South Norwalk, CT – Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, today said it will fly one of its Boeing 747s on biofuel during a demonstration flight in February. It will be the first time that a commercial aircraft has run biofuel in-flight and is part of a major initiative among some airlines and Boeing to discover sources of sustainable aircraft fuel for the future. The Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam on a demonstration flight, with no passengers on board, using a truly sustainable type of biofuel that doesn’t compete with food and fresh water resources. The flight, in conjunction with Boeing and engine maker GE Aviation, is part of Virgin Atlantic’s drive to reduce its environmental impact wherever possible. The demonstration forms part of Virgin Atlantic’s vision for what the aviation industry can achieve by using clean-fuel technology to reduce carbon emissions. Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, said: “This breakthrough will help Virgin Atlantic to fly its planes using clean fuel sooner than expected. The demonstration flight next month will give us crucial knowledge that we can use to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. Virgin Group pledged to invest all its profits from its transportation companies towards developing clean energy and with this breakthrough we are well down the path to achieving our goals.” Virgin Atlantic became the world’s first airline to enable customers to buy their carbon offsets onboard the aircraft during a flight. Its offset program, launched last November, is a gold standard scheme, which is also available to buy online. Virgin Atlantic also placed Europe’s largest order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners last year, when it ordered 15 787-9s, with options and purchase rights on another 28 aircraft. The 787 Dreamliner is up to 60% quieter and uses nearly 30% less fuel than the Airbus A340-300 it will replace in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet. For further information please contact the Virgin Atlantic Press Office at (203) 750-2570 or visit www.virginatlantic.comAbout Virgin Atlantic: ·Virgin Atlantic, founded in 1984, is one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines ·Virgin Atlantic provides service from 10 U.S. cities to London, operating long haul services to 33 destinations worldwide as far apart as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai, with recent growth to Mumbai, Dubai, Nairobi and from Chicago. ·There are 38 aircraft in its fleet, comprising 747-400s, A346-600s and A343-300s ·Sir Richard Branson is the President of Virgin Atlantic ·Steve Ridgway is the Chief Executive Officer ·In 2007, Virgin Atlantic carried approximately 6 million passengers ·Even with Virgin Atlantic’s growth, the service remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation.
The Latest: Cosby judge won’t yet rule on drug testimony Bill Cosby, left, arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case, Friday, March 30, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2018 5:30 am PDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges (all times local):12:40 p.m.The judge in Bill Cosby’s retrial says he won’t rule on whether the comedian’s previous testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex can be presented to the jury until the testimony is brought up at trial.Judge Steven O’Neill hinted during a pretrial hearing in suburban Philadelphia Friday that he could keep the testimony out of the retrial scheduled to begin April 9.He says that Cosby isn’t on trial for what he said in the deposition. The testimony was included in the first trial that ended with a hung jury.Prosecutors contend Cosby’s quaaludes testimony is more evidence of his prior bad acts.Defence lawyers say it’s irrelevant because there’s no evidence he gave his accuser the drug.___12:10 p.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers say his April 9 sex assault retrial should be postponed if prosecutors are allowed to bring in more witnesses in a bid to bolster the accounts of five additional accusers who’ve been allowed to testify.They argued in court papers on Friday that the 14 proposed supporting witnesses are irrelevant and would only further confuse and distract the jury. The witnesses include Dr. Drew Pinsky and book publisher Judith Regan.Cosby’s lawyers said they were only told of these witnesses last week and would need more time to prepare if Judge Steven O’Neill allows them to testify.Prosecutors said the defence knew about them earlier. They say it’s possible they might not call any of the supporting witnesses and that any who did testify would be brief.___11 a.m.The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial is rapping prosecutors and defence lawyers for punctuating their pretrial arguments with statements that could sway potential jurors.Judge Steven O’Neill on Friday told lawyers on both sides in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom to “stop with the judgmental, conclusory language.”He says the language “has no place in the law.”Lawyers are sparring over details that the jury will hear when the trial begins April 9.Prosecutors want the judge to allow in testimony from the comedian about giving quaaludes to women before sex.Defence lawyers want them to hear from a woman who says his accuser was out for money.___10:30 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers say the comedian’s lurid deposition testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex is irrelevant to his April 9 sex assault retrial because there’s no evidence he gave his accuser the drug.Cosby’s lawyers are responding Friday to a prosecution request to have the testimony read to jurors, just as it was at the first trial that ended in a hung jury last year.Cosby testified in 2005 and 2006 in Andrea Constand’s lawsuit against him. Her allegations of drugging and molestation in 2004 led to Cosby’s only criminal charges.His lawyers argued prosecutors are trying to use the deposition and expected testimony from five additional accusers to distract jurors from the case at hand. Those women weren’t allowed to testify at the first trial.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___10:10 a.m.Prosecutors again want jurors to hear Bill Cosby’s lurid deposition testimony about giving quaaludes to a string of women before sex.District Attorney Kevin Steele asked a judge Friday to let them read the testimony into the record at Cosby’s April 9 sex assault retrial, just as it was at the first one that ended in a hung jury last year.Steele says the testimony, along with the testimonies of additional accusers, bolsters their plan to portray Cosby as a serial predator.Cosby testified in 2005 and 2006 as part of a lawsuit filed against him by Andrea Constand, the woman whose allegations of drugging and molestation in 2004 led to the comedian’s only criminal charges.Cosby admitted in the testimony he gave quaaludes to a 19-year-old before having sex in the 1970s.___8:20 a.m.Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the second day of pretrial hearings ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges.Cosby’s lawyers outlined their plan to portray the accuser at his sexual assault retrial as a greedy liar who framed the comedian to get rich at the first day of hearings on Thursday.Judge Steven O’Neill could rule as early as Friday on whether the defence can call a witness who claims Andrea Constand spoke about falsely accusing a celebrity.O’Neill also will decide how much jurors will hear about Cosby’s financial settlement with Constand.The judge on Thursday rejected assertions made by Cosby’s lawyers that he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who advocates for assault victims.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___1 a.m.Bill Cosby’s lawyers are honing their plan to portray the accuser at his sexual assault retrial as a greedy liar who framed the comedian to get rich.Judge Steven O’Neill could rule as early as Friday on whether the defence can call a witness who claims Andrea Constand spoke about falsely accusing a celebrity.O’Neill also will decide how much jurors will hear about Cosby’s financial settlement with Constand.The judge on Thursday rejected assertions made by Cosby’s lawyers that he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who advocates for assault victims.Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
Former Playboy centerfold apparently jumps to death with son FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2006, file photo, former Playboy playmate Stephanie Adams speaks at an interview in New York about her lawsuit against the New York City Police Department. Law enforcement officials say Adams, who was involved in a custody battle, apparently jumped with her 7-year-old son Vincent from the penthouse at the Gotham Hotel in midtown Manhattan. They were found on a second-floor balcony by workers at about 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A former Playboy centerfold involved in a custody battle apparently jumped with her 7-year-old son to their deaths from the 25th floor of a Manhattan hotel, law enforcement officials said Friday.The pair checked into the penthouse suite of the Gotham Hotel at about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said at a brief news conference. They fell 23 floors, and were found on a second-floor balcony at about 8:15 a.m. Friday in the rear courtyard of the hotel.Law enforcement officials identified the woman as Stephanie Adams and her son as Vincent. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The officials said she was involved in a custody dispute over Vincent with her estranged husband, a Manhattan chiropractor named Charles Nicolai, and that police had been called to their home several times in the past few months.Nicolai and her estranged husband had been in “a very tough custody case,” said Raoul Felder, a divorce lawyer who represented her for a time. The standoff was contentious enough that the former couple handed off their son to each other at a police precinct, an arrangement that’s unusual but not unheard of, Felder said.Felder said he had been friends with Adams for 20 years but stopped representing her in the divorce case a couple of months ago. Recently, she had been hoping to go to Europe to be with a boyfriend there, and that had become an issue in the case, he said.Still, “she was never depressed while I knew her. She had certain problems, but depression wasn’t one of them,” Felder said.Her husband’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about the case. A receptionist who answered the phone at Nicolai’s office said Nicolai would not comment and was unreachable.Felder recalled her as “sweet and ultra-polite” — she always called him “Mr. Felder” despite their long friendship. She would sometimes stop by his office to say hello, bringing her son, who loved to play with a Superman statue in the office, Felder recalled.And she routinely sent him birthday cards, until his birthday passed this month without one.Adams was Playboy’s “Miss November” centerfold in 1992. The New York Post profiled Adams in 2013, saying that she had by then written more than 25 self-help books, ran an online beauty products company and managed the finances in her husband’s office. She appeared again in Playboy in 2003, and she had also worked with Elite Model Management and had two business degrees, according to the Post profile.“The stereotypes are sexist and unfair,” Adams told the Post in the profile. “Just because I look a certain way and have expensive tastes, it doesn’t mean I’m shallow. Style and looks don’t mean lack of brains, sweetheart!”Adams and her husband were sued in 2013 by a massage therapist at the chiropractic office who claimed she was fired because Nicolai said his wife could become jealous because the therapist was “too cute.”The Gotham Hotel is on 46th street, about four blocks from Grand Central Terminal. by Colleen Long And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 10:44 am PDT Last Updated May 18, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2018 6:32 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, artist Don Henley performs at “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The academy announced the latest additions Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, to the lineup for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Don Henley and Mavis Staples will perform in tribute to Dolly Parton when she’s honoured as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.The academy announced the latest additions to the lineup Thursday for the tribute concert and gala to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards.Kacey Musgraves and Linda Perry are also among the newly announced performers, joining the previously announced Pink, Norah Jones and Chris Stapleton.The event raises money for people in the musical community facing financial, medical and personal need.The academy announced in September that Parton, the first country artist to receive the MusiCares honour, will be recognized for her music and support of causes through her Dollywood Foundation.The Associated Press Nelson, Henley to honour Parton at Grammy MusiCares concert
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 7:44 am PDT Egyptian actress questioned over revealing dress at gala CAIRO — An Egyptian actress’ lawyer says prosecutors questioned her for at least four hours on accusations of public obscenity over a revealing dress she wore to a cinema gala.Rania Youssef was allowed to go free after Wednesday’s questioning, pending the completion of the investigation.Her lawyer, Shaban Said, says she still faces trial on Jan. 12, a date set by court.The initial complaint against her was filed by a group of lawyers but they withdrew their complaint on Tuesday.Last Thursday, Youssef wore a long black dress, its see-through skirt revealing her legs in their entirety, for the closing ceremony of a Cairo film festival.Images of her wearing the dress were widely shared on social media in Muslim-majority Egypt, where ostensibly secular authorities often side with religious conservatives.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Benjamin Zander has spent half his life conducting the same orchestra, but as he turns 80, the acclaimed maestro has no plans to hang up his baton.Zander founded the Boston Philharmonic in 1979, and he’s still leading that group and its spirited youth orchestra. He’s also a bestselling author who jets around the world giving talks about leadership to foreign governments and major corporations.The British-born Zander recorded a viral TED Talk that’s gotten nearly 11 million views. He marks his 80th birthday on March 9 still determined to turn on every human being to classical music and its power to lift the soul.Zander brushes aside concerns that the genre may be fading, pointing to the explosive growth of classical music in Asia and Latin America.William J. Kole, The Associated Press Q&A: Can’t stop, won’t stop: Famous conductor’s show goes on by William J. Kole, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2019 4:56 am PDT
Lifetime to follow up on ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2019 12:16 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Lifetime is still invested in the R. Kelly case.The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath,” a four-part series that includes interviews with new survivors and experts on the case.“Surviving R. Kelly ” was a six-part series that premiered last January. An estimated 12.8 million people watched the series, nominated for an Emmy, that revisited old allegations and brought new ones into the spotlight.Kelly has been in custody since being indicted this month on charges in Chicago and New York. He’s accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes. He maintains his innocence.Lifetime will also produce “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” about the New York financier accused of sex crimes with minors and trafficking.__Online: https://www.mylifetime.com/shows/surviving-r-kellyThe Associated Press FILE – In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Lifetime announced Tuesday, July 23, that it has ordered “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath,” a four-part series interviewing new survivors and experts. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
February 14, 2008 Michael Melendrez, a renowned soil scientist, plant research specialist, and inventor is touring Arizona with his research this February. He will be at Prescott College on February 15th, and will visit Arcosanti on Sunday, February 17th. The free lecture here will be at 3pm in the Red Room, with a discussion to follow. Michael Melendrez, a renowned soil scientist, plant research specialist, and inventor is touring Arizona with his research this February. He will be at Prescott College on February 15th, and will visit Arcosanti on Sunday, February 17th. The free lecture here will be at 3pm in the Red Room, with a discussion to follow. More can be learned about Dr. Melendrez from his website at: www.soilsecrets.com. His Arboretum Tome in New Mexico is home to one of two official Oak Genus Living Collections (over 80 species plus all 30 native to Chihuahuan desert) as well as the largest Native Tree Collection in the 4-corners region. He might be best known for his work in China, in saving the Metasequoia or Dam Redwood by setting up 6 collections . . . there is more and we will surely hear about it on February 17. [Photo courtesy of Ania Gorka & text: sa]
January 15, 2009 In 1952,Vizenzo Solimene, an entrepreneurial ceramist, approached Paolo Soleri about designing a ceramic factory in the southern Italian town of Vietri sul Mare. In two years, the Solimene Ceramics factory stood erect and has since been a bright example of Soleri’s visionary architecture. The daring façade of the building serves a double function. The glass sections allow for natural light to penetrate deep inside, while the solid wall sections, clad in ceramic cones made at the factory, promote the Solimene products. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & text: dkt] For the Solimene Factory, Soleri was asked to provide production, commercial and residential space. He put the residential unit on top of the main structure. From there, the entire building is united by a spiral ramp that envelops the central interior space. The building’s location on a steep hill makes clay delivery from the top easy. From there, the clay would travel down the ramp through the different stages of production, until it reaches the bottom level where it is sold at the Solimene gift shop. The interior of the space breathes with light coming from street windows and roof skylights. [Photo:Alfonso Elia & text: dkt] Here are some of the drawings Soleri presented before construction for the factory begun. The section and plan drawings were executed with pencil and black and colored china ink on velum paper. These early Soleri drawings are now kept at the Soleri Archives located at Arcosanti. [Photo:Ayano Atsumi & text: dkt]
General shops such as supermarkets must remain closed on Easter Sunday and Monday according to the law, the labour ministry announced on Wednesday.Employees of specialty shops such as clothing and shoe stores, which are allowed to remain open, must be paid double their hourly rate, the ministry said.All general shops must close at 6pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. It’s crazy what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Bejay BrownePAPHOS councillors are furious with the mayor’s refusal to discuss at Monday’s council meeting the removal of shop awnings from the front of stores in the old town after initially agreeing to do so, it emerged on Tuesday.They were also infuriated by the mayor’s steam-roller approach to the issue, and one affected shopkeeper called him a dictator. Councillor Andreas Chrysanthou told the Cyprus Mail that Mayor, Phedonas Phedonos, had walked out at the end of Monday night’s council session, after previously agreeing to discuss the matter of taking down shop awnings ahead of the proposed dismantling of them on Tuesday morning.The mayor wants them gone but councillors wanted to engage in discussion at the behest of shopkeepers who are disgruntled over the move by the municipality.“We agreed to discuss the matter of the removal of shop awnings at the end of the council meeting, after it had come to the council’s attention ahead of the meeting. However, at 10pm, the mayor stood up and said ‘session is over,’ and walked out, we are all furious,” said Chrysanthou.In fact, seven members of the municipality’s important 11-member administrative committee, signed a letter to say they would not participate in a scheduled meeting on Tuesday lunchtime due to the “undemocratic behaviour of the mayor”. One member is abroad and another has a death in the family and were unavailable, he added.The centre of Paphos is undergoing a massive upgrading project and the main shopping street of the area, Makarios Avenue, which leads to the market, has recently been pedestrianised. Works which were scheduled to take a year took double the time and some roads remain closed and works unfinished.The councillor said that instances of awnings and illegalities in the area must be examined first and a clear guide as to what is allowable and what is not to be agreed.“We (the council) want to discuss the matter further and the reaction of the mayor is inexcusable, and if his behaviour continues, he will find the majority of the city council against him and not with him on critical issues,” he said.Shopkeepers in the area have struggled to remain open during the works, many had to shut up shop, and continued to pay taxes, although business was a trickle, said one Paphos shopkeeper, who spoke on condition of anonymity, due to ‘possible repercussions’.He said that Phedonos had become a dictator and his recent actions were undoing all the previously good work which he has undertaken in the town.Despite the councils wish to further discuss the issue, on Tuesday, staff of the technical department of the municipality removed four or five awnings from shop fronts in the market area, saying that no awnings of any kind are permitted, said the store owner. However, they halted work after removing them, as shop keepers were up in arms in protest, as they said they had no warning.“They (the municipality and mayor) are not even recognising our basic need to protect our shops and stock. Beating sun, rain and hail will destroy my shop front and my stock, and offer no protection to shoppers” he said, adding that the first people to be targeted were those that had spoken out about the mayor and his actions on previous occasions.The businessman said that a letter of warning should have been given to stores in the area, informing them of the law and what is and isn’t allowed. The businesses would then have time to implement them, he said. “There is no communication whatsoever and no-one seems to know what is and isn’t allowed. They are making it up as we go along.”He warned that the mayor’s behaviour is also preventing new investment in the area, with seventy per cent of shops remaining closed.“We are not even allowed any signs on our shops and we are extremely angry. Phedonos is destroying the place and he is causing so much stress.”Andreas Evlavis, head of the Paphos Green party, said that although they support the mayor and under no circumstances support any illegalities, the mayor should take a more reasonable and human approach to the issue.“This is not the right way to go about things and the shops should have been given a couple of weeks to remove illegal awnings and replace them. They are suffering and have a greatly reduced business; a gentler approach would get a better result,” he advised.He added that there are no clear decisions as to what is illegal and that this must be a democratic decision of the council and not just the mayor taking decisions on his own.“He needs to be more flexible and do things the right way,” he said.The Cyprus Mail was unable to contact the mayor for comment.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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President Nikos Anastasiades launched the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts on Monday, saying its aim is to recognise the scientific and cultural achievements of the country’s scientists.Addressing the ceremony, Anastasiades said that the new institution will also promote and encourage the growth of sciences, arts, research and development.“With the creation of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, we are succeeding in making use of the most prominent intellectuals of our country to promote excellence in all manifestations of sciences, letters and of the arts,” Anastasiades said.Cyprus will now have the opportunity to participate in important international scientific bodies and the creation of regional and international policies, he said.Cyprus was one of the few European countries not to have such an academy.The founding committee of the academy includes Nobel prize winner Sir Christophoros Pissarides, physicist Loucas Christophorou, chemist Kyriacos Nicolaou and archaeologist and former head of the antiquities department, Vassos Karageorgis.Its objectives include the international promotion of the work of Cypriot scientists, the promotion of excellence, facilitating cooperation between Cyprus’ leading thinkers, supporting education, giving the state scientific advice and strengthening cooperation between local industry, universities and research centres.The academy will also promote the development of research and innovation in Cyprus, the representation of Cyprus in international scientific forums, the publication of a scientific journal and the publication of announcements and research. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Peter Michael and Annette ChrysostomouTHE national health scheme (Gesy) is a one-way street, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday amid claims from the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) that the public dialogue was being poisoned to smear private doctors, and as the number of specialists’ societies rose from eight to 13.Five medical groups on Friday added their voices to the ongoing opt-outs, something which the president said necessitated a dialogue with CyMA. He is due to meet them on Monday.Anastasiades and CyMA representatives are expected to discuss the issue of private medical practice in conjunction with Gesy. However, Anastasiades said that a two-tier system would be discriminatory to patients. The president said that he would listen to their opinions “but they should not deviate from the provisions of the law or create a two-tier service.”Earlier, CyMA said the public dialogue was being poisoned and was an attempt to smear and socially isolate the medical community. Earlier in the week, it denied that it was behind the unrest among private doctors.The medical association added that it would continue to express its views on the inadequacy of the proposed national health scheme and its inability to provide quality healthcare to the patient.CyMA said that in a public dialogue all interested parties have the right to express their opinion, and that the public references to the scheme have targetted the medical community.“It is disappointing that the officials of the Republic have chosen to damage its medical community,” it said.Anastasiades said recently that if private doctors were so concerned over the rates being offered to them by the state for their participation in Gesy, they were welcome to ask for the salary as stated by them in their tax returns.CyMA addressed the comment, saying their issues with Gesy were not related to tax evasion, but to the efficient use of taxpayers’ contributions for the introduction of administrative standards, which will affect the quality of health services provided by the state to citizens.“It is unacceptable for professional groups to be targetted by this common tactic used to disorient public opinion on the many impasses in dealing with Gesy and other reforms of the state.”The goal, CyMA said, was to create a public health system that would be well-designed and meet the needs of the patients and the medical community.In the midst of all the medical groups that were opting out of the plans, one private hospital, the Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus announced Friday they would participate in Gesy.The hospital said that it shared the core values of the scheme and that at the epicentre was the patient. It will provide complete quality to services to patients, the hospital said in its announcement.Earlier Friday, the association of private hospitals, the oral and maxillofacial society and the association of private doctors were the three newest groups to join the ever-growing number of medical specialties who have advised their members not to back Gesy.The association of private hospitals said they lacked sufficient data about the plan and were seriously concerned over the details that they have been given. The doctors claimed they need to continue operating to same high standards they always have and are uncertain being part of Gesy would allow that.The vascular and endovascular surgery association announced their non-participation earlier in the day.Their decision was publicised just hours after the radiological association announced they too are not joining the scheme.Both associations said in statements that “the project is doomed to failure from the start”.They both also called on all stakeholders to listen to the concerns of the medial world and make the necessary changes for Gesy to become sustainable and functional.The vascular and endovascular association said they supported the creation of a modern and viable Gesy for the benefit of patients but expressed deep concern over “the gaps, ambiguities and, above all, the viability” of the proposed plan and the serious impact that its failure would have on the health of patients.The private radiologists urged Gesy chiefs to pay more attention to the requirements of their medical area.The price which has been set per medical treatment does not even cover the cost of the material and technological equipment, and thus the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) in charge of private doctors’ applications to Gesy, needs to think again, the radiologists said.By Thursday, eight other private specialist groups had announced they would not back Gesy, rheumatologists, intensivists, urologists, nuclear medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, endocrinologists, paediatricians and gastroenterologists. 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By Sinead KellyPROPANE gas-powered vehicles will be legally available by early 2015, deputies at the House Commerce Committee heard yesterday.According to committee chairman, DISY MP Lefteris Christoforou, the rules and regulations governing the import, installation and maintenance of propane engines will be completed by officials of the commerce and transportation ministries by the end of the year.It is expected to cut gas cost by 50 per cent, according to the data presented to MPs.Converting a regular vehicle to a propane-powered one will cost around €1000-€1200, Christoforou said.An amendment proposed by the commerce committee will allow for propane engine imports, as well as giving gas stations the option of installing propane dispensers.Main opposition AKEL MP Costas Costas criticised the government for delaying in promoting the amendment, pointing out that the regulations were ready since 2012You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
POLICE are seeking two men suspected of a brazen smash-and-grab at a Limassol bar in the early morning hours of Monday.The suspects have been identified only as being 39 and 28 years old, respectively.According to a police bulletin, the two men, riding on a motorcycle drove into the foyer of the bar, which was open for business at the time.They then used a metal bar to smash up the shop windows and equipment. The perpetrators also assaulted the two owners of the establishment.After grabbing some €3,000 in cash, they fled the scene. 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 AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Cyprus’ legal frameworks aimed at reducing non-performing loans are inefficient and hardly used by banks whose bad debt stock remains a key vulnerability, according to a report released by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).The ESM also stressed that Cyprus must resume reforms in important sectors and diversify economic activity, which currently focuses on tourism and construction.“Although the necessary legal frameworks aiming at reducing NPLs are now in place, they are still inefficient and little used. Instead, banks are more and more in favour of offloading impaired assets from their balance sheets, mostly via debt-to-asset swaps, which deliver NPL reduction in the short-run but leave banks with significant exposure to the real estate sector,” the ESM board of governors’ report for 2017 said.“Furthermore, new regulatory requirements challenge the banks’ outlook.”The ESM has now joined a number of other EU institutions and the International Monetary Fund, which pointed out that the foreclosure framework passed by parliament in 2014 was ineffectual as it made it very difficult for banks to collect their dues.The high level of NPLs remains a key vulnerability for banks, which suggests the need for a reform of the insolvency and foreclosure framework and poses a risk for the economy going forward, the ESM said.“The ample liquidity and the relatively high capital ratios were certainly important mitigating factors, but risks stemming from weak profitability, the high NPL ratio of 43 per cent, and the coverage of 47 per cent that is still slightly below the euro area average could quickly destabilise the system.”The ESM acknowledged the solid recovery achieved by the island in the past few years but stressed that it had to resume the stalled reform programme and diversify economic activity.To boost economic resilience, the country needs to consolidate public finances by further reducing public debt and counteracting the concentration of economic activities by diversifying from the tourism and construction sectors.“Cyprus must regain reform momentum to enhance the efficiency of the public sector and judiciary while supporting fiscal sustainability.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
FINANCE minister Harris Georgiades as well as the banking industry urged lawmakers on Thursday to delay voting on proposed amendments to the foreclosures law, changes that could weaken lenders’ ability to recover loans and trigger a chain reaction of adverse side-effects.“It is the government’s clear recommendation that we not rush now into changing the law,” Georgiades told MPs.Moreover, he added, the timing was all wrong.It was best to wait until the Estia debt relief scheme for homeowners kicked in, and allow some time to assess the programme’s efficacy before tinkering with the law on foreclosures.“We should not fiddle with the legislation until we at least have a picture [on whether Estia delivers],” the minister pleaded.The law on foreclosures was amended in the summer of 2018 to make it more effective, some four years after it was passed by parliament with changes that essentially rendered it toothless and unable to help banks reduce non-performing loans.Up until then, the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB), the troika of international creditors which supervised Cyprus’ 2013 bailout, had been calling for an amendment to the law to make it more effective.Now, opposition parties have drafted five amendments which banks fear would defang the law by enabling strategic defaulters to drag out the foreclosures process.The thrust of the amendments is to provide vulnerable debtors – essentially homeowners with mortgages they can’t service – extra safeguards. But critics say the law as it stands already provides adequate protections.The government and the banks say the amendments, if passed, will both delay and complicate foreclosures proceedings, preventing lenders from reducing their stock of non-performing loans.A Central Bank official noted that currently in Cyprus NPLs account for 30 per cent of all loans, compared to the eurozone average of 3 per cent.Making it harder for banks to recover loans would in turn disincentivize them from issuing new loans, starving the economy of fresh capital, but also force them to increase their provisions on the books – set aside more capital for contingencies.Banks’ inability to divest of NPLs would additionally force them to raise interest rates.MPs’ concerns that debtors could be thrown out of their homes appear unfounded. For example, to date Bank of Cyprus has restructured some 28,700 loans. Over the past 12 months, only 921 of these restructurings related to home loans.In the same time period, the bank foreclosed on 242 properties. Not one of the foreclosed properties was a primary home.Fifty percent of the foreclosures related to undeveloped parcels of land, and the rest were villas and commercial properties.Weighing in, the Association of Cyprus Banks (ACB) warned that hampering the ability to recover loans would also result in a downgrading of Cypriot banks’ credit ratings.In a memo, the association cited one proposed amendment which, in their view, would wreak havoc on the recovery of NPLs tied to properties.Under this amendment, the debtor would be able to set aside a notice to foreclose by simply filing for a procedural injunction with a district court.Previously, foreclosure proceedings could be stopped in their tracks only if the court found in favour of the debtor and issued the injunction. Now, merely the seeking of an injunction would be enough.What’s more, under the amendments a debtor can set aside a foreclosure notice if he or she so much as applies for the Estia debt relief scheme. Previously, the notice could be set aside only if the applicant had been accepted for Estia.The ACB also recalled that Cyprus had undertaken to clean up its act with regard to the massive NPLs in return for the European Commission green-lighting the sale of the Cooperative Bank.It cited a European Commission document dated June 19, 2018 titled “State Aid SA.35334 (2018/N-2) – Cyprus – Liquidation aid for the orderly market exit of Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd.”The document reads: “In order to eliminate the major impediments to the workout of NPLs in the country, Cyprus commits to enact far-reaching reforms that will allow an effective workout of NPLs by banks, asset managers and asset servicers, while continuing to protect the most vulnerable borrowers.“The scope of these reforms will include, among other things, the legislation covering foreclosure to allow for the effective enforcement of claims, the setup of an electronic auction system for properties subject to foreclosure proceedings, a better access to the financial information of borrowers by financial institutions and a reform of the judicial process, in order to greatly increase the efficiency of handling of NPL cases by the judicial system.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News 08Sep Rep. Jenkins welcomes Addison fire chief to 9/11 ceremony Addison Fire Chief Tim Shaw (right), joins state Rep. Nancy Jenkins (left), in the Capitol rotunda as her guest during the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015. “It was an honor to have Chief Shaw with me here today,” said Rep. Jenkins, R-Clayton, “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to extend my gratitude for the selfless work he and his department do for the community as well as pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety over the past year.”###
Categories: Glenn News,News (Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township, represents portions of Bay and Midland counties in the Michigan House of Representatives.) We can make life better in mid-Michigan by limiting the size of government and focusing it on what’s most important. The Legislature took significant steps in that direction during 2017.Our state budget reined in spending but still invested record amounts in K-12 education and improving roads, both vital to improving Michigan’s long-term economic future.I was particularly gratified by adding Midland Public Schools for the first time to the state’s targeted spending program for “at risk” students, who comprise over one-fourth of all MPS students. On top of the annual increase received by all public schools statewide, MPS this year received an additional $500,000 specifically to assist students at risk, and that new funding should continue every year.The Legislature also took significant action to pay down debt in both public school and local government employee retirement systems. I personally sponsored one bill in the local government reform package recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to help protect the retirement benefits of police and firefighters, who put their lives on the line for us every day.Another bill of mine that has already become law protects victims of human trafficking, and removes an unwarranted cloud of suspicion over law enforcement personnel, by eliminating an unintended exemption from prosecution if undercover police officers engage in sex with prostitutes or trafficking victims. Michigan was the last state to remove that loophole, something that should have been done years ago.My bill protecting the right of civilians and military personnel to carry concealed firearms while at state military facilities was approved by the House. Other legislation I sponsored would establish a work requirement for able-bodied Medicaid recipients and restore full local control to our schools by repealing state Common Core educational standards.I was honored to be selected “Legislator of the Year” by the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Michigan Propane Gas Association. As chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, much of my work is focused on driving down the cost of electricity and other bills.Michigan has the Midwest’s highest electricity rates. We could lower those rates by allowing alternative energy suppliers significantly more than the 10 percent of the market they are limited to under current state law.More competition for Consumers Energy would lower utility bills. We see that already through an Electricity Choice program for Michigan schools, which saves participating districts about $15 million a year, or $35 per student. The Energy Policy Committee recently heard testimony on a bill, which I support, that would allow all schools the freedom to save you money by choosing a supplier less expensive than Consumers. It’s ridiculous that under current law some districts are allowed to save taxpayer money while others are not.The committee is also considering my bill to prohibit members of local government planning commissions from voting on issues in which they or their families have direct financial interests. The bill includes strong provisions to make sure local officials can’t vote, for example, to approve wind turbine projects if they would personally profit by having signed a wind lease contract on their own private property.Efforts to advance this legislation will continue in 2018. So will my fight to lower taxes and end Michigan’s tenure as the state with the highest auto insurance rates in the nation.For the past year, I’ve served as associate speaker of the House Pro Tem, one of four House members entrusted to hold the gavel and preside over the formal proceedings of the House floor.Lord willing, I’ll also continue the perfect attendance record I’ve maintained since taking office in January 2015, never missing a committee meeting, caucus, or vote on the House floor, including during five months of chemotherapy last year for cancer, thankfully still in remission.In 2018, I will continue to take seriously the privilege and duty of being on the job to represent you and your family. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-373-1791 if I can be of help with any issue regarding our state government. 12Jan Rep. Gary Glenn: Reviewing last year in the Michigan House of Representatives
07May COLUMN: Stepping up the fight against opioids Categories: Iden News,News Tags: Opioid By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo TownshipA growing problem generally calls for a larger response – especially when the lives of Michigan residents hang in the balance.The number of heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths in Michigan has doubled during the past five years. In Kalamazoo County, 24 residents were treated each month on average for unintentional overdoses – 13 for heroin, 11 for other opioids – at local emergency rooms in 2016. The number of accidental drug-related deaths more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 and 38 of the first 47 accidental drug-related deaths in the county in 2017 involved opioids, according to data from the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department.But simply enumerating these losses doesn’t underscore the emotional toll that prescription drug abuse is taking on our families. We are losing mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, co-workers, neighbors, classmates and friends. We must do more to keep from losing lives.Near the end of 2017, I voted for a plan to create an environment in Michigan to help our citizens control addiction. Under this plan, doctors will be required to use a new online prescription tracking database run by the state to review and record patient history, limit the number of pills given over weekly periods and formulate a legitimate relationship with a patient before extending them a prescription. These are preventative measures to help dam up a now-raging river created with prescribed opioids leading to the use of highly addictive and dangerous illegal substances such as heroin.Bringing this problem to light and addressing it openly in our society is a key concept of this plan. The Michigan Department of Education will instruct students on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and addiction. More prescription drug drop off bins will be available statewide and an expanded Good Samaritan Law will encourage people to call emergency services if they or someone they are with experience an overdose, without the fear of being arrested for drug use during or after their care.I don’t want 2018 and beyond to be additional years in which opioid-related deaths continue to rise in record numbers. For the well-being of our residents, we needed to acknowledge this issue and ensure Michigan is a driving force on the road to fixing it. Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo Township, is in his second term in the Michigan House serving the 61st District, which encompasses the city of Portage and townships of Oshtemo, Prairie Ronde, Schoolcraft and Texas.