BC bands want senior FN leadership meeting to defuse RCMP tensions with

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsFour First Nation bands in British Columbia’s interior are looking to meet with the province’s main chiefs organizations in hopes of defusing a potential showdown between the RCMP and the members of the Unist’ot’en camp which has dug-in along the path of two proposed natural gas pipelines.Wet’suwet’en First Nation Chief Karen Ogen said requests have been sent to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit and the B.C. Assembly of First Nations to set up a meeting this week that would include representatives of the camp anchored by the Unist’ot’en clan, which is part of the Wet’suwet’en nation.Ogen, along with Nee Tahi Buhn Chief Ray Morris, Burns Lake Band Chief Dan George, and Skin Tyee Nation Chief Rene Skin issued a statement Monday saying the Unist’ot’en cland did not speak for all the communities.The Unist’ot’en camp has dug-in over the past five years in an area along the routes for Chevron’s proposed 480 kilometre Pacific Trail Pipeline and TransCanada’s 670 km Coastal GasLink pipeline. Both pipelines are slated to carry natural gas from the province’s interior to a proposed LNG facility in Kitimat, B.C., on the coast.The camp sits roughly about 66 km south of Houston, B.C., and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.TransCanada filed a complaint with the RCMP after some of its workers were turned away at a Unist’ot’en check-point on a road leading to Coastal GasLink’s planned corridor. Workers with Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline are said to be clearing a pipeline corridor about 2 km from the Unist’ot’en camp.“We want to sit down with the Unist’ot’en, we need to find a way through this and at the same time, protect our environment,” said Ogen. “We are asking the leadership council to help us resolve it.”Ogen they are looking for “balance” between the need for jobs and the environment.UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Philip and BC AFN regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson travelled to the Unist’ot’en camp Monday to get a handle of the situation on the ground.Tensions escalated last week after rumours emerged that the RCMP was planning to raid the camp. The RCMP tried to douse those rumours saying it had no plans to take down the camp and was operating in a neutral role maintaining the peace.Ogen said TransCanada is considering re-routing its pipeline around the camp to prevent any potential conflict. She said there are about 20 First Nations along the Coastal GasLink route and the majority have signed onto the project.Ogen said 16 First Nations have also signed onto the Pacific Trail Pipeline, including the Moricetown band which counts two Unist’ot’en clan members as band councillors, including Freda Huson, the main spokesperson for the camp, and her uncle Warner William, a clan leader.“They have contractual obligations with Pacific Trail Pipeline they have to abide by,” said Ogen.Huson said she recently ran for band councillor to educate the band leadership about Indigenous rights and to prevent the First Nation from signing onto the GasLink project. She said the agreement signed by the band with Pacific Trail does not apply to the Unist’ot’en’s unceded land.“We are not treaty, we never ceded and surrendered our land,” she said.Huson said GasLink won’t be allowed through, even if TransCanada tries to build around the camp.“They are not coming through either way, no matter what,” she said. “They are just thinking it’s just this location. This location was chosen strategically,” said Huson. “Band councils only have jurisdiction like municipalities and our hereditary system does not give over authority to band councils.”Huson said the clan leadership needs to discuss whether they would accept a meeting with the bands and the regional chiefs organizations.She said Unist’ot’en representatives also have a meeting scheduled with the RCMP on Tuesday.The RCMP has transmitted a position to First Nations leadership that the federal police believes the Unist’ot’en camp is blocking a public road which is a criminal offence. The RCMP believes this gives the police grounds to take down the camp without a court injunction.Huson said the camp’s legal advice has determined the road to be a forest service road on Crown land. Huson said the road is blocked most of the winter by snow and the province makes no effort to keep it open year-round. Huson said the camp is not blocking the road as it has allowed tree-planters, some loggers and wilderness guides through its check-point.Huson also said Supreme Court decisions on Aboriginal rights and title are on the side of the Unist’ot’en assertion of its sovereignty over the territory.“I wrote a letter to (Chief) Karen Ogen asking why she has our territory on her map. How do you own these territories? We know this is ours, she doesn’t have any stories of her ancestors being out here trapping,” said Huson.The Unist’ot’en camp is also in an area along the corridor for Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline which faces widespread resistance from First Nations in British Columbia.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Over to you governor Poloz as Canada adds 45300 jobs in June

