The Elders Urge EU To Deploy Stabilization Force In Central African Republic

first_imgAs European heads of state meet in Brussels, The Elders urge them to quickly deploy a stabilization force to the Central African Republic (CAR) to complement the African and French troops already on the ground.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Events in Ukraine have taken over the news cycle, but the EU must not lose sight of the terrible tragedy unfolding in the Central African Republic.”On 10 February, Europe’s leaders pledged to set up a force of 800-1000 troops to help stabilize the CAR, which has been racked by violent clashes that have left countless dead and injured and is triggering massive sectarian displacement. The force was supposed to deploy this week, but has not been able to do so because troop-contributing states have not yet met their commitments.“The protection of civilians is paramount. The rapid deployment of the promised European force, as well as a robust UN peacekeeping operation, will help to halt the violence against defenceless people,” Kofi Annan added.Last month, the Elders called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take swift and decisive action to restore peace and security to the CAR.last_img read more

Provincial judge calls for review of Winnipeg Remand Centre medical unit after

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA provincial judge has recommended that the Manitoba Government complete an independent review of the medical unit at the Winnipeg Remand Centre in an inquest report after the death of Errol Greene.The 26 year old was brought to Winnipeg’s remand centre on April 29, 2016 for breach of probation on a mischief charge.He died May 1, 2018 after suffering two seizures.Shortly after Greene’s death, his widow Rochelle Pranteau called for better medical care for inmates.“It’s a life and death situation and you shouldn’t neglect anybody, we are human, doesn’t matter if you’re in jail or not, you should be treated better.”In 2018 a mandatory inquest into Greene’s death was held by provincial Judge Heather Pullan.She’s now calling for a full review of health care services at the remand centre in Winnipeg.Pullan strongly criticized Manitoba Corrections.“The medical unit at the Remand Centre is not accredited. It’s not clear why this is the case,” the report states.“If the focus on healthcare delivery in an institution is on quality and excellence, surely being held to an objective standard, assessed externally, is the best means by which excellence can be achieved and maintained.”Pullan made 11 recommendations. One of the recommendations calls for the recognition of the specific role correctional officers play in the Winnipeg Remand Centre, that seizure specific training, including recognition of behaviour that could be seizure related and respond appropriately while awaiting the arrival of medical staff.APTN News spoke with Pranteau’s lawyer Corey Shefman about the release of the report.“We were happy to see the recommendations, but at the end of the day they’re not binding,” said Shefman.“But we are hopeful the government will implement them.”Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen didn’t make a firm commitment to any of recommendations.However, Cullen says some of his senior officials will review the inquest report.“I’m confident this report will help us strengthen protocols and procedures so we can prevent future in custody deaths,” he said.He said the government has made some changes since Greene’s death three years ago.“We’re ensuring that a physician is schedule to attend the Remand Centre everyday to review medications, including weekends,” he said.“We also improved record keeping and file storage at the facility to ensure health information is meticulously recorded.”Ultimately, the Minister says there’s room for more improvement.“We’ll continue to make improvements in terms of training of our corrections staff and medical staff and correctional officers and invest in new technology to better monitor inmates.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Are retail jobs in a funk Its complicated

NEW YORK — The overall economy is adding jobs, but there’s one spot that appears to be in a funk: retail.Overall, U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April, according to the government data released Friday. The retail sector lost 12,000 jobs that same month.That decline wasn’t a blip; the sector has shed 49,100 jobs in the past 12 months despite the faster pace of economic growth.Retail job losses appear to reflect broader changes in the economy as more Americans have shifted their spending online and stores close after decades of overexpansion.But the government figures don’t tell the whole story. Government statisticians still haven’t caught up with the booming growth in e-commerce. In fact, jobs in areas like distribution warehouses where job growth is soaring are counted under the warehouse industry category, not retail. That method excludes 4 million retail jobs, or 20% of the retail industry, estimates Mark Mathews, vice-president of research development and industry analysis at the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group.Retailers are also still struggling to find qualified workers. There were 840,000 openings for retail jobs at physical stores in February, more than double the number from February 2013, according to the most recent government figures.“People have extra money,” said Andy Challenger, vice-president at Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement firm. “But the jobs in retail are really shifting away from the front of the store to the back like warehousing jobs.”Here are the top factors affecting retail job losses:SHIFT AWAY FROM PHYSICAL STORESIncreasingly, shoppers are spending more of their purchases online. That’s causing stores that haven’t been keeping up with shoppers’ shifting habits to either shrink their physical stores or shutter poor-performing ones.In February, Payless ShoeSource announced it was closing all of its 2,100 U.S. stores, making it one of the biggest store liquidations. Also accounting for a big chunk of store closures this year is children’s retailer Gymboree, which is closing its remaining 750 stores.As of last month, store closures this year have exceeded the total recorded for the full year 2018, says Coresight Research, a key global research and advisory firm. U.S. retailers have announced 6,150 store closures, and 2,671 store openings. That compares to 5,864 closures and 3,239 openings for the full year 2018.RISE OF THE ROBOTSRetailers, including Walmart and Target, are increasingly automating menial tasks for workers. Under pressure from Amazon, they are turning their physical stores into shipping hubs, speeding up deliveries and helping to defray costs.“Retailers are moving into things like artificial intelligence to boost productivity, and that’s creeping into stores and limiting job growth,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm.Walmart, for instance, is rolling out robots to a cluster of stores that help keep tabs of what’s on and off the shelves and communicating that information to the automatic conveyor system that is backed up to truck bays. It is also testing computer vision to help manage the store.Workers at a number of retailers are using new apps on their hand-held devices to manage routine tasks like price changes on the spot.EXPERIENCES INSTEAD OF CLOTHESShoppers are continuing to focus more on experiences like spas and away from clothing. Aging boomers are also less interested in buying clothing as much as they used to.NPD Group, a market research group, estimates that as much as 40 per cent of shoppers bought experiences as gifts during the last holiday season, up from 25% just a few years ago.When shoppers do buy clothing, they tend to go online or increasingly focus on discount stores like T.J. Maxx. Department stores have cut 23,200 jobs in the past 12 months, according to the government data. Clothiers have let go of 23,300 workers during that same time period.GOVERNMENT LAGS BEHIND ECOMMERCEIf you work for a retailer but don’t work in a building where the retailing of goods is the principal activity, you don’t count as a retail employee.That’s because the Bureau of Labor Statistics determines the number of workers based on the main function of that site, says Mathews of the National Retail Federation. That misses the growth of hiring of workers at call centres, fulfilmentcentres and shipping sites. In fact, workers in the transportation and warehousing sector rose 11,100 in April and 176,200 in the past 12 months, according to the latest government data.“We are working to get around this,” Mathews said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.______Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Transnational crime threatens global stability head of UN agency warns

Delivering the keynote address at a symposium organized by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Pino Arlacchi said the opportunities for globalization had not only been taken up by legitimate enterprises, but had been embraced by organized crime groups that engage in illegal activities or deal in illicit goods. “Organized crime, except for some cross-border smuggling, used to be a largely local and later national affair,” the head of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) told the Fourth National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia. “Today it is a truly transnational phenomenon and is a subject of international concern. The risk to regional and even global stability is a very real one.” According to Mr. Arlacchi, transnational organized crime groups are, in many ways, profiting the most from globalization. “Legitimate business is still constrained by domestic and host country laws and regulations,” he said. “Transnational crime syndicates and networks manage, with the help of corruption, blackmail and intimidation, to use the open markets and open societies to their full advantage.” Warning that the scope of transnational crime and its rapid growth were grounds for serious concern, the ODCCP chief said that the response now taking shape was cause for optimism. Last December, 124 countries had signed the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and since then additional international legal instruments have been prepared, he said, noting that the UN General Assembly was also proceeding with negotiations on a convention against corruption. The commitment to fighting organized crime “will only persist if it reflects a commitment by the public to ensure that we do not move towards a world in which democracy and human security are undermined by these new threats,” Mr. Arlacchi concluded. read more

Strong Iraqi exports reported under UNs oilforfood programme

According to the weekly update from the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the exports, which averaged 2.4 million barrels per day, generated 404 million euros or $356 million. During the current phase of the programme, which runs through 30 November, Iraqi oil exports have generated $1.1 billion. Under the terms of the plan, Baghdad is allowed to use a portion of its petroleum revenues – 72 per cent – to purchase humanitarian relief.In a related development, OIP reported that the Security Council sanctions committee released from hold 78 contracts worth $265 million, with the total value of contracts currently on hold dropping to some $3.4 billion, from $3.5 billion the week before. “In all, 1,418 contracts are on hold, of which 969 worth over $2.9 billion are for humanitarian supplies and 449 contracts worth $434 million for oil industry spare parts and equipment,” OIP said. read more

Annan urges remaining countries to sign and ratify nuclear testban treaty

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is still not in force, seven years after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in a bid to bring to an end half a century of nuclear testing.The CTBT contains an international monitoring system, unannounced on-site inspections and other verification provisions to ensure countries comply with the convention.So far 172 nations have signed the CTBT and 116 have ratified it, but it will not have force until all 44 States which have nuclear power or research reactors have ratified it. Only 12 of those States have not ratified: China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, the United States and Viet Nam.In a message to the launch of the joint ministerial statement of the 42 nations, delivered on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuyasu Abe, Mr. Annan said the longer the treaty’s entry into force “is delayed, the more likely that nuclear testing will resume.”Were this to happen, it would be a major setback in non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament efforts. In the era in which we live, we cannot afford such a setback.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,063.16, up 78.20 points):Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 60 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $37.45 on 9.1 million shares.Redknee Solutions Inc. Rights (TSX:RKN.RT). Application software. Down two cents, or 28.57 per cent, to five cents on 3.8 million shares.TSO3 Inc. (TSX:TOS). Health care. Down 23 cents, or 8.95 per cent, to $2.34 on 3.2 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 27 cents, or 0.69 per cent, to $39.41 on 3.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 45 cents, or 3.32 per cent, to $13.99 on 2.9 million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 3.74 per cent, to $7.49 on 2.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up $1.00, or 1.09 per cent, to $93.01 on 2.3 million shares. Canada’s largest bank reported nearly $2.8 billion of net income ($1.85 per share) for its fiscal third quarter and boosted its quarterly dividend by five per cent to 91 cents. Total revenue for the quarter was $9.99 billion, down 2.6 per cent from a year ago.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Publishing. Up nine cents, or 0.37 per cent, to $24.23 on 104,373 shares. Newly-formed Gravite Media has bought six French language publications from Quebec-based Transcontinental for an undisclosed price. The publications include Le Journal Saint-Francois, Le Soleil de Chateauguay, Brossard Eclair, Le Courrier du Sud, L’information d’Affaires Rive-Sud and Le Reflet, as well as their related web properties. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Sweet shot Aaron Craft lifts Buckeyes to Sweet 16

DAYTON – In the middle of an arena packed to the rafters with crazed fans standing anxiously, on a court with defenders eying him and teammates yelling for the ball, Aaron Craft remained calm. The score of the third-round NCAA Tournament game between No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 10 seed Iowa State was tied, 75-75, with the shot clock off and the contest’s final seconds ticking down. Craft dribbled the ball just outside the right wing, with Georges Niang, a freshman forward, isolated on him. “Give me the ball!” shouted junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who clapped twice after screaming at his junior point guard from the top of the key. “I’m open! I’m open!” roared junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who stood unguarded in the right corner. Craft waved them off. He had run the play coach Thad Matta drew up in the huddle – a pick-and-roll intended to free Thomas for an open look – but Iowa State doubled the junior forward, meaning a big man was left to defend OSU’s rosy-cheeked floor leader. “He made the right read. (Thomas) was going to have to catch it with his back to the basket. I was fine with it. I’ve said from day one, I’ll live with any decision that kid makes,” Matta said. Craft waited until the game clock reached three, dribbled hard to the 3-point line, rose up, and fired a shot. Swish. Following a late desperation heave from the Cyclones, that wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in, OSU had reached its fourth straight Sweet 16, upending Iowa State, 78-75, at the University of Dayton Arena Sunday afternoon. Craft, who scored 18 total points, received a hug from each of his teammates. The fans in attendance – most of whom were Buckeyes fans – cheered and jumped in jubilation. In a West Region where the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds had already been eliminated, OSU remained alive in its hunt for a second consecutive Final Four berth. “I think it’s a great way to win like this. Every game can’t be a blowout. The fact that we won this game gives us a lot of momentum headed to LA,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. Waiting for the Buckeyes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is No. 6 seed Arizona, a squad Matta called “loaded,” and “the best team on the West Coast.” For long stretches of the game Sunday, though, OSU’s spot in the West Region’s semi-finals was in serious doubt. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, making the Buckeyes look flustered and nervous. OSU settled for contested jumpers on the offensive end and gave up open shots on defense. “Settle down,” Craft barked to his teammates. OSU fought back, going on a 12-2 run sparked by Scott’s play off the bench. The sophomore guard, however, was called for a technical foul after an and-one layup in transition when he tossed the basketball at an Iowa State defender. The Buckeyes’ momentum halted, and OSU scraped into halftime with a 38-36 lead. Out of the break, the Buckeyes looked like they had taken control of the contest. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross had a 10-point stretch midway through the final half, pushing OSU to a 69-56 lead with 6:04 remaining. “I think coming off the bench I have an advantage because I get to watch the pace of the game,” Ross said, who totaled 17 points. “I was able to come in the game and set a few screens for Aaron and get open.” Iowa State then rattled off 13 straight points and took the lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by senior guard Tyrus McGee with 3:24 left. “Their coach had a great game plan with us, pinning us down with their bigs against the basket and getting their guards out,” Scott said. The Cyclones, who had four players in double figures, made 12 3-pointers on the day, including five from redshirt senior guard Korie Lucious, a transfer from Michigan State. “I think they’re probably the best 3-point shooting team we’ve ever played against,” Scott said. While the Buckeyes looked like they were wavering during Iowa State’s second-half run, the players insist they were not. One aspect of the game they did falter in, admittedly, was toughness. Iowa State out-rebounded OSU, 36-22, repeatedly getting second chance opportunities at the offensive end. “For a little segment there, they were the tougher team,” Smith said. OSU and Iowa State traded free throws and baskets in the game’s final minutes. Craft, the game’s hero, was at times the scapegoat for a potential loss, as he missed two critical free throws down the stretch. “I was just trying to stay focused and poised. I did some things down the stretch I normally don’t do,” Craft said. With 58 seconds left and the ball in the hands of Iowa State and the game tied, 75-75, Thomas did something he normally doesn’t do, too. This rare occurrence, however, benefited the Buckeyes, as the junior forward forced a Cyclones turnover, giving OSU the ball back. “People always talk about my defense, questioning it, but it was a great defensive stop,” Thomas said, who led OSU with 22 points. I was on (Niang), and they were running that play all game and they scored four points off of it. So I was like, I know they’re going to run this play, and they ran it. I saw a guy run up and I just went over there and got the ball and got the steal.” Craft got the ball and missed a jumper from the right wing, but Iowa State tipped the ball out of bounds. Following a timeout from Matta, Craft, with the confidence of his teammates, knocked down the game-winning shot. “As long as it wasn’t him on the free throw line at that point, I was like, ‘Man, he’s going to make that shot,’” Smith said with a smile. “Big-time players step up and make plays at the end of the game.” Craft’s reaction to the made bucket surprised one of his teammates. “When we made the shot, he didn’t even get excited. He was just like, ‘Play D! Play D!’” Thomas said. “That’s the thing about Craft, we love him, he works on and off the court, and you need a guy like that on your side.” OSU and Arizona will play Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. read more

Significant concerns raised over fire safety in Kerry nursing home

first_imgThis was a repeat non-compliance and a similar issue had formed part of a serious concern previously notified to the Office of the Chief Inspector. This poor practice had the potential for a serious errorIn addition, discrepancies were noted in the duplication of signing times and days and not all drugs were transcribed properly. For example, paracetamol was transcribed in the drug administration sheet without a dosage or times of administration for the resident involved.When it came to the food nutrition of the residents, inspectors found the food to be plentiful and nicely presented but noted in the report that “one resident who had been assessed as requiring a chopped diet was seen to be served a pork chop on the day of inspection”.In response to the inspection, the home said a fire risk assessment is currently being completed and it has engaged an external consultant to mentor the management team and staff on implementation of recommendations arising from the report.  AN INSPECTION REPORT on a nursing home in Kerry has raised concerns after inspectors identified a “significant risk to the lives of residents and staff” in relation to its fire safety management. The unannounced inspection at Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home took place between 7 and 8 November. Nine areas, such as management and social needs, were examined by the Health Quality and Information Authority (Hiqa) during the inspection. Eleven areas were found to be non-complaint. Lystoll Lodge was one of 34 nursing homes recently inspected by Hiqa. Inspectors found evidence of non-compliance in 15 of the centres for older people. In these centres, the care provider failed to ensure that the service delivered to residents was effectively monitored in line with the regulations and standards. On the day of inspection at Lystoll Lodge, there were 46 residents present. The inspectors met with the residents, relatives and staff members.Residents told inspectors that they were happy with the staff and their accommodation.Mattress evacuation In the report, inspectors found a “significant risk to the lives of residents and staff” in relation to fire safety management of the nursing home and that adequate precautions against the risk of fire had not been taken. Inspectors noted that three oxygen cylinders were stored in a bedroom with two residents, neither of which required oxygen. Staff were not aware of their location and there was no signage in place to indicate the presence of oxygen, nor were they stored on a suitable stand.Fire doors at the centre required urgent review as inspectors found they did not appear to be capable of “adequately containing smoke and fire due to gaps down the centre where the smoke seals were located”. Monday 4 Mar 2019, 12:52 PM Mar 4th 2019, 12:52 PM https://jrnl.ie/4522709 Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home , Co Kerry. Image: Google Maps 14,351 Views Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home , Co Kerry. Short URLcenter_img A smoke seal on one door was seen to be repaired with sticky tape and there was a section of the smoke seal missing on the door of the smokers’ room where three residents regularly smoked.The fire door to the laundry room was held open with a wooden wedge while there was a lot of dust and lint visible on the back of the tumble drier, which presented a high risk of fire.When it came to the fire drills, they did not include a simulated full or partial evacuation of the upstairs area where there were a large number of highly dependent residents requiring evacuation on a mattress. ”Staff had no practical experience of doing this type of evacuation. It was therefore not possible to ascertain if all residents in the centre could be evacuated to a place of safety in a timely manner in the event of a fire,” the inspection stated. Fire evacuation equipment was also found to be not adequate. Inspectors stated that they could not identify, “nor were staff able to demonstrate that appropriate assistive equipment was available for residents who require them to evacuate”.“Fire evacuation ‘ski-sheets’ were not available for all residents requiring same. There were only 4 such evacuation aids on the premises.”When it came to the fire alarms there was no evidence that it was serviced on a quarterly basis. ‘Significant concern’The report also found deficiencies when it came to records. Resident records were found to be not securely stored. The staff roster was not complete as all staff were not included on this, mostly the cleaning, laundry, activity and the kitchen staff.Four staff, three of which were on duty during the inspection did not have the required garda vetting in place. Inspectors also found that not all staff had the required two references on file and that not all CVs were complete. Inspectors noted that a “significant concern” remained in relation to the absence of the signatures of some nurses who checked or administered the controlled drugs.Signatures were not available for all such transactions, similar to findings on the previous inspection. Image: Google Maps ‘Significant concerns’ raised over fire safety in Kerry nursing home During an unannounced inspection, 11 areas were found to be non-compliant at Lystoll Lodge. Share42 Tweet Email7 By Adam Daly No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ODOT sets I84 work long waits expected

first_imgTwo construction projects could combine into a traffic nightmare for Portland-bound commuters who don’t plan ahead for about the next two weeks.The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced the westbound Interstate 84 ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed for the next 12 days. The closure, scheduled to begin at 10 tonight, is expected to last until 5 a.m. Aug. 6. Beginning 5 a.m. on Friday, only the I-84 westbound left lane will be open at the I-5 interchange, with all traffic exiting to southbound I-5.“This could be a tremendously disruptive closure,” said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton. “We’re fearing major traffic backups on westbound I-84 Thursday morning … there could be delays on southbound I-205 and northbound I-205 both getting onto I-84 westbound into downtown Portland.”It is the second of three construction-related ramp closures that could cause significant delays, the agency said in a news release.ODOT estimates it could take as long as three hours to travel between I-205 and I-5 along I-84. To make the situation worse, traffic is anticipated to spill off the highway and into surface streets as drivers search for quicker routes.ODOT made similar announcements about the first ramp closure that ran from July 8 through Monday. C-Tran also anticipated and warned its passengers of “major gridlock” when ODOT closed the ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound.However, C-Tran spokeswoman Christine Selk said conditions were not nearly as bad as anticipated and the agency didn’t have to rely on the extra buses it had lined up to accommodate the delays.last_img read more

In Other News Tinker AFB Edwards AFB Gain Role in Supporting B21

first_imgThe Air Force has selected Tinker AFB, Okla., to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, Calif., to lead testing and evaluation of the next-generation, long-range strike bomber, officials announced Friday. Robins AFB, Ga., and Hill AFB, Utah, will support Tinker to ensure the B-21 is maintained and, when necessary, overhauled and upgraded, according to a press release. Edwards is home to the Air Force Test Center. The Air Force expects to stand up the first B-21 operational units around 2025, reported Air Force Times. The service plans to purchase at least 100 of the advanced stealth bombers. … The master developer for 145 acres at the former Fort McPherson in south Atlanta has submitted a reuse plan calling for 525,000 square feet of office space, a 600-student school, 235,000 square feet of retail, 46,000 square feet of restaurants, 100 hotel rooms and 2,800 residential units. The property represents the portion of the Army post that remained after the Fort Mac LRA sold 330 acres of the site in 2015 to filmmaker Tyler Perry to build a movie and television production complex. “We believe we can turn Fort Mac into a destination for entertainment, film, gaming and music,” Stephen Macauley, principal of master developer Macauley Investments, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle last year. “We also want to find a way to feature the performing and visual arts, along with [attracting] technology companies.”Illustration courtesy of U.S. Air Force Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Minister A Indrakaran Reddy distributes compensation cheques to

first_imgNirmal: Endowments and Law and Order Minister A Indrakaran Reddy said the government’s top concern is the welfare of farmers and has been implementing various scheme for them, while speaking at a grievance cell here on Wednesday.He distributed compensation cheques worth Rs 13,03,94,000 to 202 farmers, who gave away their land for Kaleshwaram project, under the project package number 27. Also Read – School students take out rallies seeking justice for Harshini in Mahbubnagar Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that the government is moving water from Kaleshwaram project to Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) to packages 27 and 28 through canals to provide irrigation water to one lakh acres. The government is paying a compensation of Rs 9.75 lakhs per acre to the farmers, who lost their farmlands due to canal construction under Kaleshwaram project. Mudhole MLA G Vittal Reddy, Nirmal District Collector M Prashanthi, Joint Collector A Bhaskar Rao, FACS chairman Ramkishan Reddy, Library chairman Dharmaji Ravender, RDO Prasunamba, Dr Ramana Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Recreates Stranger Things Christmas Lights Scene

first_imgStay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos can’t get enough of the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things: This week, Bezos shared a photo on Instagram, which showed the series’ iconic Christmas lights/alphabet display and a box of Eggo waffles.On Tuesday, Bezos posted the Stranger Things-themed picture on Instagram with the caption “Binged Stranger Things Season 3 yesterday with my kids and a few of their friends. God, Eggos are good, and the show was even better. Awesome season.”center_img In the picture, a wall backdrop shows the Christmas lights and 26 letters in a neat linear format. In Stranger Things, Joyce Byers uses the Christmas lights and alphabet to communicate with her son, Will Byers, when he is trapped in a bizarre parallel universe during the show’s first season.Bezos also paid tribute to another key Stranger Things character, Eleven, who is known for her obsession with Eggo waffles throughout the series.Hello? Is anyone out there? If you can see this, then you know there are limited-edition 1985 Eggo boxes available. https://t.co/eYX82vkHlc pic.twitter.com/rfMoVySfSq— Eggo® (@eggo) June 20, 2019Bezos’ post, which has racked up more than 68,000 likes, also shocked some Instagram users, who were surprised that he would promote a Netflix show.“Supporting Netflix, really?” One user commented.Another wrote “Are you jealous it’s not on Prime Video?”Eggo Waffles’ U.S. Instagram account even picked up on the funny post and responded with “If you’re in a fresh market, you can extend that ’80s feeling by getting your hands on our rare retro Eggo boxes.”Stranger Things Season 3, which stars Millie Bobby Brown,Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Finn Wolfhard, is now streaming on Netflix.More on Geek.com:Maya Hawke’s Dad Posts Cute ‘Stranger Things’ Instagram Tribute ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Final Trailer Is a Horrifying Summer AdventureThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more

Fossil discovery in Alps challenges theory that all deep sea animals evolved

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B New fossils suggest ancient origins of modern-day deep-sea animals For most of modern science, ocean scientists have believed that the open ocean is a near desert, with few living creatures in it. Because of that, the consensus has been that most of the animals that do live in the deep sea today, likely evolved in shallow waters and then migrated there over millions of years. In this new effort, the researchers report on an excavation in the Austrian Alps that has yielded many fossils from ancient deep sea animals.The team has thus far found over 2,500 fossils which have been identified as deep sea animal remains because they were clearly sea dwellers that were not light dependant. Also the rock in which they were found was similar to rock on ocean seafloors. Closer analysis of the fossils dates them back approximately 180 million years. Prior discoveries of ancient sea creature remains had been found in shallow waters, which was another reason scientists have believed deep sea creatures evolved from shallow water creatures. But the new fossil find predates any other existing find by 25 million years, suggesting they evolved from a deep sea ancestor. In comparing the deep sea fossils with fossils from shallow living creatures from the same time frame, the researchers made another discovery. The deep sea appeared to have more biodiversity millions of years ago, than more shallow waters, turning conventional thinking on its head. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from several European countries has published a paper in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, arguing that new archeological evidence suggests not all deep sea creatures evolved in shallow waters and then moved deeper. Fossil discoveries in the Austrian Alps, they claim, offer evidence that some deep sea creatures actually evolved in the deep sea and are the ancestors of many modern deep sea creatures. Explore further Credit: © Ben Thuy The findings by the team add more credence to the more recent view that areas of the deep sea actually have some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet. But, they caution, such conclusions should not imply that the deep sea may be better able to withstand changes wrought by us humans, because no one really knows if that is true or not. Credit: © Ben Thuy More information: First glimpse into Lower Jurassic deep-sea biodiversity: in situ diversification and resilience against extinction, Published 21 May 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2624 © 2014 Phys.org 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. Citation: Fossil discovery in Alps challenges theory that all deep sea animals evolved from shallow water ancestors (2014, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-fossil-discovery-alps-theory-deep.html Credit: © Ben Thuylast_img read more

WBMC questions 3 docs over infants death

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) on Friday questioned three doctors involved in the death of Kuheli Chakraborty – a 4-month-old child who died of alleged medical negligence after colonoscopy at a city hospital.”This was the third hearing at the Council. The enquiry that has been conducted so far has found negligence on the part of the Apollo Hospital authorities. The child was given no food for a long time and then, medicine was given to her on an empty stomach. This may have resulted in the death. We will be holding more hearings to arrive at a conclusion,” said WBMC president Nirmal Maji. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to sources, pediatrician Baishali Roy, Subhas Tiwary, who was on duty at the ITU and Sanjay Mahawar (anesthesiologist), deposed before the council on Friday. Tiwary has admitted that he was not aware of the side effects of the medicine that was given to the child, an official in the council said.Gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka, who was also scheduled to appear for the hearing, did not turn up. “We will act tough against such negligence and will take steps,” the official reiterated. The deceased child’s parents were present at the time of the hearing. “We will fight till those responsible for the death of my daughter are punished,” said Shalu Chakraborty, Kuheli’s mother. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that 4-month-old Kuheli died at the hospital on April 19, 2017, after a colonoscopy. Her parents Abhijit and Shalu Chakraborty had alleged medical negligence and lodged a complaint with Phoolbagan police and the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission.The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, in its verdict on June 23, 2017, had found prima facie negligence on part of the doctors and had forwarded the case to WBMC.last_img read more

Apple Answers iPad Pro Bendgate with New Support Doc

first_img Next Tips »» Multitask on the iPad Pro Multitask on the iPad Pro Use Your iPhone as a Hotspot for the iPad Pro Edit Multiple Streams of 4K Video on the iPad Pro Worried about a visible bend in your new iPad Pro? You shouldn’t be, Apple says in a newly posted support document, since it’s just a byproduct of the manufacturing process used for the 11- and 12.9-inch tablets.The new support document, posted late yesterday (Jan. 4), features Apple’s most extensive comments to date on new iPad Pros that came out of their box with a noticeable bend. Last month, some iPad Pro owners reported that their new tablets had a slight though visibly curved chassis – something Apple later confirmed in a few brief public statements on the issue.At the time, Apple said the bend resulted from a cooling process involving the iPad’s metal and plastic parts, and that tablet met Apple’s standards for design and manufacturing. It reiterates those points in the new support document, though with more detail.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-support-on-bent-ipad-pro?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Cellular models of the iPad Pro, which seem to be the most prone to this issue, feature small vertical bands that let parts of the tablet’s enclosure act as cellular antennas, Apple says.“In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface,” the support document reads. “After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure.”Apple says its flatness specification “allows for no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side,” which the company adds is less than the thickness of four sheets of paper. That’s apparently an even tighter specification than in previous iPad generations.So why the bend? According to Apple’s support document, “the new straight edges and the presence of the antenna splits may make subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use. These small variances do not affect the strength of the enclosure or the function of the product and will not change over time through normal use.”That’s not likely to be of much comfort to new iPad Pro owners who place as much a premium on aesthetics as they do performance. The support document reiterates that Apple has a 14-day return policy on products bought directly from the company, and it instructs iPad Pro owners who think the bend in their tablet exceeds the 400-micron standard to contact Apple Support. 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Meet the Mexican artist who loves drawing hairy men and penises

first_imgCustom-designed underwear featuring artwork by Carlos Radriguez (Photo: Radriguez) Beautiful and breathtaking male photography show comes to LondonThese sexy gaymers want to share their love of all things geekyEveryday moments of gay history captured on new websiteRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/radriguez-mexican-artist/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . (Image: Carlos Radriguez)Aah, yes. What is it with him and big noses? He admits the men he draws are the type who turn him on.‘Big noses, bellies, muscles, hairs, mustaches, beards, bald heads … Guys ask me a lot about the meaning of the pink noses in my drawings. The answer is easy – it’s a juxtaposition of a big penis in the face.’Some of Carlos Radriguez’s products, including pillows and badgesRadriguez’s playful and sexy art is now adoring a range of merchandise Much of it features a recurring character he has named ‘Sailor’. Radriguez personally takes charge of every aspect of the production, marketing and distribution. He says it’s very much a full-time job but one he finds deeply satisfying.Ceramic work by Carlos RadriguezIf anyone wants to buy some original artwork, he’s also open to commission – but you might want to do so rather than later.‘I’m still affordable! I’m fortunate there is a big and growing interest in my original work. My paintings, drawings and lately my ceramics – my pieces are finding their own happy home. And sometimes clients come to me with very specific commissions, like drawing them nude on a unicorn.’(Image: Carlos Radriguez)Carlos Radriguez on public displayRadriguez’s work has featured in group art shows in local Mexico City galleries, gay bars, and illustration fairs in his home country and Colombia. He’s also had solo shows in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. He will also be included in a group show taking place for Pride Month at Mexico City’s Museo del Chopo.A censored image from one of Radriguez’s notebooksAnd if anyone wants a more hands-on experience, ‘I’ll be hosting (‘Chupanda y Dibujanda’) drinking and drawing nude sessions in a bar during the summer. Guys always end up drunk and horny because I offer free mezcal shots!’For more information or to contact: radriguez.co or email [email protected] or DM via Instagram – @radrigue5 – and follow on TumblrCarlos strikes a pose! (Photo: Carlos Radriguez) An illustrator based in Mexico City is building a growing following with his cute illustrations of naked, bear-ish men. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Carlos Radriguez (Photo: Supplied)Carlos Radriguez, 37, was born and raised in the small town of La Soledad in San Luis Potosi.(Image: Carlos Radriguez)‘My parents worked as primary school teachers and at home there were always color markers, cardboard and chalks. So, I started to draw – wild animals and houses. The penises came after.’(Image: Carlos Radriguez)He studied graphic design. After graduating, he moved to Mexico City 11 years ago to seek, ‘a job, guys and adventures … and I can say I found a lot of them!’He met his partner, Gustavo, a fashion photographer, eight years ago. At first, he made his living as an art director with advertising agencies but now works full-time as an artist and illustrator.Part of an anatomy project (Photo: Carlos Radriguez)Turning his passion into full-time work‘When I was dismissed from my last job I started selling painted underwear and customized notebooks illustrating sexual fantasies.‘Thanks to social media, people began to take an interest. This was largely thanks to Instagram. Instagram has become the biggest platform to make yourself known globally. Either by your work or by showing your ass. Or in my case, both.’He says the last two years have been spent concentrating on his art and products, exploring gay identity, sex, ‘the obsession with the penis, male anatomy and body positivity.’(Image: Carlos Radriguez)‘Keeping your work fresh and interesting is the biggest challenge for an artist in the digital age. You also have to know how to avoid the censorship that exists around the male nude. Instagram has closed my accounts five times in the past because they say that my drawings are offensive.’He says he believes female nudity is more accepted and celebrated.A Matisse-inspired piece by Carlos Radriguez‘Guys drawing guys, people think we’re perverts, but we are just claiming our natural relationship with our bodies and our masculinity. My goal is to dignify art inspired by the male body and its sexuality.’Big bellies and big nosesIn terms of influences, Radriguez draws upon many inspirations: ‘from classical painting, pop culture and Tumblr porn pages, Henri Rousseau, Tom of Finland, Keith Haring. The bear-ish male figures are my own Rubens and Michelangelos with hards dicks, bellies and big noses.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more December 3, 2013 — Imaging with the molecular imaging tracer 18F-FDOPA can help distinguish radiation-induced lesions from new tumor growth in patients who have been treated with radiation for brain metastases, according to new research published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using this amino acid tracer, researchers found that physicians could accurately differentiate the two types of lesions 83 percent of the time. Progression-free survival could also be predicted through evaluating the 18F-FDOPA imaging results. The study, along with the names of the authors, is available on the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) website. The best overall accuracy for differentiating between the two types of lesions was achieved using visual scoring, which had a sensitivity of 81.3 percent, a specificity of 84.3 percent and an overall accuracy of 83.1 percent. The semiquantitative analysis resulted in a sensitivity of 81.3 percent, a specificity of 72.5 percent and an overall accuracy of 75.9 percent. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more “Histopathological changes in neural tissue treated with radiation could trigger clinical and imaging manifestations which are very similar to those caused by tumor growth,” said Karlo Lizarraga, M.D., M.S. and lead author of the study “18F-FDOPA PET for Differentiating Recurrent or Progressive Brain Metastatic Tumors from Late or Delayed Radiation Injury After Radiation Treatment.” “The challenge is then to differentiate whether these manifestations are due to radiation or to tumor progression or recurrence. Accurate and timely distinction between these two possibilities can significantly affect patient care, and outcome for treatment modalities are completely different for each case.”  News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more “18F-FDOPA PET imaging is currently available in few centers. The longer physical half-life of 18F-FDOPA, when compared to other amino acid tracers, gives it the advantage of potential automatedproduction and transport to PET centers for widespread use,” said Lizarraga. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | December 03, 2013 Treatment Plans for Brain Metastases More Accurately Determined With Aid of Molecular Imaging Tracer In the retrospective study, researchers analyzed images from 32 patients who had 83 previously irradiated brain metastases and who underwent 18F-FDOPA positron emission tomography (PET). The studies were analyzed both semiquantitatively and visually to determine whether lesions were caused by radiation injury or were recurrent or progressive brain metastases. Results were verified by histopathological analysis or clinical follow-up. The prognostic power of 18F-FDOPA in predicting progression-free survival and overall survival was also analyzed with the Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression methods. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Researchers also found that evaluations with 18F-FDOPA PET was highly prognostic of progression-free survival, as lesions with a negative PET result had a mean time to progression that was 4.6 times longer than lesions with positive 18F-FDOPA PET results. Additionally, a trend toward predicting overall survival was also seen. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more For more information: www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Brain metastases occur in 20-40 percent of all cancer patients, particularly in those with non-small cell lung cancer, breast cancer and melanoma. They account for 170,000 new cases per year in the United States, and prognosis is poor. Treatment for brain metastases typically includes a combination of surgery, radiation treatment and chemotherapy.last_img read more

WEYMOUTH MASS – Macquarie Global Opportunities P

first_imgWEYMOUTH, MASS. – Macquarie Global Opportunities Partners (MGOP) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the jet membership, retail charter and fuel management business units previously owned by Sentient Jet Holdings, LLC. The businesses are now operating as a standalone company and will retain the Sentient brand. Terms were not disclosed.The new company, Sentient Flight Group (Sentient) will continue its successful focus on developing solutions for private jet travelers delivered with Sentient’s hallmark commitment to service and safety and will include:-Sentient Jet Membership – with 3,500 active members, Sentient Jet Membership is one of the industry’s premier programs based on its innovative, flexible product which offers guaranteed availability and fixed one-way pricing. -Sentient Charter – alongside the membership business, Sentient also offers a leading retail charter broker program. With extensive sales and service teams located around the country, Sentient Charter adds to the company’s range of solutions to meet clients’ private flying needs with concierge-style service for specific, on-demand itineraries. -AvBuy – Sentient’s fuel business, AvBuy, is a leading national volume aggregator and provides a full service fuel management program for aircraft owners that are Sentient clients and operators that support Sentient’s other programs.As announced in August, Sentient will be led by Steven Hankin, the former CEO of Sentient Jet Holdings. “We are excited to join forces with MGOP whose financial strength and aviation experience will enhance our ability to provide clients with unique, flexible solutions anchored on exceptional service and an uncompromising safety culture,” said Hankin. “Together, we will focus on continuing Sentient’s strong track record of growth in private aviation.”Through funds that it manages on behalf of investors or as principal, the Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a leading global investor and manager across a range of specialist asset classes around the world, with over $200 billion in assets under management. In particular, Macquarie has significant experience managing and/or owning investments in the aviation industry including Fixed-Base Operations (FBOs), Maintenance Repair & Overhaul operations (MRO), airports, aircraft leasing and jet engine leasing.Michael Cook, Senior Managing Director of MGOP, said, “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of Sentient Flight Group and partner with Steve and his original team that built Sentient into the leading company it is today. Through this transaction we have acquired three strong, profitable businesses – Sentient Jet Membership, Sentient Charter, and AvBuy – each with a unique offering that when combined establishes a platform for continued growth in the highly fragmented private aviation industry.”About Sentient Flight Group Sentient Flight Group is a leading private aviation company in the United States. The Sentient Jet Membership program is the most flexible and economically sound approach to private aviation. Members enjoy access to premium executive-class aircraft with a guaranteed response time of as little as ten hours anywhere in the continental United States. The program features guaranteed availability as well as both one-way and round-trip pricing at fixed hourly rates. Sentient Charter is built off the company’s superb reputation for service and safety and offers clients expert solutions for specific itineraries, including complex road shows, international travel, and large group commercial charter. Sentient Flight Group also includes the national fuel management program, AvBuy, and the online charter marketplace, www.privatejets.com.Sentient Membership and Sentient Charter arrange flights on behalf of clients through access to a strong network of certified operators and aircraft. Flights are conducted by FAR certified air carriers that exercise full operational control at all times. Operators approved to provide service for Sentient must meet all FAA safety standards and additional safety standards established by Sentient.About Macquarie Global Opportunities Partners Macquarie Global Opportunities Partners (MGOP) is an unlisted fund focused on making private equity investments in privileged cash flow businesses globally. Established in 2007, MGOP is managed by a subsidiary of the Macquarie Group (Macquarie). Macquarie is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Macquarie’s main business focus is making returns by providing a diversified range of services to clients, acting on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Macquarie Group Limited is listed in Australia (ASX: MQG) with total assets under management of $212 billion (June 30, 2008).last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga named to important House panel

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News 26Nov Rep. Hoitenga named to important House panel Michigan House Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield recently announced that state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, will serve on the newly created Policy Action Plan Committee within the Michigan House.The temporary, 14-member panel will work with incoming Republican members to develop policy ideas for the upcoming legislative term and construct an updated House Republican action plan.“This nomination is an honor to me because it involves shaping how we operate as a caucus going forward the next two years,” Hoitenga said. “It’s essential that we come through for the people of Michigan and take on pressing issues to make sure our state continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.”Hoitenga is nearing the end of her first term serving residents in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola Counties and will begin her second in January as part of the 2019-20 Legislature. She has voted to cut taxes and lower auto insurance rates for Northern Michigan families while supporting record statewide school and road funding.“Working on these issues and casting votes in support of them helped Michigan make significant strides, but our work is never done,” Hoitenga said. “I’m excited to work with my colleagues and put forth solid ideas for our state and Northern Michigan.”last_img read more