Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, Grand Turk, July 13th 2017: A fire at a residence right now in Grand Turk, and the family is reportedly losing everything.The fire in North Backsalina has been burning about 45 minutes now and the owners are just watching as all goes up in flames.The Capital Island still has no domestic fire unit. The airport fire team, we are told is unable to come to the rescue as there are flights on the ground.The fire is devouring the Missick family house; which is just across the street from the home of the area’s MP and the country’s Health Minister, Edwin Astwood. Everyone is safe.#MagneticMediaNews#NoFireUnitInGrandTurkToBlameForFamilyHomeGone Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
A box of macaroni and cheese could do more harm than good due to harmful chemicals found in the popular food.A recent study by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging said the chemicals phthalates can be found in macaroni and cheese dishes containing powdered cheese.Small children and pregnant women can be put at risk because the chemical can affect male hormones and have been associated with genital birth defects in infant boys, according to the New York Times. The same chemical can also cause learning and behavioral problems in children.“Although not intentionally added to food, phthalates are ‘indirect’ food additives when they escape from food contact materials,” the study said. “Phthalates tend to be found at higher levels in highly processed or fatty foods.”Thirty cheese products were tested in the study and phthalates were found in all but one of them, but the study found more than four times the amount in the macaroni and cheese powder than in hard blocks of cheese.Nine of the cheese products tested were produced by Kraft, according to the Times.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jamese Harvey was engaged to marry Zaan Scott, a well-known community swim instructor, before he was shot and wounded on April 9 in Southeast, Washington, D.C. On May 17, Scott, 24, died from his injuries and on June 26 authorities determined the death was a homicide.Zaan Scott and his fiancée Jamese Harvey. (Courtesy Photo)According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Scott was shot in the back around 9:08 p.m. in the 1300 Block of Southern Avenue, SE. Police said they received reports of an aggravated assault in the area and found Scott suffering from a gunshot wound upon their arrival. Scott was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The violent incident left him paralyzed.“I’m excited to give him some type of legal justice,” Harvey said. “I want him to rest beautifully.”Officials said they are still searching for suspects involved in the fatal shooting. “The investigation into this case is still active,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, Karimah Bilal, told the AFRO on June 27. “However preliminary information suggests the motive stemmed from a robbery.”Loved ones of Scott describe the swim coach at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center on Capitol Hill as humble and kind. Scott’s fiancée told the AFRO on June 28 that she had been in a relationship with Scott for more than two years, after meeting at a staff meeting at the aquatic center.“We did everything together,” Harvey said.Harvey, 25, hasn’t returned to her job as a lifeguard at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Northwest D.C. since Scott’s death, because, she said, her job as a rescuer is now too difficult. Scott was released from the hospital and was recovering at home when he died. Harvey said she performed CPR on Scott on May 17 for 20 minutes trying to save him before he was taken to the hospital, “[After that] you are done saving lives,” she cried.Harvey grew up in foster care in Southeast D.C., and although she still lives in the area she no longer feels safe and it’s a constant reminder of Scott. “I’m ready to start over,” she said. “I can’t even take a walk without crying.”According to Harvey, on April 9, she and Scott both had the day off work. Scott went to a baseball game with some friends, and was planning to have dinner with Harvey afterwards. Scott was walking home when he was shot.She said officers were quick to respond to the crime scene, but there was a discussion between Prince George’s County Police and D.C. Police about the jurisdiction of the shooting. The sidewalk where Scott was shot is in Southeast, D.C., but it was along the border with Prince George’s County, Harvey said.“Officers on both sides need to be proactive,” she said. Harvey said police presence in violent areas may have increased, but it would be helpful if there were more patrol officers riding bikes or walking the streets, instead of sitting in patrol cars. “Police officers are not rescue ready,” she said.According to Harvey, Scott grew up in and out of shelters in D.C. and was very close to his grandparents. Harvey plans to launch a foundation for sheltered young men in honor of Scott.
