Freeway work snarls traffic for hours

first_imgMultiple freeway projects created a significant impact on traffic in the Vancouver area for several hours Saturday afternoon.The Vancouver Police Department issued a bulletin at about 2:30 p.m. warning motorists to avoid Mill Plain Boulevard (both east and west) in the area of I-205 and Chkalov Drive. The congestion cleared after about two hours, and the department cancelled its warnings at 4:46 p.m.The department had suggested that drivers who needed to travel east or west in the area of I-205, and would normally take Mill Plain, should use alternate routes such as 28th Street or Fourth Plain Boulevard.Travelers who needed to cross into Oregon were encouraged to go about 30 miles east on state Highway 14 and use the Bridge of the Gods if possible, returning on Interstate 84. That bridge is a toll bridge.The project that caused the congestion — work on the Interstate 205 Bridge — will continue until 5 a.m. Monday: Two lanes will be closed around the clock. Onramps from state Highway 14 to southbound I-205 will also be closed.Other planned closures are:o Aug. 27-30: Two lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. each night to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and to 5 a.m. Monday.last_img read more

Rifats father demands Minnis arrest

first_imgRifat MurderAbdul Halim Sharif, father of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, has demanded the police arrest his daughter-in-law Ayesha Siddiqa Minni.Holding a press conference at Barguna Press Club, Rifat’s father on Saturday evening said that Minni was involved in killing Rifat in broad daylight.”Minni used to go to college alone. On the day of Rifat’s murder, she phoned him to go to her college. And later he was hacked to death by Nayan Bond in front of the college,” he told the press conference.He added, “Minni hid her marriage with Nayan Bond, the main accused of the Rifat murder. Her family also lied about this. She married Rifat without parting away with Nayan. She kept a close contact with Nayan even after marrying Rifat.”Quoting Sahida Begum, Nayan’s mother, Abdul Halim Sharif also alleged that Minni visited Nayan’s home even before the day of killing Rifat.Rifat’s father also raised a question how Minni escaped stabs while Rifat was being hacked by a number of youths.Abdul Halim Sharif, father of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, speaks at a press conference in Barguna Press Club on Saturday, 13 July, 2019. Photo: Prothom AloIn a new video footage, Minni was seen reluctant when Rifat was being caught by the youths. When Rifat was strained with blood, she did not show any attempt to take him to a hospital. Rather she was seen looking for her sandals and one of the attackers was seen giving Minni her handbag.Abdul Halim Sharif also questioned why Minni did not accompany Rifat when he was being taken to Barishal in an ambulance.About Abdul Halim Sharif’s allegations, Minni’s father Mozammel Haque said to Prothom Alo, “Comments and posts are being updated on social networking sites accusing my daughter in Rifat’s murder. At this, she is mentally broken-down and undergoing treatment. We’ll soon talk over the allegations made by Rifat’s father.”Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by a group of youths in broad daylight in Barguna district town on 26 June. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras.Police so far arrested 13 people in connection with the murder. On 2 July, Nayan Bond, the main accused of the case, was killed in an alleged gunfight with police.Seven other accused have reportedly confessed to their involvement with the murder.Currently, investigators are interrogating six of the accused in custody.last_img read more

SanDisk HighCapacity 200GB microSD Card Is Down to Just 30 – Expand

first_img Share Tweet Submit If your smartphone, tablet, or even a Nintendo Switch is running short on memory, a quick purchase of a microSD card is all it takes to help you get comfortable as you have ample storage around to start filling up again. SanDisk has a 200GB microSD card which is discounted on Amazon at a killer price; something that your wallet won’t feel at all. With value-oriented smartphones featuring an accessible price for consumers, the latest discount running on Amazon will ensure that expanding your existing memory isn’t difficult on the rest of your expenses either.The SanDisk Ultra UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 is recommended for recording Full HD videos, as well as playback in the same resolution. What is more important than the performance of a microSD card? Its reliability. SanDisk ensures that its Ultra line of microSD cards are shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof.The company also provides a 10-year limited manufacturer warranty to make sure that you have nothing to worry about. In addition to the 200GB storage card, there’s also a 400GB memory card that’s on sale for only $62. Keep in mind that these cards are limited to 1080p video recording, which is more than enough to get a high-quality result.Get the SanDisk 200GB microSD card for just $30Get the SanDisk 400GB microSD card for just $62last_img read more

MedicVision Highlighting SafeCT29 Solution at RSNA 2016

first_imgVideo Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more October 6, 2016 — Medic Vision is exhibiting at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016) and will be highlighting its SafeCT-29 product.The SafeCT product line enhances computed tomography (CT) images acquired with low-dose protocols. SafeCT-29 is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved third-party solution that offers XR-29 functionality to help achieve Smart Dose Compliance, according to Medic Vision.The SafeCT product line also includes SafeCT Enterprise and SafeCT Dose Reporting.The SafeCT-29 product was recently endorsed by Philips Healthcare as a solution for customers that have computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scanners that are not fully compliant with XR-29 standards and for which Philips does not offer an XR-29 update.For more information: www.medicvision.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 06, 2016 MedicVision Highlighting SafeCT-29 Solution at RSNA 2016 CT dose optimization product line also includes SafeCT Enterprise and SafeCT Dose Reporting Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

Private and hidden mean different things to Facebook

first_imgFacebook’s leadership made a pretty heavy-handed indication this year that it believes Facebook Groups are the future of the app. They announced all of this alongside their odd declaration that “The future is private.” Now, Facebook is changing the language describing the visibility of privacy of groups.As the Groups feature has come front-and-center in recent redesigns, Facebook has decided that the language they have been using to describe the visibility of “Public,” “Closed” and “Secret” Groups isn’t as clear as it should be, so the company is switching it up. Groups will now be labeled either “Public” or “Private.”That means that groups that were previously “Closed” or “Secret” will now share the designation of “Private,” meaning that only members of the group can see who’s in the group or what has been posted. The distinction is that there’s now a second metric — whether or not the group is “Visible,” which denoted if the group can be found via search. For groups that were previously “Closed,” the migration to the classification will leave them “Visible” while “Secret” groups will remain “Hidden.”In a way, this is kind of just Facebook throwing more privacy-related labels in their app to change perceptions while the feature sets stay the same, but denoting the visibility of a “closed” group in search was probably the biggest point of confusion here that Facebook was aiming to rectify. There’s a clear editorial message with Facebook conveying that there are shades and nuances to what “Private” means on Facebook compared to “Public,” which is unwavering and defaulted.The point of the previous labels was to make privacy settings easier to grasp with a single word. Facebook didn’t hit a home run with those labels, but it kind of feels like you really need to see this graphic to fully get the differentiations to Groups now, which probably isn’t the best sign.last_img read more

