Dust levels remain high

first_imgLevels of dust in the atmosphere will be even higher than in the past few days on Thursday but levels are expected to be back to normal by Friday.The Labour Inspection Department again warned the public on Thursday, telling vulnerable groups to stay indoors as much as possible due to the increase. Employers are urged to take necessary measures to protect employees who work outdoors.On Wednesday the average hourly concentrations of respirable particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) in the atmosphere increased to 113μg/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre), exceeding the safe limit of 50μg/m3.By 8am on Thursday, the amount had increased to 145μg/m3 in some areas.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Logicom marathon underway in Paphos

first_imgAlmost 2,000 runners took part in the 19th Logicom Cyprus Marathon in Paphos on Sunday.A spokesman for the organisers said there had been a 60 pr cent increase in entries this year, according to CNA. Around half of all participants for the four events – the Logicom Cyprus marathon, the half marathon, the 10km road race and the 5km fun run -came from abroad, he said, including the UK, Russia and Poland.This year’s marathon had extra significance as Paphos was the cultural capital of Europe, the spokesman said. Also it has been officially recognised for the first time this year as it has been certified by an AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) official, who accurately measured the course.This year’s marathon is again dedicated to the memory of legendary Paphos born marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the 50th Marathon of Boston in 1946, and the overall winners will be presented with gilded olive wreaths by his son, Dimitris.The marathon spokesman said the event was also important in contributing to the development of winter sports tourism in Paphos.The marathon is being followed by a programme of entertainment with the Paphos municipality philharmonic and the radio station Rock FM.Logicom is also marking 30 years in the IT industry this year.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bonding across the Green Line

first_imgBy Agnieszka RakoczyPanikos Chrysanthou’s film The Story of the Green Line focuses on unlikely bonds formed between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot soldiersCollecting memories of the past has been a life-time passion of film director Panikos Chrysanthou, whose The Story of the Green Line premiered this week at Nicosia’s Cineplex.The film tells the story of two soldiers, Greek Cypriot Kypros and Turkish Cypriot Murat, who, in the late 1970s, found themselves manning guard posts across from one another on opposite sides of Nicosia’s Green Line.Protagonists and the storyline delineating the development of their personal friendship are fictional but the movie is rooted in the firm and tragic reality of its times, combining elements of some half dozen true stories that Chrysanthou gathered in the course of interviewing people about their personal experience of the Cyprus conflict.Director Panicos ChrysanthouThe compelling and sometimes harrowing narrative takes account of such incidents as the killing of a Greek Cypriot National Guardsman Tryfonas in the no-man’s land of Nicosia’s Ayios Kassianos neighbourhood in the early 1980s.  He was shot dead by a Turkish Cypriot serviceman he had befriended on orders of a Turkish officer, outraged by the soldier’s fraternising insubordination.In chilling flashback to 1974, the film graphically and movingly depicts village executions and the intricate intimacy linking victims and perpetrators. It invokes the tale of the fig tree that grew from the undigested figs in the stomach of one of the Turkish Cypriot missing.“I like listening to people’s stories. I like to collect them. And when I find them interesting, I like recording them,” says Chrysanthou.Documentary maker and cameraman, his first fictional film Akamas, released in 2006, was similarly grounded in fact, an account of the 1950s love story of a Turkish Cypriot man and Greek Cypriot woman from the Akamas peninsula. On release, the movie was screened in Venice.Chrysanthou rejects being categorised as a director focussed solely on the politics of the Cyprus problem and insists his films are “personal and human”, much like the work of the famed Swedish director Ingemar Bergman.“I make personal cinema, the same way Bergman makes his,” he says.“Bergman’s films speak about human situations, human feelings. He speaks about his life, his thoughts and soul through the stories he creates. I find this way of making films the most sincere because he speaks about something he knows very well,” he explains.“I also speak about stories that I know very well. [The Story of the Green Line] is not only about the war. It is about the philosophy of life through a war story. It is about forgiveness, tolerance, and finding a way of living. It is about a 19-year-old boy who witnesses his father being killed in front of him. Death passes next to him but he survives. Now he tries to come to terms with all that this entails.”Chrysanthou allows that he is less interested about making movies based on the present times. His abiding interest and preference is to show what went before. Indeed, his film-making is eloquent testament to his love of the island’s traditions and the details of its rural rituals.The Story of the Green Line by Panicos Chrysanthou“I have this tendency I admit to that – I like old times a lot,” he confesses. “Perhaps because of my own childhood – because the world of my childhood was simple and pure. We didn’t have electricity. But in this old life people had a kind of communication that I liked very much.”He pauses for a moment’s reflection then continues: “[When I was young] I spoke with my father with eyes only. He looked at me and I understood what he wanted. I thought about it a lot. I had relationships with foreigners but if I didn’t speak to them there was no communication. I had great difficulty to speak with them using my eyes or gestures, to communicate those innermost things that are beyond verbal expression. And even with words, the very same words might have different meaning for different people. So even if we use the same words we can misunderstand each other.”Does he feel that in case of Greek and Turkish Cypriots this art of wordless communication was (perhaps still is) easier? Is this what he misses when he talks so fondly about the past?“Yes, we have the same culture, even now,” he says. “When I am in a room full of people somewhere in a different country and there is a Turkish Cypriot in the same room I will be able to tell him or her apart from everybody else. It is because we are the same.”Not surprisingly, this affinity between Cypriots underpins much ofThe Story of the Green Line.Kypros and Murat, though separated and juxtaposed against each other by the recent war, understand and communicate with one another much better than with their respective commanding officers, coming as they do from the “motherlands”. Even the fact that the both lost their fathers in similar way brings them closer together and helps them heal.Chrysanthou says a further inspiration in making his film was observing an evolving friendship, forgiveness and healing in the real world, between two men, a Greek and a Turkish Cypriot, both of whom had lost family members in the Cyprus conflict, both of whom were able to remember, to forgive and to forego thoughts of revenge.“That is why I decided to make this story – a story about love that is stronger than hate,” he says. The Story of the Green Line is currently showing at the K-Cineplex in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. The film is in Greek with Turkish or English subtitles, depending on the time of the screening.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDirectExposeLast Chance, These Shows Are Ending At 2019DirectExposeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cobalt chairman and former board member in joint bid for Bulgarian airport

