8 10 19

OTTAWA — As an international investigation of tax evaders broadens to include Canadian authorities, the federal government says it has convicted just 44 individuals of offshore tax cheating since 2006.And the total amount of fines levied — $6.8-million — is less than the $7.7-million in taxes that were evaded.Between April 2006 and March 2012, a total of 44 convicted tax evaders were collectively sentenced to 337 months in jail, an average of about seven months each.The figures came this week from the Canada Revenue Agency in response to a question in Parliament from Liberal MP Geoff Reagan.Revenue Minister Gail Shea also announced this week that Ottawa is being given access to Canadian data from an ongoing offshore tax-evasion investigation being conducted by American, Australian and British authorities.Although the revenue agency publishes the names of people convicted of domestic and offshore tax offences, it posts their names online for only six months — after which it says privacy rules prevent it from identifying the individuals.New data from Statistics Canada shows Canadian funds in the world’s 12 biggest tax havens grew to a record $170-billion in 2012, according to Canadians for Tax Fairness. read more

6 10 19

“Industry, governments and community leaders have a moral obligation and a vested interest in closing the gap between the reached and unreached,” she said in a keynote address to the World Vaccine Congress in Lyons, France. “We’ve made progress before, but much more needs to be done to end stubborn inequities that cost millions of children’s lives.”Ms Bellamy pointed to the polio eradication effort as an example of the global community’s capacity to reach children in the most remote places as well as those who are socially marginalized. “The lesson here is: If we can come this close to eradicating polio, there is no excuse for not ridding the world of killers like measles, too.”The 70 per cent of children reached worldwide in 1990 with the “basic six” vaccines against whooping cough, measles, diphtheria, polio, tuberculosis and tetanus had not changed, she said.The three-pronged approach of a Global Vision and Strategy for Immunization jointly developed by UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) aims to reach more children with lower-cost, effective vaccines, to link routine immunization to other health interventions and to introduce advanced vaccines at affordable prices. Those could include inoculations against rotavirus, human papilloma virus, pneumococcal infection, dengue fever and even malaria, she said.A global survey of child mortality UNICEF made public last week showed that 98 countries are lagging behind in their efforts to reach the globally agreed Millennium Development Goal of a two-thirds reduction in child mortality from 1990 to the year 2015, especially in countries plagued by conflict or HIV/AIDS where immunization rates are generally low.”It’s clear that we have to learn some new tricks to reach the goals the world has set for itself,” Ms. Bellamy said. “The strongest possible partnership between the private and public sectors is a crucial first step, both in ensuring a steady, affordable supply of vaccines and in making sure it reaches the children who are hardest to reach. It’s a double challenge.” read more

2 10 19

PITTSBURGH — Kenny Pickett isn’t offended by the term “game manager.” Last the Pittsburgh sophomore checked, the phrase isn’t an insult but a job description.“Every quarterback needs to manage the game first,” Pickett said.Pickett’s pre-snap checklist is lengthy. Is the protection right? Does he need to audible? Are the other 10 guys lined up in the right spot? What defence are the opponents in?“There’s a lot that goes on,” Pickett said.Each decision is vital in determining whether the ensuing play does or doesn’t work, one of the reasons why Pickett doesn’t get too caught up in what he does — or more specifically, what he doesn’t do — once the ball is in his hands. If he needs to throw it, great. If he doesn’t, even better. Pickett insists he’ll never get caught up in his own numbers.“My whole mindset is to find a way,” he said.One the 20-year-old has no plans on changing Saturday when he leads the Panthers (7-5) onto the field to face No. 2 Clemson (12-0) in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina.While Pickett’s first full season as a starter largely lacked the dazzle of his spectacular coming-out party — he accounted for all three Pitt touchdowns in an emphatic stunner over then second-ranked Miami in the 2017 finale — he hardly cares. He passed for just 1,825 yards, the fewest since 1996 by a Pitt quarterback who played in at least 10 games.Not that it matters to Pickett. He committed to the Panthers because he believed in what coach Pat Narduzzi is building, not to mount a Heisman Trophy campaign. By that metric, this year has been a success.“I wanted to get back to a championship here,” Pickett said. “It’s where this university has been and where it needs to be, winning championships.”Pitt won the Coastal Division for the first time thanks in part to Pickett avoiding mistakes — he threw just five interceptions — and the ever-churning legs of running backs Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall. If Pickett spends most of Saturday turning around and stuffing the ball into the midsection of his backfield mates, he stressed he will do it “with a smile on my face.”A smile Pickett has tried to maintain during a sometimes uneven year. The Panthers played a daunting nonconference schedule that included losses to Penn State, Central Florida and Notre Dame, games in which he was largely a nonfactor. He averaged just 115 yards passing in the setbacks and his regular season ended with him watching from the sideline after Miami sacked him six times in a 24-3 defeat that took some of the momentum out of Pitt’s run to a division title.Call it part of the maturation process, one Pickett understands was unavoidable, pointing out “some things you can’t learn until you go through it.” He believes the growing pains have helped make him a better player. Asked to describe the difference between where he is now and where he was a year ago, Pickett responded, “I’m a lot more confident in what I’m seeing and slinging it.”Clemson defensive co-ordinator Brent Venables is wary. The Tigers have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the country but gave up 510 yards passing last week to South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and have had issues this season with quarterbacks like Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, who are efficient if not dynamic.“So Pickett, he’s a good football player,” Venables said. “He’s tough, he’s instinctive. Throws a good ball. He’s a mobile guy. Plays with a good edge to him, very competitive. Don’t know him from Adam, but you can tell all those things from tape. Just kind of a baller.”A moniker Pickett has earned nearly from the moment he stepped on campus in January 2017. He spent most of his freshman year as the third option behind Max Brown and Ben DiNucci. Yet his teammates noticed a swagger about Pickett that belied his inexperience.Defensive back Dennis Briggs caught a firsthand look last fall while Pickett was running the scout team in practice.Briggs came in on a blitz and figured he had Pickett cold. One problem. When Briggs went to wrap Pickett up, Pickett spun out of the way and vanished.“Almost broke my ankles,” Briggs said. “I’m like, ‘Who is this dude?’”Briggs laughs at the memory, mostly because he understands he’s hardly the only one who’s been embarrassed after underestimating Pickett. It happened to Miami last fall. The Tigers understand they can’t afford to let it happen to them if they want to reach the College Football Playoff for a fourth straight year.Pitt is a 25-point underdog. That’s fine by Pickett. Defying the odds is kind of his thing. He watched on TV two years ago when the Panthers stunned Clemson in Death Valley. His view will be far different this time around. A win and the Panthers take another step closer to achieving the vision Narduzzi outlined to Pickett on the recruiting trail, a vision set on winning, not mind-boggling stats. Just the way Pickett likes it.“We’re finding who we are, finding our identity as a program,” Pickett said. “I’m just doing my part to step up as a leader of the offence.”___AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, South Carolina, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Will Graves, The Associated Press read more

25 09 19

…in light of public outcry to have imposition repealed -Too many questions unanswered- O’TooleDr Brian O’TooleDirector of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, whose organization has been fervently articulating against Government’s move to impose 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, has issued several thought provoking questions to the APNU/AFC Administration, the intent of which it would seem is, to get Government to reconsider its recent Cabinet decision to keep the tax in place, with a view to re-evaluate it in 2018.O’Toole has also garnered responses from prominent figures, who have put the Administration on blast for its ‘unilateral’ decision to continue to impose the tax, even tough many stakeholders have decried the consequences the imposition of such a tax would have on the future of education in Guyana, particularity as it relates to the poor and the middle class.O’Toole quoted, one such prominent figure, Roy Beepat Chairman of the Giftland Group of companies who said “On Behalf of the Giftland Group of companies we urge the Government to repeal this tax on our students, apart from the marginal families who would have to drop their children from private education, somewhere inside there we may be depriving a future Leader the opportunity to develop and achieve.“This cannot be a better life for our people when it is so oppressively against our poor and aspiring, as the rich will not feel the effects of this tax, if the Government feels that there is unfairness in tax collections do this against the offenders not the innocent. This single Tax can and may be the difference between being re-elected and not, as when the 15,000 petitioners go to the poll they will surely remember this.”See O’Toole’s full statement below: With so much coverage in the media over the past several weeks about the imposition of a 14% VAT tax on Private Education – is there anything more to say?  I think there is. At the very least, there are many unanswered questions. We are in the midst of Grade 6 assessments where the children of Guyana have to answer a host of questions. This letter is an attempt to pose some questions, not to children but to Guyana’s decision-makers.  This does not pretend to be a research study on the issues rather it is a summary of simple questions posed to about 30 of Guyana “leaders” in search of clear answers on where they stand on this matter.Some of the answers I received to the questions include the following:Minister Rajmatan was very candid in stating that that he supports the VAT saying simply that “the government has to raise money” as they have a significant deficit. I should have asked him what other sources of additional revenue the Cabinet considered and why they were rejected. Another omission on my part, as an inexperienced “reporter” was the failure to ask for an explanation on their ‘about face’ on VAT on private health services, how much they had expected to collect from that source and how is the shortfall to be made up?I then told him that already 10% of our ABE students have dropped out of the course. He said he was “very sad to hear about that.”By comparison, Marlon Williams the General Secretary of AFC​, was very clear that, in giving a personal not party response, that he was completely opposed to the 14% VAT, saying, that “there should be no VAT on education…. the human capital in any country is its people, as such there can be no such punitive tax on education. …… Guyana has fought for free education for almost 50 years and we simply cannot turn our back on it now”.The Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Lionel Jaikaran said, “I sincerely think that the 14% VAT on private education should be rescinded. We are a developing country and the education of our young citizens is preeminent for our long-term growth and economic success.  I give kudos to our public school system, however, it’s a known fact that it is hard pressed to keep up with the demand for higher quality educational services. I myself happen to have three children in the private school system and therefore I’m well aware of the sentiments of other parents that are in my position. While I’m cognizant and appreciative that our Government has to garner finances through taxation to run the Country in an efficient manner, I do believe the private schools that are evading the tax net need to be brought into line and sanctioned, instead of the parents who choose to send their children to the above mentioned institutions.One of the leaders of the business community, Roy Beepat, said, “On Behalf of the Giftland Group of companies we urge the Government to repeal this tax on our students, apart from the marginal families who would have to drop their children from private education, somewhere inside there we may be depriving a future Leader the opportunity to develop and achieve. This cannot be a better life for our people when it is so oppressively against our poor and aspiring, as the rich will not feel the effects of this tax, if the Government feels that there is unfairness in tax collections do this against the offenders not the innocent. This single Tax can and may be the difference between being re-elected and not, as when the 15,000 petitioners go to the poll they will surely remember this.”Christopher Ram shared the following in his interview, “As one who was “rescued” by private education offered by the privately-owned Cambridge Academy which later became a victim of the failed no private education policy, I find the imposition on VAT on education to be disappointing, depressing and distressing at a national and personal level. I fear for the potential loss of opportunities for the children of poor parents across the country who might find that the VAT has stretched to breaking point their ability to find an additional 14% on a significant chunk of their meagre budget.At the personal level, disappointed that a number of key political figures who privately claimed to oppose VAT on education could not convince their colleagues that the removal of the tax was not only the right thing to do, but the bright thing to do; disappointed at some of the uneducated excuses offered for the retention of the tax and the Government’s duplicity when compared with VAT on medical services; disappointed that the Education Minister from the WPA was unwilling to take a stand on an issue which he and his Party have embraced even before its foundation; and most of all disappointed at President Granger who before this fiasco, could properly lay claim to be Guyana’s first Education President. “Another prominent businessman, Peter Bouchard, stated, “The figures are quite simple –  a $250 billion budget and $350 million expected revenue from private education VAT.   Apart from the fact that VAT is not a service tax, this revenue is a very small portion of the total budget.  We all have to live within our means – in private life, in Companies, in all walks of life.  If the Government has to wring blood from the stone of education to meet its target then I strongly suggest it revisits its target, lest the blood of education in Guyana should dry up and cease to flow and our future so-called” good life” should prove to be empty electioneering words, words which will never again be believed when it comes time to vote”.A leading Educator from Trinidad, Ravi Ragoonath, simply observed, “It is truly an unfortunate time when Government opts to tax education.”There were about 20 others that I invited to comment, including a number of Cabinet Ministers. It could be that the contact information for them was incorrect or they were simply too busy, but there was no response.In preparing this letter I decided to re-read all 1,500 comments that have been published on our Ipetition (see: www.ipetitions.com/petition/education-vat-free). It makes fascinating reading.  On February 24th the petition was delivered to the President & Ministers Jordan and Roopnarine. There was no response until Gordon Mosley “reported” that the President was going to rescind the VAT decision. Two days later, after this mistake or “fake news”  or change of position it was reported that the President had “changed his decision.”   We continued with the petition, more persons signed and again it was ignored.There is not one comment, amongst the 1,500 comments published on the on line petition, that supports the 14% tax – not one.  The following is a collection of some of those comments;Jerry Bacchus, Pompano Beach, USA, “VAT on education is a backward step”Keith Gordon, Guyana, “.. find another way to raise revenue … please speak out Minister of Education.”Charlotte Francis, Guyana, “..there must be at least one person with a heart in this decision.”Francis Gittens, Guyana, “private education should be funded not taxed.”Sunrita Ramlall, Brooklyn, New York, “…. I am a retired Head Teacher ..its unreasonable ..what a shame people.”Yashoda, Guyana, “don’t raise an ignorant nations please.”Christopher Williams, Guyana, “education is the only way out of poverty.”Keshawn McAllister, Linden, “how do you know that I man not paying a loan to afford private education?”Oswin Lynch, Guyana, “where is the study which validates this measure?”Maria, Guyana, “this is discriminating against private school children.”Renee Chester, Guyana, “this is not what I voted for.”Annika Narine, Guyana, “can I ask the persons responsible for this to highlight the benefits of this to us?”Geetanjali Lu, Guyana, “ if you want to help the country let education be VAT free”Darma Persaud, Guyana, “VAT on education means Yes to school drop out.”Gordon Britton, Grand Bend, Canada, education is a human right not a good or service to be taxed like a luxury car.”Merle Huntley, Cape Town South Africa, “the benefit to the state of an educated population is way more valuable than any amount of tax revenue.”Janet Joseph, USA, “President Burnham promised free education from the womb to the tomb.”Joanna Phillips, Guyana, “why should you pressure me for wanting to educate my child?”Jason Alli, Guyana, “why should this administration punish me for wanting the best for my child?”Rajkumarie Singh, Missassauga, Canada, education should be free …give everyone a chance.”Alicia Isaacs, Guyana, “for better future leaders lets say VAT free education.”Hemchand Balli, Guyana, “the government should show that they care for the people.”Azad Khan, Guyana, “..terrible …retrograde move.”Aaron Josiah, Guyana, “the poor find it difficult and sometimes impossible to afford higher education …VAT makes it even harder.”Anne Pearson, Dundas Canada, “education is far too important to discourage persons from attending schools.”Vaidehi Narine, Guyana, “the future depends on us, don’t try to make it even harder.”Dominic Kibak, Kenya, “we have to honour the UN Declaration of Humna Rights.”Vera Zhigalova, Czech Republic, education is not a thing by which we should build a country’s finances.”Rajeev, Guyana, “so much for free education.”Anil Balli, Guyana, “show that you really care for the people of Guyana.”Marieo Chung, Guyana, “taxing education is not conducive to the development of this country.”Somava Stout, USA, ä tax on education risks the future.”Mona, USA, are we trying to go back to the time when no one could read and write?”Hussain Abdelaziz, Milan Italy, education is the key to our future.”Kevin McKenzie, Guyana, “people expect the government to be compassionate towards its people.”Sharon Kwok, Missassagua Canada, “how is it possible for a government to put a tax on education?”Andrew Budhram, Arima Trinidad, “draconian at best.”Rondecia Wallace, Guyana, “this move by government is heartless.”John Edwards, French Guiana, “to tax education is absurd.”Imran Bacchus, Guyana, adding VAT just makes the future of many Guyanese more difficult.”Amanda B, Guyana, “Yes I have a choice … 2020.”Jason Joseph, Guyana, “it demonstrates backward thinking.”Peter Boucard, Guyana, “this is one of the most backward steps ever taken by any government in the world.”Jaime Singh, Guyana, “I am presently studying at a private school …VAT means I may have to drop out.”Eudo Singh, Guyana, “by destroying the buds you will see no flowers.”Deen Sharma, Guyana, “the tax on education is unfair and counterproductive.”Yonette Gordon, Guyana, “APNU/AFC said education should be free for all.The questions therefore are:Question #1:  How does a coalition government, with a majority of one, manage to ignore a petition signed by more than 15,000 persons?  How can it be accepted that such a statement by more than 2% of the population, and a significantly higher percentage of the “voting” population, can be totally ignored?Question #2: ​How can the mantra that there is a “huge budget deficit” be repeated so often by those in power in recent weeks and yet none of the leaders suggest other possible sources of revenue? In our homes throughout this country if we have a “deficit” we simply cut spending.  Is the huge unpopularity that the 14% has created worth the extra dollars in government coffers?Question #3:  Another often repeated statement has been that ‘so many of the private schools are not paying their taxes’.   Nobody against the 14% VAT has argued against this point. Nor should they. If the defaulters paid what they should there would be no need for extra burdens on those who are already paying significant sums in taxes. Why is it seemingly so difficult for a government with all its powers to resolve such a flagrant injustice?Question #4: If it is accurate, as some Ministers have suggested in the media, that certain schools have been granted tax free status as a “religious school” why is the same concession not given to schools run by persons of other Faiths?  Is that justice?  As Christopher Ram observed when he was interviewed for this article, “the laws are very strict on tax exemptions and Government needs to explain the law under which either they or their predecessor made some schools exempt from income tax. The same is true of UG.Question #5: Senior Cabinet Ministers have repeated the statement, “they have a choice” presumably meaning that the parents can save significant sums by simply returning to public schools.  Has the government stated that the public education system, which is presently the target of a Commission of Inquiry because of “shortcomings” as stated by various Ministers, has the capacity to re-integrate the thousands of persons who may be forced to leave public schools?Question #6: The handful of commentators of the pro 14% lobby assert that there is no need for private education as the results from public schools is more than adequate. Have any of those statements been supported by research evidence?  The overwhelming body of evidence from national Primary examination results is that private schools are significantly over represented in terms of “success”.  Another commentator talks about CSEC success at the top public schools – did he factor out of the equation the contribution of the lessons machine before school, after school and at weekends?  Are lessons teachers liable for the 14%?Question #7: If you cannot afford the 14% increase why not simply return to the free government provision?  Within a few weeks of the 14% imposition more than 10% of the 800 ABE students at Nations have dropped out and joined the ever-swelling ranks of the unemployed and unemployable in Guyana. The public system has no equivalent course to the ABE programme offered at a small handful of private centres.  Furthermore, if the thousands of students at the 8 Off Shore Medical schools cannot find the additional 14% where will they go? Many will return to India, Nigeria, Rwanda, Bangladesh with a jaundiced view of Guyana.  The Aerontaical School attracts students from Guyana and the wider Caribbean – the government makes no attempt to provide them with state sponsored training.  In addition, what will happen to the Jamaican Law school that was introduced across the front pages of our newspapers a few weeks ago, will the Jamaican Consortium simply look for a more conducive country to do business?Question #8: Do we care as a people about the international image that has been created by this tax. Many thoughtful and serious commentators who have actually researched this issue, such as Monique Ifill, cannot find a single example anywhere in the world that has imposed a similar tax on private education. By contrast the critics of the 14% give example after example of enlightened governments throughout the world giving financial incentives to private schools as they reduce the burden on the state? How have we been able in Guyana to fly in the face of all this evidence?Question #9: Is it true, as some government Ministers assert that “private schools are making significant sums of money?”   That may be a simpler question to answer. Yes, some are making “significant” money.  Is that wrong?  We could instead create a state like North Korea where we would not have that problem. A more pertinent question is “do those schools pay their fair share of tax?” – the ones that are tax compliant pay millions of dollars in Income Tax and Corporation Tax, as indeed we should, but not an additional 14%.    We need to be careful that we are not developing an anti-private enterprise culture in Guyana – with a huge oil flow around the corner that will not send the right message to the international developers who will be essential to develop those prized riches and who are, no doubt, watching this VAT saga.Question #10: Why don’t the private schools simply pay the 14% themselves?  Yes, that can be done – once all the other businesses in Guyana do the same then the private schools can follow suit.Question #11: Minister Ramjattan supported his Yes vote by saying simply that there is a significant deficit in the budget and that no Ministry would agree to a cut in “their” expenditure.  If this happened before elections, rather than after, would they not have been obliged to sincerely listen to and respect the views of the people?Question #12:  A large public “consultation” was held at the Cultural Centre last week. Just before the majority of persons walked out, while the Prime Minister was still talking, it was announced that no change re the 14% would be made for at least 9 months. If such a decision had already been made what was the purpose of the meeting?  Would such unilateral action have been successful prior to elections?  Why can it be thought to be acceptable now?Question #13: In conclusion, where does that leave us?  By abandoning any decision for almost a year the government has succeed in exhausting and frustrating thousands of persons.   A significant number of the youth of this country, already disenchanted by politics are now totally disillusioned. They look for their leaders and can’t find them.Question #14: In retrospect are the dollars taken worth the pain, suffering and disenchantment of thousands and thousands of persons?For the children to succeed at their exams this week they would have been required not only to attempt all the questions but more importantly give clear and concise answers.  We surely deserve answers to each of the above questions. Is that too much to ask for?Dr Brian O’TooleDirectorNations Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgainst public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”WPA opposed to Govt’s imposition of VAT on private educationJune 20, 2017In “latest news”PM Nagamootoo says education tax removal off the cards this yearApril 8, 2017In “Business” read more

20 09 19

first_imgAllergies : les pollens s’éloignentFrance – Voici une bonne nouvelle pour tous ceux qui souffrent du rhume des foins : les pollens reculent.Le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA) a livré vendredi 23 juillet ses dernières observations sur le contenu de l’air. Les pollens de graminées, châtaigners, plantains et urticacées ne sont présents qu’en petite quantité sur tout le territoire français. Le risque d’allergie est donc faible à moyen.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ? Après quelques mois difficiles depuis le printemps, c’est une donnée qui devrait soulager de nombreuses personnes sensibles ou allergiques. On notera toutefois une exception : la ville d’Aurillac, dans le Cantal, sera exposée jusqu’au 30 juillet.  Malheureusement, à la mi-août, les pollens d’armoise et d’ambroisie devraient faire leur apparition. Il n’y a plus qu’à vite profiter de ces trois semaines de répit pour se balader dans la campagne ou prendre un repas dans le jardin.  Le 27 juillet 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_img It has been a crazy 2018-2019 winter season so far — with the polar vortex and severe weather bringing record-breaking cold and ghost apples, and a winter storm causing rare snowfall in Hawaii.NASA images are providing a fascinating perspective of the wintry landscapes on Earth — and specifically, the United States — this season.Sierra Nevada Snowpack, February 11, 2019On Feb. 11, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, captured images of the Sierra Nevada blanketed. Back-to-back storms in this month so far dropped 11 feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain — enough to make it the snowiest ski resort in the U.S. Compared to the same week last year, the Sierra Nevada in 2019 is showing much more extensive snow cover.Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua StevensBut the condition of Sierra Nevada snowpack has consequences that go well beyond ski season. Spring and summer melt from the Sierra Nevada plays a crucial role in recharging California’s reservoirs. Though conditions could change, California drought watchers are cautiously optimistic that the boost to the snowpack will insulate the state from drought this summer, according to NASA.Great Lakes, January 27, 2019Brr. You can almost feel that cold in this image acquired on January 27, 2019, by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Cloud streets and lake-effect snow stretch across the scene, as frigid Arctic winds blew over the Great Lakes.Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua Stevens)National Weather Service meteorologists predicted the steady northwest winds (10 to 20 miles per hour) that added to the misery in the Midwest US, and caused dangerous wind chills below minus 40 F in some portions of 12 states.Great Lakes, December 9, 2018A break in the clouds during a winter storm on Dec. 9 revealed a wintry landscape around the Midwest and Great Lakes.Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua StevensLingering from a previous snowfall, a band of snow reaches from Missouri to New York. Lake-effect clouds stretch across four of the Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Ontario — while sediment and algae swirl in Lake Erie, according to NASA.Winter Arrives in Yosemite, December 2, 2018This 2018-2019 winter season actually started slow for the western coastal states. On Nov. 15, 2018, California, Oregon, and Washington had below normal snow water equivalent, a measurement of how much water you would get if all of the snow melted at once.On November 30, Yosemite National Park finally received its first major winter snow, totaling about 27 inches in some areas.Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images / Joshua StevensSeveral ski resorts around Lake Tahoe reported more than a foot of snowfall on Dec. 2. Some resorts were able to open a few days earlier than last year, said NASA.Snow in the Midwest on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27, 2018A powerful blizzard buried the U.S. Midwest in snow on the weekend after Thanksgiving, disrupting one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  Thousands of flights were canceled, and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the wake of whiteout conditions that dropped more than a foot of snow in many areas.On Nov. 27, MODIS captured a band of snow stretching across several Midwestern states.Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory / Adam VoilandThe image above was made from a combination of infrared and visible light in order to better differentiate between snow and ice (teal) and clouds (white).More on Geek.com:42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice from SpaceWatch: Snow ‘Tsunami’ Devours Siberian City40 Incredible Images of the Surface of Mars Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgFor over two years, the World Soy Foundation has been working with SunOpta, a Canadian based corporation, to bring soy nutrition to kids in need around the world. The most recent joint venture was a project in Selepe, South Africa—an area where 60 percent of households earn less than $9 per month. The project provides vital soy protein to those living in the surrounding community using a SoyCow processing machine, but the WSF has had a vision to expand the reach of the project to two local schools, reaching more than 450 children.The Grain Farmers of Ontario have jumped on board in support of this vision for Selepe. The support of the farmers of Ontario will not only help the WSF improve upon and expand the Selepe project, it will help engage the local community in nutrition discussions and raise awareness about the power of soy.The WSF is excited to welcome the Grain Farmers of Ontario to our list of supporters and is grateful for the opportunity to partner together to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy! A special thanks to these farmers as they accepted the challenge to become a part of the solution to the world’s greatest health risk, hunger!last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the ILO International Labour Conference on 11 June 2019 in Geneva. Photo: AFPFrench president Emmanuel Macron denounced “capitalism gone mad” in an address Tuesday to the UN’s International Labour Organization, while urging enhanced social protections in a global economy plagued by inequality.Macron made the comments at a conference marking the ILO’s 100th anniversary, which has drawn dozens of heads of state and government.In a 45-minute address, the French president nodded to the founding principles of the ILO — the only international body created under the League of Nations, the forerunner to the UN that survived the rise of fascism and World War II.”Built on the still smouldering embers of the First World War,” the ILO was founded on the belief that securing future peace required “social justice … (and) respect for workers,” Macron said.Warning that these principles were under threat, Macron called for a return to the “social market economy where everyone finds their share”, rather than a system that sees “the capture of wealth by a few”.When people feel cut off from the hope of prosperity they can be drawn to authoritarianism and the belief that “democracy no longer protects them against the inequalities of capitalism gone mad,” Macron said.At the ILO conference that runs through to 21 June, delegates are due to agree a resolution on the Future of Work which is expected to address risks to workers rights ranging from automation to the gig economy.Macron called for “universal social protections,” and renewed his appeal for a European minimum wage, warning that the consequences of intensifying inequality would be grave.”I believe that the crisis we are experiencing can lead to war and the disintegration of democracies. I am deeply convinced of it,” he said.Addressing the ILO conference before Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, also said that “securing decent working conditions” was an urgent global priority.Anti-harassment conventionThe French leader offered support to another key initiative at the ILO conference: a new convention on harassment and violence in the workplace that would enhance protections for workers, especially those vulnerable to sexual exploitation.”We fully support the adoption of this convention,” Macron said.The ILO’s work, including on the anti-harassment text, is often complicated by its tripartite structure that includes government officials, union leaders and private sector employer representatives.Employers have voiced concern about the harassment convention, especially whether an enterprise should be responsible for abuses that happen away from the workplace.last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images Families across the nation are about to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, but many more will be enjoying their holiday while up in space at the International Space Station.Station commander Shane Kimbrough is an astronaut with NASA and is in charge of preparing a Thanksgiving feast for the rest of the crew since they can’t make it back down to Earth in time for the family-oriented event. But instead of gathering everyone up in the kitchen to help with the cooking, he’s going to be reheating pouches of food: sliced smoked turkey, candied yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, mushrooms, and various fruit cobblers.“It’s going to be a little bit different for us up here in space,” Kimbrough sats, “but I’m going to try to make it as much like home as we can.” To keep the experience as authentic as it can be while everyone’s floating up in space, Mission Control has promised the group to send up some live football games.This isn’t Kimbrough’s first rodeo, as it’s his second Thanksgiving up in space. He and the rest of his crew will be talking about everything they’re thankful for while digging into their space Thanksgiving food, with “being safe in space” clocking in at number one on the list.Keep in mind that food has to be freeze-dried and stored in a special manner when you’re dealing with space. You can’t just buy a turkey, pop it in the oven, and go on from there. No, everything has to be calculated and deliberate, probably a lot unlike your Thanksgiving dinners at home. It’s yet to be determined if they’re going to eat any of that awesome freeze-dried ice cream you can buy every time you go to the museum because that stuff is delicious, water or not.last_img read more

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first_imgSatiate your love for Bengali cuisine as The Imperial, New Delhi’s Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings to you gourmet from Kolkata kitchens, the culinary capital of Bengal. From ‘Daab Chingri’ to ‘Shukto’ and ‘Ilish Maach Bhape’, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. Take on an epicurean sojourn of East India, only at The Imperial’s Daniell’s Tavern. But in the meanwhile you can try these two recipes at home!DAAB CHINGRI Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’INGREDIENTSprawn c-grade 1 kgmustard seeds 25 gmyellow chilli powder 10 gmcoconut milk 500 mlg/g paste 10 gmsalt to taste 15 gmcoconut green 5 nos.haldi powder 15 gmdesi ghee 150 gmcoriander leaves 10 gmginger 10 gmonion seeds 10 gmjeera powder 15 gmkhus- khus 50 gmpunchpuran 10 gmMETHOD:-take a pan and heat oil in it-add mustered seeds and punchpuran. wait till it crackles- then add prawns, salt, turmeric pwd and cook it well-then add coconut milk and khus-khus paste Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix-finish with chopped corriander and serve it in a coconut shell ( daab)FISH FRYINGREDIENTSfish (calcutta bekti) 1 kgginger 30 gmgarlic 30 gmmaida 50 gmturmeric power 20 gmsalt 15 gmegg 5 nos.oil for frying 100 mlMETHOD: -take a bowl and add sliced bekti fish -than add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, egg and flour- mix it well.then fry in oil and servelast_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | June 03, 2014 Elekta Announces Strategic Partnership With University of Montreal Health Centre Cancer treatment equipment and oncology information system to increase efficiency and standard of treatment News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more June 3, 2014 — Elekta announced it signed an agreement to provide the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (University of Montreal Health Centre, or CHUM) with advanced linear accelerators and software. The order, resulting from a competitive tender process, is valued at more than $20 million USD and was booked during Elekta’s fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2013/14.The CHUM was formed through the merger of three teaching hospitals, including the 372-year old Hotel-Dieu Hospital. It is one of the largest hospitals in Canada and a leading academic center in the province of Quebec. To increase the efficiency of its new integrated cancer center, the CHUM has chosen the Mosaiq oncology information system (OIS) to manage the complete spectrum of oncology treatments in a single patient record accessible by its 17 multidisciplinary teams across multiple locations.The partnership agreement also includes Infinity linear accelerators (linacs) with Agility multileaf collimators (MLCs). At the core of a new radiotherapy treatment platform, this technology will offer CHUM’s clinicians superior dose conformance and treatment speed as well as high-resolution beam shaping. For patients, it means safer, faster treatment with less risk of damage to healthy tissue.David Roberge, M.D., head of radiation oncology at CHUM, said, “We chose Elekta, not simply for the advanced capabilities of its linear accelerators, but because of our shared vision for improving cancer management. Together, we will better integrate our cancer care activities — whether it be clinical research, screening, surgery, systemic therapy, radiation, survivorship or palliative care. Mosaiq will ensure that patients have the most efficient management options available.”For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationslast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more October 23, 2014 — vRad (Virtual Radiologic) now offers clients the GPI (Global Practice Information) Report, a one-stop, automated, monthly analytics solution providing a 24/7 look inside their radiology practice, including consolidated summary and facility-level onsite and teleradiology metrics for effective overall practice management.“Tracking down the right data and extracting relevant information is a time-consuming challenge for many groups,” said Benjamin W. Strong, M.D., ABR, ABIM, vRad’s chief medical officer. “Pulling data from different systems such as billing, scheduling or PACS does not provide the normalized information needed for trending, benchmarking and operational oversight with which to make better decisions for patients, physicians and radiology practices. The new GPI Report delivers unique information, like findings-based metrics on radiologists and referring physicians. That means best practices and anomalies can be identified to improve quality and cost. Productivity analytics, like CMS RVU-based metrics, will also be more readily available for effective workload balance and to ensure a practice is rewarding its physicians for value versus volume.”vRad developed the GPI Report by integrating the company’s clinical benchmarking platform, patent-pending vCoder data normalization solution and natural language processing (NLP) tool for innovative radiology report mining that turns qualitative text, like clinical findings, into quantitative metrics.As a free management tool for clients partnering with vRad on final interpretations, the GPI Report provides a custom view into vRad’s radiology clinical database of 27 million+ studies, as well as a practice’s summary and facility-level information that includes: Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more For more information: www.vrad.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Individual radiologist productivity (reading volume and relative value units by modality)Volumes by location, day of week, time of day, modality and subspecialtyPatient class mix by shiftResults outcomes: Percent positive findings by referring physician and by radiologistIndividual referring physician volumes by modalityTop teleradiology procedures, critical findings and turnaround time News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Four benefits of having a wireless security system Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed vote fraud after he lost the 2006 race to Felipe Calderon by a razor-thin margin of just over a half-percentage point. A partial recount of about 9 percent of ballots carried out soon after the election didn’t change the results. Calderon leaves office Dec. 1.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican electoral authorities say they are abandoning plans to destroy ballots from the hotly disputed 2006 presidential election after a U.N. human rights commission asked the government to hold off.The president of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute says storing the ballots has cost Mexico about $8.7 million over the last six years. But Leonardo Valdes said Wednesday that Mexico will heed the request and continue to hold the ballots at a warehouse until all concerns are resolved. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   last_img read more

15 08 19

first_img in Data, Origination, Servicing Share August 13, 2012 383 Views Limited inventory may be boosting home prices, but buyer choices are stifled in an increasing number of markets, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) reported Thursday.[IMAGE]The association’s latest quarterly report showed that the median existing single-family home price increased during Q2 in 110 out of 147 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) compared to the same period in 2011. Of the remaining 37 MSAs, 34 posted price declines, and three remained unchanged.The national median existing single-family home price was $181,500 in Q2, up 7.3 percent from the same time in 2011. This is the strongest year-over-year increase since the first quarter of 2006.The second quarter’s results illustrated a marked improvement over the first quarter, which showed year-over-year price gains in only 74 MSAs. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, said the organization expects prices to continue to rise in the future.””It’s most encouraging to see a growing number of metro areas with rising median prices, which is improving the equity position of existing homeowners,”” Yun said. “”Inventory has been trending down, and home builders are still under-producing in relation to growing demand.”” [COLUMN_BREAK]Yun pointed out that price increases can also be attributed partially to a decreasing share of sales in low price ranges, where inventory tightened. Distressed homes accounted for 26 percent of Q2 sales, down from 33 percent in Q2 2011. Drastic discounts from distressed sales usually work to bring the median home price down.Since the summer of 2007, inventories have been trending downward steadily. The end of the second quarter saw 2.39 existing homes available for sale, a 24.4 percent drop from the same time in 2011.NAR president Moe Veissi said that mortgage rates and historically low prices have increased buying power dramatically. The inventory in the lower price ranges needs to keep up with demand, he said.””What we need now is additional inventory in the lower price ranges, so we hope banks will be releasing more foreclosure inventory into the market. With gains apparent in all of the price measures, banks also should have more confidence in expanding mortgage credit to home buyers using safe but sensible standards,”” Veissi said.The national median family income in the second quarter was $61,000. To purchase a home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent down payment would only need an income of $39,000.””Because the income required to buy to a typical home is very manageable by historical standards, any further decline in mortgage interest rates will have little effect. Changes in underwriting guidelines would have a far greater impact,”” Yun said.Existing-home sales varied from region to region, rising 1.3 percent in the Midwest and South but slipping 0.6 percent in the Northeast. In the West, tight inventory brought existing-home sales down 5.3 percent as the median home price jumped up 13.4 percent.””Inventory is pretty tight in all price ranges in most of the West except for the upper end, which accounts for the sharp price gain,”” Yun said.center_img Increase in Home Prices May Stifle Buyer Choices: NAR Agents & Brokers Home Prices Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-08-13 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_imgGuaranteed Rate Partners with DocMagic to Cut Closing Time in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology Company News DocMagic Guaranteed Rate 2018-05-25 David Wharton DocMagic, Inc., a California-based provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that retail mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate can now cut closing time by electronically signing mortgage closing documents in advance.Guaranteed Rate has branded the solution FlashClose, which allows customers to opt-in, review, and complete most documents in advance of the notary arriving, saving an hour or more at the closing table—with some averaging a mere 10-minute appointment to provide inked signatures.“Guaranteed Rate is always looking for ways to simplify the process using innovative technology to enhance the customer experience,” says Jim Hettinger, EVP of Operations for Guaranteed Rate. “With the successful launch of FlashClose, powered through our partner DocMagic, this tool adds speed, convenience, and accuracy to the closing process.”“Guaranteed Rate is a leader in mortgage technology innovation and collaborating with them on this project has created a solid hybrid eClosing approach that saves a lot of time for both borrowers and closing agents,” stated Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO at DocMagic. “The fashion in which Guaranteed Rate is leveraging our technology has resulted in the successful adoption of a sound, compliant, secure hybrid eClosing that is unique to their retail lending business strategy.”Of note is that DocMagic offers a comprehensive eClosing solution called Total eClose that delivers fully paperless closings from start to finish. DocMagic’s proprietary eSign platform is a component of Total eClose and can be accessed and implemented by lenders to help automate the closing process.Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Torrance, California, DocMagic, Inc. develops software, mobile apps, processes, and web-based systems for the production and delivery of compliant loan document packages. The company’s compliance experts and in-house legal staff consistently monitor legal and regulatory changes at both the federal and state levels to ensure accuracy.Guaranteed Rate is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the company has approximately 210 offices across the U.S. and Washington, D.C., and is licensed in all 50 states. Since its founding in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with home purchase loans and refinances and funded nearly $19 billion in loans in 2017 alone.center_img May 25, 2018 615 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgMay 22, 2002 The Arizona RegionalPoetry Slam Competion attracted teams from Flagstaff, Prescott, Mesa,Phoenix, Tuscon, & Arcosanti. The teams were scored by judges from theaudience. [Photo & text RL] >>left photo>> M.C. Dan Seaman hosted the Arcosanti “Slab City” Slam>>for the second year in a row. >>right photo>> All slam poets were>>lively and uncensored. [Photo & text: RL] Team Mesa wonbragging rights as Arizona Slam Poetry Champions.[Photo & text RL] The Poetry Slam wasfollowed by a night pour in the foundry where the Team Mesa recited animpromptu poem. [Photo & text RL] Arcosanti theatreproduction MUD was performed on Sunday to close this weekends list ofevents. [Photo & text RL]last_img read more

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first_imgThe government on Tuesday sought to assuage the concerns of the nine communities of Vasilikos, near Limassol, regarding the planned storage of used car tyres in the area.The reassurances were given during a meeting held at the Presidential Palace, chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades and attended by a number of ministers and the concerned community leaders.The affected communities were given detailed explanations about the method of transfer of tyres to the area and their subsequent storage in the Vasilikos area.Last week it was revealed the government decided to move 4,500 tons of used tyres stockpiled at a quarry near Dali, outside Nicosia, to a site at the Vasilikos cement factory.The used tyres are to be processed at the cement factory, which has agreed to process double the amount than it currently does.As for the tyres’ storage site, Agriculture and Environment Minister Nicos Kouyialis said it would feature multiple fire points.The fenced compound will be guarded round the clock, and monitored daily by the fire department, the department of the environment and the department of labour inspection.Earlier this month a large fire broke out at site where flammable substance was stored next to used tyres, piles of which went up in flames.In addition, said Kouyialis, another storage site would be created some 300 meters from the current site.“This matter is expected to be definitely resolved over the next few months,” he added.For his part, Lefteris Foka, chairman of the Vasilikos communities’ coordinating committee and community leader of Kalavasos, said they received “explanations which are acceptable.”The local municipalities of Vasilikos were protesting that their area was being turned into a dumping ground, citing concerns over pollution and clean air.They had also fired a warning shot that they would suspend any licensing for facilities in the area.At Vasilikos the government plans to build an energy centre, which would include a liquefied natural gas terminal, fuel storage tanks, a privately-owned electricity station and other industrial facilities – all concentrated within an area of 25 square kilometres.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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