Morocco and Thailand to Strengthen Parliamentary Cooperation

Rabat – During talks with the president of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Habib El Malki,  Don Pramudwinai praised the quality of political relations between the two countries.He stressed that the similarities between both kingdoms would encourage the emergence of economic cooperation in various fields.The Thai Foreign Affairs minister expressed his readiness to support all initiatives in this direction. He then called for the involvement of all stakeholders, including the private sector, in finding opportunities for cooperation. In this regard, Pramudwinai gave the example of the Moroccan-Thai parliamentary friendship group and the positive results of El Malki’s participation in the 40th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) of the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN).El Malki, on the other hand, affirmed that Morocco’s deep interest in the region of Asia and in cooperation with ASEAN.Announcing that Thai parliamentarians will be invited to an economic promotion day to be held in Morocco, El Malki stressed the importance of the contribution of parliamentary diplomacy in strengthening ties between the two kingdoms.He also hoped that the cooperation agreements being finalized would be concluded as soon as possible and signed during the Head of Thai Diplomacy’ forthcoming visit to Morocco.El Malki further indicated that a memorandum of understanding between the legislative institutions of the two countries has been proposed. The signature of the memorandum is planned for a forthcoming visit of the President of the National Assembly of Thailand, Chuan Leekpai to Morocco.AIPA & ASEAN The ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly was established in 1977. It has ten permanent member countries and 12 observer countries.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is currently the 5th largest economy in the World.  This regional grouping represents 9% of the world’s population, approximately 650 million people.It was established on August 8, 1967, in Bangkok, Thailand. It includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. read more

Sri Lankas envoy to Nepal holds talks with President Bidya

Indian and Sri Lankan ambassadors to Nepal separately called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the latter’s office in Sheetal Niwas on Wednesday, the Himalayan Times reported. Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri held discussion with President Bhandari on her upcoming state visit to India besides issues of bilateral interests, according to the Office of the President. President Bhandari is scheduled to visit India from April 17 to 21 upon the invitation of her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.Senior government officials were present on both the occasions. In their meeting, Sri Lankan Ambassador WS Parera and President Bhandari held discussion on issues of bilateral interests and strengthening relationship between Nepal and Sri Lanka, the Office of the President said in a statement. read more

PSC approves transfer of eight small sewer systems

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved the sale of eight small sewer systems to a Missouri-based company that has promised to correct long-standing problems with most of the systems.The PSC found that Bluegrass Water Utility Operating Co., LLC, a subsidiary of Central States Water Resources, has the necessary financial, technical and managerial ability to provide reasonable service and that the transaction is in the public interest, as required by state law.- Advertisement – The eight privately owned sewer systems together provide sewer service to about 1,300 customers.Those utilities are:• P.R. Wastewater serves 361 customers in the Persimmon Ridge development in Shelby County. It is in generally good condition, but has had some problems meeting wastewater treatment standards.• Marshall County Environmental Services, which operates the Great Oaks and Golden Acres systems, has a combined 126 customers. Both systems are in poor condition; Great Oaks has operated without a valid environmental permit since 2012.• LH Treatment Co. serves 277 customers in the Longview and Homestead subdivisions in Scott County. Its permit expired last year and it has exceeded some discharge limits.• Kingswood Development has 124 customers in Bullitt County. The system has recorded sporadic environmental violations.• Airview Utilities has asked the PSC for permission to abandon its system, which serves 203 customers in Hardin County. The system is in serious disrepair and needs major renovations.• Brocklyn Utilities serves about 168 customers in Madison County. It is in poor condition, operating on an expired permit, and is barely able to provide adequate service.• Fox Run Utilities has 34 customers in Franklin County. Its plant is in disrepair and is not meeting environmental standards.• Lake Columbia Utilities serves 33 customers in Bullitt County. The treatment plant has not been maintained, is not meeting environmental standards and may need to be replaced.Related Article: Regulators OK revisions to home heating assistance programCentral States Water Resources was formed to acquire and rehabilitate small water and wastewater systems.Bluegrass Water plans to operate the Kentucky utilities using the same third-party contractors it has employed successfully in Missouri and Arkansas.The application identifies them as Nitor Billing Services and Midwest Water Operations. Both will maintain toll-free lines for customers. read more

Number of alleged child sex offences committed by other children almost doubles

first_imgIn total, there were 32,452 reports to police of alleged sexual offences by children on other children over the four year period, an average of more than 20 every day.The figures relate to instances where the alleged perpetrator and victim are both aged under 18. Incidences of sexting – where sexual images are exchanged between minors – are included in the definition of sexual offences.Barnardo’s said the data, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show the number of reported cases more than doubled in 12 force areas between 2013 and 2016.Simon Bailey, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Child Protection, said: “We believe we can attribute these increases to more awareness and greater victim confidence.”We also have to look at the possibility that more abuse is being perpetrated and if technology is facilitating this.”These figures highlight the importance of building resilience in young people and educating them about sexual relationships.”This can’t be left to chance.”Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said the charity warned last year that “unless child on child sexual abuse is dealt with head on, it may become the next scandal in our society”.He added: “These results are another wake up call to the extent of the problem. “We’re deeply concerned more children may be sexually harming other children.”Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani called on the Government to work with schools, local authorities, police and voluntary organisations to tackle the issue.She added: “In this smartphone age, parents must also play a vigilant role in protecting their children from harmful sexual behaviour and from harmful sexual images that cause damage they are too young to understand.”Last year a cross-party parliamentary panel said a consistent national strategy was needed for tackling growing concerns about access to extreme pornography, the sharing of naked images online and sexting. The panel’s inquiry concluded that children and young people should not be “unnecessarily criminalised” for displaying harmful sexual behaviour towards others. Credit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Teenager checks messages on her smartphone  The number of children being investigated by police for sexual offences has almost doubled in the last four years.Children potentially face being criminalised for committing sex offences against other youngsters, an investigation found, with a rise in the use of smartphones thought to be a contributing factor. Last year there were 9,290 reports of such cases to forces in England and Wales, a jump of 78 per cent compared to 2013, according to figures obtained by charity Barnardo’s.A spokesman for Barnardo’s said: “Too often children displaying harmful sexual behaviour are treated as ‘mini sex offenders’. “Although public protection should always remain the primary driver when dealing with cases of harmful sexual behaviour  young offenders should be treated as children first and offenders second.”last_img read more

Sharps new 5inch 1080p display packs 443 ppi

first_imgLG might have a 5-month head start on Sharp, but that’s not stopping the Japanese display maker from offering up a brand new 5-inch 1080p display. Like LG’s 16:9 panel, Sharp’s new offering boasts a Retina-crushing 443 pixels per inch (the iPhone 5 is just 336 ppi).But a 5-inch display is clearly not aimed at smartphones that compete with the tall, slender iPhone. They’re aimed at devices like the Optimus Vu and Samsung Galaxy Note — which sit around 256 and 286 ppi respectively. Sharp’s new panels should allow OEMs that want to step up their phablet game to do so by integrating its razor-sharp displays.While all those extra pixels might not always make much difference when you’re holding your as-yet-unbuilt 5-inch device at a proper distance, it’ll definitely help when you’re reading text or bring the screen in for closer inspection. There’s a good possibility you’ll see these displays popping up in Sharp’s own Android phones, like the SH530U, which launched in August with a 5-inch 480×800 panel instead.Sharp’s had a bit of a rough time lately, and only recently finished offering up loads of real estate as collateral in order to secure a $1.2 billion operating loan. The list of facilities covers “almost all the business sites in Japan owned by Sharp” and even includes the factory where Sharp just started producing the displays for the iPhone 5.The company was also given the cold shoulder recently by Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou , who unexpectedly shortened a business trip to Japan and returned home without meeting with Sharp to finalize the purchase of a 10% stake.More at Engadget and Sharplast_img read more

Triple H comments on Neville’s status with WWE, Preview for WWE Chronicle with Samoa…

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) If you missed it in our recap, during today’s NXT Conference Call with Paul “Triple H” Levesque, a question was asked about Neville and his current status with WWE.The question, which focused on the new NXT UK brand and why Neville would be a great fit, didn’t exactly shed any new light on his current whereabouts.Triple H said he wasn’t “100% positive” about Neville’s current status with the company and added he would have to look into that. He did add that Neville would be a perfect fit with the current goals of the NXT UK brand and put over his past work in 205 Live.Neville has been off WWE television since last October and has not wrestled at any live events ever since. While speculation ran heavy in the weeks after his sudden departure from television, wrestling media reports indicated he wasn’t thrilled with how things were being booked as part of the 205 Live brand when Enzo Amore was champion.Preview for WWE Chronicle with Samoa JoeWWE.com has posted an early trailer for the upcoming WWE Chronicle episode that will focus on Samoa Joe from the night after WrestleMania to the build of his WWE Championship match with AJ Styles at SummerSlam this Sunday. WhatsAppcenter_img WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) Google+ Twitter Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

BSO Estranged husband suspected of killing Weston woman commits suicide

first_imgSanchez was found dead inside the house from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The couple leaves behind three young children.If you have any information that may help investigators, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – A man suspected of killing his estranged wife in her Weston home has committed suicide, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Carolyn Espinosa, 34, was found dead inside her home near South Post Road and San Simeon Circle, Wednesday afternoon.According to BSO, Angel Garcia Sanchez, her 39-year-old husband, was suspected of killing the mother of their three children.Investigators said Espinosa had reportedly filed for divorce.Deputies said after the husband killed her, he took off for Central Florida.The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, the U.S. Marshall’s Taskforce and BSO deputies went to the 39-year-old’s home on Thursday night attempting to make contact with Sanchez.They received no response from within the home, but after a two-hour standoff, deputies said they heard gunshots from inside. last_img read more

Two Arrested Following Reported Burglary In Nikiski

first_imgAlaska State Troopers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a property off Wik Rd. in Nikiski. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two individuals were arrested on Sunday after the Alaska State Troopers  responded to an active burglary taking place in the Nikiski area. Andrew Ronald Cook, age 27 of Nikiski, and Ashley Rose Cook, age 27 of Nikiski, were contacted and detained. Further investigation revealed Andrew Cook was in possession of a schedule II medication which was not prescribed to him. A charge of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4th degree was added. According to the online Trooper dispatch, subsequent investigation led to the arrest of both Cooks. They were transported to Wildwood pretrial where Ashley Cook was remanded on a charge of Criminal Trespass 1st degree and Andrew Cook was remanded on charges of Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, Attempted Vehicle Theft 1st degree, and Theft 4th degree.last_img read more

Sen Lisa Murkowski Skeptical Of Forest Services Tongass Plan

first_imgBeached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell defended his management of the Tongass National Forest today to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the panel, says the service isn’t allowing enough timber sales to keep what remains of the logging industry in Southeast Alaska in business.Download AudioTidwell says he’s planning sales of 70 million board feet a year for the next two years.Tidwell: “We are putting up more. It’s not adequate. The bridge timber we talk about, to be able to provide the bridge until we can move into the second growth, we were able to put Big Thorne sale out last year. We’re optimistic we’ll be moving forward with it this year.”Murkowski: “We’ve got a little bit of an ESA issue with Big Thorne. You and I both know that. So  to say that we’ve got it out there and it’s going to be this big bridge out there, the people on Prince of Wales aren’t so optimistic right now.”Murkowski was referring to the Endangered Species Act and an expected battle over the Alexander Archipelago Wolf.This was the last of three hearings she has held to examine budgets of the departments her committee oversees. Murkowski says the president’s proposed budget for the Forest Service doesn’t do right by Southeast Alaska.“But I don’t think you are offering anything more than you have, which is nothing,” Murkowski said. “Nothing to the people of the Tongass.”Murkowski says she wants a solution for communities that depend on the Secure Rural Schools program. SRS distributes money to local governments in and near National Forests. Last year, it provided more than $14 million for roads and schools in Alaska. But Congress let the program expire last fall, leaving in its place an old formula based on forest revenues that gives the whole state just half a million dollars to share.last_img read more

Rachakonda commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat inaugurates CCTV

first_imgBhoodan Pochampally (Yadadri-Bhongir): Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat inaugurated 42 CCTV cameras installed in various villages in Bhoodan Pochampally mandal in Yadadri-Bhongir district on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, he described the CCTV as a third eye that has been playing a key role in helping tracing the culprits in various cases. The crime rate has been reduced considerably in respective areas after installation of CCTV cameras, he added He advised the people to install CCTV cameras at their residences and business establishments for personel safety and security. He further advised colony associations to setup CCTV cameras at junctions to control crimes in their respective localities.last_img read more

CEO Zhang to replace Jack Ma as chairman of Alibaba group

first_imgAlibaba Group’s CEO Zhang speaks to executive chairman Ma during the launch event of Alibaba’s Tmall.REUTERSChinese e-tailer Alibaba Group’s Chief Executive Daniel Zhang will be the new chairman, succeeding its co-founder Jack Ma from September 2019, said the global firm on Monday, September 10.”Ma will continue as the executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition to Zhang,” a statement from Alibaba said.Zhang, who was earlier the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Taobao, an online shopping portal owned by the Alibaba Group, was appointed the CEO of the Alibaba Group in 2015.The co-founder of the company, Ma, will, however, remain as a board member of the Alibaba Group until the annual shareholder meets in 2020.”Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee,” the statement added.The Alibaba Partnership has 36 partners, who are the senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates.Founded in 1999 by Chinese teacher-turned-entrepreneur Jack Ma as a platform to connect Chinese manufacturers with the world, Hangzhou-based Alibaba stands among one of the largest companies in the world.Apart from its online shopping portals, Alibaba also offers electronic payment services and cloud computing services.last_img read more

Two YZA pharmacies robbed in Playa del Carmen in same day

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Two pharmacies of the same company were robbed in broad daylight in Playa del Carmen, both on the same day.An armed man entered a YZA farmacias on Avenida Constituyentes with 75 in the El Pedregal neighborhood Friday. According to the man working the store at the time, an armed individual entered the store and demanded cash.The store clerk handed over nearly 2,000 peso from the register. Before leaving, the thief helped himself to several other items.Earlier Friday, another YZA store clerk was assaulted with a gun when a man entered the store demanding cash and merchandise. That assault occurred at the YZA farmacias along Avenida Juarez with 125.Security footage of suspect from Avenida Juarez.The female store clerk said a man entered the premises with a pocket-sized weapon, removed 1,500 peso from the cash and made off with merchandise including 40 cartons of cigarettes and her personal cell phone.This is the third time this week an YZA pharmacy has been robbed in Playa del Carmen. There are yet to be any arrests.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pascal Prinz named as new ViceChair of European Travel Commissions Canada chapter

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group Monday, March 25, 2019 Pascal Prinz named as new Vice-Chair of European Travel Commission’s Canada chaptercenter_img Tags: European Travel Commission BRUSSELS — The European Travel Commission (ETC) has appointed a new Vice-Chair of its Canada chapter.Pascal Prinz, Director of Switzerland Tourism, joins Dana Welch, Manager for Canada at Tourism Ireland and Chair of ETC’s Canada chapter, taking over for Antje Splettstoesser, former Director of the German National Tourist Board’s representation in Canada.Prior to his role as Director of Switzerland Tourism in Canada, Prinz worked at Switzerland Tourism in New York, at the Swiss Ministry of Economic Affairs in Bern, and also held positions with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Embassies of Switzerland in Washington D.C. and Berlin.Together, Welch and Prinz will steer the activities of the ETC in Canada, whose role is to leverage European destinations’ promotions activities by setting up effective platforms for cooperative marketing and the exchange of best practices, and also by building relationships between the Canadian and the European travel and tourism industry.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“I am honoured to be part of this dynamic team leading ETC’s marketing activities in Canada,” said Prinz. “With even more direct flights this year, it’s so easy and convenient for Canadians to explore Europe’s authentic culture, unique charm and stunning landscapes.”Welch also added: “I look forward to working with Pascal on strategic initiatives and driving promotional activities. It is a great honour and privilege to work together with the ETC Brussels team and member countries here in Canda to promote European destinations.” << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

New Southwest flights to Costa Rica from Houston Baltimore

first_imgSouthwest Airlinesannounced it will expand its operations in Costa Rica with new flights to Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. One flight will arrive from Houston every day starting November 2 and another will arrive from Baltimore on Saturdays starting November 7.The new flights will bring to 22 the number of weekly Southwest flights to the country’s international airports in San José and Liberia.Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura Aragón said the U.S. carrier’s confirmation is great news for Costa Rica.“The United States is our main source market of tourists so this news fills us with great optimism,” Ventura said Thursday. “We will keep growing thanks to our strategy for attracting airlines,” he said.Ventura also highlighted the airline’s renewed interest in flying to the northwestern province of Guanacaste. According to the minister, Southwest’s new flights will further increase the number of international arrivals to Daniel Oduber International Airport, which last year recorded 378,485 visitors, a 14.6 percent increase from 2013.Hermes Navarro del Valle, director of investment attraction at the Costa Rican Tourism Board, said Southwest’s decision to expand its routes here is a direct result of efforts from his office’s airline attraction plan.Southwest recently started daily flights to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) from Baltimore (BWI), and earlier this year it confirmed the start of a daily flight from Houston to SJO starting in October. Facebook Comments Related posts:Alaska Airlines to open two routes between Los Angeles and Costa Rica 3 airlines inaugurate flights to Costa Rica United Airlines confirms Costa Rica-Denver seasonal flights starting in December Airlines announce new flights to Costa Rica from US, Mexicolast_img read more

BoC makes timely progress implementing restructuring plan

first_imgThe reduction in emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) owed by Bank of Cyprus (BoC) will lower the bank’s funding expense and strengthen confidence in its ability to continue implementing the restructuring plan it agreed on with the European Union in 2013, Moody’s ratings agency said on Monday.Last Wednesday, (BoC) announced that it repaid an additional €500 million of ELA during July and August, reducing its stock to €5.4bln or 23 per cent of assets.“The progress thus far allows the bank to continue focusing on its significant asset quality challenges, including non performing loans (NPLs) at 52.7 per cent of gross loans at the end of June.Since April 2013, when ELA funding peaked at €11.4 billion, BoC has repaid around €6bln, reducing funding costs.“We estimate that the cost of ELA funding is higher than the cost of European Central Bank funding and the return paid on deposits,” Moody’s said. “During the second quarter of this year, BoC’s deposits in Cyprus stabilised at €11.6bln, and as assets declined by €1.4bln, deposits increased to 53.7 per cent of assets from 51 per cent in March.”In addition to the significant challenges that BoC’s high stock of NPLs pose, the bank runs the risk of its balance sheet repair efforts derailing if Greece were to exit the euro, but this is not its central scenario, Moody’s said.Although the bank’s balance sheet exposure to Greece is modest at around 15.1 per cent of equity, a Greek exit from the euro would likely lead to market disruptions and negatively affect confidence in Cyprus, affecting the bank’s funding and asset quality.However, new tools available to banks will support BoC’s efforts to repair its balance sheet.On August 17, the first day of implementation of the revised legal framework governing foreclosures, the bank sent notice letters to around 25 defaulted corporate borrowers with €84.9mln of total loans outstanding regarding foreclosure proceedings on their real estate collateral.Even though the amount is only a fraction of the bank’s €12.1bln of NPLs, the letters signal the legal change to strategic defaulters who have refused to repay their loans despite having capacity to pay, Moody’s said.Such strategic defaults were facilitated by the previous legal framework, which delayed the auction of real estate collateral for more than 10 years.Although the ELA repayment is ahead of plan, the agency said it expected BoC’s balance sheet repair process to be lengthy given its high stock of NPLs, and high provisions and write-offs will burden the bank for years.Cyprus’ economic growth has been better than expected, with second-quarter real GDP growth at 0.9 per cent versus our 0.5 per cent estimate, but growth forecasts are jeopardized by recent heightened downside risks to global growth.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Landmark bill package passes House to help settle Detroits bankruptcy

first_img Supporters putting fiscal responsibility firstA bipartisan package allocating nearly $195 million in state funds to help settle the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy passed the Michigan House today, announced state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia.“This legislation is the beginning of a very bright future for Detroit and Michigan,” Walsh said. “Something rational must be done today, or we’ll be paying for it three-fold tomorrow. As chair of the special committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future, I am confident that these 11 bills are the most fiscally responsible choice for all Michiganders.”Legal oversight and finical reform requirements are key factors of the bills, which were appropriately crafted as checks and balances to protect taxpayers while giving Detroit as much control as possible. As Michigan works to overcome this challenge, the legislation gives Detroit all the tools it needs to recover from the bankruptcy and become an economic engine again.“It took a lot of hard work to get this far, but the state and all bankruptcy stakeholders still have a lot of work to do,” Walsh said. “We hope to set a precedent for the importance and urgency of resolving this crisis, but we also hope Michigan will be stronger for working together on this as we prepare ourselves for success in the future.”Walsh said the proposed oversight conditions were thoroughly vetted during the committee deliberation process with the main goal of protecting taxpayers while getting Detroit back on its feet.“It’s an exciting time in Michigan,” Walsh said. “The city of Detroit has a vibrant, renewed energy, and I’m certain Michiganders will feed off that energy as we all work together to return the city to its former glory.”Learn more about the bills at gophouse.org/detroitcomeback, which have been sent to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: News 22May Landmark bill package passes House to help settle Detroit’s bankruptcylast_img read more

Rep Lucido has high school civics test bill signed to law

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 28Dec Rep. Lucido has high school civics test bill signed to law LANSING – Civics is such an important subject to state Rep. Peter Lucido that one of the first bills he submitted required high school students to pass a test also given to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship.House Bill 4136 was today signed into law.“It’s very important that we all know about our country and the framework that makes up our government,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Having House Bill 4136 signed ensures that students will know the powers of our country’s legislative branch of government, what the difference is between an electoral college and popular vote, and other key government details, before they can graduate high school. This is information that matters, just like English and mathematics, and students should be aware of what their government involves.”HB 4136, now Public Act 391 of 2016, requires passing a civics test populated with questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) test. The local board of education will set the parameters of the test, including picking from 100 possible questions and allowing for re-taking the test.Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed PA 391 during a brief ceremony today at the Capitol. Also attending was Patrick Hortos, a friend of Rep. Lucido, as well as several high school students.“I want to thank Lt. Gov. Calley and Gov. Snyder for making this dream a reality because we need young adults to be engaged and understand our government,” said Rep. Lucido. “I would like to thank my middle school civics teacher, Mr. Joe Goode of St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores, for first informing me so long ago how important civics is. In addition, I want to thank my good friend, Pat Hortos, for encouraging me from the beginning to write this legislation.”Rep. Lucido also thanked Lucian Spataro of the Joe Foss Institute, an Arizona-based non-profit that promotes education for civics-related subjects, for joining him for House and Senate committee testimony. The legislation passed both chambers with bi-partisan support in December.“This is the greatest country in the world and I hope more Michigan kids will have a better understanding as to why that is true from this day forward,” said Rep. Lucido. “That helps make today worth the wait.”last_img read more

Rep Allor announces additional June office hours

first_img19Jun Rep. Allor announces additional June office hours Categories: Allor News Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine will host June office hours for Presque Isle, Cheboygan, and Iosco counties.“I always look forward to meeting with people at office hours,” Rep. Allor said. “I want to hear about the issues that truly matter to the residents I represent.”The schedule for office hours is as follows:Friday, June 231:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Karsten’s Restaurant, located at 1072 W. 3rd St. in Rogers City; and3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Thirsty Sturgeon, located at 11900 Scott Road in Wolverine.Monday, June 269 to 10 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant, located at 1222 East U.S. 23 in East Tawas; and11 a.m. to noon at the Flour Garden Restaurant, located at 105 S. State St. in Harrisville.Residents also may contact Allor at her Lansing office at (517) 373-0833 or SueAllor@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Lucidos bill to improve child protections approved by panel

first_img20Jun Rep. Lucido’s bill to improve child protections approved by panel Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Peter Lucido, which will terminate parental rights for anyone who is convicted of having their child undergo a female genital mutilation procedure, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today.Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls intended to remove or damage the external genitalia.“When it comes to the genital mutilation of a child, we should absolutely focus on the well-being of that young girl,” said Lucido, vice chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “This procedure has no place in Michigan. We’ve established that with a legislative package my collegues approved today and is going to the governor’s desk. What we need to more strongly emphasize is the future of that child. They should not be with anyone who finds it appropriate to mutilate them.”Lucido’s bill would terminate parental rights for any parent or guardian convicted under state law, pending a separate legal hearing to determine the child’s best interest.The legislative package passed this week follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after performing the procedure afterhours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.“Inflicting lifelong physical and mental distress from mutilation is not part of being a good parent, protecting children from such despicable behavior is,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Kids rely on us and we absolutely will not abandon them to this illegal, immoral act.”House Bill 4716 advances to the full House for its consideration. Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Leutheuser votes to approve additional road funding statewide

first_img21Feb Rep. Leutheuser votes to approve additional road funding statewide Categories: Leutheuser News,News Plan will speed repairs for roads in Branch and Hillsdale CountiesState Rep. Eric Leutheuser today joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to advance legislation that will improve roadways in Branch and Hillsdale Counties as early as this summer.The $175 million proposal provides additional money for both road preservation and new construction projects.“Everyone knows this year’s weather has been a perfect recipe for potholes,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “The sooner we can address this critical need, the better. I’m pleased that we can provide this funding which will be a benefit to every Michigan driver.”Statewide funding distribution will include Branch ($462,708) and Hillsdale ($485,616) Counties. In addition, several cities and villages within those counties will also receive funding, including: Allen ($1,169), Bronson ($18,808), Camden ($4,697), Coldwater ($86,704), Hillsdale ($64,005), Jonesville ($18,992), Litchfield ($11,733), Montgomery ($5,303), North Adams ($4,349), Quincy ($12,077), Reading ($8,797), Sherwood ($3,964), Union City ($13,799) and Waldron ($5,678).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment. The money included in the bill approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide increased funding for road and bridge projects across the state.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more