Related Skyscanner launches more domains across As

first_img RelatedSkyscanner launches more domains across Asia and EuropeSkyscanner launches more domains across Asia and EuropeSkyscanner launches new domains for Sweden, Switzerland and AustriaSkyscanner launches new domains for Sweden, Switzerland and AustriaSkyscanner hotel and car hire comparison rolls out worldwideSkyscanner is continuing its drive into international markets with the launch of its ancillary travel comparison services The new Skyscanner domains to have been released are: Russia (, Japan (, The Netherlands (, Czech Republic (, Greece (, Turkey (, Sweden ( and Romania ( launch of these new domains follows the release in 2008 of new domains for France (, Spain (, Germany (, Poland ( Italy ( and Denmark ( is already available in 20 different languages and 59 different currencies, but the addition of the new local top-level domains and sub-domains means the site now has even greater visibility in these territories.Barry Smith, co-founder and Director of Business Development at Skyscanner, explains: “International market development is key to the next stage of Skyscanner’s growth. We anticipate overall growth of 100% this year and expect that the UK will account for only 30% of our traffic by this time next year.“60% of our traffic already comes from users outside of the UK and we are seeing huge growth in the markets where we have launched new local domain names. In the last year, Germany has grown by 105%, Denmark by 120% and Poland by 60%, to name a few.””To date our international growth has been largely due to organic SEO but we are now planning the roll out of our affiliates programme across Europe and are launching SEM campaigns in all key territories.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Leading flight search engine Skyscanner is continuing its international development with the launch of new local domain names in eight countries. last_img read more

Cheap flights carrier easyJet will introduce fligh

first_imgCheap flights carrier easyJet will introduce flights to the Isle of Man from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this summer.The route, which will operate six times a week using Airbus A319 aircraft, will commence on May 21st as part of the airline’s summer schedule.Flights are being targeted at leisure as well as business passengers, with the Saturday morning and Sunday evening departures expected to appeal to weekend breakers.Isle of Man Airport director Ann Reynolds said that easyJet had been developing its plan for the island “for the last couple of months”.”Historically, the Liverpool route has been one of our busiest and strongest, with at one time over 266,000 passengers carried in a single year, but the economic downturn has hit the market hard and traffic levels have fallen dramatically in recent years,” she commented.Ms Reynolds went on to say that the route will aid the north-west aviations sector’s recovery by bringing additional passengers to Liverpool.Last month, Aer Arann marked the first anniversary of its flights to London City Airport from the Isle of Man.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPassenger numbers begin to improve at Isle of Man AirportMore than 61,300 passengers flew into and out of Isle of Man Airport during OctoberEasyJet introduces three new routes from LiverpooleasyJet has launched three new flights from LiverpoolPassenger decline slows at Isle of Man AirportIsle of Man Airport has said that there is reason for “cautious optimism” after the rate of passenger decline slowed.last_img read more

Dear Skyscanner Id really like to get a away for

first_imgDear Skyscanner,I’d really like to get a away for a long weekend city break this winter; where are the best cities to go during December, January and February?Mike, Leeds RelatedWhy winter is when Barcelona is at its bestWinter is one of the most beautiful seasons in Barcelona. It is when the people of the Catalan capital reclaim their city. Moving away from big crowds of tourists and with much less noise, it is a time of relaxation, great weather, family moments and good food.Where to go on holiday in DecemberFancy Christmas abroad this year? Here’s our guide to where’s hot in December when you need a winter escape: the best cities, the greatest events, the sunniest beaches – and the best time to book a cheap deal.11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under… Dear Mike,You’re right to think about a city break over the winter – most people plan their city breaks for the shoulder seasons, but by going in the winter you should get good deals, empty museums and tables at the best restaurants in town.I’d advise avoiding December, when you’ll meet Christmas shoppers and visitors travelling to spend Christmas with friends and family, and go for either late November, or better still January and February, when hotels are quietest (bar the Valentine weekends).Bruges, BelgiumStarting in Belgium, Bruges is a great winter city – and apart from its brief fame following the release of the eponymous film, it’s little known to many of us. There are a host of Christmas-related events that continue into January, including the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, which runs to January 16, and even the ice rink in Market Square is there until January 9.The city is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and has a network of canals running through it, with the houses plunging into the water on both sides.Visitors to Bruges tend to start in the Grand Place, whose Belfry tower will be familiar to those who watched the film. The Gothic architecture, churches and town hall will have you reaching for the camera, but if it’s too cold to ogle the building (average temperatures are around 5C in January), there are a few interesting museums, including the Diamond Museum and the Memling Museum for art housed in a former hospital chapel.You’re sure to enjoy the two Belgian obsessions – beer and chocolate – at some point in your stay, but avoid indulging in these, or any meal for that matter, in the touristy restaurants near the Grand Place because they tend to be overpriced. Instead ask at your hotel for a recommendation for somewhere that offers good value and is popular with locals – or better still – ask a local!My recommendation on where to stay is a gorgeous guesthouse called Number 11. It is a restored 17th Century townhouse and has just three bedrooms, plus a wood burning stove that you can gather round at the end of the day. It costs around £270 for two nights over a weekend in January and there’s a two-night minimum stay.Salzburg, AustriaAustria’s winter visitors mostly comprise skiers, but they’re missing a trick by not spending time in Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s Altstadt district, or old town, on the south side of the Salzach River is a showcase of fine Baroque architecture and you can spend a day wandering between its squares, churches and cafes. The city makes much of its most famous export, Mozart, so it’d be a shame not to learn more about the maestro at the museum and at his former residence.Better still, time your visit to coincide with Mozart Week (January 21-30) and you can indulge in performances of his work by some of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors.If you do fancy a day on the slopes, there are shuttle buses from the town centre that will take you to the piste in about an hour for around £10 return.One Salzburg hotel that comes highly recommended by my fellow travel journalists is Blaue Gans Hotel which is an old inn that has been converted into a contemporary hotel. It costs from around £110 a night and is right in the centre of the old town. The restaurant has had some good reviews for its modern take on traditional Austrian dishes, like goose dumplings and calf’s cheek with polenta. Reykjavik, IcelandIceland has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the last couple of years, but consequently, has come down a bit in price. Reykjavik is an exciting winter city where short days mean you should organise to spend at least some of your time indoors, enjoying the stunning food, nightlife and museums.The Smaratorg Tower has 20 floors, and the advantage of hosting some restaurants, cafes and shops all in one building, plus great views of the city. If you’re happy to brave the cold, you’ll be rewarded with all sorts of fascinating finds at the Kolaporti Flea Market , plus a chance to taste some zany Icelandic food like “hákarl”, a snack made from shark that’s been fermented in brine and buried underground, or the more palatable “plokkfiskur”, a hearty fish stew.There are also countless day trips to do from the city, including the famous Blue Lagoon, although if you want somewhere a little less touristy, the Golden Circle Tour takes you a little further from the city centre and can be done in a day on a group tour or with your own hire car. It takes in Geysir, the name from which all geysers take their name, where you can walk among the spouting thermals.There’s also Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, a vast waterfall, and glacial river, and Thingvellir, a place of Icelandic legend and a natural amphitheater in a National Park. Of course, the weather may put paid to your day trip, but never fear, there’s plenty to do in the city centre – art, cuisine and music, being some of the highlights.I’d advise staying somewhere modern and fun as it sums up the spirit of the place. If you want a great value hotel that is in a central spot, try the CenterHotel Thingholt, which costs from £70 per night and is close to the Laugavegur, the main street. It’s clean and simple, and there are wonderful views from the restaurant.The great thing about winter city breaks is you have no expectations for the weather – you know it’s going to be cold, and possibly wet, so you’ll never be disappointed when the sun doesn’t shine. Just go prepared with good walking shoes, an umbrella, waterproofs, plenty of layers, and an armoury of things to do, with plenty of hot drink stops along the way.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Top 5 by train all aboard for best value UK city breaks

first_imgWhat to do Research conducted on the top 10 UK Cities, taken from Visit Britain. Each city was ranked based on train prices, average hotel prices and cost for food at destinations. Train fares were searched via the Skyscanner app on Thursday 4th October for return adult and return child tickets from the most popular cities to the city selected. Average hotel prices based on Skyscanner hotel price data collected at the time the consumer exited the site or the Skyscanner app. Average hotel prices are based on all exits for all room types for 3 & 4 star hotels made in the UK for stays during 2017. Food costs were sourced from Numbeo. HotelPrice per night*Holiday Inn Manchester Central Park£63Premier Inn Manchester Heaton Park£64The Westlynne Hotel£60 What to do Train travellers get 2-for-1 entry to the Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour and Museum, so budding footballers can see what it’s like to stroll onto the pitch. 2-for-1 entry is also available to Liverpool Cathedral: as the largest in Britain, it has amazing views from the top. The city of dreaming spires is famous for its prestigious university, but there’s much more to this quaint city than sipping cider in traditional pubs and punting along the Thames. You can save even more money using our exclusive voucher code: just search for tickets on the Skyscanner app and add the code SKYTRAIN when you check out. You’ll save £4 split across your next two journeys, so £2 a pop. It’s valid until the 30th November 2018. 2-for-1 offers in Glasgow include the Hampden Experience and Scottish Football Museum, a great day out for sporty kids and their parents. There are also historic attractions like The Tenement House – which contains genuine furniture from the early 20th Century so you can see how people really lived. If you’re lucky enough to get some autumn sunshine, pop into Greenbank Garden. It has more than a thousand plant species, and a peaceful walking trail. Must-have travel accessories for riding the rails What to do While train travel has a reputation for being pricey, it can actually be easy on parents’ pockets. Under 5’s travel for free on all trains in the UK, while children aged 5–15 get some eye-wateringly good savings. Famous for football and Britpop, buzzing Manchester was made for exploring. From sampling Asian flavours in Chinatown to rubbing shoulders with hipsters in the Northern Quarter, it’s certainly not grim up north. HotelPrice per night*Novotel Glasgow Centre£76Ibis Budget Glasgow£62Number 10 Hotel£61 There are some seriously great 2-for-1 attractions for train travellers: including the Manchester United Museum and Tour, a must for any footie fan. We recommend keeping your shoes on for a trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, where kids can enjoy creating their own versions of the iconic building blocks. The Museum of Transport is an interesting way to spend a day and learn more about train and bus travel. Water babies can get up close and personal with aquatic creatures at SEA LIFE Manchester. 4. Manchester Since we’re totally obsessed with making travel cheap, easy, and fun, we took a deep dive into our data on train fares, hotel prices and dining costs to find Britain’s best value destinations by train this month. 7 money saving hacks to slash the cost of UK train tickets 5. Oxford Since Halloween is coming up, a tour of the Williamson Tunnels – also available 2-for-1 – should be on the cards. This intriguing labyrinth was built in the 19th Century by an eccentric philanthropist named Joseph Williamson, and excavations are still going on today. What to do 3. Glasgow Your 2-for-1 entry will go far in Birmingham. You can use it to take a canal cruise from Sherbourne Wharf, adding a boat trip to your weekend adventure. It can also be used at the National Sea Life Centre where kids can meet Molokai – the giant green sea turtle – as well as a small colony of penguins. The 2-for-1 can also be used to visit the award-winning Black Country Living Museum, where costumed actors stroll through the streets which look, sound and (unfortunately) smell much as they would have 300 years ago. If we’re on the right track, read on for more train travel inspirationcenter_img Money off voucher: Choo-choos a train get-away HotelPrice per night*Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre£95The Devonshire House Hotel£61Beech Mount Grove Suites£63 Renowned as one of the friendliest places in Britain – if not the world – Glasgow is well worth the trip north of the border. It’s within easy striking distance of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, perfect for families who enjoy the great outdoors. Use the voucher in our app What to do Where to stay It’s hard to escape the Fab Four during a trip to Liverpool. The city on the Mersey is proud of its strong musical heritage, but also has a range of maritime and historical attractions. It’s small enough to explore on foot, even with kiddies in tow. HotelPrice per night*Jury’s Inn Oxford£75Premier Inn Oxford£71The Dial House Guesthouse£110 1.  Birmingham Where to stay HotelPrice per night*Crowne Plaza Birmingham£73Novotel Birmingham Centre£61BLOC Hotel Birmingham£43 Where to stay From an infinity scarf with a hidden pocket for your railcard and tickets, to travel journals for kiddies, our picks of on-board essentials will make any budget train journey feel like first class. Where to stay Travelling by train can be surprisingly cheap, especially if you know how to keep the costs down. From investing in a railcard to booking on the right day of the week, we’re sharing our favourite tips on finding the best value fares across Britain. The October holidays are here, and what better way to keep the family entertained than an action-packed adventure by train? Topping our list as the best value destination by train is Birmingham. A huge industrial powerhouse during the 19th Century, today Birmingham is better known for its trendy canalside cafés, excellent shopping at the Bullring and budding arts scene. 2-for-1 attractions include Broughton Castle – which has a genuine moat – and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum where you can stroll through a recreation of a World War I trench.  For real train buffs, the Didcot Railway Museum is a must-visit: and they have a 2 for 1 offer for rail passengers, too. *All prices correct at time of writing on 14th October 2018, and are based on lowest price estimates for the 26th-27th October 2018. Room rates are subject to change, and may be higher or lower based on demand, occupancy, and dates chosen.  2. Liverpool RelatedFive of the UK’s most scenic train journeysLife is a journey, not a destination. Perhaps that’s why trains evoke the magic of travel better than any other mode of getting from A to B. And then there’s the views. The 9.23 from Crewe might not have the glamour of the Orient Express, but the scenery out of…Remain in the UK: The best cities in Britain to visit in 2019Seeking a city break without spending a lot of cash? Given the current political and economic situation post-Brexit vote, you might want to consider a staycation if you’re looking to get the best value from your hard-earned ££. Yes there’s London and Edinburgh, but what about Nottingham or Liverpool? There…7 money-saving hacks to slash the cost of UK train ticketsUK rail holidays are lovely – but train tickets can cost more than flights. These tricks give you the fast track on how to have a British rail adventure on a budget.last_img read more

Cannes France – Reported by Elite Traveler the p

first_imgCannes, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazinePrivate Jet travel will surge in 2012 and be the bright spot of the travel industry predicted a leading editor from The Economist. Speaking at the 10th Annual International Luxury Travel Mart here, John Andrews said U.S. economic doldrums, the Arab Spring has turned in to summer and Eurozone woes will impact affluent travel at large. However, he specifically pointed to private jet travelers as a growing segment so well off they are immune to the vagaries of the daily economy impacting the Mass Affluent.The Japanese government in a press conference unveiled a new initiative offering “greater convenience for visiting Japan by business jets.” New and enhanced private jet facilities at both Narita and Kansai are designed to make Japan more attractive to wealth travelers who fly by private jet, said Gota Otaka, Director of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.Otaka said improvements will means private jets can now arrive at Kansai International Airport 365 days a year, 24 hours a day providing convenient access to Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe.Speaking at ILTM’s Opening Sessions luxury futurist James Walton of LS:N said travel see an “hourglass economy” of the very high and low doing well, with the middle being squeezed.Backing up the strength of the ultra-high end market, Franka Holtman, General Manager of The Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice in Paris told Elite Traveler in an exclusive conversation, despite the influx of new luxury hotels in the capital, her biggest challenge is not having enough signature suites to meet the demand of global traveling luxury consumers (TLCs) who fly by private jet and take top suites. Six Senses, the Asian based spa resort group which features villas and bungalows ranging up to 15,000 square feet and often selling for over $10,000 per night re-affirmed that the strength of the luxury market is at the top end.Walton said the Mass Affluent who he described as earning between $100,000 and $250,000 are being squeezed in a tight economy and “have enough stuff” and are simply struggling to survive.last_img read more

W Hotels Worldwide the hotel category buster and

first_imgW Hotels Worldwide, the hotel category buster and leading industry innovator, today unveils its first ever hotel in South America, W Santiago and The Residences at W Santiago. The W brand’s 33rd hotel, W Santiago is the cornerstone of a larger, mixed-use complex, Isidora 3000, which includes a convention center, boutique office space, and high-end retail shops in addition to the W Hotel and W-branded residences. Developed by the Territoria Group, W Santiago is located in the heart of the fashionable El Golf district of the Chilean capital city and surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Andes.For W Santiago, renowned New York designer Tony Chi partnered with native Chilean designer Sergio Echeverria and his studio Echeverria Edwards & CIA to create cutting edge interiors for the hotel and residences that are a cool, contemporary take on the varied Chilean landscape. Their interior design approach sets the stage for W’s signature programming, including Whiskey Blue, an amped-up hotspot on the fourth floor of the hotel, Red2 One, a breathtaking rooftop bar, and W Lounge (W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby), all from famed nightlife entrepreneurs Rande and Scott Gerber of the Gerber Group; Osaka, the Zen-inspired restaurant featuring Peruvian-Asian cuisine by Chef Ciro Watanabe; NoSo and Terraza, two Modern French restaurants by renowned chef Jean-Paul Bondoux; an intimate Tea Library, managed by the talented French chef Sebastien Fontes; a lively Wine Bar; and W Hotels The Store, W’s twist on the hotel gift shop. In addition, hotel guests have access to the adjacent O2 Balance & Wellness Club, which offers 2,000 square meters of high-end equipment for physical training and spa treatment rooms.“W Santiago marks a milestone for the W brand in South America as well as in our continued global expansion into the world’s most vibrant destinations,” said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “The hotel provides guests and locals alike with W’s unique signature programming set in a cool design environment that gives a contemporary and playful nod to the breathtaking Chilean landscape and culture.”“We’re delighted to celebrate the grand opening of this world-class hotel and residences, which now stands as an iconic landmark in this city” said Francisco Rencoret, CEO of Territoria. “We’ve created an exceptional lifestyle destination. Isidora 3000 was designed to bring the best in each category offices, retail, residences, hotel- through experiences, design and services for the 21st century.”“We are excited to strengthen our presence in Chile as we unveil the new W Santiago, a great addition to our existing Starwood portfolio,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “W is a worldwide brand already present in many important cities around the globe. We chose Santiago because of the need for outstanding hotels and for the importance Santiago has as a financial and cultural center in South America.”Beginning with a private garden entrance flanked by 50-foot trees cultivated from southern Chile, the design of W Santiago honors the country’s cultural traditions while incorporating the modern design elements for which the W brand is known. Interior designer Tony Chi was inspired by the colors, textures and sounds of Chile, elements that can be seen, felt and heard throughout the hotel. The color palette of all public spaces and guestrooms includes oranges, blues, and other vibrant shades that are found in the mountains and deserts of South America, and many of the hotel’s design elements beckon to be touched, such as the sheepskin walls used in the W lounge. To craft and execute this conceptual design throughout the building, Chi worked in collaboration with the international company Handel Architects of the United States, the Brazilian landscape designer Gilberto Elkis, and renowned Chilean designer Sergio Echeverria. Together, they went to great lengths to use natural design materials found in or inspired by South America, including copper (Chile’s biggest export), sheepskin, Brazilian woods, and contemporary Indian tapestries. In using these natural elements, this team of designers has intended for every guest’s experience at W Santiago to be unique, as the natural materials will change with time, aging beautifully, and constantly evolving the look and feel of the hotel.“When designing, you have to start with the location and its people, and what I noticed here is that friends and family congregate frequently and in large groups,” said Tony Chi. “Chilean culture is about crossing generations and bridging differences, and as a collective sentiment, it is what ultimately inspired W Santiago.”W Santiago features an assorted mix of modern lounges, bars, and restaurants in which W’s jet set guests and Santiago’s fashionable locals can mix and mingle. Whiskey Blue, which marks the South American debut of nightlife entrepreneurs Rande and Scott Gerber, features a modern bar with leather, felt and wood paneling and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Two additional venues by the Gerber Group, the signature W lounge and Red2 One, the 21st floor rooftop bar, offer guests, residents and locals a menu of sophisticated cocktails and light fare in distinctively designed spaces.Restaurants at W Santiago include NoSo and Terraza, where famed chef Jean-Paul Bondoux puts his own unique spin on modern French cuisine, and Osaka restaurant, featuring an innovative fusion of Asian and Peruvian flavors by renowned chef Ciro Watanabe. At Osaka, typical Peruvian ingredients are combined with Oriental cooking techniques, resulting in innovative dishes, such as Ceviche Osaka, Tai Scallops, Teriyaki Balsamic Sirloin,and Nippon Confit Duck. NoSo, a more formal dining experience, features a contemporary twist on French classics such as foie gras and escargot as well as fresh Chilean seafood. NoSo features chocolate-colored walls, a wine cave, marble seafood display, and an impressive chef’s table, where the chef prepares the freshest ingredients from the local market. Adjacent to NoSo, a private dining room seats up to 25 people, with blue glass chandeliers hanging above massive tables surrounded by plush red chairs. With a brasserie-style concept, Terraza is a more casual restaurant with quick and agile service, ideal for local executives or relaxed outdoor dining. A signature Tea Library and a modern Wine Bar round out the scene at W Santiago.W Santiago features 196 stylish guestrooms, including 20 suites, 16 Cool Corner Rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, three WOW suites, and the signature Extreme WOW Suite (W Hotels’ reinterpretation of the Presidential Suite), offering stunning views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. Rooms and suites, which serve as a personal escape for guests, feature black and white images of Chile, modern and stylish furniture, high ceilings, and, in many cases, spacious terraces with incredible views. All guestrooms feature W beds with goose down duvets and 350 thread-count sheets, flat-screen LCD TVs, broadband Wi-Fi Internet, docking stations for MP3 players, and a fully stocked Munchie Box (W Hotels’ take on of the traditional hotel mini bar).W Santiago is also home to South America’s first W Hotels The Store, a WIRED 24-hour business center, and the heated WET® rooftop pool on the 21st floor, which offers unparalleled views of the city and mountains. The perfect backdrop for creative business meetings or unforgettable celebrations, W Santiago also boasts more than 1,800 square meters of ultra-modern meeting and event space, with 10 fully equipped meeting rooms featuring new generation technologies. The hotel offers a contemporary Great Room (W’s version of a ballroom), which can seat up to 1,400 guests.Providing the ultimate in urban living, W Santiago includes 46 W-branded residences, in sizes ranging from 65 to 325 square meters with a contemporary design and exclusive access to the hotel’s unique amenities and services. All residences feature the largest terraces in Santiago, spacious bedrooms and living spaces, and state-of-the art appliances. In addition, residents have access to a private owners’ lounge, private wine cellar and tasting room, an infinity pool on the 21st floor, and a helipad. Residences are still available and can be purchased by contacting the sales center at (56-2) 947-2032 or through the website In addition, W Santiago offers W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service promise, providing both guests and residents alike with whatever they want – from a private plane to the Patagonia to a bottle of vintage wine – whenever they want it, as long as it’s legal! read more

Just weeks after his May 2009 appointment by Prime

first_imgJust weeks after his May 2009 appointment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov, has ordered a major refocusing of the Ministry’s overseas promotional efforts to place greater emphasis on Israel as the land holy to the three monotheistic religions. “What Israel needs to focus more on,” Misezhnikov recently declared, “is what other countries don’t have, or in other words: the Holy Land. Israel is holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the increasing focus of the tourism ministry today is to promote Israel as such.”Misezhnikov is petitioning his government for a virtual doubling of the Ministry of Tourism’s promotional budget, with an aim to spending close to $100 million in 2010. “I know there’s a global economic crisis but that’s exactly the reason we need the money for marketing now,” he underscores, “because when the world gets out of this crisis, not too long from now, we need to be ready so we don’t miss the train.Tourism to Israel in 2008 broke the all-time record, with more Americans, and more international visitors coming to Israel than ever before. “And while tourism in many countries is suffering with decreases of 30, 40, 50 percent this year because of the recession,” commented Arie Sommer, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North and South America, “2009 tourism in Israel is down just 13% – a result that is deeply encouraging for the long-term health of Israel’s tourism industry.”www.goisrael.comlast_img read more

Basel Switzerland — From the largest watch compan

first_imgBasel, Switzerland — From the largest watch companies that produce thousands of timepieces a year, to the independent geniuses who hand-craft only a few masterpieces, collections on display at this year’s BaselWorld hold appeal for any watch lover who is looking for something truly new. The watches unveiled today include great innovations, a wealth of new styles for women, and limited editions aligned with special events and themes.Update and InnovativeChanel may be fashion royalty, but that doesn’t prevent it from taking the lead in areas of fine watch-making too. This year, Chanel applies the same precise styling and cutting techniques to black ceramic that are usually reserved for precious gems, resulting in baguette-cut “grains” of ceramic that decorate the case, dial and bracelet of the new J12 Noir Intense. Setting the baguettes on one watch requires 200 hours of labor. They decorate the 42 mm, white gold watch, which features Audemars Piguet’s AP 3125 automatic movement. Only five pieces will be made, and each will cost $312,000.Cuervo y Sobrinos tapped into tradition when it reproduced a caliber from the 1940s for a new watch model. But by adding its own module, which took two years to develop, the company made an archival timepiece into a real innovation. The Torpedo Historiador Semanal features five rings of indicators around its dial that display day, date, month, hour, and unusually, the week number. Available in a 45-mm case with either a white or black dial, the automatic watch will sell for $6,500 in steel and $16,900 in gold.Orbiting satellites that support the hour indexes, and cases that could be mistaken for insects from another planet, are just two design elements of Urwerk watches that make every model a work of brilliance for this industry. The newest introduction, affectionately referred to as the Tarantula due to its blackened movement “legs” that are seen moving through the broad sapphire crystal, is based on the 103 collection. This update, the UR 103T Altin, is easier to read since only one hour number is visible at any given time. The white gold version costs $67,000 and the rose gold and black (aluminum, titanium nitride) sell for $65,000.Speake-Marin is breaking boundaries by introducing a line of watches, Marin One, which incorporate its first in-house caliber, the SM2. The 38.6- and 42-mm round watches contain an entirely hand-finished automatic movement that packs a lot of power—its power reserve is 72 hours. A two-piece enamel dial and skeletonized hands reside in a titanium case, which is unusually polished to a high shine. The price is 32,000 Swiss francs.Denis Giguet’s career has included key posts at Rolex and Harry Winston (Opus projects), and now he is launching his own brand: Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT). His striking first watch, a 45-mm square timepiece with gently curving sides and crystal, walks the line between traditional and contemporary style. The white or rose gold case sandwiches a gasket of crystal, which is visible from all sides. And the movement—which contains 471 pieces—tells the hour and minutes in a whole new way. Panes of three-sided “shutters,” located north, south, east and west on the dial, display an hour number on each face. Only one pane is visible at a time, as the other three are obscured by a disc bearing the minutes. The disc remains open just enough to reveal the current hour upon rotation. With dials available in either white or black, the watch will sell for $89,000.In addition to new watches, Jaquet Droz has brought to market a time-telling marvel: an automaton capable of physically writing the current time on a piece of paper, upon demand. The company spent eight years developing the Time Writing Machine, which contains more than 1,200 components. It is housed in an aluminum cage, and with a simple touch will employ a stylus to write the hour and minutes accurately. Entirely mechanical, only 28 examples of the machine are to be made (at the rate of two per year), and its price is 400,000 Swiss francs.Women’s WatchesThe newest designs from some watch companies are destined for the wrists of women. Jewelry legend Tiffany & Co. teamed with Swatch Group to relaunch a line of prestige watches known as Tiffany Watch Co. Ltd. About 70 percent of the collection is created for women. The most recognizable design in the premier collection is the Atlas—a round watch that employs elegant Roman numerals on dials and bezels. Three sizes will appeal to women: 31, 36 and 39 mm. Case materials vary, from steel to white, rose or yellow gold, with an array of diamond treatments. The ETA quartz watches often have a date displayed through a small, heart-shaped aperture at the six o’clock position. The timepieces range from $3,200 for the smallest steel version, to $32,000 for gold with diamonds.Glashutte’s Star Collection is always adored by women, and this year the line receives a wonderful white addition. “Precious Pearl” will be limited to 25 pieces. The round, rose gold watch has a guilloche mother-of-pearl dial, diamond bezel, big date and open back. It will sell for $46,000.Chopard launches its first tourbillon for women this year. Part of the line of L.U.C timepieces that all contain in-house movements, the 42-mm tourbillon is fully encased in diamonds (primarily baguette-cut) set in either white or rose gold. It is delivered on a crocodile strap. Prices start at 427,890 Swiss francs.Patek Philippe relaunched its casually elegant Nautilus line for men in 2006. Now, three years later, the ladies’ editions are ready for the spotlight. A porthole-inspired design and rounded octagonal bezel are key components of the 32-mm three-part case. The quartz timepiece is available in white or rose gold, with a satin-finished or diamond set bezel. The starting price for this collection is $26,800, and a complementary collection of jewelry only adds to the elegance of this line.The standout timepiece among Breguet’s seven novelties of the year is the Classique Grandes Complications Minute Repeater, which is