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first_imgThe Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 6:00 am PDT Film about legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk to hit screens in March TORONTO — A biopic tracing the brutal life and extraordinary career of goaltender Terry Sawchuk is hitting the big screen in March.“Goalie” stars Mark O’Brien as the Winnipeg-born hockey great, whose run through the ’50s and ’60s established him as one of the winningest goaltenders in the National Hockey League’s history.Kevin Pollak of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” plays general manager Jack Adams while O’Brien’s real-life wife Georgina Reilly of “Murdoch Mysteries” plays Sawchuk’s wife, Pat. The movie was shot in Sudbury, Ont.Producers say the film follows Sawchuk from his youth in Winnipeg to Detroit, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York between 1950 and 1970. That includes his 103 shutouts, the 400 stitches to his face, and tragic death at age 40 in 1970.Director Adriana Maggs co-wrote the screenplay with sister Jane Maggs. It’s based on the David Dupuis book “Sawchuk: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Goalie” and the book of poetry “Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems,” by their father, Randall Maggs. “Goalie” is set to open March 1 in Toronto and Vancouver, before hitting other cities in the spring.“There’s massive human depth to Terry Sawchuk which is why he has inspired a lot of fascination and obsession over the years, beyond his un-paralleled skills, grit and the records that lasted for decades,” producer Daniel Iron, vice president of Blue Ice Pictures, said Tuesday in a release.Maggs said she tried “to explore masculinity in a world where a man’s worth is measured in the ways he is a warrior.”She also said the film was written specifically for O’Brien, known for AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and CBC-TV’s “Republic of Doyle.” He’s also listed as an executive producer. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — An upcoming audio-only book will feature an author’s memories of his complicated friendship with the late Philip Roth.James Atlas’ “Remembering Roth” comes out March 1, the audio publisher and distributor Audible announced Tuesday. Atlas, whose books have ranged from the memoir “My Life in the Middle Ages” to an acclaimed Delmore Schwartz biography, will reflect on a relationship which began in the late 1970s and continued for decades. Roth died last spring.According to Audible, Bellow and Roth would take walks together in Manhattan, where the two had apartments on the same block, and read each other’s work. (Atlas was among the few people Roth allowed to see a pre-publication edition of his novel “The Ghost Writer.”) In a 1979 profile which ran in The New York Times, Atlas wrote that Roth was “Discordant, manic, ebullient,” with “the verve of a Borscht-circuit comedian and a genius for mimicry.”Their friendship was strained by Atlas’ biography of one of Roth’s literary heroes, Saul Bellow, a project that Atlas has written was suggested by Roth. Published in 2000, the book was condemned by many as an overly negative portrait.Audible, which is owned by Amazon.com, is describing “Remembering Roth” as “Atlas’s deeply personal tribute to Roth delivered in his own voice.”The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. An upcoming audio-only book will feature author James Atlas’s memories of his complicated friendship with the late Roth. Atlas’ “Remembering Roth” comes out March 1, the audio publisher and distributor Audible announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2019 5:38 am PDT Audio-only book features writer’s memories of Philip Rothlast_img read more

