A Canadian man has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada.Prosecutors had argued that Harinder Dhaliwal of Brampton, Ont., should spend 30 years behind bars for his role in the drug trafficking ring, while defence lawyers had argued for a lighter sentence.Judge William Skretny of Buffalo, N.Y., handed the decision down on Wednesday, but did not elaborate on his reasoning.Dhaliwal, who was arrested in Canada in 2014, was among a group of at least six other people indicted on charges related to distribution and exportation of large amounts of cocaine and marijuana between 2006 and 2011.He was held in Canadian custody for nearly two years before being extradited to the U.S. to face charges in April 2016.Weeks later, court documents show that Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to one of the eight charges against him, namely conspiracy to export at least five kilograms of cocaine from the U.S.“As part of his plea agreement, the defendant admitted that during the course of the charged conspiracy, he was responsible for the transportation, exportation and distribution of more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine … and the importation of tens of thousands of ecstasy pills and hundreds of pounds of marijuana,” prosecutors said in their pre-sentencing report.Court documents said Dhaliwal owned trucking companies that he used to ferry drugs over the border concealed in hidden compartments that he built along with another co-conspirator.A pre-sentencing report prepared by his defence team said he was lured into the easy money of drug trafficking because of financial hardships associated with failed business ventures.The defence team, in arguing for a sentence that was “sufficient but not greater than necessary,” said he had been living in Canada for many years with his wife and two children at the time of his arrest.Defence lawyers argued that Dhaliwal’s co-operation with authorities, poor health and remorse for his actions would justify a lighter sentence.“Mr. Dhaliwal is extremely remorseful that he placed his needs for ‘quick money’ over the needs of society,” reads a pre-sentencing report from the defence team. “Mr. Dhaliwal accepts responsibility for his choices and his conduct. Mr. Dhaliwal acknowledges and appreciates the wrongfulness of his actions and offers no excuses or rational (sic) for his conduct.”Defence lawyers asked the court to consider allowing Dhaliwal to serve his sentence in Canada, a request Skretny denied.Dhaliwal was sentenced to 20 years in U.S. custody and five years of supervised release, though Skretny’s decision did say he is to be recommended for the Canadian Transfer Treaty Program.
LAVAL, Que. — Bausch Health Companies Inc. has been selected as the winning bidder to acquire certain assets of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $195 million plus certain liabilities.The Quebec-headquartered pharmaceutical company formerly called Valeant Inc. had been the “stalking horse” bidder in a court-supervised auction and sale process.Synergy, a U.S. maker of gastrointestinal therapies, filed for bankruptcy in December under Chapter 11.A hearing to approve the sale is scheduled for Friday.Bausch says the acquisition will enhance its Salix Pharmaceuticals business since Synergy’s Trulance product would “strategically enhance” its product for gastrointestinal problems, Xifaxan, and its sales footprint.The deal is the company’s first acquisition in more than three years since Valeant purchased Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a female sexual dysfunction drug, for about US$1 billion, before selling it for next to nothing a couple of years later.Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC).The Canadian Press
Rabat – The Moroccan Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (MACBI), a boycott movement, has called for the boycott of French singer Enrico Macias’s concert in Casablanca scheduled for next month. In a statement on January 13, the MACBI described Macias’s presence on stage at Megarama on February 14 a “shame and an insult to the Casablanca public.”The French singer of Algerian Jewish descent who “likes to present himself as an artist for peace” is “in fact a strong defender” of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and especially the Israeli defense army, Tsahal, reads the statement. In 1980, former UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim Macias’s named Macias “Singer of Peace” after he donated one of his songs’ proceeds to the UNICEF.MACBI stated that Macias is giving his blood, sweat and tears to the association Migdal, which supports the the Israel border police, Magav.Magav, according to boycott movement, is “known for its war crimes against the civilian population.”The MACAB’s statement, which the Moroccan-Jewish human rights activist Sion Assidon published on his Facebook page, cited some of Macias pro-Israeli statement he gave in French more than 10 years ago.Read Also: Moroccan-Born Israeli Singer Maya Casabianca Dies At 78“From the beginning of my life, I have always devoted my body and soul to the State of Israel but primarily to Tsahal, but now to Magav … I do not do this neither for my advertisement, nor for my career, nor anything at all … I always gave for the State of Israel, for Tsahal, Magav, and for Migdal. Believe me, that’s the miracle of Israel.”The Israeli defense ministry decorated Macias in 2006 for “his support for the State of Israel and its army throughout his career,” noted MACAB.Macias’s real name is Gaston Ghrenassia. He is a songwriter and musician who was born in December 1938 in Constantine. Macias left Algeria with his wife in July 1961 to live in France.His most well-known songs are “J’ai quitté mon pays” (I left my country) and “Les filles de mon pays” (Girls of my country), which he sang in the 1960s.Read Also: Morocco’s Education Ministry Denies Neglecting Palestine in Schoolbook
“There were six people onboard the boat. They are all well. The information has been shared with Colombo’s MRCC,” said Azim. He said the information has been shared with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center of Colombo. Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)’s Coastguard has located the Sri Lankan fishing boat which went missing and drifted into Maldivian territorial waters with 6 fishermen, Sun online in the Maldives reported.MNDF’s information officer, Captain Ibrahim Azim reported that the Sri Lankan fishing boat “Lakpriya” was found 12 nautical miles outside N. Manadhoo at approximately 9:45 am this Saturday. Colombo’s MRCC requested assistance from the Maldivian Coastguard to locate and rescue the missing fishing boat at 5:30 pm last Friday.
With the world’s 50 poorest countries – home to 700 million people – struggling to tackle poverty, senior United Nations officials today urged attention to their plight as the annual meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began in New York.Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said many people, especially those living in the least developed countries (LDCs), said it was vital to support and strengthen local markets and communities so that people could live and work where they are, instead of being forced to migrate in search of greater opportunity.The ILO chief said studies indicate that the benefits of globalization are not reaching the most vulnerable – jeopardizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of antipoverty targets set at a UN summit in 2000.A recent UN report, for example, estimated that if current trends continue, the number of people living in poverty in the weakest economies will rise to 471 million in 2015 from 334 million in 2000.Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), called on industrialized countries to phase out their agricultural subsidies and for debt repayments to be linked to commodity prices, so that poor nations are not so vulnerable to price shocks.Mr. Ricupero also voiced concern that economic assistance to the poorest States has become increasingly devoted to human and social needs instead of building the countries’ infrastructure and means of economic development.Mathieu Kérékou, the President of Benin, which holds the presidency of the coordinating bureau of the least developed countries (LDCs), said they were tired of donor nations and organizations not matching promises of increased support with deeds.Calling for “real political will,” Mr. Kérékou said wealthy nations continued to harm poor States by subsidising their exports and by failing to increase development aid as pledged.José Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, urged policy-makers to strike now while the global economy is enjoying a relatively healthy period. “If we are to withstand short-term downturns, it is imperative that we take advantage of the opportunities offered by current conditions to tackle some of our problems and to build defences against future shocks,” he said.The UN High Representative for the LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States said the meeting was a positive beginning. “We hope that the outcome will generate new momentum to the fulfilment of the international community’s commitment to these impoverished nations,” Anwarul K. Chowdhury said.
The report found that a minority of customers shop around for better dealsCredit:Alamy Major banks are squeezing money out of customers who sign up for ‘free’ personal current accounts, the city watchdog has warned.The Financial Conduct Authority said consumers are foregoing money they could have received by getting a better deal elsewhere, and can end up paying more in charges than they could have paid if they had shopped around.This can include paying high overdraft fees, or even cutting interest rates for those who keep their accounts in credit, the FCA said, and helps to contribute to the profit of major banks It said that major banks have a “captive audience” of personal current account holders who also end up being cross-sold other products, such as credit cards and loans, due to their reluctance to swtich.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Andrew Bailey, FCA chief executive, went as far as saying “there is no such thing as free banking”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In its progress report into a review designed to give it a greater understanding of retail banks’ business models, the FCA said major banks also have over 80 per cent of all personal current accounts, giving them “considerable competitive advantages”.It said most current account customers contribute to their bank’s profits, but around 10 per cent of generate between a third and a half of all contributions to profits from current accounts. MPs demanded greater clarity on charges, with Tory MP Simon Clarke telling the Daily Mail: “Hopefully it will come as a wake-up call that banks need to take a more transparent approach.”Overdraft fees account for more than 30 per cent of the income banks get from current accounts, while over half (52 per cent) of personal current account customers took out a credit card with the same provider.Nearly half (48%) also went on to take out personal loans, and a third (32%) also had mortgages with their current account provider.Mr Bailey said: “This is an important piece of work to help us understand the complexities of the retail banking market and how this may develop in the future.”It provides more evidence that there is no such thing as free banking. It collected information from 45 firms to inform its review, including banks of a range of sizes, building societies, specialist lenders and new digital banks.The FCA is asking for responses to its update, including evidence or views, by September 7. The watchdog also said banks made £2.3billion a year from account-holders who slipped into the red. It provides more evidence that there is no such thing as free bankingAndrew Bailey, FCA chief executive “In particular, this evidence will inform the work we are doing on overdrafts, so we can fully understand the potential effects of the significant action we are considering taking in this market.”The FCA said developments such as changing customer behaviour, new technology and bank closures could lead to significant changes in the overall picture of the market.
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Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Google+ Last night’s 12/17 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew 2.33 million viewers, up from last week’s show that drew 2.13 million viewers.Smackdown drew a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday night.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Velvet Sky Pinterest
WASHINGTON — Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: “We will move forward together or not at all.”The president unveiled an agenda of carefully balanced political goals: a burst of spending on education, research, technology and transportation to make the nation more competitive, alongside pledges, in the strongest terms of his presidency, to cut the deficit and smack down spending deemed wasteful to America. Yet he never explained how he’d pull that off or what specifically would be cut.Obama spoke to a television audience in the millions and a Congress sobered by the assassination attempt against one if its own members, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Her seat sat empty, and many lawmakers of competing parties sat together in a show of support and civility. Yet differences were still evident, as when Democrats stood to applaud his comments on health care and tax cuts while Republicans next to them sat mute.In his best chance of the year to connect with the country, Obama devoted most of his hour-long prime-time address to the economy, the issue that dominates concern in a nation still reeling from a monster recession — and the one that will shape his own political fortunes in the 2012 election.Eager to show some budget toughness, Obama pledged to veto any bill with earmarks, the term used for lawmakers’ pet projects. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans applauded. But Obama’s promise drew a rebuke from his own party even before he spoke, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the president had enough power and that plans to ban earmarks were “a lot of pretty talk.”
Raghav BahlOfficial twitter account of Raghav BahlThe Income Tax Department Thursday searched the premises of media baron Raghav Bahl in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion, officials said.They said a team of sleuths raided the residence of Bahl in neighbouring Noida early morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to the case under probe.It is understood that the searches are being conducted at the premises of a few other people as part of the ITD action to probe tax evasion by a set of business professionals.Bahl is the founder of the Quint news portal and the Network18 group and is a known media entrepreneur.Responding to the raid Raghav Bahl shared a tweet.My note to the @IndEditorsGuild. pic.twitter.com/l1Gwmf1dDl— Raghav Bahl (@Raghav_Bahl) October 11, 2018TWITTER
Kolkata: In a first, smart gates have been installed for tickets entry, to ensure smooth management of passengers availing vessel service on river Hooghly from Millennium Park. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, inaugurated the same on Tuesday.It is a pilot project and with its success, similar smart gates will be installed at different such points. With installation of the smart gates, tickets or cards will no longer have to be checked manually and it will help in proper maintenance of the system. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAdhikari said that installation of the smart gates will make the functioning of the entire system much better. He further said that all steps have been taken to develop the infrastructure for a better service in the inland waterways. It will reduce pressure on roadways. Moreover, people will also enjoy a more comfortable journey.He said that a major project has been taken up to give a new dimension to the waterways transport facility from Haldia to Farakka. The entire project will be funded by the World Bank and the work of the project will start as early as possible.At the same time, Adhikari also inaugurated 15 passenger vessels and RoRo vessels that will operate on river Hooghly on Tuesday. The vessels include 11 wooden and four steel vessels. Each of the vessels has the capacity of carrying 100 passengers at a time.
Cooch Behar: Cooch Behar district administration is set to organise street plays to launch a massive awareness campaign for the Swasthya Sathi project.Kaushik Saha, district magistrate and Sumit Ganguly, chief medical officer (health) launched the campaign and flagged off the tableaux. The main purpose will be to inform the people about the Swasthya Sathi project. Saha said that in Cooch Behar, the total number of beneficiaries has crossed 4.66 lakh. Attempts are on to bring more people under the scheme. Samir Karmakar, head of Natya Dal, said that they will enact street plays to create awareness among the people, over the next 10 days.
HALIFAX — Tourcan Vacations will be sharing what’s new with travel agents at an upcoming presentation in Halifax.Taking place on Nov. 22 at the Dartmouth DoubleTree by Hilton, the presentation will update agents on a number of new and exciting products and developments at Tourcan Vacations. Agents will also learn about promotions to Kenya and South Africa in 2019.Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 5:15 p.m. Tea and scones will be served.To register contact Aleks at email@example.com. Learn what’s new with Tourcan at agent event in Halifax << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, October 22, 2018 Share Tags: Events, Tourcan Vacations Travelweek Group Posted by
Amadeus analyse search data for 2012 bookings. Bangkok and New York were the most-searched cities in 2012, according to new research.Search analysis conducted via Amadeus’ Travel Intelligence solution has revealed that Bangkok was extremely popular with the Russian and German markets last year, while New York was favoured by the British.During 2012, Germans conducted 263,702 daily searches for Bangkok and 199,910 for New York; Russians made 85,492 daily searches for Bangkok; while Great Britain maintained 157,450 daily searches for New York and 129,129 for Bangkok.In the United States and Australia, London was a favourite search destination.When it comes to booking windows, almost 10 percent of searches in the United Kingdom were made a week or less before departure and in Russia the figure was slightly higher, at 12.5 percent.10 percent of Germany’s online searches were made at least one or two weeks prior to departure, with 7 percent of Australians following suit.In the United States more than 8 percent of all online searches were made between one and four weeks before the departure date.The majority of the markets analysed searched for a one or two week trip, however, in the United States holiday bookers searched for a vacation that lasted seven days or less.Source = ETB News: P.T.
“”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com issued a report this week that yields a net gain in month-over-month statistics for home sales and prices in May, aligning with an expected seasonal drive by homebuyers, investors, and foreign buyers to real estate.[IMAGE]Adding to a three-month trend on the upside, home prices climbed 3.7 percent between April and May, while closed sales transactions rose 3.2 percent, according to the report.””Home sales activity appears to be coming back in line with the seasonal trends we would expect to see this time of year,”” said Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX. “”It’s a very good sign that prices are starting to rise on a monthly basis. This may indicate that we’ve turned the corner and are headed in a positive direction.””Last month’s transactions and sales prices closed down 13.6 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively, behind May 2010. However, RE/MAX notes that transactions in 42 of 53 metropolitan areas ended higher on a month-over-month basis, with 15 cities confirming double-digit increases. Only five cities ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Phoenix, Miami, Las Vegas, Tampa, and Providence ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reported higher sales than those recorded last year.[COLUMN_BREAK]Shaun White, RE/MAX’s VP of corporate communications, attributed the positive trends to “”historically low interest rates, a large inventory of homes, and low pricing,”” saying that recent data points to a “”buyer’s market”” flooded by investors and foreign homebuyers.””What you’re seeing is a tremendous increase in the number of sales in [housing] markets because the pricing is so low,”” he said. “”Low prices are increasing the opportunity of sales,”” 23 percent of which have been driven by investors.White added that a three-month uptick showed that month-over-month averages constitute fairer metrics against which analysts and market watchers should measure overall growth, calling any comparisons between this year to last year “”not quite fair”” because a tax credit helped artificially inflate the numbers.When asked whether the sunny figures signaled a bellwether, he said that “”we don’t know if we have a long-term trend, but it looks like the market bottomed out at the end of .””””What we’re worried about is that foreclosures might start ticking back up,”” White said. “”We’re not sure how the market will react to that.””Founded in 1973, RE/MAX is a real estate franchisor headquartered in Colorado with services in more than 80 countries.RE/MAX’s monthly market report is based on multiple listing service (MLS) data in approximately 54 metropolitan areas, includes all residential property types, and is not annualized. The company explains that for maximum representation, many of the largest metro areas in the country are represented, and an attempt is made to include at least one metro from each state. Share RE/MAX Sees Positive Movement in Housing Trends Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers RE/MAX Service Providers 2011-06-15 Ryan Schuette in Data June 15, 2011 406 Views
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination BofA: First-time Buyers Look to the Future Finances Home buying homeowners 2017-04-12 Seth Welborn When first-time homebuyers make the jump from renting to homeowning, they have to ask “is it affordable?” According to the Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, the answer for the most part is yes. Many first-time homebuyers, particularly millennials, have found that owning a home has a more positive impact on their finances than renting.According to the report, 86 percent of millennial homeowners find homeowning to be more affordable, and 79 percent of millennials believe homeowning will have a positive impact on their long-term financial picture. Overall, 72 percent of homeowners across all age groups feel the same way.“Clearly, the millennial generation is coming of age and realizing it might not make sense to wait anymore to purchase their first home,” said Bank of America Consumer Lending Executive D. Steve Boland. “While ‘dreamers’ told us last year that they want to skip the starter home in favor of a house that suits their needs over the long term, the overwhelming majority of millennial homeowners say their current home is a ‘stepping stone’ to their forever home”Within the next two years, one in four prospective buyers pan on buying a new home. Many of these buyers have already begun planning for a down payment. Bank of America reports that 35 percent of all first-time buyers have begun planning. Almost half of the surveyed first time buyers believe that they would qualify for a down payment assistance program.Finances are the biggest factor considered when first-time homebuyers are looking into buying a home. Over half of prospective buyers, 52 percent, mark having the financial means to purchase as the trigger to buying a new home.The thriftiness of first time millennials homebuyers is reflected in the homes they’re choosing as well. Many of these new homebuyers prefer fixer-uppers over move-in ready homes. Only 41 percent of millennials would buy a move-in ready home, compared to 55 percent of gen xers and 66 percent of baby boomers. Additionally, first time buyers are more likely to perform home improvements themselves, rather than pay someone to do them.Though they may not all be buying fixer-uppers, 70 percent of homeowners report that they spend a lot of their free time working on their home, and 82 percent report that they look for ways to increase the value of their home. However, value goes beyond money, as nearly every respondent stated that they are proud of owning their home, and treasure the memories made within it.Read Bank of America’s complete Homebuyer Insights Report here. Share April 12, 2017 522 Views
DriveAway Holidays has partnered with Anywhere Campers to offer more flexible and affordable one-way motorhome rental options in Europe. Clients can collect their motorhome from any European location, any time, and the cost is included in the package. A one-way rental between Frankfurt and Paris, for example, starts from AUD$222 per day (for a 10 day rental) and includesdelivery/collection fees, additional drivers, bedding kits, kitchen kit, GPS, camping set and more. According to DriveAway Holidays, self-drive motorhome holidays are increasing in popularity, and DriveAway’s own data shows motorhome renters in Europe book an average 143 days in advance. The company says Paris is the most popular place from which to embark on a European motorhome holiday, but that bookings for Italy have increased by 67% over the last 12 months. “I am extremely excited about this launch – to be able to book a European one-way rental is something our clients have always asked for, and we’re thrilled to be able to now offer it,” said Rita Abourjaily, Product Marketing Coordinator at DriveAway. said ” DriveAway HolidaysEuropemotorhomesrentals
Milan, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project and marks the continued collaboration with Emaar Properties PJSC. Following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai, located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel Milano opens today in the heart of the city, within the extraordinary palazzo at Via Manzoni 31, originally designed by Enrico A. Griffini and completed in 1937 in the rationalist style of the time.Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort. “I have concentrated all my efforts on delivering my personal aesthetic vision within a precisely defined ambience of total comfort,” explains the designer.Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, noted: “Armani Hotel Milano, the newest addition to Emaar’s international portfolio of world-class lifestyle projects, is a testament to our confidence in the design philosophy of Giorgio Armani, who has changed the world of fashion.”A key element of this approach is the decision to give every room a small vestibule that creates an intervening space before the intimacy of the bedroom is revealed. The 95 rooms and suites offer a variety of options: from Armani Deluxe Rooms (up to 45 square metres) to Armani Signature and Armani Presidential Suites, ranging from 170 to 200 square metres, on two levels connected by a magnificent stairway that makes a striking architectural impact. Minibars, high-tech amenities, cupboards that vanish into the walls – referencing the passion for order and sense of space pursued by Giorgio Armani over many years in his own homes – create an atmosphere of warmth and restraint within a commodious setting.Each bathroom, structured for use by two people, features the very finest fittings, including a shower enclosure in discreet one-way glass that allows a view out from inside the shower cubicle, but no view in the other way. The floors and walls in natural nuances of creamy brown are clad in Silk Georgette, a smooth limestone from Asia. All the furnishings in the hotel share the Armani/Casa collection signature design philosophy but have been specifically devised in a range of precious finishes to reflect the period mood of the palazzo: from the elegant linear sofas covered in sophisticated fabrics, to the backlit wooden bed heads.The Armani Hotel experience is epitomized by a unique concept of service delivered by the Lifestyle Department. Lifestyle Managers are the point of contact for guests, whose every need and wish will be fulfilled with discreet assistance at all times. Guests will be looked after from the moment they make a reservation, with personal care that facilitates every requirement and responds to every need. As soon as guests arrive in the lobby looking out on Via Manzoni, their Lifestyle Manager will be on hand to welcome them and take them to the seventh floor.All the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass “hat”, which affords a spectacular and unexpected panorama encompassing the city, from the historic Duomo to the latest skyscrapers. The Armani/Ristorante is located on the seventh floor, where it offers superb traditional Italian gastronomy, an exclusive wine list, a private dining room and a Chef’s Table within the kitchen itself. On the opposite side, the Armani/Lounge with the Armani/bamboo bar looks out over the skyline: the double height ceiling, the wall with its huge window softened by louvered blinds and sections in backlit onyx and a good choice of music ensure a relaxed ambience in which to enjoy an informal meal, afternoon tea, or an aperitivo before dinner. An internal connecting bridgeway offers a dedicated area for smokers.The eighth floor, covering an area of 1,200 square meters, is entirely devoted to beauty and relaxation, bringing together a range of treatments and therapies that promote physical and mental harmony and wellbeing. The Armani/SPA consists of six dedicated treatment rooms, a Couples Suite – for the inseparable – a fitness gym and a pool designed for relaxation with a temperature control system for maximum comfort. The sunscreen walls that filter out the bright light and the roof with its magnificent view across the skyline establish a slightly surreal mood. The gym also offers a wide choice of equipment for cardiovascular and muscular training, and is open 24 hours a day.Also available around the clock is the Armani/Business Center, which extends over 200 square meters with a private conference room and two boardrooms. As well as audiovisual equipment, IT resources, conference facilities and remote-controlled lighting, there is a separate kitchen here, ready to provide immediate service on request. The Armani Hotel Milano has been planned to satisfy the needs of work, relaxation and pleasure, conforming to that ideal combination of elegance and simplicity that defines the Armani style. “Stay with Armani” is not merely a slogan, but an expression of the hotel’s fundamental philosophy.Interestingly, this Armani hotel, created within a palazzo, is shaped by the architectural ground plan as an immense “A”. This can be seen in the original Griffini drawings, and is something that is only visible from above. Perhaps it was destined to be on this site!www.giorgioarmani.it
Morphou bishop Neophytos said on Friday his statements on homosexuality were the position of the Orthodox church and the saints, while his statements went viral on the internet and spurred thousands of comments.“I expressed the position of the Church and the position of the saints,” the bishop said, calling on people to go the Morphou church’s website to listen to his full speech on the matter.On Thursday, it emerged that the bishop said during a recent speech that homosexuality was transmitted to unborn children when the woman enjoys anal sex during her pregnancy.During an answer to a question on homosexuality, he said when the couple has sex while the woman is pregnant, and the sex is “unnatural,” as he characterised anal sex, then the desire is transferred to the foetus.The bishop said that when the woman enjoys anal sex, “a desire is created, which is then transmitted to the unborn child.”In his full answer on the matter, the bishop compared homosexuality to a child being talented in music, when someone is born. He used the example of a musician’s child being talented in music as well, and also said that foetuses are the same as seeds planted in a garden.Seeds, he said, contain information and they grow based on the information contained in their DNA, which is as an embryo that absorbs information while it is inside its mother.The bishop’s statements have gone viral on the internet, and across Cyprus, with users poking fun at him.British website UNILAD also wrote about the bishop’s comments and cited the article by the Cyprus Mail as did the British site Metro and other sites.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCyprus and Italy in hot water over tax breaks for yachtsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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