Governor Wolf Celebrates Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Becoming Law Today

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 5.    Grants civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary techniciansShields licensed doctors of veterinary medicine, technicians, and assistants who report animal cruelty in good faith from lawsuits. 3.    Increased penalties for animal abuseNeglect Penalties: Summary offense (up to 90 days in jail and/or a $300 fine) OR misdemeanor of the third degree (up to 1 year in jail and/or $2,000 fine) if neglect causes bodily injury or places the animal at imminent riskCrueltyPenalty: Misdemeanor of the second degree (up to 2 years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine) Aggravated crueltyPenalty: Felony of the third degree (up to 7 years in jail and/or a $15,000 fine) 2.    Added protections for horsesCurrently, most crimes against horses are graded as summary offenses — similar to traffic and littering violations.This law aligns penalties for crimes against horses with penalties for crimes against dogs and cats. 4.    Ensures convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelterRequires forfeiture of animal of anyone convicted of a felony violation and allows for fortitude upon other convictions.center_img Animal Welfare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the first significant strengthening of Pennsylvania’s animal protection statutes in nearly 30 years, Act 10 of 2017, becomes law today.“Today is a day of celebration as the animal abuse statue overhaul officially becomes law,” said Governor Wolf. “For far too long we have heard stories of neglected and abused animals who suffered or died because of deplorable treatment and horrible living conditions. I am proud that we will now hold our pet and animal owners to a higher standard of humanity. I again want to thank our partners and advocates for their work in making this law possible.”Earlier this summer, the governor signed the package of bills, which includes Libre’s Law. The updated measures clarify the definition of abuse and raise penalties and training and education programs are being developed to prepare authorities responsible for protecting animals through identification and prosecution of animal cruelty crimes.Five key components of the legislation include:1.    Improved tethering conditions for outside dogsNo more than 9 hours tethered in 24-hour period.Tether must be the longer of 3 times length of dog or 10 feet.No more than 30 minutes in 90+ or -30-degree weather.Must have water and shade.Must be secured by an appropriate collar — no tow or log chain, nor choke, pinch, prong, or chain collars.Tethered space must be clear of excessive waste.No open sores or wounds on the dog’s body. Governor Wolf Celebrates Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Becoming Law Today August 28, 2017last_img read more

Mayweather: I fight who I want to fight

first_imgWBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather today hosted a press conference to formally announce his upcoming pay-per-view matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place on May 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.“People say ‘why did I choose Maidana over Khan?’ Look at his last four fights and look at Khan’s last four fights. I had to go with the best choice and [Maidana] has made a big impact on boxing in his last fight,” said Mayweather.Floyd said he will fight three more times after the Maidana fight and he doesn’t know who the opponents will be. “You know who I said I wanted on the undercard [Adrien Broner vs. Amir Khan]. You wanna fight me? Earn it. You wanna fight me? You gotta earn it. Some may not earn it. I may just pick them because I want to.“Floyd Mayweather is not scared of no opponent. I don’t duck or dodge nobody, but I earned my stripes. So I can pick and choose who I want to pick and choose. I fight who I want to fight. Nobody is forced to watch me.”Tickets went on sale Saturday morning for Mayweather-Maidana and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said 14,000 of 16,000 seats have been sold, with $12 million already in the bank.Floyd also mentioned that possible future opponent Erislandy Lara will face Ishe Smith on May 2. Marcos Maidana did not attend the press conference, remaining in Argentina where his wife is expecting any day. Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia was on hand and said a few words.last_img read more

Lacazette, Morata in unexpected showdown

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Had the close season panned out as initially expected, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata would not be lining up for Arsenal and Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.After 14 years at Lyon, Lacazette decided it was time to move on and was reported to have agreed to join up with his France team-mate Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid.However, Atletico then had a transfer ban upheld over the signing of foreign minors and with the Madrid club barred from registering new players until January 2018, Arsenal stepped in.Arsenal’s fans have been crying out for a top-rank striker ever since Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United in 2012 and in Lacazette their wish appears to have been granted.A dead-eyed finisher, the 26-year-old was the top-scoring Frenchman in each of the last three Ligue 1 seasons and left Lyon having scored 113 goals in his last four campaigns.He cost Arsenal an initial fee of £46.5 million ($60.6 million, 51.6 million euros), making him both Arsenal’s biggest ever signing and Lyon’s biggest ever sale.Lacazette will form a potentially devastating attacking trident with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but manager Arsene Wenger has warned that he will need time to find his feet in north London.“Sometimes it takes a few months, sometimes it takes very little time,” Wenger said.“The only thing I must say with Lacazette is that week after week, he looks to adapt quickly. But overall I think it will take him one or two months.”Morata’s move to England was no surprise, but the Spain international had been earmarked for a move to Manchester United.Instead, United hijacked Chelsea’s attempt to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge and the champions switched their attentions to Morata.The 24-year-old cost Chelsea £58 million and is due to take the place of Diego Costa, who — completing the love triangle — is at loggerheads with the club over his desire to return to Atletico.– Hazard out – Morata has scored in a Champions League final, netting for Juventus in their 2015 loss to Barcelona, but arrives after a frustrating season as a back-up player at Real Madrid.Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Morata was deterred from joining Spurs two years ago due to his fears about the competition he would face from Harry Kane.But despite the striker’s inability to dislodge Karim Benzema from the Madrid starting XI, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes he can reach the very top.“He is a young player and my task is to help him improve and exploit his quality,” said the Italian.“I know he has great quality to become one of the best strikers in the world.”Sunday’s game, the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season, is a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.Having streaked to the title, Conte was seeking to emulate his compatriot Carlo Ancelotti by winning a league and FA Cup Double in his first maiden Chelsea season.But Arsenal blew Chelsea away with a sensational display, Aaron Ramsey’s 79th-minute winner securing a 2-1 win that brought the beleaguered Wenger a record seventh success in the competition.Sanchez could start on the bench for Arsenal, having only returned to training on Tuesday after being given an extended break following his exertions with Chile at the Confederations Cup in Russia.Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, likewise, is short of fitness, after also playing at the tournament, while defender Gabriel and midfield pair Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere are definitely out.With Costa frozen out and Eden Hazard absent due to a broken ankle, Conte could try out a new-look strike-force of Morata and Michy Batshuayi.New recruit Tiemoue Bakayoko, formerly of Monaco, has a knee injury, but Victor Moses could play as the suspension incurred by his dismissal in the FA Cup final does not apply in Sunday’s game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hodgson praises VAR system after English debut

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy HodgsonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal.Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on Monday but, with suggestions of handball, there was confusion among players, fans at the ground and TV viewers over whether VAR had had any influence on the decision.According to Hodgson and Brighton manager Chris Hughton, match referee Andre Marriner had been in contact with fellow official Neil Swarbrick, working with VAR from a London studio, about the goal.That Marriner did not indicate as such or use the pitchside VAR monitors contributed to the confusion, and Hodgson said: “We had suspicions. The people close to it seemed to be incensed, and from our angle it looks as if he’s guided the ball in with his arm.“You’ve got to congratulate the system: when you watch it lots of times like they’ve been able to do, from different angles, it would have been very harsh (to disallow it).“It was a genuine goal, and the referee was helped by the fact he had Swarbrick in the VAR studio making a judgement that’d help him out, so I have no complaints.”Hughton said he was “under the impression that VAR was used. That’s what I am led to believe: that it was used and there was not a decision to be made. At the time I wasn’t aware some thought it was handball.”VAR system under control. FILE PHOTOThe VAR system is currently being trialled in Italy and Germany and was employed for the first time in an official game in Britain during the international friendly between England and Germany in November, when it was not called on. Criticised by some fans for slowing the game down, it is used for “clear and obvious errors” relating to goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards or mistaken identity for red or yellow cards.The VAR automatically checks every relevant incident and informs the referee if necessary. The referee has the power to change the original decision based on new information provided by the VAR or watch a replay on the side of the pitch.Marriner did not feel the need to consult the pitchside monitor after Murray’s goal as he felt it was legitimate. The system allows for dialogue between the on-pitch referee and the VAR without a formal review.Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “So VAR so good.”But former Palace forward Mark Bright said the referee should have looked into the incident more carefully. “The debate in the boardroom is did the ball or did it not touch Glenn Murray’s arm before it went into the net?” he tweeted.“Clearly & Obviously missed? Should have been viewed #VAR.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Popular Book Sale Expands Its Reach to Further Benefit Homeless

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Olympia Unitarian Universalist CongregationHow do you move over 10,000 used books donated from the community to one building for a giant book sale? It takes enthusiastic volunteers and a good cause.  Books, Brownies and Beans is one of the largest one-day used book sales in the South Sound. Now in its 14th, year, this popular used book sale is organized by the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC). Over the years it has raised a total of almost $80,000 to benefit the homeless.“This year we are broadening our efforts in order to contribute to more organizations out there helping the homeless,” said Sally Brennard, of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Past sales benefitted Out of the Woods homeless shelter at the OUUC. This year proceeds from the sale will go to additional organizations, like Sidewalk, Community Youth Services, Quixote Village and Interfaith Works’ overnight shelter and warming center.Books, Brownies and Beans has gained a loyal following of serious and casual book enthusiasts who appreciate the huge selection of books at bargain prices. Books come from every corner of the literary world, from Pulitzer Prize winners to textbooks and everything in between. There is also a café selling a selection of fresh baked brownies, hot beverages, plus other treats. Live music plays throughout the day provided by a talented collection of musicians who rotate through.“The best thing about this sales is how the community comes together to make it happen. We’ve got more than 100 volunteers who collect, sort, and stack the thousands of books that are donated. And of course we’ve got the book lovers who line up early in the morning to buy the books. And the money goes to a great cause. It’s win, win, win,” said Mark Swanson, of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.In 2016, during a remodel of the church, the sale was conducted online only. There were concerns among organizers that the missed year would affect the donations and turnout for the following year. “But nope,” said Linda Crabtree, a past organizer. “The next year the whole doggone building was covered with books and people were lined up before our doors even opened – and it was 18°F out!” she added.Books, Brownies and Beans takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2315 Division St. NW, Olympia, WA 98502. There is no entrance fee and visitors are encouraged to bring their own tote bags.last_img read more

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