first_imgOver the course of the weekend, 32 of the best FIFA 19 players in the world will be present at the O2 Arena in London to take part in the FIFA eWorld Cup.It is a tournament that has run since it was first held in 2004 in Zurich, when Brazilian Thiago Carrico de Azevedo picked up the inaugural prize by defeating Matija Biljeskovic 2-1 in the final.While the prize money on offer may be a mere fraction of the $5 million scooped by Kyle Giersdorf in New York last week as he was crowned Fortnite World Cup winner, the FIFA champion will still claim a top prize of $250,000 and win a trip to The Best FIFA Football Awards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? EA, the publisher of the popular football game, reported that they had 45 million unique console and PC users across the company’s fiscal year of 2019, meaning that competition to come out is fierce.Indeed, since FIFA 2019 was released in September 2018, the world’s best players have all been focussed on reaching this juncture, with competitions across the year awarding FIFA Global Series points. Those at the top of the leaderboard have been invited to play in the eWorld Cup for the chance to be crowned the best FIFA player in the world.What is the format of the FIFA eWorld Cup?Firstly, the players will play FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT). The players are then split on the basis of which console they prefer to play on: Xbox One or PS4. There are 16 players on each system and from there, they will be split into equal groups of eight. This means that there are two pools of Xbox One players – A and B – and two pools of PS4 players – C and D.Just as in a traditional football tournament, the top four from each group will qualify to the knockout stages. In these elimination games, players will continue to face off against opponents on their favoured console until there is just one Xbox One player and one PS4 player remaining.The final showdown will take place in the form of a two-legged clash across both platforms on Sunday evening.Who are the favourites to win the FIFA eWorld Cup?Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary, who plays Xbox One, is the defending champion and is seeking to become the first player to win the eWorld Cup title in successive years. Hailing from Saudi Arabia, he has already scooped the national title and is considered by many to be the favourite to win the event again this year, which would give him a strong claim to being the greatest FIFA player ever.Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt is expected to provide the main competition on the Xbox One side of the draw. He comes into the competition having won more Global Series points and seven titles this season – more than any other player. Additionally, he won the ePremier League with Liverpool and has been backed to succeed this season after heartbreak in the knockout rounds last year.On the PS4 side of the draw, 19-year-old Argentine Nicolas ‘Nicolas99FC’ Villalba is the player to beat. He finished the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs on top of the PS4 ranking, while he also lifted the eClub World Cup. His nickname is ‘Iceman’ due to his apparent coolness at all times.The second seed on the PS4 is Corentin ‘Maestro’ Thuillier, who has become known for his Kylian Mbappe-style celebration. He was part of the team that won the first FIFA eNations Cup and helped Dijon to win e-Ligue 1.In total, the 32 players hail from 15 different nations and four different continents.Tekkz FIFA eClub World CupWhat is the prize money for the FIFA eWorld Cup?While the winner of the tournament will scoop $250,000, there are excellent rewards for all participants who finish in the top eight of the event. The total fund for the tournament is $500,000, meaning the winner will claim exactly half.Second place will take $100,000, while the players who finish third and fourth will each take $25,000.Those players knocked out at the semi-final stages of each console’s respective conference, therefore taking a place in the top eight, will earn $12,000.How to watch the FIFA eWorld CupThe FIFA eWorld Cup is easy to watch, with the tournament available for streaming in six different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.It can be streamed via FIFA.com, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch or Fifa.gg.Additionally, it can be watched on television in the UK on Sky Sports, while NBCU and Telemundo are broadcasting it in the USA.Play is expected to last from 10:00-20:30 BST on Friday, while Saturday’s action is scheduled to run from 11:00-19:30 BST. Sunday’s finals day is shorter, running from 14:00-19:00 BST, with the final slated to kick-off at 17:30 BST.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The opposition staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha when its demand seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply on US President Donald Trump’s claim that Modi had asked him to meditate in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan during the recently concluded G-20 summit in Osaka was not met by the government. Raising the issue for the second time in the Lower House during Zero Hour, Congress MP Manish Tewari sought Modi’s reply on this issue and asked whether the Prime Minister had made any request to Trump at the G-20 summit. Tewari said if this was the case then, “it is a very big stroke on India’s unity and sovereignty”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Citing articles published in newspapers, Tewari said the government should clarify on the US President’s claims that Modi in Osaka asked him “why don’t you mediate in Kashmir? Why don’t you become an arbitrator in Kashmir?”. “We demand that Prime Minister Modi should come to the House and reply if such talk happened between him and Trump. If such talks did not happen between the two leaders, he (Modi) should clearly say that US President is making wrong statement on the Kashmir issue. There should be a clear statement from government and the Prime Minister,” Tewari said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Trinamol Congress leader Saugata Roy also sought the Prime Minister’s reply on the issue, calling it a “highly sensitive” matter. “This is in contravention of all past positions held by India that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and any bilateral issue with Pakistan would not invite third party mediation and that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Roy said. Roy said, “the Prime Minister has violated the basic thing and compromised the territorial integrity of India and that is why he would not like External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to reply on the matter as he is a professional diplomat and would say high sounding phrases”. “I want direct reply from Prime Minister,” Roy said. As the opposition’s demand was not heeded and Jaishankar stood up to speak on the issue, the House witnessed an uproar. Amid the din, the Minister read out a statement rejecting Trump’s claim and said that “no such request was ever made”. But the opposition, including the Congress, TMC, DMK and NCP, did not pay heed to the government’s statement and trooped out of the House.last_img read more

first_imgInuk throat-singer Tanya Tagaq performs in New York City (Six Shooter Records).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn allegation of cultural appropriation has Inuit artists threatening to boycott the upcoming Indigenous Music Awards (IMA).Throat singers Kelly Fraser and Tanya Tagaq are upset a non-Inuk throat-singing artist is up for an award alongside two Inuk performers.“We respectfully ask this woman to stop throat singing,” Fraser said of Cree performer Connie LeGrande (Cikwes).“We asked the IMAs for an apology for allowing this to happen and to remove her album.”Fraser said the Inuit women’s collective she is a member of has been trying to resolve the issue with LeGrande and IMA officials for almost two months.But they decided to make the issue public on social media Monday.Until the board of Governors addresses issues around #CulturalAppropriation and has Inuit representation/consultation within their organization, I will not support, submit any work to, or perform for the @IMAs https://t.co/U4C7JWIUND— Iva Music (@IvaMusicInc) March 31, 2019“We are aware of it and are working on a press release,” said a person who answered the phone at the IMA office.APTN is a major sponsor of the event.LeGrande could not be reached for comment.Tagaq and Fraser, along with Iva, said they would not attend the event until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on its board.The awards ceremony is set to be held in Winnipeg on May 17 as part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival.We have withdrawn PIQSIQ’s album from its 2019 @IMAs nomination.  We look forward to submitting future work once our concerns of cultural appropriation are taken seriously and policies are in place to prevent it from happening again.  #inuitthroatsinging is for #inuitreclamation— PIQSIQ_music (@piqsiq) April 1, 2019The throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, comprised of Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik, also said on Twitter they would reject the nomination of “Altering The Timeline” for best electronic music album.The Yellowknife-raised sisters say their decision was spurred by the IMA’s nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, but declined to name the musician to keep the focus on the issue of appropriation between Indigenous groups.With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – As it prepares to join the Metro grocery chain network, Quebec pharmacy company Jean Coutu Group Inc. anticipates some stability after years of provincial government intervention in a bid to lower generic drug costs.A ceiling on professional allowances paid to pharmacists by generic drug manufacturers such as Jean Coutu’s (TSX:PJC.A) Pro Doc will be restored to 15 per cent next week.And a new law limiting pharmacists to buying half of their total generic drug purchases from one generic drugmaker is expected to have little impact on its pharmacist owners.Most of Jean Coutu pharmacists already meet this threshold and will be able to maintain their current purchases from Pro Doc, which mainly supplies large volume generic drugs, chief financial officer Andre Belzile said Thursday during a conference call to discuss second-quarter results.“We don’t expect any additional reform so we should have a much better view on the impact on our earnings and the earnings of Pro Doc going forward now that we will have that stability for the next five years,” he told analysts.The Quebec-based pharmacy chain earned $47.8 million in its latest quarter, down from $51.5 million a year ago even as revenue improved.The drugstore retailer said the profit amounted to 26 cents per diluted share for the three-month period ended Sept. 2, two cents per share above analyst forecasts and down from 28 cents per diluted share in the same period a year earlier.It attributed the drop in earnings to a lower contribution from Pro Doc following a lifting of professional allowance caps in January.Revenue increased six per cent to $744.3 million, up from $701.2 million.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said Jean Coutu’s outlook of stability is good for Metro shareholders.“Sustaining momentum as we move through the approval process for the proposed transaction remains critical, particularly in light of ongoing pressure on profitability of the generic drug unit,” she wrote in a report.Last week, Jean Coutu agreed to a $4.5-billion takeover offer from grocery store chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) that is expected to close in the first half of 2018.Jean Coutu shareholders are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share.Metro announced Wednesday that it expects to receive $1.55 billion in proceeds from the sale of more than 27 million shares in Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) to help fund the Jean Coutu purchase.Meanwhile, while some analysts fear that the liquidation of Sears will hurt other retailers during the busy holiday season, CEO Francois Coutu anticipates some longer-term benefits.“With the problems that Sears is having, I think this should benefit also all the retailers who will probably benefit from this clientele who will have to find other places to go,” he said.last_img read more

The World Health Organization (WHO) request follows the presentation of initial evidence by a researcher from China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute that pigs from farms in parts of China have been infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1), the strain that has already killed some two dozen people in Asia this year and resulted in the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds. Confirmation of H5N1 infection in pigs would be especially worrying since they have been implicated in the emergence of new influenza viruses responsible for two of the previous century’s influenza pandemics, including the so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20 which is estimated to have killed some 20 million people worldwide. Pigs are known to be susceptible to infection with avian influenza viruses but natural infection with H5N1 has not been previously reported.Pigs have receptors in their respiratory tract that make them susceptible to infection with human and avian influenza viruses. If a pig is simultaneously infected with both a human and an avian influenza virus, it can serve as a “mixing vessel,” facilitating the exchange of genetic material between the two viruses in a process known as “reassortment.” The resulting new virus, which will not be recognized by the human immune system, will have pandemic potential if it retains sufficient human genes to allow efficient human-to-human transmission, and if it causes severe disease in humans. Thus confirmation of such H5N1 infection would add complexity to the disease’s epidemiology but needs to be viewed in perspective, WHO cautioned. During the peak of the H5N1 poultry outbreak in Viet Nam earlier this year, extensive testing of pigs on farms where poultry were heavily infected failed to find evidence of pig infection. Moreover, Hong Kong authorities regularly perform random testing for the virus subtype in pigs imported from mainland China. No such infection has been detected to date. The latest development comes as a WHO research team is at work in Viet Nam where a fresh bird flu outbreak killed three more people in July and August. read more

“In its third year, the aggression against my country continues bringing pain and suffering to the Ukrainian people,” said President Petro Poroshenko during the Assembly’s annual general debate.Since 2014, the terrorist component of the undeclared hybrid war against Ukraine had become a daily routine in Donetsk and Lugansk, with evidence of Russian involvement in the financing, sponsorship and coordination of terrorist groups, he said.There were 38,000 illegal military forces in Donbass, mercenaries from and “armed by the Russian Federation,” which sent manpower daily across the border. Russia had insisted it had nothing to do with such activities and that Russians were not in Ukraine. “They are there,” he said, adding that a “sham referendum” had been conducted at Russian gun point.The death toll had reached 10,000 people and hundreds were being unlawfully held, he said.He urged Russia to allow human rights groups access to Crimea and Donbass, cautioning against a repeat of the genocide of Crimean Tatars. Ukraine plans to submit a draft resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea to the UN General Assembly, and he appealed to all Member States to not recognize the legitimacy of the recent election in what “he referred to as occupied Crimea.” Russia has used Crimea to protect its aggression policy in Ukraine and in Syria, where such policies went hand-in-hand with war crimes and crimes against humanity, he said.Never had a Security Council member been a major violator of the UN Charter, and instigator of and participant in a conflict in which it was also a mediator. “This is actually the biggest threat facing humanity,” he said. “Our future depends on how we manage to overcome it.” The international community could face the problem or turn a blind eye and leave the future of the UN at the mercy of “one player who blatantly violates its Charter.” The price for the latter would be paid in human lives. Furthermore, the Security Council cannot remain deadlocked on key issues of peace and security.Suspension of the veto right in cases of mass atrocity and where a permanent Council member was party to a dispute should be “a rock solid rule,” he said, because the UN must be able to act against aggression and bring justice to perpetrators. read more

first_imgZain Ali Kazmi/MEN Media Mr Kamzi said that the issue was not over hand-over time, and argued the doctor should not have parked in that space in the first place.He explained: “There are some spaces there to park in but normally the police park there. It’s not a staff car park. It’s outside A&E.”He was going round taking pictures at first and then he left the note. But he didn’t leave a note on the other consultant’s car that was there. You don’t just leave a note on an ambulance. It’s not the way to deal with it.”There has been a spate of notes left by motorists and homeowners on ambulances parked in the street or in car parks.Recently, a 26-year-old woman has been charged with a public order offence in connection with an incident where a foul-mouthed note was left on an ambulance windscreen.Kirsty Sharman, from Tunstall, Staffs, was arrested on Monday following a plea by West Midlands Ambulance Service staff. Credit:Zain Ali Kazmi/MEN Media She said: “It was therefore disappointing to see this post on social media today. We have spoken to the doctor in question.” A hospital consultant slapped an angry note on an ambulance after his car was blocked in by the emergency vehicle.The paramedic who parked the ambulance at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was disgusted by the note, which read: “Think about others before you block others’ car,” and was signed “A&E Consultant”.Zain Ali Kazmi posted pictures of the note on Facebook, writing: “Came out of ED to find this! Another note on an ambulance this time from an A&E consultant outside A&E because he was blocked in a bay where he shouldn’t have parked himself!”The 23-year-old said he was shocked to see that behaviour from a doctor, and continued: “We get enough of this stuff from the public. It’s not nice seeing it from another health care professional.”The hospital confirmed a doctor had written the note. Dr Sarah Robertshaw, Head of Clinical Service for Emergency Medicine at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said it had been working alongside the West Yorkshire Ambulance Service over recent months to improve ambulance hand-over times, and subsequently has often found itself among the top in the region.center_img Paramedic mentor Katie Tudor posted a picture of the note on Twitter, copying in the police.The note read: “If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. “I couldn’t give a s— if the whole street collasped (sic). Now move your van from outside my house.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning! Along with this note left on their 🚑 they received a load of verbal abuse!😡😔@OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsPolice pic.twitter.com/c4UYdcjv86— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) February 18, 2018last_img read more

first_imgThere is a great deal of doom mongering and conspiracy theory editorial these days about the mining industry of the DRC and the renegotiation of contracts. What a lot of commentators are doing is to prejudge the outcome of the commission set up to review 60 mining agreements entered into by the para-statal companies of the DRC Government. Anyone with any knowledge of the history of the DRC, which only four years ago Tim Butcher (Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart – see www.bloodriver.co.uk) pretty accurately described as an “undeveloping country”,  should consider the difficulties involved here.Give them a chance to get it right themselves. Have some consideration for a country that was pillaged by King Leopold of the Belgians from the late 19th Century (and may have been responsible for the deaths of some 3 million Congolese) and has seen almost continual conflict or Mobutu’s kleptocracy since independence in 1960. It is vital that it is got right this time, and let us allow them some leeway. Mistakes will be made, but hopefully they will no longer be the genocidal mistakes of the past and the great potential of this country can start to be revealed and achieved. Butcher makes a very interesting point. When he followed Stanley’s route along the Congo from Lake Tanganyika to the Atlantic as recently as 2004, he found old people in many places who remembered cars and the other 1960s technology trappings of today. The young people, however, had no knowledge of such things. Where else in the world are the old more up with technology than the young? It was truly an ‘undeveloping country’. Meanwhile today’s business continues. Katanga Mining reports that KFL Ltd (which is 100% owned by Katanga), Gécamines and Kamoto Copper Co (KCC) have signed an agreement that sets out compensation, security and payment in exchange for the release to Gécamines of the portion of the KCC concession that represents the Mashamba West and Dikuluwe deposits. These deposits were not scheduled to start producing oxide ores until 2020 and 2023 respectively. KCC is a joint venture between Gécamines, a Democratic Republic of Congo state-owned mining company, and KFL. The agreement provides for Gécamines to replace these deposits by July 1, 2015 with other deposits having a total tonnage of 3,992,185 t of copper and 205,629 t of cobalt according to international and TSX standards, or pay over time, beginning July 1, 2012, a total of $825 million from Gécamines royalties and dividends in KCC. The parties have agreed to fix the equivalent value of the deposits released by reference to the 2006 feasibility study. The agreement set this amount at $825 million, subject to a joint review by the parties.At July 1, 2012, the parties will calculate the proportion of the reserves replaced by Gécamines at that date. Dividends and royalties payable to Gécamines by KCC from this date will be paid into an escrow account to secure future payments by Gécamines. As at July 1, 2015, the parties shall recalculate the amount of reserves transferred to KCC. In the event Gécamines has not completely replaced the deposits, the balance of the amount due shall be paid in cash. Any cash thus remaining due shall be paid to KCC using the funds in the escrow account, and any remaining payments due will be met from Gécamines future revenues from KCC, until full payment has been made.To assist Gécamines in finding replacement deposits, KCC and Gécamines shall conduct jointly managed exploration to be funded initially by KCC and reimbursed by Gécamines out of its revenues from KCC.In addition to the agreement reached with Gécamines above, the parties agreed to complete a definitive agreement within the next 90 days addressing transfer of the exploitation permits and mining rights over an agreed area, to encompass the approximate current concession area, from Gécamines to KCC.In exchange for this transfer, which will result in KCC holding the assets directly, KCC will pay to Gécamines as compensation $35/t of remaining copper reserves identified in the feasibility study. This sum, which is approximately $135 million, will be paid over time on a basis to be agreed in the definitive agreement and will be based on the cashflows available to KCC. The agreement will also address various other matters relating to the joint venture, including the management of the exploration programme.Moto Goldmines reports a 47% increase in Indicated mineral resources at the Moto gold project, which is a joint venture between Moto and L’Office des Mines d’Or de Kilo-Moto (OKIMO). The increase in demonstrates the robustness of previous mineral resource estimates and further adds to the project’s fundamentals, long life and significant potential. The agreement with Katanga also demonstrates “robustness”. Is it any wonder the country thinks it should get a little more for its riches, while acknowledging that these mining companies have the potential to bring jobs and community development to the country. It is to be hoped that many companies will follow the route pioneered by Banro with its Banro Foundation.Moto’s revised resource estimate was independently undertaken by Cube Consulting using additional drilling information acquired during the period February 2007 to December 2007. This data was not incorporated in the resource estimates of the project’s recently completed feasibility study. Drilling activities during this period were largely in-fill and were focused on the definition of high grade lodes within the Karagba-Chauffeur-Durba (KCD) mineralisation system which have been identified as having significant potential for extraction by underground methods.Global mineral resources for the project, above a 1.0 g/t Au reporting cutoff, are now estimated at 95.3 Mt at 3.4 g/t for 10.3 Moz Au, Indicated, and 96.5 Mt at 3.6 g/t for 11.3 Moz Au, Inferred.last_img read more

first_imgNirmal: Town Inspector John Diwakar said that women’s protection is everyone’s responsibility, while speaking at SHE Team awareness programme held at Deeksha Junior College in Nirmal on Wednesday. He advised the youth to follow good people and leave bad paths and to be careful always.The College Principal Prabhakar said youth should always be careful and never discriminate others. He asked them to inform the police if they found anything suspicious. Rural Inspector Srinivas said that SHE Teams are not only for girls but also for boys, who are in trouble and urged them not to spoil their lives by misusing internet. SI Anjamma, college teachers, students and others were present at the awareness programme.last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been stretched thin with back-to-back-to-back disasters including Hurricane Harvey.Kurt Pickering is with the agency and said they are doing their best to keep up recovery efforts.“FEMA is moving as quickly as possible in a somewhat not ordinary situation,” Pickering said.He said almost 900,000 people have applied for relief in Texas and funds are being distributed.“We have so far approved 1.36 billion dollars individuals and household program money,” he said. But many people are still living in temporary homes. “As of November 9 we have about 19,000 rooms occupied and that’s by about 17,00 families,” he said.If you still need to apply for disaster relief FEMA has extended registration to November 30. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /00:50 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgHundreds of job seekers attended the AFRO ’s Diversity in Careers and Education Expo at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum March 22.Hundreds of job seekers, varying in age, race and religion gathered at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum on March 22 to be part of the AFRO’s Diversity in Careers and Education Expo. Employers and job seekers commended the event for its quality of applicants and breadth of employment information.“I enjoyed it because everybody spoke to me, they were optimistic about my job opportunities and they were able to provide information,” Baltimore resident Lawrence Holmes Jr., 25, told the AFRO. “They seemed pretty straight forward. They didn’t give you the run around. They let you know where the jobs were.”Job seekers commended the career fair because it gave them the opportunity to speak about and apply to available positions with several employers.Eighteen companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric, Maryland Live! Casino, Wegmans, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Maryland State Police, Morgan State University and others met with job seekers.“We’re out here today because we’re able to reach a demographic that we are not usually in contact with,” Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Dominique Rogers told the AFRO. “We go throughout the state of Maryland, but I would definitely say we’re trying to gear towards more of the inner city and everything like that because it’s notwhere we’re usually seen.” While the job fair attracted around 430 job seekers, which was less than half the amount the fair attracted last year, employers were impressed with the quality of applicants that showed.“The applicant pool, especially for this event has been very good so far. And that’s a good thing because that is the trickiest part is finding great people to work these jobs,” said JD Hollingsworth with My City Transportation.Companies at the fair were looking to fill positions in hospitality, law enforcement, transportation, recreation, banking and other industries.In addition to speaking with, applying for and, in some cases interviewing with perspective employers, job seekers were offered the opportunity to take part in a free resume writing workshop.The next AFRO Career Fair is set to take place in September.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nicosia District Court on Saturday renewed for eight days the remands of three men arrested last week on suspicion of taking part in a plot to kill an underworld figure last year.The three suspects – a 30-year-old Turkish Cypriot, a 35-year-old Greek Cypriot and a 47-year-old Serb who is currently a convict in the central prisons, serving out a sentence for a drugs-related offence – were remanded in custody for eight days last week. Police requested a renewal of their remand as the three are suspected of having played a part in arranging or mediating for the arrival of two Serb hitmen, whose target is believed to have been Alexis Mavromichalis, aka ‘Alexoui’.Chief inspector Marcos Nikolettis told the court that on March 22, 2016, the force had received an urgent message from Belgrade Interpol notifying them of an impending contract killing.The Serbian authorities had been investigating a crime ring when they found out that a number of its members were in Cyprus plotting a murder.The court heard that one of the wanted men had contacted an unknown individual in Nicosia’s central prison, who eventually hired him to carry out the contract for €100,000.Police have also issued arrest warrants for five more people – four foreign nationals and a Cypriot – in connection with the case. One of them was arrested recently abroad and a procedure is underway for his extradition to Cyprus.Police said initial investigations showed that the possible target was Alexis Mavromichalis from Nicosia. It also emerged that the contact was Marios Christodoulou, aka Benny, currently doing life in jail for the killing of Phanos Kalopsidiotis and conspiracy to murder Mavromichalis.Serbian authorities had notified their Cypriot counterparts that the wanted man had travelled to Cyprus through the occupied areas, and that he was staying at a hotel in north Nicosia. Serbian Interpol said he had meetings with Benny the next days and that he had bought two tickets for two of the other wanted men to come to Cyprus. The two arrived in Cyprus through the north but left a few hours later after they had been tipped off that they were being monitored.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgGreece, Cyprus and Israel said on Wednesday they would pursue ways of channeling east Mediterranean gas to Europe via a pipeline to Greece.With significant finds reported in the past decade, Israel and to a lesser extent Cyprus are thought to be sitting on vast quantities of natural gas wealth, but have yet to come up with concrete plans on how to export it.Energy ministers of both countries and Greece meeting in Athens on Wednesday said they would continue discussions, with Israel’s energy minister Yuval Steinitz saying the pipeline idea was “promising”.“…It seems the East Med basin might become the next big thing in natural gas,” Steinitz told journalists.“In order to enable this we have to think in advance about ways and means of exporting. One of the most promising projects which has been under examination is a natural gas underwater pipeline.”A feasibility study on the 1,300 km offshore pipeline designed to transport up to 16 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year is due to be presented next month, Greek officials said.“What transpired as a very significant issue in these talks is the ability of Greece to become a gateway of natural gas of the eastern Mediterranean to Europe,” said Panos Skourletis, Greece’s energy minister.Israel has discovered more than 900 bcm of natural gas offshore, with some indications pointing to another 2,200 bcm waiting to be tapped, Steinitz said.Delivery options range from a pipeline linking the three countries, a pipeline to Turkey, or use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities in Egypt for shipment to Europe.“My policy is that at the end of the day we have to have at least two of these pipes in order to have more than one option,” Steinitz said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img30Jan Rep. VanSingel named vice chair of House Appropriations Subcommittee Categories: Featured news,News,VanSingel News House Speaker Tom Leonard last week announced state Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, will serve on the House Appropriations Committee and vice chair the Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee.VanSingel has worked in public accounting for the world’s largest CPA firm and worked as a financial analyst for Dematic in Grand Rapids. VanSingel also started a successful rental real estate company.“I am humbled and thankful to Speaker Leonard to be selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee and vice chair the Environmental Quality Committee,” said Rep. VanSingel. “My extensive background in finance has prepared me for this great opportunity and I look forward to balancing the budget and working hard to account for every dollar spent to properly serve all Michigan residents.”The first-term lawmaker also will serve on the following House Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections, Natural Resources and Transportation.#####center_img Tags: #SB last_img read more

first_img Categories: Cole News 12Sep Rep. Cole discusses public transportation in Michigan House committee State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today welcomed representatives from the Michigan Public Transit Association to the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Clark Harder, executive director for the Michigan Public Transit Association and Dusty Fancher from the Midwest Strategy Group attended the committee meeting to give a presentation about the importance of local public transportation.“Public transportation, especially for seniors and individuals with disabilities, is important,” said Cole, committee chair. “Public transportation plays a role that lowers costs for these individuals and takes the burden off family members.”Public transportation in Michigan provided more than 101 million rides in 2008, a 16.8 percent increase over 2005 and roughly double the national increase in transit ridership for the same period. Michigan’s transit fleet has approximately 3,600 vehicles that travel over 110 million miles each year. According to the National Household Transportation Survey, more than one in five of Americans age 65 and older do not drive. For many seniors, access to transportation is a big factor in whether they are able to stay in their homes or move.The Michigan Public Transit Association is a non-profit statewide association incorporated in 1977.###last_img read more

first_img06Mar Rep. Albert to host local office hours State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, March 29 to meet with local residents of the 86th District.“As your state representative, it is important for me to hear your opinions,” Rep. Albert said. “I hope you will take this opportunity to directly participate in your state government.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 6426 100th SE in Caledonia; and11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sozo Coffee Roasting, 576 N. State St. in Ionia.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Albert’s office by calling (517) 373-0846 or by email at ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov. Categories: Albert Newslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Wentworth News State Rep. Jason Wentworth, chair of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing historic no-fault car insurance reform:“Back in January, my mission when pursuing landmark no-fault reform was for the historic 100th Legislature to come together in a bipartisan fashion, set our differences aside and finally figure out a way to fix a broken car insurance system responsible for financial hardships within many Michigan households. In just six months, after poring over every aspect of the issue, taking several hours of public testimony, hearing from thousands of drivers and their families, giving every stakeholder a seat at the table and passionate negotiations with our governor and Democratic partners, we have finally stepped up for the more than 7 million drivers across the state. After decades of partisan gridlock, we have finally delivered a bipartisan compromise that will no longer compromise people’s hard-earned money when they pay for car insurance.” 30May Chair Wentworth provides statement after historic no-fault reform signed into lawlast_img read more

first_imgShare6Tweet7Share1Email14 SharesImage from Interface Studios via PlanPhilly.com.October 11, 2017; Next CityIncreasingly, especially for eastern and Midwestern cities, land banks are part of the landscape of city government. But this is a very recent development. Just a decade ago, fewer than a dozen land banks existed in the United States. Now, there are well over 100, with land banks especially prevalent in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.Philadelphia has had a land bank agency since 2013, but it only just hired an executive director last month. The person hired, Angel Rodriguez, hails from the Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha, a north Philadelphia community development corporation that has operated as a community-based advocate for Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community since 1970. Rodriguez’s community background could be important, because, when it comes to land, things can often get heated, even when there is positive intent and the best of democratic structures.Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. Some sections of the city are thriving, but there are still 43,000 abandoned or vacant lots, reports Next City contributor Cassie Owens. The land bank, it is hoped, can help ensure that public planning oversees the reintegration of thousands of vacant lots into the city’s social fabric in a way that corresponds to city goals, such as finding ways to place the land back into productive use while also ensuring that affordable housing is made available for city residents.In considering the land bank in Philadelphia, some history is helpful. As Dan Kildee, the one-time county treasurer and present congressman from Flint, Michigan, points out, before land banks were common, land ownership, particularly in cities suffering from high levels of vacant property like Flint, could be wildly chaotic. Kildee says that as of 1999, there were exactly four land banks in the country. Many cities, including his hometown, would find foreclosed properties advertised for sale at bargain-basement prices on infomercials.“It had become a system that was really a bonanza for out-of-state speculators,” Representative Kildee recalls.In Flint (Genesee County), Kildee says that the vision behind their land bank “was based on the belief that just quickly selling property to whoever is in line is not the best solution. It’s to sell the property to the responsible property owner.” By ending the auctions and keeping tax lien foreclosures off the market and under public ownership, Kildee and Flint were able to regain control of the planning process. In the first decade after the Genesee County land bank started in 2004, the land bank was able to rehabilitate and sell over 5,000 residential and commercial properties, dispose of another 1,662 vacant lots, and demolish nearly 5,000 dilapidated buildings.The land bank, of course, did not solve all of Flint’s problems by a long shot. And it certainly didn’t protect the city from lead poisoning in its water. But the land bank did help stabilize the land market and restore public control to land use planning. Other communities took notice—which is why today there are well over 100 land banks in the United States.That said, land banks are not without their challenges. A land bank, after all, is a government agency subject to pressure from developer interests. In Pittsburgh, such concerns led community activists to oppose the chartering of a land bank until the resolution creating the land bank was modified to broaden community input and expand the governing board.Rodriguez, in taking charge of Philadelphia’s land bank, is well aware of these challenges and is proceeding cautiously in his new position. Rodriguez says:We have to be that agency that really is doing the checks and balances and culling through the sheriff’s sales to make sure that identified properties do not go up for auction. Also, making sure that this agency has an awareness of all of our critical strategic partners in the community. That’s not just our elected officials, but local nonprofits and civic agencies.Frank Alexander, an Emory law professor and co-founder of the national nonprofit Center for Community Progress, which provides technical assistance to land banks, as well as author of the leading book in the field on land banks, notes that:The ability to be strategic is key. […] The biggest mistake a land bank can make…is to take in a whole lot of land when it doesn’t know what it’s going to do with it. I don’t recommend that any land bank build up a staff, then figure out what to do with that staff. A land bank should build operational capacity in accordance with the inventory that it’s bringing in.As Owens notes, however, Philadelphia’s goals are ambitious. The land bank authority’s board, of which Rodriguez was a member before becoming executive director, has set five-year targets that forecast adding 7,727 publicly owned parcels to its holdings and another 1,650 tax-delinquent properties. Owens adds, “The agency also has outlined a mix of types of properties for its disposition process. Sixty-five percent of land returned for active use will be for housing, and in an effort to ensure affordability, only 25 percent of that won’t be restricted by income brackets.”Between managing these high expectations and balancing community and city government interests, Rodriguez and his land bank authority colleagues are sure to have their hands full. In his first week on the job, Rodriguez observed: “I feel like I’ve been here two weeks…[but] I realized last night that it was only three days.”—Steve DubbShare6Tweet7Share1Email14 Shareslast_img read more