Azerbaijan puts Eleni Theocharous on most wanted list

first_imgAzerbaijan has issued international arrest warrants for three MEPs, including Cypriot Eleni Theocharous, over their visit to breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh during a referendum on February 20.According to reports, the Azerbaijani general prosecutor’s office included Theocharous, Frank Engel (Luxemburg), and Jaromír Štětina (Czech Republic), on the most wanted list.Theocharous’ party, the Solidarity Movement, said she considered the fact that Azerbaijan was annoyed a badge of honour.“She has been on Azerbaijan’s black list for many years,” a party spokesman said. “Azerbaijan’s actions did not stop her activity in favour of the people of Karabakh, nor will they stop her in the future.”The region’s election commission said almost 88 per cent of voters supported changing its form of governance from semi presidential to fully presidential.Other amendments included the change of the region’s name from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to the Republic of Artsakh, but the two names will be treated as synonymous.Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region in Azerbaijan with about 150,000 residents in an area of 12,000 square kms, has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since 1994.The conflict is fuelled by long-simmering tensions between Armenians and Azeris and has been an economic blow to Armenia.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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President pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday paid tribute to the Father of the Indian Nation during a visit at the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination (Gandhi Smriti), in New Delhi.The president, who is on a state visit to India, signed the visitors’ book noting that “Mahatma Gandhi was guided by the virtues of truth, peace and the principle against violence”.Anastasiades wrote Gandhi was “a visionary leader who always fought against violence, based on truth and peace. A Great Soul that not only led India to freedom but also inspired the whole world. ”In New Delhi, the president will be officially welcomed by the president of India at a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace and will hold official talks with the prime minister of India.Anastasiades will also be the keynote speaker at a business forum organised by the business associations of Cyprus and New Delhi.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Double contracts for almost half of footballers in Cyprus – FIFPro

first_imgFIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional footballers, went ahead with its ‘threat’ to the Cyprus’ footballers’ association (PASP), and issued a warning to all its members and especially those who either play or intend to continue their playing careers in Cyprus to demand a signed copy of all contracts they agree with a Cypriot club.FIFPro said players in Cyprus were complaining that they had not received copies of their contracts and, as a consequence, were having a problem getting their full salary paid. The organisation, which has received several complaints, strongly advises footballers and their agents or representatives to demand a signed copy of all contracts they agree with a Cypriot club.Signing more than one contract for the same employment period is common practice in Cyprus. To lower tax costs, clubs offer players multiple contracts: one which is officially registered with the football association, and a second which is not registered with the FA. Clubs only pay taxes for the first contract. The player’s remuneration from the second contract is higher.“On the island, they call them ‘black contracts’, as payments are not disclosed to the competent authorities and taxes are not paid,” said Roy Vermeer, FIFPro’s Legal Director Europe. Problems arise when the club does not fulfil the obligations of the second contract and a player does not possess a copy of this contract.“As a result, it is very difficult to prove his remuneration and to legally receive any due payables or compensation as far as the black contract amounts are concerned,” Vermeer said. Other consequences of signing an unregistered contract include possible criminal prosecution and lower social security benefits when injured and unemployed.According to the Minimum Requirements for Standard Player Contracts, all rights and duties concerning the employment relationship between the player and the club must be included in one contract. However, according to the 2016 FIFPro Global Employment Report, 49 per cent of players in Cyprus said they had a second contract.“Unfortunately, some players agree when clubs propose to sign a black contract,” Vermeer said. “They are only interested in the net remuneration paid to them and do not care if the club will pay lower taxes. Even if, in the future, this will be to their detriment.”FIFPro recently received complaints from players who have not been given signed contracts by their teams and are now experiencing payment issues.Vermeer explained that players are entitled by law to receive a signed copy of their contract. “It is a violation of the law if a club refuses to grant original contracts and any supplementary agreements. All signed agreements must be issued in triplicate, one copy for each party: federation, player and club.”In response to FIFPro’s announcement the president of PASP, Spyros Neophytides, said that these irregularities cannot be swept under the carpet and can only damage Cyprus football.He urged all PASP members to be well informed of all their rights and obligations and called on any member to address the association should they need any advice or clarifications.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo 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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House President Equal human rights for refugees and immigrants

first_imgEstablishing multiculturalism and strengthening the social fabric of the immigrant communities in host countries can be achieved by acknowledging that the protection of human rights is equally important for the refugees and immigrants too, said House president Demetris Syllouris.Speaking at the 138th Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union in Geneva, Syllouris noted that discussions around the refugee and migration crisis should not be restricted to procedures for strategic management and the best coordination of mechanisms and bureaucracy but should be centred around human life and human pain, and focus on the weakness of the societies to handle the massive exodus of people in a comprehensive and effective manner.Syllouris emphasised the need to respect the human rights of refugees and immigrants, on the basis of solidarity, fair sharing of responsibilities and burdens, and the commitment to financial support.He said the human rights of migrating populations should be respected by the authorities at all times, and that the right of family reunion should be given to all persons eligible for international protection, in the broadest possible sense.Referring to the integration of refugees and immigrants in the societies of host countries, Syllouris pointed out the need to provide education, housing, and medical care, and to create jobs, in order to mitigate the challenges they are called on to face.CNAYou May LikeMoneySavingWalletOnline Data Entry Jobs Without Investment – MoneySavingWalletMoneySavingWalletUndoFittors20 Best Short Hairdos For Women Over 60 To Look YoungerFittorsUndoAutos +9 Safest Cars on the RoadAutos +Undo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arrest after explosives and weapons found

first_imgA man was arrested in Paphos on Wednesday evening after police found weapons, explosives and burglary tools in his possession.A number of searches were carried out in three residences in Paphos and the suspect’s car in the afternoon, during which two guns, a number of cartridges, a knife, a precision scale, a bag containing 1,030 grammes of explosives, two sledgehammers and other items were found.A warrant was issued against the 33-year-old man and he is being detained to facilitate further investigations.You May LikeYouZoop.comManatees Far Outnumber People In This Small Florida TownYouZoop.comUndoHealthZapSad Lioness Was Not In The Best Of Her Health, Then This Lion Entered Her LifeHealthZapUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Report criticises successive governments for waste management policy

first_imgThe responsibility for infringements of EU rules on the closure of illegal landfills is collective and falls on all administrations tasked since 2003 with fulfilling the Republic’s obligations, according to the findings of a report released on Friday.The report was prepared by a committee – consisting of lawyer Andreas Demetriou, assistant tax officer Stelios Kountouris and university professor Panos Papanastatiou – appointed by the attorney-general last December to investigate the handling by governments over time of the national waste-management strategy.According to the report, the obligations of the Republic of Cyprus were not taken seriously enough by its governments to lead to the implementation of national and EU legislation on the matter and were dealt with ‘frivolously’.The agriculture ministry’s environment service, the report said, bears the institutional and general responsibility for environmental protection.Cyprus was faced with fines last year over delays in shutting down illegal landfills in Vati and Kotsiatis ordered by the EU in 2013. An infringement process was initiated in May 2017 and the Republic was looking at fines of of €30,000 for each day of delay. It was given more time later on to close down the illegal landfills following the visit last October by European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella.The report said that there had been no proper strategic planning since 2003 and no sufficient funds had been allocated, or human resources with sufficient know-how, to fulfil the obligations of Cyprus to the EU or to ‘its own citizens’.Although the recent decision on the assignment of management of Nicosia district’s waste to the Koshi treatment plant is being viewed positively, the committee said that it “regrets the fact that this development, as well as the assignment to a company that had, with the admission of its top executives, direct involvement in matters of corruption at the expense of the country, […] could have been avoided by timely and proper reflection, rationalisation of obligations and responsibilities and proper selection of advisors who would have prepared studies and given good advice to the competent departments.”The committee also expressed concerns on whether Cyprus’ 2020 goals will be met as regards recycling of 50 per cent of the waste at source, as it does not seem that the environment department is taking the necessary measures to achieve those goals.On finding a taker for the waste converted to Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) by the waste treatment facility in Pentakomo in Limassol, as mandated by the EU, the committee said that the interior ministry could have started sooner negotiations with Vasiliko cement factory – the only company in Cyprus that expressed interest in taking the fuel. The tender for the SRF, it said, was announced with a five-year delay, in 2017.The committee also found that difference of opinion between the interior ministry and the environment department had been crucial in the non-materialisation of measures for the implementation of the EU directive on landfills, and ‘avoiding a conviction against the Republic of Cyprus’.It also said that it agreed with a decision of officials of the interior ministry when a proposal was presented on the matter by the environment department in July 2013. The decision was that the proposal was ‘unrealistic and not backed by facts’ and that ‘it was not a serious and scientific study based on reliable and real data, but on planning based on expectations, wishes and unsubstantiated assumptions’.These statements, the report said, are being confirmed because “five years later, the environment department has yet to show substantive work for the strategy it proposed on the reduction of waste.”The committee gave credit, however, to Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides for his involvement during the process of granting the contract for the management of Pentakomo waste treatment plant. Michaelides, the committee said, had insisted at the time, on the contract being granted not according to suggestions from the government advisor but according to financial criteria. His suggestion was adopted by the then interior minister, Eleni Mavrou, the report said.As a result, the cost of waste management at the Limassol plant was secured at €19 per tonne, compared with €69 per tonne at the Koshi waste treatment plant, it said.You May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Weird Things That Happen if You Put Garlic Under Your PillowHealth & Human ResearchUndoBacalaoCheck out the 30 most beautiful women in the worldBacalaoUndoHealthzapThis Toy Monkey Reunited An 80 Year Old Man With His Long Lost CousinHealthzapUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arrests linked to attempted murder updated

first_imgThree men were arrested on Tuesday, after a motorcycle – thought to be connected to an attempted gangland hit on Monday – was found in Pallouriotissa, Nicosia, police said.Police were not able to confirm that the motorcycle was the one believed to have been used in the murder attempt on Nicos Rodotheou, but authorities said it looked like it, and that tests would be conducted on it.In the afternoon, police arrested the three men, two Greek Cypriots, 34 and 28, and a Palestinian, 32, for illegal possession of the motorcycle.On Monday night, unknown individuals on a motorcycle fired shots at Rodotheou, 57, in Nicosia but missed, police said.He was on Ethnikis Frouras Street when the assailants fired five shots at the rear of his vehicle at around 11pm.The motorcycle then accelerated and left the area.Police said they were treating the incident as attempted murder.Rodotheou is the brother of businessman Andros Rodotheou who was gunned down while at a friend’s house at the village of Gerasa, Limassol in April last year.Andros Rodotheou was shot while standing behind a glass door. The shooter or shooters are believed to have shot him from the opposite bank of a river that runs outside the home.The 61-year-old was struck by a single bullet, puncturing his spinal cord and rupturing his abdominal aorta – the largest artery in the abdominal cavity – leading to profuse bleeding.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo 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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MPs positive towards introduction of medical marijuana

first_imgMPs appeared positive over the introduction of medical cannabis in Cyprus apart from main opposition Akel, which did agree however, that serious cases should be prescribed the drug.The House health committee discussed the bill, which included strict provisions governing the cultivation and distribution of the drug.Ruling Disy MP and committee chairman Costas Constantinou said many patients needed medical cannabis but he also highlighted the financial benefits of making it legal.Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou said he was against the production and distribution of medical cannabis in Cyprus, suggesting it was an attempt to import drugs through the back door. He also charged that it would also promote the interests of large companies on the back of the patients.He did however say that his party was in favour of prescribing cannabis to patients with serious problems.Georgiou said it had not been proven that cannabis can heal, an argument that Green party MP Giorgos Perdikis disagree with.Perdikis said his party was all for legalisation of medical cannabis as long as it benefitted patients and not private interests.He said a lot of scientists in Cyprus and Greece tend to agree with the international medical community that medical cannabis helped in some treatments and in some cases they were therapeutic.If there were any disagreements, he said, they concerned the range and the ailments.Perdikis said thousands of people used cannabis illegally as a medicine in Cyprus and it was wrong to let them fall victim to criminals because the state is dragging its feet.The bill had been approved by cabinet in July last year and it aims at attracting international investment in the two licenses the government plans to grant for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said at the time that they wanted to attract start-ups and new business opportunities so that researchers can exploit the fact that cultivation will be legal for medical cannabis and become active in research programmes.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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Antiquities dept blamed for Paphos museums continued closure

first_imgThe mayor of Paphos accused the Antiquities Department of incompetence on Wednesday for failing to complete the renovation of the archaeological museum which remains closed for the third year.“Here we are three years later and Paphos municipality is informed that exhibitions intended to be installed in September will actually require another six months after this date, at best, and therefore the first half of 2020 will also be lost,” said the mayor Phedonas Pheodonos.The mayor explained that the reopening the renovated museum is being held up by a problem in the tender process concerning the supply of display cases used for exhibits.Major construction works to rehouse the archaeological museum’s collection stalled in 2016, but got underway again in 2017 and were initially due to be completed by the end of that year.The delays meant the museum missed out on visitors in 2017 when Paphos was named European Capital of Culture.“It was finally planned to reopen this year; set to become the main public exhibition area of the history and culture of our city for thousands of foreign and local visitors,” said Phedonos.An Antiquities Department spokesman at the time explained that the timetable for works could not take into account Pafos2017.“Due to EU funding and timeframes, this period (Pafos2017) is when the work had to get underway,” he said.However, Phedonos said that due to the negligence and incompetence of the department, the museum has still not reopened.“The objections raised by the department of antiquities over the differences with the contractor and the issue that arose in a complaint submitted to the Tenders Review Authority for the supply of display cases, just proves once again that the department is not able to manage a single renovation properly and effectively,” he charged.The mayor said that if the department had done its job properly, and ensured the terms of the contract were appropriate, and the terms of the competition included the supply of display cases, such problems would not arise.He added that even if any such problem was encountered, it should have been resolved long ago.“It is clear that the responsibility lies with the Department of Antiquities and the way it addresses our archaeological wealth, creating misery that is unbearable,” he said.The archaeological museum, on Griva Digenis Street in central Paphos, houses a large number of archaeological objects found at the plethora of archaeological sites in the area.The museum was founded in 1964, following Cyprus’ independence, and is financed by the government. It was initially built to house objects that had been kept in the complex of the Turkish baths. In 1989 a new exhibition gallery was added to the west wing of the building.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 AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo 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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Lakkotrypis confirms Shells interest in Cypriot gas

first_imgEnergy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said Royal Dutch Shell has shown interest in buying Cypriot and Israeli gas over the next 10 years.Lakkotrypis, who was speaking on state radio CyBC, confirmed a Bloomberg report saying Shell was interested in buying 10bn cubic metres of Cypriot and Israeli natural gas over the next 10 years for $25bn (€20.3bn).The minister said Cyprus was “close to a deal,” relating to talks to sell gas to one of the two liquefaction plants on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast via pipeline, without revealing additional details.“I don’t want to specify if it is the terminal in Idku managed by Shell to which the Bloomberg report was referring to.”“The talks involve both terminals and are at a quite advanced stage,” he said.Lakkotrypis declined to say whether Noble Energy, the Houston-based gas company which together with Shell and Israel’s Delek Drilling, has the licence to develop the 4.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) Aphrodite field in block 12 of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), insisted on reducing the government’s share in the revenue from the project before going ahead.“The only thing I can say is that we have difficulties with the prices,” he said in reference to the drop of the oil prices in 2014, which led to a reduction in the development of hydrocarbons worldwide.Lakkotrypis added that Eni’s failed attempt to drill at Cuttlefish last month, as the target in block 3 is dubbed, after Turkey sent warships to the area to prevent the company from doing so, while it “was a bad development,” it was only a postponement.Talks with Eni about its future exploratory programme are ongoing, Lakkotrypis said.Eni has the hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licence for several blocks in Cyprus’s EEZ, either on its own, as it is the case with block 8, or together with France’s Total (blocks 6 and 11) and South Korea’s KoGas (blocks 2, 3 and 13).His comments were made as a vessel is about to begin surveys in block 10 owned by the consortium of ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum, ahead of an exploratory drilling in the second half of the year, likely in October, he said.The Ocean Investigator, is scheduled to carry out an environmental survey, a precondition ahead of the submission of an environmental impact study ahead of the drilling.A second vessel will carry out an archaeological survey to determine whether antiquities are located in the area.Lakkotrypis said that while the two vessels will carry out operations which other companies did repeatedly in the past without attracting media attention, in their case, things are different after Turkey’s latest military action.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 Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Swedish tourist drowns in Protaras

first_imgA 75-year-old woman from Sweden drowned on Thursday at a beach in Protaras.According to the police, the woman lost consciousness while swimming. She was spotted by bathers who managed to drag her ashore.The woman was rushed to Paralimni hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.A preliminary inspection ruled out foul play. A full autopsy will be carried out on Friday.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Iden Announces Coffee Hours

first_img Categories: Iden News 27Apr Rep. Iden Announces Coffee Hours Friday, June 98:30 – 10:00 a.m.Rise N Dine, 121 S. Main St. Vicksburg, MI 49097 Monday, May 229:30 – 11:00 a.m.Rykse’s Restaurant, 5924 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, Friday, June 2310:00 – 11:30 a.m.Feed the World Café, 7000 Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, MI 49009 State Rep. Brandt Iden announced his upcoming May and June coffee hour events in Kalamazoo County.“Connecting with my neighbors and answering their questions about our state government continues to be a top priority for me,” says Rep. Iden. “I invite all of my community residents to come speak with me about the issues most important to them.”The coffee hours take place at the following times and locations:Thursday, May 187:00 – 8:30 p.m.Biggby Coffee, 531 N. Grand Ave. in Schoolcraft, No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact his Lansing office at 517-373-1774 or via email at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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Rep Hauck votes to support veterans service clubs

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News Legislation upholds time-honored tradition 07Mar Rep. Hauck votes to support veterans, service clubscenter_img State Rep. Roger Hauck today voted for legislation enabling members of national veterans clubs and other service clubs to buy alcoholic drinks in any affiliated out-of-town club.Hauck, of Union Township, co-sponsored the legislation, which was prompted by a recent Liquor Control Commission ruling that brought an end to the custom.“This is a tradition that dates back to just after World War I, when veterans groups such as the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans were formed so those who served their nation could experience camaraderie with fellow veterans,” Hauck said. “To deny these men and women who sacrificed for their nation a chance to have a drink with their colleagues is just wrong. The same applies to fraternal organizations like the Elks and Moose and the community service they provide across the state.”The bill was necessary after the Liquor Control Commission interpreted a law by ruling only members of the local club could buy drinks at that location.The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 5260.last_img read more

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Rep Wendzel on State of the State Firm plan on roads will

first_img13Feb Rep. Wendzel on State of the State: Firm plan on roads will drive Michigan’s success State Representative Pauline Wendzel said that Michiganders deserve a firm plan to fix our state’s roadways and to bring down the astronomical cost of car insurance rates.“For far too long, our highways, roads, and bridges have been neglected,” Wendzel said.  “Our roads lay the groundwork for a vibrant economy, and delaying the necessary work to bring our infrastructure up to par makes conditions worse and raises costs. After an entire campaign season full of rhetoric about ‘fixing the damn roads,’ it’s time for action.Rep. Wendzel also noted the need to overhaul our state’s car insurance system.“It’s unacceptable that the citizens of Michigan – the automotive capital of the world – pay twice as much for car insurance as our neighboring states.  For years, special interest groups have stood in the way of meaningful reform. It’s time to work together and solve this problem once and for all. I look forward to delivering a solution that reduces rates for all Michiganders.”Rep. Wenzel also spoke about our state’s historic comeback after the lost decade.“Michigan’s economy has made incredible progress over the last eight years.  More than 500,000 private sector jobs have been created under Gov. Snyder and the Republican-led legislature.  However, there is still more work that needs to be done to continue our comeback.  Now is not the time to change course because what we have been doing is working.”### Categories: Wendzel Newslast_img read more

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Rep Cole reminds constituents of Youth Conservation Council

first_img23May Rep. Cole reminds constituents of Youth Conservation Council Categories: Cole News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona announced today the Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Michigan Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council. Young people from ages 14 to 18 with a passion for protecting and improving Michigan’s vast natural areas and building leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Those chosen will engage in outdoor recreation opportunities, attend Natural Resources Commission meetings, organize local events, and work as a team to discuss solutions for various natural resource challenges.Applications can be found on the DNR website and are to be submitted by Friday, June 7. Applications are to be emailed to rustemr@michigan.gov or mailed to NRC Youth Conservation Council, ATTN: Raymond Rustem, P.O. Box 30038, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more

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Deadline Looms for ACA Exchange Participants to Verify Legal Residency

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 21, 2014; Texas TribuneThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent notices to “hundreds of thousands” of people who signed up for health insurance on the state and federal exchanges, saying that they need to verify their U.S. citizenship or legal residency to continue their insurance coverage. If their status cannot be verified by September 5th, their coverage will be suspended on September 30th. U.S. citizenship or legal residency is a requirement to receive benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation passed in 2010.This Texas Tribune article doesn’t directly address the problems some may have in providing documents proving their eligibility to purchase insurance from the healthcare exchanges. It does, however, discuss problems the federal government and the exchanges are having in processing documents. One issue is that the ability to upload scanned documents to healthcare.gov is not assured—sometimes the upload feature is out of order. Another issue is the difficulty HHS is having in verifying permanent resident card numbers submitted with applications. This problem has resulted in applicants having to photocopy their cards and mail them in to be reviewed by hand. The article also cites the challenge faced when reviewing health insurance applications from families with “mixed citizenship status,” meaning that some members may be native-born or naturalized citizens, while others may be permanent residents.Florida and Texas are the states with the largest numbers of affected individuals (the article estimates 52,000 in Texas, with the number in Florida being higher). Communities with high percentages of immigrant populations and high utilization of the state and federal insurance exchanges are most likely to be at risk of people losing insurance coverage at the end of September. Healthcare providers and advocates have a little time left to assist those who have received notices to verify their continued eligibility for health insurance under the exchanges.—Michael Wyland ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lead Poisoning Changing the Paradigm from Treatment to Prevention

first_imgShare9TweetShare3Email12 SharesMarch 21, 2016; NPR, “Shots”NPR offers an overview of Baltimore’s 66-year struggle to overcome childhood lead poisoning. Baltimore banned lead paint in 1950, nearly three decades before the rest of the country. Grassroots activism emerged early there, with a volunteer effort among parents that began in 1986 and became the national Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, which was instrumental in the passage of federal legislation between 1971 and 1989. According to NPR, “Baltimore has seen a dramatic decline in cases of lead poisoning, down 86 percent since 2002.” Even with this history, children continue to be poisoned by their homes and schools. The NPR story, in a “he said, she said” style, almost asks the key question: Why are children still being poisoned?Federal action on lead poisoning required local government to adopt a “treatment” approach that set the course for lead programming for the next forty years. Here’s the irony: The decision to “treat” rather than “prevent” has been a source of frustration for activists since the 1980s. NPR’s story quotes Ruth Ann Norton, a longtime lead activist in Baltimore, saying, “There’s only one cure for lead poisoning, for the irreversible, high-cost impact of lead poisoning, and that’s prevention.”The other contribution of federal “treatment” policy has been an intermittent and unreliable flow of funds to state and local agencies. Unlike the federal community development block grant, which flows in predictable amounts to eligible communities, lead grants are competitive. The fact is that federalized funding has let state and local jurisdictions off the hook. In Cleveland, for example, when 10,000 reports of poisoned children went uninvestigated for five years, the excuse was “our federal funding was cut.” The reality is that until local jurisdictions have skin in the game, there will be no effective prevention. Poisoned children will continue to be a revenue line item for state and city bureaucrats.And then there’s the problem of federal silos. When it comes to lead, the Environmental Protection Agency addresses water systems in cooperation with state environmental bureaucracies. Housing and Urban Development does remediation through public housing authorities, private owners of subsidized properties, state and local health departments, and city- and community-based nonprofits. The Centers for Disease Control sets lead treatment standards for medical practitioners. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services handles standards for program recipients and state offices.One hopeful sign is the California liability suit against the paint industry. A successful outcome will go a long way to answering the question, “Who bears the cost of remediation?” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz share insights into years of fighting the lead industry over liability for lead poisoning in their new book, Lead Wars:Cases now underway, including in California, seek to hold lead paint and pigment manufacturers financially responsible for removing lead paint. In previous cases, notably one involving some 240,000 Rhode Island homes, juries have ruled against the manufacturers. But those verdicts were overturned on appeal.“So as of now,” explained Markowitz and Rosner via email, “no lead company has been held liable.”A national trust fund for lead remediation would be a nice steady stream of funding, analogous to the tobacco settlements, but hopefully better managed,Local efforts in Toledo and Rochester to require lead safe certifications before permitting rental could clean up the housing stock by remediation or demolition. Carefully crafted, local initiatives can provide insights into how creating lead safe housing will affect the affordability of rental homes.Absent a new federal commitment to a prevention strategy, what sector will be the new lead czar? Maybe the initiative for a new paradigm must come from health providers; with ACA focus on population health management and a mandate for prevention, it would make sense for the healthcare industry could spearhead a national effort. State and local public health agencies could coordinate programs through local housing, education, and community organizations to root out poisoned houses and demand remediation or demolition. If health organizations won’t step up voluntarily, maybe another ACA “nudge” would do it. Oh…and advocates could hold the system accountable and politicians reassure to public that lead poisoning is not personal, racial, or ideological.—Spencer WellsShare9TweetShare3Email12 Shareslast_img read more

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Satellite technology company NovelSat has complete

first_imgSatellite technology company NovelSat has completed testing of its NS3 proprietary satellite modulation technology with SES and UK-based Satellite Mediaport Services.According to NovelSat, the tests showed that by combining NS3’s ability to increase data rates over DVB-S2’s capabilities with the inherent low costs of an inclined orbit space segment, broadcasting data via satellite at fibre level broadcasting costs was now possible. The tests were conducted on the NSS-703 inclined orbit satellite, which showed a 61% data rate increase on a 72 MHz transponder, the NSS-5 satellite with limited power, which showed up to 49% higher data rate over the current satellite space segment utilisation, and the NSS-10 satellite, which saw similar results as the NSS-5 satellite when NS3 devices were enabled.Israel-based NovelSat has developed a new satellite modulation technology that it says can significantly improve satellite bandwidth over the existing DVB-S2 standard, by up to 78% or over 100% when combined with statistical multiplexing.last_img read more

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UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service.MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements and MTV submitted a formal notification for the service prior to today’s publication of the appeal decision.The decision turned on a number of issues, including whether the Viva TV Music section of the website constituted a service in its own right, and whether music videos are ‘TV-like’ programmes.ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said: “This is a complex area and the appeal system  is a vital part of  the process, giving service providers, in particular, greater clarity over the scope of the regulations.”last_img read more

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SubSaharan African pay TV service My TV has exten

first_imgSub-Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship with Conax and has committed to deploying a Conax chipset pairing solution for its satellite platform. Chipset pairing creates an additional barrier to content theft ensuring defined content is only released to consumer devices supporting the chipset pairing key, according to Conax.The company says that the technology provides protection against control word distribution by offering a secured channel between smart card and chip.last_img read more

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