Men add more colour to their wardrobes, lives

first_imgPretty Picture: An Ashish-Smita Soni shirt for Be: with pink flowersIn the age of the metrosexual, when men are willing to shed machismo and embrace sentiment, the attitude is reflecting in sartorial tastes too. The stuffed shirts with their staid solids, checks and pinstripes are bowing out to colours, frills,Pretty Picture: An Ashish-Smita Soni shirt for Be: with pink flowersIn the age of the metrosexual, when men are willing to shed machismo and embrace sentiment, the attitude is reflecting in sartorial tastes too. The stuffed shirts with their staid solids, checks and pinstripes are bowing out to colours, frills and funk. Office wear and Friday dressing are taking a beating as lounge wear and club wear take centrestage. Men’s wardrobes are beginning to resemble the women’s, with embroidered collars, patchwork pieces and retro prints.Fashion Week 2005 saw designers creating for the bolder, adventurous man. Arjun Khanna’s creations had a lot of dori work on a profusion of colours.Abhishek Gupta went psychedelic and retro with funky T-shirts. While Anamika Khanna’s belted shirts had bold prints and Narendra Kumar Ahmed’s men wore rich prints and bright yellow, Lalit and Sunita Jalan presented a playful collection for “modern intersexual wanderers”.It is not just designers with individualistic palettes who are rooting for change. Even traditional shirt brands are offering men that extra bit of flair in the basic shirt.From florid fun and polka dots to tattoo art and animal prints, all of men’s fancies are being catered to. “Today, men are willing to experiment with colours, textures, prints, silhouettes and embroidery. This was unheard of a few years ago,” says designer Umesh Jivnani, who works with matt sequins, mirrors and stones. Corporate Chic: A shirt from Provogue’s Kaleidoscope collection”Men are tiring of wearing ties and suits,” he adds, claiming that blazers and formal suits are being replaced by trendy, smart shirts for evening wear in most men’s wardrobes. “I did a pop art tattoo line for Tuscan Verve which met with huge success all over India,” says the designer who also functions as creative director for Tuscan Verve.Manish Malhotra, who is pioneering change in menswear much the way he revolutionised Bollywood fashion years ago, first introduced a line of shirts with a generous smattering of flowers, complemented by colourful, contrasting cuffs and collars. Not surprising, when one can spot the man himself sporting sequins on a pinstriped shirt or a brocade patchwork on solids.From the catwalk to store racks, bringing a touch of folkloric florals to the spring-summer collection at Be:-which has outlets across the country-is Delhi-based designer Rohit Bal, whose floral and polka-dotted appliqu shirts have been flying off the racks. Priyadarshini Rao is rejoicing at the freedom to explore. “Men are willing to experiment with cuffs, larger collars and shapes closer to the body. It gives us the freedom to work with different fabrics and cuts,” she says. Her new collection combines raw edge detailing-a relatively unfinished look for the masculine touch-with feminine style provided by floral and paisley motifs.”Our male customers enjoy wearing shirts which stand out and look different,” says Paulomi Dhawan, director, Be:. Making Waves: Tuscan Verve’s bold shirts are for the adventurous menThis season Be: designers like Bal, Rao, Manish Arora, Savio Jon, Abhishek Gupta, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ashish and Smita Soni, Wendell Rodricks, Shantanu & Nikhil and Akbar Shahpurwala have designed unconventional shirts for men. Going by the customers’ response to the new line, Dhawan says the prints-inspired by nature, the 1980s and exotic locales- will continue to set trends.While brands like Zod! and Charagh Din cater to the party preppies, Tuscan Verve managed to keep abreast of the competition by earlier launching a lounge-wear line, Lounge Bohemia, followed by Club Aphrodisia, which with its attitude, bright colours, pop prints and assorted psychedelia was aimed at the more adventurous. Their springsummer 2005 line, I Meets Me, has linens, cottons and blends in summer colours like bubblegum pink, aqua blues and limes in candy stripes and florals with a strong emphasis on cut. Trend MeterPriyadarshini Rao: Hernew collection combinesraw edge detailingwith a touch of floraland paisley motifs.Nikhil and Shantanu:The year ahead will seepaisley prints, Africanmotifs, applique andpatches.Umesh Jivnani: He predictsa line of smartshirts in bright colourswith self-embroideryand floral prints.Lascelle Symons: Thinkpink. Baby pink tobright fuchsia is thecolour to look out for inmen’s shirts.”Our niche market is the rich-daddy kid and the yuppie, and it is growing,” says Sanjeev Wadhwani, managing director, Tuscan Verve. While Wadhwani agrees the brand is doing well mainly in metros and urban markets, the segment, he says, is growing.Another brand that has gone from functional to funky is Provogue with its earlier Metroscape and Casino collections, which comprised bold prints and slinkier silhouettes. Provogue’s latest style statement is Kaleidoscope with its bright linens, graphic prints, added glamour and a distinct retro feel. “Even in smaller cities like Lucknow, Kanpur and Pune the youth have become very fashion conscious,” says Nikhil Chaturvedi, managing director, Provogue.Another youthful but classic line of shirts was launched by model-turned designer Lascelle Symons. “The shirts are embroidered with a vintage architectural design on tapered and contemporary cuts,” he says. And though the shirts come in subtle colours, 26-56 shades of embroidery have been used. This when embroidery on men’s shirt was unheard of earlier.But is the Indian male ready for the colour onslaught and flamboyant shift? At least he is ready to appreciate the change if not accept it completely, says Symons. Wadhwani believes consumers have actually been looking forward to the change. So if style gurus are to be believed, the sparkling embroidered shirts, dual-toned cuffs and patches of brocade are here to stay. Men will be adding a lot more colour to their lives. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

N. Ireland vs Czech: Team news & TV

first_imgWorld Cup Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josh Magennis Northern Ireland Getty Images World Cup Northern Ireland Northern Ireland v Czech Republic Czech Republic WC Qualification Europe Michael O’Neill’s men can all but guarantee themselves a play-off spot in World Cup qualifying by avoiding defeat on home turf on Monday night Northern Ireland can take a step closer to the 2018 World Cup when they take on Czech Republic on Monday as victory would guarantee a second-place finish in Group C.Michael O’Neill’s team picked up their fifth win of qualifying on Friday when they defeated San Marino 3-0 and will be full of confidence as they prepare to welcome the Czechs to Belfast.The stakes are much higher for Karel Jarolim and his side as anything less than a win would extinguish their hopes of reaching the tournament in Russia next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Game Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic Date Monday, September 4 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Michael O'Neill Northern IrelandIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Mix and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Northern Ireland players Goalkeepers Carroll, McGovern, Mannus, Peacock-Farrell Defenders Hughes, J. Evans, Brunt, C. McLaughlin, R. McLaughlin, Smith, Hodson, D. Lafferty, Thompson, Flanagan Midfielders Davis, McGinn, Norwood, C. Evans, Ferguson, Dallas, Paton, Lund Forwards K. Lafferty, Magennis, Washington, McCartan Northern Ireland are without defenders Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart due to injury.Hearts defender Michael Smith and uncapped Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell have been called up, but neither featured in the matchday squad against San Marino.Potential starting XI: McGovern; C. McLaughlin, Hughes, Evans, Brunt; Dallas, Davis, Norwood, Ferguson; Magennis, Lafferty. Position Czech Republic players Goalkeepers Vaclik, Koubek, Pavlenka Defenders Gebre Selassie, Suchy, Kaderabek, Novak, Kalas, Boril, Hovorka, Luftner Midfielders Darida, Krejci, Dockal, Horava, Husbauer, Zmrhal, Kopic, Jankto, Barak, Soucek Forwards Kliment, Krmencik The Czechs came through their match against Germany unscathed and, having nearly secured a 1-1 draw, are unlikely to make major changes.Ladislav Krejci and Jan Kliment will hope to push for a start having made an impact off the bench in Prague.Potential starting XI: Vaclik; Gebre Selassie, Kalas, Suchy, Novak, Boril; Krejci, Soucek, Darida, Jankto; Krmencik.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Michal Krmencik Czech RepublicCzech Republic are 13/8 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Northern Ireland priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 2/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of match markets. GAME PREVIEW Kyle Lafferty Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland can potentially go 10 points clear of their nearest rivals Czech Republic when the two teams meet at Windsor Park on Monday evening. The Green and White Army held the Czechs to a scoreless draw when they met in Prague last September and they will be determined to go one better with the backing of their fans at home.Manager Michael O’Neill has presided over an incredible upturn in fortunes since taking the reins in 2012 and, after guiding the team to the European Championship in 2016, he has his sights set on securing a place in the World Cup in 2018.Northern Ireland have not featured at the tournament since 1986, but if they can avoid defeat against Czech Republic, they move a small bit closer towards ending a three-decade hiatus from the most prestigious football competition in the world.O’Neill is determined to achieve that goal and he has issued a chilling pre-match rallying cry to his players about snatching all hope from their visitors on Monday.”The focus is on ourselves, we know we’re going to have to play extremely well and produce a big performance,” the former Shamrock Rovers boss told the Belfast Telegraph. “But it is one of those games where the psychological side of the game will be huge.”It’s going to be a difficult game for them if they go behind, to continue to believe. We have to try and make that (happen) and try and take whatever hope they have away from them early in the game.”last_img read more

6 Gold Medal-Worthy Avua Cachaça Cocktails That Aren’t The Caipirinha

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil, are great. You’ve got your cachaça, your lime, your sugar—everything you need to make a simple, delicious cocktail. With the Olympics coming up, though, sometimes simple won’t cut it. A simple routine might get you in contention, but it isn’t going to secure the gold medal for floor exercises. Sometimes, you’ve got to show off a little bit, give more than all you can to really cement the win.With that in mind, Avua cachaça put together their own US Olympic team of bartenders from around the country to create cachaça cocktails that are medal-winning in their own right. You’re going to want to make sure you have all of these as you cheer Team USA on in a few weeks.Rhythm and Blues(Created by Sam Lyden, Presidio and Bordel, Chicago, pictured) Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1oz of Avuá Amburana Cachaça1oz Bernheim Wheat Whiskey (but any wheat whiskey will do).25 Averna Amaro.25 Edmond Briottet Crème de Banane.125 oz demerara syrup2 dashes of Angostura bittersMethod: Stir all of these ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, pour over a large rock in a rocks glass, and garnish with a manicured banana leaf and burning clove. Dread Pirate Roberts(Created by Andrew Stofko, Victor Tangos, Dallas) 1.5oz Avuá Prata Cachaça.5oz cinnamon syrup (1:1 white sugar: water, approx. 4 cinnamon sticks).75oz lemon juice.25oz Giffard Pamplemousse.25oz Suze15-18 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit bitters1 dash Angostura bittersMethod: Build ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice (kold draft if available), shake approximately 6 seconds. Pour contents into an 8oz coupe. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel. The Southern Cross(Created by Chris Muscardin, Maddey’s Craft & Cru, Orlando)1.5oz Avuá Prata Cachaça.5oz Amaro di Angostura.75oz honey syrup, 2:1 ratio.75oz lime juiceLaphroiag to rinse glassserved: up, in a stemless white wine glassgarnish: 2 orchidsMethod: Rinse the glass with the Laphroiag or other Islay scotch. Build the other four ingredients in a shaker, shake well, and then double strain into the glass. Clip two orchids to the side of the glass and serve.Related: You have to try these 6 cachaças before the Olympics startCopa Cabana(Created by François Vera, Pour Vous, Hollywood)2oz Avuá Amburana Cachaça.75oz Fresh Pineapple Juice.25oz Agave SyrupHealthy bar spoon of orange marmaladePinch of all spiceMethod: Whip all the ingredients, except the all spice, and strain into a double old fashioned glass. Swizzle with crush ice and add as much ice as you can to the top of the glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and add a pinch of all spice on the top.The Heptathlete(Created by Tim Weigel, Hakkasan Group, Las Vegas) 1.5oz Avuá Amburana Cachaça1/2 granny smith apple muddled1oz lemon juice.75oz maple syrup.25oz St Elizabeth Allspice Dram.5oz Domaine de Canton3oz Tieton Spice Route CiderMethod: Muddle the apple then proceed to shake all ingredients (except cider) with ice. Double strain over fresh ice inside of a pilsner glass, then top with the cider and stir all ingredients. Garnish with apple petal and marasca cherry.Flying Down to Rio(Created by Natalie Jacob, The Archer, New Jersey)1.5oz Avuá Amburana Cachaça.5oz Banana liqueur1oz Pineapple Juice.5oz Orange Juice.75oz Coconut CreamMethod: Add all ingredients to shaker, dry shake, and dump into snifter. Fill glass with crush iced and mound at top, garnish with grated nutmeg, pineapple leaves, and a parasol. 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know last_img read more

RCMPs Labour Code trial stemming from shooting hears about carbine acquisition

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Obtaining carbine rifles was a top priority for the RCMP three years before a shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B., but there were a number of elements to consider before front line officers were armed with the high-powered weapons, an inspector has testified at the national police force’s Labour Code trial.The RCMP is accused of failing to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction, equipment and training in an active-shooter event.Carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers during Justin Bourque’s shooting rampage on June 4, 2014, and Crown witnesses have testified they could have made a difference in the tragedy that killed three Mounties and wounded two others.Insp. Larry Brookson told Moncton provincial court Wednesday that he started working on the program in December 2011 and that arming front line officers with C8 carbine rifles was a high priority at the time.“For me, it was priority one,” said Brookson, who worked on the project until June 2013.He said he was told: “Get it to the front line.”But Brookson testified there were a number of aspects that needed to be considered in obtaining and deploying the rifles, including a risk assessment that would determine where the first batch of weapons were needed most.“It took a while, but it’s those boxes that needed to be checked off,” the defence witness told Judge Leslie Jackson.Brookson said training procedures and policies had to be developed, and a number of equipment issues also had to be sorted.For example, the Mountie’s racks in their police cars would not support the carbines, so another rack had to be chosen that could store a carbine or a shotgun. He said the rifles also had to be secure when the officer was away from the vehicle.“You don’t want a carbine falling into the wrong hands,” said Brookson.Brookson said the RCMP’s first batch of 375 carbines were delivered to the force in March 2013.On Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau refused to admit that front line officers who responded to the shooting rampage didn’t have the proper training or equipment to handle the heavy-armed gunman.Brosseau echoed Brookson — who took over the deputy commissioner role in the carbine project in December 2011 — in saying that arming front line officers with carbines was a high priority for the force.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when Bourque targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

UN appeals for 20 million to help 800000 people in Kyrgyzstan this

“Kyrgyzstan has never before launched an international appeal and has been on a steady path to development,” said Neal Walker, UN Resident Coordinator for the country.But low water levels in the Toktogul hydroelectric dam, which feeds Kyrgyzstan’s main electricity artery, are threatening power supplies, with a cold snap earlier this year causing a surge in electricity demand.The funds will be used to ensure that almost 350 health-care centres have back-up power and that the 2 million residents of the country’s three largest cities have uninterrupted water supplies.Additionally, soaring food and fuel prices, poor weather and the declining amount of remittances due to the global economic slowdown are driving many people to food insecurity.A recent UN World Food Programme (WFP) study found that one in five Kyrgyz households – or 1 million people – face health risks because they are eating less food with less nutritional value, and this new appeal seeks to help the 580,000 of these people most in need of relief.The money raised by the appeal, which covers the period from this month to May 2009, will also be used to provide more than 200,000 people with shelter assistance.“The urgent implementation of priority development interventions defined in [the] country’s development strategy, strengthened by early recovery programmes, will help build [a] Kyrgyzstan that does not need annual humanitarian appeals,” Mr. Walker said. 1 December 2008The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today launched a $20 million appeal to guarantee back-up power supplies in Kyrgyzstan for crucial facilities such as medical centres and to help 800,000 vulnerable citizens as part of efforts to address significant energy shortages at the start of the Central Asian nation’s tough winter season. read more

As deadline passes UN joint mission urges Syria to complete chemical weapons

Nearly eight per cent of Syria’s declared chemical weapons material remains on its territory and should be removed in the shortest possible timeframe, despite the difficult security situation, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) today urged. Briefing journalists in Damascus, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission, Sigrid Kaag, called on Syrian partners to complete the removal of the remaining chemical weapons material. “It is the Joint Mission’s hope and expectation that – having come this close to meeting the target date for the removal of chemicals weapons material – the Syrian Arab Republic will take the final step very soon,” Ms. Kaag said referring to today’s deadline for the Government to remove its declared stockpile of chemical weapons material. The Joint Mission has said 92.5 per cent of the programme has been removed or destroyed in-country, including all declared production, mixing and filling equipment and munitions, as well as some buildings associated with its Chemical Weapons Programme. She added that every effort must be made to achieve the 30 June 2014 deadline set by OPCW Executive Council Decisions and the UN Security Council, by which time the full arsenal is to be destroyed.A team from the OPCW Technical Secretariat has been working with Syrian officials “to obtain clarifications, and address discrepancies and anomalies” and has reported “fruitful discussions and tangible progress”, Ms. Kaag added. Twelve chemical weapons production facilities are under review by the OPCW Executive Council in The Hague regarding the modalities for their destruction. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.In addition to the removal operations, the Syrian authorities have destroyed buildings, equipment and empty mustard gas containers, and decontaminated other containers in a number of chemical weapons storage and production sites. Turning to allegations in recent weeks of toxic chlorine gas attacks in several parts of the country, Ms. Kaag urged that all necessary steps be taken to establish the facts surrounding these “unsubstantiated allegations”. “I understand that the OPCW Technical Secretariat has been in touch with the Syrian government in this regard,” she said, adding that since Syria is now a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW is the appropriate body to assess these allegations. The OPCW’s probe of these incidents would be conducted outside of the Joint Mission mandate. read more

Aspire Mining making good progress with Mongolian coking coal projects

first_imgMongolian coal developer Aspire Mining Ltd’s 50% owned Ekhgoviin Chuluu Joint Venture (ECJV) with the Noble Group has received a Conceptual Mining Study from specialist coal engineers, Bluefield Advisory.Conceptual Mining Study from Bluefield Advisory targeted a starter open pit based largely on indicated and inferred resourcesOn 13 April 2016, the company reported JORC 2012 compliant 4.75 Mt in Indicated Resources and 8.1 Mt in Inferred Resources at the Nuurstei coking coal projectPreliminary internal project development time line shows first production possible within 12 to 15 months, subject to permitting and funding availabilityThe project is estimated to have a competitive delivered onto rail cost in ChinaThe Conceptual Mining Study supports further targeted expenditure on progressing the project so that an investment decision towards mining can be madeThe Company plans to confirm Conceptual Mining Study assumptions with the planned 2017 drilling and sampling program which is budgeted at $1.5 millionConversion of Nuurstei Exploration License 13580X to a 30 Year Mining License is well advanced as the company works towards a potential operational start in 2018Aspire has agreed with Noble Group to extend the exercise date for the option to acquire Noble’s beneficial 45% interest in Nuurstei from March until June 2017.Aspire’s Managing Director, David Paull, said that “the Nuurstei coking coal project provides a potential path to production and associated rail connectivity and a long term cashflow source while the company continues to evaluate the worldclass Ovoot coking coal project. Nuurstei also provides the opportunity to generate useful operational and logistics knowledge to assist in the development of the much larger Ovoot project. Nuurstei could also benefit through future access to the planned Northern Rail Line just 70 km to the south.”Aspire Mining is the largest coal tenement holder in Mongolia’s Northern provinces and is focused on identifying, exploring and developing quality coking coal assets. Aspire currently owns a 50% interest in and is the operator of the ECJV, and has an option to increase its ownership to 100% of the ECJV. The ECJV owns a 90% interest in the Nuurstei project located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia.Ovoot is the second largest known coking coal project by reserves in Mongolia. Reserves shown in the picture. Its development is dependent on the construction of the Erdenet to Ovoot railway which is being progressed by Northern Railways LLC. Northern Railways has been granted a rail concession in August 2015 and is progressing the negotiations and completion of a bankable feasibility study, funding, EPC contract, applications for licences, permits and approvals to commence railway construction.Production from the Ovoot project can coincide with the commissioning of the Erdenet to Ovoot railway.last_img read more

Google removes 21 malware infected apps from Android Market

first_imgFalling DownSuper Guitar SoloSuper History EraserPhoto EditorSuper Ringtone MakerSuper Sex PositionsHot Sexy VideosChess下坠滚球_FalldownHilton Sex SoundScreaming Sexy Japanese GirlsFalling Ball DodgeScientific CalculatorDice Roller躲避弹球Advanced Currency ConverterAPP Uninstaller几何战机_PewPewFunny PaintSpider Man蜘蛛侠Read more at Mashable Last year Mcafee predicted that 2011 was going to be a tough year for mobile devices, as their continuing popularity makes them an ideal platform for would be hackers and malware attacks. Google’s Android platform is already feeling this effect as the search engine giant has had to pull 21 of its free apps from the Market due to them being classed as malware.The primary aim of the apps is to gain root access. Root is a term used by Android users to gain access to the superuser account, think of it like a jailbreak for an iOS device. Once the programs have gained access to the root they are then gathering a range of info and downloading additional data without the user’s knowledge.AdChoices广告However, by the looks of the list, the name Hot sexy videos is always going to be a program that would attract this type of problem, but the Spiderman game, which I assume is aimed at children, is a different matter entirely and who knows what info they have been gathering.Luckily, thanks to several eagle-eyed bloggers Google was alerted and they quickly pulled 21 apps. Unfortunately the apps have still been downloaded by at least 50,000 users, so if you are one of the unlucky ones we suggest you remove them immediately, the list is at the bottom of the page.To be honest I am surprised that so many people have downloaded them, granted a couple of games could be deemed useful, such as the Scientific Calculator, but just by reading the titles alone you would expect the majority to be pirated or spoofs of real games.Whatever the outcome it seems that despite Google monitoring the Market it is not totally under control. That’s understandable given the operating systems’ open source nature. This could also explain why Apple like to thwart the use of jailbreaks on their iOS devices, not just because they want to prevent people from running alternative software (though this is an argument for another day), but mainly because they want to prevent malware attacks on their phones. I just hope it does not get to the point where we will have to start installing virus checkers and security software on our mobiles by default.The list of apps removed from the Android Market includes: last_img read more

Poll Has Michael D Higgins been a good President

first_img Yes (14373) By Paul Hosford Poll Results: Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 8:43 AM Michael D Higgins Image: ABACA 150 Comments Michael D Higgins I don’t know (1745) http://jrnl.ie/3863066 Share21 Tweet Email Image: ABACA A REPORT IN today’s Irish Times suggests that Michael D Higgins will run for a second term as President.President Higgins has thus far declined to make his intentions known in relation to a potential race this year.He was elected in 2011, carrying 39.6% of the first-preference vote.But are you happy with the job he’s done?We’re asking: Has Michael D Higgins been a good President? Poll: Has Michael D Higgins been a good President? What do you think? Feb 21st 2018, 8:43 AM YesNoI don’t knowVote No (2665) Short URL 49,008 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

House OKs stopgap bill to keep government open

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly approve the measure as early as Thursday night and send it to President Donald Trump.The vote came as Trump and top congressional leaders in both parties huddled to discuss a range of unfinished bipartisan business on Capitol Hill, including the budget, a key children’s health program and aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida — and, for Democrats and many Republicans, protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.“We are here to make progress. We have some important issues that we share with you,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Trump at the White House, ticking off issues including the opioid crisis, funding for veterans and an expired children’s health insurance program. “All things that have bipartisan support in the Congress.”Trump relied, “That’s very true.”Those negotiations are sure to be tricky. Pelosi staked out a hard line on Thursday and insisted that any year-end deal would include help for “Dreamer” immigrants, many of whom have only known America as their home. The immigrants are viewed sympathetically by the public and most lawmakers but face deportation in a few months because Trump reversed administrative protections provided to them by former President Barack Obama.last_img read more

Winnie Ho estranged sister of Stanley Ho dies aged 95

first_imgHo worked alongside her brother at Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau (STDM) – the Macau gaming monopoly he co-founded – for 23 years between 1977 and 2000 but their relationship soured in a family powerplay after liberalization of the Macau casino industry.After Stanley Ho gained control of STDM, the pair spent the next eight years engaged in legal disputes over Winnie Ho’s interests in the company, finally settling in 2008 when STDM created its new gaming arm, SJM Holdings.Stanley Ho has himself been gravely ill since suffering a bad fall in 2009 and stepped down as Chairman of SJM earlier this year. Daughter Daisy Ho has since taken over that role. Stanley Ho also stepped down as Executive Chairman of Shun Tak Holdings in July 2017, with another of his daughters – MGM China Co-Chairperson and Executive Director Pansy Ho – subsequently stepping into the top job. The sister of Macau gaming godfather Stanley Ho has passed away, aged 95.According to the South China Morning Post, a family spokesperson confirmed that Winnie Ho Yuen-ki passed away on 5 June 2018 at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital following a long battle with illness. RelatedPosts Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analystslast_img read more

Hyundai Accent Volkswagen Jetta nab best new cars for teens accolades

first_img 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Upscale, not upsized 4:15 Hyundai Buick Kia Honda Volkswagen Toyota Chevrolet 2019 Toyota Camry Review Best new and used cars for teens in 2019, according to US News & World Report 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Comment 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Car Industry 1 Hyundai Volkswagen Tags 14 Photos More From Roadshow Enlarge Image Hyundai With kids heading back to school, it may be time to research a new set of wheels to make sure they have reliable and safe transportation. On Tuesday, US News & World Report returns with its 2019 list of the best new and used cars for teens and there’s something for the budget-conscious and those looking to dabble in more technology.First up, let’s have a look at the best new cars for teens, per US News’ rankings. Like previous studies, it capped segments into price categories: There’s a choice for best new car and new SUV under $20,000 and selections within $5,000 increments. New cars are no more expensive than $40,000 on the list.The most affordable new-car choice on the list is the Hyundai Accent. The Korean subcompact car falls under $20,000 in the Limited trim, and to parents’ delight, it comes with a suite of active safety features. Namely, automatic emergency braking is standard. Looking at cars between $20,000 and $25,000, the Volkswagen Jetta earns the pick. Opt for the SE trim and a slew of active safety features will be onboard keeping young drivers safe at all times.For SUVs, the Honda HR-V received the nod for the $20,000-$25,000 category, while the Kia Soul (we’d hardly call it an SUV) was the top pick for the $25,000-$30,000 category. Both have high predicted reliability ratings, return good fuel economy and offer active safety equipment within the price bracket. US News places a heavy emphasis on standard safety features to ensure teen drivers are in good hands.Climbing up the price hierarchy, the Kia Forte, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and Camry Hybrid all earn a spot on the best new cars for teen drivers.Let’s face it: Most teen drivers and parents are likely on a tighter budget. That’s where a used car may fit the bill, especially with oodles of modern cars coming in from lease periods. Here, US News broke its picks down by size since used-car prices vary. Each car comes from the 2016 model year.For a small car, the Toyota Prius is the recommended pick, while the Hyundai Tucson earned the choice for a small SUV. Both are Top Safety Pick Plus winners from the IIHS. The Toyota Camry shows up again on the used-car list for best midsize sedan, while the Buick LaCrosse was named the best large luxury car for teens. Back on the SUV front, the Chevrolet Traverse topped the list. The GM vehicles each come with a Teen Driver System to help parents monitor driving habits and set parameters. Want the music to stay muted until everyone is buckled? No problem.Flip through the gallery below to look at the top picks. Each car should certainly provide peace of mind for young drivers — and their parents.last_img read more

Bangla at the bus stations in America

first_imgShafiul Azam in front of a kiosk in Kansas, USA.Photo: Prothom Alo“It was in 2018 when I went to participate in an event of the Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America (FOBANA). I saw a couple of Bangladeshi families trying to to buy tickets for the street car at the Centennial Olympic Park station in Atlanta. They couldn’t figure out how to do so and so were turning away. I then came forward and helped them to buy the tickets. An idea struck me at the moment,” Bangladeshi expatriate Shafiul Azam was talking to Prothom Alo from Kansas.Shafiul Azam is the man behind the initiative to include Bangla as one of languages in Interactive Smart Kiosks installed on 46 streets in Kansas city, USA.Many Bangladeshis face language and communication difficulties when buying tickets or commuting to places in the US. Thinking of removing the difficulties, Shafiul initiated the idea.Shafiul, one of the five project managers of Kansas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), did not have to face much hurdles to convince the authorities. Also, he was confident enough as his initiative was driven by his love for the country and own language as a Bangladeshi.He successfully convinced the authorities as there are more than 6,000 Bangladeshis leave in Kansas. The initiative will be of great use for them.Shafiul Azam, originally from Mymensingh in Bangladesh, took the initiative that resulted in displaying Bangla as a language choice on the display of kiosks besides other languages like Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and so on.Shafiul was a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He went to University of Kansas for post graduation in 2014. He researched on how to launch an easy but safe transportation system by using modern technology.He got the opportunity to work for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in 2016. He later joined as the the project manager in Bus Rapid Transit. Interactive Smart Kiosk is one of the major projects of it.All the necessary information such as travel venues, conferences or sightseeing, and types of transport tickets, will be displayed in Bangla in the kiosks. Any Bangali user can avail the service without any help.Bangla is the eighth language in terms of use in the world.Shafiul is working on launching Bangla as one of languages in all the kiosks across the United States.* This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Using CNTs as infrared sensors

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Semiconductors provide the bases for many different avenues of device research. Indeed, many of the technological devices that are commonplace in our society are reliant on semiconductors. However, as we increasingly explore the opportunities afforded on the nanoscale, new semiconductor materials are needed. One of the more promising semiconducting materials at this level is the carbon nanotube (CNT). More information: Lai, et al., “Engineering the band gap of carbon nanotube for infrared sensors,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/221107/1 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Using CNTs as infrared sensors (2010, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-cnts-infrared-sensors.html Explore furthercenter_img “There is great promise in using a carbon nanotubes for sensors.” Ning Xi tells PhysOrg.com. Xi is John D. Ryder Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University, and leads a group that is working on engineering CNT band gaps for use as infrared sensors. Xi worked with Kin Wai Chiu Lai, Carmen Kar Man Fung and Hongzhi Chen at Michigan State, and Tzyh-Jong Tarn at Wasington University in St. Louis to develop a process that is described in Applied Physics Letters: “Engineering the band gap of carbon nanotube for infrared sensors.” This project is supported by the Office of Naval Research.“For semiconductor material, the band gap is one of the most important parameters,” Xi explains. “The band gap represents how much energy is needed to move an electron. In order for the electron to move, it has to be able to jump over this gap. You have to change the composition of the material in order to change the band gap, and this is very difficult. People have been trying all kinds of ways to do this for years.”As far as sensors are concerned, using CNTs with different band gaps can help pinpoint different types of light. “Infrared light has a certain wavelength,” Xi says. “You need a certain band gap to detect this. If you have nanotubes with different band gaps, you can design a sensor to detect different spectrum of infrared. And since these nanotubes are so small, arraying different CNTs with different band gaps is possible.”In order to engineer the band gaps so that they can provide the semiconducting sensors, Xi and his colleagues created a process of stripping away layers of multi-wall CNTs. “The interesting thing with carbon nanotubes is that the band gap depends on the radius. If you have a multi-wall nanotube, you can peel away the outer layer to change the radius. And that changes the band gap as well. Instead of changing the semiconductor material, it is possible to tune the band gap to the proper value, one step at a time.”Xi and his colleagues and collaborator developed a process that allows them to use feedback control to remove layers of multi-wall CNTs. “We were able to do this experimentally, with relative ease compared to earlier processes for band gap tuning,” Xi points out. “We were able to generate different types of carbon nanotubes with different band gaps, and able to detect multiple wavelengths of light across a spectrum.” Being able to tune a band gap without having to make a new material is a big step forward in semiconductors, and Xi hopes that this process can be used for other purposes. “We are primarily interested in infrared nanosensors, but there could be other applications for this technology.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Boron Nitride Nanotubes More Amenable Than Carbonlast_img read more

Hudson police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgHudsonMonday, Aug. 1210:04 a.m. Central St. MVA, property damage.10:26 a.m. Christian Ave. Disturbance, general.2:46 p.m. Highland Commons E. Animal complaint.5:37 p.m. Manning St. Larceny/forgery/fraud.Tuesday, Aug. 135:23 a.m. Summer St. MVA, property damage.1:15 p.m. Wilkins St. Larceny/forgery/fraud.4:58 p.m. Central St. Suspicious activity.5:39 p.m. Washington St. MVA, property damage.10:20 p.m. Felton St. Suspicious activity.11:28 p.m. Ridge Rd. Suspicious activity.Wednesday, Aug. 1410:43 a.m. Broad St. Disturbance, general. 4:45 p.m. Technology Dr. Larceny/forgery/fraud.6:10 p.m. Technology Dr. Suspicious activity.6:28 p.m. Fort Meadow Dr. Suspicious activity.7:21 p.m. Main St. Disturbance, general.8:53 p.m. Felton St. Threats.Thursday, Aug. 152:35 a.m. Apsley St. Suspicious activity.7:40 a.m. Church St. Disturbance, general.3:43 p.m. Main St. Suspicious activity.4:59 p.m. Cottage St. Suspicious activity.8:52 p.m. Washington/Park Sts. MVA, property damage.9:56 p.m. Chestnut St./Kelly Ln. Suspicious activity.Friday, Aug. 165:25 p.m. Main/Wilkins Sts. MVA, property damage.5:35 p.m. South St. Suspicious activity.6:47 p.m. Lakeside Ave. Suspicious activity.Saturday, Aug. 1711:21 a.m. Central St. Erratic operator.11:57 a.m. Grove St. Suspicious activity.2:42 p.m. Technology Dr. Animal complaint.7:17 p.m. Brigham St. Suspicious activity.Sunday, Aug. 182:33 a.m. Central St. Suspicious activity.4:09 p.m. Loring St. Suspicious activity.4:56 p.m. Brigham St. Disturbance, general.7:03 p.m. Washington/Brigham Sts. Nosie complaint.8:30 p.m. Four Bridges Rd. Vandalism.9:18 p.m. Huron Dr. Suspicious activity.10:39 p.m. Central St. Noise complaint.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Watch Next Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Watch againcenter_img StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Share this video We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, May 23. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 17:47Accident in Werrington Road, Bucknall, between a car and a motorbike. No injuries sustained and drivers have exchanged details.17:44Community Drive partially blocked due to accident near Brownley Road. Traffic is coping well.Near Norton United Football Club. 16:25Slow traffic on A53 Leek Road Northbound near A54 Macclesfield Main Road. 16:12Good work!The Highways team have exceeded all expectations, we have increased the tarmac delivery and are well on track to have this job completed Friday afternoon ��‍♂️��#workingtogether @MACSurfacing pic.twitter.com/PYHslZ15Hw— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) May 23, 201815:40Slow traffic on A53 Cobridge Road Northbound near Century Street. 15:40Slow traffic on A34 Congleton Road in both directions near B5371 Cedar Avenue. 15:20Slow traffic on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Heading towards to M6.14:19A50 blocked by fallen tree The A50 Liverpool Road West, Church Lawton, is currently blocked by a fallen tree.The tree has fallen between the Red Bull traffic lights and the A50.Highways are en-route to clear it.13:09Police called as man seen walking on motorway999 call just received in our Contact centre about a male walking on the hard shoulder of the M6 Toll. Passed to our West Midlands Police @WMPolice @CMPG colleagues to deal and offer suitable advice #SP24— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) May 23, 201813:04Teenager charged after police called to supermarketA teenager has been charged following an alleged incident at a supermarket.Police had been called out to Tunstall’s Aldi store on Monday.As a result 19-year-old Mitchell Taylor, of Odell Grove, Burslem, has been charged with theft from a shop, using threatening words and behaviour and possession of a class B drug. Taylor was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on June 19. 12:58Shower dismantled during rescue operationFirefighters helped rescue an old woman who had fallen and become trapped in her shower. The incident took place at Brown Avenue in Nantwich with a crew dispatched to the scene just after 10.25am.And the team had to dismantle the cubicle the pensioner was in, in order to complete the rescue.The woman was then passed onto the care of the North West Ambulance Service.Firefighters were at the property for 30 minutes.12:33Police on the lookout for car used to pick up teenage girlsPc Kate has received some #CSE information in relation to a new vehicle being used to pick up teenage girls. I’m accessing our ANPR info to see where that car has been travelling across the city.#SP24— PenkhullPC (@PenkhullPC) May 23, 201812:09Brown water in KidsgroveResidents woke up to find brown water coming through their taps this morning. Households in Kidsgrove ran their taps today and the water was heavily discoloured. This was the colour of the water coming through at one householdOne resident said: “I had no choice but to wash my hair using bottled water.”Severn Trent Water contacted customers via text. The message read: “You may have discoloured water. It may not look nice but it’s usually nothing to worry about. Your water should gradually clear but gently running the kitchen cold tap for 20 minutes should help.”11:30More than 240 officers on duty across StaffordshireStaffordshire Police is today encouraging all its departments to take to Twitter to give an insight into their work with the hashtag #SP24.As part of the scheme the force has revealed that there are 249 officers on duty at the moment – 58 covering the North. 10:43Suspect drink driver went past police at 130mphYoung driver in @PoliceStafford Stafford caught speeding past an unmarked Police vehicle and carried on at speeds up to 130mph, then failed a roadside breath test. Very irresponsible, one off to custody.— CMPG (@CMPG) May 22, 201809:13Donna Louise announce location for annual ballSpode’s iconic China Halls has this morning been unveiled as the location for a charity ball. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice has confirmed the unique setting at the one-time pottery factory will play host to the 10th annual bash. The fund-raiser will take place on June 8. Zoe Gregory, event manager at Donna Louise, said: “ It’s at the very centre of the heritage and history of the Potteries and we are so excited to be able to use and share this incredible.”09:09Dave KnapperExpect to see police around this neighbourhood todayDay 3 of the #weekofactionToday the mobile police station is parked up on Stanfields. We are on the car park of the new Simply Local store. Come and see us. #stanfields #millhill— Stanfields Police (@StanfieldsPCSO) May 23, 201809:06Dave KnapperParamedics called to A50 collisionThere is still slow traffic on the A50 near Blythe Bridge where a car had overturned.https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/collision-involving-three-vehicles-causes-159806208:39Dave KnapperProblems on the A500There is slow moving traffic on the A500 on the Northbound carriageway at the turn off for Audley. In addition there is ‘very’ slow moving traffic around Basford roundabout and City Road on the Southbound stretch. 07:50Dave KnapperDrink drivers and assault suspects are among those waking up in police custody this morning.Staffordshire officers looking after the South of the county say there are seven detained across two sites. Our day shift are coming in to 7 detainees across the two custody sites. Some going to court soon, others to be interviewed. Assaults and drink driving are key themes. #sp24— Staffordshire Police Southern Custody (@SouthernCustody) May 23, 2018The force says some will be going to court while others will be facing interviews with officers. 07:44Dave KnapperPair rescued after flat fireSome news to bring you from overnight. Two people were rescued from a flat following a fire in the kitchen.https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/man-woman-rescued-firefighters-break-159813807:14Dave KnapperMissing children spotted at stationPolice were called to Stoke Station this morning after staff raised concerns over three youngsters.Stoke-on-Trent train station (Image: Simon Whitfield)Officers say the trio were seen at the facility and caught the attention of workers. The force has confirmed they were missing from the Greater Manchester area. An officer with one of the city’s response teams Tweeted: “Thanks to staff at stoke railway station raising concerns for three young people. Turns out they were missing from @gmpolice area. Now returned safely home” StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/1:20Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:18 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Travel company offers chance to see Cyprus through locals eyes

first_imgWhen you’re travelling, there is simply no substitute for local knowledge. Think about it. How many times have you jumped on a London tour bus, spent hours being whisked past Trafalgar Square and Big Ben and returned feeling just a little empty – as if you’ve somehow missed the point of London? Or you’ve set off on a solo journey to the Orient armed only with a guidebook, returning stuffed with facts and figures – but with no real sense of Angkor Wat awe? Okay, perhaps you’ve done neither. Perhaps you’re satisfied with an annual trip to Euro Disney or New York, and have no interest in what the country itself is all about. But for most travellers, the best and most memorable of explorative experiences derive not from an all-knowing guide (or guidebook) but come courtesy of the people who know the place inside out. The locals…This true travel experience – those intimate discoveries and the memorable moments which come only with the help of those who have lived in (and loved) the place for years – is now the catalyst for any number of worldwide travel services. Global Greeter Network is a volunteer online service which allows tourists to connect with a local who can point out “special places and hidden treasures”; showaround.com connects travellers with someone who “can tailor your activities and give you an insider’s view on where to go and what to see”; Vayable promises “unique travel experiences provided by people within the community.” And now, Wander Cyprus is doing the same: “Creating a community of travellers who want to become familiar with destinations around the island, travellers who want to enjoy Cyprus through locals, and travellers who are looking for a new adventure…”“Wander Cyprus is a sort of bespoke travel agency, providing authentic experiences of Cyprus’ life and culture,” explains twenty-something Katerina Pechlivani, the brain behind the venture. “We create customised road trips which allow for complete freedom of itinerary, and accompany the visitor on their voyage of discovery. And I think we’re the first to do this in Cyprus!”The idea stems from Katerina’s own experiences as a traveller in foreign lands; her backpacking journeys around the continent. “I work in retail branding, which I love, but needed a bit of a career break. So I set off to see Europe, spending a couple of months just travelling around, meeting the people, trying new activities and exploring. And everywhere I went, I looked at the services on offer: what would make the experience more unique, more memorable…”In Ireland, Katerina booked a visit to the Cliffs of Mohair through a local tourist agency. “The site was fantastic, the view incredible, but the tour only allowed us an hour before we were off again. Not only was that not enough time to explore, but I also felt the personal element was missing: there was nobody to suggest cool places to visit in the area, or interesting bars or restaurants. The tour was very well-structured, but it felt somehow impersonal. It missed that human touch: the local who shakes your hand, tells you about their home and knows all the little stories about the place. It was missing the details. And in the end, it’s those details which make your journey…“In contrast,” she continues, “in Rome I stopped at a tiny basement shop where a young woman was selling handmade Oxfords. She told me all about her passion for her craft, how she came from a line of cobblers, and about the city. And I felt that this was exactly in line with what travellers want: we can access the sites and the history of a place on our phones, but the stories and the details have to come from the people who know and love their country.”Realising that her own island was missing just such a bespoke service, Katerina returned home to set up Wander Cyprus. “Many of today’s travellers – especially those who stay with Air bnb – are looking for an authentic experience. They may want to see Kolossi and Curium and the Tombs of the Kings, but they also want the freedom to get off the beaten track and experience the real Cyprus: Greek coffee in a real village cafenion, hand-made koupepia in the mountains, the hidden spot that’s perfect for wildlife photos, the tiny museum which can only be opened by the village mayor… The chance to sit and really connect with the people and their culture.”Launching on Facebook in March, Wander Cyprus is still a relatively new venture, but Katerina has already taken her first bookings. “I have a team of four I’m currently training, and I’ve done quite a few customised road-trips myself for various visitors. Three weeks ago I took an American visitor based in Larnaca on a journey to Lefkara: I pointed out places he might enjoy in town, we headed up to Tersefanou for coffee, checked out the lace-making in Lefkara – I was able to translate for him when he chatted to the local craftswomen – stopped at a local restaurant and then returned home via the Kalavassos dam. Everything on our road trips is customised to the visitor,” Katerina explains. “So you’re not only getting the benefit of local knowledge, you also have the freedom to stop whenever you want, or change the itinerary as it suits you! If you see something interesting along the way, we can go there; if you fancy stopping for a picnic, that can be arranged… This is so much more than the typical tour bus experience!” she smiles.At the moment, visitors can book half-day or full-day tours, but Katerina and her team are very flexible in what they offer. “We are able to offer an overnight stay if someone is looking at the agro-tourism experience or an exploration of the whole mountain range,” she reveals. “Everything and anything is customisable; depending on the season and the weather we can take in festivals or all sorts of local events. But the most important thing at Wander Cyprus is that we’re allowing people the chance to both explore with and to meet the locals. We’re offering the opportunity to see the real Cyprus.”Wander CyprusCall Katerina on 96 132561, email wandercyprus@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page ‘Wander Cyprus’. 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