No agreement on Iran invite to Syria conference

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories “Our partners in the United States are still not convinced that Iran’s participation would be the right thing to do,” Brahimi told a news conference. “We have agreed that we will be talking a little bit more to see if we can come to an agreement on this question.”His comments came after a day of meetings with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council _ Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. _ and Syrian neighbors Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.Along with those nations, other invitees include Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The actual negotiations between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and opposition representatives begin on Jan. 24 at the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva.A senior U.S. official told reporters on condition of anonymity that the U.S. objected to Iran’s participation because it hasn’t publicly endorsed the principles from the first Geneva peace conference on Syria in June 2012 and is providing financing and military personnel to militias including the Iranian-allied Lebanese Hezbollah group that has backed Assad’s troops. The official wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the matter. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility GENEVA (AP) – The U.S. is blocking Iran’s participation at the Syria peace conference planned for next month, but the other delegations have been agreed on and will include other regional players such as Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.The U.N.-Arab League’s Syria envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, said about 30 nations would be invited to a day of speechmaking planned for Jan. 22 in the city of Montreux, and Iran’s participation was the only sticking point, but was still a possibility. The Syrian opposition also has opposed Iran’s involvement. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has said it has high-level advisers in Syria, but denied having fighters there.The meetings Friday included Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov, whose country is Syria’s main ally, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Syrian neighbors who have been struggling to cope with the conflict and the more than 2.3 million Syrian refugees.Disputes over who should represent the Syrian opposition and government, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table, have blocked previous attempts to bring Syria’s warring sides for peace talks.Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Bogdanov, who is the Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East, met Thursday with the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary General Badr Jamous and other coalition officials.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Parking denied to disabled cyclist

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Jan van Wyk is terribly upset after repeatedly being told he could not park his three-wheel bicycle in a ‘disabled’ parking space at a local shopping centre.  Mr van Wyk, who is disabled and receives a social grant, says he has been “chased away” on numerous occasions when parking his bicycle at the Oval Shopping Centre, where he goes to buy groceries.He was again “sent packing” recently by security guards at the centre and is now at his wit’s end.He says that if the guards notice him when he arrives on his trusty old bicycle, they waste no time in telling him he cannot leave his bike in the parking lot.  The only mode of transport Mr van Wyk has is his bicycle, which has served him well for many years.He cannot understand what the problem is at the Oval, because this does not happen anywhere else in town. “My social grant is very little and the reason I go to the Oval is because there are a few shops there that are very cheap and I can afford my purchases,” he explains.Every time he is chased away, he has to endure the terrible heat and find a safe place to park that is much further away from his shopping destination.He is scared that if he parks his bicycle where it is not safe, it might be stolen and then he will have to walk.  When approached for comment, the management of the Oval Shopping Centre said they were totally unaware of the problem. They added that if anyone experiences a situation like this, they must please come and address it directly to management, as they are always willing to help.last_img read more

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Almost two million seats an a new route from London city

first_imgAlmost two million seats an a new route from London cityAlmost two million seats an a new route from London cityBritish Airways is offering almost two million seats from London City Airport this summer and launching a new three-times-a-week service to Skiathos.It is the third Greek Island route, alongside Mykonos and Santorini, from London City but this is the first time British Airways has operated to Skiathos, a destination favoured by tourists for its many pine forests and over 60 beaches.In addition flights to Mykonos will increase from four to five flights a week.The new Skiathos route will start on June 26 and operate during the peak summer weeks until September.Basic each way fares from £79 are available to book from today on this week British Airways also announced the launch of a new weekly service between London City and Manchester from May. These flights will go on sale on February 21.The new routes means 29 destinations will operate in British Airways’ colours from London City Airport this summer.Flights from London City to Angers in France will stop due to air traffic control restrictions and flights to Hamburg are also being withdrawn for commercial reasons.Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, London City, said: “This is the busiest year yet for British Airways with 1.9 million seats on sale from London City Airport.  We are delighted to include Skiathos in our summer sunshine routes as well as increasing the number of flights to Mykonos. With a good mix of leisure and business destinations we are providing an excellent choice of network and schedule direct from the Docklands for our customers.”Source = British Airwayslast_img read more

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Former Ladysmith girl takes provincial crown

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite She is already involved in a lot of charity and community services, assisting with beach cleanups, home makeovers, and assisting with as many fundraiser projects as possible. She hopes to use her new title to further touch the lives of those less fortunate. “I have reached another milestone to impact the lives of children in circumstances that we, who come from warm homes with food and blankets, could not even understand,” she added.Shona has also been selected as one of the Miss Summer-Heat finalists and will be competing for the grand title in October.In addition, she has been internationally scouted and will be performing in front of a group of international scouts for both modelling and singing in October this year. If she is selected, from there she will be off to Florida, Orlando, in June next year.“With God by your side, determination, a good coach and a supportive family, dreams do come true,” espoused Shona. She would like to thank her coach, Le Mari Smit (owner of Upstage Models) for assisting her and encouraging her to follow her dreams. Former Miss Youth Queen 2013 Shona Clarke was recently crowned Miss Jnr Teen KZN at the Gateway Hotel on Saturday, March 22.The purpose of Miss Jnr Teen KZN comes down to community and charity work. It is who Shona is in her heart, her attitude towards life and the way she cares about people, her involvement in the community and the actions she takes to make a difference. “As a Christian and God-loving child, I have always had a burning passion to help others who are less fortunate, and to inspire those around me,” said Shona.last_img read more

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Existing Home Sales Reach 11Year Peak

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Existing-Home Sales NAR National Association of Realtors 2017-12-20 Aly J. Yale December 20, 2017 592 Views Existing Home Sales Reach 11-Year Peakcenter_img Sales on existing homes reached an 11-year high in November, jumping 5.6 percent over the month. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Existing Home Sales data, about 5.81 million existing homes were sold in that period.November’s existing home sales marked a rise of more than 300,000 for the month, reaching their highest point since December 2006—when sales hit 6.42 million. They’re also up nearly 4 percent since 2016.According to Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, the uptick was likely due to improving economic factors.“Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market, and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end,” Yun said. “As evidenced by a subdued level of first-time buyers and increased share of cash buyers, move-up buyers with considerable down payments, and those with cash made up a bulk of the sales activity last month. The odds of closing on a home are much better at the upper end of the market, where inventory conditions continue to be markedly better.”The median price on existing homes was also up for November, hitting $248,000—a jump of 5.8 percent since last year and the 69th consecutive month of increases. According to Yun, these rising prices, coupled with increasing mortgage rates, could pose an affordability problem for many buyers come 2018.“The anticipated rise in mortgage rates next year could further cut into affordability if these staggeringly low supply levels persist,” Yun said. “Price appreciation is too fast in a lot of markets right now. The increase in homebuilder optimism must translate to significantly more new construction in 2018 to help ease these acute inventory shortages.”NAR’s data also showed first-time buyers and distressed sales down for the month. Distressed sales accounted for just 4 percent of all sales—a dip from the 6 percent share seen just one year prior. It’s the fourth consecutive month distressed sales have dropped.See all of NAR’s Existing Home Sales data from November at NAR.Realtor/Existing-Home-Sales. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >On 20 August 2015, five-star hotel Pan Pacific Perth unveiled the results of their multi-million dollar refurbishment of their Premier Guest Rooms. Pan Pacific collaborated with design company HASSELL for the remodel which saw 124 rooms and eight suites modernized to cater to the needs of modern travellers, each room fitted with an appointed workspace for corporate travellers, up-to-date technology, LED interactive TVs and iPhone docking stations and enhanced internet capabilities.Pan Pacific also announced their ongoing commitment to guest experiences, along with plans to refresh the hotel lobby. Now underway, the refurbishment plans will see the lobby completely modernized.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgIn 2018 there will be just one opportunity for guests to join Ponant‘s extraordinary Sub Antarctic Islands expedition. The unique voyage departs Dunedin 5 January and will explore New Zealand’s fiords and the World Heritage-listed Sub Antarctic Islands. Ponant’s environmentally accredited 200-passenger expedition ship, L’Austral, explores the modern way, in luxury, visiting World Heritage-designated sites, some where access, by permit only, is strictly restricted.Far flung they may be, yet far from barren. These islands, protected by their remoteness, throb with life. Crucial breeding grounds for vast colonies of penguins, home to pods of orcas, seals and sea lions.Guests will wander black volcanic sand beaches on Macquarie Island where 800,000 locals mingle, unconcerned by their presence. Royal penguins are as interested in you as you are in them. Or visiting a small far-flung island, Snares, with more birdlife than that found in the entire British Isles. Perhaps there will be a ‘Day of the Triffids’ moment on Campbell Island when encountering giant mega-herbs characterised by their great size, huge leaves and colourful flowers.“Almost half the world’s albatross and penguin species reside here in a pristine environment where tourism, frankly, does not exist,” observes Ponant Expedition Leader Mick Fogg.Along with Macquarie Island and Fiordland National Park, the Sub Antarctic islands represent the best of the world’s natural heritage, rating alongside the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, Galapagos and Mount Everest – with far fewer visitors.There are no hardships encountered being a modern-day explorer on L’Austral. Instead guests enjoy French luxury and ambience on board one of the world’s youngest fleet of ships afloat, and experience the difference small ship luxury expedition cruising offers.This expedition voyage has been designed for those to whom the essence of travel means being rewarded with rare experiences, sharing the day’s adventures with family, friends or like-minded curious travellers and the stimulation of mixing with informed, passionate speakers and knowledgeable Expedition Team members, all the while travelling in luxury.The 6-night Sub Antarctic Islands voyage departs Dunedin 5 January 2018 bound for the famous Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and then on to Australia’s own Macquarie Island via Snares Islands. This expedition includes Auckland, Campbell, Antipodes and Bounty Islands en-route to Wellington.© Mick Fogg© Nath Michel© Nath Michellast_img read more

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4 things to enjoy when you are in Shanghai

first_imgNext Its streets are lined with old walls that feel cold and ancient even as they carry large neon signs announcing Western luxury brands. And just like the meaning of its name, the place has a way of bringing you to a situation you may not exactly like: Shanghai forces you to open your eyes when you are standing on glass floors on elevation so high it feels like you’re in the sky, teasing you with the thought of the entire city’s beauty spread-eagled – if only you would stop letting your fear of heights torment you. This market’s large outbound travel potential drove Cebu Pacific, one of two local airlines plying the Manila-Shanghai route directly, to trade in April its 230-seater aircraft for the larger 436-seater A330. So, yes, charming Shanghai, with its contradictions and paradoxes, is both the old and the new, its most famous places harking back to its colonial past even while declaring its current Asian powerhouse standing. If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, check out these 4 things that will demonstrate what the contradictions are all about, and why Shanghai is one paradox of an urban paradise. 1. The tallest and the biggestShanghai seems to have a thing for heights and hectarage. It boasts of structures that are so tall and so wide its tourist brochures make a reference point out of these buildings’ height or floor space. 2. Lights and spectacle In Shanghai, it’s all about the lights, be it day or night. Whether you choose to experience the city on water or on land, what you should never lose sight of is the sky during the day and the lights that illuminate it at night. 3. Shopping and food Shanghai has an interesting way of updating its old houses and communities: they convert these into shopping districts or rows of cafés that make it cool to watch a parade of people with pricey designer bags pass by. Out here, they carry signature purses and satchels casually as if they’re just meant to go to the supermarket for milk. 4. History Shanghai has a way of ensuring it preserves its storied past, undisturbed in some instances, as if it’s supposed to stay that way forever. But as a visitor, these are the same stories you try to snuggle into your heart and mind’s storage bins, sort of take home with you. Photos contributed by Nick Olayao Shanghai is a shining, shimmering spectacle, especially at night. Contributed photo Previous HISTORYYu Garden in Huangpu district Also known as the Yuyuan Garden, this is a 400-year-old classical garden that was said to have been built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) by a son to comfort his ailing parents.  It has six areas whose names are just as intriguing as their construction; there is one called The Great Rockery, for instance, and another one called The Exquisite Jade Rock.  These days, it is crawling with tourists who would discover they could get lost in alleys lined by bazaars of crafts and art works.  HISTORYZhuijiaojiao water town in Qingpu district This area is among those around the Dianshen Lake, where they say rice was cultivated thousands of years ago.  The water here is 7 to 9 meters deep, and can be traversed via a gondola ride, which is also a good way to view the town from the water.After you get off the boat, you can continue exploring by going up the Fangsheng Bridge. It was built in 1812 and is said to be the largest stone-arch bridge in Shanghai, resting on five arches, and being about 70 meters long and 5.8 meters tall, according to a local travel website . People love to have their pictures taken on this bridge, which explains the crowd. At the foot of the bridge are rows of shops that sell anything from pork meat to nougat.  HISTORYThe Bund in Huangpu district Possibly among the most famous Shanghai landmarks, the Bund is the iconic waterfront on the western bank of the Huangpu River on whose streets numerous buildings of differing architectural styles have been built since the 19th century.  An attraction is the only bronze statue (not shown in photo) at the Chen Yi Square of Chen, the first communist mayor of Shanghai.  Reminiscent of big statues built for Mao Zedong, Chen stands proudly in his Shanghai square, like an overseer of some sort to the establishments and infrastructures that have come to embody local culture fusion with Western influences. This is not a country a Filipino will be excited to visit weeks after Hong Kong — one of its two special administrative regions — refused an old Philippine diplomat entry. Days before, the same country was embroiled in what has been dismissed as an ordinary maritime incident between Chinese and Filipino fishermen. Against this background, a trip to Shanghai – among four municipalities directly under the central government of the People’s Republic of China – is one that somehow inspires fear and anxiety. Yet Shanghai, China’s biggest city that evolved from being a fishing village to a post-world war treaty port to the home of the country’s stock market, during these nights, is an almost golden, sparkling place that glitters from a distance, as it might have had in the 20s or 30s when people called it Oriental Paris. Its skyline is inviting, pretty much in the same manner that lights would lure moths; the sight could be so seductive it’s enough to melt away a foreigner’s fear and anxiety. Its rivers seem to carry commercial secrets; they flow and snake around shops that sell everything from pig’s innards to the comfort small fishes bring if only you would dip your toes into an aquarium.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Orient Pearl TV Tower in Pudong district  With the spire, this tower’s height is 468 meters. It was built in 1994 and is Asia’s tallest TV tower.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Orient Pearl TV Tower in Pudong district Describing itself as “the only 360-degree, completely transparent observatory in the world,” the glass gallery is a challenge to look at or even step onto, especially if one has fear of heights.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Orient Pearl TV Tower in Pudong district It offers probably one of the best panoramic views of the entire city with its glass-floored gallery from 259 meters above the ground.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Coke Park in the Orient Pearl TV Tower A bonus: On the tower’s lower grounds is the world’s first Coca-Cola-themed restaurant that sells Coke memorabilia, and serves buffet of Chinese, Japanese, and American dishes.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Shanghai History Museum in the Orient Pearl TV Tower  Another bonus when visiting the Orient Pearl TV Tower: the Shanghai History Museum on the tower grounds. It’s like the Madame Tussauds museum in Nanjing Xi Road, but with more wax figures set against life-like dioramas representing about 700 years of history.  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Shanghai Tower in Pudong district This is China’s tallest building, and in the world ranks second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “Twisting to the sky with 128 floors… (the tower) embraces an inner glass facade and a twirling exterior. While inside the tower features nine zones created by the stacking of interior components atop one another, the curved exterior not only provides a unique aesthetic as the third of three skyscrapers in close proximity, but also offers an engineering benefit by reducing wind loads,” Popular Mechanics said about it.  Located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of the Pudong district, the tower is near the Shanghai World Financial Center (leftmost), and the Jin Mao Tower (left of Shanghai Tower).  THE TALLEST AND THE BIGGEST Starbucks Reserve Roastery in West Nanjing RoadUp until the Reserve Roastery opened in Tokyo this year, this Starbucks roastery was the world’s largest at 2,700 square meters of floor space.  Nestled in the HKRI Taikoo Hui mall, the roastery offers an experiential coffee encounter from bean roasting, packaging, to brewing.  This Starbucks attracts long lines, and among its most patronized products are pastries baked onsite.  LIGHTS AND SPECTACLE Huangpu River Cruise in Huangpu district An hour-long boat trip around the 45-kilometer long Huangpu River that is best taken at night, the cruise offers a visual feast of Shanghai’s lighted skyscrapers – from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the buildings of the Lujiazui business district, the hotels near Binjiang Avenue, and the historic Waibaidu Garden Bridge.  Day tours, on the other hand, may be done via double-decker buses that feature sky roofs, and seating with tables, allowing one to marvel at the skyscrapers while sipping coffee. LIGHTS AND SPECTACLE Shanghai Circus World in Zhabei district Try to catch the program “ERA: Intersection of Time,” a 90-minute ensemble performance showcasing acrobatics, porcelain jar juggling, and an 8-motorcycle showdown inside a steel globe (shown in photo). The performance is also a nod to Chinese history, and references modern Chinese achievements such as the Shanghai Donghai Cross-Sea Bridge – the world’s longest sea bridge, the Maglev Train powered by the principle of magnetic levitation, and Shenzhou 5 – China’s first manned space mission. Photo by Arlene Burgos, ABS-CBN NewsLIGHTS AND SPECTACLE Sightseeing Tunnel in Pudong district A 5-minute underground ride that features psychedelic lighting effects as one crosses from Pudong to the Bund.  Fun, if only for the novelty of an underground cable car with man-made light displays.  SHOPPING AND FOODNanjing Road When Shanghai was a treaty port, this was the main road to reach the Bund. Today, it is a 5.5-kilometer row of high-end brands that may well be Shanghai’s response to Fifth Avenue, with the new names standing next to old labels like Cai Tong De pharmacy and Duo Yun Xuan art shop. (Again, contradictions.) SHOPPING AND FOODXin Tian Di in Huangpu district This is history straight out of the 1920s. The alleyways, walls, even the pavements tell a story. A Shanghai-style lane neighborhood, Xin Tian Di was reimagined and converted into a shopping-dining destination in 2001. But traces of history remained, and these appear to be strong drawing points for local and international tourists.  SHOPPING AND FOODFoodPeking ducks and hotpots are par for the course when visiting China. But it may delight you to determine for yourself if these places are indeed the best in Shanghai. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant Sea Palace Floating Restaurant Hai Di Lao Hotpot last_img read more

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Perle Hotels takes ownership of Glencoe House Scotland

first_imgNewerEtihad Airways trains next generation of pilots in Abu Dhabi OlderKoster appointed executive vice president with Virgin Atlantic The Scotland-based Perle Hotels has purchased the five-star Glencoe House Hotel, regarded as one of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels in the Scottish Highlands.The hotel, which has 14 suites, sits in a commanding position overlooking the sea, loch and mountains around Glencoe.Glencoe House was built by Lord Strathcona in 1896 and offers the perfect site for those interested in exploring the stunning highland landscape, getting a taste of walking in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland or even tracing their genealogy. The area is steeped in history and perhaps best known for the bloody massacre in 1692 between the Campbell and the MacDonald clans. The house was purchased by Roger Niemeyer in 2011 and over the last few years he and Judy Pate have lovingly restored and brought this stunning property back to its former grandeur. ADVERTISEMENTAs part of the sale of Glencoe House, all existing employment contracts will be honoured and all staff will continue working for Glencoe House, which will be owned and operated by Perle Hotels.Fasih Rehman, chief executive of Perle Hotels, said: “Glencoe House Hotel and its team are a fantastic addition to our growing hotel group. “We appreciate what a very special place Glencoe House is, but also the very high standards at which it operates now, and we intend to build further on these in the future.”Glencoe and the surrounding area are well known for walking locations such as Rannoch Moor, the Hanging Valley and the beautiful Lochens, not to mention the nearby Ice Factor indoor ice-climbing centre for those wishing to have-a-go at developing their climbing techniques. Perle Hotels currently owns and operates four hotels in Scotland; in Portree, Inverness and Oban. The Marmalade and Bosville Hotels overlook the harbour in Portree. The Perle Oban is located on the harbour in Oban and Lochardil House Hotel is a short distance from the centre of Inverness. Perle Hotels was established in 2014 and has grown rapidly in the past five years.last_img read more

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June 22 2003 SOLERI ART Soleri Art to grace Los

first_imgJune 22, 2003SOLERI ART: ‘Soleri Art to grace Los Arcos’ states the Scottsdale Republic, a special section of the Arizona Republic, on June 17. 2003. Paolo is commissioned to design a sculpture for the Los Arcos Town Center, located on the corner of Scottsdale Road and McDowell in Scottsdale, AZ.In a press conference at Cosanti Paolo was joined by developer Steve Ellman, City Councilwoman Cynthia Lukas and members of Los Arcos Neighborhood Coalition. [Photo:tt & text: sa] Councilwoman Cynthia Lukas approached Paolo about the idea of creating something special for Los Arcos. Quoted from the article, Lukas said: ‘I think we need a new symbol for the community in that area, and this could be that new symbol’. [Photo:tt & text: sa] Developer Steve Ellman hopes to revitalize the mall with potential outlets like Walmart, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s. Again quoting the Arizona Republic article: ‘World-class art and Wal-Mart aren’t usually synonymous’. A first glimpse of preliminary drafts for this sculpture pleasantly startles the imagination, one of Soleri’s life-long traits. [Photo:tt & text: sa]last_img read more

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CMP delegation to engage UK Cypriot community

first_imgA delegation from the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) is currently in the UK for a series of meetings with British officials and members of the Cypriot diaspora.The delegation was received at the Foreign Office on Tuesday.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee Nestoras Nestoros said the delegation updated British officials, including a representative of the UK Ministry of Defence, on the work and progress of the CMP. They also referred to the hindrances they have met in executing their mission.The UK officials extended London’s support for the work of the Committee and offered the assistance of any relevant British public body.The delegation also held separate meetings on Tuesday with the UK Cypriot MP Bambos Charalambous and the pro-Cypriot north London MP Theresa Villiers. They both demonstrated a vivid interest in the practicalities of the Committee’s work.“From our part we discussed with them our plan to make the UK Cypriot community more active and involved in our efforts,” Nestoros said.“There are people in London and elsewhere in the UK of Cypriot descent that have lived through the events that concern us. We are trying therefore, and that is what our visit is about, to locate them. It is clear to us that there are prospects of getting information from the community, without of course forgetting that we need to put pressure on Turkey to contribute to our work,” he added.For this purpose the CMP members also met on Tuesday with the London based body representing relatives of the Greek Cypriot missing persons. A meeting the respective Turkish Cypriot organisation is to be held during Wednesday.Through these organisations and also following their own initiatives, the CMP members have arranged to meet with Cypriots living in the UK who may have some valuable information that could lead to establishing details on the whereabouts of missing Cypriots. These meetings will be held in the remaining week, as the delegation returns to Cyprus on Saturday.The CMP delegation was in Oxford on Monday, where they were allowed to delve into the University’s archives relating to the period 1963-67.At the same time, the Committee’s expert personnel has been looking into the National Archives in the eponymous organisation’s headquarters in southwest London. This research will carry on until the middle of next week. The Committee experts will then move to London’s War Museum to study its archive.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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Compensating provident funds increases systemic risk Fiscal Council says

first_imgThe Fiscal Council said the government decision to increase the compensation to provident funds that lost money in the 2013 banking crisis may be a precedent that could encourage other groups to make similar demands and increase the systemic risk.The council, tasked with monitoring the drafting and implementation of the government budget to avert a repetition of Cyprus’s recent fiscal derailment, voiced concern over the latest decision “to go ahead, in line with political pledges, to increase the compensation to institutional investors,” including pension and provident funds, it said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.The implementation of the decision may lead to an increase of the systemic risk with “incalculable consequences” and also encourage bad practices, the fiscal watchdog added.The council’s position comes as bank workers’ union Etyk stepped up the pressure to have the government increase the compensation to their provident funds further. The government initially agreed to compensate members of provident funds for up to 50 per cent of the losses suffered in the 2013 banking crisis, when depositors at defunct Cyprus Popular Bank lost all their savings in excess of €100,000 while those at Bank of Cyprus saw 47.5 per cent of uninsured deposits converted into equity.Etyk held meetings with politicians in recent weeks, including the secretary general of Akel Andros Kyprianou, the chairman of Diko Nicholas Papadopoulos, and the vice chairman of Solidarity Polys Pallikaros who all pledged to support its demand.Four years ago, the government budgeted €301.9m to compensate provident funds up to 50 per cent of their losses. In July, the government decided to earmark a further €166m to increase the compensation to 75 per cent or up to €100,000 per provident fund member.“The responsibility for the rational and prudent management of institutional investor funds lies primarily with the funds’ management committees,” the council said. “Covering losses by third parties, in this particular case with taxpayers’ money, will terminate the procedure of looking into the possible responsibility of individuals or institutional bodies which failed to act within their mandate”.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 AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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"That doesn’t mean you take wild gambles,’" suspected to be Fulani herdsmen,“started shooting (at the burial) forcing everyone to abandon thecorpses and scurry to safety” According to Mwadkon “while running for dear lives Dantong; theMajority Leader in the state House of Assembly Gyang Fulani; andMwadkon himself were said to have slumped” He narrated “We were at the burial ground preparing to bury thevictims of a massive attack on the villages when the gunmen started shooting forcing everyone to abandon the corpses and scurry tosafety “Everyone was racing away but the Senator slumped first and there was a rush to take him” Jang had reportedly asked Mwadkon to “tell the world exactly whathappened” saying that God spared his life to enable him to relay whathad happened Jang said that Dantong and Fulani lived exemplary lives “I have already visited the families of the deceased and have remindedthem that God is the comforter and will never abandon them’’ Jangsaid The Governor asserted that both Dantong and Fulani gave up theirlives for their people and declared that such a sacrifice would not gounnoticed “They will be remembered for the great sacrifice they made to theirpeople because what happened to them could have happened to anyone Ihave also asked their families never to ask God why He did it becauseHe certainly knows why” he said Commander of the Special Task Force in Jos Maj-Gen Henry Ayoola? Abba Moro; Acting Inspector-General of? distinguished senators and Nigerians, “We sincerely made appropriate and adequate preparations for a hitch -free exercise, was allegedly found sleeping in a vehicle when a Murray County deputy responded to a call about a strange vehicle in a driveway shortly after 1 a. possession of meth precursors, I put that aside and retreated to the safe haven of hockey. I thought of what the future holds for college hockey.

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"At an afternoon news conference, 11. He said, I used to be an incurable optimist but recent events have turned me into a paranoid pessimist and unless we urgently rescue our country back from those who are too short-sighted to see the power and strength in the indivisibility of Nigeria,"Block 9 is really going to have their hands full, according to Keith Leier, the bar of proof is high. nearly 46 percent of charges filed cited disability discrimination, They also offer hands-on cooking classes that cover topics such as nutritious, cloud fluff (mashed cauliflower). Make a happy face using veggies on an English muffin pizza or tortillaTo learn more about the NDSU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program call (701) 780-8229 To learn more about the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program call (701) 231-7254 Info for both programs also can be found at wwwagndsuedu/foodwiseAccording to the criminal complaint in Dakota County District Court Giao Cong Bui 28 told police that the victim had come over to smoke meth with him and his roommate at their home in the 400 block of Walnut Street Sometime around 10 pm.

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