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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSingapore Airlines flight SQ223 touched down in Perth on 7 May at 2.21pm marking the world’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner flight to Australia.Perth has become the second destination in the world, behind Osaka Japan, to welcome the newest member of the Dreamliner family for regular scheduled services.Singapore Airlines’ regional vice president, Mr Philip Goh, says the deployment of the 787-10 to Perth, is a testament to the airline’s longstanding connection to the city.“Perth was the very first destination we operated to in Australia more than 50 years ago,” Mr Goh said.“Today we mark another fantastic milestone with the arrival of the 787-10 further emphasising our commitment to this wonderful city.“With the arrival of the 787-10 we are not only providing our Western Australian customers the latest in aircraft technology but also our newest regional cabin products, which I am sure will delight our customers.”Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight to Perth on 7 May to Singapore were treated to pleasant surprises at check-in and boarding. A string quartet from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), an organisation proudly supported by Singapore Airlines for the past six years, entertained customers who were also served light refreshments. Premium passengers in the Airline’s SilverKris Lounge enjoyed a magical atmosphere, thanks to a harpist from WASO.From Tuesday 8 May 2018 onwards, the 787-10 is operating SQ215 departing Singapore at 6.45pm and arriving in Perth at 11.55pm, before turning around and operating as SQ216 departing Perth at 1.10am and arriving in Singapore at 6.35am.The new 787-10s are configured with 337 seats across two classes, featuring 36 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout and 301 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout. The new seating configuration represents an almost 5% increase in overall weekly seat capacity to Perth.The new cabin products feature full-flat beds in Business Class, with a staggered forward-facing layout providing direct aisle access for all customers. The ergonomically-designed Economy Class seats feature contoured backrests and six-way adjustable headrests to provide greater comfort and neck support. All customers will enjoy the latest in personalised in-flight entertainment through myKrisWorld.The airline’s 787-10s will be used on flights of up to 8 hours duration, with more destinations to be added as additional aircraft are received.Singapore Airlines is the largest customer for the 787-10, with firm orders for 49 of the aircraft. The Airline is investing US$350 million to install the new medium-haul cabin products on the first 20 787-10 aircraft.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedCheap DIY Ski Trips: How to save on Ski HolidaysSkyscanner’s Guide to Cheap Skiing & snowboarding TripsEssential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipmentSo you’ve waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that’s left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. Brush up on…SkiInfo.com – Website of the weekSkiInfo.com – Website of the week WorldSnowboardGuide.com There are now hundreds of ski guides on the web, but one of our favourites is the WorldSnowboardGuide.Back in 1996, this guide to ski resorts of the world was published in printed book form – but with the advent of the internet, much of the content is now available online too, which allows it to be continually updated.Skiers shouldn’t be put off by the name; although the site is slanted towards snowboarders, ‘two plankers’ will find the detailed information just as useful as their ‘one plank’ cousins.In terms of content, no other guide out there covers as much terrain. From France to Finland, Kitzbuhel to Kosovo, the WSG gives you the lowdown on the slopes, the nightlife and the accommodation in ski resorts around the world with a no-nonsense, down to earth approach.The website offers a lot of content for free, but for full access you’ll need to either buy the book (which comes with a free web access code) – or buy a 12 month subscription – which is just £5.There are also articles, user reviews, a forum and a ski resort rating system – meaning you can contribute your own experiences too.If you’re looking for straight talking ski resort information, written by a collection of industry experts and enhanced by the real life winter sports community – head for the WorldSnowboardGuide.com.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_img RelatedPrague the cheapest city for Brits this springBrits considering city breaks in Prague will be pleased to learn that the Czech capital is the cheapest destinationSkyscanner reveals best value European city breaksForget Paris; Prague is best value for Brits: we reveal the real cost of European city breaks.Wizz Air launches flights to Prague from LiverpoolWizz Air launches flights to Prague from Liverpool Brits embarking on city breaks to Prague are benefiting from a wide ranging shopping experience.This is according to CzechTourism, which highlighted the popularity of Parizska, the Czech capital’s most famous shopping street, among overseas visitors.”If people want something special, they should visit some of the Czech fashion designers’ boutiques,” a CzechTourism spokesman said.”All these boutiques are near Old Town Square in the centre of Prague.”The spokesman went on to say that flights to Prague are also popular among design lovers and those interested in visiting a European-themed Christmas market.Recent findings from Post Office Travel Services revealed that Prague is the cheapest city in Europe for Christmas shopping in shops and stores.Items purchased in the Czech capital were found to be more than nine percent cheaper than equivalents in Paris, with particular bargain buys including jewellery and glass.The Polish cities of Warsaw and Krakow were also found to be good value, especially as the pound now buys nearly six percent more zloty than this time last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgThe Bal Harbour Shops now has another sibling – the South Florida luxury shopping destination opened Miu Miu this week. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, who has been working with Prada and Miu Miu stores since the early 1980s, the 1,400-square foot retail space showcases the Italian women’s fashion brand’s ready-to-wear collection as well as accessories like shoes and bags. Like all Miu Miu boutiques, the focus of the shop is to establish a luxurious balance between freedom and intimacy. Visit miumiu.com.last_img read more

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4th person accuses conductor James Levine of misco

first_img4th person accuses conductor James Levine of misconduct NEW YORK, N.Y. – A fourth person is accusing acclaimed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine of sexual misconduct.Violinist Albin Ifsich told The New York Times that the abuse happened in 1968 when he was a 20-year-old student at Michigan’s Meadow Brook School of Music, where Levine was on the faculty.He said Levine exposed himself and engaged in masturbation.Ifsich is the third former student at Meadow Brook to accuse Levine publicly of sexual misconduct. A fourth man has accused Levine of molesting him in Illinois when he was 16.Levine’s representatives haven’t responded to messages.The Metropolitan Opera says Levine denied the allegations.The opera suspended Levine on Sunday after the Times published accounts from three of the accusers.Prosecutors in Lake County, Illinois, say they are reviewing the allegations. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 8:32 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Bestselling Books Week Ending 8518 HARDCOVER FIC

first_img Bestselling Books Week Ending 8/5/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown)2. “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter (Gallery Books)3. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner)4. “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)5. “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva (Harper)6. “Spymaster” by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)7. “The Good Fight” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)8. “The Perfect Couple” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)9. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Griffin (Ballantine)10. “When Life Gives You Lululemons” by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster)11. “There There” by Tommy Orange (Knopf)12. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow)13. “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler (Knopf)14. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celest Ng (Penguin)15. “Thrawn: Alliances” by Timothy Zahn (Del Ray)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “The Russia Hoax” by Gregg Jarrett (Broadside)2. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)3. “Liars, Leakers and Liberals” by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street)4. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (Morrow Cookbooks)5. “The Gutfeld Monologues” by Greg Gutfeld (Threshold Editions)6. “The Donald J Trump Presidential Twitter Library” by The Daily Show.. (Random/Spiegel &Grau)7. “Death of a Nation” by Dinesh D’Souza (All Points)8. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)9. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)10. “Indianapolis” by Vincent/Vladic (Simon & Schuster)11. “Calypso” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)12. “The Soul of America” by Jon Meachum (Random House)13. “The Plant Paradox Cookbook” by Steven R. Gundry (Harper Wave)14. “I’ve Been Thinking..” by Maria Shriver (Viking/Dorman)15. “Go Team Venture!” (Dark Horse)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)2. “Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)3. “You Will Pay” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)4. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Dell)5. “Wanted: Perfect Partner” by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin)6. “End Game” by David Baldacci (Vision)7. “Legion of Fire” by william W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)8. “Enigma” by Catherine Coulter (Pocket)9. “Pale as Death” by Heather Graham (Harlequin MIRA)10. “Murder in Paradise” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)11. “Rancher’s Dream” by B.J. Daniels (HQN)12. “Born to be Wilde” by Eloisa James (Avon)13. “Sharp Objects” (Movie tie-in) by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)14. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks (Vision)15. “The Black Book” by Patterson/Ellis (Grand Central Publishing)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)2. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)3. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)4. “Y is for Yesterday” by Sue Grafton (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)5. “A Column of Fire” by Ken Follett (Penguin)6. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)7. “Triple Homicide” by James Patterson (Grand Central Publishing)8. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)9. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)10. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)11. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Dell)12. “The Odd is Out” by James Rallison (TarcherPerigee)13. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)14. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)15. “Sharp Objects” (Movie tie-in) by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2018 2:07 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellerslast_img read more

by Kristin M Hall The Associated Press Poste

by Kristin M Hall The Associated Press Poste

first_img by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2018 9:28 am PDT Last Updated Oct 30, 2018 at 11:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pistol Annies tackle divorce, complicated women with humour In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, Ashley Monroe, from left, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of the Pistol Annies pose for a photo at Sony Nashville in Nashville, Tenn., to promote their newest album, “Interstate Gospel,” out on Friday. (Photos by Donn Jones/Invision/AP) center_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Pistol Annies’ sassy new song about reclaiming singlehood called “Got My Name Changed Back” has raised some eyebrows for its lyrics about a husband who cheats while on the road and prompted speculation about who might have inspired it.The trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe won’t say, but Presley notes that there are two divorces and two ex-husbands between them.“It was a feel-good divorce song that was needed,” Presley said. “You’re welcome.”“We can say whatever we want together a little more bravely than we ever would alone,” Lambert added. “Our whole catalogue has been about celebrating things that weren’t so positive and putting them in a humorous light.”The women tackle failed marriages, desperate wives, female friendships and complicated women with a lot of wry humour and just the right amount of sadness on their first album in five years called “Interstate Gospel,” out on Friday.They wrote the record together without any outside writers, which has mostly been their pattern. “We haven’t written any songs with other writers,” Lambert said, but then the other two correct her, noting there was one song on their first album that her ex-husband Blake Shelton co-wrote with them.“Oh well, he’s gone,” Lambert said with a laugh.It was another divorce song that prompted them to start writing again after years of each working individually on their solo albums.Lambert came up with a verse and chorus for the regretful tune, “When I Was His Wife,” and sent it to Presley and Monroe in a voice note. Soon after they were hanging out at Lambert’s house churning out songs.“We don’t do per se writing sessions,” Presley said.“We do slumber parties with guitars,” Lambert said.The break between records has been productive for all three singers. Lambert released a critically-acclaimed double album, “The Weight of These Wings,” while Monroe and Presley each released two solo albums over the past five years.“It’s like we have so much life to talk about, we have enough for solo projects and as a band,” Lambert said.The song they will admit is about themselves is “Stop Drop and Roll One,” a country rocker in which they celebrate their differences and similarities. As the song goes, “One’s got the matches, one’s got the lashes, one’s running her mouth again.”“If we all dumped our purses out on the table, it would be ‘Stop Drop and Roll One,’” Presley said.A song like “Best Years of My Life” showcases their ability to craft emotionally complex female characters longing for escape from their monotonous lives through a recreational drug or a trashy TV show. “Masterpiece” acknowledges the public fascination with the glossy image of a perfect relationship, even if it’s not real.“There’s a lot of stuff that you have to go through (as a woman),” said Monroe. “This album touches on a lot of that and there’s some humour and twists in there that make it a little less hard.”The trio isn’t doing a tour to promote the album, just three shows in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, mostly because Presley is pregnant, although they will be performing at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 14.“This record feels very special and I feel like when we do an intimate couple of shows, it gives people a chance to live with it on tape and live with it in person and go from there,” Lambert said._____Online:https://pistolannies.com/_____Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhalllast_img read more

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This Oct 11 2018 image taken from video shows re

first_img This Oct. 11, 2018 image taken from video shows reality TV personality Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio during an interview in New York. For the last decade, Devenanzio has been one of the most consistent reality stars on MTV, if not all of reality television. He’s arguably the face of MTV’s long-standing hit reality show “The Challenge.” (AP Photo) NEW YORK, N.Y. – During Tuesday’s episode of “The Challenge,” Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio managed to escape elimination on the reality show competition. Saving himself from all-but-certain expulsion has become a recurring theme for the show veteran, season after season.For the last decade, Devenanzio has been one of the most consistent reality stars on MTV, if not all of reality television. He’s arguably the face of MTV’s long-standing hit reality show “The Challenge.”“Arguably? Come on, man,” Devenanzio interjects playfully.Devenanzio may have a case — the one-time “Real World” contestant has amassed an astounding 32 individual wins, six finals wins and has won the most prize money — all records for “The Challenge,” where contestants live in a house and compete in insane challenges. It’s a show he calls “the craziest, sociological, physical, athletic, mental challenge you could ever dream up.”During the past few seasons, the self-proclaimed “pot-stirrer” has found himself in an unfamiliar position; once the No. 1 contender many contestants hoped to align with to make it deep into the competition, he’s now often the top target to be eliminated by an up-and-coming crop of younger rivals.This marks Devenanzio’s 17th season on the show, and while he has no plans to quit it anytime soon, he’s now expanding beyond his reality star job as host of NBC’s “1st Look,” which airs in some markets after “Saturday Night Live.”“I mean, obviously, I’m 36 and I’m competing against guys that are 22, you know? And as much as I’d love to do this for the rest of my life and be doing challenges until I was in a walker, at some point there’s has to be some sort of transition into another role,” he said.“I’ve managed to stay relevant and keep myself on reality television longer than anyone in the history of reality television, on the same show. And it’s taken a lot of hard work.”The Associated Press talked with Devenanzio about his new role at “1st Look” and the difference being a host of a lifestyle show as opposed to a reality show contestant, as well as his legendary career on “The Challenge.”AP: On ‘The Challenge,’ lots of people love to hate you.Devenanzio: I would rather be hated than someone not have an opinion of me because at least I know that they have an opinion. I think the worst thing to be is someone on TV they’re indifferent about.AP: If this was professional wrestling, some people may call you a heel, the bad guy. Is that why you have such a cult following?Devenanzio: You look at every other show that’s ever been on MTV. As big as they’ve been, they’re like a flash in the pan. But I think the reason ‘The Challenge’ has been so successful and it’s spanned so many years and generations, is because they bring back characters season after season. I run into fans_the majority of my fans aren’t the prototypical MTV demographic, 18 to 24. I have fans that are late 30s, early 40s and late 40s who’ve been watching me since I first started on the ‘Real World’ and have followed me ever since.AP: You’re the face of one show, ‘The Challenge,’ and now you’re the face of a new show.Devenanzio: I’ve always wanted to do hosting. I’ve always thought it was something that I’d be good at and I’ve managed to find essentially the perfect job in hosting for me, and that’s ‘1st Look.’ ‘1st Look’ is part travel, part experiential.AP: So you’re doing all of these unique experiences?Devenanzio: The reason it’s called ‘1st Look’ is because it’s giving most people their first look into all these crazy experiences, through my eyes essentially. It’s been an absolutely wild ride and talk about challenges: Every day is a new challenge. I go one day from dressing in drag and stripping at a burlesque show to sumo wrestling a 600-pound man to competing in ‘American Ninja Warrior’ to going to a smell lab in Kansas City and smelling feet and armpits all day.AP: What’s the hardest part about being the host?Devenanzio: This is what I didn’t realize_the reality television world and the hosting world are two completely different arts. Reality TV is about sucking all the oxygen out of the room. And it’s about being the loudest, most over the top, most dominating voice and personality. Hosting’s the exact opposite. Hosting is about making the other person that you’re interviewing or that you’re working with, the star of the show. And you are essentially just trying to get as much information out of this person as you can. So it was a very steep learning curve in the beginning but I’ve done so much in such a short period of time that I really think I’ve come into my own and I’ve gotten more comfortable doing itAP: What can fans expect to see on ‘1st Look’?Devenanzio: The unexpected. There’re the experiential shows where there’s all the levity, all the comedy and all the humour, but then there’s the travel shows which really balance them out. And I’m still trying to find that balance between the serious side and being an educational show but also providing the comedy and the light heartedness as well.___Online:“The Challenge”: http://www.mtv.com/shows/final-reckoning“1st Look”: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/shows/1st-Look-LXTV-Best-in-Food-Nightlife-Travel-167601135.html ‘The Challenge’ star Johnny ‘Bananas’ morphs into a TV hostcenter_img by Gary Gerard Hamilton, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 10:23 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

KATOWICE Poland — Arnold Schwarzenegger says the

first_img KATOWICE, Poland — Arnold Schwarzenegger says the United States is “still in” an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement.The actor and former California governor told delegates gathered for United Nations climate talks in Poland on Monday that “America is more than just Washington or one leader.”Calling Trump “meshugge” – Yiddish for “crazy” – for deciding to withdraw from the landmark climate accord, Schwarzenegger insisted the 2015 agreement has widespread support at the local and state levels in the U.S.He said local leaders should be invited to next year’s annual conference and emphasized the point in trademark fashion by saying: “And if you do that, I promise you: I’ll be back.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2018 6:36 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Schwarzenegger calls Trump ‘meshugge’ on climate accordlast_img read more

Ailey troupe marks 60 years by looking back at its

first_imgAiley troupe marks 60 years by looking back at its founder AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 10:32 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works.In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.”Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”It was indeed history: The company born that night, which Waters would join a decade later, is now 60 years old and credited with helping popularize modern dance, as well as bringing the African-American experience to a global stage. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the best known companies in the world, touring constantly and still earning rapturous ovations for its signature work, “Revelations,” which tells the African-American story through spirituals and blues.To mark the milestone, the company has been devoting its current New York season to remembering Ailey himself, who died at age 58 in 1989, with a major new work, “Lazarus,” as well as “Timeless Ailey,” a compilation that includes a piece of “Blues Suite,” performed that night in 1958.It’s a time for the company to reflect on how it made it this far, says Judith Jamison, the former Ailey artistic director and still its best-known face.“It’s amazing,” says Jamison, 75, who in her dancing years became known for the searing “Cry,” another Ailey signature piece. “I find it remarkable that we still exist today, lo these 60 years. And I think Mr. Ailey would be absolutely beside-himself happy, that something he started 60 years ago could blossom into everything he imagined.”In a recent interview on the sidelines of company rehearsal, Jamison recalled being present as Ailey died, along with Waters and Ailey’s mother. “We were in his room as he passed, and usually you see in movies, that people have their last breath and they breathe out. But Mr. Ailey breathed IN. We expected him to breathe out, and he didn’t. So I think what we’re living on now, is his breath OUT … that air, that vision, that dream.”A key challenge for the company is keeping Ailey’s memory alive and present — not just for audiences, but for the dancers who never met him. Yannick Lebrun, who grew up in French Guiana and joined the company 10 years ago, says he learned about Ailey from people like Jamison.“She always talked about Alvin and how generous he was, how human he was,” says Lebrun, one of the company’s current stars, “and how dedicated he was to sharing his love for modern dance, but also his memories from growing up in the South, and African-American heritage and history.”Ailey grew up in poverty in small-town Texas, to a 17-year-old mother. It’s both the story of his early life and the broader African-American experience that the company is telling with the two-act “Lazarus,” so named for the theme of resurrection. It was choreographed by hip-hop artist Rennie Harris and commissioned by Robert Battle, Jamison’s successor as artistic director.“There came this thing of wanting to hear Mr. Ailey’s voice, because so many of us didn’t have the opportunity to know him,” says Battle. He means “voice” both figuratively and literally; there’s a section of “Lazarus” where the choreographer inserts his own voice into old audio of Ailey, as if interviewing him today.The piece begins with a historical look at the African-American struggle, including a depiction of lynchings, and then moves into full-on, high-energy hip-hop. “Hip-hop is a celebration of life,” Battle says.The genre also connects with younger audiences, of course, and the company’s challenge — like that of any arts organization — is to bring younger people into the fold. “Our biggest challenge is the competition for people’s leisure time,” Battle says. “The phones, the technology.” The cost of touring, too, is rising. “We have to continue to find ways to reach new audiences,” he says.However successful the new piece, or others in the company’s broad repertoire, nothing will ever take the place of “Revelations,” which more than a signature work is the very core of the company’s identity. It’s on the schedule most evenings the company performs.Indeed, the work is so much in demand that none other than Ailey himself tried to cut back on it years ago, to showcase other things. But ticket sales dropped, Battle says, “And so Alvin said, ‘Put it back on!’” Performed everywhere from the Olympics to the White House, the work has often been called the most-seen piece of modern dance, but it’s hard to imagine anything to compare it with.“It’s a phenomenon,” Battle says simply, “a once-in-a-lifetime work. It’s universal in such a palpable way that no matter if we’re across the street or across the ocean, people have a visceral response.” He describes a trip to Russia where he felt very far from home — until he saw the audience cheering “Revelations.” Suddenly, he says, “it became a church somewhere in the South.”The popularity of “Revelations” is hardly a challenge, Battle says — he sees it as a blessing. “It’s like Aretha singing, ‘Respect,’” he notes. “People don’t get tired of it. It’s, ‘C’mon, sing it!’” Jamison adds that on evenings when “Revelations” isn’t on the bill, audiences still appreciate seeing the new works — and then, she quips, “they’ll buy another ticket, to get their fix.”Nor do the dancers, for whom “Revelations” is a rite of passage, seem to tire of the work, Lebrun says.“There’s always something new to say,” says Lebrun, whose favourite sections to perform are “I Wanna Be Ready,” a solo for a man preparing to meet his maker, and “Sinner Man,” where he enters the stage in an adrenaline-fueled sprint.“‘Revelations’ is why we are here right now, 60 years later,” Lebrun says. “So if we don’t take care of it … this most important modern dance piece in the world, then why are we here? Why are we doing what we’re doing?”___Online: https://www.alvinailey.org/Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Presslast_img read more

FILE In this Nov 7 2017 file photo Aretha Fra

FILE In this Nov 7 2017 file photo Aretha Fra

first_img FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. An attorney representing the estate of the late Queen of Soul says at least $3 million in back taxes have been paid to the IRS since Franklin’s death this summer in her Detroit apartment. David Bennett tells The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, that Franklin’s estate is being audited by the IRS, which he says filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of Detroit. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Franklin attorney: $3 million in back taxes paid to IRS DETROIT — An attorney representing the estate of the late Queen of Soul says at least $3 million in back taxes have been paid to the IRS since Aretha Franklin’s death this summer in her Detroit apartment.David Bennett tells The Associated Press Thursday that Franklin’s estate is being audited by the IRS, which he says filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of Detroit.TMZ reported earlier Thursday that legal documents it obtained showed the IRS claimed Franklin owes more than $6.3 million in back taxes from 2012 to 2018 and $1.5 million in penalties.Bennett says all of Franklin’s returns have been filed. He adds that the IRS is questioning the filed returns and that Franklin’s estate is disputing what the IRS claims “was income.”Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August. She was 76.Corey Williams, The Associated Press by Corey Williams, The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2018 5:31 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Elaine May accepts the best performance by an actr

Elaine May accepts the best performance by an actr

first_img Elaine May accepts the best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for “The Waverly Gallery” at the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) awards|broadway|entertainment|musicals|New York|plays|Radio City Music Hall|tony awards NEW YORK — When effervescent actress Ali Stroker came onstage to accept her historic trophy as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony, it wasn’t just the feel-good moment of the night. It may have been one of the most joyous Tony moments in years.The crowd jumped to its feet in unison as Stroker, who won best featured actress in a musical for a sexy, saucy performance as Ado Annie in “Oklahoma!” arrived onstage.“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” she said. “You are.”The buoyant moment was emblematic of a feel-good evening at the Tonys that featured crowd-pleasing performances, a Broadway-loving host in the form of James Corden and a theme of inclusivity. The big winner: “Hadestown,” the soulful musical by Anais Mitchell based on an ancient Greek myth, which triumphed over much more traditionally commercial fare.The victory of “Hadestown” was also notable for the number of women it brought to the podium; it was not only written by a woman but also directed by one, and producer Mara Isaacs accepted the award. Director Rachel Chavkin won her own Tony, as did Mitchell for best score. In all, “Hadestown” won eight Tonys.But despite a great night for a show that began its long, improbable journey to Broadway as a community theatre project in rural Vermont, Chavkin echoed a note of frustration about the persistent lack of diversity on creative teams.“I wish I wasn’t the only woman directing a musical on Broadway this season,” she said. “There are so many women who are ready to go. There are so many artists of colour who are ready to go. … This is not a pipeline issue. It is a failure of imagination by a field whose job is to imagine the way the world could be.”The acting awards brought a slew of satisfying victories for beloved veterans. Comic legend Elaine May, 87, won her first Tony for playing an Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother in Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” charming the crowd with a witty acceptance speech.And Broadway favourites Santino Fontana and Stephanie J. Block took the top musical acting prizes. Fontana won his first Tony as the cross-dressing lead in “Tootsie,” an adaptation of the 1982 Dustin Hoffman comedy about a struggling actor who impersonates a woman to get cast in a show.The actor paid tribute to his late grandmother, a “fiery, red-headed woman” who, he revealed, was an inspiration for his performance: “Every day I get to bring her into the room, and it has been the best experience of my life.”Block earned her own first Tony for playing a real-life legend — Cher. In an ebullient speech, she told her young daughter: “Mommy won a trophy but like I always tell you, it’s not about winning; it’s about showing up, doing your best, loving all people and finding joy along the way.”Yet another veteran winning his first Tony — at 73 — was André De Shields, best featured actor in a musical for his silky smooth narrator in “Hadestown.” He thanked his hometown of Baltimore and offered “three cardinal rules of my sustainability and longevity.”“One, surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming,” he said. “Two, slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be. And three, the top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing.”Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman,” a sweeping Irish family drama, was crowned best play. Butterworth asked the crowd to give his partner, actress Laura Donnelly, a round of applause for giving birth to their two children while appearing in the drama. Her own family tragedy inspired him to write the play.And in one of the most poignant moments of the night, Sergio Trujillo won the choreography prize for “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations,” thanking his Colombian family.He said in his speech that he arrived in New York over three decades ago without legal permission.“I stand here as proof that the American dream is alive,” he said.Speaking later at the Plaza Hotel after-party, Trujillo was so moved that he was reduced to tears.“I have to be able to use my success as a way to inspire and affect change,” he said. “This is what happens,” he said, pointing to the Tony in his hands, “when we get the love and support that we so richly deserve.”Bryan Cranston won his second Tony for best actor in a play as newscaster Howard Beale in the inventive stage adaptation of the 1976 film “Network.”“Finally, a straight old white man gets a break!” he joked, riffing on the evening’s theme of inclusivity. He dedicated his award to real-life journalists: “The media is not the enemy of the people,” he said, in what amounted to the evening’s most obvious jab at the Trump administration.Corden, in his second stint as host, scored audience points with his obvious affection for Broadway. Among his amusing bits was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to raise ratings by trying to provoke a Nicki Minaj-Cardi B-style beef between Broadway figures.But his most successful bit may have been one the television audience never saw. During commercial breaks, Corden implored celebrities to sing karaoke.The huge hit was Billy Porter. After first protesting that he “wasn’t here to work tonight,” Porter, a former Tony winner for “Kinky Boots,” belted his way through “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy,” earning the crowd’s adoration.Best featured actress in a play went to Celia Keenan-Bolger for her role as Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Bertie Carvel won best featured actor in a play for “Ink,” about Rupert Murdoch.Legendary designer Bob Mackie won best costume design for a musical for “The Cher Show,” getting laughs for saying “This is very encouraging for an 80-year-old.”The dark retelling of “Oklahoma!” beat the crowd-pleasing, dance-heavy revival of “Kiss Me, Kate” for best musical revival. “The Boys in the Band” won best play revival.The awards cap a strong season for Broadway, with a reported record $1.8 billion in sales, up 7.8% from last season. Attendance was 14.8 million — up 7.1% — and has risen steadily for decades.___Associated Press writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Tony highlights: A historic win and a strong night for women by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 2:35 am PDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 9:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

House postpones discussion of new teacher appointment system

House postpones discussion of new teacher appointment system

first_imgThe House education committee on Friday postponed for two weeks discussion of a bill on the new teacher appointment system after Attorney-general Costas Clerides withdrew an appeal he had filed over a court decision recognising the right for contract teachers who have worked in state schools for more than 30 months to obtain open-ended contracts.The court decision has prompted 350 teachers to demand open-ended contracts from the education ministry, and Clerides withdrew his appeal after Education Minister Costas Kadis intervened on the grounds that more consultation is needed.State legal services had appealed the decision, but withdrew the appeal because of warnings from primary education teachers’ union Poed that the state needs to sort out the labour issues surrounding contract teachers before introducing a new, merit-based appointment system, or risk chaos.The government, the union said, will either have to compensate those who will be awarded open-ended contracts, or fire some of those who will be appointed through the new system.The head of the House education committee Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis said that a vote on the new appointment system regulations is imperative soon as a delay will be disruptive to exams scheduled to take place between September and December. Under a law passed last year, from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, 50 per cent of appointments will be made from waiting lists and 50 per cent according to the new system. From September 2027, onward all appointments will be made based on merit.The new system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, their university degree grade, additional academic qualifications and teaching experience.Akel MP Giorgos Loukaides – whose party does not favour the new appointment system –  said he welcomed the postponement as it will give the committee time to discuss the new development with Kadis.The postponement, Loukaides said, will give the minister time to “materialise his promises”.He also said that Kadis “kept his promise and had the appeal withdrawn”, and called for amendments to be made to the bill.The head of Poed, Filios Phylaktou, welcomed the postponement, but said that the union will not rest until all teachers with more than 30-months’ service are given open-ended contracts.The new appointment system, he said, “was built on a completely wrong, irregular and unfair basis” as regards the recognition of the right of contract teachers to be given open-ended contracts as is the case in other European Union states.Teachers demanding open-ended contracts do not have a right to permanent appointment, but as long as there are positions for contract teachers, the state cannot fire them. Contract teachers have the right to claim a permanent post as long as they take the exams and follow the same procedure as other teachers seeking permanent appointment.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sour grapes and stalemate in Cyprus

Sour grapes and stalemate in Cyprus

first_imgIn the end it was not to be. In the early hours of Friday morning the UN secretary-general, tired and bedraggled, made a short statement that the conference on Cyprus was closed without agreement being reached.The Cyprus problem had exhausted the poor man and it showed. More pressing problems in Korea required his attention, and he returned to his hotel for some much-needed sleep perhaps to dream of ‘how you solve a problem like Korea.’Guarantors and guaranteed walked away to lick their wounds and to fight another day. In negotiations it is important to be able to walk away with no deal. They could not agree on guarantees and troop withdrawals. As always, the devil is in the detail and I am sure each side will identify the devil as being the other side.In democratic terms, however, the outcome was predictable because the hearts of the people are not yet ripe enough for an agreement to come naturally. This is not sour grapes, but the truth is that any agreement would have been rejected anyway in one of the simultaneous referendums. So why all the fuss?The talks were misconceived in that guarantees should have been discussed and resolved two years ago when the talks began if resolution of the issue of guarantees were a condition precedent to a solution. The two communities have diametrically opposite views on guarantees and security, and this should have been identified as a problem much earlier.The position on the Greek Cypriot side is very clear. Thirteen years ago 75 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted no to a solution that included guarantees. Even though Mr Anastasiades himself led the ‘yes’ campaign in 2004, now he had to make a judgement as president and it had to be in tune with the majority of Greek Cypriot thinking on guarantees.In his political judgement he would not have been able to get the Greek Cypriots to vote yes to a solution containing guarantees by Turkey. That is a judgement that I respect since the Greek Cypriots  would have been seriously undermined in the EU if he agreed a solution that was voted down in a referendum a second time.The role of politicians in democracies is to reflect the will of the people. It is what politicians do and Mr Anastasiades is a consummate politician. The fact that his calculations may have included an assessment of his prospects in the 2018 elections if he followed one course rather than another is par for the course.The position on the Turkish Cypriot side is the symmetrical opposite. The majority of Turkish Cypriots would not have voted for a solution without Turkish guarantees. Security is a real concern for many Turkish Cypriots. In some circles it is the only concern. The majority would have voted no to a solution that had no Turkish guarantees. In their view Turkish guarantees are necessary to protect them in case the agreements do not work out and to act as a deterrent. It is borne of realism and bitter experience both in Cyprus and more recently in Bosnia.I do not myself agree with the need for Turkish guarantees because I believe that the right to request assistance from the international community should vest  with the Turkish Cypriot community and not with Turkey, not least because of legitimate concerns about Turkey’s wish to retain a foothold in Cyprus. But I can see the reason why there are many Turkish Cypriots who would not sleep soundly in their beds at night without guarantees. After all they may be right and I may be wrong, and since these are matters touching on fundamental rights, I respect their assessment of their security requirements.All this sounds like one of the stories of old Nesreddin Hodja, the Sufi sage, who kept telling two warring families in his village –  the Turkish equivalent of the Montagues and Capulets –  that they were both right in their hatred of each other. When his wife sternly pointed out to him that it was not right for him to be so duplicitous, in order to avoid a confrontation with her, he replied that she too was right that they indeed could not both be right.Yet the leaders were indeed both right. What were they supposed to do? If guarantees were retained, the Greek Cypriots would have voted against the solution, and if guarantees were abolished the Turkish Cypriots would have voted against. In chess this is called a stalemate and it is a most frustrating result that is often made worse because your opponent, realising he cannot win, deliberately plays for a stalemate to avoid losing. My late brother Conrad, who was chess champion of Cyprus a couple of times, used to play for stalemate on the rare occasions when I thought I was about to check mate him and it was extremely annoying when he succeeded.I have a feeling that a kind of stalemate was played out at Crans-Montana, and when the acrimony clears, those of us who wish Cyprus well hope against hope that not all was lost now that each side has some idea of the concessions the other is prepared to make.But how to solve what appears to be a classic Catch 22? The answer is to redefine the premise of the problem. Take the presence of British troops in Germany. The Germans do not seem to mind the presence of British troops. Likewise the British could not care less if their troops left Germany tomorrow. The fact is that relations between the two peoples are so good – German successes in the World Cup apart – that it does not matter one way or the other to either of them. This despite the terrible things they did to each other in World War II: among many other atrocities, the Germans bombed the hell out of London and the British burned Dresden.Terrible things happened in Cyprus too but they pale when compared with the atrocities inflicted during World War II in Europe. Relations between the two peoples in Cyprus are not so good. There will be arguments and recriminations. There may even be crocodile tears. But there is a way forward. The people need a change of heart so that it is no longer a question of whether guarantees and troops are required than that they are no longer an issue.The Treaty of Guarantee will then go sunset clause or not if it has not been terminated already. I happen to think it can now be treated as having terminated by a change of circumstances independently of any agreement.Alper Ali Riza is a queen’s counsel in the UK and a part time judgeYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sprucedup Christmas as Paphos splurges on new decorations

Sprucedup Christmas as Paphos splurges on new decorations

first_imgPAPHOS will be awash with new Christmas decorations this year which will reflect the ‘new face’ of the city, according to the municipality.The council has awarded the tender for new lights and decorations to a Greek company, totalling one 130,000 euros, according to Paphos councillor, Andreas Chrysanthou.“The old decorations are unusable and the new ones, from the proposal that I have seen, will give us some decent Christmas decorations that will last us at least six years,” he told the Sunday Mail.Chrysanthou noted that the decorations will be placed in central areas of Paphos and consist mostly of items crafted using LED lighting.“There will be Christmas trees, street decorations and high level decorations across the streets,” he said.A municipality spokeswoman added that although finances are ‘tight’ it is important to boost the new appearance of Paphos and the old decorations were mostly broken and unusable.“The plan is to buy new items every year and it’s impossible to purchase everything in one go, as it would need a budget of at least half a million euros,” she said.The new decorations will adorn Kennedy square, the commercial town centre, Debenhams roundabout, Poseidon’s Avenue, and another roundabout into the town.It is unclear if the town’s main large Christmas tree will be placed outside Paphos town hall as usual, as this may be the area that Pafos2017 will hold the capital of culture closing ceremony. If so, the tree will be erected in nearby Kennedy Square.Decorations will be put in place in the first week of December.Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, announced the decision via social media, posting: “New Christmas decorations in our city were awarded for the offer 130 thousand euros- Paphos is changing!”- on his Facebook page. The move was met with hundreds of ‘likes’.   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 AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Retired Turkish general says Akinci has no say in issue of guarantees

Retired Turkish general says Akinci has no say in issue of guarantees

first_imgRetired General Ilker Basbug, former Chief of the Turkish General Staff, has said that the Treaties of Alliance and Guarantees in Cyprus concerns Turkey, Greece and the UK as guarantor powers and that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has no say on this issue.In statements during a TV programme, Basbug said: “He [Akinci] has no legal authority. These treaties concern three states: Turkey, Greece and Britain. There is a proposal for totally lifting the Treaty of Guarantees and partially lifting the Treaty of Alliance in Cyprus. The TRNC president has no right to have a say on the Treaties of Guarantees and Alliance.”He added that the UN Secretary-General had said the guarantees should be lifted and that Akinci had responded that it could be discussed. “No one comes out to ask him: ‘Do you have the authority to have a say on this issue?’ The issue of guarantees and alliance is neither an issue of the people living in the TRNC nor of the TRNC parliament. This is an issue of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) and it [the TGNA] is the only one who will have a say”.The statements caused some reaction in the north. Chairman of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) Izzet Izcan described them as “wrong, unfortunate and unacceptable”.In a written statement on Monday, Izcan said that the Cypriot people should be put in the centre of any discussion about their future without allowing the foreign powers to interfere. “The president of the republic [Akinci] has the right to talk, express views and submit demands on every issue which concerns this country,” he said.You May LikeMusicoholicsArtists Share Surprising Thoughts About Their Biggest Hit SongMusicoholicsUndoCheezburgerWhat It’s Like To Live In The Coldest City On EarthCheezburgerUndoHealth & Human ResearchWhat 11 Drinks Are The Worst For Arthritis?Health & Human ResearchUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

OSCE launches glossary on Cyprus for journalists

OSCE launches glossary on Cyprus for journalists

first_imgJournalists from both sides of the divide were at the Home for Cooperation in the Nicosia buffer zone on Tuesday where a glossary containing a few dozen mutually acceptable terms that can avoid inciting tension between the two sides was made public.The glossary, called ‘words that matter: a glossary for journalism in Cyprus’ was a joint undertaking between two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot journalists – Maria Siakalli, Christos Christofides, Esra Aygin and Bekir Azgin.Under the wing of the organisation for security and co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the glossary had already hit the wrong nerve in some quarters of the media before it was even published with some journalists referring to it is a restriction on freedom of the press.During the press conference, OSCE representative for freedom of the media Harlem Desir said the words we use to describe our world are often a reflection of our positions, and that the power of words could be used to start a war or bring peace.“Words shape our view,” he told reporters.The glossary seeks to “open up a debate about how journalism can be an inspiration for mutual understanding ” he added“While journalists are not in charge of negotiations on the future of the island, their approach, the way they report on the situation and even the choice of words they use can have a direct effect on perception and public opinion.”Desir stressed in his speech that the glossary is only optional, saying It does not impose anything on journalists, but serves as a platform for discussion in a newsroom.The glossary contains a total of 56 terms considered to be offensive by either of the two sides of the divide. Most terms contain mutually acceptable alternatives while for others such as ‘pseudo state’ there was no agreed alternative.Published in English, Greek and Turkish, it also explains why a particular term may be deemed offensive, in a bid to allow journalists to better understand the effects of their words.For instance, ‘illegal regime’ could be replaced with ‘Turkish Cypriot administration’ and ‘occupied areas / territories’ could be changed to ‘the northern part of Cyprus’.The phrase including the word ‘occupied’, for instance, is viewed by Turkish Cypriots as biased and politically charged “because it is often used to attack Turkey and to delegitimize the Turkish Cypriot presence in the area.”‘Peace forces’ (when used for the Turkish army) and ‘peace operation / happy peace operation’ could be replaced with ‘Turkish military’ or ‘Turkish military operation’.This is because Greek Cypriots find the term ‘deeply offensive’ as there was a lot of suffering involved as a result and the operation was for them ‘by no means peaceful’.In the Greek Cypriot media, it is common to find words like ‘occupation leader’ and the words ‘pseudo’ and ‘illegal’ attached to many nouns like parliament, minister, elections, police, ports or professor.Though parliament could be referred to as ‘Turkish Cypriot assembly’ according to the glossary, no agreed alternatives were found for the words minister, election, police and ports.An ‘illegal / pseudo / so called professor’ could be called professor though.No consensus could be reached on the ‘Republic of Cyprus’ either or for ‘Greek Cypriot administration’ and ‘Greek Cypriot leader’.Terms which have failed to find alternatives should not be taken as an indicator of failure, the glossary said. “What is important here is to identify where difficulties lie and to promote discussion and fresh thinking within the community of journalists.”Desir said this is the first volume of the glossary and that there has already been talk of a second volume.He added he was aware that some media organisations have given thought to how they might take into account other readers from the island if a reunification ever took place.“We accept the fact that some people will not support it…it is not a magic solution,” he said.Some journalists went to the Home for Cooperation but did not attended the press conference as a mark of protest against the glossary they say suffocates freedom of speech.Desir thanked Germany and the Netherlands for their financial support for the project.The glossary can be found online at https://www.osce.org/representative-on-freedom-of-media/cyprus-dialogueYou May Like100topjournal.xyzThe Most Expensive Palaces In The World100topjournal.xyzUndoIQgal7 Best Exercises of Men & Women Who Are Past 30 Years of AgeIQgalUndoCar Novels15+ Ugliest Cars Ever MadeCar NovelsUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

President to meet new UN envoy

President to meet new UN envoy

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will be meeting the new UN envoy on July 23 to discuss the potential of resuming reunification talks a year after they broke down in Switzerland.According to an unnamed source quoted by the Cyprus News Agency, the president was expected to meet Jane Holl Lute on Monday, July 23.Lute will also see Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.Lute has been asked by UNSG Antonio Guterres to determine whether there were grounds for a resumption of the talks, which broke down last year at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.The UN envoy will be touring the region at the end of this month. She also expected to hold talks with Greece and Turkey. You May LikeBrides BlushShe Got A 7-Hour Makeover That Changed Her Life ForeverBrides BlushUndoBusinessBuzzoTop 15 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariesBusinessBuzzoUndowww.joy.landStart playing free online games!www.joy.landUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Registered unemployed figure rises 17 to 47252 in November Cystat says Update

Registered unemployed figure rises 17 to 47252 in November Cystat says Update

first_imgBy Marie KambasThe number of registered unemployed rose 1.7 per cent to 47,252 in November compared to October, statistical service 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