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UN officials push for investment in green growth for developing countries

29 September 2009Senior United Nations officials today called for any new greenhouse gas emissions pact, slated to be agreed at a December conference in Copenhagen, to ensure support for developing countries to embark on environmentally friendly development paths. The UN officials were speaking in Bangkok, Thailand, on the second day of two weeks of climate change talks, the penultimate round of negotiations ahead of the meeting in the Danish capital. Overcoming poverty and combating climate change are inextricably linked challenges faced by most developing countries in Asia and the Pacific, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) told conference delegates and observers at a briefing.“Failure to tackle one will undermine efforts to deal with the other,” said Ms. Heyzer, adding that ESCAP Member States have begun discussing new climate friendly development plans. “Green growth is economic growth that uses environmental resources productively, maintaining or restoring environmental quality and ecological integrity, while meeting the needs of all people,” she said.For his part, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), spotlighted the need for increased support for developing countries to step up their efforts to cope with the effects of climate change as a key element of any new deal agreed in Copenhagen.“Negotiators here in Bangkok will now need to make real progress and translate the political will expressed by world leaders into concrete texts that can be part of a Copenhagen deal,” said Mr. de Boer.On the sidelines of the Bangkok talks, city leaders and their national counterparts on the UNFCCC negotiating teams called for increased support for cities to adapt to the risks posed by climate change, in a discussion meeting organized by the Rockefeller Foundation with the help of ESCAP, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the ProVention Consortium and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).Given Asia’s rapidly growing urban population – projected to account for more than 60 per cent of the global population growth over the next 30 years – coupled with impact of climate change, the region is expected to face a multitude of unprecedented risks over the next few decades. “Asia’s cities are booming economic centres attracting thousands of new residents each day, and we need to invest in ensuring that these cities remain safe, resilient and vibrant,” said Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director Ashvin Dayal. read more

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Bretton Woods institutions say progress on development goals still wanting

Worldwide progress towards meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is still wanting, and rich and poor countries alike must take bold and urgent action to reach the set of recommendations and targets designed to reduce or eliminate numerous social ills by 2015, a new report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.”The credibility of the entire development community is at stake as never before,” World Bank President James Wolfensohn said yesterday in introducing the Global Monitoring Report for 2005, the second annual dossier of its kind.”Rich countries must now deliver on the promises they have made in terms of aid, trade and debt relief, and the developing countries – especially in sub-Saharan Africa – need to aim higher and do better in terms of their own policies and governance and to make more effective use of aid,” he said.The MDGs were agreed on by 180 countries at a UN millennium summit in 2000.”Behind cold data on the MDGs are real people and lack of progress has real and tragic consequences,” said the lead report author, Zia Qureshi of the World Bank. “Every week, 200,000 children under 5 die of disease. Every week 10,000 women die giving birth. In sub-Saharan Africa alone this year, 2 million people will die of AIDS. Worldwide, more than 100 million children in developing countries are not in school.”The report will be the subject of discussion at the spring ministerial meeting of the two Bretton Woods institutions, which are part of the network of international financial institutions (IFIs), at the July summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) most industrialized countries and at the UN summit in September.The report calls on developing countries to devise their own poverty reduction strategies and improve their environment for private-sector-led economic growth by strengthening governance, improving the business environment, investing in infrastructure and providing basic human services.An ambitious Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO), scheduled to end next year, should include “a major reform of agricultural trade policies in developed countries” and “aid-for-trade” policies intensified to help poor countries tackle domestic obstacles to their exporting, such as inadequate infrastructure.Official development assistance (ODA) from the donor countries should be doubled over the next five years, particularly for low-income countries, “with the pace of the increase aligned with recipients’ absorptive capacity,” while innovative financing mechanisms should be explored to complement aid flows.The European Union (EU) announced yesterday that it was raising its aid targets and providing an additional $25 billion by 2010.The report says the IFIs, which include the multilateral development banks, should deepen poverty reduction strategies in low-income countries, streamline conditionality and investment lending to middle-income countries and support the efforts of countries “to manage for development results,” which would include strengthening their ability to collect development statistics.Giving hope to economic planners were recent results in certain countries, the report says. China’s growth between 1981 and 2001 reduced the proportion of its extremely poor to 21 per cent from 40 per cent of the population, while Viet Nam reduced extreme poverty to 14 per cent in 2002 from 51 per cent in 1990.The goal to halve poverty by 2015 would likely be met at the global level, but not in sub-Saharan Africa unless progress there was accelerated quickly, it says.In this regard, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and its African Peer Review Mechanism are promising African-led initiatives to strengthen institutions, it says.Twelve African countries are currently experiencing growth spurts above the trends for the region, with average gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the last decade of 5.5 per cent or more, the report says. read more

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UN chief condemns DPR Koreas latest launch of ballistic missile

“This is again a manifest violation of Security Council resolutions. The DPRK leadership must comply fully with its international obligations and work together with the international community to resolve the outstanding issues on the Korean Peninsula,” said the Spokesman for the Secretary-General. In the statement, Mr. Guterres reiterated his call for DPRK leadership to respond to the Republic of Korea’s proposals to reopen communication channels, particularly military-to-military, to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding and reduce tensions.On Monday, Seoul announced that its Defence Ministry had proposed to meet with DRPK representatives with the goal of ending hostilities. read more

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SRK and SGS Bateman to run the feasibility numbers at GoviExs Madaouela

first_imgSRK Consulting and SGS Bateman have been awarded for their previous work for GoviEx Uranium, with the two set to carry out a feasibility study on the company’s ’s Madaouela uranium project in Niger.The two companies were part of the team that completed the prefeasibility study and environmental permitting work on Madaouela, with GoviEx saying both have considerable experience in uranium and African project development.Chairman Govind Friedland said: “We are excited to commence this next stage in the development of the Madaouela project. GoviEx has steadily and actively focused on value accretion for our projects while staying in tune with the state of the market; our appointment of SRK and SGS corresponds with a recovering uranium market price. GoviEx will continue to advance our projects with discretionary spending commensurate with improving market fundamentals.”Further recovery and cost optimisation will be the focus of the feasibility study, GoviEx said.The key highlights from the prefeasibility study were a mineral resource of 111 Mlb U3O8 in the measured and indicated categories, and 28 Mlb U3O8 in the inferred category, probable reserves of 60.54 Mlb U3O8, forecast uranium recovery of 93.7%, annual production of 2.69 Mlb U3O8 for 21 years at a cash cost of $24.49/Ib, and start-up capital expenditure of $359 million.Since the publication of this study, the company has added 11.67 MIb U3O8 in the measured and indicated categories (of which 5.96 Mlb relates to the open-pit amenable Miriam deposit) and 9.35 Mlb U3O8 in the inferred category, plus developed a potential process design that could improve project economics (membrane separation).The Madoauela project is around 10 km south of the town of Arlit and Orano Mining’s mining subsidiaries of Cominak and Somair, in north-central Niger. Deposits are hosted within sandstones of the Tim Mersoi Basin. The mine permit was approved in January 2016, with environmental approval gained in July 2015.last_img read more

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Now THIS is how you prepare for the Late Late Toy Show

first_imgBRYAN RUSSELL’S SON has a big night ahead of him.Not only is it Toy Show time, but he’s also hosting his first sleepover.He’s well prepared too, laying out all of the activities for the evening: Source: @mrbryanrussell At this very moment he’s probably completing tasks 4 and 5, whatever they turned out to be.Before long it will be time to get the gingerbread men, popcorn and hot chocolate ready for the Late Late, before preparing some conversation topics for the three-quarters of the night he’ll be spending chatting.He’s also prepared an extensive list of items he needed to get ready in advance of his big night.Good to see Lego and Lightsabres high on the priorities… Source: @mrbryanrussellCutest thing ever.Enjoy the Toy Show lads!8 Toy Show memories we can all relate to>Play: The Unofficial Late Late Toy Show Drinking Game>last_img read more

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Bitcoins for sex Escort agency becomes first to accept payment in Bitcoin

first_imgThough the Bitcoin craze has died down at this point, that doesn’t mean the cryptocurrency isn’t still valuable. When we last left off with Bitcoin, the pseudo currency recovered from its massive rise and fall, and was sitting pretty at around $80 to $140 per coin, which is where it has remained since. Nothing too exciting has happened in the world of Bitcoin since, until now: the England-based Passion VIP will become the first escort service to accept Bitcoin as payment. You can now pay for sex in Bitcoin.Speaking to ZDNet, Passion VIP said it decided to launch the payment option because there are probably some people out there who have Bitcoins, but nothing enjoyable on which to spend them. This sentiment, actually, is likely true. Bitcoins are notorious for being spent on more illegal things, such as buying drugs or weapons from the Deep Web. If you aren’t into drugs or weapons, the options you’re left with are meager; for instance, you can buy pizza, WordPress plugins, Reddit gold, or a game of pool or a cup of coffee if you happen to be located near a hip establishment. Generally, people want to have sex, and Bitcoins are untraceable and non-refundable once spent.Booking time with a Passion VIP escort is simple enough. You call the company, make an appointment with the receptionist, and transfer your Bitcoins. Once the payment has been accepted, you’ll receive a call back from Passion VIP, confirming the appointment. Then, the worry of payment will no longer harsh your vibe, and you won’t have to awkwardly tell your escort that “the money’s on a flash drive on the dresser on your way out.” Paying with Bitcoins also makes it fairly difficult for authorities to prove that sex was exchanged for money, even though the exchange of money for sexual services in and of itself isn’t illegal in the UK. Furthermore, the escorts cannot be robbed at any point during the appointment, since you can’t rob someone of the anonymous cryptocurrency kept in a secret account of which they’re unaware.Bitcoin still isn’t a ubiquitous currency, but loneliness is a ubiquitous feeling. So, maybe more people will begin to mine for coins so they can subsequently mine for a fleeting moment of love.last_img read more

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Geek Deals Xbox One X Bundles down to 400 15 off Zelda

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Brad Maddox on WWE release, appearing on Tonight Show

first_img Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Pinterest Shawn Michaels Facebook WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donald Wood sent this in.We had former WWE Superstar BRAD MADDOX on the show this week, and it was a great episode with plenty of exclusive content.YouTube interview: https://youtu.be/IE_KrmEsvsEBlog Talk Radio Episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio/2015/12/08/ring-rust-radio–dec-8-w-wwe-tlc-preview-picks-and-brad-maddox-interviewRing Rust Radio: The biggest topic of conversation for you recently has been your release from WWE. Will you explain why you were let go by the company and if there are any hard feelings regarding your departure?Brad Maddox: Well at least I’m making news now. You guys know what it was all about at this point. I called the Indianapolis crowd pricks in the dark match of a SmackDown taping, which I didn’t consider inappropriate or a bad word knowing that it was a dark match. My job is to go out there and work up the crowd get them warmed up. You don’t have the rules you have while on TV. There I can talk to the crowd directly, make fun of their football or basketball team, tell them that they smell bad, and whatever you want to use to get them worked up. I just kind of threw that in there and was going to call them losers, but thought that was a little lame. So instead I called them pricks, and Vince did not take it as lightly as I did.Ring Rust Radio: If WWE came back to you and said enough time has passed, would you be open to going back to them?Brad Maddox: Depends on what I am doing. I am certainly not going to close any doors. I have enough experience in my 31 years to know you can never say never. We will see what happens, I have some other plans and things I am working on, but I am not opposed to it.Ring Rust Radio: You debuted on the WWE main roster in a pretty high-profile spot getting involved with CM Punk as a referee in his world title match and then doing stuff with Paul Heyman and The Shield, but as a fan it didn’t seem like the payoff was everything it could have been. What was your expectation for how that angle was going to play out, and looking back, what do you think could have potentially been done better or differently?Brad Maddox: I agree with you as far it could have led some where better than it did, but that is where I messed up early on. I wasn’t proactive enough. I didn’t go to Vince in those days or knock on his door; I didn’t go ask questions to the right people or ask where this is going or say, “Hey did you guys know that I can wrestle and came up through your developmental program?” I did all the things there that they said I had to do to get moved up and show that I am qualified. It was a lack of communication on my part with Vince and Hunter and the right people. It probably would have had a totally different impact instead of just sitting around and waiting on the writers to come hand me my script and assuming they had some grand plan for little old me. I can definitely say I could have been more proactive in those early days. I did love working with Paul and working with Vince in his office and working on promos in his office. It was a really cool experience.Ring Rust Radio: WWE’s creative team has been under fire not just from fans recently, but also former WWE legends. What was your experience like with the creative team and what are your thoughts of the creative process as a whole in WWE?Brad Maddox: I mean, I got along with all those guys really well. It’s a matter that they have a lot of content to get through every week and have a lot story and a roster full of guys to write for. Obviously, I was in a pretty good spot, but I wasn’t one of the most important guys. They are focused on the main angles that are going to make money for the show and then of course everything has to be run through Vince, so there is a limited amount of time there. You can’t rely on someone else to handle your career for you. You have to go knock on Vince’s door and say “this is what I want to do” or “what do you think about this.” That’s where I should have taken care of business for myself. I am no John Cena and not making a ton of money for the company, so I am not going to be a priority upfront.Ring Rust Radio: While everyone watched The Undertaker on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month, it was your role as the turkey that really stole the show. How did you get the honor of working with Undertaker on national TV?Brad Maddox: I knew the Undertaker was there, but I was a turkey on Thanksgiving, I felt that there is no higher honor. It was like, “Let’s book this turkey and see if we can get anyone to work with him.” It was fun, and I might have been the only guy left in the states at that time since everyone was working the European tour. I don’t know why I was picked for it, but I had fun with it. I assumed at the time that it was going to be a full turkey mask. When I got there they showed me the outfit and I thought, “Where is the rest of it?” I guess everyone is going to know I am a turkey and that’s awesome. I did get to meet Jimmy Fallon and he let me know I had made it in show business. We were talking to their writers and to see what they were thinking about us. There wasn’t much for Taker and I to talk about. We pretty much walked around and just tried not to laugh about it. Then during rehearsal he said this is the part where he was going to tombstone me. I thought that yeah, this is the Undertaker, I’m sure he has done enough tombstones to where he doesn’t have to practice it and I was pretty sure I could trust him. I will say that I didn’t envision my first tombstone from the Undertaker being in that environment. If someone had told me nine years ago when I started wrestling that I was going to be tombstone by the Undertaker but it’s going to be on 30 Rock on late night television I wouldn’t have believed it.Ring Rust Radio: You weren’t given many opportunities to showcase your skills in the ring as a wrestler, but you were certainly able to generate a reaction from the crowd with your speaking skills and natural charisma. Do you think you would have excelled as a manager and why do you think WWE never tried to put you in that position?Brad Maddox: I would never have stuck around to be a manger. I just wouldn’t have. I love wrestling and that’s why I started. I watched guys like Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho be entertaining in the ring and that’s what I wanted to do. If I had gotten pinned into that role, I wouldn’t have made it very long because I wouldn’t have been happy.Ring Rust Radio: Now that the WWE chapter in your career is closed, at least for now, what are you hoping to accomplish in the wrestling business. Where do you see yourself going over the next year or more?Brad Maddox: I plan onto diving into acting. I don’t want to say that’s a priority because I want to do both. I am excited to get back into working on a regular basis and getting into ring shape. Being in ring shape is so much different than being in regular shape, and you can’t accomplish that working a dark match once every two weeks. I have no idea where I am going wrestling yet, but I know I will do both. I am going to focus a lot more on acting now that I have the freedom to do that.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Nottage gravely ill in hospital no improvement

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017 – Nassau – Former National Security Minister, Dr. Bernard Nottage remains warded in the ICU department of Doctors Hospital with no signs of improvement. Despite rumours circulating in the media yesterday that Dr. Nottage had passed away, he is alive though  “gravely ill” according to a press released issued by the People’s National Movement.Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade, Former Minister of Health, Dr. Roland Knowles, as well as Former Attorney General, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, were among those visiting Dr. Nottage at the hospital yesterday. Not present however was Former Prime Minister Perry Christie, who would have been aware of Dr. Nottage’s health concern months before, since members of the public became concerned when Dr. Nottage had to seek medical attention after not being able to complete a speech at a PLP rally on April 27th 2017. Dr. Nottage appeared incoherent while giving his speech and was said to have been suffering from dehydration. However, rumors began circulating that the longstanding PLP member was suffering more serious health issues.Though it is unclear what he was admitted to the hospital for this time, the 71-year-old politician has been described as “low”. However, his family is asking “respect for the family’s privacy at this time.”Dr. Bernard Nottage lost his Bains and Grants Town seat in the May 10th election to Travis Robinson, one of the youngest candidates to run for office. Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for youlast_img read more

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BP announces another round of layoffs but not in Alaska

first_imgBP’s Anchorage headquarters. Image: Wikimedia CommonsDownload AudioBP announced another round of layoffs Tuesday, as plunging oil prices take a toll on the major producers.But a spokesperson says this round of cuts will not affect Alaska.The company will cut 3,000 positions from its worldwide marketing and refining operations. The cuts come on top of the 4,000 layoffs BP announced last month in its global production and exploration units.In all, the company still expects to cut about 260 jobs in Alaska this year — or 13 percent of its workforce.The Department of Labor is predicting Alaska will lose about 1,000 oil and gas jobs this year, after employment in the industry hit a record high in 2015.last_img read more

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Congress promises for Lok Sabha elections dangerous and unimplementable says BJP

first_imgFinance Ministry Arun JaitleyIANSThe BJP on Tuesday hit out at Congress over its poll promises over Jammu and Kashmir and amending the sedition law and Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), saying these were “dangerous” and will break the country.Addressing a press conference soon after Congress manifesto was released, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it out of ignorance, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi makes “unimplementable and dangerous promises”.”I am sure the nation would not be in a mood to oblige him for implementing the kind of promises which are contained in this manifesto,” he said.The senior BJP leader claimed that some ideas in the manifesto are “positively dangerous” and agenda for ‘balkanisation’ of the country.”Even though there was a drafting panel, it appears some of the points have been drafted by Congress President’s ‘tukde-tukde’ friends when it deals with Jammu and Kashmir and national security. The Nehru-Gandhi family committed a historic mistake regarding Jammu and Kashmir and the nation can’t forgive them for that. The Congress manifesto takes ahead that agenda dangerously.”There mistakes have dragged Jammu and Kashmir to a situation where it is today. We are establishing rule of law, Congress wants to establish rules of terrorists and insurgents,” he said.Jaitley also slammed the Congress over the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits finding no place in the manifesto and said the biggest failure in independent India was the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pundits.On Congress’s promise of amending the sedition law and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, he said it was Congress’s tradition that they withdrew laws like The Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).”No nation over the last 72 years has dealt with terrorism like India. Our fight against terror didn’t start after 9/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Punjab, North East, we have seen many struggles. We lost a part of Jammu and Kashmir.”A provision that Nehru, Indira, Rajiv Gandhi and even Manmohan Singh didn’t dare touch, they say sedition would be done away with, that treason won’t be a crime anymore, such a party doesn’t deserve a single vote,” Jaitley said.He said the AFSPA was essentially a sanctioning law for disturbed or insurgency-hit areas and deals with internal subversion.”Those who laid lives for the nation, you want them to be prosecuted at the behest of relatives of terrorists, or their friends. Ingratitude is the biggest sin a party can commit,” he said.Earlier on Tuesday, the Congress released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, stressing that dialogue was the only way to understand the aspirations of the people of the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir to find an honourable solution to their issues.It also promised to review the AFSPA and sedition law among others.last_img read more

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Celeb VideoShoutout Startup Cameo Hires ExTikTok Exec Stefan Heinrich Henriquez

first_imgCameo, a startup that lets consumers purchase video shoutouts from celebrities, tapped Stefan Heinrich Henriquez as chief marketing officer and general manager of international.Heinrich, most recently head of marketing for short-form video app TikTok, will lead the company’s global growth and branding and play a key role in Cameo’s continued global expansion. He’s based in Cameo’s L.A. office. It’s the first major hire since Cameo closed a $50 million Series B round of funding in June.Since launching two years ago, Chicago-based Cameo has assembled a roster of more than 18,000 celebrities and lesser-known personalities who will record custom messages for a fee. To date, the company says it has delivered more than 300,000 requests ranging from birthday messages to prom invitations, and from marriage proposals to baby-gender reveals. Users pay anywhere from $25 to $2,500 for personalized video announcements from creators including Caitlyn Jenner, Ice T, Brett Favre, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Omarosa, Snoop Dogg, Lance Bass, Charlie Sheen and Gary Busey. Celebrity Video Greetings Service Cameo Raises $50 Million Celebrities Duped by White Supremacists Into Making Anti-Semitic Messages Using Video App Related “Cameo provides a distinct way for fans to engage with their favorite celebrities, and a unique opportunity for talent to diversify their revenue,” Heinrich said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to helping to accelerate the company’s growth and business worldwide.”Before joining Cameo, Heinrich was head of global marketing for TikTok, the popular video app owned by Chinese internet giant Bytedance. He led TikTok’s rebranding from Musical.ly (after Bytedance’s 2017 acquisition) and had previously launched Musical.ly in Latin America as general manager.Prior to TikTok, he spent several years in executive roles at Google and YouTube, where he was responsible for several product launches, including YouTube’s first paid subscription service in the U.S. (now called YouTube Premium) and subsequent international rollout.“Stefan has a powerful blend of history and expertise in bringing innovative, disruptive concepts to market for both early and later stage media and technology companies,” said Steven Galanis, Cameo’s co-founder and CEO. “He will have a direct, valuable impact on driving opportunities for our talent, customers and brand.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

first_imgStay on target Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee, just broke the world record for calculating the value of pi.On Thursday, Google announced the accomplishment in a blog post, and said that Iwao’s team smashed the Guinness World Records title for the most accurate value of pi. With Google Compute Engine, which is powered by Google Cloud, Iwao calculated pi to 31,415,926,535,897 digits, marking a major milestone in mathematics.To calculate pi, Iwao used an application, y-cruncher, on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. This wasn’t an easy task though, since it required a lot of memory and storage. Iwao’s calculation required 170 terabytes of data to complete, which is approximately equivalent to all the Library of Congress print collections’ data. It also took the virtual machines about 121 days to complete, while the Google Cloud infrastructure keeping the servers going without any technical hiccups.31.4 trillion: the number of π digits calculated.Congratulations to @Yuryu, who set the new world record, calculating almost 9 trillion more digits than the previous world record using Compute Engine VM clusters → https://t.co/j9Hwh4r1YL #PiDay pic.twitter.com/OzwYaXCjYL— Google Cloud Platform (@GCPcloud) March 14, 2019Iwao emphasized the importance of cloud computing, and how it can be used to solve complicated mathematical constants, such as pi. “Even if you don’t work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources. I was very fortunate that there were Japanese world record holders that I could relate to,” Iwao said in the blog post. “I’m really happy to be one of the few women in computer science holding the record, and I hope I can show more people who want to work in the industry what’s possible.”More on Geek.com:Pi Day 2019: Where to Score Free (or $3.14) Pizza and Pie on March 14Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerWhere on Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 30, 2013 Protocols Developed for Diagnosing Pericardial Disease Using Multi-modality Imaging Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This release… read more August 30, 2013 — To counter the significant levels of morbidity and mortality associated with pericardial disease (disease of the sac around the heart), experts from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) came together to review evidence and provide future guidance to clinicians. For the first time, an expert consensus statement on the appropriate use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of pericardial diseases will be published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE). The writing group was chaired by Allan L. Klein, M.D., FASE, director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and the Pericardial Center and an echocardiographer from the esteemed Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.When asked about the need for this guideline document, Klein remarked, “Pericardial disease is very common worldwide and can present in a wide range of symptoms and etiologies, making diagnosis and management clinically difficult. This document will allow clinicians in a variety of settings including primary care, emergency room and subspecialty settings, such as rheumatology, oncology and cardiology, to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of a particular imaging modality to evaluate and manage patients with suspected pericardial disease. The incremental information provided by these advanced imaging modalities may alter clinical decision making and potentially even improve outcomes.”All patients with suspected pericardial disease, including acute, recurrent, and constrictive pericarditis as well as pericardial effusion, should have an echocardiogram as the initial diagnostic test followed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MR) and/or cardiac CT, if necessary (especially in patients with poor prognostic signs such as failure to respond to anti-inflammatories), according to the guidelines. Echo emerges as the front-line imaging test used to detect most pericardial syndromes because of its ease of use, wide availability, bedside readiness, cost-effectiveness, and its comprehensive assessment of both anatomy and physiology. However, the guidelines also include a number of tables, images and other resources to guide clinicians through a stepwise approach to appropriately utilizing imaging in the diagnosis and management of various pericardial diseases. For example, CT should be used if there is calcification of the pericardium as in constrictive pericarditis.The guidelines also emphasize the important role of inflammation in the pericardial sac often detected by cardiac MR, which then can be targeted with intense anti-inflammatory therapy. There is also an accompanying appendix, aimed at sonographers and imaging technologists, which reviews the technical approach in performing detailed “Diastology” echocardiograms, as well as the sequences and settings for cardiac MR and CT exams. For more information: www.onlinejase.com News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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5 question for a Costa Rican painter

first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for Costa Rican painter Man Yu Fung 5 questions for Costa Rican sculptor José Sancho 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer “Some believe that the art of a painter is understood by her work, by selection of subject and color, by her perception of light… I believe that the art of a painter can only be understood if her life is known,” says painter Silvia Monge. “Because the real painter paints a little what she sees or imagines, but above all, what she lives and feels.”During Monge’s 37-year career, she has experimented with a broad range of media and forms, using glass, ceramics, mosaic, drawing, watercolors and acrylics to make abstracts, figures, structures, aberrant organic forms, liquids and angels.She started her university studies as an architecture major, but left it to dedicate completely to the art she loved.On November 17, Monge received first place for her drawing “La gata con botas” in the category “The animal in our gaze” from the Costa Rican Association of Visual Artists.The Tico Times talked to the artist about her many influences, including her childhood, time spent living in the United States, and a painful personal experience that transformed her art. Excerpts follow.How did you discover art was for you?I was born in a blessed and propitious home that allowed me, from a very young age, to have abundant and varied experiences. My house filled with music when my mother played piano pieces by Strauss and Mozart; my dad strove to take our family to see different countries. I had the opportunity to interact, at a very early age, with Ms. Cristina Fournier, from whom we bought several hundred works for a family business, and spent time with my neighbor’s aunt, Magda Santonastasio, while she painted in an enclosure of her house that I called “the estancia.”During my childhood, I remember that my parents allowed me to paint, on a wall of my room, three flowers of eighty centimeters each. Those flowers were very significant for my career, because they were my first brushstrokes. It was then that I discovered how much I like to paint. “Atrapado,” glass sculpture. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)What’s the influence of Costa Rica on your art?The audacity, brightness, variety, mischief of the chromatics of my work are encompassed in the Costa Rican tropics that surround me. Nothing is hidden here and, paradoxically, there is a perennial game between exhibition and the camouflage. The tropics know color and nuance better than anyone else! Those of us who live here unknowingly absorb this colored chess.In my case, this is reflected in one of my first exhibitions, “The Colors of the Tropics.” There are scenes of the little town of Barra del Colorado, plunged in the humid tropical forest, where you can see the clothes lying out to dry in the sun. It goes without saying that the colors of the garments are not at all like those used in London or Amsterdam. “Intensidad del instante,” watercolor. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)What’s the main characteristic of your work?I take every artistic project I do very seriously; I prepare it and study it conscientiously. My work is always supported by a lot of theoretical research, testing materials, drawings, blueprints and thought. The desire to hunt for something new torments my spirit. It is a main characteristic of my work. That has made me try many forms of art.When you paint so much, you have to be curious and innovative because otherwise you would die of boredom. First I went through the almost obligatory stage of the Costa Rican painter: painting peasant houses, gates of peasant houses, view of the mountains from the corridor of the peasant house and “veraneras” [a kind of flower] at the peasant house. One day I wondered why, in almost every interpretation of the peasant houses, there is always sunshine. Could it be that the painters of yore only worked in the summer? So, in honor of a country in which it rains half of the year, I made a watercolor of a peasant house under a good downpour. Silvia Monge working on a glass sculpture. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)How did living in the United States for four years influence your art?[I did that] when I began to mature as an artist; it changed my perspective. On the one hand, I found a rich access to materials and instruments that I did not know. On the other, I realized the competition, camaraderie, organization and learning opportunities that exist there.I joined the Miami Watercolor Society, took courses in baking, ceramics. I experienced [new things] like crazy and shared with many people with my same vocation. Works that stand out from that time: broken leather shoes that are ceramic but look leather, and a vase that is very heavy because it was made with an old technique and not with a lathe… very three-dimensional, very unique. During this period there were also several exhibitions. In one of them I received first prize. “Rayo,” acrylic. (Courtesy of Silvia Monge)Have you had any particular experiences that changed you as an artist and as a person?My husband, Carlos, went to prison. We were forced to be apart for several years. In the context of my artistic work, it would be too superficial to describe Carlos as my husband or my partner. Carlos has been my center, besides being many times the reason for my strength, my hope and, always, my joy.I have no words to describe this painful experience. It was worse than if I had lost a part of my body, because it was the suffering of a loved one. I had to get used to a new routine and put on a brave face for my children. Learning to live alone after many decades of doing it together. To look forward, and to look after the person who looked after me in previous years.During this period my work came to life and filled with meaning. Art was the source of my strength. I remember one day when I was very confused, I cried and painfully painted a painting and put it aside. When I returned to it later, I noticed how, at the bottom, there was a face that I had not painted. I then felt the presence of my Guardian Angel. There he was, taking care of me. I keep this work as one of my most intimate treasures.From this period came more spiritual pictorials, interaction with people, children, songs of hope. One of these works is in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington; it took first prize in a contest with artists from all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Another is the Angels exhibition at the Costa Rican North American Cultural Center.And from the perennial struggle were born The Roosters that fight with their brightness, their look, their violent strokes. These roosters that aren’t indifferent to anybody. They keep and camouflage my past tears, but they also exhibit the beauty of living! These are [exhibited] all over the world. Two are in Japan. Another stimulated the passion of a top executive of a U.S. company and hangs prominently in his company.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Mortgage Loan Application Defects Head Up in July

first_img Application Defects First American Financial Corporation Mortgage Loan 2015-08-31 Staff Writer First American Financial Corporation’s Loan Application Defect Index for July 2015 found that the mortgage loan defect rate rose 4.9 percent in July compared to June.The Defect Index, which estimates the frequency of defects in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications and reflects them over time, by geography and by loan type increased 4.9 percent in July and decreased by 5.6 percent as compared to this time last year. The index is down 17.5 percent from the high point of risk in September 2013.”After seeing improvement in the national mortgage loan defect trend last month, the index has returned to the trend of increasing risk that we have observed since the beginning of 2015,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American.In recent months, the Defect Index for refinance transactions has increased dramatically, while still 6.3 percent lower than a year ago, its estimated defect incidence is up 8.7 percent month-over-month and 7.1 percent over the last three months. Meanwhile, the adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) continue to have consistently higher levels of application defect and fixed-rate mortgage defect risk surged with an 8.4 percent increase from last month.According to First American, the five states with the highest month-over-month increase in defect frequency are: Oklahoma (+14 percent), Hawaii (+13.1 percent), Louisiana (+10 percent), Texas (+10 percent), and Colorado (+9.3 percent).Among the top five states with the highest month-over-month decrease in defect frequency were: Iowa (-11.4 percent), Massachusetts (-5.4 percent), Alaska (-5.3 percent), the District of Columbia (-4.7 percent), and West Virginia (-3.1 percent), the report found.“What remains consistent from last month is the concentration of defect risk in the same handful of key markets in the south, particularly in Florida and Texas, as well as in the Northeast and upper Midwest,” Fleming said. “This month, major metropolitan areas in Florida and Texas continue to produce defect frequency levels well above the current national level.”Click here to view First American’s Loan Application Defect Index. August 31, 2015 549 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Share Mortgage Loan Application Defects Head Up in Julylast_img read more

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Anastasiades says not against a new Geneva if progress Update 2

first_imgThe definition of legal abode and the four freedoms that will apply to the citizens of a future federated reunified Cyprus – the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital – have been agreed, despite differences on certain relevant details, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday.Following a four-hour meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the third between the two after the talks resumed last month after a two-month hiatus, Anastasiades said they also discussed issues relating to the effective participation ofTurkish Cypriots in the federal government, in which differences remain.“But there have been convergences on the definition of legal abode and the four freedoms, with certain outstanding issues for some details that need to be clarified,” he said.“The problem is that they raise the issue of regulating the right to property ownership, which they hadn’t raised before. It was first raised in Geneva. But discussion will continue so that ways can be found to overcome this problem.”At the same time, the president added, it was agreed that the two sides will attend a meeting of the various international organisations that will be in Cyprus from May 9 to 11 for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s annual meeting and business forum, with post-solution finances on the agenda.He also announced a joint meeting in Cyprus with director general of the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service Maarten Verwey to review the progress of the ad hoc committee for the harmonisation of the Turkish Cypriot community with EU law.He noted that this is “of the utmost importance, because progress on implementation will show whether they can be fully harmonised on day one, if and when a solution has been found.”Anastasiades denied the issue of four freedoms discussed in Tuesday’s session touched on the status of Turkish nationals, clarifying that the two leaders talked about it in connection with the “residents of the island – that is, the full implementation of the acquis communautaire for the citizens of the federal republic”.Asked about proportionality with regard to permanent residents of a reunified Cyprus – a one-to-four ratio had been agreed for permanent residents of the opposite community in each constituent state – the president said the “20 per cent proportion remains, as agreed”.“The limitation applies to voting rights,” Anastasiades said.On rumours of a ‘new Geneva’, meaning a resumption of the international conference on Cyprus, Anastasiades pointed to “several outstanding issues”.“If such progress has been made by the end of May, or mid-June, that would justify a new Geneva, why not? We are not against a new Geneva, because that’s where Turkey will have to state its views on guarantees, security, and everything that go with them.”Returning to the north after the meeting, Akinci painted a bleaker picture, confirming that convergences on the issue of legal abode had been reaffirmed, but no real progress was made on the issue of effective participation in federal bodies and agencies where there is no equal number of members from each community.“We believe that in bodies where Greek Cypriots outnumber Turkish Cypriot members, effective participation for Turkish Cypriots is imperative in the concept of a federation,” he said.“This is why we ask that the decision-making principle of the cabinet, where at least one vote is required from each side to ratify decisions, to be adopted in other bodies, too. We are not at the point of convergence on this issue yet, which is why we cannot say we have made progress on effective participation.”Commenting on Anastasiades’ referral of a law designed to overturn an earlier House decision to commemorate the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum, to the Supreme Court – an issue Anastasiades had said did not come up in the meeting – Akinci said he was given an “interesting explanation”.“He told us that his referral to the Supreme Court would neutralise the previous regulation, too,” the Turkish Cypriot leader said.“I said ‘public opinion doesn’t know this, it must be explained in this way’. He told me he had been leaving for India and didn’t have the time to explain it properly. I hope he explains it properly now.”Asked about optimistic reports in Greek Cypriot media in the last few days, Akinci said optimism isn’t always based on reality.“According to the briefings of my negotiator, optimism is not appropriate,” he said.“I wish everything was going well, but I see that on some issues the Greek Cypriot side isn’t reasonable.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Turkish side cant remain patient forever update 2

first_imgTurkey on Tuesday issued a new Navtex, or notice to mariners, effectively extending a blockade that prevents offshore drilling for natural gas by Italian energy firm ENI inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).The new notice reserves the same area for military training and gunnery exercises from February 22 until March 10. The previous Navtex was due to expire on Thursday.Some two weeks ago Turkish warships, claiming to be participating in military drills in waters off the east of the island, interrupted the Saipem 12000 drillship while en route to Cuttlefish, a site in block 3 where it was scheduled to drill an exploratory gas well.The new Navtex (0258/18) is effectively a renewal of a previous one (0217/18), bringing the total duration of the Turkish military exercises in the same area to an implausible 30 days.Anastasiades spoke on the phone with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras about the issue, according to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).A meeting lasting over an hour and a half took place at the presidential palace on Tuesday evening to discuss the matter.Foreign, energy and defence ministers as well as the attorney-general, under-secretary to the president, the government spokesperson and other technocrats were involved.CNA reported that Anastasiades was to table the issue surrounding Turkey’s navtex during the informal meeting of the European Council in Brussels, set to begin on February 23 between the heads of state.Cyprus also issued it’s own navtex 091/18 through the Larnaca search and rescue centre, saying Turkey’s marine notice was an illegal action which “constitutes a violation of international law, affects maritime safety procedures and is also a criminal offence under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus.”In a tit-for-tat move, Turkey issued a further navtex outlining that the ‘Cyprus’ identified by the notice issued by Larnaca was not the one founded in 1960 and as such was not recognised.In addition to the initial Navtex, the Turkish Cypriot side escalated its rhetoric. In an interview with the Anadolu news agency, the breakaway regime’s ‘energy minister’ Ozdil Nami asserted that Turkish Cypriots have legitimate claims over “all” of the island’s offshore blocks.It’s understood he was alluding to the fact that in September 2011 Turkish Cypriots signed a ‘Continental Shelf Delimitation Agreement’ with Turkey. It is on this basis that the breakaway regime declared an ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ of its own, which in effect claims that half of Cyprus’ EEZ belongs to them, including blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13.Nami accused Greek Cypriots of stoking tensions through their ‘unilateral’ actions, adding that the Turkish side could not be expected to “remain patient forever.”He said a resolution of the hydrocarbons dispute can only be found in the context of a broader political settlement on the island.But, he added, any fresh talks aimed at reunifying the island should be reframed.New negotiations could only go ahead if two issues were addressed in advance: first, a firm timeframe for reaching a settlement and, second, a clause stipulating what the status of Turkish Cypriots will be in the event that Greek Cypriots should reject a proposed settlement in a new referendum.Diplomatic sources cited by the state broadcaster, said Cyprus was going to complain to the UN over Turkey’s gas blockade.In another related move also on Tuesday, the breakaway regime’s ‘cabinet’ renewed for an additional six years an agreement it signed in 2011 with the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) for hydrocarbon exploration activities offshore Cyprus.Earlier in the day, and before the new Turkish Navtex was issued, government deputy spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos told reporters that Nicosia was still hoping for a diplomatic solution to the standoff in the EEZ.“Nicosia does not pursue gunboat diplomacy… the government is working hard behind the scenes. Let us be a little more patient to see the outcome of these efforts,” he added.Cyprus’ EEZOver the weekend, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay had suggested that a formula could be found allowing Greek Cypriots to pursue offshore drilling, on condition that Turkish Cypriots were in some way included in these endeavours.“On the one hand, they [the Greek side] recognise that we are one of the owners of this wealth, and on the other hand, they want to try to continue along this path by disregarding us. This is in line with neither international law nor the notion of justice. If you acknowledge the existence of somebody’s rights, you have to act accordingly,” said Ozersay.“For one, these resources belong to us as well. So before you take any action regarding these resources, you have to win the consent of the Turkish community and address their concerns.”Responding, Papadopoulos reiterated that the exploitation of the island’s natural resources would be the purview of the central, federal government in a reunified state.He therefore urged Turkish Cypriots to return to the negotiating table so that a settlement agreement could be reached to reunite the island.Reports from the north said that over the weekend Ozersay held contacts with diplomats and company executives in a bid to reach a diplomatic solution.It also emerged on Tuesday that the UK government is currently assessing the situation.The matter, which arose during a question and answer session on foreign policy in the House of Commons had Conservative MP Sir Alan Duncan responding to a question from his counterpart Theresa Villiers on whether the UK would “make representations to the Turkish foreign minister to ask the Turkish navy to cease obstructing vessels seeking to extract hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean”?.Duncan responded saying “I understand the issue to which my RH Friend refers, which is the issue of drilling for oil and gas on the edge of Cyprus; and we are assessing what has been reported over the last days or so on what exactly is happening in that area.”Turkey itself is laying claim to parts of various blocks in Cyprus’ EEZ saying the areas in question form part of its continental shelf. The claim includes part of blocks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7, to the south and southwest of the island.Since February 9 Turkish warships have set up a blockade around the Saipem 12000 on the premise of conducting military exercises in the area. The drillship remains immobilised at a distance of some 50km from the site of the drill.The rig – contracted by ENI, a company part-owned by the Italian state – cannot stay offshore Cyprus for much longer, as it is reportedly scheduled to carry out drilling off Morocco on March 8.A continuation of the Turkish military exercises in block 3 would effectively spell the end of ENI’s programme in block 3.ENI on Tuesday declined to comment on an email query sent by the Cyprus Mail.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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