EDITORIAL: Discovery reforms need to be backed by state funds

first_imgThe only way for them to keep up will be to hire additional staff, the cost of which will have to be borne by local taxpayers, at least initially.In addition to the cost of having to prepare and turn over the information, additional costs could come when cases that would normally be plea-bargained are taken to trial, resulting in greater expenses for prosecution and defense. And to speed up the transfer of huge files of evidence, some prosecutors have proposed purchasing better technology to assist them in sharing the documents with police.As with the objections to bail reform, supporters of discovery reform say the complaints from law enforcement are being overblown in order to frighten the public into demanding changes and reversing the progress that’s been made.But one can’t argue with the proven additional staff and financial burdens the law has already placed on law enforcement, just as one can’t argue that dangerous criminal suspects, including homicide suspects, who previously would have been held on bail have been released without bail.Perhaps perception of the problem is a matter of degree, but problems still exist and they must be addressed.The state has to provide some kind of direct financial support to localities to pay for these so-far unfunded mandates.It’s unfair to burden local taxpayers with solving a problem that the state initiated and didn’t plan to pay for. Categories: Editorial, OpinionBack in November, before new bail and discovery reforms took effect, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked Albany County District Attorney David Soares for expressing concerns about the costs and implementation of those reforms.“Another day, another excuse. … His math and his convictions are both questionable,” the spokesman told the Times Union.Now that both reforms have been implemented and now that reality has replaced aspiration, the only thing that seems questionable is why the warnings of prosecutors and other law enforcement officials weren’t heeded when the legislation was being prepared. And these days the only excuses seem to be coming from reformers who can’t quite seem to figure out how things could have gone awry so quickly.We’ve detailed the problems with the bail reform proposals in the past and suggested potential solutions.Now we turn to discovery reform — designed to speed up and increase the amount of information made available to criminal defendants, and to expedite disposition of their cases.Like the reforms to the cash bail system, discovery reform was long overdue because it was depriving defendants, many of them minorities and the indigent, of the ability to properly defend themselves. The result of not having timely information about their cases resulted in suspects being compelled to take plea bargains when perhaps the evidence would have supported either acquittal or a lesser sentence. It also resulted in them unduly serving time in jail awaiting disposition of their cases.The law was an attempt to restore equality to an unfair system of justice. And we agree it is needed.But like with the bail reforms, the Legislature didn’t put enough thought into the impact on the judicial system of expedited discovery before enacting the law, which requires that discovery materials be turned over to the defendant within 15 days of arraignment.In an article in Wednesday’s Gazette, prosecutors and police from around the region articulated the special challenges they’re facing of having to comply with the new law — all of which were anticipated well before it went into effect.Prosecutors have complained about the vast new workload that has resulted in adding hundreds of cases to their existing job in just the past few weeks. That’s placed an undue burden on staffs, forcing them to work weekends and nights just to keep up.The new speed at which documents such as witness lists and police reports have to be turned over has also stressed out police and crime labs.center_img Counties and cities shouldn’t have to wait for anticipated savings from fewer incarcerations and emptier jails to pay for the new initiatives — savings that many in law enforcement are doubtful will ever fully materialize.If those savings do come to bear as a result of these reforms, then the state can scale back on the financial support it provides and use those savings to offset the cost of the reforms.But until then, the local governments that are bearing the cost of these reforms shouldn’t have to front the money in order to implement them.Further, the state should look at whether the reforms themselves are creating more problems than they solve and actually hurting law enforcement’s effort to bring criminals to justice. And they should consider whether the new timetable for turning over documents is reasonable, or whether it can be modified to relieve the pressure on law enforcement while still guaranteeing defendants a speedy trial.Complaining about a legitimate problem is not the same thing as making excuses.And disregarding the seriousness of a problem is not the same as solving it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Experts slam govt for ‘inconsistent, poor’ COVID-19 policies after transport relaxation

first_imgChairwoman Asfinawati of the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) lambasted the new “travel relaxation”, saying that any government policy adopted solely for economic reasons and with minimal consideration of public health was off target.“It is worrying when the policies taken are not based on accurate data. The outcome may be worse, considering the small percentage of our population that has been tested compared to those of other countries,” Asfinawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Despite the government’s claim that the policy was intended to accommodate essential travel for public officials, COVID-19 patients and their families and Indonesians wishing to repatriate, Asfinawati feared that the policy could easily be misused.“How are we going to verify all [travelers]? I said from the beginning [that] what are needed from the regulations are the details. With this [policy], public officials can easily fabricate a legitimate reason to go back to their hometowns. In the end, this would be class bias,” she stressed. The government’s latest move to allow public transportation services to resume, even as the mudik (exodus) ban remains in force, has added unnecessary complications to that nationwide physical distancing policy. Experts say that the move is not only poorly calculated, but also inconsistent at a time when the nation’s fight against COVID-19 should be strengthened, not relaxed. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi reopened all air, land and sea transportation services on Thursday, saying the measure was necessary for the national economy to survive.Although the new policy applies to certain individuals like state officials and medical workers and carries certain requirements, it has compounded the nationwide ban on all domestic travel to and from the so-called COVID-19 red zones. Read also: New regulation allows businesspeople, officials to travel despite ‘mudik’ banThe government has been heavily criticized for its inconsistent stance on social distancing since the first large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) was implemented in Jakarta.Ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers were left confused as to whether they could still transport passengers when the capital implemented the PSBB on April 10.While the Health Ministry rejected Jakarta’s request to allow ojek drivers to transport passengers, the Transportation Ministry issued a regulation that stipulated the opposite, which many pointed out was a contravention of the PSBB’s implementing guidelines.The government then issued the mudik travel ban on April 21, weeks after affected informal workers had started returning to their hometowns. President Joko Widodo attempted to fend off criticisms that the regulation came “too late”, with an etymological claim that the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik was not the same as the “regular” pulang kampung tradition of returning to one’s hometown.This Wednesday, however, Budi Karya said that mudik and pulang kampung were the same thing and that the government was banning both under the President’s instruction.Economist and political analyst Ichsanuddin Noorsy pointed out other instances that showed the government’s lack of commitment to COVID-19 mitigation, such as allowing international flights to operate normally despite the mudik ban.Ichsanuddin also regretted the Manpower Ministry’s plan to bring in 500 foreign workers from China in direct contravention of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s recent temporarily ban on foreign arrivals to Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia to revise ‘overall data’ on COVID-19 cases as govt scrambles to ramp up testing“Almost all policies on COVID-19 [mitigation] are inconsistent,” he said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that such policy inconsistencies had led to weak inter-agency coordination in the field.“[These] policies are not based on the correct understanding of the problems – [they are] poor public policy formulations,” Ichsanuddin said, adding that he was afraid public distrust of the government could grow as a consequence.Similarly, Lokataru Legal and Human Rights Foundation executive director Haris Azhar said that the central and regional governments were out of sync in their stances on the COVID-19 social restriction policies.“The stay at home order is to reduce transmission. [So] Why is it that the government is now facilitating public transportation?” he said. “It’s confusing, because the regional administrations seem to want strict restrictions, but the central government keeps pushing the other way,” Haris told the Post on Thursday.Haris also called on the central government not to claim that Indonesia had succeeded in “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 transmission as a reason for making new policies.“It should not use language that says we are [now] safe. The numbers are still going up,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving to Green on June 26

first_imgReopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving to Green on June 26 June 25, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today signed amended green phase orders for the 12 counties moving to green at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 26. The counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.With these orders effective at 12:01 a.m., tomorrow there will be 66 counties in green and one county in yellow.Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase tomorrow; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3. The Wolf Administration has supported specific county requests for more restrictions throughout the phased reopening process.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania includes details of each phase of reopening.Green PhaseAfter a county transitions to the yellow phase, we closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, we transition the county to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.While this phase facilitates a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum. It is also imperative that people wear masks when leaving home and in settings where social distancing is not feasible.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly EncouragedBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety RequirementsAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% OccupancyChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care Restrictions in PlacePrison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual FacilitiesSchools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth GuidanceSocial RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 ProhibitedMasks Are Required When Entering a BusinessRestaurants and Bars Open at 50% OccupancyPersonal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment OnlyIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly EncouragedAll Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% OccupancyConstruction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of ProtocolsThe latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance.Preliminary sports guidance.Summer camp guidance.The Governor’s amended green phase order.The Secretary of Health’s amended green phase order.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Inquiry has come from as far away as Switzerland for this commanding Brisbane home

first_imgParts of the home look largely the same as they did decades ago.The original home is the only Brisbane example of the domestic work of renowned Sydney architects Eaton and Bates.It has stained glass windows, 13 foot high ceilings, three fireplaces, chandeliers and polished timber flooring,There is a commercial-grade cold room in the kitchen and the main bedroom overlooks the veranda with river and mountain views.There are two outdoor entertainment areas including an outdoor fireplace, barbecue and 13 metre self-cleaning swimming pool.Downstairs in the home is a refrigerated wine cellar which can hold 3000 bottles and is next to a private dining area with a double-sided dumbwaiter. This area leads to a private office and media room.The home has ornamental octagonal rotundas each with an individual dome-shaped roof.It will be auctioned this afternoon at inroom auctions at Level 1, 33 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane at 12.30pm. Former Fone Zone CEO David McMahon with his wife Tracey will auction their home, Cremorne, on October 5.UPDATE: One of Brisbane’s most commanding and prestigious homes has sold at auction today.The landmark colonial property, Cremorne, at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton, was owned by Fone Zone co-founder David McMahon and his wife, Tracey.The couple listed the circa 1905 home in September 2016, but they made a renewed push to sell it as they have now moved to Aspen, Colorado. The modern extension.Property records reveal the home last sold in December 2015 for $6.625 million.At auction on Thursday, it sold for $5.975m. There were four registered bidders.Before the auction, marketing agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba said interest had been strong in the property, particularly once they had set an auction date. Three bidders had registered as of yesterday afternoon.One was Brisbane based and lived on his own, one was a farming family out west, and another was a Brisbane based family.“Yesterday we had someone fly in from Melbourne to see it before the auction desperately,’’ she said. The home last sold in December 2015 for $6.625 million.“And if you look at what is on the market on Hamilton Hill there is some beautiful modern homes on smaller allotments but if you look at some of these large properties, they just aren’t there. That demand for large parcels of land, big properties is definitely there and anyone who is looking at this, it is a time term buy. It is for their next life stage.’’The five-bedroom home sits on 2435sq m of land on Hamilton Hill and has 180 degree river and city views.The two-level award-winning home retains its heritage Queenslander exterior but inside it has undergone a complete contemporary restoration and heritage approved pavilion extension. The work received the 2009 State Residential Architecture Houses Award. Inside one of Cremorne’s living areas.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“We have had a bit of expat inquiry as well from Switzerland, so it is just all over the place who is looking at it and I don’t know who will be the purchaser.’’One potential buyer had told here they considered it a “once in a lifetime opportunity’’ to buy the home.Mrs Hackett said stock at that end of the market was down about 18 per cent on where it would be expected to be.“There is a lot less choice for top end buyers,’’ she said.last_img read more

