Experts alarmed after deer meat from diseased herd allowed into food system

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMONTREAL — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is exposing the public to unnecessary risk by allowing deer and elk meat from farms affected by a contagious disease to end up on consumers’ plates, a group of experts and advocates say.Chronic wasting disease or CWD, an infection of the central nervous system similar to mad cow disease that is fatal to deer, elk, reindeer and moose, was discovered on a farm in Quebec’s Laurentians region last August, resulting in a cull of 2,789 red deer.While the 11 carcasses that tested positive for the disease, as well seven others, were destroyed, the rest were allowed to enter the food system, including some 1,000 young animals that had not been tested because tests aren’t sensitive enough to detect CWD in animals under 12 months of age, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The news was a surprise to some experts, including Neil Cashman, a University of British Columbia medical professor who specializes in neurodegenerative diseases spread by prion proteins.He said that while there’s been no documented case of chronic wasting disease being transmitted to humans, it can’t be ruled out.“If you’re supplying meat, deer meat or elk meat or whatever from a farm in which animals have tested positive for CWD, if you provide it to the market for human consumption, that’s playing with fire in my opinion,” he said in a phone interview.He points to an ongoing study that suggests CWD can be spread to other animals, including macaque monkeys, as well as the case of mad cow, which was originally not believed to be dangerous for humans but was later linked to a rare degenerative brain disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob.He said it’s even possible that doctors might not recognize CWD at first if it did affect a human, because it could take a different form.“With all this knowledge about how wily prions are, how long they last in the environment, how resistant they are to destruction and degradation, it really behooves us to cut down on potential exposure to CWD,” he said.Health Canada notes there’s no evidence the disease infects humans, but recommends as a preventative measure that animals known to be infected with CWD should not be consumed, and that hunters should take precautions when handling carcasses of deer, elk and moose.In an email, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that allowing the animals from the Quebec farm to enter the food system did not violate that position.“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada’s position is that animals and products from animals known to be infected with CWD are prohibited from entering Canada’s food supply,” the agency wrote. “The meat that was released into the human food chain came from animals which are not known to be infected with CWD.”The email noted that “CWD is not a known human health or food safety risk, and that there have been no recorded instances of humans being affected by the disease.”It also said that its policy of allowing animals from CWD-positive farms into the food system only applies to red deer and elk, which have lower rates of transmission than other cervids.CWD was first detected in Canada in 1996, and has since spread across parts of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Laurentians deer farm was the first documented case in Quebec.Since 2014, animals from 21 CWD-infected elk herds have been slaughtered for consumption with the agency’s permission. The CFIA says only adult elks that tested negative were released into the food chain, since there is no market for meat from elks under 12 months.The agency’s position appears to have divided scientists.While some have expressed concern over what they see as a lack of caution, two other experts consulted by The Canadian Press said they see no reason to question the policy given that there’s no proof of any risk.Kerry Mower, a wildlife specialist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, pointed out that humans have been consuming CWD positive deer and elk since at least the 1960s, and have been consuming sheep with a similar disease for hundreds of years with no known transmission.But Kat Lanteigne, who co-founded an organization that advocates for a safe blood system, was outraged to learn the animals from infected farms were being sent to the food system.She said the federal government quietly changed its policy in 2014 to allow the practice, leaving consumers and scientists unaware.“None of the consumers in Canada know there is this infectious prion disease, that is the sister to mad cow, and that animals that could be infected could be ending up on their barbecues and dinner plates,” said Lanteigne, the executive director of Bloodwatch.In June, more than 30 people, including Lanteigne and Cashman, signed an open letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other senior cabinet ministers, urging them to take greater action to contain the spread of the disease.The letter claims that the threat is not only to human health but to trade and investment, noting that Norway has already banned hay or straw imports from provinces where the disease is present.“Despite the lessons of BSE and the dire threat posed by CWD, official policy still allows translocation of live animals, products, and equipment from cervid farms, movement of hunter carcasses, and continued human exposure—in violation of basic principles of science, public trust, and professional ethics,” they wrote.The signatories advocated for the government to issue emergency directives to contain the spread of the disease, including eliminating deer farms, testing all animals from areas where the disease is present, and boosting funding for research and surveillance.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Goa: Woman who accused Monserratte of rape goes missing

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPanaji: The woman who lodged a rape case against former Goa minister and Congress’ Panaji bypoll nominee Atanasio Monserratte has gone missing from a rehabilitation facility here, police said on Monday. Verna police inspector Sandesh Chodankar said the woman, who charged Monserratte with drugging and raping her in 2016 when she was a minor, was undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in South Goa district from where she went missing on April 28. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghLast month, a missing person complaint was lodged and later on May 10, the police registered an FIR for offence of abduction against an unknown person, Chodankar said, adding that efforts were on to trace the woman. Monserratte, who is contesting the upcoming Panaji Assembly bypoll on Congress’ ticket, was booked in May 2016 for allegedly raping the woman in March that year, when she was 17 years’ old. A charge sheet was later filed against him by the police in the district court of North Goa. Auda Viegas, director of a South Goa-based NGO, said the victim was initially kept at a state-run facility for juveniles, but later shifted to a convent in South Goa as part of her rehabilitation.last_img read more

Sudan UN embarks on largestever delivery of voter registration materials

October 11, 2019 0 Comments

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are kicking off the largest-ever delivery of materials in the African nation ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration exercise. Nearly 120,000 kilogrammes of materials – including registration kits, forms and training supplies – will be sent to locations identified by the National Elections Commission (NEC).UNDP is funding the cost of transporting the supplies to Sudan’s 25 state capitals, while UNMIS is assisting in sending materials and NEC officers to train staff on the rules and procedures of voter registration in dozens of inaccessible and remote locations in Southern Sudan and Southern Kordofan. For its part, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) will deliver materials to 10 isolated areas in Northern and Western Darfur. “We’re hopeful that this logistical assistance to NEC will enable the Commission to establish registration centers that enable more people to register and later to vote,” said Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer with UNMIS. “This will bring the country one step closer to a large-scale democratic polling exercise in 2010.” NEC requested UNMIS – which is mandated to provide technical assistance and support for elections – to assist with logistics and operational planning, electoral materials, training and capacity building of staff in support of the upcoming general elections. Next year’s multi-party polls are a key milestone in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the pact which ended 20 years of fighting between the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) separatists in the south and the national Government in the north. In his most recent report on UNMIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the parties to the CPA to enhance their partnership in ensuring that the elections are held. “The Agreement must be implemented in spirit as well as the letter if the immense work undertaken is to be sustainable,” he stressed, calling on the sides to enhance their cooperation. Next year’s elections must be seen as part of a larger process of democratic transformation, requiring a long-term commitment by all parties, the Secretary-General underscored, adding that it is vital that the polls are credible in the eyes of the Sudanese people. “Coming to an agreement on how to proceed with elections will also allow the parties to give the requisite attention to preparations for the referendums in 2011,” the report said. 31 October 2009The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are kicking off the largest-ever delivery of materials in the African nation ahead of tomorrow’s voter registration exercise. read more

Sri Lanka accused of serious corruption in cricket

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

However, he says he will take the opportunity to brief both the teams over the coming days to ensure they remain alert to the risks from would be corruptors. (Colombo Gazette) “We are currently in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country. The enquiries are continuing so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister. We are receiving full support from the Competent Authority currently in place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) whilst elections for the SLC Board are pending,” he said in a statement. Marshall said that the investigations have been underway for a considerable time and do not relate to the series about to start in Sri Lanka against England. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has accused Sri Lanka of serious corruption in cricket.General Manager of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Alex Marshall said that his team is currently in Sri Lanka investigating into allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan cricket. read more

Business Day update from motor show – 26 May 1400

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Chancellor congratulates motor industry on contribution to UK economy Chancellor meets local apprentices on tour Mazda’s numbering death wish TV road test family give show the green light Sports car makers shake up dealer networks Chancellor congratulates motor industry on contribution to UK economy The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, today congratulated the UK’s automotive industry on its “vital contribution” to the UK’s economy.During a visit to The Sunday Times Motor Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham, the Chancellor said:“I’m delighted to be visiting Motor Show Live to see at first hand what a great job the UK’s automotive sector is doing and pay tribute to the vital contribution it makes to our national economy.“And I can tell you today that the ten year science and innovation plan we will announce in the next few weeks will be a major boost for manufacturing strength. Building on the Manufacturing Advisory Service, capital allowances, corporation tax cuts and the Research and Development tax credit, we will seek to make Britain the best location for new investment and innovation. And we will raise the level of science funding as a share of national income in the next spending review period.“The motor industry has risen to the challenges of globalisation and international competition and not just survived, but thrived.“The UK automotive industry sector contributes some £8.5 billion to the UK economy and accounts for almost ten per cent of total UK exports of goods.“Almost 250,000 people across the country are employed in the manufacture of vehicles and components in some 3,200 businesses. Another 544,000 work in the automotive retail sector.“And the motor industry makes a major contribution not just to employment and exports, but to innovation in our economy – investing £1.2 billion a year in research and development – and to our training and skills as well with over 20,000 young apprenticeships.“The motor industry has won for Britain huge amounts of inward investment with some of the world’s leading manufacturers choosing to locate new plants in the UK. 68 per cent of the vehicles produced in the UK are exported. And companies in the supply chain trade with customers and suppliers right around Europe.“That’s why our commitment as a Government is that we will make the case for our membership of the European Union – which accounts for 55 per cent of the UK’s trade – for the advantages it brings to Britain, and for Britain being a leader in an enlarged Europe.“I am particularly pleased to be able to pay tribute to the contribution the automotive sector makes to our country here in the West Midlands.“40 per cent of the UK’s motor industry income is generated here in the West Midlands. The sector provides jobs for around 65,000 employees in the region with many more jobs provided in the supply chain. “And the successes we celebrate here have helped create 80,000 jobs in the West Midlands alone since 1997.” Chancellor meets local apprentices on tourGordon Brown met four young apprentices in automotive design during his tour of The Sunday Times Motor Show Live. Discussing their four year scheme with the Chancellor were: Jaguar’s Sarah Cookes, 20, and Alex Edgington, 19, both from Coventry; and Land Rover’s Rebecca Champion, 20, from Warwick and Matthew Smith, 18, from Nuneaton.All four youngsters, who are based at the design studios in Gaydon, Warwickshire, signed up for their apprenticeships before they were 18. As they approach the end of their training they are all feeling secure and confident about the future. Rebecca, who was first introduced to Land Rover during a work placement when she was 15, left her A levels mid way to take up the scheme. She said: “When I sat down with my parents to look at what was on offer to me the apprenticeship was far more attractive than continuing my A levels and going on to university. The scheme has paid me to learn, I’m in a much better position than my friends who are doing degrees. I’m not in debt and can afford to be independent.”Matthew pointed out: “The best thing about my apprenticeship is that it gives me qualifications and experience. It’s fine to have a degree but you come out of university without any understanding of how business really works.” By the time the four finish their apprenticeships they will have accomplished HNC and NVQ level 3 qualifications and can look forward to a bright future in the automotive industry. Mazda’s numbering death wishMazda UK’s plans to call its new MPV, the 4, have proved to be a dead loss after the Hiroshima-based parent company revealed the number is associated with death and doom in the Asia Pacific region.As a result the flexible format people carrier, which will offer five, six of seven seats, remains a car without a name, or number. It is taking centre stage on Mazda’s Sunday Times Motor Show live stand in Flexa concept car form.With Mazda’s UK managing director Phil Waring, anticipating 5,000 sales a year for the new model, he admitted: “naming, or numbering the car is very important and we need a decision by the end of the year because it goes on sale next September.”British management are bemused as to why the parent company only notified its European importers of the superstitious element in numbering the car within the past week.Waring has commissioned “urgent market research” in the UK to see if the public would accept either 5 or 7 as a substitute, and not automatically confuse it with the MX-5 roadster and discontinued RX-7 rotary sports car.The number 4 was nominated because it fitted into the range sequence, which runs 2, 3 and 6. Mazda is not new to naming or numbering controversy. In the early ’80s the Montrose coupe was launched on the day that the company sacked its dealer, in Montrose. TV road test family give show the green light A local family has given the all-new motor show a huge thumbs-up. The five strong Hale family from Shirley, Solihull tested out the new interactive features on behalf of ITV motoring show Pulling Power.Mum and Dad Linda and David and their three daughters Kelly (16), Rosie (11) and Emily (9) got a sneak preview of the show and the interactive features before the event officially opens to the public on Thursday 27 May. Mum Linda thoroughly enjoyed her spin on the 4×4 Experience, especially The Edge, a 30 ft high metal construction with a 39 degree incline and decline. She said, “When you approach the practically vertical ramp, you wonder how you are going to get up it. It really took my breath away – all you see is sky!”There were plenty of other opportunities for the family to get interactive. Eldest daughter Kelly, who’s buzzing to learn to drive, jumped at the opportunity to get started at the BSM Driving School and was praised by her instructor Matt Robinson. Dad David was strapped in and taken on a thrill-a-second course at the Caterham Experience and youngsters Rosie and Emily were in no doubt that the Motoropolis Live Action Arena was their favourite part of the show. The whole family left the NEC with a new outlook on the motor show. Mum Linda said, “I thought it was a thoroughly good day out and will have no problem recommending it to friends with families.”The Hale’s adventures at the NEC will be screened on Pulling Power on ITV1 at 11.05pm on Thursday 27 May. Sports car makers shake up dealer networks TVR has fired six dealers over the past 18 months while fellow specialist sports car maker Noble has scrapped its retail network.The two companies, which between them sell about 1,270 new cars, have underlined the volatile business of representing sports car franchises.Peter Wheeler, chairman of Blackpool-based TVR, said: “We are currently gently recruiting dealers. We fired the six franchise holders because they were not suitable. There’s a cycle where you lose their enthusiasm and friendship over the years. It’s better to part company after winding each other up.”TVR’s dealer strength currently stands at 18 and Wheeler plans to hire another six. He admitted that filling open points depended on: “how far owners are willing to travel for service and back up.”Wheeler said TVR was “constantly considering” a return to the North American market but it would involve doubling the size of the company and establishing an assembly operation in the USA.He said: “We would go west if someone comes up with a sensible plan, including a fairly substantial facility, probably a kit-building operation. It is an issue to have people who really know the cars and take care of them and the customers properly. The company fell foul of being in the US 20 years ago.”Wheeler claimed the US market would generate another 1,000 sales, doubling present volume.Meanwhile Noble, based in Barwell, near Hinckly, Leicestershire, has terminated the ten dealers contracts, which it claims has allowed the firm to cut its prices.Noble spokesman Simon Hucknall said: “The dealers will continue as authorised servicing outlets, but will not sell new cars. We want tighter control of quality of sales and customer treatment.”The company is establishing three sales centres in northern England, Leicestershire and south-east England.Hucknall admitted: “Dealers take a large margin and by eliminating that cut we have reduced the price of two of our cars.”This translates into the twin turbo 3-litre V6 M400 coming down £6,000 from £61,995 to £55,995 while the 3R’s price has been reduced by £2,505 to £49,995.Noble sells around 270 cars a year, the vast majority are bought by UK customers although its Cincinnati, Ohio distributor believes there is a potential for 70 units.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Wife of Azeri banker spent £30k on chocolates at Harrods in one

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

She also spent thousands on La Perla and Agent Provocateur lingerie, children’s books, and a ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ Disney fairtytale makeover experience for children.Such was her love of luxury design wear that one one day in February 2015 she paid a bill of £286,110 for Christian Dior items.The scale of her spending was laid bare for the first time yesterday following the release of a tranche of High Court documents linked to the NCA investigation.Mrs Hajiyeva’s transactions – on three separate loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband’s bank – show she also spent:£5,650 on food and drink at The Burger Bar, where burgers cost between £20 and £29, an Australian Wagyu sirloin steak is £75 and a bottle of champagne £88£133,220 on Dennis Basso designer clothes in one day£250,000 in the store’s perfumeryThe documents list spending by department and do not contain details of individual items bought, so it is possible goods from one area of the store were paid for in another or could also have been a total bill for purchases over a period of time from that department.Some of the bigger transactions, including six-figure sums, are not itemised at all or appear in categories such as “international” or “non-trade services”. Using so-called ‘McMafia’ anti-corruption laws which came into force last year the NCA wanted to establish how the couple could afford to buy an £11.5 million Knightsbridge house a few minutes’ walk from Harrods and a £10.5 million golf club in Ascot, Berkshire.As part of the UK’s first ever Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) which were granted against the mother-of-three a judge found she spent more than £16 million in the luxury department store. A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels – guide price £15,000 – £20,000Credit:NCA A Magic Alhambra bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels - guide price £15,000 - £20,000 On one day alone in 2014 Mrs Hajiyeva, the wife of jailed banker Jahangir Hajiyev, paid a £53,200 bill at the Harrods sandwich bar and furniture concession outlet, which had been opened that year by the British designer Tom Dixon.It is thought the amount was paid to settle an accumulated bill which she had run up at Tom Dixon’s outlet over a number of weeks.Documents released by the High Court yesterday showed that during the course of 2014 she spent a total of £167,000 at Dixon’s furniture and cafe outlet, which boasted that it served “the classic British snack with a refined twist” as well as selling items of his designer furniture.Prices for a sandwich at the Harrods Tom Dixon concession, which has since closed, varied from £12.90 for the ‘London Porker’, a bbq hog roast with apple coleslaw, and £18.50 for poached lobster with mango relish in a soft glazed roll.His furniture came at a cost, with a wingback chair as much as £3,500, a book case £2,000 and a console table £2,550. A newly released document outlining Mr Hajiyeva’s net worth in 2011 said he owned a £15 million villa on the Italian island of Sardinia, as well as a £5 million house and a £2 million flat in Baku.In witness statements submitted to the High Court, the NCA said Mrs Hajiyeva may have needed to raise money to maintain her lifestyle following her husband’s arrest, with high-value jewellery worth more than £1.5 million sold off at Christies between December 2015 and June 2016.A £1.1 million Cartier diamond ring, as well as 49 items of jewellery worth more than £400,000 were seized last year by the NCA. The wife of a convicted Azerbaijani banker spent £30,000 in one day on luxury chocolates during an incredible £16 million spending spree at Harrods.Zamira Hajiyeva made the payment at the store’s gourmet Belgian chocolate outlet Godiva, which provides luxury chocolate hampers for as much as £600, along with bespoke gift sets.Court papers have revealed she spent £1.6 million a year at the shop in Knightsbridge between 2006 and 2016, including £1 million in the toy department and £5.75 million at the jewellery designers Boucheron and Cartier.In one single transaction in the toy department – where toy prams cost almost £500, stuffed giant bears £2,500 and a life sized Winnie the Pooh bear £999 – Mrs Hajiyeva spent £790,000.Her extravagant spending was revealed after an investigation into the source of her wealth was mounted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), following the conviction of her husband on corruption charges. A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2m A Cartier diamond ring worth £1.2mCredit:NCA A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000Credit:NCA Mrs Hajiyeva’s husband was the chairman of the state-controlled International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA) from 2001 until his resignation in 2015 and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in his native country for fraud and embezzlement. The court ordered him to pay the IBA around 39 million US dollars (around £30 million) and confiscated his watch, worth around £50,000, a gold plaque inscribed with his name and position, and a gold coin.Mrs Hajiyeva, who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2015, is also facing extradition to Azerbaijan over allegations of embezzlement.Her application to the Home Office for a so called ‘golden visa’ meant for wealthy investors included evidence of a Swiss bank account with deposited funds “in excess of £1 million”, while a sum of just over £1 million was invested in UK Government bonds. When Mrs Hajiyeva unsuccessfully attempted to overturn one of the UWOs in October, her lawyers claimed her husband’s conviction was the result of a “show trial” and that his guilt “had been determined by the presidential administration in advance”.”The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on herpart or that of her husband,” they said.They also said the UWO was part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and did not involve the finding of any criminal offence.In a statement Harrods said: “Harrods compliance with, and adherence to, the strongest anti-money laundering policies is a fundamental principle of the company’s operations. In this instance, where Harrods cooperated with a wider investigation, there has never been any suggestion that Harrods has operated in any way other than in full compliance with the highest regulatory and legal standards.”Harrods also said on Tuesday night that since tills are often moved around departments without their name being changed it was not necessarily the case that all items allocated to a particular till were bought in the department with that name. A sapphire and ruby serpent pendant by Boucheron, which has a guide price of £80,000 to £120,000 (left) and a diamond panther pendant by Cartier worth up to £9,000 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. During her 10-year spending spree Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, also blew £433,389.79 on Cartier jewellery in one day and paid six-figure sums shopping for fashion brands including Dennis Basso, Celine and Fendi. read more

HSE regrets but understands why Graces mother wont accept their apology

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Updated at 1.55pmTHE MOTHER OF the woman at the centre of the Grace case has said that she doesn’t accept the HSE’s apology, saying that she felt “it didn’t come from the heart”.The HSE responded this afternoon, saying that they ‘it was to their regret’ that they heard Grace’s mother wouldn’t accept their apology, but that they understood why.The Grace case concerns a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was in care. Allegations arose that she had suffered years of abuse, but despite the allegations she remained at the home for 20 years.Interview with Grace’s motherOn RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, a reporter who spoke with Grace’s birth mother said that she had regularly phoned up to check in on Grace, and that she was always told that Grace was doing well.Although these check-ins on Grace were always initiated by her mother, HSE did contact Grace’s mother for permission to conduct medical procedures such as dental work.Over the years before the case was made public, Grace’s mother was never informed of the sexual abuse claims, and only first learned of them in 2009.When she heard of the allegations, she immediately demanded the removal of Grace from the foster home.Grace’s mother said: Mar 6th 2017, 1:54 PM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 1:54 PM 22,377 Views I don’t trust them, the past nine years have been a living hell for me and it’s still that way.The HSE’s responseIn a statement released this afternoon, the HSE said:“It is genuinely to our regret, but we understand why Grace’s mother cannot accept our apology now.  We do hope that in the future she may be in a position to do so.”The HSE went on to confirm that they would work fully with the commission of inquiry, and said that the issue was a complex one. HSE ‘regrets but understands’ why Grace’s mother won’t accept their apology “The past nine years have been a living hell for me,” Grace’s mother told RTÉ Investigates. The fact she and others have so many unanswered questions is indicative of just how complex this matter is over a twenty year period. All that we know and can find to date is in the two reports published and in the Conor Dignam report which the Government commissioned as a precursor to the Commission of Inquiry. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And that made me happy that she was happy. That’s what I was made to believe, that’s what I was always told.The HSE released a statement to RTÉ on whether Grace’s mother should have been told, saying that was “best dealt with in the upcoming commission of investigation”.Grace’s mother said that the “reports were very harrowing” and she couldn’t “look at in any detail”.She maintained that she didn’t accept the HSE’s apology, saying that she felt they should have contacted her personally to apologise. https://jrnl.ie/3272650 center_img Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie “[The HSE’s apology] wasn’t coming from the heart, I won’t accept that apology, no one picked up the phone, nobody [did that for me], and I don’t accept their apology. 45 Comments Short URL Once again the HSE can only apologise to Grace and her mother and say that we genuinely are very sorry for all of the failings in her care and in our system.The HSE also clarified media reports that claimed misinformation over the weekend.Some reports said that one of the three members of the panel that decided to leave Grace in the foster home was now in a senior role in Tusla; the HSE say that this is not true, and that all three individuals are retired from the HSE and are in receipt of a pension.Reports also suggested that the HSE didn’t engage with gardaí until three years after the Devine report, which they say is also incorrect. Throughout the period from 2011, further live garda investigations linked to the former foster home and the Grace case continued throughout 2012, 2013, and 2014 which were the subject of ongoing contact, including correspondence and provision of additional information and files, to the gardaí by HSE staff in the South East.Commenting on the interview, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said that it was an “enormous omission that she wasn’t informed that those allegations existed”, but said that the important thing was that the woman known as Grace is safe now, and has been since 2009.Two reports looking into the case were published last week. The terms of reference for a commission of investigation into the case of the young woman known as Grace will be announced tomorrow.The full interview with Grace’s mother will be aired tonight on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live.Read: Allegations of abuse about another child at ‘Grace’ home reported to gardaí in 1996Grace case: 47 children went through foster home where there were abuse concerns Share62 Tweet Email My understanding before the allegations was that she was happy, she was attending her day services, and that she was in a loving caring home.last_img read more

La Center man held on 1M bail in kidnapping sexual assault case

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA La Center man is accused of kidnapping and sexual assault after law enforcement drove by and later arrested him when his victim kicked the horn in his car as he forced himself on her, according to court records.Douglas L. Braaten, 61, is accused in Multnomah County Circuit Court of two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree unlawful sexual penetration following his arrest Tuesday night. He also was arrested on suspicion of patronizing a prostitute. According to court records, the victim was eating at a Portland 7-Eleven on Tuesday evening when Braaten, who was in his car, honked his horn at her.Once he got her attention, he offered her a ride, and she eventually accepted. Court records say she asked Braaten to drop her off elsewhere in Portland, but he passed it and kept going.When she alerted him that they missed the turn, Braaten said he’d loop around, but again passed the location.last_img read more

Congressional Signatures Needed on NAFTA Renegotiation Letter

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBoth the House and Senate are organizing letters to Robert Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), urging him to prioritize the interest of the American agricultural industry during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. The House letter is led by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) and the Senate letter is led by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and John Thune (R- SD).Please access the Soy Action Center and urge your representatives to sign on to their respective letters. It’s critical for the USTR to receive a clear bipartisan message from Congress on the importance of preserving the advantages U.S. agriculture has seen under NAFTA.The letters, attached, highlight the significant gains for the agriculture industry under NAFTA, namely quadrupling U.S. ag exports to Canada between 1993 and 205, and emphasizes that renegotiations must preserve the economic increases NAFTA has seen over the years.The Senate sign on deadline is COB Friday, June 23 and the House sign on deadline is COB Wednesday, June 28. Again, you can access the Soy Action Center here to urge your representatives to sign on to these important letters.last_img read more

Elderly woman hospitalized after being struck by car

September 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly woman has been hospitalized after she was struck by a car, Monday morning.Hialeah Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene, near Seventh Street and Ninth Avenue, where the woman was struck.The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition after sustaining a bone fracture.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Racial Justice Advocates Criticize Police Handling of Threats

September 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBy The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general’s office is continuing to investigate allegations of threats against the only Black woman in the Vermont legislature as racial justice advocates have criticized local law enforcement’s handling of the case.Democratic State Rep. Kiah Morris announced last month on her Facebook page that she wouldn’t seek re-election, citing “divisive” and “dangerous” political discourse on social media.Kiah Morris (Courtesy Photo/United Counseling Service Vermont)She told Vermont Public Radio she was the victim of vandalism and a home invasion and found swastikas painted on trees near her home. She says when she told the Bennington Police Department the response was underwhelming.Police Chief Paul Doucette has defended his department’s handling of the case.Attorney General T.J. Donovan says, “For whatever reason, there was a breakdown in Bennington” but has not accused police of wrongdoing.___Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.netlast_img read more

Mayak the crowd funded Russian satellite nearing launch

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_img © 2016 Tech Xplore Russian engineers working on the Mayak crowd funded satellite project have announced that the satellite is nearing a launch date—once in space, the team claims that it will be the most visible object in the night sky. The project has been instigated by engineers and others with the University of Mechanical Engineering in Moscow. The team reported that they had collected a million and a half rubles (approximately USD 20,000) via the Boomstarter crowd-funding site which has been added to other donations—together, it has been enough to build and test the satellite.The project has three main goals, the first is to prove that such an effort can work, i.e. that crowd-funding can be used to pay for space research projects. The team wants to show that space exploration is no longer confined to just governments or wealthy groups or individuals—and that going forward, most any group or person with a passion for space exploration can start a project and get it funded. The second goal is for the satellite to do its job, which is to unfurl and use its large swath of reflectors to reflect rays from the sun back to Earth—which will make it the brightest object in the night sky. Mayak was designed and built at UME. The third goal, which requires further funding, is to build an aerodynamic braking system for satellites that can be used to bring them back down to Earth, removing the need to add an engine. As a side project, the team also has plans to build a model of the Mayak satellite to be housed in Moscow’s Museum of Cosmonautics.As with other crowd-funding projects, interested donors were given several options, from donating as little as 300 rubles (USD 5) to 2,500, to 300,000 (USD 4,000). Giving more money meant gaining more access to the project and the people working on it, with the top group receiving an invitation to watch the launch on-site. The team notes that like other satellite projects, users who wish to do so will be able to follow the path of the satellite using a smart phone application. The team has also announced that its partner, the Russian Space launch company, Roscosmos, has confirmed that Mayak may be aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket as early as the middle of this year. Citation: Mayak, the crowd funded Russian satellite nearing launch (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-mayak-crowd-funded-russian-satellite.html Explore further Students to build a third space debris observation satellite This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bengals intellectuals call for Mamata as PM in unison

August 31, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Prominent intellectuals from Bengal stood by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, for dividing people on religious lines and damaging the secular fabric of the country.All the intellectuals who joined a programme at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday with the slogan of ‘check the communal forces from unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal, an embodiment of communal harmony’, echoed the opinion that Banerjee is the only viable alternative in the country to fight Modi and his fellow BJP leaders, who carry with them a baggage of bigotry and intolerance. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe intellectuals also made it clear that they want to see the Trinamool supremo, who has the capability to ease the tension and fear prevailing among the people across the country, as the Prime Minister. They also strongly objected to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark that Bengalis have been turned to Kangals (beggars). Renowned artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya said: “Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. A political party with a saffron flag is trying to spark communal tension in Bengal. We came across a rally (one attended by Amit Shah) while coming here. Where are these people coming from? They certainly do not look like our fellow citizens. They were shouting objectionable slogans and showing gestures which the people here in Bengal are not familiar with.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We must prevent the extremism and intolerance triggered by some people in the state. They are coming from outside the state and maligning Bengal. Our Chief Minister had hinted many days ago at the attempts to spread communal tension, which is being witnessed now. These communal forces are targeting Banerjee as they are scared of her. We must build opinions and support her,” he added. Economist Abhirup Sarkar said that the saffron party has been trying to destroy institutions including the Reserve Bank of India, which gives an idea as to which direction our democracy is heading toward. “The institutions which are supposed to keep a vigil on the ‘Chowkidar’, have been destroyed,” said Sarkar. Well-known singer Kabir Suman said that they must lend support to the Chief Minister, who has given a clarion call to oust Modi. “They have seen a revolution in the development works initiated by her. BJP has waged a war and she must win to restore communal harmony,” the singer said. He also said that he would have slapped Shah, had he been present when the former had termed Bengalis as ‘Kangals’.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Club Med Bali will com

August 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterClub Med Bali will complete an ongoing full renovation project of the resort, and is relaunching as the perfect location for a Family, Wellness & Cultural holiday in 2017. Located in the serene and peaceful enclave of Nusa Dua, the unique and inimitable Premium All-Inclusive resort will offer a newly improved range of plentiful activities for guests from all ages and walks of life come 2017.Must-try experiencesA holistic holiday in nature for all members of the family, the new Club Med Bali is designed with “Must-Try Experiences” to inspire lifelong learning, appreciation for different cultures, a calm and collected state of mind and develop priceless memories with loved ones.“A key trend of the travel industry: more travellers are seeking unique experiences during their holidays, be it a cultural immersion or an offbeat wellness retreat,” shared Henri Giscard d’Estaing, CEO of Club Med. “The pioneer of the Premium All-Inclusive concept, Club Med is well equipped to offer our guests more than just a relaxing holiday – our exceptional locations and well-developed activities constantly undergo reviews and upgrading exercises to provide the best resort experience on top of our Premium All-Inclusive concept.”Guests can enjoy the following new activities together with their loved ones:Discover the mystical Balinese culture togetherA newly constructed Arts & Crafts studio offering cultural art activities,Delectable and authentic Indonesian cuisine and cooking demonstrationsInsightful encounters with traditional Balinese ceremoniesEnriching Bahasa Melayu language lessonsCultural evenings on the beach with entrancing Balinese dance and fire performancesIdyllic and contemporary Zen Pool space to unwind inSunrise and sunset yoga by the beachPeaceful meditation sessionsLush and exotic Balinese spa packages at the spa by Mandara SpaExciting water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and more in the majestic and sun-dappled waves of the Bali seaBotanical track showcasing the lush and fragrant nature highlights of BaliIndulgent fresh seafood dinners at gourmet lounge, The Deck.The perfect learning playground for childrenNot forgetting the needs and wants of the little ones, Club Med Bali offers a comprehensive Kids’ Club programme and curated services that expose children aged four months to 17 years to the wonders of Bali’s rich culture and lush nature. Housed within the lively and vivid Family Space and run by specially trained Club Med GOs, educational activities such as dancing, petit chef cooking, painting and other arts and crafts serve to spark the children’s enthusiasm and imagination, as they run and play in organised sessions around the resort.A seamless fusion of modern and traditionalThe three-year renovation project saw existing facilities, such as the rooms, transformed into artfully designed areas with a blend of contemporary functionality and authentic Balinese style. New buildings such as the tranquil and luxurious Zen Pool, gourmet lounge The Deck, colourful and inviting Family Space and Splash Park were added to the resort to provide havens for both adults and children to be in their element.Along with a larger than life statue of the Buddha, numerous Balinese Temples occupy the resort grounds as well, lending a touch of spiritual Zen to the atmosphere. Providing a harmonious blend of cultural and progressive architectural highlights, guests are welcome to recline and luxuriate to the fullest during their stay at Club Med Bali.“For anyone looking for the ultimate destination to spend a family holiday on one of the world’s most truly magical islands, Club Med Bali has it all,” says Xavier Desaulles, Club Med’s South East Asia Pacific CEO. “With these latest additions, you can see that the new Club Med Bali has something for everyone, guaranteeing the perfect Family, Wellness and Culture stay.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Waiting for a push from Guterres

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgON THE second day of the Cyprus conference on Thursday, Turkey sought to gain a tactical advantage with its foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu telegraphing to the Greek Cypriots they should forget about the scrapping of foreign guarantees or full withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island post-settlement.“Greece and the Greek Cypriot side expect no troops and no guarantees. This is a dream they should awake from,” Cavusoglu told the Turkish press on the sidelines of the ongoing conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.The aggressive remarks came a day before UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to join the conference, sparking speculation that Ankara’s top diplomat aimed to force a ‘mini crisis’ ahead of the UN chief’s arrival and to position the process on a different track.Cavusoglu described the ongoing round of Cyprus negotiations as a “final” series of talks, according to Anadolu news agency.“We cannot continue negotiations forever,” Cavusoglu told reporters.“This conference on Cyprus is the final one and there should be a conclusion at this round in Crans-Montana,” he added, calling on the Greek Cypriot leadership to bring “acceptable proposals” to the table.Greek media claims about an alleged plan to cut Turkish troop numbers in Cyprus by 80 per cent were dismissed by Ankara earlier on Thursday, Anadolu said.Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides demurred when asked to respond to Cavusoglu’s remarks, except to say that, given the talks are delicately poised, the parties involved should avoid airing such views.During a press briefing in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, confirmed that Guterres was en route to Switzerland as scheduled.He declined to say how long the UN chief would remain at Crans-Montana.But UN Secretariat sources told the Cyprus News Agency that Guterres would spend at least two days there.Earlier in the day, a report in The Guardian suggested that “privately, the UK has been pressuring Turkey to accept full troop withdrawal”, to be replaced by a multilateral force, either EU- or UN-run, as guarantor.“Ankara has suggested it will propose reducing troop numbers by 80 per cent at the conference but has called a full withdrawal ‘unrealistic’,” the Guardian wrote, citing a well-briefed source as saying “it’s going to require patience.”The conference in the Swiss resort is taking place on two tracks, or tables: internal issues are being negotiated by the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, while taking part in the talks on the external aspect are the two sides in Cyprus as well as Turkey, Greece and the UK.It is widely acknowledged, however, that a breakthrough on security and guarantees is what will make or break this latest attempt at hammering out a Cyprus deal.Reporting from Crans-Montana, the CyBC’s correspondent cited Turkish-Cypriot sources close to the talks as saying their side was ‘not averse’ to considering the multinational force allegedly proposed by the UK, provided that the force included Turkish troops as well.The day’s work began at around 10.30am Cyprus time with negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teams, discussing a range of issues.President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci joined the talks shortly after noon.The UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide met with Cavusoglu, and then twice with Akinci.Later, Eide requested an unscheduled meeting with Anastasiades and Akinci, which delayed the wider conference by an hour and a half.Christodoulides said that meeting was held because the UN official sought to take stock of developments up to that point.But reports said problems arose during the day due to the issue of the four freedoms relating to the status of Turkish nationals in Cyprus after a settlement.The evening conference – security and guarantees – got underway shortly after 8.30pm, concluding at around 10.30pm.On the way out, Anastasiades said there was no crisis but there had been some ‘complications’ over the four freedoms.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

House committee meeting cancelled after no shows

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWednesday’s session of the House environment committee, scheduled for 11am, was postponed after chairman Adamos Adamou found only three of ten members had shown up.Adamou said he invited House Speaker Demetris Syllouris to the room where the session was supposed to take place, so that he could witness the image of a near-empty meeting of the environment committee.He added that Wednesday’s session was extremely important because one of the issues on the agenda had been the planned cutting down of trees in the Akadimias park in Aglandjia to make room for the new, wider road being built.The Akel MP said this was not the first time he raised the issue with the speaker’s office, which he claimed is due to the scheduling of other committee sessions at the same time, with deputies on both committees forced to skip one.Syllouris, Adamou said, pledged to raise the issue at Friday’s meeting of party leaders and demand the strict implementation of regulations that call for two-hour sessions and sanctions against MPs missing committees without an excuse.“I have no intention of continuing this process of worrying whether I am going to have a session of the environment committee or not, which is why I expect solutions on Friday so that the committee can function properly,” he said.In the room at the time the session was scheduled for were only Adamou, the Greens’ Charalambos Theopemptou and Akel’s Evanthia Savva.Akel’s third committee member, Nicos Kettiros, as well as Solidarity’s Michalis Yiorgallas, returned from a trip early on Wednesday and thus were excused from the session.Disy’s Yiorgos Karoullas and Annita Demetriou were at the time still sitting on the Education committee, which was scheduled to convene from 8 to 10am but ran late, as was Diko’s Christos Orphanides.Disy’s Solon Kasinis and Diko’s Charalambos Pittokopitis did not show up for the environment committee session.On the issue of cutting trees in the Akadimias park, Adamou called on the Forestry Department to cease operations scheduled for Thursday until the committee has had a chance to discuss the issue.He said planning for Aglandjia’s main avenues must be reworked to avoid undermining the public’s quality of life.On behalf of a citizens’ movement for the Akadimias Park, Petroula Petrou said that all organized groups opposing the planning for Larnacos and Aglandjia avenues have gathered 4.000 signatures from local residents against any interference in forest parks but have been completely ignored.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

ENT doctors join Gesy optouts

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgEAR, nose and throat (ENT) doctors of the private sector said on Thursday they do not intend to join the national health scheme, joining the ranks of several other private practices who have decided to opt out.In a statement, the Cyprus Society of Otorhinolaryngology called on its members not to register with the national health scheme (Gesy) noting that, as it stands, the scheme “is not viable and will result in the downgrading of healthcare services provided to patients.”The society said that a number of issues regarding the operation of Gesy remain vague, and that the demands they recently laid out for participation were not being met.Private-practice doctors will be called to enter into contracts with the organisation implementing Gesy.But primarily due to concerns over remuneration, to date a number of professional groups have either voiced reservations about participating or outright said they will not.Private doctors fear the financial package they are being offered to participate in Gesy is not enough of an incentive.Last week endocrinologists announced they would not be joining the scheme, citing a deficient budget that would lead to low-quality health services.Cardiologists, despite not being fully on board, said each would decide for themselves.Earlier, paediatricians and gastroenterologists likewise said they would not be joining.The ‘desertions’ have angered government officials, who hit back accusing interest groups of seeking to sabotage efforts at introducing a universal healthcare system and of blackmailing the government.However the health minister has put on a brave face, saying he is optimistic that the required number of private doctors would agree to join Gesy.An official said on Thursday that doctors’ registrations would be held in two phases. Those physicians registering with Gesy during the first phase would be offered more incentives than those holding out.Under the government roadmap, contributions for Gesy will begin as of March 2019.The first phase of the scheme is to be rolled out on June 1 of the same year. This concerns outpatient care provided by personal physicians, specialists, pharmacies and labs.Gesy will come into full swing as of June 1, 2020 with inpatient care. You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Garcia Budgets are responsible invest in our future

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Rep. Daniela R. Garcia voted in support of the state General Fund and School Aid budgets for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 today, sending both to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature well before the Oct. 1 deadline.“There are many things we should be pleased about with these budgets: They’re fiscally responsible, they’re fair and they’re ahead of schedule again,” said Rep. Garcia, R-Holland. “We’re dealing with many important issues in the state of Michigan and I’m proud of the work we did in the House Committee on Appropriations to address many of these. The fact that House Republicans got done well before the deadline demonstrates a commitment to our communities so that local governments and school districts are not left wondering about their budgets this summer.”In reference to the General Fund budget, Rep. Garcia said: “We’ve increased our financial investment in roads and infrastructure, public safety, veteran care and health services. We have worked very hard in the Appropriations Committee to be fiscally responsible.”The School Aid budget allocates an all-time high $14.2 billion to Michigan school districts, continuing House Republicans’ commitment to education.“All eight public school districts and charter public schools in the 90th District will see a funding increase of $120 per student for the 2016-17 school year,” said Rep. Garcia. “We are continuing the trend of responsibly investing our tax dollars in our public schools and addressing the needs of our students.” Categories: Garcia News,News 08Jun Rep. Garcia: Budgets are responsible, invest in our futurelast_img read more

Gov Snyder signs Rep Calleys bill to safeguard election integrity

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Legislation ensures qualified voter file is kept up to dateLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley to protect the integrity of elections in Michigan was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder today.Calley’s legislation, Public Act 126 of 2018, requires the Secretary of State to keep the list of people who are registered and qualified to vote in Michigan up to date by checking it against U.S. Social Security Administration’s death records. It also requires continued participation in a multi-state program through which information is shared about the current address and registration status of voters.“Election integrity and security are vital concerns,” said Calley, of Portland. “We must do everything we can to ensure them that our qualified voter file is being held to the highest standard possible. When someone passes away or moves to another state, it’s important to update our voter rolls promptly to eliminate the possibility of voter fraud.”While the Secretary of State already utilized these resources to update the qualified voter file, Calley said it was not required law. This law ensures the practice continues in the future.In addition to Calley’s bill, Snyder also signed into law two other bills clarifying current practices of the Secretary of State. Public Act 127 of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Tom Barrett, spells out the procedure by which absentee voters can change their mind and spoil their absentee ballot. Public Act 129 of 2018, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller, clarifies the current list of acceptable forms of identification for election purposes.“Establishing these current practices as law ensures the Secretary of State and local election officials are all on the same page, and provides residents with confidence in the database of qualified voters,” said Calley, who serves as vice chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee.### Categories: Calley News 03May Gov. Snyder signs Rep. Calley’s bill to safeguard election integritylast_img read more

Rep Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

August 9, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park.The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature.The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road located in the township.“Adding a parking lot will improve a quiet neighborhood park dedicated to those who have served and sacrificed for us in the military,” Hornberger said. “It will create a safer environment for kids and everyone else using it because cars won’t have to park on neighborhood streets.”The park features a ball field and play area along with tributes to the military.The state budget for the fiscal year starting in October also includes increased support for road repairs, workforce development and K-12 schools, along with significantly increased investment in school security. Overall, however, the budget does not increase government spending.The budget bills, House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848, advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.### 12Jun Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park Categories: Hornberger News,Newslast_img read more