Tax revenues grow by 11 percent in first quarter

first_imgNo related posts. Revenue generated primarily by fuel, corporations and tobacco taxes increased Costa Rican tax revenues by 11.4 percent during the first three months of this year, the Finance Ministry reported on Monday.Despite the increase, the country’s deficit also was maintained during the first quarter, “because the government in 2013 has invested more in infrastructure,” according to the report.State spending also grew by nearly 11 percent, so that the fiscal deficit for the first quarter of this year remains at 1.4 percent of gross domestic product.The report also indicates that the Finance Ministry has stepped up efforts to prevent smuggling, after increasing Fiscal Police personnel by 25 new officers.In 2012, the Fiscal Police seized ​​the country’s largest shipments of electronics, with 18,000 products seized, most of them TV sets. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rare and innovative surgery on patients jawbone successful health ministry says

first_imgBy Evie AndreouHealth Minister, Constantinos Ioannou on Friday congratulated state medical staff and services of his ministry for carrying out a rare innovative implant surgery on a patient’s jawbone.The surgery involved the replacement of a patient’s temporomandibular joint (TMJ) with an artificial, custom-made implant. The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull.The case concerned a patient who was experiencing difficulty in chewing, pain and eventually immobilisation of one of his TMJs following chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer a few years ago.The surgery, which the health ministry described as “innovative”, took place last week when a team of Cypriot doctors from the Nicosia general hospital’s clinic of Maxillofacial Surgery, under the guidance of the clinic’s head, Dr Georgios Pantelas, successfully replaced the patient’s TMJ with an artificial implant.“In order to carry out the surgery, the Maxillofacial Surgery clinic had continuous communication for more than two months with a specialised centre abroad, where it was extensively studied and pre-operative planning and preparation took place,” the ministry said in a written statement.The centre abroad that makes TMJ implants, in full cooperation and coordination with the Cypriot medical team, the ministry said, prepared a custom-made three-dimensional artificial joint for the patient.Pantelas told the Cyprus Mail that such operations were not that common and that this was the first time such an operation took place in a state hospital in Cyprus.What was remarkable in this case, he said, was that the patient did not have to go abroad, as, the Cypriot team sent the centre in question a CT scan of the patient and they custom made the implant with the use of technology.Following this successful cooperation with the centre abroad, more operations like these could take place in state hospitals, he said. “There is experience, infrastructure and equipment,”  Pantelas said.The health ministry said that this “radical intervention highlights the excellent level of health services provided by doctors in public hospitals.”You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado 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 Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Polemidia mayor launches disciplinary probe after traffic ticket debacle

first_imgPolemidia mayor Nikos Anastasiou has ordered a disciplinary investigation into municipal secretary Giannaki Kallikas and a municipal traffic warden.According to daily Politis, Kallikas was fined €85 by the traffic warden on August 22 last year after his service vehicle was found parked illegally on the pavement of the Evangelistria main road.The municipal secretary refused to pay the fine, and after the 30-day deadline a court order was issued asking Kallikas to appear before court on January 9.As municipal secretary, Kallikas oversees municipal workers and traffic police, and signs off on indictments.Upon refusing to sign his own indictment to appear before court, the court order was signed by mayor Anastasiou.According to Politis, while the municipality seemingly took its own secretary to court, it refrained from appointing a lawyer to defend Kallikas. The traffic warden took matters into his own hands and appointed a lawyer without informing the municipality.In court, Kallikas claimed the appointed lawyer was incompetent to represent the municipality.Ultimately the case was dropped and Kallikas was acquitted.Mayor Anastasiou said that there are no regulations in Polemidia to deal with traffic offences by the municipality.Several municipal councillors criticised Anastasiou, accusing him of tolerating unacceptable behaviour by municipal employees, which has led him to launch a disciplinary investigation.While the municipal council approved new regulations to cover such incidences in May 2018, Anastasiou said these had not yet been published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.As such, the old regulations, which date back to when Polemidia had a community authority, are in effect.Akel municipal secretary Andreas Tsipis told Politis that the issue of the municipality’s dysfunctionality has been tabled multiple times but has yet to be discussed due to obstacles set by the mayor.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

