Expanded NSCC Akerley Campus Opened

first_imgHundreds of students — including future chefs, hospitalityprofessionals and high-tech welders — are benefiting from a $5-million renovation at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC),Akerley Campus. The expanded facility, which was officially opened today, Nov.24, by Premier John Hamm, is the first completion in the HalifaxRegional Municipality of NSCC’s multi-year, $123-milliondevelopment project made possible by the government of NovaScotia. “This renovation marks the beginning of new trainingopportunities for hundreds of Nova Scotians in Dartmouth and theentire Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Premier John Hamm. “As a government, we are proud to see this important provincialinvestment result in such a positive outcome.” “This is our first completed construction project in metro, andwhat’s so fascinating is that it is a true example of the widediversity of NSCC programming,” said NSCC president Ray Ivany. “Progressive enhancements to college such as the completedculinary and welding facilities at Akerley Campus will enablemore Nova Scotians to develop their potential by acquiring anapplied education that is linked to careers of economic growth inour province.” The $5-million project includes the construction of asophisticated welding facility with 40 work bays, and newculinary facilities with modern learning spaces to benefit 350students in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, boulangerie,food and beverage management, tourism and hospitality management,apprenticeship, and in part-time studies programs such assommelier and gourmet cooking. In addition to formal learningspace, the renovated areas also provide new central areas forstudents, including a cafeteria that accommodates hundreds everyday, and a gourmet dining room that is operated by students forpaying customers to enjoy. Careers in welding, hospitality and culinary professions areamong the top 50 growth occupations in Nova Scotia. Eighty-eightper cent of NSCC graduates are employed, and 95 per cent of thosegraduates are living and working in Nova Scotia. Current NSCC students recognize the opportunities. Jill Burchell, a hospitality student at NSCC, Akerley Campus islooking forward to her career. “The changes under way at NSCC areimportant because students today need to have a modern and ever-evolving learning space that duplicates the real work world –that’s what college needs to be and that’s what I experienceevery day at NSCC’s Akerley Campus.” Welding student, Colin MacDiarmid agreed. “When I was firstthinking about career choices, I tried accounting, but I decidedan office job wasn’t for me. Now I know exactly what I’m going todo in the future. NSCC, Akerley Campus is helping me achieve mygoals due to the quality of the faculty and the modern learningfacilities.” Partners agree this development is an opportunity to profile theculinary and tourism industry and build on relationships. “Ibelieve this is an educational breakthrough,” said Danny Delorme,president of the Nova Scotia’s Chefs’ Association and a graduateof NSCC. “The new facility will result in stronger programs,higher enrolment in the sector, increased involvement inapprenticeship, and it will create more opportunities tostrengthen the relationship between the association and NSCC.” In addition to educating 40 welders on a full-time basis everyyear, the new facilities at Akerley Campus will also be used forapprenticeship programs, and specialized training forprofessionals interested in advancing skills in specificspecialty areas such as offshore fabrication projects that oftenrequire exotic metal training. “The new welding facilities at NSCC, Akerley Campus support thedevelopment of a quality, home-grown Nova Scotian labour forcefor onshore and offshore fabrication,” said Sean Leet, president,of EC Industries. “We regularly employ work-term studentscompleting NSCC’s welding program. Their skills and knowledge area tribute to the learning facilities and quality of theinstruction at the college.” In March 2003, the provincial government announced a $123-million, multi-year investment in NSCC, including a $5-millionenhancement to Akerley Campus, which is the largest campus inNSCC’s provincewide network. This investment is enabling thecollege to modernize facilities, increase student capacity, andenhance skill-driven learning programs across the province. Atthe end of the first phase of the development project, in 2007,NSCC will have the capacity for 4,000 students at three campusesin HRM. The total provincewide capacity will increase to 10,000students annually. The investment is part of the province’s Skills Nova Scotiainitiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, frombasic literacy to the use of the most sophisticated technologies.last_img read more

In the quest for justice

first_imgUnfortunate are those who were caught in the webbing of fraud builder groups and have to endure the price of embezzlement that these builder groups and their directors/owners inflicted upon them. It is strange how a handful of people capitalised on the idea to fool thousands right under everyone’s noses. It is to the credit of authorities to have unravelled the chain of events for the public to take note of how these builder groups have brought down people’s trust, and the economy somewhere in their pursuit for wealth. Now reeling under the judicial hammer, their incapacity to cough up their dues–money siphoned from buyers–has obviously pushed the state, the judiciary and homebuyers in a state of utter chaos. But the Judiciary has to play its role as the guardian of justice and it is the sight of Supreme Courts delivering justice which relieves the distressed homebuyers. In an equation, the story of these builder groups is no more than a theft of public money but the impact it had on the public was beyond just a theft. It was a severe fraud where homebuyers’ biggest share of financial strength was siphoned off in the lieu of providing a dream home to those uninformed buyers. They did not steal just money, they stole fortunes and people have been waiting ever since. Stories behind several complaints against these real-estate giants such as Amrapali and Unitech Ltd sum up to gross injustice and public cheating on a massive scale–something the SC ought to come down very hard for upon culprits. When the Supreme Court, Tuesday noon, finally delivered its verdict on the Amrapali Groups’ future, it felt a fraction of justice. SC cancelled the RERA registration of the Group besides appointing the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to complete pending projects. The hammering did not cease. The Apex Court directed ED to investigate Amrapali Group officials and directors over money laundering. While the authorities will ensure that Amrapali Group coughs up all dues, the situation still leaves homebuyers in distress. An investment of a greater part of their fortunes into under-construction projects in pursuit to own a home that was never made is an investment of nearly a decade yielding absolutely nothing and simultaneously, impinging the investee with a financial crunch and a judicial battle–for their own money. The SC bench vested the rights of all projects seized by Amrapali with Senior Advocate R Venkatrami once its lease stands cancelled. SC will allow Venkatrami to enter into third-party negotiations in a bid to recover dues through the sale of these properties. Subsequently, ED filed a case of money laundering against Amrapali Group and its promoters who have allegedly failed to provide possession of flats to over 42,000 prospective buyers as per Noida and the Greater Noida Authorities. Amrapali Group’s fall, however, is not justice. The Court’s persistence in bringing assistance to complete pending projects is the road to justice. Providing homebuyers with complete refund or possession of their flats, even if terribly late is justice. Supreme Court finds itself in the position over not just Amrapali but Unitech’s matter as well. SC on July 9 had observed in the Unitech matter that the government should involve a third-party like state-funded NBCC to complete the projects. On the macro front, it is the Centre who has to initiate restoration of these losses induced by directors/owners of these defunct building groups. NBCC also has to divide its attention and work on successful and timely completion of all the pending properties as homebuyers have no alternative but to stay positive about getting their fortunes back. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile the Amrapali matter will be tabled again on August 9, ED has the job to lay the groundwork of recovering money from all personnel who have benefitted from the homebuyers’ money siphoned through these projects; the recovered money is to be used for completing the pending work. Thought the Supreme Court will now ensure the completion of these projects, it remains a fact that real-estate, through the demeaning picture painted by these tainted building groups, has sucked out both the money and trust off the middle-class segment who had hoped for better living houses. While largely curtailed to Delhi-NCR, there are several reeling under the same adversity in other cities as well and this is when only Tier-1 cities had the opportunity to have high-rise apartments and affordable luxurious homes. Supreme Court’s pursuit for justice also brings the question of ensuring state-involvement in construction of ambitious projects since the acts of the culprit groups only cite a pattern which robbed thousands surmounting to million. Regulations, however, remain the best tools to curtail the scope of corruption on the builders’ part and tightening a grip on those to prevent anyone from fooling others will have to be the norm if real-estate has to be protected from gold-hawks.last_img read more

ExUber driver hiding in Quebec faces extradition to California on rape charge

first_imgMONTREAL – U.S. authorities are seeking to extradite a former Uber driver from San Francisco who was being investigated on rape charges before vanishing and then emerging in Montreal earlier this summer.Court documents filed last month in Montreal say Mohamed Ben Azaza is wanted in California after failing to show up for a meeting in early March with detectives investigating the case.The Tunisian-born Ben Azaza, 38, was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault involving an intoxicated 19-year-old passenger in October 2017.Prosecutors say Ben Azaza picked up the alleged victim from a party and had non-consensual sexual intercourse with her before she woke up in his bed the next day.In a police interview, Ben Azaza denied having sex with the woman. He said she had requested permission to sleep in his car and that he later let her inside his home for breakfast and to call someone to pick her up.He also told authorities he was no longer working for Uber and agreed to meet investigating officers to provide a DNA swab.He did not appear as planned last March 8 and, as detectives could not reach him later, a warrant was issued on a rape charge in late June.The court filing seeking his extradition notes the penalty upon conviction is a minimum of three years imprisonment.The accused has been detained since early July, when Montreal police arrested him after noting an outstanding warrant when he filed a complaint about the theft of his identification papers.U.S. authorities believe Ben Azaza is an imminent flight risk and that extradition is necessary because Canada may send him to Tunisia, which has no extradition treaty with the United States.Ben Azaza is currently detained and faces an extradition hearing in Quebec Superior Court on Sept. 21.Canadian authorities, including the federal Justice Department, declined comment on Tuesday.last_img read more

Nunavut politician to ask legislature to consider civilian RCMP oversight

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – A Nunavut politician wants the territory to review how it investigates violence complaints against the RCMP in light of recently released documents and videos.Adam Arreak Lightstone, a member of the legislature from Iqaluit, says he’ll use the legislative sitting that begins Tuesday to demand Nunavut reconsider its police oversight.“It’s really important to ensure there’s accountability in the investigation process,” he said. “There’s a reason why most jurisdictions in Canada have a civilian oversight body to prevent police from investigating police.”The Ottawa and Calgary police forces currently investigate complaints against Nunavut RCMP.Lightstone’s concern stems from documents detailing complaints about RCMP use of force. Obtained by freelance reporter Thomas Rohner under freedom-of-information legislation, they included a 2015 letter from the territory’s legal-aid service to then-justice minister Paul Okalik.“The Department of Justice has requested that the Legal Services Board document and share concerns … relating to the allegation that instances of excessive use of force by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police appear to be on the rise in Nunavut,” it said.The letter, citing client confidentiality, does not include specifics.Signed by board chairwoman Madeleine Redfern, it refers to “a recent trend of hearing of and witnessing visible injuries to our clients.”A separate letter said the board had information on 30 cases of excessive use of force.The documents include cellblock video of RCMP officers striking and pepper-spraying an Inuit in custody.The letter said Nunavut legal-aid lawyers had begun notifying the RCMP Public Complaints Commission as well as filing civil suits.“For every client that is prepared to proceed with formal civil action seeking damages for the harm suffered … there are five clients who advise that they have no interest in pursuing civil relief due to fear of possible recrimination,” the letter said.In a recent email, Redfern said concerns persist.“I did recommend to (a legislature committee) that the RCMP receive cultural orientation and training, including on the use of force … I also did recommend that the standing committee consider a recommendation that (Nunavut) undertake research and a review of an appropriate RCMP oversight body.”Redfern said there were 27 civil cases filed between 2014 and 2017.Chief Supt. Michael Jeffrey, Nunavut RCMP’s commanding officer, said Mounties responded to 27,000 calls and held 7,500 people in custody last year. The force received 13 complaints between 2016 and 2018, he said.“We really strive for there not to be any complaints at all,” he said. “However, it’s just part of policing. There will be times mistakes may happen or the public may perceive there was excessive force.”He said the RCMP try to prepare officers for Arctic policing. Members posted to remote locations are encouraged to become part of the community to make people feel more comfortable.Jeffrey said both civilian- and police-led investigations are independent. He said it’s up to the government to decide if a civilian body would inspire more public confidence.“The RCMP would comply fully with either.”Lightstone said he understands Nunavut RCMP have a tough job.“They do their job very well and they do keep our communities safe. The RCMP definitely have their hands full in our territory.”But he points out that Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are the only places in Canada that don’t have civilian oversight. Yukon contracts with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, an independent police watchdog.“I think that’s something that would work within our territory,” he said.Such oversight was debated in the Nunavut legislature in 2015. A committee has been studying it since 2016.“The Department of Justice completed a cross-jurisdictional scan comparing all models of policing oversight across Canada and is reviewing the viability of these options,” said spokeswoman Matilda Madekufamba.Lightstone said he has solid support from many of his fellow MLAs — especially after they saw the cellblock footage.“They were all just as shocked as I was. They’re all in agreement with me.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

PRODUCTION BEGINS ON CATHERINE REITMANS ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES WORKIN MOMS for CBC

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Previously announced cast members Kind, Rinaldi and Wanlim are joined by Philip Sternberg–Reitman’s real life husband and producing partner–as Kate’s husband Nathan; Ryan Belleville (Wynonna Earp, Satisfaction) as Anne’s husband Lionel; Olunike Adeliyi (Republic of Doyle, Flashpoint) as Frankie’s wife Giselle; Dennis Andres (Bed of the Dead) as Jenny’s husband Ian; Kevin Vidal ( Sunnyside, The Second City Project) as Kate’s work nemesis Mo; Mimi Kuzyk (UnREAL, Blue Murder) as Kate’s mother Eleanor; and Peter Keleghan (Murdoch Mysteries, Ginger Snaps) as Kate’s boss, Richard Greenwood.WORKIN’ MOMS is executive produced by Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg (Divorce Corp., Six Little McGhees). Reitman is set to direct two of the episodes with Paul Fox (Schitt’s Creek, This Life) and Aleysa Young (Baroness Von Sketch Show) directing the remaining 11 episodes. The series is written by Reitman, Rebecca Kohler (Kim’s Convenience,This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Karen Moore (What Would Sal Do, Rookie Blue), Diane Flacks (Baroness Von Sketch Show, Young Drunk Punk) and Ingrid Haas (The UCB Show, Vice). Series cinematography by Maya Bankovic (Below Her Mouth), production design by Elisa Sauve ( Milton’s Secret, Zoom) and costume design by Sheila Fitzpatrick (Degrassi: Next Class).Commissioned by CBC, WORKIN’ MOMS is produced by Wolf & Rabbit Entertainment ULC with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund. The series is distributed internationally by Coldsprings Media LLC and represented by Vanguarde Artist Management and CAA. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: twitter.com/WorkinMomsInstagram: instagram.com/workinmomsFacebook: facebook.com/workinmomsTVAbout Wolf & Rabbit Entertainment ULCWolf & Rabbit Entertainment ULC is a Canadian film and television production company dedicated to telling daring, original stories. Wolf & Rabbit is also currently in development on the comedy series Starting Over for CBC. About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Wolf & Rabbit Entertainment ULC and CBC today announced that production is underway on the highly anticipated original comedy series WORKIN’ MOMS 13 x 30). Created by Catherine Reitman (Black-ish, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman), who serves as showrunner and also stars in the series, WORKIN’ MOMS dares to shatter the ‘cult of mom.’ Production will continue in Toronto until the end of October with the series premiere on CBC set for winter 2017.Largely drawn from Reitman’s own personal experiences, WORKIN’ MOMS is an ensemble comedy that examines the modern ideal that working mothers can have it all. When long-time friends Kate (Reitman), a warm and grounded PR Exec, and Anne (Dani Kind; The Good Witch), a no-nonsense therapist, meet timid IT tech Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim; Orphan Black) and lovable mess real estate agent Frankie (Juno Rinaldi, The Killing) in a judgmental mommies’ group, the four quickly form an unlikely friendship. The series follows the struggles of these urban moms, providing a raw and honest look at how they juggle their burgeoning identities as mothers.“We’ve assembled a truly incredible cast and crew and are excited to begin the next step in bringing these unique characters to life,” says executive producer Catherine Reitman. “I hope that audiences connect with these deeply personal stories and am thrilled that the CBC has been so fearless in their support of telling them.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

When purchasing a critical illness insurance policy could make sense

TORONTO — It was about eight years ago that Brooke Robinson bought a critical illness insurance policy due to her family’s history of breast cancer, only to trigger it six years later for an entirely different and unexpected reason.“I actually ended up with multiple sclerosis and it was a very aggressive version of it,” says Robinson, 33.“I was diagnosed in April of 2015 and by October of 2015 I was walking with a cane.”Today, she credits her critical illness payout for allowing her and her husband to take three months off work so they could move from Toronto to Ottawa where she underwent an experimental procedure that has allowed her to walk again without assistance.While Robinson’s workplace disability insurance made up for some of the couple’s lost income, she says it wouldn’t have been enough to cover the $15,000 of extra expenses they incurred.“Without the treatment I had, I would be in a wheelchair right now and I wouldn’t be able to work or be in an office,” she says. “We would have had to sell our house and move into a condo. It would have been a disaster.”Critical illness insurance may be effective at covering costs that disability insurance doesn’t.Financial planner Rona Birenbaum says the most compelling reason to buy a critical illness policy would be if someone isn’t eligible for disability insurance — for instance, a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t have an income to replace.But it could also help someone unprepared for the financial hardships that may come with a critical illness diagnosis such as the cost of medical treatment or for a spouse to take time off work.Unlike disability insurance, which protects your income to age 65 and generally kicks in after 90 days of disability, critical illness insurance pays out a lump sum in the event of critical illnesses such as cancer, a stroke or a heart attack.“If you find yourself incurring a large expense and your expenses don’t allow you to build an emergency fund, then critical illness insurance becomes that line of defence for those that don’t want to cash in their RRSP and undermine their long-term savings,” says Birenbaum, founder of Toronto-based firm Caring for Clients.A potential downside is that to receive a payout you must often meet very strict and specific definitions of disease, says Dan Hallett, vice-president of HighView Financial Group in Oakville, Ont.Another caveat, adds independent insurance broker Lorne Marr of LSM Insurance in Markham, Ont., is that to get a critical illness lump sum you also have to survive a waiting period, which is normally 30 days. The nature of critical illness insurance also means that those relying solely on it won’t receive any more money beyond the lump sum.Like Birenbaum, both Hallett and Marr say that critical illness insurance should not be used as a replacement for disability insurance.Birenbaum says critical illness insurance premiums can be expensive. A $200,000 policy with a 15-year term for a healthy 35-year-old man would cost about $80 a month.“It really becomes about what’s affordable and it never makes sense to over-insure because you’re a scared person,” she says. “If you’re talking about a lump sum amount that would make a difference to someone, we’re probably talking about $50,000.”As for Robinson, she says because she purchased her critical illness policy at the age of 25, it only ended up costing her $6 a month in premiums.“That’s a couple of cups of coffee,” she says. “It’s well worth the security and the safety of not having to worry about finances when something tragic is happening in your life.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Genetic test can tell age a person is likely to develop Alzheimers

first_imgA new genetic test which calculates the age that a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, has been developed by scientists.The technique involves checking for mutations in 26 genes which were found in tens of thousands of dementia patients and which can be used to calculate an individual ‘hazard score.’Previous genetic testing for Alzheimer’s has largely relied on looking for defects in the APOE gene, which is known to raise the risk of disease 15 fold. Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Being able to detect who is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s could revolutionise the way we evaluate potential new drugs.“While these genetic risk scores hold promise as valuable research tools, they will need to be thoroughly evaluated, tested and refined before they could ever be used to help doctors diagnose or treat the disease.“This study does not suggest that having a high polygenic hazard score means you will definitely develop Alzheimer’s, nor does a low score mean you are immune from the disease. Genetics is only part of the story.”Dr James Pickett, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Society, added: “Preventing the development of dementia symptoms is the holy grail of Alzheimer’s research but to succeed we first need accurate methods to predict who is most likely to develop the condition.”This study’s approach was fairly successful at predicting the likelihood of someone developing dementia over the coming year, but needs to be tested further in mixed, non US populations.”This genetic risk score could help identify people to take part in research studies, but is not opening a door to genetic testing for dementia risk in the clinic.”For anyone concerned about dementia the first step is to visit your GP. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your risk, remember what’s good for your heart is good for your head, and it may be possible to lower your risk by staying active, eating well, and learning new skills.” The research was published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Preventing the development of dementia symptoms is the holy grail of Alzheimer’s research but to succeed we first need accurate methods to predict who is most likely to develop the condition.Dr James Pickett, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Society, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But even in people without the APOE mutation those with the highest scores could expect to develop Alzheimer’s disease by 84 years old, 10 years earlier than those who tested low on the scale.”From a clinical perspective, the provides a novel way not just to assess an individual’s lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, but also to predict the age of disease onset,” said senior author Dr Anders Dale, of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.”Equally important, testing of Alzheimer’s genetic risk can better inform prevention and therapeutic trials and be useful in determining which individuals are most likely to respond to therapy.”center_img The test could help doctors know who to target with preventative drugs or advise to improve their lifestyle  Around 500,000 people in Britain are living with Alzheimer’s disease and there is currently no treatment for the condition.Experts believe that when drugs are eventually found, they will need to be given early before the disease has progressed as there is little chance that the brain damage can be reversed and memories brought back once they have gone.So developing a test that can give an individual’s risk of dementia will help doctors target the right patients, who could also be encouraged to improve their lifestyles to cut their chance of developing disease. The test could help doctors know who to target with preventative drugs or advise to improve their lifestyle Credit:Alamy  The test, which could use DNA from blood or saliva, was developed using genetic information from more than 70,000 patients with Alzheimer’s disease.last_img read more

Larry Page to replace Eric Schmidt as Google CEO

first_imgGoogle has just released its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 results, but buried in the details is a rather large change happening at the search giant.As part of an effort to “streamline decision making and create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability at the top of the company” Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Larry Page.The official announcement states:Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google’s day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer. As for what Eric Schmidt will now do:Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership–all of which are increasingly important given Google’s global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey. There’s still a few months to go until the change happens, but it’s sure to dominate any Q&A sessions the top-tier of Schmidt, Page and Brin have until that time.There’s no hint that Schmidt may be planning to leave the company as this statement by Schmidt makes clear:We’ve been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we’ll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I’m excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come. Schmidt also posted this amusing tweet to lighten the mood:Schmidt goes into a lot more detail about the change over at the Official Google Blog.Read more at Google Investor Relations, via TechCrunchlast_img read more

We said on the pitch afterwards that we arent going to let

first_img 21,791 Views McCall believes Saracens can be better and sees brighter future for Munster‘A diamond gets formed out of coal when it gets put under pressure’ Follow us: the42.ie Apr 23rd 2017, 7:00 AM Share Tweet Email1 By Murray Kinsella 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img THERE IS MORE to come from this Munster squad, particularly now that Rassie Erasmus has told the group that he will not be returning to South Africa this summer.The major vibe from Munster post-match at the Aviva Stadium yesterday was realism and while the disappointment at being dismantled by Saracens was very clear, this squad can see that better days lie ahead. Simon Zebo with his son, Jacob. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOErasmus has been insistent from the outset of his time in charge that this is a multi-year project which Munster would start by putting good foundations in place. That has been achieved in a remarkable defence under Jacques Nienaber, a reliable maul and a fine kicking game – though those aspects dipped at times yesterday in Dublin.The main thing on the agenda for Erasmus looking towards his second season will be adding variety to Munster’s phase-play and set-piece attack, which struggled miserably against a world-class Saracens defence.There will be the usual bitter disappointment over the coming days in the aftermath of defeat, but many on the outside will soon join Munster in the realisation that this is a beginning.I think we’re at the start of a period together with this new squad that we have and we’re very excited. Today is really disappointing and very, very hard to take as of now, but we know there’s a bright future with this squad,” said Simon Zebo yesterday.“We said out on the pitch afterwards that we weren’t going to let this be the full stop. We’re really going to drive on as a squad and make sure the future is bright.”Adding to the pain of defeat to Sarries were a handful of fresh injuries for Erasmus to worry about, with Jean Deysel somehow managing to play on despite fracturing his ribs soon after coming onto the pitch in the second half. Munster will drive on aiming for Pro12 glory. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOHe now faces a stint on the sidelines, while captain Peter O’Mahony sustained what looked like a heavy concussion and fellow flanker Tommy O’Donnell – brilliant yesterday – suffered a heavy winding that he couldn’t recover from.Munster’s season rolls on despite their European exit, with a trip to Treviso awaiting them in the Guinness Pro12 next weekend, a competition in which they have very real hopes of claiming silverware.“There were areas of the game that left us down tonight but we still have a lot to play for in the season,” said Zebo.Our goal at the start of the season was to be fighting for titles at the end of it. We are one step away but there is a big focus now on the Pro12 and we will fight for that.”The build-up to this semi-final had seen Erasmus insist that the meeting would Saracens would give Munster a real sense of where they are in their development and it’s obvious that they have a huge amount of work to do to be considered at that same level.Mark McCall’s side have been on their own particularly journey for well over eight years now and Erasmus takes some encouragement from having seen how the Premiership outfit have grown and improved. Keith Earls watches the closing minutes from the sidelines. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOHaving confirmed to his players that he is staying on beyond the summer, the director of rugby can drive this Munster project on to the next level.“A lot of things in the game were great,” said Erasmus.“It wasn’t on the level of Saracens but it was still great. We said at the beginning of the season, ‘Let’s maximise potential.’ And now we know where we are at.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3353839 Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM Short URL ‘We said on the pitch afterwards that we aren’t going to let this be the full stop’ Simon Zebo believes the best is yet to come from this Munster squad.last_img read more

Science et fiction une nouvelle expo à la Cité des sciences

first_img“Science et fiction” : une nouvelle expo à la Cité des sciencesParis, France – Ouverte jeudi 21 octobre, l’exposition “Science et fiction, aventures croisées” permettra aux visiteurs de la Cité des sciences à Paris de découvrir les liens existant entre la science-fiction et les sciences physiques ou humaines, jusqu’au 3 juillet 2011.Piloter virtuellement un vaisseau spatial, expérimenter la variabilité de l’écoulement du temps dans une “cabine spatiotemporelle”, admirer de près R2-D2, Robocop ou Terminator : voici quelques-unes des possibilités qu’offre l’exposition “Science et fiction, aventures croisées” à la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie.À lire aussi”En vie, aux frontières du design” : quand des organismes vivants fabriquent les objets de demainExtraits de films sur grand écran, romans, bandes dessinées, mangas, affiches de cinéma émaillent également la visite. Vaisseau “Galactica” grandeur nature, costumes futuristes : des objets souvent prêtés par Arnaud Grunberg, collectionneur acharné qui possède plus de 1.500 accessoires issus de fictions télévisées ou cinématographiques.L’exposition explore enfin certaines fonctions de la science-fiction, comme son rôle de “vigilance par rapport à la technologie” et de “réflexion sur la place de l’homme dans la société”, selon l’un des commissaires de l’exposition. Le 26 octobre 2010 à 08:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

RMLD Offers Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate To Customers

first_imgREADING, MA — As part of its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, RMLD offers residential customers a rebate of $500 on the purchase of an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater.An electric heat pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, and is two to three times more efficient than traditional electric water heaters that generate heat using electrical resistance. Because these devices work by pulling heat from the surrounding air, they work best when housed in a space with existing heat, such as a furnace room.Electric heat pump water heaters are also available in hybrid models that contain traditional electrical resistance heating which can be used during periods of high demand to ensure there is a sufficient supply of hot water.Click HERE to learn more about heat pump water heaters. Click HERE to see the details or RMLD’s program guidelines.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

