Laboratory experiment

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Pennsylvania State Prison Population Records Largest Decrease in 40 Years

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Economy,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Prison Reform,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced today that Pennsylvania’s state inmate population decreased by nearly 850 inmates in 2015, which represents the greatest one-year decline in population over the last 40 years. Today’s announcement is the capstone to a year of accomplishment for the system under Governor Wolf’s leadership. DOC has made smart population and recidivism reduction as well as creating efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars even greater priorities.“With fewer people coming into the system, fewer people returning to the system, and a continued level of smart and fair parole releases, our population is declining and we continue to move in the right direction,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud Secretary Wetzel for his leadership in all he is doing to make our system more effective, efficient and fair.“It costs about $41,000 to incarcerate an offender per year in the state prison system. We need to make sure that we are spending these taxpayer dollars on those offenders who require that level of incarceration and not wasting money that could be used for education or job creation, which will both ultimately keep more people out of prison.”Corrections Secretary John Wetzel credited Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for these changes. The year-end inmate population figures show a decrease of 842 inmates during calendar year 2015, which coupled with last year’s decrease, is proof that our prison reform movement is advancing in a positive direction, Wetzel said. DOC also reports that its population has decreased by a total of 1,598 offenders over the past two years.“This year, the DOC worked with the governor’s office to set a population reduction target of 250 inmates,” Wetzel said. “We have far exceeded that target and are expecting reductions of equal or greater amounts in future years.”“Work in this area serves offenders better, and it also continues to reduce the state’s population and ultimately reduce the cost associated with state incarceration,” Wetzel said. “For years, we have said that offenders require treatment more so than a lengthy, expensive stay in the state prison system. Finally, offenders are getting the treatment they need at a more-appropriate level of the criminal justice system. This ensures appropriate treatment and saves the expensive state prison space for the more violent offenders – those that truly should be separated from society.”DOC’s population numbers also reflect individuals participating in the State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) program and technical parole violators who serve time in a community corrections center. When only considering the in-prison population, the number of inmates in prison actually dropped by 918 in 2015.The total population drop of 842 in 2015 is larger than the total drop of 756 from 2014 and DOC’s 2015 population of 49,914 is the lowest that it has been since March 2009.The commonwealth began its criminal justice reform in 2012 with the enactment of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Work in this area, specifically the reduction in the state prison inmate population, has resulted in the state now being able to reinvest some of the money saved back into the county level.“The reality is that there is still much work to be done and we can do even more to not only spend millions less on our prisons and more on creating jobs and education,” Governor Wolf said. “But we can keep more people out of the system – through diversion programs and increased opportunity – and ensure that offenders more prepared to re-enter society with skills and a purpose to not return.”In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf encouraged Department of Corrections’ use of performance-based contracts that hold vendors accountable for the programs they provide, the DOC announced an overall recidivism reduction of 11.3 percent in the community corrections system.In addition to community corrections recidivism reduction, the DOC in 2015 also announced exciting statistics that show a decrease in the six-month, one-year and three-year recidivism rates. The latest three-year and six-month rates are the lowest ever recorded, and the one-year rate is by far the largest drop from the previous year (a total drop of 5.3 percentage points).Governor Wolf also led an effort within the Department of Corrections to drastically expand their work in combating opioid addiction among inmates, including new treatment to help inmates reduce their reliance on substance and ensure they have coverage for health services after their release.Also, in 2015, every DOC employee was trained in Mental Health First Aid; the DOC established an Office of Mental Health Advocate; and a number of new diversionary housing units were established to ensure mentally ill offenders are not placed in restricted housing units. Work continues in this area continually improving the DOC’s mental health.Certain offenders are better served and show better outcomes by remaining close to home within the county criminal justice system. To that end, the DOC has announced a funding solicitation totaling $1.5 million for county government candidates to divert “short min” inmates—those whose minimum sentence dates are one year or less from their admission date to the DOC—from state incarceration. Information on this issue can be obtained HERE. Solicitations are due by March 1, 2016.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 19, 2016center_img Pennsylvania State Prison Population Records Largest Decrease in 40 Yearslast_img read more

Despite low stock levels the market is “ticking away” in this suburb

first_img3 Woodgrove Court, Highvale.A property at Highvale has sold for $870,000 to those who knew the property inside and out – the tenants.Ray White Samford selling agent Brett Crompton said the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 3 Woodgrove Court, sold on July 17.The home, which is in a quiet cul-de-sac, is in the Samford Downs estate.Mr Crompton said the tenants had loved living there so much during their tenancy they fell in love with the property and what it had to offer.3 Woodgrove Court, Highvale.He said the market in the area was “ticking away” very well at the moment.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“We had lower stock levels than usual heading into winter but the buyer demand has still been quite strong,” Mr Crompton said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenPlanning your open for inspections00:51“In the last month or so we have started to see some more stock coming in to the market.”3 Woodgrove Court, Highvale.Mr Crompton said the buyer mix in Samford had not always been quite the same as other areas.He said living in the area was a lifestyle choice not merely a suburb choice.“In recent months buyers from Sydney and Melbourne have been making up about a third if all our inquiries – the others are coming from second and third tier buyers with young families,” Mr Crompton said.“And we’ve had a few early retirees looking for a change of pace and some more space for the grandchildren.”Mr Crompton said multi-generational families were getting more common with properties that had granny flats or second dwellings.last_img read more

Austrian pension hunts emerging markets manager for €30m mandate

first_imgAn Austrian pension fund is has launched a search for an ESG-tilted emerging market equities manager via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2503, the investor is seeking to allocate €30m to an active mandate, although it has yet to decide what style.The fund must be compliant with Austria’s BMSVG law governing severance payment funds. This law restricts the use of derivatives to hedging purposes only, and requires all investments to be listed on exchanges within an OECD country. In addition, all holdings must be disclosed to the investor “on a daily basis with limited delay”.The investor said: “Since the legal requirement of OECD listings of the fund holdings is a [particularly] difficult task for investments in emerging market equities, the manager should show that he has experience in handling such a portfolio and knows how to invest in this limited stock universe without compromising his performance and creating substantial systematic biases relative to the broad EM universe or his own plain vanilla EM funds. The same applies to the ESG approach.” Regarding ESG requirements, managers “should be committed to responsible investing and the fund itself should have an integrated ESG approach in the investment process”, the tender document stated.This included implementing an exclusion list set out by the Austrian Ecolabel organisation.The pension fund said it was willing to seed a new fund if appropriate. It is open to segregated mandates but would prefer a pooled fund offering.Although no specific benchmark has been set, managers pitching for the mandate should “suggest a benchmark that would fit the fund”, the investor said.Managers should state performance net of fees to 31 December 2018. The minimum track record required is five years. If offering a new product, managers should demonstrate performance “through the performance of a comparable product”.Companies bidding should have at least €500m in the strategy already, and at least €5bn under management across all strategies.Responses to the tender should be submitted by 31 January at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email read more

Prov’l agriculturist downplays Fall Armyworm infestation

first_imgBACOLOD City – The current Fall Armyworminfestation in Negros Occidental is not alarming, according to ProvincialAgriculturist  Japhet Masculino. Around three hectares of corn crops inEscalante City have been affected, too. There is a “critical need” to ensurepreparedness and strengthen pest surveillance and management activities, hestressed. Negros Occidental governor Eugenio JoseLacson issued an executive order creating a coordinating task force to addressthe infestation. Last week, five areas reported thepresence of Fall Armyworms in their farming areas – La Carlota City, LaCastellana, Pontevedra, Himamaylan City, and San Carlos City – attacking rice,corn, soybeans, sugarcane, and some vegetables. The infestation could be controlled andcontained, stressed Masculino, through the application of insecticides. According to a memorandum from theBureau of Plant Industry, the destructive Fall Armyworm has a high reproductiverate and is difficult to control as they have a natural tolerance for someinsecticides./PNlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Home Opener Results

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs won their home opener against the Connersville Lady Spartans 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 in Varsity play and 25-19, 23-25, 15-6 in JV action.Batesville vs. Connersville Varsity VB (8-21)Batesville vs. Connersville JV Volleyball (8-21)The North Decatur Lady Chargers won the Freshman battle 19-25, 25-17, 15-6.The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Shelbyville to take on The Lady Golden Bears on Saturday (8-23) with The JV start time at 10 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

School Sports Injuries

first_imgThere have been many articles published about the increased number of injuries in school sports that have occurred since 2000.  A recent article published in the Indianapolis Star by Dr. James Andrews stated the main cause of these injuries came from playing one sport all year long.  His theory states that you use the same muscles too often.  His advice is to play several sports so that you use all of your muscles equally.  This was the policy when I was growing up, and it lasted until about 20 years ago.  It was then that club sports became popular and kids stopped playing multiple sports.  They would decide on one sport and play it all year round.Will Carroll of Greenwood, in his Bleacher Report, also backed Dr. Andrews report up and emphasized that young baseball and solftball athletes were pitching too many innings at too early an age.  Here again, parents put their kids on traveling squads where on a weekend their son or daughter may play as many as 6 games in 2.5 days.  Injuries have increased at a 7-fold rate since 2000.  Parents–take note!!last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Netters Post Season Opening Victory Against Lady Spartans

first_imgAfter a hard-fought loss at No. 2 singles, the Lady Bulldogs outlasted Connersville in both doubles matches. Kayla Stone and Lily Esser secured the team victory with a 6-2, 2-6 and 7-6 win at No. 2 doubles. The No. 1 doubles team of Corinne Stone and Betsy Harmeyer rallied from an early deficit to defeat Rylee Fuller and Kelsey Smith 4-6, 7-5 and 6-4. The junior varsity was also victorious is the season opener. Claiming victories for the Lady Bulldogs were Carly Fitzpatrick, Caroline Kellerman and Kayla Meyer in singles. Doubles team of Fitzpatrick/Kellerman, Bre Wells/Ashley Nobbe were also winners.Courtesy of Bulldogs AD Bryan Helvie. The Batesville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Connersville and opened their tennis season with a 4-1 victory.The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with victories at No. 1 and 3 singles. Sophie Brown defeated Juliette Collins 7-5 and 6-1 at No. 1, while Jenna Ertel was a 6-4 and 6-1 winners over Giovanna Struewing at No. 3.last_img read more

Moore takes Guyana’s first win at the Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgYOUNG boxer Christopher Moore won his 60kg bout against Cyprus’s Dimitris Christofi yesterday afternoon in Guyana’s first silver lining, at the Commonwealth Youth Games ongoing in the Bahamas.Boxing continues for Guyana tomorrow when Keevin Allicock takes on North Ireland’s Kian Bittles in the 52kg category, while Guyana’s bid in the athletics competition begins today when Kenisha Phillips and Onasha Rogers step out in the Girls’ 100m heats.In tomorrow’s athletics Guyana will have Tremaine Browne in the Boys’ long jump. While Phillips and Rogers will be out again for the Girls’ 200m heats, Daniel Melville will be in the Boys’ 800m heats.Earlier yesterday, swimmers Patrice Mahaica and Daniel Scott were in the pool representing Guyana, but did not move into the finals of their respective events.This followed Joshua Buchanan’s performance in Judo on Monday, where he lost 00 – 11 to Barbados’ Khalil Jessamy in a repechage match.In the pool, Guyana’s Mahaica finished eighth in heat three of four with a time of 32.83 seconds in the Girls’ 50m butterfly. The heat was won by England’s Alicia Wilson who clocked 27.68 seconds, the second fastest tie in a heats.In the Boys’ 200m freestyle Scott finished third in his heats, stopping the clock at 2:09.90s. The fastest heat’s time of 1:51.06s, was made by South Africa’s Jarryd Baxter.Scott was also in the Boys’ 50m butterfly, where his time of 28.31 seconds placed him fifth in heat two of five.Guyana is being represented in four of the nine sport disciplines being contested at the Games.last_img read more

USC begins partnership with Kaya Press publishers

first_imgKaya Press, which only prints books from Asian and Pacific Island diasporas, plans to give USC students a hands-on experience in book publishing.Sunyoung Lee, the company’s editor and publisher, said one of the reasons Kaya Press moved from New York to USC was because of the strength of the programs focusing on Asia and the Pacific Islands.“We’re in Los Angeles because we had an opportunity to come out to USC, a dream for any independent literary press,” Lee said. “USC’s interest in becoming the premier university of the Asia Pacific age seemed like a perfect fit for Kaya Press in particular. We’re very much looking forward to contributing to USC’s emerging profile as a powerhouse in this area.”The five-year contract with the university means students can become involved with a fully operational literary publishing company with the actual processes of acquiring, putting together and publicizing books.Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, a graduate student studying art history, has worked as a graduate assistant for Kaya Press since the start of the fall semester. Reynolds-Kaye said her work with the company doesn’t specifically intersect with her dissertation at the moment, but working at Kaya Press has taught her about publishing.“It’s a very vibrant, creative atmosphere, and it’s really great to have that opportunity, especially while I’m in grad school, to have that as part of what you do every day,” Reynolds-Kaye said. “It’s a very exciting place, and we want it to be a hub of creativity of students at USC.”Fiona Wang, a junior majoring in business administration and accounting, has been working as a project specialist for Kaya Press since October. She said the enthusiasm of Kaya Press’ workers impressed her.“I’d never worked for a non profit before,” Wang said. “It’s a different kind of passion people have. They’re not working for money — they’re working so hard because they love this.”Nicole Saeun Schildkraut, a graduate student studying English, said she has been working with Kaya Press for two years to publish her collection of poetry, The Magnetic Refrain.“Students who are interested in publishing would learn a great deal by working with them,” Schildkraut said. “It’s very hands-on, from the very beginning of signing offers all the way up to publishing them and creating publicity.”Authors whose books Kaya Press has published have received awards such as the American Book Award and the Association for Asian-American Studies Book Award.Lee said the books she publishes fix misconceptions about Asian storytelling.“By publishing only works from the Asian and Pacific diasporas, we’re hoping to showcase the innovation and diversity that can be found there,” Lee said. “[Our authors] are not trying to represent, so much as they are trying to bust through presumptions about the kinds of stories that Asian-Americans or Asian-Australians or Asian-Africans or Asian-Latin-Americans have to tell.”Viet Nguyen, a professor of American studies and ethnicity, said his department is concerned with the ways ethnic and racial populations in the United States are shaped globally by histories and events and how the United States impacts the rest of the world.“[The ASE department is] at the forefront of American studies and ethnic studies … because so many of its faculty and students are working on transnational and international issues,” Nguyen said.Kaya Press plans to unite Asian and Pacific writers in Los Angeles by working to establish an organization like New York’s Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit arts organization that supports the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian-Americans.“Despite the enormous diversity of culture and experiences in Los Angeles, it doesn’t have any kind of Asian-American, much less Asian, diasporic, literary organization,” Lee said. “We [Kaya Press] hope to remedy that situation.”Kaya Press plans to hold its launch party in Kaprielian Hall room 445 at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The event will feature readings by Kaya Press authors, including Sesshu Foster, Catherine Liu, Samantha Chanse and Nicole Schildkraut. The Department of American Studies and Ethnicity will officially begin partnering with Kaya Press this semester with the opening of its office in Kaprielian  Hall.Edit ready · Kaya Press Publisher Sunyoung Lee makes edits to a book in her office in Kaprielian Hall. Kaya Press will partner with USC for the next five years. – Chris Roman | Daily Trojanlast_img read more