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Paris attacks How amateur footage captured the atrocities in the absence of

first_imgClose On 13 November, Islamic State (Isis) militants attacked Paris, killing 129 people. As news of the atrocities spread around the world, amateur video captured by eyewitnesses was heavily used to convey the horror that unfolded.The first gunfire of the attacks at the Bataclan was recorded on a mobile phone. Amateur footage posted online from around 9.40pm local time shows Eagles of Death Metal performing on stage when suddenly gunshots can be heard.Around the same time, televised coverage of the friendly football match between France and Germany at the Stade de France was interrupted by the sound of explosions.Both these videos were relayed around the world in the wake of the Paris attacks on 13 November in which 129 people lost their lives. Initially innocuous footage that became a permanent record of the tragedy that followed.As the situation developed on the night, people began to use their phones to cover the carnage taking place. In one of them, a young man can be seen running towards the stadium after the second explosion. He fully understands what hes doing and that people will want to see this video. He even narrates the footage, saying: Just right now, just right now, second explosion. Live from the Stade de France.Similar shaky footage is filmed from a window by another witness as police and the firefighters arrive at the Bataclan. Many fire engines. Many ambulances. I dont know if people are wounded, you might have more information than me on the Internet, says the voice.Harrowing footageFrom all the amateur videos that spread over social media, one in particular became the iconic image that summarised the carnage. The footage of people running and screaming as they escape the massacre inside the Bataclan filmed by Daniel Psenny, a journalist with Le Monde newspaper, who lives in an apartment behind the concert venue.Psenny was wounded when a bullet struck him in the left arm, after leaving his flat to help injured people on the street. His video has been viewed millions of times, retweeted and reposted online by thousands of media outlets around the world.By the next day eyewitness videos like these were everywhere, making headlines across the globe. The eyewitness videos become the key way for news outlets to tell the story of the tragedy and would prove vital once again when the police siege in Saint-Denis took place a few days later.Paying the priceOn Wednesday 18 November, French military and police surrounded a building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis holding the Islamist militant ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Three assailants were killed, including Abaaoud and a woman who detonated a suicide bomb.As with the night of the attacks, media outlets are too late to capture the events of the siege. And so once again, amateur footage played a vital role in telling the story.As reported by Le Petit Journal, a French TV show that specialises in political and media analysis, a strange market took place in Saint-Denis after the siege. Almost akin to a drug deal, the footage shows hungry journalists crowding around a group of locals youths to purchase the amateur footage they filmed – a few seconds of recorded gunfire in exchange for anything between €200 and €500.An English journalist can be heard saying in one of the videos: It has been an ongoing thing. Ive handed over €250 and now Im handing over €200. We have four videos so its quite good.As this incident shows, amateur footage played a crucial role in the reporting of the attacks in Paris and the subsequent police and military siege in Saint-Denis. From initial eyewitness videos capturing the confusion on 13 November to amateur footage filmed by locals on 18 November and sold to the highest bidder, never before has an event in the western world relied so heavily on amateur video and eyewitness accounts to help paint the full horror of what took place.last_img read more

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Rohingyas to be taken back Suu Kyi assures British minister

