“(Williams) is good. He’s learning from one of the best,” Floyd said, referring to his all-pro teammate, Patrick Peterson.This is Floyd’s fifth NFL training camp, all with the Cardinals, who made the former Notre Dame wideout the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.In the four seasons that have followed, Floyd has caught 209 passes for 3,293 yards and 19 touchdowns, playing 63 out of a possible 64 games. Only once, however, has he topped 1,000 yards, which he did his second year.Questions remain whether or not Floyd can be a No. 1 option on a team.“No, there’s no question in my mind,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “I just know that he can continue to get better. He still hasn’t reached his pinnacle yet, but he’s gotten better and better and better each year.”The biggest knock on Floyd has been consistency: Can he make plays throughout the course of an entire season and not just flash his potential?Last year, Floyd, who in training camp dislocated three fingers that required surgery to repair, had just eight catches for 104 yards in the first five weeks of the season only to close with five 100-yard receiving efforts over the final eight games.“It’s just going out there and making plays. Coach said 50-50 balls, which I’ve been doing that all my life, so there’s really no big change to that,” he said. “But, it’s just nothing really changing, just going out there and making plays and making the majority of the plays that come my way and make something happen.” Top Stories The upcoming season is a big one for Floyd, who turns 27 in November. It’s a contract year. The Cardinals are paying him $7.3 million in salary after exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie deal a year ago.“I’m going out there and making plays. That’s my job, that’s what I’ve got to do, that’s what my teammates expect of me and that’s what I expect of myself. The rest will take care of itself,” he said. “I think if you think about too much it messes with a lot of things, mentally. For me, I kind of not worry about it at all, for the most part, and just go out there and get my job done.”That team-first approach is what Arians preaches.With the lofty expectations placed on the 2016 Cardinals, not only will Floyd have to do his job, but so will all of the wide receivers. It’s the deepest position group offensively.“We can be great,” Floyd said. “In our mind, we’re the best receiving corps in the league. I think that, and I think this year it will show. – / 25 More times than not, according to Palmer, Floyd is now winning the 50-50 matchups with defensive backs.“Physically, the best thing he’s done is he’s really started to figure out his body and go up and catch the ball at the highest point. He just got so used to doing it being the 6-5 guy in college and high school, where he didn’t really need to really get to the highest point and go up and use both hands, that he could still kind of catch it with his body,” Palmer said. “He’s really made some strides in using his body, using his height to his advantage and out-jumping guys for the ball. It seemed like he did it every day in OTAs. I’m looking forward to seeing him do it and continue to grow in that area for camp.”Palmer also noted Floyd’s maturity growth.“Being a young guy coming out of a big school and not getting to play right away, I think, is a little bit humbling,” Palmer said. “He’s just so consistent. He never asks for the ball. He never says, ‘Oh, I was wide open.’ He’s so realistic in the way he plays the game. He doesn’t care if it’s ‘Smokey’ (John Brown) or Andre (Ellington) or J.J. (Nelson) or whoever gets the touches, he’s just a team player.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Already only a handful of days into Arizona Cardinals training camp, the receiver-versus-cornerback battles between Michael Floyd and Brandon Williams are becoming must-see at University of Phoenix Stadium.On Sunday, with the pads on for the first time, the 6-foot-2 Floyd out-jumped Williams, who is listed at 6-feet tall, for a ball thrown by Carson Palmer in the back-left corner of the end zone. A few plays later, the rookie had his own moment, knocking down a slant pass intended for Floyd. Michael Floyd makes a catch in Cardinals practice on Saturday, July 30. (Adam Green/ArizonaSports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals promoted linebacker Bryson Albright to the active roster and signed offensive lineman Javarius Leamon to the practice squad in his place on Monday.The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Albright was added to Arizona’s practice squad on Sept. 4 and has one game of NFL experience. As a rookie in 2016, he split time on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad and active roster. The Miami (Ohio) product joined Buffalo last season after going undrafted and then playing with the Cincinnati Bengals during the preseason. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leamon, a 6-foot-7, 332-pound lineman out of South Carolina State, went undrafted this year and signed with the New York Jets in May.New York released Leamon on Sept. 2. New York Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock (49) puts a block on Buffalo Bills linebacker Bryson Albright (49) during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bills won 21-0. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments Share
Pei Modern is a relatively new institution for Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, but the harbourside incarnation of Mark Best’s popular formally-relaxed Melbourne bistro has won plenty of fans for its fresh, modern Australian fare. The first Paddock to Plate dinner of Wednesday 28 October was a chance for LATTE and other guests to get to know the producers behind the meals, showcasing wines by Craggy Range of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and succulent grass-fed meats from Victor Churchill Butchers.The menu was a celebration of beef in all its forms, from cured Blackmore bresaolo and steak tartare to a Rangers Valley fillet served with leek ash, beetroot and red miso, and slow-roasted Blackmore beef shin, accompanied by sauce Bordelaise. A cheese course of Pyengana cloth-bound cheddar with compressed apples and lavosh allowed for a palatal respite before a stunningly rich dessert of doughnuts, blood-orange jam and whey caramel.Four wines from Craggy Range accompanied the creations by Mark Best and his new Sydney Head Chef, Joachim Borenius, including the 2013 Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc, the 2012 Te Muna Pinot Noir, the 2013 Gimblett Gravels Syrah and the 2013 ‘Sophia’ Bordeaux Blend. Craggy Range is a labour of love for owner Terry Peabody and his family, who looked to start a family legacy through wine and now have a distribution that spreads over 50 countries. In fact, only 15% of their high-end wines are sold within New Zealand, so high is the demand for this drop.The Paddock to Plate dinner was a unique opportunity to learn about the produce that distinguishes Pei Modern’s cuisine. With its focus on seasonality and locally sourced ingredients, an insight such as this is a rare opportunity.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Cathay Pacific Airways will launch a new four-times-weekly service from Hong Kong to London Gatwick. Subject to government approval, flights will start on 2 September.The new service will complement the airline’s current five-times-daily service from Heathrow and will give it 39 flights a week between London and Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific also operates a four-times-weekly service from Manchester.Cathay Pacific will operate the new Gatwick service from the airport’s South Terminal with brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterNothing says family time more than a secluded getaway with your nearest and dearest, and Six Senses Zighy Bay is ready to welcome the largest of families to their own private resort within a resort called Beit Musandam (House of Musandam).Located at the secluded end of Six Senses Zighy Bay with its own stretch of private sandy beach and a 17-metre infinity swimming pool, Beit Musandam is the largest private villa in the Middle East. At 3000 square metres the private villa can sleep up to eight adults and four children making it a special location for family holidays and special occasions.Offering spectacular views of the Gulf of Oman, Beit Musandam has been carefully designed to reflect the traditional, local Omani architecture with its entrance leading to an open courtyard which overlooks the three sequestered buildings. This family compound has multiple living and dining areas enabling the residents to entertain in both comfort and style while families can make the most of the space for relaxation and group in-villa dining. Fitted with a fully equipped kitchen and staffed with a personal chef and GEM (Guest Experience Maker), every need is catered to 24 hours a day.Spa aficionados need not leave their private space for a treatment. Beit Musandam’s spa suite includes a fitness centre and yoga studio all located on the ground level of their compound. Guests can also enjoy the indoor shower’s steam function and take part in wellness programs at their convenience. The villa comes complete with its own gazebo-style majlis and Omani summer house; these two private areas allow guests to relax outdoors and experience the lifestyle of local Omani next to the infinity pool along with the ultimate environment to disconnect from everyday life and gather with the family.Dubbed ‘The Private Reserve’, families will have complete privacy and can experience everything the resort has to offer in the convenience of their own space with the all the stay inclusions shown below, during the upcoming Eid break:Meet and greet service on arrival at Dubai International Airport, up to eight peopleSpeedboat arrival or paraglide arrival, up to eight peopleRound-trip transfersDedicated GEM (Guest Experience Maker)Welcome amenityDaily breakfast either at Spice Market or in Beit MusandamOne 60-minute Six Senses Signature massage, per guest, up to eight peopleOne-hour fitness or yoga session with personal instructor for each guest according to their preferred timeAccess to steam, sauna and ice caveAccess to fitness centre and jungle gymUse of non-motorised water sportsUse of tennis, beach volleyball and pétanque courtsDaily afternoon amenity24-hour personal chef servicePrivate sunset dhow cruise with canapes, up to eight peopleOne in-villa barbecue dinner with private chef, up to eight peopleMini bar (excluding in-villa wine cellar)Laundry service once per stay for each guest with no limit to pieces of laundry during that one timeDeparture giftGo back to the e-newsletter
RelatedJetBlue announces new flight between Orlando and San JoseAmerican low-cost airline JetBlue has announced that it will launch a new flight between Orlando and San Jose in Costa Rica.Revealed: flight-booking hacks that can save you cash in 2019Back in the day, smart travellers could make savings by flying out on Tuesdays instead of the weekend, or switching to smaller airports. But times change – and so do airline pricing models. We analysed three years of Skyscanner booking data, and discovered some surprising new money-saving tricks.New flight routes of the month: AprilFancy a quick weekend in Frankfurt? Or maybe it’s time to start planning a summer getaway to Costa Rica? With fantastic new flight routes from British Airways and Ryanair opening this month, you could be there quicker than you think. When three Florida children flew to Nashville last month, rather than their intended destination, Knoxville, they became the latest victims of the ‘destination Doppleganger’.In July 2009 an Italian couple touched down in Sydney, Nova Scotia rather than Sydney, Australia.Last year, a British holidaymaker was sent to San Juan in Puerto Rico, rather than San Jose in Costa Rica by her travel agent, and other tourists aiming for San Jose, Costa Rica have landed in San Jose, California, and have then had to ask the way to San Jose, whilst already there.When hunting for flights, the ‘same name’ mix-up is an easy mistake to make, so to help travellers get to the right place, Skyscanner looks at famous destinations across the world, and their not so famous namesakes.York, England VS New York, USATravellers would be unlikely to confuse the quaint, walled City of York in England, with the massive metropolis that is the USA’s biggest city. However, The Big Apple was indeed named after its English namesake when the Duke of York decided to rename it. Whereas York, England has no airport, flights to New York could land at any one of the Big Apple’s three main airports.Paris, France VS Paris, TexasDeemed a city of love, flights to Paris continue to deliver visitors looking for romance. Paris, Texas on the other hand, is less well known on the international scene, although local residents call their town the ‘second largest Paris in the World’ to distinguish it from the numerous other Paris’ in the USA including: Paris, Idaho and Paris, Ohio.Aberdeen, Scotland VS Aberdeen, WashingtonThis city in the north east of Scotland boasts some stunning coastline, which persuaded Donald Trump to build his luxury golf and leisure resort here. Aberdeen in Washington, USA, is more famous for being the birthplace of grunge legend Kurt Cobain – a road sign outside the town is adorned with the words ‘Come As You Are’ after one of Nirvana’s most well-known songs.Venice, Italy VS Venice, LouisianaThe tiny town of Venice, Louisiana has been touted the ‘end of the world’ due to its location at the end of the Mississippi. Venice, Italy however, is far from far flung and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, luring millions each year to its labyrinth of canals and buildings built on water.Perth, Australia VS Perth, ScotlandPerth, Australia could not be more different from its namesake. Whereas the Australian version is a metropolis, being the 4th most populous city in Australia, Perth Scotland is considerably smaller, not to mention cooler and somewhat wetter.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Image: landhere, CC BY-SA 2.0..MusselburghThis originally Roman town is now best-known for its sporting traditions, with Musselburgh Racecourse and the historic Musselburgh Links, the oldest golf course in the world, both must-see sights for sports fans. You can also potter around the the past at the nearby Palladian-style property, Newhailes (Lothian bus no.30 stops outside the gate), or stop at the restaurant housed in the old Tolbooth on the High Street to sample some modern Scottish cuisine. Watching the boats bobbing at Fisherrow harbour, you’d hardly know that all the fun and frolics of Edinburgh is just five miles away.How to get to MusselburghA recently installed bypass from Edinburgh means its a mere 25-minute drive, or you can get to Musselburgh directly along the coastal cycle path from Leith or Portobello. Lothian bus 45 also goes this way. Image: Lee Kindness, CC BY 2.0..Craigmillar CastleWithin walking distance of the major Edinburgh attractions but far enough that you can block out the sound of the Royal Mile street performers, this ruined Medieval fortress is awash with bleak Scottish drama and wind-battered turrets. Although no longer habitable, it’s a remarkably well-preserved fifteenth century castle, with its very own Mary Queen of Scots claim to fame – it was here that Mary fled when her favourite, Rizzio, was murdered at Holyrood Palace. Before you get back on the Edinburgh sightseeing trail, head for a pint or a bite at traditional pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston, while you’re round this side of Holyrood Park.How to get to Craigmillar CastleBus no. 49 or 42 heading south of the city, down Dalkeith Road. The 42 also runs through Duddingston Village if you’re going on to the Sheep Heid. RelatedHow to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm…Edinburgh Festival Fringe 101: A first-timer’s guideEvery August, Edinburgh transforms from being Scotland’s prim and proper capital to the eclectic, eccentric and downright crazy city that hosts the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest arts festival in the world.Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010: ten great websites for Fringe fansGet the best out of the Fringe Festival with these great websites for Fringe fans… Image: theleastweasel, CC BY-SA 2.0..Looking for festival tips and tricks? Check out our Edinburgh Fringe 101 guide first! Dean VillageWalk about ten minutes from the hubbub of Princes Street and you’ll suddenly find yourself in what looks like a Bohemian country village, complete with stone bridges, gabled houses and only the sound of the Water of Leith to keep you company. This is Dean Village, one of Edinburgh’s hidden attractions. Walk one way alongside the water to get to the National Gallery of Modern Art (signposted), or stroll in the opposite direction to Stockbridge, another idyllic, well-to-do area of town virtually untouched by festival fever.How to get to Dean VillageHead up Queensferry Street at the West End of Princes Street and turn left onto Bells Brae, following the cobbled road down to the water from here.Rosslyn ChapelPossibly Edinburgh’s most popular attraction that’s not actually in Edinburgh, the success of the book and film The DaVinci Code (filmed on location here) has brought many a curious visitor to this beautiful church, looking for clues to the mythical Holy Grail. Fictional references aside, the incredible stone carvings preserved here since the fifteenth century, in particular the famous Apprentice Pillar, are enough to wow anyone. Make a day of it and explore the path that runs past the Chapel grounds and through the gorgeous greenery of Roslin Glen Country Park. Festival? What Festival?How to get to Rosslyn ChapelThe village of Roslin (with its confusing alternative spelling) is seven miles from Edinburgh and easily accessed by catching bus no. 15 from Lothian Road. Pentland HillsClimbed Arthur’s Seat but can’t get enough of those gradients? Never fear, Edinburgh and its surrounding area has plenty of inclines to tackle, and amongst the most scenic are found in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, south of the city. You’ll find lots of routes from various starting points but a popular one is the Capital View Walk, from Hillend Country Park – an easy three-mile circuit that allows you ample opportunities to admire the turrets and spires of Edinburgh’s skyline in the distance.How to get to Pentland HillsIt depends on your chosen route, but bus no. 4 or 15 goes to the Hillend starting point, or access the hills from Bonaly (no.10), Fairmilehead (no.11) or Hunters Tryst (no. 16 or 27). There are car parks at Flotterstone Information Centre, Harlaw and Threipmuir. Explore more of Scotland on your Edinburgh trip, with these tips for going even further afield…Scotland’s best beachesScotland is where you’ll find 10% of Europe’s coastline and more than 800 islands, and the great news is that you’ll often have the place to yourself – bar the odd seal, seabird or even dolphin. Incredible views around ScotlandSo you’ve been to Edinburgh, where to next? Get inspired with these stunning photos from around beautiful Caledonia.Spotted in Scotland: top Scottish film locationsWith Scotland’s landscapes being used as the setting for so many productions, you could actually plan a whole holiday around visiting awesome filming locations that there’s even a word for doing just that – set-jetting.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map CramondWith its romantic causeway at the mercy of the Firth of Forth tides, and a tiny centre consisting mainly of whitewashed brickwork, the old harbour and obligatory local pub, Cramond is the very definition of a quaint seaside village. Check the tide times here and plan your walk across to Cramond Island, site of former World War II defences. Don’t worry if you miss your chance, though – there are lovely, if bracing, walks to be had along the seafront, while The Cramond Inn does a mean line in pie-and-mash style comfort food and cheaper pints than you’ll find in many central Edinburgh pubs. On a budget? We’ve got more money-saving tips on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe here.How to get to CramondBus no. 41 will take you from Edinburgh straight to the main street in Cramond. Blackford HillOfficially the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Nature Reserve, the focal point here is Blackford Hill, home of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory. Check the Visitor Centre website to find out dates of their Public Astronomy Evenings this year, for fascinating tours and the chance to use the powerful telescopes to observe the heavens. During the day, the hill has a handy map at the top telling you which of Edinburgh’s many other peaks you can see off in the distance. Take the stiff but short climb up, or follow the gentler walking routes around Blackford Pond and the ‘Braid Burn’ – the stream which runs through the nature reserve. You might even spot an otter, a kingfisher or a heron in these peaceful wetlands.How to get to Blackford HillLothian buses can drop you off near various different entrances to the reserve. For Blackford Hill and the Observatory, take the 41 from The Mound, or for the Hermitage of Braid western entrance, jump on a 11, 15, 15A or 16 from Lothian Road. Image: prettyemmy, CC BY-SA 2.0..Jupiter ArtlandFor an alternative arts experience, journey into Jupiter Artland, one of the most unusual places to visit near Edinburgh – an outdoor complex of avant-garde sculpture, installation and landscape art set in beautiful parkland to the west of the city. A rotating programme of exhibitions, nature walks and craft workshops caters for all ages and children in particular will love the sense of fun in this expansive, large-scale artistic playground.How to get to Jupiter ArtlandJupiter Artland is 25 minutes from Edinburgh by car, or you can get the First bus no. 27 or X27 from Regent Road in the city centre. Look out for the gates to your right after passing Wilkieston. !(https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/ad/N5960.152879.SKYSCANNER/B9723587.133251306;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp];dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=?” BORDER=0 WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 ALT=”Advertisement “”)PortobelloEdinburgh’s seaside and affectionately known as ‘Porty’ by Edinburghers, this former Victorian resort has plenty of faded charm and – crucially during August – the chance of a bit of peace and quiet. Of course, on hot days you’ll be sharing the beach with rapidly reddening locals desperate for some sunshine, but on most days you can claim a patch of pebbles for yourself. Walk, rollerblade or bike down the esplanade (you could even cycle all the way to Musselburgh using the Coastal Path), and call in at one of the city’s cosiest pubs, the Espy. Handy if it starts chucking it down with rain while you’re having a paddle, the Espy has a robust menu of food, cocktails and hot toddys, as well as a cubby hole of board games in the back room.How to get to PortobelloThe easiest way to get to Portobello, Lothian bus no. 26 from Princes Street. Image: Chris Combe, CC BY 2.0.. North BerwickIt’s well worth taking a day trip out to North Berwick, especially in the summer months, when you can make the ferry crossing to bird-watcher’s paradise, the Bass Rock. Now one of David Attenborough’s favourite spots and famous as the roost of more than 150,000 gannets, this strategically-placed island was once fought over by Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as being the site of a fortress prison. The harbour is also home to the Scottish Seabird Centre, and the town has some of the finest hotels near Edinburgh, including the MacDonald Marine Hotel & Spa, with its prime position next to both the seafront and North Berwick Golf Club.How to get to North BerwickGet the train from Edinburgh Waverley station – they run every hour during the day and the journey takes around 30 minutes.
Cape Town, South Africa – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTaj Cape Town, the “oldest new hotel” in the city with luxurious interiors in striking architecture from 1896 and 2010, is celebrating its opening with a special introductory offer: book two nights at the best available rate and enjoy daily breakfast plus receive a third night free for stays through May 31.Set in an area steeped in history and alive with art, culture, cuisine and entertainment, Taj Cape Town is adjacent to Mandela Rhodes Place and St George’s Cathedral in the middle of a historic precinct. Here, St. George’s Mall, the Company Gardens, the Slave Lodge and the Houses of Parliament are just steps away, as are the Groote Kerk, Grand Parade and the City Hall.“Like all great city center hotels, you have museums, art galleries, top restaurants, live music venues, open-air markets and crafts all right on the doorstep,” says general manager Michael Pownall. “Taj Cape Town is very much part of this city center experience for Capetonians and international guests alike.”“We’ve spent two years and more than R500 million (approximately US$65 million) restoring the original South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers/Board of Executioners buildings for Capetonians and visitors to enjoy. This is a five-star luxury hotel, but we’ve been sensitive to the local market when setting our pricing. We want people who come in for tea or a meal to feel that they’ve had a great experience and great value for money. We also want our overseas guests to get out of the hotel and enjoy the city, so we tell them about all there is to see and do and encourage them to take sightseeing tours.”With its two entrances, the porte-cochere on Wale Street and the South African Reserve Bank entrance off St George’s Mall, the hotel is certainly welcoming. Both entrances lead into a magnificent lobby, which was once the main banking hall.The lobby is dominated by a barrel-vaulted skylight supported by four meticulously restored fluted marble columns. The chandeliers are also originals as are the heavy grills and doors at the pedestrian entrance, still bearing the South African Reserve Bank’s lion heraldry. Even the clock in the banking hall, which first kept the banking hours in 1932 has been polished and repaired. Just off the lobby are a formal lounge, cocktail bar and cigar bar.A beautifully crafted wooden staircase leads from the lobby to the first floor of what was the Temple Chambers and later the Board of Executioners Building, dating back to 1896. This floor houses the meeting and banquet rooms, where the wooden paneling, fireplaces, and large sash windows are all original.The furnishings in the 177 guest rooms combine old-world quality with modern amenities, such as high-speed internet and a wireless multi-media hub that allows laptops to interface with the television. All interiors are by renowned Singapore designers James Park and Associates, whose previous commissions include another of the Taj’s historic city center hotels, The Pierre in New York. Large marble bathrooms are standard and most rooms look out over the city or mountain. The Tower rooms in the new section of the building all have walk-out balconies and the two-bedroom Presidential suite on the 17th floor provides a panoramic view of the city and Table Mountain.Taj Cape Town’s delectable restaurant repertoire includes:-The Bombay Brasserie, a fine-dining Indian restaurant offering authentic Indian flavors in contemporary dishes and modeled on its famous namesake in London, which is considered one of the top Indian restaurants in the UK.-Looking out over St. George’s Mall, Mint is an all-day informal restaurant offering a classic menu featuring meat, seafood and poultry grills, with a contemporary interior, dramatic show kitchen, a mezzanine level for private functions and open-air tables under the trees in the Mall-The quaintly named Twankey takes it moniker from the statue overlooking the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets; originally intended as a symbol of the benevolence of the Board of Executors, Capetonians cheekily christened the large draped female the Widow Twankey after the pantomime character. Today the relaxed seafood and champagne bar below her celebrates this historic irreverence and is an ideal place to meet friends and enjoy a fresh seafood snack and a glass of excellent South African wine while local bands provide evening entertainmentExclusive to the Taj group, the Jiva Grande Spa draws on ancient Indian healing wisdom of Ayurveda. Everything that touches the body is completely natural, from organic cotton, sun-bleached fabrics and oven-baked pottery, bamboo fiber, soy cotton and a range of other ingredients making up 200 customized products. The spa is equipped with single- and double-treatment suites, beauty treatment rooms, and vitality pools. Downstairs from the spa is a fully equipped, modern Technogym, complete with a heated indoor pool, two saunas and men’s and women’s changing areas.The Taj Cape Town combines the comfort and convenience of a modern luxury hotel, with the splendor and character of yesteryear. It’s a mix of historic and contemporary Cape Town, reflecting the city around it.www.tajhotels.com
A new Yohji Yamamoto boutique will open in Paris in Autumn 2008. At the corner of rue Cambon and rue du Mont Thabor, the new 600 square meter Yohji Yamamoto flagship, designed by architect Sophie Hicks, will house Yohji Yamamoto Women’s and Men’s collections. The three-level corner façade will reflect the signature concept of Yohji Yamamoto boutiques: a white box. While preserving the original moldings, the outside is whitewashed: a subtle update to the historical exterior. The interior architecture functions to insulate the shopper from the bustling street outside. Upon entering one is transported into a “uniquely luxurious, comfortable and aesthetically Japanese” environment, says architect Sophie Hicks.A PARISIAN ADDRESS The location itself is a nod to fashion history. Known as rue “Mademoiselle Chanel,” rue Cambon is world renowned for a thoroughly luxurious and Parisian shopping experience. Yohji Yamamoto has said that rue Cambon has always had a place in his dreams.A WORLD OF DETAIL The new address marks the return of an exclusively Yohji Yamamoto shop, offering only the Yohji Yamamoto Femmeand Homme collections. Personal clothing racks are available for perusing in the greatest ease and comfort. All three levels of the shop are accessible by elevator. The ritual of packaging purchases is displayed on a long white table: a singular touch of refinement and a nod to traditional Japanese custom. A special wood panelling lines the entrance wall, suggesting the welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Japanese inn. Made in Japan and crafted from the thinnest of chestnut veneers, the panels echo bird-like shapes and lead the visitor into the main space.A BREATH OF FRESH AIR An underscored flaunting of commercial efforts, the main floor functions as a gallery of sorts: at once calm, intimate and serene. Visitors are enveloped by elegant spaciousness that spans the 195 square meters. The vastness of the space was conceived as a special luxury to allow guests to truly experience the universe of Yohji Yamamoto. It is more an interactive installation of sculpture and Yohji Yamamoto’s clothing, each giving the other new depth and meaning. Seamless white mannequins seem to disappear, giving an unreal and ethereal sensation of the clothing floating in air, referencing Yamamoto’s constant interest of the space between clothing and the body.Japanese Shojigami (shoji screen paper) crafted into bird-like shapes are suspended in the windows from the ceiling to the basement, creating an opaque sculpture wall of light and shape which allows the passer-by a glimpse of the clothing displayed beyond. Two curving staircases punctuate the ground floor. The Menswear collection is housed in the basement, a 110 square meter area. The Shojigami extend to this floor filling the space with atmosphere. At 145 square meters, the second floor houses the Yohji Yamamoto Women’s collection.THE WHITE BOX Matte white, an emblematic and impalpable color permeates the space: the white Shojigamito the white concrete speckled with white marble floors, to the fluid shaped staircases of the same material, white curtains concealing the cashiers, the long white table for packing purchases, and matte white subtle furnishings. The White Box metaphor connects all Yohji Yamamoto boutiques since 2007; the Y’s shop at 25, rue du Louvre and Y-3 at 47, rue Etienne Marcel. The White Box at 4, rue Cambon is indicative of the dynamic development of the brand following the 1000 square meter shop in Antwerp in the ModeNatie building, which opened in October 2007, and the 120 square meter shop on Gansevoort Street in New York, which opened in February 2008.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2018 7:25 am PDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Sky reconsiders Fox offer after Comcast bid LONDON – The Latest on the rival bids to take over U.K. pay TV operator Sky (all times local):12:00 p.m.London-based pay TV operator Sky says it is withdrawing its recommendation to shareholders to accept 21stCentury Fox’s bid in a move that came just moments after Comcast placed a better offer on the table.The U.S. media giant Comcast made a 22 billion pound ($30 billion) bid for Sky on Wednesday, topping a rival bid by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox.Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says his company’s cash offer values each Sky share at 12.50 pounds, 16 per cent higher than the 21st Century Fox offer of 10.75 pounds.___11:40 a.m.U.S. media conglomerate Comcast has made a 22 billion pound ($30 billion) bid for London-based pay TV operator Sky in move that threatens a rival bid by Rupert Murdoch.Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says his company’s cash offer values each Sky share at 12.50 pounds, above the 21stCentury Fox offer of 10.75 pounds.21stCentury Fox issued a statement saying it remains committed to its offer and is “currently considering its options.”21st Century Fox has offered to insulate Sky’s news operations from the influence of Murdoch and his family, who already own several other media titles in the U.K., to win approval of its bid.Comcast committed to maintain funding for 10 years for Sky News.
PARK CITY, Utah — A new study released Friday found that female filmmakers are submitting to and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in significantly greater numbers than they were a decade ago, but their numbers are still well below 50 per cent.The study by the Sundance Institute and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative looked at more than 26,000 submissions and acceptances for the 2017 and 2018 festivals. It found that 28 per cent of feature-length and episodic projects submitted were directed by at least one woman; 35 per cent of those were ultimately accepted.Race and ethnicity was also examined and 24.3 per cent of U.S. dramatic features accepted in 2017 and 2018 were by filmmakers of colour. Women of colour made up a third of that percentage.Data provided by the Sundance Institute for the 2019 festival, which is currently under way, has an even more diverse makeup. Thirty-eight per cent of dramatic features had a director of colour.“This study shows us where the pipeline for women and people of colour is robust and where more support is needed,” said USC professor Stacy L. Smith. “The gains we saw for women over the past decade reveal that change is possible and where more support is needed.”___Online:Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative: https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/aiiLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Matt Arnett of Atlanta, Ga, producer of the Sundance Film Festival narrative short “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” takes a picture of the Egyptian Theatre marquee on the first day of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Park City, Utah. The annual film festival runs through February 3. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Study says number of female filmmakers at Sundance improving by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2019 9:03 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Railroad settles civil suit in 2014 death of film worker by Russ Bynum, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 1:09 pm PDT SAVANNAH, Ga. — A railroad owner has settled a civil lawsuit by the family of a film worker killed in a 2014 train collision on its tracks in Georgia, ending the company’s appeal of a $3.9 million jury verdict in the case.Court records show CSX Transportation finalized the confidential settlement with Sarah Jones’ family Jan. 24. Jones was killed Feb. 20, 2014, when a freight train southwest of Savannah slammed into film workers shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman.Though CSX had denied filmmakers permission to shoot on its property, a jury in 2017 ordered CSX to pay $3.9 million in damages. The company appealed the verdict.The woman’s father, Richard Jones, said in a statement Wednesday: “We’re relieved that the lawsuit has concluded.”CSX spokeswoman Laura Phelps declined to comment.Russ Bynum, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett, right, listens as his attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. Brown Holmes is now trying to shift attention back to two brothers who told police they were paid to help stage an attack on Smollett. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File) Smollett attorney wants focus on brothers role in attack by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2019 9:13 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — Now that charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor’s attorney is trying to shift attention back on two brothers who told police they were paid by Smollett to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him.Investigators should look into the role of brothers Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, who are of Nigerian descent, said attorney Patricia Brown Holmes after prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against Smollett.“The two men who attacked him have indicated that they attacked him, so we already know who attacked him,” Holmes said.Authorities still believe Smollett concocted the attack in which he said two masked men beat him on Jan. 29. He also said they yelled, “This is MAGA country” — an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Smollett, who is black and gay, also said the men doused him with a chemical and put a noose around his neck. And Smollett told a detective that at least one of the attackers was white, according to Chicago police.Cook County First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats told reporters that prosecutors dropped the case because Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond payment and did community service. Magats also said that prosecutors needed to focus their time on violent crimes in Chicago.Authorities have said Smollett created the hoax because he was unhappy with his pay on the Fox show and wanted to promote his career.The Osundairo brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage the attack. Smollett said the $3,500 paid to the brothers was for fitness training.Prosecutors have said Smollett and Abel Osundairo, 25, became friends in 2017 and that Abel Osundairo was a stand-in for a character on “Empire.” Court documents said Olabinjo Osundairo, 27, also appeared as an extra in the show.The two brothers were initially drawn into the investigation after police released grainy images of two “persons of interest” in the area the night of the attack.Chicago police detained the brothers in mid-February at O’Hare International Airport after their return from Nigeria. They were questioned and their apartment in Chicago was searched.Within days, police said the brothers were considered suspects in the attack. But then, the two men were abruptly released and were not charged with a crime.They testified before a grand jury, and soon after Smollett was charged with filing a false report of the attack. The brothers’ attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said then that the brothers did not testify as part of any plea deal with prosecutors and that they were not granted any immunity from prosecution.Schmidt did not respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday. But in an interview with AP earlier this month , she said the brothers regretted their involvement.“It started by them having a relationship with Mr. Smollett. Mr. Smollett being in a position of power over them — him being this celebrity person who could pull strings for them and help them in their career,” Schmidt said.“They were thinking, I’m going to help my friend. He’s asking for this,” she said.But Smollett’s lawyer said the brothers had backed up the actor’s version of events.“The Osundairo brothers said more than once that the $3,500 check they received was for exactly what Jussie said. They were his trainers,” Holmes said.___Check out the AP’scomplete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.Associated Press, The Associated Press
A sustained increase in demand in building permits will help Cypriot banks improve their asset quality in the real estate sector, rating agency Moody’s said, as building permits in Cyprus reached a new high since the 2013 banking crisis.The island’s statistical service said the number of building permits issued in the country during the first four months of 2017 reached their highest level since the crisis.According to Moody’s, during the first four months of 2017, 1,861 building permits were issued, up 8 per cent year-on-year. The rise is the result of a 38 per cent increase in building permits for the construction of new homes, while the total value of permits issued in the first four months of 2017 was 36 per cent higher than in 2016.“Although Cypriot banks continue to face significant asset quality challenges, a sustained increase in demand for building permits would be a credit-positive indication of an improving operating environment for the construction and real estate industries,” the agency said in its bi-weekly credit outlook.Moody’s said it expects that “recovering demand for new real estate and overall improvement in the sector will increase construction companies’ cash flows, with positive implications on banks’ asset quality in the construction and real estate sectors, which constituted approximately 18 per cent of gross loans as of March 2017.”The agency pointed out that non-performing exposures (NPEs) in these sectors, based on the Central Bank of Cyprus’ assessment of troubled loans using the European Banking Authority’s broad definition, declined to 56.4 per cent in March 2017, from 73 per cent in November 2014, with the recovering construction and real estate sectors accelerating asset quality improvements.Moody’s believes that of the large domestic banks, Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, is likely to benefit most from an improvement in these sectors, which accounted for 31 per cent of gross loans in March 2017.Through debt to asset swaps, the bank’s Real Estate Management Unit (REMU), has acquired €1.4bn worth of property, an amount that constitutes 6 per cent of total assets, and the largest share of any Cypriot bank, Moody’s added.“A gradually recovering property market would facilitate REMU’s sale of these assets and reduce the likelihood of the bank recording losses,” the agency said.However, the agency noted that “notwithstanding the improving operating environment, it will take time for Cypriot banks to rehabilitate their balance sheets because of the long cure periods for restructured loans before they are reclassified as performing, and the substantial volumes of distressed debt, with system-wide NPEs at 45 per cent of gross loans as of March 2017.”You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Two people were reportedly injured on Wednesday evening during an argument in Paphos.According to police, a 29-year-old man visited an apartment where a woman, 21, was staying with her boyfriend, aged 20. The woman had allegedly previously had an affair with the visitor, which she had ended.The three are reported to have had a fight, and the 29-year-old pulled a small knife with which he slightly injured the younger man.In an attempt to grab the knife from her ex-boyfriend the woman cut her hand.The wounded couple went to the first aid department of Paphos hospital where the girlfriend was treated and released while her boyfriend was kept for further treatment.The alleged attacker was arrested for assault.You May LikeFinance BLVDLewis Hamilton Lives In A New Amazing HouseFinance BLVDUndoMental FlarePutting A Hole In The Cap Of A Wine Bottle Is The Beginning Of The World’s Best DIY HackMental FlareUndoWiFi SuperBoosterIf You Live In United States & Want Faster Wifi, This New Device Is Must-HaveWiFi SuperBoosterUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 22-year-old Indian man was jailed for 15 years on Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of a compatriot in January 2017 who had been stabbed during a street fight in Dherynia, Famagusta.The incident took place on January 4 and it involved two rival groups of Indian nationals who clashed over a disagreement they had earlier.In the early hours of January 4, a 19-year-old Indian man reported to Dherynia police that five people armed with knives and clubs had attacked him and his six roommates outside the flat they were staying.Earlier, the man said, they had been partying and consuming alcohol, with his roommates at an Ayia Napa beach where they also met the defendant along with four friends of his.The group then went to a house in the Pernera area of Protaras where the party continued until a member of the first group had a verbal argument with the defendant.Later, the defendant with five other individuals drove to the address where the others stayed and a fight broke out on the street.Two of the assailants stabbed a 23-year-old twice while the rest attacked three others with knives and clubs causing them injuries.The six attackers then left the scene, as four of the seven others, including the man who died later, went to the police station to report the incident.An ambulance was called to the station, which rushed the injured men to Famagusta hospital. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival having suffered two knife wounds, one near the heart.The defendant was arrested by British bases police the next day at the Pergamos crossing point when he tried to flee to the Turkish occupied areas. Four other suspects wanted by the police managed to escape to the north and remain at large.The court found that the “defendant acted in full agreement with the rest of the members of the group to attack and beat up their compatriots.”The court said the defendant had armed himself with a club and he knew that other members of his group wielded knives with large blades.“It is deduced with certainty that, irrespective of the fact that the defendant had not delivered the fatal blow, or the blows to the other injured individuals, the result was a possible consequence of the unlawful objective the members of the group of his friends had set out to achieve in which he actively participated, hitting the victim with the club,” the court said.The fact that the group had armed itself with knives and clubs with the aim of attacking and beating the members of the other company foretold what would follow with mathematical accuracy.You May LikeJob Tradition11 Powerful Secrets To Fast Fluency In EnglishJob TraditionUndoList Nebula8 Most Dangerous Dog BreedsList NebulaUndoZolearn9 Ways to Feel Young As You Get Older!ZolearnUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
POLICE are searching for the whereabouts of 48-year-old Apostolos Apostolides who was reported as missing from his home for four days.Apostolides was last seen at around 5pm on Wednesday when he left his home in the Nicosia district.He is 1.80 metres tall, of regular build, with a shaved head and a light beard. He was wearing jeans, a checked shirt, a military style jacket and boots.Police urge anyone who may have any information about Apostolides to call the Nicosia CID on 22082222, or the nearest police station or the Citizens Helpline on 1460.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo 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 Taboola
By Elias HazouCHRISTOS Orphanides, founder of the eponymous – and now debt-ridden- supermarket chain, is rumoured to be behind a venture to set up a new retail franchise.The new chain, GRV, has been running job ads in the press, seeking a general manager, a senior accountant and a head of marketing and sales. According to the advert, the company “is launching its operations nationwide.”A string of media reports have been suggesting that Orphanides is involved in the new business venture – and this while his own company Orphanides Supermarkets is currently under receivership.The claims surrounding Orphanides’ involvement are largely anecdotal; however, the magazine ‘In Business’ has done some research and found that the sole shareholder/owner of Micro Stores Ltd is a certain Pantelis Demosthenous. According to the publication, Demosthenous is an acquaintance of Oprhanides and the latter’s best man.The Mail was unable to get in touch with Micro Stores. But sources have confirmed the buzz in the retail business, adding that Orphanides’ participation is an open secret.What they have been hearing is that Orphanides has been buying up premises which up until now had been rented out by the old supermarket chain, in order to now house Micro Stores’ outlets.One source familiar with the supermarket’s saga said Orphanides’ possible connection to the new venture, be it covertly or even openly, is strictly speaking legal.There is nothing in Cyprus law preventing an entrepreneur who has been declared insolvent to engage in a new business.It’s more of an ethical question, the source said.Orphanides Supermarkets may be a zombie company, but officially it has yet to be declared insolvent. It’s currently under receivership by two administrators, one appointed by the former Laiki Bank (the chain’s largest creditor), the other nominated by Orphanides himself.The chain owes the banks (Laiki and Bank of Cyprus) a reported €150m, and some €85m to other creditors, such as suppliers.A petition to wind up the chain and declare it insolvent has been filed by GRV North Fruit, one of the chain’s major suppliers. The application has been filed with Larnaca district court, where hearings are scheduled to begin on June 21.While the court case is being heard, Orphanides Supermarkets can continue normal trading but are legally prohibited from selling off any assets.Should the petition succeed, liquidators would step in to seize the company’s assets. These would then be distributed on a pro rata basis among all the company’s creditors, both those holding secured debt (the banks) and unsecured debt (suppliers and other commercial creditors).In the event GRV North Fruit wins, the subsequent court order to liquidate the supermarket chain would also legally void any misappropriations of the chain’s assets that took place in the interim.In short, the creditors would select the liquidator to wind down Orphanides.And if it all pans that way, then – and only then – can the liquidator initiate disqualification procedures against executives of the supermarket chain.Under the Companies Law, a person found in breach of his or her fiduciary duties toward a company may be prevented from being appointed as a director of a limited company.Section 180 (‘Power to restrain fraudulent persons from managing companies’) states that where in the course of winding up a company it appears that a person has been found guilty of either fraudulent trading or breach of duty, “the Court may make an order that that person shall not, without the leave of the Court, be a director of or in any way, whether directly or indirectly, be concerned or take part in the management of a company for such period not exceeding five years as may be specified in the order.”Whether it ever comes to that is another matter, said another source who wished to remain anonymous.Either way, he said, he was not aware of a single case here of disqualification sanctions being taken against a businessperson.The source, knowledgeable about the Orphanides story, said he had no doubt the court would find Orphanides Supermarkets to be insolvent.But, he stressed, that in turn would open up whole new can of worms. That’s because, with the demise of Laiki, all its loans and assets have been transferred to the Bank of Cyprus. Laiki’s loans to Orphanides Supermarkets were evidently non-performing and as such should normally have ended up in the ‘bad’ Laiki along with the other toxic assets when that bank was broken up, but they were not.Instead, under a Central Bank decree, the entire loan portfolio of Laiki has been lumped onto the Bank of Cyprus, since under the deal to wind down Laiki the latter’s Emergency Liquidity Assistance funds have been transferred onto the Bank of Cyprus.Once the ongoing due diligence of Laiki and Bank of Cyprus has been completed, and after Orphanides has been formally declared insolvent, the Bank of Cyprus will find itself saddled with more bad loans than anticipated.“And then all hell’s going to break loose,” the source said, alluding to the Bank of Cyprus’ balance sheet.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
CYPRUS’ fiscal deficit for the second quarter (Q2) of 2013 declined to €225.6 million compared with €409.4 million in Q2 2012, according to data released on Friday by the Statistical Service (CyStat).For the first half of 2013, the fiscal deficit was limited to €202.9 million compared with €557.4 million in the first half of the previous year.Total revenues for the first half of the current year declined to €3.0 million compared with €3.3 million in the corresponding period of 2012 amid the deep recession.Total expenditure on the other hand for the first six months of 2013 marked a significant decline to €3.2 million from 3.8 million in the first half of 2012.The main categories of income for the second quarter ending April 2013 were taxes on production and imports that reached €704.9 million, up by 13.6 per cent compared with Q2 of 2012, of which VAT receipts reached €411.6 million (+14.5 per cent), income and wealth tax €369.8 million (+23.9 per cent). Income from services declined by 5.8 per cent to €103.7 million.The key expenditure categories were personnel salaries with €580 million, marking a reduction of 10.6 per cent compared with 2012 and social transfers 756.3 million (up by 8.2 per cent). Current transfers reached €108.6 million (down by 3.3 per cent). Capital formation declined by 43.3 per cent.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola