BC argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain but it can protect environment

first_imgAlberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say only Ottawa _ not the provinces _ has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.But Arvay says a spill of diluted bitumen in B.C. would be disastrous and the province is not required to simply accept such a fate.Instead, he says it can be proactive in trying to prevent harm.He says B.C. has “no axe to grind” against pipelines and it understands it cannot prevent the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, but there are legal precedents for it to enact laws that reduce the risk of inter-provincial projects.Arvay says the National Energy Board heard differing opinions about the likelihood of a spill, but things don’t always go according to plan and B.C. has the right to take precautions.“Accidents happen,” he told a panel of five judges on Monday. The federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August.Construction is on hold after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the energy board failed to consider marine impacts and the government needed to do more Indigenous consultation.The board wrapped its review of marine impacts last month and recommended the government approve the project with 16 additional conditions, but Trudeau’s cabinet hasn’t made a final decision. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for the British Columbia government says the province knows it cannot stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but it can enact environmental laws to mitigate the harm it may cause.B.C.’s Court of Appeal is considering a reference case filed by the province that asks if it has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Joseph Arvay, who represents B.C., says his opponents in the case are essentially saying provinces are powerless to enact laws that prevent environmental harm to their lands, waters, people and animals.center_img The energy board recently ruled the project is in the Canadian public interest despite adverse effects to endangered southern resident killer whales and related Indigenous culture.Arvay says the board has concluded that the benefits of the project are national and regional in scope, but that some local communities would shoulder the burdens of the expansion.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines, although it later withdrew the ban to the relief of Okanagan wineries.Notley’s government accused B.C. Premier John Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation.last_img read more

Elite Airways launches new PortlandtoHalifax route two direct flights a week

HALIFAX — After a bumpy start, Elite Airways’ inaugural non-stop flight from Portland, Maine, to Halifax is set to touch down Thursday.The launch of the new route, aimed at business and leisure travellers, was delayed two weeks due to a glitch with a computer reservation system.Elite Airways spokeswoman Rebecca Ayers says the debut flight is expected to take off from the Portland International Jetport at 1:15 p.m. and land at Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 3:30 p.m., local time.She says the twice weekly, 75-minute flights on Thursdays and Sundays will be aboard a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 jet and cost US$99 one-way.Ayers says the ticket price is all-in, with no extra fees for flight changes, a first checked bag or onboard snacks and beverages.Although Elite Airways launched as a charter service, and specializes in private charters for sports teams and other businesses, the Portland-to-Halifax route is a scheduled commercial service that will be offered year-round, if there is sufficient demand. read more

Viet Nam becomes first country to be removed from WHOs SARS list

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the decision followed careful monitoring of Viet Nam’s current situation, in which there had been no new reported cases since 8 April and no cases of spread to other countries. “Viet Nam has stopped the outbreak within its borders,” said Pascale Brudon, WHO’s Representative to the country.The absence of new cases for a continuous 20-day period was an encouraging indicator that appropriate detection and protection measures, as recommended by WHO, can contain outbreaks and prevent their further spread, the agency said in a statement. As of 26 April there had been 4,836 cases of SARS, 293 of them fatal, in 26 countries. “Viet Nam has effectively worked in partnership with other governments, WHO and WHO’s partners to stop its outbreak of SARS,” David Heymann, Executive Director of the WHO’s Communicable Diseases Cluster, said. “We are pleased that other countries in the region with local transmission of SARS are also following appropriate detection and protection measures, and cooperating with each other to do so.”Viet Nam was the second country to suffer a SARS outbreak after China, where SARS began in Guangdong Province in mid-November. But the ailment was first identified by Carlo Urbani, a WHO infectious disease specialist, who alerted the world when cases of an unusual and severe respiratory illness began appearing among health staff treating a Chinese-American businessman at the French Hospital in Hanoi.The patient’s recent travel history had included trips to Guangdong. By 20 March, at least 22 staff at the Hanoi hospital were ill with influenza-like symptoms and 20 had signs of pneumonia, two of them in serious condition. The businessman died in Hong Kong on 13 March and Dr. Urbani died in Thailand on 29 March.WHO said Viet Nam was one of several countries affected by local transmission that have conscientiously implemented detection and protection measures including prompt identification of persons with SARS, their movements and contacts; effective isolation of SARS patients in hospitals; appropriate protection of medical staff treating these patients; comprehensive identification and isolation of suspected SARS cases; exit screening of international travellers; timely and accurate reporting and sharing of information with other authorities and/or governments. read more

Motor industry responds to The Eddington Transport Study

However, the industry is concerned by comments that transport policy must respond to the challenge of climate change. In road transport it already does, through fiscal instruments like vehicle excise and fuel duty and company car tax. SMMT believes the comments may be used as justification to levy further taxes on motorists and commercial vehicle operators. On road pricing the SMMT makes the following points:It must be absolutely transparent, stable and acceptable to motoristsIt must not be used – or seen to be used – as a revenue raising exerciseFunds should be re-invested in the transport network, with roads as a priorityIt should be inter-operable with other EU systemsManufacturers should not be made to pay to install new technology to support road pricing Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) More than two-thirds of companies in auto manufacturing say that Britain’s transport infrastructure makes it hard to stay competitive. That was one of the key findings in SMMT’s fourth annual issues survey1 published this week, which also revealed that 84 per cent think the situation is unlikely to improve in the next five years. Motor industry responds to The Eddington Transport Study Note to editors: SMMT’s fourth annual issues survey pooled the views of more than 100 senior executives in the auto industry. Copies of the report called Automotive Manufacturing, the industry perspective are free to download from the home page of the SMMT web site – www.smmt.co.uk So today, SMMT welcomes publication of Sir Rod Eddington’s study which recognises the need for investment in roads infrastructure. It also makes clear the need for ‘good alternative travel options’ when road pricing is introduced. ‘Congestion is an issue for the industry, as well as for the private motorist’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Aside from the environmental impact, time wasted in jams costs the industry millions of pounds every year. Transport is a key driver of a country’s competitiveness and government must take this opportunity to set out its stall for the future in a clear and transparent way.’ read more

McLeod Thompson named on World Indoors team Blake returns after suspension

Defending 60m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and 60m bronze medallist Elaine Thompson were named on a 30-member Jamaican team to compete at the IAAF World Indoors to be held in Birmingham, UK, March 1-4.Omar McleodSixteen women and 14 men were name by the selection panel of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that will see Michael Frater and Dion Hemmings – McCathy as the managers and Maurice Wilson as technical director.Asafa Powell one of three Jamaican medallists from two years ago when the championships were held in Portland, Oregon in the USA was not named on the team after he pulled up in a race at the national stadium on Saturday.Quartermiler Dominique Blake who was banned after the 2012 Olympic Games was also named in the team, her first national selection since her ban expired in 2016.The men’s team – Everton Clarke, Kimmari Roach, Omar McLeod, Javon Francis, Steven Gayle, Kemoy Campbell, Ronald Levy, Demar Forbes, Clive Pullen, O’Dayne Richards, Andre Clarke, Jermaine Gayle, Peter Matthews and Rusheen McDonald.The women’s team- Remona Burchell, Gayon Evans, Eliane Thompson, Dominique Blake, Tovea Jenkins, Stephenie- Ann McPherson, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Rushell Burton, Jeanine Williams, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Tiffany James, Annastasia Leroy, Janieve Russell. (Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamaica names ‘high-powered’ team for World IndoorsMarch 12, 2016In “latest news”Omar — good as gold!August 8, 2017In “latest news”A Royal Affair: Sprint king Bolt meets hurdles king McLeod over 100m in MonacoJuly 20, 2017In “latest news” read more

All Government departments expected to respond on topup payments by start of

first_imgTHE HEAD OF the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has said he expects all Government Departments to respond to letters on the subject of top-up payments to senior staff by the beginning of December.The Committee has sent out letters in the past few days asking whether official pay caps were breached.It follows the revelation this week that 24 state-funded hospitals and health agencies have breached pay guidelines, with some senior executives receiving top-ups to their salary.Under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004, which includes both health agencies and voluntary hospitals,  bodies may not supplement approved rates of remuneration with either Exchequer funding or non-Exchequer sources of funding.Of 44 organisations, 36 have provided a reply and 24 of those returned a status of non-compliance. 12 reported compliance.The first such breach was discovered in May at Tallaght Hospital, and the internal HSE audit was carried out as a result.Speaking in the Dáil this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Government was currently in the process of “attempting to weed out any additional sweeteners”.Public Accounts Committee Chairman John McGuinness said he was concerned the practice could be be more widespread.“Its a huge concern that people at that level should be taking home payments that we didn’t know anything about,” the Fianna Fáil TD told TheJournal.ie.He said it was “peculiar” that the situation hadn’t come to light during an earlier Department of Public Expenditure review of allowances, completed last year.“When you’re running a business properly, if you’re paying out money, somebody at senior level has to sanction it.“We need to establish what’s going on in relation to HSE and who gave the authorisation for the payments.”Director General Tony O’Brien and other senior officials at the HSE are due before the Committee next week to answer questions on the issue. McGuinness said that the letters to other departments had been sent “over the last few days” and that responses were expected within ten days.Responding to an enquiry from TheJournal.ie on whether there could be further top-up arrangements that haven’t yet come to light, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Expenditure said:“Every Government department is responsible for ensuring that its agencies operate within Government pay policy guidelines.”The spokesperson also drew a distinction between the two review processes, noting that one was into “authorised and sanctioned allowances payable within the public service” while the second was an internal HSE audit report “on unsanctioned top-up payments”.Read: HSE pay breach ‘should be addressed’ – Howlin >Read: Government ‘attempting to weed out’ top-up payments to health executives – Kennylast_img read more

Suspicious package in Dolphin Mall parking lot deemed safe

first_imgSuspicious package at The Dolphin Mall has been checked and cleared. Thank you to the responding agencies for your assistance. @MiamiDadePD @DoralPolice @fdlepio— Sweetwater Police (@SweetwaterPD) June 22, 2018Just before 5:30 p.m., they determined the package did not pose a threat and cleared the scene.Mall officials said, besides a section of the parking being blocked off, operations at the shopping center were not affected. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspicious package that was spotted in the parking lot of Dolphin Mall has been deemed safe after police examined it.Sweetwater Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 12th Street and 114th Avenue in Sweetwater, Friday afternoon.Police blocked off a portion of the north side parking lot where the package was found while they investigated.last_img read more

Diverse backgrounds among three on list for vacant state Senate seat

first_imgAlaska state Senate District E Among the many items on the governor’s to-do list remains a decision on whom he should appoint to the vacant state Senate seat for District E.Listen now The appointment is needed after Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy resigned to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.Party officials from District E forwarded three names to the governor for consideration, after whittling down a longer list of names through several rounds of voting Monday night.They are retiree Tom Braund, who said he worked in public safety for 30-plus years; sitting House member George Rauscher, who currently represents District 9; and Todd Smoldon, an Anchorage teacher.Braund declined an interview request, saying he distrusts the news media.On the phone from Juneau as the legislative session got underway this week, Rauscher said he was still unpacking and dealing with a busy schedule. He said he appreciates the selection by District E officials.“I work hard for ’em, and I think there’s some reciprocation going on there, and I just want to be able to keep serving them in the way they expect,” Rauscher said.Rauscher said it’s too soon to say whether further cuts to state budgets are necessary to make up the gap between what the state spends and what it takes in. That’s something Dunleavy argued for.Rauscher said his priorities would remain the same if he ends up in the Senate. He said that includes advocating for smarter, or perhaps fewer, state regulations and other policies to boost employment in Alaska.“We’re talking about private industry jobs, we’re talking about what we can do to keep the people in Alaska working,” Rauscher said. “I think that’s very important. I think we have to understand what makes the job market happen.”Smoldon, the third applicant on the list, has not worked in state government, but he said working as a teacher has prepared him to serve in the state Senate. Many of the skills — like acting as a mediator and finding ways to intelligently answer questions — are the same, he said.“You gather information from a variety of sources and you extract that and turn that into something that’s usable and workable,” Smoldon said. “So in that sense, crafting legislation, working with constituents, those are skills that I have honed as a classroom teacher.”The constituents in District E have made it clear that they want a senator who will continue to work on fixing state crime legislation known as SB91, protect the payout of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and craft a sustainable budget, Smoldon said.Smoldon said he agrees with Dunleavy that not enough has been trimmed from the budget. He thinks there are ways to find more efficiency in state government.“We have a spending priority problem,” Smoldon said. “And so when we’re spending money on things that are not, you know, the essential functions of government, and then we can’t afford more prosecutors or more state troopers or things like that, for me, that’s bad leadership and bad policy.”Smoldon said Rauscher is better known, but added that he hopes the governor picks the person who will best serve the district’s needs.None of the three applicants said they had spoken with the governor, as of Thursday.The deadline for the selection is February 14.last_img read more

A Tablet PC Buyers Guide

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read Enroll Now for Free As more tablets come to market, be prepared to be wowed by the power that some of these slates are capable of. But also be prepared to be disappointed: The tablets already on the market, or coming soon, have a slew of gotchas–especially the lower-cost models you may see advertised at rock-bottom prices.Given the sheer number of tablets expected to ship in the coming months–including anticipated models like the Apple iPad 2, the HP TouchPad, the Motorola Xoom, the RIM PlayBook, and the T-Mobile LG G-Slate–we suggest looking around, doing your homework, and being patient instead of leaping headfirst.But if you can’t wait and simply must take the plunge now, keep in mind the following three key points (plus a fourth on a slightly alternative way to go) before you buy.1. You Get What You Pay ForThe rock-bottom-priced tablets you see advertised around the Web carry those low prices for a reason. Typically, they lack the processing power, memory, display quality, or responsiveness (or some combination thereof) to provide a satisfying experience. Not that tablets should be all about specs, but right now, if you’re going to buy, do pay close attention to them. Single-core models, or ones with CPUs less than 1GHz, are going to be slow. Also watch out for resistive touchscreens, which generally lag in responsiveness, and for low-resolution displays.The one bonus: None of these inexpensive models require a service contract with a carrier, so you’ll have the option to ditch your first tablet with less pain than if you had signed a contract.2. Service Contracts Risk Your Ability to UpgradeWhile it’s possible to get a tablet via a service carrier without a contract, you’ll pay more for that privilege. The unfortunate reality is that many tablets–especially those that have 3G connectivity–are tied to contract obligations with mobile broadband service carriers. That means that if you buy a tablet today with a carrier contract, you’re not going to be eligible for an upgrade anytime soon. Never mind the two-year wait for a contract to expire; in the tablet universe, the technology is evolving so rapidly that the market will shift again in six months, let alone a year or two years.Nvidia only just got dual-core Tegra 2 products out the door, and already the company has announced its road map for quad-core chips. So before signing up, get a sense that the unit you’re buying is the one you want, and not just a stopgap until the next great thing (though something is always around the corner). The amount you save up front may not offset what you’ll pay down the road–and the freedom to change devices may be something it’s not worth putting a price on.3. For Android Tablets, Look for Google ServicesLet me preface this by saying that a number of alternate app stores are around, including market leader GetJar. But the bottom line is, they’re not the official Google Android Market. Having Android Market on the device–along with other services like maps and e-mail–just makes the experience of using the tablet more fluid, and stronger on the whole. The “Google Experience” enables a certain consistency and expectation of what you’re going to get, so if you’re bothering to plop down the bucks for a tablet now, consider that the more complete and well-rounded your experience, the more likely it is that you’ll love your tablet. Think of what has made Apple’s iPad experience so strong (beyond the easy interface)–it’s the simplicity of accessing a deep array of apps.4. Consider Snapping Up a First-Gen iPadYes, you read that correctly. If your wallet couldn’t handle the original iPad’s prices, iPad 2 will remain out of your reach. But Apple is clearing out its stock of the first-generation iPad–and if that version’s weight and lack of dual cameras or dual-core CPU aren’t dealbreakers for your needs, a first-generation iPad is the most cost-effective way to get a good tablet today. Check out the deals for used iPads, too: Over on eBay, I’ve seen 16GB Wi-Fi models selling for as little as $350. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 9, 2011 Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more

Alibabas Singles Day sale hit record 30 billion in 24 hours

first_imgYesterday, Alibaba’s Singles Day sale racked up $30 billion just in a span of 24 hours. Alibaba recorded about $1billion in 85 seconds and then $10 billion sales in the first hour past midnight. Singles’ Day, also known as Double 11, is the world’s biggest online sales event which managed to outpace the sales of U.S. shopping holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea behind this event comes from the Singles Day, which is an informal holiday celebrated in China by the people who are not in relationships. The date November 11 is observed as Singles Day in China. In 2009, Alibaba started offering Singles Day discounts and since then has turned the day into a 24-hour bonanza of online shopping in China. Alibaba’s Southeast Asia subsidiary Lazada also offers Singles Day discounts in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. This year the top three products in the early sale were Apple, Dyson and Xiaomi. In the first hour, the countries selling to China were Japan, US and South Korea. A glimpse of consumer sentiment was seen because of the tensions between US and China. Daniel Zhang, Alibaba CEO told reporters in Shanghai, “We can feel that merchants are fully embracing the internet and helping with consumption upgrade.” The China-US trade war likely to hamper Alibaba growth story China’s economy is getting affected because of its trade war with the United States getting worse. According to BBC news, the US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese products this year, totaling $250 billion worth of goods. This war is going beyond and in future, if the US decides to work on the idea of import taxes, then all the China’s exports to the US would be subject to duties. This year, China’s quarterly growth was the weakest marking just 6.5%. It’s already indicating a downfall. CNN reported in September 2018 that Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, said “It’s going to last long, it’s going to be a mess. The US-China trade war will last not for 20 months or 20 days, but “maybe 20 years.” Despite the booming record, the annual sales growth rate fell from 39 percent to 27 percent in a year . It was the smallest in the event’s 10-year history. It would be interesting to see Alibaba’s next move. To have a look at the highlights from the Singles Day, check out the official video. And to know more about this news, check CNN’s official website. Read Next Alibaba launches an AI chip company named ‘Ping-Tou-Ge’ to boost China’s semiconductor industry OpenSky is now a part of the Alibaba family Alibaba introduces AI copywriterlast_img read more

Applitools introduces AI based automated root cause analysis to pinpoint bugs quickly

first_imgYesterday, Applitools, the creator of Application Visual Management (AVM), introduced the AI based automated root cause analysis tool for developers and QA teams for quickly pinpointing bugs within web applications. Root cause analysis saves time                                                Source: Applitools Adam Carmi, CTO at Applitools told PR Newswire,“Root cause analysis for visual testing will significantly shorten the meantime for resolution of application bugs from hours down to minutes.” The root cause analysis lets the front-end developers and QA teams target the cause of bugs in application code in lesser time as compared to traditional bug diagnosis practices. With the root cause analysis, developers won’t have to go through thousands of lines of DOM and CSS for finding the root cause, instead, a few lines could also work. This increases productivity as the development and QA teams can function smoothly and deliver the product on time. It makes the process of bug fixing faster. It also saves the time of shift left testing, an approach to system testing and software testing. The root cause analysis also shows the visual difference between a baseline screenshot and a test screenshot. Applitools’ user interface version control now includes DOM and CSS associated with each screenshot. It helps the development teams to experience the visual appearance of a web application and the changes made in DOM and CSS. The Applitools root cause analysis correlates the visual differences to DOM and CSS. The major advantage of Applitools AI tool is that it shows only those DOM differences that highlight the visual bug. Root Cause Analysis is currently working with Applitools SDKs for Selenium WebDriver and Java, JavaScript, C#, Python, and Ruby; WebdriverIO, Cypress, and Storybook. Read more about this news on Applitools. Read Next Microsoft fixing and testing the Windows 10 October update after file deletion bug SapFix and Sapienz: Facebook’s hybrid AI tools to automatically find and fix software bugs Microsoft fixes 62 security flaws on Patch Tuesday and re-releases Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019last_img read more

Companies Partner to Launch Digital Lending Experience

first_img Share June 21, 2019 354 Views in Headlines, News Companies Partner to Launch Digital Lending Experiencecenter_img technology 2019-06-21 Mike Albanese HSBC Bank USA, part of the HSBC Group, a banking, financial services organizations, announced that launched a digital home lending experience powered by Roostify. The partnership provides customers with a digital solution that is a faster, easier and less stressful loan transaction experience, while enabling HSBC to process and close loans more efficiently with fewer manual touches.“Digital plays a crucial role in supporting, enabling and driving our ambition of customer experience led growth,” said Raman Muralidharan, Head of Mortgage, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Bank. “Customers are looking for the same ease-of-use and convenience for large transactions, like financing a home, which they’ve come to expect in other buying experiences. Roostify is able to accelerate our deployment timeframe with a solution that provides a superior experience to our customers and to our mortgage consultants.”The platform offers a loan application and fulfillment process for home buyers and owners during a purchase or refinance. Customers are able to submit a loan request online, share documents digitally and securely and track the status of their loan from application through to closing, in real-time. Roostify integrates with HSBC’s loan origination system allowing the Bank’s lending team to more easily transfer information and communicate effectively with customers, driving quality, and efficiency in the loan origination process.“HSBC has been a great partner in driving innovation to improve their customer experience,” said Rajesh Bhat, CEO and Co-Founder of Roostify. “Information exchange is a vital part of the home buying experience, and it can be a game-changer when done right. This solution provides HSBC’s customers with a modern, improved way of applying for and closing a mortgage and delivers transparency to both the customer and lending team from start to finish, for an optimal experience.”last_img read more

Wilderness Safaris welcomes Magashi camp in Rwanda

first_imgOlderDolenc to lead Mandarin Oriental, Macau Wilderness Safaris has opened its new camp, Magashi, overlooking scenic Lake Rwanyakazinga in the north-east of Rwanda’s wildlife-rich Akagera National Park. Launched in partnership with conservation non-profit African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board, both of which manage the national park, Magashi offers journeys to this remarkable location.“We are thrilled with our elegant new camp, which is looking incredible thanks to the collective efforts of our Rwanda team and lead designers Caline Williams-Wynn and Nilfah Adams from Artichoke. “Our Magashi team has already started to work their magic and exceed our guests’ expectations, and we are looking forward to sharing the area’s wonders with many more guests in the future,” commented Ingrid Baas, Wilderness Safaris Rwanda general manager.Comprising a traditional East African “safari under canvas” feel, Magashi’s six airy tented suites and main guest areas have been designed to take full advantage of the beautiful wilderness surrounds and tranquil, uninterrupted views over Lake Rwanyakazinga. ADVERTISEMENTPaying homage to Rwandan culture through locally-inspired interior design and architecture, Magashi truly celebrates the country’s inspiring renaissance – a huge part of which has seen the reinvention of traditional textiles and ceremonies in a modern context.“Akagera has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past nine years, through which it has emerged as one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories. “Our partnership with the Rwanda Development Board has seen poaching essentially eliminated, wildlife recovered including bringing back lions and rhinos to the park, and tourism is helping Akagera become 80 per cent self-financing, which also supports local communities,” said Jes Gruner, park manager of Akagera National Park. “Together with Wilderness Safaris we hope to further realise the enormous potential of Akagera, which is why we are delighted to see the exquisite Magashi Camp open its doors, and we look forward to welcoming its guests to the park to experience this extraordinary tale of restoration first-hand.” NewerHigher passenger numbers drive Wizz Air to record profitlast_img read more

Court sentences three for cannabis offences

first_imgLarnaca Criminal Court imposed prison sentences on three people for the import and possession of about six kilogrammes of cannabis on Friday.Epaninondas Gripalis, 55, was sentenced to five years in prison, while Nicolas Georgiou, 26, received a six-year sentence and Ioannis Demetriades, 28, received two years. All three admitted being guilty of the charge of conspiracy to commit a felony, the selling of six kg of cannabis plant material.Gripalis and Georgiou also admitted to importing and possessing narcotics for the purpose of supplying other persons, and commissioning from another person and supplying the drugs.The case dates back to 7 June 2017, when Gripalis, who is from Greece, arrived at Larnaca Airport, where 12 pieces of luggage were found containing the cannabis.He collaborated with the police and informed them that he would receive €1000 for the drug transfer. He also informed police that he had agreed to drop-off of the drugs in the courtyard of the church of St. Lazarus in Larnaca.A policeman pretending to be Gripalis arrived at the scene at the allocated time, when the Georgiou and Demetriades arrived in a car, into which the policeman placed the drug-containing luggage. He then arrested the two passengers.The Georgiou told police that he went with Demetriades to pick up a man from Greece and take him to Limassol, and that he was getting instructions from a “Pantelis” who was serving a prison sentence in the British bases.“None of the three defendants is the mastermind of the whole business. The participation of each cannot be denied, but all three are nothing but cogs in a machine that sets illegal actions in motion as soon as it becomes operational. Their involvement is sometimes greater and sometimes smaller,” the criminal court said in its ruling.“Without the role of all the defendants, small or large, the illegal action is not achieved,” it added.In sentencing, the court took into account the defendants’ clean criminal records, their cooperation with the police and their personal and family circumstances.You May LikeStairliftStair Lifts Could Be a Cheaper Luxury Than You Might ThinkStairliftUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. It’s crazy what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoCloud Computing | Search AdsDid You Hear About Cloud Computing? Look for Options HereCloud Computing | Search AdsUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Inquiry panel current goverment was unprepared

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE COMMITTEE looking into the island’s economic collapse blamed the current administration for going to the bailout negotiations unprepared and underestimating the situation, a leaked report showed.“President (Nicos) Anastasiades and his government are responsible for one and only one reason: the preparation for the Eurogroup negotiations was lacking,” the three-member committee said in its findings.However, the panel did not reject the president’s position that he had found himself before the harsh dilemma of agreeing or rejecting the deal that was forced onto Cyprus.The Eurogroup decided to seize a percentage of all deposits in all banks to recapitalise two stricken lenders.Parliament rejected the decision and 10 days later the island was forced to agree to worse terms set by the Eurogroup.Shutting down Laiki, the island’s second biggest bank, and seize uninsured deposits to recapitalise Bank of Cyprus.Anastasiades had said he had negotiated with a gun to his head.“He took it upon himself to accept, judging that refusal would have worse consequences for the country,” the committee said.It also said that it was wrong to exclude banks from the negotiations.The committee added that the talks had been complicated by an audit in the bank portfolios, which allegedly inflated the banks’ capital needs.Again the banks were absent from the talks, the committee said, which was wrong.Of the forced sale of the Cypriot banks’ Greek operations, the committee said it was obvious that the aim was to limit their activities to Cyprus.“It can also be said that there were possibly ulterior motives involved; other eurozone countries wanting to get foreign nationals’ deposits,” the committee said.It ended its report with the hope that Cyprus, which has survived so many tribulations, will “tackle the current economic crisis and will get back on its feet, paving a promising course for its unfortunate people.”You May LikeSmart Living Ideas${city:CapitalizationType}$ Program Giving Solar Panels To Homeowners With Electric Bills Over $99/monthSmart Living IdeasUndoSenior Living | Search AdsFantastic Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus bracing for a nodeal Brexit

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