite cliffs in crazy formations back sandy beaches. Go sea kayaking and find a beach for yourself. And why not extend your stay with a tour around the North Island? Auckland has tonnes of things to do, including the chance to throw yourself off a tower.Find cheap flights to New Zealand Here are a few more ideas for wonderful winter breaks:10 cheap winter sun destinationsThink you have to go far to find winter UV? Think again… Here are 10 places just a few hours from the UK that will let you top up your winter tan – and the off-season flight prices won’t set you back an arm and a leg.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWinter getting you down? If you can’t stand the cold, why not jet off somewhere the sun is currently shining? Fly south to one of our top picks for winter sun and you’ll be topping up that tan before you know it.Late deals of the weekSometimes it’s hard to find the best deal, so we’ve pulled together cheap breaks, flights and accommodation so you don’t have to do the hard work!*Published June 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner 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 Map 13. Rio Celeste, Costa RicaIn the mountains of northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste flows down a waterfall and into a pool so luminously blue that it almost doesn’t seem real. The vivid turquoise is attributed to volcanic minerals absorbed by the flow of water.Find cheap flights to Costa Rica 12. Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaAt more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. The seemingly unending expanse of white leads to an almost hallucinatory experience – especially after rain, when the sky reflects so perfectly off the flooded plain that it’s hard to tell up from down.Find cheap flights to Bolivia 4. Gili Meno, Lombok, IndonesiaTropical getaway Gili Meno is one of the three Gili Islands off the much larger island of Lombok in Indonesia. And Lombok features as one of our 10 amazing places you won’t believe exist on Earth.Find cheap flights to Indonesia 1. HawaiiHawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. If you recognise the Na Pali coast, it’s probably because it stood in for Isla Nubar in Jurassic Park.Find cheap flights to Hawaii Related8 best beaches in IndonesiaCheck out these heavenly beaches in Indonesia for some winter sun holiday inspiration.Alternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…10 Best Island HolidaysLooking for an island in the sun? Skyscanner introduces 10 islands offering sand, scuba and seafood amongst other delights. 8. Tam Coc National Park, VietnamWith its surreal karst scenery, Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a much-visited tourist destination near Ninh Bình in northern Vietnam. Guides take you to see the natural sights, including stunning caves, in rowing boats. Vietnam is fairly inexpensive, too: it’s one of our 21 cheap countries to visit for a low cost holiday.Find cheap flights to Vietnam 6. Nassau, The BahamasThe Junkanoo street parade is the mother of all parties. It takes place across the Bahamas at New Year, but one of the wildest happenings is to be found on New Providence Island in Nassau – just one of our picks for where to go in January.Find cheap flights to The Bahamas 10. Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, BrazilFernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands that forms part of Pernambuco state in Brazil. Only one of the islands is inhabited, and the chain has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its environmental importance. It has some stunning beaches, but Brazil has plenty more where they came from.Find cheap flights to Brazil 3. Jeju, South KoreaPerhaps thanks to Loveland, Jeju is a honeymooners’ favourite, but the island boasts natural beauty as well as odd sculptures of people’s bits! Head this way to see more of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.Find cheap flights to South Korealast_img read more

Broomfield Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgBroomfield, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRockResorts International, LLC – a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.– announced that it’s expanding and enhancing its luxury resort collection with the addition of Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica, one of the premier Caribbean destinations. RockResorts has been selected to manage all resort operations starting on Jan. 1, 2011 when the property will be flagged as a RockResort with the official name of Half Moon, A RockResort.Situated on two miles of white sand beaches in Rose Hall, Jamaica, the 400-acre luxury resort features 398 rooms, suites, villas and cottages. In addition, Half Moon features the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, a teen centre, an equestrian centre, 54 swimming pools, six restaurants, seven bars, a Children’s Village, a dolphin lagoon and more.“We are excited and honored to welcome Half Moon into our family of RockResort properties,” said Paul Toner, chief operating officer and senior vice president of RockResorts. “Half Moon is internationally known as one of the best Caribbean resorts and we are committed to continuing the legacy of award-winning service, programs and amenities while looking for opportunities to enhance the guest experience in the future.”Founded in 1956 in the Caribbean by Laurance Rockefeller, RockResorts was acquired and re-launched by Vail Resorts in 2001. To this day, the environmental vision continues with RockResorts’ collection of luxury properties in the United States and Caribbean with the focus on providing guests with exceptional experiences in spectacular natural settings. In particular, RockResorts has become known for its innovative environmental programs, superb cuisine using sustainable ingredients, exquisite spas and welcoming hospitality from its friendly and attentive staff.“Since its inception in1954, Half Moon has been an iconic Jamaican destination for discerning travelers who appreciate the relaxed ambiance and amenities offered throughout the two mile long beach-front property,” said Guy Steuart, chairman of the Half Moon Board of Directors. “Our enduring success is due in large part to the Half Moon staff providing genuine and friendly service to our guests, making their stays familiar and memorable. We look forward to our association with RockResorts and firmly believe that together with their experience in resort operations, a commitment to common values and the founding families’ leadership, Half Moon will continue to evolve and thrive.”“I’d like to thank the Half Moon directors, management and staff for their direction and dedication for nearly 60 years in making Half Moon into a world-class destination,” said Toner. “We look forward to building on this success and we are thrilled to welcome this premier Caribbean resort into to our family.”www.halfmoon.comlast_img read more

The Chelsea Atlantic City is happy to announce the

first_imgThe Chelsea Atlantic City is happy to announce the opening of their 10,000 square foot signature spa complex – Sea Spa – an exciting addition to the hotel’s first official summer season on the Shore. Offering guests a full menu of luxurious skincare and spa services tailored to women, men and couples alike, Sea Spa features ten private treatment rooms including two Vichy wet-treatment rooms and the Solarium, comprised of two Jacuzzis, sauna, and steam room.Drawing its inspiration from one of the great traditions and original attractions of Atlantic City – the nourishing, soothing, and healing properties of the sea – Sea Spa harnesses the qualities of the ocean in almost all of its treatments, such as the Sea Side Massage, inspired by the movement of the Mediterranean, or the Sea Silk Pedicure with Hawaiian Red Seaweed. Located outside, adjacent to the spa and open to the elements of nature, a seasonally heated saltwater pool promises to loosen tight muscles and enhance the detoxifying process of massage. With its decadent menu of services guests will feel fully relaxed after a visit to Sea Spa.SERVICE DETAILS:MASSAGEBlonde Ambition: A classic Swedish massage has all the favorite moves to send you to la la landThe Deep End: Those that want us to dive right into those tight spots may prefer to opt for the deep endGenie in a Bottle: Choose the sweet spots, feet, scalp, next, you name we’ll focus on itSea Side: A massage inspired by the essences and gentle movements of the Mediterranean, a sensory experience from head to toe.On the Rocks: Heated basalt stones massage deeply relax tight muscles for the ultimate in relaxationFACIALSExpress: Refreshing 25-minute moisturizing facialYoung Love: Nurture and strengthen delicate skin with this rebalancing facialDrink Up: Quench your skin’s thirst with this nourishing facial that leaves dry, stressed skin silky and softPurity: Clean up your act with algae and clay to deep cleanse impurities in the skinSmooth Operator: Wrinkle reducing formulas of alpha-hydroxy acids and pure collagen work their magic to smooth and plump.Secret Agent: Pearl powder and nature’s brighteners, bearberry and licorice, bring life and luminosity back to the skinDouble Agent: These agents are on night patrol to nourish and calm skinBODY TREATMENTSThe Go-Go Girl Glow: Botanical scrubs combine with sensuous aromatherapy blends and a buttery cream to unveil your silkiest skin everCalm and Cool: Rescue overly sun-kissed skin with a treatment dedicated to calm and restore the skinMediterranean Veggie Wrap: What’s good for you on the inside feels great on the outs. Extracts from a fresh garden are fresh blended to smooth, tone and elasticize the skinSkin Rehab: You won’t find this nut in rehab. Walnut extracts and Kamani oil combine to provide cellular renewal, a barrier to the environment and deep moistureMermaid Secret: Being green never was so easy. Algae and marine sediments give a warm and cool sensation to the body, stimulating circulation and renewing energyMudslide: A rich a creamy thermal Italian mud, applied warm relieve sore muscles and joints, and provides an overall sense of “ahhh”Remodeller: Serious gymnastics for the skin. This active treatment promotes drainage and circulationMANICURESHoney Hibiscus: Moisturizing treatment uses a hydro-active sugar for soft, smooth handsAnti-aging: Active elements such as retinol, lacto and soy proteins repair the look of mature handsLuminous: Real crushed pearl, mulberry, licorice and lemon even skin tone and bring a glowAromatherapy: Select from our ancient oil blends for a scent-sational experience.Lushly Hand: Based on a Polynesian tradition. The ritual includes masking, massage andTreatment Tiare Flower hand balm and polishingPEDICURESMineral Mud: Natural thermal mineral mud treatment from Montecelli, Italy soothes and restores feet and lower legsSea Silk: Sea water, silk powder and Hawaiian Red Seaweed fragrantly renew tired feet and legsLushly Ritual: Based on an ancient Polynesian ritual. Flower petal soak, foot cleanse andTiare shiatsu massageAromatherapy: Select and soak with precious oils from the Orient, India, Arabia or the Mediterranean.THE DETAILSGet Lippy: If your pout needs and little plumping this boost is the fix. Rose and fruit extracts reduce small wrinkles and contours, and plumps your kisserEye Spy: Mask dark circles, lines and stress with a targeted collagen treatmentSea Breeze: Rich in minerals and firming properties makes this an essential to any facialWAXINGOffering Bikini, Brazilian, Full/Half Leg, Under Arm, Full/Half Arm, Chest, Backwww.thechelsea-ac.comlast_img read more

By Tanya DukesPrada Miuccia Prada is one of the be

first_imgBy Tanya DukesPrada Miuccia Prada is one of the best mix masters in fashion, so her most recent collection’s tour of 1940s suits and dresses, outdoorsy countryside chic and punky techno touches was oddly coherent coming from her. Weighty Shetland wool jackets were cinched at the waist over coordinating skirts with up-to-there slits. And a series of dresses in silk jacquard and leather packed a strong, womanly punch. Prada also takes the prize for the most offbeat accessories of the season, including fringed, studded, cracked leather pumps and thigh-high leather waders (no word yet on whether those will actually be waterproof).Dolce & Gabbana Anyone starved for a celebrity presence at Milan’s ready-to-wear shows would find satisfaction at the Dolce & Gabbana show. Freida Pinto, Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson brought big screen elegance to a season devoid of A-list lovelies. The designers took their cues from another larger than life inspiration, Elsa Schiaparelli, for their surreal collection of exaggerated silhouettes with flashes of her signature hot pink. The puffed up shoulders the pair favored in their spring collection remain in a revamped, tapered form on dresses that have a spare-no-expense exuberance that had been sorely lacking elsewhere. And their classic corsets showed up in shapely lace dresses.Giuliana Teso It’s hard to imagine any option that’s not available in Giuliana Teso’ encyclopedic inventory of spectacular furs. In particular, the fall collection brimmed with cropped jackets with youthful details like oversized buttons and horizontal panels joined by contrasting stitching. A first from the company is its ski collection. To ensure that the luxe garments could actually perform on the slopes, Guiliana Teso teamed with a performance ski brand that provided high-tech cushioning material to protect vulnerable pressure points and diffuse the force of a fall. In case of a less-than-graceful landing, you’ll look and feel better in Giuliana Teso.Etro You can always count on Etro to inject a flash of the exotic that makes classic, wearable design gloriously covetable. Spicy, shades, block prints, gypsy fringes and glitzy gold python turned straightforward separates and dresses into show pieces. The collection followed the prevailing mix of cropped pants and dresses and skirts that hovered about the knees. Diaphanous silk evening dresses in scrolling lines and paisley reestablished Etro’s place as the preeminent purveyor of luxe bohemian glamour.last_img read more

LONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London has st

first_imgLONDON– Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has started taking reservations for the ultimate traditional London Christmas for their “Christmas Extravaganza” experience which includes priority arrangements at Harrods ‘Christmas Grotto’, the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight Concert’, ‘Winter Wonderland Ice-skating’ in glorious Hyde Park, and a helpful gift collection and wrapping service.Guests are invited to spend the festive season in one of the most spectacular buildings of the Victorian era, for a time-honoured English Christmas with all the trimmings, unparalleled warmth, hospitality and service. Furthermore, the hotel’s concierge has created seamless arrangements to the most popular traditional Christmas festivities in the area.Priced from GBP 2525.00, the ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ programme includes:• Accommodation for a family of four over three nights in two deluxe inter-connecting rooms, adorned with individual Christmas stockings, festive decorations, a bijou Christmas tree, and festive goodies at turn-down every evening • Full English Breakfast at a family table in The Park restaurant every morning • A Golden Pass to the Harrods Children’s Christmas Grotto between at 12.30 or 1pm on Christmas Eve • Access to the Mandarin Oriental box at the Royal Albert Hall for the Raymond Gubbay ‘Christmas Carols by Candlelight’ concert at 7pm on Christmas Eve • Christmas Day Lunch in The Park with a special appearance from Father Christmas and gifts for the children • A family pass to London’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at the magical Winter Wonderland in adjacent Hyde Park • Complimentary porter gift collection for Christmas gifts from nearby Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the surrounding luxury boutiques of KnightsbridgeTerms and conditions:Prices are based on 2 inter-connecting rooms for a 3 night stay arriving 24 December 2008, for 2 adults and 2 children (0-12 years only) including a guaranteed early check-in at 9am and late check out to 4pm. This package is subject to availability and is non-combinable with any other offer or promotion, and excludes 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Bookings must be made two weeks prior to arrival. Additional nights are available at prevailing rates. can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 235 2000, or through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices or the Group’s direct on-line reservations service, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.last_img read more

NEW YORK – It was 80 years ago that two internatio

first_imgNEW YORK – It was 80 years ago that two international legends were launched: the Academy Awards and The Leading Hotels of the World. To celebrate that mutual milestone, Leading Hotels has drawn on all the adventure, romance and excitement that made the Academy Award-winning classic “Around the World in 80 Days” so memorable to create an Oscar-worthy performance in luxury travel: “Around the World in 80 Ways.”Celebrating eight decades of international hospitality excellence, The Leading Hotels of the World pays homage to this epic film with the creation of an extraordinary journey around the globe. This once-in-a-lifetime offer, which loosely retraces the steps of Phileas Fogg (brilliantly played by legendary actor David Niven) lets travelers recreate the 19th-century around-the-world fantasy experience with 21st-century comfort and flair.In honor of the two notable anniversaries, this dream package debuted in Los Angeles during the 16th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. Arguably the hottest party ticket in town, this star-studded event attracted the industry’s glitterati and helped raise $5.1 million USD for the Foundation.Priced at $1 million USD, the 28-night trip is now available for purchase and begins in London , the starting point for Phileas Fogg’s quest. With private air transportation for the entire itinerary provided by Air Partner, the world’s leading air charter broker, it continues on to Paris, Dubai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Guests will stay in ultra-luxurious Leading hotels and resorts in all 12 destinations along the way, where they will enjoy exotic experiences and unmatched elegance. Although every detail has been richly imagined, components of the trip can naturally be completely customized to suit the specific desires and needs of the guests.Just a few of the elements of this incredible adventure include a camel safari in Dubai, an unforgettable dinner for two at Le Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Tokyo, couture and bespoke wardrobes, and Rolls- Royce Phantom limousine service.Perhaps most rewarding of all, 10 percent of the cost of the program will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.“We are very pleased to help orchestrate this effort to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation. While guests of The Leading Hotels of the World are eager to experience luxury travel at its best, they are also strong proponents of philanthropy, and actively seek ways to contribute to the greater good,” said Paul McManus , president and chief executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. “As Leading Hotels marks its 80th anniversary in 2008, it seems especially fitting that our ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’ package celebrates the Golden Age of travel – and the current age of responsible luxury.”Here is a sampling of the highlights of “Around the World in 80 Ways”:London – The RitzA Green Park Suite at The Ritz; arrival and departure in a chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom; dinner for two in The Ritz Restaurant; tickets to an exhibition at the Royal Academy; couple’s treatments in The Ritz Salon; original Isabell Kristensen couture gown created for the lady; Aquascutum trench coat for the gentlemanParis – Hôtel de CrillonA historic suite at Hôtel de Crillon; lunch at Les Ambassadeurs followed by a personal tour with Chef Jean-François Piège of the gastronomic kitchens; limousine excursion through Paris; a gift from Baccarat; dinner at Le Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the City of LightsDubai – Al Maha Desert Resort & SpaThe Presidential Suite at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa; couple’s spa treatments; falconry presentation; camel or horse safari; guided tour of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; intimate dinner in the desert watching gazelles, rare Arabian oryxs and other indigenous species; hot-air balloon ride over the desert; lunch with the resort’s general managerMumbai – The Taj Mahal Palace & TowerThe Rajput Suite with Champagne welcome at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower; personalized shopping tour; cocktails aboard the exclusive Taj yacht on the Arabian Sea; specially prepared dinner in Chef Oberoi’s studio; dinner for two at Wasabi by Morimoto; drinks at the legendary Harbour BarUdaipur – Taj Lake PalaceThe Khush Mahal Suite, the former Queen’s chamber, at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur; vintage car tour of the city; romantic candlelit dinner on the pontoon on Lake Pichola; tour of the palace grounds and Lake PicholaJaipur – Rambagh PalaceThe Prince’s Suite with Champagne welcome at the Rambagh Palace ; transportation in a vintage car; rejuvenation therapies in the tented spa; dinner at Suvarna Mahal; a private visit to the Gem Palace , showcasing the jewels of the Maharaja and MaharaniHong Kong – The Langham HotelThe Premier Suite at The Langham Hotel; unlimited Champagne throughout the stay; helicopter tour of the city; a selection of hand-tailored shirts; lunch for two in T’ang Court; romantic dinner for two at BostonianTokyo – Imperial HotelThe Premier Suite at the Imperial Hotel; traditional Japanese Kaiseki dinner for two; customized tour of Asakusa, including a specially prepared lunch; traditional Japanese tea ceremonyHonolulu – The Kahala Hotel & ResortThe Presidential Suite at The Kahala Hotel & Resort; arrival transfer via limousine; welcome heralded by the Hawaii Symphony Pops Orchestra; Hidden Dragon Banded Jacket by designer Anne Namba; couple’s massage in a spa suite; DolphinQuest experience; dinner with custom tasting menu by the Chef in the hotel’s gazebo; curator’s tour of the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Hawaiiana ExhibitSan Francisco – Campton Place – A Taj HotelLuxury Suite at Campton Place; en suite dinner for eight and in-room movie night following dinner, with additional overnight accommodations in the California Suite; guided limousine tour of the city as seen through Hollywood’s eyes; gift of 25 DVDs of films shot on location in San Francisco; limousine transfer to Vine Cliff vineyard for dinner and wine tasting with vineyard owner; bottle of a rare vintage, etched with winner’s name; case of personally selected fine wines to take homeChicago – Trump International Hotel & TowerA one-bedroom Grand Deluxe Riverview Suite at Trump International Hotel & Tower; round-tip airport transfers in a Rolls Royce Phantom; couple’s massage at The Spa at The Trump; intimate dinner for two at SixteenNew York – The New York Palace HotelA Triplex Suite at The New York Palace Hotel; round-trip airport transportation in the hotel’s Maybach; full day of pampering for two at Cornelia Day Resort; luxury pajamas and robes for him and for her from Donna Nadeau; dinner for four at critically acclaimed Gilt further information on reserving this exceptional package, please contact Jon Londeen, senior vice president, reservations management, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., at, or (212) 515-5704.About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing nearly 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of and – the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 26 major markets across the globe.Since 1928, the company’s reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering 1,500 separate criteria.High-resolution images and press information on individual member hotels are available for downloading at For reservations and information, visit or telephone toll-free from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, (800) 223-6800.last_img read more

by Denise Wong Posted Feb 16 2018 650 am PDT

first_img by Denise Wong Posted Feb 16, 2018 6:50 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 11:51 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hedley openers drop out of tour, management drops band amid sexual misconduct accusations Summary Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Canadian rockers Hedley say that recent allegations of sexual misconduct are “unsubstantiated.” The band has posted a message on Facebook to address claims of sexual misconduct involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – One of the opening bands on Hedley’s cross-Canada tour has dropped off the bill saying they “can no longer in good conscience” stick with the rockers.The members of Neon Dreams issued a statement saying they understood their decision could impact their careers but they had to “do what we feel is morally right.”The other tour opener, Shawn Hook, said in a statement late Thursday that he was “obviously disheartened” by sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Hedley but would continue “to fulfil my contractual obligations.”Earlier Friday, Hedley’s management team said it had terminated all “business relationships with the band” and the CBC said it was dropping the group’s music from its radio and streaming platforms.The rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.A statement issued by the group calls the allegations “unsubstantiated.”The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band “after careful consideration of the situation.”Wednesday’s move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came shortly after band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans.“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The band said they “respect and applaud the #MeToo movement” and say it is especially important within the music industry, “which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve.”“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.”center_img Related Stories Corus Radio suspends airplay of Hedley in wake of sexual misconduct allegationsFull statement by Hedley on sexual misconduct allegationsHedley taken off Junos program, says sexual misconduct claims ‘unsubstantiated’Vancouver-area band Hedley accused of preying on underage teens Neon Dreams says it decided not to open for Hedley, ‘can no longer in good conscience’ stick with the rockersHedley’s management team said had it terminated all ‘business relationships with the band’ hedley|sexual misconductlast_img read more

MCLEAN Va – Lawyers for actress Rose McGowan say

first_img MCLEAN, Va. – Lawyers for actress Rose McGowan say a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.”McGowan faces a preliminary hearing next month in Leesburg after authorities say cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind on a United flight at Dulles International Airport in January 2017.In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyer Jessica Carmichael says five hours passed between the time McGowan got off the plane and her wallet was found by a cleaning crew.“There is simply no point in time at which the evidence places Ms. McGowan and the cocaine together in the same place,” Carmichael wrote.Carmichael argued the drugs may well have been planted, citing “the underhanded targeting of Ms. McGowan” by Weinstein.“It is now public knowledge that Weinstein employed underhanded tactics to ‘silence’ his victims,” she wrote, citing reports that Weinstein hired private investigators to trail women who had accused him of mistreatment.McGowan was one of the first actresses to accuse the now-disgraced producer of sexual abuse.A spokeswoman for Weinstein did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Tuesday night.The motion also seeks dismissal on the technical grounds that drug crimes taking place on an airplane in interstate commerce should be handled in federal court, not state court. Rose McGowan seeks to have drug charge in Virginia tossed FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, actress Rose McGowan speaks at the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit. McGowan’s lawyers said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that a drug possession charge against her in Virginia should be tossed out of court, in part because she has been a victim of “the Harvey Weinstein machine.” (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) center_img by Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2018 10:36 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

LAS VEGAS Nev – UFC and The Walt Disney Co on T

first_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – UFC and The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced an agreement for live fight coverage on its new subscription streaming service beginning in January.The agreement calls for 15 live UFC events to stream exclusively on ESPN Plus. Each event will be called “UFC on ESPN Plus Fight Night” and will feature 12 bouts.The deal gives Disney’s new Direct-to-Consumer and International segment mixed martial arts inventory popular with young audiences. Financial terms were not disclosed.UFC has had a broadcast agreement with Fox that started in 2011 and expires at the end of this year. UFC spokesman Chris Bellitti said discussions are being held with Fox about having fights on its main network or FS1. Fox declined to comment.“One of our goals for ESPN Plus is to bring sports fans of all genres content they love and are passionate about, and this agreement with UFC is illustrative of exactly that,” Direct-to-Consumer and International chairman Kevin Mayer said. “We look forward to providing UFC’s enthusiastic, growing fan base with a wide array of live events and building a lasting relationship with the industry leader in mixed martial arts.”ESPN’s television channels will carry UFC content, including a 30-minute special previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down matchups leading up to each UFC pay-per-view fight cards, as well as UFC library programming and re-airs of UFC PPV events.“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Walt Disney Co. and ESPN on an agreement that will continue to grow our sport,” UFC president Dana White said. “UFC has always done deals with the right partners at the right time and this one is no exception. We will now have the ability to deliver fights to our young fan base wherever they are and whenever they want it.” UFC fights will be streamed on ESPN Plus starting in January by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2018 9:34 am PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16 2018 2

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2018 2:01 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ADRIAN, Mich. – A seven-time “Jeopardy!” winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students.Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 20.Authorities say Jass logged into other people’s email accounts without permission over a four-day period last year after the college reset everyone’s passwords and assigned everyone the same temporary password. Another professor learned what Jass had done and told school officials The 48-year-old Jass, of Tecumseh, was later fired.Jass’ seven-episode “Jeopardy!” winning streak in 2012 was a record at the time for a female contestant. It was later broken.___Information from: The Daily Telegram, ‘Jeopardy!’ winner could get prison for sneaking into emailscenter_img In this Oct. 2012 photo, Stephanie Jass of Tecumseh, Mich., poses at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. The former “Jeopardy!” winner has been charged with illegally accessing co-workers’ email accounts at a small Michigan college. (Mike Dickie/The Daily Telegram via AP) last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26 2018 7

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2018 7:13 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Call him Judge Jerry: Jerry Springer is getting court showcenter_img NEW YORK — Hopefully there won’t be any chairs in this courtroom.Talk show host Jerry Springer is getting a new TV role as “Judge Jerry,” where he’ll hear testimony and render verdicts before a studio audience. NBC Universal Television Distribution announced the half-hour court program Monday that will debut in national syndication in the fall of 2019.The 74-year-old TV host is best known for “The Jerry Springer Show,” in which guests loudly, and at times violently, meted out their own brand of justice over 27 seasons. Springer began his career as a lawyer in Cincinnati.In a statement, Springer says he’ll be called “honourable” for this first time in his life. He says his career is “coming full circle.”“Judge Jerry” will be taped in Connecticut.The Associated Presslast_img read more

New Saudi club to open with NeYo but alcohol sti

first_imgNew Saudi club to open with Ne-Yo, but alcohol still a no-no AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A popular Mideast nightclub is opening a branch in Saudi Arabia in the latest sign of how far the kingdom has loosened restrictions on entertainment in recent years. But in line with the country’s Islamic laws it will not be serving alcohol.Addmind Hospitality communications manager Serge Trad told The Associated Press that the club, White Saudi Arabia, will be open for one month, starting with a performance Thursday by American R&B artist Ne-Yo.Trad says the dress code is “smart casual,” meaning women will not be required to wear the country’s mandatory loose robe. The venue is on the Jiddah waterfront, where private beaches do not enforce strict dress codes.Trad says the new club’s Instagram account drew 11,000 followers but was quickly shut down after detractors reported it.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2019 7:33 am PDTlast_img read more

