Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke If and when that does happen, or maybe before if the price is right, Gambadoro says the Cardinals will turn their attention to Chargers free agent Malcolm Floyd. Floyd may be a better option anyway for the Cardinals, as the 6-foot-5 wideout appears to be coming into his own as a deep threat, which is something Arizona could really use. And whether the Cardinals sign Edwards, Floyd or someone else, Gambadoro says the Cardinals will add a veteran receiver sometime soon.While the Cardinals appear to have a plan, the fear would have to be their seemingly one-track mind. Yes, signing Fitzgerald to a contract extension is important, but the team cannot afford to work on that while ignoring everything else. The Arizona Cardinals would like to sign free agent receiver Braylon Edwards, there’s just one problem:They still have to sign Larry Fitzgerald to a contract extension.According to Sports 620 KTAR’s John Gambadoro, the Cardinals do not want to risk losing their star receiver, and because of that are reluctant to pay Edwards the big money he is seeking.So, while Edwards begins to look elsewhere, including the 49ers and — shocker — the Eagles, the Cardinals will work on getting No. 11 to sign on the dotted line. last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation That’s how a team overcomes bad field position, a -3 inthe turnover department and an offense that scored apaltry seven points in the first half. The game neverreally got out of hand, which allowed the Cardinals toclimb back in and, ultimately, win.“It’s incredible to know that if you do make a mistake,you make a turnover, its not automatic points,”quarterback John Skelton said.So if you’re wondering how the Cardinals, who had lostfive straight to the 49ers, emerged victorious Sunday,your answer is pretty simple.“You start with the defense, that’s where it reallystarts,” Whisenhunt said. “They held them and made themstruggle, and then we made some plays offensively.” Stop us if you’ve heard this before: the Arizona Cardinalsdefense is playing at an exceptionally high level.The San Francisco 49ers had the ball 14 times Sunday, andthey gained more than 20 yards on a drive five times, andgained a total of 26 yards in the fourth quarter. That’ll do, defense.“The field position was bad in the first half,” head coachKen Whisenhunt said. That’s putting it mildly.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The 49ers had drives that began at their 14, Arizona’s 43,their own 33, Arizona’s four, their own 43, they’re own 22and the Arizona 16. The net result was 12 points.In total the 49ers had the ball in the red zone threetimes, and three times they were kept out of the end zone.“I think our defense, the best thing about us is werespond,” defensive end and weekly monster Calais Campbellsaid. “When we get put in tough situations, I feel likeright now what we’re doing is we’re not feeling sorry forourselves, we’re standing up and making plays that we needto.“We’ve got to respond.”The defense has done just that, which is why they aregetting a lion’s share of the credit for the team’sturnaround. The Cardinals have won five of their last sixgames, and have beaten a pair of likely playoff teams intheir last two. They’ve done it with a pass rush that has accounted for 10sacks over the last two games and a run defense that heldthe 49ers to just 90 yards on the ground. The Cardinalsdidn’t force any turnovers, but they were stout. They weregood. They were a safety net.“We just had so many guys make plays,” Whisenhunt said. ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ As the saying goes, the backup quarterback is the mostpopular player in the NFL. If true, what does that sayabout the backup’s backup?Ryan Lindley, whom the Cardinals selected in the sixthround of the 2012 NFL Draft, is seeing his stock risewithout having thrown an NFL pass. Top Stories Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said he thinksLindley will play by midseason, and while he wouldn’t gothat far, ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski feels like Lindleywill ultimately be an NFL starter. “I looked at a bunch of his tapes,” Jaws told ArizonaSports 620’s Burns and Gambo. “Now, I can put a highlightreel together and show you 25 throws that you would saythis guy should be a first-round pick.“Unfortunately, I could show you 25 throws where you sayhe shouldn’t be drafted at all.”And that’s just it with the 6-foot-4, 229 pound passer:He’s got all the tools to be a real good QB, but is notyet a real good QB.“You could see he could make throws; he didn’t make themconsistent enough.”Lindley finished his career at San Diego State with 90touchdown passes against 47 interceptions, struggling withaccuracy as well as the personnel around him. He completedjust 53 percent of his passes in 2011, a key reason forhis slide in the draft.Which is where the Cardinals come in.Lindley won’t be expected to do anything right away, asthe team already has Kevin Kolb and John Skelton ahead ofhim on the depth chart. And, he’ll stay that way, at leastfor a while.“So you get in a good situation where you can stand backthere and learn,” Jaworski said. “Throw 36,000 balls ayear at practice and training camp and the regular season,run the scout team. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Two years ago, when Bruce Arians was preparing the Arizona Cardinals for a matchup with the Indianapolis Colts, the coach compared playing against the team he led as the interim boss the previous season to playing your brother in the backyard.“I’m kicking your (bleep),” he said, with a smile.Earlier in the same press conference, he was asked about how improbable his journey over the previous couple years had been, after he briefly retired only to become the Colts’ offensive coordinator, then their interim head coach, then the Coach of the Year, and finally the lead man in Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians watch from the sidelines during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec 4, 2011. The Steelers won 35-7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Maybe this game means more than most for Arians; maybe it does not. If it does, the coach isn’t saying, though when asked if his players are curious about how he’s viewing it, he said not really. Why, you may ask?“They’ll probably just watch me all week.” “Oh yeah, from re-fired, excuse me, retired,” he said, with a chuckle.A little less than two years later, Arians will be facing off with the very organization that “re-fired” him, as the Cardinals visit Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.You’d think if the Colts were like a brother whom Arians had no ill will toward but wanted to beat then the Steelers would be on a bit of a different level, right?“I’ve been in the visiting side of that locker room about, oh gosh, eight times,” Arians said. “I’ve been in both sides of that locker room. I went back the year after I left for a preseason game. So yeah, it’s just another game on the schedule.”Sure it is, coach, Sure it is.As if anyone truly believes that.“Not at all,” Tyrann Mathieu said when asked if Arians has to tell them how much this game means to him. “We’ve got a couple ex-Steelers on our team, too, so I think it goes without being said.”“Oh yeah, not even just him, but with (Larry) Foote, Brentson Buckner is our D-line coach, we’ve got LaMarr Woodley,” linebacker Kevin Minter told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday when asked if this is a big game for Arians. “We’re pretty much the Arizona Steelers. They can’t wait to come see these guys.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You can feel it throughout practice and what not, these guys are really focused, they’re really tuned in to this game because it’s a homecoming for a lot of these guys.”Minter said Arians has not really told the team this game carries extra importance, but that there is more of a feeling for just how much he would like to leave the Steel City with a victory.The players know their coach, and they know his history. So they know. Hell, even the players on the other team know.“I don’t believe that,” Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said of Arians downplaying the significance of the game. “Knowing him and how competitive he is, I’m sure he’s going to want to come in here and put on a show; seeing how many people counted him out and wanted him out of here.”Arians was with the Steelers from 2004 until 2011, with the final five seasons being spent as the offensive coordinator. In that role, he helped guide the team to a pair of Super Bowls, including a victory in Super Bowl XLIII over the Cardinals.Yet following the 2011 campaign, the organization decided not to offer him a new contract, and ultimately hired Todd Haley, who ironically was the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator in that same Super Bowl. Asked this week if  if  thought Arians was going to retire once a return to Pittsburgh was not an option, Tomlin said he wasn’t certain but knew it was a possibility. However, seeing what Arians has done since leaving Pittsburgh — a 34-15 record along with a pair of AP Coach of the Year Awards — has come as no surprise.“I know a lot of those men, and obviously Bruce. They’re competitors. They’re very good at what they do,” Tomlin said. “They’re going to be in the thick of things always, because that’s just their mentality and they’re capable people.”Indeed they are.A win Sunday would be big for a lot of reasons, personal and professional. The Cardinals are currently 4-1 and have a two-game lead in the NFC West, and being able to knock off a potential playoff team on the road would go a long way toward cementing their status as one of the NFL’s elite.That’s why, for all of the talk about how beating his former team would be a big deal for reasons other than just earning another victory, there are some Cardinals who actually believe their coach when he says it is not.“I’m sure it does a little bit, but he’s so focused on this team and this year, and not years past,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Obviously, going back to a place you’ve worked before, there’s a little extra on it, but his focus is so on this team and getting to 5-1, what’s happening in our division, where we’re at and where we need to improve. Things that need to be fixed and coached that I don’t think he has time to really dwell on the past and all the great things he did in Pittsburgh.”last_img read more

The one thing that the Cardinals have developed t

first_img“The one thing that the Cardinals have developed through the years is a little more depth,” Jaworski said.With that in mind, they are still huge losses for the Cardinals and nobody can deny the impact of losing those three players.“That’s a loss that you really can’t afford to have,” Jaworski said. Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   “Carson Palmer is a human being like everybody else,” Jaworski said Friday on Burns & Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “If you haven’t won that playoff game it preys on your mind.”“He’s thinking about finding a way to get that first playoff win so we quit talking about it,” Jaworski said.As for if it will come up during the game, Jaworski thinks it will.“I don’t think it’ll affect him, but I think he’ll be thinking about it,” Jaworski said.The plus for Palmer and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals is that they are coming off of a bye week, something Jaworski sees as a plus for Arizona.“It’s a significant benefit,” Jaworski said.“You’ve got guys that have been playing a number of games that are nicked, they’re banged up and all of a sudden you get that bye week and you just walk away from the facility for a couple days. You don’t have the pressure, you get the opportunity for your body to heal, these injuries to heal.”Some of those players that are banged up include Tyrann Mathieu and Cory Redding, who will both miss Saturday’s game. The team will also be without Alex Okafor, but are better positioned than they were in the past to fill in for those missing players according to Jaworski. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst center_img Carson Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, but he’s only had two chances to win a playoff game and he’s failed both times.Palmer’s first playoff game in 2005 abruptly ended after one pass when he tore his ACL and MCL. In his second playoff game in 2009, Palmer threw more than one pass, but finished 18-for-36 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.Those past failures and the opportunity to overcome the lack of a playoff win could be on his mind as he faces off against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski does believe that to be the case. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

