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November 08 2018

first_imgNovember 08 , 2018 You might also be interested in Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … The Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocado in Mexico (APEAM) says that disruptions to Michoacan operations are continuing despite an agreement having been reached during talks earlier this week.Last week, hundreds of growers who are unhappy with the prices they were being paid by packers paralyzed harvesting and packing operations by blocking roads with vehicles.They are seeking to establish a minimum price for the fruit, but APEAM says that such a move would be illegal because competition laws in both Mexico and the U.S. allow for free trade between individuals.Growers have also been protesting against fruit grown in other parts of the country being exported illegally from the Michoacan to the U.S.In a statement, APEAM said that during a meeting on Tuesday with growers and representatives of the government agency the Federal Competition Commission (COFECE), an agreement was reached to end the roadblocks and to meet again later this week.However, it said that some growers have failed to comply. As a result, APEAM said that operations have been halted indefinitely for safety reasons.”APEAM has decided to stay out of the conflict since after listing to what was said by the group of non-conforming growers and having listened to the recommendation of the COFECE, it is evident that this related to a trade issue between individuals,” it said.”In this sense, the association, adhering to its statutes, is refraining from participating in what is clearly an illegal act with severe legal and criminal penalties, the intention to try and fix and manipulate the price of avocados.”Local media Mexico News Daily reports that the strikes are costing the industry 85 million pesos (US$4.3 million) a day.It said that more than 1,000 producers stopped work and set up checkpoints on highways in 11 municipalities last week. The producers on strike are reportedly asking for a minimum price of 35 pesos (US$1.75) per kilo. Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … last_img read more

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PRESS RELEASE ORANGE COUNTY CA – Zespri is launch

first_img PRESS RELEASEORANGE COUNTY, CA – Zespri is launching the season with new packaging and a national consumer campaign reaching more consumers than ever with their “Let Your Taste Wander” campaign with several in-store elements to help drive traffic at retail. Additionally, Zespri’s retail trade campaign, “Get with the Program” encourages retailers to meet with Zespri’s market development managers to create customized retail programs designed for their unique shopper.“Zespri is investing in growing consumer demand,” explains Sarah Deaton, Zespri’s shopper marketing manager. “Our SunGold brand awareness has increased over 41 percent nationally and over 117 percent in top U.S. cities year over year. We finished last season with a strong 47 percent growth in our proprietary SunGold variety, with plans to continue to invest for growth in the coming season.”Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit is a healthy snack consumers can eat on the go by simply cutting, scooping with a spoon and enjoying its tropical sweet taste. Zespri’s new packaging conveys the nutritional information as well as care instructions. Zespri’s consumer campaign helps drive this message in addition to encouraging consumers to “let your taste wander.” Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit consumer campaign is aimed to help shoppers explore outside of their typical fruit selections and break from their predictable grocery shopping routines. As part of the promotion, Zespri encourages consumers to wander and experience new things in their daily lives earning badges to win fun prizes and bigger experiences including airline miles and family adventure vacations to name a few. The promotion will be featured in Hulu TV, People magazine, Martha Stewart Living and a variety of health publications.Zespri Season April 16 , 2019 You might also be interested in NZ: Zespri sends first kiwifruit charter of the ca … Zespri: “It’s certainly been a busy year for us” … center_img Consumers will be looking for this exciting new kiwifruit so retailer success is dependent on increased visibility in store. On average, retailers who fully execute Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit programs receive increases in their incremental sales. In fact, a recent third-party study* has shown a 96 percent dollar increase when doubling the size of the kiwifruit display to 6 ft. x 2 ft. Multiple display locations also help increase sales. Additionally, the third party study* indicated that merchandising kiwifruit next to berries and grapes increased kiwifruit sales by 80 percent!Zespri’s market development managers are available to meet with retailers to customize programs and provide in-store signage along with a digital integrated campaign to geo-target shoppers to reach them at different touch points throughout their day. These digital tools help bring top-of-mind awareness to SunGold and other varieties of Zespri Kiwifruit. SunGold, Green and Organic varieties will be available at retail in bulk, one-pound and two-pound clam packs.Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit will be available May through February. The New Zealand season ends in November and Zespri Kiwifruit from Italy will extend the season through February. SunGold Kiwifruit from Italy is grown to the same strict standards producing the best-tasting kiwifruit that is consistently sweet and delicious.Zespri is launching the season with new packaging and a national targeted consumer campaign with several in-store elements to help drive traffic at retail. Additionally, Zespri’s retail trade campaign, “Get with the Program” encourages retailers to meet with Zespri’s market development managers to create customized retail programs.About ZespriZespri International exports premium kiwifruit to 59 countries and is recognized as one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies. Based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Zespri is 100 percent owned by current or past NZ kiwifruit growers, and employs around 500 people in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Zespri brand is the global leader in premium quality kiwifruit.  On behalf of 2,500 growers in New Zealand and 1,200 growers based elsewhere, Zespri manages kiwifruit innovation and supply management, distribution management and marketing of Zespri Green, Zespri SunGold and Zespri Organic. For more information on Zespri North America, please visit www.zesprikiwi.com. NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … NZ: Zespri moves into new headquarters … last_img read more

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appointmentscruiseSilversea Cruises

first_imgappointmentscruiseSilversea Cruises During a time of significant growth for Silversea Cruises, the company has announced two new appointments for Australasia. Steve Richards joins the team as Sales Director for Australia & New Zealand, Sandra Cahill has been appointed as Silversea’s newest Business Development Manager, responsible for the Northern NSW territory, and Annie Weinert has been appointed as second Inside Sales Manager to support trade.In his new role, Steve Richards will be responsible for the establishment of new and existing business in both markets. He has previously held positions as Head of Commercial at Best Western, and also as General Manager at Wendy Wu Tours. Sandra Cahill joins Silversea following recent roles at Oman Tourism, Pandaw, Insight Vacations and APT. She takes over from Julie Golding, who has been promoted to Key Accounts Manager. Annie Weinert has been with the Silversea team for over 10 years.Also joining the Silversea team in the last month are Gemma Walker who has been appointed as Commercial Manager; Filomena Maio, who has been appointed as Trade Reservations Team Leader following Tim Pierce’s promotion to Reservations Manager; and Julian De Carlo who takes the role of Sales and Marketing coordinator.IMAGE: Silver Muselast_img read more

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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 Horton gave Matthews his 1999 Mercedes Benz SL500 convertible in exchange for $20 dollars. Matthews got a pretty great deal when you realize the Kelly Blue Book value of the car is $17,585. Not a bad going away gift if you ask us.Moral of the story for members of the Cardinals defense? Take care of Horton by say holding opponents to 14 points a game and making him look good this season and at some point he’ll most likely return the favor. Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator Ray Horton may be known for the hard hits his squad will deliver, but he may soon be known for his softer side for a gift he delivered.On his way out of Pittsburgh the former Steelers assistant made it a point to take care of someone most in professional sports would have even thought of, the chef at the team’s cafeteria.According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Horton gave Maurice “Mo” Matthews, the man who had made him food while with the Steelers, a gift the team employee would never forget.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories last_img read more

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I was fascinated to listen to the NFL Network cove

first_imgI was fascinated to listen to the NFL Network coverage after Thursday night’s game and hear Kurt Warner talk about how the Cardinals are using Larry Fitzgerald more inside than outside and its causing him to face a lot of zone coverages. Fitzgerald obviously had his most success in the league being outside where he is better once he can get that big body going. As an inside player, you have to be ready to adjust your route all the time depending on the pressure. There are a ton of adjustments for inside players, a lot of reads to make. It is much more of a mental game. You become more of a thinker. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals still use their $120 million receiver on the outside, just not as much as he is used to and not as much as he should be. I imagine the Cardinals’ offensive brain trust wants to get Fitz away from defenses rolling a safety over the top of him and causing double coverage. But when defenses see Larry inside, they go zone and he is not in man-to-man coverage where he excels. Playing inside has caused Fitz to play much slower than he is accustomed to. He was never great at getting separation, whether lining up inside or outside. He is great at is getting position. He uses his body as well as anyone in the league at shielding/screening off defenders and uses his reach and great hands to make catches even with a defender in tight coverage. The numbers don’t lie. Fitz is having a down year. He is not playing as a top receiver in this league, just an average one with 32 catches for 432 yards. He’s only topped the 100-yard mark once this year while failing to rack up 70 yards in five games — including two where his total was under 35.That’s certainly not the Fitz we are accustomed to. I’m sure the hamstring injury is playing some role in his ineffectiveness, but I tend to think it has more to do with the way he is being used. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 36 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Maurice JonesDrew For me I think he goes to th

first_imgMaurice Jones-Drew: “For me, I think he goes to the Cards. He fits that system. He’s that Bruce Arians type of guy.” https://t.co/Sd5Gt16kyD— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) March 29, 2016NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects Jones as a second-round pick. The Cardinals do not have a second-round pick in this year’s draft and their next selection after the first round is No. 92 in the third round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Ohio State QB @CJ12_: Haven’t made any trips yet but I’m excited to show what I can do in private workouts. #Bills & #Cardinals scheduled.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 28, 2016Jones started his redshirt sophomore season in 2014 third on the Buckeyes depth chart, but ended the year as arguably the biggest star in college football. After injuries to both Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, Jones had the first start of his career in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin and thrived.He was 12-of-17 in the Buckeyes’ 59-0 win for 257 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.Jones followed that up by leading Ohio State to a national championship. In the semifinal and final combined, Jones threw for 485 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, showing off stellar arm strength.There was talk of Jones possibly being a first-round pick, but he came back to school for the 2015 season.He struggled to pull away from his co-starter Barrett, finishing the season with 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw less than ten passes in six of Ohio State’s 13 games.The Cardinals have been down this road before. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Jones resembles former Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Logan Thomas. Like Thomas, Jones is a great athlete for his size.Some see Jones as a good fit for Arizona. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have a scheduled private workout with one of the biggest names in college football. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12) warms up before an NCAA football game against Illinois Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb) Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals Chandler Jones watches the scor

first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones watches the scoreboard during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) At any rate, now that Jones is here, expectations are high for him to produce, and to have his regular season debut come against the very team that traded him only adds to the intrigue, if not the intensity.Arians said he has not seen much of a difference in Jones this week that would indicate this game means more to him, noting he comes to work every day so it’s difficult to make that claim, and Jones himself said he is not particularly amped up.“A lot of people say this is a big game for me, but I’m approaching it like another game,” he said. “It’s very fortunate I get to play against my old teammates, and like I said, I’m excited to go out there and compete against them.”However, one of his teammates — Calais Campbell — said he has seen a little more from Jones this week.“Yeah, you can tell in the way he’s practicing it means a lot to him,” he said. “He always practices hard, but he has a different pep in his step, and I understand why. He’s such a good player and a guy that we’ve grown to really respect really quickly, so I definitely want to make sure we play our best ball for him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   Informed that Jones said he’s treating this like every other game, Campbell said while Jones is probably trying to do that, it’s only natural to feel differently about one like this.Of course, maybe what Campbell sees as motivation for this game is really just the difference between preseason Jones and regular season Jones?Doubtful.As Campbell said, human nature would dictate that yes, Jones wants to play well against and beat the Patriots a little more badly than he would any other opponent.Campbell said Jones has not been giving any kind of speeches or anything, but one thing the linebacker can provide is a little insight into the Patriots. He did, after all, play four seasons for the team, and has a better idea than some about things they like to do.“Yeah, from the things I can remember, definitely,” Jones said of sharing information. “That’s another part of the perks of me being here, for sure.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter The Cardinals acquired Jones in a March trade that saw them part with guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick. In need of pass rush help, Arizona felt the 26-year-old who posted 12.5 sacks in 2015 and has amassed 36 in four NFL seasons could be a perfect fit.Jones, who is entering the final season of his contract, has done nothing to disappoint in his first six months with the team.“He’s added a big-time edge rusher,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He can set the edge in a run because of his length. But he’s added what we were looking for: a full-time edge pass rusher who can play both sides and can actually get inside and play three technique and has a lot of flexibility. He’s done a good job in coverage as an outside linebacker.”Jones has been asked to play more outside linebacker in Arizona, meaning he is sometimes dropping into coverage and not always just asked to go after the quarterback. It’s been an adjustment, but in making it the former first-round pick has shown the kind of versatility he brings to the table.“I have a few roles here in Arizona,” Jones said. “Whatever the defensive coordinator tells me to do, or whatever B.A. tells me to do, I’m going to do it.”center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Chandler Jones was not going to pretend that Sunday’s game against his former team, the New England Patriots, does not carry a little extra weight for him.“Like I said in a previous interview, I had this one circled in a red marker,” he said after practice Wednesday. “But I’m excited to face the old team, and I’m excited. Very excited.”Think he’s excited? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jones said he will help the team as much and in any way he can, though he understands he was brought in to get after the quarterback.Over his first four seasons, along with the sacks, Jones has tallied 217 total tackles, one interception, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.Arians said thus far he has not seen anything out of the linebacker that has surprised him, because they had already seen his diverse skill set on tape. What has impressed him is how well the former Patriot has fit into his new locker room. According to the coach, that is “the biggest thing.”Jones said the process was made easier because his new teammates gave him a warm welcome when the trade was made, which allowed the transition to be great.“Carson Palmer called me, Larry Fitzgerald, he texted me; Honey Badger, Tyrann (Mathieu), he called me, all those guys were, ‘hey, welcome to the team,’” he said. “It was just a great feeling for those guys to all reach out to me at once and welcome me to the team.”That happened before Jones arrived, and while it did not surprise him, he said it felt good for the team’s star players to reach out.Maybe it was a byproduct of a veteran locker room filled with good people. Or, perhaps the gesture had to do with the fact that Jones could be the missing piece to a Super Bowl puzzle.last_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals 23 start has put their pla

first_img The Arizona Cardinals’ 2-3 start has put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.While the Cardinals are not out of contention in the NFC West, how their quarterback performs will be the key to reach to postseason. Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer was out during last week’s 33-21 game against San Francisco due to the NFL’s concussion protocol.Heading into Monday’s game against the New York Jets, ESPN writer Mike Sando gave his take on the league’s contenders and pretenders and placed Arizona in his “Flawed, but not yet pretenders” category alongside Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals (2-3): The Cardinals have the quarterback, running back and pass-rush personnel to factor when it counts. But they’ve suffered enough turnover along the offensive line to call into question whether Carson Palmer can get comfortable and stay on the field. If Palmer remains a question mark, the Cardinals will drop into the pretender category.Palmer has started 22 of the Cardinals’ last 23 games, so concerns about his health might be unfairly called into question. However, his play has dropped off from 2015. Through his first four games this year, Palmer has a QB rating of 81.9, which ranks 24th among 31 qualified NFL quarterbacks.The veteran quarterback will have to take advantage of the Jets (1-4) during in order to continue the salvage operation of their playoff hopes.The Jets rank 22nd in yards allowed per game but rank 31st with 303 passing yards allowed per game. On the flip side, the Jets are first in run defense, allowing just 68.4 yards per game. If Cardinals’ running back David Johnson, who is currently fifth-best in rush yards per game, isn’t able to have a considerable impact on the game, Palmer will have to find a way to get the offense going. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson 23

