PONANT has released a comprehensive brochure featu

first_imgPONANT has released a comprehensive brochure featuring an extensive range of itineraries exploring the Asia and Pacific regions during 2017 and 2018.Seven cruises on board the modern luxury expedition ship L’Austral will reveal the highlights of Asia, featuring 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Itineraries include Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Sabah and Papua, plus inaugural voyages to and from Myanmar.In the Pacific region, a further seven voyages on L’Austral and sister ship Le Boréal explore from Hawaii to French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands, Easter Island, the Solomon Islands and Noumea, as well as the fiords and sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia.These itineraries feature no less than 14 World Heritage sites.Easily accessible departure and arrival points such as Cairns, Bali, Manila and Wellington belie the many rarely visited remote destinations included in this range of voyages. Five voyages are designated ‘Expeditions’, appealing to adventurous travellers who enjoy exploring in absolute luxury.Once-in-a-lifetime itinerary options range from exploring the remote islands of the sub-Antarctic to viewing the archaeological enigma of Easter Island’s giant stone Moais and the thousand-year-old petroglyphs of Fatu Hiva. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, meet members of the John Frum Cargo Cult, climb an active volcano and snorkel in waters renowned for World War Two wrecks; while Borneo provides the opportunity to see the ‘man of the forest’, our cousin the orangutan, in his natural habitat.“If you are planning to travel with us in 2017 or 2018 we encourage you to book as early as possible in order to secure the best possible fares and accommodation options on board,” said Monique Ponfoort, Vice President, PONANT Australasia.last_img read more

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first_img“I am greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork. It’s obvious the combination of the exhibition and a canvas as visceral as this – flourishing from red dirt and tufts of spinifex, in the shadows of nature’s biggest shapeshifter, Uluru, is immensely powerful to people,” said artist Bruce Munro.To celebrate the launch of the second season local artists Pamela Taylor and Beryl De Rose have created a painting, Tili Tjuta, meaning ‘many lights’ inspired by the Field of Light Uluru. The painting introduces a new story, now depicted on canvas, about the Field of Light creation, underneath a beautiful desert night sky where each night the stars show ‘Tjurkurpa’ (creation stories). The artists were inspired by colour, particularly the changing colours of the landscape as the sun set and the way that the evening enhanced the colours.All images: Field of Light, Uluru, Bruce Munro 2016. Photos by: Mark Pickthall Guests can enjoy the field in a number of ways – a Field of Light Pass includes transfers, a Star Pass includes transfers as well as sparkling wine and canapes, and for those wanting a special evening under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light dining experience that includes transfers and guests can also arrive via helicopter or camel for an additional charge. Prebooking Field of Light experiences before arrival is strongly recommended. Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru has commenced its second season and will now continue to delight guests until 31 March 2018. The award-winning exhibition, located at Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia, opened to critical acclaim and has exceeded all expectations, proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination.“With such incredible demand, and high occupancy experienced throughout the year at the resort, we expect Field of Light Uluru Season II to build on the success of the first season, and continue to enjoy sellout success,” said Voyages Executive General Manager Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Ray Stone.“Since opening, almost 120,000 guests have been deeply moved by the Field of Light; it’s hard not to be. The extension offers an extraordinary opportunity for guests to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way.”The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, isMunro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields. It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.last_img read more

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The Edible Spa Menu has been created in partnershi

first_imgThe Edible Spa Menu has been created in partnership with Chloé Morris, who focuses on creating immersive worldwide journeys through food. View the full menu of edible treatments here.Treatments can be booked at both Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterCoco Collection has released an exclusive Edible Spa Menu, created in collaboration with UK-based Chloé Morris, the Creative Experience Director and founder of Edible Stories.Coco Palm Dhuni KolhuAvailable from the Coco Spa at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, this exclusive spa menu is sure to be a delectable treat. All treatments in this menu use homemade spa products created entirely using edible ingredients such as coconut, papaya, kiwi, turmeric, avocado, honey and yoghurt, to name just a few.With treatments such as Chocolate Cake Scrub, Papaya Panna Cotta Mask, Banana Ice Cream Wrap and Coco Rice Pudding Scrub, this menu offers a truly unique and tempting experience.Here’s a snap shot of some of the salivating delicious options available from the menu:last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThere’s a new Online Travel Agent (OTA) in town with the official launch of Trip.com Australia on Wednesday, 10 April at an event for travel and tourism partners in Sydney.Trip.com is a division of China’s Ctrip Group, the world’s largest OTA by Total Transaction Value, which is also the powerhouse behind brands including Skyscanner and Tours4fun.The Shanghai-based travel technology company has been in the market for eight months locally, and offers flights, hotels, trains, car hire, airport transfers, tours and attraction tickets via the Trip.com mobile app, or desktop website.Kirk Wong, Trip.com; Gabrielle Vicari and Mark Mulville from Malaysia Airlines and Ooi Chee Teng (CT), Trip.comWith a 20 year history behind it, Ctrip launched into markets outside of China five years ago, including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. The strategy wasn’t the runaway success the company was hoping, and in 2017 Ctrip acquired US travel research website Trip.com and used that brand in the four international markets for greater traction.“The product was right but the brand didn’t fit,” Head of Marketing – Australia, Joanne Heggie, explained to LATTE. “Once we rebranded it was the catalyst to launch into other new markets, and that’s when we expanded to Australia.”Since late 2017 Trip.com has been researching and learning about Australian travellers’ buying behaviour and testing the market.Heggie admits the OTA market in Australia is saturated “to a certain extent” but is confident that there is “still room for us to move”.“We’ve had some new marketing partners come onboard – Hong Kong Tourism Board and Macao Government Tourist Office – and the results that we’ve projected totally exceeded expectations,” she said.Lynn Qu, Trip.com; Mike Smith, Macao Government Tourism Office and Joanne Heggie, Trip.comTrip.com is working towards being a one-stop-shop for travel, Heggie said.“Flights, hotels are our bread and butter. But if you want to book a train in China, a car in Iceland, an airport transfer in Beijing, you can do all those things on Trip.com.”Cruising is the only core travel component that isn’t offered on the site, and it isn’t a priority to add.“Cruising is a very competitive space in Australia and I’m not confident that Australians are willing to book that product online currently, so I think it’s something we could look at, but it’s not something we are currently working on.”She said Trip.com’s point of difference from its OTA competitors includes total transparency with no booking fees, extremely prompt customer service (90% of calls are picked up within 20 seconds), and competitive pricing.“The technology we have behind our pricing and how we configure it is really trying to deliver the best for the customer. In terms of flight pricing, even being in market a short time, we’ve really gotten a strong hold on bookings. We are trying to ensure we are keeping the customer happy because we are an OTA. We need to be competitive on pricing at the end of the day.”Joanne Lowe and Patrick McDonald from SkyscannerTrip.com will also introduce package pricing in the near future, offering bundled flight and hotel stays: a move that will see even better value on combined elements.The former Flight Centre executive also told LATTE that Trip.com was travel agent friendly and that the trade would be a focus in the next year. There are three solutions currently available, including a trade portal, an API feed and a link which a client can book through that provides agents with a “kick back” on transactions made.Heggie said Trip.com is open to working with travel agency networks here.So far, there have been 150,000 downloads of the Trip.com app in Australia, with about 40% of bookings being made on the App/mobile as opposed to 60% via a desktop. “There is an appetite and we are definitely ahead of the curve compared to our competitors in terms of that mobile booking,” Heggie added.The company plans to expand across the Tasman to New Zealand in the future.Lead image: Trip.com’s Lynn Qu, Vice President Product & Marketing; Ooi Chee Teng (CT), Senior Director, International flight business and Joanne Heggie, Head of Marketing.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLongtime Elite Traveler contributing editor and celebrity writer Kelly Carter has launched The Jet Set Pets, a website featuring a wealth of essential advice and hot tips for jetsetters and their furry companions. The first and only one-stop resource for luxury pet travel expertise runs the gamut from popular countries’ pet entry regulations to the best hotels (videos included!) for pet-pampering “parents” on the go.Kelly has traveled with her longhair chihuahua Lucy for ten years, and worked as a travel and lifestyle writer for 15, making her the world’s foremost authority on travel with a pet in tow. She has written on the topic for USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, among others, and explains, “Because people travel more frequently than they did 20 years ago and pets are viewed as family members more than ever, it’s just natural that pet parents would want to take their kids with them.”While numerous sites list pet-friendly accommodations, The Jet Set Pets goes above and beyond, offering the latest news in hotels and transportation, pet events, essential pet products, and pet spas and groomers. Whether you’re heading to Doha, Cape Town, Venice or New York, you’ll never be left wondering where your pet(s) will get the warmest welcome, where they’ll be treated to ever-better pet perks.Since their meeting in 2001, Kelly and Lucy have traveled extensively together, staying at many lavish hotels and experiencing the best amenities offered to four-legged guests, including side-by-side massages for pets and their guardians, butler-served room service for pets and canine concierges to walk dogs. “Early on, it was extremely rare to see anyone else on an airplane or at a hotel with their pet. Now it’s customary to see someone with their pet going through airport security or someone walking their dog through the lobby of a fancy hotel,” says Kelly. She reminds readers than there’s no need to sacrifice luxury when traveling with a pet.In addition to offering essential pet travel information, The Jet Set Pets hosts a social networking community for pets (think Facebook), forums for owners to communicate and a directory that donates ten percent of advertising revenue to pet-related charitable causes.www.thejetsetpets.comlast_img read more

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Hennessy cognac has extended its outreach to local

first_imgHennessy cognac has extended its outreach to local communities through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Hennessy began its partnership with the organization in August 2008 when the Hennessy brand team participated in the Atlantic Avenue project in the Bronx. Hennessy extended its involvement with the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, New Jersey in September 2008. On November 6, Hennessy was back at it again in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.The Hennessy Habitats team is made up of local brand team members, distributors and media partners. The 11-person team builds all elements of the family’s home alongside the houses’ future residents. The family whose home the project will become are required to commit 400 hours of “sweat equity” during the construction of their home.“Hennessy works with hundreds of charitable organizations. In addition to providing product and financial support, Hennessy’s Habitat for Humanity enables us to get our brand representatives and partners out in the field to directly give back to the communities that give so much to us, said James Goll, Consumer Development Manager for Hennessy, U.S., “Further, this gives us the chance to work side-by-side with our distributors, agencies and media partners, providing a lifelong bonding experience that further develops our professional relationships. Building with Habitat allows us to immediately see our contributions and how they help transform neighborhoods and families.”last_img read more

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Aston Martin Racing will return to Le Mans in 2008

first_imgAston Martin Racing will return to Le Mans in 2008 to defend its GT1 title in the distinctive blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil.Two Aston Martin DBR9s will look to emulate Gulf’s first victory at the 24 hour race 40 years on.Alain Dujean, Gulf Oil vice president international, said: “This is arguably the most important year ever for Gulf in motorsport. The famous Gulf racing colours first tasted victory at Le Mans in 1968, so 2008 already had great significance for us, but for Gulf to have joined up with Aston Martin Racing for this year is fantastic – the coming together of two great automotive names, for what I hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.”David Richards, chairman of Aston Martin, said: “Endurance racing is engrained in the heritage of both Gulf and Aston Martin and we have also both been intrinsically linked through Le Mans for many decades. It was perhaps destined that, in the year we defend our GT1 title and Gulf celebrates the 40th anniversary of its win, we would finally race together at La Sarthe.”The two Aston Martin DBR9s for 2008 will be entered as numbers 007 and 009.last_img read more

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first_img Summary Arnold Schwarzenegger is stable after heart surgery by The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2018 11:05 am PDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2018 at 11:43 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Related Stories The Latest: Schwarzenegger: California GOP is like Titanic NEW YORK, NY. (NEWS 1130) – Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing heart surgery.The 70-year-old former California governor had a scheduled procedure to replace a pulmonic valve on Thursday, according to Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, Daniel Ketchell. He was in stable condition on Friday.“His first words were actually ‘I’m back,” so he is in good spirits,” Ketchell tweeted.The operation was necessary to replace a valve that had originally been installed in 1997 for a congenital heart defect. “That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy,” Ketchell said. Schwarzenegger opted for a less-invasive catheter valve replacement procedure.An open-heart surgery team was ready during the procedure, but Ketchell said their presence wasn’t unusual in such circumstances.Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilding star before turning to movies. His career as an action hero took off with the box-office hit “Conan the Barbarian” in 1982. His role in the “Terminator” in 1984 propelled him into box-office superstardom. He served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011.In addition to his heart ailments, Schwarzenegger had a motorcycle crash in 2001 that left him with several broken ribs. He’s had a hip replaced and had rotator cuff surgery in 2003.center_img FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017 file photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger waves as he arrives at the Elysee Palace prior to a meeting on climate change in Paris. Schwarzenegger is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing heart surgery. He had a scheduled procedure to replace a pulmonic valve on Thursday, March 29, 2018, according to Schwarzenegger’s spokesman. He is in stable condition. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) Schwarzenegger stable after undergoing open-heart surgery Arnold Schwarzenegger|heart surgerylast_img read more

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FILE In this Jan 28 2018 file photo Dave Chap

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Dave Chappelle appears in the press room after winning a Grammy for best comedy album award for “The Age of Spin” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in New York. A man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a 2015 performance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suing the comedian and a man presumed to be his bodyguard. Christian Englander’s lawsuit filed Friday contends the presumed bodyguard struck Englander twice as he was being restrained. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) SANTA FE, N.M. – A man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a 2015 performance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suing the comedian and a man presumed to be his bodyguard.Christian Englander’s lawsuit filed Friday contends the presumed bodyguard struck Englander twice as he was being restrained.Englander, who is white, has said he had no racial motivation when he threw the banana peel at Chappelle, who is black, but was angered by something Chappelle said during the show.Englander faced charges of battery and disturbing the peace, but they were dropped because Chappelle was unwilling to participate in the prosecution.Englander’s claim he was assaulted wasn’t mentioned in the police report, but his lawyer said it would have been raised if Englander went on trial.Chappelle’s publicist Carla Sims did not immediately reply to a request for comment.___This story has been corrected to show that Dave Chappelle’s last name was misspelled on first reference. Man who threw banana peel at Dave Chappelle sues comediancenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 11:43 am PDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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WASHINGTON – The blockbuster musical Hamilton is

first_img WASHINGTON – The blockbuster musical “Hamilton” is finally coming to the nation’s capital, and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genre-bending historical musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton is starting a three-month run at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday.Hamilton didn’t actually spend much of his life or professional career in Washington. The U.S. capital was in Philadelphia when he served as the nation’s first treasury secretary, and the federal government didn’t move to Washington until 1800, four years before his death.However, the myriad museums of modern Washington have been preparing specialized exhibits designed to appeal to tourists and locals who can’t get the tunes out of their heads.“D.C. seems like the sort of town that’s tailor-made for this sort of wonky, nerding out over a former secretary of the Treasury,” said Daniel Piazza, chief curator of stamp collections at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.The Postal Museum has already launched an exhibit, “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon,” that includes mail, portraits, and postage and revenue stamps reflective of Hamilton’s life and career. But the real prize of the exhibit are the two flintlock pistols made of walnut, brass and gold that were used in the July 11, 1804, duel with Vice-President Aaron Burr, which resulted in Hamilton’s death.The pistols are on loan from the private collection of JPMorgan Chase & Co. They will only be on display through June 24, although the museum’s larger Hamilton exhibit will continue through next year.The Library of Congress is unveiling its own Hamilton display, drawing on its collection of more than 12,000 of Hamilton’s papers and documents. Much of it will have direct connections and references that fans of the musical will recognize, according to curator Julie Miller. Miranda based his musical on a 2004 biography, “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, which drew from much of the same material.Miller said the exhibit includes a letter from Hamilton to his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, in which he refers to her as “the best of wives and best of women” — a line quoted verbatim in the musical.There’s also material chronicling a historically important dinner meeting with Hamilton and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. That meeting is at the heart of the song “The Room Where it Happens.”The Library of Congress is supplementing its physical exhibit by making a vast number of Hamilton-related papers accessible online. These include a manuscript of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” Hamilton’s 100-page public response to his involvement in what was essentially the first American political sex scandal. That controversy merited a song of the same name in the musical.___The Library of Congress’ full archive of Hamilton-related papers can be accessed at: loc.gov/hamilton.Typed versions of Hamilton’s published papers can be found vis the National Archives at: http://founders.archives.gov by Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2018 4:53 am PDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DC unveils special exhibits as ‘Hamilton’ comes to towncenter_img Alexander Hamilton exhibit called “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon,” that include mail, portraits, and postage and revenue stamps reflective of Hamilton’s life and career, at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018. The blockbuster show Hamilton is finally coming to the nation’s capital and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stephen Colbert: Trump spoof book ‘Whose Boat’ wrote itself by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 8:09 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — For Stephen Colbert and his “Late Night” staff, the bestselling spoof “Whose Boat Is This Boat?” essentially wrote itself.Because all of the words are by President Donald Trump.Colbert said during a recent interview with The Associated Press that the book’s title and contents were inspired by Trump’s disjointed response last September to Hurricane Florence, which struck the Carolinas.The CBS television host grew up in South Carolina.“Whose Boat Is This Boat?” has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and raised more than $1.25 million for hurricane relief.Hillel Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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NEW YORK — If rising Broadway star Lilli Cooper ne

first_img NEW YORK — If rising Broadway star Lilli Cooper needs a bit of career advice, she knows where to turn: Her father has been there, seen that and done that.Cooper, who earned her first Tony Award nomination this month in “Tootsie,” is the daughter of Chuck Cooper, the Tony-winning actor of 15 Broadway shows.The chances that anyone makes it on Broadway are small. The chances that an offspring makes it as well are smaller still. The Coopers recognize this.Says Lilli: “We’re constantly pinching ourselves.”Growing up with a dad whose job wasn’t the traditional 9-to-5 wasn’t always easy, and the three Cooper children witnessed not only the attention their dad got in a big Broadway show but also the months of unemployment.Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 7:31 am PDT This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait with her father, actor Chuck Cooper in New York. Lilli Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tony-winner Chuck Cooper cheers Tony-nominee daughter, Lillilast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — A new survey says half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it.A survey from the Pew Research Center released Wednesday says a majority of Americans believe journalists have the responsibility for fixing the misinformation problem.The survey finds that differences in political affiliation are a major factor in how people think about fake news. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to see made-up information, to think it’s a big problem and also to blame journalists for it.The question of how to deal with made-up or misleading stories has embroiled politicians, civil-rights organizations and tech companies in the aftermath of misinformation campaigns by Russians and others aimed at undermining democratic institutions in the U.S. and Europe.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 7:06 am PDT Americans think fake news is big problem, blame politicians FILE – In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019, file photo, a man browses through the Twitter account of Alt News, a fact-checking website. A new survey says half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File) last_img read more

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La Scala board agrees on new manager ending uncer

first_imgLa Scala board agrees on new manager, ending uncertainty by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2019 6:54 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Milan’s mayor says that the board of the La Scala opera house has agreed on a new general manager to succeed Austrian Alexander Pereira, whose five-year mandate expires in February.Mayor Giuseppe Sala declined to identify the candidate Tuesday due to on-going personnel negotiations, saying “I will leave it to your imagination.” Italian media have focused on the manager of the Vienna Staatsoper, Dominique Meyer, after another candidate withdrew. The board will meet next week to confirm.Pereira, who was tapped for his fundraising prowess, helped find 58 million euros ($65 million) in new private funding, but has had political run-ins from the start. He nearly lost the position after buying productions from his last employer, the Salzburg Festival, before he legally assumed the job.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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October 9 2015The In a time where performance art

first_imgOctober 9, 2015The In a time where performance art is often pre-scripted and tame, these wild characters from various cultures work within an improvisational structure that is other-worldly. Operating as a forum for the development of acrobatic stilts and for building a network amongst practitioners, the Global Stilt Congress convenes once a year with some of the finest teachers on the continent coming to share their skills.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Hosting the event are the acrobatic stilt pioneers, The Carpetbag Brigade. Since forming in Prescott, Arizona in 1997 they have been evolving the form of acrobatic stiltwalking by mixing it with contact improvisation, butoh dance, and physical theater. I have had the pleasure of watching them evolve over the years, having collaborated with them at the All Souls Procession in Tucson, Az.” The Arco•Tsunami Festival is held simultaneous to the Global Stilt Congress and is a two weekend festival for the general public to experience the magic and craft of this unique gathering of performers. On the festival’s opening weekend of October 10th The Carpetbag Brigade presents their repertory performance, CALLINGS. This stunning visual work synthesizes the culminating elements of the acrobatic stilt vocabulary and also poetically addresses the issue of climate change by creating an underwater sea environment where a dead sea captain teams up with an ancient siren to seduce the sailors of commerce into understanding that the sea they tread upon is a living being. The 2nd weekend of the festival on October 17th features the cast of the Global Stilt Congress which reaches from El Salvador to Alberta.  “THE LEGISLATION” offers an aesthetic site specific tour of Arcosanti where you are lead through the grounds with live music, acrobatic stilting and spoken word from DJ Logan Dirtyverbs.  Organized by Jay Ruby and Helen Goodrum of The Carpetbag Brigade, Global Stilt Congress is a unique ephemoral oasis of culture in Arizona that gathers a force of professional performing artists and practitioners. Don’t miss the Arco•Tsunami Festival, events if you get the chance.last_img read more

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Coop stock donation to have a fiscal impact treasury says updated

first_imgThe handover of 25 per cent of Cooperative Central Bank stock to its depositors and borrowers, which the government decided on May 31, may be reflected on the budget, according to the Treasury, something Finance Minister Harris Georgiades denied.There will be “absolutely no fiscal impact,” Georgiades texted in response to a Cyprus Business Mail question.Earlier, a Treasury official, who spoke on condition of anonymity on behalf of the Treasury’s director Rea Georgiou, said that in case the government goes ahead with the grant in kind, there will be a “readjustment in fiscal figures prepared by Cystat and sent to Eurostat”.The readjustment will take either the value at the time of the transaction of the stock -which the Cooperative Central Bank wants to list on the Cyprus Stock Exchange by the end of September 2018- or its fair value based on an evaluation, the official said.A Cystat official said that the statistical service will decide after the implementation of the policy how to treat it in the government accounts.While the government currently does not have an actual balance sheet, reflecting the value of total assets and liabilities, and is expected to have one in place in 2020, it includes in its fiscal figures other types of grants in kind, such as land plots to displaced families, he said. “In the case of the plots we book them based on their market value,” the Treasury official added.The government, which extended on two occasions in 2014 and 2015 a capital injection of €1.5bn and €175m to the lender and owns 99 per cent of its stock, decided on Wednesday to hand over a quarter of the bank’s shares to depositors with over €2,000 in deposits and reliable borrowers free of charge. The fiscal impact of the two capital increases amounted to 8.5 per cent of the economy in 2014, and 1 per cent the following year.“This was in the absence of a government balance sheet, which would have enabled recording an asset rise offsetting the capital increase in the form of an increase in government debt,” a source familiar with the matter said in a telephone interview.As the value of the stock held by the government, and in the absence of a clear guideline on how to treat the donation, estimated at €1.2bn, the potential fiscal impact of implementing the government policy may be as much as €300m, roughly 1.6 per cent of economic output. On the other hand, given that Bank of Cyprus which is better performing, has a net asset value of €3.1bn and has a market capitalisation of below €1.5bn, it is likely that the value of the Co-op stock may be well below book value.To which extent this policy will affect the budget should the government have to include the grant in the budget accounts, remains unknown.“It would be useful for the government to explain the rationale and the cost linked to this decision,” commented Alexander Michaelides, who teaches finance at the London-based Imperial College.The government should also explain “how much this present will cost” and “whether it will impact positively or negatively on investor predisposition to invest in the company” owned to 25 per cent by its customers, he said.Following the listing at the Nicosia-based exchange, the Cooperative Central Bank is bound to carry out successive share issues and so dilute the government’s state to 25 per cent.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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HIV carriers hampered by prejudice MPs told

first_imgHIV carriers face huge problems mainly because of prejudice and the House human rights committee said it intended to ask the government to grant them a special allowance, it emerged on Monday.The head of the committee, Disy’s Stella Kyriakidou, said HIV carriers faced a lot of prejudice, fear, discrimination and stigmatisation, mainly at work and to a lesser extent in society.“It is not right in 2017 to have so much prejudice because of wrong information about HIV positive people,” Kyrakidou said. “There is so much prejudice that they are afraid to speak up and afraid to claim their rights.”She urged the media to contribute to the effort of eliminating discrimination and prejudice faced by HIV carriers.Kyriakidou said anyone else with a problem could easily ask for help in contrast with HIV carriers who chose to hide.“This group of fellow citizens is hiding. It is hiding in 2017,” she said, adding that Cypriot society was still at the same place it was 20 to 25 years ago regarding the matter.MPs heard that people with HIV could not find jobs easily with the committee deciding to ask the labour ministry to establish an allowance like they have in other countries, including Greece.“The diagnosis itself puts these people in a vulnerable group,” she said.According to government data, 533 HIV carriers – 447 men and 86 women – were under observation, with 519 receiving treatment.Kyriakidou said there has been a rise in carriers with 85 per cent of the diagnoses concerning homosexual individuals.“This is a real rise, it is not seen just because more people get tested,” she said.She told reporters that an effort was underway to inform homosexual people about prevention, supported by Accept-LGBTIYou 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Artymata makes history for Cypriot athletics in Mediterranean Games

first_imgEleni Artymata clinched the gold medal in women’s 400m of the XVIII Mediterranean Games, securing Cyprus’ third gold medal and increasing its medal tally to five.Artymata won the gold clocking a time of 51,19 recording a new national record.According to press release of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Artymata becomes the first Cypriot athlete to clinch gold in three successive Mediterranean Games, following Almeria in 2009, and Mersin in 2013, recording a new historic record for Cypriot participations in the Mediterranean Games since 1983.She became the first Cypriot female athlete to secure six medals for Cyprus.“All these achievements highlight its rare talent and its sustain victories placing Artymata at the top of Cyprus female athletics,” COE said, congratulating Artymata, its coach Antonis Giannoulakis and Cyprus Amateur Athletic Association.CNAYou May LikeHealthZapLioness Was Not In The Best Of Her Health, Then She Met Her New FriendHealthZapUndoMars BattlePlay this mars game for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedMars BattleUndoDr. Marty Nature's BlendStop Feeding Your Dog This One Meat ImmediatelyDr. Marty Nature’s BlendUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Court date for suspect found smuggling man in boot updated

first_imgA man and a Syrian national he was smuggling from the north will appear in court on September 5 for a hearing, police said on Tuesday.The man, 56, was arrested on Monday night at the Ayios Dometios checkpoint after he allegedly tried to smuggle the Syrian man, 47, in the boot of his car, while returning to the Republic from the north.According to the police, the 56-year-old paid a €5,000 bail fee, while the 47-year-old will remain in custody until the court date.You May LikeRealtor.comOur First Home Had No Heat: A Chilling Tale and What We LearnedRealtor.comUndoRich HousesShelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedRich HousesUndoOpoopa7 Greatest French Tennis Players You Should Know! | yes.opoopa.comOpoopaUndo Rouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Prompt digitalisation a matter of national survival

first_imgPresident Nikos Anastasiades said on Monday he was confident that parliamentary parties would accept the proposal to form a deputy ministry for digital strategy, research and innovation.“The cooperation of all parliamentary parties is crucial to the effective implementation of a digital strategy,” said the president in his speech to the Digital Cyprus Conference.The proposal for the creation of a deputy ministry for digital strategy, research and innovation, suggested by opposition Akel, could easily integrate the government’s plans for digital transformation which are of national importance, he said.“In today’s modern world and globalised society, a country’s competitiveness is inextricably linked to its digital maturity and the diffusion of technology into its economy and society,” the president said.This means that it is necessary that Cyprus accelerates the process of digital development, he added, so that it can face the challenges of the new era.He emphasised the implementation of a digital strategy, which has been in force since 2012, and includes e-government, e-learning, business and industry digitisation, the development of high-speed networks, cyber-security, as well as a number of other similar initiatives.“Digitalisation is no longer a question of choice but of survival,” said the president of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Christodoulos Agkastiniotis.He added that as long as the implementation of a digital agenda is delayed, Cyprus’ productivity and competitiveness will continue to diminish, while investors will be discouraged and a valuable labour force will continue to be lost to countries abroad.The government, he stressed, should have set up the deputy ministry for digital strategy “yesterday”, so that all of the actions that have already been agreed upon can finally begin to be implemented.The president of the Cyprus employers and industrialists’ federation (OEV), Christos Michaelides, added his support for a deputy ministry for digital strategy, noting that Cyprus occupies a very low position on EU’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), 21 out of the total 28 member states.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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