first_imgBEIJING — 5:00 p.m. (All times local)A Chinese government spokesman says three days of talks with U.S. envoys aimed at ending a costly tariff battle have ended, but no details were immediately released.The foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said the talks wrapped up Wednesday. Lu said an official statement would come later.Asian stock markets rose on news the talks, originally planned for two days, were extended into a third.The two governments have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each others goods in the dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.___12:00 p.m. U.S. and Chinese envoys extended trade talks into a third day Wednesday after President Donald Trump said negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war were “going very well!”The two governments have announced no details, but Asian stock markets rose on news of the decision to extend negotiations that originally were planned for two days.The two sides are meeting face-to-face for the first time since Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed Dec. 1 to suspend further punitive action against each other’s imports for 90 days while they negotiate over the fight sparked by American complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.Trump said late Tuesday on Twitter that “Talks with China are going very well!”The Associated Presslast_img read more

With the pharmacist’s role evolving from that of a maker and supplier towards that of provider of services and information and ultimately of patient care, the United Nations health agency is co-sponsoring a handbook to ensure that a patient’s drug therapy is the most effective available, the safest possible and properly adhered to. “Pharmacists have an important role to play in health care, which is much more than selling medicines,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director of Medicines Policy and Standards Hans V. Hogerzeil said of the handbook, Developing pharmacy practice – A focus on patient care, published by his agency and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). An ever-growing and complex range of medicines and poor adherence to prescribed medicines have forced the evolution of the pharmacist’s role into a more patient-centred approach, known as pharmaceutical care, WHO notes. Adherence to long-term therapy for chronic conditions in developed countries averages 50 per cent, with even lower rates for developing countries. “By taking direct responsibility for individual patient’s medicine-related needs, pharmacists can make a unique contribution to the outcome of drug therapy and to their patients’ quality of life,” the handbook says in its introduction. “The practice of pharmaceutical care is new, in contrast to what pharmacists have been doing for years. Because pharmacists often fail to assume responsibility for this care, they may not adequately document, monitor and review the care given. Accepting such responsibility is essential to the practice of pharmaceutical care,” it adds. The number of medicines on the market has increased dramatically over the last few decades, bringing some real innovations but also considerable challenges in controlling the quality and rational use of medicines, the handbook notes. To reach as wide an audience as possible, it will be available both in electronic form and print. The aim throughout is to make it interactive and provide suitable model responses, so that it can also be used for self-assessment. It contains a wide variety of illustrative case studies in order to meet the needs of different users. read more

Irving Oil to conduct $200 million maintenance project for Saint John refinery by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2015 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Thousands of temporary jobs will be created in New Brunswick this fall during a maintenance and upgrade project at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John described as the largest in the company’s history.Company officials said Thursday the $200-million project, or turnaround as it is termed, will see half the refinery shut down for 60 days starting Sept. 16. The refinery’s output will be halved to about 150,000 barrels a day while the work is underway.The company does a turnaround at the refinery each year, but says this one — dubbed “Operation Falcon” — will be the largest in the company’s history.Gary Ritchie, president of the New Brunswick Trades Unions, calls it significant.“This is the biggest shutdown we’ve ever done here at the Irving refinery in my time,” he said.“It will employ people from one side of New Brunswick to the other.”The majority of the pipefitters, electricians, boiler makers, and other skilled workers will be hired from within New Brunswick, while about 10 per cent will come from other parts of Atlantic Canada and beyond.Mark Sherman, vice-president of Irving Oil, said while there will be a number of pieces of new equipment installed, workers will inspect, clean, and refurbish other equipment to make it safe and reliable for the next five to six years.Irving Oil president Ian Whitcolm said the project signals the company’s long-term commitment to the economic future of Saint John and the rest of the region.