SACRAMENTO – Hundreds of recently paroled sex offenders are being housed for weeks at a time in hotels throughout California, a year after lawmakers complained about the practice. But local law enforcement officials said Monday that tensions are easing, primarily because state prison officials have become better about telling them where and when offenders will be released. Prison officials now give at least 60 days’ notice before sex offenders are placed in communities. “We want to make sure that the word gets out,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Schwarzenegger was addressing a summit of about 350 state and local officials who were exploring ways to better house and treat sex offenders. The summit was an outgrowth of public outrage last year after it was reported that parole agents in Los Angeles shuffled high-risk parolees between hotels to beat a five-day residency reporting requirement. At least seven offenders were illegally housed in hotels within a half-mile of schools, according to the prison system’s inspector general. There also were complaints that offenders were housed too close to Disneyland. “The whole accusation that we were sneaking people into communities – there was some truth to that,” Corrections Secretary James Tilton told reporters after addressing the summit. Schwarzenegger told the summit that he is seeking $200 million to pay for the increased monitoring of sex offenders that is required by Jessica’s Law, approved by voters in November. The measure and other laws that took effect in January prohibit registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school and require lifetime satellite tracking of many offenders.
Rinka’s Sarah GillespieA Donegal entrepreneur’s innovative fusion of dance, drama and children’s fitness is to feature on RTE’s hit TV show Dragon’s Den.Rinka is a new craze for kids which is inspired by the need to promote health, fitness and confidence in children.Former competitive Irish dancing champion and drama teacher Sarah Gillespie has developed the new style of non-competitive fitness activity as “an alternative to mainstream sport” which embraces kids of all abilities. The enterprising 30 years-old Donegal Town woman has firmly established the Rinka brand in the county and is now franchising her business model across Ireland.Sarah will pitch her Rinka business plan to RTE’s Dragons in an effort to gain their support for her franchise as she seeks out new instructors throughout the island.“I’m really excited about the show as it’s a great opportunity to showcase Rinka’s huge health and developmental benefits for children of all ages,” she said.“I was delighted that Rinka was selected for Dragon’s Den as it is a product with so much potential to make a big difference in the lives of so many children. I must admit to being a little daunted at how the Dragons will react but it will surely be another fantastic experience in the wonderful story of Rinka,” she added. Rinka offers three fun-filled fitness and child development programmes – Dance Fit, Drama Fit and Bounce. Dance Fit introduces children to the fundamentals of fitness through the medium of dance but without the pressure to compete; Drama Fit has all the creative elements of a drama class combined with the high-energy dynamics of a workout; and Bounce is a high energy, multi-activity class for children aged from 18 months to teens.Sarah explained: “Rinka is an opportunity for children, regardless of skill or background, to burn some energy, have some fun, learn new skills and make new friends. Most importantly it is designed to help boost children’s confidence and encourage them to believe that they can take part in whatever activity they choose.“Not every child wants to play football or become an athlete. There are many artistic children out there who need help to find their little niche in order to burn energy. With Rinka, kids gain fitness through drama and through dance – they’re working out without even knowing it and it’s always inclusive so no one ever feels left out.”New instructors are currently being sought to help bring the Rinka experience of Donegal to children all over Ireland.“We’re looking for new instructors everywhere from Belfast to Cork and Dublin to Galway. No experience is required to become a Rinka franchisee as all of the essential skills are provided in our training programmes. “All that’s required for Drama Fit and Bounce is a love of going crazy with kids every day. Rinka instructors can set up with Drama Fit and Bounce only – they don’t even need premises as we can help with venue sourcing and rental in any area.“We look after all the boring bits so the franchisee’s only job is to turn up and enjoy hours of fun with kids,” Sarah added.In developing Rinka, Sarah has drawn on all of her previous experience in drama, dance, fitness and business. She is a three-time Irish Dancing World Championship competitor who has performed in a Broadway production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, trained as sports therapist; ran her own successful children’s drama academy and achieved a first class degree in Business Management from NUI Maynooth.DRAGON’S DEN WILL BE CHILD’S PLAY FOR DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: May 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDragon’s DenRINKA