Ottawa launches online public consultation on plastic marine waste

first_imgHALIFAX – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna launched a public consultation on plastic garbage Sunday as Ottawa tries to develop a national strategy to cut back on how much plastic Canadians use and toss away.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to get other G7 nations to sign a zero plastics waste charter at the G7 leaders meeting this June in Charlevoix, Que., but Canada doesn’t yet have a handle on what it wants to do about the problem domestically.Speaking from the seaside community of Eastern Passage, N.S., McKenna used Earth Day on Sunday to announce a public online consultation to help pinpoint ways for the country to eliminate plastic waste and reduce marine litter.“We want to hear from Canadians about how we tackle pollution and waste,” she said, flanked by Nova Scotia Environment Minister Iain Rankin and Nova Scotian MPs Darrell Samson and Andy Fillmore.“It’s not just cleaning up after the fact: it’s actually being thoughtful about how we reduce, how we recycle, how we compost.”The announcement was made shortly before dozens of volunteers flocked to McNabs Island in the Halifax Harbour and McCormacks Beach in Eastern Passage to pick up litter as part of an Earth Day shoreline cleanup event.According to the federal government, more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste is clogging the oceans worldwide. It’s estimated that plastic could outweigh fish by 2050.Greenpeace Canada also used Earth Day Sunday to kick off a national campaign with a tool kit to help Canadians find ways to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics. The organization says Canadians generate about 3.25 million tonnes of plastic garbage each year, which they say could fill 140,000 garbage trucks. The campaign includes encouraging people to take their complaints about plastic-covered produce and overly wrapped food products to the manager at their local grocery store, write letters to the editor and lobby local politicians to enact anti-plastics policies.Trudeau caught some heat from Greenpeace last week when he wouldn’t agree to a ban on plastic drinking straws, something British Prime Minister Theresa May is enacting in the United Kingdom. The U.K. already saw a drastic drop in the use of plastic grocery bags when it started charging people for them in October 2015.Many other countries, including Taiwan, Kenya, Rwanda, Italy and France, have enacted bans or limits on plastic grocery bags and straws. Even Queen Elizabeth is on board, banning single-use plastics entirely from royal residences and cafes.McKenna, however, told The Canadian Press Sunday that Canada is a federation, and has to work with provinces and municipalities, where the jurisdiction for most garbage-related matters lies.“It’s a very complex issue, and it’s not just about plastic straws,” McKenna said.Monique Breau showed up at McCormacks Beach Sunday morning with her 5-year-old son Jonas to help clean up litter.She said it’s never too early to teach children about the importance of protecting the environment.“I want him to be able to eat fish when he’s an adult,” said Breau. “I want him to be able to play on a beach and not worry about plastic waste everywhere.”Jonas, who was armed with a trash grabber nearly as tall as he was, seemed to have a good idea about how recycling works.“We throw it in the plastic bin and we make it (into) new stuff,” he said.The event was organized by the Nova Scotia-based non-profit Ecology Action Centre, in partnership with Friends of McNabs Island, Oceans North, and Ocean Conservancy.Heather Grant, the centre’s marine communications coordinator, said the event presented an opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn what they can do better to protect the environment.“As a coastal province, Nova Scotia obviously has a huge stake in the health of the marine environment,” said Grant. “So having people come to clean up the beaches is a great way to get local people engaged and invested in the health of the oceans that the province depends on.”Louie Porta, vice-president of operations and projects for Oceans North, said garbage in the ocean can work its way up the food chain as bigger marine animals eat smaller ones that may have eaten plastic.It can also contaminate the water and create health risks for people.“The environment doesn’t know how to process plastic and waste. All of the waste going into the ocean isn’t coming back out,” said Porta. “We need to stem the tide of the waste going into the ocean.”– with files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs fails to disclose spying investigation documents during human rights case

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs has refused to release any documents related to its investigation into allegations officials with the federal department spied on a First Nations children’s advocate despite the issue playing a major role in an ongoing human rights tribunal hearings, says one of the lawyers involved in the case.The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is currently battling with Department of Justice lawyers before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over the sudden appearance of 50,000 documents that were never disclosed as part of the discovery process.The society, along with the Assembly of First Nations launched a human rights complaint in 2007 against Ottawa over alleged underfunding of on-reserve child welfare agencies. The complaint was successfully amended to include allegations of “retaliation” by the department against Cindy Blackstock, the Caring Society’s executive director, for launching the case.In May 2011, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan tasked the department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick to investigate Blackstock’s allegation that officials were spying on her by monitoring her speaking events and social media presence and perusing her Indian status file held by the department.Yet, despite the department disclosing about 25,000 documents to Blackstock as part of the tribunal discovery process, not a shred of information has been released by Aboriginal Affairs about the investigation.“They have chosen to ignore our request…we haven’t seen anything on it, we don’t know what they concluded or what they found,” said Paul Champ, who is representing Blackstock at the hearing.The results of Wernick’s investigation into Blackstock’s spying allegations have been submitted to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner’s report on the issue has not been finalized yet, said a spokesperson.The department already stands accused of purposely hiding information during the discovery process that would be “prejudicial” to its defence. Aboriginal Affairs remained mum throughout the discovery process on about 50,000 documents related to so-called enhancements of funding formulas to First Nation child and welfare agencies.Aboriginal Affairs, through its Department of Justice lawyer, has been arguing to postpone the hearing for months until it can sort through the previously undisclosed documents.The existence of the documents was only discovered by Blackstock in April after she received a response to an Access to Information request that included documents she hadn’t seen before.Champ said the held-back documents showed problems with the department’s enhanced funding formula, which he said has been the basis of Aboriginal Affairs’ defence. Champ said the department seems to be claiming that any problems that existed have since been fixed by the new formula.“That is the nature of the defence they have been making based on the questions they are putting to our witnesses,” he said.Champ said he believes some of the documents among the 50,000 files prove Blackstock’s case. He said the documents include audits of specific agencies that show some can barely do their work and that the workload for their social workers is one-third greater than provincial social workers.“These reports flagrantly set out our case that these agencies are grossly underfunded and cannot provide the same level of service as the provinces,” said Champ.The hearing was adjourned until Friday.Aboriginal Affairs could not immediately be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Canadian Solar CEO seeks to take it private in cash deal board

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Shares in Canadian Solar Inc. rose Monday after the company revealed it has received a non-binding takeover offer from its chairman, Shawn (Xiaohua) Qu, who is also CEO and president.Qu is tentatively offering US$18.47 in cash for each share not already owned by him and his wife Hanbing Zhang, who together have about 23.5 per cent of Canadian Solar’s stock.The indicated offer was 7.1 per cent above the closing price of US$17.25 on Nasdaq on Friday. The stock was up $1.10 or six per cent at US$18.35 shortly after the market opened Monday.Qu said in a Dec. 9 letter distributed on Monday that he wants to take Canadian Solar private using a combination of debt, the equity owned by him and his wife and potentially third-party equity sponsors.“I believe that the transaction will provide superior value to the company’s shareholders as compared to remaining a publicly traded company,” said Qu, who added that he’s not interested in selling his stake.Canadian Solar said its board has formed a committee of independent and disinterested directors to consider the proposal.Its shares have been mostly below US$20 since March 2016, well off their most recent highs in early 2014.Founded in 2001 and publicly traded on Nasdaq since 2006, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest solar power equipment manufacturers and solar utility developers.last_img read more

Drug resistance threatens global progress to control malaria warns UN agency

25 February 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the emergence of a drug-resistant form of malaria in South-East Asia could seriously undermine global successes in controlling the disease. According to a news release issued by the Geneva-based agency, there is new evidence of parasites resistant to artemisinin – the main drug used to treat the disease – along the border between Cambodia and Thailand where workers walk for miles every day to clear forests.“If we do not put a stop to the drug-resistant malaria situation that has been documented in the Thai-Cambodia border, it could spread rapidly to neighbouring countries and threaten our efforts to control this deadly disease,” said Dr. Hiroki Nakatani, WHO Assistant Director-General. WHO notes that huge strides have been made in the last ten years to reduce the burden of malaria, which is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes and is one of the world’s major killer diseases.Artemisinin-based combination therapies, or ACTs, have proven to be a major breakthrough in treating malaria, succeeding in more than 90 per cent of cases, the agency stated. However, malaria drug resistance now emerging along the Thai-Cambodia border threatens these gains. Supported by a $22.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO will aim to contain artemisinin resistant malaria parasites before they spread, working in collaboration with key partners. “We know that malaria can be treated and prevented,” said Dr. Regina Rabinovich, Director of Infectious Diseases Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “and if we lose the key treatment available at this time, it’s like living in a house with a half a roof.”Malaria poses a risk to half of the world’s population and more than one million people die of the disease each year. Obstacles to controlling the disease include drug resistance in the parasite that causes the disease, as well as resistance of the vector mosquito to insecticides, environmental factors and counterfeit medicines. According to WHO, there are no effective alternatives to artemisinins for the treatment of malaria either on the market or nearing the end of the drug development process. read more

Honduras Ban hopes truth commission report will help strengthen rule of law

He hopes the report will also “help heal the wounds of the recent past and strengthen the unity of the Honduran people,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General is confident that the Honduran Government will study the report carefully and implement its recommendations. The United Nations is ready to assist Honduras in this endeavour,” the statement added. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was headed by former Guatemalan vice-president Eduardo Stein, was set up by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo after his election in November 2009 to investigate the events leading up to the coup five months earlier which ousted former President José Manuel Zelaya seven months before the end of his term. 8 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the publication of the report of the truth and reconciliation commission in Honduras, saying he hopes the document will contribute to strengthening democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the Central American country. read more

How will Lighty former Buckeyes fare in NBA draft

For the past four years, Ohio State has had at least one player selected in the NBA Draft. The streak will more than likely extend to five years Thursday night as former Buckeye David Lighty realizes his professional dream. Lighty, the all-time leader in wins at OSU, is widely projected to be taken in the second round. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he feels that Lighty will be valuable to an NBA team. “I think David Lighty will be on the roster in one way, shape or form,” Fraschilla told the Plain Dealer. “[It wouldn’t be a surprise] if you tell me in a year or two from now he’s having a lot of success because he’s one of those no-mistake guys we talked about. If you put him on the floor he’s probably going to know his role. There is a lot that he offers as an early to mid-second round pick.” The 6-foot-6, 216-pound Buckeye was a defensive-specialist at OSU, regularly taking on the opposing team’s best scorer. Last season, Lighty averaged slightly more than 12 points per game while shooting a career-best 46.8 percent on three-pointers. Several teams have hosted Lighty for a workout, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold two selections in the second round. Another Buckeye who might hear his name called on Thursday night is Jon Diebler. While the general sense is that Diebler has a greater chance of going undrafted than Lighty, ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford told the Plain Dealer he thinks both players will be selected. “Diebler shot 50 percent from three this year, and he took a lot of threes,” Ford told the paper. “He’s got pretty good size. He’s not a terrible athlete either. I actually think both [Lighty and Diebler] will be drafted.” Ford has Diebler ranked as the 69th prospect of the draft class. If he is picked, it would cap off a busy and memorable month for the OSU senior. Along with NBA workouts, Diebler recently married. Fellow senior Dallas Lauderdale will more than likely go undrafted, but the 6-8, 260-pounder has worked out for a few teams and should get an invite to an NBA training camp. Before the Cavaliers have the chance to consider this trio of Buckeyes in the second round, the team must decide what to do with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks of the draft. The general consensus is that Duke guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams are the two best players in the draft class, both worthy of garnering the top-selection. Ford predicts Cleveland will take Irving. The Cavaliers could have several options with the fourth pick. Many mock drafts have them deciding between two European big men, 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas from Lithuania and 6-foot-11 Enes Kanter from Turkey. Cleveland has also been rumored to be exploring trade options with the pick, including a bid to secure the second overall selection from Minnesota in hopes of getting both Irving and Williams. According to Ford’s mock draft analysis, Valanciunas has a buyout with his team in Lithuania that may prevent him from playing in the NBA this season. Ultimately, he projects the Cavaliers will take Kanter. “The Cavs love Valanciunas, but do they love him enough to draft him even if he won’t be coming to the NBA next season? I doubt it at No. 4. The Cavs have been exploring a number of trade possibilities to move down a few spots in the draft. If they stay here, I think Kanter is their guy,” Ford wrote. The 2011 NBA Draft is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Newark, N.J. read more

