Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day September 09, 2016 Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff between sunrise and sunset on Sunday, September 11, 2016 in remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and in honor of Patriot Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

National Prosecution Service launched in Dominica to ensure greater independence and objectivity

first_img Share 60 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews National Prosecution Service launched in Dominica to ensure greater independence and objectivity by: – October 3, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Gene PestainaThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force joined its sister island of St. Lucia in launching a National Prosecution Service last week.The National Service has been launched in an effort to manage Police Prosecutors more efficiently as well as to ensure that there is greater independence and objectivity to the prosecution process by separating it from the investigative arm.At the official launching ceremony last week, the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina noted that this move is in keeping with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and will strengthen the standard and quality of prosecution service offered in Dominica.“The service which we are now launching will see all major police prosecutors housed under one roof. In that setting we hope to consolidate, to strengthen, improve and standardize the quality of prosecution services offered. It is also in keeping with the law reform process presently being undertaken in the justice system of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.”Mr. Pestaina also highlighted that the National Prosecution Service will eliminate the need for Preliminary Inquiries at the magistrate’s Court and assist in managing the backlog of indictable offenses.“In that system the concept of case management has been introduced and it is hoped that there will no longer be hearings at the Magistrate’s Court into what is called a Preliminary Inquiry or P.I in respect to indictable matters. We are hoping that our prosecutorial service will be able to play a greater role in dealing with and managing the backlog of indictable offenses recently referred to by Madame Justice Brooks at the opening of the new law year.”Mr Pestaina concluded that ‘with the integration of all police officers we will provide a more efficient service’.Director of Public Prosecution of England and Wales, Mr Keir Starmer Q.C Meantime the Director of Public Prosecution of England and Wales Mr Keir Starmer Q.C says the prosecutorial decision making should not only be independent and impartial but be seen to be independent and impartial.“The basic argument against the police acting as prosecutors is that prosecutorial decision making should be in the hands of a prosecution agency which is not only independent but indeed impartial as a matter of fact that is also seen to be independent and impartial.”Mr Starmer also admonished that ‘the transfer of that function should be regarded as a form of restoring the police to their original model rather than the loss of any prized role’.Members of the head table, police prosecutors and staff of the Office of the DPP.In related news, the Commissioner of Police Mr Cyril Carrette said this initiative will ensure that complaints are dealt with more expeditiously and take corrective measures in a quicker time.According to Mr Carrette both the prosecutors and the police force stands to benefit from this partnership and therefore advises the prosecutors to take advantage of this opportunity to become more proficient.“The prosecutors and by extension the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force stand to benefit tremendously from this partnership which presents a golden opportunity for the prosecutors to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills in prosecution. I urge them to take full advantage of so as to enable them to become more proficient in the execution of their duties,” he said.The five police prosecutors have been transferred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are Inspector Claude Weekes, Inspector Michael Laudat, Sergeant Kenth Matthew, Corporal Innocent Toussaint and Corporal Valda Powell.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott, Mitch Kupchak have meeting & near deal with Earl Clark

first_imgBut a league source stressed the deal, which is believed to be a one-year guaranteed contract worth around $1 million, has not been finalized. “You just try to find a guy who can best fit that situation and fill the biggest needs you might have,” Scott said. “When you get a guy this late, whether it’s a 10-day contract or the rest of the season, you don’t look at this guy and say he’ll play a lot of minutes. First, he has to get acclimated to what we’re doing on both ends of the floor.”It seems safe to presume Scott had such conversations with Kupchak, among other things. But Scott only disclosed that “we just had a meeting about the team in general,” something he said they will hold every 15-20 games this season. But the most pressing items entail how the Lakers will fill out their roster. The first step involves Clark, who has recently averaged 28.8 points for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the Development League. That could prompt the Lakers to waive Henry, who would still be owed a guaranteed $1.1 million. Almost a month into the 2014-15 NBA regular-season, the Lakers already have experienced unique circumstances.Lakers coach Byron Scott had what he called a “state of the union meeting” on Tuesday with general manager Mitch Kupchak, with plenty to discuss surrounding the team’s worst start in franchise history, a league-worst defense and an injury-depleted roster.The Lakers have suffered season-ending injuries to veteran guard Steve Nash (recurring back pain), rookie forward Julius Randle (broken right leg) and reserve swingman Xavier Henry (ruptured left Achilles). Meanwhile, recurring hamstring injuries will keep reserve forward Ryan Kelly for at least five weeks. All of which has prompted the Lakers to have “talks” to sign forward Earl Clark, according to a league source familiar with the discussions. Clark posted a picture of himself wearing a Lakers uniform on his Instagram. That evoked memories of his breakout campaign with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, during which he averaged a career-high 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds after being acquired from Orlando as part of the Dwight Howard trade. Or the Lakers could wait until the NBA grants them a hardship exception. That tool gives teams the right to have 16 players on a roster when they field more than four players out with injuries. The Lakers could use that to add a player, though they would have to waive a player once Kelly returns to ensure a league-maximum 15-man roster.Only Wayne Ellington and Ronnie Price have nonguaranteed contracts, but their absences would deplete the team’s backcourt.But at this point, the Lakers need bodies. It became so bad that Scott said that Lakers assistants Mark Madsen and Larry Drew participated in Tuesday’s practice just to ensure a full-court scrimmage.How soon will the 53-year-old Scott suit up after winning three NBA championships with the Lakers during his 14-year NBA career?“We get two more guys hurt, I’m probably going to be out there,” Scott joked. “But we’re going halfcourt only. No fullcourt.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Help us save our green spaces

first_imgDear Editor,Several events over the last year got me thinking in a deeper way about Georgetown’s green spaces, especially its trees. It began with conceptualizing a five-year Strategic Plan for Constituency 14, which included the preservation of our green spaces and our trees.This was eclipsed by Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan’s and Central Government’s Tree Planting Programme. And sadly, more recently, my thoughts turned to the brutality and ecological destruction of our green spaces in the city, the Bel Air Park Playground and the possibility of similar actions on the Farnum Playground.The Botanical Gardens has a catalogue of over 288 plants, including numerous trees. My research yielded no such record for the city proper. At the city level, it is evident that we don’t have an appreciation for what Smart Cities Dive’s online article, “Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy” points out, “Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits”.There used to be a great tree in Georgetown where the monument to the conservation of sea turtles now stands in the vicinity of Pegasus Hotel; at least two huge trees fell on Main Street over the last year, and I remember another on Merriman’s Mall.Additionally, there used to be trees, among other places, around Bounty Supermarket on Orange Walk and Regent Street. After the store was rebuilt, the trees disappeared. And likewise many home builders rid parapets of trees, seeing them as obstructions, and with a chainsaw or cutlass wiped out whole ecosystems. In Constituency 14 we use to have Eucalyptus trees lining Aubrey Barker Road. Now most are gone.Similarly, last year I came across a post on Facebook by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council. The post read, “Why was the decades old tree in Esplanade Park Cut down?” It went on to state, “The tree was infested with bees, and sessions at the High Court and at the All Saints’ Primary School were frequently interrupted when the insects became agitated. Athletes who use the Park on a daily basis were also affected.”The M&TC granted permission to the Region 6 RDC to cut down the tree since hives were discovered in the hollow trunk of the tree. It was such a noble gesture by the municipality to think of the welfare of its citizens, but I keep wondering, in the delicate ecological balance that is life, if more could not be done to save the tree.We have to save our city from callous hands, people who pay only lip service to Government’s Green Agenda, who wouldn’t think twice to raze an urban forest to needlessly build a house or two for themselves. God save us, and help us save our green spaces.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillorlast_img read more

Freelancing is a force — and we need to reckon with it

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Within 10 years, at its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.This startling stat comes from “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), a comprehensive study from freelancing website Upwork and our own Freelancers Union.FIA estimates that already more than one-third of the US workforce are currently freelancing (57 million Americans) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy — a nearly 30% jump since last year.This includes almost half of all working Millennials, more than any other generation.The freelance workforce grew at a rate 3x faster than the US workforce overall since 2014 — and 59% of them started freelancing within just the last 3 years.This coincides with a growing corporate trend of converting traditional full-time jobs into freelance gigs. According to a recent survey by the global HR services company Randstad, “More than half of global human capital leaders expect to transfer one-third of their permanent positions to contingent roles in the near future.”SCORE, a nonprofit partner of the Small Business Administration that provides free mentoring and education, sees a similar trend for small businesses.From its own recent report: “While the number of firms that employ full-time workers has remained relatively flat, non-employer businesses (also called ‘solopreneurs’) have been increasing. There has also been a marked increase in the ‘gig economy,’ which describes the use of contractors and part-time workers to fill roles within businesses.” Nearly 20% of businesses surveyed reported replacing employees (of any type) with contractors over the previous six months.As you might imagine these trends are a major factor contributing to the explosion of coworking in recent years. By some estimates there are roughly 14,000 coworking spaces in at least 100 countries. Membership in my own coworking venture, BEAHIVE, has grown since I opened in Beacon, NY, in 2009 — steadily at first and more briskly in the last couple of years, mirroring both these global workforce shifts and local demographic shifts.”We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution — a period of rapid change in work driven by increasing automation, but we have a unique opportunity to guide the future of work and freelancers will play more of a key role than people realize,” says Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work.And yet… policies, budget decisions, and economic development initiatives aren’t typically considering freelancers and so-called solopreneurs. A majority of them work from home, isolated.In exurban areas like my own Hudson Valley, there’s a noticeable lack of resources catering to them — mentoring, training, networking and social support (which I try to address through BEAHIVE).Other notable findings from the FIA report:54% of the U.S. workforce is not very confident that the work they do today is likely to exist in 20 years.Freelancers update their skills more often and believe they’re better prepared for the future. 65% of full-time freelancers say they’re updating their skills as jobs evolve, versus only 45% of full-time employees.Main drivers of freelancing for full-time freelancers are freedom and flexibility, with part-time freelancers driven by earning extra money as well as flexibility.Freelancers increasingly think having a diversified portfolio of clients is more secure than one employer (63% agree, up 10 points since 2016) and have an average 4.5 clients per month.Freelancers and non-freelancers share most of the same list of top concerns, which includes access to affordable healthcare, debt and ability to save.That said, freelancers have a unique top concern — income predictability. Freelancers therefore dip into their savings more often, with 63% of full-time freelancers dipping into savings at least once per month versus only 20% of full-time non-freelancers.Freelancers are seeking a voice, beyond political affiliation — 72% are open to crossing party lines if a candidate indicated that they supported freelancer interests.We need our leaders to adapt to this changing landscape.We need to rethink outdated approaches to economic development, which often focus on attracting and retaining large out-of-region businesses and giving them tax breaks. Politicians like to herald these projects — and the often-elusive (or low-paying) jobs and tax revenues that will follow — with photo ops and press releases.While such projects may help their careers, they do little for the communities they serve.A version of this post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal.Scott Tillitt is a connector — of dots and people. Throughout his 20-plus year career he has been a strategist, publicist, marketer, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and writer. He’s the founder of BEAHIVE, a coworking community, and Antidote Collective, projects and consulting for social impact.last_img read more