“Continued investments like Operation Falcon have allowed our company to thrive where other companies are struggling,” he said, noting the closure in recent years of refineries in Halifax and Montreal.The company says the project will generate $27 million in direct spinoff benefits for Saint John while the work is underway.Discussion among politicians and others at the announcement inevitably turned to the proposed Energy East pipeline, a $12-billion project to move western oil as far east as the Irving Oil refinery and a proposed export terminal nearby.Sherman said while the current turnaround is not directly related to Energy East, it does help prepare the refinery for any future upgrades.“You always want to bolt on that type of work onto a good, reliable operating entity,” he said.This is really about making sure, whether we do any future investment or not with major projects, you need to make sure that the operation today is safe and reliable.”The Irving Oil refinery opened in 1960 and is the largest in Canada. read more

first_imgBHP has entered into a share subscription agreement with SolGold Plc, which is the majority owner and operator of the Cascabel porphyry copper-gold project in Ecuador. Following completion of the private placement by SolGold, BHP’s interest in SolGold would increase from 6.01 to 11.2%. BHP has agreed to pay a 32% premium to the 20 day volume-weighted average London Stock Exchange price determined on 15 October 2018.BHP President Minerals Americas, Danny Malchuk said “Ecuador is a highly prospective region for the next generation of copper supply. This additional investment in SolGold strengthens our strategic position in the Cascabel copper exploration project, and is consistent with BHP’s strategy to replenish our copper resource base and grow the business.”Cascabel is a porphyry copper- gold deposit located in the Imbabura province of northwest Ecuador. It lies just off a main road, a three hour drive north of Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. The climate zone is tropical-savannah and vegetation is tropical forest with a well-developed soil horizon. Topography rises from elevations of 900 m to 2,200 m and the moderate to steep landscape is incised by four large drainage complexes.Northern Ecuador lies within the under-explored northern section of the richly endowed Andean Copper Belt, which extends from Chile in the south to Colombia in the north and then northwest into Panama. The tenement lies on the margin of the Eocene and Miocene metallogenic belts which are renowned for hosting some of the world’s largest porphyry copper and gold deposits, like the giant La Escondida copper mine in Chile, which is hosted within the same age host rocks as Cascabel.The project is located within the Cordillera Occidental (or Western Cordillera) of the Ecuadorian Andes. Basement rocks consist of ocean floor basalts and sediments of Cretaceous age. High-level Eocene (and possibly Late-Miocene) batholiths and associated granite, granodiorite and diorite bodies intrude volcanic and sedimentary rocks of Cretaceous to Tertiary age. The regional controls that localise gold and copper mineralisation at Cascabel are intimately related with the three-dimensional interaction of deep seated NE-trending first order (arc-parallel) structures, with NW-trending second order (arc-normal) faults, and NNW-trending thirrd order structures.Within the Cascabel concession, volcanic and sedimentary rocks are intruded by a number of Quartz diorite, diorite and hornblende diorite stocks and dykes. The SolGold field teams completed 1:500 scale, ‘Anaconda’ style geological mapping over the tenement area and all high priority porphyry target centres have been elevated to drill ready status.To date SolGold has completed geological mapping, soil sampling, rock saw channel sampling, geochemical and spectral alteration mapping over 25 km2, along with an additional 9 km2 of Induced Polarisation and 14 km2 Magnetotelluric ‘Orion’ surveys over the Alpala cluster and other targets at Aguinaga, Parambas, Tandayama-America, Moran and Chinambicito. This exploration activity has identified 15 potential porphyry centres at Cascabel, at Alpala Central, Alpala Northwest, Alpala Southeast, Hematite Hill, Alpala East, Alpala West, Alpala South, Moran, Trivinio, Carmen, Cristal, Aguinaga, Tandayama-America, and Parambas.SolGold published its maiden Mineral Reserve Estimate for Alpala in January 2018.  The MRE is reported in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (May 2014). The highlights include:Estimate across both Indicated and Inferred classifications totals a current 1,080 Mt @ 0.68% CuEq (7.4  Mt CuEq) at 0.3% CuEq cutoff, some 40% of which is in the Indicated category (by tonnage)Contained metal content totals a current 5.2 Mt Cu and 12.3 Moz Au, some 45% of which is within the Indicated category (by contained metal)Higher grade core has a current 120 Mt @ 1.8% CuEq (2.0 Mt CuEq) at a 1.1% CuEq cutoff, some 60% of which is in the Indicated category (by tonnage)A further 100 Mt @ 1.0% CuEq (1.0 Mt CuEq) is added to the high grade core if a 0.9% CuEq cutoff is used, some 50% of which is in the Indicated category (by tonnage).last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that three national examinations have been rescheduled due to their clash with the May 10 date for the 2017 general elections.  