Trudeau presented with Metis Nations highest honour at meeting in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Metis Nation presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with its highest honour in Ottawa Thursday.Prior to a summit between Trudeau, selected ministers from his cabinet and leaders of the Metis Nation, Trudeau was presented with the Order of the Metis Nation.At the same news conference, both Trudeau and Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said the relationship between the Metis and government has come a long way since the Liberals took power.“Reconciliation, it’s a term that some people might say is used loosely, and just another buzzword,” said Chartier. “But we in the Metis Nation have witnesses reconciliation in action.“Your ministers have again, not only been dedicated but have been more than willing to work with us as we move forward, which is a good thing because they as well believe in your vision of reconciliation.” Chartier says that when he first met Trudeau, he tried to impress upon him it was critical to address the challenges facing Indigenous Peoples with respect for the unique needs of Metis, First Nations, and Inuit.Trudeau said the relationship the government has with the Metis Nation is a “model” of reconciliation.“Over the past years we have come a tremendous long way in working with the Metis Nation on their priorities on economic capacity building, on responding to long standing challenges, I really want to put forward this relationship as the model of what reconciliation can be, tangibly, and concretely.After the news conference both sides went behind closed door for a meeting.After a joint news release a number of issues were discussed including; child and family services, education, health, justice and policing, youth and sports, and implementation of Section 35 rights. and post secondary education.“Through the Canada-Métis Nation Accord process in the past two years, we have achieved more with this federal government than with any of its predecessors,” said Chartier after the meeting.“We truly look forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers to maintain this momentum going forward.” read more

TSX climbs on ECB plan hopes for more stimulus

Mining stocks led the way to a strong showing on the Toronto stock market Friday amid general relief over a plan to lower eurozone borrowing costs.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 98.93 points to 12,238.67, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 12.42 points to 1,270.71.The plan to buy up government bonds raised hopes that greater financial stability in Europe will help the region get out of its economic slump, hopefully hike demand for oil and metals and send shares prices higher on the resource-intensive TSX.“Any indication of stability is positive, is viewed that we can get things back on track and get global economic growth back into a positive trajectory,” said Jennifer Dowty, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.It was a different showing in New York as traders considered amid vastly different employment pictures for Canada and the United States.Surging copper and a weak U.S. currency also helped push the Canadian dollar up 0.52 of a cent to 102.27 cents US as Statistics Canada said the economy created 34,300 jobs in August. That was much better than the approximately 10,000 new jobs that economists had expected. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.3 per cent, however.U.S. markets were weak as a poor U.S. jobs report was expected to persuade the Federal Reserve to launch further stimulus.The U.S. Labour Department reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in August, less than the 125,000 that had been forecast. The jobless rate edged down to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent but that was because of fewer people looking for work. And to top it all off, the department said 41,000 fewer jobs had been created in June and July than previously reported.The Dow Jones industrials was down 8.07 points to 13,283.93, while the Nasdaq composite index was off 0.31 of a point to 3,135.5, weighed down by a revenue warning from chip giant Intel.Previous easing measures by the Fed have supported financial markets. The Fed’s intentions could become clearer next week when the central bank holds its next interest rate meeting.“It tilts the scale for some sort of action next week by (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke,” Dowty said. “The market is certainly betting on it, suggesting if we don’t see action next week it will certainly create some volatility.”North American markets were set to end the week higher in the wake of the ECB’s move Thursday to get a grip on the eurozone’s debt crisis.The plan amounts to a commitment to buy unlimited amounts of short-term bonds from euro countries that request help. Ostensibly, the plan is meant to ease the financial pressures on Spain and Italy by giving them time to reduce debt and reform their economies.The ECB had been under pressure to take action after Spain and Italy became the latest countries forced to pay yields in the seven per cent range on their benchmark 10-year bonds earlier this year, a level that raised worries that they could be forced to seek bailouts.The ECB plan seemed to be working as Spain has seen its cost of borrowing fall since the announcement. The yield on Spain’s 10-year bond fell another 0.21 percentage point to 5.80 per cent on Friday, the first time it’s gone below six per cent since May.Investors think Spain will make a formal request to tap the new program within weeks, which could ease the pressures in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.TSX gains were led by a 5.7 per cent rise in the base metals sector as September copper ran ahead 12 cents to US$3.64 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained $1.63 to C$28.66 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) jumped $1.54 to $21.51.The gold sector rose over two per cent as bullion prices turned positive on the prospect the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide on another round of quantitative easing, which would see the central bank print more money to buy bonds. December gold was up $33.10 to US$1,738.70 an ounce and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose $1.04 to C$39.32 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 87 cents to $42.23.The energy sector rose just over one per cent as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gave up early gains and slipped 23 cents to US$95.30 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 41 cents to C$32.26 while Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) rose 57 cents to $33.87.European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.31 per cent while Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.76 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.37 per cent.In corporate news, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) reported quarterly net earnings were $57.2 million or 39 cents per share. That compared with net earnings of $38.4 million or 26 cents per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The Vancouver-based activewear retailer also reported revenue up 33 per cent to $282.6 million. It also raised its full year revenue projection and its stock rose $5.60 or 8.3 per cent to $72.99.Intel is cutting its third-quarter revenue forecast due to softer than expected demand for its chips amid difficult economic conditions. Intel chips go into about 80 per cent of personal computers and into a vast number of servers as well, making it a bellwether for spending on computers. Its stock fell 81 cents to US$24.28.Commodities trader Glencore International PLC is raising its $34-billion bid for Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata by some nine per cent. Xstrata announced Friday that it had received a proposal from Glencore to offer 3.05 new shares for each Xstrata share, up from the existing offer of 2.8 shares. That original offer had been resisted by Qatar Holding, a major Xstrata shareholder. read more

Couple spreads message during lake adventure

A Parkinson’s diagnosis can slow someone down, but Steve Van Vlaenderen chose to keep going after being diagnosed with the disease.Van Vlaenderen, from Winnipeg, was initially struck down by his diagnosis in 2011 and spent some time dealing with anxiety and depression. During this time he put on weight and felt like he had “hit rock bottom.”One night in 2013 he had a long talk with his partner, Darlene Hildebrand. They discussed his dreams, goals, and he decided to get back on track.Afterwards he decided he wanted to remain active, so he joined a gym to stay healthy. A trainer in the gym noticed his tremors and started up a conversation about strength training while living with Parkinson’s. The trainer helped him create a meal plan and get into body building, which created a new goal for Van Vlaenderen to work towards.Van Vlaenderen competed in an over 50 body building competition, and finished in second place. He also won another award for being the most inspiring competitor.“The main reason I competed was to put out the message that you can do whatever you put your mind to.”A year before Van Vlaenderen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he purchased a sailboat. Doctors recommended he give up sailing, but he decided to sail all of the Great Lakes instead.He and Hildebrand started on their two-year journey on June 22, 2018. They’ve titled the adventure Sail On With Parkinson’s. They are travelling on a 31-foot 1981 Niagara 31 sailboat, named Cloud.On Wednesday the couple stopped at Port Dover Harbour Marina. While in Port Dover they held a meet and greet at Riverfront Park with Paul Scibetta, a representative from Parkinson Canada.“Lake Erie is very challenging. You don’t know what you’re going to get from day to day,” said Van Vlaenderen. “I think Lake Erie has been the most challenging.”The pair have already sailed Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and are now working along Lake Erie.“Sailing through the Great Lakes is a good metaphor for Parkinson’s. I always say Parkinson’s is CCA, a complicated collection of ailments, and every day is different,” said Van Vlaenderen.The couple has faced quite a few non-health-related hiccups along their journey. The boat’s ignition switch stopped working, the pump to cool the engine burned out, which caused the engine to stop working, and their stern line has been caught in strong waters.“Our trip is to encourage people to move forward and not lose hope,” said Van Vlaenderen.To learn more about their journey, or to donate to Parkinson Canada, you can visit read more

Progress in fighting corruption to top UN crimecontrol meeting agenda

In debating the question, the 40-member UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is expected to set the stage for preparations to negotiate a legally-binding international treaty on corruption. In addition to discussing corruption, the Commission will consider how best to promote the early entry into force of the recently adopted UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three protocols dealing with trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trade in firearms. Other issues to be addressed during the session include “cyber-crime,” trafficking in explosives, follow-up to last year’s UN “Crime Congress” in Vienna and assistance to countries in upgrading their capacities to fight crime. The Commission was established in 1992 to set international policy on crime control matters. Its current 10th session will run until 17 May. read more

Annan calls on young people to remind Governments of their development goal

Mr. Annan’s message was delivered at the opening of the UN European Youth Leadership Summit in Vienna, which runs for three days and brings together young people from 27 European countries to discuss ways to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through sport, culture and peace.“Governments need to be reminded of the pledges they have made to translate the Millennium Development Goals into reality. That is where young people like you come in. Your voice can hold leaders to those pledges. I know you will not resign yourselves to a world where others die of hunger, remain illiterate and lack human dignity,” Mr. Annan said.“That is why this Leadership Summit is right to focus on sport and culture as tools to accelerate progress towards reaching the Goals. As the massive following of the FIFA World Cup currently shows us, sport has an exceptional power to mobilize, motivate and unite people from every continent, race and religion in a common cause. The same is true of culture in all its forms – from music to poetry and art.”The Summit is being organized by the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace and is hosted by the Government of Austria in its capacity as the current holder of the European Union (EU) Presidency, according to the UN.The Director of the New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace, Djibril Diallo, pointed out that the young participants were the first generation of the 21st century, gathered to discuss the future of Europe and how to be leaders.At the end of the conference on 21 June, a torch – symbolising youth, cooperation and sport – will be passed on to a youth leader from the United States, and the regional summits will end in a global summit at UN Headquarters in New York on 30 October 2006. read more

Yellen signals continuity with Bernanke indicates steady pullback in Fed stimulus is

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chair nominee Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination. Yellen will deliver the Fed’s twice-annual report to Congress, starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 before the House Financial Services Committee and then Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 10:45 pm MDT Yellen signals continuity with Bernanke; indicates steady pullback in Fed stimulus is likely AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.Yellen told Congress that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will take “further measured steps” to reduce the support it’s providing through bond purchases.In her first public comments since taking over the top Fed job last week, Yellen said she expects a “great deal of continuity” with Bernanke. She signalled that she supports his view that the economy is strengthening enough to withstand a pullback in stimulus but that rates should stay low to further improve a still-lacklustre economy.Her message of continuity at the Fed was a reassuring one for investors, and it contributed to a major rally on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 193 points.Yellen’s remarks to a House committee suggested that the Fed will keep its key short-term rate near zero for a prolonged period.“The recovery in the labour market is far from complete,” Yellen said, an indication that the Fed is in no hurry to boost short-term rates.She said the Fed is monitoring volatility in global markets but doesn’t think it poses a serious risk to the United States at the current time.“Since the financial crisis and the depths of the recession, substantial progress has been made in restoring the economy to health and strengthening the financial system,” Yellen said in her testimony for the House Financial Services Committee. “Still, there is more to do.”Some Republicans expressed concern that the Fed’s extraordinary support could ignite high inflation or destabilize financial markets. The committee chairman, Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, a critic of the Fed, said there were “clearly limits to what monetary policy can achieve.”Hensarling questioned whether the Fed had sent confusing signals to investors by changing its possible timetable for future actions on interest rates.Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed in its 100 years, was delivering the Fed’s twice-a-year report to Congress a week after being sworn in to succeed Bernanke. He stepped down Jan. 31 after eight years as chairman.Several committee members praised Yellen for breaking down a gender barrier at the Fed. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., told Yellen she would serve as an inspiration for his three daughters and said: “You have done it the old-fashioned way. You have earned it.”At the start of the hearing, Hensarling mentioned that Yellen had agreed to stay all day if necessary to allow all members of one of Congress’ largest committees to question her. That was a break from recent practice, in which Bernanke and his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, tended to sit for questions for only two or three hours.Yellen ended her testimony just short of six hours after the hearing began. The panel did take a 30-minute lunch break and two shorter breaks. At the end of the marathon session, Hensarling thanked Yellen for her “stamina.”The Fed chair drew praise for her direct responses. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she’d been able to understand more of Yellen’s answers than she had the responses of Bernanke or Greenspan.At times, Yellen was blunt. Asked what impact a failure to raise the federal debt limit would have, she said, “Frankly, it would be catastrophic to not raise the debt limit.”She was pressed by some Republicans to explain why she opposed legislation that would subject the Fed to audits by the Government Accountability Office on its rate decisions. Yellen noted that the Fed is already subject to GAO audits in some areas. But she said that allowing the GAO to second-guess interest-rate actions would subject the Fed to improper political influence.Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., argued that the Fed was wrong to oppose the audit legislation. “The American people are feeling less and less empowered to hold the Fed responsible,” Bachmann told Yellen.At the other end of the political spectrum, Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., urged Yellen to be bolder in addressing long-term unemployment. He said many older workers who had been laid off and young people trying to enter the workforce were growing increasingly frustrated. He said Yellen should oppose Republican efforts to end the Fed’s dual mandate to pursue maximum employment and price stability so it could focus solely on inflation.Yellen said she felt the Fed’s dual mandate “has served this country well.”Many economists think the Fed bond buying, which totalled $85 billion a month during 2013, will be reduced in $10 billion increments this year until the purchases are eliminated in December. The purchases of Treasury and mortgage bonds are aimed at stimulating the economy by keeping long-term loan rates low.Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked Yellen to outline what developments might cause the Fed to slow or suspend its reductions in bond purchases. Maloney asked whether the weak job reports for December and January might prompt a pause.Yellen acknowledged she was surprised by the sluggish job gains the past two months. But she suggested that job growth might have been held down by severe weather and was not necessarily a signal of a slowdown. She noted that when the Fed next meets March 18-19, it will have another jobs report to review.Yellen said the Fed won’t likely change its pace of bond reductions unless it sees a “notable change” in the economic outlook. The Fed’s three rounds of bond purchases have driven its holdings above $4 trillion — four times its level before the financial crisis struck with force in 2008. Eventually, it will need to sell those investments without sending interest rates soaring or otherwise destabilizing markets.On bank regulation, Yellen said the Fed was committed to implementing the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which overhauls regulation to try to prevent a future financial crisis. But she agreed that oversight that’s too aggressive can keep banks from making loans that small businesses need to operate. read more

Law Reform Commission in its final stage of readiness – AG

In response to questions by Opposition Member, Anil Nandlall regarding the status of the Law Reform Commission, the Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams has indicated that the Commission is “in its final stage of readiness.”Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall had questioned, among other things, whether the Law Reform Commission- which is expected to undertake the reform and development of laws applicable to Guyana- is functioning, who the appointed Commissioners are, the remuneration packages for these persons –or if they had not been appointed, what the anticipated remuneration package is- whether the Commission is provided with staff, and for the Minister to identify the positions and salaries of these persons, what the address of the Law Reform Commission is and if its building is being rented. He also requested that a copy of that Rental Agreement be provided. As such, by way of written response on Monday during the National Assembly, Williams said “the Law Reform Commission is in its final stage of readiness. Persons have been interviewed for the position of Commissioners. Some staff for the Commission have been hired. The Law Reform Commission Building is ready.”Moreover, Williams noted that while no Commissioners have been hired, interviews were conducted for potential persons on the 19th  and 20th of June 2018. The Minister also asserted that “no remuneration package has been approved.”Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs Basil WilliamsIn providing a list of persons who have already been hired by the Commission, Williams disclosed that the Law Reform Commission now has one Legal Officer, who is being paid a gross salary of $700,000, two Legal Clerks, being paid $150,000 each (gross), three typists being paid $130,000 each (gross), two Office Assistants being paid $100,000 each (gross), one cleaner being paid $75,000 (gross) and one driver being paid $120,000 (gross).He also noted that the Commission is being housed at Lot 59 Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown. According to the Rental Agreement, the building is being rented from Michael and Michelle Warton at a cost of $850,000 per month for a period of one year (since December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018).In January 2016, Government had approached the National Assembly, passed the Law Reform Commission Act no. 4 of 2016 and appropriated millions for the Commission’s establishment.However,  the Commission was not established. In March of this year, Government had begun the process of seeking candidates to serve on the Law Reform Commission (LRC).In a notice published in the local newspapers, the Legal Affairs Ministry solicited applications from eligible candidates to sit on the Commission, which will be tasked with reviewing many of Guyana’s laws inherited from colonial times.According to the Ministry, the Commission’s Terms of Reference will include “keeping under review the laws of Guyana with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular the modification of any branch of the law, the elimination of anomalies, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.”The Ministry also noted that the Commissioners, who will be employed on a full-time basis, will be focused on reducing separate enactments; simplifying and modernizing the laws of Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite budgetary allocations amendments to Coroners Act, LRC yet to be implemented- OppositionNovember 13, 2017In “latest news”MP calls for contract of GECOM Chair to be made publicOctober 9, 2018In “latest news”AFC, PNC officials gone ‘mum’ over appointment of ‘honorary’ advisors – more than 30 of themApril 16, 2016In “latest news” read more

Three arrested in investigation into organised prostitution in Roscommon and Longford

first_imgTHREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in the first phase of an investigation into prostitution across Longford and Roscommon.The arrests took place in the Tarmonbarry area of Co Roscommon yesterday evening.Two males and a female, all aged in their twenties, were held at Longford and Roscommon Garda Stations.It is understood the arrests were in connection with the organisation of prostitution.However, all three were released without charge this evening, and a file prepared for the DPP.It is understood further searchers were carried out in Longford town earlier today.Some documentation was recovered although no arrests were made.last_img read more

MSIs VR PC backpack looks like something Tony Stark would wear

first_imgVirtual reality gaming can be mind-blowingly cool, but you can look decidedly uncool while doing it. MSI wants to make sure it’s not your gear that makes you look dorky.Their new VR One backpack PC is about as sleek as they come. Like pretty much every piece of edgy gaming gear on the market, it’s aggressively-styled and predominantly black with red accents. MSI didn’t get too carried away — as PC makers sometimes do. There’s a bit of engraving work on the VR One’s shell, but it’ll be hidden against your back while you wear it.You’ll barely notice the VR One while you have it on. MSI says it’s the lightest backpack PC yet, not that there’s a huge field of competitors. Still, at just a hair under 8 pounds you probably carried much heavier loads of textbooks around on your back at one point in your life or another.You can almost hear him saying “pew pew pew!”Wearing the VR One means there’s no messy cords on your floor to trip over while you’re gaming. That’s good. No power cord means that you’re only going to game as long as the batteries can hold out. That’s bad, but it’s not as bad as you might think. According to MSI, the VR One will last for about 90 minutes. That should give you plenty of time to battle it out with a virtual Mandarin or defend your stance on superhero oversight against former allies like Captain America.If it’s not, you can always hot-swap a battery to keep the action going — or if things get really desperate you can hook up a cord and keep things running until the power company cuts you off.last_img read more

Lawmakers approve $43.7 billion state budget

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature approved a new two-year $43.7 billion state operating budget Friday, sending the spending plan to Gov. Jay Inslee in time to avert a partial government shutdown.Lawmakers started rapidly voting on the budget, an education funding plan, and other bills tied to the budget on the same day full details of the plans were publicly released.The House passed the measure by a 70-23 vote within hours after the Senate passed it on a 39-10 vote. The House passed the education funding plan on a 67-26 vote and sent it to the Senate, which passed it on a 32-17 vote.The budget adds $1.8 billion for K-12 public schools in the next biennium, part of a $7.3 billion hike over the next four years designed to satisfy a state Supreme Court ruling that the state had not adequately funded basic education.Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, said the budget does “many, many positive things that meet our core values.”last_img read more

Houston Suspect Sought After Woman Fatally Struck By Pickup

first_img Share Photo via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Police said Thursday that 28-year-old Eddie Roy Olvera has been charged with murder.The Houston Police Department is searching for a man suspected in the death of a 33-year-old woman who was intentionally run over by a vehicle.Police said Thursday that 28-year-old Eddie Roy Olvera has been charged with murder in the death of the woman on Tuesday evening.Authorities said Olvera, who was driving a pickup truck, was following a vehicle driven by the victim. An ex-girlfriend of Olvera’s was inside the victim’s vehicle.Police said the victim got out of her vehicle and began arguing with Olvera. Police said he then struck her with his pickup and fled the scene.The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her identification is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.North officers are at a homicide scene 10500 W, Hardy. Adult female was transported to the hospital where she died. Initial information is victim was intentionally struck by a vehicle driven by a known suspect. 202— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 4, 2018last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The travel industry

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The travel industry is waiting with bated breath for further information about the development of Kokomo Yaukuve Island Fiji,  the first foray into resort properties for Lang Walker of Walker Corporation.Due to open to the public in 2016, the resort is accessed from the mainland by a Twin Otter seaplane, just the beginning of a series of luxuries that Walker hopes will render this resort the best in Fiji.In an interview with The Australian, Walker admits that although “I’ve got my training wheels on a bit,” the property is set to become the most luxurious in its radius.Aimed at guests from Australia, New Zealand, the US and Asia, the resort was originally under the clutches of Amanresorts.“The banks pulled the plug on the finance and it sat there for eight years,” Walker told the Australian, and he made this his opportunity to salvage the property.Surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, the resort in its current stage features five villas, each featuring four-to-five bedrooms. Formal and informal living rooms, a kitchen and a separate dining room facilitate the needs of each guests, as does the outdoor shower complete with timber deck.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

AP advice dont make polls only subject of campai

first_imgAP advice: don’t make polls only subject of campaign stories NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Associated Press says its journalists should not use public opinion polls as the sole subject in a political campaign story.The news organization said Tuesday that it is updating its influential Stylebook with a new chapter on polls — at least in part as a response to the 2016 presidential campaign. The vast majority of polls that year showed Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump for president, and she did in the popular vote. But Trump won the electoral college and thus the presidency.The AP says polls are still an important part of campaign coverage. But polls are only one tool, and the Stylebook entry says that the mere existence of a poll is not enough to make it news. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 7:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 8:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Number of public workers rises 43 in 2017

first_imgThe average number of workers employed by the government last year rose 4.3 per cent last year to 50,740 mainly on the hiring of professional soldiers, the statistical service said.The increase was on a 23 per cent rise in the number of casual workers last year to 12,026, which more than offset a 1.7 per cent drop in the number of permanent workers, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.The number of those working for the civil service dropped 0.5 per cent in 2017 to 17,203 and included a 1.9 per cent drop of permanent workers to 11,905, Cystat said. The number of workers in education rose 1.9 per cent to 12,874 mainly on a 14 per cent rise of casual workers.The number of security forces employees rose 21 per cent to 10,135 mainly on a 81 per cent increase in the number of casual staff to 2,735, Cystat said. The increase was part of a government plan to modernise the army by replacing a number of conscripts with professional soldiers.Lastly, the number of hourly paid workers fell 2.2 per cent last year to 8,419 mainly on a 2.6 per cent decline in the number of permanent staffers, Cystat said.The average number of public workers fell in 2015 to 48,630, the lowest figure in Cystat’s data series which go as back as to 2009, after peaking at 52,199 in 2010. Their number fell after a general public-sector hire freeze was applied as part of fiscal consolidation measures before and after the recent financial crisis. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Eden City project moving forward

first_imgA PROPOSED €3.4 billion development project in Geroskipou in Paphos has finally been given a partial green light after protracted delays.Eden City, a project by Hungarian investor Atum Developments, is headed up by Sandor Kenyeres, and includes the construction of an artificial ‘luxury lifestyle’ island, a university, five-star hotel-resorts, multi-floor towers, medical centre, event and conference facilities and a marinaMichalis Pavlides, mayor of Geroskipou, confirmed to the Sunday Mail that licences  for part of the project have finally been granted and said that as long as stipulations are adhered to, it will be a good investment for the area, describing it as ‘prime virgin real estate’, ripe for development.“We don’t have a problem as long as the criteria, such as protecting the environment and archaeology, are adhered too,” he said.Kenyeres is a Hungarian property developer, and actively supports the scientific community of central and Eastern Europe. He headed up a renovation project for Budapest’s Buda city centre, and along with Eden City is involved with a number of other projects in Europe, including hotel and housing construction.Sources close to the investor, who wish to remain unnamed said that the company is being granted a town planning permit to proceed with the construction of the five-star, 221 room Peninsula Hotel Resort and two housing blocks of 11 stories and 122 apartments on church-owned land.“The project runs in parallel to the negotiation process for the whole Eden City project and is a way for the company to actively show its interest in investing in Cyprus in spite of the delay.”Eden City consists of three parts: the Peninsula which will be constructed on church-owned land, the Garden of Eden similarly on state-owned land and Divina Island, artificially created in the sea.The Peninsula will include a five star hotel resort tower complex, which will house the first international branded five-star hotel, as well as housing complexes with event and conference facilities.The Garden of Eden will include a university, accommodation and a library, an international conference and congress centre, medical centre and public parks. Existing sports facilities in the area and the ‘Germanina farm’ will also be upgraded.The source said that the creation of Divina artificial island- a first for the Mediterranean- will feature five-star hotels and resorts, luxury villas and flats, mooring facilities for private craft, as well as a bridge used as a road link to the rest of the complex.He noted that the project’s implementation will have multiple benefits for the Cyprus economy, including more than 10,000 new jobs for the Paphos region and more than €750m generated in state revenue from the lease agreement.“Tourist seasonality will be combated by promoting Cyprus as the best and newest tourist destination for conferences, meetings and events and the project will contribute to the government’s efforts to upgrade Cyprus as an attractive international investment destination,” he said.However, Pavlides said that discussions regarding the creation of an island had stalled and that it “wasn’t wanted locally”.“It would destroy all of the coastline and the beaches, we don’t want it,” he said.The source clarified that plans to construct the island are dependent on the result of the valuation of a plot of state-owned land. He explained that the project has been held back by a series of delays and that the company is currently negotiating with the state to finalise the master plan and the terms and conditions of the Lease Agreement of state land,  one of the plots to be utilised in the project.“The negotiations are being delayed because of the difference in the methodology used by the company and the state’s negotiating team to evaluate the land.”An independent evaluator was appointed to determine the value of the land to enable both parties to reach an agreement. The company is waiting to be informed of the outcome and is ready to proceed with the overall negotiations, he said.He added that that the specific plot of state land does not have access to the sea and that its’ potential depends on the inclusion of church land and the construction of the artificial island, exclusively at the company’s own cost.“The outcome of the negotiations and the opinions of all competent departments will define whether the artificial island will be constructed or not”, he said.Once the negotiation is successfully concluded and all necessary permits are issued, the project is expected to be completed within a 15-year period. Construction will take place at different stages.Antiquities uncovered at the proposed hotel site so far will be protected and integrated in the project, ‘as per the antiquities department’s guidelines,’ and excavations continue at the hotel site, he said adding that the department has given a green light for the construction of two housing blocks.He added that the developer would adjust any plans according to the antiquities department guidelines.Some find the project tackyThe ambitious project is not being welcomed by everyone it seems. Environmentalists and many locals are against the project, saying it will destroy the area and is ‘tacky’.Andreas Evlavis, of the Paphos Green Party said the Greens are opposed to the project and that developments such as these, which are prevalent in Gulf countries, are not suitable for Cyprus.“Cyprus has its own character and people visit Paphos for other reasons and not for high-rise buildings.”He said that the trend of building multi-level buildings, which started in Limassol some years ago, is detrimental to the environment and totally out of place. He also said that necessary licences are being given out more easily, as it’s ‘just ahead of election time’.“The idea of building an artificial island here is ridiculous and will destroy the area. These are homes for rich people and will not benefit the economy as they suggest. 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