Ethics Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Senate Interns And Fellows

first_img“A Senator violates this code of ethics if…the Senator knowingly or intentionally engages in sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct…with an individual who is participating in a paid or an unpaid internship with the Senate, the House of Representatives, or another agency within the legislative branch of Indiana state government,” the amendment states.Committee members developed the amendment after the personnel subcommittee of the Legislative Council provided new recommendations for sexual harassment prevention policies Nov. 7. The personnel subcommittee is chaired by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and includes bipartisan membership from each chamber.One particular recommendation by the subcommittee included a call to both chambers to draft amendments to the codes of ethics in the state House and Senate to permit any person, including members of the public, interns, staff and more, to bring allegations of sexual harassment to their respective ethics committees.Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, chairs the Senate Ethics Committee and said the amendment approved Monday serves as a vital step in protecting lawmakers and alleged victims alike. She added the amendment ensures lawmakers are held to higher standards per best practices followed by other states and in the corporate world, all of which were considered by the personnel committee.“What has frankly disturbed me about some things is the lack of confidentiality, and I think for someone to come forward they need to deserve it,” Brown said. “Also, because we are elected officials, we also want to make sure people aren’t using this as a political tool, and so both sides should be protected until a thorough investigation is done.”The House Ethics Committee, too, is preparing to propose an identical amendment, Brown said.House Ethics Committee Vice-Chair Sue Errington, D-Muncie, confirmed her committee will discuss their version of the amendment Thursday during a public hearing. She said legislators in both chambers agreed to the change in an executive meeting with the Legislative Council last week.“There’s such a power imbalance, even when [the relationship] is consensual,” Errington said. “These are young people. Their parents are expecting that we have the kind of standards that would protect [interns].”While Errington said there was no indication Republican members are opposed to the change, members might propose unexpected amendments at the public hearing.Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, chair of the House committee, called the extended rule a “no brainer” for both parties and said she believes members will approve the amendment. But she said it is “well within the rights” of any member to propose additional or unexpected amendments. So far, Negele said what she has heard of additional changes is coming from Democratic members.“It makes proper sense that [ethics rules for interns] should be spelled out,” Negele said.The chairwoman is taking a hard stance in any situation involving an intern and lawmaker who want to pursue a consensual relationship, particularly as younger legislators start their careers at the Statehouse this session.“My attitude as a mother is you can wait four months,” she said.Although the Senate committee’s amendment passed 6-0, the change is not official until it is presented to the full Senate for a vote. Brown said the amended guidelines could make an appearance on the floor this week.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Ethics Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Senate Interns And FellowsJanuary 7, 2019  By Erica INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Senate Ethics Committee unanimously passed an amendment to its ethics guidelines Monday that add new protections for interns and fellows hired by the state’s legislative branch.The amendment  says sexual relations between an intern and a senator, including relationships between consenting adults, constitutes unethical behavior and would be subject to an investigation by the ethics committee.last_img read more

A new year of nature

first_imgDeer cross a ridge on Sunday evening. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)The white dots are frozen water drops underneath the ice. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)A snowshoe hare tries to hide without any snow to help him blend in. (Photo by Dennis York)A doe in the sun. (Photo by Dennis York)Chilling out in a bed of snow. (Photo by Dennis York)Black-capped chickadee in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Female evening grosbeak in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Male evening grosbeak in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Blue jays in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Black-capped chickadees in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Nothing more beautiful than a frozen marsh where land and water merge. (Photo by Jane Knox)Cold blue evening: Many of these ahead. Frost must have walked down many a such path. (Photo by Jane Knox)Thankfully each day now will bring a few more seconds, even minutes of sun. Imagine if you were in Siberia. You would have to wait until March for this light! (Photo by Jane Knox)A buck protecting his lady. (Karen Dalot)A colorful sky. (Karen Dalot)Two squirrels on a stump. (Karen Dalot)This is not going to turn out well. (Karen Dalot)A well fed squirrel. (Karen Dalot)A coopers hawk in the rain. (Karen Dalot)last_img read more

Parkinson home big on family appeal

first_imgThe home at 56 Ontario Cres, Parkinson.THIS big family home has been made over and is on the market in Parkinson.Owners Susan and Scott Cowley bought the property at 56 Ontario Cres 10 years ago and turned it into the perfect home for their family.Ms Cowley said they modernised the interior and re-landscaped the yard to achieve a homey feel.“When we bought the home, it had a lot of water features and logs in the yard,” she said.“We completely landscaped the whole property so it has a low- maintenance yard.” The home at 56 Ontario Cres, Parkinson.The home is on a fully-fenced 800sq m block with airconditioned double lockup garage.There is a formal lounge room and rumpus room opening to the entertainment area.There is also an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with stainless steel appliances and plenty of bench and cupboard space in the kitchen.The master bedroom has a double built-in robe, outdoor access and an open ensuite with spa bath. The home at 56 Ontario Cres, Parkinson.Ms Cowley said the home, with its in-ground swimming pool and big patio area, was great for entertaining.“We host all the Christmas parties and birthday parties out there,” she said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We can shut the electric gates at the front and the little kids can run around without getting out.“The adults can be in the entertaining area, people can be in the pool and we have a pool table inside as well.”center_img The home at 56 Ontario Cres, Parkinson.The second bedroom also has an ensuite and the three remaining bedrooms all have built-in robes.There is also a family bathroom and laundry.Ms Cowley said the home was in a great family-friendly neighbourhood.“It’s a lovely area and very quiet. We’ll really miss the lifestyle,” she said.last_img read more

MBB : SU hopes balanced offense carries over to game against Manhattan

first_img Comments Eight different players made Syracuse’s first eight field goals in its season-opening win against Fordham. Scoop Jardine pulled up for 3 from the right wing on SU’s first possession, and by the time C.J. Fair hit a 3 from the right side as well, four starters and four bench players each made one field goal.‘I think it’s a great thing, but a lot of people say we don’t have one great player,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘But I think the biggest thing is that we have six or seven guys who can score the ball and can put the ball in the hole and can carry this team.‘And so it’s going to be so much harder for a defense to stop all seven of us.’James Southerland became the first player to make two field goals for SU on Saturday when his 3-pointer with 6:26 left in the first half put the Orange up 24-10. In all, 11 players scored and only two reached double-digits for No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) against the Rams. Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters showed flashes of their ability to take over a game, but the SU offense remained balanced.That’s something that likely will remain a trend for SU as it takes on Manhattan (1-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Monday, in the second of two games in the Carrier Dome as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Albany (0-1) and Brown (1-0) play at 4 p.m., and the winners and losers play each other on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team that comes out of the two-day regional tournament as the winner advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 23.Syracuse’s balanced scoring was something head coach Jim Boeheim forecasted back on Oct. 14 at SU’s media day.‘If you have more than one guy who can score and be a go-to guy, that’s important, and I think that’s what we have,’ Boeheim said on media day. ‘I think we have had that last year, and we have had that in other teams. Even when Carmelo (Anthony) was here, Gerry (McNamara) made as many big shots as Carmelo did.’In the first half against Fordham, the offense was wholly balanced. SU was able to move the ball around the Rams defense, eventually finding a player in position to drive or shoot.On one possession early in the first half, Syracuse passed the ball around the arc until Fab Melo came up and set a pick for Michael Carter-Williams. The freshman guard drove toward the basket, attracted the defense and dished to Melo, who made a nice adjustment against a defender at the hoop for the finish to put Syracuse up 14-8.Two possessions later, Carter-Williams fed Melo on the low block. He didn’t have much leverage toward the hoop, but he made a nice feed to Southerland for a jumper at the left elbow.At halftime, four players — Joseph, Jardine, Triche and Southerland — tied for the team lead with five points.‘It’s a good way to start off the season,’ Joseph said. ‘I think that everyone contributed well today. We got a great bench contribution in my mind.’Like Triche said, some of the criticism about this year’s Syracuse team is that the Orange has no go-to scorer who can take over when his team needs it every time.But the breadth of players who can take over for spurts of time on SU is there. Triche said having so many playmakers increases the intensity of practice.The tougher practices may propel the maturation process for some of the Orange’s younger players. Waiters, a sophomore, played very well off the bench in both of SU’s exhibition games and against Fordham.‘If we’re able to bring it, as far as our experienced guys, bring it, and make the younger guys mature up,’ Triche said, ‘it’s going to be much easier to score the ball, and it’s going to be a great thing for us.’Though some players showed the ability to score at will, no one took over the game against the Rams. Different players dominated different spurts.And with two games in two days this week putting a strain on the players’ energy, it can be an advantage for SU against Manhattan and Albany or Brown.‘I think we’re going to be balanced,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we got a lot of guys that can score, and I think that if the minutes stay the way they are right now, I think that balance will be there.’[email protected] Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ACC to play 10 conference games, 1 nonconference game for football

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The Atlantic Coast Conference will follow a football schedule this fall that consists of 10 conference games and one nonconference game, the conference announced in a release Wednesday. Those 11 games will be spread out over 13 weeks beginning the week of Sept. 7-12, with teams continuing to have two bye weeks during the season.The ACC’s approach to the football schedule is similar to the conference-only scheduling format the Big Ten and Pac-12 are implementing, albeit with the extra nonconference opponent. Before Wednesday’s announcement, Syracuse had already lost two football opponents, Rutgers and Colgate, after the Big Ten’s scheduling pivot and Patriot League’s cancelation of fall sports.“The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in the release. “We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnder the ACC’s scheduling model, Syracuse will face Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Wake Forest at home and play Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh on the road. The Orange’s one nonconference game — which under ACC guidelines must be played in New York, Syracuse’s home state — hasn’t been released yet.Fall Olympic sports, competitions that the ACC had previously delayed until Sept. 1, can begin games Sept. 10. Each team will follow a conference schedule with the NCAA’s minimum amount of games. Regular-season meets for cross-country can be scheduled as normal, and the conference championship will take place in Cary, North Carolina on Oct. 30. The minimum is 10 games for volleyball and six games for men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey.Additional conference games won’t count in the standings, and any nonconference opponents must adhere to ACC medical standards, the release states.“It is incumbent upon all of us in the Syracuse Athletics Department to strictly adhere to the protocols we and the ACC have in place,” Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement. Comments Published on July 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Case IH extends hay and forage lineup with Optum Tractor Series and ISOBUS Class 3 capabilities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Additions offer producers increased productivity and efficiency  To better meet power and equipment needs of high-volume hay and forage producers, Case IH beefed up its forage lineup this month with the new Optum tractor series. Fulfilling a new horsepower segment, the Optum tractor joins the company’s complete line of hay and forage equipment, which includes updates across its tractor lineup. Elevating baling productivity, Case IH also announced a new ISOBUS Class 3 enabled Feedrate Control system available for select LB4 series large square balers.“Case IH is proud to offer a full line of hay and forage equipment,” said Dave Henderson, Livestock Marketing, Case IH. “From hay cutting and handling equipment to balers and tractors, Case IH offers a lineup of innovative equipment to harvest and handle this important feedstuff, along with a broad mix of tractors designed to meet producer’s individual needs — no matter how unique or specialized.”New Optum tractor series delivers heavy-duty, year-round performance. From the iconic Farmall® series to the new Optum tractor, Case IH now offers producers four tractor series designed with the right mix of power, efficiency and versatility for any hay and forage task.A multipurpose workhorse, the Optum series features the necessary horsepower for high-volume hay and forage operations, plus enough muscle for larger tillage tools and planters. With PTO horsepower ranging from 240 to 270 hp, the tractor series delivers big-iron power, performance and comfort — plus outstanding features and technology, including the fuel-saving Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).“Built for heavy-duty, year-round application, the Optum series combines efficient power with operator convenience to handle the large workload and multiple tasks of hay and forage operations, row crop applications and farmstead upkeep,” said Dave Bogan, marketing manager, Maxxum/Puma Tractors. “Fulfilling a new horsepower requirement, we designed this series to meet the needs of customers looking for that optimal power-to-weight ratio for any field, cultivation or haulage task.”Highlighting the versatility of the Optum tractor, Bogan added, “It teams just as well with a large square baler or grain cart as it does with a midsize planter or seeder.”Mirroring its progressive feature set, the Optum tractor features new Case IH family styling. The modern look offers a redesigned hood, grille and roof cap with LED lighting, along with a spacious SurroundVision cab designed for maximum comfort and convenience.Other key Optum series features include:Efficient Power: Meeting Tier 4 B/Final emissions, Optum tractors feature Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)-only technology to produce raw power and torque with less fuel. Additional fuel-saving technologies include a variable vane cooling fan and in-cab electronically shifted front and rear PTO economy speed options.Superior roadability: An available antilock braking system, autoguidance and in-cab tire pressure monitoring system provide greater productivity and control.Maximum versatility: Three bar-axle choices offer the complete range of wheel spacing options for row crop applications. A flange axle and tire offering — for large singles up to 900 mm wide — are also options. Large hydraulic pumps can run planters and seeders, plus reactive steering, suspended axle and cab suspension are built to power through any haulage task.ISOBUS Class 3 functionality: ISOBUS Class 3 enables the CVT Optum tractor and its approved implement to optimize the job at hand. Using ISOBUS Class 3, the implement can control tractor functions such as ground speed, rear PTO and rear hitch for increased performance and throughput.Multipurpose lineup offers comfort, performance and versatility. Highlighted by the Optum tractor, the Case IH hay and forage tractor lineup also includes similar updates across its Puma and Maxxum series offerings.Model Year 2016 Puma series enhancements: New roof cap styling, enhanced lighting packages and a redesigned grab-rail lighting structure improves form and function. Deluxe seating and leather-wrapped steering wheel options add comfort, and available antilock braking and hill-holder technology for powershift models provide greater roadability. CVT models include ISOBUS Class 3 functionality.Model Year 2016 Maxxum series enhancements: New seating choices, a radio antenna amplifier and HVAC control panel make an already best-in-class cab experience even better. A second accumulator added to the front-axle suspension system improves the overall ride. CVT models also include ISOBUS Class 3 functionality.Tractors team with LB4 series large square balers for high-tech haying. Pairing perfectly with the ISOBUS Class 3 functionality offered across the Case IH hay and forage tractor lineup, Model Year 2016 LB4 series large square balers are now even easier to operate. Available through AFS Connect, the new ISOBUS Class 3 functionality allows select balers to change settings on compatible tractors (Model Year 2016 CVT Optum, Puma and Maxxum tractors) to achieve maximum productivity and optimal bale quality.Appropriately named Feedrate Control, the advanced baling technology enables the baler to run at optimal performance by controlling the speed of the tractor. Using Feedrate Control, the baler controls the tractor’s forward speed through ISOBUS Class 3 commands, maintaining desired capacity by using a charge sensor. The system then calculates the best speed based on the information received from the sensors.Feedrate Control includes two running operations:Charge Control (available on LB334R and LB434R rotor cutter configurations): Charge Control automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed to reach optimal capacity inside the baler. This results in a higher feedrate throughput by up to 9 percent overall.Slice Control (available on all configurations of LB334 and LB434 models): Slice Control automatically adjusts the tractor’s speed based on bale slice thickness. This allows the operator to predetermine the number of slices per bale to create more consistency.“Feedrate Control helps producers maximize their productivity and efficiency by always running at full capacity — no matter the crop yield or level of operator experience,” said Cole Carling, marketing manager, Hay and Forage. “Without the need to monitor tractor speed, operators can work in comfort and with less fatigue. They also will have greater peace of mind knowing each bale is consistent in quality, flake size and shape.”Carling also pointed to increased fuel savings of up to 4 percent as a result of more-efficient baler operation.To learn more about the complete Case IH hay and forage offering, from cutting to conditioning and from balers to tractors, visit your local Case IH dealer or read more