Prince Charles Launches Princes Youth Service Awards In Canada

first_imgPrince Charles, Prince’s Charities Canada and WE Day announced a brand new annual awards program to honour exceptional young Canadians who are taking positive actions both here at home and in the global community.Video: The Prince of Wales launches The Prince’s Youth Service AwardsTogether, The Prince’s Youth Service Awards and WE Day will recognize the commitment of a new generation of young leaders passionate about changing the world, and hope to inspire young people across Canada to build a brighter future.The awards will be for those those who have distinguished themselves through community service and social action. Youth between the ages of five and 18 years old can apply. The Prince’s Youth Service Awards also encourages educators, family and friends to support the applications of young people from their schools or communities who are dedicated to making positive change in the world around them. More information and Award applications are available at: weday.com/theprincesyouthserviceawards.In spring 2016, Award winners for each category will be selected by a panel of judges made up of notable Canadians including Spencer West, Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free The Children ambassador, Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO of Prince’s Charities Canada; Barry Avrich, Partner, BT/A Advertising, Matthew Corrin, Founder and CEO of Freshii; Mike “Pinball” Clemons; and Maureen Dockendorf, BC Ministry of Education Superintendent of Early Years.The winner in each category will receive a hand-carved award statue designed personally by His Royal Highness. They will also receive an invitation to participate in a transformative leadership development program and a bursary towards bringing their ideas to life. Winners will be selected in the Spring of 2016 and the categories include:• WE Are Community Leaders Award: Change can start at home. The recipient of this award is taking positive action in their community. • WE Are Global Leaders Award: Changing the world is possible: The recipient of this award is taking action on important global issues. • WE are Social Innovators Award: Changing the world starts when you think outside the box. The recipient of this award uses innovative solutions to tackle social problems. • WE are Agents of Sustainability Award: Taking charge of our planet’s future is possible. The recipient of this award is dedicated to environmental stewardship and creative solutions to issues facing our environment.last_img read more

PORTER Celebrates Its Fourth Annual Incredible Women List

first_imgPORTER’s fourth annual Incredible Women list, published in the Winter issue with cover star Julianne Moore, celebrates the women who have empowered and inspired us this year.Meryl Streep photographed by Nicolas GuerinThe starting point for the 2018 list was the #MeToo movement that erupted last October, when sexual-misconduct revelations in the film, fashion and other industries broke. This was an extraordinary catalyst for change.“We are looking at a fast-changing world, where women are not only less afraid to speak out and challenge the status quo, but are also effecting real change both in the workplace and society as a whole,” says PORTER editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans.This sense of bravery, strength and purpose inspired this list’s theme “One Year Stronger”, which champions the women who have taken action and spoken out – whether about sexual abuse, gender equality, gun control or equal pay – in an unprecedented show of force and intent.The list opens with a special nod to the 300 women behind Time’s Up, including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Ashley Judd. Other leading global heroines featured include: Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle, Frances McDormand, Oprah Winfrey and journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who broke the Harvey Weinstein story in The New York Times.PORTER also commissioned four Incredible Women to write open letters, including Meryl Streep, who pens why we need journalists now more than ever: “We need to protect, defend and thank the current crop of journalists around the world, because they, their scruples and their principles are the front-line defense of free and informed people.”last_img read more