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Intel may have finally cracked the case of the impractical smart glasses.The new Vaunt prototype forgos the clunky camera, LCD screen, speaker, and gesture controls of its predecessors.Instead, it features a traditional, unassuming exterior hiding state-of-the-art innards—including a low-powered laser.AdChoices广告As reported by The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who tested a pair of Vaunt smart glasses in December, the device looks and feels “indistinguishable” from regular specs.“Apart from a tiny red glimmer that’s occasionally visible on the right lens, people around you might not even know you’re wearing smart glasses,” he wrote on Monday.Dieter Bohn got his hands on a prototype version in December (via The Verge)The Vaunt—a pair of thick-rimmed cheaters you’d see on any modern city sidewalk—won’t make you look like a Glasshole, Bohn ensured. All electronics (including batteries) are built into the stems near the face of the frames, “so that [the glasses] can flex a little.”Carrying on with the minimalist theme, the system acts as a heads-up display to highlight only the most important messages, directions, and other notifications in your peripheral vision.It works by using a very low-powered laser to shine a red, monochrome image into a holographic reflector on the right lens. The image, according to Bohn, is reflected onto the back of your eyeball, directly onto the retina. Which helps to ensure content remains in focus—whether you’re wearing prescription or non-prescription lenses.All electronics are housed inside the glasses stems (via The Verge)“The unit I saw was simply running through a demo loop of potential notifications and information you might see: walking directions, an incoming call,” the reporter said, comparing the software to a T. rex in Jurassic Park. “There aren’t any beeps or vibrations when the display switches or a notification comes in, but you do notice when it happens because the movement is noticeable in your peripheral vision.”Intel is targeting at least 18 hours of battery life, and plans to launch an “early access program” this year for developers to begin experimenting with Vaunt.No further details—including a general release date or pricing—were revealed.“Every gadget these days has more, more more,” Bohn said. “With Vaunt, Intel is betting on less.” Sony Patents Prescription VR GlassesGeek Pick: Gunnar Haus Computer Glasses Are High-Tech Eye Safety
Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the history of the NFL at making adjustments at the line of scrimmage, but sometimes he even calls out route adjustments once the ball is already snapped.Running back James White was mic’d up for the Pats convincing 24-10 win over the Vikings last Sunday, and one clip from the audio happened to catch Brady telling White to run a “checkdown” during the play, while faking a hand-off.Everyone with half a brain knows Brady is the G.O.A.T. this is just another small piece of evidence confirming it. If you don’t like this it’s just because of your irrational hatred of Brady, and that’s a you problem.
Healthcare Consulting Services Healthcare consultants work with businesses such as hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers to provide specialized business consulting in financial management, human resources, information technology and other areas. For example, consultants can help healthcare organizations improve patient care, reduce operating costs and ensure regulatory compliance, among other business improvements.The study report titled Global Healthcare Consulting Services Market offers an in-depth analysis of this market across the globe. The study, aimed at providing current and prospect players in this market sharp insights to gain the advantage over their competitors. The report does so by providing an executive summary including all valuable market figures and exploring the favorable factors that are expected to drive the growth rate of the market, besides taking account of the restraining factors.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3197600?utm_source=RK-HTNBy Market Players: Delotte, McKinsey, Accenture, Huron, PWC, Ernst & YoungThe report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Healthcare Consulting Services industry is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentations such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for the Healthcare Consulting Services industry, followed by industry news and policies.The report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.This market research report looks into and analyzes the Healthcare Consulting Services Market and illustrates a comprehensive evaluation of its evolution and its specifications. Another aspect that was considered is the cost analysis of the main products dominant in the global Healthcare Consulting Services industry considering the profit margin of the manufacturers.The Global Healthcare Consulting Services Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being some of the most prominent ones.