Giorgos Papadopoulos of the Solidarity Movement was reinstated as an MP on Wednesday after a parliament decision last week to give him back his seat which he had lost following a supreme court decision.In a ceremony at the Limassol district administration, in the presence of House speaker Demetris Syllouris, Papadopoulos was declared for the second time as an MP, by district officer Marios Alexandrou.The incumbent got his MP post after Solidarity Party leader Eleni Theocharous, who was elected as a Limassol MP in May 2016, waived the seat and opted to keep her place in the European parliament. Her seat in the House went to Papadopoulos, the party’s next in line, who had only received 767 votes.But he lost his seat at the end of May following a supreme court ruling which had heard a legal challenge by Disy candidate for parliament Andreas Michaelides against the handling of the matter. The supreme court had ruled that existing law did not justify passing the seat to the runner-up, but did not opine on how it should be handled.This would have been in line with the election law’s provisions, had it taken place after Theocharous’ swearing-in, but this was not the case.The House plenum last Friday voted for a bill submitted by Syllouris – also a Solidarity member – that would give the seat to his party. Only Disy deputies voted against it.Papadopoulos is to be sworn in before the House plenum on Friday.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Following the collapse of the latest round of reunification talks, the parties in Cyprus are in a period of reflection, the United Nations said, and the UNSG will make a decision on the way forward in due course.Speaking during the daily briefing on Tuesday, UNSG spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said: “the parties are, right now, in what we would call a period of reflection”.“In due course, the secretary general will make a decision on the way forward”, he added.Dujarric added that the “office of the special adviser remains” and will be headed by the deputy special adviser, Elizabeth Spehar, who also serves as the [head] of UNFICYP (United Nations Force in Cyprus).Special adviser Espen Barth Eide, officially requested to be released from his responsibilities in order to run in the upcoming legislative elections in his country, Norway.It followed talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana between June 28 and July 7, which ended without an agreement to reunify the island.“As a matter of principle, whenever an envoy is named, it is obviously… there is consultation with the parties. We are never going to put forward a name or person that one or more of the parties do not accept. That’s a matter of principle.”Dujarric said that Antonio Guterres was clear in his comments in Switzerland that he remains available should the parties come to him.“I’m sure that Cyprus will be one of the many issues that will be discussed in the secretary general’s various bilaterals that he will have during the General Assembly.” 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 Taboola
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will hold talks in Paris on Monday afternoon with French President Emmanuel Macron.The meeting will examine the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations with emphasis on energy and defence matters, Euro – Turkish relations and regional issues. The two leaders will then make statements to the press.President Anastasiades is accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides.The President will visit on Monday the Louvre where Cypriot antiquities are exhibited. He will also give interviews to French media.On Sunday he met with officials from TOTAL energy company which is active in Cyprus’ EEZ.The Cypriot President returns home early on Tuesday.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 AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo 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 Taboola
A 49-year-old Russian man was arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with the murder of a 51-year-old Bulgarian, who was found in a store-turned-flat in Larnaca.Police said the victim, identified as Daniel Nicolov, was found shortly after noon Friday, after neighbours complained of a foul smell coming from the apartment.The man, whose body had already started to decompose, was found with a knife stuck to his chest in the apartment off Makarios Avenue in downtown Larnaca, which he shared with other flatmates.Police said evidence at the scene suggested a struggle had taken place prior to the murder.Treating the case as murder, police arrested the 49-year-old, with whom the victim had reportedly had a physical altercation last week in the same apartment. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo 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 Taboola
A bus strike over unpaid salaries in Paphos that had entered its fourth day was lifted Friday following negotiations, the transport ministry said.In a statement on Friday afternoon, the ministry said the parties came to an agreement and drivers will return to work starting Saturday morning.Operations manager Andreas Rodosthenous said earlier that all personnel employed by the Paphos transport organisation Osypa had been affected and took part in the strike.“There is a meeting currently underway in Nicosia with the ministry of transport and we hope that there will be a swift resolution to the current situation and we can all return to work which is what we want,” he told the Cyprus Mail on Friday.He added that the feeling created by the strike was not a pleasant one and that all of the staff, although not working, are still going daily to their jobs.He said that Osypa signed a contract to provide bus services in 2010 and that it is valid for a ten year period.Rodosthenos said the company informed employees it was unable to pay wages as it had not received the regular state subsidy, which fluctuates from month to month.He added that the company’s 100 buses covering 300 or so routes are all out of action and parked at Osypa’s head office in Mesoyi and other designated parking areas around the town.“Around 180 employees have been affected and it’s not the personnel’s fault, and we shouldn’t be affected,” he said.Staff said they need assurances that they will be paid their salaries at the end of every month and that the situation won’t occur again.The operations managers noted that similar incidents occurred in 2012 and 2013 and that the current problem has been rumbling on for around a year.He said that problems had arisen over disagreements over finances, but that the situation was not yet clear.He stressed that even in such instances staff shouldn’t be made to suffer.Some reports say Osypa didn’t receive the subsidy due to overpayments in the past.Thousands of customers have been affected – around 6,000 students and 16,000 other bus customers including, workers, tourists and villagers.The Osypa employee said that personnel have the right to vote to take any measures they want concerning dynamic action if the outcome of Friday’s meeting is not satisfactory, he said.“We are all hoping that the situation will be resolved though,” he said.In December 2016, a similar situation arose after the company called on the state to actively assist in the renewal of the fleet as they said that around half were old and in need of replacing. It was finally resolved after a meeting with the transport minister.You May LikeLilAnswer8 Definite Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency You Should Know!LilAnswerUndoHOLA! USANow you can own the Clarins lip gloss Kate Middleton lovesHOLA! USAUndoCheapflightsCheap Flight Tickets – Compare Flight Deals & Travel for Less!CheapflightsUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
In May, for the fifth consecutive year, The American Academy Nicosia organised the charity race Run for the Community which took place along the length of Grammiko Park with 500m, 1km, 3km and 5km routes.This year the event was dedicated to the memory of acclaimed sportsman Andreas Georgiades, on the occasion of the completion of a year since his passing, to commemorate his contribution to sporting and educational events and to Cypriot society overall.In this year’s event as in previous years, the enthusiastic response of the public was indicated by the age range of participants which varied from three years to 80 years old. The event was celebrated with great success and also featured sports games between students, parents, teachers and graduates of the academy. The parents association of the school enriched the event with games and fun activities for children.The event was held under the auspices of the municipality of Nicosia, with Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis launching it. All the net proceeds of the event are given each year to the charity organisation Angaliazo, which supports poor families in the wider community.You May LikeChildren's Hospital Colo.Living a full life with cloacaChildren’s Hospital Colo.UndoHealevateAre You A Toxic Friend? Strike Out The Annoying Things You Might Do To Your FriendsHealevateUndoSUVs | Search AdsSUVs in United States Could be Pretty Cheap. Search for Options HereSUVs | Search AdsUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A district court judge is under investigation for allegedly tampering with court transcripts, it emerged this week.Daily Phileleftheros, which broke the story, said a complaint was filed to police by one of the litigants regarding a case that was tried by the judge in question.The accusation is that the judge engaged in a “rigged, tainted and fraudulent” process, allegedly to benefit one of the litigants.Based on the complaint, attorney-general Costas Clerides instructed police to investigate the judge. According to the paper, the probe began about six months ago.The attorney-general was expected soon to decide on whether the judge should be indicted.The case concerned a dispute between two companies. According to the complaint, the judge’s brother – whose name did come up during the trial – was a long-time employee of one of the litigants.It is alleged that the judge falsified the court transcripts to benefit the litigants with whom his brother was associated.Phileleftheros said authorities have been given a GoogleDrive link to documentation as well as a portable storage device containing an audio recording of the hearings in the case.Police are examining the material, but it remains to be determined whether audio recordings of court cases are lawful in Cyprus and, if so, whether such audio would be admissible as evidence.Sources familiar with the matter told the Cyprus Mail that this is not the first time that a civilian has accused a judge of corruption.However, previous complaints were proved to be unfounded.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Indoor Cat Vomits (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive 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 Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
