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Nuclear humanitarian issues top Bans talks with DPR Korea official

27 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his hope that the nuclear and other outstanding issues faced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be resolved through dialogue, as he met on Sunday with a top official from Pyongyang. During his talks with Vice Foreign Minister Park Gil Yon, Mr. Ban took note of the reported intention of the DPRK to engage in both bilateral and multilateral dialogue with concerned parties regarding the nuclear issue, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The United Nations Security Council imposed additional sanctions on DPRK in June after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded. Mr. Ban – who has previously called on Pyongyang to engage in dialogue, including through the Six-Party Talks that bring together the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States – encouraged the country to respond positively to the recent initiatives by the concerned parties. During today’s talks, held at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban also voiced concern about the humanitarian and human rights situation in DPRK.He highlighted the need for proactive efforts to enhance donor commitments to meet the country’s serious food security needs, and encouraged DPRK to increase access and information sharing. read more

UN rights chief says bar must be set very high for investigation

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and OHCHR head Michelle Bachelet stressed that a full examination of, and accountability for, human rights violations committed against Mr. Khashoggi be conducted.The journalist disappeared from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018.According to news reports, Saudi officials now admit that he was killed inside the embassy by a team of agents sent from Riyadh, although his body has yet to be recovered.Ms. Bachelet welcomed the steps taken by Turkish and Saudi authorities to investigate and prosecute the alleged perpetrators, but added that “given the information that high-level officials in Saudi Arabia were apparently involved, and it took place in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia, the bar must be set very high to ensure meaningful accountability and justice for such a shockingly brazen crime against a journalist and government critic.”“For an investigation to be carried out free of any appearance of political considerations, the involvement of international experts, with full access to evidence and witnesses, would be highly desirable,” she stated.Ms. Bachelet said it is important to determine whether serious human rights violations – such as torture, summary execution or enforced disappearance – were committed and to identify those implicated, “irrespective of their official capacity.”She called on Turkish and Saudi authorities to cooperate in ensuring that the truth be revealed.Noting that forensic examination, including an autopsy on the victim’s body is crucial in any murder investigation, Ms. Bachelet urged the Saudi authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Mr. Khasoggi’s body “without further delay or prevarication.”Since the murder was discovered, a chorus of UN officials have demanded a probe into Mr. Khashoggi’s case, including Secretary-General António Guterres, who stressed the need for a “prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi’s death and full accountability for those responsible.” The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye said he was “very disappointed” that Member States have so far failed to back calls for an independent international investigation into the murder. read more

Greece poised to send reform proposals to troika

first_imgGreece is due to send its proposal on several of the key issues that remain unresolved in its talks with the troika in the hope that this might pave the way for the current program review to be concluded by the Eurogroup on December 8.Although the troika’s technical teams are due back in Athens next week, the heads of the mission have not fixed a date for their return as they are waiting for the Greek side’s proposals on a range of issues, including pension and labour reform.Kathimerini understands that these proposals will be sent as the government wants to intensify efforts to conclude the review. If it is not able to hit the December 8 target then the next date Athens will look at is December 18, when there will be a European Union leaders’ summit.Sources said that the coalition will stick to its position of not wanting to make any major changes to the pension system, arguing that it is viable even though expenditure on state pensions is due to rise over the next few years. Instead, Greece will propose structural and administrative changes that will not affect the level of retirement pay.The government is also due to reject the troika’s request for simplifying the process for mass dismissals and will look for a compromise on granting employers the right to enforce lockouts during disputes with workers. The Labour Ministry is also examining changes to union regulations.In addition Athens will send the finalized version of the 2015 national budget, which will not include any further austerity measures. It will also forward proposals on a new wage structure in the public sector and the hiring of civil servants on a two-year trial basis. The government, however, is set to reject the troika’s suggestion for changes to value-added tax.The government is hoping that the conclusion of the review will allow it to agree with the eurozone to a bailout exit at the end of the year. It plans to use some 11.5 billion euros left over in the state-run bank recapitalization fund (HFSF) to provide a precautionary credit line to back up its return to bond markets.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras met with Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras to discuss the use of the capital buffer. The opposition party had been planning to use some of this money to create a special purpose bank that would help provide liquidity to Greek businesses. After the meeting, SYRIZA issued a statement voicing its opposition to the government’s plans, arguing that paying back the money and using it as a credit line would prolong the period that Greece’s lenders could dictate policy.“Why should we accept new memorandum terms for money that we have already borrowed?” said Tsipras.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Kinect vous aidera à trouver un jean à votre taille

first_imgLe Kinect vous aidera à trouver un jean à votre tailleLe Bodymetrics Pod a été lancé pendant les Denim Days à Los Angeles, aux États-Unis. Ils utilisent le Kinect de Microsoft, sous Windows, pour scanner la forme du corps humain et indiquer quelle taille de jean choisir. Le Pod est conçu comme une cabine d’essayage, pour empêcher les passants de vous voir en petite tenue.  Il se trouve actuellement en démonstration gratuite jusqu’à la fin de la semaine, dans le magasin Bloomingdale situé à Century City, à Los Angeles. L’appareil utilise huit détecteurs Kinect pour établir une carte en 3D du corps qu’on lui soumet, dont il déterminera les mensurations en approximativement 5 secondes.Suran Goonatilake, directeur générale chez Bodymetric explique que “la cartographie corporelle en est encore à ses débuts. Nous commençons à peine à explorer les possibilités en boutique et à la maison. Les magasins cherchent continuellement à offrir une expérience qui attire les consommateurs et qui permet de passer facilement du magasin au virtuel. Nous voulons tous une expérience d’achat personnalisée à notre grandeur, notre silhouette et notre style”, rapporte le site Branchez-vous. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les mesures prélevées en magasins pourraient ultérieurement être stockées et utilisées pour commander des jeans parfaitement coupés, depuis votre salon. Attention, aucune machine ne pourra malheureusement vous protéger contre un vendeur tentant de vous refiler un jean de mauvais goût !Le 26 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marcelo Gallardo thinks River Plate fans were robbed

first_imgRiver Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo, spoke to the press about what he feels for not being able to play at the Estadio Monumental next Sunday.The general feeling coming from pretty much all the River Plate fans is the same as Marcelo Gallardo’s, they think that Conmebol has stripped them of their given right to play the Copa Libertadores final at their own stadium.The G-20 summit took place last weekend in Argentina with absolutely no incidents, which is an indicator that the match could’ve been resumed next weekend and something fishy is happening between Conmebol and FIFA as both organizations made the final call.All the Argentinean press has expressed themselves against this call, which is viewed as completely unfair towards all the River Plate fans who paid their ticket for this specific game.Just this last weekend as the ‘Millonarios’ played at the Monumental against Gimnasia La Plata, the very same corner where the Boca Juniors bus was attacked got completely filled with cops and no incidents took place.This order reflected the contrast between this past Sunday and last weekend’s Saturday, it also sparked more rumors about the incident being planned by members of the club in order to distract the Boca players so they would lose the final.Duras palabras de Marcelo Gallardo, técnico de River: 🗣 “La Copa Libertadores, muchacho… jugar a 10.000 kilómetros…”🗣 “Recordaremos esto como una vergüenza total, le robaron al hincha”#CopaLibertadores2018 pic.twitter.com/8MTjHM5Frb— MARCA (@marca) December 3, 2018Manager Marcelo Gallardo spoke to the press after the 3-1 victory against Gimnasia, the media wanted to get him to talk against Conmebol for making this decision but he refused to explode at first.Although in the end, he did leave a few headlines that indirectly attack the organization: “All I care is about focusing and using all the energy we have to prepare the squad,” said Gallardo via ESPN.“This is the only way in which we can defend the fans. I feel that they were robbed of a unique opportunity.”“I want to tell all the fans that this group of players will do everything in their power to represent them in the best possible manner, with the only goal of giving them what they deserve.”“We are going to defend them in the best place that we can do it, which is inside the pitch. I am just as scandalized as all the genuine River fans who lost their chance to watch their club play in their stadium, and in the same conditions that we went to play at Boca.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“I will not act in a different manner from which I have so far, I would betray my philosophy. It’s not my problem that the other side acted the way they did in order to gain an advantage, this doesn’t represent the River Plate fans,” he added.🎙️ Marcelo Gallardo: “Se vio un equipo bastante claro para jugar, con muchos chicos que debutaban en el Monumental”.#VamosRiver ⚪️🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/BMVbo5oNrw— River Plate (@CARPoficial) December 3, 2018“The decision was already made by Conmebol, it cannot be changed even if it’s absurd. Of course all the preparation changes completely, we are traveling over 10 thousand kilometers to play,” he continued.“It’s the Copa Libertadores from South America guys, it will be played at 10,000 kilometers…”“A day will come in which we are going to stand still and think about what just happened. Maybe we are going to remember this as a complete embarrassment.”“Today it was us, maybe it will be another club tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter anymore, what matters is that the fans were robbed of a unique possibility,” he concluded.Now that the decision has been set in stone with no chances of it getting reversed, both squads are programmed to travel to Madrid during the week and start their training sessions in their respective camps.VÍSTASE SR. MARCELO GALLARDO pic.twitter.com/f4o08dPTH7— Richard Fabian 🇱🇺 (@MachadoFabian1) November 27, 2018Do you agree with Gallardo or do you think it’s fair that the final is getting played at the Bernabeu? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

InterAmerican Development Bank Representatives Pay Courtesy Call on Minister Symonette

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#IDBVisitsBrentSymonette, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31, 2017 – Nassau – Representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette, May 25, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry.Pictured from left: Kendrick Anderson, Financial Trade Officer MFS; Tanya Murray, Project Manager; LaTonya Symonette-Tinker, Consultant; Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary; Minister Symonette; Maria Florencia Attademo-Hirt, Country Representative/The Bahamas, Inter-American Development Bank Group; Alexandria Newbold, Project Manager BFS; and Allen S. Wright, Economist/Senior Specialist, IDB.(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)#magneticmedianews#IDBVisitsBrentSymonettelast_img read more

Emperor Group to target Macaus premium mass market after 2019 revenue decline

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Macau casino operator Emperor Group says it plans to boost its customer segmentation by targeting the premium mass market after seeing its revenue and profit fall in the 12 months to 31 March 2019.The group’s gaming arm, Emperor Entertainment Hotel Ltd – which operates flagship peninsula property Grand Emperor Hotel as well as the Inn Hotel in Taipa – saw its FY19 revenue decline 7.8% to HK$1.38 billion and profit attributable to owners of the company by 6.6% to HK$367.5 million. Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm The results included an 8.2% fall in mass table revenue to HK$1.19 billion, comprising 48.1% of group-wide revenue, while the VIP segment saw a 13.8% decline in turnover to HK$19.3 billion and 12.5% decline in revenue to HK$429.4 million, comprising 31.1% of all revenue. Slot machine revenue increased slightly to HK$42.6 million.Outlining its plans to boost revenue in the future, Emperor said, “In view of the changing tourism landscape in Macau, the Group will reinforce its customer segmentation in order to expand its share of the premium mass market, in which the Group sees long-term potential.“In this regard, the Group will increase its competitiveness by offering differentiated, premium services to the targeted segments. The Group endeavors to elevate itself in order to solidify its market presence as opportunities emerge and is committed to contributing to the development of Macau into a global gaming hub.”Emperor added that the company is “poised to benefit from the rising affluence in mainland China” alongside improving infrastructure such as the recent launch of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the promotion of the Greater Bay Area.last_img read more

Coast Guard Cutter Healy reaches North Pole

first_imgThe Coast Guard vessel Healy is considered a medium icebreaker. Photo: USCG.U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, based in Seattle, has arrived in the North Pole — becoming the first U.S. surface ship to make the trip unaccompanied.Healy’s crew and science party left Dutch Harbor on Aug. 9 and arrived at the North Pole on Saturday.According to a Coast Guard press release, Healy is the country’s newest high-latitude vessel. It’s a 420-foot, 16,000-ton, 30,000-horsepower icebreaker. It’s capable of breaking more than 10 feet of ice.In addition to performing the Coast Guard’s mission of law enforcement and search and rescue, Healy is a research platform. It has laboratory spaces, oceanographic deck winches and berthing for 50 scientists.The trip was funded by the National Science Foundation. Healy’s Geotraces mission is an international effort to study the world’s oceans.last_img read more

Mandadis surprise inspection of CC road work

first_imgKukatpally: Corporator of KPHB 114 division Mandadi Srinivasa Rao after midnight on Tuesday undertook a surprise inspection of CC road works from Pochamma temple in the third phase to the temple bus-stop in which modern technology is being used. He sought details of the work from Engineering AE Sridevi. Among those who accompanied Rao were Temple Committee Member Rambabu Naidu, B Rambabu, Vasu Naidu.last_img

Two abducted one returns

first_imgMap of RajshahiUnidentified miscreants have allegedly abducted two college teachers from Charghat upazila of Rajshahi on Saturday afternoon. One of the teachers returned his home in the evening while other remains missing, their relatives said.The victims, Bazlur Rahman, lecturer of political science of Charghat Dakra Degree College, and Shafiqur Rahman Ujjal of the English department of the same college, were picked up at around 11 am while they returning home by motorbike.Eyewitnesses said they were intercepted by another motorbike in front of Anupampur High School while several other persons in a microbus picked them up. The microbus then whisked them off towards Charghat upazila sadar.Bazlur Rahman later returned home in the evening as the abductors left him at Dashuriya of Pabna district. Bazlur said, he couldn’t recognize the abductors and doesn’t have any clue as to why they were picked up.Law enforcers have denied any involvement in the incident.Officer-in-Charge of Charghat police station, Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo that they know nothing of the incident. But the police is now searching for the abducted teacher.Deputy commander of RAB-5 Ashraful Islam also denied that they conducted any such operation. The force is also looking for the whereabouts of the teacher, he claimed.last_img read more

The Perfume Chick Galleria Takes Care of Healing the Skin

first_imgThe Perfume Chick Galleria, CEO LaShawn Lindsey. (Courtesy Photo)When you think of Suitland, Md., you think of grabbing a bite to eat, going to the nearest metro, or running errands from store-to-store. Would you think of going to a store selling natural products? The Perfume Chick Galleria is just that. Its products are for all-skin types, and are designed to make any male or female feel good and confident while leaving a wonderful, lingering scent.Their slogan: “Smell Good, Feel Good and Look Good,” Antonia Lindsey explains. The Perfume Chick has been open since 2011, but before their grand-opening, it was operated from a garage.The CEO of the company, LaShawn Lindsey, died last month. Co-founder, Von “Soapman” Lindsey, husband of LaShawn Lindsey, and their daughter, Antonia “The Perfume Chick Jr.,” currently run the shop.It all started with troubling eczema Antonia had growing up. It was uncontrollable until her mom discovered a new remedy that soon transformed into a thriving business. “We do shea butters, whip wash, perfume, car fresheners, of course natural soaps, cologne, and mineral-eye shadows,” Antonia explained.The Perfume Chick’s client’s can’t get enough of their shea butter and their most-popular products are “herbal remedy,” which cures eczema, and “mango madness,” which works well for all other skin types, Antonia said. Celebrities such as The Real co-host, Tamar Braxton, and America’s Next Top Model runway coach, Miss J Alexander support the store’s line of products. “Our customer’s rave about our shea butters,” Antonia explains.LaShawn Lindsey was a passionate woman with a vision bigger than she imagined. Once her and her husband, Von opened the shop their bond was unbreakable. The Perfume Chick’s customers are loyal.”What they loved about her was just her outgoing, free-spirited attitude,” Antonia explained. “She made everybody feel loved and welcome. Also, her best product was her fragrances . . . she could match a perfume to your personality and [you would] love it. That’s just who she was . . . that’s why people loved her so much. That’s what she really liked about the place because she creates all the scents for Perfume Chick.”If you are not convinced yet, just swing by and you’ll see what the hype is all about. Perfume Chick is here, and in-loving memory of CEO LaShawn Lindsey, will forever stay.Perfume Chick’s line of products are available online and in-store. To purchase items online go to perfumechick.com. Online orders are available on Monday’s and Tuesday’s and their in-store hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m-7:30 p.m. For any other inquiries email The Perfume Chick at perfume@perfumechick.comlast_img read more

Global Ecommerce Payment Market by Manufacturers Countries Type and Application Forecast

first_imgThe global e-commerce payment market accounted for US$ 24.26 Bn in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.1% over the forecast period 2018-2025, to account for US$ 64.69 Bn in 2025.The demand for e-commerce payment is largely influenced by a number of factors such as availability of several online payment options on e-commerce websites such as e-wallet, debit & credit cards, net banking etc.; increasing banking population worldwide; and rising smartphone adoption coupled with increasing internet penetration. Furthermore, the growth of cross-border e-commerce provides a potential opportunity for the e-commerce payment market.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3206832?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshThe e-commerce payment market is fragmented with the presence of several payment gateway providers and the competitive dynamics in the market is expected to change during the upcoming years. E-commerce players are considering several factors before reaching a final decision to select a payment gateway service provider for their online business.These factors include ease of onboarding, attractive pricing, a range of payment options, merchant & end-user centric features, strong customer support and availability of Omnichannel. Integration of such features under one suite of gateway solution will create significant opportunities for the companies to leverage an increasing growing e-commerce market.On the basis of type, credit card segment is the leading however, it is expected that the segment will lose its major share to e-wallet during the forecast period. With the e-commerce growth, the e-commerce payment market is noticing developments of new products and services with an objective to capture share in the constantly growing e-commerce payment market space.The introduction of new payment types helps the customers by providing more convenience as well as security while making online payments. The selection of payment options is the main consideration for e-commerce players for reducing shopping cart abandonment. Payments options that are confusing and not in accordance with customers banking requirements can significantly affect the sales channel success.The overall e-commerce payment market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with an exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the e-commerce payment market. It also provides the overview and forecast for the global e-commerce payment market based on all the segmentation provided with respect to five major reasons such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and South America.Also, primary interviews were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers, and external consultant such as valuation experts, research analysts and key opinion leaders specializing in the e-commerce payment industry.Get Discount of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3206832?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Palestinian government debt hurts private sector

first_imgThe cash crunch, mainly due to a sharp drop in foreign aid since 2011, is threatening to set off a chain reaction of business failures, layoffs and economic downturn that would undermine one of the West’s fundamental strategies toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Some warn that the Palestinian Authority, key to negotiating and implementing any future peace deal with Israel, will not survive without a major infusion of cash.The authority, though strapped for cash in the past, is in what economists describe as the worst crisis in its 18-year existence. In recent months, it has been struggling to meet its costliest obligation _ salaries for 150,000 civil servants and security personnel which devour half the government’s budget of nearly $4 billion.Unlike in previous crises, the authority can no longer borrow to ease the pain: It already owes more than $2 billion to local banks, private companies and the public pension fund, said economist Samir Abdullah. In a further blow, it has received only half the needed foreign aid to close a 2012 budget deficit of $1.2 billion, the Finance Ministry says.The World Bank noted in a recent report that government spending and spending by government employees were important drivers of growth in recent years. “A lack of confidence in the government’s continued ability to spend could have serious consequences for investor confidence and eocnomic growth,” the bank said. Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The Israeli supplier says it’s considering cutoffs, but has not made a final decision.“It’s a nightmare,” Mahdi al-Masri of the Al Ayyam printing and publishing company said of the possibility of repeated blackouts. Factories have generators, but power cuts would affect homes and small businesses, setting off a ripple effect, said al-Masri, former head of the Palestinian Federation of Industries.Al-Masri and Mustaklem, the drug importer, say the current crisis is the worst they’ve had to contend with.Mustaklem said he’s had to shelve plans of expanding his business with a $3 million investment. Instead, he’s trying to stay afloat and keep on his 50 employees.“We are on the edge of bankruptcy,” he said.___Associated Press writers Dalia Nammari in Jerusalem, and Matthew V. Lee and Donna Cassata in Washington, D.C., contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The 2011 payment was delayed by a congressional hold, in part over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ appeal to the U.N. to recognize “Palestine” in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in 1967. The U.S. and Israel say a Palestinian state can only be set up through negotiations, but talks ran aground in 2008.The United Arab Emirates cut aid from $174 million in 2009 to $42.5 million since the beginning of 2011 _ according to Palestinian officials in an attempt to pressure Abbas to reinstate a disgraced former aide, Mohammed Dahlan.Qatar, another rich Arab state, has linked aid to elusive reconciliation between Abbas and the Islamic militant Hamas, which seized Gaza from him in a violent takeover in 2007 and has set up a separate government there.The Palestinian Authority was set up as part of interim agreements that were to lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state by 1999. However, negotiations on statehood faltered and what as envisioned as a temporary arrangement _ limited self-rule in 38 percent of the West Bank _ has taken on an air of permanence.Palestinian officials, backed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, say their government can only become self-sufficient if Israel removes a network of restrictions on trade and access to resources that discourage investment, drive up costs and limit business opportunities. Associated PressRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian drug importer Ghassan Mustaklem says he can’t afford to work with the West Bank’s Palestinian government anymore. He recently halted supplies to his biggest client, which now owes $12 million in unpaid bills, or more than half his annual turnover.The cutoff by Mustaklem and other suppliers has fueled a shortage of key drugs in Palestinian hospitals, making the health sector the latest victim of a deepening financial crisis for the Palestinian Authority. “If there is no reversal in the current trend, the Palestinian Authority will not survive this year,” predicted Abdullah, a former government minister. The current finance minister, Nabeel Kassis, hasn’t been as specific about the timing, but warned last month that at some point the debt-ridden government would just become too feeble to continue.For more than a decade _ ever since Israel sharply restricted Palestinian trade and movement following the outbreak of the second uprising in 2000 _ the Palestinian Authority has had to rely on foreign aid to close a budget gap.It managed to reduce the shortfall, from half the budget in 2008 to less than one-third last year. But Palestinian officials say major donors have been withholding aid, some as a means of apparent political pressure.For example, the Palestinians had counted on $200 million from the U.S. in budget support in June, but the money hasn’t come through yet. The payment was held up by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who is seeking more information about the funds, according to a congressional source.Lehtinen’s office and the committee declined to comment publicly about the hold. Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk An easing of some restrictions in recent years, including a loosening of Israel’s 5-year-old Gaza blockade, led to economic growth, reaching 9.8 percent in both territories in 2010. But international economists say the upturn cannot be sustained unless Israel releases the Palestinian economy from its shackles.Israel hasn’t done so, citing security concerns, and the growth has been tapering off.However, Israel has also taken some steps to try to alleviate the situation, negotiating a new deal that improves the transfer of tax rebates it collects on behalf of the Palestinians and issuing thousands more work permits for Palestinian laborers, most of whom had been barred from the Jewish state during the uprising.Israel’s government, while willing to offer less than its predecessors in negotiations, has said it wants to help improve economic conditions in the Palestinian territories. A collapse of the Palestinian Authority would force Israel, as military occupier, to assume responsibility for millions of Palestinians, a costly scenario it hopes to avoid.With Palestinian government debt piling up, the Palestine Monetary Authority is now preventing it from borrowing more from local banks. As a result, civil servants have been paid late or only partially. Sponsored Stories Sami Musleh, 36, who works for the Civil Affairs Ministry, only received $1,000 of his $1,250 monthly salary in July. Half his income goes to loan payments and one-fifth to private school fees.Education Ministry employees Munir Barghouti and his wife spend more than half their combined income of $1,340 a month paying off loans, and are worried about falling behind. “Both of us take from the same source (the government), and if this source has no money, we can’t eat,” Barghouti, 34, said.The crisis is starting to hurt private businesses.Some sectors have been more robust than others, particularly construction and IT. But the Palestinian Authority owes private companies some $500 million and has no way of paying it back.The Jerusalem District Electricity Co., a private Palestinian distributor, is owed nearly $175 million, both by the Palestinian government and residents of 12 refugee camps who haven’t paid for electricity in more than a decade.The private company has passed some of the debt to its supplier, Israeli’s Electricity Corp., which is threatening to shut down service to half a million Palestinians starting next week. “Israel won’t inform us which line it will cut,” said Hisham al-Omari, director general of the Jerusalem company. “It might be the president’s headquarters or hospitals.”last_img read more

No money no travel Aussies most fiscally responsible

first_imgAustralian travellers are amongst the most fiscally responsible travellers in the world, according to a new study. Accommodating to the money savvy Aussie traveller, STA has launched a new ‘Lay-By’ program, which allows Australians to lock in their holiday at cheaper booking prices and pay them off over time, without using a credit card. STA’s new Lay-By program to assist money savvy Aussies. Image: commons.wikimedia In addition, only 55 percent of Aussie trips booked with STA were made on a credit card, compared to 97 percent in the US and 95 percent booked in the UK.   Meanwhile, 66 percent of Australian respondents said they would ‘raid the piggy bank and pay cash’ to book a trip, while 21 percent said they would be willing to go into debt for their travels.center_img STA Travel research found Aussies are amongst the least likely travellers to go into debt for a holiday, with travellers in the US and UK twice as willing to go into debt to book overseas trips than Australians. Source = ETB News: NJ STA Travel Australia managing director David Green explained research found those booking via credit cards were doing so to lock in cheaper prices.last_img read more

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