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Trump trash talks restaurant following Sanders drama

U.S. President Donald Trump is diving into a spat involving a Virginia restaurant and one of his top staffers.On Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted about being asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant because she worked for President Trump.Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018Following that tweet, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics sent out his own social media message, suggesting Sanders violated ethics by using an official government account to condemn a private business.On Monday, the president stepped in, trash-talking the 26-seat restaurant.The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018 The restaurant’s co-owner said in an interview that her reasons included the concerns of employees who were gay and knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. read more

Annan urges Russia and neighbours to focus on Millennium Development Goals

In an address today to the eighth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, delivered on his behalf by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, Mr. Annan said the conference offers an opportunity to promote greater economic cooperation between the Russian Federation, the CIS and the rest of the world. “After years of difficult transition and sometimes painful economic reforms, many of the countries in the CIS [comprised of former constituent states of the Soviet Union] have entered a new phase in their development. The CIS has been one of the most dynamic regions of the global economy during the last four years,” he said. But he stressed that while measures such as the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index show that living conditions for most people within the CIS have improved since the late 1990s, some regional indicators from the World Health Organization (WHO) remain a cause for deep concern. Mr. Annan urged delegates to pay close attention to the MDGs, a set of eight, time-specific targets – such as halving extreme poverty, reducing child mortality and achieving universal primary-level education – agreed to by world leaders at a summit in 2000. The Secretary-General added that the recent inclusion in the European Union of eight countries from Eastern and Central Europe means the forum is also well placed to encourage stronger economic ties between the enlarged EU and the CIS. read more

UN envoy consults with West African leaders on Côte dIvoire peace process

Albert Tévoédjré, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, will travel to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Niger and Mali for talks on the Accra III Agreement, according to the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).That agreement was reached during a summit at the end of July in the Ghanaian capital and binds the Government to the 2003 Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which itself ended fighting in the West African country and created a government of national reconciliation. The Accra III deal focuses on those parts of the 2003 pact that are still disputed. read more

Ahead of Winter Games Annan urges all warring factions to observe Olympic

“The period of the Olympic Games is often long enough for us to hope for a permanent ceasefire, a permanent peace,” Mr. Annan told journalists at a media luncheon in Davos, Switzerland, held to review the impact of sports in the world.“I believe it is long enough for the protagonists and people who are destroying their own countries and killing each other to pause for a moment, look around them and see what damage they are doing. And hopefully some of them will not pick up the weapons again and will realize there is another way. It is something that the Olympic Truce offers. That hope, I think, we should all accept,” he said.In 2001 the General Assembly adopted a resolution, introduced by the United States and co-sponsored by 172 Member States, to observe the Truce. In ancient Greece, it lasted from the seventh day before the opening of the Games to the seventh day after their closing. That period of peace allowed athletes, artists and spectators from several countries to travel to Olympia, take part in the Olympic Games and return home safely.This year’s Winter Olympics run from 10 to 26 February. The next Summer Olympics is scheduled to take place in Beijing, China, in 2008.“People in every nation love sport,” Mr. Annan said. “Its values are universal. It is a global language, capable of bridging social, cultural and religious divides. It can be a powerful tool for fostering understanding, tolerance and peace. I believe sport contributes to personal development and growth. It teaches us teamwork and fair play. It builds self-esteem and opens doors to new opportunities.”The UN is drawing increasingly on the potential of sport in its work around the world, he said, noting that the UN General Assembly not only declared 2005 the International Year of Sport and Physical Education, but also has requested an action plan to strengthen UN partnerships with governments, sports organizations and the private sector.While in Davos, the Secretary-General also held a number of meetings with the leaders from the business and political world as well as opinion makers, including Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). read more

Womens Hockey No 6 Ohio State welcomes topranked Wisconsin in battle of

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) protects the net in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorA showdown between two of the nations top goalies comes to OSU Ice Rink Friday and Saturday when No. 6 Ohio State hosts top-ranked Wisconsin in a two-game series.The No. 1 Badgers (26-1-1, 17-0-1-1 in WCHA) come into the series against the Buckeyes (17-7-4, 10-4-4-3 in WCHA) ranked in the top 10 in both offense and defense, but redshirt sophomore goalie Kristen Campbell remains the story of their impressive season.Campbell boasts a .945 save percentage, allowing only 1.07 goals per game, and dealing out nine shutouts while playing in all 28 games this season. Ohio State redshirt junior Kassidy Sauve offers a similarly dominating stat line, with a .927 save percentage to go with her 2.17 goals against average in 26 contests this year.The Buckeyes are coming off a losing series to Minnesota Duluth, and head coach Nadine Muzerall said she hasn’t had a problem motivating the team for the upcoming home series.“You don’t have to motivate them too much,” Muzerall said. “They’re the No. 1 team in the country. We have to think of the positives of last weekend and be better.”Muzerall added that Wisconsin poses possible difficulties for the Buckeyes going into the weekend series. She cited the Badgers’ stick-handling ability and positioning on defense as reasons why Wisconsin has found so much early-season success.The head coach said she believes the home-ice advantage might help to give the Buckeyes an edge in this series against their challenging opponent.“At home we have had a great record,” Muzerall said. “We’ve only lost one game at home. So, we are going to build off our strengths and attack them offensively this weekend.” In early November, the Buckeyes went up traveled up to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers on the road and ended the series with a pair of losses that saw the Buckeyes get outscored 10-1 over the two games.“I think we learned a lot from that weekend,” freshman forward Emma Maltais said. “We’ve developed a lot as a group, we’re hoping to put our best foot forward this weekend.” Junior forward Erin Langermeier has helped Ohio State find some consistency on the defensive end, and that could prove to be the toughest challenge to the Buckeyes this time around.“I think when it comes to this weekend, we just have to make it hard for them to play in our defensive zone,” Langermeier said. “So, when they get some offense we’ve got to really shut them down, quick transition and get into their zone.” With the Badgers being the top team in the nation, Muzerall said her team must understand it won’t play perfect. It will make mistakes. But that does not mean the team should avoid striving to be perfect even when faced with the immense pressure. “I think there is a little bit of pressure,” Maltais said. “But I think we have confidence coming out of playing well against Minnesota. I don’t know if we are expecting a perfect game, but I think for sure we need to tie down on our d-zone and offensive zone system play, the effort just has to be there from all of us.” Ohio State will come into this game having struggled in its last matchup, scoring just twice overall in the series against Minnesota Duluth — once in each game — and allowing six goals in two games. Before heading to the ice to hope for a turnaround, Sauve said she is looking forward to the series. “At the end of the day it’s a new week.” Suave said. “Now, we are facing a really good opponent and seeing how we get out of that rut, I think, will be huge for our team.” Sauve said she is ready to face the offensive attack of the Badgers, adding she feasts off energy gained by making more saves.“I like when a team shoots the puck a lot,” Sauve said. “And they like to do that. They outshoot most of their opponents. So, being ready and challenging a shooter, just being ready to go on every shot I get.”The Buckeyes will lace up their skates to take the ice Friday at 6:07 p.m. and Saturday at 3:07 p.m. read more

Gallery Mens and womens soccer doubleheader

The Ohio State women’s soccer team huddles up before the second half of the game against against Florida Gulf Coast University begins on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOn Sept. 7, the Ohio State women’s soccer team and men’s soccer team hosted a doubleheader at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The women’s soccer team fell to Florida Gulf Coast 1-0. The men’s soccer team fell to South Florida 1-0. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.

New World Coal Association Chairman and Peabody Energy Chairman receives award

first_imgThe World Coal Association has presented Gregory H. Boyce, Chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy, with the 2014 Chairman’s Special Award in recognition of his global leadership on mining safety. In particular, he was recognised for the CORESafety program in the USA. The award was presented during the WCA’s Annual General Meeting last month in Canberra, with Fredrick D. Palmer, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, receiving the award on behalf of Boyce. Also, the WCA has appointed Harry Kenyon-Slaney, Rio Tinto Energy’s Chief Executive, as its new Chairman. He will replace exiting chairman Zhang Xiwu, the current chairman of Shenhua Group, following the WCA general meeting in Canberra late last month.Milton Catelin, WCA Chief Executive, congratulated Boyce on the award, commenting: “The WCA is pleased to recognise the global leadership role Greg has played in improving mine safety standards. Greg played a critical role in establishing the CORESafety program in the USA, a program that has united the industry in the USA to a shared level of commitment on safety. The 2014 WCA Chairman’s Special Award recognises the importance of global leadership on mining safety and commends Greg for his significant work in this area”.Boyce thanked the WCA for the award, stating: ““All mining workers have a right to arrive home safe at the end of the day, and we must do everything we can to provide safe workplaces in the global mining sector.”As Chairman of the US National Mining Association (NMA), Boyce – alongside other industry leaders – has been instrumental in the establishment of CORESafety, a state-of-the-art safety and health management system designed for the US mining industry. CORESafety was developed through an industry-wide collaboration among NMA member company safety and health professionals to achieve an industry goal within five years of eliminating fatalities and reducing the rate of reportable mining injuries by 50%. Boyce’s leadership has helped engage mining companies directly employing more than 125,000 Americans in adopting CORESafety in their operations.Following his appointment, Kenyon-Slaney said he is “honoured to have been appointed and look forward to engaging in the debate about how the world’s growing energy needs will be met, whilst also addressing the very real issue of climate change – it is a complex dilemma with no easy solutions”.Speaking on the current state of the market and global energy demand, he added that “the role of coal, as a cheap and plentiful source of fuel, will be critical in meeting the world’s future energy demands”.“We as an industry have an interest in ensuring that coal can be extracted and consumed in a way that minimises any environmental impact. I believe we need to see ongoing investment in finding technical solutions to this issue, recognising the significant role fossil fuels will continue to play in the global energy mix.”He outlined his vision for the WCA under his leadership,stating “I see a key role for the WCA in encouraging innovative solutions, and raising the efficiency of power stations and advancing carbon capture and storage are two fronts on which we will see real progress”.Milton Catelin, the WCA chief executive, added “it is an exciting time for coal, with the International Energy Agency forecasts predicting global coal demand is likely to increase by 50% by 2035″.However Catelin went on to ackonwledge “there are global challenges we face – energy access, energy security, affordability of energy, and reducing emissions, all require us to work together. The coal industry needs to be united, constructive, and engaged in major policy discussions”.last_img read more

U.S. stocks close broadly higher

first_imgInvestors remained in a buying mood on Election Day, sending U.S. stocks broadly higher and building on big gains from a day earlier.Safe-play stocks such as utilities and phone companies were among the biggest gainers Tuesday. Energy companies were essentially flat.Investors focused on the U.S. presidential election, which rattled financial markets in recent weeks as polls between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightened.Wall Street has largely seen Clinton as more likely to maintain the status quo, while viewing Trump’s polices as less clear. Tuesday’s rally, coupled with Monday’s market gains, which marked the end of a nine-day losing streak and the best day for stocks since March, suggest the market anticipated a Clinton win.“The market has been looking for the status quo result, and the polling in the last couple of days shows that result is a good likelihood,” said Mike Baele, senior portfolio manager at the Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank. “That’s the reason why the market is bouncing here.”The Dow Jones industrial average rose 73.14 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,332.74. The average was briefly up as much as 140 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 8.04 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,139.56. The Nasdaq composite index added 27.32 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,193.49.last_img read more

Man stabbed while trying to break up fight outside Ocean Beach bar

first_img KUSI Newsroom Man stabbed while trying to break up fight outside Ocean Beach bar Posted: January 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 21-year-old man was stabbed in the arm this morning while trying to break up a fight outside of an Ocean Beach bar, police said.It happened shortly before 12:10 a.m. outside Winston’s Beach Club on Bacon Street northeast of Newport Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 21-year-old man was walking out of the bar when he saw his friend in an altercation with another man, Buttle said.The victim stepped in to break up the fight then the suspect stabbed him in the right arm before fleeing in an unknown direction, Buttle said.The victim was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, he said.The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s who has tattoos on his right arm. He was last seen wearing jeans and no shirt. last_img read more

Deal on gravel pit will allow company to complete work

first_imgThe road to an agreement about how Tapani Underground will finish its work at its gravel mine off Northeast 18th Street was bumpy, but neighbors and the company seemed happy with the end point Monday night.After three public hearings, the Vancouver City Council approved a three-year extension to a development agreement with Tapani Underground of Battle Ground. The company bought the 19-acre mine from the Schmid family last fall, and revived it from a slumbering state to an active seven-day-a-week work site. From early morning to evening, trucks ferried the heavy loads to the St. Johns Road and state Highway 500 interchange project.Neighbors immediately noticed increased noise, dust, erosion, pollution and worsening roads, and as the city and Tapani started work on extending the development agreement, numerous residents chimed in asking for mitigation.Ultimately, the company agreed to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, until the St. Johns project is complete, at which point they will cut back to six days a week. Trucks will be kept to a 10 mph speed limit in the mine to cut down dust and noise, and will also turn off engines when idle. During dry times, they will water the area to tamp down dust as well.Truck traffic could be as much as 3,600 trips a month down the busy roads, but after the St. Johns construction finishes, Tapani agreed to no more than 1,300 trips a month.last_img read more

PM visits Zafar Iqbal at CMH

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka to see Zafar Iqbal who was injured in a knife attack on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet, reports UNB.She went to the CMH around 12:30pm and spent almost an hour there, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told newsmen.He said the prime minister talked to physicians and asked about the present condition of Zafar Iqbal, a SUST teacher and renowned fiction writer. He is now undergoing treatment at the CMH.Zafar Iqbal’s wife professor Yesmeen Huq and his daughter Yeashim Iqbal were also present.The prime minister asked the authorities concerned to do whatever needed for the treatment of professor Zafar Iqbal, the PM’s press secretary said.PM visits Zafar Iqbal at CMH. Photo: Focus BanglaOn Saturday, a young man swooped on Zafar Iqbal, a teacher of computer science and engineering department of the university, around 5:40pm as he was sitting on the stage of a celebration programme, ‘Robo-5,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Mukta Mancha.The attacker stabbed him in the back of his head, leaving him seriously injured.He was then taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, and then airlifted to the CMH in Dhaka at the instruction of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

AKAs Host Small Business Expo

first_imgThe Woodbridge and Fredericksburg Virginia Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a 2014 Small Business EXPO Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.  to  4 p.m. at Freedom High School, located at 15201 Neabsco Mills Road in Woodbridge, Va.The expo will include seminars, networking, vendors, shopping, food tricks and door prizes. For additional information, call 703-399-4919.last_img

Sony unveils 8 more efficient PS4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition

first_imgIt’s still a little early for Sony to be thinking about a PS4 Slim, but its latest console has been on the market for 19 months now, and it’s time to roll out a new model with some efficiency and cost savings built-in.The new PS4 is model CUH-1200, and there are three significant changes to the hardware. The first is an 8% power saving when in use compared to the existing model. The second is a 10% reduction in the weight of the console. And the third, and most noticeable change, is the hard drive cover section of the casing. It now matches the matte finish of the rest of the case.The reduction in weight suggests Sony has managed to combine some of the hardware components the PS4 uses, and therefore shrink them in size and weight. This would also explain the power savings, as smaller, more efficient parts require less power and probably less cooling, too (another weight saver). The change in the finish of the hard drive cover will surely be welcome to a lot of gamers. As the images show, at least in my opinion, the PS4 looks much better for it.Japan is set to get the new CUH-1200 model first before the end of June. It will be rolled out to other territories, but Sony will be keen to deplete existing stock before doing that. I suspect as we hit the holiday season this year all 500GB PS4s will be this new model. As for price, there’s not much reason for Sony to lower it yet as it is the market leader by some margin.Those of you surprised not to hear about a 1TB PS4 during E3 last week will be pleased to know Sony has announced one today. It is being called the 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition. Unusually, Sony has decided to only announce it for Europe and PAL territories for now, with a release date of July 15. No price details or bundled games have been detailed, but with a name including “Ultimate Player Edition” you’d expect there to be some extras in the box. A year of PlayStation Plus, perhaps?It’s also unclear whether the 1TB edition will be the new CUH-1200 model, but as the hard drive cover in the box image above suggests, it looks like the existing model with a larger hard drive added. Even if that turns out to be the case, it won’t be long before a switch is made over to the newer model.last_img read more

JU authorities urge students to end hunger strike

first_imgKolkata: Two of the 20 members of a students’ union of Jadavpur University who are on a hunger strike, over the past four days, in protest against the new admission procedure, have been hospitalised today, varsity authorities said. The authorities made a fresh appeal to them to withdraw the stir and called an emergency executive council meeting today. Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharya said two students have been admitted to hospital and the varsity was concerned about the health condition of others. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Accompanying the Registrar, Pro-VC Pradip Ghosh told the students, “I request all of you to withdraw the fast. We have already convened an emergency executive council meet to discuss the admission issue. The VC (Suranjan Das) and Chancellor (Keshari Nath Tripathi) have already requested you to withdraw the fast. Please do not endanger your lives.” Turning down their pleas, general secretary of Arts Faculty Students’ Union Debraj Debnath said, “There is no question of withdrawing our fast till the EC scraps the marks only criteria for admission process and brings back the admission process.” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also Chancellor of the university, had yesterday expressed concern over the health of the students. Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das had also urged the agitating students to call off their hunger strike. Debraj claimed that three students, including the assistant general secretary of the Arts Faculty Students’Union (AFSU) Ushashi, had to be hospitalised today but their condition was now stable. The AFSU said four students, including AFSU chairperson Somashree, had to be admitted to hospital. Around 20 members of the AFSU started a hunger strike on July 6, two days after the university announced that it would admit undergraduate students in English, comparative literature, Bengali, history, political science and philosophy on the basis of board marks, reversing its earlier decision to hold entrance tests The All Bengal University Teachers’ Association, JU chapter, in a letter urged the VC to end the impasse by taking the opinion of all the stakeholders and called for upholding the functional atutonomy of the institution. The governor, in a letter to the university, had also said that while the EC usually takes decisions on different issues faced by the university, the VC was empowered to take certain decision on his own, in case of exigencies. Jadavpur University has been embroiled in controversies since July 4, when the executive council announced its decision to scrap entrance tests for the six subjects. An hour after the announcement, the students had gheraoed the VC and other members of the executive council to protest the move. The gherao, which lasted for 30 hours, was followed by JUTA ceasework, class boycott and indefinite fast by AFSU members.last_img read more

Motorist dies in accident on A50 in Derbyshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email A motorist died following an accident on the A50 which led to the road being closed for around 10 hours. Emergency services were called to the eastbound carriageway, near Derby, at around 9pm last night – with the road reopening at around 7am this morning. A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “Unfortunately the RTC on the A50 last night was a fatal. We are supporting those involved with specialist officers. “Any witnesses are asked to call our Collision investigation unit on 101 and quote incident 744 of January 9 2018.” The accident is understood to have involved a lorry and two cars. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A50 is now open eastbound from J4 (A38) towards M1 near Derby following a serious accident overnight. “Thanks for your patience.” Read MoreMan jailed for causing death by dangerous driving absconds from prison We have no information about other injuries at this stage but at least one other motorist is believed to have been taken to hospital. We will bring you an update on this story when we get one.last_img read more

In need of pet food and a cat cage

first_imgThe Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) is in desperate need of cat and dog food. Please contact the league to make a donation.The Dog-A-Thon is back! Due to bad weather, it was postponed and will now take place on November 26, starting at 4pm at Egerton’s Agar Field. Registration time: 3.30pm.Come join the team for a fun-filled afternoon and support the league.A 10-week-old Boerboel-cross male is looking for a home, as well as other crossbreeds. If you are interested in adopting, contact Annamarie Koen.The league is also appealing for help in that it needs a cat cage to transport the cats to the vet and back. This donation will be greatly appreciated.A special thank you to Pierre Massyn  and Macksons for their contribution of dog food towards the league.If you are interested in making a contribution or you have a query, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 just before the Limit Hill robots) or contact Annamarie on 076-151-1784.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!and Macksons for their contribution of dog food towards the league. If you are interested in making a contribution or you have a query, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 just before the Limit Hill robots) or contact Annamarie on 076-151-1784. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Inland NSW Tourism seeks Govt funding

first_imgInlands NSW Tourism is taking up the funding promise from Minister Souris and the O’Farrell government by applying for funding in excess of AUD$750,000 for the region.In September 2011, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris implemented the AUD$5million program to invest in the States tourism potential by introduced two streams of funding.Due to its size and scope, Inland NSW Tourism will be entitled to AUD$750,000 under stream one funding and is working on potential projects appropriate for stream two funding to ensure maximum opportunity is invested in the region.According to Inland NSW Tourism chief executive Graham Perry, tourism employment and revenue is a major contributor to the local economy.“An immediate demonstration of the benefit of the amalgamated Inland NSW Tourism is that we are entitled to a significant base funding under stream 1 arrangements,” Mr Perry said.“Our board has already identified key opportunities in the area of events, arts, agri-tourism and food and wine, and we are keen to work with industry partners to deliver a superior tourist experience.“We are working closely with members to ensure our submissions are completed in a timely manner, for the benefit of the entire inland region’s tourism efforts.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Talks resumption based on how and when Barbaros leaves EEZ

first_imgBy Jean ChristouWHETHER or not the Cyprus talks resume if and when the Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros leaves the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will depend how permanent its departure will be, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said yesterday.Kasoulides was speaking at a news conference to discuss the recent Greco-Turkish meeting, preparations for the upcoming EU Council meeting and Cyprus’ role in helping to combat the Islamic State.The Barbaros issued a NAVTEX from October 20 to December 30 and has been prowling the EEZ for almost two months.“We will know by what transpires if it is a temporary situation or if certain conditions will make it permanent,” Kasoulides said of the vessel’s slated departure.“We will be guided by our own positions, not by Turkish propaganda, nor supposed leaks in the Turkish press, nor the statements of the Turkish leaders. We cannot build scenarios with hearsay,” he added.Kasoulides said that although President Nicos Anastasiades pulled out of the Cyprus negotiations over the violation, in reality, the dialogue on a settlement never stopped.“We just suspended our presence while there was blackmail and threats,” he said.Cyprus, he said, had passed in writing its positions to Turkey through Greece and was awaiting a response.“There is no script,” said Kasoulides. “Please respect the fact that the President of the Republic is in the process of recovery and is therefore not currently in a position to handle any issue.”He said that Nicosia trusted Athens to handle the issue for now as it had been the only country from all of the intermediaries which had added their two cents worth that Cyprus could fully trust.“Turkey has the force of arms and does not hesitate to use them to address every obstacle. We have the strength of institutions… whether it is the European Union or whether it is the Council of Europe,” he added.Kasoulides reiterated the government position that “revenues from hydrocarbons belong to all Cypriots and would be fairly distributed to all Cypriots after the solution of the Cyprus problem.”Asked about the recent Russian-Turkish agreement on energy issues, Kasoulides said this was the concern of Brussels.“I respect the choices of Russia, and I respect Turkey’s options regarding the desire to become a hub,” he said, adding however that Cyprus’ gas would not be one of them.Cyprus was not against Turkey’s EU accession but that was still some way down the line, Kasoulides said.“In the next five years, there will not be any enlargement but even if this was not the policy of the Commission, Turkey would not enter the EU. The prospect of Turkey’s accession, if it ever occurs, will be in the distant future. Our position has not changed: I would like to see a Turkey that complies with all its obligations towards the EU,” 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