Neil Lennon confident of Hibernian after second draw with Rangers

first_imgHibernian Coach Neil Lennon says his team will get even better following the January transfer window after they emerged unbeaten from their Old Firm hat-trick.Hibs are seventh in the Premiership standings having previously shocked Celtic at Easter Road earlier this month and then earned a draw with Rangers on home soil last midweek.But boss Lennon is confident there is plenty more to come from his side as they look to finish the year on a high note.He told Evening Times:“We are evolving. We lost a lot of good players in the summer and it takes time for everyone to gel.“I’m looking forward to January because we need to get some bodies in. The injury list is horrendous at the minute.“I don’t remember being under any concerted period of pressure in the game. They were saves I would expect Adam to make.Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).“He made one great stop from Middleton when he came out and closed the area quickly but the others I would expect him to make.“Even at the Rangers goal, it’s not as if we were cut open. It was a defensive error from our point of view. We were comfortable in the game.“I said at half-time that we needed the midfield to play with a bit more purpose and penetration and we got that.“The subs made a great contribution, Mackie, Horgan and Gray. It’s a real bonus to have David back.“It would be a confidence booster at any time. To come here with Rangers in a title race and take points off them is important.“They played so well at Easter Road last week and we played really well here today. The level of performance was a lot better.”last_img read more

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2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe goes green with new EHybrid models

first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: 25 Photos More about 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Porsche 1:22 Post a comment News • 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe trades capacity for comeliness Preview • 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe first drive: Splitting hairs 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe: Sweet, sweet overkillcenter_img Tags 5 things you need to know about the 2020 Porsche Cayenne… 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid first drive: Sweet, sweet overkill Enlarge Image670 horsepower seems… sufficient. Porsche Porsche is pretty smart about bestowing every variant of a lineup with the same trims. On the same day Porsche announced the Turbo S E-Hybrid variant of its standard Cayenne, it’s also rolling out plug-in hybrid variants for the shapelier Cayenne Coupe, too.Porsche on Monday unveiled the 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. In essence, it’s most of the same stuff that you’ll find on the long-roof Cayenne, just with less cargo space and more style.We’ll start with the less-powerful one. The 2020 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe uses a 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and its standard eight-speed automatic transmission. It puts out a net 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, enough to shove the car to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds before topping out at 157 mph. The 14.1-kWh battery should be good for 20-ish miles of range, by our estimates. cayenne-e-hybrid-coupe-inlineEnlarge ImageThe Cayenne E-Hybrid might not have the wild output of the Turbo S E-Hybrid, but it’s also significantly less expensive. Porsche The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe also has a few extra standard features over the standard Cayenne E-Hybrid. Eight-way power sport seats, a fixed glass panoramic roof and 20-inch alloy wheels are standard with the fashion-forward variant, which also features a pair of slightly lower seats in the second row on account of its sloped roof. This model will set you back $87,750, including the mandatory $1,350 destination charge.The beefier Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe uses that same electric motor and battery, but here, it’s slapped onto a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Output is sent through the ceiling, putting down a meaty 670 hp and 663 lb.-ft. The sprint to 60 mph takes just 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is bumped up to 183 mph.Standard equipment abounds on the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe, given its position atop the Cayenne Coupe lineup. Porsche’s carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as is adaptive dampers and torque vectoring. There are still options, though, like a louder sport exhaust and rear-axle steering. Eighteen-way adaptive sport seats are standard, too, for a little extra comfort. The price is just as high as the output, with the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe starting at $165,750 including destination. SUVs Hybrids Luxury cars Performance Cars 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds More From Roadshow Share your voice Porschelast_img read more

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Return of Christ Bizarre Jesuslike figure in Argentinian skies sparks debate

first_imgET Data Base/YouTubeSelf-proclaimed extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring recently shared a weird story that has now emerged as the hottest debating point among apocalypse believers. In his recent website post, Waring shared a picture apparently taken from Argentina, and in the image, a seemingly humanoid image can be seen present in the skies.At first glance, the shape of the bizarre figure seems very similar to Jesus Christ with arms outstretched. The figure has well-defined edges, and its face was also pretty clear in the image.”This is a strange one. This is a photo someone took in the sky over Argentina this week and it seems to show Jesus in a rob with a crown of thorns. I do believe in signs and believe this has some real purpose for being there,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.Waring later shared a video that featured the image on his official YouTube page where it went viral. After analyzing the image, many people claimed that Jesus Christ has once again appeared on the earth, and it could be the sign of an impending apocalypse. Extreme Christian believers argued that the second coming of Jesus is the fulfilment of Biblical prophecies, and humans have to expect something worst in the coming years.However, some conspiracy theorists put forward a different theory to explain this weird sighting. As per these conspiracy theorists, world powers like the United States with the help of Elites are now testing project blue beam. Conspiracy theorists believe that project blue beam is a confidential mission planned by elites to create a new world order, and the first step to achieve this will be carried out by simulating second coming of the Christ using advanced techniques.”Not a huge theorist myself, though, I do like to contemplate and imagine, but after seeing this, the first thing that comes to mind is Blue Beam. Is this not the exact scenario that has been discussed for years now? Serious discussion is appreciated. Thank you for uploading and sharing; I would not have known of this otherwise,” commented the Realaestuo, a YouTube user.However, experts have dismissed both the claims, and they believe that this is either a computer generated image or a classic case of pareidolia. As per experts, pareidolia is a unique capability of the human brain to form familiar images on unrecognizable patterns.A few weeks back, Ronald Weinland, who has previously served as a minister for Ohio based church-the Church of God had predicted that Jesus will make his second coming to the earth on June 09, 2019. The Christian preacher also claimed that world war 3 will also happen this year.last_img read more

