The timeline of how delays led to a court case being tossed

first_imgVANCOUVER – A timeline of the delays in one case that led a B.C. Supreme Court judge to decide it should be thrown out:Jan. 15, 2012: Police find a marijuana grow-op while searching a home in Chilliwack.May 11, 2012: A man is charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.July 5, 2012: The accused attends court for the first of seven appearances, all before December, six of which the judge says are the defendant’s fault as he looks for a lawyer.September 2013: The man’s lawyer withdraws from the case and the original date for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 25 is pushed back by a year to Nov. 3, 2014.Nov. 3, 2014: The preliminary hearing is held. A trial date is set for four days, beginning Nov. 23, 2015.November 2015: The case is delayed for three months because a witness is unavailable after the death of a family member. The Crown and defence agree there is a need to resolve whether the accused’s charter rights were breached before the trial can proceed.Feb. 15-17, 2016: The charter application is heard and dismissed. The court schedules three days for a trial, starting Oct. 31, 2016. The accused fires his lawyer, pushing the trial dates back to May 16, 2017.May 16, 2017: The trial proceeds.May 23, 2017: The judge finds the man guilty on both counts.June 5, 2017: The man applies for a stay of proceedings because of unreasonable delay, citing the Jordan ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.June 9, 2017: Justice William Grist of the B.C. Supreme Court grants the man a stay of proceedings, blaming 38 of the more than 60 months of delay on complacency in the court system.last_img read more

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Trudeau worried China could target imports of other Canadian products

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s worried China could block imports of other Canadian products — in addition to its recent rejection of canola shipments.Speaking to reporters Thursday in France, Trudeau says he will see if it’s appropriate to have a conversation directly with China’s President Xi Jinping about a number of bilateral difficulties later this month at the G20 summit in Japan.Relations between Canada and China have deteriorated since the December arrest in Vancouver of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.China was outraged by Meng’s arrest and has since detained two Canadians on allegations of espionage and sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related convictions. Chinese authorities have also blocked imports of Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in shipments, and increased their inspections of pork.New data released Thursday from Statistics Canada show that exports of canola fell 14.7 per cent in April after China started turning away Canadian canola seed.“When it comes to China, obviously, our top concern is the release of Canadians who are detained in an arbitrary way by the Chinese for political reasons,” Trudeau said in French from Normandy, where he marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day.“We are also concerned by their actions on canola and the potential of other actions on other products. We will see if it’s appropriate or desirable to have a conversation directly with the Chinese president.”The federal government says it has tried unsuccessfully to send its inspectors to China to examine Chinese evidence of pests in the canola shipments. Canada has also been unable to schedule high-level engagements on the matter despite multiple efforts.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told a parliamentary committee later Thursday that Canadian scientists finally had a conversation Wednesday night with Chinese officials about their canola concerns. Bibeau said she was encouraged by the discussion, which she said might have reactivated the file.The Canadian Press read more

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European lawmakers threaten to scupper Canada trade deal

BRUSSELS — EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.The agreement with Canada, a draft of which was seen by Reuters, could increase bilateral trade by one fifth to 26 billion euros ($34 billion).But European consumer and environmental groups say a mechanism in the accord would allow multinationals to bully the EU’s 28 governments into doing their bidding regardless of environmental, labor and food laws and would set a bad precedent for the planned EU-U.S. trade pact.The European Parliament must ratify both the Canada and the U.S. pacts. Since elections in May, the rise of nationalist, Eurosceptic parties in the legislature, many of them opposed to globalization, have complicated the EU’s free-trade ambitions.“The Greens will fight hard to get a majority in the parliament against (the EU-Canada deal),” said Claude Turmes of the Green group, echoing concerns from others in the European Parliament, including the Socialist bloc.Tiziana Beghin, an EU lawmaker from Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement who sits on the parliament’s influential trade committee, called the EU-Canada deal an “affront to democracy”. “Giving corporations the right to sue governments for loss of anticipated profit would be ridiculous if it were not so dangerous,” she told Reuters.According to the draft accord, the chapter on “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” (ISDS) allows companies to sue either an EU country or Canada in a special court if they think their trade interests have been damaged.Some member states, including Germany, the EU’s biggest economy, have also expressed opposition to the ISDS.Canada and the European Commission deny accusations that the ISDS mechanism will give multinationals too much power. They say dispute settlement has been an important part of trade deals since the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago. Some in business consider it an insurance policy against the impact of laws on their profits or against expropriation.NEGATIVE SIGNALIn the European Parliament, it is not yet clear whether there is enough opposition to block the EU-Canada deal, but the very fact such threats are being made indicates the change in tone from the previous, more business-friendly parliament.Together with the Socialists’ 191 members, the political groups opposing the agreement could count on 341 votes, just 35 short of a majority.Passing the accord is likely to depend on centrist parties forming a grand coalition and much will depend on how the Socialists, who say they oppose the dispute mechanism, vote.In 2012 the EU Parliament flexed its muscles by rejecting an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which would have set global standards for enforcement of intellectual property rights.Blocking the Canada trade deal would send a very negative signal on the chances of the even more ambitious EU-U.S. accord, which if approved would encompass almost half of the global economy and about a third of world trade.“This issue is very important since the accord with Canada with the arbitration clause would foreshadow a deal with the United States,” said French far-right leader Marine Le Pen.Hostility to the dispute settlement panel has united those such as Le Pen, who see it as a threat to national sovereignty, and those worried about the implications for environmental law.Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout said the draft deal would “open the backdoor” for firms to kill off environmental legislation.The EU and Canada hope to sign the accord — officially known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) — at an Ottawa summit on Sept. 25-26, officials said. It must still be ratified by both the EU and Canadian parliaments.© Thomson Reuters 2-14 read more

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Caldwell Investment to pay 18 million penalty for breaking rules OSC

The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission says Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. has agreed to pay a $1.8-million administrative penalty for executing most of its clients’ trades through an affiliated company rather than making reasonable efforts to find the best alternative.The financial regulator says the Toronto-based investment firm has also agreed to pay a further $250,000 towards the cost of the OSC’s investigation.The OSC says Caldwell failed to comply with the best execution obligation rule, which requires dealers and advisers to execute trades for clients on the most advantageous terms reasonably available under the circumstances.The regulator adds that in settling the matter, the company admits that between January 2013 and November 2016 it directed most of its client trades through its own related investment dealer Caldwell Securities Ltd., when many unaffiliated dealers offered better commission rates and spreads.The OSC also says Caldwell admits that it had “inadequate policies and procedures” relating to best execution, made “misleading” statements in annual information forms for two mutual funds and provided “insufficient and inaccurate information” to the independent review committee for these two funds.It added that Caldwell has agreed to other terms and conditions, including paying for an independent consultant, approved by OSC staff, to review and test the company’s new procedures.“CIM’s failure to develop, document and enforce clear policies and procedures for best execution led to self-interest dictating how client orders were handled,” said Jeff Kehoe, the OSC’s director of the enforcement branch at the OSC in a news release. “These are serious lapses in oversight that will not be tolerated.” read more

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North American markets split as fiscal cliff looms commodities mostly higher

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 5:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American markets split as fiscal cliff looms, commodities mostly higher TORONTO – North American markets diverged on Monday as the Toronto Stock Exchange moved lower on widespread weakness across major sectors while Wall Street got a boost on encouraging signs from talks to resolve the “fiscal cliff” stalemate in Washington.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 15.37 points to close at 12,281.35, while the TSX Venture Exchange inched ahead 1.37 points to 1,184.99.The Canadian dollar was up 0.29 of a cent to 101.66 cents US.TSX energy stocks were down 0.2 per cent as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 47 cents to close at US$87.20 a barrel.March copper declined 1.7 cents to US$3.67 a pound while February gold bullion lifted $1.20 to US$1,698.20 an ounce.House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reportedly told President Barack Obama on the weekend that he could be flexible on raising taxes on some wealthy earners in exchange for cuts to benefit programs cherished by Democrats. The speaker and the president met at the White House on Monday to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 100.38 points to end at 13,235.39 and the Nasdaq rose 39.27 points to 3,010.60. The S&P 500 index was up 16.78 points at 1,430.36.If congressional Republicans and the White House can’t reach a deal by Jan. 1, tax cuts enacted a decade ago for all Americans will expire and government programs will be cut across the board. The combination could lead to a U.S. recession that could spread to other economies of the world.“Any possibility of a resolution probably gives you a little green. If somebody comes up and says, ‘We haven’t really progressed much,’ we’ll see it going the other way,” said Adrian Mastracci, the portfolio manager of KCM Wealth Management in Vancouver.“As far as investing goes, we have to get past that.”Meanwhile, a survey of top U.S. business economists released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics showed that most believe that modest growth will be ongoing in 2013, led by rising demand for housing.Based on the survey, NABE sees economic growth of 2.1 per cent after 2.2 per cent growth in 2012.In Canada, the real-estate industry’s main association released a revised forecast for 2012 housing resales. The Canadian Real Estate Association now projects 456,300 units will be sold in 2012, half a percentage point below last year’s level. The Canadian national average home price is projected to rise by 0.3 per cent to $363,900 in 2012, down from CREA’s September forecast of $365,000, up 0.6 per cent.In corporate developments, copper miner Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) says it has yet to receive the increased $5.1-billion takeover bid that was announced by First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) on Sunday. Inmet is urging shareholders to withhold taking action until it can evaluate the details. Inmet shares rose four per cent to $72.85.TSX financial stocks dropped 0.5 per cent.Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) said it has agreed to sell its U.S. annuity unit and certain life insurance businesses for US$1.35 billion to Delaware Life Holdings, a company owned by shareholders of Guggenheim Partners. Sun Life shares dropped $1.09 to $26.74.Shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) were down after the company said its new BlackBerry 10 operating system is undergoing a invitation-only user testing at 120 select government and private-sector customers across various industries. The company’s stock was down 22 cents to $13.66. read more

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Security Council condemns terrorist attack at Chinese train station in the strongest

In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body extended its deepest sympathy and condolence to the victims and their families suffering as a result of this “most heinous” terrorist attack, as well as to the people and the Government of China. According to media reports, some 29 people were killed and at least 130 wounded after a group of attackers, dressed in black, burst into the train station in the south-west Chinese city and began stabbing people at random. “The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this terrorist attack to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant governments in this regard,” said today’s statement. read more

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Inclusive rural transformation requires investment it will not happen automatically – UN

“The Rural Development Report marks a change in perspective,” the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, said in a news release on the launch of the report. “It places the rural sector into the bigger picture of the country’s development. It demonstrates the need for a far more comprehensive and holistic approach to the economy to ensure prosperity for millions of rural people,” Mr. Nwanze added. “It reinforces IFAD’s view, based on 40 years of experience, that investing in agricultural and rural development means investing in the whole economy.” IFAD describes the Rural Development Report 2016, it flagship publication, as a rallying call to policy-makers and development practitioners to win the global war against poverty, bringing together leading thinkers to analyse the experiences of rural development in over 60 developing countries. This year’s report is set in the context of a rapidly changing world, with growing demand for food, increased migration to cities and the impact of climate change and environmental degradation. “Rural transformation is not automatic. It is a choice,” Mr. Nwanze said. “The choices made by governments and development practitioners have an enormous impact on the lives of people and nations.” The 2016 report states that the focus on rural and agricultural development is critical because the incomes of 2.5 billion people worldwide still depend directly on rural small farms which produce 80 per cent of food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes that policies need to be inclusive and must bring poor, and often marginalized, rural people into the economic mainstream so that rural development is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable – furthermore, it notes that this the only way to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and eliminate extreme poverty and hunger. “The findings are a wake-up call to everyone who cares about the plight of the poorest children, women and men on our planet,” Mr. Nwanze said. “Every person, every government and every organization engaged in the battle against poverty should read it and act on its findings.”Rural Development Report 2016: What’s it about?. Credit: IFADTV In September 2015, world leaders agreed on a new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda, to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty. IFAD, in the report, stresses that to achieve that vision, rural development is crucial, because in spite of the impressive gains in poverty reduction in recent years, rural populations still make up three quarters of the world’s poorest and hungriest people. The report specifically looks at the impact of structural transformation – the reallocation of economic activity beyond agriculture to include manufacturing and services – and rural transformation (the diversification of rural incomes and gains in agricultural productivity) on poverty reduction. Some of the report’s findings include: The majority of countries that have sustained a rapid transition out of poverty diversified their economies and advanced their agricultural sectors. Creating rural jobs is now just as important as spurring growth. Rural transformation is an integral part of a country’s economic development. Agriculture remains vital for economic development regardless of the stage of structural transformation. Leaders need to expand and deepen the agriculture-based rural economy with investments in developing modern agro-industries. The availability of finance and financial services is critical to the long-lasting transformation of rural livelihoods, yet 2 billion people globally have no access to regulated financial services and 73 per cent of poor people do not have bank accounts. Some of the report’s regional findings include: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay reduced rural income inequality, even as it increased in most Central American countries partly due to targeted government cash transfers. In China, India, the Philippines and Viet Nam, land reform, basic investments in rural areas and other sectoral policies have been decisive factors in rural transformation. Most African countries continue to wrestle with a growing youth population, small and declining manufacturing sectors, and deeply entrenched development barriers. Recent increases in agricultural productivity came not from advancing technology, but from bringing more land under cultivation. In the Near East & North Africa sub-region (NENA), rural transformation pathways have been adversely affected by instability and fragility. This has been compounded by structural issues related to scarcity of water and the youth bulge. read more

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ESPerience safer driving with Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch Ltd has launched ESPerience, a dealer training programme that will raise the awareness of its Electronic Stability control Programme (ESP) and take the message of its safety benefits to more drivers.ESP is an active safety system that intervenes on the driver’s behalf to prevent skidding. Sensors that measure steering wheel angle and vehicle yaw rate are used to determine understeer or oversteer. Where either is detected, ESP reacts instantly, improving stability by reducing engine power and braking individual wheels if required.The system is already fitted to one in five new cars sold in the UK. But although research reveals that 34 per cent more drivers stayed in control of their vehicle when fitted with ESP1 few motorists are aware of how it works or its safety benefits. According to Bosch research just one per cent of drivers spontaneously identify ESP as an active safety system. However, after explanation of its benefits, more than two thirds said they would consider specifying ESP when next buying a car.David Fulker, Bosch UK marketing manager for chassis systems said, ‘ESPerience is one of the largest road safety commitments of its kind undertaken by an automotive components supplier in Europe. Our research shows that 97 per cent of the British public expects manufacturers, and in particular, their dealer sales staff, to inform them of the safety options available on new vehicles. It is these salespeople who have the ability to convince a buyer to purchase ESP and to fully inform them how it can be of benefit. ESPerience will show them how.’The half-day training is initially aimed at improving dealers’ understanding of ESP. On offer at most major race circuits in the UK, the programme explains how it works before the benefits are demonstrated in a series of eye-opening tests. ESPerience will be offered to manufacturer dealer networks from early 2005 before being made available to the wider motoring public. Full details of the Bosch ESPerience programme can be found at: www.bosch-esperience.com Or contact boschesp@automotivepr.com1. University of Iwoa study, based on driver tests using the simulator of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and presented on 8 March 2004 at the SAE World Congrress in Detroit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State squanders lead Nebraska wins 5857 in Columbus

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate looks to the basket after a shot attempt against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 58-57. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNothing was pretty about the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Buckeyes walked away from the Schottenstein Center with yet another conference loss, this time losing 58-57.“We weren’t as dialed in as we needed to be,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “There’s certain times when … the game is ongoing. You don’t get to talk about plays that are coming up and we didn’t do what we needed to do or what we wanted to do down the stretch there.”OSU (15-13, 5-10) failed to lock down on defense on Nebraska senior guard Tai Webster, and struggled to produce points of its own. Webster picked up 17 points, and was a constant threat from the floor, going 7 for 12. Nebraska forward Glynn Watson Jr. picked up 14 points.Nebraska coach Tim Miles brought a light mood after the game, saying he wanted to go straight to questions rather than make an opening statement. He, like everyone else, was perplexed by what had just transpired.“I can’t explain it,” Miles said with a laugh.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson started the game for OSU instead of sophomore JaQuan Lyle, but Jackson struggled mightily. He finished the game with four turnovers, and just six points.The Buckeyes gained their largest lead with seven minutes left in the first, as Tate dropped in a layup to give OSU a 22-11 lead. On four different occasions in the opening half, the Scarlet and Gray had a lead of 11.As the clock wound down in the first, OSU regained possession of the ball after a missed shot was batted in the air by redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and found its way into the hands of redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although the Buckeyes were given a golden opportunity to increase their 30-24 lead right before the break, OSU struggled to formulate a play and was forced to call a timeout.After failing an alley-oop attempt as the clock struck zero, Lyle was visibly upset, clapping his hands hard together as both teams headed to the locker rooms.OSU increased its lead to 11 on a jumper from Jackson and a 3-pointer from senior Marc Loving coming out of halftime. Nebraska started to reel the Buckeyes back in with back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and Webster.Webster dropped a dime as he was falling to Nebraska sophomore forward Ed Morrow for a slam, and junior forward Nick Fuller dropped in a layup before Morrow hit another shot to cut the OSU lead down to three.Nebraska continuously fought back all game, which is nothing new according to Miles.“We’ve had resolve all year,” he said. “We’ve come from behind in wins. We’ve hung around in losses.”The Buckeyes turned the ball over, and sophomore forward Jack McVeigh of Nebraska nailed a 3 to tie the game at 43 with 8:45 left. A putback layup by Thompson off a fastbreak by Jackson gave OSU a four-point lead and reenergized the crowd with six minutes remaining.Down the stretch and throughout the game, OSU could not find the range from deep. What OSU lacked in accuracy from deep, Nebraska lacked from the charity stripe. Nebraska hit just 4 of 9 attempts from the free throw line, while the Buckeyes made 5 of 17 attempts from deep.Tate made an acrobatic putback layup with four minutes left to give OSU a five-point lead. Nebraska clawed back to within two, but a traveling violation by the Cornhuskers and a deep 3-pointer from Loving appeared to put the game away.McVeigh nailed a 3-pointer, however, and a jump ball gave the Cornhuskers the ball once again. Watson hit a layup and was fouled, and knocked down his free throw to give Nebraska its first and only lead of the game.Tate received the inbounds pass, but was confused where to pass the ball, and settled for an off-balanced shot, which he missed. OSU led for the entire game, except for 11 seconds.“We gotta be smarter,” Tate said following the game. “We beat ourselves tonight, and we deserved it.”Thompson, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the game, was nearly silent, offering little in terms of any kind of response too media questions.OSU returns to the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23 to take on Wisconsin. Last time the two teams met, the Buckeyes were dominated 89-66 in Madison.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

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Hellenes unite in Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It wasn’t just Greek Australians that graced Musgrave Park in Brisbane last weekend, but all Australians from a plethora of nationalities to take part in the two-day Greek festival, the Brisbane Paniyiri. The festival keeps going from strength to strength every year, and this year was no exception, attracting not only strong crowds all weekend but politicians too. The Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman opened the festival and was eager to chat with locals and stall holders at the event. So was former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd – a Queensland local. Also in attendance was the Honorary Consul of Greece in Queensland, Jim Raptis, all weekend. The Brisbane Paniyiri is a festival that combines Greek culture and traditions and fuses them with the wider Australian society, making it a truly multicultural event. The event isn’t just a two day extravaganza, but encompasses a wide cultural program that begins earlier in the week. Along with Queensland professors, interstate acts make the trip each year, with countless lectures, exhibitions and films giving audiences a sit down program to enjoy with the paniyiri. For the paniyiri staples, work began on Thursday and Friday as more than 50 stalls started to take shape. Early in the morning on Saturday, Edmonstone Street was closed off and the road took on some Greek colours. Surrounded by the St George Church, the Greek school and the Greek Club, the festival showed the best of the Greek community in Brisbane. More than 50,000 festival goers flooded the park to be treated to hours of dancing and music. The festival also makes the effort to include everyone with a record Zorba attempt. Hundreds joined forces, including many non-Greeks, to dance the famous Greek dance. Festival organiser Chris Kazonis says the non-Greeks were some of the most enthusiastic. “Up here you can play Zorba the Greek 50 times and 50 times they’ll dance,” he told Neos Kosmos. It wouldn’t be the Brisbane Paniyiri without the famous cooking demonstrations, and this year they had a celebrity drawcard. My Kitchen Rules’ Queensland contestants, Jake and Ellie, gave two personalised Greek masterclasses. Countless Brisbane chefs and foodies gave away some of their secrets to making the best Greek treats, while the St George philoptochos society made sure to teach traditional recipes just like your yiayia would make. Many giggled through the competitive honey puff and olive eating competitions. Speed was the key when faced with plates and plates of food. A new addition to the paniyiri this year was the 10 bouzouki drumline that amazed those at the main stage on Saturday, while chalk artist Amelia Batchelor created 3D masterpieces around the grounds, all inspired by Greek antiquity. As one of the best organised and biggest Greek festivals in the country, the Brisbane Paniyiri has rightly made a great name for itself. Many come from interstate just to be a part of it, while it attracts more non-Greeks than any other Greek state festival. In its 37th year, the festival still retains its main aim – to give the Greek community a taste of home – while expanding to accommodate the wider Australian community. A big congratulations to the organising committee, who have worked tirelessly on the festival for almost a year, and the acts that give their time for free each year.last_img read more

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Researchers Will Probe Euclid Dark Fields to Spot Universes Far Objects

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Euclid mission is studying three extremely dark patches of sky to explore two major cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.Researchers will probe each “Euclid Deep Field,” one in the Northern Hemisphere and two in the Southern Hemisphere, in order to find distant objects in the universe, said a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) press release. Expected to launch in 2022, the Euclid mission will survey a giant chunk of the sky and image billions of galaxies in the universe, so researchers could learn more about dark matter and dark energy, and how these phenomena play a role in many space events.Even though dark energy and dark matter could be difficult to detect, the Euclid Dark Energy Telescope will study them with two key methods. First, it will observe the evolution of how galaxies have banded together over the past 10 billion years. Secondly, it will look at galaxy images’ distortion, also known as gravitational lensing, due to an abundance of “ordinary matter” (including stars and planets), and dark matter that gets in the middle between these far away galaxies and Earth.The Euclid mission’s main objective is to study dark energy: Together, dark energy and dark matter make up approximately 95 percent of the universe, while ordinary matter only consists of roughly five percent of the universe. Dark matter, an invisible universe feature that fills up most large galaxies is strange, however, dark energy comes with a more mysterious vibe, since it’s the cause of the universe’s accelerating expansion. Approximately 10 percent of Euclid’s observing time will be allocated to the “Euclid Deep Fields,” and the largest part of the mission will be dedicated to the Euclid wide survey that covers more than one-third of the sky.These areas of the sky have been meticulously chosen for @EC_Euclid to peer deep into the universe’s history: https://t.co/AdGV565TqC pic.twitter.com/3fxEPm0Hby— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) June 12, 2019The Euclid Deep Field North overlaps with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s surveyed deep field. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, the Euclid Deep Field Fornax surrounds the Chandra Deep Field South, which has been observed by NASA’s Chandra, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatories, and the NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope.An image from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission shows the location of the Euclid wide field (blue) and deep fields (yellow). (Photo Credit: ESA / Gaia / DPAC; Euclid Consortium)“There is real power in multi-wavelength astronomy, in which you study the same area of the sky or the same objects with lots of different instruments that observe different wavelengths of light,” Jason Rhodes of JPL, who leads one of three NASA science groups working on Euclid, said in the press release.He added, “By selecting the Euclid Deep Fields now, we’re telling the world where this treasure trove of high-resolution imaging is going to be. In some cases, NASA observatories have already observed portions of the Euclid Deep Fields, and now other observatories on the ground or in space can do the same.”More on Geek.com:Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Scientists Spot Strange Table Salt Compound on Jupiter’s Europalast_img read more

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Mango Reef now in Turtle Cove

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jan 2015 – The Mango Reef, one of the islands most popular restaurants is reopening in a new location and this time it goes to Turtle Cove, more specifically, the marina. Mango Reef has been in its new home since late December, boasting of a busy Christmas season and right now preparing for an opening party from 6-8pm later today. “Well, the opening is just gonna be for Concierge to come and see what we are offering.”Mango Reef now occupies the former Tiki Hut. Lobster season open with huge hauls Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tiki Hut host Job Fair then Hurricane Relief fundraiser, Oct 27 Related Items:mango reef, moved, opened, tiki hut Butch not buying Alexandra Resort, Mango Reef leavinglast_img read more

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2017 Seafood Imports Set New Record

first_imgPhoto Credit: NOAAThe U.S. is looking to domestic aquaculture to help cut the nation’s trade deficit, as the country imported more seafood in 2017 than any previous year, according to the Associated Press.Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world, and most of this growth is offshore and overseas. Seafood imports are the second largest contributor to the U.S. trade deficit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Major aquaculture-exporting nations include China, India and Vietnam. U.S. aquaculture (both freshwater and marine) supplies about 5 percent of the U.S. seafood supply, and U.S. marine aquaculture supplies less than 1.5 percent.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in the industry are looking to support increased U.S. aquaculture farms as a way to close the gap, according to the Associated Press.last_img read more

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Gunfights kill 3 in Brahmanbaria Barguna

first_imgThree people were killed in two separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Brahmanbaria and Barguna districts early Monday. The law enforcement identified them pirates. In Brahmanbaria, two people were killed in a gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion in Majherchar of Patharghata upazila in Barguna, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are the members of notorious gang ‘Hasan Bahini’, said Hasan Al Rajib, wing commander of RAB-8.When a patrol team of RAB-8 chased a trawler in the Bhaleshwar river around 6:00am the gang members took shelter in Majherchar, he said.When the RAB members reached the spot, the pirates opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.After the gunfight, the elite force members recovered the bodies from the spot.In Brahmanbaria, a man was killed in a reported gunfight in Nabinagar of Brahmanbaria early today. Police identified him a pirate. The deceased is Javed Mia.Javed was arrested on Sunday night. Following his information the police conducted a raid to seize arms in the Haorbhanga bridge of Kaittala area, said Nabinagar police station officer-in-charge Aslam Shikder.As the police approached the bridge, Javed Mia’s collaborator bandits opened fire and in response the police also opened fire while Javed was killed.Aslam Shikder added that five police members were also injured.The law enforcement’s version of the events were, however, not verified independently as no version of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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German Official No Doubt Deadly Attack On Christmas Market Was Intentional

first_imgOdd Andersen/AFP/Getty ImagesA Christmas market in central Berlin is seen on Tuesday, a day after a truck smashed into the market, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more.A suspect is in custody a day after a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin killed 12 people and wounded 48 more, including some with severe injuries — but authorities are casting doubt on whether they have the right person.The suspect denies involvement, and police officials said at a press conference on Tuesday that they are not entirely certain the man in custody was the person driving the truck during the crash. Another man, found inside the truck with a gunshot wound, has died. There have been no further arrests, authorities said.On Twitter, the Berlin police said that because the “temporary arrested suspect” denied the charges, they are on particularly high alert.“Please also be alert,” they told Berlin residents.There is “no doubt” the crash on Monday was an intentional attack, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said at a press conference Tuesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel had previously said authorities “must assume” the attack was an act of terrorism.De Maiziere identified the detained suspect as a Pakistani asylum-seeker whose application for asylum had not been fully processed. He was “known to authorities” but not suspected of having any ties to terrorism, the interior minister said.The Associated Press reports that the suspect was arrested about a mile and a half from the crash site.Speaking earlier Tuesday, Merkel noted that the attack was still under investigation and that much was unknown, the AP reports. It adds:“But Merkel, who has been criticized for allowing in large numbers of migrants, addressed head-on the possibility that an asylum-seeker was responsible.” ‘I know that it would be particularly hard for us all to bear if it were confirmed that a person committed this act who asked for protection and asylum in Germany,’ Merkel said. ‘This would be particularly sickening for the many, many Germans who work to help refugees every day and for the many people who really need our help and are making an effort to integrate in our country.’ “Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesCandles left by mourners are reflected in Christmas balls on Tuesday, near the crime scene where a truck drove into a crowded Christmas market on Monday. At least a dozen people are dead, and nearly 50 injuredMerkel was expected to visit the site of the attack later on Tuesday.The victims of the attack included a Polish citizen found in the truck, who appeared to have been shot and died of his injuries, officials said; the weapon has not been found.The owner of a Polish trucking company told a German broadcaster he had identified the man to police as the truck’s original driver, and the first apparent victim of the attack, the AP reports.“His face was swollen and bloodied. It was really clear that he was fighting for his life,” trucking company owner Ariel Zurawski told TVN, according to an AP translation.As the Two-Way reported yesterday, last month, the U.S. State Department warned of a “heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.”Christmas markets like the one that was attacked are extremely popular in Germany, NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson explained Monday:“They start about four weeks before Christmas. You have to picture little huts, with all sorts of handicrafts, and they sell all kinds of foods and of course the very famous Glühwein, or mulled wine, which is the most popular drink that you would get there. It’s just a fun place for family and friends to get together.”De Maiziere said that the market in Berlin will be closed on Tuesday out of respect for the victims and their families, but that other Christmas markets in Germany will continue to operate as planned.Officials say security — already heightened at the markets — will be beefed up even more.The interior senator for the state of Berlin also said Tuesday that New Year’s celebrations in Berlin are going to continue as scheduled.This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Showcasing Bengals culture and heritage

first_imgLeather bags and boxes from Shantiniketan, straw mats from Midnapore, contemporary colourful terracotta jewellery from Kolkata besides Patachitra on T-shirts and sarees, intricate katha stitches on crepe are among the range of products.The fourth edition of the Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition organised by Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal government began from September 16 is scheduled to continue till September 30. “I have won national award for making this particular mat which is light and is completely foldable. It costs Rs 25,000 and I have bought it for the exhibit here. There are other pieces here also and its price depends on the finesse of the product,” says Tapas Jana, an expert in making mats who hails from Paschim Midnapore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jana’s mats are contemporary and stylish with a wide range of colours. They come in various sizes and quality and can be used as carpets too. The famous patachitra from Bengal is being implemented in unique styles on T-shirts, sarees, Duppattas and half shirts.Known for their colour themes and designs, Rahim Chitrakar family is quite popular in their village for this variation of the rural artform. “The art of Patachitra has been in my family from generations. Along with my wife I decided to divulge into implementing this style on apparels. We wanted to carry on the legacy but not on paper as a painting. Our starting price for a T-shirt is Rs 300 and for a saree it is around Rs 5000,” Chitrakar said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSold out on day one of the exhibition itself, Noorjahan Begum another national award winning craftswoman from Bengal’s Burdwan district is awed by demand by customers for her latest creation-Kantha Stitch on crepe sarees.“I have brought something new to the exhibition this time. Crepe sarees with Kantha stitch designs on them. It takes time to do these pieces as we cannot even use a frame to steady the design and have to do the stitch completely with a free hand,” Begum said.  Enjoying a scrumptious Bengali meal at the Bijoli grill outlet at Dilli Haat, visitors also have the option of buying contemporary colourful terracotta ornaments to Shantiniketan leather bags.Shantiniketan leather bags have always been a style statement for both the young and the old. This time around these bags are designed along with colourful zari cloth as well as Kantha Stitch which gives it a chic and exclusive look.“I am saving the Kantha stitch purse and bags for upcoming trade fair. For this exhibition I have got my zari collection. Barring the bags I have other products like leather containers, piggy banks etc,” Debabrati Halder said.last_img read more

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Think different makes Apple the worlds most valuable company crossing 1 Trillion

first_imgAfter a record high June quarter performance results in this year, it came as no surprise that today Apple greeted analysts’ expectations by crossing $1 Trillion in market capitalization to shareholders’ delights. What is surprising many is the resilience Apple’s showcasing amidst escalating US-China trade dispute and a highly volatile tech stock market. Apple has managed to achieve this remarkable feat by staying true to its brand values of thinking differently, questioning the norms and making great products that are useful and intuitive. It has made a sustained investment in not just product strategy and innovation, but also by optimizing its operations and supply chain, adapted to emerging trends while staying consistent and predictable to users and shareholders. What is even more interesting are the paths Apple has chosen to do differently from its other tech peers. no free products/services, Quality and security first, premium hardware balanced out by affordable software and services, no new product announcements on earnings call, providing a more pessimistic outlook to shareholders, and valuing user privacy at the cost of slower growth in areas like AI/ machine learning where products like Siri could have benefited from a more permissive data guidelines. CNBC Analyst, Cramer of Mad Money fame believes Apple is still selling quite cheap at $207 (with a PE of around 17%) when it has the potential to go north of $280 (with a PE near 30%). He thinks Apple should no longer be treated like a tech stock but like a consumer products company such as PepsiCo or a Colgate, that follow the razor-razor blade model. I am going to go out on a limb and say, Apple behaves neither like a pure tech nor like a fast moving consumer products company. Here is why. Why Apple is unlike other tech companies Tech stocks are typically growth stocks with a high level of volatility built into them. You either win big or go home, middle grounds are boring. Given the nature of tech, hype cycles are extremely short and so product releases are more frequent and new announcements made every quarter. This means tech companies must make a lot of investment in software research and development in a range of technologies, iterative tests, learning from user feedback, launches and further iterations to improve winners and decisions to kill off underperformers. In order to scale, they tend to offer free products and open source their popular tools. On the tools’ adoption by a critical mass of users, they then build an ecosystem where monetization opportunities like advertising, subscriptions etc can be leveraged. Apple, on the other hand, invests in hardware R&D, to build strong products and prices them high. And once users become captive to its ecosystems, it further extracts value from them through a plethora of services that are exclusively available only on its App Store. If we look at the FANGAM tech stocks, apart from Apple, everyone has placed their major bets on one of the other emerging technologies and almost everyone brings AI into their shareholder discussions. Microsoft and Amazon are going big on cloud, with Google playing catch up. Google, Facebook and Netflix are all about AI and machine learning, with Microsoft bringing up AI only in the context of the cloud and edge. Facebook is vocal about investing heavily in AR/ VR while others like Microsoft, Google and Apple are doing so quietly and cautiously. There was a time when Apple and Microsoft competed closely in the same spaces vying for the same markets, but off late they seem to have come to some kind of a mutual understanding. Microsoft has chosen to focus its efforts on the Enterprise customer while Apple has been ruling the consumer market. The above In its Q3 earnings call, Apple talks a lot about services, iPhone and wearables (clubbing in Siri here). And there is only a passing reference of AR and AI. Instead of talking about the tech, Apple chose to talk about ‘double digit growth’ repeatedly throughout the call and about how they honor their users’ privacy, how their business model is aligned with their customer’s long term benefits, and how they are investing in China’s clean energy Fund to reduce their supply chain footprint. To me that looks like a company, that know where it’s heading, how it is going to reach its goals and more important why shareholders should care. Apple is nothing like selling apples or cola for that matter Now coming to the consumer products analogy. Apple share a lot in come with consumer products companies in terms of how it manages its operations, logistics, supply chains and even its marketing and advertising spends and branding strategies. But the resemblance ends there. Consumer products are a high volume, high variety game. While wearables may behave this way to some extent, Apple does not produce 7 different colored AirPods for example. If we had to make a consumer product analogy, I would go for a car maker like Telsa that wows consumers with its right blend of technology, software, hardware, manufacturing finesse and design excellence. (without the falling stocks and controversies). Apple builds cutting edge ecosystems that have great functionality, aesthetics and make a statement; with hardware often as the gateway into that world. Recently though, services are proving to provide a sneak peek into Apple’s world for first time users. And that is a good thing for its hardware business too. Looking ahead To me the key challenges for Apple now in this next phase of growth are Should it decouple services from it’s hardware offerings to allow for higher services growth or should it keep it tightly knit to improve the plateauing hardware side? Protecting iPhone’s market share from the likes of Huawei, Samsung and Android Gearing up for a tough competition for AppleTV and also its streaming services Penetrating the self-driving car market Deciding whether to take others headon in the digital assistant market. If so, then making AI and cloud a larger priority for the business Mainstream adoption of wearOS and other wearables Disclaimer: The author does not own any Apple stocks or have investments in any allied tech and neither a longtime Apple user or advocate.last_img read more

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MBA Urges Alignment of Standards Clear RepWarranties Framework

first_img June 20, 2013 407 Views MBA Urges Alignment of Standards, Clear Rep/Warranties Framework Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-06-20 Tory Barringer A new concept paper from the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) calls for the alignment of underwriting standards and clear representations of warranties as a major step in secondary market reform.[IMAGE]The paper is the fourth in the group’s “”five-part series””:http://www.mbaa.org/Advocacy/Issues that lays out immediate steps the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the GSEs can take to “”ease the transition into a new secondary mortgage market regime.”” The final paper will be released in the coming weeks.In the paper, MBA suggests that FHFA set the parameters for acceptable underwriting criteria by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and then allow them to offer credit terms within that boundary. Both enterprises should also be [COLUMN_BREAK]required to synchronize their underwriting engines by the end of the year for all mortgage terms and products offered.””If we are to have a fully functioning secondary market that provides sustainable access to credit for qualified borrowers, then the development of transparent and consistent credit underwriting standards are of the utmost importance,”” said MBA chairman Debra W. Still, CMB. In addition, MBA calls for greater clarity in both of the GSEs’ representations and warranties framework. According to the association, the new framework should hold lenders responsible for the factors they control (origination and servicing practices, for example). It should also provide a clear definition for what constitutes a material underwriting breach and should require a causal link between that breach and the loan default.Finally, the paper calls for the establishment of a performance benchmark after which representations and warranties are extinguished.””Confusion and uncertainty around representations and warranties standards continues to cause lenders to add their own overlays to the existing GSE credit standards,”” said Bill Cosgrove, CMB, vice chairman for the association. “”As a result, lenders are only offering mortgages to those with the most pristine credit for fear that any borrower default will trigger costly repurchasing requests. This is a major contributor to the tight credit environment that is holding back the housing recovery.””center_img in Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

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LUANG PRABANG Laos – Villa Maly the scrupulously

first_imgLUANG PRABANG, Laos – Villa Maly, the scrupulously refurbished former residence of a Laotian prince and princess, opens Oct. 1 as the royal capital’s most discriminating new hotel.The 33-room boutique property is anchored by the 1938-built residence of Princess Khampieng and Prince Khamtan, a grandson of the 19th century’s King Zakarine. The residence is located in a neighborhood of garden homes that was once a royal enclave and today ranks as one of Luang Prabang’s most exclusive development zones.“The pulse of history beats firmly in this grand old residence,” said Eric Merlin, CEO of the hotel’s owner, the Apple Tree Group. “We’ve honored the provenance of this old home by calling in one of Indochina ’s foremost interior designers to creatively reinterpret Maly as a hotel that feels more like a residence.”To manage the transition, Eric Verschelden moved from Saigon to Luang Prabang for on-site development work that lasted more than a year. Around the anchoring historic home, now known as Plumeria (frangipani), he grouped six, additional buildings – each as intimate and comfortable as the annexes of a family compound.Like Verschelden’s favorite European hotels, each room will stand as an individual testament to continental aesthetics that reigned in the 1930s and 1940s. The style trades on a melding of familiar, classic lines and the panache of vibrant tropical colors and appeal.“Above all, we’ve strived for a singular, contemplative experience that aspires to great durability,” said Verschelden. “We’ve imagined Villa Maly as the place Hemingway would have stayed had he journeyed to Luang Prabang, or Marguerite Duras. We’ve got great literary ambitions.”At the entrance, a stylized jasmine lotus bloom serves as both a fountain and a harbinger of the profuse gardens cultivated about the compound. Each of the buildings are named for a flower — Plumeria, Lotus, Heliconia, Hibiscus, Passiflore, Gardenia, Amarante, Orchide.The royal family’s pool remains in its original location, imagined anew with alternating swaths of black and white mosaic tile and framed by an exquisite deck of tropical hardwood.Verschelden designed the furnishings for each of the rooms and sourced their construction at his own shop in Vietnam .“The idea was to create a hotel that defies labeling,” he said. “It’s not merely colonial, or merely art deco, or merely tropical Asian. It’s more distinctive, a place we hope our guests won’t confuse with any other place they’ve ever stayed.”The bathrooms’ walls and floors, surfaced in squares of black slate, provide a dramatic counterpoint to the softer tones of the rooms. The mouths of big bellied jars hold the sinks against boldly colored consoles for mirrors and fixtures.The hotel features four classes of rooms, with the 28 superior rooms and five deluxe rooms giving up views of either the pool or garden. The amenities cater to very sophisticated expectations. Flat screen TVs and WiFi connections are de rigueur in every room.Outside, Le Café sprawls across a commodious wooden terrace, shaded by a great awning, and features dishes rooted in both Laos and Europe . Le Bar is the hotel’s complement for beverages.In Plumeria, Le Salon features a range of beauty treatments, including pedicures, manicures and hair dressing.The hotel’s distinctive character merges effortlessly into this singular city and a country that the New York Times called out as the hottest travel destination for 2008. As the residence of a notable colonial era official, the hotel’s appeal extends beyond its exquisite aesthetics to the historical.The historic home, Plumeria, was built in 1938 for His Royal Highness Khamtan (1909-1968) and Princess Khampieng (1911 – 1994). The royal couple raised four children in the house while Khamtan served as prefect of the provinces of Vientiane , Luang Prabang and Sayabouri. He died in a plane crash; his wife lived in the house until her death.ABOUT THE APPLE TREE GROUPVilla Maly is owned and operated by the Apple Tree Group, a French-owned, Ho Chi Minh City-based company with interests in tourism and hospitality, real estate and construction and import and distribution all over Southeast Asia . Its hospitality properties also include La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue , Emeraude Classic Cruises on Halong Bay and the Press Club in Hanoi , as well as the Kamu Lodge on the Mekong River near Luang Prabang.For room reservations, contact Villa Maly at (85 6) 7 253 902 /3/4 or resa@villa-maly.comlast_img read more

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Rep Hughes legislation allows retired teachers to return to classroom

first_img05Mar Rep. Hughes legislation allows retired teachers to return to classroom Categories: Hughes News,News Tags: #SB center_img Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, allowing retired teachers to return to the classroom to substitute teach in the districts that they retired from has been passed by the Michigan House of Representatives.House Bill 4059 allows school districts to re-hire retired teachers in “critical shortage” subjects, as well for temporary substitute teaching jobs, while giving teachers the ability to earn up to one-third of their retirement pay without losing their pension or health care benefits.  The legislation was needed because a similar law authored by Hughes in her first term expired July 1, 2014.“Our children deserve to be taught by the best and brightest each day, and when a teacher is out sick, or when a district has difficulty finding a permanent teacher to fill these critical subjects, at times, our kids’ education can suffer,” said Hughes.  “Retired teachers know the material, know the schools, and in many cases, know the kids, so to prevent them from assisting our districts in a time of need just doesn’t make sense.”The legislation garnered wide support from various stakeholders as it worked its way through the House of Representatives.  It passed the House 108-2.It now goes to the Michigan Senate for further consideration.#####last_img read more

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