Go back to the enewsletterThe Regional Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent has called on travel advisors to ensure clients are aware of a valuable proposition the luxury travel company offers to prospective clients.Speaking in Sydney earlier this month to 80 top-selling agents during the company’s Australian roadshow, Sujata Raman said “don’t let clients think A&K is expensive”.Raman’s comments referred to the extent of inclusions offered in Abercrombie & Kent’s extensive selection of independent and escorted itineraries around the world, many of which cost up to tens-of-thousands of dollars, with some exclusive tours priced in the hundreds-of-thousands.“I don’t think agents need to be convinced about the level of inclusion A&K provides. They know the standard, they know the reputation, they know the brand.” “People will often say to me that they know A&K, they love A&K and there’s this notion that it’s just an aspirational brand. Comments like ‘You’re the best. One of these days I’ll do your trips’, are common. “We say to agents that they’ve got to encourage their clients to actually look at the pricing and compare it. Look at the inclusions because people have to get value for money. It doesn’t matter what end of the market, you need to get value and then when I hear the kind of holidays that they are doing, they could have done an A&K holiday for that sort of money,” Raman explained to LATTE.Indeed, some Abercrombie & Kent packages are under $600 per person per day, such as the South India and Sri Lanka journey which are $599; a Croatia itinerary, slightly higher at $692; or Egypt for $811.Separately, Raman also raised the topic of “luxury disruptors” in the deals space, such as Luxury Escapes.“I think they’ve created a lot of conversation around luxury. Because I do think it’s a commodification of luxury. I say to guests, if you want to have three or four nights at a luxury hotel, I can’t add any value to that. Go with Luxury Escapes, absolutely.”“But if you want the best expertise around your lifestyle holiday to Africa, then you come to someone like A&K or to one of the many other tour operators there are. “There are different kinds of tour operators with all levels of service. But I think that adds a layer that a deals site cannot do. I’m not picking on a particular deals site as they do a great job, but it’s just a different model.”Go back to the enewsletter
Holidaymakers over the age of 50 are more likely to use their mobile phone to record their trip than using them to keep in touch with family and friends back home.This is according to a new poll by Saga Holidays, which revealed that the over-50 age group has become more likely than ever to use technology such as camera phones and mp3 players while on an overseas holiday.Over half (60 percent) of over-50s going on holiday said they had camera phones which they planned on taking abroad.Chief executive of Saga Holidays Susan Hooper explained that phone cameras will become a “holiday packing essential” as technology improves further.”The over-50s have really embraced new technology and I’m sure we will be seeing some of our customers updating their Facebook or blog pages via their handheld soon,” she said.It was also revealed one in 20 over-50s were planning on using their camera phone as much, or more than, their regular camera.A separate Saga poll recently revealed that the over-50s had become more inclined to experience new cultures than have a beach holiday.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMature travellers more likely to go on adventure holidaysMore people aged over 50 are embarking on adventure holidays abroad,Forty-somethings revisit their youth while on overseas holidaysForty-somethings revisit their youth while on overseas holidaysInternet becomes increasingly popular cheap flights search toolMore people are using the internet to research cheap flights to their holiday destination, new research has revealed.
**1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**My job is to ensure that flight prices are as accurate and up-to-date as possible; I also help manage our technical ties with airlines and travel agents you see on the site.2. What kind of flight geek are you?Questioning Geek; I always like to know what’s going on.3. What best generally describes your travel style?I know where I want to go but am flexible on when.4. What’s your ideal holiday?I enjoy the touristy stuff and getting to see new places but would be perfectly happy anywhere that is sunny, near the sea and has plenty of water / adrenaline sports to keep me occupied. 5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?I should probably say my girlfriend… but Megan Fox would do.6. Do you fly with children?Only myself.7. How do you decide where you want to go?I travelled a lot before Uni and had many recommendations from friends of places to go and visit. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to see them all back then but I kept a list so that one day I can get to see all the places I’ve been told about. My top five are: Peru, China, Japan, Laos and Morocco – my next big trip will be somewhere from that list. 8. How do you decide when you want to go?Depends on where I’m going and what season it will be there. I once misplanned a trip to New Zealand and ended up having three winters in a row – big mistake!9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?I enjoy travelling with friends but trying to pin people down to go at the same time is difficult.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to sort that? A new feature called “My Skyscanner” will help users share their trips online. This would make the whole planning process a little smoother.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?The ability to search for the cheapest prices using the ‘Month View’ feature which ensures you get the best price when you are flexible about your dates.12. What’s your dream feature?The ability to incorporate several destinations into a single trip rather than having to book them all individually.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner and why?DigitalBlasphemy.com provides visually stunning desktop backgrounds that have all been computer generated.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?When I got my new phone I spent about two months researching it and even made a game for it, before it was even out in the shops!15. Worst travel experience? Losing my hold luggage on a flight to South Africa and then, after two hours shopping for replacement clothes, being mugged at knifepoint for all my new purchases.Getting stuck in an elevator in Bangkok for four hours after the cables snapped – luckily on the first floor!Or being drunk on an eight hour train ride from London to Aberdeen in the baking heat and my hangover kicking in en route.You decide!Meet more Flight Search GeeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Eileen McLarenFlight Geek of the Week – Eileen McLarenFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week – Gareth WilliamsIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work
4Birmingham to Dubai3,483£36010 pence RankingJourneyDistance (miles)CostCost per mile 5London to Sharm El Sheikh2,411£2078 pence 6London to Malaga1,042£303 pence 2New York to Singapore10,000£2,00021 pence RelatedTransatlantic flight deals and what to expect when you fly low-cost long-haulMore and more airlines have started running cheap transatlantic flights from the UK to the US, Canada and Mexico – but are those prices just too good to be true? Make sure you get the best all-round deal by finding the cheapest long-haul flights out there and reading our short…High Mileage – Low Cost? Round-the-world with (mostly) budget airlinesI wrote a piece about this last year in happier financial times, but since then various airlines have gone bustThe best time to book cheap flights to Australia? We have the answerEver wondered which city gives you the best value flight to Australia? Perth is the closest Australian gateway and often the cheapest route Down Under. Check out the best time to book flights to Perth. 3Edinburgh to London400£3611 pence With Boeing announcing plans to develop the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney by 2020, we take a look at some of the world’s longest and shortest flights to reveal which routes offer the best value per mile.1. Westray (WRY) to Papa Westray (PPW) – £5.70 per mileThis two-minute island-hop in Scotland’s windswept Orkney Isles (pictured) lays claim to being the shortest commercial flight on the planet, as well as one of the world’s most beautiful air journeys. No need for in-flight entertainment on this route, which will cost you £17 one-way.2. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Singapore Changi (SIN) – 21 pence per mileConnecting Asia with North America, the world’s longest flight is Singapore Airlines’ 9,519-mile, 18.5-hour journey between New York Newark and Singapore, notoriously pricey with the cost of an average ticket around £2,000.3. Edinburgh (EDI) to London Gatwick (LGW) – 11 pence per mileOne of the UK’s most searched for routes, this 331-mile trip between the Scottish and English capitals takes only around an hour and costs around £36. 4. Birmingham (BHX) to Dubai (DXB) – 10 pence per mileThe United Arab Emirate state of Dubai (pictured) has emerged as one of the UK’s favourite long-haul holiday destinations in recent years, and it’s perhaps no surprise with one-way tickets for the seven-hour 3,483 journey coming in at only £360.5. London Gatwick (LGW) to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) 8 pence per mileA popular route for Brits looking for year-round sun, the 2,411 mile journey from London to the tourist hotspot of Sharm El Sheikh comes in at £207 and equates to only 8 pence per mile.6. London Stansted (STN) to Malaga (AGP) – 3 pence per mileThe most searched for journey on Skyscanner in 2011, a one-way ticket to the sun-kissed Costa Del Sol can be yours for only £30, and the 1,042 mile journey comes in at a bargain three pence per mile, leaving you plenty to spend on ice cream and cold beers by the pool. To put this in perspective, the price of unleaded petrol at the time of writing was 140p per litre, equating to 18p per mile or nearly six times as expensive per mile as flights to Malaga. 1Westray to Papa Westray3£17£5.70 • All flight prices taken from Skyscanner and correct as at 30 March 2012 for the cheapest one-way fare available on 1 July 2012• Westray to Papa Westray can only be booked by telephone via Loganair• Petrol prices taken from petrolprices.com and hmrc.gov.uk• Distances taken from mapcrow.infoReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
We’ve found 10 affordable hotspots where you can shed those winter layers and top up your vitamin D, all with great value off-season price tags. Explore cheap flight deals in the app Hotels in Cape Verde 6. Dubai Car hire in Madeira Best for: something a bit different Flights to Gran Canaria Flights to Doha 2. Cape Verde 9. Cyprus Best for: history buffs Flights to Oman Flights to Cape Verde ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flights to The Gambia Winter feels like spring on the island of Madeira owing to its pleasant climate, mild waters and fresh mountain scenery. There are some lovely beaches, but the lush flora and laurel forests are real highlights. The island’s volcanic peaks and rich-yet-rugged terrain make it the perfect place to get outdoors for walks, rambles or hikes with a view. Hire a car to experience the landscape on four wheels or catch a boat for a spot of dolphin and whale watching. Get a taste of Portugal in the capital, Funchal, where you can photograph the colonial architecture, listen to traditional fado music and have a tipple of its namesake wine. Where will you find some winter sun? Thanks to its location, Cyprus has some of the best winter weather you’ll find without leaving Europe. Some like it hot, sure, but for those who don’t mind it mild, a winter’s day in Cyprus is just like a spring day in the UK, around 17-19°C. With a divide of Turkish and Greek influence, this little island is one, quite literally, of two sides. As one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, it’s steeped in myths and history, which means that beyond the beaches, there are plenty of ancient ruins to explore. Take a pit-stop from your adventures for a meze feast – no trip to Cyprus would be complete without a slither (or five) of halloumi. Some hotels close for the winter season, but expect great low-season value at the ones that stay open. Best for: adventure seekers 4. Morocco Best for: a sunny city break 3. The Gambia Flights to Madeira Flights to Lanzarote Flights to Tenerife Flights to Morocco Similar to the UAE, this Middle Eastern country comes with year-round sunshine and an achievable flight time. Oman isn’t as well-known or flashy as Dubai, but what it lacks in cutting-edge modernities, it more than makes up for with its rich cultural heritage. It’s perfect for adventure lovers looking for something a little more than a fly-and-flop beach break. Instead, spend your days driving to Jebel Shams (Oman’s highest mountain) and exploring the desert wilderness of Sharqiya Sands. Both Pioneer Hotel (prices start at £48) and Al Ferdous Hotel Apartments (prices start at £41) offer great value for money in Muscat. Whether you’re looking for a base to explore or beachside luxury, browse more hotels in Oman and find the perfect fit for your stay. There are several reasons UK travellers flock to the Canary Islands when they head south for the winter. There’s the sub-tropical climate – the islands stay a balmy 20°C when most of Europe is freezing – and the snappy flight time (less than four and a half hours from London). Then there are seven islands to choose from depending on your holiday style, and all of them come with inviting beaches and impressive volcanic landscapes. Choose from something-for-everyone Tenerife, glamorous Gran Canaria, rugged Lanzarote or surfers’ paradise Fuerteventura – the latter two are slightly cooler, but also drier. Whichever island you choose, look for hotels and resorts on the south coast for the most pleasant weather. Best for: nature lovers Flights to Dubai Best for: getting outdoors 8. Mexico All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 23 October 2018. Hotels in Oman 1. The Canary Islands 7. Oman Hotels in Morocco It may be the smallest country in Africa, but there are plenty of postcard-worthy beaches to be found in The Gambia. Daytime temperatures hover in the high-twenties, often tipping 30°C. Plus, winter is dry season, so you can leave your brolly at home. Soak up the sun and sea at the coastal resorts of Bakau, Fajara and Kotu – you’ll be spoiled for choice with cheap and cheerful hotels, too, like the beachside Lemon Creek Hotel Resort in Bijilo where prices start at £56. After you’ve had your fill of beaches, head inland to explore the namesake river at the heart of the country. Its verdant basin brims with wildlife: spot hippos, manatees, monkeys and hundreds of bird species. Best for: beautiful beaches Year-round sunshine and a relatively short flight are two big draws to this shimmering oasis in the desert. Superlative Dubai is well known for its glitz and glamour, but skyscrapers and malls aside, we’re here for the sun. Even in winter, expect temperatures of around 25°C. That’s perfect weather for sun-worshipping on Jumeirah beach or heading out on a desert safari for a camel’s-eye-view of the city. The overwhelming choice of flights and hotels keep top-line prices down. But be warned, the cost of eating, drinking and shopping can quickly add up in this sleek city. Take a look at our local’s guide to Dubai for more ideas on what to do, including where to find the best Emirati cuisine. Sometimes referred to as ‘the new Dubai’, Doha is one of the most dynamic cities in the Gulf and a world-class city in the making. While it might not spring to mind as easily as its glitzy neighbour across the water, everything in Qatar’s capital is, quite literally, up and coming. With reinvented souqs, a new metro system, several world cup stadiums in the works, and skyscrapers popping up all over the place, this city has plenty to boast about. You can expect the weather to stay in the low twenties, and so unlike the summer months (when everyone becomes a slave to the aircon) winter is a great time to explore the city on your own two feet – stroll along the Corniche, a long seaside promenade that curves around Doha Bay with places to eat and beautiful views. Hotels in Doha, like Warwick Doha, are luxurious but affordable and start at £54 a night. If you’re willing to spend a little more time in the air, unlike other long-haul, winter sun destinations like Thailand or the Caribbean, there are plenty of deals that make Mexico an affordable option. Winter is the coolest time to visit Mexico, which helps bring the price down further. Plus, thanks to its tropical climate you can still expect temperatures in the early- to mid-twenties most days. Head to the Riviera Maya for beautiful beaches and golden sand and soak up the varied Mexican culture. You’ll be spoilt for choice with budget hotels too – couples will love Villas El Encanto where prices start at £76 in Cozumel, while Hotel Los Girasoles is a cheap option in Cancun with prices starting at £22. Hotels in The Gambia Flights to Fuerteventura Like the Canary Islands, Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Africa. It’s a little further away – a six-hour flight – but with the extra distance comes warmer weather. Even midwinter, temperatures range from 21-26°C. Expect to find Creole Portuguese-African hospitality that’s just as warm as the weather. Fill your days hiking craggy mountains, sunning yourself on powdery beaches – Sal and Boa Vista islands have some of the best – and when the sun goes down, hit the bars and clubs for a taste of the lively music scene. Accommodation is affordable too, like Boutique Hotel Praia Maria on Santiago from £40 a night, the largest of the islands, or Pontao Hotel on Sal starting at £51. Take a look at our guide to Sal, which is one of the most popular islands to visit and is home to some excellent kite surfing spots. Best for: a holiday with something for everyone Just beyond Europe, Morocco feels a world away despite its relatively short flight. Perched on the edge of the Sahara Desert, it remains warm throughout winter, which also happens to be the cheapest time to fly. For a city break in the sun, head to the enticing city of Marrakech. After you’ve whiled away the day sipping mint tea and wandering the labyrinthine souks, relax in a traditional Moroccan house, called a riad. Riad Chi-Chi is a great value boutique hotel, with prices starting at £48, situated in the heart of the medina. Check out our round-up of the nine best things to do in the city. If you’ve already explored Marrakech, a trip to Agadir or Fez could be an equally affordable, sun-soaked Moroccan escape. Best for: affordable long-haul Hotels in Cyprus Hotels in Dubai 5. Madeira 10. Doha Best for: glitz and glamour Hotels in Doha Flights to Mexico Flights to Cyprus Hotels in Mexico RelatedWhere’s hot in February?February may be the most romantic month, but it’s a chilly one in the UK. If you’re looking for some sun and a little bit of heat, consult our official guide to where’s hot in February, from Thailand to the Canary Islands.Where’s hot in March?Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s tantalisingly close. If you’re looking for a bit early sun, we’ve got plenty of suggestions, from the Dominican Republic to Morocco.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWith the last bank holiday out of the way, you’ll need some winter sun to look forward to this season. Here are the best places to go in October, November, December and January for escaping the winter blues.
