Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru

first_imgLima: Archeologists in Peru say the 227 bodies they have unearthed from a site used by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture is the biggest-ever discovery of sacrificed children. Archeologists have been digging since last year at the huge sacrificial site in Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of the capital Lima. “This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found,” chief archeologist Feren Castillo told AFP on Tuesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCastillo said the children, who were aged between four and 14, were sacrificed in a ritual to honor the Chimu culture’s gods. “They were sacrificed to appease the El Nino phenomenon,” and show signs of being killed during wet weather, he said. He added that there may still be more to be found. “It’s uncontrollable, this thing with the children. Wherever you dig, there’s another one,” Castillo said. The children’s remains were found in a position facing the sea. Some still had skin and hair. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHuanchaco was a site where many child sacrifices took place during the time of the Chimu culture, whose apogee was between 1200 and 1400. Archeologists first found children’s bodies at the dig site in the town’s Pampa la Cruz neighbourhood in June 2018, unearthing 56 skeletons. Pampa la Cruz is a short distance from Huanchaquito, where the remains of 140 sacrificed children and 200 llamas were found in April 2018.last_img read more

Professor Arrested for Sexually Exploiting Students

Casablanca – The Regional Department of Judicial Police in Tetouan has arrested a university professor following accusations that he elicited sex acts from students in exchange for preferential grades.  The arrest took place on Friday, May 5, after a court order was issued against the Abdelmalek Saadi University professor for exploitation and extortion of his students.A communiqué from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) issued on the same day pointed out that three of his alleged victims have been interviewed. The DGSN added that they have reviewed a set of messages containing sexual content believed to be exchanges between the professor and his female students. The suspect is currently in custody and will beat the disposal of a competent public prosecutor throughout the investigation period, in order to determine the circumstances of the case.The story shook public when it broke early last week. One of his alleged victims, an ex-student, decided to come clean about her affair with him.In a Facebook post, the newly graduated student stated that the professor took his students to his apartment or his university office, adding:“The big surprise is that many of the students consensually engage in these relations, but that never stopped the professor from blackmailing some of his reluctant students.” read more

Navy denies arresting Indians Video

The navy has denied reports of arresting a group of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters last night.The Indian media widely reported today that 13 Indian fishermen who were on 3 boats were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy last night (Aug 20). The media reports also said that the fishermen from Rameshwaram are being questioned at the Gulf Island naval base. However Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Colombo Gazette that he had checked with the navy in the north and found that no such arrest had been made. Times Now TV reported that the Sri Lankan Navy was now strictly enforcing a ban on Tamil Nadu fishermen from fishing near Katchatheevu, their traditional area of fishing.Katchatheevu is an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India under an agreement in 1974. The Indian media also said that 8 fishermen from the coastal Vedaranyam village were injured when they were allegedly attacked by Sri Lankan naval personnel in mid-sea off Arukattuthurai in Tamil Nadu on Aug 19.Officials, quoting the fishermen who returned ashore, said that the Sri Lankan naval personnel surrounded their boats and ordered them to turn back. read more

Pakistani who swallowed heroin arrested in Katunayake

A Pakistani National was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning with heroin.The customs department said that the foreigner had swallowed the heroin at the time of the arrest.

Ride Norfolk connects with Brantford

The Ride Norfolk transit service reached a milestone Monday.After fielding dozens of requests from Norfolk residents in recent months, the first Ride Norfolk shuttle left Simcoe at 9:15 a.m. en route to Brantford.“I think it’s pretty huge for the community,” said Norfolk’s public transportation and business development co-ordinator Blaire Sylvester. “There’s currently no other affordable way to get out of Norfolk and into Brantford so we’re excited to be able to provide that service.”New schedules also include service to Tillsonburg — something that has also been routinely requested in recent months.“We conducted a survey last summer for riders and the No. 1 thing people wanted to see was transportation outside of Norfolk County – into Brantford and Tillsonburg,” Sylvester said.The Brantford bus will operate three times per day Monday to Friday. It will make stops in Waterford, Wilsonville, Oakland, and Mount Pleasant on its way to the Brantford bus terminal. The schedule allows for easy transfers with Brantford’s GO bus service.Increased local service and a handful of new stops have also been added to the Ride Norfolk slate.These include the Delhi Community Medical Centre, Delhi Friendship Centre, Waterford Medical Centre and Harbour Street in Port Dover. There is also service in Windham Centre.The changes will allow community members and visitors to better navigate the area.“It’s exciting to be in this position now that we can offer extended travel to residents,” said Sylvester.A full list of stops, printable schedules and links to purchase advanced tickets can be found at norfolkcounty.ca/transit/. read more

Bombardier asks court to allow it to bid on Metrolinx contract

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 5:10 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier asks court to allow it to bid on Metrolinx contract TORONTO – Bombardier is asking the courts to review a decision by Metrolinx to exclude the company from bidding on a contract for an operator to help with its regional express rail plan.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) filed an application for a judicial review by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday saying excluding it from bidding on the contract, which it estimates is valued at over $2 billion, is improper.The company is also asking the court to extend the deadline to submit its proposal.Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said Bombardier and three other operators that Metrolinx currently works with were excluded because they can’t objectively assess current operations and service providers.She said Metrolinx has contracts with Bombardier, CN, PNR RailWorks and CP and until 2023.Aikins said the other three operators have not launched similar legal battles, and the call for a new operator does not preclude Bombardier from continuing in its role after its contract expires.Metrolinx announced last month that it would seek new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires.The winning bidder, to be chosen in about a year, will first review the current operations and then operate the services as it quadruples in size to 6,000 trains a week from 1,500. read more

Head of UNESCO deplores killing of Colombian journalist

Ms. Vargas, 25, was killed on 10 September in front of the building of La Preferida Estero radio station in Pitalito, Colombia, where she presented a daily news programme. She had also worked for television broadcasters Canal6, TV5 and Nación TV.“A free press and a free society go hand in hand, attacks on the one weaken the other, so I urge the authorities to do everything to investigate this crime and bring those responsible for it to justice,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Statements issued by UNESCO on the killing of media workers are posted on a dedicated webpage. read more

McElhinney stops 48 as Hurricanes top Canadiens 21 in Webers return to

MONTREAL — Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal.Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes (12-9-3), who have won four of their past five games.McElhinney, who’s emerging as the top goaltender in Carolina, made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory.Phillip Danault scored the only goal for the Canadiens (11-9-5), who extended their losing streak to five games. Carey Price made 20 saves in defeat.Montreal outshot Carolina 49-22.Weber played in his first game since Dec. 16, 2017 and it was his first time wearing the captain’s “C” on his Montreal sweater.The 33-year-old defenceman missed 73 games after having two surgeries — one on his right knee and another to repair a torn tendon in his left foot.To make room for Weber’s return, defenceman Karl Alzner was put on waivers and then assigned to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket.Weber got on the scoresheet in his first game back, assisting on Montreal’s third-period goal. He also had three shots in more than 24 minutes of ice time.Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first period when Rask deflected a shot by Jaccob Slavin past Price for his first goal of the season.The Hurricanes improved to 9-2-0 when scoring the game’s first goal.The visitors doubled their lead at 11:59 of the second period on another deflection. This time, van Riemsdyk’s shot went off Montreal defenceman Victor Mete’s skate and in.Danault got one back for the Canadiens at 9:29 of the third period. After a shot from Weber fell to Artturi Lehkonen, the Finnish winger found Danault in the slot for his second goal of the year.Down 2-1, Max Domi hit the post with 1:41 remaining in the game.Montreal’s scoring woes continued, as Claude Julien’s men have only managed seven goals in their last four games.Notes: Carolina’s Jake Bean made his NHL debut.Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press read more

Woman robbed of valuables by armed bicycle bandits

A 24-year-old vendor was on Monday afternoon robbed of approximately $100,000 in Guyana and US currency, her mobile phone, ID card and one gold chain valued at $40,000 after being ambushed by two males in the vicinity of James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Information received disclosed that the victim, Chandroutie Mahatoo was being towed by her younger brother, on a bicycle, heading east along James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown when they were confronted by the two suspects on separate pedal cycles.The perpetrators reportedly came off of their cycles, blocking the path of the victim and her brother. One of the suspects allegedly whipped out a firearm form his right pants waist and pointed it at the duo.Based on information received, his accomplice then withdrew an ice pick from his waist.Upon seeing the armed men, the young lady immediately handed over her bag containing the mentioned articles.The bandits then fled the scene on their respective bicycles, east along James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVendor robbed by bicycle bandits on Croal St.February 12, 2018In “Crime”Security guard chased down, robbed by duo on Savage StJuly 28, 2018In “Crime”Bandits shot at by cop after 2 robbed on Drysdale, High streetsFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime” read more

Nokia More Symbian Phones Are Coming

first_imgNokia and Microsoft today announced that Windows Phone 7 would become Nokia’s primary smartphone OS, but that doesn’t mean the end of Symbian … yet. “We will continue to modernize the Symbian experience with selected UI enhancements and development of applications in Qt, as well as platform development work that is ongoing. This is important work to make Symbian more efficient and to protect our installed base of 200 million users around the world,” Nokia spokeswoman Laurie Armstrong wrote to us.Still, though, it’s looking like Symbian’s days are numbered.“It’s a transition program. It is Symbian people literally today who are working with Windows Phone technologies to advance those technologies. It’s a transition from Symbian to Windows Phone,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said.last_img read more

Starbucks Schultz mulling philanthropy to public service

first_imgNEW YORK — Starbucks Corp.’s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.Schultz, 64, says he is considering a range of options. He had endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the last presidential election and had sometimes deflected questions about whether he would run for office.Speculation has swirled for years that Schultz might run for president. While not addressing the question directly, he told The New York Times on Monday that he was considering public service and that “for some time now, I have been deeply concerned about our country — the growing division at home and our standing in the world.”Schultz’s move comes after he ceded the day-to-day duties of CEO at Starbucks last year to focus on innovation and social impact projects as executive chairman. As of June 26, Starbucks says Schultz will take the title of chairman emeritus. The Seattle-based chain says he is writing a book about Starbucks’ social impact moves and its efforts to redefine the role of a public company.“Starbucks changed the way millions of people drink coffee, this is true, but we also changed people’s lives in communities around the world for the better,” Schultz said in a letter to Starbucks employees.last_img read more

Cam Bishop Acquires Ascend Custom and Event Group

first_img While he wouldn’t reveal the transaction price, Bishop [pictured] said the Event and Custom Media group generates revenue in the “mid-teen” millions. “This was the original founding acquisition we made when we started Ascend,” he added.Bishop will serve as CEO of the new Ascend while Barbara Kay, president of the Event and Custom Media group, has been promoted to company president. The new Ascend will have approximately 60 employees.On the event side, the company generates show dailies for trade associations and publishing customers, hosts medical and healthcare events, runs a database business of customer and exhibitor lists and publishes directories, exhibit guides and show guides and floor maps. On the custom side, the company does work for trade associations such as The American Heart Association and the American Sport Fishing Association, as well as specific clients such as McDonalds and Ace hardware. Bishop says the company projects more than 400 custom projects a year.”We see a tremendous opportunity in custom publishing,” Bishop added. “We have graphic design teams for print and electronic and a huge content team and sales team. We want to build custom out from much of business it does now, which is event-centric.”Berkery Noyes brokered the deal.In February 2008, Ascend sold its Princeton, NJ-based Ascend Health division to Intellisphere and in fall 2007 sold its 17-title professional service division. The company shut down three titles (Physicians Money Digest, Family Practice Recertification and Internal Medicine World Report, divested its four-title dental group and sold Expo magazine to Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company.Ascend was originally founded in 2002, backed by CCMP and Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The company grew quickly but many observers blamed the $130 million acquisition of Medical World in 2004 (which turned Ascend into a $150 million company) for making the company too big too quickly. In late 2007, Masseria (formerly CEO of CMP Medica) took over as CEO, tasked with selling off the company and recouping some of the investment. Ascend Media founder and former CEO Cameron Bishop, in partnership with investment fund TGP Capital Partners LLC, has acquired the Event and Custom Media Division of Ascend Media.The Kansas-based publisher is now shopping just one more group: the Ascend Institute for Medical Education. Last month, Ascend sold its Allied Healthcare division to Anthem Media Group and sold its Practice Developers group shortly before that.The Event and Custom Media division will retain the Ascend Media name and will continue to operate out of the Overland Park, Kansas offices. When contacted by FOLIO:, Ascend Media CEO Vicki Masseria said there is no conflict between the brands and AIME will continue to be shopped with the Ascend name. last_img read more

G Lakshmisha assumes charge as East Godavari Joint Collector

first_imgKakinada: G Lakshmisha assumed charge as East Godavari Joint Collector here on Friday. A 2012 batch IAS cadre officer from Karnataka, Lakshmisha prior to new assignment, served as project director ITDA, Parvathipuram in Vizianagaram district. Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmisha said that he was happy to be part of administration in the biggest district in the State and will serve to the best of his ability. To a question on loopholes in PD system, the JC said that, first he will get acquaintance with the local issues and act as per the law. Earlier on his arrival, Joint Collector-2 Ch Sattibabu, Kakinada RDO G Rajakumari and Ramachandrapuram RDO Rajasekher welcomed Lakshmisha and greeted him.last_img read more

Brad Pitt does not see the point in joining Instagram Will he

first_imgBrad Pitt is in no hurry to join Instagram! The actor told E! News that there is no possibility of him ever joining social media. Our hearts sank just a little bit but perhaps he is just too cool for the social media groove? Or so we’d like to believe!As Pitt made his appearance on the red carpet of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in LA, the actor was asked if he would ever consider joining social media. To this he said, “Never gonna happen. Well, I never say never. Life’s pretty good without it. I don’t see the point.”#BreakingNews: With #Saaho shifting to 30 Aug 2019, #OnceUponATimeInHollywood – which was supposed to release on 9 Aug 2019 – will now release on 15 Aug 2019… Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt… Directed by Quentin Tarantino… Will release in #English version only. pic.twitter.com/CZmCVladE7— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 23, 2019 Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood posterTwitterWhen asked for a tip on surviving Hollywood and remaining a heartthrob to this day, Pitt said, “I don’t know if I can do it in one,” he joked. “You gotta keep on plugging. But it’s all going to be alright.” That’s a good suggestion.Further speaking about retiring from Hollywood and acting, Pitt added, I don’t know. I enjoy doing other things. I think that one day I’ll just wake up and organically it’ll be done. Maybe I won’t wake up and that’s why it’ll be done.” Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of Once Upon A Time In… HollywoodTwitterWe’ll be seeing him next in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood. “He’s got such a love for filmmaking,” the actor gushed about his filmmaker. “He keeps it real, great vibe on set, people are happy to be there. It’s a real pleasure,” he concluded.In the movie, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and the late Luke Perry, Pitt will portray the role of Cliff Booth, the longtime stunt double of Rick Dalton. Although he perfectly fits the role, recently DiCaprio revealed that he was rooting for Cliff Booth’s role. The film releases in India on August 15.last_img read more

Investigative Story Analyzes Data On Deaths Of St Lukes Liver And Lung

first_img Share A senior editor with ProPublica talked to Houston Matters Tuesday about a recent investigative story that media outlet has worked on, along with the Houston Chronicle, regarding deaths of patients who received liver and lung transplants at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suspended Medicare reimbursements for the heart transplant program at St. Luke’s after another Houston Chronicle and ProPublica investigative story.ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein said the data analyzed in the story indicate that, of 85 patients who received a liver transplant at St. Luke’s in 2017, at least 15 died within a year. According to ProPublica’s analysis of preliminary data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, that represents an increase in deaths of this kind of patients compared to previous years.As for lung transplants and also in 2017, at least seven of the hospital’s 54 lung recipients died within a year of their transplants. According to ProPublica’s reporting, that is double the mortality rate at the hospital during the previous two and a half years.In ProPublica’s story, Marilyn Gerry, a spokesperson for the hospital, said it is “misleading” to focus on a single year of data from 2017, rather than the entire two and a half year timeframe examined by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The hospital said in a statement its level of transplantation care “is in line with or better than national benchmarks and other regional hospitals.”Nonetheless, Ornstein said that “when you talk to patients’ family members what you hear are complaints that are quite similar to what you heard with the survivors of heart transplant recipients who died.” He specified there have been complaints about “nursing care” and “unusual things happening.”Baylor St. Luke’s Medical CenterBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.Ornstein detailed the case of a female patient who had the transplanted lung flipping over after the procedure, which the reporter categorized as an “extraordinarily rare complication.” Subsequently, after a second transplant and medical complications, the woman died.Ornstein also mentioned the case of a male patient who developed a hole in his respiratory tract where the transplant surgeon had connected the donor lungs to the patient’s passageway. That caused major complications for the patient and he ultimately died.Ornstein also said the data analyzed in the article don’t pose a threat to St. Luke’s federal funding because they only cover a timeframe of one year, “but what we raise is that the most recent numbers show that the trend is, at least with the liver program, beginning to look below national averages.”On behalf of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Gerry said in a statement the hospital is “disappointed that the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica did not include the stories of many patients who have publicly praised our transplant programs for their care.”The statement noted the media outlets “interviewed two patients who had successful outcomes at Baylor St. Luke’s and failed to tell their stories” and added the hospital treats “many critically ill patients every year who are facing end-stage organ failure and are turned away elsewhere.”The hospital also highlighted that Dr. John Goss, director of liver transplantation at St. Luke’s, has completed almost 2,000 transplants during his 20-year career in Houston and added that Dr. Gabriel Loor, who is surgical director of the lung transplant program, has completed more than 300 lung transplants.last_img read more

Japan conducts Destination Specialist Program in India

first_imgJapan Tourism Organisation (JNTO) has crossed its 100,000-mark for visitor arrivals from India. Japan will continue to strive to sustain this momentum in growth, informed Daisuke Kobayashi, Director – Singapore, Malaysia & India, JNTO at the recently organised Visit Japan Trade Seminar in New Delhi.JNTO is currently focusing on leisure tourism potential to attract tourists from India. India is one of the top 20 overseas source markets for JNTO, registering a growth year on year with major revenue gained from business travellers.JNTO is planning to set up an office in New Delhi. Toshihiro Yamakoshi, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan, said, “Once the JNTO office is established in New Delhi, it will give much needed momentum to the tourism sector of Japan. However, this issue is subject to the approval of the DIET (Japanese Parliament).”The organisation also conducted a Destination Specialist Program in Mumbai. “The purpose of organising such programmes is to educate the travel agents across India about Destination Japan, and promote Japan as a favourite destination among Indians,” said, Kenichi Takano, Deputy Manager, Southeast Asia, Inbound Promotion Department, JNTO.Tokyo, one of the gateway cities of Japan, is a popular destination among Indian arrivals. From India, daily direct flights operate from New Delhi to Tokyo. Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto are some of the other popular destinations among Indian travellers. Apart from the popular destinations, JNTO is focusing on promoting Japan Alps i.e. the seven cities of Toyama, Hida, Takayama, Omachi, Azumino, Matsumoto, and Shiojiri.last_img read more

Goibibo launches new campaign to promote GoCashPlus

first_imgGoibibo announced the launch of its new TV campaign featuring its brand ambassador-Deepika Padukone. The campaign highlights Goibibo’s e-wallet service- ‘GoCashPlus’ and its benefits on Goibibo’s platform.Through the new campaign, Goibibo aims to enhance new user acquisition and augment hotel market share growth. This is in line with company’s endeavour to catalyze the shift from offline to online in the hotel booking segment. Launched in 2017, the feature – GoCash+is Goibibo’s travel booking currency which can be used without any restrictions on usage.Commenting on this, Rajesh Magow, Co-founder and CEO-India (Merged Entity) said, “GoCash+ is a great value proposition to increase engagement and retention amongst existing and potential customers. We feel Deepika’s presence as the brand ambassador of Goibibo, will further help us build a huge amount of trust and reliability amongst customers with regards to hotel research, planning and booking on our platform and thereby, further our larger business objective of expanding the category and increasing our market share in the online hotel booking segment.”last_img read more

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first_img Related10 holiday commandments you should never forgetInsurance, luggage labels, foreign currency and travel adaptors:10 holiday and travel rules you must remember .9 creepiest ghost towns in the worldDo you dare explore the world’s scariest ghost towns? Come with us on a spooky historical tour.Top tips for peace of mind when you travelIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, then you’re hopefully in for an exciting year. But whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or you’re venturing off solo for the first time, we know that planning even the most longed-for holidays can bring its own anxieties. From insurance… Got holiday’s left to take this year?Too busy at work?Take our quick two question survey now!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Standing ovation for Michael Jackson accusers at S

first_imgStanding ovation for Michael Jackson accusers at Sundance Signs in support of Michael Jackson are seen outside of the premiere of the “Leaving Neverland” Michael Jackson documentary film at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2019 1:55 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARK CITY, Utah — Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck have been greeted with a solemn standing ovation by a theatre full of people at the Sundance Film Festival.The stories of the two men who allege Jackson sexually abused them as children are detailed in the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which had its only screening Friday at the film festival.In a Q&A, Robson said it has been an incredible experience being able to talk to Safechuck after feeling isolated for so long. Safechuck added that they were not offered any money to participate in the documentary, which will air on Britain’s Channel 4 and HBO this spring.The Jackson estate denounced the documentary for rehashing “discredited allegations.” Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Call for unity in face of Turkish provocation

first_imgBy George PsyllidesSCHEDULED DRILLING in the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will continue despite Turkey’s provocations, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Saturday, as he reiterated that any proceeds belonged to all Cypriots.“ENI’s scheduled drilling will continue, whatever the provocations,” the minister said. “We have repeatedly said that proceeds from natural gas – not expected before the end of the decade, belong proportionately to all Cypriots.”The minister added that Turkey’s provocative actions send the message that “it does not want or does not believe the Cyprus problem will be solved until then.”Kasoulides also announced he was flying to Greece on Monday to coordinate the further action.He also urged Cypriot political parties to put their own agendas aside and join the government in a unified front to tackle the Turkish actions.Citing the rights of Turkish Cypriots, Turkey reserved a large section of sea in Cyprus’ EEZ for seismic studies – cutting through five blocks, including block 9 where Italian-South Korean consortium ENI-KOGAS is currently drilling for gas, and has also sent warships to monitor the situation.The action prompted President Nicos Anastasiades to suspend direct negotiations in the reunification process.The events had been criticised by the international community but Cypriot parties, as they often do, either jumped the gun in commenting, or interpreted statements as they saw fit.“Instead of holding on to the fact that everyone recognises the right of the Republic to carry out exploration and to subsequently exploit the hydrocarbons in its EEZ, and calls to those who clearly cause them to avoid provocations, we attempt to rate them accordingly and give different interpretations for the sake of political expediency,” Kasoulides said.The haste to either note or explain someone’s silence is characteristic, he said.“The opposition rushed to blame Russia’s ‘silence’ on our supposed one-sided policy and the same day Moscow not only issued a statement but officially informed us about a stern demarche to Ankara,” Kasoulides said.The statement was welcomed by AKEL, which then criticised the absence of an EU reaction.Yet, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy’s supportive statement was announced on the same news bulletin, the minister said.“International disapproval has been recorded. Diplomatic efforts will continue. Is it enough to stop Turkey? Possibly yes, possibly no,” Kasoulides said, suggesting that circumstances shifted all the time.He cited the example of US Vice President John Biden who had to apologise to Turkey after comments he made last week regarding Turkey’s role in the spread of ISIS.Biden had said, “President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan told me, he’s an old friend, said, ‘You were right. We let too many people (including foreign fighters) through.’ Now they are trying to seal their border,” he said, according to transcripts.Kasoulides said Anastasiades had suspended his participation in the talks as long as “threats, blackmail, and show of force were taking place because the principle of the negotiations is to conduct them on an equal footing.”“Full responsibility lies with Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership on whose behalf Turkey is supposedly acting.”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 Taboolalast_img read more