CyprusInno, the first and largest bi-communal digital platform connecting Cypriot entrepreneurs, has concluded its first bi-communal startup mentorship programme, it said.The programme connected some of the most successful Cypriot business leaders with entrepreneurs islandwide.Entrepreneurs gained access to Skype sessions and email exchanges with their mentors, as well as marketing via CyprusInno’s website and social media channels. In some cases, the entrepreneurs and mentors met in person. They worked together with mentors to tackle business challenges, explore growth opportunities, and seek advice on upcoming projects.As a result, the entrepreneurs launched websites, adjusted their pricing strategies, enhanced their social media presence, and expanded their product lines.“Working with Pangratios gave me a much clearer picture and vision about the future of MISIRiX,” said Co-Founder of MISIRiX Ali Furkan Cetiner, who was mentored by KPMG Cyprus board member Pangratios Vanezis.“It was a great experience, a tremendous opportunity to be able to assist in any way possible and more importantly to see that there is impact based on the process. We will definitely stay in touch and will be available to Ali to continue this process,” Vanezis said.Other Greek and Turkish Cypriots also commented on the programme for which entrepreneurs from all over Cyprus were invited to apply. Six entrepreneurs were selected from a large pool of applicants, each paired with one of six mentors, all successful Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business leaders. Selected Greek Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Turkish Cypriot mentors and selected Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Greek Cypriot mentors. The programme also saw participation from bi-communal teams and other Cyprus-based entrepreneurs.The project also featured a bi-communal web TV project whose team was mentored by Gunperi Sisman, as well as Founder of Roads & Keys Angela Kashina mentored by Loacal Founder Aysem Zorlu.To learn more about all the mentors and the entrepreneurs, and to stay up-to-date on the next call for applications, visit: http://cyprusinno.com/mentorship-programme/ You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
WHILE the authorities are still talking about how best to resolve the problem of polluted waters, holidaymakers and locals alike are reporting that they suffering from the filth in the Limassol sea.Holidaymaker Craig Taylor this week wrote to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation to “express my absolute disgust at the amount of human excrement floating in the bays and beaches around the St Raphael / Four Seasons beaches in Limassol.”“With a family of three young children aged 6, 2 and 1, this is not only disgusting but a very real and genuine health risk,” he wrote, adding that this is unacceptable when the family has paid nearly €10,000 for their holiday to Cyprus. The family is not planning to come back.For this amount of money, Craig continued, the family can go somewhere “where we can swim in fish infested glorious blue seas, not human faeces infested.”“I got a rash twice this year when I went to the beach,” 26-year-old Limassol resident Marianna Leonidou said on Friday, “this has never happened before. I had to go to the dermatologist who prescribed some cream and told me the rash was from the filth in the sea.” Leonidou got the rashes at two different beaches in Limassol, in Parekklisia and in the popular Akti Olympion area.Greens MP Charalambous Theopemptou is one of the few who have long called for action. “I was trying a lot to address the subject years ago when I was environment commissioner, but all I came across were walls,” he said.Theopemptou believes Cyprus needs someone to coordinate the various government departments which are partly responsible for the matter, however, Transport and Works permanent secretary Alecos Michaelides disagrees.“We don’t need another service,” he had said on Thursday. Instead he suggests to increase the controls, as the relevant laws already exist.“I am very disappointed,” Theopemptou said in new comments on the subject.“We have a sewage system in all coastal towns but we don’t have the infrastructure in the ports, marinas and fishing shelters to transfer the sewage directly from the ships to a waste treatment station from where it would go to the sewage system. Who knows what happens with the sewage in reality? We look at fancy solutions when we are at an infantile stage.”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 AdsUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinanceUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix 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 Taboola
State Reps. Jason Sheppard of Temperance, Joe Bellino of Monroe and Bronna Kahle of Adrian today unveiled legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums.The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states such as Ohio.“We need to ask ourselves this – should Michigan continue to do nothing about having the highest insurance rates in the nation? Is that a logical way forward?” Sheppard said. “The answers are obvious to drivers across the state facing severe financial stress. We’ve got to do something to fix this broken system and lower rates for all drivers.”The plan still mandates that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants.“Auto insurance rates are so high, they are draining our neighbors’ bank accounts,” Bellino said. “As legislators, we cannot continue to let this happen. Our current rates are an unnecessary burden for families across the state.”Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation mandating unlimited medical coverage. Florida, one of the 12 states operating with a no-fault system, is also debating repeal.“Our auto insurance is too expensive,” Kahle said. “Michigan’s unique no-fault system has led to the highest auto rates in the country. The hard-working families and seniors in Lenawee County deserve relief.”Sheppard noted that repealing Michigan’s no-fault system and replacing it with a tort system will draw more insurance companies to the state, which will in turn create more competition to even further drive down insurance rates.The bill package, House Bills 5517-23, will be formally read into the record next week. Categories: Kahle News 01Feb Southeast Michigan lawmakers unveil new plan to fix state’s auto insurance system
24Jul Rep. Hughes: Support local industries during upcoming Buy Michigan Week Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes today encouraged local residents to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – set to run from July 28-Aug. 5.Purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on the region and is a statistically proven practice that promotes small business growth, creates more jobs and strengthens state and local economies.“Agriculture, retail, summer tourism and a variety of other industries in Michigan have a profound impact on nearby communities,” said Hughes, of Montague, who serves on the House Commerce and Trade Committee. “These industries help support our communities. They provide jobs to our residents. It’s important we recognize this and help to support them with our consumer dollars when we can because some of those dollars are going directly back into the community. It’s a positive cycle that makes for a strong state.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created. Up to $2.5 billion in additional wages could be cultivated through the new jobs, per the project’s report.
Legislation introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to protect dogs by strengthening standards for Michigan pet stores was approved today by the Michigan House.Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, said his plan prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, or “puppy mills.”“We’re raising the bar for pet stores,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “With my background, I have seen too many instances where animals weren’t treated the way they should be. Improving animal welfare is critically important, and it’s an issue I take very personally.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5916-17, breeders would be required to supply pet stores with complete copies of their U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports.“Pet stores will be barred from purchasing puppies from any breeder with major violations within the past two years,” Vaupel said.The plan also establishes a minimum age at which puppies can be placed up for sale, ensures all dogs have a certified health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, and requires dogs to be vaccinated and micro-chipped.While implementing these safeguards, the legislation also provides much-needed protections for reputable local pet stores that are committed to pet safety.“Pet stores must continue to comply with all local ordinances, but we’re also ensuring that a municipality can’t just arbitrarily ban them,” Vaupel said. “These family-owned pet shops play an important role in our communities. If they all close up shop, more families will be pushed toward online vendors and unregulated breeders, not realizing they don’t have much recourse if the puppy is sick or the transaction turns out to be a scam.”A study conducted by the Better Business Bureau found up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent.The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration. Categories: News,Vaupel News 29Nov Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 15, 2015; Associated Press (Effingham, IL)The behavioral health nonprofit Shelby County Community Services recently won a license to grow marijuana in Illinois State Police District 10 under the state’s medical marijuana program. Now, one of the competitors in its bid to obtain that license has decided to try to challenge that win in court—ironically, taking advantage of the dichotomy between state and federal law to claim that, because of its tax-exempt status, the group cannot break a federal law and is ineligible.Attorney Sean Britton, representing Shiloh Agronomics, filed a preliminary petition on Friday asking the Coles County Circuit Court to allow the suit, saying, “Shelby County Community Services was never legally able to have a medical cannabis license at the time they applied.” Britton says his client would have had a shot at the license, were it not for the nonprofit.Shelby County Community Services’ executive director Tom Colclasure had previously told the press that there had been 11 applicants. “We worked hard to put together a very comprehensive proposal,” he told the Effingham Daily News. “We knew we had a lot of competition.”The nonprofit wanted to start the program as a revenue-producing social enterprise as funding dwindled, and in so doing had planned to provide a jobs program for 25–30 people with developmental disabilities with the project.“We would employ people with disabilities and people in the community to work side-by-side,” Colclasure said. “We’re looking for other ways to help support our programs that are underfunded.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Canal Plus Group and Polish commercial broadcaster TVN have revealed that they are in exclusive negotiations to establish a strategic partnership in Poland.Wojciech Kostrzewa, CEO of ITI Holdings, TVN’s parent company, told Bloomberg that the two sides were working to reach an agreement by the end of this year. ITI Holdings is seeking to sell a stake in TVN to Canal Plus, which competes with it in the pay TV business. ITI Holdings may sell its entire 56% stake in the broadcaster, which owns the third-placed ‘n’ pay TV platform as well as leading ISP Onet.pl. Canal Plus operates the Cyfra Plus pay TV platform, Poland’s second largest.Options for ITI Holdings are believed to include a full merger or a split of TVN’s operations.
Deutsche Telekom is to take Sky Deutschland’s German football service and will close its Liga Total! service, according to local press reports.Sky Deutschland acquired all pay TV rights to top-tier German football, including IPTV and online as well as broadcast rights, meaning Deutsche Telekom had to either acquire a sub-licence to continue its own production of football coverage or take Sky’s service. Having failed to strike a deal to sub-licence the IP rights, it will now take Sky’s service, according to the reports.
UK connected TV platform YouView has appointed TalkTalk Group chairman, Sir Charles Dunstone, as its interim chairman.The move follows the departure earlier this week of IT magnate and The Apprentice star Lord Sugar, who stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at YouView.Dunstone co-founded The Carphone Warehouse in 1989, launched TalkTalk in 2003, and has been involved with YouView since TalkTalk became a shareholder in the service 2009. YouView’s other backers are BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT and television infrastructure firm Arqiva.YouView said it will now begin a search for a permanent non-exec chairman.
The TV industry must adopt common standards for connected TVs or risk these devices becoming a failure, warned the BBC’s general manager for on-demand, Daniel Danker.Speaking at TV Connect in London this morning, the BBC’s iPlayer boss said that connected TVs need to share commonalities, and that not doing so previously has resulted in the industry using innovation as an “excuse for delivering sloppy experiences.”Comparing the smart TV space to the auto industry, Danker said: “Just like in cars, the pedals, the steering wheel, the gear lever are all the same. For us, whether you’re watching on one make of TV or another, they should be the same.“In fact, even if you move that experience to a mobile or a tablet, some of those consistent controls should be the same. I think it’s similar for the technologies that lie beneath the surface. They also need to share common platforms, in exactly the same way that cars share chassis or engines,” he said.Dismissing the idea that such joined-up standards would hamper development in the space, he said “the car industry has not failed to innovate and the same argument applies to us,” adding that it was the audience that currently suffers.In his keynote presentation Danker tracked the adoption rates of key technologies over the last hundred years, noting that devices like the radio and colour TV shared similar adoption rates, reaching 20% of consumers five years after being introduced, 50% after 10 years and reaching 90% after 20.“If we compare the adoption of connected TV with other TV technologies over the last century, I would say it’s sure taking it’s time. That’s not a curve that we would all be proud of. My view is that connected TV shouldn’t be any less popular or less successful than colour TV has been, but we’re at a critical time in its development,” said Danker.“My aim today is convince you that if this technology, if connected TV is going to be successful, is going to play the role that these other technologies have played in our lives, we have to get together as an industry and make some changes. If we don’t, I think in terms of adoption, connected TV will become a failure.”Citing recent iPlayer stats he added that while 23% of iPlayer viewing in January 2013 came from TV platforms, nearly all of this adoption from operator services and games consoles. Smart TVs alone accounted for just 2% of views.Concluding, Danker said the TV industry needs to create an enticing experience for users in order for them to go online from their sets. “If we get this right, I think years from now a connected TV will share space with other technology greats of the previous century.”
Middle Eastern fund Qatar Holding is the latest organisation to be linked to a move for US catch-up and on-demand service Hulu.Weekend reports suggested the Qatari organisation is now one of seven interested in Hulu with bids in the region of US$1 billion (€760 million).Other bidders for the ABC, Comcast and Fox-owned service are thought to include AT&T, DirecTV, Yahoo!, Guggenheim Digital and William Morris Endeavour.Qatar Holding is the Middle Eastern state’s sovereign wealth fund. Its media investments include backing Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group and the Miramax film business.There have been several management changes at Hulu as the sale progresses, with international boss Johannes Larcher, the latest to depart.
South African pay TV operator MultiChoice is to launch a 24-hour channel exclusively tasked with covering the murder trial of double-amputee Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius.Although the trial judge has not yet ruled whether the filming of the trial will be permitted, the channel will cover additional information about the case.The channel will launch on March 2, a day ahead of the trial. It will be produced by Combined Artistic Productions, which was responsible for a tribute channel to former president Nelson Mandela on MultiChoice’s DStv platform last year.Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in a case that has gripped the country since Pistorius’s arrest.
Orange Group is in exclusive discussions with Armenian internet service provider Ucom about selling 100% of its mobile subsidiary Orange Armenia.In a statement, Orange said that Orange Armenia “does not have the necessary scale” to carry out the “massive investments” required to offer customers convergent services.“The discussions with the internet service provider Ucom concern the sale of Orange Armenia, which would enable the creation of a strong Armenian player capable of offering its customers a broad range of fixed and mobile services,” said Orange.The talks are part of Orange’s ‘Essentials2020’ plan to focus on convergent services that combine mobile and fixed networks.This strategy has led to the proposed merger of BT and EE – which is half owned by Orange – in the UK and the acquisition of Jazztel in Spain.
Cyfrowy Polsat has partnered with ADB to co-develop advanced TV services, including “compelling, personal TV experiences.”The personalisation features will be built on ADB’s newly launched ConnectedOS cloud platform and included in set-top boxes produced by Cyfrowy Polsat, which set up its own STB factory in 2007.Cyfowy Polsat said it will enhance the consumer experience and bring “a new level of interaction and navigation to TV viewing” by integrating ADB’s Connected Solutions and Personal TV software into its own manufactured set-top-box range.“Our aim is to deliver the most attractive and highest quality service and that’s why we are continually innovating to extend our consumer offering while meeting all our business needs,” said Dariusz Dzialkowski, chief technology officer of the Polish pay TV operator.“Our partnership with ADB will help us to give our customers an enhanced TV experience that will meet their TV anytime, anywhere needs. On the other hand, Cyfrowy Polsat, with its deep knowledge of the pay TV market, brilliant business results and long-term experience in the production of pay-TV set-top boxes, will support ADB in the development of its innovative solutions.”ADB will launch ConnectedOS, a hybrid cloud and device centric middleware platform, at IBC later this month.
Greece-based Antenna Group has acquired a controlling stake in Serbian free-to-air broadcaster B92.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it means B92 will sit alongside Antenna’s free TV, pay TV, radio, television distribution, magazine, publishing, music, digital, telecoms and educational assets.B92 is a news-focusedgeneral television channel, which recorded the highest level of growth in the Serbian FTA market last year.Antenna, which operates channels in five southeast European markets, already owns another Serbian channel, PRVA.“I strongly believe in the future of Serbia, a country in which we have experienced tremendous growth, having turned PRVA into the strongest media company in Serbia and Montenegro,” said Antenna CEO Theodore Kryiakou.“Antenna Group sees B92 as an exciting investment opportunity and we continue to seek similar ones in the European media sector, in countries where the regulatory authoritieshave strong working relationships with investors such as Serbia.”Antenna’s managing director is Peter Smith, the former NBCUniversal International and CineflixStudios president.
The new Apple TV boxMiddle East and North African over-the-top video service Icflix has launched on the latest generation of Apple TV box.Icflix said the new app was built from the ground up by an in-house team and is available to download from the Apple TV App Store.“Icflix is all about convenience; being able to watch the entertainment you love whenever you want, at home or on the go. The new Apple TV is a great way for viewers to watch the best of Hollywood, Jazwood (Arabic) and Bollywood content,” said Carlos Tibi, founder and CEO, Icflix.Apple launched its latest generation Apple TV device in September. The box runs on the new tvOS operating system, based on Apple’s iOS, which allows iOS developers to create new apps and games specifically for Apple TV.
UK-based public service broadcaster, Channel 4, has partnered with digital content delivery firm Limelight to serve programming to viewers on demand.Channel 4 is using Limelight’s Orchestrate Content Delivery platform to deliver content via its All 4 on-demand service to different device types.“Ten million viewers expect broadcast quality viewing of their favourite programs at any given time on their phone, tablet or laptop,” said Jonathan Smith, Limelight group vice president for EMEA.“We take pride in making sure Channel 4 can give their audience a consistent broadcast quality experience, regardless of the demand and the sometimes unexpected traffic spikes.”
Russian pay TV operator a raft of new channels to its offering.Tricolor TV has added kids channel O! to its offering. The new service is aimed primarily at a pre-school audience and will be included in Tricolor’s Yediniy package. From March, the service will be available as part of the operator’s Kids package.The operator has also added another kids service, Multik HD (Cartoon HD) to its line-up. The channel is aimed at two-to-six year-olds and includes shows such as Masha i medved’, Smeshariki, Belka i Strelka, Novatory, Letayushchiye zveri and Puzyri. Like O!, the channel will be part of the Yediniy package. Also new to the Yediniy package is entertainment channel TR!CK, which focuses on tricks of the trade in making TV shows and movies.Yediniy is available via the Express-AMU1 and Eutelsat 36B satelites as well as via Express-AT1 for Siberia.
Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump will nominate Vishal Amin to a key intellectual property role in his administration, the White House has confirmed.Amin, who is currently Senior Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, is to be named as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President.Earlier in his career he served in the administration of President George W. Bush at the White House, as Associate Director for Domestic Policy.Commenting on the appointment, the CEO and chairman of Recording Industry Association of America, Cary Sherman, said prompt nomination and consideration of this position “is critical, and we commend President Trump for his choice”.“The United States intellectual property industries are a vital economic engine for this country, contributing more than US$1 trillion to the economy and hundreds of thousands of workers.”
French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has named chief financial officer Thomas Reynaud as its new CEO, replacing Maxime Lombardini, who is stepping aside to take over as president of the group’s administrative board – in effect, chairman.Lombardini replaces Cyril Poidatz, who becomes secretary-general of the group.Reynaud’s appointment as CEO has been accompanied by a wider revamping of the group’s management team. Nicolas Jaeger, previously treasurer and head of investor relations, has been named as director of finance, while Camille Perrin has been appointed as director of marketing.Other appointments include the naming of Shahrzad Sharvan as deputy secretary general, and Aude Mercier as director of human resources.The changes come as Iliad prepares for the launch of its mobile offering in Italy this summer, and just before the group posted disappointing Q1 figures, including a drop in its fixed customer base.Iliad Telecom said that the appointments, bringing together new talent with the company’s founders Xavier Niel, Rani Assaf, Antoine Levavasseur and Cyril Poidatz, would enable the company to take on new challenges and build on a new dynamic for growth.Iliad has unveiled a new commercial strategy encompassing the launch of new boxes over the next four months, changes in its promotional offerings, embodied by the launch of its Very Free offering in March, the introduction of policies aimed at improving customer loyalty and retention, and a stronger segmentation of its distribution channels.Iliad said it planned to increase the number of FTTH customers it had by between 300,000 and 500,000 this year, with an addition of about 500,000 FTTH subscribers a year targeted from 2019 onwards. It set a target of one million FTTH customers by the start of next year.The company also said it would also accelerate the migration of low cost mobile customers to its Free 4G unlimited package.The company had 646,000 FTTH customers at the end of Q1 out of a total of 6.5 million broadband customers, down slightly on the year end figure of 6.52 million. Iliad had 13.82 million mobile customers at the end of Q1.The company posted revenues of €1.2 billion for Q1, up 0.8%, with a rise in mobile revenues offsetting a decline in fixed revenues. It blamed competition in the market for the performance of the fixed division, along with a negative impact from VAT on audiovisual services.