Nominate more officers for training Police top brass told

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has observed that the districts and units are adopting a casual attitude in sending nominations of officers for training or courses. The Training Division of Delhi Police in a circular asked senior officers to send sufficient nominations for the purpose.Sources told Millennium Post that the circular was issued by a DCP rank officer from training division in February. It has been observed that the Deputy Commissioners of Police and Additional Commissioners of Police are adopting a casual attitude in sending nominations of officers for training/courses from their respective districts and units to the headquarters, the DCP rank officer wrote in the circular. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”A great difficulty is being experienced in utilizing the full quota of allotted seats to Delhi Police, due to non-receipt of sufficient nominations from the districts/units,” sources said quoting the circular. It was further written that, henceforth, all districts/units DCPs/Addl CPs should ensure for sending sufficient nominations of eligible officers from their districts/units to avoid future inconvenience in making nominations of officers for the training/courses and to utilize full quota of seats allotted to Delhi Police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It may also be ensured that the nominated personnel attend training. This has the approval of Special Commissioner of Police (training). This may be compiled with meticulously,” sources quoted the circular. The copy was sent to senior officers including all Special CPs, all Joint CPs. According to Delhi Police annual report 2018, the training wing regularly imparts basic, promotional, specialized courses to personnel of various states including Sikkim, Goa, Chandigarh, A&N, Pudduchery, Arunachal Pradesh, etc and other agencies like NIA, SSF, SSB, Parliament Security staff, Customs and Central Excise, Department of Prisons and also Indian Air Force officers. “The trainees are being given classes in Law (IPC, CrPC, Evidence Act, Local and Spl. Law) & D P Act, Police Science, Police Investigation, Behavioural science & methods to combat terrorism, etc. Further, the trainees are made aware of the latest technology and scientific techniques in IT and for that purpose, two computer labs have been established at this institution. To enhance the knowledge about Cyber Forensic Tools, a Mini Cyber FSL has been developed. The participants who come in the courses are given hands-on practical training to 180 know-about-the-methodology about the use of Cyber Forensic Tool.last_img read more

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Morocco New Language Debate Between Islamists and Modernists

first_imgRabat – After the Justice and Development Party produced a draft for a new law concerning Arabic language and submitted it to the house of representatives, “modernists” attempted on Wednesday to pressure the islamist party to withdraw its submission.Causing considerable controversy ahead of the proposed law’s discussion before the relevant committee in the house of representatives, many “modernist” government entities made several calls on Wednesday in an attempt to pressure the PJD to retract its proposal, which aims to protect and improve Arabic.PJD’s new draft law strives to boost Arabic’s status as the official language of Morocco. It aims to promote Arabic as the main language for education, administration and public institutions, as well as general affairs management and public services. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, before the Education and Culture and Communication Committee had held its meeting last Wednesday, many modernist governmental bodies tried to pressure PJD’s officials not to submit the draft.Though it did not identify those government bodies, Akhbar Al Yaoum added, they couldn’t change the PJD’s willingness. In particular, Abdelah Bouanou, the PJD party leader in the house of representatives, submitted the proposal personally to avoid any possible delay.Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Belmokhtar refused to be the PJD’s spokesman during the submission. Instead, Minister of Culture Amine Sabihi represented the Islamist party and delivered a speech to the committee.Sabihi stressed that the Moroccan language policy ”is backed by the constitution, governmental commitments and relevant international treaties.”Talking about the policy to boost the position of Arabic as the official language in Morocco, Sabihi emphasized that this law will “compel educational institutions that receive foreign aid to allocate courses to teach Arabic.”The modernists opposing signs rolled out when Amine Sabihi confirmed that this law will “compel the advertisers to use Arabic in any printed or audiovisual advertising.” Stressing that whoever “violate these items will pay a financial penalty estimated at MAD 50 thousands, (about $ 6,134).”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Morocco to Increase Family Allowances in Public and Private Sectors

Rabat- Morocco’s Minister of Labor and Occupational Integration, Mohamed Yatim, announced the government decision to increase family allowances in both the public and private sectors, at the rate of MAD 100 DH for each child, the state news agency MAP reported. The decision, which comes after its adoption by the Administrative Council of the National Social Security Fund (CNSS), will benefit 387,626 civil servants of the public administration with a cost of MAD 981,062,400 and 68,210 local government officials with a cost of MAD 142 million. In total, the decision will affect 163,202 children, as well as 129,000 public administration employees, for the cost of MAD 320 million, Yatim said, during a speech to the working class on the eve of Moroccan Labor Day, May 1. The Moroccan official pointed out that the government also proposed the creation of a new promotion grade for civil servants, classified in scales 8 and 9, and an increase in the birth bonus from MAD 150 to MAD 1,000, starting July 1, 2018. Regarding the private sector, the minister said that the government is determined to improve the conditions of workers, while giving priority to the most vulnerable categories, adding that the most representative trade union centers and the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco (CGEM) will remain strategic partners in the various social projects.Furthermore, Yatim pointed out that the number of companies affiliated to the CNSS increased in 2017 to 228,000, up from 206,000 in 2016, and that the number of employees registered in the CNSS went from 3.28 million in 2016 to 3.38 million in 2017, representing 83 percent of total employees in both sectors. read more

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Higher Degrees Yield Lower Employment in Morocco HCP Report

Rabat- Morocco’s High Commission of Planning (HCP) recently presented a report on the link between training and employment, in hopes of broadening government awareness about the quality of training and increasing job opportunities in Morocco.In its report, which was postponed from the scheduled launch date on April 18, the HCP explains that the difficulties of domestic job market integration are likely tied to the imbalance between job requirements, quality of training, and the qualifications guaranteed by different diplomas.The HCP traces statistics to the period between the first quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, during which time the country created 116,000 jobs–39,000 in rural areas and 77,000 in cities. These job growth included new employment opportunities in the agriculture and fishing sectors (50,000) and the construction sector (43,000).As a result, the total number of employed people in the country is up to 10,882,000, marking an increase by 6,000 in urban areas.However, percentage share of unemployment in the country increased from 10.5 to 10.7 percent: 15.7 in cities and 3.5 percent in rural areas, which translates 30,000 unemployed individuals in rural areas.As it stands, the economic sector employs two-thirds of the active population, despite declines in employment levels.Meanwhile, employment in trade jobs is estimated by 19.6 percent; 17.8 percent in sectors of healthcare, administration, and education; 17.3 percent in automotive repair services; and 14.0 percent in extractive and manufacturing industries.Education Level and Employment Activity The report reveals higher levels of general education–which typically ranges from elementary school to college–correspond with lower likelihood of employment are, as half of the active population (estimated at 52.2 percent) are not degree holders, compared to the 34.2 percent of unemployed degree holders.Furthermore, the active population is 52.2 percent of the total population, 47.8 percent of whom have received the primary school certificate. On the other hand, 65.8 percent of the inactive population, estimated at 34.4 percent of the total population, are primary school graduates.According to the 2014 General Population Statistics, which maintains a record of graduation rates in Morocco with the aim of providing research facilities, the active population in the country is divided into three categories: unemployed graduates, middle-school graduates who are employed, and highly-qualified post-graduates, which includes masters and PhD degree holders, senior technicians, engineering graduates, preparatory classes students, and well as undergraduates.The unemployment percentage in the highly-qualified category ranges from 15.1 to 22.4 percent: 18.9 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates, 15.9 percent for masters degree holders, 7.7 percent for engineering graduates, and 3.9 percent for medical graduates.Manual Labor Majority on the DeclineRegarding the link between employment and job type, a high majority of the employed population are manual workers in non-agricultural fields, at 72.4 percent.Workers from two job categories suffered a decrease in employment: 20.9 percent of housekeepers and the workplace cleaning staff and 15.1 percent of tradesmen.  Across all sectors, the study details that the demographic of potential workers between the ages of 35 and 44 are the more likely to be employed than those age 15 and 24. read more

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Ukrainian President focuses on sustainable energy in General Assembly address

A new, inclusive approach to the sustainable development of energy is needed to ensure the efficiency and safety of all energy sources, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly today. Addressing the General Debate of the Assembly’s the 68th session, he said the new approach must ensure comprehensive consideration of security, social and environmental aspects, particularly in priority areas such as ecological safety, comprehensive environmental conservation and prudent management of water resources.“Only such approach will facilitate sustainable development of energy, especially as regards efficiency and safety of its nuclear sector,” said Mr. Yanukovych, whose country experienced what is considered the worst nuclear accident in history at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986. The President noted that next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear weapon State. “By ridding the world of its third largest nuclear arsenal, our country made an unprecedented contribution to the global nuclear disarmament,” he added. He added that Ukraine will initiate the holding of a thematic conference on nuclear non-proliferation during the current session.“We keep insisting: security assurances for the States which gave up their nuclear arsenals and countries which do not make part of military unions must be reflected in a legally binding international document,” said Mr. Yanukovych.He also noted the importance of cyber security, which is becoming “more and more urgent” and would require strengthening control over the Internet against criminal use and against “other dangerous, primarily military ends.”He said the UN should lead this process as it is “the best instrument for turning Internet into the space of freedom working in the interests and the benefit of all nations over the world.” Turning to the theme of this General Assembly debate, “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage,” Mr. Yanukovych said: “Ukraine will keep doing diligently its ‘homework’” towards achieving the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the national level.The aim of the high-level debate, which wraps up on 1 October, is to discuss accelerated action towards the MDGs, and to discuss which issues should be included the sustainable agenda that will follow in the years after 2015. Political officials and other Government leaders will also discuss a host of other issues of national and global concern.Among the ways to raise the welfare of Ukrainian citizens, he noted, is the signing this November of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, including the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. read more

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Godfather of mineral resources passes on

first_imgDanie Krige – an international household name to anyone studying or practicing the science of evaluating mineral resources for mining purposes, died recently in Johannesburg. And while his name may not be familiar to many people outside the field, so new and revolutionary were his ideas at the time – applying mathematical statistics to the spatial evaluation of orebodies – that the processes he developed were named after him, becoming known in the industry as ‘kriging’. This technique has helped improve ore evaluation techniques and reduce the financial risk of investing in mining projects.The significance of his work to the global mining industry is difficult to over-estimate; over the years, his work was recognised by such varied sources as Moscow State Mining University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate, and the United States National Academy of Engineering, where he was the first South African ever to be elected a Foreign Associate in Earth Resources Engineering.Back home in South Africa, his original Doctor of Science (Engineering) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand was augmented by three honorary doctorates – from Pretoria University, the University of South Africa, and his alma mater.As recently as last year, he received the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from the South African President, for exceptional and distinguished contributions in business and the economy, science, medicine and technological innovation and community service. The only other mining person to have received this award is now-Deputy President of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, for his contribution during the democratic transformation negotiations.Through his career, Krige received several awards from bodies like the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the US’s Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, the South African Academy for Science and Arts, the International Association for Mathematical Geology, the International APCOM Council (Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry), and the University of Antofagasta in Chile.Born Daniel Gerhardus Krige in Bothaville, Free State in 1919, he matriculated at the age of just 15 from Monument High School in Krugersdorp. By 19, the age at which many people finish high school, he had graduated from Wits University with a Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering.He began his career at Anglo Transvaal (later Anglovaal) in 1938, where he cut his teeth on a number of gold mines doing surveying, sampling and ore valuation. In 1943, he joined the department of the Government Mining Engineer where his work included designing the uranium pricing formula for negotiation with British and American authorities; this laid the groundwork for South Africa to develop a profitable uranium industry in the early 1950s.It was during this time – when he was barely 30 years old – that he began his pioneering work on applying insights in statistics to the valuation of new gold mines, using a limited number of boreholes. Part of his work at the GME involved granting mining leases for gold mines, but he was concerned that deep gold mines were being established on the basis of very few boreholes and without proper scientific analysis of this scant data. The situation posed very high risks to profitability, but there seemed to be no real alternative.Building on the work of fellow-statistician Herbert Sichel, Krige started applying statistics to the data, eventually developing a logical and scientifically based procedure for evaluating the scarce information gleaned from borehole drilling. This was applied not only to new mines but to ore reserve calculations for existing operations, and earned him his Masters degree in mining engineering – also from Wits University.In a seminal 1951 paper published in the Journal of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa, he pursued a statistical explanation of the conditional biases in ore block valuations – the basis for the practice of kriging.Krige returned to Anglovaal as Group Financial Engineer in 1951, where he was responsible for the company’s ore evaluation, mine surveying, financial analyses of mining projects, share valuations and technical computing facilities. During the early 1960s, he implemented geostatistical kriging procedures on Anglovaal’s two large gold mines; this was the first routine application of the kriging of ore reserves in the world.There was particular interest in his ideas from France after some of his papers were translated into French in 1955, eventually resulting in the creation of the famous research centre for ore evaluation in Fontainebleau, Le Centre de Geostatistique de l’École des Mines de Paris.He retired from the private sector in 1981, taking up the post of Professor of Mineral Economics at the School of Mining Engineering at Wits University  until 1991 – where he gave mainly postgraduate courses in geostatistics and mining economics and supervised many Masters and Doctoral theses. His research continued unabated – especially into practical applications of geostatistics in ore evaluation – leading to his publication of some 90 technical papers world-wide over the course of his career.Even after his retirement from academia, he continued with research, lecturing and publications, and consulted in resource/reserve valuation and financial analysis for several local and global mining companies.last_img read more

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Volvo CE enters rigid hauler market with trucks up to 100 t

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) in a long expected announcement says that it will enter the rigid hauler market with its own Volvo brand of rigid haulers in the second quarter of 2018. The development of the new four-model range has relied heavily on the longstanding rigid hauler expertise of Volvo CE’s subsidiary Terex Trucks, combined with the technological strength of the Volvo Group. The range, which will initially be launched in less regulated markets, consists of the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 100-ton R100E.“The E-Series R100E is a completely new Volvo CE 100-ton (95-t) rigid hauler that combines a wealth of market and customer knowledge with proven components, new technologies and a striking new design – all providing a cost-effective and productive solution to fulfil the needs of today’s mining and quarrying customers.”Based on the existing and well-proven Terex Trucks TR-Series, development of the D-Series R45D, R60D and R70D Volvo rigid haulers follows an in-depth engineering review, ensuring that the machines meet the standards expected from Volvo products in their target markets and segments. Improvements include greater visibility and safety systems, along with Volvo technical support andbranding. As a result of the launch of the Volvo-branded rigid haulers, production of Terex Trucks rigid haulers will, over time, cease.“Our purchase of Terex Trucks in 2014 was a strategic decision that allowed Volvo to offer customers a rigid hauler option,” says Thomas Bitter, Senior Vice President of the Marketing and Product Portfolio (MaPP) function at Volvo CE. “Since then, we’ve been working to design a completely new rigid hauler that builds on Terex Trucks’ 84-year heritage, while also incorporating Volvo CE’s industry-leading technology and core values of quality, safety and environmental care. Today we move to the next stage, and the new Volvo machines, especially the E-Series R100E, are the outcome of this work. We’re confident that they will impress customers working in the mining and quarrying segments.”The all-new flagship R100E has been designed to meet customer demands for a rigid hauler that delivers high performance and productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and good operator comfort. With its high capacity and hauling speeds, new V-shaped body, efficient hydraulics, intelligent monitoring systems and operator environment, the R100E will help customers move more material in less time.“Terex Trucks’ rigid haulers are known for performing well in tough conditions, while also being easy to maintain and delivering low cost of ownership,” says Paul Douglas, Volvo CE’s Vice President of Rigid Haulers and Terex Trucks. “Our proven design has provided a strong DNA on which to help develop Volvo CE’s innovative entry into this product line. The new E-Series R100E is a completely new machine that delivers stability, a long service life, high profitability, durability and comfort. And moreover, it’s quick and simple to operate and maintain.”The new Volvo-branded rigid haulers will be manufactured at the rebranded Volvo Motherwell production facility in Scotland and sold exclusively through the Volvo dealer network. “This announcement has no bearing on Volvo CE’s Terex Trucks-branded articulated hauler range. Terex Trucks-branded articulated haulers will continue to be designed, built and developed at the Motherwell facility, and distributed using the pre-existing Terex Trucks independent dealer network.”last_img read more

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Supporting foster kids and those who take them in

first_imgFoster care doesn’t just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in?HOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Paul Cornils, Alaska Youth and Family NetworkAileen McInnis, Alaska Center for Resource FamiliesStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

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From permafrost to polar bears draft report evaluates Alaska gaslines environmental impact

first_imgThe federal agency leading the environmental review of the Alaska LNG project has released a nearly 3800-page draft report on its potential impacts.  If built, it would be one of the largest LNG projects in the world. But along with final federal approval — the state’s project needs customers, investors and financing to be viable. That’s when the state’s gasline corporation filed for its federal permit to build the $43 billion project. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation plans to pipe natural gas more than 800 miles from the North Slope to Nikiski, where it would be liquefied and then shipped off to customers.   Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, have been working in tandem with nine other federal agencies, including the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop the report since 2017 when the state’s gasline corporation filed for a permit to build the $43 billion project.   Staff at the federal agency found that the Alaska LNG project would have significant impacts on permafrost, wetlands and forest, and that it would likely cause problems for the Central Arctic Caribou Herd. Constructing and operating the project would likely affect six federally listed species, including Cook Inlet beluga whales and polar bears. They also said the project could negatively affect housing and public services in some areas.  But they also concluded that the project would have a positive impact on state and local economies. If everything stays on schedule, the federal commission could vote on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s application by June 2020. A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan. For more than 40 years, the state has attempted to develop similar projects to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market. None of those projects have broken ground. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips) That federal agency will take public comments on its draft environmental review through October 3rd. The agency will hold public meetings in Alaska to go over the report, but it has not yet announced the dates or locations.last_img read more

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Thousands Expected in Baltimore Rallies Now Celebratory

first_imgDemonstrators walk down Mangum Street toward the Durham County Detention Center while protesting in solidarity with Baltimore demonstrators, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Hundreds took part in the peaceful protest that began at the Durham Police headquarters and ended at the Durham County Detention Center. (Bernard Thomas/The Herald-Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) A massive march planned for Saturday, May 2 to protest the death of a man in police custody is now being billed as a victory rally after Baltimore’s top prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six officers involved in the man’s arrest.The thousands of marchers who are expected to hit the streets this weekend will now do so to celebrate the decision by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to charge the officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder, and encourage continued peaceful demonstrations.Freddie Gray’s death from spinal injuries a week after his April 12 arrest provoked riots on the streets of West Baltimore on April 27 and quickly became a rallying cry against police brutality and social inequality in the city. Mosby’s announcement on May 1 triggered celebrations on those same streets.Mosby said that after reviewing the results of a police investigation turned over to her just one day before, she had concluded Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified. She said his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he bounced around inside a small metal compartment in the vehicle.The officers missed five opportunities to help the injured and falsely imprisoned detainee before he arrived at the police station no longer breathing, Mosby added. They even rerouted the van to pick up another passenger, she said.The police had no reason to stop or chase after Gray, Mosby said. They falsely accused him of having an illegal switchblade when in fact it was a legal pocketknife, and failed to strap him down with a seatbelt, a direct violation of department policy, she said.Gray’s stepfather, Robert Shipley, said the family was happy the officers were charged, and he reiterated a plea to keep all public demonstrations peaceful.We are satisfied with today’s charges; they are an important step in getting justice for Freddie, Shipley said. But if you are not coming in peace, please don’t come at all.The family lawyer, Billy Murphy, said the charges are a first step but not the last, adding that Baltimore now has an opportunity to set an example for cities across the nation grappling with police brutality.The overwhelming number of people who have protested over the days didn’t know Freddie personally, but the people of Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, and in numerous cities and towns are expressing their outrage that there are too many Freddie Grays, Murphy said. If Freddie Gray is not to die in vain, we must seize this opportunity to reform police departments throughout this country, so there are no more days and times like this.A lawyer hired by the police union insisted the officers did nothing wrong. Attorney Michael Davey said Friday that Mosby has committed an egregious rush to judgment.But for others who saw Gray’s arrest and death as a reflection of the city’s broad social and economic problems, the announcement of charges prompted celebrations in the streets.At City Hall, Andrea Otom, 41, sobbed with something like joy.You have to be able to expect that at some time, the pendulum will swing in your favor, and in the Black community we’ve seen it over and over and over where it doesn’t, Otom said. I’m so happy to see a day where the pendulum has finally begun to swing.Black Lawyers for Justice is expecting at least 10,000 people to show up for a protest rally Saturday in downtown Baltimore.Malik Shabazz, the group’s president, said he expects even more people to show up now that the officers have been charged.Our rally will proceed as a victory rally, he said. It will be a rally for justice and against police brutality.last_img read more

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Luke Treadaway Tipped for 13th Doctor Role

first_imgWhovians wait with bated breath to find out who will play the 13th incarnation of Gallifrey’s Time Lord.Names like Kris Marshall, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, and David Harewood have crossed bookies’ point spreads.But there may be a new contender for the coveted role: Luke Treadaway.Radio Times on Friday cited an anonymous source who said the Fortitude star is “in the race” for season 11 of Doctor Who.The 32-year-old Englishman reportedly caught producers’ attention for his portrayal of scientist Vincent Rattrey in Sky Atlantic’s chilly sci-fi psychological thriller. Treadaway appears alongside big names like Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Dennis Quaid, and the Doctor himself, Christopher Eccleston, who played professor Charlie Stoddart in the first series.A singer and actor, Treadaway won an Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor during his tenure as Christopher in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013. (Current companion Pearl Mackie performed in the West End production two years later.)US audiences, meanwhile, may recognize him from the film adaptation of A Street Cat Named Bob—the true story of how a stray cat transformed the life of busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen.And, look closely and you might spot Treadaway in Clash of the Titans and Unbroken. He was also cast in the National Theatre’s upcoming version of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with Imogen Poots and Imelda Staunton.Since Peter Capaldi announced his departure from Doctor Who early this year, fans have speculated about his successor—to be determined under the leadership of incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall.Treadaway isn’t the ideal candidate for those still holding out hope that the BBC will break its five-decade trend of white-dude Doctor. Headliners like Sacha Dhawan, Fleabag‘s Waller-Bridge, and Supergirl star Harewood may be a better choice.For now, you’ll just have to keep waiting—something Doctor Who fans are getting really good at.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

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Researchers find retinal rods able to detect photon number distribution

first_img(Phys.org)—The eye, whether in humans or other animals, is truly one of nature’s most sophisticated advancements, able to convert light into signals the brain can interpret as imagery, all in real time. Most of the actual work is done at the back of the eye where rods and cones, two types of photoreceptors are located. Cones are primarily responsible for the eye’s sensitivity to color, while rods, which are far more numerous (some 120 million exit in one human eye), are more sensitive to light in general. To find out just how sensitive rods are, researchers in Singapore have been studying single rod photoreceptors taken from an African Clawed Frog, and have found, as they describe in their paper published in Physical Review Letters, that such rods are able to discern and count single photons and are also able to determine the coherence of very weak pulses of light. © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters To study the rods, the team used a tiny pipette that was able to hold a single rod and that also contained a liquid solution that simulated its natural environment to keep it alive. They then placed a very small laser just in front of it and shot the rod with pulses of light. Because the pipette and solution also served as an electrode allowing for measurements, the researchers were able to measure how much current was produced by the rod in response to the pulses of light.Each rod has at its tip a segment that contains rhodosin photopigment, a substance that changes chemically in the presence of light. When no light is present, a constant current of ions flows in and out; when light is detected however, some of the current is altered causing the cell to be polarized resulting in the creation of an electrical signal that is sent via the optic nerve to the brain.In the study, the team fired a rapid succession of laser pulses at the rod and found it able to discern, i.e. measure, individual differences of up to 1000 photons per pulse. They also found that the rods were able to tell the difference between coherent light (the degree to which the waves are in phase) and “pseudothermal” light, where the waves are chopped up by a rotating disk, to such an extent that the researchers believe they will be able to serve as a model for creating highly sensitive artificial detectors.In the end, the researchers found that single rhodopsin molecules are able to interact with single photons, a finding that demonstrates just how sensitive rods truly are; so much so that further studies by the team will look at their use in quantum optics and communication. (Left) Structure of a rod cell in the retina. Photons absorbed in the outer segment cause a rearrangement of rhodopsin molecules, which initiates a sequence of chemical events resulting in excitation of an optic nerve signal. (Right) Microscope image of the fiber taper and a suction micropipette with the constrained rod cell. The cell response to photons is measured with the pipette, which acts as a micro electrode. Credit: Physics Synopsis, DOI: 10.1103/Physics.5.103 Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Researchers find retinal rods able to detect photon number distribution (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-retinal-rods-photon.html Bright lights, not-so-big pupils More information: Measurement of Photon Statistics with Live Photoreceptor Cells, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 113601 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.113601AbstractWe analyzed the electrophysiological response of an isolated rod photoreceptor of Xenopus laevis under stimulation by coherent and pseudothermal light sources. Using the suction-electrode technique for single cell recordings and a fiber optics setup for light delivery allowed measurements of the major statistical characteristics of the rod response. The results indicate differences in average responses of rod cells to coherent and pseudothermal light of the same intensity and also differences in signal-to-noise ratios and second-order intensity correlation functions. These findings should be relevant for interdisciplinary studies seeking applications of quantum optics in biology. 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.last_img read more

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Grecia the toucan with the prosthetic beak now receiving visitors

first_imgGood recoveryGrecia was brought to ZooAve by farmers near the town of Grecia on Jan. 7 last year. At first, caregivers had to manually feed the bird as toucans rely entirely on their beaks to feed and groom themselves.“Grecia was really depressed because of the loss of his beak, but now he is a happy toucan,” Quesada said Wednesday.A toucan beak weighs around 20-25 grams, but Grecia’s new 3D-printed peak weighs just 18 grams. The beak’s light weight has helped Grecia get easily accustomed to the prosthesis, she said.“Just a few days after receiving the prosthesis, Grecia began singing again, something he hadn’t done since he arrived here,” she noted.Grecia is now fully able to feed himself. He also uses his beak to take baths and preen his feathers. “Grecia has perfectly normal behavior,” Quesada said.Nevertheless, the toucan will remain at the zoo since experts believe it would not be able to survive in the wild. Also the prosthetic beak requires periodic maintenance and check ups to verify it is well-adjusted and attached.Plus, ZooAve vets believe the toucan likely lived in captivity prior to coming to the refuge based on some of Grecia’s habits.Veterinarians will remove the prosthesis in the coming months to check the healing process of the remaining part of Grecia’s beak. That section functions as support for the prosthesis that is attached using titanium screws.Next goal: Growing a familyQuesada said that future plans for Grecia are taking blood tests, in about two months, to confirm the bird’s gender.ZooAve veterinarians at first estimated Grecia was a male toucan about nine months old. They postponed the blood tests to avoid more stress to the bird. Quesada said that now that Grecia has recovered most of its normal behavior, keepers have detected some characteristics that indicate the bird might instead be a female toucan.She said that once they can fully determine Grecia’s gender they will seek a partner for him, or her.“Like every living creature, Grecia needs company, that’s a priority to improve his quality of life and we hope that he, or she, can even be able to raise a family,” Quesada said. Facebook Comments After a recovery period of over a year and a half, the famous toucan Grecia was relocated Wednesday to a new cage where the bird will be on public display for visitors ofZooAve animal shelter in La Garita, Alajuela.Grecia’s story made headlines worldwide after surviving an alleged attack that destroyed most of its upper beak. The toucan received a new prosthetic beak in January, thanks to a joint effort that included a crowdfunding campaign and the collaboration of companies in Costa Rica and the U.S.The bird’s story regained notoriety this month with the premiere last Aug. 3 of Animal Planet’s documentary “Toucan Nation,” which tells Grecia’s journey. The film is currently being aired in 170 countries.The 40-minute feature film directed by Tico-Salvadoran filmmaker Paula Heredia will premiere in the U.S. on Aug. 24 on Animal Planet. The channel is promoting the documentary as “a small cry for help that inspired a global movement.”ZooAve manager Magaly Quesada said Grecia is very happy in its new 200-square-meter cage built especially for the toucan. Quesada said most recent visitors to the refuge have asked about Grecia.At 10 a.m. on Wednesday the refuge keepers officially presented Grecia at a special ceremony attended by Environment Ministry officials and school children who presented artistic performances inspired by the toucan, as well as a large number of visitors.Members of various environmental groups also attended the presentation. Grecia has become a symbol of their fight to get an Animal Welfare Bill approved by the Legislative Assembly.The bill currently awaits a second and final round of debate in the legislature. Animal rights advocates are simultaneously collecting signatures to call for a referendum in case the bill doesn’t get approved. Related posts:Disfigured Costa Rican toucan stars in Discovery documentary Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Lawlast_img read more

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The Seattle Art Fair Is Still Kicking How the Event Is Recalibrating

first_imgWant to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. In Seattle’s art world and beyond, the subject of whether or not the Seattle Art Fair could withstand losing its founder, the billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, has been the subject of a great deal of public chatter. Gagosian, Zwirner, and other blue-chip powerhouses all elected to withdraw after the passing of the Microsoft co-founder. The high-profile defections deepened speculation that the event was a “single-collector fair” and that Allen’s ambitious brainchild might well be marching to an early end.This was the backdrop for the opening of the fair at Century Link Field on Thursday afternoon, making this fifth outing—and perhaps the Seattle Art Fair’s most closely scrutinized since its inaugural edition in 2015. With 106 exhibitors, the size of the fair remained largely unchanged, top-notch dealers notwithstanding. According to organizers, attendance this year also matched the previous edition’s turnout.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsThe Seattle Art Fair remains under the management of Allen’s private corporation, Vulcan Inc., which is also responsible for overseeing the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Cinerama, and myriad other initiatives either founded or adopted by Allen’s estate. According to a statement given to artnet News by Greg Bell, Vulcan’s chief curator, the fair will continue next year. Sponsor AIG had already announced that it was extending its support as the fair’s presenting partner through 2021.So, what were the weekend’s festivities like, on the ground? Impressions varied. Critics such as Juliet Helmke of the Observer maintain that the fair endures as “a site for discovery.” But is the thrill of discovery enough to keep it going? Some in attendance told artnet News that the absence of key players directly compromised the fair’s viability as a destination on the global art circuit. Overall, this was a year when the fair felt like it was finding a new equilibrium, reframing its pitch to the art world, locally, nationally, and internationally.Bigert & Bergström, Incubator for Earthquakes (1992). Image: Rain Embuscado.Mutants, Inc.Last year’s edition was highlighted by a program of special projects that included blockbuster battle-bots and perverse visions of present-day dystopias. The fair’s artistic director, Nato Thompson, opted to conjure a markedly more understated tone for his second year at the helm.Patricia Piccinini, The Bond (2018) and The Loafers (2018). Image Rain Embuscado.“I was interested in the ‘post-human’ as a trajectory, so we have more mutants than computers,” Thompson said in an interview with artnet News, citing the wunderkammer, or “cabinets of curiosities,” as the thematic thread tying the fair’s special projects together.Installation view of Stephanie Dinkins’s Not the Only One (2018). Image: Rain Embuscado.Notable highlights among this year’s programming included Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures, The Bond (2018) and The Loafers (2018), which greeted attendees at the venue’s entrance; Stephanie Dinkins’s AI-powered project, Not The Only One (N’TOO), and the performer known as Bread Face’s “Self-Facing” performance series—all of which (sited in their own, semi-defined corners of the floor) captivated, mesmerized, and confounded swathes of spectators throughout the weekend.View of Spectres of the Postnatural: Gynandromorph Butterfly (2019) by Richard Pell. Image: Rain Embuscado.Richard Pell’s “Spectres of the Postnatural” series, which featured images of organisms irreversibly altered by human intervention (and augmented by 3-D glasses), also stood out among the flock.That Thompson infused this year’s edition with interactive displays is, invariably, a nod to his curatorial roots in socially engaged art. In this new, post-Paul Allen Seattle Art Fair, his decision—whether by design or accident—could be registered as a reminder that art can function beyond its monetary dimensions, and engage the audience with important issues.Full Steam AheadSpirits were high among the galleries interviewed by artnet News on opening night, including Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York), Simyo Gallery (Seoul), and Projects Plus Gallery (St. Louis). In an early, promising development, Greg Kucera—a leading figure in the Pacific Northwest’s art circuit—revealed that he had already sold five paintings within the first 45 minutes of the collector’s preview.But by Sunday morning, confidence had dimmed for a number of hopeful dealers. Hannes Kuckei, owner of the Berlin-based gallery Kuckei + Kuckei, concluded that this year’s edition was the weakest he’d seen, attributing the fair’s decline to the absence of household names like Gagosian and Zwirner. Charles Davidson of New York’s Davidson Gallery, who has been an exhibitor since the fair’s debut year, also said he sensed a dip in traction.Other galleries suggested that there were, in fact, gains to be had.Installation view of Takafumi Asakura’s Japanese Ink Painting at Yufuku Gallery’s booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Wahei Aoyama, owner of the Tokyo-based Yufuku Gallery, told artnet News Sunday morning that 11 works had sold since the preview, exceeding both the gallery’s expectations and sales from fairs past. “I think people underestimate the Seattle art market,” Aoyama said. “Some of our clients only come to Seattle. If you want to reach these clients, you have to come to them.”Yufuku Gallery’s story isn’t isolated. Karyn Behnke, director of Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, told artnet News that its solo presentation of Heather Day’s paintings, which ranged from $4,500 to just over $10,000, had nearly cleared out well before closing day. Jessica Shea and Megan Des Jardins of Seattle’s Winston Wächter Gallery also lauded this edition as their “best year yet,” with works by Ethan Murrow, Claire Partington, and Peter Gronquist fetching up to $28,000 apiece.Elsewhere on the floor, Anthony James’s crowd-pleasing, geometric sculptures at Melissa Morgan Fine Art’s booth reportedly attracted the interest of prominent museums and tech firms in the area. Gallery director Alec Longmuir said that the light-based works, which command anywhere from $85,000 to $235,000, depending on size, are slated for larger, public venues across the city of Seattle.“We did great,” Longmuir said. “You’ve got young, up-and-coming money here—young collectors. And that’s a good thing.”Installation view of OHSHIMA Gallery booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Regional InterestsDespite the shifting exhibitor list, most observers interviewed by artnet News emphasized the fair’s relevance to the region’s arts ecology, framing it as an outpost for dealers, collectors, and artists in the greater Northwest—and beyond.“We wish galleries like Gagosian and Zwirner were still coming back,” Seattle-based art dealer Greg Kucera said in an interview. “But the scene goes on without them. It creates a different hierarchy of quality to the fair. It allows northwest galleries to shine.”One northwest exhibitor that returned to the fold for 2019 is the Portland-based Russo & Lee Gallery. According to the gallery’s owner, Martha A. Lee, sales were strong this year, pulling in deals that ranged from $1,200 to $18,000. When asked about the fair’s future, Lee insisted that it was too early to say whether or not the fair was “going to be a ‘regional node.’”Installation view of selected works by Cindy Sherman, Michele Pred, and Katherine Simone Reynolds at the Project Plus Gallery booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Margaret Sherer, curatorial and gallery associate for the St. Louis-based Project Plus Gallery, posits that while the Seattle Art Fair does support regional interests, it also serves as a direly needed opportunity for galleries otherwise overlooked in “fly-over states.”“We’re trying to weed out [events] that are not mandatory to attend,” Sherer said, adding that the cost of attending art fairs has prompted the gallery to reevaluate its financial priorities. “The Seattle Art Fair is still kicking. We’ve been happy with our sales here, and people here are open about the art that’s coming out of St. Louis and the Midwest.”Notably, Sherer disclosed that the gallery’s sales this year included works by St. Louis-based artist Katherine Simone Reynolds, outshining work by other, higher-profile artists represented in the booth, including prints by the likes of Marilyn Minter and Cindy Sherman.Mezzanine view of the Seattle Art Fair 2019. Image Rain Embuscado.Whether the fair will regain the interest of the ultra-high-end tier of galleries is anybody’s gamble. Tapping into Seattle’s cornucopia of tech-driven wealth—long considered the primary lure for art dealers braving the trip—remains a puzzle to be solved.In the meantime, Seattle Art Fair’s director, Max Fishko, sees nothing wrong with keeping things local. “There’s a lot of success to be had by growing in a direction that serves the city,” he said. “We always want to keep the regional focus. Seattle is a great city to be in, and it’s a great moment to be there.”Follow artnet News on Facebook: last_img read more

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Hard time for their crimes

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The two cases were linked and on May 9, the suspects were sentenced in the Ladysmith Regional Court. 32-year-old Mzwakhe Mabaso received six years’ imprisonment, while 33-year-old Dumisani Sipho Ndamande was handed down a sentence of four years in jail. Both were declared unfit to possess a firearm.Constable SG Mabaso, a young detective at Ladysmith Detective Services who investigated the case, welcomed the conviction and sentence. He certainly hopes it will deter people from getting involved in this type of crime. Two men have been sentenced to jail time for housebreaking and stealing another person’s belongings.The men were arrested by police in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 5, for being in possession of suspected stolen property in the form of an old geyser, two wash basins and loose taps, as well as pipes and a door.They were detained and a case of possession of suspected stolen property was opened. Later that same morning, a case of housebreaking was reported to police.last_img read more

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Pro Teck Unveils Appraisal Desktop with Inspection

first_imgPro Teck Unveils Appraisal Desktop with Inspection in Technology Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Pro Teck Valuation Services Service Providers 2013-12-09 Tory Barringer In Massachusetts, “”Pro Teck Valuation Services””:http://www.proteckservices.com/ introduced Appraisal Desktop with Inspection (ADI), a new hybrid appraisal product for home equity and second mortgage lending.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]As a USPAP-compliant desktop appraisal platform, ADI was designed to fill the gap between an automated valuation model with property condition report and a field appraisal. According to a company release, ADI leverages two of Pro Teck’s strongest core assets: the deep experience of its national staff appraiser team and its large national network of real estate brokers/agents.The process begins with one of Pro Teck’s local real estate brokers/agents, who takes photos and completes an inspection of the subject property and neighborhood influences. The inspection continues on to an appraiser who uses multiple listing services and other market data (along with Pro Teck’s local market condition analytics) to determine the most accurate valuation.””For those searching for a valuation product that meets stringent risk and regulatory demands, Pro Teck’s ADI is a safe, accurate, timely and affordable field appraisal alternative,”” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Services. “”The ADI provides a quality valuation in an easy-to-read format with a turn-time of less than five business days.””center_img December 9, 2013 424 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Radisson Blu Hotel Residences Zakopane opens in Poland

first_imgOlderVirgin Atlantic expands bluebiz loyalty scheme in partnership with Air France-KLM Radisson Blu has welcomed the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane at the foothills of the Tatras Mountains in Poland. The first Radisson Blu property to arrive in this popular resort town, the hotel is part of Radisson Hotel Group’s strategic expansion plans for central and southern Europe.Yilmaz Yildirimlar, area senior vice president, central and southern Europe, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re excited to open this iconic landmark in such a charming destination. “We see Zakopane as a promising and powerful driving factor for tourism in the region, as well as for the MICE sector at any time of year. “The hotel is a perfect addition to our fast-growing Polish portfolio, which includes 17 hotels and almost 3,800 rooms in operation or under development.”The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane is the ideal starting point for exploring the architectural style of Zakopane and its legendary Zakopane Style Trail – as well as discovering the mountainous surroundings by hiking through Tatra National Park or sliding down powdery slopes in wintertime.From Kraków International Airport or Kraków city centre, the hotel is easily accessible by bus, car or train.ADVERTISEMENTDesigned with the spirit of Scandinavian styles and inspired by highlander culture, all 158 guest rooms and suites offer modern amenities and soothing interiors that will make guests feel right at home – while featuring panoramic views of the picturesque peaks and skyline. Nino Rosenlund, general manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane, said: “We’re proud to bring a world-class brand to Poland´s premier resort town and we look forward to welcoming our first guests to the new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane. “Leisure and business travellers can expect a memorable stay and enjoy plenty of opportunities for relaxation, high-altitude adventure and fun in the fresh mountain air.” NewerCamilla, duchess of Cornwall, steps in as godmother of Spirit of Discoverylast_img read more

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Expansion of eservices in schools

first_imgExpansion and integration of e-services in education will allow parents to find out online their children’s exam results while students will have online access to their school curriculum and exam schedules at all times, the education ministry said on Wednesday.Parents will also be able to submit various documents electronically and carry out financial transactions with schools.The expansion of online services was announced after the launch of a tender for the purchase of consulting services for the co-financed project “Support Services System”.“This competition marks the start of the implementation of a major project for Cypriot education, which, through an advanced information system, will improve information management and automation of the school’s units to speed up bureaucratic processes, facilitate communication and improve service,” the ministry said.The system is expected to be a useful tool for teachers as well, allowing them to instantly access an interactive scoreboard, real-time student presentations and make applications such as for leave electronically.The ministry said the system will improve school administration as useful statistics on student performance, absenteeism, offending behavior and other issues will be made available.An important feature, the ministry reported, is that access to the system is possible from all kinds of devices like smart phones, tablets and PC’s.The Support Services System project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.With regard to participation in the competition, those interested can find the tender documents on the website http://www.eprocurement.gov.cy.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cypriots more healthy years than EU average

first_imgCyprus is among the European countries with the highest number of years a person is expected to continue to live a healthy life, a new Eurostat report revealed.On a list with the EU member states, women in this country are number four with an average of 68.8 healthy years and men are ranked sixth with a slightly lower number, 67.5 years.Healthy life years, also called disability-free life expectancy, is defined as the number of years that a person is expected to continue to live in a healthy condition. A healthy condition is one without limitation in functioning and without disability.In 2016, the number of years a person is expected to continue to live in a healthy condition at birth in the EU was estimated to be 64.2 years for women and 63.5 years for men. This represented approximately 77 per cent and 81 per cent of the total life expectancy for women and men respectively.The EU country with the highest number of healthy life years in 2016 for both women and men was Sweden (73.3 years for women, 73.0 for men). In contrast, Latvia had the lowest number of healthy life years for women (54.9 years) and men (52.3 years).As in Cyprus, the number of healthy life years at birth was higher for women than for men in 20 of the EU member states.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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