Consumer prices rose an annual 1.9 per cent in March, the highest rate since September 2012 on more increased prices for electricity and fuel, after rising 1.6 per cent in February and 0.6 per cent in January, the statistical service said.Compared with February, consumer prices rose 0.9 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.Last month, prices for electricity rose 27 per cent compared to March 2016, while those for fuel and agricultural products rose 16 per cent and 11 per cent respectively, Cystat said. Prices for services rose a marginal 0.1 per cent, while water prices remained unchanged. Non-fuel industrial products became 0.7 per cent more affordable.In January to March, consumer prices rose 1.4 per cent compared to the respective quarter, Cystat said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
In a bid to highlight the practice of bird trapping in Cyprus, well-known British naturalist and anti-wildlife-crime campaigner Chris Packham has produced a documentary, which was released this week.‘Cyprus: Massacre on migration’ is another reminder that the slaughter is rampant on the island.An estimated 2.5m birds die every year in Cyprus as the result of being caught in nets or on lime sticks, far more than in all other European countries.The short documentary is a touching account of Packham’s visit to Cyprus in autumn 2016 when he was involved in freeing birds from traps – an activity not without dangers.The naturalist and a small group of activists from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (Cabs) moved at night because they didn’t want to meet any trappers.“These guys are a bit more hardcore than the people we mixed with in Malta,” Packham explained. “Andrea and other members of Cabs have had their tires slashed, were shot at and even beaten with poles by the trappers.”The reasons for this are explained in the documentary. For one, blackcaps are a delicacy in Cypriot restaurants which means there is a yearly profit of €15m.“When there is money involved, there is organised crime,” the campaigner said. “That is why it is so dangerous – these people are proper criminals.”He goes on to explain that there is also no political will to tackle the problem as a lot of votes are at stake while many politicians openly support the crime.The best argument of the documentary is probably the filming of how the activists remove the little delicate birds from the nets, a painstaking task which takes several minutes for each bird. You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou presented two bills to combat corruption on Thursday. The first will establish the independent Anti-Corruption Authority that will investigate the actions and decisions of the broader public sector in an attempt to clamp down on all illicit dealings.The second bill, titled ‘On Transparency of Procedures for Taking Public Decisions and Related Matters Law’, was drafted at the behest of the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body Greco and aims to regulate the issue of lobbying. The anti-corruption authority will be in charge of implementing the law by setting up a register for every individual or company, involved in these decisions, to state the interest groups they represent.For example, if the law is enforced, the scandal involving Enviroplan, which cost the taxpayer millions which we are still paying, may have been averted. This company was hired by the government to provide consultancy services regarding waste treatment and the tenders’ specs it drafted were tailor-made for the Greek company Helector, which landed two contracts – one in Koshi and one in Paphos. Helector was not only using old technology but it was also overcharging the state.As if this were not bad enough, Enviroplan was also responsible for drafting the specs for a treatment plant that would turn domestic waste into fuel. Again, the specs were designed so that Helector would win the contract, but suspicions were raised among some technocrats and the procedure was opened up so that more companies could make bids. Would these bad and costly decisions have been avoided if the law on transparency presented by Nicolaou on Thursday had been in force back then? It would not have made the slightest difference, because Enviroplan would not have mentioned its links to Helector.Perhaps it would have given a legal instrument to an honest technocrat to expose the dishonesty. Then again, an alert and honest technocrat could have stopped the shady dealing under the existing legislation, without the need for a new bill. In the case of Helector, the Tassos Papadopoulos government gave the go-ahead, despite serious reservations being expressed by the auditor-general at the time.In other words, we can pass dozens of anti-corruption laws, but if the political leadership does not have the political will to tackle corruption nothing will change. It suffices to say that, almost 20 years ago, the Clerides government passed a law making nepotism a criminal offence and nobody has ever been charged. And this is not because nepotism has miraculously disappeared from public life in the last 20 years. We can only hope that Nicolaou’s anti-corruption laws will not be as ineffective as law aimed at combating nepotism.You May LikeDr. 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 SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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 Taboola
Supervising wardens received the ballot boxes to be used in Sunday’s presidential election on Friday.More than 550,000 registered voters are expected to participate on Sunday in the election.Assuming no candidate gets more than 50 per cent of the vote, a second round will be held on Sunday February 4.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo 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
THE 35-year-old man suspected of intentionally hitting two British tourists with his car some 10 days ago in Paphos, killing one and injuring the other, was referred to the criminal court for trial on Monday.The man was brought into court on Monday after his eight-day remand expired. He was referred to criminal trial on suspicion of premeditated murder and attempted murder.He will remain in custody until August 3 when the trial proceedings are set to begin.The suspect allegedly deliberately hit two British tourists with his car in the early hours of June 24, leading to the death of 39-year-old Charlie Birch and the injury of his 32-year-old brother-in-law. The suspect claims it was an accident.Prior to the alleged hit-and-run there had been an altercation at a bar in Coral Bay during which the two Britons reportedly tried to defend a 23-year-old woman who was being abused by the suspect. The couple then left the bar and drove off.The two British tourists left later, but, on their way back to their apartment the 32-year-old reportedly told police he had turned around and all he could see were the lights of the vehicle coming towards them “with obvious intent” to hit them on the Peyia-Ayios Georghios road in Paphos.The two men were taken to Paphos hospital where Birch was pronounced dead on arrival.The 35-year-old man and the 23-year-old woman, reportedly his girlfriend, were arrested shortly afterwards after abandoning their rental vehicle which had been driven into the sea at Ayios Giorghos harbour.Multiple witnesses place the pair at the harbour saying both had been in the water. They then left the harbour on foot and were picked up on the road shortly afterwards by police.Speculation suggests it was an attempt to get rid of the evidence. The car was lifted out of the water by the fire service.Both were remanded for eight days by the Paphos court later that day, but the woman was released last Thursday without charge as no incriminating evidence was found against her.The 23-year-old, who has reportedly provided important information that corroborates testimony incriminating the suspect, would likely be called as a prosecution witness. You May Like22DailyShe Delivered 7 Babies – Here’s What They Look Like 20 Years Later22DailyUndoHealth & Human Research7 Arthritis Causing Foods to AvoidHealth & Human ResearchUndoMan With A Truck Moving CompanyHere’s why LA Loves this Moving Company Service!Man With A Truck Moving CompanyUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Cyprus’ gross domestic product growth projections for 2015 have been revised downwards by almost a full percentage point, from a positive 0.4 per cent to a negative 0.5 per cent, according to the European Commission’s Spring 2015 economic forecast, released on Tuesday.The revision compares unfavourably with a projected EU-wide 1.8 per cent GDP growth average – 1.5 per cent for the Euro area – and reflects negative contributions from domestic demand for oil and net exports, though plateauing unemployment signals “further adjustment of the labour force”.Exports, which recorded a 5.7 per cent spike in 2014 following a sharp 5.0 per cent drop the year before, are projected to drop moderately by 0.3 per cent this year, before picking up again by 1.5 per cent in 2016.Imports, on the other hand, followed a similar pattern, with a 13.6 per cent drop in 2013 followed by an 8.1 per cent recovery, while 2015 will see a 0.2 drop before picking up again in 2016 – by 1.0 per cent.The growth momentum, the report said, is not expected to resume until 2016, when household and corporate deleveraging enable sustainable growth, while insolvency and foreclosure rules should have helped address the burning issue of non-performing loans, allowing the banking sector much-needed breathing space and the gradual restoration of credit supply.However, risks to the recovery remain, including a failure to keep NPLs in check and ripples from Russia.“A failure to address high NPL ratios could lead to a more prolonged period of tight credit supply conditions, stalling the recovery of investment and weakening domestic demand,” the report warned.“On the external side, the recession in Russia could have larger negative effects on exports than anticipated.”Meanwhile, drastically consolidated government spending and improved tax collection seem to paint a brighter picture for 2015, but one-off revenues – such as high dividends from the Central Bank of Cyprus – will not be included in this year’s primary balance.“This reflects the prolonged economic recession, impacting mostly on tax revenues, but also other factors,” the forecast said.“In 2016, the general government balance is forecast to improve in line with better economic conditions.” 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo 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
Former police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou urged the public on Monday to trust the force and blamed political parties for many of the problems it faces.In a written statement, Chrysostomou expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of a serial killer and apologised for any mistakes and omissions the force had committed in investigating earlier missing person cases.The former chief was dismissed by the president last week.“I will repeat for the umpteenth time, this country’s political system is not blameless for the problems and distortions shown in the police force,” he said.It is well known that as with other government departments, the police too have been used by political parties and administrations throughout time to secure employment and promotions for supporters, very often depriving the force of better candidates.Chrysostomou also repeated that the force lacked the necessary personnel since recruitment had been frozen for five years, leaving it with 600 fewer officers at a time when terrorism and organised crime were on the rise.He dismissed EU figures showing Cyprus had the most officers per 100,000 inhabitants, arguing that the Cypriot police is tasked with duties and responsibilities handled by separate organisations in other countries.The former chief said reforms had been carried out in the past five years, including new recruitment criteria to ensure the best candidates were hired.Officer training and education has also undergone reform and an internal affairs department was also created to fight corruption he 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 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
Categories: News State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City will hold office hours on Monday, March 30 in Port Huron.Local residents can meet Rep. Muxlow at the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce at 512 McMorran Blvd. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Monthly office hours provide opportunities for residents of Sanilac County, Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron to meet with Rep. Muxlow in order to share ideas, concerns and issues regarding Michigan’s state agencies or legislation.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at 517-373-0835 or via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.### 16Mar Meet Rep. Muxlow this March Tags: #SB
Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today called for prompt action from the federal government following this week’s release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., to prevent the upstream transfer of aquatic nuisance species such as Asian carp from the Mississippi River Basin into the Great Lakes Basin.“A silver carp recently caught just 9 miles from Lake Michigan emphasizes the urgency of the situation. The spread of this highly invasive species into the Great Lakes could have a devastating effect on Michigan’s economy,” Allor said. “I hope the release of this study will get the ball rolling and allow a plan to be implemented sooner rather than later, because time is of the essence if we’re going to protect the Great Lakes.”The study, which presents a variety of options that will stop invasive species at the Brandon Road Locks and Dam while also minimizing impacts to existing waterway uses and users, is available at glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd.### 11Aug Rep. Allor: Swift action needed to stop spread of Asian carp
Categories: LaFave News,News 07Sep Rep. LaFave reads name of fallen airman during Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Beau LaFave today read the name of fallen U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Bosley during the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 Memorial Service.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said Bosley, also of Iron Mountain, died April 21 in Florida.“Staff Sgt. Bosley served his nation honorably, and I am humbled to memorialize him during our ceremony,” LaFave said. “We are recognizing him on the anniversary of a day in 2001 that saw many heroic and courageous first responders help others at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the heinous acts of terrorism.”Bosley was deployed twice to the United Arab Emirates and was stationed in Japan and South Korea during his military career.LaFave was joined for the ceremony by Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks.“It is important that we remind ourselves of the sacrifices those in the military and our first responders make on a daily basis,” LaFave said. “It was an honor to recognize our local heroes for the work they do.”The House has conducted its annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service since 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today invited Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks as his guest at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
State Rep. Jeff Noble today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“The 2039 date just was not practical for Michigan families and the budgets they live with each day. The time was now to start putting more dollars into the pocket of residents,” said Noble, of Plymouth, after the House joined the Senate in overriding the veto. The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in. 17Jan Rep. Noble votes to provide tax relief to residents through vehicle sales Categories: News,Noble News
Ending deposit would boost community recycling programsState Rep. Joe Bellino has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law.Bellino, of Monroe, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now hurting recycling. At just 15 percent, Michigan’s residential recycling rate is one of the lowest in the nation.“The bottle bill pulls the two most valuable materials – aluminum and PET plastic – away from community-based recycling systems,” Bellino said. “Rerouting these materials into local recycling programs would provide the boost recyclers need to sustain their programs and expand access to even more communities.”Under the plan, the state’s bottle deposit law would end on Dec. 31, 2022. People who purchase a product with a deposit before that date would have three years to return the container for a refund through the old bottle return system.Prior to the repeal, additional money from unclaimed deposits would be directed into local recycling programs, including support for recycling carts, education and material sorting facilities.“The bottle deposit system ultimately captures just 2 percent of our waste, but it costs more and generates less revenue than traditional recycling programs,” Bellino said. “It’s time to do away with this outdated program and focus on comprehensive community recycling programs that are better for Michigan families, businesses and our environment.”The legislation, House Bills 6532-36, has been referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for consideration.### 28Nov Bellino: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law Categories: Bellino News
Belgian cable operator Telenet has secured the rights to show all football matches from the country’s Jupiler League from next season, according to various Belgian press reports.Telenet, which had earlier secured non-exclusive rights to a limited number of games, will pay a reported additional €4.8 million a year on top of the €60 million it has already committed to secure rights to show the remaining games.Rival telecom operator Belgacom will continue to broadcast Saturday matches until 2014 under its current contract.
Pilat Media has launched its flagship Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS) product as a cloud-based option.The IBMS, Pilat’s end-to-end broadcast management system, can now also be deployed in a cloud infrastructure. IBMS is designed to handle content management, scheduling, airtime sales, media trafficking and other functions in an integrated GUI environment.“In today’s competitive broadcast landscape and challenging economic environment, media enterprises are looking for solutions that enable them to react quickly to change while minimising their capital investment,” said Ron Bar-Lev, executive vice-president, product strategy, Pilat Media. “Combining the power of IBMS with the efficiencies of cloud computing creates a quick-to-deploy infrastructure option that optimises the time and resources required to scale the operation. Deployment and ongoing operation can be further refined by Pilat Media’s service organisation.”Pilat Media will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 2.B30
Discovery Communications and France’s TF1 Group have entered exclusive negotiations to create a strategic alliance whereby Discovery would make investments in TF1’s businesses.The pair are focusing on Eurosport, cooperation in pay TV offerings in France and developing a content production partnership. The Wall St Journal has reported that Discovery could invest several hundred million dollars in a minority stake in Eurosport.TF1’s chief financial officer, Philippe Denery, was reported by French financial daily Les Echos as saying that TF1 didn’t yet know if Discovery’s investments would involve the creation of new channels. He said that the two groups could look to realise synergies.The pair’s announcement, without revealing further details, came as TF1 revealed new plans to cut costs by a further €85 million between now and 2014, on top of the €155 million in savings realised over the last four years.The move to make further cost savings followed a poor third quarter for the commercial broadcaster. Third quarter revenues stood at €551.7 million, down 1.7%, with advertising sales for the main TF1 channel down 10.2% to €266.3 million. Non-traditional revenues were up 7.9% for the quarter to €285.4 million, however.TF1 turned in a net loss of €5.9 million compared with a profit of €6.6 million for the same period last year.Eurosport turned in a strong performance over the first nine months of the year, with revenue growth of 14.9% to €309.8 million on the back of its Olympic Games coverage.
Belgian cable operator Telenet has signed up over half a million mobile phone customers. The company said it had almost doubled its mobile base in the last six months thanks to the launch of its King and Kong tariff plans, launched in July.Telenet had 275,000 mobile at the end of June, having launched mobile services in 2006. The operator said that 49% of its mobile customers were actively using mobile internet services, with mobile internet use per customer increasing by an average of 15% since the launch of the King and Kong offers.Patrick Vincent, chief commercial officer, Telenet, said: “We are pleased that King and Kong firmly positioned Telenet in the mobile segment. The great success of the new tariff plans is proof that the mobile market has been rejuvenated. Customers no longer associate Telenet only with television, fixed telephony and internet but now also with mobile. Customers opt for the King and Kong tariff plans because of their transparency, competitiveness and simplicity and include a large amount of mobile internet, voice minutes and SMS.”
Sky Deutschland has secured first-broadcast pay-TV and SVoD rights to a clutch of Oscar-nominated independent films, including American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Philomena.The rights come through deals with independent film distributors Tobis, Prokino and SquareOne Entertainment. These cover linear distribution through Sky’s film channels as well as SvoD rights for broadcast over the Sky Go and Sky Anytime services.“Tobis, SquareOne and Prokino are among the most important independent film distributors in Germany, and with this film deals we’ve secured first-broadcast rights to several of the year’s most celebrated films. Only Sky presents such a wide range of award-winning films, once again showing that we are the home for all film fans, with a real commitment to quality,” said Gary Davey, Sky Deutschland’s executive vice-president, programming.
Global set-top box sales fell by 2% last year to 275 million units, highlighting minimal growth or cutbacks in emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, and will continue to fall gradually, highlighting the need for consolidation moves such as Technicolor’s recent deal with Cisco, according to Futuresource Consulting.The company predicts that shipments will remain in excess of 250 million units for each year until 2019, when the market will be worth about US$17 billion (€15 billion), down from the current US$20 billion.Futuresource said that the smaller modem and gateway business would remain promising, thanks to growing dependence of consumers on broadband, home networking and managed services.According to Futuresource, Technicolor’s acquisition of the Cisco set-top business will leave Technicolor accounting for about 13% of the global set-top market, with a combined share of about 30% of the key North American market.Cisco’s total connected device sales are expected to total US$1.6 billion in 2015, which will double Technicolor’s connected home business in a full year. Technicolor is expected to ship over 60 million devices worth about US$3.3 billion this year.“At US$600 million, Technicolor seems to be getting a good deal – an incremental $1.2 billion in STB sales and access to key North American cable and IPTV accounts, bringing its worldwide share up to 13% (15% of Pay-TV),” commented Jack Wetherill, Senior Market Analyst, Home Electronics, Futuresource Consulting.“It also gets Cisco’s Cable Modem business to complement its own Broadband CPE unit, lifting its worldwide share up to about 15%.”
Children’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN.OSN subscribers will be able to access full episodes of Nickelodeon shows via the mobile service, with content available in both English and Arabic.The operator said that more than 1,000 pieces of Nickelodeon-themed content will be on offer, alongside exclusive content for OSN subscribers, original sketches, behind-the-scenes Nickelodeon clips and new games.Nickelodeon claims its Play app has amassed more than 17 million downloads since launching in the US in 2013 and is now available across the UK, Latin America and as of last week Australia.In the MENA region Nickelodeon Play it is available exclusively via OSN.