Wellknown Moscow journalist stabbed by attacker in coma

first_imgMOSCOW – A well-known journalist for Russia’s top independent radio station was stabbed in the throat Monday by an attacker who burst into her studio — the latest in a string of attacks on journalists and opposition activists in Moscow.The assailant broke into the Ekho Moskvy offices and stabbed deputy editor Tatyana Felgenhauer, editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov said. She is best known for co-hosting a popular morning radio show and also serves as deputy editor.Felgenhauer, 32, underwent surgery at a hospital and was put in medically-induced coma as doctors determine the best course of treatment, he said.The attacker, after being apprehended, told investigators he had been in “telepathic contact with Felgenhauer” for five years.The station said the attack was clearly premeditated. To get into the building, the assailant sprayed gas in the face of a security guard at the entrance on the ground floor then went up to the 14th floor, where the station’s studios are.“The man came here on purpose. He knew where he was going,” Venediktov told reporters.While Ekho Moskvy is majority-owned by a media arm of the state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, its programs have often been critical of the government, irking many in Russian political and business circles. Its hosts and journalists have previously reported death threats.Another popular Ekho Moskvy host, Yulia Latynina, fled Russia in September following a suspected arson attack on her car.The Investigative Committee, the top state investigative agency that deals with high-profile crimes, identified the attacker as the 48-year-old Boris Grits. It said Grits, who has Russian and Israeli citizenship, left for Israel in 2003 and came back to Moscow a month ago.It said Grits told investigators he had a “telepathic contact” with Felgenhauer since 2012 and had a personal grudge against her. The committee said he would remain in custody and undergo a psychiatric expertise.In a brief video of his interrogation released by Moscow police, he claimed the journalist was “haunting” him.The spokesman for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office described the attack as “outrageous” and said its prosecutors will investigate the case closely.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin tweeted that he was shocked by the attack and was monitoring her treatment.State-owned Russian media have long targeted Ekho Moskvy for its critical reporting.The state television channel Rossiya 24 put out a report two weeks ago that described the station as an “arm of the U.S. State Department,” saying it gets paid for “destabilizing society” ahead of Russia’s presidential election in March.Columnist Oleg Kashin, who survived in a brutal attack in 2010 that was never properly investigated, told the Dozhd television station that Felgenhauer’s “blood is on the hands of people from Rossiya 24, too.”Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, says the failure of Russian authorities to respond to the recurrent attacks and threats against independent journalists, activists and opposition leaders have made such attacks possible.The Council of Europe, the continent’s top rights group, said its chief Thorbjorn Jagland was appalled by the attack on Felgenhauer and called for it to “be thoroughly and quickly investigated.”___Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.last_img read more

Windies no underdogs can win third World Cup says Brathwaite

first_imgKolkata: Buoyed by their performance against England at home, a rejuvenated West Indies side will go into this summer’s World Cup as a balanced unit. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite feels that while they are not favourites to lift the cup, they are no pushovers either. “I think the chances are good but I don’t think we will be favourites. And I don’t think we will be underdogs,” Brathwaite said in an interview on the sidelines of a Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) event. The hard-hitting all-rounder was roped in by the two-time champions for Rs 5 crore ahead of this season. “We know what we can do, especially after the series we just had against England. So, it’s a balanced expectation in my opinion. “The brand of cricket we played in the Caribbean, if we can replicate that in England, we will go somewhere close to challenging for the title. We have been traditionally a good tournament team. So, hopefully we can win the third World Cup,” said the Windies’ regular T20 skipper. West Indies, led by Jason Holder, gave a good account of themselves in the recently concluded five-match ODI series in their backyard, with the series ending 2-2 as the third rubber was washed out. The World Cup in England and Wales starts on May 30 with the Windies’ taking on Pakistan on May 31. Brathwaite, who made a comeback to the ODI team for the England series, scored a counter-attacking 36-ball 50 in the fourth ODI remembered for Chris Gayle’s 97-ball 162 in Windies’ chase of 419. They lost the match by 29 runs. With the ball, he took five wickets in four games. Best known for hitting four successive sixes to finish off England in the last over of the 2016 World T20 final at Eden Gardens, Brathwaite said it’s a happy hunting ground for him and he is happy to be back. “It’s kind of a happy hunting ground. I have had a few good games here. In the same World Cup, I had a good warm-up game with bat and ball. I had a decent game with the ball against India as well, though we didn’t cross the line.” KKR will bank on Brathwaite to deliver the goods with bat and ball. Asked about his goal, the Barbados-born said: “I am not a stats person. If I get wickets and score some runs, take that one or two wickets that will take the team over the line… that’s more important.”last_img read more

UNs AsiaPacific arm teams up with China to curb disaster risk

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has joined forces with China, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in May that left nearly 100,000 dead or missing, to reduce the damage wrought by future disasters.“The Asia-Pacific region shares a disproportionate burden of the global loss of life from disasters,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer said today during a visit to China’s Sichuan province, which was ravaged by the May tremors.Some 80 per cent of casualties from global disasters in the past seven years have occurred in the region, which is home to six of the world’s 10 most affected countries by number of victims, she added.The new ESCAP-China partnership will focus on three key areas.First, it seeks to improve disaster risk reduction and preparedness by improving access to information, such as through early warning systems.It also aims to assess the socio-economic impact of disasters, and lastly it targets enhancing existing South-South cooperation to share disaster management experiences.Ms. Heyzer stopped in the town of Yingsiu, the earthquake’s epicentre, situated 200 kilometres northwest of Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital. “The smooth coordination with which the relief and rescue effort was undertaken despite the sheer enormity of the task is truly admirable,” she said. 23 September 2008The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)has joined forces with China, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in May that left nearly 100,000 dead or missing, to reduce the damage wrought by future disasters. read more

UN agency commits to helping protect land rights for Africas displaced

16 July 2009The United Nations agency tasked with promoting adequate shelter for all has committed to ensuring better protection of land and property rights for people uprooted from their homes in Africa, which hosts nearly half of the total number of displaced persons worldwide. UN-HABITAT and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week committing them to this common goal. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, said she hoped the new agreement will be an opportunity to “work together to mobilize resources and help the significant number of displaced persons in Africa.” The two institutions will work together to promote the creation of proper legal and institutional frameworks so that countries can be better prepared to protect the rights of displaced populations and to find durable solutions with regards to land and property issues. In 2008 there were an estimated 11.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa, nearly half of the total number of displaced worldwide. “The technical assistance that UN-HABITAT can provide will aid us greatly in our quest to help the huge displaced populations in the Great Lakes Region,” said Liberata Mulamula, Executive Secretary of the ICGLR. “The sharing of experience and resources is going to be essential in dealing with the current situation.” The ICGLR is an institution created by Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia to implement the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. read more

UN commemorates 40th anniversary of Dag Hammarskjölds death

The UN library in New York, which bears his name, launched a multimedia Web site highlighting the late Secretary-General’s service to the Organization from 1953 to 1961. The site – at http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/dag/ – features a year-by-year narrative of events and reviews Mr. Hammarskjöld’s legacy. It includes photographs, video and audio clips, a selection of quotes, speeches and writings, as well as transcripts from the Library’s Oral History Project. The United Nations Postal Administration has issued three commemorative stamps, one in each of the currencies of the Postal Administration – Austrian schillings, Swiss francs and United States dollars. Olav S. Mathiesen, of Denmark, created the original artwork for the stamps. read more