first_imgBritish state minister for foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) Mark Field and British state minister for the department for international aid Alistair Burt at a press conference in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Prothom Alo The United Kingdom on Thursday proposed three ‘options’, including the full implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Anan Commission to resolve the crisis, reports UNB.British state minister for foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) Mark Field presented their ‘options’ at a press conference at its High Commissioner’s residence here.British state minister for the department for international aid Alistair Burt and acting high commissioner to Dhaka David Ashley were also present.Mark, who had been on a three-day visit in Myanmar before coming to the Bangladesh, said Myanmar de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi assured him of taking back all the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.”All forms of violence in Myanmar must be stopped and the government must allow humanitarian access in Rakhine state and it will have to urgently implement the recommendations of Kofi Anan Commission.” he said.”In my view, these three options will help end the violence and allow Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists and other community members to live alongside each other peacefully,” the UK minister said adding that their country is encouraging Myanmar to take immediate action to end the problem.”Suu Kyi is in a difficult situation and she has no control over the military, and military is constitutionally more powerful there. However, in a meeting with me yesterday (Wednesday) she assured that she wants all refugees to return to Myanmar,” he said.Mark said Suu Kyi is trying to find the ‘fine line’ between international pressure and domestic compulsion.If Suu Kyi fails to act in Myanmar, he warned that then the military will control everything and the situation would be the worst.Describing the Rohingya crisis as a complex one, he called upon the people of Bangladesh to have patience to get a solution to it. “Strong diplomatic efforts are on behind the scene to solve the crisis.”Mark said Rohingya issue is now not a localised one and their country’s is making efforts to utilise all diplomatic means to have a solution to it.He said their country will continue its efforts to highlight the issue at the United Nations and all other international forums to resolve it.The minister said the UK is playing a leading role in pursing international community to respond to what is happening in Myanmar and here.He thinks Myanmar security forces over reacted to the terror attack on them on 24 August. “They (security forces) have failed to keep people of Rakhine state safe.”Mark condoled the death of three Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers in Mali and recalled the contributions of the country to the UN peacekeeping mission.Alistair Burt thanked Bangladesh for giving shelter to Myanmar’s displaced people and providing them with humanitarian assistance. “We’re deeply concerned over what has been taking place in Rakhine state and the consequence people here are facing over the few weeks…we really appreciate what the people of Bangladesh and its government are being able to do for the refugees.”He said alongside continuing strong diplomatic efforts to have a solution to the problem, the UK has provided 5.9 million pound to support displaced Rohingyas.The minister said he had meetings with government officials and humanitarian agencies here to find what further is needed to ensure humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees.last_img read more

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Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Fuel cells are of course, a means for generating electricity by pushing compressed hydrogen though a membrane and mixing it with oxygen in the air. The only other output is water. It’s a technology that has been widely proposed as an alternative means for powering cars and trucks, but thus far, has not caught on to the extent that some had hoped.In these latest patent filings, Apple is proposing a fuel cell that can be integrated directly into a portable device, rather than, as other’s have proposed, a means of charging it. Thus, the device would never need recharging at all, instead it would need a have its recyclable fuel cartridges refilled. The patent diagrams also show that the design for such a system that would also employ a small rechargeable a battery that would be charged by the fuel cell, but could also send a charge back to run the fuel cell. Such a system could in theory run for days, or even weeks before having to replace the fuel cartridge.One of the major stumbling blocks for implementation of widespread fuel cell technology is the lack of an infrastructure to support it. If Apple were to sell hydrogen fuel cell powered Macbooks, they would also have to develop a means for creating the fuel to fill the cartridges and for selling them through their Apple stores, which they likely are investigating as well.Not mentioned in the patent application is what Apple would do with the very small amount of water that the fuel cell would produce. Cleary simply pumping it out the bottom of a Macbook wouldn’t work, and storing it would add weight. They might also be working on a way to force it to evaporate, but that might be subject to environmental humidity levels. In any case, it’s clear that Apple understands the hurdles it faces as was also noted in the patent applications by the authors discussing how it is “extremely challenging” to figure out a way to create a hydrogen fuel cell system that would be both portable and in the end, cheap enough that the resulting device would still be price competitive. Thus, a fuel cell based Macbook likely is still a ways off into the future. An image from the second patent. Explore further Hydrogen-fueled cars stuck at the gate (PhysOrg.com) — In a move that demonstrates Apple’s determination to create an ever lighter Macbook that is also more environmentally friendly, the company has applied for two different patents that describe ways to use a fuel cell to power a portable computing device, which could of course also include devices like an iPad. In the patent applications, Apple also took the unusual step of adding some bit of political discourse to underscore its motivations in trying to build portable computing devices that are not reliant on fossil fuels. More information: Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing DeviceFuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Devicevia AppleInsider Citation: Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing devices (2011, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-apple-fuel-cell-patents-portable.html 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.last_img read more

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Broussard and Mcintyre debate what LeBron needs to do become a Laker

first_imgFS1 NBA Insider Chris Broussard and Big Lead Jason McIntyre are in for Colin and talking what LeBron needs to do in L.A. to be considered a Laker legend, if Carmelo can suck up his pride and fit in with the Rockets, and the next star to pull a Kawhi and demand a trade, and how MLB can learn from the NBA.Former NFL Defensive MVP and Super Bowl Champion James Harrison stops by to double down on his comments that the Patriots coaching is better than the Steelers and talk NFL. Thunder Analyst and NBA champion Antonio Daniels on how the Spurs will adjust without Kawhi and Melo’s next move.last_img read more

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Billionaire Investor Draper Leads 42 Million Funding in Blockchain Startup

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Texas-based Factom Inc., a blockchain technology company that secures data, said on Wednesday it has raised $4.2 million in financing from a slew of global investors led by billionaire investor Tim Draper.Blockchain technology powers the digital currency bitcoin and enables data-sharing across a network of individual computers. It has gained worldwide popularity due to its perceived usefulness in recording and keeping track of assets across practically all industries.Factom Apollo and Factom Iris are products built on the company’s open source. They have developed ways to use the blockchain to keep records and identities more secure.”Blockchains first pushed the boundaries of computer science with the simple yet revolutionary ability to trade digital value openly,” said Paul Snow, chief architect and co-founder of Factom in a statement.”Now we are pushing the limits of computer science in a second revolution. The Factom protocol allows for the open coordination of processes against immutable ledgers of data. It will have the same kind of impact on data and systems as the first revolution had on value.”Draper said data security is a key issue among governments, banks, car companies, credit card companies, retailers and any organization concerned about hacking.”By decentralizing data through the blockchain, Factom avoids critical failures due to user error or hacker,” he added.Draper has been one of the earliest backers of bitcoin companies.Other investors in the funding round included BnkToTheFuture, a global online investment platform focused on financial innovation and technology.China-based Fenbushi Corporation and Fenbushi Investment Fund also invested in Factom. The group runs a venture capital firm that exclusively invests in blockchain-enabled companies.(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by David Gregorio) This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 6, 2016 Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

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Acapulco bar shooting leaves one dead six injured

first_imgAcapulco, Guerrero — One person had died and six more injured after an altercation at an Acapulco nightclub turned deadly.The bar incident happened at the city’s Baby Lobster bar, which according to authorities, began with a fight. The altercation inside the nightclub in the middle of the tourist strip of Acapulco left a Chilean tourist dead and six others injured, including a 17-year-old minor and another Chilean tourist.The official report says that the incident occurred at 4:10 a.m. inside the Baby Lobster bar, which is located in the tourist area of La Condesa, an area filled with nightclubs and restaurants.Guerrero Security spokesman Roberto Álvarez Heredia said the report that was given by witnesses says that there was a fight inside the bar when one person took out a gun and fired.Álvarez Heredia said, “Inside the bar there was a fight between several people for no apparent reason, which caused a person to shoot with a weapon against people.”“The Secretary of Tourism of the State went to help injured people, relatives of the victims and gave notice to the Chilean Embassy in Mexico of the death of a citizen of Chilean origin,” he explained.State authorities gave a press conference where the Secretary of Health of Guerrero, Carlos de la Pena Pintos, said that one of the two Chilean tourists shot was taken to the Naval Hospital of Acapulco, and that he arrived with serious injuries, without vital signs and could not be revived.“He arrived at the hospital without vital signs, probably with an important intra-abdominal hemorrhage,” he said.The state official said that the second injured Chilean tourist was taken to the Donato G. Alarcón Hospital with two bullet wounds, one of which was to the chest, and that he was in serious condition.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)last_img read more

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Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound

first_imgTechnology | Ultrasound Imaging | January 03, 2017 Toshiba Medical Introduces Xario 200 Platinum Series Compact Ultrasound System delivers clinical utility of high-end ultrasound systems to a wide range of exams with SMI 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more January 3, 2017 — Toshiba Medical introduced the Xario 200 Platinum Series ultrasound system at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The Platinum Series combines the clinical benefits of high-end ultrasound technology with user-friendly features in a small footprint. The compact premium ultrasound system enhances workflow and patient care with intuitive user ergonomics and high-quality imaging for fast and confident diagnosis in a variety of radiology, obstetric and cardiovascular exams.The Xario 200 Platinum Series builds upon the Xario 200 platform and features Toshiba Medical’s advanced ultrasound technologies for depth and detail. This includes technologies like Precision Imaging, Differential Tissue Harmonics (D-THI) and Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF). The new system comes with the added visualization benefits of Toshiba’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), which provides superior visualization of low velocity microvascular flow. By enabling physicians to see the most clinical information possible, the Xario 200 Platinum Series allows for early, confident diagnoses that can help improve clinical outcomes. The system also offers enhanced performance and workflow features, including a customizable panel and touch command screen, and one-button optimization and clinical parameter setting with Toshiba Medical’s Quick Scan and Quick Start technologies.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Contentcenter_img 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more

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New Zealands national business events show celebrates 20 years

first_imgNew Zealand’s national business events show celebrates 20 yearsMore than 800 top business event organisers meet in Auckland next week for the 20th CINZ MEETINGS, New Zealand’s only national business events trade show.This year’s CINZ MEETINGS brings together hundreds of influential business event professionals from New Zealand, Australia, South and South-East Asia, China and North America to sign business at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 15 and 16 June.Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Chief Executive Sue Sullivan saysMEETINGS is the ultimate annual event for conference, meeting, incentive and event managers.“We attract everyone from high-end incentive travel organisers looking for bespoke luxury, to corporate professionals planning company events, and large international associations organising multi-day conferences.“MEETINGS gives event organisers the chance to do a year’s worth of business in two days, all under one roof. We are showcasing the latest trends in food, travel, design, technology, and entertainment, and treating them to an authentic taste of New Zealand hospitality – our Manaakitanga.”Over the two days and three nights local and international travel and tourism buyers will hold more than 6,000 meetings with over 190 exhibitors from 19 regions. Last year more than $50 million worth of business was contracted at the event.This weekend 100 Australian event organisers and media flown here by Air New Zealand will tour their choice of eight different regions – Hamilton and Waikato, Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin – before meeting in Auckland for a day tour of the host city with Auckland Convention Bureau.“This face to face time, experience and networking is at the crux of our industry. MEETINGS is much more than an exhibition, we give them a total Kiwi experience from the moment they arrive,” Sue Sullivan says.MEETINGS kicks off with a 20th anniversary welcome function at The Langham hotel on 14 June, and the social programme includes events hosted by Auckland Convention Bureau, and a spectacular finale dinner for 650 at Vodafone Events Centre.Source = CINZlast_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineElmar Geulen, famous for breaking every speed record on his motorcycle under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”, has been named as a new brand ambassador for Hanhart. He already has his next target in his sights: in early September, he will attempt to set a new world speed record for road-licensed motorcycles of over 350 km/h.Thanks to its legendary chronographs and its global standing as the leading manufacturer of stopwatches, Hanhart is an undisputed specialist in making accurate time measurements. This is what makes the Swiss-German watch brand the perfect partner for a man who had broken every speed record on his motorcycle: Elmar Geulen – better known under the pseudonym of “Mr. Hayabusa”– is therefore the new brand ambassador for Hanhart.With his modified MAB Turbo Hayabusa, which is the only one of its kind in the world and which has a power output of 400 HP, Geulen shattered every speed record: from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, from 0-200 km/h in 6.3 seconds, and from 0-300 km/h in just 13.1 seconds. In 2002, he set a very special world speed record: zooming along at 281.2 km/h, he pulled the extreme inline skater Jürgen Köhler along a runway. In April 2011, in an attempt to beat this record in a new and inventive way, Jürgen Köhler strapped two ice blocks onto the soles of his shoes instead of inline skates. Over a 1,200-metre stretch, with his partner in tow, Elmar Geulen reached a peak speed of 209.16 km/h on the soaked asphalt of an airport runway – this was the fastest any man had ever moved on ice!He is set to push himself to new limits on 5 and 6 September. At the Groß Dölln driving centre, where the runways and taxiways of a former major airport have been transformed into facilities for training, demonstrations and racing, “Mr. Hayabusa” aims to set a new world record for road-licensed motorcycles by exceeding speeds of 350 km/h – and with Hanhart exclusively represented in the form of the watch on his wrist.Elmar Geulen (53) began his career as a motocross rider in 1976 – and by 1982 he had won the title of German amateur motocross champion four times. In 1983 he decided to move into road racing, and within a year he had made the leap from “B licence” rider to gaining an international A/I license and was making successful debuts in the most spectacular races in the world: the German Superbike Championship, the 500cc Grand Prix, the Macau Grand Prix, the Endurance World Championship, the Le Mans 24-hour race, the endurance races at Le Castellet and the Nürburgring, the legendary Isle of Man TT race (which he has started 12 times) and much more.In 1993 he switched to the Supermoto class before moving on to the newly formed Powerbike class for 1300cc motorcycles in 1999. When the Suzuki Hayabusa – the world’s fastest mass-produced motorcycle – came onto the market, Elmar Geulen found the perfect vehicle for Powerbike racing. With this bike, he became the undefeated world champion over a period stretching from 2002 to 2008. As the only rider to achieve success in international motor racing with a modified Suzuki Hayabusa, the press nicknamed him “Mr. Hayabusa”.www.hanhart.comlast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Reese Witherspoon Shonda Rhimes

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes and Jennifer Aniston are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition called Time’s Up.The initiative (www.timesupnow.com ) was launched Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond, from janitors to health care workers. Time’s Up will include a legal defence fund and will advocate for legislation combatting workplace harassment.Time’s Up also is backing the movement for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony.Donators to Time’s Up defence fund range from Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift to J.J. Abrams and Viola Davis.Dozens of men have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey. Witherspoon, Rhimes among founders of anti-harassment group by The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2018 11:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Two men arrested after found with Byzantine coins

first_imgTwo men, 25 and 26, were remanded on Saturday for six days after Byzantine era coins and ancient artefacts were found in their possession.The two men were arrested on Friday evening after passersby called the police when the two started arguing and hitting each other in Neapolis in Limassol.Police found Byzantine era coins and other ancient artefacts in their possession for which they did not provide satisfactory explanations.The items found on them were delivered to the antiquities department. Five of them were recognised as antiquities, among them a Byzantine medieval era buckle and a number of Byzantine coins, the possession of which is illegal.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPolice seek suspect who took pot-shots at motorcyclists, injuring twoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Noble Plan to cut taxes for Michigan residents advances

first_img A plan to cut taxes for Michigan families – an effort state Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville helps lead – has advanced through the state Legislature.The state House today approved bills to continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“We have a golden opportunity to give some taxpayer dollars back to the hard-working people of Michigan – an opportunity we can’t miss,” Noble said. “This money belongs to the people and they should be able to keep as much of it as possible, rather than having to send it to the government.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates into significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional relief for a family of four.The legislation also allows taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Senate Bills 748 and 750 also were given final approval by the Senate today, meaning they advance to the governor for his consideration.### 14Feb Rep. Noble: Plan to cut taxes for Michigan residents advances Categories: News,Noble Newslast_img read more

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Rep Frederick votes for needed boost for UP state economy

first_img State Rep. Ben Frederick today co-sponsored an advancing House resolution calling for Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.’s reinvestment into the Empire Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Frederick voted to approve the bipartisan legislation in the House Commerce and Trade Committee and later in a full House vote, stating that the time was now to bring mining back to the state.The Upper Peninsula facility halted operations in August 2016, which led to the loss of 300 jobs. The mine can resume operations at any time at the company’s behest, but its current shutdown has an annual negative economic impact on the region of nearly $200 million.“A big part of our state’s continued recovery is bringing jobs and industries that have been lost back to Michigan. Our state must again be a place which produces and builds things,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “Our precious natural resources and resource transport through our waterways bolsters the economy of the entire state, not just that of one Peninsula. This reality combined with exciting discussion on major manufacturing expansions in mid-Michigan reminds us that there is no better time for our mines to come alive in the state.”At an event in Marquette in February, Cleveland-Cliffs stated the company is considering an expansion of operations. Locations in Michigan and Minnesota were being considered. Manufacturers use steel produced from iron ore pellets that are made up of materials extracted from across the Marquette Iron Range and through enterprises like the Empire Mine.Copies of the approved resolution will be transmitted to the governor, Cleveland-Cliffs and several local boards and commissions in the region. 01May Rep. Frederick votes for needed boost for U.P., state economy Categories: Frederick News,Newslast_img read more

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Some Ballot Initiatives on Nonprofit Issues and Priorities for Election Day

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesNovember 3, 2014; Washington PostThe Washington Post reports that there are 147 ballot measures to be voted on in 41 states today. Many are of significance to nonprofits—or they should be.Initiatives to raise the minimum wage are on the ballot in four states, and in a fifth state, Illinois, there is a non-binding ballot question. They don’t call for huge wage increases—for Alaska, up to $8.75/hour in 2015 and then to $9.75 in 2016; in Arkansas, to a measly $7.50 in 2015, $8.00 in 2016, and $8.50 in 2017; in Nebraska, to $8.00/hour in 2015 and $9.00 in 2016; and in South Dakota, $8.50/hour by next year. Illinoisans will be asked their opinion about a potential increase to $10.00/hour. It is difficult to imagine who might be voting to keep the minimum wage of Arkansas at $7.25/hour and what their rationales might be, but there are probably some who hold an arcane view of income and families and how people survive on extraordinarily low minimum wage incomes. In a related vein, Massachusetts voters will be able to decide about paid sick leave, a policy so far only approved in two other states: Connecticut and California.Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have already decriminalized the use of marijuana, but all three have ballot initiatives today that would actually legalize the use of specific amounts of marijuana beyond medical purposes. ABC News reports that the inimitable Snoop Dogg has promised to hold a “wellness retreat concert” in Alaska if the initiative passes there.Abortion rights issues generally make it to ballots in a number of states, but in Colorado and South Dakota, the initiatives would establish when life starts—the so-called “personhood” issue. South Dakota’s initiative defines life as starting at the beginning of conception, from which point there would be an “unalienable right to life” at every stage of the development of the fetus. Colorado would modify the state criminal code to include unborn human beings in addition to “person” and “child” in the state statutes. Falling far short of personhood questions, Illinois voters will be asked in a non-binding vote whether contraceptive coverage should be covered under health insurance plans’ prescription drug policies.Marijuana, minimum wage, and “personhood” initiatives get a lot of the ballot initiative commentary, but less publicized but equally important are initiatives dealing with taxes, getting voters to weigh in on how much government they both want and are willing to pay for from their taxes. According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, “Many of the 16 tax-related initiatives seem designed more to generate voter turnout (on both on the left and the right) than to influence tax policy.” However, the Monitor article notes that these initiatives could have an effect on legislative decisions in the future. Among the particularly interesting ones are a proposed two percent margin tax in Nevada on businesses with over $1m in total revenue; in Tennessee, a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a broad-based income tax over the state’s current structure of taxing only interest and dividends; a three percent surtax on incomes over $1m to support schools in Illinois; and in Oregon and Alaska, the marijuana ballot initiatives including language about taxing legalized weed.Don’t forget any number of significant local ballot initiatives: paid sick leave for workers in Trenton, New Jersey; a special tax in Berkeley, California to fund parks, pathways, and street trees; anti-fracking measures in three California counties and four Ohio towns; an anti-speculation tax promoted by the San Francisco Tenants Union; and two competing early childhood education measures in Seattle.There should be a nonprofit imperative at the ballot box that goes beyond voting for candidates, but voting on issues. Whether ballot initiatives are deemed appropriate or overused and constraining, they cannot be ignored on November 4th.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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