Air and land military exercises with the involvement of the Israeli air force will be taking place in Cyprus from Monday to Thursday, the defence ministry announced.The exercises are part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.They will be taking place in the Cypriot FIR and a large section of the island’s territory, the ministry said.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 SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo 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 Taboola
Mayor of Famagusta Alexis Galanos expressed his disappointment on Friday with the way in which the issue of the resort is being handled by the government, and called on President Anastasiades to give more weight to the request of the town’s displaced population for a solution.In his address at the cultural centre of Dherynia, Galanos called on the president to firmly raise the issue to the UN Security Council, as well as the Secretary General and his personal envoy Jane Holl Lute.He expressed his “bitterness and disappointment with the way in which the government is dealing with the Famagusta issue.”Even though his community has stood by the government all these years, he said, “we are seeing that the Famagusta issue is being systematically downgraded… even as a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM), while the Turkish side is slowly starting to colonise the Ayiou Memnona beaches and even further.”For years now, Galanos added, “the negotiations on north Famagusta have been undermined, and there is a smoke screen on the Famagusta issue within the Cyprus problem.”The highlighting of the Famagusta issue, which projects all dimensions of the Cypriot drama, will apply significant pressure with regards to the Cyprus problem as a whole, Galanos said, wishing that 2019 “is the year that will eventually bring us closer to our city and to the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bicommunal, bi-zonal federation.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Commissioner for Gender Equality Iosifina Antoniou said on Monday she was appalled by the murder of 26-year-old Sophia Zenonos by her former partner, and referred to the incident as one more case of gender-based violence that has come to light.On Saturday police found the bodies of Petros Papantoniou, 35, and his former partner Sophia Zenonos, in the early morning hours at the Ayia Fyla firing range in Limassol. Zenonos left behind a six-year-old child from a previous relationship.Reports said the woman had gone there to try and prevent the 35-year-old, with whom she had recently broken up, from ending his life.“Without a doubt, murders of women in our country and world-wide are extreme forms of gender-based and sexist violence, since they are mainly motivated by a sense of control over women,” Antoniou said.Antoniou highlighted the importance of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), which was ratified by Cyprus in 2017.“It constitutes an extremely useful and legally binding international instrument, which can help shape a comprehensive legal framework, as well as policies to protect and empower victims of all forms of violence against women,” she said.A bill aiming to incorporate the provisions of the convention into national legislation is currently being prepared by the relevant state authorities, Antoniou said.“The bill penalises virtually all forms of violence against women, sets the foundations for comprehensive protection and support for victims, as well as exemplary punishment for perpetrators of gender-based violence.”A demonstration entitled ‘Not Even One Less’ has been scheduled for Tuesday at 6pm outside the police headquarters in Nicosia in reaction to the recent murder of Zenonos.The organisers of the demonstration said that “the murder of 26-year-old Sophia Zenonos by her former partner is one more case in a series of femicides that shocked and angered Cypriot society, and demonstrated the urgent need for action and for a demonstration of the necessary political will to end gender-based violence.” 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 AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
24Sep Rep. Price testifies in support of bill to allow for consolidation of local services Categories: News Treasurer Brad Slagh joins Rep. Price in support of House Bill 5160The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee today heard testimony on a bill that would allow for a city, village or township to contract with a county treasurer for tax collection functions, announced the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Amanda Price.“House Bill 5160 clarifies a statute and is a natural extension of our legislative duty to make government more efficient and effective,” said Price, R-Park Township. “This legislation will help local communities by consolidating services, saving money and reducing confusion for taxpayers, making life a little bit easier for Michigan residents.”Price said HB 5160 is a common-sense clarification that allows local units to voluntarily enter into tax collection agreements with the county, which will consolidate the tax collection to a single level and reduce confusion for homeowners by eliminating the need for duplicative services throughout a county.HB 5160 was approved by the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections and now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.###PHOTO ADVISORY: State Rep. Amanda Price (left) appears with Brad Slagh before the Senate Committee on Local Government and Elections.
26Sep Rep. Howrylak grants flexibility with ‘Raise the Age’ funding mechanism In concert with the multi-bill ‘Raise the Age’ proposal currently under consideration in the House Law and Justice Committee, state Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced a plan to handle funding changes that will result from possible changes in law.The ‘Raise the Age’ legislative package currently includes 20 bills from representatives on both sides of the aisle. Among the largest changes in costs arising from transferring authority from adult criminal courts to family courts in regards to 17-year-olds who commit criminal offenses would lie within the Michigan Child Care Fund. Currently, the Child Care Fund represents state dollars which provide 50 percent reimbursement to counties for the costs of providing child welfare and juvenile justice cases.To help find an appropriate measure for ‘Raise the Age’ funding, a diverse workgroup was constructed involving, among others, representatives from Michigan counties, courts, sheriffs, prosecutors, and many others. Members of the workgroup acknowledged that this consortium was the right way to handle such an important aspect of a necessary reform in Michigan. After months of meetings, a funding mechanism question was crafted and presented in House Bill 6396.House Bill 6396 will give counties the choice to have all newly adjudicated 17-year-olds funded through an annual county juvenile grant, paid in quarterly increments, with no change to child care funding for juveniles 16 years of age or younger. Counties can also opt in and forgo the grant. Under this option, counties would receive an overall increase in Child Care Fund reimbursement rate to 68 percent.“The Raise the Age initiative must include a reasonable solution to funding concerns,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “The workgroup has been diligently talking through and developing solutions for over a year. While we continue to work to improve the funding mechanism, I am pleased that there has been a consensus on this option-based plan.”Representative Howrylak is the sponsor of three bills (HB 4850, HB 4678, HB 4741) within the ‘Raise the Age’ package and testified in favor of those bills on Tuesday before the House Law and Justice Committee. The funding mechanism legislation, HB 6396, has also been referred to the House Law and Justice Committee for consideration. Categories: Howrylak News,News
11Jan Historic 100th Michigan Legislature can deliver historic car insurance reform By state Rep. Jason Wentworth of ClareAs the automotive capital of the world, there’s simply no excuse for having the highest average car insurance premiums in the nation. After decades of climbing costs caused by Michigan’s failed no-fault car insurance system, drivers across the state are not only demanding reforms, they deserve them.For each day that passes without a devised, lasting solution, a Michigan family living paycheck to paycheck or a senior living on a fixed income opens an envelope knowing it’s a car insurance bill they cannot afford.Skyrocketing car insurance costs may be the difference between some families putting food on the table or paying for daycare and insuring their vehicle. Out-of-control rates have also caused workforce talent to leave the state while leaving some workers no choice but to break the law by driving uninsured.We as a state cannot continue to be held back by a system forcing Michiganders into making these decisions when this is a non-partisan issue. It’s well past time to deliver meaningful solutions that drive down costs – once and for all – for the more than 7 million motorists across our state. We have the opportunity – right now – to come together in a bipartisan fashion as the historic 100th Legislature, set our differences aside and finally figure out a way to fix a system responsible for financial hardships within many Michigan households.I will do everything under my jurisdiction to spearhead legitimate, meaningful legislation that manufactures critical compromises resulting in more affordable car insurance rates. Regardless of which side of the political aisle an idea originates, I will always keep an open mind and spirit throughout the deliberation process.While multiple comprehensive plans laid out in the past have failed to proceed due to a clash of interests, one thing remains clear. The solution we craft together – Democrats and Republicans – must better serve the interests of all Michiganders, no matter where they live, not the big players such as the insurance and health care industries.Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, is in his second term in the Michigan House serving the 97th District, which includes the residents of Clare, Gladwin and Arenac Counties as well as parts of Osceola County. Categories: Wentworth News
Cable operator UPC Slovakia has added Eurosport 2 Bundesliga to its channel line-up, and has dropped Nova Sport. Eurosport 2 Bundesliga is a localised version of Eurosport 2 for markets in which the sports broadcaster holds the rights to German Bundesliga football.UPC has dropped Nova Sport after failing to strike a carriage renewal deal with the broadcaster. Eurosport 2 Bundesliga will be offered as part of the cable operator’s basic digital package.
Video quality assurance specialist Bridge Technologies has appointed Olli Tuomela as regional manager for EMEA.Reporting to sales director Philip Burnham, Tuomela will have overall responsibility for sales activities in the region, with resource and logistical support for Bridge Technologies business partner sales.Tuomela joins the company from Finnish IP service provider Scansatel, where he was technical director.
Some form of sanction is indispensable in the fight against internet piracy, but other measures also need to be take, according to Pierre Lescure, the former Canal Plus chief executive charged by the new French government with reporting on the country’s Hadopi anti-piracy regime.Speaking on the fringes of the Avignon Festival, Lescure said that the principal of a sanction was essential, but had to be accompanied by other measures to encourage the development of legal web-based content offerings.The current Hadopi law is based on a ‘three strikes’ principal that could see those engaged in illegal filesharing lose their internet connection after three warnings. Lescure, who has criticised this policy in the past, is due to report on the working of the Hadopi law in spring next year.
BBC iPlayer recorded a record month in September, with use of the service on TV platforms up 22% and games consoles up 16%. Mobile and tablet use accounted for 21% of requests.The record 199 million iPlayer requests during the month topped the 196 million recorded in August, with the increase driven primarily by radio requests, which grew 8% month-on-month.TV platform operators, including Virgin Media, accounted for 13% of requests, with internet TV/connected devices – including the likes of Freeview and Freesat smart TVs, set-top boxes, Roku media players and Blu-ray players – accounting for a further 2%. Computers were still responsible for the lion’s share of requests at 52%, with tablets accounting for 9% and mobile devices for 12%. Games consoles accounted for 6% of requests. For TV requests only, the proportion accounted for by computers fell to 47%, with other platforms all up.The gender profile of iPlayer use reached a even split between males and females for the first time in the second quarter, according to the BBC, with a record 23% of requests also being made by people over the age of 55.The first episode of series seven of Doctor Who was the most requested programme, with 2.19 million requests.