Victor Arcos pushes on the lever that allows the concrete to pour from the bucket. June 27, 2001Today construction poured some of the last walls of Phase V’s 1st floor with the rented formwork. While we will be returning most of it at the end of this month, we will continue using about 1/3 of it to complete the first floor over the course of the next month or two. Here resident Ray Shong helps guide the crane bucket into place.[Photos and text by Ivan Fritz] Tasuku Matsuyama and Takashige Koga help the concrete pour from the cement truck into the crane bucket.
24Mar Rep. Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more transparent State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced legislation to make refugee placements in Michigan both safe and more transparent, while also giving local government a voice in the process as required by federal immigration law.House Bills 5528-5529 will protect both our communities and refugees entering our communities.Michigan receives more refugees per capita than any other state in the nation, but it lacks a framework for defining how many refugees and families our state is capable of serving.“There is currently no system involving state and local governments for oversight of refugees entering the state,” said Rep. Runestad. “This is not only a security risk to our state, but is wide open for human trafficking abuses.“As a parent, I have a duty to protect my children, and as a state lawmaker, I have a duty to protect the rights of our local governments and our rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal law.”Rep. Runestad said federal immigration law requires that local governments be notified prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in the process of placement and defining their local capacity for refugee placements. “This is being totally ignored leaving counties, schools and the state in the dark until placements have been made,” said Rep. Runestad. “Moreover, placements are made without regard to the ability of the school district to provide services or employability opportunities for the individual refugee.“The bills I introduced today propose an outline for communication between state departments and local governments in order to maximize placement success and minimize security risks for the state and refugees as allowed under current immigration law.”HBs 5528-5529 are referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics.###### Tags: #SB, HB 5528, HB 5529, Runestad Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News
German pay TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired a package of Hollywood movies from Tele München. The deal means that the News Corp-backed operator will have access to exclusive premieres of movies including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Magic Mike and Astérix & Obélix – God save Britannia. Sky Deutschland has bought the pay TV rights to these movies, which will also be available via its video-on-demand service Sky Anytime, with subscribers able to access movies on the internet, iPad, iPod and Xbox360.Gary Davey, executive vice-president programming at Sky Deutschland, said: “The Tele München Gruppe is among the most important independent film rights distributors. With the new agreement we secure top-class productions and underline our leading position in the film sector.”Herbert Kloiber, owner and managing director of TMG, said: “Sky is an important partner for TMG. Our program highlights are innovatively marketed by the platforms Sky Go and Sky Anytime. We’re pleased that we were able to further expand our cooperation and that our products find their ideal way to film enthusiasts.”