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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsPeople in Manitoba are set to hit the polls next week for the 42nd provincial election.The NDP, Liberals and Green parties are attempting to dethrone the governing Progressive Conservatives.While many promises have been made from all four parties, what has seemingly been missing is what each party will do for Indigenous people in the province.Brian Pallister says his government has spent the last three years working to repair relationships with First Nations.During a press conference he cited the Tories work on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels.“We’re moving on flood protection projects and give people a chance to grow in their own communities,” he said.“We’ve been working really hard on the duty to consult framework to make sure we’re involving communities and individuals [to] have the chance to be involved in dialogue from top to bottom when we make changes.”But Pallister’s consultation process was heavily criticized at a First Nation town hall meeting on the flood project last month.Pallister has also come under fire for axing several agreements with the Manitoba Metis Federation over Hydro projects.Pallister committed to advocating for Indigenous women and girls.“I spent a decade of my life standing up for Indigenous women’s rights in respect to matrimonial property,” he said referring to his work as an MP before becoming party leader.If re-elected, the Conservatives say they will address the 231 calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls through it’s Gender-Based Violence Committee of Cabinet, which was launched in December.The NDP is headed by Wab Kinew.He says his party is committed to creating a cabinet committee to act on the Inquiry’s findings.“What I can tell you is it’s not going to be me overseeing the recommendations it’s going to be folks like Nahanni Fontaine, Bernadette Smith, Amanda Lathlin who have lived experience of what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman in Manitoba,” said Kinew at a party news conference.Kinew is set to make history is his party wins.He will be the first First Nations man to become premier of Manitoba.But his campaign hasn’t been without controversy.In 2017, a woman came forward with allegations of domestic assault against Kinew, which stemmed from 2003.Kinew has denied the allegations.Kinew has repeatedly turned down requests for an interview from APTN News to discuss the campaign and the allegations.The Tories have made this the focus of attack ads over the past month.Healthcare is the main plank in the NDP platform, especially for the north.“That involves more clinics, health centres and specialists being located in the north. We’ll work with northern communities including northern First Nations to bring those services closer to home,” said Kinew.Green Party leader James Beddome has also stated the importance of healthcare, especially when it comes to youth in remote northern communities.God’s Lake First Nation recently called a state of emergency after four young people died by suicide over the summer.Beddome said his party will take advantage of telehealth options but admits this isn’t always possible.“It’s even a challenge in some of those communities because even the internet is not reliable so we’d certainly have to look at that. But there is going to be a need to have more psychologists up there,” he said.The Liberals plan to open 24/7 safe spaces for women fleeing domestic violence.Party leader Dougald Lamont said if his party forms government they will create a Manitoba police service with an Indigenous-lead unit.He added addressing many of the MMIWG Inquiry’s recommendations starts with tackling poverty.“We’re proposing a basic minimum income for all Manitobans that would basically end Employment and Income Assistance,” said Lamont.“The goal is to get every Manitoban out of poverty within four years. First Nations are Manitobans as well so we would partner with the federal government to make sure that is working on reserve as well.”Voters hits the polls on Sept. 10.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more


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In July, indictments were filed in the first hearing at the Special High Court against the former top officials. Primary objections filed by former President’s Chief of Staff, Gamini Senarath and three others on the jurisdiction of the Special High Court to hear the case filed against them, was rejected today.The Special High Court said it has the jurisdiction to hear the case and postponed the case to November 14th. Senarath has been accused over the alleged misappropriation of Rs 500 million of state funds. Indictments were served against Senarath, former Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage and former Samurdhi Commissioner Neil Bandara Hapuwinna. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya


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BILLINGS, Mont. — Attorneys general for North Dakota and Montana asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to overrule a Washington state law that imposed new restrictions on oil trains from the Northern Plains to guard against explosive derailments.In a legal petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem said federal authority over railroads pre-empts the state law.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, in May signed the measure that requires oil shipped by rail through the state to have more volatile gases removed to reduce the risk of explosive and potentially deadly derailments.The move followed a string of fiery and explosive oil train derailments over the past decade, including a 2013 accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. The explosions drew widespread public attention to the volatile nature of Bakken crude shipments.But opponents say the new restrictions would make Pacific Northwest refineries effectively off-limits to crude from the Bakken region, one of the nation’s most productive oil fields straddling the North Dakota-Montana border. That’s because the process of treating the oil to make it less volatile would be too expensive to justify, they said.“It’s pretty clear in this the state of Washington overstepped its bounds,” Fox said. “The effect would be terrible, both on the economies of North Dakota and Montana and also how it offends the rule of law.”Fox and Stenehjem also warned that allowing Washington’s law to stand could inadvertently undermine safety, by subjecting the railroad industry to a hodge-podge of state laws instead of a common federal standard.Shipping the region’s crude by rail has become common practice due to a limited number of pipelines, which are considered a safer way to ship oil.In the first quarter of 2019, almost 16 million barrels of crude (670 million gallons) moved through Washington state, almost all of it from North Dakota, according to a recent report from the Washington Department of Ecology.Inslee communications director Jaime Smith said the state will defend its law.“As Washington has experienced an enormous spike in the numbers of oil trains travelling through our state, this legislation is a reasonable approach to anticipated increased volumes of volatile crude oil,” Smith said.U.S. Department of Transportation representatives did not respond to telephone and email messages seeking comment. The agency has six months to issue a decision on the petition or explain why a decision is delayed, according to Fox spokesman John Barnes.Matthew Brown, The Associated Press read more


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OSU players return to the field after halftime in the Orange Bowl against Clemson at Sun Life Stadium Jan. 3. OSU lost 40-35. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This wasn’t how it was supposed to end.As Clemson redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd took a knee to run out the clock in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl — signaling his team’s 40-35 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-2, 8-1) — a harsh reality was setting in for OSU seniors.Despite winning 24 straight games under coach Urban Meyer, the 2013 senior class has no postseason victories to their name, unless they were redshirted during their Buckeye career and were thus a part of the team of 2010 Rose Bowl champions.Between a loss in the Orange Bowl this season, a bowl ban in 2012-13 season, falling short in the 2012 Gator Bowl and getting the 2011 Sugar Bowl win vacated, something will always be missing from a group that had championship expectations.“It’s always going to be hard. My college career did not end the way I thought it would or I wanted it to,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said following the loss to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1).Regardless of the team’s postseason shortcomings in recent years, that’s not how Mewhort and company want to be remembered.“I think we’re very resilient. I think we’re hard workers, good people. Good football players, even better people,” Mewhort said. “I’d like to take that to be the legacy. Obviously we dropped a few tough ones here at the end. We would have liked to go out on top, but I think we set a standard for these younger guys.”From the depths of a 6-7 season in 2011 capped with the Gator Bowl loss to Florida, this year’s class of seniors will be remembered fondly by its head coach even though the group fell short in this season’s biggest games.“Senior class, we just said an emotional goodbye to them,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because of what they’ve done. I tried to make that perfectly clear. Just because you stay some place for a couple years doesn’t mean you deserve that respect. It’s what you did, and how you did it.”The seniors on the offensive side of the ball turned in a record-setting season in their last year at OSU, setting school records for points (637), points per game (45.5), yards per game (512.0), passing touchdowns (38), first downs (361) and rushing yards (4,321).The Buckeyes had chances to win both postseason games late, but ultimately fell short. It is that unwillingness to give up that sets them apart, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the loss to the Tigers.“(We have) great leadership, especially the senior class. It’s a tough football team. A team that will never give up,” Brown said.When Meyer’s reign began in 2012, a change in the culture came along with it, something Mewhort said was not an easy adjustment.“I know it looks like immediately the next season after going 6-7 we came back and go 12-0, but it was not immediate — at all,” Mewhort said. “It started at 5 a.m. in January of last year. Every day we came to work and we grinded hard.”Aside for Ryan Shazier — who declared for the NFL Draft Saturday — OSU will be leaning on juniors like quarterback Braxton Miller, tight end Jeff Heuerman, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer in 2014 to follow in the footsteps of a class who Meyer thinks has a bright future.“It will be great. A student-athlete at Ohio State University, (will) get a great degree, and go on and build for the future,” Meyer said. “It’s going to sting for a while, probably a long while, because we just didn’t finish, and it was right there to finish.“This year’s senior class … When I looked around the room, every one of them could impact that play. And that’s the sign of a decent senior class.”No matter how it ended, Mewhort said being remembered for getting the program “back to where Ohio State should be” is the most important thing.“Talking about the last two games, obviously we would have liked to come out on top of those but I think our seniors did a good job of setting the template of how to come to work every day,” Mewhort said. “Do things the right way on and off the field. Hopefully we’ll be remembered for that.” read more


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first_imgLiam Kerr, the Tory transport spokesman, added: “This delay will come as a huge blow to the many commuters who travel across the Forth every single day. It is simply unacceptable.”Mike Rumbles, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman, said workers made clear to him in October that the project was not going to be delivered on time and that the government had not built in enough contingency time.He added: “Did the Economy Secretary seriously not suspect anything until Monday?It is now eight months behind the timetable heralded just last May. For a project that was supposed to showcase the competence of this Scottish Government, there has been an awful lot of rescheduling and there is still a lot of work to be done before the crossing is finished.” Another lengthy delay in the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing has been described as “unacceptable” after ministers blamed bad weather during one of the mildest winters on record.The £1.35 billion structure, which will replace the ageing Forth Road Bridge, had been due to open in December before a new date of May was announced last summer because of days lost to high winds.Keith Brown, the economy minister, was unable yesterday to give any guarantee of when exactly when it would now open, but said it would be between mid-July and the end of August.He also warned Holyrood’s rural economy and connectivity committee that it could be hit by further hold-ups due to the weather.Ministers blamed the second delay on problems dismantling the tower cranes used to build the 1.7 mile long structure, saying the operation could not be carried out safely in winds over 25mph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Brown argued that it was only a four to 10-week delay on a six-year construction programme as the contractual completion date for the crossing is in June. Queensferry Crossing Queensferry Crossingcenter_img The Queensferry Crossing nearing completionCredit:PA However, opposition parties questioned why the SNP had not built in more contingency time, given the vagaries of Scottish weather.According to statistics issued by the Met Office this month, this winter is set to be the fourth mildest on record for Scotland.It also said that while last winter was even milder, it was also much wetter and stormier, adding: “Conversely, the 2016/17 winter has been very settled and much drier in comparison thanks to extended periods of blocked high pressure conditions.”Committee members were told that although the winter had not been severe, wind speeds were a key issue. He added: ”The precise opening date will depend on the amount of weather downtime which occurs in the coming weeks, with the latest date being based on weather similar to that which we have seen in February and March if that continues to occur.”It is very important to stress that the costs associated with the over-run will be fully covered by the contractor and so will not result in any increase to the overall project cost to the taxpayer which stands at £1.35 billion as before.”He said there were now 1,500 people working on the bridge, with operations continuing around the clock.However, other remaining activities are also vulnerable to weather conditions, with wind affecting the removal of cranes and work on cable stays, and rain affecting the waterproofing of the bridge deck and the road surfacing.David Climie, project director at Transport Scotland, said: “It’s not that you would characterise it as an awful winter, or that the weather has been particularly severe, it’s the fact that we’ve had steady winds throughout a long period of time which has not created the weather windows we have needed.”The Scottish Conservatives said the SNP had repeatedly promised the bridge would open in December, and added that thousands of commuters had been inconvenienced by closures of the Forth Road Bridge over the past few months. Work continuing on the crossing on WednesdayCredit:PAlast_img read more


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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The social care system in England is at “crisis point”, with more people asking for care but fewer receiving it, according to a report.The study, from the influential King’s Fund think tank, found a 2 per cent rise in new requests for adult social care since 2015/16, to hit 1.84 million requests in 2017/18.The study found that fewer people are receiving care, with almost 13,000 fewer granted help over the same period.Local council spending on social care has dropped in real terms and is now £700 million below what it was in 2010/11.The study found it is not just older people who are requesting help, with a rise in the number of adults of working age seeking support as levels of disability rise.Since 2015/16, there has been a rise from 1.31 million to 1.32 million older people requesting help, while among working-age people requests have gone up from just over 500,000 to nearly 524,000.The data shows that more than 7,000 more working-age people are receiving long-term support compared with 2015/16, but there has been a fall of more than 20,000 older people receiving it.Simon Bottery, senior fellow at the King’s Fund and lead author of the report, said: “This report shows that increasing need among working-age adults, an increasing older population and high levels of existing unmet need are combining to put immense pressure on our care and support system, now and for the future.”Yet there is little evidence that the Government understands or is willing to act on these trends despite the impact on older and disabled people, their families and carers.”The social care green paper, which still has no release date over two years after it was announced, is an opportunity to set out the fundamental reform we desperately need.”But while the green paper is delayed, the Government must focus on what it can do to support people now.”Putting more money into the system in this autumn’s spending review would help people to get the help they need while longer-term reform takes effect.”The analysis found that 18 per cent of working-age people now report a disability, up from 15% in 2010/11.The proportion of disabled working-age adults reporting mental health conditions has increased significantly from 24 per cent to 36 per cent in the last five years.These trends are matched by a rise in the number of working-age adults claiming disability benefits.The report said the drop in the proportion of over-65s getting long-term social care from their local council could partly be due to a freeze since 2010/11 in the amount of assets people can hold and still be eligible for state-funded care.It warned that unmet need among older people remains high, with 22 per cent saying they need support but do not get it.The report also warned of a growing crisis in the social care workforce, with 8 per cent of jobs vacant at any given time and a high turnover of staff.The report found that costs of residential care for councils are rising, with the average cost of residential and nursing care for an older person at £615 per week, a real-terms increase of 6.6 per cent since 2015/16.However, the number of nursing and residential care beds available for people aged over 75 has fallen from 11.3 per 1,000 to 10.1 since 2012.The report comes as the Labour Party announced plans for an increase in the number of home care packages for those who need support with things like getting in and out of bed, bathing and preparing meals.It pledged more cash and said the plans could provide support to more than 160,000 older people who currently get no help, including 50,000 people with dementia.Shadow minister for mental health Barbara Keeley said: “This Tory Government has shamefully abandoned older people and young adults with care needs.”There is still no sign of their social care green paper which was promised over two years ago, and vulnerable older people have needlessly suffered as a result of the Government’s failure.”People with dementia are unfairly punished when it comes to paying for their care needs so Labour will correct this injustice in government.”We want care staff to be properly paid and trained, so that they can provide the kind of compassionate care that they want to give.” read more


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first_imgYes. Once.More than once.Never.I’ve never met a politician.Vote THEJOURNAL.IE’S BEEN OUT on the trail recently, and whatever about the reputations of politicians in general, we’ve found that some members of the public can be less than trustworthy too.In pursuit of a quiet life, it seems many voters are happy simply to promise their ‘number one’ to a candidate in order to get them away from their doorstep.Time to own up. Have you ever lied to a politician so you could go back to cooking your dinner/watching Homeland/staring enigmatically into the middle-distance? I’ve never met a politician. (715) Yes. Once. (329) Poll Results: Never. (1023) More than once. (1521)last_img


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first_img By AFP Share1 Tweet Email A US FEDERAL judge in California has agreed to release on bail the widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at an Orlando nightclub last year.US magistrate Donna Ryu set bail at $500,000 for Noor Salman pending her trial on two charges related to the assault by her husband Omar Mateen on the Pulse gay nightclub in Florida that killed 49 people.Prosecutors had argued that Salman, who was arrested in January in connection with the massacre, should be kept behind bars because she posed a threat to society. They have until Friday to appeal the judge’s decision.In handing down her ruling, Ryu said there was no proof Salman had any connection to the Islamic State jihadist group or had exhibited extremist views.She also said there was no evidence Salman posed a risk of flight or a danger to the community.“I agree with the pretrial service recommendation and find that Ms Salman has rebutted the presumptions of both risk of flight and danger to the community and that she can and should be released pursuant to strict conditions that will reasonably mitigate those risks,” Ryu said.She ordered the 30-year-old, who had a four-year-old son with Mateen, to wear an electronic monitor while living with her maternal uncle in northern California, where she grew up.The ruling essentially puts Salman under house arrest, allowed to leave only for court appearances, to meet her legal team or for medical appointments for her and her son, Ryu said.Salman, whose case is being prosecuted in Florida, faces up to life in prison if convicted of the charge of assisting her husband in his bid to help a terrorist organisation.She also faces up to 20 years in prison on the second charge of lying to investigators.Police killed Mateen in a shootout. During the attack, he had called dispatchers to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. © – AFP 2017 Read: Dishwasher becomes partner at one of world’s best restaurants in reward for loyal service >Read: Trump’s attorney general had contact with Russia during campaign > Short URL Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 8:29 AM 7,612 Views Image: John Raoux No Comments center_img Supporters of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting at a vigil. Supporters of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting at a vigil. Image: John Raoux http://jrnl.ie/3266515 Orlando nightclub shooting: Widow of gunman to be released on bail Prosecutors had argued she should be kept behind bars because she posed a threat to society. Mar 2nd 2017, 8:29 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


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first_img Share2803 Tweet Email Cloud turns to light as Captain Mark Duffy makes his final journey The funeral of the Coast Guard pilot, who died when his Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off the Mayo coast a fortnight ago, took place in Blackrock, Louth, yesterday. 39,795 Views “It’s just such a disaster,” said a Coast Guard volunteer, one of many doubling as stewards for the morning that was in it.He had two young kids. Everyone is so used to that feeling of comfort, you know the one, the heli flies overhead and you know it’s there, there for us all, doing its duty. But now it’s just not there any more is it.He shrugs sadly. His point is a good one. Watching the proud red-and-white livery of the Coast Guard flying overhead is an experience most Irish citizens can relate to. They keep us safe. Mark Duffy’s funeral is the second such dreadful occasion the Coast Guard has experienced in less than two weeks. Do we even realise how much we owe them?Throughout the service, prayers are repeatedly offered for the families of missing winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby.For the loved ones of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, there is at least some closure. They have been able to bring their people home.“We keep in our thoughts and prayers those who are missing,” said Parish Priest at Blackrock Pádraig Keenan. “We bring to mind their family members who are present with us and their colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard.” President Michael D Higgins gives Mark Duffy’s son, Fionn, a hug following the funeral service Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie“His whole world”President Michael D Higgins and his aide-de-camp are present. It is the first time the president has been to Blackrock church since a similarly tragic event – the funeral of Garda Tony Golden, shot dead in the line of duty in October 2015.Immediately after the service, the president embraces Mark Duffy’s wife Hermione, widowed brutally after 26 years with her soulmate and 17 years of marriage, and her two children Fionn and Esmé.All three are distraught. “His family was his whole world, he was so proud of them,” said another of Mark’s friends, Coast Guard colleague Ed Shivnen, in his eulogy.“The outpouring of help to his family is a result of Mark’s hard work, and the friendships he made. I know he would have wanted us all here wearing our happiest smiles.”Hermione had asked Shivnen to read a specific poem, WB Yeats’ An Irish Airman Foresees His Death:I know that I shall meet my fate, somewhere among the clouds above…The years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind,In balance with this life, this deathIt can hardly ever have been more apt.The prayers of the faithful asked that “Mark who was a gentle, sincere, kind and peace-loving man may now come to possess the happiness of the kingdom of heaven”; that “those who grieve for Mark’s loss may be comforted by the knowledge that the lord will take care of him.” The sun shines over Dundalk Bay at the end of the funeral service Source: TheJournal.ie“In the course of life a priest is often queried about the reality of immortality. To me the only answer always seemed to be that the human soul, the human personality is far too wonderful a thing to ever die,” Mark’s uncle, the Reverend Stephen Duffy, says in his homily.“I have never felt this so strongly as I did when confronted with Mark’s lifeless body after it was recovered from helicopter 116. I remember Robert Kennedy, speaking of his brother the late President John F Kennedy, after his assassination using the following words of Shakespeare:When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of Heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.As Mark Duffy’s coffin left the church for the final time, down the hill the waves rolled in as the sea rushed the shore.And overhead, the sun shone.Read: ‘Paralysed with grief, we have lost one of God’s finest creatures’ – funeral of Captain Mark Duffy takes placeRead: ‘Captain, colleague, daughter, sister, mum, friend and hero’ – Captain Dara Fitzpatrick is laid to rest “Guess how much I love you. I love you to the moon and back” – wife Hermione pays heartbroken tribute to husband Cptn Mark Duffy #Rescue116— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) March 30, 2017 Captain Mark Duffy’s coffin is carried to the church in Blackrock Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieBLACKROCK HAS A sense about it peculiar to a certain kind of Irish village. Secluded, quiet, peaceful, close to everything, situated as it is on the coast just south of Dundalk in north Louth, and yet on a plane all of its own.Not every Irish town is so naturally beautiful of course. Tucked in under the watchful eye of the Cooley Mountains on the shore of the Irish Sea, the view from the Church of St Oliver Plunkett is breathtaking.Captain Mark Duffy loved the Cooleys. “You can stick your Wicklow Mountains,” was his oft-repeated refrain, according to his friend, Garda Declan Whelan, who delivered a heartfelt eulogy at the Captain’s funeral yesterday morning.He would know. As one of the most senior pilots in the Irish Coast Guard, Mark no doubt had seen parts of every Irish mountain range that even God may have forgotten about.“‘A ham sandwich always tastes better at the top of a mountain at the end of a long hike’, that’s what Mark would say,” said Whelan. Mark DuffyIt was just one of many affectionate anecdotes shared about Duffy, a man seemingly universally beloved, by his friends. Taken at just 51, all could agree it was a shockingly young age for someone so full of life.Search and rescueAll morning dark clouds had gathered ahead of the funeral.For hours in advance the gold braid of Coast Guard pilots was in evidence along the coast road. They were joined in force by hundreds of others, and representatives of every search-and-rescue branch imaginable: the RNLI, Air Corps, Dublin Fire Brigade, Dundalk Fire Services, Her Majesty’s Coast Guard, various mountain rescues – they had all come to pay their respects; to stand in solidarity.They all, together with children from the local St Francis’ national and St Vincent’s secondary schools, formed a solemn guard of honour for the fallen pilot as he made his final journey home, led to the church by a mournful piper’s lament as the clouds finally burst. http://jrnl.ie/3315812 Mar 31st 2017, 6:01 AM center_img By Cianan Brennan 10 Comments Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter Friday 31 Mar 2017, 6:01 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


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first_imgAu Texas, une nouvelle décharge de déchets radioactifs inquiète les écologistesLe Texas a ouvert les portes de la quatrième décharge de déchets radioactifs des Etats-Unis. Un site qui inquiète les écologistes, craignant une contamination de l’eau souterraine de l’aquifère Ogallala, l’un des plus grands du monde.Une décharge souterraine de déchets de radioactifs s’étendant sur plus de 520 hectares vient d’ouvrir ses portes dans une région reculée de l’ouest du Texas. Il s’agit du quatrième site stockant ce type de déchets aux Etats-Unis, et sa situation, au-dessus de l’immense aquifère Ogallala, l’un des plus grands du monde, suscite l’inquiétude des écologistes.Comme l’explique Chuck McDonald, un responsable du groupe qui gèrera cette décharge, Waste Control Specialists, le site accueillera des déchets d’un faible niveau de radioactivité. “Au départ, nous stockerons des déchets médicaux du Texas, venus de plusieurs endroits de l’Etat” indique-t-il à Reuters. Puis des déchets en plus grand nombre, provenant de plusieurs autres Etats y seront transportés par camion.Un projet auquel s’opposent les défenseurs de l’environnement, qui craignent une contamination des réserves d’eau souterraines, notamment dans la partie sud de l’aquifère d’Ogallala. “Cela pourrait affecter l’aquifère d’Ogallala, qui s’étend sur huit Etats allant du Texas jusqu’à la frontière canadienne” affirmeTom Smith, le directeur du groupe de défense des consommateurs Public Citizen au Texas.Une décharge loin d’être sûre ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le propriétaire de la décharge assure que de l’argile sèche dans le sol préviendra la contamination des réserves d’eau souterraines. Mais un représentant démocrate du Texas dit avoir consulté des documents révélant que la décharge est loin d’être aussi sûre que ne le prétend Waste Control Specialists. Il affirme que des eaux s’infiltrent dans le périmètre du site. Des eaux qui selon lui, pourraient provenir de l’aquifère d’Ogallala.Les écologistes s’inquiètent en outre d’une éventuelle contamination engendrée par le vent, comme du risque de voir des camions déverser leurs chargements dans l’environnement en cas d’accident.Le 3 mai 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgOn the road again, the Eleventh Doctor and companion Alice Obiefune unexpectedly land on The Devil’s Eye.The “galaxy-class pleasure hub for the discerning intergalactic traveler” is teeming with chaos and panic, as visitors flee a band of Ood.A formerly enslaved gestalt species of telepathic humanoids finally returned home, 15 odd Ood remain on The Devil’s Eye—servants to tourists.Dodging death by translator globe, the Doctor and Alice are, as the Time Lord points out, rudely and presumptively teleported to the maintenance bay by Jonni Haliburton (whose name may be a clue to her deceptive practices).Suddenly, everything makes sense: The Devil’s Eye station is floating just outside a black hole, cutting the Odd off from the song that calls them home. The song the Sapling—a destroyer of worlds in the mind of a child—warned them to “share.”But it’s no coincidence these Ood have become disenfranchised. Freedom fighter Jonni, the last “friend of the Ood” (“FOTO”) standing, has taken revenge on the alien race, infiltrating the resort and planting an algorithm in the Ood telepathic field monitors that puts them in “such mental anguish, such pain, that their natural reaction is to strike out at their masters,” the Doctor explained.Can the time travelers save the day, and their crystalline tree friend? Find out in “Time of the Ood,” from writer James Peaty and artist I.N.J. Culbard, on sale now from Titan Comics for $3.59 (print) and $3.99 (digital).via Titan ComicsAnd catch up with the Tragical History Tour in issues one through three: Last we saw them, the Doctor and Alice had narrowly escaped an attack from rogue Silent The Scream, and picked up a new proto-genocidal planetary terraformer lackey, Sapling, along the way.After discovering the flow of time had been shattered, the friends drive an iconic double-decker bus back to 1968, where the trouble started—and where it ended, thanks to Team TARDIS.last_img read more


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first_img Share U.S. Coast Guard/Auxiliarist Rusty PumphreyThe two barges involved in a collision were removed from the Houston Ship Channel on May 15, 2019.Posted on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:59 p.m.The Unified Command responding to a spill of gasoline blend product that occurred last Friday in the Houston Ship Channel said on Wednesday afternoon it has successfully removed the two barges involved in the incident from the collision site.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized.The barges were taken to shipyards. The one that was damaged in the collision was transported to the Southwest Shipyard at Channelview. The other barge was taken to the Barbours Cut Turning Basin. There were no reports of release of product into the water as the barges were removed from the collision site.Cleanup operations continued and skimming vessels collected a small amount of product from sheen at the initial incident site. Additionally, crews will assess shorelines for any remaining presence of product.The boom that was deployed in some sensitive areas over the last several days will begin to be removed when crews determine those locations have sustained no impact from the spill.Water quality testing teams are conducting sampling and initial water quality test results are expected to be available on Thursday.The Houston Ship Channel is now operating without restrictions.Posted on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:02 p.m.The Unified Command responding to a spill of gasoline blend product that occurred last Friday said on Tuesday afternoon in the Houston Ship Channel that cleanup crews have successfully flushed, decontaminated and transferred all removable product from the damaged barge and they are continuing salvage operations on the capsized barge.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized.The gas blend product that spilled is reformate and authorities estimate the spilled amount is approximately 11,276 barrels. Initial reports said it was a 9,000-barrell spill.The cleanup and recovery process includes the deployment of approximately 20,000 feet of containment boom, a temporary floating barrier and skimmers. Seven skimmers are on scene and have recovered more than 3,825 barrels of product-water mixture. Additionally, air and water quality tests are underway. As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 5,079 air quality assessments had been taken and analyzed with no results showing above actionable levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Galveston County Health District report that environmental air sampling data from the community continue to be below levels of health concerns. The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a seafood warning concerning the consumption of fish and seafood from portions of Galveston and Trinity Bays. More information on the seafood warning is posted on this website.The spill has also impacted wildlife, with three birds and a mammal having been found deceased on the damaged barge and numerous fish and invertebrates also having been found dead.Posted on Monday, May 13, at 4:40 p.m.Cleanup crews continue responding to a collision in the Houston Ship Channel that spilled approximately 9,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock last Friday.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized and remains aground just outside the channel.Salvage teams have secured the two barges in their current locations and continue to remove product from the damaged barge. Crews are preparing to perform salvage operations on the capsized barge.The flammable material that spilled is called reformate. Six skimmers are on the scene and have recovered more than 376 barrels of product-water mixture. In addition, responders have deployed more than 20,000 feet of boom, a temporary floating barrier, to control the spill.As of 3 p.m. on Monday, local officials said 4,735 air quality assessments had been taken in the community and analyzed with no results showing actionable levels. Response teams were also conducting water quality tests.The Houston Ship Channel is open but with some restrictions due to the incident.Posted on Monday, May 10, at 10:38 a.m.Officials say a 9,000-barrel gasoline blend stock spill that happened last Friday in the Houston Ship Channel isn’t a major health concern, but they have suspended oyster harvesting downstream until further notice and are investigating the accident that led to the spill.The flammable material that spilled is called reformate and a spokesperson for Port Houston said it’s a colorless, flammable liquid that’s toxic to fish.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. One barge capsized and cleanup crews will have to cut through the steel bottom of the ship to pump out the remaining product. They’re also using boom, a temporary floating barrier, to control the spill.The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board still aren’t sure what caused the accident, which has disrupted traffic on the channel near Bayport.Officials say so far two seagulls, one raccoon and “some fish” are believed to have died due to the spill. Fishermen are also being encouraged not to eat fish caught in certain parts of Galveston Bay.Residents in the area have complained of a gasoline odor. The National Weather Service has warned that people living nearby may be able to smell gasoline fumes.Speaking on behalf of the barge company, Jim Guidry said at a news conference they are monitoring air quality 24 hours a day. “We’ve not seen any levels that cause us concern for people’s health,” Guidry said. On Sunday, authorities said 2,700 air samples were tested and none have exceeded levels to cause concern.The Galveston Bay Foundation is collecting water samples.The cause of the collision is being investigated.Persons wishing to pursue a claim in the response to the incident can call 1-800-241-9010.last_img read more


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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Brought to you by PCWorld October 7, 2008 Research in Motion has finally announced details about its long-rumored iPhone competitor, an almost-all-touch-interface 3G handset with a twist: The screen itself is a big hardware button.RIM’s BlackBerry Storm; click for full-size image.The ability to mechanically click the entire screen (RIM calls the feature Click-Through technology) is the centerpiece of the BlackBerry Storm’s touch interface. As with the iPhone, you can scroll and select by dragging and tapping with your fingertip. But to initiate action, instead of double-tapping, you confirm a selection by physically depressing or clicking the screen.Four hardware buttons at the bottom offer additional–and traditional–BlackBerry and phone navigation aids: Red and green phone buttons for accessing phone features and ending calls, a button with the BlackBerry icon for accessing menus, and a return button.Due for the HolidaysThe Storm should be available from Verizon Wireless in time for the holidays, RIM and Verizon officials said during a press tour earlier this week. But they did not specify an exact shipping date or price.The device will support Verizon’s EvDO Rev. A network (where available) in the United States, but it will also be able to roam internationally on high-speed GSM networks (in Europe, on Verizon stakeholder Vodafone’s network). The Storm also supports both assisted and standard GPS (assisted GPS works with the cellular network to speed up location fixes) and Bluetooth. (However, unlike the iPhone, it does not support Wi-Fi.)While the Storm dispenses with RIM’s signature QWERTY hardware keyboard in favor of a capacitive touch-screen interface, it’s clearly no iPhone clone. RIM’s device is both shorter (4.4 inches versus the iPhone’s 4.5 inches) and thicker (0.55 inch versus the iPhone’s 0.48 inches) than Apple’s; the touch screen is also somewhat smaller (the iPhone’s is 3.5 inches, while the Storm’s is 3.25 inches). Nevertheless, the display’s 360-by-480 resolution looks pretty sharp at that size.Also making a good first impression is the 3.2-megapixel camera with autoflash, autofocus, 2X digital zoom, and video-capture support.The Storm weighs nearly 5.5 ounces (versus the iPhone’s 4.7 ounces), perhaps because it carries radios for both major cellular networks (Verizon’s CDMA/EvDO and the GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA technology for Vodafone in Europe and elsewhere). Verizon officials say it supports even more countries than the carrier’s last world BlackBerry, the BlackBerry 8830, because this model has quad-band EDGE (versus the 8830’s two-band). Note, however, that the Storm supports only the fastest GSM networks (UMTS/HSDPA) on the 2100-MHz band.The Storm, in landscape and portrait modes; click for full-size image.The Storm has 1GB of internal storage, but it also has a MicroSD slot and will ship with an 8GB MicroSD card. Also present: a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and a second external mic (on the back, in addition to the one for voice on the front) that picks up ambient noise data for the built-in noise reduction technology, which in theory should improve voice call quality. The Storm, like the iPhone, has an accelerometer that adjusts the display’s orientation as you rotate the device.But the Storm’s most interesting and potentially controversial innovation is RIM’s implementation of a touch interface, especially for typing. The Storm provides three different software keyboards: When you’re holding it in landscape orientation and you need to enter text, a standard QWERTY software keyboard appears; the keys flash blue when you depress them.In portrait mode, you have a choice: You can have a software keyboard that looks like the one on the Pearl (20 keys, some with one character, others with two) and that supports RIM’s SureType predictive text entry system. Or you can opt for a standard phone keypad (although why you’d want to enter text by multiple letter taps is beyond me).Only time and hands-on testing will tell whether the Click-Through technology will make text entry and navigation easier (for example, by helping to avoid inadvertent finger taps) or more confusing (the device has a number of tap-and-click shortcuts that take some getting used to).Visual Voicemail and MoreThe Storm’s phone-related features include so-called visual voicemail. As on the iPhone, this allows you to peruse a list of incoming calls (identified by caller ID number or, if the number is in your address book, by name) and address them in whatever order you wish.Like all BlackBerry devices, the Storm will have BlackBerry’s first-rate e-mail features, including support for just about all corporate e-mail systems via the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The Storm will also ship with Verizon’s VZ Navigator software (but service charges apply) and with instant messaging clients for the major IM services.However, there’s no universal IM client for the Storm, so if your buddies patronize different services you’ll have to run all of them in the background.The Storm will support at least limited functionality for most older BlackBerry applications. But at launch, RIM says it will offer a developer’s kit that will make it easier to adapt existing BlackBerry apps for the Storm–for example, optimizing them to take advantage of the touch screen, the accelerometer, or both.You’ll be able to buy, download and install apps from the VZ Apps Zone over the air, RIM says. And the Storm has one feature that many iPhone 3G users have moaned about missing: It lets you cut and paste text. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more


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first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 8 min read Ford CEO Mark Fields is trying to navigate his company through an era of upheaval in the auto industry. Cars are no longer merely steel on wheels. They’re mobile computers that can respond to voice commands, serve as a hub for digital entertainment and drive themselves.Fortune spoke with Fields recently at Ford’s Silicon Valley lab, an office that opened earlier this year as a beachhead for innovation. He’s hoping that having workers on the ground in the heart of the tech industry’s capital will help the company identify and adopt new technology more quickly. Ford is facing a stiff challenge to keep up from the usual auto making suspects plus newcomers like Google and Tesla. Even Uber, the ride hailing app, is a threat if people stop buying cars and use its service instead to be driven where they need to go.The following is a Q&A with Fields that has been edited for length and clarity:Q: How important are self-driving cars to Ford?They’re important. But it’s more important to think about self-driving cars more holistically. We call this Ford Smart Mobility. It’s not only about autonomous vehicles, it’s about the connected car, it’s about mobility and ride sharing. It’s around the enabling technologies for the retail experience. All these things are connected. You can’t have an autonomous vehicle unless you have a connected car, and visa versa. You can’t have ride sharing without having the connection. They’re all intertwined.Q: Is it important to be first? Ford isn’t really seen as being in the lead on self-driving cars.It’s not the No. 1 thing that drives us. I think the No. 1 thing that drives us, and it gets back to our DNA as a company going back to our founder, Henry Ford, is around innovating to make things accessible to everyone — not just the rich. Even now, semi-autonomous features are the building blocks for full autonomy. When you look the breadth of semi-autonomous features that we have in our vehicles, we’re in a leading position there. With everything from our Fiesta all the way up to our Lincolns — customers can get a lot of these features. So as we go forward, we’re going to make sure that we continue to build on that legacy and push ourselves to make sure it’s accessible and affordable – not necessarily being the first.Q: Are you considering partnering with Google, which is only a few miles from here, or other companies on self-driving cars?When you think about some of these enabling technologies, we have to ask ourselves some very important questions like what do we want to develop as our own core competency? Who do we want to partner with? We’ve done that throughout our history as a company. Where it makes sense, we’ll work with others.Q: You talk about selling autonomous vehicles to the masses, but the components cost thousands of dollars extra. How do you get to the price where the average person can buy a self-driving car?You innovate. In Silicon Valley, there’s Moore’s Law (the axiom that microchips will get more powerful and less expensive). I don’t know what the law is for the automotive industry. We’re always looking for ways to increase performance and capabilities and decrease cost. There are cameras, radars, and 3-D mapping. When you look at the cost of cameras, it’s coming down significantly. When you get to autonomous vehicles, you’ll need much more computer processing capability in the vehicle. The cost of microprocessors is continuing to go down. Also, scale is important, and as a company, I think we have pretty good scale.Q: How much of a challenge is Uber under the theory that fewer people will need to buy cars in the future?We’re looking at some of these societal trends around mega cities with more than 10 million or more vehicles – the congestion, the air quality implications, and the growth of the middle class around the globe. Of course, the first thing they want to do is buy a car, which increases the congestion even more. We’re looking at that as an opportunity in two ways: One is to sell cars to people who want to own them. Two is to provide mobility experiences to people who otherwise we are not serving today. We’re doing these 25 experiments around the world right now – we’re about halfway through them – to understand what are some of the mobility issues [Editor’s note: the experiments include a car sharing service, a commuter shuttle service, and technology that spots open parking spaces]. Then we’re asking ourselves: How do we help solve some of these societal issues?Q: How are those experiments going? And are you really interested in getting into those businesses?It may seem far-fetched from a traditional automaker. But we’re asking our people to challenge and question tradition. That’s extremely empowering to the organization. This is a culture of innovation. We as a senior team need to allow it. Not all of these experiments will succeed. But that’s okay, because we are looking to learn from them. Some may go on to the next step and ultimately become some kind of service or product.Q: How much do the high valuations of tech companies dissuade you from making tech acquisitions?Any company needs to be always on the lookout for technology that makes sense. It gets back to what I mentioned earlier: Making decisions about what’s core for us versus who do we want to go out and partner with. In some cases, we have made acquisitions. We bought a company called Livio about two years ago (a developer of in-car connectivity software), because we thought that was core for us. But I think also you have to be wary of it. Because what can look like a really cool technology this month, may look like something else in six months.Q: How much to you pay attention to the really far-out tech beyond self-driving cars?In our business, you have one foot in today – making sure you’re running your business, meeting your sales forecasts, meeting your quarterly earnings – and also one foot into tomorrow: 10, 15 years down the road. We have a very disciplined process. That’s one of the reasons we’re here and growing. Some of these unique technologies are being born here today as we speak and will be born six months from now. That’s why it’s important for us to be part of this community.Q: Ford’s is facing a tough challenge in China. General Motors and Volkswagen sell a lot of cars there. How is Ford going to do better?We’re doing very well now in China. We’ve had record market share. In the first quarter this year, our share was 4.5%. Clearly that’s not as large as some of our main competitors who are in the 10% or 11% range. But that’s up from almost 2% a couple of years ago. In the first quarter, we went from No. 8 in the passenger vehicle segment to No. 5. We were in Shanghai last week introducing our Taurus. We were not in the full-size segment – that’s a big segment in China. Now we’re going to be there. We now have a full lineup of SUVs. We’re expanding our manufacturing capability. We’re expanding our dealer network, particularly in the Tier 3 through 6 cities, where a lot of the growth is coming from.Q: Ford is pushing to make Lincoln a global luxury brand. It’s not the first time. Similar efforts have ebbed and flowed over the years.It’s flowing now.Q: Why is this time different?The reason it’s different this time is that we understand the strategic importance of the luxury market. The luxury market is maybe 9.5% or 10% of the global industry. When you look at the profitability, it’s about one-third. So it’s very compelling. There are a lot of good competitors in the luxury segment. We thought long and hard about how do we differentiate Lincoln in a relevant way. At the same time, we have to understand that we are one of the smallest luxury players. So how do we turn that to our advantage and give that customer personal service? When you look at our dealerships in China, which we get to start from a clean sheet, it’s like walking into a high-end boutique. It’s not one of these large factory-type things like a bakery where you take a number. 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first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Top Stories In a news conference Monday, the civil servants’ labor union said the Hamas government has only paid partial salaries to its 46,000 workers over the past four months. Ehab al-Nahal, a union chairman, said the civil servants understood the pressures Hamas faces but they are also struggling to get by and support their families.“We fully understand the financial hardship experienced by the government under this unjust siege, but at the same time we deeply understand the suffering of the public sector employees who have lost decent life conditions due to the delays in getting paid and started facing hard times in providing the minimum necessities of life,” he said.The Gaza finance minister, Ziad al-Zaza, said the government needs $45 million each month to pay wages and operating expenses, but currently only has $31 million available.Al-Zaza played down the extent of the money crunch, saying that “we are facing hardship and not a crisis.”(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Still, there were no signs of open revolt against Hamas, which has kept a tight grip on Gaza and its 1.7 million people since the group overran the territory in 2007.Both Israel and Egypt sharply restricted access to Gaza after the Hamas takeover, though Egypt for years looked the other way as cement, fuel and other goods, including weapons, were smuggled into Gaza through hundreds of tunnels running under the border with Egypt.That changed last summer when Egypt destroyed or sealed virtually all of the tunnels. The crackdown came as part of the Egyptian military’s overthrow of then-ruler President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.Hamas is the Gaza offshoot of the regional Brotherhood, and Egypt’s military alleged Islamic militants infiltrating into Egypt from Gaza were destabilizing the country, particularly Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula, which abuts Gaza.The closure of the tunnel has meant losses of millions of dollars in tax income for the Hamas government.At the same time, Brotherhood sympathizers in the Arab world who used to send donations to Gaza have largely rerouted their money to other flashpoints, mainly the civil war in Syria.In a third financial setback, Hamas fell out with longtime patron and financial supporter Iran in late 2011, after the Palestinian group refused to back Syrian President Bashar Assad, an Iran ally, in his battle against rebels, many of them with ties to the Brotherhood. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinian civil servants called on the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government Monday to pay them full salaries, the clearest sign yet that Egypt’s blockade of the territory is making it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militants to govern.The civil servants are considered Hamas sympathizers and their public complaints about not getting paid in full over the past four months reflect growing discontent in Gaza. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more


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first_imgBy Elias HazouSHAREHOLDERS of FBME Bank in Cyprus are turning to international arbitration aimed to halt the sale of the lender by the Central Bank here.In an announcement yesterday, the shareholders said they have filed a request for arbitration with the Arbitral Tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce.This was done to counter the unilateral decision of the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) to sell FBME Bank’s Cyprus branch, “which the owners regard as a hostile takeover.”The arbitration invokes the Lebanese-Cyprus Convention on the reciprocal promotion and protection of investment. Article 6 of the convention prohibits any nationalisation or expropriation of the assets of the citizens of either country.The shareholders “are seeking a resolution of the actions of the Central Bank of Cyprus and its Special Administrator in line with internationally recognised bi-lateral treaties.”According to the announcement, measures for the sale of the Cyprus branch of FBME Bank “clearly come as an obvious and unjustified infringement of this convention.”It added: “These measures were issued under the Special Resolution Decree (of the CBC) which was designed for insolvent banks or those facing serious liquidity problems, not a healthy financial institution such as FBME Bank, where the financial position is sound and fully in line with capital adequacy and solvency requirements of the European Central Bank.”Calling the decree “hasty and ill-judged,” FBME Limited, the holding company for FBME Bank, said it was issued in the wake of the US Treasury Department’s notice in mid-July.The US Treasury said FBME Bank had been deemed a “primary money laundering concern,” and gave the bank a period of 60 days to respond to the allegations.Following the US Treasury’s announcement, the CBC placed FBME under administration and temporarily suspended its operations. Transactions have since been allowed, but each requires the approval of the special administrator.“The actions by the Cyprus authorities to take over and sell the Cyprus branch of FBME seem designed to prevent the investigation being completed or the bank having the chance to answer the allegations,” the holding company said.“The stated intention was to protect depositors, but the decision of the special administrator appointed by the Central Bank to effectively freeze all transactions has not worked to help depositors in any way. Many of these are reportedly facing significant hardship and damage to their businesses.”The claim that the bank does not have correspondent banking relationships is false, its shareholders said.FBME, meanwhile, has called in specialist forensic accountants from the US offices of Ernst and Young to initiate an investigation into the bank’s anti-money laundering policies and procedures.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo 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


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