Let’s End Violence Against Children – Minister Samuda

first_imgThe observance was in keeping with Education Week activities from May 5 to 11 under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’. Minister without Portfolio with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is appealing for all Jamaicans to work together to end violence against the nation’s children.“Every day we wake up we hear sad stories…; it has to come to a stop,” he said.Minister Samuda made the remarks during a visit to the Haile Selassie High School on Payne Avenue, St. Andrew, on May 8.In providing safety tips to the students, the Minister encouraged them to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.“When you are going home, don’t walk alone, no matter where you are and how safe you think you are. Walk with a friend or two, and make sure that your eyes are alert and take note of your environment,” he said.He noted that the collaboration of all citizens is critical in protecting children.“We all have to fight together. We have to cooperate with our teachers, our parents and our friends and relatives… . I beg for your support,” he said.Mr. Samuda’s visit to Haile Selassie High was part of activities for Teachers’ Day.Minister without Portfolio, with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda (standing) speaking with civics and social studies teacher, Haile Selaisse High School, Tanisha Wiles during his visit to the institution on Payne Avenue, St. Andrew, on May 8. Mr. Samuda’s visit to the institution was used to observe and celebrate Teachers’ Day. Other teachers (from left) in the background are Clifton Wellington and Tiffany Taylor. “Every day we wake up we hear sad stories…; it has to come to a stop,” he said. Minister without Portfolio with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is appealing for all Jamaicans to work together to end violence against the nation’s children.center_img Story Highlights Minister Samuda made the remarks during a visit to the Haile Selassie High School on Payne Avenue, St. Andrew, on May 8.last_img read more

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CBI questions West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and a minister in the West Bengal government, Partha Chatterjee, was on Friday questioned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund case, it is probing, sources here said.Chatterjee was earlier summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation to appear before agency officials in Bidhannagar and arrived at their offices in the city around 2:30 pm in the afternoon. The Education Minister of West Bengal was questioned by agency officials for around four hours before he left the CBI offices. This summons came after, the central probe agency had questioned senior TMC member and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien in connection with the same case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sources in the know had told the Millennium Post at the time that O’Brien was questioned about funds received in the bank accounts of his party’s official newspaper, Jago Bangla. They had alleged that as Publisher of the newspaper, O’Brien was controlling the bank account where the funds were received. It is also alleged that the money paid into the newspaper’s accounts had originated from proceeds of the sale that came through selling some paintings by the West Bengal Chief Minister. Earlier in the case, the CBI had examined Shibaji Panja, a businessman, in connection with the chit fund case, and it was alleged that he used to organised various exhibitions, where paintings by the CM were sold.last_img read more

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Jury deliberations continue in Halifax murder trial of medical student

first_imgHALIFAX – Jury deliberations in the murder trial of Halifax medical student William Sandeson are set to resume on Sunday.Sandeson is accused of killing 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.Jurors wrapped up their closed-door discussions in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Saturday evening without reaching a verdict. The 12-member jury has deliberated for nearly 20 hours in total since Thursday afternoon.Before deliberations began, Justice Josh Arnold laid out four possible verdicts in the case: Sandeson could be found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or he could be found not guilty.He told jury members their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way.The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000.Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.DNA matching Samson’s was recovered from a bullet, gun, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro, the jury heard.The Crown has alleged that Sandeson lured Samson into his apartment and shot him in the back of the head as part of a plan to alleviate roughly $70,000 in debt during a drug deal.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan has urged the jury to acquit Sandeson, arguing his client is not a “criminal mastermind.”The jury of six men and six woman will return to court at 9:15 a.m. Sunday to continue weighing the evidence in the two-month-long trial.last_img read more

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Iraq exports 118 million barrels last week under UNs oilforfood scheme

According to the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the exports averaged about 1.7 million barrels a day. There were 10 loadings from the authorized terminals: five each from Mina al-Bakr in Iraq and Ceyhan in Turkey, the only outlets allowed under the humanitarian scheme. During the period, UN oil overseers approved eight new purchasing contracts for humanitarian supplies worth $10.5 billion, bringing the current total to 121, covering 312 million barrels of oil. Estimated revenue generated under the programme’s current six-month phase, which runs through 3 June, now stands at $2.9 billion.The UN Security Council established the oil-for-food programme on 14 April 1995. Since December 1996, some 3.3 billion barrels of Iraqi oil valued at about $62 billion have been exported under the programme. Of this amount, 72 per cent of the total has been allocated towards humanitarian needs nationwide since December 2000. The balance is distributed to a Compensation Fund for Persian Gulf War reparations, which receives 25 per cent, while 2.2 per cent covers UN administrative and operational costs of the programme, with the remaining 0.8 per cent going towards costs for the weapons inspection programme. Since December 1996, about $42 billion worth of humanitarian supplies, including $3.6 billion worth of oil spare parts, have been approved by the Council’s 661 sanctions committee and the OIP. Of this amount, some $26 billion worth of humanitarian supplies and equipment have been delivered to Iraq under the programme, including $1.6 billion worth of oil industry spare parts and equipment. An additional $10.8 billion worth of supplies are currently in the production and delivery pipeline. read more

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UN official on urgent mission to besieged Yarmouk refugee camp

Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), is visiting Yarmouk to get a sense of the situation in the camp, hear from refugees affected by the crisis, and consult with leaders on how to get aid to people in need.”Once again, I am deeply moved by the dignity of Palestine refugees in the face of adversity. More than ever UNRWA will stand by [them] in this most critical time,” he said as he met with refugees. Since 1 April, Yarmouk has been the scene of intense fighting between a number of armed groups, reportedly including elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), rendering it virtually impossible for civilians to leave.Among Yarmouk’s 18,000 besieged residents are also 3,500 children, who have been reliant on UNRWA’s intermittent distributions of food and other assistance for over a year. In some areas, interruptions of humanitarian operations have left thousands of people without aid for months.During his visit, Mr. Krähenbühl will consult with the Syrian Government and discuss a peaceful solution to addressing the humanitarian consequences of the situation in the camp. He will also consult several senior UN officials on ways to get humanitarian aid to civilians. The Commissioner-General will also visit displaced people presently accommodated in a government school building in Tadamoun. read more

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Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett hitting his stride in final tuneup

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett rushes for a first down in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory against Nebraska on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — As 28 mph winds continued to throw around the flags atop the goalposts, quarterback J.T. Barrett stood playing solitaire on his iPhone, waiting for his turn to speak at the lectern.At that moment, Barrett was trying to keep his mind occupied as he prepared to reflect in front of the media on his work against Nebraska in Ohio State’s 56-14 victory. Afterward, it would be time to catch a flight back to Columbus and relax as he prepares for the bye week ahead.Moving forward, Barrett won’t have any time to relax as the team begins preparation Monday for its most important game of the season — Penn State on Oct. 28 in Ohio Stadium.Barrett, head coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the team know the momentum built up in Saturday’s game, their final game before they face the Nittany Lions, will have to be the last gust of wind in Ohio State’s sails before its do-or-die game against Penn State.“We know what’s coming next,” Meyer said. “It’s very clear and that conversation was had. We’re going to enjoy the win. They get a day off tomorrow and then we come back to work on Monday and get ready for a big one.”If Saturday’s game was any indication, Barrett will enter the next home game as a vastly improved quarterback from the last time his team squared off against a top-10 opponent and lost to Oklahoma in Week 2. By the time he exited the field Saturday in the fourth quarter, the results spoke for themselves: eight drives, eight touchdowns.The three-time captain finished the game 27-for-33 passing with 325 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for 48 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. His seven touchdowns responsible for tied a single-game Ohio State record.He seemed as comfortable and in command under center as he has all season. He sat in the pocket, calm and composed when given the time to wait for an open man downfield. When the pocket collapsed, he was able to effectively scramble outside, taking off down the field if no one was open or just throw the defense off enough to open up a receiver.Barrett said he isn’t quite sure if how he is playing now is the best he has ever played or if he still has more left to offer.“I think I’m playing well right now and that goes into great practice and preparation, and I think there’s been great communication from [co-offensive coordinator Ryan] Day and what he needs from me and how we’re attacking each and every team each and every week,” Barrett said. “So I think we’ve just got to keep on building off that.”The progress he has made since the team’s loss to the Sooners has been noticeable. Barrett had less than 200 yards in the game against Oklahoma, didn’t complete a touchdown pass and completed only 54.3 percent of his passes. Since then, he has surpassed 200 yards, has at least two touchdowns and has completion percentages more than 63.6 percent every game. To put that in perspective, the Ohio State record for completion percentage in a career is 63.4 percent.The question now becomes: Is the recent string of success a product of improvements in Barrett or the opponents faced? During this stretch, the Buckeyes have not faced a ranked opponent and have been drastically superior to every team — both on paper and on the field — so much so that Barrett has received extra rest by the end of each of the games with the backup quarterbacks making appearances.Only time will tell if this Barrett is the one the Nittany Lions will face, or if it is merely a mirage, appearing only in a stretch of the schedule in which quality opponents have not been seen.As Meyer said, the quarterback runs the show. If Ohio State is going to win, Barrett will need to be at the top of his game. Just as Barrett has the potential to extend this period of success, so, too, do the rest of the Buckeyes. “This is a good football team,” Meyer said. “How good? We’re going to find out down the stretch run right here.”Barrett has some time before that final stretch of the schedule begins. At least after the game, it’s just time to relax. read more

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Former Evergreen teachers voyeurism trial continues

first_imgWitness testimony will continue Monday in the trial of a former Evergreen High School teacher accused of trying to take photos and video up the dresses of females, including girls in his class, with his cellphone.Matthew Morasch faces one count of voyeurism and two counts of attempted voyeurism for allegedly shooting images of a 14-year-old girl in his class, an unidentified female student and an unidentified female at the Battle Ground Goodwill store in April and June 2015. His trial began Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.The prosecution intends to wrap up its case Monday morning, and the defense will then present its case.Morasch was in his 10th year of teaching freshman science at the time of the alleged crimes. He was placed on leave as police began investigating. Morasch resigned from the school district last year and did not teach during the 2016-17 school year, according to district spokeswoman Gail Spolar.Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic told jurors Tuesday that several students saw what they believed to be Morasch filming the lower half of another student who was seated at a classroom table. The girl was reportedly wearing a dress. One of the students took a photo of Morasch while he recorded the girl from under the table, Vitasovic said.Although no image related to that incident was recovered from Morasch’s phone, investigators did find a photo and video taken of two different females in April 2015. One photo was of a student in Morasch’s classroom and the other of a female shopping in the Goodwill, court records state.last_img read more

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Police investigating truck fire gun shots in Ocean Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A pickup truck was set ablaze Thursday morning in Ocean Beach, gunshots were reported nearby about 30 minutes later and police and fire investigators were working to determine if the incidents were related.The flames from the pickup truck were reported just before 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Etiwanda Street, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department incident log.Firefighters quickly doused the fire, but about 30 minutes later, a shooting was reported about three-tenths of a mile away in the 4600 block of Muir Avenue, San Diego police Officer Sam Rodriguez said. It was believed someone fired at a vehicle in the area, but no injuries were immediately reported.Police detained at least one person, Rodriguez said.Investigators from the fire department’s Metro Arson Strike Team were on scene of the pickup truck fire for several hours this morning and police were working to determine whether the fire and shooting were in anyway related. April 5, 2018 Police investigating truck fire, gun shots in Ocean Beach Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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What do you think is top local story of 12

first_imgAnother year is coming to an end and you know what that means. It’s time to reflect and select the top 10 stories of 2012. As we’ve done in years past, we’ll publish our top 10 list but we also want to hear from you.Visit http://columbian.com/bestof2012 and vote for what you think is the top local story of the past year.Is it the economy, privatized liquor sales, the CRC, the fires at the Sikh temple and Thunderbird Inn, same-sex marriages, the legalization of marijuana or one of many other events or issues to crop up in the news? We want to hear from you.last_img

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Lakeside man accused of punching 13yearold

first_imgLAKESIDE, Ore. — A 34-year-old Lakeside man who was looking for the boy who elbowed his 10-year-old son in a football game is accused of punching a 13-year-old in the head.Coos County investigators arrested Mark Andrew Colton on Saturday on a charge of second-degree assault.KVAL reports the incident happened in October when Colton’s son was playing football in a Lakeside park. He was elbowed in the face during a play and went home and told his dad.Deputies say Colton went to the field and demanded to know had hit his son. Deputies say the 13-year-old — who had not struck the boy — spoke up. They say Colton struck him in the temple, knocking him unconscious. He was treated at a hospital for a concussion.last_img

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Indias Kokilaben Hospital holds seminar in Dhaka

first_imgMUMBAIA group of Indian physicians has shared their expertise on cancer treatment, organ transplant, and complex neurosurgery at a seminar in the capital.The seminar, featuring the physicians of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), was held on Thursday at the Dhaka Club, according to press release.Physician Rajesh Mistry, a cancer specialist, spoke on how robotic surgery can help cancer patients while kidney transplant surgeon Sanjay Pandey shared his experience on transplantation.Doctor Hrishikesh Sarkar highlighted his expertise in complex neurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.Cardiac surgeon and executive director of KDAH Ram Narain said the hospital offers services of the best standard at economical prices.The hospital, according to the press release, has treated patients from more than 121 countries including a significant number from Bangladesh in last nine years since its inception.last_img read more

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Bijnor MP in AMU court Student union BJP lock horns

first_imgAligarh Muslim University (AMU) students’ union and BJP leaders engaged in a war of words over the appointment of riots-accused BJP MP Kunwar Bharendra Singh in AMU court, highest governing body of the varsity.“This issue has wide ramifications because it appears that BJP has deliberately chosen to nominate a person to the membership of the court of this prestigious national institution despite being fully aware of his antecedents,” Vice-President of AMU Students’ Union, Syed Masoodul Hasan said. Hasan has demanded the resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allowing the BJP MP to be empanelled in the Lok Sabha quota for membership of the university court.last_img

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first_imgMyocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) is an application that has been recently bolstered by the development of quantitative tools that enhance the system’s clinical capabilities in the nuclear cardiology community. Similarly, the use of positron emission tomography fused with computed tomography (PET/CT) is well established in oncology for diagnosis and staging, however, there is a trend among clinicians toward using PET/CT for cardiac imaging, levering its superior image quality, visualization and quantitative capabilities. Yet the adoption of PET/CT for MPI is notably slow due to several contributing factors. Pros, cons of cardiac PET/CT vs. SPECT/CTOver the last year, vendors have introduced a series of new hybrid SPECT/CT systems and software solutions, including GE Healthcare’s Volumetrix Suite with automatic registration and 3D image rendering, which expedites patient throughput and streamlines workflow. Another is Siemens’ SMARTZOOM collimator, which is referred to as a cardio-centric orbit that enables the heart to remain within the collimator’s magnification area throughout the entire study, enabling the study to be performed in less than one minute. Adding to the list is Philip’s Brightview XCT system, which offers the only scalable hybrid camera to fit into a 12-by-15.5-foot room, thus requiring little to no room renovation and reducing the overall cost of ownership.Despite the growing number of SPECT/CT tools with enhanced capabilities dramatically improving image quality, the current generation of PET/CT systems still produces superior images, according to Partha Ghosh, M.D., clinical marketing manager, molecular imaging, Siemens Medical Solutions USA. “Cardiac PET/CT uses a short-acting isotope and higher doses can be injected. This, when combined with the higher sensitivity of PET, contributes to the overall improved image quality,” said Dr. Ghosh. “Thus, in obese patients or in patients who have thick chest walls or women with large breasts, we expect PET/CT to be definitely superior. Other advantages of PET/CT include the use of short-acting isotopes, which are true perfusion agents. Due to this, both stress and rest imaging can be performed in a relatively short time. This is a major advantage over SPECT/CT, requiring about two to three hours between stress and rest, which in turn, increases the total procedure time. We can perform blood flow quantifications much more effectively and reproducibly with PET/CT due to dynamic imaging capabilities. Thus with PET, we have better image quality, better visualization in obese patients and better quantitative capability.”PET/CT is also capable of absolute quantification of myocardial blood flow and flow reserve estimation. This helps overall visual interpretation of myocardial perfusion by providing flow reserve estimations, which provide higher diagnostic confidence, particularly in situations where there are borderline changes and also in situations with balanced disease. In balanced disease, all four vessels are equally diseased, in which case there is a generalized decrease in myocardial blood flow. Due to the global reduction in blood flow, the perfusion images can artificially appear to be normal. PET/CT is able to accurately identify areas of abnormality in balanced disease, according to Dr. Ghosh. Despite the value of this capability, it is still not widespread and is used only in certain major research centers. “However, we are working to make this process user-friendly so that people can use it on a regular basis. Initial calculation methods require input from physicists, but we are trying to make it simple so that standard users can use it more effectively.” Dr. Ghosh said. New agent extends shelf lifeAnother factor weighing in on the advantages of PET/CT over SPECT/CT is the development of new agents for cardiac PET/CT. Bracco Diagnostics recently introduced an agent for cardiac PET/CT perfusion imaging – CardioGen-82, a Rubidium Rb 82 generator, which is currently the only generator-based PET/CT agent reimbursed for the evaluation of coronary artery disease. The physical half-life for Rb-82 is 75 seconds, which allows for an efficient protocol. By the time the imaging is completed for the rest portion (approximately six minutes), stress can follow immediately and then the stress images can be acquired (approximately six minutes). The study can be completed in approximately 40-45 minutes. Key features of Rb-82 are that it has properties similar to Thallium-201 (Tl-201), defects are visualized within two to seven minutes after injection, and due to its short half-life, both sets of images can be acquired using the same sized dose.Slow to catch onWith all of the advances in PET/CT perfusion imaging, why isn’t it more widely adopted for cardiac imaging? According to Dr. Ghosh, the main impairment to its widespread adoption is the limited availability and expense of Rubidium, which is the main isotope required for PET/CT perfusion imaging. Another factor is the limited expertise in cardiac PET/CT among nuclear medicine physicians.However, Dr. Ghosh noted, “We expect this to significantly improve in the next few years because we are expecting new radiopharmaceuticals — Fluorine-18 labeled myocardial perfusion agents — which will have a much better logistic advantage for cardiac PET. In the next two to three years, we hope to have this new radiopharmaceutical available, and we will be able to see much more utilization of PET/CT in cardiology. There is also a significant need for us to educate the general PET/CT users on the value of PET/CT in cardiac imaging, although I see more and more physicians are getting interested.”Others attribute PET/CT’s slow penetration in cardiac imaging to a lack of coverage for FDG-PET/CT in non-oncology applications. According to Frost and Sullivan research analyst, Travis Chong, this has placed a cap on near-term market growth and left it susceptible to disruptive technologies from competing modalities in the long-term future. Chong notes that data released by the National Oncology PET/CT Registry (NOPR) in March 2008 revealed that FDG-PET/CT scans result had a 36.5 percent change in the decision of whether, or how to, treat a patient’s cancer in approximately 23,000 patients. “As more studies clearly demonstrate the positive clinical impact of molecular imaging, advocates of the modality again question whether the CMS’ requirement for “Coverage with Evidence Development” is the best strategy for coverage expansion,” he said.Other hindrances to using PET/CT for cardiovascular imaging could be the average cost of a system at around $1.6 to $2.1 million. One strategy to overcoming economic obstacles is to cut the system in half. Positron Corp. looks to strengthen PET/CT perfusion’s position with its recent introduction of a PET-only dedicated cardiac camera. “Currently under development, this ‘economically priced’ PET system is speculated to cost approximately $600,000 dollars. With a small footprint and lower costs, the PET camera is expected to directly compete with the mobile dedicated-cardiac SPECT/CT cameras within the primary-care physician and cardiologist office setting, which represents the largest (and most lucrative) untapped market segment within the MPI industry, said Chong.With the wave of new radiopharmaceuticals being developed for cardiac imaging, the development of more affordable PET/CT systems specifically designed for cardiac use, the recent attainment of coverage for the Rubidium-82 generator and growing interest among its users, PET/CT in the MPI market is well on its way to attaining its place as the prime choice for cardiac imaging. “If PET/CT perfusion is able to successfully penetrate this market segment,” said Chong, “the modality may finally be able to shake off its misconception of being an ‘oncology-only’ modality.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | October 29, 2008 | Amy Ballard, MEd, director of research, Arkansas Urology PET/CT Targets MPI SPECT/CT dominates myocardial perfusion imaging, but new agents and techniques are driving the adoption of cardiac PET/CT. Siemens Biograph PET/CT series consists of two-, six-, 16-, 40- and 64-slice configurations and provides high-imaging quality and clarity. last_img read more

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Cyprus denies selling EU citizenship to rich Updated

first_imgReports on Cyprus’ citizen investment scheme are exaggerated, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday in response to an article in the Guardian newspaper which slammed the Cypriot government for granting citizenship to billionaire Russian oligarchs and members of the Ukrainian elite.A former member of Russia’s parliament and the founders of Ukraine’s largest commercial bank were among the names on a list of super-rich who have been granted Cypriot citizenship, according to the Guardian. It referred to the scheme, introduced in 2013 by the government to attract foreign investment, as “golden visas”.“Several exaggerations are being heard concerning Cyprus’ scheme for the naturalisation of investors,” Georgiades said.“The scheme is very small both at Cypriot and European levels, as investor naturalisations (in Cyprus), do not exceed 0.3per cent of the overall naturalisations at European level,” he added.The minister also said that this is an investment scheme that is at the absolute discretion of the cabinet of the country concerning investors who have forged real ties with the country, have permanent residence, and made actual investments.He added that to receive a Cypriot passport people undergo a series of checks as they must have a clean criminal record, and explain where the money they aim to invest came from.The minister also dismissed claims that Cypriot passports are for sale.“The Cypriot state does not receive a single euro; it is an investment scheme, Cyprus is an open economy and an attractive investment destination and in cases of genuine, reliable investments, it can, under conditions, offer the Cypriot passport,” Georgiades said.Cyprus has raised more than €4 billion since 2013 by providing citizenship to those who pay €2 million for a property or invest €2.4m in a company, granting them the right to live and work throughout Europe in exchange for the cash investment. More than 400 passports are understood to have been issued through this scheme last year alone, the paper said.Spokesman for the European Commission Margaritis Schinas said on Monday that conditions for obtaining  citizenship are set by national law but are subject to due respect of EU law.As regards Cyprus, Schinas said that since 2014 the Commission has been pursuing a dialogue with the Cypriot authorities to ensure that this genuine link between the country and the investors applying for naturalisation is established.“In the context of this dialogue, the Cypriot authorities revised their law at the end of 2016. The Commission however remains in dialogue with Cyprus for the re-application of the revised law”.The scheme was introduced to raise funds in the wake of the crippling March 2013 bailout crisis.A leaked list of the names of hundreds of those who have benefited from these schemes, which the Guardian says it has seen, includes prominent businesspeople and individuals with considerable political influence.European politicians have been watching the growth of this type of visa throughout Europe with some saying the schemes undermine the concept of citizenship. According to the Guardian, Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes has described “golden visas” as “absolutely immoral and perverse”.According to the Guardian she added that she had attempted several times to obtain the names of golden visa buyers in Portugal, but without success. “Why the secrecy? The secrecy makes it very, very suspicious.”Later this year the European parliament will debate an amendment tabled by Gomes requiring countries to carry out thorough security checks on “golden visa” applicants. The European Commission recently ordered its own inquiry into whether checks were being properly conducted.However, the Guardian only names two people who acquired Cyprus citizenship, and both of those were from before the 2013 programme was introduced. They are Rami Makhlouf, cousin of the Syrian president and Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.Makhlouf was first placed under US sanctions in 2008 over allegations that he had benefited from corruption. He was issued Cyprus citizenship in 2010. Makhlouf was subsequently sanctioned by the EU in 2011 and had his Cypriot citizenship revoked after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.Billionaire art collector Dmitry Rybolovlev found himself at the centre of international attention last year after it emerged that his private jet crossed paths with that of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Rybolovlev denied meeting Trump and said the flight paths were a coincidence.A spokesman for Rybolovlev, who acquired Cypriot citizenship in 2012 and is worth an estimated $7.4bn according to Forbes, told the Guardian it was “natural [for him] to get citizenship upon becoming an investor in Bank of Cyprus”.The finance ministry has said in the past the programme was intended for “genuine investors, who establish a business base and acquire a permanent residence in Cyprus”.Officials have said that the figures show there is little to warrant concerns voiced by some European politicians that citizenship applicants view the scheme as a fast-ticket to settle in other EU countries. Fewer than 2,000 people have acquired a Cyprus passport through investment since 2013. Of these, just two later moved on to another EU country.The government has also insisted that there is rigorous vetting of applicants with the assistance of domestic and international agencies to ensure none could pose a risk to the island’s or Europe’s security, while any with criminal records are automatically rejected.Officials have also pointed out that the level of investment required to acquire citizenship is far higher than other European countries offering similar schemes. In Malta, €350,000 must be spent on a residence, and it need only be held for five years. In Cyprus, at least €500,000 of an applicant’s overall investment must be spent on a permanent residence. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus remains low on RD spending

first_imgEU member states spent a total of almost €320 billion on Research & Development (R&D) in 2017, according to Eurostat, but Cyprus scored fourth lowest in the rankings.The R&D intensity, which is expenditure as a percentage of GDP, stood at 2.07 per cent in the EU in 2017, compared with 2.04 per cent in 2016.Cyprus in 2017 spent €109 million up from €70 million in 2007, which marked an increase in its R&D intensity to 0.56 per cent of GDP from 0.4 per cent a decade previously. This is the 4th lowest score in the EU.With respect to other major economies, R&D intensity in the EU was much lower than in South Korea (4.22 per cent in 2015), Japan (3.28 per cent in 2015) and the United States (2.76 per cent in 2015), while it was at about the same level as in China (2.06 per cent in 2015) and much higher than in Russia (1.1 per cent in 2015) and Turkey (0.96 per cent).In order to provide a stimulus to the EU’s competitiveness, an increase by 2020 of the R&D intensity to 3 per cent in the EU is one of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy.The business enterprise sector continues to be the main sector in which R&D expenditure was spent, accounting for 66 per cent of total R&D disbursed in 2017, followed by the higher education sector (22 per cent), the government sector (11 per cent) and the private non-profit sector (1 per cent).Over the last ten years, R&D intensity rose in 21 member states, with the highest increases in Austria (from 2.42 per cent in 2007 to 3.16 per cent in 2017, or +0.74 percentage points – pp) and Belgium (from 1.84 per cent in 2007 to 2.58 per cent in 2017, or +0.74 pp). Conversely, R&D intensity decreased in six member states and most strongly in Finland (-0.59 pp) and Luxembourg (-0.33 pp). In Malta, R&D intensity remained at the level of 0.55 per cent.The main sector in which R&D was performed in 2017 was the business enterprise sector in all Member States, except Cyprus and Latvia where the higher education sector was the dominant performing sector.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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