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But huge numbers of those detained languish behind bars for days, weeks or months simply because their bail exceeds their financial means. Meanwhile, other defendants charged with the same offenses walk free because they have the money to buy their way out.

Those unjust realities have spawned a movement to eliminate cash bail for most defendants, replacing them with “personal recognizance bonds” — a signed promise to appear in court. Among the jurisdictions that have adopted the change is Cook County, which, in 2017, began using money bonds less often, while reducing the amounts on those it imposed.

But this year, Chicago has been hit with a tidal wave of shootings and homicides, and critics — notably Police Superintendent David Brown — immediately blamed those bail reforms. If more arrestees were required to provide money for bail, the argument goes, fewer of them would be released and the community would

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Linda and Lou Van de Vorst Receive MADD Canada Excellence In Public Policy Award

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MADD Canada’s first Robert M. Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy is being presented to Linda and Lou Van de Vorst for their work to reduce impaired driving and strengthen provincial impaired driving laws. 

“The Robert M. Solomon Award was established to recognize a volunteer or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of MADD Canada’s public policy initiatives to strengthen impaired driving laws,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “With their passionate efforts to change impaired driving laws in Saskatchewan, Linda and Lou truly embody the spirit of this award and we are honoured to name them as its first recipients.”

In January 2016, Linda and Lou’s son Jordan, daughter-in-law Chanda and grandchildren, Kamryn and Migure, were tragically killed in an impaired driving crash.

Since that time, Linda and Lou have worked to strengthen impaired

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Linda and Lou Van de Vorst Receive MADD Canada Excellence In Public Policy Award – Press Release

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MADD Canada’s first Robert M. Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy is being presented to Linda and Lou Van de Vorst for their work to reduce impaired driving and strengthen provincial impaired driving laws. 

“The Robert M. Solomon Award was established to recognize a volunteer or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of MADD Canada’s public policy initiatives to strengthen impaired driving laws,” said MADD Canada Chief Executive Officer Andrew Murie. “With their passionate efforts to change impaired driving laws in Saskatchewan, Linda and Lou truly embody the spirit of this award and we are honoured to name them as its first recipients.”

In January 2016, Linda and Lou’s son Jordan, daughter-in-law Chanda and grandchildren, Kamryn and Migure, were tragically killed in an impaired driving crash.

Since that time, Linda and Lou have worked to strengthen impaired

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Policy Address 2020: No plan for Hong Kong democracy in my term, says Carrie Lam, as address receives lowest public rating yet

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she has no plan for Hong Kong democratic reform in the remainder of her term, following her latest policy address. The address, which she delivered at the legislature on Wednesday, received the lowest public ratings yet, according to a survey.

During a TV forum on Wednesday evening, the chief executive told reporters that she had “fantasised” about electoral reform in 2017 when she first assumed the role, “but the bubbles burst quickly.” She added that forcefully launching reform will only divide society further and make governance even more difficult.

Carrie Lam at a radio forum on November 26, 2020. Photo: GovHK.

“When national security is not safeguarded, we cannot proceed with democratic development,” she said. “In fact, elements of democracy have been increasing since the Handover in 1997. Therefore, I can’t agree that being unable to push for the popular election of the

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Navigating Law and Ethics to Regenerate Health and Cure Disease

“Despite the projected growth in market applications and abundant investment capital, there is a danger that legal and ethical concerns related to genetic research could put the brakes on gene editing technologies and product programs emanating therefrom.”

CRISPR, gene editing - https://depositphotos.com/79981696/stock-photo-gene-editing.htmlAs society adjusts to a new world of social distance and remote everything, rapid advancements in the digital, physical, and biological spheres are accelerating fundamental changes to the way we live, work, and relate to one another. What Klaus Schwab prophesized in his 2015 book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, is playing out before our very eyes. Quantum computing power, a network architecture that is moving function closer to the edge of our interconnected devices, bandwidth speeds of 5G and beyond, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are all working together to accelerate innovation in fundamental ways. Given the global pandemic, in the biological sphere, government industrial policy drives the public sector

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Berry Corporation and Certain Officers – BRY

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Berry Corporation (“Berry” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BRY) and certain of its officers.  The class action, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, and docketed under 20-cv-03464, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants that purchased or otherwise acquired: (a) Berry common stock pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s initial public offering conducted on or about July 26, 2018 (the “IPO” or “Offering”); or (b) Berry securities between July 26, 2018 and November 3, 2020, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”).  Plaintiff pursues claims against the Defendants under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

If you are a shareholder who purchased

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Government and #EndSARS Protesters as Terrorists: Foreign Policy and Waking Up Trouble When it Sleeps

By Bola A. Akinterinwa

The political governance of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) is fraught with deepening crisis of legitimacy, not because he has not been duly elected, but because, Nigeria, over which he is presiding, is ridden with problems with a recidivist, if not permanent, character. The permanent problems are not only essentially a resultant from conscious policies of neglect or don’t care attitude, but are also raising different questions as to whether PMB is really in charge of the governance of the country. Many questions are often raised because professional politicians frequently behave as other sovereigns. They behave recklessly with impunity. Lawmakers also make laws above which they often place themselves.

And true enough, societal indiscipline is galloping. In the specific case of Lagos State, for example, many, if not most of the privately owned commercial vehicles by law enforcement agents, especially by the policemen and soldiers,

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kill policy on dogs whose owners are caught defying a ban on walking them is withdrawn in China after outcry



a man and a woman walking a dog on a leash: A man walks his dogs in Jiujiang, central China. Officials in a southwestern county have walked backed a ban on dog walking that would have involved killing the pets of repeat offenders. Photo: AFP


A man walks his dogs in Jiujiang, central China. Officials in a southwestern county have walked backed a ban on dog walking that would have involved killing the pets of repeat offenders. Photo: AFP

After a rise in conflict between pet owners and those without animals, including incidents where unaccompanied dogs have bitten people, a county in China came up with a solution akin to “three strikes and you’re out” laws in the United States – get caught walking your dog in public three times, and the pooch gets it.

In a notice published last week, according to Chinese media company Sixth Tone, Weixin county in the southwestern province of Yunnan said all dogs were to be kept indoors.

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First-time offenders would be subject to warnings if seen outside, while those caught

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The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project Named a Mutual of America 2020 Community Partnership Award Winner

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mutual of America announced today that The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project was named an honorable mention award recipient of its 2020 Community Partnership Award competition.

In 2013, the EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center (EMPACT-SPC) created The Community and Law Enforcement Collaboration Project, which partners with the Phoenix and Tempe police departments to reduce the need for law enforcement to serve as frontline responders to mental health and substance abuse crises.

The program utilizes a holistic, integrated approach to improving public safety. Crisis mobile teams enable the transfer of noncriminal crises to behavioral health professionals, without any police involvement. Post-crisis navigators offer clients follow-up for 60 days as ongoing clinical services are put in place. First-responder wellness liaisons provide support to police officers facing behavioral health issues of their own.

“This groundbreaking partnership between behavioral health services and law enforcement is yielding

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Climate, human rights, health and transportation among Boulder’s top policy priorities in 2021

Boulder on Tuesday expressed continued support for policies that further the city’s equity and climate action goals.

The Boulder City Council unanimously approved amendments to its 2021 policy statement, which highlights the city’s lobbying priorities. The council held a public hearing on the revisions in October. That hearing was continued, but no additional public comment was taken Tuesday in the second iteration.

According to the council packet, Boulder’s priorities on the Colorado level for the upcoming year include:

  • Accelerating the adoption of collaborative and equitable policies that ensure emissions will meet the targets identified in the state’s forthcoming Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap for 2025 and 2030.
  • Advancing the mobility needs of Denver’s northwest region, specifically the projects identified through the Northwest Area Mobility Study, while keeping climate action at the forefront.
  • Repealing three House bills, which together restrict local governments from proactively engaging with undocumented immigrants to meet community
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