WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his business organization have sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president’s financial records.Rep. Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena earlier this month to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president and Trump Organization.The complaint filed in federal court in Washington says the subpoena seeks to investigate events that occurred before Trump was president and “has no legitimate legislative purpose.” It says “Democrats are using their new control of congressional committees to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s personal finances, businesses, and even his family.”Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s lawyers, said in a statement Monday that “we will not allow presidential harassment to go unanswered.”The Associated Press
Alberta’s premier says the province’s current economic situation doesn’t just affect Albertans, but the whole country.Speaking in Toronto Wednesday, Jim Prentice met with bank analysts, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada ahead of his upcoming trip to Texas to lobby for the Keystone XL pipeline.But most of the post-meeting talk had little to do about the project.Instead there was more chatter about his recent comments on Tuesday with regards to the implementation of a possible sales tax, saying he was prepared to be educated and hear from those who want it.“I did not say that I support a sales tax or that I advocate a sales tax,” he said Wednesday. “If there are people who are supportive of a sales tax, now is the time for them to speak their mind and I know there are some who have said that. Personally, I don’t feel that Albertans want a sales tax and that is certainly what I’ve heard over the course of the last 24 hours, but I’ll continue to listen to what people have to say.”Prentice also reiterated his position on public sector wages, saying with oil revenues falling, the current system of the best services, highest wages and lowest taxes is simply not sustainable.“We need to work together with public sector employees to deal with the fiscal constraints that we are now seeing and we need to meet with them to discuss possible solution and to determine what the best way forward is and those discussions will be underway in the weeks ahead,” he said. “They’ll be conducted in a respectful way, but they need to be conducted with full recognition for the fiscal position that Alberta is in.”Prentice was also asked about the possibility of deferring capital projects, such as the southwest Calgary ring road and whether it may be scrapped.“No one has suggested that that project should be scrapped,” he said. “The timelines for the expenditures on that project obviously need to be considered, along with all the other projects that are discussion in our five-year capital plan and in indeed our 10-year capital plan.”He added that he is concerned about losing investment in the province and the situation has significant effects across Canada.That being said, Prentice would not say Alberta is in a crisis and is confident the storm will be weathered.Shortly after his comments, the Alberta NDP said any talk about of a possible sales tax is diverting attention away from unfair and negligent tax policies.The party’s finance and treasury board critic, Brian Mason, rejects the tax and places the blame on corporate ones, saying the PCs have cut taxes on corporate projects by over a third to 10 per cent, the lowest in the country.“This government has squandered windfall resource revenues in the good years, rewarding banks, energy companies and Alberta’s wealthiest individuals at the expense of average Alberta families,” Mason said in a statement, adding a progressive tax system and reversing cuts to corporations would generate billions.“The PCs have neglected to implement a stable revenue stream and instead have recklessly insisted that Alberta rely on boom and bust energy cycles to fund public services,” Mason said. by News Staff Posted Jan 14, 2015 4:10 pm MDT Prentice reiterates sales tax position and public wages; NDP calls for better tax structure AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The children were released to their families on Sunday in the presence of senior Government officials as well as representatives from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar. By the terms of an action plan signed with the UN last year, the Myanmar Government has agreed to locate all children recruited by the Tatmadaw with a view to ensuring their unconditional release, and committed to discharging and facilitating their quick reintegration back into their families and their communities.“We expect the Tatmadaw will now be in a position to speed up the release of all children,” said UN Resident Coordinator Ashok Nigam. “We are very happy for the 42 children and their families today but we must accelerate efforts so that many more children benefit from release.” The action plan also includes commitments to allow UN monitoring teams to access military facilities and to training military personnel on how to better protect, respect and promote the rights of Myanmar’s children.“All parties recognize this is about the future of Myanmar. No child should have to endure the hardship of being taken away from their families, friends, schools and communities,” said Mr. Nigam. “Nothing justifies the recruitment of children in armed forces. An army is not a place for a child to grow up. We will continue working with the Myanmar Government and the Tatmadaw towards expanding access for UN monitoring teams, addressing identified systemic procedural weaknesses, and mobilizing the Myanmar public in support of ending this practice for the sake of their children and the whole country,” he added.The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and UNICEF are the co-chairs of the UN Country Task Force charged with facilitating Myanmar’s implementation of Security Council resolution 1612 in the country together with representatives from other members of the Task Force.Adopted in 2005, resolution 1612 asked the Secretary-General to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism to provide timely and reliable information on six grave children’s rights violations, including the recruitment and use of children in armed forces and armed groups. The six grave violations monitored and reported are: killing or maiming of children; recruitment and use of children in armed forces and groups; attacks against schools or hospitals; rape or other grave sexual violence; abduction of children; and denial of humanitarian access for children.In his recent report to the Council on children and armed conflict in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the fact that, while children are still being recruited into the Tatmadaw following the signing of the action plan, the number of new recruits have decreased. “Through today’s discharge and by moving away from recruiting new children, the Myanmar Government and its armed forces continue to demonstrate their desire to end this deeply saddening practice,” said UNICEF Representative Bertrand Bainvel. “The action plan continues to be a unique opportunity to once and for all ensure that the Tatmadaw is a child-free armed force and is removed from the annex of the Secretary-General’s report, which lists parties to the conflict that recruit and use children,” Mr. Bainvel added.The Tatmadaw (together with its integrated border guard forces) is listed in Annex 1 of the Secretary-General’s report, alongside seven other non-State armed groups that are persistent perpetrators in Myanmar.
Dead: Leonard “Lenny” PetersPolice in Linden are investigating the murder of Leonard “Lenny” Peters , 21, of lot 29 West Watooka, Wismar, Linden who was reportedly stabbed to death at approximately 22:00h on Friday while imbibing at a shop situated at lot 6 West Watooka.Police have since arrested and taken into custody two brothers from the area, known as “Giddie” and “Gaza” who are being questioned in connection with the crime.One of the suspected perpetrators reportedly took investigators to his home on Saturday, where he handed over a knife which is believed to be the murder weapon.The incident reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding during a social event at the shop.It is alleged that the deceased, who is a well known footballer and mason, accidentally spilled alcohol on one of the suspects which subsequently led to a physical confrontation.One of the suspects reportedly went to his home situated a short distance away where he retrieved a knife and stabbed the now deceased once to the chest.Peters who was later observed bleeding from a wound in the left side of his chest, was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where he died shortly after whilst receiving medical attention.Speaking to this publication on Saturday, the Peters father, Leonard Peters Senior said he was awakened by his wife shortly after the incident who related that their son had been stabbed.The distraught father said following the incident, his son collapsed a short distance away from his home before he was transported to the hospital.“The brother rush out there and see Lenny lie down in the corner there… but it ain’t happen here it happen in front and Lenny come and fall down there. So he brother rush he and the two of them- the two brothers, and they put he in the front seat of the car and they rush he to the hospital”, Peters related. He added that he later went to the hospital where he saw the extent of his son’s injuries.“When I go there they tell me I can’t come in. When I look, a set of nurses and doctors deh round Lenny… I see Lenny lie down in there, all over wash away in blood”, he added. Peters said the family was still trying to gather information as to what really transpired as the information had not been forthcoming. He noted however that the suspects are known to his son since they grew up together in the neighborhood.“All I know is that Lenny got stabbed and I heard that two brothers that live in front do the job. They grow up together as brothers in this place. I ain’t really know what happened there. But this morning I hearing that one of them go upstairs and bring out a knife and stab Lenny”, the older Peters related.He noted that his wife has since been inconsolable and is saddened over the incident. A cousin of the deceased who was at the location at the time was also taken in for questioning.Peters described his son, who was a footballer with the High Stars football club, as a very quiet and loving individual.He however questioned his actions pertaining to imbibing. “The only thing I want to know is how long Lenny start drinking, because he grow up in a Christian fellowship”, he said. At his home on Saturday, many relatives and friends turned up to give comfort to the family.He also leaves to mourn, his girlfriend from Berbice who is currently a few months pregnant.According to his father, the Peters was slated to be married within 5 months.Investigations are continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Linden youth stabbed to death, suspects ‘Giddie and Gaza’ arrestedDecember 22, 2018In “Crime”Man arraigned with murder of Watooka youthDecember 24, 2018In “Court”Prime suspect in Linden fatal stabbing captured …to be charged for wife’s murderMay 19, 2017In “Crime”
THE GROUP REPRESENTING women who travelled to the UK to terminate unviable pregnancies are to bring their case to the United Nations.Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR) and the Centre for Reproductive Rights will file three petitions alleging human rights violations with the UN Human Rights Committee next weekThe mothers have campaigned since last April – when some of them appeared on the Late Late Show – to change the current situation in Ireland which sees women travel to other jurisdictions for terminations if their babies are suffering with fatal foetal abnormalities.Various pleas and protests directed at government members failed to garner the necessary support to be included in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 because of fears that the provision would be unconstitutional.Another demonstration will be held outside Leinster House on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a press conference to discuss the petitions being filed.Members of TFMR were devastated of the omission from the legislation this year but vowed to take their cases to Europe and beyond.The women have shared the trauma of having to travel to Liverpool and other English cities to undergo terminations to journalists and politicians in the past 18 months.“We are looking for nothing extreme here. Just decency, dignity and compassion,” Deirdre Conroy, the woman at the centre of the ‘D’ case which was heard at the European Court of Human Rights, said earlier this year.TFMR continues to meet and offer support to women whose babies have been diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities. The group’s website can be found here. They be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Support group Leanbh mo Chroi can also be found on Facebook, or contacted by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 086 747 4746.Medical Terminations: ‘Ours is a very specific, heartbreaking and clear-cut case’Explainer: What will Ireland’s new abortion law change?‘We don’t want government empathy and compassion – give us action’
Anyone who has purchased Skyrim for the PS3 should consider waiting for Bethesda to release a patch before getting too far into the game.Players are reporting that the game starts to demonstrate more and more lag as you make progress and log more hours playing. The lag can get so bad you have to stop playing to apply the temporary fix outlined below. It looks as though the issue is linked to the size of the save game stored on the PS3’s hard drive. As soon as it starts getting bigger than 5MB the lag kicks in.When your save game reaches that size is going to be dependent on what you do in the game and how fast you achieve it. Reports so far say the lag starts to happen around the 25 hour mark, so you can get quite far in before it becomes an issue.There is no permanent fix for the problem, but you can temporarily fix it by restarting your PS3. After that, you get around an hour of play before the lag returns.My one hope is that Bethesda can fix this without informing PS3 players that their previous save games will no longer be valid after the patch has been applied. I’m sure that won’t happen, but if you’re about to start playing maybe it’s worth considering and waiting for that patch first.Earlier today we reported that Bethesda had already confirmed more than 3.5 million copies of the game had been sold. Although we don’t know how many of those were on PS3, it’s got to be in the hundreds of thousands at the very least. With that in mind, I doubt Bethesda is hanging around getting a patch ready to go. It doesn’t want lots of angry gamers complaining on forums, or even worse, returning the game.via CVG and the Skyrim forums
One key component of the upcoming Mozilla Marketplace is support for BrowserID, Mozilla’s vision for the future of authentication on the Web. As the Marketplace prepares to launch, it’s time for a little housekeeping at Mozilla — and BrowserID is being re-branded as Mozilla Persona.Those of you who are familiar with Firefox might be a tad confused because of their choice of name. For several versions now, Personas have been a simple way for users to change the appearance of their browser — lightweight skins that can be browsed and installed from getpersonas.com. For their part, the Personas team had already mentioned a name change was on the cards, saying that the name was probably better suited to another product.It’s worth noting that the BrowserID name isn’t being completely abandoned. Going forward, Mozilla Persona will refer to the identity platform as a whole while the protocol used to transmit data will be referred to as BrowserID.Anxious to see just how Mozilla Persona will work? You can set up a test identity at Mozilla’s EyeDee.Me provider and use your new credentials to sign in on any Persona-ready site. There aren’t many around yet, but Mozilla, of course, offers a demo site where you can sign in: My Favorite Beer — which happens to be Innis & Gunn if anyone wants to buy me a pint.Just like the Mozilla Marketplace, the goal with Persona is to create an open, standards-based system that can be implemented in any browser and supported by all Web apps whether they’re desktop or mobile. It’s certainly time for someone to create a system like this — it’s not like we’re going to have fewer usernames and passwords to remember any time soon.More at Mozilla
Library’s Early Learning Center inspires children’s imaginationsThe new Vancouver Community Library in downtown Vancouver is a way-cool, updated place that beckons everyone, for free, with five floors and a lot more to offer than folks might think.And that includes — worth noting in view of the continuing unemployment problem — ways to take free computer classes on all levels, learn about jobs and get some personal help from a librarian to find job-hunting resources.Approaching the front entryway on a chilly day, you might see a young mom and dad spilling outside with two bouncing, bundled-up children, hair flying in the wind and dad carrying a 2-foot stack of kids’ picture books.A Norman Rockwell moment.If you haven’t been to a public library for a while, you might be surprised.Once inside, you’ll find the building at East Evergreen Boulevard and C Street has a capacity for 350,000 books that circulate around the 13-branch Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. This main library opened in July.And it’s always fun to check out the periodicals:Guns & Ammo? Homeschooling Today? The New York Times? Food & Wine? GQ? Flyfishing & Tying Journal? The Congressional Digest? The Gay & Lesbian Review?They’re all there waiting, along with Harpers, Flying, Good Housekeeping, Fur-Fish-Game and many more.And there’s a special place called Teen Central for ages 12 to 19, with dream-level video games hooked up to big-screen wall monitors.Adults and younger children are kept to a minimum in this area, where kids can read popular fiction, play cards and get some help with homework, said Jericho Knight, a senior librarian assistant.
See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Apple reportedly dismissed over 200 employees from Project Titan 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 3:38 Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Apple dismissed more than 200 people from its self-driving car program as it undergoes apparent restructuring. James Martin/CNET Apple this week cut more than 200 employees from its Project Titan self-driving car program, a report said Thursday.The secretive program is under new leadership, and people inside the company view the dismissals as part of an expected restructuring, according to CNBC, which cited anonymous sources. Some employees, meanwhile, will move to different parts of the Cupertino, California, company.Among the program’s leadership is Doug Field, who returned to Apple last summer to work with Project Titan lead Bob Mansfield. Field had been overseeing production of the Tesla Model 3 at Elon Musk’s electric car startup.An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the layoffs to CNBC, noting that the company still thinks “there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems.”The company confirmed the CNBC statement via email, but declined to add further comment.Earlier this month, Volkswagen reportedly poached Alexander Hitzinger from Project Titan to lead technical development for its commercial vehicles division, along with its self-driving car and mobility-as-a-service programs. Apple Auto Tech Car Industry 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it More From Roadshow Share your voice Tesla Self-driving cars Apple
The Legislature is poised to pass a state budget that would prevent layoff notices going out to state workers tomorrow. But the budget could draw three billion dollars from the state’s piggy bank, the constitutional budget reserve. And it’s not clear how Governor Bill Walker will respond to a spending plan that doesn’t address Alaska’s long-term state fiscal imbalance.Download AudioSen. Pete Kelly speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate, (Stock photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)After weeks of quiet, behind-closed-doors negotiations, the Legislative conference committee on the budget passed a funding plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. That action set the stage for both the House and Senate to vote on the budget before the deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to prevent layoff notices being sent to state workers.Conference committee chairman Fairbanks Republican Senator Pete Kelly said this session will provide lasting budget savings, due to overhauls of Medicaid and criminal justice. Under the proposed budget, total spending – including federal funds – would fall from $9.3 billion this year to $8.8 billion in the coming year.“Our goal was to cut somewhere … $400-500 million. We’re over a $400 million reduction,” Kelly said. “And as we said before, those reductions will continue into the future, because of the reform bills.”House Minority Leader Anchorage Democrat Chris Tuck highlighted money that was restored to the budget, including funds for senior benefits, early education, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska Marine Highway.House minority leader Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, speaks at a press event Jan. 19, 2016. Photo: Skip Gray/360North.House Minority members have supported changes to the oil and gas tax system that would cut subsidies to producers. But Tuck said the top priority was preventing layoff notices.“Now that we got this off the table – now that we’re no longer threatening state employees – it’s time to get to work and fix Alaska’s future,” Tuck said.Anchorage Democratic Representive Les Gara said it wouldn’t have been appropriate to use the budget as leverage to pass oil and gas tax changes.“You can’t leverage other peoples’ votes by saying, ‘I’m going to shut down government if you don’t give me the oil tax bill I want.’ Those things have to be decided on their merits,” Gara said.But the lack of progress on reaching a comprehensive fiscal plan to stabilize the state budget for future years is a concern for many residents. That’s according to Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan. Foundation surveys found Alaskans want the Legislature to adopt a comprehensive plan this year.Walker has proposed a series of new taxes and tax increases, as well as cuts to oil and gas tax credits. Kaplan said Alaskans would like to see the Legislature do more than pass the budget.