Hertfordshire hits rental high

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Talk of the towns

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BLOG: Where the Opioid Crisis and Criminal Justice Reform Meet

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Each year, nearly 18,000 inmates will leave the state prison system. And, approximately 90 percent of those inmates have a history of substance abuse and/or mental health issues.For too long, the criminal justice system wasn’t doing nearly enough to help these people transition back to society with access to the help and medical care that they need. And, statistically, many of them will turn to substance abuse and too many will re-enter the criminal justice system.This doesn’t only produce worse outcomes – it also is costing taxpayers a fortune. According to new data analysis by the Council of State Government as part of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, incarcerating property and drug offenses costs Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $500 million per year.Consider this: the cost of sending someone through the state’s Drug and Alcohol Restrictive Intermediate Punishment costs just over $5,000 for the length of their time in the program. On the other hand, the average cost per sentence of state prison costs more than $92,000.Under the leadership of Governor Wolf and Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, Pennsylvania is taking a different approach – one that will save money by further improving outcomes and lowering prison populations and improve public safety by producing better individuals leaving the system.Governor Wolf has led an effort within the Department of Corrections to drastically expand their work in combating opioid addiction among inmates, including new treatment to help inmates reduce their reliance on substance and ensure they have coverage for health services after their release.A big part of addressing this problem in the right way – with access to treatment and counseling – was Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. DOC is working diligently to ensure that as people transition out of prison, they are enrolled in Medicaid before they ever leave. This allows seamless access to drug treatment and mental health services. Learn more about access to this treatment through Medicaid expansion here.Further, DOC is currently working to expand access to a pilot program that provides inmates with a history of substance abuse with Vivitrol – an injected prescription that reduces cravings for opioids, including heroin and painkillers.Through assessment of inmates upon reception into the state prison system, we know that 65 percent of those offenders suffer from some sort of addiction.While the DOC has always provided drug and alcohol treatment, it has been done the same way for a long time. As Secretary Wetzel says, the disease of addiction is not the crime. For DOC to achieve the goal of having people leave the system better people and less likely to commit new crimes, we have to continue to do a better job of addressing the disease of addiction.Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections is leading the way nationally in addressing addiction in the same way it has for other diseases like diabetes, and in turn, Pennsylvanians can hopefully look forward to continued improved outcomes, and reduced crime and costs. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img May 31, 2016 BLOG: Where the Opioid Crisis and Criminal Justice Reform Meetlast_img read more

Hogan Memorial will be July 3 at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa ­– The 22nd annual Hogan Memorial will be held Sunday, July 3 at Benton County Speedway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline the holiday weekend special in Vinton. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying feature pays a minimum of $1,250 to win, with lap money, a halfway leader bonus and hard charger awards making for a potential payday of more than $4,000.Two hundred and fifty dollars will be paid to take the green and Modified heat winners earn $100.All regular weekly divisions will be on the program. Modifieds will run for all applicable points except local track points at the draw/redraw show.Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and rac­ing to follow.More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail­a­ble at the www.jjamracing.net website or by calling 515 201-5526.No other IMCA special events are on the area calendar for July 3; the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour is July 9-14. Date for the Hogan had originally been announced on the track schedule as July 10, which becomes the rain date.J.D. Auringer of Waterloo is the three-time and defending Modified race winner. Forty-five Modified drivers have entered each of the last two Hogan Memorial events.last_img read more

Ellsworth earns top spot in Big East Cheering Competition

first_img Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 The Ellsworth Eagles placed topped the Big East Cheering Competition on Saturday. Photographed from left to right (back row) is coach Nikki Chan, Danielle White, Piper Hardison, Katherine Avery, Maddy Harmon, Sierra Firley, Gabby Battis, (middle) Emily Bridges-Myrick, Morgan Barkhouse, Miranda Davis, Emma Sweeney, Victoria Page-Jackson, coach Courtney Taylor, (front) Marina Magee, Ashley Ballard and Kristy Eaton.ELLSWORTH – The Ellsworth Eagles placed first out of five teams at the Big East Cheering Competition on Saturday.Weather delayed the competition scheduled to begin at noon by two hours. Icy roads prevented seven teams from competing.Presque Isle placed second with a score of 111.9 behind Ellsworth’s 123.9. Caribou placed third with a score of 102.7; Washington Academy placed fourth with 100.0; and MDI placed fifth with 95.0.Teams unable to make it due to road conditions included Hermon, Foxcroft Academy, John Bapst, Old Town, Brewer, Hampden Academy and Medomak Valley.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014center_img Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Tickets given to schools for MHS versus Multi Independence Track and Field showdown

first_imgTHE six primary schools across Linden, namely Watooka Day, Mackenzie Primary, One Mile, Christianburg/Wismar Hill, Amelia’s Ward and St Aidan’s were each given 20 tickets for their selected pupils to attend the inaugural Team McNeil/Cameron ‘Mackenzie High versus Multi’ Independence Track and Field Championships, which is set for the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground on Sunday.Earlier this week, Moses Pantlitz, representing organisers Team McNeil/Cameron, handed over the free tickets to a teacher of the One Mile Primary School for the athletes of that school to attend on Sunday.Shawn McNeil, as promised, handed over 20 tickets to Headmistress Ms Granderson of the Watooka Day School for her athletes to attend the championship ion Sunday.The Independence Day clash at the MSC ground will start at 09:00hrs and will attract especially past and current students from the Mackenzie High School and the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School. It should also attract spectator interest, as some of the nation’s top athletes will participate.The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), which had given its blessings for the event since February of this year, will be there to ensure the rivalry is in accordance with the rules of the world governing IAAF and in addition will see for the first time the Fully Automatic Timing (FAT) System of recording time in Linden.This system is one that is used universally for track meets and will surely be tested for its relevance at this time on the grass of the MSC ground.Meanwhile, the teams from MHS and Multi should be known soon as some 80 athletes are down to be on show, 40 each from the two schools.Other attractions will be the past athletes who will grace the event and show off some of what made them special when they were students at the two secondary schools. (Joe Chapman)last_img read more

Volleyball in 2nd after tough fight

first_imgAfter a tough five-game loss to No. 2 Penn State which left most the players in tears, No. 8 Wisconsin finds itself looking up at the Nittany Lions for the first time all year. “We are obviously disappointed in the outcome,” head coach Pete Waite said. “It was a great battle between two very good teams. … I’m proud of the team in the way they played. I thought the crowd was fantastic and we really appreciate them coming out. It was great volleyball.”Penn State also acknowledged that it was a great match and that they are going to have to fight Wisconsin the rest of the year to win another Big Ten title.“Tonight we were expecting a battle, and that’s what happened,” assistant coach Salima Rockwell said. “Our team was excited to come in here and play in front of a huge crowd. We knew Wisconsin was going to give us a good fight. We prepared hard, and I think the match turned out to pretty much what everybody expected: a good battle and a pretty tough place to play.”Even though the Badgers now find themselves in second place, they still believe they can claim that elusive Big Ten title that they have been trying to win for many years .“Anything can happen in the Big Ten,” senior libero Jocelyn Wack said. “Penn State went to five [games] with Illinois [Friday] night, so anything can happen.”Badgers spike cancerAlthough the Badgers’ main goal Sunday was to remain atop the Big Ten standings, UW did their part to find a cure for breast cancer. Wisconsin donated 50 cents per fan in attendance to the Madison affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation and with 10,326 fans at the Field House, the Badgers gave over $5,000 to help cure breast cancer. “Our crowd was amazing tonight,” senior setter Jackie Simpson said. “Just to see all that support not only for our team but for the spike cancer event was really something special for us.”Penn State was also happy to participate in the event.“It’s great that so many schools and companies are willing to provide sponsorship and funding to help fight the fight against breast cancer,” Penn State head coach Ross Rose said. “It was a great match and there are always great crowds here. It was a terrific event.”With Penn State usually in town over Halloween weekend, the Nittany Lions were pleased to be playing Wisconsin a week earlier than normal. “It was nice to have a positive cause [instead of] let’s-see-how-many-people-can-get- drunk-and-wear-a-costume night,” Rose said. “It was great event, and we feel very fortunate that we won the match today.”The attendance Sunday was the first regular-season sellout in Badger volleyball history and second largest all-time. The only larger crowd was the first round match of the NCCAA tournament between Illinois and Wisconsin in 1990. The attendance that night was 10,936. The capacity of the Field House has since been lowered for safety reasons, and Wisconsin had to turn people away Sunday because of fire hazard concerns. Wack sets dig recordWith No. 8 Wisconsin up 12-6 in the first game of its match against unranked Ohio State Friday night, Jocelyn Wack dug an attack attempt by the Buckeye’s leading offensive player Danielle Meyer.It was only Wack’s second save on the night, but it gave her 1,921 for it career and moved her one ahead of Susan Wohlford and into first place on Wisconsin’s all-time dig list. “It was fantastic that Jo got her dig record,” head coach Pete Waite said. “She has just proven to be a great defensive player and a big part of our team and our success the last four years.”Wack finished the night with 16 digs and moved into third place in Big Ten history with 1,935 career digs.“It’s awesome to be a part of this program, and it says a lot about the program itself. It’s not all me,” Wack said. “A lot of the digs I get are because of the block and the way they set up, and I get a bunch of touches. I’ve had some great coaches and played with a lot of great players along the way.”Wack was also happy she was able to get the record at home in front of 6,842 fans.“It’s even better (to do it) at home in front of almost 7,000 fans,” Wack said. “It was a great feeling. They were really hoping I didn’t get it last week at Iowa. It turned out well.”Besides helping Wisconsin notch another victory, Wack was able to set the dig record in front of close to 50 Badger volleyball alumni, ranging from before the program was officially in existence to last year’s class in Maria Carlini.“The alumni are great, and there has been some great defensive specialists and liberos in the program, too,” Wack said. “For them to see that too it’s a great honor.”With 22 digs in the match against Penn State, Wack moved into a tie for second place in Big Ten history with 1,957 career digs. Wack tied former Nittany Lion Kaleena Walters. Now Wack needs just 43 more digs to become the second player in conference history to amass more than 2,000 digs in a career.last_img read more

Syracuse loses 2nd-half lead in 44-38 triple-overtime loss to Virginia

first_img Published on October 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Zaire Franklin lay flat on his back in the end zone. Oliver Vigille’s right hand extended to help him up and the Syracuse linebackers were quickly engulfed. Virginia’s bench emptied after Jordan Ellis ran in the game-winning touchdown in the third overtime and the ensuing fireworks left a thin cloud of smoke creeping over Scott Stadium’s southeast end zone.Cole Murphy, whose second missed field goal came on a 48-yarder in the third overtime, trailed almost all the Syracuse players jogging into the tunnel. He tapped hands with the first three Virginia players he passed before drifting into the celebration with his helmet in one hand.From Eric Dungey’s hurdling touchdown over Quin Blanding with 25 seconds left in the first half to Virginia’s timeout with two seconds left in the game, Syracuse led. A sluggish start erased by a 21-point second quarter. A defense revived after allowing 45 points against one-win South Florida. A freshman quarterback pioneering two overtime drives that finished with passing touchdowns.But ultimately, an embattled Syracuse defense, which succumbed to a 19-play, game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter, couldn’t salvage Murphy’s second miss in SU’s (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) third consecutive loss, a 44-38, triple-overtime defeat to Virginia (2-4, 1-1) on Saturday night.“Just disappointment,” Franklin said. “… And when he crossed the goal line it was set in stone.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Dungey escaped the pocket and elevated his right leg first, then his left, clearing an All-ACC safety in the process, it defied everything SU head coach Scott Shafer had told him.In high school, Dungey was penalized for jumping over players and when he was being recruited, Shafer instructed him not to hurdle defenders anymore. Earlier in the week, Shafer stressed that Dungey needed to learn how to throw the ball away instead of scramble.“They want me sliding and not taking any shots,” Dungey said. “It’s not really in my nature.”For almost a full half, it looked as if Syracuse’s medium chunk by medium chunk offensive approach, led by the freshman signal-caller, would puncture a defense that backed off on wide receivers. Dungey had 18 rush attempts and 16 completions in the game, all for 21 yards or less. Aside from a deep ball to Steve Ishmael that drew a defensive pass interference call, Syracuse never reaped the benefits of a shot downfield.And as Dungey’s fourth-quarter pass fell well in front of a twisting and turning Brisly Estime, it set up a 6:52, 88-yard drive for the Cavaliers that drained an Orange defense grasping to its last breath.“Throughout the drive, we put them in second down and long, third down and long opportunities,” Franklin said. “We had technique problems, stupid penalties, and we have to get off the field on third down, especially in that situation.”A Dungey 7-yard pass to Ervin Philips was matched with a 36-yard exploitation of SU cornerback Julian Whigham to send the game to a second overtime. Then a tip-toeing Steve Ishmael score matched a 13-yard Taquan Mizzell run.Punch-for-punch, Syracuse kept afloat a game it had almost let slip away. A freshman quarterback picking up for a defense that was crumbling once again. And a Syracuse team clinging to arguably its most winnable game remaining on a schedule it’ll likely have to squeak out wins on to sniff bowl eligibility.But as Murphy’s 48-yard attempt fluttered wide right, an elated Virginia team then marched from the 25-yard line to the doorstep of the end zone it would soon flood.Shafer insists there’s no “uh-oh” feelings about a three-game losing streak since life is too short to have them. Franklin doesn’t feel like Syracuse is a 3-3 team. Whigham says the emotional toll of a triple-overtime loss only lasts a couple hours before turning the page.But now, a murky, grey cloud hangs over Syracuse’s season, too.“Just would like to come up with a victory next time,” Shafer said with edge. “So we’ll get on that airplane, get home and get to work on Pitt.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Quarter-finals at French Open

first_imgIn the women’s draw, Ana Ivanovic takes on Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza plays Maria Sharapova’s conqueror, Lucie Safarova. The world number two goes up against Stan Wawrinka in their last eight tie in Paris.Home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also in action.He faces Kay Nishikori for a place in the semis.last_img

Commercials and Moyle Rovers progress

first_imgIn the tie of the round Clonmel Commercials defeated Loughmore Castleiney 2-12 to 1-7 in Cashel.An Ian Fahy goal was the decisive score to push Clonmel ahead.In the opening game at Leahy Park, Moyle Rovers had a comprehensive win over Galtee Rovers winning 4-15 to 0-3.  After the game Moyle Rovers treasurer Frank Burke told Tipp FM they were delighted to finally have a full squad to pick fromIn the relegation playoff Ballyporeen beat Moyne Templetuohy 2-12 to 0-9. A goal apiece from Conor and Tommy Sweeney made the difference in that game.Elsewhere there was wins In the Intermediate hurling championship quarter finals for Ballinahinch and Clonakenny.Ballinahinch beat Drom Inch 2-18 to 0-19 while Clonakenny beat Lattin Cullen Gaels 6-7 to 0-10last_img read more