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first_img View Comments Is it a case of “Got To Get You Into My Life?” The Lion King Tony winner Julie Taymor is in talks to helm a tuner using the works of The Beatles. According to the New York Post, Marty Bandier, who is in charge of Sony/ATV, has approached her about the project.Taymor recently directed Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, off-Broadway. Her additional Great White Way credits include the notorious Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, The Green Bird and Juan Darien. She helmed the Beatles-inspired movie, Across the Universe, although this new stage adaptation would not be based on it.This wouldn’t be the first time the fab four tried to hold Broadway’s hand. Beatlemania, a musical revue, played on the Great White from 1977 through 1979 and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles ran 2010-2011. Julie Taymor(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaIf your holiday shopping list includes electronic devices or appliances, don’t be tricked into buying extended warranties for them, says a University of Georgia expert. The added expense rarely pays off. “More often than not, you should just say no to these expensive add-ons,” said Michael Rupured, a consumer financial expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Profit margins are as high as 70 percent for extended warranties compared with about 10 percent for the products they cover. In a down economy, the profit margin on the products is even less.”Depending on the product, a warranty for three years will cost between $60 and $300. This is an unnecessary cost because most appliances, audio-visual equipment and computers reliably work for years, he said. Fewer than 10 percent of camcorders, electric ranges, dishwashers and top-freezer refrigerators required any repairs in their first three years, according to an annual survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. Even among items more likely to need repairs in the first three years, such as a projection television, the average repair costs the same as the extended warranty. High profit margins for warranties mean aggressive marketing from the retailers, he said. As an incentive to sell more warranties, many retailers offer commissions for employees and at a much higher rate than the product itself. But, there are exceptions. “An extended warranty may be worth the money for treadmills that have a standard warranty of less than two years on parts and one year on labor,” he said. “It might also be worthwhile to buy an additional year or two extension of the standard one-year warranty for laptop computers.”But more often than not, he said, you should just say no to extended warranties. “The money you save will generally be enough to cover the cost of any repairs not covered by the factory warranty.”(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgSTATE – APRIL 2003 p{ margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px}span.BodyText{ text-align: left}span.heading1{ text-align: left}body{ font-family: “Times New Roman”, serif; font-size: 10pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal}Douglas taps Dubie to headHomeland Security Advisory CouncilGovernor James Douglas recently announced that his first executive order wasauthorizing a new Homeland Security Advisory Council. He named LieutenantGovernor Brian Dubie to chair the council.Douglas said the purpose of the council is to improve communication andcoordination among the various organizations operating within the state, tooptimize emergency preparedness and response, and to protectVermonters from threats of terrorism. The new council replaces the VermontTerrorism Task Force.In naming Lt Gov. Dubie to head the group, the governor said that Brian Dubiebrings a wealth of experience to this role. He was at Ground Zero, coordinatingFEMA efforts for the US Air Force. For his efforts on 9-11, the Air Forceawarded him a Meritorious Service Medal, First Oak Cluster. He is currentlyEmergency Liaison Preparedness Officer with the National SecurityEmergency Preparedness Agency, and a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.Dubie said the council will gather and review existing plans for the variousagencies, examining how they fit together and how they can work moreeffectively and seamlessly. The council will update and make recommendationsto the governor on a quarterly basis.In addition to Dubie, 17 leaders from state, local and federal government andprivate organizations have accepted appointments to the council. They includeVermont Emergency Management Direct Albert Lewisof Berlin, Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville of Williston,Vermont State Police Homeland Security Director Lt David Stanton ofRutland, Police Chief Paul Duquette of Newport, Lamoille County SheriffRene Marcoux of Hyde Park, Captain Matt Vinci of the South Burlington FireDepartment, Chief Real Bazin of the Westminster Fire Department, RutlandFire Chief Robert Schlacter, Assistant US Attorney Gary Shattuck ofShrewsbury, Executive Director of the Green MountainChapter of the American Red Cross Donna Baker of Woodford, HighgateTown Manager Larry Kempton, Speaker of the House Walter Freed of Dorsetand Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch of Hartland, Vermont Secretaryof Administration Michael Smith, Commissioner of Public Safety KerrySleeper, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Jan Carney, and VermontSecretary of Civil and Military Affairs Neale Lunderville.New England Governors elect Gov Douglas vice chair,Douglas introduces Northeast