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UN agency voices concern after Greece closes camp housing asylumseekers

14 July 2009The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about Greece’s decision to close down a makeshift camp in the city of Patras, and the fate of hundreds of asylum-seekers and refugees that are now homeless as a result of this weekend’s action. Greek authorities cleared the camp on Sunday morning, Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva. “UNHCR has long maintained that the makeshift camp at Patras did not provide appropriate accommodation for the people sheltering there,” he stated. “However, UNHCR is concerned that no alternative has been provided for many of the people who had been living at the site.”The agency said it is important that the asylum-seekers affected by the operation are not expelled from the country until their protection needs have been appropriately assessed.When the authorities moved in, 44 unaccompanied minors were found and transferred to a reception centre in Konitsa in northern Greece. Another 20 to 25 registered asylum-seekers were identified and moved to Patras, while an unknown number of undocumented residents of the camp were arrested and taken to Patras police station, according to UNHCR.“We understand that many former residents – including registered asylum-seekers – abandoned the site before the clearance operation. Their whereabouts are unknown. It is feared that many are homeless,” said Mr. Redmond. He added that after all the residents were evacuated a fire ripped through the camp, the source of which is unknown. UNHCR said it has been urging Greek authorities to improve the quality of its reception facilities for asylum-seekers, and in particular to find adequate solutions for those identified as minors. The agency also highlighted its concern over a new law adopted last week which, among other elements, decentralizes asylum decisions to over 50 police directorates across the country. “These new developments are likely to make protection even more elusive for those who need it in Greece,” said Mr. Redmond.Video Report by UN Television’s 21st Century programme read more

UN holds forum to find ways to tackle problem of youth unemployment

Monday’s meeting is a key preparatory event for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)’s annual ministerial review in July, which is set to focus this year on the issues of employment and decent work to eradicate poverty.Youth unemployment has soared in both affluent and poor countries since the global financial crisis began in 2008, with the largest annual increase on record reported in 2009. At one point nearly 76 million people aged between 15 and 24 years of age were unemployed worldwide.Many young people with jobs are also suffering, ECOSOC noted in a press release. The Council said it now estimates that about 152 million young workers live in households that are below the poverty line, and they comprise almost a quarter of the total numbers of working poor.The meeting on Monday is expected to feature presentations or remarks from, among others, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, ECOSOC President Miloš Koterec, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang and representatives of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). 24 February 2012Dozens of representatives from governments, the business sector and civil society groups will gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday to discuss ways how they can better collaborate to tackle the problem of youth unemployment worldwide. read more

Bring killers of journalists to justice UN agency seeks media partners for

To help raise awareness of this situation, UNESCO, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is launching a new campaign, Truth Never Dies, on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.The organization is calling for media partners to support the campaign by publishing stories on, or by, journalists who have been killed simply for doing their job, to coincide with the 2 November commemoration. UNESCO has produced a toolkit for media that want to take part.In a statement released on Wednesday, UNESCO said that journalist killings affect the whole of society because they prevent the free circulation of information and all citizens’ expression of opinions and ideas. The message of the campaign is that, by publishing stories of these journalists in the media and demanding that justice be done, truth will not die.2 November was chosen as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists following a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2013. The date was chosen to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were killed on that date in Mali, whilst on assignment. read more

10 easy ways to safeguard your car

Think about who you leave your vehicle keys with. Treat them as you do your house keys – do you know the person you are leaving your keys with? Do you trust them?Check who you are leaving your vehicle keys with. Where possible, check that a company you entrust your keys to is a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional standard such as Motor Codes; the British Parking Association’s Park Mark scheme; or the Car Wash Advisory Service’s WashMark initiative.Think about where you park your vehicle – is it in a safe place? Well-lit and well-populated areas or car parks with security features such as CCTV, manned barriers or gated entry will give you greater peace of mind.Check that your vehicle is locked before leaving it. Listen for the locking noise, watch for the lights to flash or mirrors to fold, or simply pull the door handle.Think about where you leave your spare key. Don’t leave it in your vehicle, and be mindful of how many spares you have and where they are kept.Check that you haven’t left valuables on display in your vehicle. We all know that this can attract opportunist thieves.Check that the vehicle’s windows are closed, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes. Open windows make it all the easier for thieves to gain access.Think about where you keep your keys at home. Keep them well away from the door or windows and out of sight.Check that your alarm or immobiliser is enabled when you leave your car. A simple check could save considerable expense and inconvenience later.Check whether your vehicle has an alarm or immobiliser. If it doesn’t, think about buying an aftermarket alarm, steering wheel lock or other locking device. These are proven to deter thieves.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Will the Vent Shell Turn Heads

first_imgAG Findings says its new iPhone 4 case, the Vent Shell. has the kind of head-turning style that iPhone users demand. While it may not literally turn any heads, it’s still an attractive case. It comes in vibrant colors and is engineered from strong polycarbonate. It’s a one-piece case that snaps onto your device, leaving the charging port, camera, and controls fully accessible.You can pick up the Vent Shell at AT&T stores for $29.99 in a two-pack that includes both red and black cases. If you’d prefer a two-pack that includes clear and purple cases, visit AT&T’s wireless accessories page. For other colors and combinations, visit the AG Findings Web site.last_img read more

Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey

first_img Short URL Share849 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 4th 2016, 12:00 PM Friday 4 Nov 2016, 12:00 PM Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey The kit has come to the fore in recent days because England and Scotland both want to wear the poppy in their upcoming game. 145 Comments WORLD FOOTBALL’S GOVERNING body, Fifa, has charged the Republic of Ireland with wearing a political symbol during a friendly with Switzerland in March.Ireland wore the special jersey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising but the kit was brought back to public attention this week when British MP Damian Collins cited them as an example of supposed double standards by Fifa.England and Scotland have been in negotiations with Fifa over whether they can wear poppies on black armbands when they play each other in a World Cup qualifier on November 11, which is Armistice Day, the traditional day for Britons to pay tribute to their war dead.Fifa has rejected their request saying it is a political symbol.A Fifa spokesperson said earlier yesterday that the organisation was “evaluating the matter” but today formally opened disciplinary proceedings against the FAI.The FAI has been contacted for comment.Reasons to be cheerful about the League of Ireland despite the challengesEamon Dunphy to launch ‘intelligent, interesting, irreverent’ football podcast By Steve O’Rourke 40,320 Views last_img read more

WATCH Texas And Six Other States Sue To End DACA

first_img Share Following through on a months-old promise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Texas has filed a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leading a seven-state coalition to fight an Obama-era immigration measure that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants nationwide from deportation, including more than 100,000 in Texas.Paxton first threatened in June 2017 to sue over the program if President Donald Trump’s administration had not ended it by September.After a federal court’s ruling blocked, Paxton wrote in January that he would consider filing suit if the program still stood in June.“Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Paxton said in a press release.“Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization,” noted Paxton, who added that “left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation’s immigration laws to suit a president’s own policy preferences.”ReactionsGilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, reacted to the lawsuit saying Paxton has a “cruel anti-immigration agenda.”Hinojosa added that the lawsuit “will rip over 124,000 Texans away from their families” and “jeopardize” the state’s economy.Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez, a Democrat who represents District 143, categorized the lawsuit as “frivolous” and added it is “unfortunate” because of “the numerous times that DACA has been upheld in federal court.”Hernandez also touched on the potential economic impact of terminating DACA and argued that it would cost Texas $6 billion in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and thousands of jobs.The State Representative detailed that the impact in terms of GDP loss is according to studies by the Migration Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress.Todd Schulte, President of –which defines itself as a bipartisan organization that promotes policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy–, said in a statement that the lawsuit “demonstrates why Congress must take immediate action to bring certainty for Dreamers, their families, friends, and coworkers.”You can read the lawsuit here:last_img read more

MoviePass Parent Sets Spinoff Plan to Create MoviePass Entertainment

first_imgIn a bid to save MoviePass, the struggling theater-subscription service’s parent — Helios & Matheson Analytics — announced a plan to spin off the division as a separate, publicly traded entity called MoviePass Entertainment Holdings.HMNY said its board had preliminarily approved the spinoff plan that would combine MoviePass Inc. and other film related assets held by HMNY to create a “vertically integrated” entertainment company.There’s no guarantee Helios & Matheson will be able to execute the spinoff. For one thing, HMNY said that it’s not sure such a transaction is allowed under Delaware law. Meanwhile, the company is under investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office into whether HMNY misled investors, and the company has been sued by investors alleging it deceived shareholders. The proposed MoviePass Entertainment Holdings would include: the shares of common stock of MoviePass Inc. held by HMNY, which currently owns 92% of the outstanding shares; the membership interests of MoviePass Films, HMNY’s movie production company partnered with Emmett Furla Oasis Films; the membership interests of MoviePass Ventures, which was established to acquire completed films; Moviefone, which HMNY bought from Verizon’s Oath earlier this year.“Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of HMNY might benefit from separating our movie-related assets from the rest of our company,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of HMNY, said in a prepared statement.Earlier this year, MoviePass touted that it had topped 2 million subscribers for its service letting customers see one movie per day for just $9.95 per month. But the deal was too good to be true: The surge in users caused an enormous cash drain on HMNY and the company was forced to take out several loans. To stay afloat, MoviePass drastically changed its offer in August to limit customers to only three movies per month for the same price and curtailed access to wide-release movies during peak demand.Helios & Matheson said that “if permitted to do so under applicable Delaware law,” it plans to distribute a minority of the outstanding shares of MoviePass Entertainment common stock as a dividend to stockholders of HMNY as of a record date that is yet to be determined, with HMNY retaining control of MoviePass Entertainment.Other caveats on the spinoff plan: According to HMNY, a dividend of MoviePass Entertainment shares and/or a contemplated listing of MoviePass Entertainment on Nasdaq (or an alternate trading market) are “subject to numerous conditions.” Those include: completion of the contemplated reorganization; completion of audited financial statements of MoviePass Entertainment; the filing and effectiveness of a registration statement by MoviePass Entertainment with the SEC; the approved listing of shares of MoviePass Entertainment on Nasdaq or an alternate trading market; and HMNY being permitted to distribute MoviePass Entertainment shares under Delaware law, “of which there is no assurance,” according to Helios & Matheson. Following the MoviePass Entertainment spinoff, HMNY plans to retain its ownership of Zone Technologies and would discontinue its previously announced plan to spin off Zone. HMNY said it plans to continue focusing on data analytics and consumer-centric technologies. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

These Studio Ghibli Coasters Are Too Cute For Words

first_img Do you use coasters? I just like to set my drink down wherever there’s a flat space because I’m a barbarian, but if I had cute enough coasters, I could probably be convinced to use them. I’m thinking about it with this set of fuzzy new coasters based on popular Studio Ghibli characters. Benelic, the operator of the “Donguri Kyowakoku” coasters, has brought us a new series of coasters that might just melt your heart if you’re not careful.The line features Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle, forest sprites from My Neighbor Totoro, the Soot Sprite from Spirited Away, all done in 100% wool. They’ve all even been made by hand in Nepal, hand-stitched and available for about 1,300 yen ($11.50) apiece.They’re absolutely gorgeous, and they’re worth even more than that thanks to the fact that workers carefully craft these with their hands instead of relying on machines to do all the work. That’s impressive! Can you imagine putting them together like that, all day? They out to charge at least double the price for that kind of intensive work, especially since each coaster needs to be the same.If you want to purchase a set of these coasters, you’ll have to actually take your Ghibli-loving self down to Donguri Kyowakoku, as it doesn’t seem there’s a way to purchase them online just yet. But keep your eyes peeled as you never know when these goodies are going to make their way to an online location near you. And if you’re feeling crafty, you might consider making copycat versions to tide you over until you’ve got the real thing too. AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on targetlast_img read more

Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles

first_img Explore further A standard 9×9 Sudoku matrix. Image credit: Héctor Rodríguez. ( — A new analysis of number randomness in Sudoku matrices could lead to the development of more difficult and multi-dimensional Sudoku puzzles. In a recent study, mathematicians have found that the way that numbers are arranged in Sudoku puzzles is even more random than the number arrangements in randomly-generated matrices. The counter-intuitive discovery may enable researchers to develop algorithms that generate Sudoku matrices with fewer clues, making them more difficult to solve. Citation: Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles (2010, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Toy Robot to Solve Sudoku (w/ Video)center_img — Paul K. Newton and Stephen A. DeSalvo. “The Shannon entropy of Sudoku matrices.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2009.0522.– Via: ABC Science More information: Mathematicians Paul Newton and Stephen DeSalvo of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have published the results of their study in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. “I think it will help develop multi-dimensional Sudoku puzzles, and answer questions about how to give the initial [clues] in order to create a hard, but still solvable Sudoku puzzle,” Newton said in an article at ABC Science.Sudoku is a number puzzle consisting of a 9×9 grid, whose 81 boxes are filled in with the numbers 1 through 9 in a way that meets certain criteria. Each number can only appear once per row and once per column, as well as only once in each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that make up the matrix. In 2006, researchers (Felgenhauer and Jarvis) found that there are about 6.67 x 1021 different Sudoku matrices that satisfy these three criteria. In contrast, the total number of different 9×9 randomly generated matrices is much greater: 981. The ratio of these two numbers, or the probability of randomly generating a Sudoku matrix by randomly selecting each number in each box independently, is very small: about 3 x 10-56. This small probability results from the constraints put on Sudoku matrices.In their study, Newton and DeSalvo wanted to find out how exactly random a Sudoku matrix is, given these constraints. To answer this question, they generated a representative sample of about 10,000 matrices and compared them to randomly generated matrices. They were surprised to find that Sudoku matrices are actually more random than randomly-generated matrices. This result is counterintuitive since you would expect that, the more constraints on a matrix, the less random it will be. Instead, the rules of Sudoku seem to “weed out” matrices with patterns. For example, as Newton explained, a randomly generated matrix could potentially consist of all one number, alternating numbers, or some other pattern not allowed in Sudoku. The imposed high level of number distribution in Sudoku gives it a higher level of entropy, making it more random than random matrices.Newton and DeSalvo predict that this greater understanding of Sudoku could lead to better Sudoku-generating algorithms that create more difficult puzzles. Currently, Sudoku puzzles require at least 17 numbers to be given in their correct boxes in order for the puzzle solver to find a unique solution. The new study could decrease that number, making it more difficult to solve the puzzles. Future algorithms might also develop more complex 3D Sudoku cubes. “I think it will give people a lot of insight into how to produce better algorithms for constructing Sudoku matrices and it will enable ultimately the very fast learning algorithms that solve Sudoku matrices,” Newton said.Australian mathematician Marcel Jackson of Latrobe University in Melbourne, who was not affiliated with the study, added that understanding Sudoku matrices better might also be useful in coding information to minimize the effect of errors in transmission. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Pakistan says it has hosted a round of KabulTaliban talks

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Patients with chronic pain give advice How men can have a healthy 2019 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that it hosted a round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban the previous day, and that another round is planned for after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said the one-day talks ended with both sides agreeing to meet again. Tuesday’s talks took place at Murree, a hilly resort near the Pakistani capital. Representatives of China and the United States were also present during the meeting, the statement said. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Previous efforts to start a dialogue stalled, however, largely due the lack of trust and confidence between the two sides.Also, there have been differences among the Taliban over the talks in the past. It was not clear whether the Taliban representatives who attended the Pakistan meeting had a go ahead from their supreme leader, Mullah Omar, or the insurgents’ political office in Qatar, specifically set up with the goal toward a peace deal.A Taliban statement emailed to media in Kabul by the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid did not provide clarity whether the talks have been fully endorsed by the Taliban leadership.“Our political office has complete authority and capability … to hold or suspend talks whenever or wherever it wants,” Mujahid said.Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday night described the holding of the talks as “a major breakthrough.” His comments were recorded for Pakistani TV from the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where he is on a three-day visit.“I hope there will be a positive outcome which will certainly be very helpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Sharif said.Earlier Tuesday, Ghani’s office announced that a delegation from the government’s High Peace Council traveled to Islamabad for the talks. Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai was reported to be among the government representatives. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The participants exchanged views on ways to bring peace and reconciliation to Afghanistan, where fighting has continued since the Taliban were removed from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001. Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement.Both sides “expressed their collective desire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the region,” the ministry statement said. The next meeting would be held at a mutually convenient date after Ramadan ends later this month, it added.The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the peace talks, praising Pakistan for hosting them and thanking Washington and China for taking part. “We believe that if there is a good and strong intention in the peace process, there will be good results,” Kabul said Wednesday.The talks came after repeated informal meetings between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives, most recently in Qatar and Norway. The fact that Tuesday’s talks were the first formally acknowledged by the Afghan government and the semi-public nature of the talks suggested possible progress, after years of frustration in trying to bring the two sides together. Top Stories Ghani said the talks aim to “change this meeting into a process of continuing talks,” build trust and develop the agenda for the negotiations, according to his office.The Afghan president has sought Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiations, since Islamabad is believed to wield influence over the group.But some Afghan politicians have been suspicious of Pakistan’s hosting of the talks, considering it interference in Afghan affairs. Nasrullah Sadieqizada, an Afghan parliament member, denounced the talks “Pakistani propaganda.”The White House praised the Pakistani government for helping facilitate the meeting.“This is an important step in advancing prospects for a credible peace,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The United States commends the government of Afghanistan’s prioritization of peace and reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.”___Associated Press Writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

NZ Seekas profits soar in 2018 as kiwifruit volu

first_img NZ: Seeka’s profits soar in 2018 as kiwifruit volu … New Zealand authorities have suspended imports of U.S. citrus following the detection of a fruit fly species on an orange consignment.Biosecurity New Zealand officers detected spotted wing drosophila larvae in a single fruit from a consignment of oranges from the U.S. on April 8 during a routine inspection. The fly is a serious pest that could harm a range of fruit crops in New Zealand, the organization said. “The interception shows our biosecurity controls are working well,” says Roger Smith, head of Biosecurity New Zealand. “There is no suggestion the fly is in New Zealand.”Smith says the ministry’s technical experts are assessing the find and any measures that might need to be taken as the fly is not normally associated with citrus.“As a precautionary measure, we have put a temporary hold on citrus consignments from the USA. This will allow us to investigate further,” he said.“We are working with authorities in the United States to identify the source of the contamination and possible treatment options for consignments on their way to New Zealand.”He says the move is unlikely to have an impact on the supply of citrus to New Zealand consumers. NZKGI hails success of labor shortage declaration … NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … center_img April 11 , 2019 You might also be interested in Egypt gains access to New Zealand orange market …last_img read more

LAS VEGAS – MGM Grand continues to raise the bar f

first_imgLAS VEGAS – MGM Grand continues to raise the bar for exceptional guest service with its new Mobile Concierge program.Guests of the AAA Four Diamond hotel now can receive exclusive discounts directly to their personal mobile devices, including offers for MGM Grand’s award-winning restaurants, pampering spa and salon and spectacular shows, KÀ and Crazy Horse Paris. This new communication service takes a proactive, state-of-the-art approach to accommodating guests’ needs.Once a hotel reservation is booked, the guest receives a pre-arrival email with the option to sign up for offers sent directly to their cell phones, iPhones or PDAs via Short Message Service communication, commonly known as text messaging.The pre-arrival email allows guests to specify whether they would like information only on specific amenities or on all offers available during their stay.Alternatively, guests may conveniently register for the customized service at the front desk upon arrival.Redeeming the offer is as simple as presenting the text message to an MGM Grand concierge or participating venue – from Cristophe Salon to the electric nightlife at Tabú Ultra Lounge and Studio 54.“With one touch of a button, our Mobile Concierge program conveniently connects our guests to special discounts, offering personalized attention and the chance to indulge in MGM Grand’s “Maximum Vegas” experience,” said Tim Kelly, vice president of Hotel Operations for MGM Grand.Offered in conjunction with digital marketing service provider, mobileStorm, the MGM Grand Mobile Concierge program currently is available to mobile service providers within the United States only.Standard text messaging rates apply.To book a reservation at MGM Grand and participate in this new service, call (800) 929-1111 or visit read more

Lebanon hopes oil and gas will help boost peace and stability

first_imgTHE discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean can and should work as a tool for peace, stability, and cooperation in the region, Cyprus and Lebanon said yesterday.During a meeting between Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil, it was agreed to strengthen their relations in the energy sector as well as in areas such as search and rescue, liberalisation of flights, tourism and defence.Speaking after the meeting, Bassil said they agreed that the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in the region served as a catalyst for bilateral cooperation, adding that they decided to continue their negotiations with pending issues.One such matter is the delineation of the sea borders between the two countries.Cyprus has signed agreements with Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, in an effort to clear the way for peaceful exploration of the hydrocarbons in its own economic zone, but the Lebanese parliament has so far failed to ratify the agreement.Lebanon argues the Exclusive Economic Zone agreement signed between Israel and Cyprus included disputed waters that Lebanon claims belong to it, but which Israel has included as its own.Israel’s action had worsened the situation, Bassil said, but he added that “we are in a process where amicably we can, with Cyprus, sort our problems.”The minister was also asked about Lebanon’s offshore licensing round and when it would get back on track.Bassil said the process would restart no matter how much time it would take.He added that this process will pave the way for a better connection between Lebanon and Cyprus.“We have dreams to share together for a prosperous future between Lebanon and Cyprus,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Reps Marino Yaroch We must explore all options to remove Bucci from

first_img Categories: Marino News,News,Yaroch News State Reps. Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch today unveiled details about a new state-level plan to remove Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci from office.The legislators detailed a resolution that could start impeachment proceedings against Bucci, who was indicted by a federal grand jury nine months ago and hasn’t shown up for a township board meeting since.“Macomb and its residents deserve better than Dino Bucci,” said Marino, of Harrison Township, the primary sponsor of the resolution. “We must be prepared to act at the state level in case further remedies are needed.”Marino and Yaroch have sought Bucci’s removal from office for months. Bucci faces 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges come in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township and the Macomb County Department of Public Works.“Mr. Bucci has willfully neglected the duties of trustee at the taxpayers’ expense for nine months now,” said Yaroch, of Richmond, who will co-sponsor the new resolution. “If the governor will not act to remove Mr. Bucci, then it is time for the Legislature to step in to help Macomb Township move forward.”The resolution calls for a three-person Michigan House committee to investigate Bucci’s conduct and make recommendations on what should be done. Those recommendations could include articles of impeachment, which would then be voted on by the Michigan House of Representatives.Earlier this year, Marino introduced a proposal to make sure townships have the power to compel board members to attend meetings. If those members still refuse to show up for work, the plan makes it clear that violators would be guilty of misconduct, giving the governor clear grounds to remove the offender from office.“Bucci isn’t fit to serve the people of Macomb Township,” Marino said. “He is cheating taxpayers and undermining public trust in local government as he fails to fulfill the duties of his office. Simply put, it’s time for him to go.”The resolution is expected to be formally read into the record in the House in September.### 15Aug Reps. Marino, Yaroch: We must explore all options to remove Bucci from officelast_img read more

Rep Bollin issues statement on governors budget proposal

first_img06Mar Rep. Bollin issues statement on governor’s budget proposal State Rep. Ann Bollin issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal:“I appreciated hearing the governor’s budget presentation and agree we have a big job ahead of us.  The governor laid out her solutions to major issues plaguing our great state – however most of them come with a hefty price tag.  I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to deliver a budget that is fiscally responsible and provides a platform for structural reform. Our focus must be on finding long-term solutions without hindering the progress Michigan has made over the past eight years.”Bollin added she looks forward to hearing from constituents on their reaction to the budget and their ideas for moving Michigan forward.  She can be contacted at 517-373-1784 or by email at Categories: Bollin News,Newslast_img read more

Attention to Refugees Ever More Important as Numbers Rise

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 17, 2014; Center for Disaster PhilanthropyWorld Refugee Day was observed last week, and it is ever more important to recognize the parameters of this issue, because they are expanding.The U.N. refugee agency announced recently that the world’s population of refugees had increased by 6 million between 2012 and 2013. For last year, the 51.2 million refugees included 2.5 million new refugees from Syria and another 6.5 million people displaced within the war-torn country.If the refugee census were conducted today, it would include another 1 million refugees who have been displaced in Iraq just this year, half of them in the last couple of weeks. Last week, on June 20th, it was World Refugee Day. According to Susan F. Martin, the day “commemorates the strength and resilience of people forced to leave their homes because of war and serious human rights violations.”Given a 13.3 percent increase in the number of refugees, it seems that the world is doing a very poor job in reversing this dynamic. Martin asks, “how can the international community ensure adequate and effective assistance and protection for the world’s refugees and displaced persons—regardless of the reasons they are forced to move?” In light of recent events in Iraq, the challenge of a solution starts with ceasing the propensity of the nations of the world to create refugees due to sectarian and other kinds of warfare.The news cycle’s attention span is so very short. Last year, people were beginning to recognize the massive refugee problem in Syria, exacerbated by the Assad regime’s strategy of impeding access for providers of humanitarian relief. Now, Iraq has pushed the continuing civil strife in Syria out of the news headlines, so the thousands of Syrians who continue to be added to the numbers of refugees (including those who now comprise a quarter of the population of Lebanon) don’t get much attention.And neither do Iraqis, for that matter. Other than the UN reports, there is little coverage of the million people who have been displaced by the disintegration of Iraq. Nonprofits and foundations tend to think about their roles in generating resources for relief, but the answers are as much in politics as philanthropy. Nonprofits that are aware of and engaged in issues of refugees issues have to be active addressing public policies—like the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003—that are likely to create the ever-increasing displacement that now afflicts well over 5 million people.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Test and measurement specialist Agama Technologies

first_imgTest and measurement specialist Agama Technologies is to use the IP&TV World Forum next week to showcase its quality assurance system for over-the-top deployments.According to Agama, the solution is currently the only viable and proven offering for fully concurrent and real-time quality monitoring of adaptive bitrate streaming TV services across the complete OTT distribution chain.The Agama OTT solution allows OTT services to be monitored together with traditional IPTV, cable, as well as hybrid satellite and DTH services and includes reporting and APIs for OSS/BSS integration.“OTT technologies represent a tremendous opportunity for operators to reach customers and support new ways of consuming media, such as ‘TV Everywhere’. At the same time it is more complex, introducing completely new requirements and challenges for ensuring the customer experience. Understanding the end-to-end service quality in these systems will be crucial for securing revenue streams, maintaining a satisfied customer base and enforcing SLAs,” said Johan Görsjö, director of product management at Agama Technologies. “To reflect the real-world needs of these operators, we have evolved the Agama DTV Monitoring Solution in close collaboration with our customers who are now expanding their offerings with OTT services. As a result, we are excited to be able to offer the industry’s only viable end-to-end quality assurance solution for all IP, Cable and OTT TV services that provides operators with insight into the service quality for each individual end-customer, regardless of distribution form and player device.”last_img read more

Video technology provider Harmonic has launched th

first_imgVideo technology provider Harmonic has launched the next generation of its Agile Compression Engine (ACE) product.The new version of ACE along with the ProStream 1000 is capable of transcoding up to 20 HD streams and 80 adaptive streaming profiles in a single 1RU appliance, according to Harmonic. The ProStream 1000 with ACE is integrated with Harmonic’s ProMedia file transcoders, adaptive bit rate packager and origin server, and MediaGrid active storage system.“With the proliferation of new premium multiscreen video services, and increasing marketplace demand for high-quality video on high-resolution mobile devices, tablets, and connected televisions, this advancement of ACE is the right product at the right time,” said Orit Kahana, product line manager, stream processing, at Harmonic.last_img read more