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first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of public domain.Ludlow Music, the song’s publisher, agreed in a New York federal court last week to back down on claims of copyright after losing a summary judgment in the case. The publisher said in a stipulation filed last Friday that it waived the right to appeal the judge’s opinion and agreed the melody and lyrics are “dedicated to the public domain.”The lawsuit was filed by the We Shall Overcome Foundation, a group that wanted to make a documentary about the song, and Butler Films, which produced the 2013 film “The Butler.”The origins of the song are unclear, but precursors outlined in the lawsuit include hymns and African-American spirituals. In the 1940s, a song called “We Will Overcome” was used by striking tobacco workers in South Carolina. That song was then taught at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, an educational centre that trained labour organizers as well as civil-rights leaders including King, Rosa Parks and John Lewis.Ludlow filed for copyright of a version of the song in 1960 and again in 1963 to add Seeger’s name as a co-writer, although he later asked to be removed from the copyright. Proceeds from the writers’ royalties are provided to the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee for a scholarship for art, cultural and activism projects in African-American communities.In September, a federal judge ruled that the melody and lyrics of the copyrighted version are not sufficiently original to qualify as a derivative work entitled to copyright. by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2018 11:23 am PDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Civil rights song ‘We Shall Overcome’ part of public domainlast_img read more

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Trump Why isnt Samantha Bee fired for horrible

first_imgTrump: Why isn’t Samantha Bee fired for ‘horrible language’? FILE – In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” poses at an Emmy For Your Consideration screening of the television talk show at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bee is under fire for referring to Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c—” on her TBS comedy show. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday called Bee’s language “vile and vicious.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, who once bragged that his celebrity status gave him a pass to grab women’s crotches, asked Friday why comedian Samantha Bee wasn’t fired for using a vulgar, sexist term to describe his daughter.Trump tweeted that it was a “total double standard” that TBS hadn’t cancelled Bee’s show, “Full Frontal” after the comedian said Ivanka Trump was a “feckless c—” on immigration.The president appeared to be referring to ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne Barr’s show, a favourite among conservatives, after Barr jokingly compared a former White House aide in the Obama administration who is African-American to an ape.“Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show?” he tweeted early Friday. “A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”It’s the latest salvo in the U.S. culture war that Trump seems to relish. Across social media platforms this week, Americans hotly debated whether Bee — whose feminist style comedy often criticizes sexism — was justified in using a misogynistic expletive to criticize Ivanka Trump.Trump supporters noted that the term used by Bee would result in immediate pushback had it been aimed at a female Democratic official, such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi. (In a 2014 interview, before the #MeToo movement, actor Gary Oldman used the word in reference to Pelosi in a tirade on “political correctness” that drew little pushback.)Trump himself has repeatedly drawn fire for his sexist language and sexual boasting. A 2005 “Access Hollywood” video featured audio of Trump bragging about how he grabs women’s genitals and gets away with it. On the tape, Trump talks about forcing himself on women, kissing them and groping them. Trump eventually apologized for his comments.The Samantha Bee incident also underscored the unprecedented role Ivanka Trump plays at the White House. While the children of presidents are often shielded from public jokes by comedians because of their age and because they aren’t White House employees, Ivanka Trump has taken an active policy role as an adult in her father’s White House. A close presidential adviser, she has promoted the administration’s tax overhaul and led a U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.Bee apologized to Ivanka Trump and her viewers on Thursday for using the obscenity. Her network, TBS, also said it was “our mistake, too,” in allowing the language on Bee’s show, “Full Frontal,” on Wednesday. Her show is taped and not aired live.Separately, Barr has apologized for her remarks.center_img by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2018 4:45 am PDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2018 10:47 am PDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 Sept. 30: Actress Angie Dickinson is 87. Singer Cissy Houston is 85. Singer Johnny Mathis is 83. Actor Len Cariou (TV’s “Blue Bloods,” film “The Four Seasons”) is 79. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 75. Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons is 72. Actor John Finn (“Cold Case”) is 66. Guitarist John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) is 66. Country singer Deborah Allen is 65. Jazz singer Patrice Rushen is 64. Actor Barry Williams (“The Brady Bunch”) is 64. Actress Fran Drescher is 61. Country singer Marty Stuart is 60. Actress Crystal Bernard (“Wings”) is 57. Actor Eric Stoltz is 57. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 56. Country singer Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry is 55. Singer Trey Anastasio of Phish is 54. Bassist Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls is 54. Actress Monica Bellucci (“The Passion of the Christ,” ”The Matrix Reloaded”) is 54. Actress Lisa Thornhill (“Veronica Mars”) is 52. Actor Silas Weir Mitchell (“Grimm”) is 49. Actor Tony Hale (“Veep,” ”Arrested Development”) is 48. Actress Jenna Elfman is 47. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 44. Actress Marion Cotillard (“Public Enemies,” ”La Vie en Rose”) is 43. Actor Christopher Jackson (“Bull,” ”Oz”) is 43. Actress Toni Trucks (“SEAL Team”) is 38. Actress Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls,” ”Party of Five”) is 36. Actor Kieran Culkin is 36. Rapper T-Pain is 34.Oct. 1: Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 83. Actress Stella Stevens is 80. Saxophonist Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone is 75. Jazz bassist Dave Holland is 72. Actor Stephen Collins (“Seventh Heaven”) is 71. Actor Randy Quaid is 68. Singer Howard Hewett is 63. Drummer Tim O’Reagan of The Jayhawks is 60. Singer Youssou N’Dour is 59. Actor Esai Morales (“NYPD Blue”) is 56. Actor Christopher Titus (“Titus”) is 54. Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 53. Singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra is 50. Actor Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) is 49. Actress Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy” ”Everwood”) is 38. Comedian Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Underground,” ”Wanda at Large”) is 32. Actress Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”) is 29. Singer Jade Bird is 21. Actor Jack Stanton (“The Mick”) is 10.Oct. 2: Singer-guitarist Leon Rausch of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys is 91. Critic Rex Reed is 80. Singer Don McLean is 73. Country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 72. Actor Avery Brooks (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 70. Guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics is 68. Musician Sting is 67. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 64. Guitarist Greg Jennings of Restless Heart is 64. Singer Phil Oakey of Human League is 63. Singer Freddie Jackson is 62. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 60. Drummer Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Long Beach Dub All-Stars is 51. Country singer Gillian Welch is 51. Actor Joey Slotnick (“Boston Public,” ”The Single Guy”) is 50. Country singer Kelly Willis is 50. Singer Dion Allen of Az Yet is 48. Actress-talk-show host Kelly Ripa (“Live With Kelly and Michael,” ”All My Children”) is 48. Singer Tiffany is 47. Singer Lene Nystrom (Aqua) is 45. Actor Efren Ramirez (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is 45. Singer LaTocha Scott of Xscape is 45. Gospel singer and former “American Idol” contestant Mandisa is 42. Bassist Mike Rodden of Hinder is 36. Singer Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes is 30. Actress Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”) is 28.Oct. 3: Singer Chubby Checker is 77. Actor Alan Rachins is 76. Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 74. Singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 69. Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 67. Actor Peter Frechette (“Profiler”) is 62. Actor-comedian Greg Proops is 59. Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 56. Actress Janel Moloney (“The West Wing”) is 49. Singer Gwen Stefani is 49. Singer Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys is 47. Singer G. Love is 46. Actress Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls”) is 45. Actress Neve Campbell is 45. Actress Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) is 45. Singer India.Arie is 43. Rapper Talib Kweli is 43. Actress Alanna Ubach (“Legally Blonde” movies) is 43. Actor Seann William Scott is 42. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers is 39. Guitarist Mark King of Hinder is 36. Actress Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”) is 35. Country singer Cherrill Green of Edens Edge is 35. Actress Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) is 34. Singer Ashlee Simpson is 34. Rapper A$AP Rocky is 30. Actor Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”) is 14.Oct. 4: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 89. Author Anne Rice is 77. Actress Lori Saunders (“Petticoat Junction”) is 77. Actor Clifton Davis (“Amen”) is 73. Actress Susan Sarandon is 72. Actor Armand Assante is 69. Actor Alan Rosenberg (“Cybill,” ”L.A. Law”) is 68. Actor Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” ”Water for Elephants”) is 62. Actor Bill Fagerbakke (“Coach,” ”Spongebob Squarepants”) is 61. Actress Kyra Schon (“Night of the Living Dead”) is 61. Rap producer Russell Simmons is 61. Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys is 59. Keyboardist Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 58. Actor David W. Harper (“The Waltons”) is 57. Singer Jon Secada is 57. Media personality John Melendez (aka “Stuttering John”) is 53. Actor Jerry Minor (“Dr. Ken,” ”Community”) is 51. Actor Liev Schreiber is 51. Actor Abraham Benrubi (“Men in Trees,” ”ER”) is 49. Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 48. Singer-guitarist M. Ward of She and Him is 45. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 42. Keyboardist Robbie Bennett of The War on Drugs is 40. Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R. is 40. Actress Rachel Leigh Cook (“Josie and the Pussycats,” ”She’s All That”) is 39. Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW is 31. Actress Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl,” ”Glee”) is 30. Actress Dakota Johnson is 29. Singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix is 27.Oct. 5: Actress Glynis Johns (“Mary Poppins”) is 95. Singer Arlene Smith of The Chantels is 77. Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 75. Singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 71. Actress Karen Allen is 67. Director Clive Barker is 66. Guitarist David Bryson of Counting Crows is 64. Actor Daniel Baldwin (“Homicide: Life on the Streets”) is 58. Guitarist Dave Dederer (Presidents of the United States of America) is 54. Actress Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”) is 48. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 44. Singer Colin Meloy of The Decemberists is 44. Guitarist Brian Mashburn of Save Ferris is 43. Actress Parminder Nagra (“ER,” ”Bend It Like Beckham”) is 43. Actor Scott Weinger (“Full House”) is 43. Actress Kate Winslet is 43. Guitarist James Valentine of Maroon 5 is 40. Bassist Paul Thomas of Good Charlotte is 38. Actor Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) is 35. Actor Joshua Logan Moore (“Desperate Housewives”) is 24.Oct. 6: Actress Britt Ekland is 76. Singer Millie Small is 72. Singer-guitarist Thomas McClary (The Commodores) is 69. Singer Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon is 67. Guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is 64. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 55. Singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet is 54. Country singer Tim Rushlow (Little Texas) is 52. Bassist Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) is 52. Actress Amy Jo Johnson (“Felicity,” ”Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) is 48. Actor Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four,” ”Horatio Hornblower”) is 45. Actor Jeremy Sisto (“Law and Order,” ”Six Feet Under”) is 44. Singer Melinda Doolittle (“American Idol”) is 41. Actor Wes Ramsey (“CSI: Miami”) is 41. Musician Will Butler of Arcade Fire is 36.last_img read more

ITV BBC in concluding phase for talks on streamin

first_imgITV, BBC in concluding phase for talks on streaming service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 1:05 am PDTcenter_img LONDON — ITV says it is in the final phase of discussions with the BBC to create a new on-demand video platform to rival the likes of Netflix.Chief Executive Carolyn McCall says the service, to be called BritBox, will provide a home for British-made video, offering an unrivaled collection of television box sets and original series in one place. She says ITV and the BBC have a “joint vision” for the service and are working on a formal agreement.McCall says she anticipates “that other partners will be added to BritBox, and we will both speak to regulators and the wider industry about our proposals.”ITV, a free-to-air British network, plans to invest up to 25 million pounds ($33 million) in BritBox this year and about 40 million pounds in 2020.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Former USC Jets QB Sanchez retires from NFL and j

first_imgFormer USC, Jets QB Sanchez retires from NFL and joins ESPN Former USC star and New York Jets first-round pick Mark Sanchez is retiring from the NFL and joining ESPN as a college football analyst.Sanchez played quarterback for Southern California from 2005-08, earning Rose Bowl MVP honours in his final college game. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 NFL draft by the Jets and led them to the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons. The 32-year-old also played for the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins in a 10-year NFL career. He finished with 15,357 yards passing, 86 touchdown passes and 89 interceptions.This season, Sanchez will join anchor Kevin Negandhi and analyst Jonathan Vilma, another former Jets player, on ABC’s studio show. Sanchez replaces Mack Brown, who returned to coaching at North Carolina.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press FILE – In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez smiles before an NFL football game between the Redskins and the Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tenn. Former USC star and New York Jets first-round pick Mark Sanchez is retiring from the NFL and joining ESPN as a college football analyst. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2019 8:14 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

January 11 2012This continues our report from 16

first_imgJanuary 11, 2012This continues our report from 1/6/12 about a group of students from KCAI, KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE, visiting Arcosanti for a two week intensive program in art and science.The group is lead by Professor Russel Ferguson, who is an Arcosanti alumnus and now Director of School of the Foundation Year at KCAI, KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE.Participants are:Sandra Bojanic, Illustration junior;Oliver Clark, Sculpture sophomore;Trent Coffin, Animation junior;Maylynda Eshleman, Photography senior;Kendell Harbin, Printmaking senior;Mavet Miller, Ceramics junior;Andrew Ordonez, Painting junior;Andrew Ozier, Illustration junior;Joey Watson, Ceramics sophomore;Issey Howe, Sculpture sophomore;Max Newman, Sculpture sophomore;Molly Ryan, Ceramics sophomore;Kahil Irving, Ceramics sophomore;Frederick Voder Bruegge, Painting junior;Shane Lutsk, Ceramics sophomore;Will Meipu, Painting junior;Jules Itzoff, Illustration junior.[photo by Jeff Stein] Also included are: Three sessions in the Soleri Archives to view original materials and scroll drawings. Here is the group with Soleri Archive photographer David DeGomez, who is explaining his set-up and method. ‘Greenhouse research’ presentation with Roger Tomalty. A day trip to Oak Creek Canyon.Several meetings with Paolo Soleri.Participation in an Erosion Control workshop.A talk with new Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein.Tour and supper and a lecture at Taliesin West.Tour of the Dome House.Visit to Cosanti.This report continues.[some of the text: Russel Ferguson] The two-week visit is packed with lectures, work sessions and tours. Activities include: Daily work sessions, drawing the Ceramics Apse, the Vaults, the East Crescent complex and the Foundry.‘History of siltcasting and construction at Arcosanti from 1970 until 1974’ with Cosanti Foundation instructor Roger Tomalty. Riparian tour of the Agua Fria riverbed with Roger Tomalty.last_img read more

June 18 2012David Cobb ran for President of the U

first_imgJune 18, 2012David Cobb ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket in 2004 and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. He is the National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited and a spokesman for “Move to Amend”, a national coalition for a constitutional amendment to abolish “Corporate Personhood”, which is the legal doctrine that allows corporations to overturn democratically enacted laws seeking to protect citizens from corporate harm and abuse.He visited Arcosanti on Thursday, June 14. 2012.David Cobb held a rousing presentation in which he talked about the history of politics and the meaning of “Corporate Personhood”, which was established in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling two years ago, and why it needs to be amended. Thank you, David Cobb, for an informative session.last_img read more

The musicians had as much fun as the audience As

first_imgThe musicians had as much fun as the audience!As the evening progressed, local band Impact! played in the vaults, here’s band member Rick Cucuzza playing the Chapman Stick. The final show of the evening featured Milt Cannon and the Giants of Jazz on the amphiteather stage. This photo shows Milt Cannon on the saxophone, renowned Gary Fitzgerald on the bass, and Nassim Rashid on the saxophone.It was a perfect way to conclude the event, a wonderful performance by incredible musicians that culminated an entire weekend of fantastic music.This is the 15th year that Milt Cannon has organized this event, and if you didn’t make it to Arcosanti’s Juneteenth JazzSplash this year, be sure to mark your event calendar for next year, as this is definitely a not-to-be-missed event! June 21, 2013Here are photos of the second day of our Juneteenth event this past weekend. It was another day of beautiful music and lots of fun![photos in this report by Sue Kirsch; text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo] The Groovin High Trio (Patrick Adams – trumpet; Nicki Adams – piano; Brian Messenger – guitar) took the stage in the early afternoon, and impressed the audience once again with their musical talents. They were accompanied by Sean Brogan on the bass, and Carlos B. Jones from Impact! on the drums. Here are masters Ron Hart on the piano and Gary Fitzgerald on the bass. Later in the day Bob McKeon (drums) and Rick Jones (bass) had a rather impromptu jam session with Richie Cole (sax), Nicki Adams (piano) and Patrick Adams (trumpet) with Mel Bridges as the vocalist. It was truly delightful to watch (and listen!) to the musicians being spontaneous together. A big surprise was 18 year old Eric Anderson from Flagstaff. He came to visit the event and was invited to play with the group and is an incredibly talented young musician who fit in seamlessly and played several great solos. last_img read more

June 27 2014Welcome to the June 22 2014 workshop

first_imgJune 27, 2014Welcome to the June 22. 2014 workshop participants.from left:Jackson Rollings,Lorenzo Mastino, Ryota Michael Takahashi [seminar week], Sophie Shrager [seminar week], Alex Adler [seminar week], Lucas Klein [two weeks].Also Zebulon Hornberger, not in the photo.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img

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Cyprus among issues discussed in MayErdogan meeting

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, which included Cyprus.Other issues were Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and the security situation in Somalia, Downing Street said.May “underlined the importance of our strong security partnership” and expressed her desire to “deepen co-operation on a range of issues” during the phone call.A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and President Erdogan discussed the ongoing Cyprus settlement talks and the Prime Minister reiterated that while there remains an opportunity for an historic agreement to be reached, all parties need to be prepared to take bold steps.“She added that the UK stands ready to play a role in seeking a solution.”You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Concerns over sea caves development

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneA PROPOSED development of six luxury residencies in the stunning and environmentally sensitive sea caves area in Peyia in Paphos has infuriated many in the village who fear it heralds a new wave of destructive coastal construction.“The villas are right on the seafront in an area where erosion is terrible and one of the floors will be underground, so they are excavating right above the sea caves. It’s an atrocity,” local councillor Linda Leblanc told the Sunday Mail.The luxury homes have all the necessary permits to go ahead, said Leblanc, but questioned how the area was rezoned as suitable for building back in 2000 and why it hadn’t been rezoned as a ‘no build’ zone in the meantime.The project was given the green light by the Paphos planning department, so in accordance with the law, Peyia is obliged to grant the necessary permits, she said.“This is an example of how wrong things are in Cyprus and how private interests are served. Legislation is not on our side as a local authority and we are limited as to what we can do in such instances,” she said.Klitos Papastylianou, of the Initiative for the Protection of the Natural Coastline, said that the six-villa plot is adjacent to the Natura 2000 areas ‘Site of Community Interest’ and ‘Special Protection Area’, the Akamas Peninsula.one of the planned villasHe said that it is also an extremely important habitat as it is adjacent to the submerged or partially submerged sea caves. The area is the birthing habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus), which is listed as the most “critically endangered” marine mammal species in the Mediterranean by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)As the reproductive period of the species is between late August and early December, with a peak between October and November, this implies that construction work took place during the peak of the reproductive period, he said.“In addition, due to rainfall during this period, soil from the excavation ended up in the sea, right in front of the sea caves.”According to the relevant habitat directives, there should be an appropriate assessment of the project’s implications and objectives. However, Papastylianou said that the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) submitted does not even use the words ‘sea caves’ or ‘Mediterranean Monk Seal’.“The environment department issued authorisation without even examining the assessment with the EIA committee. In our view, the project has significant direct impacts on the area, including the degradation of the natural habitat and the disturbance of a priority species,” he said.According to the developer’s initial brochure, the ‘prime location’ project was for ‘one, two or three’ exclusive luxury villas set on the water’s edge with landscaped gardens and Greek island style architecture. ‘Quality and ambiance are in every corner of this eclectic location,’ it said.However, Leblanc confirmed that the planning permits were actually granted for six residencies.“This project will also include parking for eight vehicles, six swimming pools and a sewerage system,” she said.Leblanc said that although the council’s hands were tied over approval of the project, they insisted that a biological waste station is installed to service the six homes.The brochure adds that “This unique plot is situated right on the seafront on the beautiful area of Sea Caves. It is only minutes away from the National Nature Park of Akamas and five minutes’ drive to Coral Bay.”No guide prices are given for the villas, but it’s believed they each come with a two million euro price tag and have been sold to Russian investors.The developer was also in hot water with Peyia council in October, when it blocked off public access to the sea, due to ongoing works at the site. They have also been asked to move huge mounds of earth, building materials and machinery from the site, which is not permitted, and are on top of the sea caves below, said Leblanc.Local resident Yeng Chow said that a number of destructive coastal developments have sprung up and ruined a once beautiful and unspoiled area, the six villas being the latest addition. Apart from the destruction of the countryside, Chow also questioned who is purchasing these homes.“These houses are on a cliff above the sea caves. I wouldn’t want to live there. What about erosion or if there is an earthquake?” he said.Another local resident, a regular rambler who wished to remain unnamed, said: “This is a real disaster and it’s very upsetting to see new developments and villas popping up everywhere all over this lovely space. The natural beauty is disappearing.”Papastylianou said that within Peyia’s local plan, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) along with an appropriate assessment should be undertaken to investigate the existing cumulative impact of development projects in the wider area.“Until then, no intervention should take place within the Beach Protection Zone (up to 92 metres from the sea) and no construction should take place within and/or adjacent to the nesting habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal protection zone – up to 200 metres from nesting caves.”In fact, according to the Mediterranean action plan of the United Nations Environment Programme, the protection zone of the nesting habitats of the Mediterranean monk seal should be even larger, reaching 500 metres from birthing caves.Earlier in the year, the House interior affairs committee said that despite repeated appeals to the government, a study into the integrated management of coastal zones has yet to be concluded. This effectively means that currently coastal areas may be developed, to the detriment of beachgoers.The ratification of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean was adopted in 1995 and Cyprus is a contracting party.Once finally ratified, it will set out strict conditions for maritime interventions that must take into account the protection of areas of ecological and landscape interest and the rational use of natural resources.According to a past report by the auditor-general, there is a total lack of coordinated management when it comes to the island’s beaches, a lack of oversight by local authorities, a lack of environmental policies, and unchecked development.“Even the famous sea caves are not safe from development and there’s a lot more coming, it will only get worse,” said Leblanc. “All we can do is keep fighting within the limits of the law. Look at what we’ve lost in the last twenty years.”   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 SupplementUndoSecurity 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

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EAC coping comfortably with summer power demand

first_imgTwo short power cuts – one on Sunday and the other on Monday ­ were caused by small operational problems not high demand, the EAC said on Wednesday.“The power cut on Monday from 1pm to 3.15pm in Aglandjia was due to damage to a high voltage underground cable that was caused during excavation works in that area,” spokeswoman of the electricity authority Christina Papadopoulou said on Wednesday.The power cut at 10.40pm which lasted for 15 minutes on Sunday night was due to a problem at one of the generation units at Vasilikos power station. This led to a power cut in several areas around Cyprus.Press officer of the transmission system George Ashikkalis said that demand changes all the time, according to temperature, humidity, time of day and night. The demand at 2pm on Wednesday was 900 Megawatts, low for this time of the year.Like demand, capacity is fluid, he said. The maximum output is 1,375 Megawatts, but depends on the availability of generators, which may develop faults due to constant use.This year we haven’t had extremely high temperatures yet and the top demand was 1,074MW, on July 21.Last year, when temperatures reached 44 to 45C, the number topped 1,095MW, still leaving a comfortable spare capacity.The maximum ever demand was in 2010, 1,118MW. You May LikeJournalistateMan Remodels Cabin With $100, Wait Till You See InsideJournalistateUndoMan With A Truck Moving CompanyNeed Movers? Get a free moving quote? Click to get more infoMan With A Truck Moving CompanyUndoSmarter FinancesCalifornia: Notice For Cars Used Less Than 25 Miles a DaySmarter FinancesUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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CMP thanks Germany for €100000 donation

first_imgThe Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) expressed on Monday its sincere thanks to Germany for its donation of €100,000.The donation brings Germany’s financial assistance to the CMP to a total of €600,000 since 2006 and makes it the fifth largest single donor country, a written statement by the CMP said.“This contribution to the CMP project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus will support the committee’s goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible to bring an end to the uncertainty which has affected so many families for so many years.”So far, 896 missing persons from both communities have been identified and returned to their families for dignified burials. The CMP relies on donor support to alleviate the suffering of the concerned families.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Patients finally given a role in health policy

first_imgA legislative proposal making patient involvement in policy-making mandatory was approved by the House health committee and will be voted on by the plenum, it was announced on Thursday.Speaking after the committee session, Health Minister Giorgos Pamporidis welcomed a “historic day for the patient movement in Cyprus”, because what is considered a given in the rest of Europe has only now been adopted.“The mature state achieved by the patients’ movement, largely the result of efforts by the Federation of Patients and Friends, has allowed the state to respond and see them as partners, instead of adversaries,” Pamporidis said.The proposal’s sponsor, DISY deputy Stella Kyriakidou, echoed Pamporidis’ “historic day” view, with regard to the rights of patients in Cyprus.“An effort that started more than six years ago was approved today, and will be taken to the plenum for voting,” she said.“At a time when reform in the health sector is truly necessary, we give a voice to organised patient groups, and their federation, allowing them to join the debate. Unfortunately, over the last few years, consultations on health matters have been held only with healthcare professionals, without involving patients in decision-making.”Where priorities on problem-solving need to be set, they are set correctly by those whom the problems affect directly – the patients – Kyriakidou added.“In committees dealing with reform, and with drugs, there will be mandatory consultations with organised patient groups, as well as the federation,” she said.AKEL deputy Adamos Adamou welcomed the historic decision, noting that patients are being given a role in policy-making for the first time.“This was an old demand, and I would like to remind that I had referred to the need for patients to participate in various councils and committees many times in the past,” he said.“Decisions for patients cannot be made without the patients.”Chairman of the Federation of Patients and Friends Marios Kouloumas said approval of the proposal marked a “historic milestone”, pointing out that it has been a demand of organised patient groups for years.“We are happy to announce and welcome the approval of the legislative proposal,” he said.“The state, government and parliament, have realised the need for patients to participate in the dialogue over health matters, so that the patient can become the epicentre of health services.”On behalf of all patients, he added, he extended gratitude to the committee, particularly to sponsor Kyriakidou, as well as Pamporidis.“We hope future policies on health will focus on the patients, and approach matters with a focus on their true needs,” he said.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 AdsUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoGundry MD Untox SupplementAre There Toxins In Your Food? Heart Surgeon Says Be CarefulGundry MD Untox SupplementUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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Court told of suspects suspicious bank activity

first_imgThe former director of compliance at now-defunct Laiki Bank stated in court on Tuesday that they had flagged an account held by the former son-in-law of ex-Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou due to a suspicious transfer to the account of some €1.06m.Testifying for the state prosecution, Era Michaelidou said that in 2009, €1,060,085 was wired to the Laiki bank account of Andreas Kizourides, Christodoulou’s former son-in-law.The money was transferred from an account held by AC Christodoulou Consultants with Marfin Egnatia bank in Greece. The consultancy firm was nominally run by Christodoulou’s daughter Athina.At the time, the verbal justification given for the transfer was that the money was for the sale of two plots of land in Strovolos.Michaelidou further said that in 2012 the bank reported the potentially suspect transaction to Mokas, the police unit dealing with money laundering activities.The information was eventually relayed to Mokas in May 2012 because by that time the bank had yet to receive from the beneficiary – Kizourides – the required documentation for the wire transfer, nor a bill of sale proving the alleged land transaction.In the interim, the bank monitored Kizourides’ account, she said.But during a previous hearing in the same trial, it emerged that despite misgivings, the money in question was in fact subsequently released to Kizourides.The cash was initially paid to the consultancy firm on July 27, 2007 by Focus Maritime Corp, which belonged to Michalis Zolotas. That payment had been justified as “consultancy services” without any accompanying documentation.At the previous hearing, another former Laiki officer had stated that Michaelidou herself had made the decision to accept the cash and release it to Kizourides without the necessary documentation.Under cross-examination on Tuesday, Michaelidou was asked why they waited until 2012 to report the transfer to authorities.Responding, the witness said it was at that time that it came to their attention that Andreas Vgenopoulos – the former Laiki strongman – had a relationship with Zolotas.Michaelidou said Kizourides personally called to tell her that the €1.06m was related to the sale of land. Later, she also received a call from Panayiotis Kounnis, the bank’s deputy managing director at the time, who likewise gave her the same verbal assurances.Kounnis told Michaelidou that he had received a call from Christodoulou himself, who confirmed the land sale was real and legit.Going on these assurances, the bank therefore decided to release the money – which it had earlier put on hold, preventing withdrawals – but flagged Kizourides’ account for suspicious activity.Asked on what basis did she think that Zolotas and Vgenopoulos had a relationship, Michaelidou said she and others at the bank inferred it from the “excessive loans” granted to Zolotas’ company Focus by Marfin Egnatia, a bank also controlled by Vgenopoulos.These loans were granted without collateral, she added.The trial continues.The case centres on the allegation that the former governor of the Central Bank was bribed to the tune of €1m to look the other way while Greek financier Vgenopoulos – now deceased – took control of Laiki Bank in 2006.Apart from Christodoulou, Zolotas and Kizourides, the charge sheet includes former Laiki official Michalis Fole, Christodoulou’s daughter Athina and companies AC Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, Marfin Investment Group (MIG) and Focus Maritime Corp.The defendants face a total of 24 charges including corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, abuse of trust, and money laundering.Zolotas faces a single count relating to money laundering.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoLocksmith of HeartsPhil Collins’s Daughter Is Probably The Most Pretty Woman Ever Existed.Locksmith of HeartsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus 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

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Rep Price hosts local first responders in Michigans Capitol building

first_img10Sep Rep. Price hosts local first responders in Michigan’s Capitol building PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, hosted Captain Valerie Weiss of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and Chief Kurt Gernaat of the Blendon Township Fire Department at the state Capitol for a ceremony honoring local heroes. First responders and soldiers from across Michigan were welcomed by legislators to attend a ceremony to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks that shook the United States in 2001. The names of 14 first responders and servicemen from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony. Also pictured: state Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, and Sergeant Jeff Steigengei.### Categories: Newslast_img

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Rep Lower to serve as chair of Local Government committee

first_img26Jan Rep. Lower to serve as chair of Local Government committee Categories: Lower News,News Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, will be chair of the House Local Government Committee for the current 2017-18 session.Today’s announcement by House Speaker Tom Leonard also includes Lower’s selection as a member of the Energy, Communications and Technology, Tax Policy, and Capitol committees.“It’s time for us as a state to take a serious look at the way we organize, fund, and structure local government,” Lower said. “Our basic design of local government was laid nearly two centuries ago. It is exciting to be named chairman of this committee on Michigan’s 180th birthday. The leaders of the past would expect us to bring our system of government into the 21st century. I consider it an honor, a privilege, and a huge responsibility to help ensure our local governments are successful as we move into the future.”Lower also highlighted the importance of all his committee assignments and is committed to helping families and small businesses.“Making technological improvements to our communications and energy infrastructure will also help make our local governments successful,” Lower said. “Reducing taxes for all citizens and all businesses, rather than focusing on handouts to favored industries will create a more fair and competitive environment for us all.”#####last_img read more

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Representative García welcomes local tech students to state Capitol

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Representative Daniela R. García interacts with students from Innocadamy in Zeeland at the 17th Annual Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol.  The event allowed lawmakers to see firsthand how technology is used in the classroom across Michigan. Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,News,Photos 07Dec Representative García welcomes local tech students to state Capitollast_img

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Rep Calley plans local office hours on June 3

first_img Categories: Calley News State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, June 3.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Middleville, 100 East Main St., Middleville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andThe Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“Accountable representation requires consistent feedback,” Rep. Calley said. “Office hours present an opportunity for productive dialogue with those whom I serve.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842. 21May Rep. Calley plans local office hours on June 3last_img read more

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Rep Yaroch introduces plan to reform Emergency Manager law prevent another Flint

first_img26Jun Rep. Yaroch introduces plan to reform Emergency Manager law, prevent another Flint Water Crisis State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond introduced a plan that would reform the state’s emergency manager law, replacing the single person emergency management structure with a three-person Financial Management Team.The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply.“If we learned anything from the Flint water crisis it’s that one person should not be in charge of a community— it takes a team of skilled people to help a community get back on its feet,” Rep. Yaroch said. “These changes will help ensure oversight of the major public services delivered by local government to residents—especially families’ drinking water. I am proud to stand behind this bipartisan effort to prevent another Flint Water Crisis and keep our state’s drinking water safe.”House Bill 4752, introduced by Rep. Yaroch, includes recommendations from the 2016 Joint Committee on the Flint Water Emergency, which replaces the single-person emergency management structure with a three-person committee made up of one financial expert, one local government operations expert and one local ombudsman. The governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, would be responsible for making all three appointments, having selected the local ombudsman from a list of three local residents recommended by the local unit of government.In addition to Rep. Yaroch’s plan, the package includes House Bills 4742-4769. The 30-bill reform proposal looks at water quality across the board: from improving municipal safeguards and oversight to tightening up environmental protection and conservation.“Ensuring safe drinking water is a top concern to our residents. State and local government need to work together to address the condition of our water infrastructure system,” Rep. Yaroch noted. “If we don’t fix the broken Emergency Management Law, we will be doomed to repeat the mistakes made in Flint.”HB 4752 has been referred to House Committee on Government Operations for further consideration. Categories: Yaroch Newslast_img read more