TORONTO – A man found guilty for the violent sexual assault of a new mother has had his conviction quashed after Ontario’s top court on Monday agreed his lawyer had failed him at trial.In deciding a miscarriage of justice had occurred, the Court of Appeal said Ian Walendzewicz might have succeeded in undermining the complainant’s credibility if he had an effective lawyer — normally a difficult argument for an accused to make.Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson, sitting without a jury, convicted Walendzewicz, of Cobourg, Ont., in February 2013 — a decade after the alleged attack. Evidence at trial, based on the complainant’s testimony, was that the man with whom she had an on and off relationship arrived drunk at her apartment on a night in October 2003.The woman alleged Walendzewicz punched her in the face and broke her nose, threatened to pour hot soup on her and her three-week-old baby, then raped her, court records show. She reported the alleged incident to police and went to hospital, where she completed a sexual assault questionnaire.One of the answers she gave on the form — entered into evidence by the prosecution with agreement from the defence — was that she’d had protected sex just two days before the alleged attack — an answer Walendzewicz’s lawyer failed to notice.Walendzewicz’s defence — he did not testify — turned on his argument that the woman had agreed to sex with him, but during her trial testimony, she was adamant she would never have done so that soon after giving birth.“Three weeks after having a baby you are not having sex,” the woman testified, according to a transcript. “You are supposed to be waiting at least six weeks. And trust me, the last thing on your mind after giving natural childbirth is sex.”Justice Ferguson accepted her testimony as truthful, and convicted the accused, then in his mid-30s, of sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, and uttering threats.Walendzewicz’s appeal turned on the complainant’s answer on the hospital questionnaire.Because he had failed to notice her prior statement, Walendzewicz’s lawyer did not bring an application to cross-examine the woman on the answer, which might have exposed an apparent contradiction about her unwillingness to have sex.The lawyer did belatedly try to reference the questionnaire in closing arguments, but Ferguson ruled that out of bounds because he had failed to raise it earlier.For its part, the prosecution argued on appeal that the questionnaire did not prove the woman had agreed to sex two days before the alleged assault. The Crown asserted that cross-examining her about the questionnaire would only have elicited more evidence of his abuse of the woman.The Appeal Court rejected the prosecution arguments.“The complainant sought to corroborate her position she did not consent by offering the testimony (she gave),” the Appeal Court said. “This testimony while on the witness stand at trial was central to her credibility, which was the only live issue at trial.”The mere fact his defence made no attempt to try to undermine her credibility by challenging her over the questionnaire, the court said, was enough to show Walendzewicz had ineffective trial counsel.“We are satisfied that the appellant received ineffective representation at trial that undermines the reliability of the verdict and resulted in a miscarriage of justice,” the Appeal Court said.
MARTINS POINT, N.S. — An American man who dedicated his life to finding treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island was remembered Monday as a larger-than-life figure who became a pillar in the community he made home for more than 50 years.Roughly 120 people packed a small wood-panelled church in the coastal community of Martins Point for the funeral of Dan Blankenship.Blankenship, a U.S. Army veteran who became fixated on the Oak Island mystery, died March 17 at age 95.The service included a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”“He enjoyed his life,” said Rev. Ron Barkhouse of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, where Blankenship would often attend services.“He had 95 years to do what he wanted to do.”Blankenship was a staple on “The Curse of Oak Island,” a reality TV series on the History channel set on the 57-hectare island on Nova Scotia’s south shore.David Eisnor, a longtime family friend, said during a eulogy that Blankenship was known around the world for being a treasure hunting legend, but he had many interests.Eisnor said his resume would also include “scuba diver, fisherman, armchair quarterback for his love of football, dancer and singer.”Blankenship became hooked on the story of Oak Island after reading a “Reader’s Digest” story in 1965 at his Florida home.Eisnor said at the time, Blankenship asked his wife Jane to read the piece, hoping it would also pique her interest.“She handed it back to him and said, ‘So what?’” said Eisnor, sparking a few laughs from the crowd.“Dan said to her, ‘Well number one, there’s treasure on Oak Island, and number two, I’m going to find it.’“It’s a statement like that, in a nutshell, that summed up Dan’s unbridled determination for everything that he did.”Blankenship co-owned the island with a group of investors, including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are doing the major work on site now. Their search for treasure has been featured during the reality TV show’s six seasons.The Oak Island legend began in 1795 when curious teenage boys began digging at the site, thinking they might find a pirate’s buried treasure. Theories on who may have buried treasure on the island range from pirate Blackbeard to the Knights Templar.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press
Rabat – Fastnet Oil & Gas revealed earlier this week on their website that the Foum Assaka FA-1 well in the Agadir basin “encountered oil and gas shows and demonstrated a working system; however, commercial volumes of hydrocarbons were not found.” “The FA-1 well has been drilled to total depth within budget,” said Paul Griffiths, managing director of Fastnet.Despite the seemingly disappointing news for oil and gas, the Minister for Energy Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Aamara together with Amina Benkhadra from the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), expressed a positive and reassuring view regarding the future of the industry during the opening session of the Morocco Oil and Gas summit that took place in Marrakech from May 7-8.According to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, the optimism of the two officials was translated into figures showing that more than 34 companies are now operating in Morocco in the framework of 131 offshore and onshore exploration permits, in addition to five reconnaissance licenses and nine exploitation concessions. During the summit, Benkhadra highlighted the progress made last year. In 2013, there was an acquisition of 5451 square kilometers of 3D seismic data, 654 square kilometers of 2D seismic data, the drilling of three wells, and MAD 2.4 billion ($294 million) in investments from ONHYM oil companies. This year, 27 wells have been drilled and the net worth of investments is estimated at around MAD 5 billion.The ONHYM boss seemed cautiously optimistic, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. “Nobody said it was easy to search for oil and gas deposits. It took Chevron four years of dry wells in Saudi Arabia before the explorations in Dammam,” Benkhadra said. Dammam is the most oil-rich region in the world.Edited by Liz Yaslik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The Indo-Sri Lankan agreement drafted in 1987 is a sound framework that can be improved upon, say Indian politicians and those who were involved closely with the political developments then, The Hindu newspaper reported.For speakers at the launch of Tamil book, Ore inaprachinaiyum or opandhamum on Friday, it was time to recall the incidents that led to the accord and the later developments, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the death of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, recalled that Panruti S. Ramachandran, then a Minister in M.G. Ramachandran’s Cabinet had explained Prabakaran’s position to Rajiv Gandhi and that the former would never compromise on anything less than a separate State for Tamils. “The gap could not be bridged. I know that neither Centre nor State has supported a separate State. Even in Tamil Nadu, people have not supported the idea,” he said, recalling that during elections the issue was generally part of other demands. Senior journalist Gnani recalled that when the accord was being framed, he had vehemently opposed it. Advocate K.S. Radhakrishnan recalled the events that led to India’s involvement in Sri Lanka’s internal strife and felt that it was a geopolitical issue that India could not neglect. Former IPS officer G. Thilakavathi recalled her long association with Asokamitran and his wife, Rajeswari. Nanda, publisher of Kalaignan Publications, spoke. Mr. Ramachandran felt the agreement was a guarantee on the part of India but since the Sinhalese did not welcome it, the accord did not work. The decisions made by successive Sri Lankan rulers played a major part in dividing the populations. However, it is equality and providing equal opportunities that would bring about equal outcome, he said.The book, authored by T. Ramakrishnan, Senior Associate Editor with The Hindu, was released by Mr. Ramachandran and the first copywas received by the author’s mother, Rajeswari Thyagarajan.
Gareth Jones from Trecastle, PowysCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE The following evening the police arrived at his home. He handed over his unwashed uniform from the previous night’s shift before being arrested for sexual assault.”That’s when my life just crumbled,” he told the BBC. “I felt like my heart had just been ripped out of me.“I was shocked, all over the place. I’d done nothing wrong.”At trial, Mr Jones, who has a learning difficulty that impairs his understanding, found proceedings impossible to follow and did not understand what was going on.Court of Appeal judges considered new evidence before ruling that the conviction could not be considered safe, pointing to a lack of DNA evidence. “University projects are a sticking plaster only and cannot replace a properly-funded legal aid system.” The team, led by Dr Dennis Eady, get sent hundreds of cases from people desperate to expose alleged miscarriages of justice.But as they sifted through the documents concerning Mr Jones’s case, they quickly realised there was a realistic prospect of overturning the conviction. There was a lack of medical evidence and Mr Jones had not been treated as a vulnerable person in court. A team of university law students have succeeded in overturning the conviction of a care worker who was wrongly jailed for sexually assaulting a dementia patient.The astonishing victory was the culmination of six years of unpaid work by students, solicitors and barristers who were determined to expose the miscarriage of justice.Gareth Jones, who has learning difficulties, was jailed in 2008 for what was described in court as a “vicious and sadistic” attack on a vulnerable, elderly woman.He had always pleaded his innocence but was “depicted as a monster” before the jury and was jailed for nine years, a sentence later reduced to seven years on appeal.Gareth, 33, from Trecastle, Powys, spent three and a half years in Usk Prison and was forced to sign the sex offenders register.But his long-term carer, Paula Morgan was determined to prove his innocence and spent months searching for a legal team who would take up his case before coming across the Cardiff University Innocence Project. Cardiff UniversityCredit:James Davies/Alamy Stock Photo “The key thing about the new evidence was that (the patient’s) injuries could have been caused by a series of medical mishaps,” Dr Eady said. “There were other explanations. As a case to be taken on, it was a fairly obvious one.“It was an unfair trial but more to the point, Gareth didn’t do it.”Mr Jones was carrying out routine checks at the care home near Brecon when he realised the elderly patient in question was bleeding heavily, and so pressed an emergency call button for help.When colleagues arrived he left the room, as he could not stand the sight of blood but later accompanied the woman to hospital. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They said if the case was heard today, Mr Jones would have been given support for his learning difficulties during the legal process and the jury would have been directed to take it into account during their deliberations.”The charged and rhetorical nature of the questions and some of Mr Jones’s responses would have been likely to leave the jury with the impression that he had no answer to the charge,” they said.The judges acknowledged the “significant contribution” the Cardiff University Innocence Project made to his appeal.It is the second time the Innocence Project, launched in 2006, has successfully overturned a criminal conviction and it remains the only such project in the UK to have done so.The team made history in 2014, after former gang member Dwaine George, jailed for life in 2002 after teenager Daniel Dale was shot dead in Manchester, had his murder conviction overturned.The inocence project allows students who are passionate about investigating alleged miscarriages of justice to work on cases of long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence of serious crimes for which they have been convicted.Professor Julie Price, Head of Pro Bono at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics said: “The appeals system is problematic and needs to change. Even if you can afford lawyers, the system is stacked against you.
IMDEX Ltd has announced the launch of its In-Field Geoanalysis solution at the Resources for Future Generations Conference 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018. Making an informed decision in the minerals discovery process requires reliable information about the geology, including hidden sub-surface information. Reliable geochemical data is a critical component of this. IMDEX’s new In-Field Geoanalysis solution – a complete portable sample preparation and analysis system – “provides this data and enables geologists to make informed decisions on site and in near real-time.”Commenting on this complete end-to-end solution for rapid sample preparation and near real-time analysis, Global Product Manager – Geosciences, James Cleverley said: “We are excited to officially unveil this unique solution, as it supports geoscientists in making timely informed decisions. As a geoscientist running a drilling or sampling program you can be up and running with your own on-site lab, producing consistent and quality samples, managing the analysis and quality control and having confidence the data you are viewing is accurate and repeatable, all in 20 minutes. The key is the preparation of quality samples – it is not just pointing and shooting at rocks.”Cleverley added that IMDEX’s In-Field Geoanalysis solution addresses a historical industry challenge, that is, the protracted exploration lifecycle from sample collection to receipt of information to make critical decisions regarding drilling or sampling programs. Typically a sample is collected and transported to an off-site laboratory for preparation and analysis. Resulting data is then interpreted and used to either validate or update a geological model. Based on this model, informed decisions can then be made – for example drill another hole, change the sampling strategy, or move to the next target.Depending on the style and stage of the program, this cycle can take three months or more, which often results in decisions being made without having all of the necessary data available. In Cleverley’s view this lifecycle is too long and the risks and associated costs are too high. “Imagine finding an error in the data collection process or drilling in the wrong place because of an incomplete geological model?”IMDEX’s Global Manager Integrated Solution, Michelle Carey, says the key benefit for clients is timely access to accurate data, which subsequently reduces the total cost of the exploration project. “It supports the geoscientist’s decision process and gives them more time to act on that decision, removing the burden of assay logistics, time delays and data administration. It is another way IMDEX is striving to reduce the costs and increase the efficiencies of our clients’ operations.”IMDEX now delivers a range of end-to-end solutions to the global minerals industry and targeted non-mining applications. These solutions integrate products and technologies from leading brands AMC and REFLEX and include: Drilling Optimisation; Downhole Navigation; Structural Geology; Driller Operable Geophysics; and In-Field Geoanalysis.The company’s latest solution combines: the REFLEX CRUSHER™ and REFLEX MILL™– a portable sample preparation system; the REFLEX PRESS™ – an innovative sample press and die that produces a high quality and consistent sample; and the REFLEX XRF™ – a hardware/ software solution that delivers controlled assay workflows, QA/QC, together with data management. These technologies seamlessly integrate with IMDEXHUB-IQ™ – award winning cloud-based software and IMDEX ioGAS™ – the leading exploratory data analytics software for the detection of anomalies and relationships in geoscience data.The REFLEX CRUSHER™ is used to crush a coarse sample taken directly from the drill or field site. The sample is then milled into a fine powder using the REFLEX MILL™ and compacted into a homogenous, dense, flat puck using the REFLEX PRESS™. This produces a consistent, representative, quality sample that is analysed using the REFLEX XRF™ and Connect software. With real-time data and a secure chain of custody, IMDEXHUB-IQ™ seamlessly captures geoscientific data – including detailed petrophysical and geochemical analysis – which can be exported to IMDEX ioGAS™ further analysis and modelling.The complete solution arrives on site in six pelican cases and can be setup in 15-20 minutes. Clients then have a full processing system where they need it, which can deliver approximately 100 samples per day. “Just imagine relaxing with a cup of tea, while analysing today’s data and making an informed decision about the next day’s work program, changes to the soil sampling program, or reliably directing the driller where to drill next. The result is dynamic intelligent sampling, smarter drilling and a quicker return on expenditure,” says Cleverley.
(Image: AM Ahad/AP)A GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION found that “extremely” poor quality construction materials and a series of violations caused the collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh that has been called the worst garment-industry disaster in history, the committee head said today.Last month’s disaster killed more than 1,100 workers and highlighted the hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry and the lack of safety for millions of workers who are paid as low as $38 a month.“The owner used extremely poor quality iron rods and cement,” committee head Khandker Mainuddin Ahmed told The Associated Press a day after submitting the report to the government. “There were a series of irregularities.”Not built for industrial useThe report found that building owner Sohel Rana had permission to build a six-story structure and added two floors illegally so he could rent them out to garment factories. Past statements from authorities said the owner had permission for a five-story structure and added three floors illegally.The report also said the building was not built for industrial use and the weight of the heavy garment factory machinery and their vibrations contributed to the building collapse. Those factors had previously been cited.The ground on which the building was built was not fit for a multi-story building, the report said.“A portion of the building was constructed on land which had been a body of water before and was filled with rubbish,” Ahmed said. (Ismail Ferdous/AP)Life in jailThe committee recommended that Rana and the owners of the garment factories be sentenced to life in jail if they are found guilty of violating building codes.Rana, three engineers and four factory owners have been arrested.The building was shut down briefly after workers spotted cracks in its walls and pillars a day before the April 24 collapse. But the garment factory workers were called back to work, many of them forcefully.More than 2,500 people were rescued shortly after the disaster. The committee urged the government to ensure that all those injured receive free medical treatment.
Les bébés humains et chimpanzés utiliseraient une communication gestuelle similairePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Frontiers in Comparative Psychology, des chercheurs américains ont mis en évidence la proximité entre les modes de communication gestuelle chez les bébés humains, chimpanzés et bonobos.L’équipe de Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, psychologue du développement à l’Université de Staten Island, à New York, a comparé des vidéos montrant le comportement quotidien d’une fillette entre 11 mois et 2 ans, à d’autres séquences montrant celui de 2 jeunes singes (initiés au langage des signes au Centre de recherche sur le langage à Atlanta) entre 1 an et 26 mois : Panpanzee, un chimpanzé, et Panbanisha, un bonobo.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au début, les 3 bébés utilisaient, bien plus que des mots (fillette) ou des signes appris (singes), les mêmes gestes spontanés : désigner du doigt un objet convoité, ou tendre les bras quand ils voulaient être pris dans les bras, par exemple. Cependant, la petite fille, en plus, saluait de la main, hochait ou secouait la tête pour dire ‘oui’ ou ‘non’ – des gestes ‘instinctifs’ absents du répertoire des 2 jeunes singes.De plus, la petite fille, via ce type de communication, semblait plutôt axée sur le partage de son expérience avec les autres gens, tandis que les singes ‘instrumentalisaient’ les gestes, les utilisant plutôt pour obtenir ce qu’ils désiraient. Puis, en grandissant, les 3 jeunes ont utilisé de plus en plus la communication symbolique – langage des signes chez les singes ou parole chez la fillette – mais de façon plus spectaculaire chez cette dernière.Si l’on en croit ces observations, humains, chimpanzés et bonobos utilisent donc au départ un ‘tronc commun’ en matière de communication. “Le geste joue un rôle important dans l’évolution du langage, car il précède l’usage du langage chez ces [trois] espèces. Nous pouvons donc nous faire une idée de ce que notre ancêtre commun était en mesure de faire en termes de communication”, conclut Kristen Gillespie-Lynch.Le 8 juin 2013 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambert
Is Pacific Rim: Uprising good?It’s alright.Just alright?I mean… what were you expecting? You didn’t think it was going to be as good as the first one, did you?Should I not have?Guillermo del Toro not returning to direct, Rinko Kikuchi only back for a minor cameo, new cast mostly of kids doing a Top Gun/Starship Troopers riff and very blatantly only happening in the first place because Chinese multiplex investors demanded an (affordable) sequel to this franchise in particular?Well, when you put it that way…But yeah, it’s fine.What’s the big difference?In the original, Guillermo del Toro took a premise and screenplay that was essentially a checklist of Saturday morning Anime and tokusatsu cliches and dumped about 900 gallons of… “himself” all over it until it resembled something like an elevation of the form. Don’t get me wrong; I love it – it’s a blast of a movie. But it’s a blast of a movie that lives and dies almost entirely on style and atmosphere and said atmosphere is all about the uniquely bizarre fusion of del Toro’s retro-pulp schlock-horror sensibilities mashing together with what’s otherwise “Not-Godzilla vs. Not-Gundam” or “Dumb Evangelion.”Uprising, on the other hand, mostly looks like any other optimized-for-Chinese-IMAX-3D multiplex blockbuster: Bright primary colors, lots of big swooping slow-motion tumbles and particle effects, mostly daytime shooting and big stretches that are either entirely CGI or CG characters dropped into plate shots. Certainly not “bad” looking – probably the best live-action mecha-anime ever on balance, in fact – just lacking the signature flair that made the original stick out so much more profoundly.What’s the plot this time?Refreshingly, it’s an actual sequel as opposed to a retread or soft reboot. It’s been 10 years since the events of the original film and, unlike every other monster movie sequel ever, everyone pretty much agrees that the Kaiju will probably come back so they’ve kept up building more and better Jaegers to fight them if they do. But now there’s disagreement over whether to keep using the original two-person piloted versions or remote-controlled “drone” versions developed by a Chinese company run by Jing Tian and Newton (Charlie Day from the original movie.) John Boyega is playing Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) estranged wash-out son, who gets pulled back into the army to help train new young Jaeger pilots with an ex-friend (Scott Eastwood). He gets wrapped up in a conspiracy mystery involving a rogue “evil” Jaeger of unknown origin and it probably goes without saying that something fishy is up with those drones.And also the Kaiju are back, right?Yeah, the trailers and posters have all given away that there’s eventually Kaiju to fight again, but before that there’s actually a pretty solid mystery as to what’s going on and who’s “up to” what that I wouldn’t give away. On paper it’s a pretty good narrative. But there’s honestly a little too much of it, and it’s paced very awkwardly (there’s a villain reveal that’s blown WAY too early for no good reason) since it’s clear that “action” beat “story” in every “what can we afford to cut?” discussion.How are the actors?Mostly interchangeable, especially the younger kids playing the new pilots who feel like they might’ve had bigger parts in a longer cut. It’s nice to hear John Boyega get to use his real voice in a big movie again, at least, and always nice to see Rinko Kikuchi even if Mako Mori is really only onhand as an expository cameo in this one. Scott Eastwood isn’t really given much to work with.Is it worth seeing?Once the FX team gets to take over for the robot fighting (which is most of the time), it’s quite a show, especially at IMAX-scale. Nowhere near as stylish or involving as the original, but you get a lot of robot/monster combat as things roll into Act 3 and the finale is much more brazen about the Godzilla/Gundam/Ultraman/etc. homage stuff than the first one. So if that’s your scene you should definitely get your fix here. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
House lawyers filed a motion Tuesday evening requesting a federal judge block the administration’s plan to use reprogrammed DOD funds for southern border barriers, according to The Hill.The motion seeks to stop about $6 billion in military construction and counter-drug funds for building President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall.“Defendants are moving quickly to construct the border wall, and they have awarded contracts against funds that Congress did not appropriate for that purpose,” House General Counsel Doug Letter wrote with other lawyers. “And more contracts are coming soon. Once made, these unconstitutional expenditures cannot be undone, and the grave institutional injury inflicted on the House cannot be remedied.”The motion argues the president violated the Constitution when he sidestepped congressional authority in directing reallocation of funds in his February emergency declaration.The Army Corps of Engineers, which handles most of the barrier contracts, has moved to award up to $8 billion in DOD funds, according to a Quartz report.The Department of Homeland Security has moved forward with using DOD funds for barriers in Arizona and New Mexico, Military Times reported Tuesday.Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbs ADC AUTHOR
2020 Nissan Sylphy rises in Shanghai, looks like the next Sentra 32 Photos Post a comment Nissan is also updating its long-serving HR16DE four-cylinder engine for the Chinese-market Sylphy. So far, the company is making no mention of power, torque or efficiency figures in its press release for the third-generation engine. However, they do note the presence of an updated Xtronic continuously variable transmission.Nissan says its engineers have increased the stiffness of the Sylphy’s body and improved suspension and steering feel — all changes that should make this compact sedan more fun to drive.Perhaps just as importantly, the 2020 Nissan Sylphy is getting some much-needed cabin and safety upgrades. Nissan is quick to call out the Sylphy’s new single-switch HVAC control system, as well as a color 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument binnacle and an 8-inch screen in the center stack.Enlarge ImageQuilted camel-colored leather seats in a Sentr… Sylphy? Never thought we’d live to see the day. Nissan Safety comes courtesy of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility program and consists of forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, cross traffic alert and Intelligent Driving Alert, a basic monitor to curb drowsy and distracted driving. Not bad for a car at the Sylphy’s end of the luxury/value continuum (especially in China, which has been somewhat slower to adopt advanced driver assist features than other markets). Nissan also makes a point of calling out that the new 2020 Sylphy has a coefficient of drag that is the same as its aging GT-R sports coupe — 0.26. (Somehow, we don’t see owners casually slipping this tidbit into date-night conversations.)Enlarge ImageThe new Sylphy dumps its formerly lumpen looks for something altogether sleeker. Nissan “The all-new Nissan Sylphy represents the full landing of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in China,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan, in a statement. “With an even more stylish design and advanced connectivity and safety technologies, the all-new Nissan Sylphy gives customers a whole new level of confidence and excitement, befitting of a leading family sedan.”Now, how much of this ends up on the US-market Sentra remains to be seen, but we’re willing to bet we’ll end up seeing nearly all of it in US showrooms in the not-too-distant future. Tags 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing 0 Nissan’s Sylphy line is getting ready to observe its 20th birthday. As a present of sorts, the fine folks in Yokohama are celebrating by rolling out an all-new model at the Shanghai Motor Show, aka AutoChina. Why is this news important to us Americans? Because if history is any guide, we will eventually know this Sylphy by a different name: Sentra.While Nissan officials are stopping short of confirming it, minus a few market-specific tweaks, we believe the vibrant orange sedan seen here is the 2020 Nissan Sentra. Given that the current B17 generation has been around since 2013 and has never really been considered a top-flight competitor, this new model can’t arrive soon enough.So, what does the 2020 Nissan Sylphy bring to the table? Well, to begin with, it adopts the Japanese automaker’s current design language, which, while not going to go down in the annals of history as a great beauty, is a significant improvement over the outgoing model. That means there’s a version of Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, a pair of narrower headlamps, and a far sleeker overall aesthetic than today’s Sylphy and Sentra models. Unsurprisingly, the new design looks a lot like today’s 2019 Altima, as well as the new 2020 Nissan Versa sedan that was revealed just this past weekend. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Nissan Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Nissan 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Sedans
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The history of Swamp Thing on screen stretches back to 1982, when famed horror director Wes Craven took a crack at the creature’s story.DC and Warner Bros. revealed their Netflix-style service DC Universe in May 2018, along with a list of original programming in the works for the platform. Of that list, the animated Harley Quinn series and Stargirl will premiere later this year and the beginning of 2020, respectively. $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Tags $999 Best Buy See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 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See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $210 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Swamp Thing is coming. DC The DC Universe streaming service is about to debut another original show, and it’s a long-time fan favorite. The first trailer for the upcoming Swamp Thing series appeared Tuesday on YouTube, and the show’s set to appear on the platform May 31. It will be the first solo hero original show for DC Universe, which already aired its team-based originals Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders and Doom Patrol. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay First look at Swamp Thing creature in new trailer HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: $6 at Tidal See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 2:26 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo 7 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice See at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint Amazon $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Post a comment Read DJI Osmo Action preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon
Ongole: Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy appreciated the district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal for his groundbreaking initiatives in organising ‘Spandana’, grievance redressal program in a more transparent way, said a press release from the SP’s office here on Tuesday. The note said that in the video-conference held with district police department officials on Tuesday about the response on ‘Spandana’, the chief minister lauded the efforts of the SP in utilizing the technology to incorporate transparency in government administration. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us It may be recalled that the SP introduced the video-conference system in all police stations in the district, including in the rural and remote area police stations. He is monitoring the grievance program in all stations through the video-conference and directing the officials for action or taking their version for the delay in investigations while he receives a complaint at his office. He is also live-streaming the ‘Spandana’ program on facebook for the public increasing the transparency in the police department. The chief minister appreciated these efforts of the SP and advised him to continue the same.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)HBO’s Game of Thrones season 8 only has three episodes remaining and fans will be wondering what to watch next after the release of the final episode. There is this awaited Lords of The Rings series under the production of Amazon but if you still wish to stay in Westeros then worry not, George RR Martin has finally given an update which we all have been waiting for from a long time.Back in 2017, George RR Martin revealed that after the end of Game of Thrones, there were five spinoff shows from the original stories that fans would be able to enjoy for a long time. Martin considered them as successors to Game of Thrones. However, in his recent blog, he stated that three out of those five spinoffs are still moving forward nicely.George RR Martin further pointed out that HBO has ordered a pilot for one of the spinoffs, which is set more than 10,000 years of before the events of Game of Thrones. Several fans have been speculating that this untitled series will finally show us Children of Forest and how they kidnapped the First Men, who eventually became the Night King. If this happens, then one of those Game of Thrones spinoffs will serve as the origin story of Night King. It would be pretty exciting to see how the showrunners will take the narrative forward and what new they will be doing in the show that will fulfil the expectations of millions of fans.In his blog, George RR Martin further stated that the remaining two spinoffs are still in development and they are trying their best to materialise their thoughts into reality. ‘The Winds of Winter’ release date might come as a surprise to the fansReuters”The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories,” Martin wrote.Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones will return on Sunday night (in the United States) and on Monday morning in India with a brand new episode of season 8. There are several theories about the upcoming episode as Tyrion Lannister will betray Daenerys Targaryen, fans will learn more when the awaited episode will release worldwide.
Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) – An approaching storm prompted the U.S. military to place its base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under an alert Wednesday and cancel several days of pretrial hearings in the case of five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.The military planned to evacuate about 200 people, including legal teams and relatives of Sept. 11 victims, who traveled to the remote base in southeast Cuba to attend hearings that had been scheduled to start Thursday, said Army Lt. Col. Joseph Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. Comments Share The judge in the case, Army Col. James Pohl, issued an order postponing the hearings until further notice due to a “concern for the safety and welfare of all personnel.”The Navy placed the base, which has about 6,000 personnel in all, on an alert Wednesday due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, which was expected to bring winds of nearly 60 mph (100 kph) within 72 hours. Officials warned military and civilian personnel to prepare emergency shelters and secure loose objects that could become projectiles in heavy wind.A prison spokesman, Navy Capt. Robert Durand, says all 168 prisoners will be in buildings that can sustain hurricane-force winds and that the military has plans in place to provide shelter for all troops and civilians.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Parents, stop beating yourself up
JACKSONVILLE8591524.56496125853+573.5315-33 CHICAGO8311444.575100416257+576.8829-19 BALTIMORE9561595.599112546833+3587.0234-14 TEAMCOMPATTCOMP %YARDS TDINTTD/INT RATIOPASSERRATING3-YEAR RECORD CINCINNATI10081665.605113027550+2583.3223-25 PITTSBURGH9931592.624122357038+3290.8032-16 SEATTLE8821458.605102145644+1281.9125-23 DALLAS11891804.659136539150+4093.8122-26 SAN DIEGO10631654.643129768348+3592.9624-24 CLEVELAND9441614.585101714549-473.7214-34 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NEW ORLEANS13451994.6751532812255+6799.2231-17 BUFFALO9611608.598106587263+978.1016-32 Top Stories GREEN BAY11021651.6671385812229+93109.9936-12 HOUSTON10071595.631121126634+3291.2528-20 INDIANAPOLIS10911841.593122977049+2180.8823-25 NY GIANTS10211667.612129028656+3088.5728-20 WASHINGTON9861638.602119856451+1382.7821-27 SAN FRANCISCO8481387.611103576028+3290.1530-18 MINNESOTA8911498.59595175255-374.3919-29 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Most who followed the team in any capacity knew there would be a drop off from the production at the quarterback position after Warner’s exodus. But you would have had to be Nostradamus after LASIK surgery to see at the time how badly the position would suffer.In Warner’s last three seasons as a Cardinal, he completed 65.4 percent (1,021-of-1,562) of his passes for 11,753 yards with 83 touchdowns and only 45 interceptions. In that time span, Warner was 24-18 as a starter while guiding the Cardinals to back-to-back NFC West titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII.I’m not breaking any news here, but the three years that have followed have been a quarterbacking disaster.Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers. The Cardinals are 18-30 since Warner’s retirement, which is the fifth-worst record in the league in that span. But concentrating just on QB play, Arizona has been even worse. The six-headed monster (comprised of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer) has completed 929-of-1,719 passes for 10,601 yards with 42 touchdowns and 63 interceptions. They combined to complete only 54 percent of their passes, the worst in the league over the three-season span (the Jets are next-worst at 55.6 percent.) They’ve combined to throw only 42 touchdown passes in 48 regular season games — the worst mark in the league. To put that in perspective, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints has thrown more than that in each of the last two regular seasons! TENNESSEE8441598.591109686345+1881.3221-27 NY JETS8701565.556101406051+974.6125-23 MIAMI9081530.593106055047+378.5120-28 PHILADELPHIA10451733.603125666853+1582.8822-26 DETROIT12512039.614142118949+4086.7920-28 CAROLINA8521493.571106514950-176.3515-33 TAMPA BAY9821648.596115467047+2383.2121-27 ARIZONA9291719.540106014263-2165.6918-30 ST. LOUIS9781696.577105534939+1076.1116-32 – / 21 KANSAS CITY8461450.58394144846+275.5719-29 OAKLAND9701644.590118826255+780.0020-28 0 Comments Share NEW ENGLAND11351760.6451412311026+84103.9439-9 DENVER9531597.597116868236+4690.0225-23 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Compounding the lack of touchdown passes is the number of interceptions Cardinals quarterbacks have thrown — 63, tied for the most in the league with Buffalo. The Cardinals are one of only four teams along with Carolina, Minnesota and Cleveland, with a negative touchdown-to-interception ratio, and their mark (-21) is 17 picks worse than the second-worst team.And then we come to the all-important stat of Passer Rating. While, predictably, teams like Green Bay (109.99), New England (103.94) and New Orleans (99.22) top the list, the Cardinals bring up the rear with a paltry figure of 65.69 — by far the worst in the league since the beginning of the 2011 season. Second-worst? Jacksonville, with a rating of 73.53.Sorry I had to be the one to crystallize the ineptitude of Cardinals quarterbacks in the last three years. Sure, you had a good idea about it already, but still.The bad news is the Cardinals still haven’t found a solution at the position heading into the 2013 season.NFL PASSING STATS 2010-2012 ATLANTA11481786.643128098936+5393.7436-12 I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve read a reference to the fact that it was three years ago — January 29, 2010 — that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner hung up his cleats after a stellar 12-year NFL career. Unfortunately, it will be the most painful reminder of that event.It hurt at the time. The Cardinals were not only relevant for the first time since they had moved to the Valley from St. Louis in 1988, they were among the best and most exciting teams in the league.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “So many great things happened for me and my family in St. Louis due to the people and the support of the community and just that period of time and watching that community come together,” Warner said. “We will always have a special place in our heart.”Warner’s career took him from stocking groceries to the Arena Football League, and then, in 1999, with the help of some lucky breaks, Warner became an NFL legend.When starting quarterback Trent Green went down in the preseason, Warner finally got his opportunity and promptly took full advantage of it. He threw for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading what was billed at the time as the “Greatest Show on Turf,” to a 13-3 record and a thrilling 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. It was the Rams’ only championship in St. Louis.Warner’s Rams would return to the Super Bowl two years later as a 14-point favorite over the New England Patriots and an unknown quarterback named Tom Brady, who went on to lead a fourth quarter comeback that was capped off by Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal that won the game as time expired.“I definitely don’t associate myself with the L.A. Rams and what does that look like as part of the Rams family being from here on out, it will be something that I’m completely unfamiliar with from the organization,” Warner said. “I’m very interested in seeing how this all plays out and how you feel as a member of the Rams family, but a member of somewhere else and something different — how that feels and what that looks like going forward.” LISTEN: Kurt Warner, former Cardinals quarterback Before he became a Valley sports legend by leading the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl, Kurt Warner was a legend in another NFL city.And when the history of the St. Louis Rams is written, Warner will go down as one of its greatest players ever.But on the day after the NFL announced the St. Louis Rams are no more and are heading back to Los Angeles, where they played from 1946-1994, Warner has mixed feelings.He told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday morning how it’s difficult and is not sure where his place will be with the L.A. Rams. If the Rams do decided to retire Warner’s No. 13 jersey, it will hang from a stadium in a city that Warner has no connection with. It will be similar circumstance that another Rams great faced for the last 21 years when Eric Dickerson’s No. 29 hung from the rafters of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, despite him playing for the Los Angeles version of the Rams from 1983-87.On Tuesday night, Dickerson tweeted two simple words regarding his former team returning to L.A., “Welcome Home!”“It would definitely be strange to be at a completely different building and kind of go through that process,” Warner said of being associated with the Los Angeles version of the Rams. “Again, only time will tell what this means for former St. Louis Rams and what that looks like moving forward.“Maybe it’s not that big of a deal as I think. You’re just proud to be associated with the Rams organization regardless of where they are. So I really don’t know. It’s just kind of a wired feeling to think that a huge part of my career and some great memeories were established in St. Louis and now I will probably never go back to see another Rams game in St. Louis and be a part of that. It will be strange.” St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner talks to Rams head coach Dick Vermeil, at center, and other coaches during a St. Louis Rams timeout in the second quarter in Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 30, 2000. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWinner of 9 tournaments in 2011 including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Audemars Piguet’s new ambassador Novak Djokovic has now won the US Open, his fourth prestigious Grand Slam tournament victory of his career.Djokovic is truly enjoying an exceptional season in 2011. After fighting hard in the US Open semis against Swiss champion Roger Federer, and losing the first two sets, he managed to win the following three sets to advance into the finals.The clash with Spanish player Rafael Nadal was eagerly anticipated. While the two have played 29 times in their careers, Djokovic had the advantage of having beaten the Spanish player five times already in 2011. Producing a nearly perfect performance to match his nearly perfect season, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic returned brilliantly, whipped winners from all angles and beat No. 2 Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in a match filled with lengthy, mesmerizing points to earn the first U.S. Open championship of his career and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011.After an intense match, Novak Djokovic finally hoisted the trophy while proudly wearing his favourite watch; a Royal Oak Offshore Diver.Audemars Piguet is proud to have the world’s number 1 tennis player as part of its team of ambassadors and to share with him the same values of excellence and audacity.www.audemarspiguet.com
15Jun Reps. Lauwers, LaFontaine give unique virtual tour of the Capitol Categories: Lauwers News Lawmakers take Marysville students on field trip using video chatState Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine today gave students at Gardens Elementary in Marysville their first-ever virtual tour of the Capitol.Using a video chat program, the lawmakers showed the third-graders around the House and Senate chambers, the governor’s office and the old courtroom for the Michigan Supreme Court. The students even got to experience a view of the Capitol’s dome as Reps. Lauwers and LaFontaine lay down on the floor of the rotunda, often a favorite activity of kids who visit the Capitol in person.“This was a unique way to reach out to students who couldn’t make it to the Capitol, and pique their interest in state government,” said Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I loved seeing their enthusiasm as they got an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at what we do in Lansing.”Rep. LaFontaine – who attended high school and college with Mrs. Jessica Hebel, the technology teacher at Gardens Elementary – said Mrs. Hebel has been so innovative in hosting an array of virtual field trips, giving her students a front row seat on tours of local farms, Puerto Rico, and now the state Capitol.“This virtual tour was a great opportunity for students who couldn’t make it to the Capitol building this year,” said Rep. LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township. “Even if they couldn’t be here in person, these students got an interactive, first-hand tour of the beautiful building we are fortunate to work in. And to no surprise on our end, the students were able to rattle off all three branches of government without hesitation. It was a great way for the students to demonstrate what they learned in their classroom lessons on government.”##### PHOTO: Rep. Dan Lauwers, left, and Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, right, video chat with third-grade students at Gardens Elementary in Marysville as they gave the kids a virtual tour of the Capitol.
State Rep. Roger Victory, of Hudsonville, has been appointed to serve the state budget committee as chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee by Speaker Tom Leonard.“It’s an honor to be appointed to this position allows me to reflect on my professional experience when making important budget decisions for our state,” Victory said.Victory owns Victory Farms, a year-round specialty crop producer in Michigan. He is also an executive board member of the Michigan Vegetable Council, vice president of the Vriesland Growers Cooperative and serves on the National Council of Agricultural Employees.The third-term legislator was also selected to serve as a member of the Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Transportation subcommittees.“I believe in creating a budget that works for the people of Michigan,” he said. “That means tightening our belts and making wise and responsible investments that will benefit our state economy.”House committees will have their first meetings in the coming weeks.### Categories: Victory News 26Jan Rep. Victory to play a key role in budget committee