APTN National NewsNunavut RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who assaulted a woman at Iqaluit’s Kicking Caribou pub on January 27.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll finds that even with Nunavut’s elevated crime levels, the assault was unusual for the territory.
Calling attention to the UN’s capacity to adjust to changing international conditions, the Secretary-General says, “We must preserve this tradition of innovation while maintaining the principles of the Charter, which have guided the Organization for 56 years.” At the same time, he says preparations must be made “for the possibilities of the future and [to] meet the new demands made on the United Nations.”The report provides a detailed overview of the UN’s efforts to find solutions to the fundamental problems facing the world. Commenting on the scope of this work, Mr. Annan says “it underlines the enduring significance of the United Nations as an instrument of global cooperation for the common good.”The report highlights recent advances worldwide, while cautioning that they may prove too fragile to endure. “During the past year, we have witnessed striking contrasts on the international scene, both encouraging developments and dangerous threats,” writes the Secretary-General. “These mixed global trends are a reminder that the pursuit of international peace and progress requires the sustained commitment and engagement of the community of nations.”Addressing issues related to peace and security, Mr. Annan underscores the need to move from a culture of reaction to a culture of prevention. According to the report, a draft plan of action on peace-building is now being finalized to serve as a practical guide for the UN system on the formulation and implementation of strategies in that area. The report also reviews the status of proposals to improve UN peacekeeping, such as enhancing logistical support and developing within the UN ” a more effective capacity for analysis that can draw upon the wealth of information available from open sources and within the Organization.” The Secretary-General stresses that the adoption of such measures “will improve our capacity to respond to the demands that will be made on us.”In its section on humanitarian aid, the report decries the lack of adequate contributions to meet the world’s needs. “Underfunding is an ongoing and critical limitation for humanitarian action in a number of countries,” states Mr. Annan. “In the absence of immediate and realistic funding, emergency planning, preparedness and stockpiling can do little to accelerate the humanitarian response to a crisis,” he warns.The report also provides a detailed overview of the work of the United Nations in cooperating for development, promoting the international legal order and human rights, enhancing management within the Organization, and fostering partnerships with other actors.”On 29 June 2001, Member States did me great honour in appointing me to a second term as Secretary-General,” writes Mr. Annan. “We have achieved a great deal over the past five years. I firmly believe, however, that we can and must do better.” He expresses conviction that with the active support of the governments and peoples of the world, “the United Nations will fulfil its promise as an indispensable institution for international cooperation.”
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed gratitude to two women whose advocacy of landmine clearing operations has helped reduce accidental post-war killings and restored mined land to productive use, in a speech to be delivered today in Los Angeles. In an address given in the new Walt Disney Hall, Mr. Annan said: “Today I am especially grateful to one member of Walt Disney’s family, his daughter and our gracious co-host Diane Disney Miller, who is so generously and consistently committed to supporting de-mining efforts in Afghanistan. “I am equally thankful to Heidi Kuhn, who founded the Roots of Peace in 1997.” He said Ms. Kuhn’s astonishing energy and enthusiasm and the success of her California-based organization in helping to eliminate landmines and to create lands of peace and prosperity – usually vineyards and grain fields – provided inspiration to all. Other landmine-related activities today included the sixth anniversary of the opening for signature of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, known as the Ottawa Convention, Mr. Annan said. It was also the International Day of Disabled Persons, many of whom had been disabled by mines, he said. On this day, the United Nations was also launching its “Portfolio of Mine Action Projects for 2004” – a catalogue of projects for de-mining, awareness-raising and mine survivors’ physical and economic rehabilitation in 36 countries, he said. “A world without mines is still far away, but it is not an impossible dream,” Mr. Annan said. “More and more Governments agree that mines have no place in the civilized kind of society in which Walt Disney spoke of raising his family.”
She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and wishes are with her family at this difficult timeGrey Court School A teenage model has collapsed and died while rowing on the Thames.Rosie Mitchell, 15, died after falling unconscious on the river with a Kingston rowing team.Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she was rushed to hospital but died later that day.On Wednesday night friends and family laid scores of flowers, candles, notes and photographs outside the club in Kingston, Surrey, to pay their respects.The club said: “There was a tragic occurrence at Kingston Rowing Club on Saturday morning, September 17, when Rosie Mitchell collapsed and lost consciousness while rowing.”Rosie was 15-years-old. Our hearts go out to Rosie’s parents, Rachel and Andrew, family and friends.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Grey Court School in Richmond, west London, said Rosie was a “model student” when they heard about her death.A spokesman said: “Unfortunately we were informed on Saturday of the tragic death of one of our Year 11 students.”Rosie Mitchell died suddenly whilst rowing for Kingston Rowing club. Rosie was a wonderful girl and a model student in every way.”She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and wishes are with her family at this difficult time.”A police spokesperson said: “We were called on Saturday September 17 shortly before 09.10am to a teenager taken ill at Lower Ham Road.”Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.”A 15-year-old girl was found unresponsive at the location and taken to a west London hospital where she died a short time later.”The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”
GARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED cash, artefacts and a large quantity of documents after a number of searches of residences in the Rathkeale and Raheen areas of Limerick and Cork.The search operation is part of an ongoing investigation into the assets and financial affairs of an international criminal group. The gang is suspected of involvement in activities including labour exploitation, counterfeiting fraud, tarmac scams, tobacco smuggling and the theft of rhino horns and Chinese cultural artefacts.The Criminal Assets Bureau has been involved in a Europol initiative which was set up in 2010, specifically to target the criminal activities of this one international group.Since then there have been in excess of sixty documented thefts of rhino horns and rare Chinese cultural artefacts from museums and private collections throughout Europe with the value of the property stolen estimated to be in excess of €40 million. Just this year, a number of rhino heads and horns were taken from the National Museum Archive in Dublin. Today a large quantity of documentation was seized, as well as a small amount of cash and a number of artifacts which will all form part of the ongoing investigation.Local police forces also carried out over 30 searches throughout Britain and Northern Ireland today with 19 people arrested in connection with Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horns that were stolen in five incidents.Gardaí said the Criminal Assets Bureau will now continue to liaise with international police colleagues via Europol.All images provided by the Garda Press Office. Read: Rhino heads and horns stolen from Dublin museum archive>Read: Stolen rhino horns were removed from exhibition ‘due to risk of theft’>Read: Search for Ireland’s stolen paintings in Limerick as man arrested>
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Feb 2016 – The board of directors of the Historic Bahamas Foundation today announced the extension of the online auction, in connection with the Trinkets & Treasures National Fair held over the weekend, with part proceeds to benefit repairs to The Hermitage on Cat Island. “We had such a great response to the online auction we thought it necessary to extend the time to allow persons to bid on a few remaining prizes not scooped up during the fair on Saturday,” said Owen Bethel, Foundation Chairman.Thousands of dollars-worth of items including weekend trips for two at chic resorts, romantic dinners, luxury timepieces, electronics, access to a number of attractions and excursions, two Harl Taylor bags, paintings, jewelry and other items will be on display in a virtual arena for bid. Participating organizations donating items towards the auction were comprised of the Bahamas Red Cross, Sickle Cell Association, Historic Charles Towne, Blairwood Academy, PMH Foundation, Price of Peace Lodge, the Bahamas National Feeding Network, The Links Inc., Anthony Howorth as well as other corporate partners. “There are some great deals and we’re encouraging persons to take advantage of this second opportunity to outbid and be the lucky winner,” said Bethel. The fair held on Saturday on the grounds of Collins House, Shirley Street & Collins Avenue was compared to a national patio sale with booths displaying fine art, books, antiques, furniture and collectibles.The auction can be accessed at auction.bahamaslocal.com until Friday, February 12. Hundreds Expected to Fill Collins House Grounds for Trinkets & Treasures Fair and Auction to benefit 10 charities Related Items:historic bahamas foundation, Trinkets & Treasures National Fair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