Census Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to

first_imgOTTAWA – Not everyone wants to own a home these days, Evan Siddall concedes — not even his own millennial-age son. For the head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., that’s really saying something.But Siddall’s experience is far from uncommon, the latest census figures show: 30-year-old Canadians are less likely to own a home today than their baby boomer parents did at the same age, mirroring a modest but unmistakable decline in the national home ownership rate.At age 30, 50.2 per cent of millennials owned their homes, compared to 55 per cent of baby boomers at the same age. Young adults today are more likely to live in apartments than their 1981 counterparts, are less likely to live in single-detached homes, and — as Statistics Canada revealed over the summer — more likely than ever before to still be living at home.The figures should change the way Canada thinks about its real estate sector, said Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute in Toronto. Policy-makers have focused almost exclusively on policies to promote home ownership over the last 20-plus years, he said, pointing to tax policy and incentives.“We have to start thinking about — if rent is going to start becoming a more important part of our real estate sector once again — how we make sure we’re building the right type of rental, rental where we need it and rental that’s affordable for the people who are going to be using it,” Haines said.In 2016, more than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households captured in the census owned their homes, an ownership rate of 67.8 per cent — down from 69 per cent in 2011 after 20 steady years of baby boomers flooding the real estate market.Since 2011, the census shows, the value of homes has steadily increased to a national average of $443,058, up from $345,182 in 2016 dollars. Vancouver had the highest prices in the country with the average home valued at over $1 million; Toronto was at $734,924 and Calgary at $527,216. Montreal came in at $366,974.As values have climbed in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, so too have the percentage of renters, even though the supply of purpose-built rental units nationally has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.Census data showed renters are more likely to be over-stretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.Almost 40 per cent of renters captured in the census spent more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income on housing — a figure largely unchanged from 2011 and more than double the approximately 17 per cent recorded for homeowners.Overall, affordability remains an issue for almost a quarter of Canadian households, a figure that hasn’t changed much in a decade, with the pressure most acute in the hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver.The federal Liberal government has promised to address affordability issues as part of an $11.2 billion, 11-year housing plan to be released in the coming weeks. It’s expected to have a heavy focus on building affordable units, with a new portable housing benefit that would be tied to individuals, rather than properties.Speaking earlier this fall about work on the strategy, Siddall said that the focus wasn’t solely on helping the ranks of homeowners.“Rent or own, a home is a home,” Siddall said in an interview.“When we think about housing we have got to think about renters who need support to rent, renters who rent on a market basis, and make sure people can migrate and own homes who should own homes.”The migration to home ownership is likely to pick up for millennials in the coming years as they start families and look for homes or condominiums — a class of home that saw a 1.2 per cent increase in households from 2011 — to fit their growing brood. At the same time, seniors will be looking to downsize.That means the baby boomers will continue to fuel changes in the housing market by how long they remain homeowners and whether their children and grandchildren decide to rent or buy.Haines said the two age groups, even though they are at different points in their lives, are likely to compete for the same kind of two-bedroom units that are a rarity in the market, potentially driving up costs. That may require policy-makers to get more involved in the market to make more family-friendly housing gets built instead of a heavy focus on studios and one-bedroom units, Haines said.“We’ve fallen into this trap of building (condo) units for investors rather than end users,” Haines said.“There are positive signs that we’re starting to recognize that over the last 20 years, we’ve sort of let the market do what the market wants and maybe we need a little more attention (to make sure) that we’re actually getting what we need for our population.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Congress to come up with Delhi specificmanifesto

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress’s Delhi unit will come out with a separate election manifesto for the national capital focusing on issues faced by unauthorised colony residents, the issue of sealing and pollution, a party spokesperson said on Tuesday. The manifesto will be released soon after the announcement of party candidates, said Delhi Congress spokesperson Jitender Kochar . “The manifesto will focus on areas like unauthorised colonies, pollution, sealing, among others, that have been crucial for Delhi,” he told reporters. The Congress last week released its Lok Sabha election manifesto “Ham Nibhayenge” (we will deliver), covering all sections of the society and promising Rs 72,000 per annum to the poorest 20 per cent of the country. Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit met party councilors of the three municipal corporations in the city and called upon them to take the manifesto to people in door to door campaign.last_img read more

Libya wins the African Cup of Nations for local players

first_imgRabat- The Libyan national team on Saturday won the third edition of the African Cup of Nations for local players (CHAN) 2014, which was held in South Africa. The Libyan team won the tile with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Ghana in Cape Town.This is the first time that Libya wins the African Cup of Nations in its history and is the second time that a Maghreb team wins the continental tournament, after Tunisia, which won the first edition of the tournament in 2011.last_img

US judge rules Maui County Hawaii GMO ban invalid because preempted by

US judge rules Maui County, Hawaii, GMO ban invalid because pre-empted by federal, state law HONOLULU, Hawaii – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order.The county, which is a major centre for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county.The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. “No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county,” she said.Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits. The ordinance would only allow the moratorium to be lifted after a vote by the Maui County Council.Mark Sheehan, one of five citizens who sponsored the ballot initiative, said his group will appeal the order. He expressed disappointment that Mollway ruled on what he called procedural issues instead of addressing the substance of their argument.He said the ordinance was specifically written to address issues not found in state statue. Further, he said the law requires the county to protect the health of the environment and the public, said Sheehan, who is a member of the group Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina Movement, or SHAKA.“That was lost on the judge, so we will have to move along and have to find justice for the constitutional rights of the people of Maui at another level,” he said.Hawaii’s year-round warm weather makes the islands a favourite research spot for companies that use genetic engineering to develop new types of corn and other crops. The weather allows researchers to grow more generations of crops and accelerate their development of new varieties.Monsanto has two farms in Maui County, on Maui and Molokai islands. Agrigenetics, which does business as Mycogen Seeds, has a farm on Molokai.There has been little scientific evidence to prove that foods grown from engineered seeds are less safe than their conventional counterparts. But fears persist in Hawaii and elsewhere. In the islands, these concerns are compounded by worries about the companies’ use of pesticides._____Associated Press writer Jennifer Sinco Kelleher contributed to this report. by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 6:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNESCO chief denounces killings of television journalists in Pakistan Iraq

“Violence against the media cannot be allowed to continue with impunity,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.In the Pakistani city of Karachi, technician Waqas Aziz, security guard Ashraf Yusuf, and driver Khalid Khan – all three employed by ‘Express News’ – were fatally shot on 17 January while in their television van. An extremist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.In Iraq, Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a 28-year-old freelance reporter for Fallujah TV, was killed on 20 February in a bomb attack in the town of Khaldiyah, near Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The attack also injured Muayad Ibrahim, a freelance reporter for Al-Anbar TV.“It is vital that the authorities take immediate action to improve the safety of journalists and media workers, as an essential part of protecting freedom of expression and media freedoms in the country,” Ms. Bokova said.The names will be added to UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty. read more

New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has indicated plans to change the limits for the amount that somebody receiving rent supplement can pay for their accommodation.The changes will see most limits lowered slightly, but will see some limits increased in areas like Dublin or Galway where prices have increased since the last adjustment in January 2012.They will also split Counties Kildare and Wicklow into two areas, to reflect the varying prices between North and South Kildare, and between Bray and the rest of Wicklow.The changes are intended to reflect the changes in rental prices around the country, and reflects recent rental price data from the Central Statistics Office and Daft.ie among others.The Department of Social Protection said the general theme of the rules was to ensure that rent supplement applicants were able to afford around 35 per cent of all rental properties on the market.There are around 86,000 people in receipt of rent supplement throughout the country, who receive roughly €403 million each year, on the basis that they have no other source of accommodation available to them and they would be otherwise unable to afford a rental home.The changes are intended to come into effect for around 18 months starting June 15, and will cost the Department roughly €7 million extra this year.A PDF of the old and new rates can be downloaded here.Read: Cuts to rent supplement ‘forcing people to become homeless’last_img read more

Black Ops player gets very angry over Second Chance perk

first_img(This video contains swearing and someone talking very loudly. We suggest turning the volume down and listening through headphones)If YouTube poster Elpresador is to be believed, then the Second Chance perk included in Call of Duty: Black Ops is flawed and unfair. But you have to wonder if it’s a flaw or if he is really just not playing that well.The Second Chance perk allows a player to pull out their pistol before dying for one last shot. What Elpresador is trying to demonstrate here is that he can be killed while shooting someone with an AK47 due to the perk. Is that unfair or just damn good aiming?The comments on the YouTube video tend to suggest he just isn’t playing very well. His AK47 is aimed too high therefore allowing the target the chance to take their shot. What do you think?If nothing else the video is amusing to watch just to see how angry this guy gets. 97 yards away people, look at it!Read more at CVGlast_img read more

Unemployment falls to 257 per cent in September

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s jobless rate fell to 25.7 per cent in September from a upwardly revised 26 per cent rate in August as the country’s six-year recession eases, Greek statistics agency ELSTAT said on Thursday.September’s reading was the lowest since August 2012 when unemployment stood at 25.5 per cent. The record high was set in September 2013, when unemployment hit 28 per cent.Greece’s unemployment is coming down from record highs as the economy stabilises after a severe six-year recession but remains at more than double the euro zone average of 11.5 per cent in September. The Greek economy is projected to expand by 0.6 per cent this year.Source: Reuterslast_img

Ederson said he has improved under Guardiola

first_imgThe Brazilian goalkeeper has picked up a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy in just his first season with Manchester City.25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson joined Manchester City in 2017.And since then, he has won a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy.“I’ve improved a lot,” Ederson explained to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Pep gives me the confidence to play.”“I have made mistakes which allowed a goal, but I haven’t allowed this to affect me,” he added.“The freedom and confidence from Pep give helps me a lot and I adapted quite fast to his style – not just me, but all the team!”last_img read more

India drafts policy to claim stake in Global Internet of Things by

first_imgIndia is drafting a policy to have 5-6% of the $300-billion global Internet of Things (IoT) business by 2020, a top official said on Monday.”A policy framework is in consultation stage for getting a five-six percent share of the global IoT industry, which is estimated to be $300 billion by 2020,” department of electronics and IT secretary JS Deepak said at a summit here.The policy will also enable the sun rise electronics industry to generate $15 billion domestic market over the next five years.”Under IoT, various devices can be connected with internet for sharing data among a specified community,” Deepak said at a national meet on IoT, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the apex body of India Inc.The government has also drawn a roadmap to develop machine-to-machine (M2M) for the IoT industry.”IoT will be central to Digital India structure, with M2M communications around it,” Deepak added.Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Babulal Supriyo told the delegates that a lot of power could be saved by switching off street lights automatically through connected devices.”IoT is the most happening trend, with the potential to transform all industries and help develop 100 smart cities across the country through contribution from each stakeholder in the country,” Supriyo added.The summit highlighted the proof of concepts and solutions in four sectors — energy, healthcare, transport and manufacturing and the solutions that are replicable in the Indian context.last_img read more

Commission Begins Discussing Texas School Finance Overhaul

first_img Share ILLUSTRATION BY TODD WISEMAN / TEXAS TRIBUNEA special commission has begun discussing how to remake Texas’ school finance system, 18-plus months after the state Supreme Court declared it deeply flawed but still barely constitutional.That ruling spared the Legislature from having to overhaul how Texas pays for educating around 5.3 million students. Instead, many top Republicans backed unsuccessful voucher plans offering public money to children attending private schools.Gov. Greg Abbott then convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers and education leaders which met Tuesday to weigh new ideas before the Legislature next convenes in 2019.Top conservatives chiefly want a system that will cut local property taxes, which have skyrocketed because they pay for the bulk of public school costs.Other members argue that property taxes won’t fall without Texas dramatically increasing state spending on classrooms.last_img read more

New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future

first_imgThe problem of forming an uniform polysilane film was solved by carefully examining controlled parameters and optimizing the burning conditions of the polysilane film and reduced the density of the unattached hands to 1 x 1016/cm3. More details of the development process were not made public. The pin-type amorphous Si PV cells were put on the glass substrate by using a new coating process, which allowed the p- and n-layers to be formed by using the chemical vapor deposition method. The conversion efficiency of the cell that has their p-, i- and n-layers formed by using this coating process was 0.51%. This is tempered by the fact that the thickness of the new cell’s i-layer is 120nm. This makes them significantly thinner than the amounts found in existing amorphous Si PV cells, which have a thickness of 250nm.Researchers at JAIST believe that if this thickness is increased the efficiency will improve. Citation: New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future (2011, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-si-based-photovoltaic-cells-future.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sharp Develops Mass-Production Technology for Triple-Junction Thin-Film Solar Cells (PhysOrg.com) — A team of scientists at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or JAIST for short, led by Tatsuya Shimoda, a professor at the JAIST School of Materials Science, has created an amorphous silicon photovoltaic cell by applying a liquid Si. This world’s first inphotovoltaics has a conversion efficiency of 1.79% which, when applied to a pin-type cell whose i-layer was made with the coating process, according to JAIST researchers. They also have hopes that when the efficiency of the amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells improves in the future, it may become possible to mass-produce the Si PV cells by using a roll-to-roll method.The research group started with cyclopentasilane, a liquid Si, but they did not reveal any further specifics of the liquid Si. We do know that it was developed by emitting ultraviolet rays at CPS in a carbon hydrogen solvent in order to polymerize part of the CPS to make a polysilane. This Liquid Si was developed during the period between 2006 and 2007. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Information in Japanese: translate.google.com/translate … news/2011/02/10/011/ Explore furtherlast_img read more

MRI Technology Holds Steady

first_img Photo courtesy of Philips HealthcareEven though magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has seen its applicability expand in recent years, through innovations such as MR-guided radiation therapy and the modality’s integration with positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, the market as a whole has remained fairly flat. According to Shawn Warthman, marketing director, MRI, at Hitachi, total revenue for the segment in the United States sits in the $750-800 million range.Signs of the Times The reasons for the slowdown are numerous, but mostly related to the major financial and technological changes in the healthcare landscape in recent years. Declining reimbursements due to the healthcare industry’s shift from volume-based system to a value-based one are a primary factor, and that movement only continues to expand.Despite MRI scans not creating any radiation exposure for patients, increased focus on low-dose standards has also slowed MRI sales, according to Warthman. Computed tomography (CT) in particular has been subject to new standards for acceptable dose levels, requiring updated technological performance. “As a result, health systems are needing to replace their older CT scanner with more updated CT scanner technology, which we see delaying MRI purchases,” he said.New CT scanners are not the only items pushing MRI further and further down the wish list. In fact, the modality is seeing competition throughout the hospital, as new healthcare IT policies and reforms stretch into nearly every department, forcing administrators to prioritize upgrades. In these scenarios, according to Swarthman, top priority is being given to electronic health records and all of the potential benefits they can provide to both health systems and patients.Wide Bore Still KingWhile the market as a whole is flat, MRI scanners do continue to sell, mostly as replacements for older systems. Wide bore systems retain their position as the far-and-away most popular choice, accounting for about 90 percent of sales, according to Warthman, and leaving just 10 percent of the market for both open and narrow bore scanners.Wide bore has been the leading trend in the marketplace for some time, as it offers greater comfort for larger patients while maintaining high image quality. Open MRI scanners still have a niche position in the market thanks to their ability to accommodate even larger patients than wide bore systems. What space advantages they offer, however, are countered by greatly reduced field strength; open MRI scanners have only ever reached a level of 1.0T, according to industry expert Greg Freiherr. Most systems today operate at either 1.5T or 3.0T, providing much greater image quality. That leaves narrow bore systems largely on the outside looking in, with many health systems replacing them when the opportunity arises. According to Swarthman, only the most cost-sensitive customers are still purchasing narrow bore scanners at this point in time; these types of systems also account for the majority of the refurbished equipment market.Buyer Base Changing The most significant change in the MRI market in recent years has not been in the technology itself, but rather in its buyers. All of the changes to reimbursement have shifted the purchasing decisions into the hands of radiology department heads and hospital administrators, with an eye toward maximizing the return on investment of each piece of equipment. In this particular market, that means holding onto existing MRI systems as long as they remain viable — a 2014 survey by IMV Medical Information Division found that the average age of installed MRI scanners in the United States increased from 8.7 years to 11.4 years between 2010 and 2013.The key concern for this segment of buyers ultimately boils down to total cost of ownership. Clinical function is still critical for sustained success from a patient perspective, but buyers are now taking a step further back. Hospitals want to get the most bang for their buck from all imaging equipment purchased, throughout the full life cycle of the machine. That means figuring in maintenance, upgrades and the potential impact of scanner downtime when selecting an MRI machine.This does not always, however, translate into buying the least expensive scanner. Narrow bore MRI systems own the lowest price point of all MRI scanner types, but only the most cash-strapped facilities are still purchasing them.By the same token, wide bore systems are generally the most expensive of all MRI scanners, and yet they remain the most popular choice for health systems when replacing older models. This is likely due to renewed emphasis on creating a more satisfying experience for patients — one of the main pillars supporting the current surge of healthcare reform.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Imaging | October 09, 2015 | By Jeff Zagoudis MRI Technology Holds Steady This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Wide Bore MRI Systems in the October 2015 issue.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories “I would say that we would certainly have to take a strong look at it, we’re not opposed to doing that,” the Cardinals general manager said of trading a pick.“We’d have to take a strong look at it but we are open to a lot of different scenarios. It certainly may entail us having to give up a high round draft choice in order to make a trade successful if we are in that situation.” Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said Monday the team is not opposed to trading a 2012 high draft choice in order to bring a quarterback to Arizona. Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show to address the Cardinals draft and what direction the team is moving in. Eight players were selected by Arizona over the weekend, but there is still a huge void at quarterback. Veteran Marc Bulger has been linked recently with a move to the desert, but Graves said there is a possibility of trading a first round pick for a passer, comments that would help fuel speculation about Eagles backup Kevin Kolb. last_img read more

May tourism revenue up 11 amid product fatigue

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesCyprus had to attract 7.6 per cent more visitors from abroad during May in order to increase its revenue from tourism 1.1 per cent to €294.7m compared with the respective month of 2017, a clear sign that the economy’s benefits from tourism was decreasing, the statistical service said.In May, tourists reduced their spending 6 per cent per stay to an average of €654.14 compared with May last year, Cystat said. Visitors from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’ largest source of incoming tourism, spent on average €694.35 in May or 3 per cent less compared with the year before while those from Russia, the second largest market, €625.87 which was 9.7 per cent less.The current uncertainty over the impact on the UK’s economy from Brexit and the increasing geopolitical tensions affecting the performance of the Russian economy following a new round of sanctions announced by the US on Wednesday, may have a further negative effect on the island’s economy.In January to May, revenue from tourism rose an annual 4.3 per cent to €677.2m against a 14 per cent increase in arrivals, Cystat said.You May LikebrandIndia Today extends partnership with Taboola for 3 years – MediaNamabrandUndoReport Globe8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsReport GlobeUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Can Help You Look YoungerFood Eat SafeUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The coming of the mouflons

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouIn a coffeeshop in Gerakies, encircled by half a dozen elderly local farmers, the community leader of the nearby village of Kalopanayiotis in the Nicosia district, Yiannis Papadouris bemoans the fact that “at some point, Gerakies had 600 residents and 60 mouflons. Today they have 600 mouflons and 60 residents.”“There’s not even 60 left!” another patron shouts. “Forty five” chimes in a man at the other end of the coffeeshop, as I turn and realise that everyone within earshot was focusing intently on our table, except for those sitting at the table with a game of pilotta in full swing.I drove up to the mountains recently to meet ‘Mr Yiannakis’ at his farm just outside Kalopanayiotis, looking over a river passing through his beautifully tended orchard which extends as far as the eye could see.Soon, we were on quad bikes following a local guide along the dirt roads that spiralled across the mountains, which would eventually take us to the neighbouring village of Gerakies where the farmers would be gathered.We set out looking for Cyprus’ endemic mouflons, a sub-species of wild sheep that, with an 8,000 year history, is unique to Cyprus, and which came close to extinction during the Ottoman years and has been protected since 1992.Once confined in a comfortable habitat in the Paphos forest, the destruction that took place during the 1974 war depleted the resources that had sustained them, causing them to move further and further eastward in search of food and water. They travelled into the mountain villages where their survival on crops cultivated by locals has however also led to the impoverishment of many village households.I wasn’t going to see any more of the likes of Papadouris’ blooming orchard in these mountains because the mouflons had have torn through the local crops, with the government and the game and fauna service mostly leaving the affected residents to fend for themselves, they said.In the summer, much like us humans, mouflons are most active at the time of day when temperatures cool down, so our late afternoon quest was fruitful but not so much in terms of seeing actual fruit on trees along the mountain slopes abundant with orchards and vineyards.A farmer indicates the trail the mouflon use“Look! There’s the trail the mouflons have made to move up and down the slopes, eating what they find along the way” said the local guide as he jumped off his quad bike to run up the trail.We made two more stops before reaching Gerakies. One to see an entire slope, which once used to be a flourishing orchard, now desolate with the exception of a few disparate shrubs, and another stop at a piece of land which was fenced off, containing the only trees with crops intact that we had seen since Papadouris’ property.“Fencing is the only way, even if we have to fence off the entire village,” said Marios Charalambous, the community leader of Gerakies after we’d arrived at the coffeeshop where a group of local farmers had gathered to talk about their lost livelihood.“From 1960 until 1974, Gerakies produced a minimum of 100 tonnes of the sweet soujouko, and took at least 400 barrels of zivania to the Sodap winery in Limassol. Today, Gerakies produces at the most 100-150kg of zivania and 2-3 tonnes of soujouko. Where did all that go?” asked one of the local farmers.In Gerakies, there are currently three vineyards that continue to produce, and all three are fenced off. Needless to say, Papadouris’ orchard is also fenced off. But the rest cannot afford to do so themselves.An orchard that farmers say has been saved from mouflon damage only because it was fenced offIn the old days, Gerakies had 11 traditional coffeeshops, around 1,000 residents and a primary school with around 80 students. Many had to leave for the cities or for other countries for various reasons, one being, the villager say, ‘the coming of the mouflons’.“The resident of this area rarely managed by doing just one profession – he was part farmer, part miner, part artisan, he made his own products. It was this multi-professionalism kept locals in place in their villages,”Papadouris said.Some local Gerakiotes worked in mines, such the CMC mines in Skouriotissa, while some others worked in Amiantos. With the closing of these mines, locals couldn’t sustain themselves exclusively from their crops, and so they looked for work elsewhere. Families moved to the cities, with the idea that if they came up to the village on weekends to tend to their crops, they’d be okay. But unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way, as they’d come up to find that their vineyards and orchards had been eaten by mouflons.Up to 2006, farmers whose crop was damaged by mouflons were compensated by the government but that is not an option anymore, while the measures implemented since then are what the villagers call “half-measures”. The agriculture ministry’s current scheme promises a certain degree of compensation for damaged crops and a small grant towards the fencing of lands in areas where mouflons now roam freely.“The government has implemented a policy of compensation, but the amount is so small that it helped just a small number of the affected. And in terms of the grant for fencing, they’re offering €9 per metre so that we can fence the land off ourselves,” Charalambous said.Papadouris jumps in: “The first thing that comes to mind is, is €9 enough?”“It doesn’t even cover the purchase of the supplies,” Charalambous said.“It doesn’t even cover the poles!” one of the local affected farmers chimed in.“And what about the workers? Who’s going to pay them?” said another.Charalambous looked on sternly, and said “the real question is, say okay, I put in the extra money out of my already-empty pocket and I fenced off my land. When I do, and I keep the mouflons off my land, where is it going to go next? To the next property! And on it goes, as it’s already been going for years now.”Mouflons territory now spans the areas of Kampos, Tsakkistra, Milikouri, Kaminaria, Gerakies, Kalopanayiotis, Moutoullas, Pedoulas, and have even reached as far as Solea.“As pleasant as the mouflons are which are rightly protected, at some point the villager and the farmer also needs to be protected,” Yiannakis said.One of the farmers who had been silent for a while suddenly burst out: “They want to protect this animal, but what are they really doing to protect it? Are they cleaning the water in its former habitat which it was forced to leave? Are they providing it with food?”“When the English came only 15 mouflons were left, and they took an area of around 30km in the Paphos forest and put them in there for their protection. No one could go in, especially not poachers, not even shepherds! They took care of them, cleaned their water, their wounds. And today there are 3,000 mouflons on the island. These things don’t happen today. What do you expect from an animal that has no food, no water, no care? It’ll go where it can find it,” he continued.A man sitting on the opposite table listening in said: “You know, I bought three dogs just in case mouflons happen to go near my yard and my crops, but I still lie awake all night. Seriously, I’ve got three dogs and they bark all night and I get up with my shotgun and shoot into the air to make the mouflons leave. Do you understand? What am I supposed to do? Poison them? Kill them? Are we going to have to commit crimes just to protect our crop?”Papadouris laughs out loud.“So listen to the irony: the mouflons is protected, the jay is protected, the fox is protected, snakes are protected, and the only animal that isn’t protected, is us!” The other farmers all nodded in agreement. A hillside orchard that has been destroyed by mouflon Farmers call for tougher measuresThe Cyprus mouflon has been a strictly protected subspecies since 1992, under an EU habitats directive (92/43).Although active management and protection have resulted in an increase in the mouflon population from a few dozen in the 1930s to more than 3000 today, they are still considered rare due to being endemic to the island.In June this year, farmers whose produce was being damaged by mouflons asked the state to compensate them and fund protection measures as the animals were now even visiting coffeeshops in some villages.The issue has been going on for years and MPs have said on numerous occasions in recent years that the mouflon population was getting out of control and a plan was needed to deal with it.The Game and Fauna service, which is responsible for the management of the species says that whenever an individual’s crop is damaged by mouflons, the service will visit the affected farmers and offer advice as to how to keep the animals away, such as the use of fencing, lighting, even leaving the radio playing for a few hours.In the past the department has also suggested spraying the leaves of trees with a substance which gave an unpleasant taste but that it was not available in the local market anymore.Up to 2006 farmers whose crop was damaged by mouflons were compensated by the government but that is not an option anymore following EU instructions.The agriculture ministry launched a new scheme in 2016 where farmers are given an amount of money if they leave 10 per cent of their crops or fruit unharvested so that mouflons and other animals can eat them as a form of indirect compensation for damage.The Game and Fauna service has also placed a large number of drinking troughs in the areas where mouflon populations are found, and that they were also sowing seeds for grain crops to grow in cleared forest areas for mouflon to eat to keep them in forest areas.The number of mouflons has not risen dramatically in recent years and appears to have stabilised at around 3,000. 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attention here and touched off a public debate about the Narendra Modi governments attitude towards independent and sometimes politically inconvenient voices An articulate former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief economist Rajan cut an unusual figure in the otherwise staid world of central banking Lauded as an economic seer for predicting Americas subprime mortgage crisis the former University of Chicago professors fame spread beyond the financial pages when he returned to India in 2012 to work as an advisor to the previous Manmohan Singh-led government (He had been an honorary advisor to Singh since 2008) In 2013 he was despatched to the Reserve Bank of India during a period of rising alarm as inflation spiked and Indias currency fell to record lows Amid the gloom the national press portrayed Rajan as a James Bond-like savior for the flagging economy In a memorable front-page headline to go with an illustration of the 53-year-old brandishing a pistol made out of currency notes the daily Economic Times newspaper marked his appointment by proclaiming: "Names Rajan Games Bond" Days later a popular columnist swooned that Rajan had "put sex back into the limp Sensex" a reference to the countrys leading share index Plaudits albeit less colorful ones were also forthcoming from the world of business and finance as Rajans policies helped check inflation stabilized the Indian rupee and strengthened the countrys foreign-exchange reserves Not everyone was a fan For some Rajans hawk-eyed focus on inflation had made him too hesitant to cut interest rates a stance that his critics said hurt small businesses that had to pay more to finance their borrowings But in the run up to his decision to return to Chicago the celebrity central banker found himself subjected to a very different kind of spotlight as a vocal member of Prime Minister Modis Bharatiya Janata party targeted him with an increasingly personal campaign Like some in the economic world Subramanian Swamy a one-time economics professor turned political provocateur accused Rajan of keeping interest rates unnecessarily high and not doing enough to deal with the bad loans piled up on the balance sheets of India’s publicly-owned banks But he did not stop there Swamy who was given a parliamentary seat by the Modi government earlier this year went on to attack Rajan for not being "mentally fully Indian" because he maintained a US Green Card "Otherwise why would he renew his Green Card as RBI governor by making the mandatory annual visit to the US to keep the Green Card current" he asked in a letter to Modi Rajans appointment as the head of the central bank should be terminated "in the national interest" he added Swamy also took issue with the fact that Rajan had "in effect held our government responsible for the climate of intolerance in the country" an apparent reference to a speech by the central bank chief in October in which he made an appeal for "tolerance and mutual respect" for diverse opinions Although he did not single out any group Rajan made his remarks in a charged political environmentfor months the headlines had been dominated by a frenzied political debate about whether the space for dissenting views was shrinking under the rule of Modis Hindu nationalist party Rajans post along with his status as a national celebrity ensured that his comments broadcast well beyond the university campus where he made them Rajan also ruffled some political feathers in April when he compared Indias position as the worlds fastest growing large economy to that of a "one eyed king in the land of the blind" a remark that he later clarified was meant to underscore the fact that Indias relative "outperformance was accentuated because world growth was weak" He said he was warning against excessive euphoria "Our current growth certainly reflects the hard work of the government and the people of the country but we have to repeat this performance for the next 20 years before we can give every Indian a decent livelihood" he explained Amid these tensions bankers and economists soon began to wonder whether Rajan would stay on after September when his current three-year term in office came up for renewal Since the early 90s all of Rajans predecessors have had their tenures renewed for a further two years and the expectation was that the Modi government would maintain the trend not least because of Rajans credibility among economists and international investors Since assuming office he has won widespread praise both at home and abroad for bringing stability to a shaky economy Only days before Rajans weekend announcement NR Narayan Murthy the founder of the Indian IT giant Infosys and one of the countrys best known businessmen said he hoped that the government would ask Rajan stay on for not one but another two terms In a late April Bloomberg poll of 15 economists thirteen said they expected Rajan to get an extension Only one thought that an extension was unlikely The confidence in Rajan moreover was in contrast to growing questions in many quarters about the Modi governments ability to deliver on some of its key economic pledges Modi came to power promising sweeping reforms to Indias economic architecture But his government has failed to implement key proposals to overhaul the countrys restrictive land and tax laws as it struggles to build a political consensus behind its plans in the national parliament It was against this backdrop and as Modi maintained an impassive silence on Swamys personal crusade against the central bank chief that Rajan announced his departure over the weekend In a message to Reserve Bank of India staff he said it was a decision that he had taken "on due reflection and after consultation" with the government "I am an academic and I have always made it clear that my ultimate home is in the realm of ideas" he wrote recounting the banks achievements on his watch and saying that he would "always be available to serve my country when needed" Modis finance minister Arun Jaitley soon took to Twitter to thank him for his work Notably the central bankers statement also made clear that he had been "open" to staying in the job a telling qualification given recent events In an editorial the next day the Indian financial daily Mint did not mince its words on what it called "The Raghuram Rajan Affair" "One of the few surviving quality institutions left in the country has been rattled badly" the editorial said adding: "It is not that Rajan has not had his critics… But criticism is one thing while personal attacks are [another] thing altogether One can only speculate about what this sorry episode will mean for the next governor" As the Modi government struggles to implement its reform agenda many are also wondering what Rajans departure means for the Indian economy Contact us at editors@timecom TV Land is yanking the 1980s show Dukes of Hazard amid controversy over the Confederate flag My body wasnt exactly my own, where the 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