Two of the greatest competitors in tennis history will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, NC.Recently retired superstar and new Cashiers homeowner Andy Roddick takes the court against good friend and fellow superstar Jim Courier in “The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge.” The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with McKee Properties is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit the new non-profit organization Mountain Youth Charities.The marquee match-up brings together players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world.Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 32 ATP titles in his career. Courier, meanwhile, was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the 1990s. He totaled 23 ATP victories, including four Grand Slam titles.“The UCB Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will also include two preliminary matches. The first is a battle between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, NC and Korey Lovett of Brevard, NC and the second is a doubles match pairing the winners of a local pro-am versus Roddick & Courier.The event will also feature a gala dinner on Friday evening, July 26 hosted by Roddick and Courier. This will be held in Cashiers at Lonesome Valley’s famed restaurant Canyon Kitchen and will feature crowd pleasing entertainment, a celebrity chef catered dinner, and fundraising activities… a don’t miss event for the times.“This is exciting for our club and the Cashiers community,” said Scott Handback, general manager of Cedar Creek Racquet Club. “We’re thrilled to provide folks in the Carolinas and Georgia with a rare chance to see two of the world’s best tennis players compete in such a scenic mountain setting.”Grounds open at 9 am on Saturday, July 27. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 am, followed by Roddick and Courier facing the pro-am doubles champs at 11 am. The main event, pitting Roddick versus Courier, is at 11:30 am.To purchase tickets, click here. Reserved seat tickets are $100. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets and group packages.“The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will be a benefit to create and enhance much needed youth programs in the Cashiers area. The goal is to establish long-term programs for all kids in this area to have opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. “Mountain Youth Charities” is the organization that will manage the funding for the children’s needs. For more information on this event call 828-743-3411 or go to www.Cashiers.com.Source:PRWeb.com
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) – The Palestinian leadership said Tuesday they had reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around Gaza although Israel was silent on the claimed deal.There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials, although a Palestinian official said the ceasefire would come into force at 1600 GMT.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, outlining the deal in a speech in Ramallah, said: “We announce the Palestinian leadership’s agreement to Egypt’s call for a comprehensive and lasting truce, beginning at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) today.” News of the reported deal came after weeks of Egyptian-led efforts to end the violence, now in its 50th day, the deadliest between Israel and the Palestinians in a decade.The fighting, which began on July 8, has killed 2,138 Palestinians, nearly three-quarters of them civilians, according to UN figures, and 68 on the Israeli side, nearly all of them soldiers.There had been no sign of any letup in the fighting earlier on Tuesday, with 10 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes and tank shelling, and two dozen people lightly wounded, as Gaza militants fired 98 rockets at southern and central Israel.There have been several short-term ceasefires between the two sides, which brought relief to millions of civilians, but they all broke down in the absence of any agreement on a longer-term truce.The latest collapsed on August 19 as hostilities resumed amid mutual recriminations. The ensuing violence has killed 117 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli.Israeli officials were tight-lipped about the claimed truce agreement.Public radio quoted a government source as saying Israel had “not yet responded to the Egyptian proposal” for an open-ended ceasefire.Shuttle diplomacy A Palestinian official in Ramallah told AFP: “The contacts that have been going on have led to a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza’s demands and needs will be met.”Ending Israel’s crippling eight-year blockade of Gaza had been a key Palestinian demand in earlier, abortive truce talks in Cairo.The Islamist Hamas movement, de facto ruler of Gaza and a key participant in the Cairo talks, also confirmed a deal had been struck with Israel.“The negotiations ended with an agreement which embodies the resistance of our people and a victory for the resistance,” its exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk wrote on his Facebook page.The arrangement came about after 48 hours of intensive shuttle diplomacy by Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation to the protracted, on-off truce talks, the Ramallah official said.In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Egypt was expected to make an official announcement about the deal.Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli warplanes kept up their pressure on Hamas with air strikes hitting two high-rise apartment blocks in Gaza City, wounding 40 people.In the first strike, F16 fighter jets fired at least six rockets at a 16-storey complex in the Nasser neighbourhood, in which there were 60 flats and a shopping centre, completely destroying the building and wounding 25.No one was killed because the army warned residents to leave in a pre-recorded message, a witness told AFP.Warplanes then fired on the 14-storey Al-Basha building in Rimal neighbourhood, causing massive damage and wounding 15 people, witnesses and medics said.The Israeli army said it had hit buildings that served as “Hamas command and control centres.”It said it had also targeted two schools in central and northern Gaza from which “low-trajectory fire” had been directed at Israel.‘We escaped by a miracle’ Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum denounced the bombardment of the two tower blocks as “a war crime aimed at terrorising the people”.In response, Hamas militants fired a barrage of longer-range rockets at Israel, although none hit further north than the port of Ashkelon, where a rocket hit a bungalow causing major damage and wounding 21 people.Home owner Yuval Cohen said it was a miracle they had not been killed.“We ran to the children’s room to wake them and while we were running, the rocket exploded in the bedroom,” Cohen told AFP.“We escaped by a miracle. We didn’t even make it to the shelter.”
Rabat – Renowned Moroccan actress Nezha Regragui has reportedly sued the Tunisian channel “Elhiwar Ettounsi’s” director who broadcast a comedy show mocking her son, Saad Lamjarred.The “Omour Jidiya” (“Serious Stuff”) show that satirically tackled Saad Lamjarred’s rape case in France aroused Nezha Regragui’s anger. Lamjarred is awaiting trial in a rape case brought by Laura Prioul in October 2016.Dressed in orange and chained, the Saad Lamjarred mimic comes into the show’s court cursing and intimidating people around him. He stands to face the plaintiff, Laura Prioul, and begins an argument in which each tries to defend themselves. The trial concluded its proceedings with the announcement of a 20-year prison sentence for Lamjarred while the plaintiff repeatedly shouted, “Live long justice!”In late August, the French public prosecutor’s office issued an order to arrest Lamjarred in the French city of Saint Tropez after another woman told police Lamjarred had raped her. After 48 hours, the court released Lamjarred on a bail of €150,000 and seized his passport.In early September, a French appeals court issued an order to remand the Moroccan singer to custody, on the prosecutor’s appeal. Many of Saad Lamjarred’s fans remain loyal to the singer and believe he has been wrongly accused. Moroccan actress Sanaa Akroud has said that Lamjarred’s parents have always believed in their son’s fans to stand against the allegations.The link to the comedy show video:
Callixte Nzabonimana, 55, who served as minister of youth and sports in Rwanda’s interim government in 1994, made the plea yesterday before Judge Dennis Byron of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is based in Arusha, Tanzania. The charges against Mr. Nzabonimana include genocide, making direct and public incitements to commit genocide, and violations of the Geneva Conventions. The indictment states that the ex-minister conspired with others to devise a plan to exterminate Rwanda’s civilian Tutsi population and eliminate members of the political opposition. A former member of the Mouvement Républicain National pour le Développement et la Démocratie (MNRD), Mr. Nzabonimana is jointly charged with six others: Augustin Bizimana, Edouard Karemera, Andre Rwamakuba, Mathieu Ngirumpatse, Joseph Nzirorera and Felicien Kabuga. He was arrested on Monday in the Tanzanian town of Kigoma and transferred the same day to the UN detention facility in Arusha. The Security Council set up the ICTR in 1994 in the wake of that year’s genocide, during which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered – mostly by machete or club – in just 100 days starting in early April. 21 February 2008A former Rwandan government minister has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges during his first appearance before the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the 1994 genocide in the small country.
Stay on target Over, under, around, and through: Students at the University of California, Davis, engineered a robot capable of tying a shoe.And it cost far less than any state-of-the-art android.“This machine,” according to a video published by team member Andrew Choi, “was designed and manufactured with the limitations of only being able to use two motors and a $600 budget.”AdChoices广告Neither compact nor speedy, the device, which uses the Ian Knot (“world’s fastest,” according to its creator), is certainly not going to be part of IKEA’s winter catalogue.And while DARPA could probably build something faster and sleeker—that also climbs stairs and pulls people from burning wreckage—this contraption is clever, innovative, and, perhaps most importantly: cheap.(It remains unclear, however, whether the machine actually works with a foot placed inside the shoe.)Initially reported on Reddit—posted by UC Davis lecturer Jason Moore (moorepants)—the shoe-tying robot has received a lot of attention since its construction for an annual design competition with Meijo University in Japan.“We, the professors, come up with machine design challenges,” Moore explained in a statement to Geek. “Student groups in Meijo and UCD work on the machines for about five months independently, and then they come together in Davis to compete.“The challenges are designed to test the students’ ingenuity, let them make use of their new engineering skills, and to help them learn some about how culture affects machine design,” he continued. “This group did excellent work. It is the only fully functioning shoe typing machine we’ve been able to find on the Internet.” Check out my @UCDavisCoE students’ automated shoe tying machine in action! They won hands down in a competition with Meijo University students. Really amazing work! pic.twitter.com/sJ7TCzlEp5— Jason Moore (@moorepants) June 20, 2018If this is what a group of five novice engineers can do with $600 and two motors, imagine the possibilities given more money and equipment.The team includes Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai, and Joel Humes.UC Davis has a history of interesting robots: Biologist Gail Patricelli, of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, recently developed robotic fowl, capable of flirting its way into the hearts of male sage-grouses. The study aimed to learn courtship tactics and analyze coupling decisions.Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:50 a.m. ET with comment from Jason Moore.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain
The former Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Germany national team footballer has explained how he used to pass fitness testsGerman striker Stefan Kiessling played professionally from 2003 to 2018.And he just came out to explain how his wife used to help him cheat in his fitness tests.“I never did one hundred percent of the exercises in the preparation periods, not once,” he told The Talking Baws.Kiessling: Lewandowski’s back-up Martin Varga – November 2, 2017 The 33-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward’s name has been associated with a January move to Bayern Munich Potential Bayern Munich transfer target Stefan Kiessling is delighted…“You get a heart rate monitor on which all runs are saved.”“As my wife is very athletic, she did some racing with the wristband according to my specs,” he explained.“She did it so well that nobody noticed.”
Rangers Coach Steven Gerrard has lauded the contribution of Kyle Lafferty who came on as a substitute in Rangers’ midweek Europa League draw against Villarreal.However, he insisted sentiments will not be considered in his decision on whether he starts against his former team Hearts on Sunday.Rangers will be needing the experience of the Northern Irishman in a match which a win could take them top of the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time since Steven Gerrard took over.“I thought Kyle was excellent when he came on,” Gerrard told The Herald.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“That is the Lafferty we want. He was aggressive, putting himself about, difficult to play against and nearly got the winner with an unbelievable strike. He will play a big part from now until the end of the season but there will be no sentiment involved because it is his old club.”On the atmosphere of the Tynecastle, Gerrard said:“It is a narrow pitch, a little bit tighter to what we are used to here at Ibrox,”“But it is the same for both teams. It is a wicked little atmosphere and I am looking forward to the game. I am sure it will be feisty at times this weekend. But I don’t mind that, I am all for that, I used to love playing in those ones.”
EAST OF BOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted six Cuban migrants who were discovered out at sea seven miles east of Boca Raton.A good Samaritan called for help after seeing a suspicious 15-foot wooden boat with passengers on board, Thursday.The guardsmen provided food, water, shelter and basic medical attention to the migrants after they were brought to safety.The migrants were later returned to Cuban authorities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Power of Indian democracy at a polling booth in #Baramulla area of North #Kashmir #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/yoG43VVAO2 — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) April 11, 2019A 24.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the two assembly constituencies till 11 am. Long queues of voters in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora assembly segments of the North Kashmir constituency were witnessed since the wee hours despite reports of petrol bombing and stone pelting in the region.Various militant outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, had warned the people not to participate in the Lok Sabha elections.On the other hand, many mainstream political leaders, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, have urged the voters to defy the protest call and come out to exercise their franchise.A sizeable population of Kashmiri Hindu migrants originally from Baramulla and now settled in Jammu and Delhi have been asked to vote from their respective locations. Two polling booths were set up for the migrant voters in Jammu region.Jammu: Kashmiri Pandits in Udhampur cast their votes for Baramulla parliamentary constituency at a special polling station set-up at Municipal Town Hall. A voter says, “We are migrants here. It’s our duty to caste vote. We want to return to Baramulla” pic.twitter.com/sRsZbXhdkL— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019There are 13.2 lakh voters in the Baramulla constituency which is seeing a triangular contest between the seasoned political leader, Mohammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Engineer Rashid who is an independent candidate and an ex IAS officer, Raja Aijaz Ali of Peoples Conference.Interestingly, Engineer Rashid who is also an ex-MLA has received support from former IAS officer, Shah Faesal. Rashid has been a controversial figure as he openly supported the separatist Hurriyat leadership in the valley and at one point even supported the plebiscite in the valley, termed as anti-national by the right wing groups.The BJP is almost virtually non-existent in Kashmir but is still the strongest party in Jammu constituency. The BJP vote bank may however be dented by the Muslim majority regions of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region casting their vote in favour of Congress and other regional parties.The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls and State Legislative Assembly elections conducted in Jammu region last time. People from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn elderly man pushing his wheelchair to reach the nearest polling booth in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and an excited voter dancing his heart out while casting his vote presented a different picture of the valley which has seen a record number of deaths and violence in the recent times.Image of the day. Voter dancing in Bandipora in the Kashmir valley. #IndiaElects @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/VDiZlpMaK9— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) April 11, 2019
Inauguration of Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana.By special arrangementAlexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, today formally inaugurated Michelin India’s Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana. The new state-of-the-art facility expands Michelin India’s research and innovation capacity and strengthens its commitment to the mobility industry in the region.During the inauguration, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said: “Our vibrant economic partnership with India is boosted by France’s leading companies such as Michelin which actively contribute to ‘Make in India’ and bring research and development technology expertise here. Along with providing innovative products to India and other emerging markets in the region, this technology center will also help augment skilling, thus contributing to the Indian government’s National Skill Development Mission, a key parameter for global competitiveness for India.”With an annual R&D budget of more than €700 million, Michelin has over 6,000 employees engaged in research, development and process engineering at Technology Centers in Europe, North America and Asia.The sprawling 3800-square-meter Materials test laboratory at Manesar is an essential resource, providing support to the Michelin Technology Center in Gurugram. The Technology Center is focused on radial truck and bus tyre R&D and provides technical support to the company’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai, China and Thailand.Speaking at this momentous occasion, Philippe Verneuil, President of Michelin Africa, India and Middle East said: “Michelin Group is committed to bringing innovation quicker to our markets and better delivering on our customers’ expectations. Establishing a Technology Center supported by a materials testing laboratory is a demonstration of the high level of confidence that Michelin Group has for India and the business growth opportunities in the region. This laboratory will provide impetus to our established innovation capabilities in India and will assist with material research for more robust and fuel efficient truck and bus tires.”Serge Godefroid, Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center said: “We have a dynamic team of highly skilled technical experts who have been selected from premier institutes in India. All of them followed intense training at our research and development facilities in France and the US prior to taking their roles in India. Michelin India’s R&D teams are now completely operational to offer our customers across emerging markets more adapted and innovative solutions.”
VELLORE: The two-day annual International Conference on Science, Engineering, and Technology began at Vellore Institute of Technology on November 13. The ICSET 2018 – 18th International Conference organised by the VIT School of Building Science, was inaugurated by Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India. More than 2,000 scientists, young researchers, academicians, experts and students from different parts of the world are taking part in this Conference. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfS K Sekar, Dean of School of Building Science, welcomed the gathering at the inaugural address of the Conference held at Dr Chenna Reddy Auditorium. Professor Meena, event coordinator outlined the objectives of the Conference. In his address, while presiding over the Conference, Professor Anand A Samuel, Vice-Chancellor of VIT, said that their institution accorded top priority to research. To prepare students for a career and a life ahead of them in the area of research, the faculty at VIT trained students here in research from the second and third year onwards itself, he said and that over 3,000 students were engaged in research at VIT and that the institution was credited with publishing with the maximum number of research papers in science journals among all educational institutions in the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Samuel said that over 1,000 research papers were submitted for presentation in this annual conference on Science, Engineering, and Technology and 998 among them were selected to be presented here. He said that there were over 60 Universities in Ecuador and that next year, VIT would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with some of those universities. Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador of Ecuador to India, inaugurated the conference and released a special souvenir released on the occasion. In his address, he said that he was delighted to inaugurate the conference. He said India was trying through various means to become a superpower at the world level. He said that there was no doubt that India would become a superpower considering that it had resources for developing its potential in the areas of science and development of its inherent talents. Among others who took part in the inaugural function included Professor S S Narayayan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, S Parimala Ranganayaki, and A Sobi.
The NBA Draft Lottery is tomorrow night, and no team has more riding on it than the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson and the organization see Lonzo Ball as the player that can potentially transform their franchise after years in NBA purgatory. Laker fans do, too. All their hopes and dreams are contingent on getting a Top 3 pick, but should they still pull the trigger on Ball if they win the lottery?Colin thinks Ball has the potential to be an NBA star, but the clear consensus among NBA front offices is that Washington’s Markelle Fultz is the #1 overall prospect. He believes it makes sense to take Ball if the Lakers land at 2 or 3, but it would be a mistake to pull the trigger if they get the first pick.A best case scenario for L.A. is getting the 2nd or 3rd pick so the decision is taken out of their hands. The ping pong balls start bouncing tomorrow. Stay tuned.“It’s understood that Markelle Fultz is the best player, and he’s who you take #1. And that’s who everyone is taking #1.”
Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Bard’s new Simetry Brachytherapy Program is a complete system for the treatment of prostate cancer based on individual anatomy. The Simetry Brachytherapy Program uniformly loads the periphery of the prostate with connected SourceLink trains, then optimizes interior seed placement, creating a balanced halo of seeds around the prostate to consistently distribute the dose across the prostate. SourceLink Connectors hold the seeds in place once it has been determined where they should be positioned. The system also features intra-operative planning, designed to efficiently minimize inaccuracies due to gland movement while achieving optimal dose coverage of the prostate. 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Consumer losses are piling up after the collapse of Helloworld affiliate All Travel.Customers with All Travel are estimated to have lost more than AUD $530,000, which is a 32 per cent increase on the AUD $400,000 in consumer claims originally reported.TravelManagers chairman Barry Mayo said that if the collapse had happened a week later that there would have been confusion over how the consumers would have been compensated as the upcoming ATAS scheme does not have any mandatory consumer protection.It is envisaged that the affected customers will be compensated with credit card charge-backs to the tune of AUD $100,000 or 19 per cent of all the lost money.“With only 19 per cent of All Travel’s client losses being attributed to credit card payments I think it clearlyshows the reality that client payments using credit cards are decreasing, not increasing as AFTA has claimed, this is due to more and more suppliers charging for merchant fees,” Mr Mayo said.The Australian Federation of Travel Agents has previously said that customers paying travel agents by credit card will be protected because of the ability to make charge-backs.However, Mr Mayo said that the number of customers paying by credit card is dropping due to merchant fees so that less customers will have charge-back protection.Mr Mayo reiterated that the only solution was to run ATAS in conjunction with the Travel Compensation Fund to the end of 2014 in order to address the aforementioned concerns.The existing Travel Compensation Fund regime, which protects consumers against travel intermediary collapse, is due to be wound up today and replaced with the voluntary ATAS scheme.Source = ETB News: Travel Managers
New York, NY — Monica Rich Kosann, a fine jewelry and home accessory designer with a shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and a distribution that includes fine Jewelers and specialty stores, has been awarded the Rising Star award for Fine Jewelry by the Fashion Group International.According to a press release received by Elite Traveler, the award was presented at the groups’ 13th Annual Rising Star Awards Luncheon this past Friday at Cipriani in New York City. Nina Garcia, Fashion Director of Marie Claire and a judge on the show Project Runway was the keynote speaker at the event. Previous Fine Jewelry Award Winners Amedeo Scognamiglio & Roberto Faraone Mennella presented the Fine Jewelry Award.Known for their lockets, charm bracelets, and home accessories, Monica Rich Kosann is a brand that helps customers capture and celebrate their most cherished moments and memories while creating a unique sense of their own personal style. Her Fine Jewelry collection was launched in 2006.ABOUT MONICA RICH KOSANN: www.monicarichkosann.com Monica Rich Kosann is a fine art portrait photographer who – inspired by vintage lockets, cigarette cases and powder compacts she collected and used to house her clients photographs – created a jewelry and home collection carried by over 100 fine jewelers and specialty stores. She has been featured in numerous media including Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living and The Today Show for her collections and her ideas on how families create and live with their precious memories. Her newest book, Living With What You Love http://tinyurl.com/yfn8x5k is scheduled for publication by the Clarkson Potter Group – Random House in Spring 2010.ABOUT MONICA RICH KOSANN COLLECTION: www.monicarichkosann.com : Monica Rich Kosann is a fine jewelry and home accessory brand with a shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and a distribution that includes fine Jewelers and specialty stores http://www.mrkphoto.com/collections/retailers.html Known for their lockets, charm bracelets, and image cases, Monica Rich Kosann is a brand that helps customers find ways to celebrate their most cherished moments and memories while creating a unique sense of their own personal style.
There can be no interim agreement on the Cyprus problem, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, responding to rumours that UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide intends to table one at the second leg of the international Conference on Cyprus, which starts on Wednesday at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.Speaking to the Greek News Agency, Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side’s goal is “a comprehensive settlement”.With regard to a statement on Monday by Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes, that the conference is being forced on the parties by the United Nations, the spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is going to Switzerland “with the clear political will to create the prospects for optimism”.“[But] if Turkey continues to hold positions at Crans-Montana like the ones we heard in the last few days, there will not be a positive outcome, and Turkey will be responsible,” he said.On a contentious document proposed by Eide for a ‘Treaty of Implementation’ to govern post-solution arrangements, Christodoulides declined comment on “the details of a document that has no substance and cannot be used as a basis for discussions at the conference.”In a written statement on Monday, President Nicos Anastasiades rejected a draft ‘common’ document prepared by Eide – which included the treaty proposal – supposed to form a guide for discussion on the chapter of security and guarantees, saying it did not reflect the Greek Cypriot side’s views and was thus neither common nor binding.The Greek Cypriot delegation for the conference left for Switzerland on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, various foreign diplomats voiced support for the upcoming conference, largely viewed as a final push for a comprehensive settlement.British Secretary of State, who will head the British delegation despite earlier reports that it would be headed by deputy secretary Sir Alan Duncan, said the conference is a “great opportunity” to find a solution.Following a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart in Paris, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France “supports the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem”.“All interested parties should work in favour of a solution which will respond to the common wish of Cypriots to find again a united and peaceful island,” a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said.US ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty told the Cyprus News Agency that the conference is the “best chance in decades” to solve the Cyprus problem.“The US’ role in the peace process entails support and readiness to act in the appropriate way at the appropriate time to assist the leaders and the UN,” she said.A bi-communal grassroots movement created to nudge the leaders toward a solution, #UniteCyprusNow, has announced that a delegation of its members will travel to Crans-Montana in a show of support for the talks.“At this critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations, ten volunteers from #UniteCyprusNow will be travelling to Crans-Montana to raise awareness about the importance of a solution among the international media and community, to encourage the leaders and to call on the guarantor powers to be constructive,” a statement said.The delegation’s trip is funded by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Hadj-ioannou’s charity, which “has been supporting bi-communal projects and activities to promote lasting peace in Cyprus for many years”.The president and his entourage were flown to Crans Montana with a helicopter. Video courtesy of Politis newspaperYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Turbulence on US financial markets which is spreading to other regions may well be an indication of an impending worldwide economic slowdown, two people familiar with the matter said in separate interviews on Friday.The sell-off, which started last week on the New York Stock Exchange and led The Dow Jones Index on Thursday to drop by over 1,000 points for the second time in a week, is related to the expected phasing out of the Fed’s accommodative monetary policy, said financial consultant Elena Constantinou.The Dow closed 4.2 per cent lower on Thursday compared with Wednesday. On Friday, Chinese shares fell by an average 4 per cent, while European markets fell for the ninth time in ten days.Due to the time lag in the transmission of the impact of policy decisions in the US to Europe the European economy could be affected as early as late 2019, said Constantinou, founder and director of the Nicosia-based RIM Think Acute Consulting Ltd. That means economies with vulnerabilities, such as Cyprus with its over-indebted public and private sector, should take proactive measures to mitigate the impact of increased borrowing costs, she added.Due to the expected impact of Brexit on the euro area’s economy, the European Central Bank (ECB) will not be too aggressive while phasing out its low-interest-rate policy, and will first halve its asset purchases to €30 billion a month before communicating its intention to proceed with interest rates hikes, Constantinou said.“As a (Cypriot) finance minister I would try to take advantage of the current low interest rates to repay more expensive debt and resort to reforms, including privatisations,” she continued. Privatisations are seen as a way for the economy improve its competitiveness and the government to reduce public debt, which last year was projected to have fallen below the 100-per cent mark for the first time since 2013.Constantinou warned that the government needs a long-term plan to encourage the reduction of the economy’s excessive reliance on certain opportunistic economic activities and offer incentives to the primary and secondary sector.Bank of Cyprus’ chief economist Ioannis Tirkides said that US financial woes may have been sparked by more than the long overdue ‘correction’ he initially saw on Tuesday, the day after the Dow fell by 1,175 points, the largest drop in a single day ever.Three days later, Tirkides saw there may be “deeper causes than a mere correction,” including concern about the outcome of the Italian election causing more political uncertainty in Europe.Still, the underlying long-term trends remained positive despite concerns about regional geopolitical tensions, the impact of the latest tax reform in the US expected to lead to larger fiscal shortfalls and fears of trade wars, he said three days later.“This year will not be as calm as the years before it,” he added. The announced phasing out of the Fed’s accommodating monetary policy will lead to a reduction in central bank balance sheets and to ‘sustainably higher’ levels of interest rates.“This is going to cause a change in the direction of money flows, this time out of equities,” he said. “More selling may be forthcoming, but it will not necessarily mean that there will be a recession in the global economy any time soon”.Constantinou added that all these ‘risks existed last year and will continue to exist this year’.“However, throughout 2017, and in January, markets were complacent about the prospects of the global economy, as growth was accelerating,” she said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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