Hallmark TV Movie Darrow and Darrow Starts Filming in BC This Week

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Hallmark TV movie Darrow and Darrow, starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley starts filming in British Columbia this week along with Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s FX TV pilot Singularity and Season 2 of Dirk Gently.Darrow and Darrow (TV Movie)Ideologies clash when Claire Darrow and her mother, Naiomi decide to share a house and a law practice together. Although the two are related, their views couldn’t be any further apart when it comes to practicing law. Claire believes in doing what’s right no matter what, but her mother believes in doing whatever will make the most money.Their differences don’t just stop with the law practice. Niomi also disagrees with Claire’s decisions when it comes to raising her own pre-teen daughter, Louise. Thankfully, Louise’s personality combines the best traits of both her mother and grandmother, making her the glue that holds them all together. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Indigenous students channeling struggles and emotions through art

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis comes just in time for the holiday shopping season.Students from Cote High School in Winnipeg were busy prepping for their first arts and crafts sale.APTN had the opportunity to capture this exciting moment.For many it’s an opportunity to channel their struggles and emotions through art.Here’s our reporter Jaydon Flett with more.last_img

Canada lagging on tech research and investments says CEO of HP Canada

TORONTO — The head of HP Canada says the country is not investing enough in the technology sector to become a global leader in the space.Division president and CEO Mary Ann Yule says Canada has a “dismal” record on research and development, ranked 34 in technology development spending globally, while R&D spending of 1.6 per cent of GDP is below the global average of two per cent and less than half of leaders like the U.S.Speaking at the Elevate tech conference in Toronto, Yule said both the public and private sector have to step up with investments in the sector to rise to the top.She also said that while Canada has one of the best-educated workforces, there needs to be more investment in skills training.Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who was also speaking at Elevate, said the government is investing in a range of tech training and skills development, such as a program that allows workers to collect employment insurance while they take training courses of up to four weeks. He says the government has also been making a variety of investments in the sector, including the digital technology supercluster based in B.C.   This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

UN panel reports violations of embargo against Liberia

A panel of experts reporting to the United Nations Security Council has documented new violations of the arms embargo against Liberia, including the delivery of six cargo aircraft containing some 200 tons of weapons and ammunition supplies, according to a report released today at the UN. The Panel of Experts, set up at the request of the Security Council, says the weapons, drawn mainly from old Yugoslav stocks, were supplied by a dealer in Belgrade. “To avoid detection of these arms and obtain clearance for the flights, a sophisticated trail of double documentation was set up,” the experts write. According to the report, while the flight authorization and cargo manifests indicate that the arms were officially sent to Nigeria, flight requests were issued for the same aircraft to fly to Liberia, fraudulently indicating the cargo on board to be “mining drilling equipment” for a diamond mine in Monrovia. The Panel obtained false end-user certificates from Nigeria used by a non-existent Nigerian company and a number of go-between companies and brokers to carry out illicit arms deals. In response, the experts call for the urgent establishment of a UN working group which would develop a standardized end-user certificate that would contain the licence number, name and contact information of brokers involved in arms-trading. Such end-user certificates should be submitted to all members of the Economic Community of West African States as a condition for granting waivers for the importation of arms into the region. The report also shows that arms continue to reach the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) through Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. The LURD was found to have mortar rounds that originally had been supplied by the United Arab Emirates to Guinea which the Guinean Defence Ministry claimed had been destroyed during a barracks fire. read more

Are The Warriors Ruining Basketball

FiveThirtyEight VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jun. 6, 2017), we discuss the Nashville Predators’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series is now tied 2-2. Next, the Golden State Warriors are running roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has some complaining that the NBA’s competitive balance is out of whack. We dig into league commissioner Adam Silver’s latest remarks on the matter and discuss whether the rise of the Warriors is a good thing or a bad thing for the NBA. Plus, a significant digit on an untethered ascent of El Capitan.Check out the following links to the topics we discussed.Pekka Rinne had a great Game 4 to help the Predators even things up.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions say that the likelihood of the Warriors winning the series is 97 percent.In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fought back against claims that the Warriors have disrupted the league’s competitive balance.FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner teamed up to break down Steph Curry’s return to form in this year’s NBA finals.Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that despite last year’s Cavaliers’ comeback, a Warriors victory feels inevitable this year.Is the superteam era ruining the NBA? Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins investigates.Significant Digit: 3,300, the number of feet that Alex Honnold climbed on his route up El Capitan, the famous climbing wall inside Yosemite National Park. He did it all without a rope. Honnold has become the first free solo climber to scale the route. read more

