On Aug. 6, a Guatemalan court authorized the extradition of alleged Guatemalan drug-trafficking kingpin Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, alias “El Patriarca,” considered to be the link between the Colombian mafia and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, to the United States. “We, the members of the Judicature, believe that the evidence submitted by the Public Prosecutor at the request of the Court of the District of Columbia, are valid for a favorable resolution of the requisition of the United States,” said Saul Alvarez, Chairman of the Third Court of Convictions. “El Patriarca” is wanted by the Court of Columbia, in New York, but today’s judgment may still be appealed to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala. Guatemala is the final stage of Central America’s drug trafficking route, which stretches from production regions in South America towards the United States’ market. Investigators believe that 90% of the cocaine consumed in the United States circulates through Central America. That chilling figure of 90% makes us a permanent target, not only of the countries of the region that are fighting against the drug gangs but of the U.S.and its multiple programs. By Dialogo August 08, 2012
November 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Study to look at the courts’ funding needs Study to look at the courts’ funding needs Senior EditorWith a critical legislative session looming on court funding, the Bar Board of Governors has agreed to partially underwrite an independent study on court monetary needs.The board, at its October 3 meeting, approved recommendations from the Budget and Legislation committees to appropriate $25,000 to help fund a $100,000 project by TaxWatch, a government watchdog.Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., said TaxWatch brings two valuable attributes: strong ties to the business community and a reputation for independence in reviewing government operations.Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner and Bar President Miles McGrane emphasized that TaxWatch will be completely free to reach whatever conclusions it wants about court finances. The Bar, they said, is offering its support because it is confident TaxWatch research will show the importance of adequately funding the courts.The study comes as the legislature approaches a July 1 deadline to take over more funding from the counties of the trial courts, in accordance with a 1998 constitutional amendment approved by the voters. Last year lawmakers sketched out a framework for transferring the funding that has generally met with approval of judges and court officials. But in next year’s spring Regular Session, lawmakers will decide how much money will be provided.“I think the legislature doesn’t want to hear about the problems the counties are going to have and doesn’t want to hear the judges,” Diner said. “But they do want to hear about the problems the business community would have.”He added that business leaders are beginning to realize the difficulties they could encounter from an underfunded judiciary, having seen business litigation face long delays in other states where judicial budgets have been cut.McGrane said he has been meeting with both legislative and business leaders since he became president-elect and that both groups are becoming aware of the potential complications.“They’re beginning to understand that the courts don’t belong to the lawyers, they belong to the people of Florida,” McGrane said.He said the Bar would be reaching out to other groups to help pay for the study, including the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.McGrane noted he has met with former Rep. Art Simon, now in charge of government relations for AIF, and the two organizations are seeking common ground.“At this point, our relationship is sort of tentative; we’re just sort of getting to know each other,” he said.The proposal got strong support from board members. Legislation Committee Chair Alan Bookman noted that the panel supported the undertaking.“I can’t think of anything more important for this board to be concerned with than adequate funding of our judiciary,” board member Dude Phelan said. “If this isn’t something we don’t dedicate our fullest resources to, then we don’t deserve the seats we own.”The board unanimously approved the expenditure. The study, once the rest of the financing is arranged, is expected to be done by the end of the year.On a related note, Bookman said that Sens. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, and Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, and Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, will be at the board’s December meeting. They will be recognized for their work earlier this year on court funding issues.
Rice: Sheriff turned representative Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Rep. Everett Rice, R-Indian Shores, is not your typical Florida Bar member, and not just because he’s also a member of the legislature.Rice came to his membership in the Bar halfway through a 33-year career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He gave his reason for going to law school as “self defense.”“I was chief of detectives at the sheriff’s office and I had finished my undergraduate degree and I had been to the FBI Academy,” Rice recalled. “It seemed like when a lot of final decisions were made in criminal cases, they were made by lawyers.”He graduated from Stetson with his law degree in 1984, and went into a private general practice with Jean Kwall (wife of former Bar Board of Governors member Lou Kwall). “I was having fun practicing law and then I got enlisted to run for sheriff,” he said.It was 1988, and the incumbent sheriff was retiring. Rice ran and was elected, and reelected in 1992, 1996, and 2000.In 2004, he was ready to retire as sheriff, and then his local representative decided not to seek re-election.“The timing couldn’t have been any better. I was not running for reelection as sheriff, then Dr. Don Sullivan announced he was not going to run for reelection to the seat. I had lived in this district for 45 years,” Rice said.He ran and won, and moved to a new type of government service.“It’s totally different. Being on the administrative side and being in charge is a whole lot different from being a rookie in the legislature,” he said. “But I’ve enjoyed it.”The best part, he said, is “being able to vote no.”One example he cites is the Terry Schiavo case.“The Terry Schiavo Act, I just thought the whole thing was outrageous,” Rice said. “The Schiavo case had been litigated for seven years. It had been well tried by both sides and it had been up and down the courts on appeal. I didn’t think the legislature could set aside a valid court decision. It wasn’t a privacy issue so much as the constitution and separation of powers.”He’s also proud of his work in helping to write and pass the Jessica Lunsford Act to protect children from abusers, especially provisions for GPS tracking of offenders when they are released from prison.“Child predators need to be locked up as long as possible, but when they get out, they need to be tracked,” Rice said. “The technology is there; we pioneered it in Pinellas County. I’ve been urging the legislature to pass that type of legislation for the past five years, since I was president of the Florida Sheriffs Association.”Rice is also pushing a state constitutional amendment to prevent governments from using their eminent domain authority to take one person’s property and give it to another for economic development, such as the U.S. Supreme Court authorized in the recent Kelo decision. Acknowledging that the legislature could address the issue with a statute, it is such a fundamental issue to most Floridians that a constitutional amendment would be better, he said.“When the government can force someone to sell their land and turn it over to some other private party for development or redevelopment, that’s not good and I don’t think that’s the way Americans want it to be,” Rice said.For other lawyers who might be interested in legislative service, Rice has some serious advice: “I would probably recommend that they go up there [to Tallahassee] and sit through a couple sessions. For one thing, it’s a volunteer job. You don’t go there expecting to earn a living. People think it’s a part-time job, but it’s not if you’re going to do it right. It takes a lot of time and effort.”Rice surprised many observers last year when he announced he was running for the Republican nomination for attorney general after only one term in the state House. But he sees it as a logical decision.For one thing, he is friends with current Attorney General Charlie Crist, who is running for governor.“I’m the only candidate running who has ever had any experience running an agency, particularly running a public safety agency,” Rice noted. “I spent three and a half decades of my life protecting people and their rights. It’s a broad-based experience, particularly in the justice field. That gives me a familiarity with the issues that a lot of legislators don’t have.” February 15, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature Lawyers in the Legislature Editor’s Note: The Bar News continues its series of profiles of lawyers in the legislature with interviews of Reps. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Everett Rice, R-Indian Shores, both of whom are also running for attorney general. The March 1 issue will profile Sens. Ron Saunders, R-Naples, and Walter G. “Skip” Campbell, D-Tamarac, who are also seeking that post. The fifth candidate to be the state’s top lawyer is former Republican U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum. Negron draws on his experiences Gary Blankenship Senior Editor While in law school at Emory, Joe Negron clerked for an Atlanta lawyer who did pro bono work for a battered women’s shelter. One client from the center was a woman whose husband had stomped on her glasses and pushed her out of a slow-moving car. She came into the office bruised and holding her mangled glasses.“She didn’t know what to do and she had one child at home,” he recalled. “We got a restraining order. We did our best as lawyers to help her, and it made such an impression on me.”Fast forward 20 years. Rep. Negron, R-Stuart, chairs the House Fiscal Council and discovers a backlog of state funding for domestic violence shelters. He finds millions of dollars to help make up the deficit.“Who would know I would have the opportunity in the legislature to commit several million dollars to fund centers for women and children to go when they are facing these crises?” he asked.That funding is one of the accomplishments Negron points to proudly of his six years in Tallahassee. His top achievement, he said, is blocking a bill that would have created a statewide database on Floridians’ drug prescriptions.“If you were prescribed a level 2, 3, or 4 drug by your doctor, that information would be entered into a database in Tallahassee, where your private medical records would be monitored by the government,” Negron said. “I think it’s big brother, it’s heavy-handed, and I don’t think it’s any of the government’s business what medical care law-abiding citizens are receiving.”He’s also proud of passing a bill, working with Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, that made out-of-state health insurance companies follow the same rules as in-state companies. That corrected a loophole which allowed out-of-state companies to raise their premiums to unaffordable levels when a policyholder became seriously ill — a practice dubbed the “death spiral.”Another accomplishment is getting more judges for Florida’s courts.“We’ve known for years we needed new judges in Florida and there was always some excuse on why we couldn’t fund new judges,” Negron said.When he became appropriations chair, Negron made that a top priority and helped get 55 new judgeships last year, with a pledge for at least that many this year.“I feel very strongly that the court system is an independent, co-equal branch of government,” Negron said. “The court system should remain strong.. . . Our funding of the courts should not be based on the degree we agree with the courts’ latest decisions.”Running for attorney general is another way of continuing to pursue his goals.“I believe the attorney general is a leader in establishing and enforcing laws to protect citizens of Florida, particularly our children,” Negron said, noting he got funding for the Jessica Lunsford Act, as well as for domestic violence centers.He also sees the job as a way to continue pushing for consumer protection for Floridians, and protecting their rights.“I strongly believe that our rights and freedoms do not come from the government; they are granted to us by our Creator through the Constitution,” Negron said. “Rights are not self-executing; it’s the responsibility of the attorney general to be the guardian of our individual liberties. These rights that I want to safeguard include our right to bear arms, our right to worship or not worship as we see fit, our right to bring up our children, and our right to be left alone.“The people are sovereign and the government is in place to serve and protect, and not control.”Politics has always been an interest for Negron (he’s collected memorabilia from past political campaigns), and legislative service is something he encourages other lawyers to consider — and for a different reason than given by some.“Attorneys can disagree without it being personal,” he said. “Sometimes for non-attorney legislators, they take a no vote to be a personal repudiation of them. They’re offended. Their feelings are hurt and that’s not really the way it should be.”Legal training also helps “in the ability to comprehend and digest massive amounts of information in a short period of time and to understand how these laws are actually going to be enforced once they’re passed,” he said.“It will be an extremely rewarding experience, but be prepared for an all encompassing commitment of time and energy.”
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions and other financial institutions have a huge opportunity to add members if they offer products and services that help people take better control of their finances, according to a new Fiserv/Harris Poll survey of 3,050 U.S. adults.The survey, conducted over a two-week period last fall, found that 45% of consumers agree time spent thinking about managing their money is a chore and 60% view financial management as a “have to do” rather than a “want to do.” One-quarter said they feel lost when trying to manage household expenses, and 48% admitted they don’t have anyone to rely on for advice on managing their finances. continue reading »
No one is born a great leader. There are myriad skills and techniques that must be practiced to be mastered. No matter how much you read or what kind of higher education you receive, a good leader must practice his or her skills in order to be a top performer.In a recent Inc.com blog post, best-selling author Kevin Daum takes four practices that all leaders must master to become the best performers they can be. These practices are gleaned from the book “Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow,” by Joshua Spodek. The practices are:1. Self-awareness. “Only through self-knowledge can a leader begin to consider how to work with others who have their own internal beliefs and motivations,” Daum writes.2. Effective communication. In his book, Spodek explains that people hear exactly what is said and not what is meant. He says certain words and phrases, such as beginning a sentence with “no” or “however” can shut people down before they really hear what you have to say. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Employees of the Department of Communal and Traffic Police of the City of Makarska and Makarska Komunalac doo this morning carried out an action of removing towels and other beach equipment on the part of the beach that is under the concession of the city utility company. The action covers the area from the peninsula of Sv. Petra to Cvitačka, and a full truck of towels and other beach props was collected with which bathers try to “reserve” their place on the beach.This problem has been present in many Dalmatian municipalities and cities in recent years, so many have decided to introduce bans. The City of Makarska did the same last year, and a few days ago it took a step further by placing signs with the rules of conduct on the beach. ” Actions to remove towels and other beach equipment, and based on our Decision on communal order, we carry out regularly during the tourist season, and recently, in cooperation with police and customs we had an action to combat illegal sales on the beach which is also a big problem. We will continue to carry out such actions as long as necessary, but I hope that over time there will be fewer and fewer such cases. ” said Deputy Mayor Drazen Nemcic.Ploče, on the recommendation of the City of Makarska, was placed at six locations by the concessionaire Makarski komunalac doo It is prohibited according to the city Decision on communal order – disturbing public order and harassment of other users, pollution of the environment and equipment owned by the beach, entry, installation and use of own deck chairs and umbrellas, installation of towels and other beach equipment, swimming outside the fenced area, camping and sleeping, lighting a fire, throwing cigarette butts outside the intended containers, use of shampoo, soap and detergents, and bringing cats and other dogs pets, and the rules are now visible at all times to swimmers on the Makarska beach. ” Although a lot has been written about this problem in the media, I think it is important that we have set up boards with rules of conduct so that every swimmer can see what he is not allowed to do on the beach and what he can be punished for. Bringing order to the beach is not something that can be achieved overnight, but it is one of the highest priorities because the city beach is our main resource ”Concluded Nemčić.So simple and effective, after a couple of such actions, it is certain that the rules of behavior on the beach will be learned and there will be no more problems with “reserving” towels on the beaches. Feel free to copy because the problem did not arise because of the people, but because of us because we are not strategically involved in the development of tourist destinations and because we have allowed them to do so. So let you care and strategically and systematically develop destinations.Related news: TOWELS, DRINKING, NAKEDNESS… EVERYTHING IS SUPER WHILE MONEY FLOWS
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring for Arsenal against Manchester United with a blistering strike (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hailed the performance of Granit Xhaka after Arsenal ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten Premier League record as Manchester United’s interim manager.Unai Emery’s side were stunned by Rennes on Thursday as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie but responded with an authoritative display against in-form United.Xhaka blasted the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a swerving shot which deceived David de Gea and Aubameyang sealed the points midway through the second half, keeping his composure from the penalty spot a week on from his costly miss in the last minute of the north London derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySolskjaer claimed Xhaka must be Brazilian-born, given the way he got the ball to curve in the air, but Aubameyang is well aware of the power the Switzerland international possesses in his left foot and even revealed the Arsenal squad have a special nickname for the 26-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT‘The goal is really great. We know that when Granit shoots on the target, it’s a really, really good shot,’ he said.‘All the team is very happy. We call him Xhakaboom.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals Arsenal squad’s nickname for Granit Xhaka after Man Utd win Comment Advertisement David de Gea was bamboozled by Granit Xhaka’s shot in the 12th minute (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Mar 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed Arsenal’s win over Man Utd with a second half penalty (Picture: Getty)On Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four, he added: ‘We have a good spirit, but we are hungry. We want to come back to the Champions League and we are focused on that.‘It means a lot. It’s not easy. We have great strikers in this league. I stay focused most important is Champions League first and If I can get that, great.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 20, 2020 Education, Español, Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf destina aproximadamente $20 millones de dólares para ayudar a 678 organismos de educación locales, incluidos los distritos escolares, a brindar servicios educativos a alumnos con discapacidades que pueden haber sido afectados negativamente por las medidas de mitigación de la COVID-19 y pueden enfrentar retos adicionales durante el nuevo año académico. La financiación incluye $15 millones de dólares de los Fondos de Ayuda Educativa de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER, por sus siglas en inglés) y $5 millones de dólares de los fondos federales del Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) a través de la Ley para la Educación de los Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA, por sus siglas en inglés).“Si bien la COVID-19 afectó a todos los alumnos este año, fue particularmente difícil para nuestros niños con necesidades especiales, quienes a menudo requieren apoyo y servicios adicionales para ayudarlos en su aprendizaje”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Esta financiación ayudará a las escuelas a colocar estructuras para ayudar a estos alumnos mientras trabajamos para mitigar la propagación de esta pandemia”.La Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica por el Coronavirus (CARES) autoriza a los gobernadores a determinar el uso educativo de los Fondos de Ayuda Educativa de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER).La Subvención de Mitigación del Impacto de la COVID-19 en la Educación Especial (SECIM, por sus siglas en inglés) aportará $15 millones de dólares en apoyo financiero ($10M GEER; $5M IDEA) a los organismos de educación locales (LEA, por sus siglas en inglés) para lo siguiente:Brindar instrucción sincronizada mejorada (en tiempo real) para reforzar el apoyo y los servicios remotos para los alumnos con necesidades complejas; yBrindar servicios y apoyo a los alumnos con discapacidades que sufrieron una pérdida de habilidades y del comportamiento y/o una falta de avances debido al cierre obligatorio de las escuelas.Se dispondrá de $5 millones de dólares adicionales en subvenciones de los fondos GEER para los programas de intervención temprana preescolar para prestar servicios educativos compensatorios.“Mientras los organismos de educación locales (LEA) hacen la transición para implementar los planes de reapertura para el año escolar 2020-21, continúan enfrentando retos para brindar educación pública gratuita y apropiada (FAPE, por sus siglas en inglés) y prestar servicios a los alumnos con discapacidades”, dijo el Secretario de Educación Pedro A. Rivera. “Esta financiación crucial ayudará a las escuelas a colaborar con los alumnos con necesidades especiales para reconstruir las habilidades y los comportamientos que se redujeron durante el cierre debido a la COVID-19”.Los montos de las subvenciones se calcularon utilizando una fórmula de asignación basada en el número de alumnos con necesidades complejas de educación especial dentro de cada LEA. La distribución de los fondos a los programas de intervención temprana preescolar se hará según las necesidades identificadas.Los beneficiarios de las subvenciones recibirán una comunicación directa del Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) con las instrucciones para solicitar la eGrant.Hasta la fecha, la Administración Wolf ha otorgado $70.5 millones de dólares en fondos GEER para ayudar a mantener seguros a los alumnos y educadores, y enfrentar los retos únicos de la COVID-19. Además de los $15 millones de dólares para la educación especial, la Administración Wolf ha destinado $28 millones de dólares a instituciones de enseñanza superior y proveedores de educación básica para adultos, $14 millones de dólares a escuelas K-12 para apoyar la equidad en la continuidad de la educación, $10.5 millones de dólares a centros de educación profesional y técnica y $3 millones de dólares a programas preescolares de intervención temprana.Para obtener más información sobre las políticas y programas educativos de Pennsylvania, visite el sitio de Internet del Departamento de Educación o siga al Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) en Facebook, Twitter o Pinterest.View this information in English. Gobernador Wolf: $20 millones de dólares para ayudar a las escuelas a brindar servicios a alumnos con necesidades especiales
Andreas Utermann, outgoing CEO of AllianzGIJackie Hunt, member of the Allianz board of management with responsibility for asset management, said Utermann would be missed.“He hands over the leadership of the firm to individuals who are well placed to make the best of the options available to AllianzGI to continue to serve clients well in a period of change within the industry,” she added.Pross has worked for the Allianz Group for 20 years, and has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2015.Zurkow joined AllianzGI in 2012 as CIO and head of infrastructure debt, having been CEO of Trifinium Advisors before that. In a statement, AllianzGI said she had overseen the rapid growth of its alternatives platform, which now accounted for over €80bn in assets under management, and had championed the opportunity for institutional clients to co-invest alongside Allianz in a number of AllianzGI’s private market strategies.Zurkow has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2016.The €557bn asset manager firm said Utermann would be available to his successors on an advisory basis for the first six months of 2020. The leadership changes take effect from the 1 January. Andreas Utermann is to retire from Allianz Global Investors in January, the asset manager announced today.Tobias Pross, currently global head of distribution, will take over as CEO, while Utermann’s chief investment officer responsibilities will be handed to Deborah Zurkow, currently global head of alternatives. As global head of investments, she will report to Pross.Utermann joined Allianz in 2002, initially serving as global head of CIO equities and then becoming global CIO and co-head alongside Elizabeth Corley in 2012. In connection with Corley’s stepping down from the CEO role, Utermann became CEO in 2016, retaining responsibility for investment matters.Utermann said leaving AllianzGI “will not be easy”. “Having had the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and engaging people, to develop and lead a strong team and to build a respected global investment business, is a source of great pride,” he added.
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