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Ethnic seniors get funding boost

first_imgSeniors of ethnic groups will soon receive $233,000 in Victorian government funding to help encourage participation in activities and remain active, announced Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis. More than 50 groups and agencies around Victoria will also receive grants from the participation for culturally and linguistic diverse seniors. These grants will not only promote activity amongst the elderly community of Victoria, but increase support for isolated seniors from CALD backgrounds. “Australian Institute for Health & Welfare data shows nearly a third of all Victorians aged over 65 are from a CALD background, “said Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Nicholas Kotsiras. Mr Kotsiras said that he was contented to see that these grants had been spread among over 25 different ethnic groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Building excellent public services for all

first_imgThe dates for Victoria’s State election have been issued and the rival parties have already taken it to the road, selling their policies and trying to win over the voters. Neos Kosmos, keeping up with tradition, will cover this contest from all aspects, seeking through to the Greek heritage candidates and communicating their pleas to the voters. They will have the chance to express in their own words what they represent and offer to their constituents and the wider community of Victoria.Steve Dimopoulos is allowed to feel right at home in Eaton Mall; everybody in the most Greek strip of land in Melbourne knows the sitting member for Oakleigh in Victoria’s state parliament, who will recontest the seat as the Labor candidate in the state elections on Saturday 24 November.In 2014, Dimopoulos managed to secure Oakleigh with a safe margin of 16 points (after the distribution of preferences) a fact that is indicative of his close and long-standing relationship with this electorate.This margin justifiably gives him the frontrunner’s position in the contest. However, the decision of the Andrews government to abolish taxi licenses, compensating their owners not for all but only three for each owner, has infuriated some voters in Oakleigh and it remains to be seen how this will affect Labor’s prospects in the upcoming election. Nevertheless, it remains very difficult for the Liberal Party to win this seat, considering that Labor’s influence in Oakleigh has “sank” only twice in the history of the seat, in 1992 and 1996, when Labor suffered the largest election defeat in its history in state elections in Victoria.As with the other Greek candidates, Steve Dimopoulos was given the opportunity to present his case to the voters of Oakleigh.Which do you think are the most important issues for your constituents?The key ones is the cost of living, population growth and congestion. Life has become harder for people generally over the last twelve years. There has been wage stagnation nationally. Everybody from the Reserve Bank to the Business Council of Australia recognises that. As we cannot impact on personal income tax, Centrelink payments or GST, we are making sure that families and individuals have good public services. We can take the burden away of having to pay for private services if they do not choose to.So good public schools in every community, free TAFE, almost free three year old and four year old kinder, are policies that contribute to good quality of life, including the best ambulance response times Victoria has ever seen. That is not by accident, this is because of our government’s investment.The electricity prices and power prices in general are very high. We made a whole bunch of decisions last year to bring them down though. Apart from the $50 incentive to get on that energy compare website which is proven to lower prices because you compare with the market, if we are re-elected we will abolish standing offers. So in every single occasion the customers will get the best deal because they will be informed. Also we are expanding the supply of energy, by making a whole bunch of investments in wind and solar and other renewable energy policies.We are trying to create a society and a community where families and individuals are supported through excellent public services that people should rely on, from schools, to ambulance, to community spaces, to public transport.By improving public transport you also impact on congestion and quality of life. People see the pressures of population growth. We should have started getting ready decades ago, as governments generally. We didn’t. The Andrews government though, is actually working on relieving people’s pressure. Ιt won’t happen immediately. People talk about the governments not having long term commitments. We do and we’ve proven that. The busiest train corridor is in my electorate, the Cranbourne line, busiest in the whole of Victoria. We are putting high capacity trains on this line as of April next year, we had a lot of crossings removed and we are upgrading the signalling. We are going to get 11,000 more people on the train between 7-9 in the morning peak and also in the evening peak.What do you offer to the Greek community within your electorate? Labor supports the Greek community through supporting building projects in individual communities in my electorate and elsewhere, including churches, community halls, including the Greek Community of Melbourne building. We have increased Greek festival funding, funding for the teaching of the Greek language here in Victoria and introduced bi-lingual Greek English kindergarten programs. We funded Greek aged care facilities and much more. That’s a fact and some of these funds have already being distributed.But I would also like to comment on the issue of the taxi license owners and recent attacks from the opposition’s shadow minister for Public Transport, David Davies.If David Davies actually wanted to do something for the taxi licenses holders, rather than actually playing them in a political sense, which is a disgusting attribute that he has and he has done it with other groups in the past, he would have done two things.He would not have opposed the $2 levy on every ride that we put up to raise the money for the compensation scheme.Secondly, he had the power in the Upper House, the Liberal and the National party have more MPs in the Upper House than the Labor Government has. We did not control the Upper House. He could have made an arrangement with the crossbenchers to have increased the compensation scheme that he says now is inadequate. I read his speech; it was 2,300 words on the Commercial Passenger Vehicle bill. 2,300 words! He didn’t add the eight words that counted, ‘I move an amendment to the compensation scheme’; yet he is out there on the streets, outside my office and in many other venues with vulnerable Greek and Turkish and other taxi license holders saying ‘you have not got enough money and it is not fair, and I will fix it’ while he has had the opportunity in the parliament of Victoria in the Upper House to fix it. So when he says about a review, I not only don’t believe him, I find it galling and objectionable given his history on this very issue.For what reasons do you think the voters should give you their vote?I believe people should vote for me for two reasons: I represent a party that has not wasted one day in office, working hard to improve the lives of working people, families and pensioners. We have improved the public health system, ambulances, hospitals, schools, public transport, we have recruited more police and we have built the strongest economy in Australia including creating 400,000 additional jobs.I am not only the member of parliament for the Greek centre of Melbourne, I live here and I was raised here. I worked in Oakleigh for many years both for a former politician, as a councillor and Mayor for the City of Monash and as a small business owner in Oakleigh. I know and love the Greek community of Oakleigh and it’s been part of my life for my whole life. I listen to people, I work hard and I have an ambition to keep working to improve the lives of people who have worked so hard for so long to help build the incredible success story that is modern Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Several WWE Legends added to the 1019 RAW in Dallas

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Ronda Rousey Google+ Courtesy of WWE.com:The Undertaker, Ric Flair and more join Brock Lesnar’s Go to Hell Tour on Oct. 19 RawAs Brock Lesnar’s Go to Hell Tour winds its way toward Los Angeles, The Beast Incarnate’s infernal caravan will make a stopover on WWE’s flagship show, where a few Legends and Hall of Famers will join the ride.WWE.com can confirm that the Oct. 19 Raw, scheduled to emanate live from Dallas — the home city of WrestleMania 32 — will not only feature a live appearance by Lesnar, but also WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Ric Flair, as well as Lesnar’s Hell in a Cell opponent, The Undertaker.Not only will this be the final Raw before The Beast’s Hell in a Cell contest with The Phenom, but the Go to Hell Tour will continue after Raw goes off the air, when Lesnar and Austin sit down for the latest edition of the “Stone Cold” Podcast, live on the award-winning WWE Network. See the final stop on The Beast’s road to Hell when Raw emanates live from Dallas on Oct. 19 at 8/7 C on USA Network!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Now Playing Up Next NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins RAW Preview: Stephanie to make WrestleMania announcement, Live RAW Post-Showlast_img read more

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Trial witness says Amanda Knox didnt kill roommate

first_imgPERUGIA, Italy (AP) — A convicted child murderer testified Saturday at the appeals trial for Amanda Knox, saying that a fellow inmate had told him the American student had nothing to do with her British roommate’s slaying.Witness Mario Alessi, who is serving a life sentence for one of Italy’s most shocking crimes, the kidnap-murder of an Italian toddler snatched from his home, was called by defense lawyers. His credibility was soon challenged in court.Knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering British student Meredith Kercher in the house the two shared in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years.They both deny wrongdoing and are appealing their convictions.Also convicted in a separate proceeding was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man whose conviction has been confirmed by Italy’s highest criminal court. Guede also denies wrongdoing, but admitted being in Knox’s and Kercher’s apartment the night of the murder on Nov. 1, 2007.Alessi is being held in the same prison as Guede. He testified that the Ivorian told him that Knox and Sollecito are innocent, speaking in prison conversations in November 2009. That was about a month before Knox and Sollecito were convicted in the first trial and while Guede had already been convicted and was appealing.last_img read more

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Instagram is back up and running

first_img Tags Instagram is down. James Martin/CNET Instagram looks to be back online after an outage hit the social media platform for more than an hour on Thursday afternoon. Previously, checking it on the Instagram mobile app brought up a “couldn’t refresh feed” message, while attempting to use the desktop website came up with a Facebook logo and a “Sorry, something went wrong” message.  instagram-down“Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing their Instagram accounts,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “We are now fully recovered and apologize for the inconvenience.”Down Detector recorded more than 38,000 reports as of 3 p.m. PT, which jumped to almost 57,000 reports as of 3:40 p.m. Its live outage map showed the issue was reported globally, across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Instagram acknowledged the outage via Twitter at 3:41 p.m. PT, saying it was working to fix the issue. Instagrammers running towards Twitter to confirm #instagramdown!! pic.twitter.com/MqnnqM8LzV— Gaurav (@iamGrvJ) June 13, 2019 Others complained they didn’t know what to do with their time. How twitter reacts when Instagram goes down again #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/xArPht9uJe— Leo (@leomo30) June 13, 2019 When you realize that Instagram is down and it’s not just a problem with your WiFi #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/XwhLNgngBy— ScaleLA (@ScaleLosAngeles) June 13, 2019 A lot of people used Twitter to check whether it was their Wi-Fi or Instagram itself that was the problem. Me figuring out what to do with my time now. #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/TlymRV7iUB— Freya (@Freya140303) June 13, 2019 Unhappy users also complained of repetitive outages across Instagram. center_img Share your voice We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing their Instagram accounts. We’re working quickly to fix the issue. #instagramdown— Instagram (@instagram) June 13, 2019 First published at 3:10 p.m. PT on June 13. Updated at 3:52 p.m. PT: adds Twitter post from Instagram. Updated at 4:26 p.m. PT: Instagram is back up and running. During the outage, Instagram users flooded Twitter with memes, as hundreds used the #instagramdown hashtag. “Instagrammers running towards Twitter to confirm #instagramdown!!” one tweet said. Comments 4 Mobile Mobile Appslast_img read more

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Sri Lanka Buddhist monks slam antiMuslim riots

first_imgSri Lankan Muslim men stand next to shops that have been closed in protest following deadly communal violence in other parts of the country, in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on 9 March 2018. AFPHundreds of Buddhist monks and activists staged a demonstration in the Sri Lankan capital Friday to condemn anti-Muslim riots that have killed three people and forced the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency.The National Bhikku Front said they organised the silent protest against what they called “communal clashes destroying national unity”.Moderate Buddhist leaders have also denounced the riots concentrated in the central city of Kandy, 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of the capital Colombo.Several Sri Lankan users also posted photos on Twitter of Buddhist monks visiting mosques during Friday prayers to express solidarity.Sinhalese and Muslim civil society groups had staged a joint protest in Colombo Thursday calling for tough action against the perpetrators of the riots.Violence erupted on Monday after a Sinhalese man died of injuries suffered during an attack last week by four Muslim men. Tensions escalated when the body of a Muslim man was found in a burnt out building in the Kandy district on Tuesday.Sinhalese gangs set fire to mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, homes and vehicles in Kandy and elsewhere.The government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew while troop reinforcements were used to back police patrols.Police said the main instigator of the riots was arrested on Thursday along with 145 others. He was identified as Amith Weerasinghe, a Sinhalese known for anti-Muslim activism and extremist social media posts.A group of radical Buddhists monks are facing prosecution for their alleged role in anti-Muslim violence in 2014 that left four people dead.Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese community accounts for about three quarters of the 21 million population. Most are Buddhists. Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population.last_img read more

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Vizs Eric Eberhardt Dishes on The World Next Door With Us

first_img Viz recently announced a partnership with Rose City Games as its first foray into game publishing with an indie developer on its first project. It’s called The World Next Door, and it looks like a satisfying amalgam of some of the coolest parts of anime and gaming in both subcultures. We had a brief Q&A session with Viz’s Eric Eberhardt, Director of Business Development, about the new venture and what we can expect to see come out of it. If you’re interested in seeing what happens next for the indie gaming scene and the popular anime publisher, then you’ll definitely want to pay attention.The gaming market is extremely competitive. What prompted the decision to enter the game publishing arena at this time?The market is extremely competitive, but we feel that Viz is uniquely positioned to introduce new games to a proven & enthusiastic audience. And partnering with Rose City Games helps us to identify up-and-coming indie devs who are often already strongly attuned to the tastes and preferences of that audience.Are there any specific genres you’re targeting specifically beyond narrative-driven games?We’ve done a lot of research on the types of games that our fans play the most (Tactical RPGs, Shmups, etc.). And we’ll use that as a roadmap, but we also want to explore any genres that can support compelling characters and story, since these could be a great opportunity to introduce new fans to our anime and manga offerings as well.Will you be publishing properties that are based on any of Viz’s anime catalog in the future?Viz already has great partnerships with Bandai Namco and other publishers to create console and mobile games based on anime licenses, and we’re definitely 100% committed to continuing those relationships, but we’re open to new opportunities as well.What’s the most important aspect of this new venture? Why did you choose to develop a game for the PC platform as opposed to a console or online based format?While all game distribution platforms and channels are highly competitive, we feel that PC downloadables are in a sweet spot regarding market saturation and dev cost that makes them a perfect jumping off point for eventual migration to other formats. By making use of multi-platform tools like Unity from the outset, we’re ready to follow audience interest to mobile or console on a game-by-game basis, and we definitely plan on doing so whenever it makes sense.How will this venture differ from other indie gaming companies out there?Like most indie publishers, our primary goal will be to make successful, well-received games. But as part of an established, multi-channel publishing company, we have a number of different ways to foster and measure that success.How do you hope to improve the gaming landscape for smaller studios and developers with this new venture?The audience for anime and manga is young, diverse and growing. And while it’s by no means underserved on the console, mobile and PC gaming platforms right now, we still see plenty of room for new stories and voices to connect with our fans. So we want to support and encourage devs who are speaking to that audience, both by working with them directly as a publisher, and also by helping to prove the viability of original, narrative-driven games across the industry as a whole.Are there any additional insights or hints that you can give us that could be coming soon? What should we look for next? Is there a release date for The World Next Door yet?No release date yet, but we’ll definitely have lots more info to share soon. We have some plans coming together around GDC, so stay tuned to the game website and social media for more info on that as it develops.Can you offer any additional details on The World Next Door, or divulge anything on what we should be looking forward to in the game, specifically?We’re really excited for everyone to learn more about the world and characters of The World Next Door! I think it’s an incredibly deep story that is going to resonate with a lot of people, and the character designs and illustrations by Lord Gris do a fantastic job of expressing that visually.As you have done with titles like The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, and Pokémon, there any plans to publish graphic novels or other titles based on The World Next Door?For now, we’re focused on bringing The World Next Door to life on the PC. Merchandise, adaptations, and spinoffs are becoming a bigger part of the indie game scene, and down the line, we’re excited to see how we can bring the game to the worldwide audience across a wide variety of formats. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge Is Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray This MonthHello Kitty & Friends Coloring Book Review: All Your Friends Are Here last_img read more

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Some food for thought on RDay

