New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the AAP will win all the 70 seats in the Assembly election next year as he lauded the contribution of his party workers on his birthday.The AAP national convenor addressed his party workers who came to greet him on his 51st birthday. “I want to thank the AAP workers for their contribution to the party. In last assembly elections, we won 67 seats but this time we will win all 70 seats,” he said in a video posted on the AAP’s official Twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registered a landslide victory in the last Assembly election and won 67 out of the 70 seats in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the chief minister on his birthday. “Birthday greetings to Delhi CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal. Praying for his good health and long life,” Modi tweeted. Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vijender Gupta, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, among others greeted Kejriwal on his birthday. “Wishing you a very happy birthday, Arvind ji,” Banerjee tweeted. “Thank u so much Didi,” replied Kejriwal.
FREDERICTON – The speaker of the New Brunswick legislature is leaving the Liberal ranks to sit as an Independent, and is launching a case of libel and slander against the government.Chris Collins issued a lengthy statement Thursday, criticizing Premier Brian Gallant’s actions after an allegation of harassment was made against Collins last month.At the time, Collins’s lawyer, T.J. Burke, said his client had been given no information about the nature of the allegation but would fight it “tooth and nail.”Gallant announced in early April that Collins was being suspended from caucus, saying he had been made aware of potential allegations of harassment in February but the individual only recently made the complaint.Collins said a teleconference Gallant had with media on April 5 was done without any concern for his rights or those of the complainant.“I was placed upon the alter of public consumption then and there, for reasons not yet completely clear,” Collins wrote.“The handling of this file by the premier has been nothing less than atrocious.”Collins said he has never seen a human resources matter handled in this matter, and the actions have damaged his political opportunities in the provincial election set for Sept. 24.“Because of the above noted actions of Mr. Gallant, I have instructed my counsel to initiate notice under the The Proceedings Against the Crown Act, for a cause of libel and slander,” he wrote.Premier Brian Gallant issued a statement Thursday evening, saying Collins has always been a passionate representative for his constituents.“Ensuring a harassment-free workplace is of paramount importance and therefore we take any allegations very seriously. In this matter of public interest we proceeded in the fairest way possible to respect the rights of all concerned. Because this matter may be subject to litigation, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further,” Gallant wrote.He said the party looks forward to finding a strong Liberal candidate for Collins’ riding of Moncton Centre.Collins said he has asked the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly to move his seat to the opposition side, and he will finish his term as an Independent member of the legislature. He will not re-offer for the Liberal Party in the upcoming election.Collins was first elected to the provincial legislature in a 2007 byelection, after serving three years as a Moncton city councillor. He was briefly minister of local government under former Liberal premier Shawn Graham, and was elected Speaker after the Liberals returned to power in September 2014 under Gallant.
Omaze and the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” are teaming up to offer one lucky winner and a friend the chance to be flown into LA to visit the set, hang with the cast, watch an episode of the hit show, and of course, grab a drink at Paddy’s afterwards.It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaAs the show has been deemed part of Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years” and infamously described as “Seinfeld on crack,” it’s no secret that time spent with Charlie (Charlie Day), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), or Frank (Danny DeVito) will be unforgettable.The winner and their friend will learn how “The Gang” came to be, what it takes to launch and star in a hit comedy, and what it’s like to indulge in a little happy hour at an imaginary bar with real people. Roundtrip airfare and hotel arrangements are included, so all that is needed is a love for Los Angeles and a sense of humor (assuming some heroic efforts, wisecrack jokes, and Hawaiian shirts are included on set). The best part about this experience is that every entry helps the Wounded Warrior Project empower veterans recovering from combat wounds.Enter HERE by September 20th for your chance to win!
North American markets saw broad declines Friday after President Donald Trump proposed more tariffs on Chinese goods.The announcement late Thursday that Trump was considering duties on an additional $100 billion in goods imported from China marked a shift in tone from U.S. officials earlier in the week that the U.S. was looking to negotiate a resolution to the trade dispute.The latest potential tariffs come on top of the tariffs the U.S. has proposed on US$50 billion worth Chinese goods, which China promised to match earlier this week, and an earlier back-and-forth after the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.The day-to-day shifts in trade sentiments are now dictating markets more than the underlying health of the economy, said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“Rhetoric is supplanting fundamentals at this particular point. The economic data both in the U.S. and Canada continues to show the economies are doing well…but clearly the market’s completely preoccupied with the spectre of a trade war between the U.S. and China.”“You flip and flop around when you get into these periods of volatility we’re into now,” he said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 148.64 points at 15,207.41, to leave the index down 1.04 per cent for the week.U.S. indexes saw declines of more than two per cent on Friday as trade concerns hit the U.S. more than other markets, said Robertson.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 572.46 points at 23,932.76. The S&P 500 index was down 58.37 points at 2,604.47 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 161.44 points at 6,915.11.Despite the market retreat, Robertson said he still believes the tariff threats are more of a negotiation tactic.“I think the market believes there may be some fire to this smoke, but I think it’s still negotiating tactics at this particular point. We saw this with NAFTA and we’re clearly going to see it with China as well.”The Canadian dollar averaged 78.35 cents US, up 0.08 of a US cent as Statistics Canada said the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 per cent for a second consecutive month to match its lowest level since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976.The dollar climbed despite a drop in oil prices that saw the May crude contract end down $1.48 at US$62.06 per barrel, though it was still well within its recent range, said Robertson.“Oil at this particular point is pretty well contained sort of between US$58 and US$68 and when you get in some of these situations where you get concerns for risk assets, I think that oil should move to the lower end of that range.”The May natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.70 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$7.60 at US$1,336.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down one cent at US$3.06 a pound.
VICTORIA – Two government reviews will dig deeper into possible money laundering in British Columbia, expanding the province’s scrutiny beyond casinos.The reviews are aimed at stopping the possibility of money laundering in other sectors of the province’s economy, which were cited in a June report by former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German, who concluded the practice was happening in the provincial gaming industry.“We can’t ignore that red flag,” Attorney General David Eby said Thursday. “We won’t ignore it.”Finance Minister Carole James said: “It’s important for us as government to say we aren’t going to accept that illegal activity.”The reviews will focus on the possibility of money laundering in real estate, horse racing, luxury vehicles and the financial services sector, Eby said.The first review is being done by the Ministry of Finance into real estate and financial services sectors. German will conduct the second review, which will focus on identifying the scale and scope of illicit activity in the real estate market, as well as whether money laundering is linked to horse racing and the sale of luxury vehicles.There is widespread concern about B.C.’s reputation as a haven for money laundering, said Eby.German’s original report said B.C.’s gaming industry and the system intended to combat money laundering were not prepared for an onslaught of illegal cash flowing through the casinos and they failed collectively. He estimated more than $100 million was funnelled through casinos.Eby said he is concerned that money launderers could possibly move their activities to other sectors of the B.C. economy now that much of the movement of large amounts of cash at casinos has been halted.“It’s essentially a game of whack-a-mole, I’ve said before, with money launderers,” he said.Eby said the new reviews, due in March, will follow German’s concerns about sectors beyond gaming while the Finance Ministry will look to identify and close regulatory gaps that could be used by money launderers.Maureen Maloney, a former deputy attorney general, was appointed chairwoman of an expert panel on money laundering in real estate, said James.“It really is an opportunity to do specific cases, to follow the money and to look at where the gaps are and to look at the system and closing those gaps,” she said.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilot
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from North 24-Parganas have registered a complaint with the District Election Officer (DEO) against Arjun Singh, who is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Barrackpore constituency on BJP’s ticket.A separate complaint was also lodged at the Titagarh police station in this regard. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that Singh had called up a Trinamool Congress leader in Barrackpore and threatened him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also termed the incident as a desperation move after Singh was removed from the post of chairman of Bhatpara Municipality through secret ballot on Monday. The district TMC leaders are also of the view that Singh is making threat calls after apprehending defeat in the upcoming elections. It may be mentioned here that Singh has recently joined BJP from Trinamool Congress. After he joined BJP, the Trinamool Congress leaders decided to issue a no-confidence motion in the 34-member Bhatpara Municipality in North 24-Parganas. The no-confidence motion was passed against Singh through a secret ballot, where he lost 21-11. The DEO of North 24-Parganas, who also happens to be the District Magistrate, will carry out a probe into the alleged threat call and may submit a report to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state. The CEO’s office had also sought a report from the DEO on Monday, after a BJP party office was allegedly ransacked in Bhatpara.
Paris: Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released Monday, replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence. Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas takes ninth spot from American John Isner following the Greek’s victory at the Estoril Open. Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 9, 2017 – Libraries in the country which were without computers will see that changed thanks to a generous and modern donation by the TCI Hospitals this morning.Education Minister, Josephine Connolly with the Cecil Graham, Chief Librarian for the country were overjoyed at the gift of eight new computers which will add to the compliment already in Grand Turk and Provo and the HP desktops will give three other libraries what they do not have: computers. “I’m happy that organizations like yours see it fit to step up to the plate, to help our children achieve their goals, and I can assure you also that they will look after these computers.”“With these available now the children are able to do their research because not all the time we are able to have the books, so they need to go on the internet.” – Cecil Graham, Chief LibrarianDaniel Carriere, CEO of TCI Hospitals says this is a gift from InterHealth Canada Corporate and that it is all about adding to the quality of life and ease for a good education. “This is a small component of what InterHealth tries to do every year in terms of returning money and also our attention back to the community.”Detorrie Tennant, the Information Systems Manager at the Hospitals said the machines are not only new and state of the art, but they are earth friendly. “Green, in that it has a very small power supply which burns not much electricity, and the screen which is the most obvious thing is 21.5 inches, its very sharp.”Grand Turk and Provo libraries will each get one computer; two new computers will go to South Caicos, two to the library in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and two computers are earmarked for Kew, also in North Caicos. The handover happened this morning at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
June 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:10 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI)- The battle of pollution and sewage spilling in from the Tijuana River Valley has been going on for decades.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the possible solutions to fix this problem. KUSI Newsroom, New legislation introduced to help prevent sewage flow from the Tijuana River Valley
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The Wilmington Youth Soccer Association is holding a Parents Night Out and Cornhole Tournament from 7pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event will feature music and karaoke from Two Cousins DJ; raffle table; 50/50 raffle; dancing; finger foods; cash bar; a cornhole tournament; and more. Tickets cost $20 each. Tables for $200 are available. Entry in the Cornhole Tournament, which begins at 8pm, costs $10, with “rebuttals” costing $5. To purchase tickets, contact Jessica Scanlon (jcscanlon09[at]gmail.com), Emily Broussard (emilybroussard2002[at]yahoo.com), Megan Howie (Meganhowie5[at]gmail.com), or Alison Zaya (ali.zaya[at]gmail.com).In The Community: Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge. Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.DEADLINE: The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced that the nomination deadline for this year is June 1, 2018. All nominations must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. Established in 1990, Wilmington’s Hall of Fame honors the school’s athletes, coaches, benefactors, and special contributors.The selection process is based on the rule that the candidates for induction be evaluated on what they did in sports while at Wilmington High School exclusively. Achievements in sports while at college or at the professional level will have no bearing on the selection committee’s deliberations. To be eligible for nomination, the athletes must have participated in at least one varsity sport. Athletes nominated for the Hall of Fame must have graduated at least ten years prior to nomination.All nominations should be emailed to email@example.com.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington High School’s Annual Scholarship Night takes place from 6:30pm to 8pm in the WHS Gymnasium.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: No games scheduled.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night Out & Cornhole Tournament On June 7In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Log, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 8, 2019 and August 15, 2019.Thursday, August 8, 2019Gonzalo Gomez Jurado (27, North Andover) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License. (4:39pm)Friday, August 9, 2019NoneSaturday, August 10, 2019NoneSunday, August 11, 2019NoneMonday, August 12, 2019Allison Marie McLaughlin (27, Tewksbury) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Failure To Yield At Intersection, and License Not In Possession. (3:24pm)David Temazacarias (36, Lynn) was issued a summons for Failure To Stop/Yield and Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (6:45pm)Tuesday, August 13, 2019Timaree C. Brown (Cambridge, 62) was arrested on a court warrant as a fugitive from justice. (2:11pm)Wednesday, August 14, 2019NoneThursday, August 15, 2019Ronald M. Pynn (44, Medford) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Revoked Registration and Uncovered/Unsecured Load. (1:26pm)Ery Jordani Rosario (27, Worcester) was issued a summons for Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (6:24pm)Jason Trudelle (20, Wilmington) was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Failure To Stop/Yield. (7:47pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”
The border fence between Mexico and the United States is pictured near Calexico, California. ReutersSeventy walls are in place around the world to protect national borders, compared with a dozen in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down, according to researcher Elisabeth Vallet of Quebec University.As US President Donald Trump moves to build a wall along the Mexican border, here are other significant frontier barriers around the globe:US: extending existing barrierOne third of the 3,200-kilometre (2,000-mile) US border with Mexico is, in fact, already protected by a fence. Authorised by US President George W. Bush and completed in 2010, the metallic barrier is more than five metres (16 feet) high and equipped with floodlights and surveillance cameras.European barriers against migrantsFRANCE: With existing high wire fences not enough to stop them, a one-kilometre “anti-intrusion” wall was built in late 2016 to block access to the northern port of Calais for migrants trying to clandestinely cross the Channel to Britain.HUNGARY: As Europe grappled with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, Hungary built a 175-kilometre, four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia in September 2016, followed in October by one along its border with Croatia.Other countries in the region have also put up barriers to thwart migrants, including SLOVENIA with Croatia, AUSTRIA with Slovenia and MACEDONIA with Greece.BULGARIA: Bulgaria in 2014 started building a razor wire barrier along part of its border with Turkey, the main entry point for migrants seeking to avoid the perilous sea route to the EU across the Mediterranean. The barrier is now 176 kilometres long.GREECE: Greece became the leading entry point for migrants into Europe at just the moment when its economy was collapsing. So in 2012 Athens built an 11-kilometre barbed wire fence along its river border with Turkey.SPAIN-MOROCCO: The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the North African coast, Africa’s only land borders with Europe, are protected by high-tech border fences, each around 10 kilometres long.Walls and conflictISRAEL-WEST BANK: Israel began building its 712-kilometre security barrier edging the West Bank in 2002, saying it would stop attacks by Palestinian insurgents. Critics say it has been used to seize land and establish a de facto border in breach of international law. Nine metres high at some points, the wall — which is two-thirds finished — includes watchtowers and electronic surveillance.SAUDI ARABIA-IRAQ: Responding to the rise of the Islamic State group, the Saudis in 2014 added to an existing seven-metre-high sand embankment on the Iraqi border with a 900-kilometre fence and electronic surveillance system.INDIA-PAKISTAN: India built a barrier almost 750 kilometres long, along the de facto border dividing disputed Kashmir with Pakistan, to keep out Pakistani militants.It has also surrounded Bangladesh with a 2,700-kilometre barbed-wire fence aimed at restricting immigration and smuggling.Marking territoryNORTH AND SOUTH KOREA: The most heavily militarised border in the world is the one drawn between North and South Korea in 1953. Bristling with razor wire, sensors, landmines and heavy weapons, the Demilitarised Zone stretches for 250 kilometres along the full length of the border.WESTERN SAHARA: A 2,700-kilometre sand wall, in place since the 1980s, has been built between the 80 percent of territory under Moroccan control and zones under Polisario rebels, who have been fighting and negotiating for control of Western Sahara since the 1970s.CYPRUS: A wall splits the island and its capital Nicosia between its Turkish and Greek Cypriot halves, dating back to Turkey’s invasion in 1974.
Ukrainian soldiers drive APCs near Urzuf, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine on 29 November. Photo: APUkrainian officials on Friday barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbours.The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. The vessels were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait on their way to the Sea of Azov. The Russians then captured the ships and their 24-member crew.The Ukrainian parliament on Monday adopted the president’s motion to impose martial law in the country for 30 days in the wake of the standoff.Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced at a security meeting on Friday that all Russian males between 16 and 60 will be barred from traveling to the country while martial law is in place.President Petro Poroshenko told the meeting that the measures are taken “in order to prevent the Russian Federation from forming private armies” on Ukrainian soil.The announcement follows Thursday’s decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to scrap the much-anticipated meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump said it isn’t appropriate for him to meet with Putin since Russia hasn’t released the Ukrainian seamen.Russian government-appointed ombudswoman for Crimea told Russian news agencies that all the seamen have been transported from a detention centre in Crimea. The three commanders have been taken to Moscow, she said. It wasn’t immediately clear where the other 21 have been taken.A Crimea court earlier this week ruled to keep the Ukrainian seamen behind bars for two months pending the investigation.There has been growing hostility between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Russia has also supported separatists in Ukraine’s east with clandestine dispatches of troops and weapons. Fighting there has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat after a 2015 truce.
Last November, the people of Bay and Midland counties put their trust in me to represent their interests in Lansing as their new state representative. I respect that, and I want everyone to be able to hold me accountable.That’s why the first piece of legislation I introduced after taking office last month focuses on increasing government transparency.Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. Because of this exemption, Michigan ranks dead last in at least one study on government transparency and ethics. It’s no wonder many residents don’t have faith in their state government.We must do better.The solution I’m sponsoring will strengthen our system of government as a whole by requiring all elected state officials to become more transparent and accountable to the people. The plan, which was developed in a bipartisan manner, will subject the Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and the governor and lieutenant governor to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Under current law, people can request access to most public records from local governments, school districts and state departments through FOIA. It only makes sense for state officials to play by the same rules. We’re all here to serve the public, and the public has the right to monitor what we’re doing and keep an eye on the way their hard-earned tax dollars are spent.Just like some documents containing sensitive personal information are exempt from disclosure by local governments under the current FOIA law, the new LORA will exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the district. This way, people can still contact my office for help regarding personal problems without having to worry about their private information being made public.A similar plan received unanimous, bipartisan support when it passed the House last year.Unfortunately, the package died before reaching the governor’s desk. Reintroducing the plan early this session illustrates our commitment to making government more transparent and this will be a top priority of mine until this legislation is signed into law.Approving these much-needed reforms will bring more transparency to everything we do at the Capitol and go a long way toward restoring the public’s confidence in their state government.I respect the people’s right to know, and I’m committed to serving with openness and honesty. These reforms will give people throughout Michigan the transparency they deserve.### 08Feb COLUMN: Government transparency must be a priority Categories: Annette Glenn News