SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform, Equality, National Issues, Press Release, Prison Reform New York, NY – Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel joined leaders from the worlds of sports, entertainment and business in New York today as they announced the launch of REFORM Alliance, an organization focused on transforming the American justice system.“I have been a steadfast supporter of criminal justice reforms that are fair, help our system work better and smarter, and save crucial taxpayer dollars while balancing public safety and victim concerns,” Governor Wolf said. “The passionate supporters of criminal justice reform here today invited my administration to attend this announcement because Pennsylvania is a leader in commonsense reforms. I’m pleased to be here today.”REFORM’s founding partners include award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; and Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith.REFORM named activist, author and CNN host Van Jones to serve as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In his role, Jones will oversee the implementation of the alliance’s mission and spearhead operations management.As a leader in bi-partisan criminal justice reforms, Pennsylvania was the first and remains the only state to pass and implement a Clean Slate law that allows formerly incarcerated or arrested individuals with certain types of convictions to have their records sealed if they have not been convicted for 10 years and no fines or costs are owed. The legislation was co-sponsored by representatives Sheryl Delozier and Jordan Harris and supported by Senator Anthony Williams.Gov. Wolf today again pledged his continued support for additional criminal justice reforms:Focus on probation reform to ensure the right individuals have the right level of supervision and technical probation violations do not mean an immediate return to incarceration. This works hand-in-hand with first ensuring sentences are commensurate with the severity of crimes committed.Pass and implement 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.Reform the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system.Reform 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.In addition to the Clean Slate law, Pennsylvania has also:Announced 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.Signed Tierne’s Law, strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence. Tierne Ewing, a victim of domestic violence, was murdered by her estranged husband in 2016 after he had been arrested for domestic abuse, then released.Signed the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, which strengthens penalties for hazing and ensures that schools have safeguards to protect students. Timothy Piazza was a 19-year-old Penn State University student who died in February 2017 at a fraternity.Made it harder for domestic abusers to use firearms to kill, terrorize, and control their victims and others by signing Act 79 of 2018, which includes a reform long-sought by domestic violence and gun safety advocates.Signed 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.Signed Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signed Act 130 of 2018, the “Safe Harbor” law, which shields children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from prosecution for crimes their abusers forced them to commit, enhances law enforcement training, and establishes a new fund for victim services.Signed 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.Signed 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.Signed Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.Announced a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.“The efforts in Pennsylvania are working, but we must continue towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania and across the United States,” Gov. Wolf said. “My hope is that REFORM Alliance, working together with states, advocates and legislators can continue to make a difference in advancing criminal justice reforms.”To learn more about the REFORM Alliance, please visit http://www.reformnow.com/. Governor Wolf Joins Business and Entertainment Leaders to Announce National Criminal Justice Reform Organization January 23, 2019
Press Association Substitute Luke Moore grabbed his first league goal of the season five minutes from time to give the Swans the three points. The win caps a memorable week for Swansea as they reached the 40-point mark just six days after securing their first major piece of silverware with Capital One Cup success over Bradford at Wembley. Laudrup said: “There was a lot to be pleased about today. Firstly the win and secondly our attitude. I spoke in the week about the fact you sometimes see a negative reaction after a big win, but our reaction was an excellent first half where we showed lots of good touches, movement off the ball, and we created chances.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup praised his side after they showed no signs of a Wembley hangover in beating Newcastle 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium. He added: “We went in at 0-0 but we deserved so much more. After that, Newcastle came into the game and had some very good chances but, like us, they did not score when they were at their best and so that late goal decided the game. “It shows our maturity, sometimes with smaller teams when they do well and get recognition from the media you see a reaction in the game after. “You can forget every game starts 0-0. I expected what I saw today, but I still had to say it as when you win a cup a negative reaction is normal.” Laudrup was also pleased for Moore. Moore’s previous Premier League goal came almost a year ago against Manchester City, and Laudrup said: “It is good for Luke to come in and score in a very important game. “He has helped us to reach 40 points a week after the cup win and it has made this a really great week. He has been out of the side for several weeks but when we have rotated the squad we have tended to do well.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, meanwhile, felt his side, who remain six points above the relegation zone, had deserved at least a point, and he said: “We are frustrated and disappointed we did not even get a draw as we more than deserved that. “We sat off them for the first 20 minutes of the first half but we sorted that at half-time. In the second half I thought they had settled for a draw, they knew they were doing well to stay in it.”
The attacker made his England debut against Chile in November and was part of the squad for the recent friendly with Denmark, putting him in the running for a World Cup spot that may well have been cruelly taken away from him. Rodriguez was given a standing ovation by both sets of fans as he left the field, while there were messages of support on Twitter from the likes of Gary Lineker, Joey Barton and Dietmar Hamann. “Gutted for Jay Rodriguez,” former Germany international Hamann said. “What a fantastic season he has had. Will weaken England if he’s out the World Cup.” England international Theo Walcott will miss this summer’s tournament in Brazil with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which has also struck down Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently. The England international had netted five goals in four games heading into Saturday’s clash at Manchester City, where he was forced off midway through the first half. Rodriguez appeared to sustain a serious injury to his right knee after landing awkwardly, resulting in him being taken from the field on a stretcher. Jay Rodriguez’s World Cup hopes are in serious doubt after sustaining a knee injury which manager Mauricio Pochettino admits “does not look good” for the Southampton attacker. Press Association The full extent of the injury will not be known until the swelling subsides, but Pochettino fears the worse for the 24-year-old. “To be completely honest, it is not looking good,” the Saints boss said after the 4-1 defeat in Manchester. “We need to assess him today and tomorrow, but it is not looking good. It is not going to be good for him, not good for the team. “I can’t really know exactly what is wrong with him and when I am going to see him again in a Southampton shirt. “We need to analyse him today and tomorrow to know the exact reality of his injury. “All the players are really affected, not just about the result and the refereeing decisions but more than anything the doubt about how severe his injury is.” Asked if he thought it was ligament damage, Pochettino said: “It is possible but at the moment I can’t really say anything at all because we have not analysed him yet.” If Rodriguez has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage, he will face at least six months on the sidelines, with the injury witnessed first-hand by England boss Roy Hodgson.
The Price School of Public Policy’s Associated Students of Planning and Development hosted Planning for College on Wednesday, an event where high school students learned about urban planning and gained insights on the college admissions process.The event was held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. ASPD members in Price’s Master of Planning program organized the activities and led 42 visiting high school sophomores through a series of exercises and informational seminars.The day began with an introduction from ASPD president Benjamin Frazier and an address from Price professor David Sloane, who teaches courses in urban planning, policy and history and community health planning and policy. After the welcome, students participated in an activity in which they mapped out their own neighborhoods and schools, examining why these places are organized the way they are.Following the neighborhood mapping, the high school students broke up into small groups and rotated between three different activities, including a “Before and After” exercise, where they matched old photos of different areas with their current counterparts to observe changes over time; a “Streetmix!” activity during which students designed their own street layouts and a Price admissions information session. Students engaged in a capstone activity where they designed their own cities using the tools and skills they gained throughout the day.ASPD coordinated the event with GEAR UP 4 LA, a federally funded program that aims to help low-income minority high school students successfully graduate and enter college. The participating high schoolers came from the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, located in the historically underserved areas of Koreatown and Pico-Union.“[Planning for College] is meant to be an introductory seminar to let students know about planning as a career and show them how they can get involved in their community even if they aren’t planners,” Frazier said. “Most urban planners didn’t know about planning when they entered college, so we just want to show high schoolers that planning is a viable career option and that it affects many aspects of their lives, while also incorporating college preparatory aspects.”Justin Pascone, ASPD social chair and event volunteer , said that the Planning for College program merges city planning and life planning.“At Planning for College, we try to combine the ideas of planning a city and planning your life,” Pascone said. “We show them how to set goals and achieve them through planning, which applies to both urban planning and college preparedness and bridges the gap between the two.”Participating high school students also commented on what they learned, as well as their new interests in urban planning.“It was really cool to learn about our neighborhoods now and what they looked like before, and seeing how they’ve changed over the years,” said Joshua Valdivieso, a sophomore at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.Students also discussed different aspects of the college admissions process.“I learned about how numbers, like GPA and test scores, aren’t that important and that it’s more about what you do and how you help other people,” said Sage Cuza, a sophomore at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. “It’s also not about making yourself look good on paper, but about doing what’s important to you.”
According to Iweanoge, MTNâ€™s partnership with Arsenal was a practical demonstration of the brandâ€™s commitment towards developing Nigeriaâ€™s sports at the grassroots level.While adding that the football clinic would expose participants to Arsenal FCâ€™s unique approach to football, he stressed that the partnership will serve as a platform for the club to further connect with football lovers across the country.In his words: â€˜Football is a core part of our lives as Nigerians and for MTN as a brand, we are always on the lookout for exciting ways to reach out to our subscribers. That was why we went on this partnership with Arsenal and we are excited because this is this the beginning of greater things to comeâ€.Speaking on the Football Clinic, Azizat Ogunsanya, coach of Soccer Star, a grassroots Football Academy based in Ilesa, Osun State, who also participated at the clinic expressed satisfaction at the quality of the theoretical and physical sessions and commended MTN for facilitating the capacity building workshop.“I am excited to be a part of this coaching clinic and I really appreciate MTN for this opportunity. There are so many challenges that come with being a coach, especially female coaches like me that coach male teams, but I am optimistic that this clinic will expand my capacity and make me a world class coach.”The MTN/Arsenal Football clinic comes as part of the exciting benefits of the strategic partnership struck earlier this year by the telecoms company, MTN and the London-based club, Arsenal FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram General Manager, Consumer Marketing of Nigeriaâ€™s biggest telecommunications company, MTN, Mr Richard Iweanoge, has expressed optimism that the recently concluded Arsenal/MTN Football clinic will contribute to the development of grassroots football in Nigeria.Iweanogeâ€™s comments came following the conclusion of the three-day football theoretical and practical sessions had former Arsenal Legend, Ray Parlour, as well as other members of Arsenalâ€™s technical coaching crew as instructors.The football clinic held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, with over 30 participants drawn from the local teams in attendance.
West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of former England international Gareth Barry on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.Barry rescinded the chance to re-sign with Everton, deciding to continue his Premier League journey at the Hawthorns.The veteran, with 628 Premier League matches already under his belt will be hoping he gets the five games required for him to surpass Ryan Giggs (632) as the Premier League’s all-time record appearance maker.Welcome to the Albion, Gareth Barry!#WBA https://t.co/mz4PGEgC77— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 15, 2017West Brom will be his fourth Premier League side after previously playing for Everton, Manchester City, and Aston Villa where he spent most of his career.“I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played.“I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”The 36-year-old becomes Tony Pulis’ 4th signing of the transfer window joining Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi, and Chinese international Yuning Zhang, who joined on a two-season loan from Werder BremenRelatedWest Brom Completes The Signing Of Kieran Gibbs From ArsenalAugust 30, 2017In “England”Semi Ajayi Joins West Brom After Missing Out of Super Eagles AFCON 2019 SquadJuly 20, 2019In “England”West Brom Appoint Pardew As New ManagerNovember 29, 2017In “England”
Black Stars Coach, Kwasi Appiah has tagged Asamoah Gyan as his team’s best striker despite scoring only one of his team’s six goals so far at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.Gyan’s output has come under the microscope following his inability to score as frequently as expected but Appiah insists the player who is only two goals shy of breaking Abedi Pele’s all time national goal record of 33 is good enough.“ Gyan is my captain and for me, I am very satisfied with all the games he has played. Sometimes, you look at the game and it is not about the player himself. It is how he assists, draws people out and attract opponents and he creates opportunities for others.”Appiah who is hoping to lead Ghana to end the search for the elusive fifth Nations Cup glory said of Gyan, “It is not every day that a player may have a good day, but the most important thing is his qualities that other players might have.’Defending why the Al Ain striker has started every game in the face of the seemingly goal drought, Appiah said “In that aspect, you keep him in the team for other players to work around him. I personally believe he is the best striker we have at the moment.’Gyan, 27, will however have to continue proving why he must be handed a starting role when the Stars line up against Cape Verde at the quarter final stage of competition on Saturday will be dependent on his output at training. Appiah said “as to whether he will start the next game against Cape Verde or not will depend on what he does during the training sessions”.Gyan has scored 31 times for Ghana in over 60 caps.
Wellington Police notes for Monday, April 21, 2014â€¢On April 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Officers took a report of dog at large and no Wellington tags in the 200Â block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢10:38 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a tree in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢12:15 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil issue of known subjects in the 200Â block. N. C, Wellington.â€¢12:44 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to tree in the 1100 block of S. Jefferson.â€¢1:51 p.m. Joseph L. Smith, 44, Wellington was arrested and confined on two Cowley County Warrants for probation violation.â€¢2:55 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 600 block. E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢3:30 p.m. Officers took a report of harassment by known suspect(s) in the 1300 block W. Lynn Burris Dr, Wellington.â€¢5:26 p.m. Officers took a report of found B.B. gun in the 1000Â block N. C, Wellington.â€¢8:05 p.m. Luke A. Hastings, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration.
IOWA CITY — A University of Iowa study finds virtual home tours are a big factor in selling houses at prices two-to-three percent higher than similar homes without online tours.Gautam Pant, a UI professor of business analytics, says they studied thousands of real estate transactions in southern California, based on a range of factors like list price, size, features, high school district, and neighborhood.“The data that we analyzed is from Orange County and the average closing price there is in the range close to $1-million,” Pant says. “Two percent there is, as you can imagine, close to $20,000, and it could be as high as 3% in some of our analysis, which means about $30,000.”Of the 19,000 transactions studied from 2016, Pant says about 19% of the homes had a virtual tour included in the online listing. As technology has improved and become less expensive, he estimates even more real estate agents are using virtual tours now, especially during the pandemic.Why are the virtual tours so effective?Gautam Pant (UI photo)“Providing them an experience about how they could use the house, how they would feel within that space, can really enhance their interest in the house,” Pant says. “As you know, in home buying, a lot of things can be all about how you feel about the new space that you’re going to live in.”While the study found that listing a home with a virtual tour could boost the price by two to three percent, Pant says it also found a tour could increase the amount of time the house spends on the market by six-percent.“One of the explanations for greater time on the market could be that virtual tours elicit greater interest from potential buyers, leading to more visits from them,” Pant says, “so the increased interest from the buyers might then make the sellers more confident and increase their willingness to wait for better offers.”The UI study also found agents who included online virtual tours as well as scheduled more open houses sold more homes than those who did not, while agents who relied more on written text to describe their listings sold fewer houses.Pant says the findings suggest virtual tours may make agents appear more professional, so sellers of desirable homes that are more likely to fetch a higher price are more likely to choose an agent who uses virtual tours in their marketing package.The study is to be published in the Journal of Real Estate Literature.