Busabout has officially launched its 20182019 Eur

first_imgBusabout has officially launched its 2018-2019 Europe and Asia offering with a breakfast bash at The Bucket List in Sydney’s Bondi last Friday. With media and social influencers in attendance – including Scott Tweedie, Liv Phyland, Madison Lloyd and Lana Kington (SketchShe), comedian Alan Tsibulya and actor Lincoln Younes – guests sipped on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, played with Pumpt pool toys and slapped on Sun Bum sunscreen, despite the unseasonal Sydney downpour outside. Busabout’s Tina McIntosh, GM Australasia, and Duncan Robertson, Global MDTina McIntosh, General Manager of Busabout Australasia, presented highlights of the new brochure including the fact it was designed using 95% UGC (User Generated Content), created from passionate Busabout travellers to reflect real experiences, and some of those influential Busabout advocates were present at the event including Alex Dyson, Tegan Phillipa and her partner Ned as well as Leanne Melody who had all just recently travelled with Busabout.McIntosh said: “We wanted to reveal what’s new to our travellers, who already know and love Busabout as well as introduce our amazing offering to those who don’t know us as well. We are so glad to have amazing advocates to share their amazing experiences and really bring Busabout to life.“We’re thrilled about the exciting destinations and music festivals we’re offering this season. We pride ourselves on providing travellers with complete flexibility and our Hop-on Hop-off flexible travel network is still a favourite for those wanting the freedom to explore Europe, with a little guidance along the way. Now, with our new fleet of green coaches, they can feel good about their journey too.”Olivia PhylandNew for 2018-2019 is the expansion of Busabout’s travel network which includes some new stops through Portugal and Spain, a trip to the foodie capital of Bologna for the first time, an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Eastern Europe, as well as four new Europe Winter & Festive itineraries, nine new Adventures, and a new Winter Music Festival itinerary.Alex Dyson and Scott TweedieBusabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures’ 2018-2019 program also offers travellers a range of ways to save. All travellers who book and pay before 21 December 2017 can take advantage of Early Bird Deals, receiving 15% off Hop-on Hop-off passes and Scotland and Ireland, as well as up to 12% off Sailing, Island Hopping, Adventures, Festivals and Europe Winter trips.Colin Daniels, Lifestyle.com and Sangeeta Kocharekar NOVA 96.9The 2018-2019 Europe brochure is out now. Busabout AU team with Global Brand Ambassador, Leanne MelodyTegan Phillipa and Ned Kelly with Leanne MelodyTOP IMAGE: SketchShe and Tindafella Busabouteventslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories That would Bethel serenading his Uncrustables sandwich. We imagine such intimate moments occur as the sandwiches unthaw.The Uncrustables are supposed to be stored frozen and are marketed to be taken anywhere, but Bethel appears to enjoy them at home in bed.Like we said: Bethel really loves Uncrustables. The next step for him is becoming the face of the Uncrustables sandwich line. Comments   Share   – / 10 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel might want to have his people reach out to Smucker’s, because there’s no doubt he’s already doing some marketing for the jam-making company.Bethel is quite obsessed with Smucker’s Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Like, in love obsessed. Think we’re exaggerating?Just go to Bethel’s Instagram page. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have reminded fans why special teams can be indeed, special.Impressive play by the Arizona Cardinals’ special teams kept them in a close contest with division rival Seattle Seahawks in their final game of the season.Kicker Zane Gonzalez made all three of his field goals including one from 50 yards and and another from 55 yards to tie the game at 24 in the fourth quarter.The most impressive moment came when defensive lineman Cameron Malveaux blocked a punt and Dennis Gardeck recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the third quarter that tied the game at 21. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Related LinksArizona Cardinals secure No. 1 pick in 2019 NFL DraftCardinals’ QB Josh Rosen throws first touchdown pass in a monthD.J. Swearinger inactive for the Cardinals finale against SeattleWide receiver Pharoh Cooper set up Arizona in good field position after a 45-yard punt return with just under four minutes left in the half.The Cardinals’ special teams did all it could, but it was the Seahawks’ kicking team that prevailed on a 33-yard game-winning field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.That may have been reminiscent for Arizona fans of Week 4 when Janikowski made a 52-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Cardinals in the debut of rookie Josh Rosen as the starting quarterback.Arizona will look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft, as it has secured the No. 1 pick. Arizona Cardinals’ Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a 55-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks late in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Regent Seven Seas Cruis

