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Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction was a “great victory” for women, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday — without acknowledging the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct he has faced.The disgraced Hollywood movie producer was found guilty on Monday of rape and sexual assault in a verdict hailed as a historic landmark by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.”From the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing,” Trump said at a news conference in India. Topics : Trump, 73, failed to mention that at least 16 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.Among them is prominent writer E. Jean Carroll who alleges that Trump raped her in the changing room of a luxury New York department store in the mid-1990s.She is suing him for defamation, claiming that his denials of the alleged attack, in which he said, “She’s not my type,” had damaged her reputation and career.Summer Zervos, a one-time contestant on Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice,” has also sued him for defamation after he said she lied in claiming that he groped and forcibly kissed her.Trump denies all the allegations and has never been prosecuted over them.A month before his election victory in November 2016, a ten-year-old tape came to light in which the former reality TV star and real estate tycoon bragged about assaulting women. “It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong message,” he added.Weinstein, 67, was acquitted of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault by the New York court, charges that could have seen him jailed for life.But he faces up to 29 years in prison for criminal sexual acts in the first degree and third-degree rape.”He was a person I didn’t like,” Trump told reporters in New Delhi. “I just was not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit, not very well.” Lead plaintiff in the class action suit Louisette Geiss embraces Sarah Ann Masse (L) as a group of Hollywood actresses and others, part of a group of Silence Breakers who have fought for justice by speaking out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, gather during a press conference following Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict on February 25, 2020 in Los Angeles,California. – Harvey Weinstein was convicted February 24, 2020 of rape and sexual assault but acquitted of the most serious predatory charges, a verdict hailed as a historic victory by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. (AFP/Frederic J. BROWN)Clintons Trump, who will lead the Republican party into elections in November as he seeks a second term as president, tried to score political points on Weinstein’s guilty verdicts.”The people that liked him were the Democrats,” he said.”Michelle Obama loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him. And he gave tremendous money to the Democrats.”Weinstein, who produced multiple Oscar-winning films, was a generous donor to the Democratic Party in several US presidential elections.He was often photographed with the Clintons at parties and fundraising events over the years. He has also been snapped with Trump.A former business associate of Weinstein’s testified that the fallen movie mogul used his connections to politicians, including the Clintons, to intimidate people.Hillary Clinton defended her political ties to Weinstein on Tuesday.”It’s true he contributed to every Democrat campaign,” she told journalists at the Berlin Film Festival.”He contributed to Barack Obama’s campaign and John Kerry’s campaign and Al Gore’s campaign and everybody’s campaign.”I don’t know whether that should shield anyone else from contributing to political campaigns, but it certainly should end the kind of behavior he was convicted for,” Clinton added.She said Weinstein’s conviction showed it was “time for an accounting,” adding that “the jury’s verdict really speaks for itself.”Lawyers and activists hailed the guilty verdicts as a turning point in the American criminal justice system for victims of sexual violence. Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. – The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial hinted it was struggling to reach agreement on the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault as day four of deliberations ended February 21, 2020 without a verdict. The 12 jurors asked New York state Judge James Burke whether they could be hung on one or both of the top counts but unanimous on the three lesser counts. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, faces life in prison if the jury of seven men and five women convict him of a variety of sexual misconduct charges in New York. (AFP/Angela Weiss)Weinstein was due to be imprisoned in New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail but spent Monday night in a Manhattan hospital after complaining of chest pains.He will be sentenced on March 11.
Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security June 16, 2020 Economy, Press Release Governor Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are – something that’s been seen since the very beginning of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s why it’s critical that we open these programs to support Pennsylvania’s farmers today. This CARES funding is going to an industry that gives back every day to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to fresh food.”“I’m extremely proud of our agricultural industry, which was hit with the most drastic market changes, yet they continued to show up for their communities,” said Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The industry understands that hunger should not be our next pandemic and took action. I’m grateful that the governor is ensuring that our farmers, and in particular our dairy farmers, receive much needed financial support.”Specifically, $15 million will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to receive direct relief payments and $5 million will reimburse dairy farmers who participate in the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) program by donating excess dairy product to the commonwealth’s charitable food system.Any dairy farm that experienced financial losses due to discarded or displaced milk during the COVID-19 emergency disaster may apply for assistance. Each farm with a documented loss will receive a minimum of $1,500 and an additional prorated share of the remaining funds, not to exceed the actual amount assessed by the handler. The deadline to apply for the Dairy Indemnity Program is September 30, 2020.Also, $15 million will go to the State Food Purchase Program, which provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals, and $5 million will go to the PASS program to reimburse the agricultural industry for the costs involved in harvesting, processing, packaging and transporting food that they donate to the charitable food system. The PASS program helps to support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry in all 67 counties and reduce waste of agricultural surplus by making connections between production agriculture and the non-profit sector.Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Wolf Administration has comprehensively addressed food security across multiple agencies to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to food.For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
HIA believes Queensland’s drop in new homes sale could just be “timing issues”. Picture: Liam Kidston.QUEENSLAND has logged a massive 29.3 per cent monthly fall in new house sales, as residential building eases off 2016’s highs.The Housing Industry Association recorded the fall for June over the May figures, though the result was also 24.1 per cent lower than a year earlier. HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said Australia’s largest states were at their lowest level since October 2013, with national June home sales numbers down 6.9 per cent over May (-11.9 per cent down on June 2016). Free signup to The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate newsletter direct to your inbox More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Garrett said the results supported HIA’s forecasts that new dwelling commencements would continue easing until late 2018.But he said the major states were coming off recent record peaks.“The fall in sales needs to be considered against the backdrop of residential building coming off a record peak of activity in 2016. We project that residential building will still be operating at a historically high level,” he said.The HIA new home sales report said Queensland’s June decline “could just be reflecting timing issues” given it was off “a similarly large increase in May”.The report said “the quarterly figures give a clearer picture” with the June quarter seeing detached house sales down 3 per cent over the March quarter, and having fallen 7 per cent over the same period in 2016.*Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter and Facebook
Classification Society ClassNK granted an approval in principle (AiP) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for their LPG fuel supply system. The AiP is based on ClassNK’s Rule Part N which adopts IGC Code and its Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels.Utilizing the know-how from the design and construction of LPG carrier, LNG carrier, and LNG fueled ships as well as the design and production of marine engines, KHI has developed the LPG fuel supply system.In consideration of LPG fuel’s property and the related rules, ClassNK has carried out the verification on the system from the viewpoint of minimizing risks to vessels, crew, and the environment.Following confirmation that the design of KHI’s LPG fuel supply system met the prescribed standards, ClassNK has issued the AiP.The design features a cyclical system design that is compatible with propane and butane and circulates LPG in a pressurized state capable of usage at normal ambient temperature. It also establishes a safe control system by implementing risk assessment based on the IGC code, and the system configuration is applicable to merchant ships other than LPG carriers.
Partner agencies that have fundedvarious research endeavors of the university and faculty researchers who haveshown great accomplishments in basic and applied research, technology transferand promotion were also recognized during the celebration which started on Dec.9 and ended on Dec. 11.(With a reportPIA/PN) CAPSU president Dr. Editha Alfon saidthe technofest was successful and will be carried out through the RDE unit inthe succeeding years. The unit was spearheaded by Dr. Lucy Beluso. It also aimed at highlighting thedevelopments and achievements of the institution in research, productdevelopment and utility model. The technofest included an exhibit,showcasing the current innovative knowledge, technology and products developedby the university. During his speech on the opening day,Rep. Fredenil Castro of the 2nd District of Capiz, commended the school for theinitiative and the food-centered researches, challenging the university “tocome up with something better, special, more sophisticated, and spectacular.” The technofest was also a venue forthe science community and enthusiasts, particularly the technology developersand investors, including the science and technology service providers andclients, to interact, exchange ideas and pursue potential opportunities intechnology commercialization and linkages. TRANSLATED TO COMMUNITIES. CAPSU vice – president for Research, Development and Extension Dr. Lucy Beluso (on mic) says that the research products in terms of new technologies and basic researches are translated to the communities in view of the schools’ extension services during an interaction with local tri-media practitioners, Dec. 9, at CAPSU Dayao satellite college in Roxas City. Photo by PIA Capiz/A. Lumaque ROXAS City – The Research, Developmentand Extension (RDE) unit of the Capiz State University (CAPSU) conducted athree-day celebration on its breakthroughs in research and technology here.
Darroca on Thursday said the recentmove was in accordance to the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10054, or thelaw that mandates all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective helmetswhile driving; and RA 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. “Oplan Disiplina” generated a totalincome revenue of P3,290,000 as fines for around 2,517 motorcycles, 169tricycles, three cars, and a truck that were impounded last year./PN He noted everyone, including backriders must wear approved motorcycle helmets in all areas of the town. Onlythose children who can reach the footrest of the motorcycle are allowed to rideat the back. Motorcycle drivers without helmet and motorcycle plate will be prohibited from plying the roads of San Jose, Antique and violators will face stiff penalties, says Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of the San Jose police station. PN FILE PHOTO The backlog in license plates fromFeb. 2014 to June 2016 was pegged at around 5.8 million for vehicles andanother 2.5 million for motorcycles. Problems in supply materials wereidentified by Galvante as the source of delay. Nobody is exempted from these laws,Darroca added, as he encouraged the community to report violating policepersonnel and traffic enforcers. “If you cannot afford a helmet, thereis no reason for you to ride a motorcycle or you can choose to ride a bike,commute or walk. You should try your best to buy one or else you are notallowed in the streets. This is for your own good,” Darroca said, adding it isbetter to comply than to be penalized. He added the strict implementationwill lessen or prevent more deaths on vehicular accidents while motorcycleplates will help authorities easily identify registered motorcycles. Meanwhile, he said temporary platesare still allowed since there are motorcycle owners who have not yet receivedtheir plates from the LTO and the companies. Darroca said the Land TransportationOffice (LTO) has deputized the police here for the job and the move waswelcomed by town mayor Elmer Untaran. Since September last year, authoritieshave been implementing “Oplan Disiplina” or intensified implementation ofmunicipal traffic ordinance and RA 4136 that resulted in lesser road accidentsand traffic violators which improved discipline among drivers in this town. LTO chief Edgar Galvante said lastyear the LTO planned to release the license plates from 2014 to June 30, 2016 –by the middle of 2020. The Commission on Audit last yearlifted its notice of disallowance, following the Supreme Court decisionupholding the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization programof the previous administration. Adjustments had to be made on thelicense plate material as the plate-making plant of the LTO had differentedgings from the previous supplier. The San Jose police station strictlyimplements RA 10054 (Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009), RA 10586 (Anti-Drunk andDrugged Driving Act of 2013) and RA 10666 (Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Actof 2015). San Jose, Antique – Motorcycle drivers without helmet and motorcycle plateare prohibited from plying the roads of this capital town – violators will facestiff penalties, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of theSan Jose police station.
AURORA, Ind. — Two Dearborn County residents have been arrested after police say they attacked a woman.According to police, Daniel Backus, 46, of Lawrenceburg, and Stephanie L. Horn, 39, of Greendale, both attacked the woman at her home in Aurora.The victim told police that the 2 knocked on her door, and Backus grabbed her by her hair and pulled her outside.She also told police that Horn bounced her head off the curb, while Backus was yelling to kill her.Police say the woman had multiple cuts and lacerations to her hands and face, and was treated by paramedics on scene, but refused to be taken to the hospital.Her family later took her after becoming dizzy and lightheaded. According to Police, they tried to contact both Horn and Backus after the report, but Backus’ phone had been disconnected.Horn told police that the woman had threatened her sister in a text message, and she told Backus to stop at the woman’s house.Horn and Backus were arrested on charges of Battery causing Injury.
Jeffrey Allen Pitts, Sr., of Carmel, was born on February 23, 1967, in Rushville, the son of Frank A. and Linda Carole Smith Pitts. Jeff served his country as a member of the Indiana National Guard, and his community as a law enforcement official. He retired from public service after acting as an officer with Washington Township Schools, the marshal in Trafalgar, Indiana, and a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department where his office was housed at Union Station in Indianapolis. Jeff was able to fulfill his ambition of helping people and bringing them peace not only through his civil service, but also as a minister with the Disciples of Christ Church. In his free time he loved to fish, and spend time with his family and his dog, Noah. On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the age of 50, Jeff passed away at his residence.Jeff’s memory will be cherished by his son, Jeffrey (Amber) Pitts, Jr., of Speedway; his father Frank (Donna) Pitts of Rushville; his mother Linda Smith Pitts of Carmel; and his siblings, Frann (Phil) Hedges of Indianapolis, his twin brother, John Pitts, and Raelynn (Dave) Smith, both of Carmel, and Rhett Pitts of Rushville. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Jeff was preceded in death by a niece and his grandparents.Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 1, 2017, beginning at 12:00 noon, at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Visitation will continue until the time of service at 2:00 p.m., which will be officiated by Jeff’s son, Pastor Jeffrey Pitts. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery, Whitcomb.Memorial contributions can be directed to the family. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Jeffrey Pitts, Sr.
Daniel R. Tekulve, age 71 of Oldenburg, died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his home. Born March 30, 1946 in Batesville, he is the son of Clara (Nee: Holtel) and Arnold Tekulve. He married Cheryl Lamppert September 8, 1973 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg. He served in the army during the Vietnam War. A design engineer, Dan worked 10 years at Hill-Rom, 23 years at Wood-Mizer and was founder and President of Med-Mizer, starting the company in 2004.A devout man, faith was important to him. Dan attended Mass daily, prayed the rosary daily and each year led the rosary during the Corpus Christi procession at Holy Family. A huge Bengals fan, he’s been a season ticket holder since 1969 and attended both Super Bowls they played in at Detroit and Miami. Although he owned Cricket Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant, his family teased that he wasn’t the greatest golfer, even though he played at least three times a week. Many nights you would find him at the restaurant, sitting with friends watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. A staple at Oldenburg’s Freudenfest, he was known for passing out flashing pins and each year purchased a pie during the pie auction to support the event. He also enjoyed Jeep rides with the top off and visiting the Tiki Hut bar whenever he was in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In his younger years, Saturday nights were spent playing 500, which in recent years was replaced by poker night with his boys or friends. His two biggest passions were time with his grandkids and spending a couple of evenings during the week and usually Sunday’s at the laDan is survived by his wife Cheryl; sons Josh (Hollie) of Whiteland, Indiana, Ryan (Sarah) of Batesville, Dusty (Kate) and Kyle (Erin), both of Oldenburg; brothers Tom of Batesville, Mike of Oldenburg and eight grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his infant son James.Visitation is Wednesday, April 26th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Capital Building Fund.