Evansville Talks Possible Gun Resolution

first_imgAPRIL 9TH, 2018  AMANDA PORTER INDIANAIt hasn’t been introduced just yet, but Evansville city councilman Dr. Dan Adams plans to introduce a resolution he says will deal with guns and school safety.The resolution is modeled after a gun control measure in South Bend, IN that keeps guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic abusers and those who are severely mentally ill.The resolution in South Bend closes the background check system loophole.Evansville’s city attorney says it’s going to take some time to look over what other cities have done to make sure they stay within the lines of what’s legal.“All of those situations are kind of mute,” says Joshua Clayborn.“This not being under consideration number one, because there is no resolution that has been introduced yet to the extent Dr. Adams is introducing something, we are going to make sure its legal. I am not entirely familiar with what every other community has done so I can’t speak to what they are doing right or wrong, but at least here we will definitely be following the law.”More than a dozen members of the community spoke out on both sides of the issues at Monday’s council meeting.Amanda PorterReporter and Anchor for 44NewsMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

ND participates in alcohol awareness week

first_imgThe Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will celebrate National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) on campus, health counselor Bridget Hoffmann said. Hoffmann said the office will sponsor a poster campaign and a tailgate with mocktails, games and snacks on South Quad on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   “Really, we’re promoting the fact that you can go to tailgates and not have to drink, or that you can have other things at tailgates and still have fun,” Hoffmann said. “We’re giving students options.” Hoffmann said the week does not necessarily focus on telling students not to drink at all, but rather to make smart decisions if and when they do choose to drink. “What this week is promoting [is] making those smart choices, whether it’s drinking but not drinking to get drunk, or drinking to be social,” she said. Because Halloween falls during NCAAW, the office is encourages students to be mindful of their alcohol consumption and safety, Hoffmann said. “We’re giving students the idea that if they are going out to a costume party or a hall party, they are considering things like having just one drink, or making sure everyone gets back safely,” she said.      Hoffmann said it is important for colleges to learn how to distinguish themselves from campus drinking culture. “In regards to Notre Dame, we have a culture that’s really surrounded by sports,” she said. “So with our mock tailgate, we’re giving students the opportunity to think that, come football Saturdays, when they may go to a family’s or friend’s tailgate, maybe they can step back and not have as much or not have any at all.” Hoffmann said NCAAW is part of a national campaign by the BACCHUS Network, an organization that promotes students’ health and safety on campuses. “They want to get students to use the [hashtag] ‘#makeSMARTchoices,’ so we’re really trying to get that out around campus,” she said. “It’s just about making students aware of the fact that you can still go out to be parties, but be smart about decisions that you are making when you are going out.” According to the BACCHUS Network, the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week began in 2008. “NCAAW has grown to become the largest single event in alcohol prevention at colleges and universities because students take ownership in designing and implementing this observance for their campus communities,” the BACCHUS Network’s 2012 press release for the event stated. “This week gives campuses the opportunity to showcase healthy lifestyles free from the abuse or illegal use of alcohol, and to combat the negative and inaccurate stereotypes of college drinking behavior.” Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more

Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program

first_img November 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program Mark D. Killian Managing EditorIn an effort to help fund its Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program, The Florida Bar Foundation is asking the state’s law firms and corporations to provide matching grants to help support its two-year public interest fellowships for recent law graduates at IOTA-funded legal assistance organizations.Gifts ranging from $6,500 to $26,000 will be paired with IOTA program funds to generate matches of $52,000 for each Legal Aid Advocates fellow. These gifts from the firms and corporations are needed to offset cuts in matching funds beginning with the Fellows class of 2003-05 from the program’s national funding partner, the Washington, D.C., based Equal Justice Works, according to Foundation President Bill Thompson of Jacksonville.“These grants will enable fine young lawyers to provide legal service to our most vulnerable citizens who otherwise could not afford it,” Thompson said. “It is a way for Florida law firms and corporations to give back to the community, to touch the lives of others, lift the spirit of our profession, and make our country stronger.”Thompson said the Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program addresses several aspects of the Foundation’s chief mission of expanding and improving representation and advocacy on behalf of the poor in civil legal matters by placing law graduates where they can make a difference in the community and improving lives of low-income individuals and families in Florida through legal effort and community lawyering. The fellowships also mobilize the next generation of public interest lawyers to work for those who otherwise would be denied access to the justice system, Thompson said.Examples of projects undertaken by Legal Aid Advocates fellows include:• Laverne Largie, from Nova Southeastern University, who works through Legal Aid of Broward County to enhance the Welfare-to-Work program and help low-income residents obtain jobs with suitable pay and education to achieve a higher standard of living. Her work focuses on establishing alliances with other service providers, including job training, domestic violence support, shelters, and consumer and financial agencies to provide a network of services that will help individuals remove employment barriers.• Merribeth Bohanen from Boston University who works through Legal Services of North Florida to secure safe, efficient, and affordable housing for the poor in Franklin, Gulf, and Gadsden counties.• Barbara Stallings from Stetson University College of Law who works through Bay Area Legal Services to provide community based legal advocacy for the relative caregiver community to enhance the goals of family preservation and protection of children.• Cathleen Caron from American University who works through the Florida Legal Services Migrant Farmworker Project in Belle Glade to provide outreach to the workers in the tomato industry throughout the state to enforce their rights under federal labor laws to fair compensation and safe working conditions.• Melissa Zelniker from Florida State University who works through Legal Aid Service of Broward County to bridge the gap between the juvenile delinquency and dependency systems for children who are grossly underrepresented.Costs supported by the program include an annual salary of $37,500, an annual loan forgiveness stipend of $5,500, fellowship support and training per year of $6,000, and $3,000 to the EJW for program administration costs.Nearly $900,000 in IOTA funds have been awarded for fellowships since Foundation funding began in 1999. Several key Florida law firms and The Florida Bar are funding partners with the Foundation along with a number of other Florida law firms which contribute directly to the local legal aid program hosting the fellow. Fellows are currently working at 14 legal aid and legal assistance programs across the state in public interest projects ranging from environmental justice to bridging the gap between the juvenile delinquency and dependency systems.The Foundation launched the Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship fundraising campaign in September and it will run through early December. The drive is spearheaded by the Foundation’s Development Committee, chaired by Miami attorney John Thornton, Jr. Other Foundation development committee members include Georgie Angones, Jim Baxter, Bruce Blackwell, Darryl Bloodworth, Howard Coker, Ham Cooke, Bruce Culpepper, Abe Fischler, Bill Henry, Co-chair Kathy McLeroy, Miles McGrane, Roosevelt Randolph, Skip Smith, Neal Sonnet, Mike Stafford, and Thompson.For more information about the Foundation’s Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program and the fundraising campaign, contact: Jane Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation, 109 East Church Street, Suite 405, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, telephone (407) 843-0045, e-mail e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

I-League: Plaza gives Churchill Brothers crucial win over Neroca

first_imgVasco: Trinidad & Tobago striker Willis Plaza scored a brace to join Chennai’s Pedro Manzi at the top of the I-League’s goal scoring charts and complete a brilliant comeback for his side, late in the second-half, to pull off a crucial win over Neroca FC here on Saturday.Neroca sealed three points in Saturday’s third and final I-League game, thanks to a Varney Kallon strike in the first-half before Plaza struck twice in the last five minutes to break their hearts.It was an amazing turnaround and with this win, the former two-time champions reached 25 points from 14 games to be placed third on the table, five behind league leaders Chennai. Neroca would rue what might have been and remained in the fifth position with 21 points.Churchill made one change in the playing eleven from the previous game as Nenad Novakovic came in place of Hussein Eldor in deep defence. Neroca’s Spanish coach Manuel Fraile, on the other hand, made two, replacing Saran Singh and Ashok with Tondomba Singh and Meetei. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more