first_img‘Are we really free to express our views in this independent nation? The question has bogged me down on various occasions like it has bogged others,’ says Atul Satya Koushik, president, Film and Theatre Society.With Republic Day just two days away, the society is reconsidering the perception of freedom, democracy and republic through two of its classic plays — Animal Farm and Wo Lahore.‘The event, titled 1940s, is a series of plays set in the pre-Independence era. They question the conventional perceptions of freedom, republic and democracy and try to present that face and form of these ideologies which they have attained against the initial aspirations,’ explains Atul. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Today the Republic of India still remains a work in progress and the gap between the haves and the have nots is widening with each passing day. Both my plays show the flip side of the sad state by questioning our responsiblities as citizens of India,’ he adds.Animal Farm is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel of the same name. The 110 minute Hindi play shows a hypothetical village miles away from India where Britishers have gained control over some farms. It uses rural languages, folk songs and incorporates various comic situations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘It represents how the political leaders gained power after freedom and eventually India remained a slave forever. The play tries to bring the concept of Animal Farm to Indian struggles for freedom and the developments after that,’ says Atul.It’s a musical satire about how and why India as a country has not been able to progress due to certain miscreants involved in power making, adds the director.Wo Lahore, on the other hand, is a play based on a short story written by Atul himself. It is the story of an ordinary woman, Jamuna, a mother of three sons who tries to keep her family intact in spite of everything that is happening around. The play has been set in the mid 20th century India which is the most talked about period in its history. ‘Wo Lahore is based on internal conflicts and turmoil prevailing in an ordinary Indian family with the struggle for freedom, social beliefs of those times with the Partition serving as the backdrop. It’s a story of a family in Lahore in the backdrop of the freedom struggle and Partition. What happened during the time of Partition is both traumatic and heartbreaking,’ says Atul.Go check out the plays as the word ‘republic’ gets reinvented.DETAILAt: Open Air Theatre, Pearey Lal Bhawan, BSZ Marg, near ITO When: 26-27 January Timings: 7 pm onwards Cost: Rs 300last_img read more

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Skill devp centres to boost poultry production

first_imgKolkata: State technical Education, Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Bose said government would soon set up training centres for people working in poultries across the state to develop their skills for increased production.On Tuesday, during 7th Kolkata International Poultry Fair (KIPF) organised jointly by state Animal Resource Development (ARD) department and West Bengal Poultry Federation (WBPF), Bose said at present, the poultry yield in the state was not sufficient. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe state government is taking all possible steps to increase egg production. According to Bose, two skill development centres have been already completed. Another will come up at Bankura for which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between state government and West Bengal Poultry Federation. He assured that his department would extend helping hands to poultry workers to develop their skills. “I am sure soon we will be able to produce sufficient quantity of eggs which would cater the need of our state. For that we have to increase poultry feed production such as corn and other cereals,” said Bose. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from Bose, state Animal Resource Development, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles minister Swapan Debnath said though the state was deficit in producing eggs, meat production in the state was sufficient to meet the needs of the people across the state. Debnath said: “We are self-sufficient in producing meat. The state government is providing incentives and other facilities to poultry businesspersons through West Bengal Incentive Scheme 2017. A member of WBPF said incentives and other facilities were also been provided to self-help groups and other small groups who are showing willingness to run a poultry firm.” Madan Mohan Maity, the general secretary of WBPF, requested the state government to reduce the per unit electricity cost as it would help to grow the poultry sector across the state. He further informed last year the growth rate of broiler chicken production increased by 500 percent. “Our assumption is that within a few years we will have sufficient poultry production.”last_img read more

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Trapped leopard from Kaijaley to be released into wild

first_imgDarjeeling: The trapped leopard from Kaijaley is at present lodged at the Bengal Safari near Siliguri. The leopard will be released in the wild later.”The leopard is in good health. We have sent a report to higher authorities. As per instructions we will release the leopard in the wild,” stated Dharam Deo Rai, Director of the Safari Park. A leopard that had been tormenting the villagers in Lower Kaijaley in the Darjeeling Hills was trapped on Thursday. Villagers of Kaijaley, 2 km from Bijanbari, were spending sleepless nights with leopards taking away their dogs, goats and pigs. Reportedly, two leopards have killed most of the dogs of the village and nearby areas numbering hundred. Then they switched to goats. The two have killed more than 40 goats and pigs also. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFinally the villagers had given a deputation to the forest department. The Forest department had set up a leopard trap in which the leopard was trapped. It had killed the goat that had been used as bait. The villagers have requested for more traps to trap the other leopard also. The leopard trapped is an adult female. After being trapped it was transported by the wildlife division of the forest department to Bengal Safari near Siliguri. Incidentally the Park, a brainchild of CM Mamata Banerjee was inaugurated in 2016. It is spread over an area of 290 hectares. At present, the park has elephants, two Royal Bengal tigers, two leopards, Barking deer, spotted deer, Sambars, a Rhino, six Gharials, a pair of Himalayan Black Bear and birds. The park at present boasts of a herbivore safari, tiger safari, leopard safari, bear safari and elephant safari.last_img read more

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Entire Paphos coastline wins quality award for second consecutive year

first_imgPAPHOS has won a Gold Quality Award as a top Sustainable Coastal Tourist Destination for 2017, the second consecutive year it has held the title.This is the third time that the entire coastal area including, Yeroskipou, Paphos, Kissonerga, Chlorakas, Peyia, Polis Chrysochous and Neo Chorio has achieved Quality Coast status, the first win was in 2013.“Following the recent award of 17 Blue Flags across the district, Paphos has now been honoured and managed to win the Gold Quality Award as a Sustainable Coastal Tourism Destination for 2017,” Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, told the Cyprus Mail.Three new beaches in the Paphos district were awarded blue flags this year; Neo Chorio, Peyia and Yeroskipou.Hadjigeorgiou said that the achievement has been a concerted effort of the bodies involved.The prestigious award is given out to holiday destinations that best maintain their local identity, natural and cultural heritage, scenic beauty, and a clean environment. Quality Coast Awards will be presented to winning destinations.“The distinction has been made possible by the cooperation of all of the Paphos municipalities and communities of the region, under the coordination of the Paphos regional board of tourism who also made the submission made for the region,” he said.Hadjigeorgiou said that the awards recognise areas that they are clean and safe with great facilities.The tourism head said that the entire coastline of Paphos has been recognised as most attractive for visitors who want to combine holidays with an enjoyment of nature at a destination with enchanting scenery that cares for and preserves the quality of the environment and practices to protect and enhance the local identity and cultural heritage.Quality Coast is the largest international certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations.Since 2007, more than 125 tourist destinations in 23 countries have been selected for awards, including coastal towns, resorts and islands. As from 2013, destinations from all the world can apply for a Quality Coast Award, giving it even more global recognition.Hadjigeorgiou said that the district of Paphos is already well known all over the world for its beautiful nature, clean beaches and crystal-clear waters. He noted that the Gold Award will give more kudos and ensure that the districts’ international reputation will continue to grow.“Paphos has maintained its place a top destination for those wanting to experience areas of unparalleled natural beauty, picturesque beaches and rich and rare vegetation as is found in much of Polis Chrysochous and Neo Chorio.”The main criteria for the selection of areas are water cleanliness, biodiversity of areas, environment, active good environmental behaviour, such as the saving of natural resources, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, lack of air pollution, noise levels, quality of tourism infrastructure, security, accessibility, easy access to information, and so on.He said: “We would like to thank the municipalities of Paphos, Geroskipou, Peyia and Polis Chrysochous, the community councils of Chlorakas, Kissonerga and Neo Chorio, as well as PASYXE Paphos, for this well-deserved outcome.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Barrett bill protects rights of veterans with service dogs

first_img Categories: Barrett News,News 24Apr Rep. Barrett bill protects rights of veterans with service dogs Measure part of bipartisan legislation in House, Senatecenter_img State Rep. Tom Barrett this week was joined by a constituent with his service dog as lawmakers introduced a bipartisan package of bills to protect veterans’ rights to have trained dogs accompany them in public settings.Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville, was joined at a Capitol news conference by Jerome Smith, a Potterville native living in Bellevue, who served three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, and his veteran service dog, JoJo.Rep. Barrett said the legislation addresses the need for veterans who experience post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other service-connected injuries to be accompanied by their trained service dogs in all social situations where they may be needed.“Service dogs fill a critical need for returning veterans who are experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries or another service-connected injury,” said Rep. Barrett, one of two current legislators who served in the Iraq War. “Current law grants protection to those with physical disabilities, and we are seeking similar relief for our veterans with invisible wounds of war.”Other bills in the package were introduced by Iraq War veteran state Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights; state Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, chair of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee; and state Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, who serves as minority vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.#####last_img read more

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Rep Roberts to cohost town hall in Grass Lake to explain road

first_img03Dec Rep. Roberts to co-host town hall in Grass Lake to explain road funding Categories: News,Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts will be co-hosting a town hall meeting to provide further insight on the state’s road funding solution with state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.The town hall meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 7, at noon in the Grass Lake Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive in Grass Lake.“This legislation is the solution that will fix roads and bridges throughout our community,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “I look forward to answering all of your questions and explaining the measures in their entirety.”Residents with questions about the town hall are encouraged to contact Rep. Roberts’ office by phone at 517-373-1775 or by email at BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov.###last_img read more

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State nature officials to attend Rep Canfield town hall on invasive weed

first_img Categories: Canfield News,News 09May State nature officials to attend Rep. Canfield town hall on invasive weed State Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing, will host a town hall on invasive phragmites at 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, May 20.Rep. Canfield will be joined by officials from the state’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to discuss the invasive weed, which has infested coastal and inland waterways of Michigan. The officials will provide information on the herbicide treatment and physical removal of the non-native plant as well as be available for a question-and-answer session.“Phragmites are a growing problem in our state and across the country,” said Rep. Canfield. “I’m very appreciative of representatives from the MDARD, DNR and DEQ stepping forward to update area residents about what the state is doing and what private citizens can or cannot do to help restore our waterfronts.”The public event will be at the Season’s Change Home Health Care, located at 8201 Port Austin Road, in Pigeon. There is no charge to attend.For more information on this event or to share a key issue in Rep. Canfield’s House 84th District, contact his Lansing office at 517-373-0476 or edwardcanfield@house.mi.govlast_img read more

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Representative García announces winner of summer reading contest

first_img State Representative Daniela R. García will welcome student Tyler Scholtens to the Capitol to be a Representative for a Day and experience a day in the life of a state legislator.The contest was open to children in first through fifth grades. Local students had an opportunity to enter the contest by completing a bookmark for every 10 books they read and dropped it off at a participating library.Tyler, a fourth-grade homeschool student from Zeeland, read 50 books over the summer winning Representative García’s challenge.“Sharing my love of reading with students in the community has always been very important to me,” García said. “I was very impressed with the number of students who participated, and I look forward to welcoming Tyler and his family to the Capitol.”For more information contact Representative García’s office by phone at 866-908-4327 or via email at DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov.  The following link is a video of Representative García drawing the winner.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB9LQ0ojmDs Categories: Garcia News,News 21Sep Representative García announces winner of summer reading contestlast_img read more

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Texas Authorities Shut Abortion Clinic under New Law

first_imgShare1TweetShareEmail1 SharesFebruary 19, 2014; Dallas Morning NewsThe controversial Texas law on abortion clinics has claimed its first victim. The state has pulled the license of the A Affordable Women’s Medical Center in Houston because its abortion provider, Dr. Theodore M. Herring, Jr., lacked admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, as required by the law. The state also temporarily suspended Herring’s medical license, though the Dallas Morning News article doesn’t explain why.Although the state law was couched as an issue of protecting women’s health, Texas has a long history of trying to restrict the availability of programs providing abortion services for women. For example, the state cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Last year, it restored some funding, but then passed the regulations that came into play with Dr. Herring and the Medical Center. Herring and the clinic had been very active, performing 268 abortions in a three-month period.Speaking for the anti-abortion group Texans for Life, Kyleen Wright said she was “thrilled” with the state’s action. Sixteen of the state’s 37 abortion clinics stopped doing abortions after the new law, but five have reopened after getting admitting privileges for their doctors. The Houston clinic, however, is the first to be closed by state action.It will get harder for the clinics in September when, in addition to the admitting privileges required by the state law, the clinics themselves will have to meet the same standards as surgical centers; only six qualify at this time.—Rick CohenShare1TweetShareEmail1 Shareslast_img read more

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Kim Shillinglaw The BBC is to take a threeyear br

first_imgKim ShillinglawThe BBC is to take a three-year break from developing 3D programming from the end of this year, according to head of 3D Kim Shillinglaw.Shillinglaw, interviewed in the current issue of the Radio Times, said the corporation would take a break from developing the format when its current two-year trial ends.She said UK viewers had not take to 3D, with only a relatively small proportion of viewers equipped with 3D sets tuning in to the public broadcaster’s 3D broadcasts.Shillinglaw, whose main job is head of science and natural history at the BBC, said that she had “never seen a very big appetite for 3D television in the UK” and that watching the format was still “quite a hassly experience” thanks to the need to wear 3D glasses.The BBC recently confirmed it would show the last stages of this week’s Wimbledon tennis coverage in 3D. Its last big 3D show will be a Doctor Who anniversary episode at the end of the year.last_img read more

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Thomson Video Networks has added the ability to in

first_imgThomson Video Networks has added the ability to integrate variable bit-rate data streams within the video pool of its Flextream 2.0 statistical multiplexing technology.According to Thomson, when the available data bit-rate decreases, Flextream 2.0 will now automatically reallocate the freed bandwidth to the video to optimise bit-rate usage within a multiplex. Instead of reserving a fixed amount of bandwidth within the multiplex for passing video streams, Flextream 2.0 dynamically adapts the video pool bit-rate based on the quantity of data to be transmitted, up to a predefined threshold, according to the company.According to Thomson, Flextream 2.0 offers a solution for broadcasting EMM, EPG, and interactive applications such as HbbTV system software updates, and playout of VOD programmes.Flextream 2.0 is available as a software option for Thomson Video Networks’ NetProcessor video processing equipment, as well as the company’s ViBE EM series of broadcast encoders.“Flextream 2.0 is the latest example of Thomson Video Networks’ ongoing innovation in compression and multiplexing technology, demonstrating our commitment to offering the most cost-effective solutions and delivering the highest video quality,” said Eric Gallier, vice-president of marketing at Thomson Video Networks.last_img read more

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VBox Communications has launched a new TV gateway

first_imgVBox Communications has launched a new TV gateway device that will be showcased at IBC.The TV Gateway is available direct from VBox for €129 and shipments are scheduled to start in October. The box can receive DVB-T2 HD broadcast quality TV signals and stream them over a home network to any networked device.According to VBox, the box is the only device on the market capable of streaming from DVB-T2, enabling HDTV services such as Freeview HD in the UK, Teletene in Belgium, Europa 7HD in Italy, and other HDTV services in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and other countries. It is also backward compatible with DVB-T networks.The second-generation device receives broadcast TV signals from terrestrial sources and converts them to IP at the consumer’s home. The device then simultaneously streams multiple broadcast TV channels across the home network to any connected UPnP device, such as a smart TV, tablet, PC, Mac, smartphone, Android set-top-box, game console, iPhone and iPad. Additionally, the gateway serves as a whole-house-DVR/PVR and allows users to record live HDTV on removable or network storage.“We are committed to providing consumers the highest quality multi-screen TV experience,” said Amir Aharonovich, VP of marketing for VBox Communications.“Until now, TV viewers with access to high-quality aerial or terrestrial DVB-T2 could only enjoy HDTV on their television.  Now, our second generation devices extend the same content – in full broadcast quality – to any connected device.” VBox Communications will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 3.B20plast_img read more

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Ambuj Goyal Cloud TV service Magine TV has upped p

first_imgAmbuj GoyalCloud TV service Magine TV has upped president and chief operating officer, Ambuj Goyal, to the CEO role.Goyal, who has also been a member of the Magine board since May 2014, will take over from Mattias Hjelmstedt, who will continue to serve on the board.Goyal took on president and COO duties at Magine nine months ago, having previously spent 31 years at IBM.The firm credited Goyal with overseeing “significant investment in innovation and tech development” since joining Magine, with chairman of the board Kamal Bherwani commenting that Goyal will “take Magine TV to new heights” as CEO.“His extensive experience in leading startups and large scale global growth businesses will enhance our ability to scale and differentiate our offering further,” said Bherwani.“We thank Mattias for bringing Magine TV to this stage of development. During his tenure, Magine TV was able to establish itself as a first-of-a-kind cloud-based TV distribution company.”Hjelmstedt said: “Magine is moving into the next phase of innovation and commercialisation of its technology. This is the right time to pass the torch to Ambuj, who has the right leadership qualities to take Magine to this next level. As well as working on new ventures personally, I will continue to advise him as a member of the Magine Board.”last_img read more

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