Girls from around the world – including a former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an HIV-positive rape victim from Zambia, and a child-labourer from Nepal – have come together to share the experiences that made them activists at an event at United Nations Headquarters.The poignant voices of these and other girls at Friday’s event, called “Girls Speak Out” and moderated by CBS News anchor Katie Couric of the United States, drew an emotional response from those attending, including delegates to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, whose two-week session ends on 9 March. Madeleine, a 15-year-old former soldier from the DRC, recounted her experiences in the jungles of Eastern Congo, where she fought on the front lines of the civil war. She joined the Mai-Mai armed group in 2002 when she was only 11 years old without having completed primary schooling. After receiving military training, she spent two years with the group in the Uvira region before being demobilized as a soldier in 2004. “Girls who have been demobilized now live in local communities. And I must say that 7 or 8 out of 10 of us have children – children that are being rejected by our communities,” the former girl soldier told her fellow delegates. “Some of us are suffering from diseases like HIV/AIDS, and yet we don’t have access to treatment. What have we done wrong to suffer like this? What will be our future?” she asked, before she broke down in tears. The audience gave her a standing ovation.The event was organized as part of a debate on how to curb the discrimination and violence that girls face in all regions, which is the priority theme of this year’s Commission session. Over 2,000 women and girls have come from around the world to join government delegates in seeking solutions to these problems.The impact of discrimination and violence against girls is staggering: 55 million girls are not in school; millions of school-aged girls work in domestic service; an estimated 40 per cent of child soldiers are girls; and more than 60 per cent of young people aged 15-25 living with HIV and AIDS are female. “We are not only the subject of the conference, but we are also the voice of this conference,” said 16-year-old Jordana Alter Confino from New Jersey, who was a co-moderator of the special event. Ms. Confino is one of the founders of Girls Learn International, a service initiative engaging middle and high school students from the United States in the campaign to achieve universal girls’ education.Katie Couric, a mother of two girls, told delegates that there was so much to learn from this discussion, observing: “To change the world, you have to learn the world.” 3 March 2007Girls from around the world – including a former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an HIV-positive rape victim from Zambia, and a child-labourer from Nepal – have come together to share the experiences that made them activists at an event at United Nations Headquarters.
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In his new role, Mr. McGovern will act as the agency’s worldwide advocate on hunger issues and promote programmes focused on poor children and mothers as ways to eradicate hunger and poverty.”We are honoured that Ambassador McGovern has agreed to continue his fight against hunger, through a renewed affiliation with WFP,” said Ms. Bertini. “As a WFP founder and a long-time supporter, he is ideally placed to help ensure that hunger remains at the top of the humanitarian agenda.”A child of the Great Depression and a decorated veteran of the Second World War, and a witness to widespread hunger and poverty in war-torn Europe, Mr. McGovern has devoted his life to furthering the cause of the hungry poor in the United States and around the world.As the first director of the US Food for Peace Program appointed by President John F. Kennedy in the 1961, he was instrumental in founding WFP. Forty years later, the agency has become the largest humanitarian aid agency in the world. It provides life-saving food aid to millions every year in emergency and development projects.Among his many other accomplishments, Mr. McGovern is the author of a book on how to fight global hunger. Published last spring, the book, titled Ending World Hunger in Our Time, lays out a strategy to end world hunger by focusing on programmes that feed and educate poor children.”I can’t think of anyone better than George McGovern to serve as our first ambassador,” Ms. Bertini said. “And at a time like this, when it is more important than ever we find long term ways to solve world hunger, I am proud he will be at our side.”
Speaking to reporters in the Austrian capital, where he is on an official visit, Mr. Annan emphasized that “everything” should be done to find a negotiated solution to the impasse, repeating his call for all sides to “lower the rhetoric and intensify diplomatic efforts.”“I have also stated very clearly both in private in my contacts with the American administration and publicly that I think it is important that the United States comes to the table and that it should join the European countries and Iran to find a solution.”“Because I really believe that as long as the Iranians have a sense that they are negotiating with the Europeans ad referendum and what they discuss with them will have to be checked with the Americans, and then come back again to them, I am not sure they will put everything on the table,” he said.“Everyone, every important stakeholder should be at the table,” Mr. Annan emphasized, adding he was happy that discussions earlier this week, which involved the Security Council, appeared to have led to “a situation where everyone agrees that not only one should come back to the table and negotiate but there should be a comprehensive package proposed for discussions by all.”“I urge all parties to be open, and Iran included, and come back to the table to find a solution.” Since 3 May, the 15-member Council has been considering its response to the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which says Tehran has defied the Council’s call to suspend uranium enrichment and allow inspections of its nuclear programme.Possible actions being considered by the Council include a draft resolution, backed by the United States, United Kingdom and France, that would demand compliance from Iran under the UN Charter’s Chapter VII – making it a legally binding decision that could be followed up by enforcement measures such as sanctions in the case of further defiance.Iran says its activities are solely for energy purposes but the United States and other countries insist it is clandestinely seeking to produce nuclear weapons.
Carmen Greenway – described as a ‘very competent’ cyclist – with her husband Rufus and sons Finlay (back) and Rafferty (front)Credit:PA She was just having a lovely time… one second you’re happy and then next second it’s a trainwreckhusband Rufus Greenway A mother of two died following a bicycle crash moments after she took a smiling selfie on the way home from celebrating her mother’s birthday.Carmen Greenway, 41, is believed to have had one hand on the bike as she hit a bumpy patch of road and lost control while returning from having dinner at a pub.She fractured her skull and died six days later in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, after suffering a cardiac arrest.Mrs Greenway’s mother was riding behind her when she fell, just 100 yards from her family home. Her husband Rufus Greenway, an audio-visual company director, said she had probably had a drink on the evening of August 18 before cycling back to Isleworth, west London.The 47-year-old said his wife, who was also his business partner, was a “very competent” cyclist who would regularly take selfies.Asked why she had not worn a helmet, Mr Greenway said: “It was just a gross oversight, maybe overconfidence (that she did not wear a helmet).”It’s unfortunately an unfortunate accident. If she was wearing a helmet she would still be alive.”He said his “media-savvy” wife had been “taking some selfies on the main road”, adding: “She did that regularly.””She was not taking it at the moment of the accident,” Mr Greenway added. “She was 100m from our house, one hand on the bars, quite relaxed, and probably had had a drink. “She cycled that way every weekend and perhaps it’s familiarity breeding contempt.”She was just having a lovely time, happy to be with her mother for her mum’s birthday. One second you’re happy and then next second it’s a trainwreck.” Carmen Greenway with her husband Rufus, an audio-visual company directorCredit:PA Carmen Greenway taking a selfie while cycling to a pub, on the day she fell off her bike and died six days laterCredit:PA “The biggest loss is my children have lost their mother at 41. I’ve lost the love of my life. No rows, no arguments, I thought I was in it for 60 years,” Mr Greenway added.”We were just living an adventurous life together and it was getting better every day. The sanctity of life was being in each other’s arms.”The couple’s eldest child Finlay, 13, had been a “rock”, Mr Greenway said, while four-year-old Rafferty kept pictures of his mother on the wall in his bedroom. Mrs Greenway’s mother Sherry Bennett, who was riding behind her daughter when she fell, told the New Zealand Herald: “Carmen is a very devoted wife and adored her children and adored her husband. She’s a special person. “She was special to me because she was my only daughter. She’s just got this special quality about her, she just exudes love and happiness.”She just had this huge personality that was so infectious. People just wanted to be with her, just gravitated to her. Everyone was her friend.”Mrs Greenway’s funeral was held last month. Mr Greenway called for legislation to be introduced to require riders to wear a helmet, similar to that in force in Mrs Greenway’s native New Zealand.He was in Moscow at the time of the accident, which happened around midnight near the family home, and flew home to be by her bedside.Mr Greenway paid tribute to his wife of nearly 13 years as he told how her death had devastated her family and friends. 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.
Quarter-finals:Denmark vs Russia 37:28 (20:15)Portugal vs France 24:34 (12:16)Sweden – Croatia 25:27 (12:9)Denmark – Russia 37:28 (21:15)PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM League 2017/18 to start on August 30 Next Story → Youth WCh 2017: Spain and France for the trophy The Men’s Youth World Championship 2017 is coming to the final stage in Georgian capital Tbilsi. Three of four semi-finalists from Junior WCh 2017 in Algeria, repeated success in younger generation 1998, while only Croatia made it for the first time this summer.Semi finals are scheduled for Saturday.Semi-finalsSemi-final 1: Croatia vs Spain 17:30 local timeSemi-final 2: France vs Denmark 20:00 local time
FOOTBALL HAS LONG been known as an arena where prejudices are apt to flare, and this season looks to be no different. Barely a month from the start of the season, Tottenham fans have been cautioned over the use of their traditional ‘yid army’ chant over fears that the term is anti-Semitic. The Football Association has issued a statement advising that fans heard using the word would be banned from future games or prosecuted, which supporters flouted at last Saturday’s Premier League match – also Yom Kippur, the most important day of the Jewish religious calendar.Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has said that there should be no arrests, but Jewish writer and comedian David Baddiel opined: “It’s a race-hate word. It was daubed across the East End by Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts.”It’s true, there were once a lot of Jews in that part of London. But Brighton has one of the UK’s largest gay communities – and their team doesn’t adopt a homophobic slur as a nickname. If one of Manchester’s teams were rebranded to reflect the large Jewish diaspora in Salford, the outcry would be both deafening and instant.Chanting songs about AuschwitzAnd it seems like one simple word can be used as an excuse to progress to more serious acts of aggression. Fans of opposing teams have been heard chanting songs about Auschwitz and mimicking the hissing noise of the gas chambers, both of which can be prosecuted as hate crimes under UK legislation.Other teams, too, have associated religious affiliations that bring dramatic consequences. Take, for instance, the long-standing rivalry between Rangers and Celtic supporters which led one Rangers spokesman to use the term “90-minute bigot” to characterise the religious intolerance that accompanies matches between the teams.Who does a word belong to?But this isn’t a uniquely British problem; in Ireland and the world over, discussions like this raise important questions about language and how we use it.Does a word belong to the people it refers to, and do they decide how it may be used? Does language belong to everyone, and is its use decided by consensus? Certainly, dictionary editors admit their works must reflect and respond to trends in usage, which is why the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of ‘literally’ was recently altered to include an informal figurative meaning.It’s never just been religious terms that have been used as weapons; words describing race, gender, sexuality, and physical ability have all been misused, as well as less tangible characteristics such as home town and subcultural identity. It’s even difficult to discuss these issues without causing offence. Words that have been use to incite hatred and violence appear safely bridled by quotation marks, like an animal in a cage; less threatening in captivity, but still with the capacity to injure if handled incorrectly.The power of languageIn wartime, we give our enemies nicknames because the ability to laugh at something diminishes its power to intimidate us. In recent years, formerly pejorative terms like “queer” and “cripple” have been reclaimed by the groups they once hurt, robbed of their power and re-employed as totems, trophies stolen from their enemies. Once you’ve claimed a word for your own, the theory goes, it can no longer be used against you; it becomes your word, to use about yourself as you please.Our ability to ‘get away with’ using certain words, as with telling edgy jokes, depends on our relationship to the group in question. Take, for example, a term like ‘plastic Paddy’. While it can be good fun use the phrase to send up those whose idea of Irishness is based more on St Patrick’s Day caricatures than real experience, a man from Birmingham was given a suspended sentence after using the term to insult a police officer of Irish origin.Defining our own identitiesWithin Ireland, the greatest divide is based on which side of the Pale – or the M50 – you were born on. Is being a ‘culchie’ or a ‘Dub’ a thing to be proud of? Can each side still use the opposing term to insult their opposite number, or should they be reclaimed and celebrated as unique facets of modern Irish identity? Within Dublin, the ‘northsiders’ v ‘southsiders’ divide is alive and well, and a cursory glance at the comments section under any online local news story will confirm that smaller-scale local rivalries are as popular as ever.We use our relationship with other social groups, other towns, other countries, to define our own identities. Language has always been a part of this, and will continue to define both our own identities and our understanding of the identities of others for many years to come. Censorship is undesirable, but deliberately causing offence is equally disagreeable. Use of language, like behaviour, is a balancing act that we must constantly renegotiate in a fluid and ever-evolving society.Christie Louise Tucker read Journalism at the University of Essex between 2004 and 2007. Originally an entertainment writer, her attention has since shifted to subjects as diverse as feminism, atheism, equality, health, and society and culture. Christie has been a guest blogger at the F Word and the Quail Pipe, is a regular contributor at Femusings, and has her own blog at www.elwellpress.blogspot.co.uk.
Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #ISRAEL The US says it is “profoundly troubled” by the beating of an American teenager who was detained in Israel. Tariq Abu Khder is the 15-year-old cousin of a Palestinian youth murdered earlier this week.2. #SHAKE-UP Speculation continues over the imminent Cabinet shake-up. The Daily Mail believes that Alan Kelly and Kathleen Lynch will both be promoted to cabinet – with Lynch becoming Minister for Education; the Sunday Times suggests James Reilly will lose his health portfolio.3. #ARRESTS A man (27) and a woman (23) have been arrested by the PSNI after a man’s body was found in Armagh. Police said the cause of the man’s death will not be released until after the post-mortem has been carried out.4. #KENYA Thirteen people have been killed in new attacks in Lamu in Kenya, where 60 people were massacred last month. It has been claimed that Somalia’s Shebab rebels carried out the attack.5. #VATICAN Tomorrow will see Pope Francis meeting with abuse survivors, including Irish woman Marie Collins. The meeting will take place in the Vatican, and will see six abuse survivors meeting the Pope.6. #DEATH THREAT Former billionaire Sean Quinn was forced to leave an event on Good Friday after gardaí uncovered a ‘credible’ threat to kill him, the Sunday Independent reports. The Quinn family say they are not commenting on the allegation.7. #ARREST A man and woman have been charged over the assault of a man in Ranelagh yesterday morning. The two will remain in garda custody to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice in the morning. The victim has been released from hospital.8. #HONDURAS Hopes are fading for eight miners trapped in a collapsed gold mine in southern Honduras. Rescuers have suspended the search but said it will resume today, exploring through another tunnel.9. #NEW YORK A firefighter has died fighting a fire in a public housing high-rise in Brooklyn. Lt Gordon Ambelas suffered multiple injuries while on the 19th floor of a 21-storey building in Williamsburg.
Trafic aérien : la région Île-de-France va mesurer le taux de pollution dans l’airFrance – Une étude menée par la région Île-de-France va tenter de déterminer l’impact des gaz libérés par le trafic aérien sur la santé des habitants résidant à proximité des aéroports.La région Île-de-France lance sa première étude nommée “Pollunef”, une expérimentation de 450.000 euros entièrement financée par le Conseil régional. Celle-ci vise à déterminer le lien existant entre les effets de la pollution aérienne et les indicateurs de santé respiratoire. Elle portera sur un échantillon de 400 personnes, qui auront auparavant été soumises à un examen médical lors duquel elles devront remplir un questionnaire de santé. Une partie regroupera des enfants asthmatiques de 6 à 14 ans et des adultes de plus de 60 ans souffrant de bronchites chroniques. Toutes ces personnes seront volontaires et résideront dans l’une des cinquante-trois communes situées à proximité des aéroports Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle ou Orly (moins de 4 km aux alentours). En parallèle, d’autres analyses seront effectuées sur les habitants des Hauts-de-Seine, confrontés uniquement à la pollution urbaine.Pour mesurer les effets de la pollution sur la santé, les malades devront porter un capteur sensible au taux d’ozone et de dioxyde d’azote dans l’air. Chaque jour, les participants devront dresser le bilan écrit des symptômes ressentis durant la journée (irritation des voies respiratoires ou des yeux, troubles respiratoires ou du sommeil…).L’étude sera réalisée à deux reprises, du 1er avril au 30 juin et de septembre à décembre 2010. Les résultats seront rendus publics en février 2011.Les expositions au bruit et à la pollution atmosphérique des habitants vivant à proximité des aéroports franciliens avaient déjà été soumises à un programme de surveillance nommé “Survol”, pour une période de 4 ans dans le cadre du Plan régional santé-environnement (PRSE).Le 2 mars 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Chikungunya : vigilance accrue à la RéunionRéunion – Soixante-et-un cas confirmés et vingt-deux cas probables de chikungunya ont été détectés à la Réunion entre le 17 mars et le 12 mai 2010, selon le dernier bulletin épidémiologique de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) publié mercredi. Au total, quatre-vingt-trois cas de chikungunya autochtones ont été identifiés depuis le 17 mars sur l’île de la Réunion. La surveillance épidémiologique a donc été renforcée dans plusieurs zones de l’île, afin que les services de lutte antivectorielle puissent réagir le plus rapidement possible et prendre en charge précocement les nouveaux cas suspects de chikungunya.Les infectiologues, les urgentistes ainsi que les médecins libéraux de l’île ont reçu en ce sens des recommandations par téléphone par l’intermédiaire de l’Union régionale des médecins libéraux de la Réunion (URMLR). L’InVS recommande à la population ainsi qu’aux voyageurs se rendant à la Réunion de se protéger des piqures de moustique. Les femmes enceintes en fin de grossesse, les nourrissons, les personnes âgées, les personnes souffrant d’une maladie chronique ou immunodéprimées sont particulièrement concernées.Le chikungunya est une maladie entrant dans le cadre des fièvres hémorragiques épidémiques qui est observée en Afrique (Réunion et Comores compris), en Asie du sud-est et plus spécifiquement en Inde. Le mécanisme épidémique de la fièvre chikungunya est comparable à celui de la fièvre jaune et de la dengue. Le 14 mai 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Image: Wikipedia Explore further It wasn’t easy to capture the footage—the researchers had to hide themselves in the cave at night when it was almost completely dark. The cave is where the penguins live—it offers some degree of protection from their main predator, neighboring sea lions. To witness what was going on the filmmakers hid themselves some distance from the penguins and used infrared cameras, scanning the small crowd for evidence of bats among them. They knew something was afoot when the group began to grow agitated. As the vampire bats began flying over and around the group, the adults moved in ways that staved off being attacked, but the juveniles, still learning, were not able to do the same. The cameras captured the bats biting the feet of the young penguins, landing and licking their blood.Contrary to popular folklore, vampire bats don’t actually suck the blood from unsuspecting victims, though they do generally favor those that are sleeping—they swoop in, bite, and then retreat. Then, they land nearby, creep up on the still sleeping animal and lick the blood that seeps from the wound.Scientists have long suspected that the vampire bats that live in the Atacama Desert were deviating from the norm and were attacking young awake penguins—bite marks on their feet offered ample proof. No one had ever seen such an attack however—the BBC team, led by producer Matthew Gordon set out to do just that. In speaking with BBC Nature, Gordon reported that the bats went for the juveniles because they seemed less able to take preemptive measures.The attacks don’t kill the penguins, the documentarians noted, or even harm them that much. The bites leave them open to infection, of course, or contracting rabies and the loss of blood can leave them weak, but most recover and grow to adulthood, where over time they apparently learn to ward off the hungry bats. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Documentarians capture vampire bats on video feeding on juvenile penguins (2013, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-documentarians-capture-vampire-video-juvenile.html Culling vampire bats is for suckers, says study © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—BBC documentarians filming for a special called “Penguins: Spy in the huddle” have captured video of vampire bats feeding on juvenile Humboldt penguins in a cave in the Atacama Desert in southern Peru. Until now, such attacks had never been witnessed by human eyes, though scientists had good reason to believe they occurred—bite marks on the feet of juveniles are quite common.
Mexico City, Mexico — The pre-candidate of the coalition Por México al Frente Ricardo Anaya, asked the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to protect the dreamers and prevent their dreams from becoming a currency for calculations and political transactions.In a YouTube video posted in English, he pointed out that all migrants deserve respect and their children also deserve protection.“There are 35 million Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States, which is the equivalent of the entire population of Canada, but keep in mind that four out of five are US citizens or legal residents,” he said.Anaya Cortés highlighted that the dreamers, young people who were taken by their parents to the United States while they were still children, grew up in the United States.“It’s the place of your first memories, it’s your home,” he said.Their situation arouses sympathy and a sense of solidarity in the hearts of the vast majority of Americans, to such an extent that the government of the United States created the program known as DACA, which allows them to remain in the United States,” he said.He pointed out that today there is a danger that the DACA program will disappear and that more than 600,000 dreamers will be sent to Mexico.He said that the political negotiations have turned that program, and the route toward the citizenship of the dreamers, into a simple matter of compromise. A quid pro quo to build an offensive and useless border wall.The presidential candidate said that, with a 3,000 kilometer border, the national security of the United States depends directly on a stable and cooperative Mexico, not on a wall.“Mr. President, you said in your State of the Union address that ‘Americans are also dreamers’. Let me say that the dreamers, these young men and women, are also Americans,” he said.He asked the president to do the right thing.“Do not use immigrants as an article of political commitment. Help them now and they will make you proud. Dreamers, you are not alone,” he concluded.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments Share JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police says a second Israeli man has set himself on fire after falling on hard times.Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a man in his late 40s set himself ablaze Sunday near a bus stop in central Israel. Onlookers tried to extinguish the flames. He was rushed to the hospital with severe burns.The man’s brother told Israeli media he faced large debts and warned his family he would follow in the footsteps of Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at a protest against Israel’s high cost of living last week. Silman later died of his wounds and was buried Sunday. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Cases of self-immolation as a form of protest are extremely rare in Israel, but Rosenfeld said four Israelis have attempted or threatened it since Silman’s act.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve House Financial Services Committee Lenders & Servicers Processing Senate Banking Committee Service Providers 2011-11-22 Ryan Schuette November 22, 2011 473 Views New Bill Aims to Create Appeals Process for Bank Complaints If a new bill becomes law, it would establish a central appeals hub for financial institutions with concerns about actions taken by bank examiners, corralling the activities of several regulatory agencies for review.[IMAGE]Reps. “”Shelley Moore Capito””:http://capito.house.gov/ (R-WV) and “”Carolyn Maloney””:http://maloney.house.gov/ (D-NY) recently co-sponsored the Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act, or H.R. 3461, which aims to create an Office of Examination Ombudsman responsible for any complaints from financial institutions over the activities of examiners.””This legislation provides financial institutions with a fair and impartial process to appeal examination reports for federal financial regulators with a fair and impartial process to appeal examination reports for federal financial regulators and providing further clarity to regulators,”” Capito said in a statement.Language in the bill charges the ombudsman with investigating complaints, managing the appeal workflow, and checking to make sure that examiners stay within the scope of their legal responsibilities.It would also make the ombudsman a relatively powerful newcomer to the national regulatory scene.[COLUMN_BREAK]If the Senate passed a similar measure, then reconciled it with H.R. 3461 in a way that largely leaves it intact, the ombudsman would assume responsibility for an appeals process whose purview includes the personnel from several agencies, including the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/, “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/, and “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/.The ombudsman would need to report to several committees once a year, including the “”House Financial Services Committee””:http://financialservices.house.gov/ and “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/. The bill requires that it convene meetings open to the public on a quarterly basis.Trade groups from the banking industry responded enthusiastically to the bill’s introduction.””This bill takes a major step toward a more balanced and transparent approach regarding how, and on what basis, decisions are made by the regulatory agencies in the examination process,”” former Gov. “”Frank Keating””:http://www.aba.com/Press+Room/fkeating_bio.htm (R-Oklahoma), president and CEO of the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm, said in a statement. “”It also addresses some examiner decisions that have effectively and unnecessarily reduced the amount of capital available for increased lending – particularly to small businesses.””We strongly urge its enactment, which would increase banks’ ability to help local businesses grow and create jobs,”” he added.Capito noted that the bill stays true to the spirit of several meetings that divulged “”significant concerns about the fairness of the examination process for financial institutions.””H.R. 3461 follows several hearings by lawmakers concerning the activities of examiners, including a field hearing in Georgia, where some bank leaders complained about the rigor of regulators, and a hearing about the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act more recently.
Following the recent increase in traffic accidents caused due to donkeys roaming free in the roads of the Karpas peninsula in the north, an association for environmental protection and social activism said on Friday that measures should be taken to keep the animals confined.The association’s Firat Borak, said authorities in the north have been attempting for the past two years to concentrate the peninsula’s donkeys in small areas in the Karpas.He called for measures to be taken immediately on the Yialousa-Rizokarpaso road for the prevention of traffic accidents caused by donkeys, and proposed that they were transferred away from the roads and streets of Rizokarpaso and into enclosed spaces.Two incidents occurred on Wednesday night, Borak said, when donkeys suddenly jumped onto roads. One of the donkeys was killed in one of the incidents, and another was seriously injured in a second incident, while serious damage was caused to the two vehicles involved.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News,Photos 19Sep Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N Lawmaker: Measure will affirm our state’s support of our veterans Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas appeared before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today to speak in support of House Joint Resolution N, which he authored.Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (right) appears with Rep. David Knezek before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Stamas gave testimony in support of House Joint Resolution N, which would reaffirm in-state tuition for veterans at Michigan public universities.The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to reaffirm current policy that gives veterans access to in-state tuition at Michigan public universities.“Michigan’s 15 public universities currently offer in-state tuition to veterans, but this resolution is a strong step forward for our state,” Stamas said. “By making it a constitutional amendment, we are allowing the Michigan voters to affirm their support for our veterans and continuing on the path of improving veterans services.”A companion resolution, House Joint Resolution M, would apply in-district tuition to community colleges in the state.If passed by both the House and the Senate by a two-thirds majority vote, HJRs M and N would be placed on the next ballot for Michigan voters to affirm. Michigan would be the 15th state to waive residency requirements for veterans.“A college education can be a valuable asset in today’s job market for many of our veterans returning home as well as those who have previously served our nation,” Stamas said. “The Legislature has worked hard over the past several years to improve veterans’ benefits and services in Michigan, and HJRs M and N are another way we can retain and attract new veterans to our state.”The measures are currently before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###
