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Two children among three people killed in Brampton Ont crash

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. – Police say two children and a woman were killed Saturday night in a multi-vehicle crash in Brampton, Ont., northwest of Toronto.Peel Regional Police said the crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 50 and Countryside Drive just after 9 p.m.They said a 47-year-old woman died at the scene and that three children were rushed to hospital, where two were later pronounced dead.The other child, along with two adults, were all listed in stable condition.No information about the cause of the crash, or the names of the victims was immediately released. (680 News)last_img read more

Al Akhawayn University OECD Receive 125 Million Grant of Siemens

Fez – The Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have received a $ 1.25 million grant of the Siemens Integrity Initiative 2015.“The Siemens Integrity Initiative has granted $ 550,000 to the Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and $ 700,000 to the OECD”, the company pointed out in a statement.It added that the projects of the Al Akhawayn University and the OECD have been selected for funding under the second phase of the Siemens Integrity Initiative. It also underlined that the company will supervise these projects to be implemented in Morocco over three years (2015 -2018).With MAP read more

UN to spotlight medias role in promoting Middle East peace

20 July 2010The role of the media in fostering dialogue and understanding between Israelis and Palestinians will be the focus of a two-day United Nations meeting to be held later this week in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. The upcoming media seminar, which starts on Thursday, will be the 17th such gathering organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and aims to sensitize public opinion on the issue of Palestine and the peace process.With this year marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark resolution 1325, which stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters, their role in achieving peace will also be discussed.Some 120 people from the Middle East, including both Israelis and Palestinians, and from around the world are set to attend, including Government officials, representatives of civil society organizations, academics, journalists and others.Five panel sessions will be held during the seminar on topics such as the role of the Israeli and Palestinian media in reducing tensions, the use of new media to bring about positive change, and the part that mayors from both sides can play in advancing peace.The participants will include Jorge Sampaio, the former Portuguese president and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, set up under UN auspices to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide.Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, and Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, will also address the event. read more

Rising fears over security gives BlackBerry an advantage CEO

BlackBerry Ltd. has not been negatively affected by Canada’s role in the dispute between the U.S. and China, nor does it plan to pull away from doing business in Asia  in light of high tensions around Huawei Technologies Co., chief executive John Chen said Thursday.Rather, Chen said BlackBerry’s reputation for security gives it an advantage at times of heightened concerns over security and surveillance, be it by state actors or criminal entities.“Because of our heritage people tend to like to work with us on highly secure stuff,” Chen said in an interview with reporters after BlackBerry reported its quarterly financial results.Competition Bureau calls for simple, standardized internet offers for consumersHuawei arrest puts focus on Chinese company’s relationship with Canadian telecomsWho is Wanzhou Meng? Huawei’s arrested CFO rose through ranks despite founder father’s rebuke“It naturally plays into people wanting my tools more than other peoples’ tools,” he said.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company has managed to keep its high-security reputation even as it shifts from smartphones to self-driving technology and enterprise software. Security may become even more important to BlackBerry as it expands its self-driving technology, an area where vulnerability to hacking could put drivers and passengers in serious danger.Revenue from handheld devices fell to a negligible level in the three months ended Nov. 30 – the first time BlackBerry hasn’t reported any earnings from making its own devices, though it still receives loyalties for licensing its brand name to other manufacturers. But revenue from its auto division jumped more than 20 per cent to US$53 million.Part of the boost in auto revenues stem from a partnership with Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc. to develop connected car technology.While less than 10 per cent of BlackBerry’s revenue comes from Asia, its stock price soared when it announced the deal with Baidu in early 2018. Baidu, which created an autonomous driving platform called Apollo, has partnered with more than 70 automotive manufacturers, suppliers and developers around the world. BlackBerry also invests heavily in the auto sector in Korea and Japan.Chen has no plans to change BlackBerry’s long-term strategy based on current events, and said he’s optimistic the governments involved will resolve their problems.“I will continue to do that until somebody gives me a sign I should stop… it would be quite dramatic to pull our design out.”Chen’s long-term goal is to embed BlackBerry’s security software into devices used for the Internet of Things. To beef up its security offerings, BlackBerry bought cybersecurity company Cylance Inc. for US$1.4 billion in November.As it stands, the majority of BlackBerry’s $226 million in revenue comes from enterprise software deals, for which it earned $96 million in its latest quarter. Its earnings beat analysts’ estimates thanks to growth at QNX, the division behind the auto software being used in more than 120 million vehicles, according to BlackBerry.BlackBerry reported a profit of $59 million in the quarter, up from a loss of $275 million a year prior. It reiterated its outlook for fiscal 2019, predicting total software and services revenue growth from 8 to 10 per cent.Its stock price rose 2.7 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange to close at $10.19.• Email: ejackson@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

Pollution sonore 150 millions deuros pour réduire le bruit des routes

first_imgPollution sonore : 150 millions d’euros pour réduire le bruit des routesFrance – La secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno s’attaque aux nuisances sonores et a annoncé la création d’observatoires du bruit dans les agglomérations de toute la France, et ce d’ici 2011. Parmi les mesures prévues, le gouvernement débloquera un investissement de 150 millions d’euros par an, pour réduire le bruit engendré par le transport routier.”Deux tiers des Français se disent personnellement gênés par le bruit à leur domicile et près d’un Français sur six a déjà été gêné au point de penser à déménager”, a souligné la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie, citant un sondage réalisé pour le ministère par l’institut TNS Sofres.Le gouvernement entend s’attaquer à toutes les pollutions sonores, qu’il s’agisse de celles causées par les transports aériens ou terrestres, mais aussi des bruits liés au comportement et aux activités industrielles et commerciales. “C’est une question d’équité sociale”, a insisté Chantal Jouanno.Pour aider à la mise en place d’observatoires d’agglomération du bruit sur l’ensemble du territoire d’ici 2011, un appel à projets a été lancé hier pour s’achever le 30 septembre prochain. Concernant les nuisances sonores causées par les transports routiers, le gouvernement prévoit un investissement de 150 millions d’euros par an, afin de financer notamment des murs antibruit et des chaussées absorbantes. Il s’agira d’équiper les quelque 60.000 points noirs routiers où le bruit dépasse régulièrement 65 décibels, de jour comme de nuit. D’ici les cinq prochaines années, Chantal Jouanno souhaite voir 20.000 d’entre eux résorbés.Quant aux nuisances aériennes, le ministère de l’Écologie entend améliorer et accélérer les dispositifs d’aide déjà existants pour lutter contre le bruit. Un bilan précis des logements devant être insonorisés, 35% des riverains d’aéroports ayant des habitations qui ne le sont pas, sera établi, tandis que “les recettes de la taxe sur les nuisances sonores aéroportuaires (TNSA) seront adaptées afin de pouvoir traiter l’ensemble des demandes dans des délais raisonnables” a indiqué la secrétaire d’État.Chantal Jouanno a par ailleurs rappelé que le Conseil d’État examinait un décret sur la limitation du trafic des hélicoptères dans les zones très peuplées. Quant aux nuisances sonores liées au quotidien, le ministère est en attente de propositions du Conseil national du bruit quant à “la mise en place d’un étiquetage simplifié du bruit pour l’électroménager”.Le 9 juillet 2010 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Néandertal mangeaitil aussi le contenu de lestomac des herbivores quil chassait

first_imgNéandertal mangeait-il aussi le contenu de l’estomac des herbivores qu’il chassait ?Des chercheurs britanniques ont émis une nouvelle hypothèse pour interpréter la présence de traces de certains végétaux dans les restes dentaires d’hommes de Néandertal : ces derniers auraient pu consommer le contenu stomacal des herbivores qu’ils chassaient. Camomille, achillée millefeuille… : ces plantes sont relativement peu nourrissantes et ont même un goût amer. Pourtant, c’est bel et bien des traces de ces végétaux que les scientifiques ont déjà retrouvé dans l’émail dentaire de fossiles néandertaliens vieux de 50.000 ans. Une étude de 2012 avait alors suggéré qu’Homo neanderthalensis consommait ces plantes pour leurs vertus médicinales. Mais des anthropologues du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Londres proposent aujourd’hui une nouvelle explication : ces hommes du Paléolithique consommaient – en plus de la chair – le contenu stomacal (composé de végétaux) des grandes herbivores qu’ils chassaient. Pour en arriver là, les auteurs de la nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Quaternary Science Reviews, ont réexaminé les travaux réalisés par leurs collègues en 2012. Ils ont ensuite rapproché les résultats de certains faits connus en ethnologie : de nos jours encore, les Aborigènes d’Australie mangent le contenu de l’estomac des kangourous, et les Inuits du Groenland considèrent l’estomac des rennes comme un mets délicat. Pourquoi Néandertal n’aurait-il pas fait de même ? Pourquoi gaspiller ? À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Certaines cultures modernes consomment le contenu de l’estomac des animaux à des fins rituelles, or la possibilité d’un comportement rituel est suggérée par d’autres découvertes concernant Neandertal. Cette pratique […] pourrait donc être un comportement qui remonte aux premiers êtres humains”, explique le Dr Chris Stringer, un des auteurs de la nouvelle étude.Et puis, “après avoir pris du temps et fait des efforts pour exploiter la carcasse d’un grand herbivore, pourquoi auraient-ils gaspillé une telle source de nourriture ?…”, interroge le scientifique. Cette pratique n’empêche toutefois pas, comme on le sait maintenant, que, par ailleurs, Néandertal cueillait et mangeait aussi des végétaux. Le 23 octobre 2013 à 19:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Osorio still sees Germany as big favourites

first_imgMexico managed to beat Scotland 1-0 at home and Germany was meanwhile beaten 2-1 by Austria – however, Juan Carlos Osorio insisted that die Mannschaft will be ready for the tournament and will be strong.These two national teams are about to face each other in the group stage of the upcoming World Cup in Russia and despite Germany’s doubtful form, Osorio still sees them as one of the biggest favourites.The Mexico coach spoke about his side’s and Germany’s form as he said, according to ESPN:“Over there [in Germany] they appreciate processes and they aren’t uncomfortable with giving opportunities to youngsters and [using] other systems.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“They will make their conclusions and they’ll have a very tough team.”“We are aware [of Germany], we watch them very closely, we will analyze the game [against Austria], but they will continue to be the favourite for the World Cup.”“The Mexican national team is ready to have a great World Cup. There is a lot of optimism inside the group, good camaraderie and solidarity, which will help us to compete at a high intensity.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Oct 8 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Defense bill passes with measure Sullivan hopes will halt JBER cutsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the annual defense authorization bill, with a provision by Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan requiring an “Arctic Operation Plan.”Legislators spat with Gov over LNG session agendaRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaLater this month, state lawmakers will convene for their third special session of the year — this time to discuss the Alaska LNG project. That’s the proposal for a massive pipeline to bring natural gas from the North Slope to Nikiski for export. But with just two weeks to go, lawmakers have yet to see the legislation they’ll be discussing – Governor Bill Walker hasn’t released it.Court sees video deposition in Fairbanks Four caseDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA video deposition of a man implicated in the 1997 John Hartman murder in Fairbanks, was played in court yesterday.17-year-old Alaska poet earns White House accoladesLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The White House this morning honored five American poets, including one Alaskan: Anna Lance, a 17-year-old from Eagle River.Hurricane Oho barrels in on SoutheastJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe remnants of a hurricane in the Pacific will bring high winds and heavy rains to southern and central Southeast Alaska on Friday.CHOICES program takes new approach to housing people with severe mental illnessAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAbout 30 percent of people who are chronically homeless in the United States suffer from severe mental illnesses.Drilling for gold: Inside the KSM’s exploration projectEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauBritish Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project just wrapped up its 2015 exploration season. The KSM, about 30 miles east of the Alaska border, is the largest of 10 or so such projects near a waterway that flows into Southeast.At the Anchorage Museum, Van Gogh gets a digital makeoverZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is using light and sound to help patrons experience familiar art work in a new way.last_img read more