first_imgA company run by former Cobalt director Urs Meisterhans is bidding for a Bulgarian airport concession with a firm owned by the airline’s chairman Gregory Diacou, Bulgaria’s financial news-site Capital.bg reported on Thursday.Prinz von Preussen Capital Ltd, a company run by Meisterhans, is the leader of the Silk Road Plovdiv Airport (DZZD) consortium, one of the three bidders, Capital.bg said, citing the website of Bulgaria’s ministry of transport. Prinz von Preussen Capital is affiliated with Switzerland’s Prinz von Preussen AG.Cyprus’s Pictet Capital, owned by Diacou, is a partner in DZZD together with VVL Consulting, a Bulgarian company, the news-site reported. Pictet Capital, not related to the Swiss financial group Pictet, is owner of 49 per cent of Cobalt New Age Airlines Group, which launched its flight operations last year. Meisterhans, who a year ago was indicted on three counts, one of which was dropped pending further investigation, stepped down from Cobalt in December.According to an order issued by a US court last summer, Swiss authorities indicted Meisterhans in 2015 “for aggravated money laundering, securities fraud, and negligence in financial operations based on Meisterhans role in laundering Penny Stock Scheme proceeds” controlled by the German national Florian Homm and his former wife Susan Elaine Devine, a US citizen born in Brazil. The Swiss attorney general’s office, which in June said that one of the charges had been dropped pending further investigation, was not immediately available for comment.Meisterhans who says he has a clean record, and Diacou did not respond to phone calls and texts sent by the Cyprus Business Mail.In November, FINMA, the Swiss financial markets supervisor, banned Meisterhans from exercising or advertising regulated activities, especially in the area of financial intermediation.The other two bidders are the Consortium Plovdiv Airport and consortium of Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest, according to the website of the Bulgarian transport ministry.“The concession of Plovdiv Airport aims to attract a financially stable investor with experience in the management, operation and development of airports,” the ministry said. “Thus, will be ensured the future development of the airport. The concession will help to improve the existing airport infrastructure, meet international standards and categories, generate traffic and develop business activities in the region”.Capital.bg reported that the duration of the concession is 35 years and that candidates are required to prove that they have managed international airports with a passenger volume of 450,000 in five years. The average of 90,000 a year is slightly below Plovdiv airport’s annual passenger traffic.Prinz von Preussen Capital was listed last year on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.Both, the Consortium Plovdiv Airport and Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest, said that they intend to expand the airport’s cargo capacity, according to Capital.bg adding that Hainan and Plovdiv Airport Invest also intends to introduce passenger flights to and from China three times a week.The Swiss bidder’s plans on the other hand remain unknown, Capital.bg 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 Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Audit boss irritated by €463000 legal bill incurred by law commissioner

first_imgAuditor-general Odysseas Michaelides told parliament on Thursday that the law commissioner spending €463,000 in legal fees on one private lawyer was a classic case of squandering public money.The House watchdog committee on Thursday discussed the auditor’s report on the legislation commissioner who spent €463,000 in two years on one lawyer who had been tasked with overseeing the drafting of legislation as part of the procedure to solve the Cyprus problem.“I feel strongly, I think it constitutes a classic case of squandering public money,” Michaelides told MPs, of the hiring procedure followed by Leda Koursoumba.He said the lawyer in question received €363,000 between 2015 and 2017 and is owed €100,000 more.Koursoumba said she was merely carrying out a decision taken by the cabinet in line with a finance ministry proposal.The law commissioner said it was huge job done by a group of five lawyers who prepared 272 bills spanning over 9,000 pages.Michaelides said the lawyer in question had a coordinating role and she was receiving €75,000 per six months.The auditor said no timeframes had been set, no one checked if the payments corresponded with the receivables, and the lawyer was overseeing her own and the others’ work.Michaelides said he was not disputing the lawyer’s adequacy but proper practice called for some sort of bidding procedure that never took place. You May LikeWifi BoosterNew Wifi Booster Everybody in United States is Talking aboutWifi BoosterUndoFood PreventEat Grapes Every Day For One Month And This Is What May Happen To Your BodyFood PreventUndoDoctor SymptomWhat Kind of Investor Are You? – Next InvestingDoctor SymptomUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hundreds turn out for Pride march

first_imgHundreds of people flocked to the centre of Nicosia late Sunday afternoon for the annual Pride march in support of the rights of LGBT people.The events started at 3.30 in the municipal park with events for children before a march took place from 5.30, ending at 7 before a party with live music and DJs.Under the slogan Make the Change, the day marked the end of two weeks of events.[smart-photo][/smart-photo]You May LikeFood PreventHow To Cleanse Your Liver With Raisins and WaterFood PreventUndoTravel PatriotTake A Look Inside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dreamy YachtTravel PatriotUndoRelocation TargetTop 15 Places To Live A Long Life InRelocation TargetUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus set to be cooler than the UK on Friday

first_imgThe weather will be slightly hotter than Thursday in Cyprus, but for once it may be even warmer in the UK, where forecasters predict it may be the hottest day of the year, at least in the east of the country.Temperatures in the UK could reach 37C and according to media the all-time record of 38.5C may well be broken, whereas the highest temperature in Cyprus is going to be 36C inland and less on the coast, 31C to 33C.In the UK, however, there may also be thunderstorms, and a yellow weather warning has been issued as there is a chance of flooding and hail, while here it will remain sunny with just a few clouds.At night, temperatures in the Nicosia region will drop to 22C, and it is going to be slightly warmer in coastal areas, and much cooler, 15C, in the higher mountains.During the weekend, it will be a little hotter, bringing temperatures to normal levels for this time of the year.You May LikeZoHealthy6 Common Foods that Have Gluten You Should Avoid!ZoHealthyUndoTop Journey Mag15 Types Of Clothing You Should Avoid Wearing During FlightsTop Journey MagUndoAmazon | Moral PanicRead the novel that will make you rethink your internet securityAmazon | Moral PanicUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Lightning starts fire in Paphos region

first_imgSeven fires broke out on Sunday in the Paphos region and most of them have been brought under control.According to the police, a fire broke out in the agricultural region of Nata at 1pm.The fire was put out by 4pm after fire engines from Paphos went to the scene. It destroyed four hectares of wild scrub. It was in danger of reaching the residential area of Nata but fire fighters were able to stop its path. Five fire engines and one helicopter were used to bring it under control.Fire also broke out in the village if Inia between 2 and 3pm, also burning wild plants.In a third incident fire broke out in the forest area of Pano Yialyia after it was hit by lightening at about 4.15pm. Because of the difficulty in reaching the area the fire was fought by two helicopters and a plane.Smaller fires were put under control in Kathikas, Kritou Terra and Stroumbi.You May LikeHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndoStairlifts | Search AdsStair Lifts Could Be a Cheaper Luxury Than You Might ThinkStairlifts | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police target motorcycle safety

first_imgPolice launched an island-wide campaign targeting motorcycle and moped drivers on Monday, highlighting that in the period between 2014-2018, 52 per cent of motorcyclists who died in an accident were not wearing a crash helmet.The campaign, that will run through next Sunday, May 5, will target motorcycle and moped drivers without helmets, as well as speeders and drivers without a licence.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Kizilyurek says his election is an opportunity for two sides to work

first_imgTurkish Cypriot MEP-elect Niyazi Kizilyurek said Thursday he was a candidate in last Sunday’s elections as a European citizen living on the island and not because of his ethnic background and he would be representing the entire Cypriot people and other European citizens.Speaking a joint news conference with Akel leader Andros Kyprianou, Kizilyurek described Sunday’s election as having “historical importance” since it was the first time in the history of Cyprus that Greek and Turkish Cypriots jointly supported a ticket.“Whether this event will be historic depends on us and how hard we will work to achieve what we want,” he said, pledging that he will be fully cooperating with Akel.Kizilyurek said he was not a candidate because he was a Turkish Cypriot.“I was a candidate because I am a European citizen and I live where I live. The Euro elections are based on the citizen and the residence. Neither nations, nor states or ethnic groups are the basis of the elections.”The academic said he had experienced a lot of suspicion and doubt during the campaign, noting that many people apparently confused the Euro elections with national elections.“There is no doubt that the Republic of Cyprus is sending six representatives to the European Parliament, but we are in the European Parliament to be accountable and defend the interest of all European Union citizens,” including Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians, Latins, and others living on the island.Kizilyurek said the European Parliament was not the place where the Cyprus problem would be solved.“I choose, and I think this is what the European Union wants, to help the two communities come closer,” he said, adding that the EU’s experience in the reconciliation of people would be good for Cyprus.“The European Union is asking from us for the two communities to come closer and it is asking that through resolutions and council decisions,” he added.The European elections offered the two communities a chance to cooperate as opposed to the island’s constitution, he said.Kizilyurek stressed how difficult it was for Turkish Cypriots to take part in the elections because of an establishment in the breakaway state in the north, which opposed it.“I did not want to be elected on Greek Cypriot votes alone, as I did not want to be elected on Turkish Cypriot votes alone,” he said.Kyprianou said they fully understood the responsibility they have assumed towards the country and the Cypriot people.“We have the will to work for the success of this cooperation and we want it to become a truly historic event,” Kyprianou said.The Akel leader said Kizilyurek’s candidacy sent the message that Greek and Turkish Cypriots can work together provided they have the same love for their common country and the same political goals: Cyprus’ reunification and peaceful coexistence.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Hellenic discussing coop options with potential investors

first_imgFurther to an announcement released earlier this month in which it confirmed its interest in the co-op bank, Hellenic Bank said Thursday it was exploring options in the event it would require additional capital if it were to go through with a binding acquisition proposal.“In this respect, it is participating in discussions with potential investors in Hellenic Bank,” the lender said on Thursday. “At present, no decision has been made on the matter and there can be no certainty that any transaction will take place.”Hellenic said any transaction would be subject to regulatory approval and any share capital increase that may be required will be subject to the approval of its shareholders.The lender is one of three parties that showed interest in taking over part of the co-op, in line with the conditions announced by the government.The state, which nationalized the co-ops in 2013 through a €1.7bn injection, is looking to dispose of the bank, or part of its assets in a process that started last month.It also deposited €2.5bn raised from several bonds, worth €2.35, issued to the Cooperative Central Bank and from its cash reserves, in a bid to boost confidence amid rumours that sparked a run on the lender.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Walsh bill bars bidders with back taxes blight violations from property auctions

first_img10Dec Walsh bill bars bidders with back taxes, blight violations from property auctions Categories: News Proof of sound property tax standing required for saleThe Michigan House today passed legislation authored by state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, allowing counties holding auctions on tax foreclosed properties to cancel sales of those properties to potential buyers with outstanding delinquent property taxes or blight violations.“Municipalities with high foreclosure rates are trying to rebuild neighborhoods and eliminate blight,” Walsh said. “Allowing property owners who cannot pay taxes on what they currently own to continue to purchase more property will only hurt cities that are trying to improve their neighborhoods.”House Bill 5960 requires bidders at foreclosed property auctions to be in good standing on current property taxes and adhere to local blight codes. Bids will be prevented and sales canceled to buyers who fail to meet these requirements.“Foreclosure auctions are becoming revolving doors,” Walsh said. “Properties are auctioned off, foreclosed on, auctioned again and foreclosed again. It’s a cycle we must break if we’re serious about reviving Michigan’s blighted communities.”The bill also requires all purchasers to sign an affidavit stating they are in compliance with the requirements and hold no other properties with delinquent taxes or blight violations. Violation of the affidavit results in termination of the sale.“This legislation encourages well-intentioned buyers and protects county administrations from those gaming the system,” Walsh said. “It will reduce the number of homes foreclosed upon annually and improve the quality of neighborhoods by eliminating blight.”HB 5960 also clarifies that foreclosing governmental units can accept electronically transferred funds for tax delinquent property sales.The bill will be considered further in the Senate.###last_img read more

Rep Bizon heralds costcutting in Housepassed budget

first_img02May Rep. Bizon heralds cost-cutting in House-passed budget The bills now go to the Senate for consideration. Increasing funding for public safety by adding 100 more Michigan State Police troopers. Categories: Bizon News,News Paying down retiree debt and adding to state government’s main savings account for tough times, pushing that emergency fund above $1 billion. Making health care more effective and efficient, with an enhanced focus on improving mental health care. State Rep. Dr. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, today voted in to approve the state budget, praising the spending blueprint for fiscal restraint and common-sense financial responsibility.Bizon – an ear, nose and throat doctor for nearly four decades – is chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Medicaid and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs. He applauded the actions of state Rep. Shane Hernandez, of Port Huron, chair of the Appropriations Committee on Transportation, for achieving cost-saving solutions in the budget.“I love that Rep. Hernandez suggesting getting rid of planes the state does not need to own to find more money for our roads,” Bizon said. “He has also proposed other administrative changes to reprioritize funding for transportation projects.”Other highlights of the bills include:Allocating the highest funding in state history for K-12 schools with a proposed $14.3 billion; improving access skilled trades training through career and technical education. Making life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives. ####last_img read more

Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes police gains House approval

first_img20Jun Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police gains House approval Categories: Glenn News,News Bipartisan legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn, which makes it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation, was approved by the full membership of the state House today.“This unintended legal loophole has existed for too long, to the detriment of victims of human trafficking and the reputation of our law enforcement officers,” said Glenn, of Larkin Township. “There is no evidence that law enforcement officers are taking advantage of this exemption, but people who impersonate police officers can use this to intimidate women into having sex and that must be stopped.”The legislation was introduced at the request of the director of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic. It also continues Michigan’s commitment to helping victims of human trafficking, who are frequently forced into prostitution.The House Law and Justice Committee approved the legislation last week, advancing it to today’s vote.“This bill will eliminate a black cloud over Michigan, protecting our officers and human trafficking victims,” said Glenn. “We do not need the stigma of being the last state in the country where police officers having sex with prostitutes cannot be prosecuted.”House Bill 4355, which was approved by an overwhelming 93-14 vote, advances to the Senate for its consideration.last_img read more

Rep Kelly School budget approved provides record funding for K12 students

first_img Spending blueprint invests in Michigan’s futureState Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, today praised his House colleagues in passage of the school budget for the coming fiscal year, noting that it invests in the state’s future with a record amount of money for K-12 education.Kelly, of Saginaw Township, said the budget also increases spending for career and technical education by one-third, giving people a chance to learn a trade and fill the in-demand positions available throughout the state.“This is the fifth year in a row that we have increased spending for public school students,” Kelly said. “We are focused on giving students the education they need to succeed and helping Michigan prosper for decades to come.”Highlights of the bill:Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.5 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students.Early childhood literacy is emphasized with more funding dedicated to help K-3 students improve their reading skills.An additional $120 million is dedicated to help “at-risk” students, with the definition expanded to include students who are homeless, migrant and in foster care.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.The higher education budget supporting Michigan’s 15 public universities would get a 2.9 percent funding increase, including an average of 2 percent more for university operations.##### 20Jun Rep. Kelly: School budget approved, provides record funding for K-12 students Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Reilly to chair Affordable Energy Caucus in Michigan House

first_img Categories: News,Reilly News 05Sep Rep. Reilly to chair Affordable Energy Caucus in Michigan House Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland, has been elected chair of a newly formed caucus in the Michigan House of Representatives aimed at lowering energy costs.Rep. Rose Mary Robinson, D-Detroit, will serve as vice chair of the Affordable Energy Caucus. The caucus also includes Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, along with other legislators.The caucus will meet monthly to discuss the financial impact of energy policy and proposed legislation, and work to develop real solutions to encourage growth and protect the rate-paying public.“I’m honored to have been chosen by colleagues for this position,” Rep. Reilly said. “As a caucus, our guiding principle is that the retail price of energy should be a key consideration in evaluating legislation.  We are committed to doing what is best for the energy consuming public as a whole.”Reps. Reilly and Glenn have discussed their concerns that the Michigan Public Service Commission is considering a requirement that electricity choice providers who compete with the state’s two electricity monopolies — Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison — prove they can supply their customers using only higher-priced electricity generated in Michigan.  Such a move would take tens of millions of dollars out of public school classrooms each year to pay for higher electricity costs, Glenn said, and make Michigan’s business climate less attractive and competitive for new businesses and jobs. Glenn said the MPSC proposal would go against the intent of state law.Rep. Reilly has requested legislation to stop the MPSC from implementing such a measure.Reps. Reilly, Glenn and Robinson all are among the founding members of the Affordable Energy Caucus. Others are Republican Reps. Tom Barrett of Potterville, Triston Cole of Mancelona, Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, Gary Howell of North Branch, Steve Johnson of Wayland, Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain, Peter Lucido of Shelby Township, Jim Runestad of White Lake and Jim Tedder of Clarkston.“The economic impact of Michigan’s energy policy cannot be overstated,” Reilly said. “It affects all aspects of our lives. The cost of energy is reflected in the price of everything we buy, in the taxes we pay, and of course, in our residential utility bills.”###last_img read more

Legislators applaud governors plans to end privatized prison food service restore jobs

first_img07Feb Legislators applaud governor’s plans to end privatized prison food service, restore jobs to local residents State Reps. Roger Hauck and James Lower today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers.Michigan corrections facilities are located in the communities the representatives serve.Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he plans to invest $13.7 million in the Department of Corrections (DOC) to place prison food responsibilities under state employees. DOC officials announced that it will remove Trinity Services Group this summer and hire 350 state employees to do the work.“The privatization, first by Aramark and then by Trinity, proved to be a failure,” said Lower, of Cedar Lake. “I commend the governor for realizing the need to put those duties back in the hands of trusted state workers. It’s hard for anyone to admit they made a mistake, and I appreciate his candor.”Hauck, of Union Township, said privatization did save money, but the challenges it created far outweighed the financial benefits.“Switching to a private company created constant unrest and discontent in the corrections facilities. Spoiled food was served, staffing levels were frequently low and workers had inappropriate relationships with inmates,” Hauck said. “That also created a public safety issues, putting employees and prison guards in danger.”Snyder said the $13.7 million investment will be offset by $18.8 million saved when the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon is shut down because of a declining prisoner population.##### Categories: Hauck News,Newslast_img read more

Comic Reliefs Investments in Guns Alcohol and Tobacco Not So Funny

first_imgShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shares December 10, 2013; The TelegraphOn BBC One, Comic Relief’s sketch with Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”) as a fictional Archbishop of Canterbury who compared the disciples of Jesus to the pop singing group One Direction generated the most complaints of any televised program in the UK in 2013. But they might have been more aggrieved by the BBC’s decision in October to cancel a planned airing of a BBC Panorama investigation of Comic Relief and purportedly other charities as well concerning how they invest the funds they raise.The documentary was cancelled at the behest of BBC executives with close relations ties to Comic Relief, but the BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, and its news director, James Harding, intervened and arranged to have the show aired on December 10th. Since the airing, Comic Relief has been under some fire for investment policies that seemingly contradict the values of the charity.The Panorama show says that the investments include significant sums in BAE Systems, a weapons manufacturer, the alcohol firm Diageo, and £3 million in tobacco companies. The tobacco investments, for example, seemingly contradict Comic Relief’s donations to Target Tuberculosis, a group that says that smoking may be a significant contributor to TB.Comic Relief defended its investment policy with a statement from an unnamed spokesperson, who said that the charity puts its money into large managed funds just like other charities and pension funds do, arguing, “On balance, we believe this is the approach that will deliver the greatest benefits to the most vulnerable people.” The Telegraph quoted Sam Younger, the head of the Charity Commission, to offer a different perspective: “If a charity says ‘we need to invest for the maximum financial return’ that is right…If they go on to say ‘we therefore can’t have an ethical investment policy,’ that’s wrong.”In the Guardian, Comic Relief’s top executive, Kevin Cahill, admitted that Comic Relief still had money in such managed funds that invested in weapons, alcohol, and tobacco, but they were “a small percentage, no more than 5 percent of our funds in any of those particular areas.”That is a slightly different tack than Comic Relief took prior to the Panorama airing. Its law firm, Harbottle & Lewis, undertook a campaign to get the BBC to block the show, saying that the revelations would “damage vulnerable people in the UK and abroad.” After the show, Cahill changed his message to say that he would “of course” prefer to make ethical investments, though he wanted the Charity Commission to provide better guidance regarding the “rules” for ethical investments.The tagline of Comic Relief is “a just world free of poverty.” But it failed to kill the show, so the Comic Relief front page features a statement on its investment policy, a response to stories in the media, and an explanation of how it raises money. It really doesn’t explain its having turned a blind eye to this array of easily pruned troubling investments. It also doesn’t explain how it could invest in tobacco companies when one of its trustees, Duncan Bannatyne, is on record against any investments in tobacco and made a documentary for the BBC in 2008 attacking a British tobacco company for marketing to African children to encourage them to smoke.Lessons for U.S. charities: First, as we pointed out in our review of the Washington Post “diversions” series, watch what your investment advisors are suggesting for investments—not only for their potential fraudulence, but, as the Panorama investigation of Comic Relief revealed, for potential lack of symmetry with the your charity’s mission and values.Second, it is clear that precious little attention is given to the charitable investments of nonprofits in the U.S., partly because simply reading the investment components of Form 990s is nearly investigative journalism in and of itself. The American public—donors as well as the intended beneficiaries of charities—deserve to know what kinds of activities are being supported by charitable investments.And third, the behavior of the BBC—until the intervention of the BBC director general—was reprehensible. For any charity to squelch facts that the public has a right to know, or ought to know regardless of legal rights and obligations, by leaning on friends in the press is as bad a statement about charitable values as investments in alcohol, weapons, and tobacco.—Rick CohenShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shareslast_img read more