Al-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month, is currently in action in the second edition of Global T20 Canada. Not only is Yuvraj Singh leading the Toronto Nationals in the tournament, but the former India batsman is also treating his fans with entertainment with his fireworks with the bat.On Saturday, Yuvraj Singh guided Toronto Nationals to a thrilling win in their second match of Global T20 Canada against Edmonton Royals in Brampton. Before delighting his fans on the field, Yuvraj also had some fun in the spare time as the start of the match between the two sides was delayed slightly due to rain.Ahead of the match, Australian cricketer Ben Cutting, who is playing for the Royals in the Global T20 Canada, was interviewed by presenter Erin Holland and that is when Yuvraj Singh crashed in the interview.Cutting and Holland have been dating each other for over four year now before announcing getting engaged in May this year.While Holland was interviewing her fiancee Cutting prior to the match, Yuvraj Singh interrupted the interview and asked the most important question to the couple.”When is the wedding guys. Time is running, get ready for the wedding,” Yuvraj said and ran away as both Cutting and his girlfriend Holland burst into a laughter.When @YUVSTRONG12 crashed an interview and asked the most important question to @Cuttsy31 and @erinvholland!HOWZZAT?#GT2019 #ERvsTN #YuvrajSingh #Canada #Brampton pic.twitter.com/l5rqONTki2GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) July 27, 2019In Saturday’s match, Yuvraj Singh smashed 3 sixes and as many boundaries in his 21-ball 35 that helped the Nationals successfully complete a 192-run chase in the T20 game at the CAA Center.advertisementYuvraj Singh showed signs of his vintage self as he took the attack to Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan, much to the delight of the Toronto Nationals fans who had filled the stands.Yuvraj Singh’s approach in the season opener on Thursday was questioned as the former India all-rounder struggled to put bat to ball. However, the left-handed batsman showed much-improved effort against the Royals in their second match.Speaking after Toronto Nationals win on Saturday, Yuvraj Singh said: “Yeah, it was a great performance. I thought we lost the game… but Manpreet Gony’s hitting in the end and smart batting from Monfort and Salman Nazar… these guys pulled it off in the end.The celebrated all-rounder added: “I am loving it. They gave me some flak for my slow batting last game. I am sure Toronto will be happy when they sleep tonight that I hit a few sixes and we won the game.”Also Read | Global T20 Canada: Yuvraj Singh, Manpreet Gony’s fireworks delight Toronto Nationals fans Also Read | Virat Kohli picks MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant in kabaddi team of India cricketersAlso See
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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will contest the Odisha assembly polls from two seats, Bijepur and his home turf Hinjili.Patnaik Monday announced the first list of BJD candidates for nine of the 21 Lok Sabha and 54 of the 147 assembly seats in the state. The chief minister said he will contest the state polls from Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in west Odisha’s Bargarh district. Simultaneous polling will be held in Odisha for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and the 147 assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Elections in Hinjili and Bijepur will be held in the second phase of polling on April 18. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief’s announcement came a day after he had hinted at contesting the upcoming assembly election also from a constituency in west Odisha.
“I saw for myself the circumstances in which the survivors find themselves, and the suffering they have experienced,” Mr. Ban told a news conference later in the day, following his visit to Menik Farm.The Secretary-General arrived in the South Asian nation last night, following the Government’s announcement last week that its military operation against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had ended and that all civilians had left the conflict zone. “The long conflict is over. Now is the time to heal – for all Sri Lankans to unit for a just and lasting peace. We must help seize this opportunity,” stated Mr. Ban, who also had a chance to see the former conflict zone as he flew by helicopter over the tiny pocket of land along the north-east coastline. Speaking about his visit to Menik Farm, he said that many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) that he met with had lost family members, many were sick or injured, and most had lost their homes, belongings and livelihoods. Some even gave him letters, telling him how hard life is in the camps. While the Government is doing its utmost, it lacks resources, he stated. “There is a wide gap between what is needed and what is available.”Mr. Ban discussed how to address Sri Lanka’s immediate humanitarian needs, and how to promote national reconciliation, during meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. The first priority, he stressed, is to help the Government meet urgent humanitarian needs. “To do so effectively, I have told the President and Foreign Minister that the UN and other international humanitarian agencies need immediate and unimpeded access to the camps.”Additionally, Mr. Ban said he urged the Government to return people to their homes as soon as possible, and in this regard welcomed its announced plan to return 80 per cent of the IDPs by the end of the year. The Government was also urged to expedite screening and registration processes, and make it easier for families to reunite and to allow people more freedom of movement in and out of the camps.The Secretary-General also called on the Government to initiate a political process of accommodation, dialogue and reconciliation. “Sri Lankans of every ethnic and religious identity – Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims – must enjoy equal justice, economic opportunity and security under the law, as President Rajapaksa declared in his recent address to Parliament.”The Government should also undertake certain confidence-building measures to “clearly and unmistakably” signal its good intentions in addressing root causes of Tamil and Muslim grievances, he said, warning that if issues of reconciliation and social inclusion are not dealt with, history could repeat itself. Following his visit to Sri Lanka, Mr. Ban heads to Copenhagen, where he will address the opening of the World Business Summit on Climate Change. 23 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today witnessed firsthand the plight of some of the 300,000 people uprooted by the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, during what he described as a “very sobering” visit to one of the major displacement camps.
