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Other Nobel winners failed to persuade Suu Kyi to speak up for

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first_imgOTTAWA – Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed three fellow Nobel laureates who tried in a private meeting four years ago to persuade her to speak up for Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority, The Canadian Press has learned.The result of the closed-door meeting in New York City in September 2013 foreshadowed the worldwide outrage she now faces for not defending her country’s Rohingya Muslims.All three attendees, including American Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, who worked with the Canadian government to ban landmines, added their voices Friday to the global condemnation of Suu Kyi.An estimated 270,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh, saying they are running from attacks by government troops and Buddhist mobs.Suu Kyi, who is an honorary Canadian citizen, has dismissed the complaints as misinformation and says the Myanmar government, which she now leads, is fighting a militant insurgency.But there have been widespread global calls for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize to be rescinded and for world leaders to denounce her silence.Four years ago, three of her fellow female Peace Prize winners — Williams, Iran’s Shirin Ebadi and Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee — met her privately in what proved to be a futile effort to persuade her to recognize the Rohingya issue.“We were disappointed in her reaction behind the scenes,” said Rachel Vincent, the director of the Ottawa-based Nobel Women’s Initiative, who was also at the New York meeting.Suu Kyi was in the U.S. on a tour organized by the U.S. State Department. The meeting took place in office space provided by Human Rights Watch, Vincent said.“We felt the appropriate thing to do was to voice our concerns, first, privately. But it has become clear that it was necessary to become public in our concerns.”On Friday, Williams, Ebadi and Gbowee and four other female Nobel laureates sent Suu Kyi a letter telling her she had betrayed the values of the Nobel Peace Prize with her silence.“How many Rohingya have to die; how many Rohingya women will be raped; how many communities will be razed before you raise your voice in defence of those who have no voice?” said the letter.“Your silence today casts a dark and disturbing shadow on the prize and its values, which we are privileged to represent.”Vincent said Williams and her fellow Nobel laureates stood up for Suu Kyi during her years of house arrest in Myanmar, defending her in numerous public statements. Williams was one of the few who managed to win permission from Myanmar’s ruling military junta to visit Suu Kyi during her detention.“When she asked people around the world to use their freedom to support freedom for her and many Burma democrats in prison, she entered into an unwritten compact,” said Phil Robertson, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.“But now it looks like she’s reneging on the deal … and it’s a gut punch to the world community that supported her.”Suu Kyi visited Ottawa last spring and had a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He raised concerns about the treatment of the Rohingya during the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said at the time. Trudeau reiterated that concern this week during the Liberal caucus retreat in Kelowna, B.C.“Prime Minister Trudeau needs to go further and make clear to Aung San Suu Kyi that unless her government ends the atrocities, Canada will do more than denounce abuses and needs to reassess Canada’s bilateral relationship with Burma,” said Farida Deif, the Canada director of Human Rights Watch.So far, government officials say privately there is no consideration being given to rescinding her honorary Canadian citizenship. Suu Kyi is one of six international figures to receive that honour.An online petition by Change.org has almost 390,000 signatures calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize. A Gatineau, Que. man has also launched a private petition calling on the government to revoke her Canadian citizenship.last_img
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Jennifer has zero time for dating

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first_imgNew York: Jennifer Aniston says dating has never been on top of her priority list but she is open to finding love. The 50-year-old actor said she has "zero time" for romance right now. "I have zero time, to be honest ... Dating has not been one of my first priorities. I feel like whatever (romance) looks like, it will present itself, and it's not about seeking it out," Aniston told Harper's Bazaar. She said whenever love comes knocking, she would welcome it. Also Read - 'Terminator: Dark Fate' has James Cameron's fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger"I'm not like, 'No, I'm done with that. That's never going to happen again.' My time on this planet has been about... It hasn't looked a certain way. It's my way; it's what I've been given this round. "But I would say I don't find any of my past has given me a reason to harden up and create a shell or a wall of 'No more, that's it, I'm closed'," Aniston said. Asked if she believed in the concept of soul mates, the actor said she has her own interpretation of the term. "I think we have many soul mates. I don't think there's one and one only. I think we have soul clusters. I've had some of my friends for 35 years. I think we've all made some sort of unconscious agreement," Aniston said.last_img
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Vetting process for upcoming Afghan polls not thorough enough says UN envoy

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“The Vetting Committee could have done a more thorough job and at this stage we are disappointed,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said in a statement.The final candidate list for the 18 September polls – the first time Afghan institutions are running their own elections – has been announced. Out of 2,577 candidates, 13 appear to have been excluded for having links to illegal armed groups.The vetting of candidates was carried out, at their request, by the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence and the National Directorate of Security.In accordance with Afghan electoral laws, this information was then passed on to Afghanistan’s electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) – for action. “The process of vetting has not produced a satisfactory result so far,” stated Mr. de Mistura, while adding that the IEC and ECC have done their jobs in carrying out their part of the vetting process. He noted that President Hamid Karzai is equally concerned and planning to “constructively and proactively” attempt to address this issue.While pledging the UN’s commitment to supporting the IEC and ECC technically and logistically as required over the coming months, the Special Representative pointed out that, in the end, it will be up to the people of Afghanistan to determine who will best represent them. “The ultimate word, and the ultimate vetting, is up to the Afghan voters, the electorate, as it is in any country,” said Mr. de Mistura.Meanwhile, the members of the visiting Security Council delegation met today with Afghan electoral officials and parliamentarians in the capital, Kabul, including the Chairman and commissioners of the IEC and ECC. The mission by the 15-member body, which last visited Afghanistan in November 2008, is led by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey and intended to review progress made by the Government with assistance from the international community, and to demonstrate its continued support for the country’s efforts to ensure a sustainable peace. 23 June 2010The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today voiced discontent with the process of vetting candidates ahead of September’s parliamentary elections, stating that it has not produced a satisfactory result.
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From town square to living room Zuckerberg announces sweeping changes to Facebook

