London Plan under threat from Crossrail chaos

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Governor Wolf Announces Record Drop in Prison Inmate Population

first_img January 11, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Record Drop in Prison Inmate Populationcenter_img Press Release,  Prison Reform Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the largest reduction of inmates in the Pennsylvania state prison system since record keeping began.In 2018, the total DOC inmate population dropped from 48,438 to 47,370, a decrease of 1,068 inmates or 2.2 percent over 2017. The inmate population has declined six of the past seven years.“The 2018 calendar year reduction represents the single largest year-over-year decrease of inmate population on record,” Gov. Wolf said. “The historic decline demonstrates that common-sense criminal justice reforms work and bolsters the case for expanding reforms while ensuring the safety of all citizens.”“Only a decade ago, Pennsylvania was shipping inmates to other states because of overcrowding,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “The work of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole along with the reforms under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative made the seemingly impossible possible: Reducing the prison population, while at the same time crime rates are among the lowest in a generation.”A major contributor to the decline was a significant decrease in prison admissions during 2018. New court commitments dropped by 617 inmates from 2017 to 2018 (a 7 percent decrease), while parole violator admissions dropped by 575 from 2017 to 2018 (a 6 percent decrease).“It is difficult to ascertain why court commitments dropped during 2018, but it may be due to continued crime drops across Pennsylvania or to other efforts by the counties to divert appropriate cases from state sentences,” Wetzel said “The drop in parole violator admissions is likely due to improved efforts, under the DOC/Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole consolidation, to divert technical parole violators from lengthy returns to state prison.”Amid the record decline in prison population, Pennsylvania continues its leadership role in common-sense criminal justice reform. Gov. Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” bill in June 2018, with some provisions in effect beginning Dec. 26, 2018. The first of its kind in the nation, Clean Slate helps 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.“The introduction of Clean Slate, a model for the nation, is one more step forward in creating effective, bipartisan criminal justice reforms that do not compromise on public safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “I have long expressed my support for these reforms and will continue to push to ensure we are doing the right thing when it comes to fixing Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.”The criminal justice reforms Gov. Wolf is calling for include:Passage and implementation of 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.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.Focusing 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.last_img read more

Sophie Monk’s Gold Coast house is for rent as she moves interstate

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: Honey, I bought a house while you were in lockdown Inside the Gold Coast mansion where sports are king Sophie Monk, with her dog Rupert, has put her Gold Coast home up for rent. Picture: Adam Head.Aussie golden girl and television personality Sophie Monk has put her Gold Coast estate up for rent and is reportedly moving interstate.The Love Island host’s five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a massive 4000 sqm of land in Helensvale is on the market for lease for $1200 a week.center_img The Helensvale property Sophie Monk has put up for rent.Leasing agent Brent Martens of Harcourts Coastal said Ms Monk had recently the renovated the house since buying it four years ago.Mr Martens said the house itself was “immaculate” and the property was unique because it was rare to find such a big block on the water. The property has an in-ground pool.He said Ms Monk was leasing the property because she was moving interstate.“Since listing it last week, we had three people through on Friday and have another three coming on Wednesday,” Mr Martens said.“It’s great for families, with direct ocean access and a four-car garage.” The kitchen has recently been renovated.There is also an in-ground pool, a boat ramp, boat storage area and jetty ready to use for days out enjoying the Gold Coast’s renowned waterways.Monk, 40, got her big break with pop group Bardot in the late ‘90s on the reality TV show Popstars, and a few years ago starred in The Bachelorette. Sophie Monk’s Gold Coast home has a boat ramp, boat storage and a jetty.She is now the face of Hello Fresh and the host of Love Island Australia.The Gold Coast local recently spoke to News Corp about falling in love with her boyfriend Joshua Gross — an entrepreneur who specialises in neurosurgical robotics. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago Sophie Monk is the host of Love Island Australia. Source: Channel 9.Gross had been staying with her in the Gold Coast home during COVID-19 lockdowns, but recently Monk has been spotted filming commercials in Sydney.Mr Martens said the high-end rental market had remained strong during COVID-19 restrictions. Sophie Monk and Joshua Gross as seen in Instagram post.“This end of the rental market has been really busy lately,” he said.“We had four (properties) over $2000 a week rented last week.”He said overseas expats were particularly showing interest in renting on the Gold Coast while they look to buy a property. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57last_img read more

MarineSpace Nets London Array Consents and Licensing Contract

first_imgUK consultancy MarineSpace Ltd has won a contract from London Array Limited for the provision of consent and licensing services at the 630MW London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.The five-year contract will involve the provision of ongoing and future consent and licensing support for both the generation and transmission assets of the development, which is currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm.The contract also covers a range of potential additional services which will be delivered on an as/when needed basis.In addition to this recent contract award, MarineSpace has also provided consent and licensing support to twelve OFTO projects in recent years.The London Array wind farm was officially inaugurated in July 2013.London Array Limited is owned by a consortium of E.ON (30%), Ørsted (25%), La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (25%), and Masdar (20%).last_img read more

90 people killed in a fire at a petrol station in…

first_imgMore then 90 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra.Media sources in Ghana say the National Fire Service has confirmed that officially 90  people are dead and there are fears that the number could rise as the rescue operation continues.There are reports that those involved in the rescue operation say they have seen more than 90 bodies.The fire broke out a the Goil Filling Station at the Nkrumah Circle in Accra during heavy rains on Wednesday.Sources say most of those who were ought up in the fire were sheltering at the petrol station from the heavy down pour in Accra.It is not clear what caused the fire which followed heavy downpour in Accra that led to power outages in several homes.Hundreds of workers in the capital have were left stranded at their work places as the heavy downpour submerged the city.last_img read more

PM Skerrit meets with President Obama at OAS Summit

first_img 133 Views   one comment President Obama and Prime Minister Skerrit at OAS Summit. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and President of the United States Barack Obama had a fraternal audience at the recently concluded summit of the Organization of American States which was held in Colombia.The Summit which began on April 14th under the theme “Connecting the Americas: Partners for Prosperity” focused on developmental issues within the organization inclusive of Cuba being re-invited into the organization.The Heads were however unable to agree on the Cuba question as the US maintained its position on Cuba not withstanding clear pressure from a number of the participating countries.A detailed report will be provided later today.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews PM Skerrit meets with President Obama at OAS Summit by: – April 17, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Franklin County Commissioners recognize 911 dispatchers

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — The Franklin County Commissioners recently signed a proclamation recognizing April 9 through April 15 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.The commissioners say dispatchers play a critical role in protecting the public.They answer calls to 911 and are the link between law enforcement, fire, EMS, and the public.They also provide communication services to the various police departments, sheriff deputies, volunteer firemen, and EMS responders.In 2016 Franklin County dispatchers answered more than 16,000 calls.last_img

Rosie’s Roundup

first_imgMost of us are familiar with the Milan ’54 Museum locally and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle.  How many know about Rosie’s Roundup in Thorntown, Indiana?Twice a year on the last Thursday of April and September people gather at Stookey’s Restaurant on Main Street in Thorntown.  It was started by Jim Rosenstihl, the legendary basketball coach of Rick Mount of Lebanon High School.  The first gathering Rosenstihl invited 8 of his friends for a dinner where they would talk about Indiana High School basketball.Today, even though Jim died 10 years ago, they still meet twice a year.  Anyone who cares about Indiana basketball can gather.  It is not uncommon for some of the current mainstays of Indiana basketball to show up.  Matt Painter of Purdue is often a guest, and this fall Jim Shannon of New Albany joined him.  Shannon was the coach of Romeo Langford who will be playing for Indiana University this coming year.Much of this information came from an article written by Gregg  Doyel of the Indianapolis Star.last_img read more

Man Utd’s new signing holds one surprising record

first_imgBarca went on to win the game 9-0 but Jurado’s lightning quick opener certainly got people talking.It is believed Barcelona are ‘disappointed’ to lose Jurado to United and are upset with the way his agent, Carlos Lacueva, handled the incoming transfer. Read Also: EPL stars cautioned over cars as clubs prepare strict COVID-19 protocols Meanwhile many fans of the Premier League club will be excited by his undeniable potential, especially with all the highlight reels emerging online. Loading… The 16-year-old’s individual highlights have already emerged online, and many are impressed with his talent.Marc Jurado for £1.5M. We really are going to be unstoppable from 2024Nicky Butt is doing a madness. pic.twitter.com/BMuGNVYiBV— ً (@UtdAidan) May 7, 2020 Advertisement It is believed Barcelona are ‘disappointed’ to lose Jurado to United and are upset with the way his agent, Carlos Lacueva, handled the incoming transfer. Jurado is clealy rated highly at the Camp Nou but according to reports, United have completed a deal to sign the right-back, who holds the record for the fastest youth goal ever scored.center_img Meanwhile many fans of the Premier League club will be excited by his undeniable potential, especially with all the highlight reels emerging online.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barca went on to win the game 9-0 but Jurado’s lightning quick opener certainly got people talking. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Jurado, who spent this season with Barcelona’s U16’s, reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Spanish giants worth €60,000 annually, according to ESPN, in order to join the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Back in 2013, in a game against Viladecans, the youngster made a tackle and scored within five seconds of kickoff during the U10’s Second Division fixture. It was announced earlier that Manchester United are set to sign Barcelona wonderkid Marc Jurado in the summer after the club agreed a £1.5 million deal to sign the talented full-back.last_img read more

McGinley wants Woods at Augusta

first_img Victory at Augusta would make world number one McIlroy just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam of all four major titles after Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and not claimed a green jacket since 2005, but McGinley knows the attention surrounding the 14-time major winner’s current struggles would make life easier for McIlroy next month. Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley hopes Tiger Woods returns to action in time for the Masters in order to divert some of the spotlight from Rory McIlroy. Press Associationcenter_img “Look what happened at the US PGA last year,” said McGinley. “All the talk was ‘is Tiger going to play, is he not going to play?’. At the time Rory was favourite, but all the expectation, all the talk, all you guys (the media) were focused on was Tiger. “Rory didn’t sneak in the back door, but he was able to go about his business without the attention on him. I do hope Tiger comes back, we all hope Tiger comes back. I don’t know if he will or not, we’ll have to wait and see.” In two starts this year, Woods missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a career-worst 82 and lasted just 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open before withdrawing due to more injury problems. The 39-year-old said he was taking time out from the sport in order to work on his game – he duffed an alarming number of chips in Phoenix – and that absence extended to include this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, a venue where he has won eight times. “Of course I’ve been shocked,” McGinley added of Woods’ short-game woes. “When you see a guy who was as great with the chipping as Tiger was, is he going to come back from it? We really don’t know. “All you can say about Tiger is he’s nearly 40 years of age. The intensity Tiger has given to the game, that intensity does have an effect on you. Is there a little bit of burnout going on? There’s a reason why guys don’t play their best golf in their 40s and late 30s. “My hunch would be there’s something bigger going on. There’s no doubt Tiger has peaked in terms of when guys normally play their best golf. That doesn’t mean he’s finished, but certainly he is in the back nine of his career. “It’s not just the wear and tear on your mind and body, having performed at a very high intense level with scrutiny like Tiger’s had for 20 years. It’s mitigating circumstances – he’s got two kids that are growing up and he’s spending more time with them. He’s obviously gone through a divorce and that causes issues too, and he’s in a new relationship. “He’s now got some business interests that are going through and designing golf courses that he never did before. So Tiger’s focus and his evolution as a human being have moved on, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why all of a sudden his focus is not here any more.” last_img read more