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Teen critical after motorbike accident

first_imgA 15-year-old boy was in critical condition on Sunday at the Nicosia general hospital ICU after being injured in a motorcycle accident in Meneou in the Larnaca district on Saturday.According to police, at around 2.30pm the teen was driving a motorcycle and lost control, hitting a parked car. He sustained serious head injuries after being thrown from the vehicle and was taken to Larnaca hospital.However, due to the seriousness of his injuries he was later taken to Nicosia general.The teen was not wearing a helmet.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 SearchUndoSecurity 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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First of new recruits arrive at National Guard camps

first_imgSome 200 new recruits are expected on Monday in Larnaca, and by Friday around 2,000 of them are expected. Defence Minister Savvas Angelides, who visited the camp on Monday morning and was briefed on the process, expressed his satisfaction with the number of arrivals.In a statement the minister welcomed the recruits to the “big family of the national guard” and assured “both them and their families that all the instructions have been given and all the necessary measures have been taken to ensure their health, safety and respect for their dignity.“It is a 14-month term and recruits must take advantage of all the experiences and knowledge of this education so that they will be protected from difficulties they will face later in society,” the minister said.Regarding the recruiting process, Angelides said that “everything seems to be going smoothly” though some of the future soldiers take advantage and arrive on the last day of Friday, something that creates some difficulties.He congratulated the approximately 100 new recruits who had arrived by 11am in Larnaca, saying they came with a smile ready to serve. Recruits are also filing in to camps in Paphos and Limassol.Asked if there are problems with those trying to dodge military service this year, he said that when the process is completed, he will see if there are such cases, adding “we are taking measures constantly and our effort is to decrease the amount of dodgers.”Angelides explained the reduction of the term from 26 months to 14 months in itself means there are less young men trying to avoid service, but added more needs to be done to ensure that dodging will decrease while ensuring that those who have a real problem are not victimised.With this in mind, rules have been amended and a new committee for psychological evaluation has been created.The new recruits will be sworn in on July 18 and on July 20 the soldiers will return to the camps where they will serve.[smart-photo mode=”slider”][/smart-photo]You May LikeRelocation Target15 Countries Where People Live the Longest LivesRelocation TargetUndoiTHouseThe 5 Most Expensive Luxury Yachts in The WorldiTHouseUndoTopix29 Dogs Living Their Best LivesTopixUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Greek Cypriot fugitive remanded for seven days

first_imgA Greek Cypriot fugitive caught in the north with a pair of Turkish Cypriots alleged associates was remanded in custody for seven days on Friday, reports said.Iosif Iosif, aka Sifis, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in a flat in Famagusta. He was found in possession of two 9mm pistols and some 100 rounds of ammunition.It appears he had escaped to the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state using a fake identity under the name Nicos Nicolaou. Two Turkish Cypriots who allegedly helped him were remanded in custody for three days.Iosif is wanted in the Republic in connection with the attempted murder of businessman Nicos Rodotheou on November 26. Authorities are currently holding two people in connection with the incident.Rodotheou was driving his car in Nicosia when two unknown individuals on a moped opened fire but missed him.The attempt followed the killing of his brother, Andros, in Gerasa, Limassol in 2017.Turkish Cypriot media also reported that Sifis was the vice chairman of the Apoel club – not the football team, which is controlled by a company – until he was struck off after going on the run.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cyprus and Egypt agree to expedite energy discussions

first_imgEgypt’s petroleum minister said on Tuesday his country was speeding up talks with Cyprus to import natural gas for its own domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries.Egypt can receive as much gas quantities as Cyprus can export, Sherif Ismail told reporters in Nicosia.The gas from a field off Cyprus’ southern coast that’s estimated to hold 3.6 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet could be piped directly to Egypt’s processing facilities and used to meet the country’s energy needs.Ismail said the gas could also be processed so that it can be exported to other countries.He was speaking after talks here with energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.In a joint statement, the two ministers said they agreed to “build on the emerging momentum by enhancing and deepening the cooperation between the two Governments in the hydrocarbons sector to their mutual benefit. In this context, they agreed to expedite discussions on exporting Cypriot natural gas to Egypt.”Also on Tuesday Lakkotrypis is holding bilateral talks with his Greek counterpart Yiannis Maniatis, followed by a three-way meeting between energy officials of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.The meetings follow a summit of the three countries’ heads of state held in Cairo earlier this month.  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

