Too early for final judgement on CrownFirst Nations Gathering Mercredi

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been almost two months since the Crown-First Nations gathering brought 400 chiefs to Ottawa.The Harper government claimed the meeting would strengthen relations with First Nations.Two months later, has anything come out of the gathering with Prime Minister Stephen Harper?Some critics say it was a failure.But Ovide Mercredi, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says it’s too early to say.last_img

Nissan profits hit ‘rock bottom’

first_imgTokyo: Crisis-hit Japanese car company Nissan on Tuesday unveiled net profits at a near-decade low as it battles to recover after the shock arrest of its talismanic former boss Carlos Ghosn. Net profits for the fiscal year to March 2019 came in at 319 billion yen ($2.9 billion), the lowest since 2009/10 when the company was struggling in the wake of the global financial crisis. It was a decline of 57 per cent compared to the previous fiscal year and the profit outlook for the current fiscal year was forecast to be even worse — at 170 billion yen. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The performance is a challenging one and we want to change this,” Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa told reporters. Tuesday’s figures represented a “rock bottom” for the company, he said, adding: “Please give us time to recover.” The firm has been crippled by the reputational damage caused by the legal woes of former chairman Ghosn, who faces four formal charges of financial misconduct that he denies. “There are many negative legacies inherited from the previous management,” said Saikawa.last_img read more

Morocco-EU Make Progress in implementation of Partnership for Mobility

Brussels – The European Commission noted progress in the implementation of the Partnership for Mobility, inked with Morocco in June 2013, said European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.Following the establishment of the Partnership for Mobility, important EU-funded projects were launched in the field of immigration while others are still under way, said Avramopoulos, on behalf of the European Commission, answering a question by a Euro-deputy.The EU agencies and the partnership signatory member states are getting better at coordinating their activities and the dialogue with the EU was enhanced, he added. The European official recalled that the objective of the partnership with Morocco is to contribute to managing the movement of people between the Kingdom and the nine signatory European states, noting that the partnership provides for political commitments to facilitate the use of legal immigration channels, prevent illegal immigration and promote immigration’s positive impact on development. read more

Melania Trump: Santa Is in Morocco

Rabat – Answering a call from a child, Melania Trump said that Santa is in the Sahara. Several minutes later, she said that the Santa is in Morocco and would be at the caller’s home on Christmas morning. Donald Trump and the first lay’s answers to the children have gone viral. At one point, Trump asked a seven- year-old child named Coleman if he still believes in Santa.He added, “because at 7, it is marginal, right?” Read Also: Bourita Meets Trump in New York on Eve of SC Meeting on Western SaharaMelania Trump tweeted  that she enjoys helping children track Santa’s destination.Helping children across the country track #Santa is becoming one of my favorite traditions! @Potus and I enjoyed working with @NORADSanta – #ChristmasEve pic.twitter.com/CYNkARbFaI— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 25, 2018“Helping children across the country track Santa is becoming one of my favorite traditions,” she wrote.Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas holidays. According to a 2016 report from the US Department of State, Christian leaders in Morocco estimate that there are between 2,00 to 6,000 Moroccan Christians distributed across the country. Other leaders, according to the report, estimate that there may be as many as 50,000 Christians in Morocco. read more

Millions of Kenyans running out of food after rains fail UN and

Three and half million Kenyans need emergency assistance after rains again failed in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa country, the Nairobi Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, calling for immediate action to ease the suffering of those affected.A comprehensive survey of the drought situation, made last month by the Government and various agencies including those from the UN, found that almost 400,000 metric tons of food aid was required to feed the millions of Kenyans affected and thousands of livestock were dying.“Our detailed assessment found that the worst affected regions are the pastoral areas covering the northern districts of the Rift Valley and Eastern provinces, the entire North Eastern Province and parts of the Coast,” said John Munyes, Kenya’s Minister of State.The assessment found that rates of global acute malnutrition among children under five had already risen sharply in the northeast of the country to between 18 and 30 per cent. Fifteen per cent is considered an emergency level. “Many Kenyans – facing a fifth consecutive season of failed or poor rains – are already living on the edge, and unless donors respond immediately, we fear for the worst,” said WFP Country Director Tesema Negash.“The rains have failed, and to save lives in the coming weeks and months ahead, it is essential that both cash and in-kind contributions of food are made today to assist with WFP’s and the Government’s emergency response. Without fresh pledges, WFP will not be able to meet March needs,” he added.The drought emergency operation was initially launched in July 2004 for six months after poor rains in eastern, southern and parts of northern Kenya left 2.3 million people in need of assistance, but repeated lack of rain over the years has forced the efforts to continue.In December, WFP issued an urgent appeal to donors once it was clear that the rains had again failed and there was an impending aggravation of the crisis. The agency has also been working closely with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations to try and alleviate the suffering.“Families have lost their coping strategies and many Kenyans, whether they rely on livestock or marginal farming, have completely lost their livelihoods,” said Mr. Negash. read more

