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AG urges Legislature to consider use-of-force reform bills

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan on Thursday sent a letter to Senator Tim Ashe, President Pro Tempore, and Representative Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the House, urging the Legislature to pass legislation to improve training of law enforcement and to study a change in the standard applied to police use-of-force incidents. In the letter, Attorney General Donovan points to two bills, H.808(link is external) and H.464(link is external), which, if passed, will increase transparency and trust in law enforcement while aiming to limit the number of use-of-force incidents.“I know you share my dismay and outrage over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer,” wrote Attorney General Donovan. “I am writing today to ask you to consider legislation that would help prevent similar tragedies from happening here in Vermont.”Attorney General Donovan advocates in his letter for the Legislature to convene a committee to consider H.808, “An act relating to the use of deadly force by law enforcement,” which adopts California’s new standard of review in police use-of-force incidents. He also urged passage of H.464, “An act relating to law enforcement training on appropriate use of force, de-escalation tactics, and cross-cultural awareness,” which would provide a more transparent, fact-based, and community needs-based approach to public safety and community service by establishing a model Use of Force, De-Escalation, and Cross-Cultural Awareness policy. This bill would also require the collection of data about use-of-force incidents.“We are at an inflection point in policing in our country,” said Attorney General Donovan of today’s letter. “These two bills provide avenues to increase our public’s trust in law enforcement and limit the use of force by police. We should act now in order to maintain and increase the public’s trust.” A copy of today’s letter can also be found here(link is external).Source: MONTPELIER – Attorney General 6.3.2020last_img read more

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Firefighting stations to cut Eurotunnel costs

first_imgEUROPE: Following the completion of its 20th bi-national safety exercise in the Channel Tunnel on the night of March 13-14, Eurotunnel said this had ‘confirmed the need to implement our Salamander project, which relates to the installation of four permanent fire suppression stations in the Tunnel’.The strategy has been developed following the second major lorry shuttle fire in September 2008, which disrupted operations in the Tunnel for six months and had a serious impact on Eurotunnel’s revenues in both 2008 and 2009. By agreeing to install the fire-suppression stations, Eurotunnel has been able to negotiate substantially lower insurance premiums, which contributed to an 11% cost reduction in 2009; the premiums for 2010 are expected to be 32% than they were for 2008. In its 2009 results announced on March 9, Eurotunnel reported a net profit of €1·4m, against €34m the previous year. This followed a 25% drop in total shuttle revenue to €311m, mainly because road hauliers switched to the ferries after the shuttle fire. Total revenue in 2009 was €571m, down 16% on 2008. Thanks to a 1% increase in Eurostar passengers total railway revenue was unchanged at €250m.last_img read more

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Police Seek Information About Suspicious Person – Stranraer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice in Stranraer are keen to trace a man seen sneaking about in the Clenoch Street area of Stranraer around 7pm on Tuesday 10th April 2018.The male is described as around 6ft tall, in his 30’s, very short blonde hair or bald, wearing a baseball cap, grey tracksuit bottoms and a camouflaged beige/tan jacket.If you can help, contact Stranraer Police Station on the 101 number quoting incident PDG0073570418.last_img

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Former speaker laid to rest

first_img Tweet Share Share Share LocalNews Former speaker laid to rest by: – June 5, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! 13 Views   no discussions The late Marie Davis Pierre, former speaker of the House of Assembly was laid to rest on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.Ms Pierre was afforded an official funeral at the St Gerard’s Hall Chapel, which was attended by President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Cabinet Members, Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights and other members of the diplomatic corps.Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire reminded the attendees that “we are here for just a moment” and should therefore “make a positive impact like the late Ms. Pierre did”.After serving as Clerk of the House of Assembly as a civil servant, Ms Pierre became the first female to have been appointed Speaker of the Dominican House of Assembly. She served with distinction as Speaker from August 1980 to December 1988.– / 57Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Reopening of schools postponed due to inclement weather

first_img Sharing is caring! 300 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img The reopening of school which was scheduled for Monday, October 16th, 2017 has been postponed due to the inclement weather. Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, stated at the daily press briefing on Monday, that the reopening of school would have been a positive step for the island following Hurricane Maria. “Today we had planned on reopening many, many schools, but the weather has hampered that effort. Schools were geared to reopen today, because that would have been a very positive sign, a positive happening to getting our children back into school, back into the learning groove, and continue to prepare themselves for external and internal examinations,” Mr. Skerrit stated. He urged the public to listen to the radio for updates from the Ministry of Education in relation to the reopening of school. “So we are waiting to see how the weather pans out tomorrow and further announcement will be made by the Ministry of Education later this evening on the reopening of school tomorrow or later in the week. So please stay tuned for updates from the Ministry,” he stated. EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Reopening of schools postponed due to inclement weather by: Dominica Vibes News – October 16, 2017 Tweetlast_img read more

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Bayern keeper Neuer out for two matches

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is suffering from a calf problem picked up in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and missed training on MondayMUNICH, Germany, Mar 30 – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out for two matches after sustaining an injury in training, but should be fit for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid, the Bundeliga giants said Thursday.“Manuel Neuer underwent a successful minor operation … on Wednesday evening after sustaining an injury to his left foot in training,” Bayern said in a statement. The 31-year-old Germany keeper will be sidelined for Bayern’s Bundesliga matches against Augsburg on Saturday and Hoffenheim next Tuesday.Then comes the league clash with Borussia Dortmund on April 8, followed by the Champions League quarter-final against Real four days later.Neuer hasn’t played since March 19, having pulled out of Germany’s 1-0 friendly win over England and a 4-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Azerbaijan with a calf injury.Sven Ulreich will likely replace Neuer for the two upcoming Bundesliga games, the reserve goalkeeper having only donned the Bayern jersey once this season, in the club’s surprise 3-2 defeat by Rostov in a Champions League pool game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Goalkeeper sensation to be offered new AC Milan deal amid Man United interest

first_img 17-year-old Donnarumma is one of Europe’s brightest talents between the sticks AC Milan are ready to tie Manchester United target Gianluigi Donnarumma down to a new contract.The goalkeeper is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and he has attracted interest from several clubs.Manchester United and Real Madrid are particularly keen on the 17-year-old and they have scouted him on several occasions.However, according to Tuttosport, Milan are prepared to put any transfer talk to bed by offering Donnarumma a new contract.The youngster’s agent, Mino Raiola, is now scheduled to hold talks with the Italian club in the coming days.Donnarumma’s current deal expires in the summer of 2018 and Milan are eager to get any renewal sorted by Christmas. 1last_img

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Liberals returns to BC to pledge carbonneutrality tax cut for cleantech firms

first_imgVANCOUVER — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau chose once again on Tuesday to stage one of the biggest moments of his campaign in British Columbia, as he made a major climate-change announcement in the riding of his NDP rival.After kicking off his re-election campaign in Vancouver two weeks ago, Trudeau was in Burnaby South — a riding held by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh — to announce a re-elected Liberal government would cut corporate taxes in half for companies that produce zero-emission technologies as part of a plan to make Canada carbon-neutral by 2050.Trudeau has previously spoken of British Columbia as a kind of philosophical ally, one of the few remaining provinces led by a left-leaning government committed to fighting climate change when most other provinces have swung to the right.But the province is also where his government has encountered the fiercest opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Trudeau’s government purchased to ensure a way to get Alberta oilsands crude to the B.C. coast.On Tuesday, Trudeau said he believes the province’s voters understand that the federal government’s decision to buy the pipeline, and the project to twin it, isn’t out of step with his commitment to make the country a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases.“Canadians, particularly here in British Columbia, understand we need to grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time,” he said. In fact, he argued the pipeline is part of the path forward to addressing climate change, by “opening up new markets to bring in new profits to invest in a greener future, in that transition towards a net-zero economy,” he said. “That’s what the path is.”Trudeau has promised that any profits the government makes from owning or selling the Trans Mountain pipeline — it paid $4.5 billion to buy it — will be plowed into pro-environment measures.He acknowledged that there are “strongly held views on both sides” of the debate over the pipeline, which has been opposed by B.C.’s premier and some Indigenous groups, and said his government would continue to work towards reconciliation.Four-way fights among the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens makes the potential results in some B.C. ridings in the Oct. 21 vote particularly unpredictable.Trudeau has chosen to spend some of the biggest moments of his campaign — the launch and Tuesday’s climate announcement — in the important battleground province, where his party is simultaneously fighting to win seats away from their rivals and retain the ones they have.Later Tuesday, Trudeau’s plans took him to a rally in Surrey Centre, where Liberal incumbent Randeep Sarai is campaigning for a second term. The riding was created before the last election largely from the now-dissolved riding of Surrey North, which bounced back and forth between the NDP and Liberals for most of its recent history.Some 1,000 supporters gathered in the parking lot of a banquet hall to see Trudeau run through his stump speech, applauding as he promised to increase Old Age Security and pension survivor benefits, and falling silent as he warned that a Conservative government would mean “twice the cuts for you and your family.”In 2015, the Liberals won 17 of B.C.’s 42 seats, up from only two in 2011, and cannot afford to lose many if they want to win this time around.Trudeau ended his speech with a plea to his supporters to knock doors.“So please, go talk to your neighbours. Volunteer with Randeep, with Gordie, with all our great candidates. Drive to the polls. Make phone calls,” said Trudeau, who was mobbed by enthusiastic fans following his appearance.Earlier Tuesday, Trudeau chose to make his announcement on climate change at a battery factory in the Burnaby, B.C. riding held by the NDP’s Singh, who has himself made climate change a central tenet of his platform.But if his presence in Singh’s riding was meant to send a message, Trudeau didn’t admit it.Trudeau didn’t mention the NDP during his hour-long appearance, choosing instead to direct his criticism at Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who he said would “take Canada backwards” in the fight against climate change.“They have no plan to reduce emissions. They have no plan for jobs. They have no plan for the future,” he said.When asked what he thought of the Green and NDP climate platforms, Trudeau responded only that it is important that Canadians and parties are discussing the issue.Trudeau said kids around the world, including in Canada, who have been staging climate strikes to demand more action are issuing a call every government must heed. Children, he said, just get that the world needs drastic action to halt climate change.“Years from now I want to look my kids in the eye and say, ‘We stepped up,’ ” Trudeau said.The Liberals also announced early Tuesday that they will increase Canada’s climate-action ambition by charting a path to deepen greenhouse-gas emissions cuts over the next decade on the way to the “net zero” target for 2050.That plan echoes a promise made by dozens of other countries at this week’s UN Climate Summit, which Canada is not officially attending because of the election.There are few details yet on how that will happen. Trudeau declined to give more details despite repeated questioning, but promised more answers are coming.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— With files from Mia RabsonMorgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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