In a statement to the press, the current President of the Council, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said that the 15-member body supported the Secretary-General’s appeal to both the executive and the legislative branches to reach a compromise on the constitutional issue, including the separation of powers.Council members also called on President Kumba Yalà to commit himself “to fully respect for national reconciliation, good governance and the implementation of the programme for demobilization, reintegration and reinsertion of former combatants,” Ambassador Greenstock said. [In Durban, South Africa, today, the Secretary-General met with President Yalà on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).]They also urged the President to commit to close monitoring of the management of public finances and to improve relations with the Gambia while continuing full co-operation with Senegal on the issues at stake, according to the statement.Meanwhile, members of the Council supported the Secretary-General’s call for assistance from the international community for Guinea-Bissau in priority areas and encouraged the Bretton Woods institutions to continue their constructive engagement with the country, Ambassador Greenstock said.The statement followed a private meeting of the Council in which it heard a briefing from David Stephen, Mr. Annan’s Representative for Guinea-Bissau and the head of the UN Peace Building Support Office there (UNOGBIS).
Statins are not being prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients at high risk of heart disease, Public Health England data reveals. Health leaders have responded by questioning the value of the £32 million a year “world-leading” Health Check programme, launched in 2009 to stave off cardiovascular diseases (CVD), principally in people between 40 and 74 who have not yet presented any symptoms. “The Health Check was designed exactly to catch… Four in five people who attended the government’s flagship NHS Health Check scheme in the last five years and were found to need the cholesterol-lowering drugs went home empty handed, equating to approximately 162,000 patients a year, the figures show.
GIW in its most recent Flowsheet newsletter has described its “unique, patented Hydrocyclone Apex Replacement Kits, which it says “reduce downtime to mere minutes while giving longer service life and fewer unplanned outages.” Hydrocyclones separate particles in a slurry based on particle size or density, for example, in grinding circuits, hydrocyclones are used to classify particles for recirculation. The hydrocyclone apex sees the highest level of wear because it experiences the highest concentration of fast-moving coarse solids. This part is often the first to require maintenance because the interior of the apex can crack after repeated impacts from oversized material. Apex damage can throw your operations off balance, increasing grinding costs while decreasing recovery.GIW’s patented replacement apex design can be fitted into existing equipment in minutes with no modifications and standard maintenance tools. GIW apex kits apex use one clamp with two bolts as opposed to competitor’s four to ten nuts, bolts, and washers to attach the lower cone and apex to the body of the cyclone. The compay states: “No liners, glue, or gaskets are needed with GIW apex kits. The patented GIW urethane/ceramic replacement parts are manufactured to be a lighter weight than traditional steel housings, making service safe, quick, and simple. If a traditional ceramic apex cracks, it will usually fall out of the cyclone, resulting in severe damage to the apex housing and adjacent liners. GIW’s ceramic is bonded to a resilient urethane backing, so if it cracks, it won’t separate from the liner. Urethane encapsulation ensures the ceramic will give full life even when cracks occur.”The company states that by installing a GIW apex kit, a mine is saving time because of the simple installation procedure, ease of maintenance, and durability, as well as decreasing the frequency and severity of service outages. GIW replacement parts can be installed on any existing cyclone without modifications. GIW says its replacement parts cost 25-50% less than a standard ceramic apex and have a significantly longer service life. GIW’s proprietary RBSiC material, used in the replacement apex and lower cone, resists wear better than aluminum oxide, nitride bonded silicon carbide, and reaction bonded silicon carbide ceramics.
The president of the Spanish Handball Federation, Juan de Dios Román, said the aim of the Spanish team at the next World Cup in Sweden will be completed in one of the top seven places to ensure a spot in the pre-Olympic tournaments, but no goals rule higher, which set in access to the semifinals.“The more ambitious approach goes for trying to enter the semifinals and, if not, try to be as high as possible, among the top seven, which would allow us to achieve a place in the pre-Olympic. We want to be a part of the Olympic Games in London 2012 “said Roman for Spanish Marca.In this interview, the president highlighted the progress shown by the Spanish from the beginning of the current Olympic cycle, which has allowed Spain to go from gray to thirteenth place achieved in WC 2009 in Croatia to rank sixth last year in the European Championships played in Austria.“They have been fulfilling the steps. In Croatia began the renovation with perhaps too severe a punishment, but in Austria the team set the tone, high tone, and now we all think that in Sweden will continue this progression, “said Roman. ← Previous Story Cristina Neagu on the road to Viborg? Next Story → Goražd Škof in Cimos Koper!
As Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are preparing to once again start discussions to resolve their ongoing dispute, an Australian politician decided to offer an opinion and urge the Federal Government to sanction the appropriation of a historical name. Speaking at a Queanbeyan ‘Macedonian’ Community event to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas, to an audience that included FYROM’s Ambassador to Australia, Vele Trpevski Acting Premier of New South Wales and member for Monaro John Barilaro called on the Australian Government to recognise the Republic of Macedonia. The Deputy Premier of NSW began by a reference to Australia Day as a celebration of the country’s multicultural nature and praised the “Macedonian Community” for its contribution to the state. “Of course, I’m the son of Italian migrants and I understand the story of migration and immigration the great story of culture, religion and faith,” he said. “What I have always loved about the Macedonian community in Queanbeyan is how tight you have remained tight, how you have remained proud of who you are and you raise your children to be proud that they are, of course, the sons and daughters of the immigrants who chose Australia to be their home.”Addressing an audience that included the FYROM’s ambassador to Australia, Vele Trpevski, the Acting Premier went on to state that he “will always acknowledge the Republic of Macedonia” and called for the federal government to do the same: “I hope 2019 – and I know that the Ambassador is very strong on this – is the year that the world comes to its senses, that Australia as a nation, the Federal government comes to its senses and acknowledges as the only rightful name the Republic of Macedonia”, he said. Deputy Premier Barilaro finished his speech by offering a present to the community, a NSW Government grant of $150,000 for the “Macedonian” Community Centre. The whole incident was captured on video and circulated through social media, much to the dismay and anger of the Greek-Australian community of NSW. Given that these comments were made while John Barilaro was Acting Premier of NSW, this attempt to weigh in on a matter of Australian Foreign Policy, raises questions. Neos Kosmos tried to contact the Deputy Premier, as well as premier Gladys Berejiklian, requesting an official statement. “This Government has always been a proud supporter of Greece and the Greek community,” a spokesperson to the Premier stated. “Mr Barilaro’s comments do not in any way reflect the NSW Government’s position on this issue.”The Deputy Premier has yet to offer a response. Watch the video here: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Google lève le mystère sur le Nexus S et GingerbreadGoogle a décidé de rendre public l’existence de son nouveau smartphone : le Nexus S. Au rayon des nouveautés, l’OS Android Gingerbread est aussi dans les starting-blocks.Eric Schmidt l’avait nié pendant plusieurs mois mais ce n’était qu’un secret de Polichinelle. Le patron de Google a reconnu hier que Google projetait de sortir un nouveau smartphone : le Nexus S. Fabriqué par Samsung, l’appareil bénéficie d’un processeur 1,2 GHz, de 16 Go de mémoire interne et d’un capteur photo de 5 mégapixels. Mais la grande nouveauté est l’installation de la technologie NFC. Ainsi, l’utilisateur pourra désormais se servir de son mobile comme d’un moyen de paiement. Dans le même temps, Android se met à jour avec Gingerbread qui intégrera aussi cette nouvelle technologie. D’ailleurs, cette nouvelle mouture devrait se retrouver dans ce Googlephone… avant d’apparaître sur d’autres terminaux.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
