Négar Djavadis novel Disoriental receives 100

first_imgNégar Djavadi’s novel ‘Disoriental’ receives $10,000 prize A multi-generational novel set in France and Iran has won a $10,000 prize for best French fiction translated into English.Négar Djavadi’s (nay-GAHR’ juh-vah-DEE) “Disoriental” received the Albertine Prize, voted upon by readers and presented by the Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Manhattan.At a ceremony Wednesday night at the embassy, honorary prize chair Lydia Davis praised “Disoriented” as a “richly layered” narrative.Djavadi will receive $8,000 and translator Tina Kover $2,000. “Disoriental” was a National Book Award finalist last fall for best translated literature.Three translated books for young people also were honoured Wednesday: Benedicte Guettier’s “The Lonely Little Ghost,” Chen Jiang Hong’s “The Tiger Prince” and Anne-Fleur Drillon’s and Eric Puybaret’s “Cloud Chaser.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 8:07 am PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 8:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Another “Empire” actor arrested, but on traffic offencecenter_img CHICAGO — Another “Empire” actor has been arrested in Chicago, but this time on a traffic-related offence.Police spokeswoman Karie James said Monday that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett’s character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday because a temporary license plate didn’t match the 2014 Rolls Royce he was driving. She says he was arrested on a misdemeanour registration charge and ticketed for driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to carry a driver’s license.James says the 25-year-old Gray isn’t in custody, but it wasn’t immediately clear when he was released.Smollett was arrested earlier this year on charges alleging that he had lied to police when he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in January. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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November 28 2003 For coming holiday season agric

first_imgNovember 28, 2003For coming holiday season, agriculture crewmembers make wreaths out of materials gathered around Arcosanti. >>left>> Chia Chia Tan, from Singapore, spends a 3 months internship at Arcosanti, and workshopper Eva Strickland >>right>>.[Photo: Kelli Huth & text: Ayano Atsumi] Beautiful wreaths from the Arcofarm will also be sold at Prescott Natural Food, Prescott, AZ. [Photo & Text: Ayano Atsumi]last_img

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President Anastasiades Fate of missing persons a humanitarian issue

first_imgSpeaking at an event at the Presidential Palace to commemorate the Day of Missing Persons, President Anastasiades said that the government and all political parties are united in determining the fate of missing persons.He added that the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons and the relatives of missing persons are coordinating action in order to bring about concrete results.All governments have contributed significantly in order to determine the fate of those missing since 1974, the President acknowledged.He added that after 43 years, Turkey remains intransigent and inhuman and continues to violate human rights, while disregarding the relevant judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and UN resolutions.Moreover, he added that Turkey still conceals the locations where the missing have been buried and prevents investigations.“The mass transfer [of remains] is nothing but the proof of the continuation of a crime that continues from 1974 until today” the President underlined.He assured the relatives of missing persons that both the government and the political parties will continue to exert their efforts on this issue.Addressing the same event, Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou said that the Greek Cypriot side will never succumb to difficulties in order to fulfill its duty towards missing persons and their relatives.This problem remains unresolved after 43 years, he said while acknowledging the pain and suffering of the families.Fotiou noted finally that “this horrific war crime committed by Turkey in 1974” poses a challenge to civilized humanity and expressed his full support to the organizations of the relatives.Nikos Serghides, the President of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons also addressed the event, noting that the problem will be solved only with Turkey’s sincere cooperation.CNAYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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New CIPA manager starts work soon

first_imgThe new general manager of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) Giorgos Kampanellas will start his new job before the end of May, the agency said.Kampanellas replaces Natassa Pilidou, who was appointed Deputy Minister of Shipping.Interest in the CIPA position was keen, with more than 200 CVs being submitted. The selected candidates took a written examination and were interviewed by the board of directors of the agency.“I am confident that Mr. Kampanellas will respond appropriately to the requirements of the position and will make the most of his potential to continue the effort to promote Cyprus as an attractive investment destination,” said Chairman of the Board Michelis Michael.Kampanellas thanked the board of directors, saying he is ready to continue the work with the same dedication as it has been carried out so far.“It is an honour for me that I have been selected to serve as the general manager of an organisation whose work has a particular impact on the overall effort the state is making to achieve sustainable and long-term economic growth,” he said.The new manager has signed a five-year contract with CIPA.Kampanellas is a graduate of the Department of International and European Economic Studies of the Athens University of Economics and Business, has completed postgraduate studies in public sector management and has an MBA in Oil & Gas and Energy Management.For the past 16 years he has worked in various positions in the public sector. Since 2013 he has been working at the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, where he has had helped shape the regulatory framework and attract foreign investment in areas of strategic importance for the economy.He has also been involved in the development of the new casino as a project management team member. Since 2015 he has been a speaker about a number of business projects abroad, presenting investment opportunities in specific sectors of the Cypriot economy, while he has been a member of the board of directors of CIPA since 2015.You May Likegeneralpath13 Rules You Need to Know Before Buying Your HomegeneralpathUndoTactWatchThis $89 military inspired smartwatch takes United States by storm! The idea is genius…TactWatchUndoTapWithUs.comIntroducing Tap – The Most Advanced Keyboard in the WorldTapWithUs.comUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Meritocracy at heart of new teacher appointment system

first_imgBy Evie AndreouYoung graduates would have to wait between 30 and 100 years to be appointed as teachers in state schools, depending on their subject, under the current appointment system, according to an assessment report of the exam results of candidates wishing to work as educators.A report assessing the results of the teaching exams – the first ones to take place as part of the new teacher appointment system – was sent by the education ministry to MPs this week.In total, 5,020 of almost 6,000 people who registered for the exams took the tests and of those, only 1,869, some 37.2 per cent, passed. This, the ministry had said when the results were announced in late March, was proof the goal had been achieved as only the most competent would now enter the state education system.The assessment of these results, the report said, further confirms this position, as an initial analysis of the results of the exams that were held in last autumn, “demonstrates the success of the institution”. The existing appointment system is based on list seniority.Comparing the 1,826 people who passed the teaching exams and registered with the new lists for appointment candidates with the first 1,826 people on the seniority lists, the report said that the former had more academic qualifications, since 53 per cent hold a postgraduate degree, compared to 48 per cent of those on the seniority lists. The average age of those on the new lists is 32, it said, while that of the seniority lists is 40.More than 60 per cent of those who passed the exams have additional qualifications and almost 30 per cent have teaching experience, it said.  It also said that 21 per cent hold a bachelor degree with honours compared with the 11 per cent of those on the seniority lists.“The overwhelming majority of successful candidates have an excellent profile and pedigree to succeed in the role of teacher in public schools,” the report said.It also said that the results “suggest that this new system has already provided an important opportunity for several new scientists to pursue a career in public education”.“Most of them, would never have the possibility of being appointed or would be appointed at a much older age with the existing appointment system,” it said.Young graduates wishing to work as teachers in public education, “would never see appointment,” with the existing system, the report said, as the average waiting time to receive a permanent job offer in primary education is between 30 and 80 years, while in higher education – with the exception of four specialties – the average exceeds by far 100 years.“The situation is disheartening,” the report said.The new teacher appointment system, offers a greater possibility of employment in public education as one in eight – 12.5 per cent – could land a job, compared to only 1.5 per cent in the civil service.According to the report, successful candidates – especially those who received top grades and have additional qualifications and experience – have moved up on lists surpassing between 650 and 4,000 people, depending on their subject.Three candidates among the top 20 who passed the exams in philology exams, the report said, with the old system, even though they hold post graduate degrees and have teaching experience, would see appointment in 65 years. With the new system they will be appointed “immediately”, it said.The new appointment system, the report said, is expected to benefit pupils, “who are at the heart of the efforts and policies of the ministry of education and culture and is expected to contribute to improving learning outcomes, enhancing confidence of parents and guardians in public education, improve the image of the educational profession in society and in the long term, in the overall upgrading of public education”.The introduction of a new appointment system was deemed necessary to ensure that state school teachers were truly qualified to teach, something which could not be guaranteed by the old system, based on appointment according to seniority on waiting lists.Under a law passed in 2016, from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, some 50 per cent of appointments will be made from waiting lists and 50 per cent according to the new system. From September 2027, all appointments will be made based on merit.The new teacher appointment system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, their university degree grade, additional academic qualifications and teaching experience. You May LikeCar InsuranceThe Easiest Way To Save Money On Your Car InsuranceCar InsuranceUndoMonagiza29 Adorable Cats Sleeping In Funny PositionsMonagizaUndoBuzzFondTake a Look Inside Oprah Winfrey’s MansionBuzzFondUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Hilton loses tennis courts after rent dispute

first_imgThe land on which two of Nicosia’s Hilton hotel’s tennis courts are standing has been returned to its owner the forestry department after the two sides agreed to end the lease contract following disputes over rent, an official said on Tuesday.The two tennis courts have been out of bounds to hotel guests since Monday.According to the director of the forestry department Charalambos Alexandrou the state body reclaimed the plot after the hotel paid €1.74 million for receiving unlawful state aid.“It was an extrajudicial arrangement to end the (lease) contract,” Alexandrou told the Cyprus Mail.The hotel had signed a long-term agreement in 1995 with the forestry department, Alexandrou said, for the lease of the plot in question for €10,328 per year. But after Cyprus became an EU member, according to regulations, leased state land had to be at market price.After the lands and surveys department evaluated the land in question, the rent was raised to €170,000 per year, he said.  The land is located in a prime real estate area.The hotel found the rent too high and a legal procedure ensued, which ended recently with an extrajudicial settlement between the two sides which provided for the cancellation of the lease agreement which was to expire in 2028. The hotel also paid €1.74m for unlawful state aid. State aid in the EU is subsidy provided by a government. Under EU competition law, if state aid distorts competition or the free market, it is classed by the EU as being illegal state aid.The land was returned to the forestry department, Alexandrou said. He added that the department has not yet decided how to use it.You May LikeHealthZapGlimpse Of 50 Places No One Is Allowed To VisitHealthZapUndoZimbioEverything That’s Coming (& Returning) To TV This SummerZimbioUndonewarena.comNBA Player Rankings Released, There’s A New Top 5newarena.comUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Roadworks on LimassolPaphos highway

first_imgRoadworks will be taking place on the Limassol to Paphos highway, right before the Ezousa river, from Friday, October 5 until Tuesday, October 9, it was announced on Wednesday.The works will take place between the hours of 9am to 3pm, except weekends.The Paphos department of public works said that the entrance to the highway from the Anatoliko industrial zone will be closed and traffic will be diverted onto the old Limassol to Paphos highway.More information can be found at www.traffic4cyprus.org.cy. 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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State doctors leaving work earlier than they should

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouAS THEIR claims for overtime pay continue to go unchecked, doctors at public hospitals may be leaving work early, Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides noted in his 2013 annual report.The report included references to on-site checks by audit service officials at the Nicosia General’s underground car-park – mostly used by medical personnel – who recorded “fewer parked vehicles between 2.15pm to 2.40pm than between 10am to 11 am.”“This fact could suggest the staff’s departure from work before their workday’s end,” noted Michaelides.“It is also noted that our service has often received complaints by citizens, relating to medical practitioners not complying with their work schedule.”Noting that this issue has remained outstanding for a long time, the Auditor General’s report proposed the adoption of immediate and appropriate remedies.“For example, installing a punch-card system to electronically record the staff’s arrival and departure time,” he said.He added that non-compliance with working-hour schedules also hinders the monitoring and control of medical staff’s overtime hours.With regard to this issue, Michaelides noted that total overtime pay for 2013 for doctors and nurses came up to a little over €22 million, down from over €26 million in 2012 – a 15.8 per cent drop.However, the control system for overtime pay “exhibits serious weaknesses, resulting in an inability to evidence all claims, which in turn allows for exploitation,” the Auditor General said.“The system does not require the substantiation of overtime needs,” he said.Although the health ministry has variously received complaints for the possible exploitation of the system’s weaknesses by medical practitioners, subsequent investigation has failed to furnish any evidence of disciplinary offences.As well, in many instances doctors have filed claims for as much as 11 hours of overtime pay for one day.“In addition to the financial aspect of this issue, according to labour laws voted in compliance with the relevant European Directive, a minimum rest period of 11 consecutive hours per 24-hour period is required,” Michaelides said.You May LikeDr. 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 AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Little Prince to be published in Cypriot dialect

first_imgONE of the most popular literary works in the world, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s, The Little Prince, has been translated into the Greek Cypriot dialect and is expected to be available in bookstores by the end of this month.The project was the idea of Iakovos Hadjipieris, who undertook to translate the book into the local dialect and joins some 300 translated versions around the world.“I thought of translating this story in Cypriot, as we have a strong local dialect, which is still very lively in Cypriot conversations,” Hadjipieris told the daily Politis.“I tried to attribute the text to a common Cypriot dialect, and when I say common I mean that language is somewhere ‘in the middle’. This is so that even young children can read it and understand it,” he said.Hadjipieris said that trying to put the Cypriot dialect in writing was challenging, as “there is no writing that responds to exact vocal realisation.”In such cases, he said, each author adopts the writing he or she considers best suited to their work. “Personally, I followed a simplified script, using, of course, the Greek alphabet.”What makes the translation important is that, for the first time, the dialect “is spreading its wings” to be heard beyond Cyprus, through an internationally recognised books, he said.This universality is understood by the author himself, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, according to Hadjipieris. “He indirectly speaks of our existence through it, beyond the universe. So, I think he would be very pleased if he saw his work not only in different languages, but also dialects.”He said that he feels that his translation will be an opportunity to bring families together, as older people could read it to their grandchildren and children could seek help from older family members who have better knowledge of the local dialect.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 AdsUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinanceUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix 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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Healed pelicans being released to the wild on Friday

first_imgThe Game Fund will release two pelicans on Friday at the Akrotiri salt lake.Before they are released at 11am they will be ringed at the Akrotiri environmental information centre.The two pelicans were found in a weakened state at the beginning of November 2018 in the area of the Akrotiri airport and received the necessary care at the rehabilitation centre of the Game Fund.They are now ready to be released in a suitable wetland near the place where they were found.The Pelecanus onocrotalus, or great white pelican, is a bird in the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes and a small number of the birds travel via Cyprus.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 roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Roads to be closed on Sunday for Nicosia marathon

first_imgSome roads in Nicosia will be closed on Sunday morning while the Nicosia Marathon is staged there, organisers have announced.The following roads will be closed from 6am to 2pm:Strovolos Avenue – from the pedestrian crossing near the town hall up to the junction with Archiepiskopos Kyprianos Avenue.Presidential Palace AvenueDemosthenis Severis AvenueKratinou streetGlafkou streetArsinoe streetArmenia street up to the junction with Ifigenia streetIfigenia street from the junction with Stasinos StreetStasinos streetAyia Paraskevi streetAyiou Antoniou streetLimassol Avenue, from the intersection of the Aluminum Tower to the CyBC junctionEvros streetSan Souci streetKyriakos Matsis Avenue, from the junction with Glafkou streetAthalassa Avenue until the intersection with G. Paraskevaidis – Iosif Hadjiiosif AvenuesIosif Hadjiiosif Avenue to Demokratias street (next to Zorbas bakery)Parking in these streets during the marathon will not be allowed.Residents of these streets are urged to park their cars elsewhere before 6am on Sunday in case they would like to use them, as, they will not be able to do so during the event.The organisers of the Nicosia Marathon apologise for the inevitable discomfort that will be caused and invite the public to demonstrate the necessary understanding and comply with the road signs and the instructions of the police.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoJob Postings I Search AdsNeed To Make More? Start Your Job Search. Search Multiple Job PostingsJob Postings I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue BookConsidering a Hyundai Genesis? Start Here at Kelley Blue BookKelley Blue BookUndo 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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President defends golden visa scheme

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said his government’s controversial citizenship by investment programme has helped the construction sector and has contributed to the recovery of the economy, playing down suggestions he has personally benefited from the scheme.In an interview with opposition daily Haravghi on Sunday, the president defended the programme, which has been criticised by the EU as being opaque and potentially a way, along with Malta’s, for organised crime groups to infiltrate the bloc.“It is a programme, which led the construction sector to recovery, a large number of workers have been employed, and it contributed to the revival of the economy and growth,” he said, seeking to justify an indignant response to a damning EU report earlier this year.Late in January, the European Commission issued a report warning that programmes selling passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.The EU report highlighted shortfalls in the Cypriot and Maltese schemes which do not sufficiently check the origins of the wealth of individuals and do not allow their easy identification.Anastasiades reacted at the time suggesting Cyprus was being singled out because other states did not like the competition.He also said strict measures were in place though it was only recently that the government decided to introduce tighter checks.“We have established stricter measures and have complied with the observations,” the president told Haravghi. “Irrespective of what I said, what matters is that we are taking measures to prevent any unfavourable developments but also to lay suspicion to rest.”Included in the measures are enhanced due diligence, which has not been implemented yet, and an obligation for applicants to be Schengen visa holders.The president has also been criticised over the involvement in the scheme of the Limassol law firm he had founded that still bears his name and is managed by his two daughters.“I would have felt uncomfortable if my former law firm had a leading role in the applications,” Anastasiades said. “Their applications are only 40 out of the 4,700 submitted. You are ignoring the service suppliers who may have 200 or 300 applications and some people are focusing on my former office.”Anastasiades said the order he gave when he left the firm was that he would not accept it ever taking on cases relating to the state.    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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Central Nicosia street to remain pedestrianised

first_imgThe Nicosia municipal council has voted to keep Costakis Pantelides street, which links Eleftheria square with Solomou square, free of cars, it announced on Friday.The decision to pedestrianise the road was taken after a consultation with organised groups, the municipality said.The street has been closed to cars for more than a year while development works in Eleftheria Square have been carried out.Opinions on the opening of the road to cars have been divided.The Nicosia Pedestrian Association in March asked people to back them.They organised a protest outside the multipurpose centre in Pallouriotissa at the time, where residents asked for the road to remain car free.The residents sent a letter to Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis accompanied by 3,000 signatures, saying that allowing the circulation of cars on Costakis Pantelides street would severely affect the quality of life of the capital’s residents.Another association which represents 100 shopkeepers in the centre of Nicosia called for cars to be banned from the parallel Rigainis street as a priority over pedestrianising Costakis Pantelides street.The association said it does not disagree with turning Costakis Pantelides street into a pedestrian zone but argues that Rigainis street should be developed with proper lighting and without cars parked along the road first.They also believe other pedestrian areas in the vicinity will be supported this way. 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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Michigan police officers no longer need permit to acquire pistol

first_img Categories: Theis News,Theis Photos Rep. Theis bill removing ‘redundant’ requirement signed into law by Gov. SnyderGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a measure exempting currently employed and certified police officers from the requirement that they must obtain a purchase license before buying a pistol.(From left) Meghan Reckling, Legislative Director for Rep. Lana Theis; Rep. Theis, R-Brighton; Gov. Rick Snyder; Sergeant Mark Reckling from Mason Police Department; Mike Murphy Undersheriff of Livingston CountyIntroduced by state Rep. Lana Theis, the legislation extends to police officers a similar process currently utilized by Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holders.“Given the extensive training already completed by law enforcement officials, the requirement that they obtain a permit is redundant,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “It is only common-sense to allow active police officers to utilize the same purchase process as CPL holders when acquiring a pistol.”Police officers go through background checks, are fingerprinted and must demonstrate adequate firearm handling as part of their Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification.  This legislation allows the MCOLES certification to suffice for police officers wishing to obtain a pistol, exempting them from the purchase permit requirement.House Bill 4535 was signed into law as Public Act 6 of 2016.### 02Feb Michigan police officers no longer need permit to acquire pistollast_img read more

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Civil service reform plan approved by House committee

first_img Categories: Lauwers News 01Jun Civil service reform plan approved by House committee Rep. Lauwers says reforms will create more efficient governmentThe House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter to reform the civil service laws that prevent substandard state employees from being disciplined.“The current disciplinary process for civil service employees is complicated, and it acts as a shield for poor performing employees to hide behind,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.House Bill 5677, sponsored by Rep. Lauwers, and House Joint Resolution MM, sponsored by Speaker Cotter, will give directors of state departments the ability to discipline or remove government employees who do wrong.“Managers for state departments should have the ability to dismiss or discipline problematic employees in an efficient manner, just like they do in the private sector,” Rep. Lauwers said. “Ensuring that subpar employees are held accountable will boost the morale of hard-working employees and create a better and more efficient workplace for all.“At the same time, we must have protections for employees who may feel like they have been unfairly disciplined. My bill lays out the process an employee would take to file a grievance with the Civil Service Commission.”Disciplined employees will have 14 days to appeal, and the commission will be allowed 28 days to rule on the appeal.HB 5677 and HJR MM now move to the full House for consideration.#####last_img read more

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Allor to chair natural resources budget panel

first_img State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, will help lead the House Appropriations Committee to develop budgeting plans as chair of the Natural Resources subcommittee, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.“Michigan’s natural resources are one of our state’s top calling cards to attract tourism and support businesses in our communities, especially in Northern Michigan,” Allor said.  “It’s my privilege to guide our discussions and make sure not only that state departments and agencies have the money they require to operate their programs effectively and efficiently, but also that anglers, hunters, boaters, trail-users and all people who use state facilities for their various recreation activities can have the Pure Michigan experience they deserve.”Allor also was named as vice chair of the Appropriations’ subcommittee on Health and Human Services, where her experience in nursing will be put to good use, as well as to serving on the General Government, School Aid and Michigan Department of Education, and Military and Veterans Affairs subcommittees.Allor’s Lansing office can be called at 517-373-0833; by email at SueAllor@house.mi.gov; or mailing S-1485 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.##### 26Jan Allor to chair natural resources budget panel Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

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House approves Rep Alberts plan providing new retirement savings option for school

first_img21Mar House approves Rep. Albert’s plan providing new retirement savings option for school, state workers The Michigan House today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert to provide an additional retirement savings option for public school and state employees.Albert’s legislation calls for the state and school employee retirement systems to offer annuity options to employees, in addition to established savings plans.“Our dedicated public school and state workers should have more options for investing their retirement savings,” said Albert, of Lowell, after the House approved his plan. “Annuities offer a good savings option, providing a steady stream of income during retirement. We’re simply adding a completely voluntary option to our existing savings plan lineup so employees can plan for a safe, secure retirement.”The affected employees currently can start annuities through the state only after retirement. Albert’s changes would allow the annuity investment option prior to retirement, with plans vetted and overseen by retirement system officials for soundness.House Bills 5230-31 advance to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Leutheuser welcomes Jonesville Comets to state Capitol

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale welcomed the Jonesville boys’ state champion bowling team and Coach Matt Molinaro to the Capitol. Rep. Leutheuser presented the team with a tribute congratulating them on their 2018 MHSAA Division 3 state championship. 03May Rep. Leutheuser welcomes Jonesville Comets to state Capitol Categories: Leutheuser Newslast_img

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Why is the US Olympic Committee a Nonprofit

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 16, 2014; Forbes A provocative opinion piece on Forbes’ website by contributing columnist Howard Gleckman questions the nonprofit status of the U.S. Olympic Committee.“Every two years,” he begins, “I sit in front of my TV watching the Olympics. Like clockwork, in the midst of some competition I can’t understand, my mind wanders to tax wonkdom and I ask myself: Why is the USOC a tax-exempt organization?”Gleckman points out that the law says tax-exempt status is granted to groups that “foster national or international amateur sports competition.” But he questions whether “the hyper-marketed modern games even remotely fit the ideal of amateur sports,” saying that while some athletes are amateurs, many others are paid for their competition and product endorsements.As for the USOC itself, he says that “by almost any standard, it is a commercial enterprise. It exists primarily to help organize a bi-annual made-for-TV entertainment extravaganza. Yes, it provides some support for athletes (though surprisingly little). But its real business is marketing itself and playing its part in a two-week orgy of athletic commercialization.”USOC’s total revenue for 2012 was $353 million, 75 percent of it generated by broadcast rights, trademark income, and licensing agreements. Only about 15 percent comes from contributions, most of them corporate.According to Gleckman, less than six percent of total USOC spending went to directly supporting Olympians in the form of stipends or expense reimbursements, with the vast majority going to operations and marketing, as well as support for the many sport-specific governing bodies, such as USA Track & Field and the Paralympics.Not surprisingly, he also homes in on the salaries paid to USOC senior staff, a dozen of whom made $250,000 or more in 2012, including its CEO, who was paid $965,000.Nonprofit Quarterly has reported in the past on the dubious tax-exempt status of large sports organizations, such as the National Football League, and the unsuccessful efforts of retiring US Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to pass a bill to take away these tax exemptions.Gleckman concludes, “USOC sure looks like a business. Yes, it probably does foster enough international amateur competition to satisfy the law, but I’m still left with the question I had as I tried to figure out what the heck slopestyle is: Why?”—Larry Kaplan ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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