A fire broke out in an area full of reeds in the Fasouri area in Limassol, forcing some farmers to move their livestock as a precaution.The fire, which is inside the jurisdiction of the British bases, broke out at around 8pm, a fire service spokesman said.Andreas Kettis said efforts were made to protect farms in the area.Three engines, two from the bases and one from the republic’s fire service were dispatched.You May LikeYahoo SearchMobility Reimagined – Research Stair Lifts Rowland Heights CaliforniaYahoo SearchUndoHepatitis | Search AdsEarly Signs Of Hepatitis C. Research Hepatitis C Prescription TreatmentHepatitis | Search AdsUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A house in Frenaros in the Famagusta district was extensively damaged by fire on Saturday after the son of the owner set it alight following a quarrel with his father in which he was beaten and injured.According to police, around 6pm, they received a call about the fire at the home of a 46-year-old expat in the village. Firefighters put out the blaze but the house was extensively damaged. Police said that the fire had started immediately after the father and son had an argument. They said the son, whose age they did not provide, had left the house after the fight and returned a short while later and set the fire.Both father and son were taken by ambulance to Famagusta hospital. The father was treated at the emergency room but he son was hospitalised for the injuries he received during the argument with his father.Police said the young man admitted to the arson attack. He was arrested in hospital 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo 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 Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesThe administrator of the defunct Cyprus Popular Bank has received an offer from a Maltese fund to buy its stake in Malta’s Lombard Bank, a move favoured by the regulator.A source with knowledge of the situation said that the administrator last week received an offer from the Individual Investor Programme (IIP), the fund managing Malta’s revenue from the sale of passports, at a “price (which is) the best possible”.He also received a deadline to respond which expires this week in the form of “take it or leave it,” the source said.Laiki Bank, as the Cypriot lender which went out of business in March 2013 was widely known, maintains a 49 per cent stake in the Maltese bank. Lombard Bank Plc generated a €5.3m profit tax as a group in 2016, with €4.3m resulting from the bank, compared to €5m and €3.8m in 2015.Previous attempts to find a buyer for the former bank’s stake in the Maltese lender failed mainly due to the fact that Lombard is the largest shareholder in MaltaPost, the Central Mediterranean island-state’s postal service company. Lombard owns almost 71 per cent of MaltaPost which in 2016 generated a profit of €2.9m.The Cyprus Business Mail understands that Malta Financial Services Authority which regulates financial markets indicated that it would therefore be in favour of seeing the sale of Lombard shares to third parties either over the counter or by floating, which would have resulted in a lower price at which the shares would be then sold.According to a Sunday report in the Times of Malta, the IIP generated €360m in revenue up to November last year. If the deal does go ahead, it will be the second time it invests in banking after having done so last year with the acquisition of shares of Bank of Valletta.The Times of Malta reported that the country’s opposition questioned the acquisition on the grounds that the law provides that the IPP has to support social, health and educational projects. The value of stake the stake of Laiki, whose depositors lost five years ago their deposits in excess of €100,000, in Lombard, was around €50m.In May last year, the defunct bank’s administrator Cleovoulos Alexandrou announced the sale of 21,467,720 Bank of Cyprus shares which came into Laiki’s possession after its 2013 forced merger, at a price of €3.05 per share generating €65.5m in revenue in favour of the bank’s creditors and depositors attracting criticism, as usual, over the alleged low price. The Bank of Cyprus is trading today at around €2.30 on the London Stock Exchange.The source said that there is currently no decision related to the fate of the remaining stake in Bank of Cyprus and it is expected to be on the agenda next month, after the Easter holidays.The sale of Investment Bank of Greece (IBG), another unit of Laiki, which is consultant in the sale of Lombard and two other Greek assets, is expected to be completed by the end of this year, the source added.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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 Taboola
Due to roadworks and rubbish collection, parts of the Nicosia-Limassol and Limassol-Paphos highways will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29, the section from the Alambra exit to the Skarinou exit on the Nicosia-Limassol highway will be closed from 6:30am to 4:00pm.Only about 200m of the road towards Limassol will be closed with traffic directed into other lanes.On Friday, August 31, multiple parts of the Limassol-Paphos highway will be closed from 8:00am – 1:00pm in both directions. The closures will extend from the Konia roundabout to Aphrodite’s Rock. You May LikeIQgal7 Early Warning Signs of Cancer Women Shouldn’t IgnoreIQgalUndoHealthzapNewlyweds Discover They Were Childhood Sweethearts Two Decades LaterHealthzapUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Burn Belly FatFood Eat SafeUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
CHINA is becoming increasingly interested in Cyprus and the potential is “huge,” the head of the Cyprus-Chinese Business Association said yesterday. Andis Nathanael told the Cyprus News Agency that direct investment from China to Cyprus has been rising, with the Chinese purchasing between 90 and 100 million US dollars worth of immovable property alone in 2011. He said that this was a drop in the ocean compared with the level of global investments by China, but added it was plenty for Cyprus.Nathanael called for increasing transparency in the property sector and regulating the sector to oblige sellers to file reports on the property they are offering.The association is organising two China-based events, including an early-November Shanghai conference which the Cyprus energy minister is expected to address, Nathanael said.Other events in Cyprus all aim to develop deeper ties between the two countries, he added.With the crisis and Cyprus’ obscurity in China, Cyprus needs to work hard to encourage investment, Nathanael said. His association has been working towards that end while he said moves by the government to make it easier for investors to get permanent residency in Cyprus have helped.Applications by Chinese nationals to gain permanent residency in Cyprus have jumped from a couple of dozen in 2012 to hundreds this year, according to the interior ministry’s migration department which said it counted over 400 applications at the end of August.Applications from Chinese made up the bulk of all the applications filed this year by non-EU nationals in relation to applications by investors and those who can prove they have independent means of income, both ways of earning residency.In Paphos, the promise of a €290 million investment has attracted attention, as a promise of a brighter future amid the financial crisis. The purchase by Hong-Kong-based China Glory National Investment of the Venus Rock Golf Resort has been hailed as an example of the growing links between China and Cyprus.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Parliament passed a bill on Friday to create a solidarity fund for depositors and bondholders affected by the bank haircut in 2013.The bill was put forward by the Disy, Diko, and the Solidarity party, and includes two proposed laws.The one proposal concerns the modification and redefinition of the operation, purpose and foundations of the National Solidarity Fund, while the second proposed that the state hand over government property to the fund.The head of the house finance committee, Angelos Votsis said that the government was convinced to give €103 million in property and €55 million in funds.However, the bill will not stop any cases brought to court by the depositors.Akel MP, Stephanos Stephanou said that the government was lying and that the taxpayers would be required to pay for the fund.He added that he was afraid millionaires would be benefitted by the bill, and that they were picking and choosing what was compatible with the constitution.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
The government’s pledge to clamp down on undeclared labour appears to have helped reduce the number of registered unemployed considerably last month, the latest figures released by the statistical service show.The number of registered unemployed fell by 3,052 in September to 27,951 compared to the month before and 18 per cent compared to the respective month of 2016, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The reduction in unemployment matches the figure of new registrations of workers with the Social Insurance Service ahead of a government deadline that expired on September 3.The seasonally adjusted reduction of the number of registered unemployed last month was 694 compared to August and 5,430 compared to September 2016, Cystat said.Last month, the number of registered jobless dropped in the area of public administration by 1,208 compared to a year before, by 1,207 in construction, 1,013 in trade, 514 in financial and insurance, 475 in manufacturing and 457 in newcomers, Cystat said. The number of registered unemployed in September is the lowest since November 2011, the year in which the Cypriot government was shut out of financial markets and an explosion knocked out the Vassilikos power plant, causing island-wide outages affecting economic activity.On August 30, Andreas Apostolou, a senior labour relations inspector at the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance said that the number of workers registered with social insurance ahead of a government deadline expiring on September 3, was 3,100. Employers who failed to report their unregistered workers would otherwise face fines of up to €3,500 per person.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 Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
13Apr Rep. Heise invites residents to April coffee hours State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents of the 20th House district to meet with him in Northville this month for coffee to discuss state and local issues.Rep. Heise’s coffee hours are scheduled for Friday, April 17th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 20140 Haggerty Road in Northville.“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to meet with and hear from individuals in our community,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth. “I always look forwarding to meeting with local residents and bringing their ideas and concerns back to Lansing.”No appointments are necessary for these office hours. Residents who are not able to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Heise’s office by phone at 1-855-REPKURT, or by email at KurtHeise@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News
14Sep Rep. Leutheuser welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation Categories: Leutheuser News PHOTO: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser welcomed Hillsdale United Brethren Church Pastor Lester Smith to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. Lester’s wife, Linda, was also in attendance.
Categories: News,Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today approved legislation giving Michigan families and seniors broader income tax relief.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“The recent federal tax overhaul inadvertently created an increase in state taxes for Michiganders,” Whiteford said. “This legislation ensures that our state taxes will not be affected and even gives more tax relief to individuals and families.”One of the bills ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. The bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.The legislation also provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected by the proposal.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration### 25Jan Rep. Whiteford approves bills giving families and seniors tax relief
On his first day in his new job, BBC director general Tony Hall has told staff that the corporation’s “best days lie ahead” and that he will set out how to shape its “next chapter” in the coming weeks.In an email to all staff, Hall said “later this year I will share my thinking with the Trust before outlining our new ambitions for the BBC,” as it moves towards its centenary in 2012. He added that he will spend the coming months listening to thoughts of the staff.He said that the questions the BBC needed to ask itself included how can it improve the quality and distinctiveness of its programmes, what are the next big trends in technology and how can the BBC act as a catalyst for creative and digital economies?“There are obviously other big questions and we must address them all whilst adapting to the ways in which Britain, its society, nations and regions are changing,” he said.Addressing the Jimmy Savile scandal that rocked the corporation last year, Hall said “we are now winning back trust,” but warned “we must never take it for granted.” He said that he was confident about the BBC’s future due to the calibre of its staff and the values they all share.
Liberty Global has named Frans-Willem de Kloet as the new CEO of UPC Czech Republic, replacing Vaclav Barton, who is retiring.De Kloet is currently director of business services for Liberty Global Europe, responsible for all business-to-business activities. Prior to joining Liberty Global he held senior positions at Hewlett Packard, KPN and MCI/Verizon.Barton has served as CEO of UPC Czech Republic since 2002.
DOCSIS channel shipments reached 1.2 million in the second quarter, marking the first time the figure exceed 1 million in a single quarter, according to Infonetics Research.The new study claims that the combined CCAP and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channel shipments in Q2 easily beat last quarter’s record, and that “the velocity of the shift from CMTS to CCAP remains phenomenal.”“Global CCAP revenue jumped another 42% sequentially in 2Q14, as cable operators continued to shift spending to CCAP platforms in an effort to take advantage of their higher densities and lower per-channel prices,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.Combined revenue for CCAP, CMTS, edge QAM, and CMC equipment reached US$411 million worldwide in 2Q, up 24% from the previous quarter, with Arris, Cisco and Casa Systems the dominant players in the CCAP, CMTS, and CMC market.Infonetics said that in North America, where the shift to CCAP is “most acute”, CCAP revenue increased 39% in Q2 quarter-over-quarter.
Vanessa BrookmanTurner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe.Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role.At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s bouquet of kids and entertainment channels in the UK, Nordic and Baltic territories, which include Cartoon Network and TNT.Working out of Turner’s EMEA headquarters in London, Brookman will report to senior VP and managing director, UK and northern Europe Ian McDonough.“This follows our recent hire of [UKTV’s] Dan Fahy as senior director of commercial development, and demonstrates our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent,” he said.“The newly created VP, content and creative role also exemplifies our commitment to acquiring and developing the best content for our channels and I am confident that Vanessa’s great track record and experience will be a critical asset. Our business is poised for future growth.”Before Viacom-owned VIMN, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC production division BBC Vision.Overall, Turner operates more than 170 channels in around 200 territories.
UK consumers will spend more money on SVOD services and film and TV downloads than on buying and renting DVDs for the first time this year, according to Strategy Analytics.The research firm predicts that consumers in the UK will spend £1.31 billion on streaming and downloading in 2016 compared to £956 million on DVDs and Blu-rays.The figures mark a 23.7% year-on-year increase in digital spend and a 16.3% decline in physical media spend, with DVD sales tipped to drop below £1 billion for the first time since 1994.“Five years ago, DVDs represented 86% of consumer spend on home video, in five years it will be less than 14%, with DVD/Blu-ray rental virtually extinct,” said Strategy Analytics’ digital media director, Michael Goodman.“As online provides increasing ways to access films and box-sets, physical simply can’t compete. Although many people will always prefer a physical disc, retailers will have to decide whether it’s even viable to offer that format in five years’ time.”According to the research, streaming subscription service, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are the fastest-growing format with spend on these services to rise 36% to £742 million this year.Strategy Analytics estimates there are around 4.6 million Netflix and 2.5 million Amazon Prime households in the UK, and claims that around 20% of SVOD households subscribe to at least two services.“Video streaming subscriptions will be the dominant format from 2017 onwards and will account for over half of consumer home video spend by the end of 2021,” said the report.Overall, online formats will account for 58% of home video spend this year, compared to 42% for DVDs. The £2.27 billion Britons will spend on home video is a 3% rise on 2015 and the equivalent of £6.63 per household a month.
Intelsat 33eMultiple headwinds including price competition reflecting over-supply of wide-beam capacity, compounded with currency challenges contributed to a 9% drop in second quarter revenue for Intelsat to US$542 million, and a decline in EBITDA of 13% to US$411 million.Intelsat said that downward trend would continue ahead of the entry into service of four new satellites launched this year, which it said would generate incremental revenue in the second half.Media revenue was US$211 million in the quarter, down 5% thanks to the transition of some US customers to more efficient compression standards and the impact of currency fluctuations in Russia.2Q media business was driven by distribution in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Intelsat said that media business growth would be delivered by the entry into service of Intelsat 31 this month and the launch of Intelsat 36 in August, which supports South African DTH from 68.5° East. The satellite will enter service in the fourth quarter.Intelsat’s order backlog slipped over the quarter but remains healthy, with orders of US$9.2 billion as against US$9.3 billion in March.The company said it would compete for an estimated US$3.3 billion in incremental revenue opportunity through to 2021 that will be generated by applications including enterprise broadband, wireless infrastructure, the Internet of Things and commercial and maritime applications.The company said its 2016 launch programme remains on track with Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 scheduled to launch from French Guiana in August.Intelsat said that it has singed 20 new contracts for its next-generation high throughput Epic NG fleet since April 27, including TIM Brazil.
US channel operator A+E Networks has led a £5 million (€5.7 million) funding round in UK live streaming TV platform, TVPlayer.TVPlayer, an over-the-top service that lets viewers stream live TV to a range of devices, said it will use the funds to further develop the content offering and expand distribution of the service in the UK.Existing investors, including venture capital firm Beringea, also invested alongside A+E Networks and as part of the transaction, TVPlayer has de-merged from its parent company Simplestream and will now operate as a standalone company with dedicated management, marketing and technology teams.Founder Adam Smith, and co-founders Lewis Arthur and Dan Finch continue to hold a “significant stake” in the business and will work alongside a new, yet-to-be announced management team.At the same time TVPlayer said that A+E Networks’ Blaze network, which launched on Freeview in the UK last month, will be available as part of its free-to-air package.“We are very excited about the investment and the backing it provides operationally and financially for the expansion of TVPlayer,” said Smith. “With our investors’ support, we look forward to focusing on our efforts on customer acquisition and subscriber growth.”TVPlayer offers over 60 free-to-air channels to stream on an ad-supported basis, while a £4.99 per-month premium option allows users to watch an additional 30 pay channels and premium catch-up content.
Powerpuff GirlsTurner has renewed its carriage deal with UK cabler Virgin Media, adding a raft of on-demand content to the roster of linear nets.Liberty Global-owned Virgin has secured Turner channels including Cartoon Network (Powerpuff Girls), Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and CNN International and the Cartoon Network HD net has been added to the line-up for the first time to Virgin’s Irish customers.Many of the shows on the Turner channels will be added to Virgin’s catch-up service, meaning it will be available to Virgin’s TV subs for 30 days after its initial transmission.The box-set content available on catch-up includes kids series Regular Show, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo, Mr Bean, The Tom and Jerry Show and Fireman Sam.Virgin said the new deal also guarantees it rights to “support Virgin Media’s future product launches”, which it told TBI meant it had rights for new functionality that will be added to its set top box releases.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media said: “Our new deal with Turner means our customers will be able to access a wealth of on-demand programs, as well as continuing to enjoy some of the very best TV from channels as diverse as Cartoon Network, TCM and CNN International.”Ian McDonough, senior VP and managing director, Turner, Northern Europe added: “We’re very excited about strengthening our much valued partnership with Virgin Media, built around our premium kids and entertainment brands.“We look forward to working closely with Virgin Media to deliver entertaining channels and on-demand content that captures the growing appetite of our audiences for many years to come.”
Business-to-business music provider Stingray’s subscription video-on-demand offerings have surpassed the milestone of 100,000 paying subscribers across North America and Europe.Stingray’s SVOD offering is available through service providers such as Amazon, Comcast, and Telefónica.The SVOD service allows users to access unlimited, curated music programming for a monthly fee.Separately, Stingray has acquired Macquarie Media Operations-owned in-store media provider Satellite Music Australia.Satellite Music Australia provides in-store media for over 2,200 locations and the deal marks the latest extension of Stingray’s move into the Asia Pacific and Australian markets. The company previously acquired SBA Music and Digital Music Distribution as well as striking a distribution agreement with local pay TV provider Foxtel.“We are delighted to welcome SMA to the Stingray portfolio of in-store media services,” said Eric Boyko, president, co-founder, and CEO of Stingray.“Over the past few years, we have worked diligently to grow and solidify our Australian presence. This latest investment demonstrates our confidence in our future in the region. The SMA team has grown a fantastic business and I believe that together we can achieve great success and provide local clients with superior service.”
UK stand-up comedy subscription video-on-demand service NextUp has launched on the Amazon Fire TV Stick platform.The launch means that the full leist of devices on which NextUp is available includes the web, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Channels and Amazon Fire TV Stick.NextUp said further launched would come later this year.The service features over 85 full-length comedy specials, including content from established comedians such as Richard Herring and Tommy Tiernan as well as new talent such as Rachel Parris and Jordan Brookes, for £3.50 (€4) a month.Last year, NextUp launched on Amazon Channels in the UK.The service grew out of the ComComedy YouTube channel and live comedy night and was co-founded by former director of comedy at BBC Worldwide, Stuart Snaith.Dan Berg, another co-founder of the service, said: “We want to share the work of great comedians far and wide and our launch on Amazon Fire TV Stick is a significant step for us, allowing more people to access NextUp in a way that’s convenient for them. We’ve got even more device launches in the pipeline and more great specials to release this coming year – watch this space.”