A look at the federal Conservative leadership race by the numbers

first_imgOTTAWA – A look at the federal Conservative leadership race, by the numbers.445: Days in the leadership contest.16: Number of people who officially entered.3: Number who dropped out: Dan Lindsay, Tony Clement and Kevin O’Leary.14: Names that will be on the ballot; O’Leary dropped out too late to get his name taken off.16,901: Number of points required to win.259,010: Paid party members eligible to vote.2,729: Memberships removed from party rolls after investigations.52: Party members in Nunavut, the lowest in the country.114,508: Party members in Ontario, the highest in the country.$5 million: Amount each candidate can spend on the campaigns.$4.6 million: Amount raised by all the candidates in the first three months of 2017.last_img

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Canadian air traffic controllers buy pizza for US colleagues hit by shutdown

first_imgCanadian air traffic controllers are buying pizzas for their American counterparts as a show of support during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.Nav Canada’s national media manager Ron Singer says the initiative began when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Anchorage, Alaska.All seven of Canada’s control centres and many towers have since joined in and ordered pizzas for their U.S. counterparts working along the border, many of whom have taken to social media to express their gratitude.Singer says there’s a bond between Canadian and American air traffic controllers since the two work closely together to manage cross-border airspace.Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States have been working without pay since late December due to the ongoing government shutdown.Their union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Friday, asking for an order compelling the government to pay them what they’re owed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Peter Kay Sits Down For Red Nose Day

first_imgPeter Kay is pushing his mind, body, and soul to the limit, as he embarks on the ‘toughest challenge ever undertaken for Red Nose Day’.With his trainer at his side, and cheered on by public supporters and celebrities alike, the comedian will have to sit down for practically a whole week as he travels from Belfast to London in what is apparently set to be one of the most ‘gruelling Comic Relief challenges’ to date.Having undertaken a rigorous training regime to prepare for the challenge, Peter will not only have to endure the physical strain put on his body, but be mentally psyched up to withstand days of sitting down for the Comic Relief sketch.Peter will be planning to make a triumphant arrival live at BBC Television Centre on Friday 15th March, with highlights of the highs and lows of his extraordinary journey to be shown on Comic Relief – Funny for Money.To accompany the sketch, Peter has also recorded a music video of the classic James track ‘Sit Down’ with James frontman Tim Booth.A star-studded line-up of the nation’s favourite comedians will be doing something funny for money as Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fantastic evening of unmissable TV: Comic Relief – Funny for Money.A stellar line up of presenters – Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand – will entertain from start to finish, with original sketches from the stars of the comedy firmament promising to keep the nation roaring with laughter. Don’t miss it.For more information visit rednoseday.com.last_img read more

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DR Congo UN sends team to western region following new violence

2 February 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is immediately sending a multi-disciplinary team to the western area of the vast country where a new outbreak of violence has caused heavy loss of life and numerous injuries. “MONUC urgently calls for the immediate cessation of all forms of violence,” the mission said in a statement today, using its acronym. The team will evaluate security in the Bas Congo region and the urgent humanitarian needs stemming from “these grave incidents,” in particular aid for the wounded.Voicing “extreme concern,” it called on all sides to devote their efforts to restoring peace and to refrain from all acts that could exacerbate the situation further.MONUC called on the elected officials to become involved in resolving “this deplorable situation” and demanded that security forces follow legal norms particularly with regard to the proportionality of their response.MONUC has overseen the DRC’s transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives in fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal conflict since World War II, to gradual stabilization, culminating in the first democratic elections in over four decades last year, the largest and most complex polls the UN has ever helped to organize.More recently it has been concerned with violence at the other end of the country where certain army elements continue to harass and terrorize civilians while renegade forces who refuse to join in the demobilization and reintegration process have engaged in rape and other “intolerable violations.”But just two days ago the mission reported that the overall situation remained calm. read more

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UN expert praises Spains role on terrorism but calls for legal reforms

Spain has played an important role in the global fight against international terrorism by promoting human rights, but it should reform some of the ways it handles terrorism suspects domestically, according to a United Nations expert on human rights. Concluding a week-long visit to Spain, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism today described Spain’s “active role” in safeguarding the human rights of suspects as a “best practice,” and called on the Government to maintain that role. However, Martin Scheinin also called for a series of domestic legal reforms and expressed his concern at allegations of torture and ill-treatment by suspects held in Spanish jails. Mr. Scheinin said he was mindful of the tragic incidents that have had “devastating effects in Spain,” citing the bomb attacks in Madrid on 11 March 2004 and the recent violent attacks by the Basque group ETA. He praised Spanish authorities for not calling for the suspension of international human rights law in respect of counter-terrorism measures, and underlined the importance of an “unconditional commitment by all authorities to the principle that terrorism must be combated within the framework of the law, including human rights law.” At the same time Mr. Scheinin expressed “his concern over the fact that allegations of torture or other forms of ill-treatment continue to be made by terrorism suspects and do not systematically result in rapid and thorough independent investigations.” He added that Spanish penitentiary authorities had also admitted that there had been “incidents of inappropriate treatment of Muslim detainees, including disrespect for their religious beliefs and practices.” The Special Rapporteur welcomed the willingness of the Government to initiate human rights training within the prison system. Mr. Scheinin also called for the end of the practice of incommunicado detention of terrorism suspects and requested that the Spanish Government consider trying terrorism crimes in ordinary courts, instead of in a single specialized court called the Audiencia Nacional, as at present. He warned that parts of the Spanish Penal Code relating to terrorism were “broad and vague,” and carried the risk of a “slippery slope” which would lead to crimes being classified as terrorism and result in suspects being held incommunicado and facing aggravated penalties. He said that many aspects of the trial relating to the March 2004 Madrid bombings could serve as best practices for a criminal trial of a major act of international terrorism. However, he said that defence lawyers had been unable to give assistance to their clients during years of pre-trial detention because of the secrecy of the investigation and a lack of logistical support. Mr. Scheinin said the Spanish authorities had confirmed to him that terrorism suspects had passed through Spain under the “extraordinary rendition” programme conducted by the US Central Intelligence Agency – in which some prisoners were allegedly transported to countries which had a known record of using torture. The Rapporteur welcomed an investigation into the reports and called extraordinary rendition a human rights violation. Mr. Scheinin also welcomed the decision by the Audiencia Nacional to dismiss charges against two detainees who were brought to Spain from the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, saying that “any information obtained at Guantánamo interrogations is inadmissible as evidence in any type of judicial proceedings.” 14 May 2008Spain has played an important role in the global fight against international terrorism by promoting human rights, but it should reform some of the ways it handles terrorism suspects domestically, according to a United Nations expert on human rights. read more

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Haiti Senior UN official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to

“Haiti is not receiving the attention of the international community, particularly the donor community,” Pedro Medrano told the UN News Centre, as he reported on a recent trip during which he met with officials in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.“It is clear that this epidemic is not on their radar screen,” added Mr. Medrano, who is the Secretary-General’s Senior Coordinator for the Cholera Response in Haiti.The cholera outbreak which has affected Haiti since October 2010 is still considered the largest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 700,000 cases and over 8,500 deaths. Mr. Medrano travelled to the donor countries to try and raise their understanding of what the UN is attempting to do to eliminate cholera in Haiti. “I think that it is clear that any country with the number of people suffering last year – 65,000 new cases, and we have more than 700,000 cases in total – would consider this an emergency,” he added.Since the beginning of the epidemic, the UN has initiated a system-wide effort to support the Government of Haiti in the fight against what the Senior Coordinator referred to as “a silent emergency.” In December 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic that focuses on prevention, treatment and education. The UN has worked with partners in the community and international groups to launch a series of actions, including establishing/upgrading cholera treatment facilities, constructing waste water treatment plants, purchasing oral cholera vaccines, and supporting community-based hygiene campaigns. As the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, indicated in her recent briefing to the Security Council, “Delivering and sustaining better health requires an urgent, scaled-up effort to combat the disease and address decades of under-investment in basic systems for safe water, hygiene, sanitation and healthcare.”According to Mr. Medrano, less than 17 per cent of the population has access to sanitation while about half of the population has access to safe drinking water. “It’s impossible to stop the transmission of cholera and other water-borne diseases without urgent interventions in water and sanitation,” he stressed. This has prompted him to call for a Marshall Plan for the Caribbean nation. The UN system in Haiti has developed a two-year, $68 million initiative in support of the Government’ s 10-year National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera. In addition, the UN and the Haitian Government are finalizing the creation of a high-level committee that will oversee the coordinated implementation of the cholera response measures as contained in the National Plan.Haiti’s Ministry of Health has a plan, with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), to vaccinate 200,000 people in the next couple of months and another 300,000 before the end of the year. The issue of money along with the availability of vaccines is a major challenge. The global stockpile is not sufficient to meet the needs of 500,000 people, Mr. Medrano noted. Countries have indicated they will consider allocations to this programme in the near future. As Mr. Medrano indicated, resources are extremely important not only for medical treatment but also for water and sanitation: “We can’t wait 5, 10 years until we have everything.”Mr. Medrano went on to say, “There is no doubt that we have made substantial progress. Today, we have fewer cases of cholera than we had in previous years. The figures from January and February 2014 show that there were 1,400 new cases – the lowest number of new cases since the epidemic began.”The Senior Coordinator was quick to note that there was no room for complacency. “Even if we are making progress, and we have a lower number of cases today, we are not out of the woods.” read more

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New UN office opens in Seoul to monitor human rights issues in

A new UN office to work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was opened today in Seoul by the United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.“Less than 50 miles from here lies another world marked by the utmost repression and deprivation. Tens of thousands of Korean people have escaped that reality, and through hazardous means, reached a new life in the Republic of Korea. But millions remain trapped in the grip of a totalitarian system which not only denies their freedom, but increasingly their basic survival needs,” said Mr. Zeid, while on a three-day official visit to South Korea.The decision to open an office has been made in accordance with one of the recommendations of the ground-breaking February 2014 report of the independent international Commission of Inquiry on human rights in DPRK.Positioned at the hub for information, analysis and networking in DPRK, the new field office in Seoul promises to take the response of the UN human rights system to a new level, he said. “The Seoul office will monitor and document [violations] in the DPRK, building on the landmark work of the Commission of Inquiry and Special Rapporteur. We firmly believe this will help lay the basis for future accountability.”During his visit to Seoul, the High Commissioner is also scheduled to meet President Park Geun-hye, as well as a number of high-level Government and State officials and the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission. He will also meet civil society organisations to discuss the human rights situation in DPRK, as well as in South Korea. read more

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West Bank imminent demolition of Palestinian village could be war crime –

“I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank,” said Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, noting that “evacuation by force now appears imminent” and could result in “further escalation and violence”.Approximately 190 herders, half of whom are children, live in Khan al-Ahmar, a village located in the outskirts of East Jerusalem. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the village is one of dozens affected by an Israeli settlement reorganization plan that would create a continuous built-up area from East Jerusalem to Jericho.“The problem if it happens in all of these [villages], is that then the contiguity and the possibility of a two-State solution will be challenged because the West Bank will be cut in half,” Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator explained to UN News in an interview on Tuesday.“It bears recalling, as a general matter,” said the ICC Proscutor, “that extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute.”According to OCHA’s latest Protection of Civilians report, over 300 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished in 2018 alone.Ms. Bensouda reminded all parties that the situation remains under preliminary examination by her Office, mandated with conducting independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression.“I continue to keep a close eye on the developments on the ground and will not hesitate to take any appropriate action, within the confines of the independent and impartial exercise of my mandate under the Rome Statute, with full respect for the principle of complementarity,” she stated.The complementarity principle on which the ICC is based entails that the ICC can only investigate and prosecute core international crimes when national jurisdictions are unable or unwilling to do so genuinely. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball returns from abroad to face Pittsburgh

Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives the lane during a game against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budieri / Lantern photographerComing off its trip to the Virgin Islands, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to return home on Wednesday to face Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes are 4-3 overall after going 2-1 in the Paradise Jam tournament last week. Freshman guard Asia Doss said she was satisfied with the team’s performance in the tournament but still sees room for improvement.“I think we all did pretty good,” Doss said. “We still have areas to get better, but I think we did well as a team.”Doss said one of the highlights of the trip came in the final game of the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. OSU made a comeback at the end of the second half and eventually won the game in double overtime.“The third game (against Florida Gulf Coast) I think showed that we can fight through adversity,” Doss said. “We all came together as a team.”The Buckeyes hope to take the experience from playing in the tournament and apply it on the court against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff noted that OSU shares similarities with the Panthers.“They’re a little bit like us,” McGuff said. “They have some young kids so they have some up and down moments but I think they’re pretty good.”Heading into the game, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell leads OSU in scoring, averaging 27 points per game, and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. McGuff praised Mitchell for her ability to adapt at the collegiate level.“She has really good instincts and feel for the game,” McGuff said. “I think that’s important because it’s a faster game in college than you’re used to, you’re seeing better defenses, so you have to have high IQ and good instincts to adjust quickly to that.”Another key for the Buckeyes will be the play of freshman forward Alexa Hart. Hart recorded a season-high 20 points and 18 rebounds in the win against Florida Gulf Coast. Mitchell, who played AAU basketball with Hart, said she and Hart are on the same page when on the court.“Our chemistry is really there,” Mitchell said. “When I know she’s playing and she’s ready to go, she’s ready to go.”The Buckeyes might be without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach for the time being. Beach suffered a leg injury during the Paradise Jam tournament and is listed as day-to-day. McGuff said Beach didn’t suffer structural damage and her status for the game is unknown.Beach missed each of the past two seasons with ACL injuries.OSU is scheduled to play the Panthers at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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En 2100 nous serons 10 milliards sur la planète

first_imgEn 2100 nous serons 10 milliards sur la planèteSelon un rapport des Nations Unies, la planète comptera 10,1 milliards d’être humains en 2100. Le 31 octobre prochain, déjà, nous devrions franchir le cap des 7 milliards.Un récent rapport des Nations Unies indique que les prévisions qui évaluaient la population mondiale à 9 milliards d’hommes en 2050 sont optimistes. En effet, loin de se stabiliser comme prévu, le nombre d’humains devrait continuer à croître jusqu’à atteindre 10,1 milliards de personnes en 2100.À lire aussiA quoi ressemblerait le monde avec seulement 100 personnes ?Les causes de cette hausse sont multiples. D’une part les pays pauvres enregistrent toujours un grand nombre de naissances, d’autre part, certains pays industrialisés (Grande-Bretagne ou Etats-Unis par exemple) voient naître un nombre plus important d’enfants. Couplés aux avancées médicales et à l’amélioration du niveau de vie qui permettent une longévité plus importante, ces deux facteurs font naturellement augmenter la population mondiale.C’est surtout en Afrique que la hausse se fera durement sentir. D’ici un siècle, le continent devrait compter 3,6 milliards d’individus contre 1 milliard aujourd’hui. Terra Eco donne d’autres chiffres : l’Amérique du Nord devrait voir sa population passer de 344,5 à 526,4 millions quand la population européenne diminuerait (de 738 millions à 675 millions). En France, en revanche, l’augmentation serait de 30% au cours des cent prochaines années pour atteindre 80,3 millions en 2100. Quant aux Chinois, déjà 1,34 milliard aujourd’hui, ils devraient atteindre le chiffre de 1,5 milliard d’hommes en 2035 avant de décroître. Le Guardian rapporte en effet que les derniers recensements montrent un ralentissement de la croissance démographique dans le pays.Le Monde met le doigt sur la question énergétique. Comment partager les richesses, la terre et les ressources tout en limitant le réchauffement climatique alors que la population mondiale augmente ? Selon le Fonds des Nations Unies, la seule façon de limiter le changement climatique est de réduire de façon massive la population mondiale. Pour autant, il est intéressant de souligner qu’un bébé qui naît aux Etats-Unis est responsable de l’émission 1.644 tonnes de CO2 soit cinq fois plus qu’un bébé chinois et 91 fois plus qu’un bébé venant au monde au Bangladesh.Le 11 mai 2011 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fears of foul play force police investigation in Kevino Smith case

first_img Related Items:investigaTION, kevino smith, police Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – Four police officers have been dispatched to Grand Turk with the intention being to investigate the disappearance of 25 year old Kevino Smith. Smith has been not been seen since March 4th, and it appears the constant appeals including those made in the House of Assembly have forced the police to change their handling of this case. Initially, media received a wanted poster for Kevino. There is real and growing concern that Smith may have been harmed, that he may be a victim of violence. Residents of Grand Turk had launched their own search; during many of those presentations in the House of Assembly there was criticism for the handling of the matter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Recommended for youlast_img read more

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San Diego Humane Society law enforcement seizes more than 80 birds from

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Humane Society officers seized more than 80 birds Wednesday that were being kept in unsanitary conditions in a Rancho Bernardo apartment.Veterinarians from the Humane Society examined each bird prior to transporting them to the organization’s San Diego campus. The birds, mostly cockatiels, will be quarantined for further examination for possible diseases.“It is extremely sad to see animals living like this, but we are glad we are able to get these birds the care they need,” said Humane Society Law Enforcement Sgt. Laurel Monreal.Humane Society law enforcement officers, akin to animal control personnel, are continuing to investigate the case. The Humane Society encouraged residents to report similar animal emergencies or neglect by calling their animal-related emergency line at (619) 299-7012, which is answered between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. January 23, 2019 More than 80 birds are now being unloaded at our San Diego Campus. They have arrived safely. pic.twitter.com/lpBdbALAkh— San Diego Humane Society (@sdhumane) January 23, 2019 San Diego Humane Society law enforcement seizes more than 80 birds from Apartment Updated: 10:45 PM Posted: January 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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How integrated to the workplace should an employees finances be

first_imgCase study: Monster introduces workplace savings platform to help staff understanding of financesWhen recruitment firm Monster started preparing for auto-enrolment, its senior director for human resources, Claire Lock, got a bit of a shock.“We’d been offering a generous pension scheme but only 41% of staff had signed up,” she explains. “Employees didn’t really understand its value or the implications of not saving for the future.”To change this, the organisation introduced a workplace savings platform, Aon’s Bigblue portal, in June 2014. As well as detailing all of its employee benefits, this includes a financial management tool that allows employees to get an overview of their finances. “Employees can import everything, including their savings, credit cards and mortgages and see their net worth. It will also analyse spending and savings habits, which can be a real eye opener,” Lock adds. “I’ve already increased my pension contributions on the back of the information it gave me on my retirement income.”And she’s not the only one. Ninety-eight per cent of the firm’s 280 employees are now members of its pension scheme and, while auto-enrolment will have helped drive this, 78% also log on to the portal and 72% have taken advantage of its salary sacrifice arrangements. “We’re really pleased with this level of engagement,” Lock says. “It was important for us to help employees gain a better understanding of their finances and be a differentiator in the market.” Case study: Martin Currie offers greater savings flexibility with new platformOffering employees greater flexibility around how they save and broader access to the fund market were the key reasons behind investment management firm Martin Currie’s decision to introduce a workplace savings platform in 2013.Craig Gibson, head of reward, explains: “We offer all our employees membership of our self-invested personal pension (Sipp) to help them save for retirement but we know that some might be saving for other goals such as a deposit for a new home or a child’s education.”To make it as easy as possible to do this, the employer introduced Hargreaves Lansdown’s Corporate Vantage platform, offering employees access to a range of savings and investment products, including an individual savings account (Isa) and a share account alongside the Sipp.Having access to these additional products has proved popular, with around a quarter of employees also holding a further product on the platform. Gibson expects this will increase further in the next couple of years. “The changes to pension rules are likely to result in more employees looking at different options for their long-term savings,” he says. “It’s good to know we’re already offering this flexibility through the platform and catering for our employees’ current and future needs.” But, while plans for these platforms may have been mothballed while employers dealt with pensions auto-enrolment, this integrated approach to an employee’s finances is becoming increasingly commonplace.Although some platforms focus on providing additional savings vehicles such as individual savings accounts (Isas) or investment accounts to mop up any excess funds or money that cannot go into the pension, the latest generation go a step further. These allow employees to import all of their financial products, including their current accounts, mortgage and loans.While many employees may previously have shuddered at the thought of bringing all of their personal finances into the workplace for fear of revealing too much to their employer, this is no longer an issue, says Mark Rowlands, head of defined contribution (DC) services at Mercer. “More and more employees want to be able to have all of their finances in one place so they can see instantly whether they’re on track,” he says. “They’re also much more comfortable with the technology, which has helped to remove any fears about their employer accessing their data.”Jon Bryant, director of Aon Employee Benefits, adds that having this single view of all finances delivers a number of benefits to employees. “By giving [employees] an overview of where [they] are financially, these platforms can help [them] make much more informed decisions about [their] finances,” he explains. “As an example, our platform, Bigblue, can analyse [their] income and spending data from credit cards and current accounts to provide [them] with ‘safe-to-spend’ and ‘safe-to-save’ limits.”Platforms also enable employees to have greater control over their finances. For instance, rather than having a series of pensions from former employers, an employee can transfer them all to one platform and see exactly what they have saved and where it is invested.Online tools help bring an employee’s finances to life too. Nathan Long, head of corporate pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, explains: “Left to their own devices most employees won’t save enough for the retirement income they want so we’ve included tools and education to show them what their savings will be worth in retirement. This can really encourage them to save more.”Pension changesWhile these benefits are compelling, changes in the workplace are set to drive demand. Rowlands explains future pension changes are a major catalyst. “The reduction in the lifetime allowance to £1m next April [2016] is going to affect around 10% of employees, either because they’ve already built up a large fund or they’re likely to hit the limit,” he says. “Being able to see what [they’ve] already saved, and have access to other savings vehicles, will be increasingly important.”High-earning employees will also be hit by changes to pensions tax relief that were announced in the Summer Budget in July 2015. With this, anyone earning over £150,000 a year will see the £40,000 annual allowance reduce by £1 for every £2 of income, until they only have a £10,000 allowance on which they will receive tax relief.And, with the government consulting on tax relief on pensions, which could affect the relative attractiveness of different savings vehicles, this will make it increasingly important to offer employees a variety of savings options.Bigger benefits There is also demand from employers. As pensions are now the norm in the workplace, employers are looking for ways to spice up their benefits package to help them attract and retain the right people. Minh Tran, senior DC and wealth consultant at Towers Watson, says: “Employers are recognising that they have a very diverse range of employees, often with very different financial needs.”For example, for the younger generation of employees, aged 20 to 39, pensions are not considered a top financial need, while older employees place more importance on general bills than pensions.Recognising the increased demand, there is also more competition in the platform market. This is leading to better terms and greater product innovation, says Tran. “This is great for employers and their employees,” he adds. “We’re seeing providers offering preferential rates through these platforms, and even allowing employees to retain them if they leave. The propositions are much more compelling.”Technological advancesTechnology has also helped to drive take-up of workplace savings schemes. While systems and data issues used to make it difficult to link into different providers’ products, the latest platforms use the same technology as the aggregators to give users a seamless experience. “Platforms are much slicker now with digital interfaces to allow employees to log on from home or on the move,” says Rowlands. “We’ve also made our platform modular to allow employers to turn on what they want, when they want. This helps to ensure employees don’t feel overwhelmed.”And this is just the beginning. Platform providers are already talking about the next wave of developments, with greater levels of interaction, education and personalised messaging and nudges all on the cards to help employees be more financially savvy. Viewpoint: Employers have a responsiblity to support employees with financial educationThere are many examples of benevolent employers that have attended to their employees’ welfare beyond the work place. Joseph Rowntree and the Cadbury family are exemplars of such benevolence, providing housing, health services and pension schemes for their employees. But when it comes to their employees’ welfare, should contemporary businesses be providing general financial education to their staff?Research published by Secondsight in October 2014 found that 67% of the working population receive no financial education from their employers. Only 20% of employees had a coherent financial plan and a third claimed to have only a vague idea about money management. Half of employers surveyed said that their staff have asked for help with financial education.Providing help would be good citizenship but could it make good business sense too? Money worries are the most common cause of keeping people awake at night. Certainly financial competence reduces the risk of getting into money problems and is therefore conducive to greater productivity by reducing stress levels.However, many organisations do not have the resources and skills to provide such training and they may be wary about intruding into their employees’ financial circumstances.Martin Upton is director at the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance, the Open University Business Schoolcenter_img If you read nothing else, read this…Workplace savings platforms allow employees to bring together their financial products to give them an overview and insight into their wealth.While some platforms offer access to a range of savings and investment products, others allow employees to pull together different products, including current accounts, credit cards and mortgages.Changes to pensions will drive take-up of these platforms, with employers looking to help employees who might be caught by the new rules. Being able to log on to a workplace savings platform and access everything from a pension to credit cards and mortgage may seem slightly unusual.last_img read more

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Will InzamamulHaqs surprising decisions hurt Pakistans chances at 2019 World Cup

first_imgInzamam-ul-Haq is the chief selector of the Pakistan cricket teamIANSPakistan Cricket Board has announced their 15-man 2019 ICC World Cup squad and some of the decisions taken by the selectors are mind-boggling. The leaving out of Mohammad Amir is the most eye-catching decision but not unexpected due to his poor form. However, what is really surprising is the absence of Mohammad Rizwan and Usman Shinwari. Biggest shocksMohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper-batsman who played the five-match ODI series against Australia recently and scored two hundreds, has been left out. This in spite of the fact that the incumbent – Sarfaraz Ahmed, also the skipper – hasn’t been scoring too many runs in the shorter format. Yet, the selectors, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, ignored the scoring ability as well as the efficient wicketkeeping displayed by Rizwan. In fact, he is not even in the squad for the matches to be played in England prior to the big event. If scoring two hundreds in five matches and keeping wickets well is not enough to earn a spot in the team, then what is? Sarfaraz Ahmed retains his place in the team and is the only wicketkeeper-batsman in the squadReutersBut that’s not all! Usman Shinwari, a left-arm pacer who produced some good spells for Pakistan in their last two series, has also been kept out of the team. Yes, Shinwari didn’t have a match-winning performance that ripped through the opposition batting line-up but nobody else did it either. What makes the whole thing even more baffling is that Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Hasnain have been included in the squad for the big event.Ashraf is a decent seam bowler but has looked rather innocuous most of the time. Hasnain is a teenager who is considered very promising and shone into limelight after clocking speeds above 150/kph in Pakistan Super League. But he has played just 3 ODIs in his career. Bringing him directly on to the biggest stage is a big risk. Besides, Pakistan already has another bowler of almost the same age in Shaheen Afridi. Having two teenagers in the same squad might be a tad risky.Reasons for the decisionThe only possible reason for Shinwari’s exclusion is the fact that he is a left-armer. With Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi already in the squad, probably the selectors didn’t want another left-arm bowler. But they have picked Mohammad Amir, also a leftie, for the England series, thereby keeping him in the mix. So, why not Shinwari? Besides, if there can be three right-arm seamers – Ashraf, Hasnain and Hasan Ali – why can’t there be three left-armers?There is another pertinent question: If Amir and Asif Ali, a strong lower-order batsman, can be given the last opportunity to make it to the World Cup squad by being picked in the team for England series, why not Shinwari and Rizwan? What happens if Sarfaraz fails in the five ODIs against England? What if some of the pacers don’t perform? Would it be feasible to make changes at the very last moment?The selectors have left these questions hanging. They have, more importantly, continued the Pakistani tradition of making strange decisions which fly in the face of expectations. Pakistan may still do well in the World Cup but they are not giving themselves the best chance.last_img read more

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Honest Ale Abraham Lincolns Early Job as a Bartender

first_imgBecoming Leader of the Free World cements a man’s position in the history books, though it’s easy to forget these individuals had a life before entering the White House. Take Abraham Lincoln for example. Arguably the most famous President, he overcame a tough upbringing to inspire the nation via the Gettysburg address and make a humanitarian impact on the Civil War.Abraham LincolnBefore that he’d worked a variety of jobs, including what some would describe as a “barman” in New Salem, Illinois.The mind races at the possibility of Honest Abe dispensing drinks and listening to customer’s worries. In fact, it sounds like a solid premise for a sitcom.New Salem, Illinois, USA. Photo by Amos Oliver Doyle CC BY-SA 3.0The reality is a little different. An article on the website of the New Salem Lincoln League is keen to set the record straight, asking “was Lincoln ever a bartender? Nope, not really. At least as we understand the term “bartender” today. And there was never a saloon… called Berry and Lincoln.”Berry/Lincoln Store and Post Office at New Salem, Illinois, USA. Photo by Amos Oliver Doyle CC BY-SA 3.0So what did the future President do in New Salem, and who was Berry? Lincoln arrived in Illinois aged 21, accompanying his family. He’d had quite a journey through life before that.The young Abraham was educated against a backdrop of upheaval following a land dispute. His father moved the clan around and at one point Abe walked for miles through the Indiana wilderness to obtain books.Berry/Lincoln Store at New Salem, Illinois. Village of Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Amos Oliver Doyle CC BY-SA 3.0New Salem was the moment he chose to fly the nest and establish himself. The Enchanted Manor website writes that he “spent six years working several different jobs in the village.He split rails and worked on a riverboat, was a store clerk and general store owner, served as the postmaster and deputy surveyor and enlisted as a soldier in the Black Hawk War… before being elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834.”Abraham Lincoln, 1861.It was his time as owner of a general store that led to his association with alcohol. He went into partnership with friend William F. Berry and they started up the Berry and Lincoln store.According to the Find A Grave entry for Berry, quoting pages from New Salem History, the pair “founded two Berry-Lincoln stores; and for a short time, the two men were thriving merchants.”Old dug water well at New Salem, Illinois. Photo by Amos Oliver Doyle CC BY-SA 4.0While they sold booze, it was far from a watering hole. The Chicagoist site states that “Stores could sell alcohol in quantities greater than a pint for off-premises consumption, but it was illegal to sell single drinks to consume at the store without a license.In March 1833, Berry and Lincoln were issued a tavern, or liquor, license, which cost them $7 and was taken out in Berry’s name. Stores that sold liquor to consume on the premises were called groceries.A tipple was merely one of the things you could purchase at Lincoln’s business. This was a more tempting proposition than most, but not enough to qualify him as a barkeep. Brandy, gin, rum and whiskey were passed over the counter to Abe’s patrons.Berry and Lincoln store, Stock bought of Greene Jan. 1833, Lincoln’s New Salem, Illinois.It sounds simple enough, yet the enterprise didn’t last long. Neither seemed particularly suited to running a shop. Lincoln’s writings suggest it was something he fell into, and some sources claim Berry had a habit of quenching his thirst on the job.Berry passed away from malaria fever in 1835, by which time Lincoln had moved on to become Postmaster of New Salem. He took on the store’s debts, which took him years to pay off, according to The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln by Wayne Whipple.New Salem History writes that “William Franklin, Reverend Berry’s oldest son, was a very astute businessman, and he did not leave a large debt for Lincoln to pay off.”Lincoln in February 1865, about two months before his death.“He had some wealth and actually paid some of Lincoln’s debts.” It also details Lincoln’s close relationship with the Berry family.When Lincoln rose up the ranks in political circles he distanced himself from his former role as purveyor of spirits. He even went as far as to deny such a thing ever took place, whilst in debate with Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas in 1858.The irony of this position is highlighted by the Chicagoist, who wrote: “Holders of the nation’s highest office have often had a close relationship with booze, as George Washington established the nation’s largest whiskey distillery in 1797 and Thomas Jefferson brewed his own beer.”Read another story from us: Young Abraham Lincoln was a Champion WrestlerLincoln may not have wanted his name tied to liquor. But the Americans he served at his general store were no doubt as grateful as those he ultimately served in his capacity as President of the United States.last_img read more

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Heres How to Stop Third Parties From Reading Your Gmail

first_imgSeptember 24, 2018 Children pass notes, and high school students send text messages. But twenty-somethings, eighty-somethings and everyone in between tend to gravitate to email.As we age, our primary method of communication may change, but our expectations of privacy remain relatively constant. But when it comes to email, a letter from Google to lawmakers revealed that those expectations may be moot.The letter, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was sent in advance of the tech giant’s scheduled appearance at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Sept. 26. The issue on the docket is safeguards for consumer privacy, and senior executives from Google will appear alongside those of Apple, Amazon, Twitter, AT&T and Charter Communications.The main revelation from the letter? Though Google itself stopped mining users’ emails for ad targeting purposes in 2017, it continues to allow third-party app developers to do so. What’s more, as long as Google okays the privacy policy beforehand, app developers are free to share that data with any number of partners and third parties.A whole host of apps offer useful services that may tempt Gmail users to sign up — tracking purchases to alert you to potential retroactive discounts, helping to manage a flooded inbox, planning flights according to best purchase times. But data such as what you’re buying, where you plan to travel and when you tend to check your email is valuable to advertisers who aim to target you more accurately, and app developers are often well-compensated for sharing it with partners.Perhaps the most unsettling practice that’s come to light here: It’s not just algorithms that can scan your inbox. At some app companies, employees themselves have been known to read users’ emails to help improve the software.There is a caveat: Google has to give privacy policies the green light beforehand, which usually involves making sure the document is “easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access,” wrote Susan Molinari, a vice president at Google, in the letter. Be that as it may, that’s likely not enough for the vast majority of Americans: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 74 percent said it’s “very important” to them to be in control of who has access to their information. And since Gmail claims the lion’s share of today’s email market, it’s important to take a close look at exactly what Google is doing to protect users’ personal data.Ahead of the Senate hearing on Sept. 26, here’s a step-by-step guide for how to see exactly which companies can access your email — or share it with third parties.1. Click on your Gmail account photo on the upper right-hand corner of your email inbox.2. Click the blue button labeled “Google Account.”3. Inside the “Sign-in & Security” box on the left, choose “Apps with account access.”4. You should see a list of “Apps with access to your account” — click “Manage Apps” for more information.5. Click on each of the apps in the list to see what they have permission to view and do (for example: “Read, send, delete and manage your email”).6. Revoke access for the apps of your choice. (Remember, if a service is free, you — and your data — are often the product.) 3 min read Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Slothy Sunday Bringing Oro back into the wild

first_imgRelated posts:Slothy Sundays: Keeping an eye out Slothy Sunday: The death grip Slothy Sunday: Mom and baby sloth reunited Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths This article was produced by The Toucan Rescue Ranch. The Toucan Rescue Ranch specializes in helping wild animals recover so that they can be reintroduced into the wild. For more information or to donate, visit the Toucan Rescue Ranch website. Facebook Comments How many of you remember Oro the two-fingered sloth? No? Don’t worry, we will refresh everyone’s memory. Oro was rescued in February of 2016.He was found at the bottom of a tree. We later found out that he had been there for days before anyone acted. After he was finally brought to the Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) clinic, we quickly realized that he was paralyzed. X-rays of the cervical vertebrae revealed that he was suffering from pinched nerves.With this diagnosis, TRR was uncertain if Oro would live a fulfilling life being immobile. It was under debate, considering his age and condition if we should put him to sleep. But, Oro had hope.Our long-term veterinarian, Janet Sandi, was in the clinic with him giving his treatment and evaluation when Oro looked at Janet with conviction and suddenly began to lick her nose! It was then that Janet knew that Oro was a fighter and we all began to have hope for his recovery. We started him on his rehabilitation journey. With medication and physical therapy matched with a healthy diet, he began to regain strength during his rehabilitation regiment.Both, TRR and The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica believe that Oro is an older sloth, and this could be why he had mobility issues. Oro continued to receive daily physical therapy at the Toucan Rescue Ranch.After a very long road of recovery, he began to use all four limbs, he was starting to become the dashing sloth he once was before his handicaps. It was then that we decided to send him out to the TRR Release Site to see how he would fair.Oro adapted slowly, he still had some old tendencies – like being on the ground a lot and crawling around. This is not an ideal behavior for a sloth, as the ground is where a sloth is in most danger. After some back and forth between release training and returning to TRR headquarters for some necessary check-ups, the decision was made. Oro belonged #backinthetrees.Oro’s release was an emotional moment for the Toucan Rescue Ranch. There have been dozens of individuals who have worked countless hours with Oro during his treatment, rehab, and release process.From the vets that worked with him in the clinic, to the interns who worked with him during his therapy, to finally his final stages before being released back into the wild. It has taken nearly 3 years to see this sloth become wild once again.We would like to thank every one of those people and share with you this extremely special moment. It is instances like this that really allow us to say, “We did it!” but more importantly, Oro did it and is now a wild, happy sloth!last_img read more

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Forecast Purchases to Outpace Refinances for First Time Since 2000

first_img in Data, Origination Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-11-20 Krista Franks Brock November 20, 2013 435 Views center_img Forecast: Purchases to Outpace Refinances for First Time Since 2000 Next year will likely be the first year since 2000 that home purchases outpace refinances, according to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ expectations. Furthermore, the rallying housing market should set the broader economy on a brightening path, according to Freddie Mac’s “”U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook””:http://www.freddiemac.com/news/finance/docs/Nov_2013_public_outlook.pdf for November. [IMAGE]””Led by a resurgent housing sector, 2014 should shape up to be better than 2013,”” Freddie Mac stated in its outlook. Housing starts, which have been slow, should rise to a pace of about 1.15 million in 2014, according to Freddie Mac. This is more in line with the historical average of 1.1 million per year reported by the “”Census Bureau.””:http://www.census.gov/ In comparison, the Census Bureau recently reported household formation over the first three quarters of this year at just 380,000. [COLUMN_BREAK]Freddie Mac expects home sales to increase 5 or 6 percent in the new year, but tight inventory will prevent further increases. Home values will continue to increase, albeit at a slower pace. Freddie Mac expects home price growth to be about the same as home sales growth–5 or 6 percent. Rental prices will also continue to rise, but like housing prices, their pace will moderate. Freddie Mac expects rents to rise at a pace of about 5.3 percent next year. Mortgage rates will reach about 5 percent for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages by the end of 2014, according to Freddie Mac. While this will not threaten affordability in most markets, it may dampen affordability in a few higher-priced markets, according to the outlook. Also, Freddie Mac noted there may be “”some volatility in the short-term”” resulting from uncertainty surrounding fiscal policies, such as the debt ceiling and the Federal Reserve’s tapering of its MBS purchases. The overall good news for the housing market translates to good news for the broader economy, according to Freddie Mac. The rise in housing starts should translate to 700,000 new jobs, according to economists at Freddie Mac. These new jobs will help bring the unemployment rate below 7 percent “”perhaps by mid-2014,”” Freddie Mac stated. Economic growth is expected at 2.5 to 3 percent for the year, which is “”more than 0.5 percentage points better than is projected for 2013,”” according to Freddie Mac.last_img read more

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Rollercoaster ride at Cyprus first casino VIDEO

first_imgOver 7,000 people have already visited C2, but owners are aware of future challengesIt is just over a week since Cyprus’ first legal casino began operations and although it has attracted thousands more people than the company anticipated, challenges remain.The casino – albeit a temporary one – is located just a stone’s throw away from Limassol’s My Mall on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue in Zakaki.Aptly named ‘Cyprus Casino’ or ‘C2’, it is just a temporary taster for Melco’s fully fledged integrated €550 million casino resort City of Dreams Mediterranean which is due to open in 2021.The temporary Cyprus Casino began operating on June 28, and over its first weekend, more than 2,000 people were coming in per day, with staff dealing with more visitors than they had expected.“There were a lot of people we expected and some we didn’t,” the casino’s property president Craig Ballantyne told the Sunday Mail.Melco’s property president Craig BallantyneMany of the weekend visitors, Ballantyne said, came out of curiosity and interest.So far, there have been 7,000 unique guests – not repeat guests – and just over 4,000 have joined the casino’s rewards club.The most popular visitors have been Cypriots, followed by those from Greece, Ukraine, Russia, UK, Italy and Lebanon, in that order.“It’s been quite a mix,” Ballantyne said.Commenting on the first week of operations, he told the Sunday Mail: “it has been a real rollercoaster ride. From the plain perspective, it’s been a bit of fun but it’s below expectations I have to say that. We’re not the only game in town and we never have been, never will be.”Though Ballantyne was careful with his wording it is clear that the competition from the north and illegal casinos operating across the country are proving to be a challenge.“With a customer, it’s all about choice – you cannot insist they go anywhere with their disposable income. You cannot twist their arm. It’s all about the offer.”There are about 30 casinos in the north, Ballantyne said, which operate quite professionally “but they give everything free. They give alcohol free, they give cigarettes and tobacco free, just about everything and anything.“But they don’t have the same regulations as we do so it’s not a level playing field.”Ballantyne said, however, it is still early days and this is a learning curve, both for the government, and company as well as the regulators. Though for Melco, the learning curve is fast: they’ve had plenty of experience.Currently, they are in discussions with authorities to try and relax the regulations that are sometimes a little discriminatory, according to Ballantyne.For instance, when it comes to advertising, the regulations clearly stipulate gaming cannot be advertised distastefully or in a way that might encourage anyone to play with the idea that it would give them a life-changing opportunity.Life changing would be for instance suggesting that €5 could get someone €5m.“We wouldn’t want to do that,” said Ballantyne. “But then you’ve got Lotto advertising on TV every night and you’ve got Opap advertising the Joker every day on every shop window in every street and every corner at €1.4m or €2.4m so I kind of find that a little bit discriminatory.”The company obviously wants a return on investment but they know that is a long-term strategy where the key lies in the luxury integrated casino resort, the property president added.Linked to the main operation is a series of small satellite or ‘pop-up’ casinos around the island. The company is confident about their success, though the Nicosia one’s proximity to casinos in the north could pose another challenge for the company.Although this is the first legal casino to open in Cyprus, Ballantyne commented: “this is a mature market.”So, what did the punters think?One middle-aged Cypriot woman who didn’t want to share her name had spent quite some time at a slot machine waiting to win.Too concentrated on the game to say much, she said it was the first time she had ever gone to a casino. She had lost €100 but wasn’t prepared to stop until she won.A Lebanese punter, fixated on his screen, said he found the temporary casino “meh. It’s not designed to let you win, it’s all psychological. No one ever wins.”Exiting the premises, another Greek Cypriot was a lot more impressed. “It’s nice, it’s the second time I’ve been here since it’s opened. I lost €100 today…last time I won €200,” he said.“It’s an experience, a good experience,” he said.He said it was the first time he had visited legal gaming premises.“A long time ago, a very long time ago, some six, seven years ago when there were illegal casinos in Limassol, I went to them.”The most popular games are easily the slot machines Ballantyne said.What they have on offer is what they’ve gleaned from the competitive marketplace – northern Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, and Egypt – with a mix of roulette, blackjack, poker, Russian poker.“I think we did it quite well although there are a couple of games we might turn around and swap around” for instance more baccarat but high end, which customers have requested in the past week.Currently, low-end baccarat is available but Ballantyne stipulates much of what is and what will be available is supply oriented.Peak times are on average between 8pm and 2am or 3am on a weekend.Visitors have so far been well behaved though there have been a few cases where people have been asked to leave.Security is obviously a serious concern in such a highly charged environment but many of the almost 600 staff members have worked in other Melco casinos across the world.Some of them have come directly from Macau, where Melco has huge operations, and many used to be in Thessaloniki thus coming in with plenty of experience.Hostess Kelly Nicolaou has come from a casino in ThessalonikiKelly Nikolaou, a hostess at the Columbia Bistro restaurant at the Limassol casino used to work at a casino in Greece. Many of her colleagues were also colleagues in Thessaloniki highlighting the feel of a big global company.Nikolaou said she absolutely loved working at the Limassol casino, the coastal city reminding her of Thessaloniki’s beaches. She had a stint working in Cyprus about 16 years ago but coming back, Limassol bears no resemblance.“Before, it was like a small village. But now after coming back with all these high-rise buildings, I see it like a mini-Dubai.”RESPONSIBLE BETTING CAMPAIGNEarlier this week, the national betting authority announced a gaming campaign running from July 2018 to June 2019.Named ‘thoughts’, it aims to target people under the age of 18, pathological players, gamers not deemed at risk, and those with potential symptoms of problematic behaviour. Vulnerable groups and elderly people as well family and friends of gamblers are also some of the intended targets for the campaign.It aims to encourage five thoughts people should keep in mind when gambling. 1) Learn before you play, 2) put limits, 3) self-evaluate, 4) deal with the problem courageously and 5) it’s a game, don’t forget that You May LikeTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoSizzlePixs10 Things to Know About ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ – Sizzlepixs.comSizzlePixsUndoRealtor.com8 Log Cabins Perfect for a Permanent Getaway From the CityRealtor.comUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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