BREAKING NEWS: 3 Finalists Picked For Indiana Supreme CourtThe Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month.The JNC has selected Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael, Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid.The JNC made the announcement around 7 p.m. Wednesday after deliberating since around noon.Now, the JNC will send a letter about the three finalists to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will have 60 days from receiving that letter to make his choice for the bench. It will be Holcomb’s first appellate appointment.The JNC held interviews with the 11 semifinalists Tuesday and Wednesday morning and conducted the first round of interviews March 21-22. Twenty-one people applied for Rucker’s spot, with 20 being chosen for interviews.Rucker’s last day on the Supreme Court is May 12. The court announced Tuesday that he will become a senior judge, effective the day after his retirement.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
At the invitation of Rep. Peter Welch, Regulatory Assistance Project Director Richard Cowart will testify Thursday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.The East Calais resident will be taking part in the first week of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a major climate change bill which includes legislation authored by Welch aiming to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent.Cowart, a former commissioner and chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board, will emphasize the critical role energy efficiency can play in addressing climate change while contributing to cost containment for consumers. The world needs us to get control of our greenhouse emissions, but people are worried about the costs of climate legislation. I m delivering good news: we can design a carbon cap-and-trade program to support and reward energy efficiency, which is the low cost carbon scrubber we need today, Cowart said.Welch s Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) Program would provide resources to homeowners and small business owners to retrofit millions of existing buildings an effort that would create jobs, save money on energy costs and contribute to combating climate change. Welch introduced the REEP Act in March; the legislation was subsequently incorporated into the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Vermont s leadership in achieving savings through energy efficiency will be a resource for the country as it begins to take on significant climate change legislation, Welch said. I am pleased Richard Cowart will bring his knowledge and expertise to this important debate.Source: Congressman Welch
Following months of negotiation, Colombian drug boss Javier Calle Serna turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 4, on the island of Aruba, the Colombian police announced. Calle Serna, also known under the alias of “El Doctor” [The Doctor], and his brother Luis Enrique formed a clan known as “Los Comba” (combatants) and were considered the highest-ranking leaders of Los Rastrojos [The Stubble], one of the leading Colombian drug-trafficking groups with ties to Mexico and Ecuador. Calle Serna will be tried in New York for conspiracy to import and distribute narcotics, the Colombian police indicated. A federal court in Brooklyn indicted Calle Serna in 2010 on charges of leading Los Rastrojos, an organization which allegedly sent shipments of several tons of cocaine to the United States, via Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries in Central and South America, in coordination with Mexican cartels, the DEA said. Assets attributed to Calle Serna in the United States have also been frozen since 2011. The police chief said that Calle Serna’s negotiations with the DEA took place over several months and were a result of the pressure to which he was subjected by the police in Colombia. León said that he was not familiar with the details of the surrender, but noted that in cases like this one, criminals usually provide information about the members of their organization and drug-trafficking routes. He also thought it “probable” that Calle Serna’s younger brother Luis Enrique, a fugitive from justice, “might be involved” in the negotiations. By Dialogo May 09, 2012
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Rotterdam is a nice place to live. Its residents are mostly folks that are getting older or families. I’ve lived here all my life. All around, new apartments are going up — most of them for “seniors” or those “over 55.” That’s great, but most senior citizens can’t afford them. Although some can, let’s focus on the masses who can’t. We live on a very limited income and usually are alone. You really expect a senior to afford $1,200 and up for an apartment? Where do the food, prescriptions and other daily living necessities come in? We worked hard all our lives. Why can’t contractors find it in good conscience to think of the elderly? We are quiet, no parties, no police. We just want to be able to call someplace our home and live our lives there. How about building new apartments for the seniors in Rotterdam that are affordable? Really affordable. Most of us have had to sell our homes or give them up. This would be so wonderful for those that need a place to live.Karen EpliteRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Keerom Police discovered on Saturday a 1-hectare marijuana field in Waris district, Keerom regency, Papua, which shares a border with Papua New Guinea.”The field has been cleared of plants and we have arrested the owner,” Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said in a statement on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that the field owner had been identified as 48-year-old Laurens Swo, a farmer who lives near the marijuana field. Read also: Conservative Aceh proposes cannabis legalizationPolice personnel found 56 cannabis trees measuring 1.5 to 3 meters high. They also seized one machete, one air rifle, a bow and five arrows during Saturday’s operation.”Our personnel have uprooted the marijuana plants. We also questioned the suspect at Keerom Police headquarters,” Kamal said. Police charged Laurens under Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 8 billion (US$582,000). (eyc) Topics :
SWEDENOne case was registered at the end of January in a woman who had visited the Wuhan area. On Wednesday a second virus case was discovered. GEORGIAGeorgia on Wednesday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the South Caucasus region. With 12 deaths and 400 people infected, Italy is the European country worst-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. It has also been a point of contagion with many cases in other countries involving people who returned home after travelling in infection-hit areas of northern Italy. AUSTRIAA young Italian couple have tested positive. The Innsbruck hotel where the woman worked as a receptionist was initially placed in quarantine but the measure was lifted on Wednesday following tests. Austria has also urged its nationals to avoid visiting affected areas of neighboring Italy. Topics : BRITAINSo far, 13 cases recorded since the start of the epidemic. The government has requested travellers returning from affected areas in northern Italy, China, South Korea and Iran to isolate themselves and inform the authorities. GREECE Athens announced its first infection on Wednesday, a woman aged 38 who had recently returned from northern Italy. On Tuesday, the Greek government said that in the event of a mass outbreak, it would activate temporary restrictions on travel to and from countries with a large number of infections as well as temporarily closing schools, places of worship, cinemas, theatres, sports halls and businesses. BELGIUMOne case detected in a Belgian national who was repatriated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic, in early February. He has completed his quarantine period. ITALY FINLANDTwo cases, the first detected in a Chinese tourist in Lapland, while a second case involving a Finnish national who had recently visited northern Italy was confirmed on Wednesday. NORTH MACEDONIAOne case in a woman who recently return from a month in Italy. FRANCE France has so far registered 18 infections and two deaths, and has urged its nationals to delay any plans to visit virus hotspots in northern Italy. Students returning from China, Singapore, South Korea and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Venice are being asked to remain at home for two weeks after their return. With governments scrambling to contain a slew of coronavirus cases popping up across Europe, here is an overview of the countries affected, where people have died and the precautions being taken. GERMANYIn Germany, 18 people have been infected including two diagnosed on Tuesday. One is a 25-year-old man who was “presumably infected in Italy, in the city of Milan”. SPAINThe same has happened in Spain, which has registered 12 cases, 10 of which have been detected since Monday night. Of that number, nine involved Italians or people who had recently visited Italy. Among that number are four Italians who were visiting Tenerife in the Canary Islands, with the hotel where they were staying placed in quarantine To curb the spread, Madrid has advised against travel in northern Italy and sought to identify other potential cases that may have slipped under the radar by testing those already in hospital with respiratory problems or returning from high-risk areas with flu-like symptoms. CROATIAThree people have tested positive. Among them are a young man who recently stayed in Italy and his brother, while a third case was detected on Wednesday in a man who works in the Italian city of Parma. SWITZERLANDA first case detected on Tuesday in a man in his 70s who was infected near Milan.
Topics : Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, a spokesman for its judiciary said on Tuesday, in response to the coronavirus epidemic.”Some 50% of those released are security-related prisoners … Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak,” said Gholamhossein Esmaili.On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853 and a total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across the country, one of the worst national outbreaks outside China, where the new virus originated.Esmaili did not elaborate on when those released would have to return to jail.Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said earlier in March that Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus.
Siobhan O’Malley, a sophomore majoring in communication, asks Sabrina Chong, the associate director for Annenberg International Programs, about the London and Argentina programs at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday. The Office of Overseas Studies held the fair on Trousdale Parkway as part of Study Abroad Week.Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan