Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wasting public money for self promotion.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted: “Modi was busy mostly in laying foundation stones for various projects. He has spent Rs 3,044 crore on publicity.”Instead, this government could have used this money for education and better medical facilities in every village of backward states like Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”However, for the BJP, there is no greater emphasis that is needed than on itself.”The tweets of the 63-year-old Dalit leader was in Hindi. “BJP and PM are hell bent on deflecting the attention of people from the failures of their government,” she added.The ruling party at the Centre, which is also at the helm in her state has “miserably failed to address serious issues like unemployment and poverty”, she said. “They run away from any kind of public debate,” she added.Cautioning people from falling into the BJP’s trap, Mayawati said these were mere tactics to divert people’s attention from the real issues in public discourse.The BJP was also “digging up all sorts of skeletons in cupboards” of opposition parties, she pointed out, and condemned the ploy.
Rabat – Saham Finance, headed by Moulay Hafid Elalamy, has concluded an agreement to sell 53.37 percent of its remaining shares to the South African insurance giant Sanlam for USD 1.05 billion.Sanlam is a South African life insurance company that previously owned 46.63 percent of Saham Finance.Sanlam and its general insurance subsidiary Santam, first bought 30 percent of stakes in Saham Finances in February 2016, and later increased shares by 16.63 percent in May 2017.The acquisition of Saham Finance increases Sanlam’s direct presence in sub-Saharan and North Africa, and boosts Sanlam’s exposure to high-growth markets, as well as general insurance products, the company said. The deal will be funded by a combination of available capital, debt facilities, and the issuance of equity instruments, Sanlam and Santam said in a joint statement.Sanlam is a South African financial services group founded in 1918, headquartered in Cape Town, and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Namibian Stock Exchange. Over the years, the group has evolved from a traditional insurer to a diversified financial services provider with local and international footprints.
Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives to the basket and atttempts a layup against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThis season almost feels like destiny for Ohio State’s women’s basketball team. With senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, a two-time first-team All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, returning for her final season and a strong, veteran-laden supporting cast surrounding her, Ohio State seems poised to make a deep run in the 2018 NCAA tournament. Head coach Kevin McGuff’s first full recruiting class in Columbus is in its fourth year in the program. Columbus will be at the forefront of collegiate women’s basketball because it will host the Final Four. Ohio State also kicks the season off with a Countdown to Columbus event featuring some of the nation’s top teams, including Connecticut, Stanford and Louisville.Despite the talented senior class and top-two Big Ten finishes the past two seasons, the Buckeyes have fallen short of their goals as they have lost in the Sweet 16 in 2016 and 2017. “You get tired of the same thing happening,” Mitchell said. “I think we reached a point in our lives off the court and on the court where we’ve got to make a statement, we’ve got to do what’s needed to be done.”The seniors understand this is their last chance to break through, and McGuff said it is easier to coach a team with the sense of urgency the Buckeyes have this season.But when taking a step back and looking past this upcoming season, which holds great promise, one thing becomes clear — the future of Ohio State seems bleak, especially when compared to the talent on this year’s team.Ohio State’s roster consists of just nine players on scholarship. It returns seven players who have played significant minutes in prior seasons. Five of those players are either seniors or redshirt seniors. Only one player — sophomore guard Jensen Caretti — has more than two seasons of eligibility remaining. The Buckeyes did not add a single freshman or transfer this season. They only have one high-school prospect committed.The two most promising freshmen last year, forward Tori McCoy and guard Kiara Lewis, transferred to Marquette and Syracuse, respectively. McCoy averaged 8.1 points per game in 35 appearances and 10 starts, while Lewis averaged 6.7 points per game in 35 games and 15 starts. Tim McCoy, Tori’s father, told the News-Gazette Tori left Ohio State because she was unhappy and said his daughter “was miserable every day.”When asked what she want to achieve in her final season, Mitchell said it was simple — she just wants to be able to “play happy,” seeming to confirm the dissatisfaction of last year.“We’ve always been a team where if something goes wrong, our season just is in shatters,” Mitchell said. “That’s how it feels. I just want everybody to play, just play as free as possible. And I think that would take care of a lot of things, myself included.”Until three-star post Aaliyah Patty committed to Ohio State Oct. 12, the Buckeyes had not landed a commitment in 23 months. Including Patty, the Buckeyes will have three seniors, one junior and one freshman next season. McGuff expressed displeasure at the difficulty of landing recruits, despite having four open scholarships on the current roster and just four scholarship players returning for the 2018-19 season. “In theory, it should be easier, but people want to play,” McGuff said. “But then all of a sudden you get, ‘Who am I going to play with?’ You get all these questions, it’s different. Everybody wants to play on a great team, but play right away. It’s like, eh, those things don’t always go hand in hand. If there’s opportunity, then you can play right away and then maybe that, the group you come in with evolves into a great time, sort of like the people we have now that are seniors.”McGuff was hired in 2013 to replace Jim Foster, whose teams did not reach the Elite 8 in his 11 seasons at Ohio State, despite the Buckeyes making the NCAA tournament in his first 10 seasons at the helm.But McGuff’s teams have had similar issues. The Buckeyes missed the tournament his first year, made the second round in 2015 and reached the Sweet Sixteen the past two seasons. The Buckeyes have shown no challenges reaching the tournament, but the inability to advance further in the postseason has plagued the team through the past two coaching tenures.With the loss of five seniors after this season, minimal talent returning next year and a talented, yet small group of upperclassmen in their final season, the time to strike is now.Ohio State has not made it to the Final Four since 1993, and if the Buckeyes do not make it this season, it could be a long time until they reach this level again.“Three years, we’ve fell short and we can’t keep having that being an excuse,” Mitchell said. “We’re either gonna get it or we’re not, and I think we have a team right now where as long as we keep going, we can make something happen.”
Resolute Mining has provided a production update for the March 2019 quarter. Total quarterly gold production of 98,105 oz was 24,414 oz higher than the December 2018 quarter. Gold production from Syama increased by more than 50% to 84,552 oz, representing a site record for quarterly output. Strong operating performance and cash flow generation enabled the company to continue to invest in growth activities without further debt drawdowns during the March 2019 quarter.The key driver of the positive quarterly performance was the high grade and above budget recoveries achieved from Resolute’s new mine at Tabakoroni. A decision to accelerate mining at the Syama satellite operation has resulted in above budget mining rates which has provided high grade ore to the Syama oxide mill and allowed for the creation of a significant oxide ore stockpile. Syama oxide operations produced a record 71,186 oz for the March 2019 quarter. Strong performance from the oxide operations has supported a decision to prioritise infrastructure, development, and the automation implementation program at the Syama Underground Mine during the March 2019 quarter.The focus on development has resulted in a more modest increase in underground ore production. Underground ore mined increased 45% to 244,396 t. The Syama Sulphide operations produced 13,336 oz for the March 2019 quarter. The Syama Underground Mine ramp-up is continuing with commercial production now targeted for the September 2019 quarter. Ravenswood produced 13,554 oz of gold, down 22% from the December 2018 quarter as a result of limited ore supply from Mt Wright and regional weather impacts.Managing Director and CEO, Mr John Welborn, was pleased with the record quarterly production result: “Syama is becoming the robust, flexible, high production, low cost gold mine we have envisaged. Syama will be a powerhouse of gold production for Resolute for many years to come. Underground ore production will continue to ramp up. Importantly we have provided the team additional time to optimise and commission the most advanced underground mining automation system in the world.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Migrants who have swamped Greece’s borders illegally are costing Greece up to six billion euros annually, and are now being blamed for adding to the financial crisis that has enveloped Greece and may soon impact on other eurozone nations. The high cost paid by Greece to manage the migrant population relates to healthcare, crime and impact on legitimate business, said the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Constantine Michalos. The current crisis in Greece has led to Greece facing two major threats – expulsion from the eurozone and could lead to their exclusion from the Schengen Agreement, an agreement that allows free travel without passports to 25 European nations. As it stands, the nation cannot handle another financial burden. “The possibility of being excluded or of the gradual freezing of Greece’s participation in Schengen is hanging over us,” the Greek minister responsible for border security, Christos Papoutsis, told the Kathimerini. Greece hosts around one million illegal immigrants and asylum seekers each year. Last year, 130,000 people were detained for illegally attempting to enter Greece. Michalos said that the immigrants are adding to the financial pressure Greece is facing and with no money and no documentation, they are prime candidates to work in organised crime. “In view of the growing unemployment in Greece at the moment, this is the only way that the immigrants can survive,” Mr Michalos said.“The problem has significantly exaggerated in recent years due to the increase in the numbers of immigrants and worsens because they are ‘trapped’ in Greece and cannot move on to the rest of Europe.” Most of those detained were from the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan, and because Turkey neighbours with Greece and has free-visa entry, many use the border to gain access to Greece. This prompted then-Greek prime minister George Papandreou to announce earlier this year to the Turkish PM that he would be build an immigrant-proof fence along the common border. This plan has fallen by the wayside with Greece preoccupied with the current debt crisis. Source: ABC
I’ve long since made peace with the fact that Kanye West is a land of contradictions. Dude is smart enough to make music as brilliant as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, emotional enough to develop video games about his mother going to Heaven, and also dumb enough to support Trump. So after hearing the news that the rapper wants to make something as sci-fi #brand dystopian as Star Wars-themed housing projects, all I can do is shrug and hope his next album still slaps.According to an interview with Forbes, West revealed his plans for low-income housing visually styled after Star Wars architecture. Specifically, West and his team are modeling the aesthetic after Luke Skywalker’s desert dome hut from the A New Hope. But whereas that 1977 movie was famously shot in Tunisia, West’s construction was looking at California, which doubled as Tatooine in later films.Think this.Although it might end up more like this.While there were no actual pictures of the prefabricated homes, West shared plenty of ambitious details in the interview. The “oblong” buildings would be “dozens of feet tall” and potentially sunken into the ground with upper skylights. And all kidding aside, more artful housing for the poor is an admirable goal if it actually works.West is currently meeting with potential investors but it doesn’t sound like Disney and Lucasfilm have anything officially to do with this. So don’t expect any explicit Star Wars branding, which is probably for the best when it comes to homeless shelters.Who knows whether or not Kanye West’s Star Wars houses will ever become a reality and not just a delightfully weird thing to imagine. I’m still waiting for his Nintendo Wii album. But in the meantime if you want to live in the world of Star Wars for a couple of hours, you can visit the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme parks. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target
Filipino Community in TCI Fun Run for Everyone! Related Items:bational environmental center, filipino comminity tci, katrina borja-martin, labor migration policy, passport renewal, philippine embassy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – The Filipino Labour force in the TCI stands at 500 according to the Embassy of that country which had representatives in Turks and Caicos this past weekend from Washington, DC. The visit focused mainly on updating national documents and records.“Conducting a renewal of passport applications so we basically delivering the services on site and they are applying for the renewal of their passports and some other documents like civil registration, legalization of some documents and those are the usual services we do offer.”Katrina Borja-Martin was spokesperson and said they were not fielding complaints from Filipinos, but that their government would enjoy a stronger connection to the TCI since Filipinos make up such a significant part of the workforce. “As you know the Philippines has a very advanced labour migration policy precisely because of the number of workers we have abroad and we are really trying to work on our labour arrangements with the receiving countries to ensure the welfare of our Nationals. We do not have such an arrangement in place with the Government of the Turks and Caicos, it would be definitely great to sit down with the authorities, the immigration, the labour department to see how we can work on this matter.”Nonetheless, the visit certainly seemed very helpful as around 300 of them turned out for the all day Saturday initiative at the National Environmental Center, which was organized through the Filipino Community in TCI organization. The majority of the resident Filipinos work in hospitality, in the IT and media sectors, some are in care-giving and housekeeping and Borja-Martin assured there are no complaints to the embassy emanating from the local population of Filipinos. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp International Clean Up Drive A Success
Stories 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 @aprnListen nowThis man hopes to bring the gavel down on ANWR drillingLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.If Democrats take control of the U.S. House in November, as many pollsters predict, the fate of some of Alaska’s biggest resource priorities could rest with someone most Alaskans have never heard of.Urged by Alaska veterans, Sullivan supports cannabis research at VACasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska Sen. Dan Sullivan is co-sponsoring a bill that calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs to look into the “efficacy and safety” of cannabis in the treatment of veterans diagnosed with “chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder” and other conditions.Alaska mission to China kicks off with ceremony, trade talks…and speed datingRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe short meetings were a chance for Alaska businesses to introduce themselves directly to what they hope will be a giant market of new customers.Additional federal gun charges brought on man charged with 2016 killing of Fairbanks policemanDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA man already facing a murder charge in state court for shooting a Fairbanks Police officer, has been additionally charged with federal crimes.Three Unalaska residents to be honored for rescuing trapped child on Portage GlacierZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaThree Unalaska residents will be honored by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly for helping rescue a child from a crevasse on Portage Glacier.Kodiak farmers market kerfuffle results in market move, addition of new marketDaysha Eaton, KMXT – KodiakAfter allegations that farmers market vendors were selling food that violated state food safety laws, the biggest farmers market in Kodiak is moving. And a new market is springing up where the old one used to be, bringing the number of markets in town to three.Ask a Climatologist: Anchorage, this gloomy spring is all in your headAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSince April, the weather in Anchorage has been a few degrees warmer than normal and also drier than normal.This man and his yellow truck signal the arrival of spring in FairbanksRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksBack in 1992, Glenn Hackney actually got hit by a car while picking up trash. It broke both his legs. That might give the average person pause about continuing. Not Hackney.
Hyderabad: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials busted a new modus operandi of Nigerians who are allegedly smuggling prohibited and restricted items to India including food items by evading customs duty. The DRI seized seven consignments weighing around 13 tonnes of prohibited items worth Rs 52.24 lakh at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us On specific intelligence, the DRI officials of Hyderabad on July 19 intercepted five consignments of unaccompanied baggage of African nationals originating from Lagos in Nigeria at Air Cargo Complex in RGIA. The goods were declared as edible food stuff and personal which weighed around 10 tonnes. Total value of the consignment declared to customs was around Rs 1.3 lakh. Further in the same way, two consignments of commercial edible goods weighing more than three tonnes with the similar modus operandi were intercepted on July 22 valued at Rs 11 lakh which were seized under the provisions of Customs Act, 1962.
Money seized by police officials post the raid [Representational Image]Twitter/ANIThe Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is likely to come up with a scheme soon to provide relief to about 3 lakh company directors associated with shell companies.Since August, the central government has crackdown heavily on shell companies and their directors. Earlier in September, as many as 2 lakh companies were blacklisted by the Finance Ministry and the suspected shell companies bank accounts were frozen as part of a crackdown on illegal transactions and tax evasion.In the latest development, the government likely to offer some breather with which the blacklisted companies can apply for a pardon for three month period starting January, Mint reported.For this period, directors’ disqualification will be temporarily lifted to allow them to file all the financial and tax documents. The time window for filing the pending documents is till June 30, according to a draft circular reviewed by the business daily.”The companies that do not appear to be working cannot subscribe to the scheme. They will first need to revive the company and show that they are in a working condition and get an approval from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to meet other compliances,” sources said.Most of these companies were penalised for not filing their tax returns and financial documents for the past three years.In September, in an attempt to improve corporate governance, an MCA directive had barred over 3 lakh directors of these shell companies from serving on the board of any company for the next five years.Last month, MCA had revealed that of the total companies whose registrations were struck down, over 1.3 lakh companies did not have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) even as they were dealing in currencies worth crores of rupees.Market experts have welcomed the government’s move to give directors a chance to come clean.”I look at this as a pragmatic move by the government to differentiate between companies that are black sheep and companies that are in the grey. With this, the government will be able to focus its energies on companies that are truly non-compliant (rather than a) larger set of companies and directors who appear to be in the grey zone,” Samir Paranjape, a partner at consultancy firm Grant Thornton India, told the business daily.