See It $155 at Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Rylo Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Pokemon Go Fest is expanding to four days. Ni Pokemon Go Fest is making its return in 2019 as part of the Pokemon Go Summer Tour. The event, which brings together trainers to catch the fictional creatures, is headed to Chicago’s Grant Park and is expanding to four days (June 13-16) from the original two. It’s also coming to Dortmund, Germany, July 4-7, organizers said Thursday.”Last year’s Pokemon GO Summer Tour brought hundreds of thousands of Trainers together at real-world events around the world which left us with some truly unforgettable moments and stories,” said John Hanke, CEO and founder of Pokemon Go maker Niantic.There will also be events in which trainers can participate from afar, as well as worldwide “Community Day” events. Pokemon Go, an app that lets folks try to catch Pokemon characters in augmented reality using their phones, was a big hit in 2016, nabbing 55 million mobile users in its first month. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Comments See it DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice Read the AirPods review $999 Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 0 $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon 2:13 Tags $59 at eBay Boost Mobile Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $60 at Best Buy The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It The Cheapskate $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. 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27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, Charnice Milton. (Courtesy Photo)The family of a local reporter who was killed in Southeast Washington, D.C. a year earlier gathered May 27 to honor the anniversary of the woman’s death, and to urge witnesses to come forward in both her case and in the city’s other unsolved homicides.According to The Washington Post, Charnice Milton, a 27-year-old Capital Community News reporter, was killed on May 27, 2015 by a shot fired from a group on dirt bikes passing a bus stop where Milton was transferring buses. Milton’s stepfather, Kenneth McClenton, told the Post at the time that the intended target of the shooting used her as a human shield.This week’s event succeeded in renewing attention for the case, he said.“I think we were very successful in reaching out to a population that normally is kind of aloof in terms of dealing with this matter and getting involved,” McClenton told the AFRO. “We reached out to a lot of people; we hope that some tips will come in, so that we can solve this case that was not just on Charnice tonight, it was also on other cases.”Along with members of the Metropolitan Police Department, approximately 60 people attended the vigil, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham, D.C. GOP Senior Vice Chairman Ralph Chittams, Sr., Anacostia Coordinating Council Philip Pannell, and Sandra Gliss, mother of Tamara Gliss, who was shot and killed two days before Milton in the Shaw area of the city.“I think that the people who came here were showing love, they came to support us and the cause, to show love, and that they care that makes a difference,” Francine Milton, Charnice’s mother, said. “People being present, not afraid, not hiding, showing that they care about what is going on in their community makes a difference. If we go in our houses and close the door, it’s not going to work.”District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Milton’s homicide remains an open case.“We never give up, we never stop taking information, we never stop trying to close homicide cases; and so I try to reiterate that to much as I can to family members, as painful as it is, we don’t want to give up hope,” Lanier told Washington, D.C. NBC affiliate WRC-TV.As of May 27, there have been 50 homicides in D.C., compared with 49 at this time in 2015. Of this year’s deaths, 36 have occurred east of the Anacostia River.Anyone with information on Milton’s homicide or any other homicide in D.C. is asked to contact detectives at 202-437-0451, 202-497-4754 or the homicide branch number is 202-645-9600. A $25,000 reward is being offered.
Technology | October 02, 2009 Verathon Helps Identify Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms With New AortaScan Portable Ultrasound 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 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more 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 | 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 Related Content 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 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare October 2, 2009 – Verathon yesterday released the new AortaScan AMI 9700 aortic measurement instrument, which uses ultrasound to help physicians identify the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Designed with emergency physicians, internists, and family practitioners in mind, the portable AortaScan AMI 9700 uses 3D ultrasound to quickly and noninvasively measure the diameter of the abdominal aorta, without the need for a sonographer. This crucial diameter measurement helps physicians identify the presence of AAA. The AortaScan AMI 9700 makes its official debut on Oct. 5 at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in Boston (Verathon booth 1235), and Oct. 15 at the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) conference, also in Boston (booth 3244).Abdominal aortic aneurysms, a localized dilation of the abdominal aorta that exceeds normal diameter by more than 50 percent, occur most frequently in men over the age of 60. In the United States, AAA occurs in 2-4 percent of the adult population, with men five to seven times more likely than women to develop AAA. Ruptured AAA is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, with about 15,000 American deaths annually. In addition to age and gender, other patient risk factors include atherosclerosis, a family history of AAA, a history of smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. An estimated 40,000 surgical procedures are performed every year in the United States to repair AAAs.The new device offers healthcare providers a quick, accurate, and reliable instrument for their emergency department (ED). The instrument, which has an onboard video tutorial and does not require a sonographer, is easy for nurses to learn and use.When the scan button is pressed on the AortaScan AMI 9700, the instrument measures ultrasonic reflections on multiple planes inside the body and produces a 3D image. Based on this image, the device calculates and displays the diameter of the abdominal aorta on the color console, and offers aiming assistance to the user, on both the probe and the console.The AMI 9700 instrument provides a print out or it can save exam data to an electronic medical record (EMR) via HIPAA-compliant ScanPoint online imaging technology. ScanPoint technology provides the ability to view, save and print exams as well as to quickly and easily calibrate AortaScan instruments online.For more information: www.verathon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read more
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 26, 2019 Posted by MISSISSAUGA — After being charged by TICO, Emmanuel Adjei, who operated under the name ‘Mr. Half Price’, has been convicted on three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Adjei was ordered to pay $6,561 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service. He was also placed on probation for two years.Adjei was found to have sold travel services online under such names as ‘mrhalfprice’. It was found that consumers sent him money by e-transfer through an email address to pay for travel services they never received.Travellers who are booking travel services online, including through email and social media, are encouraged to verify if the person or business is registered with TICO. Prior to booking travel, go to TICO’s directory at https://members.tico.ca/TICO/Search/Directory.aspx to confirm registration. Travelweek Group Tags: TICO Share ‘Mr. Half Price’ convicted after failing to provide travel services
No related posts. In an interview with the daily La Nación shortly before his death on Sept. 9, former Broad Front Party lawmaker José Merino Del Río noted what he called an “irritation with a government vacuum,” which has resulted in an “enormous and accumulated discontent that can be seen in the streets.”Merino said Costa Rican politics has reached its most discredited point, and that if you speak about politics, people resent it. “It’s all corruption, scams and unfulfilled promises,” Merino said. “Everyone is taking care of themselves, and the president has no power.” One month after Merino died while receiving treatment in Cuba for kidney cancer, student protests erupted on the streets of San José after President Laura Chinchilla vetoed a bill that would allow for small businesses to make photocopies of educational material (See story). The previous day, unrelated to the student protests, a report published by crhoy.com named 18 government officials currently under investigation by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office, all members of the ruling National Liberation Party, or PLN (TT, Oct. 8). Investigations include allegations of embezzlement, corruption and illicit gain, although no one has been convicted and the investigations are ongoing.“It’s just one thing after another,” said Wilson Arroyo, a member of the youth wing of the opposition Broad Front Party, who said he is looking forward to political change. Wilson is one of a growing minority of young people looking for new political leadership. “The Broad Front gives us opportunities others [political groups] don’t. For example, I am the president of Broad Front Youth in the canton of Alajuela, and I am only 21 years old. These are the opportunities young people need.” An alternativeEnter leftist Broad Front Party lawmaker José María Villalta. Perhaps due to the power of his words, often matched by the volume of his voice, Villalta, 35, has made himself heard among the din of majority lawmakers as the only nationally elected Broad Front official. Villalta has taken the concerns of people like Arroyo seriously. Villalta served under Merino as a legislative assistant from 2006-2010, before Villalta also was elected. He has positioned himself in conspicuous opposition to the PLN, aligning with young voters and students. Prior to his political career, Villalta served in the University of Costa Rica’s Student Rights Association from 1997-1998 and later sat on the board of the Federation of Students from 1998-2000.The rift between the PLN and the socialist Broad Front Party was clearly demonstrated on Sept. 10, when PLN lawmakers exited the legislative plenary during Villalta’s elegy to the late Merino. PLN lawmakers were dismayed at Villalta’s attempt to stir up popular dissent over Chinchilla’s decision to veto a polemic photocopy bill. A reform bill introduced by Merino sought to modify Law 8,039, which left open possible penalties for a common on-campus practice, the photocopying of academic materials for students by photocopying shops and bookstores. The bill Merino presented would eliminate jail time for violation of intellectual property rights (TT, Aug. 17). Surprising many, the bill passed a second legislative debate, prompting the Chamber of Information Technology and Commerce to request a presidential veto. Chinchilla abided, spurring the protests.Villalta, undeterred, replied, “The government chose [to side with] powerful business chambers. The students need to photocopy to study, and we support their demands.” Responding to the protests, Chinchilla on Monday signed a decree that protects photocopying for academic purposes.