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first_imgOur panel:Jon Bloom, Host of Cardinal Talk; Dave Burns, Co-host of Burns and Gambo; Jarrett Carlen, Arizona Sports tech director/The Oddcast; Daria Del Colliano, ArizonaSports.com, Charlie Feinerman, Arizona Sports 620 producer/reporter; Doug Franz, Co-host of Doug and Wolf, John Gambadoro, Co-host of Burns and Gambo; Bryan Gibberman, Arizona Sports 620 producer; Adam Green, ArizonaSports.com; Joe Huizenga, Producer of KTAR’s Karie & Chuck; Vince Marotta, ArizonaSports.com; Carter Nacke, KTAR.com Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Who will be the Cardinals’ leading rusher, and how many yards will he have?Bloom: Ryan Williams, 827Burns: Ryan Williams, 1,036Carlen: Beanie Wells, 1,025Del Colliano: Ryan Williams, 1,000Feinerman: Ryan Williams, 821Franz: Beanie Wells, 987Gambadoro: Ryan Williams, 800Gibberman: Ryan Williams, 1,100Green: Ryan Williams, 845Huizenga: Ryan Williams, 740Marotta: Ryan Williams, 759Nacke: Ryan Williams, 903There isn’t a whole lot of faith in Beanie Wells to return to his 2011 form when he ran for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Offseason knee surgery and time on the PUP list during preseason will plant that seed of doubt. However, the vast majority of the panel does have faith in Ryan Williams, who missed the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, so figure that one out?Behind Larry Fitzgerald, who will be the Cardinals’ second-leading receiver?Bloom: Andre Roberts, 62 catchesBurns: Andre Roberts, 52 catchesCarlen: Andre Roberts, 74 catchesDel Colliano: Michael Floyd, 50 catchesFeinerman: Ryan Williams, 62 catchesFranz: Andre Roberts, 68 catchesGambadoro: Early Doucet, 55 catchesGibberman: Andre Roberts, 65 catchesGreen: Andre Roberts, 68 catchesHuizenga: Andre Roberts, 58 catchesMarotta: Andre Roberts, 65 catchesNacke: Michael Floyd, 55 catches OK, so the Packers are the sexy pick again in the NFC, with our panel having them advance to the Super Bowl over six different teams. Only Charlie Feinerman (full disclosure — huge Cowboys fan) and Bryan Gibberman had the guts to pick against the Pack.AFC West Champions:Denver Broncos: 7 votes: Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Gibberman, Green, NackeKansas City Chiefs: 2 votes: Bloom, FranzSan Diego Chargers: 2 votes: Gambadoro, MarottaOakland Raiders: 1 vote: HuizengaThis is what you can expect when three teams in the division went 8-8 and the “last place” team went 7-9. Peyton Manning was the X-Factor for seven of our panelists.AFC North Champions:Baltimore Ravens: 6 votes: Bloom, Burns, Franz, Green, Huizenga, MarottaPittsburgh Steelers: 6 votes: Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Gambadoro, Gibberman, NackeThese two teams simply don’t like each other, and if our panelists’ picks are any indication, it’ll be another war between the Ravens and Steelers this season. Incidentally, the two teams don’t play until November 18, but will see each other twice in a three-game span. Buckle up.AFC South Champions:Houston Texans: 11 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Green, Huizenga, Marotta, NackeTennessee Titans: 1 votes: Gibberman The beginning of football season means a few things. Tailgate parties. Guys in the office talking endlessly about their fantasy teams. Strained relationships with the significant other.We’ll focus on another rite of Fall…predictions! The staff of Arizona Sports was asked to put their prognostication hats on and produce picks for the upcoming campaign. And because football is in the air, or more accurately, because their baseball picks were downright embarrassing, they obliged. We’re going on the second straight season of speculation of who will step up opposite Fitzgerald in the Cardinals’ receiving corps, so it’s no surprise that four different players got votes. Interestingly enough, only two (Del Colliano, Nacke) think it’ll be rookie Michael Floyd who elevates to the number two position despite being a high draft pick.Award WinnersLeague MVPAaron Rodgers: 7 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, Marotta, NackeTom Brady: 3 votes: Franz, Green, HuizengaCam Newton: 1 vote: FeinermanMatt Ryan: 1 vote: GibbermanA majority favors Green Bay signal caller Aaron Rodgers to repeat at the league’s MVP, with three jumping on the Tom Brady bandwagon. The two outliers? Charlie Feinerman and Bryan Gibberman, who each like an NFC South quarterback to win the hardware.Offensive Player of the YearAaron Rodgers: 4 votes: Bloom, Carlen, Gambadoro, GreenTom Brady: 2 votes: Franz, HuizengaArian Foster: 1 vote: NackeAndre Johnson: 1 vote: Del CollianoCalvin Johnson: 1 vote: BurnsDarren McFadden: 1 vote: GibbermanCam Newton: 1 vote: FeinermanRay Rice: 1 vote: MarottaEight different players received votes in this category, including two wide receivers. That’s noteworthy because a receiver hasn’t won the award since Jerry Rice took home the honor in 1993. It’s also noteworthy that last year’s winner, New Orleans QB Drew Brees, didn’t receive one vote. Top Stories A linebacker has won this award eight times in the last nine seasons, so things are boding well for Kuechly. The Boston College rookie was named on four ballots after being the ninth overall selection in last April’s draft by the Carolina Panthers. Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com picked Bruce Irvin, even though the West Virginia product isn’t sure which team he plays for. Coach of the YearGary Kubiak: 2 votes: Gambadoro, HuizengaChuck Pagano: 2 votes: Burns, NackeBill Belichick: 1 vote: Del CollianoPete Carroll: 1 vote: GibbermanRomeo Crennel: 1 vote: BloomJeff Fisher: 1 vote: FranzAndy Reid: 1 vote: GreenRon Rivera: 1 vote: FeinermanMike Smith: 1 vote: MarottaWhoever’s Coaching the Saints: 1 vote: CarlenNo votes for any of the Harbaugh family? What an upset! Seven of our voters picked the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl, yet nobody gave love to Mike McCarthy in this category.MiscellaneousFirst coach firedLeslie Frazier: 4 votes: Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, HuizengaNorv Turner: 4 votes: Bloom, Burns, Feinerman, FranzPat Shurmur: 3 votes: Gibberman, Marotta, NackeChan Gailey: 1 vote: GreenHope Leslie Frazier is renting in the Twin Cities. Minnesota isn’t projected to have a good season, and our panel thinks their head coach will be the fall guy. And Norv and Pat, yeah, you shouldn’t feel so good about your job security, either. Did you ever think you’d see the day when the Houston Texans were a near unanimous pick to win their division? Yeah, we didn’t either. Considering the Texans won the South a year ago after enduring a boat load of quarterback injuries, a healthy Matt Schaub makes them the popular choice in 2012.AFC East ChampionsNew England Patriots: 12 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Gibberman, Green, Huizenga, Marotta, NackeThe Patriots join the Packers as the only unanimous division champ picks. I guess five episodes of Hard Knocks wasn’t enough to convince anyone that the Dolphins are a real contender? AFC Wild CardsBloom: Pittsburgh, DenverBurns: Cincinnati, IndianapolisCarlen: Oakland, BaltimoreDel Colliano: Baltimore, Kansas CityFeinerman: Baltimore, OaklandFranz: Cincinnati, DenverGambadoro: Baltimore, NY JetsGibberman: Baltimore, NY JetsGreen: Pittsburgh, TennesseeHuizenga: Denver, PittsburghMarotta: Denver, PittsburghNacke: Baltimore, IndianapolisA wide variety of teams were picked as Wild Cards by our panel. No surprise that the two Jets fans (Gambo and Gibberman) weren’t scared off by New York’s 0-4 preseason during which they scored one offensive touchdown — and that was a pass by the third string QB! The only AFC teams not to get any playoff love from our panel were Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Miami. Yes, two panelists (Burns, Nacke) think Andrew Luck has got the goods to get the Colts back to the postseason. Defensive Player of the YearDeMarcus Ware: 3 votes: Burns, Feinerman, NackePatrick Willis: 3 votes: Bloom, Gambadoro, GreenJason Pierre-Paul: 2 votes: Franz, MarottaD’Qwell Jackson: 1 vote: Del CollianoVon Miller: 1 vote: GibbermanBrooks Reed: 1 vote: CarlenJustin Tuck: 1 vote: HuizengaThere will be a new winner of this award in 2012, since last year’s winner, Terrell Suggs of Baltimore, is on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time with an Achilles tendon injury. It’s somewhat curious that not one defensive back got a vote for the award — three safeties (Ed Reed, Bob Sanders, Troy Polamalu) have won it since 2004.Offensive Rookie of the YearAndrew Luck: 5 votes: Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, NackeRobert Griffin III: 4 votes: Bloom, Feinerman, Franz, GreenJustin Blackmon: 1 vote: GibbermanDoug Martin: 1 vote: MarottaDavid Wilson: 1 vote: HuizengaA quarterback has won this award five times in the last eight seasons.Defensive Rookie of the YearLuke