House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,Runestad News 21Feb House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviewsLegislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect was approved today in the Michigan House with overwhelming support.State Reps. Jim Runestad, Robert Kosowski and Pamela Hornberger sponsored the bipartisan three-bill package requiring all forensic interviews conducted at child advocacy centers with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations to be recorded on video.“The young kids involved in these cases are traumatized, making them particularly susceptible to influence during interviews,” said Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “Videotaping protects the witness and the due process rights of the accused by ensuring an accurate record of the questions and their responses.”The bills also allow recorded interviews to be used in certain court hearings, provide protocols for accessing and storing the recordings and increase penalties for intentionally disseminating the recordings to unauthorized individuals.“House Bills 4298-4300 are common-sense legislation that protect some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents – children who have been involved in abuse and neglect situations – while codifying a best practice,” said Kosowski, D-Westland.The Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect recommended videotaping forensic interviews as a best practice after a pilot program found that recordings resulted in more pleas entered to the original charge rather than going to trial.“Recording all forensic interviews with children really is the best practice,” said Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Township. “It guarantees an accurate record of a child’s account of events and decreases the likelihood that vulnerable kids will have to repeat the painful details of their trauma over and over again.”House Bills 4298-4300 now move to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

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Comcast has expanded its partnership with Netflix

first_imgComcast has expanded its partnership with Netflix, with the US pay TV giant now set to offer Netflix subscriptions as part of new and existing Xfinity packages.Comcast said it will launch a variety of initial offers this month, handling Netflix-related billing so that customers can pay for the bundled offers through a single monthly statement.The move comes after Comcast first launched Netflix on its X1 platform back in 2016 and made the Netflix catalogue searchable via X1’s voice remote control. Netflix said that X1 quickly became “the most used platform for Netflix viewing.”Comcast meanwhile claims that 60% of its video customer homes use its X1 platform and that nearly 50% of X1 customers are “actively using Netflix on the platform”. At year-end 2017, Comcast reported having 22.4 million video customers in total.“Our partnership with Comcast on Xfinity X1 has brought easy access to Netflix for our mutual customers,” said Bill Holmes, global head of business development for Netflix.“By speaking into or browsing with the X1 remote, millions of customers have found the perfect thing to watch on Netflix. We can’t wait to introduce more X1 customers to Netflix with Xfinity’s new packaged offers.”Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer, Comcast Cable, said: “Netflix offers one of the most popular on demand services and is an important supplement to the content offering and value proposition of the X1 platform.”“Netflix is a great partner, and we are excited to offer its services to our customers in new ways that provide them with more choice, value and flexibility. The seamless integration of Netflix with the vast Xfinity entertainment library on X1 present a unique and comprehensive experience for customers.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet DERRY City and Strabane District Council has announced that TV sports channel Eurosport is to cover this month’s Cycling Ireland National Road Championships later this month.The council says Eurosport will broadcast a highlights programme of the championships as cyclists race around the city.Foyle Cycling Club are already gearing up for the arrival of the very best cyclists in Ireland to Derry for the championships. Race Director Chris McElhinney of the promoting Foyle CC said: “This is a defining moment for our club and for the history of road racing in the North West. “We are greatly honoured and everyone in the club and the wider community are committed to putting on the best possible show for the TV cameras and for all the visitors who will come to cheer on the riders.“We are very grateful for the assistance of Derry City and Strabane District Council in helping to make this event possible and we look forward to a great festival of cycling in the region in June.”The action gets under way on Thursday, 27th June with the time trial, a solo race against the clock. The riders in all categories will use the 36km course laid out on a traditional ‘out and back’ format starting and finishing near Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal.The road race action begins on Saturday afternoon with the Women’s Elite race and the men’s junior events utilising the 20.29km circuit beginning and ending in heart of Derry.It’s a challenging route for the riders with plenty of climbing in and out of the city in the multi-lap races. Subject to confirmation, the women’s elite race will be four laps of circuit with the men’s field set for a five-lap race on Sunday morning.All the road races will culminate with a final race to finish line on Shipquay street in the heart of Derry where the champions of Ireland will be crowned.The route was designed by Foyle CC chairperson and top local-based racer Ronan McLaughlin who was keen to create a ‘classics’ course that would make the most of the local topography to provide a memorable challenge for riders. “We wanted to bring the ‘nationals’ to the heart of Derry and we’re grateful to Derry City and Strabane District Council for their help in making this possible.“It’s a circuit that is certainly challenging and I feel riders all over Ireland and beyond will be excited by the prospect of riding a course that is a true test of road racing ability. “The winning riders will have earned their reward on a course that reflects the character of a true ‘classic’. There are no free medals on this course.”Speaking of the decision to award the 2019 National Road Championships to Foyle CC, Cycling Ireland Events Officer Garry Nugent said:“Foyle CC made a very strong submission to hold the Cycling Ireland National Road Championships for 2019 and we were delighted to award the event to one of our hardest working and most progressive clubs.“I know the area will provide an epic backdrop to what we believe will be a worthy challenge for riders in our flagship road event and we wish competitors and organisers the very best for a successful event.”Road Race Course: https://www.strava.com/routes/17307068Time Trial Course: https://www.strava.com/routes/18603958Eurosport to cover Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in Derry was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The three-day festival of racing draws the very best Irish racers from at home and abroad for a series of solo time trials on Thursday, June 27, followed by the road race action on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th.International full time professionals will do battle with top locally-based amateurs for the title of national champion and the right to wear the coveted shamrocks on their jersey for the next 12 months.Reigning elite road champions Eve McCrystal and Conor Dunne have signalled their intention to defend their respective road race titles in June and the promoting Foyle CC club are expecting that much of the foreign-based contingent of riders will return for the event.The women’s and men’s elite road races will be filmed for a highlights TV programme to be broadcast in the week after the event. City of DerryConor DunneDerry and Strabane CouncilEurosport to cover Cycling Ireland National Road Championships in DerryEve McCrystalFOYLE CYCLING CLUBlast_img read more

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