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:15 Listen Ed MayberryNeighborhood Center, Workforce Solutions and JPMorgan Chase partner to tackle the middle-skills jobs gap.The nonprofit Neighborhood Centers has brought together Workforce Solutions and JPMorgan Chase for its ASPIRE program.Rene Solis with Neighborhood Centers says the idea is to help bridge the skills gap. Ed MayberryParticipants in the ASPIRE middle-skill jobs initiative gather at the Ripley House on Navigation.“And middle-skills jobs by definition are jobs that you require just a high school diploma, not necessarily a four-year degree,” Solis says. “So there’s a lot of individuals that definitely could take an opportunity and fill these jobs that are currently available in our region.” Solis says the group is partnering with employers to find opportunities and match them with workers ready to acquire needed skills: “Petrochemical is one, logistics and transportation would be another. We also have opportunities within the healthcare industries.” There’s a mismatch between employers needs and the skills of job seekers, according to Carolyn Watson with JPMorgan Chase, and they’ve invested $1 million to support ASPIRE.“And we’re keenly interested in working with organizations that understand the skills that employers are looking for,” Watson says. “So they’re going to take people who are underemployed, unemployed, find out what they need to get into a career that pays a family-sustaining wage.” Share
Chrome 76: Flash block and making Flash use more annoying by Martin Brinkmann on May 06, 2019 in Google Chrome – 15 commentsAdobe Flash is going away in 2020; better, support for Adobe Flash ends in 2020. Adobe won’t support Flash anymore, and all major browser makers revealed plans to retire Flash in their browsers.While that means that most browsers won’t support Flash content anymore and that there won’t be any more updates for Flash, it does not really mean that all Flash content on the Internet is suddenly going away. A Flash Games Preservation project aims to archive Flash games and make them available in a dedicated application so that users may still play them.Google targets Chrome 87 as the target release for Flash removal in the web browser. While there is still a good 18 month until that deadline, things are going to get more annoying soon in regards to Flash.More annoying, because Google tightened the Flash use screws already in Chrome 69. The browser, released in August 2018, changed the Flash permissions system from a permanent state to a session-only state.Starting in Chrome 76, out July 2019, Flash is set to block by default. Chrome will still support Flash at this point, and it is even possible to switch the Flash setting to Ask First again, but that leads to a new problem for users who have set Flash to Ask First: Chrome displays a Flash deprecation warning on start if Ask First is set. The message states “Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020”. The learn more link leads to the “Saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome” post from 2017.The notification may display for a while or just flash for a brief moment. Considering that this is being tested in Chrome Canary currently, it seems likely that Google is still testing the new notification and system before it reaches the stable channel.There is no option to disable the notification in Chrome (other than blocking Flash).To summarize: starting with Chrome 76, Flash is blocked by default. Users may still enable Flash by loading chrome://settings/content/flash and setting the technology to Ask First.Any site permission given during a session is not saved anymore if it is a Flash permission, and it is discarded when the browser is closed. You may run Flash content then in different ways, e.g. by clicking on the “click to play” area of the Flash element to display a “site wants to Run Flash” prompt which you need to allow, or by adding the site to the allow list for Flash (which Chrome will remove when you close the browser).The easiest method to do the latter is to click on the icon in front of the URL, select Site Settings, and set Flash to allow on the page that opens. Things get a bit easier on consecutive sessions as you find the Flash control attached to the initial prompt when you click on the icon in front of the URL.Note: Some video download extensions may not work properly anymore in Chrome until you enable Flash.Google is not the only company that is making Flash use more annoying. Mozilla disabled Flash in Firefox 69 by default for users who still have it installed on their systems. Firefox does not include a native Flash solution like Chrome.Now You: do you (still) use Flash content? (via Techdows)SummaryArticle NameChrome 76: Flash block and making Flash use more annoyingDescriptionStarting in Chrome 76, scheduled for a July 2019 release, Flash is set to block by default. Users who enable Flash receive deprecation notifications.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macao’s establishment as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) is giving away a limited number of FREE TurboJET tickets to agents and consumers planning a trip to the former Portuguese enclave.The ticket giveaway to the City of Gastronomy, supported by Sun Tak TurboJET, applies to travel from Hong Kong to Macao, or vice versa, for travel before December 31, 2019.To book the free ferry tickets, email email@example.comIMAGE:Ruins of St Paul’s, Macao ferryfreeHong KongMacaoTurboJET
###### 26Jul Rep. Iden joins governor at bill-signing ceremony to honor victims of the Kalamazoo shootings State Rep. Brandt Iden joined Gov. Rick Snyder today to acknowledge the landmark legislation creating a public threat alert system. Additionally, this opportunity allowed Rep. Iden to acknowledge the surviving victims of the Kalamazoo shootings and the family members and friends of those who lost their lives on February 20.House Bill 5442, now Public Act 235 of 2016, is a proactive measure to safeguard the lives of citizens by providing real-time notifications of ongoing public threats via television, radio and text message, very similar to the Amber Alert System. This system will provide additional tools to law enforcement to help better inform citizens throughout the state of a public safety threat.“As of July 25, Americans have witnessed 207 mass shooting sprees across the nation in just 2016,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo.“We cannot control what others do, but as lawmakers we can prepare our citizens with the right tools to allow them to be proactive and not reactive in an emergency situation involving mass shootings or acts of terrorism.”Rep. Iden’s legislation will aid minimizing criminal acts across the state of Michigan by rapidly disseminating warning alerts to residents with mobile devices.“Had the victims of the Kalamazoo shootings received an alert notifying them of an active shooter situation nearby perhaps they would have had time to get to safety and avoid the deranged criminal entirely,” said Rep. Iden. “We need to ensure that we are using all current technology to our advantage to equip residents with the essential, imperative information that can help save lives.”Rep. David Maturen, who sponsored a portion of the three-bill package, also took time today to recognize the victims of the mass shooting.“This was a tragic situation, but it sparked landmark legislation here in Michigan,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “My thoughts and prayers are still with the victims and their families, and I’m hopeful that the new notification system will play an important role in getting people out of harm’s way if a similar situation were to take place in the future.”“This legislation is the first of its kind here in Michigan and I believe this law can help memorialize those individuals who died in the Kalamazoo shootings because this horrific incident has culminated into a potentially life-saving public threat alert system that will effectively diminish future threats,” said Rep. Iden. “My continued thoughts and prayers are with all of the families of the loved ones lost in mass shootings across the country.“This bill was a direct response to the shooting rampage in Kalamazoo on February 20 and I am so grateful to my colleagues in the House and the Senate, and Gov. Snyder for their quick action and passage of this bill into law.” Categories: Featured news,Iden News,News Tags: #SB, active shooter, HB 5442, Iden, Kalamazoo shootings, PA 235 of 2016, public threat alert system
### 12Dec Rep. Cole, incoming Michigan House majority floor leader, announces 2019 session schedule Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole today announced the 2019 session schedule for the Michigan House of Representatives.Cole – the incoming majority floor leader for the House – said the chamber’s first session day for the year is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.“Michigan has made great progress over the past eight years creating jobs and strengthening communities. I am confident this positive momentum will continue in the next legislative session,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “We will get to work right away, putting the needs of Michigan’s families and hard-working taxpayers first.”As majority floor leader, Cole will have an important leadership role in the 2019-20 term – the 100th edition of the Michigan Legislature. Cole will help decide which proposals are considered by legislators and lead parliamentary procedure on the House floor, among other duties.Cole was recently re-elected for a third House term representing Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. He currently serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and also serves on the Energy Policy, Judiciary, and Michigan Competitiveness committees.Safety and the quality of life for Michigan families are top priorities. Cole has led several initiatives to improve Michigan transportation infrastructure and operating rules on roads.Cole has nearly two decades of leadership experience at the state and local level.
The state House today unanimously approved a bipartisan plan introduced by Rep. Kathy Crawford to help child care organizations better serve Michigan families.Crawford’s plan would ensure the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other organizations working with DHHS have access to private information that will remain confidential in child welfare cases.Additionally, giving national accreditation programs confidential access to this information will ensure Michigan’s private welfare agencies meet the highest standards for the children and families they serve.“This plan gives caseworkers the additional resources they need to help protect the children they care for,” said Crawford, of Novi. “Caseworkers must have the most relevant and recent information to ensure the children they oversee are as healthy as they can be.”The bill passed the House 109-0.House Bill 4549 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.#### 06Jun House approves Rep. Crawford’s plan to ensure safety of children being helped by caseworkers Categories: Crawford News
Categories: Paquette News 11Jul Rep. Paquette town hall draws nearly 100 residents State Rep. Brad Paquette hosted over 90 community members for a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss road funding in Michigan. He was joined by State Representative Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, and Senator Kim LaSata, vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee“It was fantastic to see so many engaged citizens attend to learn more about road funding,” Rep. Paquette said. “I appreciate that Chair O’Malley and Senator LaSata were able to join us and add valuable insight to the discussions.”Rep. O’Malley is traveling to different regions of the state discussing road funding directly with local residents. “My goal is to make sure the House Transportation Committee is asking the questions you, the citizens of Michigan, want answered,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I appreciated Rep. Paquette’s invitation, as it allowed me to share some of our findings with residents of Southwest Michigan as well as listen directly to their ideas and concerns regarding fixing our roads.”The town hall took place on Monday, July 8 at the Niles District Library in Niles.Rep. Paquette and his guests provided an update on current road funding discussions, a brief summary on the history of road funding in Michigan and thoughts on potential options to improve the quality of our infrastructure around the state. They also discussed innovative and cost saving ideas being tested or utilized throughout Michigan and North America.For more information on items highlighted during the event and to stay up to date on road funding discussions, contact Rep. Paquette’s office by calling (517) 373-1796 or by email at BradPaquette@house.mi.gov.###
17Jul COLUMN: Michigan must learn from Nassar case Last year, people across the country watched as dozens of brave young women gave powerful testimony against disgraced Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.As a parent, former gymnast, and coach, the experiences the survivors shared really hit home. While no one can fix the awful things that happened to these young women, we have a duty to learn from the Nassar case and make reforms to better protect Michigan children from abuse.I’m proud that a solution I introduced to help fix one of the root problems of Nassar’s widespread abuse was recently approved by the Michigan House with overwhelming support. My plan, House Bill 4376, would better protect student athletes by including athletic trainers in a list of professionals required to report evidence of child abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Recent events have made it clear that sometimes abuse goes unreported or is overlooked. If we ensure more people are proactive in identifying and reporting abuse it will better protect our children.Athletic trainers work closely with young athletes, putting them in a position where they’re likely to pick up on signs of abuse or neglect. In many cases, these adults are even closer to student athletes than teachers because they spend a significant amount of time with the students.Another piece of the plan ensures all mandatory reporters are properly trained to understand the duties and responsibilities of their role. I served as a mandatory reporter when I was a teacher, and I am confident that expanding the number of people who are proactive in identifying and reporting abuse will benefit our children.I am honored to continue serving as your voice in Lansing, and always encourage residents to contact me with questions, concerns and ideas. Please feel free to reach out to my office at (517) 373-0839 or email BethGriffin@house.mi.gov.###State Rep. Beth Griffin is serving her second term in the Michigan House representing the residents of Van Buren County, as well as Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County. Categories: Griffin News
House and Senate Oversight committees request auditState Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) today praised the Office of Auditor General (OAG) for scheduling an expedited follow up performance review for the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran after its June 2019 audit showed questionable accounting practices resulting in $300,000 from residents’ accounts being “severely misplaced.”The June 2019 audit’s objectives were to assess the sufficiency of the Home’s provision of member care services, controls over pharmaceuticals and controls over selected business office operations. It found two material and four reportable conditions. The material conditions included the need to do more to prevent unauthorized access to veteran accounts and records and unreconciled differences in a veteran’s subsidiary account and corresponding external bank account balances. Among the reportable conditions was the untimely administration and refills of prescription medication.Hall, chair of the House Oversight Committee, called for the expedited performance audit following a joint hearing conducted by the House and Senate Oversight Committees in June. Sen. Ed McBroom, chair of the Senate Oversight Committee, joined Hall in leading the hearing. Afterwards, the two legislators submitted a formal letter to the OAG with the request.The OAG typically waits 15 to 18 months to follow up on prior audit’s findings, but Hall wanted answers sooner.“I was deeply concerned that money from veteran accounts was not accounted for and prescriptions were not refilled in a timely manner,” Hall said. “It’s for this reason that I called on the OAG for an expedited follow up review to confirm that meaningful steps are being taken to rectify the concerns outlined in the performance audit.”This is the latest following a February 2016 audit that found insufficient care, staffing, and improper administration of medication.The Veterans Affairs Agency and Department of Technology, Management and Budget testified in the joint committee meeting that the material conditions found in the June 2019 report have been fixed. To ensure that veterans were receiving proper care and their finances were being treated appropriately, Rep. Hall and Sen. McBroom asked the OAG for the expedited audit.Hall said the OAG recently supplied him with a letter notifying him and the House Oversight Committee that the office would begin its expedited review in September 2019. The report and its findings are scheduled to be issued in January 2020.The OAG defines a material condition as one “that could impair the ability of management to operate a program in an effective and efficient manner and/or could adversely affect the judgement of an interested person concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of the program.”The less serious reportable condition is defined as “an opportunity for improvement within the context of the audit objectives; a deficiency in internal control that is significant within the context of the audit objectives; all instances of fraud; illegal acts unless they are inconsequential within the context of the audit objectives; significant violations of provision of contracts or grant agreements; and significant abuse that has occurred or is likely to have occurred.” Categories: Hall News,News 24Jul Rep. Hall: Auditor General to conduct expedited audit on Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
Now that I have been in office for seven months, I want to provide a short review of my work as your state representative. Being a public servant means I serve at the pleasure of my constituents, so if you ever would like to chat about what I can be doing better, please reach out.With a busy session schedule, serving on five committees, conducting stakeholder meetings, attending events in district, I am happy to say it’s been a very productive time. It was also challenging, as I underwent surgery and treatment for stage 4 stomach cancer. Through it all I missed only two days of voting and am now cancer-free! Taking on this new role of addressing the needs of 90,000 people has been so rewarding. I love being your state representative and I want to thank you for this opportunity to represent you and to fulfill my dream of crafting good public policy that helps our state to continue to thrive. With that, here is a quick recap:***On my last day of radiation treatment, I introduced a bipartisan plan to incentivize installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations. Electric vehicles are a great economical and environmentally conscious option for many Michigan families, but access to charging stations remains a stumbling block. This plan will allow anyone to install and operate charging stations and charge for their use once they have been licensed.***As a member of the Oversight Committee, I learned Children’s Protective Services (CPS) has been failing our most vulnerable population: abused and neglected children.I introduced a bill to split cases into two separate follow-up actions to give CPS caseworkers flexibility, while still requiring them to help the family receive local services to guarantee the safety of the children.This bill, part of a bipartisan package, puts CPS on the correct path to better protect our children that are in dire need of safety.***I hosted a Facebook Live town hall to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure with the Chair of the Transportation Committee, Jack O’Malley. This gave people the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns from their own homes. The video can be viewed on my website and Facebook page.***My bill to provide greater government transparency by including the legislature in FOIA-type requests, along with a series of bipartisan companion bills, should be taken up by the Senate later this year.***I attended monthly education group meetings with local officials and advocates from both Waterford and Clarkston schools. I’ve met many of you at my well-attended office hours. I also hosted a roundtable with community leaders to discuss the issue of increased teenage use of e-cigarette products.***If you ever need assistance, please join me at my monthly office hours, call my office at 517-373-0615, or email me at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. I am truly honored to be your state representative and I hope to hear from you.### 23Jul My first seven months as your representative Categories: Schroeder News