Local charity looking to provide clean water

first_img Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories One billion people on Earth don’t have access to clean water.More than 4,000 children die every day for lack of water or from diseases borne from dirty drinking water.If that’s not reason enough to hoist a 40-pound Jerry can and raise a few bucks to build a deep well in a Third World country where clean water is almost nonexistent, then there’s more. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013 By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Jason Jones, an organizing member of WOD for Water Troy, was the program guest of Steve Thrash at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday.Jones told the Rotarians that in India and other Third World countries, women and children have the responsibility of “fetching water.” And, they do so in cans that weigh up to 40 pounds when filled.“The water source is either a government well that is three to five miles away or a creek,” Jones said. “Often just getting to the water can be dangerous. 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Skip Local charity looking to provide clean water You Might Like Harris pleads not guilty Pike County Commissioner Charlie Harris pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of harassment Wednesday in Troy’s Municipal Court. The charges… read more WOD for Water Troy raised $16,000 and four wells were built. Each well will last 20 years. Jones said everyone who participated in the Work Of the Day with 40-pound Jerry cans in tow was a part of building those wells.The goal of this year’s 2nd Annual WOD for Water Troy fundraiser is $20,000 ,and that amount will build eight wells in India.Jones said the community’s generosity already has been overwhelming.“Through donations and sponsorships, $17,500 has been raised,” Jones said. “We are grateful for that and encouraged.”The WOD for Water Troy fundraiser will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 on the Bibb Graves Quad at Troy University. Those who would like to participate but don’t want to workout with a 40-pound Jerry can on their backs, are invited to participate in the WOD for Water Walk.Jones said surpassing the goal that has been set is now almost a given.“The more money we raise the more wells that can be built,” he said. “And, that’s what WOD for Water is all about. That and spreading the Gospel of Jesus. That’s why Never Thirst partners with a church in the area when the wells are built.”Jones said fundraising is the reason but participating in WOD for Water is the fulfillment.“We want donations but we want people on the Quad Nov. 2 doing something for others, doing something that will last forever,” he said.Jones said India is the fasting growing country in the world and its population is expected to double in the next 25 years and again in 15 years.“The need for water will continue,” he said. “WOD for Water Troy is what we can do to help.”The entry fee for the WOD for Water Troy event is $40. The entry fee for the WOD for Water Walk is $15. Children under the age of five participate free.In order to guarantee a WOD for Water T-shirt, registration must be made by Oct. 18. Register online at wodforwatertroy.com. Registration may be done the day of the event. Jones, Derrick Irons and Troy Weed learned about the lack of clean water in countries including, India, Cambodia and Sudan from a Birmingham-based organization, Never Thirst.In 2011, Never Thirst raised more than $100,000 to build clean water wells in Third World countries. Irons thought, Why not raise money here? Why not in Troy?WOD for Water Troy became a reality in 2012.“A well in India would cost $2,500 and our goal for the 2012 WOD for Water Troy was $10,000,” Jones said. “With that, four wells could be built in India.”last_img read more

Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaining

first_img July 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaining Senior EditorIs plea bargaining justice for sale, offering disparate sentences for similar offenses depending on whether a defendant exercises his or her right for trial? Or is it a normal byproduct of criminal litigation where even without caseload pressures most charges would end in pleas?The pros and cons of plea bargaining, and a historical look at the practice, were the topics of the first annual Professor Gerald T. Bennett Summit on Criminal Justice Issues, held by the Criminal Law Section at its June 27 luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Section Chair Melanie Hines said the program honors the memory of longtime section member Bennett “who came up with the idea we ought not to just review rules and procedures, we ought to challenge those rules and procedures and see why they were adopted in the first place.”The section jumped in with both feet with its plea bargaining seminar, which produced a lively discussion and lots of questions from the audience.Albert Alschuler, the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Chicago Law School, led off by questioning the underpinnings of plea bargaining.He quoted a former Chicago lawyer (who went on to become a Utah Supreme Court justice) who represented an indigent charged with selling drugs. The law called for a 10-year sentence, but prosecutors offered two years as part of a plea bargain. But then the judge weighed in and advised the defendant if he went to trial and lost, the sentence would be 20 years.As the judge explained, “He takes some of my time [in the trial] and I take some of his. That’s the way it works,’” Alschuler said. “I think that is the way it works in the American criminal justice system.. . . A choice between a guilty plea and trial affects his sentence more than his prior criminal record.”The rationale adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brady v. U.S. in 1970 also gives pause, he said.The court said it was okay to offer a lesser penalty in a plea because the state saved resources by not having a trial. That leaves the impression, he noted, that “The defendant should be penalized for standing trial, but he should be rewarded for saving the court time.”Alschuler said that can lead to interesting speculations. For example, if the defendant offers to pay all the trial costs, and maybe a little profit besides, should he or she then qualify for a lighter sentence?If that seems farfetched, he noted a case in Ft. Lauderdale where two defendants, facing charges for trying to buy a large amount of marijuana, were given probation after they agreed to pay $260,000 to the police department.When boxer Mike Tyson faced criminal charges, Donald Trump proposed instead of sending him to jail, allowing him to box and sharing his purses with his victims. However, Alschuler said, the New Jersey Attorney General, where that case was pending, announced that justice was not for sale.Not all reasons for plea bargaining are economic. Judges want to move cases, prosecutors seek a high conviction rate, public defenders desire relief from crushing caseloads, and private defense counsel may have an economic incentive if their fee is the same whether the defendant pleads or goes to trial. And another weakness is “people don’t want to talk about plea bargaining and how it affects people who would be exonerated at trial,” Alschuler said.His solution is not to devote more resources to the criminal justice system, but to make the complex trial system simpler so more trials can be held.Martin Heumann, chair of the Rutgers University Political Science Department, disputed Alschuler’s contentions.“First and foremost, plea bargaining is not a function of case pressure. This is a huge myth that continues to bedevil analyses,” he said. If courts had unlimited resources to hold trials, 70 to 80 percent of all cases would still end up with pleas, he said.Nor is it clear that plea bargaining means an easier sentence for defendants.“It’s not necessarily so that there is a penalty for trial. The data is not clear,” Heumann said. “Cases are different that go to trial than those that plea.”Many programs aimed as circumventing plea bargains wind up having the functional equivalent of pleas, he said. Heumann also downplayed criticisms that defendants see plea bargaining as unfair.Studies, he said, suggest inmates view it as a game. “If you study defendants’ perceptions, most of them want to plea,” he added. “While there’s much rhetoric about being railroaded into a plea, they don’t want to try again.”Other observations, he said, include that plea practices vary greatly around the country and that sentencing guidelines and other changes have switched discretion from judges to prosecutors, who can determine sentence severity by how they charge a case.But plea bargaining remains an essential part of the system and essential to handling the huge crush of cases. Heumann quoted one prosecutor who was criticized for plea bargaining as saying “that’s like accusing me of sleeping with my wife.”Miami attorney Scott Fingerhut presented facts and background on plea bargaining, noting it has been around for hundreds of years. After all, he noted, the English offered Joan of Arc a deal: Recant that she heard God command her to lead the French and they would not burn her at the stake.How common is plea bargaining? Fingerhut reported in the past two years, there have been 42,000 felony charges filed in Miami-Dade County. In the same period, there have been 330 felony trials (not counting DUI and other minor cases). There are 20 judges assigned to the felony division, he said, and if they did two trials a week, they could not begin to deal with that number of filings, without the help of plea bargaining.The justice system is far different, Fingerhut said, than when the framers drew up the Constitution. Then, jury trials were the norm and pleas were rare. Now trials are the rarity, and it’s impossible to tell how the courts are functioning by looking only at trials.“What changed was not the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. What changed were the times, how we perceive ourselves and our lives,” he said. “Over the course of time, where Europe evolved to a [judicial] inquisitorial system, America went to an adversarial model.”Plea bargaining also is providing flexibility in a system where judges are losing discretion to minimum mandatory sentencing laws and other changes.“Getting rid of plea bargaining in an environment where judges have less and less discretion is scary,” Fingerhut said.Florida law, he said, has evolved where judges have little if any participation in plea bargaining. Even if judges offer “gentle wisdom” to a defendant about a plea bargain, that can be grounds for a reversal.Mandatory sentences were a concern of some audience members, and the first question dealt with the apparent incompatibility of guidelines and plea bargains.Alschuler agreed, saying federal sentencing guidelines are the best argument he knows for plea bargaining.He also questioned the rationale, saying guidelines were intended to reduce the discretion of judges, but have had the effect of increasing the discretion of prosecutors, who have a vested interest in the case.Fingerhut noted that guidelines were begun as a way to guarantee uniformity in sentencing, but now are used as a way to increase punishment. Debating the pros and cons of plea bargaininglast_img read more

Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs Fulham

first_imgMartinez is Arsenal’s longest-serving player, having joined in 2010 (Picture: Getty)The shot-stopper’s agent, Lucas Martinez Quarta, confirmed his desire to leave to TyC Sports, saying: ‘The most likely scenario is that Emi Martinez leaves Arsenal because he wants to play.‘He dreams of being the starting goalkeeper for the national team and he is willing to leave his home [at Arsenal] for the worthy cause of being Argentina’s number one.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez’s agent explains why the Arsenal star is looking to leaveMORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 1:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares Martinez helped Arsenal win the FA Cup and Community Shield (Picture: Getty Images)Although Arteta had tried to play down talk of Martinez leaving before facing Fulham, even suggesting he was in contention to play, the 28-year-old did not make the matchday squad on Saturday or even travel to Craven Cottage.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Villa, though Dean Smith’s side need to up their offer to get closer to Arsenal’s £20m valuation.Asked about Martinez’s absence, Arteta told BT Sport shortly before the game: ‘We have a special situation in goal. The transfer market is open. We know rumours. We made the decision to play Bernd today.’Now The Athletic report there is another twist in the sage, with Martinez believing he is owned a seven-figure bonus by the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Argentine only has two years left on his current Arsenal contract with the club postponing a renewal on several occasions.Martinez and his representatives say the club committed to retroactively paying him a bonus once he signed a new deal and wants Arsenal to uphold that agreement even if he leaves to join Villa. The Argentine is on the verge of leaving the Emirates after a decade at the club (Picture: Getty)Emiliano Martinez has moved a step closer to leaving Arsenal after being left out of the matchday squad that takes on Fulham, while he is at odds with the club over a massive bonus he believes he is owed.The Argentine shot-stopper gave a string of superb displays after the restart last season but Mikel Arteta has opted to restore Bernd Leno as his number one after the German recovered from injury.With Martinez not given any assurances over his playing time, he has sought a move away from the club so he can get regular minutes, with Aston Villa having lodged a £15million bid. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs Fulham Advertisementlast_img read more