Electric Forest Expands 2017 Lineup With Flume & Dillon Francis Headlining Sets

first_imgElectric Forest recently revealed their 2017 lineup, bringing their eclectic blend of live and electronic-based music for two exciting weekends in the summer. Today, the festival has revealed two additional headliners, who will be joining The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Odesza, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Thievery Corporation, Lotus, Claude Von Stroke, Nero, Oliver Heldens, A-Trak, Bassnectar and DJ Snake as headliners. Those new headliners are Flume, who will be performing on weekend two, and Dillon Francis, who will be performing both weekends.The festival also promises more artists to be announced, and is set for June 22-25 and June 29-July 2 in Rothbury, MI. You can see the full lineup poster below, and head to the website for details.last_img read more

Palm Beach CJC Awarded Additional $1.4 Million by MacArthur Foundation

first_imgMacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge All-Sites Conference PALM BEACH – The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts to advance local criminal justice system reform and safely reduce the County’s jail population, bringing the Foundation’s total investment in Palm Beach County to $3.7 million to date. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $217 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration and address racial and ethnic disparities in local criminal justice systems by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.The Safety and Justice Challenge is supporting local leaders in Palm Beach County and across the country determined to address one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America – the misuse and overuse of jails. The County was first selected to join the Safety and Justice Challenge Network in 2015 and has since used the resources and funding provided by the Challenge to implement bold reforms, including:An increased focus on smart release options for pretrial inmates that began in September 2017;Quicker release for inmates who are experiencing homelessness or suffering from substance use or behavior disorders through linkages to community resources that began in February 2018;Creation of a Community Engagement Team to have meaningful conversations around our work;Implementation of Florida’s first text message court data notification system in November 2018 to reduce failures to appear for court;Improved case processing efficiencies for pretrial inmates through new court hearings that began in July 2019 to reduce their length of stay;Creation of the PalmFUSE (Frequent Users Systems Engagement) project which began taking clients in the Summer of 2019 to break the cycle of incarceration and homelessness for low-level defendants with behavioral health challenges who frequent the County’s jail; and,Measures to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, including expanding and deepening implicit bias training to reach over 700 professionals in local criminal justice system agencies.As a result, the jail population in Palm Beach County is down 25 percent, resulting in 581 less people in jail on any given day (from 2,283 to 1,702). In addition, the average length of stay for pretrial inmates in jail is down, particularly for people of color: African Americans from 47 to 37 days, Latinos from 44 to 31 days, and whites from 21 to 18 days.Today, Palm Beach County was one of a five jurisdictions selected for additional funding based on the promise and progress of work to date. This new round of funding will provide the CJC and partners with continued support and expert technical assistance to strengthen and expand strategies that address the main drivers of local jail incarceration and racial and ethnic disparities.CJC Chairman Joseph Ianno Jr., acknowledges the progress made and the support of the MacArthur Foundation by stating, “We are proud of the progress we have made in safely reducing the County’s jail population over the last three years. Our continued partnership with the MacArthur Foundation will allow us to reach our overall goal of eliminating unnecessary incarceration.”The CJC’s member agencies and other partners, including the Public Defender, State Attorney, Sheriff, Judiciary, Clerk of Court, Florida Department of Corrections, U.S. Attorney, School Board, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach Police Departments, Clergy, Palm Healthcare Foundation Six Healthier Together Communities, The Lord’s Place, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, and Community Partners, have developed a comprehensive plan for additional reform strategies over the next two years. In addition to continuing the strategies listed above, these partners will implement new key strategies to create a safer, more effective system including:Reducing the time spent in jail for those who are experiencing homelessness and have substance use, or behavioral disorders through enhanced efforts to link these individuals to needed housing and services in the community;Expanding our text message court date notification system to those:o   released from jail;o   arrested and given a notice to appear in court by the police instead of being taken to jail; and,o   on pretrial or probation supervision for their reporting appointments;Taking the location for felony probation reporting closer to defendants making it more convenient for them through a mobile reporting unit in order to reduce violations for missed appointments and reentry to jail.Five years after its public launch, the Challenge Network has grown into a collaborative of 51 jurisdictions in 32 states modeling and inspiring reforms to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.“Local jurisdictions are proving it is possible for cities and counties to rethink local justice systems from the ground up, despite challenges and an ever-changing political environment,” said Laurie Garduque, MacArthur’s Director of Criminal Justice. “MacArthur remains committed to supporting jurisdictions as they set ambitious reform goals and pursue smart solutions that safely reduce jail populations, address disparities, and eliminate ineffective, inefficient and unfair practices.”Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Daliah Weiss, who sits on the criminal division bench and is a member of the project’s Core Team, said: “The Safety and Justice Challenge has been instrumental in our efforts to increase fairness and equity in our criminal justice system. We are grateful for this additional support from the MacArthur Foundation as we continue our work.”Several of the nation’s leading criminal justice organizations will continue to provide technical assistance and counsel to the CJC and the other jurisdictions involved in the Challenge. These include the Center for Court Innovation, Everyday Democracy, Nexus Community Partners, the Institute for State and Local Governance at the City University of New York, JFA Institute, the Justice Management Institute, Justice System Partners, the Pretrial Justice Institute, Policy Research, Inc., the Vera Institute of Justice, the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Urban Institute, and Bennett Midland.last_img read more

Energy Interpretive Centre takes leap forward

first_imgFika says the City has a lot of confidence in the company partnership as they have considerable proven experience in conducting similar multimillion dollar campaigns.According to the partnership proposal, the companies expect to complete the feasibility study by the end of June. The Saa Maa Centre for Energy and Culture is closer realization after a fundraising organization was chosen by the City.On Monday, Fort St. John City Council approved EWD Consulting Corp., along with Duckworth & Associates to begin fundraising for the new energy interpretive centre.- Advertisement -Although originally, Mayor Bruce Lantz had said the City would only contribute a maximum of $1 million towards the Centre, the City will be contributing an initial $50,000 to get the project off the ground. However, that money is considered seed money, which the City is expecting to recover after some of the fundraising money collected.The City has also applied for a Northern Development Initiative Trust grant, which would go towards the project, says Grace Fika, director of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources. Fika says the grant would potentially be $35,000.Part of EWD’s plan is to conduct a campaign planning/feasibility study, which Fika says is done to find out whether there is enough money available, both in the community and through grants, to actually fundraise. She says the reason for doing the preliminary work is to ensure the fundraising campaign would be successful.The “Edge of the Sun” Centre is expected to cost around $17.5 million and will incorporate the building, the surrounding land and a proposed RV park. The vast majority of the project’s funds will come from fundraising.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAmir said he was very fond of cricket and used to watch Amir said he was very fond of cricket and used to watch the international matches on television at the home of other people. “When I was in Class VII, I once went to watch a match in a neighbours house. They switched off the television and forced me out. “I felt very bad but being cricket crazy, I looked for a hole in the window and when they switched on the TV, I peeped through the hole to watch the match,” he said. With determination, Amir started practicising the game and after many tries succeeded in holding the bat and throwing the ball. “I adopted various techniques to overcome the challenge of being armless,” Amir said. While following his love for cricket, Amir started his battle to be independent. He learned how to use his feet to write, to bathe, to shave and even to change clothes. “He is not dependent on anyone. He does all his work by himself,” Amirs father, Bashir, said. Bashir had to sell his sawmill and a part of his agriculture land to meet the expenses for the treatment of his son after the accident but he feels it was all worth it. “It was a miracle that with time he learnt the art of bathing, wearing clothes and even washing his own clothes,” he said. Today, Amir is a shining example for all differently abled people in his area but the journey was not a smooth one. When he returned to school after the accident, one of the teachers there told him to stay home as he would not be able to make it. “My grandmother played an important role in persuading me to go to school. She used to spend whole day with me and did not allow any negative thoughts to creep into my mind. When a teacher asked me to stay at home instead of coming to school, she gave me confidence and support,” Amir said. It was during his college days that a teacher spotted his talent for cricket and recommended him to join the para-cricket team. The years of practice paid dividends as he rose to become the captain of the state para-cricket team. PTI MIJ TA AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more