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Cyprus has second highest emigration rate in EU

first_imgCyprus has the second highest emigration rate in the EU, and the third highest immigration rate, according to a newly published Eurostat report.The highest rates for emigration in 2017 were reported for Luxembourg (23 emigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), Cyprus (18 per 1,000) and Lithuania (17 per 1 000 persons).Relative to the size of the resident population, Malta recorded the highest rates of immigration in 2017 (46 immigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), followed by Luxembourg (41 immigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), and Cyprus with 24.8.The statistical service of the EU found that in 2017, 3,956 people with Cypriot citizenship moved to Cyprus, 18.6 per cent of all immigrants, 9,315 or 43.7 per cent from other EU countries and 8,035 or 37.7 per cent from non-EU countries, a total of 21,306 persons.On January 1, 2018, Belgium, Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and the UK were the only EU member states where non-nationals were mainly citizens of another member state. This means that in most EU countries, the majority of non-nationals were citizens of non-EU countries.A total of 22 of the 28 EU member states reported more immigration than emigration in 2017, but in Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania the number of emigrants outnumbered the number of immigrants.The population of Cyprus was reported to be a total of 854,802 at the time of the research, 706,845 Cypriots, 110,646 from other EU countries and 29,738 from non-EU states. Some 7573 were listed as being from unknown countries.Cyprus has the second highest share of non-nationals in the resident population, 17.3 per cent, though this is far lower than Luxembourg which comes first with 47.8 per cent. In third place is Austria with 15.7 per cent.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cabinet approves debt relief scheme for homeowners

first_imgThe long-awaited debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday and is expected to be fully implemented by the end of the year, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said.The stated purpose of Estia is to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their primary residences houses for their loans and at the same time reduce the high number of bad debts.“We consider Estia a scheme that adds to the toolbox for tackling this old residue, the serious problem of non-performing loans by focusing on what is perhaps the most sensitive category of borrowers, those who have their primary residence as collateral,” the minister said.“We will monitor how it will be implemented, remaining optimistic that it will be a scheme that will substantively help households first and foremost, borrowers who found themselves in difficult position, and management of the problem.”Parliament has already approved the budget, and banks and other asset management entities will enter the scheme next month. Eligible borrowers will apply in September and the first payments are expected to be made in December, the minister said.It applies to loans (mortgages) that were classed as non-performing as at September 30, 2017. Loans designated as non-performing after that date are not eligible. The primary residence which is mortgaged must have a maximum market value of up to €350,000.The scheme applies to the first mortgage on a residence, and covers loans or credit facilities regardless of currency.Total household income of the applicant must not exceed the following: €60,000 for a family with at least four dependents; €55,000 for a family with three dependents; €50,000 for a family with two dependents; €45,000 with one dependent; €35,000 for a couple with no children, and €20,000 for a single-member household.The criteria also apply for single-parent families.An applicant’s other net assets in 2016, 2017, and 2018, must not exceed 80 per cent of the market value of the main residence after its evaluation. In any case they should not exceed €250,000.Any cash or deposits exceeding €10,000, or 20 per cent of the rest of the applicant’s net assets, whichever is higher, and which are not used to secure any other loans, must be paid towards the non-performing facility before the restructuring procedure.Other terms and conditions also apply.The loans will be written down to the market value of the primary residence and then the borrower will have to pay two-thirds of the rescheduled loan every month and the taxpayer (the state) is going to subsidise one-third of the monthly instalments on that rescheduled loan.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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House president underlines importance of Arabic

first_imgThe importance of promoting Arabic was underline by House President Demetris Syllouris on Sunday who was speaking at the New Roads for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the Local Community conference, held at the Nicosia Multipurpose Center.By learning Arabic, Cypriots will significantly contribute to strengthening the long-standing ties between Cyprus and the Arab world in areas such as education, culture, trade and the economy in general, he said.At the same time, he said, it is very important that Arabic speaking children in Cyprus are given the opportunity to be taught their own language, as they are at a programme run at the centre.He said as House president he has undertaken the initiative to promote Arabic in Cyprus and has already had meetings with ambassadors from Arabic countries to see how this could be fleshed out.He said the aim is to create a Middle East Co-operation Centre, with the aim of promoting knowledge, ideas and experience.He said his door is always open to those running the Arabic programme in Nicosia. “The action of your Arabic Learning Center is fully in line with the House’s initiative to promote Arabic language in Cyprus,” he said. “I wish you good luck for the new programme period that will start at the end of the summer holidays and next year to find your programme even more enhanced in content and the numbers following it”.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 ThisIcePopUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Sand from a Famagusta beach a parting gift to late mayor Updated

first_imgFAMAGUSTA mayor Alexis Galanos was buried at the Engomi cemetery on Monday after a funeral service at the Church of the Wisdom of God in Strovolos.Galanos died of a heart attack last Monday at the age of 78 while on holiday on the Greek island of Kos. The body was transferred to Cyprus on Wednesday.The family of Galanos received condolences at the church between 3.30pm and 5pm, when a large crowd gathered for the funeral service to bid a final farewell to the deceased Famagusta mayor.Among the attendees of the ceremony were the House President Demetris Syllouris, Justice Minister Giorgos Savvides on behalf of president Nicos Anastasiades, Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastassiadou, party leaders and other top officials, including Attorney-General Costas Clerides.Eulogies focusing on Galanos’ efforts for the benefit of Cyprus and Famagusta were given by former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, the Famagusta Deputy Mayor Chrysanthos Zannettos, and the son of Galanos, Christos Galanos.“We bid farewell to the noble democrat, Alexis Galanos,” Kasoulides said. “You can rest in peace, as we will continue your struggle for Famagusta and Cyprus,” Zannettos said.A Cyprus flag and the flag of the Famagusta municipality were placed on the deceased mayor’s coffin, on top of which lay a jar containing sand from a beach in Famagusta.Galanos’ asked that donations in his memory be given to a number of charities.The funeral costs for Galanos, a long-time MP, the 7th president of the House of Representatives, and since 2006 the mayor of Famagusta, was paid by the Famagusta municipality.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip 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 ThisIcePopUndo Britain ramps up preparations for “very real prospect” of no-deal BrexitUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Calley provides end of year legislative update

first_img08Jan Rep. Calley provides end of year legislative update Categories: Calley News State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, reviewed the progress she and her colleagues have made this legislative term on issues that matter most to the people of Barry and Ionia counties.“I’ve listened to what people have to say. They want support for our local communities, they want our roads fixed, more career training opportunities for our young people, help for opioid addicts and those dealing with mental health challenges,” said Calley. “We’re making changes in all of these arenas, and I’m proud to support those measures.”From a budget standpoint, the Michigan Legislature continues to pay down state debt while road funding is at an all-time high.  She noted that 2018 will be the first full year of increased road funding and anticipates more improvement, as a result.Calley also emphasized that an increased Homestead Tax Credit was included within the road funding laws, passed a few years ago.  Beginning in 2018, the maximum credit is increased from $1,200 to $1,500.  The qualifying household income cap is changed from $50,000 to $60,000.Calley said the Legislature passed many bills in 2017 promoting skilled trades.“Technical careers are in high demand, and it is essential to create an atmosphere for students in those fields to be successful,” she said.Calley noted that she supported legislation which would have cut the cost of auto insurance premiums. The bill was 10 votes short of passing in the House, but Calley is hopeful the conversation will continue in the next term.“Michigan has the highest auto insurance rates in the country, and I think that’s unfair to our residents. At the very least, I would like to see anti-fraud bills passed in the coming year,” Calley said.  “Our community members have made it clear that they want relief when it comes to auto insurance.”The first-term legislator also emphasized the importance of repealing Michigan’s driver responsibility fees, which often result in the loss of transportation to and from employment.  The fees were enacted in 2003 during former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s administration in the hopes it would deter drivers who repeatedly violate traffic safety laws. In November, the House overwhelmingly supported the package of bills that would end the fees.In 2018, Calley anticipates legislation clarifying Michigan’s income tax.  New language is needed because of federal changes recently signed into law.  The removal of the federal personal exemption would cause an unintended increase to Michiganders on their state income tax returns.“I am confident this correction will be addressed early this year.  Our residents deserve assurance that legislators are not interested in raising their income taxes.”Also in the year ahead, Calley looks forward to reviewing proposed legislation from the House bipartisan mental health task force, which spent several months touring the state to host meetings where members could hear from mental and behavioral health specialists.“I want to focus on a better Michigan for all of our residents, including those who are differently abled.”“There’s still much to be done,” said Calley, “but we’re off to a good start for the people of Michigan. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our communities in 2018.”last_img read more

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Rep Lucido agrees with findings of House CARES report

first_img17Jan Rep. Lucido agrees with findings of House C.A.R.E.S. report State Rep. Peter Lucido today joined his fellow legislators in supporting the findings of the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report to improve specialized veteran, substance abuse and mental health services in Macomb County.“Problems associated to mental health have been swept under the rug in Michigan for too long,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “As an attorney and now a member of the House Law and Justice Committee, I know firsthand the incredible need for better programs, more resources and improved cooperation. It’s time for results on this issue and I’m dedicated to making sure we have the right solutions in Lansing, not just lip service.”The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force had a focus on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) to explore which programs were successful and where vulnerable residents are lacking in care. The panel held over a dozen public meetings and site visits across Michigan in July to October 2017.Today’s release of the report was the next step in the process to improving services with legislation already being submitted based off the Task Force’s findings.“There are a lot of quality mental health professionals in Macomb County, but we must do better for our citizens,” Lucido said. “We need specialized court programs, updated training for our police, increased emphasis on helping children, more dedication to helping our veterans, and much better cooperation in treating opioid and other addictions.”The full report is available to review at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.##### Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Alexander local teacher testify before House panel

first_img Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos,News,Photos 01Mar Rep. Alexander, local teacher testify before House panel State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today was joined by Suzanne Gibbs, a fourth-grade teacher in the Western School District, during testimony with the House Education Reform Committee. Both spoke on Rep. Alexander’s legislation calling for colleges and other teacher preparation institutions to provide a stipend to educators who mentor new teachers.last_img

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Rep Allor announces March office hours

first_img07Mar Rep. Allor announces March office hours State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, announced she will meet with residents during multiple scheduled office hours later this month.“The best way to find solutions for Northern Michigan is to listen to feedback from those I represent,” Rep. Allor said. “I encourage residents to attend and look forward to hearing their thoughts.”Rep. Allor will be available Friday, March 8 at the following time and location:11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.Monday, March 11 at the following time and location:1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, 1072 W 3rd in Rogers City.And Monday, March 18 at the following times and locations:10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at the Alcona County Courthouse, 106 5th in Harrisville; and3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Victorian Café, 216 S Washington St. in Hale.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Allor may call her office at (517) 373-0833 or email her at SueAllor@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

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Closing the Gender Gap at Wikipedia

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 11, 2014; New York MagazineTwenty cities played host this past week to the first Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an attempt to build out Wikipedia’s entries on women artists and, through that, to encourage women to edit Wikipedia, which has a big gender gap problem among its volunteer editors. Apparently, less than 15 percent of its editors are women. This, naturally, affects content, and that flies in the face of what Wikipedia means to be to the world.In an interview last year with Anasuya Sengupta of the Wikimedia Foundation, NPQ heard that intention quite clearly:“When I look at all the activism that I and my comrades—my sisters—have done around the world, I think to myself, ‘What is the outcome of that activism if every day a young man or woman looks up a Wikipedia article and finds a singular worldview that is not theirs or that is biased against them in some way? What happens when a young woman looks up rape or abortion on Wikipedia and doesn’t find the information she needs? How radical is turning that around?’”According to those who organized the Art + Feminism event, the Wikipedia pages of male and female artists of similar stature are generally different—a woman artist’s page will generally be less robust. This has resulted in “organized editorial sprints” like the Ada Lovelace Day edit-a-thon at Brown University, which was aimed at developing pages on women who have contributed to STEM fields.The Art and Feminism events offered a deep dive in editing tutorials from expert Wikipedians, IRL human company, snacks, and child care.But such attractions may be counteracted by what is described here as the “argumentative and trollish atmosphere of Wikipedia” that apparently sometimes reveals itself as misogynist. But Jacqueline Mabey, one of the event’s organizers, thinks some of the gender gap comes down to the fact that “We don’t raise young women to consider themselves authorities on anything.” She said, “We raise them to doubt, constantly, their work and themselves.”Librarians are seen as the only female-dominated group that overall is a fan of Wikipedia, but Mabey says even they are cautious about editing. “These are women with double masters degrees,” she said. “I’m like, yes, you can edit it! The 18-year-old boy who doesn’t know anything is editing it, and he doesn’t even question it!”The author of this article participated in the event, and she says it is pure and simple drudgery, but the alternative is “for women, their accomplishments, and their interests to be written out of the handiest body of human knowledge.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Federal Drug Policies Way out of Alignment with Public Opinion

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares April 2, 2014; Washington Post, “Wonkblog”The findings of a Pew survey show that by a five-to-one margin, Americans of all stripes think that alcohol is worse for a person’s health than marijuana. See the graph below for confirmation that all demographics agree. In addition, the public believes that alcohol is by far more injurious to society than any other drug and is more injurious to humans than any drug but crack, heroin, or methamphetamines.  The survey also found that the public favors treatment over imprisonment. “In short,” writes Christopher Ingraham for the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “it’s hard to think of another arena in which federal policy is more at odds with public opinion and scientific consensus. The Pew survey suggests that in the upcoming national elections in 2014 and 2016, there’s a real opportunity for candidates to distinguish themselves by taking up these issues.”On a side note, this all makes us feel like Bain Capital has some great forecasters since it has been buying up treatment facilities all over the country.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Investigation Reveals Widespread Use of Chemical Restraints in PA Juvenile Facilities

first_imgShare9TweetShareEmail9 SharesOctober 25, 2015; Pittsburgh Post-GazettePrison use of segregation to manage populations that include people with mental illnesses is now well documented, but what do we know about the use of psychiatric drugs to chemically restrain prisoners—in this case, juveniles?On Sunday, PublicSource, an independent nonprofit news group, published the first installment in a three-part investigative series on the inappropriately high use of mind-altering psychiatric drugs on kids in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system.The drugs are allegedly used for their “off label” functions—as chemical restraints to induce sleep or lower aggressive tendencies. But some of the drugs have severe life-altering side effects. In particular, the use of antipsychotics, which are meant to be limited to the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism, can cause rapid weight gain and diabetes in young people. PublicSource reports that doctors and juvenile justice experts have assured them the drugs are being used in off-label ways.PublicSource looked at the drug-buying rates of state institutions that imprison children and found that enough antipsychotics were ordered over seven years by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, which operates the state’s youth correctional facilities, to treat a full third of the confined youth.“Most [of that] antipsychotic use is likely for sedation and behavioral control,” said Dr. Mark Olfson of the Columbia University Medical Center. “The new findings will hopefully spur much-needed institutional reforms.”But lockups are not the only place where use of so-called “chemical restraints” on children is prevalent. A recent study suggests that in 2012, a fifth of the youth in Pennsylvania’s foster care system were taking antipsychotics. That report was commissioned by the PDHS, and at that time, the secretary of the department called the practice “disturbing” and “unacceptable.” The department seems less willing to express an opinion when it comes to the juvenile lockups.PublicSource reported that all of its inquiries took weeks or months to get a response and a scheduled interview with Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas was abruptly cancelled. PublicSource was also not given access to the facilities in question, nor were they provided with the names of the prescribing doctors, having been told it would compromise their safety. But in one email, DHS Spokeswoman Kait Gillis wrote that 44 percent of 266 residents in the facilities on September 30th had a psychotropic medication prescribed by a psychiatrist. She said that many young people have a psychotropic prescription when they are locked up.“The protocols we have in place actually lead to a reduction or termination of medication when possible,” she wrote, but the state did not share its protocols for prescribing.PublicSource says that the data they are using for this investigation took two years to obtain and that they then used expert consultants to help with interpretation.While the experts did see red flags pointing to potentially excessive or inappropriate prescribing in the state facilities, justice-involved youth are known to have a greater mental health need than the general population. Studies and experts estimate that between 50 percent and 75 percent have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.But not all of these problems require anything close to an antipsychotic. “The great concern among children’s advocates is that…too often the medications are used to the benefit of the institution to control behavior in ways that are not appropriate,” said Robert Schwartz, the co-founder and recently retired executive director of the Juvenile Law Center and the advocate who broke the 2008 “Kids for Cash” scandal.Dr. Terry Lee, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, suggests that creating and implementing psychiatric practice guidelines for institutions is enough to reduce their use of psychotropic drugs, as is reflected in a study he published in the journal Psychiatric Services comparing psych med costs and aggression levels at three secure juvenile facilities.The study, spanning 2003 to 2012, shows Dr. Lee’s facility with psychiatric practice guidelines reduced its costs of psychotropic drugs by 26 percent, and incidents of aggression remained level. Costs for facilities without the guidelines doubled, and aggression levels increased.A George Polk Grant for Investigative Reporting and a grant from The Fund for Investigative Journalism helped to fund this PublicSource project.—Ruth McCambridgeShare9TweetShareEmail9 Shareslast_img read more

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Dutch telco KPN increased its TV market share by t

first_imgDutch telco KPN increased its TV market share by two percentage points last year, ending December with a 17% share.The incumbent telco ended 2011 with 1.4 million IPTV subscribers, including 573,000 IPTV customers, up 84,000 in the fourth quarter and up from 302,000 in 2010. Digital-terrestrial service Digitenne’s base fell from 895,000 to 827,000 in the course of the year.KPN also saw its TV ARPU increase in the 12 months ending December to €12.The number of FTTH connections reached 102,000 at the end of the year, with 25,000 net additions in the fourth quarter.last_img

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The linear TV channel model is ripe for replaceme

first_imgThe linear TV channel model is “ripe for replacement” with the evolution to internet TV already happening, according to Netflix in a letter to investors published yesterday.Outlining its ‘long term view’ on the back of this week’s strong quarterly earnings report, the US video-on-demand service said that it was continuing its original programming efforts and said it was aiming to compete with the likes of HBO – not major platform providers.“We don’t and can’t compete on breadth with Comcast, Sky, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, or Google. For us to be hugely successful we have to be a focused passion brand. Starbucks, not 7-Eleven. Southwest, not United. HBO, not Dish,” Netflix said.In terms of its content focus for the future, the firm said it was “not a generic ‘video’ company that streams all types of video such as news, user generated, sports, music video, or reality. We are movies and TV shows.”The firm said it is currently spending about US$350 million per year “on a wide range of efforts to improve our service and app” and is investing more than US$2 billion per year in content licensing and the creation of original shows. For 2013 and “the next few years” it said less than 10% of that would go on its Originals – like the recently launched House of Cards.“While we are passing HBO in domestic members in 2013, it will be several years before we are peers with them in terms of Original programming, Emmy awards, and international members. It wouldn’t be surprising to us if HBO does their best work and achieves their highest growth over the next decade, spurred on by the Netflix competition and the Internet TV opportunity,” Netflix said.The firm added that it was increasingly important for it to work with ISPs on network interconnection points – “so the ISP subscribers actually experience the benefits of their highspeed internet.”last_img read more

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Cable operator UPC Austria has made a series of tr

first_imgCable operator UPC Austria has made a series of triple-play packages available to small businesses.The FIT packages include TV, telephony and internet at up to 120Mbps instead of the normal 100Mbps.The business FIT packages include 120Mbps internet, with 12Mbps upstream, up to 138 TV channels including 28 HD services, a static IP address and cloud-based service Fiber Powered by Microsoft Office 365, enabling users to access emails and documents on the go.Depending on internet bandwidth chosen, business customers can choose between €55, €70 or €90 offerings.last_img

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Amazonowned videoondemand service Lovefilm has

first_imgAmazon-owned video-on-demand service Lovefilm has signed a deal with Scripps Networks Interactive to offer viewers food and lifestyle TV content from Food Network and Travel Channel.The UK deal marks Lovefilm Instant’s first move into the lifestyle and cooking genres, and includes shows such as Man Vs. Food Nation, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Restaurant: Impossible and House Hunters International.The agreement follows Amazon.com’s first online-only subscription distribution deal for Scripps Networks Interactive content in the US earlier this year.Simon Morris, chief marketing officer at Lovefilm said: “We’re delighted to announce this latest deal with Scripps Networks Interactive, which brings something very different and exciting to our members. There is no doubt that we are a nation of foodies, and it’s great that this deal will enable us to meet increasing viewer demands for this particular type of content.”last_img read more

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Israeli satellite TV operator Yes has partnered wi

first_imgIsraeli satellite TV operator Yes has partnered with pay-OTT platform provider Tvinci to launch a new multi-screen TV service. Yes GO, announced today, is due to go live in the first half of this year and will allow Yes subscribers to access the live linear channels and on-demand content included in their TV package from different devices.At launch the service will be available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as PCs and Macs, with further deployments planned in the future. Users will initially be able to access Yes GO on two devices per household.Tvinci will provide both the back- and front-end support for the service, which the firms claim will be “Israel’s first personal and social multi-screen TV service.”Yes GO will offer viewers more than 40 linear channels and “thousands of hours” of premium video-on-demand content.“This is a super-strategic project for Yes. They see themselves turning from a satellite company into an IP company, essentially,” Tvinci’s co-founder and VP of business development, Ido Wiesenberg, told DTVE.Wiesenberg added that though Yes had previously offered a mobile app that included some free content, “the big thing here for the end user – for the subscribers – is that for the first time they have basically the same content that they have on the set-top box on any device.”Yes GO will initially be offered free to Yes subscribers that already pay for set-top box access to VOD content, giving them access to the same content, as well as linear channels, from more devices.“The launch of Yes GO places Yes in the global technological frontier for multi-channel television. Yes GO allows us an organisation to continue to pioneer premier viewing experiences, which are unsurpassed in Israel,” claimed Ron Eilon, CEO, Yes Satellite.Among the services Tvinci will provide for Yes GO is multi-language support, including multi-audio and subtitles for VOD and linear in Hebrew and Russian. Its front-end applications will also optimise Yes GO for different screens.last_img read more

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