“Just to clear up some of the various stories on the Secretary-General’s phone conversation last week with the President of Sri Lanka. I can tell you that the Secretary-General congratulated the President on his accomplishments since assuming office, including on the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Secretary-General sought the President’s views on the prospect for electoral reform. He wished him success with ongoing legislative efforts and inquired about next steps. The Secretary-General said he appreciated the President’s emphasis on reconciliation and offered the UN’s continued support to Sri Lanka’s peacebuilding efforts,” the UN spokesman said with regards to the telephone conversation. (Colombo Gazette) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement today said that the delay was as a result of a failure on the part of the UN spokesman’s system. The United Nations has clarified the delay in releasing a statement on a telephone conversation UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had with President Maithripala Sirisena last week.President Sirisena’s office had issued a statement the day the telephone call was made but there was no statement from the UN resulting in speculation being spread over the reasons behind the UN not releasing a statement.
“So far, we have only received about $14 million of the $21 million needed for this urgent operation,” a spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Ron Redmond, said at a briefing in Geneva.UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) taking care of the 110,000 refugees expect the number to grow as Chadian host families run out of food and water and more civilians flee across the border from attacks by Janjaweed militia in the Darfur region of western Sudan.UNHCR said it had moved about half of the Sudanese refugees away from Chad’s border area with Sudan, since Sudanese militia members were crossing the border to attack the refugees and loot any property they still had.”Lack of funding will leave substantial gaps in planned responses in the fields of health care, nutrition and water-sanitation and erode efforts to stabilize the health and host populations in eastern Chad,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a separate detailed overview of the same refugee situation.”The consequences of late or under-funding will mean that basic schooling, community service activities that enshrine fundamental human values (the right to education and the right to protection), prevention and treatment of malnutrition will be seriously compromised, or will simply not take place,” the agency said.It needed an immediate cash infusion of $1.6 million, UNICEF said, and $6.8 million from now until the year’s end.
SEATTLE – Nordstrom posted a 20 per cent increase in fourth-quarter net income as high-end shoppers kept spending on clothing and makeup, and customers responded positively to its service improvements.But annual guidance disappointed investors as the upscale department store continues to invest heavily in e-commerce operations and expand its lower-priced Nordstrom Rack stores. Nordstrom’s shares fell more than 2 per cent in after-hours trading.Luxury spending has rebounded since 2009, but Nordstrom is grappling with new demands from shoppers armed with smartphones and tablets. That’s pushing the department store, considered the gold standard in customer service, to redefine the term for a new era. It now offers free shipping for online shoppers and has rolled out mobile devices for its sales associates so they can check out shoppers anywhere in the store.With that rollout Nordstrom said it’s removing some of the traditional cash registers at its Rack stores in the current quarter, and it looks to phase out registers in favour of mobile checkout by next year.The latest developments come as online sales soared 31 per cent in the fourth quarter and surpassed $1 billion for the first time. Within online, mobile commerce is getting hotter. In the past year, sales coming from mobile devices accounted for more than 20 per cent of the company’s total online sales. That was dramatically up from less than 4 per cent in 2010.“We aspire to be the retailer of choice wherever and whenever customers choose to shop with us,” Blake Nordstrom, the retailer’s president, told investors during a conference call after the earnings report was released. “And we understand that our customers’ definition of services (is) changing.”The Seattle-based retailer’s net income for the three months ended Feb. 2 rose to $284 million, or $1.40 per share, from $236 million or $1.11 per share a year ago. That beat analysts’ expectations of $1.35 per share.Revenue rose 13 per cent to $3.7 billion, which matched analysts’ expectations.Overall revenue in stores open at least a year rose by 6.3 per cent. The measure is a key gauge of a retailer’s financial health because it excludes stores that opened or closed during the year.That metric rose 2.2 per cent at its department stores.Nordstrom Rack, which opened 15 stores in fiscal 2012, continued to show strong sales growth in the fourth quarter. Revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 7.1 per cent for the Rack, which is its largest fourth-quarter increase in the past six years.For the full year net income rose 8 per cent to $735 million, or $3.56 per share, from $683 million, or $3.14 per share.Revenue rose 12 per cent to $12.1 billion from $11.76 billion a year ago.For the upcoming fiscal year, Nordstrom expects net income of $3.65 to $3.80 per share on revenue up 4.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent. Analysts expect net income of $3.97 per share.Shares fell $1.27, or 2.3 per cent, to $53.25 in aftermarket trading. The stock ended the regular session down 63 cents at $54.42. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email High-end spending, improved service boosts Nordstrom’s 4th-quarter net income 20 per cent by Anne D’Innocenzio And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 8:27 pm MDT
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2017 6:34 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Husky, AER assessing leak of crude oil into creek in southwest Alberta BRAGG CREEK, Alta. – Alberta’s Energy Regulator says a pipeline has leaked crude oil in southwestern Alberta.AER spokeswoman Monica Hermary says Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) of Calgary reported the spill at Cox Hill Creek on Thursday around 3 p.m.Cox Hill Creek is about 22 kilometres west of Bragg Creek, an area popular for hiking, camping and other outdoor recreation.Hermary says it’s not known how much crude has leaked, but adds the oil has affected the creek.She says the pipeline was shut in and depressurized on Thursday and no more oil is flowing through that section of the pipeline.Husky said it has a response team at the site and cleanup efforts are underway, but the company did not say how much oil was spilled.“As a precaution, water samples are being taken at a nearby culvert,” Kim Guttormson, a Husky spokesman, wrote in an email.“We are undertaking a thorough investigation of the incident.”Hermary said the regulator is working with the company to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met.“There are no reported impacts to the public or wildlife at this time,” she said.A Husky pipeline rupture last July resulted in 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent to spill onto the bank of the North Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan, with about 40 per cent or 90,000 litres reaching the river.The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months, resulting in costs that Husky pledged to cover.The company said last month it cost $107 million for the clean up.
