TOKYO — The Japanese economy has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell.Cabinet Office preliminary data released Wednesday showed seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — dipped 0.3 per cent in the third quarter from the previous quarter.Dragging on growth for the world’s third-largest economy was diminished trade, with exports falling 1.8 per cent and imports dropping 1.4 per cent, the data show. Consumer spending and company investments were also down.The economy grew for the previous April-June quarter, but contracted the quarter before that. That contraction, in the first quarter, ended the longest straight period of expansion for Japan in nearly three decades.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Top officials from the U.S. and Mexico will begin talks in a scramble to fend off President Donald Trump’s threat of devastating tariffs on the southern ally and meet his demand for fewer migrants at the border.Trump is heading to London for a long-planned overseas trip, leaving others to stem a potential trade crisis. It’s unclear what more Mexico can do to satisfy the president. Trump’s Republican allies warn the tariffs on Mexican imports will hit U.S. consumers and harm the economy.On Monday, Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez plans talks with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Two days later, delegations led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard will also meet in Washington.Lisa Mascaro And Hope Yen, The Associated Press
19 September 2007The United Nations atomic watchdog agency, best known seeking to combat nuclear proliferation and terrorism, has a major role to play in feeding the world’s burgeoning population, the top UN agricultural official said today. “We believe in the peaceful use of nuclear technology as applied to areas such as agriculture, crops, fighting disease, and soil and water management,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf said, citing his agency’s 40 years of cooperation with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Addressing the IAEA’s Scientific Forum in Vienna, Mr. Diouf described the millions of hectares of higher-yielding and disease-resistant crops gained through radiation-induced mutations, the improvement of livestock and agriculture by eradicating insect pests such as the screwworm, tsetse fly and the fruit fly with the sterile insect technique (SIT), and isotopic techniques to enhance water use efficiency and crop productivity.With SIT, radiation is used to sterilize otherwise healthy insects, which are then released to mate without producing offspring, thus controlling and gradually eradicating the pest population. The tsetse fly carries trypanosomosis, also known as sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease that is a major constraint to sustainable development, affecting both humans and livestock.“We obviously need to grow more food, and to do so in a sustainable manner and in full respect of plant and animal biodiversity,” Mr. Diouf said, noting that with less than 10 years to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash global hunger and other social ills, the problems facing the world in the areas of food and agriculture remain enormous.“There are 854 millions of hungry people presently in a world population of 6 billion, expected to reach 9 billion persons by 2050,” he added, hailing the joint FAO/IAEA programme, Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, as one of the best examples of inter-agency cooperation in the UN family.He said the MDGs could still be reached, “but only if we redouble our efforts and focus them in locations and on actions where they can make a concrete and significant difference in a relatively short period of time.”The two-day Forum coincides with IAEA’s 51st General Conference. Wheat from Peru, tsetse fly traps from South Africa, and a sediment corer from the Caribbean were among the many hands-on-items at an exhibit showcasing the varied work of IAEA technical cooperation with countries and regions around the world.The exhibit – Technical Cooperation: Delivering Results for Peace and Development – focuses “on concrete and tangible results” that Agency projects have delivered to people around the world, IAEA Technical Cooperation Head Ana Maria Cetto said. “It offers a snapshot of IAEA projects at both the national and regional level – projects which are making a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.”
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its annual painting competition for children, calling for artwork from youth on the subject of climate change, ranging from its impact on the planet to steps everyone can take, such as using renewable energy and energy-saving light bulbs, using public transportation and planting trees.The agency is urging youngsters around the globe between the ages of 5 to 13 to take part in the 18th International Children’s Painting Competition, which this year is focusing on the theme “Climate Change: Our Challenge.”The contest – organized by UNEP, Japan’s Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon Corporation – is gaining momentum every year, with a record 15,550 entries from 90 countries submitted last year.One global winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, while one winner each from the six regions – Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America – will receive $1,000 each.All winners will receive fully paid trips, along with a chaperone, to next year’s Tunza International Children’s Conference, where the 2009 global winner will be announced. 17 July 2008The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its annual painting competition for children, calling for artwork from youth on the subject of climate change, ranging from its impact on the planet to steps everyone can take, such as using renewable energy and energy-saving light bulbs, using public transportation and planting trees.
Michael Williams said he reiterated to Mr. Miqati the hope that whatever government he forms will meet the aspirations of all Lebanese.“As events in the Arab world have shown, dialogue among all sides in the country is the only way to resolve differences but also to move forward with any country’s political, social and economic needs,” Mr. Williams said in a statement following his meeting.Lebanon’s previous government, led by Saad Hariri, collapsed in January after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over the Government’s refusal to cease cooperation with the UN-backed special tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. The court was reportedly about to indict Hizbollah members for the murders. At the end of January, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman asked Mr. Mikati, who has Hizbollah support according to media reports, to form the new Government.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated that any new Government in Lebanon should continue to cooperate with the tribunal. During their meeting, Mr. Williams also briefed Mr. Mikati on Security Council resolution 1701, which ended a month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah in 2006. It also calls for respect for the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area.“I reiterated the expectation of the United Nations that the Lebanese Government will continue to abide by the requirements of 1701 and all of Lebanon’s international obligations,” said Mr. Williams, who also met today with Member of Parliament Fuad Siniora to discuss the latest developments in Lebanon and the region. 22 February 2011The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon met today with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati, who briefed him on his continuing efforts concerning the formation of a new government.
Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) allegedly bribed informants to obtain information related to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees Trust Fund (EPF).PTL Chief Dealer Nuwan Salgado made the allegation when making a statement at the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam.
Stocks edged higher on Wall Street in early trading Thursday, extending the market’s modest gains from a day earlier.Technology and communication services stocks led the gainers, outweighing losses in banks and industrial companies. Bond prices rose, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury down to 1.76% from 1.78% late Wednesday.The latest gains came a day after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year. The Fed failed to indicate whether more rate cuts were likely this year, though the central bank left the door open for additional rate cuts if the economy weakens.The Fed is lowering interest rates in a bid to combat slowing global economic growth and uncertainty over U.S. trade conflicts, among other threats to the U.S. economy.Washington and Beijing were set to begin trade talks Thursday ahead of more formal negotiations set for next month.Markets have rallied this month after both sides took steps to ease tensions in advance of the talks. That’s fueled speculation among investors that the U.S. and China may at least reach an interim deal in their costly trade war.Meanwhile, France’s finance minister said Europe is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on U.S. goods as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index was up 0.4% as of 10:17 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 93 points, or 0.3%, to 27,241. The Nasdaq added 0.6%.Major stock indexes in Europe were broadly higher. Indexes in Asia were mixed.ANOTHER RATE CUT: The Fed cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, in a widely expected move. The rate, which is now at a range of 1.75% to 2%, influences many consumer and business loans.The market initially sold off on the news, however, after the Fed revealed that its panel of policymakers are divided about the upcoming path for interest rates. Stocks rebounded after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank would be ready to take action if the economy weakened.The Fed is trying to keep the U.S. economic expansion from being derailed by uncertainties over the U.S. trade war with China, slower global growth and a slump in American manufacturing.The Fed’s wasn’t the only interest rate decision to be digested.The Bank of England also kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75% with rate-setters opting to sit tight while waiting for some clarity to emerge on Britain’s exit from the European Union. And Japan’s central bank opted to keep its own monetary policy unchanged and its key interest rate at minus 0.1%. The decision came amid signs of weaker consumer demand and exports and dimming confidence in the business outlook.DIVIDEND BOOST: Microsoft rose 1.6% after it approved a $40 billion stock buyback and raised its quarterly dividend.NOT SO TOUGH: U.S. Steel dropped 11.8% after it warned investors that its third quarter loss will be wider than anticipated.ENERGY: Oil prices rose again as traders continued to assess the impact of the attack on Saudi production over the weekend. Benchmark U.S. crude was up 1% to $58.72 a barrel and is up 7.1% since the attack. Brent crude, the international standard, was up 1.6% to $64.59.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Ohio State football redshirt junior defensive end Darius Slade has transferred from the program, and defensive tackle Dylan Thompson is no longer on scholarship, coach Urban Meyer announced Monday.Rated as high as the No. 30 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports as a senior in high school, Slade missed all of the 2016 season after suffering a lower leg injury in camp last fall. Thompson, a four-star high school prospect, has battled injuries during his college career. He redshirted the 2014 season after a knee injury in fall camp, and had a quiet 2015 campaign due to his rehabilitation.“He’s not on scholarship right now,” Meyer said. “He was ineligible last year so he’s to be determined.”Ohio State is now under the NCAA’s 85-scholarship limit for the 2017 season.
“Possum-eating spider! Taken by my husband at a Mt Field lodge,” Latton wrote in her Facebook post, which has received more than 6,000 shares so far. Facebook users were completely shocked at the photos and amazed by the spider’s massive appetite.Photo Credit: Justine Latton / Facebook“Whoa that’s one strong spidey,” one commenter wrote.Another person wrote, “Aww. Everyone’s gotta eat, but man!”More on Geek.com:Watch: Ants Rip Spider Web Apart to Rescue Trapped Sibling Watch: Doctor Finds Tiny Spider Spinning a Web Inside Man’s EarESA Space Orbiter Detects ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars Watch: Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s EarHands-On: ‘Greedfall’ Brings New Life to Western RPGs Stay on target Spiders like to feast on their prey in the most unexpected places: A couple recently spotted a gigantic hairy spider eating an entire possum in a Tasmanian lodge and it is a nauseating sight.On Saturday, Justine Latton and her husband were spending time at a Mount Field National Park lodge in Tasmania when they noticed the giant Huntsman spider casually chowing down on a pygmy possum, the New York Post reported. Latton shared photos of the disgusting incident on Facebook, which show the eight-legged creature devouring its freshly-killed meal on the side of a wall.
The Vancouver Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for a vehicle associated with an alleged armed robbery Saturday morning.At about 11 a.m., Vancouver police responded to a reported armed robbery at House of Smoke, a tobacco and head shot at the 6700 block of N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. An adult male in a mask who was armed with what appeared to be a handgun had allegedly robbed the store. No one was injured.He fled the area in a cream-colored 2007 Lincoln MKX SUV with Washington license plate BCC8512. The vehicle was stolen from the scene.Vancouver police asks that anyone who spots the vehicle immediately report it to police. Do not approach the vehicle or try to talk to anyone associated with the car.
After months of planning and negotiations with neighbors, construction will begin today to improve Northeast 18th Street, from the intersection at Northeast 112th Avenue to Northeast Four Seasons Lane. The work — the first segment of the city’s 18th Street Improvement Project — will widen the intersection at Northeast 112th Avenue to seven lanes in all four directions and provide two new left-turn lanes and a dedicated right-turn lane, as well as bicycle lanes. Construction will take place in two phases to maintain two-way traffic through the major construction effort, though drivers should be prepared for possible delays, the city said in a news release.The project will include new traffic signals and landscaping. Retaining walls will be built on both the west and east sides of Northeast 112th Avenue, south of Northeast 18th Street, and along the south side of Northeast 18th Street, east of Northeast 112th Avenue.Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2011. Vancouver senior civil engineer Chris Malone said in July that prolonged negotiations with property owners around the intersection would mean the city would miss its summer construction window.
Kakinada: About 250 sanitation workers who collect garbage from households and those work in Sulabh Complexes thanked Mayor Sunkara Pavani for accepting the proposal of salary hike from Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per month. The workers along with their representatives met the Mayor at her chambers and thanked her for passing the resolution at the municipal council meet conducted on June 29. In this connection, they appealed to Mayor to issue orders for releasing of budget amount towards their two months’ salary payable to them. They also requested the Mayor to see that their two month pending salaries and monthly salaries are paid on or before 5th of every month. Mayor Pavani expressed her willingness to do needful on the issue.
New Delhi : A cloud cover cocooned the national capital on Saturday, offering some respite to the people from heat. Weather department officials said the maximum temperature settled at 37 degrees Celsius on Saturday while the minimum was recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below the normal. The maximum humidity was recorded 80 per cent while the minimum was 56 per cent. No rain occurred in the last nine hours, the officials said. The department predicted a high of 38 degrees Celsius and the minimum of 26 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky and light rain or drizzle for Sunday.
Share Michael HagertyOne of the items on Governor Abbott’s agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature is to repeal tree ordinances in cities, essentially removing a city’s authority to regulate trees on private property.Meanwhile, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is concerned that, should the legislation pass, it will affect many of the trees that survived Hurricane Ike and hinder the replanting efforts on the island that began in 2010.We hear from State Sen. Donna Campbell on her efforts to roll back local tree ordinances across the state.Then, Jackie Cole joins us. She’s the president of the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and will discuss her organization’s concerns. And she’ll give us an overview of the challenges that might take place if the repeal of the tree ordinances in cities is passed.
The 3D hasn’t caused the eyeballs to pop out of any small children’s heads (yet), but the recently released Nintendo 3DS is already getting its first round of user complaints, courtesy of the newly christened “black screen of death,” an homage to the infamous Windows error that has plagued users for years.The message reads, “An error has occurred. Hold down the POWER button to turn off the power, then turn it on and try again.” Users have reported seeing it on a number of games, including Lego Star Wars, Ghost Recon, Star Wars, and Monkey Ball. It can occur during game play or startup. At present, it appears to only affect a small number of users. No official word from Nintendo yet.
Heat, humidity and rain come together to create havoc for hair, skin and make-up during the monsoon. It can get difficult to keep up with a beauty regimen, but taking care of a few basic things like never leaving the skin wet for long or keeping it moist can be helpful, say experts.TIGI Educator Audrey D’ Souza, Sushma Khan, National Creative Director – Makeup, Lakmé Salon and Disha Meher, National Expert – Skin and Nails, Lakmé Salon, share tips on how you can keep hair frizz, make-up mess and skin breakouts at bay, especially when the monsoon gets going! Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Skin tips by Disha Meher:Rainy rituals:* During the day, cleansing, toning, moisturising and applying sunscreen should be your facial ritual. Remember to reapply moisturiser and sunscreen if the skin is exposed to rain.* During the night, stick to cleansing, toning and applying a good night cream.No-nos for the monsoon:* Never leave the skin wet for a long time. Fungal infections are very common. Always keep your feet and toes dry to avoid infections. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Do not wear synthetic clothes and allow your skin to breathe.* Avoid cold water for bathing. Lukewarm water is best for the skin during monsoon.* Just dab and dry the face and avoid rubbing it with a towel.Absolute monsoon musts:* Keep the skin moist by using soap-free cleansers and scrubs. Go for clean-ups which help in unclogging pores and reducing dead skin and dryness.* Use an alcohol-free toner to prevent dryness of the skin.* Moisturising is key. Make sure to select a moisturiser as per your skin type. * Sunscreen lotion must be used even if the sun is not visible.* Go for regular manicures and pedicures to keep your feet clean.* Keep your skin smooth and clean by opting for waxing services regularly. Chocolate and Fruit waxes are good options for sensitive skin.-*-Monsoon make-up hacks by Sushma Khan* To build a smear-proof base skip the foundation and start with a concealer. Choose a waterproof, matte product followed by a compact powder. When you apply the combination of setting powder and primer on your skin, it dissolves giving you light and flawless coverage. * The best bet for your lips are matte tints. Instead of choosing gloss, head straight to ultra-matte and dry-finish lip liquids.* When it comes to liners, ensure to hydrate your lids before application. For a flawless matte finish, use a felt-pen liner because it dries quickly and stays put throughout the day. Experiment and use coloured liners like olives, pinks and blues to add a ‘pop’ to your look. Opt for a waterproof and volumising mascara for your lashes.* Contrary to using creamy formulations for the lips, eyes or the face — using it for your cheeks is perfect. Cream-based cheek tints glide on the skin, giving your cheeks a natural flush.* Seal your look with a make-up setting spray. It features a patented Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of the make-up, keeping it in place.-*-TIGI Educator Audrey D’ Souza’s monsoon mane hacks:* Don’t wash your hair too often: You might feel the need to shampoo often to rid yourself of the dirt and rainwater, but that also means stripping your hair of its natural oils (sebum), leaving it dry and limp.* Mask it: Deep conditioning helps smoothen out your hair and provides heavy nourishment. Be sure to leave on your mask for at least ten minutes. Intense formulaes in masks help coat the strands with strong conditioning and shine.* Stay away from heat: Stick with air drying, finger drying or use a blow dryer on low or medium heat on damp hair to control the frizz for better finish.* Dodge friction: Your hair is prone to damage in the rains, so be as gentle as possible. No vigorous towel drying and squeezing harsh brushing.
Technology | PACS Accessories | December 10, 2015 Merge Healthcare, AIM Specialty Health Partner on Medical Imaging Prior Authorization Agreement intends to improve Imaging process efficiency across the healthcare industry Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The agreement will benefit both providers and payers using Radiology Benefits Management (RBM) programs administered by AIM as well as Merge customers, including imaging centers and hospitals using Merge’s iConnect Network Services (iCNS).iCNS is a comprehensive technology-based solution which electronically routes imaging study orders, manages incoming prior authorizations and communicates medical imaging results among healthcare professionals in a HIPAA-compliant manner.Some physician practices and medical imaging providers continue to navigate multiple online portals to input the patient eligibility and clinical data required by multiple payers. This new partnership intends to ease the administrative effort, providing access to the AIM solution platform directly from within the iCNS environment. 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Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BEIJING (AP) — China’s military has referred two ranking officers to prosecutors amid a continuing crackdown on corruption in the armed forces.Kou Tie and Liu Zhanqi were placed under investigation in November and their cases forwarded to prosecutors last month, the Defense Ministry said in a brief notice Wednesday.Kou had been head of the provincial military command in Heilongjiang in China’s northeast, while Liu had been transportation chief for the paramilitary People’s Armed Police, a sprawling body with broad responsibilities for internal security, disaster relief and other duties. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men How men can have a healthy 2019 Military investigations have focused on embezzlement and bribery in the housing construction and logistics divisions, where generous funding and lax supervision have created ample opportunities for corruption.That has accompanied a new emphasis on welfare for the 2.3 million-member armed forces, with a substantial chunk of the annual double-digit percentage increases in defense spending going to salaries, benefits and other welfare for the troops.Along with the selling of ranks and positions, the diversion of military funds into private hands is believed to have dealt a strong negative effect on morale, discipline and combat preparedness in the world’s largest standing military.The campaign against military corruption kicked off with an investigation into the People’s Liberation Army’s former head of logistics, Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan, who allegedly amassed a jaw-dropping fortune through embezzlement, kickbacks and the selling of favors.Gu has yet to go to trial, while the military’s former second-highest ranking general, Xu Caihou, died of cancer in March while under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes and brokering promotions.President Xi Jinping, who is also head of the armed forces, has made the crackdown on military corruption a centerpiece of his sweeping drive against graft in the government and ruling Communist Party. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share
26Jan Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governor’s ceremonial signing Categories: Pagel News,Pagel Photos State Representative Dave Pagel, from Berrien Springs, joined Governor Rick Snyder this week for a ceremonial bill signing of his parole reform legislation. This bill corrected an injustice in the parole system for certain prisoners serving long-term sentences. Some of these prisoners were being unfairly denied access to the possibility of having their cases heard by the parole board, and Pagel’s legislation corrected this situation. “This bill is a common-sense improvement that allows all prisoners an equal chance at the possibility of parole hearings,” Representative Pagel said after the bill signing. “It allows our professionals on the parole board to carry out their responsibilities properly. All prisoners should be treated fairly.” While no prisoners will be granted parole based on this legislation, some that were being denied the possibility of parole hearings will now be able to have their cases considered by the parole board. Many have written to Representative Pagel expressing their appreciation for now having greater hope for the eventual possibility of receiving parole.#####
Organizers of the Michigan House’s mental health task force today announced plans to reschedule its meeting in Harrison.The meeting will be postponed until a later date. It was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, but a number of experts were unavailable to serve as panelists that day.“I apologize for any inconvenience this change has caused,” said Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, a member of the bipartisan task force. “I am still looking forward to hearing from individuals throughout our area about improvements that should be made to mental health services, and I hope more people will be able to attend the meeting at a later date.”Information gathered during task force meetings will help legislators develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services statewide, better support for veterans, attention to substance abuse, enhanced training for law enforcement and more.The public also has an opportunity to submit written suggestions regarding mental health services online at www.House.mi.gov/CARES.The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville and Klint Kesto of Commerce Township, is named for the key elements the House hopes to address in order to support residents facing mental health challenges: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.### 16Aug House mental health task force reschedules Harrison meeting Categories: Wentworth News