first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith today announced the appointment of Representative Michael Fisher as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care.  Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Representative Mark Larson who resigned from the legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas will become the committee’s vice chair. ‘Mike has been a leader in the House for over a decade.  His expertise in the field of health and human services is vast, and his enthusiasm to tackle the barriers to the access of quality affordable health care for Vermonters is unparalleled,’ said Speaker Smith.  ‘The legislature made great strides last year and Mike’s leadership was crucial to those efforts.  His leadership will be needed as we continue to move forward with health care reform.’ Rep. Fisher has been a member of the legislature since 2001, representing the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. He served as the vice chair of the House Committee on Human Services from 2007-2010 and as vice chair of the House Committee on Health Care during the 2011 session.  Rep. Fisher works as a social worker in Addison County, having earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Vermont. ‘I am excited to continue to advance our state’s health care reform efforts,’ said Rep. Fisher.  ‘Reducing health care costs and improving access to quality care is vital to the health and economic wellbeing of the state, and I am confident in the ability of the committee to dig into that work.’ Rep. Copeland-Hanzas has represented the towns of Bradford, Fairlee, and West Fairlee since 2005.  She has been a member of the House Committee on Health Care for the past five years, and has served as Deputy Assistant Majority Leader since 2009.  Rep. Copeland-Hanzas is a small business owner, operating The Local Buzz Cafe in Bradford. ‘The House Health Care Committee has led the way in health care reform over the past two years,’ said Speaker Smith. ‘I am confident that Mike and Sarah will be a strong leadership team and look forward to seeing the progress of the committee.’last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2013 The bill was initiated after an incident in May 2012, in which Brazilian actress Carolina Dieckmann was blackmailed once her computer was hacked and 36 of her personal photos were taken from her computer and exposed to several websites. Prior to this law, the cybercrimes committed in Brazil were not defined as criminal offences, but treated as if they were a violation of communication, resulting in dubious interpretations and less severe penalties. *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategy Intelligence Analystcenter_img Beginning on April 2, laws against cybercrime in Brazil became effective after having been signed by President Dilma Rousseff in December 2012. The unprecedented legislation categorizes several crimes involving personal information stored on computers as illicit, with penalties of between six-months to two years of imprisonment for those who violate emails that may contain confidential information and data, either private or commercial in nature. Among other legal instruments, the law established further penalties ranging between three months to one year of imprisonment, plus a fine for those who “invade a third party electronic system with the intent of obtaining, modifying or destroying data or information without expressed authorization.” The same penalty will be applied to those who produce, offer, or sell programs that enable the invasion of third party systems and computers. For cases of services interruption, such as a 2011 incident in Brazil that represented the largest attack ever suffered by a government department, including sites from the presidential office and the Army, the penalty varies from one to three years in prison. last_img read more

first_imgBRITT — A Britt man has pleaded not guilty to 12 sexual abuse-related counts. 73-year-old Paul Dewitt was charged with six counts of third-degree sexual abuse and six counts of incest. He’s accused of sexually abusing a female victim six times between July and December of last year. Court documents state that Dewitt admitted to authorities to committing the sexual acts. Dewitt was scheduled to be in court for his arraignment hearing this morning, but online court records show he filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled to start on October 30th in Hancock County District Court.  Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony, with each charge punishable by up to ten years in prison. Incest is a Class D felony, with each charge carrying a potential five-year prison term.last_img read more

first_imgLausanne, Switzerland | AFP |The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday rejected an appeal by Michel Platini against a six year ban from football saying it was “not convinced” a $2 million payment from FIFA was legitimate.CAS cut the ban to four years however saying the punishment by FIFA was “too severe.” A fine was also reduced. Platini announced that he would resign as UEFA president. The court “was not convinced by the legitimacy of the 2,000,000 Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment, which was only recognised by Mr. Platini and Mr. (Sepp) Blatter, and which occurred more than eight years after the end of his work relations,” said a statement from the tribunal based in Lausanne, Switzerland.“The suspension of Mr. Platini has been lowered from six to four years and the 80,000 Swiss franc fine (reduced) to 60,000,” the court said in ruling on an appeal filed by Platini in FebruaryShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgVICTORY CELEBRATION—Montour’s Julian Durden celebrates on the sideline after rushing for 159 yards and scoring four touchdowns to lead the Spartans to 42-14 win over Knoch in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship game. With the exception of 1964, Montour has not produced any championship football teams. More often, their athletes have been the butts of jokes—you may recall when, Hall of Famer Dick Butkus couldn’t produce a winner when he coached them on a reality show.But now, it seems the Spartans may have the last laugh. Montour (11-2) defeated Knoch (12-1) 41-14 to win the WPIAL AAA championship for the first time since 1964. Kent State recruit Julian Durden ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns. The senior running back, two years removed from playing for Pittsburgh CentralCatholic, entered the game with 5,189 career rushing yards and 61 rushing touchdowns over the last three seasons.Montour took the early 7-0 lead on a Dillon Buechel 12-yard pass to Devin Wilson. Wilson caught six passes for 96 yards and Buechel threw for 184 yards on a 10-of-17 day.Buechel though, was in no mood to pat himself on the back, instead turning his attention to next week.“Last year we won the state basketball championship and winning states in football is the only thing that we are focusing on right now,” “said Buechel. “We want to win it for Coach Lou (Lou Cerro) we wanted this bad.”Knoch entered the playoffs with a heavy heart. The Saxonburg community was brought closer due to tragedy that occurred at the onset of the WPIAL playoffs. Cheerleader Alexis Summers was killed in a one-car crash, and her boyfriend, Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin, is the leading rusher on Knoch’s team.To reach Heinz, Knoch defeated West Allegheny, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Regional, programs which won a combined 11 WPIAL championships.“I’ve got one word when it comes to this team and this community and its ‘love’,” Coach Mike King said. “It’s love. It’s what everything should be about in sports.”last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by SafePlaceSafePlace clients are served by 34 staff and 50 trained volunteers. Photo courtesy of SafePlace.Starting this month, SafePlace is partnering with Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) to offer legal advocacy services in Spanish and English to survivors residing in south Thurston County.   Open to all survivors, our legal advocates, Lucy Santiago and Yessica Bevil, will be available on alternate Mondays to provide bicultural/bilingual legal support.   This support includes assistance with sexual and domestic violence protection orders, safety planning, immigration proceedings, navigating the court system, emotional support and referrals to community resources.“Access and transportation are major issues for survivors,” says Santiago, “we are thrilled to be able to travel to ROOF and provide these services during the hours of the food bank.  This is a great example of meeting clients where they are at.”  Adds Kellie McNelly, Executive Director of ROOF, “for over 20 years, ROOF Community Services has been bringing resources to the Rochester community and we are very excited to partner with SafePlace. This is a great opportunity to reach out to a population that might not have the ability to travel to Olympia for this service.”SafePlace is working on increasing our services, particularly legal services, to those in South County for good reason.  The 2005 Thurston County Victim Safety and Offender Accountability Audit, a comprehensive audit of system coordination for services to domestic violence survivors in our community, found three main goals, one of which is to increase victim advocacy services to victims in rural areas.  “We have been actively pursuing public partnerships for years to help us achieve this goal,” says Mary Pontarolo, SafePlace Executive Director.  “Now we’ve been able to find financing and partners to participate in this much-needed outreach.  We are delighted to be able to create more connections with survivors in Rochester and outlying areas.”Additionally, we will begin a 6-session bilingual workshop series called “A Community Conversation,” focused on addressing issues of domestic violence and immigration.  The workshop series will cover topics such as cultural and family values, healthy relationships, the impact of violence on children and what can be done to prevent violence from happening.  A Community Conversation begins May 2, and runs weekly through June 6.To learn more about our legal assistance at ROOF or the Community Conversation series, contact Lucy Santiago at (360) 786-8754 x120 or via email: or Yessica Bevil at (360) 786-8754 x108 or via email: yessicab@safeplaceolympia.orgAbout SafePlace:  SafePlace has been serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1981.  Programs include 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor’s native language.  Contact us anytime at (360) 754-6300 or on the web at Facebook64Tweet0Pin0last_img read more