Maldives – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWaldorf Astoria’s uber-luxe property on the Maldivian archipelago is second-to-none in pampering. And there is no better way to take advantage of its wonders than the indulgent package the hotel has introduced in honor of Valentine’s Day. Lasting through the end of February, the five-night program begins with a private transfer in the resort’s branded seaplane, replete with canapés, fresh juices and, in case the unending Indian Ocean views become redundant, iPads for in-flight use. Guests check into their choice of a King Beach Suite or King Ocean Villa, both of which come with plunge pools, i-Spa bathtubs and rain showers, and sumptuously appointed areas for lounging, dining and sleeping. Upon arrival in the accommodation, guests are greeted with a blanket of 100 pink roses, the national flower of the Maldives. Today, guests can begin to indulge in the 12 allotted hours of spa treatments, which are set in the Grand Pavilion. Dinner tonight is under the stars on a private beach.Spend the days lounging in the soft, white sandy beach while sipping on the sommelier’s choice of complimentary champagne, served daily. Further pampering is still to be had at the spa, which offers traditional Ayurvedic and Maldivian treatments to detoxify, rejuvenate and restore. A private sunset champagne cruise awaits, followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings in the underground Wine Cellar.On the last night, take a short boat ride to dinner on a private island. Dessert is a heart-shaped cake to commemorate your romance-filled time at the resort. Guests leave with an Aromatherapy Associates gift set and memories of unsurpassed luxury ($24,999 per couple).www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com
LOS ANGELES, CA – The ships of Crystal Cruises have once again earned top honors from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, who named the ultra-luxury vessels the best large ships in the world. Of 90 worldwide “large” ships, Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony were voted #1 and #2 with overall scores of 93.0 and 92.4, respectively, according to a press release from the line received by Elite Traveler.Crystal also earned the top scores for Service, Food and Design/Layout. In its February 2010 issue, Condé Nast Traveler calls its polled readers, “the savviest travelers in the world.”The honor comes a few months after Crystal Cruises was voted “Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by readers of the same magazine, as well as earning the “World’s Best Large-Ship Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure.“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2010, we are so honored that discerning, experienced travelers have found Crystal Cruises to be such a consistently perfect choice,” says Gregg Michel, president of Crystal CruisesFollowing the redesign of Crystal Serenity’s Cove Bar, casino and other spaces, guests, travel agents and industry critics have been touting Crystal Symphony’s recent major $25 million remodel. Adds Michel, “Whether it’s a new sushi bar featuring the cuisine of Nobu Matsuhisa, a land program to Wimbledon, a technology concierge service or a filmmaking program with The Travel Channel, our services and features are infused with innovation and style. I am so pleased that the ongoing investment in the Crystal product is so appreciated by veteran travelers.”For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.
On a continuous search for beauty, expressed in all of its forms, the contemporary dandy has rediscovered the pleasure of ‘dressing well’, with simplicity. In a balance between the past and the future, he strives to reconcile beauty with fashion, creating just the right mix of classic style and originality, according to designer Brunello Cucinelli.And, if the contemporary dandy Brunello Cucinelli envisions in his autumn-winter 2009-2010 collection cannot do without a suit, he wears it in an informal way with a sporty-chic style. Almost never worn with a tie, the Cucinelli suit has a body conscious fit and short trousers. It is classically inspired, but presented with a cashmere polo or T-shirt and worn with lug bottom ankle boots. Tailored with ultra-light fabrics featuring English-inspired patterns – Prince of Wales, pin stripes and hounds tooth – its casual and youthful look makes it ideal for everyday wear.Even evening wear is re-interpreted in Cucinelli fabrics and colours. While respecting the canons of formalwear, the morning suit is offered in light grey tones and the tuxedo is presented in light grey or in blue and worn with suede ankle boots.Knits will be next autumn-winter season’s hottest trend, with sweaters that can take the place of outerwear, as seen with the long knit pocketed button-closure cardigans that substitute jackets. Hand-crafted light and warm cashmere pieces are designed to be worn in the mountains, with jacquard designs or small embroidered patterns, smooth or with braiding. Knits that are light, soft and reassuring. The ultra-versatile down jacket goes urban, in nylon or flannel, designed for city life. Worn over a jacket or a suit, these pieces are extremely lightweight yet incredibly warm.Appearing for the first time in the Brunello Cucinelli’s Men’s Collection are shoes. With a classic inspiration, this line of footwear in calfskin or suede is crafted with ultra-light soles for an incredibly comfortable fit.A wide array of accessories round off the collection: scarves, ties and bow ties in addition to bags, belts and small leather goods.The colours are inspired by Scottish Shetlands: purple, pine, currant, sky-blue and indigo, always paired with light to dark shades of grey, along with blue and warm tones ranging from beige to camel.www.brunellocucinelli.com/
CHICAGO – A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, accusing him of inappropriate behaviour during two massages in 2017.Maria Carballo filed the lawsuit Monday seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the 95-year-old writer and artist.The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee’s attorney, Jonathan Freund, called the lawsuit “a shakedown” and says Lee denies the allegations.Carballo also filed a complaint with Chicago police, who are investigating.According to the complaint, Lee fondled himself during the first massage and moaned so much during the second that Carballo stopped the treatment. Lee stood up and angrily demanded Carballo keep massaging him.The complaint also says Carballo was massaging Lee with her feet when he grabbed her foot and touched it to his genitals.___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 8:17 am PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2017 file photo, famed comic book creator Stan Lee appears at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, in Los Angeles. A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, accusing him of inappropriate behavior during two massages in 2017. Maria Carballo filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2018, seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the 95-year-old comic book writer. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill File) Masseuse accuses Marvel’s Stan Lee of fondling himself
In this photo taken dated Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reported Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, to have been admitted to hospital allegedly after a suspected poisoning attack, and his medical condition is not yet known. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2018 1:47 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pussy Riot member said to regain consciousness in hospital MOSCOW – A member of Russia’s Pussy Riot protest group says a fellow activist who was hospitalized for possible poisoning has regained consciousness.Group member Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press via Facebook that Pyotr Verzilov regained consciousness on Friday, but remained in intensive care. Verzilov has been in the hospital since falling ill Tuesday.Alekhina said she thinks he definitely was poisoned and “there’s nothing other than politics” behind it.Independent Russian news website Meduza reported Thursday that Verzilov’s doctors told his relatives he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine. Meduza did not specify the substance.Verzilov and other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July’s World Cup final to protest excessive Russian police powers.
Ricky Skaggs accepts his plaque at the 2018 Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP) Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.The three artists were inducted Sunday at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a ceremony featuring performances from Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Connie Smith and Dierks Bentley.It was a night devoted mostly to musicianship in the form of Skaggs, who started his career as a child prodigy on mandolin, and Gimble, who played Western swing fiddle on numerous iconic country records. West was recognized as a trailblazing female singer who helped many others succeed in Nashville.Fellow Hall of Famer Brenda Lee invited several women on stage to help induct West, including Trisha Yearwood and Emmylou Harris.“We’ve waited a long time for this to happen,” Lee said.West was the first woman to receive a Grammy for best female country performance in 1965 for her song “Here Comes My Baby.” The McMinnville, Tennessee-born singer was best known for hits like “Country Sunshine,” which became a popular advertising jingle for Coca-Cola, and her duets with Kenny Rogers, including “Every Time Two Fools Collide.”West and Rogers won two CMA Awards for duo of the year in the 1970s. She was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was on her way to a performance there when she was injured in a car wreck in 1991. She later died of her injuries at the age of 58.The Cordell, Kentucky-born Skaggs first played Bill Monroe’s famed and priceless Gibson F-5 mandolin when Skaggs was just 6 years old. He wowed audiences as a child on a syndicated television show hosted by bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.Along with Keith Whitley, he learned under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. He became a country music star in the 1980s, with several No. 1 hits that mixed his bluegrass influences with Telecasters and steel guitars, including “Heartbroke” ”Highway 40 Blues” and “Country Boy.”He was named entertainer of the year at the CMA Awards in 1985. By the ’90s he rededicated himself to bluegrass through his band, Kentucky Thunder, and has earned more than a dozen Grammy Awards.Skaggs said that he learned about bluegrass from the originators of the genre, artists like Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and Stanley.“I am thankful to be a carrier of that original seed,” Skaggs said.In a rare moment, Skaggs was reunited with Monroe’s mandolin, an instrument more than 90 years old that is normally kept under glass at the museum. Skaggs kissed the mandolin and played “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”Gimble, of Tyler, Texas, was a celebrated sideman who played with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the 1950s before coming to Nashville to become an in-demand studio musician. He was a consider a superpicker by Chet Akins, played in Willie Nelson’s touring band and played on records for George Strait, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and many more. He was named instrumentalist of the year five times at the CMA Awards and was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. He died in 2015 at the age of 88.His widow, Barbara Gimble, said it was “a shock and a surprise that they remembered Johnny.”__Online:http://countrymusichalloffame.org/ by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2018 4:56 am PDT Last Updated Oct 22, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Car being chased by police crashed into Taylor Swift’s gate by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 6:08 am PDT WESTERLY, R.I. — Police say a car stolen in Connecticut has crashed into the gates of singer Taylor Swift’s beachfront Rhode Island home.Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey tells The Sun of Westerly that officers in the neighbouring Rhode Island town of Hopkinton started pursuing the vehicle at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.He says the car sped away from several attempts to stop it, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. The vehicle eventually crashed into the wall outside Swift’s property in Westerly before ricocheting into the main entrance gate at an estimated speed of 35 mph.The driver, 19-year-old Shykeim Edwin Lewis, of Hartford, Connecticut, faces several charges and was held on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed in online court records.The car’s three other occupants were not charged.___Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.comThe Associated Press
by ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2019 11:35 am PDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2019 at 5:39 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON — The man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016 asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify Monday after being questioned about text messages the defense claims were deleted.The man’s decision not to testify caused the judge to question the viability of the case against the two-time Oscar winner, whose career collapsed in 2017 amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations.Spacey’s accuser was ordered to take the stand after he said he lost a cellphone sought by the defense, which says the man deleted messages that support Spacey’s claims of innocence and provided investigators with manipulated screenshots of conversations.The accuser, speaking publicly for the first time, said he gave police what he had “available” to him “at the time” and did not alter any of the messages.“I have no knowledge of any deletions of messages on my phone,” the man said.The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they identify themselves publicly. Spacey pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January.After being pressed by Spacey’s lawyer about whether he knew that altering evidence used in a prosecution is a crime, the man invoked his right against self-incrimination, and the judge said his testimony Monday would be stricken from the record.Spacey’s lawyer urged the judge to dismiss the case, calling it “completely compromised.”The judge said he would not immediately dismiss the case, but acknowledged prosecutors would have a tough time bringing it to trial if the man won’t testify.“Once exercised, it may be pretty hard to get around this privilege at trial,” Judge Thomas Barrett said. “The matter may well be dismissed for the reasons indicated,” he said.The man’s cellphone has been a key issue in the case against Spacey, who is accused of groping the then 18-year-old at a popular Nantucket bar and restaurant, where the man worked as a busboy. The allegations were first made in 2017 by the man’s mother, former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh.The accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said they cannot find the phone, but were able to retrieve a copy of its contents that had been backed up to a computer.But Spacey’s lawyer said that’s not enough.“None of that answers the central question, which is: Where is the actual phone? That’s what we want. That’s what we’re entitled to, and we still don’t have it,” Attorney Alan Jackson said.Unruh told investigators that she deleted items concerning her son’s “frat boy activities” from the phone before giving it to authorities. She acknowledged Monday deleting things that “concerned” her but denied touching text messages or anything else relevant to the case.Spacey was not required to attend Monday’s hearing, and he did not appear.The accuser’s testimony came days after he voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit that he had filed against the actor about a week earlier.There was no settlement, Unruh said Monday. The man’s lawyer said the case was dropped because the accuser is on an “emotional rollercoaster” and wants to focus on the criminal matter.“He only wanted one roller coaster ride at a time. The criminal case is enough,” Garabedian said.The man told police he went over to talk to Spacey after his shift ended at Nantucket’s Club Car bar because he wanted to get a picture with the actor. He said Spacey bought him several drinks and tried to persuade him to come home with him before unzipping the man’s pants and groping him for about three minutes.The accuser told police he tried to move Spacey’s hands, but the groping continued, and he didn’t know what to do because he didn’t want to get in trouble for drinking because he was underage. The man said he fled when Spacey went to the bathroom.Spacey’s lawyer indicated that the defense would file a written motion to dismiss the case in the coming days. The judge set another hearing for July 31. FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court in Nantucket, Mass. A young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor. Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney for the man, announced in an email Friday, July 5, that the suit filed June 26 in Nantucket Superior Court has been voluntarily dismissed.(AP Photo/Steven Senne) Man who says Spacey groped him invokes right not to testify
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano visited the Expo and shared her thoughts on the importance of renewable and sustainable energy in a lively, positive Q&A session. [Photo & Text: sa] Part of the Arcosanti booth crew. [from left around the table] Workshopper Yoshimi Kato, Construction and Utilities manager Scott Riley, Archive intern Yuki Yanagimoto, Construction crew leader Brandon Scott, workshoppers Craig Moore and Charlie Provine, construction staff Jacob Schwartz and construction volunteer Mika Kawai. [Photo & Text: sa] August 12, 2004The annual The annual The Expo offered many examples of solar and wind power, thoughtful approaches to lots of different aspects of sustainability. [left] This solar powered shuttle was built for the 2000 Olympic in Sydney, Australia. [right] San Francisco Peaks in the background. [Photo & Text: sa]
A 57-year-old Russian tourist that was hit by a car in Larnaca early on Saturday morning is in critical condition at the Nicosia general hospital, a police report said.According to the report, at around 3am Saturday, a Greek Cypriot 28-year-old woman driving her car on the Larnaca beachfront road from Makenzie beach toward the medieval castle, hit the tourist, also a woman, while she was trying to cross the road near a pedestrian crossing.The 57-year-old suffered heavy injuries and was rushed to the Larnaca general hospital by ambulance, but was soon transported to the Nicosia general hospital due to the seriousness of her condition.She was placed on a respirator and her condition is described as critical.A breathalyser test on the driver gave an initial reading of 29 μg – the maximum allowed being 22 – and a final reading of 19.The scene of the accident was recorded and photographed by police, who continue to investigate. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsThese Crossovers Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover Vehicle DealsLuxury Crossover Vehicle | Search AdsUndo 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 Taboola
The findings of a survey announced on Friday suggested a rather predictable race could be shaken up by the possible candidacy of University of Cyprus rector Constantinos Christofides.The survey, commissioned by online business portal Stockwatch, asked voters to state their preference among various candidates in the 2018 presidential election, as well as the expected run-off between the two that will prevail in the first round.Under all scenarios tested, incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades looked poised to win against either Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos or Akel-backed former Health Minister Stavros Malas.Among existing candidates in the first round, Anastasiades won 27 per cent of the polled respondents, Papadopoulos 16 per cent, Malas 13 per cent, while Yiorgos Lillikas won 3 per cent, with 1 in 5 still undecided and 14 per cent stating the intention to not vote.But when Christofides was thrown in the first-round mix, Anastasiades and Papadopoulos saw their shares drop in favour of the new challenger.In this scenario, Anastasiades got 23 per cent, Papadopoulos 14 per cent, Malas 12 per cent, Christofides 9 per cent and Lillikas 2 per cent.Again, 1 in 5 were still undecided and 12 per cent said they won’t vote at all.According to the poll, Christofides mainly drew votes from the two leading candidates, as well as the pool of voters who expressed no interest in voting.Christofides has not yet announced his decision whether to stand or not.In the second round, Anastasiades scored 36 per cent when pitted against Papadopoulos, who won 25 per cent.Opposite Malas, Anastasiades’ lead was even wider, with the President winning 40 per cent and the Akel candidate 21 per cent.The Papadopoulos-Malas scenario presented the narrowest spread, with Papadopoulos at 32 and Malas 25 per cent.More than two in five respondents said the upcoming presidential election interests them “a little” or “not at all”.About six in 10 said they were unsatisfied with Anastasiades’ handling mostly of the Cyprus problem, but also the economy and domestic issues.The survey was commissioned by Stockwatch from Cymar Market Research Ltd.It comprised 1,006 telephone interviews with voting-age individuals between September 21 and 27.The statistical error range is 3.09 per cent, with a 95 per cent degree of confidence.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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 Taboola
With Vasiliko already an oil storage facility and Cyprus looking ahead to a lot of hydro-carbon activity in its seas, one company is ready to act in case of an oil spill.Vasiliko-based environmental protection company VSS EPE’s readiness was recently put to the test when it played a big part in cleaning up the oil spill in Greece which blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf in September.The Greek double-bottomed tanker Ayia Zoni sank while at anchorage near Piraeus on September 9. It had on board 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and gas. Only two of the eleven crew were on board at the time, the captain and the chief engineer. Both were charged with negligence.What had been thought a containable spill is now being described by officials as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential areas.Officials assessing the oil spill on the beach (Katerina Nomikou)Operations manager Giannis Spyrou from VSS EPE was the first of four people, along with necessary equipment, who were sent to help.“I remember receiving a phone call from my director who informed me that I had approximately six hours to get ready to go to Athens, in order to meet the Greek team of our sister company EPE,” he told the Sunday Mail.“I experienced a shock when I saw the oil spill I saw the minute I arrived at Salamina and I felt compelled to start working immediately to limit the damage.”He met with the team and after a short briefing went to work though it was still dark. “We have very similar training so we each know exactly what everybody’s role is,” Spyrou explained.The priority is to go to the wreck of the ship which had caused the spill to establish where the oil was. The next was to obtain a weather forecast to see where it might move.The Cyprus team stayed for two weeks trying to contain the spill, working from the early morning until late at night until they and their Greek partners had it more or less under control. They worked onshore, where the oil was being removed with shovels from the beaches as well as off shore.But most of the work was done with the help of the vessel Aktaia, a skimmer vessel which can remove oil from the surface of the sea and which can operate offshore, near a shore or in a port.It opens its doors at the front and lets in the oil mixed with water. It has the ability to – mostly – separate the water from the oil and while the water goes back into the sea the oil is stored in the ship’s tank.Aktaia, the skimmer vessel which can remove oil from the surface of the seaThe Cyprus company has its own Aktaia which can store 100 cubic metres of oil. In addition, it owns another vessel, which can travel at 21 knots. In this way it can deploy antipollution equipment to platforms currently operating in the Cyprus sea within four hours. It also has twin unfolding sweeping arms for spill containment or dispersant spraying, an operational crane for loading and skimmer operations and a storage for waste.Both are always on standby. VSS EPE employs people who live in the area so they can be ready quickly. Indeed, their contracts require that the equipment must be ready within 30 minutes. The company which was formed in 2015 through a joint venture with Greek environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) has contracts with the VTT Vasiliko oil storage terminal and the electricity authority of Cyprus.It will have even more responsibilities when the oil and gas companies which were formerly based in Larnaca move to the area, something that is happening at the moment, and increased drilling in the seabed will take place.The spill is now being described as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential areasThe oil and gas companies have directives to protect the environment, but as yet there is a lack of a binding legislation, a gap that worries the company, which says it’s environmentally sensitive as well as a business.As yet the company has not had to deal with a major spill, which Spyrou fears could be a disaster for our main income, tourism.“With all the activities in the area it is not a question of if something happens but when, and we hope we will be able to contain such a spill. You cannot rule out human error but have to be sure to react as efficiently as possible.”He cites the September incident in Greece where cleaning is expected to take a year and it will take many more years for the environment to recover.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus 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 Taboola
Calls for the president to intervene over lengthy delays to the construction of a much-anticipated marina at Potima in Paphos are being made by the Kissonerga community council.George Stylianou, muktahr of Kissonerga, told the Cyprus Mail that the local authority is calling on the president to personally intervene to ensure that the construction of the multimillion-euro facility can go ahead as quickly as possible.“The continued delays mean that we can’t make any decisions concerning development projects and the upgrading of our beachfront area, as well as the construction of much needed breakwaters,” he said.He added that the council is currently drafting a letter to be sent to the president next week.In the latest development, the Poseidon consortium, whose bid was rejected in April, has launched an action against the administrative marine management committee.Stylianou explained that the committee referred Poseidon’s bid to the attorney-general for his legal opinion.“They had to provide documents for the project and the attorney- general found they weren’t sufficient, so they awarded the contract to Pafilia who were next on the list,” he said.However, although Pafilia deposited all of the necessary documents in time, which also show they have sufficient funding for 60% of the project as required, no decision can be made until the court action by the Poseidon consortium is concluded, he said.“The attorney- general has already given his opinion on this matter, and we shouldn’t have to wait again. Our opinion is that the authorities should proceed to the next tender bid on the list, which is Pafilia,” he said.The Pafilia bid’s design will cost around €175 million euros, and the tender has gone through turbulent times due to the various recourses to the supreme court.The tender for the project was first announced in 2007, and in 2008 it was initially awarded to the Cybarco-Pandora consortium, which includes the Leptos Group.However, the other two bidding consortiums, Pafilia and Poseidon, a joint venture in which Aristo Developers is a major stakeholder, challenged the award at various stages. They claimed the winning developer used inside information to offer a lower figure for the construction of the marina.The project was then frozen after litigation began in 2008.In December 2015, the Supreme Court voted in favour of Poseidon and their €215m project. They then had to provide proof of funds – a total of 60 per cent of the amount, which was set at €125m.However, after many months of negotiation, it was decided that Poseidon was unable to meet the financial criteria, and the project then passed on to Pafilia, the biggest developer in Cyprus.Stylianou said that the local council is fed up with the delays and that asking for the same opinion for a second time will waste more time.“This is holding us back. We want to start our plans for our beach and for the ten breakwaters in the sea, but these can’t be built until the marina has been constructed,” he said.He said the council believes vested interests in the island’s three other marinas, and a state of ‘political cannibalism’ are creating long delays.“People are afraid to take decisions and they want to be covered, everyone is accusing everyone, but if they can’t take decisions they should resign,” he said.Stylianou stressed that it’s time for the president to take a stand and also for prospective presidential candidates to air their opinions on the issue ahead of the upcoming elections.“Contracts should have been signed ten years ago and by now the economy would be reaping the benefits,” he said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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 Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday that only after all sides realise that a settlement of the Cyprus problem would benefit everyone, there could be prospects for a viable solution.Speaking at a memorial service in Polemidia, in Limassol, Anastasiades called for unity and collective action toward achieving a settlement.He said that contrary to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinici’s belief that Greek Cypriots needed to change their mindset for there to be a settlement, the key was in everyone, including Turkey, accepting that a solution would benefit everyone.Turkey would also benefit from a solution of the Cyprus problem, Anastasiades said, stressing he meant a solution that would respond to everyone’s expectations, based on UN and EU principles.“Otherwise, there will be no peace, there will be no prospects. We will not accept a solution that will collapse a day after the agreement,” Anastasiades said.He said that the government insisted on dialogue and would continue its “multi-level and multi-dimensional policy to build true alliances with friendly countries and hinder Turkey from achieving any plan B or any other plan she has in mind”.Anastasiades also stressed the importance of unity of the political powers.“Whenever we were united we succeeded, whenever we were divided, all we managed to do is bring destruction,” Anastasiades said.Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias said in an interview published on Sunday by the Greek newspaper Real News, that settlement negotiations on the Cyprus problem would resume only if the conditions set by the Greek and Greek Cypriot side in November 2016 were met.Kotzias was referring to the two rounds of talks Anastasiades and Akinci had in November 2016 at the Swiss resort Mont Pelerin to discuss criteria on territorial adjustments.Kotzias said that Greece and Turkey agreed that it is necessary to hold talks between them before the next Conference on Cyprus is convened.Anastasiades was briefed at a meeting last week by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the outcome of the latter’s talks in Athens with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Following the meeting, the government announced that Nicosia and Athens were in full agreement that before any new conference on Cyprus there should be thorough preparation.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Steve ComerSo much has been written about the recent history of Cyprus, especially 1974, that it would be easy to think no more could be usefully added, but it can, and this book could be a start.This is equivalent to oral history, a series of short biographies of 16 Cypriots, ten Greek Cypriots, four Turkish Cypriots, a Maronite and an Englishman. Their dates of birth range from 1939 to 1958, but all have vivid memories of 1974.Each chapter is dedicated to one person’s memories but follows the same template. Their dates of birth are put in the context of what was happening in the world at that time. There then follows a brief summary of their life, family, education and work leading to their memories of 1974. Just as the rest of the world remembers where they were when J F Kennedy was assassinated, all Cypriots have very personal recollections of where they were, and what they were doing during the momentous events of July and August 1974. We hear what happened to them, both in the immediate aftermath and subsequently.The book ends with 40 short stories, mostly quotations from books covering this period, together with extracts from official records, and some mini-biographies of actors in the drama.Elias Pantelides has his own chapter, which was four years in the writing. He started recording his own memories in 1975, then found the other contributors, many of whom have also written books or articles. You can see their photographs on the front cover and Elias’ beloved Yialousa in the Karpas peninsula on the back.These eye witness accounts from those who were caught up in the Greek Coup, the two phases of Turkish invasion, and the brief cease-fire in between, are far more powerful than any academic history. They show clearly how these unexpected events had a dramatic impact on those caught up in them.It would be unfair to single out any specific memories, or quote from individual memories, but reading these 16 biographies there are some recurring themes worth exploring.The book illustrates the general atmosphere of chaos and confusion on Cyprus back in 1974. There were bitter and worsening divisions between Makarios, the police, and his supporters on the one hand: and military Junta Greece, their Officers in the National Guard and ELDYK, and EOKA B terrorists on the other.With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that something was about to blow, but the coup and the attempted assassination of Makarios seemed to have taken most by surprise. There are many accounts of people expressing grief or elation on hearing the news that Makarios had been killed, and the opposite once it was clear that the rumours were incorrect.News of the landings of Turkish paratroopers and amphibious troops on Cypriot soil were initially treated with disbelief. The call-up of reservists was patchy and haphazard. There are accounts of poor, sometimes verging on non-existent, communications between various armed units. As often in war, combatants spent hours and days on the move, but the poor deployment of defending forces described by several contributors must have hastened the end result.There are several harrowing accounts of Greek army officers abandoning their mostly Greek Cypriot forces in the field, even before the Colonels fell and Karamanlis returned to Athens to announce that Greece cannot help Cyprus because it is too far away.The end was as confusing as its beginning. There was no demobilisation plan; some people were told they could leave their units, others just went home. Of course, some could not do that as their families had become refugees in their own country. Some were prisoners who would be freed under the exchanges in the autumn of 1974. Many were not so lucky – they had lost their lives in the conflict, or were listed as ‘missing.’After the cease-fire, the line was patrolled by UN soldiers, so to travel from one part of Cyprus to another involved a round trip via Athens and Istanbul, or vice versa.Not surprisingly many decided to leave for the UK, other European countries or the Persian Gulf. Many did not to return to their island home until years later.It is striking that, despite the experiences that all these contributors had in 1974, all have maintained their love for this island.And all have been hoping for a united, peaceful, safe Cyprus.This review first appeared in Friends of Cyprus Report. Friends of Cyprus was founded in London in 1974. Its first Chairman was Lord Caradon (Hugh Foot, the last British Governor of Cyprus).Its current Chairman is Nicholas Bethell MEP.The three MP Vice-Chairmen are Robin Corbett (Labour), Roger Gale (Conservative) and Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat).The members of the Committee are mostly British parliamentarians in the Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament.Elias Epiphaniou Publications, 2017 Nicosia, Price:€20, 296 pp, ISBN: 978-9963-271-36-8You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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