“In the long term, nothing is being done this session – other than the modest budget cuts – that puts us in a good position to have a bright economic future for any Alaskans – whether the most vulnerable Alaskans, middle-class Alaskans: any Alaskans,” Kaplan said. “This is not a sustainable way to operate the state of Alaska – using reserves.”The potential $3 billion Constitutional Budget Reserve draw would be more than 40 percent of the entire fund. And nearly a fifth of all savings that the state can spend.One party that will be keeping a close eye on what the state government does in the coming weeks is the bond-rating firms. Standard and Poor’s analysts have said negative pressure on the state’s credit rating could intensify if the Legislature doesn’t make structural changes.San Francisco-based S and P analyst Gabe Petek said his firm is watching for what happens next.“We have not viewed the state’s fiscal structure as sustainable over the longer term,” Petek said. “And so, we’ve been watching to see if the Legislature could reach an agreement on some package of reforms that would put the state’s finances on a more sustainable trajectory.”While majority-caucus legislators have said they would bring pieces of Walker’s fiscal plan up for votes, it’s not clear whether any will pass.
More than six weeks after the election, the Alaska House of Representatives still doesn’t have a majority. It’s taking longer to organize a majority caucus this year because the House has almost equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans (and one race that’s still unresolved).The delay means lawmakers don’t know their committee assignments. They also don’t know how many staff members they can hire, and which Capitol office they’ll have.Former lawmakers say there are pitfalls of organizing a closely divided House.Craig Johnson is a former representative who was in charge of office assignments as the House Rules Committee chairman from 2011 to 2016. The Anchorage Republican said House members will start to feel pressure as they move closer to the session. It’s particularly tough for the people who want to be their aides, who have to wait to see if they’ll have a job.“The people that have to move to Juneau – that’s where … I think, the real problem is,” Johnson said. “There are already some people on their way down. And so you got people that are in kind of a no man’s land, not knowing if they get there, if they’re going to have a job. Should they leave? Should they not?”Johnson noted that Alaska could have a situation where the House is evenly split. That happened in Oregon in 2011, when there were Republican and Democratic co-speakers who shared power.But he said that even if there’s a narrow majority, it may be difficult for it to get things done.“The majority, as slim as it is, regardless how it forms, the committees are going to be evenly split,” Johnson said. “It’s not like where you’ve got the ability for anybody to miss a day.”It’s taken time to organize a majority before. The most noteworthy instance was in 1981, when the House didn’t organize until the 22nd day of the legislative session.Sally Smith said there may be lessons from that time that today’s lawmakers can learn from. She represented Fairbanks as a Democrat, and was the rules committee chairwoman once the House organized that year.At the time, the Democrats had 22 members. But they couldn’t agree on who should chair the Finance Committee. And once they formed an organization, some newer and rural Democrats still felt their voices weren’t heard.“You really need to have leadership that takes into account every one who is at the table, regardless of their political party. And tries to accommodate … not so much what they want to take from the table, but what they bring to the table,” she said. “And then we get to a system that starts to work as it should.”The narrow Democratic majority wasn’t stable during that session. In June, four Democrats left the caucus and joined with 16 Republicans and two Libertarians to overthrow the majority that Smith was a part of.“There was a lot of talent and it was really unfortunate that … the organization as it turned out, just didn’t keep their perspective,” she said. “I think we all started out on the right track. But we got perhaps full of ourselves.”Smith said majorities work best when all of the members are treated equally. It also helps if there’s a limited number of goals they all agree on, rather than having the leaders dictate the goals.“On the Democratic side, it was, ‘we’re going to tell you guys what to do. You’re just supposed to fall in line.’ And on the Republican side, it was, ‘Where do you want to go?,’” Smith said. “And they said, ‘We want to hold the leadership.’ And they developed their plan and they executed it. And they executed it well.”The first day of the session will be Jan. 15.
Ever thought an 18-year college dropout can be a successful motivational speaker? Sam Jacobs is someone who not only motivates his buddies but he motivates an entire generation of students by sharing his journey with others. Sam today is a mentor to thousands of individuals as well as youngsters who aspire to succeed in their own field. Self-made individuals like Tai Lopez and Grant Cardone have endorsed Sam’s ideas for growth, success and happiness.Sam advises that the right frame of mind and the will to achieve one’s true potential pave the way for success. Sam uses the social media as a tool to help others. Today, he has over 85 thousand followers on Instagram where he teaches people how to make money just like him. The youngster who has single-handedly sold out a 250-poeple event in NYC in over just 30 days considers Google and YouTube, two of his best friends.He teaches the youth that it is not about a fancy college degree or the big money ideas. He motivates them to start small to achieve their big dreams. He has earned over $1.5 million as revenue and he is just getting started. His story is an inspiration to the youth. He urges people to imagine what they want in 5 years. What kind of car will they drive? What kind of family would they have? He wants his followers to think big and live better lives.Sam believes, “Live in the moment, feel your future and manifest your dreams. Remember though, you can write a thousand lists and make a million vision boards but if you don’t clearly feel what you want to experience, it will never truly manifest into form.”IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
Categories: News 08May State lawmakers recognize regional robotics team champs Pettalia, Moolenaar host Thunder Bay students to Capitol visitTeam members, pictured from left: Josh Beatty, Savannah Thomson, Nate Cosbitt, Sam Beatty, Elizabeth Thomson, Breanna Domrase. Back row: Pettalia, Bob Thomson, Katie Thomson, Ann Cosbitt, Lisa Beatty, Moolenaar.State Rep. Peter Pettalia and Sen. John Moolenaar welcomed the Thunder Bay Junior High students on the UR2 Underwater Robotics Engineering Team to the state Capitol this week to recognize their accomplishment on a Great Lakes Regional first place win. The team also garnered two of three top engineer awards for its remotely operated vehicles (ROV) competition.“The team’s success shows how important skilled trades learning opportunities can be, even starting at a young age,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “These kids have generated great pride in our part of the state and their talent, teamwork, and determination have earned the respect of ROV followers and teams elsewhere in Michigan.”The UR2 Underwater Robotics Engineering Team was created by Robert Thomson, teacher at Sanborn Elementary School in Alpena, and is hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.“I have long been a supporter of career and technical education and this robotics team is one example of having our students apply their skills in a fun, competitive environment,” said Moolenaar, R-Midland. “I was proud to meet these outstanding students and hear about their experiences. I want to congratulate them on their success, and I encourage them to continue to hone their skills and use their creative talents to help re-energize our economy.”The first place regional competition finish qualified the team to represent Michigan and the Greater Great Lakes Region at the June international ROV competition in Seattle, Wash. in June. They will be competing against the other regional winners world-wide.
28Jul Nesbitt hosts third annual Local Officials Meeting Categories: News On Friday, July 25, state Rep. Aric Nesbitt hosted more than 45 officials from across Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties at his third annual Local Officials Meeting. The event brought together local elected leaders and representatives from different departments within state government to discuss the issues that greatly impact local government.The meeting was once again held at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center in Lawrence. The event was established three years ago with the goal of providing township, village, city, county and school officials a greater opportunity to engage in beneficial discussions with experts and policy liaisons from departments handling issues confronted by most local bodies.“I’d like to thank all the local leaders and those providing presentations for participating in this great exchange of information and ideas, said Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “This event has continued to provide our local leaders with updated information on the important topics they face on their boards and councils.”The discussion and presentations focused on several important issues including a review of the 2014-15 Fiscal Year general budget, how new reforms to accepted agriculture practices affect the right-to-farm law and a review of the benefits available from the Natural Resources Trust Fund.“This forum continues to make government more accessible and accountable through opening new dialogue and discussion,” Nesbitt said. “After receiving feedback from those in attendance, it is very clear that this event was a huge success yet again.”CUTLINE INFORMATION: Rep. Aric Nesbitt, center, joins various local and state government leaders at the third annual Local Official Meeting held in Lawrence on July 25. ###
