Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) 2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSeed Co Limited is the leading producer and marketer of certified crop seeds in Zimbabwe, supplying hybrid maize seed to commercial farmers as well as wheat, soya bean, barley, sorghum and ground nut seed. The seeds is grown from parent seeds under contract by an established network of seed producers. Innovation and pioneering breeding methods drive the Seed Company’s success; having successfully developed hybrid crop seed varieties in Zimbabwe that are recorded as the highest yielding varieties in their class. The Seed Company has a dedicated research team; producing hybrid crop seeds and non-hybrid cereals and oil crop seed varieties that are suitable and adaptable for Zimbabwe’s ecological conditions. Seed Co Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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Shares even tumbled to as low as 23p back in September.Despite a 2020 to forget for Lloyds, it is worth noting it is still one of the Big Four banks in the UK and boasts close to 30m customers. There is still a potential for recovery. The Covid-19 vaccine is being rolled out as well as the fact LLOY does have a decent balance sheet. It is in a position to benefit if and when an economic rebound occurs. However, due to economic uncertainty and external factors, I am currently avoiding the Lloyds share price.FTSE 250 passive income opportunityI believe there are bargain dividend payers throughout the FTSE. One I really like the look of right now is Britvic (LSE:BVIC). BVIC is the largest supplier of branded still soft drinks in the UK. It also has operations in Ireland, France, and Brazil. Some of its brands include Tango, Robinsons, and J20. In an exclusive agreement with PepsiCo, Britvic also produces and sells brands such as Pepsi and 7UP.While the Lloyds share price was taking a battering, BVIC’s share price was slowly recovering towards pre-crash levels. BVIC’s share price is still down marginally from this time last year which I believe makes it more enticing and offers room for growth. Right now I can buy shares for 755p per share which is still approximately 15% less than January 2020.One of the driving factors behind my admiration for BVIC has been its consistent results and propensity to grow. At the end of November, it announced full-year results. The main headlines were an almost 17% increase in profit. Ultimately this meant BVIC confirmed a 21.6p dividend for the full year which gives it a yield of close to 3%. 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And so it needs to continually raise capital to keep the lights on — that’s quite risky.While no official completion date has been announced, a facility of this size and complexity is likely to take between two and three years to complete. Any delays or disruptions might begin to spook early investors. And given that the firm is continually issuing equity to raise funds, a loss of investor confidence could significantly impact the future of Protos and Powerhouse itself.Source: Peel Environmental – Protos plant layoutThe bottom lineThe alternative energy stock looks like it could be an incredible business for investors and the environment. But, until the Protos plant comes on-line, the business model remains unproven.Personally, I think it’s too soon for me to be investing in this company. There are simply too many unknowns. And the recent surge in the share price only adds additional risk.But the technology could be vital to a carbon-neutral world. Therefore, I’m keeping a close eye on this stock. Powerhouse Energy Group (LSE:PHE) is an alternative energy stock whose share price has seen explosive growth of over 1,000% since early 2020. The surge in share price appears to have been triggered by the announcement of site preparation for its Protos plant.But what does Powerhouse do? What is the Protos plant? And should I be considering this alternative energy stock for my own portfolio? Let’s take a look.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A pioneering alternative energy stockPowerhouse is an energy producer. It recently developed a new and proprietary technology called the DMG System. 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Blood and glory: Jean de Villiers put in a captain’s shiftOver eagerness also cost England at the scrum, where looking to grasp an early advantage they persistently conceded free kicks in the first half. A combination of nerves and adrenaline, combined with England’s lack of experience, played a significant part in their defeat but on what is a tour designed to blood England’s youth and gel their team together, defeats are not necessarily a bad thing. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 09: England’s (L-R) Dylan Hartley, Ben Youngs, Mike Brown, Mouritz Botha and Ben Morgan look dejected after their teams defeat during the First Test match between the South Africa Springboks and England at Kings Park Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Power play: England need more than just grunt up the middle of the parkBy Ben ColesSATURDAY WAS not a good 24 hours for Northern Hemisphere sides on tour, but before the evening kick-off in Durban there was still cause for England fans to be optimistic. Despite losing the first Test by a five-point margin, a great chance has, undoubtedly, gone begging. However, all is not lost as the England bandwagon rolls on to Johannesburg.What England did well for large portions of the game was gain parity with the Springboks physically, absorbing the bullocking runs spearheaded by Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts in particular, before putting in some thunderous hits of their own. It was only after the half-time whistle, and particularly in the key third quarter that the Boks practically bullied a weary England out of the game, that the match was won.They were also sharp at the breakdown considering their lack of a traditional fetcher – seven out of South Africa’s nine penalties conceded came at the ruck area – but too often England were too eager to stop South Africa as early as possible, finding themselves offside on three occasions which were all pounced on by Morné Steyn. In fact, a lot of what England produced on Saturday was encouraging, the attack aside (more to come on that later). Manu Tuilagi will be a far better player after his roughhouse encounter with Jean de Villiers – one all between those two when it comes to thunderous tramples over your opponent – and his try-saving tackle on Pierre Spies truly was a moment of magic. Mike Brown appeared more than capable under the raining Gilberts, Ben Foden on the wing looked comfortable, taking his try with particular aplomb, whilst debutants Joe Marler and Tom Johnson both started with a bang and were a part of a very effective lineout unit – winning 10/11. None of them were outstanding, but this tour is about development and not results. Which is where Owen Farrell comes in.Adept as always with the boot, too often Farrell was found sending out passes that were not good enough. There is no doubting his excellence when it comes to defence and kicking, but that is the type of player that England do not need at fly-half. Mediocrity going forward plagued England at the Rugby World Cup and in Durban apart from the occasional burst from Tuilagi or surge from Foden, England simply did not produce enough opportunities.Disconsolate: England have plenty to ponder before Jo’BurgThe whole reason for Foden and Brown’s inclusion at the back was to field the inevitable barrage of Springbok kicks, but it was England who produced a range of box kicks from Ben Youngs and efforts from Brown, Farrell and even at one point, Dylan Hartley. The balance was uneven and it wasn’t until England flung the ball wide for a Foden consolation score that they showed some promise. Coincidentally this happened after Brad Barritt had left the field due to injury.England face a dilemma over Barritt going forward. Injury has ruled him out the 2nd Test in Johannesburg – he underwent an operation for a lacerated eye in Durban on Sunday – meaning England will look for a new midfield combination. A fantastic defender, thus far in his international career he has failed to produce enough in attack. England have options at centre – Jordan Turner-Hall, George Lowe and Anthony Allen are on tour – but alternatively England could look at either Toby Flood or Jonathan Joseph. Stuart Lancaster can either move Farrell into inside centre, or bring Tuilagi infield to second five-eighth with Joseph at 13. The combination of Tuilagi and Joseph has been whispered about for some time – the perfect balance of raw power and pace. Naturally there are question marks over whether they can produce defensively, especially against the power of the Boks, but England must be more inventive if they are to improve. The 22-17 result in the first Test was by no means embarrassing, but work remains to be done.
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John Thurley, Head of National Giving Week, said: “As a nation, we give less than 1% of GDP to charity and yet their work is absolutely crucial in areas like health, social services, the environment, arts, education and international development. By launching National Giving Week, we want to focus attention on the valuable work of charities and the benefits of planned, effective giving.”Fundraisers should find the week doubly useful, as it will see the publication of research such as a breakdown of the most charitable regions in the UK, people’s attitudes to charity, and their giving habits.CAF has set up www.nationalgivingweek.org to support the Week’s objectives. The Web site will outline the best ways to give to charity, and include an interactive giving calculator and a rolling programme of tailored news.Meanwhile CAF is encouraging charities to support and promote the week. CAF announces UK’s first National Giving Week for October 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The first national Giving Week is coming Howard Lake | 22 September 2004 | News Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has announced the UK’s first National Giving Week from 18 – 24 October 2004.The Week aims to increase the level of all charitable giving in the UK by highlighting the different ways of supporting the work of charities.National Giving Week will focus on the benefits of planned giving in particular, and will try to encourage people and businesses to make regular, tax-efficient donations to the causes they care about. IT will also challenge fundraisers to convert their donors into effective givers. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Staff and customers at out-of-town fashion store chain Outfit have raised £250,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, the company’s charity of the year since July 2011. The Arcadia owned chain includes brands such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton.Staff from 57 Outfit fashion stores across the UK have taken part in various fundraising events over the last 18 months, including family fun days, site to site relays, abseils and cycle rides. Customers have also been raising funds by buying specially designed jewel key rings, shopping bags and compact mirrors.The original fundraising target was £200,000. Advertisement Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Howard Lake | 16 November 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sir Philip Green, Arcadia owner, thanked Outfit’s staff and customers and said that he had personally donated another £25,000 to the cause.www.alzheimers.org.uk Outfit staff and customers raise £250k for Alzheimer’s Society About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
The following excerpted points of unity were initiated by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color center for community organizing.Transgender activist Sylvia RiveraOn Friday, June 28, 2013, TGNC [trans and gender non-conforming] People of Color and allies will take on the streets of New York City once again to demand justice and let the world know that the Stonewall rebellion is not over and we will continue fighting for justice and raising our voices until we are heard.These are the points of unity, which hold together the purpose of this important march: We demand an end to profiling, harassment and brutality at the hands of the police. Like many other oppressed communities TGNC people are targeted, profiled and brutalized by the police. The New York Anti-Violence Project reports that trans women are 2.9 percent more likely to experience police violence than all other people reporting violence.We are in solidarity with FIERCE and their campaign to counter the displacement and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color. We support legislation that would stop police and prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence of “criminal activity.” We oppose Speaker Christine Quinn’s call for increased policing in Chelsea and the Village, recognizing that policing doesn’t end hate violence against LGBTSTGNC people. We demand an end to the discriminatory “Stop and Frisk” and other “Broken Windows” practices of the [New York Police Department]. We demand justice for the many TGNC POC who have been beaten, assaulted, raped and murdered. These incidents continue to be silenced or misclassified. Instead of disrespecting the identities of TGNC POC, we call for media to address individuals by their preferred names and pronouns. The police and the media continue to criminalize us even when we try to defend ourselves.We know through AVP’s Hate Crime Report that 53.8 percent of hate crime murder victims are trans women of color. Hate crime laws will not solve the problem but will give increased power to the state to put more people in jail. Instead we call for a unified effort for all of us to look deeper into the root causes of why these incidents happen. In striving for social justice we seek to find ways of holding people accountable and coming to a joint understanding of how we can make our communities safer. We demand access to restrooms without fear of harassment or brutality. Far too many TGNC POC have faced harassment, violence and denial of usage of restrooms across New York City. We call for access to restrooms that match our gender identity and gender expression, and the development of gender-neutral restrooms, as well as accountability for staff and patrons of both private and public spaces when we face discrimination and abuse. We demand the full legalization of all immigrants. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous-identified Two-Spirit people and the sovereignty of the First Nations, on whose land we now see the U.S. attempt to enforce arbitrary borders.TGNC POC people deserve the right to access competent and respectful immigration services. We demand that the consulates of all countries respect and honor our identities and issue passports and other documentation that accurately reflect who we are. We oppose the Secure Communities program, the guest worker program, the Real ID Act, enforcement provisions to build more walls and give greater powers to the Department of Homeland Security, increased barriers for asylum seekers, and other anti-immigrant policies. We are in solidarity with all prisoners, especially the many TGNC POC people behind the walls. We call attention to the under-reported accounts of violence and rape that our community faces at the hands of correction officers and other prisoners, in psychiatric facilities and group homes. We demand an end to the torture and discrimination TGNC POC prisoners face. We demand that all TGNC POC prisoners receive competent and respectful health care.We oppose the continued growth of the prison-industrial complex that continues to target our communities, yet we recognize that TGNC POC people need access to services and facilities that lessen our vulnerability to violence within the present jails and prisons. We call attention to the criminal injustice system that increasingly puts POC, immigrants, people with disabilities, TGNC POC and poor people behind bars — criminalizing our communities and our lives. We oppose the U.S. “War on Terrorism,” an excuse to legitimize the expansion of the U.S. as an imperial superpower and to separate our communities by fostering feelings of hate, xenophobia and violence. We demand the immediate removal of all U.S. troops from all countries under occupation and demand an end to the use of U.S. dollars to cultivate and sponsor wars against people in the U.S. and abroad. We demand accessible, respectful and comprehensive health care. TGNC POC people deserve the right to access quality health care and be treated with dignity and respect while receiving necessary care. We demand that health care providers and insurance providers acknowledge this right and provide this service without bias and discrimination. We demand safety while utilizing public transportation. We celebrate that due to a court ruling, TGNC POC are now protected while utilizing public transportation in NYC and can take action against the MTA (NYC’s public transportation system) if its employees use discriminatory language. TGNC POC utilize the MTA daily and should be addressed by their preferred pronoun, should not be targeted by employees or harassed by other customers. We call on the MTA to ensure the safety not only of TGNC POC but of women, children and all riders. We demand that all people receiving public assistance be treated with respect and dignity. We are in solidarity with all people living on public assistance. We celebrate that the Human Resources Administration, the NYC welfare agency, passed the procedure for serving TGNC clients and approved a community-developed training curriculum. But we call for full implementation of the procedure, including culturally competent trainings for all employees that does not put the burden of education on the TGNC POC community. We demand access to respectful and safe housing. A disproportionate number of TGNC POC have been or are currently homeless, and experience violence and discrimination when trying to access shelters and housing programs. We are in solidarity with Queers for Economic Justice in their demand that all [Department of Homeless Services] shelters provide adequate trans sensitivity trainings for all personnel and enforce clear non-discrimination policies that respect the dignity and safety of all homeless people. We demand that TGNC POC people have equal access to employment and education opportunities. We are outraged by the high numbers of TGNC POC who are unemployed. Few TGNC POC have access to opportunities for learning in a safe school environment. TGNC POC demand that all employers and educational institutions implement non-discrimination policies that respect the rights of all workers and students and that they comply with the NYC Human Rights Law that prohibits discrimination against gender identity and expression.We commemorate the memory of Deja Kelis Edwards and the many brave souls we have lost, who have struggled and lived their lives fearlessly, being true to who they were. They keep the fire of struggle burning within all of us.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Updates’Pandemic Practically Over; No Justification To Not Open Supreme Court For Physical Hearings’: SCBA President Writes To CJI LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 March 2021 9:16 AMShare This – xStating that the pandemic is now “very much in control”, the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association has urged the Chief Justice of India to open the Supreme Court for physical hearing of cases. In a letter addressed to the CJI on Tuesday, SCBA President Vikas Singh wrote, “There is no justification to not open the Supreme Court for physical hearing completely. As far as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginStating that the pandemic is now “very much in control”, the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association has urged the Chief Justice of India to open the Supreme Court for physical hearing of cases. In a letter addressed to the CJI on Tuesday, SCBA President Vikas Singh wrote, “There is no justification to not open the Supreme Court for physical hearing completely. As far as safety is concerned, it can be ensured that the lawyers continue to wear their masks and maintain as much practicably possible social distance so that we are not compromising the safety of the lawyers. Adequate thermal checks can be made at entry point for lawyers and litigants entering the Supreme Court and hand sanitizers can be placed outside each Courtroom. These steps are enough for starting full physical hearing in Supreme Court which is the only way this institution is supposed to function.” Singh asserted that virtual hearing was only a “stop-gap” arrangement to keep the wheels of justice moving during the pandemic, and that Open Court hearing is both a convention and a Constitutional requirement. He stated that virtual hearings cannot by any stretch of imagination be equated to open hearing for the following reasons: The right of the Registry to mute and unmute lawyers at will is completely contrary to the concept of open hearing. There are instances galore where lawyers are not unmuted when their matters are called out or where a matter is adjourned without it being called out and without unmuting the lawyers.The quality of voice and video transmission has not been upto the mark resulting in lack of adequate communication between the counsels and the Judges.There has been no mentioning in the Supreme Court because of the technical glitches in virtual hearing since the pandemic has hit, which has never been barred in the history of this Court. In fact, there has been a practice in this Court for mentioning in the Chief Court which has been completely denied to the Bar and also a practice of mentioning matters before judges in respect of matters which have already been listed before a particular