Find yourself yawning at a never-ending sea of silver or black smartphones? Wish you could pick up a handset that offered a CMOS sensor that competes with a digital point-and-shoot? You’re in luck, as Fujitsu is getting ready to peddle its mobile phone wares outside of Japan.They’ll be on hand at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, where a range of Fujitsu phones and tablets will be on display. Unlike a growing list of competitors that includes Acer, Panasonic, and HTC, Fujitsu’s managed to keep its line-up under wraps so far. You can count on what’s revealed being thin and eye-catching — like the 6.7mm Arrows ES. Another safe bet is that Fujitsu will continue to push integration with Toshiba’s Regza Smart TVs, and you may also see models arriving with biometric sensors — a feature common on their high-end Japanese offerings.On the tablet front, Fujitsu will likely show the Stylistic M532 and its powerful Tegra 3 quad-core processor. They might need to tweak the design slightly for the European market, what with the striking similarity it bears to the once-banned Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple won’t be turning a blind eye to Fujitsu just because they’re the new kid on the block.It’s also likely that Fujitsu’s European offerings won’t be limited to Android. They were, after all, the first manufacturer to launch a Windows Phone Mango device — the sleek IS12T. Even if Fujitsu launched the phone with the same 32GB of internal storage and a 13.2MP camera Japan got, it would still stand out against the current crop of Windows Phone contenders.Whatever the specifics, Fujitsu is saying that its Western push will be limited to top-shelf hardware. They’re planning to compete head-on with Samsung and Apple, but they’re not going to do it by throwing a bunch of mid-range or low-end phones at the wall and seeing what sticks. Once they’re set up in Europe, Fujitsu will continue on to the U.S. — where they hope to be selling phones within the next year.More at Gizmodo UK
Steven Gerrard and his Glasgow Rangers side face their bitter rivals Celtic at the Celtic Park on Sunday.Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard expects a strong Celtic team in the Old Firm derby, which is scheduled at 1:00 PM (CET) on Sunday.It is going to be his second visit at the Celtic Park stadium as the Glasgow Rangers manager, after losing 1-0 in the fourth matchday of the Scottish Premiership back in September.Celtic are the league leaders at the moments, as they have a 10 points advantage ahead of Gerrard’s Rangers.“The last time we visited Celtic Park it was on the back of a Europa League game on a Thursday night,” he said via the Guardian.“We had a lot of travel, it was a big night emotionally for us to qualify with nine men, and then the Old Firm slapped us in the face within 72 hours, and it was a very difficult place.“That affected us from the beginning. We also had to deal with the mental block of fearing Celtic over the years and the results that have been quite damaging.”Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.Gerrard won his second game against the Celts, beating them 1-0 at the Ibrox, earlier this season.🎥 Steven Gerrard spoke about his own derby experiences as a player and the mentality needed from his squad on Sunday at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/CEquKSIHZN— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 29, 2019However, he excepts a better Celtic side on Sunday and will probably be satisfied with a draw as well.“Beating them at Ibrox and showing that we can, at our best, compete and go toe to toe, that should help us this time around. Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to go there and necessarily get a result.”“They’ll be better,” Gerrard said. “We expect a strong Celtic team. We respect their home form, we know they have individual players that can win a game at any given time, and they have a manager that will motivate them very well.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating an armed carjacking in Miami.According to officials, Miami Police responded to the corner of Northwest 54th Street and Third Avenue, around 7 a.m., Wednesday.The victim’s SUV was found abandoned at Northwest 70th Street and Seventh Avenue, a short while after.There is no word on any injuries.At this point, it remains unknown if the suspect has been caught. However, police were seen taking someone into custody.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioState Representative Victoria Neave (center) has introduced three bills in the 2019 session of Texas Legislature to help victims of sexual assault.Texas lawmakers want to end a backlog of untested rape kits. A bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday aims to help thousands of women find justice and closure. The legislation is named after a sexual assault survivor who was denied justice after waiting decades for her evidence to be tested.Lawmakers first learned about the backlog of untested rape kits in 2011. After hearing reports of women having to wait decades, the legislature passed a bill requiring a statewide audit of all untested rape kits. At the time, the backlog neared 20,000.Lawmakers during the 2017 session passed legislation aimed at reducing the backlog. It ranged from a tracking system for each individual rape kit to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than half-a-million dollars towards expediting the testing of evidence.But advocates said a large backlog remains. Dallas State Representative Victoria Neave is hoping to do more this session so that survivors are able to see justice before the statute of limitations ends.“Every rape kit is not just a number sitting on a shelf. Every rape kit represents a survivor. Every rape kit tells a story,” Neave said.She introduced a bill named after Lavinia Masters. In 1985, then 13-year-old Masters was raped in the middle of the night in her family’s Dallas home. Her case and the DNA collected sat on a shelf for 21 years.Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioLavinia Masters (center) is a sexual assault survivor.“My evidence on my life sat on a shelf, waiting, and I sat alone the darkness, alone, afraid, terrified, traumatized, wondering when would my first responders come to my rescue,” Masters said.After decades of waiting, Masters learned from investors that her case had gone beyond the state’s statute of limitations of 10 years, and the man that raped her had sexually assaulted two other women before he was arrested.Masters hopes her story will inspire lawmakers this session to pass additional legislation aimed at ending the backlog and inspire other survivors to seek justice. Women like Danielle. She’s a junior at the University of Texas at Austin who asked that Texas Public Radio not use her full name for fear of being ostracized by family and friends.“Before college, my freshman year, I went to a fraternity party, and I started talking to a boy. He invited me up to his room. I had never drank before college so I was very drunk for one of the first times in my life, and I told him I didn’t want to have sex but he did it anyway,” Danielle said.She said between the invasive procedure of collecting evidence for a rape kit and hearing news stories of the state backlog that year, she decided not to report her sexual assault.“Because with that wait period it would take so long, and that’s not something I was prepared for,” she said.Danielle said she didn’t want to have to replay that night over and over again in her head because she expected to wait years to have evidence from her case tested.“These processes really do cause a lot of re-traumatization and are just really hard on the survivor in general,” Danielle said.Neave hopes to help restore survivor’s faith in the system by spearheading an effort this session to ease the backlog of rape kits and future delays with bipartisan legislation like House Bill 8. “Sexual assaults happen everyday, so we need a new update on the audit. So that’s part of the testing. We also have timelines for testing and analysis for the newly collected kits,” the representative said.House Bill 8 also calls for prohibiting law enforcement agencies from destroying rape kits related to an uncharged or unsolved case until the later of: (1) the length of the statute of limitations or (2) 50 years. Additionally, the legislation proposes to toll the statute of limitations for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault until the rape kit is tested and increase the time that the Texas Department of Public Safety maintains rape kits classified as “non-reports” from two years to five years.Neave has also introduced two other bills to help victims of sexual assault. House Bill 616 calls for allowing health care facilities or individual Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) nurses to apply for direct reimbursement for forensic sexual assault exams from the Crime Victim Compensation Fund. According to the representative, that would streamline the reimbursement process and allow for faster reimbursement for health care facilities and less administrative burdens for law enforcement.House Bill 282 requires law enforcement officers to be trained on trauma-informed interviewing techniques when speaking to survivors of rape and sexual violence.During his State of the State address, Gov. Greg Abbott prioritized the passage of legislation aimed at ending the backlog of untested
Stay on target Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Pokemon Go is not a “dangerous” game in and of itself, but we did hear all kinds of crazy stories last summer when Pokemon Go fever swept the nation. While most people were able to enjoy Niantic’s addictive mobile game without incident, you would always run across reports of people finding dead bodies, walking off cliffs, crashing their cars, or even accidentally entering into a neighboring country while playing the game.Because of incidents like these, China will not allow the game within its borders. The Chinese state censor has deemed that Pokemon Go and similar augmented reality games will not be licensed until they have been thoroughly evaluated for potential security risks. According to Reuters, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television cites “a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property,” as their main concern surrounding Pokemon Go.As stated by the games panel of the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, these risks include a “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.” There is also the fact that Pokemon Go (and other augmented reality games) use Google Maps services to track a player’s location — services which are blocked in China. Plus, China has already said Pokemon Go poses a risk to its national security.Pokemon Go coming to China shouldn’t be completely ruled out at this point, however. There are a number of Chinese game companies that have developed similar augmented reality and location-based games (such as City Elves). China’s censor panel will seek advise from the top licensing body to see how it can move forward with releasing the game. However, it should be noted (as per Kotaku‘s reporting) that Niantic “is focused elsewhere at the moment” and may not see trying to get Pokemon Go released in China as an immediate priority.
The ASEAN Blood Pressure Monitoring Devices Market was valued at $31.5 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $53.3 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2018 to 2025. Based on product, the digital BP monitors accounted for half of the total market share in 2017.Malaysia was the leading revenue contributor to the ASEAN market in 2017, owing to increase in healthcare investments by leading manufacturers including Omron Corporation, GE Healthcare & others, and government initiatives toward spreading awareness in the country regarding hypertension. Indonesia is expected to witness the highest growth rate throughout the forecast period, due to increase in prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and obesity.Download Report Sample @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5113Blood pressure monitoring devices are used to monitor a patients blood pressure prior to or during patient care. BP monitoring devices automatically obtain and record the blood pressure at certain intervals, using the direct or indirect method of determining pressure. The advent of digital monitoring devices has enabled the patients to monitor their blood pressure precisely even at home, or at the site of medical emergency. In addition, factors such as increase in geriatric population, rise in inclination toward home monitoring, and surge in prevalence of chronic diseases that include cardiovascular disorders and obesity, are expected to drive the market.Based on product, the digital BP monitors segment generated the highest revenue in 2017 and is expected to maintain this dominance throughout the forecast period. This is attributed to the fact that these devices are compact, convenient, easy to use, eliminate chances of human error and provide accurate results.Get a purchase enquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5113Based on country, the ASEAN blood pressure monitoring devices market is analyzed across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and rest of ASEAN countries. Malaysia dominated the market in 2017, accounting for the highest share, and is anticipated to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period, owing to the significant increase in healthcare expenditure and high adoption of advanced medical technology. However, Indonesia is projected to register the highest growth rate from 2018 to 2025 owing to surge in prevalence of hypertension in this regionLeading industry players:A&D Company, limited, Contec Medical Systems Co. ltd., GE Healthcare, Hill Rom Holdings, Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Masimo Corporation, Nihon Kohden Corporation, Omron Corporation, Smiths Group Plc., and Halma PLC.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)email@example.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com
Years of fighting my way through the labyrinthian streets of San José has instilled in me a firm belief that the person who designed the capital city’s streets took a plateful of cooked spaghetti, threw it against a wall, took a picture of it and then made a road map.Sure, parts of the city have neat rows of evenly spaced blocks, but as a driver, more often than not I have found myself curving around awkwardly-placed medians or stopped at a mysterious dead-end. While the disorganization of San José’s streets is certainly evident as a driver, I found yesterday morning that it is even more apparent as Pac-Man.Coming off their popular Pokémon scavenger hunt game from last year, Google has created another Google Maps/video game mashup for April Fool’s Day 2015. By clicking a Pac-Man icon in the bottom left of the screen, users can convert the roads at which they are looking into a live game of Pac-Man. Google provides a handy cheat-sheet of what it deems the best areas to test out their new game, but Costa Rica wasn’t on it.So, I decided to test out the new game on the streets of San José, thus killing off any productivity I hoped to have for the day. I started off in the simple grid-patterned blocks in the city’s south, but quickly moved into the more challenging east and north of San José.Soon, I was navigating Pac-Man through the streets that had given me so much trouble as a driver, trying in vain to guide him into sudden 180 degree turns or getting him trapped down a dead-end road. It was nearly as frustrating as driving. Nearly. Pac-Man did not have senseless one-ways or potholes the size of his disembodied chomping head to contend with. (Via Google Maps)PaThis isn’t the first time new technology has been able to point out just how bad the city’s roads are. Last year, the popular traffic app Waze chose San José as one of eight cities in the world to join their Connected Citizens program because of the app’s popularity here. Despite the city’s comparatively small population, Waze is incredibly popular in San José because of the difficulty in navigating.Unlike Waze, Google Maps’ Pac-Man will not help you get around, but it will help you laugh at your traffic woes. If you’re looking for a challenge, I recommend testing your Pac-Man skills around San Pedro or Barrio México.Good luck. Facebook Comments Related posts:Robin Williams is Google’s top search trend; in Costa Rica, it’s Keylor Navas Why Google’s new quantum computer could launch an artificial intelligence arms race Smartphone app helps locate, review gas stations in Costa Rica New Tinder-inspired apps will help you keep your girlfriend … then dump her
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As is wide receiver John Brown, who has been sidelined each of the past four weeks because of a toe injury.More good news, safety Antoine Bethea (knee) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (hamstring) are good to go despite missing practice time earlier in the week.The inactives are quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Josh Bynes, linebacker Gabe Martin, tight end Troy Niklas and right guard Earl Watford, wide receiver Chad Williams and defensive lineman Xavier Williams.Bynes (ankle), Niklas (ankle) and Watford (ankle) had already been ruled out, while Martin (hamstring) and Chad Williams (illness) were considered questionable.For the Giants, linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) and wide receiver Tavarres King (concussion) are out due to injury and among the team’s listed inactives.The others not in uniform for New York include offensive lineman Damien Mama, defensive end Avery Moss, defensive end Romeo Okwara, wide receiver Kalif Raymond and quarterback Davis Webb. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz. – No one should ever question the toughness of Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams.For three weeks now Williams has been playing with cracked ribs. And this week, he added a sore quadricep to his list of injuries. Together, they kept Williams from practicing Wednesday and Thursday, but they will not keep him from playing Sunday.Williams is active for the Week 16 matchup against the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) is hit by Los Angeles Rams strong safety John Johnson (43) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories 0 Comments Share
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A bill put before the House legal affairs committee on Monday may allow sex offenders, child molesters and murderers to receive or renew licences allowing them to drive taxis or buses.The proposal, jointly submitted by Disy, Akel and the Solidarity movement is an amendment to the existing law and will allow, if passed, people who have been sentenced to offences under the criminal code and have served their time and been rehabilitated, to obtain a licence to drive a bus or taxi.Though the idea is to allow former convicts a second chance, Diko MP Christiana Erotokritou said it was important to protect the public interest and this was a highly sensitive matter particularly as it appears to ignore the interests of minors and adults who fell victim to sexual related offences.Vehemently opposed to the proposal, she said what was also concerning was that the bill also has a provision which allows people sentenced for serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter and drug trafficking, to be able to obtain the licence.People who have paid for past mistakes and want to re-enter society should have every right to do so, but this was a matter that affected the well-being of other people and society at large, Erotokritou stipulated.Chairman of the committee and Disy MP Georgios Georgiou said the existing law violated the protection of fundamental human rights. This is because someone sentenced over certain crimes is forever forbidden the right to obtain this licence.The point, he specified, is that people who have been rehabilitated have no second chance at life as the criminal record provided by police outlines all of their previous history.Responding to the concerns brought up during the session, Georgiou outlined the matter would be discussed anew on July 3 but that lawmakers should be concerned with the fact that the current legislation may be sentencing someone for life by barring them from the right to work.From a legal standpoint, he said, the proposal is a matter of applying the provisions of the constitution. Although the subject of sexual related offences must be looked into, it should not be placed in the same boat as the rest of the offences. You May LikeZoLearn10 Pictures That Prove Humanity Still Exists!ZoLearnUndoRelocation Target7 New Cars You Could Buy Cheap in United StatesRelocation TargetUndoAdviceHer6 Signs the Man You Are Dating Is PerfectAdviceHerUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The school of medicine at the University of Cyprus will start the next academic year with five new academic staff members and will move to a newly equipped building, it was announced on Wednesday.The medical school will now be housed in the newly renovated and fully equipped Shacolas school of medicine and health sciences, said the university. The building contains the clinical and anatomy laboratories of the medical school and the research centre for molecular medicine and an auditorium with 350 seats.“A new era in the medical school of the University of Cyprus is starting with highly trained academic staff, new teaching premises while ensuring the clinical practice of our students in public hospitals,” Rector Constantinos Christofides said. “The University of Cyprus is developing dynamically, offering a high level of education, an individualised approach to guidance and support for our students and is raising increasingly high standards of excellence.”He added that the medical school was already attracting excellent prospective students from Cyprus and Greece and that during the first three years of its operation the school has trained 84 students, 28 of whom are about to begin the most important part of their studies, the third year of clinical education. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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