Applications open for new rent relief grants

first_imgApplications open for new rent relief grants Applications are open for grants helping WA tenants and landlordsUp to $2,000 paid to landlords for future rent supportGrants assist tenants struggling financiallyApplications are open under the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to help tenants who are struggling financially meet rent payments.Renters who are facing a significant rent increase they are unable to afford can apply. However, their landlord must agree to a fixed-term lease of at least six months beyond 28 March 2021. This grant is capped at $2,000 per tenancy.Tenants will be able to apply for the grants if they satisfy the following criteria:Receive a Centrelink payment as their primary income (excluding JobKeeper);Have less than $10,000 in savings;Pay more than 25 per cent of their income in rent per week;Are tenants or sub-tenants in a private residential property, rooming house or residential park (includes community housing);Have a tenancy agreement in place as at December 1, 2020 (includes boarders and lodgers with an agreement);Have a bond lodged with the Bond Administrator (if required under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987).Rent arrears assistance is also available to help tenants pay their outstanding rent debt that arose before 1 December 2020. Grants for 75 per cent of rent arrears, up to a maximum of $4,000, will be paid directly to eligible landlords. This includes any rent that was waived or reduced during the moratorium emergency period. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, community, Emergency, future, Government, house, Industry regulation, meet, property, rent, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

Will the Oscars be a ‘who cares’ moment as ratings dive?

first_imgHomeFeaturedWill the Oscars be a ‘who cares’ moment as ratings dive? Apr. 08, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsWill the Oscars be a ‘who cares’ moment as ratings dive?Guest Author2 months agooscarsratings LEANNE ITALIE, AP Entertainment WriterGeorge Bradley used to love watching the Academy Awards. The 28-year-old Brit now living in San Diego would stay up late back home just to tune in.Though he’s now in the right time zone, he’s just not interested, and that’s due primarily to the pandemic.“The rising dominance of the streaming services has taken the gloss off the Oscars for me,” he said. “You just don’t get the same warm fuzzy feeling from when you recognize a movie from the silver screen.”Whether you watch out of love, because you love to hate or have given up like Bradley, awards shows have suffered since the coronavirus shuttered theaters and shut down live performances. But the ratings slide for awards nights began well before Covid-19 took over.For much of this century, the Oscars drew 35 million to 45 million viewers, often just behind the Super Bowl. Last year, just before the pandemic was declared, the hostless telecast on ABC was seen by its smallest audience ever, 23.6 million viewers, down 20 percent from the year before.The pandemic-era Golden Globes a little more than a year later plummeted to 6.9 million viewers, down 64% from last year and barely besting 2008, the year a writer’s strike forced NBC to air a news conference announcing winners. Last year, pre-lockdown, the show had 18.4 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company.In March, Grammy producers avoided the Zoom awkwardness of other awards shows and staged performances by some of the industry’s biggest stars — to no avail. The CBS telecast reached 9.2 million viewers, both television and streaming, the lowest number on record and a 51% drop from 2020, Nielsen said.John Bennardo, 52, in Boca Raton, Florida, is a film buff, film school graduate and screenwriter, and runs a videography business for mostly corporate clients. This year is a no-go for the Oscars.“I love the movies and aspire to be on that very Oscars stage receiving my own award some day,” he said. “I watch each year and take it in, enter contests where I try to pick winners and try to see all the films. But something has changed for this year.”For starters, he hasn’t seen a single film nominated in any category.“Maybe I’ll watch ‘Zach Snyder’s Justice League’ instead. It might be shorter,” Bennardo joked about the Oscars show.Like other awards shows, the Oscars telecast was pushed back due to pandemic restrictions and safety concerns. The show had been postponed three times before in history, but never so far in advance. Organizers last June scheduled it for April 25, as opposed to its usual slot in February or early March.Count that among other driving forces behind Oscars fatigue. Another, according to former fans of the show, is having to watch nominated movies on small screens and keeping up with when and where they are available on streaming and on-demand services. It’s been one big blur to some.Priscilla Visintine, 62, in St. Louis, Missouri, used to live for watching the Academy Awards. She attended watch parties every year, usually dressed all the way up for the occasion.“Definitely the shuttering of the theaters created my lack of interest this year,” she said. “I didn’t get any sense of Oscar buzz.”Not all diehards have given up their favorite awards show.In Knoxville, Tennessee, 50-year-old Jennifer Rice and her 22-year-old son, Jordan, have for years raced to watch as many nominated films as possible. In years past, it was their “February Madness,” she said, and they kept charts to document their predictions. She even got to attend the Oscars in 2019 through her work for a beauty company at the time.“My other two children, ages 25 and 19, have no interest in the Oscars. It’s just something special for Jordan and I,” Rice said. “The Oscars actually push us to watch movies that we may have never picked. I’m not as excited this year, but we’re still trying to watch everything before the awards ceremony.”As real-life hardship has intensified for many viewers, from food insecurity and job disruption to the isolation of lockdowns and parenting struggles, awards shows offer less escapism and razzle-dazzle than in the past, often relying on pre-taped performances and Zoom boxes for nominees. In addition, data shows little interest among younger generations for appointment television in general.Lifelong lover of movies and a filmmaker himself, 22-year-old Pierre Subeh of Orlando, Florida, stopped watching the Oscars in 2019.“We can barely stay put for a 15-second TikTok. How are we expected to sit through a dragged out, four-hour awards ceremony filled with ads and outdated offensive jokes? We’re living in the time of content curation. We need algorithms to figure out what we want to watch and to show us the best of the best,” he said.As a Muslim, Middle Eastern immigrant, Subeh also sees little inclusion of his culture in mainstream film, let alone on the Oscars stage.“We’re only mentioned when Aladdin is brought up. I don’t feel motivated to gather up my family on a Sunday to sit through a four-hour award ceremony that never has any sort of mention about our culture and religion. Yet as Muslims, we make up roughly 25% of the world population,” he said.Jon Niccum, 55, in Lawrence, Kansas, teaches screenwriting at the University of Kansas. He’s a filmmaker, went to film school and has worked as a film critic. He and his wife host an annual Oscar party, with 30 guests at its heyday, including a betting pool on winners for money and prizes. It will be family-only this year due to the pandemic, but the betting is on.And watching all the top films at home? For the most part, he said, “It was less satisfying.” Less satisfying enough to dump the Oscars telecast?“I haven’t missed an Oscars since 45 years ago. I’ll watch every single minute of it,” Niccum said.In Medford, New Jersey, 65-year-old Deb Madison will also be watching, as she has since she was a kid and her mom first took her to the movies.In 2018, while on an RV road trip with her husband, she made him bike into town with her in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to find a spot to watch. The ride back was in pitch darkness. Another year, when she was working reception at a huge party in Philadelphia on Oscars night, the coordinators laid cable and provided her with a tiny TV hidden under the welcome desk so she could tune in.This year, trying to keep up with nominees from home has stifled her excitement, Madison said.“I’m a sucker for the red carpet and the gowns and, `Oh my god, I can’t believe she wore that.’ Another thing is, I don’t particularly need to see these actors in their home environments,” she said with a laugh. “This year, if I missed it, it wouldn’t be tragic. Nobody would need to lay cable this year. But I still love the movies.”Tags :oscarsratingsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSon arrested after mother’s body found in LA-area trash binLIFE STORIES, 12 X 12You Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img

News / Ripples from coronavirus hit DP-DHL profits for €60m this month

first_img The impact of coronavirus has cost Deutsche Post-DHL’s group ebit between €60m-€70m ($66m-$77m) this month, it said this morning.In a preliminary earnings statement for its 2019 results – which hit target – it said it could not predict 2020 with any accuracy, owing to the potential impact of coronavirus.The group will publish its 2019 full-year results on 10 March, but said preliminary results showed revenues up 2.9% to €63.3bn, boosted by all five divisions, it said, although eCommerce made a loss of €51m and corporate functions €523m. Operating profit (ebit) was up 30.6% at €4.13 bn.However, it said that the only earnings guidance it could give for this year would exclude any impact of coronavirus. By Alex Lennane 28/02/2020 “In recent weeks, trade volumes have weakened, not only on the inbound and outbound China tradelanes, but also in other countries of Asia; constraints on industrial production are increasingly expected also outside of China,” it said.It noted that the biggest effects had been seen in its Express and Global Forwarding units.“Group-wide the negative impacts of the coronavirus crisis on group ebit amount to around €60m-€70m in the month of February, compared with the initial internal planning.”The group said its plans for StreetScooter would be scaled back, owing to the uncertainty.Frank Appel, chief executive, said: “The group decided to not further actively pursue the current exploratory talks regarding partnership options for the StreetScooter activities. Instead, StreetScooter will concentrate on the operation of the current fleet of e-vehicles.“We have always said that we do not want to be a car manufacturer. A further scaling of the business without the right partner does not fit our long-term strategic goals.”last_img read more

Erasmus hails EPD webinar series

first_imgErasmus hails EPD webinar series The SA Schools side during training BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Posted in SA Schools, Schools rugby, Top headlines, Tournaments Post by Craig Lewis  142  14 ‘ ‘ From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndocenter_img ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on August 24, 2020 BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Junior Springbok assistant coach Bafana Nhleko and his SA Schools counterparts have wrapped up a productive series of Elite Player Development (EPD) webinars with schools coaches from across the country.The aim of these webinars was to align SA Rugby’s structures with the schools, which seeks to ensure an effective pathway to the SA Schools and Junior Springbok teams in future.Nhleko was joined by SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Wessel du Plessis, as well as their respective assistant coaches, Cobus van Dyk and Katleho Lynch.They participated in a string of webinars with the U16 and U18 SA Rugby Youth Week coaches and schools coaches in the last fortnight to outline the fundamental skills required at age-group international level.The purpose of these presentations was to ensure that the players are well equipped with the necessary skills when they are selected for the SA Schools team, which in turn would contribute to successful SA Schools teams and later Junior Springbok sides.With the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in the cancellation of all the EPD camps this year, the webinars offered the SA Rugby’s junior coaches the opportunity to share their blueprint with the schools coaches, while also equipping them to assist with holistic player development further down the rugby chain.‘We believe these webinars will assist in aligning our schools rugby structures with the needs at SA Schools and Junior Springbok levels, and that will not only be beneficial to the teams, but to the players as individuals as well,’ said director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.‘The international game is different to inter-schools rugby, and with that the players require a different skill set, so by sharing our SA Schools blueprint with the schools coaches we may be able to close that gap.‘This is particularly important from a preparation point of view when the players reach the SA Schools teams, as they play physically demanding matches at school on the Saturday and assemble in camp on Sunday only to play their first international on the Friday, so there is very little time to work on their skills.‘By aligning these structures and positional requirements, the SA Schools coaches will be able to spend more time working on their systems, which is vital if one considers that the teams face the likes of England, France and Ireland, who enter the U18 International Series after a Six Nations campaign.’Erasmus added: ‘Another benefit of this initiative is that it will stretch over the Junior Springbok team a few years later, as that is the next step for these players when they finish school.‘I would like to thank Bafana, Lance, Wessel, Cobus and Katleho, as well as our EPD 2 manager, Herman Masimla, and Louis Koen, manager of high performance programmes, for this fantastic initiative, and the schools coaches for their participation. I have no doubt that we will reap the rewards in the years to come.’The areas covered in the player-development category during the webinars included the physical, technical, tactical and mental requirements for players to advance to the SA Schools team, as well as the vital positional skills needed to compete successfully at junior international level.The webinars contributed to a productive offering by SA Rugby’s high-performance department during the national lockdown, which also included off-field technical engagement for players, nutritional workshops, strength-and-conditioning monitoring and rugby laws webinars and tests. ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Capcom forecasts digital shift after solid fiscal year results

first_img 5 years ago Not to downplay MHX’s success, but SFV has sold 1.4m since February, according to Capcom’s own website (click on 41-55).Release : Feb 2016Platform : PS4, PC, DLUnits : 1.4 million units0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Capcom forecasts digital shift after solid fiscal year resultsPackaged games will receive “limited sales runs” as the company pursues growth in digital games and Asian marketsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 9th May 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCapcomCapcom saw both revenue and profits rise in the last fiscal year, but it is nevertheless planning a move away from the packaged console games on which its business was built.In the fiscal year ended March 31 2016, Capcom earned ¥‎77 billion ($715 million / €627 million) in revenue, up 19.8 per cent over the previous year. Net income for the period was ¥‎7.75 billion ($72 million / €63 million), an increase of 17.1 per cent. The company’s games (Digital Contents) business represented the majority of its revenue, earning ¥‎52.6 billion ($488 million / €428 million) over the course of the year, up 15.9 per cent. Operating income for the division rose 19.2 per cent to reach ¥‎12.2 billion ($113 million / €99 million).Despite the eagerly anticipated Street Fighter V launching in February (which shipped 1.4m units by the end of March), much of Digital Contents’ growth was down to a single IP. Monster Hunter X sold 3 million units between its November launch and the end of the fiscal year, despite being available for a single platform (Nintendo 3DS) and only in Japan. The game is expected to launch – as Monster Hunter: Generations – in Europe and North America later in 2016.Monster Hunter Online was launched in China by Tencent in December 2015, which Capcom said, “was off to a good start, thus increasing the possibility of even greater business development in China going forward.” Lastly, Monster Hunter Explore on mobile reached 3 million downloads across iOS and Android, which Capcom framed as a possible “breakthrough” for its “underperforming” mobile products.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Both Monster Hunter Online and Monster Hunter Explore could prove to be pivotal for Capcom, if its strategic outlook for this fiscal year proves to be accurate. The company promised to, “inject new life into the underperforming Mobile Contents business,” echoing a prior statement made in reference to the strong performance of Monster Hunter Explore. The merging of its Japanese and US mobile studios last month was a key step towards achieving that goal.That is one aspect of Capcom’s active pursuit of a digital-first production and distribution model – “to mitigate inventory burden and reduce distribution costs.” This will involve the promotion of more profitable digital downloads, with “package products” only receiving “limited sales runs.” It will also guide the foreign markets Capcom is targeting for future growth, with Asian countries preferred due to the dominance of online games. Following the “strong showing” of Monster Hunter Online, China will be a particular focus in this fiscal year and beyond. Capcom referred to a “full scale expansion” for the its brand in the territory.There are echoes here of Konami, which discussed a shift in emphasis from packaged console games to online and mobile titles at this time last year. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: A masterclass in reinventionAs Resident Evil 8 arrives and the series enters its 25th year, we look at how Capcom’s horror IP has done what it challenges players to do: surviveBy James Batchelor 1 days agoCapcom reports fourth consecutive year of record high profitsPublisher’s ongoing success driven by Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil 3By James Batchelor 2 days agoLatest comments (1)Morville O’Driscoll Blogger & Criticlast_img read more

Grace Potter Shares Fantastical Video Covering David Bowie [Watch]

first_imgAs The World Falls Down (David Bowie Cover) – A Tribute By Gra…As a tribute to the life of the amazing David Bowie, Grace has released a version of his song, “As The World Falls Down”, from the movie Labyrinth. You can watch the video below. – GP HQPosted by Grace Potter on Friday, January 15, 2016 Rest in peace my lover #davidbowiePosted by Grace Potter on Monday, January 11, 2016 Like many, the artist was deeply affected by this news. The tributes for the Starman are never-ending. We miss him dearly.center_img In celebrating the life of David Bowie, the great Grace Potter has released a music video performing a version of his song, “As The World Falls Down” from the 1986 film Labyrinth. The psychedelic video carefully captures the song’s essence, backed by Potter’s powerful vocal prowess.Watch the beautifully enticing video below: last_img read more

Malnutrition, obesity present global food challenges

first_imgEven as public health officials deal with the age-old problems of starvation and malnutrition, new nutritional maladies linked to Western diets and lifestyles are spreading around the world, complicating the global nutrition picture.Experts say the expansion of obesity and diabetes around the world is presenting international health experts with a new agenda even as they struggle with the unfinished agenda of malnutrition, which remains a global health problem that underlies 54 percent of childhood deaths each year.The abandonment of traditional diets filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in favor of diets with processed foods and simple carbohydrates is taking hold even among the middle class of the world’s poorest nations, according to speakers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on April 15.The speakers were part of a symposium on global nutrition called “The Unfinished Agenda of Nutrition & Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event was sponsored by the Harvard Nutrition and Global Health Program at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH).Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Wafaie Fawzi said the Harvard Nutrition and Global Health Program is designed to draw on the expertise of Harvard’s various Schools and on that of local partners to understand the nutritional challenges around the world.Speakers at the event came from as far away as India and Brazil and presented local views of the ongoing problems in their countries.HSPH Dean Julio Frenk, who delivered opening remarks, said that some developing nations are not simply lagging behind Western nations on the path to development, but are instead off course. Such “mal-development,” as he termed it, is due to mismanagement and has some nations dealing with the problems of both malnutrition and obesity at the same time, coupled with the fight against infectious disease and new threats like the health effects of global warming.“Many low- and middle-income countries are the victim of mal-development,” Frenk said. “The old and the new problems coexist in a complex present.”Though the problems are challenging, Frenk said that modern science has given public health workers and administrators more knowledge and tools to address them than ever before.The event’s keynote speaker, Jaime Sepulveda, director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Integrated Health Solutions Development Program and former director of Mexico’s National Institutes of Health, said slow progress against malnutrition is common around the world. Though the first United Nations Millennium Development Goal would halve the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, just a handful of nations are on track to achieve that goal, Sepulveda said. Some are even backsliding from where they were in 2000 when the goals were adopted.Sepulveda outlined the progress that Mexico has made in recent decades, where the incidence of stunting — one measure of malnutrition — decreased dramatically in recent years. He credited Mexico’s “Progresa” program with focusing nutritional dollars where they’re needed most — in the rural south. One feature of the program is conditional cash transfers, which are payments to families of low socioeconomic status. The program is designed so that the payments go to women on the condition that their children are kept in school, vaccinated, and healthy. The program also provides fortified foods for pregnant women and children to improve health during the critical first months of a child’s life, up to age 2.Despite the progress made under the program, Sepulveda said it will take Mexico 22 years at current rates of progress to attain the first Millennium Development Goal, so more needs to be done.“Nutrition has no champion, no Global Fund,” Sepulveda said. “We need to raise the visibility of nutrition as a field and of undernutrition as a problem.”last_img read more

Capitol Update: Rep. Stogsdill sees progress on tax policy and school finance as 2020 session begins

first_imgRep. Jerry Stogsdill says tax policy, school finances and Medicaid expansion will be among the top topics facing the legislature this session.Each legislative session, we provide Shawnee Mission area legislators the opportunity to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, Rep. Susan Ruiz and Sen. John Skubal are scheduled to send updates this week. Rep. Stogsdill’s column is below.When I took office in January of 2017 the state of Kansas was still suffering under the fiscal policies and inept management of government by the Brownback administration. The state was on the verge of bankruptcy, we were operating our schools under an unconstitutional school finance plan, failure to expand Medicaid was costing the state billions of dollars, services for our most vulnerable children were in collapse and we were robbing our transportation funds and missing KPERS payments in order to cover general budget shortfalls. Kansas was a mess. So much so that Kansans had elected over 50 new legislators, including myself. to go to Topeka and start cleaning up the mess.I successfully ran for the Kansas House of Representatives based on the promise I made to my constituents that I would focus my efforts on doing away with the disastrous Brownback “tax experiment”, restoring full funding for our public schools under a constitutional school finance formula and supporting the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas.At the time, I think there was hope, but also a lot of skepticism, that any of those promises could be kept. I am happy to report that by working with my Democratic colleagues, a number of moderate Republicans and the election of Democratic Governor Laura Kelly we have accomplished two of those three goals and it looks like we have a very good chance of accomplishing the third goal this session. Let’s see where we are at the beginning of the 2020 session.Tax Policy: In 2017 we were able to form a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans and we were able to end the Brownback “tax experiment” and return Kansas back toward financial stability. Not only were we able to enact legislation that overturned the Brownback plan we were able to override Brownback’s attempt to veto that legislation. That was a landmark day for the state of Kansas.School Finance: In the 2019 session of the Legislature, with the support of pro public education Governor Kelly, we were again able to put together a Democratic and moderate Republican majority that allowed us to pass legislation that ended years of underfunding and attacks on our public schools. The new plan ended years of court challenges and finally passed constitutional scrutiny by the Kansas Supreme Court.Medicaid Expansion: Not expanding Medicaid has cost Kansas billions in federal tax dollars that could have been returned to Kansas to cover the medical costs for 150,000 of our most vulnerable working Kansans and their children, helped put many of our hospitals on sound financial footing, stimulated our economy and created thousands of new and good paying jobs. I am proud to say we have passed Medicaid expansion in the House twice but the Senate, under ultra conservative Republican leadership, has rejected our efforts on both occasions. This session it looks like we may have a promising yet fragile bipartisan coalition in both the House and the Senate that may have the votes to pass Medicaid Expansion and a Governor who will sign the legislation when put on her desk.There has been good progress made in turning Kansas around over the last three years, but, there is still a LOT of work to do to return Kansas to a position of financial stability, economic prosperity and rebuilding our reputation to a place national prominence. There are still a number of Brownback leftovers who will be working to take us back to the failed policies and programs of that administration.This year we are going to need the attention, involvement and votes of the people of Kansas if we are going to keep Kansas on the path to recovery. We need to make sure we pass Medicaid expansion and we don’t falter on our support of fair tax policy and our public schools. There will also be a number of other issues of vital importance to Kansans that we will be dealing with this session. I will be working on many of these issues through my assignments to the Federal and State Affairs Committee, Tax Committee and Education Committee. People can follow my work and votes on these committees by going to will also be keeping my constituents informed through this column on the Shawnee Mission Post, my Facebook page, Rep. Jerry Stogsdill for Kansas, my web site, and in regular forums that I will be announcing and holding in my District throughout the Session. I also encourage my constituents to contact me with any questions or suggestions they may have at [email protected] or 913-579-9208.last_img read more

Notice: Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure

first_imgNotice: Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure  If total sentence points are less than or equal to 44, the lowest permissible sentence is any non-state prison sanction. Enhanced Subtotal Sentence Points IX . ______ TOTAL SENTENCE POINTS ___________ SENTENCE COMPUTATION ¨Legitimate, uncoerced plea bargain. ¨ The defendant was an accomplice to the offense and was a relatively minor participant in the criminal conduct.¨ The capacity of the defendant to appreciate the criminal nature of the conduct or to conform that conduct to the requirements of law was substantially impaired.¨ The defendant requires specialized treatment for a mental disorder that is unrelated to substance abuse or addiction, or for a physical disability, and the defendant is amenable to treatment. ¨ The need for payment of restitution to the victim outweighs the need for a prison sentence.¨ The victim was an initiator, willing participant, aggressor, or provoker of the incident.¨ The defendant acted under extreme duress or under the domination of another person.¨ Before the identity of the defendant was determined, the victim was substantially compensated.¨ The defendant cooperated with the State to resolve the current offense or any other offense.¨ The offense was committed in an unsophisticated manner and was an isolated incident for which the defendant has shown remorse.¨ At the time of the offense the defendant was too young to appreciate the consequences of the offense.¨ The defendant is to be sentenced as a youthful offender.Pursuant to 921.0026(3) the defendant’s substance abuse or addiction does not justify a downward departure from the lowest permissible sentence. Effective Date: For offenses committed under the Criminal Punishment Code effective for offenses committed on or after October 1, 1998, and subsequent revisions. (b) Supplemental Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet 1. DATE OF SENTENCE2. PREPARER’S NAME ¨ DC ¨ SAO3. COUNTY4. SENTENCING JUDGE Grand Theft Motor Vehicle ___ x 1.5 NAME (LAST, FIRST, MI.I) DOCKET # DATE OF SENTENCE Page 1 Subtotal: _________________ V. Legal Status violation = 4 Points V. ______VI. Community Sanction violation before the court for sentencing VI. _______ 6 points x each successive violation OR New felony conviction = 12 points x each successive violation OR 12 points x each successive violation for a violent felony offender of special concern OR New felony conviction = 24 points x each successive violation for a violent felony offender of special concernVII. Firearm/Semi-Automatic or Machine Gun = 18 or 25 Points VII. ______VIII. Prior Serious Felony – 30 Points VIII. ______Subtotal Sentence Points ________IX. Enhancements (only if the primary offense qualifies for enhancement) Street Gang ___ x 1.5 Domestic Violence (offenses committed on or after10-1-97)___ x 1.5 I. PRIMARY OFFENSE : If Qualifier, please check ____A ____S ____C ____R (A=Attempt, S=Solicitation, C=Conspiracy, R=Reclassification) FELONY F.S.# DESCRIPTION OFFENSE POINTS DEGREE LEVEL _______/ ___________/ ___________________________________________/__________/(Level – Points: 1=4, 2=10, 3=16, 4=22, 5=28, 6=36, 7=56, 8=74, 9=92, 10=116) Prior capital felony triples Primary Offense point s ¨ I. ________ II. ADDITIONAL OFFENSE(S): Supplemental page attached ¨ DOCKET# FEL/MM F.S.# OFFENSE QUALIFY COUNTS POINTS TOTAL DEGREE LEVEL A S C R _____________/ _________/ ______________/ _________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x ______ = ______DESCRIPTION_______________________________________________________________________________ _____________/ ________/ ______________/ _________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ X ______ = ______DESCRIPTION_______________________________________________________________________________ _____________/ ________/ _____________/ _________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ X ______ = ______DESCRIPTION_______________________________________________________________________________ (Level – Points: M=0.2, 1=0.7, 2=1.2, 3=2.4, 4=3.6, 5=5.4, 6=18, 7=28, 8=37, 9=46, 10=58) Prior capital felony triples Additional Offense points ¨ Supplemental page points ________ II. ________ III. VICTIM INJURY: Number Total Number Total 2nd Degree Murder 240 x _______ = _______ Slight 4 x _______ = ________ Death 120 x _______ = _______ Sex Penetration 80 x _______ = ________ Severe 40 x _______ = _______ Sex Contact 40 x _______ = ________ Moderate 18 x _______ = _______ III. ______ IV. PRIOR RECORD: Supplemental page attached ¨ FEL/MM F.S.# OFFENSE QUALIFY: DESCRIPTION NUMBER POINTS TOTAL DEGREE LEVEL A S C R / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= / ¨¨¨¨ X= (Level = Points: M=0.2, 1=0.5, 2=0.8, 3=1.6, 4=2.4, 5=3.6, 6=9, 7=14, 8=19, 9=23, 10=29) Supplemental page points _______ IV. _________ Drug Trafficking ____ x 1.5 7. DC #9. GENDER ¨M ¨F11. PRIMARY DOCKET #TRIAL ¨ 5. NAME (LAST, FIRST, MI.I.)6. DOB8. RACE ¨B ¨W ¨OTHER10. PRIMARY OFF. DATE12. PLEA ¨ II. ADDITIONAL OFFENSES(S) : DOCKET# FEL/MM F.S# OFFENSE QUALIFY COUNTS POINTS POINTSDEGREE LEVEL A S C R__________/ ________/ _____________/ ___________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x _______ = _______DESCRIPTION ___________________________________________________/ ________/ _____________/ ___________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x _______ = _______DESCRIPTION ___________________________________________________/ ________/ _____________/ ___________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x _______ = _______DESCRIPTION ___________________________________________________/ ________/ _____________/ ___________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x _______ = _______DESCRIPTION ___________________________________________________/ ________/ _____________/ ___________ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ _______ x _______ = _______(Level – Points: M=0.2, 1=0.7, 2=1.2, 3=2.4, 4=3.6, 5=5.4, 6=18, 7=28, 8=37, 9=46, 10=58) II. _______IV. PRIOR RECORDFEL/MM F.S.# OFFENSE QUALIFY: DESCRIPTION NUMBER POINTS TOTALDEGREE LEVEL A S C R / ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ X = / ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ X = / ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ X = / ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ X = / ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ X = (Level = Points: M=0.2, 1=0.5, 2=0.8, 3=1.6, 4=2.4, 5=3.6, 6=9, 7=14, 8=19, 9=23, 10=29) IV. _________ REASONS FOR DEPARTURE – MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES (reasons may be checked here or written on the scoresheet) · If total sentence points are greater than 44: __________________________ minus 28 = ____________________ x. 75 =__________________________________ total sentence points lowest permissible prison sentence in months The Florida Supreme Court recently amended Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, 3.704, The Criminal Punishment Code, and 3.922, Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheets. See In re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure – Rule 3.704 and Rule 3.992, No. SC07-484 (Fla. April 19, 2007). The court amended the rules after considering the emergency petition of the Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee, proposing the amendments to conform the rules to recent legislation amending section 921.0024(1)(b), Florida Statutes. See Ch. 2007-2, §5, Laws of Fla. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as on-line An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before June 19, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Judge O. H. Eaton, Jr., Committee Chair, 18th Judicial Circuit, 101 Bush Blvd., Sanford 32773, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The chair has until July 10 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE––RULE 3.704 AND RULE 3.992, CASE NO. SC07-484 RULE 3.704 THE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT CODE (a)-(c) [No Change] (d) General Rules and Definitions (1)-(15) [No Change] (16) Community sanction violation points occur when the offender is found to have violated a condition of: (A) Probation; (B) Community Control; or (C) Pretrial intervention or diversion. Community sanction violation points are assessed when a community sanction violation is before the court for sentencing. Six community sanction violation points must be assessed for each violation or if the violation results from a new felony conviction, 12 community sanction violation points must be assessed. For violations occurring on or after March 12, 2007, if the community sanction violation that is not based upon a failure to pay fines, costs, or restitution is committed by a violent felony offender of special concern as defined in s. 948.06, twelve community sanction violation points must be assessed or if the violation results from a new felony conviction, 24 community sanction points must be assessed. Where there are multiple violations, points may be assessed only for each successive violation that follows a continuation of supervision, or modification or revocation of the community sanction before the court for sentencing and are not to be assessed for violation of several conditions of a single community sanction. Multiple counts of community sanction violations before the sentencing court may not be the basis for multiplying the assessment of community sanction violation points. (17)-(28) [No Change] Committee Notes [No Change] RULE 3.992 CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT CODE SCORESHEETS (a) Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet Law Enforcement Protection ___x 1.5 ___ x 2.0 ___ x 2.5 May 15, 2007 Regular News ·The maximum sentence is up to the statutory maximum for the primary and any additional offenses as provided in s. 775.082, F.S., unless the lowest permissible sentence under the Code exceeds the statutory maximum. Such sentences may be imposed concurrently or consecutively. If total sentence points are greater than or equal to 363, a life sentence may be imposed. _______________________________ maximum sentence in years Effective Date: For offenses committed under the Criminal Punishment Code effective for offenses committed on or after October 1, 1998, and subsequent revisions. Page 1 Subtotal: ________ TOTAL SENTENCE IMPOSED YearsMonthsDays ¨ State Prison ¨ Life ___________ ___________ __________ ¨ County Jail ¨ Time Served ___________ ___________ __________¨ Community Control ___________ ___________ __________¨ Probation ___________ ___________ __________Please check if sentenced as ¨ habitual offender, ¨habitual violent offender, ¨ violent career criminal, ¨ prison releasee reoffender, or a ¨ mandatory minimum applies.¨ Mitigated Departure ¨ Plea BargainOther Reason _____________________________________________________________________________ JUDGE’S SIGNATURE Pursuant to 921.0026(3) the defendant’s substance abuse or addiction does not justify a downward departure from the lowest permissible sentence. Effective Date: For offenses committed under the Criminal Punishment Code effective for offenses committed on or after October 1, 1998, and subsequent revisions.last_img read more

How to Improve Your Life with Story Editing

first_imgScientific American:People can change — but how? This is the central concern of “Redirect,” a new book by Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Wilson offers a tour of recent scientific work on psychological change, with a focus on techniques that help a person who is struggling — bad behavior, bad grades, bad attitudes — find a new, better path. Again and again, Wilson asks: What actually works? The answers can be surprising. He spoke recently with Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.COOK: A central concept in your book is “story editing.” Can you please explain what you mean by this?WILSON: We all have personal stories about who we are and what the world is like. These stories aren’t necessarily conscious, but they are the narratives by which we live our lives. Many of us have healthy, optimistic stories that serve us well. But sometimes, people develop pessimistic stories and get caught in self-defeating thinking cycles, whereby they assume the worst and, as a result, cope poorly. The question then becomes how to help people revise their negative stories.One approach is psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, which is designed to identify and change people’s negative thinking patterns about themselves and the social world. CBT is an effective way of helping people, especially those with serious problems such as depression or anxiety disorders.But social psychologists have discovered another approach that is simpler and can help people with less serious problems. I call this “story editing,” because people are encouraged to edit their personal stories in beneficial ways. There are a variety of ways of doing this. In one, called “story prompting,” people are given information that suggests a new way of interpreting their situation. This is particularly effective when people haven’t settled on the narrative they will tell about what is happening to them.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more