New York: An Indian-origin man in the US has been charged with killing four family members, including his wife and in-laws, in their apartment in Ohio’s Hamilton City, according to a media report. Gurpreet Singh, 37, could face the death penalty if convicted, FOX19 NOW reported. He was booked into Butler County Jail Friday after his return from Connecticut and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. A Butler County grand jury indicted Singh on four counts of aggravated murder in the fatal shootings of his wife, her parents and her aunt on April 28. With specifications of using a firearm and killing two or more persons, Singh could face the death penalty if convicted, the report said. Each family member had at least two gunshot wounds in the head.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister appeared to marvel on social media in recent days at Winnipeg’s wintry weather, but in reality he was at his vacation home in tropical Costa Rica, his office has confirmed.Pallister’s Twitter and Instagram accounts put up a few pictures last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as daytime temperatures hovered around -20 C.One featured a photo of snow falling outside the Manitoba legislature with a comment “Snow Day!” A similar picture posed the question “Do you like the snow?” It was accompanied by an emoji — a cartoon smiling face with large red hearts for eyes.A third picture showed workers clearing snow from a side entrance of the legislature and warned: “Expect blowing snow and gusting wind this afternoon! #staywarm my fellow Manitobans!”The messages, it turns out, were posted by one or more of Pallister’s staff. Pallister’s office offered a brief explanation as to why, but would not confirm details as to how long Pallister had been out of the country.The premier was expected to return this weekend from his property in the Tamarindo area of Costa Rica, where recent temperatures surpassed 30 C.“As a rule, we do not comment on the premier’s schedule due to security considerations,” read a written statement from the premier’s office.“The premier’s Twitter account is used as a communications tool to maintain a continuous digital conversation with his audience. It can include comments on news events, anniversaries, disasters and emergencies, and significant weather events.”The statement also said the premier’s Twitter profile notes that the account is run by the premier and staff. His Instagram profile does not.Andrew Swan, a legislature member for the Opposition New Democrats, accused the premier and his staff of being misleading.“The man’s entitled to take holidays but he’s not entitled to pretend he’s back here in Winnipeg … when in fact he’s down in Costa Rica doing whatever it is he does down there.”Pallister has faced repeated criticism over his Costa Rican villa purchased in 2008.In 2016, he said he planned to spend six to eight weeks a year in Costa Rica during his time as premier. He later revised the number to five weeks.In 2017 — a little more than a year after his Progressive Conservatives swept to power — government documents revealed Pallister was communicating with staff through his wife’s cellphone and personal email account while down south. New protocols were brought in requiring the premier and all staff to use government devices and email accounts when conducting government business.Last year, Pallister admitted to not having paid a Costa Rican national tax on luxury homes because he had failed to update his property assessment. He said he owed roughly $8,000 in penalties and back taxes on the property, which includes a 3,400-square foot bungalow, a pool, a groundskeeper’s quarters and a small gym.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
Rabat – Immediately after the final of the CAF Champions League ended, King Mohammed VI called Wydad of Casablanca’s coach Hussein Ammoutta and the team’s captain Brahim Nekkash and congratulated them on winning the Champions League title.Following a breath-taking match against Ahly of Egypt, Wydad of Casablanca players succeeded in defending the score it achieved in the first leg of the Final last week Saturday and in securing a 1-0 win that enables them to secure the second Champions League title in the history of the club.The last time Wydad won the Champions League was in 1992. Moroccans had to wait for 18 years to see a Moroccan team win a Champions League title. The last time a Moroccan team won the title was in December 1999 when Raja of Casablanca secured the title against Esperance of Tunisia.
For those balancing master’s and doctoral-level studies with teaching assistant duties, finding time to reflect on their teaching experience can be a challenge.With that in mind, Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are offering the graduate level credit course GRST 5P01: The Theory and Practice of University Teaching. Held every other week from September to April, the GRST 5P01 classes bring together grad students to discuss their teaching experiences at Brock and to sharpen skills in the areas of planning, instruction, evaluation and assessment.The course was created five years ago as a natural extension of CPI’s training and development opportunities in teaching and learning, and new directions by the Faculty to support grad student professional development initiatives.CPI Director Jill Grose says the course complements the TA experience.“Students can discuss theory in post secondary teaching and apply it directly to their classes through the year,” she says. “Equally important is that the course provides students with dedicated time to reflect and deeply synthesize their teaching experiences.”Grose says the course workload reflects the demands on graduate students in their specific program disciplines.“We want to make it informal and comfortable, supportive and engaging,” she says.In addition to earning an academic credit, students come away from the course with a professional teaching dossier to assist in their future career pursuits.“Graduate student TAs are contributing tremendously to the quality of learning at Brock,” says Jens Coorssen, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This course combines academic programming relevant to the experience of being a TA and it operates within an engaging and collegial structure.”Registration is now open for GRST 5P01
SALES OF BRANDED goods in Irish supermarkets have climbed 4% year-on-year, the first time in four years that they have shown stronger growth than own-brand competitors.The sales figures are carried in the latest Kantar Worldpanel market share results, which show that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s top supermarket with 23.2% of market share.Dunnes also posted an increase in sales of 5.7% compared with this time last year. In second place, Tesco holds a 22.7% share of the market and a sales increase of 4.8%.SuperValu is in third with 22.2%, with Lidl and Aldi on 10.5% and 10.3%, respectively.The results also show that branded sales are recovering, with Kantar Worldpanel’s David Berry saying the sales equated to nearly €50 million extra for retailers.“The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales of brands are up 4% year on year as shoppers parted with an additional €49 million on their favourites during the past 12 weeks. This is the first time in four years that brands have posted stronger sales growth than their own label counterparts, with alcohol, baked goods, frozen food and toiletries performing best.”Shoppers’ increasing interest in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles also saw sales of vegetarian options surge by 18%, with one in five shoppers picking up a vegetarian product over the past 12 weeks.Meanwhile, Iceland, which now has 20 stores in Ireland, has seen sales rise 6%.Read: Deal done for Cork’s new event centre but it could end up costing the State more money Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File. 20,217 Views Share34 Tweet Email4 41 Comments File. Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3847743 Dunnes is still Ireland’s most popular supermarket – and we’re buying more big name brands We’re also buying more vegetarian and vegan foods. Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM Image: RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford Feb 12th 2018, 12:45 PM Short URL
Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” sang and danced its way to a leading seven Golden Globes nominations, with Barry Jenkins’ celebrated coming-of-age tale “Moonlight” close on its heels with six nods.“La La Land” earned nominations for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well as best picture, comedy or musical. The film also scored nominations for directing, screenplay, score and original song in the nominations announced Monday in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.“Moonlight,” spread across three chapters of a young man’s life in Miami, led the field in the dramatic categories, including best picture. It earned nods for Jenkins’ directing and script, supporting actor favorite Mahershala Ali and supporting actress Naomie Harris.“When you see that the HFPA comes back with six nominations you know they saw the work and the love put into the film,” Jenkins said by phone. “It fills my heart.”The other nominees for best picture, drama, were “Manchester by the Sea,” ”Lion,” ”Hell or High Water” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”On the television side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” continued its awards success with five nominations, including best limited series and nods for stars Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta.
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Commuters are going to have a hard day on Monday (February 13) in New Delhi as drivers working with taxi aggregators like Ola, Uber are poised to hold a bigger strike than on Friday (Feb 10). Also read: Uber, Ola refuse to withdraw ride-sharing services in BengaluruCabbies protested at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday demanding a hike from the existing rate of Rs 6 per kilometre. Around 300 cab drivers protested during the day and said that no commercial taxis and auto-rickshaws will be allowed to ply in Delhi-NCR if their demands were not met. Two leaders of a taxi drivers’ association also sat on a hunger strike over the issue. One of the leaders said they charge less than auto-rickshaws that charge Rs 8 per kilometre but yet have to pay 25 per cent commission to the company, hence making little profit. Meanwhile, Friday’s strike put commuters under a lot of inconvenience and they had to shell out extra bucks to manage rides to their destinations.”First, I did not get any cab for 5 minutes which is unusual. When I finally got one, prices were 12 times the normal,” a commuter, who was travelling from South Delhi to Noida, told the Hindustan Times. “A small group of people are disrupting the Uber service in parts of Delhi, and there have been isolated reports of threats and intimidation. We are working hard to ensure reliable rides are available for everyone and we can keep the city moving. We call on authorities to ensure the safety of both the riders and drivers,” a Uber spokesperson said.Ola did not comment on the issue.One of the problems faced by the drivers is that they are not being able to pay the loan instalments on their vehicles because of the low pay and which too comes after a lot of hard work.”They (Ola/Uber) have given us such big targets that we have to work 24 hours or sometimes even more. Otherwise, we do not get any payment,” said Hira Singh, a Uber driver.The drivers also complained that the companies never come to their aid in case of an accident or a police complaint. “Uber did not come out in support of the driver who died in the recent BMW accident. They didn’t give any compensation. In fact, we proposed to contribute from our income and give some money to the family of the victim. For that we asked some support from them, but that also was rejected,” said Ravi Rathod, another driver.
Four people, including three of a family, were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a microbus on Dhaka-Bogra highway in Raiganj upazila of Sirajganj district early Thursday. The deceased are Solaiman Hossain, 65, Lipi Begum, 35, Sagar Hossain, 12, hailing from Bogra’s Kahalu upazila, and the microbus driver, Abdul Khalek, 35. Police said the deceased were passengers of the microbus.Police and local people said the Dhaka-bound microbus from Bogra was hit by a bus from the front in Ghutka Bazar area of the upazila, leaving four people dead on the spot.On information, members of the Raiganj Fire Service and the Hatikumrul Highway Police went to the spot and recovered the bodies from the microbus.Hatikumrul Highway Police officer-in-charge Abdul Kader Zilani said three of the four deceased are of a family.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks to the reporters at Ladies Club in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: UNBBNP on Tuesday provided political party leaders with Tk 30 iftar items each, an amount allocated for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.BNP hosted the iftar party in honour of politicians at Ladies Club in the city participated by around 2,000 leaders and activists of Jatiya Oikya Front, the 20-party alliance and different professionals.Though the party invited senior leaders of ruling Awami League, no one of them turned up at the event. Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain was not present at the iftar either.The Tk-30 iftar items include two dates, one jalebi, one beguni, one piaju, some cooked grams and pupped rice and a small bottle of water.In a brief address prior to the iftar meal, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they arranged the iftar with a heavy heart since their chairperson Khaleda has been kept in jail in ‘false’ cases.”When we’ve gathered here, she’s also waiting to take iftar at a tiny room of PG Hospital (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University). The government provides Tk 30 for her iftar. That’s why we kept our iftar limited to the same amount of money, showing our empathy to her,” he said.The BNP leader urged the guests to take the matter as a mark of respect for Khaleda.He also urged them to pray for the wellbeing of Khaleda and the arrested BNP leaders and activists and their family members.Fakhrul said the current government established a dictatorship in the country by destroying democracy, democratic institutions and basic pillars of the state.”We’re heading towards a terrible consequence. Let’s pray to the Almighty Allah so that He saves us from it,” he added.Gonoforum executive presidents professor Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, its former general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Jamaat leaders Dr Shafiqur Rahman, Hamidur Rahman Azad, Abdul Halim, Selimuddin, Jatiya Party (Zafar) president Mostafa Jamal Haider, Khelafat Majlish chief professor Mohammad Ishaq, Kalyan Party chief Syed Mohammed Ibrahim, NPP chairman Fariduzzaman Farhad, Muslim League leader AHM Kamruzzaman, Labour party chairman Mostafizur Rahman Iran, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, joined the iftar.
17-year-old Noah FaisonFor some African American teenagers it can be difficult finding their special niche. However, this isn’t a challenge for 17-year-old Noah Faison of Montgomery County, Md. He speaks Chinese fluently and lives in China as part of a study aboard program.“I’ve been blessed with opportunities with studying aboard. I’ve been to Africa multiple times, Europe, and this is my second time in Asia. I’m here to study a language and study the culture,” said Noah.There’s a growing trend in America to encourage students to study aboard, especially in China. In 2009, President Barrack Obama, initiated the 100,000 Strong Educational Exchange Initiative. According to the U.S. Department of State’s website, the program is designed to encourage more American students to study in China.Noah is currently a junior in high school and lives with “host parents.” I speak enough to hold a good conversation. This is my sixth year taking Chinese.My host family is very similar to home life when I’m not at boarding school. I call my host parents mom and dad,” he told the AFRO.Noah said he plans to continue to study Chinese or what is called “Mandarin.” He will live in China until June, and then return to Berkshire, his home boarding school, in Massachusetts.“We have the potential to make a huge impact here, and it starts with economics. Having a tool like Chinese would be something to draw people’s attention.” said Noah. He also writes a blog, http://blackwhitebeijing.blogspot.com, to journal his experiences while in China.“China is going to become the largest economy, and the opportunities for career could be expanded. Noah had the opportunity to travel at a young age and he was an international kid. Very early on he had expressed an interest in politics, and because of those things it’s important to have a second language.” Deborah Faison, Noah’s mother, recently told the AFRO. She said she instilled in her son at an early age the importance of learning and speaking a second language other than Spanish.To learn more about the 100,000 Strong Educational Exchange Initiative, visit http://100kstrong.org/.
Gesture recognition The tracking system detects 3D orientation and 3D position of the hands and finger configuration. The system is currently being tested privately but would be available for more widespread use in a few months, according to Wang. The colors are printed on a Lycra fabric glove that contains no sensors. The unique color pattern is designed to help robust tracking of the hand. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Video demonstrates real-time hand tracking with a color glove. Credit: MIT Explore further System can also be used as an input device for desktop virtual reality. Credit: MIT Gesture tracking gloves have been around since 1987, however the high cost has prevented this technology from becoming popular. VPL Data glove was introduced in 1987 and used fiber-optic sensors for tracking finger movements. A pair of these gloves ranges from about $1,300 all the way up to $40,000 for a high end system with force feedback. The high costs have limited the hand-gesture tracking to high-end applications in the computer animation, engineering and science. Wang also stated that the gesture tracking system isn’t up to the same accuracy as a mouse or touch screen however it could enhance gaming systems, such as Microsoft Kinect, to support hand gestures. Gaming is only the beginning and we can expect gesture-driven computing to thrive in the long run. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at MIT have developed software that can track a Lycra fabric glove with a special color pattern. Using only a cheap web camera equipped with a wide angle lens, the software can track hand gestures. Citation: Gestural hand-tracking interface being developed by MIT researchers (w/ video) (2010, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-gestural-hand-tracking-interface-mit-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Real-time Hand-trackingVia: Computing Now Wang and MIT associate professor Jovan Popavic have developed gesture-recognition algorithms that are more efficient by reducing gestures to 40 by 40 pixels. Unique patterns are then generated from the layout of the Lycra glove with specially placed color splotches.
Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more News | May 06, 2014 DICOM Grid to Unveil Hybrid Image Management Solutions, Discuss Cloud Strategy at SIIM 2014 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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On March 16, Grammy-nominated Argentinian singer Pablo Olivares will perform a live Christian rock concert in Rosa de Sarón Church in San José.Olivares will present his most recent material as well as a collection of his greatest hits to approximately 5,000 people Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Rosa de Sarón Auditorium. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and there will be a concession stand available.As usual, he’ll be delivering a positive message to the public, sharing the Gospel message and providing aid to those in need.Admission to the performance is 1 kilogram of rice or beans, which will be donated to a children’s orphanage in San José, the Pro-mundo Foundation, which works with people living on the streets. The food will also go to various other centers that serve children.Tickets are available at at Rosa de Sarón Church in downtown San José, in front of Caribeños bus terminal on the road to Tibás. For more information contact: 2221-2629 or www.facebook.com/pabloolivaresoficial. Facebook Comments No related posts.
St Vincent’s Celebrates 125 Years in Black Tie StyleSt Vincent’s Celebrates 125 Years in Black Tie StyleThe St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne celebrated 125 years of caring for the Victorian community recently at the St Vincent’s Gala Ball at the Melbourne Town Hall, raising over $140,000 in vital funds for the hospital.Featuring the Australian Girls Choir amongst the entertainment and Ann Peacock teaming up with Tim Campbell to host the evening, and with the Tim Campbell Band rocking away into the night, the fundraiser was a fantastic evening and raised much needed funding for the hospital.Helloworld Travel was delighted to be involved in the event as a Live Auction sponsor in 2018, supporting the foundation which is dedicated to raising funds to help provide the best health care across areas such as Neuroscience, Cardiology, Cancer, Mental Health and the Emergency Department.Pictured above L-R: Helloworld Travel representatives attending the fundraiser; Charlotte Routier, Molly Petherick, Camille Kennedy, Bonnie Bett and Ian Clarke.To read more about The St Vincent’s Foundation or to donate visit HEREFrom the St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne provides the very best in patient care to people from all walks of life,especially those in need. St Vincent’s is known as the people’s hospital, treating more than 57,000 patients a year. We provide emergency and medical services, aged care, mental health, palliative and residential care to thousands of patients each year. St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation raises funds to support the vital work of the hospital, so all Victorian’s receive the best possible care when they need it most. The generous support of individuals, community groups and businesses enable the Foundation to purchase new medical equipment, drive innovation and research, improve patient health care and educate our new generation of clinicians.About Helloworld Travel Limited* Helloworld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) is a leading Australian & New Zealand travel distribution company, comprising retail travel franchise operations, destination management services (inbound), air ticket consolidation, wholesale, corporate and online operations. This includes “Helloworld Travel”, Australia’s largest network of franchised travel agents, as well as our Corporate, Associate, Affiliate and Travel Broker networks, Qantas Holidays, Go Holidays in New Zealand, AOT Inbound, ATS Pacific, QBT, Sunlover Holidays and Insider Journeys* “Helloworld Travel” is a nationwide network of independently owned and operated retail travel agencies offering Australia and New Zealand outstanding service, and the best value, tailor-made leisure and corporate travel experiences* HLO has over 2000 staff located in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the USA, South East Asia, India and UK/Europe* Helloworld Travel is the proud major sponsor of:– Volleyball Australia and the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos men’s and women’s national teams;Source = Helloworld Travel
An extradition procedure is to begin on Saturday for a 61-year-old woman wanted in Israel for a case concerning child abduction who was arrested on Friday at the Larnaca airport before leaving the country.According to the police, the woman had arrived at Larnaca airport early afternoon to catch a flight to Israel. During passport control, officers realised that her name was on the stop list and that the Israeli authorities had issued an international arrest warrant against her in connection with a case concerning child abduction from a legal custodian.She was to be brought to the Larnaca district court for the extradition procedure to Israel to be initiated.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Elias HazouIN A scramble to bring forward the operations of oilfield services behemoths Halliburton and Schlumberger in Aradippou, authorities here seem to have rewritten or even tossed out the rulebook, bending and sometimes outright sidestepping regulations.The two companies have picked Cyprus for their base of operations in the east Mediterranean. At this stage, they will be working with ENI-KOGAS, currently drilling an exploratory gas well in offshore Block 9.Halliburton won the contract for drilling, cementing and completion of the ENI wells. Schlumberger’s contract with ENI involves carrying out logging and testing. Some of its logging tools use radioactive sources. Schlumberger also needs storage space for shape charges.Both companies’ massive facilities are located just off the Kalo Chorio roundabout, 5.5km from Larnaca airport and 7.5km from Larnaca port. The nearest residences are about 1km away. Locals are furious and apprehensive over the lack of public information about the project. Meantime they have filed a complaint to the Ombudsman, and have started an online petition demanding the facilities be removed from the designated area.On October 23 opposition politicians kicked up a storm at the House plenum when it emerged that Aradippou municipality had granted Halliburton and Schlumberger building permits just two days before a new bill was passed concerning environmental studies for such facilities.The municipality’s move blew out of the water a tacit deal that no such action would be taken prior to voting on a bill submitted by Greens MP George Perdikis, mandating extra environmental regulations for hydrocarbons-related activities on terra firma.The following day Aradippou mayor Evangelos Evangelides defended the municipality’s action, insisting that all had been done by the book, and blamed MPs for the muddle.Speaking on a radio show, Evangelides argued that, since all involved government agencies- town planning, labour inspection – had given the project the nod, his municipality had no choice but to go along.According to the mayor, Schlumberger was above board in obtaining all the relevant permits. In contrast, he offered, the other company (Halliburton) started construction on its facility without first having secured a building permit.“The company itself (Halliburton) admitted to this,” said Evangelides.“Speaking on the record in parliament, the company said it was being encouraged by all the state departments to press ahead because, as it was told again and again, this was a national exigency.”This episode has been confirmed to the Sunday Mail by a person present at that session of the House environment committee.When pressed by an MP, the Cypriot contractor hired by Halliburton admitted that they had started building without a permit. Then, to justify this, he blurted out: “So what, half of Cyprus is doing it.”According to the same source, a Halliburton rep seated nearby looked jaw-dropped on hearing this.Evanthia Savva, an Aradippou municipal councillor (AKEL), one of the few who voted against the motion to grant the building permits, presented a vastly different analysis to the mayor’s.Speaking to the media, Savva was adamant that from the outset all procedures followed were illegal or irregular.For starters, she said, construction began before building permits were issued, and the law clearly prohibits this, with no exceptions.The Halliburton operationSavva explained that the facilities in question are located in an area designated for light industry. But the operations of the two companies consist of heavy industrial activity.Recognising this, she said, the town planning department asked the Cabinet to approve a town planning authorisation by way of deviation from the Larnaca master plan. The Cabinet was asked because the project is on government land. It okayed the authorisation. However, permits or authorisations by way of deviation concern public projects alone – clearly not the case here.“Are these two companies state corporations? Or are we to believe that they have become state companies by virtue of the fact their premises lie on government land?” the councillor jibed.Moreover Savva rubbished the mayor’s contention that the municipality’s hands were tied because all the government departments were sanctioning the project.Where an illegality is noted, she said, a municipality can take recourse to the Supreme Court and ask for the revocation of a town planning permit. But Aradippou municipality did not do this.What’s more, Savva rejected the notion that all was well when it came to Schlumberger, as the mayor was claiming.What happened was that a company by the name of Giesel had earlier applied to build a photovoltaic systems manufacturing plant at the same location. Giesel subsequently agreed with Schlumberger to sub-lease the building to them.Since Schlumberger’s operations were different, this in turn required applying for a change of use on the facility. In January this year the mayor, apparently acting on his own, authorised the change of use without consulting the municipal council.The application for change of use was filed on January 7. It was approved in record time – two days later.As a result, said Savva, the town planning department understood the mayor’s endorsement as being the final word from the municipality, and it proceeded to issue a town planning permit for Schlumberger.Citing the relevant law, Savva said permits do not have retroactive effect.“You can’t legalise an illegality after the fact,” she noted.And in a loaded remark, Savva asked why the municipality had met to decide on the building permits on a Tuesday (October 21) when usually it convenes on Thursdays.To clued-in residents, there was a method to the madness: authorities were fudging the rules to deliver a fait accompli. As sources explained to the Sunday Mail, granting a town planning permit by way of deviation does not require public consultation with the affected communities. But a permit by way of derogation – the procedure that ought to have been followed – does.Thus, sources say, authorities read the law in such a way as to deliberately dodge public hearings.Some might dismiss this as nitpicking, particularly when an investment of this magnitude is at stake. It’s no secret that for the average Joe getting a building permit is a red-tape nightmare, which is why many resort to building their homes and premises illegally. And the government often looks the other way.But in this instance it appears authorities at all levels – local and national – went to the other extreme, displaying an ad hoc approach to the law and bending over backwards to indulge Schlumberger and Halliburton. It’s fair to say they pulled a fast one.Elena Kalli, one concerned local, is baffled by officialdom’s conduct.“Neither Halliburton nor Schlumberger would mind forking out a few more thousand euro to pay for an environmental impact study or to comply with additional regulations, in fact they might even welcome it,” she told the Sunday Mail.“You get the sense that somewhere down the line the companies got caught up in the whole thing, they went along with it, and of course they weren’t about to blow the whistle with authorities going out of their way to ensure the operations begin with minimal resistance.”Leaving it to the last minute, in mid-August Aradippou municipality finally moved to commission two environmental impact assessment reports for the facilities.On August 8, Aradippou’s municipal council had decided unanimously to invite tenders for environmental reports. But five days later, August 13, that decision was reversed, with the municipality opting to go for no-bid contracts – again in apparent breach of regulations.It’s understood that between those two dates a meeting had taken place between a delegation of the municipality and energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis. The Sunday Mail understands also that ENI’s drillship was at the time en route to Cyprus from Mozambique.The municipality awarded two no-bid contracts, one to the University of Cyprus (UCY), the other to the Cyprus University Of Technology (TEPAK).The UCY report is signed off by one person alone, Panos Papanastasiou, who happens to have worked as a consultant for Schlumberger for a number of years.Dated September 8, this report was completed in under a month after its commissioning by Aradippou municipality. In all, it cites just six references, three of which are links to the websites of Schlumberger and Halliburton.The Saipem 10000By comparison the TEPAK report (dated September 25) is more detailed and exhaustive. Seven people were on the team, including environmental scientists, engineers and chemists. Unlike the former, this report did bother to take on-site air pollution readings, but these were taken before the facilities went fully operational, which seemed to defeat the purpose.Both reports – which the Sunday Mail has seen – found that no significant air or noise pollution would arise from the two companies’ operations. TEPAK assessed the various parameters as follows: medium risk, within acceptable bounds, from atmospheric emissions, low risk from solid and liquid waste seeping into the ground or waterbed; low risk from storage of explosives; and low risk from radiation.The companies had furnished authorities with detailed documentation pledging to take all safety precautions in line with international standards: for example the shape charges are to be stored separately from the detonators, and the radioactive sources (used for measurements during offshore drilling) will be stored in thick stainless steel containers and shipped abroad once expended.Though the companies do have the wherewithal to police their own activities – and it’s in their best interest to ensure nothing goes wrong – who will check them?As critics point out, Cyprus lacks a radioactive materials management unit, and moreover the labour inspection department has formulated no action plan for handling radioactive waste products. Despite this, the same department rubberstamped the permits.The environmental reports themselves include a caveat: the associated risks are low, they concur, provided however that the two corporations make good on their assurances to enforce all safety measures.Neither report mentions Halliburton’s involvement in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Few would disagree that the presence here of these multinationals is a big deal, with possible ramifications beyond monetary and job creation. At a bare minimum, the criticism is this: if the state had to warp its own rules to ensure the facilities were up and running within a reasonable time-frame, what does that say about the system?Moreover, given the skulduggery on the part of the authorities, how can you now ever convince sceptical locals that the operations are safe – which they may well be.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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