Asian stocks rise on reports US China close to trade deal

BEIJING — Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war.Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said China was offering to ease tariffs and other restrictions on U.S. farm, chemical, auto and other products. They said Washington would remove most sanctions on Chinese imports.A deal might be completed in time to be signed by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping this month, the reports said. But they cautioned the two sides still were negotiating on the issue that sparked the dispute: Chinese plans for state-led creation of global technology competitors that Washington, Europe and other trading partners say violate Beijing’s market-opening obligations.The battle between the two biggest global economies has rattled global financial markets for months. Investors worry it will weigh on global economic growth that already is showing signs of slowing.“Speculation that both the U.S. and China are close to signing a deal will keep market players slightly upbeat,” Nicholas Mapa and Prakash Sakpal of ING said in a report.The Shanghai Composite Index rose 3 per cent to a nine-month high of 3,083.44. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 added 1.0 per cent to 21,822.04.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.7 per cent to 29,012.17 and Seoul’s Kospi lost 0.2 per cent to 2,190.66. Sydney’s S&P-ASX gained 0.4 per cent to 6,218.90.New Zealand and Singapore advanced while Taiwan retreated. Indian markets were closed for a holiday.Investors are watching this week’s session of China’s ceremonial national legislature for announcements of policy on currency, trade, industrial development and possible economic stimulus.The legislature is due to endorse a law that would address one portion of foreign complaints about Beijing’s regulation system by discouraging officials from pressuring companies to hand over technology.Forecasters expect an official 2019 growth target of 6 per cent to be announced. Few major changes are expected, but economists expect more government spending to shore up cooling growth.WALL STREET: Health care and technology companies helped lift U.S. stocks, breaking a three-day losing streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and giving the benchmark index its fifth straight weekly gain. The S&P 500 climbed 0.7 per cent to 2,803.69. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4 per cent to 26,026.32. The Nasdaq composite gained 0.8 per cent to 7,595.35.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 10 cents to $55.90 per barrel in electronics trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.40 on Friday to $55.80. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 15 cents to $65.22 per barrel in London. It lost $1.24 the previous session to $65.07.CURRENCY: The dollar rose to 111.94 yen from Friday’s 111.92 yen. The euro weakened to $1.1364 from $1.1411.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

MPs demand more federal help as mentalhealth issues rise on Canadas farms

OTTAWA — Lawmakers are calling on the federal government to better support Canadian farmers who they say are more at risk of mental-health issues like stress, depression and suicidal thoughts than other segments of the population.In a new report Tuesday, members of an all-party parliamentary committee made 10 recommendations — including ensuring the government considers and addresses any potential impacts from new policies on the well-being of agricultural producers.The MPs also recommended the public-awareness campaigns to deal with an increasing number of incidents of intimidation, cyberbullying and threats faced by farmers from people who take issue with their occupations and practices.The report says farmers struggle with many challenges — such as market volatility, debt, long work days, unpredictable weather and loneliness.Committee chair and New Brunswick Liberal MP Pat Finnigan says the well-being of farmers is critical because the agriculture sector feeds Canadians and helps drive the entire economy.Alberta Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen says the incidence of mental-health problems within the farming sector is reaching crisis proportions.Dreeshen says agriculture producers and their families are increasingly experiencing “high levels of stress, depression and even suicidal thoughts — the causes are many and varied.”He added that farmers sometimes face hardship from government policies, such as the carbon tax and concessions made in recent trade agreements.The report is based on testimony from farmers, mental-health experts and government officials.The Canadian Press read more

Missing Simcoe teen has been located

A Simcoe teen reported missing by her family earlier this week has been located.Early Tuesday night, Norfolk OPP said 16-year-old Zoe Hann (Duroche). has been located and is in good health.Norfolk OPP issued a release early Tuesday asking for the public’s assistance in locating Hann (Duroche).A parent had contacted police on Monday to report her missing.She had last been seen at a Simcoe business on July 9.

ECOSOC continues preparing for highlevel talks on financing for development

ECOSOC President Marjatta Rasi of Finland stressed the Council’s central role in fostering “pro-poor” policies and following up on commitments made at major UN conferences. She especially stressed the importance of attaining targets set in the Brussels Plan of Action for the most economically disadvantaged States and in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at a 2000 UN summit.During its substantive session later this year, ECOSOC will hold a high-level meeting on mobilizing resources and fostering an enabling environment for poverty eradication in the coming decade.Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said this theme would provide a special opportunity for the international community to consider proactively the specific measures that could be taken to help those nations.Looking forward to a meeting next month between ECOSOC and the “Bretton Woods” international financial institutions, he said participants should focus on issues related to financing for development within the framework of the Brussels action plan.He added that the April meeting should foster dialogue aimed at enhancing coordination among multilateral agencies for the effective delivery of development and poverty reduction support. Until now, he said, all financing for development to support those countries had been based on official development assistance. With the new challenges being faced today, attention should be turned to increased foreign direct investment, debt cancellation, trade opportunities and, at the same time, new avenues besides the traditional financing support for LDCs.Ambassador Chowdhury said for their part, those countries should further explore “South-South” cooperation as an alternative – not as a substitute – way to fund their development. He also hailed the UN’s establishment last year of a World Solidarity Fund to support the poorest countries and said it should become operational as soon as possible.Jeffrey Sachs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the MDGs, told the session that to really improve security, it was necessary to think about the children that were dying in the LDCs – 100 infants out of every 1,000 – as well as the fact that life expectancy in those countries had not improved in 50 years while life expectancy in the developed countries has risen to 80.Mr. Sachs emphasized that the problem centred on inadequate resources to meet international anti-poverty goals. Noting that every day, tens of thousands of Africans died of HIV/AIDS without stirring any attention, he called for action to focus on those who are dying, rather than on budgetary considerations. read more

Alexander the Great aka Colin Farrell becomes a general in UN war

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has enlisted one of the world’s most famous military strategists, Alexander the Great – aka Irish film actor Colin Farrell – to help lead its war against global hunger, following in the footsteps of arguably the world’s most famous spy, James Bond.Mr. Farrell, who as well as playing the title role in the 2004 movie “Alexander” has starred in such films as “A Home at the End of the World” and “Minority Report,” readily agreed to appear in the latest of WFP’s 30-second public service announcements, the agency announced today. He joins such luminaries as 007 – aka Sean Connery – and actresses Penelope Cruz and Rachel Weisz, in plugging for WFP.On the heels of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people in December, Mr. Farrell draws attention to the plight of the hundreds of millions who suffer hunger on a daily basis, often far from the media spotlight.“Every week a tsunami rips through poor towns and villages all over the world. It claims 25,000 lives a day, 175,000 a week. It sweeps children from the arms of their mothers, robs hundreds of millions of any hope for the future. That tsunami is hunger,” he says in the TV spot, which has started running worldwide.The outpouring of international assistance in the wake of the tsunami disaster has raised concerns about the funding of other less high profile crises elsewhere in the world. WFP noted that donations to its operations in Africa have dropped this year compared to 2004, and has urged a “tsunami response” to its appeals for Africa’s hungry.Seeking assistance from famous stars to raise money and public awareness is a well-worn trail for UN agencies. For example, actress Angelina Jolie, Mr. Farrell’s mother Olympias in Alexander, is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

Syria humanitarian needs growing more acute UN official stresses ahead of donor

“The situation in Syria, as we all know, continues to deteriorate and that means that there are greater needs… more people in need but also that the needs are more acute as the coping mechanisms continue to collapse,” John Ging, the Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news conference in New York.“The biggest humanitarian effort in Syria is the effort of the population to support their brothers and sisters at this incredibly difficult time,” he added. “Families are hosting so many people and they themselves are also affected by the situation.” Mr. Ging, who recently led an inter-agency humanitarian mission to Syria and Lebanon, cited a funding shortfall that is affecting the ability of the UN and its partners to deliver vital assistance, including food, water and medical supplies. His comments come ahead of the humanitarian pledging conference that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair in Kuwait on Wednesday. The conference seeks to raise $1.5 billion to assist civilians affected by the ongoing conflict over the next six months, including those inside the country as well as those taking refuge beyond its borders.In addition to those uprooted by the conflict, at least 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. The particularly harsh winter has compounded the suffering of people in need, especially IDPs living in shelters lacking adequate insulation with no winter clothes and no blankets. Lack of fuel and electricity has been a major challenge for those affected as well as for those trying to deliver vital humanitarian aid, according to OCHA. Despite immense security challenges and limited access, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have scaled up aid and are reaching people in all governorates across the country. The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently reaching about 1.5 million people a month with vital food assistance. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have helped vaccinate millions of children against measles and polio, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners continue to support hundreds of thousands of refugees in neighbouring countries. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin returned to region on Sunday to visit the Za’atari refugee camp amid concerns of an influx of Syrian refugees crossing the border to Jordan. This is the second time that she has visited the refugee camps in Jordan in less than three months. “We are significantly increasing the number of meals we provide to people as they cross, but the scale of human suffering is growing, and neighbouring countries like Jordan are exhausting their resources to deal with the crisis,” said Ms. Cousin.More than 30,000 Syrians have arrived at Za’atari camp since the beginning of the year, and thousands more cross the border every night. WFP provides ready-to-eat food to Syrians arriving at the camp and, once they have settled in, supplies them with food rations to cook in communal kitchens. The camp is a temporary home to around 65,000 people.Ahead of Wednesday’s pledging conference, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is urging donors not to ignore the plight of some 525,000 Palestine refugees in Syria. “While all civilians in Syria are bearing the brunt of the violence, the present situation of Palestinians in Syria is exceptional,” said Commissioner General Filippo Grandi. Most of the Palestinian refugees in Syria now rely on UNRWA as their sole means of support, the agency pointed out in a news release. Several UNRWA schools in the country are currently acting as a last place of refuge for 9,000 people, while tens of thousands languish under harsh conditions in neighbouring countries. Some 20,000 people have fled to the over-crowded refugee camps of Lebanon.The agency added that many Palestinians in Syria have been killed, including five UNRWA staff members. read more

Haiti UN envoy calls for democratic consolidation to avoid institutional vacuum

Briefing the Security Council, Sandra Honoré, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said that a key provision of the recently-agreed El Rancho Accord, implied the formation of a new government, changes in the composition of the electoral council, and a new Legislature installed, have not been implemented due to political deadlock. The timely establishment of the electoral body was hampered by a group of politicians opposed to the El Rancho Accord who consistently blocked the required quorum.Stressing that no agreement had been reached on the required framework for the elections to be held, Ms. Honoré expressed particular concern that inability to carry out the polls before the end of the year that may result in “creating an institutional vacuum” after the current Parliament will be rendered dysfunctional on 12 January.In this context, she called for an immediate solution to be found on the basis of the rule of law, hailing the recent signs of willingness of the political the parties to renew an inclusive dialogue, and President Michel Martelly’s intention to engage in discussion with opposition groups and civil society.“While I welcome these various attempts at identifying a consensual solution, through dialogue, as soon as possible, I also wish to call on all actors concerned to ensure that the solution be on the basis of the Constitution and within a solid legal framework that allows for credible, inclusive, and transparent elections in support of a peaceful democratic transition in 2015,” she told the Council.Ms. Honoré went on to note that the overall security environment, including the five Departments vacated by MINUSTAH’s military component, has remained relatively stable, adding that only one-fifth of demonstrations are politically-motivated, while the causes of most of them are rooted in socio-economic problems, such as lack of access to education, electricity and water. Underlining the critical importance of guaranteeing the security and, in line with the implementation of the HNP Development Plan 2012-2016, she called for improvements in the operational capacity of the national police force. “Structural and technical challenges such as a weak administrative and internal oversight capacity, limited regional coverage and scarce institutional capacity in specialized fields, including prison management remain, and require a redoubling of efforts by both the Haitian Government and its international partners.”As for the humanitarian situation, Ms. Honoré praised the Haitian Government and its international partners for their efforts in implementing the national cholera elimination plan that has led to the significant reduction of the toll of the epidemic. She also welcomed Government’s initiatives in economic sphere aimed at attracting investors, stimulating economic growth and creating more jobs.Ms. Honoré also noted that amid challenges facing Haiti in the field of democratic consolidation and the rule of law, the reconfiguration of MINUSTAH’s military component as two battalions, recommended by the Secretary-General, would ensure “an adequate stabilization presence to support Haitian institutions, particularly in the context of the next electoral cycle and the continuing development of the Haitian National Police.”The envoy also underscored the essential role of the comprehensive reforms of the justice sector for the positive development of the country. “Without a well-functioning justice system, including corrections, even the best trained and equipped police force will be unable to perform its duties to provide a safe and secure environment, enforce the law, and, ultimately, protect the rights of Haitian citizens”, she said.Finally, Ms. Honoré reiterated her call for the State institutions and public life actors to continue fulfilling their obligations and to assume greater leadership in order to maintain gains in peace, security and stability through the consolidation of the democratic process, the rule of law and good governance. She also underlined that these goals demanded international cooperation, including additional financial aid from global partners.“We will work with the Government, the UN country team and Haiti’s international partners to develop a comprehensive transition plan that underpins the gradual reduction of the Mission’s footprint,” she concluded.Ms. Sandra Honoré, of Trinidad and Tobago, was appointed as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in May 2013. read more

Opinion Richard Sherman interview product of passion love for the game of

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (left) pushes away Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman during the NFC championship game Jan. 19 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won, 23-17.Credit: Courtesy of MCTSadly, it’s getting to the end of yet another football season, and as much as that reality hurts, conference championship weekend offered plenty of reasons for why America’s love affair with the sport is so great.Among those reasons is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who made an outstanding play on San Francisco’s final drive, tipping a pass from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick intended for wide receiver Michael Crabtree away and into the hands of teammate linebacker Malcolm Smith for a game-sealing interception.Sherman then proceeded to deliver a very loud, rambunctious interview to FOX’s Erin Andrews during the postgame celebration on the field in Seattle.“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman yelled, proceeding to claim that this is what happens when you put a receiver against him who can’t hang with his talent.Sherman offered an explanation Monday on Peter King from SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback. He defended what he did, and addressed “those who would call me a thug or worse…” on social media.But aren’t we missing the point here?Sherman — who graduated from Stanford by the way — made one helluva play, his team is going to Super Bowl XLVIII, and the man was just passionately sharing his thoughts on what he did because he was upset with the way Crabtree handled the situation.Crabtree shoved Sherman’s helmet away when he tried to talk to the wide receiver.Where’s the shame in that?Sherman is widely known as the best defensive back in the league, plays on the league’s top defense and backed up what he said. He has earned the right to talk trash, especially if Crabtree did — as Sherman claimed according to a report from The Seattle Times — attempt to start a fight with the defensive back last summer at a charity event in Arizona.Crabtree offered his own rationale to what happened at the end of the game, saying Sherman “didn’t make any other plays in the game” aside from when he denied the receiver the chance to win the game for San Francisco.In the NFL, players jaw at each other all the time — it’s part of the game. It’s part of why the fans love it. Arguably the best athletes in the world play the game, driven by competition and the utmost desire to win.Sherman’s 30-second interview was just a tidbit of great television. Twitter exploded, and as Sherman mentions in his Monday Morning Quarterback piece, people fired racial slurs at the All-Pro.The NFC Championship was a great game, played with what was clearly passion and determination by both sides. Sherman spoke his mind and you can choose whom to believe, either him or Crabtree, but you can’t deny what Sherman did to help his team win the game.Because after all, isn’t it just a game? read more

Skydivers record terrifying collision between two planes

first_imgSurprisingly, all of the divers say they would dive again, as you can see here.Couple announces pregnancy with cringe-inducing rap>Police officer sued over dribbling horse> OVER THE WEEKEND in the US, two planes full of skydivers were flying at 12,000 feet when they collided, resulting in an explosion.Incredibly, both the passengers and pilots survived, perhaps because most of them were geared up and prepared to dive.Due to the fact that the skydivers were wearing helmet cameras, footage has now become available via NBC, and it is pretty incredible. Source: WorldstarnewsHQYou can only imagine how terrified the divers must have been as they stood on the wing as the second plane approached.last_img read more

Elder task force joins Human Services Council

first_imgThe Clark County Vulnerable Adult Task Force will become part of the Human Services Council nonprofit organization, enabling the eight-year-old task force to collect tax-deductible donations to fund its educational efforts.The HSC board voted unanimously Tuesday to partner with VATF.“It’s a very good partnership,” said John Nord, chairman of the VATF board. “It’s a very good example of how community services can work together to help the community.”The partnership allows VATF to avoid at least $1,000 in administrative costs and fees associated with forming a 501(c)3 and reduces the need for volunteer hours spent on forming a nonprofit and maintaining that status. In return, VATF will pay the Human Services Council 5 percent of all donations to cover labor costs associated with depositing checks and performing nonprofit filings.The VATF board approved the partnership May 17, Nord said.Instrumental in forming Clark County’s Elder Justice Center to prosecute elder abuse, VATF now plans on taking on a more educational role and fostering cooperation between professionals and public workers in protecting elders.The partnership with HSC gives VATF autonomy in making decisions about how it spends its money, and gives each organization a seat on the other’s respective board, said Colleen Kuhn, HSC executive director.last_img read more

Martha Stewart headlines 16th annual United Way Womens Leadership Breakfast

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The United Way of Miami-Dade hosted its 16th annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, Thursday, and Martha Stewart made a special appearance.The event gathered over one thousand women, each who made a contribution of at least $1,000 to the United Way.The breakfast was headlined by celebrity businesswoman Martha Stewart, where she served as the keynote speaker of the event.The breakfast was presented by UHealth, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, and Leslie Miller Saiontz and family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington High Recognizes Its 10 Graduating Seniors Who Plan On Becoming Teachers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its First Annual College Signing Day for Future Teachers on Friday, May 24, 2019.The following WHS graduating seniors were recognized after indicating their intent to pursue education as their field of study in college:Nicole Boyajian (UMass Lowell)Hannah Devlin (Framingham State University)Mindy Duggan (Tufts University)Jessica D’Arco (Endicott College)Ashlyn Finn (Roger Williams University)Charlotte Kane (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)Devin LawrenceCelia Marchese (Framingham State University)Kali Patterson (UMass Lowell)Kaitlin Sullivan (Lesley University)Each student invited one of their past or present teacher who inspired their interest in teaching to join them at the ceremony. Invited teachers included Matt Hackett, Amanda Donahue, Meghan Estrada, Lisa Bellavia, Chris Randall, Danielle France, Jaclyn Madden, Maura Gillis, and Mike Ferrara. WHS Principal Linda Peters was also present.“Today, as we pass the torch to the next generation of educators to inspire and lead the children of tomorrow, we’re excited to have this event today,” said Guidance Counselor Mollie Dickerson, who emceed the event. “Students, you have a bright, rewarding, sometimes thankless road ahead of you, but we know you will change the lives of young people. You are our students. You will always be our students. But today, we welcome you as our colleagues.”The nine students present then signed their certificates and posed for photos with the teachers who inspired them to become educators.Watch the ceremony, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cigna & Flanagan Receive Scholarships From Align Credit UnionIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Thailand scrambles to boost image on human trafficking

first_img Sponsored Stories The U.S. had for days been seeking Thai approval to conduct surveillance flights to look for migrants — approval that Malaysia had quickly granted. Thailand’s foreign minister announced to reporters that the OK had been given, shortly after a U.S. diplomat told journalists that America was still waiting.On the same day as the Bangkok conference, the Royal Thai Navy flew about 140 journalists to the southern island of Phuket to see a naval ship that would be used as a floating base to give food, water and medical treatment to migrants at sea. The navy flew a helicopter and a light patrol aircraft in a circle for cameramen to record the footage during the two-hour choreographed tour.Critics say Thailand must do more to show it is serious about fighting human trafficking if it is to get off the U.S. blacklist and avoid the EU seafood import ban.“Thailand needs to show that they are consistent with law enforcement,” said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher of Human Rights Watch. “The arrest (of an army officer) showed that no one will be left untouched this time, but at the same time, it also made us question why have they allowed this to happen for years. BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is eager to show its newfound toughness on human trafficking, taking reporters on patrols and tours of former camps, cooperating with neighboring countries and the U.S., and arresting dozens of officials — including a high-ranking officer in the military that now controls the country. The junta even had a “National Anti-Human Trafficking Day.”The Southeast Asian country is trying to dissuade Western governments from leveling economic sanctions, but it has a daunting enemy: history. “Today, we have to admit that this has been a problem in Thailand for a long time,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said as he opened the event with an hour-long speech.“The government is focusing on preventing and suppressing human trafficking and is determined to get rid of men who sell men, so that they no longer have a place to stand on our soil — no matter how influential they are or if they are government officials,” said Prayuth, who took power from a civilian government in a May 2014 coup.Yet even Friday’s event raised questions about Thailand’s seriousness. The journalist who was honored reported on trafficking from the country’s inland north, not the south and the sea, where the crisis has been most immediate. Weeks earlier, when a Bangkok television reporter drew broad attention to the issue by getting on a migrant boat to shoot video, Prayuth obliquely referred to her as a troublemaker.Human-rights activists and others have long accused Thai authorities of collusion in the trafficking industry — claims that police, military and government officials have long denied. But as the migrant camps, graves and boats drew global attention, pressure grew on the government to respond. In a widening human-trafficking investigation, more than 50 people have been arrested in a month, including local politicians, government officials, police, and, in the past week, a senior-ranking army officer. About 50 police officers in the southern provinces were also removed from their posts and investigated for possible involvement in trafficking syndicates.The junta-appointed legislature passed a new anti-human trafficking law that mandates harsher penalties, and human trafficking-related court cases will get a shortcut in the judicial system to prosecute suspects more quickly.Thai police took journalists on several treks into the tropical jungle along the Thai-Malaysia border to witness the exhumation of graves and watch as the officers dismantled abandoned wooden shelters by hand.Thailand’s sudden clampdown prompted some human smugglers to abandon boats that were filled with migrants. Thousands of migrants reached shore — mostly in Malaysia and Indonesia — but an unknown number are believed to remain at sea.Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia all rejected the ships as the crisis began, and all have been conducting some measure of damage control with the media. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Thailand has been accused of having the culture of impunity of state officials in the past, but this crisis offers a first chance to break that culture,” he said.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker and video journalist Papitchaya Boonngok in Bangkok and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Thailand remains major center for human trafficking.” Those words were emblazoned on a huge headline in a Thai daily newspaper printed nearly three years ago. The country’s answer was largely to ignore the problem, until recent events made that impossible.The discovery of 36 bodies at abandoned traffickers’ camps near Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia has intensified international pressure on Thailand to crack down on smugglers. So has a subsequent crisis involving thousands of migrants who were stranded at sea by their traffickers — and whose boats were pushed back by Thai officials. Those migrants, mainly Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, are just part of a human-trafficking problem that also includes Thai fishing boats that have used slave labor.Last June, Thailand and Malaysia were put on a blacklist in a U.S. State Department assessment on human trafficking, a downgrade that can jeopardize its lucrative seafood and shrimp industries. The European Union also threatened Thailand with a ban on seafood import by the end of the year unless it drastically changes its policies on illegal and unregulated fishing.A new State Department assessment is due this month, and Thailand is pushing for an upgrade with efforts that included its first-ever Anti-Human Trafficking Day on Friday. The opening ceremony at the prime minister’s Government House was followed by discussion about the problem and an awards ceremony for a journalist, police and officials who have helped expose human trafficking problems.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Two days after Malaysia confirmed 28 migrant camps and 139 suspected graves on its side of the border with Thailand, more than 60 reporters were taken on a three-hour trek to an abandoned camp where a forensic team had exhumed a body. Further requests to visit other migrant camps have been rejected, though police say they have now recovered 49 bodies from the gravesite the media visited.Under international pressure, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to take migrants in temporarily. Thailand did not, but insisted it will give humanitarian assistance to the boat people.“It’s not that Thailand isn’t helping. It’s good that everyone is helping, but Thailand has also provided help and our hands are full already,” deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd told The Associated Press, adding that the country already gave shelters to 140,000 refugees, mostly in camps along the Myanmar border.Last month Thailand called a regional conference and brought together senior government officials from 17 countries and international organizations to discuss the swelling tide of boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Southeast Asia. But one moment from the event reflected the at times muddled nature of Thailand’s cooperation. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In this May 5, 2015 photo, a border patrol police officer guards next to an abandoned migrant camp on Khao Kaew mountain near the Thai-Malaysian border in Padang Besar, Songkhla province, southern Thailand. Thailand is eager to show its newfound toughness on human trafficking, taking reporters on patrols and tours of former camps, cooperating with neighboring countries and the U.S., and arresting dozens of officials – including a high-ranking officer in the military that now controls the country. A discovery of 36 bodies at abandoned traffickers’ camps near Thailand’s southern border with Malaysia has intensified international pressure on Thailand to crack down on smugglers. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

State must step in to stop looting near ancient site Kouklia leader

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneTHE community leader of Kouklia village in Paphos is appealing to the government to step in to halt the ongoing practice of illegal excavations and theft of antiquities in the area.Michalakis Nicolaou told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday that more must be done by the state to protect the area’s heritage and artefacts from would- be looters.“I have just made a complaint to the minister of the interior about these practices and pointed out that it is not our responsibility to protect these sites, as we are not police and it can be very dangerous for us,” he said.Nicolaou has requested that two community policemen be employed in Kouklia to ensure that these illegal practices, which have been going on for years, finally come to a halt. “They would help immensely,” he said.Kouklia is built in the area of “Palaepaphos”- old Paphos- the birthplace of goddess, Aphrodite. It is an important archaeological area, rich in interests and artefacts. Excavations have been ongoing on the site since 2006, and remains of the ancient city and the sanctuary can be seen today.Nicolaou stressed that the government must take immediate and urgent action, pointing out that members of the public can only pass on information if they spot somethingsuspicious, but questioned who they can give this information to. “We need a dedicated department,” he said.He also said that uncovering the culprits can be difficult, as sometimes the information passed on may not be correct as far as artefact thieves go, and that it’s sometimes actually illegal hunting that is taking place.“People see someone drive their car in a field and they presume they are going to dig, but they are actually hunting with a gun,” he said.The community leader noted that he is hoping that the state take action, but that he can “only hope and wait.”A spokesman for Kouklia police said that the phenomenon is nothing new and that such thefts have been going on for years.“People have been trying to steal from the archaeological sites and areas close to them for a long time.”He noted that extra police patrols are in sensitive and known areas, and that police carry out operations where necessary and also follow up any information that they receive about the theft of items.“We have caught a number of perpetrators, they can have all sorts of items on them such as pots and coins and anything which they believe is historic and has value,” he said.However, he admitted that a lot depends on luck in catching the thieves. Police also rely on information from vigilant members of the public, who he encouraged to report anything suspicious.He said that most of the thieves are Cypriot but are usually residing in other towns on the island.“We bring them to the court and the judge decides what to do with them, whether they will get a fine or be sent to prison.”He said that most end up paying a fine.“Once we catch the thieves with archaeological items in their possession, representatives from the archaeological department register anything of historical value and take it away, he added.Politis reported on Tuesday that Professor Maria Iacovou, from the Department of History and Archaeology, Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus, in a recent letter to the House, highlighted the issue, complained about the looting of artefacts in Kouklia in particular, as well as other areas.The professor added that there is evidence of all-year round illegal digging at many of the excavation sites, and that she has voiced her concerns to her department. She also noted that there is no protection for the sites or the excavated items.In August 2016, Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos claimed organised criminal gangs from Limassol were primarily responsible for antiquities being looted and sold, and Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides noted that the antiquities department was making efforts, along with the police, to protect sites from looters.  You May LikeKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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