Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill: “The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options. “I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.” HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor. The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records: Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislationlast_img read more

Agree terms or CA won’t pay you – Sutherland

first_imgAUSTRALIA’s players have been threatened with unemployment by the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, in what amounts to a declaration of war on the Australian Cricketers Association.In a letter forwarded to all male and female contracted players on Friday and seen by ESPNcricinfo, Sutherland stated that the board and state associations plan to present contract offers to CA and state players before the expiry of the current MoU on June 30.Terms of the contracts are to be in line with the current pay proposal, which was rejected by the ACA two weeks ago.Should no MoU agreement be reached by the deadline, Sutherland wrote, the board will not be offering payment to players under any alternative model, whether it be a rollover of the current MoU or the use of tournament-by-tournament contracts.Delivered to the ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson on the same day its president Greg Dyer requested independent mediation to end the present stand-off, Sutherland’s message constitutes a major escalation of the conflict between the board and the players, heightening the likelihood of industrial action.Australia are scheduled to tour Bangladesh and India, prior to next summer’s Ashes series, after the MoU expires.“In the absence of the ACA negotiating a new MoU, players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18,” Sutherland wrote. “Players with existing multi-year State or BBL contracts that expire after 2017 will be required to play in 2017-18 and will be paid the retainer specified in their contract, regardless of whether a new MOU is in place; and in the absence of a new MoU, the Australian Women’s World Cup Squad will be paid in advance of the June/July World Cup and will be employed until the end of the event.“To be very clear, in the absence of a new MoU, CA is not contemplating alternative contracting arrangements to pay players beyond 30 June if their contracts have expired.”Also attached to the letter is a list of CA rebuttals of the ACA’s alternative pay proposal, which featured a “win/win” split of the game’s revenue with 22.5% to go to the players, 22.5% to go to the game’s lower levels, and the remaining 55% left to CA to run the game. Sutherland wrote the ACA response “seeks to inappropriately expand its role as a players’ representative body into that of a de-facto administrator”.In maintaining CA’s view that the current MoU model is outdated and limiting the board’s ability to adequately fund the development of the game around Australia, Sutherland also claimed that some players have expressed unease about the ACA’s unwillingness to look more closely at the new pay offer. On Thursday, fast bowler Mitchell Starc stated that none of the nation’s top players would contemplate a contract offer until an MoU deal is reached.“In its defence of the status quo, the ACA’s narrative about the history and supposed sanctity of the existing pay model has unfairly placed current players in a difficult position,” Sutherland wrote. “I understand that some have been made to feel that accepting the relatively minor but necessary changes to the existing pay model, while being paid more, would somehow be ‘letting the side down’.“This is nonsense. Nothing decided by today’s players binds future generations, just as nothing decided by past players should govern current players’ decisions concerning their own careers and welfare. Future players will have their own opportunities to negotiate an MoU that suits them and the circumstances of the game at the time.”Relations between the board and the ACA have been deteriorating for some years, dating back to the 2014 departure of the former chief executive Paul Marsh to take up the equivalent role with the AFL players association. The AFL is set to announce its own pay deal, placing pressure on cricket to reach a similar point of agreement.“For at least five months, Cricket Australia has been unambiguously clear that the twenty-year old pay model needs to be adapted in the next MoU to reflect the changing landscape of the game,” Sutherland wrote. “In particular, CA has identified the need to significantly boost funding for grassroots cricket.“CA firmly believes that the proposal is a fair deal for all players. It is therefore surprising and regrettable that the ACA is yet to engage in negotiations on any element of it. Instead, the ACA spent weeks developing a response which merely seeks to defend and entrench the status quo.“It is clear to me that the only way forward is for the ACA to engage in focused and constructive negotiations based on the proposal put forward by CA in March. With 30 June now only weeks away, the ACA is fast running out of time to engage with CA’s proposal and optimise the outcomes for players.”last_img read more

MSOC : SU struggles to adjust to slick field conditions in loss to Bearcats

first_img Comments As the final minutes of the first half wound down, Nick Roydhouse was in a foot race down the sideline with Binghamton’s Luke Halberg. Trying to knock the ball away from his opponent, Syracuse midfielder Roydhouse stuck his leg out, but his foot slid across the muddy field. His body followed his leg to the ground, and Halberg won the race and kicked the ball back upfield.Syracuse’s grip on the field was as unstable as its control of the game. While the Bearcats adjusted to the sloppy conditions, the Orange couldn’t find its footing on the ‘greasy’ field.‘To be honest, we both played on the same pitch. It’s not like we can really use it as an excuse,’ Roydhouse said. ‘We just didn’t adapt to the conditions fast enough and we paid for it.’Still, Roydhouse said he can’t blame the poor conditions for Syracuse’s 2-1 loss to the Bearcats on Tuesday. He couldn’t deny, though, that the Orange was simply outplayed by the Bearcats on both ends of the field. While Binghamton adjusted to the wet conditions — playing a scrappy style of play and outhustling Syracuse to nearly every loose ball — SU’s game was as messy as the field itself.All the players wore studs on their cleats, but they didn’t always help.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was quick for us. But we warmed up on it,’ defender Chris Makowski said. ‘We should’ve adjusted. It’s unfortunate. It got wet and slippery, and then it becomes a ‘who wants it more’ match. It’s just really sloppy.’In the 18th minute, midfielder Nick Perea slipped near midfield in a scramble for the ball. Binghamton gained control, and forward Lars Muller slid right to the ground in an attempt of his own just a few feet away. At those times, the surface resembled ice rather than grass, and the Syracuse players slipped all over.Orange head coach Ian McIntyre said it’s that type of surface, though, that is the best for scorers. The ball’s quick. It moves faster than it does in dry conditions. But it comes at the price of having a difficult time handling it.And that’s true on both offense and defense.‘As a player, you love conditions like tonight,’ McIntyre said. ‘It’s a little bit greasy, and it makes the ball move. But it makes it more difficult to handle. Tonight, I felt our use of the ball was a little sloppy. … It’s tough for defenders to deal with because the ball is a little bit slick and little bit greasy.’But it was still an even playing field. Binghamton made the necessary adjustments to its game plan. The Bearcats never really even let the Orange set up a decent scoring opportunity.There were several times when Syracuse lost possession simply because it couldn’t get enough traction to keep the ball from going out of bounds. With eight minutes remaining in the first half, defender Ryan Tessler made an attempt to contain possession, but his feet went right out from under him.Things didn’t get much better for the rest of the game.None of the players chose to place the blame on the wet conditions. Instead, they said, it was much more a factor of simply not being at the level the Bearcats were playing at.‘We need to be ready. The pitch is exactly the same for both teams,’ forward Dan Summers said. ‘This is a really nice surface. We didn’t come out sharp enough today. Usually, we start games really well, and tonight we didn’t start quick enough.’Even McIntyre said several times that it looked like his team wasn’t as prepared as the Bearcats. With 10 minutes remaining in the game, the head coach walked to the bench, rubbing his forehead in frustration at what he was watching.When it was over, McIntyre took everything into consideration — wet field and all — and made a succinct summary of the night.‘Credit to Binghamton,’ McIntyre said. ‘We were outfought for large parts of the game and possibly outcoached.‘And today was a bad day.’ Published on September 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Day takes advantage of size mismatch, turns in all-around dominant performance against N.C. State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm Contact Josh: With an eight-inch height differential, North Carolina State’s Miah Spencer proved no match for Syracuse center Briana Day. As SU forward Taylor Ford was guarded by Wolfpack center Carlee Schuhmacher at the right elbow, the 6-foot-4 Day found herself alone underneath the basket, caught a pass from Ford and banked in a layup while being fouled by the 5-foot-8 Spencer. After the play, SU reserve center Bria Day, Briana’s twin sister, turned to SU graduate assistant Kathleen Moroney on the bench. The assistant flipped through a pile of stat sheets and said to Bria Day, “Three more blocks for a triple-double.”Though that feat never came to fruition, Briana Day clogged the stat sheet on Sunday in SU’s matchup with N.C. State. The center finished with 11 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, and aided the No. 23 Orange (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) in its 66-49 victory over the Wolfpack (12-8, 3-4). “Briana Day was a beast down there,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Anything in that paint, she went and she got it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She had a big girl game.” In a 33-second sequence at the midway point of the first half, Day swiped a steal from Schuhmacher. Seconds later, Day blocked a 3-point attempt from Wolfpack guard Ashley Williams. SU went to Day on its first two possessions of the second half, the second resulting in a layup from underneath the basket on a feed from Isabella Slim that ended a nine and a half minute stretch for SU without a field goal. “She’s a lot quicker, so if we can take advantage of her matchup as well as our guard matchups, we’ll be a better team,” said SU point guard Alexis Peterson. “I wanted to feed her, get her going early, and get her some looks inside.”Five minutes later, Day spun to her left hand and laid in a scoop layup while being fouled. She was poked in the right eye by Schuhmacher, and had to take a moment with the help of a trainer to readjust her contact lens.After the game, Hillsman said SU’s offense did a good job of recognizing when the N.C. State defense spread the floor and created room for Day to maneuver in the paint. On defense, the head coach said Day allowed SU to “scramble and to go get traps.”Hillsman said Day’s performance reminded him of one that would come from Kayla Alexander, the program’s leading scorer and a WNBA first-round draft pick. “When teams broke us down, Kayla was there to block shots, and Briana Day is there to block shots,” Hillsman said. “I really believe that Briana is a little more athletic than Kayla in her movements, but I guess I shouldn’t say that about a 2,000-point scorer.”Day said she knew how well she was playing as the game went on. In an SU huddle after a Brianna Butler made 3-pointer, the normally stoic Day let out a brief smile. It was an emotion enabled by an all-around dominant performance, and one that her teammates had a sense of early on.“When I notice that she has a lot of rebounds, I try to tip it to her,” Ford said. “I’m always trying to help her out. When I feel like my teammates are playing good, keep rewarding them … If Briana has 16 rebounds and 7 blocks, why not let her get more?” Commentslast_img read more