Church of England eyes private equity after 2.6% loss in 2018

first_imgPoor performance across all markets during 2018, particularly the last quarter, meant the £2.4bn (€2.6bn) Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) slumped to a 2.6% investment loss for the year.The loss was published in the board’s annual report this morning, and compared with a 9.4% gain in 2017.CEPB’s public equities allocation lost 6.9%, and the board – which runs assets on behalf of four church pension schemes – cut its exposure to 65% of its £2bn return-seeking portfolio. The long-term target allocation is 35%. Within its public equity allocation, the CEPB has also continued to reduce its allocation to UK equities, now 6% of the return-seeking pool. The fund is split between the return-seeking pool, a £70m liability-matching pool consisting entirely of high-quality corporate bonds, and £340m of UK government bonds.Over 2018, the return-seeking pool declined by 2.2%. This brought its five-year annualised return to 7.6%, and 7.9% a year for the 15 years to 31 December 2018.Meanwhile, the board’s liability-matching pool lost 1.6% for 2018, compared with a 4.3% gain in 2017. Pierre Jameson, CEPB’s chief investment officer, told IPE: “We are reducing UK equities in order to take advantage of the bigger opportunity set in global equities. The FTSE 100 and All Share [indices] are skewed towards commodities, mining and financials, with little exposure to, say, tech companies.”He added that the decision had been vindicated by the outperformance of the MSCI World index versus the FTSE 100 over the past two years. Over the course of 2018, the MSCI World lost 3% compared with the FTSE 100’s 8.7% fall, while over three years to 29 July 2019 the global benchmark rose by 47.8%, outstripping the FTSE 100’s 29.3% gain.Church eyes private equity and venture capitalThe CEPB’s strongest performing asset classes during 2018 were emerging market sovereign bonds and private debt, which combined made up 8.5% of the return-seeking portfolio. During the year the allocation returned 11.5%.Property – 11.2% of the portfolio – returned 10.7%, while infrastructure equity (10.1% of the portfolio) returned 7.5%. The latter asset has returned 8.9% a year over the past five years, CEPB reported.Earlier this year, the fund hired Cambridge Associates to increase its private equity allocation over the long term, aiming to reach 7% of the portfolio.Jameson said the aim was to benefit from the illiquidity premium while also gaining exposure to assets that could not otherwise be accessed. The allocation would be global and would include an allocation to venture capital, he added.The CEPB has also appointed HIG Whitehorse to run a second US private debt portfolio alongside existing manager Audax. The investment was first made three years ago and has since returned 7% a year. The long-term allocation will be doubled to 8% of the portfolio. The fund also planned to change the way it calculated liabilities, and Jameson said the new private debt allocation “suits the way we will calculate liabilities, which will relate more to the yield of the portfolio”.The CEPB follows an ethical investment policy and is advised by the church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Jameson said that this ethical policy had added 1.3% to the return over 2018.last_img read more

Dining experience at retirement home definitely one to remember

first_imgThe dining area at The Clayfield retirement village. When I think of food at a retirement village, I think of slop – large amounts in a bain-marie.So when I was invited to dine at The Clayfield by Aveo, a Brisbane retirement village, I cringed but decided to accept the challenge.It was an experience. A really good one in fact. Located at Albion, The Clayfield’s Carriage House Brasserie is a hit with residents enjoying the onsite independent living facilities. Some of the food on the menu at The Clayfield, retirement village.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAbsolutely delicious. No purees, no slop. In fact, they were the most delicious duck spring rolls I’ve had.“What are you having over there?” a diner from nearby table asked.“The duck spring rolls,” I replied.“When my sister comes to visit me she comes here especially for the duck spring rolls,” she said.Family and friends visiting residents can dine at the restaurant, which also serves coffee and cake throughout the day.With a glass of wine to accompany our meals, it’s no wonder the restaurant is a hit with residents – it’s BYO! Out came our mains – a decadent Caesar salad with poached egg and Grana Padano parmesan ($12.50), and beer battered garfish with tartare sauce, chunky spiced fries and house garden salad ($16).Aveo National Food Services manager John Casey said The Clayfield had 165 residents, the oldest 101 and the youngest in their late 60s. He said with a user pays system in place the residents were served fresh and upmarket meals. Aveo head chef Christian Stone plating food at The Clayfield. Elizabeth Tilley and Reshni Ratnam dine at The Clayfield retirement village. center_img My colleague Elizabeth Tilley and I had only been seated for five minutes when in came a trio of ladies ready to be served.“I’m so hungover,” an older resident said to her friends. “We had a party last night and I drank more champagne than I ever have.”Her friend then chimed back as she took her seat: “Ah, I’d really like to be waited on today.”And that’s exactly what the staff at the restaurant do. They ensure your experience is one to remember.As we perused the menu, duck spring rolls took my fancy for the entree, and Liz decided on the soup of the day, an Asian broth with meatballs. Head chef at the Carriage House, Christian Stone, said Aveo recently transformed its food offering across its communities with a strong focus on healthy choices. “In partnership with Nutrition Professionals Australia we have created national nutritional guidelines to ensure optimal health and nutrition for seniors,” Mr Stone said.Aveo has also launched its first senior cookbook Live Life Cook to inspire over 65s to cook nutritious and healthy meals at home.The sales and information suite at Clayfield by Aveo is at 469 Sandgate Rd in Albion.last_img read more

School Classifications Announced for 2017‐18, 2018‐19

first_imgThe Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in six team sports for the next two school years. Please note the classifications for baseball and softball will be released in coming days.The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.Two schools that have joined the IHSAA membership in the last two years are not yet eligible to compete in IHSAA tournaments and are not included in the listing of schools. Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter‐East and Lighthouse Christian Academy of Bloomington will be eligible in 2020‐21.Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office. In boys soccer and girls soccer, both Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic have opted to play up in the new Class 3A in both sports.Please note that Tournament Success Factor points will still be accumulated in baseball and softball this spring and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced in early May following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.A couple of changes for The WRBI Area.  South Decatur will now be in Class 2A for Boys and Girls Basketball while East Central will move up in the new Boys and Girls Soccer Class 3A division.2017-19 Volleyball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Boys Basketball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Boys Soccer Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Football Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Girls Basketball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Girls Soccer Enrollments and Classificationslast_img read more

Max Taylor Ehrman, 75

first_imgMax Taylor Ehrman, 75, Kokomo, formerly of the Burlington community, passed away at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home. Max was born Sept. 9, 1941, at home in Burlington to George P. and B. Jean (Taylor) Ehrman. He married on Dec. 31, 1961, in Kokomo to Nancy C. Johnson, who survives.He graduated from Burlington High School in 1959. He went to work at Continental Steel Corporation for 23 years. In 1973, he was founder and co-owner with his wife, Nancy, and his mother, Jean, of the Dinner Bell Restaurant in Burlington, where he served his community and friends for 11 years. Max later entered into banking, where he started at Burlington State Bank and retired in 2006 as Community Bank president for Regions Bank in Delphi. He managed Barnard Lumber Yard for a few years. He also had volunteered at Sims Auto Sales in Kokomo.His memberships include the Burlington Faith Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon for several years, the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief in the late ’60s and ’70s, Burlington Town Board, where he was a past president and served in the ’80s and part of the ’90s. He was on the Carroll County Economic Board and the Burlington Community Club. In the ’70s, he was active in the Burlington Little League, where he was a manager and coach. His hobbies included cars, trucks, and motorcycles and attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ehrman; his mother, Jean Ehrman, Lafayette and formerly of Burlington; a son, Brent M. (Kristen) Ehrman, Westfield; a daughter, M. Luann (Bryan) Helvie, Batesville; four grandchildren, who referred to him as Pop Pop, Breanne (Alex), Chicago, Jenna Ehrman, Indianapolis, Taylor “T.J.” Ehrman, Indianapolis, and Emily Helvie, Batesville; a brother, Paul (Karen) Ehrman, Batesville; a sister, Julia Rodkey, Lafayette; sisters-in-law, Judy Black, Kokomo, and Kathy Simpson, Galveston; brothers-in-law, Bob (Marilyn) Johnson, Kokomo, and Steve (Vicky) Johnson, Oregon; along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Tim Rodkey; and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Mary Ellen Johnson.He was preceded in death by his father; a brother-in-law, Tim Rodkey; and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, Scott and Mary Ellen Johnson.There will be a celebration of life service for Max at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Burlington Faith Church of Christ, 1701 S. Michigan St., with Pastor Steve Cole officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. also at the church. There will be a private burial in Burlington Cemetery.Contributions can be made to Burlington Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com.Stout & Son Funeral Home Neptune Chapel in Burlington is assisting the family with arrangements.last_img read more

Clyde S. Fairfield

first_imgClyde S. Fairfield, 96, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at High Pointe Health, Lawrenceburg, IN. Clyde was born March 24, 1924, in Aurora, Indiana, the son of the late Mamie (Kaster) and James Fairfield. He graduated from Aurora High School. Clyde served his country in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in England. He retired from Seagrams Distillery after 47 years. Clyde is survived by his wife Lois (Waldon) Fairfield whom he married on May 18, 1946. He was a member of Mt Tabor United Methodist Church. Clyde enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, hunting and painting. Clyde was an artist. His painting of the riverboat hung in the Building and Loan for years.Clyde is survived by his sons Clyde S. Fairfield, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; Richard I. (Mary) Fairfield of Aurora; and Timothy W. (Beth) of Aurora. Grandchildren Heather (Fairfield) Carfaro, Jacksonville, FL; Sean Fairfield, Houston, TX; Dustin (Alisha) Fairfield, Jacksonville, FL; Kris (Erin) Fairfield; Kara (Fairfield) Moore, Aurora; Nicholas (Tabitha) Fairfield, Madison, WI; Rachel Fairfield, Jacob Fairfield, and Samuel Fairfield, Aurora. He was preceded in death by his son Randy (Sandy) Fairfield, Aurora; brother James (Cleo) Fairfield, Jr.; and sister Mary (Fairfield) Abdon.Family and friends will be received from 11:00-12:00, Monday, August 24, 2020 at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora. Private Services will be held at 12:00.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Mt. Tabor UMC. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Gerrard: Suarez best Reds team-mate

first_img “People look at him and will still pick up on the controversy that he’s been involved with over the last couple of years,” Gerrard said in the awards programme. “But I prefer to judge a person by how he responds to setbacks and the way Luis has responded has been magnificent. “He was incredibly despondent last summer. He knew he’d let himself and the club down but, more importantly, he felt he’d let his family down. “They mean so much to him that he didn’t want his children growing up and reading about just the bad things he’s done, he wanted them to see the positive side of their dad. “As captain, I was there for him. We talked a fair few times and I tried to be as supportive as I possibly could. “It doesn’t matter what words you come up with, though, it’s down to the lad himself to respond – and Luis has certainly done that. “Yes, I think there were times in the summer when he wanted to leave Liverpool, that he thought he needed a change. “One thing I’ll say for this club is that they weren’t just strong in standing by Luis, they also made him realise just how important he was to their plans this season.” Few expected to see the Uruguayan don the red shirt again after a summer of speculation, controversy and frustration, yet the 27-year-old was persuaded to stay at Anfield and the rewards reaped by all parties have been spectacular. Putting the negative headlines behind him, Suarez netted a remarkable 31 goals as the Reds came within touching distance of a first top-flight title in 24 years. Luis Suarez is by some distance the best player Steven Gerrard has played with at Liverpool and one who the England captain believes has shown his true character this season. That form saw him sweep up at the end-of-season awards, including the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award which was collected on his behalf by manager Brendan Rodgers on Thursday. Liverpool skipper Gerrard believes that award is particularly special as it highlights Suarez’s “huge turnaround”, and is deserved recognition for the club’s best player this millennium. “I’ve been privileged to play alongside some great players during my years at Liverpool but nobody comes close to Luis,” Gerrard said. “He’s not only the best, he’s the best by some distance. “We’ve all seen what he’s done this season with his goals and his all-round brilliance and I think it’s taken Luis on to a different level. “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players in the world and have been for the last four or five years, but Luis is tucked right in there behind them now.” This season has seen quite the turnaround from Suarez, who last year received just two votes in the FWA poll. He has come full circle since serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, with his behaviour vastly-improved to that seen in previous seasons. Press Associationlast_img read more