IN Cyprus approximately 620 people suffer with thalassaemia, while 15 million people have the disease worldwide, Volunteer Commissioner Yiannis Yiannakis said on Thursday.He was speaking on the occasion of World Thalassaemia Day on May 8 which was established with the aim of raising public awareness and promoting scientific research to further improve prevention.“The close cooperation of all – health services, the medical community, voluntary and non-governmental organisations and the Cyprus Anti-anaemic association – has resulted in the establishment of an effective national control programme and an effort is made to ensure the provision of the necessary amount of blood for the treatment of patients is made through voluntary blood donations,” Yiannakis said.Sometimes there is a shortage of blood during holiday periods but also because advances in medicine mean that a lot of treatments for various other diseases also require blood, something that was not the case years ago.When two carriers have children there is a 25 per cent chance that each will develop a severe form of the disease. Those who do need to have lifelong treatment, with monthly or bimonthly blood transfusions to maintain normal haemoglobin levels. The treatment of thalassaemia is aimed at addressing the basic symptoms and complications of the disease which are anaemia, severe bone lesions and growth inhibition. Without treatment, the illness is life-threatening. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait 105 Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday went on the defensive when it came to his policy on the Cyprus negotiations as he appeared to be facing mounting opposition and distrust.He was slammed on Monday by main opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou who launched a new volley of criticisms on Tuesday after he met Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos.The two parties do not see eye-to-eye on the Cyprus issue ideologically but the unlikely duo agreed to join forces on aspects where they could agree in order to pressure the president to get back on track towards a bizonal bicommunal federation (BBF) and to ditch his talk of a decentralised state.They accused him of still not coming clean on what this actually means, and of wheeling and dealing behind closed doors, including with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on tabling an alternative to a BBF.Anastasiades has also been criticised this week by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci who has accused him of saying one thing in private and another in public.Proponents of a BBF believe Anastasiades has gone off script and has, behind closed doors in high places, been discussing offloading more powers to the constituent states than would happen under a BBF. Critics argue that this would essentially mean confederation, not federation, which would eventually lead to permanent partition.After Kyprianou’s attack on Monday, Anastasiades abruptly responded later in the day that he did not wish to comment on information coming from Akel.He said he expected Kyprianou to brief him on his meeting last Thursday night with Cavusoglu in Turkey “as he ought to, so that I would feel encouraged, if there are the prospects, which he is urging me to follow, for a new dialogue.”Kyprianou responded on Tuesday saying he would meet Anastasiades on Thursday and brief him because he considered it his duty but at the same time could not ignore the fact that Anastasiades did not ask for a meeting before the Akel leader travelled to Ankara.He also said that when Anastasiades spoke of a ‘loose federation’, he had told the National Council he had not yet decided what powers and responsibilities of the federal government would go to the constituent states.“Does anyone really believe that the president is so irresponsible and so casual as to make a proposal to Cavusoglu without knowing what he meant when he submitted it, or does he have in mind what he wants to transfer [to the two constituents] but he does not tell us because he knows we will react?” said Kyprianou.“Where there is smoke there is fire and whatever Mr Anastasiades says, does not convince us that he has not addressed these particular issues,” he added.On Tuesday at an event in the morning, Anastasiades, referring to an interview Cavusoglu had with Politis on Sunday, said it was clear that what he himself said publicly was what he had discussed with Cavusoglu. “This is a clear answer to the criticism against me,” Anastasiades said.The two had met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September, though the government remained quiet about it for weeks.“Mr Cavusoglu’s and Turkey’s positions on security issues have been well known since [talks in] Geneva, Mont Pelerin, and later in Crans-Montana when he [Cavusoglu] said that we [Greek Cypriots] should wake up from the dream that the guarantees could be abolished. He repeated it recently. Some may hear it, some may not want to hear it,” said Anastasiades. He added that the Turkish Cypriot side felt the same way as Ankara about maintaining the Turkish guarantee.Akinci said on Monday night in an interview with CNN Turk that he had been surprised lately at what he called “a switch in the Greek Cypriot side’s official position”.“For years we [Turkish Cypriots] argued in favour of a federation in which more powers resided with the constituent states. The Greek Cypriots had argued the opposite. They had supported a federation with a stronger centre and weaker constituent states. Now all of a sudden, Anastasiades came up with this. We are not closed to this idea. I have said this from day one. We are ready to discuss a process which will not be open-ended. I would like to underline this because the Greek Cypriots want the continuation of the status quo,” Akinci said.The Turkish Cypriot leader said that at his last meeting with Anastasiades he had commented on the two-state solution because he learned that Anastasiades had given this message to Cavusoglu in Crans-Montana. “We discussed this at our following meeting. Mr Anastasiades says some things behind closed doors but then he does not continue to support what he says publicly, and I think he said this in New York very clearly to Mr Cavusoglu. You cannot develop a policy based on what is said behind closed doors and then change it. Even in public he says he did not say ‘loose federation’ but ‘decentralisation’.”Meanwhile, Anastasiades announced that UN envoy Jane Holl Lute will be having contacts in Athens and Ankara on December 4 and 5 respectively and is then expected to return to Cyprus. The UN chief Antonio Guterres wants the two leaders to come up with terms of reference for new talks by the end of the year. “The terms of reference will be agreed on by all parties, and therefore it is not a matter of what each side would demand,” he said.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 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 Taboola
The board of the Cyprus’ Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) yesterday approved a second tender for the short-term supply of natural gas in Cyprus.According to an announcement, the second tender invites proposals for the supply of natural gas to the Vassilikos power station for a period of up to ten years, commencing on January 1, 2016.DEFA said it prepared the tender documents based on the mandate received from the cabinet, following discussions with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), and on the basis of data submitted by the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA), the Energy Ministry’s Energy Service and other authorities.Further details regarding the ‘Invitation Document’ will be announced in the Official Journal of the European Union and in the press, while detailed information will be uploaded on DEFA’s website.Earlier in the week, DEFA head Eleni Vasiliadou said the company was working round the clock to complete the dossier for a second tender for natural gas imports to be used for domestic power generation.The island is currently exclusively reliant on expensive heavy fuel oil for power production.The first tender was terminated in October last year after DEFA failed to agree with any of the bidders.Cyprus decided on a new international tender after overtures to Israel to export natural gas from the Tamar field apparently failed to bear fruit.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 Taboola
Categories: Barrett News To keep local residents informed about state government and legislation, state Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, will continue his monthly office hours this April.“In several instances, legislation I’ve sponsored has been inspired by conversations I’ve had with residents in our community,” said Rep. Barrett. “When it comes to effectively representing our residents’ voice at the Capitol, nothing beats time spent talking face-to-face with constituents.”Rep. Barrett will host office hours at the following times and locations:Tuesday, April 5: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Joe’s Gizzard City Cafe, 120 W. Main St. in PottervilleWednesday, April 6: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Faye’s Evelyn Bay, 134 Cochran Ave. in CharlotteWednesday, April 6: From 10 to 11 a.m. at Swede’s, 89 W. Grand Ledge Highway in MullikenThursday, April 7: From 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Lisa’s Cafe, 174 S Main St. in VermontvilleNo appointments are necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend Rep. Barrett’s office hours, but would still like to voice a question or concern, may contact his office by phone at (517) 373- 0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov.### 18Mar Rep. Barrett will host local office hours
Categories: Glenn News,News State Rep. Gary Glenn today said the start of a $2.1 million project to resurface six miles of M-20 is an indication of the Legislature’s focus on repairing Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.Glenn, of Larkin Township, said the Michigan Department of Transportation project will provide a smoother ride along M-20 from Geneva Road to 9 Mile Road in Midland County. The resurfacing will be complete in September, and will result in reduction of parts of the highway to a single lane in each direction so traffic flow can be maintained.“We made fixing our transportation system a priority, and the budget the House approved last month contains a record amount of transportation funding to make roads, bridges and underground water systems safer,” Glenn said. “We listened to what people said about the condition of roads and we took action to make them safe for families. Fixing the infrastructure will also enable commerce to easily navigate our roads, enabling Michigan’s economy to grow.”Glenn said bills approved by the Legislature have also helped extend the life of new or refurbished roads by strengthening the warranty system, protecting the money hard-working taxpayers send to Lansing.“We want to ensure the job is done properly and we get the most out of every tax dollar entrusted to us,” Glenn said. “Having to repave a road a few years after roadwork is not an efficient use of taxpayers’ money.”##### Another sign of priority put on transportation system 10Jul Rep. Glenn: $2.1 million M-20 resurfacing project begins
State Rep. Beth Griffin was among 39 select lawmakers to complete a leadership program that identifies and assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest and parts of Canada.Rep. Griffin met with fellow lawmakers from Michigan, 10 other Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces Aug. 11-15 in Minneapolis for The Council of State Governments’ 23rd annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).“Having the opportunity to attend this conference was an incredible experience,” Griffin said. “Working with legislators from other Midwest states as well as Canadian provinces helped me gain a unique perspective on being an effective legislator.”BILLD is held in partnership with the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Seminars are conducted by Humphrey faculty, Midwestern legislative leaders and professional development experts. In addition to courses designed to develop leadership skills, the program analyzes a variety of public policy issues including health care, U.S. – Canada trade and the regional economy. 21Aug Rep. Griffin completes regional leadership institute Categories: Griffin News
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, (right) Thursday presented Pino Marelli, of Troy, with a special tribute recognizing him as the recipient of The Ramo Salerno Columbus Day 2018 Honoree award. The award is given to those who have had success enriching the Italian American community in Michigan. Marelli began his own music, record and entertainment production companies, as well as sacrificed his time by producing and hosting television and radio specials for the past 35 years in Michigan. Marelli also founded the Puglia Club of Michigan, named for the region of the country he emigrated from. 05Oct Rep. Howrylak presents resident with Columbus Day Honoree award Categories: Howrylak News
Categories: Allor News 26Mar Rep. Allor issues statement on new PFAS commission State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s creation of a new panel to study the water advisory limit for PFAS:“I applaud Governor Whitmer building on the work performed by the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) over the past 15 months in working to protect the safety of our state’s drinking water and the health of all Michigan families. I have supported PFAS investigation every step of the way and urge the governor’s commission to seek sound, science-backed policies that hold up to rigorous scrutiny. Michigan families deserve firm answers they can trust. “Michigan has led the way in PFAS detection and response. When contamination came to light, we quickly adopted the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water advisory limit as our environmental cleanup standard—to ensure no polluted site goes undetected – and we have continued to advance our understanding of how PFAS moves through our environment. We must continue to lead the way.“As the science around PFAS expands, we know that our ability to detect smaller and smaller amounts of this contaminant in our environment improves every day. However, our knowledge of how to clean up PFAS efficiently and completely requires further development. I hope that the governor’s committee will focus their efforts on all aspects of drinking water safety, including cleanup protocols. Our people and our water are too precious to leave these questions unanswered.”
Viasat has launched a version of its online TV service on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.The Viaplay app is available in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and can be downloaded from Apple’s proprietary digital App store. Subscribers will be able to use the app to access the three online TV packages, TV, TV+Film and TV+Film+Sport.
Online video revenues are set to triple this year, according to a report by Futuresource Consulting.Consumption of legitimate free and paid for online video is on track to exceed 770 billion views across the US, UK, France and Germany this year, according to the report, with pay revenues set to exceed US$3 billion (€2.2 billion). The majority of the pay revenues currently comes from the US, thanks to the success of Netflix. Futuresource predicts that pay revenues will grow to US$7 billion across the four countries studied by 2015.Ad-funded revenues are expected to grow by 50% in 2011, according to the company, with advertisers continuing to “develop and refine content specifically for the online environment, rather than repurposing content originally destined for television”, it said.
A new £15 million (€18 million) fund has been created and will invest in TV, film and digital content projects in the Northern English region of Yorkshire. Regional funding body Screen Yorkshire has secured £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund and that will be matched by private sector investment.The Yorkshire Content Fund will invest in TV and other content from Yorkshire-based companies as well as productions that are filmed in the region.“These are difficult times and access to capital is still limited so to secure such a major pot of investment for the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humber is an incredible win for the region and for Screen Yorkshire,” said Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire. “I’m sure Yorkshire can now continue to create great content and to build on its legacy of film and TV such as Red Riding; The Damned United and This is England.”
Video service quality assurance company Agama Technologies is launching a new Churn Identification Application addition to its DTV Monitoring SolutionThe solution can identify customers experiencing problems and at risk of churning. It uses analytics to data mine the real-time, 24/7 service quality monitoring data for each customer and can scale to operators with millions of subscribers. With support of automation and proactive workflows, the extension enables operators to act to retain the customer, Agama said.“Proactively working to reduce churn rates by automatically identifying customers at risk, and of course the issues behind their problems, is a high-potential opportunity for all TV operators,” said Johan Görsjö, director of product management at Agama Technologies. “We’ve had the privilege of working in close cooperation with a number of leading operators for several years, giving us extensive real-world experience in advanced quality and customer satisfaction management and analytics. This has proved essential when developing the new Churn Identification Application extension to our solution, and we welcome everyone to our stand at IBC 2012, to discuss churn reduction strategies and how Agama can support in this challenge.”Agama will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 4.A55.