August 18 2014The Agua Fria river runs through th

first_imgAugust 18, 2014The Agua Fria river runs through the Cosanti Foundation property, during the summer a green ribbon of cottonwood trees that soothes the eye from the harsh greys and browns of the surrounding stone desert.[photos by Steven Bochinski, text by Sue Kirsch]In the Arizona heat, from late spring to fall, part of the river goes underground and the dry riverbed becomes a favored shaded hiking path where you can find all manner of twisted roots and stones of brilliant colors.Lots of birds have their homes along the riverbed and in the cliffs surrounding it. Among many different kinds of birds there is a family of hawks and one of four raucous ravens, a beautiful woodpecker has been sighted and sometimes at night one can hear owls calling to each other. Arizonas ‘Monsoon’ season usually starts the middle of July and we are warned to hike within the river bed with a weary eye. The run-off from rain around us collects in ever widening washes flowing into the Agua Fria, and before you know it a tremendous flash flood might be coming up behind you.We have had several such within the last few weeks. Here are photos by Arcosanti resident Steven Bochinski, taken last Wednesday August 13. 2014, a day after the main storm.You can see how high the water rose. Many of the steep banks along the river are silt and after each major storm the landscape of the rivers bed is changed.last_img read more

Journalists from both sides urge leaders to move forward

first_imgGreek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot journalists called on the leaders of the two communities to overcome problems, differences and objections and with courageous steps move towards a united Cyprus, they said in a joint statement on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day.The statement was issued by the heads of Union of Cyprus Journalists and the Union of Turkish Cypriot Journalists, George Frangos and Sami Ozuslu respectively.“Freedom of the press is not a utopia. It is an ideal goal and a starting point for any ethically correct journalist who wants to operate within a democratic state, ” Frangos and Ozuslu said, adding that, “freedom of the press in a country presupposes conditions of political stability, democratic legitimacy, security and equality.”The statement continues: ” We are tired of writing about what divides the two communities. We are tired of highlighting differences and divergences, contradictions and objections. We want to write reports on convergences and agreements on what brings the two communities together. We want, at last, to write the reports on the progress of the agreed solution,” they concluded.Cyprus dropped three places to 27th position among 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).According to the index, freedom of expression is guaranteed in both parts of the island.“In the north (the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), the presence of more than 30,000 Turkish army soldiers limits coverage of political developments,” RSF said.In the government controlled areas, “political parties and the Orthodox Church exercise a great deal of influence.” The index is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Witness to Napa killings thought shots were firecrackers

first_imgTwo witnesses in the ongoing trial into the June 23, 2016 shootout at an Ayia Napa restaurant, where four people died, gave on Monday more details about what they witnessed on the night.Katya Bolyukova, who works at an Ayia Napa bar, told the court she was passing in her car outside the Stone Garden restaurant at the time when she heard three loud crackling sounds, which she mistook for firecrackers.Moments later she heard three loud bangs, back to back, and realised it was gunfire. She then saw, at a distance of about five metres outside the restaurant, a man wearing a hood and grey overalls walk toward the entrance of the restaurant and fire a volley with a machine gun.Further inside the restaurant, she spotted another man with a hood but could not see if he was holding a weapon.At one point she saw a young man pick up a chair to try and strike the man with the machine gun.Next taking the stand for the prosecution was police constable Demetris Costa who serves at the Ayia Napa police station.On the night of the crime, Costa said, shortly after 10 pm the station received an anonymous call telling them that the Stone Garden was being shot up.Costa and his colleagues collected their weapons and travelled to the scene. There Costa saw one wounded person inside the ambulance of a private clinic, as well as a second wounded person being carried on a stretcher to be placed inside another ambulance, again of a private clinic.Walking up to the restaurant’s entrance, Costa saw a woman lying on her back on the ground and two men lying face-down and inside pools of blood among the tables.He also saw a person with a hood lying face-down on the ground, with a pistol next to him.It is understood that the hooded man he was referring to was Yani Vogli, one of the two Albanian shooters who was killed in the gunfire.The second shooter, Aleks Burelli, is still at large.According to constable Costa, he then saw Loy Dejan standing above two persons lying on the ground.Costa said he asked Dejan to step outside the restaurant, which he did.Dejan was one of the bodyguards of businessman and suspected underworld figure, Phanos Kalopsidiotis, the target of the hit.He is one of two remaining defendants in the trial.According to Costa, Dejan appeared calm.Next, Costa said that an ambulance from Famagusta general hospital arrived on the scene. He asked the ambulance staff to check the victims to determine whether they were still alive.The witness was then shown a photograph taken from the scene, and described how the ambulance staff turned over a man who was lying face-down and removed his hood.The trial continues. 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