Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show

first_imgCourt records show that the leader of the Proud Boys, who was arrested in Washington shortly before the Capitol riot, previously worked undercover and cooperated with investigators after he was accused of fraud in 2012. The details of Henry “Enrique” Tarrio’s cooperation were found in a transcript of a 2014 hearing in federal court in Florida. An email seeking comment was not immediately returned from a lawyer representing Tarrio in his current case. The Proud Boys is a far-right, male chauvinist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies and was a major agitator during earlier protests and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.last_img read more

Pollinator Protection

first_imgWe can strengthen our pollinator populations by making small changes to our landscapes. Native bees and other pollinators need a variety of habitats that are easy to create. Bumblebees nest in the ground in slightly messy, undisturbed spaces, like small brush piles. Many native bees are solitary and nest in tunnels in bare soil. Orchard mason bees nest in tubes, like nail holes in fence posts or even plastic drinking straws. They need a source of mud nearby to build separators between eggs inside the tube. Pollinator SyndromeAlthough it sounds ominous, “pollinator syndrome” describes the relationship between flowering plants and pollinators. The rich diversity of pollinators evolved hand in hand with the flowers they fertilize. In return for the bounty of food — pollen for protein and nectar for energy — pollinators spread pollen among the flowers. This act of fertilization enables flowers to produce the fruits, nuts and seeds that feed other animals — including humans — and helps to ensure the plant’s survival. Pesticide use. Pesticides may kill pollinators directly, and the chemicals may be retained in the pollen that bees store to feed their young. Over the thousands of years since angiosperms, or flowering plants, first appeared, flowers have adapted in shape, color and fragrance to attract specific types of insect or animal pollinators. Blue, yellow and bright white flowers, for instance, draw bees. Butterflies and birds frequent red blossoms. Strong, sweet fragrances get the attention of moths, while flies prefer putrid aromas. Plants that depend on bees and butterflies for pollination offer flowers as an inviting landing pad where the insect can rest as it collects pollen and nectar. Pollinator StewardshipMany of our native pollinators are in decline and need our help year-round. Factors that contribute to pollinator decline are largely man-made and include:Loss of habitat.Manicured lawns, clipped hedges and tidy, suburban landscapes deprive bees of the habitats they need for reproduction. Loss of sufficient flowering plants for forage. Exotic, non-native and cultivated, hybrid flowers may not produce the pollen that insects need for protein, or the nectar that bees, birds, butterflies and bats need for energy. center_img While many bee species are active only for a few weeks, bumblebees and honeybees need to forage from early spring all the way through the end of fall. To help sustain them, Georgians can keep their yards in constant bloom with flowering trees and shrubs, and an abundance of flowers and herbs. There are more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America — from plump, stalwart carpenter bees to the hardworking blueberry bees that help pollinate the state’s top fruit crop. This year the National Association of Conservation Districts is using its annual Stewardship Week celebration, April 26 to May 2, to recognize the importance of pollinators in our lives. Whether on a farm or in your backyard, protecting pollinators helps to ensure their future and the future of our food system. Pollinator NichesThe thousands of native bee species in the U.S. each fill specific, ecological niches to keep from competing heavily with one another. Some, like orchard mason bees, emerge very early in the spring, before other types of bees, to pollinate fruit trees. Other pollinators are specialists. Southeastern blueberry bees only collect food from — and consequently pollinate — blueberry flowers. Similarly, squash bees only visit the flowers of cucurbits, like squash and pumpkins. And, finally, don’t spray pesticides when plants are blooming. That’s when pollinators are busy collecting food. If you must use pesticides, wait until petals drop from flowers. For more information on protecting pollinators, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1164: Bee Conservation in the Southeast.last_img read more

Welch votes for, House passes middle class tax cut extension

first_imgUS Representative Peter Welch voted to extend tax cuts for middle- and lower-income Americans on Thursday, while blasting Republican maneuvers to hold legislative business hostage as the party fights for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.Passed by a vote of 234 to 188, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4853) would permanently extend tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 for all income below $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples. Without an extension, tax rates would revert to pre-2001 levels on January 1, 2011.‘Extending tax relief for middle-class Americans will help the economy and help Vermonters struggling to get by. But digging ourselves deeper into debt by borrowing $700 billion to give millionaires and billionaires tax breaks is simply unconscionable,’ Welch said.‘At a time when we’re nickel and diming hungry and cold Vermonters by cutting fuel assistance, food stamps and Social Security payments, how can we even consider doling out billions to those who need it least? And at a time when our national debt has reached an untenable level, how can we even consider borrowing $700 billion to fund tax breaks for the rich?’While the Middle Class Tax Relief Act focuses on lower- and middle-income Americans, the tax relief would apply to the first $200,000 or $250,000 of income for all taxpayers.The bill now goes to the Senate, though Senate Republican leaders have vowed to stop this and all other legislation unless tax cuts are extended for all income levels. Source: Welch’s office. 12.2.2010last_img read more

June 1, 2003 Letters

first_imgI believe one of the best ways for us to make a difference is by becoming a mentor. As a city commissioner of Coral Springs I was instrumental in bringing about a policy that allows every city employee to donate an hour a week to be a mentor for a student. I have instituted the same policy in my law firm where I also pay for my employees’ travel time.There’s nothing like making a difference and setting an example for a child. I encourage all of my fellow brethren to institute a similar policy in their offices and become a mentor, as well. For more information contact Scott Brook at (954) 757-5551 or by e-mail at Scottjbrook@aol.com.Scott J. Brook Coral SpringsArticle V Articles claim that the Bar, negotiating with our legislature, is considering trading exclusive jurisdiction of our Supreme Court to discipline lawyers — under Art. V, §15 of Florida’s Constitution — for giving the Bar more input, in selecting judges. This is a bad bargain.We should remember how it was, when Article V passed in 1956: In 1948-49, we established a unified, integrated Bar.“In 1950, a young lawyer, defending a black man in Florida, had the audacity to refer to his client as ‘mister,’ an act that so outraged the justice of the peace, the lawyer was cited for contempt and jailed.” June 1, 2003 Letters June 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img On December 25, 1951, a terrorist bomb killed the head of Florida’s NAACP, Harry T. Moore, and his wife Harriette, in their home.In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated public schools unconstitutional, Brown v. Board of Ed., 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Legal authorities from several southern states promptly implemented a strategy of “massive resistance” in the courts, to racial integration.“In…1958, the [Florida Legislative Investigation] Committee was…investigati[ng] the existence, or nonexistence of so-called subversive activities in and against the State of Florida. They subpoenaed. . . the membership lists, books and records of NAACP,” Gibson v. Legislative Investigation Committee, 108 So.2d 729 (Fla.1958).And in 1956, Florida voters approved Article V. (Though Gibson ruled the NAACP’s lawyer had to provide the NAACP’s membership list, its lawyer was not professionally disciplined, when he refused.)Bar leaders ran real risks in the ’50s, to support Article V. These “Good Old Boys” were often solo practitioners from conservative small towns. Some had to face down the Klan.When we hear that “our courts should be more responsive to the will of the people,” we should recall Edward R. Murrow’s 1954 broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy:“We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.. . . We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”John P. Fenner Boca Raton Editor’s Note: There are no bills filed in either the House or Senate that would dilute the Supreme Court’s exclusive authority to regulate the legal profession or expand the Bar’s role in the judicial nominating process.Medical Malpractice I have practiced law in Florida for approximately 35 years both as a prosecuting attorney and trial lawyer and enjoy reading The Florida Bar News. However, It is disturbing to me that the News has failed to identify and report the actions of certain members of the Florida Legislature intent on eliminating or, at the very least, severely restricting the rights of victims for full and adequate compensation in civil proceedings. These matters constitute an attack on our jury system which we as lawyers have taken an oath to support and defend.The assault led by a coalition of business, insurance and medical interests are directing their attack on Florida’s families in the medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and automobile liability claims areas. In reality, these private interests are defaming well-intentioned citizens who diligently perform their civic duty as jurors across the state, and our many fine jurists who preside over these civil cases. In the most simplistic terms, the medical interest by attacking the jury system is suggesting that citizens or their peers are not smart enough to serve on malpractice cases, and further, that somehow judges are part of this conspiracy by failing to address “excessive verdicts” by remittur. Jurors can sit in criminal cases and judge innocence or guilt and make recommendations in capital cases reference death or life in prison, but somehow these same citizens who give of their time to serve the administration of justice are blinded when it comes to jury service in malpractice cases The medical and hospital industry does not understand or want to understand the checks and balances that are presently built into the system by way of motions for new trial or appellate review.What is disturbing is that very little is heard from The Florida Bar in the way of public service announcements or other communications supporting the jury system and our tort system in general. In addition, The Florida Bar needs to be proactive, offering solutions to the issues raised by the health care industry in Florida which do not restrict citizens’ access to justice in the courts. For example, regulating insurance carriers offering malpractice insurance, requiring physicians to carry liability insurance thereby increasing the premium pool, and providing state subsidies to competent physicians who can demonstrate financial need related to the payment of malpractice premiums, among other alternatives, may be possible solutions, If we stand moot, and more importantly if the Bar does not take a strong stance against the attack on our system, we will have little reason to complain when there is nothing we can offer our clients because the fact finders are now administrative bureaucrats rather than public-minded citizens serving on juries who have no interest but to fairly and impartially judge the disputed facts in a given case.While I applaud The Florida Bar in its efforts to improve the image and perception of lawyers, it is equally important for the Bar to vigorously stand up and support the jury system and our trial judges, as our judicial system, contrary to its critics, continues to serve as a model for the rest of the world.Richard A Hirsch Tampa Mentoringlast_img read more

Pot execs testify about being shut out of the financial system: It’s ‘federal chaos’

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate Banking Committee heard firsthand on Tuesday about the cannabis industry’s challenges in accessing the U.S. financial system—obstacles that have scared banks away from dealing with the industry and forced cannabis companies across the country to operate as cash businesses.Both banking and marijuana industry participants testified before the committee’s “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives” hearing in Washington, where the conversation centered around Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019. The bill would provide banks and financial institutions with a “safe harbor” from federal regulations prohibiting them from working with cannabis-related businesses, so long as they do so in states where marijuana is legal.The hearing also featured testimony from Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who are co-sponsoring the Senate version of the bill and discussed what the legislation aims to achieve—namely, rectifying a situation where the federal prohibition on cannabis means that marijuana cultivators and retailers are often deprived of even the most basic banking services, and even the “ancillary” businesses that provide them with products and services can find themselves subject to sanctions.last_img read more

The Port of Dubrovnik Authority rejected the offer for the construction of the port of Gruž

first_imgThe Governing Board of the Dubrovnik Port Authority concluded at a session held at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure that it maintains its previous position that the formal and legal conditions for concluding a concession agreement for the Gruž terminal with the Turkish-French consortium Dubrovnik International Cruise Port Investment (DICPI) ).Director Dubrovnik Port Authority Blaž Pezo said that according to that conclusion there are no legal elements, and in accordance with the current procedure, that the contract on the construction of the port terminal will be signed with a potential concessionaire on Monday, October 9. “According to the current legal analysis of the law firm we hired, not all the prerequisites for signing the contract have been met”, Said Pezo.Last week, DICPI launched a conciliation process in which the Dubrovnik Port Authority will participate. “If no agreement is reached in that procedure, according to their announcements, they will initiate arbitration. We are ready for that arbitrationSaid Pezo. Pezo pointed out that he considered unfounded the possible request of DICPI for compensation in the amount of HRK 920 million. Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković once pointed out that the pre-contract was terminated, among other things, because they asked the DICPI for state guarantees for the terminal project, which was completely contrary to the terms of the concession tender.Source: HRTRelated news: Fewer trips, passengers and days of stay of foreign ships for cruiseslast_img read more

Do you follow the schedule of school holidays in emitting markets?

first_imgBehind us are two July weekends that brought congestion on major road routes.This situation will continue this weekend as announced by HAK, because many Croatian citizens will go on vacation, and school holidays will begin in parts of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Many will choose one of the tourist centers on the Adriatic or will pass through Croatia to destinations in Eastern Europe.Last year we noticed that many tourists avoid traveling on weekends, ie Saturdays and Sundays due to heavy crowds, and choose to go and return from vacation on Friday or Monday, and this practice has continued this year.HAK points out that they expect increased traffic during Friday, July 13, until Monday, July 16, and the peak is expected on Saturday, July 14 (5:00 – 17:00), from the morning in the direction of the sea, and from noon in the direction of the interior. During Sunday, July 15, heavier traffic is expected in the afternoon in the inland direction, and especially between 9:00 and 15:00. During Friday, the biggest traffic jams will be at the border crossings with Slovenia, and on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac highway in the east direction.WELCOME YOUR GUESTS WITH REFRESHMENT As we know, over 85% of tourists come to Croatia by road, so they travel for hours just to come to Croatia, welcome them with coffee, juice, lemonade, beer, wine… and some snacks, preferably homemade food, such as prosciutto, bread and tomato or any other indigenous product.Just put yourself in their role and imagine traveling with children in a crowded car all over Europe, for five, six or more hours. Put yourself in their role and everything will be clear to you.Guests will be exhausted throughout the trip and that little token of attention will show how much you care about them, and they will know how to appreciate it.Cool their room, greet them with coffee, let them care about your guests. And tourists are people, right?CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS ON BROADCAST MARKETSKnowing our guests and emitting markets is crucial.If you have not used or followed the calendar of holidays in our emitting markets so far, then it is high time to start doing so. Just when the holidays are the most traveled, and in order to be able to better prepare, you must follow the market, in order to offer targeted content in that period and thus attract guests.The calendar of holidays and celebrations on emitting markets is regularly published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, although it is already too late for this year, and preparations for the next tourist season have already begun. Also, on the CNTB website, there is a profile of emitting markets with quality information in decision-making and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry.Side dish:1.  Calendar of holidays and celebrations in emitting markets 2018.2. Emitting market profilesFinns travel the most to the EUIt is also interesting to note that according to the data European Statistical Office, almost two thirds of the population, or 62% of them, can afford a multi – day trip once a year in the European Union.A third travel abroad, but most still spend their holidays in one of the domestic tourist destinations. The most active tourist nations are the Finns, where only 8,6% of the population does not travel, followed by the Dutch, Luxembourgers, Czechs and Danes. Also, it should be noted that the EU average in terms of inactive population is 37,9%,TOMAS SUMMER 2017 – Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsThe research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted.Attachment: “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF TOURISTS IN CROATIA – TOMAS SUMMER 2017.”last_img read more

Our generation is leaving kids a mess

first_imgIt appears that all we are going pass on to the younger generation a list of the following things they would rather not have, such as violence, greed, sex allegations, widespread crime and killings. and political opposition. It’s so sad that we can’t pass on a better outlook. As hard as we try, we still are putting ourselves in a bad situation.Look around you. Can you see anyone who is willing to try to work for the better of anything. There’s always one or a few who like to spoil the outcome. As time goes by, it’s getting worse with no end in sight. Things are at a downward spiral, which is out control. All over at every level, we find a problem with something that makes it harder for all of us. Just read the newspaper or watch the television to be informed about our bright outlook — if you can find one.The younger generation is in for a rocky road which is not getting any better. It’s too bad that our generation didn’t all work a little harder together. Then we would not have this mess.Walter “Neal” BrazelleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Notebook Sold down the river

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Hampshire Pension Fund tenders £1.2bn in active equity mandates

first_imgNo one at the pension fund was immediately available for further comment.According to its 2014-15 annual report, Hampshire Pension Fund, part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), allocated 37.5% of its total assets to global equities at the end of the reporting year, including a 10.7% allocation to passive global equities.The three managers or funds used for investment within its “high-performance global equities” category are Aberdeen Asset Management, Newton Investment Management and Aberdeen Frontier Markets Equity.These three managed actual allocations of 13.5%, 12.9% and 0.2%, respectively, at year-end, according to the report.In absolute terms, Aberdeen runs £687m of Hampshire Pension Fund active global equity assets, Newton £659m and the Aberdeen Frontier Markets Fund £12m.The pension fund’s total investments stood at £5.1bn at the end of the 2014-15 financial year. The UK’s £5.1bn (€6.5bn) Hampshire Pension Fund is looking for investment managers to take on mandates to invest £1.2bn of its assets in global equities, using an active approach, according to a tender notice.The notice said Hampshire County Council, on behalf of the fund, anticipated awarding mandates to between two and five managers for its total global equities portfolio of £1.2bn.Managers applying have until 2pm on Friday 22 April to submit pre-qualification questionnaires, according to the notice.The council said it envisaged inviting 5-10 firms to tender.last_img read more