Algeria Refuses to Give License to Truck Drivers with Humanitarian Aid

Rabat – Algerian authorities are refusing to grant permits to truck drivers delivering humanitarian aid from Spain to Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps.Pro-Polisario news outlet Futuro Sahara reported on Wednesday, August 14, that some families “complained about the delay in the arrival of gifts and humanitarian aid coming from Spain.”Humanitarian aid is traditionally sent by Spanish families and members of the Sahrawi community  to the Sahrawi residents of the Tindouf camps before Eid Al Adha. The news outlet reported that truck drivers arrived in the Ghazaouet Port in Algeria on August 1.The truck drivers, however, were not able to deliver the humanitarian aid on time. Algerian authorities are withholding the license, meaning that the drivers have been stuck at the port since August 1.Read Also: Sahrawis Continue Protests Against Polisario’s Oppression, Arbitrary Detention of Activists“The bus drivers spent [ Eid Al Adha] holiday at the Algerian port of Ghazaouet away from their families.”The drivers, according to Futuro Sahara, have all the official licenses granted by the “Sahrawi institutions.”“It became necessary to contact the Algerian Foreign Ministry to find a solution to this ongoing issue.”Throughout the year, Sahrawis have been protesting against lack of freedom of movement.The embezzlement of funds and humanitarian aid has been an ongoing issue in the camp. It remains to be seen whether this shipment of aid will reach the families in the Tindouf camps..Dozens of Sahrawis have been condemning malnutrition in the camps, expressing surprise at finding donated merchandise on display in Algerian shops.In February, The president of the Canary Sahrawi Forum, Miguel Angel Ortiz, condemned Polisario’s embezzlement of aid corruption in an opinion piece published by  La Provincia.The  author said that a new scandal broke within the Tindouf camps following the misappropriation of some €2.5 million of humanitarian aid from the international community for Sahrawis living in Tindouf camps. read more

UN political official meets with Chinese authorities on Myanmar

9 July 2007Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, is meeting today with senior Government officials in Beijing as part of wider consultations in the region on the situation in the South-East Asian nation, a spokesperson for the world body announced. “This is a trip to discuss Myanmar with some of the key countries in the region,” UN Spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York. “Any effort to promote positive changes in Myanmar is going to require not only direct dialogue with the Government and people of the country, but also dialogue with all interested countries and all who can potentially help support our efforts,” she stated. Mr. Gambari met in Beijing with Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Binguo, Assistant Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, and Director-General Wu Hailong. Since being appointed Special Adviser in May, Mr. Gambari has consulted broadly on the situation in Myanmar, having visited Washington D.C two weeks ago and having travelled this week to the region. Following talks in Beijing, he will travel to New Delhi and then to Tokyo for further meetings with Government counterparts before returning to New York over the weekend, Ms. Okabe added. read more

Most fiftysomethings plan to work in retirement to offset low savings

TORONTO — More than half of Canadians now in their 50s plan to keep on working after retiring in their 60s, in many cases to supplement their income, according to a new survey.The national online survey, conducted last month for CIBC by Leger Marketing, found that Quebec residents were least likely to say they’ll work after retirement, at 47%.Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents were the most likely to say they planned to work after retirement, at 59%.[np-related /]Atlantic Canada (54%), Ontario (55%), Alberta (57%) and British Columbia (49%) were closer to the national average of 53%.Meanwhile, about 29% of those surveyed said they were not sure if they would work after retirement, while 14% said they would definitely not work post retirement.According to the survey, almost half of today’s 50-59 year olds surveyed have less than $100,000 saved for retirement and many planned to use employment income in retirement to make up for lack of savings.“The retirement landscape is shifting as baby boomers reach traditional retirement age with a smaller nest egg than they expected to have,” said Christina Kramer, executive vice-president, retail distribution and channel strategy at CIBC.“Many Canadians are now planning to draw on multiple sources of income including employment to fund their retirement, and that makes getting advice about how to manage your income, savings, and investments even more important.”Overall, the survey found that of those who plan to keep on working, 37% said they would do so part time.And only one third of those who plan to work post retirement said they would do so just for the money.Two-thirds — or 67% — saw working either as a way to either stay socially active or that they just found work enjoyable and wanted to stay involved in the workforce in some capacity.The average age at which the respondents plan to retire varied by region, with those in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba and Saskatchewan looking to retire earliest at age 62. Ontarians were next at 63 and followed by those in Alberta and British Columbia at age 64.The survey involving 805 people and conducted between July 5 and July 8 is said by pollsters to have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points 19 times out of 20 on a national basis. Breakdowns by region or other subgroups are less accurate. read more

Sampanthan and MR powwow

The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s invitation.Minister for External Affairs, Prof G.L Peiris and the Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga were also present. Sampanthan reiterated the TNA’s commitment to the evolution of an acceptable, workable and durable political solution within the framework of a united undivided country. At the meeting the President expressed his desire to solve all outstanding issues relating to the National question, the TNA said in a short statement. Amongst other matters discussed were issues pertaining to land, the need for people to resettle on all land earlier occupied by them, the need to minimize the military presence and confine the armed forces to the barracks, release of political prisoners and the conduct of a free and fair polls for the Northern Provincial Council. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Udayanga Weeratunga detained in Dubai while on transit

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, was detained in Dubai while on transit to the United States.An INTERPOL warrant had been issued against Weeratunga over his alleged involvement in the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) said that Weeratunga is to be brought to Sri Lanka by a special team. (Colombo Gazette)

New Email service from UN to help media world public stay on

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today launched an E-mail UN News Service, which will bring breaking stories and reports on key UN developments – at headquarters and in the field – straight to the computers and E-mail in-boxes of its subscribers around the globe.”This is a major innovation in the way the UN communicates with the media worldwide,” Shashi Tharoor, the Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York “Even in the nations where Internet access is not widely available, timely delivery of UN news directly to the desktops of media outlets, public offices, educational institutions or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be a step towards improving public awareness of vital UN events and issues.”By offering direct access to UN news and links to key reports, speeches and quotes by UN officials, Mr. Tharoor said, the E-mail news service will assist the critical work carried out by DPI’s UN Information Centres in responding to the needs of media in their region and enable them to focus more on strategic outreach.The E-mail UN News Service, Mr. Tharoor said, builds on the success of a recently redesigned UN News Centre portal, featuring enhanced search and navigation tools and new database-driven functions. He noted that the technological innovations that have permitted this expanded database capacity and the E-mail delivery system were an example of in-house low-cost enterprise development. He also announced the launch of a redesigned French-language version of the UN News Centre as part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the site. Responding to questions from the press, Mr. Tharoor said that the idea behind the new service was to make the job of the correspondents easier by making information about the Organization available to people who would not otherwise have ready access to it. The articles from the UN News Service were made available via E-mail and on the News Centre and the press could run them “as is,” rely on them for possible story ideas or refashion them as they found useful.The Director of DPI’s News and Media Division, Salim Lone, added that the E-mail Service would be particularly useful in those countries which did not have correspondents based at New York Headquarters, including through providing information on what representatives of various nations said in UN debates. He added that while the UN was to a large degree dependant on the Headquarters-based major media organizations to communicate UN news to the world, the Department was doing its best to get the information out. “What this service does is add value to what is already being done by others,” he said. As part of its “portal” function, the site offers easy access to Web pages of key UN newsmakers, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his envoys and spokesman, as well as UN peacekeeping operations and various UN agencies and programmes. There are also links to press releases, transcripts of press briefings at UN Headquarters and a wide range of multimedia products and services, including photos and programmes produced by UN Radio and Television. read more

Sierra Leone children enjoy remarkable progress since end of war UN envoy

“The most striking impression of my visit to Sierra Leone is the remarkable transformation which has taken place in the country, in barely the space of a year-and-a-half since the ending of conflict,” the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, told the press at UN Headquarters in New York.He said the change was evident in the peace and security enjoyed throughout the country, the displaced persons returning to their homes, free and fair elections and the resurgence of commerce in various parts of the country among other things.Mr. Otunnu had been in Sierra Leone from 22 to 28 February to assess the impact of the country’s decade-long conflict on children and progress made since the end of the war. During his visit, the Special Representative met with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, government officials and senior staff of the UN peacekeeping mission.Compared to his previous visits to Sierra Leone, Mr. Otunnu said many children were in smart uniforms attending school, and were better fed and clothed. To ensure that the gains made were consolidated and sustained, he urged the international community not to shift their attention from Sierra Leone.”It would be very unfortunate if precisely at a time when one is beginning to see tangible results, and when Sierra Leone is well-poised to really now consolidate on the peace and make this project sustainable, if the international community at this moment abandons Sierra Leone and the children of Sierra Leone,” he said. read more

Shell Canadas oilsands carbon capture storage project conditionally approved

EDMONTON – Regulators have conditionally approval the first proposal to pump greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta’s oilsands deep into the ground.The $1.35-billion Shell Canada Quest carbon capture project calls for the permanent storage of up to 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from its Scotford upgrader.Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board says it is in the public interest for the project, northeast of Edmonton, to go ahead.“Shell is delighted with the ERCB’s decision to recommend approval,” John Abbott, Shell’s vice-president of heavy oil, said in a release Wednesday.“This is a really important milestone for the project and takes us one step closer to implementing the first carbon capture project for an oilsands operation.”But Abbott also said Shell must review the economics of the project with its partners, Chevron Canada and Marathon Oil, before deciding later this year if it will proceed.Quest includes $745 million from the Alberta government over 15 years and $120 million from Ottawa’s Clean Energy fund.The plan is to pipe liquefied carbon dioxide to injection wells north of the upgrader and store it more than two kilometres underground starting in 2015.Shell says the liquefied gas would be permanently and safely secured under multiple layers of rock and mineral formations.The idea is to hive off the CO2 so it doesn’t enter the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.The Alberta government announced in 2008 that it would establish a $2-billion fund to promote carbon capture and storage technology and show the world that the province is serious about reducing greenhouse gases from the oilsands and its coal-fired power plants.The province said its goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by five million tonnes per year by 2015.The energy board has imposed 23 conditions on Shell’s Quest plan before work can begin and the project must still be reviewed by Alberta’s Environment Department.The board says the underground reservoir Shell wants to use is a suitable location for the long-term storage of carbon dioxide “and the combination of geological conditions, engineering design, operational practices and extensive monitoring program mitigate any potential risks the project might pose.”The federal government, including Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency, said the Quest project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”Shell’s caveat about reviewing the economics of Quest follow an announcement in April by TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) that it was pulling out of the separate $1.4 billion Project Pioneer carbon capture project because of financial concerns.At the time, TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell said initial studies showed the technology works and that the capital costs were acceptable, but there were not enough customers to buy the CO2 generated from coal fired power plants and the price was not good enough.The company wanted to sell some of the captured carbon dioxide to nearby energy producers, who would inject the gas into their fields as a means to get more oil out of the ground. The emissions would have been prevented from entering the atmosphere.Project Pioneer, which would have been connected to the Keephills 3 coal plant west of Edmonton, was to receive $779 million in backing from Ottawa and Edmonton.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) and Capital Power Corp. (TSX:CPX) were the other companies involved in the initiative. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2012 6:39 pm MDT Shell Canada’s oilsands carbon capture storage project conditionally approved AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN deputy aid chief urges support for millions in southern Africa hit

“In Anjampaly, Southern Madagascar, people are carting water from muddy puddles on the dirt road, a water source shared with animals,” said Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang. “This is an alarming health issue: clean water is essential to combat the high rates of malnutrition,” she stressed. After attending and co-chairing a 14 July international conference in London on responses to the impacts of El Niño in southern Africa, she visited Malawi and Madagascar from 16 to 22 July to see the situation first-hand. Ms. Kang met with representatives of the affected communities in both countries and discussed with Government authorities ways of boosting support to national efforts. She also met with donors as well as humanitarian partners. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. El Niño, and its counterpart La Niña, which is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, occur cyclically, in recent years, mainly due to the effects of global climate change. Extreme weather events associated with these phenomena – such as droughts and floods – have increased in frequency and severity. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), El Niño-related conditions have compounded existing vulnerabilities, resulting in severe food shortages across southern Africa. Agricultural production has been crippled, and almost half a million drought-related livestock deaths have been reported while water sources and reservoirs are severely depleted. Besides Malawi and Madagascar, the most severely affected countries include Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Nearly 40 million people are food insecure in the region, including some 23 million who require urgent humanitarian assistance. About 2.7 million children face severe acute malnutrition, with the figure expected to spike significantly, if immediate assistance is not received. Food insecurity is expected to peak during the October 2016 to March 2017 lean season. In the Grand Sud region of Madagascar, a region wholly bypassed by development investment and caught up in chronic extreme poverty, 1.14 million people are food insecure, among whom 665,000 are in need of urgent assistance. Stunting rates for under-fives are 47 per cent in the country overall: the highest in southern Africa. In Malawi, a state of national disaster was declared in April, with 6.5 million people – nearly 40 per cent of Malawi’s population – unable to get enough food by the end of this year. The scale of the drought is stretching national coping capacities. Hard-won development gains and even minimum coping mechanisms hang in the balance. In Malawi, Ms. Kang spoke to a mother of four who told her about the nutrition challenges she and her family are facing, and in Madagascar, she also talked to a grandmother who had lost her son and three grandchildren to starvation earlier this year and is now caring for the remaining family. In both countries, she witnessed well-coordinated and much appreciated relief efforts by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, but they need urgently more resources to step up their efforts. “I appeal to governments and donors to give generously right now, so that we can provide life-saving assistance, alleviate suffering and prepare for the effects of La Niña,” Ms. Kang said. read more

Body of British student missing for 11 years found at bottom of

first_imgThe well where the remains of a body have been discovered in Malia, Crete Police forensics officers by the outhouse where the well is locatedCredit: Kostas Metaxakis/Athena Pictures Police forensics officers by the outhouse where the well is located Human remains found in a well in Crete belong to a British student who went missing more than 11 years ago, police have confirmed.Steve Cook, 20, disappeared while holidaying in Malia with school friends in the Greek resort in September 2005.The Liverpool FC fan, originally from Sandbach, Cheshire, was last seen in a bar asking for directions to his hotel but he walked off in the wrong direction. “The remains were removed from the site and taken to a nearby hospital for further forensic examination. Tests have been carried out and we have now received confirmation from the Greek authorities that the remains belong to Steven Cook, who went missing on 1st September 2005 during a holiday to the island.”Steven’s family have been kept fully updated on the developments and are currently being supported by Cheshire officers. They have been provided with support since Steven first went missing and this will continue over the coming weeks. 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. The well where the remains of a body have been discovered in Malia, CreteCredit:Kostas Metaxakis/Athena Picturescenter_img Steven Cook: Human remains found in a well in Crete are those of the British holidaymaker who went missing more than a decade ago, police have confirmedCredit:PA Steven Cook in his Liverpool FC kit “This is understandably an extremely upsetting and distressing time for the Cook family. Steven’s relatives are very appreciative of all the support the media and the public have given them over the years in their quest to find him but they have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time as they are trying to come to terms with the news.”DI McIntyre added that his priority was to ensure Steven’s remains were flown home to the UK as soon as possible and officers involved in the case will continue to liaise with the Greek authorities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Steven’s family moving forward. His family had hoped he might still be alive but on Friday Cheshire Constabulary said they it received confirmation from Greek authorities that his remains had been found.Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said: “On Thursday 16th February Cheshire Constabulary was made aware of the discovery of human remains in a well in Malia, Crete.”Since then, officers have been in close liaison with the Greek authorities and have been awaiting further information. Speaking in March 2015, Steve’s sister-in-law Liz spoke about the family’s hopes that he might still be alive after they’d offered 7,000 euros reward for anyone who finds him.”We don’t think he’s outside Greece because he left his passport in the room,” she said.”It’s unlikely he’s not in Greece but he might be on one of the islands.”It’s a complete mystery, people don’t just disappear.”last_img read more

Grippe A le coût de la campagne de vaccination revu à la

first_imgGrippe A : le coût de la campagne de vaccination revu à la baisseFrance – Le coût de la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A a été réévalué : Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé qu’il était estimé “entre 490 et 510 millions d’euros”, au lieu des 670 millions d’euros dont les dernières estimations du gouvernement faisaient état. La ministre de la Santé a annoncé dimanche que la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A avait coûté “entre 490 et 510 millions d’euros” à l’État, dont 420 millions au ministère de la Santé.Ce coût inclut également les 48 millions d’euros de crédit payés aux laboratoires pharmaceutiques. Il s’abaisse à 420 millions d’euros si l’on exclut les vaccins donnés à des associations humanitaires. Roselyne Bachelot a expliqué que les laboratoires pharmaceutiques n’avaient reçu que 16% du prix réel des vaccins dont la commande a été annulée. Cette déclaration infirme les données de certains politiques, comme le président de la commission d’enquête du Sénat, qui avaient évalué le coût de la campagne de vaccination à 2,2 milliards d’euros. Le 7 juin 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Blind Man Charged With Murdering Infant Son

first_imgA man has been charged in the death of his 5-month-old son according to Baltimore Police.Perry Nelson-JohnsonPerry Nelson-Johnson, 31, of the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, 1st degree child abuse resulting in death, and various other charges.According to police, on June 9th at 4:00 a.m. medics responded to a call in the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street for an unconscious baby.Johnson, the child’s father, initially told the police the baby rolled off of the bed and hit its head. Johnson and the mother of the infant also told police that the baby appeared to be fine until they called for a medic.The baby boy, identified as 5-month-old Emmanuel Johnson, was transported to shock trauma where he was pronounced dead.According to Baltimore Police Chief Spokesman T.J. Smith, the infant appeared to have old and new wounds over the surface of its body. An autopsy revealed the baby suffered severe head trauma.According to police, the child’s injuries and evidence at the scene weren’t consistent with his parents story of a fall. The case was ruled a homicide due to multiple blunt force traumas to the head.Johnson, who is partially blind, uses a guide stick, which police suspect may have been used as a weapon.Johnson turned himself into Baltimore Police June 13.It has not been determined if the boy’s mother will face charges and she has not currently been taken into custody.In addition to the death of 5-month-old Emmanuel, Baltimore City endured a rash of violence this past weekend.The weekend ended with 12 shootings and continued through Tuesday with five separate shootings and six fatalities bringing Baltimore’s homicide rate for the year to 159 as of June 14.Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Kevin Davis held a press conference to announce Baltimore Police officers will be on 12-hour shifts to combat the violence effective immediately.The initiative is a week long effort that will require patrol officers to work 12 hours instead of their usual 10 hour shifts.“Every sworn officer in the department, who is capable, will be on the street,” said Davis.“There will be a visible, overt presence”Davis called the latest violence “unconscionable” and said he’s just as “pissed off” as those in the community.Less than an hour after his announcement to augment police patrols, city officers were called to the 3300 block of Ayrdale Avenue, a neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, where four males, were wounded in a shooting.The males were 19, 20, 23, and 55.According to police there was so many shell casings, officers ran out of evidence markers and had to use trash to mark them all.“Were just as angry and frustrated and ticked off about it as anyone else watching and I expect people to be upset,” stated Davis.“I expect people to want a better Baltimore, to want a sense of peace and tranquility that when they leave their home, or go to their car, or go to the store, or go to work, or walk in the neighborhood, that they don’t have to put up with this crap.”According to Davis, the ongoing violence stems from “petty” street disputes and retaliation from gangs such as the Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.“These younger gang members are vicious killers who don’t give a damn about adhering to any pre-existing code of conduct that existed in their criminal enterprises,” according to Davis.Davis said gun offenders in Baltimore, “do not fear an arrest, they do not fear a successful prosecution, and, quite frankly, they don’t even fear a damn guilty verdict.”last_img read more

Hulu Live TV Lineup Now Includes Nearly 600 Local Stations Across the

first_imgGreenwood-Greenville,MS WEEK WHEC WTOG Dothan, AL Austin, TX FOX KBLR KFOX WCNC Columbia-JeffersonCity, MO KTXE KDFW WLKY WXXA KTMF WBOC KTXH WALB WLBT WVIT WJHG WITN WWL WSWG KQDS The 593 total local affiliates now on Hulu’s live service (as of April 26) is an almost three-fold increase in the last eight months, up from about 200 in August 2017. According to Hulu, 51% of TV households in the U.S. now have access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC local stations. It also distributes 15 local affiliates of Spanish-language Telemundo broadcaster, which is owned by NBCU, and 12 MyNetworkTV affiliates (including WWOR in New York and KCOP in L.A.).Note that Hulu is owned by four major media conglomerates — Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Time Warner — which obviously helped grease the wheels to clinch the deals with local TV affiliates.Meanwhile, even as Hulu has been bulking up on local TV, it still doesn’t offer channels from several big programming groups, including AMC Networks, Viacom, and Starz. It also excludes legacy Discovery channels but does have channels from Scripps Networks Interactive (which is now part of Discovery) like Food Network and HGTV.Hulu hasn’t disclosed how many subscribers it has for the over-the-top live TV package. The company said it ended 2017 with more than 17 million paying subs, which includes both live TV and standalone subscription VOD (which starts at $7.99 per month). Hulu’s live TV service has been gaining traction as cord-cutters and other consumers seek cheaper and more flexible alternatives to traditional cable and satellite packages. Other players in the “virtual pay-TV” sector include YouTube TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and FuboTV.Here are the national cable networks currently in Hulu with Live TV:A&EAdult SwimBig Ten NetworkBoomerangBravoCartoon NetworkCBS Sports NetworkCheddarChillerCNNCNN InternationalCNBCDisney ChannelDisney XDDisney JuniorE!ESPNESPN2EPSNUESPNewsESPN-SEC NetworkFood NetworkFox Business NetworkFox News ChannelFox Sports 1Fox Sports 2FreeformFXFXMFXXFYIGolf ChannelHGTVHistoryHLNLifetime Movie Network (LMN)Nat Geo WildNational GeographicNBCSNOxygen NetworkPOPSmithsonianSproutSyfyTBSTCMTNTTravel ChannelTruTVUniversal Kids (East)VicelandHere is the full list of local TV stations available in Hulu with Live TV: WOHL WGRZ KCTV NBC Lincoln &Hastings-Krny (Grand Island) Erie, PA WRLH Palm Springs,CA KTMD KTBY WJXX Casper-Riverton WWTV KWES West Palm Beach– Ft. Pierce WUPA KCEN Abilene-Sweetwater KTBC KSL KNPN WWAY KIDK KEYT KOTA WEVV WMAR WBAL KRTV Fairbanks, AK Meridian, MS WMSN WABC KGW WXIN KJUD KBNZ WICZ WKTV WMBF WQRF KCRG WSMH KOHD Baton Rouge, LA WNYT WBNG KDFI Biloxi-Gulfport KJTL KXXV WCAU WLBZ WATM ONSD Green Bay –Appleton Minneapolis-St.Paul Bluefield-Beckley-OakHill KTMJ WVNS WVEC KNOE WLTZ KKFX KPHO KDKA WPBY WREX WWJ WTIC WQOW Omaha, NE WTVG WMUR WBKO WWOR WBNS Bakersfield, CA KTXS Telemundo Portland, OR WAGM Boise, ID WOFL WFFF Butte-Bozeman WWCP WTVD KHMT KPTH WDAM WYFX KSFY WHAS Parkersburg, WV Champaign Sherman-Ada Columbus-Tupelo-WestPoint-Houston Charleston-Huntington,WV WXYZ KMIZ WVUE Harrisonburg,VA Detroit, MI WBBM Spokane, WA KBTX Buffalo, NY Dayton, OH WMYT KMOV WNEM Boston(Manchester) WMC WALA KFXO KBJR KTTC KZTV KCNC Charlottesville,VA KOCO WLUC KXRM KFXK KTRK WEAU WPSG WYMT Clarksburg-Weston Miami-Ft.Lauderdale, FL Cincinnati Bangor, ME WLWT WXIX KVIQ WFTX Amarillo, TX KTLM WDBJ KYUR WOLF Sioux Falls(Mitchell) KFYR Mobile-Pensacola(Ft Walt) WSBK KOVR KARD Atlanta, GA WKYT Albuquerque, NM KVDA KGTV WIS KEZI WLFI Greensboro-H.Point–W.Salem KVHP KCJO Harlingen-Wslco–Brnsvl-McA Paducah-CapeGirard-Harsbg WJW Phoenix(Prescott) KBSI KESQ Youngstown KDRV KIII WilkesBarre-Scranton-Hztn KSWT Lima, OH Norfolk-Portsworth–Newpt Nws KCBD MyrtleBeach-Florence WTAP WLEX ColoradoSprings-Pueblo Davenport-R.Island – Moline KLJB WTVC WHIO Minot-Bsmrck–Dcknsn (Wlstn) KSHB Baltimore, MD WMTV KUSA Grand JunctionMontrose Des Moines-Ames WSIL Harrisburg-Lncstr–Leb-York KLTV KYUR (KJUD) WOLO WSFA WDAY Raleigh-Durham(Fayetvlle) WGEM Chattanooga, TN WRGX WALB KMTV WECT WTVF KTVQ Jackson, MS WTVQ WCPO Mankato, MN KHON KPTM Dallas-Ft.Worth, TX KYLX WTLV San Angelo WSEE KVOA WBTV KCPQ KTXL KPEJ KAEF KNOP North Platte,NE Reno, NV KXJB (KVLY) Marquette WITI WXMI Presque Isle,ME WTTE KSWB KGO Peoria-Bloomington Medford-KlamathFalls WNYW Springfield-Holyoke,MA KCBS Anchorage +Juneau WTOV Fresno-Visalia KAUZ KMPH KNOE WINK WWAY KOLD Ft. Smith-Fay-Sprngdl–Rgrs KSDK WGGB KFTA MyNET WFFT St. Louis, MO Greenville, NC WCBS KVIA WPBF SantaBarbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo Burlington-Plattsburgh KPTV WTXL Duluth-Superior2 WZVN KING KBGF WUSA WACH WLOX WZDX Los Angeles WPMT WISC WVBT Albany-Schenectady-Troy KWYB WCTI KRDO KYUR (KATN) Cleveland-Akron(Canton) KOAT KOAM KXAS WXVT (WNBD) KMAX Louisville, KY WBAY KFNB WGAL KOTV Cheyenne-Scottsbluff WTGS Duluth-Superior(Chisholm) Salt Lake City WDIV WRAZ WCCO KOLN WFXT KJCT Cedar Rapids-Wtrlo-IWC&Dub KTIV WHSV Seattle-Tacoma WBBJ KWTV Columbus, GA(Opelika, AL) WOWT KHNL KAGS KSAT Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-BattleCreek Pittsburgh, PA WVLT Madison, WI KDSM Ft. Wayne KMVT KXPI WPBI Sioux City Lubbock KIRO KCOY Greenville, SC Indianapolis,IN KCBA WRTV Wichita Falls& Lawton Alexandria, LA WPLG WRDW Jackson, TN Chico-Redding KRIS WIFR WDEF Panama City, FL WJKT WFOX WMTW WKBT New Orleans, LA WXIA WTHR KJNB WLS KAIT – D2 Utica, NY Rockford, IL KSWL KMGH Juneau, AK Bryan WTMJ WNTZ KLKN Knoxville, TN KMIR WSVN WFXB WSBT WBFS KDFX Ft.Myers-Naples Memphis, TN WEVV WGBC La Crosse-EauClaire 2 Denver, CO Lafayette, IN KQFX WYFF KGUN WPBI WAFB Albany, GA KYTX Lake Charles,LA WZZM WZTV WTVA WFXV KNBC Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk WZAW WTSP WRBW WFMY WFTV WABG KALB Richmond-Petersburg Columbia, SC KSAS New York KNTV WFXR KJRH KPLC ENKY (WNKY-DT2) KBMT Monroe-ElDorado Hattiesburg/Laurel,MS WKYC Orlando-DaytonaBeach-Melbourne KFXL WGMB Watertown, NY WPTV WGBA KSBW KUTP WAOW WVAW KSTP KVEA WTOL WCAX Birmingham (Annand Tusc) KTHV KHOU WSAZ WSMV Macon, GA WDRB KNSD KXTX Salisbury, MD Tallahassee-Thomasville WTHI Oklahoma City,OK WBRZ Waco-Temple-Bryan KPNX KFQX Corpus Christi,TX WGCL KKTV WFXL WEMT WAVE Houston, TX WMDN WAAY WBIR WREG WDAM Bowling Green,KY KCIT KWKT WWSI KTVB WSCV Washington, DC(Hagrstwn) WDJT WLAX WDKY WBTS WECP WNEU Great Falls, MT KARE KMSP WKMG A year after Hulu launched its live-streaming pay-TV service, the biggest changes to the programming lineup have been on the local front.Hulu with Live TV now provides 51 national cable channels and 593 local TV affiliates — all while maintaining the same $39.99 per month launch price (for now). The full lineups of national networks and locals on Hulu with Live TV are listed below.In addition, regional sports networks from Comcast, NBC Sports and Fox Sports are available in many areas, as is NBCU’s New England regional news network NECN. Plus, Hulu customers have the option to add Showtime ($8.99/month), HBO (currently $4.99/month for 6 months, then $14.99/month) and Cinemax ($9.99/month). The Hulu with Live TV subscription also includes full access to the original and licensed VOD content, including the streamer’s breakout hit “The Handmaid’s Tale.” KBMY WFVX WSB KFBB KERO KUQI WUTV KITV KHSL IdahoFalls-Pocatello (Jackson) WPCW WOIO Odessa-Midland WAGA Hartford &New Haven WPWR WTVT KETV WAKA WRGT WMAZ WXXV KTAZ CW WLOV WCJB Flint-Saginaw-BayCity KIVI LittleRock-Pine Bluff WKTV WXOW WLTX WBFF KDVR KATC Monterey-Salinas KVLY WSVF WNJU WTOC Topeka, KS WNBC KPAX KBVU KGMB KFBB Roanoke-Lynchburg KOSA Wausau-Rhinelander Eureka, CA WJZ Binghamton, NY KNPL KOKH Wichita-HutchinsonPlus (Ensign/Goodland/Hays) Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) WPVI El Paso KLRT WCSH WILX KXDF WTTV KCCI KHRR KTVA WTVJ WENY KTVH WYZZ CBS KTTV Joplin-Pittsburg WCBI WTKR KSPR KRXI KFXA WPGH WIBW WFSB WCVB Anchorage, AK WBND Lexington, KY Wheeling-Steubenville WFTC WTXF WRSP WJBK Billings, MT KLWY NBJR (KBJR) Milwaukee, WI KSAZ KESQ WLOX Columbus, OH WHNT WTAE KALB WIYE WLUK Portland –Auburn, ME Kansas City, KS KYW WJZY WBOC KNVN KTMF Waco-Temple-Bryan KBTV KBFX WLNE WNAC Missoula Huntsville-Decatur(Flor) ABC KFMB Location WRAL WSHM Rapid City KNBN WISN KJNB KTNV KIMT WFOR Bend, OR WTVR WTVY WHPM Honolulu, HI Tri-Cities,TN-VA WSLS WFIE Rochester, NY Lansing WUHF KSAW KSTW KHBS KABC KVUE Shreveport, LA KRQE WPFO Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto Eugene, OR KXLF KCRA KLSR WTTG WHBQ WVAH WENY NSBW (KSBW) WKBD WDIO KAKE KLAX San Antonio, TX SanFrancisco-Oakland-San Jose KVCT KABB KCOP KKCO WSNS KEYC WKBW Rochestr-MasonCity-Austin Beaumont-PortArthur KENS La Crosse-EauClaire Twin Falls, ID WVTM KTVU KSTS WTVM WYDC Chicago KATN KSBY KXTV Savannah, GA KREM WJCL KOLO Helena Providence-NewBedford KYTV WDSU KVVU WAND Laredo, TX KBMT WHNS KTBS KMSS Johnstown-Atloona-St Colge WRC WWBT KSNB KGNS KDLT KCWY KAAL WBBJ WNDU WGXA Nashville, TN Las Vegas, NV KXLY Boston(Manchester) WEWS South Bend, IN Jacksonville,FL KSTU WOGX KAIT Toledo, OH St. Joseph Philadelphia KNPG KHBB Gainesville, FL KTVN KWCH WTOK WPTZ WCTV KBCW WNCF WESH Springfield, MO KOAA WTWC WCSC Tampa-St. Pete(Sarasota) WFTS Lafayette, LA Fargo-ValleyCity KPRC KRBK KECY Elmira(Corning) KSLA KVRR KTFT TraverseCity-Cadillac (Sault Ste. Marie) KHBB WJAX WABI Tucson (SierraVista) KXII WLIO WFXP KWYB Tulsa, OK Evansville, IN KTTW KOKI KFVS WTAT San Diego, CA WVVA Tyler-Longview(Lfkn&Ncgd) WWSB KNXV WFAA Yakima-Pasco-Rchlnd–Knnwck KOB KOBI WTHI Charlotte, NC KFSM KMBC WSYM Augusta-Aiken WGHP KFDA WSOC WDTV Charleston, SC Jonesboro, AR Victoria WWNY WAFF KRCR KFJX WFMJ WSAW Lexington, KY KWTX KTVT KCVU Montgomery-Selma WDCA KPIX WGGB KFSN WCAV WGBC KSNB WGEM WBZ KION KTVI WYDO Wilmington, NC WPXI KRIV WDAF Terre Haute, IN KVEW KADN WMAQ WFLD Yuma-El Centro KGWN KSWO KECYlast_img read more

See How Extra Game of Thrones Is With This AnimeStyled Opening

first_img Game of Thrones is one of the most convoluted shows on TV, so it makes sense that it would totally work as an anime series. There are some extremely complex plots when it comes to anime to begin with, so there’s totally no surprise here that it would make an awesome anime epic. That’s why French animator Malec went and created an amazingly spot-on rendition of the Game of Thrones title credits. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the show was actually coming to Japan for its first season.The clip pretty much nails every single thing you normally see in anime openings, from the flashes of lightning to serious portraits of the major players, a huge and gaudy logo, and even insidious and dramatic scenes that forecast certain story-related things that are still to come in the series. What’s more, everyone is accurate to their TV series counterparts. Daenerys looks appropriately menacing, Jon Snow is looking like a pouty little kid trying to be intimidating, and well, the gang’s all here! Just see for yourself.I especially enjoyed all the house’s sigils being strung together in a super-quick montage reminiscent of some of the best anime series I’ve seen that have made similar design decisions. It even has its own custom-made theme song, which sounds like a lot of nonsense, but it does at least have the words “Game of Thrones” in it, and I’m kind of tired of hearing the HBO version of the theme, anyway.This is an extremely impressive piece of fanart that really makes you wonder why there isn’t an anime version of the show in the first place. Looks like someone should get on it, and fast, at least while George R.R. Martin is still around to see it. At this rate, the anime might happen before we get the next book. ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

South Dinajpur conducts drives against prenatal sex determination

first_imgBalurghat: Initiative to conduct massive awareness drive in order to stop the illegal practice of prenatal determination of sex has been taken up in South Dinajpur.The step has been taken up following a decrease in male-female ratio in South Dinajpur and the awareness drive will be carried out to check the illegal practice. According to the source, different NGOs will take part actively in the awareness campaigning.Sukumar Dey, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur, said the state government wants to curb the menace of sex determination at any cost. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to him, the move follows statistics that the number of girls in this district in respect to the number of boys is plummeting.Notably, the district has a district hospital in headquarter, Balurghat, along with eight block hospitals located in each block, where the birth rate of girls is decreasing compared to that of boys.As per 2011 census report in aspect to South Dinajpur, the average sex ratio stands at 956 girls to every 1000 boys. There were also reports of flouting the law against sex determination in private health care facilities and nursing homes.”We are determined to stop the illegal practice of fetus determination. We will organise workshops in different parts of the district to make people aware through NGOs. Private facilities and nursing homes will also take part in it,” Dey said.last_img read more

Why Juan Carlos had to go

first_imgRelated posts:40 years after Franco’s death, Spanish families look for stolen babies Out with the old, say lots of Spanish voters Ukraine crisis escalates as US, Europe hit Russians with sanctions Costa Rica calls for 100 countries to ban cluster bombs WASHINGTON, D.C. – Though technically unrelated, an electoral landslide, a death and an abdication all in the past few months seem together to mark the final end of an era in Spanish politics that began with the death of Francisco Franco in 1975.This week’s news is that 76-year-old King Juan Carlos has abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe. It’s been a rough few years for the Spanish monarchy. In 2012, the king provoked the ire of the austerity-wracked Spanish public, rare criticism from the traditionally deferential Spanish media, and outrage from animal lovers with a lavish elephant hunting trip to Botswana in the company of German aristocrat Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, his frequent traveling companion.His daughter Cristina has been the subject of a criminal investigation – the first time that’s ever happened to a member of the royal family – in connection with her husband’s business dealings. The popularity of the monarchy has fallen to an all-time low, making the abdication a smart political move: Crown Prince Felipe and his wive Letizia Ortiz have been relatively untouched by the scandals and are among the more popular royals.The ignoble end of Juan Carlos’ reign may detract from a fairly impressive legacy as the leader who confounded the expectations of critics by supporting the country’s peaceful transition to democracy.Juan Carlos took the throne in 1975 after the death of Franco, who had groomed him for the position. While he had made some perfunctory statements about democracy as king-in-waiting, he was expected by many to keep ruling in the Francoist mold.The first sign that he had something else in mind came in his coronation speech when he promised to be “king of all Spaniards, without exception” – seemingly an effort to paper over the divisions that had been present in society since the Civil War.In 1976, he surprised many by selecting a young relatively unknown bureaucrat named Adolfo Suárez as prime minister.A mild-mannered conservative Catholic from Franco’s party, Suárez seemed like any unlikely reformer, but in the 11 months that followed, he – with royal support – “abolished the National Movement, legalized political parties including the Communist Party, legalized trade unions, abolished the largely appointed parliament, allowed freedom of speech and assembly in an electoral campaign, and convoked partisan elections.” He became Spain’s first elected prime minister after Franco when elections were held in 1977.On March 23, he passed away, a little more than two months before the king who had appointed him left the throne.Spain is still a rare example of a country that transitioned from dictatorship to democracy without violence or revolt, but it was a fragile dangerous transition, threatened by both right-wing and left-wing terrorism as well as the remnants of Franco’s military leadership. In 1981, a coup by right-wing military officers threatened to overthrow Suarez’s government, and the king’s televised speech condemning “any actions or attitudes by persons who intend to interrupt the democratic process by force,” deflated the coup and was one probably the high-point of his reign.Spain’s transition to democracy left a lot of unfinished business. Most of the crimes of the Franco era went unpunished – and there are still consequences for those who look too closely into them – but it’s also not hard to imagine a scenario under which the country tipped back into dictatorship or Civil War.But as both these figures leave the stage, the political order they helped build also shows signs of unraveling. Since 1977, Spain has been, for the most part, a two-party state. The Socialist Party has represented the center left, while since the late 1980s the People’s Party, and before that the Democratic Center have represented the center right.Last week, both parties were punished at the polls in European elections, taking less than 50 percent of the vote for the first time since the return to democracy.It’s a mistake to read too much into European elections – populations tend to use them to register protest votes and then drift back to mainstream candidates for national elections – but the numbers here are particularly dramatic. It also seems significant that voters seem to have drifted more toward the anti-austerity leftist Podemos Party – an outgrowth of the indignados protests that pre-dated the rise of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, rather than the kind of right-wing anti-immigrant parties that made gains in many other European countries. The country’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 26 percent, 55 for youth.On top of that, Catalonia is experiencing a new wave of nationalism, with independence parties pushing for a referendum this fall.Thankfully, after 35 years, Spain’s democracy doesn’t seem to be under threat, and Juan Carlos clearly deserves some credit for the fact that we can take that for granted today.But even if for no other reason than symbolizing a new start, the king’s exit seems like a welcome move for Spain as well as the House of Bourbon. As for Juan Carlos’ own legacy, he probably should have done this five years ago. If anything, his decline from respected national institution to embarrassment is a pretty good argument for not having rulers-for-life.Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international news, social science and related topics. He was previously an editor at Foreign Policy magazine.© 2014, Slate Facebook Commentslast_img read more

First bicommunal startup mentorship programme connects across the divide

first_imgCyprusInno, the first and largest bi-communal digital platform connecting Cypriot entrepreneurs, has concluded its first bi-communal startup mentorship programme, it said.The programme connected some of the most successful Cypriot business leaders with entrepreneurs islandwide.Entrepreneurs gained access to Skype sessions and email exchanges with their mentors, as well as marketing via CyprusInno’s website and social media channels.  In some cases, the entrepreneurs and mentors met in person. They worked together with mentors to tackle business challenges, explore growth opportunities, and seek advice on upcoming projects.As a result, the entrepreneurs launched websites, adjusted their pricing strategies, enhanced their social media presence, and expanded their product lines.“Working with Pangratios gave me a much clearer picture and vision about the future of MISIRiX,” said Co-Founder of MISIRiX Ali Furkan Cetiner, who was mentored by KPMG Cyprus board member Pangratios Vanezis.“It was a great experience, a tremendous opportunity to be able to assist in any way possible and more importantly to see that there is impact based on the process. We will definitely stay in touch and will be available to Ali to continue this process,” Vanezis said.Other Greek and Turkish Cypriots also commented on the programme for which entrepreneurs from all over Cyprus were invited to apply.  Six entrepreneurs were selected from a large pool of applicants, each paired with one of six mentors, all successful Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business leaders.  Selected Greek Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Turkish Cypriot mentors and selected Turkish Cypriot entrepreneurs were paired with Greek Cypriot mentors. The programme also saw participation from bi-communal teams and other Cyprus-based entrepreneurs.The project also featured a bi-communal web TV project whose team was mentored by Gunperi Sisman, as well as Founder of Roads & Keys Angela Kashina mentored by Loacal Founder Aysem Zorlu.To learn more about all the mentors and the entrepreneurs, and to stay up-to-date on the next call for applications, visit: http://cyprusinno.com/mentorship-programme/ You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Limassol sea filth a growing cause for concern

first_imgWHILE the authorities are still talking about how best to resolve the problem of polluted waters, holidaymakers and locals alike are reporting that they suffering from the filth in the Limassol sea.Holidaymaker Craig Taylor this week wrote to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation to “express my absolute disgust at the amount of human excrement floating in the bays and beaches around the St Raphael / Four Seasons beaches in Limassol.”“With a family of three young children aged 6, 2 and 1, this is not only disgusting but a very real and genuine health risk,” he wrote, adding that this is unacceptable when the family has paid nearly €10,000 for their holiday to Cyprus. The family is not planning to come back.For this amount of money, Craig continued, the family can go somewhere “where we can swim in fish infested glorious blue seas, not human faeces infested.”“I got a rash twice this year when I went to the beach,” 26-year-old Limassol resident Marianna Leonidou said on Friday, “this has never happened before. I had to go to the dermatologist who prescribed some cream and told me the rash was from the filth in the sea.” Leonidou got the rashes at two different beaches in Limassol, in Parekklisia and in the popular Akti Olympion area.Greens MP Charalambous Theopemptou  is one of the few who have long called for action. “I was trying a lot to address the subject years ago when I was environment commissioner, but all I came across were walls,” he said.Theopemptou believes Cyprus needs someone to coordinate the various government departments which are partly responsible for the matter, however, Transport and Works permanent secretary Alecos Michaelides  disagrees.“We don’t need another service,” he had said on Thursday. Instead he suggests to increase the controls, as the relevant laws already exist.“I am very disappointed,” Theopemptou said in new comments on the subject.“We have a sewage system in all coastal towns but we don’t have the infrastructure in the ports, marinas and fishing shelters to transfer the sewage directly from the ships to a waste treatment station from where it would go to the sewage system. Who knows what happens with the sewage in reality? We look at fancy solutions when we are at an infantile stage.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinanceUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Southeast Michigan lawmakers unveil new plan to fix states auto insurance system

first_img State Reps. Jason Sheppard of Temperance, Joe Bellino of Monroe and Bronna Kahle of Adrian today unveiled legislation repealing Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums.The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The eight-bill package eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states such as Ohio.“We need to ask ourselves this – should Michigan continue to do nothing about having the highest insurance rates in the nation? Is that a logical way forward?” Sheppard said. “The answers are obvious to drivers across the state facing severe financial stress. We’ve got to do something to fix this broken system and lower rates for all drivers.”The plan still mandates that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants.“Auto insurance rates are so high, they are draining our neighbors’ bank accounts,” Bellino said. “As legislators, we cannot continue to let this happen. Our current rates are an unnecessary burden for families across the state.”Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation mandating unlimited medical coverage. Florida, one of the 12 states operating with a no-fault system, is also debating repeal.“Our auto insurance is too expensive,” Kahle said. “Michigan’s unique no-fault system has led to the highest auto rates in the country. The hard-working families and seniors in Lenawee County deserve relief.”Sheppard noted that repealing Michigan’s no-fault system and replacing it with a tort system will draw more insurance companies to the state, which will in turn create more competition to even further drive down insurance rates.The bill package, House Bills 5517-23, will be formally read into the record next week. Categories: Kahle News 01Feb Southeast Michigan lawmakers unveil new plan to fix state’s auto insurance systemlast_img read more

Rep Hughes Support local industries during upcoming Buy Michigan Week

first_img24Jul Rep. Hughes: Support local industries during upcoming Buy Michigan Week Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes today encouraged local residents to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – set to run from July 28-Aug. 5.Purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on the region and is a statistically proven practice that promotes small business growth, creates more jobs and strengthens state and local economies.“Agriculture, retail, summer tourism and a variety of other industries in Michigan have a profound impact on nearby communities,” said Hughes, of Montague, who serves on the House Commerce and Trade Committee. “These industries help support our communities. They provide jobs to our residents. It’s important we recognize this and help to support them with our consumer dollars when we can because some of those dollars are going directly back into the community. It’s a positive cycle that makes for a strong state.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created. Up to $2.5 billion in additional wages could be cultivated through the new jobs, per the project’s report.last_img read more