Ohio States Devin McCarthy going south to pursue pro tennis

With a marketing degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and four scholar-athlete awards under his belt, you might say Devin McCarthy of the OSU men’s tennis team has a bright future in the corporate world, if not for one problem – he isn’t finished with tennis. McCarthy, the only redshirt senior on this year’s OSU squad, plans to take his skills to the professional level after No. 5 Buckeyes (26-2, 9-0) finish their 2013 season. McCarthy graduated from OSU in December. “I think I’m going to, in June, go to Mexico for a couple weeks to play some (professional) tournaments. I’m not ready to give up tennis … I don’t really want to sit behind a desk, so I’m going to go try (professional tennis) out and see what happens,” McCarthy said. McCarthy, though, didn’t always think he had the skills to go pro. When he was recruited out of his Cincinnati-area high school by OSU coach Ty Tucker and brought onto the team as a freshman, McCarthy didn’t see that level of potential in his own play. “(Tucker) took a chance on me. I wasn’t that great in juniors, (I) took some time off, my ranking wasn’t that great, and (Tucker) brought me in and spent some time with me in the summer when I was a guy that wasn’t in the lineup, and he spent a lot of time with me,” McCarthy said. However, what McCarthy failed to see in himself, Tucker saw immediately. “I thought (he had) very good potential … (he was) a guy that should have been highly recruited, wasn’t as highly recruited as he should have been. To us he was a certain ‘can’t miss’ player,” Tucker said. “We were very fortunate to get him.” McCarthy is the fourth child in his family to play Big Ten tennis. His two older brothers, Ryan and Mike, played for Indiana, and his other brother, Andrew, played at Northwestern. McCarthy said many of the improvements made in his tennis game came during his true freshman year when he did not see action for the Buckeyes. “Honestly, I don’t think that if I came (to OSU) early, I don’t think I would be playing. I don’t think I would have ever made it in the lineup,” McCarthy said. “I came here in the winter of 2009, and was the worst on the team, second worst on the team. (I) stayed that summer … and that’s when I made the biggest jump and probably got two levels better.” Over the course of the next four years, his extra time spent training and developing began to pay on the court. “(McCarthy) finally earned a spot on the team and never gave it up. He’s been a horse for us – I feel one of the two or three most underrated players in college tennis,” Tucker said. During McCarthy’s OSU career, the Buckeyes have won five Big Ten regular-season championships, four Big Ten tournament championships and have never lost a match at home. McCarthy is ranked No. 91 nationally. Off the court, McCarthy has established himself as a four-time OSU scholar-athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a mentor to many of his younger teammates. “It’s not always just tennis … (McCarthy) has a great personality and is easy to get along with, and he’s been probably my best friend on the team since I’ve been (at OSU),” said redshirt junior Peter Kobelt. “We’re going to miss him for who he is and for what he does on and off the court.” “He’s been a great leader.” Visit www.thelantern.com for the rest of this story. Tucker said he will be sad to see McCarthy leave but is proud of what he has accomplished during his five years as a student. “I think (Devin) is a great guy – exactly what OSU wants and a true competitor. Him leaving is very, very sad to me,” Tucker said. “Every guy that has ever come through (the program) is a good friend of mine at the end … and I look forward to that relationship with Devin.” McCarthy said his memories at OSU are countless. “Just saying I was an athlete at OSU is going to be pretty sweet to be able to say and look back on,” McCarthy said. “One of the coolest things is being in Seattle or being in California and you’re walking with an OSU shirt and some random dude walks up to you and says ‘O-H’ and you respond ‘I-O’ and then finds out you’re an athlete, and they think it’s the coolest thing in the world.” For the time being however, there are still a few things left to check off on McCarthy’s to-do list before he moves on from his career as a Buckeye. “Winning the Big Ten title at home would be awesome in front of my whole family,” he said. “And I think we’ve got a good shot of winning the national title this year, and that would be the ultimate dream.” McCarthy and the rest of the Buckeye squad are scheduled to face Michigan State on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

Major reorganisation of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions business area

first_imgThe Industrial Solutions business area, the engineering and construction arm of thethyssenkrupp Group, is being reorganised as part of the transformation program “planets”. The company says the aim is to secure growth, enhance performance, focus more strongly on customers, markets and high-margin service business, and drive culture change within the business area.A central element of this is the further development of the organisational structure towards a modern management structure focused on customers and business fields and integrating the Marine Systems and System Engineering units more closely. The new position of Chief Operating Officer will be created on the business area board for this. Inaddition, Johan Cnossen from the Netherlands will join the leadership team of Industrial Solutions and manage the transformation office for the implementation of “planets.”Jens Michael Wegmann, CEO of the Industrial Solutions business area since October 2015: “We are operating in a difficult environment and want to make our organisation faster, more flexible and more efficient. With our new network structure and the reorganisation of our business units we are putting customers at the centre of our actions. This provides the basis for ensuring customer satisfaction and achieving our long-term growth and profitability targets.”In the future the plant technology business will have one less management tier. The current Resource Technologies and Process Technologies business units are to be dissolved. The operating units previously one level down in the organisation will now in part be restructured and upgraded to business units. In the future these units will have global responsibility for the development of their business, project management and profit and loss. They will reportdirectly to the management board of the Industrial Solutions business area. “This will shorten decision-making paths, increase market focus and give the businesses greater entrepreneurial autonomy.”The new structure will be implemented at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2016. Industrial Solutions will then have eight business units: Industrial Specialties, Mining Technologies, Cement Technologies, Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies, Fertiliser Technologies, Services, Marine Systems and System Engineering. To strengthen service business, the service activities of Industrial Solutions will for the first time be combined in the new Services business unit. Going forward, the aim is to double the share of service business from the current level of around 10% to over 20%. Project execution and management functions will be combined in a Network of Excellence operatedas a cost centre and managed centrally for the entire business area.“This step will improve efficiency and competitiveness, help absorb underutiliSation, and improve closeness tocustomers in project execution by providing more services locally. Despite the strengthening of local presence in the regions, the German engineering sites – in particular Bad Soden am Taunus, Beckum, Dortmund, Ennigerloh, Essen and St Ingbert-Rohrbach – will continue to play an important role in the global network as central competence centres.” The transformation program “planets” will also speed up the integration begun in 2014 of thyssenkrupp Group’s previously separate engineering companies – Uhde, Polysius and Fördertechnik. Under the roof of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions a uniform network structure is now being created that will make it possible to share expertise and capacities across all business units and also integrate Marine Systems and System Engineering more closely.It will also move the businesses closer to customers and strengthen their focus on individual markets. Johan Cnossen, who as head of the transformation office is responsible for the implementation of “planets”, will report in this new function directly to CEO Jens Michael Wegmann. The engineering and business studies graduate Cnossen waspreviously CEO of KHD Humboldt Wedag International AG, prior to which he held management positions at international plant engineering companies such as Jacobs, AkerKvaerner and Ruhrgas Industries.“The Industrial Solutions business area held up well in the 1st half of the 2015/16 fiscal year, reporting year-on-year improvements in order intake, sales and adjusted EBIT. However, there were sharp differences in order intake in the various businesses. The growth was mainly attributable to a major cement plant contract from Saudi Arabia, whiledemand for mining equipment and chemical plants was impacted by volatile raw material prices. The reorganisation will help secure jobs in this difficult engineering environment and create a basis for long-term profitable growth.last_img read more

Heres what happened when Mick Wallace and Ming complained about Alan Shatter

first_imgDURING HIS CONTROVERSIAL three years as justice minister Alan Shatter frequently clashed with independent deputies Mick Wallace and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan in the Dáil chamber and elsewhere.So perhaps it’s no surprise that the two TDs made formal complaints about Shatter to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).The details of the complaints and the outcome of them are contained in SIPO’s annual report for 2013 which was published today.In Wallace’s case he was one of three to complain about the manner in which Shatter disclosed details of an alleged incident involving the indepedent TD and members of the gardaí.This was the subject of much controversy in May of last year when, in the course of Prime Time debate on penalty points, Shatter said that the Wexford deputy had benefited from garda discretion and avoided having points put on his driving licence. Source: Prime Time/RTÉ PlayerWallace complained about the disclosure of that information to SIPO and the Data Protection Commissioner. The DPC subsequently found Shatter broke the law though the Fine Gael backbencher is now challenging the decision in the courts.Wallace’s complaint to SIPO, one of three about the Prime Time disclosure, alleged that Shatter had improperly disclosed personal information about him that had constituted a “specified act” which was “inconsistent with the proper performance by the specified person of the functions of the office” under the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Act 2001.SIPO appointed an inquiry officer to conduct a preliminary investigation. The officer gathered relevant evidence and statements and then provided these to Shatter before the now former minister made his own statement. The officer then presented their findings to the Commission.Based on these findings SIPO decided that what Shatter did was was not a “specified act” because it considered that the matter was not deemed by it to be of “significant public importance” under the SIPO Act.The Act states that a matter is only of “significant public importance” if the Commission deems that the benefit “might have been or be expected to be or to become not less than £10,000.” (i.e. €12,697)”Therefore SIPO decided not to carry out any further investigation. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesIn the case of Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, the now former Roscommon-South Leitrim TD made a complaint to SIPO in the summer of 2013  about “confidential information” Shatter had allegedly disclosed about him.Flanagan first raised the alleged disclosure in May 2013 – saying he would complain to the DPC – but declined to say what the information released about him was.He said at the time: “He [Shatter] released information about me that he shouldn’t and you’ll find out about that as it it develops.”But Flanagan never did say what information had been released about him and attempts to reach the newly-elected Midlands North West MEP were unsuccessful at the time if publication.Without appointing an inquiry officer – as it did in the case of Wallace’s complaint – SIPO decided that the”specified act” by Shatter was not one of “significant public importance” under the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995.Section 23 of this Act states that there shall be no investigation unless “there is sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case in relation to the alleged specified act concerned”.SIPO said it informed the complainants in both cases and the Minister of its decision.More: Why did the political ethics watchdog get 427 complaints in 2012, but just 29 last year?Read: Did Alan Shatter really cheat death at Dublin Airport?last_img read more

Cypriot investment in Greece on the slide

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot investment in Greece is on the decline, and not just in regard to direct investments, but also to repatriated profits from subsidiaries of Greek companies on Cyprus (after paying tax there).Traditionally, the lion’s share of Cypriot direct investment in Greece is in banking (48 per cent), construction (35 per cent) and transport/telecoms (13 per cent). Over the past five years, the volume of Cypriot investment in Greece has been over 1.5 billion euros, while Greek banks also have a strong presence in Cyprus’ particularly robust credit sector (which enjoys deposits of around 70.9 billion euros). The five Greek banks (National, Alpha, Piraeus, Emporiki and Eurobank) that are active in Cyprus have seen turnover increase, and over the past two years have acquired a respective 15 per cent and 12 per cent share of the loans and deposits markets. In 2010, the five Greek banks accounted for one-third of loans and deposits in the Cypriot banking system. Bilateral trade agreements between Greece and Cyprus experienced a decline in 2010, despite very dynamic growth up until 2008, with trade volume reaching 1.21 billion euros, compared to 1.34 billion euros in 2009. Greece continued to be the biggest supplier of products to Cyprus in 2010, with exports reaching 1.21 billion euros, compared to 1.13 billion euros the previous year, or a quarter of all Cypriot imports. Meanwhile, imports from Cyprus to Greece in 2010 came to 243.9 billion euros, up from 220 billion euros in 2009, or some 18 per cent of all Cypriot exports. According to data, Cyprus ranks in third behind Germany and Italy in terms of Greek exports. The main Greek products imported by Cyprus in 2010 were: petroleum products (248 billion euros), electrical and engineering equipment (80 billion euros), machinery and boilers (70.5 billion euros), knitwear (53 billion euros), foodstuffs (33.8 billion euros), flour and wheat products (30.4 billion euros), dairy (21.8 billion euros), meat (9.3 billion euros) and visual-photographic equipment (5.4 billion euros). Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Bahamas monitoring US protected status withdrawal says high level talks with Haiti

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, New Providence, Bahamas – November 24, 2017 – Haitians living in the United States have 18 months to regularize their status or they will have to leave the US and the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this move by the Trump Administration will impact The Bahamas.Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yes, The Bahamas is watching the situation where the temporary protected status is being lifted, it is a measure welcomed by States but rejected by migrant groups who have been domicile in the US for decades.Minister Henfield explained, the Bahamas government is organizing a mission to Haiti for high level talks on migration challenges, which he thinks should work in tandem with joint economic initiatives.Henfield explained that he is advocating a multi-faceted approach with greater collaboration from the Haitian government moving forward; but these maneuvers he cautioned will not override Bahamian law as it relates to illegal migration.  In the Bahamas similar measures are being taken, with the deadline for regularization set for December 31, 2017; in the Turks and Caicos, the deadline is past for illegal migrants to gain legal status or leave the country.  Immigration Operations are now reactivated since the September storms in the TCI.It is said some 69,000 Haitians will be impacted in the US by the measure, Garcelle Beauvais actress, model and producer of Haitian descent is again advocating for her compatriots. Related Items:#garcellebeauvais, #tpslast_img read more

Commodity Classic Heads to Ag PhD Field Day

first_imgCommodity Classic will have a booth at the annual Ag PhD Field Day, held on the Hefty Farm in Baltic, S.D.American Soybean Association (ASA) Directors Wade Cowan and Brad Doyle will represent ASA in the Commodity Classic booth to promote awareness and interest in trade show and the association.ASA members are encouraged to register (via agphd.com) to attend this free event, held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in South Dakota, near Sioux Falls. Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty, hosts of Ag PhD on radio and television, produce this popular annual Field Day. The event features plots and demos, educational sessions, corn and soybean yield champs from across the country. Farmers from throughout the U.S. are expected to attend.last_img read more

Deputies search for 2 men involved in armed robbery outside Tamarac bank

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who robbed a man at gunpoint outside of a bank in Tamarac.The victim was using an ATM outside of the Bank of America near Rock Island Road and East Sabal Palm Boulevard just before 12:30 a.m., Friday.He said two men approached him and demanded everything he had while one of the men held a gun towards him.Surveillance cameras captured the confrontation before both men fled the scene with the victim’s cash, cellphone and wallet.Deputies set up a perimeter in the area but were not able to locate the suspects.The man with the firearm was last seen wearing a black hoodie and frayed jean shorts. The second man involved was also wearing a black hoodie, jeans and a white mask.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

Gujarat ordered to pay Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano SC says

first_imgBilkis Bana then 19 was brutally raped by eleven men during Gujarat Riots, 2002Credit: ReutersThe Supreme court on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to give 2002 communal riots victim Bilkis Yakoob Rasool Bano Rs 50 lakh in compensation, a government job and a home in the area of her choice. Bilkis Bano was brutally raped by eleven men during the Gujarat riots when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state. Bano was just 19 years old and pregnant when fourteen members of her family including her three-year-old child were murdered by rioters at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad on March 3, 2002. The apex court had ordered the state government to complete disciplinary action against police officers whom the Bombay High Court had convicted in the case.The Ranjan Gogoi-led bench has ordered the Gujarat government to give the compensation amount to Bilkis Bano within two weeks. The bench further observed that Bano was a witness of the “devastation” of her family. It also noted how her three-year-old infant daughter was “smashed” against the wall. Chief Justice Gogoi added that that the there is no point looking at the past and the victim should be rehabilitated with immediate effect. As per her lawyer, Bilkis Bano is living a nomadic living after losing everything in Gujarat riots. Supreme Court    Photo Credits: ReutersChief Justice Gogoi said: “In today’s world, money is the best healer. We do not know whether it can heal all, but what else can we do for her. Ask for whatever compensation you want and we will pass orders accordingly.”The Chief justice also slammed Gujarat counsel Hemantika Wahi for intervening while he passed the order.  “You are lucky, we are not observing anything against you… How many years has this case been pending?” he said. The Supreme court has also ordered the state government to withdraw the pension benefits of three police officers held guilty in the case. The Bombay High Court had upheld the life imprisonment of 11 accused in the case.last_img read more

Heres how Reliance Jio has affected Airtel Vodafone Idea BSNL Best tariff

first_imgReliance Industries launched Reliance Jio in October last year, offering free data and calls to its subscribers for three months as part of its Welcome Offer, but major telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL remained unmoved and didn’t seem to feel the need to reshuffle its tariff plans initially. However, things started changing after the unlimited data and call offer was extended by another three more months under the Happy New Year offer, forcing its counterparts to reduce its tariff to stay in the competition.In a bid to keep its consumers, Reliance Jio introduced Jio Prime membership (valid till March 2018) for Rs 99 in March before coming up with yet another offer called Summer Surprise that promised three months of free internet and calls for a recharge of Rs 303 or higher. However, this offer has been withdrawn after the intervention of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai).Also read: Bad news for Jio users: Reliance Jio Summer Surprise offer withdrawnNow, Reliance Jio subscribers have to pay Rs 303 for 28GB of 4G data (FUP 1GB per day at 128kbps speed), free STD/local calls and messages, and free calls and messages on roaming. Its validity is 28 days. The new plan is still a good catch but it is now on the radar of competition from other telecom operators.Here is what major telecom operators have to offer to its prepaid consumers in April 2017:AirtelYou can recharge Rs 345 for unlimited local and STD calls, and 28GB of 4G data for 28 days (FUP 1GB per day with 500MB to be used during the day and 500MB in the night from 12am to 6am). Those who want to use 1GB daily data without restriction or 500MB usage cap can opt for Rs 549 plan.VodafoneVodafone prepaid consumers can avail unlimited calls across all networks in the country by opting for Rs 344-349 plan. It has a daily capping of 300 minutes and 1200 minutes of weekly capping, after which the charge will be 30p per minute. The plan also offers 1GB of 4G data, but those with handsets that don’t support 4G can avail only 50MB of data.Idea CellularThe Rs 348 plan offers unlimited voice call and message (both local and STD) to any network across India and no roaming charge. It also offers 1GB of 4G data per day (28GB data) and the offer is valid for 28 days.BSNLBSNL subscribers can avail unlimited voice calling (both local and STD) and unlimited data with a FUP of 2GB per day with no speed restriction and thereafter with speed restriction of 80kbps for 28 days with a recharge of Rs 339. However, the unlimited call offer is only within its network. Users can also opt for the Rs 144 plan that offers unlimited local and STD calls to all networks in the country and 300MB of data.last_img read more

French govt hopes yellow vest losing impetus

first_imgProtesters wearing yellow vests react as French police fire tear gas during a demonstration of the `yellow vests` movement in Paris, France, 15 December 2018. Photo: ReutersThe French government was on Sunday hoping the sharp drop in “yellow vest” demonstrators signaled an end to the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, but conceded “mistakes” had been made.Around 66,000 people turned out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron — half the number of the previous weekend.In an interview with Les Echos newspaper published online Sunday evening, prime minister Edouard Philippe said the government had “made mistakes” and “not listened enough to the French people”.He added that there would be a debate on the holding of referendums to help decide government policy — one of the protesters’ key demands — saying they could be a “good tool of democracy”.”One stage is behind us, certainly,” added education minister Michel Blanquer. “And I think that that is in everybody’s interest, including the yellow vests.”Although the drop in protesters suggested the momentum of the “yellow vest” movement was waning, sociologist Herve Le Bras from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) warned they would leave a bitter legacy.”It is calming down but what remains of it all is a strong feeling of hatred towards Macron,” he said.Many of the protesters have targeted Macron personally, calling on him to resign or attacking his background as an investment banker.Le Bras said the protests had underlined the depth of dislike for the president’s personality and style of governing, which critics see as arrogant and too distant.A major poll by the Ifop group published in Journal du Dimanche newspaper showed Macron’s approval rating had slipped another two points in the last month, to 23 per cent.The proportion of people who declared themselves “very dissatisfied” by his leadership jumped by six points to 45 per cent.An Opinionway poll for LCI television, however, registered a two-point increase to 31 per cent overall. The poll was carried out in the aftermath of Tuesday’s deadly attack on Strasbourg’s Christmas market.’Context has changed’Until last week, a clear majority of French people backed the protests, which sprung up initially over high taxes before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron.In a bid to end the standoff, he announced a package of measures for low-income workers on Monday in a televised address, estimated by economists to cost up to 15 billion euros ($17 billion).The 40-year-old also acknowledged widespread animosity towards him and came close to apologising for a series of verbal gaffes seen as dismissive of the poor or jobless.Two polls published last Tuesday — in the wake of Macron’s concessions — suggested the country was now split broadly 50-50 on whether the protests should continue.”It’s a movement that has succeeded in forcing back what looked like a strong government,” Pollingvox’s Sainte-Marie said.”People have confidence in themselves now, so things won’t return to how they were on November 15″ before the protests started, he said.”The context in which Emmanuel Macron holds power has changed.”The president had until now styled himself as a determined pro-business reformer who would not yield to pressure from protests like his predecessors.The government has announced however a six-month consultation with civil society groups, mayors, businesses and the “yellow vests” to discuss tax and other economic reforms.Hikes in petrol and diesel taxes, as well as tougher emissions controls on old vehicles — justified on the grounds of environmental protection — were what initially sparked the “yellow vest” movement.Calls for calmPremier Philippe said in Sunday’s interview that the deficit was expected to increase slightly in 2018 to reach 3.2 per cent of GDP, taking into account the measures taken in the face of the crisis.To mitigate this, the government would limit the reduction in the corporate income tax rate to companies with a turnover of less than 250 million euros ($226 million) next year, he added.Eight people have died since the start of the protests, the authorities said.Interior minister Christophe Castaner earlier called on protesters to halt their blockades across the country which have disrupted traffic and businesses.”Everyone’s safety has to become the rule again,” he tweeted.”Dialogue now needs to unite all those who want to transform France.”Around 69,000 security forces were mobilised across France on Saturday, down from 89,000 the previous weekend, when 2,000 people were detained.last_img

Exploring Why Many Muslim Converts Are Coming From The Latino Community

first_imgIslamInSpanish/via FacebookCopies of the Quran in Spanish. A documentary series called Minority Reports on Vice.com explores communities of underrepresented individuals in unexpected places. The second episode of the new season explores why the largest number of Muslim converts are coming from the Latino community.Host Lee Adams recently traveled to Houston, which is home to America’s first Islamic Spanish center — the organization IslamInSpanish — in order to examine why this is the case.Photos: Leah Binkovitz/Kinder InstituteJaime Mujahid Fletcher, founder of Houston’s IslamInSpanish, stands in the center’s exhibit chronicling Spain’s Moorish history.In the audio above, Adams talks with host Craig Cohen about the series and what he discovered during his time in Houston. X 00:00 /06:50 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Sabpab Trojan seeks out Mac OS X

first_img Citation: ‘Sabpab’ Trojan seeks out Mac OS X (2012, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-sabpab-trojan-mac-os.html Hackers hitting Macs with virus: industry experts (Phys.org) — Three compelling reasons that Mac loyalists say justify their love for Macs have been that Macs are 1) the prettiest computers around (2) ideal for any new-age brain that prefers visually rich knowledge work and (3) their systems are far safer than Windows-based PCs, which have been sneered at as malware magnets. This year, life has got Mac-Liter as now they only have to brandish two good reasons. Researchers at major security companies such as Kaspersky Lab and Sophos say that the Mac has yet another Trojan attacker, following Flashback, that can steal information from a system once infected. © 2012 Phys.Org The Sabpab Trojan represents a second round of malware targeted at users of Mac machines. The earlier Flashback, according to some reports, may have succeeded in infecting as many as 600,000 Mac systems. Flashback was designed to get installed on as many machines as possible so that its operators could profit from scams such as click fraud. Apple resolved the mess by issuing a patch while other companies offered up their own clean-up tools for detection and removal. Observers expressed concerns over how Apple was late in presenting its own tool to remove the Flashback malware, while, outside Apple, other firms had issued their free offerings.With this latest Trojan, the exploiters are able to grab screenshots from infected Macs, upload and download files, and execute commands remotely. According to reports, the malware takes advantage of the same security flaw in Java that Flashback exploited. Two unsettling features of the new malware are that this is a back-door Trojan that does not require any user interaction to infect and, according to Costin Rau, a security expert with Kaspersky, the Trojan is an advance persistent threat (APT) attack in an active stage.The definition of APT varies from one security group to another, but it is not trivial. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines APT as “an adversary that possesses sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources which allow it to create opportunities to achieve its objectives” using multiple attack vectors. Mandiant, an information security company, calls the APT a sophisticated and organized cyber attack to access and steal information from compromised computers. ”The attacks used by the APT intruders are not very different from any other intruder,” says the company; the difference is in the intruder’s perseverance and resources. “They have malicious code (malware) that circumvents common safeguards such as anti-virus and they tend to generate more activity than wanton ‘drive by hacks’ on the Internet.” The APT threat is using IP addresses that have been known to wage similar attacks on Windows users, according to Kaspersky.Sophos sources, meanwhile, say that the “Sabpab” is not believed to be as widespread as Flashback, but it is yet another wakeup call for Mac users that security is no longer a non-issue. Security on the Mac has become a key issue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more