Parliament was earlier set to debate the reports on February 20 and 21st. However President Maithripala Sirisena had noted that the debate must take place before the Local Government elections on February 10. Parliament will be convened on February 8 to debate two key reports ahead of the scheduled dates, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.He said that Parliament will be convened on February 8 to debate the report of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the report of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had also urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take steps to hold the Parliament debate on the reports before the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette)
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also called Botswana’s action a violation of its “non-refoulement” policy, which prohibits the forced return of asylum-seekers to areas where they could face danger – a cornerstone of international refugee protection. The Namibians in question could be charged with high treason.The agency said it was neither given a chance to look into the cases nor advised of the deportations. “We cannot accept that these asylum seekers were deported without a chance to explain their case,” said UNHCR’s representative in Botswana, Benny Otim.After seeking asylum, the eight were removed from a detention centre for illegal immigrants in Francistown on 10 December. The authorities say they lost their claim to asylum after allegedly going back to visit Namibia while seeking asylum in Botswana.Human rights groups agree that some of the men had gone back but stress that they were forced to flee again because of rising tensions in northeastern Namibia’s Caprivi Strip.According to these groups, the men were reportedly seen on 15 December shackled and under heavy guard at a local court in a Caprivi Strip town near the border with Zambia. They have since allegedly been transferred to a maximum-security prison in Grootfontein in northern Namibia. UNHCR’s Namibia office is watching the case closely.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Labor party has been embroiled in bitter in-house fighting this week over the Territory Bill that was reintroduced into parliament by the Greens party. The Bill could open the gates for legislating same-sex unions which in turn has caused an uprising in the Labor party whose social conservatives oppose same-sex unions. Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou, the Member of Calwell, told Neos Kosmos that the matter was considered in caucus and “a decision was taken to support the Bill consistent with our support in 2006”. She added, however, that “some members had concerns that the substance of the bill went further.” The bill has now been referred to a Senate legislation committee. Neos Kosmos asked Ms Vamvakinou if the issue of same- sex union was the catalyst for the wrenching of the Labor Party between the left and the right of the ALP.Ms Vamvakinou underplayed the tension in Caucus by saying, “This is not the first time that this has happened, sometimes Caucus is asked to reconsider bills in the light of more information.” Federal Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt of the Greens, said to Neos Kosmos that there are people within politics who are “purposefully confusing the issue”. “I think there are some in the political sphere who want to intentionally muddy the waters and link the two issues and have thought to confuse this issue of territory rights with other topical issues at the moment,” he said. “The reality is it’s not about the other issues, it’s about saying that territory parliaments should be able to determine what they want to legislate about.” Bandt confirmed that the Bill is going to a Senate inquiry, which the Greens party supports, and the Bill will be open for public submissions. “For some time the Greens have believed that people in the territory should have the same rights as people in the states and that territory governments should be able to pass laws affecting the territories and not have them subject to being overridden by the federal parliament.” But while the Labor party is split over whether or not this Bill will open the door to same-sex unions some may argue that social justice and compassion are falling by the wayside. George Valiotis, who has a same-sex union with his partner Danny Mogford, told Neos Kosmos that not having the rights to a same-sex union is “shameful” and an “absolute abuse of human rights”. “It’s more than just a piece of paper,” Mr Valiotis said, “because it effects your mindset but it also effects the mindset of the community to know that we are recognised. “I know there have been lots of reforms that on paper give us the same rights – like changes in superannuation law – but the problem is, there has been lots of progression but people aren’t aware of them because they are just small baby steps and what we need to do is just take the plunge and make them equal. There is no justification for the grounds of discrimination that is happening right now.” Mr Bandt said that the sentiment of the community is changing and our value system is changing too. Last year he introduced a motion to parliament – which was passed – to have Federal members of parliament ask their constituents in their community if they believed people had the right to marry whoever they wanted. “The opinion polls show an overwhelming public support within the Australian population,” said Mr Bandt. Mr Valiotis underscored that as a gay man he had to, “make personal decisions about what will get my relationship recognised.” He added that recognition of same-sex partnerships was “critical” for him. “I think it’s shameful that in that same decision [his election vote] I have to also decide what’s good for my country, for the economy of Australia and for broader policies. “I think a country that fundamentally is built on the human rights of each of their individuals is a more prosperous country.” Ms Vamvakinou told the Neos Kosmos that “the Labor Party has supported many initiatives that have addressed many legal inequities affecting same-sex couples,” but was indefinite in her description of these. As the Federal member for Melbourne, Mr Bandt said “the election result in Melbourne was a strong a message that people still believe in those important values of compassion, equality and sustainability and wanted them represented on the national stage.” Mr Valiotis has had to question his “marker” for showing the world that his partner was more than his boyfriend. He highlighted the importance of legal recognition of same-sex relationships. “There’s a power behind being able to go to a hospital and say I am here to see my husband,” said Mr Valiotis His partner and Mr Valiotis “have all the legal papers to make claims to each others’ bodies and decision making processes when we are in trouble”. What those pieces of paper don’t bring him is sensitivity, he said. “You don’t want to walk in and say I have legal rights, you want to walk in and say ‘he’s my partner’. “When you say ‘I am married to him’, people need to be very gentle if they have bad news – you are not just some lawyer who walked in to make a decision about a body.” Mr Valiotis and his Jewish Australian partner had a same-sex ceremony last year and combined elements of Greek and Jewish traditions. “We had a togetherness ceremony. Togetherness is about shared goals and purposes and that suits us. It was a very home-grown ceremony that reflected our relationship, which is all about nurturing and the home. “The progression of Australian legislation to include recognition of gay relationships will not only benefit all people but will improve the overall spirit and ethos of the Australian people,” Mr Valiotis said.
The single case of measles was confirmed by DHSS on July 16, in an unvaccinated teenager who is a resident of the Kenai Peninsula, and recently traveled out of state. This individual was out in the community during the infectious period when measles can spread to other individuals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Public Health is having a special Walk-in Measles Clinic on Wednesday from 5-8pm to provide vaccinations to all who are in need. All ages are welcome, including adults. Bring your shot record if you can. This comes less than a month after a confirmed case of measles was announced on the Kenai Peninsula on July 16 and some unvaccinated members of the public may have been exposed to the virus. Known exposure locations during the infectious period when measles can spread to other people include Froso’s Family Dining in Soldotna, from July 8-9 and July 11-13, and Urgent Care of Soldotna and Central Peninsula Hospital on July 14. The patient has been isolated at home since then and is recovering. If you are sick call your doctor and stay home before going in to get checked out. Learn more at measles.dhss.alaska.gov.
TEWKSBURY, MA — Into Action Recovery announces its second annual golf tournament and BBQ on Wednesday, June 6th at the Tewksbury Country Club.While the tournament spaces are filled, there is a waiting list for any interested golfers. More important, there is still room at the BBQ lunch, which starts at 12:00 PM. The BBQ cost is $20. Attendees can pay at the door but are asked to email there RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.They will have raffles that day and are still accepting raffle donations. Tee Sign Sponsorships are available now for $100.“We are honoring our beloved State Representative Jim Miceli by dedicating our tournament to him, and we will be giving out memorial bracelets to all who attend,” said founder Mary Ellen Cooper.Into Action Recovery, Inc. is a local non-profit organization founded in Tewksbury in 2015 by a group of concerned parents, family members, citizens, and recovering addicts. They want to stop the vicious cycle of recovery and relapse. The group’s approach is based on wide spread success of other similar programs as well as interface and input from many sources.Into Action Recovery was started by sisters Mary-Ellen Cooper and Mary-Jo Hanley. After family members became victims of addiction, they decided they had to do something. The group meets at the Tewksbury Hospital.To become involved or learn more about future events, email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page.(NOTE: The above press release is from Into Action Recovery.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLocal Golf Tournament & BBQ To Raise Funds To Fight Against AddictionIn “Community”Wilmington Golfers Invited To Tewksbury Lions Club Golf Tournament On August 12In “Community”Fundraiser For Wilmington’s Jillian Little Set For October 16In “Community”
The department of telecom is likely to start the auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.Proposed timeline for February’s auction:- 17 October ( Finalisation of new auctioneer)- 1 December (Notice for auction applications )- 8 December (Pre-bid conference)- January 12 ( Last date for bid submission)- January 28 (List of final bidders)- February (Auction starts)The government has projected ₹9355 crore as revenue receipts from 2G auctions in its budget estimates from current fiscal and is hopeful of raising a further ₹5000 crore through the sale of 3G airwaves.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is expected to direct the price of 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum by October.”We will write to Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) as soon as the swap comes through,” The Economic Times quoted an official.”On 800 MHz we will write to the regulator for some more clarity once the Telecom Commission has ratified the findings of the Dot (Department of Telecommunications) committee.”The Department of Telecommunication is scheduled to auction a total of 184 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band presently owned by Idea Cellular and Vodafone, the permits for which are due to expire next November.The official also explained that in the previous auctions held in February, the government sold three fourths of the total airwaves available in the 1800 MHz band and the remaining one fourth would be put up for auction next year.There are about 29 licences that would expire across 18 circles in 2015-2016, reported Business Standard.
PNB Housing Finance, a subsidiary of state-run Punjab National Bank, reported a rise in net profit, income and loans sanctioned for the financial year 2015-16. While net profit rose 66 percent to Rs. 326 crore, total income grew 52 percent to Rs. 2,697 crore, the company said in a statement on Thursday.The 28-year-old company disbursed loans worth Rs. 14,456 crore, 53 percent more as compared to the previous financial year.Assets under management rose 59 percent to Rs. 27,555 crore as on March 31, 2016, as against Rs. 17,297 crore in the previous financial year. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.22 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively.PNB Housing Finance, in which Punjab National Bank holds 51 percent stake, declared a dividend of Rs. 3.4 per share. The company said the results were along expected lines.”The results are encouraging and at par with our expectations. With strong fundamentals of the Indian economy and a conducive environment for the mortgage industry, the velocity for the sector seems to be gaining and this shall provide huge impetus for PNB Housing to continue its growth momentum on an upward curve,” Sanjaya Gupta, managing director of PNB Housing Finance Limited, said in the statement.Another home loan company, Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited, had reported a 17.4 percent increase in net profit to Rs. 729.2 crore for the financial year 2015-16. Net interest income was Rs. 1,669 crore, up 21 percent from Rs. 1,379.80 in 2014-15. The company sanctioned loans worth Rs. 37,608 crore while assets under management rose 22 percent to Rs. 69,524 crore at the end of fiscal 2016, according to the company’s regulatory filing on May 4. Other prominent home loan companies in India include HDFC, LIC Housing Finance, Gruh Finance, and Repco, in addition to commercial banks, both state-run and private. RelatedState Bank of India cuts interest rates on home loansFirst-time home buyers to get additional tax benefit from April 2016Budget 2016: Removal of DDT tops wish-list of real estate firms
Share BrianReading/WikipediaThe interior of Hofheinz PavilionThe family of former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz and the University of Houston have settled a legal dispute over plans to remove Hofheinz’s name from the school’s basketball arena.Hofheinz’s family had insisted $1.5 million paid to the university in 1969 ensured retaining the name Hofheinz Pavilion. School officials asked a Harris County probate court in April to allow the university to negotiate a naming-rights deal as part of a $60 million renovation set to begin next year.Among provisions in an agreement announced Tuesday, the school will ask the city to rename a street bordering the arena for Hofheinz and build a plaza for a bronze statue of the former Houston mayor and Harris County judge.Hofheinz, the driving force behind construction of the Astrodome, died in 1982.
“This concept provides an alternative to the semi-submersible platforms commonly used at present,” said Sverre Anders Alterskjær, a research scientist at the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK). “The aim is to create a more mobile hotel unit which can be leased by oil companies which operate in several parts of the world. Our job has been to give the ship characteristics which make it more comfortable to live on at sea,” said Alterskjær, a research scientist. MARINTEK is a Norway-based marine simulation facility, which tested models of the new ship.The project, according to the SINTEF report, has a number of players; the ship was designed by a maritime design company SALT, under contract for Østensjø. Johannes Eldøy, a marine designer at SALT, said, “The most important thing has been to improve the efficiency and safety of the connection between the offshore installation and the gangway, which is as much as 55 meters long. This is a critical point because the vessel must display the least possible vertical motion in response to the waves while at the same time maintaining its position.”According to SINTEF, the integrated system designed to reduce rolling of the vessel was developed by Hoppe Marine and tested by Alterskjær and his research colleagues at MARINTEK. The ship is being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea under contract for Østensjø. The ship is expected to be ready in 2015. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Ship will make its own waves for rig safety (w/ Video) (2013, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-ship-rig-safety-video.html More information: www.sintef.no/home/MARINTEK/Ne … hat-waves-wont-rock/ New asymmetric ice-breaker ship to clear larger path by moving at an angle The water is to be set in motion in opposing phase to the wave forces acting on the hull. According to the design, valve openings can be adjusted depending on the ship’s roll period; the motion of the water in the tanks is calibrated to match the strength of the waves on the sea. The ship will be equipped with azimuth thrusters (one definition of azimuth thrusters is an arrangement of propellers placed in pods that can rotate in any horizontal direction). According to a report on the project from SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, the ship is equipped with six azimuth thrusters – “propeller drives with directional control used to keep the ship in the same position when in hotel mode.”The ship is 500 feet long; 800 workers can be accommodated with housing, gym, sauna, two pools, and office space. (Phys.org) —A so-called “hotel” ship to accommodate offshore oil rig workers is under construction, which will be engineered in a way to maintain its stability even over rough seas. The new Norwegian ship will make its own waves with internal water tanks. The effort is not only purposed for the comfort of the workers servicing the platforms but for safety. The design will support safe movement from the ship to the platform and precision work while over rough seas. How will this ship make its own waves? The answer is U-shaped water tanks integrated into the ship’s hull. The tanks will generate waves in such a way that can stabilize the vessel. 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. Explore further
The Films and Theatre Society is on with their play, Arjun Ka Beta. The 80-minute play is written and directed by Atul Satya Koushik. It is an attempt to present the chapter of Chakravyuh from the great epic of Mahabharata in a new manner where hidden meanings, interpretation and learning from the philosophy of the Chakravyuh take the front seat, yet keeping all the action, glory, bravado and valor related to the incident equally important. Krishna as the protagonist in the play begins by establishing the importance keeping the learning from the mythology in our minds even though we forget the incidents of events that actually happened in them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are reasons you wouldn’t want to miss this! Top-class poetry rich in words, content and meaning awaits you. It’ll have answers to questions which belong to all ages and humans in a very dramatic manner and credible performance by experienced actors is definitely happening. A fierce war scene choreographed in Thangta, an Indian martial art form, you surely don’t want to miss this. The period costumes and spectacular light and sound effects to leave you mesmerised. Oh and, have you heard live war songs? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Films and Theatre Society is five years old. The main objective of the society is the production and promotion of theatrical plays, short (and other) films and other performing arts such as dance and music in India, with a special focus and concentration on Indian arts. Other objectives of the society inter-alia include furtherance of literature, creative arts related to theatre and films and other art forms, and making available to its members resources connected. Another peculiar feature about the society is that in spite of being a weekend arts group it has been able to come up with productions which match up to the standards of any other professional group working in related field. This is the reason various companies, corporate houses and other institutional bodies have shown interest and extended their support to the activities and production of the society.When: 8 June at 7pmWhere: Kamani Auditorium, Tickets: Book at Bookmyshow for Rs 500, 300 200 and 100
Blok.Party, the company that built the upcoming PlayTable game console, announced today it raised $10 million in new funding. It’s also unveiling a big content partnership, where Blok.Party will create its own version of the popular board game Settlers of Catan.I first wrote about Blok.Party and PlayTable earlier this year, when co-founder and CEO Jimmy Chen first laid out his vision to use blockchain technology to build a console that can recognize real-world objects (like figurines and cards), creating a hybrid between tabletop and video gaming.The idea may have sounded a little abstract at the time, but it got a lot clearer when Chen dropped by the TechCrunch New York office to play a couple rounds of Catan with me.I’ll admit that I hadn’t played in a while, but it was clear from the start that PlayTable saved us some setup time — instead of putting all the pieces of the physical board together, you play on a digital representation of the board. Most of the pieces are digitized too, and we used and traded our cards using smartphones. But there is a physical “robber” piece, because Chen said this allows the robber’s movement to remain “a very visceral experience … that a digital version can’t ever capture.”It may not be too long before you get to try this out for yourself, at least if you’re among the 10,000 pre-orders Blok.Party has received so far. Chen said the company will start shipping its first devices this fall.[embedded content]He added that Catan, like many of the other games built for PlayTable, will be priced at around $20.“For us, it’s not about trying to compete based on price,” Chen said. “We’re trying to compete based on experience.”The new funding comes from crypto fund JRR Capital and other investors. Chen said the company will use the money to continue scaling the product, including further software development and building out the library of games.At the same time, he emphasized that although Blok.Party is manufacturing the initial devices, his vision is to achieve real scale through partnerships with hardware manufacturers, who will build their own PlayTable consoles. Apparently, some of those discussions are already underway.“Our strategy is to always have [our own] hardware program running to continually do research,” Chen said. “What I’ve discovered is that keeping a hardware program running is not that expensive. The expensive part is when you try to scale the program.”
Categories: Featured news,Howrylak News,News 01Oct Rep. Howrylak introduces October Filipino-American Month resolution Tags: Asian Pacific American Caucus, Filipino Heritage Month, Howrylak State Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced a resolution declaring October Filipino-American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan with the support of members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, as well as a number of Republican and Democrat colleagues.“Filipino-Americans have a rich and diverse background in this country,” Rep. Howrylak said. “I am honored to help make the month of October Filipino-American Heritage Month to honor their contributions to Michigan.”House Resolution 163 was co-sponsored by 17 other representatives and was approved in the House on Oct. 1. Howrylak introduced the resolution to celebrate contributions Filipino-Americans have made throughout the entire state.This is the third straight year Rep. Howrylak has presented a resolution to celebrate Filipino heritage in Michigan, and serves as a member of the Asian Pacific American Caucus. #####
Categories: News,Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber today was named to four House committees Webber, of Rochester Hills, will serve as vice chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He also will serve on the House Insurance; Regulatory Reform; and Elections and Ethics committees. The second-term representative said he is eager to get to work on issues that affect families and job creators in The Greater Rochester area.“In order for Michigan to continue to be a destination for tourism, business and a place to raise a family, Michigan must continue to invest in our infrastructure,” Webber said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Cole and the rest of the committee members to find long term common-sense solutions for infrastructure issues in Michigan.”Webber said he also looks forward to working a variety of insurance issues.“Insurance is far more than making sure your car gets repaired after an auto accident,” Webber said. “I enjoyed serving on this committee in my first term, and am resolved to continue to work with industry leaders, Michigan residents and my committee colleagues to continue to improve the insurance climate here in Michigan.”Serving on the Regulatory Reform Committee will give Webber an opportunity to help remove barriers to job creation so Michigan families have a brighter future.“Reducing regulations has been a focus of the legislature for the previous few terms,” Webber said. “I am all for removing senseless regulations, in order to allow businesses to continue to create good-paying jobs. However, we also must ensure that on the job safety remains a top priority”##### 26Jan Rep. Webber named to serve on four House committees
Categories: Hornberger News 01Mar New bipartisan bill package protects children involved in abuse investigations Legislation requires the recording of forensic interviewsState Reps. Jim Runestad, Pamela Hornberger and Robert Kosowski today introduced a bipartisan bill package to require the recording of forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations.Kosowski, of Westland, said protocol recommends that forensic interviews in child abuse investigations be video recorded, and this legislation will ensure that all jurisdictions are following the same standards.“These bills are common-sense legislation that protect some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents – children who have been involved in abuse and neglect situations – while codifying a best practice,” Kosowski said.The bills also require the Department of Health and Human Services to retain and store the interviews and ensure access is allowed only to authorized persons.“This package of bills will bring clarity to child abuse cases, protecting the victims, their families and the evidence,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township.A pilot project conducted by the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect found that when interviews are recorded more pleas are entered to the original charge, and that a higher percentage of criminal cases were pleaded out rather than going to trial.“This spares children who have already endured a tremendous amount of trauma the additional stress of having to relive the traumatic events during multiple interviews and in front of a courtroom full of people,” said Runestad, of White Lake.House Bills 4298-4300 are expected to be referred to the House Judiciary Committee.###