Kuechly: 4 votes: Bloom, Burns, Gambadoro, MarottaMark Barron: 3 votes: Carlen, Gibberman, HuizengaMelvin Ingram: 2 votes: Del Colliano, FranzMorris Claiborne: 1 vote: FeinermanBruce Irvin: 1 vote: GreenCourtney Upshaw: 1 vote: Nackecenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away AFC Title GameBloom: Baltimore over HoustonBurns: Baltimore over HoustonCarlen: Baltimore over New EnglandDel Colliano: New England over PittsburghFeinerman: Baltimore over HoustonFranz: New England over BaltimoreGambadoro: Houston over PittsburghGibberman: New England over DenverGreen: New England over HoustonHuizenga: New England over BaltimoreMarotta: Baltimore over New EnglandNacke: Houston over PittsburghIn a somewhat surprising twist, the most common matchup/result predicted by our panel is Baltimore upending Houston (a franchise with exactly one playoff win to their credit) to advance to the Super Bowl. Five panelists like Baltimore returning the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.Super Bowl PredictionsBloom: Green Bay over BaltimoreBurns: Baltimore over Green BayCarlen: Green Bay over BaltimoreDel Colliano: Green Bay over New EnglandFeinerman: Baltimore over DallasFranz: Green Bay over New EnglandGambadoro: Green Bay over HoustonGibberman: Atlanta over New EnglandGreen: New England over Green BayHuizenga: New England over Green BayMarotta: Green Bay over BaltimoreNacke: Green Bay over HoustonSeven panelists expect the Lombardi Trophy to go back to its original home — Green Bay, while two each like the Ravens and the Patriots to take the hardware. Bryan Gibberman likes the Falcons to win their first title in team history. Here’s how our staff sees the 2012 NFL season taking shape.NFC West Champions:San Francisco 49ers: 10 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Green, Huizenga, NackeSeattle Seahawks: 2 votes: Gibberman, MarottaNo homers here…Nobody on the panel has the Arizona Cardinals winning the division.NFC North ChampionsGreen Bay Packers: 12 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Gibberman, Green, Huizenga, Marotta, NackeUnanimous!NFC South ChampionsAtlanta Falcons: 8 votes: Bloom, Burns, Del Colliano, Franz, Gambadoro, Gibberman, Marotta, NackeNew Orleans Saints: 3 votes: Carlen, Green, HuizengaCarolina Panthers: 1 vote: FeinermanA little variety in the South. Three panelists think the Saints will prevail despite the fact that they’re down to their third-string head coach. Is Drew Brees that good? The popular pick, the Atlanta Falcons, are coming off of a 10-win season and a playoff appearance. Producer Charlie Feinerman is apparently on Team Ryan Kalil, picking the Panthers to do big things.NFC East ChampionsPhiladelphia Eagles: 5 votes: Del Colliano, Franz, Gibberman, Green, MarottaNew York Giants: 5 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Gambadoro, Huizenga, NackeDallas Cowboys: Feinerman Cardinals predictionsWhat will the Cardinals record be in 2012?9-7: 1 vote: Carlen8-8: 1 vote: Bloom7-9: 2 votes: Del Colliano, Marotta6-10: 5 votes: Burns, Feinerman, Franz, Green, Huizenga5-11: 2 vote: Gambadoro, Nacke3-13: 1 vote: GibbermanWell that paints a pretty picture, huh? Only one of our panelists, Jarrett Carlen, has the Cardinals with a winning record, while Bryan Gibberman is predicting a 3-win campaign, which would tie the 2000 Cardinals for the worst mark in team history.Who will have more TD passes for the Cardinals, Skelton or Kolb, and how many?Bloom: Skelton, 21Burns: Skelton, 21Carlen: Skelton, 20Del Colliano: Skelton, 15Feinerman: Skelton, 32Franz: Skelton, 18Gambadoro: Skelton, 15Gibberman: Skelton, 18Green: Skelton, 17Huizenga: Kolb, 14Marotta: Skelton, 10Nacke: Skelton, 8The vast majority of our panel sees John Skelton keeping his starting quarterback job over Kevin Kolb. In fact, our Charlie Feinerman sees Skelton thriving, throwing 32 scoring strikes. Either Charlie knows something the rest don’t, or he’s been playing way too much Madden ’13. For information’s sake, Kurt Warner threw 30 touchdown passes for Arizona in their Super Bowl season of 2008. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Eagles may not be a dream team or a dynasty, but good enough on paper following a disappointing 2011 campaign to garner the most votes in the division. The Eagles are tied with the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants, who have the support of (guess who?) Gambo, who may or may not have been wearing his Osi Umenyiora jersey while making his picks. NFC Wild CardsBloom: Philadelphia, Tampa BayBurns: New Orleans, ChicagoCarlen: Chicago, AtlantaDel Colliano: Chicago, NY GiantsFeinerman: NY Giants, PhiladelphiaFranz: Chicago, NY GiantsGambadoro: New Orleans, DetroitGibberman: Chicago, NY GiantsGreen: NY Giants, AtlantaHuizenga: Philadelphia, AtlantaMarotta: Detroit, NY GiantsNacke: Philadelphia, DetroitSo that leaves the Redskins, Vikings, Rams and yes, the Cardinals, as the only NFC teams not to get a vote to advance to the postseason. Yes, Jon Bloom picked Tampa Bay — easily the gutsiest Wild Card selection.NFC Title GameBloom: Green Bay over AtlantaBurns: Green Bay over ChicagoCarlen: Green Bay over New OrleansDel Colliano: Green Bay over AtlantaFeinerman: Dallas over CarolinaFranz: Green Bay over ChicagoGambadoro: Green Bay over San FranciscoGibberman: Atlanta over PhiladelphiaGreen: Green Bay over PhiladelphiaHuizenga: Green Bay over NY GiantsMarotta: Green Bay over AtlantaNacke: Green Bay over San Franciscolast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Wadsworth’s time with the Cardinals didn’t start off exactly ideal. Instead of getting offseason work in with his new team, he held out until the eve of the season opener.Wadsworth’s three seasons with the Cardinals were marred with knee injuries. He started 15 games his rookie year and racked up 42 tackles with five sacks and three fumble recoveries. In 20 games the next two seasons, Wadsworth recorded 30 tackles and three sacks.Hindsight is, of course, 20-20. But the Cardinals missed out on some future Hall of Famers.Woodson is still in the league and has made it to eight Pro Bowls. He won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award and had a Defensive Player of the Year campaign in 2009. Moss was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and made it to six Pro Bowls. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals could have drafted Charles Woodson or Randy Moss in 1998. Instead, they picked defensive end Andre Wadsworth. At the time, it seemed like a no-brainer, with the defensive end being one of the best players in the draft. Things didn’t work out, though, and CBS Sports said Wadsworth is the biggest first-round draft mistake by the Cardinals in the last 25 years. Levi Brown should probably be in the discussion here with the Cardinals taking him two picks before Adrian Peterson. But Andre Wadsworth is the play, going 3rd in 1998, one pick ahead of Charles Woodson. The only reason we’re not talking about it more is because of Leaf/Manning.CBS Sports, who also picked the biggest mistake for every other team, gave an honorable mention to Tom Knight in addition to Brown. Knight was drafted by the Cardinals ahead of Tony Gonzalez and recorded three interceptions in his six years with Arizona.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Deone Bucannon is entering his fifth season with the Arizona Cardinals and while it may not seem like a lot, he has 21 more career starts than any other linebacker on the Cardinals roster.So when he was asked on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf show if he was a veteran, it was a valid question.“It’s crazy,” Bucannon said. “It goes by so quick. You know we’re going to be in training camp, then it’s the sixth game of the season, next thing you know it’s the 12th game of the season, then playoffs come around. But, I mean, it’s my fifth year…” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Bucannon, who plays the “money” linebacker position, will have more responsibility in first-year defensive coordinator Al Holcomb’s new system. The team’s longest tenured linebacker has been tasked with making defensive calls and checks.Related LinksFor now, the Cardinals embrace the present with Sam BradfordCards camp notebook: Edmonds getting acclimated, standout wideoutsCardinals HC Wilks was ‘fascinated’ by Budda Baker in pre-draft workout“I love it, I take the responsibility with everything I have and I’m going to be ready out there on the field,” Bucannon said. “I want everybody to be in place so they can make plays so they can put food on their plate for their families.”Second-year pro Haason Reddick and eight-year pro Josh Bynes are the other two projected starters at linebacker. Bynes, who has spent time on the Ravens, Lions, and now the Cardinals, has only 29 career starts to Bucannon’s 50. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Air France has confirmed it will operate an additi

first_imgAir France has confirmed it will operate an additional weekly flight to Havana in Cuba from October 2015, increasing its offer to 11 weekly departures during winter 2015.The airline has offered flights to Cuba for the past 17 years, providing daily services from the UK to Havana via Paris-Charles de Gaulle (summer season only).These connections provide an important link between Europe and Cuba, with this increased service confirming its commitment to supporting the increasing development of tourism on the island.In addition to Air France’s services to Cuba, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also offers flights to the destination via the award-winning Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, running three flights per week throughout the summer and four flights per week during the winter season.Air France and KLM’s combined frequencies to Cuba make Air France-KLM the European leader in transatlantic services to the island, offering a total of 15 weekly flights and up to three daily frequencies between Europe and Cuba in the winter.last_img read more

The iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo Lake Como has re

first_imgThe iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, has revealed a new signature TSpa, opened in partnership with leading UK beauty brand, ESPA.The 18th century Villa Emilia has been transformed into a new facility of over 1,000 square metres completely dedicated to wellness and relaxation.The new expanded TSpa comprises five treatment rooms, a Hamman Suite and ‘Finishing Touches Studio’, infinity pool and 3-storey gym.The spa was designed by architect Ruggero Venelli who has previously designed Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s TBeach and the Rooftop Suites..Within the historical building of Villa Emilia, the hotel has also added the Suite Emilia, which boasts private access to the TSpa and serves as the perfect escape for couples.last_img read more

On an APT Small Ship cruise travel aboard the MS

first_imgOn an APT Small Ship cruise, travel aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Hebridean Sky or MS Island Sky for an intimate discovery in unique destinations. Each ship carries a maximum of 118 passengers and includes an onboard expedition team, spacious suites of at least 20 square metres and a fleet of Zodiacs for shore excursions and speedy embarkation and disembarkation at port.NEW: Tides of the Indian OceanOn the brand-new 13-day Tides of the Indian Ocean, passengers will cruise to the islands of Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius. Aboard Zodiacs, guests will find the perfect snorkelling spots in Cosmoledo. The Aldabra Atoll offers optimal chances to spot giant tortoises. In the Amirante Islands, passengers will get the chance to walk with the island’s conservation team in search of rare wildlife.Prices start at $14,995 per person twin share, with a Superdeal saving of $1,200 Air Credit Per Couple.NEW: Patagonia and Chilean Fjords ExplorerThe 14-day Patagonia & Chilean Fjords Explorer goes off the beaten path of South America. The MS Island Sky hugs the coastline, dipping into Chilean Patagonia. Guests will cruise Otway Bay to search for colonies of Magellanic penguins and discover Torres del Paine National Park.Prices start at $16,945 per person twin share.NEW: British Isles QuestNew for 2020, 10-day British Isles Quest navigates the British Isles, stopping at remote shores. On the Isles of Scilly, discover the surprisingly tropical Abbey Garden on Tresco Island. In Dublin, the chance to visit the world-famous Guinness Storehouse or Malahide Castle is available. At the Isle of Staffa, guests have exclusive access to the famous Fingal’s Cave, thanks to the onboard fleet of Zodiacs.Costs start at $9,995 per person twin share, with a Superdeal Companion Fly Free Including Taxes saving.To discover more about APT Small Ship journeys, or to request a brochure, please call 1300 196 420 or visit www.aptouring.com.au/travel-styles/small-ship-cruising.Digital brochures available at www.aptouring.com.au/why-choose-apt/brochuresGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterClick the cover to view the e-brochureAPT has launched its 2020 Small Ships brochure with a fresh new look and feel, making a bold statement that “luxury is not just a five-star hotel; it is an all-encompassing experience where everything is all taken care of and all-inspiring, so guests can live fully in each and every unforgettable moment”.To celebrate the launch, APT are offering some incredible Superdeal savings. Book before 30 November 2019 to take advantage of Superdeals including Fly Business Class for $2,995 per person including taxes. The deal is available on selected Japan trips across 2020 departures and cabin categories. Further, take advantage of the Companion Fly Free Including Taxes offer when booking selected trips early.Other Superdeals include Fly Free Including Taxes, Air Credits and Save $2,400 Per Couple on select itineraries.last_img read more


first_imgOmniglot.com RelatedTravel Tip #15: learn some lingo‘Hello/goodbye’, ‘please/thank you’ and ‘three beers please’ is the minimum you should have in your foreign vocabulary bag.Chinese airport riots and why caution kills: Alistair Hann InterviewedAlistair Hann, Skyscanner CTO on riots in Chinese airports, Android v iOS, and the next big thing in travel tech10 Teachings of a Technomad10 Teachings of a Technomad To coincide with this week’s travel tip (Learn some lingo) – we present Omniglot – a guide to the world’s languages.Don’t be fooled by the modest design – this site is packed full of essential information for those interested in learning a new language or even just wanting a few useful phrases before heading abroad (including essentials such as: “My Hovercraft is full of eels”).From French to Fijian, Japanese to Javanese, Omniglot is an excellent resource for learning a new language or a great place to just get an introduction to foreign tongues.The site is run by language lover Simon Ager, an Englishman who obviously has a way with words being fluent in Mandarin, French, Welsh and Irish and “able to get by” in German, Spanish, Japanese, Scottish Gaelic and Manx.Omniglot is the place to head before you head off abroad, and should be bookmarked by all serious travellers.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

From parrots to underwear last week we revealed t

first_imgFrom parrots to underwear, last week we revealed the 20 strangest things left on flights by passengers. But parrots are not the only wildlife to have been discovered aboard. We present the top 10 animals found on planes.1. BeesA swarm of bees was once spotted on board a flight to Moscow, forcing terrified passengers to ‘buzz for help’. They certainly kept frantic cabin crew as busy as a bee.2. MiceA horrified air hostess cancelled a Nepal Airlines flight to Bangkok after discovering a tiny passenger scurrying across the cabin. The mouse gave himself up to officials and came quietly.3. BatsA winged stowaway was discovered flapping round the cabin on a Delta flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta, much to the alarm of passengers. Watch the video below.tp://www.youtube.com/embed/WXLnJYjL2OE4. MaggotsOne of the more unpleasant discoveries in our round-up, maggots were found falling from an overhead locker on a flight due to depart from Atlanta airport. The maggots were found in rotten meat inside a passenger’s luggage.5. BirdsWho’s a pretty boy then? One amorous owner clearly couldn’t bear to be apart from her two exotic birds as they were found inside her socks as she attempted to board a flight from Los Angeles to China.6. MonkeysThey say you should keep some things under you hat, but a pet monkey on a flight probably isn’t one of them. The tiny marmoset was found on a flight from Florida to New York, but much to the delight of passengers was allowed to sit next to his owner for the rest of the flight and behaved impeccably for the duration of the journey.More: Man found with monkey in pants RelatedFalcon found on plane – the strangest things left on board revealedFrom underwear to onions, parrots to marriage proposals, our latest survey reveals the most bizarre items found by cabin crew.Swarm of bees board Moscow flightSwarm of bees board Moscow flight7 of the weirdest travel stories of 2014Pigs on planes, windowless flights and other wacky travel stories from the last 12 months. 7. RatsA Qantas flight crew conducting routine checks before take-off in Sydney made a rather grim discovery when a group of rats were found in the medical equipment compartment. No passengers had boarded and the problem was rectified before the jet returned to service.More: [Flight attendant denies smuggling rats in pants](http://Flight attendant denies smuggling rats in pants)8. LeopardsAuthorities in Bangkok were alerted recently to a passenger who was found to have several rare infant leopards, panthers and bears in his suitcase. In Thailand, leopards and panthers can fetch $5,000 each on the illegal black market.9. SquirrelsA passenger managed to smuggle two parrots alongside a squirrel on an Etihad plane departing from Jakarta last year, before being arrested on his arrival at Abu Dhabi airport.10. TurtlesA man was found recently attempting to smuggle his pet turtle onto a China Southern Airlines flight in a KFC burger. Despite the passenger’s claim that his small friend was ‘just a hamburger’, it not permitted to travel.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


first_imgMARSH HARBOUR, ABACO BAHAMAS – For those who dream of owning a second home or living year-round in an upscale, tropical paradise where the crystal-blue sea and a world-class marina are just steps away, Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour announces its newly completed luxury condominium units. The two- and three-bedroom villas, with breathtaking views of the tranquil sea of Abaco, feature exquisite architectural detail plus the five-star amenities and services offered as part of the premier resort in the Bahamas out islands-all less than an hour by air from the east coast of Florida.The Residences at Abaco Beach Resort feature units ranging in size from 1,800 square-feet to 3,500 square-feet with two-bedroom flats and three-bedroom, two-story lofts available. Owners have the option of offering the units into a rental program. The residences are designed with a lockout section so that even partial units may be rented if desired.“Owners of Abaco Beach Resort Residences enjoy the outstanding investment value of owning a home in one of the most desirable locations in the Caribbean at its premier resort, while having access to all the amenities of a premium hotel,” said Warren W. Francis, Jr., General Manager, for Abaco Beach. Residents have easy access to all Abaco Beach Resort facilities – its beaches, pools, marina, fitness gym, health spa, clubhouse and restaurants.The architecture of the Residences is inspired by traditional Bahamian themes with Bermuda roofs, dormer windows and wide verandas. Each unit offers an open, spacious floor plan with the kitchen, dining and living room overlooking the ocean. Decorative moldings adorn both the nine-foot ceilings and wood baseboards in the dining room, living room and bedrooms, while the walls are textured with a warm pre-colored finish. The floors are accented with Italian porcelain tiles.The kitchens feature black granite tops and custom cabinetry. The top-of-the-line appliances are GE Monogram stainless steel-faced and include a two-door refrigerator and freezer, a built-in oven and stove, dishwasher, microwave and a wine cooler. Sinks are stainless steel with Franke faucets.The large master bedroom, with a functional IT center with a built-in desk & bookshelves, is designed to reflect a fusion of Asian, Adobe and Caribbean flavors. The master bathtub is strategically placed with wood screened shutters that intimately join or separate the master bedroom and the bathroom. The vanity is a modern white porcelain top resting on cherry wood cabinets also made by Elmwood Kitchens Cabinetry.The second bedroom can be used as a lock-out room and is very large – it also includes a bar with a bar sink, and an under counter GE Monogram refrigerator. It features a similar but just lightly smaller bathroom. All the bedrooms feature walk-in closets. Each residence also has a stackable washer/dryer, a separate powder room, and an owner’s lockout closet. The units’ lever type locksets from Schlage and Tessa front door lock systems allow our security and management superior control. Each unit is fitted for wireless internet with telephone and TV outlets in the bedrooms and living rooms. Smoke detectors in each bedroom connect to a central alarm system. All units have central air-conditioning, with the lock out bedroom having its own air-conditioning system for independent temperature control from the main bedroom. Each residence has positive air pressure provided by a separate air-conditioning unit to provide a flow of fresh, dry, dehumidified air at all times to avoid mildew from the island’s humidity. All bathrooms have an exhaust providing permanent negative airflow, eliminating the usual noise of bathroom exhausts. The combination of positive and negative air pressure ensures that air is continuously circulated throughout the rooms. The air conditioning units are equipped with a heating coil for those rare occasions where heating may be required.The windows and doors are made of a reinforced thermally-insulated vinyl structure of German design with solar green-tinted hurricane impact resistant glass to withstand the roughest weather but still offering lots of bright, natural light throughout each unit. Recessed halogen ceiling lights and wall mounted sconces all with dimmers provide for perfect lighting.There are bonus rooms located on the main and top floors of some of the units. Trash chutes and elevators are conveniently located in each building. In addition, each unit provides a space for car parking, as well as spaces for golf carts.The project also included the construction of 62 single-family home sites, each with a private dock, which have been completed and sold. The Residences project included a marina expansion, a larger restaurant, an additional pool, meeting and convention space and spa and fitness center. The residences start at just over a million dollars.The Residences are located on the peaceful and secluded island of Abaco in The Bahamas, with Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour also on property. The resort features 76 high-end rooms and suites, all with terraces or balconies, and six upscale cottages scattered throughout the grounds – as well as unmatched friendly service. Owners will also have the benefits of joining a special members club at the resort, making their choice of amenities endless.The island of Abaco offers some of the best bonefishing and other sportfishing, recreation and wildlife watching in the Caribbean. It is home to both Abaco National Park, one of the few places in the world you can see the distinctive Abaco or “Bahama” Parrot, as well as the Abaco Wild Horse Preserve–home of the Abaco Barbs, descendents of horses brought over by Columbus and possibly the purest strain of them that exist today. It is also the perfect “home base” for island-hopping, with both historic and quaint as well as uninhabited islands nearby to explore.Construction of the Residences was completed by Sunco Builders and Developers, Ltd., which also built Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour. The company was formed in 1977 in response to the unprecedented growth in the Bahamas. Sunco Builders has developed projects throughout the Bahamas in many sectors including industrial, residential, hotel and leisure as well as marine. For more information on Sunco builders, visit the website at www.suncobahamas.com.With cool ocean breezes, tropical gardens, and luxurious service, the new Residences at Abaco Beach Resort promise to become the premier pieces of Abaco real estate. Discover this tropical Out-Island paradise. For more, call 242-367-2158, 1-800-468-4799, e-mail us at residences@abacobeachresort.com or visit the website at www.abacoresort.com.last_img read more

Primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen

first_img Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 10-16. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Dallas, NBC, 20.66 million.2. “NFL Pre-Game Show,” NBC, 14.22 million.3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.44 million.4. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 10.89 million.5. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.75 million.6. NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Detroit, ESPN, 10.5 million.7. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday) NBC, 10.15 million.8. NFL Football: L.A. Rams at Oakland, ESPN, 9.78 million.9. College Football: Ohio St. at TCU, ABC, 7.23 million.10. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Baltimore, NFLN, 7.06 million.11. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.55 million.12. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.36 million.13. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 6.234 million.14. “The Sustainer,” NFLN, 6.23 million.15. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.15 million.16. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.04 million.17. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.71 million.18. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.69 million.19. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.591 million.20. “World of Dance,” NBC, 5.586 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. Nielsen’s top programs for Sept. 10-16 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2018 1:16 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2018 8:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police visit ‘Saturday Night Live’ star after Instagram postcenter_img New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK.A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande’s ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.What alarmed Davidson’s fans and authorities was the tone of the entertainer’s post: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He added a heart emoji.Social media erupted with words of love for the 25-year-old comedian and native New Yorker who first appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 2014. And his name is trending on Twitter.One admirer tweeted “hang in there. There is a lot of help out here. Surrender to some love … I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Lakatamia mayors goal is a green municipality

first_imgNew Lakatamia Mayor Fotoula Hadjipapa she aims to turn the municipality clean and green through good cooperation between the municipality and its citizens, she told the Cyprus News Agency.The Lakatamia Municipal Green Point has been in operation since April 2015 as a space where citizens can get rid of cut branches, grass clippings, leaves and brush, Hadjipapa said. These materials are then processed into a type of fertiliser that the municipality uses for its own purposes.The Green Spot is located next to the Lakatamia industrial area and is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm 1300. Electrical items can also be deposited there, for a charge of €5 each.“Apart from the Green Spot, the municipality offers citizens the option to have tree clippings collected by the municipality’s service, for a symbolic charge,” Hadjipapa added and the municipality aims “to collect tree clippings per area at regular intervals.”“Our goal is to make Lakatamia a clean and green municipality and this will only be achieved via a good cooperation between the municipality and its citizens,” she said, adding that the right attitude starts at home.Residents of Lakatamia municipality also have their recyclables collected from the curb on certain days following an agreement with Green Dot while clothes and shoes that people no longer want can be taken to the municipality for collection. Batteries and electronic devices can be taken to the Green Spot.The municipality itself is keen to act in the same way it expects from its citizens and is on a mission to cut the amount of paper used.“All paper which is used by the municipality’s staff is recycled,” Hadjipapa said, adding that she promotes “a policy of zero paper use within the municipality and staff communicating via email.”You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector could face jail

first_imgThe northern Cyprus military court will be issuing its decision on Thursday regarding conscientious objector Murat Kanatli.Kanatli, a member of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO) and human rights activist, is facing imprisonment due to his conscientious objection to participating in annual military exercises.Due to previous identical cases, where Kanatli was jailed for 10 days for refusing to report for reservist duty, Kanatli may now be facing imprisonment once again.Two other Turkish Cypriot conscientious objectors, Haluk Selam Tufanli and Halil Karapasaoglu, will also be sentenced by the military court in northern Cyprus on October 18.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

Authorities seize cigarettes and tobacco

first_imgMembers of the crime prevention department seized a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco on Wednesday evening in the Nicosia district.They had been illegally imported via the north.In total, they found 78 cartons of cigarettes containing 200 cigarettes each and 120 packets of tobacco of 50 grammes.Customs officers summoned to the scene calculated the duty for the products due was €4,172.The driver of the vehicle was arrested but later released after an out-of-court settlement was accepted by the customs director.He paid a total of €8.500 before he was allowed to leave in his car.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 EntrepreneursUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo 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

Probe after threemonths worth of clinical waste found unprocessed outside disposal unit

first_imgBy Evie AndreouAuthorities said on Thursday they had launched a probe into the improper storage of more than 100 tonnes – more than three months’ worth – of highly hazardous medical waste outside the Kofinou premises of the disposal contractor for state hospitals.Officials on Wednesday caught employees of the company red-handed loading the waste onto a truck to be transferred to an unknown location and called in the police to guard the unit to make sure no hazardous material exited the premises.According to the head of the agriculture ministry’s department of environment, Costas Hadjipanayiotou, officials from his service discovered over the past few days large volumes of  infectious clinical waste stored improperly in the outdoor area of the processing unit in Kofinou, without having any prior notification that there was a technical problem with processing and that it was being stored without proper treatment.The volume of stored untreated waste, he said, was very large in comparison to the quantities collected daily from state hospitals.“State hospitals contribute 1.2 tonnes of waste per day, that is, around 30-35 tonnes per month. The accumulation of waste in the plant is more than 100 tonnes, meaning about three months of clinical waste,” Hadjipanayiotou told the Cyprus News Agency.This waste must be immediately managed, he said.Photo: CNAThe premises were guarded overnight by police on Wednesday, after officials from the department of environment earlier in the day found some of that waste – clinical infectious surgical waste – camouflaged in other bags ready to be transported to an unknown location.“This urged us to seek help from the police to monitor the premises during the night so that no waste is transported away to a location unknown to us,” Hadjipanayiotou said.According to daily Politis, the waste was to be transferred on trucks to be buried somewhere in Paphos. The waste was reportedly not managed properly due to damage to the disposal unit’s equipment.Hadjipanayiotou said that both his service and the police have launched a probe.“We are investigating how such great volumes of clinical waste ended up at the management unit, why the necessary disposal treatment did not take place and why the health ministry and the environment department were not informed of the technical problem at the unit,” he said.The company in question, he said, which is the only one that signed a contract with the health ministry for the management and disposal of hospital waste, was obliged under its operation permit to inform both the health ministry and the department of environment of any problems.He said that the premises had not been checked over the past two to three months, until last Tuesday, where they came across the large volume of waste sitting on the premises without being properly treated.Photo: CNAAfter the discovery, he said, his service also checked all units that manage clinical waste, and went back to the unit in question on Wednesday, where they caught them red-handed, trying to load the waste and remove it from the premises.“We were lucky we went there when they were loading the clinical waste onto the truck which was ready to go,” Hadjipanayiotou said.The company, Vouros Ltd, was fined €4,000 on Wednesday, the highest on-the-spot fine provided by law. The unit resumed operations on Thursday morning, Hadjipanayiotou said. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tepak and UCy score well in Times college rankings

first_imgThe University of Cyprus (UCy) has remained at number 30 on the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019 conducted by Times Higher Education, while the University of Technology (Tepak) fell five places this year to 42.Both Cyprus institutions that were included in the rankings were found to have improved their citations (research influence) this year compared to the year before, though Tepak slipped due to a drop in its teaching score, while UCy shared its spot at position 30 with Estonia’s University of Tartu.The prestigious annual ranking for emerging economies spans 43 countries across four continents, comprising nearly 450 universities in 2019, and includes only institutions in countries classified by the FTSE as ‘advanced emerging’, ‘secondary emerging’ and ‘frontier’.Cyprus was included as a country with a frontier market, a type of developing country which is more developed than the least developing countries, but too small, risky, or illiquid to be generally considered an emerging market.According to the Times Higher Education website – “the rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings to judge institutions on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. But they are recalibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.”China remains the most-represented nation in the 2019 listing, with 72 institutions, up from 63 last year, the site noted, adding that the nation claims four of the table’s top five positions and seven of the top 10. 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 AboutLivestlyUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.orgUndo 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

Code of conduct to be issued governing recusal of judges

first_imgThe supreme court will be issuing a new code of conduct governing the recusal of judges, it was announced on Thursday after a brainstorming session held at the presidential palace.At the meeting, supreme court president Myron Nicolatos informed president Nicos Anastasiades that they are preparing a code of conduct relating to the circumstances under which a judge appointed to a case should recuse himself or herself should a conflict of interest or perceived conflict arise.The code of conduct should be ready over the next few days, justice minister Ionas Nicolaou later told the media.“We had a very constructive discussion tonight…we are on the right track,” he said.“I believe we can win the gambit of regaining the public’s confidence in the judiciary. Imagine what would happen to our justice system if people didn’t trust our justice system.”What triggered the controversy was a case concerning an appeal filed by former BoC CEO Andreas Eliades against his imprisonment for market manipulation.In a 2 to 1 decision, the three-bench supreme court found that Bank of Cyprus and Eliades, although they had made false representations about the financial status of the bank, did not do so with intent to manipulate the market but rather to ‘reassure’ shareholders.The casting vote belonged to Nicolatos.In the wake of the ruling, the attorney-general’s brother, Nicos Clerides, made a series of detailed claims that the courts have been captured by the Chrysafinis & Polyviou law firm, which represents Bank of Cyprus.Clerides said all supreme court judges had a child at the law office that promoted the bank’s interests. He revealed also that Nicolatos’ sister and daughter had settled out of court two claims they had filed against the same bank in relation with convertible bonds they had acquired.Though Nicolatos denied any wrongdoing, the optics were not good.Strict rules regarding recusals had been in place until 2006. Those rules banned participation of a judge even in cases where lawyers who were partners or employers of relatives appeared before a court.But they were subsequently withdrawn because of problems in the smooth operation of the courts and the universally accepted impartiality of the judiciary.Also discussed at Thursday’s gathering – which went on for more than two hours – were ways in which to expedite the administering of justice.A civil suit can take 10 years to finish and that’s without an appeal.The government has prepared or is in the process of preparing nine bills designed to overhaul the system.Included in the changes is the division of the supreme court into a supreme constitutional court and a court of third instance, and the creation of an appellate court staffed with the necessary number of judges to ensure speedy conclusion.There will also be changes to the supreme council of the judicature to include district court judges, a lawyer and the attorney-general.The supreme council of the judicature consists exclusively of the 12 supreme court judges and its president and is the only body that can discipline and or dismiss a judge.The bills also introduce criteria for the recruitment of judges, the creation of a school for judges, a commercial court, an admiralty and a small claims court.The justice minister said he hoped the bills would be forwarded to parliament as soon as possible.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

State called on to offer more help to SMEs

first_imgPoliticians on Tuesday urged the state to step in to help small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which have been struggling since the 2013 financial meltdown.During a discussion at the House commerce committee, MP Costas Costa of main opposition Akel harangued the present administration for its “indifference” towards SMEs, which he called the backbone of the economy.“SMEs have suffered a severe blow, and as a result one business after another is shuttering,” he said.“It is not enough that the government is provocatively indifferent to their plight, it’s making matters worse through certain policies such as the unregulated shop hours, which are the coup de grace for small businesses.”The Akel MP called for the establishment of a state entity under the commerce ministry that would manage EU and Cypriot funds targeted at SMEs.For his part, Edek’s Elias Myrianthous said the commerce ministry is mulling a €120m programme that would subsidise part of the interest on loans granted to SMEs.The mooted programme would be launched by 2020, he added.According to Myrianthous, the closure of the Co-op Bank has resulted in the disruption of EU-backed, low-interest financing programmes for SMEs which had been made available through that lender.Access to finance is a major constraint on the growth of SMEs, according to an October 2017 working paper commissioned by the Central Bank of Cyprus.The paper found that Cypriot SMEs with three to 19 employees constitute about 88 per cent of the surveyed population of firms.The European Union defines SMEs as firms “which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding €50m, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43m.”State intervention in subsidising SMEs would further increase the size of government. In 2018, the Cypriot state budget came to approximately 30 per cent of GDP.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Are government plans a load of rubbish

first_imgEach one of us produces a massive amount of waste, but even with recycling programme widely available will the island be able to cope once two landfill sites are closed by the end of the month asks Annette ChrysostomouWe all throw things away every day – some make an attempt at recycling while others just dump them – but what do we know about what happens to all the stuff we get rid of? Where does our rubbish go in Cyprus? What happens once we fill our bags with recyclable material? What does the government already do and what more could be done? These questions become more urgent as more and more tourists arrive, meaning more waste, and the two landfills of Kotsiatis and Vati set to close by the end of the month.The closure of the two landfills was announced by the agriculture ministry at the beginning of February.What then happens to the 468 kilos of garbage people produce yearly in residential areas and the 670 kilos produced in touristic areas?The municipal waste from Koshiatis will be diverted to plants in Koshi and that of Vati in Pentakomo, Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou explained.Koshi covers Limassol and Nicosia, while rubbish from Larnaca and Famagusta ends up in Pentakomo and Paphos has its own facility, according to the office of the environment commissioner.At least this is where the rubbish that is collected from households goes. But as has often been stressed a substantial number of illegal landfills exist, with a 2017 study putting the amount of garbage dumped mainly in rural areas at 25 per cent.General manager of non-profit organisation Green Dot Kyriacos Parpounas says it is difficult to count how many things other than packaging people get rid of illegally. “There is a lack of facilities for certain things like big items and people may just throw them in a field,” he commented.“Facilities like Koshi and Pentakomo are not for specific waste streams such as skips and construction. There are still not enough green points and many people don’t have anywhere to take bulky material.”Much of the packaging which is discarded, an estimated half of what is in the market, is collected by Green Dot. In 2017 the company collected 56,000 tonnes out of an estimated 110,000 to 120,000 tonnes.Green Dot, which picks up waste from residences and companies, mainly sorts stuff rather than processing it for reuse. Glass is crushed and utilised in Cyprus, but the rest is sorted in two local facilities, one in Moni and one in Latsia, and then sent abroad, to countries all over the world, including Greece, Lebanon, China, Thailand and India. This is one solution to get the rubbish out of the country, though it has been reported that much of the material is not actually treated by many of those countries merely put it in their own landfills.The reason there is no recycling plant in the country is that the numbers are too small for a factory to efficiently operate, Green Dot says.Parpounas stressed that nothing which is collected by the organisation is left untreated, even material which is unsuitable for recycling or has been wrongly sorted by people.“Of the 25,000 tons per year collected [from the households] 3,000 are not suitable for recycling, but even those are not sent back to the landfills but are sent for energy recovery to the cement plant,” he said.One of the main reason people add ‘not suitable’ items is that there is a confusion over what is collected, especially when it comes to plastic. Actually there are seven types of plastic, labelled from one to seven depending how easily they can be recycled and only some are dealt with by Green Dot.When you check a plastic item carefully, you will find the number on the product. Plastic bottles are likely to be ‘PP1’, while plastic packaging of foodstuffs and dishes for frozen foodstuff are probably a ‘PP5’, and indeed the company says that such items are “not a target of the system”.Among others they also don’t collect plastic wrappers of pasta, biscuits, and aluminum foil and wrappers, the reason being that the system concentrates on the collection of material which can easily and efficiently be recycled.Effective recycling is hampered when materials are not sorted at home when they are not clean.“For example, if paper is mixed with the remnants of food, then the largest part of the paper will not be usable and all our work will have been wasted,” Green Dot explained.Worse is when people don’t use the white and brown recycling bags as suggested by the organisation but just throw everything away together.This waste is sorted at the two plants in Koshi and Pentakomo, which have a capacity for 400,000 tonnes.The idea is that the plastic, tins and some paper are sorted automatically, some is sold as recyclable material and the rest composted. However, again this is not without its problems.Rubbish being dumped at the soon to be closed KotsiatisParpounas and others mentioned issues regarding technology. Pentakomo has a big problem with solid waste which is too wet despite attempts to dry it, and does not meet specifications, meaning much of the rubbish cannot be burnt, Xenios Agathacleous from the office of the environment commissioner confirmed. Other technological problems exist at Koshi.Theopemptou also commented: “They do some drying out but the end result is extremely bad and is just thrown into the landfill next door.”One could argue these are only the symptoms and not the root of the problem. Theopemptou for one points to the lack of relevant legislation.“Building these plants was a huge mistake. The EU directive 2008/98 is very clear on the priorities of waste management.”Article 4 of the directive says the waste hierarchy shall apply as a priority order in waste prevention and management legislation and policy, clearly stating that the first point of the hierarchy is prevention, and only after that preparing for re-use, recycling other recovery, e.g. energy recovery should be employed; and disposal as a last resort.“It also promotes separate collection at the source. But they didn’t want to listen, they wanted the big plants,” the Greens MP said.He points out the need for regulations to provide for separate collection of recyclable materials and organic waste from every house on the island with obligatory terms that would reduce the waste arriving at the plants significantly.“We need to increase recycling tools from pay as you throw and compulsory participation as most EU countries do, and to move away from packaging only,” the Green Dot manager added.He agrees that we don’t need more large plants, but better practices.“There are private biogas and compost facilities, which are used for example at pig farms, which have the capacity to process 100 to 120 tonnes of kitchen waste provided it is sorted, and they are not used for this purpose at all. There is a great delay in planning and this makes no sense and is a great waste.“There is a pressing need for special facilities to deal with compost and tree cuttings. The sorting of organic waste is a long-overdue issue.”Dealing with these issues – not such a difficult thing to do – would improve the situation a lot, Parpounas stressed.In summing up, he noted there are a lot of loose ends and a neglect in planning is rife. “We talk a lot about issues and do much less.”Theopemptou believes change is going to happen. “The new regulations that are now out for public consultation will result in big changes on how we handle waste.”Or will it? The government still seems to believe it is on the right track.“The definitive closure of the illegal landfills in Vati and Kotsiatis is part of the government’s broader environmental policy to reduce the uncontrolled disposal of waste in landfills and its proper utilisation and is an obligation of the Republic of Cyprus in the implementation of the European directives for management of waste,” the ministry noted when announcing the closure, the only comment available by the environment department on the subject of rubbish at the time of publication. A history of EU finesCyprus has long faced fines over the delay to shut down the landfills, ordered by the EU in 2013.After ordering the closure, the EU repeatedly warned that the country would have to pay steep fines if they did not close them down.In May 2017, the EU initiated an infringement process for the delays with Cyprus looking at fines of around €Karmenu Vella30,000 for each day of delay. But following a visit in October that year by European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella the EU gave the government more time. The EU is setting a new goal of increasing recyclables to 55 per cent of municipal waste by the year 2025, from 44 per cent currently.Cyprus now recycles less than 20 per cent of its waste.Under proposed EU legislation, the percentage of municipal waste ending up in landfills should be no more than 10 per cent by 2035.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. 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