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“We were there to keep the peace. We’ve kept it. So we want the peace-builders to come now and work with the people” on such challenges as 70 per cent of the 5 million population living on less than $1 a day and 70 per cent illiteracy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Daudi Mwakawago, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.In the development phase, helped by the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the country will need $1.7 billion to kick-start its economy in line with its national poverty reduction strategy. A pledging conference, also called a Consultative Group Meeting, would take place in November in London, he said.Reviewing the benchmarks for success that the Security Council had given UNAMSIL, he said over the course of its six years of operations, the mission had helped the Government expand its reach throughout the country, as well as demobilize and reintegrate more than 70,000 ex-combatants.It had assisted with recruiting and training 9,300 out of the 9,500 police officers expected to be deployed by the end of the year, while the Government had found no need to ask for help since taking over responsibility for security from UNAMSIL in September of last year.UNAMSIL had helped raise the earnings from diamond exports to $130 million last year from $10 million in 2000 by reducing smuggling, although 50 per cent of the industry was yet to be brought under Government control, Mr. Mwakawago said. He noted that in addition to its gold and diamonds, the pre-war country used to export bauxite, iron ore, rutile, timber, coffee, cocoa and rice.The mission had scored a number of successes in improving governance, he said, noting that the United Kingdom was poised to start its $37 million programme to improve the country’s judicial, corrections and immigration capabilities. At the same time, he warned that reducing corruption would take many more years.Through the efforts of the UN-affiliated Special Court for Sierra Leone, impunity for those who had committed serious crimes had been challenged and the standard of adjudication raised, he said.But he cautioned that while that Court was well-resourced and its staff well-paid, the local courts slated to take over adjudication in the coming years were very poor.Asked whether Sierra Leone could slide back into conflict, he said the people were tired of war. In addition to the many lives lost, the numerous amputees and war-wounded in the population provided a constant reminder of the devastation wrought by fighting.The presence of UN peacekeepers in neighbouring Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire added an extra element of stability by checking the free cross-border flow of bad elements in the area, he said. With those missions already in the region, it would not take long to mobilize a force if a new conflict arose in Sierra Leone.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) rushes for a touchdown during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe road ahead is the only one on Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s mind these days.Meyer and the Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) are scheduled to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday to take on Purdue (1-6, 0-3). But even though the Boilermakers have defeated OSU in three out of its last four trips to Ross-Ade Stadium, Meyer said that’s not something he’s thinking about.“We’re just trying to get the win on the road at Purdue,” Meyer said Monday during a press conference.Purdue, who is led by a former Buckeye assistant, has not played since losing on the road to Michigan State Oct. 19, 14-0, and currently sits at the bottom of the Big Ten Leaders Division.The Boilermakers’ early struggles pushed the coaching staff to make major changes schematically on defense, Meyer said.“They changed — they were all 4-3 defense about three weeks ago before the Nebraska game, (and they) changed completely” Meyer said. “They’re now (a 3-4 defense). So that means they’re just going through some personnel issues and some scheme issues … We’re just trying to figure out what we’re going to see Saturday because it’s completely different from the first half of the season.”Although Purdue is currently on a five-game losing streak, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said OSU shouldn’t struggle with finding the motivation to take on the Boilermakers.“Our coaching staff does a great job (motivating) regardless of who we’re playing,” Heuerman said. “Going into Purdue, I was there my freshman year and it didn’t turn out the way that we wanted it. I think there’s a lot of guys on the team that remember that, my class and stuff. This week is a big week for us, and we got something to prove going back to Purdue.”The game Heuerman referred to was a 26-23 overtime Purdue victory in 2011, when OSU tied the game with 55 seconds left in regulation after then-junior running back Jordan Hall made a touchdown reception, but the go-ahead extra point was blocked, sending the game into overtime.OSU kicked a field goal on its opening possession but couldn’t stop Purdue from securing the victory with a one-yard touchdown run from then-junior quarterback Robert Marve.Senior kicker Drew Basil, who attempted the extra point against the Boilermakers, said Monday he remembers the play very well.“Being on a grass field, there was a bare spot where the extra point was so I moved the ball over to the right, maybe six inches, just so I could get a good spot for the hold,” Basil said. “And they blocked it from that right side. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have moved the ball over six inches.”Basil said the loss was tough, but that it’s important for the team to focus on beating Purdue this week.Junior linebacker Curtis Grant was also on the team that day in West Lafayette, and said no matter the records, Purdue always plays well against OSU.“It’s always that one team that’s always out to just get you,” Grant said Monday. “Purdue seems like that, since the last two years that I’ve been here, they’re always out to get us. I’m not expecting anything less.”Grant gave credit to the OSU coaching staff, particularly Meyer, for preventing the team from losing focus during their 20-game winning streak.“Each and every week (the coaches) don’t let us get complacent,” Grant said. “They come out each and every week with a new task, a new challenge for us to complete.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who has rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns since Big Ten play started, said “it’s not difficult at all” to find motivation to play a team with a losing record.“This is a one-game season,” Hyde said Monday. “We can’t take any opponent lightly because we’re Ohio State, so people are going to give us their best shot.”The man leading Purdue this season is Darrell Hazell, who was promoted to assistant head coach at OSU under Jim Tressel in 2005 after being wide receivers and kick returns coach with the Buckeyes for a season. Hazell was named the Boilermakers coach at the end of last season after spending two years as the coach of the Kent State squad.Current OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell coached alongside Hazell under Tressel. He said although Purdue has only won one game so far in 2013, Hazell’s consistency as a coach will allow him to lead the Boilermakers in the right direction.“You don’t change who you are, and that’s what I know about him,” Fickell said Monday. “It’s not like he’s going to be down or he’s going to do something crazy or something different because they’re in the situation that they are. You gotta battle through tough times and when you’re consistent, your young men learn and they learn that from you.”Purdue might be struggling this season, but Hyde said he knows it is going to give OSU its best, just like any team the Buckeyes face.“We’re Ohio State. So people are going to play us their best,” Hyde said. “That’s what I expect. I don’t expect teams to come out and just lay down. I feel like they’re going to come out and give us their best shot. And that’s what I want. I want teams to come out and give us their best shot. So when we win, we say we beat them with their best shot.”Kickoff is slated for noon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
It is believed that Oxford Street and military bases were among the targets the defendant had allegedly considered as a location for the attack. Buckingham Palace was another possible target. An internet search for “most crowded place in London” had produced the result Buckingham Palace.Ali-Syed was charged under the 2006 Terrorism Act with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention between 12 April and 9 September this year.During an 11-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon, Ali-Syed, dressed in a grey long-sleeved sweat shirt and grey tracksuit trousers, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe told the defendant he was to be remanded in custody until a hearing on September 19 at the Old Bailey.Judge Roscoe said: “I am sending this case to be dealt with at the Central Criminal Court, which is the Old Bailey. All future hearings will be at that court.” Two other men arrested at the same time have been released on police bail pending further investigation.Prosecutor Thomas Halpin told the court: “The allegation is that he was planning a terrorist attack in the UK.”In an unrelated case, it emerged a 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence west London.Scotland Yard said the suspect was arrested by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in west London on Monday afternoon.The man was arrested at around 4.10pm on suspicion of “possessing an article for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.The man remains in custody, arrested under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, and a search is under way at an address in Kensington. Shoppers on Oxford StreetCredit:Oli Scarff/ Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A teenager appeared in court on Tuesday accused of planning to carry out a mass-casualty terror attack on London landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street.Haroon Ali-Syed, 19, from Hounslow in west London, attempted to buy a bomb over the internet as well as guns, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.He had attempted to obtain bank loans to pay for the weaponry and tried to contact a bombmaker to build a nail bomb. The court heard Ali-Syed was “trying to carry out a terrorist attack on the scale of 7/7”.Ali-Syed was arrested on September 8 on suspicion of a terror offence after a five-month police operation.It is alleged that between April 2016 and September 2016, Ali-Syed attempted to obtain weapons online, including an explosive device, with a view to launching an assault on a busy area of the capital.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley buried their victims on Saddleworth Moor, near Manchester Credit: IAN HODGSON/Reuters Mr Makin is currently barred from acting as Brady’s publicly funded legal representative because his solicitors’ firm, E Rex Makin & Co, is not a member of the Law Society’s mental health panel. He said: “There is going to be a full-day tribunal hearing towards the end of March in which, although the tribunal said it was a totally unique situation and it would be in the interests of justice for him be represented by me as lawyer of choice, this is not going to be possible.”The system we have now does not deliver that result. It is an unedifying situation.”Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s. Four of the victims were buried on Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines.Brady was jailed for three murders in 1966 and has been at Ashworth since 1985. He and Hindley later confessed to another two murders. The court heard Brady has been bedridden for the last couple of years or so, admitting it is “probably fair to say” that he is terminally ill.”He is in very poor physical health,” his legal team said. “He suffers from emphysema and has constant oxygen and a nebuliser four times a day.”He last went before the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) in 2013 and asked for a move to a Scottish prison so he cannot be force-fed – as he can in hospital – and where he could be allowed to die if he wishes.His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.A further review was due in September last year, but Brady refused to take part without Mr Makin, who has represented him for 25 years. Moors Murderer Ian Brady has not left bed for around two years, a court heard as a judge refused his “totally unique” bid for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal.The serial killer, 79, launched the High Court bid to challenge a bar on solicitor-advocate Robin Makin, which prevents him from receiving a publicly funded contract to put Brady’s latest case before the Mental Health Review Tribunal.Mr Justice Morris, sitting in London, dismissed the application as “unarguable” and ruled that it had “no realistic prospect of success”. The judge said nothing in the European Convention on Human Rights or in case law “supports the proposition that in civil proceedings, in particular proceedings related to detention on the grounds of mental health, there is a right to publicly funded representation for a lawyer of choice.”The judge agreed with lawyers for the Lord Chancellor who had argued it would not be a “lawful and proper use of her power” for her to intervene.The court has heard that Brady was reluctant to engage with the latest review, believing it was biased against him.But he was persuaded to take part by Mr Makin after “making it clear that the only legal representative he would have was Robin Makin”. The judge refused Brady permission to appeal, but he still has the right to ask the Court of Appeal itself to consider his case.Mr Makin said the appeal court would be asked to intervene, but if the High Court ruling stood Brady would have no effective representation before the tribunal. Under legal aid rules, only members are entitled to a publicly-funded contract in the mental health law category.Brady’s legal team argued before Mr Justice Morris that the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, has power to intervene and protect his human rights and ensure he is represented by the lawyer of his choice.His barrister Philip Engelman argued Ms Truss had unlawfully fettered her discretion by failing to act in what the tribunal itself had described as a “totally unique” case. But on Monday Mr Justice Morris ruled all grounds of challenge “unfounded and unarguable”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady on the moors where they buried their child victims
← Previous Story Mladen Bojinovic leaves Montpellier after 10 years! Next Story → THW Kiel wins German Derby – Bundesliga already finished? BM Atletico MadridTalant Dujshebaev BM Atletico Madrid coach, Talant Dujshebaev after his team lost in the big Spanish Derby against F.C Barcelona 23:25, wanted to thank to all the fans, which support received his team in Vistalegre hall (12743 spectators, a new Record of ASOBAL):– I want to thank to everyone. Fans were awesome. My team left the skin on the floor. We have lost first game, but there are many ahead. We are in Week 13 and we will fight until the last match.
Stay on target Last month I got the chance to go hands-on with Tokyo RPG Factory’s Oninaki. At the time, I found the game’s mechanics and premise intriguing. While the final product contains the same elements that drew me to the demo, it isn’t everything it could have been. That isn’t to say Oninaki is a bad game or a waste of anyone’s time. It can be quite enjoyable. But it’s best to temper one’s expectations before diving in. There’s a lot to like in Oninaki if you’re willing to overlook some of its shortcomings.Oninaki presents a world obsessed with life and death. There is the world of the living and the world of the dead. Those who die can reincarnate but only if the living do not grieve for them. If those left behind cannot get past their grief, the spirits of the dead become monsters called the Fallen. An organization called The Watchers exists to help families overcome their grief. They’re also tasked with eliminating the Fallen.For the first few hours, the premise works great and helps suck you into the world. You learn about the Watchers, discover a death-worshipping cult, and begin to unravel a mystery surrounding a serial killer. As the game progresses, excessive dialogue boxes and a myriad of filler-quests bog down the main story. The fact the protagonist, Kadachi, is borderline unlikeable doesn’t help matters. It’s frustrating how convoluted the narrative becomes since the underlying premise is so intriguing.You’re free to explore the living world and the Veil. The Veil is the living world with a darker color palette and different enemy types. At first, going back between the two worlds is interesting. The novelty soon wears off when you realize there are no major differences between the worlds. Sure, you’ll need to solve puzzles in one realm to open up paths in the other. But besides that, it’s the same maps.A good chunk of Oninaki involves hacking and slashing your way through hordes of foes. You battle the Fallen with the aid of beings called Daemons. Each Daemon gives Kadachi access to different weapons, evasive maneuvers, and special attacks. Weapons consist of long swords, spears, clubs, and scythes. No two weapons handle the same. Long swords strike fast and deal medium damage while clubs strike slow but hit hard. As you level up each Daemon, you’ll gain access to different attacks. You can have up to four Daemons at a time, each with four special attacks.The ability to wail on foes with a barrage of back-to-back Daemon attacks is pretty fun. Every special attack needs time to recharge. You can use all of a Daemon’s attacks and continue down the line until you return to the first Daemon and repeat the process. Once you find a roster of Daemons you like to use, you’ll become a one-man wrecking crew. Combat can get repetitive given the number of foes the game loves to throw at you. Daemons and their abilities prevent things from becoming monotonous.The main drawback of Daemons comes when you find a new one. I know that sounds weird. Receiving a new Daemon should be exciting. Unfortunately, the fact that you need to level up new Daemons from scratch tampers the excitement. There’s nothing worse than getting a cool new Daemon only to find it is effectively useless in combat because it’s so weak. It would have made more sense if new Daemons were at least the same level as the ones in your current roster. This might be a personal complaint though. Some players specifically play RPGs because they love to level grind. If you’re of that persuasion, then you won’t mind having to beef up weak Daemons.As battles progress, Kadachi builds Affinity with Daemons, which increases his attacking power. It’s possible to build Affinity up to 200%. The catch is Kadachi becomes physically weaker as his Affinity rises. This creates a sort of mini-game of risk vs reward. Though you can deal insane damage to foes when you’re at 200% Affinity, they can kill you very quickly. I’m thankful for the inclusion of Affinity since it, like Daemons, prevents combat from getting tiresome. Couple in the fact Affinity works slightly different with each Daemon and you have some room to experiment.My favorite part of Oninaki is the presentation. The dark and melancholic world comes to life through a muted, almost washed-out color palette. The stylized character designs also help enhance the game’s somber atmosphere. Though the art style is anime-inspired, it doesn’t have the usual cheerful look you’d see in similar JRPGs. I suppose what I like best about the graphics is the fact they’re so understated. Nothing is hyper-realistic or overly colorful. Things don’t “pop” out of the screen and there isn’t anything that will catch your eye in the traditional sense. It’s really more about the feelings the art style instills in players rather than its graphical prowess.I walk away from Oninaki with mixed feelings. The game presents an interesting world with a lot of story potential. The muted graphics draw you in and fighting alongside Daemons is genuinely fun. Unfortunately, the game never fully explores its themes of death, grief, and cult-like religions. The bland level designs and the need to level up new Daemons doesn’t help matters either. If you’re an RPG fan I’d still recommend Oninaki. 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Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has defended some of his player’s actions so far this season so far.The Gers have picked more than three red cards in the current campaign with striker Alfredo Morelos picking up two of them.The former Liverpool captain has now come to the defence of the Colombia international as well as defender Jon Flanagan after the pair were sent off during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie against FC Ufa in Russia.Gerrard who picked up eight red cards during his play game career with both England and Liverpool with four of those coming against rivals Everton and Manchester United, admits he became more hyped up as rivalry games neared and that on not all occasions was that channelled appropriately.“The Man United one is unexplainable. I was only on for about 43 seconds. But I think that sending off had been coming since the Thursday, to be honest! Ever since I found out I wasn’t going to start.” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I was a player who played on emotion and that’s where I felt my best performances – all the performances people speak about – came from. But sometimes I got the balance wrong.”“I’m human, my players are human and they’ll get it wrong sometimes. I can accept that. What we can’t accept is it happening a lot. Because then the players in the dressing room think we can have this all the time.”“The job is difficult enough and they start getting frustrated as well as the manager, After an exhausting nine-man effort for nearly half an hour in between 2,500 mile treks to and from Bashkortostan, Rangers can ill afford to be at a personnel disadvantage at Celtic today.”Gerrard added: “It is difficult but the players have to be responsible for judging it. We want them to be tough and to go into challenges but we hope they get the balance right.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 22, 2018 – Nassau – The Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative has completed its bulk-waste removal and clean-up campaign in Bain & Grant’s Town and Centreville. The initiative is now in the process of placing signage on several of the vacant lots that were cleared as part of project.Signs like the one pictured were placed at Fritz Lane, Thompson Lane, and Strachan Corner on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The House and Senate have passed H.R. 3819 to provide a three-week extension—through Nov. 20—of the Highway Trust Fund and the measure also includes a three-year extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline. The PTC implementation deadline can also be extended an additional two years beyond 2018 if certain benchmarks are met by the railroad companies. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law this week.The American Soybean Association (ASA) joined with agricultural industry partners and many other stakeholders in urging Congress to extend the PTC deadline to avoid any disruption in rail service.Railroad companies have warned of potential service disruptions if the Dec. 31, 2015 statutory deadline for implementing PTC was not extended by Congress.PTC is a GPS-based train electronic system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandated that railroads implement PTC systems by Jan. 1, 2016 on lines that carry “toxic by inhalation” (TIH) materials, including anhydrous ammonia and chlorine, lines carrying 5 million or more gross tons every year, or any lines with “regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services.”None of the railroads were going to meet the Dec. 31 deadline and they made statements that absent an extension of the PTC deadline, they would not transport TIH materials after Dec. 31. Some of their statements have suggested they would also cease any grain shipments and possibly all train movements.
The Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a Vancouver man isn’t guilty of kidnapping a boy he met on an adult phone chat line because the child consented to being driven to the man’s home.The appellate court threw out Steven M. Dillon’s 2009 kidnapping conviction on those grounds.While Dillon, 59, is serving a 25-year prison sentence on a child rape conviction in connection to the case, prosecutors worry the appellate court’s decision on the kidnapping charge will lead to a dangerous precedent.“We feel this decision brings public safety concerns,” Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey said upon hearing the ruling.Harvey said there’s a strong chance prosecutors will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.In a 3-0 decision, the higher court said that while the boy was underage and, therefore, not old enough to consent to being taken by Dillon, there was no evidence he was “restrained,” one of the rules of a kidnapping charge.“It is undisputed that the state proved the ‘without consent’ element of the restraint by virtue of (the boy’s) age,” the ruling said. “The issue is whether the evidence is sufficient to show that Dillon intentionally and substantially interfered with (the boy’s) liberty.”Dillon met the boy — who presented himself as an 18-year-old woman — in August 2008 on an adult singles chat line. After arranging to pick him up at his Portland home, Dillon met him and realized he was an underage boy but decided to go forward with the sex act, according to court documents.
NTVB Media, publisher of TV Weekly, announced it has struck a deal with OpenGate Capital to acquire TV Guide Magazine and TVInsider.com. Neither company has disclosed terms of the deal. However, NTVB Media CEO, Andy DeAngelis, states in a release that the deal enables the company to “offer advertisers a highly effective way to reach all segments of the TV viewing audience. Together, the properties will be extremely effective in helping programmers gain audience.” TV Guide’s CEO and CFO, David Fishman and Joe Clemente, will remain with the company. “We are thrilled to join the NTVB family,” Fishman says in a release. “We think about the market the same way and share the same DNA.” [This story originally appeared on Folio: sister site minonline.] With this acquisition, NTVB has nearly tripled its audience. The magazines will now have a combined circulation of 2.8 million (TV Guide 1.8 million, TV Weekly 1 million), and rolled up with websites, the company says it will reach 20 million readers. The company also says that ad sales have stabilized and increased year-over-year. This year’s “Fall Preview” issue sold 67 percent more ad pages versus 2014. But to put things into context, that’s 78 percent fewer ad pages than it ran in the 1990 “Fall Preview.” TV Guide was once a staple in many American homes, with a circulation that topped out around 20 million in the 1970s. Its success and influence led to a record-breaking sale in 1988 for $3 billion to News Corp. But times changed soon after and digital television—among other things like the Internet—proved to be major disruptions to the brand and its business model. It was sold again in 1998 to Gemstar and the magazine shifted away from TV listings to include more TV-centric feature content. Over the next ten years TV Guide’s audience continued to erode and the brand piled on debt until it was sold to OpenGate for $1 in 2008. OpenGate purports that the brand has been profitable since 2009.
Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road days after the August 2014 dam breach. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Center photo)Three engineers who worked on the troubled Mount Polley Mine face formal allegations of negligence and unprofessional conduct. The trio face disciplinary hearings by their professional peers over their work leading up to the 2014 dam breach.Listen nowAbout four years ago, a tailings dam failed late one summer night. It sent millions of gallons of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed that supports commercial salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska.Three engineers responsible for the dam’s design and operations leading up to the spill now face disciplinary hearings next year by the professional group that licenses engineers in B.C.If found guilty, they could have their licenses suspended and/or be fined thousands of dollars. The engineers were named in filings as Stephen Rice, Laura Fidel and Todd Martin. An attorney for one of the three engineers declined comment.Critics of the open pit copper-gold mine note it’s the first time anyone is being held responsible for the pollution.The provincial government declined to sanction the mining company over the spill.“I don’t think it’s right that they’re going to throw three people under the bus and continue to proceed with their mining project,” said Loretta Williams, who chairs First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining.The group released a report warning that without proper oversight, future mining spills are likely.“Government needs to really step up to the plate and really hold these companies accountable so that nothing like this happens again in the future,” Williams said.The Mount Polley Mine resumed operating in 2016.B.C.’s environment ministry released a statement Wednesday calling the allegations against the engineers “unproven” but noted there’s an ongoing joint investigation by provincial and federal authorities.“All of the information gathered during the course of this investigation will be considered by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for consideration of charges under the federal Fisheries Act which carries higher penalties than provincial legislation,” the statement said.The Mount Polley Mine’s owner has also been plagued by financial troubles. It recently had a key loan repayment deadline extended from October 1 until February 15, 2019 to keep the Vancouver, B.C.-based company solvent.
Share Cooper Neill for The Texas TribuneMary Garcia at her home in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2016.ARLINGTON — North Texas was freezing during a three-day stretch last month, but Mary Garcia refused to turn on the heat in her cramped apartment. She feared that doing so would too quickly drain her pay-as-you-go account with Penstar Power, a Dallas-based electricity provider.On Dec. 19, with just $15.31 in her account and the outside thermometer showing 27 degrees, Garcia composed a plea to Lite-Up Texas, a state program that had long helped low-income folks pay their electricity bills.“Please I beg you to bring back this assistance with electricity,” she wrote in an email that she inadvertently sent to The Texas Tribune. “I am going to freeze during this cold season.”Garcia is among many poor Texans coming to grips with the loss of support from Lite-Up Texas, which stopped offering its discounts on Aug. 31 because it ran out of money.About 700,000 households relied on the program in 2015 to cover 25 to 31 percent of their electricity bills, according to the Public Utility Commission. (For some years, Lite-Up Texas only offered subsidies during summer months, but in its earliest years and last year, the help was year-round.)Lawmakers created the program, funded by electric ratepayers across Texas, in 1999 to help low income folks on the state’s newly deregulated electricity market. Texans eligible for food stamps or Medicaid qualified for the discounts.“Please I beg you to bring back this assistance with electricity. I am going to freeze during this cold season.”— Mary Garcia, Arlington resident and former Lite-Up Texas beneficiaryLite-Up Texas doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance, even as lawmakers occasionally tapped its funding source — called the System Benefit Fund — to prop up the state’s budget.But in 2013, the Legislature ended the 65-cents-per-megawatt-hour surcharge that fueled the program.Every dollar counts for Garcia, 59, a former hospital cleaning woman and housekeeper. She depends largely on federal disability payments, which she started receiving after suffering crippling headaches that built up to a brain aneurysm in October 2015.Sitting in a living room illuminated only by lights strung on a small Christmas tree, she recalled learning that a program she had used for years was over. “I thought to myself, ‘How could they do that?’” she said. “This really upset me. It’s terrible to say, but I really depended on it.”Garcia wasn’t the only one who relied on the program. Ofelia Zapata, of Austin Interfaith and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which each serve low-income Texans, said she’s been flooded with calls since September from clients who are worried about losing such help.That includes Frances Medrano, who lives alone in Weslaco, about 15 miles east of McAllen.“Those few dollars, whether it be $20, $30, $40, were a big, big help for myself,” Medrano said. “I really didn’t think the funds were going to run out.”Like Garcia, Medrano, 55, struggles to work and depends on federal disability payments. She has spent years on dialysis and recently had a kidney transplant, she said. Now, she’s doing everything she can to limit her Verde Energy bill: keeping the lights off and going without heat on occasional chilly days. When summer hits, she plans to put a box fan in the window.She has contemplated asking family members for help, but that “would be a last resort,” she said. “Your pride gets in there.”Courtney Smith, who directs an elder support program for Senior Source, said her Dallas-based nonprofit answers many calls about utility bill worries, though few are specific to the state program’s end. “But if we have a really hot summer or cold winter, it will become an issue,” she said.Some counties and larger competitive utilities offer their own assistance, Smith said, but those resources are limited and sometimes harder for folks to immediately find.TXU Energy chips in aid that Senior Source helps distribute, Smith added, but the nonprofit is now going through the money more quickly since Lite-Up Texas ended.Sharon Litke, vice president for operations at Penstar Power, said her company does not provide its own assistance but tries to match customers with area groups that do.“Certainly, Lite-Up has hit our clients hard, and a lot of our clients have just fallen on bad times,” she said, adding that she was worried about this week’s cold snap. “Our heart just goes out to them, honestly.”Litke told the Tribune that someone at Penstar would try to connect Garcia with groups that provide utility assistance in Arlington.Texas Legal Services Center has crafted a bill to restore the state program, and it is looking for a lawmaker to carry it in the coming legislative session, Zapata said. But at a time of stalled revenues and crunched budgets, reigniting Lite-Up Texas looks unlikely.“This new political landscape — it’s going to be cutting everything,” Zapata said. “These are basic needs. We’re not asking for out-of-the sky stuff.”Read more about electricity costs in TexasDonna Nelson, who chairs the Texas Public Utility Commission, says she’s trying to crack down on deceptive electricity providers and make it easier for Texans to shop for electricity.Consumer advocates fear prepaid electricity plans could leave low-income Texans vulnerable to hidden fees and sudden electricity shutoffs. But companies that offer the plans say there is great consumer demand for them.“Politicians shouldn’t mess with churches or farmers, and this is a church full of farmers,” says Janey Burke of Roscoe’s Champion Baptist Church, whose congregation can be counted among those outraged by Sharyland Utilities’ bills.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/05/poor-texans-left-dark-state-electricity-aid-progra/.
Women’s 200m1. Brooke Raglin – 24.722. Sharnae Alston – 25.085. Jo Bond – 25.559. Kelsey Heyward – 25.7815. Sydney Hill – 26.7618. Kayla Alexander – 27.25 Women’s 60m Hurdles 4. Kayla Alexander – 8.715. Sydney Hill – 8.76 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Louisville men’s and women’s track and field teams won the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal women won with 145.5 points while the men finished tied with Notre Dame with 126 points each. Eleven Cardinals earned wins in individual events while Gabriela Leon set a new school record in the pole vault. The Cardinals picked up three additional wins in field events for a total of five wins. Leon set a new school record in the pole vault, breaking Chanel Krause’s record of 4.30m/14-1.25 set at the Samford Invitational during the 2016 indoor season. Leon won the event with a vault of 4.31m/14-1.75. Men’s 400m8. Martice Moore – 49.3110. Anthony Crandon – 49.93 Men’s Triple Jump1. Anthony McRoberts – 15.18m/49-9.75 Women’s 800m5. Lindsey Fanz – 2:19.77 Men’s 60m Hurdles 1. Aaron Johnson – 8.253. Kameron Jones – 8.34 Renate van Tonder collected her second win of the season and her first of the season in the triple jump. She finished with personal best jump of 12.46m/40-10.50. Makenli Forrest recorded her second consecutive win in the weight throw. She threw a personal best of 21.72m/71-3.25 for the win. Women’s Triple Jump1. Renate van Tonder – 12.46m/40-10.502. Veronika Karpenko – 12.19m/40-0 Men’s 60m 1. Sterling Warner – 6.834. Donald McClinton, Jr. – 6.956. Dominic McClinton – 7.09 Women’s Long Jump3. Alexis Gibbons – 6.08m/19-11.504. Gabriela Leon – 6.00m/19-8.255. Renate van Tonder – 5.95m/19-6.2510. Veronika Karpenko – 5.45m/17-10.7511. Maranda Mills – 5.22m/17-1.50 Women’s High Jump2. Alivia Ash – 1.73m/5-84. Addie Wanner – 1.65m/5-513. Gabby Pinnow – 1.55m/5-1 Men’s 800m4. Alex Lynch – 1:56.82 Men’s Shot Put3. Christian Buckley – 17.14m/56-34. Cade Richeson – 16.35m/53-7.75 Women’s Weight Throw1. Makenli Forrest – 21.72m/71-3.255. Halee Hudson – 18.62m/61-1.25 Story Links Women’s Shot Put3. Rashida Harris – 15.29m/50-28. Victoria Farley – 13.71m/44-11.7510. Makenli Forrest – 12.90m/42-4 Men’s Pole Vault6. Lucas Weaver – 4.60m/15-1 Men’s Mile6. Ryan Johnston – 4:19.22 Men’s Weight Throw3. Spencer Harris – 18.03m/59-24. Mitchell Kessler – 17.22m/56-6 Women’s 3000m9. Ivine Chemutai – 9:55.1212. Caroline Gosser – 10:01.0125. Lauren Radenhausen – 10:35.6726. Abigail Wright – 10:38.58Men’s 4x400m 4. Louisville – 3:17.70(Moore, Jones, Crandon, Frank)Team ScoresMent-1. Louisville – 126 pointst-1. Notre Dame – 126 points3. Illinois State – 1144. Central Michigan – 645. Loyola (Ill.) – 27 Women’s Mile1. Dorcas Wasike – 4:48.634. Aurilla Wilson – 4:54.09 Men’s 3000m5. Chandler Austin – 8:18.538. Albert Kosgei – 8:22.7012. Cameron Stephens – 8:27.3721. Daniel Fleace – 8:42.37 Men’s Long Jump2. Marcus Jegede – 7.20m/23-7.504. Donald McClinton, Jr. – 7.00m/22-11.756. Dominic McClinton – 6.81m/22-4.258. Aaron Johnson – 6.56m/21-6.2511. Clay Moss – 6.35m/20-1012. Philip Frank – 6.31m/20-8.50 Men’s 1000m7. Philip Frank – 2:43.01 Louisville will be back in action next Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Illini Classic. Men’s High Jump1. Anthony McRoberts – 2.11m/6-113. Luke Nichols – 2.05m/6-8.754. Skyler VanMeter – 1.95m/6-4.75 Women1.Louisville – 145.5 points2. Notre Dame – 1213. Illinois State – 94.54. Central Michigan – 79.55. Loyola (Ill.) – 19.5 Print Friendly Version Dorcas Wasike won the women’s mile with a personal best time of 4:48.63. The win was her first of the indoor season. Donald McClinton won the 200 meters with a time of 21.82. Women’s 60m 1. Brooke Raglin – 7.462. Angel Amadi – 7.583. Sharnae Alston – 7.59 Newcomer Anthony McRoberts and sophomore Brooke Raglin led the Cardinals with two wins on the day. McRoberts won the triple jump with a mark of 15.18m/49-9.75. He then won the high jump for the second straight week, jumping 2.11m/6-11. Raglin won the 200 meters with a time of 24.72. She also won the 60 meter dash with a collegiate best time of 7.46. Louisville picked up four more wins on the track for a total of six wins. Freshman Aaron Johnson won his first event of the season in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.25. Freshman Sterling Warner also picked up his first collegiate win in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.83. Final Results Men’s 200m1. Donald McClinton, Jr. – 21.822. Noah McBride – 22.095. Sterling Warner – 22.2012. Clay Moss – 23.43 Notre Dame InvitationalJan. 19, 2019Loftus Fieldhouse | South Bend, Ind. Women’s Pole Vault1. Gabriela Leon – 4.31m/14-1.752. Morgan Zacharias – 4.13m/13-6.505. Aliyah Welter – 3.83m/12-6.75
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News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more References:Pradubpongsa P, Dhana N, Jongjarearnprasert K, et al. Adverse reactions to iodinated contrast media: prevalence, risk factors and outcome-the results of a 3-year period. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2013;31(4):299-306. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24383973McClennan BL. Ionic and nonionic iodinated contrast media: Evolution and strategies for use. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1990;155(2):225-233.Hunt CH, Hartman RP, Hesley GK. Frequency and severity of adverse effects of iodinated and gadolinium contrast materials: Retrospective review of 456,930 doses. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009;193:1124-1127. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19770337Ignee A, Atkinson, NSS, et.al. Ultrasound contrast agents. Endosc Ultrasound. 2016 Nov-Dec; 5(6): 355–362. http://www.eusjournal.com/article.asp?issn=2303-9027;year=2016;volume=5;issue=6;spage=355;epage=362;aulast=IgneeUltrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents https://www.itnonline.com/content/ultrasound-societies-urge-fda-remove-black-box-warning-contrast-agents Power injectors can improve efficiency and patient safety, for example, ensuring that contrast agent is not wasted due to the lack of a saline bolus. Image courtesy of Lior Molvin The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to ITN. Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Contrast Media| July 31, 2019 BLOG: How Advances in Technology Help Patients and Providers Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Patient safety and operational efficiency are behind the development of modern contrast media, selection and utilization strategies — as well as refinements in the injector technologies for these media. Much remains to be done.New agents for MRI and diagnostic sonography were created to get the most from these imaging modalities, which do not rely on ionizing radiation — gadolinium-based agents for MRI; bubble agents for diagnostic ultrasound. The development some three decades ago of nonionic iodinated contrast agents exemplifies the importance of patient safety as a force underlying the development of modern contrast agents.1, 2Similarly, low-osmolar nonionic contrast agents for CT may have fewer side effects and less nephrotoxicity than traditional ionic, high-osmolar agents. Intravenous MRI contrast agents are not toxic to the kidney, but the development of NSF (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis) is a continuing concern, say opinion leaders. The clinical significance and reason for gadolinium accumulation in tissue among patients without renal impairment, they say, is not known.It is known, however, that the nonionic molecules of gadolinium chelates have lower osmolality and viscosity, which makes them more digestible at higher concentrations and allows faster bolus injections.3Sonographic agents use microbubbles to improve the diagnostic yield,4 while maintaining safety.5 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Technological Evolution Picking UpFrom now on, however, much of the innovation involving contrast-enhanced studies will likely involve the power injector. And its evolution could be dramatic.Just as the cell phone has become much more than a phone, contrast injectors are evolving into new — and different —- roles. Injector-oriented technologies, for example, are already available in the management of protocols and the supply chain. These tools could help assess waste, the number of extravasations, technologist performance, site and shift performance, even department budgets.“Beyond the obvious ability to standardize injections (to achieve) image consistency, there are so many opportunities for injectors to become clinical devices that cannot be lived without,” said Lior Molvin, a CT technologist and protocol manager for the diagnostic CT group at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif.Simple algebraic tools might be built into injectors, Molvin said. Power injectors could help departments with “just-in-time” supply, for example. This would improve efficiency by reducing the need to over stock contrast agents. “The injector would know exactly how much contrast it has injected, so we would know how much we need to order in order to maintain operational efficiency,” he said. The injector might even link to a data base associated with the ordering cycle.Injectors could also automatically consider the size of the patient — tall or short; skinny, average or obese — saving time that technologists otherwise may spend factoring body habitus into injection strategies and protecting patients from over- and under-dosing. Even more might be accomplished with the integration of smart algorithms that check the circumstances surrounding extravasations, especially as they pertain to CT and MRI. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Editor’s Note: This is the second blog in a series titled Using Contrast Media. The first blog, Why Power Injectors Are Needed for High-quality Imaging, can be found here. How customer needs factor into product innovation will be the focus of the next blog in this series. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more
Yesterday, Google announced that they will be retiring Inbox early next year invoking deep emotions ranging from gratefulness to anger and disappointment among existing users of the app. Inbox by Gmail is an email service which was developed by the Google team, first purely on the basis of limited invitation-only on October 2014. However, the general availability to the public was made in May 2015. Interestingly the same group of people who developed Gmail built Inbox–which served as a completely different type of inbox offering a more personalized email app designed to focus on what really matters. The platform is available on all major internet media such as Web, and mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS. It provides improved email productivity through several key features. However, lately, new approaches added to the Inbox haven’t been quite novel when compared to stellar Gmail upgrades, including the big redesign feature in April 2018. Why is Google sunsetting Inbox? Inbox has always been Google’s most bold and exciting email application. If we look at the evolution of Gmail and Inbox, Gmail has stayed the same over the years while Inbox was always full of exciting unique features. Inbox worked as a sort of incubator for trying out new approaches to email service. But recently, Gmail has been getting all the attention in terms of redesigning and the feature support on Android such as customizing swipes to mark as read, delete, snooze, and more. This has made many suspect the eminent demise of Inbox. Google, now officially announced that they will be discontinuing the Inbox by the end of March 2019. According to the product manager Matthew Izatt, the company wants a more focused approach to email, leaving Gmail as the lone survivor. This is a surprising move by the Google, especially after the announcement which was made after the big Gmail redesign. They said with respect to the upcoming new features in Gmail, there are no changes to Inbox by Gmail. It is a great product for users with specific workflows and is one which allows them to test innovative features for email. Seems like Google used Inbox to beta test the features before rolling them out to Gmail. Apparently, the beta test is now over. Makes one wonder if Google losing the advantage to experiment in the future with new email functionalities that’s tough to do with a billion-user base. Moving on to Gmail Most of the Inbox initial set of features like Smart Compose, Smart Reply, organized folder bundles, and Follow-ups are already available in Gmail. You might not lose any major functionalities when opting for Gmail instead of Inbox. After the redesign, with large buttons and a friendlier look, the interface for Gmail has become somewhat Inbox-like. Google gave Gmail a major overhaul this year which absorbed a lot of features that made Inbox special. All these features on Gmail ensure it provides a better user experience when dealing with their emails. Since there are still a few months left until Inbox disappears, Google team has provided a transition guide for Inbox users to move to the new Gmail easily. What’s next? Google is, of course, no stranger to discontinuing apps and services. If you have been using Inbox by Gmail for all these years, you will surely not be happy with this news. However, Gmail has been slowly and steadily adopting many of the Inbox’s features. You will be surprised to see how Gmail has changed over the years. But people who don’t like Gmail and are looking for an official alternative will now have to find a new email app to satisfy their expectations. Read more How to send email Notifications using SendGrid Machine learning based Email-sec-360°surpasses 60 antivirus engines in detecting malicious emails Wireshark for analyzing issues and malicious emails in POP, IMAP, and SMTP [Tutorial]
No related posts. Costa Ricans are still bitter over a March World Cup qualifying match that was played in blizzard-like conditions in Colorado. With heavy snow accumulating on the field and temperatures below zero, the TicoSele lost 1-0 in a game that local soccer fans say never should have been allowed to continue. A Costa Rican Soccer Federation appeal to FIFA to have the game annulled was quickly denied.Now, the federation promises to exact revenge by moving an upcoming September rematch to Saprissa Stadium in Tibas, north of the capital. The game originally was scheduled for the much bigger and more modern National Stadium in western San José’s La Sabana Park.Soccer federation president Eduardo Li announced last Wednesday on local radio station Radio ADN (90.7 FM) that he planned to file for the venue change with FIFA.http://ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Costa-Rica-We-were-robbed-_Saturday-March-23-2013Known as “The Monster’s Cave,” Saprissa Stadium is an intimidating venue for visitors. Visiting locker rooms are located under fan seating, and stands were built close to the field. Taunting of visiting teams by fans creates a tough environment to play in. During a previous match between the two teams in the 1990s, Costa Rican fans pelted the U.S. squad with garbage, batteries and bags of urine. Costa Rica won that match.“[Saprissa Stadium] is worse than [Mexico City’s] Azteca [Stadium],” former U.S. player Alexis Lalas tweeted in response to the announcement. Lalas played for the U.S. squad in two World Cup tournaments in 1994 and 1998.Saprissa also has synthetic turf, which can be difficult for some players.Li said stadium improvements are needed before a World Cup match could be played at the Monster’s Cave.The federation has 90 days before the Sept. 6 match to select its stadium, which must be approved by FIFA.Costa Rica walked away with a 3-1 victory against the U.S. the last time the two teams faced each other at Saprissa, in June 2009. Facebook Comments
Moody’s Investors Service maintains its positive outlook on the Cypriot banking system citing an expected improvement in the banks’ funding and a drop of non-performing loans ratio to 42 per cent by the end of the year.“We expect improving loan quality to translate into modest profits for the Cypriot banks in 2017, for the second consecutive year,” Melina Skouridou, an assistant vice president at the rating company was cited as saying in an emailed statement. “We also expect further improvements in funding conditions for banks as depositor confidence strengthens and money that left the banking system during the financial downturn in 2013 returns”.The creditworthiness of Cypriot banks, which reported a 49 per cent ratio of non-performing loans in September, will also improve over the next 12 to 18 months, Moody’s said citing a report headlined “Banking System Outlook – Cyprus; Stronger Funding and Gradual Improvements in Asset Quality Drive Our Positive Outlook” available to subscribers on Moody’s website.In December, weeks before Bank of Cyprus fully repaid emergency central bank funding, Moody’s upgraded the local and foreign currency deposit rating of Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic Bank by one notch to Caa2 and Caa1 respectively and maintained the positive outlook for both banks citing the expected improvement of asset quality and economic recovery.“The slow rehabilitation process results from long workout periods for restructured loans before they are reclassified as performing and the large amount of distressed debt banks are tackling,” the rating company said.The rating company said it expects that the economy to expand 2.7 per cent this year before growth slows down to 2.5 per cent in 2018, on a boost from tourism, consumption and a strong performance of the business services sector, Moody’s said.Moody’s added that it expects that few bad loans combined with stable requirements for provisions for loan impairments will allow pre-provision income to increase which in turn will strengthen the Cypriot banks’ capital, which stills remains vulnerable to higher losses from non-performing loans compare to what the lenders are currently anticipating.“Cypriot banks’ tangible common equity (TCE) will likely rise to around 15.4 per cent of risk-weighted assets by the end of the outlook horizon from 14.3 per cent as of September 2016,” Moody’s said.“Combined non-performing loans, considered the Cypriot economy’s main challenge, stood at 131 per cent of equity and balance sheet provisions of Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank and the Cooperative Central Bank Ltd at the end of June 2016,” the rating company said.Moody’s added that depositor confidence has not fully recovered even as it “significantly” did so last year and “any unexpected weakening in the banks’ solvency could rekindle outflows”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola