zoom Athens-based shipping firm Diana Shipping has secured charter contracts for three of its dry bulk vessels, the MV Medusa, MV Artemis and MV Thetis.The Kamsarmax Medusa was charter by Geneva-based Cargill International at a gross charter rate of USD 10,000 per day. The 82,194 dwt bulker,. which was hired for a period of twelve to fifteen months, started working under the new contract on July 6, 2017.Built in 2010, Medusa was previously chartered to Geneva’s Quadra Commodities at a rate of USD 6,300 per day.Diana Shipping’s further two Panamax dry bulkers were hired by Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited, also at higher rates.Namely, the company’s dry bulk vessel Artemis started working for Ausca Shipping on July 8 for a gross charter rate of USD 9,000 per day. The 76,942 dwt ship’s deal runs for a period of twelve to fifteen months. Earlier, the 2006-built vessel was earning a gross charter rate of USD 5,350 per day under a deal with Geneva’s Bunge.Thetis, the second ship chartered by Ausca Shipping, is scheduled to start working under the new contract on July 12. Under the deal, the 2004-built ship will earn a gross charter rate of USD 8,350 per day for a period of twelve to fifteen months. The 73,583 dwt Thetis is currently chartered to Transgrain Shipping from Rotterdam at a rate of USD 5,150 per day.Diana Shipping informed that the employments of the three bulkers are expected to generate around USD 9.85 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sara Charney, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize and president of The Lionel Gelber Foundation, and Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, are pleased to announce an outstanding jury for the 2017 Prize, as follows:John Stackhouse, jury chair (Toronto, Canada) is joined by 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize winner and journalist Scott Shane (Maryland, USA), Professor Allison Stanger (Vermont, USA), Dr. Astrid Tuminez (Singapore), and Professor Antje Wiener (Hamburg, Germany) to form the 2017 jury.“Created in memory of the Canadian scholar, diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, we are gratified that the Prize attracts such distinguished jurors, year after year,” said Ms Charney, niece of the late Lionel Gelber. Key Dates:Five books will be named to the jury’s shortlist on January 31. Podcast interviews with each of the shortlisted authors in conversation with Professor Robert Steiner will be presented in partnership with Focus Asset Management. The winner will be announced on February 28 and invited to speak at a free public event at the Munk School of Global Affairs on March 29, 2017.About the Prize:The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. A cash prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs.Scott Shane won the 2016 Prize for his book Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, published by Tim Duggan Books. The Prize marked its 25th anniversary in 2015 with a commemorative video that explored 25 years of global change in conversation with five of its previous winners.For further details, jury biographies and media links, click here. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
TORONTO – North American markets largely pushed higher Friday after a choppy session, capping off a tumultuous period that has seen Canada’s main stock index drop more than five per cent since last week and eight per cent from its all-time high.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.08 points or 0.21 per cent to 15,034.53, after losing nearly 280 points and gaining more than 45 points throughout the day.On the commodity-heavy TSX, defensive buys into the health-care and utilities sectors helped offset losses in the influential energy and materials sectors.In New York, stocks staged a late rally, with the Dow Jones industrial average finishing the session up 330.44 points or 1.38 per cent to 24,190.90 — after briefly sinking as low as 500 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was up 38.55 points or 1.49 per cent to 2,619.55, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 97.33 points or 1.44 per cent to 6,874.49.Both the Dow and S&P 500 lost more than five per cent for the week, as the Dow recorded 1,000-point drops on Monday and Thursday.The late rally across U.S. equity markets Friday could bode well for the next opening of markets on Monday.How stocks trade in the 30 minutes leading up to the close of markets — often called the most important half hour of the day — “typically sets the tone for the next trading session,” said Ian Scott, an equity analyst at Manulife Asset Management.Still, the defensiveness that stock markets have seen this week likely means that investors aren’t ready to fully embrace buying into the unusually large dips seen recently, as they have in the past. “It may keep drifting for a while,” Scott said.Financial analysts regard corrections as normal events but say the abrupt stock market rout that began last Friday might have been triggered by a combination of events that rattled investors. Those include worries about a potential rise in U.S. inflation or interest rates and budget disputes in Washington.Statistics Canada’s weaker-than-expected jobs report released Friday, in which jobs fell by 88,000 in January to give the labour market its steepest one-month drop in nine years, is also likely adding additional downward pressure on the TSX.“There’s going to be questions about whether that’s tied in the minimum wage increases we’ve had in Ontario,” Scott said. “The Canadian index is probably likely to take longer to rebound than the U.S. indices will, just given that the risk that NAFTA is going to be abolished seems to be increasing with time rather than decreasing.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.31 cents US, down 0.15 of a U.S. cent — continuing a sharp drop that has seen the loonie rocked by global equity volatility.The Canadian dollar tends to move on several types of data — particularly commodity prices, which also saw their fortunes reversed this week by the heightened levels of volatility in the market place.When oil prices fall, the loonie typically follows suit, especially against the greenback as oil prices are denominated in U.S. dollars. The March crude contract was down US$1.95 to US$59.20 per barrel on Friday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down 11 cents to US$2.58 per mmBTU. The April gold contract was down US$3.30 to US$1,315.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down five cents to US$3.03 a pound.
For Ohio State and rest of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the 42nd and final CCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament will begin this weekend with first-round series at various campus sites. Western Michigan will look to defend its title, and the eventual champion will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Due to conference re-alignment across the college hockey landscape, the CCHA will disband at the end of postseason play. OSU is set to join the six-team Big Ten Ice Hockey Conference in its inaugural season. The fourth-place Buckeyes will enjoy a first-round bye as the field is narrowed from 11 teams to eight. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the week off is nice to have with his squad’s recent injuries on the defensive end. Sophomore defenseman Al McLean and junior defenseman Curtis Gedig have missed a combined 10 games since Gedig left a contest against Notre Dame on Feb. 1 with a wrist injury. “It’s going to help us to have a week off to heal up, get (Gedig) a little bit more healthy, hopefully get Al McLean back, and see what we can do,” Osiecki said. OSU will return to action for a quarterfinal series with Ferris State on March 15. Game two will be played the following night, with game three on March 17 in the case of a split series. The winner will move on to play in the semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., on March 23. Due to the Schottenstein Center’s hosting of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament, the Buckeyes will face off with the Bulldogs at the OSU Ice Rink instead of their usual home rink. Despite the limited size of the building, which seats only about 1,000 people compared to the Schottenstein Center’s 17,500 seats, OSU’s coaching staff and players said they are excited to play playoff hockey in Columbus in front of their own fans. “I think home ice certainly is going to help us. It’s going to be interesting playing at the (OSU) Ice Rink,” Osiecki said. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz said the venue might offer some features the spacious Schottenstein Center does not. “The atmosphere there will be crazy. I think there’ll be a lot of buzz around campus. I think it’ll be a lot of fun for us,” Fritz said. Fritz will look to energize the crowd with his offensive production. The Alberta, Canada, native led the CCHA in conference scoring with 34 points. The February Warrior CCHA Player of the Month was gracious of the support his team offered him throughout the season. “It’s a great accomplishment. I just have to thank the coaches, my teammates and especially my line mates for helping,” Fritz said of winning the league’s final scoring title. Even with the conference’s most dangerous offensive threat, OSU associate head coach Steve Rohlik said the team must continue to improve in practice over the next two weeks. “It’s playoff hockey time, so we’ve certainly got to get better,” Rohlik said. The Buckeyes are seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 after their best regular season since finishing second in the CCHA in 2005. Game one of the quarterfinal series is set to begin at 7:05 p.m. on March 15.
SONY WILL BRING its PlayStation consoles to China through two joint ventures, the Japanese gaming giant and its Chinese partner both said Monday, as they seek to tap a newly opened market.China in January formally authorised the domestic sale of game consoles made in its first free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, opening up a market with an estimated 500 million players to foreign companies including Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.Shanghai-listed tourism and culture firm Oriental Pearl said it would set up two joint ventures with Sony in the FTZ, one for hardware and one to handle software and services, according to a statement filed to the stock exchange.Sony will take a 49 per cent stake in one venture and a majority 70 per cent in the other, the statement said, to make and market PlayStation consoles and related software in China.Sony confirmed the announcement separately in an email to AFP.Despite the news, Oriental Pearl stock closed down 0.54 per cent on Monday. Sony shares ended up 3.12 per cent in Tokyo trading.The ventures will help introduce “quality and healthy” gaming products to Chinese players, the Oriental Pearl statement said, one of the requirements of authorities for selling in China.Some foreign industry officials fear that such regulatory approval – conceivably to censor game content which China deems too violent, obscene or politically sensitive – could be used as a potential trade barrier.Competitor Microsoft said in late April that it will start offering its Xbox One game console in China from September through a joint venture in the FTZ. Source: xbox/YouTubeThe relaxation of the decade-long sales ban does not apply to console imports, though the devices are already widely available through unofficial sales channels after being smuggled into China.China’s game revenue jumped 38 percent year-on-year to 83.2 billion yuan in 2013, according to one industry estimate, although the market was dominated by online computer games.Analysts say Chinese consumers are unlikely to want to pay high prices for foreign consoles and authorised software, especially if it is slow coming to the market.- © AFP, 2014Read: Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets >Read: Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3 as ‘the tablet that will replace your laptop’ >
Source: Shutterstock/VanderWolf ImagesHAVE YOU FLOWN back to Dublin Airport recently?A constituent of Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan did, and he had to wait almost an hour to get from his gate past immigration checks and into the baggage claim area.His flight from Madrid arrived at approximately 7.15pm, but he didn’t make it through passport control until after 8.10pm.O’Sullivan raised the issue of this experience in the Dáil last Wednesday, asking Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald if she was satisfied with waiting times at passport control at the airport, and if she had contacted relevant authorities about changes that could be made to avoid a repeat of such hour long waits.The Irish Travel Agents’ Association agree that long waits through passport control is a matter of serious concern and says that the issue of understaffing at passport control is one that they’ve frequently tried to raise with the Department of Justice.Its President Cormac Meehan told TheJournal.ie: “The queues through Dublin Airport are a symptom of the airport’s organic growth… however, the issue of delays lies with the Department of Justice and Equality. The ITAA has called for a meeting with Frances Fitzgerald to get the issue of understaffing at Dublin Airport and other regional and national airports on the national agenda, given the importance of the sector to the national economy.Fitzgerald responded to O’Sullivan’s question by saying that 90% of travellers pass through these checks within a matter of minutes. However, she did acknowledge that delays do occur.She said that, on the “rare occasions” that this happens, it can happen for a variety of reasons, including congestion at peak daily periods and current building works reducing the space available.“The Irish immigration authorities have an excellent relationship with the DAA and work closely together to address queue management issues where they arise,” the Tánaiste added.The constituent who contacted O’Sullivan had indicated that they were a regular flyer and that the queues at T1 of Dublin Airport are often considerably longer than that of T2, despite T2 carrying a high number of passengers on UK, EU and transatlantic routes.Fitzgerald did point out in her response that the protection of our borders was a matter of the “utmost priority” and that checks made must be thorough and appropriate.She also added that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will, this year, take on the front line checks in Terminal 2 at Dublin airport which will release further Gardaí for core policing duties. This is something that has already come into effect at T1.Hour-long delaysInformation released to RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act two years ago showed that passengers were waiting up to an hour to get through.It is clear however, that these delays still happen. Monday 27 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM A summer of passport queue chaos? Calls to address ‘understaffing’ at Dublin Airport The issue cropped up in the Dáil recently, when a TD asked the government why people wait so long to get through. Poll Results: 34 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3251333 Share14 Tweet Email1 Source: eamonbrennanmarino/Twitter Source: Jack Murray/Twitter No interest/No opinion (103) No (1224) Passport queue chaos at Dublin Airport pic.twitter.com/yjgqrvayc9— eamonbrennanmarino (@eamonbrennan101) September 9, 2016 Yes (1994) By Sean Murray 18,100 Views Left waiting in the longest queue in history in Dublin Airport passport control – Terminal 1 at midnight .— Jack Murray (@mediamurray) April 15, 2016 Feb 27th 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL YesNoNo interest/No opinionVoteRead: Dublin Airport is getting four new multi-storey office buildingsRead: FactCheck: Are Michael O’Leary and Ryanair right about Dublin Airport charges increasing? The change to immigration control came alongside changes to how people are able to pass through the airport.Plans were recently unveiled for the roll-out of an additional 15 e-gates, which it was hoped would speed up the process. These are automatic terminals where people with an EU passport can have it scanned by a machine which then allows you to pass through.Passengers are now also able to view the estimated time that it will take them to clear security, as they walk down the wide corridors from where they disembark at T1 to passport control.So, has this issue affected you? Have you ever had to wait longer than 15-20 minutes to get through passport control at Dublin Airport in recent times?
38 Comments Apr 7th 2017, 11:20 AM Friday 7 Apr 2017, 11:20 AM Short URL 40,140 Views Trevor Deely appeal: Gardaí have released enhanced CCTV from night of disappearance A fresh appeal is being made in the case today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: GardaPressOffice/YouTubeGARDAÍ HAVE RELEASED enhanced CCTV footage of the night Trevor Deely went missing, at a press briefing this morning.A fresh appeal is being made in the case today. Trevor went missing after attending a Christmas party on 8 December 2000, and was last spotted on CCTV footage which showed him crossing Baggot Street Bridge and walking towards Haddington Road in Dublin city centre.Details of the enhanced CCTV were reported earlier this week, though the footage has only been made publicly available for the first time today. Forensically enhanced VHS footage taken from outside Trevor’s office at Bank of Ireland Asset Management on Leeson Street shows him talking to a man, who had been standing at the building for around a half an hour beforehand.Trevor arrives just before 3.30am, speaks briefly to the man and goes into his office for a cup of coffee with a colleague. The man, who has never come forward, is seen waiting for a short time before crossing the road.The 22-year-old man leaves the office around 4am. He was last captured on CCTV passing the Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road at 4.14am walking under an umbrella. Gardaí believe that the male acting suspiciously outside of Trevor’s place of work is the same male that is seen passing the Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road 34 seconds after Trevor that morning.It was announced at today’s Crimestoppers appeal that a private and anonymous donor is prepared to offer a sum of up to €100,000 for information that might prove critical in resolving the case.“Our first appeal is for this male if he recognises himself to come forward and secondly for anyone else to come forward who may recognise him to notify us through Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25,” commented Garda Detective Superintendent Peter O’ Boyle today.Trevor is described as 6’1” in height and of slim build. He has short red/brown hair and fair complexion. Trevor was last seen wearing a mustard and brown checked shirt, beige/grey corduroy flared trousers, dark deck shoes with white stripes, a green padded jacket. He was carrying a large dark blue umbrella with white ACC Bank lettering. Share105 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3328673 By Daragh Brophy
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is certain that Luka Modric is going nowhere this summer, amid reports of interest from Inter MilanLos Blancos have already lost their star man in Cristiano Ronaldo this summer to Juventus and are reluctant to part with any more of their big players ahead of Julen Lopetegui’s first campaign in charge at the Spanish capital.Modric has been touted as one of the possible players that will be able to help fill the void left by Ronaldo this summer with the Spanish news outlet AS reporting that the Croatian playmaker has replaced the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as the club’s highest shirt seller.But Modric’s market value is at an all-time high following his impressive campaign at the World Cup for Croatia that saw him being crowned the Golden Ball winner, despite the national side losing in the final to France.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Due to this, Inter are reportedly interested in bringing Modric over to the Serie A this summer in a bid to compete with Ronaldo and Juventus next season.But if their interest is genuine, then they will have to pay a massive fee.“The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying 750 million euros,” says Perez of a potential exit, via Marca.Modric has a contract at Real until June 2020 after having renewed it in November 2016.
What: Clark County Green Business Program, a free business assistance and recognition program provided by Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services.Why: The program provides a framework for business leaders to evaluate their company’s environmental performance and assess and identify resource conservation and money-saving opportunities through workshops and networking events with other green businesses.Sign-up information: Clark County Green Business Program.A handful of Clark County businesses will celebrate corporate efforts to think green Thursday, a date more commonly associated with pink and red hearts.However, corporations that love the environment are adored and applauded any time of the year, said Bob Patterson, a sustainability specialist with Clark County’s Environmental Services Department, which will host the county’s first-ever Clark County Green Business Showcase. “It (practicing sustainable business) used to be a good idea,” he said. “Now, it’s more of a requirement.”About 200 people are expected at the 7:30 a.m. event at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Most are employed by the 17 local companies that have earned recognition as a Clark County Green Business for completing a program launched in 2011.The program started with 12 local businesses and grew to include 29 companies in 2012. And the county has already added a dozen more businesses this year that will find ways to reduce company waste and environmental impacts. The process — from the initial search for areas that need improvement, to working out a strategy and implementing a plan — is different for every company that signs up for the free program, Patterson said. “They identify that for themselves,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to take a look at the things they can do that they haven’t done before.”
Tlingit and Muckleshoot actress Sovereign Bill poses at a voice-over workshop at KTOO Public Media before the Juneau premiere of the PBS KIDS show “Molly of Denali” Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Photo by Sheli DeLaney/KTOO) The new animated children’s TV show, “Molly of Denali,” is the first national children’s show to feature an Alaska Native lead. Nanibaa’ Frommherz (left) and Izzy Kizer participated in a voice acting workshop led by creators of “Molly of Denali,” organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO) “They would solve problems, like, act like people in real life,” she explained, “and they would talk and stuff, and it would be cool.” Johnson kicked things off with some energizing warm-ups, reaching for the stars on tippy toes, shaking everything out. After the workshop, Johnson offered some short and sweet advice for any kids who want to get involved in the arts: Explore, have fun and be curious. “There were 13 youth today. If one of them gets the tiniest bit of hope that, ‘Maybe I can do this,’ or, ‘I want to do this’ — this is why I do the work that I do,” Edenshaw said. “I thought I would stutter, or lisp, or mumble or something like that,” Kiser said. “And I actually surprised myself that I didn’t do any of that in the entire recording. I thought I did kind of good.” Edenshaw, who is Yup’ik and Iñupiaq, said she’s been watching “Molly of Denali” at home with her kids. It’s a powerful experience, she said, watching as a family. Kizer, who is Tlingit, has some ideas of her own for a kids show set in Southeast Alaska. The main character would be a grizzly bear, Kizer’s favorite, and it would feature other regional animals, like seals and wolves. “Being a 35-year-old woman, and I’m having the same experience as my nine-month-old daughter and my 13-year-old,” she said. “My kids are never going to grow up in a world where they’re not going to be able to see themselves represented.” Twelve-year-old Kizer is happy to see “Molly of Denali” on the air. The show takes place in a fictional village in Interior Alaska. Molly and many of the characters are Athabaskan. Kizer hopes the show will broaden perspectives. It’s the kind of thing “Molly of Denali” might say. Ideas like that are exactly what the workshop’s organizers hoped to hear. Emily Edenshaw is director of business and economic development at Tlingit & Haida, and she helped put together the event. “Not many people really acknowledge our culture,” she said. “They think we live in, like, igloos with polar bears and penguins, but really we don’t.” Some of the show’s creators came to Juneau this month. As part of their visit, they put on a vocal acting workshop to help local kids find their own voices. Joel Price said he didn’t really know what his father had signed him up for. That was Izzy Kizer’s favorite part of the afternoon. Price was one of 13 kids in the workshop on self-expression and voice acting. It was held the day before a community screening of the show in Juneau. Both events were organized by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. KTOO provided the space for the workshop. Those fancy people included the creative producer of “Molly of Denali,” Princess Daazhraii Johnson, and the voice of Molly herself: Sovereign Bill. “Um, just meeting some fancy people,” Price said. When everyone was good and stretched, Johnson and Bill talked about their work and then walked through the basics of vocal acting. The kids got to put it into practice right away, recording some public service announcements, which will air on KTOO. For the record, Price said they weren’t actually very fancy at all, just really nice.
Share Photo via PixabayAfter this month’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas is at the center of debates about how to prevent gun violence.Some in the medical field say doctors should approach gun violence as a health issue, and even talk to patients about it that way.There’s a growing focus in healthcare on addressing “social determinants of health,” things like poverty and housing problems that can prime people – children in particular – for poor health outcomes.Ken Janda, CEO of the non-profit health insurer Community Health Choice, said talking to patients about gun violence could be like talking to teens about risks from drugs and sex.“How do we make it okay for physicians to be able to talk to parents,” he said, “and sort of say, ‘do you have a gun in your house? Is it locked up? Is it safe? Are your kids able to get at it?’”Some researchers experimenting with patient surveys to predict and prevent risky health factors are using those kinds of questions. Janda acknowledged this could be controversial, but he said it’s aimed at promoting more open discussion about gun violence as a public health problem.
Cruise ships dumping their waste in the sea off Limassol significantly contribute to sea pollution, city mayor, Nicos Nicolaides, said on Friday, adding that tackling the issue remains one of his municipality’s highest priorities.In a meeting with stakeholders, the pollution targets made for the summer of 2018 were discussed, as well as those for 2019.Nicolaides said that dealing with sea pollution involves the successful coordination of various departments and closing ‘gaps’ in the current laws.The mayor of Yermasoyia, the community board of Ayios Trichonas, representatives of the ministry of transport, the commissioner for the environment, the department of marine research and the marine police all took part in the meeting.The mayor said that conditions had improved in 2018 because the relevant departments cooperated successfully and experts in marine pollution monitoring were used.When asked by the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) as to why there would be increased attention to cruise ships and yachts, Nicolaides said “we have strong suspicions that they are significant contributors to the sea pollution” and that they need more “effective supervision”.Last May specific measures were introduced to increase the microbiological control of the sea – a job that was given to the state chemical laboratory in collaboration with the environmental service.The department of merchant shipping began spot checks on ships to determine if they were able to treat sewage before dumping it into the sea.Further, it was decided that a team of observers that included lifeguards and winter swimmers would inform the relevant services immediately if detected any signs of marine pollution.In 2016, the municipality came under fire from the public, who complained about pollution in the Limassol sea.The complaints followed a 2014 report by the auditor-general which shed some light on the reasons why pollution levels were so high.“The responsibility for supervising proper waste disposal by boats is spread across too many services, with no clear indication as to who is in charge. Regular inspections are not carried out and no one was ever punished for violating the law,” the report said.You May LikeMedicareGrannyFloyd Mayweather Won’t Apologize For His Flashy CarMedicareGrannyUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods That Can Help You Look YoungerFood Eat SafeUndoDailyArmyGuy Goes Nuts When He Can’t Get an Adult Coloring Book For FreeDailyArmyUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
16Feb Rep. Reilly: Action Plan is a commitment to our state’s long-term financial health Tags: #SB Categories: Featured news,News,Reilly News State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session.Reilly served on the Policy Development Committee and had a significant role in determining what issues would be outlined in the Action Plan. “I’d like to thank House Speaker Tom Leonard and Chairman Tim Kelly for the courage to address our long-term financial health. Our total unfunded liability is currently $71,051,803,257 and growing. That’s over $7,100 for every man, woman, and child in Michigan,” said Rep. Reilly. “It is immoral to pass such a liability on to our children.”“As vice chair of both the House Committee on Financial Liability Reform and the House Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), I am excited that the Action Plan demonstrates the Legislature’s commitment to improving our state’s long-term financial health,” continued Rep. Reilly. “It also expands upon improving legislative oversight and increasing government transparency of administrative rules.“I’m also very pleased to see that the House Republicans’ top priorities are to make lives better in Michigan for future generations to come and to make it easier for residents to start businesses and grow by removing burdensome regulations.”The Action Plan for reform and responsible leadership during the new legislative session can be accessed at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.######
12Jun Rep. Lucido plan offers additional protections for Michigan landlords Categories: Lucido News Tags: Judiciary Committee Legislation also clarifies eviction proceduresState Rep. Peter Lucido has introduced legislation to better protect landlords from tenants who skip out on their water and sewer bills.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said the concept is simple – if tenants use the water, they should pay for it.“Right now, when someone moves out and walks away from their water and sewer bill, it ends up being a lien against the property,” Lucido said. “The landlord must pay the outstanding water bill to turn the water back on for the next tenant. The only way for them to get the money back is to take them to court.”Rather than set up a separate escrow account for water, Lucido said his plan simply allows landlords to increase the security deposit that already exists. House Bill 6126 boosts the maximum amount landlords are allowed to charge for a security deposit from 1½ months’ rent to two months’ rent, plus $100.“Instead of clogging up our court system, landlords will simply be able to take money for any unpaid water and sewer bills out of the security deposit,” Lucido said. “This is a sensible solution that alleviates the burden on the court system and protects landlords. If the tenant pays their water bill, they have nothing to worry about.”Lucido said he has also introduced House Bills 6070 and 6096 to clarify the eviction process and better protect tenants who are evicted.“When the writ of eviction comes out, it shouldn’t fall on a moving company to execute. They’re not trained or deputized by the court in any way, and nothing is in place to hold them accountable,” Lucido said. “My plan would make sure the eviction is executed by trained court officers, bailiffs or sheriff deputies and proper procedures are followed.”The legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.###
12Feb Rep. Lilly attends annual State of the State address Categories: Lilly News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly attended the Governor’s annual State of the State address today during a joint Session of the Michigan Legislature. Joining Rep. Lilly for the address was Hunter Ihrman, a Park Township resident studying political science at George Washington University.“Michigan must capitalize on its momentum to ensure continued success across the state,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure Michigan remains the best place to live, work and raise families.”###
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares Leena Robinson / Shutterstock.comFebruary 12, 2014;Fox NewsWhat’s that saying again—men plan and God laughs? Some eventualities just creep up on you. The nonprofit National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, suffered an unanticipated crisis Wednesday morning when a 40-foot-wide sinkhole opened up underneath a floor that held eight rare Corvettes. A video of the incident can be seen here. (Don’t watch it if you love Corvettes.) In its press release, the museum, which attracts 150,000 visitors a year, said, “It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.”“This is going to be an interesting situation,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said, adding that structural engineers from Western Kentucky University’s engineering department were at the museum checking out what could and should be done. In fact, we have a video of their drone-facilitated view of the situation.One 1983 Corvette was saved, but eaten up by the hole were a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors, a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.Bowling Green is where General Motors builds the Corvette. The city is in Kentucky’s Western Pennyroyal area, where deep caves run underground. We imagine that this organization probably has constituents with deep reserves of passion for the cause, and that the institution will probably be fine after it figures out the structural concerns.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share44TweetShare5Email49 SharesImage Credit: Bench Bed by Terence LimAugust 6, 2015; Idaho StatesmanOn Thursday, August 5th, 2015, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit brought by seven homeless people in 2009, arguing that it is unconstitutional to punish people who sleep in public places if there is no shelter space available. The case is in Boise federal court and was brought after the plaintiffs were arrested.The DOJ statement reads in part that it “should be uncontroversial that punishing conduct that is a universal and unavoidable consequence of being human violates the Eighth Amendment. […] Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity—i.e., it must occur at some time in some place. If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless.”“Many homeless individuals are unable to secure shelter space because city shelters are over capacity or inaccessible to people with disabilities,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement. “Moreover, enforcing these ordinances is poor public policy. Needlessly pushing homeless individuals into the criminal justice system does nothing to break the cycle of poverty or prevent homelessness in the future. Instead, it imposes further burdens on scarce judicial and correctional resources, and it can have long-lasting and devastating effects on individuals’ lives.”Arrests for sleeping in public are, of course, only one of a number of laws aimed at people who are homeless. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty released its eleventh report on the imposition of anti-homeless ordinances in July. The report is called “No Safe Space: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities” and is worth reviewing. In the report’s introduction, its authors show they share some assumptions with the DOJ:“There are some activities so fundamental to human existence that it defies common sense that they might be treated as crimes. Falling asleep, standing still, and sitting down, are all necessary actions for any human being’s survival. While these activities are unquestionably legal when performed indoors, more and more communities across the country are treating these life-sustaining behaviors as criminal acts when performed in public places by people with nowhere else to go.”Boise city spokesman Mike Journee says that the premise of the Department of Justice’s filing is “incorrect” since the ordinance that led to the arrests has since been amended to disallow arrests when other accommodations are unavailable.—Ruth McCambridgeShare44TweetShare5Email49 Shares
Share73Tweet1ShareEmail74 Shares“Governor Phil Murphy signs landmark legislation to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15/hour on February 4, 2019.” Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office February 4, 2019; TruthoutOn Monday, New Jersey became the fourth state to raise its hourly minimum wage by a significant amount and commit to a $15 minimum wage in the next few years. The New Jersey Working Families Alliance (NJWFA), New Jersey Education Association, racial justice organizers, clergy members, and others ran a smart movement that achieved this major goal, though advocates say there is plenty more work to be done.Officially, the wage for most workers will increase to $10 per hour starting July 1st of this year, then increase by $1 an hour every January 1st until 2024, when it will hit $15. After that, minimum wage increases will be indexed to inflation. Agricultural, seasonal, and tipped workers are the notable exceptions. Their wage increases will come later, and they aren’t guaranteed to reach the full $15 hourly minimum. Northjersey.com helpfully reprinted a chart from the Assembly Majority Office showing the different wages and increases over the next few years.NJWFA has been working on this campaign for years. They almost succeeded a few years ago, but then-governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill, saying that it was too much, too fast, and would hurt small businesses and, ultimately, workers—a common argument by opponents that is contested among economists. (We might argue that if your business model depends upon underpaying your staff, then perhaps it is not as workable as it appears.) NPQ has been following the Fight for $15, an intersectional movement that could improve the lives of women, immigrants, people of color, and other groups that tend to be overrepresented in underpaid jobs.NJWFA did not give up after Christie’s veto; they moved down a rung of government to where they could find success. Like states that began passing protective laws in the absence of federal leadership, cities and counties began to raise the minimum wage of their workers to set an example for the state.During the next gubernatorial election campaign, said Analilia Mejia, executive director of NJWFA, the plan was to “inject [the issue] so deeply into both the conversations being had by potential candidates and by our partners and by regular New Jerseyans” that it would “create the inevitability…that’s frankly how we won.”Mejia said, “We’re really proud of the fact that it’s almost to the finish line.”The groups most left behind in this bill were tipped workers and farmworkers. Farmworkers occupy an odd place in the labor world; according to Craig Garcia and Manuel Guzman, both of whom are labor-organizing leaders,The exclusion of farmworkers from basic labor standards is, unfortunately, nothing new in the United States. When the right to unionize was codified under the Federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), farmworkers were excluded to win over the votes of Southern Democrats—who did not believe that the right to organize should be extended to migrant farmworkers and black sharecroppers.Legal Services of New Jersey, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance and resources to those who are unable to pay, clarified that “farmworkers in New Jersey have the right to join together to organize, discuss as a group, and bargain with their employer about wage rates and conditions of work.” However, many advocates are still fighting for basic labor protections such as overtime pay.Tipped workers are another story. Their federal wage is $2.13. and it hasn’t been raised since 1991. As most consumers know, customers are expected to make up the rest through tips. In addition to shifting the burden of labor costs in an enormous industry onto the consumer, this forces poverty and instability on many service workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute,While the poverty rate of non-tipped workers is 6.5 percent, tipped workers have a poverty rate of 12.8 percent. Tipped workers are thus nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as are non-tipped workers. Yet poverty rates are significantly lower for tipped workers in states where they receive the full regular minimum wage.This “two-tiered system” is a target for criticism in several places; last week, Rhode Island senator Gayle Goldin announced a bill to eliminate the tiers entirely. “The hospitality industry is predominantly a woman workforce in tipped jobs,” said Goldin, and “We’re no longer requiring these tipped workers to rely on the relationship with the customer.”Mejia and others are also still fully committed to making sure farm workers’ and tipped workers’ wages rise. “Where there’s a political will, there’s always a way,” said Mejia.—Erin RubinShare73Tweet1ShareEmail74 Shares
Mobile video specialist Yamgo has launched Aux Send, an independent music channel, on its network, delivering the service to smartphones, iPads and tablets over 2.5G, 3G and Wi-Fi.Aux Send, backed by video producer Doug Stanford, showcases emerging independent artists and their music.Aux Send will be available on mobile platforms and devices including iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android (phones and tablets), Nokia, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and HP webOS.
French cable operator Numericable will extend its new LaBox offering from June 11 to include a multiscreen service to iPhones and a free SIM card for mobile services.The LaBox service, the Power version of which will be available for €44.90 a month, will allow LaBox users to watch channels on their iPhones, with an iPad offering to follow. LaBox Power, Power Plus, Family and Platinum bundles also include 200Mbps internet access and services including Facebook and Twitter on the TV screen. The iStart and Start versions include 100Mbps access for €24.90 and €34.90 respectively.