OTTAWA – The country’s labour market beat expectations yet again last month to help wash away some of the lingering doubts the Bank of Canada will raise its benchmark interest rate next week.The latest instalment of encouraging job numbers came amid widespread speculation that the Bank of Canada will start hiking its rate from 0.5 per cent next Wednesday.The vast majority of the 45,300 jobs added in June were in part-time work, although the number of full-time positions also rose, Statistics Canada said Friday.The fresh data, which added to a series of positive job gains over the last year, nudged the national unemployment rate down to 6.5 per cent from 6.6 per cent the previous month.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz has been sending signals in recent weeks and has made increasingly positive statements about the state of the economy.Before the jobs report Friday, many analysts were already predicting the bank to raise its key interest rate target next week for the first time in seven years.For at least one hold out, the jobs figures were a turning point.“We had held on to our October forecast for a Bank of Canada rate hike, but concede that’s likely to end up off the mark, as today’s jobs numbers cement the case for the central bankers to raise rates in the coming week,” CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote in a note to clients.“In sum, the jobs market is tightening, and not that far from what historically has been judged as full employment.“Over to you, governor Poloz.”Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean said the June employment gain marked the seventh-straight monthly increase — and the tenth in 11 months.Jean predicts the bank to lift the rate at its scheduled announcement next week and hike it again in October to reverse two cuts introduced in 2015.Last month, Poloz said those 2015 rate cuts had done their job of helping the broader Canadian economy counteract the effects of the oil-price slump, which began in late 2014.At this point, Jean said it would be a “shocker” if Poloz didn’t raise the rate. He added that the bank’s role is to remain fairly predictable.“If that principle of predictability and sound communication, if that gets violated, then it just plants the seed for the market not buying into future communications,” he said.“It would be, certainly, a pretty unhealthy precedent, So, I don’t think Mr. Poloz will want to play that game.”The monthly jobs report is viewed by markets as a key piece of information about the economy’s overall health.Compared with a year earlier, Statistics Canada said Friday that 350,800 more people were employed — an increase of 1.9 per cent. Of those new jobs, 248,200 were full time.The June labour force survey showed that Canada added 37,100 part-time jobs, while the rest of the gain was in full-time work. This followed a surge of 77,000 new full-time positions in May.The number of private-sector employees increased by 17,800 last month, while the public sector gained 6,000 positions.The June employment gains were largely concentrated in Quebec and British Columbia, which saw the biggest increases among the provinces. Quebec gained 28,300 jobs and its unemployment rate held at six per cent — its lowest level on record since 1976.Alberta, which has been hit hard by the collapse in oil prices, added 7,500 positions last month and its jobless rate dropped to 7.4 per cent from 7.8 per cent the previous month.Across the country, both the goods-producing and services sectors added jobs. The goods sector added 16,000 jobs, mostly in agriculture, while the services sector added 29,200 positions, thanks to a large employment boost in professional, scientific and technical services.Hourly wages for all employees grew 1.3 per cent year-over-year in June, matching the same increase reported for May, the agency said. The number of hours worked last month increased 1.4 per cent, up from a 0.7 per cent gain in May, it added.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs in June and for the unemployment rate to stay at 6.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2017 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Over to you, governor Poloz,’ as Canada adds 45,300 jobs in June read more

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No one could have predicted scope of South Sudan crisis outgoing UN

“Although I knew it would be rocky and difficult and challenging and we would be under significant pressure, I did not expect what happened in the last six months – the speed, the scale and the scope of what has unfolded before our eyes,” Hilde F. Johnson told a news conference in New York today. Two and a half years after gaining independence from Sudan through a UN-backed referendum, South Sudan faced its toughest challenge as political infighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged conflict between the Dinka and Nuer communities in mid-December 2013. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease, according to the UN. It also sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases around the country, leading the Mission to take the unprecedented decision to open its doors to those seeking protection.In an interview with the UN News Centre, Ms. Johnson said that the decision to give shelter and protection to civilians fleeing for their lives was “the most important achievement” of her three-year tenure as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS.“The fact that we opened our gates actually has saved very many thousands of people’s lives… There will be incredible challenges going forward with this decision, but it was the right one. It remains the right one,” she stated.This decision, she noted, was taken in line with Secretary-General’s “Rights Up Front” initiative, which was launched to ensure that the UN system leverages the full breadth of its mandates to protect people at risk.“The main lesson learned from the past months probably to me is even though you knew something was going to happen, even though you thought violence could be an outcome, it can be much, much worse than you ever contemplated it could be,” said the envoy. Ms. Johnson stressed to reporters the need for the peace talks to move forward as well as to ensure accountability for the serious crimes that have been committed and foster reconciliation among the communities. According to the terms of the peace process under way, the parties have until 10 August to come to an agreement on an interim transitional government. Before this deadline, it is vital for the parties to abide by the cessation of hostilities that they have signed and establish the transitional Government. “Time is very short, the window is narrow,” said Ms. Johnson. “Within the next few weeks, what is critical is international pressure for the parties to abide with these two very critical provisions that they have agreed on and for the parties to put the country and its people first over and above any individual interests.”Equally vital, she added, is for a genuine reconciliation process. “We are in a situation where the social fabric of society has almost been torn apart. The conflict has created major rifts in the society and in South Sudan.”It is crucial that any reconciliation and healing process ensures accountability for the atrocities and grave human rights violations that have been committed during the conflict. It should also be comprehensive and use the different traditions in South Sudan to bring the communities together.“From my experience with South Sudan, if there’s one thing that you learn it’s that anything can happen and they have an incredible capability of putting things behind them and reconciling,” Ms. Johnson stated. “They have an incredible capability of shaking hands with their former enemies… “I think the critical thing is that now the rifts are deeper than they have ever been. And that means that even if you shake hands at the top, there needs to be a very deep, thorough healing and reconciliation process from the bottom up.”The Norwegian national, who was born in Tanzania and has spent much time in Africa, will complete her term at UNMISS on 8 July. After three years of “almost constant crisis management,” she stated, it was time “to hand over to somebody else.” read more

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Sustainable farming key to world free of hunger malnutrition says UN agriculture

Focusing this year on the links between agricultural trade, climate change and food security, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in the foreword that “ensuring food security for all is both a key function of, and a challenge for agriculture, which faces ever-increasing difficulties.”“As populations rise, urbanization increases and incomes grow, the agricultural sector will be under mounting pressure to meet the demand for safe and nutritious food,” Mr. da Silva explained.Climate change will have an increasingly adverse impact on many regions of the world, with those in low latitudes being hit the hardest – FAO chiefHe sized up that agriculture must generate decent jobs to support billions of rural people globally, especially in developing countries where hunger and poverty are concentrated.Turning to the warming planet, he underscored that agriculture is pivotal in helping to sustain the world’s natural resources and biodiversity.“Climate change will have an increasingly adverse impact on many regions of the world, with those in low latitudes being hit the hardest,” he said.The report points out that by the middle of this century, higher temperatures, precipitation changes, rising sea levels, extreme weather events and a likely increase in damage due to pests and disease, will all significantly impact agriculture and food security.Climate change impacts will be affect different places in different ways, with variations across crops and regions. Arid and semi-arid regions will be exposed to even lower rainfall levels and higher temperatures, lowering crop yields.Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America will be disproportionately affected, many of which already suffer from poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.Conversely, countries in temperate, largely more-developed areas, may benefit from warmer weather during their growing season, further exacerbating existing inequalities and widening the development gap.“Unless we take urgent action to combat climate change, we can expect to see a very different global picture of agriculture in the future,” the FAO chief stressed.Agricultural trade impact The relationship between agricultural trade and food security is increasingly important in both trade and development agendas, with developing countries requiring international support to cope with climate change.  While international trade can potentially stabilize markets and reallocate food from surplus to deficit regions, Mr. Graziano da Silva emphasized: “We must ensure that the evolution and expansion of agricultural trade is equitable and works for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition globally.” Against the backdrop that the world’s food system overall in 2050 will need to produce almost 50 per cent more, compared to 2012, according to the report, the sector needs to adjust to climate change effects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while meeting a growing demand.Producing more with less, while preserving natural resources and enhancing the livelihoods of small-scale family farmers, will be a key challenge for the future. “Developing and implementing policies that shift global agricultural production onto a more sustainable path, protect the most vulnerable countries and regions…will be key if we are to see a world free of hunger and malnutrition by 2030,” concluded the Director-General. FAO/Robert Atanasovski04 September 2017, Skopje, Macedonia – A man selling fresh produce in a green market in Skopje. read more

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In her final grad week Barb Davis looks back with a high

When she exits the stage Friday, June 10 after the final Spring Convocation ceremony of 2016, Barb Davis will conclude quite an era.On June 30, Brock University’s Registrar is taking early retirement, ending a career that began 33 years ago when the fresh-faced Brock graduate had a job keeping track of towels, basketballs and swimming passes in “The Cage,” beside the gym that now bears the name of her dad, former Athletic Director Bob Davis.She would go on to hold various positions, from liaison officer and liaison manager in Student Recruitment to academic advising in the Psychology department. In 1996, she joined the Registrar’s Office to oversee front counter support and academic advising, successively being named to Director of Admissions, then Deputy Registrar and, in 2003, the top job.Through it all, few assignments compare with the complexity, pageantry and emotional richness of convocation. Davis has been part of “The Show” for 20 years, and estimates she’s seen about 50,000 graduates cross the stage during 100 or more ceremonies.Registrar Barb Davis in the gowning room preparing for Spring convocation.That experience is what helps people stay calm when the “surprises” come along. Things like power outages, onstage marriage proposals, or the year movie star Ryan Gosling caused a major stir by turning up for his mother’s graduation.Then there was the time several years back when an honorary degree was being conferred, and Davis glanced down to notice someone had forgotten to bring an honorary hood. As the presenter kept talking at the podium, Davis discreetly left the stage and ran to the gowning room: “Just give me a hood! Quick!”Davis’s life as a marathon runner, including six times in Boston, paid off as she raced back to the stage, slipped the hood from under her gown and placed it on the table seconds before the moment arrived to hood the honorary. All in a day’s work.Two of her best memories are the honorary degrees awarded to Bluma Appel in 2007 (“She was so connected to the audience, her presence filled the room and you could hear a pin drop when she spoke”) and to Ron Sexsmith in 2014 (“He’s a hometown boy and songwriting icon, he was so humble, and his family were so warm and appreciative”).This year’s Convocation had its own special glint. On Wednesday (June 8), Davis was onstage as her daughter Hannah graduated — and beamed when Bob Davis stood up to hood his granddaughter. Bob had also hooded Barb some 30-odd years earlier.Brock will always be a part of my life so I don’t see this as a severing or separation, just a change.“I love convocation,” she said one morning this week in the gowning room, checking details for the day’s ceremonies and helping people find their ceremonial cloaks, before joining the procession to the stage. “I love handing out the degrees, love seeing the students’ faces.”But she pauses when asked how she’s feeling about leaving a place that has been a huge presence for generations of her family.“I haven’t allowed myself to think about it just yet, because June is such a busy month for us. Brock will always be a part of my life so I don’t see this as a severing or separation, just a change.“What I will miss most are the people, all the wonderful students, staff and faculty who are part of the Brock community. But most especially I will miss the wonderful team I have had the privilege to lead in the Reg Office. They are the best.” read more

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For What LeBron James Brought to Miami He Deserved

The best thing about LeBron James going back to Cleveland last summer was that it showed he controlled his career, that he was his own man, that he was unafraid of disappointing or making angry fans in Miami.He was admittedly uneasy about his return to Miami yesterday, but it was encouraging that he overwhelmingly received applause and love, because that was all he deserved. At once, James was the catalyst to reinvigorating a floundering franchise and a downtown that was mired in a drastic economic slump.In four years, James led the way to four NBA Finals appearances and two championships. Heat tickets were the hardest to get in the league. Going to see James, matched with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, was an event, a happening. Miami became more than the city to pass through en route to South Beach.As a franchise, the Heat’s value doubled, from $364 million in 2010 to $770 million in 2014, according to Time magazine. That increase speaks to what economists call the “LeBron Effect.”Downtown near and around American Airlines Arena, once close to barren, saw restaurants and lounges spring up as James’ presence facilitated action downtown like never before.“He certainly did help the bottom line,” said Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority to the Daily Business Review. “When the team was in the finals, we got a lot of free publicity with our skyline being projected across the world, and so a team that is rebuilding is not going to get that kind of media coverage.”The Heat’s average ticket price was the highest in the NBA last season at $245. They sold out every game. An economist estimated that a home playoff game generates about $15 million a game in local revenue, and Miami played more home playoff games in James’ tenure than any other club in the league.“I gave everything and more to this city when I was here,” James said after his team lost to Miami yesterday. “I never disrespected this city or the franchise or any of my teammates. (I did) everything as a professional and I gave it all. That’s all I can do.”That’s why James received what he deserved yesterday, from the overwhelming amount of fans at the sold out arena: love. A video tribute in the first quarter showed that the franchise got it.“A lot of emotions come back and you know, I spent four years here with those guys, man, and some guys are still here, some guys are not here. We put in a lot of hard work and dedication just to do the best we could,” James said.The LeBron James Effect traveled back to Cleveland, where his presence the first time around grew Cleveland’s downtown. Now, though, finance professor LeRoy Brooks of John Carroll University, near Cleveland, estimated that James’ return to his home state could be worth $500 million to the local economy. In ticket sales alone, James’ presence could earn the franchise $129 million more than last season.“The Cleveland fan can expect the LeBron Effect to provide a lot more positive and less negative experiences then most of them have had in any prior year, or imagined that they would ever see in the future prior to LeBron’s announcement,” says Brooks. “Many would view this as priceless.”Miami fans apparently understood that James’ four-year presence there was priceless. It honored him appropriately in his first return. And he deserved it. read more

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Lee Pomeroy murder Known schizophrenic was declared no risk a day before

Darren Pencille in the dock at the Old Bailey, London, on the first day of his trial.  During his trial, the jury heard that Pencille had been “hearing voices” on the train whilst arguing with Mr Pomeroy. Chelsea Mitchell arriving at the Old Bailey for the start of her trial 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. Darren Pencille in the dock at the Old Bailey, London, on the first day of his trial. Credit:Julia Quenzler / SWNS The court also heard he had a history of mental illness and paranoia which was worsened when he smoked cannabis.Justin Rouse QC, defending, described Pencille’s mental health as ‘the elephant in the room in this case’, and added that the killer told doctors he had feared for his life since 2009. The consultant forensic psychiatrist who saw Pencille the day before the murder said he had been admitted to River House Medium Secure Unit run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, in March 2015.There he was observed to be ‘confrontational and agitated’ if he did not get his own way and ‘angry and threatening’ when his behaviour was challenged.Pencille has been in contact with mental health services since 2003. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and treated for psychotic symptoms which he self-medicated with cannabis.During his trial, jurors heard the cannabis would sometimes calm him down, but it could also make him more argumentative. Following his conviction, British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn described Pencille as “devious and dangerous”.  Lee Pomeroy who was stabbed to death on-board a Guildford to London Waterloo trainCredit:British Transport Police Chelsea Mitchell arriving at the Old Bailey for the start of her trialCredit:Central News/Ed Willcox After attacking the father of one, Pencille fled at the next station and was picked up by his girlfriend Mitchell who has borderline learning disabilities. Her IQ is also in the lowest 1 per cent of the population.The court heard how Mitchell collected her partner and took him to their Farnham home following the stabbing. She bought hair clippers and razors in order to help him change his appearance.Pencille refused to give evidence at his trial and insisted that he had acted in self defence.Instead, Mitchell retold their actions that day and described their co-dependent relationship.She revealed how her boyfriend could not deal with crowded places like railway stations, trains and shops. He would call her “nine times out of 10” when on a train, due to panic. An NHS Trust faces questions over why a known schizophrenic was declared “no risk to himself or others” just a day before he brutally stabbed to death a father in front of his teenage son.Darren Pencille, 36, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years at the Old Bailey on Friday after he murdered train passenger Lee Pomeroy following a row about aisle blocking. His girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 28, from Farnham, Surrey was found guilty of assisting an offender. Following Pencille’s conviction on Friday, reports emerged around how he boasted about smoking cannabis and stood by his previous convictions as a gang member in South London, including a knife attack causing similar injuries Pomeroy’s.Over a 19-year period, he had 14 previous convictions for 19 different offences.In 2010, Pencille stabbed his 24-year-old housemate in the neck after a disagreement over cigarette papers. He had pleaded guilty in February 2010 to causing grievous bodily harm, and common assault in June 2018.After his arrest, police found an album on his phone containing images of various knives ‘designed to injure’, including lock-knives similar to the one used to kill Mr Pomeroy.At 1.01pm on Friday January 4, Mr Pomeroy and his 14-year-old son boarded a train at London Road station in Guildford bound for London Waterloo the day before his 52nd birthday. The couple were also yet to come to terms with the loss of Romeo, their stillborn son, who died just months before the train attack. But Pencille was deemed to have been ‘no concern of risk to himself or others’ when he was last seen by a consultant psychiatrist in Lambeth on January 3 and had taken no antipsychotic medication at the time of the attack.He had been prescribed drugs such as diazepam, mirtazapine and olanzapine, but forensic scientists found none of those substances in his system following the attack. He said Pencille was “very calm in his nature and reaction” and has never shown any remorse or taken any responsibility for what he has done.”He’s a dangerous man. Quite clearly with his previous convictions, where he also stabbed another man in the neck, and his propensity for carrying knives, he showed his dangerous, aggressive nature and that he wasn’t afraid to use that knife on that train on January 4,” he said.A spokesperson from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust said: “We do not disclose whether or not a person is a patient of the trust, for reasons relating to patient confidentiality.” Lee Pomeroy who was stabbed to death on-board a Guildford to London Waterloo train read more

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So you know Irelands national colour might not be green right

first_imgTHE CHANCES ARE that by the time the St Patrick’s Day celebrations wrap up night (or tomorrow morning) you could be pretty fed up with seeing people wearing the colour green – and be happy to pack up your various green clothes for just a while.But here’s something that you might never have thought about: where did green come from as Ireland’s national colour anyway?And what if we were to tell you that Ireland’s national colour might not be green at all… but blue.A look back at Irish history through the recent centuries means there’s no clear reason why green has become known as the national colour of Ireland – or, equally, why blue was seen as the first national colour (and why it fell out of favour).A colourful historyIreland’s history with the colour blue is largely related to its colonial history, but there are older associations too – Flaitheas Éireann, the embodiment of Irish sovereignty in mythological times (a sort of Irish answer to Uncle Sam or Jack Bull), wore blue.The crest for the older Kingdom of Meath, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, showed the image of a ruler sitting on a green throne with a blue background.This historical connotation inspired Constance Markievicz to use the light blue as the background for the ‘Starry Plough’ flag of the Irish Citizen Army when it was formed in 1913 to defend trade unionists during the 1913 lockouts. That flag is still associated with modern Irish socialism.However, the formal use of blue was first seen when Ireland was turned into a Kingdom in 1542 under the reign of King Henry VIII.Before that, Ireland was widely seen as coming under the control of the pope, who was happy to hand power to a Catholic monarch who agreed to uphold Catholic rule. This came to an end when Henry – who was the Lord of Ireland at the time – split from Catholicism and set up his own Church of England, bringing Ireland with him and declaring it a separate Kingdom.The formal creation of a new Kingdom meant Ireland was granted its own coat of arms – a golden harp placed on a blue background.Centuries later, King George III created a new order of chivalry for the Kingdom of Ireland, and needed a colour to go with it. The Order of the Garter, for the previous Kingdom of England, already used a dark blue (Scotland’s Order of the Thistle used green) so a lighter blue was used for the Order of St Patrick.This blue became known as ‘St Patrick’s Blue’, which these days is more usually seen as the light blue of the Dublin GAA county teams, and of the UCD sports teams, who play in St Patrick’s Blue and saffron.So where did the green come from?Exactly where green came into the question isn’t entirely known. Historically, many had rejected the use of blue as a national Irish colour anyway, but the strongest green emerged in the flag of the Confederation of Ireland (the era during which the Catholic bishops and noblemen tried to oust the Protestant powers from Dublin).There is also the argument that with Ireland often referred to as the ‘Emerald Isle’, and the belief that Ireland’s rural landscape was simply more verdant than those of other countries, green was seen as a natural way of illustrating Ireland and Irishness.Either way the St Patrick’s blue that was used in official costumes, ribbons and dress during the latter 19th century began to incorporate a tinge of green.The most prominent use of green emerged during the wave of Irish nationalism and republican feeling in the 19th century, when the colour was adopted as a more striking way of separating Ireland from the various reds or blues that were now associated with England, Scotland and Wales.Some all-Ireland sporting bodies, like the national hockey team, wear both blue and green. (Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)This is where the green that appears in the national flag is derived from: the origins of the tricolour are interpreted so that green represented the nationalist (Catholic) population, the orange illustrating the Protestant (Unionist) population, and the white of the centre illustrating peace between the two.As the flag began to gain wider approval, the use of green spilled over to other areas. The Irish Football Association – which represented all of the island of Ireland when it was founded in 1880 – included St Patrick’s Blue in its original logo and the first Irish sides wore blue as a result.The Football Association of Ireland was set up in 1921 to represent Southern Ireland (quickly renamed the Irish Free State), and wore green to differentiate itself from its northern rival. It sent an Irish team to the 1924 Olympics, which wore green – but used blue as a change strip in a match against green-wearing Bulgaria.In the decades that followed – where both associations called themselves ‘Ireland’ and claimed to represent all 32 counties – the IFA also switched to green.(As a side note here: FIFA eventually brokered a deal where the two associations agreed to represent only the jurisdiction of their respective countries, and later declared that neither side would be permitted to call themselves ‘Ireland’).Some other sports have sought to combine the two colours. The Irish cricket and hockey teams – which have always represented all 32 counties – incorporate both green and blue into their outfits. (The IRFU, which runs rugby union, had always used the shamrock as its emblem so kept the green.)So what’s the official national colour?Well, the short answer is that there isn’t one. The Constitution defines the green-white-orange tricolour as the national flag, but doesn’t define a national colour.This leaves a bit of a vacuum – do we adopt the green, used by the nationalists whose efforts won independence, or the blue that acknowledges the independent (and 32-county) Ireland that had existed hundreds of years earlier?When Ireland achieved political independence from the UK in 1922, with the creation of the Irish Free State, the new country needed its own coat of arms.To try and link the new independent Ireland with the last Kingdom of Ireland (which was equally self-governing, and had the British King as head of state) it was decided to revive the previous coat of arms – a golden harp on a deep blue background.This is usually seen in the Presidential Standard, which shows a deep golden harp on a navy blue background, which flies as a flag over Áras an Uachtaráin.This is also why the printed edition of the Constitution of Ireland has a blue cover, and why the carpets in the Dáil and Seanad are a deep blue.Schoolchildren wave flags showing the Presidential standard – a golden harp on a blue background – as they greet the newly-inaugurated Michael D Higgins in November 2011. 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Brendan Rodgers delighted with footballing gods

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers says he is pleased with the football gods following his team’s win over Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final.Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the encounter at the end of the first half as Celtic edged a narrow 1-0 win over Aberdeen to claim the first silverware of the season.However, Brendan Rodgers refused to be drawn on the prospect of winning the Scottish Premiership this season, saying: “We haven’t even played the second round of games yet in the league. That’s a long, long way away.”But the former Liverpool boss admitted the fact that Christie was the match-winner against the team he spent last season on loan with is ironic.“It’s the footballing gods that we saw today,” said Rodgers, according to The National. Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“When I came in he wasn’t ready to play week in, week out. We could see there was a talent there, but you need to have that physicality. You need to have that power as well as the quality. He’s always had the quality. I felt he needed to get some games.”“I’ve got good relations with Derek (Aberdeen manager McInnes). We both looked at it and we both felt he still needed to do more in the big games. But there’s absolutely no doubt he went away and got that physicality in body strength and durability in terms of how we want to play and the intensity.”“He came back in the summer and in the last eight or nine weeks he has shown that. It’s fantastic to see his status grow now and in the big games he’s shown really that he has that quality to play for the biggest teams.”“I’m delighted for him. The football gods, lo and behold he scored against the team he was at for 18 months. It was a wonderful finish, a great run off the ball. The keeper made a good save, but he reacts very well to it and finishes it and it ends up being the winner.”last_img read more

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We were disappointed – Harry Arter

first_imgCardiff City midfielder Harry Arter was left gutted after his side picked up just one point in their goalless draw with Huddersfield Town.Cardiff felt they were denied clear penalty calls when Philip Billing’s header hit Erik Durm’s arm and when Hoilett was brought down by Hadergjonaj, and referee Lee Mason overturned a penalty he awarded to Huddersfield Town in the 76th minute.The game ended in a stalemate with Huddersfield stuck at the bottom of the table and Cardiff City just one point away from the relegation zone.“We were disappointed,” Arter told the club’s website.“But as a group and as a Club we have to take the positives from today.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment was there from everybody, and it puts us in good stead for the rest of the season.“On paper, it looked like a game that we should win but as a team, we know that it would be as tough as any other game we’ve had this season, and that proved to be the way it went today.“We proved against Leicester that whether we’re playing a team above us or around us we’ll put in a shift,” he said.“We’ll put in 100%, and we always try to do what our manager asks of us.“Our fans have been behind us all season, and they’ll know that our players give it their all, and will do for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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Puerto Rico receives supplies from South Florida

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida officials joined forces with organizations to send supplies to Puerto Rico.On Wednesday morning, a plane departing from Opa-locka hauled 7,000 pounds of much-needed essentials for those affected by Hurricane Maria. Miami Beach May Philip Levine and State Representative Robert Ascencio headed to the devastated island, as well.There, Levine, Ascencio and others will help distribute supplies and tour the damage with San Juan’s mayor.“Puerto Rico is our family,” said Levine. “They have over 3 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. It’s very important for us to show our support and help the people of Puerto Rico. Miami is the capital of the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico is the Caribbean”Tuesday night, a chartered cargo plane bound for Puerto Rico was loaded with with food, water, medical supplies and a generator, among other items.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of May 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, May 26, 2019.Sunday, May 26, 2019No MeetingsMonday, May 27, 2019No MeetingsTuesday, May 28, 2019The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, May 29, 2019No MeetingsThursday, May 30, 2019No MeetingsFriday, May 31, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, June 1, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

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Dunn to Join USA Collegiate National Team

first_imgFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version Dunn will join Reid Detmers on the current roster and is the fifth Louisville player to compete with Team USA this summer, with Alex Binelas, Michael Kirian and Bobby Miller all taking part in training camp. Story Links The USA Collegiate National Team, managed by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, owns a 2-0 lead in its five-game series against Cuba. The USA tallied a 5-1 victory in Tuesday’s opener and came from behind for a 4-2 win on Wednesday. The series continues with games Thursday and Saturday in Durham, North Carolina, and a Friday contest in Cary. USA CNT Roster Following the series with Cuba, the USA CNT will head to Taiwan for five games against Chinese Taipei and wrap up the summer with five games at Japan.center_img Dunn opened the season as Louisville’s second baseman before shifting into the outfield. The Panama City Beach, Florida, native made 33 starts in centerfield, 13 at second base, one at shortstop and one in right field. USA CNT Schedule LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville baseball student-athlete Lucas Dunn is bound for North Carolina where he will join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. A versatile player, Dunn just finished his sophomore season with the Cardinals. Serving primarily as Louisville’s leadoff hitter, Dunn posted a .309 average with 13 extra-base hits, 25 RBIs and 48 runs scored. He was also 15-of-17 in stolen bases.last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more For more information: www.arrt.org. The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… 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 | November 19, 2012 AIUM Recognizes ARRT Sonography Certification read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more November 1, 2012 – The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will recognize The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) general sonography certification earned by individuals after January 1, 2013, as an accepted credential for sonographers in practices accredited by AIUM in general abdominal, obstetrics and/or gynecologic ultrasound. Sonographers earning ARRT’s general sonography certification – R.T.(S)(ARRT) – after that date will satisfy AIUM practice accreditation standards.Ultrasound practice accreditation is designed to set a standard of quality for the performance of basic ultrasound procedures. AIUM’s standards specify training, experience, credentialing and continuing education requirements for medical staff and personnel who perform and interpret diagnostic ultrasound examinations.Beginning January 1, 2013, applicants for ARRT’s general sonography certification will encounter two changes. First, passing the sonography exam will require passing the overall exam as well as both the obstetrical/gynecological procedures and the abdominal procedures sections. Second, all sonographers certified by ARRT will be required to complete 16 of their 24 biennial CE credits in sonography-specific activities.In 2011, ARRT increased the total number of sonography exam questions from 270 to 400 questions as a result of recent and ongoing collaboration between AIUM and ARRT. ARRT’s general sonography certification exam covers patient care and physical principles of ultrasound, as well as sonography procedures involving the abdomen and pelvis, obstetrics and gynecology, superficial structures and non-cardiac chest. Candidates for ARRT’s general sonography certification are not required to have radiography education or experience, but must have either recently completed an appropriately accredited educational program or meet sonography clinical experience requirements along with ongoing ethics, continuing education and continuing qualifications requirements.ARRT’s general sonography certification is one of three sonography-related credentials from ARRT, which also offers certification programs in 12 additional medical imaging, interventional procedure and radiation therapy disciplines. ARRT’s general sonography certification has been a practice accreditation standard for the American College of Radiology (ACR) since the certification program’s inception in 2000. ARRT’s vascular sonography certification is a practice accreditation standard for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s (IAC) Vascular Testing standards, and ARRT’s breast sonography is a practice accreditation standard for ACR and AIUM. Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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SeaLink grows in Sydney Harbour

first_imgSeaLink Travel Group have announced today the expansion of its Sydney Harbour fleet, after the acquisition of two 300 passenger, high speed vessels this week.The ferries will be used by SeaLink’s Captain Cook Cruises to supply new routes and to create a flexible response to meet growing market demand for services on Sydney Harbour.The new ferries were acquired for AUD$6 million and will be funded from existing debt facilities.SeaLink managing director Jeff Ellison, said the ferries were ideal for Sydney Harbour and have already been proven on the Circular Quay to Manly service.“Both ferries can carry up to 300 passengers and are very adept at moving large crowds efficiently between destinations, we are confident of our ability to win new contracts on Sydney Harbour and are keen to support the future development of the Barangaroo waterfront precinct, a key part of the Transport Master Plan for Barangaroo to be a major new ferry hub,” Mr Ellison said.SeaLink already has contracts with Harbour City Ferries, the Biennale Festival and the temporary Convention Centre.The purchase of the two vessels follows the recent delivery of 4 new 200 passenger ferries built by the company.This takes the total number of high speed passenger and commuter ferries to 9 vessels on Sydney Harbour, and the total number of the fleet is now 28 vessels.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Housing Starts Skyrocket from Last Months Slump

first_img Building Permits Housing Completions Housing Starts HUD U.S. Census Bureau 2015-12-16 Staff Writer Housing Starts Skyrocket from Last Month’s Slump December 16, 2015 521 Views Despite yesterday’s report that home builders’ confidence was down, they have certainly been busy with new construction in November 2015.Confidence among home builders dipped down slightly in December, but builders remain optimistic about the housing market.For the second consecutive month, builder confidence in the market for newly constructed single-family homes decreased, this time one point to 61 in December, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported in their Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).“For the past seven months, builder confidence levels have averaged in the low 60s, which is in line with a gradual, consistent recovery,” said David Crowe, NAHB Chief Economist. “With job creation, economic growth and growing household formations, we anticipate the housing market to continue to pick up traction as we head into 2016.”The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD reported Wednesday that new residential construction statistics for November 2015 showed that privately-owned housing starts shot upward, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,173,000. This number is up 10.5 percent month-over-month from the revised October estimate of 1,062,000 and up 16.5 percent year-over-year from 1,007,000 in November 2014.Meanwhile, single-family housing starts experienced a 7.6 percent increase to a rate of 768,000 in November.Capital Economics’ Property Economist Matthew Pointon said in response to the numbers that builders confidence is up without a question, despite the NAHB’s report yesterday and home building will be strong to end 2015.”Starts therefore look set to end the year on a strong note. And with earnings growth due to finally pick-up in 2016, and credit conditions set to continue easing at a gradual pace, homebuilding is well placed to withstand the first rise in interest rates in nine years,” he explained.”With housing demand gradually rising on the back of a strong labor market and a slow loosening of credit conditions, but the inventory of existing homes on the market very low, builders have had no trouble in selling the homes they complete,” Pointon said.Pointon noted that the confidence among builders is shown through the amount of building permits.The Census Bureau and HUD reported that building permits for privately-owned housing units were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,289,000, up 11.0 percent  from the revised October rate of 1,161,000. Year-over-year, this number has increased 19.5 percent from 1,079,000.Single-family authorizations in November were at a rate of 723,000, an increase of 1.1 percent from the revised October figure of 715,000, the data showed.In terms of housing completions, the November rate was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 947,000 for privately-owned housing, down 3.2 percent month-over-month, but still up 9.2 percent year-over-year, according to the report.Single-family housing completions were at a rate of 632,000, up 0.3 percent from the revised October rate of 630,000.David Crowe Ph.D., NAHB’s Chief Economist and SVP the Census Bureau and HUD data “reflect builders’ steady expectations for continued modest growth in housing demand for both apartment rentals and single-family owned homes.”He continued, “Younger, newly-formed households are headed for apartment rentals in record numbers as the millennial generation begins to move out of their parents’ homes and into their own living arrangement. Current home owners who have delayed moving because of economic reasons are finally taking advantage of low mortgage rates and affordable home prices to make the move they postponed. Neither movement is expected to be dramatic but rather a small speed up in the trends that have been developing over the past two years as the economy cures, employment grows and consumer confidence returns.”Click here to view the full report.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Uncategorized Sharelast_img read more

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Indotrek is the new adventure brand launched by Tr

first_imgIndotrek is the new adventure brand launched by Trails of Indochina, a long-established and award-winning DMC in Southeast Asia. The new brand is a one-stop-shop for travel advisors and consultants searching for great tailor-made itineraries and tours for their adventure traveller clients across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.Indotrek has a wide range of tours throughout these vibrant nations that include trekking, cycling, kayaking, motorbiking and abseiling. All tours incorporate adventure, safety and comfort, affording travellers peace of mind as they explore the wonders of Southeast Asia.With the help of Indotrek, travel advisors can offer their clients fantastic adventure tours to suit any taste with tailor-made experiences for all guests’ specific requirements. With a wealth of experience in the region, Indotrek promises travellers the most uniquely intimate experiences serviced by dedicated local guides.Indotrek is simultaneously launching flagship bicycle city tours in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, with a range of options for those to prefer to get around on two wheels. Clients may choose to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels or perhaps delve deeper in to the history of Saigon on the exclusive Uncovering Saigon’s History tour. From kayaking through the lush jungles of Laos to cycling the back roads of Myanmar and everything in between, Indotrek will design the best adventure travel itinerary for your clients’ trip.To learn more about this exciting new product, contact Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun at kirsty@indotrek.com or on 0439194249.last_img read more

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Concerns over public access in wake of beach legislation

first_imgEnvironmentalists have described the new legislation allowing the creation of ‘mini marinas’ that will be leased by the government into private hands as a de facto privatisation of the beaches.By ‘renting out beaches’ privately, it will inevitably lead to public land being closed off to the public, they say.Approved by MPs last week with 21 votes in favour, the controversial law has now broadened the scope of what constitutes state land, to include beach areas with jetties.Such areas can now be leased, following state approval, into private hands to create docking areas for boats which have been coined as ‘mini marinas’.To receive such a permit, property owners – in this case hotels – must first have a jetty in the sea. An application to construct one must be submitted to the state and once it is ready, then the government will be able to lease the sea as a docking area.What opposition MPs and environmentalists argue, however, is that several hotels have already constructed jetties in the sea illegally and this bill is an attempt to legalise what is already illegal.“This bill was incredibly rushed,” Akel MP Eleni Mavrou, who chairs the House Interior Committee told the Sunday Mail.“There are no limits on how many of these docking areas can be created. Any hotel can just apply for one.”The ‘mini marina’ must have the capacity of up to 150 boats, she said, but by no means did it mean the application has to be for that number of boats.“It could be for five, 25 or 105.”“If Ladies Mile in Limassol did not fall under the (British) bases, how many of these docking areas could be constructed there? Is there even a limit?”Furthermore, beyond the risk of the coast filling up with docking areas, public access is yet another concern.Although the law stipulates free access to the public, Mavrou questions how that could be enforced in practice.“Docking areas, in reality are closed off when you think of the security that’s going to be there,” she said.“Additionally, the beach is lost. If we keep making docking areas outside hotels then how will the public even be able to use the beach?”The bill was voted into effect with 21 votes in favour from Disy, Edek, Citizens’ Alliance leader Giorgos Lillikas and the Solidarity Movement.Akel, Green Party, independent MP Pavlos Mylonas and Citizens’ Alliance MP Anna Theologou voted against with a total of 18 votes.Diko and Elam abstained with seven votes.The discussion had reached stalemate after two hours of discussion which ended after Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos submitted an amendment that stipulated the state land could only be leased – and not sold or swapped.“But if the land is leased for 30 years does that really make a difference though?” Mavrou asked.But Disy MP Nicos Nouris, who voted in favour of the legislation, dismissed the branding of the bill as ‘renting out beaches’ as an attempt at populism and insisted there were enough safeguards in the law to prevent any abuse of the system.For starters, leases would not be handed out left, right and centre but would be properly evaluated, he said.“If there were an application for a docking area at Fig Tree Bay for instance, then of course it would be rejected, it’s a lovely beach and we don’t want to affect it.”Countering claims that the bill serves to legalise hotel owners who have already illegally constructed jetties, Nouris said not only would those premises not receive a lease but they would also be prosecuted.The law has no such provisions, said Koulla Mihail from the conservation foundation Terra Cypria.“Where does it say that?” she asked.Already, nine complaints have been filed to the state and MPs about premises that have illegally constructed jetties and nothing has been done about them, Mihail told the Sunday Mail.Nouris countered that no complaints have been submitted whatsoever.He also went on to say that with the current legislation any cases where the beach may be affected by a docking area, then the property owner will have to offer compensatory measures.“The Limassol marina had to be constructed on the beach and that’s why they’ve created an artificial beach where the floating restaurant is.”“Any property owner that gets a lease will have to offer something in compensation.”The MP also argues that the picture painted by opposition groups in which docking areas would be surrounded by bars and cafes are entirely inaccurate.“Only one café or bar is allowed to be constructed there. Nothing more.”But according to Mihail this misses the main issue.“Our concern is that the beach is preserved as a public good.”“No studies were conducted on whether Cyprus even needs more docking areas.”What was presented in parliament was in fact a study conducted back in 1993 by the environmental department and was used as a basis to argue in favour of the legislation.Nouris said the environmental department said no new strategy was needed as no applications for docking areas had been submitted.Discussions on creating docking areas have been around for years, and, according to Mavrou, four applications for approval have already been submitted since 2013 but could not be processed due to the impending legislation.Nouris argues that “there’s not enough places for people to park their boat,” at the moment in Cyprus. Asked if the Limassol marina was not enough, Disy’s MP said absolutely not.“At the marina, you pay a lot for the luxury but a docking area has less facilities and just operational costs. It is much more attractive.”You May LikeGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementThe Classic American Food That Doctors Say You Need To AvoidGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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CEBs Wenzel encourages Anastasiades to do more on NPLs

first_imgThe governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) Rolf Wenzel said on Monday that the lender will continue supporting economic recovery in Cyprus and advised more action to reduce non-performing loans.“We are ready to do more in the coming weeks and months,” Wenzel told reporters, according to the Press and Information Office.The lender was looking into financing infrastructure projects in the areas of water supply and education, said Wenzel after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades and Finance Minister Harris Georgiades. He said that Anastasiades briefed him on the reunification talks which broke down almost a year ago.According to the Public Debt Management Office, the government’s outstanding debt to the CEB was €232.5m at the end of 2017.Wenzel said that Cyprus needs to do more to reduce delinquent loans in the banking system, accounting for almost half of the banks’ loan portfolio, and added that the government was making progress in tackling them.He said that the economy was recovering on a strong performance of the tourism sector and a strengthening of the banking sector.Monday’s discussions also focused on the economic situation in Europe and the upcoming European Summit at the end of June.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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