On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.59 points to 15,151.59, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 9.39 points to 21,562.48. The S&P 500 index added 3.67 points to 2,451.50 and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 13.42 points to 6,287.86The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.94 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 78.47 cents US.The August crude contract was up 12 cents to US$46.20 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.97 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $11.30 to US$1,228.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was up three cents at US$2.69 a pound.
A rare U.S. penny from 1943 could fetch up well over $1 million at auction.The coin is a 1943 Lincoln penny. Less than 20 like it were ever made.In 1943, pennies were supposed to be made of steel because copper was needed for the Second World War.But a handful of the coins were pressed with copper that year.Don Lutes, a Massachusetts man, found the coin in 1947 and kept it in his collection.Lutes died in September and the penny was discovered.It is now up for auction until Thursday.The similar penny sold for $1.7 million in 2010.
“The United Nations depends on the support of individuals throughout the world – in particular young people like you, who will take over during this century,” the Secretary-General told students at The Hague. “We probably have a future SG here today, and when she assumes office, she will, I suspect, consider this General Assembly session an inspirational moment.” Mr. Annan painted a stark picture of the challenges facing the world body as it works to promote “freedom from fear, freedom from want and the protection of the environment.” Poverty, AIDS and environmental degradation persisted, while innocent people continued to suffer in conflict-ravaged areas, he said. Governments, which had adopted the UN’s Millennium Declaration in 2000, were primarily responsible for addressing these problems, he noted. “But governments can’t do it alone – they will need to work in partnership with civil society, NGOs [non-governmental organization], [the] private sector and young people like you,” he added. Mr. Annan is scheduled to return to New York on Monday, when he will address the World Economic Forum, being held in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
“The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the people and Governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and to everyone affected, particularly those who have lost family members and friends. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.The statement also said that early reports suggest that there has been loss of life and serious damage to infrastructure in both countries.“United Nations agencies are mobilizing and stand ready to support Government-led relief operations in both countries, if requested,” the statement concluded.During the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that thus far, there are reports of damage across the northeast part of Afghanistan and in Kabul. Scattered reports at this stage indicate damage across the Northeast and in Kabul. The Government and UN are both hampered by the lack of phone service. Early indications are that the impact of the initial shock may be relatively light, given the low density of population. Afghan disaster response mechanisms at the national and provincial levels have been mobilised, and the UN stands ready to provide assistance if requested, he explained.Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority says that 148 people have been killed and 815 injured by the quake. [Hospitals] are on alert around the main impacted region – around the Khyber region, Mr. Dujarric continued.He said that UN agencies are mobilizing emergency stocks as a preparatory measure in case support is required. The UN and its humanitarian partners stand ready to support the Pakistani Government’s ongoing relief effort for the people affected by the earthquake and mobilize any support, if requested.
Following on from the recent success of the 2009 Paydirt Resources Victoria Conference, at least five African mines and energy ministers will arrive in Perth to join Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith, for the seventh annual Paydirt Africa Downunder Conference, at the Sheraton Perth Hotel on September 3 – 4. The event will involve more than 800 delegates, and more than 40 companies, government spokespeople and other experts in transcontinental mining and minerals engagement – with a particular focus on gold and base metals, uranium and industrial minerals – will present. Leading the program will be addresses from ministers and officials from Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, Eritrea, Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa. “The investment axis between Australia and Africa has been subject in recent times to the extraordinary pressures of the global financial crisis and an unravelling range of unforeseen consequences,” Paydirt Executive Chairman and Conference Convenor, Bill Repard.“Since the 2008 review, many resource-focused African countries have faced challenges from GFC-generated investment decisions made in overseas mining headquarters far removed from the African continent,” Repard said.“The result is that Africa – while resource rich – faces a challenge leading into 2010 to prevent those waivering investment dollars moving offshore into Asia, the north or south Americas, or even back into outback Australia.“We expect these issues to be intense and the primary focus of much of the lobbying and negotiations at next week’s conference – the largest gathering outside of Africa of African mining interests.”The keynote address will be delivered for the first time by an Australian Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Hon. Stephen Smith is scheduled to take to the podium at 8.25 am on Thursday.
