A batch of 469 new electric beds are being distributed to public hospitals island-wide in preparation for the national health scheme (Gesy), the health ministry said on Thursday.In the framework of efforts to upgrade autonomous public hospitals in cooperation with the state health services (Okypy), the ministry said it had begun “the enhancement and modernisation of public hospital equipment.”The new beds will be distributed across public hospitals depending on their level of need, the ministry said. Additional children’s beds have also been purchased for the Makarios Hospital, where they are expected to be delivered by the end of the month.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoHealthCentral.com7 Sneaky Signs of Lung CancerHealthCentral.comUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.8 per cent in July compared to the previous month, the fourth highest in the euro area, the European Commission’s statistical office said.Last month, the jobless number in Cyprus remained unchanged for the third consecutive month at 46,000, Eurostat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.The unemployment rate in the euro area remained unchanged at 9.1 per cent last month, compared to June, while that in the EU remained unchanged for a third month at 7.7 per cent, Eurostat said.Greece was the country with the highest unemployment rate, 21.7 per cent in May, followed by Spain with 17.1 per cent, and Italy with 11.3 per cent, Eurostat said.Germany had the lowest jobless rate in the euro area with 3.7 per cent, followed by Malta with 4.1 per cent, and the Netherlands with 4.8 per cent. The Czech Republic’s 2.9 per cent unemployment rate was the lowest in the EU.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 Taboola
Police are searching for a 33-year-old woman, Lenka Ferencova, who is suspected to have kidnapped her seven-year-old son on Tuesday from the legal guardianship of the welfare services.Ferencova, a Slovak national, took seven-year-old Tomas Kral from an area in Limassol at noon.Anyone with information as to her whereabouts should contact Limassol CID at 25805057, or their nearest police station, or the Citizen’s Contact Line at 1460. You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Airport operator Hermes won the ‘HR Excellence’ award on Wednesday, a prestigious award handed out by the International Airport Council of Europe (ACI Europe).The award, given annually, was created in 2017 in recognition of an HR department that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and human resource management among ACI Europe members.The award ceremony took place in the Limassol marina in the presence of Minister of Transport Vasiliki Anastasiadou and Deputy Minister of Tourism Savva Perdios as part of an official dinner given by Hermes Airports as the host of the ACI Europe conference ‘Transform or Die – the Sustainability Challenge’ which is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday in Limassol.At the ceremony, Anastasiadou and Hermes CEO Eleni Kalogirou expressed their delight with the award.Other airports also received awards, among them Cork airport in Ireland for being the best airport in the category of airports with less than five million passengers, Bilbao in Spain for the category 5-10 million passengers and Rome airport in the category of more than 25 million passengers.The eco-innovation award for excellent environmental performance and innovative approach to environmental management was won by Spain’s Menorca airport, while the accessible airport award was handed to the UK’s Gatwick airport.During the second day of the conference, Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios will be among the speakers in a debate on sustainable tourism.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
05Feb Nesbitt announces funding for outdoor recreation sites in Van Buren County Van Buren County residents and visitors will soon have increased opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors, thanks to funding approved in the state House.Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, today voted for House Bill 4078, which authorizes land improvements at two different sites.The South Haven Area Recreation Authority will receive $50,000 toward development of beach access at Pilgrim Haven, including a paved walk, signs, lighting and a parking lot. The upgrades will create barrier-free access to Lake Michigan. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources will receive $750,000 to acquire trail land from Paw Paw to Hartford.“Southwest Michigan is incredibly blessed with natural splendors, and projects like these help to improve our quality of life as we spend time outdoors with family and friends,” Nesbitt said. “Both of these projects have the support of local communities and I know residents will be excited to see them finally take place.”Nesbitt can be reached at 517-383-0839 or AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov. Categories: News
Tags: #SB, Veterans 24Feb Rep. Theis sponsors amendment to include spouses of military personnel killed in action Categories: News,Theis News State Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton Township introduced legislation today to clarify the property tax exemption for spouses of military personnel killed in action.“I believe this is one way we can honor our veterans and military families,” Rep. Theis said. “Disabled veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country to secure our freedoms and this legislation helps ensure security for those currently serving our country and families that have lost a loved one who was serving on active-duty.”The Disabled Veterans Exemption included in Public Act 161 of 2013 created a property tax exemption for disabled veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses who have received the requisite determination from the Departments of Veteran Affairs.Rep. Theis’s bill will add “unremarried spouse of a Michigan veteran who died from service-related causes while serving in the armed forces of the United States in a war or war condition in which United States was a participant,” to the Disabled Veterans Exemption in P.A. 161 of 2013.#####
