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Pondy CM demands Lt Guvs resignation

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first_imgPuducherry: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday urged Kiran Bedi to quit as Lt Governor after the Madras High Court had recently held that the Lt Governor “cannot interfere in the day-to-day activities of the elected government in the union territory.”The High court had laid down very clearly that the Lt Governor had no powers to act independently and that she must work “in tandem with the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers,” he told reporters here. He said the Madras High Court had given the historic verdict recently on a writ petition filed by Congress legislator K Lakshminarayanan questioning the Lt Governor`s interference in routine administration by elected government`. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghReferring to various issues in which “interference by Bedi had impeded implementation of decisions of the cabinet,” the Chief Minister said she had put obstacles in implementation of the cabinet decision to write off farm loans due from ryots to the cooperative banks. He also pointed out that the government had approached the Union Home Ministry for its nod to write off crop loans and after getting approval “we could implement the decision.” Narayanasamy alleged that implementation of the free rice scheme was also obstructed by Bedi, who he said raised raising several “amusing and hypothetical queries.” He also listed various instances where intervention by the Lt Governor was a major ‘bottleneck’. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe recent judgement of the Madras HC restricting the intervention of the Lt Governor was a “big relief and would prove very positive in implementing cabinet decisions,” he said. He said that the court had also pointed out that decisions taken by the cabinet could be communicated to the Lt Governor and not for her approval. The chief minister said he had information that Bedi was planning to go on appeal against the High court verdict reining in her intervention. “No appeal can be preferred by Bedi as administrator of Puducherry without the nod of the elected government,” he added. Narayanasamy who has been at loggerheads with Bedi on various administrative matters ever since she assumed charge in May 2016, said in a democracy “the elected government has the authorisation of the people and hence the Lt Governor cannot stand in the way of the implementation of the schemes decided by the cabinet.” Accusing Bedi of misusing her constitutional authority, he said as the HC had come out with clear picture of the powers of elected government she should quit office without any further loss of time.last_img

Serena Williams Debate Is She the Best Female Athlete

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Serena Williams is sparking a sports-wide debate over her place in history. Is she the greatest female athlete of all time and if she isn’t what factors are working against her, real or imaginary? Being a female, black and with an attitude? Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim said this,“I consider her achievements, her mental strength, her power, her (terminally underrated) court smarts, her longevity and the overall arc of her career and I reach the conclusion that she is the greatest of all time — a claim I made in 2010 and have gotten grief for ever since. No question in my mind: she is the greatest living female athlete. That she has played (check that: lived) independent of the establishment and conventional thinking makes her all the more admirable. I have no doubt that I will be telling my grandchildren about her.”Jon added, “I’ve long said that one of the real challenges of covering this sport is covering the Williams sisters, Serena in particular. There is so much complexity and contradiction. And, of course, there is the ever-present patina/prism of race. And let’s be clear: anyone who denies the element of race lives in a land of dragons and unicorns and stable ozone layers.”ESPN also took a stab at the debate. Watch the video clip below:We ask again, is Serena Williams the best female athlete of all time? read more

Julija Nikolic plays for Macedonia at EHF EURO 2012

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← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga derby night: Kiel’s 14th win in a row against Flensburg – Lion’s storm in Hamburg! Next Story → Hergeirsson calls golden girls for the start of new winning campaign Julija Nikolic said “YES” to Macedonian head-coach, Gino Strezovski, who will count on her for the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. The best Macedonian player, who currently playing in Russian TOP team, Zvezda Zvenizgorod, Nikolic (ex Portjanko) is ready to help her team-mates, despite eariler decision to finish NT career.As a member of French Arvor, she was voted for the best playmaker of the French League in the last two seasons. Julija NikolicJulija PortjankoMacedonian women’s handball read more

Driving tests delayed because of industrial action

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first_imgIF YOU HAVE booked a driving test for next Wednesday afternoon, the Road Safety Authority has some bad news.Because of an industrial action by testers, around 400 of next Wednesday’s tests will be delayed, the RSA has confirmed.The RSA says customers who are due to take their test that day are being notified of the disruption and plans are in place to reschedule their tests, at no cost, as quickly as possible at times that are convenient for them.The dispute centres on outsourcing by the RSA. IMPACT says that the RSA has reneged on a recommendation to hire reserve testers.The RSA however says it is in compliance “with numerous recommendations and rulings by the LRC”.“[The RSA has] established a panel of five reserve Driver Testers to assist in reducing the impact of short-notice sick leave absences on customers and to continue to deliver a high quality service. “In 2012, 11,880 driving tests were not conducted due to sick leave taken by driver testers. 8,200 of these tests were not covered from spare capacity and as a result, the RSA had to reschedule the affected candidates’ tests, free of charge at a cost of €697,000 to the authority. This is obviously in addition to the massive inconvenience caused to our customers as a result of having their tests cancelled, often at short notice.“The RSA is extremely disappointed with the stance taken by IMPACT.”Read: Ireland is saying goodbye to the classic driving test feedback formRead: Irish dad’s reaction to ‘failed’ driving test goes insanely virallast_img read more

Its going to be exceptionally mild for the rest of this week

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first_img Short URL Image: Leah Farrell https://jrnl.ie/4503013 Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 8:34 AM 11 Comments Feb 20th 2019, 8:34 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It’s going to be ‘exceptionally mild’ for the rest of this week It will be mild, drizzly with a bit of sunshine, according to Met Éireann. Share13 Tweet Email IF YOU WANT a one-word summation of how the weather will be for the rest of the month, it’s ‘mild’.This week will be “exceptionally mild” and will continue into the weekend. “All the signs are that it will continue that way right till the end of the month,” according to Met Éireann on RTÉ News this morning.Today, it will be cloudy and misty with scattered outbreaks of rain or drizzle, but brighter and clearer conditions with occasional sunshine will later develop for most places.Tomorrow will be mainly dry and breezy but will still stay mild, with highs of between 11 and 14 degrees.Although there will be some light rain or drizzle on Friday, there will also be a good deal of dry weather too. Temperatures will be between 12 to 15 degrees.Saturday will have occasional light rain or drizzle but often dry, while Sunday will be dry with broken sunshine. Temperatures will reach highs of 12 to 14 degrees. 19,920 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Leah Farrelllast_img read more

Greek charm offensive in the Big Apple

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou spent six days in New York last week to attend the United Nations General Assembly and the Millennium Development Goals Summit. The Greek government has proved that it means business. We have delivered on our commitments, exceeded targets and even confounded expectations.He has used the opportunity to hold a series of meetings with US and international political leaders as well as US business leaders in an attempt to bolster the image of Greece abroad. Whilst in the United States George Papandreou had a 10 minute meeting with US President Barack Obama at a reception organised for heads of state at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan. The US President is reported to have said “You have a difficult job but you are going well,” adding, “I too have a difficult job here as well.” Papandreou congratulated the US President for his speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly and for his intervention in the Middle East negotiations. Prime Minister George Papandreou also spent time courting the US business world and Wall Street, assuring entrepreneurs in New York that Greece is pushing through reforms to facilitate investments after receiving praise from US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington for the measures his government has pushed through so far. “The Greek government has proved that it means business. We have delivered on our commitments, exceeded targets and even confounded expectations,” Papandreou told an audience at the Economic Club of New York, a respected forum for entrepreneurs and economists. “In a matter of months we have pushed through the most extensive and ambitious reform program in modern Greek history,” he said before providing details of how procedures are being simplified for investments and the creation of businesses. Papandreou said there were “many encouraging signs that investors are waking up to the opportunities that the new Greece has to offer,” noting that Norway’s state pension fund had recently invested in Greek government bonds. In a speech at the New York Stock Exchange, Papandreou said his country had taken “unprecedented and difficult steps to tackle the crisis” and was making “real progress in fulfilling its commitments” to its international creditors, which in May promised Greece 110 billion euros in loans in exchange for a raft of austerity measures. The Greek Prime Minister stressed that his administration was “on track” with its efforts to reduce a gaping budget deficit and push through long-delayed reforms. He said the changes would create “new opportunities for investments in transport, tourism and the development of the green economy.” On the political level, Papandreou had meetings with US Vice President Joe Biden and with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the side of the UN meeting. With the latter, Papandreou discussed the possibility of Iran playing a stabilising role in the Middle East.With Biden, talks focused on regional politics and Greece’s economic reforms. He also held a meeting with President of the former Yugoslav Republic Giorgi Ivanoff. Sources: Kathimerini, ANA, Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Community pays tribute to Ploutarchos Deliyiannis

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The life of Ploutarchos Deliyiannis (1935-2013) and his contribution to the Greek community of Melbourne was honoured last week. The event, at the Panarcadian Association Hall in North Melbourne, looked back on the teacher, fighter, visionary and family man who marked the life of our community in Australia. Throughout his life in Australia, Mr Deliyiannis played an integral role in promoting the Greek language in a multicultural Australian society and was on the forefront of Greek community activism for over five decades. Tributes to his life were paid last Sunday by representatives of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the Greek Democritus League, the Ethnic Community Radio Station 3ZZZ (Greek Broadcasting Committee), the GACL and the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis. Representatives of various community organisations spoke briefly about Deliyiannis’ life and work, his ethos and fighting spirit and mild character. His vision championed the rights of the working class and he fought against racism. He supported education and rallied for more Greek language classes around Australia. During the evening, references were made to the memoirs of the late Deliyiannis that are underway. Ploutarchos Deliyiannis migrated to Australia in 1954. In 1958 he became a member of the Greek community, and in 1962 a member of the board. One year later he became the secretary, under the presidency of Dimitrios Elefantis.last_img read more

Bill would charge $100 fee on new studded tires in Washington, impose a ban in 2025

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first_imgOLYMPIA — New studded tires would carry a $100 fee if purchased after July 1 of this year and be banned after mid-2025 under a proposal being considered by the House Transportation Committee.The Spokesman-Review reports the proposal, which would replace the current $5 fee and eventually phase out studded tires, would raise an estimated $3.5 million over the next two years. But that wouldn’t make up for the estimated damage to state roads that a state Department.The bill would allow drivers who prefer studded tires to other options on the market to use them until July 2025, phasing out the tires they have. But the state should raise the fee for new tires, Ryu said, and collect a total of $400 for four new studded tires.last_img read more

Shock by deadly fall of a Provo Pastor he was putting up

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2017 – Providenciales – A beloved Providenciales Pastor this morning died when he reportedly fell from a rooftop as he prepared for hurricane Maria, and the island is stunned at the tragic news.“It seems unbelievable” said one person.  “So sad”, said another as family is hailed as a stellar partner in community and spiritual development.  We withold the identity of this husband, father, partner and Gospel minister until family is well informed.The man, a contractor by trade is said to have died  from the fall, at the scene at his home in the Bight.  The pastor and businessman was putting up shutters.  Conditions are already windy in Provo and there are intermittent rains ahead of this thirteenth named system for the Atlantic basin; Maria.While Maria which is back to major hurricane status was already forecast to be dangerous and has caused deaths on her way to the TCI, it is an unexpected blow to islanders that already the storm claims a life within these shores.Residents are in final stages of preparation before hurricane Maria hits tonight; ironically it is the two week anniversary of Hurricane Irma.#pleasebecareful#MagneticMedianews#hurricanemaria Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Bohemian Rhapsody wins at the Oscars 2019 Every way to watch it

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first_img Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming Bohemian Rhapsody will rock you, even if it’s only half… Bohemian Rhapsody stars explain Freddie Mercury’s Castro… Amazon Fire TV Share your voice 3:16 Amazon Now playing: Watch this: The biopic dramatizes the rise of singer Freddie Mercury and his band Queen and is now available in all digital stores, including iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, Fandango Now and Microsoft Movies & TV. You can also buy it through the Disney-owned Movies Anywhere service, and link those stores to your Movies Anywhere account to view on whichever device you want. That way you can watch it from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV or any other device that supports at least one of those digital stores.If you prefer to own a physical copy of Bohemian Rhapsody, the film is available on 4K Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD.See Bohemian Rhapsody on Amazon 2:09 Commentscenter_img 3 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: Tags Originally published Jan. 22, 2019 at 9:34 a.m. PT.Update, Feb. 25: Adds the movie’s Oscar wins. Bohemian Rhapsody is now available for home release, making the Oscar-nominated film available nearly everywhere. Nick Delany Bohemian Rhapsody just won four Oscars from the five categories the film was nominated in, including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. If you haven’t caught the movie yet, you might be able to still see it in theaters or you can watch it at home now.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV 77 Photos TV and Movieslast_img read more

Priyanka leaves for Sonbhadra after meeting Congress workers at

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first_imgVARANASI: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday met the party workers at Varanasi airport here before leaving for Sonbhadra to meet the family members of 10 Gond tribals who were gunned down last month over a land dispute. Priyanka Gandhi will also talk to the affected families about the development works in the Umbha village and try to get a first-hand account of the steps taken by the government for their security after the incident, party sources said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The party leaders and workers gave a warm welcome to Gandhi on her arrival at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport here around 10 am. Later, she left for Sonbhadra by road. Ten people were gunned down and 28 others injured when armed men led by a village pradhan clashed with the villagers in a bid to take possession of a disputed piece of land. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Congress leader had tried to visit the village after the massacre but was denied permission by the district administration which had promulgated section 144 of the CrPC in view of the prevailing tension. After meeting those injured in the Varanasi hospital, she was stopped and detained in Mirzapur on her way to Umbha. She was detained for the night by the district administration at the Chunar fort. The members of the tribal community had met Priyanka Gandhi the next day. The Congress leader had promised monetary help to the affected families which was handed over to them by a delegation of party leaders later.last_img read more

Protesting students lay siege at Pragati Sarani again

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first_imgProthom AloProtests triggered by the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury continued on Wednesday.Around 30-35 students of different private universities gathered in front of Bashundhara Residential Area’s main gate and soon the number increased as they demonstrate to force the authorities accept their demands, including maximum punishment of the bus driver who killed Abrar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Other demands include checking papers of drivers on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of foot overbridges, installing speed-breakers at risky points and stopping unfit vehicles from plying.Witnesses said hundreds of students from BUP, North South University and Siddheshwari College occupied the street just after 9am, halting traffic on the busy road.They shouted slogans demanding justice for Abrar, a first-year undergraduate international relations student.Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died after being run over by ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ bus in front of the Bashundhara gate around 7:15am on Tuesday.The agitating students also called for boycotting classes at all the educational institutions across the country on Wednesday and urged the students to take position in front of their respective institutions to express solidarity with the protesters’ demands.last_img read more

Depression does not spread Study

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first_imgBe rest assured that simply talking to or helping a friend who is suffering from depression would not affect your own mental health as depression does not spread from friend to friend, new research suggests. While depression does not ‘spread’, having enough friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a six to 12 month period, the findings showed. “Our results suggest that promotion of any friendship between adolescents can reduce depression since having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative,” said study lead author Edward Hill from University of Warwick in England. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings are the result of a study of the way over 2,000 teenagers in a group of US high schools influenced each others’ mood.  The researchers used a mathematical model to establish if depression spreads from friend to friend. Adolescents who have five or more mentally healthy friends have half the probability of becoming depressed compared to adolescents with no healthy friends, the researchers determined with the help of their mathematical model.The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.last_img read more

Kong 10 is now generally available with gRPC support updated Database abstraction

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first_imgYesterday, the team at Kong announced the general availability of Kong 1.0, a scalable, fast, open source microservice API gateway that manages hybrid and cloud-native architectures. Kong can be extended through plugins including authentication, traffic control, observability and more.The first stable version of Kong 1.0 was  launched earlier this year in September at the Kong summit. The Kong API  creates a Certificate authority which Kong nodes can use for establishing mutual TLS authentication with each other. It can balance traffic from mail servers and other TCP-based applications, from L7 to L4. What’s new in Kong 1.0? gRPC This release supports gRPC protocol alongwith REST. It is built on top of HTTP/2 and provides option for Kong users looking to connect east-west traffic with low overhead and latency. This helps in enabling Kong users to open more mesh deployments in hybrid environments. New Migrations Framework in Kong 1.0 This version of Kong introduces a new Database Abstraction Object (DAO), a framework that allows migrations from one database schema to another with nearly zero downtime. The new DAO helps users to upgrade their Kong cluster all at once, without the need of any manual intervention for upgrading each node. Plugin Development Kit (PDK) PDK, a set of Lua functions and variables can be used by custom-plugins for implementing logic on Kong. The plugins built with the PDK will be compatible with Kong versions 1.0 and above. PDK’s interfaces are much easier to use than the bare-bones ngx_lua API. It allows users to isolate plugin operations such as logging or caching. It is semantically versioned which helps in maintaining backward compatibility. Service Mesh Support Users can now easily deploy Kong as a standalone service mesh. A service mesh can help address the challenges of microservices in terms of security. It secures the services as it integrates multiple layers of security with Kong plugins. It also features secure communication at every step of the request lifecycle. Seamless Connections This release connects services in the mesh to services across all environments, platforms, and vendors. Kong 1.0 can be used to bridge the gap between cloud-native design and traditional architecture patterns. Robust plugin architecture This release comes with a robust plugin architecture that offers users unparalleled flexibility. Kong plugins provide key functionality and supports integrations with other cloud-native technologies including Prometheus, Zipkin, and many others. Kong’s plugins can now execute code in the new preread phase which improves performance. AWS Lambda and Azure FaaS Kong 1.0 comes with improvements to interactions with AWS Lambda and Azure FaaS, including Lambda Proxy Integration. The Azure Functions plugin can be used to filter out headers disallowed by HTTP/2 when proxying HTTP/1.1 responses to HTTP/2 clients. Deprecations in Kong 1.0 Core The API entity and related concepts such as the /apis endpoint have been removed from this release. Routes and Services are used instead. The old DAO implementation and the old schema validation library are removed. New Admin API Filtering now happens withURL path changes (/consumers/x/plugins) instead of querystring fields (/plugins?consumer_id=x) Error messages have been reworked in this release to be more consistent, precise and informative. The PUT method has been reimplemented. Plugins The galileo plugin has been removed. Some internal modules, that were used by plugin authors before the introduction of the Plugin Development Kit (PDK) in 0.14.0 have been removed now. Internal modules that have been removed include, kong.tools.ip module, kong.tools.public module and  kong.tools.responses module. Major bug fixes SNIs (Server Name Indication) are now correctly paginated. With this release, null & default values are now handled better. Datastax Enterprise 6.X doesn’t throw errors anymore. Several typos, style and grammar fixes have been made. The router doesn’t inject an extra / in certain cases. Read more about this release on Kong’s blog post. Read Next Kong 1.0 launches: the only open source API platform specifically built for microservices, cloud, and serverless Eclipse 4.10.0 released with major improvements to colors, fonts preference page and more Windows Sandbox, an environment to safely test EXE files is coming to Windows 10 next yearlast_img read more

Miller Public safety must continue to be budget priority

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first_img Categories: Miller News,News State Rep. Aaron Miller, chair of the House Appropriations State Police Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget plan to the Legislature, which includes funding for the Michigan State Police:“Public safety must continue to be a priority, and I will work closely with the governor’s office to see that the Michigan State Police receives sufficient funding to keep families in Michigan safe,” said Miller, R-Sturgis. “We have made strides during the past few years of reducing both violent and property crimes in Michigan, and we must ensure that trend continues. Part of that involves making certain we have enough State Police resources available to keep Michiganders safe.”##### Subcommittee chair to work with administration on fundingcenter_img 11Feb Miller: Public safety must continue to be budget prioritylast_img read more

Rep Potvin to hold office hours Monday June 1

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first_img State Rep. Phil Potvin invites residents of the 102nd House District to join him for office hours on June 1 in Cadillac.Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac, urges residents who have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding state and local government to attend this informal meeting on Monday, June 1 at Helsel’s 13th Street Market, 3075 W. 13th Street in Cadillac. Office hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m.“Meeting with constituents is the most important part of my job,” Rep. Potvin said. “I look forward to meeting face-to-face with residents to ensure that I am representing them the best that I can in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Potvin via phone at 517-373-1747 or by email at PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov.Additional June office hours will be announced soon. 27May Rep. Potvin to hold office hours Monday, June 1 Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Canfield joins colleagues announcing 201718 priorities

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first_img16Feb Rep. Canfield joins colleagues announcing 2017-18 priorities State Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., of Sebewaing joined colleagues at the Capitol today to unveil the House Republican Action Plan for the 2017-18 legislative session.The wide-ranging plan maps top priorities over the next two years including making government more transparent, reducing auto insurance rates, putting more money into classrooms to benefit students, fixing roads and bridges, and many other issues. The goal is to continue Michigan’s economic recovery and improve the quality of life for people across the state.One of Canfield’s priorities is addressing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance rates in a way that helps lower bills, safeguards taxpayers and protects citizens in need of special care after getting hurt in auto accidents.“We’ve got to find a way to crack the nut of the no-fault auto insurance issue,” Canfield said. “We’ve got to find a way to compromise, to get people on the same page.”Canfield also discussed health care as a top priority. He chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.“I am focused on protecting life and our most vulnerable citizens, while finding ways to improve access to quality health care across Michigan,” Canfield said.The Action Plan can be found at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/. It was put together by a committee led by Rep. Tim Kelly. Canfield was a member.“I was proud to be a member of Rep. Kelly’s committee responsible to bring about a roadmap for House Republicans for the next two years,” Canfield said.### Categories: Canfield Newslast_img read more

Rep Chatfield bill transparency package approved by committee

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first_img09Mar Rep. Chatfield bill, transparency package approved by committee Legislation by state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering was part of government transparency package that the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved today.Collectively, the 11-bill package will extend jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor and create the Legislative Open Records Act which places the Legislature under public disclosure laws.“If we believe that transparency is a good requirement to ensure accountability for our local units of government, I think it is only right and prudent that the Legislature subject themselves and our executive office as well,” said Chatfield, who is chair of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee. “State government must be more accountable to the people it serves. I’m pleased to see such strong support from my colleagues on the committee and look forward to the full House taking up the 11 bills as representatives of our state’s citizens.”Chatfield’s bill, along with legislation from state Rep. Jeremy Moss, will establish (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor with minimal exemptions.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not make it to the governor for signature.##### Categories: Chatfield News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny

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first_img State Rep. Jim Lower today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents.Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the 11-bill package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“Government transparency should be the norm, not the exception, and Michigan is one of just a handful of states that does not place its Legislature and governor under open records laws,” Lower said. “I am proud to vote for legislation during Sunshine Week that gives people the ability to see how their hard-earned tax dollars are used.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### 16Mar Rep. Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny Categories: Lower News,Newslast_img read more

Town hall scheduled to address Lake St Clair water quality

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first_img Reps. Lucido, Hertel encourage residents to attend Oct. 2 meetingState Reps. Peter Lucido and Kevin Hertel today announced plans for a town hall meeting concerning the water quality of Lake St. Clair.The representatives have arranged for officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to be on hand to answer questions from residents who have concerns about Lake St. Clair during a free event on Oct. 2. Federal, state and local elected officials will also be invited and encouraged to attend.“Lake St. Clair should be a huge asset to our area, but pollution and high E. coli levels have left many people too disgusted to use the water,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “This issue has been going on for years and residents are fed up. People have some very real concerns about the quality of the water. It’s time for them to get some answers.”Lucido and Hertel have teamed up in a bipartisan effort to address the issue.“This is not an issue that only impacts the Lansing bubble,” said Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores. “Residents have real questions about their water, and it’s important that officials from DEQ hear these concerns and give them answers.”The town hall will take place Monday, Oct. 2, at MacRay Banquet and Events Center, 30675 N. River Road in Harrison Township. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for an informal meet and greet with DEQ officials. A DEQ presentation and a question and answer session will follow from 7 to 9 p.m.If more information is needed, Lucido’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0843 or emailing PeterLucido@house.mi.gov. Hertel’s office can be reached at (517) 373-1180 or KevinHertel@house.mi.gov.### 11Aug Town hall scheduled to address Lake St. Clair water quality Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more