Réchauffement climatique : Al Gore dénonce la politique de Barack ObamaTrès engagé dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, Al Gore pointe du doigt les efforts insuffisants de Barack Obama face à la crise environnementale. L’ancien vice-président américain estime que le président américain n’a pas suffisamment agi et sensibilisé la population sur les menaces qui pèsent sur l’environnement.Dans un essai publié sur le site du magazine Rolling Stone, Al Gore déplore le peu d’efforts réalisés par Barack Obama en matière de lutte contre le changement climatique depuis son arrivée à la Maison-Blanche en 2009. L’ancien vice-président américain reconnaît un petit pas en avant accompli par l’administration Obama, mais le juge bien insuffisant face à l’ampleur de la crise environnementale. Le président américain “a pour l’instant échoué à utiliser le prestige de sa fonction pour appeler à agir de façon audacieuse afin de lutter contre le changement climatique” écrit Al Gore.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Pour l’ancien vice-président, qui a obtenu en 2007 un prix Nobel pour son engagement en faveur de cette lutte, Barack Obama n’a jamais clairement “exposé les Américains à l’ampleur de la crise climatique”. Pourtant, “les Etats-Unis sont le seul pays à pouvoir mobiliser un effort mondial pour préserver notre avenir. Et le président est le seul qui soit capable de mobiliser les Etats-Unis” estime Al Gore.Une prise de conscience indispensable pour l’ancien vice-président Ce dernier n’attaque pas seulement la politique environnementale du président, il dénonce aussi l’inertie des médias. “Les journaux télévisés ressemblent souvent à voyage à travers l’Apocalypse”, souligne Al Gore en évoquant les dévastatrices catastrophes naturelles qui s’abattent partout dans le monde. Mais les journaux “n’expliquent absolument pas comment ces événements sont liés à la crise climatique, ou bien ils écartent ce lien d’emblée car ils le jugent trop controversé” déplore-t-il.Al Gore s’attaque aussi aux climato-sceptiques, et reproche au président Obama de ne pas avoir “défendu la science contre les attaques délétères et malhonnêtes. Et il n’a pas fourni à la communauté scientifique un forum présidentiel pour présenter au public la réalité scientifique”. L’ancien vice-président américain appelle à une réelle prise de conscience des menaces qui pèsent sur l’environnement, indispensable à la mise en oeuvre d’un plan ambitieux de lutte contre le changement climatique.Le 23 juin 2011 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Inter Milan footballer believes his team has to be confident after two matches without a win in the start of the Lega Serie A seasonAfter two matches in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season, Inter Milan has not been able to get a win.Internazionale lost 1-0 against Sassuolo and on Sunday tied 2-2 with Torino at home.And this is why Stefan de Vrij believes his team needs to concentrate to get the wins needed.“We need to look ahead and concentrate on the next match,” he told Sky Sports according to Calcio Mercato.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“The last two did not go so well but now that is the past and we must look forward.”“We have to get going right away against Bologna and remain confident because we have to be to win games,” he said.“We know that we have to do on Saturday.”“The words of Spalletti? What he said will be very useful for the next matches,” he concluded.
PC Magazine, the tech title that went all-digital in January, is expanding its digital presence on Amazon’s Kindle.PC Magazine’s digital version will be available on the device—beginning today with its June issue—at a monthly subscription price of $1.49. Subscriptions to the PCMag Digital Network blogs, including Gearlog, Appscout and GoodCleanTech, are also available for Kindle customers, at $0.99 per month.Time, Newsweek, the Atlantic, Reader’s Digest and the New Yorker already have digital versions of their magazines available in the Kindle Store.Lance Ulanoff, senior vice president of content for the PCMag Digital Network, said the goal is to expand “our potential reader base and [give] consumers a new opportunity to interact with our brand.” Last November, Ziff Davis Media announced that its flagship PC Magazine would no longer be published in print. The biweekly magazine carried a rate base of 700,000.CEO Jason Young said the move was “the final step in an evolutionary process that has been playing out over the last seven years.” In 2008, ZDM’s digital business accounted for about 80 percent of profit and 70 percent of its revenue, he said.The digital network averages about seven million unique monthly visitors.
Guntur: Home Minister Mekathothi Sucharita felt that there is need to provide 24X7 better medical services to the police personnel. She said, she will take up with the Chief Minister Y S Jagan MOhan Reddy and take steps to provide 24X7 medical services.She addressed a Doctors Day celebrations held under the aegis of IPS Officers Wives Association held in the PolceKalyana Mandapam in Guntur city on Monday. Also Read – Medical representatives stage dharna in Eluru Advertise With Us Speaking on this occasion, she said that the home guards and cops are standing more duty on the duty, they are getting health problems and appreciated the association for conducting the free medical camp. IPS officers wives Association president Shilllloi Sawang, vice president Pavani Tirumala,Dr Sumita Shankar was also participated.
Polls show Catalans are evenly divided on the independence issue. AFP File PhotoJust four metro stops separate Gracia from Nou Barris, two districts in Barcelona that are nevertheless sharply divided over whether they want to stay in Spain or leave, as a banned independence referendum looms in Catalonia.The issue has the entire northeastern region split roughly down the middle, with the most recent poll commissioned by the regional government in July finding that 49.4 per cent of Catalans were against independence while 41.1 per cent were in favour.Sheltered from the rain in his flower stall in Nou Barris, Ignacio Perez watches with annoyance as a bus passes bearing the slogan “Hello Republic”, part of the “yes” campaign for the referendum on 1 October that Madrid is trying to stop at all costs.“That bothers me,” the 63-year-old florist said.“It’s relentless, always the same, but those aren’t people’s problems. If only they put the same effort into bettering the health system, education or employment.”If it weren’t for the poster, passers-by could be forgiven for forgetting that Catalonia is in the midst of a push for independence driven by its separatist leaders—so few are the signs in this working-class district of Barcelona.Nou Barris is where many immigrants from other parts of Spain settled last century, and Spanish—not Catalan—dominates conversations here.Spanish flags fly from its high-rises, not the yellow, red and blue separatist banners often seen in other parts of this wealthy, 7.5-million strong region.“A majority of people don’t want independence, but we’re kept quiet,” Perez said.Silent majoritySeparatists secured an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament after regional elections in 2015, though they got just 47.6 per cent of the vote.Regional president Carles Puigdemont has said he will start taking steps towards separating from Spain if the “yes” wins the day on 1 October, regardless of the turnout.But how that would work remains unclear given the anti-constitutional nature of the vote and Madrid’s opposition.“With such a paltry majority and with a minority in society, you can’t launch such a process,” Perez said.“You can’t break up a country with so little support.”In Nou Barris, the separatist vote in the 2015 elections reached just 29.1 per cent while parties against independence won 53 per cent.“They have imposed their plan on us, taking advantage of the fact that those of us against independence are not united and have not mobilised,” said Ana Bahamonde, 52.The customers at her bakery, she added, prefer not to discuss the issue.“It’s badly looked upon to say you don’t want independence, it equates you with the far right. That’s why I don’t go to protests for unity.”Bahamonde also said she would not vote in the referendum.“I’d like to vote in the right way, but not like this,” she said, reflecting results in the July opinion poll which showed that more than 70 per cent of Catalans wanted a referendum to settle the matter.Just ‘go vote’Over in Gracia, however, things are radically different.A former summer village for Barcelona’s elite, it was annexed by the Mediterranean city at the end of the 19th century and is now one of the most fashionable districts.Along its pedestrian streets, separatist flags adorn houses as do “Yes” signs. Here, separatists won 60.5 per cent of the vote in 2015, the highest score in Barcelona.“I don’t understand that they don’t want to go vote,” said Soledat Farre, a 59-year-old who works in sporting events, as she prepared electoral information in an office of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), a powerful pro-independence civil association.“I understand that they want to stay in Spain, but they should go vote,” she said, adding: “If everyone went, I think it would be difficult for us to win.”Police detained 14 Catalan government officials on Wednesday and seized nearly 10 million ballots in their bid to stop the referendum, sending thousands of protesters into the streets of Barcelona.“I don’t understand this closed-mindedness. They don’t listen, they don’t want to understand. They see us simply as subjects that must obey and that’s it,” said Ignasi Tort, a 50-year-old computer specialist.He said he became a separatist in recent years as tensions between Madrid and Catalonia mounted, but hoped the region could reach a new deal to be able to remain a part of Spain.Tort said he was now “disenchanted”, especially after seeing the “shameful” crackdown launched by Madrid to stop the referendum, which has raised doubts about whether it will indeed take place.“With this you realise independence is the only way out,” he said.From his flower stall in Nou Barris, Perez worries that the situation could deteriorate.“If in the end the referendum doesn’t take place, or it’s useless because it isn’t legal, this will generate a lot of frustration and the atmosphere could get bad.”
– / 4The Houston Police Department announced Wednesday it has arrested four men who are believed to responsible for at least 30 robberies and at least two sexual assaults in the Houston area since late June.Aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges have been filed against LaCharles Craige, 18; Trenton Jackson, 21; Cameron Lucas, 17; and Marquis Clark, 21, in the 209th State District Court. Craige is also charged with aggravated sexual assault in the same court. Jackson is also charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 185th State District Court. HPD said in a news release that, in the majority of the incidents, the suspects were armed with handguns and semi-automatic rifles and demanded property from victims and threatened to harm them.In at least two incidents, the victims were sexually assaulted.According to HPD, a lengthy investigation by its Robbery Division –along with the police departments of Missouri City, Pasadena and Sugar Land, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office– determined the suspects were involved in multiple robberies in the Houston, Missouri City, Pasadena, Sugar Land and Montgomery County areas. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information on these cases is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700. You can watch HPD Chief Art Acevedo’s press conference about this investigation here:HPD Chief @Art Acevedo and our law enforcement partners announce the arrest of four serial robbery suspects. https://t.co/az7dDkE46v— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 3, 2018 Share
These beautiful portraits of LGBTI elders with younger activists will inspire you Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Investment giants urged to do more to support LGBTI staffBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideLGBT people twice as likely to be asked about their sex lives at workRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/care-agencies-lgbt-friendly/ GAYSTARNEWS- Advances in healthcare mean many of us are living longer. The health and social care sector in the UK is a growing industry. However, austerity measures and cutbacks have raised questions about the quality of care across the sector.Last year, the BBC revealed that 900 adult social care staff were quitting the industry every day. This shocking figure has led some service providers to warn the UK Government that vulnerable people are seeing a drop in the level of care they receive. Care agencies are increasingly reliant on people who will work for less pay. LGBTI people have particular reason for concern. They are less likely to have children and may be estranged from their existing family. They are more likely to be reliant on good quality health and social care services than their heterosexual counterparts.Trans people often feel particularly self-conscious about carers washing and dressing them.Jo’s storyJo Panter, 76, and lives in Hackney, London. A former theatre nurse, she is now wheelchair-bound and requires help from carers. She has been through 11 in the past 11 years.Jo says she simply wants carers to turn up and do the jobs they’re supposed to do. However, she finds many ask intrusive questions about her life.Jo is happy to describe herself as a butch lesbian. Throughout her life, she has often worn trousers, shirts and ties. This has led to some carers to question her wardrobe, or to ask if she has a man in the house.‘I also have pictures around my house, and a big photo of Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC. One carer, she came here, and the first thing she did was go into my kitchen and make herself a cup of tea. She didn’t ask me if I wanted one. She made herself one and came through and sat with me to drink it, even though she only had half an hour to do all her duties.‘Then she made comments and started asking about my life. I told her I was a lesbian. And she said she didn’t know what that was. I explained it was a woman who went with a woman, and she dropped her cup and broke it. She got very flustered!‘One told me I should pray to be corrected. I should pray to the Lord. It was horrible.‘I’ve got a very good carer now. She’s Muslim. She’s been with me for several years. I would phone up the agencies and complain, and they’d be apologetic, but they’d keep sending me these carers. I’d tell them, I just want them to do their job. I don’t want them questioning me about my life.’Unhealthy attitudes Opening Doors London is a groundbreaking charity set up to provide support for LGBTI people over the age of 50. It runs numerous social groups and befriending services – connecting isolated, older LGBT people with volunteer befrienders.On 13 June it is hosting a conference in London for social health care professionals entitled Pride in Care. One of the highlights will be the launch of its new Pride in Care quality standard scheme. This is a quality standards badge care agencies can apply for to prove they take the care of their LGBT clients seriously.Opening Doors says Jo’s experiences are not uncommon. A 2015 report by LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall, backs this up. Unhealthy Attitudes found ‘one in ten health and social care staff across Britain have witnessed colleagues express the dangerous belief that someone can be “cured” of being lesbian, gay or bisexual.’The Pride in Care scheme is largely being overseen by Jim Glennon, the organization’s Training and Consultancy Manager.Its quality standard badge will be aimed at care agencies, care homes and supported housing providers who can demonstrate standards specific to LGBT clients.Glennon says Opening Doors London has heard of LGBT elders who have felt the need to go back into the closet in later life, wary of the response their sexuality my prompt among carers or other care home residents. ‘Often at their most fragile, possibly without much family support, they feel they cant express themselves as an LGBT person,’ says Glennon.The new Pride in Care scheme comes from Opening Doors LondonTaking Pride in CareThere will be a cost to applying for the badge, which will be on a sliding scale depending on the size of the organization.After an initial conversation to explain how it works, the applicant’s management team will have a formal meeting with the Opening Doors team to discuss how they achieve the quality standard. Opening Doors will explore the company’s HR policies and complaints procedures, and then conduct a staff survey. This will examine the attitudes and views of staff on working with LGBT people.If the survey results prompt any concerns, the organization will be advised to provide further LGBT-specific training for staff. Advice can also be provided on amending policies and procedure if they’re not up to scratch.Depending on the size of the organization, site visits will be made. For example, a large organization with several care homes might expect three visits. People who identify as lesbian, gay and trans will act as ‘mystery shoppers’.‘They will make a few phone calls, identify themselves, as lesbian for example, say they are interested in entering a care home, or speak on behalf of a family member or friend. They will check the website to see what it looks like, to see how inclusive the feel is around the site, and if there’s any issues with external communications.‘Then, they will physically go into the organization, speak to people at reception, have a look around. There will be conversations with clients and service users.’More of us are living for longer (Photo: Unsplash | CC0)‘We will fail them if we really think there is a simple unwillingness to engage’After a final report, the organization finds out whether they’ve achieved the Pride in Care standard.‘Hopefully we’ll tell them they’ve passed for the standard with flying colors and can use our plaque and communication products. Or we’ll be saying “You need a bit more work.” On the rare occasion, we might have to say “You really need major organizational change on these issues because you’re not anywhere near the standards that enable us to say you provide good service for older LGBT people.”‘Our aim is to get people through the standard,’ says Glennon. ‘Not to fail people. But we will fail them if we really think there is a simple unwillingness to engage with the materials.’At the moment, the scheme will operate in London. It may extend outside the capital if it proves successful.Jo Panter needs little convincing of the benefits of such a quality standard. Given her own experiences with carers in the past, she says knowing in advance if a care agency has attained it, ‘would be a blessing.’See alsoAre you scared of getting older and is the LGBTI world ageist?
Related posts:Nicaragua Canal opponents call on Costa Rica to join fight to save lake President Solís laments media criticism; analysts say it’s nothing new Costa Rica’s changing definition of family hits cookie commercial Mexico GDP growth beats forecasts as services sector lends boost Days after Sunday’s election, President Laura Chinchilla hoped to regain the public’s attention with the announcement of positive economic news. But election news and questions about whether the unpopular president hurt the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) at the polls lingered.“The message from the Central Bank is that our economy is solid, stable, and Costa Rica has good times ahead,” said the president, citing growth of gross domestic product, low inflation and improving unemployment numbers.The Central Bank’s economic outlook, released late last week, estimated that Costa Rica’s GDP could grow 3.8 percent in 2014, and 4.1 percent in 2015. The estimate is similar to estimates from the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean released in December 2013 that forecasted 4 percent growth for the Central American country.Vice President Luis Liberman said that preliminary figures from the National Statistics and Census Institute suggested that unemployment had fallen to 8.5 percent from 8.9 percent at the end of the third quarter of 2013. If the figure holds, it would mean the fewest Costa Ricans out of work in the last three years.Despite the presidency’s optimism on improving economic conditions, poverty has remained stubbornly high at nearly 20 percent.“The government’s policies have worked because the poverty level stayed even and did not rise,” said Liberman, defending the administration’s response, including keeping inflation at historic lows.The vice president said that the global recession cost Costa Rica some 73,000 jobs. Since 2010, Liberman claimed that the economy generated 168,000 jobs.“There are people who enter and leave poverty, and much of it has to do with employment,” he said, adding that if Costa Rica could maintain the current trend in growth and unemployment for “2, 3, 4 years,” poverty levels would eventually drop.Questions about the timing of the news sparked questions about whether the ruling PLN was attempting to campaign for its candidate, Johnny Araya.Araya finished a disappointing second in Sunday’s election after Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party surpassed him in polls and pushed the election to a runoff.“I think that question is absurd, I feel like I shouldn’t even answer it,” Chinchilla said, denying the timing of the bank’s report was politically motivated.When asked to comment on how perceived fatigue shown by her government might have hurt Araya and the PLN’s chances in the elections, the president responded, “When someone does nothing, there’s no fatigue.”Chinchilla added: “These are circumstances to feel optimistic about as we open the year. We trust that the elements that we’ve achieved will pass on to the government that will take over on May 8.”https://infogr.am/ticos-out-of-work8?src=web Facebook Comments
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Nearly 30 Africa-based rights groups have signed a letter condemning Sudan for sentencing a 20-year-old woman to death by stoning over charges of adultery.The statement, signed and released Friday, is urging Sudanese authorities to cancel the sentence passed May 13 and release Intisar Sharif Abdallah.Rights groups are concerned that Sudan is leaning toward the application of a strict interpretation of Shariah, or Islamic law. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Abdallah is being held in a prison in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum with her 4-month-old baby.The rights groups say she initially pleaded not guilty to the adultery charges, but later admitted to them after beatings from her brother. Then she was subjected to what they called an “unfair trial.”Rights lawyers have filed an appeal for her.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
Diethelm Travel Group (DTG) has signed a deal with UK technology specialist Open Destinations, which involves the licensing of the company’s software, Travel Studio, which will be employed into DTG offices throughout Asia.DTG engaged in a worldwide search for a flexible technology solution, with chief operating officer Maarten Groeneveld, saying technological expansion was the forefront of the company’s strategic growth.“We looked for a system that not only has the flexibility to fit with our current organization, but also the capacity to grow with us in the future,” Mr Groeneveld said.The partnership also marks Open Destination’s development into South East Asia.Implementation of Travel Studio is underway, with the development of a business model that will be used in the Thailand office, and then replicated among all other offices in the network.The press release stated the completion of the project would result in an additional 400 users of Travel Studio, which currently hosts more than 10,000 users per day.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran
Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Etihad Airways has acquired a 75 per cent stake in Alitalia Loyalty, the owner and operator of MilleMiglia, Alitalia’s frequent flyer program, the remaining 25 per cent stake will stay with Alitalia.Alitalia Loyalty will become part of Global Loyalty Company (GLC), a loyalty and lifestyle company that allows Etihad Airways and its partners to target the global loyalty market more effectively.The addition of MilleMiglia will lead to enhanced opportunities for members to collect and redeem their miles around the world. Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan, said that Etihad Airways’ majority stake in Alitalia Loyalty is a fundamental part of its investment in Alitalia.“The loyalty program sector is a faster growing and higher margin business than the airline industry. This approach allows both Etihad Airways and Alitalia to reap greater rewards together, with opportunities to generate sustained profits from our loyalty programs,” Mr Hogan said.MilleMiglia is Italy’s largest frequent flyer program, with 4.6 million existing members and more than 20,000 new members a month. The acquisition of a 75 per cent stake has been valued at €112.5 million and is being financed through a cash investment by Etihad Airways.
State Rep. Brett Roberts, R-Eaton Township, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address:“Last night, Gov. Snyder touched on a multitude of issues in Michigan, namely the Flint water crisis. When news of Flint’s situation reached the Legislature in October, we responded immediately to give the city a quick transition back to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department system.“It is imperative that we consider the health of Michiganders across the state at all times. I empathize with the frustrated residents of the city, and vow to continue to do everything in my power to address this issue. I will be working to see that swift action is carried out again to help the people of Flint to the best of our abilities.“Words have no meaning unless they can be backed up with action. Today, I voted in favor of new legislation that will give Flint the funds that it needs to make sure that Flint residents have all of the resources they need. This legislation will ensure that every Flint resident receives a water filter, every resident has clean drinking water, and families and kids receive the healthcare they need to accurately monitor and treat any medical complications they have. This will also be another step in getting Flint’s water system back on track.“Gov. Snyder also touched on the need for continued economic growth. Michigan performed extremely well in 2015. The unemployment rate dropped lower than the national average for the first time in more than a decade, Michigan businesses created 420,000 new jobs, and was rated as the fastest-growing economy in the Midwest.“Michigan is growing, but we can’t stop now. Increasing education on skilled trades is paramount to creating an even healthier Michigan economy. We need to expel the myth that you need a college degree to get a job in the U.S. Trade jobs are respectable and pay well. Jobs like this allow us a window into Michigan’s future, and supporting these industries will serve the entire state well.”###Editor’s Note: Rep. Brett Roberts is a freshman lawmaker representing Michigan’s 65th House District, which serves residents from Lenawee, Jackson and Eaton counties. 20Jan Rep. Roberts statement on State of the State and Flint water issue Categories: News,Roberts News
Categories: Noble News Measure requires consent before ending life-sustaining treatmentState Rep. Jeff Noble today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his legislation requiring a physician to obtain consent before withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.Earlier this year, Kansas enacted a measure called Simon’s Law after the parents of a seriously ill child discovered after their son’s death that the medical team placed a do-not-resuscitate order on him without the parents’ knowledge.Michigan families have reported experiences similar to Simon’s parents while reviewing a loved one’s medical records, both before and after the patient’s death.The bill prevents doctors and hospitals from side-stepping the family’s authority when there is a dispute about the patient’s care. If treatment is going to be withheld, the patient’s guardian, advocate, or parents must be involved in the decision and process. “My bill is aimed to protect the rights of patients and their families to make medical decisions, which could literally be the difference between life and death,” said Rep. Noble, of Plymouth. “This legislation extends protection to all medically frail patients. Only decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment options will require explicit consent.”House Bill 5076 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.### 09Nov Rep. Noble testifies on his bill to help protect vulnerable patients
14Feb MSU responds to House inquiry, shares reports related to complaints against Nassar Categories: Kesto News,LaSata News “The information we received today is another strong step toward the kind of accountability and transparency we expect from Michigan State University,” said LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. “We will review the documents to see how MSU handled the complaints, and then take appropriate measures based on our findings.” The information was in response to the official request made in a Jan. 25 letter from state Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata, who are leading the House’s inquiry into complaints filed to MSU in 2014-17 against convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. The Michigan House of Representatives today received documents and communications totaling more than 1,300 pages from Michigan State University. Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, agreed while noting that several bills and resolutions inspired by the Nassar case have already been introduced. “This information will be crucial to identify what we need to do in the Legislature to build a better, safer system on our college campuses,” Kesto said. “The information we now have is expected to go a long way toward that goal. As we review everything, we will continue to work on the reforms to protect students and build on making certain this never happens again in Michigan.”
14Mar Rep. Webber celebrates March is Reading Month with Rochester Community Schools State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills visited students at Hamlin Elementary School this week and read to them in honor of March is Reading Month. State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills sits with his son, James, after reading to his class at Hamlin Elementary School in honor of March is Reading Month. Categories: Webber News,Webber Photos