destined for the arms of many women thanks to its case set with 178 baguette diamonds and dial paved with 392 invisibly-set princess-cut diamonds. Adding in the diamonds on the watch’s buckle and crown, it holds a total of 19 carats of diamonds. The gems don’t only enhance the visible beauty of this 44.5-mm watch, but the sound of it too. All of those settings make the gongs ring louder. Its price is 780,000 Swiss francs.Concord’s distinctive, multi-layered C1 case is naturally appealing to many men thanks to its thickness. Now, for women who like a large watch that is more suitably proportioned to their wrists, Concord is making its white version smaller. The 40-mm Pure Big Date features a diamond set bezel and hour markers, white rubber inserts around the bezel and crown, a steel case and a white rubber strap. At $15,400, it is destined to be among the most glamorous sport watches women wear this summer.Movado returned to its vast archives and found inspiration for a lovely diamond watch for women. The revamped Museum Mini “Festa” collection consists of 20-mm white gold cases wrapped in diamonds, secured by diamond bracelets, for $70,000. And to spice things up, the collection also includes colorful versions with natural stones (such as lavender jade, ruby and aventurine) as dials that match brightly-colored python skin straps. Their price is $20,000.Special Events and ThemesThere may be no industry better at marking the most significant moments in time than makers of fine timepieces. New limited edition watches are debuting in time for anniversaries, sporting events and more whimsical reasons. Blancpain formed a partnership with Lamborghini to sponsor the Supertrofeo race, and its new Supertrofeo Flyback Chrono matches the sleek lines of its corresponding race car. This all-black watch is DLC-treated steel with a black dial on an Alcantara suede strap (which matches the dashboard material of the Lambo). The watch’s shape, as viewed from the side, tapers like the body of the vehicle too. Sporty elements include large red 9 and 12 numerals and pusher, and badging on the rotor. Limited to 300 pieces, the watch will sell for $17,300.Milus is marking its 90th anniversary by launching its first watch made from titanium. The Tirion Triretrograde is skeletonized to show carbon fiber under the movement, and the showpiece feature of that movement is three separate retrograde seconds dials that seem to dance under the sapphire crystal. The piece will sell for $13,500.Omega is famous for equipping astronauts with its reliable timepieces for their missions to space. Now, it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing with two limited edition Speedmasters. (The Speedmaster was also worn by President John F. Kennedy, when he proclaimed his intent to send Americans to the moon). Only 7,969 pieces of the steel version will be made, and each will come with a sterling silver keepsake medallion for $5,800. Additionally, 69 platinum timepieces will be released, which feature an 18K gold subdial and come with a 20K bold medallion and presentation box denoting “Apollo 11 40th Anniversary.” It will debut exclusively in Omega’s new New York City boutique, and sell for $125,000.Boucheron is reknown for its high-jewelry metals and serious stones. But in its new watch collection it also pays homage to a lighter side of the lifestyle of its clients. The Reflet XL Cruise, a special edition of 26 pieces so named for its address at 26 Place Vendome, is a steel timepiece. Two different woods—mahogany and pear—are inlaid to form the dial in a style evocative of the deck of a sleek wooden speedboat deck. A light brown crocodile strap matches the warm wood of the dial. It will sell for 6,100 Euros.Frederique Constant sponsors a wooden boat regatta on Lake Geneva, and introduced a watch in honor of the event. “Runabout,” a limited edition, is an automatic, steel timepiece with a propeller engraved on the case back. Limited to 1,888 pieces, it is presented in a box that also holds a miniature wooden Runabout boat. The price is 1,850 Euro.Alpina is the official timekeeper of the 12 Hours of Sebring 2009 auto race, and introduces an all-black 48-mm steel sport watch on its occasion. The carbon fiber dial features large with numerals with red accents. Limited to 257 pieces, the watch will sell for 1,800 Euros.www.baselworld.comlast_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2018 4:54 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, file photo shows copies of J.D. Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” as well as his volume of short stories called “Nine Stories” at the Orange Public Library in Orange Village, Ohio. With Salinger’s centennial coming in 2019, the big news so far is that his publisher is planning to celebrate it. Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, that new editions of “The Catcher in the Rye” and his three other books would be released in November. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) Surprise: Publisher to celebrate Salinger centennialcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – With J.D. Salinger’s centennial coming next year, the big news so far is that his publisher is planning to celebrate it.Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday that new editions of “The Catcher in the Rye” and his three other works of fiction — “Franny and Zooey,” ”Nine Stories” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction” — would be released in November. Nationwide events will be announced later this year, Little, Brown said.The anniversary editions will include paperbacks with new covers and a bound set of unjacketed hardcovers. Little, Brown did not mention any releases of books Salinger reportedly left unpublished at the time of his death in 2010.“We’re thrilled to be publishing these beautiful new editions to coincide with Salinger’s centennial year,” Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur said in a statement. “J.D. Salinger had a unique ability to connect with readers through a character’s voice — readers have often said, upon encountering his fiction for the first time, that they felt as if it had been written just for them. We hope these reissued editions will help a new generation of readers discover the immense pleasures of reading his work.”According to Little, Brown, the New York Public Library will have an exhibition in October 2019, featuring “manuscripts, letters, books and artifacts from Salinger’s archive.”Salinger readers may regret that no new work has been announced, but it’s a surprise that his publisher will do anything.In his lifetime, Salinger gave few interviews and had no use for anniversaries or reissues or anything that might attract publicity, such as allowing e-books or audio editions. Little had changed since his death.“My father hated birthdays, holidays, and pretty much any planned or culturally mandated celebrations, and he’d certainly hate this centennial — but he loved writing and he loved his readers, and I hope his readers will be glad for an excuse to remember him in this way,” Matt Salinger, the author’s son, said in a statement.“I would also love for more people to read his last two books, ‘Franny and Zooey’ and ‘Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction,’ for I hear his voice the clearest in these,” Matt Salinger said. “He once said that he wrote his first two books with at least part of an eye on selling them, whereas he wrote the last two because he longed to READ them. I hope that over the course of the year more people will join him in loving to read these books, and will come to know his work even better.”last_img read more

New Mexico racing regulators set to rule on 6th r

first_imgNew Mexico racing regulators set to rule on 6th ‘racino’ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 9:55 pm PDT ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico racing regulators are set to decide if they will issue the state’s sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and casino.The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday also could name the winning bid for the final license despite objections from New Mexico five existing “racinos.”Under the state’s compacts with casino-operating tribes, only six racinos are allowed in New Mexico. The five existing racinos are in Hobbs, Ruidoso, Farmington, Albuquerque, and Sunland Park.There three other proposals out of Clovis, New Mexico, including one involving “moving grandstand” that will allow an audience to travel alongside running horses.Two other projects are proposed for Tucumcari along this historic Route 66 and Lordsburg near New Mexico’s Bootheel.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations

first_img5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 5:11 am PDT NEW YORK — The Oscars still don’t have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they’ll at least have nominees.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil nominations to the 91st Oscars on Tuesday morning at 8:20 a.m. EST from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The nominations, to be announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross, will be livestreamed globally at , and on the academy’s digital platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.The lead-up to Tuesday’s nominations has been rocky for both the film academy and some of the movies in contention. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for. That has left the Oscars, one month before its Feb. 24th ceremony, without an emcee, and likely to stay that way.Hollywood’s awards season has been an especially combustible one, too. Some contenders, like Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” have suffered waves upon waves of backlash, even as their awards tallies have mounted. On Saturday, “Green Book” won the top award from the Producers Guild, an honour that has been a reliable Oscar barometer. In the 10 years since the Oscars expanded its best-picture ballot, the PGA winner has gone on to win best picture eight times.The season’s steadiest contender — Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” — looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat. Despite an enviable string of awards and more than $400 million in worldwide box office, Cooper’s lauded remake was almost totally ignored at the Golden Globes, winning just best song and losing best picture, drama, to the popular but critically derided “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a movie that jettisoned its director (Bryan Singer) mid-production.Still, “A Star Is Born” (the sole film to land top nominations from every guild award except the Visual Effects Society) may be the lead nomination-getter Tuesday with around 10 nominations including best actress for Lady Gaga and both best director and best actor for Cooper. But other films, including Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” could be in for big mornings, too.Here are some of the pressing questions heading into Tuesday’s nominations.HOW MANY WILL THERE BE?Best picture nominees can fall anywhere from five to ten. Most commonly, we end up with nine nominees, as there was last year when Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” ultimately prevailed. Most assured of a spot are the films that have fared well consistently with Hollywood’s guilds, whose memberships overlap with the 17 branches of the academy.The five films picked by the strongly predictive Directors Guild — “BlacKkKlansman,” ”A Star is Born,” ”Roma,” ”Green Book” and “Vice” — are probably in. So, too, are “The Favourite” and “Black Panther,” leaving films like “Eighth Grade,” ”First Man,” ”A Quiet Place” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” vying for a place.CAN NETFLIX MAKE HISTORY?“Roma,” Cuaron’s black-and-white memory masterwork, is poised to hand Netflix its first best picture nomination — something the streaming service has dearly sought. Amazon got there first in 2017 with “Manchester by the Sea” but Netflix came close last year with Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.” This time around, it has gone against its regular policies to release “Roma” in select theatres shortly in advance of arriving on Netflix.But there’s resistance among some academy members to Netflix films at the Oscars since the company typically bypasses movie theatres. Steve Spielberg has said Netflix films are more like TV movies and deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar.If “Roma,” which is Mexico’s foreign language submission, were to win best picture, it would become the first foreign language film to ever win in the category. Cuaron, who served as his own director of photography, is expected to be nominated for both best directing and best cinematography. If he were to win best director, he and his “Three Amigos” countrymen — del Toro, Alejandro G. Inarritu — will have won the category five of the last six years.WILL ‘BLACK PANTHER’ ROAR?Coogler’s superhero sensation sold more tickets ($700 million worth) than any other film in North America in 2018. It has thus far won some honours here and there, but “Black Panther” may emerge as a major contender Tuesday. Coogler’s film could be well represented in the craft categories, including visual effects, production design and costumes, along with Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” in the best song category.The film’s director of photography, Rachel Morrison, last year became the first woman to be nominated for best cinematography. This year, she could repeat the feat.“Black Panther” could make history in one other way, too. A best picture nomination would be Marvel’s first.WILL SPIKE LAND HIS FIRST DIRECTING NOMINATION?Spike Lee has been nominated twice before, for writing 1989’s “Do the Right Thing” and for best documentary (1998’s “4 Little Girls”). The 61-year-old filmmaker has even been given an honorary Oscar by the film academy, in 2015. But this year, Lee is favoured to earn his first directing nomination for his impassioned white supremacist drama “BlacKkKlansman.”A year after Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director, all of this year’s favourites are men. Whether someone like Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”) can crack the category this year or not, it will be a different academy voting. In the last few years, the academy has considerably increased its membership in an effort to diversify its ranks, which have historically been overwhelmingly white and male. In June, the academy invited a record 928 new members.AND ABOUT THAT HOST?The Academy of Motion Pictures is reportedly planning to go host-less following Hart’s exit, something it has tried only once before in an infamous 1989 telecast that featured a lengthy musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.The Oscars last year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 per cent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. Though ratings for award shows have generally been dropping, the downturn prompted the academy to revamp this year’s telecast. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: full coverage of the Oscars, visit: Coyle, The Associated Press FILE – This file image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from “A Star is Born.” The film may be the lead nomination-getter Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, when nominations to the 91st Oscars are unveiled. (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

ALBUQUERQUE NM — The Buffalo Hunt a new docu

first_img ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “The Buffalo Hunt,” a new documentary on the homeland of the Oglala Lakota, attempts to shun clichés around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota involving poverty and addiction and instead focus on traditions around the Native American tribe.Directed by Philip Di Fiore, the film lets the Lakota Sioux people of today speak without narration as they work to save customs passed down by the elders through the buffalo hunt — a sacred act which extends to all aspects of life. There, in the hunt, elders share stories on how previous generations used the animal’s gifts and prepared hunters for the world before them. Young members watch and participate.The year-long project on Pine Ridge began after producer Phillip O’Leary took part in the 2016 protests at Standing Rock over the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline over concerns the local drinking water would be polluted. O’Leary originally wanted to dive into a documentary around the Standing Rock protests until he met Pine Ridge members, Di Fiore said. The Lakota Sioux men, like members of other Native American tribes from New Mexico to Oklahoma, had come to Standing Rock in solitary.“Phillip was captivated by their stories so the focus of the project changed,” Di Fiore said.But would it fall victim of other stereotypical portrayals?Pine Ridge has been the subject of a number of documentaries that have centred on the reservation’s extreme poverty, chronic alcoholism or drug addiction. Those films, like the 2008 “The Battle for Whiteclay” and the 2014 “Sober Indian Dangerous Indian,” regularly juxtapose the breathtaking landscape of the Great Plains with human suffering in a place where unemployment hovers around 85 per cent.“As a white guy from New York coming into their world, I didn’t want to fall into these traps,” said Di Fiore, a Brooklyn-based director best known for shooting music videos. “So we were very careful not to insert a preachy message or stamp our views on anything. We just let the story unfold.”Eventually, Di Fiore and his crew turned their attention to traditional buffalo hunts where the Oglala Lakota worked on their terms. Di Fiore conducted no interviews. He didn’t seek outside experts to explain anything.Instead, he filmed detailed shots of hunters skinning a buffalo then delivering meat to elders for stew. That became the window to larger stories about community across the sprawling 3,500 square-mile (9,064 square-kilometre) reservation.Some shots go longer than expected. An elder’s nearly five-minute speech is shown in its entirety.After one hunt, Di Fiore focuses on a one woman, who, at 75 years old, had just finished getting her college degree. She’d been sent to a boarding school as a child and forgotten how to speak her traditional language. A young member heard her story after delivering buffalo ground meat to her.Those in hunts tackled stereotypes by just being themselves, Di Fiore said. After taking part in a ceremony following a hunt in one scene, male members hear a story about how the buffalo will enter the spirit world. The men in the ceremony wear hoodies and baseball caps.“We wanted to do our best to be respectful and take you into their world,” Di Fiore said.“The Buffalo Hunt” already has won a number of awards, including best feature documentary honours at the Prague Film Awards and Canada International Film Festival.The film is set to be released on Amazon Prime on June 24.___Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at .Russell Contreras, The Associated Press In this March 2018 photo, provided by The Buffalo Hunt LLC, Tobie True Blood carries a rifle following a traditional buffalo hunt on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. “The Buffalo Hunt,” a new documentary on the homeland of the Oglala Lakota, attempts to shun clichés around Pine Ridge and instead focuses on traditions around the human condition. (Philip Di Fiore/Phillip O’Leary The Buffalo Hunt LLC via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘The Buffalo Hunt’ seeks to show tribe in a new light by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2019 1:42 pm PDTlast_img read more

Bells are kiln fired to cone three 2134 degree F

first_imgBells are kiln fired to cone three [2134 degree F]. Ceramics manager Ed Werman and Bernadette. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] Every finished bell receives a unique design hand carved while it is still partially damp. Bernadette O’Neill and Nadia Begin. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] The same fine silt that is used in so many construction projects at Arcosanti, also provides an ideal material for bell molds. Each earth cast bell takes with it a little of the mold which adds unique color and texture. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] A beautiful and unique selection of COSANTI ORIGINAL bells are available at the Arcosanti Gallery, at Cosanti and on-line through our web-site. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] The bells are carefully balanced and assembled. Nadia Begin. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] Slip is poured into plaster molds by Jennifer Wolf. Excess slip is drawn out as the bell continues to dry until it is ready to be lifted out of the mold. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] July 6, 2004CERAMIC BELLS. A mixture of Arizona clay, from a clay deposit in Globe, commercial stoneware and water combine to form a casting material known as slip. Bernadette O’Neill stirs this mixture in a large slip tank. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]CERAMIC BELLS. A mixture of Arizona clay, from a clay deposit in Globe, commercial stoneware and water combine to form a casting material known as slip. Bernadette O’Neill stirs this mixture in a large slip tank. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]last_img read more

Apostolides killer tried to kill himself reports say

first_imgA Turkish national who confessed to killing a Greek Cypriot in the breakaway state in the north of Cyprus tried to hang himself in his cell in Turkey, reports said Thursday.Other inmates alerted the guards who intervened and saved 22-year-old Erdinc Senturk’s life. The suspect was rushed to hospital where he is said to be in good condition. He will, however, be put in the care of a psychiatrist, Turkish Cypriot media reported.The 22-year-old is held in the city of Yalova, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara, after admitting to killing Solomos Apostolides, 65, at the end of last month.Apostolides’ body had been found days later in a forest area near the Kyrenia to Kythrea road. A port-mortem determined he had died from heavy trauma to the head that caused cerebral haemorrhage.Apostolides, a frequent visitor of the north, was last seen leaving a casino in the north with Senturk.Senturk reportedly departed for Turkey the next day.He later surrendered to police in Yalova saying he had beaten Apostolides after he tried to molest him but was unaware he had died.You May LikeOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndoBuzznFun20 Awesome Furniture Ideas for Small ApartmentsBuzznFunUndoNutrition ExpertEat Celery Every Day And This Can Happen to Your BodyNutrition ExpertUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Levent and Afrika file suit against Erdogan in north court

first_imgSener Levent and the Turkish Cypriot publishing company Afrika have filed a lawsuit against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for instigating attacks on the newspaper on January 22, 2018, according to Afrika’s front page on Saturday.The front page led with the title “We have taken Tayyip Erdogan to court”, and showed images of the suits filed to the ‘district court’ in the north.Afrika’s front page also included images of the protestors outside their offices on January 22, showing people making the symbol of the Turkish ultranationalist movement ‘Grey Wolves’ and the symbol of the ‘Rabia’, a gesture used to show support for the Muslim brotherhood.This is the first time a Turkish Cypriot media group is suing a Turkish politician, which follows a case opened against the newspaper in Ankara for the first time, regarding Afrika’s January 21 front page which ran with the title “Yet another invasion by Turkey”, in relation to the Turkish military operation in Syria’s Afrin.The newspaper wrote in their story that in the town of Bursa on January 21 at an AKP women’s party conference, Erdogan had called the paper “lousy” and said they had ran with an unethical title that day.  He called on “his brothers” in the north to take a stand, the newspaper said.“They say that the Turkish army, after Cyprus, has conducted a new invasion.  How unethical, how obscene is that,” Erdogan said then.The article says that after that speech by Erdogan, on January 22, “fanatics” attacked the newspaper with rocks and crowbars attempting to lynch the staff.“I am your accuser…you are the accused my sir…you are a defendant in Cyprus…You will be called to give answer! You are guilty! You have committed a big crime! You are the instigator!  You instigated them to lynch us, to murder us! Do you see that ruthless, raging mob?  Do you see the man holding the large rock in his hand,” was the lead of the article by Sener Levent in Afrika on Saturday.The newspaper goes on to say that the protestors are Erdogan’s “angry children” who he told to hit back.  Levent said that the protestors do whatever Erdogan tells them.Regarding the suit against Levent in Ankara, the newspaper’s head said: “You filed a suit against me in Ankara…I accept it…Now it’s your turn to come to our courts…I would come to your courts…If a court existed.”Levent added that the issue will not remain only with the council, and that the case will move forward “otherwise this island [Cyprus] will not forgive us.”You May LikeDrivepediaMeet The 94-Year-Old Who’s Spent Over A Decade Living On A Cruise ShipDrivepediaUndoNCH SoftwareWavePad Makes Editing Audio, Music and Voice Files Easy.NCH SoftwareUndoNetWorth MagazineWheel Of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Shares This Gorgeous Home With His PartnerNetWorth MagazineUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sotira mayor sacrifices moustache to promote male cancer fight

first_imgSotira mayor, George Takkas, had his moustache shaved off for the first time in 40 years to support the male anti-cancer campaign ‘Movember Cyprus’.He was one of the men whose moustaches were shaved by professional barbers at an event at the Sotira town hall which lasted from 3pm until 7pm on Thursday.“The effort to raise awareness about male cancer is very important. That’s why I decided literally at the last minute to shave my moustache after 40 years and participate in this very special event for raising awareness among men,” Takkas said.All proceeds from the event will be donated to the non-profit organisation “Movember Cyprus”.Movember is an annual event held each November to raise awareness over men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Men are encouraged to grow a moustache for 30 days which is shaved off at the end of the month.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.orgUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cypriot composer working to produce the Sound of Kyoto

first_imgCypriot composer Marios Joannou Elia has been chosen by the Japanese city of Kyoto to compose and make its audio-visual portrait.Work on Sound of Kyoto – a contemporary audiovisual portrait of the city – began in January 2018 and is expected to be completed in 11 months.“The project’s goal and vison is to musicalise the entire city,” Elia said in a video posted on the official website of the project.This means, he said, that Kyoto will be used as an indoor and outdoor stage, while, “its musicians, music ensembles, choirs and orchestras, together with the city’s own sounds and acoustic elements, will be combined in a unified whole.” The Sound of Kyoto will then be presented in a film.According to CNN Greece, Elias is working on the project with the help of two symphony orchestras, three choirs, a mandolin orchestra, a brass orchestra, including the Matryomin orchestra, the world’s only orchestra that plays music through a theremin antenna inserted into Matryoshka figures.The project combines soloists and lyric singers, traditional orchestras and ensembles with traditional instruments including taiko percussion instruments.To capture the sounds of Kyoto, Elia also records events and activities in the city such as sumo fights, boating on the Hozugawa river, a visit to the traditional town of Miyama in addition to observing geishas as the geisha culture was born in the area in question.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Elia said that he wanted to penetrate “into the heart of each culture and its people.”A total of 550 musicians, a 27-member production team and 53 volunteers are participating in the project, CNN Greece said.Elia’s project was selected by the Japanese city from 330 proposals. The composer, who was also the artistic director of Pafos2017, completed a similar project in 2017, the ‘Sound of Vladivostok’.Elia’s parents are from Kyrenia and moved to Paphos after 1974. He was born in 1978 and educated in Paphos until 1998 when he left to study music and musicology at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.He has also worked as a composer and researcher and written music for concerts and operas.More information on Sound of Kyoto can be found at: You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Commercial banks urged to attract funds

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouFINANCE MINISTER Harris Georgiades urged commercial banks to follow the government’s lead and seek to capitalise on foreign investors’ increased confidence in the prospects of the Cyprus economy by attracting funds to strengthen their capital base.Speaking on state radio on Monday, Georgiades linked the opportunity for local lenders following the government’s successful bid to attract €750 million from foreign investors with the upcoming stress tests by the European Central Bank, which will determine the health and capitalisation needs of ‘systemic’ financial institutions across the eurozone. Four Cypriot banks will be stress-tested and subsequently placed under the direct supervision of the European Central Bank – Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, Russian Commercial Bank and the network of co-operatives.“My view is that Cypriot banks should seek to recapitalise even before the stress tests,” he said. “Foreign investors are confident in the prospects of our economy.”In the period since Cyprus’ banking meltdown in March 2013, banks have achieved major progress, analogous to that made by the government in terms of fiscal consolidation, Georgiades argued.“Therefore,” he added, “I feel that this goal is achievable.”But he was quick to clarify that he was referring not only to the Bank of Cyprus, in which rumours of executive management eyeing a capital injection effort have been circulating for weeks, even causing a simmering rift with the board of directors, who do not favour a dilution of existing shareholders’ stakes.“I would like to see all banks that will undergo the stress tests recapitalise,” Georgiades said, adding “with the exception, of course, of the co-operatives, which have been fully recapitalised via the adjustment programme.”Among the provisions of last year’s €10 billion bailout was the full recapitalisation of the co-op banks with €1.5 billion of loan money, in exchange for their consolidation and restructuring.After four successful quarterly progress reviews by international lenders and a consistently shallower than expected recession, Cyprus was able to reverse its exclusion from international sovereign debt markets last week, handsomely achieving its best-case scenario of attracting €750 million at a rate of 4.75 per cent.“This will be used to repay a big part of existing, more expensive and more short-term internal borrowing, which had been exerting constant pressure on public debt management,” Georgiades explained. “It will also help boost liquidity, and at the same time it will also enable the release of funds currently trapped in the system.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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

15yearold in hospital after injuring himself with fathers gun

first_imgA 15-year-old is being treated at a private clinic in Nicosia, it emerged on Tuesday, after he was injured the day before while playing with his father’s flobert rifle, which fell to the ground and went off.The bullet injured the 15-year-old from Peristerona on the right wrist and in the abdomen area, though the minor’s condition is not life-threatening.According to the police, information was received on Monday at around 6pm that a minor was transferred to a Nicosia private clinic.Searching the 15-year-old’s home, police concluded that the minor was injured when the hunting gun, registered in his father’s name, fell from the boy’s hands, after which it fired.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 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

Lineup of Fengaros Festival announced

first_imgThe pioneering Cypriot music festival, Fengaros returns for its 9th edition this summer, presenting a line-up of the cream of the crop from Cyprus, the Mediterranean and beyond. The first of its kind on the island, the Fengaros Festival will this year take place on August 1 – 3, with more than 40 acts on three stages returning to the village of Kato Drys.The festival highlights musicians that have pushed boundaries of popular music and provides the island’s audience with a window into the international music scene, simultaneously immersing local and tourist festival-goers and performers alike in traditional Cypriot heritage through its setting in the agro-touristic village of Kato Drys.This year’s line-up includes ground-breakers of the commonly-named Greek Rock Revolution, Planet of Zeus along with Thrax Punks and Balothizer, who mix tradition with a contemporary sound, as well as pioneering Cypriot rapper JUΛIO, on the first day of the festival. A line-up that blends and experiments with contemporary pop music will be presented on day 2 with Marina Satti & Fonέs showcasing their fusion of traditional Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern folk arrangements with pop and hip hop.Other features include synth pop and psychedelic folk artist Nalyssa Green, as well as a new indie electronic project between Nikolas Metaxas and GHSTWRLD called METAXAS x GHSTWRLD. The final day of the festival will be headlined by pop-rock chanson singer Foivos Delivorias. The dynamic Vasiliki and The Amalgamation will also take the stage as well as tropical psych punk freakout trio Fumaça Preta, and dream pop songstress Eleni Era. Fengaros Festival 2019Music festival featuring local and interactional acts performing in an agro-touristic setting. August 1-3. Kato Drys village, Larnaca. www.fengaros.comYou 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