FYROMGreece agreement approved by the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The agreement signed by the governments of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which sees the latter adopting the name ‘North Macedonia’ was approved on Tuesday by the Hellenic Parliaments joint standing committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs, after a heated debate.The discussion and analysis of the draft law ratifying the Prespes accord began on Monday afternoon, with the main opposition New Democracy (ND) insisting on the final text of FYROM’s amended constitution being presented to the Parliament, as a prerequisite before the debate.This is expected to become the Opposition’s point of focus in its dismissal of the agreement.“We cannot discuss on a political void,” argued Shadow Foreign Minister Georgios Koumoutsakos, repeating the Opposition’s demand for the government to present the full content of former Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias’ resignation letter.Instead of an official translation of the amended constitution, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Katrougalos, presented a printout copy, downloaded from the FYROM government website, which only further fuelled debate, given that the text still includes references to the “macedonian” people.Mr Katrougalos argued that this reference has to do with the FYROM citizens’ individual rights of self-determination, and stressed that there is no definition of nations or people, in international law.“The agreement cannot recognise nations. States acknowledge states. Matters of national identity are matters of consciousness and self-determination. Therefore, Greece with this agreement does not acknowledge a Macedonian people, but it clearly states that our neighbours have nothing to do with Greek history and Greek historical lecacy. We cannot tell them what they are. We can tell them what they are not, to the extent that it hurts us,” he said and asked for all political parties to show honesty and assume national responsibility.The deputy Foreign Minister added that the government acknowledges the emotional reactions of a lot of people who feel their national pride traumatised, stating that he respects them, as opposed to “the merchants of patriotism.”Addressing the issue of language, he referred to the 1977 United Nations Convention, held in Athens, which recognised the Macedonian language and cyrillic alphabet.In his defense of the Agreement, the Deputy Foreign Minister argued that it meets three of the long-standing demands of Greece: to ensure that the name and geographical space of Macedonia is not ‘monopolised’; to prevent the appropriation of elements of Culture and History; and to avoid any notion of a ‘Macedonian’ minority in Greece. He also stressed that Greek businesses have nothing to lose, in terms of geographical indication and Protection Designation of Origin, as their produce is protected under EU regulation.Independent MP Spiros Danellis, who stirred an uproar last week, when he decided to offer support to the Government, and was subsequently expelled from the centrist party To Potami, warned about the consequences of Greece rejecting the deal.“Now that the neighbouring country changed its name and constitution, if we, the Hellenic Parliament refuse, under any pretext, to ratify the Agreement, we will be the pariahs of the West. Dismissal and isolation. They will resort to the Hague and get recognition as plain ‘Macedonia’. Not even our Cypriot brothers will be able to support us,” he said.The Agreement was approved by the majority of the Committee’s member, with no voting deemed necessary. A final report is expected to be tabled in Parliament today, starting the agreement’s ratification process by the plenary. The main debate is expected to conclude on Thursday night (local time) followed by the vote.That is, unless the Opposition decides to go through with a rumored plan to motion a vote of no confidence, which will see the debate halted and the vote postponed for next week.last_img read more

Praetorian Branches Out Acquires Local Government Brand

first_imgThe Praetorian Group has been expanding its public safety business rapidly since last year. Now, they’re branching out to the larger local government space with the acquisition of EfficientGov.Terms weren’t disclosed.Public safety—markets like fire and police departments, emergency management and corrections—can account for more than half of a municipality’s budget, says Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian, but there’s another half his company didn’t have an entrance into. Areas like planning and development, education and transportation were untapped. Ford says the digital media model Praetorian uses in its current markets—a mix of analysis and news content, along with grant assistance and education—can be applied to an audience of municipal leaders as well.”Public safety is a subset of local government,” he says. “It’s a logical extension to take that model to the rest of local government with a similar mission.”He adds: “We see the same exact model that’s working so well for us in public safety applying to local government more broadly, accessing an opportunity that’s more than twice the size.”See also: Praetorian Buys Fire Chief Assets from Penton The EfficientGov acquisition doesn’t get them all the way there—at least as comprehensively as they serve the public safety market—but Praetorian now has a foothold with the decision makers that hold influence over multiple segments, inside and outside of public safety. Ford says the deal brings about 44,000 new government officials into the fold.EfficientGov will continue to operate as a standalone brand, but will aggregate content from Praetorian’s network of more than 15 sites, Ford says.Prior to the acquisition, the company also announced that John Suhler, formerly the head of private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, has joined Praetorian in an advisory role.”Since his retirement from VSS, he now has the opportunity to take a more formal role and is excited about our opportunity to scale and grow the business,” Ford says. “He has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge of how to grow digital media companies. His connections are probably, bar none, some of the best in the media world, so he’s going to be a great asset.”last_img read more

Nerkonda Paarvai creator H Vinoth awaits Thalapathy Vijays call to direct a

first_imgThalapathy and Vinoth.PR HandoutH Vinoth, who has earned a good respect in film industry in a short span of time, is keen on teaming up with Thalapathy Vijay after his back-to-back projects with Ajith Kumar. The director, himself, has revealed about approaching the actor, who is currently working on his much-hyped film Bigil.In an interview, H Vinoth has said that he met Vijay recently and narrated a story to him, but the actor is yet to give his approval. “It’ll be a commercial film with some freshness in the packaging,” he is quoted as saying.H Vinoth is eagerly waiting for Vijay’s call and hopes to join hands with Thalapathy for the first time.The filmmaker made his directorial debut with Sathuranga Vettai in 2014. He won a lot of appreciation for the first film. His second flick was Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru in which Karthi played the lead role.This project won critical appreciation as well as became a successful venture at the box office. Now, he has teamed up with Ajith for Nerkonda Paarvai, a remake of Hindi hit film Pink. The movie will hit the screens on 8 August.H Vinoth will soon begin another film with Ajith. He has plans to release the flick next summer. It is only after the completion of this flick he would collaborate with Vijay, if the actor gives a green signal for the project.last_img read more

The AFRO Opened its House to the Community

first_imgIt’s nice to be reminded of a hidden treasure. That was the mission of the Evening in the Archives, March 24, at the AFRO‘s Baltimore office on Charles Street, when supporters, subscribers, community leaders and friends and former employees dropped by for warm conversation and a stroll through history.The first stop was the historic Clean Block Room.No one born in Baltimore before 1970 can forget the white marble steps that demanded weekly scrubbing, daily during the summer and sometimes twice a day. No one can forget the painted tires that screamed, “We’re an AFRO Clean Block,.” So oohhs and aahhs were heard at the sight of historic articles and photos from those days.Those who waited their turn for tours renewed acquaintances from schools and neighborhoods. Some had served on boards together or belonged to the same clubs or sororities. They were glad to see each other. And they were glad to visit the Archives together.The Archives is a treasure, though not really that hidden because scholars and researchers turn often to the aged pages of Black history collected one week at a time over the past 121 years. Academic institutions and keepers of history rely heavily on what the original writers and photographers must have thought to be stories for the day – the simple reporting of an event, the explanation of a new policy or law, the addition of a back story.Nationally-recognized filmmakers, television producers and authors have called upon the AFRO Archives for images and materials they can’t find anywhere else.Informative tours that began with art along the hallways were conducted by Murphy family descendents CEO and publisher, Jake Oliver and Benjamin Phillips, AFRO president, telling their own personal stories about how it was to literally “grow up with the AFRO.” Guests were amazed at the shelves of unwieldy tomes that hold golden moments as well as painful details of the struggle of Black people in this country. The archivist, Ja-Zette Marshburn made sure to educate her guests not only on the important history the AFRO captured but also the AFRO’s own story.The powerful and important photography, articles and ads of a bygone era lined the walls; the original technology used by AFRO staff was on display. The offices of famed sportswriter Sam Lacy and cartoonist Thomas Stockett were some of the highlights of the tour. One onlooker said, “You guys need a museum to showcase all of these treasures.” Another guest remarked, “I could just live here!” The tour ended with a look at some of the unique archival materials including signed photos and correspondence from Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and the original manuscript of The Big Sea by the renowned Langston Hughes.last_img read more

Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market By Historical Growth Trends Regions Type

first_imgNuclear Imaging Equipment Market analysis report speaks about the manufacturing process. Nuclear Imaging Equipment market report also analyses the market growth, Market trends, market overview & market forecast to 2025.Global Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market to reach USD 2.87 billion by 2025.Global Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market valued approximately USD 1.80 billion in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 6.0% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Nuclear imaging equipment uses radioactive substances or tracers for the purpose of imaging. Nuclear imaging is a nascent imaging technology that uses small quantity of radioactive substance linked to compounds used by the body’s cells or compounds that attach to tumor cells. Using special detection apparatus, the radioactive substances can be located in the body to see when and where they concentrate, and this technique has the capacity of improving disease prevention, clinical research, medical diagnosis and treatment. Technological advancements such as hybrid imaging, increasing prevalence of cancer & cardiovascular diseases, and the development of molecular imaging in medical diagnostic are the substantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961858?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABMoreover, growing demand from emerging economies is likely to creating lucrative opportunity in the near future. Further, nuclear imaging equipment also offers various benefits such as it makes complex medical procedure easier, it improves method for early detection, it also offers additional treatment plans and so on. These benefits are also increasing demand of nuclear imaging equipment across the world. However, high cost of imaging equipment and unfavorable government regulation are the key restraining factors of the market during the forecast period.The major market player included in this report are:CMR Naviscan CorporationDDD-Diagnostic A/SDigirad CorporationGE HealthcareMediso Medical Imaging System Ltd.Neusoft Medical Systems Co. Ltd.Philips HealthcareSiemens AGSurgiceye GmbHBy Product:SPECT – Hybrid SPECTStandalone SPECTHybrid PETPlanar ScintigraphyBy Application:OncologyCardiologyNeurologyBy End-Use:HospitalsImaging CenterAcademic & Research CentersOthersTarget Audience of the Global Nuclear Imaging Equipment Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961858?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more