Rabat- The Meridian International Center and Gallup released a new U.S.-Global Leadership Project this week, which found that the U.S. Leadership approval rating lost 15 points in Morocco in 2013.It seems like Moroccans’ opinions on US leadership fluctuate from year to year. Although Moroccan approval of US global leadership decreased in 2013, it is still the highest of any Arab country after Mauritania.The project, which included 160 countries, found that U.S approval leadership rating in Morocco has lost 15 points in the last year, from 33% in 2012 to 15% in 2013. Still, “the majority of Moroccans (59%) did not have an opinion about U.S. leadership. Residents of Morocco were, however, nearly twice as likely to disapprove (27%) as approve (15%) of U.S. leadership,” the survey said.Notably, after the White House’s leadership popularity in Morocco lost only 3 points from 2009 to 2010, regaining5 points in 2011, support for America’s leadership lost 18 point between 2012-2013 going down from 33 to 15%Morocco’s approval decrease (-15) ranked the kingdom among the ten biggest losses in approval in the world in 2012, alongside South Africa (-16), Nigeria (-17), Ghana (-17), Angola (-20) and Madagascar (-23).According to Gallup and Meridian, U.S. leadership disapproval was 80% in Palestine, 71% in Lebanon, 69% in Yemen, and 47% in Syria.Edited by Jessica Rohan
In his own country, Mr. Ouedraogo, who is from the northern city of Ouahigouya, worked in the corrections administration for eight years, including as Deputy Director of the prison in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, for about two years.“My desire to work in a peacekeeping operation is the result of my experience in my country,” he explained in an interview with the UN News Centre, a few days before the celebration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeeper, observed on 29 May.“The objective of peacekeeping operations is to help give a smile to people struggling. And I think that when you have the opportunity to live in peace, it is your duty to work to bring that smile, that hope to other people,” he added.Following several years of crisis, most detention centres in the Central African Republic have been destroyed. Of the 60 prisons that existed before the conflict, only two are now functional. UN Corrections officer Oscar Ouedraogo visits the central prison of Ngaragba, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA“The crisis has created a need for justice among the Central African population and meeting this need for justice requires that courts are functional, that prisons are also functional,” said Mr. Ouedraogo.For example, the central prison of Ngaragba, in Bangui, currently houses nearly 700 detainees in a facility that has a capacity of 400.In addition, the national corrections administration has just under 100 staff members for the whole country. They are not sufficiently trained and equipped and prison security is provided by the military, including the Republican Guard. UN Corrections officer Oscar Ouedraogo looking at the progress of the rehabilitation works of the annex of the central prison of Ngaragba in Camp Roux, Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCAAs part of the restoration of the rule of law in the country, MINUSCA is working to develop and implement, in close cooperation with the Central African authorities and its partners, a strategy for the gradual demilitarization of detention centres.By 2018, the goal is to train 2,000 corrections officers so that the Central African detention centres can be managed by a corps of professionals.Mr. Ouedraogo works in the human resources team of the Corrections Unit, within the Justice and Corrections Section of MINUSCA. The team is working to create a corps of personnel to manage the Central African corrections system and to promote the ideal corrections officer, one “who knows the rules that must be observed to ensure the most basic rights for the detainees.”One of the lessons Mr. Ouedraogo learned from his experience in Burkina Faso is that prisons should not be considered as “forgotten” places but centres where detainees can be redressed so they can be reintegrated later in the society where they can be useful. Hence, the importance of having well-trained prison officers, so that detainees are treated well. “They are human beings who have the right to dignity, who deserve respect,” he insisted.Beyond what it can do for him professionally, Mr. Ouedraogo believes that working with MINUSCA has been “a truly exhilarating experience” and he has learned a lot. UN Corrections officer Oscar Ouedraogo in the annex of the central prison of Ngaragba in Camp Roux, Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCAThis includes learning to adjust linguistically and culturally in a country where French is one of the official languages, as it is in Burkina Faso.“It happened to me several times in my interactions with those with whom I work that I cannot be understood well,” he explained. “Over time, I realized that an expression can mean something else depending of the place you come from,” he added.“For example, when someone says ‘I am not hearing you well,’ it means here ‘I did not catch what you said.’ I used to understand it to mean that the person did not give me the attention I expected,” he said.
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. But now his habit has become so severe that he craves his first Diet Coke as soon as he’s brushed his teeth in the morning. Lord Falconer before his weight lossCredit:JAMES BOARDMAN/ Reuters The Labour Peer lost five stone between 2012 and 2014Credit: Asadour Guzelian/ Guzelian A former Lord Chancellor has told of how his weight loss regime of Diet Coke and apples has left him with an addiction to the caffeinated drink.Lord Falconer lost a total of five stone after embarking on a strict diet, but three years on the 66-year-old has said its left him craving the drink, consuming up to 15 cans a day.The Labour Peer said he had decided to lose weight because he was “just so fat”, explaining that lawyers eat the whole time.Commencing on his weight loss journey in 2012 he went from being over 16st to 11st 2lb in 2014. But he has now admitted that he is “completely addicted” to the carbonated soft drink.In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said: “I think I would drink maybe 15 Diet Cokes a day. It is a sort of prop, other people might use cigarettes or alcohol, I use Diet Coke. He said: “My body is so conditioned that once that taste of toothpaste is in my mouth I immediately want a Diet Coke.”Lord Falconer explained that an element of his addiction was in the ritual of cracking a can of Diet Coke open, and therefore didn’t drink bottles, but said that there was “nothing more pleasurable” than hearing the sound of a can opening.He added: “I occasionally have a mint tea, but that doesn’t compare to the pleasure of Diet Coke.” “I have been left with this addiction. I definitely have a Diet Coke habit, a very very bad Diet Coke habit.”During his strict weight loss regime, Lord Falconer would go without meals for the majority of the day, sticking only to apples and Diet Coke and would then have one evening meal.
Updated 22.50pmAN AMBULANCE THAT was supposed to bring a sick baby to a Dublin hospital broke down along the way, sparking concerns about funding for emergency services.Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Denis Naughten has described the incident as “farcical” given that the national neonatal transport service being used was established only three months ago.The ambulance was deployed from the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin to pick up a sick baby in Cork University Hospital but broke down at the side of the road before reaching its destination at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.The Irish Independent also reports that a second ambulance sent to transport the baby developed mechanical problems before eventually reaching Dublin.The breakdown follows a number of similar incidents in which emergency services were delayed because of malfunctions.Earlier this week a paramedic had to kick his way out of a broken down ambulance in Dublin after a power failure had caused the doors to lock.This latest incident in Cork occurred just three months after the new emergency transport service for infants was launched“It is farcical to see that the new 24/7 service which was sought for a number of years and commenced on 3 December last, was left stranded on the side of the road within three months,” said Naughten.Amazingly it seems that HSE has no plans to replace the vehicle which is nearing the end of its life with 360,000 km on the clock.The problems caused by the series of malfunctions meant that it took a total of five-and-a-half hours to bring the baby to the Dublin hospital.Naughten says that if this delay had have occurred in one of the incidents where a baby was born after being deprived of oxygen and required treatment, the child could have been left with “significant disabilities”.First published 15.11pmRead: Dublin Fire Brigade investigating how a sick child was locked in an ambulance >Read: SIPTU calls for ambulance resources to be reviewed >
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Manufacturing jobs are coming for Grand Turk thanks to a new memorandum of understanding signed yesterday in the Capital. The manufacturing facility is poised to transform the country’s construction industry as the partnership will reportedly produce stay-in-place concrete wall forming systems for easier construction, and lots more. Paul Day of Grand Turk Development Enterprise and Howard D. Nash of Creative Investment Holdings Ltd have teamed up to establish the factory which will not only produce eco-friendly items to be distributed in the Turks and Caicos, but to the wider Caribbean and South America.The company with its multi-pronged offerings announced in a media statement that around 100 jobs should be created from the fabrication, welding, engineering, plastic recycling, injection molding, marine insurance and shipping companies. Paul Day, who has been a Grand Turk resident since 1993, explained they are “committed to conserving natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Our products will be designed to be environment-friendly and energy-efficient…”The new factory will be located in South Dock, Grand Turk. RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you Related Items:Creative Investment Holdings Ltd, grand turk, howard nash, manufacturing, paul day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director
DANVERS, MA — North Shore Community College President Patricia Gentile is pleased to announce that 140 NSCC students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa’s International Honor Society at a recent ceremony at NSCC’s Lynn Campus.Wilmington students Suzanne By and John Grealish were among the 140 students inducted.Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society for students at two-year colleges who exhibit outstanding academic performance throughout each semester. To be invited for membership, students must be enrolled in a degree program with a minimum of 18 credits and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7. NSCC is affiliated with the nationwide organization, through its own chapter, Alpha Lambda Kappa.(NOTE: The above announcement is from North Shore Community College.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Theresa Valenti Inducted Into Honor Society At Salem State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At North Shore Community CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From North Shore Community CollegeIn “Education”
TEWKSBURY, MA — During a recent review of the voting histories of the eight candidates vying for the open 19th Middlesex State Representative seat, Wilmington Apple noticed something strange.Selectman Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) moved to Tewksbury in February 2002. For the next 11 years, Kratman continued to vote exclusively in Boston elections until January 2013, at which time Kratman registered to vote in Tewksbury.During that 11-year stretch (2002-2013), Kratman participated in 18 elections as a Boston voter while a resident of Tewksbury. And, as a result, also during that stretch, Kratman did not vote in any Tewksbury town elections (annual or special) or Tewksbury town meetings (annual or special), nor did he vote for any of Tewksbury’s county, state or federal legislative delegations (aside from U.S. Senators).Tewksbury Town Clerk Denise Graffeo provided Kratman’s voting history document to Wilmington Apple. The applicable portion is below:Kratman also provided Wilmington Apple with a copy of Kratman’s voter registration form from 2013.Kratman does not dispute the voting history.“Yes, I was taking care of my mother and had to go to the house [in Boston] that we owned everyday,” Kratman told Wilmington Apple.Kratman’s mother Virginia lived at 256 Leyden Street in East Boston. It was the home Mark grew up in. Virginia passed away on January 4, 2011. The home was sold thereafter, apparently in February 2013.(NOTE: For the sake of accuracy over the date of the sale, I’m including the deed below from the Suffolk Registry of Deeds. The deed was originally dated November 2012, received in February 2013, and marked up as either February 2012 or February 2014. Further note, Janet Nolan Bunnell, the Administrator of Virginia’s estate, is one of Mark’s sister. Mark’s name does not appear on any of the property documents Wilmington Apple reviewed, including the mortgage for the home. According to Mark, he did help his mother financially and had made payments towards the mortgage.)Kratman voted in Boston three times after his mother’s death. Going by the February 2013 “received” date on the deed below, he did not vote in Boston after the sale of his mother’s house.Is What Mark Did Wrong?Wilmington Apple reached out to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division for comment.“I don’t know the details of what his residency are. That’s the point of the challenge process,” Debra O’Malley, Spokesperson for Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s Office told Wilmington Apple. “[Kratman] would have had to have been challenged by another registered voter who submitted compelling evidence to the Boston Election Commission. Then there’s a hearing that then would have taken place and the Commission would have looked at evidence from both the person bringing the challenge and the person being challenged.”“[The issue] of where you vote is not always cut and dry,” continued O’Malley. “You’d look at where your home base is, where you intend to return to, where you lay your head at night, and where you have ties to, but not necessarily all of those things. Any and all evidence offered would need to be examined…. But voters should be voting at their primary residence.”O’Malley noted that, according to how she understood the facts as Wilmington Apple told them to her, Kratman CANNOT be challenged now and brought in front of the Boston Election Commission for any past votes.“If no one is questioning his current situation, he can’t be challenged now,” she stated.When asked if this was a case of “voter fraud,” O’Malley responded that the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office does not make those determinations, and only refers such matters to other agencies.“In any instance, the only ones that could bring voter fraud charges would by the District Attorney, the [Massachusetts] Attorney General, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said O’Malley. Wilmington Apple also reviewed pertinent language on the Secretary of State’s website and Massachusetts General Laws.According to the Secretary of State’s Election Division’s website:“You must update your voter registration every time you move. If you have moved, you may update your registration by filling out a new voter registration form. If you move after the deadline to register to vote in a state election or primary, you should wait to update your registration until after the date of the election or primary, and return to vote at your previous polling place in Massachusetts. State law allows you to vote from a previous address in a state election for up to six month after you have moved, as long as you have not registered elsewhere.”The Secretary of State’s Election Division’s website reiterates:“State law allows voters who have moved within Massachusetts to vote in state elections and primaries from a previous address for up to six months, as long as they have not registered at a new address. If you have moved from one community in Massachusetts to another, and you have not registered to vote at your new address, you may vote at your previous polling place. Please note that this does not apply to local elections.”Massachusetts General Law (Part I, Title VIII, Chapter 51, Section 1) addresses the qualifications of voters:“Section 1. Every citizen eighteen years of age or older, not being a person under guardianship or incarcerated in a correctional facility due to a felony conviction, and not being temporarily or permanently disqualified by law because of corrupt practices in respect to elections, who is a resident in the city or town where he claims the right to vote at the time he registers, and who has complied with the requirements of this chapter, may have his name entered on the list of voters in such city or town, and may vote therein in any such election, or except insofar as restricted in any town in which a representative town meeting form of government has been established, in any meeting held for the transaction of town affairs. Notwithstanding any special law to the contrary, every such citizen who resides within the boundaries of any district, as defined in section one A of chapter forty-one, may vote for district officers and in any district meeting thereof, and no other person may so vote. A person otherwise qualified to vote for national or state officers shall not, by reason of a change of residence within the commonwealth, be disqualified from voting for such national or state officers in the city or town from which he has removed his residence until the expiration of 6 months from such removal.”Massachusetts General Law (Part I, Title VIII, Chapter 51, Section 44) addresses the voter registration form:“Section 44. A person seeking to register shall complete an affidavit of voter registration form as prescribed in section thirty-six, and shall sign the affidavit under the penalty of perjury. A person registering as a voter may, at the same time, establish his enrollment in a political party or political designation, as provided in section thirty-eight of chapter fifty-three, by indicating his desire to be so enrolled on the affidavit of voter registration. The affidavit of any person who provides the registrars with a copy of a court order granting protection, or evidence of residence in a protective shelter, or an affidavit signed by a chief of police or his designee that said person is entitled to have certain information withheld from the public under section 24C of chapter 265 shall not be a public record.”Below, again, is Kratman’s voter registration form, which he filled out under the penalty of perjury. In 2013, Kratman answers “12 Adams Street, Malden, MA” as the last address at which he was registered to vote. Kratman had last voted in Malden in 1995. He did not mention the address of his mother’s house in Boston, the city he voted in from 1997 to 2012.Additionally, according to the Malden City Clerk Office, the last Malden address that Kratman was actually registered to vote at was 114 Adams Street, not 12 Adams Street, where he lived prior to moving to 114.The Response From Other 19th Middlesex State Rep CandidatesWilmington Apple reached out to the other Democratic and Republican candidates in the race for comment.“This report is extremely shocking and disappointing,” said State Rep candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “We have one candidate who doesn’t vote, and now another who has been doing it out of town despite living here. This isn’t acceptable behavior for an average citizen, never mind for anyone who wants to be State Representative. A public official should be held to a higher standard, and this is a breach of public trust.”All other candidates declined comment or did not respond for comment prior to this article’s deadline.The Response From Mark KratmanWilmington Apple reached out to Mark Kratman for comment.“I come from an old-fashioned Irish family and was one of six children. I was raised by my mother after I lost my father… I worked two full-time jobs to help out. Me and my brother helped pay the mortgage,” said Kratman. “One of my sisters moved to Colorado. One moved to New Hampshire. After awhile, I was the only one around to help my mom. I never changed by voter residency when my mom got older.”“Even though I bought a house in Tewksbury, I was a partial owner of my mother’s house. If something happened to my mother, I would be the caregiver. I would be the beneficiary,” continued Kratman. “I went there every single day until the day she passed. I’d bring her her groceries. I’d snow blow the driveway. I did this. I did that…. She never wanted to leave that house. She was so attached to it. She didn’t want to be placed in a nursing home. She didn’t want to move up to Tewksbury and live in an in-law apartment I was thinking about adding to my home. I’m very proud I didn’t put my mother in a nursing home.”“Once my mother passed, I registered to vote in Tewksbury,” said Kratman, who noted he never missed a state election during his entire voting career, or a town election since he began voting in Tewksbury.“If someone wants to call me out for helping my mother, God bless them!,” added Kratman. “This is not what people want to hear. This is why we have 8%-9% voter turnout. No one wants to hear these negative stories. People want to hear about what candidates can do to improve their community.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. 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A heavy lift ship dropped anchor in Kachemak Bay last Tuesday. The Zen Hua 15 is making preparations to tow offshore drilling rig Endeavour Spirit of Independence to South Africa.Download AudioThe rig has been parked in storage in Port Graham since last winter. Homer Harbor master Bryan Hawkins says the Zen Hua will begin loading the Endeavour could head to sea as soon as Wednesday.“There’s a lot of components that have to be completed before they can load it. A lot of work on the ship getting the deck prepared. If everything goes as planned and the weather cooperates then they’ll bring it in,” Hawkins said.The Endeavour was leased by Buccaneer Energy before the company filed for bankruptcy.
macheteFlickrA woman and her daughter were beaten and lynched to death in Jharkhand after villagers suspected them of witchcraft on Thursday. A complaint was filed against the woman’s husband Subhash Khandait and their son, who managed to escape the raging villagers.The two women were killed when a neighbour fell ill after attending a puja at the victims’ house. The villagers then accused the women of witchcraft and began brutally beating the two women, IANS reports.”An FIR has been lodged. We are investigating the case,” said Anand Mohan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, West Singhbhum.Murders related to witchcraft is common in parts of India. A similar incident took place in Odisha in January when six men were accused of killing a woman and her four children, including a 10-month-old baby. The villagers had killed them, suspecting that the woman was involved in a ritual killing of a young, reports India Today. The woman and her children were killed for the illness and death of a 12-year-old girl after the woman said that she had cast a spell on the girl.The six men accused included a witch doctor and they have all been booked under the Odisha’s Prevention of Witch-Hunting Act.
In this 17 July 2016 file photo, Venezuelans wait in line to cross into Colombia through the Simon Bolivar bridge in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela. Photo: APAn estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the crisis-wracked country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, the United Nations said Tuesday.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that those fleeing – about 7 per cent of Venezuela’s 32.8 million people – cite lack of food as the main reason for leaving. UN humanitarian officials report that 1.3 million of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment,” he said.Oil-rich Venezuela has been sinking deeper into an economic and political crisis. Hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine are battering the country, and the International Monetary Fund projects inflation could top 1 million percent by year’s end.Socialist President Nicolas Maduro often blames Venezuela’s poor economy on what he claims is an economic war being waged by the United States and Europe. Despite widespread discontent over the country’s economic and political problems, he won a second six-year term as president in a May election that his leading challenger and many nations have not recognized as legitimate.Dujarric said severe shortages of basic medicines and medical supplies in Venezuela “have led to a sharp deterioration of the quality of hospitals.”UN officials say more than 100,000 HIV patients are at risk due to lack of access to necessary medication, the UN spokesman said. Formerly eradicated diseases including measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria “are present and on the rise,” he added.As a result of the dire economic and health care situation, rising numbers of Venezuelans are joining in an exodus that has set off alarms across Latin America.According to a report cited by the International Organization for Migration in April, population outflows from Venezuela “considerably increased” in recent years, with an estimated 1.6 million Venezuelans abroad in 2017 compared with 700,000 in 2015.Of the 1.6 million, it said approximately 885,000 were in South America, 308,000 in North America, 78,000 in Central America, 21,000 in the Caribbean and the rest scattered elsewhere.The exodus has been more dramatic this year.Last week, Ecuador declared a state of emergency in three of its provinces in an effort to cope with the growing influx of migrants from Venezuela. The Foreign Ministry said up to 4,000 Venezuelans are seeking entry into Ecuador each day.Before leaving office on 2 August, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos granted 440,000 refugees from Venezuela temporary residency permits for two years and urged Maduro’s government to stem the spreading humanitarian crisis.Dujarric said UN and humanitarian agencies report that Venezuelan migrants need assistance with their legal status, documentation, shelter and access to health care and other basic services.UN agencies are helping and neighbouring countries are “showing great generosity,” he said. “We would hope that other countries who are able to would also help and support those countries which are helping refugees.”
Kolkata: The Backward Classes Welfare department (BCW) has issued around 70 lakh Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC certificates in the past eight years.The BCW is organising special camps in the city to issue caste certificates following the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She had directed all the MPs, MLAs and councillors to hold special camps to issue the caste certificates. This is for the first time when special camps are being held in the city to issue such documents. Three camps have already been held so far where Minister of State for Tribal Development Chandrima Bhattacharya, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and state BCW minister Rajib Banerjee were present. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe camps have been held in South Kolkata at Harijan Bustee in Ward 86, in areas that fall under Rashbehari Assembly constituency and in Dover Lane. S K Thade, Principal Secretary, BCW, said from these camps, around 1,000 certificates have been issued. People stood in long queues to submit their applications. The BCW will examine the documents and issue the certificates within a week. The special camps continued till late in the evening. On March 6, a special camp will be held at Muchi bustee at Janbazar in Central Kolkata. Before the camps are held, local councillors inform the residents and urge those who are entitled to the certificates to pay a visit positively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter coming to power in 2011, Banerjee gave special attention to issue certificates to the SC, ST and OBC people. Earlier, the applicants had to wait for three to four years to get the certificates and often had to pay bribes to acquire them. It was learnt that between 2011 and 2013, around 12 lakh certificates for the SC, ST and OBC people have been given on an average per year. The officials in the districts were instructed to issue the certificates on a war footing after verifying the documents. Senior officials of the BCW were in constant touch with the district officials and the problems that cropped up had been ironed out. In all the administrative review meetings presided over by the Chief Minister, she had made it a point to inquire about the issuance of the caste certificates from the district officials including the District Magistrate. The SC, ST and OBC certificates are required to get admission in schools, colleges and universities and while applying for jobs in the government sector as well.
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IN WHAT could be seen as the unofficial announcement of the kick-off of President Nicos Anastasiades’ bid for secure a second term in February’s presidential election, the cabinet met at a special session in Troodos on Saturday followed by remarks with a focus on economy and energy-related ‘wins’ for the government.President Nicos Anastasiades has been coy on announcing a 2018 bid but he has pledged to make his intentions known on the prospect of seeking re-election in September. It is understood he will be battling Akel nominee Stavros Malas, Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, and the Citizens’ Alliance chief Yiorgos Lillikas, as well as some lesser-known candidates, for a second term.Speaking after Saturday’s cabinet meeting, which appeared to be more than just the usual summer sojourn at the Presidential mountain residence, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos announced that the ministers had commenced an overview of the government’s achievements since coming to power in 2013.“The regular session was followed by an unofficial one, in which the government’s work all these years has been overviewed,” Papadopoulos said. “It is great work, in both depth and width, with many reforms”. Anastasiades and his ministers exchanged views and commenced planning and decision-making on the policies to be pursued in future, he added.“Almost all targets have been met with great success, beyond any expectation,” Papadopoulos said.Asked to comment on how long into the future the new policies might span, given the burgeoning campaign for February’s presidential election, the deputy spokesman said that “the state doesn’t stop for elections, the state moves on”.“Popular demand for reforms, for more prudent fiscal policy and economic growth is there,” he said.“After laying the foundation and have achieved so much, reforms must continue. So the government plans for the country’s future.” In addition to ongoing policies, Papadopoulos added, the government is planning policies to be followed in the years to come, “so that all that we have achieved is maintained and the economy does even better”.In line with the implied kick-off of Anastasiades’ campaign for re-election, Papadopoulos’ announcement of the cabinet’s “overview and planning” session was followed by lengthy remarks by several ministers on the government’s successes.In a nod to the government’s successful handling of the 2013 economic disaster, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades went first, saying public finances are fully in check and within the targets set in the 2017 government budget.The minister said he “presented to the cabinet the half-year fiscal report, as the law stipulates”.“Public finances are fully within targets, [and] in check,” he said.“The targets set in the 2017 government budget, as well as to the European Commission, are being met in a way that allows us to continue promoting new policies and new projects without deviating from the clear goal of a balanced budget, and of course without the need to take measures.”This success, Georgiades added, is the result of the strong recovery Cyprus’ economy has managed, which reflects positively on the state’s revenues, with a “steady stream of revenues that safeguards that we can safely continue to implement our policy for economic recovery and growth”.Asked whether the various projects announced recently by Anastasiades have been budgeted for, and commenting on opposition criticism, the minister said “this is the result of the prudent economic policy we have followed”.“This is the debunking of talk of austerity policies, precisely because through this policy, and without any deviation at all from our targets, we can implement such new policies and finance such new projects,” he argued.“This is our response to those protesting today, and this is the difference between today’s economic policy and that followed in the past, which was the policy of deficits, debt, taxes, and dead-end roads.”Asked whether the economy’s growth rate will reach 3.5 per cent, exceeding the ministry’s own estimate, Georgiades said “our forecast was more conservative, around 2.9 per cent”.“We have exceeded our goal this year, too,” he said.“The real economy is moving. It’s not figures, it’s not impersonal numbers. This is the economy’s true performance.”Tourism, services, and other productive sectors have “recovered strongly”, the minister added.“Yes, the growth rate will be higher than we forecast, around 3.5 per cent,” he said.“This seems to be the unfolding picture, and this is why we believe continuing this effort is very important. The effort is paying off and bringing results, we are in good shape. But there is some way to go, so we will continue the effort.”Next, Transport minister Marios Demetriades announced a cabinet decision to operate more citizens’ service centres.“We had made the decision to turn the Road Transport Departments operating in each district into citizens’ service centres, thereby improving citizens’ service substantially by offering even more locations,” he said.“It was a policy adopted by the government from the beginning, to operate as many citizens’ service centres as possible.”Demetriades reminded that post offices were also turned into citizens’ service centres, while construction is underway of three rural locations in Lefkara, Kakopetria and Agros.“This way, the public can be served from several locations throughout Cyprus,” he noted.Meanwhile, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said the cabinet approved a proposal for the owners of defunct hotels to maintain the properties’ building coefficients, provided they demolish the old units within 12 months and obtain all required licences for the construction of new units within five years.“This was a measure all districts we visited had requested, so that defunct units are removed,” he said.Asked to comment on the ongoing drilling by French giants Total in block 11 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, Lakkotrypis said the company might be “slightly ahead of schedule” and results are expected by mid-September.“But when [the results] might be announced, we will decide with the company,” he cautioned.The minister noted that Italian company ENI, which has applied for drilling permits for blocks 3, 6 and 8, is awaiting the results before deciding if and where to drill.Pundits have long surmised that Anastasiades’ recent ratcheting up of hardline rhetoric on the Cyprus problem, after years of conciliatory language, as well as uncharacteristically many public appearances coupled with project announcements, are not unrelated to his decision to run again.His chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis said last weekend that conditions should be in place by September for the Cyprus talks to resume as soon as possible and certainly before the election.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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