Day: August 9, 2019

Underage boy caught driving with his dad

first_imgA 14-year old boy was caught driving a car illegallywith his father as passenger, along the Prodromi to Dhrousha road in Paphos on Monday afternoon. Police officers who stopped the car determined that the boy had no driving license nor insurance. Father and son were charged and will appear in court at a later date.Meanwhile, a police campaign in Paphos on Monday night netted 13 motorists who were booked for various offences. Police said it had checked around 50 drivers.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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

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Greek navy ship docks in Limassol open to public

first_imgThe Greek navy ship Chios has arrived at Limassol port on Thursday and will be open for visits from members of the public, the defence ministry said.The ministry said that the vessel, which is part of the training of navy cadets, will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday between 5pm and 8pm.During the vessel’s stay in Cyprus, its captain, other officers and a representation of the cadets will visit the military cemetery in Makedonitissa, and the imprisoned graves in Nicosia. They will also visit military, political and religious authorities, as well as the Greek Embassy.Members of the public can enter the ship through the new passenger terminal at the Limassol port. They will be required to present their identity cards before entering the ship.You May LikeCollegeBuzzoTop 10 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariesCollegeBuzzoUndoKiwiReportControversial Movie Costumes That Had To Be ExplainedKiwiReportUndoDiamondSmileWanna Know How Celebrities Have Such a White Teeth? You Can Try YourselfDiamondSmileUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Couple arrested in connection with jewellery theft

first_imgA couple aged 37 and 32, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the theft of 50 rings worth €20,000 from a Paphos jewellery shop on Tuesday.Police arrested the couple in Polis Chrysochous. They had entered the jewellery shop located on Makarios Avenue and, while the woman was distracting the owner with questions about various items, the man grabbed a case with 50 rings and hid it under his shirt.The incident was recorded by the shop’s surveillance cameras. The shop owner realised the theft later in the day and reported it to the police.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

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Conference issues SOS for Nicosia green line

first_imgEverything which can be prepared to open up the buffer zone along Nicosia’s green line has been done, now it is up to the public to ensure it is going to happen, speakers at a bicommunal conference said on Wednesday.“It never ceases to be a shocking image,” UN secretary-general`s special representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, who is only too familiar with the buffer zone, said at the opening of the session at the Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia.Restoring the green line area, she added, should be appreciated well beyond technical repairs as the area is of great symbolic and geographic significance.The buildings along the green line, which has been largely abandoned since the 1960s and 70s, are now derelict. Many are now in ruins.Five years ago, the green line was included in Europa Nostra’s first annual list of the seven most endangered sites in Europe. The programme has so far selected 29 monuments in 19 countries which are in urgent need of restoration, thus drawing attention to the places that need it most.The Nicosia buffer zone is one of the bigger projects, as 265 buildings are involved.A bicommunal team has been working for years to prepare for its restoration, which becomes ever more urgent, since even in the five years after it was declared a heritage site much has deteriorated, said Androulla Vassiliou, vice president of Europa Nostra and moderator of the conference.“Without prompt coordinated action, the historical buildings in the buffer zone could become so ruined that they will not be able to be restored thus irrevocably destroying the heart of the city and its numerous heritage buildings,” the UN also warned in a recent report. Five years ago, the green line was included in Europa Nostra’s first annual list of the seven most endangered sites in EuropeThe objective is to help create conditions in the buffer zone to allow and encourage its eventual rehabilitation and use, being properly integrated into the adjacent urban areas.“The idea is not just to open another vertical checkpoint such as the one in Ledra street, but to create a horizontal space, that is to open Ermou street from the west to the east, thus bringing into existence what used to be in place before the 1960s in the area, a vibrant interaction and trade among Greek and Turkish Cypriots,” researcher and peace activist Ayla Gurel told participants at the seminar.Agni Petridou and Ali Guralp, heads of the Nicosia Master Plan, outlined what has been done in past years as part of the bicommunal plan for the capital. Due to their cooperation a group of enthusiastic Greek and Turkish Cypriots were able to carry out repairs in buildings in both the south and north, and took measures aimed at housing rehabilitation.As for the buffer zone, an info-box project was launched to raise awareness, and all the 265 buildings have now been measured, photographed, and it was determined which are the most difficult to fix, which need immediate attention if they are not to collapse, but also which ones are the ones deemed most valuable in terms of historical and social significance.“We have done a lot of work to prepare, but we are not able to get into the buffer zone,” Guralp explained. “We are waiting for the green light. Pressure will come from the public to do something about it.”“We are optimistic,” his Greek Cypriot counterpart Petridou added. “We prepared for years for the Ledra crossing to open, and then suddenly they gave us a week to open it.”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 EntrepreneursUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo 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

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Free and legal household waste spots for Limassol residents

first_imgFour ‘green points’ have been established in the Limassol district, where residents can unload bulky recyclable household waste for free, it was announced on Wednesday.The green points, located in the communities of Fasoula, Kolossi, Avdimou and Pareklisia, have been operational since September 28, said Mesa Geitonia mayor, Doros Antoniou.“A new step is being taken towards the rational management of household recyclable materials,” said Antoniou who is also board director of the integrated solid waste management facility in Limassol.The permitted categories of waste that can be unloaded at the green points are: debris, tiles, bulky waste such as furniture and mattresses, electrical waste and electronic equipment, tree prunings, plastic, paper, glass, aluminium, textiles, toys, x-rays, thermometers, medicines, lamps, cleaning materials, paints and glues, edible oils and fats, engine oils, vehicle batteries and common batteries.“The development of green points, along with the operation of the Pentakomos household waste treatment facility, will substantially contribute to the adoption of a sustainable national policy on solid waste management,” Antoniou said.The four green points are open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at specific times according to each season, while a mobile green point is also in operation, which travels to the villages of the Limassol district on a regular basis to collect waste.The project has meant an increase in sewerage charges for Limassol residents, and Antoniou said that a reduction can only take place if households increase the amount of waste they recycle, therefore decreasing the volume of waste sent to the waste management facility.“We cannot continue unconsciously dumping our useless objects on sidewalks or in empty fields, expecting municipalities to pick them up,” Antoniou said, urging Limassol residents to take advantage of the green point as much as possible.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 SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cigarette butts and straws predominate in beach cleanup

first_imgPupils of the Paphos Apostolos Pavlos high school together with members of research centre Akti and the Peyia municipality on Wednesday collected 16 kilos of rubbish at Coral Bay beach.Of the rubbish the children collected, separated and recorded, 65 to 70 per cent were cigarettes, which contain microplastics, followed by straws, lids from plastic bottles, earbuds and plastic bags.The event is part of the Meltemi@school programme which is cofounded by the EU and participating countries.Through a series of actions carried out in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, Meltemi aims to study the problem of marine litter in selected areas, to educate people and to help local authorities in taking measures to combat it.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameThis game will take 2019 by storm!Plarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoFreedom Debt ReliefThe Secret to Getting out of Debt Without a LoanFreedom Debt ReliefUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cabinet approves €50000 for cancer support groups

first_imgThe cabinet has approved €50,000 to cover the cost of fuel of a service that transports cancer patients from other districts to Nicosia for treatment, reports said on Friday.President Nicos Anastasiades had pledged to fund the cost following a report in daily Politis about the 300-kilometre trip cancer patients had to make from Paphos to get treatment.Writer Katia Savva won the second prize in a competition for that report, which sensitized the president who gave instructions for the cost of fuel of two cancer patient support groups to be covered by the state.The two groups, Pasikaf and the anti-cancer association, operate a transport service with three buses each, which carry patients on a daily basis from Larnaca, Paphos, Limassol, and Famagusta to facilities in Nicosia.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 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Bank employees agree to retirement at 65

first_imgBy George PsyllidesBANK employees approved by majority vote yesterday a labour ministry mediation on collective agreements which includes extending the retirement age to 65.The workers’ district assemblies approved the deal with 85 per cent of the vote.The deal includes tiered pay and benefit cuts of up to 14 per cent, the extension of employees’ retirement age from 60 to 65 years, and a freeze of incremental salary rises and the cost of living allowance (CoLA) for three more years.An employee solidarity fund has also been created and will run for three years.The bank employees’ union ETYK said observation of the deal will ensure labour peace so that managements and workers “can focus on the joint effort of tackling the challenges, thus contributing to the faster recovery of banks and the economy of our country.”Negotiations broke down in January when both sides refused to concede any further ground, with the banks’ association asking for substantial cuts on salaries and benefits, citing the need to reduce operating costs in light of the crippling blow suffered by the local banking system in the past year.ETYK countered with a proposed extension of the retirement age to 65 and demanded that employers contribute to the solidarity fund.The bank association decided to declare the negotiations deadlocked and referred the dispute to the labour ministry’s mediation service to resolve.The new collective agreement will be in force retroactively from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Education ministry adds youth and sports to its name

first_imgThe ministry of education and culture on Friday had ‘sports’ and ‘youth’ added to its name to fully reflect its mission, an announcement said.The renaming was approved by the cabinet following a suggestion by the ministry itself so that its mission and the full range of its responsibilities at national and European level can be clearer, it said.It will be from now on known as ministry of education, culture, sports and youth.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Government extends startup visa programme

first_imgThe government has decided to expand the Cyprus Startup Visa programme for another two years and grant 150 visas to third country nationals to live and work in the country for a year to establish, operate or develop their startup.The Cyprus Startup Visa scheme operated on a pilot basis for two years from February 2017 to February 2019.Deputy government spokesperson Klelia Vasiliou said that 150 new visas will be given as part of the scheme whose budget is €500,000 in total.The scheme concerns entrepreneurs (individuals or teams) from third countries to reside and work in Cyprus in order to establish/operate/develop a startup with a high growth potential.The goal is the creation of new jobs, the promotion of innovation and research, the development of the business ecosystem and consequently the economic development of the country.Successful applicants will have the right to economic activity and residence in the Republic for one year, and with the possibility of renewal for at least another year.Cabinet also approved an amendment to the law on social insurance to charge three per cent on defence tax both on state and company bonds. So far, Vasiliou said, taxation on state bonds was three per cent whereas on company bonds was 30 per cent. The amendment will be sent to parliament for approval.The move is expected to further boost entrepreneurship, Vasiliou said.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Herodotou appointed new CB chief

first_imgThe president has appointed Constantinos Herodotou governor of the central bank of Cyprus, it was announced on Thursday.Herodotou has been serving as an executive director and member of the supervisor’s board since March 2017.In June 2014 he had been appointed commissioner for privatisations, an office he served until March 2017.He will replace Chrystalla Georghadji who is set to step down in April.Herodotou graduated from University College London (UCL) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.In 2001, he completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction at London Business School.He joined UBS Investment Bank in 2001 in London, where he worked for almost all of his investment banking career and rose through the ranks to head concurrently two sectors for the investment bank.He was Head of Shipping for Europe, Middle East and Africa and simultaneously Headed Infrastructure and Concessions/ Project Finance for Central and Eastern Europe.Herodotou re-launched both sectors and developed them into multi-million annual revenue businesses.He has advised governments as well as private sector conglomerates and companies on major financial transactions and strategy, totalling an approximate value of over €50 billion.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Pafos Zoo shows off its new baby lion Simba

first_imgThe Pafos Zoo on Friday announced the birth of a male white lion, which is the first of its kind born in Cyprus.The cub, born some three weeks ago, was named Simba.The owner of the Pafos Zoo, Ioulios Christoforou, said that Simba’s parents, a pair of white lions, Zeus and Hera, have been with them for the past eight years.Simba is being fed eight times per day with special milk brought from abroad.Christoforou said Simba was in good health and would receive care from the zoo’s staff until he turns eight months. After that, he will be introduced to the other lions at the zoo through another programme.White lions, he said, are rare in zoos and even rarer in the wild.He said that it is very difficult for lions of this type to reproduce in captivity.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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House to begin new discussions on title deeds

first_imgLAWMAKERS will next week begin discussing a bill that aims to amend and improve a 2015 law concerning thousands of homeowners left stranded without a title deed.The House legal affairs committee will discuss article-by-article a legislative proposal, with a view to taking it to the plenum by mid-July before the House breaks for the summer recess.The bill is being drafted with heavy feedback from the department of lands and surveys.Details are sketchy at this time, but according to reports one of its provisions will censure banks for their practice of placing more than one mortgage on properties.In 2015, parliament passed a law aimed at helping thousands of owners who had paid for their properties in full but had not been issued with their title deeds because the developers had their own mortgages on the properties.Since developers’ land and buildings are counted as assets that need to be offset against their debt to banks, this gave banks a claim on properties that had been mortgaged by developers.The head of the land registry had been granted the authority to exempt, eliminate, transfer and cancel mortgages and or other encumbrances, depending on the case and under certain conditions, as the state sought to sort out the title deed mess.However, banks contested the law and won rulings stating it was unconstitutional.Courts said it violated Article 26 of the constitution, which affords individuals the right to enter freely into any contract.But in September 2017, a Larnaca court upheld the law, allowing trapped property buyers to obtain their title deeds irrespective of the developers’ own commitments to banks.The final say now lies with the supreme court. 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

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Ecopolis festival is back

first_imgThe Ecopolis Festival is back with a three-day anti-commercial festival without any sponsors, proving that big business is not needed to stage an event.From July 10 to 12, from 7pm onwards at the square of Nicosia’s Municipal Market various information desks of activist initiatives and groups will be set up, eager to talk to the public. From 8pm several presentations will happen every day on urban Nicosia and sustainability.The festival team will hold the first presentation on day 1 on Urban Conflicts in Nicosia, obstacles and potentialities. Unsustainable: Capitalism’s Ecological Plundering will be the topic for day two’s presentation and a discussion will follow with interventions by initiatives for ecology. The events for the last day of the festival will have a musical spin as Ηead On, Stonus and The Handmade band will perform.All of the activities are free and given that the festival is being organised without any sponsors, the team is accepting donations from the public to help support the cause and maintain its independent and self-funded character.The notion behind the festival certainly offers food for thought and the team have a lot to say. “The city,” says the festival “as the main field of social activity and action reflects the wider social environment. Ecopolis festival aims to reveal, challenge, and renegotiate the social tensions of everyday life in the streets, squares and benches of Nicosia.”In a city where public shared space is being consumed by coffee shops, street-side tables and fashionable bars and skyscrapers for high-class apartments and businesses keep popping up, as the organisers point out, there’s a challenging landscape left for its citizens.“So, we intervene creatively,” explains Ecopolis, “by expressing and making proposals for societies organised outside hierarchical, capitalist and sexist mentalities and institutions, on the basis of self-organisation, solidarity and companionship. The Ecopolis festival is being held this year for the first time by the Ecopolis working group on ecology and the city. The festival aims to put forth the claim to the city as a Common, as a field of resistance to the social and environmental endeavours of neoliberalism.” Ecopolis Festival 20193-day anti-commercial festival with discussions, presentations and live music. July 10-12. Old Municipal Market, Nicosia. 7pm-12am. FreeYou May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart 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

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Rep Barrett supports The Country Mill owners First Amendment rights

first_img Today in the state Capitol, a press conference was held to talk about a new federal lawsuit being filed by the Alliance for Defending Freedom on behalf of Steve Tennes and The Country Mill Farms. The Tennes family owns The Country Mill, a local family farm in Eaton County.The suit was filed against the city of East Lansing for being forced out of participation in the East Lansing Farmer’s Market after seven years of operation there. The apparent reason for their exclusion from the market was comments made on Steve’s Facebook page expressing his closely held religious beliefs. A 2017 policy change by the city and its refusal to allow The Country Mill to participate and serve all customers has led to this legal action.“I’m a strong supporter of the Tennes family and even stronger supporter of their First Amendment rights,” state Rep. Tom Barrett said. “I applaud their courage to bring this issue forward. Steve and Bridget did not ask for this battle, but I am proud to stand with them as they fight for religious freedom and free speech.”The Country Mill has a long-standing presence throughout the Mid-Michigan area and has been selling apples, blueberries, pumpkins and more for many years. Rep. Barrett, along with several other members of the House of Representatives and state Senate, stood in support of the family, their farm and their First Amendment rights.#### 31May Rep. Barrett supports The Country Mill owner’s First Amendment rights Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Lucido explains no vote on Michigan auto insurance bill

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News State Rep. Peter J. Lucido of Shelby Township today explained his ‘no’ on House Bill 5013, which proposed various changes to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system.“Everyone, myself included, wants lower car insurance rates,” Lucido said after the bill was defeated. “But this bill as it stood was a bad deal for drivers. They’d pay a little less in premiums, but they’d take on greater risk and get far fewer benefits if they give up the top-notch coverage we’ve had for over 40 years under the no-fault system in Michigan. It’s not an even trade.”Lucido said the bill in its current version does nothing to ensure that more Michigan motorists will follow state law and carry auto insurance. More than 20 percent of Michigan drivers (more than 1.4 million) now drive illegally without insurance, which creates additional costs for all insured drivers.“Why offer rate reductions without a mechanism to truly make sure drivers carry the auto insurance they are legally required to have?” Lucido said. “We should ensure compliance on time, every time, in real time. And if motorists don’t comply, we should take their license plate and get their cars off the road.”Lucido said he has introduced legislation that would address this specifically, along with several other issues related to auto insurance reform, which will reduce insurance costs without reducing benefits. To date, he has yet to be given a hearing.Lucido said reforms should do more to root out fraud and abuse, and ensure more openness and accountability in the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, which to date has more than $20 billion. He is concerned that seniors would be put at risk with Medicare coverage that is not as good as now offered through no-fault insurance. Lucido also said people choosing a $250,000 personal injury protection option available in House Bill 5013 would have dangerously insufficient medical coverage if they are seriously injured in auto accidents, forcing them into bankruptcy.“The $250,000 coverage level as it is outlined now would serve to fix injuries in the emergency room, then leave accident victims without adequate coverage for aftercare,” Lucido said. “This ultimately would shift costs to Medicaid and Medicare, raising costs in those systems.”Lucido said he is willing to work with legislators to enact significant reform, including a thorough examination of how auto personal injury protection coverage and an individual’s health insurance coverage interact and affect costs in the event of a catastrophic auto accident.“This bill just doesn’t add up to the reforms we need in Michigan,” Lucido said. “We need to find real solutions for Michigan drivers and protect their well-being.“I have spent my entire adult life as a licensed insurance agent and as a practicing attorney protecting families. This issue is in my blood, and we must make the changes necessary for real reform. House Bill 5013 – unless it changes significantly – does not do the job.”### 02Nov Rep. Lucido explains ‘no’ vote on Michigan auto insurance billlast_img read more

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Lucido legislation signed into law to protect falsely accused

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 15Mar Lucido legislation signed into law to protect falsely accused Law requires all arrest, ID data be expunged when charges droppedState Rep. Peter Lucido’s three bills to protect falsely accused individuals was signed into law this week.“The phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is the foundation of our country’s court system and I’m pleased that will be the law in Michigan,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “There’s no excuse to keep that when someone never faces a day of trial, much less is not convicted.”These bills require all arrest and personal identification information – such as fingerprints, mugshots, DNA, and other descriptive data – and statements are to be erased should the charges be dropped before trial or when an individual be found to be falsely accused or charged. The legislation also requires removal of similar data from the Law Enforcement Information Network, used by law enforcement agencies across Michigan.“People are having their lives cut down simply by someone Googling their name,” said Lucido, vice chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We’re guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion, but this will help make certain our legal system meets the constitutional standard.”The legislation was inspired by a specific criminal case when Lucido, a licensed attorney, represented a Macomb County individual who faced charges before the witness retracted her statement and the charges were dropped prior to trial. Even with dropped charges, his client had to deal with lifelong effects of the case.“This person did nothing wrong, yet his life was essentially destroyed every time he applied for a job or even shared his name with someone,” Lucido said. “It was an absolute travesty of justice. I wish I can turn back the clock to help that man and others who led lawful lives outside of a false accusation.”House Bills 4536, 4537 and 4538 are now Public Acts 65, 66 and 67 of 2018, respectively.###last_img read more

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Barack Obama the Pragmatist Who Could Become Mayor of Us All

first_imgShare3TweetShare2Email5 SharesJoseph Sohm / Shutterstock.comJune 19, 2015; PoliticoWe would not hesitate to suggest that aside from political campaign donors, nonprofits know their local mayors the best. Those mayors largely determine the allocation of general funds, distribute community development block grant (CDBG) dollars, oversee municipal human services and health departments, direct parks and recreation departments, and do so much more that is part of the everyday lives of community-based nonprofits and their constituents and stakeholders.At the local government level, the distinction between Republican mayors and Democratic mayors is frequently difficult to discern. Republican mayors argue with their congressional delegations trying to avoid budget cuts in programs such as CDBG, and Democratic mayors get pressured by the White House to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track trade negotiating authority. The theory is that mayors don’t have the luxury of playing with Capitol Hill ideological bents. They simply have to get things done, like making sure the snow is plowed, the garbage collected, and the like.That seems to be the modus operandi most admired by the current occupant of the White House, at least in the last two years of his presidency. “More than just about any other office in the land, those who occupy the office of mayor are approaching it in a practical way,” President Barack Obama told the bipartisan membership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week. “Mayors understand that if there’s a conflict between ideology and reality, you should opt for reality.”The Obama administration is increasingly pointing to the adoption by local government of Obama-promoted policies that are going nowhere on Capitol Hill, including the number of cities (and states) that have raised the minimum wage, implemented paid leave, initiated parts of the My Brother’s Keeper agenda, and, in Democratic Seattle and Republican Indianapolis, announced plans for universal Pre-K education.This may not be an entirely original turn on the part of the POTUS. In 2013, political theorist Benjamin Barber began proselytizing around the themes of his new book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. As Sam Roberts put it in his review of Barber’s book, Barber’s thesis is that “modern cities are the incubators for problem-solving while national governments are doomed to failure.”“Because they are inclined naturally to collaboration and interdependence, cities harbor hope,” Barber himself writes. Barber specifically proposes a global parliament of mayors, maybe akin to a Hanseatic League for the 21st century, and is not surprisingly heading a Global Parliament of Mayors Project, with membership available to cities with populations of 250,000 or more. Three planning meetings have already occurred for the GPM—one in Seoul, sponsored by CityNet, an Asian city network; one in New York under the auspices of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab; and a third in Amsterdam. According to a press release, the inaugural convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors will be held sometime in 2016, in partnership with George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, and Tom Cochran, the CEO of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.This all might be just so much foofaraw, not to be taken all that seriously except among professional thinkers who, as the Wizard of Oz told the Scarecrow, “think deep thoughts…with no more brains than you have.” However, there is some momentum and presumably funding. Barber has attracted the ubiquitous Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and Cities and the Creative Class, to co-author some GPM manifestos explaining the breadth and depth of the parliament concept. (Don Tapscott of Global Solutions Network is a third co-author.)At the Conference of Mayors meeting, President Obama was showered with encomiums from participants as diverse as Mick Cornett, the Republican occupant of City Hall in Oklahoma City, and Kevin Johnson, the Democratic mayor of Sacramento (and spouse of education reformer Michelle Rhee). Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter intimated that there has been a high level of engagement between the mayors and President Obama, “conference call after conference call with Obama and his staff” to get things done. Members of Congress might wish they had had similar interaction with the president.In Barber’s TED talk on mayors ruling the world, he similarly lauded a diversity of mayors, including former Newark mayor Cory Booker, the late Ed Koch, London’s libertarian Boris Johnson, Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek, and both Nutter and Bloomberg. Maybe Barack Obama, leaving office as still quite a young man and presenting himself as a more bipartisan or perhaps non-partisan get-it-done pragmatist, might have a follow-up act to try in being the president of mayors, or the mayor of mayors.Just tell Barber to refrain at the GPM inaugural this fall from referring to mayors as “what I like to call homeboys, or to include the women mayors, homies” as he did in his TED talk. It might indicate that he’s been hanging out comfortably with the so-called “creative class,” but he might not have had much experience in interacting with regular people who happen to inhabit cities outside of galleries, salons, penthouses, and the rarified airs of academic seminars.—Rick CohenUpdate: Since this piece was written, the inaugural convening of the Global Parliament of Mayors, originally planned for October 23rd and 24th, 2015, in London and Bristol in the UK, has been postponed and relocated to an as-yet-undetermined date and place in 2016. 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Chicago Schools Remain Shuttered as Reminders of Need for Community Engagement First

first_imgShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 SharesEmmet School / Josh KJuly 25th, 2017; The Chicago ReporterIn 2013, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 schools due to declining enrollment and shrinking public funds. Most of the school buildings are still vacant, in part due to the city’s failure to outline a clear process for deciding what to do with them.Originally the responsibility to dispose of the buildings rested with the city’s aldermen, but when they failed to find buyers over three and a half years, the district took over. On Chicago’s West Side, Key Elementary in Englewood and Emmet Elementary in Austin, two majority-black schools, have been the sites of particularly rancorous debates.The Chicago Reporter noted in January,Emanuel said residents would have a say in turning the former schools into facilities that would benefit the surrounding neighborhoods. Yet four years later, two-thirds of the buildings are still vacant. There are no common standards for community involvement in determining their reuse. And aldermen, who until recently oversaw the process, have not held public meetings to discuss the future of about half of the schools, including Key.Various proposals have included a health center, an innovation center, and low-income housing subsidized by low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC). Developer Rob Ferrino’s company was poised to turn Emmet Elementary into a $24 million health center, but when investors learned that community support was lacking, they jumped ship.“It was never about the project necessarily, but the fact that we were not included in the conversations,” said Cata Truss, a resident who attended several meetings on Emmet.“There’s a way that things need to be worked through,” said Amara Enyia, who directs the Austin Chamber of Commerce. “We have to make it clear to developers that you have to get buy-in on the front end, instead of having to backtrack.” Now Emmet is back up for public bid.NPQ noted in 2015 that vacant schools are a drain on the community; they’re hard to sell, and when a purchase does go through, the price is usually short of the projection.Chicago’s rash of school closures is in part a result of racially motivated school policies in the 1960s and 1970s. Neighborhoods like Austin were growing, and black families were moving in, but “the district often built new schools rather than redraw boundaries that would put black and white students in the same schools,” according to the Reporter. The school-age population of these neighborhoods has since declined, and Chicago Public Schools’ enrollment has dropped steadily since 2002.A study from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Chicago Illinois concluded, “Building utilization and student performance were predictors of these closures, but so was the race of students in each school. Specifically schools with larger shares of African American students had a higher probability of closure than schools with comparable test scores, locations, and utilization rates.”Racial factors led to the building of the schools, and racial factors led to closing them, even though less than ten percent of CPS students are white. Now, a messy process and unfulfilled promises to the communities that have suffered the most closures keep dilapidated buildings from being renewed.Several schools, such as the Ward school in Humboldt Park, are slated for low-income housing, if funding can be found. Developers are hoping to use low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to finance the transformation. Applications for the LIHTC are open in Chicago this year for the first time since 2011, and promise to give preference to repurposed buildings, to “help alleviate the negative impact that vacant and/or deteriorated buildings can have on neighborhoods.” However, competition for the tax credits will be fierce. Developer Scott Henry said, “The city’s resources are scarce and there’s a lot of really terrific projects out there.” NPQ noted earlier this year that the LIHTC program, though it enjoys enormous success and bipartisan support in Congress, may be threatened by a lower corporate tax rate.Asiaha Butler, the president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, added that it’s important that the developments are more than just affordable housing; she wants to see workforce development and an urban farm in the space. “The community has to be at the forefront of what happens to these institutions,” she said, and the community has the smarts to want investment and revitalization without gentrification.After all the drama suffered the past few years in Chicago schools—teacher strikes, the failure to pass a state budget, threatened takeover by the governor, reduced school funding, and the closures—it’s about time that community involvement and investment become part of the CPS strategy. Communities have found their voice and are fighting back against state-imposed initiatives; looks like there might be some civic sector investment opportunities here.—Erin RubinShare13Tweet2Share10Email25 Shareslast_img read more

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