TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,736.17, up 61.16 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 27 cents, or 7.32 per cent, at $3.96 on 29,041,280 shares. Bombardier tried to reassure investors Thursday at their annual meeting that investments in a series of new planes and trains will eventually improve the manufacturer’s lagging share price.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 1.31 per cent, at $8.50 on 7,348,076 shares. Osisko says it will have to shut down its Canadian Malartic mill for as long as three weeks after a fire broke out late Wednesday night.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up one cent, or 0.08 per cent, at $12.20 on 6,465,265 shares.Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain-handler. Down one cent, or 0.06 per cent, at $15.97 on 4,760,100 shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 23 cents, or three per cent, at $7.90 on 4,435,983 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 23 cents, or 0.79 per cent, at $29.30 on 4,180,172 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,355.31, up 9.62 points):Africa Oil Corp. (TSXV:AOI). Oil and gas. Up 42 cents, or 5.41 per cent, at $8.18 on 5,269,223 shares.New Guinea Gold Corp. (TSXV:NGG). Miner. Unchanged at one cent on 2,381,447 shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Auto manufacturing. Up 96 cents, or 2.25 per cent, at $43.64 on 1,438,304 shares. Magna is so optimistic about an improving trend in the global auto industry that it has boosted its 2012 outlook to project a record year of sales for its auto parts business. Canada’s largest auto parts maker, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said Thursday that it now expects to book between US$29 billion and $30.5 billion in sales this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by News Staff Posted May 10, 2012 6:31 pm MDT
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The average single worker in Greece faced a tax wedge of 40.2 per cent in 2016, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report ‘Taxing Wages 2017’. The term ‘tax wedge’ refers to the difference between before-tax and after-tax wages, including the tax paid by both the employee and the employer and Greece ranks 14th among the organisation’s 34 countries, marking an increase of 1.06 per cent since 2015. The OECD tax wedge average stands at 36 per cent and many countries provide benefits to families with children. In Greece, income tax and employer social security contributions account for 69 per cent of the total tax wedge, while the average OECD stands at 77 per cent. According to the annual report, the increased tax burden in Greece was due to hikes in income tax and social security contributions of workers and employers. A family with two children and one working parent in Greece takes home 77 per cent of the nominal salary compared to the OECD average of 85.7 per cent. But the greatest burden comes from social security contributions which are about 50 per cent higher that the average OECD rate, for both workers and employers. More specifically, the employer pays 19.9 per cent of a worker’s salary for social security – compared to 14.4 per cent in the OECD. The workers pay 12.6 per cent of their salary, compared to the OECD average of 8.2 per cent.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A body found beneath a bush at Dunstan Reserve in Brunswick West on Monday morning by a passerby has been identified as Paul Costa. The 43-year-old father of four from Coburg, was found wearing an expensive suit. He was last seen alive by his father Alex who said that he was under the impression his son was well dressed for a date. “We don’t know why he was wearing his suit and dress shoes,” the grieving father, who described his son as “very kind” told the Herald Sun.“He was very private, we thought he had a date.” Mr Costa was last seen on Sunday at around 9.00 pm when he left his home in Coburg driving his red 1999 Nissan Patrol with the registration PJJ 199, which has since been missing.As homicide detectives continue their search into the case, they have released an image of the car in the hope that it will be found for further clues into the investigation.Mr Costa’s heartbroken family say they have no idea why he was at the Reserve in Brunswick, and are pleading that anyone with information come forward. “He would never hurt anyone, he was soft hearted, he didn’t deserve this,” said Paul’s sister Cathy.“If there’s anyone who made contact with Paul on the Sunday, via phone or saw him, could they please contact Crime Stoppers so we can fill in the missing links.”A relative who requested to remain anonymous, said that the incident had come as “a complete surprise and a total shock”.“There was no indication or warning and we have no idea what’s happened,” they said.“At this point, we’re just waiting to see what the police investigations uncover.”A trail of blood was found running from the reserve’s car park to the location Mr Costa’s body was found. At this stage homicide detectives believe he was assaulted and died on Sunday after 4.00 pm, however it is yet unknown whether an autopsy has revealed the cause of death. Anyone with any information on Paul Costa’s death is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au
The Army’s announcement as to what installations would absorb the loss of 40,000 soldiers to accommodate discretionary spending caps may have been timed to produce a favorable outcome for the service when lawmakers begin taking up the defense budget, according to several analysts.“One likely reason for the timing is they’re trying to refocus attention on themselves and the cut in hopes of maybe getting this cut reversed or preventing additional ones,” Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CQ Roll Call.Beyond the debate in Congress over fiscal 2016 defense appropriations and next year’s authorization bill, the Army also is looking to influence Pentagon discussions over initial drafts of the FY 2017 budget, according to the story.The Army is in the position of shrinking its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018 because defense officials didn’t respond more quickly when the Budget Control Act was enacted.“They have to continue cutting because they didn’t put together a plan to live within the budget caps,” Harrison said. “They’ve been doing a lot of short-term budget maneuvers.”The Army says the timing of the decision was determined by Secretary John McHugh’s approved of the plan. “The secretary made a decision regarding these reductions on 08 July [and] we could not make any announcements until a decision was finalized,” said spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino.The Army’s latest force reductions cutbacks stem from “fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense strategic and budgetary guidance,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dell has kicked off its annual President’s Day sale a bit early — it’s not even Valentine’s Day yet — with discounts on a variety of hardware. Some of the discounts are bigger than others, but if you were already considering buying a gigantic TV, laptop or other device, there are a bunch of deals here worth a look.Many of the discounts are available right now, with more scheduled to come online over the next few days. The company is giving members of its rewards program early access to a handful of special “Doorbuster” deals. And we’re checking with Dell about exactly when the sale ends — the press release says Feb. 18 at 7:59 a.m. ET (4:59 a.m. PT), but the circular I received in the mail says Feb. 20.Here are some of the best deals we found. Sarah Tew/CNET Bluetooth Dell Intel LG Read the CNET review Computers Speakers TVs Laptops See at Dell Survive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budget: Save on flowers, gifts and more.The best dating sites for Valentine’s Day and beyond: Get swiping! Dell is currently selling a midrange configuration of its older Alienware m15 for $1,450 — about $150 off the usual price. On Feb. 19, it will begin selling the brand new Alienware m15, announced at CES in January, discounted by $400. That deal features an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, though the company said that the new model would be available configured with Nvidia’s newer RTX card. Still, the President’s Day deal is a good one — and worth waiting for. See at Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Dell’s new XPS 15 revealed Comments Read the CNET review This is a decent deal on the 15-inch version of the XPS. It comes equipped with a beautiful, high-resolution and accurate broad-gamut display. And it incorporates the Nvidia GTX 1050 gaming GPU, which raises playtime performance in general-purpose laptops. This configuration features an eighth-gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Dell is also selling the two-in-one version of the XPS 15 for $1,400 — that’s more than $300 off of the usual price. See it Read the CNET review Sarah Tew/CNET 2 We haven’t reviewed this particular LG TV. But CNET’s resident expert, David Katzmaier, has certified it as a legit deal on the screen-size-to-cost basis alone. This appears to be the 2018 version of Dell’s nearly perfect XPS 13 — we’ve asked Dell for clarification and will update this post when it comes. Either way, the configuration is legit: You get an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. But there’s no touchscreen, and you’re stuck with Dell’s annoying below-the-screen webcam, which has been fixed in the 2019 edition of this laptop. Sarah Tew Sarah Tew/CNET See at Dell 1:49 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Dell XPS 13: $1,200 (save $270) This terrific Bluetooth speaker cost $300 when it debuted in 2015. At $90, it’s an absolute steal — you get impressive sound quality, great connectivity range and excellent battery life. Plus, it’s waterproof. Justin Jaffe/CNET Review • XPS 15 is Dell’s high-end midsize workhorse Now playing: Watch this: Alienware m15 with Intel Core i7: $1,650 (save $400) $1,499 Dell XPS 15 Mentioned Above Dell XPS 15 – Core i5 TFT Tags See at Dell Read the CNET review Dell XPS 15: $1,350 (save $160) Ultimate Ears Megaboom: $90 (save $160) The Alienware m15 is shockingly slim, for an Alienware Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Share your voice LG 86-inch 4K Smart HDR Ultra HDTV: $3,000 (save $1,500) See at Dell
The best SUVs for off-roading Driving Detroit: Pushing the fuel economy envelope More about 2020 Ram 1500 Tradesman 4×2 Quad Cab 6’4″ Box More From Roadshow News • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has tech, torque and towing capability in spades 5 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice 22 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Trucks SUVs Comments Preview • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 8:39 Tags Enlarge ImageTruck and SUV owners want automakers to step it up with regards to efficiency. Chevrolet The auto industry as a whole has seen impressive gains in fuel economy in the past two decades, especially in the crossover SUV segment. Pickup trucks and larger SUVs, however, still suffer from pretty ho-hum fuel economy figures. It appears owners have started to take notice as a new Consumer Reports study revealed truck and SUV owners are interested in better fuel economy.Compared to the 42% of owners of all other vehicle types, the study revealed 73% of people driving a large SUV and pickup truck are interested in purchasing a vehicle with better fuel economy. The results follow an EPA report that noted large SUVs and pickups have fallen behind other segments with regards to fuel efficiency.Overall, fuel efficiency is still a high priority for American car buyers. Of the numerous categories, the majority of respondents (37%) said fuel economy is the area in most need of improvement for their next vehicle. The answer topped maintenance costs, purchase price and infotainment by at least 11 percentage points. Digging deeper into the fuel efficiency woes truck and SUV owners feel, they were nearly twice as likely to select fuel efficiency as the trait most desired for their next vehicle compared to owners of other vehicle types.Although the sample size was rather small at 1,078 US adults, 88% agreed fuel economy should continue to rise for all vehicle types. Further, 80% said fuel economy should increase to 40 mpg and the figure is a “worthwhile goal.” This is in contrast to current doings at the federal level. The Trump administration is finalizing weakened fuel economy and emissions regulations, though a handful of automakers have revolted and joined a pact with California that features a compromise standard.On the negative side of things, only 34% of Americans felt automakers truly cared about lowering fuel costs for buyers. The rest disagreed or were unsure.
Kolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya reached the city airport on Saturday night.The duo, who had embarked on expedition to Kanchenjanga, had died a few days back due to their deteriorating health condition. The coffins of the two mountaineers reached the city on Saturday night and then the bodies were taken to Peace Haven. Kuntal’s body was taken to Howrah Mountaineering Club on Sunday morning where state Co-Operation minister Arup Roy, who is also an MLA from Howrah Madhya, paid tribute to him along with a sea of people who assembled to offer their condolence. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHis body was taken to his residence at Kona area. The last rites was performed at the Banstala crematorium in Howrah. Minister of state for Sports and Youth Affairs Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who was supervising the last rites of Kuntal since his arrival in the city airport said: “It is extremely sad. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed me to go to the airport to receive the bodies. We have guidelines for mountaineers and we also conduct thorough health check of those people who go on mountain expedition.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe body of mountaineer Biplab Baidya was also taken to his residence in Sonarpur on Sunday morning. The local people and neighbours turned up in huge number to bid adieu to him. It may be mentioned that Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder – who were on Kanchenjanga expedition along with Kuntal and Biplab had also fallen sick during the Kanchenjanga expedition. They were treated at Kathmandu Hospital and they had reached the city a few days back. Another mountaineer from the state Dipankar Ghosh’s body was airlifted on Saturday and has been brought to Kathmandu. Ghosh had died during his expedition to Mount Makalu in Nepal. His body is expected to reach the state by Tuesday. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing and later died.
4 min read Google-parent Alphabet’s revenue rose 24 percent year-over-year, to $32.32 billion, exceeding expectations. Net revenue also beat expectations, at $25.9 billion. And because of recent tax legislation in the last quarter, the company faced a net loss of $3.02 billion.But to better illustrate those metrics and potential growth areas for the company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat sprinkled in some more tangible numbers about the company’s progress over the last quarter of 2017 and the year overall. Related: The Surprising Ways Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Really Make Their Billions The figures they shared reveal where the company is headed and how its investments in its “three biggest bets,” — hardware, cloud and YouTube — have manifested themselves. 1. Google Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices.From the Google Home speaker to smartphones, tablets, headphones, televisions and even 400 different car models, the Google Assistant is finding its way into more and more devices. Google has sold “tens of millions” of Google devices for the home over the past year, including the Google Home, Mini, Max and Chromecast.“Our AI research and innovation leads the world,” Pichai said during Thursday’s earnings call. “Our mission to better organize the world’s information has been transformed by these technologies, with our search products and the Google Assistant at the heart.” Pichai also noted that “There was a lot of excitement around the Google Assistant at CES from partners and consumers.” (That was thanks in part to the company’s aggressive advertising efforts in Las Vegas.) 2. People rang in the new year with 3 billion Google Photos.“One area that’s really benefiting from our advancements in AI is photography,” Pichai said during Thursday’s call. He noted that the Pixel 2 phone employs machine learning and video stabilization to up the ante on smartphone video standards.He also shared a crazy stat about Google Photos: More than 3 billion photos and videos were uploaded to Google Photos on New Year’s Eve alone. 3. Google Cloud brings in $1 billion per quarter.“Google Cloud, which includes Google Cloud platform and G suite, has reached meaningful scale,” Pichai said. “And I’m excited to share today that it’s already a billion-dollar-per-quarter business. In fact, we believe that Google Cloud platform, based on publicly reported data for the 12 months ending December 2017, is the fastest-growing major public cloud provider in the world.” Also this quarter, Google surpassed 4 million paying customers on G Suite.4. ‘Every month, more than 1.5 billion people come to YouTube.’Those 1.5 monthly visitors are responsible for 1 billion “learning-related video views” daily, Pichai reported. Around the world, there are now localized versions of YouTube in 90 countries — in 80 languages.He also noted that more and more people are watching traditional television programs, such as news events, via YouTube. On Jan. 30, YouTube garnered 5 million live views of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. 5. Google’s self-driving car business clocked 1 million miles in the past six months.Google’s driverless car division, Waymo, has “surpassed 4 million miles of driving in the real world,” Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat reported during the earnings call. It took the Waymo vehicles “only six months to achieve the last million miles, compared to about 18 months for our first million miles,” Porat said. Waymo self-driving vehicles cover 10,000 miles on public roads each day. Porat reminded listeners that in November 2017, Waymo became the only fleet of driverless cars that operates completely autonomously.In 2017, we drove an additional 2.7 billion miles in simulation, multiplying what we learn in the real world. (At its peak, that’s 2,000 complex driving scenarios per second!). pic.twitter.com/ZJ3uCiGbLL— Waymo (@Waymo) February 1, 2018 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer February 1, 2018
News | July 29, 2008 BrachySciences Launches Second AnchorSeed Isotope for Prostate July 30, 2008 – BrachySciences will distribute the AnchorSeed for prostate brachytherapy now with a second isotope, TheraSeed palladium-103, offering physicians the option of utilizing AnchorSeed with the two most commonly used isotopes for prostate brachytherapy, iodine-125 and palladium-103. AnchorSeed’s patent pending design is intended to give existing low dose rate prostate brachytherapy sources the ability to maintain their position within tissue, thereby allowing physicians to confidently place seeds in more strategic and beneficial locations than in the past. It is designed for use both with Mick Applicators as well as with pre-loaded needles.Utilizing a bioabsorbable polymer as in BrachySciences’ portfolio of strand products, AnchorSeed’s design reportedly offers an anchoring effect to help significantly reduce seed misalignment and seed migration. This ability to better maintain its position now allows physicians to place seeds where they may have hesitated in the past. For more information: www.brachysciences.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content June 8, 2009 – SIIM established the Samuel J. Dwyer, III, PhD, FSIIM Memorial Lecture, and to celebrate the session the society featured distinguished speakers in Dr. Dwyer’s areas of expertise and interest on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at SIIM 2009.This lecture named in Dr. Dwyer’s honor was designed to acquaint attendees who never had the pleasure of meeting Dwyer with his history and the accomplishments of his career.The first part of the lecture focused on Dr. Dwyer’s interest in standards for the format and information content of digital medical images. The second speaker elaborated on the original Dwyer storage model, its impact on PACS hardware and software, and how the evolution of storage has affected the way PACS storage is implemented.The final section described early contributions to the field of digital medical imaging and the process of developing a comprehensive SIIM bibliography and repository on the history of imaging informatics.Faculty: Steven C. Horii, MD, FSIIM; University of Pennsylvania Health System, David E. Avrin, MD, PhD, FSIIM; University of California, San FranciscoJoseph N. Gitlin, DPH, FSIIM; Johns Hopkins University FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | June 08, 2009 SIIM Remembers One of the Fathers of PACS News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more
A criminal court in the north on Friday imposed a 30-year prison sentence on a father who was found guilty of raping his underage daughter for two years.The 44-year-old father had raped his daughter multiple times when she was between the ages of 15 and 17.According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the sentence imposed was one of the harshest dished out so far by a criminal court in the north.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: Farrington News State Rep. Jeff Farrington recently told his story about the Utica Community School (UCS) System and how UCS helped ensure his future success. Farrington, R-Utica, went to UCS from elementary school through high school.“The Utica school district is the second largest school district in the state,” said Farrington. “It makes me proud that we can be a model for other districts throughout Michigan. In Utica, we have proven that a large school system can be properly managed and can produce excellent results.”In the video, Farrington tells of his history with UCS, his interactions with the school district as a legislator and describes how UCS means success to him. The “UCS Means Success” program is meant to celebrate the people, events and traditions of Utica Community Schools.“Utica schools not only gave me a great education, but they also allow me to be a better legislator when we discuss education issues; I am fortunate to have the UCS to use as a reference point,” Farrington said.Watch Rep. Farrington’s success story at http://www.ucsmeanssuccess.org/farrington.html### 07May Local school system features Rep. Farrington in success campaign
Categories: News 16May Price offers testimony on House Bill 5560 Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, testifies before the House Local Government Committee regarding House Bill 5560, which modernizes public notice laws and puts taxpayer dollars to more efficient use in Michigan. The bill remains before the committee for further consideration.
Tags: #SB, Roads, Transportation 10Feb Rep. Cole hosts transportation town hall for northern Michigan residents Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona invites residents of northern Michigan to attend a Feb. 27 local town hall meeting in Elk Rapids on transportation issues. Cole will provide information on the May ballot proposal for road funding with special guest state Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama.“I have been getting a lot of questions regarding the language of the ballot proposals and how it will affect local residents in our area,” Cole said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to inform voters and to answer any questions they may have.”The transportation meeting will be Friday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Town Hall building (enter through Sheriff department) located on 321 Bridge St. in Elk Rapids.Cole and Franz invite all northwest Michigan residents to attend the event.For more information regarding the event, contact Cole’s office at (855) DIST-105; or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org#####
Students from Beacon Tree Elementary School received an inside look at state government on Wednesday, courtesy of state Rep. Peter J. Lucido.The students and teacher Kristin Bourgeois toured the state Capitol with Rep. Lucido, who also showed the students the House floor while giving them a brief overview of how Michigan’s legislative branch works. The representative also answered questions from the students on state government and his responsibilities as representative for the 36th District, serving the townships of Shelby, Washington, Bruce and the Village of Romeo.“I enjoy being able to give local students some insights into state government, as well as showing them the historic Capitol building we have here in Michigan,” said Rep. Lucido, a Republican from Shelby Township. “Giving the future leaders of this great state an early chance to learn about our government will hopefully keep them engaged in the process so they can make this state a great place for families to live.”### 19Mar Rep. Lucido welcomes Beacon Tree Elementary students to Lansing Categories: Lucido News
State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has sponsored House Bill 4516, which would allow disabled veterans to obtain a property tax exemption for prior tax years, so long as they file with their local unit of government by this coming December.In 2013, the Legislature passed P.A. 161, also known as the “Dannie Lee Barnes Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Act.” This law provides for a property tax exemption on a homestead owned by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable conditions. To be eligible for the exemption, a veteran must have been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100 percent rate, have a certificate from the U.S. Veterans’ Administration, or its successor, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing, or have been rated by the USDVA as individually unemployable.Because passage of this legislation came after tax bills were sent out in 2013, many qualified veterans were unaware of the benefit and did not file the necessary documentation with their local unit of government. In fact, many veterans still are unaware of this benefit, and those that are, have missed the opportunity to receive the exemption for the 2013 and 2014 tax years. House Bill 4516 would allow a veteran who met the criteria in 2013, 2014 or both, to provide documentation to their local taxing authority before the expiration of the December 2015 Board of Review, and the local unit would then grant the exemption retroactively.“Our veterans have given our state and nation so much and it is unfortunate that the state didn’t do more to inform them of this reasonable benefit,” said Rep. Hughes. “When officials in Fruitport Township brought this issue to my attention, I was more than happy to sponsor the legislation to help correct the oversight.”House Bill 4516 has been referred to the House Tax Policy Committee.“For veterans that deserve this exemption, they should not be penalized for things beyond their control,” said Brian Werschem, Fruitport Township supervisor. “This exemption should be afforded to them.”### 23Apr Hughes bill could save disabled veterans thousands Tags: #SB Categories: Hughes News,News
Share4Tweet2ShareEmail6 SharesMusashi1600 [CC BY 3.0 us], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary 25, 2019; Honolulu Civil BeatIt started out as a wonderful idea: create a largely above-ground rapid transit system connecting the various parts of one of the most densely populated urban areas in the United States. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) was chartered in 2011 to oversee all aspects of the rail system, which was intended to alleviate horrific traffic. Now, a series of events has led to HART being the subject of a federal grand jury and hit with a subpoena for documents. So, what happened, and why does HART leadership say it won’t be so easy to hand over the requested documents?In 2008, a plan for rapid transit was put in front of voters, who approved a tax surcharge that would fund the project along with $1.55 billion from the federal government. The original estimates in 2006 were that the entire project would cost $4 billion. Now, several years behind schedule, the project is estimated to cost at least $9.2 billion.HART was created as a “semi-autonomous public transit authority“ with a board of 10 people overseeing operations. The mayor of Honolulu appoints three board directors, the City Council another three, each of the city and state transportation directors are represented, and a tenth is a community member selected by the rest of the board.A state audit conducted in 2016 suggests that the project had already risen far beyond original cost estimates, and a rail line intended to be fully operational by 2019 is now not expected until 2025. The management letter in that report clearly states there are major concerns about the oversight of the project, its financial management, and the planning for construction and operational concerns in the future. According to one report, while still in draft form, this audit was discussed and shortly afterward there were calls to have HART’s board chair and executive director resign. The board chair did so.Fast-forward two years later, and another audit was conducted, led by Hawaii State Auditor Les Kondo. Kondo’s office requested more than 30,000 documents and complained that what they received was redacted to the point of being incomprehensible. The findings in this audit are even more damning that the earlier one. This time, there is suggestion that employees of a private engineering firm may have been given key roles within HART, including positions that would oversee budget, design, and construction of the project. It is estimated that the amount paid to HDR Engineering would be the equivalent of $506,000 for each worker involved. Of course, at this point, the City Council became anxious and called for further investigation into the issues.This brings us to the current circumstances and the federal grand jury looking into the matter. The subpoena is in fact the third the grand jury has issued. The first demanded documents relating to contracts and other issues, including correspondence with the Federal Transit Authority. The second was for documents relating to HART’s self-reported possible overpayment to property owners along the proposed line.This third grand jury subpoena is for all of the minutes of all HART Board meetings, including ones that were held in closed session. HART’s board chair is saying it may not be possible to offer all of the minutes in unredacted form, and that they will have to confer with the city’s Corporate Counsel to see what can be released. As a clarification, in case you were wondering, HART’s board meetings probably are subject to the state’s sunshine laws, but the laws do allow closed executive sessions in some rare circumstances. The law also states that “minutes of executive meetings may be withheld so long as their publication would defeat the lawful purpose of the executive meeting, but no longer.”In some ways, the HART board is extremely transparent, including posting a host of governance related documents in easily accessible formats on their website. In others, including their dealings with the auditor and the grand jury, that transparency is nearly absent. Now, there are calls for the project to be paused while the grand jury completes its investigation to determine if there has been any fraud. The long, winding road of this project is not close to being run.—Rob MeiksinsShare4Tweet2ShareEmail6 Shares
International channel operator Current TV is selling its EPG slot on pay TV platform BSkyB after the News Corp-backed operator dropped the Al Gore-backed channel from its service. Current TV has appointed Canis Media to sell its 183 slot as part of the entertainment package.The two companies were unable to reach terms to allow it to continue broadcasting and Current will remain on air until a sale is agreed. Canis Media is currently talking to interested parties and has invited offers for the slot, the deadline which is February 2.“The EPG slot is unencumbered by any contractual liabilities or commitments and is available for immediate sale. The purchaser will be free to make their own arrangements for satellite capacity, uplink and playout,” noted Canis Media in a statement.
The rise in the cost of English Premier League rights as a result of BT’s entry into the market could have implications for BSkyB’s coverage of other sports, according to Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis.Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, Francis said that the inflation in Premier League costs would be absorbed principally by cost savings elsewhere. However, in remarks reported by the Guardian newspaper website, he said that the company may have to “tighten our belts” on its coverage of some other sports.He said that Sky’s decision not to bid for Premiership Rugby, the rights to which are also held by BT, was one example of this.
Emerging markets pay TV systems specialist Exset has named Andrew Pons as global director of sales and marketing.Pons, who has worked at Exset for two years, will be charged with helping push the company to its next growth phase. Exset deploys its flagship digital monetisation system (DMS) and conditional access technology to markets including Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and eastern Europe.Exset’s technology is designed to enable broadcasters to make money from digital services in new ways, enabling digital switchover to be taken forward in markets where it faces challenges, including Africa.Pior to joining Exset, Pons was director of international marketing at Pace and has also held senior sales and marketing roles at SysMedia and Harris.