Online petition solicits library funding support

first_img Online petition solicits library funding support Uncertainty about restoring funding for courthouse law libraries has inspired Bob Riger, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Law Library, to launch an online petition on its Web site to gather signatures of people who care about saving county law libraries.Go to www.mdc11.org and click on the link for the petition (or read it at www.petition online.com/vbnm).Riger created the petition through his affiliation with Florida State Court Law Libraries, Inc. The purpose it to urge legislators to restore civil filing fees that historically funded county law libraries. Funding for law libraries became uncertain because Revision 7 to Article V legislation passed last year does away with the mechanism of how most law libraries at county courthouses are financed through civil filing fees.The issue was reported in a story in the February 1 Florida Bar News. (Available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org). Several lawmakers said they want to fund law libraries, but there were unsure about how to accomplish that and what the quality and quantity of those law libraries would be while wrangling with many details of court funding legislation.“When we have collected ‘enough’ signatures, we will forward the results to the appropriate lawmakers throughout the state,” said Riger.“The purpose of the online petition is two-fold: to generate more signatures statewide in a briefer time period, before our funding runs out, and to set up a central repository for all petitions collected statewide.” March 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Online petition solicits library funding supportlast_img read more

Postal banking could be a disaster

first_imgby: Charles LaneWith President Barack Obama’s strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches — at the risk, critics say, of trapping themselves in a cycle of unpayable debt.The question is, what’s the practical alternative? Payday lending is a $50 billion per year business because there’s a demand for it. People who can’t get quick cash from a storefront operator might turn to loan sharks, and nobody wants that.To many progressives, including the bane of payday lenders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at least part of the solution is to turn the U.S. Postal Service into a financial institution, with the authority to provide small-dollar loans at reasonable rates — as well as an array of other services, including savings accounts. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

What Is Going On in US Gymnastics?

first_imgIt was very disturbing to hear about the allegations leveled against the former doctor involved with our Olympic Gymnastics program.  Both of the women involved with these allegations are calling for a complete overhaul from the Olympic Gymnastics Board.  According to their lawsuit, they were allegedly sexually abused by this Olympic doctor.  Since they brought this to the attention of the authorities, many of their colleagues have voiced the same allegations.It is sad to hear that you can’t trust those who are put in the position of authority.  Most of these young ladies are in their early teens, and as a parent, you believe that someone such as a medical doctor would have the ethics associated with such a profession.  How do people get a position like this if these allegations are true?last_img read more

Live Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Indian women’s hockey team loses to Japan, gets silver

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian women hockey team’s dream of reclaiming the gold at the Asian Games after 36 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 1-2 to Japan to settle for the silver medal on a penultimate day (Day 13) at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day 13 India full schedule, IST Timings and moreEarlier, Day 12 witnessed India adding more medals to their medal tally as Jinson Johnson won the men’s 1500m gold while the quartet of Hima Das, V Vismaya, Saritaben Gayakwad and M Poovamma bagged the shiny gold in women’s 4×400 metre relay. Seema Punia and Chitra Unnikrishnan settled for bronze in their events respectively. Round up from Asian Games 2018 Day 12 hereAsian Games 2018 Day 3 Updates:# Silver for India: Women’s hockey team misses golden chance, loses to Japan in the finals. They settle for silver. # Hockey: India is facing Japan in the finals of women’s hockey. At the halftime, India 1-1 Japan.# BOXING: India’s Amit Panghal enters finals of men’s 49 kg category.# SQUASH: India gets bronze after losing to Hong Kong in Squash men’s team semi finals# SAILING: Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar win silver in the 49er FX, Harshita Tomar wins bronze in the Open Laser 4.7# ROLLER SKATE: Aarathy Kasturi and Varsha Sriramakrishna finish seventh and eighth respectively in women’s Road 20km race# SOFT TENNIS: In Women’s team Preliminary Group A match – India lost 0-3 to Republic of Korea# SOFT TENNIS: In Men’s team preliminary group C match – India lost 0-3 to Indonesia# DIVING: Ramananda Sharma qualifies for men’s Springboard final# BOXING: Vikas Krishan has apparently pulled  out from his semi-final bout due to an eye injury and has settled for a bronze in men’s 75kg category: PTI# SQUASH: HUGE NEWS! Women’s squash team to fight for gold as they beat Malaysia 2-0 in the semi-finals.# TABLE TENNIS: Manika Batra eliminated by China’s Manyu Wang in women’s singles Round of 16. She lost by 4-1.# TABLE TENNIS: Sharath Kamal crashes out after losing 2-4 to Chinese Taipei’s Chihyuan Chuang in men’s singles Round of 16# JUDO: Rajwinder Kaur’s journey ends as she loses out to Jiawen Tsai of Chinese Taipei in women’s +78kg Repechage round. # VOLLEYBALL: India lose 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in women’s classification match.# VOLLEYBALL: India trail 0-2 against Chinese Taipei after losing the second set by 16-25.# JUDO: Avtar Singh loses to Ivan Remarenco in men’s -100kg Round of 16.# VOLLEYBALL: India lose the first set 21-25 against Chinese Taipei.# VOLLEYBALL: India are leading 9-7 against Chinese Taipei in the first set of women’s classification match.last_img read more

Easter and Pets – Information from Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesCute bunnies and fuzzy chicks find their way into the Easter baskets each spring. Unfortunately, as they grow, many of these Easter pets become unwanted or owners are unable to care for them.Some neighborhoods do not allow these types of pets. Rather than a living addition to the Easter basket, give an adoption gift certificate from Animal Services. This way the recipient can select the pet that fits their lifestyle and speaks to their heart. As Easter is right around the corner, here are some tips to help keep your pets safe.  1) Keep all that extra candy safely tucked away from your pets.  Chocolate, macadamia nuts and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) are toxic to many pets.2) Easter Lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends.3) Many pets will try to nibble the plastic grass from Easter baskets, which can cause blocked digestive tracks and other medical issues.For more information, visit www.jointanimalservices.org or call Animal Services at (360) 352-2510.last_img read more

Watch : Reliving David Beckham’s virtuoso performance and freekick to drag England into 2002…

first_imgAdvertisement ayivNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1gxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo41q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yh8kWould you ever consider trying this?😱6emylbCan your students do this? 🌚4btceRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Beckham’s free kick goal was enough for England to qualify for the World Cup in 2002. In the last match of the qualification stage against Greece, David Beckham scored a brilliant goal from the set piece. England needed at least one point from the last encounter of the group stage match against Greece. However, they were behind in the match by the margin of 2-1 till the beginning of stoppage time in the second half.Advertisement At that moment, England were awarded a free kick from outside the box. The free kick was taken by the captain of England National side, David Beckham. His shot was a curved one and it struck at the top corner of the net. The goalkeeper had no chance to save the shot. With the goal of David Beckham, the match ended with a scoreline of 2-2. The Three Lions got their valuable one point from this match which helped them to qualify for the finals of World Cup 2002.Advertisement England went to the final round of that World Cup being the group topper of that respective group. The free kick goal of David Beckham on that day was certainly memorable for all the fans of England National football team.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Oceanport Parents Organize Against Opioids

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |OCEANPORT – A growing effort to combat opioid addiction in the local community began when the epidemic hit close to home.Betsy Schuff, one of the Oceanport moms who founded the Drug Education Initiative (DEI) action committee, recalled the shock of losing a dear friend’s son to a drug overdose three years ago.“I knew there was an epidemic,” Schuff said. “But I never really believed that it was right here in our town or that it could happen to someone I loved. I soon learned that other parents were much like me and didn’t understand how severe the issue really is and how present it is in our community.”Schuff and other like-minded parents, hoping to bring more education and awareness to the community and to their schools, created DEI and, on Aug. 10, hosted their first forum to discuss the opioid epidemic and learn how addiction can take hold. Representatives from Monmouth Medical Center and the Tigger House Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing death from heroin and opiate addiction, attended the event to share stories, statistics and tips for the community.Christian Peter, a board member at the Tigger House Foundation and an NFL veteran of the New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, described his own battle with drug and alcohol addiction, his road to recovery, and his efforts to help others follow a similar path through his work with Tigger House.“What we do is very simple,” Peter said. “We help kids – and people – who are struggling with addiction.”That addiction can start right at home with a bottle of leftover Vicodin or Percocet in the parent’s medicine cabinet, said Victor Almeida, D.O., chairman of Emergency Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center. Once the prescription bottles run out, he noted, kids might look to get cheaper drugs – like heroin – on the streets.“If you are opiate naïve, in a period of a few days you can become addicted,” Almeida said, noting that the potency of local heroin makes it especially dangerous. “The heroin that we have in New Jersey is some of the purest in the world.”A partnership between Monmouth Medical Center and Tigger House seeks to treat patients with addiction problems in the emergency room and move them into recovery programs with recovery specialists who have experienced addiction for themselves and are able to “walk the walk” and better relate to the struggle of addiction.“It helps if you can say ‘I know where you are. I’ve been there, too,’” Peter said.Eric Carney (left), COO of Monmouth Medical Center; Victor Almeida, D.O., chairman of emer- gency medicine at Monmouth Medical Center; Janet W. Tucci, mayor of West Long Branch; Serena DiMaso, Monmouth County Freeholder; and Christian Peter, board member of The Tigger House Foundation attended the Drug Education Initiative forum in Oceanport, which focused on opioid addiction and abuse.As drug and opioid-related deaths continue to rise across the country, in New Jersey, and in Monmouth County, parents were urged to talk frankly to their kids about drug addiction and take notice of any sudden changes in their social circles, sleep, grades or cleanliness.“This disease does not discriminate,” Peter said. “It’s out there in our communities affecting our children and we’ve got to do something about it.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Contract Awarded For Sea Bright Municipal Complex