02Apr Rep. Bumstead to host town hall on road funding Categories: News State Rep. Jon Bumstead is inviting residents of the 100th House District to attend an informational town hall meeting regarding the May 5 statewide ballot proposal on road funding in Michigan.The town hall will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at TrueNorth Community Services, located at 6308 S. Warner Ave. in Fremont.“There’s a significant amount of information out there about the ballot proposal and I’d like to give local residents the opportunity to address their questions and concerns,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “This town hall will help to ensure that voters are informed on all aspects of the proposal.”Residents who are unable to attend the town hall meeting are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead toll free at (877) 999-0995, or via email at JonBumstead@house.mi.gov.###
30Mar House panel approves Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot State Rep. Hank Vaupel testifies before the House Elections and Ethics Committee regarding legislation he introduced to remove party vignettes from election ballots.Legislation introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to remove political party icons from the ballot was approved today by the House Elections and Ethics Committee.Political vignettes are small icons first added to the ballot in the 1890s. Vaupel said ballots have changed drastically since then and the icons no longer serve a purpose.“The icons don’t line up with the political party they’re meant to represent, and they’ve gotten so small that it’s impossible for people to identify who or what is depicted in the picture,” said Vaupel, of Handy Township. “At this point vignettes are just taking up space on the ballot.”In addition, Vaupel said vignettes have confused some voters who think circling the icon is all they have to do to cast a straight-ticket vote.“When people make this mistake it’s a shame because their votes don’t count, and everybody’s vote should count,” Vaupel said.Vaupel said he was pleased to work on the bill with Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley, who joined him earlier this month to testify before the Elections and Ethics Committee.House Bill 4177 moves to the full House for consideration.### Categories: Vaupel News,Vaupel Photos
Simon Calver, chief executive of UK online video streaming service Lovefilm, is leaving the company to join babycare retailer Mothercare.The move will see Calver join the British retail firm at the end of April.He has run the Amazon-owned online platform and DVD retailer since it merged with Video Island in April 2006 and has built up its digital business, striking streaming deals with Hollywood studios including Disney, Sony, Warner Bros.Before joining Lovefilm, Calver worked at digital education software company Riverdeep and also previously had roles at Pepsi, Dell and Unilever.
Virgin Mobile France has launched a new multi-play box and quad-play offering for €29.99 a month, competing head-on with ISPs including Free, SFR, Orange and Bouygues Telecom.Virgin Mobile is offering a quad-play of TV, internet and fixed and mobile telephony including two hours of calls and unlimited text messages for €29.99, dubbed H@ppy4, undercutting its rivals who, led by Free, raised the prices of their services following the raising of VAT on bundled offerings.Virgin Mobile president Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux told French journalists that Free CEO Xavier Neil “doesn’t have a monopoly” on protecting the interests of French consumers and pointed out that Free’s fixed-line margins were extremely high. Roux de Bézieux called on the country’s competition authorities to take on what he described as a fixed-line oligopoly in France.Virgin Mobile has launched two quad-play offerings. The second, more expensive bundle, includes four hours of calls and 3GB of data for €39.99, some €7 less than the cheapest comparable offering, provided by Bouygues Telecom.Virgin Mobile is France’s largest MVNO, with about two million customers.
Channel distributor Thema has signed a carriage deal with Virgin France for 47 of its ethnic channels.Various channel packages are available catering for communites from French-speaking Africa, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Arabic countires and the Comoros islands.Packages vary in price from €4.90 per month for Greek channel Antenna 1 to €23.90 per month for the DigiTurk Turkish package consisting of LigTV, TurkMax, ShowTurk, IzTV, PowerTurk, and SkyTurk.
Driven by strong demand for next generation media server products in North America, set-top vendor Pace said revenues are in line with management expectations.In a trading update, Pace said it expected revenues for the second half of 2012 to be around US$180 million (€142 million), up 16% year-on-year. The UK company said hard disk drive supply issues that had impacted revenues last year and into this year had been resolved and would not affect revenue or EBITDA for the second half of 2012.Pace CEO Mike Pulli said, “We continue to make good progress in executing our strategy and becoming a more profitable, cash generative company with a broader commercial opportunity. We have made significant steps in transforming our supply chain and the continued focus on operational improvement will deliver further operational savings in 2013. The demand we are seeing for our innovative next generation media server products underpins our strong revenue growth in H2 2012. Our widening out strategy continues to build momentum with wins and deployments across the globe. As a result we have further invested in these growth areas. We are confident about our trajectory and remain firmly focused on execution in the remainder of the year and beyond.”