Rabat – Waiting at the doorstep of Europe, thousands of migrants and refugees in North Africa see the journey across the Mediterranean as the final obstacle between the hardships of their past and the hope of safety in Europe.Yet, this crossing is a larger obstacle than many first perceive, and the journey across the Mediterranean remains one of the most dangerous routes for migration in the world, with thousands of migrants dying along the path every year.For the most fortunate of these migrants, the journey will be interrupted by an NGO or passerby willing to help them along to Europe. For the least fortunate of these migrants, the makeshift boats in which they attempt the journey become waterlogged coffins in the salty waters of the Mediterranean. Floating adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, 27 migrants were found and rescued by a Spanish passenger ferry on June 20; however, less fortunate were the additional 22 migrants previously on board who did not survive the journey.No bodies were found aboard the ship, and according to the rescued passengers, the deceased were thrown overboard into the sea during the course of the journey. Corroborating this claim, an NGO confirmed that a migrant ship carrying 49 people did indeed leave from the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima en route to Spain.Fleeing from violence, poverty, and persecution, tens of thousands of migrants attempt to make their way to Europe each year, their resolve called into question each time one of their traveling companions falls along the way.Though thousands continue to attempt the crossing, the journey across the Mediterranean has never been more dangerous, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reporting that nearly two percent of migrants and refugees who attempt the crossing will never reach their destination.Despite the risks, the hope for a better future is still enough to drive thousands to attempt the journey, regardless of how grim their chances of survival are.With little sympathy from either the Moroccan or European governments, many of these refugees are left to fend for themselves, constantly threatened by human trafficking, violence, arrest, and harassment.While these deaths are not the first, nor will they be the last, they serve as a painful reminder of the lengths to which migrants are willing to go in the hopes of securing a better future for themselves and their loved ones.Read also: Spanish Police Find Teenage Migrants in Car Dashboard
Tthe Ford logo sits on the grill of a 2013 Ford F-350 truck in Pittsburgh, Feb. 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gene J. Puskar DEARBORN, Mich. – Results at Ford Motor Co. could test investors’ willingness to hang in during a year of lower profits on the promise of better returns ahead.Ford said Thursday its first-quarter net income fell 39 per cent to $989 million, or 24 cents per share. That’s down from $1.64 billion, or 41 cents per share, in the January-March period a year ago.Dearborn-based Ford had warned that this year would be leaner than 2013, when it enjoyed a near-record pretax profit of $8.65 billion. It’s a transition year for the company, which is launching a record 23 vehicles worldwide and building seven plants, including four in China.That means a lot of up-front costs that won’t immediately pay off. For example, Ford is halting production at its U.S. truck plants for 13 weeks this year to prepare for the launch of the new aluminum-clad F-150. It won’t see substantial sales of the truck until next year.The results also held some surprises for investors, including a $400 million contribution to Ford’s warranty reserves and $100 million in higher shipping costs and other weather-related charges from the brutal winter.Excluding a charge for plant closings in Europe, Ford earned 25 cents. That was far short of Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet forecast earnings of 31 cents per share. Ford’s shares fell 3.3 per cent to $15.78 in afternoon trading.Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks promised that results will improve in subsequent quarters. Ford still expects a full-year pretax profit in the $7 billion to $8 billion range despite volatility in South America, Russia and Turkey, he said.“We feel that we’re moving forward very nicely in what we expect for the year, and it’s setting us up for stronger growth and stronger profitability in 2015,” Shanks told reporters Friday.Revenue rose slightly to $35.9 billion. Worldwide sales were up 6 per cent to nearly 1.6 million.Most analysts were resigned to slogging through 2014 with Ford on the expectation of an upside next year.“We think Ford is on track for meaningful net income improvement in 2015,” said S&P Capital IQ analyst Efraim Levy, who has a “Buy” opinion on Ford’s shares.Ford’s powerhouse North America division, which led it out of the recession five years ago, slipped in the first quarter. Sales fell 2.4 per cent, the first year-over-year decline in the region in nearly two years, hurt by bad weather and low buyer interest in smaller, fuel efficient cars like the Focus and C-Max hybrid. While the F-Series pickup continued to see gains, sales of other big sellers like the Fusion sedan and Escape SUV fell from last year.North American pretax profit fell 37 per cent to $1.5 billion. Revenue in the company’s most profitable region fell 5 per cent to $20.4 billion.North America took the $400 million hit for warranty and repair costs. The company said costs for warranty claims have been rising, so it decided to add $340 million to its reserves this quarter for vehicles from the 2008 through 2013 model years. Ford said the decision wasn’t related to the spate of first-quarter recalls at rival General Motors Co.Ford also spent $60 million on two first-quarter recalls of older-model Crown Victoria sedans and Escape SUVs.In a role reversal, Asia and Europe were the sources of Ford’s biggest sales growth. Ford’s Asia Pacific region posted a record $291 million pretax profit, reversing a $28 million loss from a year ago. First-quarter sales soared 45 per cent in China to 271,321 vehicles.European sales, long a sore point for Ford, rose 11 per cent to 326,000. The company cut its European losses by more than half, to $194 million.South America remains a struggle for Ford. There, losses more than doubled to $510 million as industry sales dropped and Ford accounted for the effects of unfavourable currency exchange rates.Also Friday, CEO Alan Mulally, 68, said there is no change in the plan for him to stay with the company at least through the end of this year. Recent reports have speculated that Mulally will leave the company sooner and Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer, will become CEO. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford’s profit falls 39 per cent in first quarter on weaker North American results; shares fall by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2014 5:06 am MDT
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upNovember 15, 2015In “Regional”Improvements planned for T&T prisonsJuly 14, 2017In “latest news”T&T Gov’t building profile on those going to SyriaAugust 3, 2016In “latest news” Housing Minister Edmund Dillon(Trinidad Guardian) A non-national of T&T can work in this country for 30 days without a work permit for one time only during a year, Housing Minister Edmund Dillon has pointed out.Dillon gave the information in the Senate yesterday following queries from Opposition Senator Wade Mark on what action was being taken by Udecott against contractors who “openly flout” T&T’s Immigration laws by continued employment of non-nationals without the relevant work permits.This followed yesterday’s T&T Guardian exclusive which revealed some 70 workers had been fired from the Red House project because they lacked work permits.Dillon said, “Udecott has taken an initiative – whereby when the issue was brought to the public domain – they wrote the contractors outlining the Immigration laws regarding work permits. Additionally, Udecott has done random checks at all their sites between July, August and this month and has assured me that to date there is no one on any of their sites – non-nationals – without the relevant work permit.“I also want to put into the public domain the Immigration laws. You have to do a lot of investigation. Non-nationals can come into this country – as long as they declare to the Immigration officer – and they can work without a work permit for 30 days. They can do so for once in any one year. So there are people – non-nationals – who can work for 30 days in this country without a work permit.”
The first European match in German capital this year will be clash between Fuchse Berlin and F.C Barcelona. Exactly 13.000 tickets are sold what means that “O2 Arena” is sold out for the clash of two best teams of the VELUX EHF CL Preliminary Group D. Great handball show in six days (10.02) in Berlin… F.C Barcelona handballFuchse Berlin ← Previous Story Polish race going further – Wisla wins in Szczecin Next Story → Oscar Carlen back to training after 2 years of injury worries
THIEVES IN MEXICO have stolen a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment, the UN atomic watchdog said today.The truck was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage centre when it was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The IAEA said it was informed about the theft on 2 December by Mexico’s CNSNS nuclear security authority.“The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a press release to alert the public,” the IAEA said in a statement.The material could not be used in a conventional nuclear weapon but could in theory be put in a so-called “dirty bomb” – an explosive device spreading the radioactive material over a wide area.Experts have long warned about the danger posed by the large amounts of such material held in hospitals and other locations around the world under insufficient security.Read: Engineers begin dangerous task of removing fuel rods from Fukushima> At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged.