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers

first_imgPUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers by The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2019 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Bestselling Books Week Ending 2/16/19HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)2. “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press)3. “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James (Riverhead)4. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)5. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books)6. “Liar Liar” by James Patterson and Candace Fox (Little, Brown)7. “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)8. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)9. “Turning Point” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)10. “Crucible” by James Rollins (William Morrow)11. “The Wedding Guest” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)12. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)13. “Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds” by Gwenda Bond (Del Rey)14. “Circe” by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)15. “Past Tense” by Lee Child (Delacorte)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (Crown)2. “Grateful American” by Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton (Thomas Nelson)3. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)4. “Dreyer’s English” by Benjamin Dreyer (Random House)5. “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson)6. “The Essential Oils Hormone Solution” by Mariza Snyder (Rodale)7. “Homebody” by Joanna Gaines (Harper Design)8. “The Theft of America’s Soul” by Phil Robertson (Thomas Nelson)9. “Brave, Not Perfect” by Reshma Saujani (Currency)10. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines (William Morrow)11. “The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron)12. “Under Pressure” by Lisa Damour (Ballantine)13. “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg (Liveright)14. “Dare to Lead” by Brene’ Brown (Random House)15. “The Point of It All” by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Fifty Fifty” by Patterson/Fox (Vision)2. “The Cast” by Danielle Steel (Dell)3. “Without Mercy” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)4. “Vengeance Road” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)5. “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)6. “This Matter of Marriage” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)7. “The Wrong Highlander” by Lynsay Sands (Avon)8. “The Jackals” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)9. “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press)10. “Lilac Lane” by Sherryl Woods (Mira)11. “Secrets of the Tulip Sisters” by Susan Mallery (HQN)12. “Marry Me by Sundown” by Johanna Lindsey (Pocket)13. “O’Hurley’s Return” by Nora Roberts (Silhouette)14. “Any Man of Mine” by Diana Palmer (HQN)15. “A Soldier’s Return” by RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)2. “The Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff (Park Row Books)3. “Juror ?3” by Patterson/Allen (Grand Central Publishing)4. “Total Control” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)5. “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah (Random/Spiegle & Grau)6. “Tailspin” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)7. “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)8. “The House Next Door” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)9. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin (G.P. Putnams’ Sons)10. “The Perfect Couple” by Elin Hilderbrand (Back Bay)11. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)12. “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones (Algonquin)13. “A Dog’s Way Home (movie tie-in)” by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge)14. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)15. “Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell (Atria)Copyright 5/8 2019 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2019 NPD Group.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Poet Sarah Tolmie is shown in a handout photo An

first_img Poet Sarah Tolmie is shown in a handout photo. An all-female short list of Canadian poets will vie for this year’s Griffin poetry prize, including renowned wordsmiths Dionne Brand, Eve Joseph, and Tolmie. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Griffin Poetry Prize MANDATORY CREDIT by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2019 6:19 am PDT All-female short list of Canadian poets to vie for Griffin Poetry Prize TORONTO — An all-female short list of Canadian poets will vie for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize, including renowned wordsmiths Dionne Brand, Eve Joseph, and Sarah Tolmie.The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry has announced the authors of seven shortlisted books, including four international and three Canadian contenders. A Canadian and international winner will each get $65,000 at a gala June 6. Each finalist receives $10,000 for participating in readings of their work June 5 in Toronto.Brand, a past winner of the Griffin, makes the list for her book, “The Blue Clerk,” from McClelland & Stewart, while Joseph is being recognized for the prose poems in “Quarrels,” from Anvil Press. Tolmie is in the running for “The Art of Dying,” from McGill-Queen’s University Press.The international short list includes British-Jamaican spoken-word poet Raymond Antrobus, whose first collection “The Perseverance” published by Penned in the Margins includes meditations on his experience as a deaf writer.Also on the list is Chicago-based Daniel Borzutzky’s “Lake Michigan,” from University of Pittsburgh Press, and “Autobiography of Death” by Seoul-born, Seattle-based Don Mee Choi, published by New Directions and translated from the Korean work written by Kim Hyesoon.Judges also hailed “Negative Space,” by Albanian-born poet and literary translator Ani Gjika for her glimpse into contemporary Albanian poetry. It was translated from the Albanian poems written by Luljeta Lleshanaku, and published by Bloodaxe Books.Prize organizers say judges Ulrikka Gernes of Denmark, Srikanth Reddy of the United States and Kim Maltman of Canada each read 510 books of poetry, from 32 countries, including 37 translations.The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

July 6 2002 Workers Anna Raup and Gaby Cryon at t

first_imgJuly 6, 2002 Workers Anna Raup andGaby Cryon at the Arcosantifoundry. At Arcosanti the traditional bronze casting process isenhanced by design techniques developed byPaolo Soleri. The process starts by packing an aluminum bellpattern in sand. The pattern is removed and a bell impression is left,after which an original design is carved into the impression. [Photo &Text: MS] The process ismentally and physically demanding, as the bronze heated to 2400 degreesbefore being poured into the mold. [Photo & Text: MS] When the metal coolsthe bell is removed, cleaned and dipped in an acid bath to produce anoxidized patina. Each Cosanti Origonal bell isunique, even the tonality of a bell is highly variable, as the shapedetermines the type of tone. [Photo & Text: MS] Anna and Gaby after the pour. This was only Gaby’s second pour but it was agreat success! [Photo & Text: MS]last_img read more

August 6 2002 Resident Scott Riley and Agricultur

first_imgAugust 6, 2002 Resident Scott Rileyand Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors are cleaning thefilters on the tank that stores the water to irrigate the gardens.[Photo & Text: SA] The tank is alsogetting a new paint job, while agriculture employee Brett Snyder hadthe heroic task of cleaning the filters from the inside of the tank andcleaning out the accumulated algae at the same time. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img

LPG use spreading at a snails pace

first_imgUse of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) continues to spread at a snail’s pace, as delays persist in licensing petrol stations to provide the fuel, lawmakers heard on Tuesday.Around 28 applications have been pending for a year.Of the 28 applications still pending, 17 are tied up at the town planning department, and 11 at municipal authorities, said House energy committee chair Angelos Votsis.It’s understood that, to date, only six petrol stations have been licensed to provide LPG to gas-fuelled vehicles.Delays in processing and approving applications are attributed to red tape and the fact that several government departments must be consulted due to safety concerns.LPG is a blend of propane and butane which can be produced from natural gas or as a by-product of oil refining.It is about 50 per cent cheaper than conventional fuels which makes up for its lower efficiency compared to petrol and diesel-run vehicles.Supporters claim that LPG performance is similar to driving a petrol vehicle, although converting may take up precious boot space because of the need to install a tank.In addition, LPG is considered less harmful to the car’s engine, and environmentalists claim that emissions are lower compared to petrol and diesel.Use of LPG in petrol stations was finally sanctioned via ministerial decree back in March 2016. The political decision to allow the introduction of LPG in road transport dates back to April 2012.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Toddler abducted from north by father and taken to UK

first_imgTHE mother of a three-year-old girl reported to authorities in the north that her daughter had been abducted by her ex-husband and his parents and taken to the UK through the Republic.Daily Kibris reported that Nur Perihan Ozruyalik, her father and her grandparents, had crossed into the Republic through Strovilia and departed for the UK from Larnaca airport.The father and the grandparents had taken the girl as part of his visitation rights.They never brought her back, prompting the mother to notify the authorities on Wednesday at 6pm.However, an order to stop their exit from the north was not issued until the next day, giving them time to leave.Turkish Cypriot authorities were treating the case as a kidnap.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

From fruit seller to universitys oldest graduate

first_imgBy Evie Andreou A teenager would do well to look to 97-year-old Constantinos Georgiades for lessons in perseverance.The University of Cyprus’ oldest-ever graduate did not get his high school diploma until he was 80, failed his university entrance exams twice before being accepted at age 89 and was finally awarded his degree in sociology on Tuesday. Georgiades’ graduation made it to Euronews. “His achievement is testament to a lifelong passion for learning,” the report said.But his academic journey doesn’t end here. He now hopes to acquire a law degree.He said he decided to study sociology to help benefit society.“For a better society, the focus should be on women. They are the ones who bear children. If this does not happen, and if a woman is not strengthened to raise good people, how will a society prosper?” Georgiades asked.Born in 1919 in Kokkinotrimithia, a rural area in the Nicosia district, Georgiades, like many of his generation, had a turbulent life scarred by wars and uncertainty. But from a young age, he wanted to see the world.“My parents were living in the village but I moved to Nicosia very young to be educated,” he said.He spent the World War II years abroad, first working for a company selling groceries that landed him on the border between Egypt and Libya and then signing up as a volunteer with the British army.After returning to Cyprus in 1948, he decided to set up his own business.“I wanted to deal with fruit and vegetable juices. I realised the high nutritional benefits of Cyprus’ agricultural products and along with others, we set up a company with the aim of exporting juice abroad,” Georgiades said.In 1973, he and his business partners begun building their factory in the Kokkinotrimithia industrial area. “A wing was completed, but construction was halted in 1974 due to the invasion,” he said.After plans for the operation of the factory faltered, Georgiades was left with a CY£25,000 debt. To pay it back, he was forced to become a salesman.Constantinos now wants to go on and study law“Between 1974 and 1985, when I paid off my debt, I was using a refrigerated truck our company had bought to travel around Nicosia and rural areas to sell fresh fruit juice and foodstuff. Anything they needed, I brought,” he said.He remembers how women used to avoid buying the fresh grape juice he was selling.“It was sweet and they were afraid they would gain weight. I used to tell them that the sweetness in the juice is natural, and that it had other beneficial qualities and they slowly started buying it.”His love for learning led him to take two road trips around Europe twice in the 1960s “to see other cultures, and to compare”.“The first time I set off from Mersin in Turkey and from there to Ankara, Istanbul, Greece, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Czechoslovakia. The second time I set off from the Greek port of Piraeus,” he said.After paying off his debt in 1985 he went back to high school and graduated in 1990, and then took private lessons to pass the university entrance exams.“I tried a few times but did not succeed. I got into the university in 2009,” he said.Now he is ready to take classes at the UCy’s Law school in September.“The law has to be renewed every few years according to technology. Our legislation is lagging today and has shortcomings.”Despite the huge age gap, he described his relations with fellow students as very good.As an elder, he could not resist the temptation of offering them advice.“I was advising them that if they want to keep their good health they had to have a good diet, and to avoid staying up late. The best sleep is between 10pm and 5am,” he said.Sensible suggestions, but the age and priorities of the average student make it unlikely many heeded his advice.Georgiades never married and lives alone in a flat in the town centre. “I had other family obligations, I thought I’d wait to sort these issues out before settling, but unfortunately it didn’t happen”.Despite his age, he walks well without any assistance and he says he takes no medication, all due to his healthy diet.“I live on pulses. I do not eat meat because for it to be nutritious, animals must graze in the fields. Nowadays they feed them with synthetic food,” he said.He added that he doesn’t smoke and the only time he consumes alcohol is when he feels a cold coming on. “I drink half a shot of zivania to kill the germs and the cold.” He eats lemon with every meal.“I have always had this opinion, that diet is important for good health. I’m at the age I am today and I don’t take any medication. Have you heard anyone over 70 who doesn’t need some sort of medication? I thank God, I don’t need any and I hope I never will,” Georgiades said.  You May LikeMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndoAuto OverloadThese 20 Photos Show A Rare Side Of World War IIAuto OverloadUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus ready for all outcomes as drilling programme commences

first_imgEnergy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday he is prepared for all possible outcomes of the island’s oil and gas exploratory programme, which includes four test drillings in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) next year.Τhe drillship Saipem 12000 is already at Calypso, the target in block 6 of the EEZ for Italy’s Eni and France’s Total, and is expected to start drilling on Sunday or the latest on Monday, January 1, Lakkotrypis said in an interview on state radio. After that, Eni will drill at the Cuttlefish target in block 3 and in the second half of 2018, the consortium led by ExxonMobil will carry out two more drillings in block 10.“We have to be prepared,” he said. “We have made our calculations about the average (chances) of a discovery and we have various scenarios. There is a scenario of making no new discovery and the ideal scenario of making discoveries in all drillings”.Lakkotrypis said he is encouraged, even though Eni and Total discovered less than 1 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas in September when they drilled in block 11.Cyprus made its only gas discovery in its EEZ in 2011, when Noble Energy said it had found 4.5 tcf of natural gas in the Aphrodite field in block 11. The deposit remains unexploited and the required investment is €3 billion, according to the minister. The island is currently in negotiations with Egypt over the sale of Aphrodite’s future production to the Arab country’s liquefaction plants. Interest in hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean increased sharply when Eni announced the discovery of Zohr, a 30 tcf gas field off the coast of Egypt.The exploration and development of Cyprus’s hydrocarbon resources is facing various challenges, the minister said.Calypso ‘is from a technical point of view a difficult drilling in deep waters’ Lakkotrypis said. The waters are 3,500 meters deep and the drill will go an additional 3.500 meters below the bottom of the sea.In addition to the technical and financial challenges, exacerbated by the drop in the oil price in 2014, geopolitics in the region, including the Cyprus problem, are also making matters more complicated, he added.Turkey, which disputes the Republic of Cyprus’s EEZ and opposes its hydrocarbon programme, says that block 6 lies partially within its continental shelf. The dispute is expected to continue after the latest round of reunification talks ended in failure. Turkey traditionally sends warships and military aircraft into the area when the Republic of Cyprus drills for oil and gas, and has issued a NAVTEX warning covering the entire EEZ, including the drilling spot.Government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said that the government will go ahead with its energy planning regardless of Turkey’s actions.The presence of major hydrocarbon companies in Cyprus’s EEZ constitutes a political and financial vote of confidence for Cyprus and the best answer to Turkey, Christodoulides told the Cyprus News Agency.“We will not engage in a communication game with public confrontation with Turkey, assisting her in achieving her objectives which are none other than disputing Cyprus’s sovereign rights,” he said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government very concerned over wave of migrants Updated

first_imgAuthorities on Saturday voiced deep concern over the wave of migrants and refugees from Syria apparently headed for Cyprus – some of whom could also pose a security threat — as the inflow is rapidly increasing with several groups arriving in the space of a few days.Over 90 people arrived in the Republic in the past 10 days or so, intercepted in Paphos, Nicosia, and Famagusta, deepening the authorities’ concerns that the island has become a destination for people fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria.Most of the 15,000 people who have been granted or are seeking asylum in Cyprus are Syrian with a 40 per cent increase in applications in the first five months of this year alone.Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Saturday the government was very concerned and a meeting has been called for next week to take stock of the situation.“Indeed, there is a worrying upward trend of irregular migrant inflows to Cyprus, either from the sea or through the occupied areas,” the minister said.“As an EU member-state, Cyprus respects its obligations but it has also reached its limits as regards the number it can absorb.”Petrides had previously told the Sunday Mail that Cyprus insists on the creation of an automatic mechanism for redistributing asylum seekers, a position expressed during the European Council on migration.“We have serious reservations regarding the operation of large centres in Europe, especially in the absence of this mechanism,” he said. “There must be a holistic approach and not one that deals with the issues in piecemeal fashion.”The situation will be discussed in a board meeting between the ministries of interior, labour, justice, and foreign affairs.Beyond the apparent problem, authorities are also worried about the security risks the influx may create.Responding to criticism over the apparent ease with which groups of migrants and refugees cross the buffer zone into the Republic, a security source said it was near impossible to effectively monitor the 180-kilometre line that divides the island.In any case, they pointed out, it didn’t matter how they arrived; anyone who claims asylum cannot be turned back.However, whereas previous arrivals mostly concerned families, in recent days the authorities have seen young men between the ages of 16 and 30.Instructions to the police are to conduct thorough background checks as it is feared individuals linked with militant groups could be among the ranks of those arriving.Security authorities suspect the youths may be former fighters fleeing Idlib, the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria, fearing an all-out attack by Syrian forces to capture the strategic northwest province bordering Turkey.What they are certain of is the existence of a well organised ring that brings the migrants to Cyprus, possibly with Turkey’s blessing.In the past 10 days, 92 irregular migrants have arrived in the Republic, either on boat or through the buffer zone from the north.The statistics show that while all migrants arrived by sea until February 2017, from then on there has been a steady influx of arrivals through the north of the island.Ten were intercepted in Akamas on Saturday, 24 in Cavo Greco and five in Larnaca on Friday, 10 in Peristerona and six on Paphos on Thursday, 23 the previous day in Akaki, and 14 the week before again in Akaki.Official statistics now show a 56 per cent rise in asylum applications in 2017 and around 40 per cent in the first five months of this year.Between 2002 and 2017, the island afforded international protection – asylum and subsidiary protection – to some 10,000 foreign nationals. There are 3,000 pending applications since last year plus a further 2,435 in 2018.The majority of international protection applications in Cyprus in recent years concerned Syrian nationals.Interviews conducted with newly arrived migrants in June found that Cyprus is considered and promoted by traffickers as an ideal destination in relation with Europe and Turkey.   You May LikeHousediverLaura Ingraham Lives With Her Partner In This Gorgeous MansionHousediverUndoCar Insurance | Search AdsThe Cost of Car Insurance in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouCar Insurance | Search AdsUndoJobs in Canada | Search AdsGetting a Job in Canada From India May be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in Canada | Search AdsUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

News podcast Will Estia scheme protect vulnerable homeowners

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:Is the government’s Estia scheme to protect vulnerable defaulters fair, and fit for purpose? Apparently not;Women from Northern Ireland share their experience of peace building with women on both sides of the Cyprus divideSt Paul’s Anglican cathedral celebrates its 125th anniversaryFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/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 SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police warn of new ransomware scam

first_imgA new virus called Dharma is infecting computers and servers by encrypting and locking files, which can be unlocked only through a Bitcoin payment, authorities warned on Tuesday.The police cybercrime unit is warning users to take necessary precautions and to not pay should their computers be infiltrated.Dharma, a new version of high-risk ransomware/cryptoware, is targeting the computers and servers of companies, offices, and other users through emails with misleading titles and through insecure websites.Once the virus has infiltrated a computer or server, Dharma encrypts stored files through asymmetric cryptography, locking the computer’s or server’s contents.A text document is placed in every folder containing compromised files, requesting that a Bitcoin payment is paid as ransom for the unlocking of the files.As of yet there is no effective method or software for the restoration of infected files, the cybercrime department said.As such, they have requested that the public takes the necessary precautions.First, the cybercrime unit suggests that files be backed up regularly. Users are also urged to refrain from opening links and downloading attachments sent from unknown sources, especially when the sender appears to be a service or company they are not aware of.Users should also type URLs into their browsers themselves, instead of clicking on available links. Furthermore, users should make sure that their computer and other mobile devices are protected with up-to-date anti-virus programs, and that they are using an up-to-date version of their operating system.In the event that a computer or server becomes infiltrated by Dharma, the cyber-crime department stresses that the ransom money should not paid out so as to discourage such illegal practices and to prevent the further spread of the phenomenon.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 EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man wanted by Interpol arrested in Limassol

first_imgA total of 20 European arrest warrants had been issued by Interpol against a 42-year-old from Limassol who was arrested in a pub on Saturday night.According to the police, the man was spotted by on duty officers and taken to the Limassol CID offices, where he was told the Greek authorities had issued so many warrants for his arrest.The warrants refer to cases of taking part in a criminal organisation, fraud, extortion, counterfeiting and tax avoidance. They sought to have him imprisoned.The 42-year-old was arrested and is being held in police custody while procedures are started to hand him over to the Greek authorities.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoWeeklyPennyCalifornia Woman Was Playing on This Free Slot Machine App, When All Of A Sudden She Won BigWeeklyPennyUndo 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

What do you know about GESY V

first_imgTwo weeks before we all have to start contributing to the National Health Scheme (Gesy), we asked people on the streets of Nicosia what they know about it, and what they think will happen.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Economic sentiment drops 02 units in March

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesEconomic sentiment in Cyprus fell 0.2 units to 103.7 in March compared to the previous month, mainly on worsening confidence in the retail trade and among consumers, the University of Cyprus said.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo 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

Boy injured in amusement park doing well

first_imgA seven-year-old boy who was seriously injured in an amusement park accident last week is doing well and is expected to be discharged in two weeks, a health ministry official said Friday.His mother, who was also injured is also well, ministry permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki said after visiting the seven-year-old in the private clinic in Limassol where he was being treated.“The child is in very good condition, as is his mother,” Yiannaki said, adding that the ministry was ready to provide any assistance.In the accident on Friday, the boy suffered an exposed fracture on his right leg while his mother lacerated her left knee, broke her right hand and suffered a concussion.The park said human error was to blame for the accident as the ride was operating too fast, meaning the swing went further out than usual, hitting the adjacent ride.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Galanos calls for mass participation in Fridays protest over Varosha

first_imgFamagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos has called for mass participation in the event organised by his municipality outside the presidential palace on Friday.Galanos told a news conference that the announcement made by the Turkish Cypriot ‘deputy prime minister and foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay to open the fenced-off city of Varosha was a stab in the back toPresident Nicos Anastasiades with whom he had dinner only days ago, and also a blow to efforts to restart Cyprus talks.He said that he considered Ozersay the protagonist behind this move and that he expected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı to differentiate himself from it.Galanos said it was time the government took action and announced that there would be a meeting with the president on Friday at 6.45pm to hand over a statement about what they expect him to do.He said they expected the president to make representations to the UN Security Council, the EU and elsewhere. The municipality itself would make representations to the embassies of the member countries of the UN Security Council, the US, UK, France, China and Russia, and to political parties.“It’s psychological warfare and a war of nerves that started with the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) and has now been extended to the issue of Famagusta. It is the promotion of plan B,” said Galanos.“We will ask the president to make representations to the UN Security Council and to ask for the involvement of the UN Secretary-General to implement UN resolutions and decisions”, he added. We must not allow this to happen, it is illegal and unfair, he noted.Varosha, the fenced – off part of the once-thriving holiday resort of Famagusta, on the east coast, has been sealed since the 1974 Turkish invasion and according to the UN, the Turkish military is responsible for it. Repeated attempts to hand the area to UN administration and its Greek Cypriot legal inhabitants have so far failed due to the stance of the Turkish army.UNSC resolution 550 (1984) ‘considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations’.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Moodys considers upgrading Hellenic Coop after deal

first_imgMoody’s Investors Service said that it has placed the credit rating of Hellenic Bank and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank on review for a possible upgrade following the agreement allowing the Co-ops operations to Hellenic.Hellenic Bank’s has received a Caa1 long-term deposits rating, a caa2 baseline credit assessment, a B2 long-term counterparty risk rating and a B2(cr) long-term countrerparty risk assessment.“Moody’s also changed the direction of the review on Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd’s Caa2 long-term deposit and long-term counterparty risk ratings, and its Caa1(cr) long-term counterparty risk assessment to review for upgrade from review with direction uncertain,” the rating company said and added that the Co-op’s ca baseline credit assessment and adjusted baseline credit assessment were not affect by the action.“Both banks’ not prime short-term deposit ratings and short-term counterparty risk rating and their not prime(cr) short-term counterparty risk assessments have been affirmed,” it added.“The reviews for upgrade of both banks are driven by the Cypriot authorities’ approval of Hellenic’s offer to acquire CCB’s balance sheet consisting of healthy assets, all of its customer deposits, some other liabilities and equity,” Moody’s said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Lebanon warns neighbours over EastMed gas pipeline

first_imgLebanon on Thursday warned its Mediterranean neighbours that a planned EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to the European Union must not be allowed to violate its maritime borders.Beirut has an unresolved maritime border dispute with Israel – which it regards as an enemy country – over a sea area of about 860 sq km extending along the edge of three of Lebanon’s southern energy blocks.Israel is hoping to enlist several European countries in the construction of a 2,000 km pipeline linking vast eastern Mediterranean gas resources to Europe through Cyprus, Greece and Italy at a cost of $7 billion.Lebanon’s foreign minister Gebran Bassi, said he had written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Italy to request that the pipeline does not infringe on Lebanon’s rights within what it claims as its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).In a copy of the letter sent to Greece’s foreign ministry seen by Reuters, Bassil said Lebanon would not allow its sovereignty to be breached, “especially when it comes to any eventual attempt from Israel to encroach on Lebanon’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its EEZ”.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel within the next few days to help with its plan to export natural gas to Europe.“In a few days, the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will come here, together with… Pompeo, to advance a gas pipeline from Israel to Europe via these countries,” Netanyahu said.Pompeo on Monday said his visit to the region will also include a stop in Beirut and Kuwait.Lebanon last year licensed a consortium of Italy’s Eni , France’s Total and Russia’s Novatek to carry out the country’s first offshore energy exploration in two blocks. One of the blocks, Block 9, contains waters disputed with Israel.Lebanese leaders have repeatedly warned Israel not to encroach on its offshore oil and gas reserves.A number of big gas fields have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean Levant Basin since 2009. However, the region lacks significant oil and gas infrastructure and political relations between the countries – including Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria – are strained on a number of fronts.In January Eastern Mediterranean countries agreed in Cairo to set up a forum to create a regional gas market, cut infrastructure costs and offer competitive prices. Lebanon and Turkey did not participate in the meeting, nor did war-torn Syria. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more