The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) subject papers for Graphical Communication and Music will now be held on June 7, and the Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT) has been rescheduled to May 15 to May 19.A notice was sent out yesterday to principals and examination supervisors at government and private schools yesterday, and apologised for any inconvenience caused by the date change.  The Graphical Communication Paper 2 will start at 9am, and the Music paper is slated for 1pm on Wednesday, June 7.  The GLAT exam will begin on May 15, and testing will end on May 18 for Grade 3 students, and on May 19 for Grade 6 students.Yesterday, Education director Lionel Sands noted that schools across the country are making good progress on recovering time lost during school closures in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew last October.  Mr Sands said: “We’ve done quite a bit to catch up on days lost as a consequence of extra time teachers have been putting in. We’ve not fully caught up but we are catching up, so by the end of the school year we would have caught up.  He continued: “I certainly wish to express my deep gratitude to the teachers who have been so good at helping us recovering days we lost as a consequence of the storm, giving up time during lunch break, after school, some even on weekends.”Story by: Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#examsrescheduled#BahamasGeneralElections Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #examsrescheduled, #magneticmedianews Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he’s keen to buy players when the transfer window reopens in January.The former Borussia Dortmund boss is keen to see his midfield options strengthened after playing makeshift players in that position, as the French champions struggle with lack of options in the middle of the park.“That is very simple — I would like a second Marco or a second Marquinhos,” Tuchel said, according to ESPN.“However, first of all, we need to find this person. We want guys with good mentality, and that is hard to find.”Asked about goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s decision to extend his contract with the French champions until 2023, Tuchel praised the France international.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Alphonse is very important for us,” he said. “He has always said: ‘This is my club — I want to stay.’ It is really important to have guys like that — it is a strong signal.”Areola, who revealed Tuchel had played a major role in convincing him to commit his long-term future to Le Parisians, said he had not discussed Adrien Rabiot’s situation with his teammate.The French midfielder has been linked with a move away from Paris with Barcelona and Liverpool rumored to be interested in his services.“I have not really spoken with Adrien about it,” he said. “It is between him and the club, so it is not my business.”last_img read more

first_img March 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman says the “SDSU West” initiative, sponsored by “Friends of San Diego State for Mission Valley,” may be illegal.Sherman said the initiative may have violated the education code. If so, the council’s vote to send it to voters may also have been illegal.Related Link: What’s in a name? Why SDSU West’s title may violate education codesWhy has this come up now? Sherman said it came up in a conversation with a friend who dealt with similar issues at UCSD. His job was to reign in people illegally using the UCSD name.The title of the initiative reads “SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium and River Park initiative.”Sherman said using the SDSU initials is a violation of the education code.” … which says nobody without permission shall use San Diego State, San Diego State University, SDSU for any political fundraising,” Sherman said.Kim Kilkenney is with the Friends of San Diego State, which sponsored the initiative. He had just come from an event where he and Sherman separately addressed the Lincoln Club.“The material that he passed out has San Diego State’s logo and San Diego State’s name on political material. Are we suggesting this is illegal? No, because it’s a silly issue,” Kilkenney said.Sherman also said the initiative sponsors are using the name to raise funds, and that may be a campaign violation. He sent a letter to the city attorney asking for a legal opinion.He said the city, those who circulated the petition, and those who donated funds may be subject to fines under government codes.Related Link: Former city attorney talks about SDSU West initiative“It says anybody who is guilty of this is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable up to a $1,000 fine, so does that mean everybody who signed is guilty of a misdemeanor anybody who has donated?” Sherman asked.“Our attorneys have looked at his letter and have concluded that it’s a non-issue. … Our attorneys are comfortable with the title and the name of our steering committee,” Kilkenney said. “It’s a distraction. He’d rather attack our campaign on silly issues than talk about the merits, and the merits are how best to use that site.”Sherman goes on to say using the SDSU initiatives is misleading to voters because it implies it’s a San Diego State initiative, not a citizens initiative.Kilkenney said this is of no concern to voters.“What they’re concerned about is how the city of San Diego disposes of one of its most valuable assets,” he said.Then why not simply remove the SDSU name from the title?“Our initiative is filed. It’s a done deal, so that’s not an option,” Kilkenney said. Is the SDSU West initiative illegal? Steve Bosh, Posted: March 26, 2018center_img Steve Bosh Updated: 7:02 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Home Juan Garzon/CNET When Samsung first started talking about making a Bixby-powered smart speaker last year, it said it would arrive in the second half of 2018. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home at its Galaxy Note 9 event in August 2018 and promised to share more details at the company’s developer conference in November. It showed off the speaker again then, but didn’t give specifics on its launch date.Then at the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event in February 2019, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET that it would launch the speaker by April. (Samsung’s US PR department, though, would only say it would launch in the first half of 2019.)Now it’s mid-May and, and the world remains without a Bixby-powered cauldron. What gives? Share your voice Amazon Google Samsung Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed 0 2:23 Galaxy Home: Samsung’s answer to the HomePod News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Now playing: Watch this:center_img Samsung Galaxy Home In a statement provided to CNET on Friday, a Samsung spokesperson said it’s “planning to launch Galaxy Home in the first half of 2019,” making it clear that Samsung still intends to release the device. But the company didn’t share any specifics, and it hasn’t yet detailed the Galaxy Home’s pricing.  Bixby is Samsung’s homegrown digital voice assistant that launched with the Galaxy S8 about three years ago. It initially was geared as an interface to control the phone, but Samsung since then expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. A smart speaker is aimed to be the latest home for Bixby, taking advantage of the expertise of Samsung’s Harman audio expertise. For Samsung and numerous others, artificial intelligence is the next big wave of computing. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they’re heralded as the future of how we’ll interact with our gadgets. But it’s already a crowded arena, with Google and Amazon largely dominating the smart speaker market. The Galaxy Home’s lateness could make it even tougher to compete. The delay of the Home comes as Samsung struggles to get its flashy Galaxy Fold out the door. A number of devices tested by journalists ahead of the $1,980 foldable phone’s release suffered from broken or damaged tablet displays, leading Samsung to postpone its planned April 26 launch. More smart speakers: Sonos readying Google Assistant update for next weekThis week the company emailed those who preordered the device saying that it would cancel their orders if the phone doesn’t ship by May 31 unless customers tell the company that they want to keep them. With a little over a month to go until the first half of the year ends, time is certainly ticking to see if Samsung hits this latest target. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report. Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Smart Speakers & Displays Tags 12 Photos Post a commentlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Alaska Public Media’s Community In Unity program entitled Fostering Our Future, which discussed the foster care system.The Office of Children’s Services isn’t alone in taking responsibility for child welfare. Volunteers also step up to oversee the foster care system, suggest policy changes, and advocate on behalf of individual kids. Join us on the next Talk of Alaska as we discuss community oversight of the child welfare system and ways you can be part of the solution.Listen NowHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Thia Peters, Kenia Peninsula CASA program coordinatorAmanda Metievier, Facing Foster Care AlaskaDiwakar Vadapalli, Citizen Review PanelStatewide callers Links:Facing Foster Care in AlaskaAlaska Citizen Review PanelAlaska CASAFriends of CASAOffice of Children’s Services – Becoming a Foster ParentParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

first_imgThe Fisher Price child’s toy you see above is called the Imaginext Robot Police Tank. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have been that impressed to receive this as a gift when I was a kid. There’s just not much to it, and the bright plastic look is a bit hard on the eye.However, I am grateful Fisher Price decided to release the tank, because it has been used as a base for the best Metal Slug Super Vehicle Tank model I have ever seen. Feast your eyes on this beauty (click the image to see it full size):Anyone who has played a Metal Slug game will recognize this tank as a major component of the gameplay.This model is the work of Jin Saotome, who specializes in custom action figures and supporting models. He took the original Police Tank, ripped off the robot arms and lights, and filled it with Apoxie Sculpt. He then added a bunch of objects from other toys to get the overall look including a Hero factory chest, Sigma Duke wind-up gun barrels, and ML Heroes Reborn Iron Man pipes. Even the models of Marco and Tarma started out life as something completely different, in this case GI Joes.Saotome could easily sell this model for over $100 to a Metal Slug fan, possibly much more. So it’s interesting to note the original Police Tank can be picked up for under $10. Still, it’s the skillful modeling work you’d be paying for here.Checkout DeviantArt at the link below for more pictures and a detailed description of all the parts he used to create this awesome model.Read more at DeviantArt, via Kotakulast_img read more

first_imgBrigades from varies organizations have been fighting the massive blaze for more than a week. Arturo Abreu Marin of the federal government in Quintana Roo has confirmed more than 2,500 hectares of the reserves has been destroyed by the fire, adding that 124 firefighters continue to battle the blaze. The fire, which began near the town of Muyil, quickly spread, engulfing the mass grassland area of the reserve. It is believed to have been started by poachers. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) In a press release by the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment, two MI-17 helicopters from the Secretariat of National Defense were issued to help battle the out-of-control flames. They report that although there are still active hot spots, the fire no longer presents a risk of spreading. Sian Ka’an, Q.R. — Firefighters have managed to contain approximately 75 percent of a wild fire that has destroyed over 2,500 hectares of the state’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere in the area of Costa Maya.last_img read more

first_img Posted by LONDON — Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line.For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen.Here’s a list of First Place Cruise Destinations:More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTop-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: AmsterdamTop-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier BayTop-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery IslandTop-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: SydneyTop-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway CayTop-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. PetersburgTop-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. MaartenTop-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: BonaireTop-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: CozumelTop-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: VeniceTop Rated European River Port: ParisTop Rated Western Mediterranean Port: BarcelonaTop-Rated Hawaii Port: KauaiTop-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port:  Puerto VallartaTop-Rated US & Canada Port: San FranciscoFor the full list of winners, go to cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/destination-awards/. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 What are the world’s top cruise destinations? Cruise Critic says Amsterdam, St. Maarten & more << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Michael Smith last_img read more

first_img Lawmaker, AG’s office to present onphone and mail scams, identity theftState Rep. Jason Sheppard invites residents to join him this month and next for two informative Senior Brigade presentations.“Personal scams are a blight on our community and across the state, but we can help protect ourselves by getting the facts and knowing how to recognize criminal activity in our lives,” Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance, said. “I’ll be visiting local community centers to share critical information about how you and your loved ones can defend against phone and mail scams, as well as identity theft.”The first Senior Brigade will cover phone and mail scams at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Bedford Community Education and Senior Center, located at 1623 W. Sterns Road in Temperance. The presentation will coincide with lunch.The second Senior Brigade will cover identity theft scams at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, located at 15275 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe.The southeast Michigan legislator will join a representative from the Attorney General’s office for both presentations, which will run approximately 45 minutes each. For those unable to attend, helpful handouts from the presentations are available online at MI.gov/SeniorBrigade.Questions may be directed to Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office at any time by phone at 517-373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com. 15May Rep. Sheppard hosts Senior Brigades to inform local residents Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

first_img Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave joined the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Under the legislation LaFave is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“There are many veterans in the Upper Peninsula who have to drive to an outside county to see an accredited Veteran Service Officer and there are many others who are not even aware of the services available in their county’s veteran services department,” said LaFave of Iron Mountain. “I cannot stress enough how vital this grant is for local veterans. We need to improve access to these services for all our heroes residing in the rural areas across the state.”Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. There are 11 Michigan counties currently without a county veteran services department. LaFave said this could be due to a number of issues – including lack of funding – and how this legislation will address the stagnant funds occurring in all parts of the state.House Bill 5536 now advances to the Senate for further consideration. 15Mar LaFave votes to invest in local veteran serviceslast_img read more

first_img Legislator testifies in support of planState Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students who have been in foster care.  Markannen’s plan would add students attending a skilled trades institution to the list of those eligible for the scholarship.Currently, Michigan students must attend a university, four-year college or a community college at least half the time to be eligible for the Fostering Future Scholarship.“As a former teacher, I know all students should have the opportunity to succeed. Giving students another option to pursue a career in the skilled trades will help them build a brighter future,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “This plan gives foster care youth the resources to help support themselves and helps those that need it most.”The Fostering Future Scholarship provides eligible foster youth with funds for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies required for enrollment.House Bill 4406 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.#### 15May Rep. Markkanen: Foster care students pursuing skilled trades to receive help Categories: Markkanen Newslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares November 12, 2014;Pew ResearchIn October, the Pew Research Center released a report about political coverage in social media; specifically, the venerable nonpartisan self-styled “fact tank” pitted the short-form Twitter against the relatively encyclopedic and perpetual scroll of dog-skateboarding videos, personal activities, and political potshots called Facebook.Pew presented the tale of the tape of the frequency of political information that users of both platforms see in their respective feeds. At the outset, keep in mind that it was Twitter, not Facebook or a neutral media outlet, which posted the revealing bar graph and article discussing the Pew Center report, so it is prudent to acknowledge the subjectivity of the packaging of the statistical comparisons.And lest anyone think that Facebook and Twitter are fertile loam for democracy through diversity of opinion and free expression, Pew Research Center again found that “a spiral of silence” chokes off debate on the Internet, including popular social media; The Hartford Courantwrote in the beginning of September about a joint study of Pew and Rutgers University, which concluded that “social media tools may actually depress debate about public affairs and limit the diversity of opinion that is often thought to thrive on Internet forums.” This could be due to the relative anonymity and amateurism of social media discussion regarding matters of public interest, but regardless, the study’s findings buck the conventional wisdom. The Pew Facebook-Twitter study itself reveals that nearly half—48 percent—of adult web surfers consult Facebook for their news on a weekly basis. (That’s a population—often including this writer—the equivalent of Texas, California and Florida combined.) Facebook towers over Twitter audience-wise, drawing in 77 percent of Internet users to Twitter’s 22 percent, or a 350-percent greater base of total followers. So, in raw numbers at least, Facebook has more political activity.As you can see from the bar graph, though, Twitter wins the battle for wonky followers proportionally: 24 percent of Twitter users say that political posts comprise half or more of all the posts they see, compared to 19 percent of their Facebook counterparts. When asked if they see any political content at all, the scale tilts towards Facebook, with 86 percent of users responding in the affirmative, to 77 percent of Twitter practitioners.The statistical significance of these close variants is debatable and may not be rooted in any difference in the dispositions of users of both major services. Facebook may focus on a broader spectrum of social content, and its algorithms may differ enough from Twitter’s to skew the frequency of political posts. And neither service is likely to shed any light on this discussion and risk disclosure of trade secrets and revelation of their proprietary mathematical formulas.The closeness of the numbers is not surprising, as Pew reported in a summer 2013 Internet tracking survey that while only 22 percent of Facebook users also enjoy the rapid-fire experience of Twitter, a full 90 percent of Twitter users admit to using Facebook on a regular basis. Social media matrix: User overlap between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin (http://t.co/VC2eVPPLMK) pic.twitter.com/BpV9hciTh4— Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight) December 31, 2013 So just because a Facebook user may quack, it doesn’t mean she’s a Twitter fan, but most likely a Twitternik enjoys all those pipelining dogs and looks to Facebook as well to see whether a friend of a friend of a friend brushed their teeth last night. In all seriousness, though, the most salient number is that first figure—that 48% of adult websurfers get their news at least in part from their Facebook feeds. It seems likely that, as with others who get their red- or blue-state fix from Twitter, much more than half of connected adults lack the patience for traditional, longer-form news sources or, for whatever reason, trust memes and 140-character exposés as a reliable source of information. So anyone who made it to the end of this newswire is in the minority. Kudos.—Louis Altman ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare18TweetShareEmail18 SharesOctober 8, 2015; Cleveland Plain DealerIn the first of eight planned blessings at abortion clinics in Ohio, an interfaith group of clergy assembled on Thursday of last week to show solidarity for the staff and patients of the Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland’s East Side. Fifteen rabbis, ministers, and holy people led a half-hour service, at the end linking hands and singing “Amen.”“It’s not often that I see this many clergy on our front lawn supporting us,” said Chrisse France, the executive director of the clinic. “We are so thankful to be surrounded by all of you here today as you share your powerful voices to say no to the shame.”The Rev. Laura Young, a United Methodist minister, who serves as the executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, organized the blessing. Speaking to the need for religious individuals to show solidarity with women seeking abortions, Young said, “We’re doing this because too many religious people are hurling shame and hate at women seeking abortion, when we should be offering compassion, care, and spiritual healing.”In a similar sentiment, the Rev. Harry Knox, president of the national Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, said the service was spurred by “renewed attacks on reproductive health rights.”While anti-abortion legislation is proliferating throughout the nation, Ohio is especially threatened by measured that could “regulate abortion out of existence,” according to pro-choice groups within Ohio, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.The Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice hopes that the blessing will help to protect the facility against abuse from protesters, and also help to encourage bravery and strength in those providing and receiving the clinics services.“We gather here today to say no to this shame,” said Knox. “As people of faith, we know that God’s love is constant when a woman is deciding to have an abortion. God’s love is with her the entire time.”—Kathleen EbbittShare18TweetShareEmail18 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFrench cable operator Numericable has launched a new integrated set-top box and cable modem.Numericable’s One Box will be on sale from January 16. The operator said that it would deliver internet speeds of up to 200Mbps in certain districts of Paris as well as access to the operator’s digital TV services. The box will be available for a monthly subscription of €59.90, including access to 300 TV channels, the internet and unlimited calls to fixed and mobile numbers.The box features four tuners, a Blu-ray player, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a removable 40-500GB hard drive and two phone lines. It also includes access to social networking features such as Facebook on TV and a video-on-demand price comparison engine and intelligent content search.Numericable’s announcement was somewhat overshadowed by rival ISP Free’s launch of its 3G mobile phone service on the same day. The operator is providing a bundle of unlimited calls within France and 40 international destinations, texts and multimedia messages and internet access for €19.99, which it says is two and half times cheaper than the nearest rival. It is also offering a bundle of 60 minutes of calls and 60 texts for €2, which it says is four times cheaper than the nearest rival. These offers are available for €15.99 and no charge respectively to existing Freebox customers.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost half of all devices that receive TV services from the largest global pay TV service providers by 2015 will be PCs, smartphones, tablets and other multiscreen devices, according to the latest report from IHS Screen Digest.IHS predicts that the top 43 global pay TV operators will supply TV services to 310 million active multiscreen devices by 2015, compared with 322 million set-top boxes. Set-tops will account for 51% of receiving devices, down from 82% today, according to the report.The global set-top box base from multiscreen operators is expected to grow by 17% between 2011 and 2015, compared with 400% growth for multiscreen devices receiving pay TV services. However, multiscreen operators will account for only about a third of all set-tops installed globally by 2015, compared with about half of all set-tops today, meaning that globally, set-tops will still account for the majority of pay TV screens.last_img read more