New crossing point opens in UNbacked efforts to reunify Cyprus

“There is hope that the two leaders now can bring this country together and reunite Cyprus,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer said referring to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders whose talks he has been facilitating in an effort to reunify the island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.“That is possible and the success of this project simply demonstrates that point and I think demonstrates it very clearly. It will require a lot of political will, a lot of political courage and the leaders can rest assured that they will get great support, not just from us in the United Nations, but from the broader international community.”The new Limnitis/Yesilirmak crossing in the northwest of the island required upgrading some six kilometres of road and is the seventh such link facilitating movement between the two communities. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban voiced the hope that it will help strengthen “the climate of trust and goodwill necessary for the UN-supported negotiations to achieve a mutually-acceptable and lasting settlement as soon as possible.” For the past two years Mr. Downer has been facilitating the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterparts, first Mehmet Ali Talat and after April elections Dervis Eroglu, in a bid to establish a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.Other issues include the economy, European Union (EU) matters and property.Mr. Downer did not underestimate the difficulties in the process and paid tribute to the leaders and the two communities for completing the new project. “I can remember not all that long ago some people saying that this project would never be complete,” he said. “Others said it was a test of whether it would be possible to reunite Cyprus. “That if it wasn’t even possible to build this crossing and to open it, then it wouldn’t be possible to reunite Cyprus – probably a fair point.“But it was of course the pessimists that were wrong and the determination of the two sides that made this possible. And it does demonstrate a point that none of this work here in Cyprus, bringing the two sides together, is easy work.” 14 October 2010A new road crossing between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities was opened today, a step a senior United Nations official said proved the pessimists wrong and raised hopes that the Mediterranean island can be reunited. read more

Lawyer to investigate significant misconduct by BC real estate agents

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2016 4:46 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The Real Estate Council of B.C. has hired a lawyer to work with private investigators in cases of significant misconduct by agents.The council already has five staff lawyers who investigate complaints by the public and real estate agents.Spokeswoman Marilee Peters says the range of complaints could include mishandling of trust-account money and misrepresenting common property in a strata.She says a professional-standards adviser was hired in January to handle inquiries from the public and agents and to deal with rules about agents’ conduct.Peters says the measures are the result of an internal review that began last year.She says that since January, three temporary suspensions have also been issued, including one for seven days when an agent failed to act in the best interests of a buyer by not asking the seller whether renovation permits had been obtained. Lawyer to investigate significant misconduct by B.C. real estate agents read more

Total Lubricants in new three year European deal with ArcelorMittal

first_imgTotal Lubricants, a leading player in the global lubricants market and ArcelorMittal, the global leading steel and mining company, has signed a three-year European supply agreement related to the purchase of a complete range of maintenance lubricants, technical support and associated services. The deal, signed on September 8, marks more than 20 years of partnership between both groups. “It ensures the security of supply, enjoying the benefits of Total’s worldwide presence. The core of the agreement concerns highly efficient lubricants which increase the reliability of steelmaking equipment. The agreement optimises the cost, including the cost of maintenance operations and the lifecycle of key assets and equipment, minimising downtime and production losses. The collaborative approach of both companies reflects perfectly ArcelorMittal’s strategy to be the most efficient and competitive producer of steel products.”“Today, we expect from our partner not only favourable commercial conditions, but also lubrication improvement programs to increase the productivity of our assets. Total Lubricants is a proven partner introducing the Total Cost of Ownership approach,” said Sanjay Pandya, General Manager of ArcelorMittal, European Procurement Organisation. “Focusing on the steel industry is a strategic choice for Total Lubricants made a long time ago. Currently, steelmakers are focused on efficiency and cost reductions. A long-term partnership with ArcelorMittal allows us to introduce new lubrication solutions aimed at equipment efficiency, and increasing the profitability of production sites,” said Mathieu Soulas, CEO of Total Lubricants.The statement said that the partnership of Total Lubrifiants and ArcelorMittal represents a focus on the future and on mutual performance. ArcelorMittal operates iron ore mines in Europe in both Ukraine and Bosnia.last_img read more