Stars Want Elephant Protection Law

first_imgMore than 50 notable figures in the entertainment industry have come out as supporters of a bill that would ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in California.Authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assembly member Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, SB 716 will be heard by the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee on July 14. This bill is also supported by The Humane Society of the United States, the Performing Animal Welfare Society and the Oakland Zoo.Sen. Ricardo Lara said: “It’s time to say adios to devices used to torture elephants in California. Several cities have already taken a stand against this form of abuse and now our entire state must demonstrate leadership. We must protect our elephants and ban this inhumane treatment.”Members of the entertainment industry urge the passage of SB 716 in a petition that will be presented at the July 14 hearing. The petition reads, in part “There is no excuse for treating elephants cruelly for entertainment’s sake. Today, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and bona fide sanctuaries in California use positive reinforcement and food rewards to train elephants, while providing excellent care. None of them use the bullhook. The worst abuses take place away from the view of the public and law enforcement. The only sure way to protect elephants is to prohibit use of the bullhook.”Supporters include: Bob Barker, Kim Basinger, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jason Biggs, Jorja Fox, Woody Harrelson, Anjelica Huston, Shirley Manson, Ross McCall, Rose McGowan, Lea Michele, Kevin Nealon, Edward Norton, Nikki Reed, Sia, Ian Somerhalder, Hilary Swank, Lily Tomlin and many more.last_img read more

Individuals affected by Kilinochchi fire compensated

Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan provided compensation to 91 individuals who were affected from the fire, which erupted at the Kilinochchi market complex on 16th September 2016.Compensation was awarded to the affected people today (28.12.2016) during an event held at the Kilinochchi district secretariat. About 122 shops were destroyed from the fire and after estimating the damages, the people who were affected from the fire were provided compensation today. Through a Cabinet paper presented by the Ministry, 74 million rupees were allocated to provide compensation to these individuals. Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray, State Minister of Children and Women’s Affairs Vijeyakala Maheswaran and several other public officials were present at this event. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNICEF calls for shielding children from silent dangers of abuse violence exploitation

Damage from these “silent dangers” lurks in every society in the world and occurs even when a child was well-nourished or immunized, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a message ahead of World Health Day on Monday.”A well-nourished child who is beaten at home is not a healthy child,” she declared. “A child who is sexually abused at school is not a healthy child. An immunized child who is forced into hazardous child labour is not a healthy child. Such abuse and exploitation has huge implications for the long-term health and development of millions of children.” Noting the World Health Day theme of “Healthy Environments for Children,” Ms. Bellamy said governments and communities had to address both the physical environment in which children spend their days, and the “protective” environment that is essential to keeping every child out of harm’s way.”Children must have every chance to survive and thrive,” she added. “The risks that jeopardize the health and well-being of children must not be limited to diseases and infections. Children must live in a protective environment that fortifies them against exploitation in the same way that good health and nutrition fortify them against disease.” UNICEF noted that the fundamental environmental health risks included poor sanitation, unclean water, inadequate hygiene, pollution, and other environmental hazards that could lead to fatal diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection. But a “protective environment” was just as crucial to their health and development in shielding them from “the silent dangers,” it added. “Children have the right to an environment that safeguards them not only against disease, but against ill-treatment,” Ms. Bellamy said. Tens of millions of children suffer severe abuse and violence each year, the agency noted. In the last decade, millions of children have died as a result of conflicts, while over the same period 6 million have been injured or disabled in wars.An estimated 300,000 children are being used as child soldiers, including girls used as sex slaves and exposed to diseases such as HIV, while over 180 million children are engaged in hazardous child labour and some 5.7 million are enslaved in bonded labour. An estimated 100 million girls and women have endured genital mutilation, usually carried out in childhood or adolescence, it added.”The fact that these abuses still exist is a manifestation of the world’s systematic failure to protect those who are most defenceless,” Ms. Bellamy said. “All children have a right to grow up in an environment that ensures their protection.”Noting that globally, nearly 11 million children die before their fifth birthday – overwhelmingly from causes that are preventable and treatable – Ms. Bellamy said children face serious environmental health hazards in the very places where they are thought to be most safe: the school and the community. Most schools in the developing world lack basic sanitary facilities and sources of potable water, while open sewage, unsafe disposal of domestic and industrial waste, and pollution of sources of water supply expose children to a host of dangers in the very places where they play, she added. read more

Indigenous awards an important part of education experience

They’re two Indigenous students at two very different points in their Brock University journeys, but Lyn Trudeau and Nick Printup are setting an example for others to follow.Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services handed out the 2019 Aboriginal Achievement Awards Tuesday, April 2, with Trudeau and Printup being named the recipients. For Sandra Wong, Aboriginal Academic Support Co-ordinator, the annual awards event represents something bigger than just giving out plaques.“Education has been very negative for our people because of the past with residential schools, so every chance we get, we need to celebrate our successes,” she said. “If we continue to do that, more and more students will become aware and inspired.”Trudeau is an Anishinabe woman who started her studies at Brock in 2001. She completed her undergrad in 2008, a Master’s of Education in 2013 and is now working on a PhD focusing on the sociocultural contexts of education. She works as an instructor and teaching assistant for a number of courses within the Faculty of Education’s Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.“She mentors so many students and is a role model in the community,” Wong said of Trudeau. “She’s very deserving of this award and is so humble about everything she does.”Trudeau said the award means a lot to her.“I’ve always talked about being a change agent and I feel that if I’m going to do that, this is very significant,” said Trudeau, who hopes to complete her PhD in the next year and a half.Printup is Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe and is about to complete his first year in Media and Communications studies. He’s a transfer student from Niagara College who has already established himself as a published author and accomplished filmmaker who specializes in telling important stories of Indigenous peoples.“He is very engaged in the community,” Wong said. “This is his first year, but he has already made an impact here. We typically don’t hire our first-year students, but he’s so familiar with the culture and does teachings for our students. He’s very deserving of the award.”Printup said he takes his role as an Indigenous storyteller seriously.“For so long, Indigenous content has not been produced by Indigenous people,” he said. “I’d like to work in mainstream media, but we’re put into a predicament where we have the ability to tell our own stories so we should be doing that. There’s a void that needs to be filled.”Wong said the Aboriginal Achievement Awards give staff in the Aboriginal Student Services department an “overwhelming sense of pride.”“Seeing how these students develop in the growth of their knowledge, we probably learn more from them than they learn from us,” she said.Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services gave out its 2019 Aboriginal Achievement Awards Tuesday, April 2. Pictured from left are: Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration; Sandra Wong, Aboriginal Academic Support Co-ordinator; award recipients Nick Printup and Lyn Trudeau; Arlene Bannister, Aboriginal Recruitment and Liaison Officer; and Greg Finn, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic. read more

Marc Loving gets weight of a silverback gorilla off his back against

Freshman forward Marc Loving (2) drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt had been a long time since Ohio State freshman forward Marc Loving scored a basket.Four hours, 35 minutes and 14 seconds of game time to be exact.Loving hadn’t scored a field goal since a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining during a 68-62 loss against Nebraska Jan. 20.He had also failed to score in any way since the Buckeyes fell, 71-70, in overtime against Penn State Jan. 29, when he hit a pair of free throws.But when his team needed him to recapture the form that had excited coach Thad Matta and the Buckeye faithful earlier this season, Loving did just that.Against Illinois Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to score — putting up only 20 points in the first half and a season-low 48 points in the game — and led by just one point with 12:18 remaining.After buckets from bench players junior center Trey McDonald and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle pushed the lead to five, Loving found the scoring touch he hadn’t seen in nearly a month.“It was like a monkey climbed off my back,” Loving said to Cleveland.com after OSU’s 48-39 win against the Fighting Illini.When he was asked to identify the size of the primate, the freshman was quick to clarify.“A silverback (gorilla),” he added.Loving’s first made jumper in the month of February was followed by two more field goals and a pair of free throws, as the freshman scored eight consecutive points for the Buckeyes.“We needed a little spark off the bench,” Loving said after the game. “Seeing (a shot) go in relieved a lot of pressure. My teammates had my back during my struggles, and they were looking for me. I took the open opportunities and they went down.”At the end of the run, OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) led, 42-29, with 5:25 remaining. The team held on for the victory despite a late charge from Illinois (14-12, 3-10, last in the Big Ten).Before the scoring drought began, Loving was averaging 6.68 points per game but has since seen that number slip to 5.3 a game. His time on the court had also dwindled, as he recorded a season low two minutes during a 70-60 loss against then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11.Matta said the pressure that was lifted when Loving made the first basket was immense.“When the ball went through for him, I was just so excited,” Matta said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I talked to him after practice (Friday) and said ‘It’s going to happen’ … When that first shot went down, you could literally see a thousand pounds lifted off of him.”Matta added that he thought Loving was deserving of the game ball.“I told the team afterward, if I could have gotten the game ball, I would have given it to (Loving),” Matta said.Loving wasn’t the only bench player for the Buckeyes to play well against the Illini.Della Valle scored five points and added three rebounds, with junior guard Shannon Scott — who asked to be removed from the starting lineup last month — playing 26 minutes and recording five steals, four rebounds, three assists and two points.McDonald also recorded two points in 15 minutes in relief of junior center Amir Williams, who failed to score during the game.“What you saw with Trey, what you saw with Amedeo, those are things we need them to do,” Matta said. “We rode those guys. They were dog tired.”Senior guard Aaron Craft was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points, but was saddled to the bench with foul trouble for large portions of each half.Craft said it was hard not being able to play, but thought the bench players did a good job when they were needed.“It was rough,” Craft said in an interview with Cleveland.com after the game. “I’m sitting on the bench. It’s tough when you don’t have a say. My teammates did a great job controlling the perimeter. Guys just did a great job executing, finding ways to keep it close and that’s what we needed.”Next up, Loving and the rest of the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, tied for seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Advances in hydrometallurgical copper processing

first_imgIn one of the keynote presentations at ALTA 2016 this May, Ken Baxter, VP Technology, SNC-Lavalin, Australia, asks Are we any closer to hydromet overtaking smelting for copper sulphide concentrates? The abstract follows.Where primary copper concentrates contain little in the way of deleterious elements and transport or government royalties for export of untreated concentrates do not present significant commercial issues, smelting of primary copper concentrates remains the route of choice. Opportunities for technically viable hydrometallurgical treatment routes ultimately turn on commercial viability and an assessment of risk for hydrometallurgical options.While pyrometallurgical treatment of concentrates is capital intensive and has stringent environmental controls, smelting technology also continues to evolve to address these issues, so it is unlikely that primary sulphide concentrate treatment will move significantly away from smelting unless concentrate compositions change significantly. However, increases in the proportion of concentrates produced with high levels of impurities will increasingly open opportunities for hydrometallurgical flowsheets to be considered.Most primary hydrometallurgical options for treating both clean and dirty primary copper concentrates remain commercially unproven, although there are an increasing number of process plants treating primary and secondary copper concentrates where the hydrometallurgical process can add value to the project that cannot be achieved via a concentrate smelting route.For secondary copper concentrates, the alternatives are much more open, with a significant number of hydrometallurgical plants in operation treating both concentrates and run of mine ores ROM. Whole ore treatment is prevalent as a result of difficulties in obtaining good flotation recoveries.This paper will explore the basis of flowsheet selection, in cases where alternatives other than smelting have been considered for copper sulphide concentrate treatment.last_img read more