Calgary city councillors disapprove of McIvers plan to ban speedongreen cameras

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PC leadership candidate Ric McIver’s idea of banning speed-on-green cameras isn’t being welcomed with open arms by some members of Calgary city council. McIver has called the cameras a money-grab for the city and would push to get rid of them if he was elected premier. Ward 6 Councillor Richard Pootmans disagrees. “I’m satisfied that they’re forming the function that they’ve met to perform, which is to increase driver safety and pedestrian safety,” Pootmans said. Pootmans said the bigger issue in this city is whether residential streets should see more speed monitoring or camera, adding many people he’s spoken to have said they think that would step too far on their privacy.Ward 12’s Shane Keating said money from the violations go into funding a push for safer roads. “Taking them away is not helping the safety procedure, all it’s doing is allowing those who speed to get away without getting a ticket because we do not have adequate resources to have a manned photo radar gun at every intersection,” Keating said. “If the province wants to get rid of them, then it’s perfectly fine, make that choice, but make sure that you give annual extra contributions so that we can enforce speeders by manual means, which means we need more policemen,” Keating said. by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2014 4:29 pm MDT Calgary city councillors disapprove of McIver’s plan to ban speed-on-green cameras read more

Berkeley appoints EPC and mining contractors for Salamanca

first_imgBerkeley Energia is pleased to announce that, with the financing now in place, the company is awarding major contracts and filling key management positions for construction of the Salamanca uranium mine, commencing in the new year.The company says it is committed to Spanish engineering excellence and has selected Sanchez y Lago, one of Spain’s major construction companies as the contract miner. Sanchez y Lago has over 35 years of mining experience around the world and currently operates at Atalaya’s Rio Tinto mine in Spain.Amec Foster Wheeler, now part of the FTSE 250 listed Wood Group, has been selected to deliver a fixed price EPC solution for the construction of the mine, plant and associated infrastructure. The Wood Group is a leading global engineering group with extensive experience in delivering uranium mining and processing solutions.The mining and EPC contracts are expected to be executed in the new year, with mobilisation of equipment to occur shortly thereafter. Within these contracts, a key focus is cost management to ensure that the project is built and operated within budget and in a timely manner.As part of its commitment to reduce unemployment in the region, approximately 50% of new staff required for the first phase of construction activity will be recruited from the local villages of Retortillo and Villavieja. A number of these future employees will have attended the Company’s skills training programmes.Following consultations with the residents of the local community a number of infrastructure improvements to neighboring villages have been identified, which the Company is looking to progress in the coming months.In addition to the selection of contractors the Company is making key appointments to the owner’s team having recently appointed Sergio Arenas as Process Superintendent. Mr Arenas has over a decade of international operating experience and joins an exceptional Spanish management team with a strong track record of delivery on projects.Managing Director, Paul Atherley, commented: “Having completed the financing, we have selected our preferred mining and construction contractors and will be pouring concrete in the new year. We are commencing construction just as the industry leaders Cameco and Kazatomprom implement major production cuts at their Tier I mines which will tip the uranium market into the long awaited supply deficit during 2018.”last_img read more

US Navy creates an MMO to help catch Somali pirates

first_imgIf you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at catching pirates off the coast of Somalia, now you can. The US Navy has launched a new game designed to help solicit ideas of how to track and fight pirates. The game, unceremoniously called the Massively Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet, or MMOWGLI, is less World of Warcraft and more interactive message board. Players accumulate points by submitting their ideas and getting votes from other players.The game starts you with a hypothetical scenario: the United States is being blamed for plundering Africa’s resources, relations with China are stretched to the limit, and both the US and China have warships off the coast of Somali patrolling for pirates. Those same pirates are blocking humanitarian aid for oil rig workers in the region.Once you get the gravity of the situation, you’re asked to come up with a 140-character suggestion for what tools you could use to turn the tide in this situation. Then, you’re asked to identify (also in 140 characters) what risks could be detrimental to your efforts to solve the problem. Players can then vote on one another’s suggestions and risks.As the game goes on, players with low scores and poor suggestions are eliminated based on the number of votes they’ve received. The top users with the most votes will proceed to the next round. The first thing to remember about the MMOWGLI is that it’s not so much an actual game with gameplay and graphics. It’s more of an exercise in crowd-sourcing ideas from the Web under the premise of a game.All of the players will be able to communicate with one another and build on each other’s ideas, though: so in that way it is actually massively multiplayer. Anyone can play the game, submit their own suggestions, and vote on ideas from other players. The first round of cuts will take place after the first week of play, and the lowest-voting ideas will be eliminated.The Navy plans to do three rounds of cuts, and at the end of the game the best and most popular suggestions will rise to the top. At the end of the game, all of the players will be able to see the winning ideas, grouped together. No, there’s no loot, no badges, nothing to win aside from the prestige of knowing that your ideas may be the way the Navy chooses to combat real-life piracy threats.Read more at MMOWGLI, via Wiredlast_img read more

Google pulls top Android Reddit app for sexually explicit material

first_imgFor users of Apple’s iOS platform, seeing apps pulled for seemingly minor infractions is nothing new. Google, however, has always been more liberal in its control of the Play Store. That’s why the move this morning to pull the most popular Reddit browsing app on Android came as a bit of a shock to the community and developer alike.The developer posted the news on Reddit this morning, saying that Google sent a pair of emails informing him that the free and paid versions of Reddit is Fun had been pulled for containing “sexually explicit material.” To understand why this is happening, you have to realize that Reddit is a community-driven site. Anyone can create a “sub-Reddit” dedicated to a particular topic. Humans being what they are, some users have created some very NSFW sub-Reddits.Users that posted to the developer’s explanation on Reddit and Google+ were none too pleased with the development. The consensus was that if Google is going to allow browsers, which can access an entire internet full of pornographic content, a Reddit app that can only access a little porn should be fine. This argument has been used against Apple over the years as it banned apps for content violations.Unlike in the iOS ecosystem, when an Android app is banned, it is not out of reach for users. Virtually all Android devices can install application packages downloaded from the internet or obtained from the Amazon Appstore. However, the thousands that bought Reddit is Fun are out of luck, and the developer is left without a distribution mechanism.Andrew Shu, developer of Reddit is Fun, has filed an appeal with the Google Play Store team. For the time being, other Reddit apps have been left up, but developers are understandably a little shaken — there is nothing particularly different about Shu’s app when compared to other Reddit clients. Time will tell if this was just a mistake, of a new era of control for the just re-branded Play Store.via Andrew Shulast_img read more

Weta Workshop creates a working Portal turret for Valve

first_imgValve teased a video of an amazing, working turret from the Portal games the other day on their Valve Store Facebook page. No one knew where it came from or who made it. Now Valve has published another video, this time it’s an unboxing of the adorable, deadly turret, and it turns out Weta Workshop created it.Weta is known for creating great replicas, especially for Valve. Previously they made the turret from Team Fortress 2 a reality, but this Portal turret is much more impressive. Not only does it look amazing, it can track anyone who steps in front of it. It will also say hello before opening up its side flaps and aiming its sights at you, and even makes the firing sound and flashes just like machine guns do. If you step out of it’s sight it announces “target lost” and it will eventually go into sleep mode if it can’t find anyone else to fire at.Creating it wasn’t easy though, as Sir Richard Taylor, director of Weta Workshop, explained the turret really pushed them to their creative limits. The turret runs on customized paintball sentry software, but obviously this turret needs to open up its sides when it sees someone and then close them again, which is what made the software difficult to program.The real question everyone wants answered is, can you buy one? Weta Workshop would like to make the turrets available for consumers to buy, but the cost would be extremely high and Weta would need official licencing from Valve first. Unless you have a few thousand dollars lying around, having your own personal turret looks quite unlikely.More at Stuff, via Valve’s FB pagelast_img read more

Judge freezes assets of woman ordered to pay Lottery winnings to stepson

first_img Monday 6 Feb 2017, 2:51 PM Short URL By Aodhan O Faolain 40,389 Views Feb 6th 2017, 2:51 PM Share302 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/3225521 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Judge freezes assets of woman ordered to pay Lottery winnings to stepson Galway woman Mary Walsh was last week ordered to pay her stepson David €560,000 from a 2011 Lottery win Source: NuriaTHE HIGH COURT has continued orders freezing the assets of a woman who a judge ruled must pay her step son more than €500,000 out of a lotto jackpot win.Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled last week that Mary Walsh (66) must pay the money to her stepson David Walsh plus his legal costs after a judge found he was part-owner of and entitled to a one-sixth share of a €3.3 million winning ticket.52-year-old David Walsh of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe in Co Galway sued his stepmother Mary, also from Ballinasloe, and argued that he was entitled to his share on the grounds his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket.Mary Walsh, who was married to David’s late father Peter Walsh, denied this and had argued that the ticket was hers.She claimed her stepson was offered and accepted her and her late husband’s house in lieu of €200,000 euro from the win.David Walsh denied that. The judge in finding against Mary Walsh rejected all her claims.The judge also placed a stay on the order pending any appeal against the decision.She was also ordered not to reduce her assets below €929,000.When the matter was briefly mentioned before the court today the judge continued those orders. A full hearing of the injunction application to continue the freezing orders will take place next week.Last Thursday, after a seven-day hearing, Justice Humphreys said he believed the evidence of Walsh over that of his stepmother.He also rejected Mary Walsh’s evidence that the reason she had allowed others to sign the back of the ticket was to enable them to avoid gift tax.He also rejected her evidence that David Walsh chose to take the family home valued at €135,000 instead of €200,000 cash and that the transfer of the house to Walsh had nothing to do with the Lotto win.David Walsh in his action said that he had been promised a share by his father.Peter Walsh died in December 2011 and in his action David Walsh said his stepmother did not give him the money.Read: Stepmum faces hefty legal bill after stepson wins €560k Lotto jackpot caseRead: Landlords of 5-bedroom house which housed 70 tenants ordered to pay €60k 13 Comments last_img read more

iFixIt tears down the Nintendo 3DS the most cameraladen gadget yet

first_imgThose wonderful gadgetological vivisectionists over at iFixIt have once again unsheathed their phillips head screwdrivers, polished their pliers and unraveled the mysteries of the torx with this week’s gadget du jour: the Nintendo 3DS. Let’s take a look at what they found once the 3DS’ guts were spilled across the table.Describing the Nintendo 3DS as “the most camera-laden device we’ve ever taken apart,” the iFixIt guys found three cameras inside, which, if you studied math, you’ll quickly realize is one whole camera sensor for each dimension. But what about that fancy glasses-free 3D?iFixIt explains the technology well, noting that a parallax barrier layer in the top LCD responds to adjustments made with the 3D slider and slightly changes the image between each of the viewer’s eyes accordingly. What about the silicon? Here’s what iFixIt found inside: a Nintendo 1048 0H ARM CPU; Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L; Toshiba THGBM2G3P1FBAI8 NAND Flash; Texas Instruments PAIC3010B 0AA37DW and Invensense ITG-3270 MEMS Gyroscope.So far, so good, but here’s where things get really disappointing: battery life. Battery life on the 3DS is abysmal for a portable handheld. With each charge, you’ll only get between 3 to 5 hours of 3D gaming, due in part — iFixIt reckons — to the faster processors and dual LCD layers for the parallax screen, necessitating drawing each frame twice. If you plan on just loading up classic DS games on your 3DS, the battery does more respectably, giving up to eight hours of playtime per three and a half hour charge, but no matter how you cut it, the 3DS seems disappointing when it comes to juice.As usual, there’s more. For some of the finer strokes, head on over to iFixIt and read the whole thing.Read more at iFixItlast_img read more

Physicists demonstrate teleportationbased optical quantum entangling gate

first_img More information: Wei-Bo Gao, et al. “Teleportation-based realization of an optical quantum two-qubit entangling gate.” PNAS Early Edition. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1005720107 (PhysOrg.com) — Taking a step toward the realization of futuristic quantum technologies, a team of physicists from China and Germany has demonstrated a key element – an entangling gate – of a quantum teleportation scheme proposed more than 10 years ago. The entangling gate serves as a fundamental building block for applications such as long-distance quantum communication and practical quantum computers. This diagram shows the experimental set-up of a quantum CNOT gate. Image credit: Wei-Bo Gao, et al. ©2010 PNAS. Using degrees of freedom to get hyperentanglement Explore further The scientists, Wei-Bo Gao, Jian-Wei Pan, and coauthors from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui, China, and the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, have published their study in an early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work builds on earlier research by D. Gottesman and I. L. Chuang, who theoretically showed in 1999 that a quantum gate can be built by teleporting qubits (the basic units of quantum information) with the help of certain entangled states. In quantum teleportation techniques, unknown quantum states are transferred from one location to another through the use of entanglement. One of the key requirements of the “GC scheme” is the ability to perform single-qubit logic operations for quantum computations.In the new study, Gao, Pan, and coauthors have experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of the GC scheme by demonstrating a logic gate based on quantum teleportation for two photonic qubits. Further, the scientists demonstrated the entangling gate using two different methods – one with a six-photon interferometer to realize controlled-NOT gates, and the other with four-photon hyperentanglement to realize controlled-Phase gates. “The logic gate is the basic unit in a quantum computer, as a classical logic gate is in a classical computer,” coauthor Yu-Ao Chen of the University of Science and Technology of China told PhysOrg.com. “The difference with the quantum logic gate is that it involves quantum superposition. The controlled-NOT gate, together with single-qubit operations, is sufficient to perform all logic operations needed for quantum computation. In classical computation, it is similar, and it can be easily achieved by measurement and feedforward. However, in the quantum world, the states cannot be measured directly without irrevocably changing them. This makes the demonstration of a CNOT gate more difficult.”In their study, the scientists showed how each of the two methods could be used to entangle qubits, transfer qubit states, and enable quantum logic operations. The researchers also confirmed that both logic gates demonstrate genuine entanglement, and showed that the controlled-Phase gate achieves quantum parallelism, meaning that the gate cannot be reproduced by local operations and classical communications. While the experiments here represent an important step toward the realization of practical quantum computers, there are still many other components to work on in order to develop an advanced optical system in the future. As the scientists explained, one of the advantages of the current scheme is that it is inherently fault-tolerant.“Our experiment shows a proof-of-principle that the GC scheme can be implemented to construct a linear optical computational hierarchy,” Chen said. “The GC scheme is a protocol that could potentially be implemented in a real-world optical quantum computer because it is inherently fault-tolerant, which is a very basic request for any large-scale computation protocol.”As Chen noted, some of the potential applications of quantum computing include the efficient simulation of complex quantum physics, chemistry systems, or materials systems; the ability to quickly solve certain mathematical problems; and database searching. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Physicists demonstrate teleportation-based optical quantum entangling gate (2010, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-physicists-teleportation-based-optical-quantum-entangling.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

Big Band of Costa Rica to celebrate 25 years

first_imgRelated posts:Envision kicks off with long lines, high spirits, community service The band plays on: “Summer Series” serenades Plaza de la Democracia Dub sounds in Costa Rica: Mad Professor and Mad Elaine Yoga Day, Father’s Day exhibit and other happenings around Costa Rica In 1885, the businessman Henry Lee Higginson came up with an idea: He wanted to start an orchestra that performed “concerts of a lighter kind of music.” Large groups of musicians didn’t have to play just Mozart and Beethoven, he argued. They could also play tunes that people in the street would recognize. And that is the origin of the Boston Pops, one of the most beloved orchestras in the world.The Big Band of Costa Rica is very similar – they play jazz, swing, standards, soundtracks, and Billboard chart-toppers. It isn’t nearly as old as the Boston Pops, but this week it is celebrating a major benchmark: 25 years since its founding in 1990. Its members will mark the occasion on Saturday with an anniversary concert at the National Theater.“They’re many years of labor and sacrifice,” said Humberto Vaglio, director and founding member of the orchestra, “but more adventure, illusion, mysticism, and friendship.”The Big Band has only a dozen members or so, yet the company is able to pull off the robust and brassy sound of a traditional big band. Some of its players have gone on to do independent projects, such as trumpeter José Carlos Sibaja, who has played with Ricky Martin.The Big Band’s concert on Feb. 28 promises to be a smorgasbord of different songs and styles, from Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” to Abba’s “Dancing Queen,” Percy Mayfield’s “Hit the Road Jack,” and Kander and Ebb’s “New York, New York.” If you’re familiar with the usual pops oeuvre, the Big Band’s set list should win an approving nod.La Big Band de Costa Rica performs Feb. 28 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 8 p.m. 7,000-15,000 ($14-30). Info: National Theater website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Azerbaijan criticized over rights as European Games begin

first_imgAzerbaijan is one of a new generation of controversial players on the world sports stage, resource-rich but with shoddy human rights records and comparatively little sporting history. There’s also Qatar, host of the 2022 soccer World Cup and under fire over corruption allegations and the deaths of migrant workers, and the oil-rich Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, a finalist in bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics.Hosting the European Games has a particular significance for majority-Muslim Azerbaijan, which has long sought to present itself as a European rather than Asian nation, a strategy long followed by neighboring Turkey.“Azerbaijan is a very young country,” said Simon Clegg, the former British Olympic Association chief who has led Baku’s preparations, speaking with The Associated Press in one of Baku’s trio of Flame Tower skyscrapers, another product of the country’s oil wealth.“The European Games will allow Azerbaijan to showcase itself to the international community and the whole world as an exciting and dynamic country that is a very secular society.”Friday’s opening ceremony will be attended by world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Among people who will not be there is Khadija Ismayilova, a journalist who was imprisoned last year after investigating corruption allegedly involving the president, in what opposition activists says is a wider crackdown on dissent ahead of the Games. BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Just over a mile from the gleaming white facade of Baku’s new Olympic Stadium, an oil refinery tower lights up the sky. Its flame fits neatly with Azerbaijan’s marketing line to would-be tourists — “the land of fire” — but it’s also a powerful reminder of the oil wealth that made it possible to build the 68,000-seat arena.From Friday, Azerbaijan hosts the inaugural European Games, a 20-sport event designed to put the former Soviet country on the map — and perhaps prepare Baku to host the Olympics in the future — but which has dredged up unwanted scrutiny. The budget for the games officially totals just over 1 billion manats ($915 million), with much of that sum spent on the Olympic Stadium, Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said Thursday, adding that it had increased after the currency was recently devalued. The true figure may be higher when related infrastructure such as new roads is taken into account, or the games’ prominent sponsorship by the state oil company.As foreigners pour into Baku, authorities are trying to block poor Azerbaijanis from sight to hide the “huge contrast between rich and poor,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Giorgi Gogia. A large fence along the airport road hides poor neighborhoods from view and is nicknamed “the belt of happiness,” said Gogia. He is based in neighboring Georgia and was deported from Azerbaijan in March after trying to attend an activist’s court hearing.The games are taking place amid heavy security, with dozens of police and camouflage-clad paramilitary Internal Troops stationed outside the accommodation for athletes and media representatives. While attacks are relatively rare, Islamist terrorism has long been a security threat in Azerbaijan.However, one of Azerbaijan’s problems has proved more tractable ahead of the games: the long-running conflict between Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A delegation from Armenia will compete at the games in a rare sign of goodwill between the two countries. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Emma Hughes – a British journalist and human rights activist critical of the Azerbaijani government — was denied entry Tuesday and detained overnight at Baku’s main airport despite possessing media accreditation for the games, her colleague Mika Minio-Paluello told AP by telephone.Border guards told Hughes she was “on a red list” but would not explain why she was barred from entering the country, Minio-Paluello said. Hughes, who had planned to attend an appeal hearing for a jailed opposition leader in Baku, was held under guard and told she would be kept at the airport until Thursday but “argued quite forcefully” and was eventually put on a flight to Turkey on Wednesday morning, Minio-Paluello said.On Thursday, British newspaper The Guardian said its sportswriter Owen Gibson had been refused entry to cover the games after criticizing the Azerbaijani government. The government, European Olympic Committees and games organizers all said they would investigate the case, which EOC president Patrick Hickey called “a matter of concern.”Azerbaijan is sensitive to criticism of its rights record. Ali Hasanov, an adviser to President Ilham Aliyev, said Thursday that an organized campaign was under way to slander the country, led by lobbyists for Azerbaijan’s traditional rival Armenia, “an anti-Azerbaijan London (media) platform,” along with French and German TV networks. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “The Olympic spirit triumphs again,” Hickey said.___AP correspondent Sophiko Megrelidze in Tbilisi, Georgia, contributed to this reportCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Azerbaijan’s enemies abroad “have a jealous attitude to Azerbaijan being able to organize the first European Games at a high level and are trying to prove that small countries can’t implement these kinds of projects,” Hasanov said.Hickey, the EOC head, said Thursday that he had raised the issue of human rights with the Azerbaijani government “behind the scenes.” But “we cannot dictate to a sovereign state as to how they run their affairs,” he said.Hickey deflected questions about the barring of Amnesty International: “To all intents and purposes, Amnesty International is a political organization, so questions on that matter should be left to the government of Azerbaijan to answer,” he said.Oil is the lifeblood of Azerbaijan, but sometimes mars the landscape. Oil rigs dot the skyline when looking out over the Caspian Sea from Baku, while the site of the Olympic Stadium was once a lake heavily polluted by Soviet-era oil and chemicals spillages.While the country’s energy wealth made it possible to clean up the lake, resources are not limitless. A steep plunge in the price of oil, which makes up almost all of Azerbaijan’s exports, has put pressure on government finances. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Patrick Hickey, the head of the European Olympic Committee attends a news conference on the eve of the opening of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona “Civil society pretty much is eradicated in Azerbaijan and there are no independent voices left … The last two years, we saw increased repression,” said Levan Asatiani, a researcher covering Azerbaijan for Amnesty International. “The government could well be creating a criticism-free zone ahead of the European Games.”Security forces routinely resort to torture, according to Asatiani. “Authorities are planting drugs on activists and then they try to pursue a prosecution,” he said. “Most of the activists who are now in prison on drug-related charges say that they have been ill-treated during interrogation and some of them signed confession letters under torture.”Ismayilova, the jailed journalist, has been convicted of libel and accused of tax evasion and inciting a colleague to commit suicide. “The subject of her investigation was corruption among high ranking officials and she was arrested because of that,” her lawyer, Fariz Namazli, told The AP.Foreign human rights activists have faced obstructions covering the games. Amnesty International planned to send a delegation to Azerbaijan during the Games, but pulled out Tuesday, saying the government had told it that the group would not be allowed in.last_img read more

FBME owners seek ICC arbitration to stop branch sale

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesTHE shareholders of the FBME, the Tanzanian bank whose Cyprus operations were placed under administration by the Central Bank of Cyprus following money laundering allegations in the United States, has resorted to the arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce, a spokesman said.The central bank took over the management of FBME Bank in Cyprus four months ago and adopted resolution measures which include the sale of the Cyprus unit’s operations after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Department of Treasury named FBME as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern on July 17.“The owners will not be happy to see the bank sold,” the shareholders’ spokesman Nigel Perry, managing director of Perry Associates, said. “This was a unilateral decision by the CBC and opposed to the sale from the beginning”.Perry added that the mere admissibility of the case means that the Paris-based ICC accepts that the case of the Lebanese shareholders of FBME has merit, as a bilateral promotion and protection of investments agreement between Cyprus and Lebanon prohibits the nationalisation and expropriation of citizens of one county by the other.The forced-sale of the bank is an expropriation, Perry said.According to a statement distributed on behalf of the shareholders, “measures taken by the Central Bank of Cyprus, including the sale of the Cyprus branch of FBME Bank, clearly come as an obvious and unjustified infringement of this agreement, especially in the absence of any litigation or conviction against the Bank.”“These measures were issued under the Special Resolution Decree of the Central Bank of Cyprus which was designed for insolvent banks or those facing serious liquidity problems, not a healthy financial institution such as FBME Bank, where the financial position at the time of the Resolution was and still is sound and fully in line with capital adequacy and solvency requirements of the European Central Bank and of the Central Bank of Cyprus itself.”In August, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the bank’s owners that the CBC should suspend the CBC’s decree for the sale of the FBME’s Cyprus operations.The central bank was unavailable for a comment.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley 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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