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises is giving Australian and New Zealand retail trade partners an opportunity to win an exclusive luxury experience hosted by Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific at NCLH, and Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales Australia and New Zealand at RSSC.The incentive will see winning agents whisked away for a luxurious getaway to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, staying overnight at Jonah’s in an Ocean Retreat Suite.Also included are:Return flights to SydneyReturn limousine transfers from Sydney Airport/HomeScenic seaplane flight over Sydney and landing in the Northern BeachesPrivate cruise around the Northern Beaches complemented by a Seafood & Champagne lunchThree-course à la carte dinner with wine pairing at Jonah’s RestaurantA la carte breakfast at Jonah’s RestaurantExclusive gift from Regent Seven Seas CruisesSteve Odell and Lisa Pile aboard Seven Seas Mariner.To be in the running for this incentive, agents need to book 2019 sailings from now until 29 April 2019. Winners will be the top five sellers in terms of bookings and revenue in Australia and New Zealand.“Regent Seven Seas Cruises leads the way in luxury. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to reward our valued trade partners, who are such an important part of our ongoing success in the local luxury cruising market. We are delighted to be able to offer such a special incentive to our top sellers, with the winners having the opportunity to indulge in an all-inclusive luxury experience which myself and Steve Odell are delighted to be hosting personally,” said Lisa Pile.“There is no better time to encourage your clients to discover or re-discover over 460 destinations via Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ renowned, truly all-inclusive luxury experience onboard The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™,” adds Pile.For more information about Regent Seven Seas Cruises or to receive a brochure, call 1300 455 200.Terms and Conditions apply: To qualify, retail travel agents must be the top seller in terms of bookings and revenue. Applicable for new bookings on 2019 sailings booked and deposited from 1 Feb and 28 April 2019 inclusive. Cancelled and rebooked bookings will not count. Five winners in Australia and/or New Zealand will be chosen at the discretion of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Prize must be claimed from 9-10 May 2019 as per itinerary provided by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Package will be hosted by a representative of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. For travel agents residing outside of Sydney, a return economy flight will be provided to access package. Winners will be selected on 29 April and notified by 30 April 2019 by email or phone. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserve the right to change the selection if there is a tie. Further terms and conditions may apply.Lead image: Jonah’s Terrace, Whale BeachGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Related AirBaltic plans flights to DubaiLatvian ca

first_img RelatedAirBaltic plans flights to DubaiLatvian carrier airBaltic has announced plans to launch flights to Dubai from Riga.New Finland flights from airBalticNew Finland flights from airBalticairBaltic announces new daily route to AmsterdamairBaltic will begin offering direct flights between Riga and Amsterdam from October 26th. Latvian carrier airBaltic has launched a series of new flights this month, embarking on a simultaneous expansion of domestic, regional and cross-continental routes.Regularly scheduled flights to Latvian city Ventspils were launched on April 11th, adding to domestic daily flights to Liepaya, while routes around the neighbouring Scandinavian region have also been boosted this week.Nonstop flights from its hub in Riga to Finnish city Kuopio are set for introduction on a thrice weekly basis, while Denmark’s second busiest airport at Billund will gain twice weekly Riga services, all complemented by new flights between the Latvian capital and Norwegian sea port Aalesund.Meanwhile the airline will also be expanding out of its Nordic base this spring and summer, launching flights to popular locations Nice and Venice starting this April.Commenting on the airline’s Scandinavian operations, airBaltic president and chief executive Bertolt Flick said: “Over the last several years airBaltic has worked very successfully in developing routes to capital cities. Now the time has come to focus on regional centres in Scandinavia, to make use of the potential of travellers in those regions, too.”Regional competition could come in the form of expanding Reykjavik-based low cost airline Iceland Express, which also flies to Billund, as well as Danish capital Copenhagen.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Haikou China – Reported by Elite Traveler the pr

first_imgHaikou, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineChina’s Mission Hills Group has formally partnered with the world’s largest luxury hospitality organization, The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW), in a recent ceremony at the group’s Hainan Island resort. 

The partnership was signed at the new Mission Hills Resort on China’s southern Hainan Island and extends to the group’s two other five-star golf resorts in Shenzhen and Dongguan. Established in 1992 and celebrated as the cradle of golf development in China, Mission Hills has three independent hotels, each of which offers a fully integrated resort destination.“We’re delighted to welcome Mission Hills into The Leading Hotels of the World family and look forward to a long-standing and successful partnership,” said Ted Teng, president and CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World. “What unites our members is their unvarying quality and attention to detail and it’s clear that this is present with Mission Hills Resorts.”
Mission Hills was voted Golf Resort of the Year in the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards and a National 5A Level Tourist Attraction, China’s highest recognition for scenic attractions, by the country’s National Tourism Administration.“This partnership with The Leading Hotels of the World represents a formidable association of two of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle brands. Mission Hills adds three very unique resort destinations to The Leading Hotels of the World’s collection, including a total of 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects, five-star hotels, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centers, golf academies and a tennis complex with 51 outdoor courts,” said Dr. Ken Chu, Mission Hills Group’s chairman and CEO.
Affiliation with The Leading Hotels of the World reflects Mission Hills Resort’s independent character and style, as well as the group’s commitment to exacting standards of excellence including guest comfort, convenience and sustainable tourism. 

Mission Hills has also invested in implementing a sustainable environmental management system across all three of its resorts. It is the first golf operator in China to receive the ISO 14001 certificate recognizing its commitment to building a sustainable and environmentally responsible tourism business.www.missionhillschina.comlast_img read more

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Some say the Colorado air keeps its residents youn

first_imgSome say the Colorado air keeps its residents young. Others swear by the active Rocky Mountain lifestyle. In January 2010, Vail will boast yet another claim to reverse the effects of aging with the launch of The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa. Marking the center’s debut will be a four-day Ageless Vitality Workshop facilitated by leading women’s wellness expert Mary Horn, M.S. Joining Horn as the Center’s resident experts are Dr. Tom Schneider, renowned for his revolutionary age management program, and Dr. Heidi Archer, who specializes in bio identical hormones, fitness and nutrition and is a Body Logic MD physician treating the symptoms of hormone imbalance.Ageless Vitality Workshop: January 11-14, 2010 At a price of $900 per person, the Ageless Vitality Workshop will explore health challenges women experience throughout the decades of their lives and offer healthy lifestyle changes that will impact their future well-being. Participants will learn how the mind/body connection influences overall health, and will practice “mindful eating” that will allow their intuition to make conscious choices of food and portion size. The four day workshop will include daily meditation with world-renowned pranic healer Felix Lopez, daily Mindful Eating breakfast and lunch with Horn, daily cardio/indoor and outdoor fitness with certified endurance coach and two-time Mount Everest summiteer Ellen Miller, daily yoga class, daily educational lecture with Horn on subjects ranging from body composition/analysis to bone health, two strength training workouts, two dinners prepared by Terra Bistro, and open time for body composition analysis, nutritional consultations, spa treatments, energy balancing, and personal exercise training sessions.www.vailmountainlodge.com/spalast_img read more

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New York NY – LEVIEV the worlds most exclusiv

first_img(New York, NY) – LEVIEV, the world’s most exclusive diamond jewelry brand, is proud to open its first Eastern European flagship in Russia in June 2008. The store, LEVIEV’s third boutique, following London Old Bond Street, which opened May 2006 and New York Madison Avenue, which opened November 2007, will be located at 7 Kuznetski Most and will house the brand’s largest collection of rare, large, white and colored diamonds, making it the ultimate destination for diamond connoisseurs. When LEVIEV opens, it will host over 5,000 carats in white and colored diamonds, making it easily the most important diamond jewelry store in the city.“We are excited to open in Moscow, whose wealth has grown phenomenally in just a few years,” says Thierry Chaunu, President & Chief Operating Officer of LEVIEV, “Moscow is home to some of the savviest and wealthiest connoisseurs anywhere in the world.”Located in a turn-of-the-century Russian Baroque style designated landmark building at the corner of Kuznetski Most and Petrovka, which is one of Moscow’s most prestigious streets, the boutique will present two floors of retail and private salons. Drawing upon the rich history of the Kuznetski Most District, which two-hundred years ago was an area of blacksmith workshops and fine French boutique houses, WYS Design Architects of New York have created an inviting interior, in keeping with the style of that time. Its elegant and refined features include stoned flooring; taupe pleated silk paneled walls; marble, ivory, and bronze showcases; as well as complimenting furniture including a mohair sofa, silk pink chair, and ivory leather-clad desks.Connecting the upper and lower levels is a newly conceived curved marble staircase that brings both spaces together. The upper level private VIP salon space is to be housed in a restored 19th-century rotunda with hardwood parquet flooring and hand-painted flowery ceilings surrounded by opal blue walls with rich brown oak monumental doors. Both floors will feature original antique Venetian mirrors as well as antique chandeliers including a splendid Baltic chandelier dating from 1750 that will be the salon’s focal point.Lev Leviev, Chairman of LEVIEV, notes, “Moscow is like a second home to me. I have many friends and associates, and this store will be like a second home to them. I take great pride in our latest addition, which will showcase some of my most extraordinary diamonds as well as a wide range of attractive new designs.”Mr. Leviev has chosen to appoint Stella Aminova to Managing Director in Russia. Ms. Aminova, who is well known and respected in Moscow’s vibrant high society, brings a keen sense of luxury and of course, a passion for diamond jewelry. She comments, “We are thrilled to open Moscow’s most elegant, and undoubtedly the most important diamond jewelry store. We at LEVIEV will showcase an impressive collection of white and colored diamonds, second to none. Our sales professionals will provide LEVIEV’s discerning clientele with expert advice, and unsurpassed customized service.”In addition to the brand’s mainstay of diamonds, the Moscow boutique will also house LEVIEV’s collection of men’s and women’s watches, a men’s jewelry collection as well as a variety of precious colored gems, pearls and gold & platinum pieces. Diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches, bracelets, and cufflinks are just some of the incredible pieces that will open the Moscow store.A formal inauguration event will be announced at a later date for the fall, gathering Moscow’s financial, political, and cultural elites to celebrate the exciting arrival of LEVIEV, the “Diamantaire Extraordinaire.”About LEVIEV LEVIEV, the world’s most exclusive diamond jewelry brand, controls some of the largest private mines in the world and is also the largest privately held polisher and cutter of diamonds. LEVIEV has exclusive access to some of the world’s most unique stones and offers the industry’s most extraordinary assortment of large, rare and colored diamonds. In addition to developing its business empire, including flagships stores in New York, London and Moscow, LEVIEV is extremely active in supporting numerous charitable initiatives around the world, including the Carousel of Hope Ball and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. In addition, LEVIEV has dressed some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Salma Hayek, Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell and Kristin Davis.last_img read more