Dairy Compact ResolutionGovernors from the six New England states recently elected Gov Jim Douglas(R-VT) as vice chairman of the New England Governors’ Conference. Theconference allows governors to work together to coordinate and implementpolicies and programs to respond to regional issues. Douglas also introduced aresolution in support of the reestablishment of a Northeast Interstate DairyCompact. The conference approved the resolution unanimously. The governorsfurther urged that their respective legislatures join insupport of such a program.The NEGC coordinates regional policy programs in the areas of economicdevelopment, transportation, environment, energy, and health, among others.Through these efforts, the conference seeks to coordinate efficient and cost-effective regional policies that reflect and benefit the states. To promote NewEngland’s economic development, the governors of the six-state region formallyestablished the New England Governors’ Conference, an informal alliance sincecolonial days, in 1937. In 1981, the conferenceincorporated as a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation. Theregion’s six governors serve as its board of directors. Annually, the governorsselect a chairman to oversee the activities of the organization. The NEGC alsoserves as the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New EnglandGovernors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The Conference of New EnglandGovernors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, which first met in 1973, is a unique,inter-regional, bi-national organization.VBA appoints new presidentPeter F Crosby, chairman of the Vermont Bankers Association hasannounced that Christopher D’Elia has been appointed to the position ofpresident of the VBA. D’Elia replaces Timothy Y Hayward who left the VBAafter 18 years of service to become chief of staff for Governor Jim Douglas.Mr D’Elia most recently served as commissioner for the Vermont Department ofEconomic Development. During his two year tenure as commissioner, he wasresponsible for overseeing the economic development efforts for the state ofVermont, facilitating a partnership of public and private organizations associatedwith economic development as well as acting as a liaison between the businesscommunity and the Dean Administration. Prior to his commissioner’s post, hewas executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, director, ofWorkforce Education and Training at Vermont Technical College, and executivedirector of Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.D’Angelo Sandwich Shopsembarks on major expansionD’Angelo Sandwich Shops, a quick-service restaurant concept based inDedham, MA, recently announced plans to increase the availability of its popularmad-to-order grilled and deli-style sandwiches throughout New England. Thecompany plans to build 400 units in the next five years by taking advantage ofunsatisfied customer demand identified in existing markets, particularly those inMaine, New Hampshire, Vermont and western Massachusetts, and by continuingto execute a plan announced last year to open more than 50 units in Hartford,CT, Albany, NY and Long Island. According to Vincent Brown, senior vicepresident of Restaurant Development, conditions within the economy andwithin the sandwich chain itself suggest that now is a very favorable time forD’Angelo to launch its expansion effort.Careful attention to quality has enabled D’Angelo to add items such as LobsterBisque and its popular Lobster Sub to its menu, further projecting the allure ofupscale, full-service restaurants while presenting the value and convenience ofquick-service dining. D’Angelo currently has 211 locations, 90 of which are inMassachusetts. Additional units are distributed throughout Connecticut, Maine,New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Existing franchisees account for 54of the chain’s locations, and new franchisees have been identified as the primaryvehicle through which D’Angelo will achieve its growth objectives. For moreinformation call 888-374-2830 or visit D’Angelo online at www.dangelos.com(link is external).Dirigo Paper Company to restartproduction at Gilman Paper MillGovernor Jim Douglas has announced that up to 100 jobs would be created asa result of an agreement by Dirigo Paper Company LLC of Milton,Massachusetts to acquire and restart the Gilman Mill. The mill last producedpaper in April, 2002. The Siman Paper Group backs Dirigo Paper Company; a70 year-old privately held paper products company headquartered in Miami,Florida. “This announcement means a great deal to Vermonters in the NortheastKingdom seeking quality jobs,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Iwant Dirigo Paper Company to be successful, and we will continue to work withthem to facilitate any assistance we can to help them in this new venture.” TheDepartment of Economic Development will continue to assist the companyduring the transition period through full operation. Peter Hanson, CEO of Dirigoexpected to begin the restart process in late March and plans to begin makingpaper as soon as possible thereafter. The company will be bringing on staff as itramps up production.The mill opened in 1901 and was operated by the Gilman family until it was soldto Georgia-Pacific Company in 1967. During the 1970s the mill became aleader in various specialty grades, including check paper, diazo (blueprint) andbase paper for wallpaper, labels and packing tape. Simpson Paper Company ofSeattle purchased the mill in 1990, and continued to produce specialty papers atthe mill, with particular success in watermarked financial papers. Simpson