October 15, 2019
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first_imgOTTAWA – Shopify Inc. says its original chief financial officer will retire but remain a strategic adviser during a transition after the arrival of his successor, Amy Shapero, on April 2.She succeeds Russ Jones, who has been Shopify’s CFO since 2011 and helped it grow from a 50-person private company into a publicly traded business with more than 3,000 employees.Shopify provides software and services that merchants can use to set up and manage retail operations across multiple sales channels including web, mobile and physical stores.Shapero has been CFO for a number of software-as-a-service companies since beginning her career as a chartered public accountant at Ernst & Young, now known as EY.Most recently, she has been at the Betterment online wealth-management service since 2016.Shapero has also been CFO at Sailthru, a software technology provider, and Spot Holdings, a financial services company.Shopify has recently hired Jeff Weiser, formerly chief marketing officer at Shutterstock. Weiser will also be chief marketing officer at Shopify while Craig Miller, who was performing that role, will focus on being chief product officer.Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)last_img read more

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Rabat – Cristiano Ronaldo has received the 2018 Best Player award at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai. Didier Deschamps won Coach of the Year.Juventus’ Ronaldo reigned over the prize ceremony on Thursday, receiving two prizes. In addition to Best Player in 2018, he won a prize for the best goal of the year. The winning goal was Ronaldo’s overhead kick while playing for Real Madrid against his current club in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. Ronaldo transferred from Real to Juventus in the summer of 2018.The award is Ronald’s third consecutive Best Player trophy and fifth in his career. At the awards, Ronaldo’s fiancee, Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, wore a Moroccan caftan. The Best Club of the Year award went to Atletico Madrid. The club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, collected the trophy.$Read Also: Georgina Rodriguez Attends Ronaldo’s Award in Moroccan CaftanGlobe Soccer named France’s national football team manager, Didier Deschamps, the Best Coach of the Year for leading France to win the World Cup.In other categories, Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici won Director of the Year, and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes won Best Agent of the Year.The event recognized Juventus’ midfielder Blaise Matuidi as having the best career in 2018.The ceremony clocked out by honoring former football legends Ronaldo Nazario, Fabio Capello, and Zvonimir Boban. They each received awards for their past achievements. read more

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Roy Samathanam, who is a Canadian national, was detained in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo in September 2007 by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka police, who reported directly to Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Roy Samathanam was physically and psychologically tortured and forced to sign a false confession before being released in August 2010 on a plea deal and payment of a fine. In 2016. Mr. Samathanam won a UN human rights committee case but Sri Lanka has failed to abide by the compensation ruling. Notice was formally served on Mr. Rajapaksa on Sunday night at a Trader Joe’s parking lot in Pasadena.This was after the ITJP and Hausfeld hired private investigators to track down the whereabouts of Mr Rajapaksa who is currently on holiday in California. Notice was also served at the same time in a separate case filed by another organisation on behalf of assasinated journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, ITJP said. Ahimsa Wickrematunge had told the media that her father had once told her he would be murdered to prevent him from testifying in a case against Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Two cases have been filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the US and notice was served on him after he was tracked down in Pasadena.One case was filed on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor while the other was filed over the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga. “Mr Rajapaksa has to give up his US citizenship to be able to stand in presidential elections so this was probably the last chance for a long time to begin to hold him accountable,” said ITJP’s executive director Yasmin Sooka. “We hope other survivors of torture will join the suit and make this a class action”.The case against Rajapaksa related to the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga was filed by Lasantha’s daughter Ahimsa Wickrematunge.Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed in January 2009 while he was on his way to office. Wickremetunga was the Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper at the time he was killed. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and US law firm Hausfeld have filed a civil damages case in California against Rajapaksa, on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor. Roy Samathanam made the complaint in the Central District of California against Rajapaksa, who is a dual US Sri Lankan citizen. read more

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first_imgMore: The Minister who ‘couldn’t be bothered’ with Twitter is doing a Budget Q&A on Twitter DESPITE HIS PUBLICLY-STATED aversion to Twitter it appears Brian Hayes has been converted to the social media platform as he today fielded questions on the Budget from Twitter users.Using the hashtag #budgetqs, the Department of Finance’s official Twitter account and an iPad the Minister of State spent around half an hour answering questions and seemed in good spirits.Here are a few things we learned…1. Raising third level registration fees are ‘the least worst option’: 2. Reducing tax grows the economy: 3. Budget measures here have been the fairest of all bailout countries: 4. Construction on the National Children’s Hospital will start in 2015: 5. The government is keeping a close eye on minimum pricing in Scotland: 6. Selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus is being looked at ‘closely’: 7. More money will be collected from excise on cigarettes in 2014: 8. Hayes has changed his mind on Twitter, thanks to TheJournal.ie ;): And three questions the Minister didn’t answer: last_img read more

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first_imgALAN SHATTER DISMISSED speculation that he would resign his Dáil seat today, insisting he is “going nowhere” as he announced he was donating his ministerial severance package to the Jack and Jill Foundation.Speaking at Leinster House this afternoon, Shatter explained how he was surprised to learn ten days after he resigned a fortnight ago that he was eligible for a severance payment of some €70,000.He said that it was “by sheer accident” that he is the last minister to be eligible for the payment as they have now been abolished and said the uncertainty over whether or not he would accept it has “strangely been a decision that attracted an awful lot of attention”.This morning’s confirmation that he would make an announcement this afternoon had fuelled speculation in political circles that he was about the resign his Dublin South Dáil seat.But he told reporters: “I’m going nowhere. A lot of interesting things going to be happening over the next couple of years before the next election, I hope to make a positive contribution to them.” https://vine.co/v/MHltaewqXMEShatter was also asked to explain his resignation as Minister for Justice earlier this month but declined, saying: “I am not getting into any of that.”On the decision to make the charitable donation, the former minister said he “wasn’t pressured by anyone in to doing anything”.“This is a personal decision, I haven’t felt under any pressure of any nature,” he said.A reporter also asked how he was.“I am extraordinarily well. How are you doing?” he said to laughter from the assembled audience.A short time later a government source told TheJournal.ie that Shatter’s decision to donate his salary was “a good outcome” given the controversy it had caused in recent days in the run-up to tomorrow’s elections.Read: Alan Shatter will donate severance payments to Jack & Jill Foundationlast_img read more

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first_imgGeorgiana Georghiou won’t get out of bed for less than $5000, her mum jokes.The two-year-old moro has just won a 12-month modelling contract and $5000 for being a cutie with a performing personality to match. Mum Pauline said she entered the Practical Parenting magazine competition at the urging of family and friends. It turned out to be a sure bet, with the Gold Coast family over the moon at the toddler’s win. Georgiana relishes lens time, exclaiming: “That’s me!” when she checks out the back of the camera. “With the money, we’ll just lock it away for a while, put it in her bank account,” Mrs Georghiou said. “Maybe, when she’s a bit older, she can choose something to spend it on.” Mrs Georghiou said her daughter could take her modelling opportunity as far – or as little – as she wished. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over the weekend thousands took part in the Murray to Moyne bike ride, with their sights set on raising funds for the charity Life for a Child.A worthwhile cause, the organisation provides medical support for up to 15,000 children suffering from juvenile diabetes and in danger of losing their lives across 48 countries in the developing world. Among the cyclists was Greek Australian businesswoman Vicky Papachristou, who took part in the ride as part of the team ‘Luna Riders’. Having lost her father to pancreatic cancer 16 years ago, the ride is an important challenge to undertake.The team was divided into two groups of seven, with each group travelling rotation distances of 30 km – totalling an impressive 520 km over a 24-hour period.For more information, visit www.murraytomoyne.com.aulast_img read more

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first_img Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced goddessroleplay TheCyberZon Pinterest Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Comments are closed. WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Steven Herrera November 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm November 28, 2016 at 1:32 am Mr. Jennifer Hudson I say. Randy Now Playing Up Next *Jennifer Husband Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR tom WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Kevin Owens takes shot at David Otunga on TwitterWWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens sent out the following tweet responding to a mention that WWE Smackdown Live commentator David Otunga retweeted from a recent line he delivered on Smackdown..@DavidOtunga Wow! You found the one person that enjoys your commentary. Let us know when you find one that enjoyed your in-ring work. pic.twitter.com/5ieIcUQjrG— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) November 22, 2016Tyson Kidd says he was removed from Total Divas showTyson Kidd (TJ Wilson), who has been out of action since June 2015 after suffering a severe neck/spinal injury after a Muscle Buster from Samoa Joe, responded to a fans tweet asking if he would be on the upcoming season of Total Divas on the E! Network. Wilson revealed he has been removed from the show and that WWE didn’t seem interested in documenting his current health situation following the injury.I’ve been taken off the show by @WWE you’ll have to contact them to figure it out. You won’t see me once this season. It’s all good https://t.co/0ClTebOSWn— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) November 24, 2016 WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Triple H I think it’s Jeremy. Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene J™ Now Playing Up Next Oh believe me I don’t think they want my situation explained. I’ll leave it at that for now https://t.co/2dzqZB7PSY— TJ Wilson (@KiddWWE) November 24, 2016 Facebookcenter_img 10 COMMENTS Yeah….David Otunga is trash on commentary. Twitter TheCyberZon Steven Herrera Moonsaves November 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list November 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm Videos Articles November 28, 2016 at 11:40 am Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? The SD Live commentary table is overcrowded.Jerome Phillips, or whatever his name is, can take over Otunga all Owens did was give Otunga a receipt for his insult, he probably went to the Kevin Dunn school of commentary November 25, 2016 at 9:05 am Mr. Jennifer Hudson has no business calling out Kevin Owens on anything. Viscera was a better wrestler by comparison to Otunga. Google+ November 25, 2016 at 1:27 am Wayne Martin November 24, 2016 at 8:31 pm November 25, 2016 at 6:17 am Now Playing Up Next November 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm gerold gonzalez Rekt! Hmmm there seems to be more than meets the eye here…last_img
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first_imgOLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants Washington residents to let his office know if they are asked to host immigrant children separated from their family.Ferguson’s request Tuesday was made amid widespread uproar over the U.S. Department of Justice’s new “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown, in which children have been taken from their parents.Ferguson had said his staff is studying whether the state might have grounds to challenge the Trump administration’s new policy in court, The Seattle Times reports.Federal officials are using a federal detention center in SeaTac to hold some immigrant adults, including women who don’t know where their children are or when they’ll reunite. Rallies against the policy are set to take place around the county on June 30, including in Seattle and Olympia.last_img read more

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first_imgIndiana-based restaurant The Journey is to award $45,828 (£35,525.87) in back pay to 16 employees after violating overtime and record keeping regulations.An investigation by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the US Department of Labor found that ‘back of house’ employees, such as line cooks, dishwashers and food preparation staff, worked an average of 63 hours a week for a flat rate salary that did not take into consideration the number of hours employees had worked.This meant that The Journey violated overtime regulations included within the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) when employees worked more than 40 hours in a working week without being paid extra for the overtime. Furthermore, the restaurant also failed to record the number of hours employees worked, which violated the record keeping requirements of the FLSA.Patricia Lewis, district director, Indianapolis at the Wage and Hour Division, said: “This investigation represents the US Department of Labor’s commitment to ensuring employees receive all the wages they have rightfully earned, and that employers compete on a level playing field. Employers can avoid wage violations by contacting us for assistance to ensure they are in compliance with the law.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 31, 2019:Part-Time Babysitter For 3 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Insurance Assistant at HUB InternationalFull-Time Temporary Marketing Assistant at HUB InternationalFull-Time Temporary Manufacturing Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Site Assessment Technician at SunRunFull-Time Senior Manufacturing Technician at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Principal Mechanical Test Systems Design Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Warehouse Associate at Bimbo BakeriesFull-Time Landscape Foreman at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Full-Time Software Engineering Manager at SymboticFull-Time Shift Supervisor at Panera BreadFull-Time Buyer at Pacific Packaging ProductsFull-Time Customer Service at Burlington Self StorageFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Supervisor at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Logistics Coordinator at Rigaku CorporationFull-Time Manager of Organization Change at Charles River LabsFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Class A CDL Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Route Delivery Driver at New England Ice Cream CorporationFull-Time Route Sales Relief Associate at AramarkPart-Time Overnight Associate at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Packager at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Warehouse/Delivery Assistant at Kyocera Document Solutions New EnglandFull-Time Groundperson at Asplundh Tree ExpertFull-Time Project Sales Representative (Contract) at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Junior Bookkeeper at New England Carpenters Benefit FundsFull-Time Manufacturing Technician/Inspector at AMETEKPart-Time Preschool Teacher at Mill Brook County Day SchoolPart-Time Line Cooks at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Dishwashers at 99 RestaurantPart-Time Prep Cooks at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Route Driver at Compass GroupFull-Time Animal Husbandry Technician (Contract) at RAPS ConsultingFull-Time Environmental Analyst II at MassDEPFull-Time ABA Classroom Counselor at May InstitutePart-Time Cashier at Cumberland FarmsHelp Wanted at LaRosa’sHelp Wanted at Simard’s Super Roast BeefFull-Time Customer Service Specialist at Super Service TodayFull-Time Odwalla Relief Route Driver at Coca ColaFull-Time Restoration Supervisor at American Technologies Inc.Full-Time Account Executive 3 (Enterprise Direct Sales) at ComcastPart-Time Crew Member/Cashier at McDonald’sPart-Time Temporary Driver at FedExPart-Time Phone Sales Representative at Superior SealcoatFull-Time/Part-Time Deliver Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time North America Shared Services Director at Charles River LabsFull-Time Account Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Purchasing Analyst/Assistant at AltroFull-Time Record Center Specialist at Access Information ProtectedFull-Time Customer Service Associate at Standard ElectricFull-Time Scenic Artist at Art of the EventFull-Time Equipment Maintenance Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Member Care Advocate at Ametros Financial CorporationPart-Time Retail Sales Teammate at Bridgestone AmericasPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Job Fair at May Center Schools(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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first_imgRundown road Manikganj’s rural area. Photo: UNBRundown roads, filled with potholes, appear to be becoming a distinguishing feature of Manikganj’s rural areas.Potholes, which pepper the roads, regularly cause severe traffic disruptions.Commuters and vehicle drivers told UNB that woes on the roads were nothing new but students, officer goers, and patients, in particular, suffered the most.Locals blamed public representatives and contractors for the situation but a parliamentarian faulted the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).It is estimated that dilapidated roads, covering some 100 kilometres, stretch across Manikganj’s seven upazilas. At least 20 newly-built or repaired roads in rural areas had been damaged within a year, with carpeting on most of them wearing off.LGED repaired 90km road in 2017-18 fiscal year with Tk 160 million. For the current fiscal, the government approved Tk 480 million for works on 167km road, including repair of 96km.Locals identified corruption and irregularities as key reasons for the sorry state of the roads. They accused the contractors of using low-quality materials during repairs, which left the roads vulnerable to damage.Manikganj-2 parliamentarian Momtaz Begum blamed the concerned authorities for the road conditions.“Supervising the repair work and taking care of the roads is the responsibility of the concerned department. The roads are not properly repaired because of their negligence,” she claimed.LGED executive engineer Naeema Najnin Naj said the repair works did not take place under her supervision. “I am not responsible for someone else’s alleged negligence,” she said, hoping to do a good job with the scheduled road repair.last_img read more

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first_imgEvery picture tells a story which profoundly impacts on the opinions online shoppers have of hotels, according to the latest research commissioned by one of the world’s leading online travel agencies, Expedia®.The research, which used electromyography to gauge shoppers’ eye gaze and facial expressions, discovered that several types of images and image attributes consistently evoked emotional reactions in online shoppers.David Hamblin, the Expedia Group’s senior director of Market Management for Asia Pacific, said: “We know through our own data that hotels with good quality photography in their on-line brochure receive a conversion lift over those which have poorer images.” “The most important image to include is a room with a view. Rooms with windows overlooking an attractive visual scene such as a landmark or beach evoke the most delight in online shoppers and help shoppers see themselves in the context of their trip.”Photographs which are distorted by fisheye lenses or unusual angles evoke the most negative emotions in shoppers as they are viewed with suspicion – as if the hotel has “something to hide,” added Mr Hamblin.In addition to prioritising images of bedrooms with pleasing window views, other findings from the research revealed that hoteliers should follow these tips to maximise conversion opportunities:Include images of secondary spaces (i.e. terrace, restaurant) with attractive vistasEnsure images are well-lit, using natural light wherever possibleDisplay any unique features/attributes of the hotelEnsure rooms/spaces are pristine; avoid clutter and messRemember to include bathroom photosAvoid distorting camera techniquesInclude both close-up and perspective shotsThe research involved shoppers browsing online for hotels that they might like to stay in while their eye-gaze and facial expressions were tracked in real-time using EMG. Whenever there was an elevation in the EMG signal, indicating either delight or negative emotion, the shopper was verbally queried on their reaction to the hotel image. The study encouraged participants to shop in a way that was natural to them, visiting whatever sites and using whatever methods they would as if Expedia researchers weren’t there.Through Expedia Partner Central, an interactive engagement tool for hoteliers, marketing and revenue managers can quickly gauge if their properties require additional images with three different scores showing green, yellow or red.Source = Expedialast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 3, 2009 Welcome to the July 26 Workshop participants! Back row from left: David Gori [seminar week], Jason Kipp, Roni Kobrosly, Ander Bilbao, and Silvia Dal Prato [2 weeks]. Middle row from left: Kevin Bruno [2 weeks], Elijah Rushefsky [seminar week], Filippo Bazzoni [Arcosanti scholarship], Andrea Perletti [2weeks], Claudia Ardolino, and Pasquale Lacovone [Arcosanti scholarship]. Front row from left: Chintana Phenphanh [2 weeks], Valentina Leardi [2 weeks], Dorothy Thurston, Giorgia Aquilar and Marzio DiPace [both 2 weeks], and Claudia Cimino. [Photo: sa & text: Anna Tran]last_img

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first_img21Sep Rep. Kelly co-sponsors resolution honoring Air National Guard Tags: #SB 217th Air Operations Group attends Capitol ceremonyState Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, shakes hands with the Air National Guard’s 217th Air Operations Group’s commanding officer, Col. John Miner.Col. Miner, along with 11 airmen, received recognition today in the form of an honorary resolution which reads:“The airmen of the 217th have served with distinction in Operations Juniper Micron, Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation United Assistance, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Recovery, and numerous training events answering the call for more than 66,700 days of active duty service to their community, state and nation.”center_img Categories: Kelly News,Newslast_img read more

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first_img Tags: #SB Categories: Featured news,Infographics,News,VerHeulen News 16Feb Rep. Rob VerHeulen: 2017-2018 Action Planlast_img

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first_img Categories: Miller News State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced a series of in-district office hours with local residents.“The feedback I receive at these meetings is the most important tool I have when representing the district in Lansing,” Rep. Miller said. “I encourage anyone with concerns or ideas about state or local government to join me for coffee and conversation.”Rep. Miller’s office hours are on Friday, Sept. 15 at the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. to noon at the Broadway Cafe, 158 S. Broadway St. in Cassopolis;1 to 2:15 p.m. at Yoder’s, 375 Eleanor Drive in Centreville; and3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Dawn and Phil’s Cafe, 105 W. State St. in Colon.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov. 12Sep Rep. Miller schedules September office hourslast_img read more

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first_img20Oct Rep. Farrington urges commuters to plan for I-696 construction in Macomb County State Rep. Diana Farrington has received numerous inquiries concerning construction planned for 2018 on Interstate 696 in Macomb County.Eastbound I-696 will remain open from I-75 to I-94 while the westbound lanes will be closed from I-94 to I-75. The closing of one direction of the freeway will provide a safer work zone for construction crews and drivers.The I-696 freeway carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb County and is in poor condition. A project is currently being designed to replace the concrete on I-696 between I-75 and I-94 beginning in spring 2018 with completion in late 2018.The $90 million project must be completed while funding is available and before the nearby I-75 modernization begins. If delayed, it may be until 2024 before the work could be performed.“We’re now spending a record amount of funding for roads, and when completed, the I-696 project will improve safety and mobility,” said Farrington, of Utica. “I would advise seeking alternate routes and I expect to see an increase in traffic on Hall Road and Metro Parkway once construction begins.”The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, off Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road. The construction team will be on hand to address any concerns.### Categories: Diana Farrington Newslast_img read more

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first_img Legislation is in response to convicted murderer’s actions during Bletsch case The state Senate today unanimously approved Rep. Holly Hughes’ legislation requiring convicted criminals to hear impact statements from victims or their families during a sentencing hearing.The plan was submitted in response to a recent Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch requested to leave the court before the victim statements. This legislation would prevent such an action, allowing for a judge to have discretion if the offender is disruptive or a safety risk to anyone attending the hearing in court.“No Michigan family should have their voice taken away by a criminal in the way Rebekah’s loved ones were,” said Hughes, of Montague. “A family of a Muskegon County wife and mother was prevented from speaking about how a convicted murderer turned their lives upside down. Victims have earned the right to speak and that’s not secondary to the right of a convicted murderer.”Rebekah Bletsch’s sister and mother, Jessica Josephson and Debra Reamer, testified during a House Law and Justice Committee meeting in February, supporting the legislation following their experience in the Muskegon County courtroom.The legislation will update the William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim Rights Act, which set the procedures currently used in Michigan courtrooms for protection of victims.With Jeffery Willis, the individual convicted of murdering Bletsch, beginning trial this week for a separate murder case, Hughes expects another Muskegon County family will have the opportunity to share how Willis has affected their lives.“Jessica Heeringa’s loved ones must be heard, just like Rebekah’s family should have been,” Hughes said. “An abhorrent monster should never be able to dictate court proceedings, especially after a jury of their peers or a judge has found them guilty. This is not only about punishing criminals, but it’s about helping damaged families heal.”House Bill 5407 advances to the governor for consideration. If enacted, the legislation will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law, in the victim’s honor.##### 10May Senate approves Hughes plan requiring victim impact statements are heard Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

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