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Press and Information Office lacks language skills

first_imgCyprus’ official authority for certified translations, the Press and Information Office (Pio) cannot validate translations carried out in 25 languages out of the 31 it offers, according to a report by the audit service published on Friday.The department has staff that can speak six languages – Greek, English, French, German, Arabic and Russian – who examine sample translations carried out by associates who are not government employees.For the remaining 25 languages Pio offers certified translations for, no official can validate their accuracy and are essentially validated by the translators themselves, the report said.“We consider this a very serious matter,” it outlined, urging that a bill on certified translators must be passed by parliament as soon as possible.It disengages Pio from certified translators however since the interior ministry was tasked to complete it by 2004, it was approved by the cabinet 10 years later in 2014.The bill is currently with the legal service which is examining it.According to the report, the annual budget for Pio must also be prepared more rationally as there are differences between the budget and how much is actually spent.For instance, the budget for publicity with foreign media outlets was €12,500 in 2016 however only €126 was spent.In another example, accommodating foreign delegations and journalists as well as the costs of Cypriot journalists travelling abroad as part of government trips had a €75,000 budget last year but actual spending amounted to €36,675.Pio’s overall budget for 2016 was €788,000 but only €501,670 was spent.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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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Around 30000 people opt not to vote Updated

first_imgAround 2,300 new voters registered on Monday, the last day to do so ahead of next year’s presidential election raising the number to slightly under 10,500 out of 40,000 eligible people.The head of the election service Demetris Demetriou said that by 5pm on Monday when the deadline expired, some 10,500 new voters had registered, around 2,300 of them on Monday.Despite repeated appeals the result is “disappointingly low. Only 25 per cent expressed interest,” Demetriou said.Demetriou said that they expect that declarations to vote abroad are estimated to be around 12,000.The next step would be the official submission of candidacies on December 29.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Man appears in UK court accused of Juliana murder

first_imgA 31-year-old man appeared in court in the UK on Wednesday charged with the Christmas murder of pub worker Juliana Tudos who was found dead in a park.Tudos, 22, a Moldovan citizen born in Russia and adopted by her Cypriot step-father went missing on Christmas Eve after she finished her shift bartending at the World’s End pub in Camden.Kasim Lewis is accused of killing Tudos between December 24 and December 27.Tudos, who also called herself Julie, was found dead in Finsbury Park, near her north London home, on December 27.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury.Lewis, of Friern Barnet, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, address and nationality.The hearing lasted no more than 90 seconds.Tudos, who police said was of Russian and Greek origin, was last seen by friends at around 8pm on Christmas Eve when she headed for a bus home from Camden.She was due to meet them at another friend’s home in Enfield, north London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived.Police said CCTV footage showed her on the periphery of the park shortly after 8.20pm.Her body was found three days later in a disused building located in the north-eastern area of the park.Lewis was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchMedical Coding Jobs Are In Demand: See What You Could Earn. Research Medical Coding Class OnlineYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Casino operator welcomes underministry for tourism

first_imgParliament’s decision to pass a law establishing an underministry for tourism was welcomed by Cyprus’ casino consortium, according to a statement released on Thursday.“The goals of the new deputy ministry are fully aligned with our efforts to offer top quality hospitality and entertainment, and to transform Cyprus into a year-round destination. To this end we look forward immensely to working closely with the deputy ministry on our upcoming projects,” Craig Ballantyne, property president of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos said.Melco International formed a consortium with Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki) Limited, a member of CNS group, for the ICRC (integrated casino resorts Cyprus Limited).A temporary casino is currently operating in Limassol, Zakaki until the integrated casino resort opens its doors in 2021. Pop-up casinos in all the other cities are also in the works to open between now and next year.The ministry is set to begin operating in January next year, which has been heralded by the government as a “milestone for boosting the tourism sector, a key pillar of the Cypriot economy.”You May LikeVitaminewsSeniors Should Be Eating This To Wash Out ArteriesVitaminewsUndoMarlins PlaceUse your imagination and decorate this classic wooden block set for the mom-to-be and the kids!Marlins PlaceUndoHyreCarHow to Earn Up To $1,000 Every Week With DoorDashHyreCarUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Japanese FM visiting to inaugurate firstever embassy of Japan in Cyprus

first_imgJapanese state minister for foreign affairs Kazuyuki Nakane will be in Cyprus o Monday on an official visit during which he will meet his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulides.At the meeting, which will take place at 5pm at the foreign ministry, the two are expected to discuss, among other things, bilateral relations and ways of strengthening them in fields such as trade, investment, tourism and crisis management. They will also discuss the Cyprus issue, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.At 6pm, they will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation for the assistance to and repatriation of citizens of both countries, in case of any crises.Later, the Japanese foreign minister will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades.The visit was described as “particularly important” by the presidential palace as Nakane visiting Cyprus comes within the framework of the inauguration of the first Japanese Embassy in Nicosia, which will take place Monday at 7.30pm in the presence of the president.“The opening of the Japanese embassy is a development that offers significant new prospects for deepening cooperation with a country of crucial regional and international importance, such as Japan,” the palace said in a statement.You May LikeLivestlyChip and Joanna Share Photos Of Their $18M Mansion. Wait Until You See Their BackyardLivestlyUndoCredit Score | Search AdsGet All 3 Credit Reports. Research Your Free Credit ScoreCredit Score | Search AdsUndoDailyArmyGuy Goes Nuts When He Can’t Get an Adult Coloring Book For FreeDailyArmyUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Air traffic controllers say they can no longer ensure safety

first_imgAir traffic controllers said on Monday they could no longer be responsible for safely managing the growing number of incoming and outcoming flights because of staff shortages.“We are struggling daily not to have an aircraft crash in the flight information region of Nicosia due to tragic staff shortages,” their unions announced.“We have reached a point where we can no longer bear the burden of responsibility.”The air traffic control unions call for a long-term strategy involving all stakeholders, pointing out that the number of aircraft are rising at a higher rate than the number of people employed to control them.They also blame insufficient buildings and problems with the technological infrastructure.In their announcement, unions Paseek and Seekk said a state-owned air navigation company should be created without further delay and called on President Nicos Anastasiades to intervene and the attorney-general to examine the case.The unions believe Cyprus is lagging behind other European countries in terms of air navigation services.“Although Eurocontrol studies show that Cypriot air traffic controller productivity is among the highest in Europe, the cost of employment is one of the lowest.”In Cyprus, they said, there is no plan, no strategy, no objectives and no investment, and the charges to airlines is the fourth lowest in 41 European countries.“Millions of euros that could be invested every year in the Cypriot economy are lost and, among others,  the many Turkish airlines that fly daily in the Nicosia flight region benefit from this,” they noted.While many of them control 1,000 to 1,500 flights from a very inadequate room in a Cyta building in Athalassa avenue in Nicosia “our colleagues are also facing great difficulties in the control towers at Larnaca and Paphos airports.”A number of employees have already left because of the constant pressure and poor working conditions, the unions concluded, something that further contributes to aggravating the situation.Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou in August acknowledged the problems with the existing offices. On August 2 she said that procedures will be launched soon to move air traffic control services to a new building in Kokkinotrimithia, close to Nicosia, and to acquire the necessary equipment.“Officials deserve every praise, as well as the right space and equipment,” she said during a visit to the Nicosia offices at the time. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Private doctors demands over Gesy impossible says minister

first_imgThe standoff in the health sector intensified on Monday after the government dismissed as impossible some of the demands private doctors have made in exchange for taking part in the National Health Scheme (Gesy).Less than a year before the first phase of the Gesy kicks in with primary health care, the medical association announced on Monday that it was interrupting “the infertile dialogue” with the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) concerning the pay of private doctors under the heath scheme unless all their demands were satisfied.Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou and the HIO argue that some of the doctors’ demands cannot be satisfied as they are not provided for in the law covering Gesy and run counter to the philosophy of the health scheme. They said they are willing to talk with doctors but within a set timeframe as Gesy will kick in on the announced dates regardless.Ioannou said that he would invite the Cyprus Medical association (CyMA) and the HIO to a meeting within days in a bid to lift the impasse.In a resolution following a general meeting last Saturday, CyMA listed five conditions under which private doctors would take part in the Gesy.The resolution calls for an increase in the Gesy budget so that it reaches the EU average to ensure the quality of health services, patient safety and the sustainability of the scheme.They also called for full administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals before Gesy is implemented. As regards doctors’ fees for taking part in Gesy, they should be in accordance with the proposals CyMA has already submitted.A guaranteed unit price is also required for specialist doctors involved in outpatient care in addition to inpatient fees per medical procedure.The doctors are also asking for a clear explanation and written, legal guarantees which cover the terms under which both private and state doctors take part in Gesy, in addition to the freedom of private doctors in Gesy to practise as they see fit.Ioannou said on Monday that these conditions cannot be satisfied as a whole. He said that satisfying these demands would mean changing the philosophy of the Gesy as it has been unanimously passed last year by the House plenum.There cannot be a change to the Gesy budget, he said, as it has already been calculated and any changes would mean legal adjustments.“We are not willing to enter into a procedure of (legal) adjustments,” Ioannou told state broadcaster CyBC. What can be changed, he said, is the way the budget is allocated.“The Gesy budget has been based on an actuarial study and has received the approval of the European Bank, European Commission and confirmed by Eurostat data on the actual expenditure on the health sector of Cyprus,” he said.As regards hospital autonomy, he said that the law does not provide for full hospital independence before the first stage of Gesy is launched.  Gesy and hospital autonomy will take place at the same time, he said, adding that autonomy is expected to be completed within five years.“I wonder why are private doctors so much concerned about the autonomy of state hospitals?” he asked.“We are willing to enter a dialogue. There can be convergences only if there is will from both sides,” Ioannou said.The head of the HIO, Thomas Antoniou, agreed that several of CyMA’s conditions are outside the negotiation framework agreed by both sides.He also said that CyMA must make clear what they mean by employment terms, as there will be no employer-employee relationship under the Gesy as regards private doctors.Antoniou added that their demand for private doctors in Gesy to be free to practise as they see fit, cannot be.“We will give time for dialogue but there cannot be a dead-end or a never-ending dialogue,” Antoniou told CyBC. He said that phase one of Gesy will begin on June 1 as per the law and that whoever wants to, is free to join.The head of CyMA, Petros Agathangelou, said later on Monday at a press conference that if all their demands are satisfied, doctors would agree on their participation to Gesy “even tomorrow”.He announced that CyMA would interrupt the “infertile dialogue” with the HIO and called for the involvement of political parties, adding that their conditions “ensure quality healthcare for patients and dignity for doctors”.He said CyMA would invite political leaders to study its proposals “so that they could sit at the dialogue table and find solutions”.On the argument that Gesy laws have already been passed, he said that law provides for amendments.  The current law, he said, “is inapplicable and will fail”.Inpatient care will be introduced in phase two which is expected to be introduced in June 2020. Contributions of beneficiaries will come into force in March. You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Show me the money KOA tells sports bodies

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouTHE head of the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) Klea Papaelliina has decided to forward a file containing mismanagement of funds by sports organisations within its remit to the Attorney General’s office, as urged by outgoing Auditor General Chrystalla Georghadji before she took the helm at the Central Bank of Cyprus.Some 50 sports organisations under KOA’s administration received state funding of €6m in 2012 and are required to account for expenditure following clearly laid-out rules. Such rules include a transparent expenditure authorising procedure, inviting supplier tenders and regular accounts submission.Papaellina’s list contained the findings of an audit performed by PwC for 2011 and 2012 which revealed instances of improper, and possibly illegal, funds’ management practices.Points raised in the audit report include payments made through unclear expenditure authorisation procedures, inflated expenditure reports and expenditures to suppliers connected with board members of various sports organisations.With these in mind, Georghadji – as Auditor General – had warned KOA that it needed to hold its sports organisations accountable for their financial affairs, which needed to be streamlined and become more transparent. “Otherwise, KOA will risk being shut down,” she said, citing the Troika’s list of ‘troubled semi-state organisations.’In a letter to Costas Clerides dated March 26, Papaellina informed the Attorney General of the issues raised and requested that he “act accordingly.”An example of the suspected wrongdoings was the case of the archery federation which the PwC audit report for 2012 stated that it had bought supplies from a company run by one of its board members, even though this was explicitly forbidden by the organisations’ regulations. This board member, the auditors said, even sat in the board meeting that evaluated and approved the supplier tenders for the contract his company was eventually awarded.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Russia sanctions create additional concerns for economy

first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesEuropean Union sanctions on Russia created additional concerns for Cyprus economy, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, assuring Russian businessmen that Cyprus was doing its best to deal with the financial crisis.The Russian food embargo has hurt Cyprus exports to the tune of around €13 million a year, according to data from the agriculture ministry. It affects mainly citrus farmers.Addressing a seminar on the future of Cyprus for Russian business, Anastasiades thanked Russian investors for their interest in Cyprus.“The fact that international investment activity in the country is maintained at a high level, proves the foreign entrepreneur’s trust towards investing in Cyprus. To this end, I do believe that the prospects for the island look extremely promising,” he said.Yet, he added, “we are aware of the difficulties, viewing them as a challenge for the future that is to be overcome by constantly being alert and concentrating on implementing our plan for further economic improvement.”The president also talked about Cyprus path to financial stability, noting how the island’s credit outlook was upgraded by the international ratings agencies and how the country had returned to international markets.The president also said company registrations had gone up by 13 per cent for the period between June and August of 2014 and that public finances were significantly improved.Referring to Russia-Cyprus business relations, Anastasiades said that recent Russian investment activity “reflects the ongoing and steady business relationship between our countries, which also includes important tourism exchanges. In fact, he said, Russia was Cyprus’ second largest tourist market, with the numbers of Russian citizens visiting our island constantly increasing in recent years. Total tourist arrivals from Russia until August 2014 rose 17 per cent compared to the same period for 2013,” Anastasiades noted.Anastasiades said that the government was greatly facilitating investments though the application of measures that involve, among others, the reduction of the time needed for issuing permits, the licensing and encouragement of the prompt completion of projects, the licensing of joint ventures and the granting of residence permits and citizenship to foreign investors.On his part, ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy thanked Cyprus for “attempting to restrain Brussels from making this war of sanctions even worse. Our country is certainly taking all necessary diplomatic efforts to assist in bringing peace to Ukraine and we believe that political dialogue between Russia and EU at the present time is vital,” he said.As regards the Cyprus economy he said: “We have taken some steps as well, among them the decision of the Russian Government to restructure previously granted credit in favour of our Cypriot friends.”The Russian ambassador made clear that Russia continued to support the Cypriot economy through tourism and property investment.Cyprus’ relationship with Russia and Russian businessmen has been strained for the last year, following the 2013 Eurogroup bank  haircut, which affected Russian depositors the most.Bi-lateral relations were also hurt at an international level recently, following a book published by author/journalist Makarios Drousiotis, in which he argued that Russia was never a friend to Cyprus and that the “good Russians” angle was a myth perpetuated by politicians. At the time Drousiotis was employed at the presidential palace as a special advisor to the president.The book prompted a response by the Russian embassy in the form of an open letter, attacking Drousiotis on his methodology and motives and making special note that he was advising the president. Anastasiades had to issue a statement saying that Russia-Cyprus relations were and always would be strong.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Gender pay gap at 158pct

first_imgThe gender pay gap in Cyprus in 2013 stood at 15.8 per cent, the EU statistical service said on Thursday.The gender pay gap in the EU was 16.4 per cent, Eurostat said. It ranged between 5 per cent in Slovenia to more than 20 per cent in Estonia, Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany.The gender pay gap represents the difference between average gross hourly earnings of male and female employees as a percentage of average gross hourly earnings of male paid employees.Differences between females and males in the labour market do not only concern wage discrepancies but also of occupations held.Though representing 46 per cent of employed persons, women were under-represented amongst managers, with only a third being female in 2013 in the EU.On the contrary, women were over-represented among clerical support workers as well as among service and sales staff, accounting for around two-thirds of employed persons in these occupations.In 2013 in the EU Member States, the gender pay gap was less than 10 per cent in Slovenia (3.2), Malta (5.1), Poland (6.4), Italy (7.3), Croatia (7.4), Luxembourg (8.6), Romania (9.1) and Belgium (9.8).At the opposite end of the scale, the gap was over 20 per cent in Estonia (29.9), Austria (23.0), the Czech Republic (22.1) and Germany (21.6).Compared with 2008, the gender pay gap dropped in 2013 in a majority of EU Member States.The most noticeable decreases between 2008 and 2013 were recorded in Lithuania (from 21.6 per cent in 2008 to 13.3 per cent in 2013, or -8.3 percentage points), Poland (-5.0 pp), the Czech Republic and Malta (both -4.1 pp) and Cyprus (-3.7 pp).In contrast, the gender pay gap rose between 2008 and 2013 in nine Member States, with the most significant increases being observed in Portugal (from 9.2 per cent in 2008 to 13.0 per cent in 2013, or + 3.8 percentage points), Spain (+3.2 pp), Latvia (+2.6 pp), Italy (+2.4 pp) and Estonia (+2.3 pp).At EU level, the gender pay gap has decreased slightly, from 17.3 per cent in 2008 to 16.4 per cent in 2013.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Fresh extradition proceedings for Kurd wanted in Germany

first_imgA Kurdish man wanted in Germany on terrorism charges was released and then rearrested on Monday, as his extradition procedure started anew in Larnaca.Cerkez Korkmaz, 60, was released after the Hamburg public prosecutor’s office, which issued the arrest warrant was not judicially authorised to do so.German authorities conveyed a fresh warrant from a court and Korkmaz was arrested again.The extradition procedure is scheduled to start on June 10.Germany is seeking Korkmaz on terrorism charges relating to the activity of the PKK, the Kurdish Workers’ Party.Korkmaz, who has been living in Cyprus for a number of years after being recognised as a political refugee and who possessed Cypriot travel documents, was arrested at Larnaca airport from where he was to travel to Athens, after it emerged during passport control that the German authorities had issued a European arrest warrant and extradition against him on March 19.He was wanted in connection with terrorism offences allegedly committed between 2013 and 2015 in Germany, reportedly concerning links to the PKK.Korkmaz reportedly stayed in Germany between 2013 and 2014 and last visited the country in 2015.His arrest caused a reaction in the Kurdish community living in Cyprus.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Cole praises House leaderships first bill intro focused on reducing income

first_img13Jan Rep. Cole praises House leadership’s first bill intro, focused on reducing income taxes Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Tags: #SB, Cole, income tax, reducing center_img This week the Michigan House of Representatives announced a plan to reduce income taxes on Michigan residents.Northern Michigan residents will see an immediate tax relief under the proposed plan to receive additional reprieve every year as the rate decreases over time.“The state has a budget surplus and that money should go back to the hardworking Michigan citizens,” said state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona. “I am thrilled that this is the very first piece of legislation that Speaker Pro-Tempore Rep. Lee Chatfield is introducing to the 99th Michigan Legislature.“By reducing the income tax we will allow folks to keep more of what they earn, resulting in an even better Michigan to work, play and raise a family.”House Bill 4001 will immediately reduce the income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018 and phase out 0.1 percent every year until eliminated.#####last_img read more

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Hornberger votes to override veto bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,News State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted to more quickly provide sales tax relief for Michigan car buyers, joining her House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This is good news for the auto industry, and car buyers in Macomb and St. Clair counties,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “It will save money for families. And it will make Michigan more competitive as a location to buy vehicles.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in.#### 17Jan Hornberger votes to override veto, bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan car buyerslast_img read more

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Rep Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22

first_img08Apr Rep. Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22 State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district coffee hour on Monday, April 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Her office hour will be hosted at The Coffee Bucket, located at 3549 Airport Road, Suite 104 in Waterford Township because she feels it is important to help our local small businesses that help our communities.“Talking directly with the people of Oakland County is one of the most enjoyable parts of being your state representative,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I look forward to hearing your thoughts and insights on the issues facing our state and how I can better serve you.”“It is also vital to help our local small businesses, especially ones like The Coffee Bucket that donate their proceeds to victims of natural disasters. A part of the larger group Disaster Relief at Work, or “D.R.A.W.”, this business exemplifies the selfless and best side of Waterford, and Michigan as a whole.”No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to join her. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Schroeder at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

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Fight Between Norton Healthcare and Kosair Charities Gets Ugly

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 8, 2014; Courier-JournalKosair once operated its own children’s hospital, but closed it in 1982 to help establish the Kosair Children’s Hospital to be managed by Norton Healthcare. An agreement about how donations were to be used was struck at that time, but now a fight between Kosair and Norton has gone public, with Kosair charities alleging that Norton is not sticking to the terms. Kosair is the largest donor to Kosair Children’s Hospital, devoting more than $6 million each year to the facility. Over the span of years, it has given $114 million to the hospital, which is operated by a parent company, Norton Healthcare. But this week, Kosair Charities has filed suit against Norton, saying that it is refusing to provide a proper accounting of funds.In the suit, Kosair alleges that Norton has improperly enriched itself, and it wants all donations expended in alleged violation of their agreement with Norton to be returned. “We have an obligation to the kids and our donors to make sure the money is being used to help children,” said Randy Coe, president of Kosair Charities. “We don’t want our money to go into the Norton pot.”Norton responded that “over the last few years, Kosair Charities has engaged in a systematic pattern of raising baseless allegations in an effort to avoid its contractual obligations to the children’s hospital that carries its name.”Norton spokesperson Thomas Johnson categorically denied that “money designated for Kosair Children’s Hospital was somehow spent for any other purpose or in any other Norton Healthcare facility…It is preposterous for Kosair Charities to suggest they do not know where their contributions go or how they are used. In fact, Kosair Charities gets to designate specifically how a significant part of their dollars are spent using a menu of options we provide to them. The remainder is spent in accordance with the terms of the agreement.”According to Norton, Kosair Charities is behind by more than $6 million in its pledged gifts while “continuing to advertise and take credit” for contributions to the hospital. The suit also alleges that Norton charges “rack rates” for indigent patients against Kosair donations instead of actual costs or the lower rates negotiated with insurers and the government. For example, according to the suit, in one case a patient incurred charges of $1,526, but Norton applied $9,711 of Kosair donations and the $8,185 difference “went back to Norton and did not benefit KCH at all.”Kosair Charities’ complaints also include the commingling of funds counter to the agreement, the salary levels of executives, Norton’s inaccurate use of the Kosair name on other medical facilities, and the fact that the hospital is ranked fairly low among other area insitutions, as per U.S. News.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Protesters and Police Killed in Mexico Education Strife

first_imgShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shares Oaxaca Teachers / Ashleigh NushawgJune 20, 2016, Washington PostProtest for education reform in America is almost always conducted civilly, if not artfully, such as with the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman. Education reform critic Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, no doubt has one of the toughest jobs in the country, defending the value of traditional public schools against private and parochial schools, the growth of homeschooling, and the encroachment of charter schools as an alternative public education option competing for students, teachers, and funding within public school districts. Americans fight over ownership of the term “education reform” and fight over their opposing views of the Common Core State Standards. In Mexico this past weekend, teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) who stand opposed to mandatory testing of teachers as part of Mexico’s education reform and the arrest of their colleagues blockaded roads in Oaxaca, Mexico in a weeks-long strike. Six people were killed and more than 100 injured, including federal and state police. Protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails; riot police fired on the demonstrators. Protest leaders claimed that eight were killed and 22 people had disappeared.Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said it would open an investigation into the deaths. Some analysts blamed the federal government for the violence. “They know the limitations of the Mexican cops. Despite that, they sent them in there with guns,” said Rodolfo Soriano-Nuñez, a sociologist who formerly worked in the federal education ministry. “The whole thing is a mess.” Peña Nieto’s administration has made education reform—and wresting power from the teachers union—a priority. Authorities opposed how the union’s dissident factions could control decisions over state education budgets, teacher appointments and other administrative decisions.The National Security Commission initially claimed that the federal and state police were unarmed. But raw footage taken by the Associated Press showing at least one police officer firing a gun forced their story to change. The authorities conceded that the police were armed, but claimed that they and the protesters were fired upon by outside elements.Oaxaca is a tourist destination. But the education system there is impoverished.In the poor southern region where Oaxaca is located, teachers are tasked with the daily challenge of providing shelter and food for their students, along with the mandate to boost test scores and improve reading comprehension. There, teachers quite literally must build the schools in which they work and then find furniture to fill their classrooms. Students arrive at school barefoot, ache with intestinal parasites, and learn native languages before Spanish.This violent clash evokes memories of the 2006 teacher union uprising in Oaxaca. All sides were accused of corrupt behavior. “There are no saints, there are no heroes, down there,” said Soriano-Nuñez.—James SchafferShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shareslast_img read more

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Israelbased media monitoring and management speci

first_imgIsrael-based media monitoring and management specialist Actus Digital has been chosen by Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia to provide its Actus monitoring and analysis system to Chello Multicanal’s Barcelona facility.The Actus installation is used by Chello Multicanal staff including the programming department to monitor all distributed channels, advertising for proof of delivery of commercials, senior managers for reporting, and two technical teams who proactively monitor broadcast performance.The Actus installation at Chello Multicanal features monitoring of up to 16 audio tracks per TV channel, closed captions and subtitles from several tracks as well as recording and archiving at near-HD data rates and screen size, according to Actus Digital.last_img read more

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Ralph Brown CTO of CableLabs talks about DOCSIS

first_imgRalph Brown, CTO of CableLabs, talks about DOCSIS 3.1 and the cable industry’s future technology needs.last_img

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BT today launches its new sports channel lineup t

first_imgBT today launches its new sports channel line-up today, along with the new BT Sport website and an app selected Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.BT’s suite of BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN goes live at 6pm this evening, and are available to subscribers via BT’s TV service or on Sky. BT is offering the channels free for customers of BT Broadband.The new BT Sport website will offer a range of free content, including sports news, features, a ‘women in sport’ section and full channel listings. BT Broadband customers who have signed up to BT Sport will be able to stream the channels live to their PC or Mac.The app, which can be used over 3G, 4G and WiFi connections, will offer live streams, highlights, news and features.“It’s finally a reality that ‘Great sport happens here’. It’s just over a year since we secured our Barclays Premier League rights and only six months since we started to build our exciting new studio in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We have some tremendously talented presenters and experts who are passionate about sport,” said John Petter, managing director, BT Retail Consumer.last_img read more

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The BBC has launched a Cbeebies Playtime mobile ap

first_imgThe BBC has launched a Cbeebies Playtime mobile app for kids, available on the Android, iOS and Kindle Fire platforms in the UK.The app allows young kids to play along with characters from shows including Alphablocks, Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom and Something Special’s Mr Tumble. Parents have the option to record dedicated messages for their children in a ‘Grown-ups’ area as well as viewing tips on how to use the app.The app can be used without access to the web once downloaded and is free to download and play. The BBC said itwould add more content online over the summer, including new games related to Cbeebies shows.The app currently allows families to create profiles for up to four children, allowing them to collect CBeebies bugs as rewards for their progress, and listen to messages left by their parents. Each profile features a hot air balloon that children can personalise, which transports them into the CBeebies Playtime world where they can choose to play one of four games. These are: Alphablocks Word Magic, designed to help children develop confidence in reading and writing by learning how to spell a range of words; Octonauts Cadet Training, a game that allows kids to help the Octonauts in a variety of missions to rescue sea creatures; Something Special Paint Pop, providing the ability to help characters decorate their clothes and accessories, and Tree Fu Tom Chuckleberry Chase, which allows kids to practise motor skills and development movement, according to the BBC.Patrick Healy, head of product for BBC Children’s, said: “We know that our audience want to interact with CBeebies on the go, and we’re delighted to launch CBeebies Playtime on such a wide range of devices. The app has been designed to be as accessible and secure as possible, allowing all young children to get the most out of the app, whilst giving parents the assurance and level of control they need.”last_img read more

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