Woman arrested for filming hospital staff

first_imgA woman was arrested on Thursday for illegally filming staff at Paphos General Hospital and posting the video on social media.Two nurses reported to police that the 29-year-old woman filmed staff at the first aid department without their permission on February 21 when she was visiting relatives.The woman then posted the nine-minute video on facebook criticising the nursing and medical staff.She was arrested and charged before she was released and is expected to appear before a Paphos district court later on.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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

Borrowing wont help plundered welfare fund says minister

first_imgFinance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday there was no point in the state borrowing money to return some €7.5bn taken from the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) by various administrations in the past.The massive debt to the SIF is the result of years of governments borrowing from the fund to plug holes in public finances.Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Georgiades said borrowing money to replenish the SIF meant raising the public debt.“They are communicating vessels. There is no logic raising the debt and having the general government paying interest for the fund to engage in investment policy without any yields,” he told the House labour committee.Georgiades said the government guaranteed the SIF reserve and would cover any shortfalls, as it did in the unemployment fund in recent years.The minister said a reserve would be created from day one of a steady flow of revenue from natural gas.“In theory we could say that part of the reserve would be on behalf of the SIF,” he said.Georgiades and Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou stressed that investments should not exceed the state’s cost of borrowing from international markets.“Any investment would affect the state’s reserves and the public debt because the SIF is part of the general government,” Emilianidou said. “If the cost of borrowing is four per cent, there cannot be an investment from the fund yielding three per cent because that would be an increase of public debt.”Emilianidou said the government has prepared a bill abolishing the SIF’s capacity to make investments – it will be transferred to the national investment fund, known better as the hydrocarbons fund. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Supreme court president unhappy with protocol ranking

first_imgThe president of the supreme court has written to parliament to protest about the Republic’s protocol after he apparently had to wait a long time to lay a wreath in a recent memorial service, daily Politis said.In a letter to the House president, Myron Nikolatos urged parliament to revisit the issue of protocol, which defines the rules and procedures governing official affairs.The matter was discussed by party leaders in parliament.The protocol was defined by law in 1996, but a later government bill affording the cabinet the authority to draft the list has been languishing in parliament since 2006.The current list ranks the president of the supreme court in seventh place and its judges in thirteenth.“I think the judiciary, as one of the three powers, should be ranked accordingly,” Nikolatos was quoted as saying by Politis.However, parliament does not appear prepared to do anything on the matter.Parties think that granting the cabinet the authority would be justified if the government had proposed changes to the protocol that were rejected by parliament.The need to change the protocol was highlighted by the foreign ministry in 2006, so that it would include members of the European parliament for example. A number of state commissioners have also been appointed in recent years and there is no provision for them.The president of the Republic ranks first on the 1996 list, followed by the archbishop, and House president in third.Party leaders or representatives are in fourth place, ahead of former presidents, the attorney-general and the president of the supreme court. Government ministers are in eighth place.Last come municipal councilors in 35th place.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap New Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus international film festival to inaugurate new building

first_imgTHE 12th Cyprus International Film Festival ‘Golden Aphrodite’ which starts on Wednesday will be the inaugural event held at the newly refurbished Attikon theatre in Paphos.Christos Makariou, deputy mayor of Paphos, made the announcement at a press conference held for event at the town hall on Monday morning.“We are very proud to have this well-established festival here in Paphos. The award, the ‘Golden Aphrodite’ shows it is in the right place, as Paphos is the birthplace of the goddess, and the festival has come home,” Makariou told the Cyprus Mail.The deputy mayor said that the municipality has supported the festival both financially and by offering Attikon as a venue. He added that Paphos is determined to keep the event in the town in the future.“The festival will be the first show in the building, we are very happy about that,” he said.Although Pafos2017 are now utilising the exterior space of Attikon for cultural events, this will be the first time the radically transformed interior space will be used, after months of upgrading works.Entrance to the festival screenings is free and screenings will be held at both the University of Neapolis amphitheatre and Attikon. The festival runs from June 14 until June 24.A new category in this year’s festival is ‘Women filming in Greece and Cyprus’ which sees female directors competing for the Aphrodite Cinema Award.According to festival director Petra Terzi, 120 films from 95 countries have been selected this year.Various activities will take place for the duration of the festival, including a winning script writer being given the chance to film and create a short film in Paphos which will be screened during the Golden Aphrodite awards ceremony on June 24.The VIP jury includes Bill Butler, director of photography, Vivek Singhania a producer, Anthony Skordi an actor, film director Wang Jingguang, and George F Roberson a producer and writer.Terzi also announced that a chapter of the Women in Film and Television is being established in Cyprus. WIFTI is a global network comprised of over 40 Women in Film Chapters worldwide with over 14,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and digital media. Further details and a full screening programme is available at: www.cyiff.cineartfestival.eu  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police investigate case of adoption without fathers consent Updated

first_imgPolice confirmed on Thursday they were investigating the case of a man who claims his partner gave up their new-born for adoption without his consent.According to daily Phileleftheros the man, who lives in the Famagusta district, reported on Tuesday that his partner, with whom he has three other children, gave up their new-born for adoption, despite his not consenting. The couple are said to be unmarried.The man reportedly claimed that his partner, who gave birth recently in a private clinic, had registered the baby as ‘father unknown’ and given it to a couple from another town. The adoption, the report said, was made with the approval of state services.Phileleftheros said the father had alerted police and social welfare services of his partner’s intentions before he made the official report and told them he was against it, but was ignored.The father claimed that social welfare services urged him to hire a lawyer and claim custody of his child in court.According to the law, an adoption takes effect only after a court order following an application from the interested parties.For an adoption decree to be issued, according to the law, an application must be filed either by both parents of the child, or by one. It also requires the consent of the child’s parents or legal guardians, or the consent of the husband or the wife of the applicant if they are married. The law prohibits any payment to the biological parents for the adoption.Social welfare services would not comment on the reported case.Head of the Family and Child Unit of the Social Welfare Services, Chara Tapanidou, said that at the moment the law provides both for private adoption arrangements and for adoption through social welfare services.In the case of private arrangements, Tapanidou told the Cyprus Mail, couples who are approved by the services as suitable to adopt notify authorities and file an application to court if they find parents who would like to give their child up for adoption.“The court then asks our opinion, and if we have any reasons to believe that the application should be rejected we will say it, but that doesn’t mean that the court will accept it. In the end, it is the court’s decision whether to approve an adoption application or not,” Tapanidou said.She added that welfare services recommend couples wishing to adopt go through them.“If a child is available for adoption, we go through the list of approved applicants and we recommend those we think are the most suitable match for the child,” Tapanidou said.She added that if a woman declares after giving birth that her baby’s father is unknown, according to law, if someone claims to be the father but is not married to her, he will have to claim custody in court.Children’s Rights Commissioner Leda Koursoumba has strongly recommended that private adoption arrangements are abolished, since they endanger the best interests of the infant as they may be subject to financial arrangements or involve human trafficking.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The Netherlands donates €122000 to CMP

first_imgThe Netherlands has donated €122,000 to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), it was announced on Friday.According to a news release, the committee expressed its sincere thanks to the Netherlands for its donation, which brings the Dutch financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €622,000 over the past eleven years.“This donation to the CMP Project on the Exhumation, Identification and Return of Remains of Missing Persons in Cyprus will contribute to the Committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible in order to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years.”According to the Committee, so far, the remains of 792 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to the families for a dignified burial. “The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families,” it said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Prosecutors establish prima facie case in Laiki trial Updated

first_imgThe Nicosia criminal court unanimously decided on Wednesday that former Laiki Bank executives have a case to answer to in connection with market manipulation and issuing misleading information.The defendants in the trial are Laiki’s then-managing director Efthimios Bouloutas, his deputy Panayiotis Kounnis, non-executive vice-president Neoclis Lysandrou and executive board member Marcos Foros.They face charges of market manipulation and submitting false or misleading information with regard to publishing an interim consolidated financial statement in November 2011, in which they omitted to include a goodwill writedown of €330m for Marfin Popular Bank’s – as Laiki was then known – operations in Greece.The lender was shuttered in 2013 as part of the island’s bailout agreement.The court said prosecutors have established a prima facie case and the former executives must now mount a defence to have it disproved.The defendants were informed that they now have three choices: either to make a statement from the dock without undergoing cross-examination, take the stand and undergo cross-examination, or to remain silent.Irrespective of their choice, the defendants have a right to call defence witnesses.“Taking into account the contents of the relevant articles on which the two charges are based upon, the elements of the offences, what is attributed to the defendants based on the details of each offence, as well as the submitted evidence, on the face of it, we are satisfied at this stage that there is evidence before the court, which substantiates the elements of the offences against all the defendants,” the court said.  You May LikeTop Journey MagThe Do’s and Don’t’s When Choosing Your Outfit For A FlightTop Journey MagUndoJobsflagWalmarts Hiring Like Crazy. Average Pay Is $13.38/Hr. They Are An Excellent Company.JobsflagUndoflyus.comGet travel deals with our price alert tool!flyus.comUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Two hundred palm trees destroyed in fire

first_imgA fire which broke out in two places in Trachoni, Limassol, burned more than 200 palm trees at a nursery before it could be brought under control shortly before midnight on Thursday.Firefighters were informed of the fire at 8.58pm which destroyed the palm trees and two hectares of dry grass and wild vegetation.A second fire about 500 metres from the first burned two thousand square metres of wild vegetation and rubbish.Three fire trucks belonging to the fire services and one from the British bases were deployed to extinguish the flames.Firefighters stayed in the area all night to prevent a possible flare-up.The causes of the fires are not yet known. You May LikeHistory Daily60 Beautiful Abandoned Places. Did ROWLAND HEIGHTS Make the List?History DailyUndoHypable Media IncAgent Carter season 3 analysis from diehard fansHypable Media IncUndoMattress ReviewsTop Mattresses of 2019Mattress ReviewsUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Personal data complaints up by over 100 per cent

first_imgComplaints to the personal data commissioner so far this year exceeded those in the same period of 2017 by more than 100 per cent, MPs heard on Wednesday.Irini Loizidou told the House finance committee during discussion of her department’s budget that by October 23, her office had received 521 complaints compared with 233 during the same period last year.The commissioner said 40 per cent of the complaints concerned advertising sent to mobile phones, emails or fax machines. Other people complained over the collection of data by banks, insurance companies and others, and there were also questions regarding the installation of security cameras.Loizidou said her office issued 43 decisions, including 34 fines worth €108,800. Close to €80,000 has already been collected. The rest were reprimands, warnings and instructions.The commissioner said people were learning about the role and operation of the office and that was reflected to the rise in complaints in the past year.She said the objective was not to impose extortionate fines but to cultivate a culture that respects personal data and human rights in general.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 SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

Inflation dropped in December

first_imgInflation in Cyprus dropped to 1.0 per cent in December, down from 1.6 per cent in November, while a year earlier the same rate was -0.4 per cent, Eurostat said on Thursday.Meanwhile, the euro area annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in December 2018, down from 1.9 per cent in November. A year earlier, the rate was 1.4 per cent. European Union annual inflation was 1.7 per cent in December 2018, down from 2.0 per cent in November. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7 per cent.The lowest annual rates were registered in Greece and Portugal (both 0.6 per cent) and Denmark (0.7 cent). The highest annual rates were recorded in Estonia (3.3 per cent), Romania (3.0 per cent) and Hungary (2.8 per cent). Compared with November 2018, annual inflation fell in 22 Member States, remained stable in three and rose in three.In December 2018, the highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate came from services (+0.58 percentage points), followed by energy (+0.53 pp), food, alcohol & tobacco (+0.34 pp) and non-energy industrial goods (+0.12 pp).You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo 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

Energy companies will call final shots for Cyprus gas

first_imgBy Elias HazouWhereas the talks in Nicosia on Tuesday provide a political backbone for potential natural gas deals, it is the energy companies that will ultimately call the shots, energy expert Charles Ellinas has told the Cyprus Mail.British energy outfit BG Group are currently desperate to secure gas supplies for their liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Idku, Egypt, which are operating at below capacity.The Idku plant has a capacity of around 7.2 million tonnes of LNG per annum, but is currently working with around 2 million tonnes.BG are exploring a number of options to plug that gap, with Cypriot gas from the Aphrodite field being one such alternative.If developed, Aphrodite could plausibly yield anywhere from 3.5 to 4 million tonnes a year, channelled to Egypt by pipeline from the Aphrodite reservoir. The pipeline must be coupled with a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit built on top of the gas well. An FPSO is essentially a platform producing and treating the gas on-site.The earliest completion date for such a project would be late 2019, Ellinas said. It is less capital-intensive than either onshore or marine-based LNG and, given falling LNG prices worldwide, would make more economic sense for Noble Energy, operators of the Aphrodite field.Assuming Noble clinches a deal to pipe the bulk of the Aphrodite gas to Egypt, the revenues from the contract might then make it worthwhile to construct a second, small-diameter pipeline running from offshore Block 12 to Vasilikos on the southern coast of Cyprus, supplying small quantities of gas for domestic electricity generation here.It’s understood that Noble has been discussing these scenarios with BG as well as with the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company.By way of example, were Cyprus to buy the Aphrodite gas for $10 per million BTU (mmbtu), and the profits to be made are around $3 per mmbtu, Cyprus would pocket two-thirds ($2 per mmbtu) of the profits, as it owns two-thirds of the Aphrodite gas. That leaves a net cost of $8 per mmbtu for gas purchased from the Block 12 reservoir, a substantially lower price compared to importing natural gas via the so-called interim solution.But when it comes to supplying BG’s gas-starved export plant, Cyprus faces stiff competition. BG has already signed a letter of intent with the partners in Israel’s Leviathan gas field for approximately 5 million tonnes of LNG a year. And BG is in talks with BP to link their two gas developments off Egypt’s coast. BP’s North Alexandria gas field is expected to come online next year – far sooner than Cyprus’ Aphrodite field – and could provide BG’s plant with up to 2 million tonnes of LNG per annum.“Right now everything is on the table,” Charles Ellinas said.The expert also drew a connection between the technical study for a Cyprus to Egypt pipeline – unveiled by the two countries’ energy ministers on Tuesday – and the ongoing gas supply tender put out by the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA).DEFA chairperson Eleni Vasiliadou has confirmed to the Cyprus Mail that the validity period of the ‘interim gas’ tender has been extended – for a second time – to the end of January 2015.DEFA on Tuesday began assessing the three remaining bidders’ revised financial offers. According to press reports, the prices quoted by the bidders hover around the $14 per mmbtu mark.Time-wise, the new validity period of DEFA’s tender now coincides with the completion of the technical study for the Cyprus-Egypt pipeline.“It’s very likely that officials are waiting on the Cyprus to Egypt pipeline analysis to come through before plunging ahead with the DEFA gas imports,” offered Ellinas.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo 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

Health authorities ready for introduction of Gesy on June 1

first_imgThe health insurance organisation (HIO) said Tuesday it was ready to tackle any problems that may arise from the introduction of the national health scheme (Gesy) on June 1.HIO deputy head Efi Kamitsi told the Cyprus News Agency the organisation has made plans and formed teams that will handle any problems, as the biggest healthcare reform on the island kicks in on Saturday.Special attention is paid to the IT system where problems may arise since doctors have not yet learned to use it.“We are ready for June 1, it is something we have been working on for quite some time, but because of the huge change, we also expect some problems to arise,” Kamitsi said.“We will be here to provide solutions and monitor the operation of the system and make any corrections necessary.”Kamitsi said contingency plans have been made in case the system crashes but it would have to start operating to see what exactly may arise.IT specialists will be standing by to resolve any problems while other teams will respond to doctors’ questions.“It is a new system and doctors must learn to use it. They will have questions, our staff is there to answer them,” she said.From June 1, people registered would have to go through their GP who will refer them elsewhere or prescribe medicines.“We are close to 500,000 registered people. We have applications from many GP’s and paediatricians and they will continue; there is no end to this procedure.”Kamitsi said enough doctors, pharmacies, and labs have registered on Gesy to provide services from June 1.To date, some 480,000 people have registered on Gesy and 444,000 have also found a GP among the 358 who have registered so far. There are also 104 paediatricians, 560 pharmacies, and 36 labs.Specialist doctor applications have reached 368.   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’UndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EU Commission lists excessive imbalances in Cyprus economy

first_imgCyprus faces ‘excessive’ budgetary imbalances, the European Commission said on Wednesday in its winter package report approved by the College of Commissioners and presented in Brussels by Vice-President Valdis Dobrobowski, Commissioner Moscovici and the Commissioner Tysen.In the category of countries with “excessive imbalances”, only three countries were ranked this year: Greece, Cyprus and Italy. Similarly, there was a softer ranking of countries with just “imbalances” in which Bulgaria, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Sweden are included.“Cyprus is experiencing excessive imbalances,” said the report. “A very high share of non-performing loans burdens the financial sector and high stock of private, public, and external debt hangs on the economy, in a context of still relatively high, even though declining, unemployment and weak potential growth.”The commission warned that “the current account deficit is significantly negative, even taking into account the presence of special purpose entities, reflecting strong domestic demand as well as the negative saving among households, and is not adequate to guarantee a sustainable adjustment of the large stock of net external liabilities” and states that “deleveraging of private sector debt is ongoing but only slowly. New lending to the private sector remains limited.”Meanwhile, it added, the transfer of a significant portfolio of non-performing loans from the Cyprus Co-operative Bank to the public sector in the context of the bank`s sale and wind-down reduced significantly the share of non-performing loans in the banking system. However, “non-performing loans remain high for both households and corporations.”“The government support in the sale of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank had a one-off increasing impact on public debt in 2018,” it added.Looking ahead, it said the high public debt was expected to be on a declining path on the back of a continued strong fiscal performance. Compared to last year, the reform momentum had been stepped up especially on the front of measures to address the vulnerabilities from non-performing loans, but more progress was needed on structural reforms to increase the growth potential.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Turtles add value to Cyprus as a whole updated video

first_imgThe nesting of endangered sea turtles on the protected beaches of Argaka should not be seen as against the interests of the local community, Disy president Averof Neophytou said on Friday.Neophytou, who is himself from Argaka, was speaking after an incident on Thursday when Argaka mayor Spyros Pelopidas stormed down to the protected beach beneath the Santa Barbara restaurant and picked a fight with local and international sea turtle protection experts taking part in an internationally-renowned sea turtle protection educational programme.The experts, among whom was also a representative of the council of Europe, were at the beach to place protective cages above sea turtle nests.Pelopidas, along with several Argaka residents, verbally attacked the experts on the basis that there were fewer sea turtles than the group was accommodating for, and claimed that more cages were being placed so that they could collect higher sums from the fisheries department.Speaking on Astra radio on Friday, head of the team of experts Myroulla Hadjichristoforou staunchly denied these claims, and said that the programme has been in operation in the area for 30 years and has received awards for its activities.Pelopidas reportedly even stood on top of a sea turtle nest and prohibited the placement of a cage, claiming that there were no turtle eggs, pushing the experts to dig up the nest to see if he was right.At the specific beach, part of the Polis-Yialia special area of conservation protected by the European Natura 2000 legislation due its role as an important breeding site in the Mediterranean for the endangered Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas), beach beds and umbrellas had previously been placed without the necessary permission of the central beach committee.Pelopidas also justified his behaviour by claiming that the group did not have permission from local authorities to be on the beach, even though the programme is contractually covered by the department of fisheries.According to daily Phileleftheros, the angered Argaka residents were emboldened by the media coverage they received in March after a strip of around 700 metres of acacia trees of the neighbouring Mavralis state forest which lined the protected sea turtle spawning beaches of Limni and Argaka were bulldozed and burned on site.Police were called to the scene in Argaka to de-escalate the situation. The experts were asked to leave and told they would be informed of any further action.Police spokesman Christos Andreou said the force would investigate the “serious issue” between those on the sea turtle protection educational programme who “had all necessary licences to be in the area,” and the Argaka mayor and residents.Hadjichristoforou said on Friday that the group will continue its sea turtle protection programme on the Argaka beach.On Friday, Neophytou said that “yesterday’s events… do not honour the area or Cyprus.“The breeding of Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas sea turtles is a blessing and a great advantage… which provides additional value to the Paphos area and Cyprus as a whole.”Neophytou highlighted that “any developments in the area must abide by the legislation and regulations in place and must be completely respectful of the environment.”Sea turtles and their eggs have been under Cyprus legislation since 1971, as along with Turkey the island is the almost exclusive nesting place for the Green turtle, while the Caretta caretta also breeds in small numbers in other countries in the region.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Tales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Farrington administered ceremonial oath of office

first_img Newly elected state Rep. Diana Farrington, R-Utica, is joined by her husband, Jeff, as she is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the swearing-in ceremonies. People can contact Rep. Farrington by calling 517-373-7768, by email at DianaFarrington@house.mi.gov or by mail at N-794 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing MI 48909.##### Categories: Diana Farrington News,Diana Farrington Photos,News 11Jan Rep. Farrington administered ceremonial oath of officelast_img read more

Rep Alexander will play key role in House Agriculture Committee

first_img Categories: Alexander News Legislator will serve as vice chairState Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, was today named vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard.“It’s an honor to be given this opportunity to serve a committee that is so relevant to Jackson County,” said Alexander, who owns and operates a third-generation dairy farm. “Agriculture is a major industry in our state and it contributes greatly to our economy and job creation.”The House Agriculture Committee is responsible for deliberating on all policy related to the agricultural industry in Michigan.  This includes, but is not limited to, issues regarding Right to Farm, agri-business and agri-tourism.Alexander was also appointed to serve as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure, Local Government and Education Reform Committees.“As a former middle school teacher, I look forward to serving as a member of the Education Reform Committee,” said the freshman legislator. “Every child in Michigan deserves a quality education and we will work together to ensure that we are paving the way for student success across the state.”Alexander also noted that her experience as a Jackson county commissioner would lend her well as a member of the Local Government Committee. As a county commissioner she gained experience with road commission efforts, which she believes will provide her with a good background as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.House committees will begin holding their first meetings in the coming weeks.### 26Jan Rep. Alexander will play key role in House Agriculture Committeelast_img read more

Rep Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations

first_img20Dec Rep. Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended two recreational development grants for South Haven.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the board recommended funding for improvements at Black River Park and Riverfront Park. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“I am delighted the Trust Fund Board has recommended these two improvement projects that are so important to families and boating enthusiasts in the South Haven area,” Griffin said. “We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural resources in our community, and every effort should be made to make them easily accessible to everyone.”The projects are:A $300,000 development at an area of city-owned Riverfront Park in South Haven to include construction of a splash pad. The new water feature will be located near public restrooms, parking, the beach and the downtown area. It will provide a safe alternative for water recreation users, especially young children, when Lake Michigan conditions are unfavorable. The splash pad is also designed as an educational tool for the local Maritime Museum as elements of the splash pad are designed to reflect the “Friends Good Will” historic vessel owned by the museum.Construction to replace skid piers at the Black River Park in South Haven, at a cost of $37,500.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.#####last_img read more

Rep Albert supports money saving measures for Michigan families

first_img Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility feesState Rep. Thomas Albert today supported two measures that will allow Michigan families to keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pockets.The first measure would continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This is a fair and uniform way to help Michigan families,” Albert said. “Raising the personal exemption benefits everyone who pays the state income tax, providing broad relief across the spectrum regardless of age or other factors. This tax cut should help families make ends meet and benefit our economy.”The bills ensure Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. The measure also increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Albert also voted to end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1, 2018 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees.Albert said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration to fill a budget shortfall, resulted in financial hardships for families across the state.“Hundreds of thousands of Michigan drivers are required to pay these useless fees, which were sold as a way to improve driving skills but did nothing of the sort,” said Albert, of Belding. “This legislation will relieve people of burdensome debt they never should have had to begin with.”The bill package ends the fees on Oct. 1 and forgives all outstanding debt in connection to the fees. The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31, 2018 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1, 2018.Both money-saving measures were approved by the House and move to the governor’s desk to be considered for state laws.##### 14Feb Rep. Albert supports money saving measures for Michigan families Tags: driver responsibility fees, Tax relief center_img Categories: Albert Newslast_img read more

Senate panel advances Noble bill to revoke medical licenses for sexually assaulting

first_img Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved his legislation to pull the state medical licenses for doctors convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure – in Michigan or any other state.“It’s simply abhorrent when a licensed professional takes advantage of their position to sexually assault anyone,” said Noble, of Northville. “A health care professional has the responsibility to protect us and help us feel better, not violate our trust and induce a lifetime of trauma. Anyone who does that, in Michigan or across this nation, should be stopped cold to protect all patients.”Noble’s plan requires a conviction under partner legislation that provides stronger criminal penalties for health care professionals who engage in sexual contact or penetration under the guise of a medical treatment. Current Michigan law does not require a doctor who is convicted of such sexual misconduct to have his or her medical license revoked, with suspensions or fines among possible penalties.Noble’s House Bill 5789 joined a landmark bipartisan package approved Wednesday and advancing to the Senate. The plan was developed in response to the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.“Not all doctors are Larry Nassar, but anyone who commits similar crimes should no longer be allowed to practice as a licensed doctor,” Noble said. “Medical professionals, educators, students, several private and public organizations and even survivors of Nassar’s crimes all spoke before a House committee and agreed that Michigan must improve its protections against sexual assault. This is one part of making that a reality.”##### 07Jun Senate panel advances Noble bill to revoke medical licenses for sexually assaulting patientslast_img read more

Rep Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increase

first_img State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, issued the following statement after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced it will raise the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192):“This is an outrageous move by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. Our state’s drivers – who pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation – deserve much, much better than this.“The MCCA fee increase – nearly 15 percent in a single year – reflects a serious problem. It’s become an annual slap in the face to Michigan drivers and continues to dangerously drain their pocketbooks. The annual per-vehicle fee has more than doubled within the last decade – making it tougher and tougher for drivers to afford the car insurance they are mandated to have through state law. It’s no wonder so many in our state are driving without insurance.“We need true transparency within the MCCA system to get a real understanding of why these increases are an annual occurrence. We need true transparency to understand whether fee increases are needed at all.“It’s time for a complete, systematic review of everything that goes into making Michigan’s car insurance system so expensive. That’s why the Michigan House created the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. We can’t continue to allow special interests to make big bucks at the expense of Michigan drivers and their families. We need reform. We need it now. And I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Legislature to make it happen.” Categories: News,Wozniak News 28Mar Rep. Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increaselast_img read more