Levent and Afrika file suit against Erdogan in north court

first_imgSener Levent and the Turkish Cypriot publishing company Afrika have filed a lawsuit against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for instigating attacks on the newspaper on January 22, 2018, according to Afrika’s front page on Saturday.The front page led with the title “We have taken Tayyip Erdogan to court”, and showed images of the suits filed to the ‘district court’ in the north.Afrika’s front page also included images of the protestors outside their offices on January 22, showing people making the symbol of the Turkish ultranationalist movement ‘Grey Wolves’ and the symbol of the ‘Rabia’, a gesture used to show support for the Muslim brotherhood.This is the first time a Turkish Cypriot media group is suing a Turkish politician, which follows a case opened against the newspaper in Ankara for the first time, regarding Afrika’s January 21 front page which ran with the title “Yet another invasion by Turkey”, in relation to the Turkish military operation in Syria’s Afrin.The newspaper wrote in their story that in the town of Bursa on January 21 at an AKP women’s party conference, Erdogan had called the paper “lousy” and said they had ran with an unethical title that day.  He called on “his brothers” in the north to take a stand, the newspaper said.“They say that the Turkish army, after Cyprus, has conducted a new invasion.  How unethical, how obscene is that,” Erdogan said then.The article says that after that speech by Erdogan, on January 22, “fanatics” attacked the newspaper with rocks and crowbars attempting to lynch the staff.“I am your accuser…you are the accused my sir…you are a defendant in Cyprus…You will be called to give answer! You are guilty! You have committed a big crime! You are the instigator!  You instigated them to lynch us, to murder us! Do you see that ruthless, raging mob?  Do you see the man holding the large rock in his hand,” was the lead of the article by Sener Levent in Afrika on Saturday.The newspaper goes on to say that the protestors are Erdogan’s “angry children” who he told to hit back.  Levent said that the protestors do whatever Erdogan tells them.Regarding the suit against Levent in Ankara, the newspaper’s head said: “You filed a suit against me in Ankara…I accept it…Now it’s your turn to come to our courts…I would come to your courts…If a court existed.”Levent added that the issue will not remain only with the council, and that the case will move forward “otherwise this island [Cyprus] will not forgive us.”You May LikeDrivepediaMeet The 94-Year-Old Who’s Spent Over A Decade Living On A Cruise ShipDrivepediaUndoNCH SoftwareWavePad Makes Editing Audio, Music and Voice Files Easy.NCH SoftwareUndoNetWorth MagazineWheel Of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Shares This Gorgeous Home With His PartnerNetWorth MagazineUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Sotira mayor sacrifices moustache to promote male cancer fight

first_imgSotira mayor, George Takkas, had his moustache shaved off for the first time in 40 years to support the male anti-cancer campaign ‘Movember Cyprus’.He was one of the men whose moustaches were shaved by professional barbers at an event at the Sotira town hall which lasted from 3pm until 7pm on Thursday.“The effort to raise awareness about male cancer is very important. That’s why I decided literally at the last minute to shave my moustache after 40 years and participate in this very special event for raising awareness among men,” Takkas said.All proceeds from the event will be donated to the non-profit organisation “Movember Cyprus”.Movember is an annual event held each November to raise awareness over men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Men are encouraged to grow a moustache for 30 days which is shaved off at the end of the month.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.orgUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cypriot composer working to produce the Sound of Kyoto

first_imgCypriot composer Marios Joannou Elia has been chosen by the Japanese city of Kyoto to compose and make its audio-visual portrait.Work on Sound of Kyoto – a contemporary audiovisual portrait of the city – began in January 2018 and is expected to be completed in 11 months.“The project’s goal and vison is to musicalise the entire city,” Elia said in a video posted on the official website of the project.This means, he said, that Kyoto will be used as an indoor and outdoor stage, while, “its musicians, music ensembles, choirs and orchestras, together with the city’s own sounds and acoustic elements, will be combined in a unified whole.” The Sound of Kyoto will then be presented in a film.According to CNN Greece, Elias is working on the project with the help of two symphony orchestras, three choirs, a mandolin orchestra, a brass orchestra, including the Matryomin orchestra, the world’s only orchestra that plays music through a theremin antenna inserted into Matryoshka figures.The project combines soloists and lyric singers, traditional orchestras and ensembles with traditional instruments including taiko percussion instruments.To capture the sounds of Kyoto, Elia also records events and activities in the city such as sumo fights, boating on the Hozugawa river, a visit to the traditional town of Miyama in addition to observing geishas as the geisha culture was born in the area in question.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Elia said that he wanted to penetrate “into the heart of each culture and its people.”A total of 550 musicians, a 27-member production team and 53 volunteers are participating in the project, CNN Greece said.Elia’s project was selected by the Japanese city from 330 proposals. The composer, who was also the artistic director of Pafos2017, completed a similar project in 2017, the ‘Sound of Vladivostok’.Elia’s parents are from Kyrenia and moved to Paphos after 1974. He was born in 1978 and educated in Paphos until 1998 when he left to study music and musicology at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.He has also worked as a composer and researcher and written music for concerts and operas.More information on Sound of Kyoto can be found at: http://www.soundofkyoto.jp You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Commercial banks urged to attract funds

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouFINANCE MINISTER Harris Georgiades urged commercial banks to follow the government’s lead and seek to capitalise on foreign investors’ increased confidence in the prospects of the Cyprus economy by attracting funds to strengthen their capital base.Speaking on state radio on Monday, Georgiades linked the opportunity for local lenders following the government’s successful bid to attract €750 million from foreign investors with the upcoming stress tests by the European Central Bank, which will determine the health and capitalisation needs of ‘systemic’ financial institutions across the eurozone. Four Cypriot banks will be stress-tested and subsequently placed under the direct supervision of the European Central Bank – Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, Russian Commercial Bank and the network of co-operatives.“My view is that Cypriot banks should seek to recapitalise even before the stress tests,” he said. “Foreign investors are confident in the prospects of our economy.”In the period since Cyprus’ banking meltdown in March 2013, banks have achieved major progress, analogous to that made by the government in terms of fiscal consolidation, Georgiades argued.“Therefore,” he added, “I feel that this goal is achievable.”But he was quick to clarify that he was referring not only to the Bank of Cyprus, in which rumours of executive management eyeing a capital injection effort have been circulating for weeks, even causing a simmering rift with the board of directors, who do not favour a dilution of existing shareholders’ stakes.“I would like to see all banks that will undergo the stress tests recapitalise,” Georgiades said, adding “with the exception, of course, of the co-operatives, which have been fully recapitalised via the adjustment programme.”Among the provisions of last year’s €10 billion bailout was the full recapitalisation of the co-op banks with €1.5 billion of loan money, in exchange for their consolidation and restructuring.After four successful quarterly progress reviews by international lenders and a consistently shallower than expected recession, Cyprus was able to reverse its exclusion from international sovereign debt markets last week, handsomely achieving its best-case scenario of attracting €750 million at a rate of 4.75 per cent.“This will be used to repay a big part of existing, more expensive and more short-term internal borrowing, which had been exerting constant pressure on public debt management,” Georgiades explained. “It will also help boost liquidity, and at the same time it will also enable the release of funds currently trapped in the system.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

15yearold in hospital after injuring himself with fathers gun

first_imgA 15-year-old is being treated at a private clinic in Nicosia, it emerged on Tuesday, after he was injured the day before while playing with his father’s flobert rifle, which fell to the ground and went off.The bullet injured the 15-year-old from Peristerona on the right wrist and in the abdomen area, though the minor’s condition is not life-threatening.According to the police, information was received on Monday at around 6pm that a minor was transferred to a Nicosia private clinic.Searching the 15-year-old’s home, police concluded that the minor was injured when the hunting gun, registered in his father’s name, fell from the boy’s hands, after which it fired.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 Taboolalast_img read more

Lineup of Fengaros Festival announced

first_imgThe pioneering Cypriot music festival, Fengaros returns for its 9th edition this summer, presenting a line-up of the cream of the crop from Cyprus, the Mediterranean and beyond. The first of its kind on the island, the Fengaros Festival will this year take place on August 1 – 3, with more than 40 acts on three stages returning to the village of Kato Drys.The festival highlights musicians that have pushed boundaries of popular music and provides the island’s audience with a window into the international music scene, simultaneously immersing local and tourist festival-goers and performers alike in traditional Cypriot heritage through its setting in the agro-touristic village of Kato Drys.This year’s line-up includes ground-breakers of the commonly-named Greek Rock Revolution, Planet of Zeus along with Thrax Punks and Balothizer, who mix tradition with a contemporary sound, as well as pioneering Cypriot rapper JUΛIO, on the first day of the festival. A line-up that blends and experiments with contemporary pop music will be presented on day 2 with Marina Satti & Fonέs showcasing their fusion of traditional Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern folk arrangements with pop and hip hop.Other features include synth pop and psychedelic folk artist Nalyssa Green, as well as a new indie electronic project between Nikolas Metaxas and GHSTWRLD called METAXAS x GHSTWRLD. The final day of the festival will be headlined by pop-rock chanson singer Foivos Delivorias. The dynamic Vasiliki and The Amalgamation will also take the stage as well as tropical psych punk freakout trio Fumaça Preta, and dream pop songstress Eleni Era. Fengaros Festival 2019Music festival featuring local and interactional acts performing in an agro-touristic setting. August 1-3. Kato Drys village, Larnaca. www.fengaros.comYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Vehicle registrations drop by 10 in the first half of 2019

first_imgVehicle registrations dropped by 10 per cent in the first six months of 2019, compared with the respective period of 2018, the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat) has said.In the period of January – June of 2019 total vehicle registrations declined to 23,449 compared with 26,059 in the respective period of last year.New cars recorded the highest decrease with an annual 11.2 per cent dropping to 8,887 in the first six months of 2019, compared to 10,005 in January – June 2018, while used vehicle registrations dropped by 9.3 per cent to 14,562 compared with 16,054 in the respective period of 2018.Registration of saloon cars dropped by 11.7 per cent to 19,102 compared with 21,642 in the period of January – June of 2018.According to Cystat, goods conveyance vehicles increased by 2.6 per cent to 2,680 in January-June 2019, compared with 2,613 in January-June 2018. Light goods vehicles increased by 3.3 per cent to 2,306, heavy goods vehicles decreased by 2.2 per cent to 273 and road tractors (units of trailers) decreased by 1 per cent to 101.Scooters registrations increased to 165 in January-June 2019, compared to 149 in January-June 2018.Motorcycles (with engines over 50 cubic centimetres) sales dropped by 8.6 per cent to 1,189 in the first six months of 2019, compared with 1,301 in the corresponding period of 2018, Cystat added.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Miller schedules town halls to discuss school retirement system

first_img State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis has scheduled three town hall meetings to discuss Michigan’s school employee retirement system and other education-related topics.The schedule for the public forums:8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7: Three Rivers High School auditorium, 700 6th in Three Rivers.8 p.m. Thursday, June 8: Ross Beatty High School auditorium, 22721 Diamond Cove Road in Cassopolis.8 p.m. Thursday, June 15: Sturgis High School lecture hall, 216 Vinewood Ave. in Sturgis.Miller’s town halls come with legislation pending in the Michigan House that would close the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System pension to new hires. New employees instead would go into a 401k-style plan identical to one for state workers. Retired and current school employees would not have to change their plans and their benefits remain intact.“I want to get input from the education community on this legislation,” said Miller, a former high school mathematics teacher and coach. “This is a great opportunity to converse in person on this subject and other education-focused topics important to southwest Michigan.”No RSVP is needed to attend the forums. 01Jun Rep. Miller schedules town halls to discuss school retirement system Categories: Miller News,Newscenter_img ###last_img read more

Hughes Rebekah Bletsch law will give victims a right to be heard

first_img23May Hughes: Rebekah Bletsch law will give victims a right to be heard Categories: Hughes News,News New law adopted after convicted murderer’s actions during Muskegon County case A new law requires convicted criminals to hear impact statements from victims or their families during sentencing hearings, state Rep. Holly Hughes announced today.The plan was submitted in response to a Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch requested to leave the court before the victim impact statements. The new law will prevent such an action, allowing for a judge to have discretion if the offender is disruptive or a safety risk to anyone attending the court hearing.The legal requirement will be the Rebekah Bletsch Law.“Criminals in Michigan must now hear how their crimes affected their victims or a victim’s loved ones,” said Hughes, of Montague. “The family of a Muskegon County woman, who was a daughter, wife, mother, and sister was prevented from speaking about how a convicted murderer turned their lives upside down. They’ll be among the last families denied that right because Rebekah’s law will remind everyone that a victim’s rights to speak in court is not secondary to a convicted criminal.”Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer, the sister and mother of Rebekah Bletsch, spoke before state House and Senate committees as the bill worked through the legislative process.“A part of my grieving process was taken from me in a horrible way,” Josephson said, during her testimony. “What is the point of an impact statement if I can’t speak to the person who has impacted me and destroyed my family? No other family should have to feel their words and their heartache don’t matter. Victims have a right to be heard and express their feelings to the individuals who caused it.”Hughes’ legislation updates the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims.“The individual who murdered Rebekah was also convicted of murdering Jessica Heeringa just last week. That monster should hear from both families on how his despicable actions broke hearts and tore lives apart,” Hughes said. “The one positive from all of this is that we have guaranteed that victims will be heard from now on.”House Bill 5407 is now Public Act 153 of 2018.last_img read more

Bellino Time to modernize boater safety certification system

first_img Categories: Bellino News 25Sep Bellino: Time to modernize boater safety certification system Plan unanimously approved by Michigan HouseState Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan giving Michigan boaters the option to present electronic proof of their boating safety certifications was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House.“The paper certificates boaters and jet-skiers are supposed to carry right now aren’t exactly waterproof, but many people have waterproof phone cases,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “It’s about time we bring the boating safety system into the 21st Century and give people the option to pull up proof of their certification on their phone.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5836, 5988 and 5989, boaters would be allowed to present electronic proof of their boater safety certificates when stopped by law enforcement. Officers would be able to take the boater’s electronic device to their vehicle or request the documentation be forwarded by email or text.Bellino, who introduced the plan alongside two of his colleagues, said search and seizure protections are included to prevent officers from looking through phones if they are handed over for e-proof verification.The procedures are similar to those laid out in laws enacted in 2016 and 2017 allowing drivers to present electronic proofs of their vehicle insurance and registration.The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more