A difficult decision undergoing a double mastectomy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cancer. It seems almost impossible to either hear or read this six-letter word without a pause. The interpretation itself might result in quite a few renderings. Such a small word can be found in an abundance of shapes and sizes. It can trigger implacable emotions, rising from the darkest places of one’s heart. A shadow even, tiny as a grain, is not to be taken with a grain of salt. There is barely a dry eye in its presence. Don’t we all have a story to share? Sometimes, the ending is abrupt. Without a ‘pause’. Just a full-stop. Cancer can strike anyone at any age, even a young, healthy woman, and strip her of her breasts. But this is a small price to pay compared to survival. Maria Kyriacou, had a double mastectomy, followed by an ordeal of reconstructive surgeries and massive complications. Instead of losing her faith, she reinvented herself, put on a smile and carried on even stronger. Neos Kosmos contacted Maria, hoping her story will inspire and encourage other women who might be in these very painful shoes, as well as their families.“I often joke I got cancer for Christmas,” says Maria. “It was during the holiday season in 2009 when I was 35. I’d been feeling fatigued for about 8 months, but kept thinking it was because I had two kids under two years of age. I had gone to my GP, but none of the tests proved conclusive. Eventually I found a lump. The expression on the mammogram technician’s face and the doctor coming in and out of the scanning room several times gave it away.” Her first thoughts and deepest concerns following the diagnosis were if she was going to be here to raise her children. “I’d lived a very full life, even though I was relatively young. I’d travelled and worked in many different countries, and so didn’t feel I had missed out on those kinds of experiences, but I had a one and two-year-old. I couldn’t bear the thought that they’d grow up motherless,” she explains. Maria was initially told only one breast had to be removed, but she took the curt decision to undergo a double mastectomy. “It’s important to note that a bilateral mastectomy is not necessarily the right choice for all women with breast cancer, even if it was – eventually – the right choice for me. It’s a very personal decision where you have to weigh up many factors.” Her next line might come somewhat as a surprise to many but she makes sure we get her drift. “I wasn’t precious about removing my breasts. I felt very grateful for being able to breastfeed my children, having been diagnosed very soon after my son stopped breastfeeding. Now I felt I needed to do everything I could to give myself the best chance of survival, to be around. To see them grow. After researching the facts, discussing it with my doctors and family, I was adamant that I wanted a double mastectomy.” Maria admits she was also influenced by the recent death of a beautiful aunt whose cancer had returned in her remaining breast, years after having a singular mastectomy. She had also read it was easier to have symmetry in terms of reconstruction. “I don’t think an immediate reconstruction is a good idea,” Maria quickly goes on to add. “All women should consult their surgeons, as I am not qualified, but your cancer treatment is guided by the pathology from your removed breast/s, so how can you make such an important decision before knowing your stage of cancer? It was a disaster for me.” Her surgeon, right after her decision to undergo a double mastectomy, hit her with what seems to be a rather inconsiderate line – to put it nicely: “You don’t want to wake up flat.” Maria is not the only woman who has been referred to a plastic surgeon right after the diagnosis. “My feeling is, you’ve just been told you have cancer. Are you really in the best position to make such a serious and expensive decision? After my pathology from the removed breasts came back, it was clear I would also require radiotherapy. This affected the implants inserted during the immediate reconstruction, which needed to be removed. It was unnecessarily stressful on top of dealing with the anxiety of cancer. In hindsight, I should have waited.” Complications with reconstruction meant her chemotherapy was delayed. “I considered that much more important than new breasts. My cosmetic result hasn’t been good either due to the issues that arose from the first attempt at reconstruction. It was a huge waste of energy and money. I eventually found a micro-surgeon and had a DIEP flap, where they take your baby belly and create new breasts – that was one of the positives,” she says, grinning, which makes one wonder what it must take for a person to have both strength and courage, not to mention a strong sense of humour, in spite of the load. “This is a very precarious question, as I personally feel cancer patients can feel suffocated by the ‘courageous and strong’ label. You hear it so often when you’re sick, but I always felt there was no other choice but to keep going.” This has always been her father’s simplest and most useful advice through life. To keep going. ‘If I can get through one more chemo, I’ll be closer to the end. If I ignore my radiotherapy burns, they’ll heal soon enough and I’ll be able to pick my baby up again for a cuddle,’ she kept thinking. “During treatment, cancer narrows your focus to the present. It’s afterwards that you need your bravery,” Maria tells Neos Kosmos. Moreover, she feels women lack appropriate and sufficient awareness regarding the matter and what comes afterwards. Emotionally that is. “I was very strong during my year of treatment, for example I didn’t cry when I was diagnosed and rarely through my treatment but it hits you afterwards, like PTSD. After the initial shock of finding a handful of hair on my pillow, losing my hair didn’t bother me so much. There are things you are told about, but don’t quite grasp until after you’ve had treatment. Going into early menopause is very difficult, as it makes you feel fatigued and hot, which is a pain when wrangling two young children. I also developed osteoporosis due to the drugs I need to take. I sometimes say that in my mind I feel 21, but my body feels like a granny’s,” she confesses while laughing. A cancer patient needs support. Going through such an experience alone shouldn’t be an option, regardless of the extent of one’s strength. Her family and friends, especially her mother, were there for every procedure, actually nursing her through recovery, motivating her to push through the pain and the emotional roller-coaster of cancer treatment. Adopting a very healthy diet helped too – not to mention being treated by an incredible oncology breast surgeon. If anything, she feels her bravery and strength is evident in her post-cancer life. “As I get further away from it, and get used to my new body, I sometimes forget I even had it.” However, she still has very regular check-ups, which can throw her back into the cancer patient mentality. “I’ve had many scares of a recurrence this year and until your scans all come back clear it’s terrifying. People think you should be over it, but they don’t understand that your body and psyche still has regular reminders of your experience. You’re forever changed, not only in negative ways. I don’t want to waste a minute of my life and I’ve become much more assertive. I won’t put up with unnecessary stress or nonsense anymore. I love and respect my life so much more.” As dealing with breast cancer becomes part of a family’s daily routine, we asked her to share a word of advice for our male readers. “Just be kind and patient with her. Don’t take her reaction to what she is going through personally. It’s very important for these men to be offered counselling as it can be more difficult for them in a way. You’re focused on getting through treatment but they feel helpless. And we know men like to fix things.” A lot of women in their 30s or even at an earlier age are diagnosed with breast cancer, aggressive most of the time, resulting in undergoing a mastectomy. Some of these women, unlike Maria, are childless, others are single. Maria derived strength from her family. Not every story is similar though. There is a considerable number of women, on the other hand, who dive into depression, even if their chances of survival are high, for fear that they will lose their female identity and be unable to experience motherhood. No better choice but to conclude this piece with Maria’s honest and inspiring words toward them. “This is a very difficult reality and I empathise wholeheartedly, although I won’t pretend I have the answers for women struggling with fertility. I think cancer-specific counselling is very important and women can get a referral from their oncologist if they feel they’re struggling with these issues. I still feel very feminine despite having had a mastectomy and being in menopause. As women, we are defined by so much more than just the sum of our body parts. As women who’ve experienced cancer, and have an insight into how precious life is, we have so much to offer.”last_img read more

Espèces protégées Ikea écope dune amende de 30000 euros

first_imgEspèces protégées : Ikea écope d’une amende de 30.000 euros Aix-en-Provence, France – Le groupe suédois Ikea a été condamné jeudi par le tribunal correctionnel d’Aix-en-Provence pour destruction d’espèces protégées. Le géant de l’ameublement devra verser 30.000 euros d’amende.Plusieurs associations de défense de l’environnement ont porté plainte contre la filiale française d’Ikea, l’accusant d’avoir détruit, sans dérogation préfectorale, plusieurs espèces animales et végétales protégées. Une destruction engendrée par la construction d’une plateforme logistique sur un terrain du port de Marseille situé à Fos-sur-Mer.Plusieurs espèces de fleurs, d’oiseaux, d’insectes et de lézards auraient subi les travaux de cette plateforme alors que l’avis favorable qu’Ikea avait obtenu du Conseil national de la protection de la nature (CNPN) ne concernait qu’une seule espèce d’orchidée. Le groupe s’était en effet engagé à compenser la destruction des fleurs.Pour sa défense, Ikea a assuré n’avoir découvert les autres espèces qu’une fois les travaux enclenchés et n’avoir pas pu faire marche arrière. “C’était à Ikea de démontrer qu’il n’y avait pas d’espèces protégées sur le site” a alors rétorqué le procureur Ludovic Pilling. Et d’ajouter que s’engager à protéger la nature, “ce n’est pas qu’un coup de tampon de la préfecture en plus ou en moins”.Comme l’avait requis le Parquet, c’est finalement une amende de 30.000 euros que le groupe a été condamné à verser jeudi. L’avocat du géant de l’ameublement, Me Laurent Dolfi, a précisé qu’Ikea ressentait “un réel sentiment d’injustice”, mais n’a pas indiqué s’il comptait faire appel du jugement.Le 4 juin 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Trump Were gonna win it

first_imgEVERETT — Donald Trump told thousands of supporters in Everett Tuesday evening that he would win in Washington in November, which hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.“You know a Republican would never come to the state of Washington,” said Trump, who arrived for a rally and a fundraiser. “We’re gonna win it, that’s why I’m here.”The New York businessman’s speech to cheering backers at Xfinity Arena was interrupted several times by protesters who were escorted out of the facility.People started gathering outside the arena hours before the doors opened, with thousands lining up for several blocks. There was a large police presence in the area. Protesters gathered near the facility but were outnumbered by Trump supporters.An organized protest rally began Tuesday afternoon at Clark Park. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and other officials planned to attend before marching to the nearby arena.last_img read more

Monaco have no plans to sell Radamel Falcao

first_imgAS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev revealed that the club never had any plans on selling Radamel Falcao in the summer transfer windowThe Colombian striker has enjoyed two prolific campaigns at the Stade Louis II following disappointing loan spells at Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League.Falcao has scored an impressive 39 goals in 55 Ligue 1 games.This form has led the former Atletico Madrid frontman to being linked with a move to AC Milan and the Chinese Super League.But Vasilyev insists that Falcio remains an integral member of Monaco and will see out the final two years of his contract.“AC Milan never contacted me for him and I read a lot of things about it,” Vasilyev told L’Equipe.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“The rumours about China was true. I don’t believe it anymore. The transfers window is shut, and they [the CSL] have introduced a luxury tax on transfers that makes it unlikely to put so much money on such a player.“And then we want to keep him, he is the pillar of our project. I would like [that] he [will] go [to] the end of his contract.”Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, Joao Moutinho and Rachid Ghezzal all left Monaco this summer.In light of this, Vasilyev is determined to put an end to the constant summer exits at the club.“In the future, we would like to bring more stability and make fewer changes from one season to the next,” he added. “But without changing the project.“We realise that balance is hard to find.”last_img read more

Three members of the RTCIPF arrested on suspicion of Corruption

first_img Related Items:#3officersarrested, #corruptioninpoliceforce, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Today (Wednesday 29th March 2017), Three (3) members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were arrested by the Integrity Commission on suspicion of corruption.  The officers are presently on bail and as a result have been placed on Administrative Leave for the duration of the Investigation.“As a Police Service we are committed to investigating allegations of wrong doing by our own and we will continue to support the Integrity Commission with Joint Investigations.” says Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams.  The arrests stemmed from ongoing collaborative operations between the Police Force and the Integrity Commission as it relates to acts of corruption and related offences.#MagneticMediaNews#3officersarrested#corruptioninpoliceforce Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Alison Wonderland Addresses Depression In Happy Place