Rep Hughes announces March office hours

first_imgMonday, March 23, 201511a.m. to NoonRavenna Round Table12396 Stafford St.Ravenna 13Mar Rep. Hughes announces March office hours Friday, March 27, 201510 to 11a.m.Toast N’ Jams3462 Henry St.MuskegonMonday, March 30, 2015Noon to 1p.m.Gary’s Restaurant906 E. Colby St.Whitehall No appointment is necessary for district office hours. Residents unable to meet Rep. Hughes during these scheduled times can contact her office toll free at 877-633-0331, or via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov.### Tags: #SB, Holly Hughes office hours Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, invites residents to meet with her locally to discuss state and local issues of interest. The lawmaker will be at the following locations:last_img

House panel approves McCreadys marriage ceremony legislation

first_img Categories: McCready News Bill allows township supervisors to solemnize marriagesState Rep. Mike McCready of Bloomfield Hills, center, testified recently before the House Judiciary Committee with Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie, left, and Judy Allen of the Michigan Townships Association.State Rep. Mike McCready’s legislation authorizing township supervisors to perform marriage ceremonies has received approval from the House Judiciary Committee.Under current law, district court judges, district court magistrates, municipal judges, probate judges, federal judges and city mayors have the authority to solemnize a marriage. McCready’s bill adds township supervisors to the list.“Officials with similar positions are allowed to perform marriages, it just makes sense that township supervisors would have that authority as well,” said McCready, of Bloomfield Hills. “This is a simple change that creates uniformity between mayors and township supervisors, which are similar positions.”Under the bill, township supervisors who perform marriages must collect a fee determined by the township board and deposit the funds into the township’s general fund. These requirements parallel the current requirements for mayors who solemnize marriages.House Bill 4272 now heads to the full House for consideration.### 22Mar House panel approves McCready’s marriage ceremony legislationlast_img read more

Rep Hoitenga bill cuts government red tape regarding line relocation requirements

first_img06Dec Rep. Hoitenga bill cuts government red tape regarding line relocation requirements The House Communications and Technology Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton limiting requirements needed for broadband expansion work in rights-of-way.The bill waives permit fees and required studies for telecommunication and video service providers when relocating lines. County road commissions have jurisdiction over rights-of-way and often require permits, inspections and project reviews due to the close proximity of lines and mains beneath the ground. Businesses can be charged fees even as the relocation is coming at the behest of the locality. ÂHoitenga said current law is needlessly burdensome and the requests end up slowing the process down.“When looking to improve and supply broadband access throughout the state, especially in rural areas, we need to eliminate measures that are hampering those efforts,” said Hoitenga, who chairs the House Communications and Technology Committee. “This bill gets us closer to ensuring that broadband is readily available and affordable for all of our residents. That is what I strive for every day through my work on this committee.”HB 5098 also mandates a uniform notification policy for line relocation. Local governments must provide their request to providers at least one year in advance.“More advanced notice will lead to better communication between our communities and businesses for the good of residents,” said Hoitenga. “It’s time we allow this process to run more smoothly. When expanded broadband projects fall behind, Michigan falls behind as a state.”The bill moves to the full House for further consideration. Categories: Hoitenga News,Newslast_img read more

VanderWall bill opens pathways for more adult foster care workers

first_img Categories: News,VanderWall News 01Feb VanderWall bill opens pathways for more adult foster care workers State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, this week testified before the House Law and Justice Committee on his bill to give adult foster care facilities better access to qualified health care professionals.“There is a constant demand in our senior care facilities for nurses, physical therapists, administrators, and other support staff, even though there are many qualified individuals ready and available to work,” VanderWall said. “This will update state regulations for these professionals and let employers decide who the best fit is for their own residents.”VanderWall’s legislation allows employment for licensed individuals who have been convicted of certain minor felonies or misdemeanors unrelated to senior or foster care, helping with rehabilitation that current law holds back. Partner legislation sponsored by state Reps. Klint Kesto and Jeff Noble, will expand similar regulations to health and mental health facilities, respectively. However, those individuals convicted of serious crimes will remain excluded for employment opportunities at the facilities.“We’ve got to stop making those kind of judgments, especially with so many qualified professionals ready to improve the quality of life for a facility’s residents,” VanderWall said. “This gets people back on track and back to work instead of punishing people and ultimately hurting staff levels.”House Bills 5450, 5451 and 5452 remain under consideration of the committee.last_img read more

Rep Griffin hosts district office hour

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of southwest Michigan during a special evening office hour session.“I want to have the opportunity to meet with as many members of the community as possible,” Griffin said.  “This evening office hour will give people extra time to speak with me about state government.”The office hour will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at the Antwerp Township Hall, 24821 Front St. in Mattawan from 6 to 7 p.m.No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-0839 or by email at BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.#### 21Mar Rep. Griffin hosts district office hour Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,News,Photoslast_img

Rep VanderWall announces June coffee hours

first_img07Jun Rep. VanderWall announces June coffee hours State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for June coffee hours.“My top priority is to listen to questions and concerns the residents of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, June 188 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 488 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov.center_img Categories: VanderWall Newslast_img read more

Why this Longstanding Seattle Business is Converting to a Nonprofit

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 12, 2014;Seattle TimesScarecrow Video in the University District of Seattle has been a local cultural institution since 1988, but it has experienced revenue problems as of late due to a 40 percent decline in rentals. In thinking through their options, the employees came up with the idea of embracing their cultural institution status and reorganizing as a nonprofit. This conversion will be facilitated by the store’s current owners, who are donating the assets of the business, including its library of approximately 120,000 titles.The owners, Carl Tostevin and Mickey McDonough, have been warning that the business was in trouble since last fall. “We weren’t specifically thinking nonprofit—we were basically casting around for any idea…. We had several educational institutions and film organizations that were interested in taking it over…to use as a library, something like that.”But it was finally two employees, Kate Barr and Joel Fisher, who came up with the nonprofit idea because it would allow the collection to be supported by a different resource mix, including volunteers. “I can’t describe how excited we were,” said Tostevin, “that it was a group of people that we know, that have Scarecrow’s best interests at heart.”The new nonprofit will launch this fall under the name The Scarecrow Project, and it will be fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit Grand Illusion Cinema while it awaits status.To capitalize the effort, the group is on Kickstarter, asking people to contribute to a goal of $100,000 to fund the transition. The Kickstarter campaign began this week. Details can be found at www.scarecrowproject.org.“We think there’s so much potential and so much possibility here,” Barr said. “The owners would not have gone forward with our proposal if we didn’t have a financially viable one. This isn’t just a group of kids saying, ‘This would be fun!’ We’ve done our due diligence—we feel like from our end, we can make it happen. But we can’t do it without the support from the community.”“Being in this industry, we’ve watched a lot of other great video stores around the country fold,” McDonough said. “We have this opportunity not only to not fold, not just prolong the death, but be able to create something new.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Recess Making the Old New Again

first_imgShare196TweetShareEmail196 SharesKids Playing in Playground / Steven DepoloSeptember 13, 2016; Washington PostSaying that the public school system is “obsolete,” Bill Gates devoted billions to help bring it into the 21st century. Many others assert test-based accountability, school choice, charters, and so on are the best solutions. But each time something championed takes effect, the proponents are more often than not dismayed by the results. One tried-and-true solution appears to be as simple and inexpensive as bringing recess back to elementary school.Ninety percent of American students (some fifty million) attend public school. Federal, state, and local budgets taken together spend on public education (more than six hundred billion dollars) what we spend a year as a nation on defense. And we’re losing the battle. Some are saying that we are mistakenly imposing a free-market ethos of competition on an institution that performs much better by fostering cooperation, sharing—and play.The benefits of play for children have always been known, but testing and academic rigor somehow pushed it into afterschool hours. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued this policy statement on “The Crucial Role of Recess in School” in 2013. The U.S. used to know and practice this in the ’60s and ’70s. Finland apparently learned the importance of recess from the U.S., still practices it, and now outperforms us.Taking notes from Finland, the LiiNK Project (Let’s Inspire Innovation ’N Kids) is on a mission to bring play back to schools to “bridge the gap between academics and the social, emotional and healthy well-being of children. The LiiNK Project aims to develop the whole child through increased recess and character development.” They want schools to send kids outside for unstructured play four times a day, and they advocate that ethics be brought back to the school day as well.The program started in the 2015–2016 school year with four schools in Texas that used the program and four other schools that served as controls. Although it’s too early for definitive results, the short-term ones look promising. Kids in the program schools focused better than those in the control groups during the year, and reports of bullying were down. This year it is being used in 14 public schools in six school districts in Texas and Oklahoma.Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their dexterity, imagination, and cognitive, physical, and emotional strengths. Play is how children strengthen social bonds and learn they are not helpless. Montessori schools and Tools of the Mind curriculums are designed to capitalize to great effect on the benefits of self-directed free play and student-initiated activities.The LiiNK Project makes a persuasive argument for more play and character building in the school day by comparing Finland to the U.S. The LiiNK Project asserts that if U.S. schools repurposed six hours of schoolday content a week to recess and ethics, U.S. schools would still have two more hours of content per day than in Finland’s schools.Valerie Strauss covers education for the Washington Post, and it’s not the first time she’s written about the importance of play. Strauss writes that the LiiNK Project was developed and is directed at Texas Christian University by Debbie Rhea, a professor and associate dean of research in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “I started the program because I was tired of seeing students burn out by third grade, teachers burn out in five years, and schools that focused primarily on testing from the time children entered in pre-K or K all the way through high school,” Rhea wrote in an email to Strauss.In this era of exalting technological change, where the familiar feels more and more unfamiliar on our way to the singularity, we can trust that innovative nonprofit initiatives like LiiNK will make the old new again and help us hold on to the best of humanity.—James SchafferShare196TweetShareEmail196 Shareslast_img read more

Video streaming and delivery service Netflix is te

first_imgVideo streaming and delivery service Netflix is teaming with Fox to bring back comedy series Arrested Development.
The half-hour single-camera comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Will Arnett among others, ran on the US Fox network from November 2003 to February 2006 and had a cult following but small ratings numbers. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production firm Imagine Television have now struck a deal with Netflix that will see the single-camera comedy, about the dysfunctional Bluth family, return from early 2013.The cast and number of episode of the new series has not been confirmed, but it is expected to run to ten, half-hour installments.
”Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.“Netflix’s bold entrance into original programming presents an exciting new opportunity for our two companies” commented Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment’s president of new media and digital distribution. “Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine.”The deal marks Netflix’s latest move into original content, following a deal announced last year for House of Cards, which will be directed by David Fincher, star Kevin Spacey and be distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The Media Rights Capital-produced series will launch next year.last_img read more

Danish operator TDC owner of the YouSee cable pla

first_imgDanish operator TDC, owner of the YouSee cable platform, delivered 2.9 million VOD requests last year, almost three times more than in 2010.Part of the growth was down to the success of TDC’s 100 Film subscription service, giving unlimited access to around 100 titles. The service launched in September and delivered 350,000 movies in its first month.“The launch of a new rental concept in the second half of the year has led to an explosive growth in consumption. Customers are currently watching around half a million movies a month,” said vice-president Ulf Lund.Hævnen was the most rented movie in 2011.last_img

UK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB has struck a volume de

first_imgUK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB has struck a volume deal with movie distributor Miramax. The deal will give the News Corp-backed company’s movie channel Sky Movies access to films including Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids, Starsky & Hutch and Pulp Fiction. Movies will be offered in high definition as well as via Sky’s on demand service Sky Anytime+ and online service Sky Go.This is Miramax’s latest international volume deal following its acquisition by Colony Capital from Disney in 2010; it has inked similar deals with Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 and Sky Italia.Simon Rexworthy, controller of acquisitions at Sky Movies said, “It’s great to be working with Miramax as they build out their business and make more of their titles available to us.  The deal will give Sky Movies customers exclusive access to some of the best titles from Miramax’s unrivalled archive including such iconic modern classics as Pulp Fiction and Chicago.”last_img read more

Social network Facebook is working with TV rights

first_imgSocial network Facebook is working with TV rights holders including NBC in the US and the BBC in the UK to bring coverage of the upcoming London Olympics to the social network.The company inked a deal with US rights holder NBC yesterday and will carry exclusive Olympics content online. The BBC, meanwhile, plans to stream some Olympics coverage on Facebook.last_img

In an era of media and device fragmentation pay T

first_imgIn an era of media and device fragmentation, pay TV broadcasters must future proof their businesses by focusing on the needs of customers, viewers and investors.That was the message from Niall Curran, president of Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia, who was speaking at the Digital TV World Summit this morning about how broadcasters must adapt to stay relevant.The company operates 66 channels for pay TV operators across Europe, with around 15% of revenues coming from its parent company. Curran said Chellomedia’s relationship with Liberty Global helped it keep up with the requirements of operators, which include making content available on multiple devices.He said Chellomedia was focused on working with its pay TV operator customers rather than being tempted to compete with them. “The disruptive possibilities [of the pay TV industry] give content providers an option to go around and compete with their customers. We want to use innovation to complement what we are doing, not to compete,” Curran said. “We work with our big pay TV customers to try an complement their efforts to broaden their services. We make sure we have something to put into their custom built apps, for example. We want to help our customers maintain relevance and their relationships with viewers.”He added that being part of Liberty Global meant Chellomedia was aware of the CAPEX pressures being felt by pay TV operators, meaning it was prepared to be flexible in terms of the tiering and packaging of channels.In terms of viewers, Curran said they wanted content on devices with which they have “intense relationships”, including tablets and smartphones. “We’ve got to be on those devices as part of the pay TV OTT service. It involves stretching our capabilities to produce new forms of content and to reimaging what our brands mean,” he said. “Now we have multiple technolgoies and multiple production outputs for all of our programming, it’s more complex but we have broadened and deepened our relationship with customers within the pay TV model.”Chellomedia has been active in terms of mergers and acquisitions, most recently acquiring the Hollywood studio MGM’s international channels, and Curran said this kind of business required long term views of the market. “It’s about recognising the real growth potential of the business you are in. As an investor, the management team or entrepreneur behind a business that I’m interested in must recognise what the risks are in relationship to the growth potential. I’m looking to companies that can scale or are open to partnerships,” he said.last_img read more

Telenor has named Morten Tengs as the new CEO of T

first_imgTelenor has named Morten Tengs as the new CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc).Tengs was previously senior vice-president at Telenor Group’s Asian unit, based in Bangkok. He succeeds Cato Halsaa, who is to retire this summer.“I am impressed that TSBc has taken such an important position in the market, whilst at the same time renewing their fleet of satellites. The last addition is the Thor 7 satellite, which will be ready for operation as of 2014. I look forward to taking over the lead of the company, and I am delighted for the opportunity to work with such motivated and highly skilled employees. I would also like to thank Cato Halsaa for the dedication and hard work he has invested in TSBc, which has contributed to a company well positioned for future growth,” said Tengs.last_img read more

Englishlanguage edutainment channel The English

first_imgEnglish-language ‘edutainment’ channel The English Club TV Network has signed a deal with Cyprus-based operator PrimeTel.PrimeTel, which offers mobile, fixed line, internet and TV services in Cyprus, will offer the channel to new and existing TV package subscribers on a non-exclusive basis.“We are very pleased to have welcomed such an interesting, varied and unique educational channel on our platform, specifically aimed at those who want to learn and improve their English,” said PrimeTel’s chief commercial officer, Stephanos Stephanou.last_img

Three quarters of UK internet users will watch dig

first_imgThree quarters of UK internet users will watch digital video content, via any device, at least once per month during 2015, with long-form content proving most popular, according to eMarketer.The research firm claims that 74.9% of internet users and 59.0% of the total population will watch video monthly this year, up from 73.5% of web users and 56.9% of the population in 2014. eMarketer tips these figures to rise to 78.6% and 64.6% respectively in 2019.The study notes that mobile devices are playing a “significant role” in UK video consumption as viewers move from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets. For the first time this year, half of smartphone users in the UK will watch digital video on such devices, according to eMarketer.“TV content is a particularly large part of digital video viewers’ consumption [in the UK],” said eMarketer analyst Bill Fisher.“When it comes to mobile, unlike in other European countries, the thirst for short-form content is less pronounced in the UK. Rather, long-form content reigns supreme, no matter the screen choice, and UK consumers are often willing to pay for the privilege.”The research firm claims that younger age groups lead digital video viewership in the UK, and that teens and young millennials watch more digital video overall, with a preference for shorter-form content.However, these younger viewers also “overindex against the adult population for long-form paid content,” said eMarketer. “Older demographic groups are increasingly becoming digital video viewers, too, and will likely drive the next surge in viewing activity.”last_img read more