Bidhannagar MMiC resigns

first_imgKolkata: Prosenjit Sardar, Member, Mayor-in-Council for Sports and Youth Services of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), resigned on Monday afternoon.He sent his resignation letter to Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of BMC. A copy of the letter was sent to the Municipal Commissioner Pritha Sarkar. Sardar is believed to be a close aide of Sabyasachi Dutta, former Mayor of BMC, who resigned last week. Trouble had cropped up in BMC after 35 councillors wrote a letter to the chairperson, expressing no-confidence against Dutta. Challenging the no-confidence motion which BMC brought against him, Dutta moved the High Court. Sardar will carry on as the councillor of ward 27.last_img

Yoko Ono And Bono Help Amnesty International Honor John Lennon

first_imgA tapestry in honor of John Lennon was unveiled in the presence of Yoko Ono and Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty at a ceremony on Ellis Island.The tapestry was unveiled by U2’s Bono and The Edge, who along with music business impresario Jimmy Iovine, have donated the tapestry to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The tapestry will remain on display on Ellis island until August 14th and will be permanently displayed in 2016.The tapestry was commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey as a thank you to Yoko Ono for giving Amnesty International the rights to record cover versions of John Lennon’s post-Beatles songs in 2004.“For many years, Ellis Island has stood as a symbol of the United States’ compassion to those who came to its shores,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. “It is our hope that this beautiful tapestry hanging in this meaningful space will serve as a reminder to extend John Lennon’s message of peace and love to all of those who leave their homes in search of a better life.”The presentation included remarks by Yoko Ono, Bono and Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.Yoko Ono said, “This is a happy day for our family, for our John to be honored by the city he so loved. John said IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE LIVING LIFE IN PEACE. John knew how urgent it was, and he knew also that what we believe in becomes reality. So let’s Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace, Imagine Peace. And together we will make it. Thank you. I love you!”last_img

ACTRA Toronto vows to do more to protect members in a postWeinstein

first_imgFlooded with calls after recent reporting on sexual harassment allegations against industry titans Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, the Toronto chapter of the union that represents English language actors in Canada is resolving to do more to protect its members against predators. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tova said the calls “don’t stop,” naming everyone from Weinstein and Toback to “a myriad of other names in very, very surprising spaces.” “They’re preying on young 19-year-olds, 20-year-olds who don’t have careers yet, they’re not preying on Meryl Streep,” she added.The ACTRA Toronto, which represents more than 15,000 Canadian performers, has hired a special advisor to review their own policies, practices and training on harassment. If someone has a complaint against a fellow member they can file a grievance, but it gets trickier when the complaint is against someone outside of that union, like a director or producer.READ MORE Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: “No matter what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been doing a lot of really good things in this area, for a number of years, it’s not good enough,” Theresa Tova, president of Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Toronto told Metro. Reporting on Harvey Weinstein has brought sexual assault and sexual harassment to the forefront. CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP, FILE) Twitterlast_img

At UN debate Bosnia says failure to act on Syria risks repeat

“The images coming from Syria remind us of the tragedy of Bosnia,” the Chairman of the Presidency of the Balkan nation, Bakir Izetbegovic, told the 67th Assembly on the third day of its annual General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“We in Bosnia and Herzegovina feel the pain of the Syrian people as our own because we went through the same horrors not that long ago,” he said, citing the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces who overran the UN-designated safe haven of Srebrenica, the largest such massacre on European soil since the founding of the world body.“The best way to honour the victims of the Srebrenica genocide would have been to learn the lessons of that failure and not to commit the same errors ever again,” Chairman Izetbegovic added. “Sadly, the United Nations, especially its Security Council, have failed to do so.”Over 18,000 Syrians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their homes since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad erupted 18 months ago, and Chairman Izetbegovic denounced his regime for answering his people’s yearning for freedom and democracy with guns and bombs.“This is revolting and morally reprehensible, but so is our collective failure to stop it,” he said. “Once again, we are idly standing by while a human tragedy of dramatic proportions is unfolding before our eyes. We should do our part to help the Syrian people’s historic stand for freedom.We should do our part to save the people of Syria from tyranny. We should. But we are not.”Chairman Izetbegovic stated that the international community has chosen, yet again, to repeat the trial-and-error pattern of policies that failed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, resorting to resolutions, statements of concern, ineffective sanctions, observers, and no mandate to protect civilians, all actions that have deadly consequences as demonstrated in his own country.“Make no mistake,” he declared. “Unless we act now and act decisively to help the people of Syria and put an end to their bloodshed, this tragedy will haunt our history forever, just like Srebrenica.”In his statement, the Chairman hailed the “historic awakening” of the Arab Spring which has seen long entrenched leaders ousted in Egypt, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, saying the drive to create democratic societies is the best confirmation that Muslims strongly strive for freedom, dignity, and human rights.He deplored the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, calling Israeli settlement activities on occupied Palestinian territories the most serious obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution with the two, living side by side within secure and recognized borders.“The Palestinians have every right – historic, moral, and legal – to a state of their own. Israel has every right to its security,” he stressed. “The occupation must end. But so must the terror and violence.”Turning to the recent publication of a anti-Islam video produced in the United States which sparked deadly violence in Arab and Islamic countries, Chairman Izetbegovic called the video deeply insulting and deserving the strongest condemnation.“There is, however, no justification for responding to this movie with violence. Violence in response to speech is unacceptable. There can be no debate about that. Violence is no way to honour religion,” he said. “We must draw the line at violence. But we also must find a way to prevent hate speech and bigotry. Yes, there is the right to free speech. But there is also the right to dignity.”Noting that the relation between the West and the Islamic world, and between their respective value systems, is going to be one of the most critical issues in the time ahead, he emphasized that there is no inherent contradiction between Islamic and Western values.“There are only those who need to create a false perception of clash in order to come to power or maintain their hold on power,” he added. “In this modern age, we have to keep searching for a formula, a model for how to reconcile the relations between Islamic and Western values, between the East and West. No matter how hard it may be, finding that formula is going to be essential in the time ahead of us.”The Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 8 July 2011

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Sir Philip Green accuser Terror of being pursued is still enough to

Even after he was exposed four months ago, even after a brave few came forward to tell their stories, the terror of being pursued is still enough to confine me to silence. One of Green’s alleged victims explains why she remains too frightened 
to tell her story   I would like nothing more than to speak freely about what Philip Green did to me, but I can’t tell you what happened.  I was paid for my silence and I have kept it, not just because of the NDA that I was forced to sign, but because of the fear.  You see, Philip Green is like a General hiding behind an entire army. His armour is made of wealth, power, and influence. It’s how men like him get away with behaviour which is unacceptable…

Gambling machines and websites to carry alcoholstyle health warnings in new public

Mr Miller indicated the industry’s logo, “When the fun stops, stop,” was “of its time” and needed to be properly evaluated if it was to continue. “For so long gambling related harms were not seen as a public health concern,” he said.“That has changed now with a clear commitment from Public Health England. I would expect more effective and stronger messaging as a result.”It warns: “We will hold to account licensees who do not take sufficient action to mitigate against the harms caused by gambling, or take account of lessons learned, using the full range of our enforcement powers, as evidenced by the increasing levels of financial penalties for regulatory failure.”Measures expected to be announced in the coming year include a ban on the use of credit cards for gambling to prevent people betting money they do not have and compulsory age verification to combat under-aged gambling. Anna Hemmings,  chief executive of GamCare, said: With better co-ordination and evaluation of national education, prevention and research initiatives alongside support and treatment services, we can ensure that those at risk or already struggling receive more effective care. GamCare looks forward to playing a vital role in delivering the strategy over the coming years.” New gamblers will be expected automatically to be offered the chance to set pre-agreed limits on the amount of time or money they spend. The Commission wants more “self-exclusion” schemes where gamblers have their accounts blocked once they spend a certain amount or want to stop.The Commission is demanding the industry do more to identify and help vulnerable gamblers before they develop an addiction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sports minister Mims Davies said: “Protecting people from harm should be at the heart of every gambling business. Addiction can ruin lives and it is vital that those who need help are given the right treatment at the right time.”Claire Murdoch, national director for mental health at NHS England, said: “There is increasing evidence of a link between problem gambling and stress, depression and other mental health issues and this is an important step in the battle to reduce the harm caused.”The Commission says firms will be expected to provide “clear information for customers about the risks of gambling and how products behave. It means improving upfront consumer protections to encourage safer gambling.”Dr Alan Smith, The Bishop of St Albans, said the strategy was long overdue but was concerned by the lack of detail and clarity about how success would be measured.”If my fears are founded, the industry may use this strategy as a fig-leaf, with little room for public scrutiny available because metrics of success and failure are not made clear,” he said.”I look forward to further details and greater clarity being shared with Parliament and the public so we can make sure this strategy delivers what it promises: to reduce gambling-related harm.” Gambling firms will be expected  to carry alcohol-style health warnings on the risks of products from Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to online bets on sports matches to combat addiction.The Gambling Commission, the industry’s regulator, is to adopt a “public health” approach where it works with other agencies to treat gambling as a potential disease with the firms required to give customers up-front messages about the dangers.It says firms will face increasingly heavy fines if they  fail to “mitigate” the harms from gambling including suicide, loss of employment, debt, crime, mental ill health and family breakdown. 888 Holdings was last year fined a record £7.8 million for failing to help vulnerable customers.The Commission also backed  a levy on firms to enable more problem gamblers are treated for addiction. Only two per cent of the 340,000 problem gamblers in the UK currently receive treatment, while a further 1.7 million are classed as at risk of developing a problem.Unveiling its new strategy yesterday, Tim Miller, the Commission’s executive director, said its partnership with Public Health England would be critical in developing effective health messages: “We expect consumers to get more information about potential risks.“We have a moment here to bring gambling harms out of the shadows. So many people I have spoken to feel there is a stigma that isn’t attached to other forms of addiction.”

Premier Tourism Road Show with more cities more partners

first_img Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Baha Mar deal should not be secret Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – New partners, new cities for a bigger impression when the public and private sector team up for a second Road Show and this time the talk will be far more than tourism. Premier Rufus Ewing with the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association on Friday made the announcement that now the trip will include the Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Association and the Airports Authority. Premier Rufus Ewing: “We will meet with tourism professional as well as Mayors of some cities, Chambers of Commerce of some cities to discuss tourism in Turks and Caicos and to invite those individuals to either invest, visit or do business in the Turks and Caicos islands.”Michel Neutelings, returned recently as president of the TCHTA explained the bigger representation brings a stronger cross section. “We’ll have travel professionals, journalists, and we’ll have business professionals, stakeholders and potential investors and potential real estate buyers and it’s very exciting to be able to promote the Turks and Caicos as a family, as a team.”Nikheel Advani, Vice President of the Association explained how the cities were selected. “We sat down as a team to look at the data with the Tourist Board and the various parties to see where the best business comes out of, where the new flights are coming out of with partnerships. I will speak a little bit about Houston, where the new flight will come from United. The TCIAA together with the Tourist Board, the Hotel Association and the Government worked out to try to get these flights and we support having an increase in flights. We’re doing Houston, Dallas – they are a big market for us – we’ll start in Atlanta, we’re also going back to New York which is our key market as you all know, the North East and the tri-State is definitely very big for us; we will also do Chicago and Boston; Boston is the first time…”New Tourism Minister Hon Porsha Smith called it exciting. It allows us to showcase Turks and Caicos and it also helps us to build upon the expectation of increasing our tourism numbers and tourism arrivals so we are excited to be a part of this.” The Premier’s Tourism Road show will happen May 18-22. Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Recommended for you Related Items:houston, Portia smith, remier rufus ewing, tourism, tourist board Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Former Meredith Exec Joins National Journal as President

first_imgAndy Sareyan, former executive vice president of consumer brands and chief brand officer with Meredith, is slated to join the Atlantic Media Group as executive vice president. In addition to acting as EVP, Sareyan will become president of National Journal.In this role, Sareyan will help Atlantic Media owner and chairman David Bradley in the conversion of National Journal’s subscription model to a membership service. Bradley introduced the membership model in a letter to readers in August. Previously, subscriptions cost from $2,000 to $4,000 for annual access; National Journal members are charged $4,000 to $25,000 for complete access. The price hike, in addition to new services, allows an entire company/organization access to National Journal features for one membership fee. The service includes the weekly publication, the National Journal Daily and its digital counterparts. Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media, told FOLIO: at the time of the announcement that the membership also includes, “…an enriched suite of information, briefings, and best-practices research compiled by a new, independent research staff-and other tools designed to meet the specific needs of public policy professionals.”Paid circ for the National Journal was around 15,000 at the time of the announcement; Bradley tells The New York Post he already converted 100 subscribers into members. He also tells The Post that the new membership model could amount in a 50 to 80 percent revenue jump in the next few years. While at Meredith, Sareyan was responsible for Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, More and Parents; he also oversaw digital media, newsstand and brand licensing.last_img

SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington Public Schools 20182019

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington Public Schools (2019-2020)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education” Wilmington High School Wilmington Middle School Woburn Street Elementary School & North Intermediate Schoolcenter_img WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently released the school bus routes for the 2018-2019 school year for the Woburn Street/North, Shawsheen/West, Middle School & High School: Shawsheen Elementary School & West Intermediate Schoollast_img

SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice 2:29 On the Amazon front, the company teamed with Travelers Insurance last year to offer Echo Dot-centric home security packages in the US. I asked if Amazon had any plans to introduce something similar in the UK, but a spokesperson told me that they couldn’t comment on the roadmap.As for Amazon-owned Ring, the company already sells video doorbells and cameras in the UK, but its professionally monitored Ring Alarm security system is still a US-only offering. That stands to change, though, with a Ring spokesperson telling me that Ring Alarm “will be available for the UK later this year.”Meanwhile, the team at Abode, makers of one of our top-rated SimpliSafe alternatives, tells CNET that it, too, is working to bring professionally monitored DIY security kits to the UK and to other markets outside of the US by the end of 2019.  Whether or not that adds up to enough of a head start to give SimpliSafe the lead it’s looking for remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be the same fascinating fight for customers that we’ve seen in the US. Per a recent SimpliSafe survey, just 13 percent of UK households already have a professionally monitored security system — which leaves about 23.7 million households up for grabs.Originally published April 2 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, 6:55 a.m. PT: Now includes updated comment from Ring on UK availability of the Ring Alarm security system.   Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… reading • SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK SimpliSafe Home Security SimpliSafe’s install-it-yourself home security system is one of our top picks here on CNET, and today, the brand is launching in the UK — its first expansion outside of the US. SimpliSafe suggested that the move was in the works this past June, when the company secured a majority investment from the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valued at $1 billion.A 10-year-old startup based out of Boston, SimpliSafe offers a variety of customizable home security kits. Each uses wireless sensors that you stick up around your home to monitor for things like motion, door openings or the sound of glass breaking, along with optional accessories like smart locks, video doorbells and cloud-connected cameras. Once everything’s in place, you’ll arm and disarm the system using a keypad, a keychain fob, app controls or by using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, with kits ranging from £279 to £504 currently up for sale on SimpliSafe’s UK website, that pitch has made it across the pond. The system requires no contracts and offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at £13 per month. Make that £20 per month if you want to add in the full suite of features, including app and voice controls, text alerts, cloud storage of your camera footage and video verification of alarms. • CNET Smart Home Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All Review • Editors’ Choice: SimpliSafe’s new system is better than ever 0 SimpliSafe sees opportunity with the move, citing rising burglary rates in the region and calling itself the first company to sell “wireless, self-install technology with the complete protection of professional monitoring” in the UK.That’s not to say that SimpliSafe won’t face competition. Professionally installed home security providers such as ADT and Verisure already have millions of customers in the UK. Meanwhile, a number of DIY systems from names like Yale, SmartThings and Hive are available, too — though none of those that I’ve seen offer an option for professional monitoring.Still, the field won’t be quite as crowded as it is in the States — for now, anyway. One key competitor that’s missing in the UK: The Google-owned Nest Secure DIY system. Nest didn’t have anything to share when I asked about the possibility of expanding to the UK — that echoes what the company told its users in January when it wrote, “We do not have anything to announce regarding plans to bring the Nest Secure anywhere outside of the US.” You’re using your security system wrong: Tricks for a safer smart home (pictures) 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this:last_img

Gandi Veeranjaneya temple merged in to TTD from 28th August

first_imgKadapa: The Gandi Veranjaneya Swamy temple one of the famous temples in the Rayala Seema region situated in Gandi Kshetrem village of Chakrayapeta mandal was officially merged in the TTD from 28th August. Assistant Commissioner of Endowment department and temple executive officer Pattem Guruprasad has handed over related documents to the TTD deputy EO Govindarajan in a meeting on Tuesday. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us According to the temple executive officer temple is having Rs 4.33crores cash, 900 grams gold, 100 Silver at the time of temple handed over the TTD. Speakig to media persons on Wednesday temple EO Guru Prasad said that following directions of the government and endowment commissioner from 28-8-2019 all movable and unmovable properties cash, gold, silver and staff were merged in the TTD. Vempalli YSR Congress in charge Konda Reddy and others were present.last_img

China looks to combustible ice as a fuel source

first_img(Left) Methane hydrate consists of a cage of water molecules trapping a methane molecule within. Credit: Slim Films for Suess et al., Scientific American, Nov. 1999, pp. 76-83. (Right) When methane hydrate is brought to the surface, the methane can be burnt off. Credit: Gary Klinkhammer, OSU-COAS. Explore further ( — Buried below the tundra of China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a type of frozen natural gas containing methane and ice crystals that could supply energy to China for 90 years. China discovered the large reserve of methane hydrate last September, and last week the Qinghai Province announced that it plans to allow researchers and energy companies to tap the energy source. Although methane hydrate is plentiful throughout the world, the key challenge for China and other nations will be to develop technologies to excavate the fuel without damaging the environment. © 2010 Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance that is sometimes called “combustible ice” since it can literally be lit on fire and burned as fuel. But rather than dig up the substance, excavators would likely melt the ice underground first, and then extract the methane gas. However, researchers are still investigating the most appropriate way to extract the fuel for commercialization.Methane hydrate is an attractive energy source due to its high energy density: one cubic meter of combustible ice contains about 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas. This high energy density is due to the fact that methane is trapped within the hydrate crystal structure and greatly compressed. According to the DOE, the immense energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form may possibly exceed the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. In addition, the frozen hydrate has few impurities, meaning it can burn cleaner with fewer pollutants than oil and possibly regular natural gas, as well.Combustible ice has already been discovered in more than 100 countries, buried in both the Arctic permafrost and beneath the ocean floor. Besides China, countries including the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have plans to tap the natural gas hydrate buried in their territories. Last summer, US scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico discovered pockets of highly concentrated methane hydrate estimated to contain 6,700 trillion cubic feet of gas. The DOE has estimated that the total amount of methane hydrate worldwide could be as high as 400 million trillion cubic feet, including 85.4 trillion cubic feet buried in Alaska.Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, researchers are also concerned about the environmental effects of extracting methane hydrate. However, if handled carefully, using methane hydrate as a fuel could be safer than simply letting it melt on its own. As the earth continues to warm, methane released into the atmosphere could cause even more damage than if it were burned for fuel. On the other hand, if large amounts of methane were accidentally released during extraction, the results could further aggravate global warming. Another risk from mining the combustible ice is geological slumping. For these reasons, developing a safe technology to excavate the fuel is a priority. With these challenges in mind, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources estimated last week that the country could begin using its combustible ice within 10 to 15 years, joining other countries in methane hydrate exploration. 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. More information: via: Xinhuannet and the US Dept. of Energy Citation: China looks to ‘combustible ice’ as a fuel source (2010, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Alaskan drilling will assess gas hydratelast_img

Sealdah flyover to remain shut for 4 days

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement on Sealdah flyover will be suspended from August 15 evening to August 18 evening for the purpose of load capacity test of the flyover. During this period, the Kolkata Police has made an elaborate arrangement to divert the vehicular movement through various stretches.However, senior traffic police officials admitted that during the four days closure of Sealdah flyover, some of the stretches in the city may face traffic congestion and thus, people have been requested to plan their journey with sufficient time in hand. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to Kolkata Police, during these four days, the stretch on the flyover between M G Road Crossing and Beliaghata Main Road Crossing will be closed. Vehicular movement on Sealdah flyover, North to South, and vice versa will be suspended from 6 pm on August 15. As a result, tram services along Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, M G Road, Bidhan Sarani and Lenin Sarani will be suspended or restricted. As the Beliaghata Main Road will be open, passengers coming from South Kolkata will not have to face any difficulty to reach Sealdah railway station. Those coming from North Kolkata will have to avail M G Road, Amherst Street, B B Ganguly Street to reach Koley Market. From there, they have to take a left turn and move along the road under Sealdah flyover in order to reach the railway station. In another arrangement, vehicles going to Sealdah railway station will be diverted from Rajabazar Crossing to avail Narkeldanga Main Road, Canal East Road and Beliaghata Main Road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSouth-bound vehicles will be diverted through M G Road and Amherst Street and Lenin Sarani in order to reach Moulali Crossing. If the pressure of traffic increases at any point of time, traffic may get diverted from Maniktala Crossing to Amherst Street and from Shyambazar Crossing to Bhupen Bose Avenue and C R Avenue. The North-bound vehicles will be diverted using S N Banerjee Road via Janbazar/Esplanade, Dorina Crossing, Central Avenue and Colootola Street in order to reach APC Road in Sealdah. The buses will also follow the same routes except those which originate and terminate in and around Sealdah. Buses from few routes which come along the AJC Bose Road and usually terminate at Rajabazar will be stopped in and around NRS Medical College and Hospital. Buses from routes which terminate at Sealdah railway station area will be diverted to APC Road and will be terminated near Rajabazar. The South-bound heavy goods vehicles such as container trailers and others will be diverted from Shyambazar to Bhupen Bose Avenue to avail C R Avenue. South-bound medium and light goods vehicles will be allowed to move along the APC Road till Maniktala. From there, those will be diverted to Vivekananda Road and Girish Park to avail C R Avenue. Kolkata Police has also informed that during the four days of closure of Sealdah flyover, traffic movement along Amherst Street, BB Ganguly Street, College Street, N C Street, S N Banerjee Road, Creek Row and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road will be one way round-the-clock. Also ‘No Parking’ restriction will be imposed on these roads during the period of the closure. Apart from these restrictions, vehicular traffic may also be diverted from any arterial and feeder roads if necessary by the traffic officials.last_img

The Incredibly Realistic Face of Queen Elizabeth I

first_imgElizabeth I is one of the most recognizable monarchs of British royal history. Her flame-red hair, youthful complexion, characteristic clothing, and oversized neck ruffs mean that she is easy to spot in a line-up of British icons. Elizabeth was acutely aware of the importance of public image and worked especially hard to control the way in which she was represented in official portraits.However, a new exhibition at London’s Queen’s House in Greenwich is attempting to dismantle this carefully crafted regal image.Queen’s House in Greenwich, London, England.According to the Guardian, British artist Mat Collishaw has created an art installation that projects an alternative representation of Elizabeth in her later reign.The installation has been constructed directly opposite the Armada Portrait, probably the most famous painting depicting Elizabeth I. It was commissioned in 1588 in celebration of the impressive English victory over the Spanish Armada and is intended to represent the glory of England and her monarch.Portrait commemorating the defeat of the Spanish Armada, depicted in the background. Elizabeth’s hand rests on the globe, symbolizing her international power. One of three known versions of the ‘Armada Portrait.’In the painting, Elizabeth is dressed in a lavish gown with puffed sleeves, bows, and an enormous ruff surrounding her neck. Her auburn hair is studded with pearls. Her complexion is smooth and milk-white, and she appears remarkably youthful, considering that she was, at this point, in her mid-fifties.According to the Guardian, this carefully crafted image was explicitly designed to reinforce Elizabeth’s divine queenship. She favored colors such as black and white, which were said to represent her virginity and purity.Photo by National Maritime Museum, London. Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthernLike many women of the age, she wore a wig in public, which would be studded with pearls, once again symbolizing her virtue. Her jewelry and crown was a reminder of her royal authority, and her hand, delicately placed on the map of the world, pointed to England’s place as a global imperial power.According to the Telegraph, Collishaw wanted to challenge this “mask” of power and authority. As part of the installation, he has created an animatronic face, depicting Elizabeth as an older woman, with the trappings of her royal position stripped away.The ‘Darnley Portrait’ of Elizabeth I of England.This alternative mask shows Elizabeth without her wig, her eyes dark and slightly sunken, and her face without makeup. In her later years, Elizabeth wore a thick layer of makeup to cover her facial scars, the result of a brush with smallpox in 1562. In Collishaw’s animatronic we see Elizabeth’s wrinkles, scars, and even a little facial hair.Perhaps the most striking aspect of the piece, however, is the movement of the face. The eyes dart from side to side, creating the impression of fear and uncertainty, and contrasting with Elizabeth’s impassive expression and steadfast gaze in the Armada Portrait. The mouth opens and closes, but there is no voice, emphasizing Elizabeth’s lack of individual agency in her role.Elizabeth I in her coronation robes, patterned with Tudor roses and trimmed with ermine.This installation presents an alternative view of Elizabeth as a woman trapped in the role of queen, her individuality and self obliterated by the weight of the office that she bears. Collishaw’s “living death mask” is placed directly opposite the Armada Portrait, conjuring the idea that Elizabeth is looking in a mirror, with an alternate version of herself reflected back.Elizabeth was a female monarch in a deeply patriarchal society, and her position was always precarious. She needed to project two contradictory images simultaneously: a virginal, pure and chaste queen, and a virile, powerful and dominating ruler.Her body was viewed as an extension of the monarchy and the state itself, and was, therefore, a canvas on to which symbols of power and authority could be painted.Read another story from us: The Most Intriguing Special Privileges of Queen Elizabeth IICollishaw’s installation invites the viewer to look again at this iconic queen and to explore the “other face” of Elizabeth – a vulnerable woman in a dangerous, patriarchal world, in which her safety was guaranteed only as long as she continued to sustain a visual discourse of royal power.last_img

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first_img Video will play in  Video Loading Video Unavailable The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday June 1. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Key Events 10:2222:52End of live reportingAnd this concludes tonight’s live blog brought to you by the StokeonTrentLive team. Goodnight.22:18Highways England22:15M6 southbound in StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J13, Stafford South, and J12, Gailey. Lane one, of four, is closed but traffic is coping well.21:11Fire stationsThe city’s major fire stations have reported zero call-outs since changing shifts at 7pm. 20:44Euromillions Results: Winning numbers for tonight’s jackpotAre you feeling lucky tonight? Could you be a winner on tonight’s Euromillions draw? For a chance at the jackpot players must match all five of the main numbers drawn, plus the two lucky stars. Check your numbers here.20:39ThunderballTonight’s Thunderball results are available here with the Euromillions coming soon.20:13Delays expected as abnormal load travels through the region (Image: Staffs Police TST)Motorists are being warned they will face delays this weekend as an abnormal load travels through Staffordshire and Cheshire. The load, an electrical transformer, will leave Staffordat 8am tomorrow (June 2) before travelling along the A34 through Stafford and Stone. It will then go through Newcastle and Talke before reaching the border with Cheshire. Read more.19:28M6 southboundTraffic easing, earlier accident on M6 Southbound between J15, Stoke-On-Trent and Stafford Services. Lane three (of three) was closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 19:27Hundreds back calls for traffic lights at ‘lethal junction’ (Image: Google Street View)Hundreds of residents have signed a petition calling for traffic lights to be installed at a ‘dangerous’ junction. Families in Alsager have called for Cheshire East Council to put the lights at the junction of Linley Road and Linley Lane after claiming possible crashes there could leave more motorists seriously and even fatally injured. So far 325 residents have signed an online petition calling on the local authority to carry out improvements at the ‘lethal junction’. It states: “In 2001 Graham Lownes died at the age of 36 in a collision at the junction. His family asked for traffic lights to make the junction safer back then. They are still waiting 17 years later.“Crashes happen regularly at this dangerous junction. We demand traffic lights be installed without further delay.”Read more.18:55Slow trafficTraffic is very slow on the M6 in both directions between junction 16, Crewe, and junction 17, Sandbach, in the roadworks area.18:34M6 reopensAll lanes have now reopened due to an earlier accident on the M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford Services.18:04M6 accidentOne lane is closed and traffic is queuing because of an accident on the M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and the Stafford Services. Lane one, of three, is closed. 18:02A500Reports of queuing traffic due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Northbound before Reginald Mitchell Way. 17:36M6 CheshireSlow traffic on the M6 in Cheshire in both directions between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel.17:07Widespread Visa outage leaves of customers unable to use cards (Image: PA)One of the largest card payment networks has experienced a widespread outage today (June 1) with many Staffordshire customers unable to make contactless payments.Shoppers using Visa have been having problems with customers in Hanley’s Primary, as well as the Halfords and Primark stores in Stafford reportedly unable to use their cards.One shopper in Stafford said: “We have been trying to pay by card in different places and staff told us various places were having problems.”Read more.16:24M6 northboundVery slow traffic on the M6 northbound between junction 17, Sandbach, and junction 18, Middlewich. 16:16Cheshire trafficHeavy traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road before the roadworks at the roundabout. 16:14Severe weather15:44M6 CheshireHeavy traffic on M6 in both directions between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.13:29Very slow traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). All lanes have been re-opened. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) was blocked until around 13:20 within the smart motorway works. 12:41One lane blocked, long delays and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 40 minutes.Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway works. 11:42Usual congestion on A534 Haslington Bypass before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 11:34Get your cat or dog microchipped today…for freeA free microchipping event is well underway. Police officers covering the Mill Hill area have teamed up with the RSPCA for the event todayPCSO Kirsty Lovatt with a dog at the eventThe session is taking place at 106 Sunnyside Avenue in Mill Hill until 1.30pm.PCSO Kirsty Lovatt, who covers the Mill Hill area, said: “Donations are also welcome.”10:32A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 10:22KEY EVENTWest Midlands Ambulance Service A young boy has been killed in a crash between a car and a lorry on the M6.Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions six and five, at 7.37pm last night.Read more here.09:30Traffic returned to normal, earlier broken down car on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Cameras showed traffic officers are at the scene, just after end of the exit slip road from Stafford South services. All traffic was held briefly at 09:10 while the car was moved to the hard shoulder. 08:55One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North).Lane three (of three) is closed. 08:44A34 to be closed again tonight…A major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue.The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford).The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night.Read more here.08:19Traffic easing on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 08:18Queueing traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions at Child’s Lane. 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Revenge Never Looked So Good 17 photos from Costa Ricas trouncing of

first_imgFans of the Costa Rican national team built an electric atmosphere at the Estadio Nacional last Friday.The impressive Tico crowd welcomed the U.S. men’s team with rowdy chants and boisterous support for the home team. In the end, Costa Rica got revenge for the snow game last March in Denver, Colorado. La Sele thrashed the United States, 3-1, in a crucial World Cup qualifying match. The win moved Costa Rica atop the Concacaf regional standings, and one step closer to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.There was no snow in this rematch between Costa Rica and the U.S., but there still were plenty of stunning images.THE PRE-GAMEThe Tico Times attended the final warm-up for the U.S. men’s team. A big thanks to US Soccer for being so accommodating (while certainly other organizations were not so friendly). U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley walks off the bus for practice Thursday at the National Stadium. Bradley injured his ankle in pre-game warm-ups and missed the Costa Rica match. The star midfielder also is out for Tuesday’s match against Mexico. AFP U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando warms up with a coach at practice Thursday. AFP Lindsay Fendt U.S. Soccer Coach Jürgen Klinsmann talks to the press before practice Thursday. Lindsay Fendt La Sele celebrates their victory of the United States. The Costa Rican squad travels to Jamaica for a Tuesday night match. If the Ticos win, they’ll be the first team in the region (Concacaf) to clinch a spot in the World Cup. Via @bryanruizcr Lindsay Fendt NO HAY PROBLEMA Lindsay Fendt Supporters of the United States cheer their team before the start of the match against Costa Rica. AFP Costa Rica fans put up their hands during a U.S. penalty kick. Lindsay Fendt Costa Rican footballers celebrate after defeating the United States, 3-1. When there’s no snow… AFP Lindsay Fendt A U.S. soccer fan cheers on his team with an Amercan flag bandana. A U.S. soccer fan makes his way into the U.S. fan section guarded by police. Costa Rica fans go crazy after “La Sele,” as the national team is known, scores their first goal last Friday. A U.S. fan yells out after a foul is called. No related posts. AFP Footballer Geoffrey Cameron of the United States trips while going after the ball. CUANDO NO HAY NIEVE Johnny Acosta #2 celebrates scoring the first goal against the United States with Christian Gamboa #16 during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on Friday in San José. Costa Rica schooled the U.S. team 3-1. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP The crowd celebrates Costa Rica’s third and final goal in the world cup qualifying match against the U.S. Costa Rica won 3-1 moving them to first place in the region. Costa Rican player Joel Campbell celebrates after scoring against the United States. Lindsay Fendt Lindsay Fendt Christian Gamboa #16 of Costa Rica and Jermaine Jones #13 of the United States battle for the ball. THE GAMEOn the pitch, Costa Rica jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and never looked back. A Clint Dempsey penalty kick moved the visitors to back within one goal, and the Stars and Stripes had several chances to tie the game. With 20 minutes remaining, La Sele’s Joel Campbell turned on his jets to race past the U.S. defense and score the final goal of the game. THE FANSThousands of Costa Ricans showed their colors. So did many Gringos. (And they both share the same colors). Most United Stats supporters, known as American Outlaws, were easy to identify. The Outlaws section, ironically, received police protection on all sides from neon-clad officers. Tico fans, meanwhile, went wild as La Sele boasted a decisive victory. Lindsay Fendt AFP Carlos Arias Muñoz, 71, is a fanatic of “La Sele,” Costa Rica’s national football team. He has been driving a cab for 53 years, and decided to deck out his car in Costa Rican flags for Friday’s game against the U.S. Costa Rican could book a ticket to Brazil with a victory Tuesday night in Jamaica.Tuesday’s Fixtures:At KingstonJamaica v Costa Rica 8 p.m.At Columbus, OhioUnited States v Mexico 8 p.m.At TegucigalpaHonduras v Panama 9 p.m.Concacaf Standings (W-L-D; 3 matches remain)Costa Rica 4-1-2 14 pointsUnited States 4-2-1 13 pointsHonduras 3-3-1 10 pointsMexico 1-1-5 8 pointsPanama 1-2-4 7 pointsJamaica 0-4-3 3 points(Top 3 teams advance to World Cup; 4th team plays New Zealand for berth) Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendtlast_img

The real impact of norths levy on food aid

first_imgBy Agnieszka RakoczyAMIDST the heated discussions that have been triggered by the Turkish Cypriot authorities’ recent decision to tax the humanitarian food aid the Republic of Cyprus has been sending north for over 40 years to the enclaved Greek Cypriot community few are as well informed about the potential impact and consequences of that taxing decision on the intended recipients as Andreas Sinainou.For the past two years, 27-year-old Sinainou has been driving around the winding roads of Karpasia that link Rizokarpasso, where he was born, Ayia Triada and Yalousa, tending to the special needs of 100 elderly Greek Cypriots, all of whom require regular medical check-up visits.He is a qualified nurse, paid for by the Cyprus government. Twice a week he does the rounds of his elderly clientele, working in tandem with another local nurse, who is employed by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.“Among my patients, at least 30 are diabetics with special dietary requirements that up to now were being supplied and sent them from the south,” he notes.“I have people who cannot walk any more — either permanently or because of injuries such as a fall. Then there are cases of Parkinsons, Alzheimers, or just plain senility…”Sinainou’s patients range in age from their 60s to a few who are almost 100. Most don’t drive and many have problems when it comes to shopping for themselves.“Of course, some don’t live alone — at least not all of the time — while there are others who have some kind of domestic help,” he admits. “But there are about 30 elderly people who are completely alone.”From personal observation he reckons they all still have enough supplies to get by for another month. “After that? I don’t know how we are going to handle this situation. I guess the community will have to step in and start helping them with their shopping.”His biggest worry is what will happen with those with special dietary needs because of their medical condition. Special food, he points out, that is not available in Karpasia. “Somebody will have to drive regularly to the south to get it. It will be difficult.”Sinainou is paid €650 monthly by the government for doing his nursing rounds. However, the job does not come with a car. He uses his own vehicle and pays for the petrol out of his own pocket. There is no provision for mileage or petrol allowance. Because he was born in Karpasia, he also receives the official “enclaved” stipend and this, he says, just about covers his petrol expenses.He laughingly claims that his personal outlay on meeting the demands of a job he clearly loves and takes pride in means in the end that “I am doing it more or less for free.”He shrugs philosophically. “I am doing it not because of money. I am doing it because these people need my visits. Somebody has to do it.”Despite these conditions, Sinainou concedes he feels lucky to have steady employment since having a regularly-paid job is a rarity among the Greek Cypriots of Karpasia.Haris Hadjipetrou, is a 33-year-old Limassolian, who moved to Rizokarpasso three years ago after marrying the daughter of a local Greek Cypriot family. He tells the Sunday Mail that of some 60 young Greek Cypriots now residing in the village, only 15 have steady jobs, mostly as teachers or cleaners in the local school. The remainder rely on what they can farm plus financial aid from the south.Hadjipetrou considers himself fortunate since he and two of his brothers-in-law (both, coincidentally, also from Limassol), run a local coffee shop right in the centre of Rizokarpasso, that they rent from the Church.He believes, nonetheless, that he could do much more were he able to start his own business. However, the lack of clarity about what rules apply to enclaved Greek Cypriots wanting to launch their own enterprises presents a major stumbling block, he claims.“I know of three Greek Cypriot businesses in the region – Nikos who runs a restaurant on the way to the Golden Beach has a Turkish partner; another restaurant owner, Yiannakis, close to Ayia Triada, has a Turkish Cypriot wife; Michalis who just opened a restaurant in Rizokarpasso? I am not sure how he did it – I need to ask…”Now Hadjipetrou has the additional worry of the implications of the block on humanitarian aid to the region and what it means for his family’s future, especially the wellbeing of his 16-month-old daughter.“Up to now we were receiving various baby things, including special milk formula for her because she has a medical condition, from the Greek Cypriot state. Now we will have to buy it ourselves at a cost of at least €300 a month. The money we receive from the south is around €500 a month so you don’t have to be a mathematical genius to calculate that this will leave us with €200 for other expenses. It means that after several months we will run into huge debts. Yes, ok, we are lucky because we have this coffee shop but in these circumstances the future will be very difficult.”Hesitant yet hopeful, Hadjipetrou says he has heard that the government of the RoC is thinking about increasing the amount of cash sent to the enclaved and that this would be helpful. But he says it is vital they also address the problem of special supplies that are not available in Karpasia such as his daughter’s milk formula.“Perhaps they should include it among the medical supplies,” he suggests. He allows that most of the enclaved could probably get by without the food supplies, if the new financial support scheme were to be put in place.Despina MichailIn this, his view is shared by 83-year-old Despina Michail and her 85-year-old husband Yiasoumi. Both say they would happily settle for more money in preference to bags of rice and pulses or southern-grown cucumbers and tomatoes.“I don’t think I am going to miss it,” says Despina. “We regularly buy goods from a local supermarket anyway, and also our neighbours bring us many things. My only worry is that we are old so maybe in future it will be difficult for us to do shopping on our own.”The Michails stayed in Rizokarpasso after 1974.  Of their two sons, Yiorgos, the elder, left the village before 1974 for schooling in Varosha and on marrying settled in Paralimni. Andreas, their younger son, was forced to leave in 1978 because the village had no high school.Nowadays, Yiorgos who is retired, spends most of the week with his parents in Rizokarpasso, going to help out the family business in Paralimni at the weekends.Yiasoumi MichailApart from Yiorgos, the elderly Michails have a local domestic help and twice a week are visited by Sinainou and Ramazan his nursing colleague for a routine check-up including blood pressure etc. They also check to ensure that they are up to date with their medical supplies (still arriving regularly via the United Nations).In the event that a hospital visit is warranted, the nursing team makes the necessary arrangements.When Despina was recently taken ill she had to be taken by ambulance, first to the Turkish Cypriot hospital in Famagusta and, later, across the line, to Paralimni, where she remained for two weeks.“The doctors wanted to keep me in longer,” she says. “But I was crying so much that finally one of my grandchildren asked me what was happening and when I explained that I miss my home, he brought me back to the village.”She says she is happiest in her old home with her old husband and all her neighbours, both Greek and Turkish.“I wouldn’t change anything in my life. I am given everything I need. Neighbours also bring me things. I am ok,” she says with a grateful smile.Among the reasons cited by the Turkish Cypriot authorities for the stoppage of humanitarian aid to the enclaved was the allegation that the recipients were selling the food supplies on the black market.PRIO consultant Mete Hatay, who has done considerable research in Karpasia, says this is a gross exaggeration of a customary village practice. It derives, he says, from the fact that some of the elderly enclaved have on occasion offered packets of Greek Cypriot coffee or similar goods to their neighbours in exchange for small favours such as some garden work or house cleaning.“It is a typical village economy — nothing more, nothing less,” he contends.He adds that the two communities have developed a generally peaceful coexistence and created many links, supported by various dependencies, partnerships and even several mixed marriages.“The first ten years after 1974 were the most difficult, but gradually things have become better,” he says. “Many Turks and Kurds have learned Greek, and many Greek Cypriots can speak Turkish now. They live together.”His words are supported by Pakize Kose, a neighbour of Despina and Yiasoumi, who remembers that when she came to Rizokarpasso in 1977, aged five, they were almost the first people her family met.“They were very kind to us,” she says. “My mother and Despina became close friends. My mother cried because she missed Turkey and Despina cried because she missed her sons. They cried together. If they ever need anything we are here for them They are like our relatives.” You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Keve urges NPL reform in wake of Coop deal

first_imgThe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Keve) on Monday lent its support to Hellenic Bank’s acquisition of the ‘good part’ of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank but stressed that solving the broader problem of delinquent loans in the banking sector was just as important.The transaction between Hellenic and the cooperative bank – subject to parliamentary approval – was among the issues discussed in a meeting between Keve officials and President Nicos Anastasiades.“The government has rightly salvaged, at great cost, the cooperative banking sector, but doing so without a comprehensive and definitive resolution to the issue of non-performing loans would be inconceivable,” Keve chairman Christodoulos Angastiniotis told reporters later.At the meeting, Keve raised a number of issues of concern to them, particularly the announced reversal of pay cuts in the broader public sector. The wage and pension cuts were introduced in 2011.According to Angastiniotis, the president assured them that the resulting increased state payroll would not be to the detriment of public finances.“We have received assurances that the pay rises will be granted provided that the cost of the civil service shall not exceed, per year, the increase in nominal GDP,” he said.Marios Tsiakkis, Keve’s general secretary, said that in a memo handed to the president, they propose that the restoration of public sector wages to 2011 levels must go in hand in hand with legislation in the pipeline concerning the modernisation of the civil service and the reform of local government.Keve also received assurances from the president that the town-planning incentives granted by the government – and which expire at the end of the year – would be extended.Another matter raised by Keve was the central bank’s recent circular concerning tighter rules on shell companies.They said these changes should not negatively impact Cyprus’ competitiveness as a centre for fiduciary services. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoC2 seriesC2 – Create Your Own Hype.C2 seriesUndoZimbioHere’s what’s new on Netflix in AugustZimbioUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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