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Month: August 2019

Police seek suspect who escaped drugs bust

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first_imgPolice on Tuesday were still seeking a suspect who evaded arrest the previous night during a drug bust involving gunshots on Nicosia’s Tseri Avenue.Drug squad officers arrested a 25-year-old Paphos man and seized three kilos of cannabis during the operation involving the police firing shots to stop two suspects in a car.It happened at around 8.30pm when drug squad officers acting on a tip-off sought to stop the suspects.The driver accelerated in a bid to escape, forcing officers to use their pistols to get the car to stop.Police said the suspects fled on foot while the car was still in motion on a side road, eventually crashing into a lamppost and coming to a halt.Officers managed to apprehend the passenger of the car, whom they said was known to them. A packet containing one kilo of cannabis was found on the street, falling from the passenger door when the suspects fled the car.Two more kilos were found inside the car during a subsequent search in the presence of the 25-year-old.The man was brought to court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody for eight days.Reports said he refused to co-operate with police.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Anastasiades briefs Tusk on Turkeys actions on enclaved

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first_imgPresident of the European Council Donald Tusk on Friday said he has heard the concerns put by President Nicos Anastasiades over Turkey’s actions regarding enclaved Greek Cypriots and Maronites.Speaking during the final press briefing in Brussels after the EU Summit, Turk said he had been briefed by Anastasiades on ‘Turkey’s actions vis-a-vis the Greek Cypriots and Maronites’.President Tusk had previously conveyed the EU’s 28th consensus that Turkey must respect in its relations with the EU, all of the EU Member States.“We want to keep the door open to Ankara, but the current reality in Turkey makes it difficult”, he said. “It was also stressed that Turkey needs to respect all Member States in its relation with the EU, including when it comes to the implementation of the existing customs’ union”, he added.Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met with the vice chairs of the European Conservatives and reformist group, German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel and British MEP Geoffrey Van Orden, to brief them on the status of the Cyprus problem after Crans-Montana and what could happen from this point forward.According to Turkish Cypriot press, quoted by the Cyprus News Agency, they also discussed how the European Conservatives could contribute to broadening relations between Turkish Cypriots and the EU.Henkel and Ordel also met with with ‘foreign minister’ of the north Tahsin Ertugruloglu to discuss the Cyprus problem. Meanwhile, three Turkish Cyprios ‘MPs’ in Brussels sent a letter to all MEPs briefing them on their views on the matter.They were Hasan Tacoy, of the National Unity party, Armagan Candan of the Republican Turkish party and Zeki Celer of the Communal Democracy party, who were invited to a round table discussion on the Cyprus problem organized by the socialists and democrats.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar SolutionsUndoDr. 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 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

No easy path for Cyprus to become an energy hub Lakkotrypis says

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first_imgThere are no easy solutions Cyprus wants to become an energy hub and to exploit its natural wealth, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday.He was addressing the 5th Energy Symposium hosted by the Southeastern Europe Energy Institute and Financial Media Way, in Nicosia.Lakkotrypis said that if Cyprus wished to complete the puzzle of hydrocarbons, from delineating its EEZ, to discovering reserves, to exploiting them and developing all the relevant services, then the path would be a long one, hard work is needed and “there are no easy solutions.”“What I can assure you is that we are committed to our goals and we will seek to achieve them with confidence,” he said.He added that it would be very hard to say how hydrocarbon reserves would be exploited until a clear picture has taken shape on the quantities available. The so called ‘Aphrodite’ reserves, discovered in Block 12 of Cyprus’ EEZ which have been confirmed can be commercially developed only through a direct pipeline to Egypt’s LNG plants in Idku and Damietta for which intensive negotiations are taking place within a difficult international economic environment.In his address Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority’s (CERA) President Andreas Poulikkas spoke of the authority’s proposal to import natural gas to Cyprus as a permanent solution, one that runs in parallel with using reserves within Cyprus’ EEZ for reasons of security supply and competition but also in order to use natural gas in other areas.CEO and founder of EC Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd Cyprus Charles Ellinas said that very few projects have moved forward to a phase of implementation in recent years due to low prices. He added that in a world with a plethora of energy resources, exporting becomes a more difficult option and he expressed the view that large companies such as ExxonMobil will not go ahead with any projects unless they are profitable.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sale of Yanukovychs frozen assets linked to Cyprus firms

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first_imgTwo Ukrainian oligarchs acquired Cyprus’s Quickpace Ltd, a company with $160m (€133m) in illicit frozen assets controlled by Ukraine’s ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, Aljazeera reported on Sunday.The two men were named as gas-tycoon Alexander Onyschenko and real estate operator Pavel Fuchs.Aljazeera, which cited an “unsigned contract” it obtained and other documents, said that the seller, Serhiy Kurchenko, known as Yanukovych’s “family wallet,” received $30m in cash in exchange plus other assets, including a private jet.According to the website of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, the Limassol-based Quickpace operates in the real estate management and is today owned by the British Virgin Islands (BVI)-based Evermore Property Holdings Ltd after it acquired it in August 2015 from the Nicosia-based Prontoservus Ltd, a company linked to the law firm established by Polakis Sarris.Quickpace is also headquartered at the address of Proteas Management, a business services company affiliated with the Andreas Sofocleous & Co law firm.While Onyschenko, one of the two buyers in the deal, confirmed the participation of Fuchs and Kurchneko, he also denied that it had gone ahead, Aljazeera reported. Christina Sarris, a lawyer at the Polakis Sarris law firm said that the deal had indeed gone ahead, according to Aljazeera.The Qatari news television channel said that it also obtained a record of a $2m initial payment from a Barclays Bank account to a Russian-owned account at Latvia’s Norvic Banka. Fuchs is the owner of Dorchester International Incorporated, the parent company of Evermore Property Holdings, according to Aljazeera.It also reported that Quickpace held bonds and cash, all frozen by a Ukrainian judge on suspicion they were proceeds of crime, and added that trading frozen assets is illegal both in Ukraine and abroad.The value of frozen assets deemed the product of crime and traced to Yanukovych’s political friends is estimated at €1.5bn which is estimated to be only a fraction of the total. The frozen assets were held by companies in Cyprus, the UK, Panama, Belize and the BVI.“Any services provided by Prontoservus Limited, Byroco Nominees Limited -or by any individual connected to the said entities- with respect to the Cyprus company Quickpace Ltd were provided in full compliance with the applicable Cyprus law,” said Yorgos Trillides on behalf of Polakis Sarris & Co LLC in an email on Monday when requested for comment.Byroco Nominees is another firm affiliated to the Polakis Sarris law firm.A Central Bank of Cyprus official said that he could not immediately recall that Quickpace had any deposits frozen in Cyprus. Also, a search on the website of the Department of Company Registrar revealed no pending charges or mortgages. Mokas, the Law Office’s anti-money laundering squad, was not immediately available for comment. The Andreas Sofocleous law firm did not respond immediately when asked for comment.The buyers aimed to make a $130m profit by persuading a judge to unfreeze the Quickpace assets, Aljazeera reported citing “article 4.4” of the unsigned contract. Buyers would cooperate in “taking action to remove the arrest from the accounts”.Yanukovych, an ally of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, fled Ukraine in February 2014 after months of popular unrest which security forces attempted to quell with lethal force. His overthrow angered Putin who in response ordered the seizure and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, sparking a tsunami of US and EU sanctions in response.Russia is considered to be behind the unrest in the eastern part of Ukraine, inhabited by Russian-speaking Ukrainians.Aljazeera reported that the documents it obtained while they make no explicit reference to the former Ukrainian leader, “reveal how Yanukovich’s clan pumped stolen money into companies in Ukraine with bank accounts in Latvia and gradually passed it through dozens of offshore shell companies in Cyprus, Belize, BVI and other money-laundering hotspots including the UK”.In March 2014, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides said that Cypriot authorities suspected that two Ukrainian nationals with assets in Cyprus could have embezzled public funds in their country.The full report and video are available here.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Warrant issued for man who reportedly locked up woman and child

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first_imgPaphos police are investigating a case of abduction after a 34-year-old woman reported on Wednesday evening that she and her child had been locked in a man’s house.She told police she went to the man’s home to discuss some differences she had with him. They reportedly had a relationship in the past.He kept her in his house against her will until he left at some point and she managed to escape.A warrant was issued against the 34-year-old man and police are looking for him.You May LikeTopixYou Probably Can’t Pass This World History QuizTopixUndoHistory DailyLook Closer…Unedited Photos Captured In NatureHistory DailyUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus Greek fire donation will finance hospital

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first_imgThe government’s donation toward the victims of the July wildfires in Greece will be used to finance the construction of a hospital in the affected area, deputy government spokesperson Klelia Vassiliou said on Wednesday.Following a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday, Vassiliou said that “after the July 25 Cabinet decision to grant ten million euros – in addition to the contributions of Cypriot citizens to same account – for the victims of the fires in Greece, it has been decided in agreement with the Greek government to finance the construction of a hospital in the area affected by the devastating fire.”The administrative procedure in view of the hospital’s construction will be undertaken by the Greek government, Vassiliou added. 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Revealing the secrets of Cyprus trees

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first_imgFrom rainfall to architecture, the rings of a tree reveal far more than just its ageDendrochronology has more relevance for Cyprus than just the Greek roots of the word.As all Greek speakers know, dendro means tree, chronos time and logos knowledge in ancient Greek.And to the layperson, dendrochronology means counting the rings of a tree when it is cut horizontally to determine its age because a tree grows one ring for each year of life.This has been done in Cyprus, and the oldest, according to the forestry department, is a terebinth tree in Apesia, Limassol at more than 1,500 years old.What fewer people know is that nowadays, dendrochronology is used for much more than finding out how old a tree is. It offers vital conclusions for studies of the environment, art, architecture and history among others.Professor Manning scanning the tree-rings of a wooden icon in the Holy Cross church in PelendriWhich is why the Cyprus Institute has recently founded the Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory in collaboration with Cornell University, the Department of Antiquities and the Department of Forestry.“It is important to establish such a research facility in Cyprus,” said Nikolas Bakirtsis, associate professor and director of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories at the Cyprus Institute.The lab draws from the expertise and work of Cornell’s Tree-Ring Laboratory in Cyprus, and will, in turn, produce new data and studies in collaboration with the US university and the two key government departments in an effort to develop the method in Cyprus and neighbouring countries which have similar tree-growth patterns such as Lebanon.Critical to the science, trees from the same region tend to develop the same patterns of ring widths for a given period of chronological study.Each tree is an imprint of its environment. Definitely one of the most useful things which can be done with this method is to determine when there have been droughts in the past, as the rings are not all the same width. The less water a tree has at its disposal during a given year the narrower the ring.The scientists can thus map trees over time and place.“These are the only indisputable hard evidence that exists from past environments,” said professor Sturt Manning of Cornell University and director of its Tree-Ring Laboratory. “With climate change, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the past, the present and the future.”It also makes sense to match climate events with big happenings in the world. We are becoming increasingly aware that the longevity of the Roman Empire was supported by a uniquely long period of climate stability as it was a time when the climate did not suffer, Manning explained.In times of drought, resources would dwindle, contributing towards the end of various empires, as hungry people were prone to rebel.In Cyprus periods of severe drought are not a new thing, the trees have shown us. The 1760s and the 1880s were periods when water was scarce, and when many Cypriots migrated from the island.Not only does dendrochronology have historical implications, but it can also inform us about the date of monuments and the related architectural choices.Last year a collaborative survey between the Cyprus Institute, Cornell and the Department of Antiquities sampled wood from the floor beams and the tie-beams of the Dragoman’s house in the old city of Nicosia, the most important example of residential architecture from the last hundred years of Ottoman rule. Such samples can then be matched with established dendrochronology chronologies to offer dates for the specific wood samples.The 18th century dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios house in NicosiaThe idea was to try to better understand the building history of the important complex, but also to explore the provenance of the wood used in its construction. Was it Pinus Brutia, the most common pine tree and available near Nicosia, Pinus Nigra, of better quality and a tree which only grows on the very top of the Troodos mountains or Cedar, the highest in quality but growing only in one certain area? Furthermore, was the wood local, from the forests of Cyprus, or shipped to the island from Anatolia?Contrary to expectations, the wood was local Pina Nigrus. This may not sound that exciting, but it has, as so many of these data do, implications.Up to this discovery, there had been no evidence for the existence of related specialised industry and a transport system that could carry high-quality wood from as far away as Troodos to Nicosia. It is also worth considering that the Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios, being among the richer people, if not the richest person in Cyprus, spared no expense in quality materials – even for the mere floor beams of his house.We know when the house was established, in 1793, but little more in relation to its architecture, materials and how long it took to build.Wood samples such as this will give us a much better idea about when houses were built, Bakirtzis said. “Before dendrochronology, and without inscriptions, it was only possible to determine the age by the style and typologies through comparisons of buildings to others abroad, but this is not always accurate. For example, what was in fashion in 14th century Constantinople may not have reached Cyprus until much later, or, it may have happened instantly. Additionally, stylistic and typological comparisons can only offer broad chronological timeframes,” he said.He explained that in Cyprus there are many monuments preserving wood dating from the Byzantine and medieval periods. For example, the famous churches of the Troodos range where wooden roofs, tie-beams, door frames and windows can offer valuable chronologies.“This will be a new set of data that will enrich our knowledge. Until now, we have relied on the few surviving inscriptions and the stylistic dating of wall paintings.”Dendrochronology also helps in determining the exact age of works of art such as icons. Icons may be unsigned, but when wood is dated and analysed it becomes possible to see if it comes from the same area, meaning several pieces can be attributed to an artist or a group of artists working together.The new Cyprus Dendrochronology Laboratory will be using a newly developed technique of scanning the wooden surface, a non-destructive technique with minimal intervention for precious works of art.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 GameUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Ancoria Bank launches operations with two branches

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first_imgAncoria Bank has launched operations with a total of two banking branches, one in Nicosia and another in Limassol, a total staff of 60 and an initial capital of €50m, the lender’s chief executive officer said.The goal of Ancoria, the first bank to obtain a banking licence from the Central Bank of Cyprus following the 2013 banking crisis, is to create a modern and flexible financial organisation with a new culture, approach and relation to its customers, CEO Ioannis Loizou said according to a statement emailed by the bank said.The bank, which plans to set up another banking centre in Larnaca will “jointly determine the customers’ needs and offer them the suitable solutions,” Loizou was quoted as saying. The bank already offers products to finance companies and private customers, mortgages, student loans, car loans and other consumer loans.Loizou added that the bank will pay a lot of attention to corporate governance and transparency, the use of technology and innovation.Evgenia Christodoulou, deputy CEO and business development manager at the lender, said that the bank will redefine banking practices by respecting customers and their companies and prioritising service to them.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo 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

Gesy guidelines for transition period after June 1 launch

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first_imgThe health ministry on Wednesday issued guidelines concerning services from public hospitals after June 1 when the first phase of the National Health Scheme (Gesy) will kick in.Hospital cards will continue to apply after June 1 for inpatient care in public hospitals as Gesy’s first phase only covers outpatient care.Beneficiaries whose cards have expired may have them renewed at the Citizen Service Centres (KEP) in all districts.Referrals to specialist doctors in public hospitals and health centres scheduled between June 1 and August 31, 2019 will be carried out as already arranged.For appointments scheduled to take place after September 1, 2019, patients should visit the general practitioner of their choice to obtain a new referral.Pharmacies in public hospitals and health centres will continue to serve patients under the existing regime for the transition period between June 1 to August 31, 2019.From September 1 onwards, state pharmacies will no longer offer services to outpatient patients, and the public will be able to obtain their medication from any Gesy pharmacy.The public pharmacies in the rural areas of Salamiou, Pedoulas, Fyti, Omodos, Panayia, Kato Pyrgos, Avdimou, Lefkara, Platres, Pahna, Palehori, Agros, Evrychou, Kofinou and Kyperounda will remain in operation since there is no private pharmacy there.Pharmacies at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics will continue to operate as normal for the treatment of their patients.After September 1, 2019, prescriptions for outpatient patients for specialised drugs such as medicines for Aids patients, medications for the treatment of haemophilia that require special care and storage and expensive medicines will be filled at the pharmacies of the state health services organisation (Okypy).As of June 1, all Gesy beneficiaries are automatically eligible for a European Health Card. Although inpatient care is part of the second phase of Gesy which will be implemented in June 2020, Cypriot citizens will be able to receive both out-of-hospital and in-hospital health services when visiting other EU member states when and if they need treatment during their stay.The Citizen Service Centres will issue European Health Cards.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

LaFave sponsoring teletown hall for UP residents

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first_img Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.“I am always trying to find new and better ways to listen to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “This tele-town hall is a great way to communicate with people from a large area, and I encourage everyone to participate.”The tele-town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. Although the discussion will be centered around government fiscal responsibility, auto no-fault, and other current issues, people are encouraged to call in with any questions or concerns they may have. The initial call for the event will come from Rep. LaFave’s office, but if someone misses the call, the number to dial is (855) 756-7520 ext. 35322.For questions regarding the tele-town hall, residents are encouraged to contact LaFave’s office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. 06Jun LaFave sponsoring tele-town hall for U.P. residents Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval

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first_img19Sep Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval Categories: Runestad News Rep. Runestad: People who forget to renew CPL do not deserve felony chargeThe House Judiciary Committee chaired by state Rep. Jim Runestad today advanced legislation protecting concealed pistol license holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishment simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date.CPL holders currently face the possibility of a five-year felony if they are found in possession of a concealed pistol even one day after their license expires. Individuals who carry a concealed pistol without ever obtaining a CPL face this same penalty.“A felony charge is much too harsh of a penalty for someone who has every intention of following the law, but makes one simple oversight,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “We must make sure the punishment matches the crime.”House Bill 4458 creates a six-month grace period after the license expires where people who remain eligible for a CPL would be subject to a civil infraction with a $330 fine. The fine could be waived if the individual receives a renewal license within 60 days of the violation. The bill moves to the full House for consideration.Runestad co-chairs the House’s Second Amendment Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators committed to defending and advancing the right to bear arms.“This is a great example of the type of legislation the Second Amendment Caucus was formed to help advance,” Runestad said. “People are being unfairly punished for exercising a fundamental right, and that must stop.”###last_img read more

LaFave Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services

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first_img08Feb LaFave: Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“One of the biggest headaches for veterans is finding their local liaison to help connect them to the benefits they are seeking,” LaFave said. “Not every county in Michigan has a veteran service office. This makes access to important services difficult for veterans in those counties. If Michigan wants to be a leader in veteran services, we need to prioritize it at a local level.”Under the current veterans benefit model, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location.“The grant will encourage counties to establish their own veteran service office with accredited service officers,” LaFave said. “I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to have an accredited service officer present in every county to extend the reach of our services. The window of opportunity for some cases is too slim to not have a presence statewide.”The measure, House Bill 5536, now moves to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration.last_img read more

Oregon Nonprofits Unhappy about Unrequested Radio Ads

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 24, 2014; Statesman JournalThe old adage in the nonprofit sector is that any media coverage is good media coverage. In Oregon, three nonprofits are going against this old salt and are complaining about being included in a series of radio spots aired by Barbara Jensen, a candidate in a Republican primary for a seat in the state assembly. The charities believe that listeners may get the false impression that they support Ms. Jensen’s campaign, not to mention the presence of inaccuracies in the radio spots.In February, Jensen announced that she would be running in the Republican primary for the assembly seat vacated by Rep. Kim Thatcher, who is running for the Oregon senate. The district is apparently heavily Republican, having a reported 3,000-voter registration edge over Democrats. Earlier in her career, Jensen had been part of a state initiative to consolidate 12 state data centers. Her role has been described as serving to “plan and build” the new data center. Apparently, the process was incredibly expensive—far more than originally intended—and by some accounts was a disaster.Jensen’s opponent, Bill Post, is a former conservative radio talk-show host. Jensen petitioned Post’s former radio station, demanding equal time, and she was award 566 minutes of airtime. She’s chosen to devote a majority of that to public service announcements in which she describes the work of some area nonprofit organizations.Unfortunately, she did not ask those nonprofits, and she did not check with them what she should say. The result is that at least three of the featured organizations are unhappy.Lou Jaffe of the Oregon World War II Foundation is reported as saying that listeners might believe the organization supports Jensen’s candidacy despite disclaimers during the ad. “Her tone of voice and what’s said is terrific,” Jaffe said, “but at the end of the day, what’s this really about?…It sounded like we were endorsing a candidate. I frankly went ballistic.”Lyndon Zaitz of the Keizer Heritage Foundation agrees, arguing that the disclaimer is at the end of the ad, and if anyone even did pay attention, it might already be too late and the perception of endorsement would be in the listener’s mind. Given that nonprofits are not allowed to openly endorse any candidate running for office, “…we just can’t have that,” Zaitz said.Kyle Dickinson of Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is reported as saying the organization was unhappy that they had not been contacted and asked what they needed before the ad was written and aired.The UGM ad can be heard here. It contains several inaccuracies, including the address for donations, and calling the agency a “food bank.”Jensen’s not asking for permission or for assistance in developing the ads suggests at best a lack of sense of protocol and, at worst, a personal agenda. The perception could be that she is building her campaign on the backs of the good reputation of local nonprofit organizations.—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Adobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devi

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first_imgAdobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devices and is also pulling back from browsing on TVs to concentrate on PC browsing and mobile apps.Vice-president and general manager of interactive development Danny Winokur said on a blog posting that HTML5 was now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively, and that it no longer made sense to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.In a related post, Pritham Shetty, vice-president, video solutions, said that Adobe remained committed to support premium video to multiple devices but would not support browsing on a TV given that apps rather than browsing to a website would be primary way for viewers to access video and games on TVs and peripherals. He said that Adobe would continue to support TV apps with the ability to embed Flash video in native HTML apps and Flash-based apps packaged with Adobe AIR, the element of Flash that supports the deployment of applications, games and HD video on devices and systems including set-tops and TVs.Support for Flash Player was seen as a differentiator for the struggling Google TV platform, and industry observers have seen Adobe’s decision as a blow to the latter. The UK YouView project, French ISP Free’s Freebox and Liberty Global’s Horizon set-top also supported Flash.last_img read more

YouTube has recorded a large increase in the numbe

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first_imgYouTube has recorded a large increase in the number of viewers to the RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament channel since the start of the 2014 championship.According to RBS 6 Nations, views of videos on the channel to date number 3.79 million, with over 60,000 subscribers.The numbers represent a solid increase on 2013. From February 3-9 this year, the channel recorded 558,228 views, compared to about 405,000 views for the comparable period last year.The channel airs video highlights of all matches in the competition.“We are delighted with the popularity of the channel to date this season and very pleased we have seen an increased viewership in comparison to 2013,” said RBS 6 Nations Chief Executive John Feehan.“The partnership with YouTube is a great addition to our digital plans and we will continue to bolster the channel with excellent footage, both on and off the pitch, for the remainder of the Championship.”last_img read more