US hits Iran with crippling cyberattacks says a report

first_img Related stories Hacking Military US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia’s electrical grid Facebook used in Iranian cyber-spying operation, US indictment says Iran-linked hackers reportedly targeted activists and US officials UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare 3 Comments Last Saturday, The New York Times reported that US Cyber Command had moved from a defensive to offensive posture, apparently under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said.Asked to comment on the Post report, Department of Defense spokeswoman Heather Babb said that “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 22, 1:26 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:34 p.m.: Adds mention of spying charge against former US Air Force intelligence officer.center_img Security Tags Share your voice A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET With an OK from the US president, the Pentagon this week launched cyberstrikes that took down Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches, says a report in The Washington Post, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter. The news comes after Iran shot down a US surveillance drone it said was violating Iranian airspace. In response to the drone attack, the president had approved then pulled back from conventional military attacks on radar facilities, missile batteries and other targets in Iran. But the Thursday night cyberstrikes against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been in preparation for some time, the Post reported, saying the Pentagon proposed them after Iran allegedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June.”This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyberthreat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyberofficial in the Trump administration, told the Post.”Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary,” Bossert told the Post. “And this is the modern version of what the US Navy has to do to defend itself at sea and keep international shipping lanes free.”Referring to the Iranians, an anonymous source told the paper that “this is not something they can put back together so easily.”Cyberwarfare and cyberespionage aren’t new, but moves in these areas have grabbed headlines following Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 campaign. Other red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017.In February, a former US Air Force intelligence officer was charged with espionage for allegedly working with Iranian hackers who used Facebook to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.last_img read more

TCS doubles pay for new recruits with knowledge of AI Machine Learning

first_imgLogos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are displayed at the venue of the annual general meeting of the software services provider in Mumbai, June 29, 2012.ReutersTata Consultancy Services has doubled the normal salary for freshers who have new-age digital skills.The Indian MNC is now offering up to Rs 6.5 lakh per annum compared to the Rs 3.5 lakh per annum it was offering until now.However, this is only for engineering freshers with new-age digital skills on which they will be tested before they are offered the job. They will have to sit for the National Qualifier’s Test where they would take the digital skills-based examination, according to TOI.”The NQT was open to graduates and postgraduates of the 2019 batch, across engineering colleges in India. This re-imagination of the campus hiring process, using sophisticated technology platforms, has transformed traditional recruitment models and reinforces TCS’ philosophy of being an equal opportunity employer,” TCS said according to a PTI report.TCS has had a 175 percent increase in test applications than before after the NQT was announced.”People who have done well in the NQT will get a chance to write another test for the digital talent pool, and if they clear and go through the interview, then they will get into the digital pool and their compensation will be differentiated,” Ajoy Mukherjee, executive VP and head of global human resources reports TOI.The test by TCS is longer and more difficult than the NQT and requires coding skills and a basic knowledge of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data intelligence. The exam will also test the candidates programming skills.last_img read more

Ahead of Panchayat polls Election Commissioner meets Governor

first_imgKolkata: State Election Commissioner A K Singh on Wednesday met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and briefed him about the preparations for the Panchayat elections scheduled on May 1, 3 and 5.”I briefed him about the security arrangement in place for filing of nominations and also informed him about the security measures that we are planning to put in place during the elections,” Singh told reporters while leaving Raj Bhavan after the meeting. Responding to a question on whether there were discussions about Central Force deployment, Singh only answered in the positive and did not elaborate. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere have been reports of violence during filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls that had begun from Monday and will continue till April 9.Top brass of the state secretariat, including Chief Secretary Moloy De, met the Governor on Wednesday.BJP workers held a demonstration outside the State Election Commission office, demanding free and fair elections.Alleging that the SEC is “incapable” of holding peaceful elections, the BJP said it has decided to move the Supreme Court with a plea to make arrangements for free and fair polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTrinamool Congress has termed the allegations as “baseless”. The BJP has filed 1,147 nominations, while CPI-M has filed 351. But still they are alleging that they are being prevented from filing nominations,” said Partha Chatterjee, minister of Parliamentary Affairs. A Trinamool Congress delegation will meet the Governor on Thursday.CPI-M state secretary Suryakanta Misra on Wednesday advised workers of all the Opposition parties to go to file the nomination together and resist if there is any violence to stop them. He criticised the State Election Commission for holding poll on the International Workers’ Day, which falls on May 1.last_img read more

When small is big

first_imgRanging from a diminutive 3.5 x 5 inches mixed media work by Laxma Goud to Paresh Maity’s oil on canvas in 20 x 16 inches, the show is indeed a treasure house of little gems. Executed in varied mediums like watercolour, oil, acrylic, collage, etching and mixed media, the show includes works by artists like A Ramachandran, Alok Uniyal, Ashok Hazra, Avijit Dutta, Chotu Lal, Devdatta Padekar, Dushyant Patel, Jayasri Burman, KS Kulkarni, Laxma Goud, Maite Deltiel, Maya Burman, Nayanaa Kanodia, Neelkant Choudhary, Neeraj Goswami, Paresh Maity, Roohan Segel, Satish Gujral and Sakti Burman. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha said: “In the field of science, the shift has been from macro to micro. Scientists are constantly making new discoveries in the realm of quantum physics which change entire perspectives and question founded theories. In the field of art also, artists are constantly trying to innovate and challenge the ground rules. Cut to Size is an endeavour to experiment with small format works, which are in a sense part of our ancient tradition as seen in the Mughal, Rajput and Pahari schools, and bring it centre-stage with a new contemporary twist.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile many of the artists in the show are mostly known for their large-scale works which gives them freedom of space, they admit that creating small format work is indeed a challenge. Neelkant Choudhary, who is known for giving Madhubani a contemporary flavor said, “It is always a challenge to try and work on a ‘miniature’ format, as effectively, without losing out on the finer nuances of art. A smaller format requires more focused and an effectively worked on miniature/ small format painting can be like a little gem, with all its facets intact.”  There is yet another reason why artists are attracted to the small format. “Smaller format works are the need of the hour,” argues artist Alok Uniyal whose work has always been inspired by Indian miniature art. He added, “In today’s world, where everything is becoming small —homes, relationships, recall value — small format works, doesn’t it?” Uniyal, on a more serious note, shares that he was exposed to the charm of small format works during his academic years and finds no difficulty in imparting his signature style of elongated eyes, bold strokes and a vivid colour palette to his small format works even now. He said, “However, working in small format is always a risk, and a challenge.” He added, his smallest work is a 6 by 8 inches canvas. Artist Devdatta Padekar said, “One needs a lot of discipline and focus to create a work in the small format. I make smaller works as a regular practice and the intensity, the detailing and the expression in each is as vivid as it would be in a large work.”Artist Dushyant Patel, who recalls his smallest work being a 4 x 7 inches one, imparts yet another reason to why viewers are attracted to the small format. “Smaller works are more affordable. And if the image one creates suits that particular size, anyone would want to have such a work on their walls,” he said.When: September 1 to 22Where: Gallerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash IITimings:  11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Nations Restricting International Data Flow Are Threatening the Global Digital Economy

first_imgOctober 2, 2017 Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For centuries, many of the most important catalysts for global trade and economic integration have been commodities — gold, silk, spices, sugar, and of course, oil. A new global commodity — data — has the potential to unleash extraordinary opportunities that will shape the world economy of the 21st century. But realizing these opportunities depends on data moving freely across borders, a notion that was once elementary, but today is under threat.Global data flows are fundamental to the digital economy that’s contributing to economic growth, driving innovation and stimulating job creation in the United States and throughout the world. McKinsey estimates that digital trade added $2.8 trillion to global GDP growth in 2014 alone, while also finding that trade in data has expanded 45-fold in the last 10 years. Another 9x growth is expected by 2020. According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook from October 2016, trade in physical goods, by contrast, has been growing at only about three percent annually in recent years, which is less than half the average rate of expansion over the past three decades. Perhaps most noteworthy of all, McKinsey identifies the GDP impact of cross-border digital flows — a relatively recent entry to the global economy — as exceeding the impact of trade in goods.Related: The Equifax Data Breach Shows the Limitations of How Our Data is StoredWith so many countries around the world experiencing modest economic growth rates, policymakers should be focused on maximizing the opportunities emanating from the data-driven digital economy. Regrettably, many jurisdictions have instituted measures that threaten these opportunities, with the potential to stifle the long-term growth of the digital economy.Today, 34 countries have laws and regulations in effect that hinder the flow of data across borders, either making such flows more expensive or restricting them altogether, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. These policies can be found in countries spanning multiple regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America) and in many of the world’s largest economies. In China, for example, companies must store their data on servers that are based in the country, and there are a number of restrictions on transferring data outside the country.  These data localization laws have the potential to balkanize the digital economy and, in the process, stifle its growth. Companies will face higher costs in a number of areas, such as IT and compliance, both of which will impinge on their competitiveness. And the restrictions will stifle the cooperation that’s fundamental to corporate innovation. The net effects will be higher costs to consumers and reduced economic output.Related: How the Virtual Data Room Boom Is Transforming Business TransactionsWhat’s the best way to combat data localization measures? There are no simple solutions, and companies are ultimately obligated to comply with the laws of the jurisdictions in which they’re operating. But given data is so intertwined with global economic activity, it behooves U.S.-based companies to press policymakers to treat data the way they treat most physical products. And that would mean enshrining the free movement of data into the world’s trade agreements.The U.S. has an immediate opportunity ahead to lead by example. It has recently started negotiations with Mexico and Canada on how to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the agenda items is setting new rules for digital trade, which was largely non-existent when the agreement took effect in 1994. Negotiators should affirm the free movement of data and prohibit it from being “localized” within the borders of one country. These ideas already have mainstream support — they were agreed to as part of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. While that agreement has not been ratified, its data provisions provide a template for the renegotiated NAFTA as well as other trade pacts.Related: If You’re a Startup Looking to Capitalize on U.S.-China Border Investments, Here’s HowThe free flow of data is one of the underpinnings of today’s global economy and has the potential to deliver far-reaching benefits — helping to make businesses more efficient, more productive and more capable of addressing customers’ needs. But realizing those opportunities depends on policymakers coming together to support a forward-looking framework that ensures data — like other commodities before it — can be a source of opportunity and prosperity for people in the U.S. and throughout the world. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Huge Helium Discovery Safeguards Future Supply for MRI Scanners

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | July 01, 2016 Huge Helium Discovery Safeguards Future Supply for MRI Scanners Revelation of one of the world’s biggest helium gas fields in Africa mitigates concerns about dwindling global supplies Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Read the article “World War I German Zeppelin Raids Helped Enable Today’s MRI Systems – MRI imaging benefits from the legacy of post-WWI legislation.” July 1, 2016 — Helium is essential for many modern technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. Now, researchers have developed systematic search methods to discover one of the world’s biggest helium gas fields, associated with volcanoes in the Tanzanian Rift Valley in Africa.This is the first time that helium has been found intentionally —previous finds were by accident — and opens the way for further large finds. This work was reported at the Goldschmidt conference in Yokohama, Japan.Recent years have seen worries about the over-exploitation of this extremely limited, finite, valuable natural resource, with fears that supply could not be guaranteed into the medium to long-term future. In 2015, the British Medical Association expressed concern that helium supplies may have to be regulated.Now a team from Oxford and Durham universities, jointly led by Prof.Chris Ballentine and Prof. Jon Gluyas, has worked together with a helium exploration company, Helium One Ltd, to help uncover a huge helium resource in Tanzania.The team applied methodologies used in oil exploration in their search for helium. Normally oil exploration takes into consideration a range of factors, such as the rocks sourcing the oil, and how the oil is released into underground reservoirs. Crucially, the team found that being close to a volcano may be key, as the volcanic activity acts as the releasing mechanism for helium gas.Ballentine said, “By combining our understanding of helium geochemistry with seismic images of gas trapping structures, independent experts have calculated a probable resource of 54 Billion Cubic Feet (BCf) in just one part of the rift valley. This is around the size of 600,000 Olympic sized swimming pools with helium gas. That’s nearly seven times the total amount of helium consumed globally every year and enough to fill over 1.2 million medical MRI scanners when converted to liquid helium.” While developing the technique in 2015, members of the same research group postulated significant helium resources in the Rocky Mountains.”Now we understand the techniques, we anticipate more large helium finds”, said Ballentine, “This will help safeguard society’s future helium needs.” For more information: www.goldschmidt.info FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

Win a spot on a luxury Arabian adventure with TravelCube incentive

first_imgSource = TravelCube Win a spot on a luxury Arabian adventure with TravelCube incentiveWin a spot on a luxury Arabian adventure with TravelCube incentiveIf you’ve ever dreamed of an Arabian adventure, now is your chance. Book hotels in Dubai through TravelCube between 15 August and 26 September and you could find yourself whisked away in November for a five-night luxury famil that includes visits to two of the world’s newest and most ambitious tourist attractions.TravelCube has joined forces with Dubai Tourism to create the luxury famil, which offers 10 lucky travel agents the chance to enjoy Dubai’s unique mix of traditional Arabian culture, five-star hotels and ultra-modern attractions.Among the highlights will be two of Dubai’s newest tourism developments: IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts.Set over 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure this month became the planet’s largest temperature-controlled, indoor entertainment destination. The attraction brings together two iconic brands – Cartoon Network and MARVEL – in one location, with themed zones based around characters such Ben 10, Thor and Iron Man. Visitors also experience the prehistoric age roar back to life in the ‘Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure’ zone.Dubai Parks and Resorts will be even larger when it opens in November. Stretching over a mind-boggling 25 million square feet, the mega-attraction will combine four theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai (a movie-based park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters), Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park.Agents taking part will also experience five-star (single share) accommodation, private transfers, an authentic desert adventure, some of Dubai’s most celebrated culinary attractions and world-class shopping.Places on TravelCube’s luxury Dubai famil will be awarded to each of the top 10 agencies that generate the highest number of created rooms nights to Dubai during the incentive period.To qualify, all bookings must be paid in full prior to 26 September and agencies must create at least 10 room nights. TravelCubediscover more herelast_img read more

Cyprus slips back down the peopletrafficking elimination list

first_imgDespite significant efforts, the Cyprus government has not met the minimum standards for the elimination of people trafficking, the US State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons report, released on Wednesday, said.According to the report, Cyprus has slipped back to a Tier 2 ranking, after climbing to the top spot last year.The government’s efforts to engage non-governmental organisations into the national referral mechanism, increase funds to an NGO-run shelter, and assist victims, were “not serious and sustained” relative to the previous year’s.“The government convicted fewer traffickers, initiated fewer prosecutions, and identified fewer victims,” the report said.“A police officer employed interview tactics that may have re-traumatised victims.”Recommendations included vigorously investigating, prosecuting and convicting traffickers under law 60(I) and training judges and prosecutors on its application.The State Department also urged the government to “provide specialised training for law enforcement, including best practices for interviewing trafficking victims; proactively investigate potential labour trafficking of domestic workers and individuals in agriculture; train staff at the government-run shelter to increase the quality of support services available to victims, particularly psychological support; proactively identify victims among vulnerable populations, including among domestic and agricultural workers; and reduce delays in court proceedings”.A separate chapter in the report, dealing with the Turkish-held part of Cyprus under the headline “Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots” noted that the US does not recognise the self-proclaimed ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.“The area administered by Turkish Cypriots continues to be a zone of impunity for human trafficking,” the report said.“The area is increasingly a destination for women from Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa who are subjected to forced prostitution in nightclubs licensed and regulated by the Turkish Cypriot administration.”Nightclubs, the report added, provide a significant source of tax revenue for the Turkish Cypriot administration, thus creating a serious “conflict of interest and a deterrent to increased political will to combat trafficking”.“If the ‘TRNC’ were assigned a formal ranking in this report, it would be Tier 3,” the report noted.“Turkish Cypriot authorities do not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and are not making significant efforts to do so.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

BoC negotiating sale of €3bn in bad loans – report

first_imgInvestment company Apollo Global Management is the preferred bidder to buy a non-performing loan portfolio worth some €3bn from Bank of Cyprus, reports said.According to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources, Apollo and BoC were in talks in London to finalise the details of the sale.Neither side commented on the matter.At the end of the first quarter of 2018, BoC’s NPE ratio was 45 per cent while coverage reached 51 per cent, well above the EU average of 44 per cent.The lender said it had reduced its NPE’s by 44 per cent since December 2014. You May LikeInspiratoThe 6 International Cocktails Travelers Have to TryInspiratoUndoBundooConstipation in pregnancyBundooUndoLife Insurance | Sponsored LinksNeed Life Insurance? Search For Your Options Online NowLife Insurance | Sponsored LinksUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more