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SEA BRIGHT – A contract has been awarded for the construction of the long-awaited municipal complex.General contractor UniMak LLC of Saddle Brook came in with the lowest bid of nearly $7.1 million for the project, which the council accepted at its March 6 meeting.“This was a project long in the making and we are all extremely excited to know that Sea Bright will finally be getting the municipal complex,” Borough Council president Marc Leckstein said. “The construction will include a new firehouse and police station, which the community has long needed and deserves.”In September 2016, Sea Bright residents voting in a bond referendum approved borrowing up to $5.76 million to replace buildings damaged nearly four years earlier in Super Storm Sandy in a project projected to cost $12.7 million in total.One of them was a 14,187-square-foot municipal complex, which taxpayers, insurance proceeds and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would help fund, said Leckstein.This was the second time the complex was put out to bid. The Council had hoped to award the contract at a special meeting on Jan. 30, but all 14 bids were deemed too high and consequently denied. The lowest bidder in the initial round was Hassert Construction of Marlton, who came in at $7.6 million.According to Leckstein, construction on the building “will begin as soon as possible” in 2018. Borough officials are hoping to unveil the complex on Memorial Day 2019 and move workers into the new building the following month.The finished complex will be located in the municipal parking lot at the site of the former Sea Bright firehouse and police station.The first floor of the new municipal building will have six bays for fire rescue and first aid and one bay for equipment. The police department will have a secure entranceway, interview rooms, evidence and record storage, a holding cell, locker rooms and office space. Parking for cruisers and other police department vehicles will be provided to the east of the building.On the second floor will be borough administration, conference rooms and police and fire department storage space.The venture was recognized in December, as part of four major municipal projects that included the reconstruction of the sea wall, the construction of a new beach pavilion and borough library, and plans to erect an 80-foot cell tower.Borough officials, including Joe Verruni, the borough administrator, has billed the projects as the final pieces of Sea Bright’s rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy in 2012.But Leckstein has a longer view of Sea Bright’s recovery.“This municipal complex was something our community needed long before Sandy occurred,” Leckstein said. “And even with its completion, we are still not going to be fully recovered.”Leckstein stressed that Sea Bright’s complete recovery won’t take hold until the bulkheads located along the Navesink River are repaired.“We won’t be recovered from Sandy until the bulkheads are in place and the subsequent flooding has been brought under control. And this is a continuing project.”Leckstein was unable to put a timeline to the process, as the restoration “necessitates private landowners improving their own bulkheads.”This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Leafs looks to snap winless streak Thursday against Rebels

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs look to snap out of a five-game losing streak Thursday night in the Sunflower City when the Green and White plays the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The skid comes as the Leafs struggle with injuries as well as a host of suspensions following an October 26 line brawl against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“You never want to get into a situation like this, but I think it’s good that everything is happening at this stage of the season,” said Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt.“Because it gives some of the guys who are working their way into the lineup a chance to show the coaches what they can do.”“We’ve got a good hockey team here,” Hunt added, “and it’s still early enough in the season where we can turn this around.” Nelson enters the weekend in third spot in the Murdoch Division, two points behind Grand Forks Border Bruins but only two in front of the Rebels.Beaver Valley leads the division but eight points over Grand Forks after putting together a 10-game winning streak.“We’ve got a real good team here,” said Hunt, second in Leafs scoring to teammate Dale Howell. “I just think we need everybody to just play their roles, and if we do that, you’re going to start to see a very improved team.”Castlegar has won three straight games to climb back into the running in the Murdoch Division.The Rebels have turned the season around scoring 21 times in the past three games. Leading the onslaught is forward Logan Styler who rang up eight points during the stretch to move into second overall in KIJHL scoring with 31 points.Sunday, Nelson concludes the weekend with an afternoon tilt in Spokane against the Braves.ICE CHIPS: Leaf center Ryan Piva saw his first action at the Junior A level when the Trail native suited up for West Kelowna Warriors Sunday in BC Hockey League action against Prince George. . . . The Leafs traded forward Kolten Nelson to Comox of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Nelson joins teammate Cleary Ambrose, who was moved to the Island squad earlier this season.last_img read more