APTN National NewsThis week is the world premiere of a hard-hitting play aimed at raising awareness about the reality of Aboriginal women in Canadian prisons.Jail Baby looks at crime, poverty, violence and how it might affect future generations.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has a sneak peek.Srobinson@aptn.caTwitter: @shaneenthescene
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A massive amusement park in Dubai says it is abandoning plans to build a $454-million Six Flags.DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, said in a statement filed on Thursday on the local stock market that a planned financial instrument was “no longer available and the Six Flags Dubai project cannot proceed at this time.”Plans for a Six Flags park long have circulated in Dubai.In 2016, Dubai officials say they planned to add the park chain, owned by the Grand Prairie, Texas-based Six Flags Entertainment Corp.The park near the site of Dubai’s 2020 World Expo, or world’s fair, has struggled since opening.Meraas Holding, a firm backed by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the majority-owner of DXB Entertainments.The Associated Press
Aisha Duhulow was stoned to death in a stadium full of spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo on 27 October after authorities found her guilty of adultery.But reports indicate that she had been raped by three men while walking to visit her grandmother in the capital Mogadishu. After the attack, Aisha asked for protection from prosecutors, who in turn accused her of adultery and sentenced her to death.“This is a tragic and deplorable incident,” said Christian Balslev-Olesen, UNICEF Representative for Somalia. “A child was victimized twice – first by the perpetrators of the rape and then by those responsible for administering justice.”According to media reports, Aisha pleaded for her life before she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck and then pelted with stones by some 50 men until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.UNICEF said that this incident underscores the vulnerability of girls and women in the war-wracked Horn of Africa nation, where it says sexual and gender-based violence is commonplace and gender inequalities persist in access to essential services.“Authorities and institutions of civil society have a role to play in supporting and protecting the rights of every child,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said, noting that this killing reflects the great effort that must be undertaken to protect the rights of Somali girls and women.“UNICEF is committed to promote the status of females and will continue to work with local authorities and partners to reduce the risks to them through the promotion of girls’ education, HIV prevention and support to services for survivors of all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.” 4 November 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has deplored last week’s stoning to death of a 13-year-old Somali girl who was a victim of rape.
Mr Trump’s announcement came hours after he welcomed home three US detainees released by North Korea.Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. The US wants Pyongyang to give up its weapons programme completely and irreversibly.Ahead of the meeting, Mr Kim has pledged to stop nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, and also to shut down a nuclear test site.But analysts caution that Mr Kim is unlikely to easily abandon nuclear weapons that he has pushed so hard to obtain, and that “denuclearisation” means something quite different to both sides. No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader. The White House said the American trio were freed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the summit, which Mr Trump earlier said he thought would be a “big success”.“I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful,” he said.The key issue expected to be discussed is North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme – over which Mr Trump and Mr Kim furiously sparred in 2017. In March, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim for an unprecedented sit-down. US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said.“We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” the US leader tweeted. The communist North has carried out six nuclear tests since 2006, despite international condemnation and sanctions, saying it needs the weapons for its own security. There has been no word from Pyongyang on what it might specifically offer at the summit, but key issues for the North will be the presence of 30,000 US military personnel in South Korea, and the lifting of sanctions that are choking the economy.At a summit in April, Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, although the means of achieving this were not detailed and previous such pledges have been abandoned.Still, the dramatic meeting – which saw a North Korean leader setting foot on South Korean soil for the first time since the end of the 1953 Korean War – marked a historic breakthrough between the two countries.Singapore, a small and highly prosperous island nation, has been used before for high-profile diplomatic occasions.In 2015, the leaders of China and Taiwan held historic talks in the South East Asian city-state, their first in more than 60 years.It had been seen by top US officials as a good, neutral choice for the Trump-Kim talks. (Courtesy BBC)
The Essex Police representative said police had to act when new witnesses came forward offering more information into the death.The court was also taken through evidence from the 2002 inquest from a series of experts who said it was possible Mr Lubbock was dead before he entered the swimming pool. The hearing is a result of Barrymore being arrested and questioned following the discovery of the body of Stuart Lubbock in a swimming pool at his Roydon home in 2001Credit:PA He left his own home before the police arrived at his home which Mr Beggs said was a “suspicious thing to do”.He said: “If you ask the man on the Clapham Omnibus, if someone at your party died, how many would say they would leave the scene?””The claimant bought himself two hours thinking time before he was questioned by police.”Mr Beggs QC said: “A more experienced detective could have lawfully arrested him there and then for leaving the scene.”The court was briefly taken to an intelligence report, which contained an anonymous tip received by the police during their investigation.Reading from the report, Mr Begg said: “At 5am in the morning of Mr Lubbock’s death, Johnathan Kenney called Mike Brown on a mobile and told him what had happened. “He said ‘clean up the house’ and the police were called after this was done.”Still reading from the intelligence report, Mr Beggs added: “Two people had been paid off by Michael Barrymore to not give evidence against him.” Police had “reasonable grounds” to arrest Mr Barrymore in connection with Mr Lubbock’s death, the High Court was told on Thursday.An extract from a police intelligence report read to the hearing by a barrister representing the force alleged that: “Two people had been paid off by Michael Barrymore to not give evidence against him.”Mr Barrymore, Jonathan Kenney and Justin Merritt were all present when Mr Lubbock died at the TV star’s home in Roydon, Essex.Post-mortem tests found Mr Lubbock had suffered severe internal injuries and toxicology revealed ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol in his bloodstream.Essex and Thurrock Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded an open verdict into the 31-year-old butcher’s death at an inquest in 2002.Mr Barrymore – along with Mr Kenney and Mr Merritt – was later held on suspicion of rape and murder in 2007. None of them were charged. Essex Police has accepted liability and that the arrest was unlawful. But the force claims their liability was on a technicality as they sent the wrong officer to make the arrest. The force claims officers did have “reasonable grounds” to suspect Mr Barrymore of murder and rape, and to believe the arrest was necessary for an effective investigation.They argue he should only be entitled to a nominal damages of just £1.Today, the High Court heard the closing submission of John Beggs QC, representing Essex Police.He said: “There was potentially a very serious crime, the most serious of crimes in this case, namely murder, and we say it was reasonable to suspect it was preceded by another serious crime, namely rape.”He added: “You don’t need to know there was a murder, you have to suspect there was a murder. If you have a dead body of a healthy person, that is a reason to suspect murder.”He told the court that there still was not explanation as to what happened Mr Lubbock.Mr Beggs QC said: “With this claimant, he has never given a cogent explanation as how a young man was so seriously injured in a confined space with so few people present.” Mr Beggs linked the extract from the report to the Stephen Lawrence case, where investigating officers received criticism for not following up on anonymous tips which could have helped their investigation. Michael Barrymore paid off two witnesses not to give evidence against him after the death of a man found in his swimming pool, a court heard.The 65-year-old entertainer is suing Essex Police for £2.5 million over his arrest on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock who was found dead at his mansion in 2001.But the force, which has accepted liability on a technicality, claims that the former Strike It Lucky host should only receive nominal damages of £1. Barrymore’s house at Roydon in EssexCredit: John McLellan Mr Beggs added: “This was not a mansion as the media have claimed. It was a moderate cottage, with narrow physical confines.”There were very few people at the property. It was no bigger than a dinner party of nine people, not 160. If there had been 160 persons present and 140 had no idea what went on that might not be very suspicious.”But we have eight survivors, and at no point, not one can offer a single explanation.”The court also heard shortly after Mr Lubbock’s body was discovered Mr Barrymore left the property over fears the press would turn up.However, Mr Beggs said: “After he has been found, others were seen trying to help him, giving him CPR. The claimant was seen rummaging through drawers and he is observed carrying something under his arm.”His counsel says he was just carrying a jumper. The simple position is the police never discovered, they can’t know, what he removed.” 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. He also argued police were right to look into previous allegations made against Barrymore as a bad character, including one involving the alleged sexual assault of a prostitute.Mr Beggs QC said: “This was distinctly relevant. It was the voyeuristic sexual assault involving rough sexual relations with a female being watched.”He added: “It would have been neglectful not to have regard to that.”In conclusion, Mr Beggs QC said: “We ask you to concluded there were ample grounds to constitute reasonable suspicion.”The hearing continues. Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead in Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool Credit: Ferrari Press Agency
The Greek community’s proposal to build a 13 storey Hellenic cultural centre in Melbourne’s CBD has been given the green light, following Sunday’s extraordinary general meeting.74.2 percent of members present at the meeting voted in favour of the project, which needed 66 percent of votes in order to go ahead.Almost 800 members of Victoria’s Greek community, the highest number on record, turned out to cast their votes. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Bill Papastergiadis said he was thrilled with the result. “It’s a great result, and in a history of 113 years this was the largest turnout for a community meeting, so it obviously captivated interest of members who wanted to express their opinion on the project,” Mr Papastergiadis said. “We’ve got a clear mandate to now proceed with the project and bring it to fruition within two to three years”. Following the result there has been significant interest in the Lonsdale St project from financial donors, Mr Papastergiadis said. “Immediately after the meeting I was approached by a community group member saying he would be recommending to his board to give us $250,000 as a starter towards the building,” Mr Papastergiadis said, adding “we suspect there’ll be a lot more of these types of donations”. The next step will now be finalising the planning process with Melbourne City Council, and also seeking federal funding, Mr Papastergiadis said. “We’re excited, for our members but also for the entire general Greek Australian population,” he said. “Symbolically this project will revitalize the precinct in the city and will be a beacon for Greeks all around the world.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nokia : une tablette Windows 8 dès le mois de juinNokia entend se lancer à son tour sur le marché des tablettes, et c’est avec Windows que la firme finlandaise va y faire son entrée. Une information confirmée par le président de Nokia France, Paul Amsellem, qui précise que la première tablette Nokia équipée de Windows 8 sera prête mi-2012.Après avoir lancé ses premiers Windows Phone, la gamme Lumia, Nokia prépare son arrivée sur le marché des tablettes. C’est encore sur un OS de Microsoft que la firme finlandaise entend miser. Comme nombre de constructeurs, elle prévoit de commercialiser une tablette embarquant le très attendu Windows 8.À lire aussiiPad 5 : les premières photos du boîtier dévoiléesPaul Amsellem, le président de Nokia France, a lui-même confirmé la nouvelle dans un entretien accordé au journal Les Echos, assurant que la firme disposerait d’une tablette Windows 8 dès le mois de juin 2012. Aucune précision supplémentaire n’est révélée. Nous ignorons donc si cette date sera celle de la présentation de la tablette, ou de sa commercialisation.Cette annonce n’est pas vraiment une surprise. Le mois dernier, Stephen Elop, le patron de Nokia, faisait déjà part de son intérêt pour Microsoft, évoquant à la fois les OS mobiles et PC du géant de Redmond. “D’un point de vue écosysteme, il y a des bénéfices et synergies qui existent entre Windows et Windows Phone. Nous voyons cela comme une opportunité. Et nous allons certainement considérer cette opportunité pour le futur” expliquait-il au site News.com. Et Nokia n’est évidemment pas le seul constructeur qui entend miser sur le nouvel OS de Microsoft. Asus, Dell, HP et Samsung prévoient eux aussi de lancer des tablettes Windows 8 au second trimestre 2012.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 20:50 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Switzerland, September 11, 2017 – Geneva – Diplomatic Relations were established between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Montenegro, 6 September, 2017. The Joint Communiqués were signed in Geneva at the Permanent Mission of Montenegro, by Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and His Excellency Mr. Milorad Šćepanović, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.Following the signing, the two Ambassadors exchanged views on opportunities for future cooperation between The Bahamas and Montenegro.(Photo/Courtesy, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Related Items:
A fire engulfs the Kwik’Pak Fisheries warehouse in Emmonak. The blaze destroyed five buildings and caused at least $3 million in damage. The fire’s cause is under investigation.( Photo: Alaska State Troopers)The City of Emmonak has issued a disaster declaration after a fire destroyed five commercial fishing buildings last month, causing $3 million of damage.Download AudioThe city manager has sent the declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000 in emergency funding.That money would pay for a new fire truck, cover upgrades to city water lines, and match the City of Emmonak’s donation to the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association (YDFDA).In addition to owning the five destroyed buildings, the CDQ association runs Emmonak’s commercial fishing and processing industry, which employs almost 2,000 people around the Yukon River Delta.Without emergency aid, Emmonak City Manager Martin Moore said the fire’s damage could cripple the area’s economy.“The community cannot afford to miss a fishing season and the people and businesses will suffer irreparable harm without immediate assistance to rebuild in time for the 2016 season,” he wrote in the disaster declaration.The city itself is donating $150,000 to the YDFDA. That donation will cut water usage fees in half for subsidiary Kwik’Pak Fisheries, provide four acres of land to rebuild on at half the standard rate, and allow free use of the city’s heavy equipment to clean up debris from the fire.Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome) will request emergency funding before the state legislature on behalf of the City of Emmonak.
Share 00:00 /00:54 Houston’s number of immigrant entrepreneurs has increased 66.4 percent from 2006 to 2016, now at 131,532 business owners. During that same time period, spending power of Houston’s foreign-born has increased by $16.5 billion to $38.2 billion. X Listen Randall PughNew census data shows Houston’s immigrant community continues to grow, reaching a total 1.58 million people. That’s 23.3 percent of the Houston metro population, according to most recent numbers from 2016. The city’s foreign-born population has grown 34.4 percent over the last decade.And as more immigrants arrive, many are also starting up their own businesses. “There are more than 131,000 immigrant business owners in Houston,” said Jeremy Robbins of the bipartisan group New American Economy, “That’s an enormous number.”Robbins said immigrants often open up what he calls “main street businesses”. “It’s businesses like the laundromats, like the restaurants, those are the businesses that keep city streets vibrant,” said Robbins. Census data shows Houston’s immigrant population is 53 percent more likely to own their own business than the native-born population. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Malda/Darjeeling: Four persons were killed in different incidents of lightning strike in Bengal’s Malda district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.Superintendent of Police, Alok Rajoria said three persons were killed in the lightning strike during heavy rain in Gajole block and one in Manikchawk block of the district. Heavy rain accompanied by lightning hit Malda district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall in Bhutan and North Bengal has thrown life out of gear. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLarge stretches have been inundated in North Bengal with road communication disrupted. Water levels are dangerously on the rise in the rivers flowing down from Bhutan. A weather warning has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for North Bengal from June 26 to June 28. While there is a red warning (greater than 20 cm of rain forecasted) for June 26 and June 27, there is a orange warning (7cm to 20cm of rain forecasted) for June 28. “Due to strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and shifting of trough of low pressure along North Bengal enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over the district of North Bengal during June 26 to 28,” stated the bulletin. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWide-spread rainfall has been forecasted over the districts of Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan, in a weather bulletin has warned of active monsoon to continue in the next 48 hours with heavy rains forecasted for the southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan has been witnessing incessant rainfall in the past few days resulting in flash floods and land slides. Many important roads have been closed down owing to this. The Phuentsholing to Thimpu road is also affected. “We are keeping tab and reviewing the situation on a daily basis. Heavy rainfall in Bhutan will definitely affect our district but we are ready. Our priority will be that we do not have any human casualty” stated Surendra Kumar Meena, District Magistrate, Alipurduar — the district sharing borders with Bhutan.
Comments Share Insurgents fired toward the helicopters, prompting a response that destroyed one army checkpoint, the ministry statement added. An unspecified number of the army members were “killed and wounded,” the ministry said, adding that the incident was under investigation.Logar provincial army commander Abdul Razaq said the early morning strike took place in the district of Baraki Barak, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Kabul. Razaq revised an earlier higher figure and said that seven troops were killed while five were wounded in the strike.Logar police chief Mohammad Douod Ahmadi confirmed those casualty figures. Conflicting number of casualty figures are common during fighting in remote areas inaccessible to reporters.District governor Mohammad Rahim Amin said the NATO airstrike was “likely a mistake, due to bad coordination” in an area where Taliban insurgents are highly active.A U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, said the coalition is aware of an incident in Logar and is investigating it.According to a statement from Ghani’s office, the Afghan president appointed a team to “comprehensively probe the incident and come up with clarification surrounding the airstrike.” Ghani also urged the international forces to “take maximum precautions” not to harm Afghan civilians and troops in their future operations. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints on Monday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing seven Afghan troops in what an Afghan official described as an accident due to bad coordination.The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, expressed his “profound sorrow” over the tragedy and ordered an investigation into the killings.The incident happened as coalition helicopters were flying over an area in Logar province where clashes were underway between Afghan troops and Taliban fighters, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said. Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Security in Logar has deteriorated in recent months as the Taliban stepped up their attacks on Afghan soldiers and security forces, trying to spread their footprint across the country and take control of some remote regions.The U.S. and NATO forces concluded their combat mission at the end of last year and Afghan troops have since taken control of the country’s security, which has caused their casualties to spike.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life
Moonshadow Cruises – dolphin and whale cruises Justina Tourism Awards Moonshadow Cruises is very proud to announce that Justina Nicholson, our Sales and Functions Coordinator, has been awarded ‘Young Achiever in Tourism’, at the 2010 North Coast Tourism Awards held at the Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour. More than 350 tourism industry operators attended the awards night on August 14 with Channel 10 weatherman, Tim Bailey, serving as MC.Janene Rees, Justina’s Manager at Moonshadow, nominated Justina for the award and was nearly as excited as Justina with the win:”As a mentor it is very important to empower young up and coming tourism employees in our region. Justina had no idea she was nominated and it certainly was a huge surprise for her,” Janene said.Justina was employed by Moonshadow Cruises in the role of sales and functions coordinator in October 2007. Prior to this she attended Newcastle University to complete her degree in Social Science (Recreation & Tourism).She began her career in tourism with the Australian Reptile Park on the NSW Central Coast before making the move north to Moonshadow. Working within an industry that is very dynamic, Justina’s role has changed and grown and she has always demonstrated a passion and drive the achieve in her work. The rest of the Moonshadow team benefit from her enthusiasm.The award is a great boost to individuals in the tourism industry. Self nomination is not permitted, so to be a finalist is an honour and a win is an absolute promotion of the persons abilities and regard amoungst their industry peers. “I had no idea what I was even in Coffs Harbour for. It was the best awards night that I have attended and it was a complete surprise to win this award,” said Justina. “It really is a boost and an assurance that I am achieving both personally and for my industry.” Other Port Stephens winners on the night were Samurai Beach Resort and Big 4 Holiday Park, Soldiers Point. Following the North Coast awards all winners become automatic finalists in the state awards… so our fingers are crossed for Justina at these awards in November. Source = Moonshadow Cruises
A 52-year-old fisherman was found dead in his boat on Saturday two nautical miles off the Kato Paphos harbour.The man was located by marine police who launched a search operation in the afternoon after being alerted by the family that he had been missing since morning and was not answering their calls. The 52-year-old left his house in the morning to go fishing in his boat.He was found unconscious in his boat some two nautical miles south-east of the harbour. His boat was towed to shore and he was taken to Paphos general hospital where he was pronounced dead.Police ruled out foul play. A post mortem is to be carried out in the coming days is to shed light on the cause of death.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
24Jan Barron spends legislative day with Rep. McBroom State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, welcomed Mitchell Barron of Gladstone to the state Capitol today to job shadow the 108th House District lawmaker. Barron, the son of Bob and Barb Barron, accompanied McBroom to a morning Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee meeting chaired by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, for a discussion on forest and agricultural property tax issues, and in the afternoon attended House session with McBroom. Categories: News
Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. James Lower has officially opened his Lansing office and says he is here to serve the people of the 70th District.“I’m excited to announce the opening of my Lansing office” said Rep. Lower, R-Cedar Lake. “My staff and I are here to help the people of Montcalm and Gratiot counties with issues involving their State Government. It can be daunting and frustrating for citizens to navigate the complexities of state agencies. Often times people feel left out of the decision making process when it comes to administrative rules, regulations, and even the laws that govern our communities. We are here to help bridge that gap and be our district’s frontline advocate.”People may contact Rep. Lower at (517) 373-0834; mail correspondence to S-1089 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Rep. Lower’s office staff includes Joseph Cecil and Danielle Sirianni as his legislative assistants.Rep. Lower will be announcing monthly in-district office hours in the near future.You can receive regular updates on his official Facebook page and sign up for Rep. Lower’s e-newsletter on his webpage at www.replower.org.##### 09Jan Rep. Lower encourages 70th District residents to contact his Lansing office
31Oct Rep. Iden bill creating savings opportunities for community colleges is signed Categories: Audio,Iden News,News Michigan’s community colleges will now have increased ability when it comes to funding forward-thinking infrastructure and energy efficient development, thanks to legislation proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.Lease-purchase agreements do not demand up front full payments like bonding debts and act as a pay-as-you-go system. Money community colleges begin to save from energy-friendly improvements will help pay for the project or the implementation of others.Current law allows local governments and school districts to enter into lease-purchase agreements. Iden’s provision allows for community colleges to employ the same option.“This is a flexible, sensible option for an age when budgets are often strapped for funding,” said Iden. “It’s a win-win for community colleges across our state. They can spend carefully through these agreements and have savings for other projects over the future with the energy-friendly projects they invest in right now.”Community colleges will have the option to cancel a lease-purchase contract after each fiscal year and after as little as one year.Within 60 days of improvements, a filed report will be required by the Michigan Public Service Commission listing which facilities were worked on, energy consumption of those facilities prior to improvement, project costs and estimated annual savings.House Bill 4457 passed with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate before becoming Public Act 133 of 2017.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo, holds a signed copy of House Bill 4457 with Gov. Rick Snyder at a ceremony in Lansing on Oct. 26.
Measure aims to boost job creation in small townsState Rep. Jason Wentworth discusses legislation with colleagues in the Michigan House chamber.State Rep. Jason Wentworth’s plan to help small businesses in rural areas of Michigan was recently approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support.Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less additional access to investments, creating new jobs and boosting the economies of struggling rural communities.“Many small, rural businesses have trouble attracting new capital or getting approved for business loans,” Wentworth said. “By creating a safe and effective financing tool, we are helping local job creators expand their businesses and create new, good-paying jobs in growing industries.”Under Wentworth’s plan, the Rural Development Creation Fund would be established within the State Treasury with oversight by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. Target industries for the grants include aviation and aerospace, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, clean energy, cybersecurity, information technology and life sciences.Rural small job creators would partner with the state and qualified private investment fund managers in utilizing the grants. If a business did not achieve its goals it would have to return the funds to the state.“In the past 18 years, only 5 percent of Michigan’s private investments have been made in rural areas,” Wentworth said. “This solution would provide a much-needed boost for the many small towns that were left behind during Michigan’s economic recovery.”The measure, House Bill 6064, now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 08Oct Rep. Wentworth’s plan to jumpstart rural economy gains House approval Categories: Wentworth News
Amazon-owned online video service Lovefilm has struck a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that will give UK subscribers access to the Hollywood studio’s second pay television window. The deal will see Lovefilm have access to Fox’s 2011 theatrical slate in March 2013. It will also give customers access to series including early seasons of motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy and all seasons of 24, Prison Break, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.This is Lovefilm’s latest Hollywood studio deal following arrangements with Warner Bros, Sony, Disney and NBC Universal.Gina Brogi, executive vice-president of worldwide pay television and subscription video-on-demand for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution added: “We are delighted to be partnered with Lovefilm on this new window for Fox films in the UK. This film and series agreement enables us to give UK fans yet another avenue to enjoy the great stories and characters they have come to know and love from our studio.”
Al Jazeera English has revamped its iPad app, enhancing the social functionality of its access to the channel’s TV feed. According to Al Jazeera, the Live Dashboard update includes a social second screen feature alongside the in-app live TV output.Users will be able to view the channel’s official Twitter feeds, the user’s own personal Twitter feeds, and hashtags while watching news and programmes. The app allows users to share content with friends, family, and followers through Twitter, Facebook and email.The app’s integration with Al Jazeera’s news systems means that some stories will appear there before they do on air, according to the broadcaster. Video on the app will be positioned in a ‘fluid grid’ – meaning that video will be in different sizes and shift in position throughout the day according to their prominence in the news agenda.“We want to encourage ever more interaction with our content, and this development enables that interactivity to take place. This feature will especially come into its own during major breaking events,” said Moeed Ahmad, Head of New Media at Al Jazeera.“We held workshops with viewers before building the apps. Twitter traffic went up exponentially during major events such as the Arab Spring and the Japanese earthquake where events were changing by the minute. Viewers were glued to TV coverage and social media. This app makes checking both so much easier.”