Conference focused on increasing women’s political participation (VIDEO)

first_img Read Full Story During the 2012 election cycle, a record number of women won seats in Congress. Still, women make up just 19 percent of Congress and hold only five governorships.In an effort to build momentum following the 2012 races, the Women’s Law Association hosted its annual conference on February 8, titled “19%: When Will Women Have the Floor?” Experts and professionals gathered to discuss how to close the gender gap in politics, and what role lawyers can play in that process.The conference featured a keynote by Stephanie Schriock, the co-founder of EMILY’s List, an organization that supports female candidates for office, as well as panels on a variety of topics, including international models of women’s participation, the role of gender on the campaign trail, and voter disenfranchisement.In the first panel, “Models from Abroad; International Pathways to Women’s Participation,” panelists extolled the virtues of electoral gender quotas, or requirements that women make up a certain proportion of the government. They also discussed, more broadly, how the quality of women’s participation can be increased, and how the lessons of other governments can be applied to improve participation in the United States.Read more about the conference and watch videos of the panels on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Fr. Jenkins comments on Mayor Buttigieg’s veto concerning location of Women’s Care Center

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Friday condemning South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s decision to veto a measure that would allow for the construction of a Women’s Care Center facility near a proposed Whole Women’s Health Alliance clinic in South Bend.“The Women’s Care Center, on whose board I serve, gives women in crisis the support they need for themselves and their babies before and after birth,” Jenkins said in the statement. “It doesn’t engage in political advocacy, but provides compassionate, non-judgmental loving care to women most in need. I am saddened by Mayor Buttigieg’s decision to veto a bill that would have allowed the Women’s Care Center to build a facility near one that seeks to provide abortions.“The mayor’s decision excludes an important presence from that neighborhood and thwarts plans that had met the criteria for rezoning and had been approved by the Common Council. Far from enhancing the harmony of the neighborhood, it divides our community and diminishes opportunities for vulnerable women to have a real choice. The mayor is a talented and dedicated public servant with whom I have worked closely to serve our community, but I am deeply disappointed by his decision.” Tags: fr. jenkins, Fr. John Jenkins, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Whole Women’s Health Alliance, Women’s Care Centerlast_img read more

Controlled Detonations Slated For Coldspring On Monday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Credit Pixabay COLDSPRING  — The Chautauqua County Bomb Squad, along with the Erie County Bomb Squad, U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and FBI Bomb Technicians will conduct a controlled disposal of expired ordinance in the Town of Coldspring.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the demolition starts at 11 a.m., Monday, and run into the afternoon.The demolitions will be conducted in a controlled environment and all safety measures and calculations have been completed for the event.The Sheriff’s Office stresses there is no danger to surrounding properties. Residents will hear the demolitions.last_img read more

Equinox adds state-of-art meeting facility

first_imgDramatically broadening its appeal to targetthe corporate meeting and wedding market, The Equinox has broken ground on construction that will create 3,200 additional square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art function space by fall 2002, just in time for the popular fall foliage season.The centerpiece of the project is The Rockwell Room, named after the internationally renowned New England painter, Norman Rockwell, whose workconsistently began to reflect small-town American life when he relocated to nearby Arlington, VT. Divisible into several smaller rooms and offering a seating capacity of up to 300, the new facility will feature the latest audiovisual equipment, high speed internet access and video conferencing capabilities. The new ballroom at the resort, unobtrusively tucked away at the far side of the sprawling property, will have its own entrance, pre-function areas, a coatroom, office space and upscale restroom facilities. Designed in the green and yellow hues of Vermont, the ballroom will be graced with several chandeliers, wall sconces and a bay window overlooking the grounds.The architect for the new ballroom project is Edward Clark of Bread Loaf Corporation in Middlebury, with Jinnie Kim, of Jinnie Kim Design inBrookline, Massachusetts, providing the interior design. The new ballroom is phase one of a major 2002 enhancement program, which includes the construction and opening of a new Rockresorts’branded-amenity Avanyu® Spa in the fourth quarter.Situated on 2,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, The Equinox, with 183 rooms and suites, dates back more than 200 years.last_img read more