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2019 Grammy Awards List of nominees in top catego

first_img2019 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories by The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2018 5:55 am PDT A list of nominees in the top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday by The Recording Academy.— Album of the year: “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B; “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile; “Scorpion,” Drake; “H.E.R.,”H.E.R.; “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone; “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae; “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves; “Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By,” Kendrick Lamar.— Record of the year: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin; “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile; “This Is America,” Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan,” Drake; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Rockstar,” Post Malone and 21 Savage; “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.— Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, DJ Mustard, Larrance Dopson and Joelle James; “In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris and Geoffrey Warburton; “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth; “This Is America,” Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson; “God’s Plan,” Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1Da, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan and Ron LaTour; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt; “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears and Anthony Tiffith; “The Middle,” Zedd, Grey, Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson and Marcus Lomax.— Best new artist: Chloe x Halle; Luke Combs; Greta Van Fleet; H.E.R.; Dua Lipa; Margo Price; Bebe Rexha; Jorja Smith.— Best pop solo performance: “Colours,” Beck; “Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello; “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande; “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga; “Better Now,” Post Malone.— Best pop duo/group performance: “Fall In Line,” Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato; “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Backstreet Boys; “‘S Wonderful,” Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 and Cardi B; “Say Something,” Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton; “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.— Best pop vocal album: “Camila,” Camila Cabello; “Meaning of Life,” Kelly Clarkson; “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande; “Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes; “Beautiful Trauma,” Pink; “Reputation,” Taylor Swift.— Best traditional pop vocal album: “Love Is Here to Stay,” Tony Bennett and Diana Krall; “My Way,” Willie Nelson; “Nat “King” Cole & Me,” Gregory Porter; “Standards (Deluxe),” Seal; “The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!,” Barbra Streisand.— Best dance/electronic album: “Singularity,” Jon Hopkins; “Woman Worldwide,” Justice; “Treehouse,” Sofi Tukker; “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides,” SOPHIE; “Lune Rouge,” TOKiMONSTA.— Best rock album: “Rainier Fog,” Alice In Chains; “Mania,” Fall Out Boy; “Prequelle,” Ghost; “From the Fires,” Greta Van Fleet; “Pacific Daydream,” Weezer.— Best alternative music album: “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino,” Arctic Monkeys; “Colours,” Beck; “Utopia,” Bjork; “American Utopia,” David Byrne; “Masseduction,” St. Vincent.— Best urban contemporary album: “Everything Is Love,” The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z); “The Kids Are Alright,” Chloe x Halle; “Chris Dave and the Drumhedz,” Chris Dave And The Drumhedz; “War & Leisure,” Miguel; “Ventriloquism,” Meshell Ndegeocello.— Best R&B album: “Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton; “Good Thing,” Leon Bridges; “Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway; “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.; “Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton.— Best rap album: “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B; “Swimming,” Mac Miller; “Victory Lap,” Nipsey Hussle; “Daytona,” Pusha T; “Astroworld,” Travis Scott.— Best country album: “Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini; “Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne; “Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde; “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves; “From A Room: Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton.— Best jazz vocal album: “My Mood Is You,” Freddy Cole; “The Questions,” Kurt Elling; “The Subject Tonight Is Love,” Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz and Gary Versace; “If You Really Want,” Raul Midon With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza; “The Window,” Cecile McLorin Salvant.— Best jazz instrumental album: “Diamond Cut,” Tia Fuller; “Live In Europe,” Fred Hersch Trio; “Seymour Reads The Constitution!,” Brad Mehldau Trio; “Still Dreaming,” Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade; “Emanon,” The Wayne Shorter Quartet.— Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Call Me By Your Name”; “Deadpool 2”; “The Greatest Showman”; “Lady Bird”; “Stranger Things.”— Producer of the year, non-classical: Boi-1da; Larry Klein; Linda Perry; Kanye West; Pharrell Williams.— Best music video: “Apes–t,” The Carters; “This Is America,” Childish Gambino; “I’m Not Racist,” Joyner Lucas; “PYNK,” Janelle Monae; “MUMBO JUMBO,” Tierra Whack.— Best music film: “Life In 12 Bars,” Eric Clapton; “Whitney,” (Whitney Houston); “Quincy,” Quincy Jones; “Itzhak,” Itzhak Perlman; “The King,” (Elvis Presley).___Online: http://www.grammy.comThe Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 7:48 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Willie Nelson brings Farm Aid 2019 to Wisconsin’s dairy landcenter_img EAST TROY, Wis. — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and the Dave Matthews Band will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin’s dairy country in September.Tickets for the Sept. 21 event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy go on sale Friday.Farm Aid says the farming economy this year resembles how things were when Nelson founded Farm Aid in 1985. Nelson says devastating weather, low prices and current federal farm and trade policies pose enormous challenges to family farmers struggling to keep their farms.Other performers include Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid.Farm Aid has raised $57 million since 1985.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Elderly couple hospitalised after car crash