28Sep Committee approves Rep. Miller bill to expand dual enrollment to border school districts Categories: Miller News,News The House Education Reform Committee approved legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller, expanding post-secondary education and dual enrollment options for high school students.“We should allow our students the best education options to help them build their own future, especially in consideration of post-high school programs,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “While Michigan has so many dual enrollment opportunities, there are still pockets of our state where the closest and most reasonable dual programs are still quite a distance away when you consider a high school schedule. We have to do what’s best for all of our state’s students, so I’m glad that committee agreed with this legislation.”The legislation amends current law under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the specific stipulation that the out-of-state facility must be within 20 miles of the shared border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.Today’s vote comes two weeks after Brent Holcomb, superintendent of the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cass County, and Stephen McNew, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, joined Miller before the committee.“We have found that several school districts in neighboring states send their students into Michigan for post-secondary education programs, which just reinforces this is good policy,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “This was always about our commitment to education going beyond our physical borders for the good of the state’s future.”HB 4735 advances to the House floor for its consideration.#####
12Jun Rep. Johnson: Legislature looks to score second victory for Michigan drivers with roads The 100th Michigan Legislature scored a big victory for Michigan drivers recently, approving a long-overdue car insurance overhaul to fix the state’s much-maligned no-fault system and deliver drivers guaranteed cost-savings.The bipartisan plan we approved was the product of months of research, input from thousands of drivers and their families and the willingness of Democrats and Republicans to come together in a deliberative process to put the people of Michigan first – something voters expect and deserve.This historic, bipartisan effort put smart solutions into law, giving every Allegan and Kent county driver and motorists across the state coverage choice, guaranteed rate relief and stronger consumer protections.Starting in July 2020, families across Michigan will have the freedom to choose for the first time in state history how much personal injury protection (PIP) coverage they want, resulting in hundreds of dollars in cost savings each year. Drivers will be able to choose affordable, alternative PIP coverage levels that best meet their personal and family needs.Motorists with retiree health coverage or adequate health insurance policies will be able to opt out of PIP coverage altogether, saving up to 50 percent on their annual premiums. Michiganders interested in purchasing unlimited PIP coverage may continue doing so.The new law also establishes a much-needed fee schedule to rein in runaway costs from medical providers and cracks down on fraud and abuse within the system – factors which will all help further drive down costs for everyone.As demonstrated by solving the largest pocketbook issue facing drivers on our roadways, we can accomplish great things when we work together. Now it’s time the Legislature comes together again to properly fund road repairs and score a second victory for Michigan drivers.I, like an overwhelming majority of West Michigan drivers, am heavily opposed to the governor’s proposed 45-cent per gallon increase in the state fuel tax. As a nation-high hike, it’s simply asking too much from the people of Michigan.We must find a better way to allocate funding for road repairs – one that gets the job done without burdening hard-working taxpayers. In fact, the Legislature in recent years has committed – through responsible budgeting – even more resources to accelerate road repairs. Michigan is already making record-high investments in road repairs and is expected to spend $4 billion in 2019. We must consider this as we discuss the next steps needed for road funding.Rather than finding additional revenue which often is generated through higher taxes, we must find innovative ways to build better, longer-lasting roads with the money generated by the 6 percent fuel tax Michigan drivers already pay – and ensure every penny collected goes toward roads.I am hosting an upcoming roads town hall meeting Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at Wayland City Hall. I will be joined by state Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, to discuss with the community road-funding strategies the Michigan House is currently exploring to deliver better value for taxpayers.We can fix the roads together. I know we can. I look forward to building on the momentum from no-fault reform and further working with my colleagues to achieve another great win for Michigan drivers. Categories: Steven Johnson News