Students learn cooperation at Winpeace

first_imgFORTY students aged 15 to 18 from Greece, Turkey and the two communities in Cyprus participated in the 17th Winpeace workshop on peace education, conflict resolution analysis, social entrepreneurship and communication skills which took place from July 22 to 29 at the Technical Educational Institute in Heraklion, Crete.According to a press release, the youngsters learned how to live together and create their own community and were exposed to innovative ways of building a peace culture by resolving problems non-violently and following principals of gender equality and human rights. The workshop culminated with the design process of social entrepreneurship.Their educators were Jennifer Sertel, trainer in conflict resolution and communication in Istanbul and Aybike Oguz, trainer in social entrepreneurship in Istanbul, Mine Atli, lawyer and peace activist, Neshe Dervish, peace activist, Maria Hadjipavlou from the University of Cyprus and activist for peace and gender equality at the Centre for Research and Action on Peace in Athens Fotini Sianou.“This camp is a miraculous event that is – every year since 2000 – assembled by those who hope; namely professors, teachers and peace activists from Turkey, Greece and Cyprus,” a Greek student evaluating the programme said. “This camp has a purpose. It is to bring peace to the whole world. Having though understood that baby steps should be taken every time, we started from the resolution of the Cypriot issue. We had for a week a condensed program which was full of seminars concerning conflict resolution, non-violent communication, human rights, gender equality and may other aspects of what has been forgotten, all based on the principles of humanism.”“Throughout the years, the small island of Cyprus has amassed a large history of never-ending conflict and violence. To represent Cyprus, be it northern or southern Cyprus, is to represent the entirety of a politically tense history, a divided island, and above all, an intense desire for peace. For this reason, the Winpeace camp meant much more than a week of summer activities – it encapsulated the core of the Cyprus issue and brought into the spotlight the younger generation’s desire for a world where harmony and peace prevailed,” a Cypriot student commented.“For many of us that came from Turkey, participating in this workshop served as a constructive act of response against the polarizing forces at work in our societies and the world.” Another student added. “These forces exist deep within our inner selves and carry and reinforce deeply rooted alienating prejudices about how we perceive the `others`. By coming to Crete and interacting with our Greek and Cypriot friends throughout the peace-building activities, we stood up against the bigger forces that don’t want us to come together. But most importantly, we stood up against that judgmental inner critic we are all taught to have.”  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo 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

Police confident they will hunt down coop robbers

first_imgPolice said on Thursday they were confident they will be able to find out who was behind the armed robbery at the Limassol co-op bank in which more than €40,000 was stolen.Investigators have established that the high-powered motorcycle which was used in Wednesday’s robbery was stolen on July 27.Identification of the thieves is hampered by the fact that they were wearing helmets and dark clothes.“We are studying the images captured by the bank’s closed monitoring circuit very carefully, checking the evidence found at the scene, investigating suspects and generally investigating every element that may lead us to the perpetrators,” deputy Limassol CID chief Marinos Demetriou said on Thursday.The robbery at the branch at Ayios Athanasios took place at around 10am on Wednesday.Two men clad in black and wearing motorcycle helmets threatened the five customers and three employees with a sawn-off hunting shotgun and a pistol.They instructed the customers to lie on the floor and the tellers to hand over the money in their tills.After snatching €40,000 and a number of cheques the men fled on a large motorbike which was found alight near the scene shortly afterwards.This is the third robbery of a co-op in August and police believe the three are connected. On August 7, armed robbers stole €30,000 from a co-op in Timi, following another one in Pyrgos on August 2 where two thieves managed to grab nearly €15,000.Demetriou said a thorough investigation is being carried out to see whether Wednesday’s robbery is related to the previous two robberies and to others committed in the past.“Their mode of action is identical,” he said. “We are considering how far the cases are related, if the perpetrators are the same in all the robberies or are members of a gang who are acting throughout Cyprus. We believe they are Cypriots, but without excluding the possibility that they may also be foreigners, all this needs investigating.”In the August 2 incident two individuals fled on a motorcycle with €14,980 after using a sawn-off hunting gun to break through the entrance.Five days later two armed persons fled a co-op in Timi with a wad of cash using a vehicle which had been reported stolen from a parking lot at Paphos airport. They were also armed, with an assault rifle and a hunting shotgun.  You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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

Police clamp down on parking violations

first_imgOver the past 21 months, police have issued more than 21,000 tickets for illegal parking across the country.So far this year – up until September 30 – the number of parking violations reached 9,812.During 2016, police issued 11,924 parking tickets.Cypriot motorists were also incorrigible when it came to respecting parking spaces reserved for the disabled.During the first nine months of this year, 1,564 tickets were issued for disabled parking isolations.In 2016, police issued 2,761 tickets for disabled parking violations.In a statement, the police said illegal parking ‘that can be easily be resolved, as long as we realise that the roads are not our own, they belong to everyone’.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Police investigate links between car theft arson

first_imgPolice said on Thursday they are investigating any links between a car theft in Larnaca, a car arson and the robbery of a petrol station in Limassol on Wednesday night.Authorities in Larnaca on Wednesday night received information of a rental car with four to five passengers moving suspiciously. The same vehicle was later that night found abandoned on the side of the road on Nikos and Despina Pattichis avenue by police, with no keys in the ignition and its doors wide open.CCTV footage revealed that shortly after midnight the individuals in the rental car stopped at a location in Larnaca, where they stole a car battery from a parked vehicle.The rental was impounded. It had been rented to an English-Cypriot for the whole of last December.Police suspect the people in the rental may have been involved in the malicious damage of nine cars parked on the same street where it was abandoned.Other CCTV footage showed the passengers of the rental robbing a large number of cigarettes from a petrol station in Trachoni. In this footage a commercial vehicle can be seen of the same colour and type that was stolen in Larnaca and later found burned and abandoned in Limassol.Police are investigating if it is the same vehicle and if it has any links to the rental car or its occupants.The commercial vehicle had been seen near the spot where the rental was abandoned.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Anastasiades to contact Akinci with meeting on the cards Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday he will meet next week with the Special Representative of UN Secretary General in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar to assess the prospects for the resumption of the settlement talks.Anastasiades, who is reportedly to contact Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci next week in a bid to resume stalled reunification talks, said that during his meeting with Spehar, they will ‘explore’ whether there are prospects that ‘could give hope for a dialogue on the correct basis, on what had been agreed’.“I will do my utmost, whatever is possible to see whether the prospects are there,” he said.His next move on the settlement talks will depend, he said, on the basis of public statements and prerequisites set out and on the stances of the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey.He also urged Turkish Cypriots to realise ‘that they also need to recognise the anxiety and expectations and concerns of the victims of the invasion’.On when he is to convene the National Council, he said, this would happen ‘as long as there are some developments, before any meeting (with Akinci)’.According to daily Politis, Anastasiades plans on seeking a meeting with Akinci towards the end of next week. Media reports in the north said Akinci will agree to a meeting with AnastasiadesGovernment spokesman Nicos Christodouldies said on Friday the president will ‘engage in certain actions’ after meeting party chiefs. He said the meeting will take place soon but did not disclose what the actions would be.Turkish Cypriot daily Detay, said that despite the hardline rhetoric used by the Turkish side on the Cyprus problem, Akinci will accept an invitation from Anastasiades.It also said it was highly probable that the two leaders would be having dinner together.The UN, the daily said, is not expected to mediate for a meeting at this stage, as the aim will be to exchange views on how to proceed.Sources cited by Politis said it will take time for the two leaders to find common ground due to lack of trust, but also because thorough preparation is necessary before a new conference on Cyprus is convened.Finding common ground could be difficult however. Greek Cypriots want things to pick up where they left off, while the Turkish Cypriot side has been calling for a new approach.In an interview with the Athens News Agency, Anastasiades said he is determined to continue the dialogue as soon as possible, ‘at least concerning the internal aspects’.Anastasiades said he hoped he would not be faced with a similar attitude during his meeting with Akinci as the one exhibited by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who said last week that new negotiations based on the same framework would be doomed.If it was up to the Greek Cypriot side he said, ‘we would not have reached the unfortunate results’ of the settlement talks last year in Switzerland.If Turkey’s positions are not known beforehand and if they are not in line with the parameters of the UN Secretary-General, a new conference on Cyprus ‘will again be led to failure’.Anastasiades stated on several occasions that the problem lies in the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot negotiating side’s refusal to compromise on the issue of Turkey’s right to intervene, and on the presence of Turkish troops on the island.Akinci has said that he is not thinking of appointing a new negotiator at the moment, as he does not want for negotiations to drag on in the same way for another 50 years. He called for a results-oriented procedure and not an open-ended one.Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq, said on Friday that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres continues to see what influence the UN can have to bring the Cyprus talks forward.“Guterres continues to be advised, including from Elizabeth Spehar who is our senior official currently dealing with the Cyprus file about all the events, and he continues to see what influence we can have to bring the talks forward,” he said. You May LikeLiverMD | SupplementTop Doctor Recommends Liver Health SolutionLiverMD | SupplementUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

News about the cabinet expected on Tuesday

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said there will be news on Tuesday regarding the composition of the new cabinet.Asked if there will be any news today on the matter as he was coming out of the presidential palace, Anastasiades said “yes.” 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

News podcast Jansens latest book was inspired by her experiences at the

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:Michael Jansen’s latest book was inspired by her experiences at the 2011 Egyptian revolutionImprove your driving with new appWill financial incentives lure film-makers to the islandSt Paul’s gets a new window to mark its 125th anniversaryFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Spehar to hold contacts in US ahead of Unficyp consultations

first_imgThe Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp, Elizabeth Spehar, will hold contacts in New York and Washington in mid-January, ahead of consultations at the United Nations Security Council on the renewal of Unficyp mandate.According to the provisional programme of work of the Security Council, consultations will take place on January 22 and the adoption of the resolution by the Security Council to extend the mandate of Unficyp for another six months is scheduled for January 30.Sources told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that Spehar was expected to travel to New York on January 12 to have consultations with high-ranking UN officials. From there she will travel to Washington to hold meetings with US officials.The same sources said that before travelling to the US, Spehar is expected to meet in Cyprus with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.At the UN headquarters, the Special Representative will meet with Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. She will also meet with officials from Unficyp-contributing countries and with members of the Security Council.In Washington, Spehar will hold contacts at the State Department to discuss the Cyprus problem and the renewal of the force’s mandate.She will return to New York to brief the Security Council prior to their consultations and vote.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo 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

Cabinet sets tough 2014 fiscal targets

first_imgBy George Psyllides CYPRUS plans spending cuts to achieve a primary budget deficit lower than the level targeted by the bailed-out island’s international lenders, the finance minister said yesterday.Harris Georgiades said the government aimed for a primary budget deficit – which excludes the cost of debt interest – of 3.0 per cent of gross domestic product, compared with 4.25 per cent outlined in the bailout deal.A draft budget for 2014, approved by cabinet yesterday – the island’s first post-bailout budget – provides for a 10 per cent cut in net spending compared to 2013, Georgiades told reporters.According to finance ministry documents, the recession could be milder than the 8.7 percent 2013 baseline scenario, based on economic output in the first two quarters. It did not elaborate on this brighter outlook nor did it alter the baseline scenario for 2014, Reuters reported.“We wish we could spend more, and borrow to foster growth, but unfortunately we are paying for mistakes of the past,” Georgiades told reporters. “The basic characteristic of the budget is significant savings on expenditure. We are operating in a difficult economic environment,” he said.The cuts translate to €626 million, short of the €700 million target set by the administration.The remainder will be covered by additional revenues and the rise in funding from the EU budget, the minister said.Many of the measures included in the budget had already been approved by parliament last December but they will come into force on January 1, 2014.They include an additional 3.0 per cent cut from the public payroll, a one percentage point increase in VAT, a rise in social insurance contributions and targeting social allowances.Georgiades also announced additional measures that will be proposed to parliament along with the budget.They provide for further rationalisation of allowances to save €18 million, pension contributions for temporary staff, including widows’ pension in taxable income to fetch €8.0 million, and better targeting of social pensions to save €10 million.“I also consider very important to retain the freeze in recruitment in the wider public sector for the next year also,” Georgiades said. “This is the most effective way to rein in and eventually reduce the public payroll.”The minister said no supplementary budgets would be submitted, a standard practice in past years that served to increase spending.“The government’s policy is to contain state spending. Consequently, the expenditure ceilings should be considered binding and we must remain very strict not only in drafting, but also in implementing the budget,” the minister said.Cyprus agreed to a 10 billion euro aid package from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union in March after its two major banks were all but decimated by their heavy exposure to debt-crippled Greece.For the first time in the history of the eurozone’s debt crisis, bank depositors were forced to shoulder the burden of recapitalising lenders. Bailout money from lenders is mainly geared towards fiscal needs of the island, slumped in a deep recession.The trio of lenders from the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank reported Cyprus had made good progress in overhauling its banking sector and pushing through structural reforms in its first assessment of the island state in the summer.It is due to start a second inspection visit to Cyprus in late October.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo 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

BoC ready to migrate Laiki accounts

first_imgBANK of Cyprus (BoC) has announced that it will be migrating all ex-Laiki Bank accounts to its own electronic systems during the long weekend starting tomorrow until Monday.The transfer is part of the absorption of Laiki by BoC according to the terms of the island’s bailout agreed in March 2013.BoC said it has done all the preparatory work so that the transfer is carried out without affecting its customers.Because of the move, the bank said certain transactions — transfer between own accounts, transfer to Bank of Cyprus customers, multiple payments — will not be available through the online 1bank platform between the afternoon of Saturday, June 7 to June 9.For information, customers can contact their branch or 1bank on 800 00 800 or 357 22 128000 for international callers between 7.45am and 9.30pm, Monday to Friday or through www.bankofcyprus.com.cy.Customers experiencing problems with their cards over the long weekend can contact 1bank between 9am and 7pm.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 SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry 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

Man remanded after digging up cannabis stash

first_imgA 34-year-old was remanded for seven days by the Paphos district court on Wednesday after he was spotted unearthing 124g of cannabis from a field in Yeroskipou.The 34-year-old was arrested at 8pm on Tuesday night by members of the drug squad who were staking out an empty field in the Yeroskipou industrial area after receiving a tip.The 34-year-old was spotted digging out of the ground a package containing 124g of cannabis, believed to have been buried in the field by another person.A sum of €380 found on the 34-year-old was confiscated. Nothing else was found during a police search of his vehicle and home.Police said that they have had multiple dealings with the 34-year-old in the past, though the suspect denied involvement in this specific case. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoYahoo 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

BoC announces appointment of Maria Philippou as BoD member

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, said that the European Central Bank approved on Monday the appointment of Maria Philippou as member of its board of directors.“Philippou will also participate as a member of the human resources and remuneration committee,” the bank said on Tuesday.Her appointment applies for both the board of Bank of Cyprus Holdings Public Limited and Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited, the bank said.Other members of the human resource committee chaired by Michael Spanos are Michael Heger and Anat Bar-Gera.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart 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 roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Calley vote calls for system to avoid financial trouble at local

first_img State Rep. Julie Calley today voted to pass a multi-bill House reform plan aimed at protecting the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The plan uses recommendations from a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year. The task force explored Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems and urged changes to help reduce unfunded liabilities, which are fast approaching $20 billion statewide.Heeding the concerns surrounding this problem and following up on recommendations supplied through the task force, the House plan calls for greater financial transparency and standardized data collection to provide an early detection system for both local governments and the state when situations of underfunding arise.“The work completed by this task force, with input from local representatives and state officials, clearly illustrated the scope of this problem,” said Calley, of Portland. “It’s important for our police officers and fire fighters that benefits promised to them are there when they need them. In some areas of the state, that is in doubt. I cast my vote on these bills to see those benefit plans funded.”The detection system outlined through the task force recommendations should lessen the chances a community approaches bankruptcy – an outcome in which a federal bankruptcy judge would determine the fate of post-employment benefits for local government retirees. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities are not meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts. The system will provide local governments with analyses so localities can act quickly to mitigate their funding issues. In addition, transparency will help residents determine the employee related liabilities of a local board.House Bills 5298 and 12 companion bills advanced to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Calley News,News 07Dec Rep. Calley vote calls for system to avoid financial trouble at local level, protect retireeslast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser Committee post provides great opportunity to help Branch Hillsdale counties

first_img17Jan Rep. Leutheuser: Committee post provides great opportunity to help Branch, Hillsdale counties State Rep. Eric Leutheuser will have a unique opportunity to influence a wide range of policies improving life in Branch and Hillsdale counties during the 2019-20 term in the Michigan House.Leutheuser will serve on the newly created House Ways and Means Committee. He was assigned to the post this week by House Speaker Lee Chatfield.“This committee has a special place in the process of making southern Michigan and the entire state a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “Job providers and workers, students and teachers, doctors and patients – the Ways and Means Committee will have the opportunity to help them all through legislation moving Michigan forward.”Topics reviewed by Ways and Means could include workforce development, education, tax policy, insurance, health policy, and many others.During this two-year term, the Ways and Means Committee will be one of a select few panels with the authority to report legislation to the House floor for consideration. Reviewing proposals that previously have been considered by other House policy committees will improve debate, analysis and accountability.Leutheuser, in his third term representing the 58th House District, brings a wealth of experience to this new role. He has served on several House committees during his tenure, including a position leading the Commerce and Trade Committee during the 2017-18 session.##### Categories: Leutheuser News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Bollin Michigan House Cheers to 100 years of the American Legion

first_img14Mar Rep. Bollin, Michigan House: Cheers to 100 years of the American Legion Legislature celebrates historic milestoneThe Michigan House of Representatives today approved a commemorative resolution authored by state Rep. Ann Bollin, paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.In March 1919, after a group of American World War I soldiers gathered in France to discuss how to bring their service to their country to greater heights, the American Legion was created. Since its inception, the American Legion has been the country’s largest veterans service organization dedicated to helping veterans and the public, and preserving the American way of life.Bollin’s House Resolution 37 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, honors America’s 19.8 million military veterans, and calls upon Michigan residents to recognize the occasion.“We will forever be in debt to the American Legion for its 100 years of many wholesome programs, services and unwavering devotion to our community’s service members and veterans,” said Bollin, of Brighton. “This is an admirable, historic milestone to celebrate, and I look forward to many more years of the Legion’s service to our state and military heroes.”The American Legion has 3 million members who have not only invested their lives serving our country, but have continued to serve after returning home from deployment. Michigan is home to 390 American Legion posts statewide.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ann Bollin delivers a speech on the House floor Thursday regarding her resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. Categories: Bollin Newslast_img read more

Jim DeMint Fired from Heritage Foundation—Is Bannon On Deck

first_imgShare28Tweet1Share6Email35 Shares“Jim DeMint” by Gage SkidmoreMay 2, 2017; PoliticoAs NPQ reported earlier this week, the knives were out for Jim DeMint, the former U.S. senator who resigned his seat in 2013 to become president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. As anticipated, DeMint’s forced resignation was accepted at a board meeting on Tuesday. Co-founder, trustee, and only former president Ed Feulner will take over as interim president of the $93 million 501(c)(3) foundation.The official statement from board president Thomas Saunders III, posted on the Heritage website and emailed to the foundation’s 500,000 members after the board meeting, was uncharacteristically blunt. Rather than thanking DeMint for a good job and wishing him well, Saunders said,After a comprehensive and independent review of the entire Heritage organization, the Board determined there were significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of internal communications and cooperation. While the organization has seen many successes, Jim DeMint and a handful of his closest advisers failed to resolve these problems.In his own statement, DeMint called the assessment “puzzling,” citing the board’s past praise for his work as well as steady performance bonuses for his management team and himself as part of his million-dollar compensation package. He also cited a positive independent review of Heritage Foundation’s scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania and recognition of the Heritage Foundation by Penn’s Scholarly Commons as “the 13th best managed think tank in the world in 2016.”Founded in the 1970s, Heritage reached heights of influence during the Reagan administration. Reagan himself distributed Heritage’s 20-volume, 3,000-page 1981 “Mandate for Leadership: Policy Management in a Conservative Administration” at an early Cabinet meeting. Two of its authors, Bill Bennett and James Watt, became Reagan administration cabinet members. A 2016 version of “Mandate for Leadership” was produced by Heritage to aid in the Trump transition and administration.One key problem affecting DeMint was that the Heritage Foundation had strayed from its conservative think tank roots and had become too involved in dealmaking on Capitol Hill. Founding board member and former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK) said, “When DeMint went in, Heritage became very political. It changed from a highly respected think tank to just a partisan tool and more ideological—more of a Tea Party organization than a think tank.” NPQ observed in 2013 that changes early in DeMint’s tenure were calling Heritage’s research integrity into question.DeMint’s intended solution to restore the foundation’s research focus included curtailing or even shuttering the foundation’s 501(c)(4) arm, Heritage Action for America, founded in 2010. The problem with this approach was that Heritage Action is headed by Michael Needham, a powerful Heritage insider who was formerly Ed Feulner’s chief of staff. The relationship between DeMint and Needham had deteriorated to the point that Needham is rumored to have thrown a chair across the room when told DeMint had changed his mind about retiring voluntarily.According to the statement, “Feulner and his successor” will work to restore the organization to being the go-to place for conservatives to find the research and policy options. The inference is that Feulner is serving in an interim capacity and that an executive search will be performed, but this is not addressed directly by Heritage. It is expected that further resignations and firings will happen as Feulner removes DeMint loyalists from the foundation’s staff.In his statement, Saunders also mentions a problem familiar to nonprofit organization leaders seeking to balance member and stakeholder transparency with the legal rights of employees.I regret not being able to let you know sooner about this change. While we were trying to resolve this matter amicably, we honored our side of the bargain to remain silent. I wanted to ensure that the Board’s decision was final before alerting you. Unfortunately, the media ran with speculation about this story before the facts could be disclosed.Needham may well end up in the foundation president’s role, or another candidate may be found, but rumors have been floated that presidential adviser and former head of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, may be in the running. Initially a high-profile Trump adviser, Bannon may have become embroiled in palace intrigue involving both Donald and Ivanka Trump as well as Jared Kushner and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Rumors swirled earlier this year that a dignified exit strategy for Bannon was being investigated by conservative donor and activist Rebekah Mercer as well as other Bannon supporters.Bannon is a favorite of Rebekah Mercer, who serves on the Heritage board and has guided the donation of more than $1 million to Heritage in recent years. Through her family’s foundation (of which she is the sole officer), Mercer is also a major donor and board member of Bannon’s own nonprofit, the Government Accountability Institute, which NPQ addressed in a story late last year. Bannon is a former board member of Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis and strategic communications company heavily financed by Mercer and her father, hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer.—Michael WylandShare28Tweet1Share6Email35 Shareslast_img read more

Womens University Sports Teams Still Struggle to Be Seen

first_imgShare6Tweet2Share9Email17 Shares“Women’s Soccer vs. Colorado.” Photo by Charlie Magovern/Neon Tommy.May 6, 2017; New York TimesFor all who reside in Michigan, there is a choice to make: maize and blue or green and white. College sports, predominately from the University of Michigan or Michigan State University, are a way of life. As a significant moneymaker for the universities, the athletic programs are given top-of-the-line facilities, equipment, and resources. At the University of Michigan alone, a $168 million complex is currently under construction for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The field hockey team is playing in a $13.5 million complex. Michigan Stadium, home of the increasingly popular football team, recently had a $226 million renovation.The University of Michigan’s women’s club ice hockey team, however, pays to participate in their sport. They receive no support from the athletic department, pay $1,600 per year to play plus $20,000 to rent ice time at Yost Ice Area, and need to fundraise for their own equipment. In fact, this team is not even recognized as a varsity team. The question becomes, “Why does this team get less recognition and no support from the university’s $160 million annual athletic budget?”According to the federal law known as Title IX, a varsity female ice hockey player must receive the same protective equipment that a varsity male ice hockey player would receive, inasmuch as the protective equipment is the same. For this to take place, however, the University of Michigan would need to add women’s hockey as a varsity sport. If that took place, the university would also need to add a men’s sport or cut a women’s team to keep the number of male and female athletes even under Title IX guidelines.According to the Women’s Sport Foundation,Even though female students make up 57 percent of college student populations, female athletes received only 43 percent of participation opportunities at NCAA schools, which is 63,241 fewer participation opportunities than their male counterparts.Although the gap has narrowed, male athletes still receive 55 percent of NCAA college athletic scholarship dollars (NCAA-designated Division I and II institutions), leaving only 45 percent allocated to women.When examining median expenses per NCAA Division I institution, women’s teams receive only 40 percent of college sport operating dollars and 36 percent of college athletic team recruitment spending.Median head coaches’ salaries at NCAA Division I-FBS schools are $3,430,000 for men’s teams and $1,172,400 for women’s teams. This is a difference of $2,257,600.Even with this information, it all comes down to numbers, and most women’s sports do not generate enough revenue for a college athletic department to be able to sustain the cost of maintaining a team. At the University of North Dakota, the women’s varsity team costs $2 million per year. According to the university’s president, $60 million would need to be raised to endow the program. Ticket and merchandise sales for the sport would not come close to reaching the $2 million annual operating cost, much less contributing to funding an endowment.The difference does not stop at collegiate sports, however. Professionally, women’s sports still fall behind men’s in popularity. The three-time WNBA Champions (2003, 2006, 2008), the Detroit Shock, couldn’t sustain a viable following up against the Detroit Pistons, who won the 2004 NBA Championship, and were moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2009. Detroit currently has no dominant professional women’s athletic team.So, why is there less exposure and support for women’s sports? According to an article in the Economist, sponsors are unwilling to finance individuals and teams that do not have good media exposure: “The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) estimates that in 2013, women’s sports received 7 percent of coverage and 0.4 percent of the total value of commercial sponsorships.” This makes for a cycle that is difficult to overcome—less coverage equals less sponsorship, which equals less coverage.In March 2016, CNN reported that a poll conducted by Always indicated that, “a significant percentage of both women and men said men are better at sports, with 32 percent of women feeling that way and 47 percent of men.” While this could be one explanation, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, who has devoted her career to the advancement of girls and women in sports, states, “This connection with sports and masculinity is a very tough nut to crack. People have been trying to crack it for a long time.”While a simple explanation or solution to the gender inequalities in sport isn’t easily produced, identification that there are gaps in recognition and support may be the first step. Mercedes Reyes, a junior forward with the University of Michigan women’s club hockey team, may have said it best—“It would just be nice so that people know we exist.”—Erin ShankieShare6Tweet2Share9Email17 Shareslast_img read more