23Jul Rep. Webber invites residents to local office hours in July Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber invites residents from the greater Rochester area to meet with him during office hours this July.Office hours will be held on Friday, July 31 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the newly-opened Tim Hortons, located at 2258 Crooks Road in Rochester Hills. The new Tim Hortons shop is a result of a recent development, bringing new commerce and jobs to Oakland County. The location has since become a dynamic area for the growing Rochester Hills community, Rep. Webber said.“I encourage everyone to meet with me during these open office hours,” said Rep. Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “It’s important to me that I listen to every voice in our community so that I can bring local opinions to Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Webber’s office by phone at 517-373-1773, or by email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.###
State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined the House of Representatives today in upholding the bipartisan commitment to make government more accountable and accessible to the residents of Allegan County and Michigan.Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted on an 11-bill government transparency package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“I have a responsibly to the residents of Allegan County to ensure that our state government information is accessible and transparent,” Whiteford said. “This legislation is a significant step in the right direction, ensuring people have more of an insight and voice in state government.”Michigan is one of just a few states that does not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it before the governor for signature.##### 16Mar Rep. Whiteford: People deserve more government accountability Categories: News,Whiteford News
Categories: McCready News State Rep. Mike McCready today announced a combined state grant award of $14,900 to FIRST Robotics programs at Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools.Birmingham’s Automation Nation was awarded $2,500, with 46 additional robotics programs in Bloomfield Hills receiving a total of $12,400.“I commend Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills for their excellent FIRST Robotics programs,” McCready said. “Thanks to the Michigan Department of Education’s continued investment in our schools, students have the ability to learn about science and technology in an engaging and proactive way.”FIRST is an international educational organization focusing on the development and implementation of science and technology in schools. The state awarded over $2.5 million in grants to FIRST programs in public and non-public schools this year. Since 2014, Michigan has invested over $12 million to FIRST programs. 12Jan Rep. McCready announces FIRST Robotics grants to local schools
Categories: Howrylak News,News 31Jan Rep. Howrylak calls for creation of Young Adult Commission State Representative Martin Howrylak has introduced legislation to create the Michigan Young Adult Commission, which would represent Michigan’s teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 28.“This commission would provide lawmakers input from Michigan’s future generations,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “These individuals represent the next leaders for our state. This gives them a chance to learn firsthand about our state government, while also giving us an ear to the issues they feel are important and need to be discussed.”The goal of the commission is to act as an advisory body of Michigan’s youth to the Legislature. The appointees would all serve voluntarily without pay with no cost to taxpayers to establish and maintain the commission.Three of the members will be appointed by the House Speaker, three by the Senate Majority Leader, one by the Senate Minority Leader; and one appointed by the House Minority Leader. Commission members will serve as representatives for Michigan’s youth and young adults and will provide advice and make recommendations to the state Legislature.Howrylak crafted the bill in an effort to more fully engage teens and young adults in the governance of Michigan. He noted Michigan’s continued economic recovery and growth are tied to how competitive the state is in retention and attraction of young people.“The commission will give a voice to a group that is largely disconnected from state government, unless they happen to get elected,” Rep. Howrylak said. “We value the talents and ideas that young adults can bring because they will be leading Michigan in the future.”There are several comparable commissions already operating to help voice the issues and concerns of different groups, such as the Hispanic and Latino Commission, the Michigan Women’s Commission and the Asian and Pacific American Affairs Commission.House Bill 5491 has been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.#####
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares December 8, 2014; New York TimesAccording to Robert Elmes, executive director of the Galapagos Art Space in New York, “A white-hot real estate market is burning through the affordable cultural habitat. And it’s no longer a crisis, it’s a conclusion.” Which is why, just shy of the performance center’s 20th anniversary in Brooklyn, it will close this month, after presenting more than 7,500 arts events that attracted more than a million people over the years. The fate of the venue in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood is still up in the air, but it is likely to retain some arts programming, according to Gothamist.But the Galapagos concept isn’t going away—it’s just moving west by about 600 miles.Elmes says rising rental prices are making it difficult for independent arts organizations to survive in New York. He also notes that many emerging artists are leaving New York for more affordable cities—which is exactly what he and his wife, Philippa Kaye, have decided to do. They are transplanting the Galapagos concept to oh-so-affordable Detroit, where they have bought nine buildings totaling about 600,000 square feet in the city’s Corktown neighborhood and in nearby Highland Park. Elmes is quoted as saying they paid “the price of a small apartment in New York City” for the nine properties, which will take about 16 months to renovate. Plans include a 10,000-square-foot indoor lake—a centerpiece of the large performance space, and an exponentially larger body of water than the 1,600-square-foot lake in the current Brooklyn space; there will also be a smaller performance venue, and the Kunsthalle Galapagos, a 50,000-square-foot gallery and artisan/“maker” space.The still-wobbly Detroit economy and its artistic community stand to benefit from this rich infusion of cultural activity, which will include a Detroit Biennial exhibition in 2016 in the new Kunsthalle. According to the Galapagos website,An ambitious survey of the new and important work being produced in Detroit, the Biennial will be focused on growing, nurturing and supporting local artists. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for people outside of Detroit to understand and contribute to the ambitious energy clearly evident in the city. The website notes that the inspiration for this project comes from Berlin:For almost fifteen years, post-wall Berlin, Germany, lost population as people voted with their feet and moved west. Only after art and culture made the city interesting to curators and collectors did the city begin gaining population. This outcome was aided by efforts of the German government to attract business and industry to the city, and In turn art and culture helped attract these industrial and business interests.As that quote suggests, there’s much more at play here than transplanting the Galapagos concept to a more affordable real estate market. Elmes and Kaye are investing in a grand experiment to demonstrate that arts venues can—and ought to be—self-sustaining and most definitely ought to be valued for the positive economic impact they provide. A statement on the website supporting their thesis and explaining the rationale for moving to Detroit is well worth reading. Here are just a few provocative excerpts, each of which provides ample food for thought and rich fodder for arts, civic and business (especially real estate) leaders to consider:“This project seeks to reposition and stabilize the cultural business model by linking its success to the increased real estate values that the presence of artists and cultural organizations catalyzes over and over again. Put another way, the arts are already in the real estate business—they just aren’t being rewarded for it.”“We operate—and we always have—on 100% earned income. We make every dollar we spend. Galapagos does not accept government grants or public funding of any kind to operate our venue. Instead, we believe that if the work we present is strong, communicative, and effective, that audiences will support us.” [There’s a call for investors on the website.]“Moving the arts and culture away from the tin-cup mentality that has defined them for so long is an important focus for us as we begin our work in Detroit and in Highland Park.”“Artists deserve independence and stability. We want to help build that.”NPQ certainly will keep an eye on this experiment. –Eileen CunniffeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Liberty Global has bought into t-commerce technology company Delivery Agent. The cable TV group was one of several investors that contributed an extra US$30.5 million (€22 million) to Delivery Agent in a new round of fundraising. The technology company provides t-commerce services to numerous TV companies including NBCU, Fox, CBS, Discovery and HBO via a proprietary platform. “Based on Delivery Agent’s proprietary technology platform, we believe the company is well positioned to lead contextually relevant transactional capability across television and other digital platforms, both inside and outside of the US,” said Bruce Dines, VP of Liberty Global Ventures.
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is launching two new channels on its platform – 13th Street Universal and TLC HD.13th Street Universal will be the fifth Universal Networks International channel that Cyfrowy Polsat will offer. It already airs the Universal Channel, Universal Channel HD, SciFi Universal and E! Entertainment.The network will be available at slot 51 on the EPG and is due to go live on April 14, airing series and movies, particularly focusing on criminal and legal shows.TLC HD is a high definition feed of the female-skewing network that will be added to Cyfrowy Polsat’s Family Max HD package. It will take position 129 on the EPG and marks the 37th HD channel to launch on the platform.
Israel-based satellite services provider RRsat is launching a new solution for international broadcasters to reach cable headends and DTH in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.The end-to-end solution includes a range of services from content capture, production and management through to distribution and playout services from the RRsat Emek HaEla teleport in Israel.RRsat says it will use the Ku-Band MCPC platform on the new Yamal-300K satellite, which reaches 98% of the population in the western, central and eastern regions of Russia and the CIS. This satellite was launched last year and is designed for carrying SD, HD and 3D content.
Daniel DankerShazam is trying to create a second screen experience that is simple, relevant and flexible, according to Daniel Danker, chief product officer. Speaking at the IBC conference, Danker also said that examples of Shazam being used to create additional content experiences around shows, rather than adverts, would begin to ramp up over the coming months.People want simple answers to simple questions such as ‘who is that actor?’, ‘where do I buy that?’ and ‘how do I get one of those?’ with as little effort as possible before they can get back to watching TV, said Danker.People emphatically do not want to install new apps while they are watching shows and do not want to access specific websites related to specific shows, said Danker. “I’m also not sure they want to scroll through lists and pages of content related to a show,” he said. “In the past, lists and likes and apps have played a role…but they’re not what I want to engage with when I’m watching a show.”Danker said it was more difficult to build calls to action with broadcasters than with advertisers, whose requirements are relatively simple, said Danker. However, he said that broadcasters and content creators were increasingly using Shazam to build second screen functionality rather than creating their own dedicated apps of different platforms. Danker said that many more examples of Shazam being used to create second screen experiences around shows would emerge in the near future.Returning to Shazam’s core business of building second screen engagement for advertisers, Danker said simplicity is key. He said that broadcasters face the difficulty of engaging viewers with ads. There is only one button on the Shazam app, he said, which enables the technology to identify which ad a viewer is watching and which part of the ad he or she is watching when they press the button.Danker said Shazam had teamed up with broadcasters and advertisers that want to create their own content around shows and ads, meaning that the content accessed via Shazam is relevant, he said. “This is very rich content – it’s not just text with pictures,” he said.Danker said that putting home pages up on screen during adverts was of little relevance and use, while the Shazam app can direct viewers to content that is directly related to the ad.Shazam could also be used flexibly to access different versions of content on screen, said Danker, citing the example of Red Bull Media House using the app to bring multi-point of view footage of a snowboarding competition to different screens. “We need to give content owners the flexibility to own the experience,” he said.Danker said Shazam currently has 350 million users and generates US$300 million (EUR225 million) a year in digital goods sales. It is used by 70 million active users on a monthly basis and has currently generated nine billion tags.
Roughly 97.4% of households in the Belarus now have access to digital terrestrial TV, according to new stats from the country’s ministry of communications and information.This ministry said DTT coverage is expected to reach 98% later this year as twelve digital transmitters are added and twenty-one analogue stations closed.Complete digital switchover is planned for June 2015.
David BoothMultiChoice Africa has appointed former Viacom, Virgin Media and Channel 4 executive David Booth as its chief content officer. Booth, who joined the Naspers-owned pay TV operator in February, was previously doing consulting work following a six year stint at Viacom – first as vice-president of programming at MTV networks UK and Ireland, then as senior vice-president of content and programming at MTV Brands.Prior to this, Booth was director of network scheduling and broadcasting at UK cable operator Virgin Media and held various positions at UK terrestrial broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC.Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice Africa praised Booth’s “passion for programming” and “track record across global TV markets.”“We are sure that he will help drive our content strategy across the continent in order to grow our business to even greater heights,” said Meyer.
BT CEO Gavin PattersonBT faces “significant headwinds” in growing its TV base despite its strong showing last quarter, according to CEO Gavin Patterson.Speaking to analysts after BT announced it had signed up an additional 97,000 TV customers in the quarter to December, Patterson said that the company had benefited from its acquisition of Champions League rights, which had given it two strong quarters of growth.However, he said he was “very hesitant” to give forward projections based on this because of the “significant headwinds” the company faces in the shape of Sky, which has refused to wholesale its content to the telco. He said that “competing versus a dominant providers in the form of Sky” meant that growth was challenging, despite the fact that BT’s TV base is currently much lower than competitors such as Virgin Media. Patterson said that only about 15% of BT’s custoemrs take triple-play against around 90% for Virgin media.Separately, BT is updating its TV app for Apple and Android devices, adding a dedicated kids’ on-demand section, seven more channels and an expanded collection of catch-up content.The BT TV app’s new kids section will include programmes like Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Entertainment One’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Doc McStuffins from Disney Junior.The new live-streamed channels that being added are the recently rebranded Sony Channel and UKTV’s six channels – Alibi, Eden, Gold, Good Food, Home and Watch.Meanwhile, the refreshed subscription catch-up service on the BT TV app offers shows from up to 20 premium entertainment channels, including AMC, History, MTV, Sony, Syfy and the new UKTV Play service.BT said it intends to continue expanding this subscription catch up service by adding more content in the future.The app, which was formerly known as BT TV Everywhere, will also let BT TV customers search for live streamed and catch-up content from the TV channels they subscribe to. It also continues to let them link directly to their YouView+ set-top box to set recordings when they are out of the home.“The new BT TV app is much better all round – it is much easier to use and gives you great TV shows to enjoy when you’re out and about,” said Antonia Barton, general manager, BT TV product.“The new kids’ section is great for children, as they can find their favourite shows within a dedicated section of the app. Plus there’s so much more content, whether you’re looking for something like Britain’s Next Top Model from Lifetime on Subscription Catch Up or you want to watch a classic comedy on UKTV’s Gold channel.”All BT TV customers can download the BT TV app, but only customers subscribing to the Entertainment Plus, Entertainment Max, Total Entertainment packages, or customers taking the ‘Extra Box’ bolt-on, can watch their live and on-demand premium entertainment and kids’ content. Access to channels and on-demand content is dependent on customer subscription.
TV technology company Rovi is suing Comcast for alleged infringement of its patents and has accused the US service provider of continuing to use Rovi’s technology to power its TV service following the expiry of its fixed-term licence.Rovi has accused Comcast of infringement of 14 of its patents covering features including the implementation of remote recording, its AnyRoom DVR service and its X1 search capability. The technology company said it was seeking an injunction barring continued infringement of its intellectual property as well as damages to compensate its losses.“Today, Rovi filed legal action against Comcast,” said Tom Carson, president and CEO, Rovi.“For over a decade, Comcast built its business using Rovi’s patented technology, which it licensed for a fixed term. Comcast’s decision to continue using Rovi’s pioneering technology as an unlicensed infringer is simply intolerable. After numerous attempts at negotiations, Rovi was left with no choice but to defend its intellectual property from unlicensed use.“Rovi has taken this action to protect not only its patent portfolio, but also its stakeholders and licensees. While we are disappointed that Comcast remains unlicensed, we believe it needs a license to offer many of its personalised discovery features to its customers.”
Google is launching dynamic ad insertion for video and is adding TV listings to its search in a bid to effectively target video providers by adding more TV-like functionality to its platform.“Viewers now demand content personalised for them,” including ads, the internet giant’s president of global partnerships, Daniel Alegre, told attendees at the NAB Show yesterday.The company is launching DoubleClick dynamic ad insertion to enable publishers to make money from video online and deliver a personalised viewing experience. Google has tested the technology with the Rugby World Cup finals with French commercial broadcaster TF1 and during the Republican presidential debates in the US on Fox News.The technology works across live and on demand TV, said Alegre. TV broadcasters will be able to dynamically insert ads into streamed content, replacing the ads in the original broadcast stream based on a number of factors.Alegre said Google had invested heavily in bringing programmatic advertising to TV. The company will enable “smart ad breaks” across both direct and indirect advertising inventory to enable programmatic buying and selling, by ensuring for example that the same ad doesn’t appear in the same ad break and meet compliance concerns, he said.Streaming device manufacturer Roku and US cable operator Cablevision will use the technology to bring programmatic advertising across multiple screens, said Alegre.Separately, in the US Google search will soon have live TV listings added, enabling viewers to search for content they want. Alegre said that Google is pushing for TV companies to provide information, including real-time sports updates, to it in order to bring improved search for video content to the platform.Google previously introduced search that showed users where video could be found online. The listings feature will enable users to add their own TV provider to see what is available on their service.“Over 400 new scripted TV shows appear every year. Fifty per cent of linear consumers in the US say they can’t find anything to watch on a daily basis,” said Alegre, adding that Google was working on ways to help viewers find content by addressing what is now the first screen – the mobile phone.The company recently launched a new mobile search feature for content related to the Oscars. Similarly, it has enabled discovery and second screen voting features for other big events, he said.