NEW YORK NY – Select nominations for the 2018 T

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Select nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards, announced Tuesday.Best Musical: “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen;” ”Mean Girls;” ”SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”Best Play: “The Children;” ”Farinelli and the King;” ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two;” ”Junk;” ”Latin History for Morons”Best Book of a Musical: “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen;” ”Mean Girls”; “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Angels in America”; “The Band’s Visit;” ”Frozen”; “Mean Girls”; “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”Best Revival of a Play: “Angels in America;” ”Three Tall Women;” ”The Iceman Cometh;” ”Lobby Hero”; “Travesties”Best Revival of a Musical: “Carousel;” ”My Fair Lady;” ”Once on This Island”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America”; Tom Hollander, “Travesties”; Jamie Parker, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Mark Rylance, “Farinelli and The King”; Denzel Washington, “The Iceman Cometh”Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Glenda Jackson, “Three Tall Women”; Condola Rashad, “Saint Joan”; Lauren Ridloff, “Children of a Lesser God”; Amy Schumer, “Meteor Shower”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”; Joshua Henry, “Carousel”; Tony Shalhoub, “The Band’s Visit”; Ethan Slater, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.”Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Lauren Ambrose, “My Fair Lady”; Hailey Kilgore, “Once On This Island”; LaChanze, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”; Katrina Lenk, “The Band’s Visit”; Taylor Louderman, “Mean Girls”; Jessie Mueller, “Carousel”Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Anthony Boyle, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Michael Cera, “Lobby Hero”; Brian Tyree Henry, “Lobby Hero”; Nathan Lane, “Angels in America”; David Morse, “The Iceman Cometh”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Susan Brown, “Angels in America”; Noma Dumezweni, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”; Deborah Findlay, “The Children”; Denise Gough, “Angels in America”; Laurie Metcalf, “Three Tall Women”Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Norbert Leo Butz, “My Fair Lady”; Alexander Gemignani, “Carousel”; Grey Henson, “Mean Girls”; Gavin Lee, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”; Ari’el Stachel, “The Band’s Visit”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Ariana DeBose, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”; Renee Fleming, “Carousel”; Lindsay Mendez, “Carousel”; Ashley Park, “Mean Girls”; Diana Rigg, “My Fair Lady”___Online: http://tonyawards.com by The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2018 7:31 am PDT Last Updated May 1, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Select list of nominees for 2018 Tony Awardslast_img read more

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Jonathan McReynolds wins big at Stellar Gospel Mus

Jonathan McReynolds wins big at Stellar Gospel Mus

first_imgJonathan McReynolds wins big at Stellar Gospel Music Awards LAS VEGAS — Jonathan McReynolds was the top winner at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, taking home six trophies during a ceremony that also included a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.Chicago gospel artist McReynolds was crowned artist of the year Friday night and his song “Not Lucky” was named song of the year. He also took home honours for best contemporary male vocalist, contemporary CD and producer of the year.Jekalyn Carr was named female vocalist of the year and The Walls Group won the award for duo/chorus group of the year. The best new artist trophy went to Jabari Johnson.The tribute to Franklin was performance by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell.The Stellar Awards will be telecast on BET on April 19.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2016 file photo, Jonathan McReynolds performs at the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. McReynolds was the top winner at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, taking home six trophies during a ceremony that also included a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Thanks to his album “Make Room,” Chicago gospel artist McReynolds was crowned artist of the year Friday, March 29, 2019 and his song “Not Lucky” was named song of the year. He also took home honors for contemporary male vocalist, contemporary CD and producer of the year.(Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2019 12:12 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 1:03 pm PDT US government returns painting stolen by Nazis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — The U.S. government has returned a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced Tuesday that the 1639 work by Salomon Koninck was returned to two heirs of Jewish art collector Adolphe Schloss.The painting titled “A Scholar Sharpening His Quill” was stolen by the Nazis in France and taken to Adolph Hitler’s personal headquarters in Munich.Authorities say the painting resurfaced in November 2017 when a Chilean art dealer tried to sell it through a New York-based auction house. The FBI seized it until a judge authorized its release.Berman says returning the painting restores a part of lost heritage, plundered by Nazis in a “sadistic and unjust” campaign.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2019 6:31 pm PDT LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially single, though more work is left before the terms of their divorce are final.Los Angeles Superior Court documents show that Judge John W. Ouderkirk entered a judgment Friday, saying the couple is no longer married. Her name was also restored to just Jolie, not Jolie Pitt.The couple’s lawyers had asked for a bifurcated judgment, meaning that two married people can be declared single before all issues in the divorce are agreed upon.It’s not clear what issues remain unresolved in the divorce, but Jolie has filed papers saying Pitt wasn’t paying sufficient child support, which his attorneys disputed.The 43-year-old Jolie and the 55-year-old Pitt have six children. They were married in 2014, and Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.The Associated Press Judge says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now singlecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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This undated photo provided by Bobby Goldstein Pro

