The best olive oil in the world

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Israeli official expresses gratitude for Cyprus’ help in battle with fires

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FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE CYPRUS

President of the Israel – Cyprus Friendship Group at Knesset, Manuel Trajtenberg, expressed his country`s appreciation to Cyprus for its contribution in the battle to extinguish the huge fires that were raging in Israel last week.

Trajtenberg, who was received last week by President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, is currently visiting Cyprus to address as a key note speaker a luncheon organised by the Cyprus-Israel Business Association in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel in Nicosia.

According to an official press release, during the meeting, Trajtenberg expressed his country`s appreciation to Cyprus and the help it has offered in the battle to extinguish the fires in Israel.

Syllouris and Trajtenberg agreed that such incidents demonstrate the advantages of regional cooperation and said that it further development of this cooperation is needed.

They also talked about the very good relations between the two Parliaments which extend to a multilateral level of cooperation with the aim to promote regional cooperation and stability in the wider region.

The two officials referred to the tripartite interparliamentary cooperation between Cyprus, Israel and Greece, ahead of the high level meeting that will soon take place in this framework.

(KYPE)

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Public Employment Office in Cyprus fails to help many, survey suggests

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Out of the inactive persons aged 15-34 years old, 99.1% stated that they did not receive any kind of support from the Public Employment Office for finding a job. 0.5% stated that they got assistance in finding job vacancies while 0.4% stated that they had being given a place on a work program (HRD Authority)

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The majority of young persons aged 15-34 years said they did not receive any kind of support from the Public Employment Office for finding a job, according to the results of the survey “Young people in the Labour Market”, for the second quarter of 2016, published by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

According to the findings 88.6% of the employed persons aged 15-34 years old stated that they did not receive any kind of support from the Public Employment Office for finding a job. Some 6.6% stated that they got assistance in finding job vacancies, 4.5% stated that they had being given a place on a work program (HRD Authority) while 0.3% stated that they received some other kind of help.

At the same time 83.7% of the unemployed persons aged 15-34 years old stated that they did not receive any kind of support from the Public Employment Office for finding a job. 12.9% stated that they got assistance in finding job vacancies, 1.9% stated that they had being given a place on a work program (HRD Authority) while 1.5% stated that they received some other kind of help.

Out of the inactive persons aged 15-34 years old, 99.1% stated that they did not receive any kind of support from the Public Employment Office for finding a job. 0.5% stated that they got assistance in finding job vacancies while 0.4% stated that they had being given a place on a
work program (HRD Authority)

Regarding the method used by employees in finding their current main job 19.3% of employees aged 15-34 stated advertisements in the media, the internet or another channel as the method used in finding their current main job. 43.2% stated relatives, friends or other acquaintances, 2.8% stated the Public Employment Office, 6.1% stated a private employment agency, 2.3% stated an education or training institution (e.g. college, university, Human Resources Development Authority), 21.9% stated they contacted the employer directly, 0,7% stated the employer contacted them directly while 3.7% stated some other method (e.g. Teachers register etc.) as the method they used in finding their current main job.

As far as the extent in which the level of formal education of the employed corresponds to the demands of their current main job, 41.8% of the employed persons aged 15-34 years old stated that their level of formal education corresponds to the demands of their current main job to a large extent 22.0% stated to some extent, 14.1% stated very little while 22.1% stated that their educational level does not correspond at all to the demands of their current main job.

(KYPE)

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EastMed project commercially viable, preliminary study shows

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“The Ministers expressed their satisfaction for the fact that the study showed that the proposed pipeline is technically feasible and commercially viable” the press release adds.

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The EastMed gas pipeline is technically feasible and commercially viable, according to a preliminary study, which was examined by the competent Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Italy, who met in Rome last week on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean.

According to an official press release Cypriot Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Greek Minister of Energy and Environment George Stathakis and Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, held a meeting in Rome in the presence of European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change Miguel Arias Ca�ete, and Ron Adam, policy advisor of the Israeli Ministry of Energy.

During the meeting they reviewed the results of the preliminary pre-feed study of the EastMed natural gas pipeline project, which was carried out by IGI Poseidon and which was funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

“The Ministers expressed their satisfaction for the fact that the study showed that the proposed pipeline is technically feasible and commercially viable” the press release adds.

It notes that given the strategic value of the project, which aims to create a direct export route for natural gas reserves from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, as part of the Eastern Mediterranean corridor, and adding other export options under evaluation, the Ministers decided the establishment of a working group for monitoring the development of the project activities and identifying ways to jointly support it.

(KYPE)

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French President to visit Cyprus on December 9

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The Cyprus government has confirmed that French President Francois Hollande will pay a visit to Cyprus on 9th December.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides in a Twitter post on Saturday said the French President will be in Cyprus on 9/12.

Earlier Saturday, the office of the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras in a statement on his meeting with Hollande in Abu Dhabi, said that “in view of the imminent visit of President Hollande to Cyprus, the two men welcomed the resumption of the talks on Cyprus and discussed the developments on the issue”.

It further said that in this framework, the importance of the Cyprus problem in the EU-Turkey relations was underlined as well as the need to end the aggressive rhetoric on the part of Ankara.

The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, decided last Thursday to resume the UN peace talks for a Cyprus solution, following the collapse of two rounds of talks they held in November in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland.

They further decided that they will meet in Geneva on the 9th of January 2017, on the 11th of January, they will present their respective maps and from the 12th of January, a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers, while other relevant parties shall be invited as needed.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

(FG/Agencies)

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Lira trouble prompts Turkey to trade in foreign currency with Russia and China

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The president noted that he had given necessary instructions to Turkey’s central bank, saying “I hope we will move on this way.”

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– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his country is seeking trade in local currencies with Russia and China amid a fluctuation in Turkish lira.

“I proposed to Putin to conduct our trade in local currencies,” Erdogan said of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of a shopping mall in Istanbul.

“I said whatever I buy I shall pay you in ruble, and whatever you buy from me make the payment in Turkish lira,” the president noted.

He said he had asked the same from China and his offers were found reasonable by both countries.

The president noted that he had given necessary instructions to Turkey’s central bank, saying “I hope we will move on this way.”

The Turkish lira lost 10 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in November alone and hit a record low of 3.59 on Friday, prompting Erdogan to call on Turks to covert their foreign exchanges into gold or Turkish lira in an attempt to curb the rise in dollar.

In response, Borsa Istanbul, Turkey’s main stock exchange, became the first institution to convert all of its cash assets into Turkish lira, the Hurriyet daily news said.

(Xinhua)

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New app proves a nourishing idea for wasted food | Killian Fox

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The distribution of surplus food in Ireland is being transformed by FoodCloud. Killian Fox meets the duo behind the venture

“Within one community, there can be a business that’s throwing away perfectly good food and just around the corner there’s a charity that’s struggling to feed people in need,” says Iseult Ward of FoodCloud, a remarkable social enterprise which she co-founded with Aoibheann O’Brien in 2012. “We wanted to connect the two.”

Ward, who is 26, was studying business and economics at Trinity College, Dublin, where O’Brien, 31, was completing a masters in environmental science. Neither were particularly tech-savvy – they bonded over “a love for food and a distaste for waste” – but that didn’t deter them from using technology to address the problem. “We developed an app that would help businesses notify charities when they had surplus food available,” says Ward.

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STATEMENT: Brazil Announces Goal of Restoring 22 Million Hectares of Degraded Land by 2030

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CANCÚN (December 3, 2016) –

Today, Brazil’s Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment announced their intent to restore and promote sustainable agriculture across 22 million hectares of degraded land, the largest restoration commitment ever made by a single nation. The announcement includes the following goals, set against a 2005 baseline:

  • Restoring twelve million hectares of deforested and degraded forest land by 2030 through forest restoration, reforestation and natural regeneration;
  • Implementing five million hectares of integrated crop, livestock and forest management by 2030 through Brazil’s low-carbon agriculture program;
  • Restoring five million hectares of degraded pasture land by 2020.

Brazil announced their plans at the 13th Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity (COP13), which takes place until December 17 as part of the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity in Cancún, Mexico.

Following is a statement by Rachel Biderman, Director of WRI Brasil:

“Brazil is once again demonstrating global leadership with its ambitious restoration announcement in Cancún. Restoring 22 million hectares –an area larger than Uruguay– will absorb huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, generate clean and plentiful water and boost agricultural productivity. It is first and foremost a win for the Brazilian people, who will benefit from new jobs and increased economic growth as restoration brings vitality back to under-performing landscapes.”

“Restoration, by increasing the functionality of degraded lands, is a smart approach to advance Brazil’s environmental, agricultural and development objectives. Brazil’s restoration of twelve million hectares of forest landscapes will deliver economic benefits from forestry as well as promoting biodiversity and water management. The commitment of five million hectares of integrated crop, livestock and forest management will boost agricultural productivity while reducing emissions. Brazil’s ranchers and cattle industry will also benefit from increased productivity and sustainability through five million hectares of pasture land restoration.”

Following is a statement by Miguel Calmon, Senior Manager, Landscape Restoration Knowledge, IUCN:

“Brazil’s restoration commitment represents a model of success for other nations. The commitment is made jointly by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, which aligns the interests of farmers, ranchers and conservationists. The commitment also provides a path for Brazil to deliver huge emissions savings for the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Climate Agreement. And Brazil will benefit from the support of the international community by contributing to the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests (partnerships to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030). The commitment also doubles the hectares committed to Initiative 20×20, a country-led effort to restore 20 million hectares of degraded areas in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2020.”

“Brazil’s announcement sends an important signal to the international community: ‘We are serious about improving the productivity of our land while fighting climate change.’ They deserve our congratulations and support as they work to achieve their ambitious goals.”

For media requests, please contact:

James Anderson, WRI Global: janderson@wri.org; +1-507-301-2385
Fernanda Boscaini, WRI Brasil: fboscaini@wri.org; +55 51 33126324
Sandra Caya, IUCN: Sandra.Caya@iucn.org; +41 79 832 7593

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The crunch of frost, starlings at dusk, a solitary robin: winter is a time of true wonder

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The official start of winter was heralded by days of sharp sunshine. Country Life’s editor at large celebrates the season’s natural beauty

Windscreens frozen, ground like iron, a vichyssoise of fog in the valleys – we’ve had the first intimations of a proper winter, and my friend’s blood is coursing. “Isn’t it the most exciting time of year?” he mumbled, from the depths of many layers of warm clothing. “I love the sharpness of the air, the crunch of frost underfoot.”

I’m with him. A lucky chum who has a house in the Caribbean told me about the temperature variance on Nevis; it will be 30C at Christmas, just as it was 30C in July. A superficially seductive prospect, I admit, but who wouldn’t rather have the drama of the changing year? Icicles hanging from the eaves, mulled wine simmering on the stove. As the 18th-century nature poet James Thomson put it, “Welcome kindred glooms!”

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The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech

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Electric-car evangelist is the target of concerted negative online campaign linked to influential rightwing network

He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies – including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which makes reusable space rockets – can help resist man-made climate change.

South African-born Elon Musk is a billionaire green evangelist, a bete noire of the fossil fuels industry who talks about colonising Mars and believes it may be possible that we’re living in a computer simulation.

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