Bayonne PAL Basketball Winter season registrations are ongoing

first_imgRegistration for the Bayonne PAL Basketball Winter 2017-18 upcoming season is ongoing. If you have a child between the ages of 5-15 and you are a Bayonne resident, come on down and sign up. Cost for registration is $100 per child in the winter. If you are a first time registrant, please bring a copy your child’s passport or birth certificate and a copy of a utility bill. The office is open from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call (201) 858-6966 ext. 11. The deadline is September 29. We are located at Midtown School on 23rd Street. The door to enter for registration is located between Avenue A and Boulevard, Door Number 7.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgBB’s Facebook pageBritish Baker now has a page on Facebook. Post pictures, news, and ’Like us’ on the new page 180723008662958.Sat fats pledgeThe Department of Health has not ruled out adding a saturated fats ’pledge’ for food manufacturers to its Responsibility Deal. A spokesperson told BB: “Sat fats are on our radar and the Responsibility Deal is involved in ongoing discussions with industry on these matters.” The Food and Drink Federation anticipates that the Responsibility Deal Food Network will consider sat fats next year.Burton’s strike ballotWorkers at Burton’s Foods in Blackpool, who make Jammie Dodgers and Maryland Cookies, were being reballoted over strike action as BB went to press, after rejecting a 6% pay deal that had been endorsed by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union.Cocoa replacementTate & Lyle’s new cocoa replacement Carcao could help bakers make ingredients cost savings, according to the company. “In light of volatile cocoa pricing and supply issues, many food manufacturers are looking for solutions that reduce the cocoa content of their products as a means of controlling recipe costs,” said a spokeswoman.Topping piesDoncaster-based firm the Topping Pie Company has launched its first range of pre-packed pies and quiches aimed at the major multiples after investing in new packaging equipment. The company has previously only supplied deli counters with ’loose’ pies and quiches.last_img read more

News story: Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report outlines stepped up support for military community

first_imgThe annual Armed Forces Covenant Report, published today, sets out the Government’s achievements in fulfilling its duty to ensure the military community is treated fairly, and not disadvantaged by their service.It also highlights the new commitments made by the UK Government and its partners in the devolved administrations, local government and the charitable sector and how, through collaboration, they are able to deliver effective support.Key accomplishments include: £23-million of Service Pupil Premium payments made to support 76,000 service children in 10,000 primary and secondary schools across England the launch of the Armed Forces Flexible Working Act, enhancing service personnel’s ability to serve part-time, should personal circumstances change plans to launch the Defence Transition Policy shortly, improving the holistic support available to service personnel and their families when leaving the services and returning to civilian life over 3,000 businesses and organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to support and empower former and current service personnel and their families the launch of the first UK-wide ‘Strategy for our Veterans’, to improve the delivery of support to those who have served. Further support delivered this year includes:Service families the MOD increased its spending on mental health for service personnel to £22-million a year a new 24-hour mental health helpline for serving personnel, operated by Combat Stress was launched £10-million was awarded to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, to support mental fitness among veterans the launch of NHS England’s Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service. This year, we have stepped up support across Government for those who have served our country, those who continue to serve, and their loved ones. Today’s report shows the fantastic progress that has been made, promoting mental fitness across the military community, supporting service families, and reaching the 3,000th signing of the Covenant. But it also sets out the work still to be done to ensure our armed forces are given every opportunity to thrive, throughout their careers, and as they transition into civilian life. As we look forward to 2019, we will continue to provide the best care possible for our people.center_img Health and wellbeing the MOD has allocated £5-million to the Education Support Fund, extending it for 2 years £2.5-million was awarded by the Covenant Fund Trust to projects that support military families, under the ‘Families in Stress’ programme £68-million was invested in the improvement of service family accommodation. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood said:last_img read more

Martin Scorsese’s Grateful Dead Documentary To Preview At Film Fest

first_imgOne of the major stories to break in the 50th anniversary saga of the Grateful Dead last year was a major documentary project, produced by the famed Martin Scorsese. Scorsese’s long history in documenting legendary musicians made this particular film quite appealing, though little has been said about it since the initial buzz.That’s all changing, however, as the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival will host the first preview of the film, along with a panel discussion about its creation. Directed by Eric Eisner, the documentary is said to cover everything from the very beginnings all the way until last year’s “Fare Thee Well” celebration, but little else is known.The preview will screen at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, on April 9th at 2:30 PM. Further events include screenings of Grateful Dawg, chronicling Jerry Garcia and David Grisman’s relationship, American Epic, starring Jack White, T-Bone Burnett and more, and the new Miles Ahead biopic about Miles Davis. For more information, head to the Asbury Park Press website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Coastal Study

first_imgUniversity of Georgia natural resource economist Craig Landry will use his portion of a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how the economy and the environment are affected when humans and coastal regions commingle.“With the storm engine pumping the past few weeks, it’s as if Mother Nature is asking for us to get moving with this research,” said Landry, a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). “My goal is to answer fundamental questions about the future of coastal habitation.”The four-year project is a team effort by researchers from UGA, the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, East Carolina University and the University of Colorado. Led by Dylan McNamara, associate professor and chair of the UNCW Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, the scientists will create and investigate computer-modeled coastal communities similar to those found along U.S. East and Gulf coasts’ barrier islands. “We are heading into a critical phase where coastal communities will have to make important decisions about how they are going to adapt to the future,” said McNamara. “We are hoping we can inform some of that policy. The stakes are high for communities along every coastline, as the recent storm tragedies highlight. Our goal is to understand the complex dynamics at play along human-occupied coastlines. Rather than reactively dealing with a disaster event, we aim to proactively understand the dynamics that so often lead to disaster.”As a UGA undergraduate in CAES, Landry studied management of coastal erosion in Georgia. His master’s thesis focused on coastal erosion policy on Tybee Island, Georgia. He completed his doctorate at the University of Maryland and worked in North Carolina, both areas that are part of the focus of the current NSF project.“In Dare County, North Carolina, and Worcester County, Maryland, we are going to study property markets,” he said. “We want to know what people expect when they buy coastal properties and why they decide to sell. Is it because of high flood insurance costs, the volume of tourists, or is it just too expensive to maintain their property?”Owning beach property sounds like a dream to many, but sometimes owners feel like it’s a nightmare. Those who install sea walls to fight erosion affect the coastal system and, if tourists are unhappy with the wall, they affect the economy, too, Landry said.“For example, on Tybee Island, as a student, I used models to look at the benefits and costs of adding sand to help fight erosion,” he said. “By analyzing improvement in property protection and recreation and weighing those against the costs of adding sand, you can understand the optimal timing of this ‘renourishment’ and what the return to the economy will be in tourism.” People like wider beaches, but they don’t like it when improvement work interrupts their beach vacation, he said.On Jekyll and Tybee Islands, Georgia Sea Grant funded Landry’s study of visitors’ responses to changes on beaches.Many factors play into the changes that occur on the coast, including storms.“Changes occur on the coast through evolving landforms. Geologists study these phenomena and some claim that we should retreat from the coast.  Economists, on the other hand, often want to develop coastal land to build the tourist economy,” he said. “A sustainable management approach will balance these competing disciplinary perspectives.”In the NSF-funded study, Landry is looking at the coastal system to find out how things change when human systems and the natural system come together. “For example, there are parts of Tybee Island that are on historical tax maps, but if you go there, they’re underwater. Coastal landforms are very dynamic,” he said. “Real estate development, infrastructure investment and other human institutions aren’t always designed to deal with changing environments.”Landry hopes to better understand property markets, tourism, hazard insurance and disaster assistance provisions. He also plans to research the behavior of coastal property investors.“People who buy houses along the coast sometimes have little information on the risks. And, if insurance rates are not risk-based, they have little signal of what the risks might be. Migrants from the North often don’t understand the risks of hurricanes,” he said.Coastal cities and their residents pay the costs of maintaining homes, businesses and infrastructure while attracting the tourists who feed the economy.“Some places along the coast are so at risk of eroding that they are pushed to embrace a phased retreat, but they don’t know when that will happen. Tourists could stop coming because of beach erosion, and homeowners could sell because they can’t afford insurance or they are worried about losing their investment,” Landry said. “This can create a tipping point where some locations become unviable.”Landry will collect data to identify areas along the East and Gulf coasts that are at a high risk for failure.The results of the team’s research will provide insight into how real estate markets respond to complex changes in environmental conditions, public policies, scientific knowledge, and individual attitudes and values.Landry and his graduate students have compiled a survey of coastal residents and potential homebuyers that will be administered through UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.last_img read more

New Vermont government transparency site goes live

first_imgVermonters interested in the workings of their state government now have a powerful new tool: is external). The new website, a joint venture of Ethan Allen Institute of Kirby and Public Assets Institute of Montpelier, has a wealth of information about state revenues and spending, both current and historical.It allows viewers to search state payments to vendors and compensation of state employees. It offers links to federal stimulus spending, economic development credits, rainy day funds, school district spending and outcomes, and municipal web pages.While the focus of the website is primarily fiscal information, it also includes convenient links to other information about state and local government. There is a guide to tracking roll call votes of state legislators, for example, and users can find out how to track the progress of bills on the Legislature’s web site. There is also a guide to Vermont’s education finance laws (Act 60 and Act 68) and links to state statues, summaries of new legislation and the Vermont Constitution.“Vermont Transparency is an excellent starting point for any citizen or group interested in the working of government,” said John McClaughry, president and founder of Ethan Allen Institute.“The information on our website is all public data, but it is often difficult to find and not always easy to use,” said Jack Hoffman, senior analyst of Public Assets Institute and the project director. “Our goal is to present information in ways that give average Vermonters a better understanding of how the state raises and spends money and the fiscal policies that guide those decisions.”Ethan Allen Institute and the Public Assets Institute often take opposing positions on matter of public policy. However, they both agree that good data and solid information are the foundation of sound public policy.“Democracy depends on an informed citizenry that understands how its state and local governments work,” McClaughry said.Vermont Transparency is a work in progress. More than 20 years of state budget information is available, which includes total appropriations as well as appropriations by individual state fund. Historical revenue data also are available. More information and links will be added as users make suggestions, and as state government makes more useful data available.The Ethan Allen Institute, founded in 1993, is a nonprofit educational organization that advocates for individual liberty, private property, competitive free enterprise, and frugal, responsible and limited government.The Public Assets Institute, founded in 2003, supports democracy by helping Vermonters understand the role public policies and public structures play in providing prosperity for all.For more information, contact:Jack HoffmanPublic Assets Institute(802) [email protected](link sends e-mail)John McClaughryEthan Allen Institute(802) [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Getting Kids into Running

first_imgMy son, now 12, has been running for a few years. We’ve wanted to summit Mount Mitchell (the tallest peak on the East Coast) for two years by running up the Mount Mitchell trail from Black Mountain Campground (6-miles with 3000+’ of elevation gain). This past summer, we did it! I bought him his own hydration pack and trail running shoes. Equipped him with soft flask water bottles and food, and we did the run! We, of course, took a wrong turn and ended up running 8-9 miles with 4000’ of vertical gain, but the memories and pride we shared in the accomplishment will undoubtedly never be forgotten! It’s like asking where their red hair came from (my wife and I are both redheads). If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you’ll know that most parts of my life involve running to some capacity. My kids come to work with me at my running store, they help me put on races, and they come and crew for me at my races. They were raised with running as part of their daily routine and seeing their father go out to run sun, rain, snow, or ice. My wife and I are both runners, so it’s literally in their blood. Obviously, most of you don’t have this home environment, but want your kids to share your love for running. So, what can you do? The following are items I’ve done that have helped encourage and even nourish a healthy love for running in my kids. First and foremost, you need to present opportunities for them to run. I would suggest starting with just going for a hike with your kids. Make it short and simple but include a cool destination or location. We love to go through a river (multiple times) or by a waterfall or historic site. Build the distance up and maybe include a route with beautiful scenery or views. Then start working in short runs. Maybe challenge them to beat you up a climb or down a descent. Up to the age of 10, I don’t suggest you allow them to run mileage for the week more than their age (ie 10 years old no more than 10 miles per week). The key is to run with them. Make this something you do together as a family! If you have young ones, that can’t keep up with the older ones, but can ride a bike, allow them to do so. Make courses appropriate for their ability level. Challenge them every once and a while but make the risk of failure minuscule.  Let them come to one of your races and watch. Talk to them afterward about how it went, how it felt, what were your challenges and how did you overcome them. Let them recognize that Mommy or Daddy doesn’t always win, and that’s ok. We race to challenge ourselves and find out what we can do on that given day. Ask them how they would feel about trying a race. If they’re into it, find a children’s event or a one-mile fun run. Here’s the hard part, let them run this on their own. Be on the sideline and cheer as they do for you in your race. Be there at the finish and give them a hug. Let them know how proud you are of them. Enjoy the moment and on the way home talk about how the race made them feel. Ask them how they felt, how hard it was, what they would do differently (if anything), and see if they want to do another. If so, look for a new style of race (adventure, obstacle course, cross country, trail, color run, inflatable, etc.). Other items that have engaged my children and brought them not only closer to our sport, but to me has been crewing for me in ultras. They love being out there for Dad. Getting my gear ready and helping me at Aid Stations. They love camping in the car overnight and waiting for me to drag into the mile 85 aid station and revitalize me at 2 AM. How often do they get to say they were up at 2 AM and their Dad had been running since 6 AM the day before? Then let them experience something epic. As they get into the sport, encourage the participation by buying “real running shoes.” Check with your local run specialty shop and see if they have children’s running shoes. If so, take them to get fitted. Make this their “running” only shoes. As they get older, get them running clothes. My oldest child received the most basic GPS watch for Christmas. That may be a bit too far, but he wants to be like Dad, so what can I say. He’s not on Strava…yet.  It’s simple, love your kids, and in the process, share your love for running while doing it with them! I’ve been asked so many times how I got my kids into running. last_img read more

Peru comes out strong in fight against Shining Path

first_img “Drug trafficking exists in many areas, but terrorism per se is concentrated in the VRAEM. Our main goal is to eliminate the people who are trying to perpetrate terrorist actions to generate situations that will allow them to keep getting drug trafficking money,” said the former chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Peru, Admiral José Aservi Cueto, during an interview granted to Diálogo in Lima, in October, 2013. He was specifically referring to the terrorist group Shining Path, which has resumed activities in Peru after many years in obscurity. Although this new faction of the Shining Path suffered a severe blow with the capture of its main chief, “Camarada Artemio” in February 2012, many others continue their terrorist activities. To counteract and disable them, the Armed Forces have waged a battle in the region of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro rivers valley (VRAEM), an area dedicated to coca leaf cultivation, the raw material for cocaine production, where the Peruvian terrorists are cornered, according to authorities. “By keeping the Shining Path terrorists in sight, Peru’s security forces, with special support from the Armed Forces, have prioritized the reduction of areas dedicated to coca cultivation, particularly in the VRAEM region,” Admiral Cueto added. The tactic seems to be working well: according to a 2012 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Peru has set a new record in the reduction of areas dedicated to coca cultivation. “We reached our goal of eliminating 22,000 hectares of coca crops in 2013,” said Carmen Masías, director of the National Commission for Life without Drugs (DEVIDA), a state entity responsible for conducting the Peruvian national policies against illegal drug trafficking. Another action of the Peruvian government that seems to be yielding good results is the reward program aimed at capturing terrorists. Thanks to this program, in 2013 alone, Peru seized 19 terrorists; amongst them aka “Pepe Calderón” and “Felipe”, alleged key members of the group. It also led to the death in 2012 of the Shining Path’s number four in command, known as “Camarada William”. Hard blows like those perpetrated against the faction located in the Upper Huallaga Valley led Peruvian President Ollanta Humala to declare that the Shining Path “is extinct in that region. We will now continue our battle in the VRAEM area.” The Beginning Strategic Vision At the same time, the military and the National Police are executing joint counter drug operations in order to disrupt the enemy’s economic supply in the VRAEM. The armed forces also provide support to national development and social inclusion operations aimed at undermining the Shining Path guerrillas’ social support. According to Admiral Cueto, a transformation in the Peruvian Armed Forces’ tactics is not shaped by a change in the SL’s modus operandi, but rather by a strategic and political shift in government, which turned its focus toward developing the VRAEM. For Admiral Cueto, the integration between forces and an integrated approach to intelligence are other important aspects to consider. “At the same time, as the military-police union underwent a radical change, so did the intelligence side – we worked intel separately before, each one on our own –; now we work it jointly in a coordinated way.” Winning the Fight Peru understands that it must establish common policies and procedures in order to have everyone involved working together toward the same goal, meaning building a common front against transnational criminal organizations. In order to achieve that, the country is constantly exchanging ideas and lessons learned through bilateral meetings with Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States. “What’s the point of these meetings? To come together for a common fight against existing transnational crime,” said Admiral Cueto. A good example is the integration with Brazil for the different editions of Operation Ágata to counter drug trafficking in the Amazon. Peruvian military personnel are working in the same area next to Colombian and Ecuadorean personnel on a more regional Amazon defense system. Among the objectives of this joint effort is preventing the remaining Shining Path columns as well as the FARC from building a presence there. With the deployment of Peruvian military units in the VRAEM, Shining Path terrorists are desperately trying to find alternate areas in which to cultivate coca. “While the Shining Path was already involved with drug trafficking in the past, now it’s its main focus. The guerrillas currently operate with the efficiency and lethality of an elite drug trafficking organization,” declared Antezana to Brazilian security magazine Forças Terrestres in March 2012. The operations that the military has been executing are the outcome of the overall effort to rid Peru from terrorism once and for all. To support it, the government gave rise to CODEVRAE, an organization with a ministry status dedicated to bringing together all the sectors that were used to working independently from one another in order to support the VRAEM region’s development in a unified way. Admiral Cueto explained that it is important to make the VRAEM a national priority and give it very focused attention. For example, he said, “if we have a budget allocated solely to the VRAEM, no one will be able to use that money for anything else within the military or the National Police.” Additionally, due to the successes Colombia has had in the fight against the FARC terrorists, Peru is following in their neighbor’s steps. “We’re focused on putting together a type of Acción Integral [a government effort to bring together the government, public and private sectors with society] approach like theirs,” said Admiral Cueto. The integration of its intelligence units is also producing positive results, according to Admiral Cueto, who added that the government is providing logistical support for that. “The government is supporting us through different means that will translate into equipment we requested for next year: helicopters, UAVs… all the technological equipment that will allow us to surpass the challenges we’re facing in that area, including the weather.” Technology is primordial in helping the military find those terrorists because they have dominated the region for over 20 years and know the area perfectly well. In that respect, Admiral Cueto explained that the military is unable to follow them because they plant bombs and mines in their paths. “We’re waiting patiently. We’re using our intelligence to execute targeted operations, and at this time we’re trying to dismember their entire logistical support network, but give us time and we will win this fight. That I can guarantee you,” he concluded. But this “battle”, as President Humala called it, is unlike the one perpetrated by the Peruvian government in the 1980s. This “new” Shining Path is different than its original version, a group created and led by ideologist Abimael Guzmán, which took advantage of the three basic preconditions for the birth of an insurgency – according to the U.S. Army Counterguerrilla Operations field manual –: a vulnerable population that hopes for change, a strong voice to take leadership, and a lack of government control. The Shining Path emerged in the country in May, 1980 with the clear objective of taking over the Peruvian government by force. The Sendero Luminoso (its original name in Spanish) took advantage of the rural, unprivileged and vulnerable indigenous populations’ economic conditions to convince them to take up arms against the government. The SL leaders patiently recruited people with those characteristics under the blind eye of the government and gave them hope for a better life. The group initiated their activities with simple acts of protest, such as painting slogans on government-sponsored construction sites, then evolved into terrorism and, eventually, large scale attacks, including bombings, kidnappings, and extortion. For two years, the Peruvian government completely ignored the Shining Path, allowing the group to establish strong foundations, especially in Ayacucho state and its surrounding areas. When the government finally reacted, it was forced to declare a state of emergency in the southern and central mountain regions, where soldiers were deployed to try to regain control of these zones. During the following decade, Peru was dominated by violence and destruction, abuse against human rights, corruption, and economic chaos. The SL displayed exceptional ability to avoid the soldiers’ intense efforts, while it expanded into new regions within the country. Once again, the group was able to mobilize the rural workers from the Andes by promising them a better life. The Shining Path had an efficient leadership; they were disciplined and developed a highly effective intelligence network, as well as a striking propaganda system. They were not only able to reach out to Peru in its entirety, but also establish networks in other countries, including the United States. Counterinsurgency By Dialogo February 03, 2014center_img The government ignored the growing insurgency because they believed they were isolated in the mountain region, but this isolation actually allowed Sendero Luminoso to expand freely into the coastal region, eventually requiring a large counterinsurgency effort. In 1983, the Peruvian government initiated a counterinsurgency campaign focused mainly on the military aspects of the counter guerrilla operations, which also promoted various political, economic, and social changes. Rural Patrols It was in the mid-80s that the Peruvian government decided to send combat patrols to gather intelligence data that could lead the operations to the SL’s defeat. Paramilitaries or local militias frequently performed many of these tasks and, along with the police, were primarily responsible for the community’s defense. They emphasized the physical safety of the population and guaranteed the lines of communication with the government. Peru used rural patrols known as Rondas Campesinas, to meet their goals. It took a few years, but the tactic proved successful: in 1992, Abimael Guzmán was arrested. He was more than the group’s leader; he was the connection and ideologue who kept the movement united. Only after his arrest was the government able to see clear progress in the fight against the insurgents. In September 1993, the Shining Path was close to collapse. The group took almost 12 years to reach its peak, but after Guzmán’s capture it was dismantled in less than a year. The group did not engage in any more major attacks for many months, and some of the main leaders of the insurgency were arrested. “The SL suffered a rapid decline without Guzmán’s leadership, and its remaining members retreated to the Upper Huallaga Valley, where they began to provide protection to the cocaine producers and drug traffickers,” said Russell W. Switzer, Jr. in his thesis Sendero Luminoso and Peruvian Counterinsurgency, published by Louisiana State University in May, 2007. However, a more aggressive government policy to combat drug trafficking finally put an end to the financial support system in the region. Extinction of the Shining Path? By the year 2000, the main efforts against Shining Path occurred in court. Many of the group’s leaders received sentences ranging from 30 years to life in prison. Soldiers continued to tighten the fence around the remaining group members, and focused in the Upper Huallaga Valley with high success rates, due in part to increased anti-terrorism training and U.S. support to the Peruvian forces. The strength of the Shining Path would soon be reduced to 100-200 militants, according to numbers released by the Peruvian government back then. Additionally, Peru was working jointly with U.S. police forces, and collaborated with intelligence exchanges and access to databases. Many assumed that the Shining Path was extinct by the end of the 90s and early 2000s, according to an article published by the British magazine The Economist, in September of 2012. However, a faction of the guerrillas decided to continue their illicit activities, now with a different focus and in another location, away from government presence. The group opted for shying away from the terror tactics applied in the early 80s, according to a study titled, Maoism in the Andes: Sendero Luminoso and the Contemporary Guerrilla Movement in Peru, by Lewis Taylor at the Center for Latin American Studies in the University of Liverpool. Just like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Shining Path started to use drug money to finance their actions, now nestled in the hard-to-reach mountain region of the VRAEM. The remaining members of SL in the VRAEM then began to establish connections with local drug traffickers, and protected them during the entire process of planting coca and extracting cocaine in the region. “The Shining Path tells the farmers to resist against the government’s plans and offer them help to defend their land and crops,” explained Peruvian safety analyst Jaime Antezana, during an interview with website in 2012. The resurgence of the Shining Path is greatly due to a parallel resurgence in the production of cocaine in Peru. “The group’s base is in remote mountain areas where coca plants, the raw material for cocaine, abound. Their income is on the rise thanks to the taxes they charge in exchange for protection during trafficking (…),” said Ryan Dube and John Lyons, who have written investigative pieces about SL for years, in an article published by The Wall Street Journal, in May 2012. “In Peru the reemergence of the Shining Path in a remote area lacking control by the government also interjects the narco-guerrilla organization as a non-state actor in another ungoverned or counter governed space. In the eyes of U.S. policy makers, the spaces they control are unsecure areas that can lend themselves to activities by cartels or even terrorists that could threaten the security of the United States,” said Dr. Harry E. Vanden, professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida, who has studied the Central American maras for more than five years. Currently, they are no longer terrorists with an ideology, because of their actions they are known as “Mercenaries and assassins of drug”, they extort and ask for the famous “war quotas” to the companies that work in large and small projects at the VRAEM. On the other hand, they impede the development of the people, making them believe that they will bring protection and changes within the local government and pretending to be Robin Hood.Martin…..last_img read more

Local and Voluntary Bars

first_imgLocal and Voluntary Bars June 1, 2002 Regular News Brewer wins Hernando’s Liberty Bell Award The Hernando County Bar Association recently presented its annual Liberty Bell Award to C. P. “Pat” Brewer as part of its Law Day celebration.Brewer was honored for his community service through leadership activities in the Kiwanis Club, Shrine Club, Hernando Red Cross, Elks Lodge, Hernando Chamber of Commerce, and the Charter Revision Committee for the City of Brooksville. Butterworth receives Law Day justice award Attorney General Bob Butterworth was recently presented the first Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award.The award was presented during a Law Day celebration banquet in Tallahassee and was given to A.G. Butterworth by the Capital City Bar Presidents Council. Brown-Burton named Broward Legal Aid Service’s president Lorna Brown-Burton will serve as chair of the Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., board of directors.Other new officers include Vice President James D. Camp, Secretary John G. Jordan, and Treasurer Alisa Altman.Serving as directors are Joseph Louis-Jacques, representing the Haitian Outreach Partnership for Empowerment; James Pearce, representing Broward County Homebound; Vernestine Williams; Emilio Benitez, representing the Broward County Commission; Louise Dowdy, representing the NAACP; Denise Cobb, representing the Urban League of Broward County; Monica Ayala, representing Hispanic Unity; Mars McMillan, representing the PWA Coalition; Michelle Tomlinson-Barbary, of American OnLine Latin America; Andrew Stien; Nancy Gregoire; Susan Motley; Barbara Sunshine; Robert Julian of the Attorney General’s Office; Carios Llorente; and Lisa McNelis.“Legal Aid is pleased to have these outstanding community leaders serving on our board of directors this year,” said Anthony Karrat, executive director of Legal Aid. “Moving to the first building that Legal Aid has owned in our 28-year history is both exhilarating and challenging, but I know that our board will provide us with the vision necessary to raise the funds for this transition and also to continue our commitment to providing free legal services to the growing number of people in need in Broward County.” Stetson to house law review headquarters Stetson University College of Law has been elected to be the future headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews.The five-year term will begin in 2003. Stetson was elected during the National Conference of Law Reviews’ recent annual meeting in California. NCLR is the leading organization for law reviews and journals with approximately 145 law reviews and journals from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.“Serving as the headquarters for the National Conference of Law Reviews is the highest honor a school can attain in the organization,” said Stetson Associate Dean Darby Dickerson. “This prestigious accomplishment means that Stetson will serve as the central site for law review articles and will help define the future of law reviews on campuses across America.”For more information about the Stetson Law Review or the NCLR, visit Leesfield wins Kogan Award The Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented its Kogan Judicial Distinction Award to Circuit Judge Ellen L. Leesfield during its 26th Annual Installation Dinner Dance on May 18 at the Hotel InterContinental.The Kogan Judicial Distinction Award is open to both state and federal judges and is awarded to a judge who has set him- or herself apart from their colleagues. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan, the first honoree and whose name appears on the award, presented Judge Leesfield with the award. President of the FACDL, Leonard Sands stated that “this award is a real honor and not given lightly.”The event also honors the late Lenore C. Nesbitt, a federal judge, with a donation to the University of Miami in her name. Nationally renowned local attorney Albert Krieger received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and two University of Miami law students were awarded special honors for outstanding litigation skills.Judge Leesfield has presided in the 11th Judicial Circuit since her appointment in 1993 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. Miami’s volunteer GALs honored Miami’s Guardian Ad Litem program, with support from the Voices For Children Foundation, Inc., recently recognized its 390 GAL volunteers with an awards reception on Miami Beach.The Guardian Ad Litem program consists of Miami-Dade County court-appointed volunteer advocates who protect the interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.This year’s “Don Quixote Award for Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” was given to Jim Armstrong, who has been a pro bono attorney with the program since 1996.“My time spent volunteering with the GAL Program is when I really feel like a lawyer,” said Armstrong, who has taken on nearly 20 cases since joining the program.The GALs each dedicate an average of five hours a week to the children they serve. In Dade county 101,400 hours are donated to the GAL program annually. STEEL, HECTOR & DAVIS recently hosted its annual Take Your Children to Work Day by putting the Big Bad Wolf on trial in an effort to teach kids about the nation’s system of justice. More than 30 children, either belonging to, or sponsored by, Steel, Hector & Davis employees, learned how attorneys prepare for trial and present arguments before the court. Kids and attorneys served as the three little pigs, jurors, attorneys, and judge, and set the wheels of justice in motion, experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be a lawyer. Pictured from the left are Kathy Klock and Catherine Popko. SIXTEEN LIMOUSINES FILLED WITH LOCAL ATTORNEYS, friends, and supporters of Legal Aid departed from Lido Beach in April to participate in a “Three Hour Scavenger Hunt.” Each team was given eight clues to eight adventurous stops representing each of the cast members from Gilligan’s Island. The ultimate destination was to rescue Gilligan. Yes, the real Bob Denver was in town. Proceeds from the event went to Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc., a pro bono agency serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Pictured are Legal Aid’s board of directors preparing for the event. From left in the upper row are Turner Moore, Mary Alice Jackson, Bill Henry, Ed Boyer, Nina Perry, and Morgan Bentley. In the middle row are Mimi Logan, Lisa Moore, Nicole Ryskamp, and Linda Harradine. Sitting are Lynn McDonald and Mark Mazzeo. BOCA RATON MAYOR STEVEN L. ABRAMS, center, issued a proclamation declaring April 29 through May 3 as “Law Week” in the city and participated in the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Law Day “Speakers in Schools” project. Members of the association also spoke at various schools throughout the South County area. Pictured to the left is South Palm Beach County Bar President Spencer Sax and at the right is Law Day Committee Chair Larry Corman. ALBERT KRIEGER, center, well known for his representation of reputed crime boss John Gotti, was the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Law Week luncheon. The luncheon ended a week of free events hosted for the community such as mock trials in the schools, a speakers bureau, legal education seminars, as well as Dial-a-Lawyer and Ask-a-Lawyer programs. More than 415 volunteer hours were donated by local attorneys during the week. Pictured with Krieger is Ginny Neal, Law Day chair, and PBCBA President-elect Greg Coleman. THE FLORIDA BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS recently held its annual staff awards luncheon in Tallahassee. Kathryn Ressel, right, the executive director of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, was honored for her 30 years of service to the board and was presented a crystal vase by Justice Barbara Pariente, left, and board Chair Jeffrey McInnis. Justice Pariente also praised the entire staff for their commitment to helping to protect the citizens of Florida. “If all places of work had this sense of devotion and dedication, what a great world we would be living in,” Pariente said. “On behalf of the court. . . I want to extend our thanks and appreciation because we understand the amount of work that is involved and the importance of what you do not only for us, but the lawyers, and more importantly, for the citizens of this state.” Chair McInnis also said the Board of Bar Examiners is only as good as its staff. “I’m convinced the system we have in Florida for the testing and admission of people who want to be lawyers in this state is an excellent system and I’m convinced it is the finest in the country,” McInnis said. Pictured below are recipients of the examiners’ staff awards. WILLIAM D. SLICKER, left, recently received the David L. Stout Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from Judge John Lenderman at the St. Petersburg-based Community Law Program’s annual meeting and BBQ. Slicker has been serving on the board of trustees for the Community Law Program since 1995, and has donated many hours of service to the board and to clients through full representation and participation in advice clinics. Sole practitioner Susan Bingham received the Christina M. Ippolito Pro Bono Family Law Award for her commitment to helping people with family law problems. Jeannine Williams, an attorney for the City of St. Petersburg, received the Newcomer Award for jumping in and volunteering her time with pro se family law litigants. Jeff Worman also was elected president of the Community Law Program Board of Trustees. Broward Hispanic Bar sets anniversary ball The Broward County Hispanic Bar Association has set its 13th Anniversary Ball for June 22 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood.New officers will be installed at the event and scholarships will be presented.The event begins with cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Prepaid reservations are $100 per person.For more information call Rae E. Chorowski at (954) 525-6566. Art is on display in Miami courthouse As part of 11th Circuit Court Judge Jeff Rosinek’s “Art in the Courtroom” program, students from the New World School of the Arts will display their masterpieces in Courtroom 4-4 of the Richard E. Gerstein Building.Under the direction of art teachers, Tom Wyroba, Jim Hunter and curator David Olivera, the exhibit not only provides a venue to showcase students’ talents, but also brightens up motion calendars and arraignments, according to Judge Rosinek.The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 9-5 p.m. through June 30.For more information about the exhibit please contact Judge Rosinek at (305) 548-5103. THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR’S Law Week Committee recently collected ladies and men’s business suits as part of its Law Week program. “Law Week is a special time when lawyers give back to the community,” said Ginny Neal, chair for the event. “Law Week is a true community service. Hundreds of people in our area were able to take advantage of the programs and are now better informed about our legal system and their rights.” Pictured from the left are Neal, Jennifer Eastridge, Amy Petrick, and Nancy Dolan. THE SEMINOLE COUNTY BAR recently recognized Mack N. Cleveland, above, as a 50-year member of the Bar at its Law Day banquet, which was highlighted by an address by Justice Barbara Pariente who spoke about the need for more pro bono service, especially in the family law area. The bar also honored its 25 year members, including Judge Lisa Davidson, Gary Siegel, Joseph Taraska, Glenn Klausman, Harry G. Reid III, Norman D. Levin, Evelyn Cloninger, Richard L. Mamele, Judge Richard B. Orfinger, Judge William Palmer, and Richard S. Taylor, Jr. The association also awarded Christopher H. Morrison the “Thomas E. Whigham Award” for leadership and service to the legal profession and the citizens of Seminole County. St. Pete Bar honors Adcock with annual professionalism award Former St. Petersburg Bar Association President Louie Adcock was presented with the Second Annual St. Petersburg Bar Association and Tampa Bay Review Professionalism Award at the St. Pete Bar’s recent membership luncheon.Adcock received a standing ovation as he accepted the award which recognizes a St. Pete Bar member who best exemplifies the Creed of Professionalism of The Florida Bar. Long known for his commitment to improving professionalism among lawyers, Adcock is a member of The Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism and The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Adcock’s firm, Fisher & Sauls, also provides ongoing pro bono representation through the Community Law Program. Adcock donated the award’s $500 gift from the Tampa Bay Review to the Community Law Program.last_img read more

Joyner urges lawmakers to extend DNA testing deadline

first_img Joyner urges lawmakers to extend DNA testing deadline Jan Pudlow Senior Editor In a passionate voice, Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, stood on the steps of Tallahassee’s Old Capitol April 19 and pleaded with her colleagues to hear a bill that would extend the October 1 deadline for post-conviction DNA testing to prove innocence.“This is a dark time for Florida when we know that we have people who are sitting behind bars who should be out free on the streets,” said Joyner, an attorney who was arrested during the Civil Rights Movement while a student at Florida A&M University.“Being in jail is not an easy task. I know. In 1963, right here in Tallahassee, I spent two weeks in the Leon County Jail, and I never, ever want to go again. Just the thought being there knowing you are innocent and you need one little test to prove your innocence! And we are denying those persons that right. So I implore people throughout this state and nation to call on the Florida Legislature to hear this bill, to grant this extension that is needed, so that innocent men and women will have an opportunity to at least be tested to prove their innocence.”Wilton Dedge called out: “Thank you, Ms. Joyner.”Dedge, who spent 22 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, is an exoneree through DNA testing.“This bill is a no-brainer,” said Dedge. “People, in their heart, they should do it without even thinking about it. There never should be a deadline on it. If you commit a murder, there’s no deadline about proving your guilt. Why should you not be able to prove your innocence?”Neither HB 247 or SB 1004 have been heard by committees and time is of the essence as the legislative session winds down.Florida’s statute, Section 925.11, has an October 1, 2005, deadline for all innocent prisoners convicted more than four years ago to file petitions for DNA testing of evidence. After October 1, these inmates will lose their ability to request DNA testing to prove their innocence and the evidence in their cases may be destroyed, said Jenny Greenberg, director of the Florida Innocence Initiative.“There is no reason for there ever to be a deadline on innocence,” said Greenberg, who said she is the only lawyer working on this issue full-time in the state of Florida.“We know that people support the rights of the innocent in prison to test their DNA to achieve their innocence. But there is a massive disconnect between that basic fundamental understanding and that sense of fairness and the legislative process. We need help getting our bills heard and moved through—even if it is almost the 11th hour in this legislative session.” Joyner urges lawmakers to extend DNA testing deadline May 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more