January 13, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and 1/3 1/6 1/8 and 1/10/2014]. Alexandra and Isaac are bringing the wheelbarrows of concrete from the mixing site between the batch plant and the recycling area.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Concrete is shoveled carefully into the form.Rebar posts have been prepared with a steel plate welded to one end. They will be inserted into the concrete retaining wall. The wall has been poured and weld plate attachments have been inserted. Fence post for the new fence will be welded onto those plates. Before the concrete set the crew used a heavy brush on the upper surface to expose some of the grainyness.More to come.
President Nicos Anastasiades said that despite the disappointment felt by many about the deadlock in Switzerland last month, Cyprus could not become a protectorate of Turkey.In his address on Saturday evening at the annual festival of Stroumbi village in Paphos, the president said he was willing to continue efforts to reunify the island but would not surrender it to Turkey.“It is unthinkable that some believe Cyprus could become a protectorate of Turkey,” he said.He refused to present Greek Cypriots with a solution he did not believe would be in their best interest.“I am willing to compromise if I feel that our country is truly independent and sovereign and it is not controlled, and will not be controlled by Turkey, and that (a settlement) will serve the interests of Cypriots and not of any third country,” he said.He added that it was within this framework he worked during the Conference on Cyprus that ended inconclusively early last month in Switzerland.“I know that many have been disappointed by the results – so was I – but at the same time it was not possible – for the sake of any settlement – to return with a solution that would serve only those who wanted permanent military presence, permanent guarantor and intervention rights,” Anastasiades said. Such a thing, he said, would be contrary to the European principles and Cyprus’ status as a European country.Everyone should contribute to the efforts to reunify the country, as long as the island was not surrendered to Turkey.Meanwhile, member of the negotiating team and former foreign minister, Erato Kozakou Markoulli, predicted that the deadlock would continue for a while.In an interview to Kathimerini published on Sunday, Markoulli refuted claims that the Greek Cypriot side was to blame for the collapse of talks. The Turkish Cypriot side as exhibited a “bulimic and greedy stance”.The final say on the talks, she said, belonged to the UN Security Council, after the report of the UN Secretary-General on his good offices was published.Anastasiades said last week that he would investigate the possibility of a new initiative for a Cyprus settlement during the UN General Assembly, next month in New York. In a recent interview, Anastasiades said the two sides were close to reaching a settlement deal in Switzerland but this was prevented by Turkey’s insistence on the permanent presence of 1,800 Turkish soldiers on the island.A UN spokesman said last week that the parties in Cyprus were now in a period of reflection, while the UNSG would make a decision on the way forward in due course. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Cardiologist: Throw Out All Your Gluten Now (Not For The Reason You Think)Gundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Police urged motorists on Thursday to be especially careful due to intense weather conditions.Torrential rains caused water accumulation and low visibility on the Limassol to Paphos motorway in the Erimi, Ypsonas and Pissouri areas. There are also very strong winds.Police urged motorists to drive at low speed, maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead and have the headlights on.All changes to the road network due to weather conditions are changed in real-time in the ‘roads’ category on the Cyprus police app, as well as their website www.cypruspolicenews.com and their Facebook page.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Two of the three lanes of the southbound Nicosia to Limassol motorway near the GSP stadium will be closed from Wednesday evening until Thursday morning for roadworks, police said.The lanes in question will be closed for approximately a three-kilometre distance between 7.30pm on Wednesday until early Thursday morning.The closure will also affect part of the road near the GSP stadium, leading to the entrance of the Nicosia to Limassol motorway.Those traveling from the areas of Geri and Latsia to the Nicosia – Limassol and Nicosia – Larnaca motorways are urged to use the roundabouts of the Nicosia General Hospital and Kalamou Avenue or alternatively the old Nicosia – Larnaca road and enter the motorway from the entrance near the weighing station in Latsia.Police officers will be present at the points where the roadworks will be carried out, to assist in traffic.You May LikeSportsRetrieverThese Are The Richest NBA StarsSportsRetrieverUndoBrainSharperGene Wilder’s Funniest Line In Blazing Saddles Wasn’t In ScriptBrainSharperUndoJobs in UK | Search AdsJobs in UK for Indian Might Pay More Than You ThinkJobs in UK | Search AdsUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades was not formally or adequately briefed about the situation festering inside the co-operative banking sector before it spiralled out of control, he has said.In an interview with daily Phileleftheros, the second part of which was published on Monday, the president appeared to leave the Central Bank chief high and dry.He told the paper that prior to the February 2018 presidential elections, Central Bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji did not brief him on the state of the co-op.Rumours that co-operative banks were bleeding deposits from jittery customers began circulating in late 2017.This timeframe coincided with the election campaign for the 2018 presidential ballot.According to Anastasiades, on January 19, 2018 he summoned Georghadji to the presidential palace to ask her whether the rumours were true.During that meeting, he claims, the Central Bank chief initially told him: “I see you are aware of the problem within the co-ops.”To which he responded: “Excuse me. I am merely hearing rumours. I would like a briefing.”However, Georghadji was unable to either confirm or deny the reports, because the Central Bank of Cyprus was not directly responsible for the co-ops.The Cyprus Co-op, recapitalised with €1.7bn in taxpayers’ money, was compelled to sell its operations to Hellenic Bank in June after its failure to reduce its non-performing loans stock fast enough, wiped out its equity. The state-owned lender was jointly supervised by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).Anastasiades said Georghadji told him that the Cyprus co-ops came directly under the supervision of the ECB and the SSM and “as such I cannot tell you more.”What was known at the time, the president added, was that the co-ops were saddled with high levels of non-performing loans.In the same interview, Anastasiades said European banking authorities appeared to have treated the co-ops “harshly”.He also defended the handling of the matter by his finance minister, Harris Georgiades.During hearings held on the demise of the Co-op, bankers said the lender’s fate was sealed when the European supervisors lost their confidence.The hearings concluded earlier this month, and it’s understood that the final report is being written up at this time.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Athienou mayor Kyriacos Kareklas discussed the issue of the opening of a crossing in Pyroi with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci during a bicommunal event on Wednesday in Nicosia.According to an announcement by Athienou municipality, Kareklas had the opportunity to discuss the need to open the Aglandjia– Piroi crossing with Akinci during a reception hosted by the Slovak embassy at Ledra Palace hotel in the buffer zone.The mayor also discussed the issue with chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis who reassured him that President Nicos Anastasiades had discussed the matter during Tuesday’s meeting with Akinci.The Greek Cypriot side will not agree to the opening of other crossings unless that of Pyroi is on that list, Mavroyiannis told Kareklas.Athienou has been pressing for years for the opening arguing that it would shorten the area’s distance with Nicosia.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 Taboola
A 28-year-old wanted since 2017 was arrested and detained on Saturday in connection with a series of burglaries.According to the police, the 28-year-old is one of three persons involved in a burglary conducted in August 2017 in the home of a 75-year-old in Paramytha, a village in the Limassol district.It is unclear whether the other two persons have been found.The three allegedly beat and tied up the elderly man, before using sledgehammers to remove a wall safe containing €110,000 in cash. Additional valuables were stolen before the three fled.The 28-year-old is also suspected to have carried out a series of other burglaries in the Limassol district, police said.The suspect was detained in custody by the Limassol district court on Sunday morning. 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 Taboola
Chris Iacovides, the special administrator of the Cyprus branch of Tanzania’s FBME Bank Ltd, said he considers himself entitled to participate in proceedings at German courts as he was the only cell “vigorously resisting” lawsuits brought to European courts by depositors.Iacovides was responding to an April 7 report by Kathimerini newspaper that a German court in Frankfurt had banned him from obtaining documents of the ruling, which Bank of Tanzania won when unnamed depositors claimed unspecified deposits held at an also unnamed correspondent bank in Germany.Kathimerini said the German court, to which an FBME depositor resorted to have his funds ringfenced, ruled that they did not belong to a particular customer and belonged instead to the bank. When the special administrator of FBME’s Cyprus branch sought through his lawyers to get all relevant information about the case, the court denied the request.Kathimerini which did not cite a source for its report, said that the Frankfurt court did not recognise the legal entity of FBME’s Cyprus branch and therefore it could not consider requests from Iacovides on its behalf.“The decisions to which the article refers relate to technical arguments concerning the standing of the special administrator to make applications in the German proceedings,” Iacovides said in an emailed statement on Friday. “My case is that I should be entitled to take part in the German proceedings in order to protect assets of FBME’s Cyprus branch, over which I am appointed under the resolution law. I am considering the recent decisions of the German courts with my German counsel, and it is likely that further applications to court will be made”.As the proceedings at the Frankfurt court continue, “it would therefore be inappropriate for me to comment further on matters which are sub judice,” Iacovides said.Iacovides said the English High Court already recognised his standing and authority as special administrator and added that he already had German and English court orders for the seizure of assets overturned.The Kathimerini report was published on the same day the Cyprus Business Mail reported that Iacovides was able to successfully initiate legal action to set aside a garnishment and transfer order issued by an English court in October 2015, after he had been notified by Germany’s Commerzbank. The order was issued after a group of FBME depositors, including Cinque Ports Trading Limited, Modena Corporate Services Limited, Saunders & Fyffe Corp., and Clifton Conroy Associates Limited, filed proceedings in England seeking the immediate repayment of $201.2m in deposits at FBME.Lawrence Mafuru, the statutory manager of FBME in Tanzania, failed to take legal action in time to prevent the issue of the order and saw himself forced to do so after Iacovides challenged it.“The proceedings had been served only on the bank in Tanzania, but the Statutory Manager in Tanzania had failed to respond to them,” said Iacovides who repeatedly complained about Mafuru’s lack of cooperation and accused him of being driven by ulterior motives. Iacovides was not in position to confirm whether the case reported by Kathimerini was the same reported by the Cyprus Business Mail.“I am now seeking recovery of my legal costs from the depositors in question,” Iacovides said.In 2014, the Central Bank of Cyprus placed the Cyprus branch of FBME under administration and subsequently under resolution, after US authorities described the bank as a financial insitution of primary money laundering concern. In 2015, the central bank revoked the licence of FBME’s Cypriot branch and a year ago it triggered the deposit guarantee scheme for its customers.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 Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Residents of Branch and Hillsdale counties are invited to visit the office of incoming state representative Eric Leutheuser on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Rep. Leutheuser officially opened his Lansing office this week, and while the office is always open to visitors, he said this would be a great day to visit as the new legislative term begins. Even if residents cannot visit at this time, they are invited to contact the office any time.“It’s important for constituents to know how to contact my office should they have any questions or concerns regarding state government,” said Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale. “Listening to feedback from local residents will help me better represent their needs in Lansing.”Residents can contact Rep. Leutheuser at (517) 373-1794, at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514 or by email at EricLeutheuser@house.mi.gov.Leutheuser’s office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 992, Lansing. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.### Categories: Leutheuser News 08Jan Rep. Leutheuser provides contact information, invites residents to visit office on first day of legislative session
Categories: Iden News,News 02Feb Rep. Iden announces coffee hours State Rep. Brandt Iden will host four office hour events within Kalamazoo County in February and March.“These events are a great way to connect with my neighbors on what matters most to them,” Iden said. “I hope local residents will join me to share any questions or concerns they have and I look forward to seeing everyone.”The Kalamazoo County coffee hours are:Friday, Feb. 10, 9:30-11 a.m. – Feed The World Café, 7000 Stadium Dr.-Suite 201, KalamazooFriday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. – Rise N’ Dine, 121 S. Main St., VicksburgMonday, March 20, 5:00- 6:30 p.m. – Vicksburg Library, 215 S. Michigan Ave., VicksburgFriday, March 24, 9-10:30 a.m. – Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane, PortageResidents who are unable to attend the coffee hours are invited to contact Rep. Iden’s office at (517) 373-1774, by email at BrandtIden@house.mi.gov or online at RepBrandtIden.com.#####
Categories: Canfield News 02Feb Rep. Canfield honors Blue Star Mothers of America Local resident visits Capitol as part of special recognitionState Rep. Edward J. Canfield of Sebewaing, a U.S. Navy veteran, visited with members of the Blue Star Mothers of America in the House chamber on Thursday.State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., on Thursday praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his resolution declaring Feb. 1, 2018, as Blue Star Mothers Day in Michigan.Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., is a national organization of mothers whose sons and daughters serve in the nation’s armed forces. Sherry Kramer, a resident of Harbor Beach and president of the Department of Michigan Officers, was in attendance.“We must recognize the contributions Blue Star Mothers of America have made to our state and nation,” said Canfield, of Sebewaing. “It is an honor to recognize Blue Star Mothers who ensure emotional support and respect for the community.”Rep. Canfield, who is a U.S. Navy veteran, visited with members of the Blue Star Mothers of America in the House chamber.There also members of the Legislature who are Blue Star Mothers.House Resolution 242 was adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support.###
The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Holly Hughes to give local communities more say in the speed limits on residential streets.House Bill 5385 will allow communities to post a speed limit at 25 mph on most residential streets. Changes made to state law two years ago changed the process for determining local speed limits, requiring increases on many streets over the objections of local residents and law enforcement agencies.“Residential neighborhoods should be safe places for our kids to play, people to walk dogs and home owners to enjoy peace and quiet without having to worry about cars speeding up and down the streets,” said Hughes, of Montague. “This plan ensures communities can keep their streets at reasonable and safe speeds.”“This is a win for local communities,” said Jon Gale, Chief of the Norton Shores Police Department. “We know what’s best for our own local roads and what a safe speed limit is.”House Bill 5385 now moves to the Senate for consideration.#### Categories: Hughes News,News 05Dec House approves Rep. Hughes’ plan to give locals control in establishing speed limits in their communities
State Representative Pauline Wendzel opened her Lansing office this week to serve the people of the 79th House District and announced contact information for community members to easily reach her.Rep. Wendzel may be contacted at (517) 373-1403; mail correspondence at N-1098 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or by email at email@example.com.“I am eager to start working on the issues that the people of my community elected me to do, and to continue to hear the concerns and suggestions of residents throughout our community,” Wendzel said. “I am honored to represent the hard-working families of Berrien County and encourage anyone with questions to contact my office so that I may be of assistance.”“My top priority in Lansing will be achieving results that help Southwest Michigan Families. Bringing good paying jobs to our community, fixing our roads, and properly investing in our children’s education are important issues that I repeatedly hear from constituents.”Rep. Wendzel is in the process of planning office hours in the district so that she can meet with residents and share legislative updates.### 03Jan Rep. Wendzel opens Lansing office Categories: News,Wendzel News
Sky contributed £2.2 billion (€2.8 billion) to UK GDP last year, which it claims to be equivalent to around 40% of the contribution made by the country’s entire TV and radio creative sector.A new report by consultancy firm Oxford Economics shows that Sky contributed more than £5 billion to the UK economy in 2011, having generated sales of £6.4 billion. For every £1 billion Sky contributes directly to GDP, it generates another £1.4 billion in the rest of the economy through its purchase of goods and services, and via its staff spending their wags.The report also found that Sky employed 22,800 people in the UK. That number includes 2,600 people employed in producing and commissioning content. Sky said it planned to increase its investment in original British content to £600 million by 2014.Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s CEO, said: “We have grown rapidly since our business was established just over 20 years ago. Along the way we have taken risks, invested billions of pounds and been a driving force for innovation and change in our sector. As a result we have transformed UK consumers’ experience of television and home communications, while generating significant returns for our shareholders and contributing positively to the UK economy as a whole.”
Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus is planning to launch its new satellite platform for the eastern part of the country at the end of this week.NTV Plus will launch a service targeting viewers in eastern Russia via the DirecTV-1R and Bonum-1 satellites, delivering over 95 Russian and international TV channels in the first phase.The service will offer a basic package, dubbed Eastern Light, with 35 channels for RUB29 (€0.70), with options to add up to eight thematic packages, including factual, kids and entertainment packages, two spors packages – Sports East and Supersport East – and two movies packages – Cinema East and VIP Cinema East, with prices ranging from RUB19 for the seven-channel entertainment package to RUB199 for the Supersport East and VIP Cinema East packages, with 17 and 19 channels respectively. All packages together will cost RUB499 a month, with discounts available for subscribers who commit to six and 12-months subscripions.The service will be available via Sagemcom and Humax receivers. NTV Plus is offering any combination for RUB10 as a promotional offer in January.
DSAT Cinema, the Eutelsat and Dcinex joint-venture company specialising in satellite delivery of films and live events, is now beaming to 1,000 cinemas in Europe.DSAT Cinema said that the 1,000 cinema complexes, representing some 7,000 screens, are now equipped for satellite reception, with the firm having installing equipment that includes a dual-feed satellite antenna and a professional decoder from International Datacasting powered by SensioHiFi 3D technology.“Using capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite, DSAT Cinema is able to broadcast digital content to all fully-equipped cinemas in Europe irrespective of their location at uploads speeds of up to 70 Mbit/s. By combining this capacity with a second transponder on this satellite or on Eutelsat 8 West A, it is possible to achieve aggregate throughput of up to 140 Mbit/s, enabling a 150 Gb digital film to be delivered in less than three hours,” said DSAT Cinema CEO Fabrice Testa.
UK cable operator Virgin Media has added UKTV’s Drama channel to its lineup.The network is available to all Virgin TV customers and will air catalogue dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, The Cinder Path and Lark Rise to Candleford.Drama takes slot number 190 on the Virgin EPG with the channel also due to be added to Virgin TV Anywhere – Virgin’s cloud-based service that lets subscribers watch online and from mobiles and tablets.“Drama is packed with iconic shows that really captured the imagination of the British public so we’re excited to bring this great new channel into the homes of our TV customers and onto Virgin TV Anywhere,” said Virgin Media’s TV product director Nick Forward.UKTV launched Drama on UK digital-terrestrial service Freeview last month and first announced the channel back in May.
Lithaunian service provider Teo has introduced the ability to view personal media including photos, video and audio recording on the TV screen as part of its service. Customers will be able to view their own personal media and share it with friends. The service will enable direct sharing of photos as well as video and audio recordings stored in the cloud, and will enable users to listen to music without any additional equipment via their TV remote and the EPG.Teo subscribers were previously able to access personal files on the web, but the new service introduces accessibility via the TV menu for the first time.“Usually photos and video recordings are viewed on a computer screen, but the launched service will allow customer to do it more conveniently on a TV screen, which is bigger and more adapted for that kind of viewing, especially together with friends and family,” said Nerijus Ivanauskas, the head of the consumer business unit at TEO.
Mediaset España is to leave local audience measurement body the AIMC over disagreements about the methodology used to build the generally accepted ratings source, the Estudio General de Medios (EGM). Mediaset sources have told Spanish press that the company has issues with the measurement system used by the EGM supplier, Kantar Media, and argues that the EGM methodology is out of date.The move is the latest in a series of departures from industry bodies for Mediaset. The group has recently quit the Spanish Academia de las Ciencas y las Artes de Televisión and failed to make a nomination for its annual Premios Iris competition. It has also declined to participate in leading TV festival FesTVal, to be held this year in Murcia.Separately, Kantar Media has struck a deal with Vodafone España to measure TV consumption using return-path data supplied by cable operator Ono, owned by Vodafone. Kantar Media will measure linear TV viewing, time-shifted and on-demand viewing and app usage in what it says is a first for the Spanish market. The data will be used to supplement the audience panel data it already gathers.