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Facebook, which for a generation has encouraged billions of people to widely share their life updates and pictures, says it is now trying to reinvent itself as a place for private communication.CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced a sweeping reorientation toward privacy, explaining in a lengthy essay posted to his account that he would spend the coming years focusing Facebook’s distinct apps — WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger and Facebook — on content that disappears after a period of time or is encrypted, meaning that data is scrambled so outsiders, and even Facebook, cannot read it. But the shift, which shows how the embattled company is positioning itself for an uncertain future marked by consumer distrust, declining growth on its core social network and ongoing fights with regulators around the world, could cause an upheaval in Facebook’s business model of mining people’s information to show them ads.While offering few specifics, Zuckerberg said the company’s direction would shift from being a social network where people broadcast information to large groups of people — a town hall — to a service that is modelled after a living room, where people communicate with smaller trusted groups. Facebook employees angry at treatment of moderators, who have one of internet’s most dystopian jobs Apple revokes Facebook’s app development credentials after latest data tracking revelations Mark Zuckerberg says he’s going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to host regular discussions on tech “As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks.”Reactions to Zuckerberg’s announcement were swift and skeptical. Privacy advocates said Zuckerberg needs to go beyond touting encryption to provide concrete information about whether less data will be collected and used for Facebook’s profits. “Why does it always sound like we are witnessing a digital version of ‘Ground Hog Day’ when Facebook yet again promises — when it’s in a crisis — that it will do better?” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a nonprofit privacy advocacy group in Washington. “Will it actually bring a change to how Facebook continually gathers data on its users in order to drive big profits?”The promised shift to more secure communications, while good for users, could entail major risks to Facebook’s relationships. Many governments oppose encryption, and Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook may end up getting blocked in some foreign countries as a result. Encryption will also make it harder for Facebook to fulfill what Zuckerberg has described as a core mission of detecting misinformation operatives and other bad actors on the company’s platform, which requires the ability to read the content people post. On Twitter, Facebook’s former Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said law enforcement and people who care about moderating unwanted content were the “losers” of Wednesday’s announcement.Public trust in Facebook is at record lows, according to studies, the result of crushing privacy controversies last year as well as the misuse of user data that extends back more than a decade. In a reputation score of 100 highly visible public companies, Facebook last year dropped from 51st to 94th, according to a Harris Poll published Wednesday in conjunction with the news organization Axios. In a Pew Research Center study from September, a quarter of the Facebook users polled said they deleted the app from their smartphones last year, and more than half said they adjusted their privacy settings.Zuckerberg acknowledged the trust deficit in his post. “I understand that many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform — because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services, and we’ve historically focused on tools for more open sharing,” he wrote. “But we’ve repeatedly shown that we can evolve to build the services that people really want, including in private messaging and stories.”But the moves also appear to be prompted by business considerations. Since 2012, Facebook has grown from a single social network — Facebook — to what Zuckerberg refers to as a “family” of four apps, with Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook was long the star, but last year WhatsApp surpassed it in the number of people who use it on a monthly basis, according to industry reports. Zuckerberg recently began emphasizing the number of people who use at least one of its products once a month — 2.7 billion people — more than the 2.3 billion monthly users for Facebook alone. Users log on to messaging apps more frequently than the core social network, whose growth has flattened in the U.S. and Europe.Usage of Facebook and of Messenger in the U.S. also appear to have declined by about 10 per cent per person between 2017 and 2018, according to Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research Group. The trend is worrisome for Facebook: U.S. users on the core social network are the most lucrative because Facebook can command high ad prices to target them.“This move is entirely a strategic play to use privacy as a competitive advantage and further lock in Facebook as the dominant messaging platform,” Ashkan Soltani, a former Federal Trade Commission official and privacy researcher, said on Twitter.Zuckerberg’s new blueprint for Facebook arrives as regulators around the world, including the United States, are forging ahead with efforts to craft new rules targeting how companies collect and monetize their users’ data. There’s widespread trepidation that tech giants know too much about their users — and immense frustration that Facebook in particular hasn’t safeguarded that data from abuse.Facebook’s mishaps have triggered an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission, which is considering a multibillion-dollar fine against the tech company. Facebook also is set to defend itself against a lawsuit Wednesday filed by the attorney general of the District of Columbia, who said the company deceived its users about its data-collection practices.But some of the ideas Zuckerberg proposed could lead to their own share of regulatory headaches. European officials have criticized Facebook for its plan to merge communications services after initially promising to keep apps, including WhatsApp, separate; greater integration among Facebook’s apps may raise antitrust concerns.Zuckerberg has routinely reaffirmed Facebook’s commitment to privacy when apologizing for scandals. But the differences in Wednesday’s announcement were the structural changes Zuckerberg said he intends to make to Facebook’s wide array of services — changes he said he hopes will ensure that Facebook, with its damaged reputation and slowed growth, has a place in the future of social media.WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for US$19 billion in 2014, is the model for Facebook’s new embrace of privacy. While WhatsApp has been end-to-end encrypted for years, Facebook’s standalone Messenger app is not. Messaging within Facebook’s Instagram app is also not encrypted.In Zuckerberg’s blog, he set out a vision for “interoperability,” meaning that the changes would not only make messaging more private, they would allow people to message and communicate with one another across the company’s apps.More-fluid communication could also help Facebook achieve a goal that it has made little progress on: finding money in its messaging platforms. Messaging apps — while hugely popular with users — generate a fraction of the revenue compared with the core social network. The company recently introduced advertising on Messenger and also allows businesses to pay to reach customers on WhatsApp.But Facebook makes the majority of its revenues by targeting ads to U.S. and European users of its core social network — and Zuckerberg didn’t address the revenue implications of the privacy shift. Facebook can command the highest ad prices to target these groups because the company has extensive profiles of them and they make the most purchases. If the company cannot read the content of messages, it will lose valuable profiling data.If Zuckerberg continues to encrypt more services, Facebook could run into more trouble internationally.WhatsApp’s encryption has put the service into bruising fights with governments in India and Brazil, two of Facebook’s largest markets. Brazil has shut down WhatsApp on three occasions when government officials asked for data that WhatsApp said it did not have. The Indian government has also proposed breaking WhatsApp’s encryption to make the data in it more traceable.Jennifer Grygiel, assistant professor of communications at Syracuse University, said Facebook’s changes would severely curtail its ability to moderate content.“What’s not clear is how they are going to make this transition safely,” she said. “We have already seen the risks associated with WhatsApp and private encryption in India, for example, where misinformation has led to mobs and the loss of life.”Zuckerberg suggested that the future would look different. The company, for example, might allow businesses to communicate with their users not only WhatsApp but to find new users on Instagram. Currently, the services are distinct.After making messaging more secure, he said, the company will “build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.”
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UN study calls for improved initiatives on African commodity trading

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Many firms and consumers in the advanced countries have benefited from low commodity prices, according to a new UNCTAD study called "Economic Development in Africa: Trade Performance and Commodity Dependence."The report points out that "even as these countries have provided lavish protection for their own farmers from the adverse impact of volatile and generally declining real commodity prices, they have argued against deploying similar instruments to protect far harder-hit rural communities in the developing world."The study calls for new international initiatives on commodities in the context of African development needs, calling on the international community to assume its share of responsibility by supporting a coherent policy framework that does not frustrate Africa's efforts at economic restructuring and diversification.
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UN Security Council welcomes results of Malis presidential elections

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The Constitutional Court of Mali validated a few days ago the provisional results of the second round of the presidential election and proclaimed Mr. Keita the victor.In a press statement, the Security Council congratulated the people and Government of Mali “for the generally peaceful conduct of the polls of July 29, 2018 and August 12, 2018, despite difficult security conditions and limited cases violence in certain areas.”The 15-member body congratulated the Malian authorities for the preparation, conduct and conclusion of this election, within the constitutional framework. It also congratulated the Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, for his good offices throughout the electoral process.The Security Council also congratulated all national, regional and international election observation missions, including those of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the UN. The European Union, for their positive contributions to the electoral process, as well as MINUSMA for its logistical and security assistance to the Malian government during the electoral process.Council members called on all Malians “to join forces and work together to promote lasting peace and address the security and development challenges facing Mali.”They expressed their intention to continue working with the Malian people and Government to support inclusive and sustainable peace and security throughout the country.The members of the Security Council stressed "the absolute urgency" for the Government of Mali and the armed groups of the Azawad Platform and Movement Coordination "to take unprecedented steps to fulfill their obligations fully and rapidly remaining in the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali".The Security Council declared “that lasting peace and security in the Sahel region would not be possible without a full, effective and inclusive implementation of this Agreement.”MINUSMA has been busy providing logistical support to the Government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, especially in the restive north and centre, where an alliance of militant Islamists and Tuareg rebels have been launching attacks with increasing frequency and ferocity against government troops and UN peacekeepers.When Mr. Keïta was first elected in 2013, his administration replaced a transitional government which had wrested back control - with international support - of the outlying regions following a failed coup, that saw the iconic and ancient city of Timbuktu occupied by militants. Dozens of UN peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice defending Mali’s fragile recovery in recent years.
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Cate Blanchett blames reality television for backlash against straight actors playing LGBT

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Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the role as a transgender manCredit:Paramount Pictures Backing down from the role earlier this year, Johansson said she’d “learned a lot" from the trans community and was glad there had been a "larger conversation about diversity and representation in film". She also told the festival that she would like to be a part of more LGBT films, and hopes they are getting easier to make.“Carol was a real labour of love for me. I’d read the Patricia Highsmith story ages ago, when I was in high school. And the film, I think now would be made in a heartbeat, but eight years ago, it was a very difficult film to get up,” explained. “Two women, both of whom are of lesbian-ish persuasion in the 1950s, which is like ‘who wants to go and see that? Only 12-year-old boys go to movies.' Thank goodness we’re changing the demographic of the critics who write for Rotten Tomatoes.” “For me if something is difficult to make,” she said, “it’s like a red rag to a bull. It makes me want to make it more.” While it has long been accepted that the job of an actor is to pretend to be someone they are not, some activists have lately admonished non-LGBT actors for taking on roles that do not match their sexuality or gender identity.Cate Blanchett has blamed reality television for this backlash, vowing to “fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief”.The actress, who played a lesbian in Oscar-nominated film Carol, said part of the pleasure of acting is “finding out what makes [the character] tick.”The Lord of The Rings star made her comments during a Q&A at the Rome Film Festival.“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience,” she said.Blanchett added: “I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”Scarlett Johansson was recently forced to withdraw from a role as a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug” after backlash from campaigners, while Eddie Redmayne faced criticism for playing a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. "While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante's story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person," she said.Actors including Sir Ian McKellen have pointed out that openly gay man has ever won a best actor Oscar, but that straight actors have frequently taken home the coveted trophy for playing LGBT parts.“No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” he said in 2016.Referencing straight actors who had played gay men, he said “How clever, how clever. What about giving me one for playing a straight man?”Campaign groups have pointed out that 52 straight people have received Oscar nominations for playing gay characters, including both Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Carol.Blanchett, who recently starred in Ocean’s 8, said playing someone with thoughts and experiences different from her own is one of the joys of her job.She said: “Part of being an actor to me, it’s an anthropological exercise. So you get to examine a timeframe, a set of experiences, an historical event that you didn’t know anything about. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the role as a transgender man “But also I'm about to play a character whose political persuasions are entirely different to my own, but part of the pleasure is trying to work out what makes her tick.”
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Gerry Adams lashes out at John Bruton for calling the 1916 Rising

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first_imgWhat they did when they occupied the GPO and other strong points in Dublin – and they said so in their proclamation – they were allying themselves with the Kaiser, the Kaiser’s Germany, with the Ottoman Empire and with the Austrian Empire. JB: I think they made a mistake. It is incredible that a former Taoiseach – a position that would never have existed but for the Easter Rising and the Tan War – would denigrate the sacrifice of the participants and their families in this way.He was reacting to comments made by Bruton this morning on the Today programme on RTE Radio 1, and in his submission to the government on the 1916 Centenary. John Bruton: First of all, I don’t question for one moment their sincerity or their spirit of self-sacrifice. SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has lashed out at former Taoiseach John Bruton for saying the 1916 Rising “was a mistake.”In a statement today, the Louth TD called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify his position on the events of Easter 1916, and criticised an apparent lack of planning for its centenary in two years’ time.There is as yet no programme of events for the Anniversary and the only suggestion so far by members of this Government has been around inviting British royalty.center_img Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandCalling for a “rewriting of history”, the former Fine Gael leader had been proposing that the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Home Rule Bill in 1914 should be commemorated enthusiastically this year.Present Keelin Shanley then asked Bruton what was his view of “the people who are seen as the heroes of the 1916 Rising.” Keelin Shanley: Were they misguided, in your view? Against the French republic, and against the United Kingdom, in whose armies many other Irish people – including perhaps brothers of those who were going out in 1916 – actually fought.Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly had earlier called for clarity as to the Government’s position regarding the Easter Rising, and said the former Taoiseach’s remarks had “upset” families of 1916 combatants.In response, a spokesperson for Arts Minister Heather Humphreys – who has responsibility for the ‘Decade of Centenaries Commemorative Programme’ – said that all events which led the creation of the modern Ireland would be commemorated, and that John Bruton was speaking as an individual.Read: Relatives of 1916 leaders call for Moore Street preservation work to begin>The 1916 relatives had a “surprisingly positive” meeting with Minister Deenihan>last_img
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Major League Rugby announces New York team for 2019 with OSullivan and

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first_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 10:00 AM By The42 Team https://the42.ie/3850954 Share98 Tweet Email9 Follow us: the42.ie Feb 14th 2018, 8:27 AM Short URL 27 Comments Munster centre Sam Arnold itching for chance to get Irish opportunityConnacht’s O’Halloran in race to be fit for Challenge Cup quarter-final 39,096 Views Major League Rugby announces New York team for 2019 with O'Sullivan and Horgan as advisors Eddie O’Sullivan and Shane Horgan are involved with Rugby United New York. MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY (MLR) has announced that Rugby United New York (RUNY) will join the league from the beginning of 2019, with Irishmen Eddie O’Sullivan and Shane Horgan involved in an advisory capacity.The inaugural season of the MLR gets underway with seven teams in April. New York will play an exhibition schedule in 2018 before they enter the league next year.RUNY will join Austin Elite, Glendale Raptors, Houston SaberCats, NOLA Gold, San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves and Utah Warriors in the newly-founded professional rugby league.“It is incredibly exciting to see a professional rugby club launching in the greater New York area,” said former Ireland and USA Eagles head coach O’Sullivan.“It is a rugby region with immense potential and it is hugely encouraging the vision involves building a franchise from the grassroots upwards engaging age-grade, university and club rugby. I have no doubt it will play a key role in bringing USA Rugby to the next level.”They’ll be led by former USA Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin, who’ll be joined by assistant coaches Bruce McLane, Andrew Britt and Vili Vakasisikakala in his backroom team.“This is a particularly historic moment for rugby in New York,” said Tolkin.“This will be the first domestic professional endeavor in the city and it provides an opportunity for the wealth of talented players and coaches found in our great local clubs to come together as a formidable team.”RUNY will play an exhibition game against the Boston Mystics on 24 March at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img
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Développement durable une école zéro énergie ouvre ses portes à Pantin

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first_imgDéveloppement durable : une école "zéro énergie" ouvre ses portes à PantinPantin, France - 300 élèves seront accueillis ce jeudi dans une école autosuffisante en énergie située dans la ville de Pantin, en Seine-Saint-Denis. Annoncé comme étant "zéro énergie", le groupe scolaire Saint-Exupéry produira plus d’énergie qu’il n’en consommera. L'école Saint-Exupéry est le troisième établissement à énergie passive de France, après Limeil-Brévannes et Arcueil, dans le Val-de-Marne. Quelque 1.168 m² de capteurs photovoltaïques ont été installés sur les toits de l'école, qui compte onze classes de maternelle et primaire. Grâce à ce dispositif, le groupe scolaire produira suffisamment d'énergie pour assurer ses besoins, et devrait même pouvoir vendre un surplus d'électricité à EDF.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPour limiter leur consommation énergétique, les bâtiments de l'école Saint-Exupéry bénéficient d'une excellente isolation, notamment grâce à un triple vitrage et des murs épais. Dans toute l'école, c'est la lumière naturelle qui a été privilégiée, avec de grandes vitres et des puits de lumière. En hiver, une pompe à chaleur à eau permettra d'assurer le chauffage des locaux, de même qu'une ventilation hivernale double flux avec récupération de chaleur.Le coût total de l'établissement atteint les 14 millions d'euros, soit 20 à 25% de plus que celui d'une école classique. Mais selon le maire de Pantin, Bertrand Kern, cet investissement devrait être rentabilisé d'ici les trente prochaines années grâce aux gains d'énergie. "En attendant, on a la satisfaction d'avoir fait quelque chose pour l'environnement" se réjouit-il.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 19:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img
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Il y a 10 ans laccident de la navette Columbia a précipité