first_imgAn elderly couple were injured in a car crash on Friday evening and were admitted for treatment at Larnaca general hospital, police said on Saturday.According to a police report, a car driven by an 80-year-old man, with his 78-year-old wife in the passenger seat, cut up another car, driven by a 19-year-old, in Stratigou Timayia avenue in Larnaca.All were rushed to the Larnaca general, where the 19-year-old was released after treatment, while the couple were admitted.The man was diagnosed with a vertebral fracture, while his wife suffered a pelvic fracture.A breathalyser test on the two drivers gave a zero reading.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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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Katsourides backs Malas for the presidency updated

first_imgProminent Akel figure Nicos Katsourides, who was indefinitely suspended in 2015, issued a statement on Friday backing Stavros Malas for the presidency.“As a member of Akel, I want to declare my support for Stavros Malas,” Katsourides said. “A candidacy approved by overwhelming majority of Akel members.”In May 2015, Akel had indefinitely suspended the 66-year-old over his alleged involvement in the Dromolaxia scandal, but stopped short of putting Katsourides out to pasture. The party was now prepared to review the matter, according to its leader Andros Kyprianou.In the past few days, rumours claimed Katsourides would return to the fold to help rally the Akel rank and file, giving them an edge to leapfrog Diko’s Nicolas Papadopoulos and make it to the runoff ballot.The main aim of this effort is the solution of the Cyprus problem, to liberate and reunify our country, without occupying troops, guarantees, guarantors, and a Turkish overlord, he said.“A solution that would create a functional and viable state, an island of security, a bridge of peace and growth in the region,” his statement said.Fair burden sharing and a fairer distribution of national wealth to the benefit of workers will also be pursued at the same time, Katsourides said.Kyprianou welcomed the statement.“Nicos Katsourides was one of the prominent members of Akel for decades,” Kyprianou said in a statement. “His decision to actively support Stavros Malas’ candidacy certainly satisfies us.”He reiterated that Akel has no members to spare and it had always treated is members positively.“That is how it will function now. It will revisit the matter that concerns him after the presidential elections.” You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today!Yahoo SearchUndoFreedom Debt ReliefThe Secret to Getting out of Debt Without a LoanFreedom Debt ReliefUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Hepatitis C – Research About Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Turkey and north to carry out joint rescue exercise near Famagusta

first_imgTurkey will be carrying out a joint search and rescue exercise with the north near Famagusta between June 18 and 22.According to reports from the north on Wednesday, an announcement by the ‘security forces’ said the exercise, both on the ground  and in international waters, will include military forces from Turkey and the north.It is set to take place in the eastern Mediterranean around the Famagusta area between June 18 to 22. You May LikehealthyandprettyCommon Foods That Are Slowly Killing YouhealthyandprettyUndoFinanceBlvdKim Kardashian Before The Fame Will Make You SadFinanceBlvdUndoFood PreventSix Best Foods to Promote Hair GrowthFood PreventUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Father of baby doctors thought was abused is released without charge

first_imgThe man arrested in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of his five-month-old daughter was released on Monday without being charged.The arrested man was brought before the Nicosia district court last week, which decided, in a closed-door hearing, to remand him for five days to facilitate police investigations.However, following later instructions by the legal services which examined the case, it was decided not to renew the remand order. Social welfare services were instructed to continue to monitor the infant and her family.The news of the alleged assault broke last Wednesday morning, sparking public shock and outrage.The father was arrested following a visit to the Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia last Tuesday where the mother had taken the infant after she noticed inflammation in her genital region.She reportedly told police that she went to work and left the baby girl alone with her father. Upon her return, she noticed the inflammation, and the baby’s father said that she should take her to the hospital.There, she was examined by three doctors, a paediatrician, a gynaecologist, and state pathologist Eleni Antoniou, all of whom concluded it appeared that she had been sexually abused.While one hospital doctor publicly said it appeared the baby was a victim of rape, others disagreed saying she would have sustained serious injuries. A probe into the doctor’s comment has since been ordered by the health minister.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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House to vote this week on emissions tax

first_imgTHE House will this week be voting on two government bills that aim to introduce emissions-based taxes on passenger cars and vans.Legislators have wrapped up discussion of the two bills – the first revising road tax rates by linking them to a vehicle’s emissions, and the second abolishing import tax.At the House finance committee, a majority formed (Disy, Diko and Solidarity) for amending the second bill, so that rather than scrapping the import tax altogether, as proposed in the government text, the tax will be kept but reduced to zero.This was done, explained Diko MP Angelos Votsis, to enable customs to continue carrying out vehicle checks.The state will be losing an estimated €15m per year (including VAT) from scrapping the import tax, although this loss will be made up by increasing the road tax.Currently, import taxes are as follows: vehicles with CO2 emissions up to 120 gr/km, no tax; from 121 to 150 gr/km, a tax of €25 per gr/km; 151 to 180 gr/km, a tax of €50 per gr/km; and upwards of 181 gr/km, a tax of €400 per gr/km.As for the road tax, with the new regime the annual fee payable will be as follows: vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions less than 120 gr/km kilometre, €0.5 per gr/km; 120 to 150 gr/km, €3 per gr/km; 150 to 180gr/km, €5 per gr/km; and over 180gr/km, €10 per gr/km.Annual road tax cannot exceed €1,500.On top of that, under the coming changes road taxes will feature an additional fee depending on a vehicle’s emissions rating and age.Vehicles compliant with the Euro6 emissions standard (manufactured from September 2014 and later) will not be subject to any extra charge. However, diesel-powered vehicles likewise complying with Euro6 will nevertheless be charged an extra €100; exempt are vehicles with exhaust emissions designated as 6c or 6d.For Euro5-compliant cars (September 2009 to August 2014), an additional €100 will be charged for vehicles running on petrol, €250 for those running on diesel.For older vehicles, the charges are €300 for petrol and €600 for diesel.The aim of Euro 6 is to reduce levels of harmful car and van exhaust emissions, both in petrol and diesel cars. For diesels, the permitted level of nitrogen oxides emitted has dramatically dropped to a maximum of 80mg/km, compared to the 180mg/km level that was required for cars that met the previous Euro5 emissions standard.The aim is to gradually phase out older vehicles which tend to pollute more.According to daily Politis, citing numbers from the Road Transport Department, approximately 90 per cent of imported vehicles emit over 150 gr/km.In 2018, about 1000 new vehicles and 5,500 second-hand cars of this category were imported.In the same year, in the emissions category of over 200gr/km, just 111 new cars were imported, compared to 506 used cars.Opposed to the scrapping of the import tax are importers of second-hand vehicles, who under the current situation had an advantage over dealers in new cars.In 2018, for example, 67 per cent of newly-registered saloon cars were second-hand. Also, of the some 32,000 used cars imported, over half were diesel-powered.Moreover, the average age of the fleet of saloon cars – both new and used – has been rising. In 2014 the average age was 2.62 years; by 2017 it rose to 3.68 years.The average age of second-hand saloons alone went up from 4.88 years in 2014, to 5.77 years in 2017.  You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Kurds in Cyprus to mobilise for release of arrested compatriot

first_imgThe Kurdish community in Cyprus are planning a protest next week outside the Larnaca district court and have launched a petition calling for the release of 60-year-old Cerkez Korkmaz, a Kurd with Turkish citizenship arrested last week in Cyprus, who is facing prosecution in Germany on terrorism charges.Korkmaz, who has been living in Cyprus for a number of years after being recognised as a political refugee and who possessed Cypriot travel documents, was arrested last week at Larnaca airport from where he was to travel to Athens after it emerged during passport control that the German authorities had issued a European arrest warrant and extradition against him on March 19.He was wanted in connection with terrorism offences allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015 in Germany, reportedly concerning links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).The government said in a statement on Saturday that the man was arrested as he is facing prosecution in Germany on terrorism charges and that he was taken to court last Friday and would remain in detention until his extradition hearing, which will reportedly be some time next week.On the basis of current legislation, the situation will be handled by the Cypriot justice system, which must decide whether to execute the European warrant within a period of sixty days, the government had said.His arrest stirred reaction by the Kurdish community living in Cyprus, which is calling for his release.An online petition has already been launched addressed to the justice minister, calling for Korkmaz’s release arguing that other European countries ignore such requests on Kurdish fighters.According to the authors of the petition, Germany issued the arrest warrant against Korkmaz on the request of Turkey since the latter is unable to arrest Kurdish fighters “and is asking Germany to do its dirty work”.Taking into account the hundreds of thousands arrests and jail detentions in Turkey, the petition says, many European countries ignore such demands by Turkey against Kurdish fighters.“It is disappointing to see that Cyprus is willing to apply such warrants, a country that has been invaded by Turkey and continues to deal with Turkish threats and interventions in the Cypriot exclusive, economic zone,” it says.Hundreds of thousands of Kurdish fighters live today all over Europe as political refugees, it says, but Turkey, can, at any given moment, abolish and break the entire political asylum system with a simple ‘terrorism’ accusation. The petition gives as glaring example that of the case of “Kurdish leader” Abdullah Ocalan in which case “political asylum failed miserably.”It said that the signatories are calling on political parties, trade unions, artistic and other organisations, on all democrats and supporters of the Kurdish struggle, “to mobilise for the immediate release of the Kurdish fighter.”Korkmaz, reportedly stayed in Germany between 2013 and 2014 and last visited the country in 2015.The protest is to take place next Tuesday outside the Larnaca district court during Korkmaz’s extradition hearing.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsSearch Walk In Tubs Rowland HeightsWalk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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BG to join Block 12 operators Wednesday

first_imgBritish Gas will on Wednesday be joining the consortium which has the concession on Block 12 in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis announced on Tuesday.Presenting the island’s strategy on exploiting energy reserves at the international affairs think tank Chatham House in London he formally announced the Cabinet’s decision taken just over a week ago allowing the entry of BG Group in the consortium would be implemented.Representatives from BG and Noble – which holds 35 per cent of equity in the offshore block and remains the operator – are expected to sign the deal at his ministry on Wednesday when he too arrives back to Cyprus.The deal with BG, worth a reported $165m (€150m), had been subject to government approval, which Noble had formally requested.The other stakeholders in Block 12 are Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership, each with a 15 per cent working interest.During his speech, Lakkotrypis made key reference to Nicosia’s cooperation and negotiation with countries such as Egypt, Israel and Lebanon as well as contacts with Jordan and agreements with international energy giants.To best maximise natural gas in Cyprus’ EEZ, the most sustainable option is exporting to Egypt for international consumption or for further export, the minister added.Lakkotrypis is the first Cypriot minister to participate in an international conference organised by Chatham House.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Juncker proposals to harmonise tax rates find again Cyprus unprepared

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s favouring of a relaxation in EU decision-making rules based on qualified majorities on matters including further harmonisation of tax rates, is likely to have implications for certain member states including Cyprus.Juncker, who was delivering his State of the EU address at the European Parliament on Wednesday, said that “so-called ‘passerelle clauses’ in the current treaties allow us to move from unanimity to qualified majority voting in certain areas,” provided all heads of state or government give their consent.“I am also strongly in favour of moving to qualified majority voting for decisions on the common consolidated corporate tax base, on value added tax, on fair taxes for the digital industry and on the financial transaction tax,” the former Luxembourgian prime minister, who was addressing the parliament in French and German, said according to the English translation of his speech on the website of the European Commission. “Europe has to be able to act quicker and more decisively”.The harmonisation of the corporate tax rate, already on the agenda of the European Commission since October when it tabled proposals for a common corporate tax base (CCTB) and a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), is considered anathema in Cyprus, which taxes corporate profits at 12.5 per cent. As one of the lowest rates in the EU, the island regards it as a comparative advantage for the business services sector.Six months ago, the parliamentary energy, commerce, industry and tourism committee dismissed the European Commission’s proposals after consulting stakeholders, including law and accounting firms and the executive branch.Other member states, also expressed reservations about the harmonisation of tax rates in the past, including Luxembourg, Ireland and the UK, which last year decided to leave the EU, thus weakening opposition to CCTB and CCCTB.“The discussions on a common consolidated corporate tax base should serve as a warning for us in order to start planning how to diversify our economy which to a great extent is currently relying on services,” said Andreas Assiotis, Hellenic Bank’s chief economist.The Cypriot economy, the euro area’s second smallest, emerged two years ago from a prolonged recession as traditional key sectors, such as tourism, business and construction saw their output in the years continuously rise following the fiscal and banking crisis. Key reforms agreed with international creditors, including the overhaul of the civil service, privatisations, the modernisation of legislation governing the financial sector and the opening of professions were not partially implemented, if at all.Juncker also advocated in favour of transforming the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a “European Monetary Fund” and the office of the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs into that of a European Minister of Economy and Finance.The ESM, established five years ago during the euro crisis –which engulfed five EU members–, to finance bailouts in the euro area together with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The latter supervised the bailouts, including that of Cyprus, jointly with the European Central Bank and the European Commission.A European minister –“ideally also a vice-president” and president of the Eurogroup– promoting and supporting structural reforms in member states “can build on the work the Commission has been doing since 2015 with our structural reform support service,” a body helping EU members design and implement reforms, said Juncker who served as chairman of the Eurogroup, the informal body of the euro area finance ministers until early 2013.“The new minister should coordinate all EU financial instruments that can be deployed when a member state is in a recession or hit by a fundamental crisis”.The Commission will submit concrete proposals about the future of ESM in December, Juncker said and added that “we do not need a budget for the Euro area but a strong Euro area budget line within the EU budget”.Michalis Florentiades, chief economist at the online financial service provider XM.com said in an interview that he is not taking for granted that Juncker’s agenda will be finally implemented. “His job is to present his vision but whether the heads of state and government will ultimately do, that’s another story,” he said.Much may be determined following the German elections scheduled for September, he continued. “The Germans want a European finance minister with lots of powers and small budget but it is the other way around with the French,” who elected a new government and parliament in the second quarter of the year, he said.Still, the focus in the EU will shift to reform following the completion of the election cycle when Italians elect a new parliament before May next year, said Ioannis Tirkides, who heads Bank of Cyprus’s economic research division.“Whilst everybody agrees on the need for reform there is less agreement amongst member countries on the nature of the reforms that are needed,” Tirkides continued. He added that reforms proposed by the president of the Commission and likely to centre on budget risk sharing measures including a common unemployment insurance programme, “will not be easy and negotiations will likely be tense”.The Bank of Cyprus economist added that he considers it certain that the euro area’s north will seek more say over national fiscal policies.“In principle, I am in favour of European integration,” Hellenic Bank’s Assiotis said adding that this process should prevent widening the gap among member states by undermining their competitive advantages.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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One year on casino is rewriting tourism

first_imgCyprus Casinos ‘C2’ have attracted over 880,000 visitors from across the globe in its locations in Limassol, Nicosia and Larnaca, the company said on Wednesday, as it marked one year of operations on the islandOperations in Limassol began one year ago on June 28, 2018 in Zakaki, which houses the 24-hour temporary casino until the grand resort ‘City of Dreams Mediterranean’ opens its doors in 2021.“I’m extremely happy with our first year of operations here in Cyprus, progress has been swift, and the local economy is already benefitting from the strong partnership we’ve created with CNS Group,” chairman and CEO of Melco Group, Lawrence Ho, told a press conference.“Running a business that operates across Asia, Australia and the UK means we are intently focused within Melco on compliance, and the government of the Republic of Cyprus is setting and maintaining the highest standards in this regard. That means Cyprus will not only become a destination for premium luxury tourists, but for international investors too.”CNS Group is the parent company of The Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki) Limited, which is a member of the Integrated Casino Resorts Cyprus Consortium.The event, held at the Hilton Park in Nicosia was packed with government officials and journalists.“Everything is in place for significant and sustainable growth here in Cyprus. The government has a clearly-defined vision, the community is supporting us, and the success of the satellite and pop-up casinos we’ve already opened are evidence of strong consumer demand,” Ho said.The presidential suite of the planned City of Dreams“Once open, our integrated casino resort, City of Dreams Mediterranean will rewrite the tourism guides to Cyprus and make this beautiful island an internationally recognised year-round destination.”Cyprus Casinos (dubbed C2 for the double ‘C’) have recorded over 880,000 visits so far, according to figures collected up until 9 June 2019.In Limassol, which is celebrating a year since it opened its doors, approximately 710,000 visitors have visited while the casinos in Nicosia and Larnaca which opened in December 2018 have garnered 130,000 and 40,000 visitors respectively, according to Craig Ballantyne, property president of Cyprus Casinos and City of Dreams Mediterranean.By this August, the number of visits should amount to 1 million.The temporary casino in Limassol, which is celebrating a year since it opened its doors, approximately 710,000 visitors have visitedSo far, the Limassol casino employs over 800 people, a majority of them Cypriot citizens, which will then work at the integrated casino resort when it begins operating. A further two satellite casinos in the centre of Ayia Napa and in the Geroskipou tourist area of Paphos are currently preparing to open their doors.During the press conference, the company also announced a new corporate social responsibility initiative named ‘Heritage Signs’ set to actively promote the authenticity of the island’s most significant heritage sites by sponsoring heritage enhancements and information that will significantly improve the tourist experience when visiting these sites in Cyprus.Hailing the move, Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastassiadou said: “We believe that this initiative will help to diverse cultural heritage of Cyprus and create an unforgettable learning experience for the visitors to Cyprus.”The interior design of the integrated casino resort City of Dreams of Mediterranean was also revealed, highlighting a luxurious design which was personalised specifically for Cyprus’ resort. The exterior design features distinctly Mediterranean influences.Construction for the City of Dreams of Mediterranean, located in Zakaki, west of Limassol has been awarded to Avax-Terna J.V. Works began in May 2019 and is set to feature a 16-storey five-star hotel with 500 guest rooms and suites as well as MICE facilities comprising 9,600 sq. metres. The gaming area totals 7,500 sq. metres and will include over 100 tables and 1,000 state-of-the-art gaming machines.Set to be completed in 2021, it is envisioned to be one of its kind in Europe, due to attract an additional 300,000 tourists.During the construction period, the project is expected to create around 4,000 jobs per year in Cyprus. Once the resort is fully operational, the resort is expected to contribute to approximately 2,400 permanent jobs. After the second year of operation, the integrated casino resort is expected to contribute approximately €700 million per year to the Cypriot economy, amounting to around 4 per cent of the country’s annual GDP.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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