Repeat DWI Offenders Face Stricter Penalties Under New Law

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday signed into law a drunken driving bill that gives New York State judges the power to impose stricter penalties on those repeatedly convicted of driving while intoxicated.Vince’s Law passed both the state Senate and the Assembly in early June. It’s named after 82-year-old Vincent Russo who tragically died in 2011 while driving to Sunday morning mass when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver in upstate Onondaga County. The driver was awaiting sentencing for a fifth DWI conviction when he slammed into the victim’s vehicle.“Motorists who repeatedly drive drunk are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road, and they have no place behind the wheel,” Cuomo said.The law—an amendment to legislation currently on the books—extends to 15 years from 10 the time frame in which multiple DWIs can be considered for a potential felony. If convicted under Vince’s Law, drunk drivers could face up to seven years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000.Officials said the law is intended to keep repeat offenders off the road.“Too many innocent lives of New Yorkers were taken because of those who chose to drink and drive,” said Assemb. Samuel Roberts (D-Syracuse), who sponsored the bill.Russo’s family reportedly lobbied lawmakers for stricter DWI penalties.Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is running for Congress, applauded the Russo family for fighting for harsher penalties.“The courageous family of a victim has spoken out to bring legislative change and this new law is a first step toward the Russo family’s goal to see stronger punishments for drunk drivers with long histories of DWIs,” Rice said in a statement to the Press.Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told the Press through a spokesman that “increasing the punishment for the worst recidivist drunk drivers…is precisely the right message to send to violators who have clearly shown contempt for the law.”last_img read more

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UN representative speaks on sustainable development

first_imgMila Rosenthal, the director of communications for the United Nations Development Programme, sat down with faculty and students to discuss the UNDP’s communications campaign to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals at Wallis Annenberg Hall at noon on Wednesday.Photo courtesy of the Center for Public DiplomacyForward thinking · Mila Rosenthal of the United Nations Development Programme said that communication can help countries expand services.The SDGs are a set of 17 goals — and 169 targets — aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for the global population. The goals were decided upon by more than 150 world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on Sept. 25, 2015.Rosenthal explained that the UN was careful in setting ambitious goals that would still be achievable. She noted that while enormous progress has been made in recent years in terms of poverty and hunger reduction and improving access to education, many people are under the impression that things are getting worse.“A lot of research shows that in regards to issues related to development, people believe that there’s not much that can be done, that there aren’t solutions,” Rosenthal said.Rosenthal attributes this to several factors, mainly the abundance of information available to people and the immediacy with which it can be accessed. Information with a negative narrative tends to discourage people. The Narrative Project, an initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that the debate about development is broken when people know little about what progress has been made, and instead the conversation focuses on what doesn’t work or aid is seen as a good idea done badly.Rosenthal acknowledges that the perception that sustainable development is a lost cause only makes communication more important. In order for the SDGs to be met, citizens have to be aware of the goals and be able to hold their governments accountable.“When people know the standards their governments have agreed to meet, whether they’re legally binding or social, countries are more likely to implement those standards in policy solutions, regulations and in practice,” Rosenthal said. “This is where communications comes in. We have to make sure that people know the goals their government has signed up for, and that they can be a part of achieving these goals.”To maximize communication efforts, the UNDP collaborates with a broad range of partners across various industries, including the entertainment and telecommunications industries. One such partner is Project Everyone, an organization founded by British filmmaker Richard Curtis. It informs the public about the SDGs through short films. One of the most famous short films is called “‘We The People’ for The Global Goals,” and featured numerous celebrities outlining the SDGs. The UNDP also runs events to connect people through social media; one of these events is the Social Good Summit, a two-day summit examining the impact of new media on social good initiatives. The UNDP localizes more broad campaigns for different locations by translating information into the relevant language and finding spokespersons who would appeal to the demographic of that location’s people.Patti Riley, an associate professor of communication at USC, believes that the UNDP is working hard and has a good foundation for communications. However, she thinks that they should amplify their digital presence to appeal to the younger generation.“There’s not much space for engagement,” Riley said. “[The UNDP does not] have user-generated content thus far. You get a sense that experts are working on this issue, but you don’t have facilities for young people to experience these issues through their own media.”Bianca Vekima, a senior majoring in global health, said it’s important for young people to understand the SDGs.“These goals affect our lives,” Vekima said. “Mila said that the only way the government will take these goals seriously is if people know about them, and that includes young people.”last_img read more

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Mbagwu Preaches New Dawn for Rugby

first_imgThe philanthropist, who has personally been sponsoring Nigeria rugby in the past 20 years to both national and international championships, said he is out to run an all-inclusive administration for the benefit of the sport.“And now that the elections are over, all stakeholders must come together in the interest of the game so that together we can take Nigerian rugby to the next level.Rugby is one united and indivisible family that no one can separate. We know ourselves by state, names and clubs and as such nothing can come in-between us.“My main agenda and mission is to put proper structure in place for Nigeria rugby within the next few years and this I cannot do alone hence the need for everyone to come together to achieve this”, he pleaded.Mbagwu successfully dislodged the immediate past president, Edward Pam, the man he mentored and installed as president, four years in the last dispensation before flooring Attah.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The newly elected President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Kelechi Mbagwu has described his election as a new dawn for the survival of the sport in the country.Mbagwu who defeated his opponent, Hamza Attah 28-10 to emerge president said his election was not victory for him alone but for the entire rugby family in the country.last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Rallies Past Milwaukee, 3-2

first_img Full Schedule Roster HTML Box Score at UMKC 9/10/2016 – 7 PM Milwaukee had one final chance to tie the match as a shot from Evan Dujardin hit the crossbar at the 87:46 mark, but that was it as Drake completed the comeback. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) finished with five saves. “We are delighted with tonight’s performance,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We played very good soccer, were dominant for long stretches of the game and are transferring training concepts into competition.” Live Stats Drake (2-2) scored the first goal in the match as Enna put away a one-timer off a long pass from senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) in the 14th minute (14:37). Watch Live The two teams traded shots after Grunert’s goal until Enna once again came through big. His game-winner came in the 84th minute (84:05) after he knocked in a header from the goal line off a double assist from Grunert and senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa). More impressive was Drake was down to 10 players at that point after senior Andre Heine (Furtwangen, Germany) received a red card at the 73:33 mark. “We took the lead through an excellent penetrating pass by Wypych to Enna who slotted home a great finish from the edge of the box” Smith said. “It was pleasing to see Grunert and Enna show their courage, grit and quality on set plays. It was an exciting game, but we made it more difficult then it needed to be going down to 10 men. However, we showed great character and tactical discipline to go on and win the game as many would have settled for a tie.” Drake plays at UMKC Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then host their first regular season home match on Sept. 13 against Green Bay at 6 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Print Friendly Version A resilient Drake squad remained patient in the second half as a few good opportunities for the tying goal fell just short. The Bulldogs finally broke through in the 65th minute (65:30) when redshirt senior James Grunert, who hails from Muskego, Wis. just outside Milwaukee, punched in a header from Wypych to tie the contest at 2-2. However, the Bulldogs’ advantage did not last long as Milwaukee (1-2) scored the equalizer just under 10 minutes later as Reid Stevenson buried a finish from close range at the 24:25 mark. The Panthers took the lead in the 36th minute (36:32) as Francecsco Saparito scored off a long shot from near the sideline as they led 2-1 at halftime. Preview Photo Gallery Story Links PDF Box Score Next Game: MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) scored a pair of goals to push the Drake University men’s soccer team past the Milwaukee Panthers, 3-2, Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Milwaukee.last_img read more

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