New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday announced that she will resign from the party and contest the next Assembly election as an Independent candidate. Lamba, who has not been on the same page as the party on various issues since past several months, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her Chandni Chowk constituency. In a tweet in Hindi, she said that people from her constituency have agreed that instead of compromising with her self-respect, she should resign from the party’s primary membership and secondly, that she should contest the next election as an Independent candidate.
OTTAWA — Five party leaders have confirmed they will participate in two major televised election debates in October.The media partnership responsible for producing the debates says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and the Bloc Quebecois’ Yves-Francois Blanchet will all attend.The English debate will be held Oct. 7 and the French one Oct. 10, and both debates will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.The moderators for the English debate will be the CBC’s Rosemary Barton, Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star, Global’s Dawn Friesen, CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme and Althia Raj of HuffPost Canada.Patrice Roy of Radio-Canada will moderate the French debate, along with journalists from French outlets Le Devoir, Le Soleil, La Press and L’Actualite.Maclean’s magazine will also partner with Citytv to hold a debate Sept. 12, with the Conservative, NDP and Green leaders confirmed so far.The Canadian Press
Completed applications are to be returned by email to the regional district by October 31st.Applications are also being accepted by the Peace River Regional District’s Economic Development grant program and the Trails Grant Program.Grant applications for the first category are being accepted from registered BC non-profit societies in the region for capital projects, events, and/or programs. The PRRD said that organizations may request up to 3 years of funding for ongoing projects/programs.Completed applications need to be returned by email to the regional district by October 15th.The Trails Grant Program is meant to provide support and supplemental funding to non-profit organizations for the development, maintenance and improvement of recreational trails within the region for public use.Completed applications need to be returned by email to the regional district by November 15th, 2018. For more info, visit https://prrd.bc.ca/services/grants/ DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District announced this week that it has begun accepting applications for several scholarships and grants which are due this fall.The PRRD said that applications are being accepted for its Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse Scholarship Program, which provides up to $5000 to 6 students.To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the final year of their nursing program and must agree on two years of employment with Northern Health within in the PRRD area.
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first visit to Ayodhya after becoming Prime Minister, addressed an election rally on Wednesday but avoided talking about the Ram temple issue. Though the Prime Minister ended his speech with “Jai Shri Ram”, he did not make any mention of the Ram temple. He mentioned the grandeur with which ‘Dev Deepawali’ was held in the holy city and the ‘Kumbh Mela’ in Prayagraj. The Prime Minister’s rally was held about 25 kilometres away from Ayodhya at Gosainganj on the Ayodhya-Ambedkar Nagar border. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He also did not visit the makeshift Ram temple and Mahant Paramhans Das said that it was unfortunate that the Prime Minister failed to give any message to the people about the BJP’s commitment towards the construction of a grand Ram temple. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, said he had wanted Modi to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram temple. “If the Prime Minister had sought the blessings of Ram Lalla, then nothing could be more beneficial for him. It would have sent a positive message across the country,” said Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Prime Minister mounted a scathing attack on the opposition and the alliance-terming it ‘mahamilavati’-and said that these parties were more interested in grabbing power than in strengthening the country. He said that his government has worked to check terrorism which had emerged as the biggest threat to the nation. “We have given a strong message that this is ‘Naya Hindustan jo chhedega nahin magar chhodega bhi nahin. Hum bhi ghus ke marenge. We have controlled terror activities but not eradicated completely,” he said. The Prime Minister slammed the SP and BSP for claiming to be followers of Lohia and Ambedkar but demolished the ideologies of these leaders. “These parties should have been concerned about labourers but did they do anything? The Congress talks about removing poverty but has it done anything to remove poverty?” he asked. The Prime Minister said that a strong government was needed at the Centre to make the country stronger. He also listed the various welfare schemes initiated by his government for the poor and asked people to vote for lotus which was a vote for Modi. Modi had visited Ayodhya during the 2014 elections but did not offer prayers at the makeshift temple.
GATINEAU, Que. — The CRTC says it received 75 complaints in 2012 about Internet service “throttling” by service providers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission oversees how companies sometimes limit or “throttle” traffic to manage their networks.From the user’s perspective, the practice can cause slower download speeds or jerky video streaming.The regulator says there were 11 active complaints as of Dec. 31.
MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Kentucky woman stopped for gas while driving through Tennessee and noticed her trunk wasn’t closed all the way. Millersville, Tennessee, police tell reporters that’s when the driver inspected the trunk and found a stranger inside of it.A police statement says the driver told the stowaway she was calling police, and the hidden woman leapt out of the trunk and fled on foot. The driver told authorities that the stowaway appeared to have been injured.- Advertisement – She was found early Tuesday. Authorities determined she had voluntarily crawled into the unsuspecting driver’s trunk. Bowling Green, Kentucky, police spokesman Ronnie Ward says detectives learned the woman had been injured while running through some woods, though it’s unclear where. Authorities say she’s a possible victim of assault and kidnapping in Kentucky.
WorleyParsons, one of South Africa’s largest engineering contractors, launched its new global advisory business, Advisian, into its local South African structure in October 2014. Advisian provides high-level strategic and management consulting services and has been supported by the strong engineering and technical expertise that resided within the WorleyParsons group. Building on from this, WorleyParsons recently announced further changes to enhance the Advisian offering, by formally transitioning their technical consultants and industry specialists into the Advisian business.The new entity is based on a successful model already well established in Australia, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Advisian in Sub Sahara Africa will work alongside the existing business units of Minerals, Metals & Chemicals (MM&C); Hydrocarbons, Resource Infrastructure, Power (HRIP); Public Infrastructure (PI); and Improve. Advisian’s Global CEO, Dennis Finn, recruited from consulting firm PwC, explained that “Advisian’s main point of difference is its ability to offer expert strategic and management advisory services coupled with broader technical engineering consulting capabilities. This is all backed by real-world experience across a wide range of industries and asset portfolios. We believe we are now the first truly global consulting advisory business to be able to provide this integrated offering to our clients”.The local Advisian business is led by Regional Executive Manager, Adam Boughton, who has been with the RSA operation for the past two years. Initially Adam led the Rail Department and more recently, the Resource Infrastructure Division of HRIP. Prior to his move to Africa, Adam spent a number of years working within the Group’s Australian Consulting business.“Advisian will be a strong driver of growth in our African operations,” said Boughton. “We have established local teams with significant experience across all engineering sectors which are supported by our global capabilities. Advisian will focus on harnessing this expertise to provide our clients with access to a world-best capability that will deliver significant value to their businesses. All of our specialist capabilities are backed by credible, full-range, project delivery experience.”Advisian can be engaged at any time of the project lifecycle, either in a stand-alone manner or as part of the overall project, adding value from the early phases of project development through to decommissioning and post-closure. Consulting services include Strategic and Management Consulting Services (such as strategic decision making to investment portfolio optimisation); Mining Studies; Transportation; Ports, Marine and Terminals; Environmental and Social Services; Restoration Services; Power Advisory; Master Planning and Geotechnical Sciences.WorleyParsons sub-Saharan Africa business grew rapidly through the acquisition of TWP in 2013 and has been undergoing a period of integration with the existing African business. With this integration drawing to a close, Boughton says the timing was perfect to introduce Advisian as a dedicated strategic, management and technical consulting business line.
← Previous Story WISLA TV: Polish derby, no surprise Next Story → CSM BUCURESTI STRIKE AGAIN: Manea and Tolnai went home! Financial crisis in Danish Viborg HK forcing players to think about the future. One of them, who just came to help Danish team to reach the goals this season, Swedish star Linnea Torstenson has signed contract with the new power in European handball, Romanian CSM Bucuresti. One of the best left backs in Europe, but with a lot of problems with injuries in recent years, spent season and a half in Slovenian Krim Mercator, who suddenly decided to cut budget in the winter time…Torstenson was the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 MVP.Romanian team will have also Danish coach on the bench… CSM BucurestiLinnea Torstenson
Dr. Mark Messina speaks at the ASA/WISHH seminar, “Nutritional Properties of the Soybean and its Use in Social Programs” in Honduras.Last month, the American Soybean Associations World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) hosted a seminar entitled, “Nutritional Properties of the Soybean and its Use in Social Programs” seminar in Honduras funded by USDA’s Foreign Market Development (FMD) program.Together Dr. Mark Messina and Dr. Marilyn Nash, of the University of Illinois’ National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), presented the following topics: Nutritional Attributes of Soy, Soy Protein Products and their Uses, Soy in School Feeding: A Practical Guide to Improving Nutrition for Our Children, and Soy Foods to Prevent Illness and Improve Health. The seminar was organized for staff members of the Secretary of Development and Social Inclusion (SEDIS) of the Government of Honduras and was attended by 33 people.
What do the skies hold for the weekend? Check out the local weather forecast here.The week’s top stories and some news you may have missedVancouver Clinic to reduce Medicaid servicesThe Vancouver Clinic will no longer accept new Medicaid clients and, over the next three years, will reduce the amount of Medicaid services it provides to Clark County residents.The Vancouver Clinic currently provides primary and speciality care for more than 36,000 Medicaid clients — more than any other community Medicaid provider — as well as specialty care for those other providers. Medicaid services account for 25 percent of the clinic’s total business. Over the next three years, the clinic will reduce that amount to 10 percent.“We’ve had an open door to Medicaid,” said Duane Lucas-Roberts, chief executive officer of The Vancouver Clinic. “That’s one reason our volume is so high. The problem is, that’s not sustainable. There won’t be a Vancouver Clinic.”To get to more stable ground, the clinic will not accept any new Medicaid clients and will not replace existing Medicaid clients as they leave the clinic or are removed from the Medicaid program, which serves low-income children and adults, said Ann Wheelock, the clinic’s chief financial officer.Read the full story here.Clark College acquires land for north county campusClark College has acquired 59 acres near the Ridgefield Interstate 5 junction that will allow it to take root in north Clark County with educational programs within a decade, college President Bob Knight told The Columbian on Wednesday. The Vancouver Clinic will no longer accept new Medicaid clients and, over the next three years, will reduce the amount of Medicaid services it provides to Clark County residents.
BAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community is saying farewell to a well-respected police chief.Bal Harbour Police Chief Mark Overton died Thursday from complications from a heart attack he suffered in July.Bal Harbour Police chief hospitalized after suffering medical emergencyOverton spent three decades in law enforcement. He earned praise last year when he launched an internal probe that uncovered a massive sting operation that laundered millions in drug cash for criminal groups, but never made a single arrest.He also earned high marks for his time at the Hialeah Police department, overseeing a dramatic drop in the crime rate there.Overton was 54 years old.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share Pexels.com A global energy watchdog says booming production in the United States will meet 80 percent global growth in demand for oil over the next five years.The International Energy Agency believes slow growth from OPEC will be offset by oilfields in the U.S.The group, based in Paris, issued its annual oil market report on Monday. The resurgence in U.S. production is the most prominent change since the group’s last forecast.The retreat by oil producers during an oil-price plunge between 2014 and 2016, however, continues to raise the specter that not enough money has been spent on exploration, which can result in shortages and price spikes.The IEA predicts that within five years, the cushion of production capacity over expected demand will fall to its lowest level since 2007. That was the year that the price for oil in the U.S. surged close to $150. Prices are less than half that today.The energy agency, which advises energy-consuming countries, said Monday that global energy demand will grow about 7 percent by 2023, to 104.7 million barrels of oil per day. Citing the production capabilities of drillers operating in U.S. shale fields, the world capacity to produce oil will hit 107 million barrels a day.The strongest growth is expected to come from the Permian Basin, a vast oil and gas pool that lies under parts of Texas and New Mexico. Output there is expected to double by 2023.While the U.S. will play the largest role, the energy agency predicts that Canada, Brazil and Norway will pump enough oil to meet the rest of the growth in world demand through the next five years.OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, will increase capacity only modestly through 2023 because of sharply falling production in Venezuela, according to the energy agency forecast.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-3 p.m. Map: Harris County Flood Control District Mon. June 4Tues. June 5-Fri. June 8Sat. June 9 Lowe’s (Store #563)20201 N. Interstate 45, Spring, 77388 Harris Dates Montgomery Mon. June 4Tues. June 5-Sat. June 9 Locations Home Depot (Store #508)1341 W. Davis St., Conroe, 77304 Mon. June 4Tues. June 5-Sat. June 9 Home Depot (Store #6501)11820 Dickinson Rd., Houston, 77089 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Parker Building Supply514 W. Sinton St., Sinton, 78387 Mon. June 4-Sat. June 9 Hours 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. County San Patricio Harris Photo: FEMA Region 6 via Twitter / @FEMARegion6FEMA experts are available this week in the greater Houston area and other southeast Texas counties to provide one-on-one advice on how to protect homes and get prepared for the 2018 hurricane season.With the 2018 hurricane season having begun last Friday, experts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are available this week in the greater Houston area and other southeast Texas counties to provide one-on-one advice on how to protect homes and get prepared.The FEMA experts are deploying at home improvement stores and giving tips, as well as teaching techniques, to repair and build hazard-resistant homes.The experts are also explaining how to make a family disaster plan, as well as how to prepare disaster supply kits, which Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recommended last week. Additionally, they are discussing the importance of flood insurance.FEMA also has several websites that provide information about disaster mitigation and protection of properties. They are the following:www.fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigationwww.fema.gov/what-mitigationwww.fema.gov/protect-your-propertyRegarding the 2018 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted there could be between 10 and 16 named storms, and between five and nine hurricanes. Additionally, NOAA’s prediction is there could be between one and four major hurricanes.Following is the list of locations, with dates and times, where FEMA experts will be available this week: Share
If any other phone manufacturer experienced failures as catastrophic as exploding batteries and gimmicky screens that break in a day, they probably wouldn’t still be around. So kudos to Samsung for its Galaxy line being so strong so consistently it can weather storms like that. Although Google produces its own handsets, the Galaxy phones are the closest thing Android has to true premier iPhone competitors.The top of the line Samsung Galaxy S10+ continues that legacy, even if experts predict it’s on the wrong end of an upcoming paradigm shift.AdChoices广告In terms of pure specs the S10+ is a beast. And it should be. At a thousand dollars, it’s the most expensive modern Galaxy phone you can get with only one screen. That edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED screen is 6.4 inches with a long 19:9 aspect ratio and 3,040 by 1,440 resolution. The brightness and color range make visuals look gorgeous in a variety of environments.Under the hood is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with general performance upgrades as well as specific improvements like the X24 modem for better 4G and Wi-Fi 6 connections. It’s a little finicky, but the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is pretty nifty. The phone packs three cameras that impress despite not being that different from previous models: a 16-megapixel 123-degree ultra-wide camera and two 12-megapixel camera including one “2x telephoto” version. And even with all these features the phone manages to retain a headphone jack along with a USB-C port and waterproof build.Really, the biggest reason to be skeptical of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ isn’t a problem with the phone itself right now. Rather, it’s just a lot to spend on a 4G phone while everyone gets hyped for 5G. But that’s a different, future discussion.For more on the Samsung Galaxy S10+ check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And here are some other upcoming Android phones worth waiting for.More on Geek.com: Stay on target Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Geek Pick: Nokia 7.1 Is an Excellent, Affordable Android PhoneGeek Pick: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Is a Sleek Fitness SmartwatchGeek Pick: LaCie Mobile Drive Offers Big Beautiful Storage
Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more September 13, 2017 — Nuance Communications Inc. announced that Citizens Medical Center, a critical access hospital in rural Kansas, has completed a hospital-wide deployment of Nuance solutions to reduce transcription costs and improve physician satisfaction, productivity and efficiency. The implementation includes Dragon Medical One, eScription RH, PowerMic Mobile and the PowerShare Network.Critical access hospitals face a number of challenging issues in providing care due to rural locations, heavy regulations and restrictive budgets. Citizens Medical Center, in particular, was struggling with the performance and accuracy of the cumbersome speech recognition solution already in place, which led to poor clinical documentation turnaround time, prohibitive documentation costs, and low physician productivity and satisfaction. For example, similar to most critical access hospitals, Citizens Medical Center employs visiting physicians from outside institutions, who struggled with having to resave their personal voice profiles each time they entered the facility, causing delay and frustration.“After joining the Citizens Medical team, I took a hard look at the technology already in place and realized a change was needed for us to succeed in providing quality healthcare more efficiently,” said Jacee Dobbs, chief information officer, Citizens Medical Center. “We needed flexible, affordable solutions that would grow with us as our needs changed. The clear choice was Nuance due to its seamless, consistent experience across multiple lines of business – a key asset in our critical access hospital environment.”Given Citizens Medical Center’s financial needs, Nuance’s cloud-based solutions fit well into the hospital’s environment due to term-based pricing that does not require a large, upfront capital investment. Citizens Medical Center chose to implement Nuance’s Dragon Medical One, PowerMic Mobile and eScription RH solutions to improve speech accuracy and provider productivity, provide mobility options for clinicians and optimize the organization’s electronic health record system (EHR).The speech recognition solutions reduced documentation costs for the facility, and improved satisfaction and quality of life for physicians through streamlined workflows and a single voice profile that allows them to be more efficient across new devices, workflows and applications — in the EHR and beyond. Physicians surveyed at Citizens Medical Center agreed that Dragon Medical One made it easier to capture the patient story and helped improve documentation quality. The secure, cloud-based speech recognition solution is hosted on the Microsoft Azure HITRUST CSF certified platform, and is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning advancements that increase physician efficiency and return on investment.Additionally, Citizens Medical Center deployed Nuance’s PowerShare Network, which removed CDs from the image exchange workflow, resulting in more streamlined workflows for physicians, increasing satisfaction. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Kahlon said Oren’s comments reflected his personal views only, and praised Obama for supporting Israel.Oren said Obama abandoned longstanding principles of U.S.-Israel relations by openly disagreeing with Israel and not coordinating with it over changes to Mideast policies.U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby called Oren’s account “absolutely inaccurate.”Traditionally strong U.S.-Israeli ties have been strained under Obama and Netanyahu, who are divided over nuclear talks with Iran and peace efforts with the Palestinians.“Michael Oren is not a member of the government. His recent article in the Wall Street journal reflects his own views,” a senior official in the Israeli prime minister’s office said anonymously according to protocol.“Netanyahu has consistently expressed his appreciation…for all that President Obama has done for Israel’s security.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s finance minister distanced himself on Thursday from claims by the country’s former ambassador to the U.S., a member of his party, that President Barack Obama is purposely damaging bilateral relations.Moshe Kahlon said in a letter to America’s ambassador to Israel that he “summoned” Michael Oren, now a lawmaker in his Kulanu party, to his office after learning that Oren had expressed his views in an op-ed this week in the Wall Street Journal. The Associated Press on Thursday received a copy of the letter. Comments Share
by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2018 7:11 am PDT Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Taylor Swift performs “I Did Something Bad” at the American Music Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.Swift won four honours including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone for the top prize.“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people,” she said, “the midterm elections on November 6.”Swift announced on Sunday that she was voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.Voting was a hot topic at the AMAs. Host and Golden Globe-winning “black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a shirt that said, “I am a voter,” and comedian-actor Billy Eichner told the audience, “The biggest election of our lifetime is happening.”“Please grab your friends and tell them to vote. Now is the time. If you believe in equality for women, for people of colour, for the LGBTQ community. If you believe that climate change is real and that we need to do something about it,” he said onstage before presenting an award.“And you can go to Vote.org like Taylor Swift told you to,” he added.Swift made history by becoming the most decorated woman in the show’s history with a total of 23 AMAs. Despite having the year’s top-selling album and three No. 1 hits, Drake didn’t win a single award. He did not attend the show but tied Cardi B with most nominations walking into the AMAs.Swift kicked off the show with a performance of “I Did Something Bad,” while Cardi B — who won three honours — picked up the night’s first award, favourite hip-hop/rap artist, which she dedicated to her daughter.“I really want to thank my daughter,” said Cardi B, who gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus in July. “I gotta prove people wrong. They said I wasn’t going to make it after I had a baby.”The rapper hit the stage to give a festive and colorful performance of her No. 1 hit, “I Like It,” where she was joined by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, who was wheeled onstage inside a shopping cart. Cardi B’s husband, Offset of the rap trio Migos, danced along in the audience with group member Quavo as Cardi B worked the stage with vibrant dance moves, including the salsa.Cardi B returned the favour, screaming happily when Migos was named favourite pop/rock duo or group, beating out Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons, later in the show.“We did not know we was winning this at all,” said Quavo, also giving a shout-out to group member Takeoff, who didn’t attend the AMAs.“I want to thank you sexy lady,” Offset said, pointing to Cardi B.Like Cardi B’s performance, rising newcomer Ella Mai also won over the crowd when she sang the year’s biggest R&B hit, “Boo’d Up,” starting the performance as she walked down the aisle of the Microsoft Theater. Khalid, Quavo and Offset were some of the audience members dancing along, while others sang and some even filmed her with their phones.Others who shined onstage included R&B singer Ciara, who showed off her skilled dance moves and was joined by a fierce Missy Elliott. Carrie Underwood was in perfect form vocally, and Camila Cabello — who tied Swift with four wins — gave a heartful, touching and vocally impressive performance of the ballad “Consequences,” earning her a standing ovation.The three-hour show closed with a rousing tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died in August. Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans were among the musicians who paid tribute to the Queen of Soul’s gospel roots and her iconic album, “Amazing Grace.”Rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in June, was also honoured: He won favourite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, “17.” It was days after he was named best new artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, said she was honoured to accept the award on behalf of her son. “I’m so nervous,” Bernard said as the audience cheered her on.Kane Brown swept the country categories with three wins, including male artist, album and song.Post Malone, who wore a baby blue suit and performed, won favourite pop/rock male artist, Underwood was named favourite country female artist and Khalid picked up favourite soul/R&B male artist.Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and twenty one pilots.
26Oct Rep. García welcomes ‘Junior Representative’ to State Capitol Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos State Representative Daniela R. García is joined by Tyler at the State CapitolState Representative Daniela R. García today welcomed Zeeland homeschool student Tyler Scholtens to serve as ‘Representative for a Day,’ and to shadow her in Lansing.Tyler became eligible for the special visit based on his participation in Representative García’s summer reading contest. The contest invited students to track the books they read during the summer and submit a contest bookmark in drop boxes at their local libraries in Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland by Sept. 1.Tyler was selected at random as the winner via a live drawing in the representative’s office. A recording of the drawing can be found on Representative García’s website, www.repdanielagarcia.comTyler and his family joined Representative García for today’s legislative activities, attending committee meetings, and joining her in session on the floor of the Michigan House Chambers.“It was a privilege to host Tyler and his family at the Capitol,” García said. “Tyler and students like him represent the next generation of leaders in Michigan.###
Categories: Albert News,Lower News,News 30Nov Reps. Lower, Albert lead reforms to protect local government retiree benefits and public services State Reps. Jim Lower and Thomas Albert today led the introduction of a landmark reform plan aimed at protecting public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The plan will help identify the local governments most at risk of bankruptcy due to unfunded retirement plan liabilities and set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis.“Local governments across Michigan have nearly $20 billion in unfunded liabilities connected to their employee retirement systems,” said Albert, of Lowell, after introducing legislation in the House. “This debt is a cancer eating away at communities and the quality of life across the state.”Lower, of Cedar Lake, said urgent action is needed to prevent problems from growing worse across the state.“We must act now to safeguard the retirement benefits of police officers, firefighters and all other local government employees across Michigan to the fullest extent possible,” Lower said. “We must act now to protect funding for the essential public services we all rely on. And we must do it in a way that won’t pass along debt to our children and grandchildren.”Albert participated on a task force earlier this year, assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder, to explore the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems. The Michigan House is following up the task force report with a 19-bill package to address mounting local retiree healthcare and pension costs.The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.Local governments will have plenty of opportunity to address issues on their own. But if that fails, a financial management team (FMT) with local and state representation will step in to force changes to put programs back on firm financial footing.“Each community is going to be starting from a different place within this problem and will face their own unique challenges,” said Albert, of Lowell. “That is why we must offer a solution with flexibility and local input in mind.”Added Lower: “If we don’t fix this problem now, communities with dangerously underfunded retirement systems could go bankrupt and fail to keep promises made to retirees. This plan heads off that problem and gives local governments a warning system to prioritize and safeguard the benefits retirees and current employees expect.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Thomas Albert (seated, center), of Lowell and Jim Lower (third from right), of Cedar Lake, are joined by colleagues from the Michigan House of Representatives during the introduction of a multi-bill package on Thursday. The bills address mounting municipal retiree benefit system debt and bolster revenue sharing funding throughout the state.