Air Canada launches one of a kind pop up YYCaesar BarAir Canada launches one of a kind pop up YYCaesar BarYYCaesar Bar by Air Canada brings together Caesars, travel & community support for Calgary Firefighters Charitable FoundationOpen July 6-14 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily on Stephen Avenue at 117-8th Ave SWAir Canada today announced its YYCaesar Bar will pop-up in Calgary during Stampede week, offering Calgarians and visitors alike the opportunity to sample several varieties of Canada’s national cocktail, take-off on an Air Canada flight through a virtual reality experience, and help support the important work of the Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation. People will also have the chance to win two tickets daily to any Air Canada destination. YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada pops up from Saturday, July 6 until Sunday, July 14.“We are delighted to bring visitors from across Canada and around the world to the Stampede and Calgary’s city-wide celebration. We can’t think of a better occasion to launch our one-of-a-kind YYCaesar Bar pop-up, right in the downtown core where the legendary Caesar was originally created 50 years ago,” said Ferio Pugliese, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President – Air Canada Express & Government Relations.“Building on our more than 80-year history and our long-standing commitment to serving Calgary and the rest of Alberta, we look forward to welcoming even more people to our award winning hospitality and invite everyone to explore the more than 200 destinations we fly to globally, including 59 directly from Calgary,” concluded Ferio.“The Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation, or CF2, is proud to announce our partnership with Air Canada. Funds raised through YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada will support our SAFE (Support After Fires and Emergencies) program initiatives,” says President Mike Henson. “Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation’s (CF2’s) mission is to serve and assist our citizens in their time of need. Our programs provide our citizens with resource information, education and/or financial assistance after an emergency – we are not done when the trucks leave, we are only beginning.”YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada Caesar choices:In addition to the classic Caesar originally created by Calgary’s Walter Chell, YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada will also present customized Caesars inspired by the Calgary Flames, Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, and a modern twist on the original.Caesars are priced at $7.00 each with a portion of proceeds from every Caesar sold going to support the Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation to support their critical work keeping Calgarians safe and resilient.Where and When:117-8th Ave SW on Stephen Avenue between 1st St SW and CentreOpen to the public from Sat., July 6 to Sun., July 14 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm dailyFive Fast Facts About Air Canada in Calgary:Direct flights to 59 destinations, including London Heathrow and Frankfurt year-round, and Tokyo Narita during spring and summer, plus newly announced route to Terrace-Kitimat beginning this fallAir Canada’s flights represent 6.9 million seats at Calgary2,750 proud employees based in AlbertaSpends $515 million in Alberta annuallySupports numerous organizations who help children’s health and help alleviate poverty, including the yearly Dreams Take Flights Calgary that provides a magical trip-of-a-lifetime to childrenAbout Air Canada:Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.Source = Air Canada
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News October 29, 2014 430 Views Fed: QE3 Asset Purchase Program to End In October Economy Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Federal Reserve FOMC Labor Market Mortgage-Backed Securities QE3 Asset Purchase Program 2014-10-29 Seth Welborn The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System today announced that its asset purchase program, known as QE3 (quantitative easing), will end this month, citing sufficient economic growth.Following months of speculation of the end of the program, Fed made the announcement in its FOMC statement, following the FOMC’s seventh of eight meetings this year which took place today. Unlike the Fed’s first two QE programs, which were launched in 2008 and 2010, QE3 allowed for the unlimited purchase of mortgage-backed securities; the Fed planned to continue the stimulus program until the economy was deemed healthy enough.The Fed suggested in today’s FOMC statement that U.S. economic activity is expanding at a “moderate pace” since the Committee’s last meeting on September 17.The Committee cited several factors in its assessment of the state of the economy. Since the start of September, the nation has experienced solid job gains and posted the lowest unemployment rate in six years, and labor market indicators show a gradual diminishing in the underutilization of labor resources. The housing sector has been slow to recover from the crisis of 2008, but household spending rose moderately and business fixed investment is advancing.With the substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market, as judged by the Committee, since the inception of the QE3 asset purchase program two years ago and the