Campaign Dollars Flow As Lawmakers Debate New York Bail Law

first_imgALBANY — As the debate over New York’s bail law rages in the state Capitol, criminal justice interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to state lawmakers who will decide whether to amend the reforms, campaign finance records show.Records show New York lawmakers and political parties, from June to mid-February, reeled in at least $360,000 from police unions and other law enforcement groups — organizations that have overwhelmingly denounced the reforms.In particular, during that same time period, police groups have directed more than $75,000 to the six Senate Democrats from Long Island, lawmakers who have supported efforts to roll back portions of the law or change the system’s bail structure. Police unions and other law enforcement groups gave at least $15,000 to state Sens. Monica Martinez, John Brooks and Todd Kaminsky.Compared to other state senators, Democrat Diane Savino, whose district includes part of Staten Island, likely received the most money from law enforcement groups from June to mid-February. Campaign finance records show she received more than $23,500 from those groups during the time frame. Implemented at the beginning of the year, the bail changes eliminated cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases.On the other side of the debate, a little-known group backing criminal justice reforms has given at least $49,000 to state lawmakers and political campaigns since June and more than $160,000 since the beginning of 2018.The group, entitled the Fair Just and Safe NY PAC, is funded in part by hedge fund executive Daniel Loeb. The group issued a statement saying it is proud to support candidates who have advanced pretrial reforms and parole changes, among other topics.Loeb is also a donor for New Yorkers United for Justice, a group that backs criminal justice reforms and has pushed back against calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the bail law.It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will change the bail law. Either way, the bail law remains one of the fiercest debates this session, often highlighting ideological splits between moderate Democrats, who want to roll back parts of the law, and liberal-leaning legislators, who have resisted.Senate Democrats this month floated a plan that would eliminate cash bail entirely but give judges more discretion over who is released from jail before trial.The bail law did away with pretrial detention for most misdemeanors and nonviolent cases. Under the Senate Democrat’s proposal, a judge could hold someone in pretrial detention for certain hate crimes and domestic violence felonies, along with crimes that led to a death.The proposal would also allow for repeat offenders to be held in pretrial detention, although the specifics remain unclear.Criminal justice reformers and criminal defense organizations have decried the plan, arguing that giving judges more discretion over who stays in jail pretrial will allow for racial disparities.The bail law was partially motivated by the case of Kalief Browder, who was arrested at age 16 and accused of robbing a man of his backpack. He then spent years in custody and the case was dropped. Browder later killed himself.“Don’t ever forget this young man who will forever die young,” said Assemblymember Walter Mosley, speaking at a rally in support of the bail law this week. The Democrat was one of several lawmakers who joined the crowd at the Capitol.The group had an overriding message: no rollbacks on the current law.Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins defended the proposal Wednesday and said there would be specific “guardrails” for judges, mentioning the current bail system already has judicial discretion.“We have proposed the most progressive type of solution for this particular problem,” she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Turf Time.

first_imgFull Day of Educational Sessions For 53 years, the brightest scientists working on turf topics have gathered in Tifton, Ga., for the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference. The 54th event, May 1-2 at the Rural Development Center, promises to gather, like the others so far, the best expertise around. A Tour of the Test Plots A tour of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College turf nursery will follow. The opening day will end with dinner at the Tifton Family Golf Center. Golf turf updates on superdwarf Bermudas, equipment leasing and more. Ornamentals topics from landscape design to managing insects and diseases. Georgia Sod Producers points on water issues, pricing strategies, etc. The second day will be filled with educational sessions. In the morning, scientists from all over the Southeast will update conference-goers on everything from new research developments to mole crickets and nematodes to affordable golf.center_img The afternoon sessions will offer three tracks: The event will begin May 1 with an informal golf outing at the Springhill Country Club. For those who prefer to learn from the start, a pesticide and equipment calibration workshop will be offered at the RDC. After registration (11:30 a.m.) and lunch, the afternoon sessions will feature a tour of the test plots at the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station. UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists will discuss their research. A $50 fee, or $75 after April 14, will cover all costs. The May 1 dinner and both lunches will be provided. To learn more about the event, or to pre-register, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call (912) 386-3416.last_img read more

Colonial beauty decked out in cool style

first_imgThe living area at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf. “It’s just beautiful out there. We have barbecues out on the back deck and also downstairs. “We’ve even had a wedding (at the home) so there is plenty of space for entertaining.”The home is close to local shops, schools, public transport and the waterfront. It also has easy access to the highways to Brisbane city and the airport. The property is being marketed by Stephan Siegfried and Johanne Fenton of One Agency Redcliffe for $729,000. The front deck at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.On the lower level of the home there is a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and access to the two-way bathroom, which has dual basins and separate bath and shower.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Two of the three other bedrooms have built-in robes.There is also a tandem carport on this level along with a patio at the front and a porch at the back.Internal stairs lead up to the big open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with toilet and sunroom — perfect for use as an office. The kitchen at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.The big kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space, stainless-steel appliances and pantry.There is also front and back verandas for enjoying a cool afternoon drink or family barbecue.“The deck with its breezes and water glimpses is probably my favourite part of the home,” Ms McVay said.center_img The home at 8 Maine Rd, Clontarf.THIS beautifully remodelled Queenslander is just moments from the waterfront in Clontarf.Sue McVay and Ash Mason bought the property at 8 Maine Rd 10 years ago after falling in love with its character charm.“It’s just got that quintessential Queenslander style,” Ms McVay said.“It’s the style of home we love.“It was completely remodelled before we bought it but we did redo the gardens from scratch. “We’ve also freshly painted inside and out.”last_img read more

Princesses squad named for 2014 World Cup qualifier

first_imgTwenty-six players have been selected into the women’s U-20 national team for preparations ahead 2014 Women’s World Cup qualifying of next month.The called up Black Princesses squad will gather at the national camp in Prampram this weekend for their initial screening and fitness test.Ghana play Guinea Bissau in Accra in the first leg qualifier on October 26.Two spots at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are up for grabs from the African qualifiers.Goalkeepers: Beatrice Ntiwaa (Hasaacas Ladies), Victoria Agyei (Ashtown Ladies), Sawude Issah (Immigration)Defenders: Edem Atovor (Lady Strikers, Cape Coast), Rebecca Asante, Grace Adams, Cynthia Boakye-Yiadom (Fabulous Ladies), Linda Addai, Rosemond Kwaitoo and Faustina Ampah (Soccer Intellectuals), Regina Antwi (Hasaacas Ladies) Midfielders: Beatrice Sesu, Rasheda Abdul-Rahman ( Lepo Ladies), Priscilla Okyere (Fabulous Ladies)Forwards: Perpetual Agyekum, Wasila Diwura-Soale and Mercy Adu-Boahene (Hasaacas Ladies) Alice Eva Danso (Police Ladies), Jane Ayieyam, Kasira Malik-Jebden (Vodafone Ladies, Tamale), Rita Darko (Mawuena Ladies), Akyaa Asante, Nancy Ama Amiaa and Mawia Uwaisa (Ampem Darkoa Ladies) Mawusi Gbenyo (Righteous Ladies) Salamatu Fuseini (Lady Strikers, Cape Coast – formerly Cape Coast Ghatel)last_img read more

TKR steam into final

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will have one more shot at defending their Hero Caribbean Premier League title following a convincing 20-run win in the semis over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday evening.Trinbago Knight Riders celebrate the wicket of Devon ThomasOnce again, TKR had the crowd support behind them as they batted first after losing the toss; and climbing to 165-6 from their allotted overs, they then proceeded to restrict Patriots to 145 – 8 when the Patriots’ overs expired.They now meet the Guyana Amazon Warriors who have defeated them in two consecutive matches in under a week in the final.Brandon King is bowled by Sunil NarineThe impressive Ali Khan tormented Chris Gayle from the start of the chase with 5 hard-to-read deliveries which were followed up by a beauty as Gayle nicked one to Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps for a golden duck.Certainly, that was the wicket that completely rocked the Patriots’ chasing strength and caused TKR to smell victory very early. That moment was adjudged the Hero Moment of the Match. Even with Devon Thomas’s 35, Ben King’s 33, and Fabian Allen’s unbeaten 32, Patriots could not keep the defending champions out of the grand finale, which is set for Sunday at the same venue.Chris Gayle is caught behind by Denesh RamdinFawad Ahmed, the man of the match, led with the ball, finishing with 3 – 13 from four overs. He was solidly supported by Sunil Narine, who had 2 – 21; while Khan, Colin Ingram and Kevin Cooper each had a SKNP skull.Thomas scorched his score from 26 balls, four of which went to the boundary while one ended up over the ropes. Rassie van der Dussen (14), Evin Lewis (4), Anton Devcich (6), Ben Cutting (2), and Carlos Brathwaite (16) were all removed cheaply at regular intervals by a dominant TKR bowling line-up.Ali KhanTKR have been the most dominant side this season batting first, but have somewhat lost their steam for the last three matches.Knowing this, their top order stuck it out, even with the early removal of Colin Ingram for 5 in the third over, with the score on 8.This triggered the start of the backbone partnership of 71 between Brendon McCullum and the tournament’s top run scorer, Colin Munro.They weathered the storm and kept the run rate modest, until Gayle joined Sheldon Cottrell on the wicket-taking list when he removed McCullum lbw for 43. The much anticipated Decision Referral System (DRS) made its inaugural run, as McCullum used the only TKR review and was unsuccessful.St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrate the wicket of Colin MunroHe had laced his 26-ball innings with three Hero maximums and two fours. TKR were 79-2 in 10.5 overs. Four balls later, Munro was caught by Gayle for 29 off Ben Cutting, going for an expansive drive but having a mishit.Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo then featured in a 35-run partnership, lifting the score to 116 before the latter became the next wicket to fall. Darren’s 18-ball 20 was stopped by Cottrell, who got him to top edged a delivery on the sticky wicket to Anton Devcich at point.Ramdin and the skipper combined next for a 37-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Dwayne forced a quick single and found himself short against a direct hit from Devon Thomas. TKR were now 153-5 with 1.1 overs left to bat.Carlos Brathwaite was tasked with bowling the final over after going for just 15 in three overs. The new batsman, Kevon Cooper, made three, then flicked one to Evin Lewis at deep midwicket. The in-form Ramdin was able to secure 8 runs off the last four deliveries, as TKR recovered well with 165.Cottrell finished his spell with two, while Gayle, Cutting and Brathwaite claimed a wicket each.last_img read more

QZ8501: Black boxes located

first_imgIndonesian officials have confirmed that the black boxes from flight Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have been positively located but could not be retrieved as they are buried under some wreckage.Searchers also say they have located the main body of the aircraft but this is not confirmed as yet.Flight QZ8501 disappeared two weeks ago with 162 passengers and crew aboard.Recovery teams hoisted the aircraft’s tail and some fuselage panels aboard a sea going tug on Saturday. The two black boxes will give the cockpit conversation for the entire flight as well as at least 88 aircraft flight, engine, systems and senor parameters. Flight QZ8501 vanished on December 28 on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore. The crew asked air traffic control for permission to climb and deviate left of the flight path to avoid thunderstorm but before permission was granted contact was lost with the aircraft. So far  48 bodies have been recovered with bad weather playing havoc with search efforts.last_img read more

ODA announces $23 million for programs in Western Lake Erie Basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt Buchenroth, Ohio Ag NetOhio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced new assistance programs for producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 last year.The bill provides $23.5 million for the 24 soil and water conservation districts located in the Western Lake Erie Basin for nutrient management programs. ODA has already distributed $3.5 million to the Northwest Ohio districts.“Water quality is a top priority of our administration,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Roughly 3 million Ohioans rely on Lake Erie for their drinking water. These programs are a good step toward promoting better water quality and more will come.”At the 2019 Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, Director Pelanda announced plans for the remaining $20 million, to be spread across three new assistance programs set to begin in March.“The budget that Governor DeWine plans to introduce will demonstrate his administration’s commitment to improving water quality,” Pelanda said. “This $20 million suite of practices will go a long way toward our clean water initiatives and helping us set the tone for water quality efforts statewide. Our agency looks forward to working with producers to implement meaningful programs that make progress toward our common goals of soil and water conservation.”The Ohio Working Lands Program will encourage producers to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland. The program will promote the conversion, establishment and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. Also, there will be a new incentive payment to encourage producers to re-enroll acreage through the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. This will help reach the 67,000 acreage goal and increase conservation efforts. The department will spend $7.5 million on this programThe Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan Development Program — which will receive the most funding at $8 million — will be a partnership with the Ohio Agribusiness Association (OABA). Producers will be reimbursed for soil testing and nutrient management plans. This would help to ensure the 4R principles are put into place.“OABA members understand the important role they play in helping farmers implement the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship, and we certainly look forward to our part in supporting the roll out of these new programs,” said Chris Henney, President and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association in a conference call on Tuesday.The Cost Share and Equipment Buy Down Program will provide producers with funds to purchase technological improvements to agricultural land, equipment and structures to reduce nutrient loss. According to Kirk Hines, Chief of ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation, the areas covered by this program are “nutrient placement, manure technology, and hydrologic modification which would really be drainage control structures, subsurface tile and control structures for that.”“Ohio’s farmers are committed to doing their part to keep nutrients on our fields and out of our water and these programs will help us do that,” said Kris Swartz, Past President of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Northwest Ohio farmer. “I’m confident interest for these programs will be strong and I know our soil and water districts are ready to put them into practice.”The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is supportive of these efforts.“Farm Bureau has been engaged in identifying water quality solutions for years and it is evident a more broad and collaborative approach is necessary,” said Jack Irvin, senior director of state and national policy with Ohio Farm Bureau. “The passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 is an important step in the right direction to build upon the progress that has been made.”ODA encourages producers located in the Western Lake Erie to contact their local soil and water conservation district office to learn more and sign up for these new programs.last_img read more

Using Rigid Foam As a Water-Resistive Barrier

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Do foam-sheathed walls also need housewrap? There’s no simple answer to the question.It is possible to use foam sheathing as a water-resistive barrier (WRB). However, those who choose this route should know:By now, most builders know that wall sheathing needs to be protected with a WRB — for example, asphalt felt or housewrap. (For basic information on WRBs, see All About Water-Resistive Barriers.)According to the International Residential Code, builders must install a layer of number 15 asphalt felt or paperbacked stucco lath over the wall sheathing or studs of every new home. The code requirement (section R703.2) includes a qualification: if you don’t want to use number 15 asphalt felt, you can use some “other approved water-resistive barrier” (WRB).The code requirement calling for walls to be covered with number 15 asphalt felt is very odd, because every manufacturer of asphalt felt declares unequivocally that the product is intended for roofs, not walls. In spite of this curious anomaly, asphalt felt performs well when used over wall sheathing as a WRB.So, what does the code mean by “other approved water-resistive barriers”? Almost anything, as it turns out — as long as the product (or system) has been accepted by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). If a manufacturer can present adequate evidence to the ICC-ES that a material or system meets “acceptance criteria” established by the ICC-ES for approval, then the ICC-ES will issue an evaluation report approving the product.Among the products that have been approved as substitutes for number 15 asphalt felt:If a building inspector challenges your use of Tyvek — “Where’s the asphalt felt?” — all you have to do is show your inspector the relevant evaluation report from the ICC-ES.The use of rigid foam as a WRB is a relatively new phenomenon. When rigid… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Asian Para Games: Indians denied entry to Athletes village for non-payment of accommodation fee

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) The Indian contingent for the Asian Para Games was refused entry to the Athletes Village in Jakarta for a few hours on Monday by the organisers as the necessary payment was not done on time. A top official of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said that the para-athletes were initially denied entry when they arrived at the Games Village as the Sports Ministry had not till then cleared funds to the tune of USD 2.5 lakh. The PCI officials then gave an undertaking that the payment will be done by October 4 and only then the athletes were allowed entry to the Games Village. The Asian Para Games begins at Jakarta on October 6. PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh, who is accompanying the Indian contingent in Jakarta, said, unlike the Asian Games (for able-bodied athletes) held in August, the participating teams for the Para Games will have to make payments for accommodation, competition, registration, among others. “Each country will have to pay for accommodation of its athletes at the Games Village, pay competition and registration fee, etc. So, we have to pay around USD 2.5 lakh for the contingent of around 300. We came here without the funds and we had problems in going into the Games Village,” Gursharan told PTI from Jakarta. “We had to give an undertaking that we will pay the amount by October 4. If we do not make the payment, we may be told to vacate our accommodation at the Games Village,” he added. The PCI top official said 60 para athletes and some officials reached Jakarta on Monday and the remaining contingent will arrive in the next few days.advertisement The issue was later resolved and Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar said that the necessary fund has been transferred (late evening). “We have transferred the funds (on Monday) and the issue is sorted now. The para athletes are now inside the Games Village,” Bhatnagar told PTI. The Indian contingent for the October 6-13 Games comprises 193 athletes and 112 officials. Gursharan said that the sanction of funds by the government was late this time as compared to earlier Para-Games like the 2014 edition in Incheon, Korea. Asked why the contingent left without the sanction of funds, he said, “Every Para-Games, the government pays these funds but this time, it is a bit late. We left India for Indonesia without the sanction of funds hoping that it will be done while we are on way. But it is sorted now.” he said. PTI PDS SSC PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

KSAC Approves Resolution for Vending Areas in Downtown Kingston

first_imgThe Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), led by Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, passed a Resolution for prescribed vending areas in downtown Kingston yesterday November  13, 2012. These designated areas are: New Chapel Lane from Beckford Street to Spanish Town Road (ground provision); Pechon Street from Beckford Street to Spanish Town Road; West Street from West Queen Street to Heywood Street; and Princess Street from West Queen Street to Heywood Street. Also prescribed as vending areas are: Luke Lane from West Queen Street to Heywood Street; Mathews Lane from Beckford Street to Heywood Street (eastern sidewalks); Heywood Street from Pechon Street to Orange Street; and Beckford Street from West Street to Darling Street. The KSAC will also take immediate steps to make the area known as Open Market west, bounded by Pechon, Beckford, West and Barry Streets, available for additional vending spaces, and parking where necessary.last_img read more