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first_imgzoom The shipping fleet trading in chemical and vegoil markets is set to accelerate at a much faster pace than demand, weakening earning prospects, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Tonne-mile demand is expected to grow at 2.9% in 2017, and the fleet trading in chemicals/vegoils will expand by 9.5% by the end of this year, representing the highest fleet growth observed in recent years.The chemical shipping market is facing severe oversupply because of new deliveries and swing tankers returning to the chemical/vegoils trade and seeking employment in this market.The orderbook still contains 9% of the existing capacity to be delivered by 2021 and the deliveries of MR tankers will also contribute to rapid growth. Even though the Ballast Water Convention will take effect in 2019, any expected surge in demolitions by that time will not be enough to pull the market out of its current gloomy state, according to Drewry.Combined with a bearish outlook for the CPP market, the shipping consultancy expects the oversupply situation to continue for the next two years which will squeeze freight rates on major routes.Tonne-mile demand is expected to edge down from 2018. Organic tonne-mile demand growth is expected to decline from 6% in 2016 to 3.7% in 2017, while inorganic demand is likely to follow the same trend – a fall from 7.3% in 2016 to 1.2% in 2017. As a result, long-haul routes might face challenges in the next few years.“Although vegoil volume will support the market, weak demand for chemical products during the summer lull and the bearish CPP market continue to encourage swing players to return to the chemicals/vegoils market, reducing freight rates and pushing up lot sizes. The effect of the latter will reduce not only the number of vessels needed, but also the opportunity to find cargoes in the spot market,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.“This quarter freight rates on major routes are facing challenges as there are few drivers to prevent the continuing trend of declining freight rates,” Qing added.last_img read more

first_imgCharitybuzz is changing online fundraising by design with the introduction of their first ever curated Fashion Auction, part of this year’s successful Charitybuzz Curates program.As New York Fashion Week pitches its tents, Charitybuzz is showcasing their fall line, featuring bidding opportunities on specially curated experiences and one-of-a-kind luxury items — all to benefit charity. The Charitybuzz Fashion Auction runs August 8-24 at Charitybuzz.com/Fashion.Bidding is now open on one-of-a-kind opportunities like:● Meet Heidi Klum at the Season Finale of Project Runway during NYFW to benefit the Television Academy Foundation ● Meet Christian Siriano with seats to his ready-to-wear show to benefit Delivering Good ● A private cocktail party — for 25 — with Jason Wu at his NYC Studio to support the Dramatists Guild Fund ● Sit down to lunch for 4 with designer Isaac Mizrahi in NYC to benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons ● Tour the VOGUE offices and legendary fashion closet in support of the Girl Be Heard Institute ● Meet Kate Spade CCO, Deborah Lloyd, with tickets to the Kate Spade NYFW show to benefit Fashion Fights Cancer ● Join fashion journalist Jo Squillo at the catwalks of Milan Fashion Week, secure a 1-month internship with Swinger International in Bussolengo, Italy, or enjoy lunch with Ilaria Venturini Fendi at her Carmina Campus headquarters in Rome all to benefit The Wishwall Foundation ● Assist Kelly Cutrone for a day during this year’s NYFW in support of PETA● Tour Zac Posen’s NYC Atelier and attend the ZAC look book photoshoot to benefit the Tribeca Film Institute ● Tour the Glossier showroom and enjoy lunch with CEO Emily Weiss to benefit Vineyard Arts Project ● Sit down to lunch with legendary designer Nicole Miller to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research ● Meet designer Borris Powell in his Chicago showroom in support of Telluride AIDS Benefit ● Celebrate with a private party for 20 at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James in Nashville, TN in support of the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park ● Meet Mara Hoffman with a tour of her NYC studio to benefit The Gathering for JusticeSome of the guilt-free luxury accessories now up for auction include:● One of only 300 1979 White Cadillac Sevilles designed by Gucci to benefit the Malaika Foundation ● An iconic Cartier 18K yellow gold panther link necklace to benefit American Friends of Soroka ● A Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired vintage leather jacket hand embellished by Rocky Barnes in support of Heal the Bay ● A custom-made Atelier Savas Leather Jacket & meeting with designer Savannah Yarborough to benefit Nashville’s Musicians CornerThe chance to attend all of this season’s best shows and presentations are also up for charitable auction including tickets to presentations by Rosie Assoulin, A Detacher, Naeem Khan, Tanya Taylor, and Nina Tiara to support Fashion Fights Cancer, Shahida Parides in support of The Wishwall Foundation, and Tracy Reese to benefit the Public Relations Society of America Foundation, among others. Additional fashion show experiences will be added throughout the auction.The Fashion Auction is the fourth in a new series of specially curated auctions hosted by Charitybuzz to help nonprofits raise even more money for worthy causes all year long. The remaining 2017 schedule includes Charitybuzz Curates: Hollywood – October 3–19, and Charitybuzz Curates: Entrepreneur – November 1–16.This year’s first three curated auctions, Charitybuzz Curates: Music, Charitybuzz Curates: Golf, and Charitybuzz Curates: Broadway have raised in total more than $1.2M for nonprofit partners.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Engineering firm Stantec Inc. says it has launched a strategic review of its water and wastewater contractor business.A strategic review is often used by companies considering the possible sale of a business.MWH Constructors, Stantec Treatment and Slayden provide construction and construction management services on mainly water-related projects.The company acquired Constructors as part of its acquisition of MWH Global in May 2016.The business predominantly operates in the United States and the United Kingdom.As part of this review, Stantec says it will evaluate a range of strategic options to optimize the value of Constructors.Companies in this story: (TSX:STN)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The headlines in an earlier version did not specify it was the water contractor business.last_img read more

The UN Mission in the two countries, known as MINURCAT, took over the military and security responsibilities of European forces (EUFOR) at midnight local time on Sunday.In a press statement read out by Ibrahim Dabbashi of Libya, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, the 15-member body commended the European Union (EU) for its support to UN activities in eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR.The statement also lauded the EU’s contribution “to the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance and the security and stability in its area of operation.”In January, the Council approved the deployment of over 5,500 blue helmets – 300 police officers, 25 military liaison officers and 5,200 military personnel – with MINURCAT to replace EUFOR, which has been in place since March 2008.Currently, the Mission is composed of some 300 uniformed personnel, mostly police, plus some 325 international civilians.Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur war, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. Northern CAR has also been affected by a spill-over from the Darfur conflict as well as by other armed groups.The transfer of authority was marked by a ceremony, attended by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy, in the Chadian town of Abéché, where MINURCAT is headquartered.During the event, EUFOR Force Commander General Philippe Ganascia handed over command to MINURCAT General Elhadji Mouhamadou Kandji. Troops from countries such as Albania, Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, and Russia were re-hatted, while troops from Togo and Ghana have recently arrived to take up their duties. Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Norway and Uruguay, among other nations, have committed to sending troops to MINURCAT.Today’s Council statement welcomed contributions made by UN Member States to MINURCAT’s military and police personnel, and also expressed its satisfaction for the completion of the deployment of the MINURCAT-trained Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS), a special unit composed of Chadian police and gendarmes responsible for the protection of refugees and IDPs in eastern Chad.It also stressed “the importance a further improvement of regional relations, in particular between Sudan and Chad.” On Sunday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is “confident” that MINURCAT “will build upon and strengthen EUFOR’s military achievements while continuing to execute the full range of its mandated tasks, including to contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law and to support the development of the [DIS] deployed in eastern Chad,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. 17 March 2009The Security Council today welcomed this weekend’s successful transfer of authority from European forces to United Nations peacekeepers in the war-torn nations of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

A 67-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Haldimand County on Tuesday afternoon.The man was driving a cement truck eastbound on Concession 11 Walpole near Hagersville when the truck rolled into the ditch trapping him inside. Haldimand firefighters extricated the man from the vehicle. He was transported to area hospital before being air-lifted to a Hamilton hospital.Haldimand OPP say the cement truck was fully loaded at the time. It’s unknown why the truck left the road, said police.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information to assist with the investigation to contact them at 1- 888 – 310 – 1122. read more

first_imgTim Cook followed the classic Apple event playbook on stage today, starting off with some updates about the company and moving directly to the unveil of the iPhone 5S.As this is an “S” release year, there was an expectation that the outside of Apple’s latest smartphone would be very similar to the iPhone 5. As Apple’s Phil Schiller explained, that is not exactly the case this year. In fact, he calls this the most forward thinking phone anyone has ever made. The high grade aluminum and chamfered edges now comes in three different colors, which had been expected for a little while not. The Space Gray, Silver, and Gold variants of the iPhone 5S look similar to its predecessors, but there’s plenty of subtle differences inside and out.For starters, the iPhone 5S is built on a new 64-bit chip, unsurprisingly dubbed A7. This will be the first phone to sport a desktop 64-bit architecture in the mobile space, and iOS has been optimized to take advantage of that. Apple’s apps inside of iOS will also be 64-bit, and developers will be able to update their apps to support the new architecture shortly. Schiller explains that the new processor will be twice as fast as the iPhone 5, with GPU enhancements reaching 56x increase in performance. OpenGLES support has been added to iOS 7 as well, and Apple brought Epic Games out on stage to show this off with an Infinity Blade 3 demo. Alongside the new 64-bit processor is a new motion processor Apple is calling the M7. This processor will be what monitors motion, gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer. Apple plans to make this available to developers with a new suite of APIs to make apps based on contextual awareness and user movement. Naturally, it’a ll tied into GameCenter.The Camera on the iPhone 5S got a bump as well, with a new larger aperture and 1.5 micron pixels on the phone. This points pretty clearly to a better overall image and new features in the iOS camera app to help take advantage of this. Of the many features on the new camera app, burst shot and 120fps at 720p slow motion are some of the more impressive. The flash on the iPhone 5S has been improved as well, offering a pair of LEDs to try and offer the right light tone when enhancing your photos in lwo light. The flash on this iPhone is apparently cappable of 1,000 unique lighting variations based on your environment. Apple has performed a huge leapfrog over the many camera advancements that have been made by their competitors over the last year.Security took up some time at the Apple event as well. Passcodes are cumbersome to set up and use, so Apple put a fingerprint sensor in their new phone with a service called Touch ID. This sensor has a 500 ppi resolution and scans multiple skin layers for verification. The sensor is built right into the home button, and does not interfere with the home functions that have been there from the beginning. Touch ID can be used to secure your iPhone 5S just by pressing the home button. This secure authentication is deployed throughout the OS, so you can use it to purchase things from iTunes instead of entering your password. Touch ID can support multiple fingerprints, and appears to be able to recognize your thumb from multiple angles.Apple claims the iPhone 5S will sport 10 hours of LTE and WiFi browsing time, with 10 hours of 3G talk time and video playback. Standby for the phone is expected to be 250 hours, so the phone is likely to get you through a whole day depending on how extreme your usage is. Apple will be selling the 16GB iPhone 5S for $199, with 32GB and 64GB models available for $299 and $399.last_img read more

TCI Letter to the Editor HMP Inmate bemoans prison conditions calls for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Date:19th February, 2018 Subject: Constitutional infringements as it relates to parole and other wise. Sir Your Excellency,After careful review of the parole ordinance I am left with a heavy heart and great concern that the process which was instituted to benefit inmates serving custodial sentences at H.M Prison, Grand Turk in being subverted by the nonchalant approach to the parole process by the very members appointed to the board and others responsible for providing necessary reports.I am of the impression that the board should be meeting at least three(3) times a year. However, for the past five(5) years now the parole board has been having one(1) meeting per year and using the tardiness of social services as an excuse not to have the meeting when scheduled.At present there are seventeen(17) inmates eligible for parole. My name along with George Munroe, Louis Francis and at least two(2) others should be at the top of the list but have been mysteriously left out. Friday February 16th the board scheduled to meet and consider six(6) applicants, leaving eleven(11) eligible inmates wondering when the next meeting will be held and hoping it will be before next year February. Meanwhile every month other inmates will become eligible and are left wondering when or if their applications will be heard. During the last year ten(10) or more eligible inmates completed their sentences without ever having their parole applications heard which is a violation of their constitutional Rights.Among the inmate population there is a fear of victimization, which is why there are not more inmates speaking out about the advantage that is being taken of us. However, I feel that to not let my voice be heard would be a greater of injustice and counter productive to all I’ve been working towards for the past ten(10) years, and indeed all we as inmates work towards.  Personally and as a population of inmates, we feel that the parole board is functioning neither effectively nor efficiently and is in fact in jeopardy of being in violation of serious constitutional infringements.Please sir, I do not want to be misunderstood, even though mine is the only name affixed to this letter; I am only the voice speaking out in conjunction with other inmates who find themselves in similar situations. After serving ten(10) years of a twenty(20) years sentence with three(3) years left to completion. I’ve gone from sleeping the first year away to teaching computer applicants/applications and serving meals simultaneously for four(4) years then moving to maintenance where I’ve been called to do everything, from running telephone and cable wires to draining the sewage system regularly. I was denied parole without explanation in 2016 along with Louis Francis and George Munroe and we all should have been called back for reconsideration last year but we were not recalled at the only meeting in January, 2017. So the systems that is suppose to motivate inmates to be industrious and better themselves while serving their sentences is nonfunctional despite continual prompting and admonitions from the Prison information desk(PID).In addition my earning potential ended after my second year, so for the past 8 years I’ve been earning nothing in working with a hope for parole as is the case with all inmates serving any sentence more than 2 years being that our release allowance stops at 750 dollars and the greatest earning potential is set at $2 per day. Again after careful review we are of the opinion that there has been a serious misinterpretation of the present ordinance in reference to inmates release allowances and relationship to and inmates earning potential for certain works performed.Morale within the inmate population is very low and our collective belief is that while the parole ordinance is clear on procedure and the criteria for eligibility, the board seems to be continually getting misconstrued and these should be misconstrued and there should be a review or inquiry into the parole process.Prison has become a place of punishment only where inmates are being harassed instead of rehabilitated, and those with the desire to change are left to motivate themselves and find they’re own way out of the revolting doors; instead of being an effective institute for skills training and crime prevention. We know sir that the prison comes under on of the government ministries, however we are also well aware  that the governor has oversight of the Prison.Myself along with several other inmates have long met the criteria for parole. We have been Industrious, of good behavior and have earned responsibilities integral to the daily smooth operation of the prison. Yet there is no recompense and no programs to motivate inmates towards reforming themselves.It is a sad state of affairs  we find ourselves in here at H.M Prison Grand Turk as inmates, therefore we are left with no other recourse but to bring our plight  ultimately to you the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and appeal to the humanitarian we believe you to be while simultaneously notifying the Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Hon. Delroy Williams Minister of Home Affairs, Ms. Sabrina Green Commissioner of Human Rights Commission and Mr. Leo Missick Chairman of visiting committee of our concerns.We are left now with only the belief that supplications have made it to the right people and further communication can take place in the future.Thank you for your time and consideration.Most respectfully yours indeed..Elvanthan HandfieldInmate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales – To:His Excellency The Governor Dr. John FreemanWaterlooGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islands From:Inmate Elvathan HandfieldH.M PrisonGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islandslast_img read more

Almatti dam water released may ease Maharashtra flood woes

first_imgMumbai: The grim flood situation in south-west Maharashtra that left at least 37 people dead, is expected to ease with the Karnataka government releasing around 480,000 cusecs of water from Almatti dam on Friday, an official said here. The Maharashtra government had made several pleas to the Centre and Karnataka for release of Almatti dam waters to help ease the flood situation in Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara and the surroundings that have been lashed by incessant rains since the past over one week. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us “Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediurappa informed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today that the water discharged from Almatti dam has been increased to 480,000 cusecs,” said an official. Maharashtra had demanded the release of at least 500,000 cusecs water from Karnataka to mitigate the flood situation in the state, where over 2.85 lakh people have been displaced and massive rescue efforts by multiple state and central agencies are underway. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Senior Congress leader Nana Patole attacked Fadnavis for mishandling the crisis and for the delay in taking up the issue of Almatti dam water release with his Karnataka counterpart. “If the CM had taken up the issue of Almatti dam water release well in time with the Karnataka CM, the flood situation in Maharashtra would not have been so severe nor would have so many lives been lost and lakhs displaced,” Patole said. Advertise With Us Referring to Fadnavis’ statement that “a national calamity” would be declared at an appropriate time, Patole asked: “Has he not seen the colossal tragedy and loss of lives with his own eyes? What ‘muhurat’ is the CM waiting for to declare this a national crisis?” In another development, Kolhapur Collector Daulatrao Desai informed that the water level in the overflowing Panchganga dam had receded by two feet, which would improve the flood situation in the region. “So far, we have evacuated 1,11,365 people or 23,889 families from 239 villages and rescued 24 stuck in Chandgad. We have also received 69 tonnes of petrol and 31 tonnes diesel, which is being used for the vehicles or boats engaged in the rescue efforts. More will be procured by air if needed,” Desai said. In New Delhi, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai reviewed the flood situation in different parts of the country, including Maharashtra, said an official. The meeting assumes significance against the backdrop of the India Metrological Department (IMD) warning that besides Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are expected to get heavy rain in the next 24 hours. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) informed Rai that 83 teams have been deployed in flood-hit areas of the four affected states, besides 173 teams of Indian Army, Navy, Air Dorce and Coast Guard. Earlier, Konkan Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaiskar informed that out of the 30 casualties in Maharashtra, the highest — 12 persons — perished in Sangli, 4 in Kolhapur, 7 in Satara, 6 in Pune and one in Solapur in various flood-related incidents. The NDRF recovered 7 more bodies on Friday. At least four-five persons are still missing from Thursday’s boat tragedy in Brahmnal village in Sangli where a Gram Panchayat’s overloaded rescue boat capsized, drowning 12 persons. With overnight rains subsiding, the waters have started receding in some parts of the worst-hit localities giving relief to the residents and rescuers, though the IMD has issued red alert for heavy rains in Pune, Sangli, and Kolhapur over the next couple of days. Another 12 Indian Navy teams left reached Sangli by road on Friday to join the rescue efforts. After conducting an aerial survey on Thursday, Fadnavis had said that an estimated 29,000 people still remain marooned in floodwaters in these districts. The floods have also had a fallout in urban centres like Mumbai, Thane, Pune and other cities, which are now witnessing a shortage of essentials such as milk, fruits and vegetables. The prices of several items have shot up with ginger selling above Rs 325 per kg, coriander priced at nearly Rs 400/bunch, tomatoes selling between Rs 70-100/kg and chillies priced for Rs 300/kg. Urban business centres like Mumbai and Thane (city) are completely dependent on the adjoining districts of Thane, Palghar, Nashik for vegetables and Ahmednagar, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur for the supply of fresh fruits and milk. However, with areas cut-off, the flow of these items to Mumbai has been erratic creating problems for transporters and the urban consumers alike. Alternative arrangements are being made for milk from Gujarat and vegetable supplies are being augmented from Palghar, Thane and surroundings.last_img read more

first_imgDomestic telecom operators including Reliance Jio, which will launch its services next year, have ramped up recruitment in the past few months as they compete to for a share in the 4G services market.While Reliance Jio has reportedly increased its staff from 700 employees in 2012 to 17,500 by March this year, Idea Cellular recruited 2,700 people in the first nine months of the current fiscal, compared to 1,500 in the same period last year.The telecom sector is estimated to generate another 20,000-30,000 jobs in the next 4-6 months, according to employment consultancy firm TeamLease.”From a lull period following the cancellation of telecom licences in 2012, hiring has shot up and this is the highest we have seen since new licences were issued in 2008,” said Arpita Pal Agrawal, leader-telecom at PwC India.While Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have already rolled out 4G services, the commercial launch of Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries (RIL), is expected to happen next fiscal year.All major operators have invested massive amounts towards building infrastructure and purchasing spectrum needed to offer 4G services.In November, Sunil Mittal, chairman of India’s biggest telecom operator Bharti Airtel, had said the company was looking to increase its investment and buy spectrum from other operators.Bharti Airtel will spend $3.5 billion in the current fiscal year, nearly $750 million more than it invests usually, to boost its 4G plans, Mittal said.Meanwhile, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles — Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) — from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore in November. The deal had raised eyebrows of industry watchers, as the transaction amount was double the price of spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.Idea, India’s third-largest telecom carrier, had said it would use spectrum bought from Videocon to roll out 4G LTE services in the two circles.On the other hand, Ambani’s Jio has already spent Rs 1 lakh crore in the venture and plans to invest more. It is reportedly aiming to acquire 10 crore subscribers in the first year of its launch.”Focus on rural penetration, Jio’s launch and hiring within sector have forced telecom firms to create benches and that means more recruitments,” The Economic Times quoted Santrupt Misra, directorgroup HR at the Aditya Birla Group, as saying.Misra expects Idea to hire 2,500-3,000 people next year.last_img read more

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal no 3

first_imgHeavy rains likely. File PhotoThe low over northwest Bay and adjoining areas now lies over Gangetic West Bengal of India and adjoining areas of Bangladesh, says a special bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department on Tuesday.Under the influence of the low, deep convection is taking place over North Bay. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining Coastal areas of Bangladesh.The BMD bulletin advised the maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no. 3.It also asked all the fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.last_img read more

After UK Election The Only Certainty In Britain Is Uncertainty

first_imgAndrew Milligan/APBallot boxes are emptied to be counted for the general election in Glasgow, Scotland.Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a brave face on the disastrous results of Thursday’s vote.After calling a snap election in April in anticipation of a landslide, she ended up with an electoral train wreck, in which her Conservative Party actually lost its parliamentary majority. It now holds 318 seats.Clinging to power, May said the Tories would form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats.“What the country needs more than ever is certainty,” she said.Now, though, the political landscape of the United Kingdom and the country’s path toward leaving the European Union seem more unclear than ever.Front and center among many questions facing May’s new government is the matter of Brexit. Negotiations with the EU are scheduled to begin later this month.“The irony of this is that Theresa May is calling this a certainty government and talking about how it’s delivering certainty,” said Brian Klaas, a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. “I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take.”May has been pressing for a so-called “hard” Brexit, which would include leaving the EU’s massive collective market and no longer allowing EU citizens to live and work freely in the United Kingdom. Some members of Parliament in May’s Tory party and the rival Labour Party favor a softer Brexit, in which the U.K. might maintain a much closer relationship with the EU.Analysts say May’s electoral debacle could reopen what had seemed largely a closed debate — both with pro-EU members of Parliament trying to take advantage of the prime minister’s weakness and Euro-skeptic government ministers threatening her if she dares water down a Brexit deal.“Everybody is positioning themselves,” said Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at Kings College London. “Remember, both parties are divided.” It’s hard to predict how they’ll react, he says.For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it.“I think the Conservative party as a whole is reluctant to get rid of Theresa May now because it would mean a leadership election, it would mean stalling on Brexit talks,” Menon said. “But at the same time, she’s very, very weak. So whether they can hold a weak leader in place — tactically, as it were — until they are ready to move, I don’t know.”In Brussels, home of the EU, there was a mix of puzzlement, confusion and frustration over the chaos of British politics.Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the U.K. has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU — which is considered a gargantuan task.“We don’t know when Brexit talks start,” Tusk tweeted. But “we know when they must end. Do your best to avoid a ‘no deal’ as result of ‘no negotiations.’”Given May’s diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and – by extension – the Brexit negotiations.“How do you negotiate when you know that the position of the partner that you’re negotiating with is extremely weak?” says Klaas of the London School of Economics.Some in Brussels may see this as an opportunity to drive a hard deal and dictate terms, Klass believes, while others may worry a weak prime minister won’t be able to get parliamentary approval for a tough deal.If all this uncertainty weren’t enough, the Labour Party, which won 261 seats in the election, has its own divisions to deal with. And the relationship between the Conservatives and its minority government partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, also remains unclear.The DUP is skeptical of Europe and is pro-Brexit. But it is also deeply worried that splitting from the EU will mean a return to a hard border across Ireland that could create economic and even political problems.With the DUP providing the Conservatives a narrow, but crucial, majority in Parliament, it could have an outsized influence.At a press conference today, DUP leader Arlene Foster was vague about a working relationship with May’s Conservatives.“The prime minister has spoken with me this morning,” Foster said. “We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the Volante mob. When her best friend turns up dead in a dumpster behind the Chinese Theater, Dolores starts her own investigation of the “April Fool’s Killer.” As she gets closer to the truth, Dolores will go up against the studios, the corrupt homicide division, and even her own gangland contacts – and uncover a scandal that shakes the very foundations of Tinseltown.”Angel City: Town Without Pity is everything a crime thriller lover would delight in. This comic keeps you guessing until the very last moments. It’s truly a one of a kind gem that everyone should get ahold of.ANGEL CITY: TOWN WITHOUT PITY(W): Janet Harvey (A): Megan Levens C): Nick Filardi (L): CRANK!I’m in love with true crime. That shouldn’t have been the first sentence coming into this review, but it’s true. Stories set in the ’30 or ’40s classic Hollywood era bring me in everything, but that might also the film nerd in me arising as well.There was an alarming and hefty amount of stories that go unnoticed and unheard from that time. In a time where everything was corrupt, morality was slim to none, and nothing was off limits, it became an era that hurt more than helped. Angel City: Town Without Pity takes all of what happened back in the days (and even now) and brings it to us in a crime caper riddled with intrigue, determination and pure guts in the face of absolute corruption.via Oni PressJanet Harvey invokes so many different types of stories to make this vision a reality. Her writing’s so well crafted and suspenseful. It’s bound to keep your fingers turning to the next page to know what happens next. Angel City reads like a neo-noir it almost reminded me of films like Double Indemnity, The Third Man, Chinatown, and more.The comic reads as a throwback to different crimes and events that happened, but retelling it in a way that’s fresh, vibrant and well done. For example, the crime itself committed by the April Fools Killer is almost reminiscent of the Black Dahlia’s murder in the 1940s. The studio system of corruption, gangsters, “models” and greed all call back to MGM’s double dealings in stories such as Girl 27. It’s such a significant piece of history told in one story.With Harvey’s words comes Megan Levens fantastic art. Her cartoon style is a match made in heaven for this comic. A brilliant thing to notice about Megan’s art is that her line work carries a lot of emotion, in particular on the faces of the characters that bring out their sadness, happiness, and any other type of emotion you can think of.However, with Megan’s art in full focus, Nick Filardi’s colors make this comic what it is. Filardi takes Levens’ lines and creates a superb noir tone. He makes the comic gritty, emotional and a bit raw. CRANK! rounds out this phenomenal team with unique lettering that hits with this comic so wonderfully.via Oni PressYou’ll want to get your hands on this comic. I don’t think I can recommend it enough. It has excellent characters, intense suspense, a crime of the century and so much more. Also, make sure you read the last few pages of Angel City: Town Without Pity for some of the remarkable histories that inspired this story. This book is out now digitally or in print.8/16/17 Releases – In addition to Angel City: Town Without Pity, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Gotham City Garage #1 by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (W), Brian Ching (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), Rafael Albuquerque (CA) DC ComicsSpy Seal #1 by Rich Tommaso (W, A ,CA) Image ComicsGenius Cartel #1 by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (W), Rosi Kampe (A) Image ComicsPlanet of the Apes Archive Vol. 1 by Doug Moench (W), Mike Ploog, Tom Sutton, Herb Trimpe (A) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Farooq Entire Indian forces cant defend against terrorists

first_imgAsserting that the entire Indian security forces would not be able to defend the nation from terrorists, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday called for a dialogue between the India and Pakistan to end violence at the border.“For how long do we want to see innocents being killed (in the border areas)? How much the army can defend us? Even if the entire Indian Army comes then they will not be able to defend against the terrorists. There is only one way and that is to talk to them,” Abdullah said at a press conference here. The former state chief minister also reiterated his earlier stance that PoK belonged to Pakistan and that India should be content with Jammu and Kashmir, saying that both nations do not have the courage to take each others’ territories. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Farooq Abdullah will say this again and again. Not for the last 15 years but ever since I entered politics, I have never felt that these two sides can be united. Neither do we have the courage to take their territory, nor do they have the courage to take ours. We are also a nuclear power; they are also a nuclear power,” he said.Abdullah said that dialogue is the only way forward for a resolution to the Kashmir issue. “Ever since I came into politics, I have always said that this state (PoK and J-K) can never become one. Neither do we have the power to take back their part (PoK) nor have they (Pakistan) the power to take our part; we are a nuclear power and they, too, are,” he said at a discussion by civil society to explore the ways for bringing peace and reconciliation between the two countries.last_img read more

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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February 12, 2013 — Cloud computing has the potential to revolutionize healthcare administration by allowing providers to access information from a patient’s medical file at anytime from anywhere, and that means patients receive better and more efficient quality care.“Everything in healthcare today is so dependent on computers, and cloud computing is the repository for all of these transactions,” says Suzanne Richins, DHA, MBA, FACHE, RN, chair of health information management and healthcare administration at American Sentinel University. “Cloud computing benefits nurses at point of care because no matter where the patient has a diagnostic test, the cloud ensures that data is available everywhere.”The “cloud” is an intangible but ubiquitous presence in our tech-laden lives, allowing healthcare professionals to access all patient data across multiple devices and from any location with an Internet connection.As an information technology (IT) strategy, cloud computing took the business world by storm, allowing companies to store massive amounts of data virtually, rather than making a huge investment in developing and maintaining their own information system storage. Yet, healthcare has been a relative latecomer to cloud computing, largely because of the industry’s unique data security, regulatory and patient privacy concerns.“Laws require protection of pertinent information to ensure both confidentiality and privacy, and before a healthcare organization contracts with a cloud organization, management needs to ensure that the cloud can meet the requirements of both HIPPA and meaningful use,” says Richins.The mandate to widely adopt electronic medical records (EMRs), however, is expected to change that, and a recent report by research firm MarketsandMarkets projected healthcare-related cloud computing will become a $5.4 billion global industry by 2017, encompassing both clinical and nonclinical applications.Healthcare Benefits from Cloud ComputingThe most significant benefit cloud computing offers healthcare is data access. When patient information is stored in the cloud, providers can access lab results, imaging scans and other pertinent test results at anytime and in any place, allowing for improved care coordination and better decision-making.“As the move toward accountable care organizations (ACOs) drives the need for a better flow of information between primary care providers, specialists and case managers, clinical use of the cloud is likely to expand to include mobile applications that deliver data to tablets and smart phones,” adds Richins.Most importantly, cloud-based platforms can allow collaboration between providers in real-time from nearly any device that can connect to the Internet, so healthcare organizations can manage data with more agility when working in the cloud.Cloud Computing at the BedsideCloud computing benefits IT staff, nurse informaticians involved with EMR implementation and even the hospital’s bottom line. But Richins points out that healthcare will start seeing innovative, cloud-based applications that benefit nurses and patients at the point of care.One example is Ultimate Caregiver, a nurse call system which merges pull cord technology with the power of cloud computing and mobile devices to allow for wireless paging and generated staff response reports. When a patient rings for a nurse, the call signal is processed in the cloud and alerts are sent to nurses in the form of texts, e-mails, pages or phone calls. This allows nurses to be more efficient on the floor, as the closest staff member can respond quickly to the patient and no one is tied to a nursing station to track patient call signals.The use of cloud computing will also have a positive impact on career nursing opportunities in nursing informatics.Richins notes that all third-party payers, including the government, require reporting of quality measures, and nurse informaticists are responsible for analyzing the data for reporting to these organizations.“Nurse informaticists are critical to identification of problems, the root cause and identification of solutions, and now that the payers do not reimburse for certain diagnoses, readmissions and hospital-acquired infections, nurse informatics are critical to the process as all decision-making requires evidence that comes from the data,” says Richins.Cloud-based computing is also a boon to home health nurses, giving them easy access to accurate data, allowing them to document visits and update charts in real-time and freeing them from the cumbersome daily synchronization routine.Richins notes that healthcare is in need of nurses who can analyze technologies from both the bedside and IT perspectives. “Health informatics is the new frontier of healthcare and one of the fastest growing fields today. Nurses with a nursing informatics specialization will be in high demand to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery,” says Richins.She points out that while opportunities in nursing informatics are plentiful, nursing informatics is not an entry-level career. “RNs who find work in this specialty typically have several years of experience and professional education in both information systems and nursing,” adds Richins.A registered nurse with an associate degree in nursing can purse a nursing informatics degree by taking the RN to BSN courses or RN to MSN courses. 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first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. — After being spotted by a sharp-eyed tourist in Nicaragua, fugitive Eric Justin Toth was back in the District of Columbia on Tuesday facing child pornography charges, including an accusation that he shot explicit video of a young boy inside Washington National Cathedral’s Beauvoir elementary school.Toth, 31, met the tourist at a “social engagement” on April 18 in Nicaragua, said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.“She was on vacation or other travel, and she met him and realized who he was,” Parlave said, adding the woman recognized him from media reports.Toth, a former third-grade teacher at Beauvoir, was taken into custody by Nicaraguan authorities Saturday.His arrest brings to an end the five-year search for a man who last year replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. The former teacher, whom authorities called an “expert in social engineering,” has used two aliases and even faked his own suicide to elude police, authorities said.On Saturday in Nicaragua, Toth spoke briefly to a reporter as he was taken from his home by police, seeming confused when the reporter asked in Spanish why he was being arrested, according to a video on a Nicaraguan news website.“Crime?” Toth said in Spanish. “I haven’t committed a crime.”Nicaraguan police said he had been living in Esteli, Nicaragua, under the name of Robert Shaw Walker and had a forged U.S. passport with “Texas” on it, falsified driver’s license and credit cards. He had been in Nicaragua on and off since October 2012, allegedly at times working with youths, police said.Tall and lanky, Toth is recognizable by a mole under his left eye. Nicaraguan police said in a news release that he hid the mole by wearing an eye patch in public.In federal court in the District of Columbia, Toth was ordered held without bond. He is facing two charges: production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted of both counts, he could face 15 to 50 years in prison. At the hearing, Toth said little. Assistant Federal Public Defender Michelle Peterson indicated that Toth was interested in working out a plea deal.Toth, whose image was plastered on billboards and at bus stops, became the 469th fugitive captured on the FBI’s top 10 list since its inception in 1950.After getting the tip last week, the FBI identified Toth’s travel documents and conducted a financial analysis to pinpoint where he was, Parlave said. Authorities did not say why Toth chose to go to the Central American country.Toth first came to police attention in 2008, when Beauvoir employees discovered a camera assigned to Toth with 68 pictures and videos, including pornographic images of one of his former students, authorities said.“They found a media card in his classroom,” said Ronald Machen, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. “There were pictures of kids smiling and playing in the classroom. There were also pictures that would be any parent’s nightmare.”According to charging papers filed in U.S. District Court, Toth made a video in August 2007 of a man sexually touching a boy who was younger than 12. It was made at a home in Maryland, according to the documents. Police also found a video of Toth allegedly filming a naked boy in a classroom at Beauvoir, according to the documents.In addition to the charges he faces in Washington, Toth is charged in federal court in Maryland with one count of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to create child pornography. And in Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court, he faces one count of sex abuse of a minor and two counts of a third-degree sex offense.Machen said there may be other children who were exploited and asked that anyone with information about Toth call the FBI. “He is a known child predator,” Machen said. “We assume there are potential other victims.”During a news conference in Nicaragua on Monday, Aminta Granera, commissioner of the National Police, said there was no evidence that any Nicaraguan children had been victimized.Authorities said they were able to find Toth after an extensive investigation that involved hundreds of tips. “You can’t run far enough to get away from federal law enforcement,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said.Michele Booth Cole, a parent of one of Toth’s former students, said she has talked to her daughter about Toth’s arrest, saying it is important to air such issues.“I feel relief whenever someone who has harmed kids is brought to justice. It doesn’t happen enough,” said Cole, who works at a center for abused children. “We continue to see kids brought in here every day that are being hurt.”Toth has been on the run since June 2008, when Beauvoir officials found the explicit photos, confronted him and then had him escorted to the end of the cathedral’s driveway, authorities have said. School officials called the FBI, but Toth had already fled.He went to his family’s home in Indiana, where he stayed for a day or two. Several days later, he left his car at a parking lot at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Inside, he left a suicide note indicating that police could find his body in a nearby lake.A year later, Toth turned up in Phoenix at a homeless shelter and rehabilitation facility. He used the name David Bussone, a man he met in Phoenix, and told people that he had taken a vow of poverty.In 2009, someone in Phoenix recognized him from the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” but Toth vanished before officers arrived.© 2013, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 must play golf courses in Arizona China has become Bordeaux’s largest export market, picking up the slack as sales to other countries slip.Buffo and the mayor of nearby town Libourne seemed to be seeking to convince doubters that outside purchases of French vineyards are good for Bordeaux business, and no threat to its prestige.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – While on a helicopter tour of Bordeaux vineyards he had just purchased, a Chinese businessman, his 12-year-old son and two other people plunged into a wintry river and died, authorities said Monday.Hong Kong-based Lam Kok, who built a fortune in fine tea and luxury hotels before taking an interest in French winemaking, drew attention in the French media when he offered to buy the Chateau de la Riviere. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober It was one of a string of Chinese purchases of French vineyards and wines in recent years, which has demonstrated China’s global economic strength, and raised concerns in economically-stagnant France and elsewhere that cultural heritage _ such as grapevines linked closely to the French identity _ are being sold off to richer foreigners.Hours after a news conference Friday announcing the vineyard purchase, the former owner of the chateau took Lam Kok, his son and an interpreter up in a helicopter to tour the estate, said Vincent Corbel of the regional gendarme service.The helicopter soon dived into the Dordogne River, for reasons that remain unclear. Emergency workers recovered the boy’s body and most of the helicopter, but are still searching for the other victims, Corbel said Monday.The former owner of the Chateau de la Riviere vineyards, James Gregoire, owned the helicopter and appeared to have been piloting it, Corbel said. He added that the helicopter, a Robinson R44, had undergone maintenance checks two days before the crash.Lam Kok headed Hong Kong-based high-end tea and hotel company Brilliant Group. The chateau’s director, Xavier Buffo, told reporters Friday the new owner wanted to “create an esteemed place for cultural exchange around tea and wine.”last_img read more

UN declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

first_imgThe United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on December 4, recognises “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilisations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.“The declaration by the UN of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “As the lead UN agency for this initiative, UNWTO is very much looking forward to proceeding with the organisation and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organisations of the UN system, other international and regional organisations and all other relevant stakeholders,” he added.last_img read more

Industry Veteran Retires—A Look Back

first_img 16 days ago 222 Views After more than 12 years of service, ProVest CRO Victor Draper has announced he will be stepping down, MReport has learned. Draper has spent more than 35 years in the mortgage default industry and says he will continue to support the sector in retirement. Draper recently spoke to MReport about his career, discussing his accomplishments, most important lessons learned, and how the industry has changed over the years.In a statement, Draper said, “After more than 35 years in the mortgage default industry, I am excited to see what the next chapter in life may hold. I am looking forward to spending quality time with my wife, Deanna, my four children, and my granddaughter.”Draper credits one of his most significant accomplishments as “putting together a team of people with different thoughts and ideas and watching them collaborate, respect, and learn from their differences and accomplish great things.”Prior to his time at ProVest, Draper operated Universal Default Services (UDS), a New York-based process-service and skip-tracing firm that was acquired by ProVest in January 2007. Before that, he led the default services department at Countrywide Financial Corporation. According to Draper, his time at ProVest strongly benefited from the lessons he learned earlier in his career, working in default servicing.“Understanding the entire life cycle of a mortgage default allowed me to zone in and focus on a specific and critical process within that cycle,” Draper said. “Every day a loan is in default creates a greater risk and increases potential loss. I knew that performing the service of process and skip-tracing with the utmost speed and quality would be paramount to minimizing that risk and loss.”Draper looked back on several momentous changes during his time in the industry, most notably, in the area of collaboration.“I am thankful for the enhanced collaboration between servicers, law firms, and vendors in recent years,” Draper told MReport. “Not just across these lines but also within each sector. Law firms are collaborating with other law firms on how to best represent the industry and their collective clients. While there is still aggressive competition, the spirit of cooperation is now the best I have ever witnessed.”“Victor Draper has committed more than three decades of his life to serving the mortgage industry and the American homeowner,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global. “He leaves the industry better and stronger than he found it, and I congratulate him for a noteworthy career and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img ProVest Victor Draper 2019-07-17 Seth Welborn Industry Veteran Retires—A Look Backlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It looked as if just taking a knee in the end zone for a touchback would have been the prudent play, but Cromartie thought otherwise. “Honestly, I’ve always been told I’ve had a green light. I was just trying to make a play,” he said. “When you look back on it, we got the ball I think at the 40-yard line — I’d rather have it there than the 20 to try to get the offense on the short side of the field.”Foles gave the credit to Cromartie.“(Cromartie) just fell off, and I was a split-second late,” he said. “He made a good play.”The second pick came in the fourth quarter. With the Eagles leading 17-14, Foles couldn’t hook up with receiver Riley Cooper, and once again, Cromartie was there — this time for his 30th career interception.“He threw the ball behind. They weren’t on the same page,” the ninth-year veteran said. “When you have an opportunity like that, you have to make sure you capitalize on the opportunity, and that’s something we did as a whole defense.”The Cardinals were able to capitalize, getting a 28-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro to tie the game at 17-17. Comments   Share   – / 22 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions all of last season.He threw that same number Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium — both snared by Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie in Arizona’s 24-20 win.The first came in the second quarter. In a 7-7 tie, the Eagles were driving for what would have been a go-ahead score, but Cromartie picked off the pass intended for rookie Josh Huff in the end zone and weaved through would-be tacklers out to the 38-yard line. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Maronite future under threat

first_imgAlthough a decision has been taken to allow Maronites to return to their homes in two villages in the north, no substantial steps have been takenBy Esra AyginDespite a decision almost eighteen months ago, the return of Maronites to their villages in the north has been stuck in limbo due to a lack of political will on the part of Turkish Cypriot officials.Maronites, whose ancestors migrated to Cyprus from present-day Lebanon during the Middle Ages, lived in four villages before 1974. Two of these villages, Ayia Marina and Asomatos, are under the control of the Turkish army and are totally off limits. There are some military lodgements in Karpasha but the village is not under military control. The fourth Maronite village, Kormakitis has been open to its original Maronite residents to resettle since 2003. At the moment, a total of around 200 Maronites, mostly pensioners, live in Kormakitis and Karpasha.In July 2017, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci announced that Maronites, who are in full communion with the Catholic Church of Rome, would be allowed to return to all their villages. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting with representatives of the ruling coalition, civilian and military authorities and the Turkish embassy, and a committee for the ‘Maronite villages resettlement project’ was established to study physical, financial and legal aspects. An amount of about 8.5 million Turkish lira (about €1.5 million) in the 2018 budget was allocated for the resettlement project.Men in the coffeeshop in KormakitisHowever, despite statements every now and then by various Turkish Cypriot officials that a plan for the return of Maronites would soon be unveiled, there has so far been no progress.In response a to a question during a recent TV interview, Akinci’s undersecretary Gurdal Hudaoglu blamed the financial crisis and stated that the ruling coalition had conveyed to them “that the allocated amount could not be used for the Maronite resettlement project.”The devaluation of the Turkish lira against foreign currencies has had a big impact on the Turkish Cypriot economy and led the ruling coalition to take a number of austerity measures.Serdar Denktas, who is responsible for the finance dossier, however, denied that the problem is financial. “The allocated amount is there,” he said. “But a decision by the Council of Ministers and a project is needed so that it can be released.”Nobody knows who is responsible for preparing this project with officials passing the buck from one to the other. An official from the ruling coalition told the Sunday Mail that the committee established under Akinci’s office should be preparing a project, while a member of that committee said they need a political decision to go forward.“All the technical studies and reports are ready,” said the member of the committee for the Maronite villages resettlement project, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Now, there is need for high-level political decisions on a number of issues including what the status of the returning Maronites will be. Will they become Turkish Cypriot citizens? Will they just have permanent residence? Will they have the same status as the Maronites living in Kormakitis? Will they be able to elect their own local representatives? All these questions require political decisions, which will determine the course of action.”The question of who will make those political decisions also remains unanswered.“This is a total collective incompetence,” said senior researcher Mete Hatay from the PRIO Cyprus Centre, who has done extensive research on Maronites and their struggle since 2003 to return to their villages. “Nobody is taking on the responsibility to push forward with this decision. Everyone is hiding behind the other’s back. They are not even able to come out and transparently state what the problem preventing the Maronites’ return is. Turkey is okay with the decision, the military is ready to withdraw from the villages, but somehow, Turkish Cypriot officials are not moving.”Besides incompetence, there are some “absurd” concerns expressed by a number of Turkish Cypriot bureaucrats, Hatay added, such as how to deal with the return of many Maronites who are married to Greek Cypriots.“This is total nonsense,” said Hatay. “Anyone who is from these Maronite villages should be allowed to return. What is the threat that will arise from a couple of hundred of peaceful Maronites and their families?”The Turkish military has stated that it is ready to withdraw from Ayia Marina and Asomatos as long as it is given an alternative location, according to Hatay. This information was also confirmed by the member of the committee for the Maronite villages resettlement project.Among the four Maronite villages, Ayia Marina was unique in that it was a mixed Maronite – Turkish Cypriot village. The Turkish Cypriots of the village have joined the Maronites in the struggle to return to Ayia Marina. Turkish Cypriot Mehmet Hoca from the village recently posted on his social media account about his disappointment. “We have not been able to make the tiniest progress,” wrote Hoca. “Despite high-level decisions, somehow the return of Maronites is being prevented.”“The Turkish Cypriots assured us that the decision is there and that there are no disagreements about the return of Maronites,” a Maronite source said. “But we are still waiting for substantial steps to be taken.”An official from the Turkish Cypriot coalition told the Sunday Mail that a total of 10 million Turkish lira (about €1.7 million) in the 2019 budget, which is currently being prepared, has again been allocated for the Maronite villages resettlement project.The Maronite population in Cyprus, which is estimated to be around 4,000, is on the verge of extinction. Their identity is gradually fading away as they have been living scattered all over the island since 1974. Their return is seen as a move that could protect the existence of this community and revive its ancient language, which is a variety of Arabic.“Unless these people return to their villages, we will become the accomplices of a historic ethnic cleansing,” warned Hatay. “This will be the end of the 1,200-year Maronite presence in Cyprus.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more