Devon town council held to ransom for £3000 by hackers over return

first_imgDevon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were aware of the ransomware attack, adding that officers had since given Tiverton Town Council advice on internet security.A spokesman said that the force had also warned other local councils of the threat, to ensure their online security is capable of dealing with future attacks.The hack comes a year after a 16-year-old boy from Plymouth was sentenced for launching cyber attacks against Florida’s SeaWorld theme park and sending bomb hoaxes to US airlines via Twitter.Increasingly popular among cyber criminals, a recent survey of UK businesses revealed that more than half of all IT companies were targeted by similar ransomware scams last year.  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. Show more Local allotment plans have also been stolen, meaning months of resident applications are now in jeopardy, along with the exam papers for a council worker hoping to become a qualified town clerk.Known as “Locky ransomware”, the hack has scrambled the council’s records into encrypted code, meaning they are unreadable. In order for the files to be retrieved, the hackers have demanded that Tiverton Council handover £3,000 – or face losing the data altogether.Should it fail to pay the ransom money, council employees fear the hackers may upload the information to the dark web, where it could become available to other cyber criminals.center_img It is, perhaps, an unlikely target for a sophisticated cyber attack.A town council in Devon is being held to ransom after hackers demanded £3,000 for the safe return of documents including its allotments waiting list.Triggered by a town clerk opening a suspicious “phishing” email, the cyber attack has resulted in a virus being uploaded onto the council’s computer system, in the process wiping all records held since 2015.Whilst the council’s finance and planning documents have been spared, hundreds of letters – including sensitive budgetary information and the personal details of several local residents – now lie in the hands of unknown criminals. “It’s a lesson to use all,” said John Vanderwolfe, the town clerk who fell victim to the hack last week.“The virus was horrible and now all of our documents are encrypted. Instead of [Microsoft] Word for example, it comes up with gobbledygook.”Disguised as a parcel delivery reminder, Mr Vanderwolfe said that he “slipped up” whilst in a rush early morning, only realising the seriousness of the problem when his computer began to “shake”.“As soon as I did that, that was it – the worst thing that could happen,” he added.“In hindsight you think back and think ‘well why the hell did I do that’, but you just come through in the morning and open your emails.“The police have told local people to be very careful, but I was told even if I had the most sophisticated anti-virus software we would still have been unable to stop it. They said that even the FBI have fallen victim to this one.”last_img read more

Sales turnover drops 40 pct within two years

first_imgThe state of retail trade in Greece is continuing to deteriorate with no sign of any letup, as indicated by the current summer sales, which have seen a contraction in volume totaling more than a third within just two years.Retail turnover in the sales period that started in mid-July and ends this Friday is not expected to top 4 billion euros this year, comapred to 5 billion euros in the same period last year and 65 billion in the summer sales of 2010, according to the head of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vassilis Korkidis. Speaking on Skai TV on Monday, Korkidis said that this would lead to a new round of enterprise closures.A recent survey by the General Confederation of Greek Small Businesses and Traders (GSEVEE) suggested that in the next couple of months some 11,000 small and medium-sized trade and manufacturing enterprises would shut down.Despite the fact that many Athenians curtailed their vacations to just a few days this summer, the money saved clearly did not go toward retail spending, as turnover is estimated to have fallen by no less than 35 percent year-on-year in the capital. In other cities the drop in turnover is seen at around 30 percent, although there are cases, such as Larissa in central Greece, where the decline is estimated at as much as 50 percent.The biggest losses have been observed in the furniture and apparel sector, while electrical and electonics retailers say they have seen a small rise, thanks to the analog TV signal switch-off in Athens that brought about a wave of digital decoder and TV set sales.Traders do not expect a reversal in their fortunes over this last week of sales, although price discounts reach up to 80 percent in some instances. Major special offer campaigns are set to follow the end of the summer sales too. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Giving Circle seeks grant applicants

first_imgVancouver – The Giving Circle is seeking applicants for its upcoming grant cycle that address the needs of people with disabilities in Clark County. The Giving Circle focuses on a different issue each year; this year’s focus is on disabilities.Local nonprofits that apply for funding should serve people who have physical, developmental, mental health concerns or some other disability. “Proposals may be written for programs or projects providing support for health, housing, education, or other issues,” the Giving Circle said in a news release.Grant proposals are due by Sept. 30.Applications and more info is online at givingcircleclarkcounty.org/apply-for-a-grant. There will also be an informational meeting 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Innovative Services NW, 9414 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. People can RSVP for that by emailing givingcircleclarkcounty@gmail.com.The Giving Circle has awarded more than $108,000 in grants over the last decade, including more than $17,000 in the spring that went toward four organizations serving people who are homeless.last_img read more

Cabinet releases funds for Zika prevention little less than previous announcement

first_img CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cabinet, george lightbourne, governor peter beckingham, taxi, ZIka Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – When Cabinet met, there was approval for money to combat the Zika Virus reports the Governor’s Office; the funds are however slightly less than the Premier’s Friday report of $328,000 plus thousand dollars… Chairman of Cabinet, His Excellency Peter Beckingham is reporting the contingency fund will give $291,000 to effort; a difference between the two of $37,000. Also from the Cabinet, a report on the 12 storey public consultation was done and there was notice that there has been approval to increase how many taxis are operating in TCI. The quota will go from 175 to 195 and in the number of VIP vehicles the increase will jump by five on Provo. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication, which is led by Hon George Lightbourne is now instructed to produce a draft national transportation strategy. No Zika reports for TCIlast_img read more

CLOSING ARGUMENT Selectman Candidate Jonathan Eaton Asks For Your Vote

first_imgDear Residents of Wilmington:I do not want more condominiums or apartment buildings in Wilmington.  Voting to eliminate multi-family units will create more apartment buildings through 40B developments.  It will exacerbate the very issue that it seeks to eliminate.Eliminating multi-family units would by all practical measures eliminate any chance that the town would be able to increase its affordable housing inventory to 10% by 2020.  Eliminating multi-family units sends the message that we are not serious about affordable or senior housing in Wilmington.  Eliminating multi-family units rolls out the red carpet for 40B developments filled with multi-family units – the very type of development that this proposed change to the bylaws seeks to prevent.  40B developments do not have to abide by local zoning ordinances, meaning they can build whatever they want, wherever they want to.Again, I do not want more condominiums or apartment buildings.  I would rather affordable, senior housing in the form of townhouses next to St. Dorothy’s that meet our local zoning ordinances, instead of welcoming 40B developments.  People were upset at the possibility of a gas station behind Mr. Ticket.  Imagine the reaction if a 40B development were built there.  People already are starting to feel like Wilmington is losing its suburban feel, like we are becoming more and more like a city.  Textron has between 50 and 60 employees left on their campus.  Imagine what a big national developer like an Avalon could do to that property if it is made available for sale.That scale of development would worsen our traffic issues, and put additional strain on our town departments, especially our DPW, police, fire, and schools.  We need to be smart in how we facilitate affordable and senior housing.  Eliminating multi-family units would be self-defeating, and would result in more congestion and higher taxes.I want the town to acquire Sciarappa Farm.  Eminent domain, at this point, is not the way to do it, in part because it is the most expensive way to acquire property.Case law is very favorable to landowners in valuing land in eminent domain cases.  The current article to rezone Sciarappa Farm tries to rezone that land from R60, at one extreme of our zoning structure, to Neighborhood Mixed Use, at the other extreme.  If that article were to fail at town meeting, which I hope that it does, the landowners in an eminent domain action would be still able to argue that the fair market value for the land should be more than the value at R60, and a court can consider the potential increase in value if there is a reasonable prospect of rezoning to R20 or R10.  In short, the town could be responsible for paying more for Sciarappa Farm than it is currently worth.Further, I do not believe that it is the proper role of the government to be pursuing eminent domain unless it is a last resort.  The best course of action to protect our tax dollars, if we are to acquire Sciarappa Farm, is to vote against the rezoning of that land, and then focus our efforts in negotiating a purchase directly.  If that fails, nothing stops the town from pursuing eminent domain at any point in the future, as a last resort.During our discussions on the Finance Committee, we were unanimous in our support for acquiring Sciarappa Farm, but (1) not through eminent domain at this point, and (2) without a price that has been determined through the diligence of real estate professionals.  As such, the Finance Committee unanimously recommended disapproval of acquiring the property through eminent domain.I am running for Selectman because I believe that my experiences serving our community would make me an asset to the board.  I am a past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club, and I served on the library’s most recent Strategic Planning Committee.  I have been a member of the Finance Committee since 2012, and as such, I have had the opportunity to meet with the Town Manager and all of the department heads during the past six budget seasons to review and make recommendations on the proposed budget.  I have and will continue to work to increase the efficiency of your town government, and to provide residents with the tools to enable them to play a more active role in shaping our community through the formation of an economic development committee.I have run a positive campaign, because I do not believe that personal attacks are conducive to productive decision-making.  I am not running because of how great Wilmington once was, but because I know how great Wilmington still is.  We need thoughtful, deliberative, and measured leadership.  I would appreciate your vote this Saturday, April 28.  Polls are open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.Sincerely,­Jonathan EatonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Wilmington’s Lack Of Affordable Senior Housing SpotlightedIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Fasulo & Eaton Discuss Affordable Housing, Sciarappa FarmIn “Government”last_img read more

Some Alaska firefighters head to Lower 48 to assist combating blazes

first_imgSome of Alaska’s firefighters are headed to the Lower 48 to help with blazes ranging from Washington to New Mexico. The state’s Division of Forestry said they are retaining enough resources to respond to any fires in Alaska.Listen nowSo far this year, the fire season has been quiet. On average, 1.2 million acres burn every year. As of Tuesday morning, fewer than 340,000 have seen wildfire damage. Most of the current fires are in remote, drier parts of northeast Alaska.last_img

Nonprofit raises questions over recent Donlin state permits

first_imgThe proposed mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)Donlin Gold began the new year with two major state permits in hand for its proposed mine. One approves its reclamation plans, and the other is a waste management permit. But a Montana-based nonprofit group that participates in mine permitting across the U.S. thinks the company has room to improve.These permits are among the last of the major state permits Donlin needs before it can start building its gold mine. The mine could be one of the biggest in the world, and would be located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Donlin Gold spokesman Kurt Parkan says they expect to receive more big permits this year.“We expect to get the right-of-ways [lease for the proposed pipeline] and land use permits. Those are the major ones for this year,” Parkan said.But a nonprofit group said the design of the mine could be better.“I do have concerns,” said Kendra Zamzow, who works for Center for Science in Public Participation, which helps communities throughout the mining permitting process.As part of her job, Zamzow helped the tribe of Chuathbaluk throughout the lengthy federal environmental review for the Donlin mine that wrapped up last year. The nonprofit isn’t for or against the Donlin gold mine, and they say that overall, Donlin has done a pretty good job designing the mine. But they’ve also submitted comments critiquing some of Donlin’s proposals throughout the permitting process, including the recently-issued state permits.The two state permits deal with waste management, which is how Donlin plans to tackle waste rock, tailings and waste leftover from mining operations. The permits also concern reclamation and financial bonding. Financial bonding is the money Donlin will pay up front for reclamation and water treatment.Zamzow’s criticism focuses on Donlin’s tailings plan. Donlin will store its tailings in a facility behind a dam while the mine is running. Once the mine closes, Donlin will let the tailings dry out somewhat and then cover them with rocks and vegetation. Zamzow said there are safer, though more expensive, methods that she felt the state didn’t consider, like siphoning the water out from the waste completely before storing it.“I felt like that could have been explored a little better. If not in the EIS, then the state,” Zamzow said.Money is another concern for the nonprofit. Donlin had proposed $317 million to pay for clean up and treating the contaminated water at the site after it shuts down. After public comment, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) raised the amount to $322 million to maintain an access road to the mine. Around $100 million of that will be put in a trust, similar to the structure of Alaska’s Permanent Fund. The rest of the money will be held in a bond for the state to use for reclamation should Donlin decide to pull out of the mine or declare bankruptcy before operations cease.Dave Chambers is a colleague of Zamzow, and he says the money that Donlin has to pay for clean up isn’t enough because the state and Donlin didn’t budget enough for the indirect costs. He says that the state could bump the amount even more, by about 15 percent or $35 to 40 million.Donlin’s Parkan defended the amount the company will pay and added that the state raised the amount of money in response to the nonprofit’s concerns.“This is the amount that they all agreed was adequate to cover, and it’s going to be reviewed periodically anyway…so it can be adjusted at any point in time. This is not a fixed number that can’t change,” Parkan said.Meanwhile, DNR opened public comment on some of the company’s infrastructure plans, and its proposal to lease a right-of-way for its 315-mile gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to its mine site. The next big milestone after those permits, Parkan says, is its dam safety certification. That can take as long as two years, and Donlin still has about 100 permits to get before it can began operating.last_img read more