An airline is offering flights to Iceland and the US from Cork

first_img AIRLINE WOW HAS announced it is to fly from Cork Airport to Iceland and the US.The airline will operate direct scheduled flights to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik and travellers can then transfer here onto a flight to the US.Prices for the routes begin at €149.CEO Skúli Mogensen said: “We are delighted to add Cork Airport to the WOW air route network today. We’re keen to expand our services from Ireland and are delighted to offer further choice and value in travel through our expansion in Cork.”Managing Director at Cork Airport Niall MacCarthy added: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome WOW air to Cork as our latest airline partner.“The new service is fantastic news for outbound and inbound visitors, especially as it will offer very affordable transatlantic travel here, the US and Canada.”Two separate earthquakes within two hours hit central Italy >‘I hope you f*****g die’: What a woman told her victim following bottle attack > Short URL 64 Comments An airline is offering flights to Iceland and the US from Cork Airport WOW Airlines is flying to Reykjavik, Iceland four days a week where passengers will be able to transfer onto US-bound flights. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 26th 2016, 9:45 PM http://jrnl.ie/3048342 Share32 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 9:45 PM By Garreth MacNamee 25,690 Views last_img read more

Meeting the challenge of the national living wage

first_imgSince Chancellor George Osborne announced the creation of a new national living wage in his 2015 Summer Budget, planning how to deal with the associated cost increases has challenged many organisations.When the national living wage comes into effect next month, the minimum hourly wage for employees aged over 25 will rise to £7.20, ultimately increasing to £9 by 2020. This an increase on the current minimum wage, which is currently set at £6.70 for employees aged 21 and over.For some employers, this will not require any action, particularly if they have already committed to pay the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary living wage, which currently stands at £8.25 an hour and £9.20 in London.However, for others, the introduction of the national living wage could represent a significant increase in their salary bill, at a time when they may already have had to account for a rise in pension contributions post auto-enrolment. Organisations have mooted a number of possible ways through which to absorb the additional cost of compliance. Among others, these include cutting bonuses or freezing pay for staff unaffected by the change, reducing headcount or seeking further efficiencies within the business.It is in this latter area that reward and benefits have a role to play. Find out more about how employers can use their pay and benefits strategy to mitigate the impact of the new national living wage on their business in How will the national living wage impact reward strategies?Later this month, the industry will be watching this year’s Budget unfold with interest. As well as likely changes to pensions tax relief, many will be waiting to see if the government’s review of salary sacrifice arrangements results in it taking action to close these.Futureproofing a reward and benefits strategy to ensure it is equipped to stand up to the demands of such legislative changes is a priority for most organisations. Employee Benefits Connect, which takes place on 9 March at the Lancaster London, will explore a number of the future trends likely to impact the workforce and benefits strategies in order to help employers prepare for all eventualities.Debbie Lovewell-Tuck Editor Tweet: @DebbieLovewelllast_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp Receives 2019 Best of Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release shared by Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp:Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp has been selected for the 2019 Best of Wilmington Award in the Gym category by the Wilmington Award Program.Each year, the Wilmington Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Wilmington area a great place to live, work and play.Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Wilmington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Wilmington Award Program and data provided by third parties.About Wilmington Award ProgramThe Wilmington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Wilmington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.The Wilmington Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp To Hold Fundraiser For ‘Hero Pups’ On June 30In “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”last_img read more

Bangladeshborn British conferred with UKs highest neurosurgery award

first_imgTipu Aziz. Photo: Oxford`s NDCNBangladesh-born British neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz, founder and head of Oxford functional neurosurgery, has been conferred with the United Kingdom’s highest neurosurgery award for his contribution in the neurosurgery sector.Tipu was awarded the lifetime Medal of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) for on 21 March at a programme in United States’ Manchester.According to the website of the Oxford University’s Nuffield department of clinical neurosciences, the neurosurgery professor’s ‘work was central to confirming the subthalamic nucleus as a possible surgical target for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and more recently the pedunculopontine nucleus.’“His research interests are the role of the upper brain stem in the control of movement, the clinical neurophysiology of movement disorders and neuropathic pain and autonomic responses to deep brain stimulation, use of MR and MEG imaging in functional neurosurgery,” it added.last_img

Apple 2019 Brand Report Card

first_imgApple keeps falling further from the head of the pack, ranking 10th out of 12 places this year after being 7th out of 10 last year. This past year saw the company face a lot of scrutiny over its keyboards, and while it delivered the Retina display MacBook Air most everyone wanted, all of its laptops felt too iterative, with little to truly boast about.However, Apple’s fantastic tech support and dedication to making sleek-looking laptops are keeping hope alive for those who stay loyal to its ecosystem.Apple’s Key StrengthsThe best tech support: Friendly, efficient and well-informed agents are rare, and Apple knows how to train its crew to impress.Increasingly impressive performance: Record-breaking SSD speeds and Core i9 CPUs helped Apple’s MacBook Pros impress at the testing bench.Apple’s Key WeaknessesAging designs: Sure, Apple set the standards, but it’s staying within the lines it set years ago, with limited colorways, and weights that are staying the same while everyone’s shredding pounds.High prices: Apple’s reluctance to make a laptop that’s less than $800 keeps its tech out of the hands of many budget-focused shoppers.No new tricks: The MacBook Air got a bunch of hand-me-downs from the Pro, but the MacBook Pro’s missing facial recognition and the 12-inch MacBook and Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro have gone ignored. Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2019Which laptop brand is best? We’ve ranked every major player from Apple to Huawei based on review scores, tech support, innovation and more.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-brand-rating?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:3001:30Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  Top-Rated Apple LaptopsBest MacBook for Most People: MacBook Air (2018)Most Powerful MacBook: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Scorecard and WinnersAcerAlienwareAppleAsusDellHPHuaweiLenovoMicrosoftMSIRazerSamsungcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Reviews (30/40)Apple’s keyboard woes continue and the few MacBooks we reviewed this year aren’t as groundbreaking as we’d hoped. As a result, the Cupertino giant’s average laptop score sits at 3.7 stars, with only one entry receiving an Editor’s Choice award. It’s not all bad news for macOS users, however: Apple finally released a new version of the MacBook Air, bringing long-awaited features to its mainstream consumer notebook. But the 12-inch MacBook is still in desperate need of some attention, and Apple continues to sell the 13-inch MacBook Pro with outdated components.AdvertisementFor all its shortcomings in the laptop space, Apple still sells some great products. Armed with an incomprehensibly fast SSD, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice in spite of its exorbitant price. Offering workstation-class productivity in a mobile package, the MacBook Pro has a sleek chassis, vivid display and long battery life.Design (10/15)No one can ever say that Apple laptops aren’t simultaneously sturdy and sleek. They can, however, say that the design has gotten rather stale over the years. Since it’s become the de facto laptop of coffee shops and workspaces, Apple’s gotten a bit too comfortable in the design area.Outside of shaving off a few ounces and inches, like the 2018 MacBook Air, the look hasn’t changed much. And in the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it hasn’t changed at all. In fact, the Pro is heavier than the competition and still offering the same two colors, Space Gray and Silver, while competing laptop makers are dabbling in blues, whites and rose gold.However, there’s a reason for the term “MacBook clone.” Apple’s iconic look is still parroted by laptop manufacturers to this day.Support and Warranty (18/20)The tech-support folks who work Apple’s phone lines, live chat and social media continue to give the company a good name, providing accurate answers promptly, with a fun, jovial attitude. The only wall we hit with the company’s service was how its online knowledge base doesn’t handle synonyms well for some queries, making it difficult to find answers because you don’t think of a “webcam” as a “camera.”After a price-jump to its AppleCare+ extended tech support package in 2017, Apple’s kept its warranties the same over the last period of our reporting. Laptops come with a one-year hardware warranty and 90 days of phone support, and you can extend those allotments to three years for $249 (MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook), $269 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and $379 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.Innovation (4/10)The past year was not very notable for MacBook innovation, as the only step forward was the revamped MacBook Air. It’s nice that Apple finally delivered a Retina Display, Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad for a relatively affordable price, but there’s nothing really exciting or new here.Value and Selection (7/15)Apple has a small selection of laptops that all start at a premium price and only get more premium. The most “affordable” laptop that Apple sells is the MacBook Air, which starts at $1,099 and is outfitted with a Core i5 Y-series chip, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It has a quality aluminum design along with a great pair of speakers, but its display is dim and its performance is subpar compared to the competition.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsA step up from that is the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,299 but can go up to $3,499, which gets you a Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. But with that exorbitant price, the graphics performance and battery life could’ve been better. One ace up the system’s sleeve, however, is its SSD, which is among the fastest ever in a laptop. It’s outmatched only by its big brother, the 15-inch MacBook Pro (starting at $2,399; up to $6,949). The 15-inch version is our favorite, as it boasts incredibly powerful performance.However, compared to any Windows laptop, Apple’s pricing is generally much higher. The only truly unique feature that Apple has to offer is macOS, which many users simply prefer. We’d like to see one Apple laptop in the sub-$800 range, but we don’t see that happening.last_img read more

Americans Consume More Than 70000 Microplastic Particles Every Year

first_img(Credit: DEREVYA/Shutterstock)Plastics are everywhere, from our phones to our cars to our utensils. Now researchers find they’re inside our bodies as well. Americans consume more than 70,000 microplastic particles every year, a new study says. That sounds like a lot, but that number is still likely an underestimate, the researchers say. The consequences to human health are largely unknown.“The results of our study support the concept that we are living in a ‘plastic environment’ and consume microplastics in essentially everything we eat, drink and breathe,” said Hailey Davies, a marine biologist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, who led the new research.Munching MicroplasticsPrevious studies from other groups keyed Davies and colleagues into the amount of microplastics fish and other seafood accumulate. They wondered if humans might be similarly consuming bits of plastic throughout their daily lives.The researchers combed through studies to find out how many microplastic particles are in the food and drinks a typical American consumes. Then they combined these values with recommended dietary guidelines to estimate microplastic exposure. Because men, women and kids tend to eat different amounts of food, the scientists made separate estimates for men and women and boys and girls.They found humans consume 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles from food alone each year. When the team added in microplastic exposure from the air around us, those numbers jumped to 74,000 to 121,000 microplastic particles.Though shocking, the values are likely a large underestimate, Davies said. The estimates do not include red meat, poultry, dairy, grains and vegetables because data on microplastic contamination in these foods is not yet available.Plummet Plastic UseBottled water was another major source of microplastic consumption, the team reports Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Davies and colleagues suspected bottled water would contain more microplastics than tap water given the packaging. But the researchers were surprised to discover how big the difference is. Bottled water has 94 microplastic particles per liter, while tap water only has four. Drinking the recommended volume of water from bottled water alone jacks up microplastic ingestion by 90,000 particles per year.The researchers say much of the microplastic particles likely get flushed out of our bodies. But not all. Some of the smallest particles can get into the bloodstream as well as the lungs and guts. These particles can potentially accumulate in the body. What effects those plastic bits have on our bodies once they’re inside is currently unknown, however.The most obvious solution, of course, is for us to stop making so much plastic to wrap our goods in. “The main action that can be taken to reduce consumption of microplastics is to address the root of the problem, which is the production of vast amounts of plastic waste,” Davies said.But, with plastic production on a steady increase over the past fifty years, that doesn’t seem very likely.last_img read more

Queenstown launches new advertising platform

first_imgThe three founders of Chinese e-commerce site Info Site (L to R) Fang Fang, Luke Lee and Bob QinA new advertising platform directly targeting Chinese consumers that’s proved a runaway success elsewhere in the country is being launched in Queenstown.Info Site – founded by Chinese entrepreneurs Bob Qin, Fang Fang and Luke Lee – has already proved a winner since originally launching in Hamilton seven months ago.With around 1.5 million hits already under their belt by June – many of those hits coming straight from China – they’re expanding their service taking English ads to Chinese consumers by offering to partner with businesses in New Zealand’s most popular tourist resort.The three founders didn’t realise initially that they were onto a potential winner. Their original aim was simply to help out a visiting community struggling to find its way around a foreign country, in a foreign language.They launched Info Site – a platform on which New Zealand businesses could run ads, information and e-commerce in both English and Chinese — hoping to reach 300,000 hits by June, then went on to exceed that target five times over.With over 170,000 Chinese-speaking residents in New Zealand and up to 310,000 visiting each year, they see it as a huge market for New Zealand businesses to tap into.Recognising that the vast majority of Chinese visitors come to Queenstown and the Central Otago region, the next logical step is to bring this solution to those local businesses.“This platform opens access to markets that businesses often don’t have the resources or know- how to communicate to,” says Info Site founder Bob Qin.“There are many small to medium-sized activity or accommodation operators in Queenstown and the wider district that really could benefit from this direct marketing to an ever-growing number of Chinese visitors.”With Google, Facebook and YouTube banned in China, Info Site has become the information bridge between New Zealand businesses and Chinese consumers.The three founders found it hard to navigate the English language ‘Grab One’ type sites, and also recognized that a huge number of traditional retailers had no online presence.“Without that online presence, retailers are missing out on a lot of foot traffic, which is especially the case for the Chinese market. If Chinese see a deal online, they’re very motivated to get to that store and purchase,” says Qin.Hamilton client Robert Harris says they’ve seen a 23% increase in sales since advertising on Info Site.The most popular advertising package costs clients $115 per month or $1000 a year. This includes a customised ad that is placed on Info Site in Chinese and English. View Info Site hereSource = Info Sitelast_img read more

Peets year long struggle with Cancer

first_img“It was such a shock to us,” said Petrus ‘Peet’ Barnard. “As a father, you only want the best for your children…”His wife has spent the last three weeks at Klein Peet’s bedside.Petrus expressed his thanks to all who have helped them through this ordeal: Egerton Primary School (especially Tannie Rina), TFS, Grey’s Hospital, the churches, house friends and Chirpy Chick.When asked if the family needed anything, all Petrus asked was for people to pray for his son. That interview was done a year ago.It has been a long, hard struggle since then.Sadly, the youngster has slowly lost the battle, with little hope – brave little Peet Barnard is at home fighting for his life.The now 10-year-old has had the cancer spread to his brain.Despite repeated treatments, which involved chemotherapy, the youngster is slowly losing the battle.He is currently at home, bedridden and completely blind.Being at home means he needs nappies and is totally reliant on his loving family.He is expected to make another trip to Grey’s Hospital again soon to evaluate how far the cancer has spread.While no one is saying he has lost the battle, things are not looking good.Shortly before Christmas, the Ladysmith Gazette visited Peet at his home and, together with ‘Toys for Joy’, gave Peet much-needed essential items that included nappies. They also gave him sweets and toys.“When I took his photograph, he smiled for the camera. I took three photos with my camera flash lighting up the room,” explained Ladysmith Gazette Editor Rod Skinner. “After I took the final photo, I lowered my camera and began to move away. To my surprise, he continued smiling ahead. After almost 10 seconds had passed, he asked me if I had finished taking photos. It was only then that I realised how blind he had become; unable to even see the flash of a camera. When I walked out of the room and out of the house, I had tears streaming down my face.”Anyone who wants to help can contact Ladysmith Hospice on 036-631-2697. Remember to tell them your donations are intended for Peet WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite There is no town in the world totally unaffected by cancer… and in the case of Ladysmith, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal, nothing is more heartbreaking than the story of Peet Barnard.This is how we initially broke the story of Peet in February 2013Nine-year-old Peet Barnard has been off school for three weeks facing an ordeal that would floor most adults, ie cancer.‘Klein Peet’, as he is known by his friends at Egerton Primary School, is fighting for his life at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. With his liver, kidneys and pancreas ravaged by cancer, his only hope is chemotherapy.Doctors have managed to stabilise him and as of Monday, he was moved from the ICU to a high-care ward where he can receive his first chemotherapy treatment.Up until a few days ago, he was in the ICU as doctors battled to stabilise him in the hopes that he would be strong enough to have the chemo treatment. His kidneys, which were not functioning properly, improved enough for the doctors to remove the drips, monitoring equipment and face mask, and allow him to be moved to high care.It is now just a case of parents Petrus and Michelle Barnard taking each day as it comes.About a year and a half ago, Peet started complaining about a sore back, sore stomach, and other aches and pains. Repeated visits to the doctor and Provincial Hospital always ended with antibiotics and various diagnoses, including gastro and stomach flu…Three weeks ago, on another trip to the Provincial Hspital, a doctor suggested that he may have yellow jaundice and immediately booked him in for tests. One ultra-sound and a CT scan later and the nine-year-old’s parents were told he had growths on his liver. That night, he was rushed through to Grey’s Hospital in PMB where further tests revealed that he had signs of cancer in his liver, kidneys and pancreas. Doctors hoped the chemotherapy would stop the cancer spreading into other organs.It is a battle the nine-year-old has to win if he is to survive, an outcome everyone in Ladysmith is praying for.last_img read more

Experience Adventure in Paradise With Paul Gauguin Cruises

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Which Division I teams reached the postseason in football and basketball

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix ACC (6)Florida StateLouisvilleMiamiNorth CarolinaVirginia TechWake ForestBig Ten (5)MarylandMichiganMinnesotaNorthwesternWisconsinBig 12 (4)BaylorKansas StateOklahoma StateWest VirginiaPac-12 (1)USCSEC (5)ArkansasFloridaKentuckySouth CarolinaVanderbiltAt the Group of 5 and FCS level is where double-dipping in December and March is the hallmark of a seriously good year on campus. Finishing at or near the top of your conference standings in a requirement for reaching a bowl game or the FCS playoffs, and a conference tournament championship is a prerequisite for reaching the Big Dance.Big Sky (1)North DakotaColonial Athletic Association (1)VillanovaConference USA (1)Middle TennesseeIvy League (1)*PrincetonMEAC (1)*North Carolina CentralMissouri Valley (1)South Dakota StateOhio Valley (1)Jacksonville StateSun Belt (1)Troy(*) – The Ivy League does not participate in the FCS playoffs, but Princeton shared for the Ivy football title and ran through the Ivy basketball season undefeated. North Carolina Central participated in the Celebration Bowl instead of the FCS playoffs after winning the MEAC football crown.So while 21 of the 65 (32.3%) Power 5 programs double-dipped in both major postseasons, only eight of the 199 (4.02%) Group of 5/FCS programs reached the playoffs and/or won their conference in football and reached the Big Dance.A congratulations are in order to all who went bowling and dancing, but let’s give an extra candle on the cake to the mid- and low-majors. The NCAA Tournament is now here (we’ll have our FootballScoop bracket up and running today) and, as we do here in this football-centric corner of the universe, it’s time to take a look at which teams reached the postseason in the two big revenue sports. It’s also known as Some ADs Favorite Page On The Entire Internet.Let’s break it down by groups.The largest number of gridiron-hardwood double-dippers comes from the Power 5 because, obviously, the Power 5 has the lowest degree of difficulty for grabbing a bowl slot and an at-large tournament bid considering those five conferences sucked up 44.2 percent of the available 172 postseason bids (80 FBS bowl bids plus 24 FCS postseason bids plus the 68-team tournament). Of the Power 5, the ACC had the best all-around year, sending 42.9 percent of its roster to both postseasons, followed closely by the Big 12’s 40 percent. The Pac-12, usually strong in both sports, checks in uncharacteristically dead last — and the Conference of Champions should consider itself fortunate considering USC is a No. 11 seed slated to a play-in game.On an individual school level, Wisconsin has seen its streak of bowl trips and tournament bids extended to 15 straight years.last_img read more

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct 713

first_imgCelebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 7-13 Oct. 7: TV personality Joy Behar (“The View”) is 76. Drummer Kevin Godley of 10cc is 73. Country singer Kieran Kane of The O’Kanes is 69. Musician John Mellencamp is 67. Guitarist Ricky Phillips of Styx is 67. Actress Mary Badham (“To Kill a Mockingbird”) is 66. Drummer Tico Torres of Bon Jovi is 65. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 63. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 61. Reality competition judge Simon Cowell is 59. Guitarist Charlie Marinkovich of Iron Butterfly is 59. Singer Ann Curless of Expose is 55. Singer Toni Braxton is 51. Singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead is 50. Actress Allison Munn (“One Tree Hill”) is 44. Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go is 43. Singer Taylor Hicks (“American Idol”) is 42. Singer Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 40. Actor Jake McLaughlin (“Quantico”) is 36. Electronic musician Flying Lotus is 35. Actress Holland Roden (TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 32.Oct. 8: Actor Paul Hogan is 79. Singer Fred Cash of The Impressions is 78. Actor-comedian Chevy Chase is 75. Author R.L. Stine (“Goosebumps”) is 75. Country singer Susan Raye is 74. TV personality Sarah Purcell (“Real People”) is 70. Singer Airrion Love of The Stylistics is 69. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 69. Singer Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool and the Gang is 68. Singer-guitarist Ricky Lee Phelps (Brothers Phelps, Kentucky Headhunters) is 65. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 63. Actress Kim Wayans (“In the House,” ”In Living Color”) is 57. Singer Steve Perry of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies is 55. Actor Ian Hart (“Dirt”) is 54. Singer CeCe Winans is 54. Bassist C.J. Ramone of The Ramones is 53. Actress Karyn Parsons (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 52. Singer Teddy Riley is 52. Actor Dylan Neal (“Blood Ties,” ”Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) is 49. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 48. Singer Byron Reeder of Mista is 39. Singer Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums is 39. Actor Nick Cannon is 38. Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is 33. Actor Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men”) is 25. Actress Molly Quinn (“Castle”) is 25. Actress Bella Thorne (TV’s “Shake It Up,” film “Midnight Sun”) is 21.Oct. 9: R&B singer Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) is 74. Singer Jackson Browne is 70. Actor Gary Frank (“Family”) is 68. Actor Robert Wuhl (“Arli$$”) is 67. Manager-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 66. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 65. Accordion player James Fearnley of The Pogues is 64. Actor Scott Bakula is 64. Actor John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld”) is 64. Actor Michael Pare (“Eddie and the Cruisers”) is 60. Singer-guitarist Kurt Neumann of The BoDeans is 57. Country singer Gary Bennett (BR549) is 54. Director Guillermo del Toro is 54. Singer P.J. Harvey is 49. Actor Steve Burns (“Blues Clues”) is 45. Singer Sean Lennon is 43. Musician Lecrae is 39. Actor Brandon Routh (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” ”Superman Returns”) is 39. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan (“Home Improvement”) is 37. Comedian Melissa Villasenor (“Saturday Night Live”) is 31. Actor Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 26. Country singer Scotty McCreery (“American Idol”) is 25.Oct. 10: Actor Peter Coyote is 77. Actor Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) is 72. Singer John Prine is 72. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 72. Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers is 70. Actress Jessica Harper (“Pennies From Heaven,” ”My Favorite Year) is 69. Singer-guitarist Midge Ure is 65. Singer David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 64. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 60. Actress Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live”) is 59. Actor Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) is 59. Bassist Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 57. Guitarist Jim Glennie of James is 55. Drummer Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls is 51. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs,” ”Reno 911!”) is 49. Actor Mario Lopez (“The X Factor,” ”Saved by the Bell”) is 45. Singer Mya is 39. Actor Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) is 36. R&B singer Cherie is 34.Oct. 11: Actor Ron Leibman is 81. Country singer Gene Watson is 75. Singer Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates is 72. Country singer Paulette Carlson (Highway 101) is 67. Actor Stephen Spinella (“24”) is 62. Actress Joan Cusak is 56. Guitarist Scott Johnson of Gin Blossoms is 56. Actor-writer Michael J. Nelson (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”) is 54. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 53. Actor Luke Perry is 52. Actor Artie Lange (“MADtv”) is 51. Actor Jane Krakowski is 50. Rapper U-God of Wu-Tang Clan is 48. Actress Constance Zimmer (“UnREAL,” ”Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 48. Rapper MC Lyte is 47. Actor Darien Sills-Evans (“Superior Donuts,” ”Treme”) is 44. Singer NeeNa Lee is 43. Actress Emily Deschanel (“Bones”) is 42. Actor Trevor Donovan (“90210”) is 40. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” ”Inspector Gadget”) is 33. Rapper Cardi B is 26.Oct. 12: Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 83. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace is 71. Actress-singer Susan Anton is 68. Jazz musician Chris Botti is 56. Singer Claude McKnight of Take 6 is 56. Actor Hugh Jackman is 50. Actor Adam Rich (“Eight Is Enough”) is 50. Singer Garfield Bright of Shai is 49. Fiddler Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks and of Courtyard Hounds is 49. Actor Kirk Cameron is 48. Singer Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory is 39. Actor Tyler Blackburn (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 32. Actor Marcus T. Paulk (“Moesha”) is 32. Actor Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) is 26.Oct. 13: Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 81. Actress Melinda Dillon (“A Christmas Story”) is 79. Musician Paul Simon is 77. Keyboardist Robert Lamm of Chicago is 74. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 72. Actor Demond Wilson (“Sanford and Son”) is 72. Singer Sammy Hagar is 71. Singer John Ford Coley of England Dan and John Ford Coley is 70. Actor John Lone (“Rush Hour 2”) is 66. Model Beverly Johnson is 66. “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter is 62. Singer-actress Marie Osmond is 59. Singer Joey Belladonna of Anthrax is 58. Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (“That’s So Raven”) is 56. Actress Kelly Preston is 56. Country singer John Wiggins is 56. Actor Christopher Judge (TV’s “Stargate SG-1”) is 54. Actor Matt Walsh (“Veep”) is 54. Actor Reginald Ballard (“Martin,” ”The Bernie Mac Show”) is 53. Actress Kate Walsh is 51. Musician Jeff Allen of Mint Condition is 50. Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin (“My Wife and Kids,” ”Martin”) is 50. Singer Carlos Martin of Il Divo is 50. Country singer Rhett Akins is 49. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 47. Singers Brandon and Brian Casey of Jagged Edge are 43. Singer Ashanti is 38. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (“Stranger Things”) is 17. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 9:56 am PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Unficyp chief to meet leaders before UN Security Council vote

first_imgHead of Unficyp Elizabeth Spehar is to meet the two leaders this week before her trip to New York where she is to brief the UN Security Council on the peacekeeping force ahead of a vote for the renewal of its mandate for another six months.According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Spehar will meet President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday morning and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on the same afternoon.Spehar, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Cyprus, is to depart for New York on Saturday. She is to have meetings with high-ranking UN officials in New York including UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix.Spehar is to also have meetings with officials whose countries contribute to the Unficyp military and police force, as well as with delegations of permanent Security Council members.The UN official is also scheduled to travel to Washington to meet US officials, both for the Cyprus issue and the issue of the renewal of the term of Unficyp. These meetings, however, have not been confirmed due to the partial shutdown of the US Federal Government, CNA said.Spehar will brief the UN Security Council on January 22. The United Nations Security Council resolution for the renewal of the mandate of Unficyp for another six months will be put to a vote on January 30.Unficyp, set up in 1964, is one of the longest-running UN Peacekeeping missions. Its mandate has been renewed every six months since.Even though the UN Security Council renewed Unficyp’s mandate last July until January 31, 2019, there have been concerns that it may have been the last time, following pressure, mainly from the US, to link the force’s evaluation with political developments. This point was not supported at the UNSC, however.The US was reviewing funding for UN peacekeeping forces around the world which are deemed to be not absolutely necessary.The government this week said that it expected the Unficyp mandate would be renewed by the UN Security Council. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that it would be “an absolute paradox” if things regarding Unficyp changed while an effort for the resumption of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement is underway by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, through his envoy Jane Holl Lute.The Turkish Cypriot side, however, which believes the role of Unficyp ought to be reassessed, has already launched efforts to convince UN officials.According to Turkish Cypriot media, ‘Foreign Minister’ Kudret Ozersay on Monday met Lacroix, Di Carlo and the UK’s Permanent Representative at the UN Johnathan Allen in New York.Daily Kıbrıs reported that Ozersay said he would try to influence the decision to be taken by third parties with various meetings, which he would hold with UN officials and representatives of UN Security Council member states.Ozersay told Bayrak TV that Unficyp’s mandate and reason of existence needed to be re-examined due to the “radical changes” since 1964, when the force was sent to the island.“The conditions of the 1960s do not exist now,” he said.Taking into consideration other developments in the world, he said changing the status of Unficyp, which has allegedly become “a symbol of the status quo”, was inevitable.Referring to the issue of Unficyp’s military camp in occupied Famagusta, Ozersay said that UN officials told him they would soon reply to the demand submitted by the breakaway regime in September for moving the camp from the city centre.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Orphanides if Christofias had only taken five minutes…

first_imgBy Staff ReporterFormer Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides told an inquiry on Friday that if former president Demetris Christofias had bothered to take five minutes to listen and act, the economy could have been saved.Orphanides was testifying at the panel inquiry a day after Christofias had walked out after refusing to answer questions.The former Central Bank governor said he had warned Christofias in writing on numerous occasions on the economic situation and the need to take measures to reduce public spending but got no response.“None of the letters I sent Mr. Christofias were answered,” he said.Orphanides said he did have contact in 2009 with undersecretary to the president Titos Christofides where he said he had tried to explain the need for action.He had also met with Christofias in 2009 at the latter’s summer home in Kellaki where they had a “long talk’ and he was hopeful he could convince the former president to take action but failed.“If the former president of the Republic had allocated five minutes this country could have been saved,” he said.Asked what was the state of the economy when he took over the duties of governor of the Central Bank, Orphanides said the economy was in good shape but there were challenges of a structural nature.“Everyone knew that pension requirements were unmanageable in 2006 and 2007,” he said.Orphanides said the downfall of the economy began immediately after the 2008 election of Christofias and his administration.Orphanides called it a “total reversal in fiscal policy”.“We started with the Easter bonus in an untargeted way when the country did not need it. There was reckless spending,” he said.The Central Bank, when the economy began overheating in the spring of 2008, issued strict instructions to the banks with regard to lending “because there were fears of a property bubble.”But former finance minister Charilaos Stavrakis had asked him not to make any statements that conflicted with or contradicted the policies of the government, Orphanides said.He added that Stavrakis also asked to sell the gold reserves to strengthen public finances.“And these unethical interventions continued. I explained that the policy of the CBC was not to serve any government,” he said.Replying to another question, Orphanides said he had to assess the impact on the banking system in Cyprus from the haircut of Greek debt.“We could have handled the Greek haircut, a remark I had made in previous statements,” he said.The former governor also charged that banking sector problems were exaggerated by the former administration to distract from its own mistakes, along with a delay in negotiating aid, Orphanides said“Even before the end of 2012, AKEL (through the government and the CBC) had already managed to lead our (EU) partners to the conclusion that they would do us a favour if they rid us of the casino banks, as they were described worldwide by our supervising authority,” Orphanides said.“Unfortunately, even though I hope it does not happen, I am afraid that the result of the coordinated actions against the banking system by the CBC and the AKEL government, is that our country’s economic catastrophe will prove worse than 1974,” Orphanides said.Orphanides also said on Friday that the eurozone’s debt crisis was far from over, and that a messy bailout for Cyprus had taken the island backwards by at least a generation.“The eurozone is in an existential crisis,” Orphanides said.“Markets are currently calm, but I will not hide from you that I am deeply concerned that after the German elections in September we might have a flare-up of the crisis in the eurozone,” said Orphanides, who now teaches macro-economics at the MIT in the United States.Orphanides, who also sat on the board of the European Central Bank during his Cyprus tenure, said authorities could not legally prevent Cypriot banks from buying bonds in another sovereign since it was a member of the eurozone.“This is something which still concerns me,” Orphanides said. “Even today, such (sovereign) bonds are considered zero risk, for regulatory reasons. I think that is madness, but that is the reality of the regulatory framework,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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