Go back to the enewsletterVirgin Hotels has officially opened its highly anticipated second property, Virgin Hotels San Francisco. The hotel, located at 250 Fourth Street, is situated South of Market (SoMa) just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens and the Moscone Center, and features 192 Chambers and two Penthouse Suites, multiple dining and drinking outlets (including the brand’s flagship space, Commons Club) and Funny Library Coffee Shop. The hotel is also in close proximity to the new Central Subway Station, which connects South of Market with Union Square and Chinatown.“I love visiting San Francisco, and it has always been very special to Virgin. Never losing its local charm, the city continues to be dynamic and innovative, embodying so much of what our brand stands for. Virgin Hotels and the delightful city of San Francisco make the perfect pair and I’m thrilled to announce that the hotel is now open,” said Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group.Virgin Hotels San Francisco features collaborative designs from Gensler San Francisco as the designer for the hotel’s rooftop Everdene, Hager Design International (HDI) as the Interior Designer of Record and Matthew Rolston as the Creative Director for the hotel’s public spaces and Commons Club.Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels said, “Guests of Virgin Hotels in Chicago will notice a lot of key brand features, like the Chamber design and the Lounge Bed, but this property will feel inherently San Francisco”.There are 192 Chambers – each featuring Virgin Hotels’ signature two-room concept – and two Penthouse Suites. The Dressing Room includes a full vanity, makeup desk and expertly lit mirror, an extra-large shower with a bench and a closet for two. A sliding wooden door (complete with peephole) separates it from The Lounge, which features Virgin’s patented, ergonomically designed lounge bed as well as a red SMEG mini fridge stocked with street-priced snacks, high-definition TV, yoga mat, round wood table, a custom-designed bench and ample outlets for smartphones, laptops or other electronic devices.The Chambers showcase warm wood tones throughout and soft, touchable textures offset with black accents. Touches of signature ‘Virgin Red’ complete the design.Additionally, Virgin Hotels San Francisco provides guests with three dining and drinking options including the flagship restaurant, bar and lounge, Commons Club. Executive Chef Adrian Garcia, formerly of Benu and Quince, will offer modern Californian cuisine with an international influence at The Kitchen. A specially curated entertainment and music program will add to the overall experience, which evokes the feeling of a modern social club without the dues, where both travellers and locals are welcome to convene and enjoy the lively atmosphere.Opening early March, the hotel will also feature two additional dining options: the rooftop bar, Everdene, and the Funny Library Coffee Shop.Virgin Hotels Chicago opened in 2015.Go back to the enewsletter
The travel industry has been tipped as an area of major potential for developing innovative mobile internet based information tools.Predicting a 200-fold increase in web traffic by 2015 due to mobile use, cellphone manufacturer Nokia is deploying Teradata datawarehouse tools for analysing internet usage while travelling in a bid to match up its services with user demands.Envisaging efficient mobile-delivered services to permanently connected users, Nokia chief information officer John Clarke told ComputerWeekly that GPS information on weather patterns could be processed into information such as related delays in taxi journeys to the airport. He told the site: “This represents a whole new way of thinking. It provides the concept of context, which will transform the nature of the internet.”Meanwhile, Michael Lacy, chief executive of travel industry mobile solutions firm Handy Group, told TravelMole that the ‘Mashup’ industry was showing boundless ambition for mobile services, claiming: “What is exciting is that mobile will likely spawn areas of business that don’t even exist today.” Evidence of industry enthusiasm comes as FlightStats.com and Mobile.flightstats.com release a new mobile-targeted flight availability service, offering those suffering the inconvenience of cancellations with information on available seats for flights that are at a nearby gate or soon to arrive, all deliverable by SMS alert or email.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedVirtually There gains Sabre gold awardSabre has gained recognition at a leading travel awards event.Yahoo launches new flight search technologyFinding flights online just got that bit easier as search engine giant Yahoo! has launched a new mobile phone product.Global focus and mobile strategy drive 100% growth for Skyscanner in 2013Skyscanner increased its revenue by 96% to £65.8 million in the year ending 31st December 2013.
Fewer European travellers chose to fly to the UK this summer, according to new figures from national tourism body VisitBritain.The number of foreign travellers to Britain fell by three percent to 9.3 million, while spending was down two percent to £5.1 billion in the July-September period from last year.Commenting on the findings, VisitBritain’s outgoing chief executive Tom Wright said the figures were not unexpected given the current economic climate.”The recent fall in sterling and the approaching Olympics in 2012 give us a tremendous opportunity to promote Britain’s attractions as a destination to the world, but the likely onset of the global recession makes our work and the support we receive ever more critical,” he said.The findings revealed that the number of people arriving on flights from North America fell nine percent to 3.2 million in the first nine months of this year – something that’s been blamed on the stagnating economy in the US.United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary general Francesco Frangialli said this week that a stimulus package for tourism would not be necessary. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMore Europeans choose to book flights to the UKMore Europeans are booking flights to the UK, it has been revealed.Ash disruption affects millions, data revealsNearly three million people in the UK were affected by the disruption at the country’s airports caused by the volcanic ash cloud.Fewer Brits booked flights overseas this summerThe decline in the number of Brits booking flights abroad continued between June and August.
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Madame TussaudsIf the A-listers are hiding in their Beverley Hills mansions, make a stop at Madame Tussauds on Hollywood Boulevard to get your fill of famous faces. Three jam-packed floors cover everything from silent movie moguls to Hollywood icons to superstar pop performers. There are tons of photo opportunities so take your camera, size up your favourite celeb and get papping.Starline Movie Stars’ Homes TourIf the thought of peering over hedges, staring at locked gates and marvelling at mailboxes doesn’t appeal, think again: the Movie Stars’ Homes Tour is a staple of LA sightseeing and isn’t as creepy as it sounds. Whizz around Beverley Hills in an open topped bus ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ at the sheer wealth of the city, while a guide gives you the lowdown on which famous actor’s security cameras are which. Larry Edmunds BookshopWith over 20,000 new and used books covering every aspect of Hollywood, along with 500,000 photos and 6,000 posters, Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been a local institution for over 70 years. Whether you’re into stars of the silent movies or state-of-the-art CGI, there’s a title for you. Watch out for regular signings and talks.Getting thereFind cheap flights to LAJonathan Melville is a freelance digital editor, writer and journalist, helping clients communicate online and offline via the written word, video and audio. He also runs ReelScotland.com which covers reviews, previews, features and interviews for some of the most exciting film and TV related events taking place around Scotland.Claire Connachan is a copywriter, marketer and travel enthusiast based in Scotland.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Want to set sail with pirates, visit the homes of the rich and (in)famous or watch a movie in unusual surroundings? Los Angeles is the place to head if you’re a film fan.Jonathan Melville and Claire Connachan take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the city and suggest ten experiences for film fans who want to find out what makes Hollywood tick. Hollywood Walk of FameFrom Bud Abbott to Adolph Zukor, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unmissable in more ways than one: step onto Hollywood Boulevard at any point and you’ll be standing on a celebrity (perhaps literally if it’s a Saturday night). If you’ve heard of them then there’s a chance they’re here, and looking for your favourite famous name never gets dull.Red Line Tours Hollywood Behind-the-ScenesBook yourself on a morning walking tour before the Californian heat kicks in and enjoy a relaxed and informative hour-and-a-bit learning about the history, legends and lore of the world’s most star-studded street. A friendly tour guide will explain the origins of Hollywood Boulevard, its incredible architecture and will also drop in some gossip and fables about its famous inhabitants. This tour is available as part of the Citipass.The Hollywood Forever CemeteryA cemetery may not sound like the most obvious place for a film screening, but as the final resting place for Douglas Fairbanks, Fay Wray, Rudolph Valentino and more, Hollywood Forever isn’t your normal graveyard. Along with tours there are outdoor movie events, often with live music, which draw visitors from far and wide. Related10 top things to see and do in Los AngelesFrom movies to monsters, theme parks to gardens, 10 awesome things to do on a visit to the City of Angels.Sex and the City Sightseeing: SATC hotspotsSex and the City Sightseeing: SATC hotspots10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)… DisneylandDisneyland has 85 acres to explore and over 60 attractions to choose from – that’s not even counting the California Adventures theme park next door. With classic rides including Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s A Small World, to scream-worthy efforts such as the tooth-chattering Space Mountain and a white-knuckle Indiana Jones adventure, California’s most famous park is well worth a visit.Universal StudiosThere’s more fun than you can shake a kitchen knife at in Universal. Start with the back lot tour where you meet Norman Bates (and friend), Jaws and King Kong as you rattle along in a golf cart, then spend the rest of the day alternatively grinning or screaming like a loon as you encounter dinosaurs, Terminators and the entire back catalogue of Universal’s horror monsters. Do not miss!Warners Bros VIP Studio TourThe opportunity to trundle down the back streets of movie history on the Warner Bros lot is one that shouldn’t be passed up with small groups with knowledgeable guides allowing for perhaps the most intimate film tour experience in LA. What Warner Bros lacks in spectacle it makes up for in up-close-and-personal, with movie vehicles and genuine props all part of the package.Grauman’s Egyptian and Chinese TheatresRecapture some of the glamour of old Hollywood with a trip to two landmark cinemas: the Egyptian Theatre and Chinese Theatre. While the Egyptian hosted the first Hollywood premiere, the Chinese is home to those infamous handprints of actors and actresses, including Marilyn Monroe and Peter O’Toole. The Egyptian’s eclectic screening schedule should keep the most dedicated cinephile happy.
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Basel, Switzerland – In a seemingly Mark Twain moment for Swiss watchmaker Bedat & Co’s Kuala Lumpur based President Frank Low, he might have wanted to quote at Baselworld 2010 the famous line, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”Noting, “Bedat & Co confirms its legitimacy and leadership in feminine designs and takes the opportunity of Baselworld 2010 to look back over a year of tremendous activity since the last edition of the fair” Low continued, “As a purveyor of fine timepieces, we are especially proud to be the defenders of Bedat & Co’s strong values: drawing upon a 500-year heritage of Swiss watchmaking traditions in the Jura region, Bedat & Co is a genuinely honest house, preserving the highest standards of craftsmanship to guarantee the Swiss quality of all components and know-how. Further more; Bedat & Co – the “Joaillier de l’Acier” – is one of the only brands renowned for its high-end timeless designs manufactured especially for ladies.”From a point where in similar fashion to another famous event, the “Dewey beats Truman” newspaper headline where published reports had stated that Gucci Group had closed Bedat, Low has resurrected the company connecting it with its heritage, including using the watch world’s largest and most prestigious annual event to announce he will be donating a percent of the company’s revenues to a charity endorsed by founder Simone Bedat.With an unequivocal endorsement from Mrs. Bedat, who told the press, “I am thrilled and honoured that my family name and the company I have built with such passion is being perpetuated under the new ownership” Low claimed the brand is well on its way to the peak of adoration that Bedat enjoyed late last century when the Gucci creative head Tom Ford snapped it up.Low said in a written statement provided to Elite Traveler, “The brand has indeed enjoyed substantial commercial development despite the economic context, expanding its strong retail network with successful openings across five continents.”He sited new markets such as Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, as well as Norway and new distribution contracts for North America & Canada, South America, Caribbean, Mexico, Central Europe, South and Western Africa, and Nigeria, Ghana. Low added many more crucial markets like Germany, North and Eastern Europe or the Russian states are in the midst of contract finalisation and are expected to be completed before Baselworld ends Wednesday evening.Low was happy that success is being achieved globally beyond his Southeast Asian base and took time to affirm Bedat as a Swiss brand saying, “Bedat & Co’s core values are deeply rooted in the finest art of Swiss watchmaking. Thanks to the unswerving collaboration with the best ateliers of the Jura Valley. The brand also has the highest standards of master craftsmanship, stamped with the A.O.S.C label, the ultimate symbol and guarantee of quality and ethics certifying the Swiss origin of all components. When it comes to serving Bedat & Co’s knowledgeable clientele, benchmark refinement and excellence remain the order of the day.”
London, Great Britain – At a gala awards dinner attended by leading travel editors, writers and hospitality leaders held at The Ritz Hotel in London, Huka Lodge was honored as the recipient of the Tatler Enduring Excellence Award for 2010.According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, this award honors Huka Lodge, New Zealand, for its outstanding consistency in maintaining the highest standards of excellence for the last 25 years.On hand to personally receive this recognition was the owner of Huka Lodge Alex van Heeren. In a memo sent to all the Huka Lodge staff on his return to his hotel room after the event he stated “This award is for you all, for your unflagging efforts to ensure we maintain the highest levels of consistency and excellence in everything we do, every single day.” He then went on to personally thank his staff and further acknowledge their contribution.Alex van Heeren purchased Huka Lodge in 1984 and with his renowned energy and passion shaped it into the internationally recognized exclusive retreat it is today. Huka Lodge has been and continues to be ranked amongst the best in the world and the Tatler Enduring Excellence Award 2010 certainly bears testament to this.Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate in South Africa. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats, all sharing an unrivalled commitment to providing an extraordinary hospitality experience for guests within global locations of great unspoiled beauty
3 car gurus from ‘The Grand Tour’ ponder the car’s future NEW YORK, N.Y. – When it comes to cars, three names instantly come to mind. No, not Ford, Chevy and Honda. We’re talking Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the former “Top Gear” hosts who have just launched season two of their new automotive show, “The Grand Tour,” on Amazon Prime. They stopped by to discuss the importance of the car and why gas engines aren’t going away.___JUST HOW IMPORTANT ARE CARS TO THE SHOW?“It is just three middle-aged men with poor teeth, bad physics and creaking joints, who go around the world getting into scrapes. That’s really what it’s about. We’re in cars while that happens, but then people are in cars when they go to the store or when they go out at night. The cars are coincidental.” — Clarkson___WHY DO WE LOVE OUR CARS SO MUCH THAT WE NAME THEM?“In a relatively short span — 130 years — it’s defined and shaped our world in every way, from important military action to merchant activity to love, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. Think of the songs that were written about cars. They’re so intertwined with our lives, they scratch such a fundamental itch within us as human beings that they’re bound to be imbued with qualities and characteristics far beyond simply being a machine.” — Hammond___WHAT DO CARS TELL US ABOUT US?“You can make social commentary on the world by the cars that people drive. You show me someone in Prius, I’ll tell you quite a lot about them. Show me someone in Texas in a pickup truck with a gun rack, I can tell you quite a lot about them. I’ve never met them. I don’t know them. I know these days that’s called being judgmental. But it’s true, you can.” — Clarkson___ARE DRIVERLESS CARS AROUND THE CORNER?“I don’t see those happening in my lifetime, probably not even in the lifetime of my children. For 40 years we’ve been promised robots. Nobody has built a robot than can make a sandwich or boil an egg or even climb a flight of stairs or open a door. And yet somehow we’re expected to believe we’re on the cusp of a car that can negotiate Manhattan or drive around a U.K. ring road or handle Rome.” — Clarkson___BUT CHANGE IS COMING, NO COMPLAINING ALLOWED“Historically, when you look at the attitude of hard-core car enthusiasts to changes in the car, you will discover that all the things that we objected to — unleaded fuel, catalytic converter, side-impact protection, blah, blah — everyone always said, ‘Oh, it’s the end of motoring. It’s going to ruin everything!’ The car always improved because a challenge was laid before it and it had to be overcome. And the cars got better.” — May___ARE WE FACING THE END OF THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE?“The future is not the end of internal combustion, just as we still have steam locomotives for enthusiasts and sailing boats and people ride horses. Cars, as we know them now, will be freed up for people who genuinely love them to drive in certain places — not everywhere because that won’t be allowed — but nice places, special roads, circuits, maybe. We won’t have been wasting all that oil on driving people to work because they’re going around in their electric pods so it won’t seem so bad burning it for purposes of pleasure. The future is full of Ferraris.” — May___IF CARS GO AWAY, ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR JOB?