Abbott Wants Farenthold To Cover All Costs Of Special Election

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Abbott/Bob Daemmrich: FarentholdGov. Greg Abbott (left) and former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.Gov. Greg Abbott is demanding that former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold “cover all costs” of the special election to fill his seat using the $84,000 the Corpus Christi Republican used to settle a sexual harassment claim years ago.Farenthold, who abruptly resigned earlier this month, had promised to pay back the $84,000 — which came out of a taxpayer-funded account — after that settlement was made public last year but hasn’t so far.In a letter to Farenthold on Wednesday, Abbott said the former congressman should return the money to taxpayers by funding the June 30 special election to finish his term. “While you have publicly offered to reimburse the $84,000 in taxpayer funds you wrongly used to settle a sexual harassment claim, there is no legal recourse requiring you to give that money back to Congress,” Abbott wrote. “I am urging you to give those funds back to the counties in your district to cover the costs of the June 30, 2018, special election.”“This seat must be filled, and the counties and taxpayers in the 27th Congressional District should not again pay the price for your actions,” Abbott added. He requested a response from Farenthold by May 2.Farenthold’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Abbott’s letter comes a day after he scheduled a special election to replace Farenthold, who abruptly resigned on April 6 amid mounting scrutiny over the 2015 settlement. After Politico revealed the settlement in December, Farenthold said he would personally repay the $84,000. Days later, he announced he would not seek re-election. Since then, hopes have faded he would pay back the money, especially after his resignation.last_img read more

Ethiopian Airlines to launch flights to Jakarta

first_imgEthiopian Airlines, has announced that it will start its services to Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2017 using the ultra-modern Boeing 787-800.Jakarta is Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political centre. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and with this new service Ethiopian will have service to all five of the most populous countries on earth.Commenting on the new service, Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “As the fastest growing airline in Africa, Ethiopian is pleased to offer the opportunity to business people as well as tourists to explore Jakarta’s potential both for investment and leisure. This move will further increase our presence in Asia, connecting Africa to the Asia region and in turn strengthening the tourism and trade ties between the peoples of Africa and Asia. ”Passengers to and from Jakarta will enjoy the unparalleled comforts of the 787 with less noise, the biggest windows in the sky, a higher ceiling, unique lighting, and higher humidity.last_img read more

US Californias almond acreage on the rise

first_img U.S.: California’s almond acreage on the rise … August 16 , 2018 You might also be interested in South African deciduous fruit industry organization Hortgro says it supports ‘meaningful, sustainable and economically viable’ land reform in the agricultural sector as a means to include previously disadvantaged agriculturists.Land reform in South Africa has recently emerged as a dominant and potentially explosive issue.President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 31 announced plans to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.“It is vital that previously disadvantaged individuals get the opportunity to fully participate in the economic growth of our sector in order to stabilize our country for many generations to come,” said Hortgro chairperson Nicholas Dicey.He described the matter as a ‘highly emotive issue’ for many South Africans and said that land’s productive use ‘needs to be recognised.'”All custodians of agricultural land should strive to increase the value it offers to themselves, the agri workforce and the country as a whole,” he said.”We need to get the right people on the land through the right processes and provide them with the right support services. Land reform should therefore be implemented in such a way that it leads to viable and sustainable businesses.”Dicey further called for constructive engagement on all levels between the state and the private agricultural sector.“The current irrational public debate via the media is not helpful,” he said.”There are opportunists on both sides of the spectrum that are playing with the future of our country. This blatant populism should be countered by a meaningful process with sustainable solutions. UAV-IQ and Koppert team up for drone-based aerial … center_img “Hortgro supports a legal process worthy of our Constitution and all stakeholders should show ethical and fearless leadership in this regard.”He added that ‘constructive and honest’ dialogue between the two sides could enhance land reform in the fruit industry.“There is not a magic formula for land reform, but there are numerous examples of successful projects both on an individual and collective basis.”We should focus on these successes, internalise it and replicate it elsewhere. We have so much potential. Success will breed success.”Agri SA ‘deeply concerned’Earlier this week, farming organization Agri SA said it was ‘deeply concerned’ by the recent comments made by African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Gwede Mantashe. It said Mantashe suggested that a limitation on land ownership should be implemented on white farmers owning more than 12,000 hectares. He further suggested that these farmers should hand over the remainder of their land to the government without compensation, the group said.“This statement is irrational and not carefully considered,” said Dan Kriek, president of Agri SA.“A one-size-fits-all approach goes against established agriculture principle as commodities and farming practices differ in land use. Different crops or animals require different size farms to be financially feasible. A 12 000-hectare farm in the Karoo would barely be sustainable.”It added that broad proposals aimed toward expropriating property without compensation will have a negative impact on food security and increase food inflation.“A land ceiling will cut property values,” said Agri SA executive director Omri van Zyl.“When land prices drop significantly, production credit will become prohibitively expensive. Banks will have to write off billions of Rands; agriculture has an estimated R160 billion loan book.” NZ: ‘No evidence of breeding population’, says Fru … U.S.: Vanguard expecting “beautiful” stonefruit cr …last_img read more

Minister urges women to take cervical cancer test

first_imgAround 30 women in Cyprus are diagnosed annually with cervical cancer, Minister of Health Giorgos Pamborides said on Wednesday.“Cervical cancer is still the world’s fourth most common cancer in women, with 500,000 new cases annually worldwide,” he said, speaking at a press conference on the occasion of European Cervical Prevention Cancer week.The minister said that between 2010 and 2014 there were fewer than 10 deaths per year from cervical cancer, while in 2015 and 2016, 14 and 13 women respectively lost their lives.He said that this type of cancer can be prevented, treated and defeated provided that women take the necessary Papanikolaou test and added that his ministry aimed to minimise the number of new cases in Cyprus.Beginning with the school year 2016-17, the ministry has taken a series of preventive measures including providing the HPV vaccine to thousands of girls in public and private schools.The ministry’s intention, he said, was to extend the vaccination programme to include boys and other age groups.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Opening hours extension sparks new war of words

first_imgBy Poly Pantelides THE decision to extend shop opening hours until the end of November sparked a war of words yesterday between stakeholders representing small businesses and large retailers.Labour minister Zeta Emilianidou made it clear yesterday the decree, which came into force in July on a pilot basis would be renewed as of Sunday – when it is due to expire – until the end of November. December would see additional opening hours as usual for the Christmas period, and a final decision on Sunday openings would be taken after that, she said.“This will give us more time to discuss it further with all parties involved,” she said.However as the response so far, both from consumers and big business at least, has been positive, and because around 1,700 people have benefitted jobs-wise from the move, the likelihood is that the decree will eventually be made permanent.The minister suggested, during a discussion on the issue on public broadcaster CyBC yesterday that the whole matter would be eventually forwarded to parliament for legal regulation.The televised discussion degenerated into a shouting match however when representatives from large and small businesses were interviewed.A very vocal and concerned head of the Consumers Union and Quality of Life accused the ministry of failing to research the issue and its ramifications properly.Loucas Aristodemou said that the majority of businesses in Cyprus were small to medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that were family businesses.Changing the market “to benefit monopolies and oligopolies” would eventually harm consumers who would be facing higher prices, he said. Meanwhile, families were suffering and reports were coming in of people being employed for less than the obligatory minimum wage, he added.On the other end of the spectrum, Marios Antoniou, representing an association of retailers that mostly represents big interests, said that if anything, the move corrected a distortion from 2006 when the decision was taken to implement different hours within and outside tourist areas.Antoniou’s remark sparked outrage in Aristodemou who suggested the 2006 measure was itself designed to benefit specific interests to the disadvantage of others.Siding with Aristodemou was Lakis Zoides representing small shopkeepers’ union POVEK, which has disagreed with the decree from the beginning and has mounted a legal challenge. It was perfectly true, he said, that the minister – for all her claims – had not engaged the stakeholders in a proper dialogue. During a meeting with the minister where he mentioned the word “dialogue” he was promptly corrected by Emilianidou who had told him the meeting was merely “a briefing”, he said.Andreas Hadjiadamou, head of the supermarkets association said SMEs have always claimed that any kind of different measures would harm them and that the same exaggerations had always been expressed when any change was suggested.“Consumers are not robots to be told when to shop. Consumers have a right to shop whenever they want,” said Hadjiadamou.Emilianidou said the government believes the measure has been partly successful in helping employment at a time when the jobless rate is still on the rises.She said that basic items such as milk were now cheaper because of competition.She also said that new schemes for SMEs aimed to help with liquidity by enabling easier loans. The government was also currently processing a project to fund, to the tune of 70 per cent, the payroll for SMEs up to four employees per business, she said.See also ‘Our View’You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchMobility Reimagined – Research Stair Lifts Rowland Heights CaliforniaYahoo SearchUndoInternet & Phone business | Search AdsShopping for business internet and phone has never been easierInternet & Phone business | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Embracing animated film

first_imgKimonos Art Centre, in collaboration with the Anassa Hotel and the cultural services of the Ministry of Education, announce the summer edition of the Animattikon Project, which features a series of animation workshops for children, organised by several distinguished animators from Cyprus and abroad, as well as a number of screenings of animated films.For its first summer edition, the Animattikon Project has the honour to host American director Brett Ingram, who will present several of his films and documentaries. The focus will be on the great animator Bruce Bickford, who passed away last April. The event is dedicated to his memory.It is an event that embraces a wide range of activities revolving around the subject of animated film: a series of animation workshops open to the public, conferences and lectures on the history and theory of animation, cine-concerts where music is accompanied by animation and vice-versa. Several side screenings are organised as parallel events.All these activities are not merely side events of the festival’s screenings but are proposed as a central element, in the same level as the screenings. The actual meaning of the word festival is the celebration. Celebration presupposes participation, not simply attendance. To celebrate something means to be together in something and to enjoy doing it. This is the purpose of the Animattikon Project: to make the notions of the creation of animated films accessible to everybody. Through the workshops, conferences and lectures, the public is introduced to a wide range of animated techniques, to the multiple levels of forms animated film can take and to the plethora of situations it can be applied to.In this way, the screenings of films are offered to a much more instructed and better informed public and are proposed as something to read into. People will have the opportunity to understand the implications of the animated films they are watching in a deeper level. The knowledge they can access through the festival’s activities will allow them to appreciate and better understand the work that goes behind what they are watching.Another of the main aspects of the Animattikon Project is its location. Even though the project takes place in three other places in the town of Paphos (the café Ananas 8bit, the cultural centre Technopolis20 and the Kimonos Art Centre) the centre of its activities is the historical cinema theatre Attikon after which the project is named.The Attikon was one of the first cinemas of Paphos. It was opened in 1938 by Nicolas Taliotis (also known as Attikos, a name people gave him after his cinema). It has always been a cinema, a meeting place for people of all ages. The Animattikon Project – Summer editionAugust 6 to 11. Annasa Hotel, PaphosYou May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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