first_img Email Alison Wonderland Creates A “Happy Place” alison-wonderland-addresses-depression-happy-place News Facebook Twitter center_img Alison Wonderland Addresses Depression In “Happy Place” The track starts open and calm then builds into what Billboard calls a “jungle gym of clashing noise” as she sings about trying to stay in a happy place. The deeply personal message reflects the sentiment behind her upcoming album, Awake — her first since 2015.”I feel like every single person out there has felt really low at one point in their life, and it’s just so taboo,” she told Billboard. “I think mental illness is something people should be more open about. Things could be prevented. There’s times where I’m really glad I last minute texted someone like ‘Oh, I’m really not good.’ I have really great people around me, but it’s really important to show people that I’ve been there, but I got through it.”MGMT, Alison Wonderland Slated For Buku Music & Art ProjectRead more Australian electronic singer/songwriter says “mental illness is something people should be more open about”Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 9:41 am Electronic artist Alison Wonderland knows firsthand what it’s like to experience depression.Experiencing this difficult place inspired the Australian singer/songwriter/producer to write the track “Happy Place,” which reflects the ups and downs of mental illness. She revealed on Twitter that she wrote the song when contemplating suicide and making the choice to reach out for help.”I wrote it about making choices. I made the choice to call my friends,” said Wonderland. “I’ve never been in such a dark place and I hope when people hear it they know that there are ways to get out of it and it can be OK.”last_img read more

What are the 8 ballot measures in Anchorages Tuesday election

first_imgA polling location at the Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage during Municipal elections in 2016 (Photo – Zachariah Hughes)When Anchorage voters head to the polls for municipal elections on Tuesday, residents in every corner of town will be choosing representatives for the Assembly. More than half of the 11 seats are up for election, which could tip the body’s balance of power (you can hear our district level candidate forums here). There are also two school board races.But voters will also weigh in on a long list ballot initiatives. For most people living in Anchorage, there are eight ballot measures to vote on. The majority are about bonding — that is, borrowing money at a low interest rate to pay for immediate needs. Of the other two ballot propositions, one involves park access in South Anchorage, and the other concerns how taxi cabs ought to be regulated.Propositions one through six are all about bonds — about $105 million worth. That’s a lot of money, but it’s not too far from the amount in bonds being retired this year. So, even if all six propositions pass, the change to your property tax bill wouldn’t be dramatically different. According to the Municipality, the added costs from the debt service and new operating costs will be a $13.54 per every $100,000 of a property’s value if all the general purpose bonds are approved. That doesn’t include the sizable school bond, which on its own is $58.5 million. The same proposal failed last election. But according to the Anchorage School District, roughly the same amount of debt is being retired, making the bond effectively cost-neutral from what property owners saw last year.So, what’s actually in these bond proposals?The School District one is primarily to replace roofs and heating systems at schools, along with structural and seismic improvements for two facilities. ASD said it already spends $21 million in upkeep and preventative maintenance, and that bonding is a less expensive way to cover major improvements.Proposition 2 deals with public safety and transit. The biggest item would be the purchase of two new ambulances. At $650,000, the vehicles themselves aren’t particularly expensive, but the measure also includes $2.3 million in yearly operations and maintenance costs. That money would fund the 14 positions to staff the new ambulances. Paying for those jobs through a bond keeps the city’s budget technically below the tax-cap, but fiscal conservatives are criticizing the move.Proposition 3 would put $3.6 million toward park and trail improvements within the Anchorage Bowl. Proposition 4 is a large package of road and drainage infrastructure projects totaling nearly $37 million, and falling only on homeowners within the Bowl — so residents in Eagle River, the Hillside, and from Turnigan Arm down to Girdwood won’t bear any costs. Propositions 5 and 6 deal with improvements for fire and police facilities and equipment, and comes up to $4,020,000.That does it for the bond issues.Ballot Measure 7 would slightly expand the taxable boundary of the municipality’s Parks and Recreation Service Area. The move would add about a thousand parcels to the APRSA, potentially bringing a little bit more tax money into the municipality. But supporters say the real reason for the move is to improve access to popular trails and park areas in south Anchorage by putting them under city control, which means the Parks Department would be able to finally address the concerns of area residents.“The services provided in the parks and recreation service area could include everything from trail-head maintenance to informational signage to parking areas,” Municipal Attorney Bill Falsey said. “Right now, none of that can really be extended to the Stuckagain Heights area or Bear Valley.”A “yes” vote on Measure 7 would absorb sections of the municipality north of McHugh Creek into the APRSA, though have no bearing on the service areas for Eagle River or Girdwood.Lastly, Ballot Prop 8, the taxi ordinance. Falsey had clear words on what this measure does and doesn’t cover.“Proposition 8 has nothing to do with Uber directly,” he said, referring to the transportation network company that’s been at the center of separate Assembly and Legislative bills in the last few months.Instead, Prop 8 basically asks voters whether they want more taxis permitted in Anchorage. But the question is posed in a confusing way. A few months ago, the Assembly passed an ordinance changing how the city oversees taxi licenses, and increasing the number of cabs allowed by more than a hundred over the next five years. Supporters say this will put more cabs on the road, improving service for customers. Opponents, like drivers and the cab companies, insist they are barely making a living with the current number of cabs in the city.A “yes” vote would repeal that ordinance and keep the current cab system in place. A “no” vote would uphold the Assembly’s measure, add more cabs, and put the municipality on course to have an open permit system.Polling locations across the city are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday. You can find your polling location here.Turnout in municipal elections is typically much lower than for national elections in November. Last year, less than 25 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Anchorage.last_img read more

DC Minimum Wage Bill Passes Council Committee

first_imgA bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 was sent to the full D.C. Council after a committee unanimously approved it on June 1.The bill, which was proposed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), would take effect in 2020 if passed by the council. Fourteen other states have increased minimum wages at the beginning of the year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.“This legislation will put more money in the pockets of working families, and put more people on a pathway to the middle class,” said Bowser according to Forbes magazine.The Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs also included raising the minimum wage for workers earning tips from $2.77 an hour to $5.55.Earlier this year, Walmart cited a potential minimum wage increase as a factor in its decision to forego building stores in two low-income neighborhoods. Along with labor costs the retailer also cited a disappointing performance at its three existing D.C. outlets and the expense of building more.Before making the deal, some D.C. council members disagreed with opening Walmart stores in the area because of the retailer’s low wages and its refusal to allow workers to unionize, according to the Washington Post.“It’s an outrage,” said former mayor Vincent Gray to the Post. “This is devastating and disrespectful to the residents of the East End of the District of Columbia.”Since the Walmart decision, developers and Bowser’s administration are working to find replacement stores, according to the Post.last_img read more

MITs Blind Cheetah Robot Is More Agile Than You

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot is officially better at life than you.The running, jumping machine can now maneuver rough terrain and a cluttered staircase—all while essentially blind.Weighing in at 90 pounds (about the size of a full-grown Labrador), the latest iteration of the Cheetah is designed to perform without the use of cameras or sensors.Instead, it “feels” its way through surroundings in what engineers describe as “blind locomotion”—like making your way across a pitch-black room.“There are many unexpected behaviors the robot should be able to handle without relying too much on vision,” designer Sangbae Kim, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, said in a statement.“Vision can be noisy, slightly inaccurate, and sometimes not available, and if you rely too much on vision, your robot has to be very accurate in position and eventually will be slow,” he continued. “So we want the robot to rely more on tactile information. That way, it can handle unexpected obstacles while moving fast.”Cheetah 3 blindly climbs a set of cluttered stairs (via Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Kim’s team developed two new algorithms—contact detection and model-predictive control—that make the animal cyborg more impressive than ever.Contact detection, as its name suggests, helps determine the best time to transition a leg between swing and step.“If humans close our eyes and make a step, we have a mental model for where the ground might be, and can prepare for it. But we also rely on the feel of touch of the ground,” according to Kim. “We are sort of doing the same thing by combining multiple [sources of] information to determine the transition time.”The model-predictive control algorithm, meanwhile, predicts how much force a given leg should apply once it commits to a step; the formula makes calculations every 50 milliseconds, or 20 times per second.This vision-free Cheetah moves in ways no human can (save for some really impressive contortionists); improved hardware allows an expanded range of motion, so it can stretch backwards and forwards and twist from side to side.Researchers will present their next-gen droid at October’s International Conference on Intelligence Robots in Madrid.Moving forward, Kim envisions the Cheetah carrying out tasks otherwise too dangerous or inaccessible to humans.“Cheetah 3 s designed to do versatile tasks such as power plant inspection, which involves various terrain conditions including stairs, curbs, and obstacles on the ground,” Kim explained.“I think there are countless occasions where we [would] want to send robots to do simple tasks instead of humans,” he said. “Dangerous, dirty, and difficult work can be done much more safely through remotely controlled robots.”center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Is Your CSuite Prepared for the Windows 2003 Apocalypse

first_imgJune 2, 2015 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global With the Windows Server 2003’s end of service date coming July 14, on the heels of last year’s XP end-of-life, enterprise organizations must stay on their feet to keep their systems current, and most importantly, secure.Related: Here’s How Drastically Microsoft Windows Has Changed Over the YearsThe popular opinion is that if you’re one of the millions still running the outdated server operating system (OS), then as of mid-July you will be stuck with an unsecure system, unless of course you’re willing to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for custom support (according to Forrester Research).Unsurprisingly, what you aren’t hearing from your Microsoft sales rep is that other options do exist.So, what exactly does the C-suite need to know as the WS2003 EOS apocalypse approaches? As of July 14, Microsoft will issue no more patches for security vulnerabilities, nonsecurity defects or operational issues, for the Windows Server 2003. Additionally, any third-party products (business applications, etc.) will no longer be supported, leaving an indeterminate number of vulnerabilities that could arise within those apps. One reason that could happen: Defects could surface in the underlying OS that can’t be addressed.Where to start? Considering a non-Microsoft alternative that does not take months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement is a logical option. If your organization is using WS2003 as its file servers, there is an option to replace those filers with the help of the cloud. And there are a number of hybrid cloud solutions that could be deployed very rapidly — and provide a host of additional benefits. Those include price.PriceCustomers often think that cloud storage gateways are the natural evolutionary alternative to their existing branch-office strategy. However, data size and access patterns are paramount issues for making these decisions, and caching gateways are not always a panacea. The C-suite should be aware of the two flavors of cloud storage gateways in the marketplace:Sync gateways are often used to replace small-to-medium branch-office storage. Sync gateways are lower cost than caching gateways for small datasets and use the cloud as a disaster-recovery target, where the authoritative namespace lives at the branch and snapshots are capacity-managed to the cloud.Caching gateways are often used to replace or accelerate enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) systems such as large-scale monolithic or scale-out file systems. Caching gateways can present an economic advantage for large, dormant datasets by managing infrequently used data back and forth from the cloud. Caching gateways are often built with higher-power storage technology than sync gateways because Flash technology and high-powered processors are used to manage global locking and buffer data back and forth from the WAN.Here’s the catch: Caching gateways is expensive. What drives pricing is a reliance on high-powered servers that require both expensive Flash technology as well as Microsoft storage software to deliver a robust gateway experience. So, as we think of traditional Windows Storage Server installations at the branch that previously cost $5,000 to $20,000, it’s clear that caching gateways aren’t appropriate for users without large data volumes.Related: 10 Big Misconceptions About Cloud ComputingWhen caching gateways are too expensive, customers often consider just upgrading to Windows Server 2012 for their remote and branch offices.Cost-wise, this is often a more appropriate evolution of storage strategy, versus caching gateways, if only because it doesn’t require an order-of-magnitude increase in the cost of branch storage for small-to-medium sites. But again, this approach represents significant cost and time commitments. So, if you plan to make an upgrade, be sure to educate yourself on your options.So what are the options?Appliance versus appliance, without the need to buy any special operating system software or third-party branch office storage, can save customers more than 50 percent versus Windows Server storage appliances (cloud not included). To protect Windows Server, Microsoft today offers Azure Backup Services for Windows Server. This service sells for $0.20 per gigabyte per month and can cost organizations up to 10 times more than other cloud storage options.Alternatively, new cloud-ready file servers are available as all-in-one hybrid approaches that leverage private and virtual private cloud storage for disaster recovery, at a fraction of the cost of Azure Backup Server and provide global access to remote office data from anywhere in the world. These appliances are now built with iPhone-like remote management where there is little or no need for onsite resources for operations such as troubleshooting, configuration changes and software updates.All together, these new systems represent the evolution of the traditional file server and, when measured on appliance and cloud disaster recovery costs, deliver a total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of beyond 90 percent over a three-year period, versus Microsoft solutions. Migrations are easy: Customers have migrated hundreds of servers per day with the push of a button.If nothing else, the C-suite must understand how moving off Microsoft to an alternative storage option affects TCO and overall capabilities. You’ll:beat the caching cost-curve (up to 100 terabytes per branch).enjoy always-on access to data even when the internet is offline.save 50 percent over Microsoft Windows Server for ROBO (regional branch office) NAS and Backup systems.increase savings on branch storage disaster recovery to more than 80 percent in the first year alone.Want further proof? Invite a non-Microsoft file server and storage provider to do a total cost of ownership analysis of the remote and branch-office strategy and be armed with all the facts before it’s too late.Related: 4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Migrate to the Cloudlast_img read more

Codec Tweak Tool Troubleshoot media playback issues on Windows

first_imgCodec Tweak Tool: Troubleshoot media playback issues on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on February 14, 2017 in Software – 7 commentsCodec Tweak Tool is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices designed to troubleshoot and correct media playback issues on Windows.The Windows operating system ships with support for a limited number of media types. Windows Media Player and other multimedia players on the system can play these supported media files, but not any other file.Users of the operating system have two options then when it comes to playback of unsupported media files. They can either install codecs and filters to add support for missing media file types, or install a third-party player that ships with its own set of binary codecs so that global codec installation is not required.Codec Tweak ToolCodec Tweak Tool is a troubleshooting tool for Windows users who have installed codecs and filters on the system.While it is usually better to install codecs and filters individually, at least some users install codec packs on the system instead that add many to the system in one go. This is more convenient for the user, as things work fine usually after installing the code pack. It does add overhead to the system though, and may also introduce issues when it comes to playback, especially when multiple codecs are installed that support the same media type.Codec Tweak Tool may be used to fix these issues. The portable program can be run from any location without installation.It displays a set of buttons on start that you can click on to use the functionality.  The first button, fixes, scans the Registry for issues. It has been designed to detect and remove broken codec and filter references, and may also be used to clear various Windows caches and register Directshow filters again.The tool displays issues that it has found during the scan in prompts. It is up to you to accept the suggestion of Codec Tweak Tool — which usually is removal of the item from Windows Registry — or keep the broken setting.This procedure alone may fix media issues on a Windows machine. But there is more.Another useful feature of Codec Tweak Tool is that you can use it to manage any codec or filter on the Windows machine.A click on the four manage buttons enables you to disable codecs and filters on the machine. This can be useful if multiple codecs are installed that support the same media types. Disabling all but enforces use of that particular codec for the media type.Codec Tweak Tool may also be used to disable Microsoft codecs and Media Foundation for select media types.The developers have built-in an option to manage preferred decoders on top of all that. This works similarly to preferred Filter tweaker for Windows which we reviewed in the past.You may also use it to generate an extensive log file listing installed codecs and Directshow filters, and reset settings.Closing WordsCodec Tweak Tool is a handy troubleshooting tool for Windows. While it is not super useful if third-party players with binary codecs are used, it can be mighty useful to fix issues caused by the installation of codec packs or individual codecs.Now You: What’s your preferred media player on Windows, and why?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name Codec Tweak ToolOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://www.codecguide.com/download_other.htm#codectweaktool Advertisementlast_img read more

How to find replacements for Firefox legacy addons

first_imgHow to find replacements for Firefox legacy add-ons by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: October 27, 2017 – 93 commentsMozilla Firefox 57 will launch next month to the browser’s stable channel. The version is a milestone release for Mozilla as it introduces new functionality — see the Firefox quantum article for information on that — and cuts off the browser’s legacy add-on system.Firefox 57 will support WebExtensions only which means that add-ons that are not will be deactivated automatically.Tip: Check out this guide on distinguishing legacy add-ons from WebExtensions.This is a big change for Firefox users who use add-ons. While some add-ons have been ported so that users can continue using them, others have not. Some developers stopped developing their add-ons, others cannot port their extensions due to missing APIs or because Mozilla won’t add the functionality to the browser. The change affects add-ons that are not in active development anymore, as they won’t be updated as well.Find Firefox add-on replacementsFirefox 57 will move all legacy add-ons to the legacy extensions group on about:addons. These add-ons are deactivated and cannot be activated anymore.The only two options are to remove the add-on from Firefox, or to use the “find a replacement” button to find a WebExtension that offers the functionality.Mozilla plans to launch this in Firefox 57, which means that current Firefox Stable users cannot use the feature right now from within Firefox to find replacement extensions.Here is what happens when you click on the find a replacement button:Firefox will open the page of a WebExtension that is a compatible replacement according to Mozilla.Legacy tab extensions are redirected to a collection of compatible WebExtensions as Mozilla is still working on adding the necessary APIs to the Firefox web browser.If a replacement is not available, Firefox will load the featured add-ons page insteadFirefox users who don’t run Firefox 57 or newer yet may use the extension finder instead.You can browse the list of legacy add-ons and their recommended WebExtension suggestion, or enter the name of an add-on to find out whether Mozilla has a recommended in its database for it.Firefox users may browse all compatible extensions as well. The group on the official Mozilla Add-ons website lists more than 5400 add-ons currently that are compatible with Firefox 57.A quick test on my version of Firefox showed that replacements were not available for any of the three legacy extensions. A WebExtensions version of NoScript will be released however before the release of Firefox 57.Now You: Are there replacements for your favorite add-ons?SummaryArticle NameHow to find replacements for Firefox legacy add-onsDescriptionFind out how to search for replacements for legacy add-ons in Firefox that won’t be supported anymore in the Firefox 57 release.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Marriott International revises Starwood merger agreement

first_imgMarriott International has consolidated its takeover deal of Starwood Hotels by revising it. The amended agreement and the ILG transaction have a combined current value of $85.36 per share of Starwood common stock, which is more than what the Consortium offered ($83.83 per share).Under the merger agreement, Starwood shareholders will receive $21 in cash and 0.80 shares of Marriott International, Inc. Class A common stock for each share of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. common stock. Excluding its time share business, the transaction values Starwood at approximately $13.6 billion ($79.53 per share), consisting of $10 billion of Marriott International stock, based on the closing price of $73.16, and $3.6 billion of cash, based on approximately 170 million outstanding Starwood shares. Starwood shareholders will own approximately 34% of the combined company’s common stock after completion of the merger, based on current shares outstanding.In addition, Starwood stockholders are expected to receive separate consideration in the form of Interval Leisure Group (ILG) common stock from the spin-off of the Starwood timeshare business and subsequent merger with ILG, currently valued at $5.83 per Starwood share, based on ILG’s share price as of market close on March 18, 2016 (the ‘ILG transaction’). Both companies continue to expect that the closing of this transaction will occur well before the planned date of the Marriott-Starwood merger closing.Marriott is confident it can achieve $250 million in annual cost synergies within two years after closing, up from $200 million estimated in November 2015, when announcing the original merger agreement. This revised agreement offers superior value for Starwood’s shareholders, the ability to close quickly, and provides value creation potential that will allow both sets of shareholders to benefit from the improved financial performance.Marriott and Starwood have already obtained important regulatory consents necessary to complete the transaction, including clearing pre-merger antitrust reviews in the United States and Canada.last_img read more

Just to be around the guys and feel that camarade

first_img“Just to be around the guys and feel that camaraderie—that’s great. You know, last year was a unique situationwhere some things had to be done in a different way. Toget back to it now has been good.”Rhodes missed eight games last season from a fracture inhis foot, but returned for two games before the end of theseason. He finished with 26 tackles and two fumblerecoveries for the year.“I’ve been to the gym a lot,” Rhodes said. “But gettingback here to see the guys, just see what they’ve been upto, see how good of shape they’re in or how much out ofshape they’re in, it’s good.” Rhodes has high hopes for the defense this year. The teamstarted slow in 2011, allowing 24.5 points per game in thefirst half of the season, but surrendered just an averageof 19 over the final eight. “You want to hit the ground running, no question. I thinkwe finished 7-2 down the stretch. I think as a defensiveunit, we got a lot of things and got better as the yearwent on,” Rhodes said. “Nothing really carries over intoanother year, so to speak. But inside, we feel real goodabout where we ended. If we continue that, we’ll be fine.” At this time last year, most of the NFL players were stillon vacation instead of attending voluntary workouts likethey are now.The 2011 lockout hindered the training and preparation forthe upcoming season, but the players are now more eager toget in a complete offseason workout with their teams.“I think it’s very beneficial. You get to be around eachother. This is the time where I think teams form and bondand get to where we know each other and know what eachother likes to do,” Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes saidMonday. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt ranked 15th, and was placed in the “Ascending” group.A former NFL tight end and Steelers offensive coordinator, Ken knows what he wants to do on offense. He wants to minimize mistakes and be balanced between the run and pass. Being a former player, the players respect him. He’s seen it all. Players love honesty and consistency, and he’s brought both to the Cardinals’ organization — one that hasn’t had a lot of success or excitement in the past.His overall record doesn’t really reflect the job he’s done turning around that team. Although he rode the hot hand of Kurt Warner to a Super Bowl appearance, his biggest issue is that he’s never had a franchise QB to work with — and it doesn’t look like one is on the roster right now. His future in Arizona is dependent on whether John Skelton or Kevin Kolb turns into a reliable starter. He’s also struggled with his defense, but Ray Horton will help him this year. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   A couple of down years, though, combined with a seeming inability to get a handle on the quarterback position have led to Whiz losing some of his luster, as questions are starting to pop up regarding his future in the desert.Joining Whisenhunt as an ascending coach is the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh, and Arizona’s coach ranks ahead of the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll but behind the Rams’ Jeff Fisher. Top Stories center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Few would have argued the idea that Whisenhunt was one of the game’s better coaches a few years ago, as he guided the Cardinals to a pair of NFC West titles and an appearance in the Super Bowl. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Herm Edwards used to be an NFL head coach, leading both the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs to a good amount of success. Now an analyst for ESPN, Edwards spends his time discussing the league, chatting with rookies, and playing to win the game.OK, maybe not the last part, even if that’s what one always does.Anyway, in a piece for ESPN Insider, Edwards ranked the NFL’s 32 head coaches and separated them by tier.last_img read more

Cheap flights carrier Ryanair is launching a range

first_imgCheap flights carrier Ryanair is launching a range of smokeless cigarettes, allowing passengers to ‘smoke’ while on a flight.This means that smoker passengers can receive their nicotine hit without having to light up while on an aircraft.With smoking on commercial airlines having been illegal since the early 1990s, Ryaniar has now introduced Similar Smokeless Cigarettes, which deliver a small amount of nicotine through inhalation.They look and feel like a real cigarette but passengers will not be required to light them.Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara explained that the cigarettes deliver a similar amount of nicotine compared to standard cigarettes and will be available in packs of ten.”As these cigarettes are smokeless they cause no discomfort to other passengers and can ensure a more enjoyable and stress free flight for all passengers as non-smokers will no longer have to cope with moody smokers in need of nicotine,” he said.Earlier this month, Ryanair announced its intention to launch two new bases in Bari and Brindisi from the beginning of next year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSmokeless Zones: best “smoking” and smoke-free destinationsSmokeless Zones: best “smoking” and smoke-free destinations8 ways to turn your flight into a guaranteed nightmareWe all know the basic rules: arrive on time for your flight, make sure you’ve got your passport, have your boarding ticket ready. There are also plenty of travel tips available, to make travelling as stress-free as possible. But somehow, a small number of us still manage to fall foul…Ryanair hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat is Ryanair’s luggage allowance and how can you avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here’s everything you need to know…last_img read more

Excavations at two mass graves to start next month

first_imgDigging for the remains of Greek Cypriot missing persons in two mass graves at Ornithi, an area just outside the Turkish-held village of Ashia will commence by the end of next month, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) Nestoras Nestoros said on Friday.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Nestoros said additional information from witnesses would be helpful in locating the possible location of the reported mass grave.In the coming days, he added, the area will be visually inspected so that the digging project can be better organised.Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said on Friday that there are no obstacles to digging in an area near Turkish-held Ashia, where it is believed there is a mass grave of Greek Cypriots.In a written statement, Burcu was responding to an article last Sunday by local daily Kathimerini chief editor Andreas Paraschos, in which he said he has long been waiting for Akinci’s response on the Ashia grave.“Our greatest desire is to have witnesses, including Mr Paraschos, who claim there are graves in this area, come forward and provide information to support the Committee on Missing Persons on this matter,” Burcu said.Additional information is necessary, he noted, because the area is over 40 acres.The spokesman added that Akinci considers the issue of missing persons a humanitarian and moral one, whether relating to Greek Cypriots or Turkish Cypriots, and is closely following developments in locating all missing persons and delivering their remains to their families.“Ever since he assumed his duties in May 2015, Mr Akinci has supported the CMP’s work, materially and morally, and has actively pursued expediting its work,” Burcu added, reminding of the joint appeal by the Turkish Cypriot leader and President Nicos Anastasiades following their first meeting on May 8, 2015, in which they asked anyone with information on the issue of missing persons to bring it to the committee.On the Turkish Cypriot leader’s initiative, his spokesman said, digging has been scheduled in 30 locations within military areas in the north, where the remains of missing persons are believed to be located, and digging began with financial support from the so-called ‘presidency’ in the north.“With regard to the issue of the mass grave in Ashia and the information that it has been moved to another area, on initiative by Mr Akinci and the necessary consultation with the [Turkish] military authorities, the area where the remains of Greek Cypriots are believed to be has been deemed a priority,” Burcu said. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Unanswered questions over mountain project

first_imgWhile two reports are pending over the controversial Pera Pedi development project, it is unlikely either of them will provide answers to many of the questions that have arisen since allegations of its links with President Nicos Anastasiades repeatedly hit the headlines this past month.One report will be an environmental study on the planned development and another will be undertaken by Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides who will be limited in the scope of which facets he can actually examine.Michaelides was ordered by Anastasiades himself to carry out an investigation after the president’s name appeared on the front page of Akel-linked Haravghi newspaper that reported part of the land earmarked for the project belonged to Anastasiades.If approved, the development undertaken by Parnitha Development Ltd will be built on almost 200,000 square metres of land in Pera Pedi, a mountain village near Platres and the president’s birthplace. Construction will cover more than 24,000 square metres and include a hotel, a spa, five villas, a church and a stable to host up to eight horses.The report said that a parcel of land in Pera Pedi, number 57, measuring 83,279 square metres, which Anastasiades had reported 1/12th ownership of in his May capital statement, appears to be part of the development, raising questions about the president’s involvement in the project.Pera Pedi is the birthplace of President AnastasiadesHe denied the report on October 29 when it was published, saying it was done as an attempt to smear his name as presidential elections neared.The following day, he issued another statement angrily dismissing any connection with the planned project.“Those who believe they can hurt me by claiming that the development will be built in my plot will be disappointed,” he said.“I owned 1/12th and the rest of the shares were bought by the developers. I will make the details public, but not before those who make these claims have ridiculed themselves before the people of Cyprus. Those who bought the land left me with a ditch on which one can’t even build a hut…therefore, in my space there could not be any development,” he said.A statement by the presidency on October 31 said the company acquired a significant area of land, including that belonging to the president’s family in the area, except the plot belonging to Anastasiades.“As has already been stated by the president, after the sale of his brother’s and sister’s shares, none of his family members have any relation or interest in the development in question.”This alone began to raise questions as to how the company was confident enough to purchase the land from Anastasiades’ relatives without having any approval for the project.MP and Haravghi editor Eleni Mavrou told the Sunday Mail that while it wasn’t entirely unnatural that someone may buy a plot of land and then get all the necessary approvals, this is more often the case when purchasing a house.“It is strange to buy a big expanse of land which includes forest areas that you can’t build on, in a community within a zone that can’t have this level of development in the hope that the application will get approved,” she said.“Additionally he was co-owner of the land so when his relatives wanted to sell it, he had to sign. He can’t feign ignorance saying he doesn’t know anything about it.”Within a week, Anastasiades had ordered Michaelides to investigate the matter and then decided to donate the piece of land to the state.This did little to quell critics however who felt it was his way of trying to put the lid over a much bigger story.The Greens’ leader Giorgos Perdikis pointed out Anastasiades’ erratic response and suggested the move to donate could point to an admission of impropriety.Questions have been raised over President Anastasiades’ erratic response over his ownership of land covered by the project“When the issue first came up, he initially angrily responded that he has nothing to do with it, that it was campaign-trail mud-slinging, and that the complex was going to be built in an area that was nowhere near his plot,” he said.“He then angrily admitted to co-owning the plot that was sold to the investors, and angrily argued that if he had anything to do with the project it would have been licensed promptly. Then he announced he would be donating the land he owns, and the famous ditch, to the state. One of two things is happening: either Mr Anastasiades acknowledges that owning a piece of land adjacent to an environmentally destructive project, the value of which will appreciate as a result, is inappropriate, or he is simply hunting for votes without shame.”Haravghi then ran another piece saying Anastasiades was the owner of yet another parcel of land in Pera Pedi, number 56.It alleged that on page 143 of the environmental study carried out by Parnitha, the parcel of land number 56 belonged to the company and was part of the development project. One page later however, a table outlining all the plots does not include number 56.Additionally, a Parnitha representative had told the House environment committee they owned 24 parcels of land while the study says there are 20, according to the report.It later emerged that Anastasiades had swapped land in parcel number 56 as it was in a protected area that does not allow for any development, for land in number 57.This was never denied by the presidency and a statement by the land registry outlined the 83,279 square metres he had under his name were 1/12th from his inheritance from his mother and 836/83279th was the swap.Though Anastasiades had reportedly said in an interview with Cybc that this was a routine procedure and nothing suspicious, Mavrou questioned “why the president didn’t deem it necessary to speak openly about the plots of land from the onset.”Haravghi said the land the president acquired with the swap may have a higher value than what he originally owned due to the zone it was in. The land registry’s statement specifies the swap is of the corresponding value of the original and the procedure was completed in September 2016.According to chairman of the House environment committee Adamos Adamou of Akel, there are two main issues at stake – the environmental effects of the project and of course the ethical.As it stands, the application filed by Parnitha will see the felling of 2,114 trees, which the company said it would replace. Both the forestry and water departments have voiced serious concerns.“The first time a representative from the forestry department was at the committee, he said it was absolutely set in stone that such a thing would not be accepted. The second time around, his superior attended and said they would wait and see,” Adamou told the Sunday Mail.Lenas Markantonis, the community leader of Pera Pedi, voiced his community’s support of the project, arguing that felling a couple of thousand trees was a small sacrifice for a project that would breathe life to the broader area.The political angle, according to Adamou, is the ethical aspect of the story.“You’re the president of the Republic. You don’t do things that cast shadows.”There is nothing wrong with the president owning land, even if it is part of a major development, Adamou specified. Anastasiades however could have been clearer from the onset.Mavrou echoed the deputy saying “he has property – if he wants to sell it, it’s his right. What casts doubts however is that he didn’t disclose it all and said he has nothing to do with it when it was proven that he did.“He then attempted to make excuses for himself donating the land to the state so he could steer the attention elsewhere.”Both deputies specified that the audit report Michaelides will undertake cannot examine the ethical stance of the president but the procedure and evidence of environmental effects.“There isn’t any evidence for the political scope the story has taken for the auditor to examine,” Adamou said.Michaelides was not immediately available to specify when his report would be ready.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. 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Changes needed to improve integration of foreign pupils

first_imgAlmost 15 per cent of public school students are non-Greek speakers and frequently disrupt the educational programme of local students, chairman of the House education committee Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis said on Wednesday.He said that changes to the system of integrating foreign students are already under way.“A large number of foreign-language students are joining our schools, which is burdening the educational programme of schools as a result,” Hadjiyiannis told members of the committee.Under the current system, foreign-language students, including migrant and refugee children, are included in the mainstream programme followed by local children of their age, and are given extra Greek language classes on the side.“We fully respect our obligation to offer these children the right to education, and as such it should be ensured,” Hadjiyiannis said, “but we must organise our educational system so that we can achieve the best results for all children, both local and foreign.”The education ministry is already preparing a series of programmes which will be implemented in the next academic year, Hadjiyiannis added.Among these are induction courses which foreign students will first follow to learn the Greek language and the culture of Cypriot society before being admitted into the main educational programme with other local students.“At the same time, the weight of foreign students should be more equally distributed among schools. Some schools cannot continue to be transformed into foreign student schools only, just because local students from certain areas have shown more inclusive behaviours,” Hadjiyiannis said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Owner of collapsed house bears responsibility says municipality update 4

first_imgThe owner of the house that collapsed early on Tuesday in the centre of Nicosia should have taken action to make sure it did not fall into disrepair, the municipality said, while technical chamber Etek argued that a legislation introducing regular building inspection is long overdue.The abandoned house on Ippokratous Street, near the Ochi roundabout, probably caved in because of the heavy rains falling on the island throughout the winter months. It had also been badly damaged by a fire a few years back.Rubble and bricks from the house filled the street outside, making it impassable.“It is the owner’s responsibility,” municipality spokesman Makis Nicolaides explained. “The municipality sent him a letter when the house fell into disrepair, telling him by when he had to fix it, but we received no reply.”Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis also commented, saying the house was declared dangerous in 2003 and the municipality has tried to get the owner to do something about it since then, eventually going to court to get its expenses paid but without success. He also confirmed that it is up to house owners to keep their building in good condition.The technical chamber of Cyprus (Etek) remarked it has been calling for legislation regarding regular building inspections for years to prevent buildings from becoming dangerous.“A significant number of buildings in Cyprus were erected before the implementation of the Cyprus seismic code and the introduction of mandatory supervision. This, coupled with the lack of a building maintenance culture, will increase the number of hazardous buildings, and will make their unplanned collapse more frequent, endangering property and human lives,” Etek said.“Existing legislation is inadequate as it relates to the stage where the building has already become dangerous, where the owner often has no incentive to take measures in the absence of effective enforcement tools.”It is equally important that the legislation allows competent local authorities to take immediate action if house owners do not meet their basic obligation to restore a building, Etek concluded.No-one lived in the house which collapsed in Nicosia but the fire service carried out a search to be sure there was no-one inside.The road was closed and sniffer dogs and thermal imaging cameras were used to check if people were inside the building or were buried when they were passing by at the time of the collapse.Later in the morning the fire service announced that nobody had been found and the investigation was over.“It is now up to the municipality to decide how to proceed,” fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis said.The Nicosia mayor said the municipality will examine the situation yet again.“We will clear the road so we can open it and secure the area,” Nicolaides added.In recent years, the Nicosia municipality has implemented a support programme for traditional buildings located within the Nicosia walls and in peripheral areas such as Ayioi Omologites, Pallouriotissa and Kaimakli, in view of preserving architectural heritage and ensuring public safety, it said.Of the 194 such buildings that have been recorded since 2012, 169 have been marked as dangerous. The municipality said it carried out maintenance work on 39 of these, while work for the remaining 130 buildings were arranged by the owners.Today, the municipality is carrying out works on seven buildings, while the Nicosia district administration is repairing five Turkish Cypriot buildings.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo 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