Supreme Court speeds handling of cases

first_img Bar 49.3% All Cases 72.2% Death Penalty* 754 Supreme Court: Timeliness of Case Processing By Type of Case, 1990-1999 Discretion- ary 130 Other Mandatory 84.2% Other Mandatory 8 Discretion- ary 88 Supreme Court speeds handling of cases Senior Editor By most measures, the Florida Supreme Court is handling more cases and working more efficiently than it was a decade ago, according to statistics from the State Courts Administrator’s Office.In a report prepared for a legislative commission examining the court’s workload, the administrator’s office found that the court handled significantly more cases in 1999 than it did in 1990, but the typical time it took the court to act declined slightly. Many, if not most, of the additional cases were taken at the court’s discretion.The report, released November 7, was done for the Supreme Court Workload Study Commission. The commission was created by the legislature earlier this year to examine the high court’s workload after a bill to add two justices to the court appeared unlikely to pass.The commission is required to report to the legislature early next year.According to the report, filings from all sources rose from 1,918 in 1990 to 2,745 in 1999, and averaged 2,211 for the period.But during that same period, filings for cases where the court has mandatory jurisdiction went from 209 in 1990 to 117 in 1999, and averaged 152 for the decade. About half of those involved direct or collateral death penalty appeals, which have been estimated to take up a third or more of the court’s time.Cases where the court granted discretionary review, such as statutory construction, direct conflict cases, cases certified as of great public importance and the like, rose from 909 in 1990 to 1,215 in 1999, with a 10-year average of 1,007.Another substantial rise came in petitions where the court has original jurisdiction, mostly habeas corpus, mandamus and prohibition writs. Those went from 361 in 1990 to 860 in 1999, with an average of 531 for the period. Other types of original jurisdiction cases — primarily Florida Bar grievance filings, but also including cases from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and the Judicial Qualifications Commission — also rose for the period with Bar complaints going up about 30 percent.Case dispositions for the decade went from 1,847 in 1990 to 2,407 in 1999, and averaged 2,169 for the period.While the number of cases were going up, the court appeared to handle most of them quickly. In 1990, the median time for disposing of a case was 113 days. That declined to 70 days by 1999 (the median time means half of all cases took less time and half took longer). During the same period, the number of cases disposed within 180 days of filing went from 66 percent in 1990 to 75.8 percent in 1999.And the number of cases disposed of within a year of filing went from 86.9 percent to 88.5 percent, and averaged 85.8 percent for the decade.But not all cases were quickly handled. The study found that the longest type to dispose of were death penalty appeals which took a median time of 720 days — or nearly two years — from filing to disposition. Only 14.5 percent of the death penalty cases were disposed within 180 days, and only 19.4 percent were handled within 365 days. Those figures covered the period from 1990 to 1999.A more detailed analysis of the death appeals showed the typical direct appeal took 996 days, or about two years and nine months, to handle from filing to disposition. The typical collateral appeal took 552 days.The average direct appeal required 671 days from filing until the record and all briefs were filed, then 64 days until oral argument, followed by 271 days until the court issued a decision. On collateral appeals, it takes 488 days from filing until the record is complete and briefs filed, followed by 57 days until oral argument and then 181 days to issue the opinion.The report noted the court has taken several steps to address the time necessary to process capital appeals, including setting up an automated case management and tracking system, getting quarterly reports from circuit courts to trace all their pending postconviction cases, setting standards for judges who hear capital cases, having a special committee continue to examine ways to improve the system and requiring chief judges in every circuit to develop and submit a plan by January 1 to improve procedures for a timely production of court records.The report concluded that the Supreme Court has realized a substantial increase in filings, particularly since 1996, but has also kept up with the higher workload. Most statistics showing that some cases were delayed had to do with large numbers of filings dealing with similar issues, and the court has taken steps to identify lead cases and resolve those quickly.“By other statistical measures, the court has been able to keep up with the pace of litigation,” the report said. “Both median and average number of days from filing to disposition for the aggregate caseload have declined over the past 10 years. The median and average age of pending cases has remained relatively constant over the years.”The court has been able to keep pace because of the creation of the central research staff and the addition of a third clerk for each justice, the report said. It added that a case management system helping the court was “substantially upgraded” last year.“The court’s request for additional personnel for the central staff and clerk’s office, included in the 2001 budget request, should, if funded, permit the court to maintain effective control of its workload,” the report said.Appendices in the report examined the court’s internal operating procedures, disposition of cases and also compared appeals in Florida with other states, including the 10 largest states.One statistic showed that including all appeals to intermediate and supreme courts, Florida had more appeals per capita than any of the other 10 largest states, with 162 appeals per 100,000 people. Pennsylvania was second with 144, then Ohio with 129. California had the largest absolute number of intermediate and final appeals, with 33,707, followed by Florida with 24,138, Texas was third with 23,302, and New York had 18,698.In terms of filings per justice, Florida was well down the list, based on 1998 figures. California had 1,237 per justice, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which handles all criminal but no civil appeals, had 1,099 and New York had 688. Florida ranked eighth with 357.The report also looked at opinions written per justice, where Florida ranked fourth with 49 in 1998. The Texas criminal court led the way with 72, followed by Georgia with 56 and Ohio with 54.The report also has a history of the court, with some interesting facts. For example, when Florida became a state in 1845, its first Supreme Court was the state’s four — count `em, four — circuit judges sitting as a group reviewing each other’s decisions. An 1851 amendment to the constitution created a three-justice Supreme Court. The number was increased to six in 1902, reduced to five in 1911, returned to six in 1923 and increased to seven in 1940.Justices were originally chosen by the legislature, although that was later changed to a vote of the people. Since 1976, it has been by merit selection and retention. The Supreme Court was the only appellate court in Florida until 1957, when, in response to workload concerns, the district courts of appeal were created.The Supreme Court Library, created in 1845, is the oldest, continually operated state-supported library in Florida. Its catalog system is available to the public via the Internet, and the library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Court personnel can use it at anytime.The Supreme Court Workload Study Commission was scheduled to meet November 17, as this News went to press. It was expected to take additional testimony on the court’s workload, including perhaps hearing from the Washington State Supreme Court, which has nine members. The commission will also meet early in December.The workload report is available on the court’s website at www.flcourts.org. Click on the Press Page option on the left-hand side menu, and then select Supreme Court Press Information. Other Originals 93% Other Originals 73 Percentage of Cases Disposed within 365 Days of Filing, 1990-1999 Percentage of Cases Disposed within 180 Days of Filing, 1990-1999 Other Originals 133 Other Mandatory 75 Death Penalty* 720 Petitions 87.1% Bar 230 Bar 183 * Includes all mandatory death penalty cases. Does not include original writ petitions. Death Penalty* 14.5% December 1, 2000 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Other Originals 74.4% Discretion- ary 77.6% Petitions 101 Median Number of Days from Filing to Disposition All Cases 87.8% Average Number of Days from Filing to Disposition All Cases 85 Petitions 95.7% All Cases 162 Discretion- ary 91.1% Petitions 52 Bar 80.7% Supreme Court speeds handling of cases Other Mandatory 93.1% Death Penalty* 19.4% last_img

Lindenhurst Man Killed in Head-on Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One man was killed and a woman injured in a head-on crash Friday night in Lindenhurst, Suffolk County police said. The fatal collision occurred around 7 p.m. when Jennifer Ginexi, who was driving her 2013 Ford Fusion north on Wellwood Avenue, was struck head-on by a 2013 Honda Civic, which had crossed into her lane, police said.The driver of the Civic, 26-year-old Karim Abouelfadl of Lindenhurst, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said. Ginexi, 23, of North Babylon, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Suffolk police First Squad detectives are investigating the crash.Both cars were impounded for a safety check, police said. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 23

first_imgTime for America to resume rule of lawIt’s over America. The land of law and order and civility is gone. We are left with idiot Democrats who are trying to ruin our country because their chosen leader, by her own faults, was not elected president. In Mr. Robert Dufresne’s April 16 letter, he seemed to present a strong case to suggest that replacing some power sources with “green energy” was “irrational and impossible.”But I’d suggest that’s a pretty strong statement to make based on real numbers. His numbers are certainly questionable.For example, he says that “natural gas, coal, oil, and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent” of the energy used yearly.He doesn’t say where those numbers come from.I checked the National Grid website and learned that in the National Grid service area, those same sources represented 59.4 percent of the energy in 2017, and probably lower now.He also states that “wind accounts for only 6.3 percent … and solar 1.9 percent.” The National Grid website says those numbers are 8.6 and 4.6, respectively (2017 numbers; probably higher now).Website sciencing.com distinguishes turbines’ direct land use from total wind farm area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReality reveals green energy is possible There is no end to what they are trying to do in state and federal houses.Locals also seem to neglect usual rules of law. A Gloversville car hits a man in a wheelchair and does not stop. You couldn’t feel the impact of something so severe? They find the driver, but as of a few days ago at least, he hadn’t been arrested for leaving scene of a fatal accident? There is more punishment if your parked car is an inch over a yellow line. Oh the horror. Lawmakers in New York offer $2.7 million in college aid for children of a Gold Star parent, but 27 million for Dreamers or opioid users or thugs whatever you want to call them. A misplaced decimal point for sure.Sanctuary cities are above the law and protect illegal immigrants. We are sending some to you. Foul play. They do not belong in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Albany because many do not have jobs, said an Obama aide on TV. You give them what they want, and they make an excuse for what they know is an untenable situation. Let us hope some of these stupid supporters wake up.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springscenter_img Keep neon vest in car as a safety measureWhen police or people need to get out of a car in the dark, they should have a paper or plastic neon vest they can wear.If they don’t have them already in the safety boxes people buy for their cars, include a neon color vest that can we worn. It might save a life. Just a thought.Peg LapoDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Mr. Dufresne seems to be confusing the two.He quotes a huge acreage required and says it assumes “wall-to-wall turbines.” Well, the aforementioned website states that in direct land use, “a 2-megawatt wind turbine would require 1.5 acres of land,” well below the 100 acres Mr. Dufresne would have you believe.And then of course he makes the dubious claim that without wind, there is no power. Has he not heard of batteries? Their development for power systems continues.There are just too many erroneous and/or disconnected statements in the letter to justifiably conclude that green energy is “irrational and impossible.”Jerry BoehmAlbanylast_img read more

South Sumatran millennials encouraged to help forest, land restoration via app

first_img“Presently, we need 1.8 million interpretations from people, especially youths or university students to become data heroes,” she said in Palembang, adding that the activity was conducted in five regions, including South Sumatra.The collected data, she said, would be made as a base to map the restoration potential that the government and other stakeholders could use to come up with restoration policies.She said restoration efforts had to be conducted inclusively by involving the wider community considering that “critical land”, according to data at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, had reached 14 million hectares, 1.5 times as much as South Sumatra’s area.Previously in 2019, her side had conducted a similar activity for land coverage data in South Sumatra. The program, with 600 students from 10 universities in the province participating, was considered successful and effective in helping improve the quality of a map on the change in land coverage. It had collected 1 million satellite image data interpretations with an accuracy rate of 77 percent. Youths in South Sumatra are encouraged to participate in the restoration of degraded forests and land through data crowdsourcing platforms. RESTORE+ project manager Hidayah Hamzah said such data crowdsourcing used an app available for download called Urundata.Hidayah said the activity started in November 2019 and was to run until March. Participants, she said, would receive the status of #PahlawanData (data hero). Hidayah said when comparing satellite imagery from 2010 and 2018, degradation was shown to have decreased in the field coverage of some regions in South Sumatra. “It was then supported by data from users of the Urundata app. It proves that there was a change in the fields in 2019,” Hidayah said.The success, she added, had encouraged her side to develop the activity at the national level.To contribute data, she said, users only needed to choose “Yes”, “No” or “Not Sure” for questions and images presented on the app. Users with the highest score had the opportunity to take part in an internship program together with the RESTORE+ consortium.“Such an opportunity of course offers valuable experience for students to learn more about landscape and forest restoration activities,” chairperson of the Community Research and Development Institution (LPPM) STIPER Sriwigama Palembang, Dewi Meidalima, said.Meanwhile remote sensing specialist Hadi of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) said the quality of the data collected would be tested by a panel of experts from ICRAF, WRI Indonesia and WWF Indonesia.Validated data would then be published on the Urundata site for the public to use for analysis purposes. The compiled data could be further processed into ideas for national landscape restoration. “For the next project, we will involve youths to go to the field and directly observe the degraded environment,” Hadi told The Jakarta Post.Topics :last_img read more

Virus disrupts White House race as Sanders, Biden cancel rallies

first_img“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak.”Biden’s campaign repeated the same concerns, adding: “We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days.”The announcements underscored the rising concerns over the virus’s potential impact on the Democratic primary showdown, which has nearly three more months to run.They came as voters in six states were casting ballots Tuesday on who they want to represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.On Monday Ohio governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency as three people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.A key battleground for Biden and Sanders, the state will hold primary votes on March 17.  Topics : Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden both cancelled their election night rallies in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday as fears of the coronavirus took hold in their taut primary battle.They were the first major US political events called off due to the virus, which has now infected more than 800 Americans across the country and left 28 dead.”Out of concern for public health and safety, we are cancelling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement.  last_img read more

Housing affordability issues has resulted in a rise in this type of property investment

first_imgLogan Nicols has bought an investment property at Greenslopes but still rents at East Brisbane. Picture: David Clark/AAPGENERATION Y men have embraced property investment with new figures revealing they are behind a surge in the new trend of rentvesting.Rentvesting, when a homebuyer invests where they can afford to buy a property, but rents where they want to live, has become a strong category of property investment according to new research.It found those most likely to be rentvestors were male (65 per cent), Generation Y (61 per cent) and living in a metropolitan area (81 per cent).The research done by Ipsos on behalf of Westpac, found that six out of ten Australians still wanted to buy their own home.Westpac’s Head of Home Ownership, Lauren Fine, said it was interesting that young men dominated those becoming rentvestors.“We did find that young males dominated, we think it could be due to the fact that our research has shown over the years that men are a lot more into creating a wealth plan and that could be one of the reasons,’’ she said.“The other reason that we think could be playing a factor in that, is we know that Australian men earn around 16 per cent more than woman so that means their income will go a lot further toward helping them save for a deposit but also topping up any mortgage repayments if they found there was a shortfall for instance.’’Ms Fine said the results showed that property was still considered one of the key pillars of an investment strategy.For young property buyers priced out of the market they want to live in, rentvesting has become a viable alternativeShe said traditionally “in the old days’’ many considered buying a home to live in a priority, but that had changed, particularly as housing affordability for in demand areas had became a struggle.“We found that some of the key benefits of rentvesting nationally were that it was a great alternative pathway for first homeowners into property,’’ she said.“It really gives them a lot of flexibility around where they can afford to purchase versus where they actually want to live and have fun and play.“The rental income that they receive from the property really helps contribute toward the monthly payments and gives them the financial flexibility to rent where they want to live.’’The research surmised that the number of rentvestors would continue to grow as housing affordability became more of a challenge.Two in five of all those surveyed said they were open to rentvesting, with some revealing while they owned an investment property they were still living with their parents.Those who were rentvesting were most likely to have bought in the past two years.“This may suggest first home buyers have responded to these increases by purchasing in more affordable areas, while continuing to rent where they currently live,” Ms Fine said.Logan Nichols, 22, has just become a rentvestor with his first property acquisition after buying an apartment at Greenslopes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“There were a number of things that indicated to me that the Greenslopes apartment would be a good investment,’’ he said.Mr Nichols thought it would be appealing to many workers at the nearby Greenslopes hospital and that it was a good growth area.“For city and other workers, the bus services are very close by,” he said. “The location offers a very good lifestyle with popular coffee shops and food as well as extensive shopping along Logan Rd.’’Mr Nichols said he had worked on the basis that if it was somewhere he would be happy to live, then so would a renter.“I also managed to negotiate on the property price. I feel this is an advantage that is best achieved when purchasing an investment property rather than a home.“If the price negotiations became higher than what I considered to be a good price, I was happy to move on and keep looking.” He decided to buy an investment for his first property acquisition for a number of reasons.Logan Nichols has bought a unit in this apartment block.“I am happy with my existing rental situation where I lease with three others at East Brisbane. This allows me to live close to CBD work at a good price while also being suitable for my dog.“ I had considered purchasing a home and offsetting some of the repayments by living with another individual. This would potentially allow me to claim stamp duty and first homeowner’s concessions.“However, a house suitable for my dog and within the price range I was looking for came at a compromise of location and living standard.“For me at this age, having my own home is not of high importance especially considering my requirement for location flexibility with work.”Melinda Allamby of Ray White Stones Corner said they were dealing with more rentvestors in the area and many of them were single male buyers.She said when it was a couple, usually they were buying to live in it.“Some younger people are capitalising on staying at home and buying.’’She said when it came to rentvesting, it was all about the numbers and rentability of a property.last_img read more