29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgCavs owner gets ‘vile’ voicemails after LeBron’s ‘bum’ tweet Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES The incident happened when Lille’s Fode Ballo-Toure ran towards the section of visiting fans after scoring the opening goal, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne (“Stadium of the Unicorn”) is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.Renovation work is taking place throughout the 2017-18 season, as newly-promoted Amiens brings the ground up to a higher standard.‘Hardcore fans’ The venue boasts an eye-catching, futuristic design with a transparent roof, which is being renovated. The seats are also being progressively replaced under the 7.5-million-euro ($8.9-million) scheme.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Amiens public prosecutor Alexandre de Bosschere said an investigation had been opened into “accidental injury”, focusing on why the barrier gave way.“We have put legal seals on the site (to bar access to it), and an assessment will be carried out in the next few days.”The club’s president Bernard Joannin dismissed any idea that there were problems with the barrier.“The police had warned us that there were 200 hardcore fans, really wound up, who were in the section set aside for Lille fans. They surged forward, chaotically, more than 500 people, against this barrier, which was in perfect condition.”Back in May, local politician Alain Gest had suggested that upkeep of the stadium had been neglected by previous local administrations but was now “perfectly in line with regulations” and “up to standards for playing in Ligue 1”. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Members of the stadium staff stand by the stadium barrier that collapsed during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille LOSC on September 30, 2017 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens. Several Lille supporters were hurt in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as the visiting fans celebrated the opening goal of the match. The Ligue 1 fixture was interrupted in the 16th minute after LOSC French defender Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal sparked celebrations that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight./ AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS LO PRESTITwenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal.A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a regional rival that has just been promoted to the top flight in French football.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Several tumbled about 1.5 meters (five feet) and were crushed by other fans who fell on top of them. Injuries included head, chest and abdominal trauma, medical authorities said.Referee Thomas Leonard suspended the match in the 16th minute as Red Cross and emergency workers rushed to help the injured. The fixture was later abandoned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It happened all of a sudden. I don’t even know who scored. It just suddenly fell on me. I couldn’t hear anything, I couldn’t see anything and then the emergency workers took me away,” said Georges Penel, a 21-year-old Lille fan who suffered injuries to his leg and back.The prefecture of the Somme department gave a provisional toll of 29 hurt, five of them seriously. Among the injured were three minors, all in their teens, medical authorities said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more


UAAP: Comboy takes charge as FEU beats La Salle

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics With the game still up in the air, Comboy scored five answered points to stretch the Tamaraws’ lead to 11, 64-53, with 1:35 remaining.Cameroonian center Patrick Tchuente also came up big with 19 points and 11 rebounds for FEU, which hiked its record to 2-2 while dealing La Salle its third loss in four games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I’m just proud of the way we played today coming off that loss to Ateneo. It just shows the competition this season is so balanced. All the teams are capable of winning at any given moment, at any given time,” FEU head coach Olsen Racela said.“I’m just happy with the way we responded today especially coming off that loss against Ateneo.” This jewelry designer is also an architect Chris Ross happy to play for Philippines in SEA Games if given a shot Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES The Tamaraws, who led by as much as 16, rebounded from a 63-46 blowout loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles four days ago.The Green Archers leaned on rookie Jamie Malonzo to stay within reach in the fourth quarter. A triple by Malonzo pulled them within six before Comboy went on his personal 5-0 spurt.Malonzo recorded game-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University turned to Wendell Comboy late to put away De La Salle, 66-55, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more


In the spotlight

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “They’re relatively new,” he said of the Aces, who are now mentored by Jeffrey Cariaso, who in the past also called the shots for crowd darling Barangay Ginebra. “We won’t take it for granted. Cariaso is Cariaso.”“But we’re ready to compete. We’ve been practicing our bodies, our minds, hard every day,” said the Dyip coach, who will be expecting a more aggressive CJ Perez and import Khapri Alston to lead his crack crew of youngsters in the conference’s first game that tips off at 4:30 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40NorthPort, like Columbian, is also expecting to get the goods from its young leader in Robert Bolick when it looks to improve on its previous campaign.The Batang Pier take on Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. game, where Bolick—after a similarly impressive World Cup showing like Perez—will be leading NorthPort’s crack locals in teaming up with Mychal Ammons. Columbian will be taking a heap of positives when it opens its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign against a new-look Alaska side on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.But Johnedel Cardel, whose charges put together a handful of gallant stands against league heavyweights in the previous conference, assured that they look to assert themselves even more as they gun for a deeper run this time out.ADVERTISEMENT NorthPort will be coming off a franchise-best second-place finish in the eliminations of the Commissioner’s Cup, though coach Pido Jarencio would be thrilled if they will be able to make it out of the quarterfinals this time.And Bolick will be relied upon heavily here.“He knows this team very well so it won’t be that much to adjust to upon his return to the team,” Jarencio said of his prized rookie. “We expect that he’s going to help in a lot.”The Elasto Painters will parade import Joel Wright.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Southampton Test: India bowlers fire again, England 246 all out on opening day