Judge which also has not been permitted in this virtual platform created for the Supreme Court.In batch matter hearings, invariably all counsels are not unmuted and hence a very many times the counsels are unable to make submissions.Even in the platform being used by the Delhi High Court with the Registry no right reserved with the Registry to mute lawyers and the right to mute or unmute is exclusively vested with the counsels appearing in that Court. Singh said that the younger members of the Bar are suffering greatly due to the current virtual system coupled with truncated listings, hence now, in view of the fact that the pandemic is practically over, at least in Delhi, there is no justification to continue with the virtual system and full physical court hearing ought to resume at the earliest in the larger interest of the Bar.In related news, the Delhi High Court has decided to start complete physical hearing of Cases from March 15. Click Here To Download Letter Read LetterSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Devon Magliozzi About 78 percent of 16-year-olds charged with violent felonies in New York City had their cases move to family court, compared to 64 percent in the rest of the state. (The handling of non-violent felony cases did not vary between the city and the rest of the state.)Similarly, about 78 percent of New York City 16-year-olds were released upon arraignment in the Youth Part, compared to 64 percent in the rest of the state.William Leahy, director of the state’s Office of Indigent Legal Services and a Raise the Age task force member, said he brought up these issues to the group and hopes the state will address disparities in how cases are handled.“The quality of justice should not depend on where their case happens to take place,” Leahy said, adding that reducing statewide inequities was a goal his task force colleagues seemed to share.Teen suspects outside New York City have also been impacted by the availability of detention spaces compliant with new regulations created with Raise the Age.In Onondaga County, sheriff’s deputies and Syracuse police officers refused to leave the room while Youth Part defendants met with their attorneys, citing department policy and the lack of an interview room compliant with Raise the Age supervision requirements, according to court documents. Legal Aid Services of Central New York filed a lawsuit on the teens’ behalf, and a judge issued a preliminary injunction in August requiring the county to provide a private interview room.Some teens around the state are being detained pre-trial far from their families and lawyers. About a third of 16-year-olds sent to detention outside New York City were sent more than a county away, with some sent hours from home. In 55 counties, there is no “specialized secure detention facility” certified to hold teens with higher-level criminal cases in the Youth Part.Monica Mahaffey, assistant commissioner for communications at OCFS, said out-of-county placements were already routine for younger teens who were sent to detention while their cases were processed in family court. Further, she said the early months of Raise the Age extended a decade-long decline in the use of detention, demonstrating that community-based alternatives to detention are working.Still, Mahaffey said state and local agencies are looking into ways to mitigate the consequences of detaining teens far from home.“Moving forward, some counties are considering an expansion of bed capacity or construction of a new facility, based upon need. The state is also exploring the use of video interface to connect youth to their families when they are placed further from home,” Mahaffey said.Advocates have previously told The Chronicle they hope the state focuses on increasing community-based programming for youth instead of creating more detention space.The Next Phase of ImplementationDespite perceived early success for Raise the Age, stakeholders are bracing themselves for 17-year-olds to follow 16-years-olds into the juvenile justice system starting in October.“With the 17-year-olds, it’s not just one extra year, it’s one year older as well. It’s like having that second child if you’re a parent. It’s more than twice as hard,” said Leahy, who was impressed by the first year of implementation but believes “the real challenge is coming.”Meridith Sopher, a vice president at the New York City nonprofit Sheltering Arms, which runs non-secure detention facilities, among other family services, said supporting 17-year-olds returning to the community will bring new challenges.“The biggest adjustment will be for youth who come to us and get discharged to live independently instead of living with family members. How do we ensure that they continue to get the same kind of support in aftercare?”Counties are responsible for making sure those services will be available for the 17-year-olds – alongside expanded alternatives to detention, and youth-specific detention. But the state funds much of that work.Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York Association of Counties, has been assisting county governments adapting to Raise the Age. He said the counties expect to secure reimbursement funds allocated in the state budget for Raise the Age.“We look forward to continuing to work with the governor, state agencies, and the state legislature to ensure proper implementation of the law, and full funding of RTA-related county costs is part of the 2019-20 state budget,” Acquario said.In an e-mailed statement, he added that “by all accounts, we believe implementation has been a smooth process up to this point.”The Raise the Age Implementation Task Force is scheduled to deliver a second report next August, covering the law’s first year and the first six months of phase two.“The challenge will be to sustain progress towards more humane treatment of kids, because with my decades of public defense, I know there’s always a backlash,” said Leahy of the state’s indigent defense support office. “It’s hard to keep going through the challenges, which you can’t script. They will surface.”Michael Fitzgerald contributed reporting to this story. Read more about Raise the Age legislation in The Chronicle of Social Change here. Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: Your government news is made possible with support from: ALBANY, N.Y. — Nearly a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Raise the Age legislation moving 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult justice system, state government officials and youth advocates say conditions are significantly improving for teens in trouble with the law.In a report released last week, members of the Governor’s Raise the Age Implementation Task Force declared that the law had been “successfully implemented,” citing six months of data showing large declines in youth arrests, arraignments, detention and sentencing.“The Raise the Age law has transformed the youth justice system in New York by reducing the involvement of young people in the justice system, increasing opportunities for diversion and intervention to promote successful outcomes, as well as providing age-appropriate facilities,” said Janine Kava, director of public information for New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which oversaw the reform’s county-by-county rollout alongside the state’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).Under the new law, since last October 1, 16-year-olds facing misdemeanor charges have been processed in family court, which emphasize rehabilitation for youth, and keep youth court records sealed. Data collected from October to March shows that 82 percent of 16-year-olds facing felony charges were also sent to family court.• Related: Raise the Age: Outside the city, New York’s youth defendants housed far from home• Related: Raise the Age: Tompkins is an ‘anchor’ countyAccording to youth justice advocates, that statistic alone suggests the law is working.“That is really encouraging,” said Naomi Post, executive director of the New York chapter of the Children’s Defense Fund and a member of the task force. “I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that the goals we set are being met.”Sixteen-year-olds arrested on felony charges are still arraigned in adult criminal courts, but by specially trained judges in new courtrooms called the Youth Part. Most nonviolent felonies are automatically moved to family court within weeks, unless prosecutors convince Youth Part judges to keep the case.About 94 percent of non-violent felony cases and 73 percent of violent felony cases ended up in family court over the law’s first six months. Post says her organization wanted 100% of teens’ cases moved to family court, but is pleased with how many felony defendants are making it out of the Youth Part.Removals are not the only metric where advocates see evidence of progress. Arrests of 16-year-olds declined from October to March, accelerating a trend that began in 2010. No 16-year-olds were detained in adult prisons or jails after October 1, and 72 percent of 16-year-olds arrested on felony charges were released at arraignment, some under supervision.Commissioners of DCJS and OCFS, Michael Green and Sheila Poole, co-chaired the 15-member task force, which also included law enforcement and advocates. The law required them to deliver last week’s report to the state’s top-two legislative leaders. A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his office is reviewing the report. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ office did not reply to requests for comment.David M. Hoovler, the district attorney for Orange County and president of the state’s District Attorney Association, said the state should model other recent criminal justice reforms after the Raise the Age rollout.“The law’s first year is being touted as a success and this is no doubt because of the availability of services and resources designed to redirect and rehabilitate offenders through programming, supervision and support,” he said in an e-mailed statement. “I urge our lawmakers to look at the careful planning, scrutiny and investment that is still being committed to Raise the Age and see if we can apply some of those concepts to the implementation of discovery and bail reform.”Some Upstate Counties Resist Parts of ReformWhile the task force report presents a rosy picture of the law’s first six months, preliminary data revealed differences between New York City and the rest of the state. Outside New York City, youth accused of violent felonies are remaining in the more punitive adult criminal court’s Youth Part at a higher rate than their counterparts in the city. This story is part one of a three-part series on Raise the Age and its early impacts. This story was produced as part of a Raise the Age reporting fellowship with The Chronicle of Social Change and was co-published with The Ithaca Voice. Read part one here and part two here. Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Tagged: andrew cuomo, governor, raise the age