Agencies go after Shivakumar with full force other cases gather dust

first_imgNew Delhi: After the Income-Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate, the CBI will now also start investigating Congress leader DK Shivakumar, according to submissions made by Additional Solicitor-General KM Natraj at a Special court here during the Congress troubleshooter’s remand proceedings, which resulted in him being sent to ED custody till September 13.But given the investigative agencies’ recent approach with respect to the arrest of first P Chidambaram and then Shivakumar, the central agencies’ approach towards prosecuting politicians and leaders like BS Yeddiyurappa and Janardhana Reddy, however, seems to be decidedly different. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a case similar to the one against Shivakumar, the I-T department had in searches at premises of Yeddiyurappa discovered documents, allegedly hand-written by him, detailing payments made by him to senior leaders and politicians at the Centre. Not only did the ED not initiate a similar money-laundering case in the matter, but after months of ‘looking into’ the documents, the Income Tax department had also issued a statement claiming that the documents could not be analysed for handwriting because they were photocopies and not original ones. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe I-T department’s statement had cited a letter from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, which essentially said the handwriting analysis on the documents was inconclusive and original documents were required. This despite, several officials who have worked with the CFSL acknowledging that the laboratory has previously conducted handwriting analyses on photocopied documents and even built cases on them. Moreover, in the case of mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, while he did face the heat of investigators, including the ED in a mining-related corruption case, the Karnataka High Court, had in 2017, quashed the ED’s attachments worth over Rs 800 crore in the case. Reddy, who was often referred to as the king of Bellary, where his say was the law, had allegedly generated a revenue of nearly Rs 5,000 crore from illegal exports. The CBI had arrested him in the large scale illegal mining case that spanned all over Karnataka in 2011 and also filed a chargehseet against him, but he was granted bail in the case, with investigation continuing. Since then, while Reddy has come under the financial probe agency’s scanner in a Rs 600 crore Ponzi scheme case, investigators seem to be in no rush to take it to its logical conclusion. Interestingly, the allegation against Reddy in the Ponzi scheme case is that he had taken Rs 20 crore from Ambidant Marketing, the chit fund company, to ‘settle’ a case ED was probing against it. Reddy and his brothers have also been accused of several counts of amassing wealth beyond their declared sources of income. In fact, Reddy had reportedly spent exorbitant amounts of money on his daughter’s wedding in Bengaluru, which also seem to have escaped investigating agencies’ radar.last_img read more

Annan invites Greece and Turkey to help in Cyprus talks

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has invited Greece and Turkey to join in meetings next week in Switzerland to help the Greek and Turkish Cypriots finalize a plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May.”The Secretary-General looks forward to the two sides and Greece and Turkey meeting their commitments under the 13 February agreement, and has asked that all concerned be in a position to make final commitments at Burgenstock,” a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman said, referring to a hotel complex in the outskirts of Lucerne, Switzerland, that would serve as UN premises for the duration of the meeting that convenes on 24 March.Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, will be carrying out the talks, although Mr. Annan “will be personally involved” as the discussions draw to an end, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard.”The Secretary-General will be personally involved in the effort as it draws to an end,” the statement added.Last month, the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, agreed in New York to continue negotiations in Cyprus until 22 March on the basis of Mr. Annan’s plan.If an agreement on modifications to the plan can be reached, then the entire proposal will be submitted to separate referenda on 20 April for approval by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.Should the talks stall, the leaders agreed to have Greece and Turkey invited to lend their collaboration in a concentrated effort to finalize the text by 29 March. Failing that, Mr. Annan would step in to use his discretion to complete the text, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and contain some suggestions for security arrangements between Greece and Turkey.Asked to comment on a statement by Mr. Denktash that he would not participate in the Lucerne talks, Mr. Eckhard said the Secretary-General expected each side to abide by the commitments made in New York on 13 February. read more

Loonie lower as traders mull possibility of higher rates strong US data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as the greenback gained strength in the wake of U.S. data showing a better than expected reading on durable goods orders, improving consumer confidence and rising house prices.The loonie was down 0.09 of a cent at 100.53 cents US a day after Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney surprised markets in announcing he is leaving the central bank to take the top job at the Bank of England.The dollar had been up about a fifth of a cent earlier in the session as traders weighed the chances of higher interest rates following a commentary from a major international economic forecaster.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development also said in a new report Tuesday that Canada’s economy will grow by 1.5 per cent in the final three months of this year, and advance only 1.8 per cent in 2013.Next year’s projection is half a point below the Bank of Canada’s official forecast, but the OECD suggested there’s room for Canadian rates to rise by the latter half of 2013.The two institutions agree that 2014 will see an improvement to 2.4 per cent growth.“The Canadian dollar negative uncertainty over who will lead the bank once Mark Carney moves . . . has been offset by an improvement in risk appetite and an OECD economic outlook report which suggests that the Bank of Canada might need to increase interest rates by the second half of 2013,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.“The OECD notes that there is not a large amount of economic slack which could lead to inflationary pressures.”Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department said that orders for core capital goods, which are considered a proxy for business investment, rose 1.7 per cent in October, the largest amount in five months. Orders in this category had slowed beginning in the spring, acting as a drag on overall economic growth.Total orders for durable goods were unchanged in October against a 0.4 per cent drop that economists had expected.Also, there was more evidence of a housing recovery as Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reported that home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities.And U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, pushed up by a steady improvement in hiring. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008.There was also relief that Greece has secured another instalment of bailout money to stave off bankruptcy.After three weeks of negotiations, Greece’s euro partners and the International Monetary Fund agreed early Tuesday to release loan payments totalling €44 billion and introduce a series of measures designed to reduce the country’s massive debts to a more manageable level within a decade. These include reducing the interest rates Greece has to pay on the loans and a still-vague bond buyback program.Without the bailout money, the country would be facing bankruptcy together with a possible exit from the 17-country eurozone, with potentially chaotic repercussions for the world economy.Commodities were mixed with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 56 cents to US$87.18 a barrel.December copper was unchanged at US$3.54 a pound while December gold bullion was down $7.30 to US$1,742.30 an ounce.Investors also continued to monitor negotiations over the U.S. budget. Democrats and Republicans have to come to an agreement to head off a so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the start of next year. Economists say the combination would represent a shock sufficient to send the U.S. back into recession. Loonie lower as traders mull possibility of higher rates, strong U.S. data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 27, 2012 4:31 pm MDT read more

Immersive Technologies simulator growth drives significant mining customer results in North America

first_imgThe installed base of Immersive Technologies mining simulators in North America it says has seen consistent growth since the deployment of the first-generation units in the early 2000s. “Today, early adopters are upgrading their technology to the latest models while new customers are coming onboard at an accelerating rate. North American customers are increasingly obtaining quantified results in targeted areas such as lower spot times, higher dig rates and reduced machine abuse events caused by operator actions.”Long-time customer Rio Tinto Kennecott will now be utilising Managed Services and a transportable PRO4 to train operators on wet weather conditions. The majority of Kennecott’s haul truck operators have less than two years’ experience due to a very light snow year in 2017/2018 many have not had to deal with the challenges that heavy snow brings. Kennecott are running all operators through simulator-based training to build confidence in those conditions. As all operators will be trained, data will be generated which help identify more opportunities for targeted training interventions relating to safety, productivity, and unscheduled maintenance. New-hire training is also part of Kennecott’s program and will continue to be a focus into 2019.Bighorn Mining, a green field operation in Canada, is currently using Managed Services and an IM360-B to ensure they develop an elite locally-trained operator workforce. Bighorn Mining Management chose the combination of simulator-based training and Professional Services from Immersive Technologies due to the proven track record of quantified ROI.At Peabody – North Antelope Rochelle Mine (NARM) in Wyoming, a recently concluded Managed Services project returned positive and impressive results over the course of only five months that saw NARM achieve:• 2.4 second spot time reduction• 9,166 monthly decrease or 57% improvement in Operator Induced Machine Events (Alarms)“NARM continues to be one of the top achievers in operator improvement. Their commitment to the safety and improvement of their staff is apparent by the results they achieve,” says Anthony Bruce, Immersive Technologies Regional Vice President – North America.In Mexico, an underground hard rock customer has reported that with the help of an Immersive Technologies’ Embedded Trainer they have achieved:• 96% reduction on rear brake heating events• 86% reduction on front brake pressure drop events• 79% reduction on transmission abuse events• 4.5% reduction on fuel consumption, representing $444,181 USD on annualized savings“The fusion of Managed Services and simulator technology is a powerful combination as North American customers have quickly realized over the last decade. The fully supported solution by Immersive Technologies’ Managed Services architecture drives quantifiable return on investment. It Includes pro-active supervision to drive best actions and access to select intellectual property for training and continuous Improvement,” Bruce says.last_img read more

Prince Harry Wants Fortnite and Other Addictive Games Banned

first_img With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits As a stupid American most of my time spent thinking about modern day Britain is just constant failed attempts to understand Brexit. And when I do think about the royal family it’s either something like “Why is this still a thing?” or “When is The Crown coming back to Netflix?” But Prince Harry, who went from dressing up like a Nazi to marrying Meghan Markle, can’t help but leave an impression.And maybe the reason I’m so ignorant of current United Kingdom affairs is because I spend too much bloody time playing video games. Fortunately, now Prince Harry himself wants to put a stop to that. While speaking to mental health experts at a West London YMCA, the Duke of Sussex called for addictive games, particularly smash hit Fortnite, to be banned.“It’s so irresponsible,” the Prince said according to The Daily Express. He called Fortnite “An addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.” He urged parents to protect their children from getting their minds altered from a threat worse than drugs and alcohol. Ultimately, real human connection is what Harry wants us to return to. “The only place you might go is online and you will probably end up getting bullied.”While the idea of banning Fortnite or any “addictive” video game is totally ridiculous we see where the prince is coming from somewhat. Kids shouldn’t spend all their time on the internet. Fortnite gets much of its fortunes from psychologically and financially exploitative free-to-play tactics governments should really regulate. And after the recent Fyre Fest-esque disaster of a recent Fortnite party in Norwich, we get why someone English would have a particular grudge against Fortnite.But man is it funny watching an actual prince in the year 2019 try to look hip and with it by commenting on what kids these days are into. I wonder what Prince Harry thinks about flossing? Meghan could probably teach him. For more on Fortnite check out the new account merging features and watch us get coached by a Fortnite professional. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Clark College, Fort Vancouver High literary fests feature local students, visiting best-sellers

first_imgNational Poetry Month was over at the end of April, but May is brimming with excellent words too — both verse and prose. Clark College and Fort Vancouver High School are both offering free literary festivals where you can absorb all sorts of writing by local and visiting scribes.Marie Bostwick, a best-selling author of historical and what’s termed “uplifting women’s fiction,” is probably the biggest name coming to Clark. An unabashed fan of happy endings, she’s the author of many heartfelt rustic-family novels — including her “Cobbled Court Quilt” series about the loves, friendships and families of quilting women. Bostwick is a frequent speaker at quilter conferences as well as writers conferences.If you want to attend Bostwick’s talk at noon on May 15, email anelson@clark.edu. Space is limited for this event.Also scheduled for Clark College’s “Subtext” literary festival are poet Roger Reeves; readings from the new edition of Clark’s annual literary journal “The Phoenix”; memoirist and weight lifter Lacy Davis; novelist Leni Zumas; children’s book author Kate Berube; and a reading by Clark students, staff and faculty.Meanwhile, Fort Vancouver High School’s festival is already underway, but the remaining lineup still features 13 professional writers appearing on May 15, May 17 and May 22; they’ll be joined by about twice as many student writers for some very rich and varied readings. This is the fifth year that teacher Ben Jatos has organized the growing literary festival, which he named “Orpheus” after the mythological Greek poet and musician whose art was so great, it charmed stones and even the gods themselves. Orpheus tried to raise his wife from the dead, too, but that didn’t go exactly as planned; even the greatest artists find their limits. Join the writers of Fort Vancouver High School as they test theirs.“It’s been thrilling watching kids share their authentic voice and tell their stories in front of their friends, family and community,” said Jatos. “That they get to share the stage with professional writers empowers them and validates their talents.”Scott Hewitt: 360-735-4525; scott.hewitt@columbian.com; twitter.com/_scotthewittlast_img read more

UAEs Karma hack tool spied on iPhones just by sending a text

first_img Share your voice James Martin/CNET A hacking tool enabled the United Arab Emirates’ government to spy on iPhone users with just a text message, according to a Wednesday report by Reuters.  Called Karma, the tool let spies steal photos, messages, emails and location data from iPhones by uploading victims’ email accounts or phone numbers to an automated system, the report said.The cyberattack worked through iMessage, and the spies simply needed to send a victim a text message; the target didn’t need to click on anything or open the message. The UAE government bought the tool from an outside country, and the attacks were carried out by former US intelligence operatives working as contractors for the UAE, including ex-operatives with the National Security Agency, Reuters reported. Targets reportedly included human rights activists, political dissidents and leaders of rival nations.The spies used Karma from 2016 to 2017, targeting hundreds of victims, until a security patch from Apple hampered the tool’s effectiveness, Reuters said.Neither the UAE nor Apple responded to a request for comment.The NSA said all its former employees “are subject to the same post-employment restrictions that govern other former civil servants employed by the intelligence community” and that “under no circumstance would the agency request that an individual, contractor, foreign government or other US government agency engage in activities on its behalf that the NSA would not itself be authorized to undertake.”Nation-states often buy and use powerful hacking tools to spy. For many political dissidents, keeping devices secure from hacks can be a life or death matter. Last March, researchers detailed a global hacking campaign they said involved the Lebanese General Security Directorate. The effort reportedly set sights on victims by tricking them into downloading replica apps filled with malware. The Security Directorate said at the time that it didn’t have such capabilities.Researchers have also found that in 2016 Israeli company the NSO Group was providing spyware to nation-states to steal data from activists’ iPhones. The company has said it obeys applicable laws.Tools for hacking can be expensive. Leaked documents showed that one country paid $32 million to the NSO Group for spyware that could take control of a device’s phone and camera. In the above examples, the state-sponsored hacks required victims to fall for a trap, whether it was clicking on a link or downloading a malicious app. With Karma, all the hackers needed to do was send a text message, widening the scope of who the UAE could spy on.Security flaws in Apple devices are rare, and knowledge of them can be so valuable that even though Apple offers bug bounties of up to $200,000, third parties have offered bounties for up to $500,000 to hand the flaws over to them instead. The report on Karma comes as Apple is reeling over a major FaceTime security flaw. The bug, first reported by 9to5Mac on Monday, allowed FaceTime users to listen in on a call’s recipient even if he or she didn’t accept the call. Apple said it was releasing a patch this week to fix the Group FaceTime vulnerability, and that it has temporarily disabled Group FaceTime until then. Security:  Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant. reading • UAE’s ‘Karma’ hack tool spied on iPhones just by sending a text, report says • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Apple Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Mobile Security Tags Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

How little organizations make a big difference through collaboration

first_imgA community mural in the Chickaloon clinic. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Solutions Desk looks beyond Alaska’s problems and reports on its solutions – the people and programs working to make Alaska communities stronger. Listen to more solutions journalism stories and conversations, and share your own ideas here.It’s lunchtime on a Thursday in midsummer in Sutton. In the small community center, at the weekly Elders Lunch people of all ages gather for food and conversation. As the meal winds down, local people make community announcements about upcoming events and soon-to-be-born grandchildren. Kids celebrate their summer camp accomplishments like making a cloud in a jar.Lisa Wade, the Health, Education, and Social Services Director with the Chickaloon Tribal Council, said in winter, the events are standing room only, every week. But the Elders Lunches in Chickaloon weren’t always such a success. They required lots of collaboration to get going – just like the rest of the services in the community.Wade said the Chickaloon Tribal Council started the lunches about a decade ago because elders said they wanted places to come together, talk, and tell stories.“We would all bring food. We used to have a one little burner stove with broken burners over here,” she said, pointing to the small kitchen. “So we would just make something and bring a pot of something. And we’d ask other people to bring a dish. For two years we had people donating food and bringing food here.”[Related: To feed elders, traditional foods take untraditional route]Eventually, the tribe got small grants to provide food and to improve the kitchen. Slowly lunches expanded from a handful of folks to dozens. Now it’s a place for community news and education.The Elders Lunches are just a small example of how community leaders are leveraging partnerships to strengthen the village of 1,500 people and beyond. Wade says Chickaloon is a relatively small tribe, so they only receive limited funding from the federal government.“We are masters of figuring out how to spread a dollar a long way,” she said. “It’s like a being from a big family and making a meal, you know, you stretch that meal out. Well, we do that a lot.”They can’t do everything that larger cities and organizations can. But on the flip side, larger groups have to follow more guidelines and can’t be everywhere. So working in tandem, they can meet people’s needs.“A lot of the larger entities don’t have the boots on the ground to actually do the local work that needs to be done, and we can do things in a little bit more of a flexible way that actually meets more of the needs I think of the community directly,” she said.And they don’t do it alone.[Related: Working together to prevent child abuse]Take, for example, health and wellness. The tribal council can create community events and provide social workers, but they don’t have the technical skills and infrastructure to provide medical care.So they hired Southcentral Foundation to help run the clinic. But rather than just supplying the community with medical expertise, Southcentral Vice President of Medical Services Doug Eby said his organization works collaboratively with the tribe and with a local advisory board to make sure what they are doing fits local needs.“We want to follow their lead and partner with them when there’s difficult issues or difficult situations because it’s their community,” he said. “We are a guest in their community.”Chickaloon isn’t just supporting partnerships for its own benefits, Wade said. They also try to build capacity and support the initiatives of other tribes, like the Knik Tribal Council.Knik Tribal Council Executive Director Richard Porter said the two tribes, which serve similar areas, partner on nearly everything and try to avoid providing redundant services. Instead of competing against each other for grants, they collaborate.“Our mission statement has a dimension of us being a Sovereign Nation, but it also says that we’re striving for a healthy community and making sure that happens means with working very closely with our neighbors,” Porter said. “And if your neighbors aren’t healthy then you have a tendency not to be healthy also.”[Related: When traditional banking isn’t an option, try this out instead]That doesn’t mean the tribes always agree. Porter said they have very different ideas about topics like energy development. They support each other, but sometimes they just have to agree to disagree. They’re like siblings, he said. Family.And it’s that feeling of family and support that brings folks like Frances Thiele back to the Chickaloon Elders Lunch week after week — for years.“The people,” she said. “They’re so wonderful. Friendly, loving atmosphere. Couldn’t go anywhere else and find it.”As the lunch winds down and the announcements end, an elder pulls out his guitar and invites people to join him.“So just sit by my side if you love me,” he croons, kids and others jumping in.Want to hear more Solutions Desk stories? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or NPR. Help others find the podcast by rating it or marking it “interesting.”last_img read more

BNP leader Tasvir arrested over FR Tower design forgery

first_img.The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday arrested Tasvir Ul Islam, chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd, in a case filed over the forgery in the design of Banani’s ill-fated FR Tower, reports UNB. ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said an ACC team, led by its deputy director Abu Bakar Siddique, arrested Tasvir, one of the owners of the building, from Segunbagicha area. Tasvir, also president of Kurigram district unit BNP, embezzled Tk 56.5 million from GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Ltd through loan, said the ACC. The national anti-graft body earlier arrested assistant director of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Shah Md Badrul Alam on 30 July over the design forgery. It had filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors. The building caught fire on 27 March last that left 25 people dead and 73 others injured. During investigation, the ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases and the fire exits are blocked. The authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey building but they made the FR Tower a 23-storey one over time. The ACC sued 20 and five people respectively in the two cases filed over illegal extension of FR Tower from 16th to 18th and 19th to 23rd floors. This also include SMHI Faruque, owner of the land on which FR Tower is built; Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, the housing company that extended the building illegally; Muhammd Shawkat Ali, member of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR); Syed Nazmul Huda, sub-divisional engineer of Public Works Department (PWD); and Shamsur Rahman, executive engineer of PWD.last_img read more

5 things to watch at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

first_img Share This! News • Photos of the Week News Tagschurchwide assembly ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gun violence homepage featured immigration interreligious racism sexism,You may also like Clergy protest outside Mitch McConnell’s office, demand action on gun violence Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Ravaged by age, shrunk by immigration, India’s remaining Jews hang on Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — With the bang of a gavel and a moment to honor the Native Americans who first called Milwaukee home, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton opened the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.The primary decision-making body of the mainline Evangelical Lutheran Church in America meets through Saturday (Aug. 10) at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.With more than 3.5 million baptized members, the ELCA is one of the largest Protestant Christian denominations in the United States. Its churchwide assembly includes 927 voting members and more than 9,100 congregations across the U.S. and the Caribbean.RELATED: ‘She is loose’: A historic group of female Lutheran bishops on #MeToo and the Holy SpiritThe Rev. M. Wyvetta Bullock, executive for administration in the Office of the Presiding Bishop, described the meeting as a “big family reunion.”The assembly may lack some of the drama of the United Methodist Church General Conference, which voted in February to strengthen a ban on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy, or the Southern Baptist Convention, which exploded in debate earlier this summer over whether women should preach. But the assembly offers a window into the issues important to many progressive Christians across the country.Here are five things to watch at this week’s ELCA Churchwide Assembly.1. Gun violenceEven before the weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the assembly planned to take time on its final day to remember and grieve the “all-too frequent” gun violence across the U.S. and discuss how people of faith are called to respond.Three regional synods have made proposals asking the assembly to call for a ban on the sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in the U.S.And the denomination published a devotional earlier this summer titled “A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence.” Its daily readings include prayers, Scripture, church teachings, information and ideas for advocacy.“We are not a church that stands by silently in the face of hatred, violence or tragedy in the world,” Eaton said, following the shooting earlier this year at Chabad of Poway in California.Those efforts follow a social policy resolution adopted by the 1993 assembly asking church groups to advocate for gun control.The ELCA Churchwide Assembly on Aug. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. 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ImmigrationThe assembly has planned a Wednesday afternoon march to and prayer vigil at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building about a mile from the Wisconsin Center.That comes as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod has proposed that the ELCA “recommit to being an advocate and justice seeker for immigrants.”The issue struck close to home in May when Betty Rendón, a student pastor at a church in the ELCA’s Greater Milwaukee Synod, was deported to Colombia.“When children are put in cages; when death-row inmates get soap and toothpaste, but these people who are detained do not; when the government is making it more and more difficult to honor the Geneva Conventions, which allow people to seek asylum; and then just two months ago, one of our own was deported … we felt we can’t be silent,” Eaton told Religion News Service.3. “Faith, Sexism and Justice”When the ELCA began work on its proposed social statement “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action,” Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin said, “Women’s justice issues were not dominant news.”Seven years later, with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements drawing attention to sexism and violence toward women, the assembly will vote on a proposed social statement that names patriarchy and sexism as sins and acknowledges the church’s complicity in those systems.“The church’s mandate for justice for women is rooted in our biblical understanding of God’s desire for abundant life for all,” said Thomas-Breitfeld, who co-chaired the task force on women and justice.And the statement isn’t meant to sit on a shelf, she said.It calls the denomination to act to end gender-based violence, encourage women and girls to pursue ministry and leadership roles in their congregations, use “gender-inclusive and expansive” language for God and address inequities in pay and hiring.Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld speaks ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee. Video screenshot4. Authentic diversity and an apologyOn Tuesday, the presiding bishop and other denominational leaders delivered a “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent.”That declaration included a confession of the church’s complicity in slavery. It named racism as a sin, acknowledged the institutional racism that continues within the denomination and vowed to repent and work for racial justice.It also included a prayer for God to save the denomination from “apologies when they don’t give way to action.”“We, the people of African descent or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, can receive this apology as a divine mark of repentance that serves as a catalyst for change,” said the Rev. Lamont Wells, president of the African Descent Lutheran Association.Later in the week, the assembly will vote on a strategy to equip the overwhelmingly white denomination (96%, according to the Pew Research Center) to become more “authentically diverse.”5. Happy anniversariesThe assembly kicks off a year of celebrations, Eaton noted in her opening remarks.It’s the 50th anniversary of the decision to ordain women, the 40th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman of color and the 10th anniversary of the ELCA’s decision to remove barriers toward the ordination of people in same-sex marriages.“This is not just a celebration for women, or women of color or for the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Eaton, who was reelected as presiding bishop Tuesday morning.“These are decisions of this whole church, and this is a celebration for the whole church. This church has been blessed by the ministry of those formerly excluded.”It’s also a “big ecumenical year” for the ELCA, she said, noting it marks 10 years of full communion with the United Methodist Church and 20 years with the Moravian Church, Episcopal Church, Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Church of Christ.It also has been 20 years since Lutherans issued the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification with the Roman Catholic Church, a “huge, huge breakthrough” for Lutherans and Catholics, who split during the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, she said.And it has been 25 years since the denomination’s declaration repudiating Reformer Martin Luther’s anti-Semitic writings and apologizing to Jewish people.The assembly has planned a litany of repentance based on that declaration and will vote on a policy statement titled “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment.” The proposed statement outlines how Lutherans can cooperate with people of other religious traditions and still remain faithful to their own understanding of God, according to the presiding bishop.That’s important, Eaton said, because “we all live in an interreligious world now.” By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! 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Prosecutors Continue to Target Sewell

first_imgDuring a protracted battle with the city over a discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled, the state sent investigators into Pocomoke’s Black community to spread rumors that several of the officers had engaged in extramarital affairs.Two of the officers, Lynell Green and Frank Savage, no longer work in law enforcement. The charges against Sewell stem from a five-year old accident involving Pocomoke City resident Doug Matthews. Matthews was driving home when he says he fell asleep and hit two parked cars. After the collision Matthews drove three blocks home and called police.There were no injuries. Prosecutors allege that Matthews should have been cited for leaving the scene.   Sewell’s defense countered that an officer has discretion if and when to write a ticket.   But, prosecutors argued Sewell’s mutual membership with Matthews in an Eastern Shore chapter of the African-American Masons was enough to prove his decision was corrupt, even though there was no evidence Sewell was closely connected to Matthews prior to the accident. Sewell was convicted of misconduct by a nearly all-White jury in 2016. The Court of Special Appeals overturned the conviction after finding Sewell did not receive a fair trial; the court ruled that a Worcester County judge’s decision to bar Sewell from calling expert witnesses prejudiced the jury.   But a recent series of pre-trial motions reveals a conflict over a key witness in the case, Officer Tanya Barnes. An email from the former Pocomoke police officer to Sewell’s attorneys included in a motion to dismiss suggests the investigation into Sewell was in retaliation for alleging his termination was racially motivated. “Chief Sewell’s firing was illegal, and I think they’re trying to build a case of corruption and use me as the scapegoat,” Barnes wrote in an email. Barnes’ attorney did not return a call for comment.  Recently, Worcester County Judge Newt Jackson denied a series of defense motions to dismiss the case. Among them, a change of venue, which Sewell’s attorneys argued was warranted because former Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby is currently a circuit court judge where the case is being tried.   In emails released during the first trial, investigators relied upon Oglesby for the 2014 case that eventually ensnared Sewell. Oglesby’s office was initially a defendant in Sewell’s discrimination lawsuit.  However, a federal appeals court ruled that the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office had immunity from civil lawsuits. The ACLU of Maryland has asserted the prosecution of Sewell is unusual. Between 1986 and 2016, the OSP brought only four cases of misconduct against police officers. However, in that same time period the OSP launched over 100 investigations which were dropped.  Last month the city of Pocomoke paid $650,000 to settle discrimination claims made by Sewell and Lt. Lynell Greene. The city also agreed to a consent decree with the plaintiffs to provide training for city employees to prevent discrimination in the future.  The third plaintiff in the civil suit, Frank Savage, has not settled. He alleges he was subject to harassment after he became the first Black member of the all-White Worcester County Drug Task Force.  The complaints outlined a pattern of racism in the unit.  They allege officers used the N-word liberally. They took Savage to KKK lane, where a lynching had actually occurred. Members of the unit also left a bloody deer tail on his car and put a faux food stamp with Obama’s picture in his desk.  Sewell’s trial is scheduled for May 14 and 15. The reporter of this story is the author of “Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore” By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROSince Pocomoke City’s  first Black police chief Kelvin Sewell was fired in 2015 without explanation by the city council amid allegations of racism, the consequences for him and the two Black officers who also claimed discrimination have been far-reaching.The four-year effort by the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office to convict Sewell of misconduct for his role in 2014 accident investigation involving two parked cars is still ongoing. Its a case that despite being overturned by The Maryland Court of Special Appeals is now set to be retried in May.Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore homicidedetective, was fired when he was police chief of Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Md. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently overturned the conviction in a case in 2016 that led to his firing. (AFRO Photo)last_img read more

PeopleTV Inks First PayTV Pact Sets Twitter Live Daily TalkShow Launch

first_img“Chatter” will be shot out of PeopleTV’s L.A. studio, combining the entertainment buzz of the day while incorporating Twitter users’ comments. Said Gersh: “This is a brand-new, fresh take built for the Twitter audience.”Concurrent with the launch of “Chatter,” PeopleTV’s half-hour “People Now” daytime talk show will shift to noon ET/9 AM p.m. (from its previous slot at 8:30 ET), on April 23. “People Now” is more in the vein of a traditional morning TV show, with interviews, celebrity guests, and cooking segments. Mei said her team realized that viewers engage more on PeopleTV’s owned-and-operated platforms later in the day. “Traffic ramps up as the day goes on,” she said.As PeopleTV gets ready for its expansion into the pay-TV sector, it’s also doubling down on live programming, which has comprised red-carpet and event coverage.The next major live event will be the May 19 royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. PeopleTV will go wall-to-wall with coverage, with correspondents at its New York City studio and on location at Windsor Castle in England. The team covering the festivities will include Darcy Miller, editor-at-large for Meredith’s Martha Stewart Weddings.“For us, the royal wedding is like the Super Bowl,” Mei said. “We’ll be covering that from the crack of dawn, until they walk out of the church and as long after that as makes sense.” Its next platform is Twitter: “Chatter,” a weeknight show running Mondays-Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, is set to debut next Monday, April 23, with eBay as launch sponsor.PeopleTV recently hired the show’s host: Rocsi Diaz, who’s best known as the former co-host of BET’s music show, “106 & Park,” where her interview subjects included Lady Gaga and Barack Obama. She also was a co-host and daily correspondent for CBS’s “Entertainment Tonight,” and hosted HLN’s “The Daily Share” and VH1’s “Dating Naked.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Rocsi Diaz, host of PeopleTV’s “Chatter” on Twitter. Photo credit: Marshaun Whitecenter_img “This linear, virtual MVPD [multichannel video programming distributor] strategy was always the goal for PeopleTV,” said Mei, who before joining Time Inc. in 2015 worked at AMC Networks, Showtime Networks and Smithsonian Networks. “Right now, it’s about windowing and having more access to content.”Under the FuboTV deal, Meredith is getting an affiliate fee and will run advertising on the channel as well. Bruce Gersh, president of People, Entertainment Weekly, People en Español, said the group is in talks with several other distributors about PeopleTV becoming part of their product offering.Meredith last month laid off 200 staffers, and said it expects to eliminate another 1,000 jobs over the course of 2018. Gersh said PeopleTV is not being affected: “A lot of the changes that have happened have been primarily focused on back office, corporate functions.”With PeopleTV, said Gersh, “we’ve been able to capitalize on the fact that we already have video teams on People and EW producing content.” He declined to say how big PeopleTV’s staff is but said it’s a fairly lean team.Meredith Digital president Stan Pavlovsky confirmed that PeopleTV is “definitely an area we want to invest in”: “This is very much in line with the history of Meredith, which has been a multiplatform brand for decades spanning print and broadcast TV.”Meredith’s deal with FuboTV for PeopleTV comes after the internet-TV service added Sports Illustrated TV (SI TV) this month — also marking the official launch of SI TV as a 24/7 linear channel. Meredith is currently exploring the sale of SI, Time, Fortune and Money, whose audiences diverge from Meredith’s portfolio of female-skewing lifestyle brands.Overall, PeopleTV has seen sustained growth since the launch of PeopleTV (originally dubbed the People/Entertainment Weekly Network) as a free, ad-supported service in September 2016.To date, the PeopleTV apps have been downloaded almost 3 million times. PeopleTV saw 70% growth in video starts from all combined channels during the second half of 2017 vs. the first half of the year. In January 2018, it saw a 33% year-over-year increase across all platforms, and last month premiered one of its most-viewed episodes to date: the one-hour “Entertainment Weekly Cast Reunions: ‘Dawson’s Creek.’” Meredith is making deep cuts as it continues to absorb Time Inc. into its operations. But execs say the company is going full bore on its strategy to make PeopleTV — which combines programming from its People and Entertainment Weekly brands — into a bigger multiplatform entertainment property.PeopleTV is about to become a full 24-hour linear TV channel, distributed through internet-streaming startup FuboTV — its first pay-TV deal. In another new extension, PeopleTV next week is set to launch “Chatter,” its first live talk show on Twitter, hosted by TV personality Rocsi Diaz.Details of how PeopleTV will be available on FuboTV are yet to be announced. Susanne Mei, general manager of PeopleTV, said the amount of live and on-demand content on the virtual pay-TV service will be “substantially larger” than what’s available on the PeopleTV app. It will also be the first place to catch many PeopleTV premieres before they become available for free. Pictured above: Susanne Mei, GM of PeopleTVlast_img read more

Gigabytes Waterforce triple GTX 980 graphics card kit needs its own rad

first_imgDuring the last generation of games consoles PC gaming took a bit of a downturn in the graphics department. Console versions came first, meaning the PC ports could always easily run with a mid-range card. However, with the PS4 and Xbox One adopting an x86 architecture, the opportunity to start pushing the graphics on PC is there once more, and Gigabyte has developed a crazy watercooled triple-SLI graphics cards solution to cope.Why do I call this crazy? Because you’ll need a good-sized desktop case in order to support the dedicated radiator case that ships with these cards. What Gigabyte has done is to bundle 3 watercooled, pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards with an external radiator for cooling. So big is the radiator that it has its own case that sits on top of your PC case. You’ll also lose your top 5.25-inch drive bay because the water pipes need to exit the case and feed into the radiator block.Each graphics card is clocked at 1,228MHz and can GPU boost to 1,329MHz. There’s also 4GB of GDDR5 on each card meaning 12GB total memory running over a 256-bit memory bus. As you’d expect from running three cards, a minimum of a 1200W power supply is required. Gigabyte uses Flex Display tech to automatically detect and display across 4 monitors using a combination of DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections.It seems unlikely you’ll ever need this much graphical processing power for gaming, but it certainly guarantees max settings can be selected for any and all titles for years to come. Other benefits include a relatively clutter-free case interior considering you’ve got 3 graphics cards in there, and quiet operation — although that depends on how quiet the fans in the radiator case are.Gigabyte has named the watercooling solution Waterforce, but given the package the impossible-to-remember name of GV-N980X3WA-4GD. As for price, it hasn’t been announced yet, but seeing as a single GTX 980 card costs around $600, expect it to be more than most PCs cost.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that the team signed rookie free agent running back Damien Thigpen. Thigpen gained 686 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns in his UCLA career. On special teams, he returned 27 kickoffs for 640 yards and made 18 tackles. In a corresponding roster move, the Cardinals released wide receiver Kevin Smith, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

No food supplies for the enclaved for second week in a row

first_imgOnly medical supplies will be carried on Wednesday to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the north as breakaway Turkish Cypriot authorities insist on taxing other goods, the UN said.The decision to tax food supplies and other items like baby diapers was enforced by Turkish Cypriots last week. The UN carries the supplies to the so-called enclaved every Wednesday.“There has been no further developments since we issued our press statement. At this stage we have nothing further to add to that we have said already,” Unficyp spokesperson Aleem Siddique told the Cyprus News Agency.Last Wednesday, Unficyp said it was forced to limit the day’s delivery to medical aid supplies, following the Turkish Cypriot administration’s unilateral decision to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods.“Unficyp regrets the decision taken by the Turkish Cypriot administration, which it considers to be an unfortunate development.”Delivering humanitarian assistance in the northern part of the island was based on a longstanding agreement between the sides known as Vienna III, “and provides hundreds of elderly and other vulnerable people with basic supplies on a weekly basis.”Turkish Cypriots argue that the agreement no longer applied, especially since the opening of access points in 2003.The government has said it was trying to ensure the supplies got to the enclaved and was concentrating on efforts to reverse the decision, which has also exposed a rift in the Turkish Cypriot administration.Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has publicly criticised ‘foreign minister’ Tahsin Ertugruloglu for imposing the tax, saying it was akin to shooting oneself in the foot.At the end of the second phase of the Turkish invasion late in August 1974, about 20,000 Greek and Maronite Cypriots living in villages and townships primarily in the Karpas peninsula in the northeast and in villages west of Kyrenia remained behind the ceasefire line.According to April 2013 figures, only 437 people remain – 328 Greek Cypriots and 109 Maronite Cypriots. These persons are known as the ‘enclaved’.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Summer internships at the Cyprus Institute

first_imgThe Cyprus Institute graduate school is pleased to announce its summer internship programme for summer 2018. The purpose of the programme is to expose young talented students and scholars to an international research experience and to encourage and inspire them in the pursuit of a scientific career. Interns will have the opportunity to carry out research supervised by a mentor, to be introduced to the use of the latest methods and techniques and to have access to the state-of-the-art facilities of The Cyprus Institute.Students may select from a list of projects we have posted on the website, or they may propose their own project, provided we have the supervisory capacity and facilities to accommodate it.In addition to the many research oriented projects listed in the link below, there are also administrative focused options in Higher Education Administration for students interested in the day-to-day operation of the graduate school or other administrative units in the institute.The summer internship programme is approximately eight weeks long and will take place during the period from June 1 until September 30.Applicants must be university students or recent graduates with an excellent academic background, a strong interest in the related field and good knowledge of English. More information about the programme, along with the online application form can be found on the graduate school summer internships page www.cyi.ac.cy.You May LikeCar NovelsNo One Buys These SUVs But They Are The Best On The MarketCar NovelsUndoRefinance24x7California: 7 Surprising Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskRefinance24x7UndoMarie Claire | HanacureThe Facial That Celebrities Say Takes 10 Years Off Your FaceMarie Claire | HanacureUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Menendez new era in USCyprus relations Updated

first_imgUS Senator Robert Menendez on Tuesday spoke of a new era in Cyprus-US relations after a meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia with President Nicos Anastasiades, a week after announcing that a bipartisan bill seeking to lift the US arms embargo on Cyprus, which has been in place since 1987, had been tabled in Washington.After the meeting, Menendez told reporters had “an excellent meeting” with Anastasiades, and that he himself has had a long relationship with Cyprus.“We talked about many important subjects, Easter Mediterranean’s security strategy, energy strategy, Cyprus’ continuous engagement with the United States, questions of our foreign policy in the region, economic questions, the changing dynamics of Cyprus in its banking zone,” Menendez said.He added that they also had “a very extensive, very positive discussion and I look forward to continue deepening the relation between the United States and Cyprus”.“I think there is a great moment for Cyprus to find a whole new day in its relationship not only with the United States but with the West.”The bipartisan bill was introduced by Democrat Menendez of New Jersey, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.In an announcement, the two Senators said what has been termed the ‘Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019’ would “lift the prohibition on arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus, authorise the establishment of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Centre to facilitate energy cooperation between the US, Israel, Greece, and Cyprus.It would also authorise $3,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance for Greece, $2,000,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance for Greece and $2,000,000 for Cyprus.The bill also seeks to impede the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey, as long as Turkey continues with plans to purchase the S-400 air defence system from the Russian Federation, a purchase that would be sanctionable under US law.It would also require the US administration to submit to Congress a strategy on enhanced security and energy cooperation with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as reports on malign activities by Russia and other countries in the region.The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 would allow the US to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defence cooperation initiatives – including by lifting the embargo on arms transfers to the Republic of Cyprus.The legislation also seeks to update US strategy in recognition of consequential changes in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the recent discovery of large natural gas fields, “and a deterioration of Turkey’s relationship with the United States and our regional partners.”Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the issue was not related with any plans to buy American military hardware but the arms embargo created a dissonance in strategic relations between Nicosia and Washington.It was also important, he added that the bill was tabled by both major political parties in the US, something that “improves the possibilities and shows that this is a national issue for Cyprus and the United States”.Anastasiades and Menendez had reviewed the strategic relationship and partnerships developed by Cyprus, as a state that guarantees stability and security in the region with neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Lebanon and especially Israel and its role as an extension of the EU to the Eastern Mediterranean.“All this also serves the geostrategic interest of the US, especially since it is now being strengthened with the specific energy interests of US companies operating in Cyprus,” he said.Prodromou also said Anastasiades had raised the issue of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus Unficyp, and had pointed that any changes to the force’s mandate posed a risk to stability on the island.There have been fears of drastic changes to Unficyp’s role since the US decided to review its position vis-à-vis UN peacekeeping and suggested linking the continued presence of missions to political progress in varying disputes. Cyprus has the longest-serving UN force in the world, having a presence on the island since 1964.Prodromou also said that as regards the Cyprus issue, Anastasiades had asked Menendez for help in putting pressure on Turkey “to change its attitude and cooperate in the attempt to resume negotiations”.“It was a very good meeting, and through senator Menendez, who is a very good friend of Cyprus we expect that he will continue, not only at the level of the US government, but also in the parliamentary bodies, especially in the Senate, the good work done for Cyprus – US relations,” Prodromou said.Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot press reported on Tuesday that the lifting of the US arms embargo on Cyprus would trigger an armaments race in the Eastern Mediterranean and would be tantamount to adding fuel to the fire, the Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign ministry’s said.In an announcement, it said the statements made by the US Senators who had prepared the bill, “and by the Greek Cypriot leadership” was aggressive and threatened peace and stability on the island.“As we continuously stress, the climate of stability and peace in the area and in our island is very important for the Turkish Cypriot side and we are ready to promote any kind of steps for cooperation to be taken in this direction,” said the statement.It expressed the hope that the draft would be rejected in the relevant congressional committees as had happened with other similar drafts, and that the US Congress would instead call on the sides concerned to take steps which would promote regional cooperation. You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Marino spearheads legislation increasing filing fees for politicians

first_img13Jun Rep. Marino spearheads legislation increasing filing fees for politicians Categories: Marino News Funds to be returned to local communitiesState Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today introduced legislation as part of a six-bill package to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices.Marino said the fees have not been adjusted since 1954, when they were set at $100. If the $100 fee was adjusted for inflation, it would be nearly $900 today, he said.“In 1954, a gallon of gas cost 22 cents and the cost of the average car was just $1,700,” Marino said. “Michigan’s taxpayers are paying more and their public servants shouldn’t be treated any differently.”The bill package introduced today would make the following adjustments to the filing fee candidates are allowed to pay in lieu of circulating a nominating petition:Increase the fee for candidates seeking the office of state representative or state senator to $400.Increase the fee for candidates seeking the offices of county clerk, register of deeds, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, sheriff, surveyor, coroner or county road commissioner to $200.Establish a $150 filing fee for candidates seeking the township offices of supervisor, treasurer, clerk, and trustee.In addition, the bill package will establish that the fees are nonrefundable and shall remain in the general fund of the county or township where they are filed. Under current law, the fee is refunded to the nominated and runner-up candidates.“Vehicle registration fees aren’t refunded and neither should filing fees for public office,” Marino said.Marino also noted that no one is required to pay filing fees; all candidates seeking election have the option to circulate a petition.“This legislation will not exclude anyone from running for office because they can’t afford the fee,” Marino said. “It simply increases the fees for candidates who choose not to circulate a petition.”House Bills 4745-4750 have been referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

Rep LaFaves air ambulance legislation flies through House

first_img Categories: LaFave News The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain.LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without having a say or knowing the costs.Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“I’m proud of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for voting with patients and the people of the state of Michigan,” LaFave said. “This bill package is a small step in the right direction toward lowering health care costs and increasing transparency.”House Bill 5219 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 06Dec Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation flies through Houselast_img read more

House approves plan to combat psych worker shortage

first_img The Michigan House today approved a plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Berrien County and across Michigan.Representative Wendzel voted in favor of the bill after speaking to representatives of the Berrien County Health Department on their recent trip to Lansing.“Having a shortage of mental health professionals in our area is a very big deal,” Wendzel said.  “Members of our community are forced to travel great distances to receive the care they need and deserve.  This is a good first step in the right direction, and I was proud to vote for this legislation.”The bill would allow certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) without forfeiting their pension benefits.The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pensions during reemployment with the state. This bill will extend this opportunity to other mental health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists to combat serious shortages in such roles.House Bill 4156 now moves to be considered by the state Senate. Categories: Wendzel News 16Apr House approves plan to combat psych worker shortagelast_img read more