first_imgAPTN National NewsThe friend of woman filmed for an online video porn site featuring First Nations women says the woman doesn’t remember signing a consent form.The producer of the website says he did everything by the book.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more on this story.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has lost all political credibility when it comes to addressing the issue of poverty, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s proposed “Nyay” scheme by invoking Congress prime ministers, who, he claimed, had vowed to eradicate poverty and failed. Addressing a press conference at the BJP office here, Gadkari also alleged that the Congress had deliberately created “fear” in the minds of the minorities to divert attention from performance, work and development, which should have been the issues in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. “The Congress party has no credibility. After 1947, (then prime minister Jawaharlal) Nehru said he will remove poverty. Then Indira Gandhi said this. She used the slogan of removing poverty and won (elections), but poverty did not go. Then Rajiv Gandhi repeated that, then Sonia Gandhi and then Manmohan Singh, but poverty did not go. “Now, even Panditji’s (Nehru) great-grandson is saying the same thing. If he (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) will remove poverty by giving Rs 72,000, then what did Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh do? That is why the political credibility of the Congress in removing poverty has ended,” he said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further alleged that the Congress had a history of injustice and since 1947, it had been responsible for “wrong economic policies, bad and corrupt governance and visionless leadership”. “So, ‘Nyay’ will not happen, because with justice, the person doling it out should also be trustworthy,” he said. Gadkari also lashed out at the opposition party for the abuse it had meted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its poll campaign and said he had a list of 56 such abuses. “The Congress deliberately wants to ensure that performance and work do not become poll issues. That is why they have done two things. “One, fear is their biggest capital. Create fear in the minds of Dalits, minorities, SCs and STs. Two, ensure that a discussion on the work done in five years, which had not happened in 50 years, does not take place. If the discussion revolves around development, then they know they will be in trouble,” he said. Under the Modi government, the social sector had benefitted immensely, Gadkari said, while talking about opening of bank accounts, roads, water and electricity. “Last time during the Kumbh, the prime minister of Mauritius could not go for a bath in the Ganga…. This time, 20 crore people visited the Kumbh and took bath in the river. For the first time, the Ganga was pure and clean. “We did what we promised. We made the waterways and that is why (Congress leader) Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra) could travel from Prayagraj to Varanasi on a boat while abusing us continuously. I want to ask her, had we not made the waterway, how would she have done that? She could drink the water thrice because we have cleaned the Ganga water. Or else, she would have also had to leave like the Mauritius PM,” the Union minister for road transport and highways said. He said it was unfortunate that those who had promoted the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, those who had failed to give justice to the victims were now talking about “Nyay”. “The politics of performance and development is our biggest asset. Our schemes have reached every nook and cranny of this country and that is how we want to fight the election. The lowering of the standard of the discourse during this election has been noticed by the people of this country. We will form a BJP-led NDA government with a record mandate,” Gadkari said.last_img read more

OTTAWA — The federal government is moving to pare down its controversial tax proposal on passive income so that it will only affect three per cent of private corporations.Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be in New Brunswick on Wednesday to unveil changes to his passive investment proposal so that it only targets unfair tax advantages used by the wealthy, a senior government official told The Canadian Press.Some tax experts believe the passive-income proposal is the most-complex and most-contentious tax reform idea in the government’s three-part plan.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, said Morneau will also share updated estimates showing there’s between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of all private corporations.The finance minister will also point out that the dollar figure has been growing by $16 billion a year as wealthy incorporated individuals reap what the official described as unlimited benefits from tax-advantaged savings accounts over and above RRSPs and TFSAs, the official said.The government wants to prevent all of this cash, which it contends is not being reinvested into the businesses or the economy, from piling up in these savings portfolios over generations, the official added.The tweak to Morneau’s original proposal comes after an onslaught of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could adversely affect middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, sick leaves and parental leaves.Morneau will provide more details Wednesday at an event near Saint John on the mechanics of the tweak and a timeline for the introduction of change to passive-income rules, the official said.The announcement is part of a week-long Liberal effort to calm the anger surrounding the tax proposals, which have outraged entrepreneurs, doctors, tax professionals, farmers and Liberal backbench MPs.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the week by announcing tax cuts for small businesses and plans to abandon part of one of the proposals to avoid negative impacts on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.Trudeau also said the government intended to move ahead with another controversial proposal from the tax package. That change is aimed at limiting the ability of business owners to lower their personal income taxes by sprinkling their income to family members who do not contribute to their companies.The government has yet to announce how it will proceed with the remaining proposal, which is designed to limit the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.On passive income, the official said the problem isn’t with individuals, but the system, since it encourages wealthy Canadians to keep their personal money inside their corporations so they can receive tax advantages not available to everyone else.The changes will not be retroactive, as outlined in the original proposal, and they will not affect existing savings, nor the income from those savings, the official said.Morneau is expected to provide further details Wednesday on the changes to its passive-investment proposal, including a plan for addressing the concerns of angel investors and venture capitalists.Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law, said the passive-income proposal is the most-contentious part of the plan, which is probably due to the fact there’s far more money at stake.“They’re going to target the top three per cent, but those three per cent are not going to stand by idly and be subject to a 72 per cent, 73 per cent all-in tax rate — they’re not that foolish,” said Moody, who believes some wealthy business owners may leave the country if they can’t find ways around the new rules.“They will change their behaviour to try and avoid that kind of punishment. There’s always ways.”But he added that it would be a good development if the government can find a way to remove the impact for 97 per cent of private corporations. Moody said it would bring back certainty for those who would otherwise be worried that they won’t be able to set aside funds for rainy days, retirement or business expansion.Greg Wiebe, managing partner for KPMG’s Canadian tax division, said the passive-income proposal troubles him the most out of Ottawa’s three initiatives.“I hope that the answer they have is simple because the tax system in our country is very complicated now,” Wiebe said.“And added complexity just adds costs and makes it difficult for people to comply, frankly.”Morneau has argued the proposals are designed to create a fairer tax system, especially for those in the so-called middle class. He’s also said he hopes the tax reforms will unlock cash for business investment and help lift the country’s “productive capacity.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

The Afghan Government is piloting a scheme to teach widowed women the kind of skills necessary to work in the country’s tourist industry, which is re-emerging after more than two decades of dormancy due to war and Taliban hostility, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.More than 30 women are learning skills such as cooking, literacy and home-making, to take advantage of the growing interest from tourists in the site of the Bamiyan Buddha statues and the Band-i-Amir Lake in Afghanistan’s central region.If the pilot phase works, the scheme will be expanded to help more widowed women left financially vulnerable by the loss of their family’s breadwinner, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said.Briefing reporters in the capital Kabul, he said that while there was no official data showing how many visitors travel to and stay in Bamiyan, there was widespread anecdotal evidence that tourist demand there is rising.More guesthouses and restaurants have been built, and the Band-i-Amir Lake now has a hotel on its shore as well as paddle-boats for public use. The tourists appear to be a mix of Afghans and expatriates from the international community living in Kabul.The Bamiyan Valley is on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) because of the significance of its archaeological remains, including ancient Buddhist and Islamic structures, and its cave art.In March 2001 the Taliban regime sparked outrage when it destroyed two enormous standing statues of Buddha in the Bamiyan Valley.The Band-i-Amir Lake has also long been a favourite of photographers around the world because of its scenic setting.The training scheme is funded by the Japan Cooperation International Agency (JICA). read more

‘Fight for $15’ minimum wage powers on with coast state wins by Jennifer Peltz And David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2016 1:15 am MDT Last Updated Apr 2, 2016 at 2:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – California and New York — where almost 1 in 5 Americans live — are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states.Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington are among the states with active “Fight for $15” efforts, and even economic experts who oppose the increased rate see it gaining momentum.“There is lots of pressure to do this,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who is now president of the conservative American Action Forum, which says big minimum-wage increases cost jobs.The idea faces headwinds in more conservative and rural states in the South and the Midwest. But activists believe the movement is picking up steam, even if their two big victories so far were achieved in two highly receptive places: trend-setting, liberal, labour-friendly states with a high cost of living and yawning gaps between rich and poor, especially in New York City and Silicon Valley.“In the beginning, it looked impossible,” said Alvin Major, a fast-food worker and leader of the Fight for $15 campaign. But now, “what happened in New York, in California, it’s going to spread around the country.”Since the $15-an-hour movement planted roots with a 2012 New York City fast food workers strike, it has gained ground amid the broader debate over income inequality. Cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco have recently agreed to go to $15 in the coming years, and Oregon’s minimum wage is headed to $14.75 in Portland.Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been pushing for a $15-an-hour standard nationally, while President Barack Obama has called more generally for raising the minimum wage. The federal minimum is currently $7.25; 29 states and Washington, D.C., have set theirs higher.Sanders’ primary opponent and a former New York senator, Hillary Clinton, has supported raising the federal minimum wage to $12. Her campaign website says she also believes “we should go further than the federal minimum through state and local efforts, and by workers organizing and bargaining for higher wages, such as the Fight for 15…”New York and California are now on track to have the highest. California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is set Monday to sign a measure boosting the current $10 rate to $15 by 2022.In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a more complex plan. The $9 minimum would gradually rise to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and then in some prosperous suburbs by the end of 2021, but only to $12.50 in 2020 in the rest of the state, with further increases to $15 tied to inflation and other economic indicators. The measure headed to Cuomo’s desk after passing the Legislature on Friday.New York’s graduated approach stemmed from negotiations with Republicans who worried such a sharp increase would devastate businesses, particularly in the more fragile economy outside the New York metropolitan area.Similar dynamics may play out in other parts of the country. While $15 may seem reasonable in high-paying areas, “it’s a much harder lift in low-wage areas,” said Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden.Also, California and New York have politically influential unions, strong community organizing activity and Democratic politicians eager to translate the movement into legislation.“That’s not going to happen in some states, particularly in the South and maybe some of the Midwest,” said Peter Dreier, a politics professor at Occidental College.Idaho lawmakers, for example, recently passed a measure barring local governments from raising the statewide minimum of $7.25, and Republicans in Arizona are trying to do the same.The income gap has been widening in every state for at least 30 years but is particularly pronounced in states with large financial or information technology industries, according to economists Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center and Estelle Sommeiller of the Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences in France.The top 1 per cent of New York taxpayers, for instance, earned 40 times the average income of the state’s remaining 99 per cent in 2011, according to research from University of California at Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. Nationally, the top 1 per cent made 24 times that of everyone else; in California, the top earned 26 times more.Economists have long debated the impact of raising the minimum wage, and some recent research has found that modest increases seldom cost many jobs. But the jumps to $15 are larger than those economists have tested in the past, and there are fears of widespread job losses in some places.In New York City, Joseph Sferrazza worries that paying $15 will cost him his bakery, La Bella Ferrera. The rate is nearly double what he now pays his employees, mostly students working part time.“The rent is so high, the profit margin is already so low, I don’t see how we can make it work,” he said. “You can only charge so much for a cookie.”But $15 an hour would be a 50 per cent raise for Maria Velez, 29, who makes $10 an hour working at a children’s program and helps support her parents and grandparents.“This city is crazy expensive and only getting worse,” she said. If the boost took effect immediately, “it would make my life and my family’s life better — but in five years? I can’t say.”___Klepper reported from Albany. Associated Press writers Colleen Long in New York; Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber in Washington; and Jonathan Cooper and Alison Noon in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report. read more

“The ongoing suspension by the de facto authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces of almost all UN and [international non-governmental] operations since July 2015 is of great concern,” he stated. “Undue bureaucratic impediments deprive hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed essential services, supplies and other protection services.”He explained that this is further compounded by the decision of the Ukrainian Government to suspend social payments, including pensions, to an estimated 600,000 displaced people, pending verification of their status.“While the legitimate right of the Government to combat fraud is understandable, it is important to put in place a transparent system that provides clear information about the criteria for any cancellation of benefits, and proper communication to those concerned,” he underlined.In addition, Mr. Zerihoun highlighted the number of pressing human rights concerns, including the question of missing persons and the need to create a mechanism by which all parties to the conflict exchange information and cooperate to establish the whereabouts of those who went missing.Concluding his remarks, he told Council members that progress in the peace process will ultimately “depend on the political will of the parties, on their readiness and willingness to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict, through tangible deeds both on the ground and at the negotiation table.” “The continued failure to fully implement the ‘Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements’ has underscored the crucial need to make progress toward a political settlement of the conflict,” said Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, referring to the 13-point accord on ending the Ukraine crisis signed in Minsk in February 2015.Some positive political developmentsSome positive developments have been registered since the Security Council last considered the situation in Ukraine last December, Mr. Zerihoun noted, such as the largely respected ceasefire during the last weeks of 2015. Meanwhile, he said the Government of the new Prime Minister has committed to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which has been “widely welcomed.”“These developments are highly valuable in their own right,” the UN official told the 15-member body. “However, to an extent, these positive steps forward continue to be heavily undermined to some extent by an overall precarious and unsustainable situation in the conflict area.Mr. Zerihoun reported that the total number of conflict-related casualties continues to climb, now standing at 30,729, including 9,333 killed and 21,396 injured since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014. “While some of the recent civilian causalities have been caused by indiscriminate shelling, most are caused by landmines, booby traps, and other explosive remnants of war, which continue to represent the biggest threat to civilian life and security,” he warned. Meanwhile, he indicated that the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe (OSCE) in eastern Ukraine remains instrumental: “In order to carry out its mandate, the Mission must urgently be granted full and unfettered access, including to the border, as stipulated under the Minsk agreements.”‘Grave’ situation on the humanitarian frontTurning to the humanitarian situation, the Assistant Secretary-General said it remains “grave,” with more than three million people in need of assistance, especially those close to the “contact line” and in areas beyond Government control. A hospital in Sloviansk, Ukraine, which was destroyed by shelling. Photo: UNICEF Ukraine/Pavel Zmey read more

Commissioner of Police, Leslie James receives the Strategic Plan from British Security Advisor, Russell CombeMembers of the newly formed Police Reform Change Board, on Monday, received the New Guyana Police Force Strategic Plan. This was done at an executive briefing which discussed the Police Reform Change Board and the New Guyana Police Force Strategic Plan, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).According to the agenda for the briefing, it was done to increase stakeholders’ awareness of certain key mechanisms aimed at enhancing the work of the security sector and improving citizens’ security. Citizens’ security remains a major concern not only in Guyana but throughout the Caribbean, and the implementation of this new plan is expected to boost the national capacity to tackle crime, violence and insecurity.British Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, Russell Combe handed over the plan to Deputy Chairman of the board, Commissioner of Police, Leslie James. The advisor expressed the United Kingdom’s (UK) commitment to helping to boost Guyana’s security sector, DPI reported.“The United Kingdom is committed to supporting this process, to supporting Guyana, in the change management of the police and the areas that we’ll be looking at in the future where additional support is necessary,” Combe said.In his feature remarks, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan highlighted the need to have the implementation of the project expedited to avoid it being lost away on desks.The minister also referenced a recent report which spoke to managing the force’s finances and urged the use of newer budgeting models, such as priority budgeting. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Police Force to be renamedMarch 21, 2019In “Crime”British High Commissioner pledges UK security expert support in Prison reformsAugust 17, 2017In “latest news”More females, better infrastructure needed in the Force- UK envoyAugust 25, 2018In “Crime” read more

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has opened up on his error that led to Charlie Austin’s late winner as the Gunners lost 3-2 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.Danny Ings had put Southampton ahead twice only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pull level twice, but a rare error by Leno gifted the Saints a late winner as the German goalkeeper came out to clear Shane Long’s cross and couldn’t make good contact with the ball.“The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” Bernd told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’.“That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach boss Dieter Hecking says that they are “well-prepared and ready” for whatever his Bayer Leverkusen counterpart Peter Bosz has in store for themGladbach were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the Bundesliga season and sit third in the standings, which marks quite the turn around from last term’s ninth-place finish.But Hecking’s side look set to tested right from the outset for the opening game of the second-half of the league campaign in Saturday’s trip to Leverkusen.Following a difficult start, Die Werkself replaced head coach Heiko Herrlich with former Borussia Dortmund and Ajax boss Peter Bosz.The Dutchman has a reputation back in his homeland for being a proactive coach who employs a daring style of football at his teams.“I think everyone knows how Peter Bosz likes to play football,” said Hecking on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“You can already see some parallels from his time at Dortmund. This style of play isn’t new for him, but it is for that team.“They had a quality squad before he arrived, so perhaps they will better with this new style. We are well-prepared and ready for what is coming.”On how he intends to deploy his side at Leverkusen, Hecking added: “We know that we will get chances in Leverkusen, but also know that we will have to be disciplined and find ways to nullify their pace.“We need to give them problems to deal with too of course. During our analysis, we have seen parts of their game which we will target.“It’s an exciting first game, as two sides who like to play football are coming up against each other.”The match between Leverkusen and Gladbach on Saturday will take place at the BayArena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).last_img read more

first_imgRepublican Liz Pike and Democrat David Shehorn will advance in the 18th District Position 2 House race, according to preliminary returns in Tuesday’s primary election.Meanwhile, Democrat Monica Stonier and Republican Julie Olson advanced to the general election in the 17th District Position 1 House race, while incumbent state Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester, and Republican John Braun advanced in the 20th District Senate race.In preliminary returns, Pike received 59 percent of the vote, Shehorn received more than 31 percent of the vote, and the other candidate in the race, Democrat Ryan Gompertz, was eliminated after receiving about 9 percent of the vote.Pike said she was humbled by the preliminary election results.“To all the people who voted, I am very, very appreciative, and I need them to do it again on Nov. 6,” she said by phone on Tuesday evening. Pike also said she was encouraged to see a 59 percent return, given that she calculates that the 18th District is 58 percent Republican.Shehorn did not immediately return a call on Tuesday night.Both the 17th and 18th districts are exclusively in Clark County.Benton, Probst advanceIn one of the county’s most competitive legislative races, 17th District state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, just barely had the lead on Tuesday night over his lone challenger, state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver. Benton pulled in 50.35 percent of the vote, according to the preliminary results, while Probst received 49.45 percent of the vote.last_img read more

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A home in North Miami caught fire, Tuesday, with an elderly man, his family and pets inside.According to officials, the home, located near Northeast Fourth Avenue and 127th Street, caught fire around 9 a.m.An elderly couple and their daughter managed to make it out safely.The family’s two dogs were inside, as well, but one did not survive.“We’re feeling very blessed and happy that we’re all OK, except that my dog that I love so much didn’t make it, but we really feel blessed that nothing happened to us,” said resident Lylliette Noguera.Authorities have yet to confirm any injuries to the man and woman.Firefighters said the fire started in the kitchen. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on journalist Tarun Tejpal plea seeking to set aside the charges of sexual assault framed against him by a trial court. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra reserved the order but asked Tejpal why he apologized to his former colleague if he claims that the sexual assault charges were not true. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released : list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Tejpal”s lawyer said that the allegations of rape against the senior journalist were false and without any basis. But the bench sought to know why Tejpal sent the letter of apology to the woman. Tejpal”s counsel and senior lawyer Vikas Singh cited the CCTV footages of the hotel lobby and argued that it was the complainant who could be seen running after him and that she was the one who started everything. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Tejpal has moved the top court challenging a trial court order which had framed the charges dealing with rape and wrongful confinement against him. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed his innocence in the case. A former junior woman colleague accused Tejpal of rape during ThinkFest, a conference organised by the Tehelka founder in Goa in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgParis mayor Anne Hidalgo. Photo: CollectedParis mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday praised the heroism of a Malian immigrant who scaled the facade of a four-storey building in the north of capital to save a child hanging from a ledge, saying the city will support his effort to settle in France.The video of Mamoudou Gassama’s quick climbing to reach the child, cheered on by terrified onlookers, went viral on social media, with people calling the 22-year-old a real spider man.Gassama has even been invited to the Elysee presidential palace to meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning, an official at Macron’s office said.”Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Hidalgo said on her official Twitter account, adding that she spoke with him by phone to thank him.Hidalgo said Gassama told her that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France.”I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” Hidalgo said.French minister and former government spokesman Christophe Castaner also took to Twitter to say how admirable it was that Gassama stepped forward to save a life without giving any thought for his own.Le Parisien newspaper reported that Gassama was walking by when he saw a gathering in front of the building and leapt into action.”I did it because it was a child,” the paper quoted him saying. “I climbed… Thank God I saved him.”last_img read more

first_imgComparison of measured and time-integrated Th/U in zircon. The panel a is for oldest known terrestrial igneous zircons, whereas panel b is for oldest known terrestrial detrital zircons from Western Australia. Time-integrated means calculated from measured 208Pb/206Pb ratio and 207Pb/206Pb age. Corresponding data can be found in Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y LEFT: Influence of Pb mobility on present-day 207Pb/206Pb ages and time-integrated Th/U. The panel (a) shows the effect of Pb-loss and Pb-addition on determined 207Pb/206Pb ages for a 4430 Ma zircon with original Th/U of 1, whereas the panel (b) presents the effect of Pb-loss and Pb-addition on time-integrated Th/U for the same zircon. Percentages next to the dotted-curves correspond to the degree of Pb-loss or Pb-addition. The age of perturbation refers to the age at which the Pb is lost or added. Note that Pb-addition corresponds to local increase in radiogenic Pb concentration and not addition of common Pb. This figure illustrates the great sensitivity of 207Pb/206Pb ages to Pb mobility whereas it has a limited effect on time-integrated Th/U. RIGHT: Time-integrated Th/U as a function of that measured for Martian zircons. Data are from previous studies. Note the large decoupling between measured and time-integrated Th/U for domains within zircon Z2 from NWA 7533. Measured Th/U are also well outside the common magmatic range, much as what can be seen in Jack Hills zircons. Error bars represent two standard errors on analytical measurements. Corresponding data can be found in Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y Via extensive experiments, Guitreau and Flahaut showed that decoupling between the measured and time-integrated Th/U exhibited by terrestrial zircons as a proxy for zircon alterations by aqueous solutions at low temperatures. Upon comparison, the scientists showed that lunar (moon) zircons exhibited anomalously high Th/U in compliance with the common range for terrestrial larva/magma based igneous (fiery) zircon. This was expected since there is no evidence for liquid water on the moon. Similarly, Martian zircon crystals obtained from the meteorite NWA 7533 and the matrix of NWA 7034 showed consistent measurements and time-integrated Th/U ratios. Based on existing data and the present calculations, Guitreau and Flahaut interpreted the horizontal distribution as evidence for low temperature alterations of Martian zircon grains by aqueous solutions—much like the crystals from Western Australia. The present findings using decoupling between the measured and time-integrated Th/U ratios reinforced the idea of the availability of liquid water in the Martian subsurface. The phenomenon induced advanced weathering of radiation-damaged zircon crystals. Explore further In the present work, Guitreau and Flahaut explored if decoupling between the measured and time-integrated Th/U in Zircon could proxy for low-temperature aqueous alterations and then outlined the principles of their new method. When the scientists applied the method to extraterrestrial zircons on the moon for comparison with Martian zircons, they obtained evidence for low-temperature aqueous weathering on Mars. In this way, Guitreau and Flahaut presented their new data with robust evidence from existing investigations to indicate that the low-temperature alteration event recorded in NWA zircons occurred in the late Amazonian period on Mars. They assume that the availability of water for weathering in the late-Amazonian was likely controlled by impact-induced hydrothermal activity. The observations in the present study were consistent with post-brecciation (rock fragmentation) zircon alteration, and the youngest volcanic activity on Mars could also have played a role due to alterations with the current cryosphere. The recorded alterations of Zircons in the NWA 7533 meteorite represented the youngest episode of persistent aqueous alteration thus far reported on Mars. The results support the concept that Mars may yet be habitable relative to the evidenced availability of liquid water in its recent past. Calculated radiation doses as a function of Th/U in zircon. The panels a, b and c correspond to data from previous studies. Note the general upward-opening fan shape distribution of data above the first percolation point (stage at which amorphous domains become connected). Corresponding data can be found in Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y Many accounts at present support the presence of liquid water on Mars, where hydrated minerals testify to past processes of aqueous weathering in Martian meteorites such as NWA 7533/7034. Planetary scientists aim to estimate the timing of weathering on the Martian crust to help understand its evolution, the availability of liquid water and habitability on Mars. In a recent study, Martin Guitreau and Jessica Flahaut at the University of Manchester, U.K., and the National Center for Scientific Research in France, presented a new method based on U-Th-Pb (Uranium-Thorium-Lead) isotope dating systems. Using the technique, Guitreau and Flahaut investigated if Zircon crystals underwent low-temperature aqueous alteration, similar to observations with Hadean-aged detrital crystals from Western Australia. Results for the two-stage model simulating Martian zircon evolution. Models were run for U enrichment factors of 5 for panels (a) and (b), whereas a factor of 2 was used for the results presented in panels (c) and (d). The pre-alteration Th/U was set to 1 for models shown in panels a and c, and it was set to 0.5 in panels (b) and (d). Th/U ratios increased by alteration were set to 1–27 and 0.5–27, depending on the pre-alteration Th/U. Colored curves correspond to measured Th/U in zircon Z2 domains. The U–Pb resetting age corresponds to the lower intercept of the general Discordia line displayed in a previous study and is represented by a solid vertical line. The horizontal dashed lines, which are the intercepts between the colored curves and the solid vertical line, indicate the time-integrated Th/U deduced from our model. The gray-shaded zones between Th/U values of 1 and 2 correspond to the time-integrated Th/U exhibited by zircon Z2 domains. These results show that time-integrated Th/U derived from the current model are higher than those exhibited by zircon Z2 domains, and, hence, alteration at 1700 Ma (or 1500 Ma) cannot account for the observed decoupling between measured and time-integrated Th/U in the study. Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y More information: Martin Guitreau et al. Record of low-temperature aqueous alteration of Martian zircon during the late Amazonian, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y A. A. Nemchin et al. Record of the ancient martian hydrosphere and atmosphere preserved in zircon from a martian meteorite, Nature Geoscience (2014). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2231 Michael H. Carr et al. Geologic history of Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2009). DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.06.042 William J. Weber et al. The radiation-induced crystalline-to-amorphous transition in zircon, Journal of Materials Research (2007). DOI: 10.1557/JMR.1994.0688 Timeframe for Martian crust evolution. Displayed are details of knowledge about the history of NWA 7034/7533 and paired stones. The igneous crystallization of NWA7034/7533 zircons and clasts are derived from previous studies. Metamorphism and alteration ages are from additional studies. Brecciation age range is also from previous investigations, and so is the age of ejection. Corresponding data can be found in Credit: Nature Communications, doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-10382-y Moon rock recovered by astronauts likely originated on Earth Journal information: Nature Communications The data for NWA 7533 Zircons showed evidence for aqueous alteration, and modeling the evolving U-Th-Pb isotope system indicated the latest alteration to have occurred in the late Amazonian period (227-56 Ma). The finding largely expands the time duration in which liquid water was available near the Martian surface—suggesting that Mars may still be habitable, based on the evidence. Results of the study are now published on Nature Communications. Zircon is a robust time capsule extensively used in U-Pb geochronology and in the study of magmatic/metamorphic processes on Earth. Planetary scientists have testified this process using terrestrial detrital Zircon predating to 4378 million years. Nevertheless, the alpha-particle emission and α-recoil cascades due to U and Th decay can damage the crystal lattice, causing radiation to accumulate in zirconium at different rates based on the concentrations (ratio) of U and Th. This stage is defined as the “first percolation point” after which chemical elements can be more readily mobilized than in pristine crystals. The progressive amorphization can induce crystal lattice expansion and crack formation in Zircon to enhance the crystal’s sensitivity to thermal events as observed with ancient Zircons from Jack Hills, Western Australia. When they modeled the evolution of the U-Th-Pb isotope systems of zircon to determine the development of decoupling between the measured and time-integrated Th/U, they discovered the alteration occurred at 1500-1700 Ma; as a much younger event. The event corresponded to the late Amazonian period, which is generally considered cold and dry on Mars. As a result, the present work demonstrated the availability of water near the Martian surface in the recent past, suggesting its presence in the present day. To investigate the sensitivity of Zircon, the scientists considered chemical modifications as well as isotopic resetting during preservation of the lattice. To assess these conditions, they used macroscopic visual criteria and microscopic methods including transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance and atom probe tomography. A simpler, indirect approach is to also calculate the radiation dose that a zircon sample underwent (alpha decay events per gram of sample) using chronological information provided by U-Pb isotype systems and U and Th concentrations. For example, when scientists calculated the radiation doses of Jack Hills zircon datasets, they showed decoupling between the measured and time-integrated Th/U ratios in zircon domains. In this instance, radiation doses appeared to accumulate beyond the first percolation point, however the process required verification prior to its use on aqueous alterations beyond Earth. To understand the timing of Marian aqueous weathering, Guitreau and Flahaut developed a two-stage model of the U-Th-Pb isotope evolution in the present work. They tested if an aberration event (deviation) at 1500 or 1700 Ma could have accounted for the observed decoupling between the measured and time-controlled Th/U and the zircon alteration in NWA 7533. In the first stage of the model, Guitreau and Flahaut investigated zircon formation at 4430 Ma, followed by the second stage as an alteration event on increasing U and Th concentrations to alter zircon in the NWA 7533 meteorite. Using the two-stage model, they showed that uranium could be enriched by 2-5 times the original concentration to match both Jack Hills and Martian Zircon data. The results indicated that the observed levels of Th/U could have occurred at 1700 Ma or 1500 Ma. The scientists further implemented the model with an additional stage to form a three-stage model, using the same Th/U ratios and Uranium enrichment factors as in the two-stage model. The results showed that while the determined alteration ages remained very young, the specific alterations recorded by the scientists occurred during the late Amazonian period. This document is subject to copyright. 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first_imgLittle by little, Volocopter has continued to refine the design of its flying taxi since we first spotted it back in 2013. As the company eyes a commercial rollout of the electric aircraft in the coming years it has given it yet another makeover, showing off a rounder, cleaner design it says is the most powerful Volocopter yet.The Volocopter is an all-electric aircraft its creators hope will one day lift two people at a time into the air over city centers, promising a clean, autonomous and fast form of travel that alleviates traffic and pollution. Now in its fourth generation, the latest Volocopter isn’t a wild departure from anything we’ve seen previously, and its basic capabilities remain the same. Privacy policy Is the shingles vaccine effective? Find out at Allmedx.com Little by little, Volocopter has continued to refine the design of flying taxi since we first spotted it back in 201Voloctoper Aesthetically speaking, the VoloCity looks fairly similar to earlier versions, but with a more rounded exterior and fresh paint job. The company says the new aircraft is the most powerful it has produced, but will continue using the earlier models as part of its testing program. Having conducted a number of test flights in different locations, the next public outing for the Volocopter is planned for Singapore in the final quarter of the year.Source: Volocopter Built to carry two people and their luggage, the VoloCity aircraft, as it is now known, has been designed to meet the certification standards laid out by the European Aviation Safety Agency. It uses 18 rotors and onboard batteries to quietly move through the air, with redundancies built into the critical systems to ensure safety.The company says the redesign was guided by insights from over 1,000 test flights of earlier models, resulting in more aerodynamic rotor beams, a new flight stabilizer and greater lifting capacity. As a result of this more efficient design, range has increased from under 30 km to 35 km (18 to 21 mi), while top speed has been been upped from 100 km/h to 110 km/h (62 to 68 mph). I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Who is most likely to get shingles? Visit Allmedx.com and learn the answer. AllMedX How effective are zoster vaccines in older adults? Find out on Allmedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX Why is the shingles vaccine important? Discover the reasons why at Allmedx.com. How is the zoster vaccine administered? Check out the Allmedx.com for the answer. AllMedX Google Analytics settings We recommend Powered by The Volocopter is an all-electric aircraft its creators hope will one day lift two people at a time into the air over city centersVoloctoper Who is at risk for shingles? Find out by visiting Allmedx.com, Yes Nolast_img read more

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Prostate Cancer | June 17, 2019 Black Men Less Likely to Adopt Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer A new study reveals black men are less likely than white men to adopt an active surveillance strategy for their… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more March 19, 2019 — EDAP TMS SA announced that Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer Ablatherm robotic high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for patients with localized prostate cancer, has acquired the advanced Focal One HIFU technology. Houston Methodist Hospital initially invested in EDAP’s first-generation HIFU system, Ablatherm, in early 2016, and within two years of positive experience made the decision to invest in the next-generation Focal One device.”Each proposal for cutting edge medical technology must demonstrate how a new procedure will benefit patients, how it differs from competing technologies and how it contributes to the hospital’s overall growth,” said Michael Garcia, senior vice president, operations at Houston Methodist Hospital. “In deciding whether to invest in Focal One, we applied these same due diligence principles that we used in the previous technology evaluations. Following the successful business case that we experienced with Ablatherm, we believe Focal One’s capabilities will meet and exceed our expectations.””Focal One realizes the promise of focal therapy for prostate cancer that has long been anticipated,” said Brian Miles, M.D., professor of urology at Houston Methodist’s Weill Cornell Medical College, who championed the effort to acquire Focal One. “Just like the lumpectomy has become a standard option for treating breast cancer, we can now use Focal One to ablate only the diseased portion of the prostate when appropriate, rather than removing the prostate altogether.”For more information: www.edap-tms.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | March 19, 2019 Houston Methodist Hospital Acquires Focal One High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound System Focal One ablates only the diseased portion of the prostate News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. 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first_imgUnder the gaze of government officials and masked policemen, Nicaraguan indigenous and Afro-Caribbean leaders say they were coerced into signing a document Sunday regarding the planned$50 billion Nicaragua Canal project that would pass through their autonomous territory.“They were intimidated in there so they felt that they had to sign,” Santiago Thomas, a Rama indigenous leader, said of those who signed the document. “They felt like they didn’t have a choice and were under pressure with the police around.”The signing came after three days of unplanned meetings on Jan. 8-10 between canal officials and community leaders from the Rama-Kriol Territorial Government (GTR-K) – the governing body for the six indigenous Rama and three Afro-Caribbean Kriol communities in Nicaragua’s Caribbean region. GTR-K leaders say they were first pressured to sign a contract consenting to the canal’s construction on their territory. After the GTR-K declined to sign, canal officials presented the community leaders with a second document, which, according to canal officials, laid out terms for future negotiations regarding the canal.Six of the nine community leaders signed, but told the Nicaraguan press on Tuesday that they cannot be sure what they agreed to because they were not allowed to review the document. In response to the incident, the GTR-K released a statement Sunday, denouncing intimidation tactics by canal officials.The GTR-K’s complaints are typical of the negotiations surrounding the canal project, which has been saddled with scandals from the beginning. Nicaragua’s legislature unilaterally granted the 50-year renewable canal concession to Chinese billionaire Wang Jing’s HKND Group in 2013 without any public consultations and before completing any feasibility studies. The government and HKND say they will push forward with canal construction at the end of 2016, despite viability concerns raised in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), as well as the sudden decline of Wang’s fortune due to fluctuations in the Chinese stock market.The canal concession granted HKND the right to expropriate land anywhere in Nicaragua, and the planned route would displace between 29,000 and 60,000 people. Unlike the other towns and farms that would be affected by the canal, the Rama-Kriol territory is protected by law. For the canal to pass through these lands legally, the government must obtain “free, prior and informed” consent from the GTR-K.Despite this law, the Rama and Kriol say that they were not allowed legal assistance during their most recent meetings regarding the canal. They were also denied time to review the full results of the ESIA, which were completed in the middle of last year.Lawyers representing the communities filed a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in June 2014 in response to the alleged entry of canal officials into Rama/Kriol territory. According to Thomas, some members of the GTR-K are considering filing another complaint following the weekend’s meetings.“Human rights have been violated,” Thomas said. “We are not going to allow our people to be taken down this way.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Journalists harassed, detained in latest chapter of Nicaragua canal saga Costa Rican officials: We still have little information about Nicaragua’s Grand Canal plans Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’ US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador sayslast_img read more

first_img “”Equifax””:http://www.equifax.com/home/en_us announced the availability of Equifax Dimensions, a new product created to deliver more in-depth picture of past credit behavior to predict future trends.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Users of the new solution can see up to two years’ worth of detailed consumer credit activity, allowing them to make more precise lending decisions. Equifax Dimensions analyzes hundreds of payment characteristics to identify consumer patterns, enabling lenders and service providers to identify which consumers are most likely to open accounts, predict how much and where consumers are likely to spend, predict capacity to incur additional debt while staying current, and determine the “”breaking point”” of spend that will lead to default.””Equifax is constantly utilizing deeper, more meaningful analytics so that we can provide innovative solutions designed specifically to meet our customers’ needs,”” said John Cullerton, SVP of product innovation and management for the Atlanta-based company. “”This new product is an example of one of those solutions–and a simple way to help our customers increase their bottom line, while still effectively taking care of the consumer.”” September 3, 2013 440 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Equifax Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-03 Tory Barringercenter_img Share New Equifax Offering to Provide Better Credit Insightslast_img read more

first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 11:38 am PDT This image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Kit Harington in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” premiering on Sunday, April 14. The first episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” is a record-breaker for the series and HBO. The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga. (HBO via AP) ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sets a viewership record for HBO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” lived up to the hype. This past weekend’s season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.The Nielsen company said 17.4 million people watched the Sunday opener to the show’s final season, either live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed, through HBO’s on-demand service or during two reruns that aired later that night. Nielsen can’t account for people who watched more than once.HBO’s previous high-water mark was last season’s finale of “Game of Thrones,” making it likely that this new HBO record will be eclipsed when the series ends on May 19.Nielsen said that 11.8 million people watched the season premiere traditionally, meaning when it first aired on the network at 9 p.m.The numbers are likely to keep going up; HBO estimates that 32.8 million people watched each episode of the show last season. That includes people who watched weeks after it first aired and repeat viewers.Viewership for the show is more impressive when you consider that HBO is a service that people have to specifically pay for. It is available in around 35 million households in the United States, or roughly a third of the number of homes that can see CBS, NBC and ABC.Tiger Woods’ stirring comeback in the Masters gave CBS its biggest audience for that marquee golf tournament in six years, Nielsen said. Sunday’s final round, which was moved up several hours due to the threat of bad weather in Georgia, averaged 10.8 million viewers. The broadcast’s peak came when Woods won shortly after 2 p.m. ET, with 18.3 million viewers.CBS easily won the week in prime-time, averaging 7.1 million viewers. ABC had 4.5 million viewers, NBC had 3.7 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 700,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.38 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.56 million, HGTV had 1.182 million, USA had 1.177 million and TNT had 1.11 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.5 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.5 million viewers.For the week of April 8-14, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Virginia vs. Texas Tech, CBS, 19.72 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 11.82 million; “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 11.76 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.72 million; “The Code,” CBS, 8.14 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.09 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 7.62 million; “Survivor,” CBS, 7.6 million; “NCAA Basketball Pre-Game Show,” CBS, 7.47 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 7.32 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.comHBO’s “Game of Thrones” lived up to the hype. This past weekend’s season premiere stands as the most-watched one-day event in the history of the cable network that began in 1978.The Nielsen company said 17.4 million people watched the Sunday opener to the show’s final season, either live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed, through HBO’s on-demand service or during two reruns that aired later that night.There’s a good chance that number will be eclipsed next month when the series signs off for good.Meanwhile, CBS had its biggest audience for the Masters in six years with Tiger Woods’ stirring comeback.David Bauder, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew interior minister Constantinos Petrides on Tuesday pledged a series of benefits to refugees and displaced persons, in an apparent break with the policy of his predecessor.Attending House refugees committee for the first time the since assuming the interior ministry portfolio, Petrides unveiled government plans to increase rent subsidies, raise the income threshold criteria, as well as freeze for three years the rents paid by Greek-Cypriot refugees living in Turkish-Cypriot homes.Addressing MPs, Petrides said that should the president’s efforts in Switzerland to achieve a settlement on Cyprus not come to fruition, then in 2018 the government intends to overhaul its policy on refugee housing so as to “correct current distortions.”The state’s refugee housing policy should not be seen as handouts, he said, but rather as providing “the bare essentials to these people so they can live in dignity until such time as they can return to their homes in the north.”Currently, there are some 280,000 individuals registered as refugees.Petrides said the government has asked the attorney-general to provide a legal opinion on the intended increase in rent subsidisation and relaxing the income criteria.The government has decided to increase its budget for rent subsidies to €8.4 million in 2018, from €7.7 million allocated this year.The income criteria will be raised from €19,546 to €30,000, and for large families from €25,561 to €45,000.The rent subsidy will go up from €133 a month to €180; and from €214 to €260 for large families.Petrides said that today there are some 61,000 hectares of Turkish-Cypriot land in the south.Each year the state collects €3 million from rents on Turkish-Cypriot properties – a negligible amount when compared to the market value of the rents, the minister said.Petrides’ predecessor Socratis Hasikos, who resigned in May, had raised rents payable by Greek-Cypriot users of Turkish-Cypriot properties.The rent increase on those properties had been introduced last year as part of a plan by the interior ministry – that acts as the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties – aimed at amending outdated procedures and introducing a fairer distribution of Turkish Cypriot property to beneficiaries.The move was deemed necessary after it emerged that many who hold such properties – especially business establishments in places like Larnaca – sublet them, often at inflated rates.The decision was met with discontent by many tenants who found the rent increase unfair because they had spent a lot of money over the years to fix the properties – many of which were dilapidated – and had brought life back to deserted communities.But Hasikos countered that these expenses had been recouped over the years the property had been used at low rent.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more