The province is joining with police to make Nova Scotia roads safer for travelers this holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across the province are teaming up today, Nov. 23, in New Glasgow to launch Operation Christmas. The annual campaign is aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving. To signify the start of Operation Christmas, checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up throughout New Glasgow. There will be an increased number of checkpoints across the province throughout the holiday season. “I have said it many times before, there is zero tolerance for impaired drivers in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Everyone has a role to play to ensure those who drink don’t drive. By planning ahead to get home safely and making sure others do the same, lives will be saved.” Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia’s roads. In 2011, 19 Nova Scotians died in alcohol-related automobile collisions. “Mothers Against Drunk Driving appreciates the opportunity to participate with law enforcement, responders and other highway safety partners as part of Operation Christmas,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “Today’s provincial launch means police will conduct an increased number of sobriety checks in their own communities over the holidays. We are asking motorists to exercise responsible choices and drive safe and sober.’ New Glasgow Regional Police Service is partnering with Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton Police Service and Westville Police Service to host Operation Christmas 2012. “Operation Christmas is a shared responsibility between law enforcement and the community to eliminate all injuries and deaths due to impaired driving during the holiday season,” said New Glasgow Regional Police Service Chief Delaney Chisholm. “Operation Christmas is a great opportunity for road safety partners to remind motorists about the importance of planning ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely.” The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above .08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 to .08. With winter only weeks away, Nova Scotia motorists are also reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions. “Canadian Tire welcomes the opportunity to be part of an important program like Operation Christmas,” said Tom Mara, associate dealer of New Glasgow Canadian Tire. “With the holiday season upon us and winter weather just around the corner, it is imperative the we prepare our vehicles for safe winter travel. Snow tires and preventative maintenance items such as battery testing, wiper blade replacement and stocking the car with emergency roadside kits will ensure we all arrive at our destination safely.”
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not delve into the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.The high court, as is customary, gave no reason today for refusing to hear an appeal from University of Montreal law professor Daniel Turp, who has pursued the issue for years.Turp, citing Saudi Arabia’s poor human-rights record, initially asked the Federal Court of Canada to review the government’s decision to issue export permits authorizing the deal.The Liberal government acknowledged concerns about the mistreatment of women in Saudi Arabia, as well as the stifling of political dissent by the Saudi government, among other abuses.But the government said it had no evidence that Saudi Arabia specifically used the military hardware to crack down on its own population.The Federal Court and the Court of Appeal dismissed Turp’s arguments previously.The Canadian Press
Blue Ant Media has rebranded the production arm of Omnia Media and announced the launch of three short-form series on Facebook’s Watch platform.Blue Ant-owned multichannel network Omnia Media launched its production arm in June 2017 and unveiled a slate of 72 short-form videos for CBC Life. Now rebranded as Blue Ant Digital Studios, the L.A.-based studio will look to expand beyond its original focus on gaming content, and is looking to produce across genres, including scripted, unscripted, live-action and animated content, according to a release.Dan Lubetkin will continue to oversee production and development as chief content officer at Blue Ant Digital Studios and will report into Sam Sniderman, EVP, production, Blue Ant Media. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index increased by triple digits in late-morning trading, helped by strong gains in the heavyweight energy, industrials and financials sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 148.69 points at 16,597.53.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 452.49 points at 26,807.96. The S&P 500 index was up 43.39 points at 2,981.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 149.88 points at 8,126.76.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.54 cents US compared with an average of 75.35 cents US on Wednesday.The October crude contract was up 73 cents at US$56.99 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 4.3 cents at US$2.40 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$38.80 at US$1,521.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up five cents at US$2.65 a pound.
OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald’s Corp. says that a key global sales figure slipped 0.5 per cent in October, with weakness in the U.S. and ongoing difficulties from a food-safety scandal in China weighing down its business.The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Monday that the decline in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 1 per cent drop in the U.S. and a 4.2 per cent decline for the unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.McDonald’s APMEA division has been trying to bounce back since the summer, when a TV report in China showed workers at one of its suppliers repackaging meat that was alleged to be expired. The claim has not been publicly confirmed by the supplier or the government.The Oak Brook, Illinois, company said comparable sales for Europe fell 0.7 per cent in October due to softness in Russia.A year ago, its overall global sales figure rose 0.5 per cent in October.President and CEO Don Thompson said in a statement that consumers are increasingly looking for food where they have the option to customize it to their liking, as well as places that have convenient ways to order and pay. McDonald’s previously announced that it plans to expand its “Create Your Taste” offering that lets people pick the buns and toppings they want on burgers by tapping a touchscreen.The chain said that its U.S. restaurants were hampered by strong competition. Thompson previously said that McDonald’s plans to combat this in party by simplifying its menu so that its restaurants have room to offer options best-suited for their regions. This process is expected to start in January.One of McDonald’s biggest challenges in the U.S. is long-held perceptions around the freshness and quality of its ingredients. The chain has been fighting to boost sales as people gravitate toward foods they feel are more wholesome. As a result, people have been heading to places like Chipotle, which markets its ingredients as being of superior quality.McDonald’s has more than 35,000 locations in more than 100 countries.Its stock gained 89 cents to $95.99 in premarket trading about 20 minutes ahead of the market open. McDonald’s sales metric falls in October, hurt by softness in US and China food-safety scandal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 6:21 am MDT
Senate Chair David Whitehead is inviting all Brock University faculty, staff and students to attend an open educational forum next week on the issue of academic accommodations and accessibility.A panel of lawyers will make the presentation Wednesday, April 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. In advance of the session, all members of the Brock University community are invited to submit questions about the topic to the University Secretary no later than Tuesday, April 10 so that a summary of the questions can be forwarded to the panel participants in advance.Some examples of the question topics regarding academic accommodation could include:ProcessCommunicationConfidentialityAcademic freedomUndue hardshipEssential skillsFairnessPedagogy and reasonable accommodationConflict resolutionRetroactive accommodationOther
Following a 19-point loss on the road against Wisconsin Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is in the process of preparing for yet another stiff test against No. 8 Penn State. With a whole week to prepare for this Sunday’s matchup against the Nittany Lions, OSU coach Jim Foster said he is ready to move past the loss to the Badgers. “That was an effort that we had to address for really the first time this year, and it was addressed and that was it,” Foster said. “Now it’s time to move on and have good practices.” The task of beating Penn State, albeit at home at the Schottenstein Center, might be a tall order for an OSU (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) squad that has struggled in Big Ten play. “Everybody has to play their role and people weren’t stepping up to the responsibility,” said senior guard Tayler Hill. “Talk is cheap we just have to play together, it’s as simple as that.” Meanwhile, Penn State (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) heads to Columbus on a 10-game winning streak after defeating Minnesota, 64-59, Thursday. The Nittany Lions are 16-2 on the season and undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record. In fact, Penn State hasn’t lost a contest since a 67-52 drubbing at the hands of then No. 2-ranked Connecticut. The Nittany Lions are led by junior guard Maggie Lucas, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, and senior guard Alex Bentley, who averages 12.9 points per game. “The nice thing is we have had a week to prepare versus preparing for two games in a week,” said OSU senior forward Emilee Harmon. “They have a great backcourt but so do we, so we just have to come out and take care of business like we know we have the ability to do.” OSU is set to tip off against Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
From season 2012/2013, the best handball League in Switzerland will have 10 teams. That was announced at Monday by Swiss Handball Federation Press conference in Zurich. Ten teams will play in “double round” system – 18 games. The best six teams will play then a “Mini League” for the Champion title (10 rounds) and teams at the positions from 7th to 10th will compete for the survival in Elite division. The last team will relegate and second of the bottom will play for the life against second team from the “B” League. The winner of “B” League will directly find his place in SHL.Currently, Swiss SHL has 12 teams. The champion is Kadetten Schaffhausen. Swiss handball ← Previous Story TOP 8 Women’s CL draw: Larvik and Budućnost are still separated Next Story → Rikke Skov questionable for the EHF EUR0 2010
8. Kadetten Schaffhausen7007183:224(-41)0 ← Previous Story Weakened TATRAN Presov defeated by Montpellier HB Next Story → Rampant SG Flensburg win in Kiel! The French champions PSG Handball won the derby match of EHF Champions League Sunday in Veszprem – 29:28. Hero of the night at Veszprem Arena was German superstar Uwe Gensheimer who scored winning goal few seconds before the final buzzer! Previously, Hungarian champions had attack which began 45 seconds before the end, but playmaker Mate Lekai wasted winning chance with poor shoot after only few seconds…Gensheimer and Momir Ilic on the other side were TOP scorers of the match with eight goals each.STANDINGS: 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt6312149:144(5)7 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg7205184:194(-10)4 3. Telekom Veszprém7322186:183(3)8 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214182:192(-10)5 5. THW Kiel6303154:152(2)6 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601220:189(31)12 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7601199:179(20)12
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho didn’t want to be at the club anymore and “engineered” his way out to perfectionThe Portuguese coach was shown the door at Old Trafford following United’s 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League last month.This came following a number of reported bust-ups with players with critics also getting in on the act by slamming Mourinho’s conservative style of play.But Scholes believes Mourinho was looking for an excuse to leave towards the end of his reign in charge at Old Trafford.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“I felt he didn’t want to be there. He engineered his move away perfectly in the end,” Scholes told TV2.“His press conferences were embarrassing, so negative, it was obvious in the end the players didn’t want to play for him. The right thing happened in the end.”Since Mourinho’s departure from United, interim coach Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen six wins in a row since being appointed last month.The Red Devils will face Brighton at home this Saturday in their next league match.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Administration held a work session in order to facilitate discussions with KPB Administration and local city government officials about revenue challenges. Assemblymember Kelly Cooper and Mayor Pierce have also both introduced versions of another plan to increase sales tax to a change in property tax. Cooper has proposed a half a percent raise in sales tax and puts in place a mill rate increase if that were to fail at the ballot. Mayor Pierce’s cuts the mill rate, but asks for a five percent sales tax. The ordinance to increase the sales tax by half a percent will have another public hearing at the borough assembly meeting on May 15. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and his administration have been drafting up proposals in order to garner new revenue to balance the budget. The work session took place on Monday, May 7, in Soldotna, and gave city officials the opportunity to ask the KPB administration how the latest plans will impact the local municipalities. All of these would impact the cities within the Borough. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “It’s not necessarily that we’re opposed to the borough considering a sales tax increase. It’s just the amount in one year, going from three to five is our biggest concern.” KPB Mayor Pierce: “My administration has been working very hard to put together a budget that we are getting ready to present to the assembly. You know, my position is that we are in a recession and until we see some revenue, I think we are going to continue to feel the effects of the recession.” Some of those proposals include raising borough sales tax, establishing a borough bed tax or tourism tax. and repealing the seasonal sales tax exemption for non-prepared foods.
More information: Parallel evolution of angiosperm colour signals: common evolutionary pressures linked to hymenopteran vision, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print June 6, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.0827AbstractFlowering plants in Australia have been geographically isolated for more than 34 million years. In the Northern Hemisphere, previous work has revealed a close fit between the optimal discrimination capabilities of hymenopteran pollinators and the flower colours that have most frequently evolved. We collected spectral data from 111 Australian native flowers and tested signal appearance considering the colour discrimination capabilities of potentially important pollinators. The highest frequency of flower reflectance curves is consistent with data reported for the Northern Hemisphere. The subsequent mapping of Australian flower reflectances into a bee colour space reveals a very similar distribution of flower colour evolution to the Northern Hemisphere. Thus, flowering plants in Australia are likely to have independently evolved spectral signals that maximize colour discrimination by hymenoptera. Moreover, we found that the degree of variability in flower coloration for particular angiosperm species matched the range of reflectance colours that can only be discriminated by bees that have experienced differential conditioning. This observation suggests a requirement for plasticity in the nervous systems of pollinators to allow generalization of flowers of the same species while overcoming the possible presence of non-rewarding flower mimics.Press release Photographic reconstruction of how bee vision would see a flower, which appears yellow to human eyes. The cost of long tongues 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — A team of researchers in Australia has shown that the evolution of flowers in that country was driven by the preferences of bees, rather than the other way around. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes how they gathered over a hundred samples of different flowers and then compared them against the types of colors that bees best identify and then compared those results with research findings regarding bees and flowers in North America. Explore further Citation: Australian researchers show flower color evolution driven by bee preferences (2012, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-australian-evolution-driven-bee.html The research team, led by Adrian Dyer, began their study based on research already conducted by other scientists looking to find connections between bees and flower colors in North America. There researchers have found a close connection between flower color and the kinds of colors bees are able to see, and what attracts them.Then because Australia has been isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years, the team theorized that if the same color patterns emerged independently in such a place, it would prove that the flowers in both places adapted to the bees, and not the other way around. Helping out was prior research that showed that not long after Australia broke away from the other continents some 34 million years ago, the flowers blooming on the island were bland and nearly colorless; which gives researchers a unique opportunity for learning about how coloring in flowers comes about, as today, Australia is teaming with a huge variety of brightly colored flowers.To find out, the team collected flower samples from 111 native species then studied them using a spectrophotometer (a device that measures different properties of light over a given spectrum). In so doing they found that the studied flowers displayed colors that matched almost exactly with the blue and green ultraviolet vision receptors in bees. And because the results matched those found in North America, the team concluded that the flowers in both places co-evolved in the same way, thus proving that the flowers were reacting and adapting to what the bees were looking for, rather than the bees changing to help them better find the particular flowers that best suited them.This new research also shows that because flowers have been adapting to suit the taste of bees, rather than for birds or butterflies, bees are the primary means by which flowers are pollinated, which means that as bee populations decline, so too will flowers, and perhaps their rich coloring.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Eventup was suffering from a serious inquiry overload. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based online startup — which rents out unique spaces for parties, such as Eric Clapton’s onetime home or the Malibu pad from The Bachelor — needed a more efficient way to handle the hundreds of placement requests from venues, as well as customer queries, that were overwhelming the 12-person staff each day.”Prior to our public launch, every venue we signed up was because of tons of calls and was extremely painful,” says Eventup founder and CEO Tony Adam.The company set out to automate as much of the painstaking process as possible.Highlands CastleImage courtesy of Highlands CastleThe fix Adam invested in a custom-made site with back-end tools that simplify the sign-up process. A “list your space” feature allows venue owners to submit a form with photos and all necessary information, such as size, capacity and parking options. Realizing that venues are booked more often after clients walk through them, Adam built a venue-visit scheduler into the system as well. Party planners can bypass Eventup’s staff and communicate directly with potential venues via a secure messaging system on the site. This spares employees from having to answer questions such as, “Do you have a dinner table that seats 20?” Eventup joins in only when it is time to book the location, taking its 15 percent cut. Alternatively, customers can fill out a simple form labeled “Tell us about your event,” and Eventup can contact multiple appropriate venue owners at once to solicit bids.The resultsEventup says its sales reps went from signing up five venues a day to more than 20, and that within a month, revenue was 10 times greater. (It would not provide figures.) The company is looking to expand to other markets, including Chicago.”Now we’re able to put more care into our corporate customers and focus our efforts where it makes the most sense,” Adam says.A second opinionJohn Powell, CEO of Alfresco, a cloud-connected content management platform, says that even though Eventup successfully built its own automation process, a knowledge-management (KM) solution could have saved time and headaches.”A lot of their questions can be stored in the KM system; answers can then be automatically stripped out of e-mails so that, over time, the common questions on venues can be answered more easily,” he says, noting that KM systems can also help standardize forms for venue surveys, capturing blueprints and photos and then automatically updating the database.Overall, though, Powell is impressed. “Eventup’s site is very easy to navigate, and I really like the user interface,” he says. “Its technology also provides a much-needed service that I think has currently been missing from the hospitality market.” 3 min read November 14, 2012
Ed Bernhardt They belong to a race of sweet chiles called Capsicum annum. The other race we all know is the hot chile or Capsicum frutesens. These chiles are native to Mexico, Central America and South America, and the diversity in different types is amazing. The chiles are also called “peppers,” which Columbus called them after Indian black pepper of the Old World tropics. Pepper seeds were carried to Spain in 1493, and from there, spread to other European, African and Asian countries. From these original sweet chiles that were planted in Europe came most of the sweet peppers we know today. Bell peppers were later developed by plant breeders in the U.S. During this process, breeders selected plants that adapted best to the conditions in northern climates. Unfortunately, these northern varieties often grow poorly here, because they have lost their genetic code for the tropics. Northern bell peppers are sensitive to excessive water and high temperatures, which makes them very difficult to grow here without lots of agrochemicals to protect them. One the other hand, native sweet and hot chile peppers grow so well in the home garden, they need none of these products. Using only natural products you make at home, you can have dozens of fresh chiles from these bushes every day for several years! Seeds can be started in flats, and when the seedlings are several inches tall, they can be transplanted to cups or pots with rich potting soil. Two weeks later, they can be planted in a permanent site in the garden or in 5-gallon plastic containers (hopefully recycled) with several holes drilled in the bottom. The later is ideal for indoor planting on sunny porches. Prepare the soil with good compost fertilizer. Small amounts of limestone and wood ashes can be used occasionally as a top dressing with compost tea. These shrubs last several years and can produce a steady supply of peppers for the family. Hardy native varieties are resistant to bugs and diseases, however, occasional insect attacks can be controlled with a natural insect spray made from a mix of baking soda, soy oil, vinegar and glycerin soap (1 tbs. each) blended in 5 cups of warm water. A small hand aspirator can be used to spray this mix, which works well on all your vegetable and ornamental plants. For more information on tropical gardening contact us at: email@example.com Facebook Comments Locals refer to this popular, backyard garden chile plant as OMNIS or UFOS, and they’re certainly the most curious of all the chiles I’ve seen. Also, they are super sweet! What impresses me most, though, is how these hardy plants grow in the tropical garden, and the amazing production we’ve had. No related posts.
Facebook Comments Related posts:Ballet performance raises funds for low-income patients and families Great food for local causes: ‘Festival de Vida’ begins in Atenas 13’30 Restaurant hosts exhibit by Guatemalan artist Herssonoe This week in the Peace Corps: A Costa Rican Country Christmas On Sunday, Costa Rica and Mexico will host simultaneous concerts to benefit the victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala on June 3, which caused the deaths of hundreds and has affected close to two million.Costa Rican producer Destiny Recordings, which is now established in Mexico, along with Amón Solar (Costa Rica), Mexican record label Mula Terca Records and Multiforo Alicia joined forces to organize the event with various bands and local media from each country.The concerts will take place simultaneously on Sunday in San José and Mexico City. According to a press release from Destiny Recordings, the profits of both concerts will be donated to volunteer firefighters in Guatemala who have been helping and rescuing people. Meet the Costa Rican woman who saved 300 lives in Guatemala The concert in San José will take place at El Sótano in Barrio Amón with concerts both in Amón Solar (upper part of El Sótano) and El Sótano (the basement).The bands that will play in Amón Solar include Seka, Los Waldners, Entre Lobos, The Great Wilderness, Las Yakets, Golpe Bajo, and The Codex Mind. The bands and musicians at El Sótano are Magpie Jay, Adrián Poveda from Monte, Pana from Alphabetics, Ricardo Arias from Overseas, Kenneth Medina from Diger, and Rey Tigre.Both Destiny Recordings and Mula Terca Records will share their donation receipts on social media.The concert in San José will take place at El Sótano in Barrio Amón on Sunday, June 24, starting at 2:00 pm. Entrance fee is of ₡3,000. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.Disclaimer: The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) and Amigos of Costa Rica sponsor the Tico Times Changemakers Section to provide a space for stories and information about philanthropic work in Costa Rica. CRUSA and Amigos do not endorse any of the organizations, individuals, fundraising solicitations or opinions shared in this space unless otherwise stated. Authorities in Guatemala: search for survivors ‘almost impossible’
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities on Friday were investigating the murder of a journalist in the southeastern state of Tabasco, as a prominent press watchdog group expressed concern over the killing and urged transparency in the probe.Ismael Diaz Lopez was stabbed to death in the chest Thursday in Teapa, south of the state capital of Villahermosa, the Tabasco prosecutor’s office reported via Twitter. It added that that the strongest line of investigation suggests a possible family conflict, given a prior legal history that it did not specify.The newspaper El Criollo, Diaz Lopez’s employer, wrote that he had been involved in a domestic dispute.The Inter American Press Association acknowledged that the facts behind the killing are not certain, but urged an exhaustive investigation “to determine whether the motive for the crime is connected to the victim’s work and to punish those responsible.”The IAPA said Diaz Lopez, who worked for El Criollo and the newspaper Tabasco Hoy, was slain inside his home by unknown intruders.According to the United Nations and the Organization of American States, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life
Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli settlement watchdog group says Israel has advanced plans to build or retroactively approve 1,065 housing units in West Bank Jewish settlements.The settlements are built on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Most countries consider them illegitimate.Peace Now said on Thursday that an Israeli military committee retroactively approved 24 housing units in the Beit El settlement, though Israel’s Supreme Court ordered them demolished by the end of July because they were built on private Palestinian lands. Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home In total, the group said, the Israeli military Wednesday approved 541 new housing units, retroactively legalized 228 existing housing units, and approved infrastructure for a plan that includes 296 housing units. The military also approved the construction of two industrial structures, a Jewish religious school and a winery.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Check your body, save your life Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
State Rep. Beth Griffin said a report released today by the House’s mental health task force creates a blueprint to help improve mental health services in Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan, reviewing areas where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources and collecting feedback to learn how best to deliver meaningful solutions. In particular, the panel focused on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.).“The report addresses many of the problems plaguing our local communities,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “It details the need to improve care in our criminal justice system, including training for first responders, better services for victims, enhanced court and diversion programs, and more treatment options during and after incarceration.”Additionally, the task force looked at ways to improve services in areas that lack access to mental health care, a problem experienced by many residents of rural areas.“The task force has made some solid recommendations to help address staff shortages in mental health-related services and promote teamwork across county, regional and state boundaries to help citizens who need assistance,” Griffin said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this plan put into action in the coming months.”Griffin said the House C.A.R.E.S. report will not only serve as a blueprint for policy changes and legislation to be introduced in the next several months, but also establish a framework to further enhance mental health services in the future.The full report is available to review at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.### Categories: Griffin News 18Jan Rep. Griffin: House report a step forward in improving local mental health services
State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, July 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian.“Local office hours are a great way to connect with residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.” No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Kahle News 10Jul Rep. Kahle announces Adrian office hours
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 18, 2014; PRWEBStudents Moving America has launched a social media campaign aimed at celebrating the act of “coming out” in the LGBT community. #ComingOutMatters is a social media movement where gay individuals are encouraged to share their coming out stories through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. All these stories are then aggregated together on the #ComingOutMatters website created where users can browse a collage of narratives about revealing one’s sexual identity to family and friends.To help the #ComingOutMatters campaign gain some stardom traction the organization has partnered with E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills celebrity Jonny Drubel as their spokesperson. Drubel shared his own video on coming out, and all videos with the hashtag #ComingOutMatters will also appear on the new website created for the movement:As Drubel explains, the idea is that as more youth and members of the LGBT community of all ages see others sharing such personal and moving stories, it will inspire more people to come out to their families and feel less alone. Online users are sharing their stories through a multitude of mediums from photos and graphics to videos, or simply a short tweet.—Aine CreedonShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares