The original 1984 Morgans boutique hotel on Madison Avenue is re-launching during NY fashion week in September after the grand dame of design Andree Putman revisited the hotel for a redesign.To celebrate its new look, Andree will be in town from September 8-12 to launch the hotel, alongside heralded French art collective Trafik, who have worked on an interactive art display in the Morgans Lobby.For more information, please visit www.lavitrinedetrafik.fr.
In this photo taken Monday May 21, 2018, Bay Area Sports Hall of Hame inductee Brandi Chastain’s plaque is displayed during a press conference in San Francisco. Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Chastain. The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain diplomatically said “it’s not the most flattering. But it’s nice.” (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP) Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque by The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 8:09 am PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A bronze plaque honouring soccer star Brandi Chastain got a red card Tuesday after a social media outcry over its unflattering portrayal of the athlete.The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco said Tuesday it will redo the plaque, which was unveiled a day earlier and quickly panned by the public.Fans on Twitter compared the likeness to former President Jimmy Carter, actors Gary Busey and Mickey Rooney, baseball player Babe Ruth, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and movie character Mrs. Doubtfire, played by Robin Williams.Chastain is often remembered for ripping off her jersey in celebration of her game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup.Chastain attended the unveiling of her plaque at a San Francisco hotel Monday night and graciously commented, “It’s not the most flattering. But it’s nice,” according to The Mercury News of San Jose.Hall of Fame president Kevin O’Brien told KTVU-TV that he spoke with Chastain on Tuesday and offered to redo the plaque if she sent in a new photograph of herself. She agreed and a new plaque will be made, O’Brien said.“It’s expensive,” he said. “But it’s the right thing to do.”
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2018 1:53 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spanish royal couple to visit US, meet President Trump MADRID – Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will travel later this month to the United States, where they will visit the White House as well as Louisiana and Texas.Authorities said in a statement Thursday that the royal couple will begin their trip June 14 with stays in New Orleans and San Antonio, cities that this year are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their foundation and which have close historical ties with Spain.The royals will be in Washington on June 19, where they will be received by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.The statement said the foreign minister of Spain’s new Socialist government, Josep Borrell, will also be on the trip. It gave no further details.
APTN’s ‘First Contact’ brings non-Indigenous Canadians to Indigenous communities WINNIPEG – Talk about a fish out of water story — an accountant from Alberta in a sweat lodge on a reserve, an animal lover from Ontario on an Inuit seal hunt, and a lobster fisherman from New Brunswick eating dinner with a residential school survivor.A new television show is exploring what happens when you bring six outspoken, non-Indigenous Canadians into Indigenous homes and communities.APTN’s “First Contact,” a three-part documentary series, asks what some people really think about Indigenous Canadians. The participants initially respond with stereotypes: alcoholism, drug abuse, flop houses and handouts.But during the epic 28-day cross-country journey, the group is forced to confront their prejudices head on.The series, based on an Australian show of the same name, was developed by Animiki See Digital Productions, Indios Productions and Numan Films — the former two are Indigenous-run.Metis executive producer Vanessa Loewen said it was important to find participants that represent what a lot of Canadians think and bring them into situations where they can actually see what it’s like to be Indigenous.Racism and prejudice are often rooted in a lack of education or human connection to people who are different, she said, and throughout the series there are many hopeful “light bulb” moments.“You could see the change in some of their perceptions and you could see their willingness to connect with people. You could see stereotypes kind of just started to slowly become replaced with common human experience,” she said.“I hope that the viewer by extension experiences that exposure and education. Those are the things that will tear down the walls that are keeping communities separated.”The series begins with the group in Winnipeg, which has the largest Indigenous population of any major city in Canada. They learn they will be sharing food and staying overnight in an Indigenous family’s home — and they are worried.That quickly disappears when they arrive at Kevin Lamoureux’s house. The former education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and associate vice president of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg said he was excited for the opportunity.“One of the consequences of living in a country that is collectively inheriting the wreckage of a broken relationship is that oftentimes Canadians haven’t had the opportunity to build relationships with one another across ethnic lines, across cultural lines,” he said in an interview.Lamoureux wasn’t shocked by any of the questions or comments that flowed across his dinner table. They were rooted in a simple lack of knowledge, he said, and after sharing stories, everyone quickly found common ground.“It’s amazing what is possible when we can connect on values and really connect as human beings,” he said.There were similar responses from the other Indigenous participants in the show, said executive producer Stephanie Scott, who was raised in Winnipeg and is from the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation in Manitoba. Despite knowing they were opening their doors to outspoken people, and there was the possibility of a negative encounter, the Indigenous hosts thought it important to share their experiences.“(The series) brought non-Indigenous Canadians into the Indigenous community. They were taught a little bit about the history, the culture, their food, how they survived a cultural genocide, how they maintain their lives, how they remained strong,” she said. “That’s what reconciliation is to me.”Narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos, the series showcases stunning environments from Nunavut to northern Ontario to the British Columbia coast. It also delves into a conversation that is sometimes provocative or uncomfortable, but it’s a dialogue the executive producers say is important to have in Canada right now.“If we take those six people and we change one or two of their voices, that’s going to create a ripple effect,” Scott said.“That will start another conversation that will be more positive.”The series airs on APTN on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, and will be followed by a two-part reunion special. Participants in the new APTN show “First Contact,” are shown in a handout photo. A new television show is exploring what happens when you bring six outspoken Canadians into Indigenous homes and communities.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-APTN MANDATORY CREDIT by Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2018 6:30 am PDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Prosecutors won’t charge Backstreet Boy Nick Carter by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2018 1:02 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter performs at KTUphoria 2018 in Wantagh, N.Y. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to file charges against Carter after a singer reported last year that he had raped her in his apartment in 2003. Prosecutors said Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, that because the woman, Melissa Schuman from the group Dream, was 18 at the time, the statute of limitations expired in 2013. They did not evaluate the merits of Schuman’s story. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Prosecutors declined to file charges Tuesday against Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys after a singer reported last year that she had been raped in 2003.The woman, Melissa Schuman of the group Dream, was 18 at the time, meaning the statute of limitations for prosecution had expired in 2013, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.They said they did not otherwise evaluate the merits of Schuman’s story.California did away with its statute of limitations for rape in 2016. Schuman said it’s unfortunate the state didn’t make the move retroactive to accommodate victims like her.“My family and I were well aware of the likelihood that my case was not prosecutable,” she said in an email to The Associated Press.Carter’s lawyer said the singer feels vindicated.“Nick has denied these allegations ever since he first learned of them last year, and was confident the district attorney would conclude that there was no basis to pursue charges against him,” lawyer Michael Holtz said in a statement. “He is happy to put this matter behind him.”Carter said in November that he was “shocked and saddened” when Schuman said he had invited her to his Santa Monica apartment in 2003 and sexually assaulted her.Schuman said Tuesday that it gives her “great solace” to know that her case has been documented by law enforcement.“Speaking out was the best thing I could have ever done for myself,” she said, “and I hope it inspires others to do the same if it feels right for them.”
MALIBU, Calif. — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanour counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month.Madsen, 61, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offence and driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20.Madsen, best known for his roles in the Quentin Tarantino films “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill,” was driving a Land Rover that ran into a pole in Malibu on March 24, authorities said. No one was injured.His attorney, Perry C. Wander, said in an email to The Associated Press that the actor’s life has led to stressful situations that he has used alcohol to handle. Wander said Madsen is in Europe making films.“Dealing with the fact that being famous and having money does not bring happiness presents very difficult challenges that are often dealt with through self-medication,” Wander said. “Michael has a lot of insight into his situation and is going to take this matter very seriously.”The Associated Press Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Michael Madsen arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Prosecutors have charged Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole on March 24, 2019. Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 8:52 am PDT
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 8:14 am PDT TORONTO — Nova Scotia-raised actor James Tupper says he loved working on season 1 of HBO’s acclaimed series “Big Little Lies” and had no hesitation in joining season 2.“And then I found out that Meryl Streep is on it and I panicked,” the Dartmouth, N.S., native said with a laugh in a recent interview.Streep, a 21-time Oscar nominee, joined the star-packed series for season 2 to play the exacting mother-in-law to Nicole Kidman’s character, who is dealing with the aftermath of her abusive husband’s death that rocked the affluent seaside town of Monterey, Calif.Tupper plays the husband of Zoe Kravitz’s character, who is also reeling from the death along with the other women in their core circle, played by Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.Season 2 premieres Sunday on HBO Canada and Crave.“I met her and it’s like meeting the queen of England,” Tupper said of Streep, noting she realizes her esteemed career makes her an intimidating figure and goes out of her way to allay her co-stars’ nerves.“She’s like, ‘Hello, darling.’ She has to take care of you because everybody is like, ‘Holy crap’ … and then you have to calm down for a few minutes and get to work. But she takes care of you through that. She’s gracious and kind. “I saw her walk through a hotel lobby and she did it to, like, every person in the lobby. She stops and says, ‘Yes, darling, how nice to meet you. What’s your name?’”Creator-writer David E. Kelley based the first season of “Big Little Lies” on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel and billed the darkly comedic murder mystery as a “limited series.”Oscar-nominated Montreal filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee directed season 1, which received 16 Emmy Award nominations — eight of which it won. It also netted four Golden Globes.Tupper, who previously shot to fame on series including “Men in Trees” and “Revenge,” found it to be one of the best experiences of his career.“I think the show hit the zeitgeist right at that moment,” Tupper said, noting the storylines touched on subjects that were dominating headlines with the #MeToo movement, including sexual assault.“I think America was changing and the show represented that change somehow. I remember Jean-Marc called me up in the middle of it and goes, ‘Can you believe our little show? Can you believe what’s happening?’ We realized that something very special was connecting with some change that needed to happen.”There wasn’t supposed to be a season 2 until HBO asked Moriarty to “go back and look at the story and find another 200 or 300 pages,” said Tupper.“She wrote it out, so the storylines are just as complex,” he said.The sharp humour seems amped up this season, particularly with Witherspoon’s busybody character, who is always at odds with her ex-husband (played by Tupper) and determined to get their daughter into a good college.English filmmaker Andrea Arnold ended up directing the second season, which still has Vallee as an executive producer.“She had a very similar style, actually. She was very free-wheeling,” Tupper said of Arnold, who won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film “Wasp.”“Tonally, it’s more intense this year and it’s found itself…. We have a deep bench of actresses that are carrying it and I think it delivers in a way that’s as special or even more than last time. Is it possible? I think it’s better.”Tupper was recently in Toronto to promote the show and said he returns to Dartmouth to visit his parents every summer.“They call it the ‘dark side’ because Halifax is the light,” Tupper said with a laugh.Tupper was even sporting a cap with the words “East Coast Lifestyle” in the interview, which he said was sent to him by a Nova Scotia cousin he’d never met. The cousin recently sent him a message on Instagram to connect and ship him some merchandise from his apparel line.“My mom died when I was very young and that was a whole side of the family that got lost and he reached out to me,” Tupper said.“So I’ve been wearing it. I’m very loyal to Nova Scotia.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press James Tupper on meeting the ‘gracious’ Meryl Streep for ‘Big Little Lies’
April 23, 2012Welcome to the April 17. 2012 workshop participants:[back row]: Rinaldo Vargas from Italy, Nicholas Berezovsky [seminar week], and Spartaco Peviani from Italy.[front row]:Rawaf Rawaf [scholarship], Valerie Osborn [seminar week], Jane Tellini [scholarship], Jonas Fister from Germany [construction internship], Taz Maddox Collins, and Charlie Gould [construction internship]. [photo: Chihiro Saito]
Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou visited Paphos airport on Tuesday to inaugurate six new interactive passport control booths, which are aimed at speeding up and simplifying the security check process.Similar border express booths, which can only be used by European nationals with biometric passports, will be introduced at Larnaca airport at both arrivals and departures in the future, he said.Accompanied by Chief of Police Zacharias Chrysostomou and Chief Executive Officer of Hermes airports Eleni Kaloyirou, the minister said the introduction of the new booths will increase current passport control capabilities and that an increase in passenger numbers is expected at both airports this year.The interactive booths can handle 600 passengers per hour, he said, and would now be trialled for a six-month period.In the meantime, numbers of security staff at Paphos airport have been increased in the last couple of months as Hermes hands parts of this department over to a private company.Senior Manager of Operations at Paphos airport Yiannis Harpas told the Cyprus Mail that ICTS was awarded the contract after a tender process and that already staff in some areas, including the area where passengers remove belts and shoes and place hand luggage through scanners, have nearly doubled in last couple of months.This has meant that necessary and diligent safety checks are being carried out in a timely as well as safe manner, he said.The new company will take over security relating to access in controlled areas, passenger and luggage checks, personnel checks, cargo, post, supplies, vehicles and patrols in restricted areas.Police will continue to be responsible for guarding aircraft and airport areas.The final processes and procedures are being carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation to grant the necessary licences and then ICTS will be “fully in control” by the end of next month, Harpas said.In October last year the transport ministry signed an agreement with Hermes authorising it to outsource part of the security services of the island’s two international airports to private contractors.At the time Hermes said the agreement aims to improve the quality and operating times of the services rendered and better serve the traveling public.This move came in the wake of a raft of complaints by passengers about chaos at Paphos airport and huge queues caused by much needed software upgrades and a lack of staff.Tender winners were aviation and maritime security experts ICTS, who are responsible for the security at a number of other European airports including Athens. ICTS Cyprus has been operating on the island since 2009, providing security services to airlines, airports, seaports and marinas, mega-yachts, and both public and private organisations.“They will be constantly at the airport to monitor everything and with the addition of new staff, passengers are moving through the security checks more quickly and there are more staff available to assist and guide them,” he said.Harpas said that customer care and satisfaction is a priority for Hermes and that during peak hours it is taking passengers only around ten minutes to clear the central search area.He added that around 2.3 million travellers are expected to pass through Paphos airport this year and the total for Larnaca and Paphos is expected to be around 9 million.“Last year was record breaking for us and this year we are expecting to break last year’s record,” he said.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos’ presidential campaign may find itself in hot water as the office of the Personal Data Commissioner investigates complaints from several citizens who received calls inviting them to attend a protest against the 1974 Turkish invasion on Thursday, at which the presidential hopeful will be the main speaker, it was reported on Wednesday.According to daily Politis, dozens of people claiming to have received such calls from the Papadopoulos campaign said that they never consented to receiving calls or other promotional material regarding its activities.But while the campaign claims all calls made by its call centre are to random telephone numbers, several complainants have reported that they were addressed by the caller by name, suggesting use of contact lists containing personal data.In fact, Politis said, even data commissioner Irene Loizidou-Nicolaidou herself was contacted by the campaign in order to attend the event.“They may not use a database that does not belong to them,” she told Politis.“For instance, if they use other parties’ contact lists without explicit consent from the people they are calling.”Penalties for such offences include a warning, a fine, or even, if neither measure works, shutting down the call centre.The protest, for which the Papadopoulos campaign has launched a no-holds-barred promotional blitz, is organised by the three parties supporting his candidacy –Diko, socialists Edek and the Solidarity movement.Meanwhile, a string of other events in protest of the 1974 invasion are also being planned for Thursday.The presidency is holding an event at the gardens of the Presidential Palace at 8.45pm, featuring a speech by President Nicos Anastasiades to be followed by a concert.Another protest will be staged by the Kyrenia refugees association (Adouloti Kerynia) at the end of Nicosia’s Ledra street, scheduled for 7pm, with speeches from Paphos bishop Georgios and academic Christodoulos Yiallourides.Earlier, at 6.45pm, Edek’s youth wing is holding a march starting at the Doros Loizou bust near the Ochi square in downtown Nicosia.Far-right party Elam has announced an anti-occupation and anti-federation protest on Thursday at the Ledra Palace crossing point in Nicosia’s buffer zone.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Cyprus-based Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) announced on Thursday they had been invited by the heath authorities of Iraq to provide their expertise on the prevention and clinical management of thalassaemia.TIF said in an announcement that its delegation is this week holding consulting meetings with the national committee on thalassemia of Iraq’s education ministry at the internationally renowned Chronic Care Centre in Beirut, Lebanon. The centre is specialised in the treatment and follow-up of childhood chronic diseases such as thalassemia and Type I Diabetes.“Iraq is a country with high rates of Thalassemia carriers but political instability and frequent warfare in the country has taken a toll on available services that to prevent and treat the disease,” TIF said.Following a prime ministerial mandate, the national committee has invited the TIF to provide expertise to establish a national programme for the prevention and clinical management of thalassemia.The TIF delegation consists of executive director of TIF, Dr Androulla Eleftheriou, medical consultant, Dr Michalis Angastiniotis and Professor Demetris Loukopoulos, member of the World Scientific Advisory Board of the TIF and internationally recognised for his many years of scientific contribution to the understanding of pathophysiology and clinical manifestation of the disease. You May LikeFashionWeeker.com15 Must-Try Hair Trends for 2018FashionWeeker.comUndoWmnLife.com7 Warning Signs Proving That You Do not Appreciate Your LifeWmnLife.comUndoHealthZapConstruction Workers At A Subway System Finds 10,000 Years Old Fossil TroveHealthZapUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A fire believed to have been caused by arson damaged a restaurant in Mazotos on Wednesday night.Police were informed of the fire at 11.30pm and fire services rushed to the scene to extinguish the blaze, which was brought under control an hour later.The amount of damage to the building will be calculated later on.The restaurant was closed for refurbishment at the time and it is not yet clear if it has an alarm system or CCTV cameras.In a written statement, the owner, a resident of Mazotos, said he has no enemies and no idea who may have started the fire.The scene is guarded and police, the fire services and the electromechanical services are investigating.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo 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
Six people, including two doctors, were remanded in custody for seven days in Paphos on Saturday in connection with the illegal employment of foreign workers using bogus medical certificates.The two doctors, 68 and 51, are suspected of issuing bogus certificates used by the other suspects to hire foreign workers.The four – the owner of the employment agency, two employees, and an 80-year-old who had been friends with the man, 78, who reported the case to police – were arrested on Thursday.It started when the 78-year-old man was notified of unpaid dues to social insurance for a foreign caregiver he employed at his home.The man told his local social insurance office that he never employed anyone, and he was advised to report the case to police.Police found out that in 2013, the 78-year-old had submitted three applications for a caregiver – two were rejected and one approved without him knowing.The man told police that in the past he and the 80-year-old, who co-operates with employment agencies, had discussed the possibility of hiring a caregiver for his wife.To that end he handed over his ID card and signed various documents without reading them. From that time, there had been no development as regards his wife’s caregiver, the man said.On Saturday, the court heard that the 80-year-old had asked the 51-year-old doctor to issue a certificate in the 78-year-old’s name, saying he was overweight with mobility problems. These are some of the conditions for hiring a foreign male caregiver.The suspect also claimed that he paid the doctor €80.The doctor denied ever issuing a certificate without the patient being present. He also denied taking €80, saying he never charged for certificates.Police told the court that when they showed him the certificate, the doctor recognised the writing and the signature as his own.The other doctor refused to answer any questions, police said.Police said they have two certificates allegedly issued by the two doctors. One, issued by the 68-year-old, described the complainant as being 120 kilos and 1.64m tall. In the other document, the 78-year-old is 130 kilos and 1.67.The 78-year-old actually weighs 70 kilos and is 1.65. He said he was never overweight and was never examined by either doctor.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Efforts are being made by the state health services (Okypy) so that by the summer, general hospitals around the island are autonomous and the services provided under the National Health Scheme (Gesy) are improved, general manager of Okypy Nikolaos Polyzos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) on Thursday.“Since January 1, Okypy has been undertaking huge efforts to become better organised before it can be made autonomous from the Health Ministry, but mainly so that it can then continue with the autonomisation of hospital administrations,” Polyzos said.We have, he said, three regions – Nicosia, Larnaca, and Limassol – each with a hospital and many outpatient clinics, while we also have other services such as ambulances, psychiatric clinics and so on.“We will attempt to better organise these services and coordinate the staff with better management strategies,” Polyzos said.Referring to the contracts of state doctors who will be transferred to Gesy, Polyzos said that for the past two months Okypy has been engaged in dialogue and has attempted to correct whatever is possible within the limits of the relevant law.At the end of January, the nurses’ union (Pasyno) said that Okypy is lagging behind with the autonomisation of hospitals and other tasks necessary for implementing Gesy.Okypy, the organisation in charge of ensuring hospital autonomy, has yet to negotiate important details regarding the contracts of newly appointed nursing staff, including their recruitment and integration into Okypy, which should have already begun, Pasyno spokesperson Theodoros Petelis said.On Thursday, Polyzos confirmed that requested improvements to the contracts have been accommodated to the greatest extent possible and so contracts are now ready and have been given to the doctors.Okypy will also be hiring 300 new employees, Polyzos said, “and our offices are overflowing with hundreds of applications.”Polyzos added that meetings have been set up in all three regions every Friday so that state doctors can be better informed and hospitals are better organised.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 GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Over the last five years, Britain has spent almost £330m on maintaining its bases (SBA) on the island, it emerged on Friday.Secretary of State for Defence Mark Lancaster told a member of the House of Commons, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Daniel Kawczynski, that over the last five financial years Britain has spent a total of £329.18m to maintain the bases.The highest sum over the last five years was paid in 2017-2018, when Britain spent a total of £72.64m.Responding to a question regarding the number of permanent UK personnel stationed on the bases, Lancaster said that as of February 22, there were 2,361.This figure, Lancaster noted, excludes UK personnel that are part of the UN missions Operation Tosca – the name given to the British contribution to Unficyp – or Operation Shader – the UK’s role in the campaign against the Isis in Iraq – as well as UK employed civilians.In 1960 when Cyprus gained independence, Britain retained 157 square kilometres of territory at Akrotiri/Episkopi and Dhekelia which is using as military bases.In January, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said that in the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, an interim solution would be applied for the SBA.He said that the issue was one, among others, chosen by the EU for interim solutions to be applied in case of a hard Brexit.The 585-page Withdrawal Agreement, voted down by the UK parliament on 15 January, which was negotiated by Theresa May and the EU, was to provide the basis of a legally binding treaty and covered the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, and protocols on Gibraltar and UK sovereign base areas in Cyprus where 11,000 Cypriots live and work.“If there is no withdrawal agreement, the EU and Britain would adopt a temporary arrangement… it would not be final settlement… until there is an agreement,” Christodoulides had said. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsSearch Walk In Tubs Rowland HeightsWalk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Nicosia is said to be watching the upcoming elections in Israel with particular interest, eager to discuss with the new government in Tel Aviv the possible inclusion of Israeli natural gas deposits into a mooted liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Cyprus.According to daily Politis, the government would prefer that incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu remain in office after Tuesday’s elections in Israel, ensuring continuity in ongoing talks over the prospects for a proposed LNG facility at Vasilikos.At the latest Cyprus-Greece-Israel trilateral summit in Tel Aviv on March 20, Netanyahu appears to have telegraphed that he is seriously considering green-lighting part of the Leviathan reservoir’s gas being diverted to a land-based LNG project in Cyprus.Israel’s other option would be to export the Leviathan gas to Turkey via pipeline – but the project is fraught with tensions between Tel Aviv and Ankara over Gaza, and more recently the shifting situation in Syria.Citing non-government sources, the paper said the matter of the LNG terminal was scheduled to be discussed between the Cypriot and Israeli delegations during the summit, but the discussions eventually did not take place due to logistical issues that cut that meeting short.At any rate, the decision to participate in a Cyprus LNG project would ultimately rest with Noble Energy, operators of the Leviathan prospect.The inclusion of Leviathan’s reserves would make the project immediately viable. In order to be viable, an LNG plant would require at least 12 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas; currently, the total discovered gas in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone falls well short of that threshold.This is despite ExxonMobil’s recent discovery of a gas play in block 10, estimated at between 5 to 8 tcf.Politis said that in a briefing to the Cyprus parliament, Exxon officials stated that the recoverable gas from the Glafcos field is believed to be around 80 per cent – or between 4 to 6.4 tcf.For the time being, as far as the Cyprus LNG project is concerned, the government is not factoring in the approximately 4.5tcf of gas in place in the Aphrodite field, in block 12.The companies owning Aphrodite are in talks with the operators of the Idku LNG plant in Egypt.Meanwhile the precise amount of gas present in the Calypso field in block 6 is still unknown, as an appraisal well has yet to be drilled there.The same report claimed that, contrary to public pronouncements by both Israel and Cyprus, the proposed EastMed pipeline has fallen out favour – due to the huge cost and technical challenges involved.The two governments are merely paying lip service to the EastMed, the paper added.ExxonMobil has already indicated its interest in financing and building an LNG plant on the island, provided that sufficient gas is discovered.The US oil giant is reportedly planning to drill another exploratory well in block 10, possibly in late 2019 or early 2020.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, with officials from Jefferson ElementaryJefferson Elementary School Media Center has achieved exemplary status from the Library of Michigan and state Rep. Jeff Farrington today delivered congratulations to Media Specialist Stephanie Staub and Principal Jennifer Davis for the accomplishment.To achieve the highest status in the state’s Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools (SL21) program, the school completed 38 measurement criteria in the areas of learning, environment and leadership.“The endorsement Jefferson Elementary has earned from the state library reflects the commitment to excellence its staff and administration have for giving our children one of the greatest gifts possible – a quality education,” said Farrington, R-Utica. “The successful learning environment they have created will go a long way in preparing our young people for the challenges of tomorrow.”SL21 is part of voluntary management school improvement standards program that assists and recognizes K-12 libraries by setting benchmarks in the areas of instruction, student achievement, technology, facility, staffing, budget, instructional materials, curriculum development, school improvement, community engagement, advocacy and additional applicable criteria.Jefferson Elementary is in the Warren Consolidated Schools district.##### Categories: Farrington News,News 25Jan Jefferson Elementary library earns top status
25Jan Rep. Glenn votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families, seniors Categories: Glenn News State Rep. Gary Glenn today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing substantial income tax relief for families and seniors.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.Glenn, R-Williams Township, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep more of their hard-earned money.“This legislation delivers much-needed tax relief to the hardworking taxpayers in Bay and Midland counties,” Glenn said. “The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $172 per person on state income taxes each year – that’s $688 for a family of four. Raising the personal exemption provides an additional $102 in relief for a family of four.”The legislation, House Bills 5420-5422, will:Ensure Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month, and increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020;Certify taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions; andHelp senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase by providing a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.House Bills 5420-5422 now go to the Senate for consideration.###
This week I introduced a bill increasing penalties for harming medical personnel. This measure would be similar to laws that institute penalties for harming a police officer or other law enforcement officer. I was disturbed to hear of a number of violent events occurring in our state’s medical facilities where hospital employees are assaulted by a patient, family member, or friend. This is not just a regional problem as reports of such occurrences are happening throughout our state. I have so much respect for our selfless and hardworking medical personnel, and that’s why I am so passionate about this legislation. If you have any questions about this legislation, or any other state legislation, please contact my office.***I was pleased to join Congressman Mike Bishop and Senator Joe Hune in honoring the Livingston County Marine Corps League Honor Guard this week. These individuals selflessly serve the community by attending events and funerals throughout mid and southeast Michigan to honor our fallen heroes. Their support for veterans and their families cannot be overstated and I appreciate their dedication to our local heroes. Thank you to all members for your continued service to your country and community.***Studies show that summer reading helps with learning retention so there is less need for review during the following school year. That’s why I am happy to announce I will be hosting another Summer Reading Contest. To enter, students between 1st and 5th grades will need to fill out a special contest bookmark with 10 books they have read over the summer. The winners will be randomly drawn and receive the opportunity to serve with me as “Rep. for a Day.” This is a great opportunity for a young student to be invited to Lansing to learn about the state Legislature and what it’s like to be a representative.The bookmarks can be picked up and returned when completed at the Howell and Hartland libraries, the Village of Fowlerville municipal office and the Fowlerville library when it reopens at its new facility. The contest will run from June 1 to Sept. 1. Best of luck to all who enter!***Great job by all the volunteers across the county who made each Memorial Day service and parade such a success. I appreciate the hard work that goes into this important event recognizing and remembering the ultimate sacrifices made by those who protected our freedom. Thank you to everyone who participated in honoring the fallen.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you! Categories: Vaupel News 04Jun Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 4, 2018 PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel recognizes members of the Marine Corps League along with Congressman Mike Bishop (left) and Sen. Joe Hune (right).