Pembina Pipeline Corporation approves phase eight of Peace Pipeline Expansion

first_imgThe Corporation is anticipating phase eight to be placed into service in stages starting in 2020 through the first half of 2022, subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.President and CEO of Pembina, Mick Dilger, says the system expansion will allow Pembina to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for their customers, adding that they are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.“Our strategic footprint continues to provide opportunities to complete staged expansions, enabling us to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for our customers. Our customers continue to recognize the favourable economics in the Deep Basin and Montney areas and like us are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.  Further, they appreciate the new markets we are developing such as the Prince Rupert Export Terminal and the proposed PDH/PP facility.”Phase eight will include new 10 and 16-inch pipelines in the Gordondale to La Glace corridor of Alberta, as well as six new pump stations or terminal upgrades located between Gordondale and Fox Creek, Alberta. Phase VIII will enable segregated pipeline service for ethane-plus and propane-plus NGL mix from the central Montney area at Gordondale, Alberta, into the Edmonton area for market delivery.It is expected that the majority of the $500 million capital spending will occur in 2020 and 2021.Pembina says this expansion advances their ultimate vision of having segregated liquids transportation service for ethane-plus, propane-plus, crude and condensate across at least four pipelines between Gordondale, Alberta and the Edmonton area. As well as achieving fully their powered-up market delivery capacity of 1.3 million barrels per day across the Peace and Northern Pipelines, which could be fully realized with a phase nine expansion, currently being engineered. CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation has announced that it has approved an additional expansion of its Peace Pipeline system.Pembina says this system will accommodate incremental customer demand in the Montney area by debottlenecking constraints, accessing downstream capacity, and further enhancing product segregation on the system.According to Pembina, phase eight of the system has an estimated capital cost of approximately $500 million and is supported by 10-year contracts with significant take-or-pay provisions.last_img read more

Security Council to send more UN troops to Côte dIvoire ahead of

In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan of Turkey, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member body took note of the certification on 24 September of the final voters list of 5.7 million that was agreed on by the parties.“The members of the Security Council urge the Ivorian stakeholders to meet their commitments to organise the first round of the elections on 31 October,” he stated. “They further stressed the need for the parties to ensure calm prior to, during and after the vote.”The UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI, has been providing logistical and technical assistance for the preparations for the presidential polls, which were supposed to have been held as far back as 2005 in the West African nation, which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.However, the elections have been repeatedly postponed, most recently from March. In response to a recommendation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council agreed to deploy up to 500 additional uniformed personnel to UNOCI for no more than six months to reinforce the mission’s capacity to contribute to the security arrangements before, during and after the elections.Established in 2004, UNOCI is tasked with facilitating aspects of the peace process, including those related to elections, disarmament and the reunification of the country.Today’s statement followed a closed-door briefing to the Council by Y. J. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of UNOCI, who told reporters that he did not think violence would be an issue since all the candidates are “committed to democratic principles.“I am confident that the 31 October first round will take place peacefully,” he stated.Under the country’s electoral law, a second round of voting could take place on 28 November if there is no clear winner in the first round. 28 September 2010The Security Council today urged parties in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the holding of the country’s long-delayed presidential polls next month, and agreed to deploy up to 500 additional United Nations troops to assist with security during the election period. read more

UN and diplomatic partners urge Security Council to unfreeze Libyan assets

“We have decided to start a process to unfreeze the frozen Libyan assets in an expedited manner,” members of the Libya Contact Group said in their final communiqué after a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. “In that regard, participants urged the UN Security Council to pass the resolution currently under discussion,” they said.The Contact Group urged Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi and his “inner circle” to turn themselves in immediately to face justice to prevent further bloodshed and destruction of property. Media reports indicate that forces supporting the National Transitional Council (NTC) have taken control of most of the country.Members of the Group – the UN, European Union, NATO, the League of Arab States, Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Gulf Cooperation Council, and, by invitation, the African Union – declared that the NTC was, currently, the sole representative of the Libya people.“While expressing satisfaction for the ever ever-widening international recognition of the NTC, they underlined the need to empower the NTC with the legal, political and financial means necessary to form an interim government of Libya,” members of the Group said in their communiqué.They stressed that the reconciliation process in Libya should be based on the principles of inclusiveness and avoidance of retribution and vengeance and welcomed NTC’s commitment “to “win hearts and minds of the entire Libyan people and respect for human rights.”The group also agreed that the UN should lead all international efforts aimed at helping Libya in the post-conflict period.Earlier, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on post-conflict planning for Libya, Ian Martin, told the Group that delivery of humanitarian assistance, especially medical aid, is the most urgent priority, adding that the world body and its partners are finalizing a 30-day assistance plan.He said the that UN humanitarian agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners were striving to ensure quick delivery of medical assistance to the wounded and other vulnerable groups, as well as food aid and water to those in need.He also pointed out that the NTC had shown commitment to moving quickly towards democratic legitimacy through the drafting of a constitution and early elections.“We stand ready to bring the extensive experience of the United Nations has developed from so many post-conflict contexts to the unique challenge of a country which lacks living memory of an election, let alone electoral institutions and political parties,” said Mr. Martin.He stressed that any UN role would be in support of national efforts. “The purpose of initial deployment [of UN support] would be to engage with the Libyan authorities and actors regarding their needs and wishes, in order to design longer-term support where requested,” said Mr. Martin.He stressed the need for effective coordination of international assistance for Libya, in response to a common understanding of the country’s priorities.“The international community will do hard-pressed transitional authorities no favour if it presents itself in Tripoli as multiple interlocutors or assessment missions demanding their scarce time, or seeks their participation in multiple forums outside Libya, when their own country demands their leadership,” said Mr. Martin.He pointed out that the UN, the World Bank and European Union have an agreed process for tripartite post-conflict assessment and will be discussing with the NTC when and how the that process can best be applied in Libya.Meanwhile, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, urged the people of Libya, as well as international art and antiquities traders, to protect the country’s cultural heritage, warning that invaluable cultural property could be damaged or stolen in times of social upheaval.She stressed that the looting, theft and illicit trafficking of cultural property would contravene UNESCO’s Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.“The heritage of a nation is essential to the ability of its citizens to preserve their identity and self-esteem, to profit from their diversity and their history and build themselves a better future,” said Ms. Bokova.She warned that buying stolen artefacts or their fragments encouraged the looting of cultural property. “It is therefore crucial that the international antiquities market be particularly wary of objects from Libya in the present circumstances.”She offered UNESCO’s assistance in assessing reports of damage to some of Libya’s five World Heritage sites, adding that the agency would also prepare plans to safeguard the sites.The five heritage sites in Libya are the Archaeological Site of Cyrene; Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna; Archaeological Site of Sabratha; Old Town of Ghadamès; and the Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus. 25 August 2011The United Nations and its diplomatic partners seeking a resolution to the Libyan crisis today urged the Security Council to release assets frozen under United Nations sanctions to the country’s transitional authorities to help them set up a government in the North African nation. read more

Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits

People walk in front of the headquarters building of Hitachi Ltd., center, in Tokyo, Monday, May 15, 2017. The global “ransomware” cyberattack hit computers at 600 locations in Japan, but appeared to cause no major problems as Japanese started their workday Monday even as the attack caused chaos elsewhere. Hitachi spokeswoman said emails were slow or not getting delivered, and files could not be opened. The company believes the problems are related to the ransomware attack, although no ransom appears to have been demanded so far. They were installing software to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits NEW YORK, N.Y. – The global cyberattack that took computer files hostage appeared to slow on Monday as authorities worked to catch the extortionists behind it — a difficult task that involves searching for digital clues and following the money.Among their findings so far: The first suggestions of a possible link between the “ransomware” known as WannaCry and hackers linked to North Korea. Those findings remain quite tentative; one firm advancing them described them as intriguing but still “weak.”Experts had warned that WannaCry might wreak renewed havoc on Monday, particularly in Asia, which was closed for business on Friday when the malware scrambled data at hospitals, factories, government agencies, banks and other businesses.But while there were thousands of additional infections there, the expected second-wave outbreak largely failed to materialize, in part because security researchers had already defanged it .Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for the Finnish security company F-Secure, said the perpetrators of WannaCry made one crucial mistake.“The malware became too successful,” Hypponen said. “When you are a cybercriminal gang and your mission is to make money, you don’t want to infect 200,000 work stations. You don’t want to end up on the covers of magazines. There will be no shortage of investigation.”ABOUT THAT NORTH KOREA LINKWannaCry paralyzed computers running mostly older versions of Microsoft Windows in some 150 countries. It encrypted users’ computer files and displayed a message demanding $300 to $600 worth of the digital currency bitcoin to release them; failure to pay would leave the data scrambled and likely beyond repair .The Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab said Monday that portions of the WannaCry program use the same code as malware previously distributed by the Lazarus Group, a hacker collective behind the 2014 Sony hack blamed on North Korea.But it’s possible the code was simply copied from the Lazarus malware without any other direct connection. Kaspersky said “further research can be crucial to connecting the dots.”Another security company, Symantec, has also found similarities between WannaCry and Lazarus tools, and said it’s “continuing to investigate for stronger connections.”FOLLOW THE MONEYResearchers might find some additional clues in the bitcoin accounts accepting the ransom payments. There have been three accounts identified so far, and there’s no indication yet that the criminals have touched the funds. But what good is money just sitting there as digital bits?Although bitcoin is anonymized, researchers can watch it flow from user to user. So investigators can follow the transactions until an anonymous account matches with a real person, said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer with the California security company McAfee.But that technique is no sure bet. There are ways to convert bitcoins into cash on the sly through third parties. And even finding a real person might be no help if they’re in a jurisdiction that won’t co-operate.Another possible slip-up: Nicholas Weaver, who teaches networking and security at the University of California, Berkeley, said good ransomware usually generates a unique bitcoin address for each payment to make tracing difficult. That didn’t seem to happen here.TELL-TALE SIGNSJames Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said U.S. investigators are collecting forensic information — such as internet addresses, samples of malware or information the culprits might have inadvertently left on computers — that could be matched with the handiwork of known hackers.Investigators might also be able to extract some information about the attacker from a previously hidden internet address connected to WannaCry’s “kill switch.” That switch was essentially a beacon sending the message “hey, I’m infected” to the hidden address, Weaver said.That means the very first attempts to reach that address, which might have been recorded by spy agencies such as the NSA or Russian intelligence, could lead to “patient zero” — the first computer infected with WannaCry. That, in turn, might further narrow the focus on possible suspects.THE PLAYERSForensics, though, will only get investigators so far. One challenge will be sharing intelligence in real time to move as quickly as the criminals — a tricky feat when some of the major nations involved, such as the U.S. and Russia, distrust each other.Even if the perpetrators can be identified, bringing them to justice could be another matter. They might be hiding out in countries that wouldn’t be willing to extradite suspects for prosecution, said Robert Cattanach, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and an expert on cybersecurity.On the other hand, the WannaCry attack hit — and annoyed — many countries. Russia was among the hardest, and Britain among the most high-profile, and both have “some pretty good investigative capabilities,” Cattanach said.___Lori Hinnant in Paris and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this story. by Anick Jesdanun And Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

December 2015 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 47,690 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for December 2015 and the year-to-date. read more

The best photo editing apps you can download

first_imgSO CHANCES ARE you went out for St Patrick’s Day and chances are you’ve taken quite a number of photos while you were there (after learning what you need to do).While the traditional camera apps have their own editing functions, sometimes you need something a little more than just a filter and auto-enhance to improve a photo. Here are a few of the best apps out there.Camera+For: iOSCost: €1.79One of the best camera apps out there for iOS, Camera+ has a ton of features that blows the standard camera app out of the water. With a number of shooting modes – including burst mode and a stabiliser among other things – and a ton of editing options, it’s well worth the investment.(Image: Camera+/App Store)VSCO CamFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreeIf Instagram is for the average person, then VSCO Cam is the fancier alternative, although it’s much than that. It’s full of filters, editing options and a photo network that features more refined and artistic photos than what you would find elsewhere.It’s simple to use and once you get your head around the different options, fine-tuning your photos becomes second nature.(Video: VSCO/Vimeo) SnapSeedFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreePurchased by Google back in 2012, Snapseed holds its own with a rather versatile photo editing suite. It’s not as precise as VSCO cam or Camera+, but it holds its own and won’t let you down should you need to edit on the go.(Image: SnapSeed/Google Play)PrismFor: iOSCost: €2.69While not a photo editing app per say, Prism is a handy app to accompany any of the other apps on this list. It focuses on colours so if you want to give your photo a certain mood, it allows for greater diversity than you would find on any temperature function.(Image: Prism/App Store)Photo Editor By AviaryFor: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: FreePhoto Editor by Aviary pretty much does everything you expect a standard photo editing app to do, but also adds in its own surreal elements like adding meme text, and drawings to your photos.Don’t let that fool you though as it’s a very competent photo editing app and offers the same functionality you would find on similar apps.(Image: Photo Editor by Aviary/Google Play)Adobe Photoshop Express For: iOS, Android Cost: FreeAlongside an advanced editing suite on desktop, Adobe Photoshop also has a photo editing app which is quite versatile for a free version. There are in-app purchases for those who want to do more than cropping and filters, but the free version is a worthy addition.Those of you looking for a similar experience to the desktop version of Photoshop would be better off purchasing Photoshop Focus (€8.99 on iOS and €7.99 on Android).(Image: Adobe Photoshop Express/App Store)FhotoroomFor: Windows Phone Cost: FreeOne of the best photo editing apps on Windows Phone, Photoroom is packed with features like exposures, filters, brushes, giving you a level of customisation that puts the best apps to shame.(Image: Fhotoroom/Windows Phone)Pixlr ExpressFor: iOS, AndroidCost: FreeIf there’s one thing Plxlr has in spades, it’s customisation. Alongside a simple pop-up interface for editing, there is an impressive number of filters and add-ons which is handy if you enjoy adding effects while touching up your images.(Image: Plxlr Express/App Store)Read: How to turn your smartphone photos from good to great >Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 15th March >last_img read more

Six survivors after plane crashes carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team

first_img Updated at 1.30pmSEVENTY-ONE PEOPLE have died after a plane carrying 81 passengers, including members of a top flight Brazilian football team, crashed in Colombia early this morning.Colombia police have said that six people have survived the crash, and the rest of the passengers have all been killed.The plane went down about 50 kilometres from Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, in an area called Cerro Gordo just before midnight last night local time (about 5am Irish time).Officials originally said 75 people were killed. But reports now indicate that some people on the plane’s manifest may not have boarded.The airport that serves Medellin said that among the passengers and  crew were members of Chapecoense Real, a Brazilian football club that was supposed to play against Colombia’s Atletico Nacional Wednesday in the South American Cup finals.“Confirmed, the aircraft license number CP2933 was carrying the team @ChapecoenseReal. Apparently there are survivors,” the Jose Maria Cordova de Rionegro airport said on its Twitter account.A police commander, Jose Gerardo Acevedo, initially said only five people survived the crash, but Colombian authorities later said a sixth person was found alive, raising hopes there might be other survivors, said AFP.Photographs circulating on social media purporting to be from the official account of the Antioquia police department show the aftermath of the crash. A map of the departure, flight stop, destination and crash site of the plane. Source: APThe LAMIA aircraft was flying from Bolivia to Medellin when it crashed in an area called Cerro Gordo about 50 kilometres from the city, Colombia’s second largest.“It appears that the plane ran out of fuel,” Elkin Ospina, the mayor of the nearby town of La Ceja, told AFP.“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft crashed. Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn its Twitter account earlier, the Medellin airport said the crash site could only be reached overland because of bad weather in the area.Colombia’s civil aeronautics agency said it had a team at the airport in response to the crash.In tears Chapecoense players celebrate after beating San Lorenzo in the Copa Sudamericana semi-finals. Source: Andre Penner/AP/Press Association ImagesThe team, from the small city of Chapeco, joined Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since the 1970s and made it to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating Argentina’s legendary San Lorenzo squad.The vice president of the team said that Chapeco, a city of 200,000 residents in southern Brazil where they are from, is in tears after the crash.StatementIn a statement on its Facebook page, Chapecoense said “may God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests traveling with our delegation.”Conmebol, the South American football confederation, meanwhile officially called off the South American Cup final that was to be played between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.“All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” Conmebol said.Atletico Nacional said on its Twitter account it “profoundly laments and expresses solidarity with @chapelcoensereal for the accident that occurred.”- © AFP 2016 with AP, Cormac Fitzgerald and Garreth MacNamee 6 personas han sido remitidas a los centros hospitalarios.— CR. Giovanny Buitrago Beltrán (@Policiantioquia) November 29, 2016 Short URL 69,106 Views Image: Luis Benavides Six survivors after plane crashes carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team The plane had 81 passengers overall and there are some survivors. By AFP 55 Comments Image: Luis Benavides Share158 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The BBC reports that one of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.“The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens. It is very difficult, a very great tragedy,” club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has expressed his condolences on behalf of the country. Rescue workers carry the body of a survivor of a plane that crashed in La Union. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe said: “This is a tragedy for those most immediately affected but also for the people of Brazil, where football lies at the core of their national identity. On behalf of the people of Ireland I would like to extend our condolences also to the people of Brazil.“There are no reports of any Irish being involved in the incident but our embassy in Brazil, as well as our embassy in Mexico, which is accredited to Colombia, are in contact with the relevant authorities to confirm that this is the situation.” Source: Cr Wilson Pardo/Twitter Nov 29th 2016, 1:30 PM Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 1:30 PMlast_img read more

Intempéries au ProcheOrient au moins cinq victimes

first_imgIntempéries au Proche-Orient : au moins cinq victimesL’hiver s’est brutalement installé au Proche-Orient ce week-end, tuant 5 personnes et en blessant plusieurs autres. Pluie, vents violents et tempêtes de sable ont aussi perturbé le trafic maritime et aérien.En Egypte, trois ouvriers ont été tués et six autres grièvement blessés dimanche lorsqu’une tempête a provoqué l’effondrement d’une usine textile à Alexandrie (nord du pays), où le trafic aérien a été perturbé, et où le port a dû être fermé, tout comme celui de Dekheila (également en Méditerranée) et huit autres ports en mer Rouge. Les conditions météorologiques ont également gêné le trafic sur l’aéroport du Caire et sur le canal de Suez, fermé sur son côté méditerranéen et d’accès perturbé sur son ouverture en mer Rouge.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseAu Liban, à Tripoli (nord du pays), un palmier arraché par le vent s’est abattu samedi sur une voiture, tuant une femme de 45 ans. De nombreux ports ont été fermés, et le trafic a été retardé sur l’aéroport de Beyrouth. Des routes côtières ont été inondées et la neige est tombée en altitude.En Israël, à Netanya, au nord de Tel-Aviv, un touriste russe de 41 ans s’est noyé samedi, précipité à la mer par le vent. Dimanche, un cargo moldave a fait naufrage à 15 kilomètres au large du port d’Ashdod. Ses onze membres d’équipage ont été secourus par un cargo taïwanais, tandis qu’un navire turc a été remorqué vers la terre après avoir envoyé des appels de détresse. Le port d’Haïfa a été fermé, et des vols ont été retardés à Tel-Aviv, où le vent a déraciné des arbres et arraché des panneaux routiers, blessant plusieurs passants. Soixante-dix centimètres de neige ont été relevés sur le Mont Hermon, sur le plateau du Golan, territoire annexé par Israël.La Syrie, où la capitale, Damas, a subi une tempête de neige, et la Jordanie, où l’on craint des inondations, sont également touchées par les intempéries, qui ont brutalement remplacé chaleur et sécheresse dans toute la région, privant d’électricité de nombreux foyers. Le 13 décembre 2010 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Quand les sismomètres permettent de suivre le déplacement des baleines

first_imgQuand les sismomètres permettent de suivre le déplacement des baleinesDes chercheurs américains ont utilisé des réseaux de sismomètres sous-marins, initialement destinés à prévenir les tremblements de terre près des côtes, pour analyser le chant des baleines et retracer leurs déplacements. Leur étude a été publiée dans le Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.Il y a une dizaine d’années, des sismomètres ont été installés en profondeur sur la dorsale Juan de Fuca dans le Pacifique. Cette zone, située au large des côtes de l’état de Washington est sismiquement active. Mais se mêlant aux bruits de la croûte terrestre, une profusion de chants de baleines – des rorquals communs, en l’occurrence – perturbait l’écoute. Ces chants ont alors été considérés, au début, comme une nuisance par les chercheurs de l’Université du Washington. Puis, en 2008, ces océanographes, dirigés par William Wilcock, ont eu l’idée d’utiliser ces enregistrements pour localiser ces cétacés et étudier leur comportement.Un chant bruyant, facilement localisableÀ partir de huit sismomètres dispersés sur la faille, Dax Soule, doctorant à l’université, a pu traiter 300.000 appels de baleines et reconstituer l’itinéraire de 154 individus. Peu mélodieux, le chant du rorqual commun est, en revanche, facile à détecter, grâce aux instruments de surveillance et à l’analyse par ordinateur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Michelle Weirathmueller, également doctorante à l’Université du Washington, a utilisé les triangulations de son confrère pour déterminer l’amplitude du volume sonore des chants. Ces derniers peuvent monter jusqu’à 190 décibels, soit le bruit d’un moteur à réaction. Doté de ce nouveau paramètre, les chercheurs espèrent pister les baleines via d’autres réseaux de sismomètres nord-américains. “Nous aimerions savoir où les rorquals communs se trouvent à un moment donné et comment leur présence pourrait être liée à la disponibilité alimentaire, aux conditions océaniques et à la géologie du fond marin”, explique Michelle Weirathmueller. Utiliser pour ce faire les données de capteurs de tremblements de terre semble donc un moyen peu coûteux et non invasif.Le 19 mai 2013 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Netflix Urges People to Stop Doing the Bird Box Challenge

first_img A viral “Bird Box” challenge is taking over the internet, and Netflix is urging fans to not participate in it.On Wednesday, Netflix issued a warning to customers about the dangerous challenge. The streaming media service wrote, “We appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019The challenge, which is becoming very popular on social media outlets, requires people to blindfold themselves like the characters in the sci-fi horror flick. Some participants have walked around their homes and drove cars with blindfolds, prompting concern and hilarious reactions from the greater online community.Some people really taking this Bird Box Challenge too far. Y’all need to stop with the foolery. #BirdBox #netflix #NetflixBirdbox #movies #entertainment #funny #films #film #movie— Allie Jay (@AllieJay105) December 25, 2018 Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer center_img The only Bird Box challenge that should exist.— Kristina Hernandez (@KrisWroteThis) January 2, 2019While it might be a cool experience to walk around blindfolded, DON’T do this at home, in your car, or at the mall. No one wants to start off the New Year with an impromptu trip to the emergency room.If you haven’t watched Bird Box yet, you can stream it here.More on Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New CustomersNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Is a Creepy Mind TripIs That Netflix Email Legit? FTC Warns of Phishing Scamlast_img read more

What will the lifetime Isa mean for employers and staff

first_imgA Lisa is a Lifetime individual savings account (Isa) and it is a new way to save from post-tax income, coming in April 2017. It is aimed at those targeting their first home purchase. It comes with an incentive, similar to a pension, where the government will give a top up of 25% of the investment. This is, incidentally, the same top-up rate as a basic-rate taxpayer receives on their pension. Withdrawals from a Lisa are tax free. It is almost like a hybrid of Isa and pension.What are the details?Like a pension, but unlike an Isa, there are restrictions on how and when an individual can take their money from a Lisa. It is only available to those aged under 40. The only withdrawal that can be made (without penalty) is for funds to purchase a first house with. Otherwise, savers probably need to wait until they are aged 60. There may be other life events that allow money to be accessed without penalty, but no details have yet been announced. And the maximum saving into a Lisa is £4,000 a year, subject to overall Isa limits not being exceeded.Where salary sacrifice is used there will be an advantage in using a pension, where the employee and the employer save on national insurance contributions. This is not the case with a Lisa.What is the penalty if money is taken for other reasons?If money is taken before age 60, not to buy a first home (or perhaps some other specific reasons to be defined) then a penalty will apply. This will be to lose the government top up, any growth on that top up, plus a 5% charge across the value withdrawn.How does it work with auto-enrolment?For most people who are eligible for a Lisa, staying in the pension and benefiting from employer contributions and tax relief will still be the best form of long-term saving.  A Lisa may be a useful addition to this for some, especially those planning to purchase their first home soon.What type of employers will be interested in a Lisa?Some employers may like the new concept more than others. For example, those recruiting lots of young graduates each year versus those with a more mature workforce.  Employers will need to consider several key questions. Firstly, what role, if any, do employers see for the new Lisa for their workforce? Do employers see it as their role to help save for a mortgage? Would the Lisa appeal to parents wanting to support their children in saving for their first home?  And do employers wish to give younger employees a direct choice around where some of their pay is saved (retaining at least a minimum level of pension savings)?What sort of challenges will employers face with the Lisa?As more becomes known about Lisas, we will be able to assess the challenges and opportunities in detail. In the meantime, employers will need to be aware of: ensuring members really understand their choices, be it pension, Isa or Lisa; and being alive to the risk that an individual may breach their Isa limit if they also have an Isa or Lisa elsewhere.What do charges look like on the Lisa?The Lisa is for relatively small investments, apparently complex to administer, and if intended for house purchase, may be withdrawn quickly. This means the charges may seem high to members when compared to other options.What’s the optimal investment strategy for a Lisa?This needs to be managed carefully to ensure people are investing in a way that is appropriate for their plans. For example: Are they investing for a house purchase in the next five years? Will they be doing it in the next five to fifteen years? Will they be investing to age 60?The optimal investment solution will differ depending on an individual’s plans, so helping them choose the right option for them will be important.In summary, Lisas are seen as a useful addition to the options available for employers to offer to employees. There will be certain groups of employees who will see it as attractive, primarily younger staff who have house buying as a priority. If employers are to offer Lisa savings successfully then getting the communication right is going to be key.Alan Ritchie is head of employer and trustee proposition at Standard Lifelast_img read more

Lightning kills 4 Magura farmers

first_imgFour farmers were killed when a thunderbolt struck them while they working at a field amid rain at Munshirchar in Magura’s Sadar upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB. One of the deceased was identified as Rahamat Ali, 50 of Alidhani village in the upazila.Sushanta Kumar Biswash, superintendent of Sadar Hospital said the four farmers were working in a field when a thunderbolt bore down on them around 3:00pm, leaving them injured.Later, they were taken to Sadar Hospital where the physicians declared them dead.last_img read more

Egyptian officer gets 15 years for killing woman protester

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted and sentenced a police officer to 15 years in prison over the killing of a female protester during a peaceful demonstration in Cairo in January — a slaying that shocked many Egyptians.The Cairo Criminal Court ruled against 24-year-old police lieutenant Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin, charged with manslaughter over the death of 32-year-old activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. The ruling can be appealed. Comments   Share   In subsequent trials, almost all of the over 100 policemen involved and charged with the killings were acquitted, with judges citing shoddy investigations or lax evidence in the cases, which were largely probed by the police themselves.The uproar over el-Sabbagh’s death prompted Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to urge an investigation. He suggested at the time that individual mistakes should not undermine public confidence in the police.Egypt’s interior minister was subsequently replaced in a Cabinet shuffle.The verdict comes against a backdrop of a state-orchestrated campaign to silence dissent. An anti-protest law punishes demonstrations staged without police permits and courts dispense heavy sentences against both Islamists and secular-minded activists over charges mostly related to violence.The campaign escalated following the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 after mass demonstrations accusing him of abuse of power.A lawyer representing the slain woman said the ruling was fair.“The ruling achieves justice and retribution,” said the lawyer, Amir Salem. “The soul of Shaimaa will can now rest in peace.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The killing struck a nerve with many Egyptians and stoked anger over perceived brutality of the police. El-Sabbagh family members, lawyers and friends welcomed the verdict, many clapping in approval inside the court room on Thursday.Video footage of the incident showed el-Sabbagh collapsing in a colleague’s arms with her head, chest and back soaked in blood after a masked policeman fired birdshot in her direction. A voice was heard in the videos, commanding: “Fire.”Authorities initially denied that police had any involvement in her death. Lawyers had repeatedly demanded that the manslaughter charge be changed to premeditated murder.Salah Eddin addressed the court before the verdict was handed down, denying responsibility for el-Sabbagh’s killing and saying he had no gunshots in his weapon.“We had no gunshots. We were there for security, not to kill anyone,” he said. “This is our job.”Rights lawyers and witnesses have said the police hampered efforts to save el-Sabbagh’s life by preventing an ambulance from passing through the cordon.El-Sabbagh and a small group of demonstrators were marking the anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. During the uprising, nearly 900 protesters were killed by police. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Sydney Airport gets eSmarter

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J The gateway into New South Wales’ capital city says more SmartGate infrastructure announced by the federal government will improve the processing and facilitation of inbound passengers.Unveiled this morning, Sydney Airport’s chief executive Kerrie Mather said allowing New Zealand and Australian passport holders to clear customs through a self-service type system will not only cut the waiting time but deliver a better passenger experience. The SmartGate process was originally introduced to the airport in 2009 and according to the airport takes up to 90 seconds for passengers with microchipped e-passports to pass through. “We have been working very closely with Customs on implementing this new technology because it improves passenger facilitation and delivers a better passenger experience,” Ms Mather said.  “We already have a high number of passengers who opt to use SmartGates at Sydney Airport and we expect this to increase as Australian passports are replaced with microchipped e-passports by 2015.“Sydney is Australia’s international gateway and with nearly half of Australia’s international passengers travelling through Sydney Airport, improving the customer experience is a priority for us.”last_img read more

Playoffs Yeah that would be nice but the Cardin

first_imgPlayoffs? Yeah, that would be nice, but the Cardinals have their sights set even higher. Say, Super Bowl 50?“The expectation is high,” safety Rashad Johnson said. “Our head coach, Coach B.A., hasn’t shied away from saying Super Bowl or bust. We believe that.“We believe we have the talent here, we believe we have the camaraderie here and we believe we have the experience here to get it done. Last year we weren’t able to finish it — no excuses — we lost our quarterback who’s a great player, a big part of what we do. We got him back, he’s healthy and he’s zipping the ball so we’re excited to get this first game going, coming out with a win, and then we can stack them from there.”That first win, they’re hoping, will come Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium.While maybe not pegged to be the most difficult team on Arizona’s No. 5-ranked schedule, the Saints figure to provide a stiff test for a Cardinals team that aims to show it is among the NFL’s elite. Though a loss Sunday would not spell the end of their postseason hopes, stumbling out of the gate against a team that won seven games last season would not be a good idea. TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals won 10 games in 2013, Bruce Arians’ first season with the team.They followed that up with an 11-victory campaign in 2014, one that likely would have been better if not for a ridiculous rash of injuries that included the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer.Now, in 2015, it’s safe to say even more is expected of the team.“We’re extremely hungry, man, with the way we finished last year,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “Obviously we’re super talented, and we understand that. I think the biggest thing is us staying healthy and playing with consistency. It’s really going to take us holding each other accountable in order to really achieve those goals, but there’s no doubt about it we’re a playoff team.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “So we’ve got very high expectations, and you can tell that all the guys around here got their minds focused on getting there, so it should be a pretty good year.”Some stories for pre-game readingRunning back Chris Johnson, who suffered a gunshot wound in March, said at the time he wasn’t sure he would ever play football again.Remember Jonathan Cooper? The starting right guard is quietly preparing for his first career Week 1 start. It was a long time coming, by the way.Cornerback Patrick Peterson will have ‘special duties’ this season.The Cardinals have a newly-renovated training facility in Tempe, and team president Michael Bidwill was more than happy to show it off Friday.Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be playing in an NFL game for the first time since Dec. 15, 2013. He’s having fun with making his return.ESPN’s Ron Jaworski is one analyst who is predicting big things for the Cardinals in 2015.A couple defensive stars made their acting debuts on a popular TV show.Miscellany • Receiver Michael Floyd is listed as questionable on the official injury report, but Friday head coach Bruce Arians said knowing the receiver, he’d give him a “pretty solid” chance of playing Sunday. When asked about his chances, Floyd said he thinks he can, but at this point it’s a mental issue and he’ll have to see how things are Sunday. But, he said he wouldn’t be practicing like he has if he didn’t think he’d be able to give it a shot. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   • Bruce Arians expressed nothing but confidence in the right side of his offensive line, which includes first-time starters Jonathan Cooper at right guard and Earl Watford at right tackle.“I think Coop has been solid all camp and I trust Earl that Earl’s going to play very well,” he said.Speaking of Watford, specifically, why did the team decide to go with him over veteran Bradley Sowell, who has started multiple games in the NFL?“You see a little bit more snap in his punch,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “Bradley does a good job athletically, but sometimes you’ve got to have a little power, too. Earl’s a little bit more powerful, a little bit more assertive when it comes to pass protection.”• QB Carson Palmer is one of many key players returning from an injury, but he is easily the most important. Coming back from his second career torn ACL, he’s looking forward to another season.“It’s just a blessing. I’m extremely excited and I need to chill out a little bit because it’s only Tuesday. The longer you play the game, the more you realize how special each opportunity is and how special each year is. You’ve got to take advantage of every one because you don’t know when they stop. I learned that the hard way last year, and thankfully, I’m back to having another opportunity.” • Rookie running back David Johnson said he hasn’t really thought about what it will be like for his first NFL play, carry or catch.“I think I’ll be too excited — I probably won’t be thinking, to tell you the truth,” he said. “Hopefully my mind is focused, hopefully I’m not cloudy, but we’ll have to see when the time comes.”• The Saints are hoping to have a more balanced approach on offense this season, but there’s no doubt about who the Cardinals’ defense worries about most: QB Drew Brees.“He’s like a cheetah,” linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. “He’s like the best. All the rules your coach tells you, when you get out there on the field, he’ll defy that. That’s just what he does. The guy’s a winner. If you let him get going, it could be a long day.”Incidentally, Mathieu’s first career interception came against Brees, in the end zone during a game in New Orleans.“Which happens to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, so” he said, with a smile. “So hopefully I can get another one this week, that would be fun. He’s obviously going to test us, he’s going to give us an opportunity to make a play. The biggest thing is us making that play and being in the right spot.”center_img “I think every game is equally important, it doesn’t matter what game it is,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “As long as you’re playing the game, it’s important. You have to win so many of them to get in, and in the NFC I don’t think 10, it might not be good enough, so to get 11 wins means you only have five losses you can have, and even then, I think we’re good enough to where we might be able to get more than that. Every game is critical, and this is the most critical because it’s the first one.”“We just want to win on Sunday,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s impossible to win a Super Bowl if we don’t take care of business week-to-week. So we have to just respect the process — Coach always talks about respecting the process, you know, respecting Thursday football, Friday football, Saturday football, and when you get to Sunday you play good and you try to get a win, and then you go on to the next week.“That’s just kind of how we have to look at it.”That approach, viewing the game that is in front of them as the most important on the schedule, is one you will find all throughout the locker room. Though the Cardinals may believe they will still be playing football on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, there is no interest in looking that far ahead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32), celebrates his interception with teammates Calais Campbell (93) and Rashad Johnson (26) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories And why should they? As Campbell noted, the team has to win enough games in order to even reach the postseason, and at this very moment no one knows how many it will take. However, one thing for certain is you can’t win the last game of the season if you don’t win enough over the five months prior to it.But rest assured, there is a strong belief that this is a team that could be poised for a special season. While every team begins the season with Super Bowl aspirations, the Cardinals are one of a handful that can really truly believe it. It is a sense — a vibe, even — that has permeated throughout the entire organization.Veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said he sensed it from his first day with the organization. Running back Chris Johnson, who was added during training camp, sees it too.“Me being with Tennessee and then going to New York, it was always a situation like, ‘let’s try to get to the playoffs,’” running back Chris Johnson said. “But this team is not even ‘let’s try and get to the playoffs,’ it’s like, ‘let’s win a Super Bowl, let’s get there.’last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Le Méridien Bali Jim

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran invites guests to celebrate the festive season in style with an array of exciting promotions from Christmas Eve to the strike of midnight on 1 January 2016.Christmas celebrationsLe Méridien Bali Jimbaran extends a special accommodation package for Christmas starting from IDR 5,128,000++ for two nights in a Classic room with daily breakfast and one-time Christmas dinner (Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). A minimum stay of two nights is applicable for this promotion with a stay period from 24 – 27 December 2015.Presenting his best take on favourite Christmas dishes, Executive Chef, Justin Wong, will serve a 3-course dinner on Christmas Eve at IDR 495,000++ per person. This includes a one-hour pre-dinner cocktail session at Smoqee Sky Bar followed by dinner at Bamboo Chic with free flow eggnog to enliven the Christmas mood. During dinner, Santa Claus and Santarina will drop by to hand out chocolate treats as a local choir sings a heartfelt medley of classic Christmas carols.On Christmas Day, a family lunch can be enjoyed at Bamboo Chic with an array of traditional dishes like roast ham. At only IDR 350,000++ per person, this joyful occasion includes musical entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa. Guests spending a minimum of IDR 1,000,000 will be entitled to choose a special Christmas gift by Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran. The celebrations continue into the evening with Christmas Day dinner at Bamboo Chic priced at just IDR 415,000++ per person for an exclusive spread of festive season treats.Unlock 2016To welcome the New Year, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran has created a special accommodation package for those looking to spend quality time with friends and family in Bali. Starting from IDR 6,688,000++ for two nights in Classic room, guests can enjoy a different kind of celebration with an array of activities starting from the last morning of 2015 through to the early hours of 2016.On the morning of 31 December, guests will be invited to charge the day with a Zumba Dance Party followed by an interactive Balinese breakfast at Bamboo Chic with live stations offering local delicacies. At noon, there will be a Pool Party at the resort’s 1300sqm salt water lagoon pool where complimentary canapés and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Guests have the option to upgrade the experience by purchasing a free-flow selected alcoholic beverage package at IDR 400,000++ during the Pool Party or IDR 1,000,000++ for the entire night.As the sun sets over Jimbaran Bay, Happy Hour will take place at Smoqee Sky Bar featuring complimentary flavoured popcorn, lively DJ tunes and a stunning fire dance performance. Guests will then head down to Bamboo Chic for a New Year’s Eve dinner to feast upon scrumptious dishes including Le Méridien’s signature éclairs.After dinner, guests can join the fun games and activities in the quirkily designed Smoqee Lounge or Smoqee Sky Bar where there’ll be some amazing prizes to be won. The remainder of 2015 will include upbeat dance tunes by a DJ as we countdown the minutes to the New Year.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more


first_imgJuly 6, 2003CERAMICS BELL PRODUCTION: The Ceramics Studio at Arcosanti together with the Bronze Foundry is responsible for the income producing craft work that helps fund the ongoing construction at this prototype arcology. The large kiln in the Ceramics facility has completed a firing cycle. Ceramics manager Ed Werman opens the heavy door. This is a moment of suspense. How many bells and pots have made it through the firing without a crack. [Photo & text: sa] A beautifully carved selection of pieces. [Photo & text: sa] One of the methods of starting a ceramic bell or pot is in plaster molds. A selection of molds are custom made for the various shapes desired. [Photo & text: sa] Slip is poured into each cavity. Ceramicist Larry Meager. [Photo & text: sa] The plaster acts like a sponge drawing out the water molecules from the slip. The clay molecules are too large to pass through the plaster so they get deposited along the inside walls of the plaster molds. As this process continues a clay shell begins to form inside the mold which increases over time. When the ceramicist decides that the thickness of the shell is correct for that particular style, a suction device is used to extract the remaining liquid slip from the center of the mold leaving the shell behind. This shell is the bell or pot in its early stage of production. [Photo & text: sa] The second method is the use of a silt bed. Silt is sifted to a fine consistency and packed evenly into the concrete bed. The shape of the desired bell is pressed into the silt. Each cavity is filled with slip which again is allowed to form a shell to its desired thickness. [Photo & text: sa] This bell was shaped in a plaster mold. It has dried to the right consistency and is now carved. [Photo & text: sa] Ceramics assistant manager Bernadette O’Neill dips some of the bells in glaze. A beautiful selection of ceramic bells can be found in the gallery at Arcosanti and Cosanti, as well as in many fine galleries all over the country. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Outside attackers hit Cablenet Updated

first_imgInternet and phone provider Cablenet said on Wednesday an “outside attack” had caused problems to its services.In a written statement, the company informed its subscribers the problems they had been experiencing since 12.30am on Wednesday were the result of an “outside attack” on its network.As a result, the company said, service was lost for fixed telephony and mobile phone subscribers, as well as its internet service, mainly in Nicosia.The company apologised for the inconvenience adding that its technicians were working to restore service as soon as possible.Full service was restored at around 11.30am on Wednesday.A company source rubbished suggestions on social media that the company’s systems had been hacked or that they were held to ransom, something that happened to other smaller Cypriot companies recently.According to the source, they had been targeted by an NTP DDOS attack. This means someone from abroad flooded Cablenet’s IP addresses with traffic, overloading the systems.“It could happen to anyone,” the source said, adding that the perpetrator or perpetrators were out to harm the company.The source of the attack was not known, however.“But to be able to stop in hours, not days, shows how serious the company is,” the source said.There were, however, many unhappy customers commenting on the company’s Facebook page, most highlighting the fact that it was late in notifying about the issue.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

first_img21Sep Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet takes place Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sophia’s House of Pancakes located at 1010 Charlevoix Drive in Grand Ledge.“In order to be an effective legislator, sitting down and discussing issues with the people who elected me to serve is essential,” said Barrett of Potterville. “I enjoy the opportunity to hear people’s thoughts about what is happening in state government and share what I have been doing to fight for them in Lansing.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at Categories: Barrett Newslast_img read more

Rep Cole supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

first_img State Rep. Triston Cole announced Tuesday he is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers.Cole supports House Bill 5013Rep. that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs.“A lot of hard-working families and seniors have contacted me on the need for reform,” said Cole, of Mancelona, after helping to unveil the plan at the state Capitol. “The current system is failing and the people of Michigan are the ones paying the price.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.The new bipartisan plan continues and guarantees benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.HB 5013:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older with lifetime health care benefits the option to opt out of PIP coverage to avoid the current double taxation;Establishes fee schedules and attendant care limits to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.“This plan is for the people, not special interests,” Cole said. “These comprehensive reforms will deliver rate relief for those on fixed incomes for years to come.”Cole is hosting an auto insurance meeting Sept. 29 at the ASI Community Center & Park with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis, chair of the House Committee on Insurance, to further discuss HB 5013 with the community. Categories: Cole News 28Sep Rep. Cole supports reform to lower Michigan auto insurance rateslast_img read more