VIDEO Gustav Maersk Refloated after Grounding off Italy

first_imgImage Courtesy: Italian Coast GuardThe 9,038 TEU container vessel Gustav Maersk was refloated after it ran aground in the Messina Strait, Italy in the early morning hours on January 10, Maersk Line’s spokesperson informed.Assisted by three tugs, the 2008-built vessel was refloated at 7.30 am local time, some five hours after it ran into trouble, and proceeded by own power to Gioia Tauro.At the time of the incident the 367-meter-long containership was en route from the Croatian port of Rijeka to Gioia Tauro, where it is still moored, according to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.Maersk Line spokesperson said that all crew is safe and accounted for and no pollution or damage to cargo was reported.“In Gioia Tauro all cargo is being discharged and repair plans will be made for the vessel. Cargo contingency plans are being made and will be covered within Maersk Line’s existing network. Customers will be directly informed in case of delays,” according to the company.Maersk Line, which launched an investigation into the incident, informed that initial findings do not indicate that any technical failure caused the incident.Video Courtesy: Italian Coast Guardlast_img read more

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No question of going to Assembly say rebel MLAs after SC verdict

first_imgNew Delhi: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Wednesday which said the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs should not be compelled to take part in the trust vote which is scheduled to be held in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow, the rebel MLAs who are in Mumbai said there is no question of going back and no question of attending the floor test. “We honour the Supreme Court’s verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly,” ANI quoted the MLAs as saying. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayA bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations of the rebel MLAs within the timeframe he thinks appropriate. The top court was hearing the pleas of the MLAs against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for sitting on their resignations.In Karnataka, resignations by the MLAs have plunged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government into crisis earlier this month. Thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned since July 6, technically reducing the numbers of the coalition from 117 to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 in the 224-member House where the halfway mark is 113. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyThe bench had on Tuesday said the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a relook, after hearing the rebel MLAs, the Speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Earlier on Friday, the top court had restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Also, a vote of confidence has been scheduled in Vidhana Soudha on July 18.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Wife lover arrested in slaying of famous Canadian hairdresser in LA

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The wife of an internationally known hairdresser and beauty company executive and the woman’s lover have been arrested in connection with the death of her husband, who was found beaten and stabbed to death at a Los Angeles home earlier this year.Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Baker, 55, were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the Jan. 23 slaying of Fabio Sementilli, Justin Eisenberg, a deputy chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, said Friday.Investigators believe Monica Sementilli was having an affair with Baker for about 18 months before her husband was killed, Hayes said. Detectives suspect Monica Sementilli orchestrated the plot to have her husband killed and Baker and another man — who has not yet been apprehended — carried out the slaying, Capt. Billy Hayes said.Police believe the 49-year-old Fabio Sementilli had been killed for a $1.6-million life insurance policy, Hayes said. He had been stabbed several times in the face and body and was found bleeding profusely on the patio of a gated home in the upscale Woodland Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Jan. 23. He died at the scene, police said.The Canadian-born Sementilli worked for decades as a trendsetting hair stylist and served as vice-president of education for beauty products giant Coty Inc.Authorities said they used forensic evidence and DNA to link Baker to the slaying. His DNA was in a law enforcement database after a prior conviction for lewd acts with a minor, Hayes said.Monica Sementilli and Baker were scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear if either had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.last_img read more

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Toronto producer J Miles Dale on his Oscar win – and spoiled

first_img“The Shape of Water” had a leading 13 Oscar nominations heading into the show and won four golden statuettes. Its other wins included best production design for Canadians Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau. “I’ve been there working for more than half a decade continuously and we wanted to show the talent … and make it something where you don’t use a rebate and escape, you know, you go to use the talent, you go to have the artistry.”By Victoria Ahearn | The Canadian Press “That’s OK. Guillermo said most of it and someone thanked everybody — I know how they run out of time. I get it,” Dale, 57, said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press after the show ended. Facebook “We’re very proud of the Canadian talent,” Dale said. It was the first Oscar win for Dale, who also worked with del Toro on the 2013 film “Mama” and the horror drama series “The Strain.” Dale won the Oscar on Sunday for producing “The Shape of Water” along with director Guillermo del Toro. Meanwhile, del Toro won best director and Alexandre Desplat won best original score. Toronto producer J. Miles Dale says he feels “ecstatic” about his best picture Oscar win and harbours no ill feelings after his speech was spoiled by play-off music. Dale was able to squeeze in some praise for del Toro after host Jimmy Kimmel approached him and asked what he wanted to say. After del Toro spoke onstage, Dale tried to say a few words but was drowned out by music and it seemed his moment was over, along with the entire show. “Thirty years ago when the business just started up there, the people up there began to learn from the best in the world and now they are some of the best in the world. So we were committed to using those people all across the board on the film and we think it’s a great moment for Canadian filmmaking.” The film was shot in Hamilton and Toronto and had a largely Canadian crew. “I’m ecstatic, euphoric, we’re incredibly happy and proud and surprised and shocked off our feet,” Dale said. Advertisement Del Toro echoed his thoughts backstage. Sally Hawkins stars in the film as a mute janitor in Baltimore who falls in love with an amphibian creature, played by Doug Jones, during the Cold War. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement “I’ve said it to everybody that needs to hear it from me, so the other 220 million people don’t matter.” His other credits include the films “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” and TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.” Backstage after the show, he said it felt like “a watershed moment” for the Toronto film industry. Twitterlast_img read more

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Choksi seeks dismissal of ED plea to declare him as fugitive

first_imgMumbai: Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, an accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, has moved the Bombay High Court, seeking dismissal of an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a special court to declare him as a fugitive economic offender. In a petition filed Wednesday through advocate Vijay Aggarwal, he said he was unable to return to India due to persistent health problems. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are wanted by the ED and CBI for allegedly defrauding the PNB to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore.last_img

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Darfur UN envoy begins visit to region for fresh talks

The United Nations envoy tasked with re-energizing the peace process in Darfur heads to the violence-wracked Sudanese region today for talks with local authorities, tribal leaders, civil society groups, Arab nomads and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Jan Eliasson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, travels first to El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, before heading later today to Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, where he is expected to stay overnight. Later tomorrow Mr. Eliasson is scheduled to visit El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state and the planned headquarters of UNAMID, the newly established hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. UNAMID has an initial mandate of 12 months and will incorporate the existing AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which has been deployed across Darfur since 2004. It will become the world’s largest peacekeeping force, with almost 26,000 troops and police officers when it reaches full deployment, as well as nearly 5,000 civilian staff. By October, UNAMID is scheduled to have its management, command and control structures in place, and then by the end of the year it is expected to be ready to take over operations from AMIS. Yesterday in Khartoum, Mr. Eliasson met the Sudanese presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie and the Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mutrif Siddiq, to brief them on the weekend “pre-negotiation” talks in Arusha, Tanzania, with some of Darfur’s rebels. Those talks ended with a pledge from the rebels reaffirming their commitment to the so-called Road-Map outlined by Mr. Eliasson and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, to end the Darfur conflict. The representatives of the rebel movements attending the Arusha meeting agreed to present a common platform on the sharing of power and wealth, security arrangements, land and humanitarian issues, and they also recommended that final talks towards a political solution to the conflict be held in two or three months’ time. The last stop on Mr. Eliasson’s current trip will be N’Djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, where he is set to meet with that country’s President Idriss Deby on Friday. Fighting has engulfed Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, since 2003, when local rebels took up arms against the Government, which then responded with the support of notorious militia known as the Janjaweed. More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others have been displaced. 8 August 2007The United Nations envoy tasked with re-energizing the peace process in Darfur heads to the violence-wracked Sudanese region today for talks with local authorities, tribal leaders, civil society groups, Arab nomads and internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

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More investment needed to boost global energy security Turkmenistan tells UN

As a top producer, the Central Asian country takes part in increasing international cooperation regarding energy, Rashid Meredov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, said. “Turkmenistan’s policy aimed at diversifying supplies of hydrocarbon raw materials and ensuring energy security has become an important element of this approach,” he noted. “It is apparent that major investments are needed for developing [an] effective and stable system of global energy security and that [a] considerable share of those investments should be directed towards transportation of hydrocarbons and protection of energy infrastructure.” Other key factors in guaranteeing adequate supplies to the world include political stability and global markets, Mr. Meredov told delegates. He said that another component, the security of international pipelines, will lead to “a decrease in their vulnerability from the impact of natural and man-made disasters, likely risks connected to changes in the military-political situation in certain regions of the world, threats from international terrorists and unauthorized siphoning of transported energy resources.” The official said that Turkmenistan has launched an initiative to create an international agreement, under United Nations auspices, on the security of international pipelines. 29 September 2008Ensuring global energy security requires stepped-up investment, a top official from Turkmenistan, one of the world’s major oil and natural gas producers, told the final day of the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate. read more

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Police warn post match revelers

Spectators entering the cricket stadium will also undergo strict security checks and will not be permitted to bring glass bottles with water. (Colombo Gazette) The police media unit also said that drivers should not block any street following or during the match while celebrating. Meanwhile a special traffic plan will be in place around the Kettarama stadium for the final and only vehicles with passes will only be allowed in the vicinity. The police have warned revelers not to disturb the peace or violate road rules following the Twenty 20 world cup final today.A special operation will also be launched by the police to nab drunk drivers following the match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies, the police media unit said.

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Prime Minister notes importance of having TNA backing

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today noted the importance of having the support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to take the country forward.He said for the first time the TNA is considering proposals put forward by the two main political parties in the country. Speaking in Hatton today, Wickremesinghe said that the Government has been given a mandate to unite all communities in the country. He said by working together, two main political parties in the country, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party, have been able to unite all communities.The Prime Minister also said that while a lot is being said about a new Constitution, the final draft has not been discussed for anyone to debate the issue. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister also said that no one has submitted proposals which seek to divide the country. read more

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Football Defense wins championships Ohio States was championshipcaliber against Penn State

Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer couldn’t believe what he was looking at on the podium during his postgame press conference.It was the stat sheet from No. 6 Ohio State’s dramatic, come-from-behind 39-38 victory against No. 2 Penn State in front of 109,302 people at Ohio Stadium Saturday. The paper said the nation’s top running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner Saquon Barkley was limited to 44 rushing yards on 21 carries.“Is this right?” Meyer asked. Yes, it was. And it was the performance Ohio State’s defense had to have against the country’s premier playmaker. In a night where so many calls didn’t go the Buckeyes’ way, the defense bent, but never broke and ended up being the force that broke the hearts of the Penn State sideline.“We were shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of the times, so we definitely knew that it wasn’t those guys beating us,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said. “It was really just beating ourselves.”Two second-quarter pass interference penalties turned into touchdowns on the next play for Penn State. Junior cornerback Denzel Ward’s third-quarter interception in the end zone was overturned for a Penn State touchdown on the most pivotal play at that point in the game. Through all that, the Ohio State defense lit its own light out of darkness.Ohio State trailed 35-20 entering the fourth quarter and couldn’t afford any mistakes. On the first drive, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball in Ohio State territory, dimming the outlook of any possibility of a comeback.The next play, redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker tackled Barkley for a 7-yard loss on first down and the Buckeyes eventually forced the Nittany Lions into a three-and-out. That’s when the defense created its own break. Ward rushed the punter unblocked, stuffing the kick and Booker recovered the kick in Penn State territory, dramatically shifting the momentum.Penn State nearly put the game away on its next drive, marching down to the Ohio State 7-yard line. At a make-or-break point in the game, Ohio State’s defense came through with a goal-line stand, forcing a field goal when a touchdown likely would have dashed the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff aspirations.Still down 38-27 with 5:37 on the clock, Ohio State’s offense was only going to have a shot at winning the game if the defense forced two straight three-and-outs.That’s exactly what happened.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard met Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley at the mesh point for a 7-yard loss on first down, recording one of nine tackles for loss on Barkley to pin the Nittany Lions back to their own 8-yard line and force a punt. Once Ohio State regained the lead with 1:45 remaining, the defense had to make another stop with Penn State starting its drive on its own 41.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked McSorley on second down and the once-undefeated Nittany Lions didn’t gain a single yard.“That last four plays really sums up what we got, four of the best D-linemen in the country,” Hubbard said. “We knew if we got them in that situation, we were going to close the game.”The Buckeyes held Penn State to 4-of-9 passing for 50 yards and 14 rushing yards on 10 carries in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded 13 tackles for loss in the game, including five in the fourth quarter.To win, the Buckeyes could not allow Barkley to beat them. He had his impact on special teams, but his impact on the ground was annihilated outside of his 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Barkley’s 2.1 yard per carry average was his lowest of the season. He entered the game averaging 6.2 yards per carry.Meyer said he was worried about Barkley’s catching ability. The Buckeyes held him to 23 yards on four receptions.“We basically wanted to hit Saquon basically every play,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “We knew that give him any type of daylight, if you don’t build that wall, as you seen on the long run he had, don’t build that wall and he’s going to get in the open field and nine times out of 10, score. He capitalized off that and after that, we didn’t give him much. The big thing was stop that.”The defensive line stalwarts of Hubbard, Holmes, Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones exposed a Nittany Lion offensive line that couldn’t protect its versatile quarterback or invaluable running back. Ohio State made the late-game defensive stops with immense pressure on McSorley, showing that the defensive line’s dominance can subdue any deficiencies the Buckeyes have in pass coverage.The game was far from perfect, but the defensive performance when it counted most was nearly flawless. read more

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Google un accord avec le Syndicat national de lédition

first_imgGoogle : un accord avec le Syndicat national de l’édition Après six années de conflit, Google a enfin trouvé un accord avec les éditeurs français sur la numérisation des livres indisponibles mais toujours sous droits. La firme de Mountain View a annoncé la bonne nouvelle lundi, alors que s’achève la procédure judiciaire pour contrefaçon entreprise en 2006 par le Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE).Il aura fallu attendre six ans pour qu’une solution soit trouvée, mais il semble que cette fois, la guerre qui opposait Google aux éditeurs français est bel et bien finie. Le géant de Mountain View vient en effet d’annoncer avoir conclu un accord-cadre avec le Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) pour la numérisation des livres dits indisponibles du XXe siècle, qui toujours protégés par le droit d’auteur sont très difficilement accessibles au public.Cet accord signe alors la fin de la procédure pour contrefaçon lancée en 2006 par le groupe La Martinière-Le Seuil allié au SNE et à la Société des gens de lettres (SGDL) contre le projet Google Books. Sans aucune autorisation des éditeurs et des auteurs, le numéro un de la recherche sur Internet avait entamé en 2004 la numérisation de milliers de livres français et s’était naturellement attiré les foudres du monde de l’édition. En 2010, pourtant, Google est parvenu à trouver un terrain d’entente avec Hachette concernant la numérisation de plusieurs dizaines de milliers d’ouvrages indisponibles.Le nouvel accord conclu avec le SNE, qui regroupe 600 éditeurs, “n’aurait pu être trouvé sans la Société des gens de lettres”, a souligné lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par l’AFP le président du syndicat, Antoine Gallimard. La SGDL réunit quelque 6000 auteurs français et francophones. “C’est à présent à chaque éditeur de décider s’il souhaite ou non, pour lui-même, signer un accord-cadre avec Google dans le respect du droit d’auteur (…) Les auteurs pourront dire oui ou non pour l’indexation de leurs oeuvres” a-t-il précisé.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Dans un communiqué commun, Google et le SNL affirment que le but de leur accord est d'”encourager les initiatives pour la diffusion du livre numérique et la diversité de la création dans le respect du droit d’auteur ”. En ce sens, un “soutien financier de Google au développement du fichier SGDL des auteurs de l’écrit et de leurs ayants droit” a été négocié. Le géant de Mountain View participera aussi à l’opération “Les petits champions de la lecture” lancée par le SNE pour promouvoir la lecture auprès des jeunes.Le syndicat se félicite de cet accord, qui selon lui “constitue une avancée favorable pour la mise au jour du patrimoine imprimé français sous droits et contribue à l’élargissement de l’offre de livres numériques”. Et Philippe Colombet, directeur de Google Livres France, de renchérir en évoquant une “étape-clé dans (les) relations avec les acteurs français du livre”. Il affirme que “toutes les conditions sont ainsi réunies pour que Google participe au développement du livre numérique en France et contribue au rayonnement de la culture française”.Le 12 juin 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Will Second Half SingleCopy Sales Bounce Back

first_imgVerified circ, which had grown as a source for many of the big publishers last year, was down almost 4 percent.Looking at the newsweeklies, Newsweek reported an 8 percent drop in paid subscriptions. Interestingly, its use of verified circ shot up 187 percent compared to same period last year. Time decreased its verified circulation by 88 percent and recorded a 2.6 percent spike in paid subscriptions. The Week remained flat with a .2 percent drop in paid subs and no reported verified use.Out of the top 10 paid and verified circ gainers with more than 100,000 circ, six were below 500,000 circulation; seven below one million. Global Traveler topped the gainers with a 48 percent jump in paid and verified circ.New Launches Not Making Up GroundAs a category, the top-selling 25 consumer magazines audited by ABC were all down, save one—Real Simple squeaked out a 1.17 percent gain on the newsstand. Family Circle dropped the most, 22.55 percent compared to first-half 2008.That’s significant because those 25 titles account for almost 50 percent of the single-copy sales of all the magazines tracked on the newsstand by ABC. When best-sellers are down, the category itself is down.Newsstand consultant Baird Davis also points out in his own analysis for Folio: sister publication Audience Development that the rash of magazine closings has also shocked the newsstand system: In the first half, a total of 62 audited publications, all of which reported newsstand sales in the first half of last year, were either closed or in some cases discontinued being audited by either of the two major audit bureaus.  “In the aggregate these 62 discontinued titles accounted for over $65 million in retail sales in the year previous period,” says Davis.He also notes that, normally, shutdowns are displaced by new launches. This year, however, revenues from the 26 newly-audited titles only managed $13 million. “The effect of such a disproportionately high number of discontinued titles in comparison to newly audited titles produced a net loss of 36 titles and a sales shortfall of 14 million units and $53 million in revenue,” Davis says.This factor is not averaged into audit reports and Davis estimates that the effect is a further drop of 3 percent—bringing the total newsstand decline to 15 percent.Among ABC’s top-ten single-copy gainers that sold more than 100,000 units, only one—Mother Earth News —broke a double-digit percentage, shooting up 29 percent. The next highest gainer was Women’s Health at almost 9 percent. The six main celebrity titles—In Touch Weekly (-18 percent), Life & Style (-8 percent), OK! (-20 percent), People (-13 percent), Star (-14 percent) and Us (-3 percent)—were all notably down. However, the weeklies were particularly hard-hit when wholesaler Anderson News shut down in February, causing sales losses and delays for its 25 percent marketshare.Fashion magazines didn’t fare much better, with Condé Nast’s W registering the biggest newsstand losses for the period, with single copy sales plunging 21 percent. Large-Circulation Titles Make Rate BaseDespite the newsstand nosedive, the majority of big-circ. titles fulfilled their rate bases. Of the more than 30 magazines carrying rate bases of 2 million or higher—including AARP, Reader’s Digest, Maxim and Newsweek—only Playboy fell short, delivering a total paid and verified circ. of 2,453,266, compared to its 2.6 million rate base. A number of additional titles reported paid and verified increases through the first half. Among them were Women’s Health (29.7), Taste of Home Healthy Cooking (29.4), Body + Soul (12.1) and Everyday Food (10.4).Newsstand Sales May Start Trending UpA jump in unit sales and revenue late in the first half may be signaling a shift in momentum as we enter the second half of the year. According to MagNet, a data company that tracks store-level magazine sales, May and June were up 2.6 percent in units and 2.1 percent in revenue compared to the first four months of the year. In other words, the sales decline appears to be slowing down.“These numbers indicate to me that May and June may have changed the momentum on the newsstand for magazine publishers,” says Ken Godshall, MPA’s executive vice president of consumer marketing. “That’s a change in direction from what we’ve seen in the last couple ABC periods and may be a sign of hope for the future.”As the supply chain emerges from the rubble, it appears sales are on an upward trend. “The May-June period was down in 2008 versus the first four months, so last year we were losing traction and this year we’re gaining traction,” says Godshall.Yet newsstand sales are only part of the story. The drop in sales received major play in the press to the consternation of the MPA, which responded by releasing a whitepaper in September called “The Full Story on Magazine Circulation Vitality.” Looking at the “big picture,” the report notes newsstand sales account for  only 12 percent of total consumer magazine circulation and highlights other, more positive, takeaways: Subscriptions are up over same period last year, technology is helping to market subs more effectively, and magazine readership continues to grow—up about 5 percent from 2005.SIDEBARBPA Worldwide Freezes Dues and Audit RatesWith b-to-b publishers facing significant ad revenue declines and a beat-up economy that continues to make forecasting difficult, BPA Worldwide’s board of directors has unanimously agreed to freeze audit rates and dues at July 2008 levels.Indeed, ABM announced ad pages fell 30 percent through the first half of 2009, a factor that has publishers scrambling to manage costs. Subsequently, BPA’s phones began “ringing off the hook” early this year, says the audit firm’s president and CEO Glenn Hansen. “As those calls started coming in we were very sensitive to that as we put our budget together in January,” he says.The freeze remains in effect until June 30, 2010, the end of BPA’s current fiscal year.While BPA’s consumer counterpart, ABC, has effectively frozen dues and rates for its newspaper and magazine members since 2007, Hansen says this is the first time as president that he’s had to institute a rate freeze. “I’ve always been an advocate of raising dues and rates—at low percentages—each year, but this is the first time we’re not going to in the 10 years I’ve been president.”Hansen adds that historically, under previous leadership, dues and audit rate freezes are followed by “huge” increases the following fiscal year. While there’s potential to hike rates in 2010, they won’t have to be dramatic because, says Hansen, of the way BPA is managing its costs this year.The rate-freeze can be interpreted as both an effort to help publishers save costs and keep BPA’s membership active. There’s been story after story of publishers making significant cuts, and it’s not hard to imagine that audits are toward the top of the list.Combine that with an increasingly complicated product platform mix that has some publishers arguing for greater flexibility in auditing metrics, and others implementing audits only when a competitive scenario dictates and you have unprecedented pressure placed on the audit market.Questex Media, a large b-to-b publisher, left BPA in April for “nimbler” Verified Audit Circulation seeking a more flexible audit process. UBM’s TechInsights group left late last year to create its own in-house reporting system. And PennWell is now working with BPA on a brand audit report prototype, called Brand Reach Audit Report, to go beyond even its current integrated media report services.In the meantime, BPA is touting its free Web measurement audit as an added value. “We continue to add more of our members into the BPA-Nielsen measurement tool, which is no additional cost,” says  Hansen, who added that 22 percent of members are currently using the service. There has hardly been a time in recent memory when magazine circulation has had to contend with such an unfriendly market. There have been increased production costs, economic pressures suffocating consumers and marketers alike—which, in turn, pinched circulation marketing budgets—and a near-total collapse of the newsstand supply chain. It’s practically good news that, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ FAS-FAX report for the first half of 2009, subscription levels remained flat. Yet the real drama is a significant decline in newsstand sales.There are small, late first-half signs, however, that newsstand numbers might be trending back up.Overall, though, subscriptions for the 521 reporting titles were up about half a percentage point (.56 percent) during the first half of 2009, while single-copy sales fell 12 percent versus the same period last year.Verified Circulation Dropslast_img read more

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Venezuelas Guaido begins tour of country

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido attends a meeting with local leaders in Caracas, on 14 March. AFP File PhotoVenezuela’s self-proclaimed interim leader Juan Guaido began a tour of his country Saturday aimed at sparking a citizen’s movement to pry President Nicolas Maduro from power.As Guaido, 35, kicked off his “operation freedom” in the northern city of Valencia, the pro-Maduro military staged the latest in a series of exercises.The drill focused on defending hydroelectric infrastructure from attack — a reaction to a weeklong national blackout that Maduro blamed on US “sabotage” but experts said was more likely the result of years of neglect.Guaido, the head of the opposition-ruled National Assembly whose claim to be caretaker president is recognized by the US, Canada and much of Latin America and Europe, vowed he would “very soon” take up office in Miraflores, the presidential palace.He has been pushing for nearly two months against Maduro after declaring himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands, following Maduro’s swearing-in for a second term despite elections widely dismissed as a sham.”We are going to reclaim what belongs to the people,” Guaido told thousands of supporters on Saturday.Maduro, he said, “believes that a thieving gang or a palace makes him president. It’s only the support of our people that makes someone president of a nation and he doesn’t have that. And not much longer will he be in that palace.”Guaido offered no timeline for the mobilization across Venezuela, which he said will culminate with a march on the presidential palace in Caracas.”I’m ready to head over to Miraflores right now, wherever my future president Juan Guaido asks me to go,” said one of his supporters, Milagros Lima, 50, a lawyer. She told AFP that her “whole family” are among the millions who have fled the country’s dire shortages of food and medicine.”If it weren’t for them, we’d be starving to death,” she said.Accompanying Guaido on his tour are opposition lawmakers tasked with creating citizen assemblies — “freedom cells” — across the country. The opposition said that, by Saturday, around 50 had already been set up in half of Venezuela’s 23 states.”Whatever happens, we must be united, mobilized in the streets,” Guaido said, adding that he has not ruled out asking the National Assembly to activate a constitutional clause allowing foreign military intervention — though such a move “depended on others.”US ratchets up sanctionsThat was taken as a reference to US military action, which US president Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out, even though there is no sign such an operation is being mounted and US allies in Latin America oppose the idea.On Saturday, pro-Maduro demonstrators gathered in front of Trump’s White House in Washington to protest any US-led intervention in Venezuela, while anti-Maduro protesters held their own rally nearby.Washington has so far concentrated on ratcheting up sanctions on Venezuela. That has made an already dire economic situation in the country worse, while increasing pressure on Maduro.On April 28, a US embargo on Venezuelan oil exports will go into effect, dealing a heavy blow to Venezuela’s diminished finances, as America accounts for half of the oil exported.A major barrier to Guaido’s plan to wrest control of the country is the military, which has so far remained loyal to Maduro, who has put generals in charge of lucrative civilian agencies and institutions.Guaido has offered amnesties to soldiers who abandon Maduro, and on Saturday tweeted that he has “contacted” officers to ask them not to repress opposition protesters.As has become common when the opposition holds an event, pro-Maduro crowds surged into the streets of central Caracas on Saturday.A senior regime official, Diosdado Cabello, roared to thousands of pro-government supporters that Guaido and his team “will never enter the palace of the revolutionary people.”He asked the crowd if they would accept “the oligarchy, the bourgeoisie” taking charge, prompting a loud “No” in response.”We need a real opposition, one that isn’t beholden to the imperialists, one that has personal standards and knows what is really happening in Venezuela,” Cabello said.Among the regime supporters, voices raged against perceived US meddling.”Every minute of peace Venezuela has is a victory for the revolution and a defeat for the North American empire (the US) that really wants to see us killing each other here,” one pro-Maduro demonstrator, Hermes Flores, told AFP.For him, Guaido was “a flame that will go out.”last_img read more

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Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind again

first_imgChief of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa Hafiz Saeed. File Photo: APPakistani authorities Wednesday detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a security official said, as the country faces increased pressure to crack down on militants operating on its soil.Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed — declared a global terrorist by the US and UN, and who has a $10 million US bounty on his head — was taken into custody following a raid by counter-terrorism forces in the eastern city of Gujranwala.”Hafiz Saeed was going to Gujranwala to apply for bail in another case when he was arrested,” said a security official with knowledge of the arrest, who requested anonymity.A spokesman for Saeed’s group, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a wing of the militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), confirmed the arrest to AFP, but gave no further details.Another security official said the arrest relates to terror financing charges.Saeed has spent years rotating in and out of varying forms of detention, sometimes under house arrest, sometimes briefly arrested then released again by authorities.But for the most part he has been free to move at will around Pakistan, enraging India which has repeatedly called for his prosecution over his alleged role in the 2008 attack that killed more than 160 people.Lashkar-e-Taiba is accused by India and Washington of masterminding the four-day assault on Mumbai. Saeed has denied involvement.The move against Saeed comes as Pakistan is facing a potential blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — an anti-money-laundering monitor based in Paris — for failing to do enough to combat terror financing.FATF is set rule on its fate in the coming months after placing the country on a watchlist last year.In February, Pakistani authorities banned Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation — charities that have long been considered fronts for militant activity targeting India.Washington and New Delhi have long urged Pakistan to take action against LeT, which was banned by Islamabad in 2002 but re-branded itself as JuD and FIF.And earlier this year, Pakistan arrested more than 100 suspected militants and shuttered hundreds of religious schools.The arrests came during an ongoing crackdown on extremists, following clashes with India after a Pakistan-based group killed dozens of Indian security forces in a suicide bombing in Kashmir.last_img read more

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They Call Me Little Willie Chronicles 20th Century Evolutionary Life of Legendary

first_imgIn the United States of America, everyone loves a rags to riches story, a tale of triumph over adversity. Longtime Baltimore journalist, and former editor of the AFRO, Mark Cheshire pens the biography of William “Little Willie” Adams, one of Charm City’s most infamous figures. The book, “They Call Me Little Willie” chronicles Adams’ journey from adolescent sharecropper to numbers runner to political power.Cheshire digs deep and follows the paper trail of Adam’s adulthood through archives of newspapers which includes the AFRO and the Baltimore Sun. Cheshire also shakes the Adams family tree and finds individuals that refute or verify stories tracing back to Adams’ childhood in Zebulon, N.C.Raised by his sharecropper grandparents, Adams’ enterprising mindset led him north to Baltimore. Adams used his savvy and mathematical skills to become a player in Baltimore’s underground numbers racket, eventually rising from runner to banker at a time when there were few people of color with the funds to run a numbers operation. An entrepreneur in the truest sense, Adams turned his illegal fortunes into lucrative Black-owned businesses as people of color fought for integration and opportunity.Adams fought for the rights of African-Americans during the height of the Civil Rights Era while simultaneously expanding Baltimore’s Black economy. Adams established upscale clubs, clothing boutiques and businesses while fighting to integrate Baltimore’s golf courses.From near-death brushes with the Philadelphia Mob, to defeating the State of Maryland in The Supreme Court, Cheshire goes into painstaking detail in telling Adams’ story.Despite spending several chapters reporting Adams’ 1951 indictment for organized crime and subsequent 1954 conviction overturn, Cheshire does not get bogged down in legalese.Adams eventually invested his efforts and money into businesses and politics, backing companies such as Parks Sausage Co. and former mayor William Donald Schafer. Parks Sausage Co. was one of the first Black businesses to go public on Wall Street.Cheshire works to quell the theories that Adams was just an illegal hustler, shining a light on his quiet philanthropy and business acumen. These acts range from establishing scholarship programs to giving money to strangers to fund their ideas.Adams’ friendship with legendary boxing champion Joe Louis is also documented, from first encounter to golfing with baseball legend Jackie Robinson to Adams investing in a soft drink for Louis (Joe Louis Punch).The accomplishments of Adams are chronicled fluidly and told in the context of their turbulent times. From the mid -1930’s through the 1970’s, Adams thrived in multiple fields, despite tremendous adversity. While he dropped out of school to become a sharecropper, Adams earned a high school diploma while balancing the numbers racket and several business ventures.Cheshire details the opposition forces Adams faced, from Baltimore Police to politicians.Most importantly, Cheshire examines the true power that Adams possessed. From a bike repairman to one of the most respected political figures of his time, Adams was known from the lower to the upper class.They Call Me Little Willie is short but sweet, breaking the narrative that Adams was just a gangster. Reading the book it’s hard to believe he was a gangster at all, but rather an optimist who jumped at opportunities and saw potential where others did not. Cheshire puts into perspective not only the strides Adams made for himself, but his help in advancing Baltimore as a whole. The book is a master class on the evolution of Baltimore and the trials and tribulations of a major figure in his quest to help himself and others.For those that grew up in the times of Adams reign in the streets or politics, this book will be a great refresher as well as a learning tool. For the younger generation, it’s an inspiring look at someone who controlled his destiny and succeeded.last_img read more

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5 Ways to Sell Your House Fast

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » May 2, 2019 Technology is moving fast. It’s shaping the way we live. Revolutionizing the way we interact and communicate. In fact, there’s little that’s been untouched by technology. Industries have been razed and new ones have been erected in their place seemingly overnight. Titans in business have collapsed and folded at the hands of technology. Blockbuster. Toys ‘R Us. Kodak. Yahoo. Nokia. Xerox. Names that once meant something have now disappeared into thin air. Today, they’ve been replaced by companies like Uber, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and others that are leading the charge in the wake of a new era. They’re embracing change, reshaping and disrupting business as we know it. Yet, with all the technology and all the change, one industry has been left largely unscathed. Real estate. The truth is that selling your house is still such an antiquated process in this country. It’s based on an old model. One that relies on an endless array of friction. Can you sell your house fast today? It depends on your definition of fast. Is it as fast as ordering an Uber or renting a vacation rental on AirBnB? Heck no. Can you sell your house as quickly as you can get a mortgage to buy a new one on a site like Lending Tree? Nope. Unless you want to put your home out there on a fire sale for pennies on the dollar, you can’t sell it that fast by any measure. Today, you need to jump through hoops and hurdles. Endless streams of red tape. Agents. Commissions. And never-ending fees. These are the norm. Not the exception.Related: Learn How to Make Smarter Real Estate InvestmentsUnlike transportation, commerce and entertainment, real estate has been slow to change. The legalities and complexities are endless. Sure, there are quicker ways to sell your home. They involve going to companies that we call iBuyers. Meaning, they buy the asset themselves. Companies like OpenDoor, OfferPad, and even, Zillow, have all entered the fray. And for good reason. But does that enable you to get top dollar when selling it direct? Certainly not. How to sell your house fastAnyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with technology. As an engineer, I pour over bits and bytes, bending and prodding them to my will. I spend countless hours crafting intelligent code. Then countless more debugging and optimizing it. And for the past two years, I’ve been trying to solve this problem. It’s a big problem. The question is, how can you create a platform and a marketplace to sell your home in lightning speed and still get top dollar? And how do you do all of that without actually using a real estate agent to navigate the entire process? That was the genesis of Kribbz, the real estate company I’ve been building for the past couple of years. It’s a platform that uses blockchain, the safest and most secure way to store data — transactions are immutable and indisputable. In the near future, my hope is that it will remove all necessity for forking over a 6% real estate commission just to sell your home. But today, right here and right now, there are other ways to sell your home quickly. No, it’s not instantaneous like the platform we’re building. It’s a bit slower than that. Yet, if you play your proverbial cards right, there are methods and techniques you can use to get the most bang for the so-called buck. Again, it all depends on your definition of fast. Can you sell your home as fast as you can order an Uber? Not yet at least. But you can sell it moderately quickly. Here’s how. Understanding the mechanics of home sellingThere are some factors when it comes to selling your home that simply cannot be changed. These impact the speed of the sale. They’re things like location. You hear it all the time. Location, location, location. If your home is in a highly desirable neighborhood or located directly on the water, you’re probably in luck. It will most likely sell fast. Also, market forces. Is it a seller’s market? Or is it a buyer’s market? You can’t really change that aside from waiting it out. But you never know how long each will last. Related: 6 Amazing Tips on Turning Real Estate Into a Real FortuneSo how long does it typically take to sell a property? According to Zillow Research, the national average number of days a home spends on the market is 68 days. Of course, that depends on location and whether it’s a seller’s or buyer’s market. But it also depends on the price. If you’re looking for top dollar, expect to wait. And, if your home is in poor condition, don’t expect top dollar. For example, Zillow says that homes in Palo Alto, CA spent an average of 36 days on the market. In Peoria, Illinois? 136 days. 1. Sell your house to a wholesalerWhat most people don’t understand is that nearly 40% of all real estate transactions that happen in this country happen using all cash. That means there are no banks involved. It also means that most of the traditional hurdles of underwriting are gone. But wholesalers do something a bit more unique. They help middle man your house. Not for top-dollar. But you’ll get a fair amount. That’s for certain. They’ve lined up cash buyers on their end who tell them what inventory they’re interested in. All the wholesaler does is put your house under contract and flip it to a cash buyer. Often, this involves little to no money out of their pocket. So why would you flip it to a wholesaler? Well, it’s fast. Certainly faster than attempting to list it with a traditional agent. Now, how do you find a wholesaler? That’s a bit more complicated. They often find you. In their search for distressed sellers, they look for signs that properties are ready to sell at a deep discount. So what do you do if you don’t want to wait for them to find you? Use one of the national companies like WeBuyUglyHouses or any of the others out there. But keep in mind that you’re going to likely sell that asset at 60 to 70 cents on the dollar. Other ways are to source wholesalers on your own is to search on Google for something like “sell house for cash” followed by your state or your city name. You could also use Facebook Groups or LinkedIn to source cash buyers by searching for “cash buyers real estate” or other similar terms. 2. Find the top real estate agent in your areaOkay. There’s a real difference I need to highlight here amongst real estate agents. While I have nothing against them personally, here’s the truth. Most agents are well-intentioned. They certainly have every intention of selling your home for top dollar. And they want to sell it fast. But is that usually case? Not often. Most lament that realtors don’t quite do their job. The whole list-it-and-forget-it complaint seems to take center stage. And rightfully so. You’re giving up 6% of your home price at the end of the day. In the US, there are 2 million active real estate agents. Roughly 1.35 million of those are licensed agents. That’s according to the National Association of Realtors. But a very small portion of those licensed agents actually make money. And the longer they’re agents, the more likely they become top producers. You develop relationships over the years and over time your business balloons. And those are the agents you want to go after if you want to sell quickly. Related: 6 Advantages of Real Estate Investing for Savvy EntrepreneursSo how do you find a top real estate agent in your area? Simple. Just do a search online. Something like “best real estate agent in los angeles” or whatever area you’re in. Look for realtors with hundreds of positive reviews. Find the top producers and see if they’ll list your home for you. Does that mean you’ll sell it overnight? Certainly not. But going with a top producer who’s already developed relationships is the best chance you have for moving that property faster than the average in your area. 3. Dramatically reduce your priceLook, you can’t change the location of your home. You just can’t. But you can change the price. And depending on the temperature of the market, dramatically altering your price can seriously speed up the process. I’m not talking about a small price shift here. I’m talking about a major change in the asking price. If you’re listed at $400,000, dropping it to $350,000 is a dramatic change in price. Dropping it by $5,000 won’t do much for you here. What most people like to do is to remove the home from the MLS and relist it again. That’s well and good, but there is a history created on your property. Anyone can see the number of days it spent on the market. They’ll also know whether you’re a serious seller or not. Rather than removing it from the market and relisting it, just drop the price. Again, price is a huge motivating factor. Keep in mind that people love to things at a dramatic discount. Also, understand that your property has to be a great deal compared to other properties in the neighborhood. If you’ve dramatically dropped your price and you’re still pricey compared to the other homes, it won’t make a difference. People want a good deal. They would much rather buy the least expensive home in a neighborhood than the most expensive one. All the upgrades might matter to some people. But if you want to sell fast, it’s mostly about the price. 4. Consider a short sale of your homeMost of the time, when people want to sell fast, it’s because they’re underwater. We call these properties distressed. Why? Because, oftentimes, the debt owed on the property is more than the value of the home. That means that equity is non-existent. Plus, when you’re going through a divorce, the death of a spouse, or bankruptcy and other financial problems, it compounds the situation. And when you no longer have an income to pay the mortgage, that’s when you risk losing your home entirely. Related: How to Make Money Flipping HousesIt’s not a good situation. And if the bank has threatened you with foreclosure, there are things you can do. The most prominent? Ask the bank to do a short sale. What’s a short sale? First, it relies on the debt being more than the value of the home. But it also counts on all the lien holders agreeing to the sale. So, if you have 3 mortgages, they all have to agree on a short sale. If you have one, clearly your chances are better to short sale your home. How do you do it? You have to contact the primary note holder. That’s the largest mortgage holder on your home. If you only have one mortgage, great. Contact that bank. Tell them about your situation. Then, find out who you need to speak to in order to get out from underwater. Yes, it’s embarrassing and humiliating. But it’s certainly better than a foreclosure. It’s better than being evicted from your own home. 5. Transfer your mortgage to someone elseOkay, the last way to sell your home quickly might be to transfer your mortgage to someone else. But it also means that your mortgage must be assumable by someone else. You’ll need to read your mortgage docs to figure this out. But if it is assumable, then you’re in luck. This could even mean that you could stay in your home and rent it. Is this a common scenario? No. Yet it is possible. You just need to do a bit of leg work to make it happen. Keep in mind that whoever the new “borrower” is, they need to qualify for that mortgage. And that might take some hoops to jump through. And if you’re truly buried under debt and can’t make your payments, it might not be the fastest way to get out of your home. But it is an option. How long does it take? Again, it all depends. Contact your bank and see if this is even a thing. If it is, you’ll also need to find the person who’s willing to assume the mortgage in the first place.   Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Unsealed ballot boxes spotted at Ladysmith voting station

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite All stations are supposed to ensure that ballot boxes are empty before placing them at the point where ballot papers are to be dropped into them, with the presiding officer showing the empty boxes to all the staff, observers and police.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! This is an election year and that means people get the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting. Today (Wednesday, August 3) is voting day and there are polling stations all over town.Despite the strong winds howling around, voters have been turning up in numbers to make their mark at the polls.However, a concern has been raised at one of the voting stations, where voters had to wait in a queue for ballot boxes to be sealed after the boxes were filled.What is concerning is that they were sealing the boxes only once they were full, say residents.When asked to comment, IEC staff at that voting station said that when the boxes were sealed, one could not get the ballot forms into the slot because the lid covered the slot (the slots were not properly aligned).last_img read more

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Megan Hess in her new role as Artist in Residence

first_imgMegan Hess in her new role as “Artist in Residence” for Oetker Collection, will be illustrating each of the Collection properties in her own unique style. The first illustrations of Le Bristol Paris and The Lanesborough in London have been revealed this week during Megan’s world book tour promoting her latest book ‘New York, through a fashion eye’.Megan Hess was destined to draw. An initial career in graphic design transcended into art direction for some of the world’s leading advertising agencies and for Liberty department store in London. In 2008 Hess illustrated the New York Times number one selling book, ‘Sex and The City’. Following the release, Hess was catapulted onto the world stage and began illustrating Portraits for the New York Times, Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair Magazine. She has since written and illustrated three bestselling books: Fashion House, The Dress and Coco Chanel, and has become one of the world’s most sought after fashion illustrators.Megan spoke of her new role; “I’m so thrilled to become the “Artist in Residence” for the Oetker Collection. As an artist, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me is travel. My work and the bespoke illustrations that I create take me all around the world on luxury projects and it is with great excitement that I will now be sketching and staying at the world’s most beautiful masterpiece hotels with the Oetker Collection. From the incredible architecture, to the finest cuisine and of course, the world’s chicest people, I will be sketching them all at each Oetker Collection property. My aim is to bring the bespoke and unique luxury of each hotel to life in illustration”Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection, added “We are delighted to be working with Megan, her iconic style and eye for detail fit beautifully with the hotels of our Collection. We are very excited to soon be sharing Megan’s uniquely stylish portrayal of our masterpiece properties.”last_img read more

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Party stipend from government furtively increases

first_imgPolitical parties, in apparent collusion with government, have furtively increased the annual state grant payable to them by approximately €2.56m – although the sleight of hand was picked up by a daily newspaper.Looking at data released by the treasury last week, Politis spotted that the ad hoc payout given to parties – on top of the regular annual grant – has become a permanent fixture.In election years – presidential and parliamentary– parties are allocated an extra ad hoc amount.By law, financial assistance for election campaigns must be disbursed at least three months prior to the date of the elections in question. For instance, the ad hoc funds for the 2018 presidential elections were paid out in late 2017.But the treasury data shows that, during 2018 as well, the parties received additional funds corresponding to the ad hoc payout – meaning the extra funds have since been locked in.This was done on the down-low, with no discussion taking place in parliament.The matter was flagged by the auditor-general, who suggested that should parties henceforth be entitled to an increased state assistance, perhaps they should be prohibited from receiving private donations.However the audit office was informed that the decision to raise grants to parties is taken at a political level – specifically by the finance minister.Under the 2018 budget, the parliamentary parties – including their youth wings – received a total of €10.74m.The extra €2.56m is broken down as follows: ruling Disy got €739,000; Akel €632,000; Diko €374,000; Edek €192,000; Citizens Alliance €188,000; Solidarity €166,000; Greens €161,000; Elam €131,000.About 15 per cent of the annual state grant is distributed equally among the parties; the remaining 85 per cent is allocated according to party strength, based on the results of the latest parliamentary elections.Meantime, and following the 2016 legislative elections and the entry into parliament of eight parties, the number of parliamentary associates or assistants was raised from 87 to 101.Although these associates are employed by the parties, they are in fact on the payroll of the central government.For 2017, €3.75m was set aside for the parliamentary associates, compared to €3.51m in 2016 and €2.75m in 2015.Currently, the 56 MPs are assigned one assistant each. Another three parliamentary associates are assigned to the representatives in parliament of the Armenian, Latin and Maronite religious groups.On top of that, 42 assistants are assigned to the parties themselves. Though designated as parliamentary associates, they more often than not work out of party offices.These latter positions are not advertised, and hiring is usually based on connections. As a result, the practice continues of hiring either retired civil servants or relatives of party cadres.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cabinet appoints Komodromos as new EAC chairman

first_imgThe cabinet on Thursday approved the appointment of Michalis Komodromos as the new chairman of the electricity authority (EAC) board.Michalis KomodromosKomodromos, who was the vice-chairman of the utility’s board was chosen as the new head after the resignation of the previous chairperson, Emily Yiolitis over conflict of interest in her capacity as a lawyer.The board’s new vice-chairman is civil engineer Giorgos Nikolettos while academician and Haris Millas who is also head of a group of companies has been appointed as a member of the board.Yiolitis resigned just six months after her appointment after it was determined she had a conflict of interest.She resigned at the beginning the month, saying it was her decision after she had been informed by the incompatibility committee that she had a conflict of interest because her legal firm represented casino operators Melco, which was negotiating with the utility company on the plans and construction of a station to power the Limassol casino facility.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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