madea strategic decision to exit the paper business, and sold the mill to AmericanTissue Corporation in 1999. American Tissue’s financial difficulties and 2001-bankruptcy filing resulted in the mills shutdown in April 2002. The mill wasrecently auctioned to Steve Regan Company, of Salt Lake City, UT, which willretain an interest in non-paper-related property acquired in the sale. For furtherinformation about Dirigo Paper Company, contact Peter Hanson,617-296- 1743.Green Mountain Coffee placedin all D’Agostino NY locations Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced that itis supplying 15 varieties of Green Mountain coffee to all 23 D’AgostinoSupermarkets in New York City and Westchester county. In addition, thecompany announced that D’Agostinos is the first supermarket chain in New YorkCity to offer Newman’s Own Organics coffees, roasted exclusively by GreenMountain Coffee Roasters.Since the company was founded in 1932, D’Agostino’s key to success has beenoffering superior service and high quality products. The D’Agostino tradition ofinnovation and quality continues with the introduction of coffees from GreenMountain Coffee and Newmans Own Organics, bringing these high quality coffeelines together in a New York City supermarket for the first time. Green MountainCoffee Roasters is a leader in the specialty coffee industry and has beenrecognized by Forbes Magazine for the past three years as one of the “200 BestSmall Companies in America.”Bond Auto opens its 30th storeBond Auto Parts, Inc, recently announced that it opened its 30th store in Berlin.According to Craig Bond, vice president of marketing and merchandising, theBerlin location brings the company one step closer to realizing their goal of 50stores by the year 2010. Bond Auto Parts has opened or acquired over 14 storessince the late 1990’s. In September 2000, the company expanded its warehouseoperations by building a 68,000 square foot structure at its headquarters propertyin Barre. This new structure has enabled the company to currently support its 30store locations and beyond from central Vermont. The year 2002 saw thecompany add 6 new store locations.Bond Auto Parts is the largest Vermont based automotive aftermarket supplierserving equally the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. Founded in1956 by Earl Bond, the company is still family owned and operated. Bond AutoParts belongs to the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance, which is one of thelargest buying and marketing groups in North America.Gallagher, Flynn completes studyof executive compensation in VTGallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP (GFC), Vermont’s largest CPA andbusiness consulting firm, has just completed the most extensive study ofexecutive compensation ever completed in Vermont. The 40-page, VermontExecutive Compensation Survey Report describes how compensation increaseswith organization size for the chief executive officer and the top operating,financial, information technology and human resources executives of over 200Vermont companies and non-profit organizations. The survey also compares andcontrasts the data by for profit versus non-profit, manufacturing versus non-manufacturing and Chittenden county versus the rest of the state.Frank Sadowski, the survey author and partner in charge of Gallagher Flynn’sHuman Resource Consulting Division, states that there are some unanticipatedfindings in this survey, one of which is the similarity in for-profit and non-profitexecutives’ salaries. Many results of the survey are analyzed in this report, andthe survey data is comprehensively presented with charts and graphs. In additionto consulting with clients on a wide range of compensation issues, GFC’s HumanResources Consulting Division also helps firms with their recruiting, laborrelations, outplacement, and other human resources issues. Copies of the reportare complimentary to survey participants and are available to others for $200. Toreceive a copy, contact Susan Duffy at Gallagher, Flynn at 802-651-7248 orsduffy@gfc.com(link sends e-mail)Atlas Timberlands Projectreceives certificationThe Atlas Timberlands Project, the third largest private landholding in Vermont,has been certified to meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards by theSmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance. The goal of forest certificationis to recognize responsible land stewardship through independent evaluation andcertification of forestry practices. Landowners attaining the FSC designation areentitled to use the FSC label for public marketing and advertising of theirholdings and the forest products harvested from certified lands.The 26,000-acre Atlas Timberlands includes 23 tracts of land in 17 towns innorth central Vermont. The land is jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy(TNC) of Vermont and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), which purchased theselands in 1997 to protect both the working landscape and the ecological resourcesthere. The partnership received notification of the land’s certification in February,following an 18-month review process. Certification of the Atlas Timberlandsenables TNC and VLT to test whether the marketplace will support sustainabletimber management with premium prices for forest products harvested fromcertified woodlands. The Atlas lands have been managed for timber for nearly200 years. The Atlas partnership hopes to obtain higher market prices for itsforestry products, in part as a result of having attained SmartWood certification.The overarching goal for securing certification is to gather and learn from newinformation about what constitutes sustainable forestry.Vermont Lottery introducestwo new instant gamesThe Vermont Lottery recently announced that it will commemorate “25 Years ofWinning” with the introduction of two new instant games and a series of year-long Second Chance drawings for non-winning Tri-Sate Megabucks andVermont Lottery Instant Game tickets. The $2 game “Celebrate” will offer a topprize of $10,000. A $5 Instant Game, “25 Years” will offer a top prize of $25,000.The Second Chance drawings will consist of quarterly drawings for VermontLottery Instant Games as well as special one-time drawings for non-winning Tri-State Megabucks.The quarterly Second Chance drawings will allow players to submit non-winningVermont Lottery Instant Game tickets for a chance to win a variety of prizes,including trips to Maui, personal computers and cash. The first drawing tookplace in March. The Tri-State Megabucks Second Chance drawing will be held inlate summer 2003 and will feature a grand prize of a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid.All profits from the Vermont Lottery are used to support the Vermont EducationFund.South Carolina seeks to pool drugbuying power with VT and MIUpon the heels of the states Michigan and Vermont announcing the formation ofthe multi-state pooling program to be coordinated by First Health Services,Governor Mark Sanford has also announced that South Carolina will seek toexpand Medicaid savings on its preferred drug list by joining in the nation’s firstMedicaid multi-state pooling program. The program will enable South Carolina tonegotiate higher discounts from pharmaceutical manufacturers by pooling withthese other states to maximize their collective buying power. Two weeks ago,Gov Sanford announced South Carolina’s request for federal approval of apreferred drug list for pharmaceutical benefits that could save the state up to$12.8 million.Gov Sanford has stated that the preferred drug list and now the addition of thismulti-state pool are two ideas he thinks will go a long way toward getting ahandle on the prescription drug component of Medicaid. “The addition of SouthCarolina to our purchasing pool is an exciting development that will bring greatervalue to our innovative program,” said Governor Jim Douglas (R-VT). “I wasvery pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the merits of the multi-statepurchasing pool with Governor Sanfordat the National Governors Association conference.”VBMeX offers exchange and reuseof excess business materialsStart-up businesses, schools and farmers are taking advantage of a state-fundedprogram whose goal is to promote the reuse of excess business materials. TheVermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMeX) is a free listing service foravailable and wanted commercial materials, many of which are free or low cost.Anyone can view the ads or submit a new listing to VBMeX by visiting the website at www.vbmex.net(link is external). The listings are diverse, and ultimately can save moneyand help the environment. For those not connected to the internet VermontBusiness Magazine has the listings each month. For more information call EllenRoffman at 800-895-1930PEOPLE IN THE NEWSThe fall membership meeting of the Vermont Society of Certified PublicAccountants was recently held in November and was attended by 60 CPAsfrom across the state. The meeting featured a presentation by Kathy Eddy,CPA, AICPA past-chairman. Also speaking were Brian Murphy, Esq, CPA, andLisa Nolen Birmingham, Esq, both of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC.Vermont Tax Commissioner Janet Ancel presented a Vermont Tax Update, andMichelle Guilmette, senior tax specialist and Robyn Truman, senior taxspecialist, IRS Taxpayer Education and Communication presented an IRSUpdate.Provan & Lorber, Inc has announced that Anthony Chown, projectengineer/manager, and Heather Voisin, design engineer, recently joined thegrowing office in Montpelier. These additions further expands the local serviceofferings into the areas of environmental engineering and budgetary needs oftheir clients for a variety of planning and design projects. Provan & Lorber alsohave offices and Contoocook and Littleton, NH.Sharon Winn of Calais has been named the director of Quality Improvement atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her appointment, she servedas counsel to the provider-contracting department.The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont recently announced the election offive new board members to the organization: Alana Shaw, senior accountant atAM Peisch & Company,last_img read more

first_img The U.S. Treasury on May 23 added 20 companies and individuals to its Iran sanctions blacklist, accusing them of supporting Tehran’s nuclear efforts and helping the country avoid international sanctions. Malaysia-based Petro Green and a top company official, Hossein Vaziri, were placed on the U.S. blacklist for their work with firms linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Naftiran Intertrade Company, both primary targets of U.S. sanctions. They include Iran-based transport and freight companies Aban Air, DFS Worldwide and Everex, as well as officials of the three, which the Treasury said work to get around bans on doing business with already-blacklisted Iran Air. By Dialogo May 28, 2013 Two companies and one person were hit with sanctions for their work in Iran’s nuclear program, which the U.S. believes is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, an allegation Iran denies. The sanctions blacklist bans U.S. entities and individuals from any financial or commercial relations with those named. In addition, the Iranian deputy defense minister and dean of Malek Ashtar University, Reza Mozaffarinia, was named for his work on Iran’s missile program. “These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation-related networks that span the globe from Europe to Asia.” “These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs,” the Treasury said in a statement. last_img read more

first_imgRentlio is a leading domestic application for automating the management of small hotels, hostels, apartments and rooms. Over 3000 accommodation units in Croatia use Rentlio every day. Apart from Croatia, Rentlio has customers in over 15 foreign countries. From Thailand and Russia, through Denmark, Germany, Spain and Portugal, all the way to Puerto Rico, Brazil and the USA.”We are looking for more Sales Development Representatives who would join our team and become brand ambassadors of our unique application. We are building a killer SaaS sales team composed of young and highly motivated people, full of entrepreneurial spirit and positives who will enjoy this business and make great money. “Marko Mišulić, the owner of Rentlio, points out. As the ad points out, the salary consists of a fixed and a bonus part, and the bonus part depends on the achievement of monthly goals. If you are on a 100% target in a certain month, the salary for that month will be 9.000 kn net. If you achieve 150% of the target, your salary for that month is 11.500 kn net, etc.Interesting? sign up hereCNTB is looking for three Expert Associates for online advertising and websitesThe Croatian National Tourist Board is looking for three Expert Associates for online advertising and websites, who would be in charge of designing, implementing and implementing all online advertising activities. A special focus of the work will be on running campaigns on social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube).See more about the conditions and how to apply here   Palace Hotel zagreb is looking for a person in the marketing and sales departmentPALACE HOTEL ZAGREB, located in the city center in an Art Nouveau palace, started operating in 1907 as the first hotel in Zagreb. Today, a member of the WorldHotels chain with its 122 rooms combines the comfort of a modern way of living with the warm retro chic atmosphere created by its stylish furniture and Art Nouveau interior.Palace Hotel Zagreb is looking for new members of the Palace team for the position of Agent in reservations in the Sales and Marketing department (m / f). The business consists of reservations and sales of hotel accommodation and packages via e-mail / telephone, active sales and cooperation with foreign / national agencies and tour operators, as well as corporate partners, receiving and processing reservations, customer support (Customer Care) and achieving optimal occupancy with the realization of the best possible price. See more about the conditions hereBrodosplit is looking for a marketing and public relations managerThe largest Croatian shipyard, Brodosplit, has been undergoing a major transformation into a market leader in highly sophisticated ships and offshore programs since joining the DIV Group, and is looking for a marketing and PR manager to help us along the way. Most of Brodosplit’s customers are large foreign companies of various profiles. The business is a combination of marketing activities in order to find new customers, open new markets and Brodosplit’s perception of various interested publics. See more about the conditions hereSign up, you have nothing to lose, we can only profit. Good luck everyone.last_img read more

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first_imgRay Parlour hopeful Unai Emery will give Mesut Ozil another chance in Arsenal first team Parlour is a fan of Ozil and would like to see him reintroduced (Picture: Getty)‘Hopefully he can get another chance in that Arsenal team.’There have been suggestions that Ozil could leave the Gunners when the January transfer window opens, having fallen so far down the pecking order under Emery, though the 31-year-old says he is committed to seeing out his contract until 2021.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares The German has only made one Premier League appearance so far this season (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour is still hopeful that Mesut Ozil has a future at Arsenal and has urged the German playmaker to work hard in training and win back Unai Emery’s trust.Ozil, the highest-paid player at the Emirates on £350,000-a-week, has only played once in the Premier League this season and was omitted from the matchday squad entirely for their last three outings.Emery is believed to be concerned by Ozil’s lack of work rate in training and the two shared a frosty exchange at London Colney on Wednesday prior to the Europa League clash with Vitoria.What could possibly be going on here?… 💬👀Watch the full @Arsenal training session 🔴👇👇https://t.co/LXDlx0JLq6 pic.twitter.com/tx2bk5yYYV— Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) October 23, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img ADVERTISEMENTOzil is expected to be involved on Thursday night at the Emirates despite missing the club’s previous two European outings.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were bereft of creativity in their last match, a 1-0 defeat on the road at Sheffield United, prompting calls for Ozil to be brought back into the side, and Parlour hopes he will be given another chance.‘Mesut Ozil is a big talking point at the moment. Will he play again for Arsenal football club?’ the former Arsenal star told VBET News.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What he’s got to do as a player is work hard in training and try to prove to the manager he can still do a job for the team.‘We all know he’s such a quality player, but it’s getting him in the right position and obviously players around him helping out. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

first_img June 10, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As Criminal Justice Reform Caucus members and guests spoke at a press conference today about reentry and reintegration, Gov. Tom Wolf commended the caucus for its bi-partisan commitment to commonsense criminal justice reform.“The caucus’ shared goal of advancing commonsense criminal justice reform is vital to giving those who have served their time a second chance,” Gov. Wolf said. “We know that effective reentry strategies reduce recidivism and increase public safety, and I commend the caucus for viewing this important, ongoing effort through a bi-partisan lens, focused on individuals, not political party.”Reentry and reintegration are priorities for Gov. Wolf, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole with programs in place to help inmates and parolees overcome barriers to post-incarceration success.Every year the DOC releases 19,000 individuals back into their communities following incarceration. DOC provides inmates with a variety of educational and vocational programs to teach them skills that they can use after incarceration to obtain and maintain life-sustaining jobs.Inmates who receive training while still incarnated have a better chance at success once released from prison.For those who don’t have a stable home environment to return to, the journey of reentry begins at one of dozens of community correction centers (CCC) throughout the commonwealth. The continuity of the services at these facilities can make the transition back into the community smoother for the reentrant.In addition to employment and housing, many reentrants suffer from substance use disorder and the DOC works to ensure access to community programs like mental health care, substance abuse treatment and support groups in order to successfully reenter into society. A collaborative effort with the Opioid Command Center is also underway to ensure reentrants have a bridge from treatment they’ve received in prison to community-based treatment and recovery services.Gov. Wolf has made criminal justice reform a priority, working with both sides of the aisle on multiple initiatives, including:• A Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.• Signing the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.• Signing Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.• Signing Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.• Signing Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.• Signing Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.• Experiencing a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.Gov. Wolf has also called for additional reforms, including passage and implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines; reforming the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system; and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.“We all have a stake in helping give those who have paid their debt to society every possible chance to succeed when they return to their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Many of these bi-partisan reforms are doing just that and I look forward to seeing additional commonsense reforms come to my desk.” Gov. Wolf Commends Bi-Partisan Commitment to Criminal Justice Reformcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWilliam Gay is a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.  His pro football career is quite a story in itself, but his off-field activities speak volumes for the character of this man.  Four years ago he volunteered to help a social agency in the city not knowing at the time just what he would be doing.  It turned out that it was for a domestic violence center for women.This is near and dear to Mr. Gay’s heart because his mother died of domestic violence when he was still a kid.  This meant he had to be raised by a relative rather than his mom or dad.  With the current clamor on pro athletes and their tendencies toward domestic violence, he has been doing a lot to help other athletes understand what is expected of them.For the center in Pittsburgh, he acts as their spokesman and gives frequent speeches to different groups around the area.  He also sponsors a holiday dinner for the ladies at the center and their children.  Keep up the good work, William Gay.last_img read more

first_imgColleen M. Murphy Lee, 52, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born Thursday, September 19, 1963 in Miami, FL, daughter of the late Timothy Murphy and the late Mary A. Atkins Feller.Colleen enjoyed video games, especially “Mahjong”. She loved to talk and her favorite movie was the “Wizard of Oz”.Surviving are her son, Ian Murphy of Dillsboro, IN; Sister, Kim (Tom) Kernan of Aurora, IN.; brother, William “Buck” Murphy of Harrison, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Dennis, Scott & Nicholas Kernan and Chloe & Ben Murphy.She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Nicole Murphy.Friends will be received Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Graveside services will be held at Monday, at 1:00 pm at the Miamitown Cemetery in Cleves, Ohio.Interment will follow in the Miamaitown Cemetery, Cleves, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the . Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more