This September, Actor/Director/Producer Sheriff Scott L. Schwartz returned to Chicago, IL to show his support for Alicia’s House Food Pantry for a week of fundraising events and appearances.Scott L. Schwartz Brings Goodwill To ChicagoScott helped raise over $72, 375,000 to benefit Alicia’s House Food Pantry. While Scott was in town he visited the children at Lutheran Memorial Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Scott is an essential part of the fundraising for Alicia’s House Food Pantry along with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas, and Juan Hernandez (founder). They started the week of fundraising with “Tip A Star” (celebrities serving for tips) at Beggars Pizza, Manteno Veterans Home, Chamber Dinner, and finished with the popular Alicia’s House Golf Outing Dinner and Silent Auction.Scott L. Schwartz At Lurie Children’s Hospital In ChicagoScott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Mentalist, Castle, among other feature films and TV shows. What most fans don’t know is that Scott is really “The Ultimate Nice Guy” and has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 15 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. They are always smiling during his visits and usually begging him to return soon.The Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation is making a difference in the lives of each child in need by continuing to visit hospitals worldwide, helping Alicia’s House Food Pantry, Children’s Hospitals Worldwide. For the past ten years Scott has been an essential part of the fundraising for Alicia’s House Food Pantry along with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas and the founder (former pro wrestler) Juan Hernandez. Scott recently accepted the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild Award (a prestigious award that others that David Beckham, Gwen Stefani among others have received). Last year Scott was invited by General Mills to be an Ambassador for Outnumber Hunger. Outnumber Hunger partners with Feeding America and Big Machine Label Group to help Feeding America secure meals on behalf of local food bank. Scott will show his support through raising awareness with his fans about Outnumber Hunger and the staggering issue of hunger in America.Alicia’s House Food Pantry is completely supported by donations from individuals, businesses, and the various fundraisers. All of the money raised will go to feed the hungry and support the pantry. Alicia’s House Food Pantry is 100% Non-profit.To honor the memory of Alicia, who passed away at the age of 4, January 14, 2001, her Grandma Stella & her Poppy Juan started a non-for profit food pantry called Alicia’s House. Alicia’s House will continue to feed hundreds of hungry families and each box of food distributed will contain Alicia’s special loving touch. The goal of Alicia’s House is to try and alleviate hunger and some of the problems associated with hunger. Alicia’s House provides food, at no cost, to low-income residents of Crete, Beecher, Steger, Monee, University Park, and South Chicago Heights. Alicia loved people and loved helping people. She would spend hours working with her grandma, at the church pantry, making boxes of food to hand out to people in need. Although her grandma had a specific way to nutritionally pack the boxes, Alicia would always add her special touch by making sure each box would contain a special treat, usually candy.Find out more here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
US factory orders rose in June as demand for aircraft soared WASHINGTON – Orders at U.S. factories increased in June as demand surged for aircraft.The Commerce Departments said Thursday that factory orders increased 3 per cent in June, a solid rebound after declining in May and April. But the gains largely came from a massive 131 per cent jump in orders for civilian aircraft, a category that can be volatile on a monthly basis.U.S. manufacturing has been recovering from a slowdown in late 2015 caused by lower energy prices and a strong dollar that made American products more expensive overseas. Factories have responded with a relatively slight upturn in hiring. Manufacturers added a modest average of 8,833 jobs during the first six months of this year.Excluding the transportation sector that includes aircraft, factory orders slipped 0.2 per cent in June.Demand fell for computers and electronic products, while primary metals, machinery and motor vehicles eked out gains.Other manufacturing indicators point to continued but cautious growth.The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of factory activity fell 1.5 points to 56.3 in July. Still, any reading above 50 signals that manufacturers are expanding.Separately, the Federal Reserve said that factory production advanced 0.2 per cent in June and 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months. FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, Susan Stacy moves a tube to sort recycled plastic bottle chips being processed at the Repreve Bottle Processing Center, part of the Unifi textile company in Yadkinville, N.C. On Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for June. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents, in the running for the “specialist factual” award at next weekend’s ceremony, stated that Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators met Father John Gerard, a Jesuit priest, to receive “God’s blessing” for the plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. None of this is proven. The show, made by 72 Films for BBC Two, suggested that Fr Gerard knew about the conspiracy and may even have helped devise it, all of which as a surprise to Michael Maslinski, the priest’s 10 times great-nephew. The BBC has agreed to re-edit a Bafta-nominated documentary after implicating an innocent priest in the Gunpowder Plot. “John Gerard has been revered in my family for 400 years… To see him represented…
Mar 24th 2019, 11:33 AM https://jrnl.ie/4558170 14,354 Views Norglen Parade, Belfast Image: GoogleMaps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 11:33 AM Norglen Parade, Belfast By Cónal Thomas Share25 Tweet Email Image: GoogleMaps POLICE IN BELFAST are investigating after a man was shot in both legs in a “paramilitary style” attack last night. Police received a report at approximately 8.05pm that a man had been shot in the Ardmonagh Parade area of west Belfast. “The man was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment of the injuries to his lower legs that resulted from the shooting, which is believed to have occurred around 7:55pm,” the PSNI has said. Police have condemned the shooting. “This was a vicious and brutal attack at a time in the evening when families were going about their business. The very fact that whoever pulled the trigger thought it was acceptable to recklessly shoot this man in a built-up area where children and teenagers could be passing by shows the contempt they have for their community.”Police are appealing for information from people who were in the Ardmonagh Parade or Norglen Parade area last night or those who may know anything about the incident. Anyone with information can call detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101 and quote reference number 1162 of 23/03/19 or call Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Short URL Man shot in both legs in ‘paramilitary style’ attack in west Belfast The man was shot in the Ardmonagh Parade area last night.
Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Astronomers observed a rare laser emission that indicates a double star system is hidden inside the Ant Nebula.The phenomenon is connected to the death of a star, and was discovered by the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory.When low- to medium-weight stars like our Sun approach end of life, they cast out layers of gas and dust into space, creating a “kaleidoscope of intricate patterns” known as a planetary nebula.(Fun fact: The term is a misnomer that originated in the 1780s with astronomer William Herschel who, while viewing an emission nebula through his telescope, mistook the glowing shells of ionized gas for planets.)That’s what’s happening to the Ant Nebula—but with added fireworks.“The infrared Herschel observations have shown that the dramatic demise of the central star in the core of the Ant Nebula is even more theatrical than implied by its colorful appearance in visible images,” according to ESA.To most Earthlings, lasers typically conjure Mission: Impossible-esque security grids, music festival light shows, or a really funny way to mess with your cat. But in space, focused emissions are few and far between.Astronomer Donald Menzel (after whom the “Menzel 3” Ant Nebula is named) was one of the first to suggest that natural light amplification by stimulated emission of radar (laser) could occur in gaseous nebulae.“When we observe Menzel 3, we see an amazingly intricate structure made up of ionized gas, but we cannot see the object in its center producing this pattern,” lead study author Isabel Aleman said in a statement.“Thanks to the sensitivity and wide wavelength range of the Herschel observatory,” she continued, “we detected a very rare type of emission called hydrogen recombination line laser emission, which provided a way to reveal the nebula’s structure and physical conditions.”Which, as described by ESA, include gas 10,000 times denser than a typical planetary nebula—and a possible second star.Ordinarily, the region “close” to the dead star (the distance between Saturn and the Sun) is empty; most material is ejected outwards, and any lingering gas would fall back in.The only way to keep gas close to the star is if it orbits around it in a disc.“In this case, we have actually observed a dense disc in the very center that is seen approximately edge-on,” co-author Albert Zijlstra said. “This orientation helps to amplify the laser signal.“The disc suggests the white dwarf has a binary companion,” he explained. “Because it is hard to get the ejected gas to go into orbit unless a companion star deflects it in the right direction.”While the elusive partner star has not yet been spotted, this study provides evidence that the Ant Nebula was created by the “complex nature” of a binary star system.“Such emission has only been identified in a handful of objects before,” Toshiya Ueta, principal investigator of the Herschel Planetary Nebula Survey project, said. “This was a remarkable discovery that we did not anticipate. There is certainly more to stellar nebula than meets the eye.”
Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah met each other for the first time on Thursday night since May’s Champions League finalSalah was forced to leave the pitch in Kiev in tears back then after Ramos dragged him to the floor in the first half of the game.The Real Madrid captain caused damage to Salah’s shoulder ligaments and the Egyptian king was then forced to watch Liverpool lose 3-1 from the bench.The incident between Salah and Ramos caused a huge uproar with many fans setting up petitions demanding that FIFA and UEFA punish the latter for his challenge.As a result of the injury, Salah’s participation in Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in 28 years was limited to a restricted role with the national side exiting the tournament in the group stages without a single point.On Thursday evening, Ramos was named the 2017/18 Champions League defender of the season.Upon receiving the award, Ramos walked back to his seat and tapped the shoulder of Salah – who had been seated in front of the Spaniard.In the video below, Salah seems to refuse to acknowledge Ramos at all.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Remember me?” ? pic.twitter.com/U4ZVhZ7PAW— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 30, 2018Ramos made sure that Salah was not out of his sight throughout the entire evening.Ramos: “How’s the arm?”Salah: “I don’t want to talk about it…” pic.twitter.com/2hlb9JQ4fl— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) August 30, 2018
President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress is Tuesday night, but the White House has been offering previews of his main proposals for weeks. Alaska’s new Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, said before the speech he was expecting to hear an overly rosy depiction of unemployment.Download Audio“The vast majority of that decrease in unemployment has been Americans dropping out of the work force,” Sullivan said. “The labor rate participation is at the lowest rate in 30 years, so to me that’s not progress.”Labor participation, or the percentage of adults with jobs or looking for jobs, peaked in 2000. Economists say only some of the decline can be explained by baby boomers retiring and similar demographics.Obama is also proposing to increase the tax rate the wealthy pay on capital gains. For all Americans, capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than earned income. Sullivan says a capital gains tax increase is not good policy.“You know, when you raise the capital gains tax, you’re inhibiting investment, and I don’t think that’s what the country needs right now,” he said.Democrats who support the tax increase say it would affect very few taxpayers, since most report no capital gains and fewer still have incomes higher than $465,000 a year, the threshold for triggering the increase.Sullivan says he’s waiting to see the details on Obama’s proposal for free tuition at community colleges. He’s skeptical of the plan, although he says college education is important.“The most important thing we can do for college students right now is make sure they have good jobs, good opportunities,” he said.Sullivan says he’s concerned that free college tuition for all will saddle young people with greater national debt.
Patancheru: Gudem Mahipal Reddy said that the real progress of the state was possible only when rural areas are developed. On Sunday, he participated in inauguration various developmental works, taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore, in Patancheru mandal. He inaugurated an electricity substation at Velimela, an eidgah at Kollur village and various other works at Lakkaram, Kyasaram, Muthangi, Chitkul and other villages of the mandal. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking at a programm organised by Chitkul Sarpanch Neelam Madhu at the village, the MLA said that the KCR government had been spending thousands of crores to strengthen the rural areas financially as well as socially. A systematic effort is being made to develop basic infrastructure in villages based on the growing population, he said. Mission Bhagiratha, a mission to provide drinking water, has already been started, he said. Patancheru MPP Golla Srisailam Yadav, sarpanches Sudheer Reddy, Upender, Manik Reddy, MPDO Ananth Reddy, senior leaders Dasharath Reddy, S Srinivas, N Linga Reddy, MPTCs and others participated in the programs.
It looks like those rumors about the fourth installment in the Mass Effect franchise being delayed until 2017 are true.An update on the official Mass Effect site confirmed the rumors that have been floating around for weeks, but assured fans that this delay would be in everyone’s best interest. Bioware states they want to “deliver everything the game can be and should be,” and after the very mixed reception Mass Effect 3 received, maybe this is the right decision.Mass Effect 3 was a near perfect game, but if you read any of the passionate “feedback” online about the ending, some felt it pretty much ruined the entire series for them. I wouldn’t go that far, but the last part of the Mass Effect 3 story did fall short of what had been building up from the moment you jumped back on to the Normandy. More than anything, Mass Effect 3 felt like it suffered from developer fatigue and crunch to get it out on time.It’s a problem many games go through, and why you end up with titles that have serious and plentiful bugs, or hours of content that should have been included at release instead shipping in DLC packs months later. If developers, or more to the point the money pushers at the top of the food chain, stopped having their teams work ridiculous hours at the end of projects and instead set realistic deadlines, we wouldn’t have games that were essentially dead on arrival. Or at the very least, we’d have fewer games that fall well short of what they could have delivered and what fans expected/deserved.That appears to be what Bioware is hoping to avoid doing all over again by pushing back the release date for Mass Effect 4.In their note, Bioware did give a few updates on Andromeda as well: it seems an open world, nay, universe system is being built up for players to explore. In previous games you could fly to planets and explore either via a probe or through a mission on the surface. But it was very locked in to place. One of the things that the team says they are working on is creating a whole new experience of exploration and “where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll play.” It probably wont be on the level of No Man’s Sky, but for the Mass Effect universe, getting to spend more time within the worlds they have created will be a hell of a lot of fun.So if this delay means a better gaming experience for everyone involved – from the creative team getting to tell the story they want backed up by solid gameplay – then it’s a good thing. Pushing titles back shouldn’t always be seen as a sign of problems within a company. In fact, as players we should be more accepting and less demanding of release dates being hit..
News | January 30, 2014 Hitachi to Distribute RaySearch The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD RayStation integrates RaySearch treatment planning solutions and combines unique features such as multi-criteria optimization tools with full support for 4-D adaptive radiation therapy. It also includes RaySearch’s algorithms for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and VMAT optimization and dose engines for photon, electron and proton therapy. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more January 30, 2014 — RaySearch Laboratories AB has entered into a long-term distribution agreement with Hitachi Medical Corporation. The agreement makes Hitachi fully responsible for marketing, sales and service of RaySearch’s treatment planning system, RayStation, in Japanese markets beginning April 1, 2014. Hitachi serves 300 of about 700 radiation therapy centers in Japan. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content
Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Quick workouts for men He says, “We aren’t in 1937,” referring to the peak year of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s purges.Some observers believe the dismissal was likely rooted in a battle over 20 trillion rubles ($635 billion) that the Kremlin plans to spend on weapons through 2020. Serdyukov was demanding higher quality and cheaper prices, angering Kremlin-connected industry leaders.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says his sacked former defense minister isn’t facing charges and may get a new official job.Putin unexpectedly fired Anatoly Serdyukov this month amid a military corruption scandal focused on the suspicious sale of military assets.Putin said Friday that Serdyukov lost his job over “doubts about his ability to oversee property issues.” But he added that Serdyukov would not be blacklisted. Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments Share
Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 26 The last time the Cardinals were 9-1, the team called Chicago home, Harry S. Truman was the president and the Phoenix metropolitan area was still two decades away from landing its first professional sports franchise.Well, it took 66 years, but the Cards are back in the rarefied air of a 9-1 record after their hard-fought 14-6 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday at University of Phoenix. Drew Stanton, making the first start of his second stint as Arizona’s starting quarterback this season, threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and the defense held the Lions out of the end zone to push the Cardinals’ winning streak to six. Even some of the Stanton naysayers, who believed Arizona’s inclusion in the group of true Super Bowl contenders died when Carson Palmer blew out his ACL, have given the Cardinals credit (looking at you, Shutdown Corner.)Here’s a look at the Cardinals’ spot in some of the leading Week 12 NFL power rankings from around the country. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Categories: News,Sheppard News 19Apr Rep. Sheppard introduces plan to help decrease car insurance costs State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today introduced legislation to help drivers and families financially saddled by Michigan’s exorbitant automobile insurance rates.“Michigan residents deserve to have choices when it comes to automobile insurance so they have the opportunity to lower costs for their families,” Sheppard said. “When we’re dictated what the level of coverage is instead of given a marketplace of varying rates and options, that is a problem which must be addressed.”Sheppard’s legislation will allow consumers to choose a level of coverage, up to the current standard of unlimited coverage, and create a fraud authority to address unlicensed drivers and other illegal behavior.One of the key reasons for the high cost of Michigan auto insurance is a mandate that forces drivers to purchase unlimited lifetime medical benefits, the most generous benefits in the country.Sheppard’s bill makes reforms aimed at decreasing insurance rates for the state as a whole and for Michigan families.“My constituents and residents across the state have made it clear that reforming Michigan’s auto insurance system is a priority to them,” Sheppard said. “Since I came to Lansing, I’ve made it my priority to work on this. We need to have automobile insurance on the same level as health and home benefit plans, where we have options for coverage. Let the consumers choose what is best for themselves and their families.”House Bill 4488 has been assigned to the House Insurance Committee for consideration.
Categories: News,VanderWall News 26Sep Rep. VanderWall: Proposal to lower auto insurance rates step in right direction State Rep. Curt VanderWall today attended the announcement of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.VanderWall is reviewing legislation introduced today that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“Everywhere I go in northern Michigan, people tell me the same thing – auto insurance costs far too much. We lead the nation in auto insurance costs, and that’s the sort of thing you don’t want to be No. 1 in,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “We’ve heard these concerns loud and clear, and we’re committed to doing something about it. This proposal is a first step as we work toward lower insurance costs for drivers in Michigan.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.The legislation:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older with lifetime health care benefits the option to opt out of PIP coverage to avoid the current double taxation;Establishes fee schedules and attendant care limits to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.VanderWall is vice chair of the House Insurance Committee, which will take up the legislation for further review.#####
Categories: Hughes News,News Rebekah Bletsch’s mother and sister today joined state Rep. Holly Hughes to testify before the House Law and Justice Committee on the need to require anyone convicted of a crime to hear impact statements by victims or their families during a sentencing hearing.Rep. Hughes’ legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted murderer Jeffrey Willis requested to leave his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing before Rebekah Bletsch’s family made their statements. Current state law has no specific legal requirement that anyone convicted of a crime be forced to listen to statements, as it is left to a judge’s discretion.“Rebekah Bletsch’s family deserved to be heard and this legislation requires that everyone convicted within the Michigan legal system absolutely must listen to how their actions affected victims,” Hughes said. “There is no way the monster convicted in the Rebekah Bletsch case should be able to dictate court policy.”Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer, the sister and mother of Rebekah Bletsch, also spoke before the committee. They detailed the events during Willis’ sentencing as well as the necessity of victims being heard.“A part of my grieving process was taken from me in a horrible way,” Josephson said. “What is the point of an impact statement if I can’t speak it to the person who has impacted me and destroyed my family? No other family should have to feel their words and their heartache don’t matter. Victims have a right to be heard and express their feelings to the individuals who caused it.”Hughes’ legislation will update the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims. The bill will require the defendant be in attendance for sentencing unless the individual is determined by the court to be a safety risk or providing a disruption.“The victims deserve to be heard in all cases,” Hughes said. “A murderer robbed the Bletsch family of a key step in the healing process. No family should be prevented from their rights, especially over an individual convicted of a crime.”House Bill 5407 remains under consideration by the committee. If enacted, HB 5407 will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law, in the victim’s memory. 06Feb Bletsch family, Hughes testify to require victim statements be heard
30May Rep. Kahle: Car insurance reforms guaranteeing savings for Michigan motorists now law Changes in no-fault system will save drivers hundreds of dollars per yearCar insurance reform strongly supported by Rep. Bronna Kahle was signed into state law today, guaranteeing significantly lower costs for all drivers in Michigan.The bipartisan reforms – approved by Kahle and the Legislature after weeks of thorough deliberation – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims. Many Michiganders, including Lenawee County families, will save hundreds of dollars or more each year.Michigan has had the most expensive car insurance in the nation mainly because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, with no corresponding cap on what medical providers may charge accident victims. The revised law will provide more affordable options for motorists while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.“Be it office hours, door-to-door visits, letters and phone calls or at the grocery store, I have heard drivers’ concerns about the excessive cost of car insurance,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “I’ve listened and am pleased to say we got long-overdue no-fault reforms across the finish line. Friends, families and neighbors in Lenawee County and across the state will finally see the rate relief they have demanded and deserve. There will be one less burdensome, hidden tax squandering the money of hard-working Michigan families and vulnerable seniors on fixed incomes.”Beginning in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover car accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership and educational level, can’t be used to determine rates.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, which should help further lower car insurance rates.A fee schedule will be established and phased in over three years for medical providers, reining in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat car accident victims than other patients. Categories: Kahle News
Share28TweetShare9Email37 SharesDecember 31, 2016; National Public Radio, “nprED”Imagine you’ve spent a decade living in a refugee camp, having been forced out of your home, and your country by circumstances beyond your control. Your house is now a tent, surrounded by thousands of other tents also full of displaced people. The crowd, with its noises and smells, is overwhelming. Your water comes from a dirty pail and your food, such as it is, from a communal feeding station pot under yet another tent. Your possessions amount only to what you were able to carry when you fled your village. You can no longer remember the faces of the family members you left behind.Then, one day, you leave the camp and board a plane—your first ever flight. When you land, many hours later, you’re in a major metropolitan city in yet another foreign country. You barely speak the language or know how to find your one piece of luggage, never mind how to get to the address of a caseworker you’ve never met.As you stand alone in the middle of the airport arrivals hall, what is going through your mind? For Edward Murinzi, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose story is similar to that above, those thoughts were ones of fear: “How will I start? How will I manage?”Edward was lucky. He happened to meet a friendly NPR journalist at Reagan International Airport, who helped him find his bag and contact his caseworker. Some refugees who find themselves arriving in Chicago are also lucky; they have the assistance of the Pan-African Association, where people like Claire Mukundente—herself a refugee—are on hand to help them learn the basics of life in their new country.Conquering these basics is essential to helping new arrivals deal with simple day-to-day functioning, things those of us born in America wouldn’t give a second thought. Mukundente says food is the focus of many early lessons. Imagine going from standing in line for rations to wandering the overstocked aisles of a modern supermarket, for instance. She goes shopping with newcomers and helps them learn how to make healthy choices and to store and cook what they buy. Many refugees have spent so many years in camps that everyday appliances like ovens and refrigerators are unfamiliar.Mukundente and her colleagues also help with using public transportation, opening a bank account, and understanding societal norms and cultural quirks the rest of us take for granted. These, says Murinzi, three months after his arrival in Washington D.C., are the “invisible lessons.” For him, the concept of time was the most important of these. He quickly realized that “time was paramount to every success in America,” a particularly steep learning curve after two decades of waiting in a Ugandan refugee camp.Other nonprofits, such as Lutheran Services in America and World Relief, provide similar assistance to refugees and asylees, often relying on individual volunteers and community groups to provide the help immigrants need to integrate successfully. They fill in the knowledge gaps that government-funded assistance doesn’t cover and provide a robust support system, helping to maintain community stability and foster appreciation for the skills and experience the new arrivals bring with them.Helping these new residents to adapt and feel welcome isn’t just humanitarian best practice. The economic and cultural contributions of immigrants are vital to maintaining America’s economic vitality and its rich cultural diversity, which are closely linked. Diverse, dynamic cities attract more people, new businesses and—as a result—more money. As a 2015 federal government report on immigrant and refugee integration points out, immigrants increase the country’s labor force and customer base and are more entrepreneurial than native-born Americans, readily contributing their creativity and innovation to society. They pay taxes that contribute to everything from the nation’s infrastructure to the care of its senior citizens, and their children and grandchildren grow up to do the same. Clearly, investing in their success is investing in America’s success.—Melinda CrosbyShare28TweetShare9Email37 Shares
Share48Tweet11ShareEmail59 SharesJenny Mealing [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 1, 2019; New York TimesAs NPQ has noted, lawsuits brought by Massachusetts and New York have named eight Sackler family members (in addition to a range of corporations) as defendants. These are, details the Times, “Kathe, Mortimer, Richard, Jonathan and Ilene Sackler Lefcourt—children of either Mortimer or Raymond Sackler—along with Theresa Sackler, the elder Mortimer’s widow; Beverly Sackler, Raymond’s widow; and David Sackler, a grandson of Raymond.” All told, the Sacklers now directly face lawsuits filed by more than 600 cities, counties, and Native American nations. Their company, Purdue Pharma, faces over 1,600 lawsuits.The Sacklers, the New York Times remind us, are “a far-flung billionaire family that has a network of trusts and companies in the United States and abroad. Their philanthropic gifts have built namesake wings housing the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and oriental antiquities at the Louvre in Paris, as well as a library at the University of Oxford, and a scientific institute at Columbia University.” As of 2016, Forbes estimated their wealth at $13 billion. Last month, three museums—the National Portrait Gallery in London, London’s Tate Modern, and New York’s Guggenheim Museum—refused Sackler donations, and the Sackler Trust has said it will suspend new giving to avoid being a “distraction.”Writing in the Times, Danny Hakim, Roni Caryn Rabin, and William K. Rashbaum highlight one more aspect of the Sackler story: an effort, launched in 2014 and codenamed Project Tango, that proposed that Purdue and the Sacklers could profit not only off the sale of OxyContin, but by selling drugs intended to help addicts wean themselves from OxyContin.“The business potential of adding addiction treatment to the mix was illustrated in internal company charts and diagrams,” the Times explains. “Pain treatment and addiction are naturally linked,” noted one Project Tango document in the New York complaint. A funnel shows a fat end labeled “pain treatment” with a narrow end labeled “opioid addiction treatment.”[Source: New York court filing]The New York court documents also contend that a slide at a Purdue board meeting attended by Richard and Kathe Sackler advocated for Project Tango as follows, “It is an attractive market. Large unmet need for vulnerable, underserved, and stigmatized patient population suffering from substance abuse, dependence, and addiction.”The lawsuit adds:Defendant Kathe Sackler and Purdue’s Project Tango team reviewed findings that the “market” of people addicted to opioids had doubled from 2009 to 2014. Kathe and the staff found that the national catastrophe they caused provided an excellent compound annual growth rate (“CAGR”): “Opioid addiction (other than heroin) has grown by ~20 percent CAGR from 2000 to 2010.” […]In February 2015, staff presented Kathe Sackler’s work on Project Tango to Purdue’s board. The plan was for a joint venture controlled by the Sacklers to sell the addiction medication suboxone and would result in the Sacklers’ acquisition of the “market lead  in the addiction medicine space.”“Purdue temporarily abandoned plans to pursue Project Tango in 2014,” Hakim and his colleagues write, “but revived the idea two years later, this time pursuing a plan to sell naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, according to the Massachusetts filing. A few months later, in December 2016, Richard, Jonathan and Mortimer Sackler discussed buying a company that used implantable drug pumps to treat opioid addiction.”The Sacklers, for their part, deny the allegations. The Times notes that a statement issued by “some of the Sacklers named in the suits” contends that “no board member proposed Tango or authored any documents in support of it.”—Steve DubbShare48Tweet11ShareEmail59 Shares
Maker Studios has turned down Relativity Media’s US$1 billion (€723 million)-plus approach in favour of its existing agreement to join the fold at The Walt Disney Company.Relativity yesterday attempted to hijack Disney’s deal to buy YouTube channel operator Maker with its own offer ahead of a Maker shareholder meeting today, but this has proven unsuccessful.“As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company,” a Maker spokesperson said a widely issued statement.“The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios’ board of directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.”Maker’s offer was initially thought to be of a similar value to Disney’s, but US reports now say the offer was for an initial US$525 million, plus US$500 million in target-related extras and US$75 million in order to keep key executives.Disney’s offer is for an initial US$500 million, plus up to US$450 million in target-related fees.The spokesperson also noted the legal motion Maker co-founder and former CEO Danny Zappin brought to stop the Disney deal had been denied by the Superior Curt of California. Zappin’s lawsuit over his exit from Maker nearly a year ago is separate and remains on going.Zappin founded Maker in 2009 alongside Shay Butler, Lisa Donovan, Scott Katz, Kassem Gharaibeh and Ben Donovan.