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgJasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami continued to torment England as India took the upper hand on the opening day of the fourth Test at Southampton.India reached 19/0 from 4 overs with Shikhar Dhawan (3 not out) and KL Rahul (11 not out) in response to England’s first innings score of 246.There is all to play for both teams with England leading the five-match series 2-1. England had won the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s before India fought back to win the third Test at Trent Bridge.For the first time under Virat Kohli, India remained unchanged in a Test match. That meant Bumrah, Shami, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya returned to haunt England’s batsmen.INDIA VS ENGLAND 4TH TEST HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDAfter Joe Root elected to bat at the Ageas Bowl, Bumrah struck early to remove Keaton Jennings. Soon after, he had trapped Root lbw – a loud appeal was overturned but when India opted to use the DRS, replays showed Bumrah had over-stepped. Had he not bowled a no-ball, Root would have been out because the ball tracker showed three red dots. The ball was clearly crashing into stumps.However, Root could not make the most of a lucky escape and he was trapped lbw soon after by Ishant Sharma. Root chose to review but it was in vain as England lost their third wicket.There was misery in store for England when Bumrah dismissed Jonny Bairstow for 6. He is playing this Test as a specialist batsman after suffering a minor fracture in the previous match. Alastair Cook’s poor form continued and he was sent back by Pandya for 17 as England slipped to 36 for four.advertisementBen Stokes and Jos Buttler, who had defied India for a while at Trent Bridge, got together again and tried to steady England. But both fell to Shami after lunch.It was then left to Moeen Ali (40) and Sam Curran to do some repair work down the order and that was no easy task. Moeen did not play the first three Tests while Curran made way for Stokes in the third Test. But both men showed great resolve to keep a charged-up Indian attack at bay.The duo was involved in an 81-run stand for the 7th wicket.After Moeen’s departure, Curran continued to play his shots all over the park and soon brought up his half-century.Curran forged another fifty partnership with Stuart Broad to take England’s score past 200.Bumrah then removed Broad and Ashwin soon after got rid of Curran to bring an end to England’s innings.Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with 3/46. Ravichandran Ashwin, Shami and Ishant Sharma bagged two wickets each.last_img read more


Work on Western Children’s Hospital to Begin by May

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgMaterials for the project have started arriving on the grounds of the hospital.Dr. Tufton was speaking to journalists following a tour of Cornwall Regional on March 2.The Government of China has provided approximately US$36.16 million in funding to the Jamaican Government under an Economic and Technical Cooperation agreement to construct the Western Children Adolescent Hospital.In November 2017, Dr. Tufton signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to help with the Health Ministry’s plans for the facility.Meanwhile, the Health Minister informed that the recently constructed Diagnostic Unit at Cornwall Regional will be commissioned into service within a month.He said that the facility is now being outfitted with the necessary equipment and infrastructure for operation.Dr. Tufton said that the unit will “allow us now to do the appropriate level of diagnostics, computerised tomography (CT) scans and X-rays… on the (hospital) compound as opposed to outsourcing”. Dr. Tufton said that the contractor for the project has been selected and is “mobilising to set up their accommodations here on the compound. The contractor was selected by the Chinese. They are here in the island, and we are making provisions for them to set up, so that construction can begin in another month or two”. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says construction of the 220-bed Western Children Adolescent Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, will commence by May 2019.The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James.Dr. Tufton said that the contractor for the project has been selected and is “mobilising to set up their accommodations here on the compound. The contractor was selected by the Chinese. They are here in the island, and we are making provisions for them to set up, so that construction can begin in another month or two”.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), converses with Regional Director at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Errol Greene (left), during a tour of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James on March 21, where rehabilitation work is under way. The state-of-the-art facility will be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James.center_img Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says construction of the 220-bed Western Children Adolescent Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, will commence by May 2019.last_img read more


PIO faces jail in UK as worlds most prolific steroid smuggler

Posted On Oct 20 2019 by

first_imgLondon: An Indian-origin man in the UK has been found guilty of being part of a criminal gang believed to be one of the world’s most prolific smugglers of anabolic steroids. Gurjaipal Dhillon acted as a fixer for the group, arranging dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs from India into Europe, according to Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) which led the investigation into the gang. The 65-year-old from Southall in west London faces years in jail after he was found guilty of conspiring to import a Class C drug following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey court in London on Wednesday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He, alongside Mumbai-based Danish national Jacob Sporon-Fiedler who has earlier pleaded guilty, are due to be sentenced on July 15. “Gurjaipal Dhillon was part of a conspiracy to illegally import huge amounts of anabolic steroids into the UK on an unprecedented scale. His role in that conspiracy was a crucial one, essentially organising the transport for the drugs and enabling them to be shipped to the UK, said Rob Burgess, NCA regional head of investigations. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”We believe this organised criminal group to be the most prolific of its kind ever uncovered, probably the biggest global players in the illicit anabolic steroid market, he said. National Crime Agency officers believe the group, headed by Jacob Sporon-Fiedler as the CEO of an India-based pharmaceutical firm, have smuggled at least 42 tonnes of illicit anabolic steroids into the UK. The NCA investigation began in 2014, following a seizure of around 300 kilos of the Class C regulated drug by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport. The load was destined for an address in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Following that, NCA investigators began to piece together the movement of dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs, many of which were organised by Dhillon. Rob Burgess added: “They had the ability to move tonnes of anabolic steroids into Europe where they would be sold on the black market, pocketing millions of pounds in profit. These drugs were completely unregulated and not subject to the usual stringent checks, therefore they posed potentially major health risks to those who used them. At the heart of the network lay Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, the CEO of the pharmaceutical company manufacturing the product itself. NCA said that while its investigation had identified importations totalling almost 42 tonnes of illegal steroids, it is likely the gang were responsible for far more. Intelligence supplied by the NCA has led to further seizures and criminal investigations by law enforcement partners across Europe. Nick Jariwalla, Director Border Force Heathrow Airport, said: Border Force works hard to keep individuals and communities safe from the illegal importation of illicit drugs like these. By making seizures Border Force not only disrupts the supply chains, but, as was the case here, can also provide the crucial first evidence that helps bring those responsible to justice.” The illegally imported drugs – made by Sporon-Fiedler’s pharmaceutical company in India – were shipped using Dhillon’s contacts. Once in the UK they would be distributed by Nathan Selcon, 44, to be sold to body builders and fitness fanatics on the black market. Selcon has also pleaded guilty to the crime earlier and is due to be sentenced next month.last_img read more


Nine dead in London Ont area in streptococcus outbreak health unit

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – Health officials have issued an alert, saying nine people have died in an ongoing invasive group A streptococcus outbreak in the London, Ont., area.The outbreak was declared more than 18 months ago and the Middlesex-London Health Unit says more than 132 cases of infection have been reported since April 1, 2016.Of the cases, 22 per cent required treatment in intensive care, 15 per cent had Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome and 15 per cent had necrotizing fasciitis — also called “flesh-eating” disease.Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan says about half of the cases have been among injection drug users and/or people without access to stable housing.Symptoms depend on the site of the infection and may include fever, chills, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, severe pain, redness or swelling around a wound or injured area.Hovhannisyan says the alert has been issued because the health unit is seeing an increase in infections among people who have no connection to the outbreak in people who inject drugs or don’t have stable housing.“We need a better understanding of what’s happening, which is why we’ve issued this alert,” she said Monday in a news release.The bacteria are spread by direct contact with nose and throat secretions from an infected person, or by direct contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin.While the infections can occur year-round, the health unit said Monday that the number of infections tends to increase during the winter.It said the majority of streptococcus infections cause relatively mild illnesses like strep throat, but sometimes more serious and potentially life-threatening infections are able to get into muscles, blood and other organs.The health unit advises regular handwashing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid sharing drinking and eating utensils and to not share drug paraphernalia in an effort to avoid infection.last_img read more


Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Two weeks after the federal government legislated an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees, it’s appointed a mediator to bring a final end to the labour dispute.Elizabeth MacPherson, a former chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, will have up to 14 days to try to reach negotiated contract settlements between the Crown corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.The two sides have not been at the bargaining table since the Trudeau Liberals brought in a back-to-work bill to halt the rotating walkouts.Bill C-89, which was passed into law Nov. 27, included provisions for the government to appoint a mediator with a mandate to bring the two sides together.Failing an agreement between the Crown corporation and CUPW, the mediator will have the authority to impose a settlement through binding arbitration.The rotating strikes created havoc with the country’s postal system and caused delivery delays that are expected to continue through January.last_img read more


Justice for Mittens NL residents call for justice after cat allegedly decapitated

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

Handout Residents in the community of Port aux Basques in Newfoundland are demanding justice for Mittens, a 13-year-old domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated and tossed into the ocean. Handout The cat’s remains were allegedly placed in a large plastic bag and then tossed over a bridge in Grand Bay West, a stretch of sandy beaches west of Port aux Basques, the woman said.“I got as many details out of her mouth until I was no longer her friend,” she said.A volunteer diver searched for Mittens’ remains but came up empty.As news of Mittens’ gruesome demise spread, residents clamoured on social media for police to take action against animal cruelty. More than 200 people reportedly gathered on the shores of Grand Bay West last Friday evening for a candlelight vigil, which was livestreamed on Facebook.“As everyone is aware, our small community is absolutely devastated beyond our words. I had the honour of grooming Mittens and I will tell you all personally that he was one of the sweetest, gentlest souls I ever had the pleasure of meeting,” Delury said, staring into the dim twilight.“We gather as one to raise our voices and we are only going to get louder until these animal cruelty laws are changed.”There’s outrage, to put it mildlyLocal pastor Rev. Patricia Ritchie led the group in a moment of prayer.“We have gathered this night to remember a small creature of yours, Mittens, and to all animals everywhere who have been abused,” Ritchie said. “Lord, we can only ask that, as you are the judge, that there will be a final judgment day for any and all who abuse or hurt any animals.”After singing “Imagine,” several people in the crowd, including children, began to holler: “Justice for Mittens!” They then gathered along the bridge where they created a makeshift memorial consisting of candles, flowers and teddy bears.The Channel-Port aux Basques RCMP announced late Tuesday that they had charged Peter Rossiter, 51, of O’Regan’s and Jody Anderson, 38, of Cape Ray under the Criminal Code with injuring or endangering an animal, as well as causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.Cpl. Jolene Garland said police had received a complaint on Sept. 14 from someone “alleging the violent death of a cat with a weapon.” The cat’s remains have not been recovered, she said.The accused are not in custody and are scheduled to appear in court in December. None of the allegations against them have been proven in court.• Email: dquan@postmedia.com | Twitter: Mittens, the cat. According to Delury, Mittens’ long-time owner — a retired Molson beer delivery man with a “special heart” for animals and who lived alone — passed away this summer. The local shelter took in Mittens, groomed him and then placed him in a temporary foster home.The foster parent had fostered before and was friends with Mittens’ owner, Delury said. She sent updates to the rescue group with cute pictures of Mittens.Then a few weeks ago, things turned violent, local residents say.A woman, who asked not to be identified because she is the person who made the complaint to police, told the National Post she received a call Sept. 14 from Mittens’ foster parent who said that a male acquaintance of hers had killed Mittens a few days earlier with an axe in her bathroom. He had apparently been annoyed by a small bell around Mittens’ collar.“How gruesome is that?” the woman said. “I don’t understand what went wrong. … You trust someone. You call these people friends. There was absolutely no reason.” They turned out in droves on a Friday night to mourn the loss of a “beautiful innocent little soul.”Wiping away tears, they lit candles and sang the words to John Lennon’s “Imagine.”But now a western Newfoundland and Labrador community’s grief has turned into resolve as they demand justice for Mittens — a 13-year-old black and white domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated in the home of his caretaker and then dumped into the Atlantic Ocean.As of Tuesday, more than 7,000 people had signed an online petition calling for police action. Hours later they got it, with two people criminally charged.“There’s outrage, to put it mildly. How can someone do that?” said Shannon Delury, a groomer with a local volunteer-run animal rescue group based in Port aux Basques. “You can never get in someone’s head, right?”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Handout Residents in the community of Port aux Basques in Newfoundland are demanding justice for Mittens, a 13-year-old domestic cat that was allegedly decapitated and tossed into the ocean. read more


Annan to discuss Darfur Iran and other hotspots with top officials in

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

Speaking to the press in New York, the Secretary-General also said Côte d’Ivoire would be on the agenda during Monday’s meetings.He emphasized the importance of addressing strife-torn Darfur, a region which earlier this month Mr. Annan said needed a UN peacekeeping operation to take over from the African Union (AU) force currently there.Such a force “would require the participation of governments with highly trained troops, who are also well equipped. It is not going to be easy for the big and powerful countries with armies to delegate to Third World countries. They will have to play a part if we are going to stop the carnage that we see in Darfur,” he said.When meeting with President Bush, Mr. Annan said he would discuss “the needs that we have and the countries that I think can supply those needs, and that will include the US.”He also predicted that talks would touch on the Iranian issue, the situation in Iraq and the Middle East, as well as the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that have sparked violent protests worldwide.The subject of UN reform would also be discussed, Mr. Annan said. In addition to conferring with the President on 13 February, the Secretary-General will have a separate working lunch with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before returning to New York. read more


Untold story of the English village that raised a gorilla as a boy

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

first_imgJohn Daniel the gorilla with school children in the village of Uley 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. However, its health deteriorated and it was believed the gorilla was pining for Miss Cunningham.An urgent message was sent to her from the zoo which read: “John Daniel pinning and grieving for you. Can you not come at once? Needless to say we will deem it a privilege to pay all your expense, Answer at once.”Miss Cunningham set sail immediately, but John died of pneumonia before she arrived, aged four and a half years old.Its body was stuffed and given to the American Museum of Natural History for preservation. It went on display in the New York museum in 1922, where it remains today.John Daniel is to be the subject of art exhibitions to be held later this year at Prema Arts Centre in Uley. Ms Groom’s book is called Notes from the Uley Archives. John Daniel the gorilla enjoying a drink before sailing for America from London The extraordinary life of an English village’s resident gorilla that had its own bedroom, went for walks with schoolchildren and could do its own washing-up has been revealed.The ape – called John Daniel – played with children, ate roses from gardens and even enjoyed drinking tea and cider.Photographs of its Gloucestershire life – including being carried around by children in a wheelbarrow – have emerged in a new book.Villagers in Uley adopted the lowland gorilla after it was captured as a baby in Gabon when its parents were shot by French officers.Raised as a boy, John had a bedroom, was potty trained and even knew how to make the bed. Ms Groom, a grandmother of three, said: “Until recently we had people that remembered him walking around the village with the children. He used to go into gardens and eat the roses.”The children used to push him around in a wheelbarrow. He knew which house was good for cider, and would often go to that house to draw a mug of cider.”He was also fascinated by the village cobbler, and would watch him repairing shoes. He had his own bedroom, he could use the light switch and toilet, he made his own bed and helped with the washing up.”Miss Cunningham would take John to her London home where it would attend her VIP dinner parties, drinking cups of tea in the afternoon.But Miss Cunningham could no longer look after John when, after three years, it grew from a manageable 32lb infant to a 210lb gorilla.She sold the animal to an American in 1921 for a thousand guineas, believing that it would be sent to a home in Florida. But it was instead sent to a circus and was also displayed in the Ringling zoo of Madison Square Garden in New York. John was later found for sale at the London department store Derry & Toms in 1918 and bought for £300 – the equivalent of £25,000 today – by Major Rupert Penny, who named the animal.Mjr Penny’s sister, Alyce Cunningham, nurtured and brought up the gorilla at her country house in Uley and nicknamed it “sultan”.She raised it as a human boy in the village and John used to go for walks regularly with children of  Uley Junior School.Uley Society archivist Margaret Groom has unearthed a collection of photographs of John, which have been published in her book about the village’s history.It tells how the gorilla’s adoptive owners were later tricked into selling him to a circus and he was moved to America, where he died.The new pictures show the gorilla in its early days enjoying life in the small village. Margaret Groom, Uley village archivist, with cuttings about John Daniel the gorilla and her book Notes from the Uley Archive Margaret Groom, Uley village archivist, with cuttings about John Daniel the gorilla and her book Notes from the Uley ArchiveCredit:Gloucestershire Live/SWNS John Daniel the gorilla enjoying a drink before sailing for America from LondonCredit: Gloucestershire Live/SWNS John Daniel the gorilla brought up as a boy plays with youngsters in UleyCredit:Gloucestershire Live/SWNSlast_img read more


What in the world would you store on a 128GB iPad

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgEarlier today, Apple announced that it would be releasing a 128GB iPad on February 5. Nothing about the tablet is any different from the most current iPad model (the fourth generation), except for the increased storage capacity. There will be both black and white models, with the WiFi-only model retailing for $799, and the WiFi and cellular data model retailing for a hefty $929. The unit will be sold through any Apple Store, Apple’s online storefront, and any Apple partners.According to Apple, the increase in storage is a response to the tablet becoming more widely used in a business environment, such as in the music or film industries. Apple also notes that the company feels average users want more storage — that’s where we raise our collective eyebrow.So, we tried to think of some things that non-business user types would do with a 128GB iPad. Here is what we came up with…The maximum file size of an iOS app is 2GB, so you can fit 64 size-capped appsIf the average size of a standard MP3 is 5MB, you can fit 26,214 tracks in your music libraryA scene release of an episode of Family Guy is usually around 60MB to 90MB, with an average of 75MB. So, you can fit 1,747 Family Guy episodes (sorry, there are only 199 episodes total). A non-720p scene release of Parks and Recreation is about 170MB, thus you can fit around 771 episodes of the fantastic showThe iPad version of Angry Birds, Angry Birds HD, is 45.4MB. You can fit 2,887 instances of this game on your iPad, which you probably need to do for your iPad to reach its full potentialGeorge R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones on iBooks is 11.3MB, so you could read 11,599 digital copies of the book, assuming you remove the one you just finished before starting on the next identical copyA full run of all six seasons of Lost in HD on iTunes is around 170GB, so you’ll unfortunately have to switch to SD — which is around 70GB or so — if you absolutely can’t live without the entire series on your tablet at onceIf anyone out there can find actual-everyday uses for all that space on an iPad other than “all the music I can possibly download and rarely listen to” or “tons of raw images and video that I’ll occasionally look at maybe once, who knows,” we’d love to hear about them.last_img read more


Heres What Happened Today Monday

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Pedestrians braving the wet and windy weather on Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge this morning Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieMinister for Health Simon Harris says that stories of people on hospital waiting lists are “absolutely inexcusable”.Barack Obama is to get the freedom of Dublin, but not every councillor was impressed with the decision.Two Irishmen, one understood to be closely linked to the Kinahan drug cartel, were arrested in Amsterdam.Arlene Foster says that Gerry Adams has a ‘radical agenda’ for Northern Ireland.A woman who won the lottery in 2011, and has been ordered to pay €560,000 of the winnings to her stepson, has had her assets frozen.The landlords of a five-bedroom property which housed 70 tenants have been ordered to pay €60,000 in legal costs.Leo Varadkar became the first minister to say that Donald Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland.An Irishman died in Barcelona at the weekend, after falling ill.The Pixies and Bell X1 are just two of the bands set for a series of outdoor gigs at Trinity College in July.Irish retailers said they didn’t have a good Christmas.140 new jobs are on the way to Kilkenny.WORLD David Beckham meeting Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in June 2016 Source: PA Wire/PA Images#UK: Donald Trump will not be allowed to address the House of Commons according to the house speaker.#ROMANIA: Half a million Romanians have taken to the street in the biggest protests seen since the fall of communism.#BECKHAM: Emails relating to a possible knighthood for former footballer David Beckham were leaked after hackers demanded payment.#VAN DER WESTHUIZEN: Rugby legend and World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged just 45.PARTING SHOTA paddle boarder takes advantage of the waves at Tynemouth, England, this morning. Source: PA Wire/PA Images Get our daily news round up: Monday 6 Feb 2017, 8:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3226316 No Comments 11,663 Views center_img Share Tweet Email Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Hospital waiting lists, arrests in Amsterdam, and the freedom of Dublin for Obama – it’s the Evening Fix. Short URL By Cianan Brennan Feb 6th 2017, 8:59 PM last_img read more


Bishop Amvrosios found guilty of abusing office and hate speech

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgBishop Amvrosios, the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Kalavryta and Aigialeia in the southern Peloponnese, is known for his outspoken views on a number of issues. His extreme statements on homosexuality were deemed to be an abuse of his ecclesiastical office during a three-judge hearing at Aigio on Monday.In 2015, the conservative bishop had written posts on the topic of homosexuality, and he urged his readers to “spit upon” homosexuals as he did not consider them to be human beings but “rejects of nature.”His racist statements, made during the same-sex partnership debate in Greek parliament, had been viewed as hate speech by a group of citizens that set a legal motion against him. He had been acquitted for the racist statements. On appeal, he has been found guilty of abusing the powers of his office in the anti-gay blog posting.He received a seven-month sentence, suspended for three years.Bishop Amvrosios said that it had been the “most difficult day” for him. He defended himself, following the ruling, by stating that he was not against homosexuals but against the “sin” itself. He told the Greek National and State Television broadcaster that  his rage had not been against gays but against the politicians that voted in favour of the same-sex partnership agreement.Cleo Papandoleon, the lawyer representing the group of citizens who sought legal action against the bishop, said that the ruling sets limits to “inflammatory and racist speech.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Bentley teases tech for new Flying Spur ahead of June 11 debut

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Not everything on the Flying Spur will be a carbon-copy carryover from the Conti. Bentley’s upcoming sedan will feature all-wheel steering, the first Bentley to do so, improving the low-speed turning radius while improving handling at higher speeds. It’ll also carry rear-biased all-wheel drive, only powering the rear wheels until it detects slippage. Adaptive suspension will also make an appearance.That’s about all we know for now. But we don’t have to wait too much longer to learn more — Bentley confirmed that it will introduce the world to the new Flying Spur on June 11 at 11 a.m. BST, or 6 a.m. ET.flying-spur-teaser-002Enlarge ImageWe’ll see the whole thing (without stickers) in just a couple weeks. Bentley Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Comment 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise insidecenter_img 12:21 Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering why it looks so much like the old one, that’s on purpose. Its new look is being disguised by stickers meant to resemble the outgoing Flying Spur. Bentley The third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is just around the corner, but before it makes its official debut, Bentley saw fit to offer up some teasers and a bit of information about the car’s new tech.Bentley on Wednesday put out two new teasers for the upcoming new Flying Spur. The pictures still show the car in camouflage — look closely enough, and you’ll see stickers over all the lights. Expect to see the same kind of design changes first implemented on the new Continental GT, including slimmer lights and a bit more expression from the body panels. The automaker also put out a video teaser on YouTube, offering up some surprisingly grumbly exhaust notes alongside a similarly camouflaged vehicle. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 1 Bentley Superluxury Cars Sedanslast_img read more


ProMedica Healthcare Organization Incorporating Sectra Cardiology Module in Enterprise Imaging Solution

Posted On Aug 27 2019 by

first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu 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 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 Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more CarolinaEast Health System Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more center_img December 5, 2016 — Sectra announced that nonprofit healthcare system ProMedica is adding the Sectra Cardiology Module into its existing enterprise imaging architecture. Through integration with the Epic Cupid reporting module, physicians will have combined access to their patients’ complete imaging history for both radiology and cardiology.ProMedica’s 12 hospitals and six ambulatory surgery centers in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan provide 4.7 million patient encounters annually. All the facilities utilize Sectra PACS (picture archiving and communication system) and, earlier this year, the Sectra VNA (vendor neutral archive) architecture was configured to prepare for the inclusion of cardiology and other non-radiology images. Cardiac catherization and cardiac ultrasound images will be viewed in the Sectra PACS and archived in the Sectra VNA.“ProMedica and Sectra have a long history of collaboration. The ability to easily access images from both radiology and cardiology will allow us to continue delivering excellent patient care and improve communication between disciplines,” said Debi Brobst, VP of applications at ProMedica.For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cardiac PACS | December 05, 2016 ProMedica Healthcare Organization Incorporating Sectra Cardiology Module in Enterprise Imaging Solution Midwest health system of 12 hospitals and six ambulatory surgery centers will add cardiac cath and ultrasound image capabilities to existing Sectra PACS system News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read morelast_img read more


Obama US must examine how assets are being used in IS fight

Posted On Aug 18 2019 by

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Asked to elaborate on the president’s comments, Earnest said: “There have been some concerns raised by some fighters that they have not gotten the kind of equipment that they need to fight ISIL.”“The president and the rest of the administration have vowed to work closely with the Iraq government to make sure that this military equipment is getting got where it is needed,” he said.Earnest praised Iraq’s announcement that it had launched a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province. The Iraqi troops are out to retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital of Ramadi.“I think that is a clear indication of the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight,” Earnest said. “And the United States and our coalition partners will stand with them as they do so.”Obama said the upheaval in the Middle East and the “increasingly aggressive posture that Russia has taken” in Ukraine has created a “challenging and important time for NATO.” He said NATO would continue to support Ukraine.Obama said NATO would be a crucial player in providing training and assistance to Afghanistan following the drawdown of NATO troops. He said it was important that NATO countries properly contribute to that post-draw-down mission. WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to boost Iraqi fighting forces, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies need to examine whether they are deploying military assets effectively against Islamic State militants as Iraq mounts a new offensive to recapture critical territory west of Baghdad.The White House says it already is responding to demands by Iraqi fighters for more powerful anti-tank weapons to confront armored vehicles that the Islamic State has used as potent and deadly car bombs. But officials stressed the examination did not represent a reassessment of the U.S. military approach to the fight against the militants. Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img “We continue to have confidence in the strategy,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “This is not a fight the U.S. is going to fight for the Iraqi people.”The U.S. attention to supplying higher-grade military equipment came after Defense Secretary Ash Carter over the weekend criticized Iraqi forces, saying their men fled the Islamic State advance on Ramadi without fighting back.White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Carter’s remarks, saying the Iraqi government acknowledged that the setback in Ramadi was the result of a breakdown in command and planning. Moreover, Earnest said, the Iraqi forces in Ramadi had not benefited from U.S. or allied training.Obama, speaking at the end of a meeting with visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, did not respond to questions about Carter’s comments. But he did say the challenge posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the turmoil in Libya have forced NATO to look south as well as east in the alliance’s mission.“That means an increase in defense capacity building with other countries like Iraq or (Persian Gulf) countries that are interested in working with us, as well as the African Union,” he said. “It also means we have to think about whether we are deploying and arranging our assets effectively to meet that challenge.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more


Analysts Address Imbalance Between Starts New Sales

Posted On Aug 15 2019 by

first_img February 11, 2013 397 Views As prices and home sales climb, many rejoice in a housing market that is finally on the mend. However, “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ poses the question, “”Should we be concerned that housing starts are outstripping sales?””[IMAGE]While some take it as a good sign that housing starts are again on the rise and construction is making a small comeback, some might cautiously wonder if the market is ready to handle an increase in construction and if we aren’t headed for a repeat of the overbuilding that contributed to the past housing boom and bust.The “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ reports new home sales have risen 9 percent over the past year, while housing starts have risen by a much higher 37 percent.[COLUMN_BREAK]””With starts currently increasing faster than new home sales, that might ring alarm bells that homebuilders are starting too many homes for the level of demand,”” Capital Economics stated in its recent market update.Capital Economics first eased any initial astonishment at these numbers by explaining that on an annualized basis December’s housing starts versus new home sales numbers are not out of line with historical standards.December’s annualized housing starts totaled 954,000, while the month’s annualized new home sales totaled 369,000. “”This large _levels_ difference is not unusual by past standards,”” Capital Economics stated.Furthermore, the analytics firm explained the raw percentages are not necessarily comparable. The Census Bureau includes both single-family and multifamily homes in its housing starts data.New home sales data only include single-family homes, excluding any built-for-sale homes such as custom-built homes. Built-for-sale homes are included in the housing starts data.Supply remains tight in the new single-family housing market with 4.9 months’ supply. Historically, supply has been about 6.2 months’ supply.Currently, the market holds about 151,000 new homes for sale, which is lower than any month before 2012, according to Capital Economics.The firm expects both new home construction and new home sales to “”rise significantly further this year.”” in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-02-11 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img Share Analysts Address Imbalance Between Starts, New Saleslast_img read more


FHFAOIG Freddie Mac Servicers Failed to Report Escalated Complaints

Posted On Aug 15 2019 by

first_img A new report from a government watchdog accused “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, its servicers, and the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) of not meeting requirements when handling and resolving escalated consumer complaints. [IMAGE] According to a report from the “”FHFA Office of Inspector General””:http://fhfaoig.gov/ (OIG), Freddie Mac and eight of its largest servicers, which service 70 percent of the GSE’s mortgages, received over 34,000 complaints that became escalated cases during a 14-month time period ending November 30, 2012. Escalated cases include foreclosure actions in violation of the GSEs’ guidelines; allegations of fraudulent servicing practices; complaints that the borrower did not receive proper evaluation or was inappropriately denied a foreclosure alternative; threats of litigation; and violations of the GSEs’ policy timeframes for borrower outreach, evaluation, or time permitted for a response, according to the report. After tracking the escalated cases, FHFAOIG found a failure to implement the Servicing Alignment Initiative (SAI) and Servicing Guide requirements for escalated consumer complaints among Freddie Mac servicers. For example, seven out of the eight Freddie Mac servicers did not resolve all escalated cases within the 30-day requirement, and some servicers did not correctly categorize the nature of the escalated cases. Four servicers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôBank of America, CitiMortgage, Provident, and Wells Fargo–failed to report any escalated cases during the 14-month time period to Freddie Mac even though they handled more than 20,000 cases. [COLUMN_BREAK]When the banks were contacted, the servicers “”indicated that they would begin reporting to Freddie Mac,”” the FHFAOIG report stated.Furthermore, Freddie Mac data showed that 98 percent of its servicers, or 1,179 out of 1,207, did not report any escalated cases as of December 2012. “”This strongly suggests that many other servicers handled escalated cases but did not comply with the reporting requirements,”” the report stated. Of the four large servicers that did not report escalated cases, one servicer said it was not aware of the requirement and another said the GSE had not requested the information during an onsite examination. Among the eight largest servicers, 26,196 escalated cases were handled during the 14-month time period, of which 25,528 were resolved. About 21 percent of those cases, or 5,371, exceeded the 30-day time frame.Branch Banking & Trust Corporation (BB&T), however, managed to resolve all of its escalated cases within 30 days. FHFA OIG also found issues with how escalated cases were categorized when resolved. When categorizing escalated cases, servicers are required to use 13 resolution categories. However, one servicer used 61 different categories when identifying resolutions. Overall, about 8 percent of the 25,528 resolved cases lacked a required resolution category. The report also determined Freddie Mac did not adequately address servicer compliance in handling escalated cases. The GSE did not implement procedures for testing servicer compliance and has not established penalties, such as fines, for servicers who fail to report escalated cases, according to the report. When examining Freddie Mac’s implementation of the SAI, FHFA failed to identify noncompliance with consumer complaint requirements, FHFAOIG stated. The FHFA examination team also did not conduct its own testing of servicer compliance, and instead relied solely on the GSE’s onsite operation review reports, which did not mention problems with servicer reporting, the report stated.In response to its findings, FHFAOIG provided several recommendations for Freddie Mac and FHFA to enhance their oversight. Share March 22, 2013 422 Views in Data, Governmentcenter_img FHFAOIG: Freddie Mac Servicers Failed to Report Escalated Complaints Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-03-22 Esther Cholast_img read more


Small EU states losing the spoils of Brexit

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has written to the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission calling for equal treatment for small member states when it comes to the criteria used for decentralising EU institutions.The letter dated July 28, concerns the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Banking Authority (EBA) from the UK by 2019 due to Brexit.Cyprus has applied to host the EMA, along with 20 other countries, but the criteria appears to exclude smaller member states from being considered.The EMA is Europe’s equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration. The agency is responsible for the smooth-running of the EU drug approval process, which is vital for companies, as well as overseeing the safety of medicines once they reach the market.With nearly 900 skilled staff, an annual budget of €322 million and luring 36,000 experts a year to its meetings, the EMA is the largest EU institution in Britain.The criteria for relocation set out by the commission are that the agency in question can take up residence from the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc,“This should include the necessary logistics and sufficient space for offices, meeting rooms and off-site archiving, high-performing telecommunication and data storage networks as well as appropriate physical and IT security standards,” the EU document says.Secondly, the accessibility of the location concerns the availability, frequency and duration of flight connections from the capitals of all EU member states to the airports close to the location, the availability, frequency and duration of public transportation connections from these airports to the location, as well as the quality and quantity of accommodation facilities.Criteria also includes the existence of adequate education facilities for the children of agency staff for multi-lingual, European-oriented schooling that can meet the needs for education facilities for the children of the current staff as well as the capacity to meet also the future education needs.Appropriate access to the labour market, social security and medical care for both children and spouses is also a requirement.  Another requirement will be the ability to attract highly qualified staff from the relevant sectors, notably in case not all current staff should choose to relocate.According to an announcement from the palace, Cyprus applied in May this year to host the EMA, setting up a special ministerial committee. It said that the criteria de facto excluded Cyprus and constituted unequal treatment of a member state.The foreign minister has pointed out that the requirement for ready infrastructure excluded smaller member states that operate on the basis of supply and demand, especially when it came to flight accessibility, it added. Smaller states like Cyprus would also be excluded on these grounds.The letter sent by Anastasiades last week said Cyprus hoped that the relocation process for the EMA and the EBA did not set a precedent for future decentralisation decisions.“The letter stressed the need to ensure equal treatment of all EU member states, including small member states particularly in the region,” the palace said. “It expressed our readiness and our strong desire to host a European agency on the basis of objective criteria and a balanced geographical distribution of European institutions.”  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more