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first_imgIl y a 10 ans, l'accident de la navette Columbia a précipité les navettes de la NASA vers leur finL'accident de la navette spatiale américaine Columbia eu lieu il y a tout juste dix ans, le 1er février 2003. Il a coûté la vie aux sept astronautes à bord et a précipité la fin du programme de vol des navettes spatiales de la NASA. Aujourd’hui, dix ans jour pour jour après l'accident de la navette spatiale américaine Columbia, le patron de la NASA, Charles Bolden et plusieurs autres hauts responsables participeront à une cérémonie d'hommage au cimetière militaire d'Arlington en Virginie. L'agence américaine commémorera ainsi les sept astronautes de Columbia (morts dans la désintégration de la fusée lors de son retour dans l'atmosphère, en 2003) mais aussi les trois astronautes d'Apollo 1 (morts dans un incendie lors d'un exercice au sol en janvier 1967) ainsi que les sept membres de l'équipage de Challenger (qui a explosé le 28 janvier 1986, 73 secondes après son décollage).Columbia s'est désintégrée en raison de l’endommagement de la protection thermique d’une de ses ailes. Celle-ci avait été abimée par l'impact d'un morceau de mousse isolante détachée du réservoir externe peu après le décollage, deux semaines plus tôt. Suite à ce dramatique accident, l'administration Bush avait décidé de mettre fin au programme mais de laisser les trois navettes restantes voler jusqu'en 2011. Il s’agissait alors d'achever la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) pour honorer les engagements des Etats-Unis vis-à-vis de ses partenaires, a expliqué à l'AFP John Logsdon, l'ancien directeur du "Space Policy Institute" à l'Université George Washington.Mais comme l'indique ce spécialiste, la fin des navettes a failli être plus précoce. En effet, en juillet 2005, lors du premier vol d'un orbiteur depuis l'accident, le même problème s’est reproduit. La seule différence fût que le morceau de mousse isolante détaché du réservoir externe n’a pas percé la protection thermique. Suite à ce nouvel incident, la NASA a failli tout arrêter et aucun orbiteur n’a décollé pendant près d'un an; avant que le président Bush ne cède aux pressions des partenaires internationaux pour achever l'ISS.Les navettes spatiales, une idée pas si bonne ? À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreJohn Logsdon relève que "très tôt après les premiers vols de navette, dans les années 80, on s'est vite rendu compte qu'elle ne tiendrait pas ses promesses d'un accès facile et bon marché à l'espace". Il poursuit, "je pense que le non remplacement de la navette a été un échec des responsables politiques" qui a confiné les Etats-Unis en orbite basse pendant 30 ans. Mais pour lui, "l'erreur fondamentale a été faite en 1971 et 1972 quand il a été décidé de développer un vaisseau spatial combinant le transport de l'équipage et du fret".En effet, "avoir des vaisseaux séparés pour les astronautes et le fret est une meilleure approche qui est aussi moins coûteuse". Sinon,  il faut que les navettes disposent d’un système de secours permettant de la détacher du lanceur en cas de problème. Ce n’était pas le cas à l’époque de Columbia. Cette possibilité est maintenant envisagée et la capsule Orion, actuellement en développement pour les vols habités vers un astéroïde et Mars, est équipée de ce mécanisme.(Re)découvrez l'histoire de la navette Columbia et de son terrible accidentLe 1 février 2013 à 13:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img
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Paul Allen donates $1M to Washington gun initiative

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first_imgSEATTLE — Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has donated $1 million to a campaign seeking to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 in Washington.Allen made the announcement on Twitter Monday.The Alliance for Gun Responsibility says Initiative 1639 also would create a background check system similar to the one required for handguns, require completion of a firearms safety course and create standards for safe gun storage.The group’s initiative effort comes after lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Statehouse declined to bump the minimum age to buy semi-automatic weapons after the February mass shooting at a Florida high school.The alliance needs roughly 260,000 petition signatures before the initiative can qualify for the 2018 ballot.In 2014, Allen donated $500,000 to a successful campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in the state.last_img
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Borough Assembly Looks At New Location For CES Station

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first_imgThe current property is too small for further upgrades to meet operational needs going forward, according to a memo to the assembly. The funding for the project, estimated at $1.5 million, would come through a loan from the Land Trust Investment Fund. Station 1 is central to the entire operation of CES . Its initial construction dates back to 1957 with majoradditions in 1971 and 1982. The existing station’s space is maxed out and does not meet code. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A site selection committee comprised of both borough and City of Soldotna officials evaluated potential sites according to design and operational criteria to fit the need of a new Station 1 for Central Emergency Services. The proposed area for a new station involves two different property owners, located across from Petco, in Soldotna. The construction of the building would require a realignment of Homestead Lane, which runs toward the Kenai River from Redoubt Avenue. An ordinance was introduced at the Borough Assembly meeting on August 7, to purchase the property on the corner of East Redoubt Avenue and Homestead Lane. A public hearing will be held on September 4.last_img
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Food Network Magazine to Raise Rate Base Twice in 2013

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first_imgDespite a still rocky media terrain, Wellington doesn’t anticipate a plateau for Food Network Magazine any time soon, “We’ve been delivering 1.6 million for some time, so we’ve been over: delivering a solid 200,000 per issue for the whole second half of last year, and the whole first half of this year.” Hearst’s Food Network Magazine plans to hike its rate base twice in the coming year. The January/February 2013 issue will mark an increase from 1.45 to 1.5 million, and the rate base will increase again to 1.55 million with the title’s July/August 2013 issue. These hikes represent the eighth and ninth rate base increases for the publication since its 2009 debut.“This story has been the same since it launched: It’s a consumer story,” says Food Network Magazine VP/publisher/chief revenue officer Vicki Wellington. “With Food Network on air 17 to 18 years, reaching a million households; online and the research which [Food Network owner] Scripps does constantly, asking viewers what they want more of. Consumers wanted this product in magazine form.”The magazine just underwent its most recent rate base increase with its July/August 2012 issue, now at 1.45 million. Newsstand sales aren’t the only fruitful revenue stream for Food Network Magazine. Wellington discusses the title’s advertising success, “According to [FOLIO: sister publication] min, through the June issue we’re up 15 percent, and the epicurean set is down 8 percent. We’re the sixth largest selling newsstand magazine, and up in every selling category. People who don’t do print are investing money; we have advertisers running 360s with us.”last_img
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Boeing CEO says he wouldnt hesitate to put his family on a

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first_img 5 Tags Tech Industry Aviation Boeing Comments Share your voice Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledges that two fatal crashes have damaged the public's trust in the aircraft. CBS News Boeing's chief executive says he's so confident in a proposed solution to an issue linked to two fatal crashes of the aerospace giant's grounded 737 Max that he'd trust the jet with the lives of his own family.In an interview with CBS News that aired Wednesday, Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged the crashes damaged the public's trust in the aircraft maker but insisted the planes are safe. (CBS is the parent company of CNET.)When asked whether he would put his own family on one of the grounded jets, he replied: "Without any hesitation. Absolutely."Boeing is eager to assure airlines and their passengers that its best-selling airplane is safe. The aircraft maker proposed an update in March to a flight control system that's at the center of investigations into crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.Though the official causes of both accidents haven't been determined, investigators have found clear similarities. Under scrutiny is a flight control system called MCAS (for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that pushes the 737 Max's nose down when it determines that it's too high. Preliminary data from both crashes shows that flight crews struggled to take control as the airplanes continually dove just after takeoff. Muilenburg also offered a personal apology to the families of those who died in the crashes."We are sorry for the loss of lives in both accidents and that will never change," he said. "That will always be with us. I can tell you it affects me directly as a leader of this company. It's very difficult."Despite the loss of life and the damage to the company's reputation, Muilenburg said he never considered resigning."It's important that I continue to lead the company, and the fact that lives depend on the work we do, whether it's people flying on our commercial airplanes or military men and women around the world who use our defense products, that is a worthy mission," he said.There's no timetable for the grounded jet's return to flight, the Federal Aviation Administration has said.last_img
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Indias BJP set to retain power in Gujarat after Congress challenge

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first_imgIndia`s prime minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, India, 14 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersIndia's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was set to win an election in prime minister Narendra Modi's home state on Monday, the vote count showed, but with a reduced margin, which will be a boost for the opposition.A combined opposition led by the Congress party had mounted a tough challenge in the western state of Gujarat, hoping to weaken Modi in his home base by exploiting discontent over a lack of jobs and a national sales tax that hit business.The BJP won more than 100 seats in the 182-member state assembly, projections by India Today, CNN News18 and TimesNow showed.A party needs 92 seats to rule the state. Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, who formally took over as party president at the weekend, was set to win more than 70 seats, far better than it had done in the past.A relieved BJP said Modi's popularity remained intact."There is no other leader close," said Shyam Jaju, patty president.Modi's party was also ahead in Himachal Pradesh, the Himalayan state in the north also voting for a new state assembly.Modi faces a general election in 2019, but before then, the opposition aims to slow down Modi's momentum in state elections, with two more next year.Businesses across India have been struggling with the poor implementation of a goods and services tax that aims to harmonise an array of state and federal taxes but entangled them in cumbersome procedures.Modi's shock ban of high-value currency notes in November last year, as part of his fight against corruption, also disrupted small business that forms the bedrock of his support base.Indian stock markets opened weaker, with the 50-share NSE index down almost 2 percent as early trends showed a close contest in Gujarat.But stocks reversed the losses later - the 50-share NSE index was trading up 0.7 percent at 0455 GMT.The partially convertible rupee was trading at 64.32/33 to the dollar versus its previous close of 64.04. The rupee had dropped to a low of 64.74 in early trade.Almost all pre-vote and exit polls had predicted a comfortable victory, but the polls have often gone wrong in the past.To ensure his party’s prospects, Modi addressed dozens of rallies during his campaign in Gujarat, performed rituals and even waved from a seaplane on his last day on the campaign trail."If they had lost Gujarat, the BJP would have collapsed like a pack of cards," said Congress member Sharmista Mukherjee."This is their citadel, they threw everything at it."last_img
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first_imgTechnology | December 28, 2011 Mindray Releases DC-T6 Ultrasound System, Upgrades Other Systems 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000... read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for... read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 ... read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound's simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in... read more 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory... read more News | Ultrasound Women's Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:... read more read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 December 28, 2011 — Mindray Medical introduced the DC-T6 ultrasound system at the 2011 Radiological Society of North America meeting. The device features a high-resolution, 15-inch TFT monitor as well as a swivel and height-adjustable control panel. Its embedded battery, iPower, provides up to two hours of interruptible scanning when AC power is not available. Octal beam formation technology strikes a balance between temporal and spatial resolution, while the iClear speckle reduction technology improves contrast resolution without compromising spatial resolution. The system offers real-time 4-D and panoramic imaging.Additional features include Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) with quantitative analysis, automatic M-Mode, improved cystic clarity and better signal-to-noise ratio. The DC-T6 also offers fast and efficient storage, review and management of image data using the iStation technology.The DC-7 Ultrasound EnhancementsThe company will also be showcasing enhancements for its DC-7 ultrasound system. These include an iPage 3-D volume data series, a 3-D/4-D spatial-cutting tool and a volume scan application for the fetal heart. In addition, the new CB10-4a micro-convex array and simultaneous bi-plane endocavity transducer for the DC-7 system will be introduced at the show.The M7 Ultrasound EnhancementsThe company will be demonstrating iNeedle on the M7 compact ultrasound platform, a new technology that allows for clear and precise needle detection. It is designed for use during interventional and vascular access procedures. The iZoom software enables users to view patient anatomy more accurately from a distance; the iTouch feature allows a user to optimize an image with a single touch of a button. Combining these features helps physicians visualize target structures more clearly and easily, thereby improving patient safety by reducing the rate of procedural failures and complications.For more information: http://ir.mindray.comlast_img
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Breast MRI After Mammography May Identify Additional Aggressive Cancers

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first_imgNews | MRI Breast | November 25, 2015 Breast MRI After Mammography May Identify Additional Aggressive Cancers Study reinforces clinical significance of multicentric cancers found with MRI Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical... read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard.... read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year... read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World's Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive... read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s... read more November 25, 2015 — Additional breast cancers found with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are sometimes larger and potentially more aggressive than those found on mammography, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said that in some cases MRI findings of additional cancers not seen on mammography may necessitate a change in treatment.Breast MRI is the most sensitive technique for the detection of breast cancer, with widespread application in the screening of high-risk patients and pre-surgical planning. In younger women and women with dense breasts, MRI is effective in the detection of what are known as multicentric cancers, meaning breast cancers involving two or more distinct primary tumors, usually in different quadrants of the breast. However, there has been some debate about the clinical significance of multicentric cancers found with MRI.“Patients with clinically insignificant cancers undergoing potential overtreatment versus patients who may be undertreated is at the heart of the controversy surrounding breast MRI,” said the study’s lead author Chiara Iacconi, M.D., from the Breast Unit at USL1 Massa-Carrara in Carrara, Italy.To learn more, Iacconi and colleagues reviewed records from 2,021 patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer who underwent biopsy after preoperative MRI. Of the 2,021 patients, 285, or 14 percent, had additional cancer detected on MRI that was hidden from view on mammography.In 73 of those 285 patients, or 25.6 percent, MRI identified at least one additional cancer in a different quadrant of the breast than the index cancer, or the cancer detected by mammography and/or breast palpation.These multicentric cancers were larger than the known index cancer in 17 of the 73 patients, or 23.3 percent. In addition, the MRI-detected multicentric cancers were greater than 1 centimeter in size in 25 percent of the 73 patients.“We believe invasive cancer larger than 1 centimeter is clinically relevant disease,” Iacconi said. “In general, it is accepted that radiation can likely treat invasive cancer less than 1 centimeter, but lesions larger than 1 centimeter, especially invasive carcinomas, may not be reliably treated with conservation.”The additional MRI-detected multicentric cancers were found mostly in patients with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts. However, MRI also detected additional disease in 19 percent of patients with fatty or scattered fibroglandular tissue.“The results show that multicentric cancer detected on breast MRI after mammography appears to represent a larger tumor burden in approximately a quarter of patients and can result in potential changes to cancer grade and treatment,” Iacconi said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug... read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that... read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and... read more last_img
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Bank of Cyprus the reluctant estate agent

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first_imgWith the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) now being the island’s second-biggest private real-estate agent after the church, it might be seen as a good place to start bargain-hunting for a property in Cyprus.Though mass foreclosures are a new phenomenon in Cyprus, seeking out bargains off the backs of those who have lost their properties to the bank, might appear callous, even though primary homes are not a target, BoC insists.The complex issue was highlighted a week ago when the bank was forced to suspend an eviction order of a woman in Limassol, who reportedly owed them around €80,000. Representatives of the movement against foreclosures, single parent families, and politicians, gathered outside the house in Ayios Tychonas in Limassol to protest the bank’s intention to take the house.BoC was planning to put the property, reportedly worth over €300,000, up for sale. It came to light later that the woman reportedly only uses the two-storey villa with a swimming pool for a few months every year and that she spends the rest of the time in Romania, her home country.Bank sources said the bank was not even aware that someone lived in the house. The bailiff had to post the eviction order on the door because there was no one to receive it. The house was acquired by the husband with a loan from BoC, which has not been serviced since 2009. With interest, it had reached €94,000.So, with a sort of clear conscience, it seemed safe enough morally to at least peruse the website of the bank’s real estate management unit (Remu).One of the first featured offerings that hits the house hunter on the website is a staggering €9.7m price tag for a big but bland home in Limassol. You can actually buy an entire island with three villas for less than that in Belize. How about a €5.1m house in Strovolos, Nicosia? Umm, no, not as long as a castle in France costs €1.2m.To be fair, the Remu website has a wide variety of residential and commercial properties, and plots around the island, many under €100,000. In the Nicosia district alone Remu manages 120-odd properties of which 33 are residential, 26 commercial and 64 are plots. These include finished and unfinished apartments, houses and businesses strewn across the city and outlying villages.The question is, however, with the market improving but still depressed, who is going to buy an unfinished property, or indeed a shopping mall for €34m?Unfinished property in Ayios Tychonas, listed for 1.6 million eurosRemu is about to release its 2016 year-end report on February 28 and no one from the organisation was able to speak the Sunday Mail before then, so we turned to property expert Nigel Howarth who runs the Cyprus Property News website.He believes one of the biggest problems BoC faces is offloading the unfinished properties, especially the commercial developments. Asked who he thought might buy a €9.7m home in Limassol, Howarth said: “A property is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it… but to be honest, I can’t imagine.” He also mentioned the shopping mall. “Who is going to buy that?” he said, though added that the bank must offer the properties at 80 per cent of the value in the first instance and cannot lower the prices for a year.According to the latest figures from Remu, via the BoC website, during the first nine months of  2016, the unit acquired €894m in assets via the execution of debt for property swaps.During those nine months, the bank completed the disposal of real estate assets amounting to €110m. As of September 30 2016, Remu was managing properties with a total value of €1.3bn and was servicing either completed or in progress properties for over 650 assets.Last June, properties worth €201m in the unit’s possession were located abroad, mainly in Greece.Howarth said much of this could have been avoided if during the ‘good times’, the bank had gone after developers who had not paid their mortgages.“They never chased them and now they have to foreclose,” he said. “They are going to have a problem to unload large properties. They may have to sell to other companies just to get rid of the debt as they can only have the properties on their books for three years.”Howarth also said that not only were so many of the properties unfinished as they were foreclosed from developers but those – even the finished ones – as long as they remained on the market, would cost the bank money in maintenance. “It’s a bit of a ridiculous situation,” he added. “Banks are not real-estate agents.”This unfinished shopping mall is listed on the Remu website for 34m eurosThere appeared to be some light at the end of the tunnel during the week when Moody’s Investors Service said that the recovery of property prices, reported by the Central Bank of Cyprus, would improve the asset quality of Cypriot banks, which was a “credit positive”.“Recovering property prices would support the construction industry, incentivise mortgage repayments from strategic defaulters who have the capacity but are unwilling to repay and allow banks to offload real estate taken on their balance sheet through debt-to-asset swaps,” Moody’s said.Through loan restructurings involving debt-to-asset swaps, Moody’s said BoC, whose property now makes up 6 per cent of its total assets, would be facilitated by a gradually recovering property market, which would reduce the likelihood of the bank recording losses.The real estate market showed signs of recovery last year partly on incentives given by the government to property buyers and partly on an increase in loan restructurings involving debt-to-asset swaps. Total property transactions rose 43 per cent last year to 7,063. Residential property prices rose marginally in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous quarter. For Remu properties for sale click on https://www.remuproperties.com/  From castles to islands: what you can get for 9.7 million euros LimassolPrice: €9.7mThis house is described as a luxurious detached villa, part of ‘The Residence’ development, located in the Saint Raphael area in Limassol.The villa covers a total area of 454 sqm and consists of an open-plan living/dining/breakfast area, a separate kitchen, a laundry room and a guest WC with shower on the ground floor and four bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The master has a walk-in closet and a hot tub on the first floor. All the bedrooms have a balcony with sea views. The villa also has an incomplete basement (266 sqm) which will consist of a wine cellar, a hot tub, a home cinema, theatre, a plant room and a bathroom, which is finished. The property comes with exclusive access to a landscaped garden with a pool, and two parking places on the ground floor. The total land area 1,095 sqm.  LondonPrice: £8m. (€9.5m)Kestrel House, St George’s Wharf is described as a contemporary duplex with four bedroom suites, large reception room and modern kitchen with separate dining room, all decorated to a high specification. Each room has a view along the river, from the London Eye to Battersea Power Station and outside space is plentiful with a total of three terraces and four balconies. The building has a 24-hour concierge, secure underground parking, shops, restaurants and a gym. Balearic IslandsPrice: €10mFinca in Camp de Mar is a luxury villa of Majorcan style on a plot of 210.000 sqm above the golf course of Andratx with panoramic views of the mar and the mountains. The property consists of five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. There is also an independent apartment for guest or staff. The villa is equipped with underfloor heating and air conditioning providing various terraces, some of which are covered, Mediterranean gardens, a pool area and a garage for 2-4 cars. IbizaPrice: €9.5mA manorial palace in the heart of the Dalt Vila within the historical walls of the mediaeval town. It was built in 1740 and renovated in the last few years. Located in a Unesco World Heritage Site it offers a roof terrace of 240 sqm with views over the old town, the harbour, and the Ibizan country side. Access is through a great reception hall from which a grand stairway leads to the upper floors. The palace consists of four en suite bedrooms, a master suite with private lounge room, dressing room and bathroom as well as a cinema room.Costa BravaPrice: €9.6mCasa Blanca sits at the top of the cliffs overlooking the coastal town of Tossa de Mar, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.  Built on the rocks it was designed by visionary Catalan architect Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich on 1,088 sqm including multiple open plan living areas, indoor and outdoor kitchens, an outdoor cinema and even a “floating” office. It has been featured in many TV ads including one with Antonio Banderas. Some rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass walls open out onto the Mediterranean. The outbuilding offers a chill-out area which can be completely opened onto the garden with its heated infinity pool. There is also an additional guest apartment with large terraces as well as two en suite bedrooms, a summer kitchen with BBQ, dining area and shower facilities for the pool. It also has an outdoor cinema and parking for six cars. New YorkPrice: $10m (€9.5m)A 6,471 square-foot loft apartment in the West Village that has a ‘Great Room’ a big library, a large kitchen downstairs. Upstairs has an open study overlooking the room below plus a master bedroom with en suite, two more bedrooms, a large bathroom, and a laundry room. If you were feeling brave enough in the current political climate you could live at Trump Tower in Manhattan where you could get a three-bedroom apartment for around $11m. FrancePrice: €1.2mAlmost every castle in France comes in well under the €9.7m tag. In some cases you could buy two or three for that price, for instance the completely renovated Puy L’eveque in the Occitanie region which has 22 main rooms including 10 bedrooms, sits on seven hectares of hilly and landscaped grounds. The whole of the buildings with its several dovecotes, forms a small hamlet whose origins date back to the 13th century with more recent parts added later.  Phuket, Thailand Price: $9m (€8.5m)Almost like having you own island, this property has five bedrooms and six bathrooms spanning 1,330 sqm internally with the grounds covering 2,869 sqm having views of both the sea and the mountains.At the foot of the ‘Grand Villa’ the owners have their own private 70 metre-long yacht berth. At the house there is a five-car garage. Inside there are several living rooms with full-size sliding windows that open on to the pool deck. Situated on a raised platform of polished marble, the dining room seats twelve and looks over the grounds.  North Saddle Caye BelizePrice: $6m (€5.6m)Speaking of islands, why not go the whole hog and buy one. Belize’s private islands are in high demand with Investors, including the rich and famous such as Leonardo Di Caprio, who recently acquired Blackadore Caye for a multi-million-dollar eco-friendly private island development project off the northern coast of Belize. North Saddle Caye is one of the only fully self-sustainable islands in Belize developed primarily as a private estate spanning four acres. It includes two twin luxury villas and two guest cottages. Each villa and guest cottage has two bedrooms and two master en suites, a spacious living and dining area and spacious decking and two outdoor showers, not to mention the lagoon and boat house.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. 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