STAT OF THE GAME 21 The Cardinals limited the Ra

first_imgSTAT OF THE GAME2.1: The Cardinals limited the Rams, owners of the worst offense in the NFL, to just over two yards a play, and perhaps more importantly, without a touchdown.HE SAID IT“Got our fingers crossed,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Johnson’s injury. “It does not appear to be ligament damage.”NOTED– Fitzgerald’s 22-yard first-quarter catch extended his franchise-record streak with a reception to 195 straight games, the third-longest streak in league history.– Golden and Jones became the first set of Cardinals’ teammates with double-digit sacks in a season for the first time since 1984 and the third time in history.– Cardinals started their eighth different offensive line combination in 16 games with Evan Boehm becoming the fifth different starter at the right guard position.– With the victory, the Cardinals secured their first win against the L.A. Rams since 1993 and first win against the Rams at the Memorial Coliseum since 1976.– With the victory, the Cardinals secured their sixth consecutive road win against an NFC West opponent, including three straight road wins against the Rams. And so ends the Arizona Cardinals’ 2016 season.It ended with a 44-6 win over the Rams at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, but the outcome was overshadowed by the loss of David Johnson, who saw his afternoon end after suffering a left knee injury in the first quarter. And so, too, ended his pursuit of 100 scrimmage yards in all 16 games, which would’ve been an NFL first.Johnson finished with 44 total yards.Carson Palmer threw three touchdowns, Kerwynn Williams rushed for a score and Chandler Catanzaro kicked three field goals as the Cardinals (7-8-1) won their second straight, closing out the season with back-to-back division road victories. Comments   Share   It was absolutely no sophomore slump for Markus Golden. His two first-quarter sacks were his team-leading 11th and 12th of the season, giving him six in his last six games — not bad after a four-sack rookie campaign. For Golden, he becomes just the ninth player in team history with 12-plus sacks in a season and the first to do so since Bertrand Berry had 14.5 sacks in 2004. Also in that first quarter, Josh Mauro recorded two tackles for loss.Just two weeks ago, Harlan Miller was on the Cardinals practice squad. A week ago he made his season and NFL debut, playing free safety in place of the injured Tony Jefferson. And Sunday in L.A., again playing out of position, he recorded his first career interception, picking off receiver Pharoh Cooper, who on a double pass attempted to complete the across-the-field throw to Gurley. Miller ran under the ball and returned it 53 yards.Coming out of the locker room after halftime, the Cardinals immediately got after Goff. They dropped him four times in the third quarter. Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones each had a sack-and-a-half, while Golden recorded his third of the game. His 13 sacks are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in team history. Meanwhile, Jones hit double-digits in sacks with 11, the third time in five seasons he’s had 10 or more sacks in a season. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It had been more than two months since Fitzgerald last scored a touchdown. His five-yard catch on 3rd-and-goal to make the score 37-6 at the 11:35 mark of the fourth quarter was his first since Week 5 at San Francisco. It was his sixth of the season and 17th of his career against the Rams, the most of any active player against a single opponent. It was also his fifth catch of the game, giving him an NFL-best 107 on the season.THE BADWith just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Cardinals ran a toss play to Johnson on 2nd-and-3 at the Arizona 41. He was tackled for a three-yard loss, and on the play Eugene Sims landed on Johnson’s left leg. After being attended to for a few moments on the field, Johnson, at the 4:20 mark, limped off the field and later carted back to the locker room with what was announced as a left knee injury. He did not return.For the second time this season the Cardinals had a punt blocked. Yes, another special teams mistake in the season’s final game. Fitting, perhaps. It happened right before halftime. After Jermaine Gresham dropped a 3rd-and-3 pass, Matt Wile had his punt blocked by Chase Reynolds who ran up the middle, virtually untouched. It appeared Williams missed his assignment on punt protection. The play led to a Rams 36-yard field goal. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, left, throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals free safety D.J. Swearinger during the second of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) It’s the first time the Cardinals have won consecutive games since Weeks 5 and 6.They ended the season 4-1-1 against the NFC West.The Rams (4-12) lost their seventh straight.Palmer was 20-of-38 for 255 yards with four-yard, five-yard and 37-yard throwing scores to Jeremy Ross, Larry Fitzgerald and Darren Fells, respectively.For Ross and Fells, it was their first touchdown catches of the season.The Cardinals jumped in front 13-0. After the Rams made a pair of field goals to pull to within a touchdown late in the second quarter, Arizona scored 31 unanswered points, including a 68-yard pick-six by Justin Bethel to provide the final margin of victory.The Cardinals’ 44 points were a season-high.Defensively, the Cardinals sacked Jared Goff seven times, forced three turnovers and held running back Todd Gurley to 40 rushing yards.For the game, the Cardinals outgained the Rams 344-122 with 12 more first downs (21-9).THE GOODThough the Cardinals’ opening possession ended in a field goal, both Fitzgerald and Palmer recorded individual season marks on the 10-play drive. On the game’s third snap, Fitzgerald caught a 22-yard pass, pushing him past 1,000 receiving yards for a second straight season and the eighth time in his career. It also gave Palmer 4,000 passing yards for a third time in his Arizona career and the fifth such season in team history. – Among the Cardinals’ inactives were defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Robert Nkemdiche and Ed Stinson. Nkemdiche reinjured his ankle in practice this week.– A handful of Phoenix Suns players, including Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker, were expected to be at the game; the Suns play at the L.A. Clippers on Monday.UP NEXTMissing out on the playoffs for the first time in three years means the Cardinals will now place 100-percent of their focus on 2017.The new NFL season officially begins March 9 with the start of free agency. The draft will follow seven weeks later, April 27-29, in Philadelphia.And for those curious about next season’s schedule, it includes the usual NFC West opponents plus home games against the Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars and Titans as well as visits to Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Washington. 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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Also competing for a place on the depth chart are Andre Ellington, who moved back to running back after tinkering at wideout, Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny and rookies T.J. Logan and James Summers.In 2015, his first year with Arizona, Chris Johnson played in 11 games and rolled up 814 yards at 4.2 yards per carry along with three touchdowns before a tibia fracture ended his year.Last season, he recorded 95 yards on 25 carries playing behind David Johnson for four games before a sports hernia surgery prematurely wrapped his 2016.Heading into his 10th NFL season, Chris Johnson sits 463 yards shy of reaching the 10,000-yards rushing mark in his career. Only 29 players have reached that mark. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 31 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After two injury-capped seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, running back Chris Johnson hopes the third time is the charm. He re-signed with Arizona on Thursday for the 2017 season, reports John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.Johnson, 31, joins a crowded running back room led by All-Pro David Johnson, who in 2016, asserted himself as one of the best in the game by compiling 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The President of Uniwo

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Guy Young, recently made his inaugural visit to Sydney to share his plans for Uniworld in 2016/17. LATTE was among the handpicked media guests invited to lunch in the private dining room at Cafe Sydney, with drinks on the famed terrace, on Tuesday 2 February. With Circular Quay and the stunning harbour views as a backdrop, Guy and John Molinaro, GM Uniworld Australia, discussed Uniworld’s new itineraries and its latest unveiling, SS Joie de Vivre.Mr Young emphasised Uniworld’s quest to be the best on the rivers, highlighting a focus on quality and truly one-of-a-kind ships, outfitted with care and extraordinary detail by the team also responsible for the interiors of Red Carnation Hotels, one of Uniworld’s sister companies.SS Joie de VivreThe new ship will embark on its inaugural sailing on 28 March 2017, making its debut with Paris & Impressions of the Seine, a 10-day journey from Paris to Paris, featuring Auvers-sur-Oise, Etretat and Le Havre or Normandy beaches and Giverny. At 125 metres, the longest length permissible on the Seine, SS Joie de Vivre offers an intimate experience for 128 guests with 64 staterooms comprising 10 suites (including two Royal Suites – the first ship to have two of these deluxe accommodations), five of which will offer family- or group-friendly triple accommodation. Onboard features also include an infinity-view swimming pool (which can double as a unique dining experience when covered), a spa, fitness centre and a dedicated wine tasting room.As with all Uniworld Boutique River Cruise ships, SS Joie de Vivre will highlight culinary excellence with a farm-to-table philosophy; personalised experiences through small-group excursions and the ‘Choice is Yours’ programme in Europe for individualisation; Uniworld Cares in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation; one-of-a-kind ships featuring exquisite furnishings and original artworks; and one of the highest staff-to-guest rations in the river cruise sector.New itinerariesNew itineraries for 2016 in Europe & Russia include a 12-day Highlights of Eastern Europe & Istanbul journey from Budapest to Istanbul, the 21-day Portraits of Eastern Europe journey from Prague to Istanbul, and the 26-day Ultimate European Journey from Amsterdam to Istanbul.In addition to its comprehensive Europe offering, Uniworld has also expanded the 2016 Asia programme, including new itineraries in India, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.Multigenerational travelFollowing the increased demand for multigenerational travellers, Uniworld has further expanded its popular family-friendly programme, with nearly triple the amount of itineraries and departure dates available for the 2016 season. A 50 per cent discount is applicable to children between the ages of four and 18. The 2016 family-friendly cruises and dates include:8-day Castles along the Rhine (Basel to Amsterdam, 13 & 20 July 2016)10-day Rhine Discovery & Prague (Basel to Prague, 24 July 2016)10-day Delightful Discovery & Prague (Basel to Prague, 29 June & 4 July 2016)10-day Danube Discovery & Prague (Prague to Vienna, 29 July 2016)15-day Grand European Discovery (Basel to Vienna, 24 July 2016)8-day Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy (Venice to Venice, 26 June & 3, 10 July 2016)8-day Paris & Normandy (Paris to Paris, 3 & 31 July 2016)8-day Classic Christmas Markets (Frankfurt to Nuremberg, 12 December 2016)Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

This January Rosewood Londons Mirror Room will l

first_imgThis January, Rosewood London’s Mirror Room will launch an Art Afternoon Tea. Imagined by Rosewood London executive pastry chef, Mark Perkins, the afternoon tea is inspired by London’s vibrant and unique art scene, and will celebrate five iconic artists: Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Damien Hirst and Banksy.To be served in Rosewood London’s Mirror Room – itself a stunning work of art – the art- inspired afternoon tea will encapsulate creativity and modernity in keeping with the artistic philosophy of Rosewood London itself, the interiors of which reflect the British capital’s unique and stylish history, culture and sensibilities.Mark Perkins says: “London is one of the leading lights in the arts world, and I am continuously excited and surprised by it. Taking inspiration from some of the works exhibited here in the capital, I am delighted to present Mirror Room’s first Art Afternoon Tea.”With a menu that is a work of art in itself, incorporating Mark’s very own illustrations of his sweet serves, the tea will follow the format of a quintessentially British afternoon tea. Guests will first be presented with delicate sandwiches filled with time-honoured and perfectly executed flavours, as well as freshly baked scones also from the pastry kitchen, served with clotted cream, lemon curd and homemade strawberry jam.last_img read more

Click the cover to view the book onlineA concept d

first_imgClick the cover to view the book onlineA concept defining the highest level of luxury holidays coined by Traveller Made‘s think tank, The Luxury Travel Lab, has been recognised in a research paper and book called The Art and Science of Luxury – An Asian Perspective.The book by LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) and the Singapore Management University offers insight into luxury products, brands and purchasing trends, as well as a chapter dedicated to “The Case of Haute Villegiature”. Among those providing input and direction for the study was Quentin Desurmont, Founder and President of the luxury network community of travel designers, Traveller Made.Traveller Made launched the concept of Haute Villégiature last year.So what is Haute Villégiature?The report found a “boom of consumption of exceptional travels/stays/journeys from all cultural origins and around the world” with hoteliers, yacht rental operators and airlines increasingly “showcasing unique and sometimes time-limited products, such as bespoke services, pop-up rooms to stay in and unexpected encounters with the starred ‘Chef ’ of the hotel.”“Therefore, it looks like the industry is witnessing the already quite structured birth of a specific category of services that would belong to a different world than the luxury travel and hospitality sector,” the book says.The chapter compared the travel category to Haute-concepts in other luxury sectors, such as Haute-couture in fashion, Haute-cuisine in food, Haute-horlogerie in watchmaking and Haute-joaillerie in jewellery – all linked to Haute-façon and the notion of craftsmanship, unicity and know-how.“In the travel and hospitality industries, there is thus a new emerging concept, which has been labelled Haute-Villégiature, inspiring itself from the pre-stated Haute-concepts and the notion of “Villégiature”, a French word that opposes itself to strict tourism owing to its pace,” the report explains.Haute Villégiature – by definitionFollowing a Delphi Study that was based on responses from 18 travel industry experts in the luxury space, representing brands such as Belmond, Great Plains, Journey Beyond, La Reserve, TAJ, COMO, Peninsula and Forbes, the study finalised a list of statements that define Haute Villegiature. They include:Haute Villégiature is about the highest quality standardsPeople working for Haute Villégiature are led by passionOne objective of Haute Villégiature is to be a wow factorOne key component of Haute Villégiature is being creativeOne key component of Haute Villégiature is being innovativeClients of Haute Villégiature have specific expectationsEach Maison has its own style and personalityPeople working for Haute Villégiature are highly knowledgeable/experts in their businessOne objective of Haute Villégiature is to surpriseOne objective of Haute Villégiature is to exceed expectationsHaute Villégiature deals with unique clientsTraveller Made’s Quentin Desurmont evaluated the study saying:“At Traveller Made we are very happy that the international luxury research community evaluated the Haute Villégiature concept as an important milestone contributing to the future of luxury.“We are very honoured that the paper was chosen amongst many other research papers to be published in the LVMH-SMU Luxury Research Conference proceeding book. It is our duty to finance studies and researches that will help the luxury travel industry move to the next level,” Dersurmont concluded.Lead image: Kudadoo Maldives Private Islandlast_img read more

Miami Florida Reported by Elite Traveler the pr

first_imgMiami, Florida- Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Mandarin Oriental, Miami is celebrating its Asian roots with a new Asian art exhibition, featuring more than 20 pieces illustrating portraits, landscapes and still life using Chinese ink. The unique exhibition is commissioned by a group of eight native Miami artists called Guild and serves as a prelude to Art Basel Miami Beach. Guests and art lovers can view the exhibit in the hotel’s lobby throughout November 2012.The Guild artists featured in the exhibition have been working together since 2010. The group united around the principles of originality and craftsmanship, believing their art reflects meaning through creativity and ambiguity. The artists use Chinese inks, commonly used in fine calligraphy, to produce the pieces in the exhibition. Fine calligraphy is considered one of the highest arts in Chinese culture, making the exhibition an appropriate compliment to the hotel’s roots and artistic role.“Our hotel has long played a role in Miami’s prominent art scene,” says Jorge Gonzalez, General Manager and Vice President of Mandarin Oriental, Miami. “We are delighted to support local artists and look forward to welcoming guests and Miami residents alike to view these specially designed pieces.”The luxury hotel will kick off the exhibit with an exclusive live art presentation on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at M-Bar, the hotel’s lobby bar. While guests are viewing the exhibition, Guild artists will be hard at work creating pieces of art ranging from surrealistic to abstract pieces around the hotel. The event will also include live music and cocktails with the dramatic views of the bay and the Miami skyline serving as the backdrop. Guests staying at the hotel during the exhibition will receive a beautiful Mandarin Oriental Art Book. Room rates begin at $359 a night.www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

New York NY – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pri

first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRichard Mille extends his use of innovative materials with a new limited edition timepiece for the Americas, the RM 011 Titanium BROWN. The new watch marks the first appearance of a brown case in the Richard Mille collection.Other modern case materials and treatments have already proven popular in the Richard Mille collection, including DLC titanium for a dark black effect, and Titalyt for a matte gray case color. In the RM 011 Titanium BROWN, a PVD treatment on titanium results in a rich metallic brown case. The surprising shade is enhanced by bright orange, which is found on the inner bezel, crown, indicators and strap.The new timepiece features the flyback chronograph functions that are essential to athletes and sports fans alike. Some of the RM 011’s main features, which include major technical innovations, are its skeletonized automatic winding movement with adjustable rotor geometry; 60-minute countdown timer; 12-hour totalizer; annual calendar; and oversize date and month.Only 30 pieces of the new RM 011 Titanium BROWN will be made. The limited edition will be sold at authorized Richard Mille retailers in North and South America, as well as the first Richard Mille boutique in the region, which opens in Beverly Hills, California, this fall.Technical Specifications of the RM 011Titanium BROWN– Skeletonized automatic winding movement– Dimensions: 50.00 mm X 40.00 mm X 16.15 mm– Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, month display between 4 and 5 o’clock, oversize date display at 12 o’clock, flyback chronograph, annual calendar, 60-minute countdown timer, 12-hour totalizer– Rotor with variable geometry– Power reserve: 55 hours (without chronograph running)– Water resistant to 50 meters– Limited edition of 30 pieces– U.S. retail price: $95,000www.richardmilleusa.comlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 13 2018 10

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2018 10:19 am PDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting by the modernist master Robert Motherwell that disappeared from a New York warehouse in 1978 and was presumed stolen has been returned after 40 years, federal law enforcement officials announced.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman unveiled the 1967 painting, “Untitled,” at a Manhattan news conference on Thursday where he was joined by FBI officials who helped return the artwork to the foundation that owns the bulk of Motherwell’s artworks.The 69-by-92 inch (175-by-234 centimetre) painting was one of several dozen that went missing at some point in 1978 from a warehouse where they were being stored.Authorities said the painting was found last year in a garage in upstate New York by the son of a man who worked for the moving and storage company that Motherwell had hired.The New York Times reports that the man was helping his mother sort through some belongings when he noticed the artist’s name on the back of the orange, crimson, blue and black canvas.The man searched the internet for information about Motherwell and contacted the Dedalus Foundation, which Motherwell set up in 1981 to educate the public about modern art.The foundation contacted the FBI, which determined that the man’s father had worked at the moving company at the time the artwork disappeared.The man who worked for the moving company died in the 1990s. Authorities don’t believe the son, whom they did not identify, knew that the painting was stolen.William F. Sweeny Jr., the head of the FBI office in New York, said the bureau was “honoured” to restore the painting to the foundation “so that those who appreciate the value of fine art may now come to know the true narrative of the painting’s past, present, and future.”Motherwell was an abstract expressionist painter and printmaker who was part of the influential New York School that also included Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. He died in 1991. Robert Motherwell painting stolen in 1978 is returnedcenter_img This photo, provided in New York by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Friday, July 13, 2018, shows “Untitled” by modern artist Robert Motherwell. The 69-by-92 inch painting was one of several dozen that went missing at some point in 1978 from a warehouse where they were being stored. It was found last year in a garage in upstate New York by the son of a man who worked for the moving and storage company. The man returned the painting to the foundation that Motherwell set up before his death in 1991 to educate the public about modern art. (U.S. Attorney’s Office via AP) last_img read more

ROME — Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci who won Osca

first_img ROME — Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and whose erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris” enthralled and shocked the world, has died. He was 77.Bertolucci’s press office, Punto e Virgola, confirmed the death Monday in an email to The Associated Press. Italy’s state-run RAI said Bertolucci died at his home in Rome, surrounded by family.Bertolucci’s movies often explored the sexual relations among characters stuck in a psychological crisis, as in “Last Tango.” The self-professed Marxist also did not shy away from politics and ideology, as in “The Conformist,” which some critics consider Bertolucci’s masterpiece.Despite working with A-list American and international stars, Bertolucci always defended his own filmmaking style against what he said was the pressure of the U.S. film industry.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci dead at 77center_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2018 1:37 am PDTlast_img read more

Thirteen years on parents still seeking truth in sons death

first_imgThe parents of a 26-year-old man who was found dead under a bridge in Limassol in 2005, while serving in the National Guard, protested outside the attorney-general’s office on Thursday, demanding a probe to shed light to the death of their child.Dressed in black, Andriana and Charalambos Nicolaou clutched placards with photos of their dead son at the scene, under the Alassa bridge, and in the mortuary, once again pleading with authorities to find the truth about Thanasis’ death, suggesting there had been a cover-up.“We are asking for the case to be resolved right now. They have been tormenting us for so many years,” his mother Andriana Nicolaou told reporters.“My son was a soldier, he was serving his country and someone murdered him. Thirteen years have gone by but to me, it is like yesterday. I live his death every day.”The initial court verdict of suicide has been changed over the years to “not suicide” with “inadequate evidence for criminal activity and probable death as a result of a fall from high up.”However, the evidence gathered by the mourning parents disputes this verdict and indicates foul play with probable drowning.Their son, Thanasis had moved from Australia with his architect’s degree from Melbourne University, to set up a new life and an office in Cyprus. But he first had to complete six months of compulsory national service, during which, according to his parents, he was bullied for the first three months before he died on September 29, 2005.After the initial police investigation, state pathologist Panicos Stavrianos told the mother that Thanasis had probably got dizzy and fallen off the bridge.The mother spent six months fighting to get access to the police photographs and other forensic evidence of the scene, as she ruled out suicide.She said the photos showed no broken or protruding bones and her son’s mouth was full of sand, even though he was found lying on his back, which she said went unexplored in the original report.Over the years, the parents took the police photos and case file to get advice from experts in Greece, and the UK, all of whom ruled out death by suicide or falling.Judging from the photos and information provided, they concluded that their son was probably drowned and placed there.The mother said her son had been bullied but had misgivings about reporting them to his superiors. After finally having papers thrown in his face by fellow soldiers, Thanasis filed a complaint to his commanding officer.“This was not long before his death,” said his mother.In a statement released on Thursday, the attorney-general’s office said a police inquiry into the case, following the AGs instructions in 2014, has been completed and will be forwarded to the Legal Service.The parents have also lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights claiming the state had failed to carry out an effective investigation.You May LikeYachting MagazineThe World’s 20 Largest Yachts – Yachting MagazineYachting MagazineUndoHealthWatchThis Is The HealthWatch That Can Save Your Life!HealthWatchUndoAmiraspantry.comTry this Qatayef like mini pancakes filled with all sorts of goodiesAmiraspantry.comUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tsipras briefs Anastasiades on meeting with Erdogan

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday briefed President Nicos Anastasiades in a telephone conversation about Tsipras’ meeting on Thursday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Brussels on the sidelines of the Nato summit.According to a written statement from government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, in addition to a general briefing, there was an extensive reference to what was said during the meeting about the Cyprus problem.Anastasiades and Tsipras also discussed the stance of the Greek side in view of the visit of the UN Secretary General’s envoy Jane Holl Lute to Cyprus, with the common aim of resuming the Cyprus talks, Prodromou said. Lute is expected to meet with Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in separate meetings on July 23.Prodromou added that consultations between the two countries will continue to ensure full coordination of the plans that will lead to the desired agreement for a solution of the Cyprus problem.On Thursday, Tsipras described his two-hour meeting with Erdogan, as ‘difficult’. He said that he had stressed the importance of the continuation of the talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem in the context of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ framework.Tsipras also said that they both agreed on the need for close contacts between the foreign ministers of the two countries on this issue.The Greek prime minister also emphasised on the efforts of the two countries to reduce tension in the Aegean, after having reminded Erdogan that his recent visit to Athens aimed at improving relations between the two countries.“Turkish violations and provocations in the Aegean continue and are dealt with on the basis of international law by the Greek side,” he said. “I have presented Erdogan with data that highlight the increase in Turkish delinquency in the Aegean,” he said. Tsipras admitted, that this was not an easy meeting.Meanwhile, authorities in the north raised a number of objections to the latest report from Guterres on the extension of the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus’ (Unficyp). In a written statement, the ‘foreign ministry’ said that the report is favouring the status quo on the island to the detriment of Turkish Cypriots.Citing both content and technical concerns, the ‘ministry’ said that, in order for the peace keeping force to continue its presence on the island, the report is trying to give the ‘incorrect impression’ that Unficyp is the side that ensures peace and stability and that it therefore opens the door to ‘artificial agendas created by the Greek Cypriot side’.The report’s unbalanced approach is beyond comprehension, it said, as, while the steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side in a well-intentioned and constructive manner are being appreciated, it is trying to conceal the problematic and even worrisome attitudes of the Greek Cypriot side every time.Thus, the report seems to have been prepared to reflect the steps that the Greek Cypriot side should already have taken as a minimum by attributing equal importance to unequal behaviours.It also said that the report, like in recent years, has once again tried to reduce the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots that affects all aspects of their lives including, culture, education and sports, to a mere ‘concern’.“In general, the report is evaluated as an implicit compromise of the wish of the Greek Cypriot side in the direction of not changing the status quo and of the UN peace keeping force not losing its position”, it said.The breakaway regime, it said, will convey its objections to the report to the UN secretary-general and UN officials.You May LikeTherapy JokerTiger Wood’s Net Worth Will Leave You Without WordsTherapy JokerUndoSenior Living | Search AdsAffordable Assisted Living in Rowland Heights is Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsGetting an Online Job in USA Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Calls for greater oversight of pig farm operations

first_imgClaims that pig farms are operating illegallyRecent complaints against pig farming have highlighted once again the sluggish enforcement of laws.Concerned Orounda residents on Monday demanded an investigation into what they claim is the operation of two illegal pig farms in the area whose managers, they say, keep breaking the law and are polluting air and water, endangering people’s health.The group called for the implementation of the legislation regarding pig sewage and asked the agriculture ministry to take measures to close down the farms, saying their patience has run out.“In the past there were 30 to 40 pig farms in the area, and at the time the agriculture ministry applied a lot of pressure to build proper sewage systems on the farms, and gradually the farms stopped operating,” spokesman for the group, Yiannakis Charalambous said.The pig farms around Orounda are dumping all the pig sewage into ponds residents sayHe explained that in the absence of proper treatment of pig sewage, dangerous pollutants are released into the water and air such as nitrates and methane.This has become a problem once again when two farms were rented out in the past couple of years, and the managers, according to the protesters, don’t keep to any of the relevant laws.“They have dumped all their sewage in ponds, and pollute the underground water,” Charalambous said. “The farms are not even built in the proper zones. They also do a lot of other things which are completely illegal. One of them is very provocative. He trespasses and says he can do whatever he likes. The question is why can they operate now and why were the owners not allowed to get away with this in the past and these people are?”The pig farmers association says the subject needs to be seen from both sides, the farmers and the residents. Farms in the area did close down, he added, but not because there were problems with adhering to the law and they were forced to, but because the farmers were simply getting old.“I heard it is one couple who are complaining,” Kyriakos Charalambous, consultant of the association, said. “It is a matter of building plots in the area. The people living there have known for 40 or 50 years that there are farms in the area.”Life has changed in the past 40 to 50 years though and not all farms closed down because of the advanced age of the owners it seems.Latest figures show 65 pig farms in CyprusMost pig farms are on the outskirts of Nicosia and have effectively become enclaves, surrounded by residential areas and other agricultural and farming zones, Petros Mavrommatis, head of the livestock department at the agriculture ministry said, adding that many had to close down when planning permission licences were introduced in 1990.This much is clear, but now the story becomes murkier.The farmers reportedly applied for a sewage licence six months ago, but according to Charalambous authorities are slow to respond. “There are several departments involved,” he explained, “it may take two or three years to get a licence because of bureaucracy.”Until the issue with the licence is solved, he said, the farmers cannot be taken to court.That bureaucracy is at fault became obvious when this newspaper tried to find out how the licensing works. Do farmers get a licence which they have to renew? If yes, how often does it have to be renewed?The veterinary services commented by saying they only do checks having to do with the wellbeing of the animals, and have nothing to do with sewage. Officials at the agriculture department gave me numbers of the environment department, and a spokesman for this department said he was not sure if it was the agriculture or environment department which was responsible. According to officials from both departments, they needed permission to reply, but though I sent the necessary emails to their directors, there was no reply.Phone calls to the persons I was asked to contact were not answered.As the official replies were not forthcoming, I asked a farmer what is actually happening.Christakis Neophytou, who owns one of the biggest pig farms on the island, said his farm is inspected every 15 days by the government. He has no problems with this, as his farm converts all waste into biogas, creating electricity for both his farm and the electricity authority.Asked if he needs to periodically renew his licence, he says there is no such thing. It is a question of the government withdrawing a licence for not operating in the correct way which cannot happen in his case as everything his farm does is legal, transparent – and expensive.“It cost half a million originally to set it up and the special machinery is expensive to run,” he said. This is, he added, why it may well be that the farmers in Orounda do not have a licence and operate illegally. These farmers may know that there is a huge delay in obtaining the permit which leaves them years to rent the places and farm in any way they want – at a low cost.The cost of pig farming has spiralled after EU legislation introduced in 2013 and this is another factor which in recent years has driven farmers to abandon their profession or try to find ways to get around the laws.As of January 1, 2013, pregnant sows were not allowed to be kept in individual gestation stalls, as was standard practice until then. They now have to be kept in group pens, allowing them to freely move around during their pregnancy. Until then, farmers were using ‘sow’ stalls in intensive pig farming to help with often fraught feeding times and deal with aggression such as ear-biting. But animal welfare campaigners argued sows suffered psychologically from being separated from other animals and were hit by ailments such as lameness. The stalls were so narrow and constricting that sows could only stand up to eat and then lie back down.While animal welfare groups across Europe welcomed the move, many members at the time predicted that the cost of applying the ban will force more breeders out of the sector.In Cyprus, the government has recently claimed that the local pig industry is still strong. The 65 swine farms operating in Cyprus are able to cover over 90 per cent of Cyprus’ needs in pork meat, said agriculture minister Costas Kadis in April, citing agriculture ministry data.Yet, the number of farms is down from 2012, where reportedly 91 farms were inspected by the government, while demand for pork is growing.In 2016, over 257 million pigs were slaughtered in the European Union. This was two million more than in 2015 and 5.2 million more than 10 years ago.In 2016, the production of pork in the EU amounted to 23.4 million tonnes. This translated to 45.9 kg per each EU inhabitant and was one and a half kilogramme per person more than in 2006.  You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Fireman police lose shift pay appeal

first_imgThe administrative court this week rejected a group appeal by some 200 police officers and firemen against cuts in shift allowances during the economic crisis.The same court ruled in favour of seven mental health nurses who were among the applicants, as it was deemed that, in their case, the termination of one of their allowances violated the principle of equal treatment.All applicants, police officers, firemen and civil servants working on a 24-hour shift system, appealed to the administrative court over the implementation of the 2014 law on state budget concerning cuts in allowances for overtime and shifts.These concern the abolition of the afternoon shift allowance, the reduction by 25 per cent of the allowance for work on Sundays and public holidays, reduction by 20 per cent of the night shift allowance and reduction by 33 per cent of overtime pay during public holidays.Among the applicants four firemen also challenged the lawfulness of the act in relation to the 25 per cent reduction in an allowance they had received for non-work on public holidays but who had reached their fixed hours during the rest of the week.The mental health nurses had also filed an appeal for being excluded from beneficiaries of a special allowance for hazardous work given up to that point to nursing staff employed in Mental Health Services. The allowance was after 2014 limited only to nurses employed in secure hospitalisation units.The court ruled that, concerning police men and firemen, “in the appeals before us, it is firstly apparent […] that the state was in a great financial crisis” and had to comply with its obligations with its Troika of lenders. Therefore, it said, cuts are justified on grounds of public interest.As regards nurses, court ruled that excluding some categories of nurses from the right to the hazardous work benefit was illegal, as it violates the constitutional principle of equality which does not allow for arbitrary differences in the reduction of the allowance between civil servants of the same category.The decision to cut that allowance to some, the court said, was on the basis of making savings and no study was made in relation to the work hazards of one group over the other.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 AdsUndoGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementTop Cardiologist Reveals “Fascinating Trick” That Combats Weight GainGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tourism minister sworn in updated

first_imgThe key pillars of tourism should be giving visitors pleasant experiences and memories to remember, the island’s first tourism minister Savvas Perdios said Wednesday during his affirmation ceremony at the presidential palace.“Above all, tourism is feelings and lifetime memories for a visitor,” he said. “And I emphasize the word feelings because no one will remember forever what you tell them, but certainly they will remember what you made them feel.”Those feelings, Perdios said, will not be difficult to create “through polite service, imaginative gastronomy, and authentic hospitality.”“Whatever the form of tourism, religious, sports, medical, or other, what I have said will always be its basic pillars.”“One can see buildings and beautiful scenery in the media but they cannot taste food or feel the warmth of authentic hospitality,” the minister said.Perdios said reforms, legislation, and national strategy will be done gradually but nothing can be done using a magic wand. “It takes hard work, teamwork, and not much talk.”Speaking at the ceremony, President Nicos Anastasiades said it was an important milestone for the sector, ushering in a new era of modernization.Tourism is a vital component of the island’s economy, contributing over 13 per cent to the GDP. Between January and November 2018, Cyprus saw around 3.8 million visitors, setting a new record.Anastasiades said the state aimed at tackling problems and challenges constantly arising in the industry as a result of a fluid and competitive international environment.At the handover ceremony later Wednesday, Energy and Commerce Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, who had also held the tourism portfolio, said Perdios was given one of the most important sectors of the economy.“When we spoke of four million arrivals many people said they were science fiction scenarios,” he said.Revenues from tourism in 2018 were over 2.7bn.Lakkotrypis said there was no question of conflict of interest because of Perdios’ and his family’s involvement in the hotel industry.“The president had two choices; either to appoint someone outside the tourism industry who doesn’t know anything, or appoint someone from inside the industry,” the minister said.Perdios is essentially taking over the Cyprus Tourism Organisation whose board will be disbanded.Board member Stelios Ioannides said after some 48 years, the CTO had reached the end of its lifespan.The minister would now have to oversee the modernisation of the new entity, he added.You May LikePlarium 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more