Startups Weekly The mad dash to the public markets

first_imgHello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the differences between raising cash from angels and traditional venture capitalists. Before that, I summarized DoorDash’s acquisition of Caviar.Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here.It’s Friday morning and I don’t want to dig into another IPO prospectus. The startups don’t care though, they’re in a mad dash to get to the public markets, reporters be damned.This week, three billion-dollar venture-backed “unicorns” unveiled S-1 filings, the paperwork necessary to complete an IPO. First came WeWork, the $47 billion co-working giant beloved by SoftBank. Then came Cloudflare, a business that provides web security and denial-of-service protection for websites. Then this morning, after we all thought it was time for a breather, “teledentistry” company SmileDirectClub made its filing public.There’s plenty to read on each of these high-profile IPOs; here’s a quick reading list:WeWorkWeWork reveals IPO filingWeWork’s S-1 misses these three key pointsMaking sense of WeWork’s S-1 (or trying to)CloudflareCloudflare files for initial public offeringCloudflare says cutting off customers like 8chan is an IPO ‘risk factor’In its IPO filing, Cloudflare thanks a third co-founder: Lee HollowaySmileDirectClubSmileDirectClub files to go public amid concerns from dental associationsOn to other things…Meet the startups in Y Combinator’s summer batchAs you may know, YC summer demo days are next week. A whopping 176 companies are expected to present and we’ll be there reporting live, as usual. In preparation, we’ve been cherry-picking companies in the latest batch that interest us. Here’s a look at our latest — more to come:Narrator wants to become the operating system for data scienceThis startup is building a weed breathalyzer for cops Lokal wants to bring local news to 900M Indians in their regional languagesHoly Grail is using machine learning to build better batteriesShiru is developing a protein replacement for food additivesLumineye helps first responders identify people through wallsGradJoy is a fintech startup to help you knock out your student loansTraces AI is creating a less invasive alternative to facial recognition trackingEquity PodcastThis was a very special week for Equity. We taped two great episodes, one in which we hung out with Axios’ Dan Primack in Boston, the other featuring me recording out of a New York City Blue Bottle Coffee shortly after WeWork dropped its S-1 filing. You can listen to our latest episodes here and here. Equity drops every Friday at 6:00 am PT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.Extra CrunchIn our latest installment of EC-1, in which go deep on an up-and-coming startup, TechCrunch’s Eric Peckham tells the founding story of Kobalt, the world’s next music tech unicorn. Here’s a passage from Peckham’s extensive piece: “You may not have heard of Kobalt before, but you probably engage with the music it oversees every day, if not almost every hour. Combining a technology platform to better track ownership rights and royalties of songs with a new approach to representing musicians in their careers, Kobalt has risen from the ashes of the 2000 dot-com bubble to become a major player in the streaming music era. It is the leading alternative to incumbent music publishers (who represent songwriters) and is building a new model record label for the growing ‘middle class’ of musicians around the world who are stars within niche audiences.”last_img read more

Accident in Harrismith Road

first_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite An accident has taken place in Harrismith Road close to Sondela Service Station.A journalist is on his way to the scene.We will update this story when we get more information.last_img

Spring Brings Renewed Demand for Homes

first_img Demand Redfin 2014-04-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News April 9, 2014 479 Views Spring Brings Renewed Demand for Homescenter_img As hoped, the start of the spring thaw brought homebuyers out of hibernation, resulting in leaps in both home tours and signed offers.According to Redfin’s latest Real-Time Demand Pulse—a monthly analysis of tour and offer activity across 23 U.S. markets—homebuyer demand bounced back in March, showing promise after months of little activity.Compared to February, Redfin reports the number of customers touring homes rose 11.1 percent, the biggest March gain in three years and a massive step up from the meager 1.9 percent increase recorded in February.Meanwhile, the number of customers signing offers rose 19.7 percent, up from a 17.8 percent increase in February but a bit short of last year’s 21.5 percent gain.While the pickup in buyer interest bodes well for the spring and summer seasons, Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle noted there are a few factors to consider in March’s improvement: “We should take this boost in demand with a grain of salt … since this year’s March numbers weren’t affected by the Easter holiday, as they were last year.”“Additionally,” Haberle continued, “demand in February was very weak this year, making March look even rosier.”Still, with for-sale homes in short supply and the market reheating, Redfin agents predict another competitive house shopping season ahead—meaning buyers will have to move quickly.“Now that spring demand is heating up, serious buyers  need flexible schedules,” said Tom Lewis, a Redfin agent working in Washington, D.C., one of the company’s fastest-moving markets. “In many cases, waiting until the weekend means missing your shot at your dream home.” Sharelast_img read more

Samoa hosts Pacific tourism ministers

first_imgTourism Ministers from 17 Pacific Island countries will meet in Apia for the 28th annual Council of Tourism Ministers meeting this week to discuss tourism development in the region.The theme for this year’s conference is “Protecting our Blue Pacific, Our Livelihood and Our Home” and Samoa Tourism Authority C.E.O., Papali’i Sonja Hunter, expects discussions to focus on critical tourism issues that affect the sustainability of Pacific Peoples and their everyday lives.“It is exciting and will be a busy week in Apia as we look forward to collective and fruitful discussions on critical tourism issues that affect the sustainability of our everyday lives, as well as following up on current projects for tourism development within our Pacific region. We look forward to welcoming everyone to beautiful Samoa.”Papali’i is also the chairperson for the South Pacific Tourism Organization and she is confident that Samoa is ready to host this significant five-day event. It starts with the U.N.E.S.C.O Roundtable on building sustainable tourism for green/blue livelihoods in Pacific Island countries and territories, which will be held today.The Roundtable will provide an opportunity to explore the most effective way of bringing initiatives, which showcase sustainable tourism that focus on culture, nature, social inclusion and responsible tourism for the Pacific.Also on the agenda will be a discussion on the 2019 Regional Marketing plan, which includes updates from popular online travel portal, Trip Advisor. They will look at issues affecting the industry such as sexual harassment across the Pacific tourism industry.The S.T.A C.E.O. said they were also excited to host the 2nd Pacific Tourism Insights conference mid-week, which will feature a lineup of dynamic influencers in the industry, who will introduce concepts based on innovative and disrupting thinking.Presentations will be given by AirBnB, Google Destination Marketing Organisation, and the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.), tackling sustainable development in the Pacific through sport and physical activity.The Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting is scheduled for this Friday and will feature updates on the China Pacific Tourism Year (CPTY) 2019 and regional projects. All events will be held at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Greys Hotel and  Bungalows in Apia.[Source: Samoa Observer]The post Samoa hosts Pacific tourism ministers appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Mike Glennon was efficient for the second game in a row as he played half of the Arizona Cardinals’ final preseason game Thursday.He has gone 8-for-10 in consecutive games since missing the second preseason game due to a forearm injury.While Glennon only averaged 3.5 yards per completion last week against the Dallas Cowboys, he showed his touch with a pair of long throws to wide receiver Trent Sherfield and another to Brice Butler on Thursday. 2 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Mike Glennon breaks away from Denver Broncos defensive end DeShawn Williams during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Glennon completed 80 percent of his passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.On the first drive, the two connected over the middle for a 26-yard gain. Glennon’s throw was over the defender and allowed Sherfield to catch it in stride and get inside the five-yard line.Related LinksWith preseason wrapped, Cards’ Wilks feels team identity has been ‘solidified’A running thread of the Cardinals’ wide receiver performances ThursdayThis set up a two-yard slant route to reciever Greg Little for Glennon’s first touchdown in a Cardinals uniform.Glennon utilized a range of options Thursday, completing passes to three receivers, two running backs and a tight end in his two quarters of action.As the first half wound down, Glennon took two shots down field.The first, an 18-yard completion to Sherfield, again allowed the receiver to gain yards after the catch. Glennon got sacked two plays later, though, preventing any further progression and forcing the Cardinals to punt.The next was a 19-yard catch by Butler.However, with only five seconds remaining in the half, it was too late for the Cardinals to do more damage.Arizona went into the half with a 7-3 lead. – / 17 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Eide says its up the leaders he cant fix this for them

first_imgSteps are being taken to bring the leaders of the island`s two communities back to the negotiating table, UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide told CNA in an interview to be published on Saturday.In a preview of the interview on Friday, Eide said it would be better if he didn’t spell out those steps at present. “It takes two to tango and requires some will of neutral accommodation,” he said, adding that the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, will both lose if the current situation takes too much time to be resolved.“I cannot fix this for them, I cannot provide the magic formula,” he said.On the current state of affairs at the talks, he said he focuses on how the leaders can come back to the negotiating table, acknowledging that “there is so much I can do” and pointing out that the much bigger issue is whether they will manage to have a structured process once the leaders are back at the table.He expressed a level of worry because “we have been stuck a while in this last-mile issue” and everybody “has been waiting for the move from the other side.”This, he maintained, is a Cypriot crisis, it was created in Cyprus and can be solved in Cyprus.He said there was still some time but he would be worried if anybody thought that “we have an eternity because eternity is not available in this.”He said civil society, the Cypriot people and all those political forces who were pro settlement are his “best supporters” in efforts to return to the talks.He explained that the reason behind his realistic optimism lies in the “personal trust between the two leaders” who have repeatedly gone the extra mile to keep the process moving forward.Eide expressed some concern about the fact that “something has happened to that relationship which transpires in society at large”.In the interview Eide referred to a formula which he believes can “fly” if people think outside the box, saying that the issue of security is not fundamentally a military issue, and pointing out that a sense of security can be achieved by working on four layers (constitutional, internal, implementation and external).On this he explained that this is not something the UN has invented but it is based on long intense constructive negotiations with all players, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Athens, Ankara and the UK.Eide stressed that this is not done nor is it on the table as agreed.“We are not inventing Cyprus, Cyprus exists, it is divided but it exists,” he stressed, replying to another question, adding that the current system of guarantees cannot continue, it has to be substituted and this cannot be done without Greece and Turkey. This, he explained, is an observation of the real world, not his view.“Our ambition is to walk this path with them (leaders and Cypriot people) but we cannot walk it for them,” he told CNA, referring to UN efforts and the Cypriot led effort to find a negotiated settlement to reunite Cyprus.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Rep Lauwers invites local residents to help eliminate states outdated laws

first_img Categories: Lauwers News,News 05Mar Rep. Lauwers invites local residents to help eliminate state’s outdated laws State Rep. Dan Lauwers encourages local citizens to let him know what outdated or unnecessary state statutes should be removed from Michigan’s law books to cut down on the number of regulations that could put people in legal jeopardy.Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said a legislative workgroup plans to reform Michigan’s criminal laws, and he wants feedback from residents in the elimination process. People can visit his website at www.repdanlauwers.com and let him know what outdated or senseless laws should be removed from the books.“I’ve always had more interest in shrinking government and reducing the number of laws and regulations while in Lansing and not increasing them,” Rep. Lauwers said. “This effort will help me by focusing on what laws can be eliminated that are no longer needed or that do not have any impact on Michigan residents.”The Michigan penal code contains nearly 1,000 sections, which is eight times the number of the Model Penal Code and much more than neighboring states, according to a recent study by the Manhattan Institute for Public Research and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.The workgroup will focus on repealing unnecessary and outdated statutes, as well as reducing unnecessarily or disproportionately high criminal penalties by ensuring that penalties for similar crimes are consistent.In 2009, a Michigan woman received national attention when state government ordered her to stop watching neighborhood children after school because she was not a licensed day-care provider.  The woman faced potential misdemeanor charges before the Legislature intervened.“Having laws on the books that prevent neighbors from helping one another is senseless,” Rep. Lauwers said. “I’m counting on people who experienced something like this or who know of laws that have no useful purpose to contact me and let me know about them.”Rep. Lauwers also encourages local high-school government classes to research Michigan laws and submit ideas to his website.#####center_img Lawmaker wants to hear what citizens have to saylast_img read more

Rep Holly Hughes introduces bill to eliminate pension tax and restore property

first_img Tags: #SB, HB 4370, Homestead Property Tax Credit 24Mar Rep. Holly Hughes introduces bill to eliminate pension tax and restore property tax credit Categories: Hughes News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today introduced House Bill 4370 to provide significant tax relief for Michigan citizens. “We made a number of tough choices back then and our citizens should be thanked for the contributions they made to make Michigan the comeback state,” Rep. Hughes said. “It is time to examine ways to give something back to them, and I believe this bill is a good start.”In 2011, Michigan made a number of tax changes to restructure the state’s financial stability, improve its business climate and encourage job creation. Those changes also impacted taxes on small businesses, pension income and the Homestead Property Tax Credit.House Bill 4370 will amend the Income Tax Act to reinstate the pension exemption and the Homestead Property Tax Credit to the way they were prior to 2011, when most pension income was exempt from the state income tax.After the changes went into effect, depending when a taxpayer was born, and how much pension income was received during the year, some of their pension income was subject to the state income tax. In addition to the pension income changes, changes were made to the Homestead Property Tax Credit, including eliminating the credit for homes with a taxable value over $135,000 and for taxpayers with a yearly income of more than $50,000. “Our state is very different now than it was in 2011,” Rep. Hughes said. “We have gone from a nearly $2 billion budget deficit and double-digit unemployment to responsibly balanced budgets and the lowest unemployment rate in over a decade.”House Bill 4370 has nine co-sponsors and has been referred to the Tax Policy Committee.###last_img read more

Rep Pagel sets Feb 25 coffee hour for Buchanan

first_img State Rep. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs will meet local residents at a coffee hour scheduled for later this month in Buchanan.The details:Where: Union Coffee House located at 115 E. Front St. in Buchanan.When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.“There is no formal agenda, just coffee and conversation,” Pagel said. “It’s a good chance to meet and talk about the issues important to our communities, and how state government fits into that picture.”No appointment is necessary.For those unable to attend, you may contact Pagel’s office any time at 517-373-1796 or through email at DavePagel@house.mi.gov. Categories: News,Pagel News 14Feb Rep. Pagel sets Feb. 25 coffee hour for Buchanancenter_img ###last_img read more

Rep Hughes issues statement on charges resulting from GRHV investigation

first_img Categories: Hughes News State Rep. Holly Hughes today issued a statement regarding the criminal charges resulting from Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into alleged mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV).Eleven former caregivers associated with the GRHV were charged today by Schuette for intentional inclusion in patient medical records or charts of misleading or inaccurate information.“Our military heroes have sacrificed their freedoms and put their lives on the line for us,” said Hughes, who serves on the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “We will never be able to fully repay them for their service. The fact that they were allegedly not even getting the medical care they deserve is disgusting.”In June 2016, the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, previously chaired and vice-chaired by Reps. Barrett, of Potterville, and Hughes, of Montague, respectively, sent a letter to the Attorney General’s Office imploring for a full investigation of the GRHV with hopes that an in-depth analysis would improve future conditions for the veteran care facility.“There is absolutely no excuse for why our veterans are not being provided with great care,” Hughes said. “Because Attorney General Schuette followed through with the investigation, justice will be served for our veterans.”The felony charge carries a possibility of up to four years in prison and or a $5,000 fine.“While the care is getting much better at the GRHV as of recently, we still must remain vigilant to make sure these past abuses do not happen ever again,” Hughes said.### 25Jul Rep. Hughes issues statement on charges resulting from GRHV investigationlast_img read more

Rep Runestad hosts over 3700 in teletown hall update

first_img Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad was joined by thousands of residents from the 44th District during his live tele-town hall on Tuesday evening.“I appreciate people taking time out of their busy evening schedules to talk about the important issues facing Michigan,” Rep. Runestad said. “It’s vital to keep in touch with residents in southeast Michigan and listen to their concerns and ideas so I can best represent them as their voice in Lansing.”A record number of residents had the opportunity to connect with the lawmaker and ask questions one-on-one. Key topics discussed were the opioid crisis, auto insurance and his upcoming in-district office hours on April 20.“I’m pleased we had so many people joining us on Tuesday night,” Rep. Runestad said. “We covered a wide range of topics and had approximately 3,792 people join us. This shows that there is a tremendous amount of interest in what’s going on in our state and the 44th District.”Anyone unable to participate in the tele-town hall event or has questions related to state government, may contact Rep. Runestad’s office at 517-373-2616 or by email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Runestad answers questions from residents during his live tele-town hall on Tuesday. 18Apr Rep. Runestad hosts over 3,700 in tele-town hall updatelast_img read more

Reps Vaupel Theis call for resignation of District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

first_img Categories: Vaupel News State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis, who represent areas of Livingston County in the Michigan House, today jointly announced the need for District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign.“A resignation is necessary to maintain confidence in the judicial system in Livingston County,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “Ongoing issues have long put in doubt Judge Brennan’s ability to serve in this capacity and continue to uphold the public’s trust. I am one of those citizens with a high level of doubt, and I sincerely hope the judge does the right thing and steps down.”Brennan is under investigation through the Judicial Tenure Commission in the wake of an affair with a Michigan State Police detective assigned to a lead position for a 2013 murder case eventually heard in Brennan’s courtroom.Brennan had maintained the affair with 1st Lt. Sean Furlong took place after the murder trial. Phone records later showed the two spoke on the phone nearly 40 times between the start of the trial and sentencing. As a result, missteps levied against Brennan include misrepresenting the details of that conflict while being questioned, violating professional standards becoming of a judge, egregious misconduct from the bench and misappropriating public resources for personal gain.“This was a gross violation of judicial ethics,” said Theis, of Brighton. “Judge Brennan should have already stepped down of her own volition, but to have her on the bench over a long, lingering process waiting for federal lawsuits and calls for a grand jury investigation is harmful to the residents who have to deal with her courtroom.My office consistently receives calls from residents voicing their displeasure with Judge Brennan and asking what, if anything, can be done to stop her erratic and irresponsible behavior. This is not what the people of Livingston County deserve from their elected judges and the justice system.”If the Judicial Tenure Commission’s investigation reveals wrongdoing by Brennan, a recommendation for sanctions will be made to the Michigan Supreme Court. The court then would decide on a penalty, which could include censure, suspension or removal from office. 11Jun Reps. Vaupel, Theis call for resignation of District Court Judge Theresa Brennanlast_img read more

Rep Green commends emergency response to Tuscola County flooding

first_img06Jun Rep. Green commends emergency response to Tuscola County flooding State Rep. Phil Green today applauded Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to the recent flooding in Tuscola County.“The administration’s prompt response will help ensure our community is receiving the assistance necessary to recover from the damage caused by the heavy rainfall,” Green said. “I want to thank Governor Whitmer for working with our county officials to address the needs faced by the local recovery effort. I’d also like to share my appreciation for the folks on the ground in Tuscola County working diligently to repair our infrastructure and meet the needs of our residents.”The flooding occurred after heavy rainfall in the area on May 25. Local emergency response and recovery plans were launched after Tuscola County declared their own state of emergency on May 28. The governor’s state of emergency declaration makes all state resources available to partner with local response and recovery efforts in the affected area. Categories: Green Newslast_img read more

How Income Tax Rollback Could Hurt and Help Illinois Nonprofits

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares January 2, 2015; WYZZ (Bloomington, IL)It’s a textbook example of how public policy decisions made by politicians can have unintended consequences for nonprofits, as charities in Illinois will likely be impacted by an income tax rollback that went into effect on January 1st. The tax rate went from five to 3.75 percent, as planned when a controversial state income tax hike was enacted in 2011.While that might have been good news for the state’s taxpayers, it was not necessarily good news for many nonprofits and the people who rely on their charitable help, according to WYZZ-TV, the Fox affiliate in Peoria. That’s because less money paid to the state will mean less money for organizations that rely on state funding.The station reports that the tax rollback could leave organizations like the Peoria Center for Prevention of Abuse facing major funding cuts—perhaps as high as 20 percent, according to its CEO—meaning it would slash programs and perhaps jobs.While a large portion of its funding comes from private philanthropy, a chunk of the agency’s funding comes from the state, and it is unlikely that more money in taxpayers’ wallets will result in more fundraising dollars.However, other nonprofits, those that don’t rely on state funding, “see a silver lining,” the station reports. They think people will donate more because they will be seeing an increase in their take-home pay. While this may well be true of those that rely on small donors of more modest means, it is not clear that traditional philanthropy will fill the gap left by public funding cuts for those that rely more on government money.The cuts are not clear as of yet, but it seems that Illinois charities that rely on government for a part of their funding will need to gear up for some advocacy efforts when the state budget deliberations begin later this year.—Larry KaplanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more