This undated photo provided by Bobby Goldstein Pro

first_img This undated photo provided by Bobby Goldstein Productions shows Clark James Gable III, host of the reality TV show “Cheaters” and grandson of late Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable. A medical examiner says the grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental drug overdose. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy found Clark James Gable III was killed by a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone and alprazolam. Gable died in Dallas in February. (Courtesy of Bobby Goldstein Productions via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 1:23 pm PDT Medical examiner: Clark Gable’s grandson died of overdose AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS — A medical examiner says the grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental drug overdose.The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy found Clark James Gable III was killed by a combination of the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone, and the sedative alprazolam. It ruled his death an accident.Gable died in February. The 30-year-old lived in Dallas and hosted the reality TV show “Cheaters,” which featured confrontations with people suspected of infidelity. He is survived by his fiancée and their infant daughter.Gable’s death was the latest in a national opioid crisis that the Centers for Disease Control says claimed 48,000 lives in 2017. The manufacturer of Oxycodone last month agreed to pay $270 million to settle one of thousands of lawsuits blaming it in the crisis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img by Mike Schneider, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 10:51 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Theme park attendance crosses half-billion mark for 1st timecenter_img ORLANDO, Fla. — Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time.According to a report released this week by Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM, global attendance at waterparks increased by 2.5%, and the top museums had relatively flat attendance last year.The report credits the adaptation of strong intellectual properties into new attractions.Walt Disney parks across the globe had more than 157 million visitors in 2018, more than double the next-closest theme park company, Merlin Entertainment Group, which owns the Legoland parks and other attractions.Magic Kingdom in Florida was the best-attended park with 20.8 million visitors in 2018, followed by Disneyland in California with 18.6 million visitors.Mike Schneider, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Body of missing fisherman recovered

Body of missing fisherman recovered

first_imgThe body of a missing fisherman was found by search teams on Sunday morning after he was reported missing on Friday night.The body of the 67-year-old was found some 500 metres off the coast of Limassol around 9am.A search got underway off the coast of Limassol early Saturday. A patrol boat was dispatched to the area where it found the fisherman’s boat but no signs of him. A second boat and two helicopters were sent to the area to initiate the search.The pensioner’s body was identified by his son. A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Georgiades says Etyk ignores favours done by government

Georgiades says Etyk ignores favours done by government

first_imgWith its decision to march to the presidential palace to protest a cabinet decision to allocate more money to compensate members of provident funds for deposits losses in 2013 bank union Etyk appears to ignore past favours, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said.“Etyk’s protest does not seem to take into account what the state has done in favour of its members,” the minister said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. “Almost all 60,000 members of provident funds, including 4,500 bank workers, earn 75 per cent while 1,000 other workers at Bank of Cyprus who secured amounts in excess of €100,000 maintain the prospect of additional recompense by the bank”.Thousands of bank workers staged a demo outside the Presidential Palace early on Tuesday afternoon, calling on the government to allow more funds to compensate them for their losses after the bail in.In 2013, the government made €300m available to compensate members of funds for deposits lost in the bail-in and in July 2017 made another €168m available to increase the recoupment to 75 per cent of losses per member or up to €100,000.On Thursday, the council of ministers decided to allocate an additional €20m by relaxing the criteria for provident fund members who have meanwhile left Bank of Cyprus. The lender offered to compensate its workers for their losses in exchange for an agreement on a new remuneration system.Provident funds lost approximately 70 per cent of the €1.1bn they held in deposits at Cypriot banks in defiance of repeated supervisory warnings to avoid risk concentration.“The above arrangements, finalised by the cabinet and implying a significant burden to the budget, fulfil the state’s commitments and at the same time ensure basic social justice,” he said. “Let me remind that thanks to the government’s efforts, no bank worker was fired even after banks went down, contrary to what happened with many other fellow citizens working for the private sector”.Several parties, including Diko, Edek, Solidarity and the Environmentalists expressed their support to Etyk’s position.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Cigarette smuggler arrested after car chase

Cigarette smuggler arrested after car chase

first_imgA man arrested near Athienou on Thursday after police chased his car and fired warning shots was found in possession of smuggled cigarettes.Police officers found the 43-year-old, a resident of Nicosia, driving in the buffer zone at around 5.25pm and signalled for him to pull over.When the driver refused to stop officers chased the car which was moving dangerously and fired two warning shots.The car eventually crashed into the police vehicle, causing slight damage to both vehicles.During a search of the vehicle police found large amounts of smuggled cigarettes.The suspect was arrested and members of the customs department who were summoned counted 698 cigarettes.The car and the smuggled items were seized by the customs department.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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UN adviser sees leader dinner as good opportunity

UN adviser sees leader dinner as good opportunity

first_imgThe informal dinner hosted by the UN next Monday will be a good opportunity for the leaders of the island’s divided community to meet face-to-face and talk, UN Secretary General Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said on Tuesday.She was speaking after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the morning.A meeting is also on the cards for Friday with President Nicos Anastasiades.The UN official said it would be the first encounter between the two men since last year.“We think it would be an opportunity for the two gentlemen to meet face-to-face and to discuss,” she told reporters.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the president had also scheduled meetings on Wednesday with the heads of the bicommuncal technical committees. The aim is to reaffirm the Greek Cypriot side’s commitment to continuing its work.An effort was also afoot to arrange a meeting between Greek Cypriot party leaders ahead of Monday’s dinner with Akinci, but no date has been fixed yet.The dinner takes place against a backdrop of mistrust between the two sides and the added thorn concerning the Republic’s natural gas activities, which Turkey strongly disputes.Both leaders have stressed that there is no agenda for Monday, although it is highly likely that the gas issue will come up.The latest round of UN-led talks collapsed in acrimony in Switzerland in July 2017 and developments over the gas issue have made conditions worse.In February, Turkish warships prevented Italian energy company ENI from drilling in a field inside block 6 of the Republic’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Ankara argues it is safeguarding the rights of Turkish Cypriots, but it also has its own claims inside Cyprus’ EEZ.Turkish Cypriots want to have a say on the issue and want it discussed at the talks.Greek Cypriots reject the idea, arguing that it has already been decided that it should be handled by the federal government after the island’s reunification.The EU has urged Turkey to avoid threats and refrain from actions that could damage relations with the bloc.EU leaders have condemned what they described as ‘continued illegal actions’ by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. You May LikeNovelodgeTime Has Not Been Kind to Martial Artist Bolo Yeung At 72NovelodgeUndoLoanPrideNo One Expected Fitness Star Denise Austin To Turn Out Like ThisLoanPrideUndoMoney News TipsInstant Language Translator Device Taking United States By StormMoney News TipsUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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State not looking to take vindictive measures against teachers Updated

State not looking to take vindictive measures against teachers Updated

first_imgBy Evie AndreouEducation Minister Costas Hambiaouris on Monday refuted claims that the government would take vindictive measures against striking teachers, but stressed it plans on finding ways to best tackle the issue by protecting the rights of pupils.Hambiaouris, along with the ministers of agriculture and labour, had a meeting on Monday with Attorney-general, Costas Clerides, to discuss legal instruments for managing the 48-hour teacher strike which is set to start on Tuesday. The three ministers were appointed by the cabinet as a committee tasked to handle the education crisis.The minister refrained from elaborating on whether the committee came to any conclusions during their meeting with Clerides.“Because the right to strike is constitutionally guaranteed and fully respected, we have discussed with the Attorney-general ways to take legal measures so that the state can ensure unhindered provision of education to our children and their right to learn,” Hambiaouris said.He reiterated that any decisions taken would not concern counter measures.  “To make this clear; we do not know who has adopted this term, I just repeat, [we’ll take] legal measures to manage the situation for our children to have unhindered access to their education,” Hambiaouris said.On whether striking teachers would see their wages slashed, Hambiaouris said that this was one of the issues to be looked into in due time.On Sunday the head of the primary education teachers, Fylios Fylaktou had said that they had sought legal advice from the law firm of Alecos Markides, a former attorney-general. The advice given, according Fylaktou, “clearly said the teacher’s salary is not in exchange for what he/she does in school, but that it ensures his/her living […] so that they can perform his/her vocation. Therefore, classroom and extracurricular activities cannot be valued in money, so there can be no pay deduction.”But Markides told the CyBC the law stipulated that an employer was not obliged to pay salaries for the days workers were on strike.Hambiaouris on Monday refrained from making further statements so as not to increase tension.Prior to the meeting with Clerides, Hambiaouris refuted reports that his ministry was planning on taking vindictive measures or that it would carry out disciplinary probes. He said that they would study with the attorney-general the measures taken by educational organisations and see how they could manage the crisis in the best possible way, away from controversy and tension.In view of the strike, the education ministry announced that it would not be in a position to offer protection and safety in schools on Tuesday and Wednesday.Organised parents, who on Monday blamed both sides for the ongoing crisis in education, advised that children would be best kept home during the strike for safety reasons.In a statement, the federation of secondary education parents’ associations said that despite the fact that government and teachers had been declaring on every occasion the last couple of months that their top priority was the good of pupils, their actions showed the opposite.“None of them shows substantive will and cooperation to resolve disputes and to restructure the education system,” the parents said. “We are confident that when they finally realise that the focus, is or should be, the pupils, and when there is substantive will, flexibility and cooperation on both sides, then we will surely find a solution to all the problems faced by the public school.”Meanwhile, primary and secondary teacher unions officially announced on Monday they would go on a 48-hour strike as of Tuesday and called on all their members to participate.Unions Poed, Oelmek and Oltek said that their boards, following the green light given to them by the majority of their members earlier in the month, have jointly decided to take strike measures to protest against the “unilateral decisions” of the cabinet last July, but also the subsequent “unacceptable stance of the government” against educators in general and their leadership and public school.In a written statement, the three unions called on all educators in state schools, but also those teaching in night schools, adult education centres and those seconded to the education ministry to “participate in our just struggle” to defend public education.In a news conference on Monday, Fylaktou said the issue was not the free periods or the money but the government’s unilateral decisions.“We will defend the public school because it is the one that accepts all kids without exception, kids from low socioeconomic levels, kids with problematic and delinquent behaviour, kids with special needs,” he said.Fylaktou said the unions have prepared themselves for a lengthy struggle but hope there will not be a need for one.All three teaching unions decided to go on strike last week because the government rejected additional demands made after an agreement between the unions and the ministerial committee had been reached. The two-month dispute concerns the decision by the government to slash some of the teaching exemption benefits of state educators in a bid to save funds to be used for other needs in public education.  You May LikeEchobeatThese New Wireless Earphones Are The Best Buy Of 2019EchobeatUndoBusiness FlightsBusiness Class Flights Are Becoming A CommodityBusiness FlightsUndoBigKidCeationsCHH 2 in 1 Dominoe Hub – Train and ChickenBigKidCeationsUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Police to stage bank attack drill

Police to stage bank attack drill

first_imgPOLICE will be carrying out a drill in Nicosia on Tuesday simulating an incident involving gunmen.The drill will take place at 9am at the Central Bank building on Kennedy Avenue, Nicosia.The public is advised that this is a simulation and there is no cause for alarm.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arson attack on Limassol apartment block

Arson attack on Limassol apartment block

first_imgA fire which broke out early on Wednesday at a block of flats in Limassol where the offices of three doctors are located was likely caused by arson, police said.According to the police report, the fire, which started around 3.10am, was put out before it could damage the interior.The entrance of the flat was damaged.First investigations suggest arsonists are responsible.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Hughes invites all area residents to fourth annual veterans job fair

Rep Hughes invites all area residents to fourth annual veterans job fair

first_img18Mar Rep. Hughes invites all area residents to fourth annual veterans job fair Tags: #SB, jobs, Veterans Event to feature local employers looking for talented employeesState Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Committee, encourages veterans and non-veterans alike to attend the Fourth Annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday on May 15 in Muskegon.The event, started in 2012 by Rep. Hughes and Dave Eling, Muskegon Veteran Center director, has helped to place hundreds of veterans with employers since its inception.  Last year, over 90 employers, employers from various industries were on hand to meet with prospective employees. To date, 39 employers have already signed up.“Returning veterans face many challenges, including higher rates of unemployment,” said Rep. Hughes.  “This event is designed to be a one-stop shop for bringing together our talented veterans with our wonderful area employers in a relaxing and stress-free environment.  Last year, of those seeking employment, a third were veterans and two-thirds were not.”The Veterans Job Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St. in Muskegon.For more information, contact Rep. Hughes at 877-633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov.###center_img Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

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Rep Sheppard pays tribute to Head Start on 50th anniversary

Rep Sheppard pays tribute to Head Start on 50th anniversary

first_img Lawmaker recognizes most successful,long-term federal program in historyLANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jason Sheppard today gave tribute to the Michigan Head Start Association (MHSA) in honor of the overwhelmingly successful federal program’s 50th anniversary.“Not only does Head Start provide academic help, but it also provides living-wage jobs in our most needy communities,” Rep Sheppard said. “Congratulations to Head Start and MHSA on 50 years of making a meaningful difference in the lives of Michiganders. Here’s to serving for another five decades and thank you for your service to the Great Lakes State.”Head Start is the nation’s leading child and family growth program ensuring school readiness by providing development skills to low-income children. MHSA is dedicated to helping Michigan’s poorest children achieve school readiness and family self-sufficiency, aiding 34,000 children and their families. Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos 21May Rep. Sheppard pays tribute to Head Start on 50th anniversarylast_img read more

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Making life better for Michigan residents

Making life better for Michigan residents

first_img Categories: VanSingel News 27Dec Making life better for Michigan residents Representing the people of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties in the Michigan House was my top priority in 2017.To keep Michigan moving forward, I will continue to hear residents’ ideas and make sure their voices are heard back in Lansing.Improving the safety and quality of life for Michiganders is always on my mind when voting and I want to do what is best for the people I represent.Here are some of the accomplishments of my first year in the Michigan House:•           Voted to prevent local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Taxing such a vital necessity as food could mean tough choices for some families.•           Prioritized Michigan’s transportation system by voting for record funding for roads, bridges and underground water systems.•           Voted for record funding for K-12 education and increased funding for public safety by adding more than 100 more Michigan State Police troopers.•           Supported a grant recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase 354 acres in Newaygo County. The property will be used for hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.•           Sponsored legislation to give property managers more flexibility in determining attorney representation in legal disagreements.I encourage residents to join me for office hours held regularly each month. I look forward to discussing questions and concerns regarding state government.  I look forward to the New Year and will continue to support the people in our communities.I can be reached via email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov  or by phone at (517) -373-7317.###last_img read more

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Rep Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College

Rep Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College

first_img12Jun Rep. Kahle secures state funding to improve roadway access to Adrian College, city Categories: Kahle News,News Rep. Bronna Kahle has helped secure $450,000 to assist a key road project benefitting Adrian College and the entire community.The money – included in a state budget approved today by the Michigan Legislature – will help complete construction of an access road from U.S. 223 to the college.“This project is critically important for the thousands of students, employees and visitors who drive to and from Adrian College and the surrounding area every day,” Kahle said. “It will benefit the campus, downtown Adrian and the entire city. This is a good example of bringing the contributions of our hard-working taxpayers back home to benefit the entire community.”The project to improve traffic flow and provide a gateway into the college and city has been a high priority for roughly a decade. It will help connect motorists to a key medical center and many other businesses.The state’s plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 also includes record funding for K-12 schools and skilled trades workforce development programs. Most school districts in the Lenawee County area will receive an additional $240 per student.The budget also includes more money for roads, seniors, mental health services and public safety without increasing overall state spending.House Bill 5579 and Senate Bill 848 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.center_img ###last_img read more

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Rep Lucidos cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approval

Rep Lucidos cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approval

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News Legislation from state Rep. Peter Lucido addressing the growing and troubling trend of cyberbullying is one step from state law after a vote of final approval today in the Michigan House.“A fundamental duty of state government is to keep residents safe,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Intimidation and threatening behavior online impacts life for people in our schools and businesses in a time where we are seeing a rise in suicide and depression. It’s time to put a stop to it and hold online bullies accountable, just as we would if the intimidating or threatening behavior were being carried out in person.”Current state law does not explicitly cover cyberbullying. Lucido’s plan defines it within law as clear intent to communicate fear of bodily harm or death – aligning Michigan with several other states that have formal online anti-bullying statute.A person charged with misdemeanor cyberbullying could be punished with up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for the first offense, with added violations carrying penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.If the online intimidation escalates to an assault or serious injury, offenders may be charged with a felony and face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the offense leads to a fatality, the felony could be punishable up to 10 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.According to the National Center for Education, about one of every five students within the ages of 12-18 experience some form of cyberbullying. Close to 800,000 worldwide people die from suicide every year, according to data from the World Health Organization.“Real penalties are needed for real problems and we’re seeing around the country that this is a real problem,” Lucido said. “Talking to someone over the computer or through a text message is a legitimate form of communication today. If you are using that line of communication in an unacceptable fashion, there should be consequences for those actions. This legislation updates the law and will serve as a deterrent.”House Bills 5017-18 will now be sent to the desk of the governor. 19Dec Rep. Lucido’s cyberbullying plan receives final legislative approvallast_img read more

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Rep Schroeder joins coalition urging USDA to extend protections for Michigans farmers

Rep Schroeder joins coalition urging USDA to extend protections for Michigans farmers

first_img22Jun Rep. Schroeder joins coalition urging USDA to extend protections for Michigan’s farmers Amid one of the worst growing seasons on record for Michigan’s farmers, State Rep. Andrea Schroeder joined a coalition of 63 lawmakers who urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to modify rules that would prevent farmers from continuing to plant late in the growing season.“Our farmers are grappling with the wettest 12-month period on record in the continental U.S.—this instability not only hurts our rural communities, but also will impact food prices for consumers,” said Schroeder, of Independence Township. “With increased flexibility, we can mitigate the impact this record-setting weather has on our agricultural economy.”According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest economic sector, contributing roughly $104.7 billion in economic activity.In response to protecting this industry, the coalition of lawmakers felt compelled to send this letter of support to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The USDA announced Thursday it would permit farmers to use their unplanted land for livestock grazing, hay, or silage starting September 1 and still maintain eligibility for crop insurance.“We encourage you to help ensure this planting season is not a total loss by providing increased flexibility under Federal Crop Insurance rules for utilizing forage and cover crops, including corn silage, on prevented plant acres,” the letter reads. “Time is of the essence in enacting these changes. . . waiting much longer will remove the option for farmers to plant at all because the seed will no longer be available.”This increased flexibility allows farmers to plant on land normally prohibited by federal crop insurance rules, allowing for more crops to get to market and be raised for feed for a farmer’s livestock.As of June 12, Michigan farmers had only planted 63 percent of planned corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds, according to the Michigan Farm Bureau. From May 2018 to May 2019, this year has been the 12-month period wettest on record, preventing many farmers from planting before the June deadlines elapsed. The deadline for full coverage of crop insurance was June 5 for corn and June 15 for soybeans.Full text of the letter and its signatories can be found here. Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

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UPC Romania has added CMEs OTT video service Voyo

UPC Romania has added CMEs OTT video service Voyo

first_imgUPC Romania has added CME’s OTT video service Voyo to its network.The cable operator is offering Voyo for RON17 (€3.73) per month, which gives access to over 500 movies and TV series as well as live coverage of various sports events and concerts. The service is available to all UPC Internet Fiber Power customers.“We are one step closer to our vision of a digital world open to all. The partnership announced today enables us to bring premium online entertainment to our customers’ homes,” said Severina Pascu, CEO of UPC Romania.last_img read more

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