first_imgArizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) First and foremost on Johnson’s mind was playing time.With David Johnson entrenched as the starter in Arizona, Johnson was expected to look elsewhere for an increased role once free agency hit. And he did.Not once did he think about retirement.A couple of teams showed interest, Johnson said, but “this still was the best situation, and at this point in my career not wanting to go in and learn a totally whole new playbook and have to learn a whole new city and all those things, moving and all that, it was just best to be here.”And now that he is, Johnson sounded confident when speaking to reporters that he would get his touches, saying, “this year might be a little different.”Asked why, Johnson mentioned his relationship with head coach Bruce Arians and conversations that the two had over the offseason.Those conversations included offensive sets featuring an all-Johnson backfield, according to Arians.“We’ve always wanted to have some two-back stuff. We’ve had it in the plan every year and one of the two gets hurt all the damn time,” he said. “But, we’ll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there; and the same with Kerwynn (Williams) and Andre (Ellington), all those guys have that position flexibility of playing receiver and running back.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Returning to the Arizona Cardinals was always an option for running back Chris Johnson. But first, he wanted to explore his other options.And in the end, the Cardinals were the best option, according to Johnson, who this week put pen to paper on a one-year contract, thus extending his Cardinals tenure to a third straight season.“It took some thinking, but at the end of the day, I just felt like this was the best place for me,” he said Friday, after completing the run test. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Last season was a struggle for Johnson. He played in the first four games before suffering a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve and subsequently ended his 2016 with career-lows in both attempts (25) and yards (95).Johnson, who turns 32 in September, enters his 10th NFL season 463 yards shy of 10,000 for his career.“It’s important, but most of all I still get to play football,” he said. “It’s something I always dreamed of doing. It’s always a goal of mine to play over 10 years in this league, so that’s the main thing for me.”If nothing else, the signing of Johnson gives the Cardinals added depth and, perhaps more importantly, some experience in the running backs’ room, which this season is under the direction of Freddie Kitchens, previously the team’s quarterbacks coach the past four years.“I’m excited. I definitely am glad that he’s back,” David Johnson said. “I was hoping that he would come back here just because he’s a great leader and obviously a great player and I can’t wait to learn some more from him.”Lesson No. 1: Don’t be late. Chris Johnson made it a point to report to training camp on time.“I just always knew I was going to make a decision, whatever it was going to be,” he said, “before training camp starts so I can be in training camp and get in football shape for the regular season.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa rushes

first_imgDallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa rushes during a preseason NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Prior to his tenure with the Cowboys, Mayowa was a reserve for the Oakland Raiders from 2014-15 and entered the league playing in two games as a rookie for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013.In 57 career games and 11 starts, Mayowa has recorded 72 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.Dallas released him on March 7.At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Mayowa joins a front seven in Arizona that lost pass rushers Josh Mauro (released) and Kareem Martin (free agency) in the offseason. Veteran free agent tackle Frostee Rucker remains unsigned.The defensive end group for the Cardinals includes Mayowa, Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Bryson Albright, Praise Martin-Oguike and Moubarak Djeri. 4 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Free agent defensive end Benson Mayowa signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, more than a week after he visited the team.The 26-year-old undrafted pass rusher out of Idaho played for the Dallas Cowboys the last two seasons, recording 46 tackles and 7.0 sacks with a forced fumble and fumble recovery over that span. He appeared in 27 regular season games and started eight times for Dallas.In 2016, Mayowa recorded a career-high 6.0 sacks.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Crystal Cruises contin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCrystal Cruises continues to explore the world in new ways, calling in new locales for its 22nd annual World Cruise in 2017.  Four new ports are part of Crystal Serenity’s ‘Southern Celebración’ voyage (which sails in full, 94 days round-trip from Miami on 10 January 2017). The marathon journey travels an intensive route through some of the most historically and culturally rich cities and ports in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, the Caribbean and even Antarctica.“Whether one is venturing to a region for the first time or is seeking new ways to explore long-beloved destinations, there are always new places to see and new cultures to encounter,” says Crystal President and CEO Edie Rodriguez. “The 2017 World Cruise voyages offer guests the valuable opportunity to experience a diverse and holistic journey, with the varied history and traditions among the countries visited, while also fully engaging with the customs and beauty of South America as a region.”Crystal’s maiden call destinations on the 2017 World Cruise are:Santo Tomás de CastillaSet along the Caribbean coastline between Honduras and Belize, this remote stop boasts a down-to-earth atmosphere that will give travellers a glimpse of the authentic Guatemalan lifestyle, complete with rugged adventures, ancient UNESCO-listed Mayan ruins, and exotic foliage and wildlife at one’s fingertips. Along the way, guests can take part in snorkelling, horseback riding on the beach and kayaking in the warm coastal waters.MataraniThe small fishing port of Matarani is a gateway to one of the most stunning spots on the Peruvian map: Arequipa, the UNESCO-listed town surrounded by three volcanoes, each towering at heights of around 6000 metres. An adventurous, architectural and intellectual hub, Arequipa boasts a pretty town centre featuring white buildings made of volcanic stone called sillar, and draws thinkers and diplomats, along with climbers and adventurers to its iconic sites.IquiqueIquique’s mining history evokes a vibe reminiscent of the American Old-West, while restored Georgian and Victorian architecture, duty-free shopping, wide swaths of beach and a sea with terrific surfing and paragliding, balance the atmosphere with that of a classically welcoming Latin beach community.Castro Island (Chiloé)Situated on the island of Chiloé, Castro is Chile’s third oldest city in continued existence. Castro’s history is tangible and resplendent UNESCO World Heritage Sites, its palafitos and archaeological and contemporary art museums showcasing the island’s diverse and innovative culture are renowned. Crystal’s 2017 Southern Celebración World Cruise is also available for booking in six segments of 10 to 26 days, with all-inclusive segment cruise fares starting at US$4190 per person double occupancy including all taxes when booked by 29 February 2016. All-inclusive full World Cruise fares begin at US$38,645 per person double occupancy including all taxes when booked by 29 February 2016 Full World Cruisers also enjoy special amenities, including exclusive events on board and ashore, specially selected gifts, private chauffeured transfers between the ship and airport, and US$1000 per person in ‘As You Wish’ shipboard credits.Additional savings are also available for first-time Crystal guests, as well as returning Crystal Society members.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Its been a huge couple

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIt’s been a huge couple of days for Italian shipbuilding company, Fincantieri. Having delivered the sixth Viking ocean ship at its shipyard in Ancona late last week, Fincantieri also launched Regent Sevens Seas Cruises’ next ultra-luxury vessel into the water for the first time on Saturday 9 February 2019.Seven Seas Splendor is the second super-luxury cruise ship from Fincantieri and is scheduled for delivery in February 2020.Like her sister ship Seven Seas Explorer, delivered at the Sestri Ponente (Genova) shipyard in 2016, Seven Seas Splendor will be 55,000 gross tonnes with accommodation for 750 passengers. Just last month, Fincantieri received a firm order from Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, for a third unit of the series, which will be delivered in 2023.Like Seven Seas Splendor, Virgin Voyages’ launch vessel, Scarlet Lady, was also floated out on Saturday 9 February 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente. Scarlet Lady is the first of four ships that Virgin Voyages has on order. Construction can now commence on the interior fit-out of the ship, slated for launch at the beginning of 2020.Event attendees included Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages President and CEO, while Fincantieri was represented by Luigi Matarazzo, Senior Executive Vice President Merchant Ships Business Unit and Paolo Capobianco, director of the shipyard. Godmother of the ceremony was Giuliana Rindone, an employee of Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente.Scarlet Lady will weigh about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 metres long and 38 wide. Virgin Voyages’ second ship, currently under construction in the same yard, will be delivered in 2021, while the third and the fourth units will set sail respectively in 2022 and 2023. They will all feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,160 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service.Fincantieri has built 88 cruise ships from 1990 to today (65 from 2002), while another 55 are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.Lead image: Seven Seas Splendor hullGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter With the cool temperatu

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWith the cool temperatures of winter setting in, now is the perfect time to stop dreaming and start planning your next holiday to an exotic destination with Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC). Lisa Pile, Vice President of Sales AUNZ at RSSC, has shared her top seven all-inclusive luxury voyages for 2019 aboard The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet, visiting the likes of the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Asia and the Middle East, to name but a few.“All of RSSC’s in-depth itineraries offer an unrivalled experience for our guests, so it was incredibly difficult to select only a few highlights with availability remaining for 2019! However, the voyages below are quite hard to go past. Providing the opportunity to visit some of the most incredible and exotic destinations across the globe such as Turkey, Colombo and Provence will certainly excite even the most seasoned of travellers – not to mention the all-inclusive, highly personalised service that Regent provides throughout each and every voyage,” said Pile.“For a limited time only, these voyages also offer our guests the chance to enjoy up to 55% off the original fare with our Suite Sale, making a last-minute getaway to a dream location even more enticing,” Pile adds.Seven-seas-navigatorLisa Pile’s Top Seven Voyages For 2019:1. Dubai to SingaporeDeparting 16 November 2019 from Dubai aboard Seven Seas Voyager, RSSC’s Opulent Capitals & Sacred Shines voyage is a 20-night itinerary that visits some of the Asia’s most sought-after destinations including Fujairah, Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Kochi, Colombo, Yangon, and Phuket. Guests have access to 40 free shore excursions including the opportunity to experience an off-road desert safari in the United Arab Emirates; visit a special selection of ancient temples and places of worship in Mumbai; and meditate at a Theravada Buddhist temple with monastic elders in Colombo.“There’s something I find so mystical about this part of this world, which is why this is my favourite itinerary of the year. It’s hard to go past such an incredible voyage that offers the chance to see an array of exotic destinations like Dubai, Mumbai and Colombo, as well offer such an interesting onboard enrichment series to our guests.” 2. Oslo to StockholmDeparting 20 August 2019 from Oslo aboard Seven Seas Explorer, the Scandinavian Summer itinerary is a 10-night voyage visiting a raft of glorious Scandinavian ports, including Oslo, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Visby and Stockholm amongst others. Guests can take advantage of 37 free shore excursions, including the chance to part in a range of incredibly-Scandi activities like cycling through the flat enchanting streets of Copenhagen; experiencing local life by sampling several beers and Danish cuisine; and discovering Visby’s stunning beauty and storied past during a wonderful visit to Gotland’s capital city.“With seemingly endless sunlight, effortlessly chic cities and stunning forests, Scandinavia is on the bucket list of many travellers – including myself! This voyage is also on board The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, which offers an experience to our guests like no other during sea days, such as sumptuous cuisine, impeccable service and all-balcony suites.”3. Rome to AthensDeparting 8 October 2019 from Rome aboard Seven Seas Voyager, the Crossroads of Antiquity itinerary is an 8-night exploration of the rich history, stunning landmarks and rustic villages of the Mediterranean, including Sorrento, Taormina, Ephesus, Istanbul and Bozcaada. Guests can experience 31 free shore excursions, including a memorable trip to the Amalfi Coast on a private tour bus; experiencing country life in a small rural village in Kusadasi; exploring the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palaca and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and enjoying a sweeping view of Bozcaada Town atop a 15th-century castle.“October is the perfect time to visit the Mediterranean, as guests will be able to explore the region without the summer crowds. This itinerary is also particularly impressive as it also takes you to some of the lesser-travelled parts of the region such as Bozcaada and Ephesus in Turkey.”Barcelona4. New York to New YorkDeparting 15 October 2019 from New York aboard Seven Seas Navigator, RSSC’s Escape to the Cape sailing is a 10-night round-trip of the coastal towns, stone streets and quaint atmosphere of the North Atlantic, including Newport, Cape Cod Canal, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, and St George’s. Guests can take advantage of 35 free shore excursions, including the chance to walk along Newport’s spectacular Cliff Walk trail; experience an insider’s tour of the prestigious Harvard University; sip on Nova Scotia’s renowned brews at Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery and the Stag Head’s Inn; and snorkel two of the finest reefs off Bermuda.“I believe the North Atlantic is a part of the world that is highly underrated as a travel destination. With its vast forests, island getaways and seaside villages, this itinerary invites guests to an endless amount of wandering.”5. Barcelona to AthensDeparting 19 August 2019 from Barcelona aboard Seven Seas Voyager, RSSC’s Aegean Adventures sailing is a 10-night itinerary that visits a some of the Mediterranean’s most captivating landscapes, historic city centres and pristine waters including Provence, Monte Carlo, Tuscany, Rome, Valetta, Santorini and Ephesus. There are 62 free shore excursions including the chance to savour a selection of Provence wines paired with locally produced cheeses; visit wonderfully historic and captivating towns on the French Riviera; and browse through one of Europe’s oldest markets in Livorno.“There’s nothing quite like a European summer, and this itinerary offers the perfect selection of Mediterranean destinations to make the most out of it.”Santorini6. Singapore to SingaporeDeparting 6 December 2019 from Singapore aboard Seven Seas Voyager, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Enlightened Passage voyage is a 14-night round-trip of the ancient cultures, unique cuisines and sacred spaces that form Southeast Asia, including Ko Samui, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Guests have access to 32 free shore excursions including the chance to visit Bangkok’s Ancient City; learn the art of Tai Chi in a Saigon park with a master; explore picturesque sites of Nha Trang aboard a pedicab; and visit a wildlife centre and traditional pottery factory in Kuching.“What better way to kick off the festive season than with a round-trip exploration of Southeast Asia just before Christmas! Asia is rich in culture, cuisine and landmarks, and not to mention is only a short distance away from our shores. It’s the perfect time to buy those last-minute Christmas gifts.”7. Monte Carlo to VeniceDeparting 29 July 2019 from Monte Carlo aboard Seven Seas Voyager, RSSC’s Summer on the Adriatic voyage is an 11-night exploration of the modern marvels, ancient cities and sun-soaked sceneries of the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, including Provence, Barcelona, Palma De Mallorca, Rome, Sorrento, Koper and Split. Guests can enjoy 56 free shore excursions, including the chance to discover the classic village of St Remy De Provence; explore the underground world of the Caves of Drach; hike through the wilds of the Sorrentine Peninsula; and meet the world-famous Lipizzaner horses that have been bred in Koper for more than 430 years.“Ancient ruins, iconic cities and sun-kissed beaches – this voyage has it all! With a variety of shore excursions to suit every kind of traveller, this sailing would be the trip of a lifetime.”Tuscany VineyardFor further information, as well as terms and conditions for RSSC’s Suite Sale, click here.Lead image: TuscanyGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine&Beyond, one of Africa’s leading safari companies, has announced the appointment of Joss Kent as its Chief Executive Officer. Kent was previously global CEO of Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), heading up their 61 international offices. Prior to joining the safari industry in a leadership capacity, Joss Kent trained at the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst) and served in the British armed forces. He then worked as a business analyst, graduated with a Harvard MBA and spent three years as a management consultant with Bain & Co in the USA and UK.“It was extremely important for us to select a CEO who had both hard-nosed commercial experience and a deep understanding of the luxury safari business in order to drive our vision for growth and market leadership,” said Mark Getty, Joint Chairman of &Beyond. “Joss Kent possesses those crucial qualities and, very importantly, shares our commitment to building an iconic brand that makes a positive difference to conservation of land, wildlife and communities,” he added.last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2018 9:58 am PDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leonard Cohen sits for a portrait in Toronto on Saturday, February 4, 2006. A series of Cohen tribute concerts next month in Toronto are set to include performances by Steven Page, Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Harris Leonard Cohen tribute concerts to feature Steven Page, Sarah Harmercenter_img TORONTO – A series of Leonard Cohen tribute concerts next month in Toronto are set to include performances by Steven Page, Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer.The concerts being presented by the Art of Time Ensemble, entitled “A Singer Must Die,” will also feature readings by authors including Giller Prize winners Michael Redhill and Madeleine Thien and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.Promoters say the musical performances will include all-new arrangements of Cohen songs including “I’m Your Man,” “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Closing Time.”The concerts are scheduled for Feb. 22-24 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016 at age 82.last_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – A onceaspiring actress has alleg

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – A once-aspiring actress has alleged Steven Seagal raped her at a wrap party for the film “On Deadly Ground,” claiming he undressed her and assaulted her on his bed while she focused on a photo of Seagal’s wife on the nightstand.Regina Simons called the alleged assault “very predatory, very aggressive and traumatizing” during an interview that aired Friday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.” She was 18 at the time.Seagal’s lawyer did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.Simons said she was surprised to find that she was the only one invited to Seagal’s 1993 party to celebrate the end of filming. She had been an extra and said “before I knew it, he was on top of me and I couldn’t move.” She says she froze and “felt like I left my body.”During the alleged attack, Simons said she remembers looking at a photo of Seagal and “the lady from ‘Weird Science.’” At the time, Seagal was married to Kelly LeBrock, who starred in “Weird Science.”Simon said she reported her allegations to Beverly Hills, California police, where the incident occurred.Other women have accused Seagal of sexual misconduct. Jenny McCarthy said the action star sexually harassed her during a 1995 audition, while Portia de Rossi accused Seagal of unzipping his pants during an audition.A Seagal spokesman denied McCarthy’s accusations to The Daily Beast. McCarthy told the same story to Movieline in 1998. Woman accuses film star Steven Seagal of rape in 1993 FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia. A once-aspiring actress has alleged Seagal raped her at a wrap party for the film “On Deadly Ground,” claiming he undressed her and assaulted her on his bed while she focused on a photo of Seagal’s wife on the nightstand. Regina Simons called the alleged assault “very predatory, very aggressive and traumatizing” during an interview that aired Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 on “Megyn Kelly Today.” She was 18 at the time. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 10:13 am PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Goodwood Ont becomes tourist hot spot as the ba

first_imgGoodwood, Ont., becomes tourist hot spot as the backdrop of “Schitt’s Creek” Dan Levy, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Robertson meet fans during a break from filming Schitt’s Creek in Goodwood, Ont., on Sunday, June 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2019 1:00 am PDT TORONTO — Goodwood, Ont., is the Schitt and couldn’t be prouder.The picturesque bedroom community north of Toronto, population 663, is also known as “Schitt’s Creek” for being the site of many key locations in the hit comedy series of the same name. It has attracted busloads of international tourists hoping to see the sets and stars.Locals have also rallied around the show, setting up lawn chairs to watch filming, bringing baked goods and pizza to the stars on set, and holding “Schitt’s Creek”-themed spirit days at the primary school.“It’s been an economic boost to Goodwood,” Dave Barton, mayor of Goodwood’s township of Uxbridge, said in a recent phone interview.“There’s a real sense of pride and we’re very sad to see it go.”The next season that’s set for January on CBC and Pop TV is the sixth and final one for the acclaimed series, which was co-created by father-and-son stars Eugene and Daniel Levy. Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy star alongside them as the formerly wealthy Rose family who now live in a motel in a town they once bought as a joke.The motel sits on the side of a highway west of Uxbridge, in the Hockley Valley region. It’s also become a tourist attraction, although many interior scenes are shot at a Toronto studio.But the key spot for fans, some who call themselves “Schittheads,” is Goodwood, a hamlet where several “Schitt’s” landmarks sit opposite each other at one main intersection: auto shop Bob’s Garage, general store Rose Apothecary, and the diner Cafe Tropical.Then there’s Schitt’s Creek Town Hall down the street and various other Goodwood locations used for filming every June.“I remember season 1, we had to approach this town and tell them, ‘You are going to be Schitt’s Creek,’” Daniel Levy, who is also the showrunner, said in a recent on-set interview in Goodwood.“And I think it took a lot of blind faith on the part of the town to believe us when we said, ‘We will be doing this place justice and we will be honouring small-town life in your city.’“And they were behind us from Day 1.”Levy said they chose Goodwood because it fit their need for what looks like “a single-intersection town” that has a quaintness, timelessness, warmth and care for its people and properties.Goodwood resident Sue Skovhoj admitted she was initially skeptical about the moniker of “Schitt’s Creek” for the affluent area, which comprises a mix of new gated neighbourhoods, century homes from the 1800s, and farms.“Maybe it felt a little bit like a slight against Goodwood,” she said.But that quickly dissipated when the cast and crew proved themselves to be polite, helpful and community-oriented.“It’s a great show and I think people are supportive of it here,” said Skovhoj, who got to meet Eugene Levy and has brought family members to the set.Annina’s Bakeshop, which sits at the same intersection as the three main Schitt’s landmarks, was the set’s caterer from seasons 1-5 and has seen the cast drop in occasionally.Owner Marco Cassano said business spiked recently as fans flooded the area to see the set one last time, and as the show’s presence on Netflix made it an international phenomenon.“It increased business but it also made it chaotic, especially this season,” he said.“But it was good for atmosphere, publicity, getting our name out there…. So it was good all the way around for the economy.”Indeed, the show has put Goodwood on the map — literally.A Google Maps search of “Schitt’s Creek” brings up the location of Bob’s Garage as well as the site of the motel.On a recent Sunday afternoon, dozens of die-hards from around Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. clogged the four-corner intersection hoping to catch a glimpse of the cast.About 95 of those fans were part of SchittCon, an event organized by Louise Downs, the Halifax-based creator of the 14,000-member “Schitt’s Creek Fans Shoot The Schitt” Facebook group.Participants ranged in age from 14 to 70 and wore T-shirts, lanyards and drawstring cotton backpacks with the ShittCon logo.They visited all the show’s sets and got to meet cast members including the Levys.“They’ve had such a big impact on my life,” said a tearful Emmett Martin, a transgender SchittCon participant from Barrie, Ont., referring to Daniel Levy’s LGBTQ advocacy and his pansexual “Schitt’s” character.“Dan has helped me a lot with my coming out and stuff. It’s really nice to see someone who’s pansexual on TV…. He’s one of my idols.”Jennifer Robertson, who plays the mayor’s wife Jocelyn on the show, said she met a SchittCon couple from Michigan who had been at the set for nearly a week.“They stood in the pouring rain for the whole day just to watch us go into the town hall and come out,” Robertson said.“You can’t ask for better fans.”With filming on the final season now finished in Goodwood, the cast and crew have packed up and gone, and the landmarks are back to business as usual.Bob’s Garage is actually a workshop for a man who modifies and custom-builds wheelchairs, accessible beds, and furniture for people with special physical needs.Rose Apothecary is the Goodwood branch of Toronto knitting shop Romni Wools.And Cafe Tropical is a private residence.Barton said they would love to have another production come into the area now that “Schitt’s” is gone.“It was a big win for Uxbridge,” Barton said.“It was something to talk about and laugh about, and we were very happy to have them.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Thousands of budding footballers in Ayia Napa

first_imgAbout 5,000 children registered to participate in the 17th Ayia Napa Soccer Festival, which started on Saturday morning.The international tournament boasts 334 participating teams, 19 of which have arrived from abroad.It is estimated that the thousands of participating children, aged 6 to 16, have triggered the arrival in town of some 20,000 visitors.Games started on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday.The festival is organised under the auspices of the Cyprus Football Association and the Ayia Napa municipality.It is sponsored by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and supported by the Bank of Cyprus.Wednesday’s finals will be broadcast live by Cytavision, from 2pm to 7pm.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Home prices up 03 in Q1 for third consecutive quarter says CBC

first_imgTHE Central Bank of Cyprus said that home prices rose 0.3 per cent in the first three months of the year compared to previous quarter, recording the third consecutive quarterly increase.“The continuing quarterly increases, even though small, confirm the recovery course of the real estate sector in Cyprus as other related indicators show,” the bank supervisor said in a statement. Both apartment and house prices rose a quarterly 0.3 per cent in the first three months of the year.Home prices also rose 0.2 per cent in January to March compared to the same period last year, which is the first annual increase in quarterly home prices over the past seven years, the central bank said. Apartment prices rose an annual 1.5 per cent and house prices rose 0.3 per cent.In Nicosia district, house prices rose in the first three months of the year for a third consecutive quarter by a quarterly 0.2 per cent, Limassol by 0.9 per cent and Famagusta district by 0.1 per cent, the central bank said. In Larnaca and Paphos, quarterly prices fell 0.7 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.House prices in Limassol rose an annual 0.9 per cent in the first quarter for the first time since the third quarter of 2010, the central bank added. In all other districts, house prices fell on an annual basis. In Famagusta, house prices fell 3.7 per cent, in Larnaca 0.8 per cent, in Paphos 1.4 per cent and in Nicosia 0.1 per cent.“These annual drops are slowing down and it is expected that should the real estate sector recovery continue, that they will rise in the near future,” the central bank said.Apartment prices rose a quarterly 1.4 per cent in Limassol in the first three months of 2017, remained unchanged in Larnaca and Famagusta and dropped in Paphos and Nicosia by 1.5 per cent and 0.1 per cent, respectively, the central bank said.On Wednesday, the Cyprus division of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that house and apartment prices rose a quarterly 2.3 per cent and 1.3 per cent, respectively, in January to March.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry 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 roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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