Miami Alleged Assaulter of Moroccan Student Arrested

Miami Beach – Police have arrested on Friday in Miami the alleged assaulter of a Moroccan student on Jan. 1 as the latter was leaving a night club south of the city, local media outlets said on Saturday.Younes Adlan, aged 22, is at the intensive care unit in Jackson Memorial Hospital. He suffered a head injury after he was hit in the face and fell on the pavement. Witnesses saw security agent Cody Quaife, 34, hit the victim and walk away leaving the young student on the ground in a coma, said local TV channel “Local10.com” quoting the police. The alleged assailant will be handed to the city’s authorities.

NYC passes rule to close Kushner loophole in construction

New York City lawmakers have voted to close the “Kushner loophole” that critics say encourages landlords to file false paperwork.The bill approved Wednesday by the City Council will require regulators to double-check when landlords claim in construction permits that they have no rent-regulated tenants paying low rates. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the rule into law.It follows an Associated Press report that found Jared Kushner’s family real estate company had claimed it had no rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings when, in fact, it had hundreds. Kushner is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser.Critics say many landlords file false paperwork to avoid scrutiny that could stop them from using construction to drive out such tenants.The Kushner Cos. says third parties filled out the paperwork and the mistakes were quickly corrected.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press

Ban Kimoon urges Pakistan to release detained return to democratic rule

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed his “strong dismay at the detention of hundreds of human rights and opposition activists, including the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief,” Asma Jahangir. He urged the authorities to immediately release those detained, to lift restrictions on the media and to take early steps for a return to democratic rule, and appealed to the Government of Pakistan to hold the Parliamentary elections as scheduled. In Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour voiced alarm at the suspension of fundamental rights and imposition of a state of emergency and called on the country’s authorities to clarify the status of the detained and ensure that no one is held for their political beliefs. In a statement, Ms. Arbour expressed concern about reports that leading judges, lawyers and political and human rights activists have been detained or placed under house arrest, including Ms. Jahangir. “A state of emergency should only be used to deal with a dire security threat to the nation, not to undermine the integrity and independence of the judiciary,” the High Commissioner said. The prohibition on arbitrary detention, torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, cannot be suspended even in times of emergency, she said. Such far-reaching restrictions of rights must be proportional and may only be applied to the extent and for the time strictly required by the situation, she noted. 5 November 2007Reacting to the imposition of a state of emergency in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the country’s authorities to release those who have been detained, including a United Nations human rights expert, and to take steps for a return to democratic rule. read more

UN agency calls for cheap transfer costs for migrants sending money home

The costs of sending money from overseas can be high, with the current average fee at some 8.7 per cent, and there is “still a lack of safe, reliable, accessible transfer systems for remittances,” UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Deputy Secretary-General Petko Draganov told a two-day meeting in Geneva this week. “For some countries, excessive margins are charged.” To lower costs, speakers at the meeting called for expanding access to banks for both sending and recipient families, since many, particularly in rural areas, do not have accounts, and offering a variety of options for money transfers such as through post offices, microfinance institutions, banks, the Internet, and mobile phones.Mr. Draganov noted that remittances account for about 2 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of all developing countries, and for higher percentages in many, such Lesotho, Nepal, Samoa, Haiti and Bangladesh where they make up 8 per cent.“Although the effects across countries are varied, remittances have reduced poverty at the household level in many developing countries,” he said, citing a recent UNCTAD study that found that in countries where remittances make up 5 per cent or more of GDP, on average a 10 per cent rise in remittances leads to a reduction of 3.9 per cent in the poverty headcount ratio.A significant amount of remittance transfers is spent on household consumption and human capital, such as food, education, housing, health and related purchases, which can ripple outwards through the domestic economies of poor nations and, if managed well, can create jobs and business opportunities that raise living standards and keep future potential migrants at home, he stressed.UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Deputy Executive Director Purnima Mane said women now outnumber men among economic migrants in the wealthy nations of Western Europe and North America. Although they tend to earn less than their male counterparts, evidence shows that they send a higher proportion of their incomes home, and do so more dependably and more often. “Often they are the only contributors to family income,” she told the meeting, entitled Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances. “There has been too little analysis of the relation between gender and remittances. Because of the frequency of these financial transfers, women migrants – and their children back home – are especially hurt by high transaction costs.” Assane Diop, Executive Director for Social Protection at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), said remittances were a much better way to distribute wealth in developing countries than foreign direct investment (FDI) – although flows of FDI were much greater in monetary terms – since it goes to housing, food, education, health needs and children’s needs, thus having “a very direct impact on poverty reduction.” For her part, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang warned that the rights of migrant workers should not be neglected in any discussion of remittances, since “development cannot be defined solely in economic terms.” 17 February 2011The United Nations agency that promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy is calling for cheaper ways for migrant workers to send money back home so as to maximize the economic impact. read more

UN tribunal tells Serbia and Montenegro to produce accused general

A spokesman for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) told a press briefing in The Hague that the ICTY regarded Serbia and Montenegro as having failed to fulfil its duty of providing General Pavle Strugar at the place and time determined.The senior legal officer of the ICTY’s Trial Chamber sent a letter to Serbia and Montenegro yesterday outlining its view after an earlier letter from Serbia and Montenegro cited health reasons as an explanation for the delay in returning General Strugar.General Strugar was given provisional release from detention in The Hague in 2001 on the condition that he return to face charges of murder and attacks on civilians during the 1991 siege of the Croatian seaside city of Dubrovnik. But he has not yet returned.

UN sets up camps for Palestinian children hit by school strike in

With 500,000 Palestinian children out of school due to a strike in the West Bank that has left most public schools closed, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has set up youth clubs to provide extracurricular activities, safe indoor and outdoor play areas, and centres to provide literacy and computer training.The lack of access to schools come on top of an already very difficult year in which the number of children killed and injured are close to record highs as youngsters continue to take the brunt of the unrest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, UNICEF spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told a news briefing in Geneva today.In Gaza, since 28 June, 58 children have been killed and 128 children injured, he said.The main reason for the strike is non-payment of civil service salaries. The Territories have been particularly hard hit since Israel stopped tax transfers and other countries suspended contributions to the Palestinian Authority (PA) after the Hamas election victory in January.Israel and international donors insist that Hamas, whose charter is committed to Israel’s destruction, must subscribe to the principles of non-violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and accept previous agreements and obligations, including the UN-backed Roadmap plan providing for two states living side by side in peace. Various UN agencies have warned regularly over the past months of a looming humanitarian emergency in the occupied Palestinian territories as food, health and education services crumble. Of all the schools in the West Bank, 24 per cent are run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main provider of basic services to over 4.3 million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, six per cent are private, and 70 per cent are Government-run, meaning that the majority of children attend public schools. read more

Armed robbery of UNpartner compound in South Sudan condemned by senior relief

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), during last Friday’s robbery, aid workers were held at gunpoint and significant assets of the non-governmental organization (NGO) were taken. “Violence and crime against humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are jeopardizing the ability of aid workers to provide assistance at a time when humanitarian needs are greater than ever,” said Eugene Owusu, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, in a news release.“This is unacceptable and must stop. I call on all actors to respect and protect humanitarian staff and assets,” he continued.In addition, OCHA said the robbery “is absolutely reprehensible and those responsible must be identified and held to account,” adding that the staff of Nile Hope and other humanitarian workers “work day in and day out in dangerous and difficult locations across South Sudan to help people in dire need.”The Nile Hope compound robbery is reportedly the latest in a string of violent incidents affecting humanitarian partners operating in South Sudan. In the month of October alone, humanitarian partners reported 32 cases of attempted or successful robbery, burglary and looting affecting their operations, including 15 in Juba – and a humanitarian worker was killed during a compound robbery in September, OCHA indicated.“I call on all relevant actors, including Government, to work together to strengthen our collective resolve to protect the safety and security of humanitarian workers,” stated Mr. Owusu. read more

Belize rejects IMF recommendation for increased taxes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIMF says Barbados economy in precarious stateJune 8, 2018In “latest news”Countries affected by hurricanes last year face protracted recovery, says IMFOctober 13, 2018In “Regional”Guyana among other CARICOM countries to cut back reliance on PetroCaribeNovember 26, 2014In “Business” Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow (Photo: CMC)BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize government says it has no intention of implementing a recommendation by the International Monetary Fund for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to increase the General Sales Tax (GST) to 15 per cent.An IMF delegation recently ended a two-week visit here indicating that it expects the Belizean economy to return to positive growth in 2017.The Washington-based financial institution however said public debt remains elevated, despite the cash flow relief and the gain from the recent debt restructuring agreement with private external bondholders and the current account deficit is sizable.“While the tightening of the fiscal stance in the context of the 2017-18 budget is welcome, in the view of the team, further fiscal consolidation is necessary to mitigate risks and put public debt on a clear downward path, and to facilitate external adjustment.“Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Relationships (CBRs) and low capital buffers in a major bank remain key risks to financial stability,” said Bert van Selm, who headed the IMF delegation.But Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speaking on the News 5 television programme on Thursday night said that his administration has again refused to accept recommendations from the IMF that would affect the best interest of the country.Barrow said his government had in the past rejected IMF recommendations that the country seek to join one of the financial institution’s programmes for turning around the economy.“You know I made the point to the IMF team in the wrap-up meeting we had that when we first re-engaged with the bondholders trying to restructure again the Super Bond. Initially they had sought to insist that a pre-condition to our discussions ought to be Belize’s entry into an IMF programme,” Barrow told television viewers.“We absolutely rejected that and we proceeded on the basis that Belize is quite capable of writing its own prescriptions and going its own way. The fact that we’re not in any IMF programs means that while, as a matter of courtesy and respect, we look at what the IMF has had to say.“There is absolutely no obligation on our part to follow any of it and certainly, with respect to the recommendations as to raising the GST and as to doing away with exemptions, and the recommendations having to do with pensions and public officers, we absolutely reject those as we have made clear repeatedly.“So, as I said, it’s always interesting to talk to the fund, they have a job to do, we are members and the Article Four Consultation is a prescribed, as it were, feature of membership and we will always, as I said, be respectful and treat the IMF team with extreme courtesy. But we absolutely will not follow any of the prescriptions which, in our view, would result if followed in a fracturing of the social compact,” he said. read more

Do you waste food This Dragons Den investor wants supermarkets and shoppers

first_img 26 Comments Eamonn Quinn 12,131 Views Do you waste food? This Dragons’ Den investor wants supermarkets and shoppers to cut it out Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste per year. Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:03 AM http://jrnl.ie/3277364 I want to see Irish supermarkets leading the way on this issue. As a first step, I would like to see them signing up to the Food Waste Charter for Ireland.A new publicity campaign around how the brown bin can play a role in household waste is also being rolled out this week.The message will highlight how the brown bin can not only help with proper waste segregation but also raise awareness of the scale and nature of food wasted every day. If we find ourselves repeatedly tipping mouldy bread or wilted salad leaves into the brown bin, it is more likely that we will think twice before buying so much the next time.Read: So many questions… what’s happening with water charges?> Share70 Tweet Email1 Short URLcenter_img By Christina Finn Mar 9th 2017, 6:03 AM Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership?> Image: Sam Boal DRAGONS’ DEN INVESTOR Eamonn Quinn is to chair the government’s new action group on food waste in the retail sector.Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten will today launch the initiative in a bid to encourage supermarkets to lead the way in the reduction of food wastage.All the big players in the food retail industry will attend today’s forum – including Centra, Supervalu and Tesco – to examine the solutions.Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste per year. Around 40% of this comes from food production, while 60% of it comes from the household and commercial sector.Eamonn Quinn, the son of retail giant turned politician Feargal Quinn, will examine the issue of food wastage from a retail point of view. He will also launch a national charter on food waste, which will encourage each individual shopper to take responsibility for their own actions to reduce waste.The action group, made up of all the main supermarket chains, is being asked to come up with concrete agreements on their food promotions and how they will influence awareness among their customers.The group will operate for an initial term of 12 months. External experts will be asked to attend meetings for the purpose of providing input to discussions and a report will be prepared for the minister at the end of that period.Food thrown away“I am appalled that we as a small nation generate two tonnes of food waste every minute, yet one person in every eight go hungry. Do we realise that land 200 times the size of Ireland is used to grow food that is just thrown away? The extent of the damage our appetite for excess is doing to our world is unthinkable,” Naughten told TheJournal.ie.One of the main issues to be tackled is consumer confusion over sell-by and best-before dates.“Reduced, or better, food packaging also has a role to play – excessive or unsustainable sourced packing forms part of the environmental cost of food. The appearance of fruit and vegetables is known to influence consumer buying. A significant part of total food wastage occurs at the consumer level,” said the minister.‘Waste not to want not’“Older generations laid much store by the adage ‘waste not, want not’. They understood the seasonal and cyclical nature of abundance and need. In a modern society, where everything is available, all year round and at every price point, new insight is required as to how we can live within the capacity of our planet in terms of the materials we consume and the waste we must manage,” he added.As a minimum, Naughten said he wants to see supermarkets implementing prevention measures in Ireland that are already rooted in retail stores around Europe.Supermarkets have made themselves indispensable in our modern busy lives. They do it very well but their influence – their purchasing power and their marketing power – brings responsibility too. Corporate Social Responsibility must be meaningful and not just a governance tick-box. Eamonn Quinn Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fixing the Affordable Housing problem in San Diego

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, Scott Sherman FacebookTwitter Fixing the Affordable Housing problem in San Diego Updated: 2:14 PM Posted: March 6, 2018 , March 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe City Council today will consider dozens of regulation changes that Mayor Kevin Faulconer contends will help increase the supply of housing, lower development costs and promote smart growth. Some of the proposed changes would build on the state’s required 1978 Affordable Housing Density Program, which allows developers to build more housing units than typically permitted on a given project, provided some of the units are affordably priced. But Faulconer is proposing changes that would go beyond that program and offer further incentives for developers to provideaffordable homes.Among the changes are offering a 10 percent density bonus for projects not going beyond the maximum permitted building footprint and allowing a 100 percent density bonus for “micro-unit” developments that do not go beyond the permitted building footprint.“We need more housing that people can actually afford and the changes we’re pushing for are aimed at making that a reality,” Faulconer said.“We want to put the dream of homeownership back within reach for San Diego’s working families and the way to do that is by increasing supply and lowering costs as much as we can.”Faulconer said San Diego’s growing population is struggling to find an affordable place to live in the county, which has a median home purchase price in excess of $500,000. Faulconer is also pushing for 47 updates to the Land Development Code that would streamline the project review process and hopefully increase production, he said.Among the changes are eathe sing of regulations to create more live/work developments, where housing and commercial enterprises are both located; creating parking exemptions for some historic structures; changing parking requirements for developments near transit centers and changing ground-floor height limits in mixed zones to 13 feet, which would allow the construction of three-story buildings in zones where they are currently not allowed.The proposals are the latest in Faulconer’s Housing SD initiative and were teased during his State of the City address earlier this year. Since last June, the city has made the following several changes as part of the initiative — expediting certain affordable housing permits, changing the municipal code to promote the construction of so-called granny flats, and creating a streamlined environmental review process.KUSI’s Lisa Remillard spoke with Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Scott Sherman on Good Morning San Diego. last_img read more

Its the last blue moon of the decade and you can totally

first_img Share your voice 1 Sci-Tech 12 Photos This is a full moon. A blue moon looks like a full moon. That’s it.  NASA/Kim Shiflett I’m all for an exciting “blood moon” (aka: a total lunar eclipse) or even a just slightly interesting “supermoon” when the full moon looks a smidge bigger in the sky, but there is absolutely no reason to get excited about this Saturday’s “blue moon.”You may have seen other headlines declaring that this will be the last time this unique full moon will rise until 2021, but there’s actually nothing astronomical that sets a blue moon apart from any other full moon. According to the Library of Congress, a blue moon occurs when a particular season has four full moons rather than the typical three. When this happens, the third moon of the four is labeled a blue moon. It has nothing to do with the actual coloration of our natural satellite, or anything to do with space, for that matter. It’s just one of the naming conventions from the old Farmers’ Almanacs: the same as calling January’s full moon a “wolf moon” because wolves were often heard howling at winter moons long ago, apparently.  That’s the most old school definition of a blue moon, a least. It’s also come to be defined as the second full moon that falls within the same calendar month. So if there’s a full moon on the first day of any month (except February), you’ll get a blue moon about four weeks later. Again, this newer definition really has nothing to do with the moon itself, which is just going about its normal orbiting business. Rather, a blue moon is dependent on the rather arbitrary calendar that we’ve all decided to use to keep track of our lives. So while blood moons aren’t actually bloody and supermoons are really more “kinda neat” than full-blown super, both are worth stepping outside to see. A blue moon, on the other hand, is really just the same as last month’s full moon. If you miss it, there’s a repeat showing four weeks later, just without the fancy title. center_img Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos Tags Comment Spacelast_img read more

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in UK

first_img Julian Assange to iPhone, Blackberry users: you’re screwedWikiLeaks receives nomination for Nobel Peace Prize BREAKING: #Assange removed from embassy – video pic.twitter.com/qsHy7ZVPg5— Ruptly (@Ruptly) April 11, 2019The Metropolitan Police Service later confirmed Assange was “further arrested” on behalf of the US, under an extradition warrant.“He is accused in the United States of America of computer-related offences,” the Home Office said in a statement.The US indictment, unsealed Thursday morning, lists a single count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” and alleges that Assange worked with former U.S. Army soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning to obtain classified documents.An extradition hearing will take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.Assange first made international headlines in April 2010, when WikiLeaks published confidential reports provided by Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning), including Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault (which he denies). Assange has since been accused of aiding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019In a video posted to Twitter, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno distanced himself and his country from Assange, announcing that his “discourteous and aggressive behavior,” among other transgressions, “have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”“Ecuador sovereignly has decided to terminate the diplomatic asylum granted to Mr. Assange in 2012,” Moreno continued, adding that Ecuador has “fulfilled its obligations in the framework of international law.”“The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange,” the president said.More on Geek.com:WikiLeaks Receives Nomination for Nobel Peace PrizeWikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Signs $1.3 Million Book DealJulian Assange to iPhone, BlackBerry Users: You’re Screwed Stay on target Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum status.British police apprehended the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been claiming asylum since 2012.Hoisted out of the embassy by local authorities, a full-bearded Assange could be heard pleading that the “UK must resist … this attempt by the Trump administration.”AdChoices广告He also appeared to be holding a copy of Gore Vidal’s “History of the National Security State”—a book about the establishment of the military-industrial-security complex and so-called “Imperial Presidency.”last_img read more

Make your evening snack healthy

first_imgIn todays fast-paced world and lifestyle, snacking has become an integral part of the daily diet. But most snacks consumed today skew toward prepackaged and processed foods, that only add calories, but very little of anything else hence it is important to provide healthy yet tasty alternatives that is changing the quick snack culture in India. Experts list reason on how to make evening snack delicious as well as healthy. Opt for Makhana (Fox nut). Makhana is easy on the body and provides a wholesome alternative to unhealthy binging. They also known as a great guilt free snack around the world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith properties such as low in cholesterol, fat and sodium, they make for an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs.They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content. Besides this, makhana acts as an anti-oxidant, very light and good for digestion. While it is roasted in Olive oil, its mild flavour makes them a perfect everyday snack for all age groups. For the older audience, it is the perfect choice as an anti-ageing enzyme in these seeds are said to help repair damaged proteins. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the idea of catering to all Indian taste buds and all sections of the society, manufacturers are now introducing interesting flavors which are adaptable to the Indian palettes. The aware and health conscious Indian audience has now definitely started using Makhanas as a substitute to Popcorn. evening or late night snacking.One can also try other variants of snacks.Nuts: Nuts are nature’s way of showing us that good things come in small packages. These bite-size nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Almonds: These are highly nutritional nuts rich in Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron amongst many others. Besides being great in taste, eating almonds boosts brain health, greatly effects weight loss, lowers your cholesterol and reduces you hunger, hence, lowering your overall calorie intake.Walnuts: Walnuts are most often eaten on their own as a snack. However, they can be added to salads, pastas, desserts, breakfast cereals, soups and baked goods as well. They’re often referred to as “brain food”.Berries: They are sweet superfruits with an unending list of benefits.Blueberries: Sweet in flavor, these berries are succulent and nutritious. They are the King of antioxidant foods, boost immunity, manage diabetes and help prevent cancer. Raw or dried, you can add either to your breakfast cereal/ smoothie or just sprinkle some over your garden salad and you’re good to go.Cranberries: These little red berries are a delectable, popular and healthful food. They not only help guard against UTIs, heart disease, types of cancer, and the flu, but benefits oral health too. You can eat them in their raw state, but if the zesty flavor of fresh berries is not your thing, you can go for readily available jams or dried cranberries.Pumpkin seeds: Eat them raw, or roast them in the oven. Either way, these wholesome powerhouses are a formidable source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein. They go great with your evening tea and considering their size, are an effective snack on-the-go!Flax seeds: When it comes to nutritional goodness, flaxseeds are full of it. Get creative and add them to your daily parfaits, yogurts, salads, smoothies or morning cereals. Nutritionists recommend a tablespoon of flaxseeds a day (which only contain approx 55 calories).last_img read more

agentsAPT Travel Group

first_imgagentsAPT Travel Group A new, private, agents-only group page has been launched by The APT Travel Group, including APT and Travelmarvel, that will keep agents updated on product launches, incentives and famil opportunities, and provide a platform for agents to share information and feedback. “We have always had incredible support and great communication with nationwide retail partners, which we are very proud of. We are always looking to engage with travel agents through new channels and our new Facebook Group allows this with ease,” said Susan Haberle, ATG Head of Sales Australasia. To join the group simply search ‘ATG Travel Agents AU’ on Facebook or CLICK HERE.last_img

Teaching exams cancelled after website leak Updated

first_imgEducation Minister Costas Kadis has apologised to 941 candidates who had their exams for state education teaching posts cancelled on Monday after the material was apparently accidentally uploaded onto the ministry’s website before the exams took place.Although the material was taken down shortly after it was uploaded, the education ministry decided to cancel the exams for applicants applying for teaching positions in physics, chemistry, computer science, religious studies and physical education.The exams had been scheduled for Monday afternoon and candidates were only told that they were cancelled after they had taken their seats and been handed the papers.The cancellation is yet another hurdle in the education ministry’s long fight to change the system of appointing teachers from one based on their position on a waiting list to one focusing on university degree grades and education ministry exams. The changes have been fiercely opposed by unions.Kadis said that following the “unfortunate and unacceptable event”, he contacted the three-member committee tasked with supervising the exams and they decided to cancel the exams, “because they could not be fair as we wish them to be”.He said that the exams would be rescheduled as soon as possible.“An administrative probe is to be launched promptly, to attribute responsibilities at any level,” Kadis said.He warned that his ministry would be “relentless in investigating the responsibilities, wherever they come from, and the mistakes made either deliberately or unwittingly”.He said that his ministry would not allow anyone to hinder a reform for which they had been working for two years.He added that the rest of the exams will take place as planned.“I would like to assure everyone that the exams, even with the problem that has arisen, will be completed as a matter of course and that in September we will have new teachers in our schools selected on the new appointment system, based on their knowledge, skills and experience,” he said.One of the disappointed candidates told state broadcaster CyBC: “There was a huge reaction by candidates, mainly over disappointment in our educational system. How reliable is this system?” he asked.The cancellation is expected to cause huge problems for those who travelled from abroad to sit the exams – many of them Greek nationals – as they will have to reschedule their flights and bear additional costs as regards accommodation. Educators from all EU member states were entitled to apply as long as they spoke Greek.“There were people who had arrived from Greece to take the exam and leave the same day. This creates other problems for them,” another candidate said.He added that candidates were disappointed and angry but also felt that they could not trust that something similar had not happened during the previous two days of the exams.“It was a huge blow. We are devastated, in despair. This cost us a lot,” he said.Following the incident, the education ministry came under fire by opposition parties who criticised it and the government among others for sloppiness and inability to organise such exams.More than 5,500 prospective educators signed up to take the exams that begun on Saturday with a Greek language test and a skills test on Sunday. This week, candidates will be tested in their subject area, while the exams were to be completed on Friday. Results were expected at the end of February.The new appointment system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, their university degree grade, additional academic qualifications and teaching experience.Legislation passed this year provides that from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, 50 per cent of new teaching appointments will be made from the current waiting lists and 50 per cent from the pool created under the new system.From September 2027 onward, all appointments will be made based on merit.      You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndo 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 read more

Investment not sale of Coop

first_imgThe Co-op bank is not being sold off, a search for investors will begin, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday.“It must be understood that the Co-op bank is not being sold. The state is not selling any of the shares that it holds in the Co-operative Bank.”The Co-op, Georgiades added, needs to draw capital, “therefore, what has been announced is not the sale of the Co-op, but rather a call for investment in the Co-op.”Responding to criticism from political parties, he noted that this action will secure the financial stability of the bank, so that no depositor would be concerned, while at the same time taking a step in the right direction of dealing with non-performing loans.Asked if the investors choose not to buy the bank’s bad portfolio, Georgiades said, “that would equal the creation of a management institution, which is something that has been recommended by the government and political powers, has a cost, but has a benefit.”Earlier in the day a senior bank official said plans to privatise the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank (formerly the Cooperative Central Bank) would benefit depositors and performing borrowers alike.On Monday the co-op bank opened a virtual data room to be used by potential investors to securely exchange data and analyses, as the lender seeks to reduce the state’s share.The process launched by the bank has two parts, one offering the choice of acquiring the bank as a licensed entity, or part or all of its assets and liabilities.Other Cypriot commercial banks can take part in the second option.The process will close on March 29. It is being handled by Citigroup Global Markets Ltd.After that, potential investors will be given time to submit binding offers.The co-op bank was recapitalised with €1.67bn in taxpayer money in 2014 and 2015, but it is struggling with some €6.4bn in non-performing loans (NPLs), accounting for more than half of its loan portfolio.In light of the developments surrounding the ownership of Co-Op Bank, unions Sek, Peo and Pasydy on Tuesday announced that the rights of workers at the bank would need to be secured and continue to be in place.The unions added that staff positions would also need to be secured, and that “in no way would any case regarding forced retirement or firing be acceptable.”In their message, the unions also requested that they be informed of any development at the Co-Ops by the governing body.Speaking on state broadcaster CyBC, Yiannis Stavrinides, head of the CCB’s Strategy and Communications Service, said two options are now on the table.The first is an increase in the bank’s share capital, allowing a private investor to participate as a shareholder. Here, the lender’s shares would not be sold, but rather increased, because the CCB itself does not have the authority to divest state assets.In this case the investor would control the CCB’s entire balance sheet, including normal banking operations as well as the portfolio of bad loans (NPLs).The other alternative is for interested investors to acquire the CCB’s banking operations alone – the entire balance sheet, the branches and the personnel – without the delinquent loans.The investor would pay the state – the current owner of the CCB – the asking price. Subsequently, in this scenario, the state would be left only with the NPL portfolio – the “bad part” of the bank.Later, the investor would be able to absorb the CCB or merge it with another bank under their control. It would be up to them to retain the CCB brand or not, Stavrinides said.The bank official argued that, assuming interested parties come forward, it would be a positive development both for CCB customers and for borrowers who are meeting their obligations.“Obviously a depositor prefers it if they hold their savings in a bank that has no NPLs,” he said.Stavrinides recalled that the state reducing its share in the CCB had been a precondition of bailing out the bank.Media reports meanwhile said a number of parties have expressed an interest in the CCB. These included Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, Eurobank, as well as investment funds from Canada and China.Banking sources were quoted as saying that the entire process for a deal selling all or part of the CCB should be completed by April 30 – the deadline by which the lender must disclose its financial results for the year 2017.Akel supporters held a demonstration in Limassol regarding the developments at the bank early Tuesday evening. 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