Back bill to punish rogue prosecutors

first_imgProsecutors can act with impunity because they incur no penalties for misconduct in their official duties. New York has commissions to discipline wayward judges and lawyers, but nothing exists to rein in rogue prosecutors.However, bills poised to pass the Legislature this year — Senate bill 2412-D and Assembly bill 5285-C — would establish an independent Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct to impose discipline on prosecutors who break the rules. Sadly, no prosecutor has endorsed the legislation.Ask your legislators and friends to support these bills.We are each only an arrest away from experiencing prosecutorial abuse.Frank DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion New York’s prosecutors are the loose cannons of our legal system. Some prosecutors regularly use false confessions and coerce guilty pleas; they hide evidence favorable to the defendant and improperly influence witnesses’ testimony; they lie to juries in order to win convictions at any cost.Consequently, innocent people often spend years in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. New York is second only to Texas in the number of wrongful convictions every year.last_img read more

The chosen few

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As Canada nears zero COVID-19 deaths, officials fear reopening spike, US risk

first_imgCanadian deaths edged up eight to 8,798 according to government data late Tuesday, while the total number of cases grew by 331, to 108,486. By contrast, the United States recently set a one-day record in new cases with 60,500 as the national death toll rose to more than 135,000.But health experts and politicians fret the sacrifices Canadians made could be imperiled as the economy moves to a full reopening including schools, especially in heavily populated central Canada, and as US authorities struggle to contain the spread south of the border.”Everyone is preparing for a potential spike in cases … I think that’s inevitable,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital.”Opening up the economy is not a linear path. There will be setbacks (and) we will very likely have to reimpose public health restrictions in certain areas because of an unacceptable number of new cases.” Canada’s efforts to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases have put the country on the cusp of zero deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March, but officials see worrying signs of a new spike as provinces lift restrictions.For months, Canadians followed strict public health rules on social movement as the 10 provinces quickly shut down large parts of the economy, ramped up testing and boosted space in intensive care units.Some provinces curbed internal journeys while Ottawa barred international visitors, closed the land border to non-essential travel with the United States, which has become a global pandemic epicenter, and deployed military staff to hard-hit nursing homes. Quebec’s coronavirus cases are starting to rise and public health officials have tracked outbreaks to house parties and a suburban Montreal bar. In Ontario, an outbreak at a nail salon forced hundreds into quarantine while British Columbia, which has reported few new deaths in recent weeks, is seeing an uptick in cases as people expand their social circles.”We did so much work to keep the number of cases down,” said Alex Magdzinski, a Montreal nurse who treated COVID patients at a nursing home. “All healthcare workers are asking (people) is to put in a minimal effort.”Magdzinski said he is seeing repeated cases of people in Canada’s second largest city abandoning social distancing measures.Quebec has made wearing masks mandatory in indoor public spaces while other Canadian cities have enacted similar bylaws.”We need only look south of the border to see how bad things could be,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Monday, as he urged residents to “remain vigilant and disciplined” after large crowds gathered in parks and at a popular lake over the weekend.Canadian provinces, most of them with right-leaning governments that normally oppose Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been working closely with Ottawa, in a coordinated approach to the outbreak.In the US, the response has been politicized with Republican President US Donald Trump attacking opponents at the state and city level. Critics also complained the White House did a poor job of helping distribute crucial equipment.”They’ve been reckless. They moved forward too quickly,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters on Tuesday as the province gears up for its third and final stage of reopening .The two nations have banned non-essential land travel since mid-March but pressure is building on Trudeau from Canadian business leaders and US lawmakers to loosen restrictions. Polls show a large majority of Canadians, and provincial leaders, want the border to remain closed.This month, at least five incoming flights from cities in Florida, Texas and North Carolina had passengers with confirmed coronavirus cases aboard, according to Canadian government data.”Don’t get me wrong,” said Ford. “I love the Americans. I don’t want them up here right now.” Topics :last_img read more

Pennsylvania Awards $2.4 Million to Help Schools and Employers Prepare Students for In-Demand Careers

first_img January 16, 2020 Pennsylvania Awards $2.4 Million to Help Schools and Employers Prepare Students for In-Demand Careers Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf today announced more than $2.4 million has been awarded to local workforce development boards (LWDBs) to help businesses and school districts work together to better prepare students for in-demand careers across Pennsylvania.“These investments will give students the technical training they need to get good-paying jobs when they join the workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “Building business and education partnerships will help ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy, while simultaneously creating new generations of highly-skilled workers for Pennsylvania employers.”The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded $2.4 million for Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants to 19 LWDBs. The partnerships will connect schools, employers, and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of preparing students for good local jobs.L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today highlighted the $100,000 grant award for the Delaware County Workforce Development Board (DCWDB) at a press conference in Media, where he was joined by Educational Data Systems Inc. (EDSI), Delaware County Community College, and local workforce development and education representatives. Oleksiak then visited the College’s nursing and manufacturing simulation labs where students receive hand-on training on industry relevant equipment.“Last year the commonwealth funded BEP grant activities to serve more than 20,000 individuals across the commonwealth,” said Oleksiak. “These strategic partnerships benefit employers by educating tomorrow’s workforce and helping them become more job-ready, while providing students with a solid first work experience to put them squarely on the path to success.”The DCWDB, in partnership with EDSI, will use BEP funds to expand the Two-Generation Career Exploration and Education Program to serve adults and high school students residing in Delaware County who are interested in exploring manufacturing or health care careers. Now in its sixth year, the program’s goal is to provide activities for both students and their parents or guardians to better prepare them to join the workforce in high-priority occupations.“The Business-Education Partnership grant provided the opportunity for EDSI, the Chamber of Commerce, local school districts, the Delaware County Community College and employers to work in a true collaborative spirit to positively impact youth in our county,” said EDSI Regional Director of Operations Roe Falcone. “This collaboration provided youth with the opportunity to learn about the health care and manufacturing fields through career panels, a career awareness day and industry specific boot camps.”The following 19 LWDBs received Business-Education Partnership grants:Berks County Workforce Development Board $110,955Bucks County Workforce Development Board $118,200Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board $121,080Chester County Workforce Development Board $150,000Delaware County Workforce Development Board $100,000Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board $158,915Lancaster County Workforce Development Board $100,000Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Development Board $100,000North Central Workforce Development Board $191,498Northern Tier Workforce Development Board $131,006Northwest Workforce Development Board $120,000Philadelphia Workforce Development Board $137,952Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board $100,000South Central Workforce Development Board $200,000Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board $ 77,387Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board $100,000Three Rivers Workforce Development Board $161,958Tri-County Workforce Development Board $100,000West Central Workforce Development Board $150,000The Business-Education Partnership grants from L&I are funded at 100 percent through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about the Business-Education Partnership awards, visit the Department of Labor & Industry.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Track Sectionals

first_imgLast week two of our area schools won their respective tract sectionals.  Congratulations to the East Central Lady Trojans and the Boys Batesville Bulldogs.  East Central won the girls’ sectional at Franklin County almost doubling the 2nd place team.  The Batesville boys defeated East Central by 11.5 points in the meet held at East Central.Many area individuals will be competing in the regionals this week.  By the time this is posted, the ladies would have run their regional at Franklin.  The boys will be running at Warren Central later this week.Good luck to all the individuals from all the area schools who are participating.last_img

So, You Want to be an AD?

first_imgYou can blame our weather today on any theory you want to choose.  All I know is that it is not like it used to be.  March winds and April showers no longer bring May flowers.  It snows in April, rains all of May, and it is 85 degrees in March.Last week 40 schools in southeast Indiana set out for Shelbyville for the girls track regional.  In most cases they left their school parking lots under dry conditions and mid-60’s temperatures.  When they got to Shelbyville, they sat in the bus for an hour with the heat on while it poured down rain for the better part of an hour.  The Shelbyville athletic director had to make the decision to hold the meet based on these facts.  (1)  Will there be lightning?   (2)  How long should we delay the start?  (3) Can I get enough people to help push the water off the track?   (4)  Can we get enough workers tomorrow if we have to cancel?      (5)  Will it be fair for these athletes to run under these conditions where other sites may be dry?   Finally, (6) with all the electronic equipment used today, can we keep it all working in the rain and flooded conditions?The man in charge did not get paid extra for making this decision.  It is just part of his job as a host of a big track meet.  These decisions occur in all spring sports and to a lesser extend all fall sports.  Kudos to all athletic directors!last_img read more

House Approves $15 Federal Minimum Wage

first_imgHouse Democrats approved legislation on Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years.Boosting the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour is a top campaign priority of the Democrats.Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference with labor leaders and employees just before the vote, “America’s workers deserve a raise.” While lifting a young girl into her arms, she added, “This is what it’s all about… It’s about family.”Under the House bill, tipped workers would have to be paid the same as other employees earning the minimum. Their current rate is $2.13.During the floor debate on Thursday, Republican Ronald Wright from Texas called the legislation a “disastrous bill.” He added that the bill should be renamed the “Raising Unemployment for American Workers Act.”Republicans say that states and municipalities already have the ability to raise the wage beyond the federal minimum, and many of them have done so. They add that higher wages will cost a loss of jobs, especially among smaller business owners.According to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, more than 30 million workers would receive bigger paychecks with a higher wage, lifting more than 1 million workers from poverty. However, the same report adds that between 1 million and 3 million jobs could be lost as a result of an increase.The House voted 231-199, with three Republicans voting for the increase.last_img read more

Alumnus creates new pet adoption mobile app ‘Fuppy’

first_imgUSC alumnus Adam Schechter is working with the Viterbi School of Engineering to develop Fuppy, an app that aims to help dogs and cats in shelters get adopted.The app works with an Uber-like interface where users can first use filters to choose the type and size of the animal they are looking to adopt, and then the app pinpoints the locations of the shelters where these animals live.Each animal has a picture and biography to help users choose the one they believe will fit their lifestyle best. After choosing, users can foster the animal for seven days, after which they will get the option to adopt, return it to the shelter or keep it until someone else chooses to foster it.“Users are encouraged to upload pictures and videos of the animals in an attempt to foster a Yelp-type community to help user engagement and really help promote the animal,” Schechter said.Schechter’s journey with Fuppy began when, after graduating from USC with a bachelors in economics and a masters in accounting, he started volunteering at West L.A.’s No Kill L.A. shelter while working as a full-time CPA. After volunteering for a few years, Schechter understood the way that the shelter conducted business and noticed that the system could use an update.“In this day and age, we’ve come so far with mobile apps and connectivity that we could take this industry and really get it modernized into the 21st century,” Schechter said.Schechter found that when he would take the shelter dogs out for walks, everyone around him would always run up to the dogs and ask where they were from, unaware that there was a shelter just 50 feet away from them.“It occurred to me that we just need a way to connect these awesome animals with these people who may want them, and that’s the great thing about technology is the connectivity,” Schechter said.Six months ago, Schechter reached out to USC engineers through their Facebook group, posting a description of the app and asking if anyone would be interested in helping him out. Vivek Sharma, an Android developer, and Ayberk Yilmaz, an iOS developer, came on board and told Schecter to apply for Blackstone LaunchPad USC, an Annenberg Innovation Lab program that, according to its website, provides “aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and supportive mentors they need to transform untested ideas into vital companies.”Blackstone LaunchPad provided Schechter with a business advisor, who told him to partner with the engineering school. This move secured him the help of 14 computer science graduate students who are currently working on the development of the app’s technology for their directed research class this semester. Schechter also received assistance from the USC Gould School of Law, which helped him complete all of his legal incorporation and 501(c)3 filings.According to Schechter, one of the most rewarding moments of these past six months took place when he overheard the excitement and ideas after he presented the concept to the graduate students. His research also brought him to several animal shelters where the employees were excited about the effect the app could have on L.A.’s burgeoning shelter populations and said they would be on board as soon the app is completed.The first full version of the Fuppy app is expected to be completed by the end of the semester and will be available initially for the L.A. area, but in time, Schechter hopes to expand the app nationwide.last_img read more

Evolution Gaming tables ‘game changing’ €1.8bn buyout of NetEnt

first_img Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Submit Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon The board of NetEnt AB has confirmed that it has accepted an SEK 19.6bn (€1.8bn) acquisition offer put forward by Evolution Gaming AB. The offer, priced at SEK 79.93 (€7) per share, will see Evolution move to acquire 90% of NetEnt’s corporate shareholding.Evolution’s intended offer represents a premium of 43% on NetEnt’s closing SEK 56.10 share price on the Nasdaq Stockholm Exchange as of 23 June.The business combination is expected to achieve combined cost savings of €30 million per year, in which Evolution stated that NetEnt’s assets will achieve a positive effect on its earnings per share value by 2021.Jens von Bahr, Chairman of Evolution Gaming, commented on the transaction: “This strategic deal marks a significant step towards Evolution’s long-term vision of becoming the global market leader in the online casino industry.“The combination of Evolution’s strong offering in live casino with NetEnt’s leading position in online slots will result in a world-class portfolio of online games that will enable us to serve a growing customer base.”Lauding a ‘landmark’ deal in accelerating Evolution’s long-term ambition of ‘becoming the world leader in the online gaming industry’, the combined product portfolio will include live casino and online slots games, and generate revenue upsides through cross-selling and improved distribution via both companies’ customer bases, with closer customer partnerships and additional geographical spread of the companies’ products said to be achievable as result.The combination will also allow the newly combined entities to leverage a strong position within the US states that have opened their markets for igaming services.Mathias Hedlund, chairman of NetEnt, explained: “Recently, NetEnt has vastly improved its tech and product development capabilities and thereby its growth prospects and at the same time reaching a strong position within the US states that have opened up for online casino.“With this deal, there are unique possibilities to shape a leading global B2B provider of online casino, taking advantage of the market development with continued digitalisation and strong growth, especially in North America.“Evolution’s position within live casino combined with NetEnt’s position within online slots will create a company well-positioned to take significant market shares. Through this transaction, a new chapter in the development of more entertaining online casino begins, in the best interest of players, operators, employees and shareholders.”last_img read more