Apple’s rumor mill is constantly churning out new tidbits of information. Not all of them hit the mark, but this rumor certainly seems to do just that. The latest news regards the iPhone 5’s purported kid brother. According to several sources it seems that the stripped down iPhone will have heavy iCloud integration in order to allow a cheaper device to be offered. The so-called iCloud iPhone will run iOS 5 but rely on the iCloud service to function.The iPhone 5, which is all but Cupertino-confirmed, will be an upgraded, if slightly thinner iPhone. The low-cost iPhone, however, has been shrouded in mystery. Its functionality and form factor were not as well known as the iPhone 5’s, but it is expected to be an updated form of the iPhone 4.Now, the veil seems to have lifted slightly on the stripped down version. One of the sources claims that the reason for the lower price point will be due to Apple cutting onboard storage as well as using a smaller form factor with an aluminum back and siding. You can’t cut storage to minimal levels without making a compromise, but with iCloud coming online that compromise looks to be just a cloud-based experience.If this is the case, it will show a side of iCloud that we haven’t seen yet. iCloud, as it has been presented at WWDC, is a type of syncing service that will move music and photos and such from device to device as you like it. If the budget iPhone intends to rely on iCloud to function, then it will be streaming a lot more than just music and images, we could see everything except contacts stored on a server rather than the handset.See more at Apple’n’Apps, via MacRumors
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Transport Minister Shane Ross addressed the media over the ongoing Bus Éireann controversy. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie INTERNATIONAL A girl recites prayers while lighting incense in front of an image of Buddha as part of the celebrations of the Chinese New Year Source: Bullit Marquez/PA#US: Trump and May met at the White House and discussed their ‘special relationship’#FRANCE: Hamsters are turning into cannibals and are eating their young.#UK: An English football fan was caught on camera pushing a Polish man onto electrified tube tracks#RUSSIA: Their lower house has softened punishments for domestic abusePARTING SHOT International relations are a tricky thing at the best of times and President Trump, like all world leaders, may ask for a refresher on certain aspects of diplomatic policy from time to time.Here’s a two-minute video explainer on the US’s often-fraught relationship with China which even The Donald could do with watching. Source: Mother Jones/YouTube Friday 27 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3210032 Funding has been approved for 83 new modular housing units in Dublin 9,463 Views By Garreth MacNamee Get our daily news round up: Strikes loom at Bus Éireann as the semi-state company announced wage cuts across the boardThree men were remanded in custody charged in relation to a huge guns find in Dublin.Schoolkids had a narrow escape after a plank of wood from a passing van went through the windscreen of their school bus.Man with nearly 500 convictions sentenced to 18 months for killing teenager in crashGardaí seized €200,000 worth of cannabis in a Kerry raidSuperValu is in hot water with potato suppliers after the chain offered free spuds and carrots when buying a round roast Nearly five million journeys were made on city bike schemes in 2016 Jan 27th 2017, 9:00 PM Short URL No Comments Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Bus strikes, US/UK relations and cannibal hamsters – it’s the Evening Fix. Share Tweet Email
Former Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Cambiasso reckons that Sergio Ramos and Antonio Conte will get on along with each other well due to their winning personalitiesCurrent Real manager Julen Lopetegui’s future is now in serious doubt after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.Speculation has only grown over the past 24 hours that Conte is set to replace Lopetegui in the dugout this week.But Ramos refused to even consider Conte after Real’s latest defeat.“You have to gain respect, not impose it”, said the Spaniard.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…But Cambiasso, who made 65 appearances for Real across a two-year spell, doubts there will be any problems between Ramos and Conte at the Santiago Bernabeu.“I think the best players want to have the best managers,” Cambiasso told Sky Italia.“Ramos will have fun with Conte because the only thing that you want after taking five goals from Barcelona is a winner on the bench and both Conte and Ramos are winners.”Real confirmed today that Lopetegui remained in charge for the first-team training session this morning.Cambiasso also played for Inter Milan over the course of his playing career, where he won the Serie A five times and a Champions League crown across a decade-long spell.
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The recent approval of U.S. soybeans certified by the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) as meeting the Dutch Feed Industry Association’s (NEVEDI) need for sustainable feedstuffs is a significant step forward, and should serve as a model for how the program could satisfy the same requirements under the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), according to the American Soybean Association (ASA). NEVEDI maintains sustainability standards for imported feedstuffs to be used for Dutch-manufactured feed for import throughout Europe. On Thursday, NEVEDI approved the SSAP as equivalent to its own sustainability requirements.“NEVEDI’s announcement is a great sign of our progress in demonstrating the sustainability of U.S. soy to Europe,” said ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan. “Not only does the decision showcase our soybeans as a sustainable crop accepted by a major European importer, it serves as a model for how the SSAP can satisfy the EU’s sustainability requirements under the RED.”Currently, the RED restricts imports of U.S. soy by imposing sustainability requirements based on land use and on environmental impact data from Brazil. ASA has long maintained that any policies governing the import of U.S. soy should be based on U.S. data.The SSAP was developed by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) with support from the entire soy family, including ASA, the United Soybean Board and affiliated qualified state soybean boards, the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) and National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA).“The SSAP continues to prove itself an invaluable tool in further opening a foreign market that is increasingly concerned with the sustainable production and supply of soybeans for oil and meal,” added Cowan. “Our partners at USSEC have relentlessly pursued this goal, and deserve a great deal of credit for this important step forward for our industry.”Learn more about SSAP here.
The center is located at Mile 26.5 off the Kenai Spur Highway, in the Nikiski mall right next to M&M Market. It opened its doors in August of 2018.The coffeehouse located at the mission pictured with operators Sullivan and Destiny Jackson Brigham: “Kaladi Brothers donated an espresso machine, a grinder, and a bunch of other various things to help get us going. They are also giving us a really fair deal on coffee to help support the organization.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The COMPASS youth center in Nikiski, provides a safe place for after school drop-in for teenagers. The center offers a variety of programs to help youth develop character, life skills, and direction. Todd Brigham: “The COMPASS is a faith based non-profit. Our mission is to really get our youth, middle and high school, pointed in a good and healthy direction and to help navigate the teenage years.” THE COMPASS partners with various organizations in the community and is entirely run by donations as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The location sat vacant for 18 years and was remodeled with the help of over 800 volunteer hours by individuals in the community.THE PASS is now officially a 501c3 non-profit organizationIn the morning the COMPASS operates a coffeehouse where anyone is welcome to come have a cup of coffee. 100% of all the proceeds from the coffee shop go to support the COMPASS youth center and its various programs. The drop-in center is open weekdays 2:30-6pm, and the coffeehouse is open weekdays 6:30am-1:30pm.
The forecast is out for next spring’s Togiak herring fishery, the largest of its kind in the state. As KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports, the Department of Fish and Game is taking a conservative approach to managing the fishery since its budget to do so was zeroed out.Listen Now
By The Associated PressA White police officer accused of fatally shooting her Black neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday for “adverse conduct,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the statement posted on Twitter.Amber Renee Guyger, a Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed, the police department announced. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead. Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond.“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the statement said. It doesn’t explain what that violation means.Jean family attorneys and protesters have been calling for her to be fired since the shooting. The family did not immediately comment on Guyger’s dismissal.Guyger was a four-year veteran of the police force. She told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex where she lived.She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.She called 911. When asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.
Much acclaimed poet and author Keki N Daruwalla launched his new book – ‘Daniell Comes to Judgement: New and Vintage Daruwalla’, a collection of short stories at The India Habitat Centre in the national Capital recently. Most of the stories are written from a woman’s perspective – a woman’s voice, moods and memories – in a span of less than two months. ‘Bars,’ a new story, is a commentary on the strains of intolerance staining the social fabric. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection includes stories where fantasy and myth transport one to the pre-language, pre-script era – to amphibious trains and an island of birds. In short, the master storyteller weaves his magic yet again. “I don’t know how the matter of writing from a woman’s voice came to my mind, but in case of some of the stories you can see, if I would have written them in a man’s voice, (the husbands voice for example) it would not have been a short story,” said Daruwalla, who has written over 12 books and had published his first novel ‘For Pepper and Christ’ in 2009. “Keki writes in a reflective way about an India of which he is extremely affectionately disposed towards. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe affection in Keki’s writing is something very particular to him. He likes the people he is writing about and he communicates himself,”said writer and publisher, Ritu Menon, present during the book-launch along with academic, food critic and historian Pushpesh Pant.Keki’s writing is mostly concerned with rural India but in this new book, he concentrated on the urban scenario. When queried about the reason, he said, “Prose writing is all about what you know and what you come across. It is the characters we meet and the kind of situation that you can write on.”
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell116 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4071 Lawmaker: Huron Township house fire is perfect example why grant is needed State Rep. Pat Somerville said an idle train that delayed firefighters trying to respond to a blaze in Huron Township Wednesday highlights a problem residents in the 23rd House District have been dealing with for years.“Long delays caused by stopped trains have become an everyday frustration for many of us who live in the Downriver region,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “This is not just a matter of inconvenience, it’s an issue of safety and an economic drain on the area. It is completely unacceptable for our first responders to be delayed 20 minutes when lives are on the line.“I’ve been doing everything in my power to help solve the problem. Unfortunately this issue straddles county and federal regulations, making it difficult for state government to intervene.”An effort is underway to build a grade separation at the Allen Road railroad crossing in Woodhaven. The project, which is estimated to cost $32.5 million, is especially important because Allen Road serves as a main thoroughfare for emergency vehicles traveling to Oakwood Southshore Hospital, a Level 2 Trauma Center that services most of the Downriver region.“In 2014, I helped secure $3 million in state funding for the project, and the Wayne County Road Commission has pledged another $9.56 million. More funding is needed, however, and unfortunately the U.S. Department of Transportation has turned down multiple requests for a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant,” Rep. Somerville said. “Earlier this month, I sent another letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation urging him to approve the most recent application from Woodhaven for a TIGER grant in hopes of at least alleviating some of the traffic congestion.“Following the events that took place Wednesday, I can’t help but renew my call for supporting the construction of a grade separation. We need to move forward and provide relief for the residents of Downriver, including the vital first responders who keep our community safe.”Rep. Somerville urges residents to contact Congresswoman Debbie Dingell concerning federal railroad issues, and County Commissioner Joseph Palamara concerning county roads: Categories: News 02May Rep. Somerville renews call for federal grant after idle train delays firefighters Commissioner Joseph Palmara500 Griswold St. 7th FloorDetroit, MI 48226Phone: (313) 224-0880#####
22Dec Rep-elect Frederick to help set House GOP policy initiatives Categories: Frederick News Incoming lawmaker on Action Plan workgroupRep.-elect Ben Frederick of Owosso has been chosen by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard to serve on a special workgroup developing new policy proposals for the 2017-18 House term that begins in January.Rep.-elect Frederick will serve on the Policy Development Workgroup, a team of lawmakers who will study current laws and propose legislative initiatives that the 99th Legislature may consider.“It is an honor to have such an active early role in helping our caucus develop strong public policy initiatives for the coming session,” Rep.-elect Frederick said. “I believe House Republicans should continue to drive Michigan’s comeback by fostering a strong economy, building an environment in which more jobs can be created and reducing government inefficiency. In particular, I plan to emphasize with my colleagues the need for stronger vocational education opportunities for students, local control within our schools and communities and the importance of preserving a strong agricultural sector. With an action plan in place, we can hit the ground running.”Rep.-elect Frederick will take his seat in the House when session convenes on Jan. 11. The Action Plan was developed to promote transparency in state government. The 2017-18 Action Plan will be publicly unveiled in the coming weeks. The plan also will be available online for review.#####
Categories: Roberts News 26Apr Rep. Roberts sponsors resolution to reduce regulation of portable gas cans Resolution encourages Congress to repeal EPA standards for designState Rep. Brett Roberts shows the House Natural Resources Committee the changes made to the design of portable fuel containers because of EPA standards adopted in 2009.State Rep. Brett Roberts spoke before the House Natural Resources Committee today in support of a resolution he introduced to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from overregulating the design of portable gas cans.In an effort to reduce evaporation from portable fuel containers, the EPA has required containers manufactured since 2009 to feature a permeation barrier and new spouts that close automatically.“The problem is the EPA’s regulations do more harm than good,” Roberts said. “The new containers aren’t effective because they don’t have vents, which creates a slow, uneven flow of fuel that frustrates users. Additionally, the new rigid spout designs don’t allow for easily filling gas tanks such as those in vehicles and lawnmowers.”Roberts’ resolution urges Congress to repeal the standards set forth by the EPA.“The EPA adopted these regulations without properly accounting for the real-life application of the changes,” Roberts said. “It’s time to do away with the changes.”The Natural Resources Committee overwhelmingly approved the resolution. It now moves to the full House for consideration.###
07Feb Representative García: Grant essential for Ottawa County veteran services Categories: Garcia News Today state Representative Daniela R. García (R-Holland) cosponsored legislation that would develop a new grant program encouraging Michigan counties to develop veteran service offices.Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“It’s important for Michigan to invest in local veteran service offices,” García said. “Investing funds into counties will increase veterans’ access to the necessary assistance they may need.”Under the current veteran’s benefits system, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. This bill provides incentives to counties to develop or enhance a tool for providing sufficient services for veterans.“This grant is a great opportunity for making sure counties have the tools to properly take care of Michigan’s veterans.” García added, “With this legislation, we will be moving our state in the right direction when it comes to providing more options and greater access for veteran services across the state.”The measure, House Bill 5536, will be formally read into the record Thursday.
Categories: Noble News Lawmaker cosponsors bill providing counties with grant for veteran services State Rep. Jeff Noble of Northville today joined his colleagues in the House in passing legislation providing Michigan counties grants to establish and maintain veteran service offices. Under the legislation Noble is co-sponsoring, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran services department must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level. “Despite Wayne County already having an established veteran service office that is staffed and helping veterans obtain benefits, this new grant program will help provide the county department with additional resources,” Noble said. “It is increasingly important that we invest in our local veteran service offices so the men and women who fought for our liberties are more easily connected to the services they need and deserve.” Lack of funding and sparse access to services has led to inadequate coverage for portions of the state. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. Only 72 out of Michigan’s 83 counties currently have a county veteran services department. House Bill 5536 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.##### 14Mar Noble helps House approve grant to invest in local veteran services
Categories: Vaupel News 16Jan Rep. Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee Tags: Health Policy Committee, Mental Health, Opioid Legislator names mental health, opioids, rising costs as top priorities State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, has been appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Health Policy Committee for a second time.Vaupel, who is now in his third and final term as state representative, previously held the position of Health Policy chair from 2017 to 2018. Last term, his priorities for the committee were largely centered on improving Michigan’s broken mental health care system, and he hopes to continue that trend this term.“Last year we made great strides through the work of the C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task Force, which traveled across the state to hear from industry professionals and experts, law enforcement and families of those with mental health care needs,” Vaupel said. “Though we did much to improve access to hospital beds, allow canine support for victims testifying in courtrooms, improve training for counselors and address the opioid crisis, there’s still so much more we can do. I look forward to continuing our efforts.”In addition to mental health care improvements and tackling the opioid crisis, Vaupel hopes to address the rising cost of health care.“It’s important that workers, families and seniors across our state have access to quality health care at a rate they can afford,” Vaupel said. “Moms and dads shouldn’t be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying their family medical bills.”The Health Policy Committee is responsible for deliberating on issues related to public health, health professionals, mental health and wellness, and overall access to health care.Rep. Vaupel was also appointed to serve as a member of the Insurance, Education and Tax Policy Committees.Vaupel’s office can be contacted at HankVaupel@House.MI.gov.###