“It’s very contradictory,” Villalta said. “The decree practically says the same thing the president vetoed a few days ago.”RebelsThe Broad Front Party is a spin-off of the short-lived, center-left Democratic Force. Merino served as a lawmaker for Democratic Force from 1998-2002, before breaking ties with the group and forming the Broad Front Party in 2004. A new website created by Broad Front Youth was launched this month, at www.rebeldia.org (which borrows the Spanish word for rebelliousness). Young party members have been quick to channel the energy of the recent protests, and the site provides a forum for organizing protests and connecting young people interested in the party.Antonio Trejos, who heads communications for the new website and its forum, said the site has seen a spike in activity since the protests, and more than 300 active, young party members participate throughout the country. “He [Merino] insisted the country needed deep changes, and even during the most chaotic circumstances, he stood up for pacifist solutions and always urged young party members to play an active role in the party,” Trejos said.“Merino was an untiring critic of the neoliberal model and of the United States as a foreign influence and decision maker for our national politics,” he added. Trejos said he believes Villalta is the next progression within the Merino model.“Villalta is not only the youngest lawmaker in the Legislative Assembly, but also the most active,” Trejos said. Villalta has sponsored and presented 47 bills, and six have passed. He is a champion of equal rights and has sponsored a same-sex union bill, as well as a bill that would legalize in vitro fertilization, which was banned in 2000.Trejos added that the Broad Front Youth movement is trying to better understand the historical conditions of the “battle” between social classes to “realize that we are a part of a social reality much larger: capitalism.”Villalta has listened to and acted on the growing discontent among the youth population, and with Chinchilla’s ratings the lowest of any Latin America leader, the Broad Front Party is hoping they can ride the waves of dissatisfaction to the polls.While Villalta has not announced his candidacy for president in 2014, he hasn’t ruled it out.“I’m considering all my options,” said Villalta, “of which [a presidential run] is one.” Facebook Comments
Categories: Crawford News,Runestad News,Tedder News,Webber News 13May House Republicans unveil new roads plans Oakland County Reps weigh in on proposalThe House Republican Caucus today unveiled a simple roads plan that will create a long-term fix for Michigan roads and bridges.The plan focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing restricted funds. Unlike the ballot proposal put before the voters, the House Republican plan only contains funding pertinent to roads and bridges.“Michigan residents made it clear they wanted a more straightforward plan when they voted down Proposal 1,” said Rep. Kathy Crawford, R- Novi. “This plan is a simple and common-sense solution to create better roads and bridges.”One of the pillars of the House Republican road funding fix is directing sixty percent of projected General Fund growth directly into Michigan roads, bringing the total state funding to more than a billion dollars per year within the next four years. The plan will not affect funding for K-12 education.“This plan seeks to find a legislative solution to our continuing road problems, not a constitutional one which residents made clear they did not want,” said Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston. “This plan makes better use of the existing funds we have available rather than placing the burden on hard-working Michigan taxpayers.”Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township, said he is pleased to see competitive bidding and warranties included in the proposal.“This plan makes a great start at making sure taxpayer funds are used more efficiently and effectively,” Runestad said. “The plan has safeguards to ensure our roads will be of high quality and ensure transparency with taxpayer dollars.”The proposal also includes bills that will reprioritize restricted funds to be directed toward road funding.“We must budget for our priorities. For too long roads have not been a priority in our state and this proposal begins to address that by first using existing tax dollars,” said Rep. Michael Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “The reprioritizing of existing funds is a good start at better balancing our spending to reflect this priority.”###
02Jun Rep. Barrett on board for Free Fishing Weekend Categories: Barrett News June 13-14 is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Free Fishing Weekend, two days when anglers will not be required to have a fishing license to partake in the sport.State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, invites Eaton County residents to participate in the special event.“It’s an exciting opportunity to get out on the water and experience a favorite Michigan pastime.” Rep. Barrett said.Anglers are encouraged to be safe and remember that all other fishing and boating restrictions remain in place over the weekend.For more information about Free Fishing Weekend, visit the Michigan DNR website at www.Michigan.gov/DNR.###
11Jan Rep. Cox sworn in for second term Categories: Cox News,Cox Photos State Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, was sworn in for her second term by Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today. She was joined by her family, from back left, son, Conor, daughter, Sinéad, son, Rory, husband, Mike, father, Robert Erpelding, and mother, Marguerite Erpelding. The 99th Michigan Legislature began session today following the ceremonial swearing in.###
10Mar Rep. Wentworth voices support for bills that give students more education choice State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare is a co-sponsor of merit curriculum legislation that will give students more flexibility in their high school education choices.“High school is about preparing for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills will do,” Wentworth said. “Employers are looking right now in central Michigan for workers who have the training and experience in skilled trades, which are being taught in our schools. If a student has shown an ability or interest in coding, statistics or carpentry, why tell them no? Students just need more flexibility to select the courses that meet their needs.”The four bills in the package will:Allow students to complete their 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course.Allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school, when the current requirement expires for 2022.Allow the completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.House Bills 4315-4318 have been assigned to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.##### Categories: News,Wentworth News
04May Rep. Brann invites residents to office hours State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming invites residents from Byron Township and the City of Wyoming to attend his local office hours during the month on May.Office hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting, to discuss concerns regarding state government. “I want to hear about issues that are most important to people and how they would like me to represent their interests in Lansing.”Rep. Brann will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, May 1910 to 11:30 a.m. at Marge’s Donut Den, 1751 28th St. SW in Wyoming;Monday, May 2210 to 11:30 a.m. at Byron Family Restaurant, 2527 84th St. SW in Byron Center; andFriday, May 264:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 Division Ave. SW in Wyoming.No appointments are necessary for office hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to the representative may contact his office at (517) 373-2277 or TommyBrann@house.mi.gov. Categories: Brann News
07Jun Rep. Hernandez to host local coffee hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host district office hours on Friday, June 22 to meet with local residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“This is a great opportunity for me to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Hernandez said. “It is important for me to be accessible and accountable to the residents of the 83rd District as your voice in Lansing. I hope to see you there!”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:9 a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, 4265 24th in Fort Gratiot; and11 a.m. at Camm Café, 55 N. Howard Ave. in Croswell.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved state Rep. Kim LaSata’s bill expanding the 24-hour OK2SAY hotline to include reporting on sexual abuse, assault and rape.“The recent Larry Nassar scandal, along with the testimony from his survivors, illustrated that Michigan must open up the avenues of communication to victims of sexual offenses,” said LaSata, who co-chaired a House inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal. “OK2SAY has proven itself to be an exceptional tool for children who are bullied, hear about threats to their schools and anyone who witnesses a drug deal. A sexual assault survivor may feel a lot of emotions, but they should not feel like they have no way of reporting a vicious crime against them.”OK2SAY was introduced as a method of reporting criminal activity at school in a confidential way, but has it has been expanded to include other crimes and has received 10,734 reports through December 2017.LaSata’s House Bill 5539 received unanimous support by the Senate panel, joining a landmark bipartisan plan to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Nassar sex abuse scandal.“This legislation will protect children on college campuses and in our own neighborhoods,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “The Nassar inquiry really identified the many ways we can step up Michigan’s protections, while also identifying sexual predators, increasing penalties against their illegal behavior and helping survivors. The committee’s vote makes us one step closer to making Michigan safer.”##### Categories: LaSata News,News 07Jun Senate committee approves Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims
Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has enterted into exclusive negotiations with the French professional football league, the LFP, to acquire the remaining major package of TV rights for Ligue 1 matches.Al Jazeera is bidding for a package of six weekly pay-per-view matches. The broadcaster already has the rights to two weekly matches. L’Equipe newspaper has reported that Al Jazeera is offering €240 million over the 2012-16 period for the rights.Pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus airs the best Sunday evening match and eight other PPV games on its Foot Plus service, with about a million subscribers.A package of mobile TV rights has yet to be allocated. Orange has been seen as the likely buyer, but has yet to make an offer that is satisfactory to the LFP. It has been rumoured that the telco may sell its Orange Sport TV channel to Al Jazeera, which lacks a channel in France on which to air football games.Al Jazeera has also already acquired rights to the majority of European Champions League games between now and 2015.
Sky Deutschland is preparing to roll out an enhanced second screen EPG designed to make it easier to find and record content.The Sky Guide will include one touch recording functionality, enabling users to record content on Sky Plus boxes remotely. Users will also be able to use the guide to purchase pay-per-view content from the Sky Anytime service. The search section will display linear, on-demand and recorded content in separate sections, while users will be able to add reminders about upcoming content in the ‘watch list’ section.The Sky Guide will also integrate with various social networks including Twitter and Facebook, enabling users to like and share content.“We are aiming to make it really simple to spend less time searching and more time watching content,” said Peter Schultz, vice-president, on-demand programming at Sky Deutschland.