Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
Private sector entities are being urged to become more vigilant in monitoring, identifying, documenting and reporting suspected use of non-tariff measures (NTMs), which can affect trade. This call comes from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, who noted that in the past, complaints regarding this issue have mainly been anecdotal. “We therefore urge you to acknowledge when issues have been resolved,” the Minster said, as he addressed the opening of a stakeholders’ consultation on NTMs affecting Jamaica at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, on March 6. NTMs are policy measures on export and import, other than ordinary customs tariffs, that can potentially have an effect on the international trade of goods. Senator Nicholson noted that the Government is fully aware of the significant number of domestic companies that have reported burdensome and often times problematic formalities, procedures and measures in accessing regional markets. “Cognizant of the persistent increase in non-tariff measures, as tariff rates have declined, the Government of Jamaica is pursuing an active strategy of collaborating with private sector stakeholders to identify and document evidence of impediments to Jamaica’s trade in order to address this issue in bilateral, regional and international negotiations,” he said. In addition, the Minister said the Government is also working to improve its policy framework, quality infrastructure and level of certification of companies and procedures. He pointed out that monitoring and documenting these barriers are becoming increasingly important given the massive increase in the use of NTMs, within the multi-lateral trading system, which are often times subsequent to the elimination of tariffs. “In particular, developing countries like Jamaica are forced to comply with a wide range of technical regulations, product standards and administrative procedures that frustrate our efforts at market access,” he said. “Additionally, Jamaican manufacturers themselves, both importers and exporters, have also continually expressed concerns about the high cost of doing business in Jamaica, which arises from excessively onerous bureaucratic processes and arbitrariness in the approach to trade facilitation locally,” he said. The Minister said this is why the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Industry, Investment and Commerce, and Agriculture and Fisheries, “have continued to pay close attention to developments within the multilateral trading system that may constitute unfair and undue barriers to trade.” Stakeholders met to discuss the preliminary findings of a survey on NTMs affecting Jamaica undertaken by the International Trade Centre (ICT), in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, between August 2011 and February 2012. The survey identified the main obstacles the Jamaican business sector currently faces when complying with NTMs at product, sector and partner country levels. The Minister noted that the findings of the survey “are extremely important, providing empirical evidence on barriers to trade whether real, imagined or perceived.” According to the ITC’s Executive Director, Patricia Francis, NTMs cover a wide range of issues, from technical regulations and certification requirements to procedural hassles in obtaining export permits or clearing customs. She noted that while NTMS have a legitimate aim, for example, when they are applied to protect human, animal and plant lives, or to ensure the security of the national borders, these measures “can also act as protectionist tools in which case they do not only act as barriers to trade, but can have a negative impact on the competitiveness of a country’s economy.” “Over the last decade, NTMS have become a major impediment to international trade and market access. It is an area of particular concern to exporters and importers, especially in developing countries,” she said.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Jamaica has made significant progress in reducing the total fertility rate per woman over the last 40 years.She informed that the country has seen a notable decline in the fertility rate among women from a high of 5.7 births per woman in the 1960s, to approximately 2.1 in 2012.The total fertility rate of a population is the average number of children that is expected to be born to a woman over her lifetime.The Minister, who was speaking at a luncheon in honour of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 26, said this reduction has been the result of intense public education campaigns.She pointed out that Jamaica has also made notable strides in reducing teenage pregnancy, which has fallen from a high of 31 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in 2008.“This was done through the commitment of the government and the dedication of all persons involved,” she said.[RELATED: First Lady of Burkina Faso Hails Efforts to Protect Women and Girls]Ms. Falconer said the government is committed to providing equal opportunities for women and in helping young mothers stay focused on their educational and career goals.This commitment, she said, is highlighted in the administration’s recent adoption of the policy on the reintegration of teenage mothers, which now makes it mandatory for schools to accept these girls after pregnancy.The policy will come into effect at the commencement of the new school year in September.Senator Falconer noted that while Jamaica has had a number of successes in the fight against teenage pregnancy, over the years, there is still much work to be done.“We have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to further reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy. We have come a long way, but if we do not remain vigilant in the fight against teen pregnancy, the gains we have made may be reversed,” she said.Ms. Falconer said an integrated multi-tiered approach that educates boys and girls on the value of abstaining from sexual activities, that encourages safe sexual practices, and which advances education on responsible parenting and family values must be actively pursued.“There is also a need to develop a more caring and supportive society that provides assistance to adolescent mothers and provides opportunities for them to continue their education and keep focused on the path to success,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Compaoré, who is in the country on a six-day working visit tolearn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers, said there is much to take away from Jamaica’s experience.She noted that after just two days in Jamaica, she is convinced that she “did not make a mistake in coming here to learn from you and your experiences.”“I can assure you that as soon as we go back to Burkina Faso, we will give a public account of everything that we have learned here in your country,” she said.The First Lady said she will do everything possible to mobilise state partners and members of civil society to undertake concrete action, “similar to what you have undertaken here in Jamaica, to ensure the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and in dealing with young girls who are pregnant.”In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.[Special Page: First Lady from Burkina Faso Her Excellency, Madam Chantal Compaoré]Mrs. Compaoré informed that a survey conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Education in the West African country, found that teenage pregnancies continue to rise year after year.Additionally, the survey showed that one in every 10 girls is sexually active before the age of 15, while more than half of the women in the country or 53 per cent are sexually active before they are 18 years and almost all women or 95 per cent before the age of 25.In the meantime, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Patrice La Fleur, said the organisation continues to work with the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), as part of its commitment in supporting the government to reduce teenage pregnancy and the risk of unintended second pregnancies.She noted that in this regard, the UNFPA has provided technical and financial support to the WCFJ to support its work in this area.“We believe that with the right information and means, young people can shape their future,” she said.The six-day working visit, which has been organised by the UNFPA Sub-regional office for the Caribbean, and the UNFPA country office in Burkina Faso, will see the First Lady and her team holding talks with various stakeholders who work in the area of adolescent pregnancy.Other participants on the mission include, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Hon. Nestorine Sangare, and Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry of Women Promotion and Gender, Koudraogo Kabore.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
zoom The former board chairman of China’s state-owned Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard, Gu Tiquan, charged for taking bribe, pleaded not guilty before Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, December 1st.Gu Tiquan is accused of taking bribes from a steel supplier totaling USD 932,000 over 15 years (1998-2013).While denying the charges, Gu explained that the steel company was co-founded by himself and two of his friends, and that the money in question belonged to him, according to Shanghai Daily.Gu was arrested in May under suspicion of having committed “serious violations”.The charges form part of a comprehensive corruption investigation that has resulted in prosecution of several officials, formerly employed in the shipyard.China has launched an anti-corruption campaign early this year which has combed through various industries including now shipbuilding.The country is set on bringing order to its fallen shipbuilding industry, which has been facing some turbulent times over the recent period, over-capacity being one of them.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Greek owner and operator of dry bulk and container ships Euroseas Ltd. has sold a 1990-built container ship for recycling.The 2,228 TEU Tiger Bridge was sold to an unnamed third party.The Tiger Bridge will be delivered for scrapping by November 16.The boxship completed its USD 7,500 a day time charter on October 15.Euroseas has two more 1990-built container ships in its fleet. The 1,932 TEU Despina P is currently on a USD 9,500 a day time charter which is scheduled to run until November 2015.The 1,169 TEU Ninos is set to bring the company USD 11,500 per day until July 2016.
zoomImage Courtesy: Grand Bahama Shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel following Hurricane Dorian.The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived in the Bahamas earlier this month.The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5.In total, Grand Bahama Shipyard expects to service 29 dry-dockings throughout the remainder of the year.The shipyard said that the damage from the storm was limited primarily to some erosion with no effect on berths, adding that it is able to fully power its core operations, including docks, workshops and administrative functions, as well as communications infrastructure.
New Delhi: Assam’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published Saturday. Of the 3.3 crore applicants, over 19 lakh were excluded from the final list. The NRC is an exercise to identify Indian citizens living in Assam, a state marked by illegal migration from Bangladesh. At least 2,500 NRC Seva Kendras (NSK) offices have been set up across the state for people to check the status of their applications today, between 10 am and 4 pm. The status can be also be viewed online at the NRC website (www.nrcassam.nic.in). Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Friday said those excluded from the list will get an opportunity to file appeals and be heard in the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT). “Government of Assam will take care of the cause of the excluded people and due care will be taken so that nobody is subjected to any unnecessary harassment,” he said.(WIth inputs from Indian Express)
Noel Gallagher is curating the 2013 Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in partnership with The Body Shop, and he’s carefully selected a stellar line-up.• Tuesday 19 March – Ryan Adams plus special guest Beth Orton • Wednesday 20 March – An evening of comedy with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and very special guests • Thursday 21 March – Primal Scream plus very special guests Echo & The Bunnymen • Friday 22 March – Kasabian plus support from Dark Horses • Saturday 23 March – Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon plus guest Gruff Rhys • Sunday 24 March – Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth • Monday 25 March – Paul Weller plus special guests Palma VioletsTickets are available here.
Washington DC: A 31-year-old Indian national has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on Monday for his involvement in a major call centre scam under which he and his co-conspirators extorted money from American residents by impersonating tax officers, the US Department of Justice said. Nishitkumar Patel, who had pleaded guilty to the charges on January 9, has also been asked by a Florida court to pay USD 2,00,000, forfeit cash and a 2015 Land Rover that was seized in October 2018. According to court documents, Patel connived with the US-based co-conspirators and the India-based call centres to extort money from American residents by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers between 2014 and 2016. The IRS is the revenue service of the United States federal government. During this period, they mislead the victims in believing that they owed money to the IRS and would be arrested and fined if they did not pay their alleged taxes back immediately, as per the documents. The conspirators collected the fraud proceeds by withdrawing cash from prepaid cards purchased and funded by victims; hiring other conspirators (runners) to retrieve money wired by the victims to those runners; and/or hiring runners to open bank accounts into which victims deposited fraud proceeds, revealed the documents. The defendants collected the proceeds by providing the runners with the victims’ names, locations, and amounts paid. The runners were directed to retrieve the fraud proceeds in cash and turn the funds over to the defendants, often less a payment to the runner for opening the account or conducting the transaction, according to the documents. Four others have already pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme. On March 25, Alejandro Juarez was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Hemalkumar Shah, Sharvil Patel and Brenda Dozier are currently awaiting sentencing. “We here at IRS CI recognise the heartache and concern these crooks cause innocent people. This is why we are eager to team up with our law enforcement partners to track down these impersonators in whatever corner of the globe they may be hiding in,” said special agent in-charge Mary Hammond of IRS Criminal Investigations, Tampa Field Office.
Darjeeling: As the state kick-started the first phase of elections with Cooch Behar and Alipurduar going to polls on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a huge rally in Darjeeling and launched a scathing attack on the BJP for not doing any development in the Hills. Darjeeling goes to polls in the second phase of elections on April 18.”The BJP wants unrest in the Hills. They light the fire here and Delhi adds fuel. They do not want development and peace here. People in Delhi (BJP) instigate the problems here. The more the problems, the better are their chances of taking advantage of the situation. The BJP does not want any progress in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik areas. You had elected BJP, now is the time to ask them what have they done in the Hills in the past 10 years. What have they done for Darjeeling,” questioned the TMC supremo to which the crowd replied in unison “Nothing.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee, flanked by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, addressed a mammoth rally at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on Thursday. Both TMC and GJM supporters from Darjeeling and Kalimpong had gathered. “The saffron party’s outgoing MP S S Ahluwalia never visited the region after winning the election. The parliamentarian, who fled the Hills, is contesting from Burdwan this time,” she claimed. “Now, they (BJP and allies) are saying that they have a Bhumiputra (son of the soil) and that people should vote for him. Then who is Amar Singh Rai? Isn’t he a Bhumiputra? Whenever someone is with Bimal Gurung and BJP, he becomes a Bhumiputra and when he is with me, he ceases to be one? What sort of double standard is this? I didn’t bring anyone from Delhi,” stated Banerjee. She also added that the Bimal Gurung chapter is closed. “Bimal Gurung had a lot of chance to work for this region. Those who are still with Gurung, you all are not my enemies. You are like my brothers and sisters. I appeal to you to not help them. They (Gurung and his aides) do not love Darjeeling. They will take all the money and go abroad,” she retorted.
Ships were prevented from entering and leaving the port by the protesters.As a result the Navy was deployed today to remove the protesters. The Government on Thursday signed an agreement with a Chinese company in an attempt to recover losses suffered by the port. The Navy today removed employees of the Hambantota port who had been protesting against the agreement signed between a Chinese company and the Government.A tense situation arose when the Navy attempted to remove the protesters who were blocking operations at the port.
More than two weeks after heavy rains caused sudden fatal flooding of dry river beds and mudslides in the Caribbean country, the western area remains inaccessible by road and relief supplies are still being sent in by helicopter, OCHA said. During the June to November hurricane season, rains could cause more land erosion and some villages in the area are expected to be fully or partially evacuated, OCHA said.
With at least 10 million people dying each year from largely preventable infectious diseases and complications of pregnancy and delivery, the United Nations today marked World Health Day with an urgent call for more than 4 million additional doctors, nurses, midwives, managers and public health workers for developing countries. “The global population is growing, but the number of health workers is stagnating or even falling in many of the places where they are needed most,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the stark statistics detailed in his agency’s World Health Report 2006 – Working Together for Health, issued today.“Across the developing world, health workers face economic hardship, deteriorating infrastructure and social unrest. In many countries, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has also destroyed the health and lives of health workers,” he added, noting that the report sets out a 10-year plan to address the crisis. The world community has sufficient financial resources and technology to tackle most of these health challenges, yet today many national health systems are weak, unresponsive, inequitable, even unsafe, the report says in its introduction. What is needed now is political will to implement national plans and international funding to garner resources, harness knowledge and build treatment and preventative systems. “It is clear that to protect and improve the health of people worldwide, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we need to rapidly bolster the global health workforce,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in his message for the Day, referring to the set of UN targets that aim to cure a host of socio-economic ills by 2015. “Africa alone will require 1 million new health workers to achieve the Goals. Without such a dramatic increase in capacity, paediatric immunizations will not be administered; infectious outbreaks will not be contained; curable diseases will remain untreated, and women will keep dying needlessly in childbirth,” he added. The health worker shortage is impairing provision of essential, life-saving interventions such as childhood immunization, safe pregnancy and delivery, and access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in 57 countries, 36 of them in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a major obstacle in mustering an effective response to chronic diseases, bird flu and other health challenges.The shortage is exacerbated by brain drain of qualified professionals migrating to better-paid jobs in richer countries.At least 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to the most basic healthcare, often because there is no health worker. The shortage is global, but the burden is greatest in countries overwhelmed by poverty and disease where these health workers are needed most. Shortages are most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, which has 11 per cent of the world’s population and 24 per cent of the global burden of disease but only 3 per cent of the world’s health workers.To tackle the crisis, more direct investment in the training and support of health workers is needed now, the report says. Health budgets will have to increase by at least $10 per person per year in the 57 countries to educate and pay the salaries of the 4 million workers needed to fill the gap. To meet that target within 20 years is an ambitious but reasonable goal, the report concludes.In marking the Day, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) paid tribute to the global force of midwives. “These skilled health workers play a central role in saving the lives and improving the health of mothers and infants around the world,” Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said.“Yet, despite their importance, they often face poor working conditions, inadequate supplies and support and, as a female health workforce, are subject to gender discrimination,” she added.“Concerted efforts are urgently needed to solve the shortage of midwives and other health workers – a shortage that is severe in the poorest countries, putting the lives of millions of people at risk. The brain drain of health workers from the developing world is an urgent issue that deserves a collective response.”
Even though we reported earlier this month that Amazon stopped hosting WikiLeaks. It looks like the fallout from the site’s controversial leaked documents is still happening. This time to the European arm of Amazon which was hit yesterday for a short period of time, amid ongoing threats against major sites by pro-WikiLeaks activists.According to the BBC, British, French, German, Austrian and Italian Amazon sites were down for about 30 minutes during a peak pre-Christmas shopping period. A group of cyber activists, Anonymous, is said to be the main culprits behind the attacks, as they were hitting firms that withdrew services from WikiLeaks.However, Amazon reported that the outage was caused by a “hardware failure” and not an attack. A spokesperson at for the e-tailer stated:The brief interruption to our European retail sites last night was due to hardware failure in our European datacentre network and not the result of a [distributed denial of service] attempt (DDos) For those who don’t know, DDoS attacks involve overloading a website with high numbers of requests so it stops working. The outage follows a series of web attacks by Anonymous targeted at corporate websites that had withdrawn services from WikiLeaks. Anonymous had planned to mount a DDos attack on Friday, but publicly abandoned their plans and denied the attacks stating:After the attack was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones would be in bad taste. Read more at the BBC and Netcraft
19,045 Views Irish people understand that the census is important. The data is available for every citizen in Ireland, not just the government.Cullen notes that all of the statistics are “very accessible” online or through calling up the CSO’s office.“It’s a national resource and available to everyone, whether that’s a local community group, a housing association or someone wanting to start up local bus route.”It’s also important from a historical perspective.“Genealogy is of enormous interest and importance in Ireland, particularly looking at emigration at end of the 1800s and right through the 1900s. Not just among Irish citizens, there’s a huge interest in it in general .“Making 1901 and 1911 data available online was an enormous success, every form is kept and will be made available in 100 years time. Cullen explains.Why can’t we fill out the form online?Cullen says the CSO has looked into introducing an online census form, but it might not happen. Ultimately, the office is not sure it’s worth the resources and money.“We’re looking very hard at the value for money aspect, we haven’t committed to anything,” she notes.The census forms can be completed in English or in Irish, but the CSO offers translation services in 20 other languages.Last year, the CSO employed a ‘temporary field force’ of about 5,000 people to carry out the census at local and regional level. File photo of Cork city Source: Shutterstock/M.V. PhotographyCensus enumerators delivered the form to every home and communal establishment (like hotels and hostels) in the weeks leading up to census day, before collecting the completed forms in the weeks afterwards.The CSO says it should take an average household less than 30 minutes to complete a census form.The census also collects details of people staying in emergency accommodation across the country as well as people in hostels and rough sleepers.Today’s report launch is the first of 13 summary and electronic reports of statistics from the 2016 Census. Themed releases on issues such as vacant houses, homelessness and diversity will be published in the coming weeks and months.Read: 9 questions you’ve probably had about filling out Census 2016Read: You’ve filled out your census – now it’s time to hand it in Apr 6th 2017, 12:10 AM Share79 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3324716 29 Comments File photo of people on Shop Street, Galway Source: Shutterstock/Anton_IvanovEVERY FIVE YEARS the Census of Population gives a detailed picture of Ireland.The most recent census – the 25th – was taken on Sunday, 24 April 2016, with the previous census taking place in April 2011.The first results from Census 2016, published on 14 July, show the preliminary total of the population counted on Census night was 4,757,976 – an increase of 169,724 people (3.7%) since 2011.Later today, the first part of the summary results from last year’s census will be published.The questionnaire covers topics such as age, marital status, gender, place of birth, occupation and housing characteristics.There were no new questions on last year’s census, but the question on marital status was updated to include registered same-sex civil partnerships. Example of census form Source: CSOThe survey is conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to, in the office’s own words, “give a comprehensive picture of the social and living conditions of our people”.“The results are essential tools for effective policy, planning and decision making purposes.“Ireland has been conducting Censuses of Population since 1821. This enables us to track developments over a long period with considerable accuracy. The census is therefore a fundamental part of our national heritage and collective knowledge,” the CSO states.So, what is the information used for? Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician with the CSO, notes that the office will release data “over the coming weeks and months for every village in Ireland”.“This is important both nationally and at a local level.”Nationally, population statistics are needed to plan for the provision of areas such as healthcare, education and employment.Cullen says the information is essential as it gives a picture of, for example, how many elderly people and disabled people are living here, meaning services can be provided accordingly. File photo of Grafton Street, Dublin Source: Shutterstock/Rolf G Wackenberg“It also helps the Department of Education identify school planning needs,” Cullen states.She adds that the census is of huge importance to local authorities so they can identity the services that are needed in their area.The census also measures migration in and out of Ireland by comparing the results of successive censuses.It’s the lawAnyone who is present in Ireland on the night of the census is legally obliged to be included in it. Failure to fill out the form can lead to a fine of up to €44,440. In 2011, there were five successful prosecutions of people who refused to answer the survey.Cullen says the CSO gets “excellent cooperation from the the public” with regards to filling in the census form. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Short URL Why do we have a census? Here’s what the statistics are used for Some of the summary results from last year’s census will be published today. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government is preparing a bill that would decriminalise the use of drugs in a bid to help users kick the habit and ease overcrowding in Greek prisons. The possession and supply of drugs and the cultivation of cannabis will remain punishable actions. “We cannot send people to jail for two grams of hashish,” Deputy Justice Minister Giorgos Petalotis told state television NET this week, adding that those found in possession of drugs “will be treated as petty offenders”. There is no reference in the bill to the exclusion of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin from decriminalisation, suggesting that the possession of any drugs – provided that they are deemed to have been destined for personal use – will no longer be a crime. According to Petalotis, the dual aim of the initiative is to help addicts and ease crowding in prisons. “We have prisons full of inmates for drug-related offenses. These are people who need help,” he said. Last week, Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou said that under the new legislation, cultivating cannabis and the possession or use of drugs would be regarded as misdemeanours, provided that the actions do not impact on third parties. The bill also aims to reduce the workload of the police, who spend much of their time dealing with drug addicts, and to make it more difficult for drug dealers to avoid punishment by claiming to be users. The legislation requires addicts to be medically diagnosed so that those claiming to be users cannot exploit it. The bill also establishes that all drug addicts have the right to rehabilitation at a state clinic. The government has pledged to relocate units of the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA) away from the city centre as their presence is believed to have encouraged the widespread use and trade in various drugs. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Financial Review Magazine has put together a list featuring Australia’s wealthiest self-made citizens aged 40 years and under. The people on this list have not inherited their six or seven figure bank deposits. Determined to make it in the world of entrepreneurship and trade, they managed to put the stamp of success next to their names. Mostly comprised by start-up founders, the list – apart from many engaging resumes – provides another instigation factor on whether university education or coming from a well-off background are necessary pre-requisites in order to hit the business jackpot. The men and women featured in the magazine’s 22-page spread have all managed to embark on a long shot fortune-making journey, reaching their destination. Australian tech entrepreneurs Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes hit the first and second place of this year’s Young Rich with their $2.1 billion-dollar fortune. In the third and fourth place stands a shared $500 million worth hi-tech friendship of 30 years between Dave Greiner and Ben Richardson.George Nakas, 39, has been shortlisted as well in 10th place. Thus, he is the wealthiest self-made Greek Australian. The local businessman debuts on the 12th Young Rich annual list, along with his friend and partner Gavin Fernandez, 40. The duo co-owned an energy company, LEDified Lighting Corp, which they sold last year, closing a million-dollar deal, that helped them start a new, even more promising empire. Nakas and Fernandez are the masterminds behind both James Lane Motors, Dutton Wholesalebrands, as well as sellyourcarfast.com.auArguably, Nakas has made his point clear, opting to drop a successful business to aim higher, albeit with risk. With a personal worth of $188 millon, our fellow Melburnian has made it to 10th place amongst 100 golden Aussies, while Nick Georgalis from Canberra, ranked 77th, with a $27 million fortune.
No Man’s Sky, the grandest procedurally generated, astronomically massive open world game around, is here. In it, you’ll be mining and crafting (not unlike that other massive procedurally generated open-world game) so you can upgrade your ship, get better gear, and keep trekking the stars.With 18 quintillion planet-sized planets there’s a lot of ground to cover, and if you’re going to go trekking out to the black, you might need some tips to get you started. Here are our best suggestions for players who are just getting started on their own adventures into the great unknown. Upgrade your scanner1/11When you first start up the game, you’ll be dropped on some random planet with a crashed ship and little more than a basic mining laser to gather the materials you need to get it fixed up. This serves as basically the game’s only tutorial, but it should help impress upon you how important mining is. If your ship breaks, you need materials to fix it and you get them through mining. If you want to trade or buy a new ship or new tools, you’ll need to mine. The difference between No Man’s Sky and that other famous mining game is that No Man’s Sky gives you a scanner to isolate the most valuable deposits. Do yourself a favor and upgrade this as soon as you possibly can. You may need to find some blue prints before you can get a better scanner, so keep an eye out for old outposts or anything that looks like it’d have some fancy tech stashed away in a long-forgotten corner.<><>
One of the most controversial football figures over the past decade or so once against demonstrated his lucidity and audacity.After numerous sources reported that the Serie A heavyweights AC Milan consider a potential January swoop for Los Angeles Galaxy talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Sweden international reached out to the press with some statement.The United States-based news outlet, TMZ Sports, have broadcasted the words of the 37-year-old striker regarding the rumored interest of the Rossoneri.“There is always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay.”It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) that the ex-Manchester United superstar came out with such a comment. Just a reminder – when Zlatan landed in Los Angeles, he welcomed the NBA bigwig LeBron James in “Zlatan way.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now LA has a God and a King!Zlatan welcomes @KingJames pic.twitter.com/4gYooOpURD— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 2, 2018Although AC Milan sporting director Leonardo has recently stressed the 7-time Champions League winners won’t try to take Ibra back at the Stadio San Siro, anything could happen by January.
Posted: October 16, 2018 AP Stocks surge on earnings and economic data; Dow climbs 500 October 16, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — World stock markets are rallying Tuesday, and U.S. stocks are on track for their second-largest gain in 2018 following strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies in finance and health care. Technology companies are also rising after their recent slump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as much as 502 points.Even with the big gains, major indexes are still broadly lower for the month following a two-day rout last week that erased nearly 1,400 points from the Dow.Investors were encouraged by some good news on the economy. The Federal Reserve said output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities climbed in September despite the effects of Hurricane Florence, and the Labor Department said U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August while hiring continued to increase.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index jumped 54 points, or 2 percent, to 2,805 as of 2:45 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow gained 494 points, or 2 percent, to 25,745.The Nasdaq composite climbed 192 points, or 2.6 percent, to 7,623 as technology companies reversed some of their outsize losses from the last few days. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 39 points, or 2.6 percent, to 1,592.Earnings for U.S. companies climbed about 20 percent in each of the first two quarters of 2018 as economic growth picked up and corporate taxes were slashed. Analysts expect similar results in the current period.Stocks have gyrated over the last three days following a six-day losing streak that included some of their biggest declines of the year. The S&P 500 fell 6.9 percent from its record high on Sept. 20 to its recent low on Thursday. It remains 4.3 percent below that record level.HEALTHY…: UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer and provider of privately-run Medicare Advantage plans, once again topped Wall Street forecasts and raised its projections for the year. The stock climbed 4.1 percent to $270.95. Other health insurers also rose. Cigna advanced 3.8 percent to $211.70 and Humana rose 3.4 percent to $327.90. Medicaid service company Molina Healthcare jumped 4.1 percent to $144.26.Health care products giant Johnson & Johnson added 1.4 percent to $135.89 after it said prescription sales jumped. Its results, too, were stronger than analysts expected.…AND WEALTHY: Morgan Stanley rose 5.7 percent to $45.94 and Goldman Sachs added 2.4 percent to $220.38 after the two investment banks did better than expected in the third quarter, helped by strong performance in their trading operations and better-than-expected revenue from stock underwriting. Morgan Stanley’s stock has fallen 12 percent this year and Goldman has lost almost 14 percent.TECH UPDATE: Technology companies rose. Microsoft jumped 2.8 percent to $110.65 and Adobe rallied 8.6 percent to $258.36 after it backed its fourth-quarter profit and revenue forecasts. The stock has jumped 47 percent this year, but had slumped in recent days. Internet companies also advanced. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, rose 2.4 percent to $1,128.80.Email delivery company Sendgrid climbed 14.8 percent to $35.50 after cloud communications platform company Twilio agreed to buy it for $36.92 per share in stock, or $1.7 billion. Twilio fell 3.4 percent to $73.56.SUSPENSE FOR NETFLIX: Netflix rose 2.7 percent to $342.04 ahead of its third-quarter report Tuesday afternoon. The streaming video company has struggled over the past three months and has fallen almost 20 percent since its second-quarter report, when it posted disappointing subscriber totals and gave a weaker forecast than analysts expected.It’s still up 78 percent this year, the third-best of any S&P 500 stock.O CANNABIS: On Wednesday Canada will legalize marijuana nationwide. While cannabis companies mostly traded lower Tuesday, the stocks have made huge gains this year in highly volatile trading. Tilray fell 5.7 percent to $156.27 while Canopy Growth shed 7.1 percent to $52.87.On Tuesday Benchmark Capital analyst Mike Hickey started coverage of Tilray with a $200 price target, saying its supply deals with pharmacies and a partnership with drugmaker Novartis will help make it an early leader in the market. Hickey valued the Canadian cannabis market at about $3.2 billion in 2019 and said it will climb to $8.1 billion by 2023.Tilray’s market value stands at $14.5 billion, up ninefold since it went public in mid-July, and Canopy Growth has more than doubled in value to $12 billion. Canopy announced a $4 billion investment from Corona beer maker Constellation Brands in August. The huge gains reflect investors’ view that that other countries will legalize marijuana in the years to come.ENERGY: U.S. benchmark crude oil added 0.2 percent to $71.92 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.4 percent to $81.14 per barrel in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 1.7 percent to $1.98 a gallon and heating oil picked up 0.6 percent to $2.34 a gallon. Natural gas lost 0.1 percent to $3.24 per 1,000 cubic feet.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.17 percent from 3.16 percent.METALS: Gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,231 an ounce. Silver lost 0.2 percent to $14.70 an ounce. Copper slipped 0.3 percent to $2.78 a pound.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.27 yen from 111.88 yen. The euro fell to $1.1577 from $1.1584.OVERSEAS: France’s CAC 40 added 1.5 percent while the DAX in Germany jumped 1.4 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent. Italy’s FTSE MIB jumped 2.2 percent after the government avoided last-minute delays in presenting a budget plan.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rallied 1.2 percent and the Kospi in South Korea was little changed. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index finished 0.1 percent higher. AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter