first_imgFacebook en voie de disparition d’ici huit ans ?Après une entrée en bourse controversée, le réseau social Facebook a un peu perdu son statut de géant du web et nombreux sont ceux qui remettent en question son modèle économique. Le fondateur de Ironfire Capital, Eric Jackson, estime que d’ici 2020, l’entreprise perdra son statut de leader des réseaux sociaux.  Facebook est il voué à disparaître ? C’est en tout cas ce que pense Eric  Jackson, fondateur de Ironfire Capital, économiste et blogueur chez Forbes. Lors d’une interview pour une émission américaine, Squawk on the Street, ce dernier a affirmé que d’ici cinq à huit ans, les géants d’Internet comme Facebook et Google auront disparu.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon lui, il y aurait trois générations de société web, la première, représentée par des portails web comme Google ou Yahoo, se manifeste sous forme de plateformes avec du contenu dédié. La deuxième génération signe l’arrivée de la dimension social avec Facebook. Pour finir, la troisième est représentée par les entreprises axées sur la monétisation d’une plate-forme mobile.  Si Google a réussit a se déplacer vers l’aspect social avec Google +, Facebook a du mal à s’adapter à la génération suivante,  les mobiles. Le réseau social essaye malgré tout de se rattraper en rachetant des applications phares comme Instagram ou Face, mais sans grands effets pour le moment. « Quand vous regardez ces trois générations, peu importe de quelle manière vous avez réussi dans la première, vous ne pourrez pas être en mesure de traduire cette réussite en succès dans la deuxième génération, peu importe combien d’argent vous avez gagné, peu importe combien d’experts vous avez pour travailler avec vous. » explique Eric Jackson. Quel avenir alors pour Facebook ? Selon Eric Jackson c’est cette lutte pour s’adapter aux mobiles qui fera la perte du réseau social, « Facebook peut acheter un bouquet de sociétés de téléphonie mobile, mais la société reste encore un grand site ce qui est différent d’une application mobile ».Eric Jackson n’est pas le seul à penser ça et selon un sondage publié par la chaîne américaine CNBC, sur 1.004 personnes seules 43 % pensent que Facebook continuera à avoir un succès sur le long terme, tandis que 46 % estiment qu’il disparaitra lors de l’apparition de nouvelles entreprises, le reste ne se prononçant pas. Malgré tout, l’évolution rapide des techniques et des pratiques sur Internet est telle qu’il est difficile de pronostiquer de façon tangible sur l’avenir du réseau social.Le 6 juin 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR are all dropping in price, smartphone VR is improving significantly, and Google and Facebook are betting big on standalone VR helmets. It’s taking a long time, but virtual reality is slowly working its way into the mainstream. So if you want to make something new and exciting on VR, you’ll definitely want to check out today’s SkillWise bargain. • The Complete VR Development Bundle for $34 (List price: $377)When you purchase this bundle, these five courses are included: • VR Game Development with Unity for Beginners (a $200 value) • WebVR for Beginners: Build VR Websites with A-Frame (a $49 value) • Unity VR Development: Night with Mosquitos Game (a $49 value) • Unity VR Development: 360° Photos Experience (a $29 value) • Unity VR Development: 360° Video Quiz App (a $50 value)If you put all of that together, you’ll get 13 hours of video instruction, delivered across more than fifty individual lessons. Whether you want to work with polygonal 3D environments or 360 degree video, these five courses will help you understand the basics of developing VR apps that work well using the Unity toolset.While buying each of these courses separately could cost you over 350 clams, snagging this SkillWise bundle can save you hundreds of dollars. And the best part? SkillWise is willing to back up this bundle with a 15-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with these instructions, you can return it for store credit, and use it towards something more to your liking.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the SkillWise site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is now among the six countries in the Greater Caribbean with the ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ program activated. The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services joined by partners from the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority and the TCI Customs Department rolled out, at the Provo International Airport, the initiative which will encourage travelers to be careful of what they are packing so that harmful pests are not moving about and causing damage to the flora or fauna of the various nations. The ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ initiative is another feather in the cap for the TCI as executives in the Ministry and the TCIAA were commended for swift action on providing the requisite information so that the program could be implemented. Work on the ‘Don’t pack a Pest’ started as a concept in 2011, but more vigorously as a standard of safety in the TCI earlier this year. It is said the outreach initiative was established in record time. Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Recommended for you Related Items:agriculture dePARTMENT, customs department, dont pack a pest, Tciaa Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSriharikota: A fuel leak in the rocket engine forced the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said on Tuesday. A committee of experts was looking into the causes of the problem that put back the bid to become just the fourth nation — after Russia, the United States and China — to land a spacecraft on the Moon. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Having halted the countdown 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled launch of Chandrayaan 2 — or Moon Chariot 2 — ISRO gave no explanation for what it called a “technical snag” in the rocket nor a date for a new attempt. “As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off,” ISRO said. However, the Times of India quoted a senior mission scientist as saying there had been a leak in the GSLV-MkIII rocket’s helium fuel component. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “After filling helium, we found the pressure was dropping, indicating there was a leak,” the unnamed scientist said adding that it was possible there were “multiple leaks”. “We were lucky that the mission did not enter the automatic launch sequence else all would have been lost,” the Hindustan Times quoted a senior ISRO official as saying. The report added that scientists were “racing to plug the leak” in time for a new launch window at the end of July. Advertise With Us Experts said mission chiefs would be cautious about trying a new liftoff. “If the launch does not happen in the next 48 hours, it could be postponed for a few months until we get an opportune launch window,” said Ravi Gupta, a scientist formerly with the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation. Low-cost missions India has spent about $140 million on Chandrayaan 2, with most of it home-made. It is one of the cheapest in the crowded space race. The launch would have been the third to the moon this year. China put its Chang’e 4 mission on the lunar surface in January, while Israel’s $100 million Beresheet crash-landed when it sought to become the first privately funded mission in April. A soft landing on the Moon would be a huge leap forward in India’s space programme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to launch a crewed space mission by 2022. It follows another high-profile but low-cost Indian mission — Mangalyaan — which put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars in 2014 at a fraction of the cost of comparable projects by established space powers like the United States, which often cost billions of dollars. The mission involved a 2.4-tonne orbiter that will circle the Moon for about a year taking images and testing the atmosphere. A lander named Vikram was to take the rover to the surface near the lunar South Pole. The rover that was to be put on the surface on September 6 was to spend 14 days sending back data on rocks and soil. India’s first lunar mission in 2008 did not land on the Moon but orbited it searching for water using radar. New Delhi also has ambitions to land a probe on Mars, following the success of the Mangalyaan orbiter. Lunar exploration has been in focus in recent months with the looming 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, and US President Donald Trump giving NASA a 2024 deadline to return astronauts to the lunar surface.last_img read more

first_imgPBS will air a new film called Beyond A Year In Space tonight (Nov. 15) at 8 on Houston Public, TV 8.The documentary chronicles astronaut Scott Kelly’s return to earth and adjustment to life here after spending 12 months on the International Space Station, the longest space mission in American history.The film is the follow-up to A Year In Space, which documented Kelly’s time on the ISS.Beyond A Year In Space also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts currently training to leave earth’s orbit and travel into deep space. Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with two of them: biologist Dr. Jessica Meir and former Navy pilot Victor Glover.They tell him about the mental and physical challenges of training to spend more than a year in space. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: NASANASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Victor Glover are training for potential deep-space missions. Share Xcenter_img 00:00 /10:37 Listenlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The decomposed body of a youth identified as Debasish Chatterjee was found from a flat at Rakhal Mukherjee Road in Sarsuna on Tuesday morning. According to locals, the owner of the flat Rabindranath Chatterjee used to work as a government official. He used live with his wife, son and daughter, who used to live an unsocial life. On Tuesday morning, locals felt a foul smell coming from the flat. Immediately, police were informed, who later went there and saw Rabindranath, his wife and daughter sitting next to Debasish’s decomposed body. They immediately recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. All three were detained and interrogated. According to sources, police may take them for psychiatric evaluation.last_img

first_img Share Thursday, November 9, 2017 TORONTO — Goway Travel is taking 10% off its 15-day Shongololo Good Hope train journey, plus the company is throwing in two free nights of hotel accommodation.Priced from $7,071 per person in a Gold cabin, the trip is a comprehensive tour of South Africa including Cape Town, the Garden Route, Zululand, Swaziland, the Drakensberg Mountains and Kruger National Park, says Goway. A complimentary pre-night in Cape Town as well as a post-night in Pretoria are also part of the promotion.“The Shongololo Express already offers excellent value for money considering it includes accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and two meals a day,” said Kirsty Perring, Acting General Manager, AFRICAExperts. “It’s like cruising Africa, by rail!”The Shongololo Express is a “unique train safari, and one of the most convenient ways of seeing Southern Africa”, she adds. It travels between destinations at night, allowing for exploration during the day. The recently refurbished train has two cabin categories, Gold and Emerald, both with en-suite. Breakfast and dinner are prepared on board and served daily in the restaurant, with lunches at guests’ own expense.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsSome off-rail excursions are included in the price while others can be purchased optionally while on tour. The Good Hope journey offers both a golfing and non-golfing itinerary at the same time. Golfers get to play at some of the best courses in Southern Africa, while others can enjoy a range of activities more suited to their interests, says Perring. Posted by Goway has savings for South Africa’s Shongololo Expresscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel, South Africa, Train Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Home sales and prices both improved year-over-year for the 19th straight month in August, according to multiple listing service (MLS) data from “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/.[IMAGE]According to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report–a survey of MLS data in 52 metropolitan areas–showed August closed transactions declined 5.3 percent month-over-month but increased 6.5 percent year-over-year. August was the 26th consecutive month in which sales climbed above their prior-year levels.Of the 52 metros tracked, 41 posted higher sales than August 2012, and 25 reported double-digit gains, with the highest increases appearing in Burlington, Vermont (+29.6 percent); Chicago, Illinois (+26.7 percent); Manchester, New Hampshire (+24.4 percent); Des Moines, Iowa (+21.2 percent); and Albuquerque, New Mexico (+20.7 percent).At the same time, the median price of homes sold across all areas was $188,450, a 12.9 percent increase year-over-year (albeit a 0.5 percent decline from July). It was the 19th straight month in which the national median price rose on an annual basis.Out of all the markets surveyed, 51 experience higher sales prices than last year, with 23 reporting double-digit increases. The strongest performers in August were Detroit, Michigan (+50.0 percent year-over-year); Miami, Florida (+39.7 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (+39.6 percent); Las Vegas, Nevada (+33.6 percent); and San Francisco, California (+29.3 percent).””Despite low inventory and rising interest rates, demand for housing is strong, and both home sales and prices remain higher than one year ago,”” said RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly. “”Now that the active summer season is behind us, the results are clear–2013 is continuing the recovery that started in 2012.””The inventory drought also continued to clear, with declines slowing down for the fifth consecutive month. The number of homes for sale in August was 3.4 percent lower than July’s inventory but 17.4 percent below that of August 2012–which was actually an improvement from the 20.7 percent yearly decline recorded in July. In addition, 11 metro areas reported monthly gains in available inventory.Of all the homes sold in August, the average number of Days on Market was 62, flat from July but 19 days lower than the average in August 2012. The months’ supply of inventory was 4.4, still below the 6-month mark considered to be a “”balanced”” market between buyers and sellers. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2013-09-20 Tory Barringercenter_img RE/MAX Reports Strong Finish for Summer Selling Season September 20, 2013 438 Views last_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The model incorporates numerous factors, including three (expected points contributed by offense; simple rating system, or SRS; and offense simple rating system, or OSRS) used by Pro Football Reference to measure teams’ offensive efficiency and quality. The expected points statistic reflects the fact that all yards are not created equal, illustrating which teams are able to make the most of their offensive opportunities. That is, a 12-yard gain on third-and-20 adds more to a team’s yardage total than a 3-yard gain on third-and-1, but the latter play is more valuable. This measurement is meant to account for that difference. The simple rating system statistics are a measure of a team’s caliber relative to the league average, based on margin of victory and strength of schedule. The model also rewards wins and penalizes teams that punt or turn the ball over frequently. In other words, teams that are efficient on offense, play well against tough opponents, and take care of the football will rate higher than those that don’t.It is noted that the formula does not equate for personnel changes — like the Bengals using backup QB A.J. McCarron due to starter Andy Dalton being hurt, but a look at how it rated the playoff teams from each of the last three seasons shows it can be a fairly accurate judge of what is to come. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If we are being honest, math is not something all of us enjoy.It’s math’s fault for being too difficult.However, that does not mean it does not come in handy every now and again, even in the world of sports.Now, if we’re being honest again, the equations used here by NFL.com to predict the postseason are very much above our heads.At the same time, Cardinals fans will be pleased to know that according to their formula, which uses regular-season team statistics to predict which teams will win their respective conferences, the chosen matchup is Arizona vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In 2014, it had the Seahawks and Patriots matching up; in 2013, it was the Broncos and Seahawks, and in 2012 it had Patriots vs. Falcons, when that season it was the 49ers and Ravens who played in the big game.It’s important to remember something about football: a few key plays can drastically change the outcome of a game. Consider, for example, the 2014 NFC title game, in which the Seahawks completed a late comeback thanks to a number of seemingly improbable plays, including a botched onside kick recovery. This model can predict who’s more likely to win, but it can’t, obviously, account for this unpredictable element of football. A play such as a red zone pick-six could, potentially, cause a 14-point swing. This makes modeling football challenging — but it also makes it fun.So there you go, Cardinals fans. According to math, your team is going to be playing in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 against a team they beat 34-31 earlier in the season.last_img read more

first_imgThe Cypriot economy generated a €7.4m current account deficit in the second quarter of the year compared with a deficit of €472.2m in the respective period last year and €718.8m in January to March, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.Cyprus’s international investment position, which is the difference between assets and liabilities against the rest of the world, improved to minus €23.6bn in April to June from minus €23.9bn in the quarter before and €24.4bn at the end of the second quarter of last year, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Friday.The economy’s external debt rose in the second quarter by €234.8m to €108.8m in the second quarter and by €6.2bn compared to a year before, the central bank said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img05Jan Rep. Outman has perfect voting record for 2013-14 session Categories: News State Rep. Rick Outman is part of a distinguished group of Michigan legislators with a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.The House took 1,345 roll call votes, and Outman, R-Six Lakes, did not miss a single vote. The nonpartisan website www.michiganvotes.org compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate.“Voting is a very important part of my job, and I take it very seriously,” Outman said. “I listen to what the hard-working families in Montcalm and Gratiot counties are concerned about, and my vote reflects those concerns, giving residents a strong voice in state government.”The Legislature last session approved measures to help improve Michigan’s economy and create jobs, along with Outman-sponsored issues such as modernizing the Michigan Potato Commission to meet the shifting needs of potato growers. He also was instrumental in getting the OK-2-SAY hotline bills passed that will help end bullying in schools.“We have taken a common-sense approach in making government more efficient and effective,” Outman said. “I will continue to champion legislation that will give all Michiganders a brighter future.”#####last_img read more

first_img06Jan Rep. Glardon maintains perfect voting record State Rep. Ben Glardon posted a perfect voting record during the entire 2013-2014 legislative session, according to an official tally.Glardon, R-Owosso, maintains his position as a member of a small group of legislators who voted during every one of the 1,345 total record roll call votes. Glardon has achieved a perfect voting record during his entire four-year tenure in the House of Representatives.“The voting process is vital to our state government and I am committed to ensuring the voices of hard-working taxpayers are heard in every vote that is cast,” Glardon said. “Great progress has been made and I look forward to continuing the momentum.”Last session, the state Legislature approved measures to continue to increase Michigan’s economic growth and outlook, as well as legislation recently signed into law sponsored by Glardon to assist in streamlining the complaint process for foster families. Glardon says he looks forward to making continual strides toward a brighter and more successful Michigan.Glardon’s office can be contacted toll-free at 1-877-558-5426, or at his Lansing office at (517) 373-0841, through email at BenGlardon@house.mi.gov and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

first_img20Feb Rep. Miller marks March is Reading Month by visiting schools State Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis, said today he will celebrate March is Reading Month by sharing his love of books with elementary school students throughout the 59th House District.Rep. Miller, a former teacher, said he looks forward to being back in the classroom at local schools.“I am eager to share my love of the written word with children from Marcellus to Leonidas,” Rep. Miller said. “Once children begin reading, they realize they can experience new places and ideas, and nourishing that curiosity and quest for knowledge is very important. Readers are leaders.”Rep. Miller plans to read to students at the following locations:Friday, Feb. 27, Marcellus Elementary School;Monday, March 2, Eastwood Elementary School in Sturgis;Friday, March 6, Colon Elementary School;Monday, March 9, Centreville Elementary School;Friday, March 13, Kinchole Elementary in Dowagiac, and Dr. Seuss Reading Party at the Sturgis Public Library, 255 North St., Sturgis;Friday, March 20, Leonidas Elementary School;Monday, March 23, Nottawa Community School in Centreville; andFriday, March 27, Park Elementary in Three Rivers.Any teachers wishing to set up a reading session with Rep. Miller may contact his office by calling his office at 517-373-0832, or via email at AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Miller News,Newslast_img read more

first_img01Oct Rep. Poleski announces Oct. office hours Categories: News Rep. Earl Poleski today announced his office hour schedule for the month of October.Office hours will be held every Friday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Tower Building located at 102 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.“I hope to see a good turnout this month,” said Rep. Poleski. “We’ve got a lot of interesting legislation coming up and I’m interested to hear people’s thoughts.”No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Poleski’s office with any ideas, questions or concerns by phone, toll-free, at 888-643-4786 or by email at EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov.###last_img

first_img Categories: Albert News,News 20Dec Rep. Albert votes for bills to expand career skills education State Rep. Thomas Albert recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade and career education in Michigan’s public schools.“It’s a benefit to Michigan’s children to explore their own interests within education,” said Albert, of Lowell. “This legislation will give our local school districts more course flexibility, better access to experienced instructors and be able to work closely with local business owners. That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and to help have more options as future professionals.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.“Michigan has a growing demand for more diverse jobs, especially in skilled trades and technology,” Albert said. “We’ve got to encourage students in the classroom while increasing their educational opportunities, because that will prepare them for a successful life.”The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

first_img Categories: Reilly News 08Jan Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Jan. 15 State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Jan. 15.“I always look forward to connecting with members of the community at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Reilly said. “Meeting residents of the 46th District and discussing important issues is one of the most rewarding parts of being a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• 6 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and• 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Charter Township.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Yaroch News 14Jun Rep. Yaroch visits local school to answer student letters State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond visited Ms. Vogel’s eighth grade class at Seneca Middle School in Macomb Township to answer questions about state government. Several students sent him letters on various topics including education, election laws, and the role of a state representative. Rep. Yaroch chose to address them in person by visiting the school.“I am glad to see our students taking an interest in current events and state government,” Rep. Yaroch said. “They are the future of our state, so it is important we invest time and effort in them. I was honored to listen to their thoughts and answer their questions.”Residents who have questions related to state government can contact Rep. Yaroch’s office by calling (517) 373-0820 or by email at JeffYaroch@house.mi.gov.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch talks with a group of students at Seneca Middle School.last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave this week welcomed the announcement of $25 million in grants to improve school building safety across Michigan — including money specifically for Upper Peninsula schools.“Absolutely nothing is more important than the safety and protection of our kids,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “These grants will help schools take steps to make their buildings safer and more secure – and that’s something everyone should embrace.”LaFave has been a leader in school safety initiatives, and voted in favor of the money used for the grants announced this week by the Michigan State Police. The grants will help schools buy equipment and technology to improve building security.Some of the grant recipients in LaFave’s Michigan House district include Breitung Township School District ($217,990), Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District ($163,868 with a required match), Norway-Vulcan Area Schools ($9,053) and Bishop Baraga Catholic School ($24,860). Several other schools across the Upper Peninsula are also receiving grants through the competitive process.Overall, the Department of State Police awarded $25 million divided among more than 180 schools and districts across Michigan.###Note: A complete list of school safety grants is available on this Michigan State Police website:https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_34040_75045—,00.html Categories: LaFave News,News 02Nov Rep. LaFave: School safety grants headed to Upper Peninsulalast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, today reminded area residents of resources available to help pay utility bills as well as tips to keep winter energy costs in check.“Cold weather means more energy is needed to keep your homes safe and warm,” Paquette said. “I want to ensure my residents have timely access to information that will keep their heat on and their costs under control.”Residents may be eligible for assistance with their energy bills through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program, which funds utility bill payments and efforts to help customers be self-sufficient in paying utility bills. For more information on MEAP, you can call the Michigan Public Service Commission Customer Assistance line at (800) 292-9555, or by dialing 211.Additionally, residents having difficulty paying their utility bills should consider contacting their local utility provider to see what assistance programs they have available. Indiana Michigan Power, for example, offers a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help customers manage their utility bills. For more information on LIHEAP, you can visit https://www.indianamichiganpower.com/account/bills/assistance/.Rep. Paquette offered five other ways to help keep utility bills low:Check furnace filters. Clean filters allow furnaces to run more efficiently.Install a programmable thermostat to save about 10 percent on heating costs.Seal air leaks around windows, doors, or utility access points.Add tempered glass doors to fireplaces to avoid losing indoor heat through the chimney.Schedule a home energy assessment to identify ways to cut energy waste. Rebates on heating, ventilation and air conditioning; appliances; lighting; insulation; and other improvements are available through utilities. Michigan Saves offers low-cost financing.“If you have any questions about these programs or need help applying for them, please use my office as a resource,” Paquette said. “I understand navigating bureaucracy can be challenging at times and I am always available to help you.”Residents may contact Rep. Paquette’s office at either 517-373-1796 or by emailing BradPaquette@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Paquette News 29Jan Rep. Paquette offers tips on winter heating help, energy saving practiceslast_img read more

first_img Rep. Mark Huizenga announced help is on the way for Michigan farmers whose crops were devastated by record rains this spring.House Bill 4234 was signed into law by the governor this week. The bill provides $15 million to help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.“This plan provides real relief at a time of real crisis for an industry vitally important to all of Michigan,” said Huizenga, of Walker. “This season has been devastating to farmers, and this loan program will help many survive it.”Michigan had very few days suitable for field work this spring. From May 2018 to May 2019, this year was the wettest 12-month period on record. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds were planted as of June 12, which means yields will be low.  Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.##### Categories: Huizenga News,News 09Jul Rep. Huizenga: Loan program will help Michigan farmers blasted by this year’s record rainlast_img read more