HONOLULU, Hawaii – Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.Big Island businesses are calling for a lava viewing site, but authorities say they’re finding it difficult to set one up while keeping people safe.The risks posed by the volcano came into sharp focus this week when lava flowing into the ocean triggered an explosion that sent a hot rock the size of a basketball crashing through a tour boat’s roof. One woman broke her leg, while nearly two dozen others suffered minor burns and scrapes.Diane Ley, Hawaii County’s director of research and development, said she’s been working on setting up a lava viewing site for nearly two months, consulting with federal scientists and the county’s civil defence administrator. The injuries from the tour boat only validate the county’s caution, she said.“That’s a challenge — to find us a site that is safe from volcanic hazards, emissions and can afford the ability for large numbers to be able to come in and view,” she said.Still, pressures are mounting from merchants, tour guides and others on the island, where tourism has dropped since Kilauea began erupting in a residential neighbourhood and burning down homes in May.Downtown Pahoa, which is just a few miles from where the volcano is pumping a river of molten rock into the ocean, has been hit particularly hard. The small, rural town serves as a gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is normally the state’s most popular tourist attraction but has closed indefinitely because of dangers to visitors and staff.As recently as April, travellers could watch molten rock in the park’s lava lake and hike to remote spots to see flowing lava.State Sen. Russell Ruderman said the county needs to urgently set up a lava viewing site to bring visitors back to Pahoa.“Our town is dying very, very fast and very, very dramatically,” said Ruderman, who owns a natural foods store in Pahoa. “It’s needless because if we could get the word out that our town is open for business, we could still save it.”Currently, only helicopter and boat-tour passengers — paying about $250 each — are able to see the lava in person.The area where lava is bursting from the ground is under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents nearby may go to their homes, but the county restricts access for everyone else except scientists, authorities like the National Guard and a handful of escorted media.Officials have cracked down on violators, issuing citations to more than 80 people for loitering in a restricted disaster area.Kilauea, which has been erupting continuously for 35 years, has long attracted travellers. About 5,000 people a day descended on an official county lava viewing spot in May 1990 as molten rock slowly consumed the town of Kalapana, the Honolulu Advertiser reported. That’s even though the spot offered views of cooled, not flowing, lava. County workers set aside some newly hardened rocks for tourists to touch as consolation.Ley noted Kilauea is behaving differently than in the past, when lava flowed from a different spot and through uninhabited land. It also is producing more lava — erupting as much as 3,500 cubic feet (100 cubic meters) per second now compared with about 141 cubic feet (4 cubic meters) two years ago.She doesn’t know when the county will be ready but envisions a viewing site where tour buses could go and not private cars. The county may select several sites and open them as conditions allow, she said.John Tarson, owner of Epic Lava Tours, said the current restrictions are crushing him.“They’ve effectively cut my business’ legs off. And there’s nothing that can be done to save it unless they reopen the tourism industry, unless they stop criminalizing people for wanting to see lava,” Tarson said.He argues guides like himself have years of experience and can continue to take tourists to see lava safely. Instead, his customers are cancelling reservations into the new year because they don’t believe they’ll be allowed to see molten rock.Restaurants and shops in Pahoa have lost 50 per cent to 90 per cent of their business, said Matthew Purvis, president of the Mainstreet Pahoa Association. This is partly because many residents have lost their homes and moved, but a significant chunk is because fewer tourists are visiting. The worst-hit are those that cater to travellers, like gift shops. Purvis’ own place, the Tin Shack Bakery, has lost about half its business, he said.Hawaii County Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara said the county should contract several tour companies to operate shuttle buses from the centre of Pahoa town to Leilani Estates, where lava is coming up through the ground. She said the bus could circle around to let passengers take photos but keep them inside, protected from any volcanic gases.“It’s really important they consider doing this as quickly as possible,” O’Hara said.State Rep. Joy San Buenaventura also advocates using shuttle buses to take tourists to a viewing site, but she said people should be able to disembark to see the lava. Visitors would be equipped with air filtration masks, she said.She also urged the county act fast, “because the businesses are suffering.”
Rabat – Essebsi began his political career under president Habib Bourguiba after Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956. When Zine El Abidine Ben Ali replaced Bourguiba in a bloodless coup in 1987, Essebsi moved to align himself with the new leader. Essebsi retired from politics in 1991, returning two decades later during the Tunisian Revolution. At age 88, Essebsi became Tunisia’s first democratically-elected president in 2014. Essebsi, one of the world’s lost one of its oldest governing heads of state, was hospitalized in late June for illness. After being readmitted on Thursday, he died that morning at Tunis Military hospital.“In this great event Tunisia loses one of its great leaders, who have contributed in all its major battles in modern history, the battle for the liberation of the country from the grip of the colonizer, and the battle for the building of the national state,” said a statement shared on Facebook by Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes Party. Born in 1926 into an elite family in the coastal city of Sidi Bou Said, Essebsi studied law in Paris. His interest in politics began at a young age, inspired by a pro-independence protest on April 9, 1938 in which 22 Tunisians died at the hands of French colonial forces. Read Also: King Mohammed VI Extends Condolences Over Death of Tunisia’s President Caid EssebsiHe began his political career after Tunisia’s independence, serving as an advisor to President Habib Bourguiba. He went on to serve as Bourguiba’s Interior Minister, Defence Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.In 1987, Prime Minister Zine El Abidine Ben Ali assumed the presidency after having Bourguiba declared mentally unfit for office. Essebsi quickly shifted his allegiance to the new leader’s Democratic Constitutional Rally party. After serving in Ben Ali’s cabinet as the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Essebsi retired in 1994.Ben Ali resigned from office after revolution broke out in Tunisia in late 2010. Essebsi returned to politics in 2011 to serve as Prime Minister of the transitional government and help draft Tunisia’s new constitution.In response to the instability the country faced in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution, Essebsi founded the secular, modernist Nidaa Tounes, or Call of Tunisia party in 2012. When Tunisia held its first fully democratic presidential election in 2014, Essebsi won with almost 56% of the vote.Since his election in 2014, Essebsi and his Nidaa Tounes party moved toward the middle of the political spectrum. Essebsi’s centrist policies, adopted to mitigate the growing tide of Islamist extremism and stabilize a country coming out of revolution, could at times leave Tunisians feeling lacking representation in the government. Essebsi pushed for gender equality and negotiated the delicate transfer of power following the Tunisian Revolution. Lauded for his role as Tunisia’s first democratically elected president, Essebsi also built his political career serving in the cabinets of two increasingly authoritarian leaders.Essebsi planned to step down from the presidency this November following the country’s general elections, saying his departure was “necessary to clear the way for the youth.”President of parliament Mohamed Ennaceur will serve as interim head of state. The Independent Electoral Commission of Tunisia reported Presidential elections will now be held on 15 September.“[Beji Caid Essebsi] is the first democratically elected president of the country,” Tunisian scholar Raina Said Balti said to Morocco World News. “And his death is a test to our nascent democracy.”
JUNEAU, Alaska — The first phase of the largest timber sale in Tongass National Forest in decades is moving ahead, and the U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment through May 13.CoastAlaska reports the Forest Service has confirmed it plans to offer about 225 million board feet of Tongass old growth timber over 15 years. More than a fifth of that could be in the next year alone.But the federal agency insists this is much more than a timber sale. The agency prefers calling it a “landscape level analysis” because it’s folded into other work.That work includes stream restorations and culvert replacements. There’s also improved recreation like trail building and new public use cabins and shelters that has strong local support.The Associated Press
The Government is planning to close down all 31 camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Jaffna district and complete resettlement of 971 families by August 15, The Hindu newspaper reported.An official document, a copy of which is available with The Hindu , refers to the Government’s plan. Sources reveal that 204 houses are being built in Palaly and Kankesanthurai with the help of the Sri Lanka Army. D.M. Swaminathan, Resettlement Minister, asserts that there is no time frame to close down the camps, but “we are doing all what we can”. On Wednesday, the Cabinet sanctioned Rs. 971 million (Sri Lankan) to build houses at a unit cost of Rs. 1 million. While the 204 houses are expected to be ready in a few months, sources say the identification of land is under way to take care of the requirements of the remaining 767 families. The Government move follows a direction given by President Maithripala Sirisena while chairing a high-level meeting last month on the resettlement of IDPs. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake were among those who attended the meeting. In December last, when the President visited an IDP camp in Konapulam, he assured people that he would address their problems in six months. Arunachalam Kunabalasingham, president of the Vali North Rehabilitation and Resettlement Committee, a body representing IDPs, however is critical of the government’s approach towards the displaced. A large number of the IDPs are from places such as Myladdy and there is a 12-km-long coastline still under the control of the security forces, he says. “Without returning the Myladdy fishing harbour and providing free access to the coastline, the government will not be able to achieve much.” (Colombo Gazette)
by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 6:12 am MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 7:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.It’s Google’s biggest retail partnership — and the most personalized shopping experience it offers — as it tries to broaden the reach of its voice-powered assistant Home speaker. And it underscores Walmart’s drive to compete in an area dominated by Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo device.“Voice shopping is becoming a more important part of everyday shopping behaviour,” said Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce business.The voice-activated devices are becoming more mainstream as they become more accessible. Even Apple has one coming out this year. Walmart has said Google’s investment in natural language processing and artificial intelligence will help make voice-activated shopping even more popular.And Lore said the personalization of the partnership means people can shout out generic items like milk, bread and cheese, and Google Assistant will know exactly the brands and the size that the user wants.Google introduced shopping to Home in February, letting people use voice to order essentials from more than 40 retailers like Target and Costco under its Google Express program. But that was far behind the Echo, available since late 2014.Walmart, which has more stores than any other retailer and the largest share of the U.S. grocery market, is also working hard to close the gulf online between itself and Amazon.It has overhauled its shipping strategy and is expanding store-curb pickup for groceries ordered online. But it’s also had to look beyond itself and form partnerships. Walmart announced Monday that it’s expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber, and it’s been testing same-day delivery service with Deliv at Sam’s Club in Miami.Amazon generally has been building its network of services on its own, using its $99-a-year Prime membership with same-day and even one-hour shipping options to develop loyalty.It’s also been drawing in customers with its Alexa-powered devices. Amazon doesn’t give sales figures for Echo, but Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated that it’s sold more than 10 million Alexa-powered Echo devices in the U.S. since late 2014. That includes the core $179 Echo as well as the less expensive and smaller Echo Dot and the portable Amazon Tap.To be more competitive with Amazon, Google Express is scrapping the $95-a-year membership starting Wednesday, allowing shoppers to get free delivery within one to three days on orders as long as the purchase is above each store’s minimum.Walmart is integrating its Easy Reorder feature — which has data on both store and online purchases — into Google Express. Shoppers who want to reorder their favourites have to link their Walmart account to Google Express.With other Google Express retailers, personalization takes time as the assistant learns shoppers’ preferences, says Brian Elliott, general manager of Google Express. So the quick personalization with Walmart should make voice-activated shopping more attractive, he says.While one of Walmart’s biggest advantages over Amazon is its massive number of stores, Amazon’s nearly $14 billion offer for Whole Foods could shake up the landscape.Walmart says it will be tapping its 4,700 U.S. stores and its fulfilment network next year to offer more kinds of customer experiences using voice shopping. For example, shoppers can tell Google Assistant they want to pick up an order in a store. Lore said the company wants to make voice shopping as easy as possible.“That’s why it makes sense for us to team up with Google. We know this means being compared side-by-side with other retailers, and we think that’s the way it should be,” Lore wrote in a corporate blog post.Independent internet analyst Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodal, who was unaware of the Google deal at the time of the interview, says Walmart is going in the right direction, though it has a long way to go. She noted that partnerships with companies like Uber enable the discounter to get the business “up and running” and it will be able to learn a lot.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: —http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio Walmart dives into voice-activated shopping with Google FILE – In this June 5, 2017, file photo, a shopper looks at merchandise at a Walmart in Salem, N.H. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Nadia Choucair A woman who was pictured desperately waving a makeshift flag from her window near the top of the Grenfell Tower has been identified as Nadia Choucair, who is missing along with five members of her family.The haunting image of Mrs Choucair, 29, and her husband silouetted against a backdrop of raging fire, was widely published and epitomised the unimaginable horror that victims were forced to endure.Six members, and three generations, of the Choucair family are feared to have died.Three sisters Fatima, Zaynab and Mierna Choucair, aged three, ten and 13, were in their flat on the 22nd floor, along with their parents Nadia and Bassem, 38, and Nadia’s elderly mother Sirra, from Lebanon. Hisam Choucair said he believed the photograph was of Nadia, who worked as a nursery officer at the Avondale Park primary school, standing alongside Bassem.He has demanded that fire evacuation policies for high rise buildings are reformed and that cladding is removed from similar blocks.”I would like to say to the government that I would like to see reform into all high rise buildings in London,” he told Sky News. Sawsan Choucair at a tribute board near the Grenfell Tower fire where she has posted pictures of missing members of her familyCredit:SWNS Nadia left him a voice message at 2.41am saying that there was a fire in the building and they were sitting in her flat. “OK, bye,” she added. Nadia’s sister Sawsan Choucair revealed she had spoke to them at around 3am. “They were screaming, shouting, all I could hear in the background, and they were just screaming, and I was shouting – get out, try and find an exit or something,” she said.“Everyone’s doing their bit, their duty and everything, but I still don’t know anything. I’ve given my name, my number, everything, just to know. I pray for everyone, I hope everyone’s safe.” Another one of her brothers, Nabil Choucair, said Bassem had texted work colleague at 1.55am on Wednesday morning to say there was a fire in the building and it was unlikely he would make it to work. “Sorry guys for letting you down,” he wrote. “Take a relook at all fire evacuation policies within high rise buildings because it seems residents have been given mixed information about what to do in the event of a fire and I would like to see the removal of cladding from high rise buildings.” The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS 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.
Improving the energy efficiency of Canada’s mines is critical to a transition to a low-carbon economy. Finding and advancing innovative solutions that reduce energy use for crushing and grinding mined rock will reduce pollution, improve productivity and help our mining industry become more competitive. Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, has challenged Canadian innovators to develop new clean technology solutions that cut energy consumption for crushing mined rock — a process that currently accounts for up to 3% of the entire world’s electricity generation.The C$10-million Crush It! Challenge tackles the disproportionate amount of energy used in mining to extract valuable minerals. This process has not fundamentally changed in more than a century; consumes more than 50% of the total energy used in a mining operation; is the industry’s largest operational cost; and is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions from mining.During the 25-month Crush It! Challenge, up to 12 semi-finalists will be selected to pitch their concept at Goldcorp’s #DisruptMining event in March 2019, coinciding with the Prospectors & Developers Association Convention. A Challenge Jury made up of key experts from the Canadian mining sector will select the top six finalists, who will each receive up to C$800,000 to build and test their clean-tech solution. Ultimately, the Challenge Jury will choose the best breakthrough clean technology and award the winner a C$5-million prize grant.This initiative will mobilise new ideas from inside and outside the mining industry to modernise an important energy consuming process and will grow the clean-tech sector to enhance Canada’s mining innovation ecosystem as part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy.The Crush It! Challenge is the fourth of five clean technology challenges under Natural Resources Canada’s Cleantech Impact program, part of Impact Canada. It is part of our government’s commitment to deliver meaningful results for Canadians through measurable economic, environmental and social outcomes. Cleantech Impact will invest C$75 million over four years in the five challenges.“Our mining industry has positioned Canada as a leading mining country and a centre of global mining finance and expertise. Improving the energy efficiency of crushing and grinding will create good jobs, build a more sustainable mining sector and help maintain Canada’s position as a premier mining nation. I am proud to be launching this Challenge, which will help modernize a foundational industry in Canada, said Sohi“Sudbury’s economy, although slightly more diversified than it was, is still very dependent on the mining industry. Through its transformation, modernization and diversification, the mining sector continues to thrive and remains an important economic driver. This Challenge supports an unsung hero of our country, modernizing it to be part of our low-carbon economy.” Paul Lefebvre; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources“The Crush It! Challenge is a great example of what is possible when we empower industry to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face as Canadians. As the Government of Canada’s champion for Impact Canada, I look forward to the creative ideas and proposals put forward to develop new clean technology solutions for this important industry.” Karina Gould; Minister of Democratic Institutions“The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is pleased to work collaboratively with Natural Resources Canada in advancing the Crush It! Challenge. By working together, and with the mining innovation ecosystem, we hope to accelerate the development of new clean technologies and services that provide a foundation for the expansion of Canada’s mining sector.” Doug Morrison; President and CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation“Innovation is a cornerstone of our approach to continuous improvement at Goldcorp. Comminution has not fundamentally changed for a long time and is ripe for disruption, so we are thrilled to see government partner in spurring innovation. Together, we are striving for more sustainable approaches to mining, and we look forward to seeing what new ideas surface through both #DisruptMining and the Crush It! Challenge.” Ivan Mullany, Senior Vice President Technical Services, Goldcorphttps://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/crush-it
← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen defeated in Zagreb! Next Story → HP WWCh 2017 prediction: Norway and Russia for the glory! The reigning EHF Cup winners Frisch Auf Goppingen will face Balkan teams – Slovenian RD Koper 2013 and Croatian RK Nexe Nasice, but also Finnish best side – Cooks, in the Group of the best European club’s competition after VELUX EHF Champions League.The draw was held today in EHF headquarter in Vienna.The Group phase will star on February 10/11. Men’s EHF Cup
The Wii U is expected to launch in November, which means a number of games will be heavily into development and hoping to be ready in time for release day. If a recent leak from Blockbuster is to be believed, we could see as many as 25 launch titles appearing.The list of games comes courtesy of Blockbuster UK’s stock control system, which has Wii U titles listed months before the launch and someone working there happy to snap shots of the entries. The full list includes the following games:Aliens: Colonial MarinesAssassin’s CreedBatman Arkham CityDarksiders IIDirt 3Formula 1 All StarsGame PartyGhost Recon OnlineJust Dance 4Killer Freaks from Outer SpaceMarvel Super HeroesMetro Last LightMonsters PartyNew Super Mario Bros. MiiNinja Gaiden 3PikminRabbids Party LandRaving RabbidsRayman LegendsShield PoseSplinter Cell 6Sports ConnectionTekkenYour Shape 2013ZombieIf they all turn out to be launch titles, then there looks to be a handful of games definitely worth picking up with the console. I’d certainly be interested in playing Marvel Super Heroes, New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Pikmin, and Rayman Legends. That is, if they have received a suitable updates to take advantage of the Wii U tablet in some novel way.What’s missing though, is a key Nintendo first-party title such as a new Zelda or Mario (Galaxy?) title. Surely Nintendo has learned from the launch of the 3DS that it needs such a title/s for the launch?Of course, this could be a mistake or a partial list, and there’s a chance key titles are missing from that line-up. Even so, if we do have 25 games available from day one that’s a pretty good spread for all gaming tastes.via Go Nintendo
THE GOVERNMENT IS advancing legislation to allow for the creation of supervised injection facilities (SIFs), where drug users can legally inject drugs in a medically-supervised centre.Naturally, the debate around this proposal has intensified, and on TV3′s Tonight With Vincent Browne last week, there was a robust back-and-forth between Catherine Byrne, the minister in charge of the plan, and Dublin City councillor Mannix Flynn, who is opposed to it.There were a few very noteworthy factual claims, so we’ve broken this into three parts.On Saturday, we examined Minister of State Byrne’s claim that, contrary to widespread contention, there are 787 detox beds in Ireland.Last night, we checked Mannix Flynn’s claim that SIFs do not reduce drug-related crime.And tonight, we’re taking a look at his claim that SIFs do not reduce drug-related deaths.(Send your FactCheck requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).What was said: You can watch a short video with an excerpt of the debate, below. But our focus here is on this statement:Across the globe, the statistics are really clear in relation to these particular centres – they don’t reduce crime, they don’t reduce deaths.Claim: Supervised injection facilities don’t reduce deathsTHE FACTS Inside a supervised injection facility in Athens, Greece. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBefore we start, it should be noted that the Councillor is referring here to drug-related crime and drug-related deaths.Europe1. A major 2004 review by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) calculated that the availability of SIFs (or “consumption rooms”) in Germany prevented at least 10 overdose deaths per year (pg 53).2. The EMCDDA review (pg 52) also quoted previous research (written in German and commissioned by the German Ministry of Health) which had tracked overdose deaths in four German cities, and concluded:…The work of consumption rooms is statistically significantly related to the reduction of drug-related deaths. (Emphasis added).The review added (pg 55):…The fact that no overdose-related death has yet occurred at these facilities despite the fact that millions of drug consumptions have been supervised and thousands of emergencies have been treated shows that they provide a high level of safety from overdose-death for those who use them. (Emphasis added).Canada3. After the opening of an SIF in Vancouver in 2003, a 2008 study analysed overdose incidents, potentially fatal overdoses and overdose deaths between 2004 and 2008.It estimated that the existence of the Vancouver SIF had prevented between 2 and 12 deaths per year.4. A 2011 study tracked the rate of fatal overdoses in the 32 months before the centre was opened and the 27 months after it was opened (2003-2005), both within a 500-metre radius of the centre, and in the rest of the city.It found that within the immediate vicinity of the centre, the rate of overdose deaths fell by 35% in the first two years of the centre’s operation, while it fell by just 9.3% in the rest of the city.This suggests that the centre played a role in a significant reduction in fatal overdoses.5. A 2008 study estimated that the Vancouver centre had prevented around three deaths and 35 HIV infections per year.6. However, the 2008 review of the Vancouver SIF, commissioned by Canada’s Department of Health, challenged the validity of the assumptions that this estimate was based on.The government’s Expert Advisory Committee also added, in relation to HIV:There is no direct evidence that the INSITE service impacted rates of blood-born diseases or injection related infections in the target population. (Emphasis added). By Dan MacGuill Share85 Tweet Email1 Short URL TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. However, it is likely that a substantial proportion of overdoses managed at the Sydney [SIF] would otherwise have occurred in public. (Emphasis added).9. A further follow-up in 2007 (pg 25) tracked overdose-related ambulance call outs in the area surrounding the SIF, and in the rest of the state of New South Wales, in the three years before, and five years after its opening.It found that while there was a 60% decline in overdose-related ambulance call outs in the rest of New South Wales, after the opening of the SIF, that reduction was 80% in the postcode immediately surrounding the SIF.This would seem to suggest that the opening of the SIF had some positive impact in overdose-related hospitalisation, in the immediate vicinity of the centre.The report also found that there was a 70% decline in overdose deaths in the vicinity of the SIF, after it was opened, but that this decline was mirrored in the rest of New South Wales as well.10. In 2008, the advisory firm SAHA International published a cost-benefit analysis of the Sydney SIF.It estimated that the availability of the SIF prevented 25 overdose deaths per year (pg 18).The report reached this estimate by calculating the number of injections at the SIF in 2007 (76,532).It then took the actual rate of overdose observed at the SIF (0.54% of injections) and estimated a higher rate of overdose, in the absence of the SIF (0.654%) – due to the clean needles, dosage advice, and help with “vein care” provided at the SIF.This yields an estimated 496 overdoses per year. It should be noted here that no overdose at the Sydney SIF has ever been fatal.Previous research, commissioned by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Australia (pg 9), conservatively estimated that 5% of overdoses are fatal, in Australia.It gave an alternative estimate of 10% (pg 30), but the SAHA review used the lower estimate.Five percent of 496 is 24.8 – which is the source of the estimate that 25 overdose deaths per year are prevented by the availability of the SIF.If we take the actual overdose rate at the SIF (0.54%, rather than the inflated estimate of 0.654%), we get 412 overdoses per year.If 5% of those ended in death, that’s still close to 21 overdose deaths per year that could reasonably be estimated to have been prevented at the Sydney SIF.And if we take an even lower estimated overdose fatality rate of 2%, presented elsewhere, this still yields 8 deaths per year which the availability of the Sydney SIF could reasonably be estimated to have prevented.11. After the Sydney scheme was extended, a major 2011 review by the auditing firm KPMG pointed out that between 2001 and 2010, there had been 3,426 overdoses at the SIF, without any deaths. The report added (pg ix):It is reasonable to assume that a proportion of these overdose-related events managed at the [SIF] would have led to overdose injury or overdose death had they occurred in another location (public place or a private dwelling) that did not have accessible medical supervision and intervention. (Emphasis added).Discussion A staff member holds a drug preparation kit at a supervised injection facility in Athens, Greece. Source: AP/Press Association Images12. In response to our request for evidence, Mannix Flynn provided a summary of what we presume to be research published by Drug Free Australia, a group opposed to SIFs there.(FactCheck asked Mannix Flynn to clarify the source of his evidence, but he did not do so).It contained material related mainly to the uptake by drug users of the SIF in Sydney, the continued injection of drugs outside the SIF, and the rate of overdose in the centre.The only piece of evidence relating specifically to drug-related deaths was this claim:…The [SIF] could not claim to statistically save even one life per annum against an ongoing expenditure of $2.7 million in 2007.To complicate matters slightly, the Drug Free Australia report is itself an evaluation of the 2011 KPMG review we discussed in the section above.In brief, it argues that the KPMG review exaggerates the number of lives likely prevented by the availability of the Sydney SIF.It argues for using the methodology employed in the EMCDDA review we addressed earlier, which assumed that a heroin user in Germany injects around twice or three times a day, and that two out of every 100 users will die of an overdose in a given year.This means that two injections out of 100,000 will lead to a fatal overdose.Drug Free Australia then applied this method to the figures for the Sydney SIF, where there were around 485,000 opiate (heroin) injections between 2001 and 2010.They assumed a mortality rate of 1.095% – meaning one out of every 109,500 heroin injections will lead to a fatal overdose. Since there were 485,000 opiate injections at the SIF, this means an estimated 4.4 deaths were prevented over the course of nine years.The first thing to say here is that, as evidence in support of the claim that SIFs “don’t reduce deaths”, this is clearly not helpful, since it still concludes that some lives were saved by the SIF.Secondly, this method of figuring out how many injections lead to fatal overdose is contradicted by the findings of the 2008 SAHA International report, which had the benefit of using the actual number of overdoses observed at the SIF in a one-year period (2007).We know that in 2007, there were 76,352 injections and 412 overdoses. That’s one overdose for every 185 injections. If only 2% of those overdoses is fatal, that’s 8.24 fatal overdoses – or one fatal overdose for every 9,266 injections.The Drug Free Australia critique is based on an assumption that one out of every 109,500 heroin injections leads to a fatal overdose – which places the rate of fatal overdose 11 times lower.This is a significant discrepancy, and resolving it is beyond the scope of this fact check.For our purposes, it suffices to note that the evidence (apparently) cited by Mannix Flynn does not support his claim. It concludes that the Sydney SIF prevented 4.4 deaths over nine years.Since Flynn’s claim was that SIFs don’t reduce deaths, this evidence is not helpful in supporting that claim.Conclusion Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn. Source: TV3.ieIn examining research from Europe, Australia and Canada – involving 12 pieces of evidence – we uncovered a clear pattern in support the conclusion that the setting up of supervised injection facilities does help reduce the number of drug-related deaths. Some of the research used statistical models to quantify the number of deaths prevented, with estimates varying, and some methodology open to dispute.Other research relied, to a certain extent, on common sense.The fact is that, according to the research we examined, nobody has ever died of an overdose in any of the dozens of SIFs worldwide, despite millions of injections (mostly of heroin), over a period of around 25 years.And this fact appears not to be an anomaly, or beyond explanation. The centres involve the provision of clean syringes and trained injection advice, and are specifically designed to provide medical supervision and treatment in the immediate aftermath of an overdose.Furthermore, FactCheck did not find any evidence showing that SIFs do not bring with them a decline in drug-related deaths, nor any evidence even suggesting that they lead to an increase in such deaths.Mannix Flynn’s claim was that supervised injection facilities “don’t reduce deaths”.The best evidence available clearly shows that they do – however you precisely measure those deaths, and whether or not you believe they represent a good return on the cost of setting up and maintaining the centres.We rate his claim FALSE. As our verdicts guide explains, this means: “The claim is inaccurate”.This is the second time we’ve fact-checked a claim by Mannix Flynn. Previously, we gave him a verdict of Mostly TRUE. You can read his FactCheck File here. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube 12,908 Views Feb 20th 2017, 10:00 PM FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths? In the final instalment of our three-part series on drug policy, FactCheck examines a claim made by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn on Tonight With Vincent Browne. Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter 21 Comments Monday 20 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Find more FactChecks here Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article However, there is evidence that the service had a positive impact on needle sharing and other risk behavioursAustralia Inside the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney. Source: Rick Rycroft/PA ImagesAfter the establishment of an SIF in Sydney in 2001, the New South Wales government ordered a series of follow-up reviews into its operations.7. The first major review, in 2003, found (pg 47):It is likely that the early intervention provided by the supervised setting of the MSIC [medically-supervised injection centre] reduced the morbidity [non-fatal harm] and mortality [deaths] that would have otherwise been associated with these drug overdoses had they occurred elsewhere. (Emphasis added).There was a significant reduction in overdose deaths in the vicinity of the SIF in early 2001, but this reduction was mirrored in the wider neighbourhood, and in the state of New South Wales at large.It appears to have been associated with a nationwide heroin shortage at that time, rather than the opening of the SIF, and the authors added:There was no evidence that the operation of the [SIF] affected the number of heroin overdose deaths in the [area surrounding the SIF].8. A follow-up review in 2005 (pg 23) concluded that:It is not possible to state which specific overdose incidents at the Sydney [SIF] would have resulted in an ambulance call out or significant mortality and morbidity [death and injury] had they occurred elsewhere. http://jrnl.ie/3245282
Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp USA Network issued the following press release today:USA NETWORK CONTINUES UNPRECEDENTED RATINGS STREAK WITH 9TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS #1 IN CABLE IN TOTAL VIEWERSUSA Ranks #1 Among Women in 18-49 And 25-54WWE Powers USA To #1 In Cable Entertainment On Monday Nights for 2014 In All Key DemosCHRISLEY KNOWS BEST Is A Top 20 New Cable Reality Series In Key DemosNEW YORK – December 18, 2014 – USA Network will finish the year as the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment network for an unprecedented 9th consecutive year. Fueled by a strong stable of original series, the powerhouse WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW, and top-rated acquired series, USA’s winning streak continued with 2.14MM total viewers P2+, 7% higher than the closest competitive cable entertainment network.USA is also cable’s top-performer with women, ranking #1 for the year in F18-49 (486,000, +8% over its closest competitor) and F25-54 (500,000, +8%). USA has been #1 in F18-49 since 2005 and in F25-54 since 2006—both unprecedented streaks among ad-supported networks.“In an increasingly competitive landscape, maintaining our leadership position is a true feat and a testament to our quality programming,” said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. “2014 was also a financial success for the network, as we once again achieved our most profitable year ever. I am excited to build on this momentum in 2015, as we roll out more new dramas than ever before, starting with the much-anticipated event series DIG.”WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – the most-watched, regularly scheduled program on cable, 52 weeks a year, delivered 4.68MM total viewers P2+, 2.15MM P25-54, and 2.08MM P18-49, making USA #1 Monday nights in 2014 for all three categories among cable entertainment networks. RAW made USA the #1 entertainment network in all of television Monday nights for M18-34.Suits was among the year’s top 20 scripted series on cable, delivering 1.79MM P18-49, 1.95MM P25-54, and 4.37MM total viewers P2+. SIRENS was cable’s #1 new ad-supported comedy in 2014 in P25-54 (870,000). SIRENS returns for its second season premiere with a double dose of half-hour episodes on Tuesday, January 27 at 10/9c, followed by the continuation of the fourth season of Suits with all new episodes on Wednesday, January 28 at 10/9c.The network’s buzzy, breakout reality series CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST ranks as a top 20 new cable reality series in 2014 in P18-49 and P25-54. The series debuted with a strong first season in April and was swiftly renewed for a second season, which aired its finale last night. In L7 measurements, season 2 to-date is averaging 1.17MM P18-49 (+24% over Season 1), 1.14MM P25-54 (+30%), 590,000 P18-34 (+7%), and 2.18MM total viewers P2+ (+29%). Season three will start production in the new year.USA has three of the top acquired series in cable with Modern Family, NCIS and LAW & ORDER: SVU. SVU and NCIS are the top two acquired dramas on cable among P18-49, P25-54, P18-34, and total viewers P2+. Modern Family, which delivered a much younger and upscale audience to the network, was one of the year’s top ten acquired series among P18-49, P25-54, and P18-34.USA recently renewed original dramas GRACELAND, Suits, SATISFACTION and Royal Pains to return in summer 2015; a second season for comedy PLAYING HOUSE; and a third season for the reality series CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST, to return spring 2015.The network will premiere DIG on March 5, 2015. This thrilling ten episode event series is from executive producers Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), and stars Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs (“Awake”) and Emmy Award-winner Anne Heche (“Save Me”). COMPLICATIONS, from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, will bow this summer – an edge-of-your-seat drama about a reluctant hero, whose life is forever changed after making the split-second decision to intervene in a drive-by shooting to save a little boy’s life. Additionally, USA has a strong drama pipeline, with five pilots currently in production.Note: Data reflects the most up-to-date M-Su 8-11p time period data with all DVR playback information available at this time, which includes Live+7 for all possible dates, Live+3 for dates when Live+7 is not available and Live+Same for dates when Live+3 is not available.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipStreaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz SaysVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 4:57/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 33.62%0:05Remaining Time -4:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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A man and his grandson were killed in a road crash in Rajshahi on Saturday.A man and his grandson were killed and two others were injured in a collision between a motorcycle and an auto-rickshaw in Katakhali, Rajshahi on Saturday morning, reports UNBThe deceased are Md Nazim, 50, and his grandson Arafat, 3.Mahedi Hasan, officer-in-charge of Katakhali police station, said the motorcycle collided with the auto-rickshaw carrying Nazim, his wife and two grandsons on their way to a relative’s house, leaving Nazim dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and Arafat died on the way.
Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneState Rep. Charlie Geren, chairman of the House Administration Committee, talks to reporters on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, after the committee voted on an updated sexual harassment policy for the Texas House of Representatives.Members of the Texas House approved a new sexual harassment policy Friday with significant changes, including language strengthening protections against retaliation and specific steps for reporting inappropriate behavior. The revised policy offers more details on the actions that could constitute sexual harassment and describing various ways victims can get help, particularly how they may pursue an internal complaint.It comes about two weeks after The Texas Tribune detailed flaws in the former policy, which often left victims to fend for themselves. The Daily Beast had earlier detailed accounts of sexual assault in the Legislature.Following the news reports, several Texas lawmakers called for reviews of sexual harassment policies at the Capitol. State Rep. Donna Howard was among a group of female lawmakers in the House who had a conference call with House officials to discuss changes to the policy.“One of the things the women we’re particularly concerned about is making sure this is a policy that shows the respect that this situation deserves,” Howard, D-Austin, said at Friday’s hearing. “That it gives enough information that a person feels comfortable in knowing that if they do find themselves the subject of harassment, that they have a policy that gives them clear guidance and also gives them some certainty that there will be action taken.” House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, said the new policy would require all House employees and staff to undergo anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training by January 2018. The training can’t be required of individual lawmakers, some of whom were behind the worst behavior recounted to the Tribune. But Geren said House leaders would keep records of who attended the trainings — and that those records would be subject to public information laws. Speaking with reporters after the hearing, Geren said that in his nine years as chairman of the committee, he had received “a few” complaints of harassment.Those investigations, Geren said, included addressing the complaint with the victims and the person accused of sexual harassment “to determine if there really was an issue in hopes of resolving it “between those two people.” Geren’s comments contrast with what he told the Tribune in November when he refused to discuss the process for handling complaints because he said he had not received any. A request under public information laws for complaints made since 2011 turned up no records.“There’s nothing to talk about because we don’t have any,” Geren told the Tribune last month. “I don’t deal in ifs. When there’s one I’ll handle it. And that’s it.”In a phone call, Geren clarified that at Friday’s news conference, he had been referring to complaints made through an informal process.“Nothing’s been in writing, that’s typical in these cases. Women choose to remain anonymous,” he said. “They’ve come forward and gone through the details with me, and I’ve investigated it and we’ve resolved it.”Neither the former nor the newly adopted policy detail whether sexual harassment complaints must be in writing. And it’s unclear whether Geren or others fielding complaints are required to maintain any documentation regarding such complaints or disciplinary action that may have resulted from those complaints.One former staffer told the Tribune that Geren handled her complaint in 2013. The staffer, who was in her early 20s and working for a House lawmaker at the time, said that another lawmaker repeatedly asked her out. She said he had his chief of staff call her desk phone to get her cellphone number, and the lawmaker would text her, inviting her to his office for drinks or out on a date. She said she always declined or did not respond, but he would approach her around the Capitol asking why she didn’t respond.She eventually told a friend what was happening, and it got to Geren. The House Administration Committee chairman then called her into his office, and after asking her what had been happening, said he was going to take care of it. The meeting lasted three to four minutes, she said. Soon after, the lawmaker apologized and never called her again, she said.The staffer, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, reached out to the Tribune after being surprised after reading Geren’s comments in November that there had been no official complaints. “I don’t know if the House Admin keeps records on this,” she said.Geren did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.During Friday’s hearing, Geren said he was planning to ask House Speaker Joe Straus to create a working group to further review the chamber’s policies and make additional recommendations ahead of the 2019 legislative session. In recent weeks, some lawmakers have suggested the creation of an independent entity to review complaints. Questions also remain about how members, who ultimately answer to voters back home, could be disciplined if they are found to have sexual harassed someone.House officials can “address and discipline employees,” Geren said, but have less control over disciplinary actions for elected officials when it comes to sexual harassment. “The full House would have to discipline a member if it went that far,” Geren said on Friday, who added that he would “absolutely” support punishing another lawmaker for inappropriate behavior.“None of us are above the law on this and shouldn’t be,” he said.The Senate, where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has asked state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst to lead a review of its policy, has yet to hold any public hearings on the matter.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Phishing (i.e., fake, malicious email) doesn’t always get a lot of respect. At a time when the world is focused on “zero days,” cyber “weapons” and “kinetic” cyber attacks on the power grid, the very concept of phishing emails seems decidedly old-fashioned, almost second-rate.In reality, however, phishing continues to pose one of the top threats to businesses and consumers the world over.And it’s about to get even worse.Related: 4 Ways Ransomware Companies Behave Like Legitimate BusinessesOn May 3, one million Gmail users were hit by a fake Google Docs share request from one of their contacts. On the surface, this might sound like just another phishing email, no big deal. In reality, this scam reflects a sophisticated new tactic now in use by criminal hackers that will have major repercussions for businesses the world over. In fact, it’s a technique that has already been perfected by the notorious Russian hacker group known as “Pawn Storm” (aka “Fancy Bear” or “APT28”), which has been accused of breaching the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign and other high-profile targets.Here is a quick rundown on what every business owner needs to know.What makes this email scam significant?The attack, called “OAuth phishing,” is a potential game-changer for phishing attacks because it is tough to detect, hard to fix and easy for hackers to hijack online accounts.It exploits a serious weakness in the internet standard known as Open Authorization, or OAuth, which is relied upon by many of the world’s top online service providers, including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Because of this, even if companies try to block specific attacks that exploit the OAuth privilege — like Google did with the May 3 Google Docs scam — it doesn’t really fix the overall problem, and similar attacks can resurface over and over again.Cybercriminals will use OAuth phishing to takeover employee email accounts and then spread to other accounts, such as banking, accounting/payroll systems, cloud storage, client network logins, etc. Even if the victim resets the password, the hacker will be able to stay inside the account. The hacker can also bypass two-factor authentication protections.Businesses should expect to see a wave of OAuth phishing attacks in the coming months and years.Related: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business From Online CriminalsWhat is OAuth?Without getting too technical, OAuth is a way for Internet users to add third-party apps to existing online services (like Google, Facebook and Twitter) without having to share a password. In place of this password, the user agrees to the app’s permission request(s), which then gives it an OAuth token it can use to access all or parts of the user’s account.Here are some examples of these OAuth permissions with popular services.What happened with this attack?The problem with OAuth is that it’s not always easy for a service provider to tell if the apps within its ecosystem are 100 percent legitimate and safe. Therein lies the problem, because if a hacker can trick Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter or other services into accepting a malicious app, he can exploit this trust relationship and hijack personal accounts.This is the essence of OAuth phishing — tricking a service provider into accepting an app, then persuading Joe Schmo consumer to grant it account access.The way this is likely to work is the hacker will send a fake email notice in the form of a security alert, account update or new service offering, that purportedly comes from one of the above-listed service providers. If the user clicks to accept this request, he or she will then be redirected to the service provider’s actual website (such as accounts.google.com or api.login.yahoo.com) to complete the authorization process. Notice how this is different from a traditional phishing scheme: Instead of being redirected to a fake URL, the victim is sent to a real website where the attack takes place. This makes it hard for average people to realize they’re being scammed. (To better understand what these requests look like, see these write-ups by Trend Micro and CSO.)Once an individual has accepted the permission requests of a malicious app, the hacker is inside that account and will likely have full control. Since the OAuth token bypasses the need for a password, resetting the password after falling for this type of phishing email won’t do any good. The person will have to go into their account settings and manually revoke access for the app — but by that point it may be too late.Related: Trump Signs Executive Order on CybersecurityHere are a few tip-offs it’s a hack.Although this is a sophisticated attack, there are three types of tell-tale signs to look for.This first is a suspicious email address. Look to see if the sender’s email points to an unfamiliar domain. The key is to look at what comes after the @ symbol. For example, one impostor Google app used “email@example.com.” However, hackers are also able to spoof emails so that they appear to come from a corporation, such as “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Check the full email header to be sure it’s real. Hackers could make other slip-ups too. For example, in the Google Docs scam hackers inserted “email@example.com” into the “To” field, and BCC’ed the actual person receiving the email, both of which should have been dead give-aways.Next, inspect the language used in the email notice. Are there any spelling or grammatical errors? Does it sound like it was written by a non-native English speaker?Lastly, how much access is the app requesting? A legitimate app will seek some access, like the user’s contacts or email address, but if it’s asking for “full access” or administrative rights to the account (ex: “view and manage your email”) that should raise alarms. One good thing about OAuth attacks is that the hacker can’t hide the permission requests; this gives the user one last chance to hit the brakes before it’s too late.Related: The Worst Hacks of 2017 — So FarHow can businesses control the damage?No business is able to prevent phishing attacks every single time, particularly when they are as advanced as the OAuth attack. It’s therefore critical to have a good incident response plan, in addition to preventive security like firewalls, antivirus and email whitelisting.If an employee falls victim to an OAuth attack, the company should immediately revoke access for that fake app and check to see if the hacker was able to leverage it to get into any other accounts. Check every single account linked to the compromised email and revoke any permission requests, reset passwords and monitor the accounts closely for months afterward. Conduct a thorough examination of the affected employee’s devices to see if malware or remote access tools were installed. Finally, check to see if phishing emails were sent to other employees via the hacked email account.Businesses also need to prevent a single employee from having too much access to sensitive information, accounts or systems. Segment the network as well to prevent a hacker or malware from spreading throughout a company after one employee is breached. Both of these measures will limit the potential fallout of any successful attack.Phishing attacks will continue to evolve over the coming years, so businesses have to develop a defense-in-depth approach that focuses equally on prevention and containment. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo pipers and drummers at the media launch of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in SydneyNSW secures Royal Edinburgh Military TattooThe sound of bagpipes and drums will ring out across Western Sydney next year, with the NSW Government securing The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in an Australian exclusive.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall was today joined by Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott, Brigadier David Allfrey and a chorus of bagpipers to announce that the famous Tattoo will take place next October at ANZ Stadium.Mr Marshall said the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a global phenomenon viewed annually by a television audience of more than 100 million people that promises to provide a major boost to the NSW economy.“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has only toured outside of Scotland a handful of times, so I am delighted the NSW Government has secured this international visit exclusively for our Harbour City,” Mr Marshall said.“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has a proud history of delivering world-class, public military events which entertain and inspire people all over the world.“This event is expected to attract more than 59,000 overnight visitors delivering $37 million in visitor expenditure,” Mr Marshall said.Mr Elliott said it was a unique opportunity for Australians to experience the iconic military performance.“I encourage everyone to plan a trip to Sydney next year to see this truly incredible event and support our own Australian military and Police bands, which will be part of the show,” Mr Elliott said.The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo involves 1,200 performers from Scotland and around the world in a performance that includes a mix of music, ceremony, military tradition, theatre and dance set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.The ticket waitlist is now open at www.edinburghtattoosydney.com.au and will be on-sale from April 2019.Source = The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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by The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2018 5:57 am PDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Voters reject proposed tax to help support Castle Museum SAGINAW, Mich. – Voters in a Michigan county have rejected a proposed tax to help support the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History .The Saginaw News reports about 53 per cent of votes cast Tuesday were against the proposed 10-year museum tax. The millage would have raised up to about $1.3 million in the first year and would have been used for operations at the Castle Museum, other museums and historical activities.The museum this year marked the 120th anniversary of the Castle building, originally dedicated as a U.S. Post Office and now home to the Castle Museum.Other countywide millage proposals in Saginaw County were approved. They included measures to support animal control, 911 services and the Commission on Aging.___Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw
08Jan Rep. Mueller announces office is open to serve residents Categories: Mueller News State Rep. Mike Mueller announced today his office in Lansing is ready to serve the people of the 51st District. Scott Kempa is Rep. Mueller’s legislative director, and Mike Moon serves as legislative aide in charge of constituent outreach. Kempa previously worked as a legislative aide for previous 51st District state Rep. Joe Graves and as a District Affairs Director for former state Sen. Joe Hune. Moon lives in the district and worked for state Sen. Ken Horn as a district liaison while also serving as chair for the Genesee County Republican Party.“I am proud of our team,” Rep. Mueller said. “As I begin my first term as your state representative, my staff and I have already hit the ground running, prepared to work hard for you. I am in Lansing to be your voice, so if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out or stop by my office.”Residents of the 51st District can contact Rep. Mueller by calling (517) 373-1780, emailing MikeMueller@house.mi.gov, or by sending a letter to P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Rep. Mueller’s office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room N-985 in Lansing and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mike Mueller represents the 51st District, which includes Argentine, Atlas, Clayton, Fenton, Flushing and Gaines townships, and the cities of Linden and Fenton in Genesee County. Within Oakland County, Rep. Mueller represents the townships of Groveland, Holly and Rose.
01May Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hours Categories: Wakeman News State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Friday, May 10 and Monday, May 13 to meet with local residents of the 94th District.“I love talking with people in district every chance I get,” Rep. Wakeman said. “Office hours are a way to directly talk about your thoughts on state government. I hope to see you at one of these upcoming opportunities!”Office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:Friday, May 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Taymouth Township Library, 2361 E. Burt Road in Burt; andMonday, May 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Drive in Saginaw.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Wakeman’s office by calling (517) 373-0837 or by email at RodneyWakeman@house.mi.gov.