Austria could start loosening lockdown from April 14

first_imgTopics : Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules.”The aim is that from April 14… smaller shops up to a size of 400 square meters, as well as hardware and garden stores can open again, under strict security conditions of course,” Kurz said at a press conference.He added that if the government’s timetable goes to plan, larger shops will reopen on 1 May and from mid-May hotels, restaurants and other services could also start to open their doors again in stages. However, he stressed that the restrictions on movement that Austria has introduced to fight the spread of COVID-19 remained in place and called on Austrians not to celebrate Easter with people outside their household.Schools will remain closed until mid-May and public events will remain banned until the end of June, Kurz said.If trends in infection began to worsen again, the government “always has the possibility to hit the emergency brake” and re-introduce restrictions, he said.The country of 8.8 million people currently has 12,058 confirmed infections, with 204 deaths and 2,998 people who have recovered.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Personnel Change

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Personnel Change SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017center_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Mary Isenhour will step down as Chief of Staff to take an external role with the governor. Mike Brunelle, the governor’s Executive Deputy Chief of Staff, will assume the role of Chief of Staff.“Mary has been with me since the beginning, and I am tremendously grateful to her for her service and loyalty,” said Governor Wolf. “Mary’s dedication to the people of Pennsylvania and to the governor’s office are unmatched.”“Mike brings a diverse array of experience, and he knows state government inside and out,” he continued. “I am confident that Mike will ensure there is a seamless transition.”Mike Brunelle most recently served as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff after joining the administration as a Special Assistant.Previous to joining the Wolf Administration, Mike Brunelle spent two years as the National Campaigns Director for the Service Employees International Union, where he led the organization’s programs in 26 states, and was the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Pennsylvania State Council.Before coming to Pennsylvania, Mike spent 8 years working on various candidate and issue-based campaigns in the Northeast, including the elections of Governor John H Lynch. He served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, was a state representative in the New Hampshire General Court, and also served as the Democratic Whip.Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Lemoyne with his wife Erika, and their daughter, Ava.Mike Brunelle assumed duties as executive deputy chief of staff in Pennsylvania on January 11, 2016.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Sentencing law overhaul needed – Labour leader Andrew Little says

first_imgSentencing law overhaul needed so offenders don’t get off ‘scot-free’, Labour leader Andrew Little saysStuff co.nz 5 October 2016Family First Comment: Well said.New Zealand’s sentencing laws need an overhaul to stop offenders “getting off scot-free” without a conviction, Labour leader Andrew Little says.Little says some judges are getting it wrong when granting discharges without conviction, saying Parliament has to send a message that it is not acceptable.Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo’s discharge without conviction for a 2015 attack on four people is being appealed by police, while an Auckland man who beat his wife with a hammer was initially granted a discharge without conviction before the High Court overturned the decision.Little told The Paul Henry Show discharges without conviction in a number of recent cases had “left everybody scratching their heads”.“When there’s violence involved, when there’s a weapon involved, when you’re attacking a police officer or other frontline person like that, it doesn’t make sense that you kind of get off scot-free.”While judges had to take certain “aggravating factors” into account when determining a sentence, some did not seem to be giving them enough weight when granting a discharge without conviction.The courts had a duty to reflect the community’s expectations and concerns about crime.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/84975525/Sentencing-law-overhaul-needed-so-offenders-don-t-get-off-scot-free-Labour-leader-Andrew-Little-sayslast_img read more