Australian Unficyp pulling out for budgetary reasons

first_imgThe Australian government’s decision to not continue its policing contribution to Unficyp beyond June 2017, after 53 years was made mainly for budgetary reasons, a statement said on Monday.A government statement said that in advance of the move Australia had consulted with the Republic of Cyprus, representatives of both communities, the three guarantor powers, as well as the UN in New York.Some 1,600 Australian police peacekeepers have served in Cyprus over half a century since 1964, three of whom were killed. In 2017, there were seven Australians serving in Unpol.Australia’s decision to withdraw was made in 2015, the government statement said, having taken into account a range of considerationsThe level of increased interest and capacity of many EU and EU-candidate states in shouldering regional peacekeeping tasks, in particular in a fellow-EU member state was one.“Unficyp as a mission continues to be very well served by dedicated police drawn from these European countries as well as others elsewhere such as China and India,” it said.It added that while Cyprus was Australia’s first policing contribution to a peacekeeping mission, over the subsequent half-century, and especially following the end of the Cold-War, Australian police have concurrently been called to serve in peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Bougainville (PNG) , Cambodia, Haiti and other places.Australia’s own domestic security environment has also continued to become more complex as the result of terrorist threats in Australia, and new and increasing demands on Australian police at home have steadily appeared.“Australia remains fully committed to the Cyprus peace process as we have done for 53 years – and remains faithful to the long-established UN and international-community settings supporting a comprehensive negotiated settlement,” the statement said.Through its High Commission in Nicosia, it also continues to support, and has stepped-up support in the last year, for bi-communal initiatives. Australia’s Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, who visited Cyprus in late April this year discussed the conclusion of the current Australian police mission and reiterated to his Cypriot counterpart, the UN and other key players “that Australia – as a successful federation – would assist a re-united Cyprus to develop its federal police force”. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

2000 die each year from heart disease

first_imgAn average of 2,000 people die every year of heart disease in Cyprus, while a total 40,000 undergo some heart-related treatment, the Cyprus Society of Cardiology announced on Tuesday to mark World Heart Day.Recent epidemiological studies in Cyprus showed that 27.8 per cent of adults are obese and 36.1 per cent are overweight, while 8.1 per cent of children under 16 are obese and 20.1 per cent overweight, the society said in a press release.Speaking at a news conference marking the World Heart Day, under the slogan ‘Give your Heart Strength’, chairman Dr Georgos Georgiou said the goal of the enlightenment campaign organised by the society in all towns on Friday is to sensitise the public on cardiovascular disease, which have plagued developed countries across the world in recent decades.Cardiologists will inform the public about the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and take people’s blood pressure for free, while informative brochures will be available.The campaigns will be held at the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia, My Mall in Limassol, Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos and Ermou square in Larnaca.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Larnaca hospital upgrade delayed again

first_imgThe construction of the new wing of Larnaca general hospital has been delayed again, MPs heard during a meeting of the House transport committee on Friday.The project will be delayed for at least another year and Larnaca MPs called the state of affairs an ‘unacceptable situation’ and ‘blackmailing of the state by the contractor’ and said patients in the region are the victims.The new postponement is due to differences between the contractor and the government. The contractor is demanding money from work it has carried out on the supreme court building and Nicosia general hospital.Construction work on the hospital wing started in September 2013 with a 36-month implementation schedule. However, due to the financial disputes extensions were agreed upon, first until December 30, 2017, then until April 2018.The House transport committee members said the project is being highjacked by the contractor and called on the president to intervene to resolve the issue.Larnaca Disy MPs warned they will not tolerate the situation.Head of the committee, Diko’s Georgios Prokopiou, said the situation is unacceptable.“It exposes the President of the Republic himself because the project should have been delivered by the end of 2017. The project has been halted for four months and today we have unfortunately been told that it still needs a year,” he said.He added that as head of the committee he has sent a letter to the president asking him to resolve the problem.“It is inconceivable to play with lives. It is absolutely right for people to shout because no one can play with their lives.”“As residents of Larnaca, we are completely disappointed by the bureaucracy of the state that owes the contractor money,” said Disy MP Zacharias Zachariou.“The contractor has virtually been trapped into blackmailing to get the money to complete the project at Larnaca hospital,” he added,He also said a new project for the construction of a family court was signed just days ago between the state and the same contractor.“I do not see the logic of a contractor who blackmails a province and its patients being rewarded by the state with new work.”Disy MP Annita Demetriou said that solving the situation is a matter of the highest priority for Larnaca and its residents and that the city should get what it is entitled to.Larnaca Akel MPs Giorgos Georgiou and Evanthis Savva also called for immediate completion of the project.You May LikeLCR HealthTop Doctor Warns Against Abdominal “Deep” Fat (And How To Get Rid Of It)LCR HealthUndoLuxuriousHotels15 Good Example How to Become One of the 15 Richest People Around the WorldLuxuriousHotelsUndoLittle FriesHealthiest Dog Breeds: 10 Dogs With The Least Health ProblemsLittle FriesUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Helector witness has no idea about irregular waste invoices

first_imgA man who worked for a company cooperating with Helector – the operator of landfills in Paphos and Larnaca – denied in court on Monday that he was on the take in return for manipulating data relating to the amounts of processed municipal waste.Petros Petrou, a software operator for a company that received and weighed municipal waste, was testifying as a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial in the Nicosia criminal court.The witness recognised a deposition he had provided to police on March 23, 2016 in which he referred to his relationship with Pantelitsa Mappoura, an accountant for Helector.He told the court that he and Mappoura hailed from the same village, and that their professional association was restricted to resolving errors concerning the quantities of waste logged, which Mappoura would proceed to correct.The court heard that during his deposition to police, Petrou was shown a number of invoices made out in his name and showing him as the beneficiary/recipient of €46,000.Petrou said he was shocked on seeing these figures and that he had no idea what they were about.His shock was so great that he required psychological therapy, he added. Later, with help from his therapist, he managed to recall that during a Christmas holiday season he had received a bonus from Mappoura for overtime work he had put in.Under cross-examination by the lawyer of the defendant Demetris Patsalides (Paphos municipality’s former financial director), Petrou stated that the only amount he ever received from Mappoura was €200 or €300 for overtime work.He did not recall the sum initially, but later remembered having overcome his shock because of the documents shown to him by the police.Asked why he did not immediately tell the police about the €200 once he did recall this, Petrou said he was wary of going to the authorities.Petrou was also asked why he would sign the invoices in question as ‘Petros Andreou’ rather than with his real name, and whether Mappoura had asked him to do so.The witness said that Mappoura had indeed asked him to sign with a different name; she had also told him that the bonus would be credited to another employee in her company.Grilling Petrou, the defence lawyer submitted to the witness that he was not telling the truth and that he and Mappoura had come to a certain arrangement.The trial continues.The case concerns the overcharging of municipal authorities for waste management services and the alleged bribery of officials.Former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, Helector’s former CEO Demetris Giannakopoulos, interior ministry official Christakis Petrou, engineer Imad Bagle and former Paphos Sewerage Board director Eftichios Malekkides have already pleaded guilty. You May LikeExciting Magazine15 Tricks To Look YoungerExciting MagazineUndoTheDeliteKate Middleton Just Got An Anniversary Gift From The Queen That Is Beyond PriceTheDeliteUndoTripsaver.TravelDelta Airline Flights From Only $69.99 One-Way!Tripsaver.TravelUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bank of Cyprus reduces NPEs registers profit in Q1

first_imgBank of Cyprus said Tuesday it has reduced non-performing exposures by €454m, or 5 per cent quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of the year, as it registered a net profit of €43m.“We remain confident that we can make further progress in reducing our NPE stock during the coming quarters and we remain on-track to achieve our full year target of ~€2b organic NPE reduction,” BoC CEO John Hourican said. “At the same time, we continue to actively explore certain structured solutions to further accelerate NPE reduction and more quickly return the bank to a more normalised position.”At the end of the first quarter of 2018, BoC’s NPE ratio was 45 per cent while coverage reached 51 per cent, well-above the EU average of 44 per cent and in line with our medium-term target of coverage above 50 per cent, he said.The Irish banker said the lender’s Q1 results reflected the continuing delivery against the core objective of balance sheet repair.“This was the twelfth consecutive quarter of material NPE reduction,” Hourican said.BoC has reduced its NPE’s by 44 per cent since December 2014.The island’s biggest lender, which was forced to seize deposits to recapitalise in 2013 as part of Cyprus’ bailout deal, had a total income of €231m in Q1 and an operating profit of €125m.Local deposits grew by €291m, to €18bn, while new lending reached €717m, a rise against Q1 2017. Its loan to deposit ratio was 80 per cent.The bank’s capital remained in excess of regulatory requirements, Hourican said, and “we remain on target to exceed 13 per cent on a CET1 basis by the end of the year, based on organic balance sheet repair.”You May LikeUltra Fast WiFi BoosterPeople In United States Use New Device Tricks For Ultra Fast WiFiUltra Fast WiFi BoosterUndoWoman Pretty5 Obvious Signals Your Body Needs helpWoman PrettyUndoAmazing Earth 201710 Beautiful Beaches That You Should AvoidAmazing Earth 2017Undo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Senior UN official to come to Cyprus for consultations – UNSG report

first_imgThe UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes there is still a way for both sides to act responsibly in a way thatcan give the island a common future and plans to send a senior UN official to Cyprus in the next few weeks, an advance copy of his report to members of the Security Council revealed on Friday.In his report, Guterres said “I believe there is still scope for the sides to act responsibly and decisively in order to chart a common way forward for the island”.“In the coming period, I intend to send a senior UN official to conduct in-depth consultations with the parties. The consultations will provide a more formal, structured, and detailed channel for the parties to convey to the UN the outcomes of their reflection since Crans-Montana and to help determine whether conditions have or have not matured at this stage for a meaningful process. I encourage the parties to recognize the importance of this exercise and to seize the opportunity accordingly”.In his report, the UNSG outlined the future of the island is a responsibility of all Cypriots, but the leaders bear the primary responsibility for the negotiations, adding that should they jointly agree to resume talks with the intent of agreeing on a comprehensive settlement.The leaders will need to demonstrate the strongest political commitment, courage and determination, he said.“They will also need to recapture their sense of urgency, address the erosion of trust and deliver strong and unambiguous signals of political will. To be able to conclude a mutually beneficial deal, they will need to engage their communities and explain the benefits of the solution, as well as the importance of compromise on both sides”.Referring to the guarantor powers, he pointed out that they will also, without doubt, need to do their part and engage in a determined and constructive manner.“Furthermore, the Security Council —and, indeed, all friends of Cyprus, particularly the European Union —will need to increase their support and encouragement to the leaders and all parties concerned.”The contents of the report reported by the Cyprus News Agency outlined developments from 12 August 2017 to 21 May 2018.Throughout this period Anastasiades had confirmed he was ready to negotiate on the basis of the framework put forward in Crans-Montana “subject to good preparations for a possible reconvening of the conference on Cyprus, including through shuttle diplomacy,” Guterres said.“He clarified, however, that no negotiations could take place while ‘Turkish provocations’ continued in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone”.Akinci had confirmed his commitment to the six-point framework introduced in Crans-Montana to resolve the core outstanding issues in a strategic package but would not take part in “open-ended” negotiations; he stood ready to engage in “time bound, well structured, and results oriented” talks.Turkey had publically expressed doubts as to the possibility of reaching a settlement given the Crans-Montana outcome and past failures but reiterated its support for a “sustainable settlement.”Greece, for its part, Guterres said, has reiterated its commitment to finding a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions and the framework set by Guterres while the UK emphasized its strong support for a comprehensive settlement and its readiness to do its part to achieve that goal.The UNSG also mentioned the informal meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci on April 16 this year under the auspices of the deputy special adviser which confirmed the leaders remained at an impasse but was an important meeting after 10 months without direct contact.The report then outlines the back and forth that began on April 30 when Akinci publically announced he was prepared to declare Guterres’ framework as a strategic package agreement if the Greek Cypriot side was ready to accept.In response, Anastasiades issued a written statement on May 2, in which he replied that if Akinci accepted the Guterres’ framework, “as it was presented to the sides on July 4, this is a positive development”.He called on Akinci, and primarily Turkey to clarify whether they accepted specific provisions of the framework related to security and guarantees and foreign troops.“These statements led to a further public exchange between the sides that suggested that the leaders had diverging interpretations of certain aspects of the framework. The consultations which I intend to launch through a senior UN official in the coming weeks will provide an opportunity for the sides to formally clarify where they stand on this issue” the report outlined.“To both the leaders in Cyprus and to the guarantors, I continually expressed the willingness of the United Nations to support the process if and when they were ready to resume meaningful talks with the requisite political will,” Guterres said.Tensions over hydrocarbons were also noted in the report including Itanlian energy company Eni, when on February 9 it was prevented from accessing a planned drilling area in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone by Turkish military ships.“In mid-March, the ENI drillship departed the Eastern Mediterranean without having been able to conduct its intended exploratory drilling”.The UNSG said he was closely monitoring developments over hydrocarbons disputes.“I reiterate that natural resources found in and around Cyprus should benefit both communities and should provide a strong incentive to find a durable solution to the Cyprus problem”.“With new rounds of exploratory drilling expected to take place before the end of the year, I urge restraint and reiterate my call for a peaceful resolution of differences and for serious efforts to be made to avoid any further escalation and defuse tensions”.Guterres said he remain convinced that a comprehensive settlement would bring substantial benefits and opportunities to both communities on the island and would contribute to overall peace and stability in the region.“At a strategic and political level, a settlement would help repair decades of division and mistrust, soothe tensions that might escalate into conflict, and assist in cultivating neighbourly relations between traditionally adversarial countries in the eastern Mediterranean.”You May LikePsychologyQuestionsLearn More About Yourself with this Free Personality TestPsychologyQuestionsUndoTopix OffbeatQuiz: Do You Know American History?Topix OffbeatUndoLondon Hotels | Search AdsLondon Hotel Prices Might Actually Surprise YouLondon Hotels | Search AdsUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police release woman in hit and run case

first_imgPolice have released without charge a 23-year-old woman who was arrested on Sunday along with her 35-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of premeditated murder and attempted murder of two British tourists in Paphos.No incriminating evidence turned up against the woman, police said.In court on Thursday, the officer investigating Sunday’s apparent hit-and-run incident said police were evaluating the woman’s deposition and that she would likely be called as a prosecution witness in the murder case they intend to file against her Georgian boyfriend.The woman has provided important information that corroborates testimony incriminating the suspect, who is still in custody.Under questioning by police the woman said that in the car on their way toward the Ayios Georghios harbour – after hitting the two British men – her boyfriend told her that he did not kill the two tourists but only injured them.She said he also told her they were the same two men with whom he had had an altercation earlier in a bar.The 35-year-old driver claims he hit the two men by accident.Police said they expect to interview about 15 people. The results of forensics analysis of the evidence have yet to come though.At around 2.30am on Sunday, police were alerted to the fact that two men, pedestrians, were lying injured on the tarmac on the Peyia-Ayios Georghios road in Paphos.On arriving at the scene, police found a 39-year-old lying dead on the ground. Next to him was another man, aged 32.The deceased has since been named as Charlie Birch, a builder from Powys, Wales.A post mortem on Monday found he died from multiple injuries caused by a motorised vehicle.His friend, a 32-year-old identified as ‘Will’ in the British press, was also injured but is out of danger. He has told the media he believes the driver deliberately ran them down.The car was later found abandoned at the Ayios Georghios harbour. It was in the sea and had to be pulled out by the fire service.The suspect and his girlfriend left the harbour on foot and were picked up on the road shortly afterwards by police.Police suspect that dumping the car in the sea was an attempt to conceal evidence.Prior to the alleged hit-and-run there had been an altercation at a bar in Coral Bay during which the two Britons reportedly tried to defend the woman, who was being abused by the suspect.The couple then left the bar and drove off. The two British tourists left later. You May LikeNewsXoXo5 Signs Of Common Cold Turning into Bronchitis You Need to Know!NewsXoXoUndotripsavvy for Universal Orlando Resort Theme ParksFind Your Funtripsavvy for Universal Orlando Resort Theme ParksUndoAskThe Rankings of America’s Best Pizza RestaurantsAskUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Two arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine

The anti-drug squad found 1.3kg of cocaine in a car in the Larnaca district on Monday afternoon and arrested two people in connection with the case, they said.Officers stopped a car driven by a 48-year-old man at 5.45pm, searched the vehicle and discovered the drugs in a bag on the floor in front of the rear seats, police said.The driver was arrested and later, at around 8.40pm, another person, 39, was detained following testimony against him.The homes of the two suspects were searched and police said they seized various items as evidence, as well as €22,730 from the residence of the 39-year-old and €2,900 from the home of the 48-year-old.They are accused of the illegal possession of drugs with the intent to supply.You May LikeMUAMA Enence Instant TranslatorLife-Changing Innovation: Speak 43 Languages In SecondsMUAMA Enence Instant TranslatorUndoMortgage After LifeChargers QB Philip Rivers Lives With His Partner In This Gorgeous HouseMortgage After LifeUndoDriveZingThe 25 Best Police Cars From Around The WorldDriveZingUndo Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

Medicine pricing policy to change in coming weeks

first_imgBy George PsyllidesThe new medicine pricing policy will change in the next two weeks, expecting to bring about a reduction in prices between 8.0 per cent and 10 per cent, Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said on Monday.Some of the reductions will kick in early on January and some in March 2015.“We expect the decision that will be taken in the next 15 to 20 days to be implemented by March 2015,” Patsalis said. “The change is expected to bring about a reduction of 8.0 per cent to 10 per cent in the price of medicines.”A World Health Organisation (WHO) report published in August called for an immediate across-the-board reduction of 8.0 per cent to 8.5 per cent on the price of medicines,The report, commissioned by the government, said that in 2011 €106.8 million (50.5 per cent) and €104.5 million (49.5 per cent) were spent in the private sector and public sector, respectively, despite the private sector serving less than 20 per cent of the population.“Per capita spending on drugs in the private sector is among the highest in the world,” said the report, adding that Cypriot generic drug prices were among the highest in Europe.The minister will also have to overcome difficulties and roll out a national health scheme soon in line with the terms of the island’s bailout agreement.The matter was discussed on Monday as part of the examination by parliament of the health ministry’s budget for 2015.Patsalis said the NHS had not been included in the budget for next year, adding that a supplementary budget would be included when the cost was calculated.He said the first bills will be tabled before parliament in November and the aim was to have them approved by the end of the month.The ministry’s budget will reach €535 million, slightly higher than 2014 – €530.6 million.The main expenditure concerns payroll, shift and overtime allowances, expected to reach around €317 million.Around €19 million will go to development projects, €95 million on meds, and €38 million on consumables and other equipment, €12 million on medical care, and €10 million on subsidies for patients sent overseas for treatment. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Audit chief warns against misplaced euphoria that crisis is over

first_imgAuditor-general Odysseas Michaelides voiced concern on Wednesday over the apparent climate of general financial euphoria that could mislead the country the economic crisis was over and Cyprus could return to the culture of wastefulness and unaccountability.Appearing before the House finance committee, Michaelides said that while the island expected a budget surplus in 2018, his service was concerned over the apparent cultivation of the belief that the crisis was over.As recent as last week, he said, teacher organisations asked the government to scrap provisions cutting their benefits when they retire early, requested a travel allowance for teachers who move around, and so on, Michaelides said.“These demands have not yet been satisfied,” he said in a memo to the committee. “Many other distortions that were not corrected before the troika (of international lenders) left will probably be in place for a long time.”The auditor said major distortions in local authorities remained, resulting in a huge waste of resources, dysfunction and ineffectiveness.The serious problem of public sector performance appraisals still persisted.Michaelides said he even failed when he tried to end the practice of staff being graded as ‘exceptional’ across the board.“I didn’t try anything drastic,” he said in the memo. “I failed miserably because in almost all cases I was in the minority in the three-member appraisal groups.”He said the government was also too scared to address the issue of allowances and benefits in semi-government organisations despite repeated appeals.The auditor also took a shot at the tax department for not being able to effectively tackle tax evasion.He later said that the amount of overdue taxes was not being reduced but was in fact rising, reaching “several billions”.He also criticised his predecessor, the current Central Bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji, for not doing her job properly when she was in office.Michaelides said the financial audit the service carried out in the past was deficient and far below any professional standards.The problem had been tackled with the help of British experts and for the first time the 2017 audit passed muster.He also censured Finance Minister Harris Georgiades anew, charging him once again with the demise of the Co-op bank.“I have also told the Co-op inquiry about the mistakes the finance minister and other individuals made, in my view, as regards management of the Co-operative bank in the last five years,” he said after the meeting.In his memo, Michaelides said Georgiades had opposed an audit in the Co-op bank, arguing that it constituted interference.“Who said this? The minister who, as it later transpired, appointed friends and schoolmates in key positions, who called the (bank) board to his office to reprimand them when there were leaks,” Michaelides said. “It was the minister who run the bank.”The auditor also expressed concern over the handling of the co-ops’ non-performing loans which were now in state ownership.He said his office was investigating the agreement with loan management firm Altamira to ascertain what the terms were. Altamira had been hired without going to an open competition.“Do we have the option of someone else or are we bound by the sinful decisions taken on Altamira without any procedure?”According to Michaelides, the former Co-op bank’s agreement with Altamira appears to include a clause for compensation in the event assets were removed from the portfolio.The Estia debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners was also targeted.The auditor said he was concerned by recent statements made by the state aid commissioner that the scheme was essentially an indirect subsidy to banks.The commissioner also said the scheme was drafted with the help of the executives of the banks, which will ultimately benefit.“To ask the banks to prepare a government scheme which will ultimately help them raises certain doubts regarding its objectivity.” You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium 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 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

Three suspects remanded in prostitution case

first_imgThree suspects were remanded in custody for four days on Saturday by Larnaca District Court after they were discovered attempting to turn an apartment in the Mackenzy area into a brothel.According to police, authorities discovered an advertisement for sex for €100 posted on a website. The court then heard that when a potential customer would call the number listed that the price would be lowered to €80.Police then conducted a stake out on the apartment building, where they saw men entering and leaving after an hour. On Friday, authorities said that an undercover officer entered the apartment pretending to be a customer.The officer then arrested two suspected prostitutes (aged 27 and 24) and the suspected pimp, 29.Police are continuing their investigations.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 GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Security guard beaten up at Eleftheria Square

first_imgNicosia municipality on Friday called on the police to find the people who brutally beat up a private security guard at Eleftheria Square in the early hours because he did not let them enter the site on a motorcycle.According to the spokesman of the Pasyfifa association of private security guards, Tryfonas Tryfonos, the incident took place at around 3.45am when two men on a motorcycle tried to enter the Eleftheria Square where construction work is still underway.One of the security guards at the site told them they could not enter with the motorcycle and this led to the two men getting off the vehicle and attacking and beating him with their fists, Tryfonos said.They ran off when his colleagues, who were elsewhere at the site, rushed to stop them.The man was taken to the Nicosia general hospital. He was discharged later on Friday and will remain off duty to recover.The attackers, according to Tryfonos, hit him badly to the face. Pasyfifa released photos showing a pool of the guard’s blood on the ground.“You cannot even see his face, that’s how bad it is,” he said.He added that attacks against private security guards are not uncommon and that they go through a lot for less than €5 per hour which is their salary.“There are such incidents, in nightclubs for example, but also at a concert in Kourion (amphitheatre) where people pushed the guards and walked over them to go in,” he said.Nicosia municipality said they have repeatedly asked for more police patrols in the area.“We condemn this unacceptable act. We call on the police to find the culprits and bring them to justice,” the municipality said in an announcement.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Speaker Cotter appoints Rep Cole to serve on Council of State Governments

first_img29Apr Speaker Cotter appoints Rep. Cole to serve on Council of State Governments        Mancelona lawmaker on MLC Agriculture and Natural Resources CommitteeState Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, was recently appointed by Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, to serve on The Council of State Governments as a member of The Midwestern Legislative Conference Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for the 2015-2016 biennium.“Rep. Cole has a very unique agricultural background that will add diversity and depth to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on a national front,” said Speaker Cotter. “Rep. Cole will excel serving on the CSG and will represent the economic interests of Michigan very well.”“I am humbled that Speaker Cotter considered me for this position and I am very thankful for this opportunity,” Rep. Cole said. “I am eager to learn more about the key policy issues on a regional and national level and start networking on ways to promote the importance of agriculture and its profound benefits on the U.S. economy.”As an appointed member, Rep. Cole will be part of an exclusive group of lawmakers that meet and collaborate biannually to shape state policy initiatives. The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.### Categories: Cole News,Newscenter_img Tags: #SB last_img read more

Rep Chatfield announces February office hours

first_img03Feb Rep. Chatfield announces February office hours State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of February.“My door is always open and I encourage residents to come forward with any concerns they have, or they are welcome to just drop by to introduce themselves,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering.Since taking office a year ago, Rep. Chatfield has held monthly office hours in every county that he represents. His February office hours schedule is:Monday, Feb. 8Cheboygan CountyAudie’s Restaurant314 N. Nicolet St. in Mackinaw City9-10:30 a.m.Emmet CountyCrooked River Tavern7515 Burr Ave. in Alanson12-1:30 p.m.Monday, Feb. 15Mackinac CountyBeary Patch RestaurantW14740 U.S. Hwy. 2 in Engadine9-10:30 a.m.Chippewa CountySault Chamber of Commerce2581 I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie12-1:30 p.m.No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at or through his website at Categories: Chatfield Newslast_img read more

Rep Hooker announces CPR In Schools legislation at Capitol news conference

first_img23Feb Rep. Hooker announces CPR In Schools legislation at Capitol news conference Categories: News,Photos State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, speaks during a CPR In School news conference Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Capitol rotunda. Rep. Hooker introduced House Bill 5160, which calls for all Michigan students to be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in order to graduate from high school.last_img

Rep Bellino State budget will help Monroe performing arts center

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News A Monroe performing arts center will benefit from the new state budget, Rep. Joe Bellino said.Bellino successfully secured final legislative approval of $73,000 for the River Raisin Centre for the Arts in the new state budget. The money is allocated for maintenance.“The RRCA is the ‘Arts Heart’ of Monroe,” Bellino said. “It is a true non-profit involved in every part of the art scene — theatre, dance, music and instruction. This grant will help keep the building in good shape.”For about 30 years, since the conversion of an old movie theater, the RRCA has provided great entertainment to Monroe County, Bellino said. The money will help provide a ventilation update, help with maintenance and other physical plant issues.The budget bills are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. 18Jun Rep. Bellino: State budget will help Monroe performing arts centerlast_img read more

Rep Mueller welcomes new challenge

first_img Categories: Mueller News 10May Rep. Mueller welcomes new challenge Today, state Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden expressed his excitement to get to work on the recently created Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration. The representative was appointed by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to the task force, created through Executive Order 2019-10 to evaluate Michigan’s justice system and identify best practices for reform. Rep. Mueller will serve as the sole designee of the Speaker.“This issue hits very close to home for me,” Rep. Mueller said. “As a former deputy, I have seen these issues firsthand and know how the system works and doesn’t work. Reforming our justice system and making it better for all Michiganders is something I am passionate about. I look forward to working with my fellow members to dig deep and find real solutions.”The bipartisan, interbranch task force is comprised of 21 members from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches and community leaders from across the state, including representatives from law enforcement. The members will take an all-aspect approach by examining data, research, and constitutional principles to set recommendations for statewide policy and budgetary practices.Residents of the 51st House District who have questions or ideas regarding the task force or any other state issues may contact Rep. Mueller’s office by calling (517) 373-1780 or emailing read more

Chicago Activists not Mollified by Police Superintendent Ouster

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 1, 2015; Chicago TribuneIn the latest bit of controversy involving the shooting of a young black male by a white police officer, the Chicago Police Department officials and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are facing the scrutiny of local leaders, commentators, and the national media. For nearly a year, police officials and Emanuel have fought to suppress a dashboard camera recording in which Officer Jason van Dyke shoots 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. That video was released last week, and on Tuesday, December 1st, Emanuel announced the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, due to a lack of public trust in the police and his handling of McDonald’s shooting.“This morning, I formally asked for his resignation,” said Emanuel at a press conference, while also praising McCarthy’s tenure at the department. “Now is the time for fresh eyes and new leadership to confront the challenges the department and our community and our city are facing as we go forward.” In the aftermath of the shooting, Emanuel has said that he has appointed a task force to delve into police accountability in Chicago.The backlash from the release of the video was swift, leading to more than a week of protests in Chicago and around the country that left many supporting the decision to terminate McCarthy. Some see signs in the McDonald case of a cover-up that extends through the Chicago Police Department, the mayor’s office, and the Cook County State Attorney’s office, which waited a full year to charge Van Dyke for the shooting.The Washington Post was one of many voices to indict McCarthy. “This time in Chicago, the police cover-up failed,” said the Post in an editorial after the video was released last week. “It was the police who maintained a code of silence despite at least seven other officers who witnessed the shooting at close range. That’s outrageous and should lead to further criminal inquiries and the immediate firing of the city’s police superintendent, Garry McCarthy.”For her part, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has said that she was waiting for the federal investigation to be completed before bringing charges.Fueling the theory of a cover-up, while Emanuel has said for a year that his reason for preventing the dashboard video from being released was to preserve the integrity of the investigation, a judge on November 19th said there were no grounds for such suppression. Most significantly, immediately after McDonald’s shooting, the Chicago Police Department said that the 17-year-old was shot because he was lunging toward police officers with a knife.The video revealed a different story when it was released. In the video, McDonald can be seen carrying a knife, but there is no moment where it can be construed that the 17-year-old was lunging at the police officer. A later autopsy found that McDonald had PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, in his system. It’s possible the officer was genuinely threatened by McDonald’s appearance, but it hardly makes the case for continuing to shoot a man when he is making no attempts to get up, as the video shows.Pat Camden, who acts as the spokesperson for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, said those statements were preliminary when they were given to reporters. “It’s hearsay, is basically what I’m putting out at that point,” he said. “It’s information that’s being given to me by a third party that gathered that information from other parties.” But an official police statement made on October 20th, 2014, said McDonald “refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers.” It seems the mischaracterization was more than a woeful misconstruing of words or perspectives; it may have been a calculated statement made to protect the officers, and when that didn’t work, officials campaigned for the video to be suppressed.The now-discredited original account has built the case against McCarthy’s leadership during the shooting, but it also raises several questions about why Emanuel fought the release of the video to begin with. Emanuel may be concerned about police accountability, but many in Chicago and nationally are wondering who is holding him accountable. Under Emanuel and McCarthy’s joint leadership, Chicago has seen a precipitous hike in violent crime and the continued disgrace of the Chicago Police Force, known for its corruption and leniency toward police misconduct.While McCarthy may be out, social media users are using the hashtag #resignRahm to similarly oust the 55th mayor of Chicago. At least according to the Chicago Monitor, “#ResignRahm is Not a Hashtag, It’s a Demand.”Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel might as well clean out his desk as well. #ResignRahm— Yukio Strachan (@boldandworthy) December 1, 2015The killing of #LaquanMcDonald was awful, but the bigger problem is @RahmEmanuel covered it up. A task force doesn’t fix that. #ResignRahm— William Maggos (@wjmaggos) December 1, 2015 Just because you rightfully fired McCarthy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still #ResignRahm.— J.W. Basilo (@jwbaz) December 1, 2015 We won’t be satisfied until you’re out of office, @RahmEmanuel #RahmResign #ResignRahm— Josh-oo-wuh (@joshoowuh) December 1, 2015Rahm just admitted his role, “everyone has a role to play. I’m as just as accountable and responsible…” Okay, we say #ResignRahm!— Fair Trade Ervin (@fairtrade_ervin) December 1, 2015—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

SCOTUS Begins Arguments in First Abortion Case in a Decade

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSupreme Court / Matt WadeMarch 2, 2016; New York TimesMore than a decade after it last heard a case on the subject, the Supreme Court of the United States heard its first major case involving abortion. The case concerns a 2013 Texas law that requires all abortions performed after 16 weeks to be performed in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), potentially expensive facilities that are equipped to provide same-day surgical care, among other regulations regarding buildings and equipment. Clinics and challengers to the law contend several abortion clinics in Texas have shut down, depriving women of legally available healthcare options. The case comes after months of heavy campaigning to defund Planned Parenthood, leaving tensions high among activists on both sides of the abortion debate.The case targets two portions of the 2013 law. One, as mentioned already, requires clinics to satisfy several regulations to continue to perform abortions. The other mandates the doctor performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby. Lawmakers say the law is necessary to protect women and ensure abortions are safely performed, whereas clinics protest that the law only further limits the accessibility of abortion services.In their brief to the Court, the Texas clinics challenging the law say:The Texas requirements will not enhance abortion safety. Abortion is one of the safest and most common procedures in contemporary medicine. It typically involves either taking medication or undergoing a ten-minute procedure, without general anesthesia, in the outpatient setting of a doctor’s office or clinic.… Those requirements will instead make it harder for women to end a pregnancy safely by reducing their access to legal abortion.According to the New York Times, as arguments started on Wednesday, the eight justices seemed evenly divided, with the three remaining conservative justices questioning whether there was enough evidence to conclude that clinics have closed or will close due to the restrictions in the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often identified as a “swing” vote on the Supreme Court, even suggested passing the case back to the lower court to gather more information. The four liberal justices remained steadfast that the law did not have any medical purpose and was unconstitutional.While the conservative justices may believe there isn’t enough information for them to decide the case, the clinics that brought suit adamantly charge that the law has already resulted in the closure of nearly half of Texas’s abortion clinics, which has had a precipitous effect on women. Fewer clinics keeping up with the same demand left many women delaying abortions, some even taking to self-induction at home. Joint studies released last November by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project released the first ever statistics on self-induction on the general population following the passage of the 2013 law. According to the studies, abortions in Texas declined by 13 percent just after six months after the law began to be enforced. In some cities, the wait times for abortions have lasted as long as 20 to 25 days, potentially endangering some women as their abortions are pushed into the second trimester of a pregnancy.Although Justice Kennedy may think there isn’t enough evidence to consider the case, there is an effect when clinics close. The remaining clinics offering abortion services are clustered around metropolitan areas such as Austin, Dallas-Forth Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, leaving them inaccessible to those in more rural areas without transportation. Moreover, as the clinics allege in their brief, the clusters leave an entire area south and west of San Antonio—about the size of the state of California—without any clinics.Despite the clinics’ efforts, there may already be some hints as to which direction the Supreme Court may vote. On February 24th, the Fifth Circuit Court upheld a similar restriction in Louisiana that would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Court found the law largely did not place an undue burden on one’s right to an abortion.Regardless, the public was energized. The hearing brought pro-life and pro-choice activists out in hordes to the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, with demonstrations lining the sidewalks outside the courthouse. The last abortion case Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.There is no question that the dynamics of the court’s consideration of this case will be closely watched in the absence of Scalia.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Shareholder advisory group Pensions Investment R

first_imgShareholder advisory group Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) has advised investors to vote against re-electing James Murdoch chairman of UK pay TV platform BSkyB.PIRC said that Murdoch’s involvement in the ongoing newspaper phone-hacking scandal engulfing News International risks impacting negatively on Sky’s image. Murdoch is COO of News Corp, the largest shareholder in Sky and News International’s parent company.PIRC added that Murdoch’s New York-based COO role  at News Corp and other non-executive director positions at companies including pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.
Sky shareholders will be asked to vote on whether to re-elect Murdoch at the company’s AGM on November 29.last_img read more