New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved verdict on whether to refer to a Constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging Centre’s decision to grant 10 pc reservation in jobs and education to economically weaker section (EWS). Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice Bobde that the Constitution (103 amendment) Act, 2019 granting 10 per cent reservation to EWS is intended to uplift around 200 million people who are still below the poverty line. The bench, also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai, was hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of the Act on the ground that economic criteria cannot be the sole basis for granting reservation.
Amritsar: Amrik Singh, 46, a Bathinda-based farmer, was in despair after the entire cotton crop on his three-acre land was destroyed by whitefly in 2017. He then decided not to sow cotton anymore and switched to cultivate other crops, such as paddy. Amrik wasn’t the only one. Hundreds of other farmers in Punjab bore the brunt of the pest attack. Earlier in 2015, the whitefly attack on cotton fields destroyed over 70 per cent of the standing cotton crop. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The increasing frequency of pest attacks on the state’s farmlands, forced the state government to deliberate over the issue. Experts and agricultural scientists have now brought the focus on beneficial insects, whose population has substantially eroded over the past years owing to indiscriminate use of pesticides and chemicals by farmers in the state. State Agriculture Department Joint Director Dr Sukhdev Singh said excessive use of chemicals on farm lands was also killing agriculture-friendly insects useful in controlling the population of pests. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He attributed the rise of whitefly attacks to the decline in the population of such friendly insects. Whitefly sucks the sap from leaves, causing poor photosynthesis, and triggers leaf curl virus disease. Alarmed by the situation, the state government formed a contingency plan under which farmers were advised to not use chemicals during the first 60 days of crop sowing. B.D. Sharma, Assistant Plant Protection Officer at Jalandhar’s Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, said indiscriminate use of pesticides had depleted the population of friendly insects, including ladybugs, spiders and chrysoperla. “After sustained efforts, now the population of beneficial insects is improving in fields of Punjab,” he added. The area under cotton cultivation in the state was 5.11 lakh hectares in 2009-10. It declined to 3.39 lakh hectares in 2015-16 and further to 2.57 lakh hectares in 2016-17, according to the state government. This was the time when whitefly attack on the crop sent alarm bells ringing among the farming community. Many farmers in the state’s Malwa region, which is known for its cotton crop, have started growing paddy and Basmati owing to the threats posed by the pests. Amrik Singh said the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and the low risk of pest attacks has aided his shift from cotton to paddy. Long-term use of pesticides has also made an impact on the fertility of the soil in Punjab and also on the micro-organisms helpful in agriculture. A study by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, noted: “Indiscriminate, long-term and over-application of pesticides have severe effects on soil ecology that may lead to alterations in or the erosion of beneficial or plant probiotic soil microflora. Weathered soils lose their ability to sustain enhanced production of crops/grains on the same land. However, burgeoning concern about environmental pollution and the sustainable use of cropping land have emphasised inculcation of awareness and the wider application of tools, techniques and products that do not pollute the environment at all or have only meagre ecological concerns.” The PAU has been conducting seminars and lectures on the importance of beneficial insects in agriculture for farmers from far off areas of the state. Recently, the Department of Entomology in association with Indian Council of Agricultural Research held a seminar in which techniques of Integrated Pest Management —- an approach to sustainably manage insects —- were explained.
Rabat – As Morocco plans new strategies to reduce foreign energy imports, the North African country is attracting three international bidders to build the 800-megawatt Midelt Noor solar power project.French energy giants Engie SA and EDF Energies Nouvelles have both submitted bids for the project, as has Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power International.In December 2017, the bid was launched for the Midelt Noor solar project, named for the town in central Morocco where the project is set to take place. The French and Saudi energy firms are responsible for the “engineering, procurement, and construction of the project,” Obaid Amrane, a member of the Masen’s management board, told American financial news outlet, Bloomberg Market.By the end of this year, Morocco’s government will hand the bidders contracts for the project, which consists of two 400-megawatt facilities.Both Acwa Power and Engie confirmed their offers. The Saudi-based firm said it will submit a financial strategy by April or May while EDF has not yet proposed a timeline regarding the project.Medelt Noor is part of a broader Moroccan initiative to curb foreign purchases of foreign energy and to produce more than 40 percent of its electricity from renewables by the end of the decade.Amrane said that Morocco seeks to build six gigawatts of installed renewable capacity, including solar, wind, and hydropower by 2020.Morocco, according to the member of Masen’s management board, expects “a lot of innovation” and lower prices in the battery market.
MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. ( TSE:QBR.B ) said Wednesday its continuing media and telecom operations had $50.3 million of adjusted income in the fourth quarter, up 3.5% from a year earlier.[np_storybar title=”Quebecor has big growth plans — and Bay Street loves that the CEO is taking it slow” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/09/quebecor-has-big-growth-plans-and-bay-street-loves-that-the-ceo-is-taking-it-slow/”%5DWith ambitions of becoming a national wireless carrier and owning a hockey team, Quebecor Inc. is a company with big dreams – but it can keep shareholders happy even if it never achieves them, analysts say.“This stock works for me without any of that,” said one analyst. “This is just the best-looking stock in the sector. I think it’s got years of upside.” Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The profit amounted to 41 cents per basic share, up from 39 cents in the fourth quarter of 2013.Overall revenue for the Montreal-based media and telecom company was up 2.9% to $989.4 million.Quebecor said the quarter’s growth was underpinned by the Videotron telecom segment, which had its strongest quarter in terms of subscriber additions since 2011.However, Quebecor’s overall profit and revenue were below analyst estimates of 52 cents per share of earnings and $1.09 billion of revenue.The company is in the process of selling its English-language daily newspapers and other businesses, mostly outside Quebec. It has also sold 74 Quebec weeklies and abandoned door-to-door distribution of community newspapers and flyers in Quebec.Quebecor has big growth plans — and Bay Street loves that the CEO is taking it slowFormer Quebecor chief Robert Dépatie to lead chicken restaurant chain St-HubertThe operational gains at Quebecor’s continuing operations were more than offset by the reduced value of its goodwill, intangible assets and financial derivatives, which dragged the company to a net loss of $59.5 million or 48 cents per share.Quebecor’s discontinued operations had $19.4 million of net income, up from $14.3 million. Including discontinued operations, Quebecor’s total net loss in the fourth quarter was $50.3 million, compared with $19.4 million of net income in 2013.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday, dragged down by the energy and mining sectors, while the Canadian dollar crept marginally higher.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 79.13 points to close at 14,186.24.“Commodity stocks are just not the place to be right now,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall MacDougall & MacTier Inc. in Toronto.The September contract for crude oil fell 31 cents to US$48.14, while the August natural gas contract dropped four cents at US$2.776 and the August gold contract fell US$8.60 at US$1,085.50.The energy sector of the TSX lost more than two per cent, while the metals and mining sector declined 1.57 per cent.Meanwhile, the loonie, which has been flirting with its lowest level since 2004, rose 0.03 of a cent at 76.72 cents US.“That’s probably as good a reflection as anything in terms of what foreigners think of our markets,” Nakamoto said.In the U.S., markets closed lower amid disappointing quarterly earnings results and weak economic data. A housing report indicated that sales of new single-family homes dropped to the slowest pace in seven months.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 163.39 points at 17,568.53, while the Nasdaq dropped 57.78 points at 5,088.63 and the S&P 500 gave back 22.50 points at 2,079.65.However, Nakamoto noted that U.S. markets are still faring better than those north of the border.“Canada doesn’t seem to be much in favour these days,” he said. “The U.S. is down today, but the U.S. is close to an all-time high. We’re nowhere near that.”A slew of Canadian companies are set to report their second-quarter results next week, including oilpatch companies Suncor, Cenovus, Imperial Oil, Enbridge and TransCanada.Oil companies are expected to report weak results due to the slump in the price of crude, which fell below the US$50 a barrel mark in recent days.The outlook is not great for mining companies either, said Nakamoto, as prices of gold and other commodities have been weak.Miners Agnico-Eagle Mines, Kinross Gold and Goldcorp Inc. will report their results next week.“Anything that touches natural resources should be prepared for weakness in earnings,” Nakamoto said.Earnings from Canada’s big banks, which don’t report until later in August, should be “okay, but nothing to write home about,” he added, noting that their wealth management and capital markets divisions should compensate somewhat for a slowdown in consumer borrowing and pressures on their net interest margins stemming from recent rate cuts from the central bank.
Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,078.00, down 75.12 pointsDow — 21,320.04, down 158.13 pointsS&P 500– 2,409.75, down 22.79 pointsNasdaq — 6,089.46, down 61.40 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 77.24 cents US, up 0.21 of a centPound — C$1.6773, down 0.01 of a centEuro — C$1.4767, up 0.53 of a centEuro — US$1.1407, up 0.73 of a centOil futures:US$45.52, up 39 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,223.30 per oz., up $1.60(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:CAD$21.462 per oz.; $690.00 per kg.(Wednesday: CAD$21.553 per oz.; $692.93 per kg.)
“Presently it is stated that attempts are being made to resolve the Tamil national question. We believe that it is imperative that during this phase that Tamils should be allowed to express their political aspirations without any hindrance. Thus the envisaged challenge is a timely one,” TGTE said in a statement.The TGTE calls upon lawyers from the homeland, the Tamil Diaspora, global Tamils and progressive lawyers around the world to provide legal representation to this communication before the UN Human Rights Committee. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka criminalizes the exercise of the Tamil’s right to self determination in the form of an independent state in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 2625 (1970) which is considered as customary international law. TGTE says it is to be emphasized that, while the 6th Amendment criminalizes advocacy for an independent state for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, calling for the repeal of the 6th Amendment is not prohibited. (Colombo Gazette) Several high-profile lawyers and leaders of Law Societies are meeting in Chennai on January 9th (Monday) to join a motion challenging Sri Lankan Government at the United Nations.This motion will be filed with the UN Human Rights Committee stating that the 6th amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution is a violation of freedom of speech and conscience guaranteed in Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The motion was initiated by Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Justice K.P.Sivasubramaniam (Retd), Former Judge of the High Court of Madras, India, and the self proclaimed Prime Minister of The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran.
The High Commissioner held cordial discussions with the US Ambassador on a wide range of affairs covering subjects such as economy, bilateral and multilateral relationships of Sri Lanka, trade relations with the United States of America and the country opinions on foreign relations and governance issues. The High Commissioner briefed the US Ambassador on the political situation in Sri Lanka and the need for robust involvement of the US in the economic front and promoting economic assistance to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has sought the robust involvement of the US in the economic front and promoting economic assistance to Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando paid a courtesy call on the US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster at the US Embassy in New Delhi, the Foreign Ministry said today.
THEY’VE HAD A couple of months to recover from awards season so there were plenty of celebs all too willing to attend last night’s Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington.And with the First Lady of style (Michelle Obama) and the police lady of style (Anna Wintour) in attendance, the red-carpet looks were particularly glamorous this year.Shall we take a look?
Your body can transmit all kinds of things to another person — sounds, germs, emotions. Panasonic figures if it can already do all those things then it should be able to transmit data, too.This should sound like a very familiar concept to our regular Geek readers. Earlier this week I told you about a team of researchers at the Univeristy of Washington who figured out how to securely transmit authentication tokens through a person’s body.What Panasonic is showing off at CEATEC is similar, but they’re experimenting with more diverse applications. They call it the Human Body Communication Device and in the photo at the top you can see their booth attendants giving a quick demo: one woman is causing the other’s skirt to change color. With a simple grasp of the hand, the skirt changes from white to the color that’s set on the watch — in this case, pink.It’s a very simple application, but Panasonic thinks that the Human Body Communication Device has loads of potential. Take the act of exchanging contact information. Sure, it’s easy enough to tap your phones together and let NFC do the work… but if you’re going to shake hands anyway then why not let that action take care of the data transmission?It’s more secure than a wireless data exchange, too, since the information is carried over a physical medium. Sure, eventually someone might come up with a way to sniff data that’s transmitted in this way, but it should be easy enough to avoid. Hopefully you’d notice someone strange touching you or surreptitiously slapping a device on your skin.
When Bob Hale makes the drive to Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, he’s aiming to recruit some newly discharged servicemen and women into a booming line of work.For the past 18 years, Hale has worked for a company that plays an important role in the semiconductor industry: Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corp. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with an office in east Vancouver, it sells and services massive furnaces vital in the making of microchips.The gray-haired U.S. Navy veteran jokes that it’s not so easy to get young veterans to talk to him if they see him at a job fair next to booths for Amazon, Microsoft and SpaceX. “I’m not as sexy as Elon Musk,” he said.But, thanks to a booming semiconductor industry, Hale is looking to be a little more assertive in hiring. Kokusai is on pace for record sales this year and plans to add employees.All the new jobs could go to veterans. Kokusai, sometimes dubbed “U.S.S. Kokusai” by the many Navy veterans who work there, is comprised mostly of people with military experience.
RAINIER, Ore. — Intermittent sport-fishing closures at Buoy 10 and in the lower Columbia River are anticipated in August and September in order to allow for commercial purse and beach seining for salmon.“We’ll probably have to have closures,” Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Emerging Fishery Advisory Board here on Tuesday. “I can’t see a beach seine operating in an area where you have a whole bunch of people with rods on the beach.”Commercial salmon fishing with purse seines and beach seines — for profit not just testing — is coming to the lower Columbia River in the fall of 2014.Washington and Oregon plan to allow a limited number of seines in 2014, 2015 and 2016, transitioning to the phase-out of gillnets from the main stem Columbia in 2017.The Emerging Fishery board is a five-member advisory panel specifically required by Washington law to work with the Department of Fish and Wildlife in developing the details.
The service tax department has issued a notice to tennis player Sania Mirza in connection with alleged non-payment or evasion of service tax. The notice, though does not specifically mention the case in which the tax evasion amounted to, is believed to be the tennis star’s non-payment of tax after she endorsed as Telangana’s brand ambassador.RBI to completely remove cash withdrawal limits on savings accounts from next monthThe notice states that it is being inquired whether an investigation against Sania about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and Rules can be initiated. The principal commissioner of service tax says in the notice: “I have reasons to believe you are in possession of facts or/and documents and things which are relevant to the inquiry.” The summons were issued on February 6 and ask the tennis player to appear in person or by an authorised agent on February 16. “You are hereby summoned under Central Excise Act, 1944 made applicable to service Tax matters under Finance Act, 1994 to appear before the Office in person or by an authorised agent on February 16 to give evidence truthfully on such matters concerning the enquiry as you may be asked to produce the documents and things,” said the summons. The department warned that if Sania fails to comply with the summons and intentionally avoids to attend or to give evidence and to produce the documents, without a lawful excuse, she will be liable to be punished under the relevant provisions of the IPC.
.Seven passengers were killed and several others injured when a Delhi-bound train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar on Sunday, railways officials said.Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express left the rails near Sahadai Buzurg railway station, about 50 km (30 miles) from the state capital, Patna, early in the morning, the railways ministry said in a statement.It marked a bad start to the year for India’s troubled railways. Sixty people were killed last year when a commuter train traveling at a high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India.India’s state railways, largely built during colonial rule, have an appalling safety record after decades of underinvestment in rail safety infrastructure, with the priority on keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network daily.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Mitch Winehouse, the late singer’s father, on Thursday tweeted his support of the project: “Our family is delighted to be teaming up with @BASEhologram to continue celebrating the life and work of Amy, with all proceeds of the tour, starting in late 2019, going to Amy’s Foundation to help even more young people in her name.”“Amy was a powerhouse in every sense of the word,” Brian Becker, founder and CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram, said in announcing the tour. “She played by her own rules, pioneered her own sense of style of music and because of that we know she is the perfect person to headline this type of project.”L.A.-based BASE Hologram develops, produces, and distributes live entertainment and location-based productions worldwide that combine holographic cinema and mixed reality with live entertainment. The company’s current touring shows include “In Dreams: Roy Orbison – The Hologram Concert,” and “Callas in Concert” featuring famed opera singer Maria Callas as well as next year’s location-based project “Discoveries: Jack Horner’s World of Dinosaurs.”Pictured: Amy Winehouse at the Virgin Mobile V Festival in Britain in August 2009 Popular on Variety British songstress Amy Winehouse, more than eight years after her death, will return to the stage in holographic form for a live tour set to launch toward the end of 2019.Proceeds from the tour will go toward the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which is dedicated to drug and alcohol abuse awareness and prevention among young people. The six-time Grammy winner died on July 23, 2011, at age 27 in London after years of publicly battling drug and alcohol addiction.The tour is being produced by BASE Hologram, which uses holographic film technology to produce live entertainment tours and attractions worldwide, in partnership with the Winehouse family.The tour will featured digitally remastered arrangements of the British singer’s hits — including “Rehab,” “Back to Black” and “Valerie” — with Winehouse’s hologram backed by a live band, singers and “theatrical stagecraft,” according to BASE.
Kolkata: At least 20 people have been injured after a bus collided head on with a truck coming from the opposite direction.The incident took place at Suri in Birbhum on early Monday morning. The incident triggered tension among the locals, some of whom took part in the rescue operation.The injured victims were all taken to the district hospital in Suri. According to the hospital sources, some of the passengers are stated to be in a serious condition. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the accident took place near Suri bus depot. A state government-owned bus of South Bengal State Transport Corporation started its journey from the Suri bus terminus at around 4.30 am. The Salt Lake Karunamoyee bound bus was carrying around 35 passengers when the accident occurred.After locals initiated the rescue operation, police reached the spot. They took the injured passengers to the hospital. Frontal portion of both the vehicles have been damaged in the accident. The circumstantial evidence suggests that both the vehicles were running at a high speed when they collided head on.Locals heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot and passengers were shouting for help.Police suspect that the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and this resulted in the accident. The drivers of both the vehicles escaped unhurt.Police are investigating if any of the drivers had fallen asleep at the time of the incident.
LGBTI activists in Australia call on Prime Minister to meet transgender people‘Queer Peers’ are chatting to young LGBTI people‘Outright discrimination’ as Philippines cuts funds to LGBTI youthRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/australians-wear-it-purple-to-empower-lgbti-youth/ Photo via TwitterWear it Purple ambassador Kerryn Phelps (left) attends a New South Wales police force event in Australia eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Australia’s education department tweeted their support.Australian actor and writer Harry Cook, uploaded a photo of him wearing a purple t-shirt to his Twitter account.‘To the millions of queer youth out there figuring yourselves out, know that you are valued, you are worthy and you are amazing,’ he wrote.‘Everything will make sense the more you embrace who you are. Love yourselves because you are ALL perfect’‘A long way to go’Australia has had some big gains in LGBTI equality recently, including legalizing same sex marriage.But, ‘we still have a long way to go,’ said Rice.She urged more resources for health and support services for LGBTI people. Additionally, the government should roll out safe schools and other anti-bullying initiatives, she said.Wear it Purple Ambassador Prof Kerryn Phelps told Sky News Australia: ‘We still know there are people in our society who do not embrace equality.’‘We want to make sure LGBTIQ people have support,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Politicians, celebrities, police officers and others in Australia donned purple on Friday (August 31) in support of LGBTI youth.‘I’m wearing purple today to let young LGBTIQ people know that they are not alone’ senator Janet Rice told Gay Star News.Wear it Purple was founded in 2010. It supports young people at risk due to bullying or harassment because of their sexuality or gender identity.‘Wear It Purple is a really important day for LGBTIQ people to come together to celebrate who we are,’ said the senator for the Australian Greens.Importantly, it is an opportunity to recognise the impact that bullying and harassment has on LGBTI young people, she said.‘We will persevere until the world is safe for rainbow young people to be proud of who they are,’ the organization’s website says.With more than 1,000 tweets, #WearItPurple became the number one trend on Twitter in Australia on Friday morning.Celebrities and law enforcersQueensland Police Service was one of many forces across the country to wear special purple bootlaces to mark the day. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
You can read the full story about the lions in this week’s Ladysmith Gazette that is coming out tomorrow (June 14), so you’d better get your copy of the paper.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Two lions had to be put down last week after escaping from a game reserve in Ladysmith.Three lions initially escaped, with one being captured and safely returned to the reserve.Unfortunately, the other two had to be euthanised after killing livestock and getting too close to humans.Also read: Two lions spotted crossing N3 highway in KZNAlso read: Lions escape from game reserve in LadysmithAlso read: Update: Lions kill livestock after escaping from game reserve in Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
A Blue Air flight flying from Larnaca to Bucharest made an emergency landing in Constanta, a city on the shores of the Black Sea, on Sunday afternoon.None of the 109 crew and passengers was injured.The pilot requested the landing because he could not open the wing flaps, reports said.According to airport operator Hermes the plane later continued to fly to Bucharest.Five passengers got off the plane in Constanta and proceeded to travel by taxi to Bucharest.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described Turkish actions in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as a violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, and as such they were unanimously denounced by the European Union.Speaking in an interview on Alpha TV on Wednesday night, Tsipras underlined that Greece promotes dialogue, but it is not willing to tolerate any violation of its sovereign rights by Turkey. As regards Turkish violations in the Aegean and Cyprus’ ΕΕΖ, he said that Turkey must understand that this tactic leads to an impasse and will have negative consequences.Asked about the risk of a “hot incident” in the Aegean, Tsipras answered that Greece is remaining vigilant, although this does not imply that a “hot incident” will happen.“Our neighbouring country faces internal tensions, while geopolitical developments are emerging in the region. I would like to assure the Greek people that Greece has very strong alliances and also an upgraded geostrategic role. Moreover, the Greek armed forces are very competent. There is no reason for fear and uncertainty,” he said.In early May Turkey sent its drillship, the Fatih, to waters well inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, at a location about 60km west of Paphos.The vessel has remained there since, although it’s unclear whether it has commenced drilling.Turkey’s energy minister said that they will be dispatching a second drillship to the eastern Mediterranean in the middle of the month.Fatih Donmez said the drillship Yavuz would be ready to start a new drill by July.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola