9 Aug
2019

Governor signs Rep Kahles bill banning child mutilation

first_img11Jul Governor signs Rep. Kahle’s bill banning child mutilation Categories: Kahle News,News Legislation that gives survivors of female genital mutilation the opportunity to seek criminal prosecution up to 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later, was signed into law today.The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle as part of a bipartisan legislative package addressing female genital mutilation (FGM), which is any procedure performed on girls intended to remove or damage the external genitalia.“The girls who suffer mutilation have faced a barbaric act few of us can comprehend,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “They should not be expected, at such a young age, to fully understand the lifelong impact of the damaging injuries they have endured.”Her legislation was part of an eight-bill package that prohibits FGM, sets sentencing guidelines, requires improved education on the procedure to law enforcement and health officials, and adds an extension on the civil statute of limitations to allow victims to recover personal damages.The package follows a February incident when two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April for allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual was fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Kahle’s House Bill 4690 is her second bill signed into law. It is now Public Act 79 of 2017 following Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature“I was pleased to work with my colleagues to make sure this happened,” said Kahle. “This procedure has no benefits. It’s only done to damage and relegate women to second-class status. There’s no place for it in Michigan.”#####last_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

Rep Noble backs bill for better student loan reporting

first_img30Nov Rep. Noble backs bill for better student loan reporting Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble voted this week to require state colleges to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status to better manage their debt.“Our college graduates should not have to spend the first 20 years of their careers paying for their education,” said Noble, of Plymouth. “Giving students an annual update on their loans will go a long way toward making smart financial decisions during college and success after getting their degree.”The legislation calls for students to receive:Estimates of monthly repayment amounts, based on current projections.Access to student loan counseling services available through each college.Information on employment opportunities available in a student’s chosen course of study.Estimated national student debt has reached $1.4 trillion with average loans at Michigan universities increasing by approximately $10,000 over the past 10 years.“It’s very concerning to me that 63 percent of Michigan’s college graduates have student debt,” Noble said. “Armed with the information about their debts from the colleges, students will be able to better plan for their futures.”#####last_img read more

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7 Aug
2019

Eurosport has acquired the rights to the German wo

first_imgEurosport has acquired the rights to the German women’s Bundesliga football league for the next two seasons.Eurosport has secured the rights to broadcast live matches on each of the 22 match days for the 2013-14 an 2015-16 seasons. The deal with the DFB gives Eurosport international options to broadcast the Women’s Bundesliga across its 54 markets in Europe and 17 markets in Asia-Pacific. All matches will be broadcast in HD.Eurosport already holds rights to as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, UEFA Women’s Euro, Women’s UEFA Champions League, Algarve Cup and age-group international competitions such as the U17 and U20 FIFA World Cups and U17 and U19 UEFA European Championships.last_img

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7 Aug
2019

Amazon has agreed to buy Twitch a video platform

first_imgAmazon has agreed to buy Twitch, a video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts, for US$970 million in cash. The deal follows reports from May that linked YouTube to the videogame site, with Google-owned YouTube said to be ready to imminently announce an acquisition for a similar US$1 billion price tag.Announcing the deal, Amazon said that Twitch had more than 55 million unique visitors in July, who viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on the site, produced by more than 1 million broadcasters.US-based Twitch launched in June 2011 is used by gamers to live-broadcast, watch and chat about videogames. Users can stream their gameplay direct from their connected Xbox or PlayStation consoles.Amazon said that the site is also used by publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and e-sports organisations – as well as by individual gamers.“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”Twitch CEO Emmett Shear added: “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”Twitch’s shareholders have approved the cash deal, which is expected to close in the second half of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.last_img read more

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