Northampton Offices – Merchants of doom were wrong

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Gov. Wolf Encourages Voters to Apply for a Mail-in Ballot

first_img April 22, 2020 Gov. Wolf Encourages Voters to Apply for a Mail-in Ballot SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Voting & Elections As Pennsylvania continues mitigation efforts to fight COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election. The governor also announced the Department of State has launched an awareness campaign to inform the public about the new primary election date and how to apply for a mail-in ballot, including sending 4.2 million postcards to primary voters. In-person voting at polling places will remain available.“There is no more important civic duty than voting, but we also want to make sure that every primary voter can cast their vote safely,” said Governor Wolf. “This election is the first time that voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot and I encourage every Pennsylvania voter to visit votesPA.com to conveniently update their registration or apply for a mail-in ballot.”Registered voters can apply online for a mail-in or absentee ballot at votespa.com. The deadline is 5 p.m., May 26. So far, 462,085 voters have applied for a mail-in ballot and 139,572 voters have applied for an absentee ballot.“The 2020 election season is bringing unprecedented changes for Pennsylvania voters,” Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. “We are using every tool available to make sure voters know about the changes in voting while also staying safe, including the new option for all voters to vote by mail from the comfort of their home. Nearly 600,000 voters have already applied to vote by mail or absentee – a secure, convenient method for all voters.”The Department of State’s voter education outreach includes:A public awareness campaign on radio, television and multiple digital platforms including social channels, streaming services and mobile apps.Mailing 4.2 million postcards and sending weekly emails to registered voters regarding the new primary date and mail-in ballot option, along with important deadlines.Outreach to stakeholders to help spread the word.The Wolf Administration will provide counties with funding to send informational mailings to voters, purchase equipment and protective supplies, promote and facilitate mail-in voting, increase needed staffing, and take other actions to improve election administration and voting safety and security. The federal CARES Act and state appropriations from election security and technology is providing funding.The department is also purchasing infection-protection kits for all counties to provide to precincts so poll workers can maintain a safe voting environment at polling locations on June 2. These kits will include masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, floor marking tape and other sanitizing supplies and will be provided to the counties at no cost to them.Voters and county election officials in Pennsylvania were already preparing for historic change following the passage and signing of Act 77 of 2019. Act 77 was the first major amendment to the state’s Election Code in more than 80 years. It brought the option of mail-in ballots with no excuse needed, along with later deadlines for voter registration and for returning mail and absentee ballots.With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed, and Governor Wolf signed, Act 12 of 2020, which rescheduled the primary election and made additional changes in the process for voters as well as county election officials.The new deadline to register to vote or update a voter registration for the primary is May 18. Registered voters have until 5 pm May 26 to sign up to vote by mail ballot and until 8 p.m. on election day to return their voted ballot. Voters who applied for a ballot before the change of election date do not need to apply again, but voters whose address may have changed should contact their county election office.Act 12 also allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places more easily as they work to relocate voting sites such as those at senior centers, now closed because of the COVID-19 emergency.“In coming weeks, voters should pay special attention to their county’s announcements regarding relocation of polling places,” Secretary Boockvar said. “For the primary election, many voters could be voting at different locations than in the past if they cannot or do not wish to vote by mail.”Once counties have finalized their polling place plans, voters will be able to check their voting location through the Department of State’s polling place locator.For more information on the new mail-in ballots and all things related to voting in Pennsylvania, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.View this information in Spanish.last_img read more

Tearful baker closes her business in wake of lawsuit (US)

first_imgMailOnline 1 October 2014The baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple broke down today as she told an audience she has been forced to close her business.Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron were driven out of their small-scale bakery Sweet Cakes in Gresham, Oregon, after they said it would ‘violate their religious beliefs’ to do business with lesbian couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman.The couple is now fighting a $150,000 law suit after the state found there to be strong evidence that they broke the law by refusing the serve the women.Today, the disgraced cook told the Values Voter Summit she was left distraught by the ordeal and described her passion for the job she has been forced to quit, Talking Points Memo reported.Klein is still taking small orders from home, but insists her career has been destroyed by the conflict.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2771604/Tearful-baker-refused-make-cake-lesbian-couple-tells-close-business-wake-lawsuit.html?ito=social-facebooklast_img read more

Ex Transgender: Parents Who Don’t Put Trans Kids in Psychotherapy Are ‘Abusing’ Their Children

first_img“Stormi looked like a boy to the neighbor because he really is a boy,” Heyer wrote. “Transgender people may deceive themselves, but they do not deceive others.”Heyer added that adults who call people like the neighbor in the Buzzfeed story “transphobic” because of their reaction to a boy in a dress are “gender-phobic.”“Life in society is not some fantasy world where a boy should pretend he has magically transformed himself into a girl simply by uttering the words ‘I am a girl’ and changing how he presents himself,” Heyer added. “The people who strongly object to the honest reaction from a man saying, ‘Nobody wants to buy Girl Scout cookies from a boy in a dress’ are perhaps gender-phobic, rejecting and ridiculing the reality of male and female genders.”Heyer reasons that Stormi could have deep-rooted psychological reasons for why he desires to be a girl, as Stormi has been separated from his biological parents and lives in foster care.“Separation anxiety disorder and other psychological disorders can masquerade as gender dysphoria, leading caregivers and medical practitioners to misdiagnose and not provide proper or effective psychotherapies,” Heyer wrote. “Stormi could be in need of psychotherapy, not a dress.”“The transgender life is often the direct result of early childhood difficulty or trauma,” Heyer continued. “Assisting a young child into the fabricated ideology of a transgender life is not helping the child sort out what is real and what is fiction.”Heyer wrote that guardians and caregivers need to stop collaborating with a mental disorder instead of treating it.“Telling a psychologically troubled boy he has changed genders is not compassion, but can become reckless parenting.” Heyer stated. “By withholding psychotherapy, parents could be abusing the kid.” Heyer predicts that Stormi will live out most of his childhood and early adolescence as a transgender female but will eventually come to grips with reality.“Stormi’s life will evolve as maturity unfolds. Most likely in 15 or 20 years, reality will set in that he really never changed genders,” Heyer concluded. “This is often a turning point where the trans life is not looking as good as it once did.”http://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-transgender-parents-who-dont-put-trans-kids-in-psychotherapy-are-abusing-their-children-158062/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Christian Post 18 February 2016Family First Comment: A reality check from someone who would know.center_img A former transgender-turned-activist is warning that children who think they are members of the opposite biological sex are actually “deceiving themselves” and could likely be suffering from undiagnosed psychological disorders that are being overlooked in a politically correct society.Walt Heyer, an author and public speaker who had sex reassignment surgery at the age of 42 and has grown to regret it, explained in a recent op-ed published by the Daily Signal that parents who encourage their children’s gender dysphoria and don’t get them psychological treatment are hurting their children.Heyer, who now runs the website SexChangeRegret.com, detailed how he was forced by his grandmother to crossdress as a small child, which led him to have strong feelings of being a girl as he grew older.After getting help from a renowned gender specialist, Heyer was told that he was suffering from gender dysphoria and that the only way to get relief from the situation was to undergo gender reassignment surgery.“I lived as a transgender, Laura Jensen, female, for eight years. While studying psychology in a university program, I discovered that trans kids most often are suffering from a variety of disorders, starting with depression — the result of personal loss, broken families, sexual abuse, and unstable homes,” Heyer explained. “Deep depression leads kids to want to be someone other than who they are.”“That information sure resonated with me,” Heyer continued. “Finally, I had discovered the madness of the transgender life. It is a fabrication born of mental disorders.”In the op-ed, Heyer commented on a recent Buzzfeed article highlighting the life a 9-year-old biological boy Girl Scout named Stormi.The article reports that when Stormi knocked on one neighbor’s door to ask him if he wanted to buy some Girl Scout cookies. The neighbor replied, “Nobody wants to buy Girl Scout cookies from a boy in a dress.”Although others were quick to shower Stormi in love and praise, buy her Girl Scout Cookies and dismiss the neighbor as transphobic, Heyer defended the neighbor by arguing that “not everyone assumes that a boy in a dress selling Girl Scout cookies is transgender.”last_img read more

Beacon lighting ceremony signifies ‘lighting of a beacon of hope’

first_img Share Share 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Beacon lighting ceremony signifies ‘lighting of a beacon of hope’ by: – June 5, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share (L-R) Representative of the British High Commission, Dan Caruthers, Education Minister Petter Saint Jean and Parliamentary Secretary Johnson Drigo.A Beacon Lighting Ceremony which was held at the Pavilion of the Botanical Gardens on Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign on Monday has been described as the “lighting of a beacon of hope” by Education Minister Petter Saint Jean.Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London. She became queen on February 6, 1952 and was crowned on June 2, 1953. She is only the second monarch in British history to celebrate sixty years on the throne and this has been widely celebrated in the United Kingdom.British Honorary Counsel, Tina Alexander, who organized the ceremony, expressed excitement at being able to share in the celebration for the Queen who dedicated her life to the service of her people.She noted that many people including herself, “value their British connections while enjoying our independence” and commended Dominica for being a “great example of how post-colonial countries can keep what’s the best of British; the public service, the Parliamentary system, the independent judiciary, driving on the left and the sort of volunteerism that led to the decorating of this pavilion last week”.Meanwhile, Dan Caruthers, who represented the British High Commission, explained that a beacon lighting ceremony is significant as it is a symbol of unity for the British.“You may ask why light a beacon well Britain has a long history of beacon lighting spanning many hundreds of years…A beacon chain once used as a tool for communication has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and it’s often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration”.According to Caruthers, “In 1897, beacons were lit nationally to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. In 1977 and 2002 beacons were lit to celebrate the Queen’s silver and golden jubilees”. The beacon was lighted at 6:30 pm at Morne Bruce to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th annivesary. Education Minister Petter Saint Jean who described the lighting ceremony as the “lighting of a beacon of hope” noted that the ceremony was Dominica’s way of showing that “we value the contribution that Queen Elizabeth the Second has made and we hope will continue to make towards the development of our nations”.Although Dominica is no longer under British rule, he said his government sees Dominica’s membership in the Commonwealth as a valuable link which “should remain un-broken”. He described the Queen as “a historical bridge that joins our past and present,” highlighting her importance to the Commonwealth nations.“Queen Elizabeth in my view is a representation of consistent leadership, the kind that makes an impact through steadfastness and an example that the whole world can emulate. Queen Elizabeth represents and embodies the cultural heritage of the community of nations and is the focal point around which nations like the Commonwealth of Dominica can rally to find togetherness and share common values”.Saint Jean also advised citizens to learn from Queen Elizabeth’s reign and the “professionalism and graciousness” which he said has marked her sixty year reign.“I ask that we all commit ourselves again to the core principles for which she stands; principles of consensus and common action, mutual respect, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability”.The ceremony was attended by His Excellency the President Dr Nicholas Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool as well as Acting Prime Minister Dr Colin McIntyre and other government officials.Students of the Pioneer Preparatory School sang the “Commonwealth Anthem” while members of the Cadet Corps, Pentecostal Crusaders, Duke of Edinburg Awardees, Scouts and Guides saluted Acting Prime Minister Dr. McIntyre during the march past.The beacon was lighted at 6:30 pm in Morne Bruce which could be seen from the Pavilion.[nggallery id=194]Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Jeff Brohm

first_imgAfter one year at Purdue, Jeff Brohm not only got Purdue into a bowl game, but he is now on most people’s list for open coaching jobs.  What a difference a year made at Purdue.Last year all Purdue fans talked about was who they could get to coach their football team.  Purdue found one, and now everyone else wants him.  He was just getting started on the ladder of success at Western Kentucky.  When you win in a program that was the worst in the Big Ten for several years, you get noticed quickly.  I am a Purdue fan who hopes he stays at Purdue long enough to put the Boilers back on the level with Ohio State and Wisconsin.last_img read more

Wildcats Defeated By Tigers

first_imgFranklin County dropped their first conference game of the year on Monday night to Lawrenceburg at home, 8-1.The Wildcats lone run came from a Nick Pennington home run to lead off the 2nd inning but FC was able to produce just 4 hits on the day.Franklin County is now 10-1 in conference and 12-2 overall. FC will travel to Union County on Tuesday, first pitch is 5 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.last_img

Ripley County drug dealers rack up 94 years in prison sentences so far in 2019

first_imgFrom left: Batesville Police Detective Blake Roope, Chief Stan Holt and Prosecutor Ric HertelVersailles, In. —Entering his 21st year as Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel is sending a clear message to those who peddle drugs with his recent actions. Hertel said, “In my experience of prosecuting and trying drug cases, this is the message the community is sending to me-possession is a crime and will be prosecuted, but drug dealers are the bigger problem and should be dealt with as such.”As of February 19, 2019 multiple drug dealers have been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences.On January 15, 2019, Betty Richards was convicted of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and sentenced to 12 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing, evidence was presented that Richards had about 8 grams of methamphetamine in her Versailles home and was actively selling methamphetamine. The transactions were done in a bedroom she shared with her grandchildren sometimes.On the same day, Andrew Dailey was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a second felony dealing in methamphetamine charge. Court documents in that case show Dailey had a handgun when he delivered methamphetamine to a house in Milan where two children were present. Two years of the sentence was suspended to probation.On January 31, 2019, Nathan Strickling was convicted of possession with intent to deal methamphetamine and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, 20 years suspended to probation. Court documents say Strickling delivered individually packaged methamphetamine to a residence in Milan. A forensic investigation of his cell phone determined had conducted frequent drug transactions.Also on January 31, Joseph Macvey was convicted of dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance and sentenced to 12 years in prison, 4 years suspended to probation. Macvey and Nathan Strickling were both found at the Milan residence. A forensic analysis of Macvey’s cell phone revealed he was actively selling prescription pills.On February 5, Teresa (a.k.a “Sis) Thornton (Teeters) was sentenced to 10 years in prison as a repeat offender for dealing a narcotic drug and being a habitual offender. Court documents say Thornton dealt prescription pills, specifically oxycodone, from her apartment in the Sunman/Milan area.  During the investigation, Thornton admitted to selling drugs on multiple occasions. She was on probation for a Dearborn County drug violation when she was arrested.On February 12, 2019, Doug White was sentenced to 20 years in prison as a repeat offender for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Court documents say White had approximately 26 grams of methamphetamine that he admitted was intended for future distribution.last_img read more

Cissokho ‘facing six weeks out’

first_img Press Association The manager was asked about five reported targets in Tiago Ilori, Andriy Yarmolenko, Shay Given, Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses. He said: “You guys keep asking and we as managers have to give the same answers to you. “There is nothing to report until you have a player signed and in the building, and obviously because of the nature of the window and, certainly in this country, the nature of the gossip and speculation that goes on, there are so many players linked with the football club that if you answered every single question, you’d be here all day and all night. “You are better to say nothing until the player is in the building. Until that point it is only ever speculation.” Cissokho sustained the problem early on in Tuesday’s 4-2 extra-time Capital One Cup second-round victory over Notts County at Anfield, in which he was making his first start since joining on a season-long loan from Valencia. Two other Liverpool players picked up injuries in the match, with fellow defender Kolo Toure being carried off on a stretcher due to a groin issue and midfielder Joe Allen limping off with a hamstring strain, and Rodgers had more positive news on that pair. Asked about the trio at his press conference to preview Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Manchester United, Rodgers said: “Toure’s injury is nowhere near as bad as we thought. “We will assess that over the next 24 to 48 hours. I think we were all thinking he might be out for longer after the game but he’s made an excellent recovery. “The diagnosis isn’t anywhere near as bad as we thought, so we’ll see how he is for this weekend. “If it’s not this weekend, then we would think after the international break he won’t be too far away. “Joe likewise – it was only a grade one strain, so he may be doubtful for the weekend but certainly after the international break, he’ll be fine. “Aly Cissokho will be slightly different – he could be four to six weeks, which is a blow because he came in and trained really well last week. “But he is on crutches at the moment and we’ll look at that over the coming weeks. But he certainly won’t be available.” Meanwhile, Rodgers was refusing to give anything away regarding various players Liverpool are reportedly trying to sign ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho could be out of action for four to six weeks due to his ankle injury, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.last_img read more