NeighborWorks America awards five Vermont grants for nearly $1.5 million

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Five Vermont organizations are getting nearly $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced Wednesday. These funds mark the first round of FY17 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America, now being released after the passage of a federal appropriations bill on May 4, 2017. NeighborWorks is a national nonprofit organization that supports 245 local community development organizations throughout the United States. NeighborWorks America awarded five grants to Vermont’s affiliates, totaling $1,489,334.Champlain Housing Trust—$495,333  Downstreet Housing and Community Development—$237,000NeighborWorks of Western Vermont—$281,667RuralEdge—$179,667Windham & Windsor Housing Trust—$295,667This is the first of two rounds of funding.  The second round will be announced later this year and will provide competitive grants to organizations to collaborate on localized, strategic investments.In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:  “Vermont, like the rest of the country, faces an extreme shortage of affordable housing.  These investments will help Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates invest where our communities need it most, in homes for seniors, working parents, and first time homebuyers looking to realize the American Dream.  We have traveled throughout the state and heard for years the significant impact that our NeighborWorks partners have on families.  These funds ensure that NeighborWorks has the tools it needs to continue helping hardworking Vermonters, and we pledge to work to protect these funds for the next fiscal year.”Eileen Peltier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing & Community Development in Barre added, “The increased support from NWA is deeply appreciated. With these funds we will be able to continue the work of helping families find a place to call home and supporting communities to become more resilient. When so much support to vulnerable families is at risk, we are committed to using these funds  wisely and in support of homes for all.”As Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy ensured that the bipartisan appropriations bill to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017 included $140 million for NeighborWorks partners across the country. The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes to eliminate funding for NeighborWorks America. Funding from NeighborWorks has helped thousands of Vermonters to access homeownership and move out of poverty through financial counseling, home loan assistance, affordable repairs and weatherization, and emergency housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Several recipient organizations, including RuralEdge, located in the Northeast Kingdom, have successfully created revolving loan funds, designed to assist low-income homeowners in making necessary health, safety, and accessibility repairs that will improve their quality of living by providing them with a low-interest loan. Source: WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017) — Delegation. PHOTO: Downstreet Housing and Community Development apartments, Barrelast_img read more

Police briefs: Man charged with assault and robbery

first_imgA 26-year-old man is facing a charge of assault and robbery after two men were attacked in separate incidents early Wednesday evening in Chatham.Chatham-Kent police allege the accused, of no fixed address, approached a man walking on King Street in Chatham around 6:30 p.m. and began assaulting him in an attempt to steal his cigarettes.Police were called by a concerned citizen who witnessed the reported assault.The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Police said as the accused fled the area. He then approached another man on Barthe Street and allegedly assaulted him. That victim did not sustain any injuries, police said.The accused was found on Grand Avenue, and arrested and charged with assault and robbery, police said.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.Receipts lead to arrest of Blenheim womanA 31-year-old Blenheim woman is facing charges in connection to evidence Chatham-Kent police found inside a stolen pickup truck.Police said the accused was released from court on May 6 with several conditions, including that she not operate a motor vehicle.Police recovered a stolen pickup truck early Wednesday morning on Raleigh Street in Chatham. While examining the vehicle, police found two receipts from local businesses inside the truck.Police went to these businesses and, through investigation, allege the woman was responsible for driving the stolen truck to purchase grocery store items and cash out a ticket.The accused was located Wednesday night and arrested. She has been charged with being in possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000 and failing to comply with her release conditions.She was placed in custody pending a bail hearing.Wallaceburg teen chargedA family dispute landed a Wallaceburg teen in trouble with the law.Chatham-Kent police responded to the dispute, where an investigation revealed the accused, a 15-year-old male, allegedly threw items at his mother during an argument.While being placed under arrest, police allege the accused pulled away in an effort to resist arrest and began swinging at the officers.The youth was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.He was charged with assault with a weapon and resist arrest, and later released with an Aug. 12 court date.Argument leads to chargeA 45-year-old Dover Township man was arrested Wednesday night in connection to an argument with his girlfriend’s father.Chatham-Kent police said the argument resulted in threats being made.The accused was arrested and charged with uttering threats.He was released with an Aug. 20 court date.Traffic enforcementSeveral area motorists are feeling the financial impact of some traffic enforcement initiatives by Chatham-Kent police.Wednesday morning, police stopped and charged five motorist with speeding through a 50 km/h zone while conducting traffic enforcement on Longwoods Road in Kent Bridge.Police were also conducting traffic enforcement in the area of construction on Pioneer Line, which resulted in nine motorists being stopped and charged with driving on a closed road.last_img read more

Results: What Does “Wait Time” Mean to You?

first_img C. Attraction entrance to the ride vehicle. (30%, 409 Votes) D. Once you meet resistance in the queue to the ride vehicle. (30%, 408 Votes) B. Once you meet resistance in the queue to the start of the pre-show. (22%, 299 Votes) A. Attraction entrance to start of the pre-show. (18%, 239 Votes) Total Voters: 1,355 There is no clear consensus on how people perceive their wait time for attractions. 48% of people (A+C) believe that their wait starts when they enter an attraction. 52% of people (B+D) believe their wait does not start until they reach the end of the queue. Statistically, this is a tie. 40% of the people (A+B) believe their wait ends at the preshow. In the comments, we had the answer: “it depends”Walking to the End of the QueueIn most cases the time between entering an attraction and reaching the end of the queue is small. This time decreases as the overall wait time increases. Queuing theory says that the wait time does not start until you reach the end of the queue. People who had listened to Len Testa on WDW Today would have heard him say that “wait time starts once you reach resistance in the line.” Since there is not a clear consensus TouringPlans.com is defining the start of the wait time to be at where you reach resistance in the line.Preshow: Attraction or Waiting?The “it depends” people have a very good argument. For some attractions, the preshow is an integral part of the attraction. I assume most people would agree the stretching room at Haunted Mansion or the design station at Test Track or the library at Tower of Terror is part of the overall attraction. It gets fuzzier for safety videos at Soarin, Star Tours, and Mission Space. For consistency sake, Touringplans.com is defining any activity that is required to be experienced is part of the attraction and not waiting time.Impacts on Touring PlansThe changes to Touring Plans is just an accounting issue. Walking time will go up slightly for attractions with long queues. Arrival time on a plan will mean the time you should arrive at the end of the queue, not specifically the attraction entrance. Attractions with a preshow will have some of the wait time shifted to the attraction duration.Timing Your WaitThe process of timing your wait is the same as it has been. Start the timer as soon as you reach resistance in the line. Stop the timer once you are about to get on the attraction.“Reach Resistance” for attractions with a preshow would be once you get to the preshow if there is no wait to get into the preshow. The timer will include the time spent in the preshow. The software will know how to adjust the timer’s time to the correct wait time.In SummaryFor us more visual people, here is a summary of what I wrote.Have any questions? Suggestions for improvements? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Earlier in May, I asked the question: What does “wait time” mean to you? Results show that the there is not a simple answer.center_img  Loading …last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: January 25, 2018

first_imgTen burglars stole $500K in luxury items from California storeSan Diego police say 10 burglars pried open a door at the Hermès store in Fashion Valley in the predawn hours early Saturday and made off with $500,000 worth of luxury goods before driving off. The group arrived at the mall, off Friars Road, shortly after 4:15 .a.m. in three vehicles sporting paper license plates. They used a pry bar to open the front door of the store and hurriedly grabbed purses, jewelry and clothing, said police investigations Lt. Dan Smyth. They were in the store for only two minutes before they ran back to their parked cars — a white Chevy Suburban and two blue sedans — and drove off. “It was a large number of high ticket items. Ten males went inside and grabbed everything they could grab,” he said. All the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves and their faces were covered with masks or bandannas. Police say they are looking into whether the theft is related to a statewide series involving high-end department stories, including a March 2017 burglary at the Fashion Valley in Neiman Marcus. In that case, a large group of males “swarmed the store” after breaking through glass doors, Smyth said. The group mostly took purses, with $100,000 to $120,000 worth of merchandise being taken. Smyth said they are trying to obtain surveillance footage from the Hermès store. “We are working with their security system there and sometimes it is not all free-flowing because of technical difficulties,” he said. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call police at (619) 692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. [Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune]Woman arrested for shoplifting twice in two days, blames diabetesA Louisiana woman who was arrested twice in the same weekend for shoplifting told police she stole a large quantity of food because she is diabetic. Forty-two-year-old Amy Stevens was caught on surveillance footage stuffing two packs of ground meat, one pack of ribs, and one pack of frozen fish into her purse at a grocery store. Thibodaux Police Department officers tracked Stevens down at her Fern Street home on January 20 and arrested her for the theft. On January 21, a manager of a grocery store attempted to stop Stevens before she could leave the store with food concealed under her jacket. A struggle ensued, and Stevens dropped four packs of steaks on the ground after she elbowed the manager in the face, according to the TPD. She ran out of the store without the steaks, and she also left behind her purse, which contained her identification. Officers caught up to Stevens later that same day and placed her under arrest again. Stevens told investigators that she stole the food because she is diabetic, according to the TPD. She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center for theft and is currently being held on a $1,000 bond.  [Source: WGNO News]Four “Paper Team” crew members charged in brazen shopping center robberies [Viral Video]They called themselves the “Paper Team” crew and posted photos and videos on Facebook and YouTube of thousands of dollars of electronics and clothing stolen from stores throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Charges were filed Tuesday against four Milwaukee men accused of stealing more than $70,000 in merchandise, mostly cellphones, by brazenly walking into stores, cutting the phones from security cables and then fleeing in stolen vehicles. In some crimes, the men punched and hit store employees who tried to stop them stealing items and in one case cut the hand of an employee with a knife used to sever security cables connected to iPhones. Charged with multiple felony retail theft, robbery and bail jumping counts were Charles L. Porter, 24, known as “Young Yellow” and “Yellow Boy;” Kendall J. Strickland, 24; Tyron Richardson, 17, known as “Young Bull” and “Tater;” and Devonte Thomas, 17, known as “Lil Wook.” The gang of thieves hit stores ranging from Macy’s, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx and Sak’s Off 5th Avenue to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and Best Buy in Glendale, Wauwatosa, Cudahy, Brown Deer, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Milwaukee, West Allis, Franklin, Fox Point, Brookfield and Germantown between November and January.- Sponsor – In a few instances police chased after the thieves traveling at high speeds in stolen vehicles. Two of the men were ultimately captured in chases. Thomas was apprehended on Jan. 10 while driving a stolen gray Mazda with Ohio license plates stolen from a Hertz rental center in Milwaukee, which he crashed into a curb and fire hydrant and then fled on foot.  Seven hours later Richardson was arrested the same way — while driving a black Volkswagen Passat stolen from the same Hertz rental store. He fled Milwaukee police while driving approximately 65 mph on city streets, blowing through 22 stop signs and four red lights before crashing into a vehicle on W. Olive St. and smacking into a home. Strickland and Porter are accused of continuing the grab and run thefts after Richardson and Thomas were arrested, cutting security cables of iPads, iPhones and Samsung phones at several stores. Richardson told authorities he stole the phones because he could sell each for a couple of hundred dollars. In other thefts, the men are accused of grabbing armfuls of clothing before running out of stores without paying for the merchandise. At Kohl’s in Glendale on Nov. 29 they filled shopping carts with Nike clothing before pushing the carts out of the store and getting into a stolen vehicle. The next day they grabbed numerous coats at TJ Maxx in Wauwatosa and put them into a cart before leaving the store. The four were seen in numerous surveillance videos inside and outside the stores and were seen on social media wearing stolen items or wearing the same clothing they wore during the thefts and robberies, according to the complaint. Arrest warrants have been issued for Porter and Strickland.  [Source: Journal-Sentinel]Police bring charges against fiveInvestigators with the Richlands, Virginia, police department obtained indictments against five individuals during the Jan. 16 term of grand jury. The indictments served last week were for 22 separate charges the majority of which are felonies.  Brian Russell Maggard is charged with credit card theft, credit card fraud and receiving goods from credit card fraud.  Joseph Adam Marshall was indicted for conspiracy, credit card theft, credit card fraud, and receiving goods from credit card fraud. Crystal Gayle Kegley also known as Crystal Gayle Miller was indicted for conspiracy, credit card theft, credit card fraud, and receiving goods from credit card fraud.  Tina Louise Reynolds was indicted on charges of credit card theft, credit card fraud and receiving goods from credit card fraud. Indictments were obtained against Brian Keith Mustard for DUI – 3rd Conviction w/i 5 Years, driving with a suspended license, after a DWI conviction, refusal of blood test, third refusal of bloodbreath test within 10 years, unlawfully attempting to purchase a firearm while under a protective order, concealed weapon  and violating a protective order.  An indictment was also handed down against James Ivan Odum for possession of a firearm while under a protective order.  [Source: SWVA News]Retailers are so wary of fraud they’re rejecting real customersRetailers are so worried about fraudulent purchases online, many say they’re rejecting legitimate transactions out of fear that they may be fake. Sixty-seven percent of retailers have online security measures that are quick to cancel any transaction that raises suspicion, according to a survey by Experian, a global information-services company. When gauging all businesses — a group that also includes banks and telecommunications companies — that figure rises to 71 percent. The concerns are causing companies to leave money on the table, as they go to ever-greater lengths to prevent hacking attacks and internet security breaches.Companies have a strong incentive to err on the side of caution: Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. plummeted last year after it disclosed a data breach, while the news that hackers stole the personal information of millions from Equifax Inc. sparked a class action lawsuit and outrage across the U.S.“There is no silver bullet when it comes to stopping fraud,” said Kathleen Peters, senior vice president of global fraud and identity at Experian. “Retailers really have to find this way to show consumers that they’re protecting them and balance that with an online experience that’s not too heavy-handed.” While only 5 percent of data breach incidents involve the retail sector, according to a Verizon report last year, the incidents are highly visible since they generally involve well-known brands. At the same time, instances of fraud seem to be on the rise: 63 percent of businesses told Experian their losses from fraud in the last 12 months were the same or higher than a year earlier. The study was based on interviews with 5,500 consumers and 500 business executives in 11 world markets. Companies are contending with criminals who are becoming more organized and creative in the ways they impersonate legitimate customers online, Peters said. The best way to counter this is to develop technology that lets them better identify legitimate customers. Creating layered security that protects customers without making transactions more cumbersome is still no easy task, she said. “They’re in this position because people are moving online quickly and the retail experience is changing,” she said.  [Source: Bloomberg]Canada Goose targets counterfeitersCanada Goose, the luxury winter coat company, is attempting to crack down on counterfeiters that are cutting into its market. The Toronto-based manufacturer has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago, aimed at Chinese counterfeiters that sell fake Canada Goose goods across hundreds of unauthorized websites. It remains to be seen how effective the crackdown will be. “It’s really difficult. The police do it, the federal authorities will go after them, but it’s really difficult because they pop up and they go away pretty quickly,” Steve Bernas of the Better Business Bureau says. Demand for genuine Canada Goose attire is high at Wicker Park’s Mildblend shop. “Michael Jordan shoes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, where people are always replicating that, and it seems like Canada Goose is taking the top seat as the thing to be replicated,” Matthew Kerr says. Some tips to avoid being fooled: Look for the hologram polar bear label sewn in the inside; counterfeit fur looks scraggly, tangled and sometimes dirty. On the trademark label, look for bigger leaves as an indicator of fraud and misspelled words. Canada Goose licensed retailers are listed on the company’s website. [Source: CBS Chicago News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Atalanta shake-up with Man City?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ There are growing reports Atalanta will start Josip Ilicic as a makeshift centre-forward supported by Papu Gomez and Ruslan Malinovskyi against Manchester City. The Champions League tie kicks off at the Etihad at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). Gian Piero Gasperini is forced to do without hitman Duvan Zapata, who returned from international duty with Colombia suffering from a thigh strain. It was assumed that Luis Muriel would replace his fellow countryman, but Gasp likes to keep options off the bench to shake up the game in the second half. With that in mind, and Manchester City’s star-studded squad, Gasp could opt to start Ilicic as a False 9 with support from Gomez and Malinovskyi. Decisions in defence are foisted upon him, because Simon Kjaer and Jose Luis Palomino are injured, so Berat Djimsiti has to play even with flu symptoms. Sky Sport Italia report the possibility of another surprise twist, leaving out Hans Hateboer in favour of Robin Gosens. Meanwhile, there was good news for Atalanta from the UEFA Youth League, as they beat Manchester City 3-1 this afternoon. Ian Poveda had put the hosts in front, but the Orobici teens turned it all around with goals from Davide Angelo Ghislandi, Roberto Piccoli and Diallo Amad Traore. Atalanta (probable): Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Masiello; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Malikovskyi; Iliciclast_img read more

Obama daughters Sasha and Malia flaunt `summer-perfect’ fashion

first_imgUS President Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, flaunted jet-setting summer fashion during their recent trip to Italy with their mother Michelle. The US First Lady’s teen daughters enjoyed the outing in style by opting to wear minis, shorts, strapless tops and dresses most of the time and managed to look fabulous, Hollywoodlife.com reported. During their meeting with Prince Harry, while 16-year-old Malia sported a blue and yellow floral Alice and Olivia by Stacey Bendetfrock, Sasha, 14, opted for a breezy black and white polka-dot matching two-piece shirt and skirt dress. The girls chose to complete their look by pairing it with Mary-Janes flats and gladiators. Obama teens even stayed trendy when they visited the Fondazione Prada art gallery in Milan, and walked around in shorts and pretty blouses with apt accessories.last_img read more

Former UEFA chief Michel Platini lashes out at Sepp Blatter

first_imgEx-UEFA president Michel Platini has criticised former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, saying the Swiss who led soccer’s world body for 17 years was determined to make him “his last scalp”.Platini and Blatter were banned from all football-related activities, initially for eight years, over a 2 million Swiss francs ($2.00 million) payment FIFA made to Platini in 2011, with Blatters approval, for work done a decade earlier. (Also Read: FIFA reveals proposed slots for 48-team 2026 World Cup)The Frenchman said the 81-year-old Blatter was the most selfish person he had ever known. “He thought he would grow old, finish then die and be buried in FIFA. It was his wish,” Platini told Le Monde in an interview published on Thursday. Read more Football stories here”He always said that I would be his last scalp. I know he had a fixation on me, to the end. Don’t always believe what Blatter says. He’ll always tell you what you want to hear but he’s an exceptional political animal,” he added.The Frenchman, 61, told Le Monde the affair that led to his ban was “not over yet”, although he did not elaborate.He was sanctioned by FIFA’s ethics committee after Blatter authorised the 2 million Swiss francs payment to Platini that amounted to “undue gifts” and violated FIFA’s code of ethics.”I still don’t know what I’ve done wrong,” said Platini.Blatter has also always denied any wrongdoing.The bans given to Platini and Blatter were cut to six years by FIFA’s appeals committee before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) then reduced Platini’s suspension to four years.advertisementlast_img read more

Australian team announcements for the 2018 Open Trans Tasman

first_imgThe following teams have been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Open Trans Tasman series in Rotorua, New Zealand, 27th-29th AprilMEN’S OPENJames Blackwood NSWStuart Brierty NSWScott Buckley NSWScott Bundy NSWJustin Costello NSWShaun Francis QLDNick Good NSW (CAPTAIN)Cody Green QLDDylan Hennessey NSWJordan Horo NSWMichael Law QLDJordan Marshall-King NSWMadalitso Masache NSWPete Norman QLDJames Shute NSWAdam Pryde QLD WOMEN’S OPENTarryn Aiken QLDLizzie Campbell QLDTayla Clifford NSWMadison Crowe NSWDanielle Davis NSWRachelle (Shellie) Davis NSWHannah Dyball NSWEmily Hennessey QLDAshleigh Kearney QLDHayley Maddick QLDJessica McCall NSW (CAPTAIN)Sam Rodgers NSWCatherine Sargent QLDKim Sue See QLDTamika Upton QLDMarikki Watego QLD MIXED OPENLeah Opie-Lukins NSWElin Mortimer NSWZara Nicholas NSWPaige Parker QLDLeah Percy VICKatherine Stevens QLDJayden Benbow QLDJustin Cridland QLDTim Glazebrook QLDLachlan Hoch QLDSimon Lang NSWAlex Langbridge NSWHayden Moffatt QLDCameron Nicholls NSW (CAPTAIN)Corey Russell QLDMichael Singh QLDlast_img read more

Minister Says Farmers Must be Paid More for Their Crops by Middlemen

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says middlemen who buy farm produce cheap and sell them at exorbitant prices should get out of the system or pay the farmers more.Addressing farmers at the New Forest-Duff House Agro Park on Friday, April 13, the Minister said that “when the middlemen come and buy from you, you get little or nothing for your product”.“It does not matter which crop it is, the middlemen make all the profit. I say to all of them, if they cannot pay the farmers a better price, we are going to do something to bypass them,” he added.The Minister told the farmers that he would be having discussions with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a large company with a distribution network across the island, with the objective of getting that entity to buy cash crops from farmers for distribution islandwide.Mr. Hutchinson pledged to return to the farmers with some good news soon.He urged them not to cut back on production. “This Government intends to grow agriculture, and I have set a target that by the end of this year, we must be growing agriculture by a minimum of 20 per cent,” the Minister said.Mr. Hutchinson said that the target would not be achieved if they reduce production, so a way must be found to make it worthwhile for the farmers to produce more.He also pledged to do something about the condition of the farm roads. Coming out of consultations with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Mr. Hutchinson said that funding would be put in place to asphalt some of the roads this year.The Minister lauded the farmers who are engaged at the agro park, noting that it is the leading one in the island.He said the Duff House-New Forest farming area is an example of what is needed to drive agriculture.The predominantly scallion-growing agro park has recovered from last year’s attack of the beet army worm and is now experiencing a bumper crop, which has led to a drastic reduction in price.last_img read more

Rep Webber introduces plan to strengthen Ashleigh Isermans Law

first_img State Rep. Michael Webber this week introduced a plan to ensure teenagers are adequately prepared before they are allowed to operate a personal watercraft in Michigan.Webber’s legislation would eliminate a provision that allows 14- and 15-year-olds to operate personal watercraft on their own if they are within 100 feet of a parent or guardian.“Personal watercraft, or Jet-Skis, have increased dramatically in size and power in recent years. They can reach speeds as high as 70 miles per hour, but do not have brakes or off-throttle steering,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “Younger children simply do not have the center of gravity required to control these vessels. We cannot reasonably expect 14- and 15-year-old kids to be able to safely operate these increasingly large and powerful personal watercraft.”Webber introduced the plan after speaking with Jan Iserman, whose teenage daughter Ashleigh died while operating a personal watercraft on Oakland County’s Long Lake in 2004.In the years following Ashleigh’s death, her parents formed the Ashleigh Iserman Boating Safety Foundation and successfully advocated for the passage of Ashleigh Iserman’s Law, raising the minimum age for the solo operation of a personal watercraft from 14 to 16. However, Jan Iserman said additional reforms are needed to ensure the safety of Michigan teenagers.“I am thrilled Rep. Webber has moved forward with this amendment to Ashleigh Iserman’s Law,” Iserman said. “It is great to see Mike values our young people and their safety on our waterways. This bill will help educate our young operators and give them the guided experience they need. It will save lives.”Iserman said personal watercraft are the only type of vessel for which the leading cause of death is not drowning. Even at moderate speeds, riders are often killed from the force of the collision before they hit the water.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, inexperience is one of the top factors in personal watercraft accidents across the country.“We now know that youthful operators need education, supervision and guided experience. It is no different than what we want when our children begin driving a car,” Iserman said. “Guided experience with boating safety certified and licensed guardians will help keep our children safe on the water.”Lt. Daniel Toth of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the legislation makes a common sense reform.“Would we give the car keys to a 14-year-old and tell them to drive 100 feet behind us? Or do we have them sit next to us and learn?” Lt. Toth said.Under the plan, Webber said 14- and 15-year-olds with boating safety certificates will be able to gain experience by operating a personal watercraft with their parent or guardian on board.“Michigan is blessed by many waterways and some of the best boating in the nation,” Webber said. “This legislation seeks to ensure our children are adequately trained and equipped to be as safe as possible while they enjoy one of the great pastimes our state has to offer.”House Bill 5994 was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for consideration.### 18May Rep. Webber introduces plan to strengthen Ashleigh Iserman’s Law Categories: Webber Newslast_img read more

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