Lac Dore vanadium tests for battery use

first_imgVanadiumCorp Resource has commissioned the preparation and process testing of massive magnetite from its 100% owned Lac Dore vanadium project in Quebec, Canada. The processing consideration tested will target production of vanadium electrolyte “VE”, iron and titanium. Testing results are anticipated Q2 2017. The VE produced will be used to demonstrate the quality of vanadium electrolyte for vanadium battery partners and additional testing. Economics of the considered VE process technology will be included in the Company’s PEA in Q1 2017.Highlights1.Direct, high efficiency VE process technology2.Environmentally friendly mineral extraction, process and 100% reusable VE battery material3.Iron and titanium recovery potentiallast_img

Xavi Pascual about win in Belarus Romanians can be proud on this

handballRomanian handballXavi PascualXavi Pascual HANDBALL Romania celebrated surprising away win over Belarus at the start of the campaign for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. The new head-coach, famous name from FC Barcelona Lassa, Xavi Pascual, had only two days for preparing the match, but in Minsk everything looked perfect:I am glad for final result and proud on my team. Guys played good in defense, although we had some problems with Belarussians back-line shooters. However, we achieved desired result and country can be proud on this team. We had only two days to practice, but we did it seven-eight hours per day. This work has yielded fruits – concluded Pascual after great start on Romanian bench.Romania will play against Poland at Round 2 next weekend. ← Previous Story German routine start over Portugal Next Story → Furious Serbs smash Poles in Gdansk read more

Flights to and from Dublin cancelled after Lufthansa pilots strike

first_imgFlights to and from Dublin cancelled after Lufthansa pilots strike It is Lufthansa’s 14th strike since April 2014. By Paul Hosford NEARLY 900 FLIGHTS have been cancelled, including some to and from Dublin, as pilots at German airline Lufthansa go on strike.The stoppage, called by the pilots’ union Cockpit, started at midnight and affects Lufthansa flights at airports across Germany.Out of its roughly 3,000 scheduled flights, 876 would be cancelled due to the strike, “affecting some 100,000 passengers”, Lufthansa said in a statement.It is the union’s 14th strike since April 2014.Flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich from Dublin have been cancelled today.The Lufthansa pilots going on strike are demanding a pay rise of an average of 3.66 percent per year, retroactive for the past five years.The union says pilots have endured a wage freeze over that time and suffered a “significant loss of purchasing power” due to inflation, while Lufthansa has made billions in profits.With AFP reportingRead: Explainer: Five months after the Brexit referendum, why is UKIP in chaos? Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:19 AM 9,442 Views http://jrnl.ie/3096911 A Lufthansa plane on its final approach to landing passes over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport. Nov 23rd 2016, 7:19 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A Lufthansa plane on its final approach to landing passes over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport. Image: Frank Augstein Share4 Tweet Email2 10 Comments Short URL Image: Frank Augsteinlast_img read more

De la viande de cétacés de plus en plus au menu dans

first_imgDe la viande de cétacés de plus en plus au menu dans les pays pauvresEn compilant de nombreuses sources documentaires, des écologistes américains et canadiens ont récemment établi un rapport sur la consommation de viande de mammifères marins dans les pays du sud, touchés par la raréfaction du poisson.”Traditionnellement, on pense au Japon ou aux indigènes de l’Arctique en tant que grands consommateurs [de viande de cétacés], et ils le sont… Mais cela ne s’arrête pas là”, commence Martin Robards, de la Wildlife Conservation Society, en Alaska. Avec Randall Reeves d’Okapi Wildlife Associates, au Québec, ce spécialiste a compilé quelque 900 sources d’information et émis le premier rapport exhaustif sur les types et le nombre de mammifères marins consommés chaque année.À lire aussiL’étonnante ruse d’un renard polaire pour échapper à des chasseursLeur constat : si la chasse à grande échelle a diminué au cours des 40 dernières années, en revanche, dans les pays pauvres, la baisse des captures de poissons côtiers a conduit les gens à chercher d’autres sources de protéines. “Il s’agit en fait d’un problème de viande de brousse”, explique Robards.Afrique occidentale, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Inde, Birmanie, Philippines, Pérou, Brésil, Colombie, Trinidad… : toutes régions du Monde confondues, de la chair d’au moins 92 espèces de cétacés parmi lesquels des dauphins a été mangée par des humains entre 1970 et 2009. Une hausse de la consommation également attribuable à l’augmentation des prises accidentelles de mammifères marins dans des engins de pêche, toujours plus meurtriers…Le 8 janvier 2012 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Polaroid joue le cliché du vintage pour son Z2300

first_imgPolaroid joue le cliché du vintage pour son Z2300Le célèbre fabricant d’appareil photo instantané va sortir un nouveau Polaroid. Le Modèle Z2300 mise sur son design qui vise les nostalgiques, tout en incorporant de nouvelles fonctionnalités.Difficile de trouver un appareil photo instantané ces temps-ci dans les boutiques. Mais que les nostalgiques se rassurent, Polaroid n’est pas encore mort. Et il revient même avec un nouvel appareil, le Polaroid Z2300 qui joue clairement la carte du vintage pour séduire les consommateurs. Il permet, comme ses prédécesseurs, d’imprimer directement ses photos après leur capture, depuis le boitier. Le Polaroid intègre la technologie ZINK (Zero Ink) et n’utilise donc pas d’encre. Les clichés font deux pouces par trois, soit 5,08 cm par 7,6 cm. Il faudra ensuite compter environ une minute pour voir le résultat de sa prise, sans avoir besoin de secouer sa photo comme autrefois. Les photographes bénéficieront alors d’un cliché imprimé qui résistera à l’eau et aux déchirures. Contrairement à ses prédécesseurs, il est possible de visualiser ses photos sur un écran LCD de trois pouces de diagonale avant de les imprimer. On peut alors les redimensionner, d’ajouter une bordure comme les photos des années 80 ou encore choisir l’option couleur noir et blanc.Des photos et des vidéos  L’appareil photo est doté d’un capteur CMOS de 10 mégapixels, d’un microphone et d’un haut-parleur. Ces deux derniers outils lui permettent donc d’enregistrer des vidéos ou de lire des films. Du côté stockage, les utilisateurs pourront compter sur un emplacement pour carte mémoire SD, jusqu’à 32 GB, et d’un port micro-USB. Il sera donc possible de transférer les clichés sur un ordinateur ou un autre support de stockage externe. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Le Polaroid Z2300 se décline en deux versions, en noir ou en blanc, et se présente comme un appareil compact arborant une bande multicolore rappelant les anciens modèles. L’appareil sera disponible le 15 août prochain au prix de 159 dollars (128 euros). Il sera livré avec 10 pages de papier photo. Il faudra par la suite débouser 25 dollars (20 euros) pour en avoir 50 autres ou bien 15 dollars (12 euros) pour 30. Mais pour l’heure, seuls les américains peuvent pré-commander le Polaroid Z2300. Son arrivé en Europe dépendra certainement de son succès outre-Atlantique.Le 29 juin 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man loses control of truck on Highway 500

first_imgA 26-year-old Vancouver man was arrested Saturday after reportedly losing control of his truck on state Highway 500 west of Camas, according to a Washington State Patrol report.The state patrol responded to a report of a collision at about 8 p.m. Saturday near milepost 10 on eastbound state Highway 500, about 7 miles west of Camas. Troopers found a 1987 Dodge pickup off the highway in nearby brush.According to the report, the driver of the truck failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and left the roadway, struck trees and brush before hitting a chain link fence.State patrol arrested the driver, Zachary Taylor, 26, of Vancouver, and impounded his truck while his passenger, Lazaro Duron, 26, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. His condition was unavailable.Taylor, who had minor injuries, was charged with vehicular assault. The report states that alcohol or drugs appeared to be involved.last_img read more

Eric Dier to start for England against Belgium on Thursday

first_imgTottenham player Eric Dier will make his debut of the 2018 World Cup in England’s game against Belgium on Thursday, Sky Sports, confirms.Dier was named as a substitute in both of England’s matches and made his only appearance as a late replacement in their 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening game. Despite not choosing to start Dier in either of England’s games so far, Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the influence he has had on their World Cup campaign.“He is always a big part of our plans,” Southgate said. “He is a really intelligent player, tactically very aware and he is a crucial part of our squad and has been all the way through our journey.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“His mentality has been about playing his way into the tournament, recognising he will have a part to play. There is a real maturity about him and I enjoy our discussions about the matches we play.“He has great insight into the difficulties we might face, so even though he hasn’t been in the starting team he has had invaluable contributions in meetings and training sessions and tomorrow he is back in the team.”Both England and Belgium have secured qualification from Group G but whoever wins their match in Kaliningrad will finish top.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 42 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List Merit List At

first_imgBEDFORD, MA — Middlesex Community College recently released the names of Wilmington students who made the Spring 2018 Dean’s List and Merit List:Dean’s List:Marcelle Angeli O. AlcosJohn C. BakerTaylor R. BrownellSteven J. Cannata Jr.Jason P. DonahueBrianna S. FernandesMitchell A. FisherScott GordonMikayla M. GrassiaDanielle E. HebertMarketa LekesovaSarah K. McSheehyAllan V. MirandaKristina M. NicoliMacKenzie R. RobertsValerie A. RoseDaniel R. SmalleyCameron C. YuenMerit List (Dean’s List To Part-Time Students):Danielle BaldiKayla A. FalterKyle FelisbertoMarlon W. FelisbertoJorge A. FernandezJason FrongilloTirza N. FucileMarissa L. HanleyAndrew J. LesperanceVictoria L. ManeyDeborah J. McGondelKatie McManusMelissa A. McNamaraAlexis V. PapagelisAlexis R. ParsonsTimothy J. PatrieRichard J. PriceLillian SeeAlyssa SmalleyMeghan C. StemmlerAshleigh N. SullivanKristen A. SullivanKathleen M. VisalliLandry M. WestrichTo be eligible for the Deans’s List, full-time students must earn a 3.2 or higher GPA without D, F, I or IP grades. Students who are enrolled in at least 6 but less than 12 credits in a given semester, but otherwise have met the same performance level as those on the Dean’s List, are named to the Merit List.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 30 Wilmington Students Named To Merit List At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”42 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MiddlesexIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”last_img read more

Trump administration offers more NPRA land for oil leasing than ever before

first_imgMap of northern Alaska showing location of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR-en:1002 area, and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). (Map courtesy USGS)The Trump administration is making a lot more land in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska available for oil exploration this year.Listen nowOn Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management announced all 900 tracts set aside for leasing will be up for bid. That compares to just 145 tracts offered last year.It’s the largest lease sale ever in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A.In the past, BLM decided which tracts to offer based on industry interest. But this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order telling BLM to maximize the amount of land available for leasing in the Reserve.Alaska’s congressional delegation praised the announcement.“This decision is a testament to our work to spearhead new development and fight back against the status quo that has underserved Alaskan communities and interests for years,” Congressman Don Young said in a statement. “The NPR-A was always intended for development, not to be locked away in perpetuity like the previous administration attempted.”An environmental group, however, said offering all the leases at once isn’t a good idea.“Americans should not stand by and allow our public lands to be plundered without restraint,” Nicole Whittington-Evans of the Wilderness Society said in a statement. “We need a thoughtful, careful approach that emphasizes responsible development and recognizes that some places are simply too special to drill.”Still, just under half of the Indiana-sized Reserve won’t be available at this year’s sale. The Obama administration decided to make that land off-limits to leasing, citing the need to protect important bird and caribou habitat.The Trump administration is currently reviewing that decision.The National Petroleum Reserve is seeing a spike in interest from the oil industry. There was a big increase in bids at last year’s BLM lease sale, spurred by a series of major oil discoveries around the northeast part of the Reserve.This year’s lease sale will be held on December 6.last_img read more

Admissions in MANUUs distance programmes

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Directorate of Distance Education is offering admissions in M.A. (Urdu, English, History, Hindi, Arabic & Islamic Studies), B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. (Life Sciences and Physical Sciences), diploma courses (Teach English and Journalism & Mass Communication) and certificate course (Proficiency in Urdu through English & Functional English for Urdu Speaker) for July 2019 session. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The e-prospectus and online application forms are available on website https://manuucoe.in/ddeonlineadmission19. The form is to be submitted online with Registration Fee of Rs. 200/-. The last date for submission of online application form is 1st August, 2019. For further details, candidates may contact Student Support Unit (SSU) Helpline Nos. 040-23008463, 23120600 (Extn. 2207) or visit university website www.manuu.ac.in. The candidates can also contact or visit any regional centres/sub-regional centres of MANUU, according to a press release.last_img read more

1st Annual Team of We Toy Drive

first_img‘Team of We’ is collecting new and/or used toys, clothes, or shoes for children ages 4- 12. They are also accepting toiletry items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash clothes, towels, lotion etc). Donations can be dropped off or mailed to 2801 N. Dukeland Street 2nd Floor, Room 226 Baltimore, Maryland 21216 Attn: Sidney A. Brooks (Team of We Project). Team of We would like to have all donations by December 21, 2015. Please contact Arthur Lewis Jr. (410) 302-4225 for more details.last_img

Its not exactly how the Cardinals drew it up but

first_imgIt’s not exactly how the Cardinals drew it up, but it’s the reality they are dealing with. And that’s fine.“Everybody has all the confidence in the world in Drew, and Logan’s getting better,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals are viewing Carson Palmer’s nerve injury as a week-to-week issue, with the belief that it could “wake up” at any given time and allow the quarterback to resume his role as the team’s starter.Until then, however, the job will continue to belong to Drew Stanton. And behind Stanton, rookie Logan Thomas waits. In a perfect world, neither would have taken a snap in 2014. But that’s not how things work, and until Palmer is ready to go, the team will continue to rely on a quarterback who before this season had not thrown a regular season pass since 2010. And, should something happen to him, they will turn to a quarterback was as raw a prospect as you could find in last May’s draft. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter APT is offering cyclin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAPT is offering cycling enthusiasts of varying abilities the chance to experience some exciting cycle routes on two of its most popular river cruises.Part of its portfolio of Special Interest Cruising, the new Cycling Series is just one of the exciting new highlights featured in APT’s recently launched Europe River Cruising 2017 brochure.Guests who choose to travel on APT’s new cycling cruises will be fitted with their own high quality touring or road bike at the beginning of their cruise.APT has also arranged for a team of expert cyclists to lead each ride, while a support vehicle will travel with each group to provide technical assistance so guests can cycle with confidence.For those who prefer to opt out of the cycling while their travel companion explores the trails, APT is also operating its usual sightseeing programmes.Cycling Magnificent EuropeSeven cycling experiences are available on APT’s new 15-day Cycling Magnificent Europe, a cruise designed to appeal to a range of cycling abilities. Guests can choose to cycle around Cologne; wheel their way to world-famous Erbach Monastery; take a trail to Fortress Marienburg in Würzburg; stop for a much needed beer on a bike tour to Bamberg; take a cycling excursion to Wallhalla; ride to the ruins of Dürnstein, and pedal the streets of Vienna.The new cycling experiences are offered as sightseeing options throughout the cruise, which also features APT’s three exclusive Royal Signature Experiences: a journey aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train: a private visit to Namedy Castle; and a private musical soiree at Vienna’s newly refurbished City Palace.Priced from $8695 per person, twin share, APT is offering a choice of four departure dates in 2017 for this new cruise: 30 April, 14 May, 17 September and 1 October. APT is offering the chance to Fly to Europe for just $995 when you book this cruise by 31 August 2016.Bordeaux by BicycleAPT has also introduced its new eight-day Bordeaux by Bicycle river cruise. Aimed at more experienced cyclists, APT will fit guests out with their own quality carbon road bike prior to setting sail.Four cycling experiences are on offer. In Bordeaux there’s the chance to cycle the Roger Lapébie cycle path, taking a winding valley route passing by local towns, historic ruins, châteaux and vineyards. When the ship stops in Pauillac the cycle route allows guests to stop for cheese and wine tastings. They can also follow the Dordogne on another route. There is also the opportunity to explore the vineyards of Bergerac by bicycle.These cycling additions have been paired to perfectly complement APT’s already unforgettable Bordeaux river cruise, highlights of which include APT’s new Royal Signature Experience: a special visit to Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre and later King Henri IV of France and his wife Queen Margot. APT guests enjoy a private tour before sitting down to dinner in the impeccable Grand Salon, while enjoying the traditional music from a Baroque band.This new cruise is priced from $6695 per person, twin share and guests can choose from two departures in 2017 – 6 July or 28 September. For bookings made before 31 August 2016, APT is offering the chance to fly to Europe for just $1195.APT’s Cycling Cruises include an expert APT Cruise Director, all meals and complimentary beverages served on board; high-quality touring or road bike hire to explore Europe’s trails; expert cyclists to accompany the rides; the services of an on-road support vehicle; and transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Russians Cypriot haven undisturbed by sanctions tensions

first_imgBy Laura NoonanCypriots say their island paradise, home to thousands of Russians seeking sun, tax benefits and an EU entry point, has not suffered from deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West and some have seen benefits.The EU and euro member was worried its close links between the two would be put to the test when Europe and the United States started talking about sanctions on Russia to protest its seizure of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.Any deepening of the crisis could still hurt the economy. US President Barack Obama appeared to toughen his stance on Wednesday and agreed with the EU at a summit in Brussels to work on possible harsher economic sanctions.But the sanctions so far — on individuals and one bank — have not had an impact and some businesses have even reported that interest has picked up from Ukrainian and Russian customers since the crisis began.“When they talked about sanctions first we were very scared (of what it could mean for Cyprus), when we saw what they want, (we see) it is a joke,” said Phidias Pilides, president of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce, which represents about 8,000 businesses. “It’s not just limited … these are just for appearance.”Some 40,000 Russians live in Cyprus out of a total population of 800,000. Many live in Limassol where shop and menu signs in Russian are common on the main seafront boulevard. There are three local Russian newspapers and children can attend a Russian school.Christos Panagi, general manager of Limassol-based property developer Pandomus, said the bonds between Russia and Cyprus could grow deeper as a result of the crisis.Cypriot law allows those who buy a house worth €300,000 to claim permanent residency rights, while those who spend €5 million of more on property can apply for passports.Panagi said he had seen an increase in Russian and Ukrainian interest in property that would qualify them for residency or passports in the weeks since the crisis broke. “People don’t say that this (the crisis) is the reason,” he said but added that the timing of the interest suggested an obvious link.Cyprus has long straddled the line between the powerhouses of the east and west. It was a dynamic that featured prominently a year ago when Cyprus agreed to rescue its banks by seizing money from big savers, many of them Russian, as a condition of a 10 billion euros bailout from the EU.Some Russians abandoned Cyprus after losing their savings but most stayed.Andreas Neocleous, chairman of the Limassol-based legal firm Andreas Neocleous & Co whose work includes advising Russian investors in Cyprus, said his clients had not been affected by the political drama in Ukraine.Further sanctions would not affect businesses and individuals’ setting up holding companies in Russia, he said.“There were some wheelers and dealers who left Cyprus (after the banking crisis) but the good businesses and good business people are still here,” he said.“The bonds and relations between us and Russia go back in history to the Byzantine times…I don’t think the political situation between the U.S. and Russia will be able to affect those good relations.”However, Pilides said tourism could suffer if Russians were forced to get visas for trips to EU countries as part of further sanctions or if the Russian rouble became so weak against the euro it becomes too expensive for Russian tourists to visit.Data from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) shows the number of Russian visitors to Cyprus was second to visitors from the UK in the first ten months of 2013. The CTO was expecting Russian visitor numbers to increase by 25 percent in 2014.Rouble weakness would also make it expensive for Russians to do business in Cyprus. The rouble fell against the dollar and the euro yesterday.Natalia Seleari, owner of a Russian bookstore in Limassol, said up to 30 per cent of her summer trade comes from tourists but a weaker rouble would reduce the cost of her stock. She said she was not worried about an escalation of the crisis.The United States and EU agreed to work together to prepare possible further economic sanctions against Russia.But both Neocleous and Pilides say that other top locations for Russians including the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Britain would have a lot to lose from tighter restrictions.“There are a lot of very wealthy Russians in London…There are more Russians in London than in Limassol,” said Neocleous. (Reuters)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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