by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1 2018 11

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 11:58 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 10/27/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham (Doubleday)2. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)3. “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom (Harper)4. “Ambush” by Patterson/Born (Little, Brown)5. “Holy Ghost” by John Sanford (Putnam)6. “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine)7. “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)8. “Vince Flynn: Red War” by Kyle Mills (Atria)9. “Alaskan Holiday” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)10. “Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)11. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)12. “The Witch Elm” by Tana French (Viking)13. “Juror ?3” by Patterson/Allen (Little, Brown)14. “Desperate Measures” by Stuart Woods (Putnam)15. “When We Were Young” by Karen Kingsbury (Howard)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)2. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)3. “Killing the SS” by O’Reilly/Dugard (Holt)4. “The Mamba Mentality” by Kobe Bryant (MCD)5. “Ship of Fools” by Tucker Carlson (Free Press)6. “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown (Random House)7. “The Whole30 Slow Cooker” by Melissa Hartwig (HMH)8. “Trump, the Blue-Collar President” by Anthony Scaramucci (Center Street)9. “Cozy Minimalist Home” by Myquillyn Smith (Zondervan)10. “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Miranda/Sun (Random House)11. “Laws of Human Nature” by Robert Greene (Viking)12. “Fear” by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster)13. “The Happy Cookbook” by Doocy/Doocy (Morrow)14. “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking (Bantam)15. “Next Level Thinking” by Joel Osteen (FaithWords)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Fall from Grace” by Danielle Steel (Dell)2. “Not Quite over You” by Susan Mallery (HQN)3. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich (Putnam)4. “The Gift of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)5. “All I want for Christmas” by Robyn Carr (Mira)6. “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)7. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central)8. “Merry and Bright” by Debbie Macomber (Balantine)9. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Grand Central)10. “Deep Freeze” by John Sanford (Putnam)11. “Winter at the Beach” by Sheila Roberts (Mira)12. “Promise Not to Tell” by Jayne Ann Krentz (Berkley)13. “A Snow Country Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller (HQN)14. “Shadow and Ice” by Gene Showalter (HQN)15. “Covert Game” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)2. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)3. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci (Grand Central)4. “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” by Kilmeade/Yaeger (Sentinel)5. “Year One” by Nora Roberts (Griffin)6. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)7. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)8. “Sold on a Monday” by Kristina McMorris (Sourcebooks Landmark)9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web (movie tie-in)” by David Lagercrantz (Black Lizard)10. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)11. “Red Alert” by James Patterson (Grand Central)12. “The Dutch Wife” by Ellen Keith (Park Row)13. “Judge This Cover” by Brittany Renner (B. Renner Fitness)14. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central)15. “Beautiful Boy (movie tie-in)” by David Sheff (HMH/Dolan)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Ariana Grande has released a song

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ariana Grande has released a song referencing her exes, including former fiance and “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller.The midtempo song “Thank U, Next” references past splits and expresses gratitude for what she has learned from the relationships. She talks about a Sean — she dated rapper Big Sean — and a Pete and Malcolm, which is the real first name of Miller. She says she wishes she could thank Malcolm and calls him an angel. The rapper died of a drug overdose in September.In the song, she sings about her new love, “Ari,” and says “she taught me love, she taught me patience.”Meanwhile, an emotional Davidson referenced the split on “SNL,” calling her a “wonderful, strong person.” by The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2018 7:49 am PDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande has released a song referencing her exes, including former fiance and “SNL” star Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img Ariana Grande’s new song references exes Davidson, Millerlast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — In the ratings battle between TV tit

first_img LOS ANGELES — In the ratings battle between TV titans “The Big Bang Theory” and “Game of Thrones,” laughs won out.CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was last week’s most-watched program, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in for the comedy’s home stretch. The last episode of its 12-season run will air Thursday, May 16.HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” also nearing the end after eight seasons, placed second, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.The dark fantasy drew 11.8 million viewers to the episode that debuted last Sunday, edged out by the sitcom it had bested the week before.The final “Game of Thrones” episode airs May 19.The Associated Press FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Kunal Nayyar, from left, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, from the cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” present the creative achievement award at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hugs and tears punctuated the final taping of “The Big Bang Theory,” a lovefest for its stars, crew and audience alike. There were plenty of punchlines as well, as the true-to-form hit comedy about scientists and those who love them wrapped the two-part, hour-long finale that will air in mid-May on CBS. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2019 2:46 pm PDT ‘Big Bang Theory’ tops ‘Game of Thrones’ in weekly ratings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 8 2019 64

first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2019 6:42 am PDT Inquest held into death of death of Prodigy’s Keith Flint LONDON — A British coroner says there is not enough evidence to determine whether The Prodigy star Keith Flint took his own life.Flint was found dead at his home in the village of North End, in eastern England, on March 4. He was 49.An inquest held Wednesday revealed that he died by hanging, and that cocaine, alcohol and codeine were in his system.Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said there was not enough evidence to conclude that his death was caused either by accident or due to suicide.She said: “We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date.”Flint was the charismatic frontman of The Prodigy, whose 1990s hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe” were an incendiary fusion of techno, breakbeat and acid house music.The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Jun

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2019 8:28 am PDT NEW YORK — Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life after a three-week sequels slump, but its $118 million debut came in below industry expectations.The “Toy Story 4” debut still ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. But heading into the weekend, a $140-150 million opening had seemed assured for “Toy Story 4.”Adjusted for inflation, the film was shy of the $110.3 million — or about $129 million in today’s dollars — “Toy Story 3” made nine years ago.The opening for “Toy Story 4” followed a string of underperforming sequels including “Dark Phoenix,” ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Men in Black: International.” But “Toy Story 4” had something those films didn’t: great reviews. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press ‘Toy Story 4’ opens below expectations with $118M weekend This undated image provided by Disney/Pixar shows a scene from the movie “Toy Story 4.” (Disney/Pixar via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Jason Reitman right along with his father Ivan R

first_img Jason Reitman, right, along with his father Ivan Reitman, left, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard in this photo posted on Jason Reitman’s Twitter page on Friday, July 12, 2019. Montreal-born director Jason Reitman is sharing a first glimpse of the newest instalment in the “Ghostbusters” series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Twitter, @JasonReitman *MANDATORY CREDIT* Jason Reitman shares ‘family’ photo on Calgary set of ‘Ghostbusters’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 15, 2019 9:01 am PDT CALGARY — Director Jason Reitman is sharing a first glimpse of his Calgary-shot new take on “Ghostbusters.” Reitman tweeted a photo from the film’s Alberta set on Friday with the caption “The Family’s All Here.”The photo shows the four-time Oscar nominee posed with his father, Toronto-bred Ivan Reitman, who helmed the original supernatural comedy film franchise.The Canadian father-son filmmaking duo are joined by cast members Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace and Vancouver-based “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard.They’re gathered around a clapperboard with the film’s working title, “Rust City.”According to the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Alberta’s website, shooting in the Calgary area begins Monday and is expected to wrap on Oct. 10.The new instalment in the “Ghostbusters” series is slated to be released in summer of 2020.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

July 6 2003 CERAMICS BELL PRODUCTION The Ceramic

first_imgJuly 6, 2003CERAMICS BELL PRODUCTION: The Ceramics Studio at Arcosanti together with the Bronze Foundry is responsible for the income producing craft work that helps fund the ongoing construction at this prototype arcology. The large kiln in the Ceramics facility has completed a firing cycle. Ceramics manager Ed Werman opens the heavy door. This is a moment of suspense. How many bells and pots have made it through the firing without a crack. [Photo & text: sa] A beautifully carved selection of pieces. [Photo & text: sa] One of the methods of starting a ceramic bell or pot is in plaster molds. A selection of molds are custom made for the various shapes desired. [Photo & text: sa] Slip is poured into each cavity. Ceramicist Larry Meager. [Photo & text: sa] The plaster acts like a sponge drawing out the water molecules from the slip. The clay molecules are too large to pass through the plaster so they get deposited along the inside walls of the plaster molds. As this process continues a clay shell begins to form inside the mold which increases over time. When the ceramicist decides that the thickness of the shell is correct for that particular style, a suction device is used to extract the remaining liquid slip from the center of the mold leaving the shell behind. This shell is the bell or pot in its early stage of production. [Photo & text: sa] The second method is the use of a silt bed. Silt is sifted to a fine consistency and packed evenly into the concrete bed. The shape of the desired bell is pressed into the silt. Each cavity is filled with slip which again is allowed to form a shell to its desired thickness. [Photo & text: sa] This bell was shaped in a plaster mold. It has dried to the right consistency and is now carved. [Photo & text: sa] Ceramics assistant manager Bernadette O’Neill dips some of the bells in glaze. A beautiful selection of ceramic bells can be found in the gallery at Arcosanti and Cosanti, as well as in many fine galleries all over the country. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Our View Education stats should be shaping employment policy

first_imgTHE NUMBER of students attending universities and tertiary institutions in Cyprus was at a record level in the last academic year, reaching a total of 44,446 people of whom 52.54 per cent were Cypriots. The number of Cypriots in higher education here has almost tripled in the last 20 years. In the academic year 1996-97 there were 8,307. The growth in the number of foreign students is even more astonishing, increasing over the same 20-year period from 1,675 to 21,093.The figures, which were released by the education ministry, give an impressive picture but it is not a complete one as regards Cypriots students. The ministry gave no details about those studying abroad so we could have an idea of the total number of Cypriots at universities, bearing in mind the very large number that obtain degrees in Greece. Figures of students abroad would give a better idea of the actual number of university graduates that enter the job market every year and help answer the big question of whether there are more graduates than the economy can employ.This is what the government should be looking at when it releases statistics like the above instead of just using them for bragging purposes ahead of presidential elections. It was no coincidence that a pro-government newspaper reported the stats with a glowing article claiming that “Cyprus is slowly-slowly being turned into a European centre of higher education, as year on year, more students, local and from abroad, choose it for their studies.” We have grown accustomed to this lack of perspective born of our insularity. There are European cities with more than twice as many university students as there are currently in Cyprus, so we have a very long way to go before we could claim to be a European centre.The growth in the number of students from abroad over the last 20 years is impressive, but again a breakdown of the numbers would give us a better idea of the reported progress. For instance, of the 21,093 foreign students, 66 per cent were from EU countries but it would be interesting to know how many of these were from Greece in order to establish whether our universities are attracting people from other EU states. Perhaps, the growth area is students from third countries, who at present are only 16 per cent of the total student population, but this would require a change of policy from the state, which reportedly sets very tough requirements for issuing student visas.Statistics are a very useful tool for policy-makers when used for setting targets and identifying and tackling weaknesses. It seems the government is only interested in using them for bragging purposes, even though the latest set of stats should provide food for thought regarding youth employment and the value of university degrees. For instance, politicians never tire of reminding us that youth unemployment is extremely high – when unemployment overall was 12.3 per cent in March, youth unemployment was 29.6 per cent.Was this because no new jobs were being created or because many youths were looking for jobs related to the degree they held? It was probably a combination of the two, but if the government had a policy for combating youth unemployment, it would have been analysing such data.A couple of months ago, the Cyprus Institute of Statisticians found that 26.6 per cent of 18- to 28-year-olds intended to go abroad in search of better employment prospects. Again it was not clear how many of these were university graduates, but it would have helped to have this information, in order to establish whether we have too many graduates.We often like to boast about the high proportion of university graduates in Cyprus but this is another stat in need of analysis. How many of these graduates are employed in jobs related to their degree, assuming they have a job? At present, the most popular degree course in Cyprus, according to the education ministry, is Business Studies/Management, followed by law and accounting, indicating that most youths choose degree courses believed to have high earning potential rather than broader educational value. This is perfectly understandable, but again some analysis of the data would be helpful not only to policy-makers, but also to youths trying to decide what course they would want to follow and whether it is worth their while to attend university.The government would be performing its job much better, shaping policy rationally and offering a service to citizens if it analysed the stats it produced rather than using them exclusively for superficial boasting.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. 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Cypriot sailing champion Kontides wins silver at the World Cup Series in

first_imgCypriot Laser champion Pavlos Kontides won a silver medal in the Laser Radial Medal Race at the  World Cup Series in Gamagori, Japan,Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) won the gold after battling it out with the Cypriot London 2012 silver medallist.Tom Burton (AUS) moved into the third place, securing the bronze medal streaked ahead, grabbing the lead from Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) who held the third place overnight but he finished sixth and dropped off the podium.Kontides said it was a good battle for gold until the end and congratulated Sam Meech for the victory.CNAYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate 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

UN in contact with parties to seek way forward in Cyprus talks

first_imgThe United Nations have said they are in contact with the parties “to determine a way to seek the outcomes of their reflection and their views on the way forward as regard the Cyprus talks.”Stephane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary Geneal António Guterres told the press on Monday that at the end of the Conference on Cyprus last year, the Secretary‑General encouraged all parties to reflect “in order to determine whether the conditions would mature again for a meaningful process in the future.”The UNSG Spokesperson was asked to comment on statements made by the Cyprus Foreign Minister and the Turkish Cypriot leader as regards the SG`s intention to appoint a new envoy to explore the opinions of all parties involved on the resumption of the talks.You May LikeEditorChoice.com20 Hilarious Breakup Notes You Can’t Help But Laugh AtEditorChoice.comUndoFIXD“Lyin’ Mechanics” Really Hate This Little DeviceFIXDUndoNoteabley25 Perfect Photos That Will Satisfy You To The Very CoreNoteableyUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Timothys Art Bar closed down

first_imgSupporters of a local bar in Paphos which has been a stalwart of the cultural and nightlife scene for around twenty years, have started a petition to get it reopened after it closed its doors for good.Paphos municipality would not comment on why Timothy’s Art Bar was forced to close, but sources said that the building in which the bar is housed is structurally unsound and that it was dangerous for the public to continue to use it.“It was not safe and also the building, which was a house, didn’t have any licenses at all,” a source told the Cyprus Mail.However, locals say that the town won’t be the same without the venue, which has seen thousands of people come and go over the years, and have started an online petition to get the bar reopened.“I would be prepared to start a crowdfunding site to help with any necessary work,” said Paphos resident Maria Stavrinidou. “This has been a great place for all sorts of people to meet and hang out here. We grew up here and the bar has a lot of happy memories for everyone.”She added that many people understood that Timothy’s is not just a bar but a special place for social gatherings, where both foreigners and local patrons from all walks of life could meet and strike up friendships.“Timothy’s also hosted numerous events and exhibitions and supported artists and musicians,” she said.Support for the venue, which also regularly presented DJ’S and live music, is growing on social media.Many are criticizing the bar’s closure and have taken to Facebook to vent their anger at the removal of a ‘cultural oasis’ that allowed everyone to be themselves, express their opinions and have fun.On Facebook, Alexandros Zachariades said: “I just say a thank you to Timotheous for creating that space and also to any person that worked or played music there and was a piece of this beautiful mosaic. It was really a resistance to the rubbish of today’s Paphos.”A petition to save Timothy’s Art Bar has already reached 418 of the 1,000 signatures needed.To sign the petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-timothys-art-bar-in-paphos#.Wz3_jb5hK5g.facebookYou May LikeHoochHe’s the best point guard of all timeHoochUndoZoo.comJump on the Wagon Train – The 50s & 60s Shows QuizZoo.comUndowww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Four nations take part in Nemesis

first_imgThree warships, eight aircraft and three private vessels took part in a large-scale multinational exercise dubbed Nemesis on Wednesday off Cyprus.Navy and air force search and rescue units participated in various scenarios including counter-terrorism operations on oil/gas platforms, boarding operations on vessels, evacuation and rescue operations, mass rescue operations, as well as anti-pollution operations within the Cypriot FIR.Two Greek and French navy frigates took part in the exercise, along with one missile and four patrol boats of the Israeli navy, four Cypriot navy vessels, and two marine police patrol boats.A tanker, two anti-pollution vessels, and a support ship also participated.Five helicopters from Cyprus, France, and Britain, as well as three aeroplanes from Greece, the US, and Cyprus, were also used. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

No Reservations the gourmet gamble

first_imgYou can’t get sentimental when a restaurant shuts down. Restaurants open and close, it’s the nature of the business. Nor is it really relevant to say that No Reservations – which did indeed shut down on February 15, after six years and two months – was, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Nicosia, probably in Cyprus; we all have our favourites.What’s undeniable, however, is that No Reservations was that very rare thing in the increasingly impersonal world of local dining: a family business, and indeed a chef-owned restaurant.The chef’s name is Martino Speciale; he ran the place along with his wife Monica (Martino is Italian, Monica is Cypriot-Panamanian). The couple, both now in their late 30s, opened No Reservations in December 2011, having just arrived from London where Martino used to work at the Four Seasons (he was restaurant chef at Quadrato, the Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Canary Wharf). Monica was pregnant with their second child Sonny – named after ‘Sonny’ Crockett in Miami Vice; his older brother is called Kimi, after Kimi Raikkonen – and the Speciales had no money, having always been “a couple who spent money on food”, as Martino puts it. They took out a small loan, and opened the restaurant. Martino manned the kitchen, along with a helper and a dishwasher; Monica did front of house, along with (eventually) two waitresses.This is not the way it usually goes. Chefs in Cyprus tend to be mercenaries, brought in when a businessman makes a deal with a foreign franchise (Jamie’s Italian, say) or investors sink money into a new venture. It’s very uncommon for a chef to be more than an employee. Kebab houses are still sometimes family-run, of course – but we’re not talking here about kebab houses. No Reservations was ambitious and creative, offering a wide-ranging tasting menu (the customer’s only choice was whether to go for seven or 10 dishes), Italianate in character but taking in ingredients from foie gras to scallops to the Cypriot trachanas to Jerusalem artichokes.This kind of food was never going to please everyone – yet the restaurant became something of a cult, especially in its last couple of years. Some rabid fans ate there twice a week, every week. (The 10-course option was priced at a great-value €28.) One couple came every Friday and Saturday for a month – actually the last month, as if to drink deep of their favourite haunt before it disappeared. One regular, a Danish man, has collected all the hundreds of menus since the place opened (the menu changed every two weeks) and keeps them in a bulky file at home. “I said to Martino,” muses Monica, “most of the places that close, they close because they are empty. We started empty, and we are closing fully booked.”There’s no point getting sentimental – but it’s still worth asking, why is this so rare? Why do we have so few cases of a young, talented chef striking out on their own in Cyprus? The problems are partly systemic, says Martino. Imported ingredients take a while to arrive, and there isn’t “a culture of food” here like there is in Italy, where even small supermarkets will stock local artisanal products. The biggest obstacles, however, are inherent in the premise, and unlikely to change. Firstly, a small population means that a slow start is almost inevitable, unless you advertise (which costs money). Secondly, running a fine-dining restaurant on a low budget – and with minimal staff – is insanely hard work.Some rabid fans ate at No reservations twice a week, every weekFor five or six months they had almost no customers, the couple recall. “We were thinking to close,” says Martino. They couldn’t afford a publicity blitz; one magazine charged €3000 for a photo spread, well beyond the Speciales’ means. “Then Cyprus Mail came,” says Monica, allowing us to blow our own trumpet for a moment. “McCowan came, and he did a review. It was the best review I ever read!” (‘McCowan’ is our restaurant reviewer Alexander McCowan whose review, in July 2012, began with the line: “Nothing in your dining experience in Nicosia will prepare you for No Reservations”.) “And then the first foreigners came – and by ‘foreigners’ I speak about the US embassy. And the British embassy came, it was all people from the embassies at the beginning. And then the Cypriots started coming.”Business picked up, albeit complicated slightly by the crash of 2013 – but the work was still back-breaking. Initially, with a total staff of three people, Monica pitched in with cooking and cleaning in addition to serving tables, all while being heavily pregnant. Martino lost an astonishing 25 kilos in the first year alone, just through having no time to eat (“OK, at the beginning there was not even money to eat!”). For the past six years, his day has started at seven and ended at two in the morning. He’d shop in the morning, then cook all day – “If you’re alone you must make everything from scratch: the bread, the pasta, the ice cream” – and didn’t eat till late at night, when the kitchen closed. Sheer exhaustion (and a touch of homesickness) is certainly a factor in the chef’s relocation.His handful of assistants were mostly Indians; he speaks highly of them, and hopes to take them along to the restaurant’s new incarnation in Tuscany. Others were unable to fit in with the No Reservations ethic – ‘others’ clearly meaning the average Cypriot employee, adding yet another possible answer to the question why we don’t have more such restaurants. Cigarette and other breaks were demanded; Monica’s ‘no phones’ rule was viewed as an affront to their rights. In London, she recalls, she never once called Martino at work – she’d leave messages with the hotel in case of emergency – despite being alone and pregnant. “No phones. We are like that.” Her husband picks up the thread: “I mean, I’m working at least 15 hours a day. I don’t think I’m too strict with people – but at least, if you work seven hours, you must do your seven hours”.No Reservations was a fluke and a wonder, gourmet food done on a shoestring, an ingenious business model – knowing in advance what to cook allowed Martino to keep costs down – and a labour of love. Customers didn’t always understand, maybe because we associate haute cuisine with being pampered. Monica didn’t have the staff, or the resources, to pamper people; if a table was taking selfies instead of looking at the drinks menu, she’d pass the menu to another table. The restaurant worked as a well-oiled machine.And now? The Speciales leave behind a small community of shell-shocked regulars, trying to make sense of this gap in their lives. The rumour that closure was forced by an inability to find good ingredients is untrue, says Martino. The rumour that they’re moving to some kind of eight-room palazzo is also untrue. In fact, the new place will be on the seafront near Lucca, serving lunch as well as dinner; details will appear on the No Reservations Facebook page, presumably in case local fans decide to visit the couple at their new abode – which is by no means unlikely. Monica and Martino are leaving on a high, knowing they’ve achieved something fine, not yet consumed by bitterness over rivals trying to undermine them (fake reviews were posted on Trip Advisor, false allegations made to Immigration; restaurants are a cutthroat business) and philistines grumbling that the portions were too small. “We are very happy with what we’ve done here,” says Martino. So are we.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoFinance101[Photos] Wait Till You See The Inside. They Were Tired of Paying Rent, So They Built Themselves A Tiny House. See What It Looks Like FinishedFinance101Undo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Yermasoyia dam overflows first time in seven years Update 2

first_imgReservoirs around the island are now 51.8 per cent full, senior official from the Water Development Department Phedros Roussis announced on Monday morning. The amount of water in all of them combined is now 150.8 million cubic metres (mcm).In the past three days, 10.5 mcm have flowed into the reservoirs, he said.Last year at this time the reservoirs were only filled to 15 per cent of capacity, and most of them were nearly empty.Yermasoyia dam in the Limassol district is the latest to have overflowed, breaking its banks shortly before 11pm on Sunday night, with the water flow greeted by a small crowd including the mayor of Yermasoyia.This was only the fifth time the reservoir, with a capacity of 13.5 mcm, has been filled to capacity since it started operating in 1968. The last time the dam overflowed was in February 2012.In January 2018 it was only 3.8 per cent full.In statements to CNA, the mayor of Yermasoyia, Kyriakos Xydias, said he was thrilled, as were locals.“We had a huge problem with the drought in previous years. The amount of water was minimal and was approaching rock bottom but fortunately nature has provided,” he said.“We are happy because it provides us with reserves for the next two to three years.”He added that around 200 residents had gathered on Sunday night to watch the dam overflow. More visited on Monday morning, he said.The waters did bring up a lot of reeds from the bottom of the reservoir but these will be removed by the water development department.Xydia also said the municipality was on alert to deal with possible flooding from overflowing rivers.“We have taken many preventative measures but nature is always unpredictable,” he said.Due to the overflow of the dam, the parking area on the river bed at Amathos remains closed, while the public is urged to be particularly careful in crossing the small bridges above the river and to comply with traffic signs.The next dam that is expected to overflow in the Limassol district is that of Polemidhia, which has a capacity of 3.4 mcm.Roussis said that this January saw the largest water inflow in one month.“From the first to the 20th of the month, the amount of water flowing into the reservoirs was 103.4 million cubic metres,” he said, adding that the second largest water inflow in one month was 92.6 Elsewhere, the effects of the recent bad weather are not completely over as police warned a number of roads were still considered dangerous on Monday.In the Limassol district, the road from Mandria to Ayios Nicolaos was closed due to rock and landslides.Because of overflowing rivers and landslides, the roads from Ayios Nicolaos to Pera Vasa, the Salamiou – Galataria and the Kelokedaros – Amargetis – Natas roads in the Paphos region were also closed.Roads in the Troodos area were slippery and drivers are advised to be extremely careful.On Monday, temperatures rose to 15C inland, 17C in most coastal areas and 6C in the higher mountains.Some light rain and snow was forecast for Monday and Tuesday.Warmer weather is predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, when dust levels will be higher than normal. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Pissarides has no plans to quit economy council

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouTHE head of the National Economic Council (NEC) Christoforos Pissarides has no intention of resigning and the Council continues its work as normal, a spokesman for the Nobel laureate told the Cyprus Mail yesterday.The spokesman was responding to a report by local daily Simerini that claimed Pissarides plans to tender his resignation to President Nicos Anastasiades in the coming days after having moved back to the United Kingdom, and that the Council is thoroughly displeased at having its work systematically snubbed by the government.“There is no such issue,” said spokesman Yiorgos Demetriou.“Professor Pissarides has not moved to the UK, and has no intention of resigning his post as chairman of the National Economic Council.”The denial was later confirmed by the NEC, which issued a short statement saying Pissarides will not be resigning and will continue to perform the duties of chairman of the NEC, while deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos echoed Demetriou’s “no such issue.”“[Pissarides’] meetings with the President have been very frequent and his views have been seriously considered,” said Papadopoulos.Citing an unnamed Council member, Simerini reported that the NEC is disappointed by the fact that its recommendations have been largely ignored by the government.“We recently submitted a study on restoring economic growth in Cyprus and no one showed an interest in seeing or hearing us,” the story attributed to the source.Another source of discontent, according to the report, was the fact that during the Troika’s last two visits to the island, no meeting had been arranged with the Council – in contrast to previous Troika visits – which it considered proof of its marginalisation.“There may be some friction among Council members,” Demetriou subtly confirmed.“But that means nothing to the function of the NEC, which continues its work regardless of personal perceptions.”The paper compared the alleged disintegration of the Council – which it painted as being on the verge of disbandment – with Monday’s resignation of the Presidential consultant for aviation Christos Petrou, who claimed he had been hired only to be ignored.And its unnamed source claimed the NEC has repeatedly clashed with both the Finance minister and the Central Bank governor on “serious issues” – but fell short of revealing them – and reasoned that this could be the reason behind the snubs.Regardless, according to Demetriou, Professor Pissarides has not “verbally informed the President of his intention to resign” as the paper claimed, nor has he “abandoned Cyprus.”“Besides, he is heading a research project at the University of Cyprus, so he will be returning as required,” his spokesman said.The economics professor had caused furor in August amidst the political rows that surrounded public discussions on new, tougher foreclosures legislation.Asked for his opinion on the necessity for the government-proposed bills, he had compared the risk of not adopting them to “re-living the nightmare of March 2013, when Parliament rejected the Eurogroup’s first decision,” alluding to the ensuing disastrous haircut on uninsured deposits in the island’s two largest banks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Domestic credit card spending up 4 per cent in November

first_imgBy Marie KambasCypriots spent 179,6 million euros for purchases in Cyprus in November, 4 percent more compared to the respective month a year before, JCC Payment Systems said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Outside attackers hit Cablenet Updated

first_imgInternet and phone provider Cablenet said on Wednesday an “outside attack” had caused problems to its services.In a written statement, the company informed its subscribers the problems they had been experiencing since 12.30am on Wednesday were the result of an “outside attack” on its network.As a result, the company said, service was lost for fixed telephony and mobile phone subscribers, as well as its internet service, mainly in Nicosia.The company apologised for the inconvenience adding that its technicians were working to restore service as soon as possible.Full service was restored at around 11.30am on Wednesday.A company source rubbished suggestions on social media that the company’s systems had been hacked or that they were held to ransom, something that happened to other smaller Cypriot companies recently.According to the source, they had been targeted by an NTP DDOS attack. This means someone from abroad flooded Cablenet’s IP addresses with traffic, overloading the systems.“It could happen to anyone,” the source said, adding that the perpetrator or perpetrators were out to harm the company.The source of the attack was not known, however.“But to be able to stop in hours, not days, shows how serious the company is,” the source said.There were, however, many unhappy customers commenting on the company’s Facebook page, most highlighting the fact that it was late in notifying about the issue.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Unficyp marks UN peacekeepers day

first_imgThe UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp) during a special ceremony on Wednesday marked 71 years since the first-ever peacekeeping mission to the Middle East on May 29, 1948.Ever since May 29 has been also observed as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers worldwide.The day aims to honour over one million people who have served with the UN since 1948, and to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the line of duty, which numbers 3,800 worldwide, including 184 in Cyprus.Unficyp has been in Cyprus since March 1964 following intercommunal troubles on the island.“We will not forget them, and we are deeply grateful to the 100,000 peacekeepers – civilian, police and military personnel – serving around the world today, including more than 1,000 in Cyprus, as well as countries contributing to these brave and dedicated men and women,” Unficyp spokesman Aleem Siddique said on Wednesday,UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his message said UN peacekeeping was a vital investment in global peace and security.“But it requires strong international commitment, he said. “For millions in conflict-affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope. Let us work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace.”  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Building permits up 32 in first 10 months of 2017

first_imgThe area of construction projects that secured a building permit in January to October last year rose an annual 35 per cent, to 1,129,084 square meters, while their value rose 38 per cent, to €1.3bn, the statistical service said.The increase was mainly on a 32 per cent annual increase in the construction area of housing projects, to 875,565 square meters, and a 33 per cent rise in their value, to €904m, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.The permits provide for the construction of 1,949 new detached houses, 26 per cent more compared to January to October 2016, Cystat said. The number of semi-detached houses to be built rose 23 per cent, to 640, and that of residential apartment blocks 82 per cent, to 1,089.The building permit data shows that the construction area of licenced non-housing projects rose 31 per cent in the first 10 months of 2017, to 217,670 square meters, compared to the respective period of 2016, while their value rose 19 per cent, to €220,766.Civil engineering projects that received a building permit in January to October rose in terms of construction area 637 per cent, to 35,849 square meters, Cystat said. Their value rose 532 per cent to €102m.Building permits are a significant economic indicator.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

After public sector pay gift bank workers want a slice

first_imgBy Peter MichaelLoizos Hadjicostis, the bank workers’ union Etyk’s honorary president, said on Saturday, banks should realise their issues will not be resolved by withholding annual pay rises or the Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA).Speaking at the 50th Annual Etyk Conference, Hadjicostis said the government’s decision this week to restore pay rises in public sector sends a message to others, and that bank management should note that problems would not be solved by not granting pay rises.On Friday, the government stunned business groups with the decision to gradually reverse pay cuts in the public sector.Hadjicostis lauded the government, noting the union’s own struggle in having axed provident funds restored.  He noted that the timeframe for the restoration would be until the end of the month.  “The €10 million is nothing in comparison to the government’s announcement to offer €250 million a year in order to restore pay in the wider public sector,” he said.Etyk general secretary, Christos Panayides said, during his speech, that the actions being taken to reduce non-performing loans, should not victimise bank employees.“It is paradoxical to see banking boards waste tens of millions of euro on advisers and other costs, while at the same time they attempt in every way to deprive their staff of benefits,” he said.Panayides also noted that a coordinating body needed to be established for all the unions that are independent and not politically aligned.Etyk also held elections for the new board at the end of the conference.As far as the public sector is concerned, talks with unions Sek and Peo were held in secret for weeks, and the decision to reverse the pay cuts came a day after the financial watchdog warned of serious risks to the economy.  The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) told CyBC radio the group was surprised.“We disagree with this decision; it goes in the wrong direction and it will cause fiscal problems,” CCCI Secretary-general Marios Tsiakkis said.However, Andreas Elia, secretary of OIO-SEK, a division of SEK representing workers at state-owned corporations, commenting in an interview to state radio CyBC said that the unions were in consultations with the finance ministry “for some weeks now” in order to reach an agreement before the May 31 deadline agreed in October expired.“We are satisfied that there was a conclusion within the timetable,” Elia continued adding that the fact that the economy’s largest employer is sending a message to the society and labour institutions in both the private and public sector.The agreement, expected to be signed within the coming days providing for a five-year implementation period, benefits workers in the local administration, state-owned companies, hourly paid workers and school committees, who saw their wages reduced up to 16 per cent as part of an attempt to curb the government’s inflated payroll. In December 2015, three months before Cyprus completed its adjustment programme agreed with international creditors in exchange for a bailout, the parliament rejected a government bill to overhaul human resource management in the public sector.In January last year, the unions and the government signed an agreement introducing the economy’s nominal growth rate as a cap for pay rises in 2017 and 2018. Still, unions threatened to strike months before the presidential elections which compelled the government to consent to initiate a dialogue after the elections in exchange to labour peace.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoLonnyThis Is What A Lake House Looks Like When You’re A BillionaireLonnyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more