broader economy’s underlying strength to support ongoing progress toward maximum employment in a price stability context, the Committee decided to conclude the QE3 program this month.”The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction,” the Committee’s statement said. “This policy, by keeping the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.”In order to support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee decided in today’s meeting that the current zero to one-fourth percent target range for the federal funds rate is still appropriate. The Committee will assess both realized and expected progress toward the objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation in order to determine how long to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate.The Committee said it will use a wide range of information to determine how long the current target range will be appropriate, including labor market conditions, inflation pressures and expectations, and financial development readings. The current target range could be in place for a while, the Committee said.”The Committee anticipates, based on its current assessment, that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the zero to one-fourth percent target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program (QE3) this month, especially if projected inflation continues to run below the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and provided that longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored,” the Committee’s statement said.Increases in the target range for the federal funds rate could come more quickly if the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives are met sooner than expected, the Committee said. If information indicates that the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives are taking longer than anticipated to be met, then an increase in the federal funds rate target range could come much later than expected.The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for December 16-17. Share
CEO Says Taxpayers Aren’t on the Hook Anymore in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Servicing April 5, 2017 639 Views The days of “too big to fail” are over and taxpayers are no longer on the hook for bailing out the country’s biggest banks, should a 2008-style collapse occur again—at least that’s the bold statement made by the CEO of JPMorgan Chase.In his annual letter to shareholders, Chase CEO Jamie Dimon claimed, “Essentially, too big to fail has been solved. Taxpayers will not pay if a bank fails.” Released on Tuesday, the letter stated that the failure of a major bank wouldn’t have the same impact as in years past.“The American public has the right to demand that if a major bank fails,” Dimon wrote, “they, as taxpayers, would not have to pay for it, and the failure wouldn’t unduly harm the U.S. economy. In my view, these demands have now been met.”“Too big to fail” was a term coined during the financial crisis of 2008—when regulators deemed the collapse of several of the nation’s biggest banks to be a threat to the country’s financial system. As a result, a number of institutions received bailouts via taxpayer dollars.But according to Dimon, banks don’t pose this same threat anymore, thanks to more transparency, higher levels of capital, more liquidity, and a more secure regulatory environment. In fact, Dimon thinks Lehman Brothers wouldn’t have failed at all under today’s capital rules and, even if it had, the market’s multiple safeguards wouldn’t let the organization’s bailout fall to taxpayers anyway.Still, there are people in the industry who fear another collapse, something Dimon said is natural.”Market panic will never disappear entirely,” Dimon wrote, “and regulations must be flexible enough to allow banks to act as a bulwark against it rather than forcing financial institutions into a defensive crouch that will only make things worse.”In addition to addressing “too big to fail,” Dimon also covered technology in his shareholder’s letter—particularly Chase’s $9.5 billion-dollar investment in it last year, as well as the organization’s plans to introduce digital banking, online investment advice, and electronic trading in 2017. According to the letter, Chase is “collaborating with some excellent FinTech companies to dramatically improve [its] digital and other customer offerings.”Dimon also participated in a town hall event on Tuesday, in which he called the country’s social and economic status a “slow train wreck.” Share Bailouts JP Morgan 2017-04-05 Seth Welborn
American Samoa Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased that over $23.3 million in federal resources are being awarded to American Samoa for much-needed airport renovation projects to improve the pavement.“This is a sizable grant for our Pago Pago International Airport, and it is great news for us this week,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m especially pleased to welcome this important federal support to preserve and enhance our airport.Our airport is our primary connection to the United States and the rest of the Pacific, and it is essential to keep it in good repair.”Specifically, this grant includes a significant discretionary amount of $22,303,667 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, plus $1 million in formula-based distribution.The combined total is $23,303,667, which is designated to renovate the pavement of the extensive terminal apron area. This final phase of the project is the rehabilitation of 54,000 square yards of pavement.“A special thank you to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele for all her efforts on this valuable project, and everyone else taking part in this much-needed work,” continued Congresswoman Amata.“I would also like to thank my friend U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell for considering the importance of this project to American Samoa, and recognizing the necessity of a quality U.S. airport in the Pacific as part of the nation’s dependable transportation system.”Story credit: Talanei.com.The post USDOT awards $23.3 million for airport upgrade appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog
TEMPE, Ariz. — Daryl Washington wanted to get one last question in.“You’ve been playing so well, so are you coming back next year,” he asked teammate John Abraham. Abraham is in the first year of a two-year contract he signed with the Cardinals in July, and with the way he’s been playing, a return for the second season would certainly be welcome. Following a three-sack performance Sunday against the Houston Texans, the 35-year-old now has six sacks on the season — all of which have come in the last three games. It is a franchise record for sacks in three consecutive contests, and with 128 in his career, Abraham is steadily climbing up the NFL’s all-time list. “He was getting so close,” the coach said. Abraham attributed the increased production to playing time as well as better health, and given the results, it’s tough to argue that point. Arians also pointed to the disruption coming from the middle of the defensive line, and there’s little doubt that has also helped. But whatever the reasons, Abraham is giving the Cardinals something they have not had in nearly a decade. Through nine games he is on pace to finish the season with 10.6 sacks, which would be the highest individual total for a Cardinal since Bertrand Berry tallied 14.5 in 2004. Then again, Abraham’s last three games have been nothing like the previous six, so if you look at the roll he’s currently on, that final number could be much, much higher.“He’s one of those guys that you need on the outside that can put pressure on the quarterback, take a little pressure off the guys in the middle, like myself, and ‘Los,” Washington said of Abraham. “Once he’s able to put pressure like that then we’re able to be a better defense as far as pass rushing, so all we’ve got to do right now is continue to keep getting better and making our plays.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As a team, the Cardinals’ 26 sacks are tied for 14th in the NFL, though the 216 yards lost to their sacks ranks fourth. Eleven players other than Abraham have recorded a sack, with four of them — Dansby, Washington, Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett — tallying multiple sacks. Though Abraham has forced three fumbles himself, the Cardinals have just eight, which places them in a tie for 19th. In short, the defense has been good, and probably even very good. Add in an elite pass rusher whom offenses have to account for? Watch the group go to a whole new level.“Everybody’s got sacks, pretty much,” Abraham said, crediting defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for what the defense is doing. “You’ve got DBs getting sacks on our team, you’ve got ‘Los getting sacks.“You know, I was jealous of them at the beginning of the year because they were getting all the sacks, so you know I had to come back with a vengeance.”Indeed he has.But as to Washington’s question, which was about whether or not he’ll be back next season, Abraham had a very simple response.“Man, we ain’t going to talk about that,” he said. For now, he’ll just let his play on the field do the talking for him. – / 11 “He’s hitting on all cylinders right now, and that’s where we needed him to be at the right time,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He’s peaking at the right time right now, and it’s good. It’s a real good thing for our team.”Four games ago, this did not seem very likely. Sure, Abraham had gotten some pressure a couple of times, but for six games he had been unable to actually get to the quarterback. And even though he had tallied 10 sacks last season and 9.5 the year before, his age led some to wonder if the former Falcon and Jet would ever find what made him one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Abraham understood the concern but disagreed with the idea. “Being 35 you know you’ve got to deal with that kind of pressure, some people saying you can’t do this,” he said. “I had no doubt that I still could play at a high level, I just had to get everything situated in my head and everything situated on the team and get the confidence of the coaches and everybody around me.”Abraham added that when he first got to Arizona he was playing in a backup role, which is true. He signed in Arizona knowing that he may become a situational pass rusher, and that may very well have been the coaching staff’s goal. However, season-ending injuries to linebackers Sam Acho and Alex Okafor forced him into the starting lineup, and while no one wants to see anyone injured, the silver lining has been more reps for Abraham. And given that, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it was only a matter of time before he got going. Top Stories
OlderAirlines urged to remove ‘no-show’ clauses from tickets Merlin Entertainments has agreed to be taken over by Kirkbi Invests, a company owned the founding family of Lego. Private investor Blackstone will also provide capital for the transaction. The deal values the company and its debt at nearly £6 billion, and when complete will see Merlin half owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family and half by Blackstone and Canadian pension fund, CPPIB.Merlin owns the Madame Tussauds brand, Legoland theme parks, the London Eye, Alton Towers and Chessington Adventures, among other assets.The move will be one of the biggest private equity deals in Europe in recent years, and comes as buyout firms are flush with record amounts of cash to invest.ADVERTISEMENT“Following an unsolicited approach by a consortium of investors, and after rejecting a number of their proposals, the Merlin independent directors believe this offer represents an opportunity for Merlin shareholders to realise value for their investment in cash at an attractive valuation,” Merlin chairman John Sunderland said in a statement.“We are therefore unanimously recommending it to our shareholders.”The deal is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2019.Kirkbi already owns almost a third of the shares in Merlin Entertainments, and says it does not expect the deal to lead to any significant changes.All existing Merlin attractions in the UK will remain open and it has no plans to sell any part of the business, it said.Merlin is the second-largest operator of visitor attractions globally with more than 130 attractions in 25 countries.Earlier this year it sold its ski interests to Vail Resorts. NewerGovernment launches first ever tourism sector deal in UK
Irvine, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420 which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range. The N420 will make its US debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2010.Successor to the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007, the Vantage N420 is based upon the standard 4.7-litre, 420bhp, 180mph V8 Vantage and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.The Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the company’s experiences at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. In the 2006 running of the annual Nürburgring endurance classic amongst a field of mostly motorsport homologated cars, Aston Martin entered a near-standard, road-registered V8 Vantage. Driven by a team of employees, including Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V8 Vantage – named ‘Rose’ by the team – finished 4th in class and 24th overall from a field of more than 200 specialized racing cars.Since then Aston Martin has returned every year to compete in this grueling endurance race, scoring a string of class victories and podiums with road-registered V8 and V12 Vantages and most recently the new four-door Rapide. Not only has this racing success spawned a burgeoning V8 Vantage GT4 customer program run by Aston Martin Racing, but lessons learned in racing at the Nürburgring has led to aerodynamic and other performance developments being fed back into Aston Martin’s road cars.A generous standard specification and some unique options ensure the special edition Vantage N420 is both exclusive and distinctive.On the outside, wider sills combine perfectly with a carbon fiber splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the coordinated look.Inside the Vantage N420 offers an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and adjustable sports seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.Cementing the Vantage N420’s credentials as a special edition V8 Vantage tailored for the most discerning and enthusiastic drivers, it is fitted with the normally optional Sports Pack. This package combines revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, while retaining the V8 Vantage’s renowned poise, balance and long distance ability. Finally, a new sports exhaust system delivers a suitably rousing soundtrack.A further distinctive feature is the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes. Pairing bold body colors with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrate the marque’s racing heritage. All of the company’s successful N24 Vantage racers are celebrated, with ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking ‘Asia Cup’ livery.Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with deliveries for the Americas commencing in quarter four 2010.www.astonmartin.com
Nicolas Cage, the star name in Jiu Jitsu, was also the star of the press conference given by the film’s main cast and production team on Saturday evening – though he also ended up being upstaged, both by co-star Tony Jaa and the film’s producers.“This motion picture is a test case,” said producer Martin Barab to a packed conference room at the Hilton Park in Nicosia. “I have six more movies behind this one,” he added, citing stars like Gerard Butler, Bruce Willis and Keanu Reeves. “These are $50 million movies.”However, added Barab, none of those other films would be coming to Cyprus – drawn by the cash-rebate programme and other tax incentives recently introduced by Invest Cyprus – “until the government honours the certificate that induced us to come here” with Jiu Jitsu.Asked by the Cyprus Mail later if he meant to imply any doubt in his mind that the government would honour the certificate, Barab was firm: “Absolutely not,” he replied. “I wouldn’t be here if I thought so.”Nonetheless, all three producers – the others being Dimitri Logothetis (who is also the film’s director) and Chris Economides – struck a cautionary note.“People are watching us, to see how this is going to fly,” warned Economides, the ‘people’ in question being producers of other Hollywood films. “Should [the scheme] fail, it’d be impossible to revive it,” added Barab, warning that the incentives had to be shown to be working as advertised.The main actors and the three producersBarab also pointed to flaws in the relevant regulations, including the requirement that a film had to be shot entirely in Cyprus in order to be eligible, which, he said, misunderstood the way films are made and limited producers unnecessarily.Responding to the producers’ warnings, Michalis Michael, the chairman of Invest Cyprus – who was also on the panel – intervened to assure the production team “that we will stand by them”. Director Logothetis agreed that “everybody wants to make this happen”, and expressed optimism that any problems would be overcome.All this took place towards the end of the press conference, when the actors – and, it must be said, much of the press corps – had already gone. Cage, who’s completed his scenes on the movie and is flying out today, seemed in good spirits, wearing red sunglasses, a grey jacket and a white T-shirt paying homage to Bruce Lee, in keeping with the film’s title – even though Jiu Jitsu is as much science fiction as martial-arts.Cage, as expected, got the lion’s share of press attention. Producer Barab cautioned reporters that no questions “regarding personal life” would be permitted, but he needn’t have worried. The questions were respectful, and the Oscar-winning star – the only actor on the panel whose name-tag didn’t feel the need to specify ‘Actor’ – answered them with ease.“I’m always looking for the ‘genius loci’ of a place,” replied Cage when asked about his experience of Cyprus. “Cyprus has been a good spirit for me.”The actor spoke particularly of a day off when he went “up the mountain”, hiked around for a while and ate a meal of clay-cooked lamb (presumably kleftiko) in a taverna – an experience he found “quite romantic, quite poetic”. Asked to describe our island in just one word, the other actors said “Hot!”, but Cage was more high-minded: “Mythic,” he replied. Unsurprisingly, he expressed a wish to come back someday.Cage was flanked by four fellow cast members: Frank Grillo (recently seen in Avengers: Endgame), Alain Moussi, Juju Chan and Tony Jaa, the Thai martial-arts sensation who only answered one question but showed off the sense of drama that’s made him even bigger than Cage among action fans, especially in Asian markets.Asked about rumours that he might be playing Bruce Lee in an upcoming biopic, Jaa began speaking very softly about Lee’s influence on his life – then suddenly leaned into the mike and did an impression of Lee’s karate shout, yelling “Aaah-ohhhh!” at the top of his voice. The reporters all jumped, then laughed and applauded.The cast then departed, leading to a bit of a scrum as reporters pressed in closer trying to take selfies with the various actors while Jaa himself took a selfie with Cage and Grillo.The shoot is now at its halfway point, and will continue (without Cage) for the next few weeks.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
21Jan Petoskey Mayor attends State of the State address as Rep. Chatfield’s special guest State Rep. Lee Chatfield was pleased to welcome his wife, Stephanie and Petoskey Mayor Bill Fraser to the Capitol on Tuesday as his special guests for Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address.“I am honored to represent the residents of Petoskey at this historic event,” said Mayor Bill Fraser. “I look forward to working alongside Rep. Chatfield to accomplish great things for the people of northern Michigan.”Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering, issued the following statement regarding the governor’s address: “I am eager to work with Gov. Snyder to continue moving Michigan in a better direction. I agree with the governor that innovation is the key to reforming the way our state government works, and I fully support his endeavor to make Michigan government more efficient and transparent.”“In order to ensure that Michigan remains vibrant for future generations, I agree with the governor that we must emphasize vocational training in our education. Let’s continue to innovate our state and make Michigan an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” concluded Rep. Chatfield. Categories: Chatfield News,Chatfield Photos,News
Categories: Hughes News 22Jan Hughes introduces bill awarding veterans with university credit State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, next week will introduce legislation to award university academic credits to veterans who have completed college-level training in their years of military service.“Michigan’s veterans have provided an irreplaceable service to our state and our country,” said Hughes, vice chair of the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “As citizens whose rights are protected by these brave men and women, it is the least we can do to aid their transition back into civilian life.”House Bill 4060 gives veterans the opportunity to use their college-level training gained from military service to apply for academic credits at universities across the state.“Our veterans fought for our freedoms during their service,” she said. “We owe it to them to award these academic credits they so rightly deserve.”Currently, veterans are often required take all classes under a curriculum at colleges and universities, despite possible overlap from their military training. Some colleges and universities already offer credit for military service, but this information is not made readily available to veterans when they enroll.Similar legislation was passed last year giving veterans community college credits for their training, and was designated Public Act 483 of 2014.###Hear more from Rep. Hughes on this legislation:+Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, on university credit for military service
State Rep. Brandt Iden has voted in favor of a compromise plan which will repair and maintain our crumbling infrastructure across our state.“We’ve been working late into the night to ensure that our state has a plan keep Michigan rolling,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “All along, we have wanted exactly what all of Michigan has wanted: a plan to fix the roads once and for all, without unrelated spending, and without politics.”The finalized plan allocates money from Michigan’s General Fund and creates modest changes to increase revenue. Measures to include a mechanism triggering a decrease in the state income tax rate over time as inflation increases have remained in the plan. In addition to providing funds solely for road repair and construction, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit, aiding middle and low-income families across all of Michigan.“Our team has been relentless in fighting to find a plan that works,” Rep. Iden said. “I’m honored to be a part of this historic decision that will secure a positive economic future for Michigan’s roads and bridges.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature.### 03Nov Rep. Iden aids in landmark passage of plan to fix Michigan roads Categories: Iden News,News
Tags: #SB, Coffee hours, HD38, Office Hours, Runestad Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News 29Mar Rep. Runestad encourages local residents to attend monthly office hours State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, invites residents of the 38th House District to attend his regularly scheduled monthly office hours.Rep. Runestad said he will meet with residents at three separate locations on the first Saturday of every month to listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss state and local government at the following locations:Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake, from 8 to 9 a.m.;Colassanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland, from 10 to 11 a.m.; andBaker’s, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford, from noon to 1 p.m.“Meeting with folks in our community and listening to their concerns and ideas is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a state representative,” Rep. Runestad said. “I encourage anyone who has questions or suggestions about how I can do a better job to serve you Lansing to visit with me during office hours.“Please feel free to stop in and say hello. I encourage residents to take advantage of this time to meet with me and share their insights on matters pertaining to state government and the budget.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend office hours may contact Rep. Runestad by calling 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.######
Categories: Alexander News,Alexander Photos 17May House approves Rep. Alexander plan to honor fallen Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum Legislation renames portion of I-94 in Jackson CountyThe Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Julie Alexander to rename a portion of I-94 in Jackson County between the 139 and 141 exits as the Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum Memorial Highway.Budd was working at the State Prison of Southern Michigan on Dec. 27, 1987 when he was attacked and murdered by an inmate. He left behind a wife and son.McCallum was found murdered at the bottom of a stairwell in the activities building of the State Prison of Southern Michigan on March 24, 1987. She left behind a son and husband.“Corrections Officers Jack Budd and Josephine McCallum put their own lives on the line to maintain public safety,” said Alexander, of Hanover. “Their bravery and courage during their time of service deserves to be recognized with this highway renaming memorial.”House Bill 5923 advances to the Senate for consideration.###
15Jan Rep. Eisen announces contact information Categories: Eisen News State Rep. Gary Eisen’s legislative office is open and ready to serve the residents of the 81st District.People can contact Rep. Eisen by calling 517-373-1790 or emailing GaryEisen@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1185 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.“I look forward helping local residents with any concerns or questions they might have regarding state government,” Rep. Eisen said. “I plan to take a common-sense approach to a more effective and efficient government and encourage input from people of the 81st District to achieve those goals.”Nancy Bareham will serve as Rep. Eisen’s legislative director and Jordan Keyser will serve as his legislative aide.Residents can view updates from Rep. Eisen or subscribe to his newsletter by visiting www.RepEisen.com.
Lawmaker will lead panel during 2019-2020 legislative sessionState Rep. Matt Hall of Emmett Township will chair the House Oversight Committee for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Hall is currently in his first term representing the 63rd House District, which encompasses southern and central Calhoun County and eastern Kalamazoo County.The Oversight Committee will handle issues involving state government, including reviewing audit reports released by the Auditor General and legislation addressing governance of the Legislature and state departments and agencies.“I’m honored to lead the deliberation process for government efficiency and transparency,” Hall said. “Under my leadership, the Oversight Committee will work to hold state government accountable and ensure hard-working taxpayers are receiving the quality services they deserve.”Hall also has been appointed to serve on the House Tax Policy, Regulatory Reform and Education committees during the 2019-2020 legislative session. Categories: Hall News 17Jan Rep. Hall to chair House Oversight Committee
Share39TweetShare6Email45 SharesRefugees Welcome – Sanctuary rally / TakverJanuary 2, 2017; New YorkThe war in Syria is a humanitarian crisis without easy solutions. Amid concerns that refugees will endanger public safety, some states are welcoming refugees, refusing to turn them away out of fear. A small town in Vermont is betting that in fulfilling its humanitarian duties, it will be able to turn around its economic fortunes as well.Rutland is a town in the middle of Vermont that’s losing population due to decreased fertility rates and migration to the area. Advocates for resettlement are hoping that an increase in population, albeit small, will encourage larger employers to remain in the area, and a more diverse culture will eventually spur an increase in young immigrants.A grassroots nonprofit, Rutland Welcomes, is doing its part to make sure refugees feel welcome and have what they need to get settled. In addition to that, they are fighting to make sure that the citizens of Rutland are properly informed about the refugees, which could relieve some fear of the resettlement.As one might expect, the small community is not unanimous in its support. Another group, one opposed to the resettlement plan, Rutland First, sees the refugees as a financial burden carried by locals still reeling from the recession. Additionally, the group sees the potential for danger if one of the refugees is a hostile agent, despite the fact that the likelihood of anyone in the U.S. being killed by a terrorist is preposterously low.From a standard of living perspective, moving from a war-torn country to the United States is an almost unfathomable improvement. Sometimes, the easiest way to improve a person’s life is to let them move to a place where it isn’t so fragile. From an economic standpoint, this is likely a boon for the small town of Rutland, especially if the town has jobs left unfilled, as the article alludes. Immigration tends to lead to economic growth, especially from the second generation onward. To spurn these immigrants for fear of terrorism or difficulty catering to their needs seems shortsighted. Hopefully, Rutland Welcomes can help alleviate some of the possible costs.Ultimately, the resettlement of refugees will remain in flux until the new president takes office. If Mr. Trump bars entry of Syrian refugees, the debate is moot. For now, a nonprofit will continue to work to raise awareness and construct support networks, in hopes that they can welcome some new neighbors.—Sean WattersonShare39TweetShare6Email45 Shares
Share11TweetShareEmail11 Shares“World Class Traffic Jam 2,” Jersey ShowaaAugust 9, 2018; New York TimesThis week, New York City “became the first major American city…to halt new vehicle licenses for ride-hail services,” reports Emma Fitzsimmons in the New York Times. The bill, Fitzsimmons adds, “passed overwhelmingly” on a 39–6 vote and “will cap the number of for-hire vehicles for a year while the city studies the booming industry. The bills also allow New York to set a minimum pay rate for drivers.”The move by New York City to regulate ride-hailing services marks a major shift. Not so long ago, writers rhapsodized about the rise of the sharing economy. For example, in Fast Company seven years ago, Danielle Sacks wrote:It’s 8:30 a.m. in Silicon Valley, and Neal Gorenflo is already busy sharing. Inside his Mountain View town house, just a few short blocks from the Caltrain station where commuters pour out each morning on their way to Google, Gorenflo hands over his 15-month-old son, Jake, to a nanny he shares with his neighbor. At a local coffee shop, he logs on to a peer-to-peer banking site called Lending Club to make a series of small loans to someone planning a wedding, another starting a pet business, and a guy named Pat who wants to move.So, how’s the sharing going? While companies like Uber have grown exponentially, as Ginia Bellafante writes in the Times, the shortfalls are increasingly obvious. As Bellafante explains,A study released last month from two economists, James A. Parrott and Michael Reich, indicated that in New York City, Uber’s largest domestic market, nearly two thirds of drivers who worked for ride-hailing services did so full time. They held no other jobs; approximately 80 percent bought cars for the purpose of making a living by driving them. Many were in debt from those acquisitions and making very little money.In their study, Parrott and Reich note that nine out of 10 drivers are immigrants. It is a struggling workforce. They add, “Forty percent of drivers have incomes so low they qualify for Medicaid and another 16 percent have no health insurance; 18 percent qualify for federal supplemental nutrition assistance (nearly twice the rate for New York City workers overall).”Meanwhile, taxi drivers, who once enjoyed a stable “middle class” blue collar profession, suffer more. In the early 2000s, notes one taxi driver, “You could work nine hours and easily make $200 in a day. Now, you’re lucky if you make $50 or $60.” Bellafante notes that, “Six professional drivers killed themselves during the past several months, most recently, Abdul Saleh, a Yemeni immigrant who was found dead in a rented room in a Brooklyn apartment in June. He had been struggling for months to make payments on a leased cab.”To get a sense of scale, the number of taxi cab medallions in New York City today is 13,587. In terms of rides, “Last October, Uber ridership surpassed that of yellow taxis, with Uber reporting an average of 289,000 rides per day, whereas yellow cabs only managed 277,000,” writes Ameena Walker for Curbed New York.In their study, Parrott and Reich recommended a minimum wage of $17.22. Their recommendation—now passed by Council and which Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to sign into law on Tuesday—is supposed to be the equivalent of $15 an hour after expenses. As Bellafante notes, while the raise helps, it “must be considered within the context of the broader economics of a city where just to live affordably (which is to say, spending a third of your income on rent) in any of its five cheapest neighborhoods—all of them in the Bronx, all of them with median listed rents of $1,500 to $1,600 a month.” To afford these rents, “You need to earn between $54,000 and $58,000 a year,” Bellafante points out.For Bellafante, “What is astonishing about the current legislation is how tepid so much of it actually is, and how ferociously it was fought by the companies involved. The cornerstone of the Council’s work caps, for just one year, the number of cars that can operate in the city…during the year the cap is effective, the city plans to study the economic and environmental impact further and it is allowing the various services to add wheelchair-accessible cars and vans in the meantime.”Is there a structural intervention that can interrupt this sharing economy-induced poverty cycle? Last December in NPQ, MJ Kaplan suggested that one possible path forward is for drivers to become owners of the ride-hailing services themselves. “A driver-owned Uber would share the wealth far more equitably than an Uber controlled by venture capital investors,” Kaplan noted. New York City has already taken some steps to support worker co-op development. Applying this model in the ride-hailing industry might be a logical next step.—Steve DubbShare11TweetShareEmail11 Shares
Video advertising technology specialist YuMe has received a strategic investment of US$12 million (€9 million) from Samsung’s venture capital arm, Samsung Ventures, and Translink Capital.The company said the funding would be used to aggressively expand its footprint in the connected TV space and fuel its global expansion.YuMe’s system for connected TVs, the Embedded SDK, includes technology that CE manufacturer can use to create a monetisation platform in their devices. The Embedded SDK integrates with YuMe’s flagship technology, ACE for Publishers, and the YuMe Connected Audience Network. ACE for Publishers enables publishers to simplify video ad serving and management functions across connected device channels, according to the company, while the Connected Audience Network is YuMe’s premium in-stream video ad network.
Telecom Italia has launched a broadband-delivered subscription video-on-demand service under the Cubovision brand.The service officially launched yesterday and the Italian telco has inked content deals with providers including CBS Studios, which will make a range of programming available via a branded on-demand channel on the service.The programming deal with CBS, which was concluded on a non-exclusive basis, gives streaming service Cubovision a range of US TV series including NCIS, Dexter and 90210. Classic CBS-distributed series including Twin Peaks and Star Trek: Enterprise will also be available on the service. “With its launch in Italy, Cubovision is focused on adding significant quality to the entertainment choices available to Italian consumers, while providing a valuable new channel, increased consumer reach, adding “value creation” to the entire offer of TV programming from Telecom Italia” said Paolo d’Andrea, head of Innovative VAS, Telecom Italia.
New research from Eurodata TV shows that kids in western Europe watched more TV last year than ever before despite the ever-increasing availability of entertainment options. Across the big five European territories, the average daily TV viewing time was 138 minutes in 2011. That compares with 137 minutes in 2010 and 130 in 2009. However, the ways kids are consuming TV content is changing, the research house notes in a White Paper launched ahead of the MIPJunior kids TV market in Cannes. Most viewing is now via free-to-air DTT channels and dedicated kids channels.