Paramedic to Receive Medal for 2010 Walnut Creek Rescue

first_imgCONTRA COSTA, Calif. — A paramedic who was lowered by helicopter to save an unconscious woman from a raging Walnut Creek will be awarded the 2010 Governor’s Public Safety Medal of Valor.Dave Manzeck with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will receive the award Wednesday at the State Capitol, along with others from the governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Review Board.Manzeck saved Janet Hogan, 74, from the waters of Walnut Creek after the car she was in, driven by her son Tim, crashed into the creek April 11, 2010. Hogan and her husband, James, were swept away from the vehicle and traveled miles downstream, until Hogan was retrieved unconscious by Manzeck. Her husband and son both died; it was later discovered that Tim Hogan had some kind of medical attack that caused him to lose control of the car and end up in the rain-swollen creek.After spotting Hogan, Manzeck was lowered from a California Highway Patrol helicopter down to her and, on the second attempt, he pulled her from the water.Manzeck suffered a dislocated shoulder and torn ligament during the rescue.last_img read more

Campaign finance reform failure means caps on donations unlikely to occur until 2016 campaign cycle

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana May 14, 2013 Despite much political drama and grandstanding, campaign finance reform failed this year, which means tighter regulations on money in politics won’t be imposed until at least the 2016 elections.House Republican leadership refused to suspend legislative rules, which could have enabled passage in the short time left in this session. A conference committee to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of the reform only met formally for the first time Monday.Republican minority leader Don Turner and Democratic majority leader Bill Jewett discuss the orders of the day before the final day of the 2013 Vermont legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger.orgJust as important, the chambers failed to reach agreement on two major policy fronts. The House voted strongly, 96-49, to cap donations to Super PACs at $5,000, breaking with a recent legal guidance from the attorney general that  allowed unlimited contributions to Super PACs.Several senators felt uncomfortable with that cap, which would have likely provoked a legal challenge from conservative campaign finance lawyers. If the state lost that challenge, taxpayers would be liable for the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees.The House also voted for more liberal donation limits, allowing political parties to receive unlimited donations and edging up donation caps for statewide candidates. The Senate backed more restrictive caps, including an $85,000 limit on party donations and a ban on any one person donating more than $25,000, in total, per election cycle, to several candidates.Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, and Rep. Debbie Evans, D-Essex Junction, two key conference committee members, expressed  disappointment at the outcome, but said they would continue to meet in the fall, with the aim of reaching agreement by January.‘I would love to have passed it this year, but I think it’s more important to have a bill that does what we want it to do,’said White, who chairs the Senate Government Operations committee.If legislation is passed in early 2014, White said, at least some provisions could take effect in time for the 2014 elections. More frequent reporting requirements for candidates, PACs, and parties could apply to the 2014 election cycle, but donation limits wouldn’t, she said.‘Time was of the essence,’Evans said. ‘We were pushing (Super PAC) caps forward, and the Senate could not come to an agreement. That was the main sticking point.‘Obviously I’m disappointed,’she said. ‘A lot of people put a lot of work into it, and it’s a good piece of legislation. It’s what our constituents want and what’s needed.’She said it would increase political transparency and highlight ‘how money comes in, who’s giving money and how it’s being spent.’House Republican minority leader Don Turner, R-Milton, argued that with little time left, other legislative topics took priority, especially since there is still some controversy and disagreement over campaign finance provisions.‘Even our committee members agree, our caucus members agree: we’re not going to suspend the rules on campaign finance,’Turner said. ‘It’s going to wait until next year. It’s not important enough this session, not with what’s in it today.’Earlier this session House Republicans touted the importance of campaign finance reform. Several House Republicans however, criticized House legislation recently for approving legally risky restrictions on Super PACs.Sen. Anthony Pollina. VTD/Josh LarkinSen. Anthony Pollina, D-Washington, a Senate Government Operations committee member, said the absence of meaningful reform this session is disappointing but not surprising.He said he sensed that House, Senate and administration leadership attached little importance to the legislation. Campaign finance reform has not become law since 1997, when Pollina led the nonpartisan advocacy group VPIRG, which tracks campaign finance reform. Pollina helped craft that bill, which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional and unduly restrictive in 2006. The loss of that case cost Vermont taxpayers $1.6 million.Later attempts at reform in 2007 and 2008 were twice vetoed by then-Gov. Jim Douglas.‘This is not the first time, this has been going on for years,’said Pollina, who called the repeated failures a constant source of frustration. ‘For some reason, people in this building can’t seem to reach an agreement on how they should behave when it comes to their own campaigns.‘We’re comfortable telling other people what to do, and we’re willing to pass laws, but when it affects the people in this building, we can’t reach agreement,’he said.‘People can’t seem to be break out of this cycle of thinking that the way to combat big money is to bring in bigger money,’said Pollina, referring to lobbying by political parties, who want to remain free of donation caps, to better battle Super PACs. ‘I really don’t get it. Why is it so hard?’‘People in power don’t necessarily want to change the rules,’he continued. ‘From the start, my gut told me that the leadership really didn’t want to see these changes.’last_img read more

Kansas revenue director notes low unemployment rate, tells NEJC Conservatives that new revenue drop ‘makes no sense’

first_imgOn the same day the state announced February revenues fell $53 million short of estimates in Kansas, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan addressed the issue at a gathering of the Northeast Johnson County Conservatives group.Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan“It makes no sense,” Jordan said of the February numbers. “This has got us a little bit baffled.” Jordan cited a number of trends that show positive results from the state’s current tax policy. Chief among those is a 3.9 percent unemployment rate that Jordan said is the lowest in 14 years.Jordan said the current tax policy has reduced income tax rates by 30 percent for individuals, families and small businesses and that 71 percent of the tax savings have gone to individuals and families while only 29 percent have gone to small businesses.Individual income taxes have been growing year over year, Jordan said, until it hit the February downturn. Corporate income taxes are running under estimates by $11.4 million and sales tax receipts are down 1.7 percent, he said.Jordan told the group of about 20 conservatives gathered for the monthly meeting that economic declines in agriculture and oil are hurting Kansas and surrounding states. That aside, he said Kansas has added 18,340 small business tax filers. He said 81 percent of those new filers have a net income of less than $25,000. “Most small businesses stay where they are started,” he said.“I spent most of the afternoon with media folks,” Jordan said, referring to the release of the new revenue estimates. The state is approximately $84.2 million under estimates for state general fund receipts.Everyone knew the governor wanted lower taxes from the day he was elected, Jordan said, but you can’t get there right away. He said Governor Brownback has “a heart for the poor.” Citing the tax credits for lower income Kansans, he said, “I don’t know how you can say that is pounding on the poor.”“The purpose of the tax plan is to put more money in (your) pocket,” Jordan said. “You won’t have as much revenue.”Appearing with Jordan at the event was Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave.  He said the 3.9 percent unemployment rate now is making it hard to fill some jobs. “That shows that our policies have been very effective,” he said. Quality of life is the selling point for the commerce department, he said. “Johnson County is the best place that I’ve ever lived.”last_img read more

Once a Dome staple, DQ heads to AZ

first_imgOnce a Dome staple, DQ heads to AZWith the Metrodome’s roof deflated, the Dairy Queen Classic, which Minnesota normally hosts, will be played in Tuscon. Andrew BakerMarch 3, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter winning two-of-three games at the Wake Forest Tournament last weekend, the Gophers baseball team (3-3) will try to parlay that momentum to a strong showing at the Dairy Queen Classic tournament this weekend in Tucson, Ariz.The Gophers will face South Alabama (5-3), Washington State (4-1) and Oklahoma State (6-2), who last year defeated the Gophers 16-9 in the same tournament at the Metrodome âÄî where it is normally held.This year the tournament was moved, along with the rest of the GophersâÄô home games, due to the MetrodomeâÄôs damaged roof.Although all three of MinnesotaâÄôs opponents have better records, the Gophers defeated then-No. 9 Connecticut on Feb. 19 and showed marked improvement between the two weekend tournaments now under their belt.âÄúI think you gain confidence each time you play,âÄù Gophers head coach John Anderson said. âÄúI think for us right now, IâÄôm trying to learn about our team. IâÄôve played a lot of guys âĦ At the same time youâÄôre trying to get some reps for the guys you think are your front-line players.âÄùThe Gophers, who were picked to finish at the top of the Big Ten in a preseason coachesâÄô poll, are currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Indiana, Illinois and Penn State. Michigan State (5-1), Purdue (5-2) and Ohio State (4-3) occupy the top three spots.The Gophers have been led by their veterans this year, although some newcomers have shown early flashes of talent, both offensively and on the mound.In his collegiate debut against Louisville on Feb. 20, freshman lefthander Tom Windle gave up just two hits in three shutout innings of middle-inning relief in the 3-0 loss. WindleâÄôs fellow freshman southpaw, D.J. Snelten, has allowed no runs in two relief appearances totaling 2 2/3 innings this year, while freshman third baseman Bobby Juan made his presence known Sunday with his first career home run in the GophersâÄô 7-1 victory over Delaware State.âÄúThey really work hard all week to prepare for the weekend,âÄù junior starting pitcher Austin Lubinsky said of Windle and Snelten. âÄúI didnâÄôt expect them to come in and just dominate, but thatâÄôs what theyâÄôre doing now, and if they can keep that up, theyâÄôll have very successful years and careers.âÄùAlthough some of the freshmen have made an impact, the more familiar names have been highlighting the box scores.In the GophersâÄô 6-4 victory over Towson on Saturday, junior A.J. Petterson erupted for a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 performance in which he scored a run and stole a base.Junior first baseman Nick OâÄôShea was an All-Big Ten first team selection last year, and this year heâÄôs been showing why, hitting a team-high .478 with one home run, three doubles and seven RBIs.The Wake Forest Tournament also served as a welcome-back party for junior outfielder Justin Gominsky, who missed most of last year with an injury and went 6-for-9 on the weekend.âÄú[Gominsky] hasnâÄôt played in a year, so heâÄôs starting to get his timing down,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúHeâÄôs starting to see more pitching. HeâÄôs getting confident up there in the batterâÄôs box âĦ I told him, âÄòJust be patient. You havenâÄôt played for a long time. ItâÄôs going to take some time to get back in the groove here,âÄô and I thought he did a nice job.âÄùThe Dairy Queen Classic will be the third of five-straight road trips for the Gophers, who will not play a home game until April 1, when they begin conference play with a three-game series against Purdue at Target Field.last_img read more

CCJ grants more time to Guyana to find political consensus

first_img Jul 2, 2020 CCJ affirms Guyana’s no confidence motion(Port of Spain, Trinidad, CCJ Press Release). The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled on a trio of cases related to the motion of no confidence that was made in the National Assembly of Guyana on 21 December 2018. In the judgment delivered today, the CCJ declared that the motion…June 18, 2019In “CARICOM”CCJ Issues Definitive Orders in Guyana Cases(CCJ Press Release)  The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today issued consequential declarations and orders in two sets of cases from Guyana. The cases have to do with the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) and a no-confidence vote passed last December in the Guyana National Assembly.…July 12, 2019In “CARICOM”CCJ to Rule on Guyana Opposition Appeal Next WeekPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will rule on July 8 whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed by two senior members of the main Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in relation to a Court of Appeal ruling regarding the…July 2, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp CCJ Takes Lead in Assisting Justice Sector To Adjust to… CCJ is 15 today (Guyana Chronicle) THE Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted more time to the leaders here to find political consensus in relation to the consequential orders to flow from last week’s ruling that quashed the appointment of the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and also uphold the no-confidence vote against the government. The parties have been given until July 1, 2019 to file written submissions and will meet again on July 12, 2019, for final judgment. President of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Saunders outlined that the submissions for July 1 must concisely guide the court, based on the positions of the parties, on the consequential orders it should make.Justice Saunders made the decision on Monday afternoon at the court’s location in Trinidad and Tobago which seeks to encourage a resolution to the issue of when fresh elections can be held in Guyana. Initially, the CCJ, having upheld the No-Confidence vote against the Government and simultaneously quashing the appointment of Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM, was expected to lay out the consequential orders on Monday. However, deliberations on Monday between the CCJ and the attorneys representing the parties proved that additional information and deliberations are required before the court can come to an informed conclusion. “We’re going to ask that the parties make written submissions on the consequential orders that the court can and should make in respect of each of the sets of cases on which judgement was given,” Justice Saunders stated. The submissions are restricted to no more than 20 pages; it must be typed in font size of at least ‘12’ and with at least 1.5 line spacing. Read more at: Guyana Chronicle Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 9, 2020center_img CCJ Rules Guyana Court of Appeal’s Judgement, Chief… Apr 16, 2020 CCJ to Rule on Guyana Opposition Appeal Next Week You may be interested in… May 11, 2020last_img read more

SNCF orders more Francilien EMUs

first_imgFRANCE: SNCF has exercised an option for 22 additional eight-car Francilien electric multiple-units for use on Transilien suburban routes H and K around Paris, Bombardier Transportation announced on July 29. The firm order has been placed under a 2006 agreement for up to 372 units, and takes the total ordered so far to 194. Deliveries are being made a rate of three EMUs/month.The €162m cost of the latest order is being co-financed by SNCF and Ile-de-France authority transport STIF, with deliveries scheduled by the end of 2016.‘Due to the current pressure on the SNCF Transilien network, our clients STIF and SNCF demand high levels of reliability and performance to ensure smooth transportation for around three million commuters daily’, said Laurent Troger, President, Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, Bombardier Transportation. ‘This ultra-modern, spacious, highly-automated train is designed to solve such capacity and punctuality challenges in highly densely populated areas. It also has won the hearts of passengers, who appreciate its comfort and contemporary design on board.’last_img read more

Rwandan Apostle calls on women to focus on ‘inner beauty’

first_imgRwandan Apostle calls on women to focus on ‘inner beauty’ (Online photo)“Noble character is the highest recommendation women need in order to be approved by God and men but not just being beautiful on the outside,” Apostle Yoshua Ndagijimana  said.Speaking at the opening ceremony of an international women conference taking place at the Evangelical Restoration Church in Masoro, Rwanda Ndagijimana said that noble character can be realized through dedication to the Lord as it is the only way for them to get inner transformation in order to become beautiful inside.The weeklong conference under the theme, “The true beauty of a woman is her consecration to God,” drew international women pastors, including pastor Nadia Diallo, from Canada; Pastor Hadassah Mutabazi, from Goma, DR Congo; Pastor Mary Moliki, from South Africa; Apostle Trice Shumbusho, from Tanzania; and Pastor Habi Castanou, from Congo Brazzaville. The New Times reportsPastor Lydia Umulisa Masasu said the conference is crucial for women since there are many worldly gears destructing them from what they were actually called by God to do here on earth.She further said that  women have focused more on looking beautiful for the wrong reasons which do not please God and that such woman are far from the will of God.Umulisa advised girls and women not to be slaves of beauty but endeavour that their  behaviour speaks  louder than what is just seen on the outside, be able to contribute economically, be good helpers to their husbands and become a blessing to their families and childrenSource: The New Timeslast_img read more

60 GHz USB 3.0 802.11ad Reference Design Delivers Multi-Gigabit Speeds

first_imgSiBEAM has announced a USB 3.0 adapter reference design supporting the IEEE 802.11ad wireless standard (also known as WiGig®) for wireless connectivity at gigabit per second speeds over the 60 GHz frequency band. The reference design lets OEMs add wireless gigabit connectivity to laptop and desktop computers and is designed to be fully complementary and interoperable end-to-end with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad networking solution.Wireless data traffic continues to grow exponentially, causing significant congestion on 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. By operating over the much less crowded 60 GHz spectrum and supporting connectivity speeds up to ten times faster than today’s Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ad is expected to revolutionize wireless connectivity. To further improve performance, the reference design incorporates SiBEAM’s advanced beamforming technology to give OEMs robust RF performance for a more reliable wireless signal.With USB 3.0 802.11ad adapter reference design and its compatibility with Qualcomm Atheros’ 802.11ad access point solution, OEMs now have access to a complete, end-to-end solution for 60 GHz wireless networking that will provide the network speeds and low signal interference required to provide consumers with an uncompromised next-generation Wi-Fi experience. The reference design (part number SK65011U) includes the SB6501, an 802.11ad MAC/baseband chip, and the Sil6312, a 60 GHz RF chip with on-package phase array antenna.The reference design will be available for interested parties to evaluate in early February 2016.last_img read more

Mat Insiders: Five Predictions for the Monday Night RAW After WrestleMania 32

first_imgThe night after WrestleMania is the most unpredictable night of the year. So many surprises, debuts, and anything of that sort. WrestleMania weekend is not over until the RAW after is. If you are not excited for the RAW after WrestleMania, you are not a wrestling fan. Here are my 5 predictions for the RAW after WrestleMania 32.5.) Randy Orton comes backOrton has been out of action since about September. The WWE Universe would be in shock since they have not had many updates about Orton and if he comes back to wrestle, people would be overjoyed. Orton would help out a very thin roster since some part timers are on their way out. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 Related TopicsRAWWrestleMania 32WWE Payton Vince Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on read more