Carlsbad Calif – Spring break is just around th

first_imgCarlsbad, Calif.- – Spring break is just around the corner, and La Costa Resort and Spa is enticing guests to its “Playgound for All Ages” with a host of family friendly offerings and significant savings on rooms and family suites.Spring Break Value: Guests can receive up to 30 percent savings on standard rooms and 60 percent savings on suites this spring. In addition to the room savings, La Costa is offering significant savings on resort activities including 25 percent off Kidtopia registration, 50 percent off breakfast for kids and 30 percent off spa. Reservations can be made at www.lacosta.com.For Babies Too! La Costa’s supervised childcare program, Kidtopia, is one of the few resort children’s programs that accepts babies as young as 6 months. Babies have a special nursery complete with cribs and baby-friendly toys just for them. Children 2 years and under can play at Kidtopia for up to two hours per day, while children 3 and up have the option of staying for a half or full day.Time Out for Adults: Alone time – as a couple or alone alone – is a natural here, thanks to the Spa at La Costa where the American resort spa concept was born, two championship golf courses where golfing guests play in the footsteps of the game’s masters, a 17-court tennis center and a state-of-the-art Athletic Club with a full calendar of fitness classes.Making a Splash with Kids: The centerpiece of La Costa’s attractions for kids is Splash Landing, where water fun comes in threes: three sparkling pools and three thrilling water slides, plus a water play zone, sandy beach, dive in movie screen and poolside refreshment at Splash Café.Teen Scene: Featuring an ultra-cool underground energy, Vibz Game Lounge is designed to give members and guests ages 10 and up a place of their own to kick back, make friends, and enjoy all the high-tech games and activities they crave such as Xbox, Guitar Hero and billiards.Active Adventures: Set on 400 coastal acres, unlimited active adventures await at La Costa. A sampling of offerings include golf and tennis lessons, family yoga at the Chopra Center, nature hikes along the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail, surf camp at nearby Carlsbad State Beach, fitness boot camp, and croquet. There’s even a family putting course where the whole family can brush up on their “short” game.We’re Accommodating: La Costa offers a range of accommodations from standard guest rooms to Family Suites with two bedrooms, two baths and a comfortable sitting area. Kid-friendly room amenities include VIK (very important kid) goody bags on arrival, complimentary cribs, diaper genies, rental strollers and Nintendo Game Boys on request.For Every Palate: Inspired children’s menus that emphasize healthy choices in kid-friendly presentations are a signature at Legends Bistro or the casual Splash Poolside Bar & Cafe.Location, Location, Location: La Costa’s Southern California coastal setting abounds with family appeals, from the beach and Legoland just minutes away to all the attractions of San Diego, including Sea World and the world-famous San Diego Zoo and WildAnimalPark.And there’s always more in store for families at La Costa Resort & Spa – from smore’s making to special holiday events.www.lacosta.comlast_img read more

JOHANNESBURG – Hugh Masekela the legendary South

JOHANNESBURG – Hugh Masekela the legendary South

first_img JOHANNESBURG – Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.Often called the “Father of South African jazz,” Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said Tuesday was a “protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.”Masekela was a rare artist who succeeded in fusing politics with his music, making his songs and performances compelling and timeless.Trumpeter, singer and composer Masekela, affectionately known locally as “Bra Hugh,” started playing the horn at 14. He quickly became an integral part of the 1950s jazz scene in Johannesburg as a member of the band the Jazz Epistles and a member of the orchestra in the groundbreaking jazz opera “King Kong.”In the 1960s he went into exile in the United Kingdom and the United States, using his music to spread awareness about South Africa’s oppressive system of white-minority rule. He scored an international No. 1 hit in 1968 with “Grazing In The Grass.”Masekela spent time in both New York and Los Angeles, performing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with some of the era’s most iconic musicians, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. He collaborated with many musicians including Herb Alpert and was married to South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba for two years.In the 1980s, Masekela appeared with Paul Simon and several other South African musicians as part of the “Graceland” album tour.Many of his compositions were about the struggle for majority rule and full democratic rights in South Africa. Masekela’s catchy upbeat 1987 song “Bring Him Back Home” calling for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison became an international anthem for the anti-apartheid movement.Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 after Mandela was freed and the African National Congress party was unbanned. He released more than 40 albums, and toured in South Africa and internationally until late last year.Sal Masekela, Masekela’s son who is also a musician, wrote in a statement that it was “difficult to comprehend that this moment is real,” recalling his father’s performances in New York when he would “steal the hearts and souls of innocents with a musical storytelling all his own.”“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” Hugh Masekela is quoted as saying on his official website.In October last year, Masekela issued a statement that he had been fighting prostate cancer since 2008 and would have to cancel his professional commitments to focus on his health. He said he started treatment after doctors found a “small ‘speck’” on his bladder, and had surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread.Masekela also said he felt an “imbalance” and had an eye problem after a fall in April in Morocco in which he sprained his shoulder. He said another tumour was then discovered and he had surgery.“I’m in a good space, as I battle this stealthy disease, and I urge all men to have regular tests to check your own condition,” his statement said, asking the media for privacy.Masekela supported many charities and was a director of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization to provide daily meals to students in Soweto township.Condolences from fans poured out Tuesday on social media paying tribute to the influential musician’s career.“A baobob tree has fallen,” Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister for arts and culture, wrote on Twitter. “The nation has lost a one of a kind musician . We can safely say Bra Hugh was one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz and he uplifted the soul of our nation through his timeless music.”South African President Jacob Zuma expressed his condolences, saying Masekela “kept the torch of freedom alive globally, fighting apartheid through his music and mobilizing international support … His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “recognizes the historical role that he played during the fight against apartheid and the fight for freedom and human rights after the fall of apartheid,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “He was a global cultural icon that will be missed by people all over the world.”Masekela inspired generations of musicians in jazz and beyond and collaborated in recent years with South African house music DJ Black Coffee, who tweeted Tuesday: “I have no words.”Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to Masekela in a series of tweets that showed a picture of the two walking together. Kenyatta wrote of Masekela: “His music then was the music of a free Africa: full of anger at injustice; confident that one day these injustices would be overcome.”___Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from the United Nations. South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78 FILE – In this March 2012 file photo, South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela performs during the Observance for Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in central London. A family statement issued on Twitter Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018, says South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela, 78, passed away in Johannesburg after a lengthy battle against prostate cancer. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP, File) center_img by Krista Mahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2018 12:49 am PDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Michael Buble poses for a photo in Toronto on Tues

Michael Buble poses for a photo in Toronto on Tues

first_img Michael Buble poses for a photo in Toronto on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu Michael Buble announces wife’s pregnancy on Juno Awards in Vancouver VANCOUVER – Michael Buble and wife, actress Luisana Lopilato, are expecting their third child.The pop crooner picked his gig hosting the Juno Awards in Vancouver to reveal his wife’s pregnancy.He told the audience it was the second time his wife has become pregnant around time he hosted Canada’s biggest night in music.Five years ago he led the Juno ceremony from Regina, right around the same time his wife was expecting their first child.The baby announcement comes a year and a half after the Burnaby, B.C.-native revealed his son was diagnosed with cancer.He and his wife said they would put their careers on hold while Noah — now four years old — underwent treatment for an unspecified form of cancer.The decision included 42-year-old pulling out of last year’s Juno hosting duties.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2018 5:53 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 25, 2018 at 9:46 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

This May 24 2019 photo shows Houston mayor Sylves

This May 24 2019 photo shows Houston mayor Sylves

first_img This May 24, 2019 photo shows Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, center, along with St. Francis of Assissi School students pouring freshwater amphipods into the water at the newly opened Houston Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands exhibit in Houston. The $20 million Texas complex, which opened in late May, is the first of four exhibits being built before the zoo’s 100th anniversary in 2022. (Godofredo A Vásquez/Houston Chronicle via AP) Houston Zoo’s Wetlands Exhibit to feature whooping cranes by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2019 10:13 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HOUSTON — The Houston Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands Exhibit showcases some whooping cranes that were relocated from Maryland after their federally funded habitat closed last year.The Houston Chronicle reports that the $20 million Texas complex, which opened in late May, is the first of four exhibits being built to mark the zoo’s 100th anniversary in 2022.The cranes are among three species featured in the exhibit. The other two are American alligators and bald eagles and all three are native to Texas. At one time, all were nearing extinction.Zoo CEO Lee Ehmke says that the goal is to make the new exhibit engaging and genuine, for both visitors and animals.Whooping cranes have been listed as endangered since 1967.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

June 29 2000 A historic moment for Arcosanti in t

first_imgJune 29, 2000A historic moment for Arcosanti in the Paradoxroom as Ivan and Jeff send the first file over our new Arcosanti computernetwork. Congratulations to the folks who made the network a reality. Specialthanks goes to Lou Dallara who helped Jeff and Ivan with the network during lastweekend’s Alumni Reunion. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

March 6 2002 February participants of the 5week

first_imgMarch 6, 2002 February participantsof the 5-week Arcosanti Workshop Mike Lengton (from left),Bradly Bishop, Ray Lam and Junko Kobayashi, pose by the concrete beamform, while SpencerMarrese-Atom, Construction Manager, inspects their work. [photo: Nadia Begin & text: T] (in themiddle), explains the concrete mixing process to workshoppers. [photo:Nadia Begin & text: T] The second floor slabis ready to be formed at the East Crescent Phase Five construction. [T] The connectiondetails are prepared by the staff and volunteers at various locations.[T]last_img

Matteo di Micchele Arcosantis Human Resources Co

first_img Matteo di Micchele, Arcosanti’s Human Resources Coordinator, assisted the film crew as Paolo Soleri was leading them through the walkways of Arcosanti.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi] Even though Arcosanti is not a city designed around the automobile, the reporters found it an intriguing tourist destination, well worth a stop off the highway. In these images, Paolo Soleri is showing The Vaults and The Ceramics Apse – some of his unique passive solar, silt-cast structures.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi] December 15, 2008 Two TV journalists from the Italian car-travel show “Easy Driver” came to interview Paolo Soleri on December 3rd. Currently, the show is exploring the roads of The United States, Canada, The United Kingdom and Ireland. Ilaria Moscato and Marcello Mariucci stopped at Arcosanti on their way between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon.[Photo & text: Pietro Viscomi]last_img read more

March 11 2013Congratulations to the February 3 2

first_imgMarch 11, 2013Congratulations to the February 3. 2013 workshop participants upon their graduation:[from left] Stephen Stringer, Alex Rolland, Erin O’Loughlin continues as a  planning intern, Dario Fratini from Italy also continues with a planning intern.[photo: Mitzy Strebel]last_img

Bill approved to regulate dog ownership and strays

Bill approved to regulate dog ownership and strays

first_imgCabinet approved on Tuesday the amended bill on dog ownership and strays which had been sent by the House back for vetting due to the many changes made after exhaustive discussion.According to Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, the bill aims at “putting an end to the uncontrollable situation as regards stray dogs”.“This is a huge issue which has been plaguing communities for decades,” Hasikos said.“There was no order, nor legislation in place on who bears responsibility for dog licences, who has the authority and responsibility to report those who keep dogs without a licence, to assess how dangerous an animal is,” Hasikos said. The bill, he said, will regulate all these matters.He added that the bill stipulates that the local government bears the responsibility for the creation of dog shelters, and in case communities cannot afford one there is provision for the creation of regional shelters, built with state aid.The bill, Hasikos said, also regulates all issues concerning dog ownership, including the maximum number of dogs that can be kept.The bill was initially approved by the cabinet in September 2014 and was sent for discussion to the House Environment committee, but due to the many changes made it was sent back for vetting in January 2016. After scrutiny, the state legal services sent it back to the House committee which deemed that as it was heavily edited the cabinet had to re-approve it.Discussion of the bill at the House environment committee was very eventful as local authorities kept insisting that they couldn’t afford to enforce the legislation, animal welfare NGOs were failing to coordinate, while the committee chair despaired with the many diverging views between animal welfare groups, the competent authorities and local authorities.The bill – that was several years in the making – provides for fines for not microchiping a dog, not registering it with local authorities, not keeping medical records, bans on keeping dogs on balconies, roof tops or yards in apartment buildings. It also carries harsh penalties for not cleaning up after a dog in public places, for not having a collar, not writing specific details regarding the owner on the collar, as well as for loud and persistent barking that could potentially disturb neighbours.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Strategy to boost industrial output

Strategy to boost industrial output

first_imgBy July the government plans to have ready a draft national strategy for boosting industrial output in the long term, making the island less reliant on imports, industry minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.He was speaking after a meeting with a delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and (Keve), who handed to the minister a report proposing how industry should be reorganised and developed.Under EU guidelines, industrial output in Cyprus must account for 20 per cent of GDP by 2020. It currently accounts for around 7 per cent of GDP.Lakkotrypis revealed that a working group has been set up to draft the national strategy. It will include Keve as well as the Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEV).Boosting industry is expected to have a multiplier effect on the competitiveness of the country, as well as make Cypriot businesses more outward-looking, the minister said.The Keve report points out that nations with a strong manufacturing basis have better weathered the financial crisis in the EU.Increasing industrial output would improve the balance of payments and boost foreign currency reserves, as well as create jobs, it notes.An emphasis on manufacturing would also lead to less dependence on foreign countries.The report proposes the development of business clusters, bringing together manufacturers and suppliers.It argues for a greater role to be given to private financing of foreign projects in Cyprus, and places an emphasis on research.In addition, the state should take steps to unshackle entrepreneurs, for example by cutting the time it takes to issue VAT refunds to businesses.The report also proposes that Cyprus should get into manufacturing ‘green’ products with a high energy efficiency. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House greenlights €74m to close Cyta hole in Greece and pay down

House greenlights €74m to close Cyta hole in Greece and pay down

first_imgCYTA, the state-owned telecom that avoided privatisation under pressure from political parties, will be receiving €7.4m for their 2017 supplementary budget, following parliamentary approval on Friday.Passed by 26 votes in favour, 18 against and four abstentions, €2m will go towards to the loss-making Greek arm Cyta Hellas and the remaining €5.4m to pay off loans to Bank of Cyprus, according to a report prepared by the House Finance committee.Although Cyta had initially budgeted €4m for Cyta Hellas in cash to cover liquidity needs, the head of Cyta sought to try and guide the mother company away from providing any cash to the Greek subsidiary for 2017.With this mindset still in place, the €2m is to be budgeted in case the notion of zero funds to Cyta Hellas does not work out.Cyta’s €5.4m supplementary budget for Bank of Cyprus (BoC), along with their current budget of €15.6m will be used, if required, to pay off Cyta Hellas loans it took from BoC and Marfin Laiki.The state owned telecom is currently in the midst of negotiations with BoC to reach an agreement for paying off Cyta Hellas’ loans by contributing to loans amounting to €21m which were taken out in 2010 and 2011 from Marfin Laiki and BoC that were linked to Cyta deposits and pension funds.After the haircut on deposits, the telecom requested this be offset with the Cyta Hellas loans, but this was never agreed upon.Consequently, legal actions were filed for the settlement and repayment of Cyta Hellas loans from the deposits in question.The proposal allows both Cyta and Cyta Hellas, as well as the staff pension fund, to maintain their rights or claims in relation to the lawsuits filed against the bank following the haircut deposit.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

August tourist revenue seen at €4236m up 8 Cystat says

August tourist revenue seen at €4236m up 8 Cystat says

first_imgRevenue from tourism rose in August 8 per cent to €423.6m compared with the respective month of 2016, which is the second highest ever amount in a month after July 2016, the statistical service said.The increase in revenue in August was mainly on an annual 14 per cent increase in arrivals in the same month which more than offset a 5.4 per cent drop in the budgets to €809.01 of visitors on average, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday. Tourists reduced in August their average length of stay by 0.2 days to 10.3 days and their average spending per day 3.6 per cent to €78.54.While the number of tourists from the UK, Cyprus’s main source of vacationers, rose 7.9 per cent in August, they spent on average €837.97 each during their stay or 5.4 per cent less compared with August last year, Cystat said. In the case of tourists from Russia, the island’s second largest source of incoming tourism, their number dropped 2.5 per cent. They also spent €850.76 or 0.5 per cent less during their stay on average.In January to August, tourism revenue rose 14 per cent to over €1.8bn, against a 15 per cent increase in arrivals to 2,517,887, Cystat said. Tourism accounts directly or indirectly, roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy, expected to expand 3.5 per cent this year.You May LikeYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Our View Hefty and frequent fines are the only way to make

Our View Hefty and frequent fines are the only way to make

first_imgA study of the Cypriot driver, presented to secondary school children by justice and public order minister Ionas Nicolaou, found him/her to be a bad driver, careless, dangerous, bloody-minded and with a tendency to ignore traffic rules. The study also found them to be inconsiderate, rude and selfish in the way they behave on the road. Younger respondents, commenting on road habits, noted the lack of respect shown by drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.As regards habits during driving, Cypriot drivers admitted to using their mobile phones – both to talk and to send text messages – drinking, eating and smoking, while some women said they would put make-up on while driving. The youngest drivers (18-19 years) belonged to the high-risk group as their road behaviour was marked by excessive self-confidence about their driving ability, inexperience and no concept of danger; they committed the most dangerous traffic violations.The study said nothing new or anything that was not known, but Nicolaou felt it was a better way to educate teenagers about road safety than through the customary lectures given at schools. The presentation of the study engaged students, many of whom took part in the discussion that followed. He believed that the new approach succeeded in conveying the right messages to the teenagers likely to drive dangerously.While awareness campaigns at schools are necessary they will not make our roads any safer, just as national road safety campaigns have not markedly improved the road behaviour of drivers, which, according to the report remains selfish, dangerous and careless. Campaigns are quite clearly not enough and, at last, the government has realised this. Nicolaou said his ministry is in consultation with the attorney-general’s office about imposing harsher penalties on traffic offenders, including the confiscation of cars and the imposition of driving bans without going to court.We doubt such measures can be introduced, but there are countless other things that can be done to make drivers comply with traffic rules. First, traffic cameras need to be installed on the roads as soon as possible. Second, fines for traffic violations must be increased and automatic bans imposed on drunk drivers. Third, more traffic policemen should be on the city roads – not just on highways with speed traps – issuing fines to drivers for violating traffic rules such us doing right turns where they are not allowed. Fourth, illegally parked cars should be towed away because they also make roads less safe.Hefty and frequent fines plus the threat of a driving ban would soon improve the behaviour of the Cypriot driver. This may seem a harsh approach but it is the only way to make our roads safer, as awareness campaign, obviously do not work.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Video shows care home resident was left on floor for hours

Video shows care home resident was left on floor for hours

first_imgA 27-year-old Sri Lankan woman, working as a carer in a Limassol nursing home and arrested over the strangulation of one of its residents, was remanded on Thursday for eight days.The shocking incident has put the spotlight on the levels of care in nursing homes and the quality of the checks carried out by the social welfare department.The 27-year-old is being investigated, along with the home’s director and her daughter, over the manslaughter through negligence on Tuesday of 70-year-old Andreas Kyriacou, after she was seen on the nursing home’s surveillance camera footage trying to pull Kyriacou up by his shirt collar and inadvertently strangling him.The camera footage revealed that, prior to his death Kyriacou, who had mobility problems, had been left on the floor for some two hours without help from anyone.The police investigator told Limassol court that the footage showed the 27-year-old at around 1am on Tuesday helping Kyriacou go to the toilet. She then reportedly left him there and an hour and a half later, the 70-year-old is seen crawling out of the toilet half naked, and at 4am he is seen on the floor trying to pull himself up.At that time, the 27-year-old returned and unsuccessfully tried to pick him by pulling him from his shirt collar. She then left and returned 50 minutes later when she tried again to pick him up by the shirt. At that point, she was seen calling someone for help.Police told court that the man died of asphyxiation caused by his weight and the pressure exerted on his neck.The 27-year-old reportedly claimed that she had repeatedly tried to help Kyriacou get up and eventually succeeded and helped him onto a couch where he usually slept. She said that at some point she saw his face turn red and rushed to fetch another carer on duty who administered oxygen.The investigator told court that after midnight when all this begun, the 27-year-old informed no one at the nursing home that Kyriacou had been ill.Early on Thursday, police also arrested the 69-year-old mother of the 40-year-old woman, arrested on Wednesday, who runs the company that owns the nursing home. The 69-year-old is the director of the nursing home. Both women are being investigated for illegally employing the orderly, while the employee is also being investigated for working and living in Cyprus illegally.Both women were released on 5,000 euro bail later on Thursday. They had to hand in their travel documents and report regularly to a police station. Their trial has been set for January 29.The 69-year-old reportedly denied employing the 27-year-old. She claimed the 27-year-old was there to watch over only one of the nursing home’s tenants.But the 27-year-old said that she was working at the nursing home twice a week, doing the night shift and replacing another carer on her days off.The case has brought to the fore the issue of living conditions in nursing homes.The social welfare services said on Thursday that the nursing home was licensed and that until this week they were not aware of any problems there.Senior official at the social welfare services, Irini Papatheodorou, told state broadcaster CyBC that they would re-assess the nursing home following the incident. She added that one of their officials is on site to secure all necessary information.Papatheodorou said that state social workers regularly check nursing homes, but admitted that owners take advantage of the fact that no regular checks are carried out at night.“We have found several irregularities during the night hours from owners and we report them,” Papatheodorou. But she added that staff shortages meant checks are not as regular as they would like.The case prompted the Cyprus Third Age Observatory to call on the government to immediately take strict measures against those who “play with the lives” of the elderly.“The protection of the elderly from any form of abuse and maltreatment is not effective nor adequate,” the non-governmental organisation said.The group called on state services to investigate whether any routine checks had been carried out on the nursing home prior to the incident.“When was the last time a check was carried out by the competent services in that nursing home? What was in the report of the officer? Have there been certified carers in this nursing home? Does it meet the criteria to operate as a business? Have there been any older complaints about this nursing home? If so, how were they treated?” they asked.Answers to these questions would reveal whether nursing homes checks are effective, the group said. If not, they said, a change of policy is necessary.“We ask the government and the competent ministry to carry out regular checks in all institutions in the country without warning and to apply the relevant legislation rigorously. If some nursing homes have to stop operating, then they should stop operating,” they said.They also urged the public to choose the nursing home for elderly relatives very carefully and report cases of abuse in nursing homes.Ombudswoman Maria Stylianou Lottide announced on Thursday that her office had launched an island-wide investigation into state and private establishments. The probe, which began three months ago is to be completed within a month. The aim is to reach safe results to issue guiding lines. She said that her office had received only one report in 2015 concerning lack of proper care in a nursing home.Suspicions were raised over the nature of Kyriacou’s death after a post mortem by state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous suggested that the man had been strangled.The nursing home had initially told police that Kyriacou had complained at 5:30am on Tuesday that he had not been feeling well and was taken back to his bed as he had mobility issues and had been using a zimmer frame to help him move around. A short while later he was found dead. His death was initially confirmed by a private doctor.Charalambous said that during the post mortem, he had found some minor marks on the throat that could have been missed because the victim had a long beard. The pathologist also found injuries inside the throat and blood vessels that had burst. A more thorough search found bruises to the side of the man’s neck.  You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man involved in fatal accident pleads guilty