Facebook Takes Down 115 Accounts Possibly Linked to Russia Hours Before Polls

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Facebook wasn’t ready to definitively point to a culprit for this latest effort, with Gleicher saying that the company decided to act quickly because of the election. However, the company’s statement seemed to suggest that Russia may be a likely source.Facebook’s former chief security officer Alex Stamos suggested in a tweet that the accounts may be linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA). “From description of content, could be early-stage IRA-style operations meant to build audience,” he said in a tweet.The social media giant has taken down hundreds of accounts over the past several months, with some linked to Russia, while others were linked to disinformation campaigns originating from Iran. The company has also set up a war room in its office in Menlo Park, Calif. to work on election protection. However, critics argue that social media companies still don’t do enough to fight election interference.center_img Facebook has taken down another 115 accounts likely linked to foreign powers just hours before the opening of the U.S. midterm election polls. The social networking giant disclosed Monday night that it had acted on a tip from U.S. law enforcement.“Our very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts that may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the company’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a blog post Monday night. “We immediately blocked these accounts and are now investigating them in more detail.”Nearly all of the Facebook pages linked to the accounts taken down were in Russian or French, whereas most of the Instagram accounts were posting in English. Some of those Instagram accounts were posting on political subjects, whereas others were publishing celebrity-related content.last_img read more

New insight into nanopatterning diamond

first_imgElectron beam-induced etching on diamond using different ratios of hydrogen and oxygen gases to control the anisotropy. With pure oxygen, the etching is isotropic and no patterns are observed. Adding hydrogen gives rise to anisotropic etching, resulting in patterns. Credit: Bishop et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society More information: James Bishop et al. “Deterministic Nanopatterning of Diamond Using Electron Beams.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b00354 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.org The ability to etch nanostructures onto the surface of diamond is expected to have a wide variety of potential applications, but so far etching and patterning diamond at the nanoscale has been challenging, as diamond is highly chemically inert (unreactive). In a new study, researchers have investigated a technique in which an electron beam is used for nanopatterning diamond, with the results offering new insight into emerging nanofabrication processes. The researchers, James Bishop et al., at the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia, have published a paper on the nanopatterning and etching of diamond in a recent issue of ACS Nano.In their work, the researchers investigated a technique called gas-mediated electron beam-induced etching. The method requires no mask or resist layer and uses electron beam irradiation in the presence of reactive gases to directly etch diamond and other materials with a spatial resolution as high as 10 nanometers. It also avoids the residual damage issues associated with physical etch techniques such as focused ion beam or reactive ion etching, enabling etching with minimal damage to the underlying material. So far, most work using this method has demonstrated etching that appears uniform, or isotropic. However, in order to create desired patterns or selectively expose certain crystal planes, it becomes necessary to etch selectively in different orientations, which is called anisotropic etching.Using a combination of experimental and computational techniques, the researchers found that oxygen and hydrogen gases play different roles in the etching process. In particular, oxygen causes rapid, efficient and isotropic etching, while the addition of hydrogen slows down the rate of etching of certain crystal planes more than others, enabling anisotropic etching. Anisotropic etching has long been used with other materials such as silicon and gallium nitride in order to create micro/nano-structures with near perfect symmetry and ultra-smooth crystal planes. This new work highlights a method to potentially achieve similar results with diamond. The researchers found that, as more hydrogen gas is added to the system, patterns emerge whose features are aligned with the crystal directions of the diamond lattice. The scientists explain that these patterns are caused by hydrogen’s preferential passivation of certain crystal planes over others. The researchers also showed that it’s possible to control the anisotropy by controlling the amount of hydrogen, and consequently, to manipulate the geometries of the surface patterns. This enabled the researchers to create a detailed model of the etch kinetics, which should simplify future dry etch nanofabrication processes for diamond and enable fabrication of previously untenable structures.”The most significant outcome of the work is the control over etch anisotropy that it enables,” Bishop told Phys.org. “Isotopic etching is useful for etching arbitrarily shaped structures. Anisotropic etching is useful for creating structures with ultra-smooth surfaces and near-perfect symmetries defined by the kinetics of the anisotropic etch reaction. With electron beam-induced etching using oxygen we can obtain high rate isotropic etching, and by mixing in hydrogen, achieve highly anisotropic etching of diamond.”The ability to controllably etch nanopatterns and selectively expose and smooth certain crystal planes on the surface of diamond has a wide variety of potential applications. Different nanopatterns and nanostructures can, for example, expedite neuron growth on diamond surfaces for biosensing applications, as well as enhance light extraction for photonic applications. Diamond is also being investigated for its possible applications for high-power electronics, electrochemistry, and catalysis, all of which may benefit from a simple, high-resolution nanopatterning method.center_img Citation: New insight into nanopatterning diamond (2018, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-insight-nanopatterning-diamond.html Journal information: ACS Nano New etch process developed at the CNST uses argon pulsing to improve silicon etch rate and selectivity Explore furtherlast_img read more

Rwanda eyes good share of the MICE business

first_imgIn 2015, Rwanda emerged a surprise 7th in the continental rankings for Africa by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). This was accomplished with one major conference facility available, the Kigali Serena Hotel and Conference Centre.A new national convention centre will open in June this year for the upcoming African Union Summit. Also coming on line in September will be the Kigali Marriott Hotel which will also offer a number of conference and meeting rooms, boosting the country’s capacity further.Frank Murangwa, Head of the Rwanda Convention Bureau, said, “Having just hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa for the first time, Rwanda has clearly demonstrated its ability to deliver on a global stage. As we are ramping up our MICE strategy, we look forward to attracting many more large-scale events and climbing further up the ICCA rankings.”Rwanda last year hosted 27 major conferences in addition to 13 global association meetings including the high profile Interpol General Assembly which brought over 1000 delegates to Kigali.In 2016, the country expect will host the African Union Summit, the Global Africa Investment Summit, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum and the associated AVIADEV aviation conference which will directly link hospitality and tourism stakeholders to the aviation industry.last_img read more

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first_imgWhich countries do you think represent the best value?Take our quick survey now and you could win £150 worth of travel vouchers!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner reveals best value European city breaksForget Paris; Prague is best value for Brits: we reveal the real cost of European city breaks.Travel pillow fight: 11 best travel pillows reviewedWant to get forty winks on your next journey and wake up in your destination relaxed and refreshed? Then keep reading…We’ve got: – Full reviews all types of travel pillows, including memory foam and body pillows for back pain – Categories for scoring are: comfort, compactness and value for money…10 Ways to Get More from Your RetrospectivesOur Agile Coach, Suzanne Morrison, discusses the top 10 ways to get more from team retrospectiveslast_img read more

Rep Jacobsen meets with Buy Nearby Guy encourages residents to buy local

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Brad Jacobsen met with Buy Nearby Guy, the mascot for they Buy Nearby campaign to encourage Michigan residents to support their local businesses.  The campaign focuses on Get Caught Blue Handed day, which takes place Oct. 4.“Get Caught Blue Handed day is a great way for residents to support small businesses and shops in their community,” said Jacobsen, R-Oxford.  “These small businesses are the cornerstones of our community, contributing to our local economy and providing good-paying jobs for our citizens.”Reports have shown that if residents chose to solely shop locally, Michigan would gain 75,000 jobs in 2015 and would see a $9 million increase in economic activity, including $2 million more in wages from the new jobs created.“While Get Caught Blue Handed day is a great campaign to encourage buying local, residents should look to buy from local brick-and-mortar establishments as often as possible,” Jacobsen said.  “Half of every dollar spent locally goes back into the Michigan economy.  If we make the choice to support our local businesses over out of state retailers, we can see more economic growth and more jobs in our communities, creating a brighter future for our state.”### 24Sep Rep. Jacobsen meets with Buy Nearby Guy, encourages residents to buy locallast_img read more

Pettalia Chatfield announce January office hours

first_img Categories: Chatfield News State Reps. Peter Pettalia and Lee Chatfield are hosting a joint office hour this month to meet with northern Michiganders and offer an opportunity to talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have going into 2015.Area residents are welcome to join the representatives from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Cheboygan City Council Chambers, located at 403 N. Huron St. in Cheboygan. No appointment is necessary and those unable to attend may give feedback directly by contacting the representatives’ Lansing offices.Pettalia’s office can be reached toll-free at 877-737-4106 and by email at PeterPettalia@house.mi.gov. Chatfield’s office can be reached by phone at 517-373-2629 and by email at LeeChatfield@house.mi.gov. Both offices are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and information is also available online at www.gophouse.org. 08Jan Pettalia, Chatfield announce January office hourslast_img read more

Speaker Cotter appoints Rep Jim Runestad to national committee

first_img24Apr Speaker Cotter appoints Rep. Jim Runestad to national committee Categories: Runestad News Lawmaker to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Health and Human ServicesState Rep. Jim Runestad was appointed by Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures for the 2015-16 biennium.Rep. Runestad, who is in his first term in the state Legislature, said he was looking forward to representing Michigan on the national level regarding important policy issues.“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with state legislators from across the country on health and human service issues,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I look forward to meeting with fellow representatives from across the country. It is a great opportunity to learn what other states are doing in this area and finding ways to work on some ideas that could be brought back home and help create an even better Michigan.”The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan non-governmental organization established in 1975 to serve the members and staff of state legislatures of the United States. NCSL committees allow for the facilitation of policy innovation and information exchange among state and territorial legislatures.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel and local chambers to host sales tax seminar for small

first_img Categories: Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will be joined by the Brighton, Hartland and Howell Area Chambers of Commerce as they host a sales tax seminar for small businesses on Tuesday, Sept. 26.“I consistently hear from Livingston County small business owners about how burdensome the sales tax filing process can be,” Rep. Vaupel said. “This will be a great opportunity for small businesses to receive individual assistance.”The Michigan Department of Treasury’s Outreach Team will provide an overview of the sales tax filing process and how to appeal an audit decision. The team also will answer questions and listen to suggestions from attendees.The seminar will take place at the following date and time:Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Howell Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. Washington St. in Howell.No registration is required to attend. Residents who have questions may contact Rep. Vaupel’s office by phone at (517) 373-8835 or by email at HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. 15Sep Rep. Vaupel and local chambers to host sales tax seminar for small businesseslast_img read more

Rep Hernandez resolution nominating Civil War Sgt Thomas Henry Sheppard for Medal

first_imgA resolution offered by state Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) to encourage the Congress of the United States to posthumously award a Medal of Honor to Sgt. Thomas Henry Sheppard of Marlette for his actions during the Civil War received a unanimous vote of the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee, and now proceeds for consideration by the full House.Sgt. Sheppard was a Union color guard in the First Michigan Cavalry and rode four lengths behind Gen. George Custer at Gettysburg during one of the greatest cavalry charges in military history. During this turning point in the war, Union forces intercepted and defeated Confederate cavalrymen that intended on attacking the Union rear during Pickett’s charge. Sheppard was wounded and captured during the charge and subsequently spent a rough 505 days in Confederate prison camps.  Sgt. Sheppard protected the flag, successfully keeping it concealed from the guards that entire time, by often wrapping it around his body beneath his clothing. The flag returned home with Sgt. Sheppard in 1866, bearing 72 bullet holes, and is currently on display at the Dearborn Historical Museum.During an era in which flag signals were the principal means of communication on a battlefield, protecting the flag was a mission-critical errand. Although Sgt. Sheppard’s courageous acts were similar to many other Medal of Honor recipients, it seems he simply slipped through the cracks of history and failed to be recognized in a comparable manner.Rep. Hernandez said: “This resolution was directly the result an inquiry received from my constituents, who I am happy to serve. I am proud of the people of Michigan’s 83rd District for their desire to ensure we properly recognize those who were from here for the courageous sacrifices made in the service of our country.” Sgt. Sheppard had also lived in state Rep. Gary Howell’s district, who joined with the representatives representing districts of Sheppard’s known living decedents and several others in co-sponsoring HCR 0014 with bipartisan support. If awarded the Medal of Honor, Sheppard would join Union artillery officer Alonzo Cushing, the most recent Civil War figure who received the award posthumously in 2014. 26Sep Rep. Hernandez resolution nominating Civil War Sgt. Thomas Henry Sheppard for Medal of Honor passes committee Categories: Hernandez News,Hernandez Photoslast_img read more

Legislature launches Lillys fireworks plan to the governor

first_img Categories: Lilly News 21Dec Legislature launches Lilly’s fireworks plan to the governor The Michigan House today provided final legislative approval to give local communities more control over the sale, use and safety of consumer-grade fireworks, passing a bipartisan plan authored by Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township.Lilly’s plan helps address the growing problems plaguing communities since the legalization of fireworks in 2011. House Bill 5939 tightens the requirements for selling consumer-grade fireworks and for operating locations where they are sold, while House Bill 5940 revises the time during which local governments may regulate the use of consumer fireworks and increases the fine for those violating the time changes.“These updates are a great step toward restoring more local control over fireworks use,” Lilly said. “Discourteous discharging of fireworks during late hours of the night takes a toll on seniors, pets and their owners, and people suffering from PTSD. Local governments know what’s best for their communities and local authorities struggled to enforce practical standards before this reform.”Under the plan, local officials could restrict the use of consumer-grade fireworks except the following days after 11 a.m.: December 31, the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial weekend, June 29 to July 4, July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday, and the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.House Bill 5941 allows the governor, local fire marshals and the Department of Natural Resources to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks if weather conditions make the activity dangerous to people and property. Lilly’s plan is similar to local or regional burn bans during high winds or drought.“The safety of our kids and the entire community will always be a top priority of mine,” Lilly said. “Given Michigan’s unpredictable weather, and in instances of high winds or a prolonged drought, fireworks can pose a greater risk to the safety of Michiganders and their property. If fire bans can be implemented to prevent widespread fires, then I think it’s reasonable to have communities apply those same safety rules to fireworks.”Lilly said the legislation is a response to concerns of constituents and local elected officials, adding a lot of bipartisan compromise went into the package.“Many residents and local law authorities have contacted me regarding the use of fireworks and what could be done to reduce the negative impacts of them in their neighborhoods,” Lilly said. “I’m pleased that after a lot of bipartisan compromise, we are one step closer to providing local governments and Michiganders a much-needed solution involving this serious issue.”The bills now head to the governor for further consideration.last_img read more

Catawba Tribes Loses Grant Funding For Domestic Violence Program

first_imgShare20Tweet2Share3Email25 SharesA sign from the Men Against Violence Against Women / Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeDecember 22, 2015; The Herald (Rock Hill, SC)After a competitive cycle, the Catawba Indian Nation situated in South Carolina did not get renewed for one of its domestic violence grants, leading to the termination of a staff position in the tribe’s social services department.The tribe received the three-year grant to help fund domestic violence and abuse support services for its members, but the grant ran out at the end of December. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the tribe did not receive the grant in this current cycle.“The tribe is subject to a competitive grant process,” said Catawba tribe spokeswoman Elizabeth Harris. “This year, the DOJ had 150 applicants, and only 40 grants were awarded.”The original $749,538 grant from the tribal government’s program within the federal Violence Against Women office helped fund three full staff positions that provided legal assistance to women trying to leave their abusive partners as well as other support services such as shelter. The tribe will now be utilizing a smaller $422,393 grant form the Comprehensive Tribal Victims Assistance program from the DOJ. However, the reduced funding can no longer support three full-time staff positions. The number of positions has been reduced to two, and the remaining staff members will have to apply for them.Despite their funding nearly being halved, the program’s goal is to provide the same services it has over the last three years. To that end, the funding for the domestic violence shelter is separate from the DOJ grant funding, and it will continue to operate normally.The loss of funding is particularly distressing given the disproportionately high rates of domestic violence and abuse in Native American communities compared to other ethnic groups. According to a 2004 DOJ report, Native American suffered from domestic violence at a rate 50 percent higher than other ethnic groups. The Center for Disease Control in 2008 reported that 39 percent of Native American women identified as victims of violence committed by their partners—again, higher than any other ethnic group.Adding to the dilemma is that 70 percent of domestic violence committed against Native Americans is committed by a non-Native American outside of the community. With non-Native Americans outside of their jurisdiction, tribal law did not allow tribal courts to prosecute non-Natives until a provision was passed in 2015, an act of recognition of the severity of the problem and the importance of addressing the violence committed against Native American women.Whether or not the Catawba tribe receives the grant in the next cycle, there’s a clear need to ensure these services are funded and readily available in Native American communities. Through continued awareness of the issue, or through further advocacy alerting the public and the government of the need for support and legal services, it is still possible to combat the high levels of violence within the Native American community.—Shafaq HasanShare20Tweet2Share3Email25 Shareslast_img read more

Toledo Passes Ordinance to Prevent Lead Poisoning

first_imgShare22TweetShare1Email23 SharesAugust 16, 2016; Toledo BladeJust 108 miles south of Flint, Michigan, on U.S. Route 23, the city of Toledo, Ohio, has adopted a lead prevention ordinance designed to keep its children from being poisoned at home. Bob Cole, managing attorney of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), which helped lead the campaign to pass the lead-safe ordinance, credits the crisis in Flint for bringing city officials to the realization that they have a duty to protect their children.When Ohio passed its lead control laws, the protocol was simple: Find a poisoned child through blood testing, trace the poisoning back to its source, and remediate the lead hazard at that source. There are only two problems with that approach: Children get poisoned, and the lead sources are often not actually remediated.Now, Toledo joins a handful of other cities (Baltimore, Rochester, and San Jose) in requiring lead prevention, not just remediation. As a result of the advocacy efforts of the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition (TLPPC), the Toledo City Council has adopted a lead-safe housing ordinance designed to protect renters of 1-4 unit properties. “Lead safe” means there’s no exposed lead hazard, as determined by a series of dust swipes conducted by the Toledo/Lucas County Health Department. Properties offered for rent after the ordinance takes effect will need a lead-safe certificate issued by the Health Department.Opponents of the original ordinance introduced a substitute bill that would have required only a “visual inspection,” in order to reduce the cost to the property owners. TLPPC responded with a press conference where a Health Department representative demonstrated the dust swipe testing method. ABLE’s Bob Cole told media representatives, “You’re talking about $30 to have tangible evidence that you either have a property that is lead safe, or you have a property that has lead dust.” The visual inspection test idea was dropped, although in compromise, the scope of the ordinance expanded to include 1-4 unit properties rather than the 1-2 units originally proposed and grew to include day-care facilities. Because the federal government outlawed the sale of lead paint in 1978, only properties built before 1978 are required to be tested.A key to the legislative progress of the ordinance has been the support of Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. Mayor Hicks-Hudson had served as Toledo’s city council president until the unexpected death of Mayor Michael Collins. At that point, Ms. Hicks-Hudson became mayor, and eight months later Ms. Hicks-Hudson was elected mayor in her own right. She moved quickly to ask the City Law Department to draft the ordinance in consultation with TLPPC, and she introduced the ordinance to Council in mid June.The current proposal is the advocates second visit to Toledo City Council. In 2013, Toledoans United for Social Action (TUSA) began the process of educating citizens and elected officials about the impact of lead poisoning. Armed with a study by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, ABLE and TUSA explained the impact of poisoned homes on the African American families in 15 of Toledo’s census tracts. The road from those early meetings in church basements to now has been a methodical process of enlisting allies and creating consensus on “the facts,” so that when Flint’s crisis broke into the public consciousness, Toledoans were ready to act.Throughout the campaign, attorney Cole has emphasized that no one is blaming landlords for the problem. Landlords were not the ones who put the lead into the paint that they put on the walls of their rental properties. But years of litigation have determined that no one who did put lead into the paint and gasoline and other products is responsible for the harm done to children. The question now is how it will be removed. While some advocates have argued for a mass public works approach to lead removal, Toledo has taken a step smaller than full abatement by making the homes of at-risk children “lead safe.” But that small step is a 180-degree turn from using children as lead detectors.—Spencer WellsShare22TweetShare1Email23 Shareslast_img read more