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Table of ContentsChapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 PrefaceChapter 4 Market LandscapeChapter 5 Market Trend AnalysisChapter 6 Industry Chain AnalysisChapter 7 Latest Market DynamicsChapter 8 Trading AnalysisChapter 9 Historical and Current Healthcare Consulting Services in North America (2013-2018)Chapter 10 Historical and Current Healthcare Consulting Services in South America (2013-2018)Chapter 11 Historical and Current Healthcare Consulting Services in Asia & Pacific (2013-2018)Chapter 12 Historical and Current Healthcare Consulting Services in Europe (2013-2018)Chapter 13 Historical and Current Healthcare Consulting Services in MEA (2013-2018)Chapter 14 Summary for Global Healthcare Consulting Services (2013-2018)Chapter 15 Global Healthcare Consulting Services Forecast (2019-2024)Chapter 16 Analysis of Global Key VendorsInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3197600?utm_source=RK-HTNAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more July 9, 2012 — A new report issued in June by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and developed in collaboration with 10 other professional societies provides detailed criteria to help clinicians maximize the appropriate use of certain noninvasive vascular tests when caring for patients with suspected or known non-coronary arterial disorders.“This is the first systematic and comprehensive evaluation looking at appropriate indications for vascular testing, such as ultrasound or functional testing,” said Emile R. Mohler III, M.D., director of vascular medicine for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and chair of the writing committee. “We hope this document will help clinicians determine whether or not and when to refer individual patients for testing.”Such decisions affect a growing number of patients as the population ages. Mohler estimates more than 20 million adults in the United States have some form of vascular disease, and would likely be a candidate for these types of tests.Ultrasound and other noninvasive laboratory tests can be essential tools to help clinicians evaluate vascular blockages and disease, for example, in the arteries of the neck, kidneys, abdomen and lower extremities, as well as the aorta itself. Such testing also plays a central role in surveillance of the vascular system in some patients to help inform treatment decisions and prevent serious problems, and is part of follow-up after peripheral vascular procedures, such as arterial bypass, surgical removal of plaque (endarterectomy) or stenting.The panel identified common clinical scenarios when noninvasive vascular testing might be considered in patients with suspected or known non-coronary arterial disorders (e.g., narrowing or blockages in the arteries of the neck, kidneys, abdomen or legs, abdominal aortic aneurysms, arterial dissection). Applying a rigorous rating scale, the 19-member panel then assessed the appropriateness of each indication and often at different time intervals (3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 months).The group found arterial vascular testing to be “appropriate” in about half of the clinical situations evaluated. Overall, vascular studies were deemed appropriate when clinical signs and symptoms were the main reason for testing. For example, Mohler explains it is reasonable to order a lower extremity vascular study for a patient who reports calf pain upon walking that resolves with rest. Tests that were conducted in patients with existing atherosclerotic disease or to establish a “baseline” after a revascularization procedure were also considered appropriate based on ratings.One-third of the indications were rated as “uncertain.” According to Mohler, these indications represent variations in practice and reveal important gaps in the evidence, prompting the panel to call for clinical and cost-effectiveness studies on non-invasive vascular testing. Notably, the panel determined one in five uses of vascular testing to be “inappropriate,” meaning that, although doing the test does not cause harm, the information gleaned would not further inform clinical judgment. A few examples include:Ordering an ultrasound of the carotids in someone at low risk for heart attack or stroke;Screening for kidney artery disease in someone with peripheral artery disease with well-controlled high blood pressure (hypertension) on one medication;Choosing to perform an abdominal ultrasound in a patient with non-specific lower extremity discomfort;Ordering a mesenteric artery ultrasound (arteries that supply the small and large intestines) as an initial test to evaluate the patient with chronic constipation or diarrhea; andPerforming a follow-up study for a patient with a normal baseline study who has no new symptoms.“As imaging technology and clinical applications continue to advance, the healthcare community needs to understand how to best incorporate these technologies into daily clinical care,” said Mohler. “These appropriate use criteria should guide clinicians as to what is an appropriate and inappropriate test so that we can rationally decide when testing is the best next step, especially in this time of cost-effectiveness in medicine.”In addition to looking at the reasons for ordering these tests, the work group also sought to determine how frequently repeat testing is needed in clinical practice in light of the need for ongoing surveillance in some patients.Mohler stresses these criteria should not supersede sound clinical judgment for individual patients. The document also outlines key research areas moving forward. A related report presenting appropriate use criteria for vascular laboratory testing to evaluate venous circulation is expected to be released in late fall 2012.For more information: www.cardiosource.org/ACC FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | July 09, 2012 New ACC Report Sheds Light on When to Order Vascular Laboratory Tests ACC, other medical societies collaborate to provide guidance for appropriate use of vascular imaging and physiological testing across multiple indications 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Related Content
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s famous Pacific resort of Acapulco is being inundated, not by rising sea levels, but by a flood of debt.The city’s mayor says the local government has been “collapsed” by a total of $162 million in municipal debt built up by a former mayor. That figure exceeds the beach city’s annual budget of about $150 million.Mayor Luis Walton has asked the federal government to step in to help the city, whose economy was battered after the government moved an annual tourism fair it used to host. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Walton’s predecessor said Tuesday that the mayor is exaggerating the city’s problems. Former Mayor Manuel Anorve tells local media that he actually reduced the city’s debt.Acapulco has been battered in recent years by a wave of drug-gang violence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Top holiday drink recipes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Quick workouts for men Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Japan, which had briefly surpassed China, trimmed its holdings by 0.9 percent in April to $1.22 trillion. It remained in second place.Demand for U.S. government debt is expected to remain strong this year.February marked the first time that Japan had been in the top spot since August 2008 when China overtook Japan as the largest foreign owner of Treasury securities.Foreign central banks have been increasing their holdings of U.S. government debt. In April, their holdings rose a modest 0.1 percent to $4.13 trillion. That represents 67 percent of total foreign holdings.U.S. Treasury securities are considered a super-safe investment and are viewed as a safe haven during times of turbulence in other markets.Investors are also looking for U.S. interest rates to begin rising at a gradual pace once the Federal Reserve begins to boost a key short-term interest rate which it has held at a record low near zero since late 2008. Private economists believe the first Fed rate hike will come later this year, probably in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities fell in April, the first setback since October.Total holdings slipped to $6.14 trillion, down 0.6 percent from the record level of $6.18 trillion in March, the Treasury Department reported Monday.China, the No. 1 foreign holder of U.S. government debt, boosted its holdings a slight 0.2 percent to $1.26 trillion in April following a 3 percent rise in the previous month. The big March advance allowed China to regain the top spot in foreign ownership of Treasury securities after having relinquished the No. 1 ranking in February. How men can have a healthy 2019
The travel public is left with mixed after-thoughts over Australia’s flag carrier after Qantas grounded its entire fleet late Saturday afternoon.Although the carrier resumed operations yesterday with an international service between Sydney to Jakarta taking off at 3.41pm and a domestic Melbourne to Sydney service flying from 3.58pm, one e-Travel Blackboard commenter said chief executive Alan Joyce “clearly” had stepped over the line and is eager to see the head replaced.“Taking all his clients and workers hostage to enforce a workplace dispute is taking it way too far,” the commenter explained.“Alan needs to be replaced by someone who can be trusted as CEO – Both from the point of clients and workers.”Another commenter concurred, questioning the result of Mr Joyce’s actions while a third e-Travel Blackboard reader and ex-Qantas employee said he/she had not flown with the carrier in over 21 years and had no intention of “doing so in the near future”. However, not all travellers disapproved with Qantas and its head, with one reader highlighting that Mr Joyce used the same tactics implemented by the Transport Workers Union and Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Associaiton only weeks before.“…so it is ok for a union/ worker to hold a company and client to ransom but not for a company to withold its services – when it cannot rely on a stable workforce?”While an international reader questioned the entire situation as well as the unions motives.“Should the unions in these dispute[s] be allowed to dictate where a private company can spend their money or the money of their share holders?”Meanwhile the airline said late yesterday afternoon travellers booked to fly with the airline can expect to see operations back to normal within the next 24 to 48 hours. “Qantas sincerely regrets the impact on customers of industrial action over recent months and looks forward to a rapid recovery and period of stability,” a statement from the carrier read.Still on Team Qantas? Let us know where you stand by leaving a comment below. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Birmingham International Airport will welcome cheap flights to Cyprus next March.Discount carrier Monarch, which already offers cheap flights from the West Midlands to Menorca, the Canary Islands and several cities in mainland Spain, will start flights to Larnaca on March 29th.The new flights will run twice a week and are part of wider schedule changes at Birmingham by Monarch.As well as the flights to Larnaca, Monarch plans to increase the number of departures it operates from Birmingham to Lanzarote and Tenerife. Liz Savage, managing director of the airline told the Birmingham Post: “We are delighted to be expanding our network to the Eastern Mediterranean with the launch of services to Cyprus from Birmingham.”I am sure that the people of the Midlands will warmly welcome the introduction of this service.”This news follows the announcement from Turkish Airlines last week that it will add flights to Istanbul from Birmingham in December. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMonarch launch first flight to Larnaca from BirminghamMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Birmingham becomes Ryanair’s latest baseBirmingham International Airport will become Ryanair’s latest European baseNew winter flights from bmibabyLow-cost carrier bmibaby has announced the second stage of its winter flights schedule
Categories: Glenn News 14Mar Rep. Glenn applauds Midland County Project D.A.R.E. Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, congratulated Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson on a his successful Midland County Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at a banquet in the Messiah Lutheran Church on March 13. “Midland County DARE saves young people’s lives, most importantly, and also saves tax dollars that would otherwise be required for additional law enforcement and incarceration costs,” Glenn said. “I commend Midland County Sheriff Stephenson and the Midland City Police for their leadership and commitment to this important program for Midland County youth.” The Midland County Sheriff’s office and the Midland City Police have provided D.A.R.E. training since 1990 to students in the Midland, Meridian, Bullock Creek, and Coleman public schools as well as to many parochial and private schools within Midland County. D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. The program puts law enforcement officers in the classroom and allows them to interact with students for multiple weeks, instructing students on the dangers of drug abuse including its long term effects, how to stand up to peer pressure, strategies for good decision-making, and how to combat bullying in their personal and academic life. More information about Midland County Project D.A.RE. is available from the Midland County Sheriff’s office at 989-839-4600 or online at CityofMidlandMI.gov/212/DARE.
HOLLAND – Reps. Daniela García and Jim Lilly today presented a tribute in recognition of the dedication conveyed by retired Ottawa County Commissioner Stu Visser.After three two-year terms serving as an Ottawa County commissioner, Visser retired in December 2016.Stu Visser began his career in public service in 1987 as Park Township supervisor where he committed countless hours to improving the community for its expanding population. In 2009, Visser stepped down as supervisor with the intention of retiring. That same year, Visser was drawn back to the lure of aiding his community through public service as an Ottawa County commissioner.In his many years of service to the people of Ottawa County, Stu facilitated many worthy endeavors such as increasing waterfront access to the Grand River, expanding public utilities to facilitate a growing population, and doubling the amount of parkland in his township.“Stu’s unwavering commitment to improving our community and serving its inhabitants is inspiring,” said Rep. Lilly. “His example of public service and steadfast leadership in Ottawa County is one I strive to live up to during my time in Lansing.”“The vision Stu set forth to improve Ottawa County will have a resounding impact on the community,” said Rep. García “His legacy as a county commissioner, and previously as Park Township supervisor, will not be forgotten. I know I stand with all Ottawa County residents when I express my deep appreciation of his service and dedication to our community.”Francisco García, who was recently elected to fill Visser’s county commission seat, and Greg DeJong, the Ottawa County Commission chairman, were both in attendance of the commemoration as well.“I have big shoes to fill in serving our community, but I look forward to continuing the strides Stu made on the Board of Commissioners,” said Commissioner García. 10Feb Reps. García and Lilly commemorate public service of former Ottawa County Commissioner Stu Visser Categories: Garcia News,News
Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library located at 407 S. Lane St. in Blissfield.“I‘m excited for the opportunity to connect with people, to learn more about what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to hearing from my friends and neighbors, answering their questions and working together on solutions for the people of Lenawee County.” No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. 23Mar Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours
Categories: Glenn News,News Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, today said he will consider proposals to reform the Michigan Public Service Commission in the aftermath of a ruling he said violates the intent of state law and could raise costs for utility customers.The committee heard testimony related to last week’s MPSC ruling that Glenn said threatens to undermine Michigan’s electric choice program, which has saved millions of dollars for schools, businesses and residents across the state.“Unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats are attempting to dismantle an energy law adopted for the people by their representatives in the Legislature,” Glenn said. “We cannot allow this action, which I consider to be illegal under the new state law. It is one of the reasons we intend to come forward with multiple proposals for broad-based reform for the MPSC.”Those reforms could include adding to the MPSC’s current three-commissioner format to include more representation for ratepayers, qualification requirements for commissioners, stronger protections against conflicts of interest and other improvements to better serve Michigan, Glenn said.Glenn, R-Williams Township, said the reform proposal will be separate from one already in the works to overturn last week’s MPSC ruling related to in-state power generation requirements.The MPSC is drafting rules to implement new state energy laws approved late last year. Friday, the utility regulator outlined plans to require alternative energy suppliers who compete with Michigan’s electricity monopolies – Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison – to prove they can supply their customers using electricity generated in Michigan.While some specifics have not yet been decided, Glenn said the in-state electricity could be far more expensive than if it were generated elsewhere, driving up utility costs for schools, residents and businesses in electric choice programs.Glenn said lawmakers clearly removed the in-state generation requirement from the new energy law before it was finalized. He disagreed with testimony today from MPSC chair Sally Talberg.“If that language had not been removed, the Legislature never would have approved the new state law in the first place,” Glenn said. “It was a key compromise to ensure its passage. It seems that everybody knew what the compromise was except the MPSC.”As stated in a letter this summer to the MPSC from state Reps. Chris Afendoulis and Rob VerHeulen, the final language in Michigan’s new energy law “clearly allows” alternative energy suppliers to use any resource allowed by the Midwest’s federally regulated regional electricity grid manager “to meet capacity obligations without reference to local resources.” The legislators wrote they believe the MPSC’s requirement would be “contrary to the legislative intent and final compromise” of the new energy law.Schools and business groups are among those supporting Glenn’s position.The Michigan Chemistry Council and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce testified in the Energy Policy Committee earlier this month in support of his position. Others who have sent letters to the MPSC sharing Glenn’s view include the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Business Advocating Tariff Equity – a group of major manufacturers including Dow Chemical Company, Hemlock Semiconductor, General Motors, Marathon Petroleum, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and U.S. Steel.In a July letter to the MPSC, the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative said its electricity choice program has saved participating Michigan schools over $140 million – or $35 per student per year. That is money returned directly to the classroom.“This fight is not over,” Glenn said of the efforts to preserve electric choice in Michigan. “This fight is too important to be over.” 19Sep Rep. Glenn: ‘Illegal’ MPSC ruling highlights need for reform
08Nov Farrington’s state unemployment system legislation approved by House Categories: Diana Farrington News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).The measure is part of a bipartisan legislative package to address the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. Farrington’s bill requires claimants to continue to provide their Social Security number, but also provide their driver’s license number or state ID when filing for unemployment benefits. If the claimant cannot provide either of those documents, then they must provide copies of documents as provided in the federal I-9 form.“Requiring more proof of identification by claimants will drastically reduce the likelihood of fraud and identity theft,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Making the UIA verify the identity of the claimant before making an initial payment is also crucial in reducing fraudulent claims from receiving benefits.”Farrington’s bill will also request a claimant to submit their employer’s UIA account number and Federal Employer Identification Number.Other measures in the bipartisan bill package:Ensure claimants don’t get charged interest on overpayments due to agency failure;Give those accused of fraud access to an advocacy program;Allow the reopening of a fraud case by the agency within three years with good cause;Improve the process for determining the validity of an unemployment claim; andClarify the eligibility for hardship waivers and the agency’s process for ruling on applications for a waiver.House Bill 5168, along with the rest of the bill package, now moves to the Senate for consideration.
25May Rep. Graves votes to protect Michigan’s children Categories: Graves News,News Landmark bipartisan plan approved by state HouseState Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a 28-bill bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents:“The problem of sexual assault goes beyond what Larry Nassar did to hundreds of girls and young women, because it’s a problem at colleges, our neighborhoods and even within families. As a member of the House Law and Justice Committee, I joined my colleagues in listening to several Nassar survivors, along with parents, teachers, retired judges, advocacy organizations and subject experts who testified before the committee.“This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole address the problem of sexual assault in our society. I was pleased to vote ‘yes’ for each bill in committee and again on the House floor. Our committee’s work may not be done, but after a dozen hearings and nearly 20 hours of testimony on this legislation, I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of the efforts of so many.”#####
State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov. Categories: Webber News 23Aug Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Aug. 27
Categories: VanWoerkom News 09May Rep. VanWoerkom supports historic auto insurance reform State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom released the following statement after supporting historic car insurance reform today: “We took a step in the right direction in the state House today. Muskegon drivers have long demanded change and this legislation will provide them reduced rates by giving people insurance coverage options that meet their diverse needs and by addressing fraud in the system. I look forward to continued deliberation on this issue to ensure people receive the coverage and care they deserve.”###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares August 5, 2014; Seattle Times (Associated Press)While this article from the Seattle Times highlights a bevy of research on how the widening income gap will affect retirement in the near future, it also looks at the particular retirement challenges of William Kistler, a Colorado resident who works at a nonprofit. Kistler states that he has built a small nest egg from a decade of 401(k) savings, but views retirement “like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.” Kistler concludes, “There is not enough to retire with. It’s completely frightening, to tell you the truth. And I, like a lot of people, try not to think about it too much, which is actually a problem.”NPQ knows that Kistler is not at all alone in this position, and we would like to get some conversation going about the sector’s responsibility to its older workers.As is stated in this article, a group of researchers have outlined troubling data relating to income inequality, showing that the widening gap between top incomes and the rest extends far into Americans’ senior years. The following studies from different efforts throughout the country emphasize the troubling numbers in the income inequality discussion:Income Inequality Continues to Rise. According to Emmanuel Saez, an economist at University of California-Berkeley, incomes for the highest-earning one percent of Americans increased by 31 percent from 2009 through 2012. For the other 99 percent, incomes increased by just 0.4 percent, on average.Education, Health and Other Factors are Additional Inequality Culprits. According to Karen Smith, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, as quoted in a Seattle Times article, “Highly educated, dual-income couples tend to do better under this system. The future looks bleaker for people with less education, lower incomes or health issues, as well as for single parents.”Saving for Retirement also Widens. The Economic Policy Institute states that “households in the top fifth of income saw median retirement savings increase from $45,539 in 1989 to $160,000 in 2010” where in “households in the bottom fifth, median retirement savings were down from $8,433 in 1989 to $8,000 in 2010.”That Widening is Rapid. In the same article, the research director of the Employment Benefit Research Institute found that in “households where annual income is less than $25,000, nine in 10 saved less than $10,000” and in “households with six-figure incomes, 42 percent saved at least $250,000, up from 34 percent five years earlier.”—John BrothersShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares