Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,816.90, up 14.20 pointsDow — 22,997.44, up 40.48 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,559.36, up 1.72 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,623.66, down 0.35 of a pointCurrencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, down 0.12 of a centPound — C$1.6538, down 0.89 of a centEuro — C$1.4752, down 0.36 of a centEuro — US$1.1756, down 0.47 of a centOil futures:US$52.11, down three cents(December contract)Gold futures:US$1,286.20 per oz., down $16.80(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.195 oz., down 53.9 cents$713.57 kg., down $17.33
“While we have had a good response to the flash appeal there are critical shortfalls in the area of food supplies and health,” UN humanitarian coordinator Finn Reske-Nielsen said. “The displaced population is incredibly vulnerable and the camps have the potential to become flashpoints if we cannot continue to provide basic humanitarian needs.”The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it has already reduced rations of supplementary food for internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, and warned that vital food supplies will be exhausted within two weeks. It had asked for $5.2 million in the recent flash appeal but has so far received only $2.2 million. The agency started immediately reducing its corn-soy blend of flour by 25 per cent per person, and warned that its school feeding and mother and child programmes are at risk. The bulk of the food is provided by the Government, while WFP‘s contribution is supplementary.The Ministry of Health, supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, today launched a nutritional screening of displaced children in Dili, the capital, to assess the extent of malnutrition. Mr. Reske-Nielsen said the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF would start paying the salaries for Labour Ministry employees directly involved in humanitarian assistance. On the political front, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, and Special Envoy Ian Martin continued their contacts with government officials to help find a solution to the crisis which erupted in late April with the dismissal of 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces. At least 37 people have been killed in the turmoil, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.The two UN officials met with Senior Minister Jose Ramos-Horta and were briefed on a plan designed to replace Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, who resigned on Monday, without dissolving parliament.Some 3,000 demonstrators from the eastern regions, who descended on Dili yesterday in support of Mr. Alkatiri and camped overnight in front of the government house, were addressed by both Mr. Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmao today before being escorted out of town by Australian soldiers without major incidents. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the capital was calmer.The Combined Task Force from Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Malaysia, invited in by the Government, is helping to quell violence, but Mr. Annan has said it is obvious that the UN will have to go back “in a much larger form than we are at the moment” to the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago.The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia, which had taken it over at the end of Portugal’s colonial rule in 1974. Mr. Martin was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the territory at that time. This robust structure was kept until independence in 2002, when UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET). This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), which has a mandate through 20 August. The Security Council has asked Mr. Annan to report back on a possible expanded UN presence in the country by early August.
The proposal would see fuel duty drop from 58 pence per litre to 47 pence within five years, and more than £3 billion in extra investment for roads could be generated. Manchester United could sponsor the M6 motorway to generate funds for investment in roads, the president of the AA has claimed.Sports teams, supermarkets and tech firms are among the companies who could purchase the naming rights of major roads, Edmund King said.This could lead to the Morrisons M1, the Microsoft M4 and the Adidas A1, according to the motoring expert.A US-style Adopt-a-Highway scheme should be considered for local roads, whereby businesses help pay for litter collections in return for roadside advertising, Mr King said.The ideas are part of his proposal to change the way people are charged for driving in the UK, with the current system meaning motorists pay some of the highest taxes in Europe to use a road network that in some places is congested and deteriorating.The Road Miles concept, created by Mr King and his wife, business analyst Deirdre, would offer all drivers at least 3,000 free miles each year, with a small charge for further distances, in a bid to reduce non-essential journeys.It is one of five shortlisted entries for the £250,000 Wolfson economics prize to reduce traffic jams.Car drivers in the first year would pay less than one pence per mile and there would be concessions for those living in the most rural areas and the disabled.A nationwide lottery and an auction of extra miles would be used to keep the scheme’s costs down and fund maintenance such as pothole repairs. Mr King claimed Road Miles would be “miles better, fairer, greener, safer”.He went on: “Drivers fed up with current cones, congestion, and chaos, will be compensated for delays and have a say in how our roads are run.”His wife said: “Road Miles will bridge the gap between falling fuel duty revenue and the electric vehicle revolution.”More money will be available for roads yet the motorist will pay less as extra income from the Road Miles lottery, naming rights and auction will supplement revenues.”The prize, founded by Lord Wolfson, chief executive of clothing giant Next, will be awarded in July.Lord Wolfson said: “Road congestion is a source of daily misery for millions of people: undermining our quality of life, environment and economy.”As the political parties put together their programmes for government, they would do well to turn their attention to the plight facing users of Britain’s road network.”The creativity and enthusiasm demonstrated by the entrants to the 2017 prize has been inspiring.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Hackney taxi drivers have been banned from wearing jeans and t-shirts after a local council received complaints from cabbies “that other drivers were letting them down.” Cab drivers in Plymouth are now banned from wearing denim jeans, football tops, hoodies and flip flops following a public consultation and council meeting on the issue. Councillors agreed on Monday that the new guidelines should be enforced to “professionalise the trade” following complaints from fellow drivers.A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “There was already a dress code but it was voluntary and not followed by all drivers. Our licensing officers would regularly find this during their patrols and often received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them down. “Officers and councillors agreed to include a new dress code within the proposals to set clearer standards on this.” “But I do think there needs to be a balance, I have been a taxi driver for 18 years and wear black jeans because they are practical, I don’t want to change a tire in smart trousers.” Councillor Ian Bowyer added: “We [councillors] had noticed a change in the appearance of drivers and I think it is important to professionalise the trade and strike a balance. Yesterday councillors welcomed the decision which was branded as an important step for the upcoming Mayflower 400 celebration in 2020.The event, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts, is expected to draw in crowds from around the world to Plymouth. Councillor Sally Bowie said: “This change in regulations was brought in by the council as a way to smarten the appearance of taxi drivers before the Mayflower 400. “We felt it was the right time to bring in these changes and I think most people do feel safer and prefer to have a taxi driver who is wearing trousers and a polo shirt rather than shorts and flip-flops. “The Mayflower is a big event in Plymouth and we want to ensure Plymouth is looking its best.” The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have included drivers having to wear uniform colours laid out by the councilCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have forced drivers to wear uniform colours laid out by the council.The decision to ban jeans has however received mixed reviews from local cab drivers, with some raising concerns over the cost of new clothing, but others agreed that some drivers looked “awful” at work. Shane Jacobs, director of Plymouth hackney cab company Tri-star taxis, said: “I think some drivers are bringing down the reputation of the industry and they look like they’ve just crawled out of bed and it looks awful. “We want to put forward a good image of Plymouth and this is a step towards achieving this. Especially with the Mayflower 400 in 2020 these drivers will be at the forefront of welcoming visitors and we want to ensure the right image is put forward.”In addition to the new dress code each driver must attend an ambassador course as well as complete a spoken English test and are also banned from using e-cigarettes while they have passengers on board.A Council spokesperson added: “The new policy aims to enhance the professionalism of the service and ensure drivers are ambassadors for Plymouth, presenting a positive image to the public and our visitors.” The council received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them downCredit:Getty
(From left to right): ASA CEO Ryan Findlay, USSEC’s Roz Leeck and ASA President Davie Stephens wrap up the 2019 International Oilseed Producers Dialogue with a tour of soybeans near Sittingbourne, England.ASA partnered this week with USSEC to represent U.S. soy at the International Oilseeds Producers Dialogue (IOPD) meeting in London.The conference provides participants with the opportunity to meet with other global oilseed producers to discuss issues of common interest and develop partnerships that can provide support for key market access issues.In addition to building international markets, U.S. soy needs market access for trade. IOPD provides a chance for U.S. soy delegates to discuss international trade dynamics and build relationships with like-minded organizations from around the world. Grower-leader involvement is critical to this effort.USSEC Vice Chair and ASA Director Monte Peterson, along with ASA President Davie Stephens, presented the U.S. update during the meeting and engaged with other oilseed farmers and delegates on key issues for the U.S. soy industry – innovation, international trade environment and market access.Representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Paraguay, and United Kingdom also attended the conference. Countries shared perspectives on key issues, including international trade and the global regulatory environment for new breeding technologies. Through robust dialogue to address common challenges, these countries are working together to meet the needs of the future.
Two Clark County men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and robbing a Vancouver man, beating him and stripping him of his clothes before duct-taping him to a tree.Markus Lee Bedell, 25, of Washougal and Charles William Sample, 32, of Vancouver both face charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery at their Thursday arraignment in Skamania County Superior Court.The victim, Robert Downey, 27, knew both men and had met Bedell when they were previously incarcerated together, according to the probable cause affidavit.According to the affidavit:The incident began Aug. 15 at a restaurant in the 100 block of Northeast 117th Avenue, where Sample’s wife, Patricia, and Bedell met Downey to talk about a vehicle and dog belonging to the Samples that Downey allegedly stole. They took Downey’s wallet, cellphone and $400 from him before forcing him into Bedell’s two-toned Chevy Suburban.Bedell said they planned to use “mob-style scare tactics” to make Downey believe they were going to kill him and ultimately get back the vehicle and dog. The affidavit did not indicate why Downey took the vehicle and dog. After picking up Sample, who was being released from the Clark County Jail, they drove to the upper Washougal River area, off of North Fork Road; the site was described in the affidavit as a small, informal shooting range on land owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
QR codes and their ilk continue to rise in usage by publishers, according to a study out today by mobile marketing and technology services company Nellymoser. In the second quarter, the top 100 magazines by circulation featured a variety of mobile action codes in 2,200 instances, a 61 percent jump over the first quarter this year.The study doesn’t track scan rates or actions taken post scan, but the printing of QR codes, digital watermarks and other action codes is definitely on the rise—in the first quarter of 2011, there was a comparatively modest 352 codes printed. And, at the end of first half 2012, the number of action codes printed is already coming close to the 4,468 that were printed during all of 2011.See Also: Mobile Action Codes Increased 439 Percent in Top 100 Mags Last YearWhile the instances of codes appearing in the top 100 magazines went from 1,365 to 2,200 the number specifically appearing in advertisements also jumped, going from 5 percent of ad pages in the second quarter 2011 to 10 percent this year. For the first time all 100 of the top magazines featured at least one action code. And of all the codes, QR codes are still the most prevalent, with more than 80 percent market share since December 2011. The beauty, health and automotive categories accounted for 49 percent of all action codes in the second quarter, with automotive more than doubling its use of codes between the first and second quarter. Video continues to be the most common use for action codes, with 40 percent of codes leading to a product demo, behind the scenes look or some other clip. Sweepstakes and social sharing were also heavily used at 20 percent of instances. For more, see the full study here.Action Codes by QuarterSource: Nellymoser, Inc.
Email Facebook News Seal Returns With New ‘Standards’ Album seal-pays-tribute-sinatra-fitzgerald-new-standards-album GRAMMY-winning “Kiss From A Rose” singer taps into the classics for new albumNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 11:44 am Certain songs and certain voices are timeless, and Seal is well aware of this fact. The British soul singer will release his new album, Standards, on Nov. 10, paying tribute to some of the pop cannon’s most legendary standards and the singers who immortalized them.The album features Seal’s take on songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nat “King” Cole, and more. Unsurprisingly, even an accomplished vocalist like Seal finds tackling these titans no small task.”One has got to be really careful with that because the songs have withstood the test of time,” said Seal. “I feel that the songs from that era, they sing you. You’ve just got to trust them and trust the melody because the melodies are immaculate. They are sublime.”The album was recorded at the iconic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and focuses on the stories woven into the fabric of such classics as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I’m Beginning To See The Light” and “I Put A Spell On You,” to name a few.”It is about this kind of storytelling, we are having dialogue,” said Seal. “That seems to be the theme with me at the moment — both personally and professionally.”Tom Waits, Tracy Chapman, N.W.A. Among 2018 Songwriters Hall NomineesRead more Twitter Seal Pays Tribute To Sinatra, Fitzgerald On New ‘Standards’ Album
Not changing the income tax rates or increasing the exemption limits for individuals, union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed increasing the range of tax deductible investments/ spend.Presenting the budget proposals for 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said the government is proposing to rationalise various tax exemptions and incentives to reduce tax disputes and improve tax administration.The proposals mentioned by the finance minister made clear the government’s focus on enlarging the tax-exempt investments/spend.Jaitley said the proposals would result in tax deductions to the tune of around Rs.440,000 crore.Jaitley said in order to encourage savings and to promote health care among individual tax payers, it is proposed to increase the limit of deduction on account of health insurance premium from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 — for senior citizens this limit is to be increased from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000.For senior citizens above the age of 80 years — who are not eligible to avail of health insurance — deduction will be allowed for medical expenses up to Rs.30,000.The deduction limit of Rs.60,000 on expenditure on account of specified diseases — like cancer — will be enhanced to Rs.80,000 in the case of senior citizens.The minister also proposed additional deduction of Rs.25,000 for differently-abled persons, increasing the limit from Rs.50,000 to Rs.75,000.It is also proposed to increase the limit of tax deduction from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.25 lakh in case of severe disability.According to Jaitley, investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme will be eligible for deduction under section 80C of the income tax and any payment from the scheme shall not be liable to tax.Limit on deduction on account of contribution to a pension fund and the new pension scheme is proposed to be increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh. Additional deduction of Rs.50,000 will be allowed for contribution to the new pension scheme under section 80 CCD of Income Tax Act — increasing the exemption from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.Jaitley also doubled the transport allowance exemption to Rs.1,600 per month.According to him, the details of tax deductions proposed are as follows:Deduction u/s 80C – Rs.150,000; Deduction u/s 80CCD – Rs.50,000; Deduction on account of interest on house property loan (Self-occupied property) – Rs.200,000; Deduction u/s 80D on health insurance premium – Rs.25,000; Exemption of transport allowance – Rs 19,200; Total – Rs.444,200Reacting to the budget proposals, Prashant Khatore, tax partner, Ernst and Young told IANS: “The finance minister is connecting various proposals to the Make In India programme. Though there is no change in personal income tax rates, the corporate tax rate has been proposed to be brought down to 25 percent over a four-year period.”
Rajnish KumarYoutube screenshotIndia’s largest bank — State Bank of India (SBI) — on Friday reported a 37.7 percent drop in its net profit for the quarter ended September due to higher provisioning for its bad loan accounts referred for insolvency proceedings at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).The state-owned lender reported a net profit of Rs 1,581.5 crore in the second quarter against Rs 2,538.3 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Net profits fell 21 percent on a sequential basis, the bank said.The bank missed analyst estimations with the result. According to 15 Bloomberg analyst estimates, the bank was expected to post a profit of Rs 2,628.50 crore.On a consolidated basis, the bank’s net profit for the quarter stood at Rs 1,952.30 crore from a loss of Rs 116.65 crore during the same quarter last year, the bank said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”The results for this quarter and half year include operations of erstwhile domestic banking arms and Bhartiya Mahila Bank hence the results for this quarter are not comparable,” the bank said in the release.The lenders Net Interest Income (NII) — the core income a bank earns by giving loans — increased 27.3 percent to Rs 18,585.90 crore versus Rs 14,600.16 crore last year. Other income for the quarter on review went up 28.1 percent to Rs 10,579.91 crore from Rs 8,261.44 crore in the same quarter last year.On a postive note, the bank’s asset quality improved on sequential basis post decline in fresh slippages in the second quarter. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were narrowed at 9.83 percent in Q2 against 9.97 percent in Q1. On the other hand net NPAs also lower at 5.43 percent against 5.97 percent on quarter-on-quarter basis.While announcing the result, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said gross slippages for the quarter stood at Rs 10,627 crore. That was sharply lower compared to Rs 30,059 crore slippages reported in the June quarter.”We have made more than 50 percent provision for both of RBI’s NCLT list. The watchlist at the end of September quarter was down to Rs 21,000 crore, from Rs 24,000 crore as of June quarter 2017,” Kumar said.Following the result, SBI shares gained as much as 7 percent to Rs 338 before closing at Rs 333.20, mostly because of the bank’s improvement on asset quality in the September quarter.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Loading…This is a 360 degree image from the Canon Aquilion 64-slice computed tomography (CT) system installed at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. The room is large, allowing for gurney access on either side of the scanner. The two-part door to the hall also can open to allow better access. There are ceiling mounted booms for the contrast media injectors. The hospital offers snacks and water to patients, see on a table by the door.Read the article “What to Consider When Buying a New CT Scanner” which includes information on the 320-slice scanner. 360 Photos | 360 View Photos | June 14, 2018 360 Degree View of a Canon Aquilion 64 at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Thursday, November 23, 2017 NEW YORK — Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.The settlement was described in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Developers of the new World Trade Center buildings had once demanded $3.5 billion from aviation-related companies after hijacked planes destroyed three skyscrapers among five demolished buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.Lawyers said the agreement signed last week resulted from “extensive, arms-length negotiations” by lawyers “who worked diligently for months.” The agreement also said the parties make no admissions or concessions with respect to liability for the attacks.“The court’s approval of the settlement agreement will bring to a close this hard-fought 13-year litigation on terms agreeable to the parties,” the lawyers said.Attorney Desmond T. Barry Jr., who submitted the papers to U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, declined to comment Wednesday.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDeveloper Larry Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties have collected more than $5 billion from other defendants through lawsuits. The money has aided the reconstruction of buildings on the 16-acre lower Manhattan site.Earlier settlements included $135 million paid to a financial services firm that lost two-thirds of its employees.American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the company is pleased to have reached a settlement.“We will never forget that terrible day and its lasting impact including the tragic loss of 23 members of the American Airlines family,” said Miller.United Airlines declined to comment.Bud Perrone, a spokesman for Silverstein, said the company is “pleased to have finally reached a resolution to this piece of post-9-11 litigation.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Airline defendants to pay US$95 million in 9/11 case Share
Hyatt recently announced the opening of Hyatt Place Rameswaram, the first Hyatt Place hotel in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the fifth Hyatt Place hotel to open in India, developed by JKR Enterprise Limited.Hyatt Place Rameswaram is situated in the heart of the Rameswaram, close to the holy Ramanathaswamy Temple and Agni Theertham, one of Rameswaram’s sacred bodies of water, as well as the house of former Indian President Late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.“The opening of Hyatt Place Rameswaram is a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand in India and across the globe. Rameswaram’s first Hyatt Place hotel will be a vibrant and dynamic hotel that combines comfort and style that fits right into the region’s religious tourism,” said Kurt Straub, Vice President-Operations, Hyatt India.“The Hyatt Place brand offers an innovative service concept and a modern design, and we are confident this hotel will provide a wonderful new lodging option to those visiting the area. JKR remains highly committed to providing modern and affordable accommodation and services that cater to the needs of those visiting the holy city,” said Sharda Deepa, Managing Director, JKR Enterprise Limited.Hyatt Place Rameswaram is spread out over 4,757 square feet offering flexible, high-tech meeting and function space along with 101 spacious guestrooms and suites.“The Hyatt Place brand is designed to offer seamless experiences for travellers, and we know that our guests will appreciate the comfortable and functional amenities offered at Hyatt Place Rameswaram,” said Utsa Majumdar, General Manager, Hyatt Place Rameswaram.
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK — London Jewelers is hosting its Fifth Annual Watch Fair August 8th to 10th at its store at 2 Main Street in East Hampton, New York.Running from Noon to 5 P.M. on Friday, Saturday from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. and Sunday from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., the event will be hosted by London Jewelers’ Owners Mark and Candy Udell.A cocktail reception is scheduled for Saturday evening from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.Among the luxury Swiss manufactured watches that will be shown are Audemars Piguet, Bell & Ross, Breguet, Breitling, Carl F. Bucherer, Cartier, Chopard, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Hermes, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Omega, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels. American designer David Yurman will also be showing his Swiss made watches while Vertu will present its hand manufactured phones.Call 631-329-3939 or visit www.londonjewelers.com
LONDON – “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott is to receive the British Academy Film Awards’ highest honour.The academy announced Wednesday that the 80-year-old filmmaker will collect the BAFTA Fellowship at the British academy awards ceremony next month.Scott’s films include “Alien,” ”Thelma and Louise” and “Gladiator.”His latest release is kidnap drama “All the Money in the World,” which underwent last-minute reshoots to replace Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual misconduct.Scott said it was “very gratifying” to be honoured for his body of work.The fellowship is awarded to one person a year for “outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.” Previous recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor and Judi Dench.The awards ceremony takes place Feb. 18 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Director Ridley Scott to be honoured by British film academy by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 5:55 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Cyprus will maintain its upgraded role in the eastern Mediterranean region, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, adding that a solution to the Cyprus problem would further enhance the country’s internationally beneficial contribution to the region.Speaking at the official unveiling ceremony of the Zenon Search and Rescue Coordination Centre in Larnaca, Anastasiades said its operation “once more evidences the fact that Cyprus is a reliable bridge between Europe, North Africa, and Near and Middle East”.“Today, we should all feel proud because this centre further strengthens our small country’s standing in the international map of civil security and defence,” he said.“I have no doubt that a solution to our great national problem will promote even more effectively our internationally beneficial contribution in the region, and enhance the reliable and positive contribution in efforts to address the multiple challenges our region faces.”The centre, Anastasiades said, is a “model infrastructure project in search and rescue matters, not only in our country but also for the wider region and Europe”.“As part of its policy of adopting a predictable and constructive regional role, the government has created a Coordination Centre, which will have the capability to host a comprehensive system of surveillance, identification, prevention, and control of Cyprus’ jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean,” he said.Photo: CNAThe centre, the president added, will greatly contribute to the management of national crises, as stipulated in the Basic Zenon National Plan, which has codified 22 crises scenarios.He extended warm congratulations to “everyone involved in the design, execution, and operation of the Zenon Coordination Centre, and especially the management and staff of the Joint Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (JSRC), which took the initiative to oversee its construction and operation”.In the same vein, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said that, as the eastern-most point of the European Union, Cyprus can and must play a decisive role in the effective management of migration flows from crisis-hit countries in the Middle East.In his own speech, Hasikos expressed his pride at the project’s conclusion within “just two months”.“The proposal to create the Zenon Search and Rescue Coordination Centre was seen positively and forwarded to the cabinet as an urgent matter by the ministries of the Interior and Transport,” he said.Εγκαίνια του Συντονιστικού Κέντρου «Ζήνων», Λάρνακα 2 Μαρτίου 2017.“Funding from European funds managed by the Interior ministry was deemed necessary due to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.”The JSRC has undertaken to train staff in the Centre’s systems, so that it can be at full operational readiness by March 15, the minister added.“The key issue of timely briefing of the political leadership, monitoring a crisis situation in real time, decision-making and management of the given situation, is now resolved with the operation of the coordination centre, from where simultaneous action by various services is made possible,” he noted.“In a designated area at the centre, up to 300 rescued people will be able to stay for a few hours, before they are forwarded for return to their countries or to reception centres inside the country, depending on the decisions of the political leadership.”Hasikos said he is convinced that “emergency situations, such as last year’s Solea fire, will be addressed timely and effectively, with the utilisation of this centre”.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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