Man involved in fatal accident pleads guilty

first_imgA 34-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges relating the Larnaca road accident last week which killed a five-year-old girl is to be sentenced next week, police said on Monday.The girl’s three-year-old brother and her mother were both seriously injured in the accident.The suspect had been arrested last week after it emerged he had been driving under the influence of drugs and had fallen asleep at the wheel.The accident occurred on June 25 near Avdelero on the motorway between Rizoelia and Ayia Napa, when the car driven by the 34-year-old hit the back of the girl’s family’s twin cab pickup causing the father to lose control of the vehicle which overturned.He had been remanded for six days last week, after being tested positive for opioids. On Monday, when his remand expired, he was taken to court where he was charged with causing death by negligence, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving with expired road tax.The suspect pleaded guilty to all of the charges and is expected to be sentenced by the Larnaca district court on July 10.He will remain under custody at the central prisons until then.The man told officers following his arrest that he was being treated by a psychiatrist and was taking medicines. He said he had fallen asleep before the violent collision and woke up after his car came to a standstill some 200 metres down the road.The five-year-old girl died from severe head trauma sustained during the collision, while her mother and brother were also seriously injured in the incident. None of the children was wearing a seatbelt.  You May LikeNovelodgeTime Has Not Been Kind to Martial Artist Bolo Yeung At 72NovelodgeUndoGallery[Gallery] These Photos Show That Not All Parents Are Complete NerdsGalleryUndoCollegeBuzzoTop 10 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariesCollegeBuzzoUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Coop ceases being a bank after giving up licence

Coop ceases being a bank after giving up licence

first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus said on Wednesday that the European Central Bank (ECB) has now revoked the Cyprus Co-operative Bank’s banking licence which allowed it to operate as a credit institution, after the state-owned bank gave it up voluntarily.“The withdrawal came into effect on September 3, 2018, the date on which the agreement between Cyprus Co-operative Bank and Hellenic Bank Public Limited for the transfer of certain targeted perimeter of assets and liabilities to Hellenic was concluded,” the Cypriot bank supervisor said in a statement.The Frankfurt-based ECB decided to revoke the Co-op’s licence after it “voluntarily surrendered its authorisation as a credit institution”, following the completion of the transfer of its operations to Hellenic. The Co-op retained no deposits or other funds repayable to its former clientele, the central bank said.The Co-op was one of the four Cypriot banks jointly supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). The other three are Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank and RCB Bank.The Co-op “would no longer meet the definition of a credit institution” under the European law, it continued adding that it will also strike off the Co-op from the list of supervised entities.You May LikeStart Up InvestorRobert Herjavec: “All Americans Can No Invest Like A Shark With $50″Start Up InvestorUndoInnovative ProductsInnovative Products Portal celebrates Mother’s day with this great give-a-way – Available while quantities lastInnovative ProductsUndoMilitary BudRetire In Style For Less In These 20+ CountriesMilitary BudUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Nicosia man robbed by his drinking buddy updated

Nicosia man robbed by his drinking buddy updated

first_imgA 61-year-old resident of Nicosia was tied up and robbed at knifepoint in his apartment by his drinking buddy early on Tuesday.The man was found by police lying on the balcony of his home at 2.15am after he called for help. Officers had to force open the door of the apartment with the help of the fire service to gain entry.He said he had been drinking with a person known to him from 10pm on Monday and three hours later, at around 1am, his guest attacked him, threatened him with a knife and tied him up before stealing clothes, jewellery and money of as yet unknown value.Police later released photos of the suspect, urging the public to contact them with any information on his whereabouts.The man is said to be between 25 and 30-years-old, 1.60m tall with short brown hair.Anyone with information should contact Nicosia CID on 22802222, the public hotline 1460, or their nearest police station.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Refugees stranded on British bases for 20 years can enter UK

Refugees stranded on British bases for 20 years can enter UK

first_imgA group of refugees who have been stranded on the British bases in Cyprus for over 20 years have been granted indefinite leave to enter the UK for permanent residence, the law firm representing the families said on Monday.The group of six families numbering 31 in total have been fighting through the British courts to obtain leave to enter the UK for nearly four years.Shortly before a final Supreme Court hearing on the case was due to be heard last Friday the British government offered to settle the case by agreeing to grant all the families indefinite leave to enter the UK, the families’ law firm Leigh Day said in an announcement issued late on Monday.“We are delighted that the current Home Secretary has done the humane thing and agreed to grant our clients and their families leave to enter the UK for permanent residency,” said Tessa Gregory, solicitor at Leigh Day.The news could not be confirmed by the British bases on Monday night.In October 1998, the six heads of families were amongst a group of 75 individuals from Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria who washed up on the shores off Akrotiri after a fishing boat in which they were travelling to Italy foundered off the coast of Cyprus. Following their arrival, the six were detained by the British military for up to eighteen months as the British determined whether or not they were genuine refugees.Between 1999 and 2000 the six men and women were released after being recognised as refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention following a procedure conducted by the Sovereign Base Area Administration in conjunction with the Home Office and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).The six men and women and their children have remained living on British bases ever since and launched a legal case against the British government in January 2015 challenging the then Home Secretary, Theresa May’s refusal to give them leave to enter in November 2014.They currently live in disused military accommodation in Dhekelia, living in bungalows which were due to be demolished in 1997.The UK government denied legal responsibility for the claimants and their families, arguing that that the Refugee Convention was never extended to the British bases and therefore the families had no grounds on which to seek resettlement in the UK.Expert reports commissioned by the UNHCR in 2013 found high levels of anxiety and depression amongst the families with all children being assessed to have suffered in their “psychological health” due to their living conditions.In November 2014 the then UK Home Secretary Theresa May refused to consider the claimants for admission into the UK. That decision was subject to judicial review proceedings heard in the High Court in March 2016 which resulted in a court ruling that the decision was unlawful and must be quashed.The government appealed the judgement to the Court of Appeal, but in May 2017 the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the government had acted unlawfully when refusing access to the UK to the claimants. The government was forced to make a new decision in July 2017 following the finding the Refugee Convention did apply to the British bases as a matter of law, but again refused entry to the clients and their families.The government then appealed again to the Supreme Court, which following a two-day hearing in December 2017 made an interim judgement in July 2018 concluding that the Refugee Convention did apply to the bases and asking the parties to make further written submissions on a number of additional questions.Just prior to a further hearing at the Supreme Court which was scheduled for 26 November 2018, the government offered to settle the case, without admission of liability by granting indefinite leave to enter the UK to all six claimants and their families.“The heads of these six refugee families who washed up on a British army base in 1998 were fleeing from terrible conditions in their own countries. Instead of being welcomed into the UK as refugees they have been left in limbo for twenty years,” Gregory said.“My clients now want to put those wasted years behind them and build a new life in the UK with stability and security. These six families have hope again.”Tag Bashir, the lead claimant, said he could not express how happy he was at the news.“We only want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to help us escape this twenty-year nightmare. I cannot express how happy our families are to be given the opportunity to come to the UK and start our lives again.” You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. 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Not a laughing matter pubs selling laughing gas in Ayia Napa

Not a laughing matter pubs selling laughing gas in Ayia Napa

first_imgBy Liam CarterAlthough illegal, the sale of laughing gas in popular tourist destinations is so blatant that many bars and nightclubs are actually advertising and selling the drug themselves.A simple stroll through the centre of Ayia Napa highlights the prevalence of laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’.Many nightclubs and bars have decided to hire ‘balloon girls’. Sporting a haversack, their job is to sell the drug to the many patrons who flock the popular nightlife destination. Outside the clubs, it’s everywhere from blackboards traditionally used to advertise a happy hour or a cheeky quote revolving around alcohol to dedicated ‘balloon kiosks’.According to the latest Global Drug Survey, laughing gas was the seventh most popular drug in the 50 countries surveyed. Half of the UK respondents said they had tried the drug at some point in their lives. The drug is a colourless, sweet tasting gas that is medically used as an anaesthetic, tranquilliser and painkiller. It is relatively cheap and produces a short-lasting high. Usually it is dispensed from canisters to small whippets into balloons, which the user then inhales from.According to Cypriot laws the user caught doing the drug cannot be arrested but police regularly arrest people who are caught selling the drug. Just a few weeks ago, two women were fined by the Famagusta court in Larnaca for selling laughing gas. The 23-year-old and a 22-year-old were fined 1,200 euros and 900 euros respectively.Many nightclubs and bars hire ‘balloon girls’ to sell laughing gasAyia Napa mayor, Yiannis Karousos, told the Sunday Mail that the issue of laughing gas was wide spread all over Cyprus, from Paphos to Protaras and not just in Ayia Napa, but that the municipality was eager to stamp out the practice.“Ayia Napa however is the only area where the police actually carry out operations to stop this,” he said. “The police in Ayia Napa are doing a very good job.”He added that the municipality would put pressure on parliament to toughen the laws regarding the sale of the drug.Ayia Napa police department spokesman, Andreas Constantinou, underlined the present legal difficulties police officers face when building a court case.“This summer, we focused on cracking down on such use and in fact we have brought 66 cases before the court,” he said. “We prosecute offenders who are caught selling the substance on the streets, however we can’t arrest or fine an establishment owner for advertising the substance. We can only prosecute when we are confident someone is selling the substance.”According to UK government data, in 2017 eight people in the UK died from the use of laughing gas. In 2015 four people died.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Reluctant model says she just wants to be herself

Reluctant model says she just wants to be herself

first_imgIn a moody, black-clad Goth girl in the graceful body of a model, THEO PANAYIDES finds someone content with being sad Andriana Sophocleous is 1.82m tall and weighs about 59 kilos. This may seem an impersonal way of describing someone, but that’s how it goes in the world of modelling; indeed, the website for Madison Model Management – who’ve been Andriana’s agents almost from her first modelling job a couple of years ago – only supplies models’ names and measurements followed by their height, bra and shoe size, those being much more professionally pertinent details than their hobbies or interests, let alone what kind of people they are. In a word, they’re product.Andriana isn’t famous yet, and doesn’t really sound like she wants to be – but she’s “pretty well-known,” as she puts it, having done work (whether catwalks or fashion shoots) for Timinis, Adam Zohar and NatarGeorgiou and appeared in glossy magazines like Omikron, Must and Madame Figaro. Her walk isn’t that great in high heels – “I never really learned” – but she modelled for Madwalk last year, and may do the same this year. She usually gets about three jobs a month, on average, making around €100 a pop. That’s not very much, I point out. She inclines her head, as if gently reminding me of something I may have forgotten: “For an 18-year-old, it’s pretty okay”.She is indeed 18, the best years of your life according to some (nostalgic) people. Does she feel the way 18-year-olds are commonly presumed to feel? Andriana pauses, thinking about it; she’s blonde and blue-eyed – her mum is a Pole raised in Scotland – with freckles on her nose and a poised, rather dreamy expression. “Hmm… I mean, I don’t think I’m your typical 18-year-old,” she demurs uncertainly. “I mean, I’ve had a pretty rough past. I live with my aunt. I model… I don’t know, it’s kind of a weird phase.”We’re sitting in the garden of an old house in a slightly rundown part of Nicosia, surrounded by animals. There are six dogs – Voulas, Hera, Ares, Laika, Hermes and Nino – plus an assortment of cats, most of them neighbourhood cats who drift in and out. The only permanent resident is Yiannakis who seldom ventures out of the house, possibly embarrassed by the fact of being a female cat encumbered with a boy’s name (Andriana brings her out at the end; she has the lazy, well-fed look of the professional house-cat); others include ET – “’Cause he looks like an alien” – and The Kraken, as in ‘Release the Kraken’. Andriana’s aunt Antigone has already brought us fresh lemonade and the jam tart known as ‘pasta flora’, serving her niece two pieces of cake (to be fair, they’re small pieces; still, so much for anorexic models) before leaving us to it. “Who’s your favourite?” I ask Andriana – indicating the dogs who are barking, cradling in her lap and sniffing madly – surprising her in mid-mouthful. “Mm-hm-hm,” she mumbles, threatening to burst into giggles as she tries to indicate her favourite dog (Laika) and swallow the cake at the same time.Aunt Antigone is an artist, working as an art teacher at the Pancyprian Gymnasium which is also where her niece goes to school (she’s now graduated, barring only final exams at the end of this month). Why does Andriana live with her aunt – and previously her three cousins, who are now at university – however? She pauses again, as if taking a breath before diving down into murky waters. “Well, as I said, I had a pretty rough childhood,” she replies carefully, the domestic situation having grown especially toxic in her early teens when her nine-years-older brother was away studying, leaving Andriana alone in the chaos.Does she mean parents fighting and so on?“Yeah, fights and lies and – other bad things. Two years ago – around two years ago – there was a really big fight at home, and I had to call the police and an ambulance had to come, stuff like that.”Was she herself a victim of this violence?“No, no; only psychologically.” She chuckles nervously. “Yeah, things were tough, and from that night my aunt came, she picked me up, and I never went back.” Her folks are still in Cyprus – now divorced – but “we don’t have much contact”.Did they try to get in contact?“They did in the beginning. But they saw that I didn’t want anything to do with them, so they kind of – stopped.”Does she miss her old life?No, because of the fights, she replies at once – then thinks about it. “I guess I kind of miss something that wasn’t really real,” she ventures. “I miss the idea of having a family. But I know that I’m better off where I am now.”Aunt Antigone is a hero, of course; still, it can’t have been easy getting used to living in what is, after all, someone else’s home. (Andriana is currently installed in one of her cousins’ old bedrooms.) “We got on pretty well from the beginning,” she replies when I ask if she and her aunt had any problems. “I’m just… I’m kind of shy, so it makes people think –” She shakes her head, preferring to drop the subject – but later admits that it took her a whole year just to open up, “just to be able to say when I need something, when I want something”. For a year, I assume, she stayed in her shell, even though she’d been getting (and continues to get) regular counselling – and even though, by that time, she’d started modelling, which must surely be a boost to a troubled girl’s self-esteem.Well, maybe. But she is, it must be said, a reluctant model. “I don’t like makeup, I don’t like fashion!” she wails. “I just want to be myself.” Andriana was spotted in the street, at 16, by a man scouting models for a fashion designer – and, though initially sceptical, she decided to go for it. Before that point, she’d never even thought about modelling; even now, she doesn’t think there’s anything special about her, ascribing her success to the fact that there aren’t many tall, blonde, blue-eyed girls in Cyprus. “Don’t you think you’re beautiful?” I ask, deciding just to ask her point-blank. “No,” she replies at once. Really? She doesn’t? “No, no, no. I’m very uncomfortable with my looks.”What does modelling actually involve?“It involves – wait,” she replies, and breaks off to calm down the dogs, who are barking en masse at a passerby. “Sorry… OK. It involves a lot of hands on you – in your hair, in your face. People fixing you up, you not really talking”. She laughs, as if to say ‘What a job, eh?’. “That’s basically it. You’re just supposed to sit down and look pretty!”Do the other models enjoy it?“From what I see, they seem pretty content with what they’re doing. They’re laughing, they’re having fun. And usually I’m just [sitting] on the side, like, ‘OK, is it time to go out yet?’.” Doesn’t she chat with the others? “I try,” she replies with another nervous laugh. “But then the awkwardness and the shyness kicks in, so…”She’s shy, she keeps telling me so, “very shy and very closed-off”. She thinks of herself as a misfit, insists Andriana, “I’m just not into the stuff other kids my age are; I’m into alternative things”. She’s like some moody, black-clad Goth girl in the graceful body of a model. People at school see her (she presumes) as weird and awkward. How many really good friends would she say that she has in the world?“Uh, like two.”Why not more?“Uh… I think it’s mostly my fault, ’cause usually I feel like a person isn’t – different enough, so I just push them away. ’Cause I feel like they’re going to push me away, once they realise that I’m not… like that.”Do they expect her to be a certain way? Because of her looks, perhaps?“I don’t know,” she replies with a hint of desperation. “I just feel like, whatever the case, I’m going to disappoint them. So yeah, I just – keep away.”You don’t have to be 18 to sympathise with that kind of tricky emotional Catch-22: self-destruction as survival technique, a recalcitrant trait many end up carrying into adulthood – the hallmark of the sensitive person who fully expects rejection, and pre-empts it by rejecting the other. Human behaviour is complex, you could spend a lifetime trying to decipher it. “The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it,” goes an Anton Chekhov quote which is also the intro on Andriana’s Facebook page; ‘Andriana Sophocleous (Melancholy)’ is the name at the top of that page. Why ‘melancholy’? “Because I usually am melancholy,” she replies candidly, defining the word as a sense of “being content with being sad”. Should we be content with being sad, though? Shouldn’t we try to be happy? “Well, it has its own, kind of, unique beauty. Being sad, and just being negative!”. She laughs at her own outrageousness. “Yeah, I dunno,” she concedes. “Being happy is all right as well.”How much of this is due to the trauma of a difficult childhood, and how much is simply a case of being 18? Hard to say – but there is an undoubted caginess to Andriana, all the more striking since she’s so obviously smart and articulate. It’s notable, for instance, that she loves art and poetry, which are both quite abstract – but not movies, which deal more directly with human emotions. (It’s like you don’t really trust people, I suggest. “I don’t,” she confirms.) It’s also notable that she mentions Charles Bukowski and Friedrich Nietzsche, whom she loves for being nihilists with a jaded view of the world. Come on, I tease light-heartedly, the world is beautiful!“No, I don’t think it is.”“You think human nature is inherently…?”“Evil,” she completes with a nod.Animals, on the other hand, delight her; they always have. She’d originally planned to be a vet, but couldn’t get the grades and has now switched to psychology (not counselling, even though it’s helped in her own life; she’s interested in forensic psychology, or even animal psychology). School, incidentally, seems to be little more than a minor distraction, allowing her to get good grades – she has an 18/20 average – with minimal effort; not because of the modelling, which she juggles easily enough, just because of “who I am as a person. I don’t want to study”.She may indeed be something of a neo-hippy, with potentially radical politics and a yen for a truly alternative lifestyle. She rails briefly against the “one per cent” who cause all the wars and manipulate ordinary people – and also seems to have little time for most of her peers, who live in a bubble and want nothing more than to settle down with a ‘safe’ degree and a good job. “Kids are starving, there are wars – and meanwhile kids [in Cyprus] are on their phone, they’re crying because their boyfriend left them, and I’m like ‘Hello?’.” Yet she doesn’t want to be an activist; quite the opposite, she wants to withdraw. She’d like to live somewhere “isolated,” says Andriana, “like, I dunno, in a forest somewhere… My dream actually is to build a farm and, like, have animals. So somewhere in Nature”. She also, very much, wants a family, “to live what I didn’t have the chance to” and give her own kids what her parents were unable to give her.So a farm, with some rugged farmer type, and about six kids and 20 dogs?“Yeah,” she replies, laughing delightedly. “That’s my ideal life!”Andriana Sophocleous may be 1.82m and 59 kilos, but that doesn’t really tell you much about her. She’s happy enough to model now and then (“It’s pretty solid work”), but it’s fair to say she’s not really model material – so what will become of this rather unusual girl, as she stands on the brink of adulthood? Well, for now she needs to pass those final exams, so as to enrol at the University of Cyprus – though another idea is to study in Scotland where she could also meet up, for the first time, with her family on her mother’s side. It does matter, I suspect, that gap in her life due to the difficult childhood. It’s something she’ll have to make peace with, one way or the other.Meanwhile, the future looms large. It’ll probably take weeks before she even plucks up the courage to talk to anyone at university, she notes ruefully – yet she also affirms that “I like being different, I like being weird, I like being awkward. Because I’m myself”. At least she’s an adult now, I point out. “Yeah, that’s good. But it’s also kind of scary. Because I don’t really know if I’m gonna be able to cope with –” she pauses briefly, indicating life beyond her aunt’s little garden – “the big world out there”. I wish her well.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more