“There’s never been a better time to be a commentator on cars. The industry itself has never gone through more change. When it first started the car was a novelty… And yet 100 or 130 years later, here it is, this globally important influence is being reinvented by people who know how significant, how important, it is to us. So what an exciting time to be dealing with it.” — Hammond___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2017 7:18 am PDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, from left, Richard Hammond and James May attend Amazon Studio’s “The Grand Tour” season two premiere screening and party at Duggal Greenhouse on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2018 8:48 am PDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking on another comics franchise.The prize-winning author and journalist says in an announcement this week that he is writing a Captain America series for Marvel. Coates posted an essay about his project on The Atlantic’s website. He wrote that Captain America represented a “kind of Lincolnesque optimism” and that he wanted to explore what made people believe in “The Dream.” The first issue comes out in July.Coates has also written for the Black Panther series and helped inspire the blockbuster movie that came out last month.His books include “Between the World and Me,” which won the National Book Award, and “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.” He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. Ta-Nehisi Coates writing Captain America series
Cartoonist who cited politics in firing finds new outlet PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist who says he was fired because of his anti-Donald Trump drawings has found a new home for his work in Pittsburgh.A new alternative weekly, the Pittsburgh Current, said Thursday it had reached an agreement with Rob Rogers’ syndication group to begin running his cartoons.Rogers had worked for the Post-Gazette for 25 years before he was fired in mid-June after the paper had rejected many of his cartoons or ideas for cartoons in recent months.The newspaper’s leaders have said the dispute stemmed from a disagreement over the editing process. The paper’s newly appointed editorial director said Rogers wanted to be “sole arbiter” of his work.___Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com by The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2018 8:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The horror movie “The Nun” has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the “Conjuring” franchise and another win for Warner Bros.Studio estimates on Sunday say the Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga-led film brought in $53.5 million from 3,876 North American theatres. Internationally, it banked $77.5 million for a massive $131 million global debut. The movie, a spinoff of a character seen in “The Conjuring 2” and set in 1952 Romania, cost only $22 million to produce.Before “The Nun,” the largest opening in the “Conjuring” universe, which includes the “Annabelle” films, was “The Conjuring’s” $41.8 million launch.“The subject in the title ‘The Nun,’ just gets a bigger broader audience,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution.Opening weekend audiences were heavily Hispanic (35 per cent), according to exit polls, and significantly higher than other films in the series. “The Conjuring,” for instance, attracted a 17 per cent Hispanic audience.This marks the fifth consecutive weekend that a Warner Bros. movie has held first place domestically, following in the successful footsteps of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Meg.” It’s also the fourth that the studio has held the first and second place spots which is the first time this has happened in the industry in over 25 years. The last time was in 1989 when Universal Pictures had “Sea of Love,” ”Uncle Buck” and “Parenthood.”“The calendar has 12 months and 52 weeks,” Goldstein said of the industry-leading streak. “We had gotten a fair amount of criticism for what our release schedule looked like in the summer, but I kept on saying it’s not about summer, it’s about the whole year.”“The Nun” effectively scared “Crazy Rich Asians” into second place for the first time in its four-week run. The rom-com added $13.6 million, bringing its total North American earning to $136.2 million.Third place went to the R-rated Jennifer Garner revenge movie “Peppermint,” from STXFilms, which debuted on par with expectations to $13.3 million.“‘Peppermint’ was a movie that was meant to give a completely different option to ‘The Nun,’” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “‘The Nun’ was just this overwhelming juggernaut.”And holdovers rounded out the top five with “The Meg” in fourth with $6 million and “Searching” in fifth with $4.5 million.Despite “The Nun’s” strong performance, the weekend is down nearly 30 per cent from last year when “It” scored a record-breaking opening, but the year overall is still up 9.5 per cent.“Look out,” Dergarabedian said. “This could be the biggest box office year ever.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”The Nun,” $53.5 million ($77.5 million international).2.”Crazy Rich Asians,” $13.6 million ($5.6 million international).3.”Peppermint,” $13.3 million ($1.4 million international).4.”The Meg,” $6 million ($11.3 million international).5.”Searching,” $4.5 million ($7.5 million international).6.”Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $3.8 million ($38.6 million international).7.”Christopher Robin,” $3.2 million ($2.5 million international).8.”Operation Finale,” $3 million.9.”BlacKkKlansman,”$2.6 million ($3.7 million international).10. “Alpha,” $2.5 million ($6.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “The Nun,” $77.5 million.2. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $38.6 million.3. “The Meg,” $11.3 million.4. “Searching,” $7.5 million.5. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” $7 million.6. “The Equalizer 2,” $6.5 million.7. “Alpha,” $6.3 million.8. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $5.9 million.9. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $5.8 million.10. “Incredibles 2,” $5.7 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr With ‘The Nun,’ Warner Bros.’ box office streak continues by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2018 9:46 am PDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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A 30-year-old man was arrested in Paphos in the early hours of Sunday on suspicion of injuring a nightclub security guard with a knife.According to police, they were called to the club around 3.30am after reports of a scuffle. There they found the security guard, aged 40, had sustained some light injures to his face as a result of a knife attack.They found the alleged culprit during a search in the vicinity of the club and said he was in possession of a 10cm blade. He was arrested.The security guard was treated for his facial injuries at Paphos hospital’s A&E and discharged.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoHeart 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 Taboola
A Russian oligarch on Monday got a court to delay his fraud lawsuit against US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, citing the need to deal more pressing legal matters such as US sanctions on his businesses and criminal trials facing Manafort.Justice O Peter Sherwood of New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan signed an order in which all parties agreed to stay the proceedings until Manafort‘s trials are complete, “whether by verdict, mistrial or plea”, a court filing showed.The lawsuit at issue was by a Cyprus company controlled by Oleg Deripaska against Manafort and his aide Rick Gates in January, accusing them of misappropriating more than $18.9 million earmarked for deals in Ukraine in 2008. Deripaska had made similar legal complaints againstManafort and Gates in the Cayman Islands in 2014 and in Virginia in 2015.James Altman, lawyer for Deripaska’s Cyprus company, Surf Horizon Limited, sent a letter last week to Sherwood on behalf of all parties arguing the case should be put on hold for five months, citing, among other things, US sanctions against Deripaska and Manafort‘s need to focus on his criminal trials.Altman wrote that his client “needs time to work out certain issues regarding its prosecution of its claims in this Lawsuit resulting from the imposition of those sanctions.”The move to delay the lawsuit illustrates the wide impact of sanctions that Washington imposed in April on Deripaska and eight companies in which he is a large shareholder, including aluminum producer Rusal and its parent En+.In total, the US sanctions are on seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they own or control, as well as 17 senior Russian government officials because, it said, they were profiting from a Russian state engaged in “malign activities” around the world.Rusal’s exports and finances will take another hit if Deripaska is unable to persuade Washington to lift sanctions by late August, three industry sources told Reuters last week.Manafort is preparing to go to trial to fight two criminal cases against him in Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, which arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into any links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign.In the letter Altman wrote that Manafort needed time to focus on those two criminal cases, which are set to go to trial in July and September. He also noted that Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller’s probe, recently retained a lawyer for the Deripaska case.Manafort is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday following a third superseding indictment against him by Mueller that lodged additional charges on accusations of witness tampering.You May LikeAp +10 Coolest Japanese Cars Ever BuiltAp +Undogift5s.comTop 10 gifts for cyclistsgift5s.comUndoThe Travel Breeze15 Cities Where Street Art Is BloomingThe Travel BreezeUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicos Christodoulides, departs for Barcelona to take part at the 3rd Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) on Monday.During the event, to be attended by 25 foreign ministers from EU member states and the region, the actions and achievements of the Union in the past 10 years will be discussed and there will also be exchange of views on the future. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will also attend the event.While in Spain, Christodoulides will have a meeting with the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell to discuss bilateral relations, as well as on issues pertaining to developments at a regional and European level. These will include relations between the European Union and Turkey and the state of play in the Cyprus problem.The Foreign Minister will then travel to Crete, where he will accompany President, Nicos Anastasiades, at the 6th Cyprus – Egypt – Greece Trilateral Summit set to take place on October 10.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo 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 Taboola
Ryanair will probably submit an expression of interest in troubled Cyprus Airways which is up for sale, Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said on Tuesday.The Cypriot government in mid-July invited non-binding expressions of interest in its shares or assets in Cyprus Airways, the state-controlled airline which has posted heavy losses for years.The deadline for submissions is July 23, and requires a non-binding expression of interest to consider a potential binding offer.“We probably will make some expression of interest in Cyprus Airways,” O’Leary told reporters in Nicosia in response to a question. “…We want to see if we could help the government come up with some rescue package even though it might be too late.”The Cypriot airline has been selling assets to keep afloat, including slots at London’s Heathrow airport. The state owns 93 percent of the airline.O’Leary said he would be meeting with Cypriot tourism and finance officials, where Ryanair would raise concerns over high fees charged by Cypriot airports.“We would like to grow more, but the impediment are the high costs,” he said, adding that a high cost base had seen Cyprus lose half a million passengers over a five-year period since 2008.“The place is stagnating,” he said.Charges at Cyprus’ two airports are double that of an airport in Berlin and are among the highest in Europe, Ryanair executives said.O’Leary was in Cyprus to launch its 2014 winter schedule. The airline flies to eight European destinations from Paphos airport.(Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The finance ministry announced on Tuesday that due to strike by a group of civil servants some citizens service centres will not operate between Wednesday and Friday between 10am and noon.This concerns all citizens service centres except those in the Famagusta district and Polis Chrysochous, which will operate non-stop between 8am and 5pm.Those in Engomi and Makarios Avenue in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Kolossi and Pelendri will operate between 8am and 10am and between noon and 5pm from Wednesday to Friday.The citizens service centre in Kato Pyrgos will remain closed on Thursday.The striking employees are members of trade union Isotita (Equality) who protest against the refusal of the government to abide by the EU Directive on fixed-term employment that stipu-lates that when workers are on fixed-term contracts, action is needed to ensure that they do not suffer unjustified discrimination. According to the directive, abuse of successive fixed-term contracts between the same employer and employee for the same work has to be pre-vented.In the case the government does not respond to their demands, the union said they would escalate measures.The union cites unfair, discriminatory, even humiliating treatment of its members who work on term and open-ended contracts compared to their colleagues who are permanent civil service employees and who perform the same duties as them.It also said that some of its members are given irregular term contracts while after they expire, they have to retake exams or are required to succeed in the same hiring procedure so that they can carry on exercising their duties, which some have been doing for more than 20 years.Isotita also said the government disregards them when carrying out consultations with other trade unions on issues that concern a large number of its members even when, in some cases, their affected members outnumber those of the other unions.Other unions, Isotita said, enjoy handsome financial aid from the government of scandalous proportions that reach up to €1m in some cases, and are treated far better compared to it.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola