Fire men rescue pensioner who fell into pit

first_imgAn elderly woman was rescued by the fire services after she fell into a three-metre deep pit in the yard of her house in Kokkinotrimithia on Sunday afternoon.The pit, in which greywater collected, was covered with concrete but due to heavy rain the surface collapsed when the 91-year-old woman crossed the yard.She was then taken to hospital with injuries, where she remains.Because of the rainy weather over the weekend the fire services responded to 88 calls for help. In 18 cases they pumped rainwater from flooded basements, and they also dealt with fallen trees and objects which were swept away due to strong winds.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo 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

Share of taxtoGDP revenue rises to 336 in 2016

first_imgThe share of government revenue from taxation and in the form of social contributions rose to 33.6 per cent last year from 33.2 per cent in 2015, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Despite the increase, the share of tax to economic output in Cyprus was the seventh lowest in the EU together with that of Malta last year, right behind Spain’s 34.1 per cent and ahead of Slovakia’s 32.4 per cent, Eurostat said in a statement on its website. The EU average was 40 per cent and that in the euro area was 41.3 per cent.France topped the list last year with 47.6 per cent followed by Denmark with 47.3 per cent and Belgium with 46.8 per cent, Eurostat said. The lowest ratio of tax to gross domestic product (GDP) was that of Ireland with 23.8 per cent followed by Romania and Bulgaria with 26 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.Taxes on production and imports accounted last year in Cyprus 15.4 per cent of economic output which included value added tax revenue with 9.2 per cent, Eurostat said. Revenue from taxes on income was 9.7 per cent of the economy, broken down to 2.9 per cent on taxes on individuals or household income and 5.8 per cent on profits of corporations, including taxes on holding gains. The share of net social contributions was 8.5 per cent.The ratio of revenue from corporate taxation of Cyprus, which often faces criticism over its comparably low corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, was the second-highest in the EU, right behind Malta’s 6.5 per cent, Eurostat said.In the EU, the share of taxes on production and imports was on average 13.6 per cent last year compared to 13.2 per cent in the euro area, Eurostat said.Taxes on income and wealth were 13 per cent of the EU’s GDP and 12.6 per cent of that of the euro area. Lastly, taxes on individual or household income was 9.3 per cent and 9.2 per cent of the EU’s and the euro area’s economy respectively while revenue from taxes on company income was in both cases 2.6 per cent.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 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Without political equality talks will be doomed

first_imgAs long as Greek Cypriots don’t consider Turkish Cypriots politically equals and not a minority, settlement negotiations will be doomed, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview published on Sunday by a Greek newspaper.Speaking to the Sunday edition of Greek newspaper ‘To Vima’, Erdogan, who was in Athens earlier in the week on an official visit, said that Greek Cypriots consider Cyprus a Greek island.This, he said, was the reason of the collapse of the 1960 Republic “in just three years”.“I would like to be clear that, this dream of the Greek Cypriots will never become a reality,” Erdogan said.He also said that Greek Cypriots have an issue with accepting Turkish Cypriots as equals when it comes to power share, and that the latter “will never be degraded to the status of minority” in an island they co-own.“As long as there is no change in the mindset based on the political equality of Turkish Cypriots, settlement negotiations are doomed to remain inconclusive,” Erdogan said.The Greek Cypriot side had put much hope on Erdogan’s visit in Athens, the first of a Turkish head of state in 65 years, which was expected to yield positive results regarding the island’s reunification process, following the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland last July, which Greece and Cyprus blamed on Turkey’s intransigence.The visit however didn’t exactly go as planned as regards results, as it turned into a blunt grudge-fest between the two Nato allies.President Nicos Anastasiades is to be briefed in detail by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about Erdogan’s visit, on the sidelines of the European Council, to be held next week in Brussels.Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Friday that a clear picture of Erdogan’s visit would be formed then though there would be phone communication between Anastasiades and Tsipras in the meantime. Christodoulides said that public statements made during the Tsipras-Erdogan meeting in Athens on Thursday contained elements that were worth commenting on, such as Erdogan’s effort to equate the responsibilities of Turkey with those of Greece.During their joint statements on Thursday, the leaders of Greece and Turkey held on to their respective positions on Cyprus. Erdogan said no foreign troops would be stationed on Cyprus today had the Greek Cypriots voted for the Annan Plan in 2004. Referring to the reunification talks in Switzerland earlier this year – which ended in stalemate over disagreements on security and guarantees – Erdogan said it was the Greek Cypriots who walked out.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Youth orchestra being ripped apart by internal strife

first_imgBy Andria KadesInternal clashes between board members at the Cyprus youth symphony orchestra are threatening their annual budget while parents fear the organisation is being led to destruction.The strife within the youth branch of the orchestra was discussed during the House culture and education committee where lawmakers described the goings-on as akin to cannibalism.Artistic director of the youth symphony orchestra Yiorgos Kountouris defended his decision to take his dispute over his contract to court as it did not include a clause that would allow him to renew his term.The orchestra is a government supported organisation under the wing of the education and culture ministry.Egli Pandelaki, the ministry’s permanent secretary said all art directors work on a six-year contract basis and Kountouris sought a legal route to ensure his term would be indefinite.As a member of the board, she said she had never participated in any board where there were that many complaints and people “ripping each other apart.”Kountouris however countered that the board of directors held a grudge against him and was trying to take revenge because he had refused to appoint specific persons in the past or sign off certain financial transactions.He also refused to cut back on the snacks offered to the young children while members of the board were enjoying gourmet sandwiches.He stressed he never sought to keep his position for life but wanted the right to be evaluated.According to Diko MP Nicolas Papadopoulos, the board has announced a tender for the position of artistic director, calling it a vengeful move to try to supplant Kountouris despite the fact that a week ago, the House committee had asked the board not to proceed with any such decision.He told reporters that if the board did not recall their decision, then the funds set to be approved to them during Friday’s plenum session would not be released.According to chairman of the House culture and education committee Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis, a new board is set to be appointed in six months anyway and there is no need to make rushed decision.Adamos Katsantonis, speaking on behalf of the parents said there were members of the board that were illegally in their positions for the past eight to 12 years.Although no one is irreplaceable, at the moment, Kountouris is not someone that can be replaced, Katsantonis told MPs.Hadjiyiannis added that the organisation could not be tarnished with problems such as these and lawmakers would not become spectators to a stubbornness that made problems worse instead of resolving them.“Cannibalising each other does not lead us anywhere.”You May LikeGalaxy S9Unbeatable Deals On Samsung Galaxy S9, See Prices Here!Galaxy S9Undothedelite.comMJ’s Ranked Teammates In Order From Worst To Bestthedelite.comUndoWorldemandYou’ll Know If Someone Is A Real Soldier If They Do These 15 ThingsWorldemandUndo Cypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bumpy ride for governments Estia scheme in House

first_imgOpposition parties said on Monday they intend to ‘cross’ the funds in the 2019 budget earmarked for the controversial Estia debt relief scheme when the budget goes to a vote later this month, despite warnings that doing so would stop the programme in its tracks.The matter came up at the House finance committee during a review of the dozens of amendments to the 2019 state budget, which combined have added €16m to the expenditures side of the balance sheet.Marios Mavrides, an MP with the ruling Disy party, said the budget item allocated to Estia should not be ‘crossed’ as this would prevent commercial banks – which along with the government are participants in the scheme – from offering the plan to customers.‘Crossing’ means that the legislature withholds a budget item, forcing the executive to go to the House and explain its use, before the cash can be released.Mavrides brushed off the notion that parliament was being ‘blackmailed’ by the banks to release the funds. If the funds were withheld, he noted, thousands of debtors would be left in the lurch, unable to apply for the debt relief scheme.For 2019, the government plans to spend €33m on Estia.Regardless, main opposition Akel said that they, along with other parties, plan to withhold the Estia budget item.This was being done to scrutinise the process, said Akel MP Stefanos Stefanou. It had nothing to do with his party’s criticism of the scheme, which in their opinion does not cover truly vulnerable households.“The Estia scheme’s primary objective is to subsidise the banks, while several millions will go out of the pockets of taxpayers and into the pockets of the banks,” Stefanou said.Regarding the additional spending requested by the government on other items, €500,000 has been allocated as a VAT refund to young couples buying land on which they plan to build their first house. Those eligible will initially pay the full 14 per cent VAT, and will later be refunded so that the effective VAT rate is reduced to 5 per cent.Elsewhere, some €479,000 has been earmarked for the Asylum Service for hiring 21 additional employees on a temporary basis.Another €1.5m will be spent on purchasing the services of foreign consultants who will be advising the government on how to tighten up eligibility criteria for the citizenship-by-investment scheme.Almost €1m will go to refurbishing the Filoxenia building so that it can host courtrooms.Parliament will get an extra €500,000 for hiring 22 additional employees, as well as €2.08m for construction works to expand the existing parliament building.And €100,000 has been set aside for the cost of printing the 11 volumes of the ‘Cyprus File’.The presidential palace meantime will receive €1.55m for installing new security systems.In other business, the House committee was told that the government intends to use 14 state-owned plots of land to finance the Solidarity Fund. The total value of the land is estimated at €100m.Opposition MPs questioned whether the transaction was constitutional, and asked why the government had not first sought legal advice from the attorney-general.A finance ministry official said the law governing the operation of the Solidarity Fund has been amended, removing from it clauses that might clash with EU law on state aid.For 2018, the government has already allocated €25m to the fund, which will be tapped to provide relief to legacy Laiki depositors and bank bondholders whose investments were wiped out in the 2013 bail-in.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Study arts in a creative environment

first_imgAigaia School of Art and Design is an officially accredited, private Institution of Higher Education, specialising in art and design in Cyprus. Aigaia is registered with and accredited by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus and with Pearson Education in the UK, offering accredited programmes of study.Studying in this creative and unique educational environment, Aigaia’s students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to experiment, develop and apply ideas and creative concerns through practical, experiential and creative teaching methods. Students understand the various and different applications of fine and applied arts as well as the opportunities for career choices and future development. One of the major aims of Aigaia is to create distinct artistic personalities so students can apply their knowledge and their creative thinking in any field or chosen career.Programmes of StudyDiploma in Visual Arts, 2year (accredited by Cyprus Authorities) offers specialisations in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography, Multidimensional Approach to the Visual Arts, Performance, Video art, Graphic design, Illustration, Jewellery design, Theatre and Costume design, Interior design, Fashion design, Textile design, Film and Animation, etc.BTEC HND (Higher National Diploma) in Art & Design, with pathways in Fine Arts Practice, Photography and Fashion &/or TextilesStudents completing their BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design will be aiming to go on to employment or progress to a final year at university.BTECs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via study and are also designed to meet employer’s needs.The HND qualifications were developed in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies to ensure they meet both the above progression aims.Degree in Visual Arts, a 4year course that offers an exciting and dynamic experience of a constantly evolving area of study. This is for students that want to be innovative and experiment with ideas and practices, enabling them to discover the Visual Arts in any combination of materials and approaches. The course is based on the personal artistic development of each individual student; depending on their individual characteristics, developing self-confidence and ambitions, allowing them to express themselves freely, to produce work and after graduation, work on a wide range of careers related to the arts.BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design in which the emphasis is given to the creation of an extensive portfolio of artwork through the introduction into the many different pathways of art & design. As a result the students will be offered more than one place in Bachelor degree courses in art Universities abroad. The Foundation Course introduces students to the following pathways:FINE ARTSpaintingsculptureprintmakingphotographyceramicsinstallationvideo artperformancemultidimensional approach to fine artsAPPLIED ARTS/ DESIGN SPECIALISATIONSfashion designtextile designinterior designgraphic design & illustrationjewellery design and accessoriestheatre & costume designanimationproduct & industrial designAnnual exhibitionThe end of year show for Aigaia, gives the opportunity to students to present their artwork in a professional environment.ERASMUS+Aigaia students have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ European programmes. The mobilties are organised by Aigaia and aim to be about various subjects that are concerned with professional and vocational education, internships at various companies or generally in the industry involved with the arts, culture and art education.Aigaia InstituteAigaia Institute offers specialised art and design lessons and preparation for the GCSE and GCE Art & Design examinations. The programmes offered are specially designed and developed based on the philosophy and methods applied by Aigaia’s higher education courses. The teaching takes place in specialised workshops in the facilities of our building.Drama classes & Examinations and Preparation for auditions Aigaia drama school offers children, teenagers and adults the opportunity to unfold personal qualities, develop and express themselves and feel the excitement of a performance and gain professional qualifications from May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip 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

House Ag Committee grinds out LaFontaine sausagemaking bill

first_img Legislation that would allow food processors to mix wild game meat from more than one owner—providing for “Wild Game Sausage” in the law—was approved by the House today thanks to bill sponsor state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township.“There is an old saying that there are two things you never want to witness being made; sausage and law,” Rep. LaFontaine said. “Today we intended to combine the two.”Under current law, those who process wild game harvested by a hunter must completely clean their equipment between each and every animal. House Bill 5195, authored by LaFontaine, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, will remove this condition when the end result is not for sale. Customers will be informed of this provision.“Wild game hunters don’t expect machines to be cleaned between processing, and such cleaning has never been common practice,” Rep. LaFontaine said. “We’re clarifying the law to reflect a harmless practice that has hardly been enforced.”In celebration of this legislation, LaFontaine will be offering samples of Wild Game Sausage to members of the House next session. The bill is supported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and now heads to the Senate.### 17Apr House Ag Committee grinds out LaFontaine sausage-making bill Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Hughes announces Barrier Dunes Sanctuary picked for state DNR funds

first_img07Dec Rep. Hughes announces Barrier Dunes Sanctuary picked for state DNR funds LANSING – Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, is pleased to announce that $300,000 has been set aside to fund the acquisition of approximately two acres of property adjacent to the Barrier Dunes Sanctuary township park in White River Township.The project is among the 2015 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Project recommendations announced on Friday.“I’m so pleased that this project was approved, helping to make sure such a beautiful section of Lake Michigan waterfront remains open for public use,” said Rep. Hughes. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the state House to making sure this project is approved for work in 2016.”Possible development of this property has been discussed for decades, going as far back as Rep. Hughes’ tenure as township trustee on the White River Township Board. The acquisition will not only protect the property from development, but also increases the accessible public shoreline to approximately 1,300 feet of undeveloped property. The sanctuary is a popular location and a stop on the Lake Michigan Water Trail, which is currently under development.“The township is thrilled that the grant was approved,” said Mike Cockerill, supervisor of White River Township. “We are so appreciative of the efforts of all those involved, including Holly’s. The support from our local residents has been overwhelming.”The MNRTF project is one of two within the 91st House District as the city of Roosevelt Park is recommended for a $15,000 allocation to make playground improvements to the Fordham Street Playfield.The MNRTF is funded by mineral leases in the state of Michigan with proceeds used to both acquire and develop public recreation lands. The fund’s board recommended approximately $28 million worth of projects for 2016, intended to enhance outdoor activities and tourism. Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Theater Pulls Out of Jewish Film Festival Due to Israeli Govt Funding

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAugust 6, 2014; Daily BeastThe Tricycle Theater in London has hosted the Jewish Film Festival for the last eight years, but it has pulled out this year because the festival has financial support from the Israeli embassy. The films in the event generally reflect a broad view of Jewish life and views, but Jonathan Levy, speaking for the Tricycle’s board, writes that the theater could not be associated with “any activity directly funded or supported by any party to the conflict,” given the “unforeseen and unhappy escalation that has occurred over the past three weeks, including a terrible loss of life.”Reportedly, Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle’s artistic director, offered during negotiations with UK Jewish Film, which puts on the festival, to help make up any shortfall in funding that might arise from turning down money from the Israeli government. That offer was dismissed out of hand as a matter of principle and the festival was subsequently withdrawn from the theater.Rubasingham echoed Levy’s statement. “The festival receives funding from the Israeli embassy, and given the current conflict in Israel and Gaza, we feel it is inappropriate to accept financial support from any government agency involved.” On the other side, someone familiar with the negotiations said, “It’s not about the money. The fact that the Tricycle Theater think that it is in some way plays into old-fashioned stereotypes.” The Tricycle has been known for representing and connecting to one of the most culturally diverse areas in London. “The…irony about all this is that play was about unheard voices,” Rubasingham said. “Israel is always talked about in terms of conflict, but that play talked about its openness, tolerance and engagement.”“It is entirely understandable that they felt obliged to insist that no government agency should sponsor the festival,” Sir Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said in a statement. “It greatly saddens me that the UKJFF have unwisely politicized a celebration of Jewish culture and I deplore any misrepresentation of the Tricycle’s position. I support Indhu Rubasingham and the Tricycle without reservation.”The decision has resulted in charges of anti-Semitism against the theater. A boycott is being cooked up and a protest is planned for today.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

If Charters Are Public Whats Up with Those Exec Salaries

first_imgShare36Tweet13Share3Email52 Shares“Warhol Dollar” by IncaseJanuary 13, 2017; Connecticut MirrorIf you make your living by heading up a school system, at least in Connecticut, it pays to choose to work for a charter school system. Core to the ongoing controversy about what role charter schools should play in our nation’s public school systems is the issue of school funding. Proponents of charters strongly suggest they are a more effective and efficient way to ensure that children get a quality education. Their detractors see them as siphoning away funds that are needed by traditional public schools and operating without the necessary level of accountability and oversight. So when the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, recently released a study of charter school management salaries, it threw more fuel on this fire.The Connecticut Mirror examined the data collected by the CEA and found that, based on the size of the schools, many “charter school leaders [make] far more than the average public school superintendent and in the ballpark with superintendents of large or wealthy districts.”During the 2012-13 school year, the most recent for which state data is available, the average traditional public school superintendent’s salary was $150,700. In districts where the charter schools are located, the leaders are paid $227,000 (New Haven), $234,000 (Bridgeport), $194,000 (Hartford), and $151,000 (Stamford). The traditional schools enroll many times the number of students. Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford, for example, each enroll about 20,000 students.The two co-leaders of the Achievement First Charter system, with an enrollment of about 4,000 students each in Connecticut and 7,600 more in New York and Rhode Island, earned more than $260,000; at the two-school Domus charter system in Stanford, the chief executive was paid $325,000 in 2014, a level that would make him the highest paid superintendent in the state.Public school advocates point to this disparity as a clear sign of how charter schools misuse short-in-supply public funds. Mark Waxenberg, the leader of the CEA, told the Mirror of his concerns about overpaid executives and growing charter administrative costs. “Charter school management has become big business in Connecticut,” he said.From the charter schools’ perspective, the union is making much ado about nothing. “The CEA is really grasping for straws,” said Jeremiah Grace, the state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network. Dacia Toll of Achievement First pointed out that her compensation has not changed significantly since 2014 and that she will not receive the public pension that traditional public school superintendents receive.Comparative data is hard to find, but available Bureau of Labor Statistics data on administrative salaries in schools would seem to support the position of the charter supporters.While charter school executives made $72,000 in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average annual salaries of $90,800 for education administrators in elementary and secondary schools as of May 2012. Charter schools are often smaller than public schools and have more limited budgets. This is one reason charter school executives may earn less than education administrators in public schools. Education administrators earned $73,050 in religious organizations, or parochial schools, according to 2012 BLS data.If public schools of any kind pay unreasonably high salaries, it is an issue to be addressed. The larger issue—how schools are financed and whether we are supporting all schools sufficiently—should not get lost in the haze of what may indeed be just a side issue.—Marty LevineShare36Tweet13Share3Email52 Shareslast_img read more