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first_imgPerchalla & TurnerqantasTravel Associates Travel Associates recently hosted over 200 of its travel advisers and 48 Industry Partners at the Industry Partner Showcase at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.The insightful weekend opened on Friday 7th September with a Lagoon Party, live entertainment and a seafood feast, sponsored by Qantas.Saturday continued with three product breakout sessions and a brand expert Q&A panel featuring Industry Partners; Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Managing Director for Australia, Fiona Dalton, Silversea Cruises Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand, Craig Owens and Abercrombie & Kent Australia Pty. Ltd, Head of Agency Sales, Ann-Marie Chapman.The panel discussed Local Community Engagement, which is a big focus for Travel Associates brand. It was all about connecting with the Travel Associates community through hosting events and information sessions with industry partners and providing clients and their guests insights into the hottest travel destinations.Saturday night wrapped up with a Gala “Moulin Rouge” dinner event featuring CanCan Dancers and live music. There were prize giveaways galore across the weekend kindly sponsored by the industry partners including Seabourn Cruise, Silversea Cruise, Alila Bali Accommodation, Viking River Cruises, Flights to New Zealand, Club Med 4-night Stay, Banyan Tree accommodation and a lot more.Adelaide’s Perchalla & Turner Manager, Becky-Kent said she felt this year’s calibre of suppliers was particularly high and the time to meet and chat with these suppliers is always a great investment.“Listening to Fiona, AMC and Craig on stage was informative and entertaining. It also showcased their different personalities and how we can all be successful in our own right if we find our own groove in the wider world of travel,” Beck-Kent said.“Specifically, that session emphasised what I often tell my team – you will only get out of your own business, what you’re prepared to put into it. As our office is out of the standard ‘east coast’ circuit, it is always appreciated to be able to have some time to chat to those suppliers that are can’t make it down to see us for various reasons. Another reason why I believe weekends like these are so valuable,” Becky-Kent added.Silversea Cruises Sales Director, Craig Owens commented that it was “an amazing conference that was engaging, fun, professional and most of all, a real win for the Travel Associates brand.”The Unique Tourism Collection Managing Director, Jonica Paramor also sung praise of the event, adding “it was an excellent event and once again I really enjoyed not only the chance to present to all the new and familiar faces for COMO Hotels and Resorts but to continue to support and network with all your great advisers and the whole Travel Associates team and my industry colleagues too.”last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They were both about the same field goal-wise, the kickoffs obviously were a huge difference, although Jay had really improved his,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked of the decision. “I just liked the strength of his leg for a young guy. He has a very good demeanor about him.”The average distance traveled on Catanzaro’s kickoffs was 69.3 yards, while Feely was booting them a full 70 yards down the field. However, the average return on the veteran’s kickoffs was more than 3.5 yards higher than those on the rookie’s. Whatever the reasons, the Cardinals made the decision to go with the former Clemson Tiger who connected on 67-of-82 field goal attempts in college while finishing as the second leading scorer in ACC history. “I called my parents, everybody, my whole family is really ecstatic, as well as me,” he said when asked what he did upon hearing the news. “I teared up a little bit. It’s just a life-long dream coming true for me. “From here on out I know I’ve got to earn my right to be here, but for now I’m celebrating a little bit. I’m really excited about it.”And that’s just it for the 23-year-old. Just because he earned the job in training camp does not mean he is guaranteed to keep it for the duration of the season. Plenty of young kickers have come and go, with very few being good enough and consistent enough to last in the league. Think about it: There’s a reason so many kickers play well into their late 30s and some even into their 40s. Interestingly enough, the question mark facing Catanzaro entering camp was his ability to handle kickoffs. While in college, Catanzaro was left to watch as punter Bradley Pinion handled kickoffs, leaving him left to prove to NFL teams he could do a job that, quite frankly, is rarely a question mark when it comes to young kickers. “It’s another thing people kind of doubted me on,” he said. “I was really excited to get working after the year was over, after the Orange Bowl at Clemson, to work on the kickoff leg. I knew that was kind of my knock coming out, and I just worked my tail off.”Catanzaro said he worked with former NFL kickers Morten Andersen, Dan Orner and Jamie Kohl over the offseason, always believing he could successfully handle kickoffs but knowing he needed get some reps in doing it.“I’m very excited about where my kickoffs are right now; I’m very confident,” he said.Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chargers will be Catanzaro’s first game as the kicker, and he said he’s looking forward to going out and solidifying himself in that role. Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — That the Arizona Cardinals decided to go with rookie Chandler Catanzaro over 14-year NFL veteran Jay Feely was not an upset. Catanzaro, after all, has a stronger leg than Feely, had been perfect on his field goal and extra point attempts in the preseason, and had consistently put the ball in the back of the end zone on kickoff attempts.Still, when news came down that the team had decided to place its trust in a rookie, some people wondered if the Cardinals were making the right decision. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Besides, it’s not as if having to try and win a job from an established NFL veteran does not come with its own kind of pressure.“Now I can just kind of focus on being the best me I can be,” Catanzaro said. “I’m not really focused on competing against anybody else anymore. I’m competing against myself and trying to get better each day so I can help this team win games this year.“I’m excited about it.” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I know from here on out that I have to earn my right to play every day, so I’m willing to work as hard as I ever have to keep this job and earn the right to be here,” he said. That will mean forcing touchbacks and converting on field goal and PAT attempts, some of which will likely occur late in close games. As a rookie he has no track record of making clutch kicks in the NFL, which is why some people are skeptical of the decision to part with Feely, who has made 11 game-winning field goals in his career — including six with the Cardinals.But that risk is of no concern to the coach who made the decision to go with the rookie.“Every position, they’re all the same,” he said. “You either can or you can’t.”Catanzaro said when he’s on the field he is able to block out factors like crowd size and noise, letting himself “get in a zone” where he can block everything else out. He also said experience won’t be an issue because of how much he kicked in college, and added the difference in pressure between then and now won’t be a factor.“Pressure’s pressure,” he said. “I don’t really think of it as pressure. I just take every kick and just zone in and do the best I can do.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead within in the first four minutes on Sunday thanks to 54 yards by the newcomer running back, who was acquired just this past week from the New Orleans Saints.Peterson finished the day with 134 yards on 26 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in the 38-33 Arizona win.And with that first Arizona drive and the veteran back’s first four touches, Peterson had already eclipsed an individual rushing total by an Arizona back for any of the team’s six games so far this season.Chris Johnson, who was released as part of the Peterson addition, held that honor with a high of 44 rushing yards in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts.By the end of the second drive, Peterson had tallied 76 rushing yards on seven carries, coming five yards shy of his 81 total yards on 27 rushes for the Saints. As the Cardinals led 24-0 at halftime, he had 85 yards on 11 totes in the first half for a 7.7 yard-per-carry average.Peterson eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the third quarter with his 14th carry. – / 37 Adrian Peterson on the board in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/MblBGQXazq— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 15, 2017First, an eight-yard rumble, dragging tacklers. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson rushed another eight yards.Eleven more by bouncing to the outside and an 18-yard Carson Palmer pass completion later, and Peterson, in his debut with the Arizona Cardinals for their Week 6 hosting of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, found a hole and burst through it for a 27-yard touchdown. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling New Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson answers a question about being traded to the Cardinals during an NFL football news conference at the team’s training facility Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Australianbased eco

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Australian-based eco operator, Majestic Whale Encounters, is offering a $300 discount per couple on one of its 2016 all-inclusive whale swim tours in Tonga and will also donate $300 of each couple’s booking to a Tongan school, if the tour is booked before 15 October 2015.The $300 donation from each couple’s booking will go towards Faleloa Public School, a local school in Tonga’s Ha’apai islands which was damaged by a cyclone last year. The donations will assist in rebuilding the school and providing local children with school supplies. The school is a 10-minute walk from the resort where Majestic Whale Encounters guests stay, meaning travellers may visit the school as part of their whale swim tour.Starting on 23 August, 2016, the 8-day tour will include 5 days of whale swims, giving guests opportunities to swim, snorkel and spot humpback whales in their natural environment. Every year from July to October, the whales migrate to the tropical northern islands of Tonga to mate and give birth, offering swimmers more chances to get to know the gentle mammals. Guests will stay at Sandy Beach Resort Ha’apai where they can bush walk, fish, cycle or just relax during their two leisure days.The tour costs from AU$3941 per person twin share, including the $150 per person discount if booked before 15 October, 2015. The tour includes 7 nights’ accommodation, 5 days on the water with skipper, guide and marine scientist, all main meals, a welcome dinner and all local flights and transfers.For bookings made by 15 October 2015, Majestic Whale Encounters will donate $150 for each person to Faleloa Public School. Flights to Tonga from Australia (5 hours direct) with Virgin Australia are extra.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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The number of Brits booking cheap flights to Spain

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first_imgThe number of Brits booking cheap flights to Spain will ensure the country becomes the UK’s most popular holiday destination in 2010.This is according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), which predicts that Spain will remain number one in spite of the growing popularity of Turkey and Egypt.AITO spokesman Ian Bradley explained that Turkey and Egypt are continuing to be discovered by Brits, partly due to the fact that they lie outside of the eurozone.”But we know that by the end of the year, Spain will once again be by far the most popular holiday destination,” he commented.”[Customers] need to bear in mind that many hotels throughout the eurozone, particularly in Spain, have slashed their prices.”Mr Bradley also said that the Easter weekend is one among the busiest times of year for the travel industry and is regarded as “the curtain raiser to the summer”.Figures from the International Air Transport Association published this week showed that demand for international flights increased by 9.5 per cent in February compared to the same month in 2009, which spells good news for airlines as summer approaches.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFewer European visitors leads to ‘more enjoyable’ continental holidaysPeople booking flights to Europe this year are having a more enjoyable time because of the fewer number of visitorsSpanish destinations will become popular again in the long-term, AITO saysSpanish destinations will become popular again in the long-term, AITO saysBrits booking cheap flights to Europe this EasterBrits booking cheap flights to Europe this Easterlast_img read more

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our Spot the

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first_imgThanks to everyone who took part in our ‘Spot the Difference’ competition. Here are the answers! RelatedSpot the Difference – Dubai: the answersDid you manage to find them all?Spot the Difference – Pisa: the answersDid you manage to find them all?Spot the Difference – Spain: the answersDid you manage to find them all? ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img

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Riviera Nayarit Mexico – Reported by Elite Travel

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first_imgRiviera Nayarit, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOne of Mexico’s hottest new destinations for high-end travelers, has announced that three of its most luxurious properties—The Four Seasons Punta Mita, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and the St. Regis Punta Mita—have been recognized with the top honor in the AAA Diamond Ratings System for restaurants and lodgings, the AAA Five Diamond distinction.These posh properties are no stranger to the high level of recognition: The Four Seasons Punta Mita has received the prize for 10 years running, while Grand Velas has enjoyed five consecutive years of Five Diamond distinction (in addition to two Four Diamond restaurants onsite). The St. Regis Punta Mita, which opened less than two years ago, is earning the honor for the second year in a row.“Less than one percent of the AAA rated hotels in the world earn the Five Diamond; 10 percent of those hotels are in Mexico. Riviera Nayarit has three, plus a good number of hotels with the Four Diamond Award,” explained Tony Perrone, the director of AAA for Mexico and the Caribbean.Visit www.rivieranayarit.com.last_img read more

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Sundance lineup includes Robin Williams Gloria Al

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first_imgSundance lineup includes Robin Williams, Gloria Allred docs by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2017 1:14 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, the marquee at the Egyptian Theatre appears on the eve of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will run from Jan. 18 through Jan. 28. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Documentaries about Robin Williams, Gloria Allred and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Lizzie Borden film with Kristen Stewart and Debra Granik’s long-awaited follow up to “Winter’s Bone” are among the 110 features set to premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.The Sundance Institute announced the diverse lineup of films Wednesday for the annual festival held in Park City, Utah. Festival programmers say the films this year highlight the stories of alternative voices and points of view, including films by and about women, and the experience of African-American men in the world right now.The African-American experience is highlighted in competition films like “Blindspotting,” a buddy comedy starring Daveed Diggs, and “Sorry to Bother You,” a dystopian tale about a telemarketer with Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Both are from Oakland-based filmmakers.“I think they’re going to make really big splashes,” said Trevor Groth, the director of programming for Sundance.The festival premiered Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” in a special screening last year.Films with complex female characters include “Lizzie,” a psychological thriller about Lizzie Borden starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny as Borden, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” about a girl who is forced to go to therapy for her sexuality, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and “The Tale,” about a woman reevaluating her first relationship starring Laura Dern. “Star Wars” star Daisy Ridley also stars in “Ophelia,” a female-focused spin on Hamlet.Granik, whose last feature “Winter’s Bone” earned Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar nomination and ostensibly catapulted her to stardom, is back with her first narrative feature in over seven years — an untitled film about a father and daughter living in a secluded nature reserve in Oregon starring Ben Foster.The domestic documentary competition includes a timely film called “Seeing Allred,” which focuses on the women’s rights attorney’s life and taking on both Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. Others include a Hal Ashby portrait, “Hal,” and a look at the deportation of 1,200 immigrant miners living at the Arizona-Mexico border in 1917 (“Bisbee ’17”).Documentary premieres, a section that has in the past unveiled “An Independent Sequel” and “Going Clear,” has a film about the life of Robin Williams told mostly through his own voice, “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” a look at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, “RBG,” and a Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour.”Actor Idris Elba also makes his feature directorial debut with “Yardie,” a thriller about a boy who sees his brother’s assassination in 1973 Jamaica. Ethan Hawke “BLAZE”, Paul Dano (“Wildlife”) and Rupert Everett (“The Happy Prince”) are among other actors who directed films that will premiere at the festival.“The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities,” said Sundance founder Robert Redford in a statement. “This year’s festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-28. Additional selections will be announced in the coming weeks.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Forc

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first_img President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One for a campaign rally in Columbia, Mo., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Video of cop killer becomes Trump campaign push by Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 10:37 am PDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img WASHINGTON – The widows of two police officers the Mexican immigrant murdered were invited to President Donald Trump’s 2017 address to Congress. The conservative Breitbart News faithfully chronicled his conviction and death sentence. His snarling, expletive-filled rant about killing police officers appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.Now, Luis Bracamontes’ menacing smile has abruptly taken a central role in Trump’s closing midterm election argument about immigration as the president tweeted out a video of the Latino man’s courtroom appearance in what was immediately denounced by some Democrats and Republicans as a racist campaign tactic.Bracamontes, an immigrant living in the country illegally, sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in accented English in the video, and his words are clear: He’s killed cops and he’s “gonna kill more cops soon.”The video , which Trump tweeted late Wednesday, alleges without evidence that Democrats were responsible for allowing Bracamontes into the U.S. It comes amid a frenzy of hardline immigration proposals pushed out by Trump in the final stages of the campaign, including sending troops to the border and revoking birthright citizenship.Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico, was sentenced to death in California for the 2014 killings. The 53-second video includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officers.“Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!,” the video states, adding, “Democrats let him into our country … Democrats let him stay.” It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the U.S., warning ominously, “Who else would Democrats let in?” and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border.The ad was reminiscent of the infamous “Willie Horton” ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist. Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough. As Massachusetts governor, Dukakis supported the furlough program. Dukakis went on to lose to Republican George H.W. Bush.The video tweeted by Trump did not immediately appear to be running on television — it has a runtime longer than most TV ads — although it received extensive coverage on cable news networks. As of Thursday afternoon, it had received 3.51 million views in less than 24 hours and was the “pinned” tweet atop Trump’s profile, meaning it was the first thing any visitor to his Twitter page would see.The White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comments as to who made or paid for the video or if any tax dollars were used to run it from the president’s account.“This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic. And Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., seeking re-election in a Democratic-leaning South Florida district, said he’d not seen the video but criticized Trump’s use of it.“I can tell you that it’s definitely part of a divide-and-conquer strategy that a lot of politicians, including the president, have used successfully in the past,” Curbelo said Thursday on CNN. “I hope this doesn’t work.”Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the “dog whistle of all dog whistles.”“This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst,” Perez said on CNN. “This is fearmongering.”The dark video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life. That ad was part of a blitz by Trump’s campaign, and his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, did several interviews to promote it.As for the new video, though, the campaign was silent Thursday and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment.But the Trump campaign was behind the January 2018 video, released on its YouTube page, that featured Bracamontes’s courtroom appearance. That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.The previous year, Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, the widows of Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, were invited to Trump’s address to Congress. Bracamontes’ case — he was sentenced to death in March — also received steady coverage on Breitbart and other right-wing news sites.Trump has long promoted the alleged danger presented by those living in the country illegally, although statistics show they do not commit crimes at a higher rate than citizens. During his 2016 campaign, he frequently appeared with so-called “angel families” — those who lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants in the nation illegally.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Miller at http://twitter.com/@zekejmillerlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ragan Clark, The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 11:24 am PDT Review: Smashing Pumpkins’ album is shiny and oh so bright This cover image released by Napalm Records shows “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/ No Past. No Future. No Sun,” by The Smashing Pumpkins. (Napalm Records via AP) The Smashing Pumpkins, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.” (Napalm Records)It’s no question The Smashing Pumpkins has had a tumultuous past. Multiple iterations, breakups and solo careers later, three founding members of the 90’s Chicago-rooted rockers — Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin — are back to release their first collaborative album in 18 years, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.”The title of the LP is fitting, considering there’s a past the band likely wants to leave behind.The Smashing Pumpkins has teetered between dissolution and reconciliation since 1996, after the overdose death of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and the firing of Chamberlin. Members have been in flux ever since, with the current roster featuring Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin with guitarist Jeff Schroeder.Ahead of their latest tour, one founding member, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, was left in the dark. The circumstances surrounding her exclusion from the band’s reunion started a feud between Wretzky and Corgan, complete with publicized text message screenshots and name-calling.Peel away the dramatics and dysfunction that marked the launch of “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” — and the Pumpkins’ past, for that matter — and you’re left with an album that stays true to the band’s classic sound with the help of legendary producer Rick Rubin.Triumphant strings and distorted vocals open the album, as “Knights of Malta” crescendos to a choir singing with the guttural Corgan singing, “We’re gonna make this happen/I’m gonna fly forever.”While the album captures the nonconforming spirit of eccentric frontman Corgan — swinging between manic, obsessive and edgy tracks like “Solara” and delicate, trance-like songs such as “With Sympathy” — overall, “SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” is no masterpiece. Songs build then fizzle, like “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” a catchy tune lacking the chorus to be considered vintage Smashing, despite its nostalgic and distinctive Pumpkins feel.Highlights on the 8-track album include “Travels” and “With Sympathy.” The optimistic “Travels” affirms the album’s commitment to “No Past. No Future.” in a fluid reality where Corgan sings, “See love, see time/see death, see life” before unfolding into a chorus of, “It’s where I belong/but far from here or else I’m gone.” There’s an element of opacity, common to Pumpkins lyrics, but one that manages to feel pleasantly unresolved by the anthemic track. “With Sympathy” pleads, “Please stay confused/disunion has its use,” but wraps itself in a comforting, steady melody.“SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT” brings hope that the band’s dark days are distant. Millions of Pumpkins fans certainly hope so.Ragan Clark, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2018 7:43 am PDT Hailey Baldwin changes last name to Bieber on Instagramcenter_img Justin Bieber’s partner has changed her name to Hailey Bieber on Instagram.Bieber became engaged to Hailey Baldwin in July, just a month after rekindling their on-again-off-again romance.At around the same time that Hailey Bieber changed her name on Instagram, Justin Bieber posted a photo with his partner captioned, “my wife is awesome.”It’s not the first time the singer has referred to his partner as his wife, though they have not publicly confirmed their marriage.The couple visited an exhibit in Stratford, Ont., dedicated to the musician’s career at the end of September, where organizers said Bieber “very graciously introduced Hailey as his wife.”The Stratford Perth Museum added that it was “perhaps just a term of endearment.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Imagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of

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first_imgImagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of Fame AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANTON, Ohio — Imagine Dragons will perform at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season.The Hall announced Tuesday that the alternative-rock band will headline the Concert for Legends on Aug. 4.Previous featured acts for the concert include Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Maroon 5.Imagine Dragons performed last month at the BCS national title game.The August show at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is part of a week of festivities that includes first preseason game of 2019 and the enshrinement of new Hall of Famers — Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 7:17 am PDTlast_img read more

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett center arrives at

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first_img “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at Leighton Criminal Court Building for a hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.(AP Photo/Matt Marton) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2019 10:09 am PDT CHICAGO — The Latest on the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):12:05 p.m.“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has arrived at a hearing in Chicago where lawyers will discuss whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct trial.Smollett was joined by his lawyers and some family members at Tuesday’s hearing.A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.Police allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the Jan. 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. He is free on bond and has another hearing scheduled for Thursday.Smollett’s attorneys have called the charges “prosecutorial overkill” and say the actor maintains his innocence.___9:25 a.m.“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is expected at a Chicago hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case.A spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys says the actor is expected to attend Tuesday’s hearing in Cook County criminal court.A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.Police allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the Jan. 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. He is free on bond and has another hearing scheduled for Thursday.Smollett’s attorneys have called the charges “prosecutorial overkill” and say the actor maintains his innocence.The Associated Press The Latest: Smollett arrives for courtroom cameras hearing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Cypriots swear more than any other nationality when they complain online

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first_imgAn analysis of more than 500,000 online product reviews, according to the Times, has found that Cypriots swear more than any other nationality when they complain.The article said one in every 100 words Cypriots they used to complain was an expletive compared with less than one in 1,000 by Britons. It did not specify what those expletives were that Cypriots used on the web.“Britons love a swear word and “shite” is by far our favourite — at least when it comes to describing something we don’t like,” the Times reported.The analysis of the product reviews found that the curse was used more frequently than any other when giving negative feedback. The reviews, posted on Reevoo.com, also showed that Britons were more likely to use scatalogical expletives than many nationalities.The curse most often used by Americans was “sucks” while Australians preferred “boob”.“However, we were more moderate in our use of curses than Cypriots, who swore more than anyone,” it addedThe figures shatter the myth that Britons are too reserved to raise grievances, the Time said. UK users of the website were the sixth most likely to post negative reviews. The Danes were the biggest complainers, while the Portuguese were the least likely to post negative feedback.The word “shite” is unique to the British isles, Professor Simon Horobin, of the English language and literature department at Magdalen College, Oxford told the newspaper.He said: “The word is regional in origin but it is found earliest in Irish and Scottish use. The earliest uses . . . date from the 18th century when it was used purely descriptively — to take a shite, his shite stinks etc — but by the early 20th century it was used to describe something worthless, or an unpleasant person. Its origin probably lies in an alternative pronunciation of the word shit with a long vowel.”He said that the earliest examples in literature of shite as an exclamation and the phrase “don’t give a shite” were in Ulysses, by James Joyce, in 1922.The Times compendium of complaints based on negative reviews on Reevoo.comUK ShiteAustralia BoobAmerica SucksFinland Paska (shit)France Merde (shit)Swedish Skit (crap)Italy Schifo (disgusting)You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | 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

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Around 700 Muslim pilgrims cross to visit Tekke Updated

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first_imgAmid a strong police presence, around 700 Muslim pilgrims from the north crossed to the south of the island on Tuesday morning to pray at the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in Larnaca to mark the end of Kurban Bayram.According to police, around 4am, four buses arrived at the mosque for early prayers, and another group followed an hour later.  By 11am, total of 15 buses had crossed, transporting around 700 pilgrims.The buses arrived at the mosque with a police escort, while a police helicopter hovered over the mosque area.Police will remain out in force until the pilgrims went back to the north around 3pm.Police had taken strict security measures by closing the road about 300 metres from the entrance to the mosque, which was closed to the general public for the duration.The entrance to the mosque was also forbidden to journalists.Members of the Traffic Police, MMAD and the police departments of Nicosia and Larnaca are involved in the operation. Unficyp personnel were also facilitating.The pilgrimage was allowed to go ahead after the government gave permission.The government had pledged not to hamper the visit despite the cancellation of an Orthodox church service in the north at the weekend because the Turkish Cypriot authorities said it clashed with Bayram. The move to stop Orthodox faithful from celebrating the feast of Ayios Mamas in Morphou drew huge condemnation on the Greek Cypriot side.Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Tuesday the government deplores the fact that the Turkish Cypriot authorities prohibited the Ayios Mamas service because constituted a limit of religious freedom.The Greek Cypriot side would not play the same game, he added.“We have been handling the pilgrimage to Hala Sultan Tekke as a pilgrimage of Muslims, irrelevant of their status, legal or illegal in the occupied areas, as we always did.”Kasoulides acknowledged there may have been illegal settlers among those Muslims who crossed but he said the Greek Cypriot side would honour a decision taken during the inter-communal religious dialogue to allow them to visit the shrine.He said the collapse of the talks in Crans-Montana had no bearing on this.   You May LikeDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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

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Isolated rain and storms forecast for Tuesday afternoon

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first_imgA low-pressure system in the area means more rain, hail and isolated storms are expected for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.Initially, it will be mainly sunny on Tuesday, but clouds are going to gather later in the day. Temperatures will rise to 33C inland, 30C in coastal areas and 22C in the higher mountains.The lowest temperatures during the night are forecast to be 11C around Troodos and 20C in other areas.During the next two days, the weather will be similar, with a slight rise in temperatures on Wednesday.On Friday, it is going to be mainly sunny and a little warmer.You May LikeAutos +10 Great Cars That Almost Nobody BuysAutos +UndoMedicare World NewsChanges to Social Security: 7 Things to Look Out For in 2018Medicare World NewsUndoJournalistateMan Remodels Cabin With $100, Wait Till You See InsideJournalistateUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Volunteer body organises fundraisers for Greece

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first_imgCyprus’ volunteer commission is bringing together various media, banking institutions, national governing bodies and industries for a Pancyprian fundraising event and concert which will directly for the victims of the devastating wildfires that hit Greece on Monday. The money raised will help towards rebuilding public infrastructure that will primarily benefit the children of the Attica area.CYBC will be organising a radiomarathon fundraising event, starting at 6am on July 31. Television presenters, actors and artists which will help co-host the programme. From July 31 until August 3 any member of the public will be able to donate funds through the Bank of Cyprus or the National Bank of Greece.The free concert will take place on July 31 between 5pm and 11pm in Nicosia’s municipal park near the House of Representatives. The bands performing will include Neon Knights, Cashiers and The Fuse.Tickets for €1, €2 and €3 will be available in the concert area in exchange for food and drink. All proceeds will be given to the Hope for Children CRC Policy Center, an international humanitarian and independent institution based in Nicosia whose focus is on promoting and protecting the rights of children.The fundraiser and concert will be covered and promoted by Digital Tree e-publishers, CYBC, ANT1, Alpha Cyprus, Sigma, TVone, Politis, Cyprus Mail, IMH, Alithia, SuperSport FM, Fileleftheros, Cyprusnews.eu, Dialogos and Newsbomb Cyprus.They will also be supported by the Municipality of Nicosia, STS, Cyprus Youth, ONEK and AIPFE Cyprus.Eleni Foureira, who finished second for Cyprus with the song Fuego at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest said on her Instagram account that she and her partners have decided to donate the proceeds of her last three concerts to the victims of the wildfires.You May LikeNovelodgeMartial Artist Bolo Yeung Is 72 And Time Has Not Been KindNovelodgeUndoHealth & Human Research7 Weird Things That Happen When You Eat Oats EverydayHealth & Human ResearchUndoEditorChoiceThese Magical Locations Were Abandoned Years Ago. Look At Them TodayEditorChoiceUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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President to have second meeting with Lute on Monday

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first_imgTalks on the Cyprus problem must start immediately, President Nicos Anastasiades is expected to tell UN envoy Jane Holl Lute when he meets her later on Sunday, according to Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides.Anastasiades will meet Lute at 6.30 on Sunday afternoon, while a second meeting will be held at the same time on Monday, the palace announced.In an interview with the CyBC on Sunday Christodoulides said he had conveyed the same message to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlue Cavusoglu during a recent meeting in Bucharest.Christodoulides also said Lute is expected to have something more specific to say to Anstasiades about the terms of reference for the restart of talks, which is why a second meeting is expected to be held on Monday.Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said the problem with solving the Cyprus problem lies with Turkey. “The key to solving the Cyprus problem lies in Ankara,” he said at an event on Sunday.On Saturday government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said “We look forward to the meeting with the aim of making progress and possibly concluding the terms of reference. We are ready.”Lute is visiting as part of her efforts to facilitate the leaders come up with terms of reference for a new round of negotiations. She met Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at 11am on Sunday. The meeting finished shortly after 12 although no statements were made.Lute was appointed by UN Secretary general Antonio Guterres in May to assess if there was grounds for restarting negotiations. She has visited Cyprus three times for this purpose, in July, October and December in addition to meetings with officials from Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Interview with Ms Magdalena Rotaru APS Holding regional head for Cyprus Greece

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first_imgAPS Debt Servicing Cyprus supports the resolution of the non-performing loans problem in Cyprus The establishment of  APS Debt  Servicing  Cyprus supports  and enhances the  efforts  for  resolving  the large amount of bad loans in Cyprus. The Regional Head Greece and  Cyprus of  APS Holding,  Ms. Magdalena Rotaru,  says that  the  reduction of  distressed  loans will strengthen the banking sector and will contribute to  the  further  strengthening and  upgrading  of  the international image of the Cyprus economy. Drawing on  the  international  experience   and  expertise   of APS Holding,  APS Debt  Servicing  Cyprus  can  play a major role in resolving the biggest challenge the Cyprus economy faces. Ms. Rotaru added that  as an all-encompassing servicing platform in Cyprus, the company has the capability to provide solutions to different cases of distressed debt ranging from retail to corporate, secured to unsecured, delivered through its servicing or acquisition function. Please tell us about APS Holding and why it came to Cyprus.APS Holding is one of the largest debt servicing companies in Europe. It currently operates in 16 countries and employs over 1,000 professionals. The nominal value of the managed portfolios exceeds €8 billion. The company expanded to Cyprus through a joint venture with Hellenic Bank, founding APS Debt Servicing Cyprus in July 2017. APS Holding owns 51% majority of the company, Hellenic Bank holds the remaining 49%. APS Debt Servicing Cyprus undertook the management of Hellenic Bank’s non-performing loans portfolio amounting to c.€2.3 billion, and of real estate assets worth €150 million. Another major achievement is the contractual agreement for servicing of the €245m worth of unsecured retail loans that APS Loan Management Ltd acquired from Bank of Cyprus, which is expected to commence in the next few months. The establishment of APS Debt Servicing Cyprus company marks the launching of the first distressed debt platform in Cyprus. The company has its headquarters in Nicosia, and two branches, one in Limassol and one in Paphos, and employs 170 professionals.• Effective solutions resulting from the company’s international experience and expertise• An all-encompassing debt servicing platform in Cyprus• APS is dedicated to investing in the Cyprus economy, searching for new investment opportunities and supporting banks? deleveraging efforts Name some of the competitive advantages of APS Debt Servicing Cyprus that assisted the company in succeeding in the challenging field of distressed debt management.APS Debt Servicing Cyprus is perhaps the most well-organized servicing platform in Cyprus. Our people are experienced and specialized in their field and our company structure and operations are based on high business standards. The company deals with a wide range of exposures including housing loans, consumer credit, SME loans, as well as loans to large corporates. Moreover, APS Debt Servicing Cyprus draws on the expertise of APS Holding, a company specializing on distressed debt management throughout Europe. I would say that APS Holding has come to Cyprus with a strong conviction that it can succeed here, based on its profound experience and international expertise. How would you assess the company’s operations so far and the overall restructuring results?APS Debt Servicing Cyprus operations have been very successful up to now, and the company has met all the targets. After the transfer of personnel from the Hellenic Bank to APS, recruitment of new specialized professionals, and following the introduction of the standard functional and operational structure, the company has now focused on the recovery and restructuring of bad loans. As you can imagine, the company’s mission is not an easy one, as the matter of bad loans is quite sensitive for Cyprus. Nevertheless, our experience and professionalism allow us to deal with these cases in an effective way.So far the company has restructured exposures of circa €500m which include repayment schedule arrangements, full settlements and Debt for Asset transactions. More specifically cash collections reached €160m, the property onboardings €135m whereas real estate sales exceeded €80m which represents the one third of the initial portfolio. Overall APS Cyprus has achieved a reduction of the Hellenic Bank’s non-performing exposures close to €350m. Will APS Debt Servicing Cyprus buy any bad loans?As you probably know, the current portfolio and assets remain in the ownership of Hellenic Bank, which has the final say on settlements. Nevertheless, debt acquisition opportunities may be investigated by APS Debt Servicing in the future. What’s your view on the problem of bad loans of the Cyprus banking sector? “Bad” loans are the largest problem of the Cyprus economy, with rather harmful effects on different levels. The most notable effect is that banks need to increase their provisions, which results to losses or reduced profitability, thus they cannot fully meet their “economy funding” role, providing credit to the business sector and the overall market. Thus, the success of APS Debt Servicing Cyprus will have a positive effect not only on the banking sector but also on the wider Cyprus economy. When do you think will Cyprus be able to put the problem of non-performing loans behind?This is hard to tell but there is still much to be done and time needed. Companies like APS Debt Servicing facilitate the resolution of the problem. At the same time, the establishment of NPL Management Body, as well as the sale of portfolios from Bank of Cyprus are also positive developments. Another positive factor is the accelerating economic activity which creates new job opportunities, allows for higher income for households and increased business cycle for corporations which of course facilitate debt repayment. In addition, economic growth has a positive effect on banks, allowing them more flexibility in dealing with bad loans. We are optimistic that in the coming years, Cyprus will manage to curb the NPL problem. APS Debt Servicing Cyprus is working hard towards this direction. What are the corporate values of APS Cyprus?Our corporate values and ethical standards underpin the way we do business, guide our decision making and the professional manner in which our employees are expected to behave. Our major values are integrity, accountability, teamwork, meritocracy and transparency. Individuals working for APS CY are expected to act honestly and in a trustworthy manner, take personal responsibility for individual and collective actions, and to have due regard to others including clients, counterparties and colleagues. As an extension to the above our company has a social responsibility program which includes supporting charitable organizations such as the Cyprus Association for Children with Cancer and Related Diseases, Mana Kindergarten, Unique Smiles, Red Cross and others. APS IS EXPANDING IN GREECE What can you tell us about the role of APS in the Greek market?APS completed its first transaction in the Greek market in 2018. APS in collaboration with IFC, EBRD and Balbec Capital purchased a portfolio of 2.3 bln euros of 120.000 customers of consumer unsecured portfolio from Piraeus bank. That was Piraeus bank first transaction on consumer NPE in its attempt to reduce their NPE exposure. APS Greece is currently the Master Servicer of the portfolio with 40 employees and a number of collaborating Law firms successfully servicing the acquired portfolio, utilizing local and international expertise guaranteeing solid results for its investors as well as viable and affordable solutions to the debtors. The solutions offered not only take under consideration their current economic status but offer real solutions helping them to service their debts and eventually fully repay them. What are your expectations for 2019 in the Greek market?Optimize the servicing platform is our number one priority, that will allow us to expand further by either purchasing additional portfolios or successfully undertaking servicing opportunities. Greek market as we all know accumulates a large number of NPL’s (80bln euros) with aggressive targets to the systemic banks to decrease rapidly their NPE exposure by the end of this year. We see that as an opportunity for APS not only to grow even more but also offer efficient and effective services both to our investors and our debtors. APS is expanding now in Greece.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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