December 19

Crime victim bill gets hearing

first_img Crime victim bill gets hearing A bill that would require judges to inform crime victims about their statutory and constitutional rights passed the House Judicial Oversight Committee in February by unanimous vote.HB 1209, sponsored by Reps. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Mitch Needelman, R-Palm Bay, has also been referred to the Crime Prevention, Corrections and Safety Committee and the Council for Smarter Government.A court conducting arraignment, sentencing, or a case management hearing would be required by the bill to announce a specific advisement to a crime victim listing seven rights: to be informed; to be present; to be heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused; to receive advance notification, when possible, of judicial proceedings and notification of scheduling changes; to seek crimes compensation and restitution; to consult with the state attorney’s office in certain felony cases regarding the disposition of the case; and to make an oral or written victim-impact statement at the time of sentencing a defendant.A strike-all amendment included a provision specifying that the advisory is “only for the benefit of crime victims” and the failure of a judge to advise a victim “shall not affect the validity of any hearing, conviction, or sentence.”Representatives from the Governor’s legal office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services spoke in favor of the bill.The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, passed unanimously through the Criminal Justice committee as a committee substitute and will be heard in the Judiciary and Rules and Calendar committees before reaching the full Senate. Crime victim bill gets hearingcenter_img March 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

December 18

How Americans are spending all that extra money from lower oil prices

first_imgAs soon as oil prices plunged in 2014, economists argued that American consumers would win big.The thinking was that if folks were paying less money for gas, then they could either spend that money elsewhere or save it.In a recent note to clients, Societe Generale’s Aneta Markowska shared a chart detailing just how Americans’ spending has changed since June 2014 (when oil was over $100 per barrel), as well as how spending changed since 2007.Although US consumers have been saving a fair share of their newfound riches, Markowska estimates that households are now spending about two-thirds of the extra money from lower oil prices. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

October 19

COVID-19: Toll roads into and out of Jakarta still operating normally

first_imgJokowi instructed his Cabinet to impose stricter rules on large-scale physical distancing coupled with “civil emergency policies” in an effort to contain the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in a Cabinet meeting on Monday.Regardless, Yusri said the Jakarta Police together with the Indonesian Military (TNI), state-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga and related institutions had conducted joint training in preparation for the worst-case scenario of Jakarta being under quarantine.He also stressed the importance of social distancing as stipulated in the National Police chief edict issued on Mar. 22, which prohibits any mass gatherings. (trn) Topics : Despite calls from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to limit travel across regional borders in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, there are not yet any restrictions on traveling into or out of Jakarta, according to the Jakarta Police.All toll roads in the city will continue to operate normally, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus has said.”Jakarta hasn’t applied any regional quarantine, yet, so we are currently still disseminating information on social distancing. Any decision on a regional quarantine will be determined by the central government,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more

October 17

Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 91 – House Bill 777, sponsored by Rep. Grove, allows for additional prescription drug assistance programs for seniors (PACE and PACENET) cardholders to retain benefits, which they would otherwise have lost as a result of Social Security cost-of-living increases.Act 92 – House Bill 1322, sponsored by Rep. Kaufer, makes various amendments to the Public Welfare Code, including changing the name of the Public Welfare Code to the Human Services Code.Act 93 – House Bill 1332, sponsored by Rep. Godshall, makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.Act 94 – House Bill 1603, sponsored by Rep. Watson, brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).Act 95 – House Bill 1735, sponsored by Rep. Maher, amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act (TPMA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers.Act 96 – House Bill 1736, sponsored by Rep. Krueger-Braneky, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (TSSAA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers and the taxes collected on cigarettes sold without a tax stamp. Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law December 28, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 27

41 sentenced to year for pro-Morsi protests

first_imgThe Beni Suef Criminal Court sentenced 41 alleged supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to one year in jail over staging unlicensed protests on Thursday. Out of those defendants, 29 are still at large and three include three local Muslim Brotherhood leaders. They were found guilty of assaulting police with fire bottles during a march in Nasr City.Egypt has sentenced thousands of people of all political stripes to jail for breaking the protest law. The law, enacted late 2014, requires a security clearance from the Interior Ministry before staging protests, and imposes fines and jail terms for violators.last_img read more

September 23

IMCA Modifieds on lidlifter at Cottage Grove

first_imgTickets are $13 for adults, seniors, juniors and military are $10, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children five and under are free.  A family pass (two adults and up to four youth) sells for $35. VIP skybox seating is $25 and pit passes are $30. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Cottage Grove Speedway gets the new race season started on Saturday, April 20 with and has a special Easter Eggstavaganza (featuring over 2,000 eggs and an appearance by the Easter Bunny at intermission) planned during the night.  By Ben Deatherage  Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the front gate opens at 3:30 p.m., time trials are at 5:30 p.m. and racing is scheduled to kick off at approximately 6 p.m.   IMCA Modifieds are on the evening card. last_img read more

September 21

Lennon hails courageous Petrov

first_img The 33-year-old Aston Villa captain has declared himself ready to embrace new challenges in a bid to make a difference to the lives of people who, like himself, are diagnosed with leukaemia. Lennon has remained close friends with Petrov since the Bulgarian departed for Villa in 2006 and saluted his strength in his battle against acute leukaemia. Petrov is now in remission after being diagnosed with the illness in March last year and the ex-Celtic captain told his club’s official website: “Obviously it’s very sad that Stiliyan has announced his retirement from football.” Celtic manager Neil Lennon has paid tribute to the “absolute courage and positivity” of Stiliyan Petrov after his former Parkhead team-mate announced his retirement from football. He added: “He was a fine footballer and enjoyed a magnificent career at Celtic and Aston Villa, as well as representing and captaining Bulgaria on many occasions. First and foremost, of course, is his health, and the news earlier this year that Stiliyan is in remission was a great boost for everyone. “I’m sure that Stiliyan’s characteristic determination, along with the fact he’s surrounded by a loving family, will ensure he’s a success in this next stage of his life. “The words he has spoken today demonstrate his absolute courage and positivity and show exactly the kind of man he is. It was a pleasure to play alongside such a great footballer, but, for me, I’m even luckier to call him my friend.” Petrov was barely out of his teenage years when John Barnes signed him for Celtic in 1999 but he matured quickly to form an integral part of Martin O’Neill’s successful team, winning four titles and four domestic cup winners’ medals as well as appearing in the 2003 UEFA Cup final. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “The thoughts and best wishes of the whole Celtic Family are with Stiliyan, as they have been ever since we first heard the terrible news about his illness. I think the way he has coped with this and battled it, is in keeping with the type of character he is. “Stiliyan was a great Celtic player in a great Celtic team who achieved wonderful success for the club, both in Scotland and in Europe, and from the time he arrived in Glasgow back in 1999 as a 20-year-old until he left seven years later, and beyond that, he has remained an extremely popular figure with the Celtic support. “We all wish Stiliyan, Paulina and their family well as he retires from football and begins the next stage of his life.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 20

Bruce keeping feet on the ground

first_img Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce warned his side not to get carried away despite a 1-0 win over Liverpool which moved them to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety. Bruce said: “You can’t bring them down and I didn’t want to but we will certainly remind them tomorrow that it’s not job done. “We’ve got to make sure that resilience which we’ve found stays with us for the next four games because 34 points is not usually enough. “Make no mistake – we’re in a better position than we were four days ago and we’re rightly pleased but now we’ve got to concentrate on Arsenal who are coming up on Monday night.” Despite many tipping the Tigers for the drop after a run of six games without a win dumped them in the bottom three, Bruce maintained he never doubted his side could claw their way towards safety. He added: “I never really doubted the character of the players. We’ve had a lot to put up with this year with injuries and conceding in the last minute, but we are desperate to stay in the Premier League and we have shown that in our last couple of performances.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had no complaints after a lackadaisical performance for his side which effectively ends their slim chances of securing a Champions League qualification spot. But despite a dismal run of results including being knocked out of the FA Cup by Aston Villa at the semi-final stage, Rodgers is adamant he will not allow the season to peter out. Rodgers said: “I spoke to the players at the end and I told them that we have an obligation to fight right to the end of the season. Michael Dawson’s 36th-minute header sent the Tigers four points clear of the relegation zone with four games remaining – three of which are back at the KC Stadium. But despite a second straight win which looks to have turned his side’s season around, Bruce made it clear the survival mission is far from completed. “We wanted to be in that top four but it was always going to be difficult for us with the way our season mapped itself out. But we are looking to get momentum to take us through to next season. “We didn’t look like scoring – we had enough of the ball but we never really threatened and we were disappointed with the goal we conceded. “The players put great energy into the game and they worked very hard but their struggles tonight were the same as they have been for a great part of the season in terms of creativity and scoring goals.” Meanwhile, Rodgers jumped to the defence of beleaguered striker Mario Balotelli who was substituted midway through the second half after another ineffectual performance. Rodgers inisisted: “Mario is doing his best – he’s come off tonight with a foot injury. I think it’s clear over the course of the season, not just in this game, that he’s struggling. “But Mario has got a few years left on his contract and it is fair to say that every single player here is playing for his future.” last_img read more