Cyprus officially the Republic of Cyprus, is a Eurasian island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and north of Egypt. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of its most popular tourist destinations. The Republic of Cyprus was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 Maggio 2004.
The earliest known human activity on the island dates back to around the 10th millennium BCE. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the Tombs of the Kings. Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. At a strategic location in the Middle East, Cyprus has been occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Hittites, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Rashiduns, Umayyads, Lusignans, Venetians and Ottomans. Settled by Mycenean Greeks in the second millennium BCE, the island also experienced long periods of Greek rule under the Ptolemies and the Byzantines. In 333 BCE, Alexander the Great conquered the island from the Persians. The Ottoman Empire conquered the island in 1571 and it remained under Ottoman control for over three centuries. It was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960, becoming a member of the Commonwealth the following year. For those planning to travel to Cyprus we have come up with a few apps that you could assist you on your trip.
Cyprus Travel Guide by FidesReef provides information on cities, trasporto, sights, shopping, restaurants places to stay and lots more valuable information. Available through the iTunesApp Storefor £0.69/$0.99 this app is an ideal offline way of accessing all the important details required to enhance your stay. Find out about Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos, Ayia Napa, Protaras and the South East coast of Cyprus with the use if this easy to use travel guide.
Cipro (Nicosia, Limassol, Lamaca) Maps Offline by FidesReef is a great way to search for anything from restaurants to hotels. For £1.99/$2.99 at theApp Store, this application includes street maps, parking and lots of other useful information. With help from location tracking, using Wifi there is a bookmark feature so you know exactly where you are and where you are going.
Cyprus News by Cocoon Creations is a free application that gives the user the opportunity to access current relevant information regarding Cyprus. Find out what is going on with all the news from all the major newspapers and blogs across Cyprus and Greece. Share articles on Facebook, Twitter or email them to a friend. Cyprus News downloads the news on your device, making them available even when there is no internet connectivity, for a more convenient reading any time, anywhere. for more information on this visit, il App Store.
Cyprus Maps by CITY APP is the ideal app for finding your way around Cyprus and places including Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos, LarnacaLarge and Cypru. Cyprus Map enable you to use maps offline without internet connection for £1.99/$2.99 at theApp Store. Find out where the nearest restaurant is, or hotel with the help of real time GPS tracking capability. Zoom in and out; bookmark your favorites with this easy to use app.
Make the most of your trip and use applications to get all you can out of your adventure. Have you been to Cyprus before but could still use added assistance? Some of these apps can also be a handy tool for permanent residents or seasoned travelers.
Dopo sei casi di malaria in Grecia, i turisti sono stati avvertiti per proteggersi contro le punture di zanzara.
I casi inclusi cinque adulti greci e un bambino rom, tutti sono stati segnalati dal giugno di quest'anno e sono stati osservati nelle persone con nessuna storia di viaggiare in paesi dove la malaria è più comune, secondo l'Health Protection Agency (HPA).
Tutti e sei i pazienti sono in ripresa al momento, non ci sono stati morti.
I casi sono stati individuati in aree di zona umida palustre - sono state le zanzare sono più comuni. Compresi i distretti di Laconia, nel sud della penisola del Peloponneso, e l'isola di Eubea, est della Grecia continentale.
Il professor David Hill, direttore del National Travel Health Network e Centro della HPA (NaTHNaC) suddetto: 'Il rischio per i turisti di cattura
malaria mentre in Grecia rimane estremamente basso, quindi non c'è bisogno di prendere antimalarici quando si visita questo paese, ma i viaggiatori dovrebbero prendere
misure per evitare di essere morso.
'Abbiamo già consigliamo di persone che viaggiano verso la Grecia per evitare punture di insetti per proteggere da un'altra infezione trasmessa dalle zanzare causata da virus del Nilo occidentale.
'Ciò può causare una malattia del sistema nervoso e oltre 200 casi sono stati segnalati in Grecia l'anno scorso. I recenti casi di malaria in Grecia rafforzano l'importanza di prendere precauzioni contro le punture mentre su vacanza.'
Dr Jane Jones, un esperto di salute viaggio alla HPA, aggiunto: 'E' importante che i viaggiatori di ritorno da aree colpite consultare un medico immediatamente se avvertono sintomi della malaria, che comprendono la febbre, mal di testa e dolori muscolari.
'La HPA è anche consigliando ai professionisti sanitari di prendere in considerazione le malattie trasmesse dalle zanzare in viaggiatori di ritorno dalla Grecia con sintomi rilevanti e assicurare che siano adeguatamente testati.
'La HPA e NaTHNaC continuerà a monitorare da vicino la situazione in Grecia e offrirà ulteriori consigli ai professionisti della salute e il pubblico in generale di conseguenza.'
Questi nuovi casi rendono il terzo anno la Grecia ha visto casi di malaria da trasmissione locale.
Adventures by Disney, the leader in guided family travel, announces the addition of two new destinations to its repertoire of immersive family vacations – Greece: “Greek Odyssey” and Northern France: “Esprit de France ” – available to travelers in 2012. The adventure continues in Egypt with “Pyramids, Pharaohs Ancient Treasures,” an unforgettable expedition. Nuovo per 2012, Adventures by Disney will feature distinct enhancements to its Australia, London and Paris and Galapagos Islands departures – details, dates and rates are available atwww.AdventuresbyDisney.com.
Over the last six years, Adventures by Disney has developed a collection of exhilarating tours with one goal in mind: help families experience the most sought-after and culturally stimulating destinations in the world. Led by knowledgeable Adventure Guides and authentic local experts, families unlock the wonders and stories of the world through unparalleled excursions and engaging activities designed for all ages and activity levels such as pizza-making at a farm in Italy, spending the night at a German castle and playing the role of an art detective at the Louvre. With the smallest details planned in advance, it’s easy for parents to relax and immerse themselves in the most valuable experience of all – quality time with their family.
“Through our dedication to storytelling and exclusive hands-on experiences, families can get a glimpse of the history and beauty synonymous with Greece, Francia, Egypt and every vacation destination on our roster,” said Josh D’Amaro, Vice Presidente, Adventures by Disney. “We are in the business of creating unforgettable, VIP hassle-free itineraries so guests can focus on discovering and exploring a new world and creating priceless vacation memories that last a lifetime.”
Adventures by Disney presents three featured adventures for 2012:
“Greek Odyssey” Athens, Santorini and Crete – the adventure starts in Athens where Greek mythology comes to life through moonlight storytelling at the Parthenon and sporting games at the home of the modern Olympics, Stadio Panathinaiko. Discovery continues on the volcanic island of Santorini where kids go feet-first into Greek grape stomping while adults enjoy a wine tasting at Volcan winery. After sailing the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, families travel to Crete and are immersed in mountain culture with local expert-led lessons in Tsatziki cheese making and Greek dancing.
“Pyramids, Pharaohs Ancient Treasures ” Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Nile and Sharm El Sheikh – uncover an ancient world of pyramids, mummie e meraviglie artificiali come questa spedizione prende il via con un tour camelback delle Grandi Piramidi di Giza e una crociera sul Nilo a Luxor. Le famiglie saranno in soggezione di questa meraviglia architettonica della Sfinge e sperimentare i segreti della tomba di Tutankhamon nella Valle dei Re, con una caccia al tesoro Junior Avventuriero al Museo Egizio delle Antichità. Attività come il processo di papiro, cucina tradizionale, e la scrittura geroglifica dare agli ospiti una vista di prima mano della vita nell'antico Egitto.
” Esprit de France ” Paris, Normandia e della Valle della Loira - ideale per famiglie in cerca di sperimentare le arti, questo itinerario offre un'attività di disegno in Giardino di Monet, una visita al Château du Clos Luce, l'ultima residenza conosciuta di Leonardo da Vinci, and a private dinner at the Louvre in Paris. A true taste of the French countryside, adventurers learn of the art of brandy-making on the Normandy Cider Route; enjoy a picturesque country bike ride and spend the night in an authentic Château. Guests continue the adventure with visits to Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel monastery, Omaha Beach and a viewing of the Bayeux Tapestry.
Adventures by Disney unveils three enhanced itineraries for 2012:
“Discovery Down Under” Australia and Tasmania – the action-packed Australian adventure will now include a visit to the island of Tasmania featuring a Eucalyptus forest zipline experience, una introduzione alla cucina tradizionale di Kate Berry Farm e Meadowbank cantina, nonché una visita al Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary per incontrare il famigerato Tasmanian Devil.
"Grandiosos Galapagos" Isole Galapagos - Ora le famiglie possono trascorrere più tempo a scoprire la flora e la fauna di famose isole di Darwin, con sette notti a bordo della nave da crociera Galapagos Explorer. Gli ospiti avranno la possibilità di nuotare e fare snorkeling con i leoni marini e pinguini e si trovano faccia a faccia con tartarughe giganti.
“Cities of Knights and Lights” London and Paris – Adventures by Disney’s classic European itinerary now features an exquisite trip to the British Countryside where guests can play British lawn games and receive royal treatment on a privately-guided tour of Windsor Castle.
From VIP experiences and world-class accommodations to add-on excursions, Adventures by Disney has a quest to suit any traveler. For more information on Adventures by Disney, visitare www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.
Agosto. 30 (Bloomberg) — National Bank of Greece SA, the country’s biggest bank, reported a first-half loss after writing down its holdings of Greek government bonds.
The net loss was 1.31 miliardi di euro ($1.89 miliardo), compared with a profit in the year earlier period of 146 milioni di euro, according to a faxed statement from the Athens-based lender today. National wrote down the value of its bonds by 1.645 miliardi di euro, secondo la dichiarazione. Stripping out that figure, profitto è stato 29 milioni di euro.
“The Greek economy and banking system will continue to face formidable challenges in the period ahead,” Chief Executive Officer Apostolos Tamvakakis said in the statement. The completion of the private-sector contribution in the Greek government’s second financing program, which entails losses for bondholders, and a review of loan portfolios must be concluded before National Bank can determine its next strategic moves, ha detto.
Nazionale, the country’s oldest bank, is being challenged in Greece and the region by Alpha Bank SA’s takeover of EFG Eurobank Ergasias SA, announced yesterday. That combination, designed to ride out a deepening recession and the country’s sovereign debt crisis, will create Alpha Eurobank, the biggest bank in southeast Europe.
National Bank fell 22 centesimi, oppure 6.1 per cento, a 3.37 euros in Athens trading, a seguito di una 29 percent surge yesterday.
European Union and Greek officials, including central bank chief George Provopoulos, have pressed the country’s lenders to form stronger groups that can survive a crisis that has depleted capital as bond prices slump, loan-losses mount and banks lose deposits. Lenders have been left reliant on funding from the European Central Bank.
National wrote down the book value of 9 billion euros of bonds eligible for inclusion in the debt swap that will help fund Greece until 2014. It also had provisions of 822 million euros for bad loans in the period as the country’s economy shrank under the weight of wage and pension cuts implemented in return for the country’s first 110 billion-euro bailout from European Union partners.
Without the bond markdown, National said it had a profit that was largely due to units in Turkey and southeast Europe.
Share prices in Greece’s lenders plummeted last week as the country grappled with a third year of recession and the government pursued negotiations on a second bailout package, which will entail losses for bondholders.
The bank reported deposits of 62 billion euros at the end of the first half, un 10 percent drop from a year earlier. Il calo dei depositi intensificate in Grecia nel secondo trimestre, con una inversione notato dopo che i leader europei hanno concordato un secondo pacchetto di finanziamenti per il paese luglio 21, ha detto la banca.
Depositi nel paese crollato da 21.4 miliardi di euro da December 2010, oppure 10 per cento, globale, secondo i dati della Banca con sede ad Atene della Grecia, con i ritiri costringendo le banche greche di prendere in prestito più dalla banca centrale, come mercati monetari rimangono chiusi.
Banca nazionale ha detto la sua Tier 1 capital ratio era 11.2 cento alla fine del periodo.
–Editori: Frank Connelly, Stephen Taylor
Per contattare il reporter su questa storia: Maria Petrakis ad Atene [email protected];
Per contattare l'editore responsabile di questa storia: Tim Quinson a [email protected]
L'ex giocatore Javaris Crittenton, che è stato sospeso dalla NBA per avere le pistole in uno spogliatoio con il compagno di squadra Gilbert Arenas, plans to surrender to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said Monday.
Crittenton, 23, will travel from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive early Tuesday, said lawyer Brian Steel.
“He offered to turn himself in,” Steel said. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”
Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four.
Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.
Crittenton played in 113 NBA games, most recently in April 2009 for the Washington Wizards.
Owners, players reportedly
will meet Wednesday
Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for league owners and players will meet Wednesday — for the second time since the NBA lockout began.
San Diego State coach Fisher gets 4-year extension
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, 66, got a four-year contract extension worth $3.448 million and longtime assistant Brian Dutcher, 51, has been designated as his eventual replacement.
“Nella mia mente, Brian is more important than the extension of my contract,” Fisher said.
Fisher will get a $150,000 raise next season to $800,000, con 5 percent escalator in ensuing seasons. Aztecs athletic director Jim Sterk — previously Washington State’s AD — said there is no penalty if Fisher retires before the contract ends.
Fisher has a 232-152 record in 12 seasons at San Diego State, including a school-record 34-3 mark last season.
Former Seton Hall player
is expected to get 3-year term
Ex-Seton Hall player Kelly Whitney, 28, has pleaded guilty in an armed robbery at a house near the school’s New Jersey campus.
Whitney is expected to get a three-year state-prison term in a plea deal with Essex County prosecutors. The Chicago resident pleaded guilty to burglary, conspiracy and criminal restraint charges, and must serve 85 percent of his term before becoming eligible for parole.
Woods to play in October
Tiger Woods will play theFrys.com Aperto, which starts Oct. 6 in San Martin, California, his first time competing in the PGA Tour’s Fall Series. Woods, a former No. 1 player who is ranked 38th in the world, is trying to prepare for the Presidents Cup in November in Australia.
Harvick is in NASCAR Chase
Kevin Harvick has clinched at least a wild-card berth in NASCAR’s 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Harvick was not listed among drivers who had clinched after Saturday night’s race in Bristol, Tenn., because there are still scenarios where he could fall outside of the top 10 in points. Further review by NASCAR determined his three victories this season have earned him at minimum one of the two wild cards.
Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards also have secured berths. That leaves seven spots available over the next two races.
Martin wins Vuelta time trial
German Tony Martin of the HTC-Highroad team won the individual time trial and Briton Christopher Froome of the Sky team took the overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta.
Froome leads Leopard Trek rider Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark by 12 seconds after 10 della 21 stages.
Martin completed the 29-mile test in Salamanca in 55 minuti, 54 secondi.
• More than 100 youths attacked a Panathinaikos soccer fan club in downtown Athens, Grecia, leaving three people hospitalized with stab wounds.
Police said three people have been detained for questioning after the mayhem.
It was the latest sign of trouble in Greek soccer despite a government campaign to crack down on violence and corruption in the sport.
The Greek league started last weekend, with three of the 16 teams in the top division still to be determined because of a major match-fixing scandal.
• For the first time in her harness-racing career, 3-year-old fillySee You At Peelerswas not in the winner’s circle.
Her 22-race winning streak ended with a sixth-place finish in the $193,150 Nadia Lobell Stakes at The Meadows in Washington, Pa. Idyllic, who paid $12, won by 3 ¼ lengths overMyluvmylife.
See You At Peelers’ winning streak was the fourth-longest in U.S. harness racing over the last 20 anni.
Stagione delle vacanze si appresta a concludere. Le famiglie si stanno preparando per l'autunno, concentrandosi su attività più orientate alla famiglia. I bambini sono pronti a tornare a scuola (anche se sono scontenti di esso!) Infatti, Ho trascorso l'ultima settimana seduto accanto alla baia, bere il caffè, lavorare e rilassante il più possibile sulla mia vacanza. Fino, naturalmente, siamo stati evacuati il Venerdì a causa dell'uragano, che è stato preceduto da un terremoto (Solo le mie vacanze, gente)! Per fortuna, tutti i nostri amici e famiglie sono al sicuro e abbiamo ottenuto fuori di lì con tempo da perdere. Ma la fine di una vacanza rilassante per essere evacuati, poi dover correre ai ripari per quello che doveva essere la tempesta del secolo (scusate il terribile scherzo, ma Irene era più di un HurriCAN'T!).
Come caduta chiude su di noi, viaggio non cessa. Questa stagione inizia un viaggio per visitare le famiglie, dando il via le vacanze con i nostri cari. Forse anche la pianificazione per la prossima estate! Eppure, come di consueto - il denaro è stretto. Soprattutto quando si comincia a pensare alle vacanze! Così, per voi aiutante a trascorrere il tempo con le vostre famiglie, stiamo lavorando con il World Resorts International per offrire questo pacchetto incredibile. Per $499, è possibile acquistare un certificato che vi permetterà di visitare oltre 500 sedi negli Stati Uniti, Canada e Messico per una settimana intera.
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Per soli $499, si può prenotare un soggiorno resort 7 notti attraverso il World Resorts International, in una qualsiasi delle loro 500 più US, Canadian or Mexican resort destinations. Available inventory varies and is updated regularly. Though an average seven-night stay at a WRI vacation rental falls in the $1500 range, this Voucher may be redeemed for a stay at any available participating property in the United States, Canada, or Mexico without any additional charge (participating resorts located in Hawaii and Mexico are subject to additional local/state taxes). Voucher buyers do not need to purchase a WRI membership and will not hear any sales pitches about timeshare rentals. Available resort Inventory may be viewed here: http://www.worldresortsinternational.com/resortstayvouchers.php
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Fragrant stuffed vegetables can be made ahead of the meal and served hot or at room temperature. They don’t require a lot of patience to assemble — they just need a long simmer and then a rest to let the flavors mingle and intensify. Eat them as a main dish or a side, and serve up leftovers for lunch.
The filling for these irresistible stuffed eggplants is also good for peppers and squash. Substitute the chopped flesh of the summer squash for the eggplant, and just use the rice and tomatoes for peppers. Make these a day ahead for best results.
2 1/2 a 3 pounds small or medium eggplants
Salt to taste
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, grated on the large holes of a box grater
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 a 6 garlic cloves (to taste), minced
1/2 cup uncooked long-grain or basmati rice
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Succo di 2 limoni
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1. Cut the eggplants in half. With a grapefruit spoon or a small knife, remove the flesh to within 1/2 inch of the skins.
2. Sprinkle the eggplant shells with salt, and let sit for 30 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Chop the flesh, and steam for 20 minuti, until tender.
3. In a large bowl, combine a third of the tomatoes, the steamed eggplant, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, all but 1 clove of the garlic, the rice, herbs and the juice of one of the lemons. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Oil a large flameproof casserole or an earthenware casserole set over a flame tamer. Combine the remaining tomatoes, olio d'oliva, allspice, cannella, lemon juice, zucchero, tomato paste and remaining garlic in the casserole. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fill the eggplant shells with the rice mixture, and arrange in the casserole in a single layer. Add water if necessary to cover about a third of the eggplant. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, cover tightly and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 45 minutes to an hour until the eggplant and rice are tender. Remove from the heat.
5. Using two spatulas (the eggplants are soft at this point), transfer the eggplants to a platter. Bring the sauce to a boil. If it is not already thick, reduce until thick and fragrant. Pour over the eggplants, and allow to cool to warm or room temperature. They’re good chilled as well. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro if desired.
Yield: Serves six.
Advance preparation:These taste even better the day after they’re made; they firm up in the refrigerator and are easier to handle. They will keep for about four days in the refrigerator. I like them cold.