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Hearthstone finally comes to Android

first_imgThose loyal to House Apple have been able to play Hearthstone on the go for quite some time now, since April of this year, while Android loyalists have had to get their online CCG fix on their PC or Mac — or at least use a third-party streaming app to get Hearthstone on their mobile device. Now, the wait is over, and Android users can finally play Hearthstone on their tablet using Blizzard’s official app instead of jumping through streaming hoops.The Android version couldn’t have released at a better time for both fans and Blizzard, as the game’s latest expansion, Goblins vs. Gnomes, released only a little over a week ago on December 8. Like with the iPad release, Blizzard is performing somewhat of a slow rollout with Android Hearthstone, and it starts with Australia, Canada, and New Zealand first. Blizzard states that the game will hit other regions — through the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android — “in the coming days,” so it’s anyone’s guess as to how quickly it’ll hit the US and Europe.According to early user reviews on the Google Play Store, the game is a little laggy on devices that aren’t exactly old yet, like the 2013 Nexus 7. One of the biggest gripes seems to be that Hearthstone doesn’t run in immersion mode, which means the Android navigation bar is always present on the screen. Some users report that brand-new tablets, like the Nexus 9, also experience a bit of lag and stutter here and there, so the reported occasional performance hangup could simply be due to optimization issues that Blizzard should smooth out in a future patch. After all, the game is so new that it’s not available in every region of the internet yet.Like with the iPad version, Blizzard will grant you a free Classic (non-expansion) booster pack after you complete your first game on the Android version — it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. If you want to check to see if your tablet can run Hearthstone before you download it, head on over to Blizzard’s compatible devices page. If you’re waiting for a phone release, word is that Hearthstone will hit the smaller screen sometime early next year.last_img read more

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Rs 19 cr cash over 8 lakh litres of liquor seized in

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has claimed to have seized over Rs 19 crore in cash from across the state so far, following the notification of the Lok Sabha elections.Apart from the cash, around 8,24,414 litres of liquor have also been seized from various parts of the state, ahead of the elections. All the election machineries and officials belonging to various agencies are out on the streets to check the flow of unaccounted cash used by various political parties. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Expenditure Observers are also closely monitoring the expenses incurred by various political parties and their candidates in the elections. After the notification of the elections, the Election Commission has also mobilised various Central government agencies including Income Tax (I-T) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), to keep a tab on the dubious transactions and to check the use of unaccounted money during the elections. A senior official at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state said that altogether 19.42 crore in cash and 8,24,414 litres of liquor have so far been seized from the state. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe commission is also monitoring to see if the cash was supposed to be used in the election by any political leader or candidate. It may be mentioned here that states where the highest amount of cash and others materials have been seized include Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Bengal is nowhere near these states, where transactions of huge amounts of unaccounted cash were detected after notification of the polls. Bengal also comes up at the bottom of the list when it comes to seizure of liquor and narcotic substances. Incidentally, DRI has recently seized gold worth over Rs 7 crore smuggled into different parts of the city and its adjoining areas in the past few days. Acting on a tip-off, the DRI officials had raided various hotels in the city and seized the gold. Meanwhile, the office of the CEO has received 3,528 complaints on the C-Vigil app till April 6, out of which around 3,503 complaints have so far been disposed of. The remaining 25 are pending and are yet to be resolved. C-Vigil is a mobile application which the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been using for the first time in the Lok Sabha elections. A press statement issued by the CEO’s office says that the National Grievance Services Portal of the ECI has so far registered 1,412 complaints from the state, out of which 1,385 have been resolved with the remaining 27 in the process of disposal. The National Grievance Services Portal (Citizens) has received 1,643 complaints, out of which 1,611 have been disposed of.last_img read more

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Cheetah Plains safari lodge surrounds wildlife lovers with rustic Afrominimalist charm

first_img What drugs can be used to treat severe asthma? Find out on Allmedx.com. Safari guests of the South Africa’s Cheetah Plains Game Log will have plenty of opportunities for extracurricular connections with natureARRCC What is the dosage for mepolizumab? Visit Allmedx.com for Prescribing Information. Tailoring asthma treatment based on eosinophilic markers. Learn why it is done on Allmedx.com. Using nature as a guide, the furniture and design pieces featured throughout were crafted by hand rather than mass produced, with the finished product often determined by natural state of the materials the designers used as a starting point. “For example, massive, solid tree stumps and raw timber, we followed and adhered to the organic forms of these source materials,” say the architects. “Take for example the dining table, it is composed of two solid and massive timber planks hewn directly from the tree, the raw, undulating, live edge of the timber where the bark creates the outer skin was left natural and therefore the outline of the table edge wavers naturally as dictated by the tree.”In keeping with the nature theme, the team has sought to minimize the boundaries of the houses to blur the lines between inside and out. To that end, floor-to-ceiling windows features heavily throughout, while cantilevered roofing helps to avoid the need for support structures that might otherwise impede the views of the surrounds. The hope is that with time, the lodge will age gracefully and gradually strengthen its ties with the African landscape. I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Google Analytics settings Rather than retiring from a day of elephant spotting to a four-walled hotel room with a window or two, safari guests of the South Africa’s Cheetah Plains Game Lodge will have plenty of opportunities for extracurricular connections with nature. The retreat tastefully treads a line between the natural and the man-made, with the designers pursuing what they called an Afro-minimalism aesthetic through a careful balancing of simplicity and locally inspired touches of style. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge by Cape Town-based studio ARRCC is located within the Sabi Sand reserve, a South African wildlife sanctuary where leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhino roam freely. The retreat consists of three private houses, each made up of clusters of free-standing buildings arranged carefully around natural features such as trees and topography. These four-bedroom suites feature a private arrival courtyard, communal living space, dining and bar space, an air-conditioned wine room, terrace spaces and a heated pool. To really drive home the luxury factor, there’s a commercial kitchen in each of the three houses, each with a dedicated chef and culinary team. On the sustainable side of things, the retreat claims to be entirely off-grid through its use of solar power, while grey water recycling helps lessen the load on local supplies. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge by Cape Town-based studio ARRCC is located within the Sabi Sand reserve, a South African wildlife sanctuary where leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhino roam freelyARRCC According to the ARRCC team, it designed the Cheetah Plains lodges in pursuit of a new “Afro-minimalism.” Rather than replicating the outdoors entirely, this entails a subtle mish-mash of organic shapes mixed with straighter lines of the artificial elements, influenced by decidedly minimalist architectural styles. “We blended Japanese and Scandinavian functionality and style infused with African components to create our Afro-minimalism,” the architects explain to New Atlas. “We wanted to create an African spiritual awareness of the bush and therefore created simplicity by narrowing down our finishes and simplifying our architectural components. Using concrete and rocks from a local quarry maintained the integrity of the building while the rusted metals added to its ‘African’ rustic charm. Rawness with architecture and a touch of comfort and beauty in the décor.” AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX What role do eosinophils play in asthma? Discover what researchers have to say on Allmedx.com “We worked with many natural and often raw materials that will age and deepen in character over time,” the architects tell us. “These materials reflect the natural surrounds and authentic primal beauty of the location.”Sources: ARRCC, Cheetah Plains AllMedX Using nature as a guide, the furniture and design pieces featured throughout the Cheetah Plains lodge were crafted by hand rather than mass producedARRCC Find many free full text studies on severe asthma at Allmedx.com. AllMedX Powered by Privacy policy We recommend What treatment exists for severe eosinophilic asthma? See information on Nucala at Allmedx.com. Yes Nolast_img read more

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Unions set their sights on WestJet Encore crew

first_imgUnions set their sights on WestJet Encore crew << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, September 21, 2017 Tags: WestJet, WestJet Encore CALGARY — WestJet is facing more pressure from organized labour as two unions have turned their sights to the airline’s regional Encore operation.The Canadian Union of Public Employees said Tuesday that it and the Air Line Pilots Association, International have simultaneously launched their drives to unionize Encore cabin crew and pilots.The efforts at Encore come after WestJet’s 1,400 pilots voted by 62% to have ALPA represent them in a union in May.The successful unionization of pilots led CUPE, Unifor, the United Steelworkers, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to also start union drives at the main WestJet operation this summer.The grassroots WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association, which has for years been campaigning to unionize flight attendants, said in early September that it was ending its efforts with the increasing pressure from CUPE’s drive.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the airline is working to inform employees of the facts around unions and continues to believe employees and leadership work best together using the company’s existing model.center_img The Canadian Press Share Posted bylast_img read more

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Amsterdam floods pink for Gay Pride festival

first_img“We want to send a signal to accept homosexuality in the (soccer) world,” Van Gaal said shortly before setting sail.Tolerance for homosexuality is a point of pride in the Netherlands, which became the first to legalize gay marriage back in 2001Yet the soccer world is widely regarded as unreceptive to gay athletes. One of the few openly gay former players, Wensley Garden of Helmond Sport, was also on the soccer boat.Johan Haagsma, attending the festivities from the side of a canal, said gays in sports should speak up more often.“They need more people coming out of the closet in the football industry,” he said “Gay people are everywhere so over there they are also there, they need to come out.”A number of vessels carried banners or signs slamming Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, due in part to a law passed by Russia in June that bans gay “propaganda.”One boat featured dancing gay men in Russian army uniforms.“Putin, Stop Repression, Choose Freedom,” a banner read.The Netherlands’ Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem and other members of his political party were on a boat wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Gay Rights for Russia.” Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories AMSTERDAM (AP) – Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city’s biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration.The Saturday festivities center on a colorful boat flotilla sailing through the city’s ancient canals, each with its own theme, pumping out dance music.Notable floats this year included a boat organized by the Netherlands’ soccer association. Former soccer greats, including striker Patrick Kluivert and defender Ronald de Boer, rode along, together with national team coach Louis van Gaal. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Dijsselbloem told local newspaper Het Parool that gay rights in Russia are “headed in the wrong direction.”_____Associated Press videojournalist Bishr Eltouni contributed to this story.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Kenya to use charter flights to boost tourism

first_imgNajib Balala, Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary has revealed that a European company will launch chartered flights to the Kenyan coast to boost the tourism industry, renewing hopes of the sector’s recovery this season.The latest deal arrived at after consultations between Balala, representatives of TUI Group, a multinational travel and tourism company and Kenya’s leading international tour operators.It was agreed that TUI Poland charter will for the first time be flying tourists to the Kenyan coast during the European summer season from July to October 2016, with a capacity of 180 passengers. It will be operating to Mombasa weekly with a possibility of continuing through the winter period to April 2017.Balala said the charter flights will benefit from the recently announced charter incentive programme that includes a waiver of landing fees and a $30 subsidy for every passenger on the charter flights terminating in Mombasa and Malindi.last_img read more

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Related New flights to Kosovo will be launched by

first_img RelatedNew flights to Kosovo will be launched by Air Berlin in NovemberAir Berlin will launch new flights to Pristina from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich this winter.Flights to San Francisco to be launched by Air BerlinFlights to San Francisco to be launched by Air BerlinGermanwings adds three new routesGermanwings adds three new routes Air Berlin will be launching flights to Israel for the first time as part of its 2009 summer schedule.Germany’s second-largest airline will introduce two non-stop flights to Tel Aviv per week from the country’s capital from July 7th.Air Berlin jets will take off from Berlin on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and land in Israel’s second city the following morning.To ensure that the demand for the route is high, Air Berlin will be launching feeder flights to Berlin from a number of German citiesLast month, the carrier launched new flights to Oslo from the German capital, which represented Air Berlin’s first foray into the Norwegian flights marketDaily flights operate between the two cities between Monday and Friday, while the airline has also introduced a Sunday flight to the route.As well as serving some of Europe’s major cities, Air Berlin also offers cheap flights to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and north Africa.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Greek Cypriot refugee asks ECHR not to close her property case yet

first_imgTitina Loizidou, a Greek Cypriot refugee who won a case against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding her property in the north has sent a letter to Strasbourg asking the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to adjourn consideration of closing here case as she has not been given back her property yet.The Committee of Ministers is currently holding its quarterly meeting in Strasbourg to oversee the execution of judgments from the ECHR.After the 1996 Court decision, Loizidou was compensated by Ankara for not being able to use her home in Kyrenia. Her property however was not returned to her.Loizidou’s case was brought again to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers last November, in relation to the continuing violation of her property rights for the period 28 January 1987 – 22 January 1990 during which time she was not compensated by Turkey, as well as the case relating to the implementation of the 1996 decision regarding the restitution of her property.The applicant and her daughter recently had a series of contacts, in Strasbourg, during which they “became aware of the December 4, 2008 Committee of Ministers’ prima facie decision regarding the individual measures and the Secretariat’s recommendation to the Committee of Ministers to close the case”.In her letter, Loizidou asks the Committee of Ministers to adjourn consideration of her case in their current meeting and give her the opportunity to set out her views regarding her property claims.Turkey asks the Committee of Ministers to take a decision to close the supervision of the case, following the damages paid to the applicant. Regarding the restitution of the property, Ankara points to the immovable property commission, operating in the Turkish-occupied part of the island.The European Court of Human Rights sentenced Turkey in numerous cases, brought forward by Greek Cypriots, concerning the violation of their fundamental human rights, following the 1974 invasion, with regards to their property.You May LikePsychicMondayTake A Peek Inside Tom Selleck’s New Epic MansionPsychicMondayUndoAutosplusThe 10 Most Overrated Cars on the Market TodayAutosplusUndoPetfluf.comTop 10 most pet-friendly airlinesPetfluf.comUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Walking on the razors edge

first_imgInterview with Toumazos Tsielepis, former member of the Greek Cypriot negotiating teamToumazos Tsielepis was born, in 1956, in the occupied village of Prastio (in the Famagusta district).  He studied law at the University of Kiev and specialised in Public International Law.  He is a leading member of Akel and he is in charge of the team handling the “Cyprus problem”.  He was a member of the Greek Cypriot negotiating team in the period 2003-2004 and 2008-2013.  He retained his position as a member of the team supporting the Greek Cypriot negotiator until the Crans-Montana conference. Over the years, he has served various sub-committees and as a member of the National Council.  Toumazos Tsielepis is a low-key politician, who enjoys wide respect for his serious and responsible approach in dealing with a sensitive issue that is shaping the political future of Cyprus. Mr. Tsielepis, there is little doubt that we are at a critical stage of the process of shaping the future of Cyprus.  Greek Cypriot politicians give the impression that they are “at a loss”.  On the one hand, the President of the Republic is suggesting the reassessment of the Cyprus problem from a zero-basis, the leading opposition party insists on a bicommunal, bizonal federation while the smaller opposition parties keep themselves at a distance by arguing that the President has a duty to position himself and to be ready to defend his proposals.  And all this at the time when the Secretary General of the United Nations states that time is running out.  The prevailing climate points to a catastrophe.  Do you share my pessimism? Definitely, the situation in Cyprus is very worrying.  Time is running out.  I do not know who is “at a loss” but this is the first time we are debating so extensively a solution that is different to that of a bicommunal, bizonal federation.  Akel has always supported the view that, if we abandon the goal of a federal arrangement, we will not end up having a unitary single state but, instead, we will legalise the partition of Cyprus.  The developments following Crans-Montana prove the validity of this contention.  For the very first time “other alternatives” are being discussed and, clearly, these “alternatives” are not pointing in the direction of a unitary single state.  This option is simply not available.  We are not going to allow ourselves to be dragged into supporting arrangements that are based on the partition of Cyprus and those who favour such arrangements must bear in mind that they will need to seek the approval of the people of Cyprus, against our opposition. Some political observers claim that the primary responsibility for the state of our country rests with the Greek Cypriot politicians, who are lacking political vision, courage and ability, confining their efforts on blaming Turkey for “intransigence”.  Given that Turkey’s behaviour is consistent and, therefore, predictable, why do we persist in showing similar and probably greater rigidity?  At Crans-Montana, projecting the absolute position of “zero troops, zero guarantees” is viewed by many as an example of Greek and Greek Cypriot intransigence.  Surely, a small contingent of Turkish soldiers, operating under internationally controlled conditions, would not have been the end of the world.  By posing the rigid condition of “zero troops, zero guarantees” we may have managed to marginalise the Guterres Framework, particularly when we rejected the proposal of the Turkish Cypriot leader to use the Framework as a basis for further discussion.  To what extent have we lost another opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem? It is a fact that the positions taken by Turkey have consistently been a basic obstacle in reaching a solution.  I would remind the reader that over an extended period of time, Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots have been aiming at a two-state solution.  The question is what can we do to overcome Turkish intransigence?  Unfortunately, our handling of the problem was not always the most appropriate.As to what really happened at Crans-Montana there are two diametrically opposed versions of the story.  The first one is that of the Presidency, according to which the collapse of the negotiations was the result of Ankara’s insistence on retaining the guarantee arrangements, intervention rights, presence of the Turkish army in Cyprus and the establishment of a Turkish military base.  The version of the Secretary General, as set out in his reports to the Security Council, is that the three guarantee powers were positively disposed in respect of the issue of security and guarantees and that the responsibility for missing this historic opportunity rests with the two Cypriot leaders. Similar messages have been transmitted by various European officials, such as Ms Mogherini.  A similar position was recently adopted by Alan Duncan, the British minister of state for Europe and the Americas.  Specifically, after pointing out that he was personally present at Crans Montana, he said that “the stand taken by Turkey in these negotiations was very constructive”.  Having been there myself, I obviously have a view on what really happened.  However, these are things of the past and we need to focus on the future. It is a well-known fact that Michalis Dountas, the Greek ambassador to Cyprus in the critical 5-year period that followed the invasion, was an advocate of the maintenance of the (then) status quo.  According to him, whatever would follow would not have been worse than what we were then (in 1988) called upon to “sign”.  In retrospect, Michalis Dountas’ assessment proved to be wrong.  However, how do you explain the fact that, today, many Greek Cypriot leaders, having seen the “turkification” of northern Cyprus reaching an advanced stage, insisting on adhering to his school of thought?  May I remind you that even Demetris Christofias, who was presenting himself as a strong advocate of the reunification of Cyprus, at the end of the day he backed-off with the celebrated “we say ‘no’, to cement ‘yes’”. The time that has intervened between then and now has proven that Dountas’ assessment was grossly incorrect.  As you rightly point out, the “status quo” is not static but it changes over time, at our expense.  Just think of the situation that was then prevailing and compare it with today’s situation.  The nature of the Cyprus problem is such that the Greek Cypriot arguments for the return of territory and properties and the withdrawal of settlers are fading with the passage of time.  I cannot explain why Greek Cypriot leaders appear not to understand this simple truth.  At the end of the day, what counts are the catastrophic consequences of this mentality.As to the stand taken by Demetris Christofias, what I would say is that a democratic debate was held within Akel at the time.  The debate culminated in a congress that was attended by some 1,500 members of the party.  An extensive discussion led to a vote of 60:40 in favour of ‘no’.  The congress was monitored by the mass media and the respective positions of each one of us are well known.  In a large organisation you have the obligation to respect the opinion of the majority.  Talking about comrade Demetris, allow me to remind you that despite our different views at the time, when he was elected President of the Republic he sought my participation in the negotiating team.  Nobody can ignore the fact that during his 5-year term in office, a series of very important convergences was reached.  These are set out in a document titled “Convergences 2008-2012”, which was compiled by (UNSG’s Special Envoy) Mr. Downer. With the ideas that are shyly advanced, is Rauf Denktash solemnly vindicated, given that he prophetically predicted that the time will come when the Greek Cypriots will be actively seeking the partition of Cyprus? You will recollect that a few days ago we met at a gathering of trade unionists, at the Chateau in Nicosia, where you asked me to give you this interview.  The meeting was attended by politicians coming from both communities.  I must admit that I felt that the tables were being turned around, when Mehmet Ali Talat came out, along with all the other Turkish Cypriot politicians, and unequivocally stated that the Turkish Cypriots were aiming for a federal state, which would have a single sovereignty, one international personality and one citizenship and, then, he added that they reject the position held by Greek Cypriots who favoured a confederation.  I sincerely hope that the impression of Mr. Talat to the effect that Greek Cypriots are aiming at a confederation is incorrect.  That such thoughts are shyly placed on the table by various players is something we have noted ourselves. It would appear that, today, we are finding ourselves – for the umpteenth time – in a deadlock situation.  In your opinion, what do we need to do to get out of this mess, beyond the wishful thinking and the blank cartridge shots of our politicians? The only way forward is for all parties to accept the reconvening of the negotiation process in a meaningful manner.  The point has been pointedly stressed by the UN Secretary General.  He has explained, in very specific terms, what he has proposed:  Continuation of the negotiations from where they were left at Crans-Montana.  From the point of view of substance, the Secretary General is asking for the retention of all the convergences attained, the acceptance of his Framework (which abolishes the guarantees and the intervention rights from day one, imposes a drastic reduction of the occupying forces, also from day one, to be followed by a fast completion of their full withdrawal, save one issue which remained pending for further negotiation concerning the fate of the Cyprus Greek Regiment (Eldyk) and the Cyprus Turkish Regiment, and expects Morphou to be returned), as well as the mechanism that would secure the proper implementation of the solution arrived at, which excluded the guarantee powers.  As to the procedural part, the Secretary General insists on two negotiating tables, exactly like Crans-Montana, thus facilitating the parallel negotiation of the international aspects of the problem at one of the tables and of four basic internal issues at the other table, on the basis of a “package deal”.  If the above are accepted, the Secretary General believes that we will have a strategic common understanding that will facilitate the resolution of the remaining pending issues.There are good reasons as to why the Secretary General is proposing the above approach.  Without exception, all the “chapters” of the Cyprus problem have reached an advanced stage of convergence.  Only certain specific issues are still pending in each “chapter”.  This is something which now permits a kind of a cross-negotiation approach.  It was already evident that the further negotiation of “chapters”, on a stand-alone basis, had exhausted its prospects.  As a consequence, it became difficult to cover the last remaining mile.  By adopting a cross-negotiation approach we will overcome the perpetual problem of what we discuss first and what should follow while we will stop losing ourselves in small details.The fact that, to this moment, it has proved unfeasible to re-launch the negotiation process has been confirmed by the Secretary General.  Despite the verbal assurances given by the two sides, he has not been convinced, as yet, that the two sides are ready to forge ahead on the basis of the procedures that he has proposed. On a going forward basis it would appear that the indefinite prolongation of the Cyprus problem is not one of the options we have.  It follows that the Greek Cypriots have two basic options (a) a federal Cyprus or (b) a partitioned Cyprus.  Could it be that the talk about a “loose” federation is intended to pave the road for expropriating northern Cyprus to Turkey?  I would remind you that, in the recent past, the Archbishop came out in public in favour of two separate states (irrespective of the fact that the following day clarified his position by stating that he was expressing a “personal opinion”).  Do you anticipate that the European Union would accept two Lilliputian states as full member states or that the partition of Cyprus would lead to the defenestration of Cyprus from the Union? I agree with you that Greek Cypriots have two basic options: a federation or partition.  Today, this assessment appears as valid as it has ever been.  As I have already mentioned, the soundings concerning a change in the agreed federal framework intensify.  The alternative which is being discussed behind the scenes is not the unitary state but some form of a partition.  The Archbishop was at least honest by appearing as a strong advocate of a two-state arrangement.  What is, of course, strange is that the President declares that they are in harmony between them.  The European Union has a serious obstacle in accepting a second Cyprus state as one of its members.  Thus, while I do not anticipate the formal recognition of the pseudostate, it can easily be upgraded from an “illegal” entity to an “unrecognised” entity.  We all remember the efforts exerted shortly after the 2004 referenda for allowing the north to directly engage in international commercial activities.  We have no doubt that we will experience a similar behaviour in the event of a failure to re-launch the negotiation process and we will end up being branded as co-responsible for the failure.  This is what happened after Crans-Montana in the Secretary General’s reports while Turkey was effectively “absolved”. At least one political party leader holds the view that by setting clear objectives and by securing unanimity as to what those objectives should be, is sufficient for attaining the ambitious goals we will set for ourselves.  Clearly such a position suggests a childish naivety.  The more ambitious your targets are, the easier it is to convince the voters to accept them but the more difficult it is to attain them. Do you agree that such an approach inevitably leads to a trap into which many Greek Cypriot politicians have fallen in the past?  Securing a unanimous consent among the political forces of Cyprus is, in principle, a desirable objective; but it is an unrealistic objective, which, in the past, has often led the process into political inertia and a stalemate.  In Cyprus, we have a political system that affords small parties the possibility of imposing their choices on the majority, in respect of vital issues. These small parties – often shamelessly – claim the right to “shift the balance” in the one or the other direction.  Do you share the view that this is a grossly undemocratic arrangement, which allows small minorities to effectively control the political scene and to dictate the political tempo of the country? If subscribed to, the view that the bicommunal, bizonal federation has proved to be an unfeasible goal and, therefore, we need to revert to the goal of a unitary state, does, indeed, indicate childish naivety.  How on earth, is it possible to conclude that a federation is unfeasible while a much more favourable to the Greek Cypriot positions target is deemed feasible?  Yes, a unanimous consent is desirable but it is obviously unfeasible, if we cannot agree on what our goals should be.  All of us, who consider a federal state as the only available option we have for seeking and achieving the liberation and the reunification of Cyprus, have great difficulty to find a common modus operandi with those who reject such a solution, either directly or through the imposition of clearly unacceptable to the other side conditions.  If we agree with them, we will become accomplices to the partition, which will follow.You are right, the small parties in Cyprus, do exploit the possibilities offered by our Presidential system of utilising their small electoral power for entering into pre-election or post-election alliances.  Thus, on many occasions, they succeeded in gaining effective control over the government.  This is a feature common to many democracies.  However, we, in Akel, will not compromise our positions on the Cyprus problem in order to enhance our strength.  We have proved this in the last presidential election. In the very recent past, the President of the Republic has posed the dilemma between a “loose” and a “tight-knit” federation.  It has transpired that the gist of the dilemma (if, in fact, there is a dilemma) is not readily comprehensible.  There is absolutely no doubt that securing the cohesion of the state and the severance of the political umbilical cord connecting northern Cyprus with Turkey entail the assignment of certain powers to the Federal government.  These powers cover the currency and monetary policy, taxation, the exploitation of natural resources, the guarding of the external borders of Cyprus, international relations and, in general, whatever is linked to the premise of having a single sovereignty, one international personality and one citizenship.  Beyond this, if, for example, certain taxes (such as property taxes and municipal taxes) shall come under the jurisdiction of the federal states is – unquestionably – a matter of secondary importance.  You represent the principal opposition party:  What are your views on these vital issues? In today’s world one comes across decentralised as well as centralised federations.  This has to do with the reasons that prompted their formation and the process that was followed in establishing the federations.  For example, the classical federations of the 19th century (USA, Germany, Switzerland) commenced operating as decentralised federations because they originated from confederated structures.  The same applies to federations that were established to address national issues (Belgium).  The remaining federations are fairly centralised (a good example is the Latin American federations).  Whether a federation is centralised or decentralised depends on how competences are divided between the centre and the peripheries.  If what we are discussing in our case is the transfer of certain agreed upon powers from the centre to the constituent states, the President must, at least, specify what he is referring to.  The fact is that in all federal systems, certain powers (basically those you have identified in your question) are universally allocated to the centre.  If we assign such powers to the constituent states, then we cross the red line between a federation and a confederation.  And if we cross the red line, then the turkification of the occupied area will be completed and will become irreversible.  Please allow me to pose a legitimate question myself.  Given that the President declares that he accepts the UN Secretary General’s Framework and the SG’s position that we should pick up the process where we left it at Crans Montana, why did the President choose to open a fundamental, otherwise agreed upon, issue, at a critical time, when what is at stake is whether the negotiation process can be re-launched or not? Mr. Tsielepis, thank you very much for a particularly interesting and informative interview.  Christos Panayiotides is a regular columnist for the Cyprus Mail and Alithia  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus 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Miller holds first meeting as chair of Elections and Ethics Committee

first_imgState Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, presides over his first meeting as chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee.State Rep. Aaron Miller, following his first meeting as chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said he’s looking forward to working on policy over the next two years that brings even more integrity and efficiency to Michigan’s election system.“Elections play a critically important role in ensuring our government is chosen by the people, and we should continually be looking at ways to improve the security and efficiency of the process,” said Miller, R-Sturgis. “It’s an honor and a privilege to chair this key committee. I’m looking forward to setting priorities, working on legislation and making the tough decisions that lead to positive changes for elections in Michigan.”The first Elections and Ethics Committee meeting of the 2017-18 legislative session included a presentation by Chris Thomas, director of the Bureau of Elections, who gave an overview of the bureau’s functions.“It’s important for all of the representatives to be up to speed on the issues and topics we will address in committee,” Miller said.### Categories: Miller News 09Feb Miller holds first meeting as chair of Elections and Ethics Committeelast_img read more

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Reps Noble and Cox secure funding for Plymouth traffic signal

first_img State Representatives Jeff Noble and Laura Cox today announced that funding has been made available for a new traffic signal in Plymouth Township.The traffic signal is located at the intersection of McClumpha Road and Ann Arbor Road.“After working alongside Representative Cox, I am thrilled there will be funding available to get a light at this very dangerous intersection,” said Rep. Noble, of Plymouth. “I have been contacted by a lot of community members with their concerns, and I am proud to bring this project to the forefront of the Department of Transportation.”The T-shaped intersection has no turn lanes, creating safety concerns. There is also a large influx of traffic due to a nearby shopping mall.“As the House Appropriations chair I worked with Rep. Noble to identify this problem and ensure that this was addressed by the department of transportation,” said Rep. Cox, of Livonia. “This investment to Plymouth Township will prevent accidents from occurring in the future and protect our residents.”Between 2012-2016, there have been 36 total accidents at the intersection. Twenty-three of these accidents are T-boned or head on collisions.The budget will also help make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs.The intersection project will be aided with $1 million from the newly signed budget.### 14Jul Reps. Noble and Cox secure funding for Plymouth traffic signal Categories: Cox Newslast_img read more

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Rep LaSata welcomes Rep for a Day winners to state Capitol

first_imgPhoto Information: State Rep. Kim LaSata welcomes ‘Rep for a Day’ contest winners to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  The winners are (from left to right) Maya Jordan, Dakoda Morrison, Natalie Jordan, Atharv Saxena, Hiranmayi Midithuri, and Sahiti Midithuri. Categories: LaSata News,LaSata Photos,News,Photos State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, welcomed 6 students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state legislator.Local students entered the contest by filling out a bookmark they received from their local library with as many books as they could read over the summer. During their day in Lansing, the students took an Oath of Office, learned about the responsibilities of being a public servant, toured the Capitol, and participated in a mock committee meeting to vote on the official state dessert of Michigan. The students that attended read a combined 100 books, totaling over 8,800 pages. “I enjoyed hosting these motivated young scholars at the Capitol,” LaSata said.  “I am impressed by their enthusiasm for reading as well as their interest in our state government.  These students will continue to grow and perhaps become leaders in their own communities.” center_img 07Nov Rep. LaSata welcomes ‘Rep for a Day’ winners to state Capitollast_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo has received loan commi

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo has received loan commitments from a number of banks to raise €800m, which it said it would use to partially refinance its existing debt. The new credit facility will be provided by ABN Amro Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis, Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen Boerenleenbank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, ING-DiBa, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Société Générale.The cash will consist of a €400 million revolving credit facility and a €400 million Term Loan A, both of which will mature in five years. Ziggo said that it had also given Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan authority to set up a series of investor meetings for potential additional refinancing, which could include a capital markets transaction.The news comes just days after Ziggo said it was buying local voice and data specialist Esprit Telecom from the Detron ICT & Telecom Group. Ziggo today reiterated its 2013 guidance in which it estimated that EBITDA for the year will increase in the range of 2.5-3.5%.last_img read more

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Kabel Deutschland KDG is to challenge the German

first_imgKabel Deutschland (KDG) is to challenge the German competition regulator’s decision to block its takeover of smaller German operator Tele Columbus.KDG has filed a complaint challenging the decision which has been passed to the Supreme Administrative Court of Düsseldorf. The competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, ruled that KDG’s proposed €618 million takeover of Tele Columbus could only be approved if it sold off 60% of its networks in eastern Germany, something KDG found was unacceptable.last_img read more

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German service provider NetCologne has introduced

first_imgGerman service provider NetCologne has introduced a number of new services to its TV offering.The Cologne-based provider has added local free-to-air entertainment channel FTL Deutschland to its basic package, while the HD version of Discovery Channel is now available to pay TV customers.NetCologne has also added a new package of international channels from the Balkan region. The package comprises five channels from Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia including Balkanika Music Television. The package is available for €6.95 a month.last_img read more

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The French Senate has adopted legislation to secur

first_imgThe French Senate has adopted legislation to secure the independence of the country’s public broadcast organisations, giving media regulator the CSA the right to nominate the chiefs of public TV and radio.The law had already been approved by the National Assembly, the lower house, in July.The change means that the presidents of France Télévisions, Radio France and France Médias Monde will be appointed by a slimmed down CSA of seven rather than nine members. Under the previous law, the posts were decided by the council of ministers in consultation with the CSA and the culture committees of both houses.last_img read more

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Subhash Chandra receiving an honorary doctorate fr

first_imgSubhash Chandra receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of East London.Indian media giant Zee Entertainment Enterprises, the owner of Zee TV, is planning to launch its US-based lifestyle channel Veria Living TV in Europe for the first time next year.Speaking to DTVE last week, Indian media mogul Subhash Chandra, the chairman of Essel Group and Zee Entertainment Enterprises, said that Zee is currently in discussions with TV platforms in the UK about launching the channel there, claiming it is market that is “ripe” for healthcare content programming.“We should be launching in the coming early summer – maybe April, May, June kind of timeframe,” said Chandra.He added that Zee was also discussing a Russian launch, with the firm in talks about taking a majority share in an existing health and wellness channel in this market, which it would then programme with Veria content dubbed into Russian.Chandra would not give further details of these discussions, as the deal is yet to close, but said that all going well, this partnership could be in place by the end of the first quarter of next year.He also said Zee was currently assessing the possibility of launching another English-language, global content brand in the factual entertainment space. “Within one year we will make the decision. Launch can take another one year,” he said.The news comes as Zee announced it is teaming up with Stockholm-based VOD service Voddler to strengthen its standing in the online video space.Under the deal, Voddler will build and operate a global online streaming solution of Zee’s premium content.Slated for an early 2014 release, the Zee-branded service will initially focus on markets including India, the US and Indonesia. Under the agreement, Zee has also an option to invest USD$5 million in Voddler.The new OTT service follows the launch of Zee’s DittoTV OTT service last year – anonline, tablet and mobile platform that provides live streams and TV on demand from a host of Zee channels. This initially launched in India and has since rolled in international markets including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.Discussing the new Voddler powered Zee service, Voddler VP of product and communications, Anders Sjöman, told DTVE “we are discussing positioning/branding of this vis-à-vis DittoTV.  For now though, and for sure during the initial stages of our collaboration, it is a separate site that will have a global perspective from the start.”Zee is currently setting its sights on aggressive international expansion. The firm, which recently launched a new brand identity and corporate philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ meaning ‘The World is My Family,’ already has 100,000 hours of programming available in 15 languages across the world. Its vision for 2020 is to double its current reach of 700 million viewers in 169 countries to reach a billion viewers.Chandra, who was in London last week to receive an honorary doctorate of business administration from the University of East London, said that Zee is currently working on four categories of programme: South Asian programming; South Asian programming repurposed for given markets, dubbed or subtitled in different languages; local production in the local languages; and global programming, produced in English language and distributed globally, again dubbed in the local languages.The last of these, he said, was currently Zee’s biggest focus as demonstrated by its plans to expand its Veria Living TV reach. The channel is currently available in the US and in late 2011 Zee created a US$250 million content development, production, co-production and acquisition fund for Veria Living as part of a five-year plan to expand Veria’s presence in the US and beyond.last_img read more

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