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Gov. Wolf Announces Juvenile Justice Task Force Members

first_img January 17, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the members of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force. The bipartisan and interbranch Task Force, launched last month by Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders and justices, will deliver a report with data-driven findings and policy recommendations to strengthen Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system to leaders by Nov. 30.“The members of the Task Force were selected for their expertise in various areas surrounding the juvenile justice system, including youth members who bring a unique perspective and experience to this important topic,” Gov. Wolf said.The Task Force is co-chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. Jay Costa, Rep. Tarah Toohill, and Rep. Mike Zabel.Members include:Appointed by Governor Wolf:James Anderson, Former Executive Director (retired), Juvenile Court Judges’ CommissionAndrew Barnes, Executive Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom WolfKevin Bethel, Special Adviser for School Safety, School District of PhiladelphiaMegan Black, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny CountyQuimon Broady, Youth MemberRussell Carlino, Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Department, Allegheny CountyDominick DiSalvo, Senior Director of Clinical Services, KidsPeaceCynthia Figueroa, Deputy Mayor, Office of Children and Families, City of PhiladelphiaSteven Guccini, Commissioner, Pike CountyHelen Gym, Councilwoman At-Large, Philadelphia City CouncilDan Jurman, Executive Director, Office of Advocacy and ReformHaundray Muir, Youth MemberMichael Pennington, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and DelinquencyTara Piechowicz, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of Governor Tom WolfJonathan Rubin, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and FamiliesTiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education, Duquesne University School of LawRichard Steele, Executive Director, Juvenile Court Judges’ CommissionMatthew Stem, Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of EducationScott Talley, Acting Director, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health ServicesJoseph Werner, School Social Worker, Pennridge School DistrictAppointed by the Legislature:Sen. Lisa Baker, Senate District 20Sen. Scott Martin, Senate District 13Sen. Jay Costa, Senate District 43Sen. Anthony H Williams, Senate District 8Rep. Karen Boback, House District 117Rep. Tara Toohil, House District 116Rep. Kristine Howard, House District 167Rep. Mike Zabel, House District 163Appointed by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts:Judge Douglas Reichley, Lehigh County Court of Common PleasJudge Kim Berkeley Clark, 5th Judicial DistrictOver the next year, the group will assess the state’s system and review data from court and state agencies, gather input from diverse stakeholders, and examine how current practices can better align with research about what works best to improve youth outcomes.“This task force is the next important step toward protecting vulnerable young Pennsylvanians and I look forward to its thorough review of our juvenile justice system with the goal of making lasting change that ensures every young Pennsylvanian is getting the support needed to grow into a successful adult,” said Gov. Wolf. Gov. Wolf Announces Juvenile Justice Task Force Memberscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Vickie L. Bishop

first_imgVickie L. Bishop, 68, of Versailles, Indiana, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, in Versailles, Indiana.She was born April 12, 1952 in Batesville, IN, daughter of the late Charles Kenneth Gullion and Ruby (Johnson) Gullion.Vickie worked as a nurses aid for Three Rivers, Shady Nook and Silver Bell.She attended the Church of Christ in Madison and North Vernon, Indiana.Vickie enjoyed dancing, listening to music and playing games on her phone. In her younger years she loved to fish with Zeke. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and her faithful dog, Shagg.Vickie is survived by her children, Deanna Bishop of Aurora, IN, Jerrold (Sherry) Bishop of Holton, IN, Michael (Shaye) Bishop of Lawrenceburg, IN, Lee (Mary Sutton) Bishop of Aurora, IN; siblings, Beverly Harrell of Lawrenceburg, IN, Tammy Barrett of Versailles, IN, Chuck (Kim) Gullion of Holton, IN; Grandchildren, Kendra, Devin, Haley, Jordan, Jacob, Dakota, Dillon and Kera Bishop; great-grandchild, Dior Bishop.She was preceded in death by parents; her loving husband, Iseral “Zeke” Bishop; and a brother, Kenny “Bub” Gullion.Private visitation will be Friday, May 15, 2020, at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Graveside Services will be held at Holton Cemetery, 7171 West Versailles Street, Friday May 15, 2020 at 1:45 pm with Brother Gary Sandusky officiating.Contributions may be made to defray the Funeral Expenses. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Spurs ‘face player revolt’ as AVB is tipped to take over

first_imgThe Tottenham hierarchy will face a player revolt if they look to appoint Andre Villas-Boas, according to The Sun.The Portuguese, who was sacked as Chelsea manager in March, has been tipped to succeed Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane.And it is claimed that senior Tottenham stars have spoken to Chelsea players who have told them that Villas-Boas was a nightmare to work with.Tottenham players are said to already be unhappy at the decision to axe Redknapp.Meanwhile, The Sun and Daily Mail both report Andy Johnson’s expected move to QPR on a Bosman free transfer.The striker, whose Fulham contract expires this summer, played under Rangers’ former Whites boss Mark Hughes at Craven Cottage.The Mail suggest England goalkeeper Robert Green will complete a move to QPR on Wednesday.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Half-time: QPR 0 Tottenham 0

first_imgJulio Cesar’s double save after five minutes meant QPR made it to the interval on level terms at Loftus Road.The Brazilian dived to his right to tip Jermain Defoe’s shot onto the post and then did brilliantly to keep out Emmanuel Adebayor’s follow-up.At the other end, Shaun Wright-Phillips had a sight of goal but saw his effort deflect wide off Michael Dawson.Wright-Phillips also sent a weak shot wide of the near post after neatly evading two challenges.Tottenham were forced to make a 24th-minute change when Sando limped off after an awkward fall and was replaced by Scott Parker.QPR (4-4-1-1): Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio; Derry; Mackie, Mbia, Park, Wright-Phillips; Taarabt.Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Ben Haim, Cisse, Faurlin, Bothroyd, Campbell. Click here for our QPR v Tottenham 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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Liverpool linked with Remy and QPR are tipped to sign duo

first_imgLiverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for QPR striker Loic Remy as they seek a replacement for Luis Suarez.With Suarez set to complete a transfer to Barcelona, Goal.com say Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could make a move for Remy.Newcastle, where the Frenchman was on loan last season, want to sign him on a permanent deal.Talksport, meanwhile, claim Arsenal and Tottenham are battling to sign Remy.There continues to be speculation about Remy’s futureQPR have again been tipped to seal the signings of Cardiff defender Steven Caulker and former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand. West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were targeting Caulker and later that they were in talks with the England international after meeting the £8m release clause in his contract, and that R’s chairman Tony Fernandes has misgivings about bringing in Ferdinand despite a deal being agreed in principle.Sky Sports say Rangers are expected to confirm both deals next week.The Daily Star say QPR are one of several clubs keeping tabs on Billericay Town forward Isaac Layne and that a clause in his contract means a League club can buy him for a pound.Layne, 19, has been on trial at Charlton. Burnley, Millwall and Southend are also said to be interested.For more QPR transfer speculation, including Charlie Austin being linked with Sunderland, see this morning’s Paper Talk. See also:Latest Remy speculation and Sunderland are linked with AustinFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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2010 opportunities for SA film

first_imgA scene from the 2006 Oscar-winningSouth African movie Tsotsi, which wasshot in and around Johannesburg. Dr Nikolaus Eberl chatting to a potentialbuyer of his book, The Hero’s Journey. Paul Raleigh, the producer of Tsotsi, waspart of a panel discussion at the indaba. Terry Tselane, CEO of the GautengFilm Commission, addressing delegatesat the indaba.(Images: Gauteng Film Commission)Khanyi MagubaneHundreds of filmmakers from across South Africa and the world gathered in Johannesburg to discuss opportunities the 2010 Fifa World Cup would open up to the film industry, at the second Gauteng Film Indaba, held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 12 November.With the theme Beyond 2010, the event attracted industry representatives, journalists, young and aspirant filmmakers seeking to join the industry.Film-funding organisations such as the National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Trade and Industry were also represented on the various panel discussions.The indaba was held under the auspices of the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), a body set up by the Gauteng provincial government to ensure the development and promotion of the province’s audiovisual industries.Growing the film industry for 2010The indaba’s theme was inspired by the need for the film industry to latch onto the opportunities in telling the South African story to thousands of football lovers set to descend on the country in 2010.GFC stressed two key areas the film industry could capitalise on in the run up to the World Cup. First, according to the commission, there are several opportunities available for the industry to showcase Gauteng and its locations to the visitors.Second, there is still a need to bolster the technological and infrastructural asset base in the province and other parts of the country from which the tournament will be broadcast.Overseas broadcasters will have to hire local crew and broadcast equipment if they are unable to bring their own. The industry needs to ensure there is enough equipment and infrastructure to meet this demand.Opening the conference, Terry Tselane, CEO of the GFC, spoke of the economic drive the film industry has had in Johannesburg, one of the country’s fastest growing film locations after Cape Town, which has long been a favourite for international crews.In the 2007 financial year the film and television industry contributed R2.5-billion (US$ 25.3-billion) to the province, creating 8 000 jobs.The GFC has also helped develop Project Egoliwood to investigate the size, scope and skills availability of Johannesburg’s film industry.The commission has also been instrumental in launching the Gauteng Film Partnership (GFP), which will now move into the second phase of the project. Eleven members of the GFP meet every month to discuss new developments in the industry.Other GFC initiatives include issuing of 200 filming permits to shoot in Johannesburg and hosting free movie screenings in rural townships where many don’t have access to cinemas.Telling the South African storyThe two keynote speakers at this year’s event were motivational speaker and brand innovator Dr Nikolaus Eberl, and Jon Hendry, a producer from the Sante Fe film industry in New Mexico, US.Eberl, of the Nations of Champs Initiative, spoke on the ability of the film industry to bring stories from the local football fraternity to the rest of the world.In his 11-step “Hero’s Journey” presentation, Eberl took delegates through the journey of transforming the image of Germans as cold, unfriendly people, to a country of warm and welcoming people ahead of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.About 20 months before the tournament, economic difficulties, job losses and a poorly performing national soccer team had dampened the spirit of Germans, to the point where they were described as “collectively depressed” by the president, Horst Koehler.Consumer spending had reached an all-time low as job losses increased. The retail sector was hardest hit, as people held on to their pennies.This became a sore point for the government, with the prospect of thousands of football lovers from across the world coming to a Germany where citizens were “grumpy and stingy”.The strategy used to transform this mindset was to make Germans proud of who they were, by focusing on the positive things that were uniquely German, which they could then share with the rest of the world.According to Eberl, South Africa finds itself in a similar position, and the film industry could capitalise on this by making feel-good movies that not only speak to South Africans, but also help the world understand South Africans themselves.Eberl screened a the movie Goal!, made with the endorsement of Fifa, about a young Mexican boy called Santiago Munez who dreamed of becoming a top football player.As a young child Munez flees Mexico for the US with his family, taking his football dream with him. He grows up to play for the local league and is spotted by a talent scout.But his father believes that Mexicans, particularly illegal immigrants like them, can only ever amount to informal labourers. He encourages his son to forget his football dream and focus on building the family business.Munez secretly starts saving money to go to England for trials where he has been promised top soccer agents would attend. After battling a number of setbacks and overcoming hurdles along the way, Munez’s story has a happy ending, with his father acknowledging his son’s talent.This is the type of material the local film industry could be showing, Eberl said, using stories of local soccer players and the unique challenges they faced growing up in South Africa.This, he said, would not only uplift the morale of South Africans, but also help the world appreciate the South African story.A lesson from New MexicoUS filmmaker Jon Hendry encouraged the local film industry to improve its technical skills base.He told delegates that in his home town of Sante Fe the local film industry set up a union, IATSE 480, Film and Television Technicians of New Mexico, whose members are collectively involved in the production of Hollywood films shot in New Mexico.As they are highly trained, the IATSE technicians have positioned themselves to be the preferred choice in the industry. Big production companies are also kept in check, with working conditions stipulated by the union. The benefits include healthcare insurance and retirement.Hendry encouraged the local film industry to become boisterous, almost aggressive, in producing film that would be unapologetically South African.He gave the example of the New Mexico cable network’s ethnic Italian and Spanish television channels, which offer content that not only those communities can relate to, but the average American can find entertaining.According to Hendry, there’s nothing stopping South Africa from infiltrating these types of channels as there are millions of Africans living abroad who would appreciate the content – and Americans could enjoy it too.He said the South African film industry was not visible enough, and that problems preventing the industry from growing to maximum potential should be thrashed out at forums like the film indaba.Debating the industrySix breakaway discussion sessions were held in the second half of the day. The panels were attuned to industry specific needs and were divided into six sections.The “Film-friendly Gauteng – fact or fiction?” session involved filmmakers voicing their frustrations with dealing with film offices in Johannesburg.It emerged that one of South African filmmakers’ biggest concerns was the exorbitant rates charged to production companies for closing roads and using public locations to shoot.Lisa van Allen of the Sante Fe Film liaison office also spoke of the experiences of New Mexico filmmakers, in terms of obtaining the relevant filming permits from government departments, and how they have set up structures to ensure that there is synergy between the departments and the production companies.Representatives from the Johannesburg City Council were present to address the concerns of the industry.A forum for young up-and-coming filmmakers entitled, “So you want to be a filmmaker?” allowed newcomers to interact with established writers, producers and directors, with a view of gaining knowledge of how to go about entering the seemingly close-knit television and film fraternity.Panellists shared their stories of how they got into the industry, and also advised the young talent on the do’s and don’ts.The session, “Thinking out of the box: A role for alternative distribution” looked at how filmmakers can get their work out there without using the conventional cinema-release route.In 2008 South African filmmakers have explored new and creative ways of getting their films out into the market. This gives further rise to questions of the accessibility of film in South Africa, outside of cinemas. Those attending the session were given advice on how to conceive creative distribution plans and ways of building an audience.The thorny yet crucial issue of funding was also tackled during the indaba.The question here was, “When it comes to the difficult world of film financing, is there still a success formula for independent filmmaking?”Film funders and seasoned producers shared their experiences on ways film practitioners could make a bankable project, how to break even and also make a profit.The “Film infrastructure and capacity” session looked at ways that the industry could continue investing in the infrastructural capability of the Johannesburg film and television sector.Studio and equipment needed to service the sector is adequate at the moment, but there is a growing need to find creative ways to keep the industry well stockedTransforming South African film and televisionA heated and robust debate erupted around issues of transformation within the film industry. Research into the transformation of the industry shows that while more than 50% of the industry workforce in Gauteng is female and there is an almost even split between black and white, those in powerful management positions are still largely white and male.Black filmmakers need to not only rise up in the technical ranks, but also move into areas of ownership and senior management.While many positive advances have been made and several programmes launched by both the private sector and government parastatal such as at the National Film and Video Foundation to pour money into the development and training of filmmakers, transformation so far has been company-specific, with production companies choosing their own levels of black empowerment.The heated discussion on transformation eventually ran out of time, without specific resolutions being made. But there is talk of making of the transformation of the industry the main subject of conversation at future indabas.It was established that South Africa, especially with its history of racial discrimination, had an obligation to take the issue more seriously, to ensure that the film industry is kept free of discrimination and prejudice.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesGlobal acclaim for SA film SA: top film location Useful linksGauteng Film CommissionNational Film and Video FoundationScreen AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustrySA FilmFilmmaker South AfricaSA Film and Video ServicesFilmmaker’s guideIndependent Producers Organisationlast_img read more

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Productivity Means Doing What Makes an Impact

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The primary challenge in keeping long lists of tasks is that, on paper, they all seem to have the same importance. The first task on your list needs you to do something to mark it complete and remove it. The second task also makes the same demand on you as the first, as do all of the other tasks on your never-ending list of things you need to do, want to do, and have to do—even if you don’t want to.The reality is that some tasks, no matter whether you want to do them, need to do them, or have to do them are not equal in their importance—and can be even more disparate when it comes to their impact. Being productive isn’t a matter of completing tasks and being busy. Productivity, or time management, requires that you make values-based decisions.Productivity is About ValuesOne way to improve your work and your productivity is to evaluate what you are doing by the impact that it will have over time. The more value over a longer period is a good indication that some task is more valuable than some other work. A longer term view allows for better decisions.Yesterday I cleared my email inboxes, taking them all down to Inbox Zero, something I do twice a week. At the time of this writing, I have 56 emails in those same inboxes. No doubt, many of the emails in my inboxes are going to include a task I need to complete, and answering email itself is a task. It just isn’t the most important task, and over the long term, almost nothing in my email is going to produce a long-term impact.One of the tasks on my task list is to create a workflow for one of my projects. Once I establish this workflow, this project will be significantly improved, and it will serve the people in the workflow and me far into the future. That makes this task more important than many others because of its long-term impact.This is More Important Than ThatYou have to decide what you do with your time, and one way to determine what to do is to discriminate based on the value of the task or project or activity over a more extended period.When you start ranking things by their real importance and impact, almost everything on your task list reveals its real value. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do what you want to do, need to do, or have to do, just that you need first to make time to do your most important, most impactful work.last_img read more

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