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US: Employer Dismissed for Asking Olympic Fencer to Remove Her Hijab

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Rabat – South by Southwest officials have apologized to the Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad after she was denied registration at the festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday for wearing a hijab.The organizers of South by Southwest, an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals that takes place in mid-March in Austin, Texas in the United States, were angered by their employer who asked Muhammad to remove her headscarf before she would be given credentials to get into the festival.The American Olympian tweeted about the incident on Saturday afternoon. I was just asked to remove my hijab at SXSW Registration for my ID badge.. I can’t make this stuff up #SXSW2016— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) March 12, 2016She also tweeted that she was given the wrong ID badge, with her name misprinted on the badge.Thennnnn I was given the wrong ID! From now on my name is Tamir & I work for Time Warner Inc #SXSW2016— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) March 12, 2016Immediately after the tweets went viral, the officials of the festival released a statement, apologizing to the Muslim American fencer.“It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge,” the statement read.“This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident,” they added. read more

Weak demand fiscal tightening impede recovery in developed economies – UN report

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Economic recovery in developed economies may grind to a halt because of weak domestic demand and the replacement of stimulus packages with fiscal austerity measures as governments try to regain the confidence of the financial markets, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.Conversely, developing economies have sustained their strong growth, which has mainly been based on domestic demand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says in its annual Trade and Development Report, which this year is subtitled “Post-crisis Policy Challenges in the World Economy.”Developing countries must, however, face financial instability and speculative capital flows generated in developed economies and will not be spared by a new recession in richer countries, according to the report.The report shows that, after a rapid post-crisis recovery, the world economy is slowing down from a rate of about 4 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2010 to around 3 per cent this year.Growth performance is strong in developing economies, which have resumed their pre-crisis economic expansion trend and are growing at above 6 per cent this year. By contrast, developed economies will only grow between 1.5 and 2 per cent. Transition economies continue recovering from the steep fall in 2009 with growth rates at around 4 per cent.As the initial fiscal stimulus programmes have gradually disappeared since mid-2010, the fundamental weakness of the recovery in developed economies has come to the fore. Private demand alone is not sufficiently strong to maintain the momentum of recovery, as unemployment remains high and wages are stagnating.Household indebtedness also remains high and banks are reluctant to lend, the reports notes, adding that the shift towards fiscal and monetary policy tightening creates a major risk of a prolonged period of mediocre growth in developed economies, if not of an outright contraction.In the United States, recovery has been stalling, as domestic demand has remained subdued due to stagnating wages and employment. With interest rates at historically low levels for the foreseeable future and fiscal stimulus waning, a quick return to a satisfactory growth trajectory is highly unlikely, the UNCTAD report points out.In Japan, recovery has been delayed by the impact of unprecedented supply-chain and energy disruptions in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami in March, while in the European Union, wage earners’ incomes and domestic demand remain very low.With the unresolved euro crisis, the reappearance of severe debt market stress in the second quarter of this year and the prospect of fiscal austerity measures spreading across Europe, there is a high risk that the so-called “Euro-zone” will continue to act as a significant drag on global growth, the report notes.Expansion has remained strong in all developing regions, with the exception of North Africa. Improvements in labour markets and sustained public support have prolonged the recovery of investment and domestic demand.East, South and South-East Asia continue to record the highest GDP growth rates – more than 7 per cent this year – increasingly driven by domestic demand. However, the region is undergoing a moderate slowdown owing to supply-chain effects from Japan, tighter monetary conditions and weak demand in some major export markets.In Latin America, expansion continues to be robust at almost 5 per cent, spurred by consumption and investment demand and by gains from the terms of trade.In Central American and Caribbean economies, growth will be more modest, mainly owing to their dependence on exports to the United States, according to the report.Sub-Saharan Africa should keep growing at the same rapid pace as last year – almost 6 per cent – as a result of terms-of-trade gains, investments in infrastructure and expansionary fiscal policies. Recovery of investment and household demand helped maintain the economic upturn in the transition economies, where national disposable income improved owing to better terms of trade in some cases, and to increased worker remittances in others.The report also warns that fiscal tightening only addresses the symptoms of the problem, leaving the basic causes unchanged. Higher public debt ratios are a consequence of the crisis, not its cause, it says, adding that the fiscal policy that supports growth is more likely to reduce fiscal deficits and to curb public debt ratios than a restrictive one. 6 September 2011Economic recovery in developed economies may grind to a halt because of weak domestic demand and the replacement of stimulus packages with fiscal austerity measures as governments try to regain the confidence of the financial markets, according to a United Nations report unveiled today. read more

Youth employment job rights keys to economic recovery says new UN labour

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“All of the evidence shows that if a young person is out of work for a year or more at the beginning of their career, that affects them throughout their working life,” Mr. Ryder said as he took the helm at the Geneva-based ILO today following his election in May.“There’s no way back for most of them. So we have to act urgently, we have to act now and we have to target young people.” Mr. Ryder said the ILO intended make youth employment “one of the priorities” in the coming months, adding that programmes offering youth work experience or training held promise and should be explored as one way of helping the 75 million unemployed young people find work.“Sounds expensive? It’s affordable,” said Mr. Ryder, a former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. “It’s an investment, not a cost.”On the wider jobs crisis, Mr. Ryder highlighted that ILO can play a crucial role in helping global policymakers seek inclusive solutions as part of a social dialogue.“Where people come together and find solutions which may require some pain, some sacrifice on their behalf, they’re much more willing to do so if they’ve been a party to reaching an agreement than simply on the receiving end of somebody else’s decision,” he said.Mr. Ryder also emphasized the international nature of the crisis, and argued that only an international response could adequately tackle it.“This crisis needs to be treated on the scale that it exists, the global level,” he said. “We have to construct global solutions. There will at the end be no sustainable national solutions to a world crisis.”But while Mr. Ryder said job creation was a clear goal, the question of job quality was also a critical issue – not only for individuals but also for the global economy.“Rights at work are essential to recovery,” he said. “I think we should not be led into the belief that creating more jobs means jettisoning international labour standards.”Mr. Ryder pointed to statistics showing that half of Europe’s poor households are dependent on one wage earner in the family. That underlined the importance of creating more quality jobs, he argued. “Standards provide the rules of the game in the world economy and they are a very important part of getting out of this crisis,” he said. read more

Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan more important than ever says

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Violence earlier in April led to the death of 19 Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers and at least 28 civilians, according to State officials. The killing of civilians in Wau town followed the ambush and killing of the SPLA soldiers by suspected SPLA-In Opposition fighters.According to a news release, the Human Rights Division of UNMISS has interviewed 43 individuals, including eight women and two children, from 11 April, to collect information about alleged human rights violations perpetrated by government forces and aligned armed groups in Wau town on 10 April. “I can confirm that, as of Sunday, nobody is being detained in connection with this attack against civilians,” said Eugene Nindorera. “I talked to victims and witnesses and was shaken to hear their testimonies of how they had to flee their houses after being attacked. It’s more important than ever before that people are held accountable for the crimes they have committed.” He further confirmed after meeting the Governor of Wau state that the Governor had established a committee to produce a comprehensive report to determine the motive for the attacks and identify the perpetrators in order to hold them accountable. “I welcome this move,” Mr. Nindorera said, “and I encourage Governor Andrea Mayar Acho to exert his authority to ensure that people are held responsible for the crimes they have committed.” Meanwhile, UNMISS has confirmed that by Thursday (20 April) the protection of civilians site adjacent to the UNMISS base in Wau had registered some 17,000 new arrivals, mainly women and children, while around 5,000 people had sought sanctuary inside the compound of the Wau Catholic Church. The influx of newly displaced people has led to over-crowding and pressure on humanitarian services. read more

GCM to hold annual general meeting

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first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) will conduct its Annual General Meeting and a Special General Meeting on Sunday 29 April to discuss the most pressing issues concerning the community.The annual meeting will be held at the Andrianakos Centre at Alphington Grammar School at 2.00 pm and the special general meeting will be conducted at 3.00 pm.To participate in the meetings, attendees must have been a GCM member for a period longer than six months.All members eligible to participate have received invitations together with a copy of the financial report for the 2017 financial year.When: Sunday 29 April AGM at 2.00 pm, and SGM at 3.00 pm.Where: Andrianakos Centre, Alphington Grammar School, Old Heidelberg Rd, Alphington, VIC. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Legion Gives Us Its Perception of Straightforward Superhero Television

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first_img Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. There really is nothing like Legion. After last week’s mind trip of a premiere, this was its week to let us in on what story the second season will tell. It did so in a surprisingly upfront, accessible way. Which, on this show, involves a trip to the future, two characters turning inside out, and a fantasy wrestling match.We start off on a merry-go-round in a void. David is talking to Oliver and Lenny/Farouk, asking if Lenny was ever real. Normally, I’d call such an opening confusing, but that’s just what this show is. In fact, compared to some of the other cold opens this series has thrown us, this one is shockingly coherent. We know that David is helping Farouk find his body at the behest of future-Sydney, who presumably sent that orb at the end of season one. Whether that was really her or another Shadow King trick, that’s what he’s doing. This merry-go-round is a mental space where the three can communicate. Interestingly, the show drops a hint that it might have really been Syd in that ball. As Cary’s inspecting it, he gets the feeling that it’s something he made. Interesting.Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)In the physical world, David, Syd and Ptonomy are tracking down a strange appearance in a field. Right at the end of David’s conversation, The Shadow King showed David a vision of this place. With Oliver talking to another appearance of himself at a fortune teller stand. When the team investigates it, Syd finds a music box from her childhood. One that plays “Swinging on a Star.” David quickly discerns that it’s a trap. Oliver and Lenny are attacking Division 3. Their goal is unclear, but the rampage is terrifying. Particularly when Lenny pulls Cary through the floor. He holds up a spoon to protect himself, and she flicks it, sending vibrations through him. That causes Kerry to freeze in place while she’s gearing up to fight Oliver. By the time David, Syd and Ptonomy get there, Lenny and Oliver are gone. Even worse, Kerry can’t go inside Cary anymore. It’s the other way around now, which leads to an arm sticking out of Kerry’s stomach. And she’s clearly uncomfortable being on the outside of their partnership.The hive-headed director starts to suspect that David is working with the Shadow King. After all, he’s the one that led the division’s defenses away while the Shadow King attacked. There is truth to that, and though both Melanie and Syd come to David’s defense, the guilt starts to get to him. He needs to know why he’s helping his former enemy/parasite. As the second episode of the season, it had to establish the overarching plot the season will follow. Trippy mental powers and experimental art films are great, but Legion has to move its story forward at some point. He convinces Kerry, with the help of Cary, to calibrate his sensory deprivation machine to allow David to project himself into the future. He says it’s to see where Farouk will go next, but it’s actually to talk to future Syd.Dan Stevens as David Haller (Photo via FX)David needs to know why he let those Division 3 soldiers die. He needs to know why it’s so important that he suddenly helps the parasite who tormented him all his life. It turns out in Future Syd’s timeline, David killed Farouk for good. Then, a deadly plague arrived. One they needed Farouk to deal with. Without the Shadow King around, lots of people died. Division 3 was destroyed. So now David knows exactly why he’s helping The Shadow King. He also knows that something happens to him. Syd implies that he isn’t exactly dead in the future, but he’s somehow different. Not himself anymore. She remarks that our David is sweet, “like [he] used to be.” That’s the saddest, most worrying line of the show so far. That little admission will certainly inject some suspense into the rest of the season as the other mysteries get solved.Even with the body swapping and time travel, this episode was surprisingly straightforward. After wonderfully chaotic spectacle that was last week’s premiere, it was this episode’s job to explain, at least in part, what we’re going to be doing this season. So in addition to David’s expository session with future Syd, he meets up with Farouk in the field from the beginning. Knowing exactly what’s at stake, he agrees to help find Farouk’s body. And this is the first prolonged scene we get with Farouk in his true form. And Navid Negahban does an amazing job. He plays the casual sadist very well, and the way he smoothly switches between languages makes the scene even more disorienting. You almost want to agree with him when he talks about him and David becoming more powerful than gods. Or as he puts it, “bigger than Jesus.”Dan Stevens as David Haller, Navid Negahban as Amahl Farouk (Photo via FX)David tries to convince him not to kill any more people, and a mental battle begins. It takes place inside a wrestling ring in their heads, but it soon becomes much more than that. As the Shadow King turns into a samurai, David turns himself into a tank. This war of escalation is brought to an abrupt end, when Farouk pulls them both out with a snap. Yes, the show’s most easily-understandable episode involves a person transforming into a tank.Interestingly, we learn that Lenny was a whole other person before she became a puppet of the Shadow King. She desperately wants some kind of life back when the Shadow King has his body again. It’s genuinely sad to see him wear her down and destroy the hope that she’d be free one day. He asks what she would do if she had a body back. She says she’d live. And then? She’d die. And then? She doesn’t have an answer. And with that, the conversation ends. David may have to help this guy out for the sake of humanity, but that doesn’t mean we like him.Aubrey Plaza as Lenny, Navid Negahban as Amahl Farouk (Photo via FX)David finally tells present Syd what’s really going on, and though she agrees to help, she’s not happy that he lied to her. You can tell she feels betrayed, even though he was only doing it because a future version of herself told him too. The Shadow King taunted her with a music box from her childhood, and it’s David’s fault he was able to do that. For now though, she has to put those feelings aside. They have a week to find Farouk his body. To find that, they have to talk to a monk from an order called Mi-Go. The last shot of the episode is of that monk standing among a group of people, all chattering their teeth. Legion sure picked a creepy plague to build their second season around.Legion manages to be completely unlike anything else on TV even when it has an almost entirely expository episode. Its surrealist nature allows it to find visually engrossing ways to deliver the information it needs to start telling its story. And even when the episode lays everything out for you like this, there’s still a lingering sense of doubt in the back of your mind. Yes, Cary remarks that he feels like he made the sphere, and that would imply that future-Syd is on the up and up.Rachel Keller as Sydney Barrett and Dan Stevens as David Haller (Photo via FX)But this season is still all about delusion. Future-Syd makes a callback to the concept of an idea starting as an egg when she describes the plague. Remember that that vignette was about delusions. And this week’s Jon Hamm-narrated interlude was about how humans live in our minds, and are therefore able to go mad. We don’t engage directly with reality, only what we think reality is. If a child is taught his whole life that red is green and green is red, that’s his reality. Which soon violently collides with the rest of the world’s reality when that boy steps out into the street. Humans live in our minds, so we can go mad. We can delude ourselves. That’s how the show is going to keep us guessing until the end. We can still see that delusion slime trail in David’s room. Maybe we’ll find out more about what’s real and what isn’t next week. But I kind of doubt it.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Alicia Fox to appear on Syfys Dominion on 78 and 716

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first_img Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Elimination Chamber Qualifier set for RAW, Future of “Botch Club” on WWE Network WhatsApp Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Videos Articles Courtesy of Fox on Syfy’s ‘Dominion’WWE Universe, don’t miss Alicia Fox on Syfy’s “Dominion” July 8 and 16!The Diva joins the cast of the supernatural series for its Season 2 premiere Thursday at 10/9 C, after SmackDown.For more on “Dominion” and to watch a preview of the episode, visit videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Number 30 Entrants for Men and Women’s Royal Rumble revealed; Winners of MMC Season 2 Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

Meyers Schalke career over

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first_imgMax Meyer’s Schalke career appears to be finished after he was banned from attending training sessions with the first-team for the rest of the seasonThe German midfielder previously announced that he will be leaving the Bundesliga side at the end of the season as a free agent and had publicly criticised Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel for the way he handled the contract negotiations with him.“I simply did not want to stay with Schalke and work under Heidel. It’s all about this. Lately, it just feels like bullying to me.” said Meyer, according to Sky Sports.Following that interview with the German publication Bild, Schalke has since banned Meyer from attending any further first-team training sessions.“We can’t tolerate such statements and such behaviour,” said Heidel.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are upset more by his accusations of bullying, which we strongly deny, than his untrue allegations. Schalke 04 have always behaved correctly to Max Meyer.”The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Schalke this season and has largely played the role of a holding midfielder this season.After leaving a training session on Wednesday with a foot injury, Meyer has since not appeared at the club and refused an MRI examination.“My impression for a long time was that Max felt at home here. That’s what he expressed to the coaching staff,” explained Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco.“I’m disappointed at his personal attacks and can’t fully understand them as they simply don’t add up.”last_img read more

Apple joins Google Microsoft on project to make your data portable

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first_img • Now playing: Watch this: $999 reading • Apple joins Google, Microsoft on project to make your data portable Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Apple is teaming up with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter on a project to build an easier way for people to transfer data into and out of online services. The iPhone maker has officially joined the Data Transfer Project, or DTP, a collaboration that launched in July 2018.The DTP is working to build a “common framework with open-source code” that can connect any two online services and let users seamlessly transfer data between the platforms, according to the project’s website. It uses platforms’ existing APIs and authorization methods to access data, then transfers it into a common format. So far, contributors from partners and the open-source community have inserted more than 42,000 lines of code and changed more than 1,500 files, according to the group. The project is still in “very active development,” but you can follow along on GitHub. Tech-savvy folks can also try it out via Docker and Code. Instructions on the DTP site note that you’ll need API keys from the services you want to transfer data between.  See it Apple Boost Mobile See It $999 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 See It A breakdown on how much your phone knows you Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Sprint Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 5:40 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 2 See All Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Applelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday March 31 2017

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowJuneau superintendent questions funding planCaroline Halter, KTOO – JuneauSen. Shelley Hughes, a Wasilla Republican, held a series of committee hearings on virtual education and school funding beginning last year. It culminated in the release of broad education reform bill.Southeast tribal court builds on its experienceEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal court operation just celebrated its 10th anniversary.High school student honored for Gold Creek rescueJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauA 14-year-old Juneau high school student was honored by the governor’s office today for rescuing a five-year-old boy he saw fall into a fast-running creek.Two Sitka moms discuss balancing fishing and familyEmily Russell, KCAW – SitkaIris Nash is a new mom. Her son turns two this year and she’s pregnant with her second child. To answer some of her questions about balancing being a mom and co-managing a fishing business, Iris sat down with Sarah Jordan. Sarah also married into a fishing family and raised her own two sons aboard the family boat.Unalaska teen: If you like sushi, you better take care of the environmentZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaAcross the state, there’s a cohort of young Alaskans raising awareness for the rapidly changing Arctic environment. Cade Terada is one of 22 Arctic Youth Ambassadors. Growing up in Unalaska, America’s largest fishing port, he was immersed in the seafood industry.AK: Celebrations of Turkish culture in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Republic of Turkey is about as far as you can go from Alaska on the other side of the globe. The country of nearly 80 million people straddles the edges of Europe and Asia, with a Mediterranean climate, and a rich history as the seat of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Again, not a lot of parallels with Alaska. But both places have food and dance at the center of their cultural traditions.49 Voices: Cole Tamblyn of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Cole Tamblyn in Anchorage. Tamblyn is the head brewer at Resolution Brewing Company.last_img read more

Seepage of water at historic Purani Haveli

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first_imgPurani Haveli: The structural decay at Purani Haveli due has caused seepage of rainwater within the complex which houses Nizam’s Museum. Even though security has been beefed up following theft of a few precious items like tiffin box, teacup, saucer and a spoon in 2018, structural weaknesses are showing at one of the historic palaces of erstwhile Nizam state. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Due to heavy rainfall for last three days, water has started leaking from the roof in the Nizam’s Museum. Visitors are shaken by the state of affairs and appalling maintenance of the historic place. They also wonder if it is worthwhile to visit the museum when almost everything is covered in plastic covers to save them from roof leakages. Upon visiting the place, one can find the magnificent painting of the Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan is exposed to moisture, but is at the risk of getting damaged. A security man could be asking visitors to move away from art pieces, even as water seeps in from the roof. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us When The Hans India reporter visited the museum, the management rushed to cover the art pieces with plastic covers and the glass showcase where portraits are stored. They even switched off the lights so as to avoid short-circuit. Workers were seen clearing the logged water, close to one of the showpieces that includes the portraits of Nizam’s family and painting of Nizam-VII. “When I heard about Nizam and the Museum, I was very keen to visit it. If such a plight continues, the pieces at the museum will be damaged,” felt Urooj Fatima, a visitor. Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, HEH Nizam Museum Curator Ahmed Ali said that due to heavy rainfall these days, the showcase has been covered as the water is leaking from the roof. “The cracks from which the water leaks are being fixed and the total restoration works will be completed soon,” he added. History of the museum The museum showcases the antiques and souvenirs of the affluent Nizam family. The collection includes the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah- VII received by dignitaries on his silver jubilee celebrations in 1936. The museum also showcased the models made of silver of all the landmark buildings in Hyderabad, and recitations in Urdu. The museum also features the wardrobe of the sixth nizam which is also the world’s largest wardrobe. A 150-year-old manually operated lift is also present. The Nizam’s family (Asaf Jahi dynasty) ruled the state of Deccan (Hyderabad) for 224 years since the 18th century. The museum was created at the behest of the seventh and last Nizam. The museum was opened on February 18, 2000 by the Nizam Trust to the general public.last_img read more

A 300 TechPowered Yoga Mat

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first_img Enroll Now for Free Can a nearly $300 yoga mat help improve your downward dog? A tech startup is saying yes, it can.SmartMat, a tech-infused yoga mat developed by three entrepreneurs, is raising thousands of dollars by claiming to be the world’s first mat that can help users achieve that perfect pose with audio and visual cues sent via a smartphone, or tablet.Here’s how it works: The SmartMat has a layer of thin pressure sensors embedded within a traditional yoga mat — sensors that link with a smartphone or tablet to provide vocal feedback about your poses. The mat will work best if users input some basic details, such as gender, height and weight, as well as arm span measurements and other details that can help the mat get a better sense of the yogi’s body type. SmartMat’s founders claim the mat can be used effectively by both enthusiastic yogis and beginners.“It isn’t just a matter of plotting points on the mat and saying ‘This is where your feet go for downward dog,’ we are actually in the process of creating a learning engine,” co-founder Neyma Jahan told Fortune. “It learns about the user and tailors its practice to the needs of that user.”Jahan said the SmartMat won’t replace teachers, but it can help improve the yoga practice.“Tracking your fitness is part of the equation, having intuitive coaches can never be replaced with the computer and a person’s own drive,” Jahan said. “SmartMat is adding a tool to the tool belt.”The fancy yoga mat would cost a consumer $297 if they back the Indiegogo campaign today, a price that could increase to as high as $447 as more orders come in. Launched in late September, SmartMat has already raised over $187,000, more than the stated $110,000 goal. The campaign on the crowdfunding website, which has already courted over 700 funders, ends on Oct. 30. SmartMat is hoping to ship the mats in July 2015.SmartMat’s price is far higher than that of a traditional yoga mat. Yoga mats generally retail for under $40, and even premium-priced mats sold by Lululemon retail for less than $100.But the SmartMat is a bet that tech-loving athletes are willing to open their wallets for the latest athletic-focused gadget. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, with millions more involved in the practice internationally, so there are already a lot of consumers that participate in the activity. And athletes are known to embrace fancy and often pricey tech gadgets to enhance their technique and improve their performance — devices such as GPS-enabled watches, and mobile apps such as Nike+ to track their progress and keep tabs on how well they are performing.The SmartMat isn’t just generating interest in the media, retailers are also hoping to get on board.“Everybody you can think of has already contacted us,” Jahan said. “Everyone except Apple.”Jahan founded SmartMat with Sam Marks, who previously worked at an e-cigarette company that was acquired by Lorillard, and former Yahoo executive Maziar Sadri. The entrepreneurs are hopeful the mat is the first of many fitness-focused advancements they hope to bring to market.“The ultimate goal for our company is to go and create a personalized fitness experience,” Jahan said. “We are measuring output and helping [people] make incremental improvements in their performance.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read October 8, 2014last_img read more

Dedicated Radiation Therapy CT System Receives FDA Clearance

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The new Somatom Confidence RT Pro is designed to deliver new RT images that challenge current practices in RT treatment planning, which favor standardization over personalization. For example, the standard RT treatment plan of every patient – regardless of age, gender, disease state, or imaging system – is built on 120 kV CT images, which are not optimized for precise contouring but enable a highly controlled workflow.Taking into account the trend toward more advanced treatment techniques where precision is critical to high-quality care, the Somatom Confidence RT Pro enables personalized scans by delivering images that are optimized for both contouring and dose calculation. No longer limited to the traditional 120 kV tube voltage, radiation oncology professionals can now, through the Somatom Confidence RT Pro and its new DirectDensity™¹ technology, provide personalized imaging for each RT patient.The Somatom Confidence RT Pro features the DirectDensity[1] algorithm, which can be used to reconstruct images where values can be interpreted as showing relative electron density[2] at any given kV setting, enabling seamless use of those images for treatment planning. And thanks to iMAR metal artifact reduction, task-based automated kV settings with CARE kV, and an all-new detector that enhances image quality and dual energy performance, the Somatom Confidence RT Pro can generate personalized images for all RT patients – images intended to enable optimal precision along the entire RT chain, for both confident contouring and dose calculation.Additionally, the new syngo.via RT Image Suite software from Siemens Healthineers complements the Somatom Confidence RT Pro by helping radiation oncology professionals increase efficiency with integrated image assessment, contouring, and patient marking features in one solution. Its flexible client-server based architecture enables easy adaptation to the needs of RT staff regardless of location – be it the CT console, the physician’s office, or the dosimetry lab. And developed with an eye toward scalability, syngo.via RT Image Suite can grow with the needs of the RT department, from straightforward simulation tools to complex, interdepartmental, multi-modality workflow and task support, Siemens said.syngo.via RT Image Suite can help users open new clinical avenues, potentially enabling them to consume complex studies such as multi-parametric magnetic resonance (MR) images, dual energy and perfusion CT images, and 4-D positron emission tomography (PET)/CT images, among others.For more information: News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more References:1. DirectDensity reconstruction is designed for use in Radiation Therapy Planning (RTP) only. DirectDensity reconstruction is not intended to be used for diagnostic imaging.2. As shown by measurements with a Gammex 467 Tissue Characterization Phantom comparing standard reconstruction (kernel D30) and DirectDensity reconstruction (kernel E30). HU value to relative electron density conversion for the standard reconstruction was based on a two-linear-equations approach with individual calibration for each tube voltage. For DirectDensity images, a single tube-voltage-independent linear conversion was used. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Treatment Planning | December 20, 2016 Dedicated Radiation Therapy CT System Receives FDA Clearance CT scanner delivers RT images that enable precise contouring and personalized dose calculation while eliminating unnecessary workflow steps Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more December 20, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for Siemens’ Somatom Confidence Radiation Therapy (RT) Pro computed tomography (CT) scanner with features dedicated to RT planning. Together with the new, advanced version of the company’s optional syngo.via RT Image Suite software, the Somatom Confidence RT Pro helps achieve personalized scans while simultaneously enabling facilities to reach higher levels of standardization and efficiency. The new syngo.via RT Image Suite software complements Confidence RT Pro with integrated image assessment, contouring, and patient marking features News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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LGBTI activist is out open and proud

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first_imgTHEO PANAYIDES meets an LGBTI activist who says there is still a long way to go to promote people’s rights in Cyprus, a country that lacks a gay public figureTalking with John Zacharias Theophanous – the Paphos representative of Accept-LGBT Cyprus, among other things – we end up talking mostly about his parents. This is not so surprising. Even now, with society more accepting of LGBTI issues (maybe even especially now, when living as a gay man isn’t the nightmare it might once have been for Zacharias), coming out to one’s family and friends is perhaps the most fraught and scary part of making one’s way in the world. “Coming out is a very lonely process,” he admits, “you are going to walk the road alone”. There are no rules, except that one should never be forcibly ‘outed’. “People need to come out on their own.”We meet two days before the fifth annual Pride parade, sitting down at the Home for Co-operation in Nicosia where he once attended a pioneering conference against homophobia in 2012, in his early days with Accept. Going in, I’m a little wary. Talking to an activist isn’t always much fun; they tend to harangue you. He does a bit of that, but mostly he’s good company: chatty, lively, candid about everything, peppering his speech with charming South African-isms (“I beg yours?” for ‘I beg your pardon?’) and Cypriot village sayings. He doesn’t seem angry, I note. “I’m not,” he replies; “I’m not angry.” His Facebook page, in addition to his two names (John is what Anglophones tend to call him; Zacharias, or Zac – which he prefers overall – is what Greek-speakers do), includes a nickname, ‘Zacharoyiannos’ or ‘Sugar John’, given to him by his grandmother. The nickname says a lot about his sweet, ingratiating nature; that he’s not embarrassed to put it on Facebook says even more.He’s shaven-headed, not very tall, a few months shy of 40; his glasses have heavy black rims, his beard has stray flecks of grey. He’s a ‘ZBC’ (Zimbabwe-born Cypriot), though raised in South Africa. He speaks eight languages, and works as a software engineer. It’s quickly noticeable that his left eye wanders, as if the eyeball’s been loosened (he’s on a waiting list for a cornea transplant), a reminder of having been carjacked in Pretoria while stopped at a traffic light. “In South Africa you don’t stop at red traffic lights. You look, and if nobody’s coming you just go, you do not stop,” he explains. He made the mistake of stopping, and “they came, they threw me out of the car, they bashed me to a million pieces”; the attackers kicked him so many times, they permanently damaged his eye. ‘Why not just take the car?’ I wonder. Why all the violence? “It’s mostly – um, a retaliation against the ex-white regime. So they see every white person as an enemy, if you like”. Thuggish robbers fancying themselves as race warriors; a reminder – speaking of LGBTI rights, and rights in general – of the toxic legacy of oppression.That was in 2004 and proved to be the final straw, prompting the family to move back to Cyprus. It was just the three of them, Zacharias and his parents, both of whom have since passed away (his dad died at 60, of kidney failure; his mum at 65, of a heart attack). Mum and Dad hailed from villages in Paphos, and both worked as costume designers at the South African State Theatre – an unusually bohemian profession, and indeed it was an unusually liberal household. His parents had black and Asian friends, long before the end of apartheid, and were never homophobic – but of course there were limits. “My parents suffered from what I like to call NIMBY,” he notes wryly. “Not in My Backyard. Which means everybody’s okay to be gay, except for their own son.”Here, in a nutshell, was the situation. Zacharias went to an all-boys school, “a macho, rugby-and-cricket-playing kind of school” in the not just homophobic but “incrrrrredibly homophobic” South Africa of the early 90s. The school liked to mix the oldest and youngest boys, to promote school spirit, so it was that, in PE class, 12-year-old Zacharias found himself surrounded by 18-year-olds: “I saw a guy in a Speedo,” he recalls, “well, a couple of guys in Speedos, and I was like ‘Oh wow, cool. I like this. Whoa, what’s happening here?’.” That was his first vivid sexual feeling, and the explicit recognition of himself as gay – “as Niles Crane would say: I had an epiphany!” – but in fact he’d always known something was different. “Even in my primary school, which was co-ed, I wasn’t really interested in girls. I used to play with girls – but for some reason, maybe instinctively, they used to treat me as part of the crowd. They never used to treat me as, you know, ‘You’re one of the boys’. They were like ‘OK, come on over, let’s play”. Later, as an older boy, he’d rifle through his mum’s gossip mags and peek at the centrefolds – nothing sexual, just celebs in expensive fashions. When the picture was a woman, “I’d flip past,” but when it was a guy he’d tear out the page and put it in his drawer. “The nice ones that I liked, I used to stack them,” he recalls with a chuckle. “Hoping that my mother wouldn’t look.”On the one hand, the dawning realisation of his sexual and emotional identity; on the other, the fact that – as he earnestly puts it – “I grew up in a family”. His parents never ate without him at the table; Saturday was movie night, Sunday was family day. The three were close-knit, and very affectionate; the family dynamic was also unusual. Zacharias is very clear on the Nature vs. Nurture debate – “I was born like this,” he affirms. “I didn’t ‘become’. I am, because that’s how I was born!” – but it’s still intriguing that he grew up with a quiet, sensitive father and a strong-willed, domineering mother.“You know, I’d say the roles had been reversed,” he muses: “My mother was my father, and my father was my mother.” His dad always suspected that his son was gay – but Zacharias only came out to him on his deathbed (“He looked at me. He was, like, really ill, and he says to me [whispering]: ‘I know. It’s okay’”) just because his dad was so very sensitive, and he’d always been afraid of hurting his feelings. “I played two roles in my father’s life,” he notes astutely: “I was his son, but I was also the daughter he never had”. His dad always wanted Zacharias to hug him as he left home and give him a kiss when they met, and was deeply hurt if he didn’t; in the evenings, when they sat and watched TV, “I’d sort of cuddle into my dad’s arms, I would go into ‘daughter mode’ and he’d stroke my head and just sit there with me”.His mum, on the other hand, was tough: “I call my mother ‘Hitler’. You know? She had an iron fist,” he recalls with a laugh. “Even as a child, if anyone did anything to me I’d never say anything to my mother, because if I did she’d go after them with a machete!” Needless to say, she was tough on him too: “Discipline was first. I mean, for a while – OK, she was also very affectionate, but she was married to the slipper for a while! You know, ‘You’re gonna get it’.” It was to his mother that the young man came out, towards the end of their time in South Africa – by which time he was at university in Pretoria, doing Computer Engineering and increasingly open about who he was.It was only in his 20s that he first became sexually active; adolescence – that notoriously hormonal time – was frustratingly repressed. “I actually threw myself into my studies, that was my crutch if you like.” At school, he was bullied by the rugby-playing types (was he openly gay? “Um, no. But people could tell”), somewhat ironically since they were – and remain – precisely the type of guys he found attractive. He wasn’t beaten up, being good with his fists, but was mocked, felt up, called a “fag”. Coming out to friends was impossible (he and the other obviously-gay boys at school studiously avoided each other, so as not to attract attention); coming out to his loving, close-knit family was even more impossible. The only upside was that his sense of self-worth remained strong. “I never said to myself ‘This is wrong’. You know, never went down that road. I was like ‘Yeah okay, I like guys and that’s it’… The only difference was, I never expressed it, which came later. I never voiced it. I wasn’t the activist that I am now, if you like”.That particular turning-point is a story in itself. Zacharias’ hands are covered in white splotches, as though the skin has been burned in a fire. This is vitiligo, an auto-immune disorder that began just a few days after his mother died. Not only was her death traumatic in itself (“I went home and found her dead on the floor”), they also had “unfinished business”, as he puts it. Coming clean about his sexual orientation had been only partly successful: his mum had burst into tears right away – like his dad, she’d always suspected; “She was waiting for me to tell her” – then spent many years ignoring the subject. When they moved to Cyprus, she told him “I’ll cover for you” (meaning she wouldn’t press him to get married), “just don’t tell anybody that you’re gay, especially the close family in the village”. By this time, of course, he was open with friends and employers, so “I had a dichotomy: different at home, different in social environments… So it was very exhausting.”He was in Paphos, having moved from Nicosia when his father got sick. He and his mum were close, but bickered a lot; she pampered him, but also drove him nuts – and then she died, quite suddenly, in 2010. His skin broke out in vitiligo, the body’s way of expelling stress. One afternoon, while on bereavement leave from work, he attempted suicide: “I didn’t know what to do – because I’d had my parents, and then all of a sudden I was alone… And then I was like OK, I’m gonna end it. I don’t want to carry on anymore”. He grabbed two handfuls of pills, swallowed one handful, prepared to swallow the other – then, out of nowhere, “a very dear friend” came in through the unlocked kitchen door, having come by to check on him.She pushed him, to make him drop the pills. He fell and hit his head, “and that made me unconscious. And then I saw visions of my mum and dad. My mum was talking, my dad wasn’t – as usual!… And she says to me: ‘I know that you’re gay, and I’m okay with it now. I wasn’t when I was alive, but now I am. I want you to carry on, and I want you to make a difference in someone else’s life. Educate people. I was wrong, I should’ve accepted you’… I woke up after two days and I just decided, you know what? I’m going to pick myself up, and I’m going to move forward”. This was divine intervention, he believes (Zacharias is religious, and laments the chasm that’s opened up between religion and the LGBTI community); if that lady hadn’t arrived, he’d be dead now. Soon after, he got involved with Accept and decided to work in Paphos “because it’s a small community, and people talk, and people feel uncomfortable – and I just decided, you know what? I’m gonna make a difference”.LGBT pride parade NicosiaFor the past seven years, he’s tried to do exactly that: “I’m open. I’m loud. I’m there. I’m OK”. People have been supportive, barring one close relative who cut him off after he went public. Accept holds two “rainbow meetings” a month, aimed mostly at LGBTI youngsters (though not just youngsters; a middle-aged man came out recently) plus their allies and parents. He tries to give advice about coming out, trying to keep it realistic (he won’t push kids to tell their parents for the sake of activism; if the reaction is likely to be negative, it’s often better to wait till they leave home). He urges people – including heterosexuals – to get tested for HIV, and also answers their questions. “Are you ‘the man’ or ‘the woman’?” some want to know (“We’re both guys, we don’t always have roles,” he replies). One confused gentleman asked him “When’s the operation?”, having assumed that gay means trans. “But I’m glad they’re asking,” Zacharias adds fervently, “because the most important thing to me is education. And when people don’t ask questions, that gets to me. Ask! Learn! I will answer. As embarrassing as the questions are, just ask me.”It’s easy, chatting so convivially two days before Pride, to assume that the fight is over. In fact, he says firmly, “there’s still a long way to go”. Civil unions are certainly an achievement, but adoption rights still require lobbying, and the situation with trans people (the ‘T’ in LGBTI) remains problematic: at the moment, in Cyprus, they can only obtain new documents after a complete sex-change, which many can’t afford or may not even want (Accept wants the criterion to be merely how they identify, as in many European countries). Above all, there’s an absence of gay people in public life – no openly gay MPs, or even local councillors. It’s as though the ‘problem’ only affects a sub-category of noisy but invisible misfits, hidden away in obscure homosexual lives, Them as opposed to Us.How to make things better? Turns out there’s one final facet to John Zacharias Theophanous, this candid, voluble, sweet-natured man with the damaged eye and turbulent past. He works in Paphos but, unexpectedly, adores Nicosia, where he keeps a flat and spends every weekend; he loves its authenticity, the Levantine vibe of the old town. In fact, he has two websites:, where he talks about LGBTI activism – but also, where he talks about his favourite capital! “I know it sounds like a very, very weird dream,” says Zacharias, “but I’ve got it as one of my goals: I want to be Nicosia’s first openly gay mayor.” He pauses, eyes aglow with the thought of this bold, supremely satisfying bit of public activism. “And I’ve even got my slogan,” he goes on, nodding happily: “‘A gay mayor with straight answers’!”. I wouldn’t put it past him. You May LikeMy Insure OnlineFacts About the Most Expensive Dog Breeds in the WorldMy Insure OnlineUndoCampusPlus5 College Degrees That Will be Useless In the Near FutureCampusPlusUndoDoctor SymptomCan You Match These Pictures to Their Fears? – Daily BananasDoctor SymptomUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Coop wrong people government mistakes poor governance Updated

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first_imgIncapable people, government mistakes and no corporate governance were the reasons the co-op bank collapsed, Central Bank Governor (CBC) Chrystalla Georghadji told an inquiry on Wednesday, also blaming political parties for meddling in every way.The governor told the inquiry probing the state bank’s demise that the wrong people, executives and board members had been appointed to guide the co-op after the 2013 crisis.“Wrong people, government mistakes, no corporate governance,” she told the three-member panel.Georghadji said for an organisation to function properly and efficiently it must have a good product to sell and have the suitable people to sell it at a good price.“All three were missing here.”She said the Central Bank was concerned and met Finance Minister Harris Georgiades many times.The minister “told us to sack them ourselves,” she said.The governor said it was not easy to find and appoint six members belonging to political parties.Changes to the co-op board had to go through the House finance committee and political parties would have their say.Asked by the panel if it was the parties who made the appointments, Georghadji said: “Yes, the parties. We are in Cyprus. The parties appoint, the parties dismiss, the parties promote.”The governor said the owner of the bank – in this case the state – was responsible for selecting the members of the board and parliament had a secondary role.“If they cared why didn’t they sit with the minister and find the stars we have in Cyprus?”She said in a well-governed society political parties have maximum responsibility,“At a time when they were tearing their garments to save the co-op they should have been extra careful and sit together to find the most suitable, the best one, and put him in the position,” she said.Asked whether the CBC could tell the state that certain members of the co-op board should not be appointed because they lacked experience, she said they did not believe the lender was in such a mess.Of her own responsibility for not insisting on the matter, she replied: “mea culpa.”Georghadji said the minister seemed to understand and share the CBC’s concerns “but it was like something held him back from going ahead and doing what, in my view, he considered to be right.”The governor suggested that “he had not realised the scale of the impending catastrophe.”She said the CBC tried “with suggestions, incitement, intimidation – in the good sense – to offer whatever we could.”The governor censured political parties for dragging their feet in making the foreclosures and insolvency frameworks effective and questioned the rationale behind protecting primary residencies worth up to €350,000.“If I bought a house worth €300,000 and owe €250,000, then this house was never mine,” she said. “I have been working for 38 years and my house is not worth €350,000 and I don’t have any other property.”Georghadji told the panel that if they had dared suggest changing the framework earlier, people would be screaming for their heads.“Setting a low level of protection for a poor family who has three children up to €100,000 is fine, yes, let’s protect them, its social policy,” she said, stressing that the decision to protect primary residences of up to €350,000 was simply wrong.“I always wanted to say it in public to lose my head and get it over with,” she said, adding that she has four and half months left in office.Of former co-op CEO Marios Clerides, who resigned in mid-2015 before Nicolas Hadjiyiannis took over, the governor said he spoke like a person who couldn’t take it any longer.Hadjiyiannis was the last CEO of the co-op before it was split up and its good assets sold to Hellenic bank this summer.Hellenic acquired a total balance sheet of €10.3bn of healthy assets (or €10bn after fair value and other adjustments), as well as certain businesses of Cyprus Cooperative Bank.“In general, we felt Mr Clerides was a good asset for the co-op bank and tried to change his mind but to no avail.”Georghadji said as regards experience, Clerides was a far better choice than Hadjiyiannis.  You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

UK visitors boost January tourism figures

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Tourist arrivals were up in January, mainly due to a significant increase in arrivals from the UK.The travellers’ survey conducted by the statistical service published on Monday showed that arrivals of tourists last month reached 81,970 compared to 75,867 in January 2018, an increase of 8 per cent. The numbers are the highest ever recorded for January.Arrivals from the United Kingdom went up by 17.6 per cent, from 19,945 to 23,447.There was a decrease of 2 per cent in tourist arrivals from Greece and a 27.3 per cent decrease from Russia (10,832 in January 2018 compared to 7,876 in January 2019).The United Kingdom was the main source of tourism in January 2019, with 28.6 per cent, followed by Greece with 13.7 per cent, Israel with 10.6 per cent and Russia with 9.6 per cent.For 53.5 per cent of tourists, the purpose of their trip in January this year was holidays, for 25.2 per cent a visit to friends and relatives and for 21.2 per cent business.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

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