Annan calls for extension of UN peacekeeping force in Georgia through July

In his latest report, which covers operations in the past three months by the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), Mr. Annan said that while there had been some “encouraging” developments between the government and Abkhaz separatists, the security and human rights situation in the conflict zone remained “precarious.”“I urge again the Georgian side to take into due account the Abkhaz security concerns, and the Abkhaz side to effectively meet the security and human rights concerns of the local population and returnees to the Gali district,” Mr. Annan said, referring to an area in the conflict zone.As of the start of this year, there were 122 military observers and 13 civilian police officers in UNOMIG, an operation that started in Georgia in 1993 to monitor peace agreements between the two sides and whose current mandate is due to expire on 31 January.The Secretary-General said UNOMIG was focusing on three priority areas in the country, namely economic cooperation, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons, and political and security matters, but he said “political will” on both sides of the conflict was key.“The security of UNOMIG is of continuous concern,” Mr. Annan emphasized, calling on both sides to ensure the safety of the Mission’s personnel at all times and urging them to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against UNOMIG, including those responsible for shooting down a helicopter in 2001.The Security Council is scheduled to discuss the report on Thursday. read more

Sexual offences convictions in England and Wales hit record levels in the

first_imgThe number of prosecutions brought for sexual offences has risen to its highest level ever, jumping 22.5 per cent on last year.In total 11,995 defendants were prosecuted in 2015-16 for sexual offences other than rape, up from 9,789 the year before. The figure has steadily increased since 2012, but never as steeply as in the past year.Sexual offences range from non-consensual sexual touching to serious sexual assault.The vast majority of defendants were men, with women accounting for just 2.7 per cent, and of those prosecuted 78 per cent were convicted.The Crown Prosecution Service’s Violence Against Women and Girls report showed that convictions for rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse have reached a record level. The use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to humiliate, control and threaten individuals is risingAlison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Defendants prosecuted for sexual offencesLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 2 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying Values.Chart graphic.Defendants prosecuted for sexual offencesDefendants prosecuted for sexual offences – Highcharts CloudValuesDefendants prosecuted for sexual offencesSeries 12014/20152015/201602k4k6k8k10k12k14kHighchartsChart context menu 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.center_img The Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said the internet had contributed to the overall rise in cases of offences against women, up nearly 10 per cent to 117,568.Ms Saunders warned of a “growing trend” of offences perpetrated on or through social media.”The use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to humiliate, control and threaten individuals is rising,” she said.Contributing to the total were 206 revenge pornography prosecutions, after new laws to tackle the crime were introduced in April last year.The offence of disclosing private sexual images without consent carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Ms Saunders said the internet had also enabled other offences, with defendants in controlling or coercive cased relying on “tactics such as GPS tracking and monitoring phone or email messages”.The conviction rate for rape cases rose to 57.9 per cent of the 4,643 cases brought.However in recent months the CPS has been criticised for prosecuting cases than have ended in collapse.In May a judge criticised a police officer and the CPS for their handling of accusations of gang rape against four agricultural students, which fell apart just as the trial was due to start. He said they bore responsibility for failing to disclose “game-changing” evidence to the defence teams of the men.At the time, the police force said they and the CPS would review the judge’s comments “to learn the lessons of this case.”CLARIFICATION: This article reports the finding of the VAWG report that the conviction rate for rape rose in the year 2015-16 to 57.9 per cent of prosecutions brought. We wish to clarify that though these cases were initially flagged as rape, CPS data show that the majority were eventually prosecuted in the principal offence category of ‘sexual offences including rape’. A breakdown of outcomes in this category is not available. last_img read more

Struga 2013 intro to another fantastic season Vardar Metalurg Constanta Ivry Meshkov…

← Previous Story Marcin Lijewski to Plock: “Trophies, Cadenas and family…” Next Story → Promising Italian player Giuseppe Colasuonno to US Creteil One of the tournament with the biggest tradition in Europe, STRUGA 2013 will be organized for the 41st year in a row in beautiful city of Struga in Macedonia from August 14 to August 17. The biggest handball derby on the Balkan, year by year with the higher importance in Europe between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg could have the first chapter in the upcoming season on the coast of amazing Ohrid Lake. Beside two TOP Macedonian teams, which could both play at the VELUX EHF Champions League next season, if Metalurg beat Pick Szeged in qualification battles, also Romanian TOP team and EHF CL member in the last few years, HCM Constanta is coming. Another ambitious team is Belarus Meshkov Brest, club which compete in SEHA also. Also two French team, Ivry Handball and Versaille Handball will come to Struga to compete against strong sides from different part of Europe. Ivry is known as the team who broke the years of Montpellier domination (2007) and wont he French championship before last season and PSG. Versaille Handball is the team of great tradition – who celebrate 50th birthday this year.VARDAR AND METALURG – FRIENDLY “FIRST AND THE LAST TIME”Two Macedonian teams, RK Vardar and RK Metalurg won’t play in the same group at the tournament, but with closer look at the participants list, won’t be surprise if two Macedonian teams meet at the Final or third place match. That will be the first match of two big rivals from six during season in SEHA, national Cup and Championship. Matches in Struga will be played from 19 and 20.45hrs.THING IS CLEAR – BALIC COMES TO STRUGA!RK Vardar and Meshkov Brest still fighting for service of the best handball player ever, Ivano Balic, but one thing is almost clear. No matter which team will choose handball “Mozzart”, he will participate at Struga 2013 – with Vardar or Meshkov. Organizers will have a chance for better promotion, while handball fans will enjoy to watch great playmaker…METALURG DEFENDS TITLEThe best ever season of Macedonian handball with placement at EHF CL TOP 8, RK Metalurg Skopje began in Struga 2012. Team of Lino Cervar won the tournament by triumph over Belarus top side Dinamo Minsk 26:23 later rival at VELUX EHF CL TOP 16.OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT WEBSITE Handball tournamentsHCM Constantaivry handballMeshkov BrestRK MetalurgRK VardarStruga 2013Struga handball tournamentVersaille handball read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety Academy

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a state grant to support this year’s annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently announced.The MSO was awarded just under $23,500 from the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program, administered through an application process by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).“YPSA is one of our most popular community initiatives, with over than 1,300 children ages 8-12 applying this year,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS we will be able to hire two additional counselors and increase the number of those able to attend by as much as 120 children. That would not be possible without this grant.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed to expose youngsters to role models in public safety, as well as to teach them valuable life and safety lessons.YPSA cadets participate in a series of activities throughout the camp – visiting with the local police and fire officials in their hometowns and learning about fire hazards in a fire safety trailer. Cadets also learn how to make evacuation plans for emergency situations and participate in exercises designed to demonstrate the power and importance of teamwork.The Academy is run at the Middlesex Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. The first week begins on July 9.Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (center) with 2017 YPSA graduates from Malden.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”last_img read more

Valdez Earthquake Survivors Recall 1964 Experiences

first_imgThe community of Valdez was devastated by the Good Friday earthquake. The giant tsunami that formed right after the shaking began killed 30 people gathered at the harbor and on the dock. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed the town. It took three years for locals to relocate from Old Town Valdez to where the new town site is today.Download Audiolast_img

Regime strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Regime air strikes on an anti-government stronghold in northwestern Syria Saturday killed eight civilians including three children, a war monitor said. The Idlib region of some three million people is supposed to be protected by a September buffer zone deal, but the jihadist-run enclave has come under mounting bombardment by the government and its ally Russia since late April. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Three civilians were killed in an air strike in the town of the Saraqib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. An AFP reporter at the scene saw rescue workers extract the body of a woman from the rubble of a destroyed building. After night fell, they searched for other victims, the lamps on their white helmets casting light onto the ruins in the dark. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Earlier, two children were killed in a garage on the edge of the town of Maaret al-Numan, while another child died in the village of Maar Zita, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Two other civilians perished in strikes on the villages of Kansafra and Khan al-Subul, it said. The September deal signed by Russia and rebel backer Turkey was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the Idlib region, but it was never fully implemented as the jihadists refused to pull back from the front lines. Advertise With Us In January, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — an alliance led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate – took over administrative control of the region. Since late April, more than 460 civilians have been killed in government or Russian bombardment, according to the Observatory. The violence has forced around 330,000 people to flee their homes and hit 23 health centres, the United Nations says, warning of one of the worst humanitarian crises of the eight-year civil war. The conflict in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of protests against President Bashar al-Assad.last_img read more

Cabinet clears Surcharge Management Policy to control tobacco

first_imgThe cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the ‘Health Development Surcharge Management Policy-2017’, aiming to control tobacco use, prevent non-communicable diseases as well as create mass awareness against the bad impacts of tobacco.The approval was given at a meeting of the cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Briefing reporters after the meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said a law is already there for controlling tobacco use and the policy has been formulated as a guideline in this regard.Shafiul Alam said some specific suggestions have been incorporated in the policy regarding tobacco control and its use to establish Bangladesh as a smoking-free country by 2040 as declared by the Prime Minister.The cabinet secretary said surcharge has already been imposed and the Ministry of Health is getting nearly Tk 300 crore a year while the fund is used for implementing various purposes of the health sector, particularly the tobacco control and checking non-communicable diseases.He said the fund will be used in 14 specific sectors to help ensure long-term management in the health sector, especially to create awareness among people against tobacco, prevent farmers from cultivating tobacco and create alternative employment opportunities for them.Besides, research and training will be conducted as well as monitoring and evaluation would also be accomplished under the new policy.The cabinet also approved the draft of ‘The National Academy for Planning and Development Bill, 2017’ translating the original law of 1979 into Bangla.Describing the new law as a prototype one, Alam said there will be board of governors of the institution like other bodies.The proposed law mentioned formation of a 15-member board of governors and relevant minister and state minister will be made the chairman and vice-chairman of the institution, while its director general will act its member secretary.The cabinet also approved in principle the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Council (BCSIR) (Amendment) Bill, 2017’.The cabinet Secretary said the law was first enacted in 2013 where there was a provision of retirement age of 67 years for those researchers who have special talents and qualifications.But, with the passage of time, some difficulties were created since the Policy in this regard was not framed. Under the circumstances, the cabinet approved a proposal for amending the law to delete that section.At the very outset of the meeting, the cabinet adopted a felicitation motion as prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been regarded as ‘Star of the East’, ‘The Mother of Humanity’ and was compared with ‘Raoul Gustaf Wallen-berg’.last_img read more

Jon Gruden to the Raiders isnt just another Grumor

first_imgJon Gruden to the Raiders isn’t just another ‘Grumor’After years of rumors, it appears Jon Gruden is ready to leave the broadcast booth for the sidelines to coach the Raiders. Colin never bought into the rumors that had Gruden landing in Knoxville to coach the Vols, but he thinks the Gruden/Raiders second marriage makes sense for everyone involved.The key factors: 1.) Oakland needs a splash hire to keep the fan base happy; 2.) The money is right at a time when ESPN is cutting payroll; 3.) There’s already a franchise QB in place with Derek Carr. Guests:Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio talking Patriots sustained excellence; and NFL Playoff matchups.Peter King – founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB joins the show to talk New England’s excellence; coach firings; and his take on the effect of protests on the NFL bottom line.Charlie Weis – Former Notre Dame head coach and New England coordinator is in-studio to explain why San Francisco won the Jimmy G trade; NFL coaching carousel.Danny Kanell – FS1 College Football Analyst joins the show to talk Big Ten vs. SEC; if the bowl season is a barometer for conference strength; why Ohio State has a compelling case they were left out; and why he thinks Baker Mayfield is the best NFL QB prospect. Protests negatively affected the NFL bottom lineColin never had an issue with NFL players protesting by kneeling for the anthem, but after the most political NFL season in history, he thinks it’s clear the protests had a negative impact on the league’s bottom line.The reality is, a significant portion of the NFL fan base is conservative leaning and the protests were the catalyst to watch less NFL, or quit watching altogether. Colin’s point isn’t political, it’s just economics. All you have to do is look at the numbers, regardless of political affiliation.last_img read more

3 Unusual Ways Smart Tech Meets Fashion

first_img When we talk about wearable tech, what usually comes to mind are things like smartwatches, computerized glasses and health trackers. But there’s a lot more going on — especially at the convergence of tech and fashion. Entrepreneurs and designers are finding new and sometimes bizarre ways to make the clothes we wear smarter without compromising on style. Some can be truly useful. Others, well, seem more like novelty.Here, we’ve collected three unusual examples of products at the convergence of fashion and tech:1. Clothes that can charge your devices.What happens when you’re out at an event or traveling for business and your smartphone or tablet battery dies? You have to find an outlet to charge it or otherwise deal with being unable to use your device. That’s where Netherlands-based fashion designer Pauline van Dongen comes in. She has teamed up with scientists and other experts to develop clothing — a prototype dress and coat, specifically — that have flexible solar panels built into them. The coat has nearly 50 rigid solar cells while the dress has more than 70 flexible solar cells.Related: Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — YetIf worn in the sun for an hour, each one can store enough energy to charge a typical smartphone by about 50 percent, van Dongen says. The solar cells can be revealed when the wearer is outside in the sun, or they can be folded away and worn invisibly.It’s not as wonky as it sounds. For a closer look, check out this video: Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3. This dress can pour you a drink.I bet you never expected a waitress or bartender to wear a dress like this. The DareDroid is a biomechanic cocktail-making dress. Yes, you read that right. But in order to receive the drink you first need to play a game with the wearer.”Sensors around the neck detect your presence and allows the technological system to dispense non-alcoholic liquid,” according to the project’s website. “Your willingness to play a touch screen based game of Truth or Dare, combined with your natural charm triggers the decision to give you more than just juice.” Read: alcohol.Created several years ago, the DareDroid comes courtesy of Dutch-based fashion-tech designer and innovator Anouk Wipprecht. More recently, Wipprecht designed a line of dresses called “Intimacy” that is made of opaque, smart e-foils that become transparent when the wearer gets close to another person. Intimacy, obviously, is NSFW. Instead, here’s a look at DareDroid:OK, this looks a little ridiculous, but, hey, if it breaks the ice and gets people interacting instead of being glued to their smartphones, why not? Right?Related: Meet Ringly, Where Wearble Tech Meets High-Fashion Bling Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 2. A hoodie for social-media junkies.If you’re constantly checking your Facebook feed, you’ll want to give this a look. Ping is a concept design from Seattle’s Electricfoxy, a wearables production firm. Developed several years ago, Ping is a sleeveless hoodie that wirelessly connects to your Facebook account. Basically, a wearer can use the garment to connect to the social network through a series of “natural gestures” instead of a typical app. For instance, a sensor is integrated into the hood that allows wearers to send and receive messages by lifting the hood up or down. Wearers can “customize their messages, assign them to groups of friends and even manage many different types of messages based on where you are, who you’re pinging, or what your mood is.” If a friend sends a message, the wearer will feel a haptic tap on his or her shoulder.Related: This Handy Gadget Is Like Google Glass For Your CarAnd what’s up with that zig-zagging design on the left and right panels? It’s actually Ping’s circuitry. “Rather than hide the technology completely, the design of the garment embraces it and explodes aspects of the functionality as the aesthetics of the garment. In this case, function truly does meet fashion,” Electricfoxy says on its site.Seems interesting, but I’m not sure how that would work in real-world applications.The same idea around natural gestures is behind Zip, another Electricfoxy clothing design that connects wirelessly to the wearer’s phone or music player and allows the person to control the volume by simply moving the zipper up or down.Here’s a look at Ping: 4 min read August 7, 2014last_img read more

Netflix renews Queer Eye for a second season and were so excited

first_imgYou excited for S2 @QueerEye pic.twitter.com/pzXXXL6kst— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) March 26, 2018Things keep getting betterQueer Eye stars five gay guys who make over another man’s life using their different areas of expertise. The Fab Five are; culture guy (Karamo Brown), grooming guy (Jonathan Van Ness), fashion guy (Tan France), food and wine guy (Antonio Porowski), and interior design guy (Bobby Berk).Regular Monday vs. Monday when Queer Eye gets renewed pic.twitter.com/hIu2aK2AWW— Queer Eye (@QueerEye) March 26, 2018Berk revealed the second season was shot straight after they finished shooting the first season.‘One of the things I’m most excited about for the new season is the continuation of diversity, even more so than the last season,’ he told Variety.‘Without giving anything away, with our heroes, you’re going to be seeing a lot more different people than you did the first time.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The all-new Queer Eye team. | Photo: Netflix Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netflix-renews-queer-eye-second-season-excited/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Netflix confirmed the rebooted Queer Eye will come back bigger and better next year.According to a report in Vulture, Queer Eye was unofficially ordered for a second season, just three weeks after it premiered.We’re coming back for SEASON 2!!! pic.twitter.com/J4a255zSrZ— Tan France (@tanfrance) March 26, 2018Netflix’s unscripted content chief Bela Bajaria, said that the social media reactions to Queer Eye helped seal the deal for its renewal. But Bajaria stopped short of revealing exactly how many people watched the first season.‘What’s been amazing is just the social chatter [around] the show,’ Bajaria told Vulture.‘Here is the one thing I will tell you about the numbers: All of the cultural conversation and all the social media has increased every week. And that means people are feeling an emotional connection, and they want to share it… what’s been to interesting to see [with Queer Eye] is the word of mouth.‘People are just so excited. They want other people to experience it. The word of mouth [is] actually driving the show week-to-week.’ Netflix has answered our prayers and confirmed a second season of Queer Eye.last_img read more

Fantasea inducted into tourism awards hall of fame

first_imgFantasea Adventure Cruising has been inducted into the Whitsundays Tourism Awards Hall of Fame following a clean sweep at the prestigious awards night last weekend. On the Whitsundays night of nights, Fantasea was awarded The Festival or Event Award for its annual Cracker Night, the Major Tour and/or Transport Operator Award and Hall of Fame Awards for three consecutive wins in the categories of Unique Accommodation (Reefsleep) and Tourist Attraction (Reefworld). The Hall of Fame Award is a coveted award given only to those businesses that have consistently shown outstanding performance in their chosen categories. Fantasea Adventure Cruising’s General Manager Rob Addis proudly accepted the awards on behalf of his team. Hosted by Ben Southall and David Whitehill at Daydream Island Resort & Spa, the awards paid tribute to the enormous contribution made by the regions’ tourism operators and service providers who strive for excellence within the industry. More than 300 Whitsunday tourism operators and service providers gathered together to enjoy the evenings awards, honourees and celebrations. These most recent accolades for Fantasea follow three consecutive annual wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the categories of Unique Accommodation (Reefsleep) and Tourist Attraction (Reefworld), the 2009 Award for Major Tour and/or Transport Operator, plus wins at the Queensland Tourism Awards. The Festival or Event Award for Cracker Night recognized the tens of thousands of dollars which have been raised within the community for local charities over the years including RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter Service in 2010 and Whitsundays Police and Citizens Youth Centre in 2009. Peter O’Reilly, CEO of Whitsundays Tourism congratulated all winners and nominees, noting that the past year had not been easy for the Whitsundays tourism industry with some external factors significantly impacting on the success of the region’s business. Despite this, Fantasea Adventure Cruising still continues to perform strongly in the Whitsundays as one of the favourite tour and transport operators in the region. Left back – Jamie Ashton, Clive Robson, Pamela Stevenson, Robb Addis, Michael Moran – Front – Joeleen De Calvo and Chelsea Moore. Source = Fantasealast_img read more

Virgin Melbourne T3 makeover

first_imgIn an effort to further enhance the domestic passengers travel experience, Virgin Australia together with Melbourne airport has commenced significant refurbishments to Terminal 3 (T3).Virgin Australia chief operating officer Sean Donohue said the refurbishment is part of a series of initiatives which highlight the importance of the Victorian capital to the airlines operations.Some of the initiatives include the opening of a high quality new corporate lounge, new trans-continental A330 service and increased flight frequencies to Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart.“Melbourne is one of our busiest domestic airports and we serve over a million guests every year more than 19,000 every single day,” Mr Donohue said.Mr Donohue said that in addition to these upgrades they are also on track to introduce a Premium Valet service at Melbourne Airport later in the year.Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff said the T3 refurbishment is part of the Airport’s investment of A$1 billion on infrastructure upgrades over the next five years.“We are pleased to be working closely with Virgin Australia on this project to deliver a better experience for our passengers,” Mr Woodruff said.“All flights will continue to operate normally from T3 during the refurbishment, and we’ll be working closely with Virgin Australia and our other airline customers to minimise inconvenience for passengers while the work is being carried out. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

CB governor supports tough action on NPLs

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouOUTGOING Central Bank governor Panicos Demetriades said on Wednesday that banks must be allowed to seize assets, and borrowers who intentionally fail to repay loans must be penalised.Wading into the increasingly polarised fray over non-performing loans (NPLs), the governor supported an IMF report on Tuesday which argued in favour of facilitating asset seizures by banks as an effective remedy. The report diagnosed the issue of NPLs as a “key challenge” to the economy, reporting that they have reached 50 per cent of total loans – at €22 billion, or 135 per cent of GDP.In an interview with Bloomberg published on Wednesday, Demetriades, who will be replaced at the helm by Auditor General Chrystalla Georghadji on April 10, said addressing NPLs must be the top priority.“There’s a lot of strategic default happening,” Demetriades said from Athens. “Borrowers need to know that there’s a consequence when you don’t pay. It’s still the case that the banks are not able to basically carry out any repossessions in any meaningful timeframe.”While political parties said yesterday they agreed on the need to tackle NPLs they resisted Demetriades’ view that facilitating foreclosures was the way forward.DIKO head and chairman of the House Finance committee Nikolas Papadopoulos argued in favour of extending the non-repayment period that qualifies a loan as non-performing, and proposed that the Central Bank initiate a renegotiation of the definition of NPLs with the troika of international lenders due to the specificities of the economic situation in Cyprus.“What is considered an NPL in the rest of Europe cannot be considered an NPL in Cyprus, and that is precisely the point we need to drive home – that right now the extraordinary economic circumstances prevalent in Cyprus do not allow for the usual definition,” he said.“We need to change the definition.”Opposition parties AKEL and EDEK positioned themselves along the same lines, but ruling DISY’s MP Kostas Mavrides said that borrowers have been offered sufficient time to restructure their loans.He also said that banks could be in a position to raise additional capital, adding that this could be achieved by the creation of a bad bank that would handle all troubled loans and attract investors, a scenario that would also help boost liquidity.Mavrides said that while the definition of non-performing loans cannot be amended, certain assumptions could be changed so that the number of NPLs can be reduced.“The economic assumptions made when identifying the bank recapitalisation needs – the property market crash, the increase in unemployment, etc – had set the bar extremely high, which meant that increased NPLs were projected and ultimately recapitalisation needs for the banks were higher,” he said.Mavrides added that “the definition of NPLs is the same across Europe and can’t be changed.”“But perhaps some of the hypotheses made could be amended,” he concluded.The parliament is preparing to pass legislation that would allow temporarily insolvent borrowers to request a court-ordered suspension of loan repayments if their primary residence or small-to-medium business premises came under threat of seizure, but only after all other loan restructuring options have been exhausted.The bill, to be put to a plenum vote on April 10, has been publicly opposed by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades due to the risk of mass appeals to courts by distressed borrowers, with crippling effects to both the banking and judicial systems.In public statements, Georgiades has conceded that appropriate protection of the primary residence must be provided for, but has also warned of the risk of compartmentalising the issue of NPLs.In a letter dated March 4, the finance minister informed the House legal committee that a comprehensive government bill is being prepared as part of the reforms mandated in the MoU, which will address all the concerns relating to foreclosures and offer appropriate protection. The bill, Georgiades said, will be finalised and put to a vote later in the year.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLifestyle Daily ReviewsThese Top-Rated Online Degrees Are Perfect For Seniors (See The List)Lifestyle Daily ReviewsUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo 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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Under the law,com. The suspects are being held in custody while inquiries continue. a peacenik-sympathizing son and an eccentric aunt who comes to suspect Martin. Kansas on Feb. the BJP leader was enraged by the police lathi charge on a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Birbhum district.This is not the first time Sangh Parivar leaders have handed out violent threats Nor is this the first time that some among them have declared bounties on heads of rival party leaders Only last month Kundan Chandrawat RSS’s mahanagar sahprachar pramukh in Ujjain had announced a Rs 1 crore reward to anyone who would bring him the head of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan By now there is an identifiable pattern that has emerged to the verbal and physical violence routinely being unleashed by activists and leaders of numerous RSS affiliates The strength of these affiliates is not important Fuelling this new-found aggression and confidence is the numerically strong BJP-led central government andthe many victories the party has recently notched up in different state Assembly elections Within a span of just two years three rationalists —Narendra Dabholkar Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi —were assassinated by members of a pro-Hindutva right-wing fringe group Taking the law into their own hands members of cow protection groups are randomly beating up —even killing —people suspected of slaughtering cows or eating beef And if such violent activities are playing out outside the formal political system local leaders of the Sangh Parivar are issuing dire threats to the political opposition within the system as well In Bengal specifically the RSS had been biding time —waiting for this moment to arrive True the BJP’s performance in terms of seats in the 2016 Assembly election was nothing to write home about Butthe party had increased its vote share from the last Assembly election in 2011 RSS leaders maintain that they have been working on a "long term Bengal project" They also say that the Narendra Modi government’s victory has advanced their ideological project in the state This is the context within which one must locate the aggression of the state’s BJP leaders Rewind to last December Dilip Ghosh BJP’s Bengal state president publicly abused and threatened Mamata Banerjee "She (Mamata) went to Delhi and had her programmes of protests unopposed We could have dragged her by (her) hair and threw her out if we wanted" Ghosh said Coming under fire from opposition leaders Ghosh predictably apologised for this remark Just like BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya predictably told the media that he doesn’t agree with Yogesh Varshney’s remarks? This has fueled speculation that Ebitibituwa was transferred to pave way for Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, most people start the day with procrastination by hitting the snooze button,Yes – yes! What happened in Ekiti was a sham and mockery of democracy.
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