Regional airline Flybe will introduce six weekly f

Regional airline Flybe will introduce six weekly f

first_imgRegional airline Flybe will introduce six weekly flights to Bournemouth from Manchester this summer.The route, which is targeted at north-west leisure passengers heading to Dorset, will commence on May 27th.Mike Rutter, chief commercial officer at Flybe, said the carrier is “delighted” to be launching flights to Bournemouth, which will form part of its regional network.”Our new Bournemouth route will be especially convenient to those living and working in the more westerly counties of the south coast, so extending further our extensive regional presence,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that he expected the route to be popular among those heading for a weekend away and families having an extended break on the English Riviera.It is hoped that Bournemouth residents will be tempted by the return journey, with Manchester emerging as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.Elsewhere, Flybe will launch flights to Avignon, Bordeaux, Limoges and Rennes from Birmingham on March 28th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe announces 16 new routes for 2010Regional airline Flybe will introduce routes to four new destinations in FranceFlybe to launch flights to Humberside from Northern IrelandFlybe to launch flights to Humberside from Northern IrelandFlybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer schedulelast_img read more

Thanks to everyone who attempted to find all five

Thanks to everyone who attempted to find all five

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

Thirsty for more of Budapest From pubs to spas w

first_imgThirsty for more of Budapest? From pubs to spas, wine tasting to caving, see:Top 10 things to see and do in BudapestCheck flights to BudapestFind hotels in BudapestSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hireReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. and 7. Pack paprika and go for goulashIn the spirit of Budpaest, two tips in one here. There’s no escaping the paprika-providing red chilli peppers in Budapest; you’ll see bunches of them adorning all the tourist shops and at the city’s markets, as they’re the symbol of Hungarian cuisine. Give in to your inner tourist and take home a string of peppers to hang in the kitchen. Paprika is of course one of the key ingredients of the traditional Hungarian goulash, and no trip to Budapest would be complete without sampling this hearty dish – washed down with Hungarian wine.Try Hunyadi Étterem in the Castle District. ‘The Paris of Eastern Europe’, Budapest has the character, the architecture, and the goulash, to stand tall without comparison.And in Buda and Pest, you get two for the price of one. Even better, you can see it all on a tight budget. We reveals seven of her favourite low-cost things to do on both sides on the Danube. 1. Fisherman’s BastionThe Fisherman’s Bastion is impressive fortified terrace on the ‘Buda’ side of the river which provides one of the best views in the city – especially over the river to the Gothic Revival Hungarian Parliament Building. The Bastion is named after the fishermen whose job it was to defend this part of the city walls during the Middle Ages, but it was only completed in 1902, and looks more like a fairytale castle than a fortification. It’s open all hours and mostly free; you have the option of paying a small entrance fee to get into the very top of some of the lookout towers, but you needn’t pay for these: the view from the free balconies and lower parts of the towers is magnificent enough. The whole area around the Fisherman’s Bastion, known as the Castle District, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of museums, churches and palaces. 2. Parliament BuildingThe most imposing building on the ‘Pest’ side of the Danube is the aforementioned Hungarian Parliament Building. When Parliament isn’t in session, you can take a tour of this impressive building for just 2,250 HUF, or a little over £6. Tours leave every half an hour throughout the day in various languages, taking in the sweeping grand staircase, priceless crown jewels, sumptuous frescoes and the stunning Domed Hall. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in BudapestIn the ‘Paris of the East’, you can hop from a boat tour on the Danube River to blissful hot baths and famous ruin bar pub crawls, all in one day. Here’s how to enjoy a city break in Budapest.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).9 best value holiday destinations 2017Fancy a pint for 60p? Hotel for £3? We bring you ten amazing value destinations for 2016, plus the best places to go and beaches to hit when you get there. 3. Margaret IslandBetwtixt Buda and Pest in the Danube, Margaret Island is accessible by bus and, during the summer, by ferry. Cars aren’t allowed on the island, as it’s a public park, so it offers a peaceful (and free) retreat from the city. Simply stroll the 20 minutes from one end to the other, and take in the island’s UNESCO-protected attractions like the musical fountain that plays classical and pop favourites (catch it in action daily at 10.30am, 5pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm). The Palatinus water park – the largest open-air bathing area in the city – is a great place to cool off in the heat of the summer. 4. Váci UtcaBudapest’s answer to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is the Váci Utca, a long thoroughfare packed with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Walk from one end to the other and you’ll get a real sense of the city’s history: look out for what’s left of the original city gate and the building at number 9 where Mozart gave a concert aged 11. Call into Central Market Hall, which sells all sorts of fresh produce on the ground floor, and local crafts (souvenir alert) on the first.5. Tour the Hungarian State Opera HouseGustav Mahler was once the music director of the prestigious Hungarian State Opera House, and cheap ticket prices mean that you can easily follow in his footsteps by going to a concert. If architecture interests you more than opera, you don’t have to sit through a whole performance; take a tour of the points of interest in this grand Neo-Renaissance building, including, of course, its ornate main stage; plus there is museum dedicated to famous Hungarian musicians.last_img read more

2 Barter Books – Alnwick United Kingdom Located

2 Barter Books – Alnwick United Kingdom Located

first_img2. Barter Books – Alnwick, United KingdomLocated in a Victorian train station in a small village in England, this second-hand bookshop (where you can trade books as well as buy them), is one of the largest of its kind and was opened in 1991. The shop’s claim to fame is that it rediscovered the Second World War ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters in an old box of books and now you see that iconic slogan everywhere! More: 10 best places to shop in New York 22. Polare Maastricht, Maastricht, NetherlandsAlthough currently closed, Polare Maastricht (formerly Selexyz Dominicanen) has been named in more than one occasion as the most beautiful bookshop in the world. Where else could you immerse yourself in books inside a cathedral with over 700 years of history? Renovated and perfectly preserved, this temple to literature was truly incredible. Hopefully it will reopen soon! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 19. Books Actually, SingaporeThis independent bookshop is worth a visit or two even if you don’t buy anything. Opened in 2005, they have become one of the most beautiful places of the city, full of nooks and crannies that excite the imagination. Photo by Longhorndave on Flickr8. The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, United StatesThis piece of paradise is southern California’s largest independent bookshop, situated in a former bank that’s architecture has been preserved. Its marble columns and giant doors sit amongst hundreds of thousands of books. Besides attending its organised events, concerts and markets, we recommend you lose yourself in the labyrinth of dollar books. 9. Shakespeare and Co – Paris, FranceThese days, this place is as much of a tourist attraction as it is a bookshop. Next to Notre Dame Cathedral, this cramped and chaotic place (especially when it is full of tourists) is incredibly seductive. Upstairs, they house travellers who work in the book shop for a few hours each day and below is a wishing well that many throw their coins into. 11. Librería Bardón – Madrid, Spain Founded in 1947, this shop is an iconic space in the heart of the city where you can find real literary gems. Step across the threshold and smell the aroma of old books that are just waiting to be discovered. Jet2British AirwaysThomson Airways Photo by Javier Caro on Flickr 7. Ateneo Grand Splendid – Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThis is possibly the only bookshop in the world that is inside a theatre. There are rows of bookshelves between the painted dome and the original balconies – they’ve even kept the original velvet curtain. The stage has also been converted into a restaurant that has a pianist who adds a touch of music to the theatrical atmosphere. There is nowhere quite like this place. 10. Librería El Péndulo – Mexico City, MexicoThis café/bookshop managed to combine books and coffee with style – without compromising on quality. As well as browsing the shelves you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner while enjoying live music, poetry and stand-up comedy – you could easily stay here for hours. 6. Livraria Lello e Irmao – Porto, PortugalThe building itself is a work of art and is packed full of history. It was founded in 1869 and has been named one of the most beautiful book shops in the world, but is perhaps more famous for being the location of several scenes in the Harry Potter films. What is most impressive about this building is the beautiful wooden staircase and the stained-glass windows in the ceiling that reflect around the room. 12. The Bookworm – Beijing, ChinaThis is the main English bookshop in the city and it has become a centre for cultural activity. With over 16,000 titles, rooting between the shelves is a pleasure. And when you are tired you can take a break in its wonderful restaurant. 16. Bart’s Books – Ojai, California, United StatesFounded in 1964 by Richard Bartinsdale, Bart’s is one of the largest outdoor bookshops in the world and is open almost every day. Some shelves face the streets, others to a courtyard where the sun shines and customers can pay by putting money into a coin box after hours. 21. The Strand Books, New York, United StatesMaybe it’s not the most stylish bookstore in the world, but the Strand Bookstore in New York is certainly iconic. At number 828 Broadway Street in the East Village, their slogan is ’18 miles of books’ and when you arrive you will see why. It’s huge and there is a vast selection of titles (over two million). If that’s not enough, it is where Patti Smith used to work. 15. Librería AltaÏr – Barcelona, Spain The largest travel specialist in Europe and possibly one of the most beautiful bookshops too. They are located next to the university and for decades have been inspiring travellers to start their next adventure. Take a guidebook, sit on a couch underneath the ornate iron columns and let your imagination take flight. Photo by Bert Kaufmann on FlickrMore: Travels through words: 10 books that inspire journeysThe 20 most hipster neighbourhoods in the worldTranslated from the original article by Patricia Cuni 5. Atlantis Books – Santorini, GreeceSilhouetted against the blue skies of the Greek islands, Atlantis Books has just celebrated its 10th year as a project that was started by the group of friends from Cyprus, England and the United States. If you go to Santorini, cool off in this idyllic location, pick up a book and be inspired for your next adventure. 18. Words on the Water, London, United KingdomWhat could be cooler than a floating bookstore? This alternative library travels between Camden Lock and London Paddington. It is an amazing place and is usually organized around cultural events, recitals and concerts. If the weather is nice, sit on the grass along the canal and leaf through one of the books. This must certainly be one of the most relaxing places in London. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck on Flickr 4. Cook and Book – Brussels, BelgiumCook and Book is an interesting (and beautiful) combination of bookshop and restaurant. Situated in the heart of Brussels, this place is the size of a supermarket and is split into eight rooms as well as a music section, each with a different design and dining-area attached. From a vintage Fiat 500 in the cookery section, to a caravan in the travel section, to the 800 books hanging from the ceiling in the fiction section, you’ll like it so much that you won’t want to leave! 17. Livraria Da Vila, Sao Paulo, BrazilModern and sleek, this bookshop is located in a two story building that was designed by architect Isay Weinfeld. Every corner of this magical place invites you to read and explore. Although it isn’t exactly big, it is bright and airy. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Photo by Dave Morris on Flickr http://www.youtube.com/embed/FrHkKXFRbCI3. Librería Acqua Alta – Venice, ItalyA shop like this could only exist in Venice. Among the hundreds of thousands of books there are many hidden gems, but to find them you’ll have to look inside boats, bathtubs and even a gondola (when in Venice…yes?). Its owner, Luis Frizzio, is a 70 year old Venetian who loves to meet his customers. The shop overlooks one of Venice’s famous canals and is home to several cats – could this place be any more amazing!? Related10 Hollywood hotspots for film fans10 Hollywood hotspots for film fans8 snug winter warmers: get cosy not cold8 snug winter warmers: get cosy not coldWhere to go on holiday in AprilFetch your raincoat and prepare for a shower of awesome April holiday destinations. We’ve rounded up the best places to go in April from near and far, so here are the beaches, cities and events that will make this a month to remember. 13. Librairie des Colonnes – Tangier, MoroccoThis place may be small but it’s packed full of French charm. Behind the glass window and red columns hides a unique place full of English, French and Castilian books from authors such as Beckett, Marguerite and Yourcenar. The owners Pierre Bergé and Simon-Pierre Hamelin organise all kinds of events such as book signings, film screenings and musical evenings. After a day in amongst the chaos of Tangiers, come here and enjoy this calm oasis. 14. Scarthin Books – Peak District, United KingdomAt the edge of a lake in the village of Cromford, (Derbyshire) you’ll find Scarthin Books, that claims to be the most charming bookseller in the UK – and they are absolutely right. Full of shelves overflowing with new and second hand books, it is a little paradise lost in the English countryside. Enter through the doors and discover another world. Bookshops are among some of the most inspiring places in the world. In amongst shelves of books, under dimmed lights, you can relax and let your imagination take flight. Here are some of the most interesting ones from around the world.1. Livraria Ler Devagar – Lisbon, PortugalThis is an incredible modern bookshop located in a former industrial textile warehouse. The building also houses advertising agencies, designer shops and art galleries. You can enjoy a coffee and admire the quirky surroundings, such as the sculpture of a woman on a flying bicycle. On Sundays it turns into a market selling antiques and crafts. What more could you possibly ask for? 20. American Book Center, Amsterdam, NetherlandsDo not be fooled by his stern facade, the American Book Center in Amsterdam is so ethereal that it is out of this world. Without being too cluttered, this space is unique and has soul. Inside there are even tree trunks that pay a heartfelt tribute to the origins of the paper.last_img read more

Atlanta Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgAtlanta, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAt its traditional location on Peter Hay Hill overlooking the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach, Porsche will exhibit the latest iterations of its Cayenne, Panamera, Boxster and 911 model lines next to their inspirational forbearers of decades ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend, August 17-19, 2012.Current Porsche models will be on display adjacent to rarely, if ever, seen vintage models, no doubt drawing the attention of the thousands of car aficionados who descend upon Monterey each August. A blue 550 Spyder, owned by Jerry Seinfeld, and a privately-owned red 356 Super Coupe exhibit the same bloodline as the brand new Boxster and the seventh generation 911. The first all-wheel drive 911, winner of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, and still dressed in full desert gear, will join the latest Cayenne GTS. And, for the first time, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany has released one of only two four-door 928 concept cars from 1991 for public viewing, demonstrating the company’s foresight of a four-door sports car long before the arrival of the Panamera.The Porsche crest will fly over the former Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley from Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19 when the company will host invited guests to browse and experience Porsche’s two- and four-door sports cars.Porsche racecar owners who participate in the weekend’s racing events are invited to stop by the Porsche Paddock Pub at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A renowned 917K along with a one-of-a-kind Boxster and 911 will be on display in the garage-hospitality area, Friday through Sunday. www.porsche.comlast_img read more

Mexico City Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgMexico City, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineOn May 10th 2012, internationally renowned Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group, the world’s first premium culinary brand both local in content and global in reach premiered J&G Grill, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten concept, in The St. Regis Mexico City. The St. Regis Mexico City, one of the tallest and most modern buildings in Mexico and Latin America, is located on the Paseo de la Reforma, just steps away from the iconic Fountain of Diana, Angel of Independence Plaza, and the historic Chapultepec Castle.A comfortable yet elegant culinary experience, J&G Grill combines a curated selection of Jean-Georges’ greatest appetizers, side dishes and accompaniments from his portfolio of domestic and international restaurants around the world, all made with the highest quality meats and freshest seafood available in the market. Simply grilled preparations accompanied by bold condiments anchor the J&G Grill dining experience at The St. Regis Mexico City.The restaurant’s warm style is a blend of Jean-Georges’ signature J&G Steakhouse and Market restaurants in Scottsdale, Washington, D.C., Vancouver and Boston. J&G Grill at The St. Regis Mexico City is the first international location for Jean-Georges’ latest concept. Its unveiling follows successful openings in Deer Valley, Kaua’i, HI, and most recently, Miami, Fla., where J&G Grill earned 3.5 of 4 stars by the Miami Herald.“We are thrilled to welcome J&G Grill, one of the world’s preeminent culinary venues, to The St. Regis Mexico City,” said Rui Reis, general manager of The St. Regis Mexico City. “Jean-Georges’ unparalleled gastronomic expertise coupled with the bespoke offerings and refined luxury of St. Regis will create a consummate dining destination for even the most discerning guests.”Maycoll Calderon has been appointed Chef de Cuisine at J&G Grill following a highly successful opening of Fern at The St. Regis Bahia Beach, a Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group restaurant. In his role as chef de cuisine at J&G Grill, Calderon will work with Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group to carefully develop the menu, oversee cooking and food quality and all other food and beverage services.Chef Calderon has taken into consideration Jean-Georges’ recipes, the local areas bountiful fresh produce and meats, and the cultural aspects of Mexico City. The menu has hints of Mexican cuisine sprinkled throughout. Celebrated items include an Iceberg Wedge with Pickled Onion and Cotia Vinaigrette, Huachinango with Purple Potato and Charred Poblano Chilis, Grilled Prime NY Strip with a Sauteed Corn, Jalepeno and Lime topping, Soy Miso and J&G Steak Sauce, and Strawberry Salad with Poppy See Sorbet.The restaurant will feature a main dining room with 99 seats, a cocktail lounge and bar that seats 22, and an outdoor terrace which seats 50.www.jggrilldf.comlast_img read more

MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embe

MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embe

first_img MOSCOW – A Russian theatre manager accused of embezzlement was released from custody Monday following public outrage that he remained in detention despite acute health problems.Alexei Malobrodsky, the former director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, was arrested in June on charges of embezzling public funds allocated for a theatre production. Last week, he was put in emergency care with a cardiac condition.The Investigative Committee, Russia’s top state investigative agency, said Monday that Malobrodsky was freed from custody on the condition that he remains in Moscow. It added the decision was made in view of Malobrodsky’s age and health problems.The 60-year old Malobrodsky worked together with Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent Russian director who faces allegations in the same case. Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since August.Both Serebrennikov and Malobrodsky deny the embezzlement charges, which have been viewed by many in Russia as punishment for Serebrennikov’s iconoclastic views and raised fears of a return to Soviet-style censorship. In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Alexei Malobrodsky, center, the former director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, who was arrested in June of 2017, on charges of embezzling public funds allocated for a theater production is escorted to the court room in Moscow, Russia. A Russian theater manager accused of embezzlement has been released from prison following public outrage that he remained in detention after a health emergency. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2018 1:22 pm PDT Last Updated May 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Russian theatre manager freed from jail after health outcrylast_img read more

Heidi Toffler assisted on Future Shock dead at

first_imgHeidi Toffler, assisted on ‘Future Shock,’ dead at 89 by The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 12:41 pm PDT NEW YORK — Heidi Toffler, who collaborated with husband Alvin Toffler on the bestselling “Future Shock” and other influential books, has died.Toffler died Feb. 6 at her home in Los Angeles, according to a spokeswoman. She was 89, and the cause of death was not immediately available.Alvin Toffler, who died in 2016, was known to millions in the 1970s and beyond for books which anticipated telecommuting, the internet and other aspects of the digital age. He would later cite his wife’s editing and research as invaluable and say that “Future Shock” and such later works as “The Third Wave” and “Powershift” belonged to her as much as him. She was listed as co-author with her husband on three books: “War and Anti-War,” ”Creating a New Civilization” and “Revolutionary Wealth.”The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

New York City officials 28 million received as a

first_img New York City officials $2.8 million received as a result of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new admissions policy will go toward 175 cultural organizations city-wide.Cultural affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl says the agreement with the Met is stabilizing one of New York’s “major institutions” while also boosting other cultural and arts organizations. The New York Times reports the Met was allowed to change its pay-what-you-wish policy of 48 years in 2018 to now require visitors from outside New York state to pay $25.The policy change was approved by the city, which owns the museum’s building, and the museum agreed to turn over 30 per cent of its increased admissions revenue in return.Among the institutions to benefit are El Museo del Barrio and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.comThe Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 9:31 pm PDTcenter_img NYC: Met Museum admission fees generates $2.8 millionlast_img read more

Primary teachers to strike over temp contract terms

Primary teachers to strike over temp contract terms

first_imgPRIMARY school teachers’ union Poed is to stage a protest on Tuesday to demand the postponement of the new appointment system for their colleagues who have been employed for more than 30 months but have not been given open-ended contracts.Protesters are to gather outside the education ministry in Nicosia where they are to hand a memo to Minister Costas Kadis. Union officials said they chose to organise the protest next week as schools will be closed.According to Poed chairman, Fylios Fylaktou, there are 350 teachers who work as replacement teachers or have been given one-year contracts.He told the Cyprus Mail that there would be consequences, both in education and in society, as contract teachers who are currently employed in schools, and who have exceeded 30 months of service, will be eventually trumped up in the appointment list by newcomers who will be appointed through the new system and lose their job. “The state would end up paying them a compensation,” he said.The law provides that when an employee is on a fixed-term contract for 30 months or more, this is deemed to be permanent, while its duration can only be limited if there is no further need for that position.These teachers, Fylaktou said, do not have a right to permanent appointment, but at the same time, the state cannot fire them.The union cites a recent ruling of the Labour Disputes Court that granted a teacher who had completed a 30-month service the right to be given an open-ended contract. The decision is being appealed by the state legal services, Fylaktou said.The union has already proposed for the postponement of the exams for a year to sort out the labour issues concerning these teachers, or for the new measure to apply only for permanent appointments.“As long as there are positions for contract teachers, they are allowed by law to claim their right to remain in their job under the same status,” the union’s general secretary, Apostolos Apostolides told the Cyprus Mail. He added that when these posts cease to exist, these people will be compensated and leave the service.The union warns that in the case the House education committee approves the law on the written exams of the new appointment system without making any amendments, this would lead to problems, as the government would either have to compensate those who will be awarded open-ended contracts, or fire some of those who have been appointed through the new system.Fylaktou also said that there are very few available posts in primary education, and that the hopefuls are being exploited by private universities and other educational institutions that charge €600 per course to help them prepare for the exams. “They are going to take exams for four courses, that means they paid €2,400”.Education minister Costas Kadis was quoted by the daily Phileleftheros as saying that the issue is being dealt with by the state legal services and that he is to meet with the Attorney-general. He also said that his ministry intends to safeguard the contract teachers with more than 30-montsh of service.The first written exams are to take place between September and December, as per the new teacher appointment system which will be based on merit. To date, teachers are appointed according to the waiting lists, with positions given to those on the top of them.The legislation passed last year provides that from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, 50 per cent of appointments will be made from the 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 appointment system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, his or her university degree grade, additional academic qualifications, and teaching experience.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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

BoC terminated Manafort accounts ahead of US election campaign

BoC terminated Manafort accounts ahead of US election campaign

first_imgAs the investigation into possible ties between the campaign of US President Donald Trump and Russia moved forward on Wednesday when it emerged that US authorities had raided the home of a former aide Paul Manafort, Bank of Cyprus felt vindicated for its strict anti-money laundering practices of above-and-beyond regulations, a source said.Bank of Cyprus, which in March 2013 absorbed the operations of the defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, the bank with which the former Trump campaign manager banked, “inherited three accounts associated to Manafort after 2013, which were flagged and reported to Mokas before they were ultimately terminated because of suspicious activity,” a source at Bank of Cyprus said in an interview. Mokas is Cyprus’s anti-money laundering squad, a division of the attorney general’s office.Bank of Cyprus terminated the three former Laiki accounts associated with Manafort in 2014, a year before Trump announced his candidacy for the White House, the source said adding that “the system worked, the flagging worked, the termination took place”.Manafort resigned as chairman of the Trump campaign a year ago after it emerged he failed to disclose that he had previously worked with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.In June 2016, Manafort participated in a meeting in Trump Tower in New York with Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya. Emails show that Trump Jr agreed to host the meeting after an acquaintance promised to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton, then the Democratic Party presidential candidate.The lender terminated its ties with 1,601 intermediaries and operates with only 234, according to a Bank of Cyprus document. Since the crisis, it terminated 33,524 customers with a total of €2.4bn in deposits and generating €9m in net income, “exclusively on compliance grounds –including know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering- leading to a reduction of exposure to Russian customers by 30 per cent and to Ukrainian customers by 37 per cent”.“Russian and Ukrainian customers account for less than 4 per cent of total customers and approximately 37 per cent of foreign customers,” and account for less than 10 per cent of total deposits, according to the document.In the case of Manafort, the bank submitted files to the authorities as part of the “regular interaction” and “no longer has anything to do with the case and as a result nobody from the US authorities contacted Bank of Cyprus for information,” the source added. “It was not interaction triggered by events”.“Manafort was asked (by Laiki) to provide additional information on the ultimate beneficial owners of some of the companies or risk having the accounts closed,” the source said. “He replied to the bank, let’s go for option number two”.“We have a policy zero appetite for money-laundering on top of regulation-plus practices,” the Bank of Cyprus source said.The source acknowledged that while “a reputational issue may have emerged for the country,” Laiki also took action in 2012 in the case of Manafort and terminated several of his accounts. “An elephant and an ass are killing each other and we, as Cyprus, are an ant caught in the middle. Our reputation is not unmerited but steps have been made to improve compliance”.In 2013, depositors at Bank of Cyprus saw almost half of their uninsured deposits turned into equity while those at Laiki lost all their deposits in excess of €100,000 when creditors refused to bail out the Cypriot banking system citing Cyprus’s alleged reluctance to clamp down on Russian oligarchs laundering money on the island.In May, the US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the former director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Robert Mueller as special counsel tasked with investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, after the US President fired his successor at the FBI, James Comey.Manafort who was initially subpoenaed to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 26, received unexpected visitors to his home in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington DC in the dawn hours of the same day from FBI agents with a search warrant, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Manafort’s invitation to testify at the committee was subsequently withdrawn.Six days before the raid, the New York Times reported that Manafort had received loans totalling $17m (€14.4m) from Cyprus-based shell companies linked to Yanukovych’s pro-Russia party.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsUndo 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

Cyprus assisted in Manafort probe says AG

Cyprus assisted in Manafort probe says AG

first_imgCypriot authorities are not involved in any current investigation although they have aided the US in their investigation into Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, the attorney general said on Tuesday.The Ministry of Justice carried out two requests for legal assistance filed by US authorities, Attorney General Costas Clerides said a day after Manafort and an aide were charged for various offences, including money laundering, tax evasion and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.In Cyprus, Clerides added, “there is no criminal investigation underway”.According to the indictment filed against Manafort and Richard Gates, the product of an investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in last year’s US election and the ties of the Trump campaign to the Kremlin, the pair generated “tens of millions of dollars in income” for work done for Ukraine’s ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of the Regions.The overthrow of Yanukovych, an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in the Maidan revolt in 2014, angered Russia’s leader who in response ordered the invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Manafort, who resigned as head of Trump’s campaing in August last year, and Gates deny any wrongdoing.“In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money though scores of corporations, partnerships and bank accounts,” the indictment filed with the Grand Jury for the District of Columbia, signed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel who led the investigation, said.“In furtherance of the scheme, Manafort and Gates funnelled millions of dollars in payments into foreign nominee companies and bank accounts, opened by them and their accomplices in nominee names and in various foreign countries, including Cyprus, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Seychelles,” the indictment added. “Manafort and Gates hid the existence of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts”.According to the 31-page document, the duo owned and controlled inter alia, the following Cypriot entities: Actinet Trading Ltd, Black Sea View Ltd, Bletilla Ventures Ltd, Cavenari Investments Ltd, Global Highway Ltd, Leviathan Advisors Ltd, LOAV Advisors Ltd, Lucicle Consultants Ltd, Olivenia Trading Ltd, Peranova Holdings Ltd, Serangon Holdings Ltd. In addition, Manafort controlled and owned Marziola Holdings Ltd.Manafort had more than $12m wired in 2008 to 2014 to various vendors, from bank accounts belonging also to companies plus Yiakora Ventures Ltd, also a Cypriot firm, for various purchases including electronic equipment, art, cars and clothing, the document said. In 2012, he had additional $6.4m wired to acquire real estate.A search at the website of the Registrar of Companies revealed that all Cypriot companies referred to in the indictment were headquartered at 1 Lampousas Street, Nicosia, which is the address of K Chrysostomides & Co LLC. The law firm, established by former member of the Parliament and Minister of Justice Kypros Chrysostomides, declined to comment.In August, a Bank of Cyprus source said that companies linked to Manafort maintained accounts at defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, also known as Laiki. The latter, the source said, closed in 2012 most of the accounts as Manafort declined to comply with anti-money laundering requirements. Three remaining accounts inherited by Bank of Cyprus which absorbed Laiki’s operations in March 2013, were shut in 2014, well before Trump announced his candidacy.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

Attorneygeneral tries to calm waters surrounding email leaks

Attorneygeneral tries to calm waters surrounding email leaks

first_imgAttorney-General Costas Clerides said on Friday there was no reason for confrontation with journalists over the controversial investigation into the leaked emails of a senior state attorney who used her personal account to correspond with the Russian attorney-general’s office regarding extradition cases.The investigation saw police questioning journalists, prompting an outcry among the media.On Friday, Clerides met a delegation from the journalists’ union who raised the issue of terminating the probe or completing the procedure as soon as possible and as discretely as possible because it hurt the island’s image as a state where press freedom and freedom of expression were respected.“Unfortunately, a picture of conflict has been created between the investigating authorities and the legal service with media workers,” the attorney-general said. “There is no reason in my view for a confrontation.”The emails had been posted on the internet after someone apparently hacked Eleni Loizidou’s account. They were reproduced by daily Politis, prompting the probe.The published emails showed Loizidou’s excessive zeal in pursuing extradition requests against Russian nationals, some politically motivated, by the prosecutor-general of the Russian Federation.Loizidou, who has since been suspended pending an investigation, sought and was granted an injunction prohibiting the paper from publishing the emails. She also sued Politis claiming that it had violated her privacy.Police have questioned several journalists from Politis, which described the move as an effort to muzzle the paper. Phileleftheros reporters were also questioned.Clerides reiterated that the authorities fully respected freedom of the press but in cases such as these, where personal communications were published, the police were obliged to take statements from everyone involved.“The constitution and the law must be enforced with full respect towards all the principles and endeavouring in cases like the present one, to maintain the necessary balance between rights and obligations,” the attorney-general said. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus will remain a safe haven for those in need minister says

Cyprus will remain a safe haven for those in need minister says

first_imgCyprus will remain a safe haven for those in need, especially for the refugees who are forced to abandon their homes and families, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said on Wednesday at the start of the international maritime search and rescue exercise Argonaftis 2018.Over 40 countries are taking part in, or are observing, the exercise – which ends on Friday – from the ‘Zenon’ joint search and rescue coordinating centre in Larnaca.Angelides said Argonaftis was the biggest such exercise in the Mediterranean every year with 250 people participating from countries including Greece, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.The scenario this year simulates a non-combatant evacuation from the Levant into Cyprus. It encompasses land, sea and air activities in and around Larnaca and Limassol, the Nicosia Flight Information Region and Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.The minister said the extremely sensitive status of the Middle East increases the possibility of such a scenario as a result of a conflict or crisis.He said that in 2006 more than 70,000 evacuees arrived in Cyprus from Lebanon, and that Cypriot authorities had demonstrated “unparalleled dedication” in addressing the situation at the time.“Cyprus will remain a safe haven for those in need, especially for the refugees that are forced to abandon their homes and families to save their lives” he said.The exercise will include a search and rescue phase at the end of the week and a live exercise at Larnaca port simulating the arrival of large numbers of evacuees into Cyprus, with local authorities working alongside other nations to manage the situation.You May LikeBukisaDo These Cute Dogs Have Characteristics Of Their Ancestors?BukisaUndoIQgal7 Most Important Points You Should Take Care of For Pregnant WomensIQgalUndoFaresaver.TravelDelta Airlines Deals From Only $59.99 One-Way!Faresaver.TravelUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tala events pulled after permission incorrectly granted

Tala events pulled after permission incorrectly granted

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneConcerted efforts to encourage people to visit the recently-upgraded Tala Square have suffered a blow after a string of planned events were cancelled by the local authorities, according to organisers.Dutch ex-pats artist Joep Klinkenbijl and jewellery maker Johanna Bey, live in the area and came up with the idea of organising regular musical events to encourage people to visit the heart of the popular hillside village.The village centre was revamped as part of a wider upgrade for the area.  The square was pedestrianised and modernised and the upgrade included a colourfully lit water fountain, flower beds being created in the square, new lighting installed and uniform pergolas added for businesses.The first event was hailed as a huge success, the ‘Christmas Square Affair 2017’, a collaboration with their Tala business, J & J Artworks Gallery, and Tala community council.It saw around five hundred people descend on the square creating a buzz.Klinkenbijl told the Sunday Mail: “I received signed and stamped permission from Tala council in February to organise regular musical events in cooperation with one of the councillors, as long as it finished before 10.45pm to respect residents,” he said.However, on March 21 after booking a slew of acts for eight upcoming events in 2018, he received a second letter which revoked Tala council’s permission to hold the events, citing a new law aimed at reducing noise pollution and a meeting with police who said that only village events for religious festivals such as Easter and Christmas would be permitted and that live entertainment would only be permitted at amphitheatres.But a spokesman for Paphos police told the Sunday Mail that this wasn’t the case and that in such cases, permission must be applied for from the Paphos district office who may then request an opinion from the police. “There is a procedure to follow. It depends on many things if permission will be granted such as what type of event it is, what time it is and so on.”Paphos district officer, Mary Lambrou confirmed that in cases of applications for events that use loud speakers such as music, applications should be made to the Paphos district office and not the community council as they may currently only issue permits for events that don’t use speakers. She added that each application made to the Paphos District Office is examined individually.“Talking generally, if a somebody wanted to organise an event that involves loudspeakers then the community council can’t give this permission, the individual needs permission from us and we consult the police authorities – it will be an objection or consent, We do give permissions for such musical events, if the area is suitable. Nearby houses shouldn’t be disturbed by noise for example,” she said.The Paphos district officer noted that although there is a new law in Cyprus concerning noise pollution, it has yet to be enacted and it would be a big help for authorities. In particular, she mentioned the use of decibel metres in order to monitor the sound.“We are hoping that it will come into effect next year as there are difficulties for all trying to control sound levels.” She added that in the case of Tala, there is an amphitheatre which can be used for events but didn’t completely rule out the use of other spaces in village and communities.A Tala resident that spoke on condition of anonymity said that he believed vested interest were behind the current situation.“Obviously the council members are all from the area, there is a conflict of interests on many occasions and I think this is one of them. The council members are not all organising the events, instead only one is along with a resident is with an expat couple. This speaks volumes,” he said.Paphos resident John Watts attended both of the Tala events and said that such events are important for communities with suitable spaces. And although the square has been revamped at a huge cost, it remains deserted. “It looks lovely, it’s such a shame,” he said.Watts said the events had created a buzz, which brought people of all nationalities together.“Once in a while, if all of the proper permissions are in place, events like these should be encouraged, I don’t know why it’s a problem,” he said.The head of Tala community council Areti Pieridou said: “We have no authority to issue permission for music events on council property such as the square. We can only do this when it’s in the community plans such as Christmas or Easter. We will have a Christmas celebration again this year, hopefully,” she said.You May LikeHistory Daily60 Abandoned Places You Need to VisitHistory DailyUndoNovelodgeHere’s Why Men Are Obsessed With WD-40NovelodgeUndoFood PreventThis Is What May Happen To Your Body When You Eat Oatmeal Every DayFood PreventUndo UK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Vacancies up 11 in Q1 Cystat says

Vacancies up 11 in Q1 Cystat says

first_imgThe number of vacancies in the economy rose an annual 11 per cent in the first quarter, to 3,761, and by 497 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, the statistical service said.The ratio of vacancies to jobs in the first quarter rose to 1.2 per cent from 1 per cent in the fourth quarter and 1.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. The highest ratios were 3.2 per cent in the administrative and support services and 3.1 per cent in hospitalityYou May LikeEditorChoice.comLittle-Known Uses For Aluminum Foil That Prove People Should Always Keep It Handy At All TimesEditorChoice.comUndoWork + MoneyThe Biggest Burger Chains in the U.S.Work + MoneyUndoTopixAre You Christian Enough To Beat This Quiz?TopixUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Latest attempt to keep halloumi UK trademark fails

Latest attempt to keep halloumi UK trademark fails

first_imgCyprus may have definitively lost the trademark for halloumi cheese in the UK, after a British court has refused to consider a last-ditch appeal filed by Cypriot authorities.According to daily Phileleftheros, on January 22 the UK’s High Court of Justice Business and Property Courts (Chancery Division) deemed inadmissible an appeal filed by the Cypriot government which was trying to reverse a previous ruling.The litigants were informed of the decision last Friday, the paper said.On December 19 the ministry of commerce had filed an appeal against the court’s November 28 decision, which ruled against an objection by Cyprus against the cancellation of its halloumi trademark in the UK.The trademark had earlier been revoked by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (Ukipo).Cyprus had applied to register the trademark on December 22, 1990 and it was registered on February 22, 2002 as “Cheese made from sheep’s and/or goat’s milk; cheese made from blends of cow’s milk.”On December 22, 2017 a British-based company, John & Pascalis Ltd, filed three separate applications to invalidate or revoke the trademark.The subsequent loss of the trademark was due to the government’s failure to mount a challenge and dispatch the necessary paperwork within the set deadline. A disciplinary probe is underway within the commerce ministry to determine whether officials were derelict in their duties.Following the latest development in the UK court, the government’s last option is filing for a new trademark for halloumi with Ukipo.Commenting on Monday, Akel MP Andros Kafkalias, chair of the House agriculture committee, criticised the government for “fouling up.”“We risk not only being unable to register halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin product but also, following the loss of the trademark in Great Britain, losing the trademark even in Cyprus. What a predicament!” You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

Gas bids pass muster

Gas bids pass muster

first_imgBy Staff ReporterTHE NATURAL Gas Public Company (DEFA) said yesterday that all four bids for the supply of natural gas have passed muster so far and will continue to be evaluated.The first assessment stage, which has been completed, related to pass/fail criteria covering the bidders’ financial standing, creditworthiness, experience and technical capability, and the technical suitability of the proposals.DEFA is evaluating the bids with support from advisors.“DEFA is pleased to announce that [each of the four] bids received are considered to be Qualifying Proposals and will proceed to the next stage of the evaluation,” it said in a statement.During the next stage of evaluation, DEFA said, it “will examine the likelihood of a reduction in overall generation costs on the basis of these Qualifying Proposals amongst other key elements of the commercial part of these Proposals.“The evaluation will be carried out with support from DEFA’s advisors and it is envisaged to take few a weeks to be concluded,” it added.DEFA said also that the bidders’ financial proposals have not been opened yet and remain sealed in dossiers.Given it is bound by confidentiality agreements, DEFA said it would release no further information.Based on its initial invitation for proposals, DEFA is seeking a supply line for seven to ten years, commencing in January 2016 and no later than June 2017. If an agreement is reached, the gas would then be sold to the electricity utility.DEFA is looking for a comprehensive solution involving all commercial and infrastructure requirements including sourcing, transportation and processing. Under the terms of the tender, DEFA is not obliged to accept any of the bids.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

Government considers €1bn bond issue in 2018

Government considers €1bn bond issue in 2018

first_imgThe Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) said Thursday the government may issue a euro medium-term note (EMTN), or Eurobond, of up to €1bn next year.The security is expected to cover up to two-thirds of the government’s financing needs next year, estimated to reach up to €1.5bn, the PDMO said in a statement on its website.Treasury bills will cover up to one-quarter of the financing needs while retail bonds and bilateral loans will cover up to 8 per cent of the government’s financing each, the PDMO said.According to the PDMO’s debt repayment timetable, published in September 2017, debt maturities next year will reach €903m. The amount includes two instalments of €312.5m each towards repayment of the €2.5bn loan negotiated with Russia six years ago.The government is expected to generate a fiscal surplus of around 1 per cent of economic output next year.The last time the government issued an EMTN was in June, with a €850m 7-year bond at an average yield of 2.8 per cent, now traded on the secondary market for 2.75 per cent.The total nominal value of outstanding Eurobonds at the end of September was €4.5bn, against a total government debt of €19.1bn. In November, the government paid back €614.9m to the Central Bank of Cyprus.On Tuesday, the government said it had appointed Barclays Bank. Citi, Goldman Sachs International, HSBC, J. P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking to help develop an “efficient” secondary market for Cypriot government securities.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

LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

first_img Categories: News 05May LaFontaine named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Dedication to promoting local business, hospitality praised State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was recognized today as Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) at its annual conference.“I am truly honored by this award and offer my congratulations to the MLBA for celebrating their 75th anniversary this year,” LaFontaine said. “The MLBA has been promoting responsible alcohol practices for decades and I am glad to support their efforts on the legislative front.”LaFontaine said an important duty of the organization is to represent independent business owners interested in growing Michigan’s healthy business climate and tourism opportunities, which is invaluable to the comeback state.“My colleagues and I in the House Regulatory Reform Committee work hand-in-hand with organizations like the MLBA to eliminate problematic, restricting rules that sometimes prevent Michigan’s small businesses from thriving,” she said. “One of the Legislature’s main goals is to move Michigan forward, and removing needless rules gets government out of the way allowing Michiganders themselves to build brighter futures.”###last_img read more