Coimbatore, May 27 (PTI) Income Tax, Chennai, today defeated Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) 67-50 in the 52nd All India Basketball Tournament for Natchimuthu Gounder Trophy for men, today.Raguram top scrored with 17 for the winners, while Harpalsingh Vaghela scored 19 for the losers.In the 16th CRI Pumps Trophy for women, Chattisagarh state defeated local Coimbatore District Basketball Association 71-58.Sangeetha Mandal scored 23 points for the winners while Osheen 16 for the losers. PTI NVM BN
NEW YORK — The Charlotte Hornets didn’t try to hide it: This was an important game.They couldn’t have started it much better.Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson each scored 19 points, Marvin Williams had 18 and the Hornets routed Brooklyn 115-91 on March 4 to move into sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.Mo Williams added 14 points and a season-high 14 assists for the Hornets, who rode a blistering start to their third straight win, breaking a tie with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East.“I felt like the team that wanted it more was going to win the game,” Mo Williams said. “It’s just, the teams are so much evenly matched and I felt like for the most part we came out and we punched them in the mouth early and we took their punch back, and we regrouped and came out in the third quarter and kind of punched them again and they just didn’t recover after that.”Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 10 points, his career-best seventh straight game in double figures, and 13 rebounds as Charlotte battered Brooklyn on the boards and led by as many as 32 points.Deron Williams scored 12 points for the Nets, who defeated West contenders Dallas and Golden State in their previous two games.But they had nothing in a game that would’ve given them the season-series tiebreaker against the Hornets, who tied the series at 1 with a game remaining.“They shot lights out in that first quarter, put our backs against the wall and really didn’t let up,” Deron Williams said.Mindful of the Nets’ strong first-quarter play — they came in shooting an NBA-best 50.1 percent in the period — Charlotte coach Steve Clifford changed his starting lineup, even though the Hornets had all five starters in double figures in three straight games, something they hadn’t done in six years.Marvin Williams replaced Cody Zeller to match up with Brooklyn’s smaller lineup, and he had 10 points and made all three shots in the first quarter to help trigger Charlotte’s sizzling start.The Hornets ran off 11 in a row for a 13-2 lead, then hit the Nets later in the period with a 13-0 run that made it 29-6. By the time Jefferson powerfully dunked while knocking Deron Williams backward, they were 13-of-15 from the field.It was 35-15 after one, and when the Nets got within 12 early in the third, Charlotte responded with 10 straight points for a 68-46 lead.“Brooklyn’s been the best team in the NBA in the first quarter. That’s how I think they’ve been winning a lot of games, they’ve been playing from ahead,” Jefferson said.“We knew starting the first quarter was going to be a big key for us, and we started off hitting a lot of open shots. Our first and third quarter was great.”Clifford said he thought the Nets had perhaps the most weapons of any of the six teams fighting for the East’s final two playoff spots, but most of them were misfiring.Joe Johnson was 1-of-6 and fellow starting forward Alan Anderson went 1 of 5 as they were outscored 28-4 by Marvin Williams and Kidd-Gilchrist.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 14:54 IST Samantha Akkineni does not have any intention of making her Bollywood debut.Samantha Akkineni is one of the biggest names in the South, with several Tamil and Telugu blockbusters to her credit. However, she has no plans to venture into Bollywood and expand her fan base.In a recent interview, Samantha was asked when she will enter the Hindi film industry, and she said, “Never!””Like I just said, I’m from Chennai. That’s like, the south of the South. The thing is, I’m just about understanding my own people and my own culture and what is it that they like to watch in films. I’m still learning about how to get it right, what they want from a film, what is it that they want to see, what they expect from a character when I’m playing it… I am just about figuring that out,” she said.According to Samantha, she is still in the process of understanding the preferences of the audience down South, and will be a “complete alien” in Bollywood. “I have no idea about the world that is Bollywood. I will just drown and be a complete alien,” she said.”I still feel like I have more to give them, down South,” she added.Samantha, who made her big screen debut with Gautham Menon’s Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave, has delivered several hits including Theri, Rangasthalam, Mersal and Super Deluxe. Currently, she is waiting for the release of Nandini Reddy’s Oh! Baby, which will hit the theatres on July 5.ALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni: Trolling made me question my sanityadvertisementALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni brutally trolled for posing in beachwear on Ibiza holidayALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?ALSO WATCH | In Da Club’s special tribute to Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and ChiranjeeviGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Samantha Akkineni Next Will Samantha Akkineni make her Bollywood debut? Never, she saysSamantha Akkineni is quite content doing Tamil and Telugu films and is not at all interested in entering Bollywood.advertisement
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Casablanca – Archbishop Cristobal Lopez wrote a letter to his “dear Christian brothers and sisters,” on Pope Francis’s visit scheduled for March 30-31, 2019, at the request of King Mohammed VI. The Pope will visit Rabat and Casablanca.In his November 13 letter, Lopez explained that the pope wants to meet the people of Morocco and “His Majesty the King, in the spirit of an interreligious Islam-Christian dialogue,” which both sides seek to promote, Vatican News reported.“The mission of the Pope is of confirming us in our faith,” Lopez affirmed. The pope wants to “get to know us, share parts of our life, encourage us, pray with us and bless us,” he added.Speaking about Christian migrants arriving to Morocco, Archbishop Lopez emphasized that many Christians in Morocco are “passing through, on their difficult migration, towards Europe.”Lopez also stated that “the Pope’s visit will be a wonderful occasion to express and live our communion with the Bishop of Rome … and the universal Church,” as well as with people of different faiths in Morocco.The pope’s visit will be the second of its kind from a pope to Morocco after the visit of John Paul II in 1985. King Hassan II invited Pope John Paul II as an opportunity to build a bridge between Muslims and Christians.The Catholic Church in Morocco In a September interview with Morocco World News, Lopez affirmed that the Catholic Church has a good relationship with the Moroccan government. “The only Christians having problems with the law here are those who proselytize,” he said. According to Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, anyone who “employs enticements to undermine the faith” of Muslims or converts them to another faith is subject to up to 3 years in prison.The Catholic Church’s presence in Morocco, according to Lopez, does not aim to “recruit” new faithful but to contribute to the common good.“Our mission is building the Kingdom of God. To be able to do this, here like in any other part of the world, we contribute to the common good, fighting against poverty, violence, and discrimination. We aim to help everyone live their lives with dignity as children of God, which is what we all are,” explained Lopez.To achieve the church’s goals in Morocco, Lopez said, “we are working on projects geared towards the education of younger generations, the emancipation of women, the abolition of child labor, and the integration of ethnic and religious minorities.”In March, King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Pope Francis on the fifth anniversary of his papacy. The King said that their mutual goal is to contribute to the construction of a better future to ensure the principles of harmony, peace, sustainability, and security.
12 June 2009The Government of Chad today released to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 84 child soldiers who had been captured with rebel units last month, the agency announced. The Government of Chad today released to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 84 child soldiers who had been captured with rebel units last month, the agency announced. This brings to 555 the number of child soldiers turned over to UNICEF since 2007, when the agency and the Government signed an agreement for the demobilization of under-age combatants throughout the country.The children, some as young as 14 and 15, were among 236 rebels captured in early May, UNICEF said in a news release. The agency said the children had been forced to join the rebels, mostly in eastern Chad near the Sudanese border, with some being held as long as two years. Fifteen of those captured last month had gunshot wounds, it added. In April, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council and judicial systems to step up action in the fight to end the abuse of children in conflict zones around the world. In a report on the issue, Mr. Ban encouraged national and international justice systems to take strong action ending impunity for crimes against children committed within their jurisdictions.
J.K. Dobbins holds the MVP award for the B1G Championship game between Ohio State and Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s Cotton Bowl, Ohio State will not end the 2017 season with a national championship trophy.At best, the Buckeyes’ resume will feature a Big Ten East division title, Big Ten conference championship and a Cotton Bowl victory. For most teams in college football, that is considered a successful season.Ohio State is not most teams.Many fans view the Buckeyes as national champions or bust. And while a win in the Cotton Bowl might help to alleviate the pain of not winning the title, it still does not quite meet the standard many have for the school.“We want to go win because 12-2 isn’t a bad season,” freshman running back J.K. Dobbins said Tuesday. “It’s not great. It’s not what’s expected in Columbus, Ohio, but it’s a great season and this will be one of the best teams that we’ve had here.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett said at any other school, a national championship would not be needed to make 2017 a successful year. A conference title is not something easily achieved, particularly among Power Five schools, and for many it has not seemed to be enough to justify Ohio State’s season.“I think at Ohio State, it’s very interesting what we see as success,” Barrett said. “At other places, when you go 11-3, it’s a really good year. But at Ohio State, it’s not. It’s hard to win a conference championship in those Power Five conferences.”But is that enough to justify calling 2017 a successful season? Based on preseason expectations set by followers of the team, it might not be. Ohio State brings in top recruiting classes every year; it consistently is given some of the highest odds to finish the year as the top team in the nation; and it always has several players in postseason award discussions and early-NFL draft consideration. The expectations are high from the fans because the team always seems to be set up for a championship-caliber season.While fans can have their own opinion on what determines a successful campaign, redshirt senior center Billy Price said those in the program keep much more reasonable preseason goals.Those expectations start with the division title and the conference championship, Price said. Anything that comes after that is just a result of the pursuit of the Big Ten accomplishments, he said. “If you’re in the program, you understand the business of college football. If you’re looking at it, a win or a success or a failure of a season based on a national championship, then you’re in the wrong business,” Price said. “If they don’t think that we have our own high expectations, you’re crazy. Because there’s a certain trait in your blood that says, ‘OK, that’s not acceptable at all.’ Three losses, conference championship.”Even though Ohio State accomplished its goal of winning the Big Ten championship, it still felt defeated to an extent after it was omitted from the College Football Playoff. Every team strives to be the best in the country, and being kept out of the top four teams meant the Buckeyes would not have a chance to prove that in the postseason.But Price said the team has no one to be upset about other than itself. Its path to the playoff — even after the loss to now-No. 2 Oklahoma in Week 2 — was clear: run the table and win the Big Ten. It did not accomplish the former. The Buckeyes lost 55-24 to an Iowa team that finished with a 7-5 record, and Price said a team with championship aspirations cannot afford to lose that game.“We weren’t prepared or whatever the case, guys weren’t up for it, guys weren’t, you know, ‘OK, we’re going to walk in and just score 45, 50 points.’ Didn’t happen,” Price said.Many were disappointed with the choice made by the College Football Playoff committee on Selection Sunday, but Price said the veterans, himself included, were not quite as devastated because they were already expecting the loss to Iowa would keep them out.“There were a lot of guys who were upset, a lot of guys who were hurt about it,” Price said. “But again those guys don’t have the years, they don’t have the experience, they don’t have the amount of snaps that I’ve played and then some of the other things, the experiences that you’ve been through, so of course that hope is to be in the national championship.”The 2017 season will be remembered for a lot. It will be the final year of Barrett and the rest of the decorated senior class. It will be the 39th season the Buckeyes have claimed a Big Ten title and it could potentially be the second time Ohio State claims a Cotton Bowl title. It will not be remembered for a national championship. Many on the team are comfortable with that. But many will still reflect on the year, wondering what could have been. “We’re here to win this Cotton Bowl, but I mean, I think about it sometimes because who doesn’t want to play in a national championship or compete for one,” Dobbins said. “That’s why I kind of think about it sometimes, but I think this is a great bowl as well.”
The injury to Brazil’s Neymar might have made more headlines, but Argentina will also be shorthanded in its World Cup semifinal. Attacking midfielder Angel di Maria, who was hurt in the first half of Argentina’s win against Belgium, will miss the team’s match against the Netherlands on Wednesday.Di Maria is a big deal. He ranked No. 72 on The Guardian’s list of the world’s top 100 footballers and was UEFA’s man of the match in Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in this past spring’s Champions League final.We can evaluate the impact of di Maria’s injury the same way we did for Neymar — by using the plus-minus rating system embedded within ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). The plus-minus system has some blind spots. It will underrate world-class defensive players whose contributions don’t show up in the stat line, and it has a limited sample of data for players who don’t play in one of the top five club leagues in Europe. But for di Maria — an attacking player in Spain’s La Liga — it should do reasonably well.The system estimates that di Maria is worth about 0.33 goals per 90 minutes of play, relative to an average international footballer. (Of these, 0.28 are from his offense and 0.05 are from his defense.) That’s not quite in Neymar’s league, but it would imply that di Maria is somewhere around the 30th best player in the world — a little ahead of where The Guardian ranks him.Some of di Maria’s value lies in that he can play center midfield or on the wing. That flexibility also makes it hard to say how Argentina will replace him. There are at least five possibilities, including forwards Ezequiel Lavezzi and Rodrigo Palacio, and midfielders Enzo Perez, Ricardo Alvarez and Maxi Rodriguez.In contrast to Neymar’s potential replacements — which SPI had rated about evenly with one another — the footballers who might spell di Maria are seen rather differently by the system, as shown in the chart below (numbers are rounded). SPI rates Palacio and Rodriguez highly, Perez relatively poorly, and the others somewhere in between.But the ratings for Rodriguez and Perez are based on a small sample of games. (This is especially so for Rodriguez, who plays for Newell’s Old Boys in the Argentine Primera Division, not a league that we track.) Therefore, I’ve weighed the potential replacements by the number of minutes with them on the pitch in recent games in the SPI database.This weighted average estimates that the replacements are the equivalent of 0.13 goals per 90 minutes worse than di Maria, including both offensive and defensive play. This is enough to lower Argentina’s chances of beating the Netherlands from 57 percent at full strength to 53 percent.Nevertheless, the trade for Argentina — one missed match for di Maria (it’s hoped he’ll be back for the final) in exchange for two Neymar absences and one Thiago Silva suspension on rival Brazil — isn’t a horrible one. The injury-adjusted version of our World Cup odds, shown in the table below, gives Argentina a 21 percent chance of winning it all. This is slightly higher than the unadjusted version, which assumes Argentina and Brazil are healthy and puts Argentina’s chances at 20 percent instead.
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. EU students applying for a place at a university in England next year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, the Government announced today.Under the plans, funding will continue from 2017/18 throughout their course, even if the UK exits the EU during that period.The move will give higher education institutions certainty over future funding, while providing prospective students assurances that they will not lose out should Brexit occur. Looking ahead, as the Government develops plans post-Brexit Britain, a commitment is needed to ensure that students, from Europe and beyond, are able to continue to come to the UK to studyDame Julia Goodfellow “Over recent weeks the university sector has made very clear to Government the urgent need to address this issue. It is good to see the Government has recognised the value of EU students and acted positively to guarantee their access to financial support.”She warned that: “Every effort must now be made to ensure that this announcement is communicated effectively to prospective students across Europe.””Looking ahead, as the Government develops plans post-Brexit Britain, a commitment is needed to ensure that students, from Europe and beyond, are able to continue to come to the UK to study without unnecessary bureaucratic burdens.” Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said: “We know that the result of the referendum brought with it some uncertainties for our higher education sector. That is why in June we acted quickly to provide immediate funding guarantees for existing students and those applying to study this year.“International students make an important contribution to our world class universities, and we want that to continue.”Under the current system, EU students are eligible to receive undergraduate tuition fee loans if they have lived in the European Economic Area for at least three years prior to starting university. Tuition fees for EU undergraduates are currently set at the same rate as home-students. EU nationals who have lived in the UK for over five years, are also able to apply for undergraduate maintenance support and Master’s loans.Responding to the Government’s announcement, Dame Julia Goodfellow, president of the vice-chancellors’ group, Universities UK, said: “This announcement provides much needed clarity for EU students applying to start courses at English universities in autumn 2017. The Government needs to think very carefully about the message it wants to send to the rest of the world at this challenging timeSally Hunt Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), said: !We are pleased the government has now clarified the situation for EU students who want to apply to English universities for next year and hope the devolved nations will soon follow suit.”We don’t believe this measure can undo the damage that various proposals floated at the Conservative party conference last week may have done via headlines around the world. The news that the government was also seeking to ban leading foreign academics from advising the UK government over Brexit because they are not British nationals will have also done little to help our international standing.”The Government needs to think very carefully about the message it wants to send to the rest of the world at this challenging time.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The battle…September 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Equal opportunity…June 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Relooking…August 16, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …Burnham’s playbook on unions?Your Eyewitness isn’t as jaded as he thought he was. He might’ve even proven he was an optimist. Some weeks ago, when teachers demanded the PNC-led Government – which they’d helped into office in 2015 — give them their demanded 40 percent raise to bring them up to a living wage, he was certain that after playing coy, the PNC would pay up. After all, if the salvation of Guyana lies in creating an educated workforce to use the oil revenues intelligently for development, then success lies totally in the hands of teachers.And much more germanely (if mundanely!), since general elections are almost around the corner in 2020, the PNC’s gonna need the teachers’ votes, which amount to almost three seats!! Surely, they wouldn’t have forgotten the ire aroused in public servants – including teachers – when news of their perfidious 50 per cent salary increase was sneakily awarded in the heat of the night as the Official Gazette was printed!! So, by now your Eyewitness had expected the Government would be saying to the teachers, “All right…all right…take your raise; and don’t forget how munificent we were when you go into the polling booths come 2020!”But here, on the 11th hour, it looks like the PNC of Granger is going to play hardball with teachers! What gives? If he stiffs them, it means Granger meant it — even more literally than what your Eyewitness figured — when he vowed to “continue the legacy of Forbes Burnham”.PNC’s founder-leader Burnham was also supported by most of the trade union movement – save the PPP-aligned GAWU – when he was eased into power. But he didn’t hesitate to use tear-gas on the most faithful bauxite unions as early as 1970 when they disagreed with his plans for their RILA pension funds!Later Burnham was to have the head of the CCWU, Gordon Todd, dangled from a helicopter over the shark-infested Atlantic Ocean when he dared call a strike in 1979 during the Rodney-led “civil rebellion”. Burnham’s Machiavellian philosophy of power dictated that no other institution be allowed to believe they could challenge him. If they ever did, they were to be taught a “condign” lesson to return to the (placid) fold. Todd “saw the light” after his near immersion into the Atlantic waters! Desmond Hoyte followed this hard line in the late 80s when George Daniels, the head of the GPSU, dared to challenge him. Daniels soon left the jurisdiction!!So your Eyewitness is waiting to see whether Granger will go all the way. He’s already set the stage for extreme actions by planting in the Chronic that the GTU’s head is “PPP”!!A helicopter ride’s in the air??!!…the Disciplined Forces status quo anteGranger’s also returning to Burnham’s playbook with his bypassing of David Ramnarine as the Commissioner of Police, and the appointment of Leslie James who’s so much his junior. That Ramnarine wasn’t even made a Deputy Commissioner makes the insult even more bitter.Granger said he wanted a COP who was “intelligent”…and since he administered a Sixth Grade Social Studies test to the nominees, it means he didn’t think Ramnarine’s intelligent enough to pass Sixth Grade!!But what does this say about the Top Cop and his four Deputies? Won’t they feel like those beneficiaries of Affirmative Action programmes, who’re never sure whether they’re really up to snuff? More to the point, will they be able to command the respect of the lower ranks, who can clearly see that criteria other than competence or seniority are in play? All of this is very sad for the long-suffering and crime-buffeted Guyanese public, who can only expect the same ole, same ole.What about Public Security Minister Ramjattan, who’d recommended Ramnarine? Stricken mute?…undercutting the BBCIEven though the Berbice Bridge management have complained that revenues generated are insufficient to fund maintenance of pontoons, the Government’s launched two additional water taxis that’ll reduce income further!!They forgot they’re now the majority shareholder??
Les premiers paquets de cigarettes “trash” arriventCertains bureaux de tabac commencent déjà à vendre des paquets de cigarettes aux photos “gore”, en accord avec la nouvelle réglementation qui doit entrer en vigueur dans 2 mois.Le pied d’un mort dans une morgue avec l’inscription “les fumeurs meurent prématurément”, la radio du poumon d’un cancéreux avec la mention “fumer provoque le cancer”, ou encore celle d’un goître énorme, enkysté, d’un malade souffrant d’un cancer du larynx avec la mention “fumer peut entraîner une mort lente et douloureuse”. Les premiers paquets de cigarettes avec des photos choc sont arrivés avant l’heure dans certains bureaux de tabac. A partir du 20 avril prochain, les fumeurs les retrouveront partout en France. Il s’agit d’une mesure imposée par le ministère de la Santé. Ces livraisons avant l’heure s’expliquent par le fait que certains fabricants de tabac ont préféré écouler leur ancien stock très rapidement et passer tout de suite à la fabrication des nouveaux paquets, rapporte France Soir.Ces images choc, destinées à décourager ou alerter les fumeurs sur les dangers de la cigarette, sont apposées au dos des paquets, mais le message reste très clair. Cette mesure aura-t-elle cependant l’effet escompté ? Non, répond le Dr Jean-Marc Passard, au micro de France Bleu Isère, qui indique que ces images ont créé, dans les pays comme l’Australie ou le Canada, “chez les adolescents un comportement de collection ou d’échanges de vignettes, et celui qui avait l’image la plus gore et la plus expressive était finalement mis en avant”.Au contraire, le Pr Bertrand Dautzenberg, du CHU Pitié-Salpétrière, cité par France Soir, estime que ces photos “donnent une image sale et dangereuse du tabac, on voit que ce n’est pas bien”.A l’heure actuelle, 20 pays ont adopté les paquets de cigarettes aux photos choc. Cependant, aucune étude n’a encore démontré leur efficacité dans la lutte anti-tabac.En France, 13,5 millions de personnes fument et le tabac tue chaque année 60.000 personnes.Le 16 février 2011 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
Photo: USDA.A man dressed in a bear costume was reported to state troopers this week for harassing a sow and bear cubs on the Chilkoot River.Mark Sogge with Fish and Game in Haines says their weir technician witnessed and wrote a report about the incident.Technician Lou Cenicola reported that around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, a man in a ‘realistic-looking’ bear costume ran through a group of people standing on the side of the road bear-watching. The man ran ‘waving and jumping’ up to the weir gate, apparently trying to get the attention of a sow with cubs. Cenicola says the man in the costume got within 5 to 10 feet of the cubs.Cenicola reported that he ran toward the man to stop him, telling him he could be cited for wildlife harassment. The man then left without identifying himself. Cenicola did get the man’s license plate number, and he reported the incident to state troopers.Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters says they know about the incident and are investigating. No charges have been filed.Sogge, with Fish and Game, says getting that close to bear cubs when their mother is present could have ended tragically. He says wearing a bear costume will not deter a mother bear from attacking a person if she thinks her cubs are threatened.
The three-day annual conference of the deputy commissioners (DCs) will be held in the capital on 24-26 July, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the conference at Prime Minister’s Office said sources at the Cabinet Division on Thursday.The deputy commissioners will also meet president Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban during the conference.Besides, they will exchange views with ministers, advisers, state ministers and secretaries.The conference of the chief executives at the district level ahead of the next general elections is being considered crucial.
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13Mar Daley takes part in Legislative Polar Plunge Categories: News PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Kevin Daley on Thursday, Feb. 28, participated in the 2nd Annual “Legislative Polar Plunge,” benefitting Michigan Special Olympics, held on the Capitol lawn. Daley, R-Lum, joined several other state lawmakers and local officials as they jumped into a cold-water pool in order to help the organization. Daley, (right), is pictured with state Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway, (left).
19Oct Howrylak part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak, vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, is part of a bipartisan group that today announced a plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.The legislation is based on findings from a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity, and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of the unemployment system.“I am thrilled to help introduce this bipartisan plan that will fix the flaws in our current unemployment system,” said Howrylak, of Troy. “I am confident the legislation in this package will help make the UIA more efficient and allow the agency to better serve the people of Michigan.”Rep. Howrylak’s proposal allows the agency to reopen a fraud case with good cause within three years of it being originally filed. Cases not associated with unemployment fraud will only be eligible to be reopened from one year. In addition, the legislation requires the UIA to work with Treasury, SOS, and USPS to determine last known address for claimants.“If a citizen is accused of unemployment fraud, the UIA should take every step possible to properly notify the individual in question,” Howrylak said. “This legislation will compel the UIA to consult with other entities like the Department of Treasury and the Secretary of state to determine the most recent address on file for the individual. This commonsense policy change will ensure the UIA is doing its best to properly notify those accused of fraud.”The plan will also address identity theft claims by creating a “watchdog” position with the UIA to investigate fraud and make recommendations to improve the system. In addition, the legislation will require claimants to submit more proof to be eligible for unemployment benefits and maintains the nation’s toughest penalties on fraud.The legislation will also:Give those accused of fraud access to an advocacy program;Improve the process for determining the validity of an unemployment claim;Address interest owed by claimants in overpayment due to agency error; andClarify the eligibility for hardship waivers and the agency’s process for ruling on applications for a waiver.
Categories: Kahle News 09Feb Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Feb. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. in Tecumseh.“I‘m excited for the opportunity to connect with the people in our community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “Anyone interested in discussing their state government is welcome to stop by. I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.
23May Rep. Noble hosts over 3,200 in tele-town hall update Categories: Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble was joined by 3,235 residents on Tuesday night during his live tele-town hall legislative update.“Tele-town halls serve as an excellent opportunity to speak with thousands of residents from the convenience and comfort of their homes,” Rep. Noble said.A record number of people had the opportunity to connect with the lawmaker and ask questions one-on-one. Key topics discussed included road repair, small business incentives, and public education funding.“These types of discussions help keep me informed on what residents care about most,” Rep. Noble said. “Without their feedback, I can’t be an effective state legislator.”Anyone unable to participate in the tele-town hall event or has questions related to state government may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or email JeffNoble@house.mi.gov.
State Rep. Sue Allor speaks in support of the “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee this week.State Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.Allor, of Wolverine, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan.“While I recently called for an immediate shutdown of Line 5, unfortunately I do not have the power to wave a magic wand to make that happen,” Allor said. “There is nothing in the easement agreement or in statute that gives the governor, attorney general or Legislature unilateral authority to order a shutdown of Line 5.“Until the federal government acts, we must address the many concerns that arose due to the ‘near miss’ earlier this year when an anchor strike damaged both of the 20-inch pipelines spanning the Straits.”The “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan:Improves reporting from pipeline operators to the state of Michigan.Increases the safety and security of utility lines that provide communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with access to phone, cable, natural gas, oil and electricity.Provides additional signs and buoys alerting boats not to use anchors in the Straits.Establishes clear penalties for vessels that break maritime laws and jeopardize the safety of Michigan’s waterways.Provides added accountability and increased penalties for those responsible for negligence or criminal damage to public utilities.Allor introduced the plan alongside two of her colleagues.“Our Great Lakes must be protected as a water resource on which our families depend, as a resource benefitting the fish, birds, deer and many other species whose survival depends on that water, and as a resource that allows residents and tourists to enjoy its many recreational opportunities,” said Allor, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee on natural resources. “I cannot emphasize enough the enormous task the state, my colleagues in the Legislature, and all citizens are charged with in protecting the Great Lakes and all of our beautiful natural resources.”House Bills 6187, 6199, 6200 and 6201 now move to the full House for consideration.### 26Sep Rep. Allor calls for stronger pipeline safety standards in Straits Categories: Allor News