After knowing that Neymar’s injury may take him back to the operating room, Brazil manager ‘Tite’ revealed that he may even miss the Copa America.Terrible news for Neymar and Brazil, the national team that will host this year’s Copa America might miss out on the PSG star due to his most recent metatarsal injury.Last year as we all know, the star fell injured with a fracture on exactly the same area where he recently suffered the new setback.Everybody was trying to keep the results of his latest tests a secret, but L’Equipe was able to get a hold of the results and the news are very bad for both his club and country.Even though Paris Saint-Germain is trying to avoid the player from going under the knife again, it appears that there will be no choice for him and there will be a new surgery that will set him back for at least two months.This means that after getting surgery, Neymar will have to take a recovery period that effectively leaves him out of any competition with PSG and he will most likely miss the two matches against Manchester United in the Champions League.But that’s not all, this problem seems to go even deeper than only a few months of not playing football for his club.Manager ‘Tite’ spoke to the press from Paris on Monday to talk about the situation in detail, the expectations are not good.#CopaAmerica2019 🏆 | ¡Neymar podría perderse la Copa América! https://t.co/BHPMLsSJtJ pic.twitter.com/jkBtZre2qc— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 28, 2019Brazil’s main objective this year will be to win the upcoming Copa America that will be celebrated in their own country, they had Neymar as their biggest star for the competition but manager ‘Tite’ is having second thoughts about calling up the PSG star for the competition.Knowing how bad the result was from last year’s World Cup for Brazil, the boss revealed that he won’t call Neymar for the tournament if he thinks risking him isn’t necessary.‘Tite’ is aware that Brazil currently has a lot of great players who have the skills to replace Neymar if the star cannot get to the Copa America at the top of his game, he would prefer to leave him resting at home instead of risking his fresh injury once again.“PSG have taken a conservative approach towards the injury,” said ‘Tite’ to the press in Paris via Diario AS.“They [PSG] called Dr Lasmar, and other specialists are going to come,” he added.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Only then will they decide about what to do with his foot. It seems right to me that there is caution at this moment.”“Neymar will not pay the price at the cost of his health,” his manager said.“I will lose my job, but I’m not going to put the responsibility onto his shoulders by calling him [while injured].”Tres patadas, la respuesta de Neymar tras reanudarse el juego es ejemplar pic.twitter.com/8PKlAqVwV8— L. Alcázar (@l_Alcazar) January 28, 2019The clock has already started ticking for Neymar, he will do everything in his power to not last too long in recovery and make it all the way to the Copa America in his country.As far as the reports tell us, a decision of whether the player gets surgery or not hasn’t been made yet and any news on the matter will be published on this website as soon as we know that will happen.Neymar is currently resting at his house in Paris, he is not yet scheduled to travel to Brazil for any second opinion from any doctor because the Brazil National Team’s medical staff has traveled to France in order to assess the situation.This might be the perfect opportunity for other young players such as Vinicius Junior or Lucas Paqueta to make their debut with the senior squad, they will have to take over during the time that Neymar gets fully recovered from his latest injury.Paris Saint-Germain will have to make do without Neymar for now, they have Cavani and Mbappé to cover his absence but not even they might be enough to compete against Manchester United.Neymar lesionado para los de final, lo celebro pic.twitter.com/fc0kOw7ajf— A l o n s o G a r c í a (@alonsowaga) January 28, 2019How long will it take Neymar to get completely recovered at PSG? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Posted: February 4, 2018 One killed after vehicle strikes concrete barrier on I-15 in Mira Mesa Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One person died after a car struck a concrete barrier on Interstate 15 near Mira Mesa Sunday.It happened in the southbound High Occupancy Vehicle lanes of I-15 just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard at about 3 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.The driver reportedly was out of the vehicle, lying in lanes of traffic, and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital.It’s unclear if the victim died at the scene or at the hospital. There is no information so far if other vehicles were involved or if there were other people injured.The southbound HOV lanes were closed for the investigation. KUSI Newsroom,
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for nearly two dozen Cuban migrants who were on a boat that capsized off the Florida Keys, near Big Pine Key, last week.According to officials, three migrants, who they believe were on this capsized vessel, were found safe on a smaller island. These three men said they had left Cuba when then their boat capsized near the Keys, nearly a week ago.On Tuesday, bodies of three people were found near Islamorada. However, authorities are not sure if these bodies belong to the missing migrants.The search continues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
For representational purposesReuters/Leonhard FoegeThree central government officials and a Bengaluru-based businessman have been charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation for illegally smuggling gold. The accused include a GST official named Rajnish Kumar Saroh and two customs officials – Shiva Kumar Meena and Sudarshan Kumar. The businessman was identified as NT Jamsheer, who owns Bestway Supermarket.They have been booked under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code. If they are found guilty, they could face seven-year jail time. An additional charge was also filed under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.They had procured gold from western Asia and smuggled it through the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, reports The Times of India. The report also states that they had been managing the racket for over a year.The cover of the four men was blown when customs officials at KIA stopped six international smugglers carrying 11 kilograms of gold worth Rs 3.7 crore. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, through questioning the smugglers, discovered that they were just carriers and had to give the gold to the receivers in India.How did the men commit the crime?The gold was smuggled into India by carriers in paste form under their belts. The operation was going on from August 2017 to August 2018.Jamsheer, who was said to operate the racket, had contacts of carriers in Dubai. He chose the carriers in such a way that no one suspected anything amiss. The details procured by Jamsheer from the carriers were sent to Saroh, who in turn sent them to Shiva Kumar Meena and Sudharashan Kumar, who were posted as customs officers at KIA.Meena and Kumar would then check the list and the smugglers’ credentials to make sure that there was nothing in there which would arouse any suspicion, states TOI. The smugglers would then pass through customs and give the material to the receivers in pre-planned areas outside the airport.Jamsheer paid Rs 75,000 to Saroh to make sure that the smugglers faced no hassle while travelling. Saroh, in turn, paid Meena and Kumar Rs 25,000 each for their role.
Iraqi forces search the site of a suspected mass grave containing the remains of victims of the Islamic State group, near the former al bakara military base in south west of Hawija. Photo: AFPMass graves containing at least 400 suspected Islamic State group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said Saturday.The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres (two miles) from the city that the jihadists “turned into an execution ground”, said Kirkuk governor Rakan Said.“Not less than 400 people were executed,” he said, adding that some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing.IS was forced out of Hawija — 240 kilometres north of Baghdad-by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014.As government troops have advanced across Iraq they have uncovered dozens of mass graves holding hundreds of bodies in areas that fell under the jihadists’ brutal rule.The burial pits near Hawija were discovered “thanks to witness accounts from local residents” given to the Iraqi military, General Mortada al-Luwaibi said.Saad Abbas, a farmer from the area, told AFP that during the three years of IS control the group’s fighters could be seen “driving around in cars with their prisoners”.“They would shoot them and then throw them to the ground or burn their bodies,” Abbas said.
Kolkata: Traffic movement in the city was more or less normal with the Kolkata Police making arrangements in advance to restore normalcy in traffic, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground. “The movement of goods vehicles in the city from 12 noon to 8 pm, along with some restrictions in parking in and around the meeting venue augured well for us and traffic flow was more or less normal,” a senior police officer of the Traffic department of Kolkata Police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police did not allow any sort of parking in and around Victoria Memorial, Kidderpore Road, Hospital Road, Queens way, Cathedral Road, Casuarina Avenue and Lovers Lane. Senior officials of Kolkata Police were on the road and made necessary diversions as and when required. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma had instructed the traffic wing to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that common people are not inconvenienced by any means.
The statement read: “As a large retailer we have an extensive charity programme, both at a national and local level, donating to a variety of charities throughout the year, across all the markets in which we operate.“We constantly review our preferred charities and are open to suggestions.“In this instance I can confirm we are not making a donation linked to the sales from the Pride t-shirt range.”Earlier this year, Apple launched a red iPhone “to fight AIDS”, however, the company failed to say how much money from the proceeds would be going to charity.The tech giant announced the special edition versions of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as part of a partnership with (RED), to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.The phone, which went on sale worldwide on March 24, will build on Apple’s existing work with (RED), which has to date raised $130 million for the Global Fund.But HIV activists raised questions about how much money will actually be contributed from the phone’s hefty £799/$799 price tag.Apple specifies that a “contribution” from the price of each phone will go to (RED).PinkNews asked both Apple and (RED) to clarify how much Apple’s contribution will be from the sale of each phone. Apple declined to comment, pointing a release from (RED) that pegged the total to-date contributions from previous Apple campaigns at $130 million.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Hey everyone, just so you know none of the profits from Primarks pride products are going to LGBT+ charities, gr8 one lads pic.twitter.com/gsIGhHjG8Q— Robin Grace ️ (@RobinGraceC) August 25, 2017In Manchester, t-shirts with a rainbow print and the city name were and the slogan “Manchester is Proud” were put in window displays.One customer, Robin Grace, sent an email to the company to enquire whether or not proceeds would be going towards LGBT+ charities.In response, the company sent a statement to Grace in which they said they take LGBT+ issues “very seriously” but that they would not be making any donations.The retailer noted that they are a party of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme. Prides slam Stonewall for failing to support them, demand apologyPeople aren’t happy this store’s Pride line isn’t benefitting Pride organizationsWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaPINK NEWS- Retail giant Primark has faced backlash after it was revealed that no profits from their Pride themed clothing would be donated to LGBT+ organisations.The clothing store admitted that no profits from its rainbow coloured clothing that was released ahead of Pride celebrations in cities across the UK would be donated. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
BELO HORIZONTE — England manager Roy Hodgson will field an experimental sideas his team’s miserable World Cup draws to a close against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday at 10 a.m.Center-back Gary Cahill and striker Daniel Sturridge will be the only survivors from Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo, which sealed England’s elimination in the group phase.But Hodgson insisted that despite the absence of star striker Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard, it would be “out of the question” to aim for anything except a win.Ben Foster will play in goal, Phil Jones at right-back, Cahill will play center-back alongside Chris Smalling, and teenager Luke Shaw will play left-back, Hodgson said at a press conference at the Estadio Mineirao.The midfield will be made up of James Milner, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana, with Sturridge up front, he added.Southampton left-back Shaw, 18, and 20-year-old Everton midfielder Barkley will be making their first competitive starts for England.While Hodgson is eager to give as many members of his squad a taste of World Cup football as possible, he also wants to see his side sign off with a victory.“With a very different team and a lot of players who haven’t played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament — or at least as many as possible — having taken part and played in a game, not just training,” he said.“We’re very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.“We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them, and we really want to make certain tomorrow (Tuesday) night that they see something that they can take some encouragement from.“And most importantly of all, it’s a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question.”Hodgson had already announced that 36-year-old Lampard would captain the side, on what could be his final England appearance, with regular skipper Steven Gerrard starting on the bench.Lampard is expected to announce his international retirement after the tournament, but Hodgson still hopes to be able to call upon the former Chelsea midfielder in future.While Costa Rica require a point from the game to secure top spot in Group D, there is nothing riding on the match for England. But Lampard has urged his teammates to stand up and be counted.“Now we are in a situation where we have to show we’re men,” he said.Costa Rica also plans to test out some reserves against the English. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said defender Roy Miller and forward Randall Brenes will start for La Sele. Pinto, however, did not reveal his full line-up or who Miller and Brenes would replace.England team:Ben Foster; Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw; Frank Lampard (capt), Jack Wilshere; James Milner, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana; Daniel Sturridge Facebook Comments Related posts:Do or die for England, Uruguay on Thursday Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto President Solís says Sele’s victories portend good things for Costa Rica
New Orleans named one of the best cities in North AmericaNew Orleans’ continues to enthrall visitors and garner accolades, most recently being named the No. 2 city in North America for visitors according to a Travel + Leisure reader’s survey. New Orleans ranked second to Charleston but above San Francisco, New York City and Chicago.Readers ranked cities based on categories such as arts, shopping, dining, romantic ambience and friendliness. New Orleans was chosen as the number two destination in America, ranking No. 1 in the world for nightlife and No. 2 in the nation for dining. Travel + Leisuretouted both historic dining options and innovative new jazz clubs and bars in the Crescent City as reasons for its high ranking. In 2014 and 2015, New Orleans was named the No. 2 city in North America as part of the Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” annual survey.“New Orleans is flourishing with both historic establishments that visitors have always loved and cosmopolitan new hotels, restaurants and cocktail programs. Only in New Orleans can you experience the oldest restaurant in America alongside innovative James Beard Award-winning chefs, or see Grammy Award-winning artists perform and then wander into our streets to discover a new musician,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Recognition from such an esteemed travel publication is a testament to our commitment to hospitality and the hard work we do every day to create an unparalleled travel experience for our visitors.”“New Orleans is a consistent choice for travelers because of its authenticity, historic charm, and beauty,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). “Those qualities allow us to deliver on a fantastic experience and we are honored the readers of Travel + Leisure have singled out our nightlife and dining.”The designation as one of the “Best Cities in North America” is New Orleans’ most recent recognition in a string of accolades including one of The Washington Post’s “10 Best Food Cities in America,” the number one “Most Visited Destination Across the Globe” of 2015 by AFARmagazine, one of the “Best Big Cities in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler and more. New Orleans Convention & Visitors BureauSource = New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
asiaAzamara ClubCelebrity CruisesChristmas sailingscruises Clients can celebrate Christmas & New Year on a ’boutique hotel at sea’ with Azamara Club’s 15-night sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore, departing 23 December 2017. The voyage includes overnights in Hanoi, Hue/Danang and Ho Chi Minh, two nights in Bangkok and a day in Ko Samui and fares start from $5,469 per person, twin share.Celebrity Cruises is offering Christmas at sea during a 14-night Vietnam & Taiwan Celebrity Millennium sailing departing 24 December 2017. The round-trip voyage departs Hong Kong following an overnight, then spends a night in Hanoi before continuing to Hue/Danang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Kaohsiung, Hualien and Taipei in Taiwan. Book a Balcony stateroom for just $3,889 per person twin share, including $100 savings per person and two free perks as part of Celebrity’s “Go Better” Christmas offer.Explore the Arabian Sea and India on a 14-night Christmas and New Year’s round-trip departing Abu Dhabi on 19 December 2017 onboard Celebrity Constellation. Guests will overnight in Abu Dhabi, and call at Muscat, Oman before spending Christmas Day in Cochin, India, and continuing to New Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai and Dubai for an overnight on New Year’s Eve. Fares start from $5,159, per person, twin share for a Balcony stateroom, including savings of $100 per person and two free perks as part of Celebrity’s new offer.For a limited time only, guests who book an Oceanview stateroom or above on selected Christmas sailings with Celebrity will receive a free Classic beverage package and US$300 onboard credit per stateroom, as well as savings on up to US$150 per person on their cruise fare.Deals are applicable to new individual and non-contracted group bookings. Celebrity Cruises booking must be made by 5 July 2017.*See Azamara Club and Celebrity Cruises T&Cs IMAGE: Discover Hong Kong
Air Vanuatu has is offering Australian travellers the chance to discover Vanuatu for as little as AUD$469 return per person with its new super sale, applicable to all return fares to Port Vila and Espiritu Santo departing out of Brisbane and Sydney between 1 February – 31 March 2019.The sale ends 31 January 2019.Brisbane to Port Vila, economy fare starting from AUD $469 per person returnBrisbane to Espiritu Santo twice weekly services, economy fare starting from AUD $499 ppSydney to Port Vila, economy fare starting from AUD $499 per person returnSydney to Espiritu Santo, economy fare starting from AUD $529 (via Port Vila) per person returnAir Vanuatu flies daily from Sydney and 4 times ex Brisbane to Port Vila and 2 to Espiritu Santo, with onward domestic connections daily using their 70-seater ATR72-600 aircraft. Business Class is available on all flights to/from Australia. Air VanuatuairlinessalespecialsVanuatu
Representative’s first bill provides tax deduction for retirement benefitsState Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today introduced legislation to provide Michigan seniors with much-needed relief on their taxes.“While the economy has been going in the right direction, Michigan seniors who live on a fixed income continue to struggle,” Bellino said. “Our oldest and most vulnerable residents should not be straining to make ends meet. My bill puts money back in their pockets to help them afford the everyday cost of living.”House Bill 4083, the first piece of legislation introduced by Bellino, offers senior citizens a tax deduction on their retirement or pension benefits.“People work hard for these benefits so they have peace of mind when they retire,” Bellino said. “They deserve to keep more of what they earn.”### Categories: Bellino News 24Jan Rep. Bellino introduces plan to provide tax relief for senior citizens
27Feb House approves Runestad bill cracking down on corrupt process servers State Rep. Jim Runestad’s legislation creating more accountability for officials tasked with serving legal notices was approved today by the Michigan House.Runestad, of White Lake, said ensuring people are given proper notice of court proceedings is fundamental to their due process rights.“Our judicial system relies on process servers to do their jobs honestly and effectively,” Runestad said. “Falsely claiming to serve a legal notice can have serious consequences. We need to make sure process servers understand the magnitude of their responsibilities.”Under current law, unethical process servers are almost never held accountable in court.“In rare situations they may be held in contempt of court, which usually results in a fine or, at most, 90 days in jail,” Runestad said.House Bills 4666, sponsored by Runestad, and 4670, sponsored by Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, classify the false certification of personal service as a felony.“Our legislation creates a declaration process servers must sign under penalty of perjury, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison,” Runestad said. “This sends a clear message that process servers must do their due diligence and ensures fraudulent service is prosecuted in Michigan.”Runestad said stories like those of Detroit resident Carnell Alexander inspired him to introduce the legislation.Alexander, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the bill, said 29 years ago a process server claimed to serve him at his father’s house with paperwork related to a child support claim. He was incarcerated at the time, and never received notice of the court proceedings. As a result, Alexander said he was ordered to pay more than $130,000 in child support for a child who isn’t his.“I’m very happy to hear this legislation has passed,” Alexander said today. “I believe the process server should be held accountable on making sure papers are properly delivered, and that there are no discrepancies.”Jeff Kirkpatrick, vice president of the Michigan Court Officers, Deputy Sheriffs and Process Servers’ Association, praised Runestad for taking the lead on the legislation.“Michigan citizens have found their bank accounts frozen, their wages garnished or their property seized, all because a few unscrupulous process servers file false proofs of service with the court,” Kirkpatrick said. “Our association, like Rep. Runestad, wants to stop this practice in Michigan. House Bill 4666, making it a felony to sign a false proof of service, is a great first step.”The bills now move to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Runestad News
24May House votes for Rep. Theis plan setting requirements to protect children Categories: News,Theis News Michigan’s children will be protected under legislation approved today by the state House, state Rep. Lana Theis announced.“Although most doctors have the best of intentions in treating their patients, we must do our best to prevent what happened with Larry Nassar’s survivors,” said Theis, a member of the House Law and Justice Committee. “Parents and children should have as much information as possible when doctors are recommending invasive medical procedures for children. They must be able to understand the necessity of such a procedure.”Under the legislation, procedures involving pelvic area penetration of minors is prohibited without meeting certain conditions:The medical treatment is within the professional’s scope of practice;Another health care professional is in the room during the procedure; andWritten consent on a standardized form is obtained from a person authorized by law to provide consent, such as the child’s parent.The bill does allow for exceptions, such as a medical emergency or for services relating to the patient’s gynecological or reproductive health.The plan is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Nassar sex abuse scandal.“This plan will go after sexual predators, help survivors and protect Michigan’s residents,” said Theis, of Brighton. “We took part in nearly 20 hours of testimony in committee alone, engaging medical professionals, educators, subject experts and survivors of Nassar’s crimes. This plan is a solution to better protect our children, while strengthening punishments against anyone who engages in sexual misconduct.”House Bill 5793 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####