Eoka fighters win first historical torture battle in UK court

first_imgThe UK’s Royal Courts of Justice on Friday rejected an attempt by the British government to try under Cypriot law a historical torture and abuse case brought against it by former Eoka fighters.The thirty-four elderly Greek Cypriots described the decision as the first battle in their claims regarding events that took place during Cyprus’ anti-colonial struggle between 1955 and 1959.The British government had, in a preliminary hearing in November, presented what was described by the plaintiffs lawyers as ‘an obscure piece of international private law known as double actionability’.That meant they wanted to try the case under Cypriot law as opposed to UK law, which has more discretion when it comes to limitations.The Greek Cypriots – all elderly Eoka veterans – filed their claim in mid-2015 after Foreign Office documents released in July 2012 described claims of torture and abuse during the 1955-1959 Eoka insurgency.They allege they were abused and tortured by British soldiers and security services whilst held in custody when they were juveniles. They were considered terrorists by the British Government for their involvement with Eoka.“A state stands to be held to account for acts of violence against its citizens, it should be held to account, in its own courts, by its own law and should not escape liability by reference to a colonial law it has itself made,” said Justice Kerr of the Queen’s Bench Division, reading out his decision.He added that Cyprus between 1955 and 1959 ‘did not exist as a state at all’ and the counter-insurgency efforts of the UK during the time were directed from London.“If these were standard personal injury claims alleging negligence, I would be inclined to view Cypriot law as adequate and appropriate to deal with them,” he said.“This is not an ordinary case; the defendants are not private persons or entities; they represent the government of the UK, which is said to be responsible for and indeed complicit in, as well as responsible for failing to prevent, unlawful acts of violence committed against citizens of one of its colonies, in that colony,” Kerr added.“This is a significant victory for the claimants in this case, who have been fighting for recognition of the torture and human rights abuses committed against them nearly 60 years ago,” said Kevin Conroy, solicitor for the claimantsHe described Friday’s decision as winning the first battle against the British government, which has until April 11 to submit a defence.“I have no doubt in my mind that the British Government brought this preliminary issue up as a deliberate attempt to frustrate the claimants from receiving justice. These are people who were juveniles at the time, but are now in their eighties,” Conroy said.“Many of them still suffer daily from the physical and psychological injuries inflicted on them at the time. Three of the claimants have died in the process of bringing this case to the stage it is at now, while others are no longer fit to bring a claim themselves.”“Our father was tortured by two British Army captains, who were court-marshalled and sacked for their behaviour,” said two children of one of the claimants.“He is no longer well enough to attend court himself, but remembers vividly the awful things that happened to him. We look forward to being able to telling him the outcome of today’s judgment as we’re sure he will be overjoyed.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndoSmall SUV | Search AdsSUV Clearance – Huge DiscountsSmall SUV | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Energy minister hints at gas find

first_imgEnergy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Friday the results of an ongoing exploratory natural gas drill off the island’s coast were encouraging but more time was needed because of the morphology of the seabed.“I won’t get into the details. They (results) are very encouraging, a reserve has been located but he morphology of the particular target is complicated so we need more time,” Lakkotrypis said after briefing President Nicos Anastasiades.The drill is being carried out by Italy’s ENI in a field named Kalypso in block six of Cyprus exclusive economic zone (EEZ)The government had said it would be making announcements between the two rounds of the presidential elections but according to the minister it will take a bit more time for work to be completed.Lakkotrypis said announcements could be made next week.“We are two days before the elections and don’t want it to be seen that we are trying to build expectations,” he said.Pressed by reporters, the minister said the geology in the area was similar to the Zohr field, discovered in 2015 by ENI in neigbouring Egypt, described as the largest ever natural gas find in the Mediterranean Sea.“I won’t talk about quantities or anything else,” he said.Total and Italy’s ENI had won the concession for block six, while ENI alone was awarded block eight. Total and ENI have also joined forces in block 11.ExxonMobil-Qatar Petroleum consortium was awarded block 10.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tattoo studios out of control MPs hear

first_imgBy Evie AndreouMPs on Thursday called on the state legal services to speed up procedures concerning a bill proposal regulating the operation of tattoo and body piercing studios, which has been pending since 2012, arguing that the current situation as regards these businesses was uncontrollable.The issue was discussed at the House health committee, where MPs heard that currently a very large number of tattoo and body piercing parlours operate in Cyprus, many without the necessary permits.According to committee member, Stella Kyriakides, it was the Tattoo and Piercing Artist Cyprus Association that asked for the issue to be discussed in parliament, as the group worry of the uncontrollable opening of new workshops which do not first obtain any permits and without any control from state services.MPs heard that there are 200 licenced tattoo and body piercing studios in London, while there are 300 in Cyprus.Regulating the operation of these workshops, she said, is a matter of public health safety. She added that, contrary to EU regulations that provide that only persons over 18 can have tattoos or body piercing, in Cyprus, the age threshold is 16 but a written consent of parents or guardians is required.She added that there are no sufficient checks to make sure that younger children do not get tattoos or body piercing and there is no study on possible health risks for minors.The issue, Kyriakides said, was initially discussed 12 years ago and in 2012 the health ministry prepared a bill which was sent to the legal services for vetting. No progress has been recorded since.“There is no doubt that legal regulation in order to protect both members of the public and of professionals,” Kyriakides said.She said that the committee decided to ask the legal services in writing to send to them the bill the soonest possible.As the bill has been with the legal services for six years, she said, amendments to update some provisions may be in order.Kyriakides expressed hope that the whole issue would be sorted out within the next few months.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchWhat Happens When You Eat One Avocado A DayHealth & Human ResearchUndoFood PreventThis Happens To Your Body When You Eat Oatmeal Every Day – Food PreventFood PreventUndoCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges In U.S.CollegebookUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Spehar to brief UN Security Council on Cyprus

first_imgUN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar is on Tuesday set to brief, during unofficial consultations, Security Council members on recent developments in the Cyprus problem, in the light of two recent reports by Antonio Guterres on his good offices mission and Unficyp.Spehar is also expected to refer to the forthcoming visit of Guterres` personal envoy Jane Holl Lute to Cyprus next week.Furthermore, a draft resolution on the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate is expected to be presented by the British permanent representative to the other permanent members of the Security Council. The UN Secretary-General has proposed that the force`s mandate be renewed for another six months.The US position on the mandate`s renewal is expected with interest since it has been known that the country is seeking to change the way UN peacekeeping forces operate around the world.Greek Cypriot negotiator, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis is also in New York where he is holding meetings with UN Secretariat officials and UN Security Council members.You May LikeAp +10 Coolest Japanese Cars Ever BuiltAp +Undo247 Sports2020 NFL Mock Draft: The First Round247 SportsUndoBestest.info10 Tips For Weight Loss With Minimal EffortBestest.infoUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Beer consumption up

first_imgThe export and consumption of domestically-produced beer surged in July this year in comparison to the previous month and July last year.According to CYSTAT data, exports and local consumption amounted to 5,361,323 litres in July 2018, compared to 5,195,758 litres in the previous month and 5,042,311 in July 2017.In July 2018 most of the domestically-produced beer, 5,155,439 litres, was consumed locally, while 225,884 litres were exported overseas.You May LikePSC Waterproofing Shower KitsShower Waterproofing Systems – Pro Source CenterPSC Waterproofing Shower KitsUndoWmntalks.com10 Surprising Benefits of CryingWmntalks.comUndo10LikesWhich Smart Home Tech Can You Not Live Without? Start With These10LikesUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Police arrest uncle after baby falls ill updated

first_imgA 40-year-old man was remanded in custody for three days on Thursday after a 17-month-old baby fell ill and was allegedly found to have drugs in his system.The baby was rushed to Paphos A&E in a comatose condition and then transferred to Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia where he was placed on a ventilator.The baby’s condition later improved and he was removed from the ventilator as doctors carried out tests to determine the cause of the ailment. He is said to still be in critical condition.The mother told police and doctors that he had taken a fall and hit his head.However, a tox screen raised suspicion that the baby had been exposed to illegal substances.The man, who is the mother’s brother, was arrested on Sunday evening and is being investigated in connection with illegal possession of controlled substances and negligent or reckless actions that cause bodily harm.The all lived together at their family home temporarily.The suspect did not respond to the investigators’ questions.Reports said the mother was at work when the incident took place.You May LikeHowStuffWorksComedy’s Old School Quiz: How many legends can you name?HowStuffWorksUndoBigKidCeationsKISS 16 oz. Glass Set of 2BigKidCeationsUndoMonagiza29 Adorable Cats Sleeping In Funny PositionsMonagizaUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Users given longer to remove buildings from disputed plot

first_imgThe Larnaca district court on Friday extended a deadline to the users of the Ktima Makenzy event venue to remove any buildings from the plot of which the government took control on Thursday.The disputed land located in the Mackenzie area of Larnaca will be handed over to the Turkish Cypriot man who inherited it.The users have until January 31 to remove any construction from the property.In its decision, the court took into account that the premises were built with light material which can easily be moved.An officer said the two sides are close to reaching an agreement and it may not even be necessary to move the building.According to two court decisions, in 2016 and 2018, the “the defendant (the Republic of Cyprus) must give the plaintiff (the owners) the possession of the property vacant and free”.The interior ministry evicted the users on Thursday morning with a strong police force in a procedure which went smoothly.Staff were asked to vacate the premises in the presence of the user of the property.Police officers will remain in the area until January 31.The lawsuit against the state and the guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties had been filed by Raymond Riza, the son and heir of Fikret Ali Riza who died in the UK in June 2000.Fikret Ali Riza owned the land in the parish of Skala and was born in Larnaca on February 2, 1926. He emigrated to London in 1951 where he lived until his death.The property was registered to his son in August 2005. Raymond was born in 1955 and has lived in London since. Like Raymond, Fikret was also a British passport holder.Raymond sued the state and the guardian, demanding some €958,000 in damages for loss of use between 1975 and 2012, as well as general damages for violating his right to property.The property in question had been requisitioned, like all properties left behind by Turkish Cypriots in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion in July 1974.In 1991, it came under the control of the guardian, the interior ministry, whose task is to protect the properties until an agreement is reached by the two sides.The land was leased and in 2010 the occupant constructed an event venue, Ktima Makenzy, after securing special permission.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoNovelodgeThe One WD40 Trick Everyone Should Know AboutNovelodgeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cooperatives rebranded

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe Cooperative Central Bank, one of four systemic Cypriot lenders supervised by the European Central Bank’s single supervisory mechanism after successfully completing the ECB’s asset quality review in October showing a 331 million euros capital buffer in the pessimistic scenario, launched a new brand logo yesterday, the lender said.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley 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

Cyprus and Israel writing a new chapter in relations

first_imgCyprus and Israel “have been writing a new chapter in their relations in recent years”, President Nicos Anastasiades told members of the American Jewish Committee yesterday in Chicago.“The exchange of high level meetings, most recently in June by myself in Israel and in July by Prime Minister Netanyahu in Cyprus, is merely the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “We are two countries in a turbulent yet important neighbourhood that faces many common challenges. For Israel, Cyprus is a stable, predictable and reliable partner and vice-versa”.He said the discovery of hydrocarbons had created impetus in bilateral relations which had opened new horizons in regional cooperation.“This translates into much needed energy security, diversification, and exports for both countries,” Anastasiades said.He also said that the strategic importance of energy cooperation between Cyprus and Israel was of particular importance to the United States and Europe, mainly in offering an alternative energy corridor route for the EU.“At the same time we believe that the huge recent discovery of the Zohr natural gas field in the exclusive economic zone of Egypt enhances the prospects for further synergies in the region,” the president added.“Energy can serve as a catalyst for stability and co-operation in our volatile region.”Referring to the Middle East Peace Process, Anastasiades said: “We hope that the ultimate goal of peace, through a mutually agreed two state solution, will be the basis for a more stable and secure future”.Cyprus, he added, enjoyed the trust of both sides, and was ready to facilitate their efforts in every possible way. He referred to his proposal to the President of the European Council to invite separately the two sides to a summit of the European Council to present their own point of view and vision.“Following my personal initiative and a series of coordinated actions so as to gain the support of a number of EU member states that share the view that the EU should undertake a more proactive role in the region, the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, visited Israel and Palestine”. (CNA)You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Jordanian father remanded over abduction of his children

first_imgA 42-year-old Jordanian man was remanded in custody for eight days on Thursday in connection with abducting his three children from Limassol and fleeing to the breakaway state in the north on Tuesday.Police also arrested a 30-year-old compatriot of the suspect on suspicion of helping the estranged father take the children, 12, six, and four, from the mother who is the legal guardian.The 42-year-old was located by authorities in the north and returned to the Republic through the bicommunal technical committee on crime.The children were in good health but underwent medical checks as a precaution.Police said the 30-year-old had been looking after the kids on behalf of the mother, 36. He allegedly drove them to the parking lot at the Jumbo toy store in Polemidia, where the 42-year-old waited.The 30-year-old had claimed that the father had taken the children from the embankment area but investigators later determined he had been lying.Police were also seeking a Syrian man who assisted the father in crossing to the north.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 Taboolalast_img read more

Price concerns in wake of grape glut

first_imgWinery offering lower prices for Xynisteri grapes GRAPE growers in Paphos are protesting over the prices being offered for their Xynisteri grapes by the island’s largest winery after this year’s bumper crop of the white wine variety.Annual grape collection at Sodap’s Kamanterena winery in Stroumbi got underway on Monday and will last a month, but producers are unhappy that Sodap has decided to reduce the price of Xynisteri this year from 390 euros per tonne to 300 euros.Thirty-three per cent of grapes collected in Cyprus go to Sodap.The problem has arisen after a glut of the white grape, following the lifting of a partial ban on the indigenous fruit. Previously, Xynisteri was only grown in limited, designated areas.Andreas Ioannides and his family have been growing the Xynisteri variety in Polemi village for years and usually take their produce to Sodap. He told the Sunday Mail that along with other growers, he is concerned about the huge drop in prices.“Last year the price was much better and I had 10,000 kilos, this year I have 12,000, I have already contacted a Limassol winery to see if they may be interested in my grapes, but it would be much better if Sodap took them and at last year’s price,” he said.He said that this year there had been a bumper crop of Xynisteri in the area.Ioannides will harvest his grapes on September 28, calling in extra manpower to pick and load the grapes onto trucks and will then try to unload them at Sodap winery first.“We will take the grapes there and see, I hope they will take them,” he added.A Sodap employee, who wished to remain unnamed, told the Sunday Mail that the fault lies both with the government and the growers themselves.“There is no coordination, no discussion with the wineries to ask what grapes are needed, or to ask themselves when they are planting, how and where they will sell their produce,” he said.He explained that as the variety is reasonably easy to grow and is a high producer, especially if well irrigated, many growers ditched previous varieties, such as Chardonnay and instead planted Xynisteri. This has led to a huge amount being produced this year.A grower can expect to collect 500 kilos of Chardonnay grapes per hectare per year, while Xynisteri can yield up to 3,000 kilos per hectare.“Our needs at Sodap this year are around 1.2 million kilos of this grape, but around 2.2 million are being grown,” the Sodap representative said. “The small wineries don’t want many of them, as there is an abundance and so the growers are coming to us, as we are a co-operative. They are demanding that we buy their produce but at a higher price which suits them, but not what we are offering, or what is feasible.”In previous years, he said, the government, pre-election time, pressured Sodap to buy surplus grapes. However, he said that such moves are counterproductive and could spell the end for the industry as wineries would face extortionate debts and even be forced out of business.“It’s an election tactic in my opinion, but this got us into a huge amount of debt in the past, millions of euros, as we had to borrow this money as loans from the state.”Following the sale of the company’s Limassol winery, Sodap no longer has any debts, and does not want to make the same mistakes again. Nor does it want to force up the price of their products.Another issue, according to Sodap’s chief winemaker/oenologist, Stephanos Stephanou, is that Xynisteri has to be drunk fresh and young. Within the first year after the grapes have been collected, the wine has very good acidity and aromas, which disappear after this time frame, and that it’s not feasible to use the grapes later on.“Generally, it has been a very productive year for Cyprus grapes overall, they have ripened well, with the exception of around five per cent of Mavro which has been spoiled.”No final decision has been taken about the excess grapes.The Sodap representative said that the company would most probably take the surplus, but at 300 euros per tonne and not 390 euros per tonne the growers want.“We will only be able to use this extra for box/carton wine and we will have to export it. However, nothing is agreed yet,” 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 Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Steady progress on Ayia Napa marina says developer

first_imgMore than 55 per cent of the residential properties in the Eastern Tower of the Ayia Napa marina project, have already been sold, developers of the project said on Wednesday in a progress report on the €220 million project.The project, in which the Egyptian investor Naguib Sawiris’ Gemini Real Estate Ltd has an 80 per cent stake and the Cyprus-based Caramondanis Group a 20 per cent stake, is scheduled to be to be completely finished by 2021. The marina itself will be operating by the summer of 2019, the developers said in an announcement after the onsite presentation.The second phase includes the construction of 190 luxury one-to-four-bedroom apartments in two twisting-shaped towers of 25 and 26 floors. There will also be 29 luxury villas, shops, restaurants and other amenities. The Eastern Tower is expected to be finished in 2020 and the West Tower in 2021.More than 55 per cent of the properties in the Eastern Tower have been sold.“Work is progressing steadily,” the announcement said and was following the construction timetable. The first stage, which began in September 2016 was concerned with the construction of the port and infrastructure projects, the main arm of which has been completed.A new sales office is also ready to open, the developers said, where visitors and interested investors can access plans, photos and videos. They will also be able to tour the site with virtual reality “in order to understand in the best possible way the experience that Ayia Napa marina will offer to future occupants and visitors”.The project, according to the developers, has already gained international acclaim and was attracting growing interest from investors and buyers.“The Ayia Napa marina is the most significant development taking place in the Famagusta area, and one of the most ambitious development projects in Cyprus,” the announcement said.“With its completion, it is expected to upgrade both the region and the national tourism product, serving as a lever to attract and develop the local economy and promoting the image of Ayia Napa as a destination of quality tourism.”There are currently three marinas in Cyprus – Limassol, St Raphael, Larnaca – but there are plans for the construction of two more, in Paphos and Paralimni, while the one in Larnaca, which is adjacent to the port, is due to be completely re-built. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cheaper electricity bills from February

first_imgElectricity bills will decrease by at least 3.6 per cent in February compared to December, the electricity authority (EAC) announced on Monday.According to the EAC spokeswoman, Christina Papadopoulou, the price change is due to the Cyprus Electricity Regulatory Authority’s (Cera) fuel adjustment which is done every six months, meaning the decrease is valid until June.The adjustment is related to the cost of the fuel mix of heavy fuel oil, diesel and renewable energy sources.In addition to the 3.6 per cent, February prices will likely fall further, due to changing fuel costs which are adjusted on a monthly basis.“The exact amount of the reduction will be known by the end of the month, in two to three days,” Papadopoulou explained.The decrease is a welcome change after electricity prices kept increasing in 2018 due to a rise in international oil prices.In November it was reported that within one year, electricity prices rose 27.7 per cent. At the beginning of October the EAC announced that the average household should expect an almost 7 per cent hike on upcoming October bills, compared to those paid in August.  You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Officials womens groups condemn sexist ad

first_imgWomen’s groups and other officials branded an ad campaign against violence towards women allegedly supported by state authorities, ‘sexist’ on Thursday, as ministries condemned the use of their names on the campaign.The campaign, run by the company Galastyle, features posters and videos of men calling on others to ‘Act Manly’ and stop violence towards women.In their initial announcement for the campaign, the company said the poster would be put up in military camps, hospitals and health centres, as well as athletic centres, post offices and the GSP stadium.The company listed the ministry of defence, the health ministry, the transport ministry, Cyprus Post, Cyprus Sports Organisation, and the GSP Stadium as supporters of the campaign.But on Thursday head of equality issues at the foreign ministry, Josie Christodoulou told Active Radio: “This specific campaign, unfortunately, seems to be reproducing stereotypes instead of breaking them down.”Commissioner on Equality issues Josephina Antoniou said the campaign was a take on an American ad that pushed the message: ‘Real men don’t buy a girl’. Antoniou called the local campaign “extremely sexist.”Two of the ministries listed as supporters of the campaign distanced themselves from it saying they were unaware of the exact content of the campaign.“The ministry of health was not aware of the exact content in these campaigns,” the health ministry said in a statement.The ministry added that it has ordered that the posters, which were agreed on as part of the campaign deal, not be put up in hospitals.Earlier, the ministry of transport also condemned any involvement in the campaign and said that it has sent a letter to the company to remove its name from the campaign.In a statement, Galastyle said: “The phrase is deeply rooted within our society and identified with the ‘correct’ behaviour a man should have. So, it is a phrase that identifies any man. Therefore, it concerns him.”The company added that they wanted to address all the people, who think a man is the ‘supreme power’ to convey manhood means respect and not a demonstration of power over ‘the weaker sex’.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House approves Rep Lilly plan to help licensed medical marijuana facilities succeed

first_img18Apr House approves Rep. Lilly plan to help licensed medical marijuana facilities succeed Solution establishes clear closure deadline for unlicensed facilitiesState Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to create fairness and consistency for licensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support.Lilly, of Park Township, said the licensing process for medical marijuana businesses was established in 2016 to protect patients by providing access to safe and reliable sources of medical marijuana. However, the deadline by which non-licensed operators must close has been extended multiple times, allowing unregulated facilities to continue selling untested marijuana in Michigan.“Allowing unlicensed facilities to continue to conduct business in our state puts those who choose to participate in a regulated market at a disadvantage,” Lilly said. “It’s not fair to force legitimate businesses to compete against unlicensed operators who do not have to pay taxes and regulatory fees or undergo safety inspections.”Lilly’s legislation, House Bill 4440, seeks to codify in statue the existing executive rule that all unlicensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan must cease as of a certain date. The legislation would establish a clear date by which all facilities in Michigan must have a license to operate. Under the plan, nearly all medical marijuana facilities operating without a valid license after June 1, 2019, will be ineligible to receive a license for one year. The legislation provides exceptions for those applicants currently in the appeals process, and any licensee in the appeals process would be required to adhere to the same regulatory standards as already-licensed facilities.“This solution will ensure all medical marijuana facilities operating in Michigan are properly licensed, and that any facility operating without a license is held accountable,” Lilly said. “It paves the way for legitimate medical marijuana facilities to continue to invest in our state, employ residents, pay taxes and provide safe and regulated products to patients.”The plan requires the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board to issue a license or a notice of denial before June 1 for any applicant currently operating under the extension, unless they are in the process of an investigative hearing. Applicants who have requested a public investigative hearing would not be forced to stop operating, as long as they pay an amount equal to the annual regulatory assessment and comply with all other regulations. Any applicant denied a license after the public investigative hearing will be required to cease operations at that time.House Bill 4440 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Lilly Newslast_img read more

Rep Wakeman schedules local office hours

first_img State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Saturday, April 27 and Monday, April 29 to meet with local residents of the 94th District.“I look forward to every opportunity to talk with you and hear your thoughts,” Rep. Wakeman said. “Office hours allow me to have one-on-one conversations about the issues you care about most.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Wickson Memorial Library, 359 S. Franklin St. in Frankenmuth; andMonday, April 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Charles District Library, 104 W. Spruce St. in St. Charles.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Wakeman’s office by calling (517) 373-0837 or by email at RodneyWakeman@house.mi.gov. Categories: Wakeman News 18Apr Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hourslast_img read more

Universities Intellectual Freedom and the Anonymous Gift

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 8, 2014; Daily TelegraphQuestions are being asked about the wisdom shown by the University of Cambridge in accepting a £3.7 million donation to fund a chair in Chinese development studies. Although the university claims that due diligence was followed, investigations by the Daily Telegraph question the credibility of this claim. It is now apparent that the gift was made by Wen Ruchun, the daughter of China’s former prime minister, Wen Jiabao. Magnifying the concerns of many in the Cambridge and wider academic communities is the fact that the inaugural chair has been awarded to a close friend and associate of the donor.Professor Thomas Cushman, a social sciences professor at Wellesley College in Boston, spoke out against the British university’s gift at an UK House of Parliament event organized by Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall. “We need to guard the integrity of these establishments.”“If you leave [scrutinizing gifts] to the academics, then it won’t happen,” he added. “I’m not surprised that they take the cash when it is offered. And a chancellor would be a fool to say no—in these times of austerity, it’d probably cost him his job.”The Telegraph began its investigations in early 2012 when Cambridge initially announced the acceptance a substantial gift from the Chong Hua Education Foundation. The announcement came hard on the heels of an official government enquiry into to a donation of £1.5 million to the London School of Economics (LSE) by a foundation that was ultimately shown to be controlled by the son of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. That error of judgement led to the resignation of the director of the LSE.Further investigation discovered the Chong Hua Foundation to be registered in Bermuda, where there is no requirement for disclosure of the identity of trustees. The Telegraph was told by Cambridge University that the trust had been established by “two wealthy individuals who wish to remain private.” They also reported that they had been told by a Beijing entrepreneur, Vivien Wang, that the Chong Hua Foundation was indeed Ms. Wen’s charity. Miss Wang later denied making that statement. All stories related to the donation were subsequently censored by the Chinese government from all websites.Ms. Wen is no novice when it comes to opaque identity. The New York Times reported last year that JPMorgan Chase, through its Hong Kong office, engaged a consulting firm called Fullmark to assist develop relationships in mainland China. As they understood it, they were dealing with a Ms. Lily Chang. However, Ms. Chang turned out to be Ms. Wen—“Lily Chang” is apparently the identity that Ms. Wen adopted whilst a graduate student at the University of Delaware and later as an employee with Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston. (The New York Times explains that the children of China’s ruling elite use government-approved aliases to protect their privacy while studying or traveling abroad.)The children of China’s ruling elite, often termed “princelings,” are said to have amassed huge wealth. The family of Wen Jiabao is no exception. A lengthy 2012 article on the wealth of Ms. Wen’s family in the New York Times led to the newspaper’s website being closed down in China that year.Ms. Wen and her husband studied at Cambridge. There, it appears they were students of Professor Peter Nolan, the inaugural appointee of the Chong Hua professorship. Ms. Wen’s husband, Liu Chunhang, also appears as co-author with Prof. Nolan of a book, The Global Business Revolution and the Cascade Effect.Further examples of apparent disingenuity by Cambridge authorities emerge from the Telegraph’s investigation. It appears that the former vice chancellor, Dame Alison Richards, met with Ms. Wen in 2006. There is no verification that the donation was discussed. (It was, after all, six years in advance of the gift.) However, the current vice chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, met with Ms. Wen on a trip to Beijing in 2011. Additionally, he hosted an event in Beijing for the Cambridge China Development Trust, of which Prof. Nolan is joint director and Ms. Wen’s husband is a Senior Research Associate. Again, there is no verification that the donation was discussed.However, for anyone familiar with the process of cultivating wealthy donors, these events appear like precursors to asking for a substantial gift. The gift was announced approximately one year after Sir Leszek’s visit.The Telegraph also claims, via a former government official with ties to the Wen family, that Cambridge representatives had other meetings with Ms. Wen in Beijing during the period from 2009 to 2011 to discuss the donation.Dame Alison, who was at Yale before becoming vice chancellor at Cambridge, is credited with bringing “American-style fundraising” to Cambridge. Dame Alison declined to discuss with the Telegraph specifics of the Chong Hua Foundation donation. However, she did not contradict the newspaper’s assertions that she had met with Ms. Wen.Dame Alison has said in the past that whether money comes from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, or China, it often has government connections. Such gifts, she says, often occupy a “grey area” and require “philosophical judgments” to ensure that universities did not suffer reputational damage for accepting them.“There is an argument, which is that universities take, perhaps, funds that have been raised in the grey area and put it to extremely good purposes. You can say that the universities are providing salvation for, you know, gifts raised in this grey area,” Dame Alison has said.The Telegraph says that there is no suggestion that Dame Alison, Sir Leszec Borysiewicz, or Professor Nolan were aware of or involved in anything improper in respect to the Chong Hua donation.A spokesman for Cambridge has said, “The philanthropic donation from the Chong Hua Education Foundation was fully verified and approved by the University of Cambridge Advisory Committee on Benefactions. No more details will be released as the donors, as is common practice, have requested complete anonymity.”—John GodfreyShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

City of Chicago Gives Nonprofit Food Desert Buses Another Go

first_imgShare8TweetShare1Email9 SharesJuly 21, 2015; WLS-AM (Chicago, IL)In Chicago, Growing Power will employ an out-of-service transit bus to bring a mobile market complete with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert communities on the South and West sides.This is not the first repurposing of the bus, which apparently used to be a bookmobile. And it is not the first time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attempted to make a go of it with this idea.The Chicago Tribune described the history of the effort this way:“In June 2012, the mayor stood with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in front of a shiny red bus to announce a federal grant for two produce buses operating under the ‘Fresh Moves’ moniker while promising to secure funds for four more of the vehicles. Instead, a year and a half later the two Fresh Moves buses were permanently parked with the foundation that ran them, Food Desert Action, reporting a loss of $51,502 on produce sales in 2011 and a loss of $185,520 in 2012.”But the project is now under new management with Growing Power, a year-round urban garden in the city. Erika Allen, GP’s director, says that what will be different between the previous failed attempt and this one will be that the food that will be sold will be locally grown. Fuel and maintenance for the bus will be provided by the city during the first year of the program.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShare1Email9 Shareslast_img read more

Racial Diversity in Alternative Press May Be Declining

first_imgShare6TweetShareEmail6 SharesSeptember 10, 2015; The RootThe Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) reports that a recent survey of 37 sites showed a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the newsrooms of this nation’s mostly liberal or progressive alternative news media. These “continue to be predominantly white, and if anything, are getting whiter.”(Maybe the first indication that diversity might not be such a high priority for the association’s members was in the fact that only 37 of 113 member groups responded to the query.)The survey results were compiled and analyzed by Jimmy Boegle, editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent, head of AAN’s Diversity Advisory Committee. The report, released last Tuesday, reveals that “AAN members continue to do well with diversity when it comes to having women and members of the LGBT community in the fold”—in fact increasing those numbers proportionately—but “respondents reported that just 12.6 percent of employees are people of color. That’s down from 14 percent in 2011-2012.”This pattern, showing a lack of progress in racial diversity, mirrors that found in environmental organizations in July of 2014. That report stated:The biggest barriers to hiring minorities, the organizations said, were the few job openings and the lack of minority applicants. Of the 493 staff hired by conservation/preservation organizations in the last three years, only 63 (or 12.8 percent) were ethnic minorities, and of the 35 staff hired in environmental grantmaking foundations in the last three years, only six (17.1 percent) were ethnic minorities.Similar answers were found here in answer to the question, “Do you make an effort to reach out to people of color when hiring new staff? If so, how?” Only a narrow majority of the 35 who responded did, and a number “made comments to the effect that they either ‘reach out to everyone’ or that they ‘look to the best candidates regardless of race.’” A handful of respondents bemoaned the fact that all they get are white applicants. At least a couple respondents said they wanted to look to other AAN members on how to do better on this.“Respondents rated the importance of diversifying their staffs an average of 7.6 on a 10-point scale, and rated the importance of diversifying readership as 8 on a 10-point scale,” Boegle said, but “eight of the 37 responding papers reported no people of color on staff.” And in terms of management positions, there were a total of 194 positions among the 36 respondents to the question, and only 25 were filled by people of color. Twenty-three, or almost 2/3 of the 36 respondents, reported no people of color in management.We appreciated the recommendations made last year in the environmental report and will repeat them here in case they may be of use to the alternative press and, indeed, all nonprofits.The dominant culture of these organizations is alienating to ethnic minorities, the poor, the LGBTQ community, and others outside the mainstream.Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be core values that are included in the mission statements of environmental organizations.Ethnic minorities are grossly underrepresented in the leadership of environmental organizations. Increasing racial diversity in the organizations should be a high priority.A significant number of talented ethnic minorities are willing and able to work in environmental organizations, but discriminatory hiring practices prevent them from obtaining jobs in such organizations.The environmental discourse has to be broadened to include a wider range of people and the issues they are concerned with.Greater effort should be made to facilitate the emergence of the next generation of leaders. This group should be more multicultural than the current cadre of senior environmental leaders.Diversity data should be collected and tracked in environmental organizations. This is particularly true of nongovernmental organizations.Again, these were recommendations by and for the environmental field.—Ruth McCambridgeShare6TweetShareEmail6 Shareslast_img read more

Between Gladwells Scorn and Municipal Frustration Whats a Super Endowed University to

first_imgShare34TweetShare13Email47 SharesAugust 17, 2016; Business InsiderAs you read this, two U.S. congressional committees prepare to review the uses of the endowments of the 56 largest private colleges and universities. In the run-up to it, the critical press has not let up on those mega-nonprofits with deep, deep pockets. NPQ’s nonprofit news coverage addressed stories only recently about George Washington University and Georgetown and about the unwillingness of the universities to accede to reasonable requests from the City of Boston for PILOT payments.We already know that Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of books like The Tipping Point, Blink, and David and Goliath, believes that giving gifts to an already well-heeled university like Princeton or Stanford is a “moral injustice.” It’s become something of a campaign for him. It started last summer when he responded to John Paulson’s $400 million dollar gift to Harvard with tweets such as “If billionaires don’t step up, Harvard will soon be down to its last $30 billion.”It came down to helping the poor or giving the world’s richest university $400 mil it doesn’t need. Wise choice John! http://t.co/2bFmuTy397— Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) June 3, 2015Readers may remember that at the time, Rick Cohen suggested a number of alternative uses for that gift, and Vox columnist Dylan Matthews wrote, “There is a special plaque in philanthropist hell for John Paulson.”Now, Gladwell has produced a podcast in his Revisionist History series reemphasizing his point that large gifts to wealthy schools only increase the gap between elite institutions and colleges who might actually find a good immediate use for it by educating people. He challenges the reasoning behind such gifts: “You know, John Paulson thought deeply and brilliantly about the mortgage meltdown of 2007/2008,” Gladwell said to Business Insider in a recent interview. “If he devoted even a fraction of the time, energy, and thought to this philanthropy as he did to that, the world would be such a better place.”Paulson, of course, made a fortune betting on the collapse of the real estate market.Last summer, when Gladwell first raised this issue via Twitter, Business Insider rustled up a bunch of power-player investors, including T. Boone Pickens, Bill Ackman, and Marc Andreessen, to tell him why he was wrong. Many of these responses contained the thought, “Well, it’s his money, after all!”Gladwell’s response?That was hilarious…round up all these incredibly, really smart and sophisticated investors who have made billions of dollars and get them talking about a relatively complex social issue, and they sound like idiots!They give money to Harvard or Stanford because all their friends pat them on the back, they get their name on a prestigious building, and they get associated with all of the incredible brand value of those institutions, but they haven’t thought, clearly, about the social justice implications of what they’re doing. And they get uncomfortable when someone says, “Well, wait a minute, you have not thought as seriously about your philanthropy as you have about your investment decisions, and maybe you ought to take it as seriously.”Take Princeton, for example—it has more money on a per capita basis than any educational institution in the history of educational institutions. There is no scenario where it can spend all the money its endowment generates every year. If there is anyone who gives a single dollar to Princeton, they have completely lost their mind. I will say that without reservation.Meanwhile, the concept of big schools as good local citizens is taking a beating after another analysis of the unwillingness of “big eds” to help out their localities with some small portion of what they would pay if they were taxed for their property. Bloomberg reports that of 28 private universities with endowments valued at more than $2 billion, only 11 reported giving unrestricted money to their municipalities last year—and this includes Dartmouth College, which is required by state law to pay property tax on all its buildings, including dormitories and dining halls. Some of the others make contributions for specific programs, but this is not our definition of the tax-like revenue that municipalities need.—Ruth McCambridgeShare34TweetShare13Email47 Shareslast_img read more