High-Ranking Officers from the Americas Will Participate in Disaster Relief Exercise in Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2009 Santiago de Chile, 15 July (EFE).- High-ranking army officers from eleven countries in the Americas will participate in the first multilateral disaster cooperation exercise in Santiago from July 20 to 24, the Chilean Army announced today. The exercise, organized by the Conference of Army Commanders in the Americas (CEA), will include high-ranking military officers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Chile. The meeting, which will be held at the Chilean Army Center for Computational Operational-Tactical Training, will include the first application of the simulation system for emergency situation management and training (SIGEN) created by this institution. The simulation consists of sending an email reporting a fictional major catastrophe to which the officers will have to respond by taking decisions to maintain the security of the population in a coordinated manner. A multilateral operation of this type has never been carried out before in the Americas, for which reason it is hoped that the exercise will lead to improvements in management, reaction capabilities, and decision-making among the various armies. In addition, roundtables will be held with Chilean and foreign presenters who will draw up recommendations to be presented at the CEA’s meeting of army commanders to be held in Buenos Aires in October.last_img read more

World Cup Preview: United States

first_imgBy Dialogo May 25, 2010 *UNITED STATES* *Nickname*: The Yanks *World Cups*: 9 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) *Championships*: 0 *Runner-up*: 0 *Third*: 1 (1930) *How it qualified*: The United States won the CONCACAF region by going 6-2-2 to finish with 20 points, one ahead of Mexico and four ahead of Honduras. The Americans scored a group-high 19 goals to earn their sixth straight berth in the World Cup. *Coach*: Bob Bradley *Projected starting lineup*: *Goalie*: Tim Howard *Defense*: Jonathan Spector; Oguchi Onyewu; Jay Demerit; Carlos Bocanegra *Midfield*: Ricardo Clark; Landon Donovan; Michael Bradley; DaMarcus Beasley *Forward*: Clint Dempsey; Jozy Altidore *Pool Play*: The United States, which is ranked 14th in the world by FIFA, is in Group C with eighth-ranked England, 31st-ranked Algeria and 23rd-ranked Slovenia. *Schedule*: June 12 vs. England at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng; June 18 vs. Slovenia at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park; June 23 vs. Algeria at Tshwane/Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld. *Did you know?* The United State’s chances could hinge on the play of Onyewu, who ruptured his patellar tendon during a World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009, and it is unclear whether he will be healthy enough to stop the world’s best strikers. Donovan, who is playing in his third World Cup, is the national team’s all-time leader in goals (42) and his 121 games rank fourth behind Cobi Jones (164), Jeff Agoos (134) and Marcelo Balboa (128). Dempsey and Beasley have each scored 17 goals with the national team, tied with Ernie Stewart (1990-2004) for sixth-most in team history. Beasley has played in 90 games for The Yanks since debuting in 2001, with Dempsey playing in 60 games since 2004. It’s been eight years since an American other than Dempsey has scored in a World Cup game, as he scored both U.S. goals – against Italy and Ghana – in 2006. Don’t overlook the Americans. When they play well, they can play with anybody – just ask Spain and Brazil. The United States’ 2-0 victory over the top-ranked Spaniards in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup ended their 35-game unbeaten streak. In the final, the United States jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Brazilians before falling, 3-2. And where did both of those games take place? South Africa, of course….last_img read more

US Army Surgeons Foster Relationship With Medical Community In St. Marc, Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2011 I think is great that health professionals from other countries came to work for the health of the Ecuadorian population. I am an Orthodonist and I would like to be part of your humanitarian work team. I wish you success and if you need a volunteer I am available. THANKS AND GOOG LUCK. That is the best way to help third world countries, instead of selling them more weapons. Two U.S. Army surgeons currently taking part in Task Force Bon Voizen, a New Horizons Haiti 2011 humanitarian engineer and medical training exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard, shared their skills with Haitian physicians at St. Nicolas Hospital, in St. Marc, Haiti. Both physicians, Col. Paul Phillips III, an orthopedic surgeon from Fredericksburg, Texas, and Col. Eric Romanucci a, colorectal surgeon from Niskayuna, N.Y. are members of the 94th Combat Support Hospital, an Army Reserve unit out of Seagoville, Texas. While at St. Nicolas, Romanucci and Phillips shared their highly specialized skill sets with local resident doctors, spending time in the emergency room and the orthopedic ward. “Compared to the civilian hospital that I visited in Afghanistan, this hospital is impressive,” Romanucci said upon the arrival of an ambulance to the door of the emergency room. “They have an ambulance, and the place is very clean. They’re really doing a lot with what is available.” Both surgeons commented on the scarcity of medical specialists. According to one Haitian doctor on hand, there are a total of three neurosurgeons in the entire country, all of whom practice in Port-au-Prince. The challenges that result from this shortage are exacerbated by Haiti’s lack of enforced traffic laws. According to one Haitian physician, severe car and motorcycle crashes occur frequently, generating untold numbers of brain injuries that are often beyond a Haitian hospital’s ability to properly treat. Despite this, the medical professionals at St. Nicolas are doing what they can. Pierre Woolley, a resident at the hospital, studied in the U.S. and France prior to returning to his native Haiti, and is acutely aware of the disparity between the resources available to Haitian doctors and those in the more developed world. “It’s a different way of practicing medicine, but it’s still medicine. On the orthopedic ward, we are always in need of lots of plates, lots of screws. We must be very creative with what we have here,” Woolley said. This pragmatic approach to medicine was not lost on the Army surgeons. Both Phillips and Romanucci have practiced medicine on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and are accustomed to working in austere conditions, with whatever is available. “It isn’t always about meeting standards as they exist in the U.S. It’s about doing what you can with what you have,” said Phillips. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a Commander, U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. Task Force Bon Voizen is deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training and to provide humanitarian services. Task Force Bon Voizen will build a school, two medical clinics and a latrine facility, as well as staff three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department.last_img read more

Olympics: Dominican Republic’s Peña trying to vault to gold

first_imgBy Dialogo July 18, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – When it comes to athletics in the Dominican Republic, gymnastics hardly registers. Yet, one of the country’s best shots at an Olympic medal at the London Games comes in the form of a tiny, high-flying vaulter. Yamilet Peña Abreu, 19, became the first Dominican gymnast ever to make the Olympics, when she beat out a New Zealand competitor by the thinnest of margins – 46.581 to 46.531 – in January. “This is something historic,” said Dominican Federation of Gymnastics [FEDOGIM] President Edwin Rodríguez. “We achieved our objective after many long years of work and sacrifice.” Peña is one of the country’s 32 athletes who will compete in the London Games, which begin on July 27. Expectations are high that Peña – alongside Gabriel Mercedes, who hopes to improve on his silver medal-winning performance in the 58-kilogram (127-pounds) division in taekwondo in 2008 – will leave the Games of the XXX Olympics with a medal. Dominican athletes have won four Olympic medals, the first of which came in 1984 when boxer Pedro Nolasco won bronze. Peña’s thrilling journey to the Olympics, which included landing a death-defying vault in qualifying that’s rarely attempted in competition, has captured the attention of Dominicans nationwide. Peña, who first won a competition at age 7 and started competing at the international level at age 9, said qualifying was only the first step. “I feel very happy to get to the Olympics because it’s the dream of every athlete,” said Peña, whose 5-foot stature earned her the nickname “Chiqui.” “But now I want to become the first Dominican Olympic medalist in gymnastics, regardless of the color of the medal.” Whatever Peña accomplishes at the London summer games – even finishing dead last – will mean she’s defeated the odds. In a country little known in international circles for gymnastics, Peña has trained 40 hours a week in a deteriorating gym with aged equipment. She received a monthly salary from the country’s Olympic federation of $3,000 pesos (US$76). She took up occasional part-time work, like teaching at a gym for children. And yet, after qualifying for the Olympics, she was unsure she’d have the money to make the trip to London. But thanks to a fundraising campaign, involving everything from seeking donations to selling “Yamilet” pins to support her, she came close – close enough for a group of French businesspeople and companies to donate the rest of the money, making her dream a reality. “This athlete is a phenomenon: You have to support her,” said Patricia Dumas, who spearheaded the drive. “We’ll keep working to get more support and backing for the federation (FEDOGIM) so that it can keep working and developing the sport.” Qualifying rounds in gymnastics will be held at North Greenwich Arena on July 28. The finals in women’s vault – Peña’s strongest event – are scheduled for Aug. 5. Peña has placed extremely well in international competitions leading to the Olympics. She won the gold medal in vault at the 2012 Pan American Championships in Colombia and took third at the 2012 World Cup. American McKayla Maroney, the defending world champion, is favored to win the event, but Peña has a secret weapon: the highly difficult handspring double front vault. The “Prudnova” is among the most difficult vaults performed by women, involving flipping forward two-and-a-half times off the vaulting table. She nailed it in qualifying at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, becoming only the second woman – and first since 1999 – to successfully land it in an international competition, according to press reports. But when Peña tried in the finals, she faltered. If Peña makes it to the medal round in London, it will be nerves – not a lack of talent – that she will have to overcome, her trainer Francisco Susana said. “We’ve been in three finals of important [international] competitions,” he said. “The psychological part is what has failed us. That’s the part we need to work on.”last_img read more

United States Provides Humanitarian Aid in Colombia after Hurricane Iota

first_imgBy Office of Press Relations/USAID November 25, 2020 The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 to support the response of the government of Colombia to assist people affected by Hurricane Iota. On November 16, 2020, the powerful Category 5 storm passed over Colombia’s Providencia, San Andrés, and Santa Catalina islands, where heavy rainfall, flooding, and storm surges caused widespread damage.This new funding will provide equipment for firefighters and disaster-responders to clear fallen debris and purchase relief supplies for families. In addition, USAID deployed a Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) on November 17, to lead the U.S. government’s response to hurricanes Eta and Iota. This elite team has members throughout the affected region, including in Colombia, who are assessing damage, identifying needs, and bringing urgently needed assistance.The United States, through USAID, has allocated more than $17 million in life-saving aid to help people affected by both hurricanes in Colombia and the Republics of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This includes providing emergency shelter, food, hygiene supplies, critical relief items, and protection for the most vulnerable people.As the world’s humanitarian leader, the United States remains committed to providing life-saving assistance. It is a core American value to help those in need, and USAID will continue to help the Colombian people and other populations devastated by the storms.last_img read more

Lawyers have an ‘obligation to govern wisely and well’

first_imgLawyers have an ‘obligation to govern wisely and well’ January 1, 2002 Regular News Lawyers have an ‘obligation to govern wisely and well’ Editor’s Note: The following is the text of a speech Senior U.S. District Judge William Stafford of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida gave to the Tallahassee Bar Association on October 2.Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court, as it has for many years on the first Monday in October, convened to begin the 2001 – 2002 term. Coming just 20 days after the terrorists’ attacks on innocent civilians in New York and Washington and on four commercial aircraft, this court session signals once again the stability and continuity of our government. Although still grieving for his vivacious lawyer wife, Solicitor Theodore Olson was there doing what Solicitors General have always done, representing the United States in the Supreme Court.For those of us in the generation in which Judge [James] Joanos and I grew up, September 11 brought back memories of a quiet Sunday in December of 1941 when our young worlds were turned upside down as military targets in the American territories of Hawaii and the Philippines were attacked by the Japanese. We survived WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and America will survive the recent terror committed on our sovereign soil. The enemy is different, the targets are different, and the treachery is different — to shake our confidence in our way of life. But, our form of government is the same, and so is the resolve of the American people.We, as members of the legal profession, must do our part. Certainly the destruction and wholesale taking of lives at the World Trade Center does not diminish the fidelity that we owe to our individual, corporate, or governmental client. But as lawyers, teachers, and judges, we need to be mindful that we also have a duty to govern. Unlike any other profession, we have a branch of government to run. Physicians, dentists, even the clergy, do not have their own branch of government. Indeed, in Florida most professions are under control of an administrative agency. The Florida Bar stands alone under the control of the separate but equal judicial department of the state of Florida. And, as we all know, it is from the legal profession that we draw our judges.This special status imposes upon us all in the legal profession, especially at times of national trauma, the obligation to govern wisely and well. It is imperative that the judiciary and the legal profession remain independent. While members of our profession can be active in the executive and legislative branches, it is only lawyers and judges who can guide the third branch of government.The Supreme Court convened yesterday under the authority of Article III of the U.S. Constitution, adopted in September of 1787, and the Judiciary Act of September 1789, which established the Supreme Court, 13 district courts, three circuit courts, and the position of Attorney General.In the intervening 212 years, America has grown from 13 states hugging the Atlantic Coast to encompass a vast continent, with its 50th state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We now have 94 district courts and 13 courts of appeal, but only one Supreme Court, just as Article III provides.Back then at the beginning of our republic, judges and lawyers rode to court on horseback, with their papers and books in saddlebags. Today we do electronic filing, video conferencing, and when needed, travel by air at 600 miles per hour.Those of you who are at least in your mid-30s probably remember the summer of 1969 when in the comfort of our own homes we watched on television as an American walked on the moon. The other technological, medical, and scientific accomplishments of our great country are the envy of the world, and with all of our perceived shortcomings we remain the strongest, richest, and most generous nation on earth.All of this has been accomplished under the same Constitution adopted 214 years ago which has remained virtually unchanged. It is the genius of our Constitution that it has been able to accommodate two centuries of unparalleled progress, a flexible document which the drafters wisely crafted with uncanny skill.We are the guardians of Article III of that Constitution, the custodians of civilization under the rule of law. Through our 214 years of constitutional government, America has seen its share of villains, but we have been able to endure their skullduggery, and heroes have emerged in abundance. You have your own heroes, but one that comes to my mind at this time in the history of our republic is Daniel Webster.Webster was a member of the House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State — quite a distinguished public career. He is remembered equally as a great lawyer and eloquent orator, handling many important cases. In one six-year period, he won major constitutional cases before the United States Supreme Court, including the Dartmouth College case, Gibbons v. Ogden, and McCulloch v. Maryland, and was regarded as America’s leading lawyer in the first half of the 19th Century. Webster’s oratory in the courtroom and in the halls of Congress earned him even greater acclaim.It is from one of those impassioned speeches of that great lawyer and statesman that I shall close. Daniel Webster’s eloquence more than 150 years ago speaks so clearly to us at this moment in American history. Here is what he says to those of us who guard the Third Branch of government in the 21st century:“Other misfortunes may be borne, or their effects overcome. If disastrous war should sweep our commerce from the ocean, another generation may renew it; if it exhaust our treasury, future industry may replenish it; if it desolate and lay waste our fields, still, under a new cultivation they will grow green again and ripen to future harvests. It were but a trifle if the walls of yonder capitol were to crumble, if its lofty pillars should fall, and its gorgeous decorations be all covered by the dust of the valley; all these might be rebuilt. But who shall reconstruct the fabric of demolished government? Who shall rear again the well- proportioned columns of constitutional liberty? Who shall frame together the skillful architecture which unites national sovereignty with state rights, individual security, and public prosperity? No, gentlemen, if these columns fall they will be raised not again. Like the Coliseum and the Parthenon they will be destined to a mournful, a melancholy immortality. Bitterer tears, however, will flow over them than were ever shed over the monuments of Roman or Grecian art; for they will be the remnants of a more glorious edifice than Greece or Rome ever saw, the edifice of constitutional American liberty.”last_img read more

Court amends probate rules to conform with new laws

first_imgCourt amends probate rules to conform with new laws Court amends probate rules to conform with new laws July 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Changes to bring probate rules into conformance with new state laws and minor amendments to the small claims court rules have been approved by the Florida Supreme Court.The probate rules were recommended by the Probate Rules Committee, and endorsed by the Bar Board of Governors.“The amendments primarily follow statutory revisions to the Probate Code, other statutory changes, or implement procedures for addressing issues in the probate code,” the court said.Amended rules are: 5.122, 5.205, 5.240, 5.342, 5.385, 5.407, 5.430, 5.496, 5.552, 5.555, and 5.680. Comments also have been changed on several dozen rules. Changes that were made pursuant to the 2001 Probate Code are effective immediately and apply retroactively to anyone dying after December 31, 2001. The remaining amendments are effective January 1, 2004.On the Florida Small Claim Rules, the court accepted amendments from the Bar Small Claims Rules Committee, which were also endorsed by the Board of Governors.The changes, which the court characterized as minor, include requiring a corporation to authorize in writing when a nonlawyer employee represents it in small claims court and that the authorization be included in form summons used in small claims. Another change extends from 35 to 50 days the time for the clerk of court to set the pretrial conference in small claim cases.Full text of the decisions and the amended rules and comments can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. The cases are Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules (2-Year Cycle Rules), case no. SC03-159, and Amendments to the Florida Probate Rules, case no. SC03-106.last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam Joel Reginald Black, Ocala Admitted 1963; Died June 21, 2005 Craig S. Boda, New Port Richey Admitted 1981; July 20, 2005 Joseph C. Cerio, Jr., Holly Hill Admitted 1973; Died Sept. 24, 2003 William K. Chester, West Palm Beach Admitted 1950; Died June 1, 2005 Anthony D. Cipollone, Hackensack, NJ Admitted 1980; Died Nov. 27, 2003 Diana J. Elmes, St. Petersburg Admitted 1997; Died March 11, 2001 Andrew T. Gerrits, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1982; Died Aug. 6, 2005 Jose A. Gonzalez, North Miami Beach Admitted 1978; Died Dec. 19, 2004 Stephen Patrick Hoban, Mineola, NY Admitted 1985; Died Dec. 20, 2004 James Richard Hooper, Orlando Admitted 1983; Died July 1, 2005 Daniel A. Japour, Jacksonville Admitted 1952; Died March 9, 2005 Joseph F. Jennings, Miami Admitted 1950; Died Oct. 24, 2004 Richard Jemson Jones III, Tampa Admitted 1980; Died Sept. 17, 2004 Byron Johnson, Rochester, NY Admitted 1973; Died July 3, 2005 Leonard J. Kalish, Miami Admitted 1946; Died July 2, 2005 Vernon R. Keiser, Brandon Admitted 1960; Died Oct. 10, 2001 James K. Kerr, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1952; Died Feb. 6, 2000 Allen Kornblum, Boynton Beach Admitted 1954; Died July 9, 2005 Louis J. Kotlikoff, Haddonfield, NJ Admitted 1984; Died Jan. 14, 2005 Jerry Larotonda, Miami Admitted 1953; Died Sept. 24, 2003 Stuart I. Levin, Miami Admitted 1982; Died June 26, 2005 Robert Edward Levy, Boynton Beach Admitted 1979; Died May 5, 2005 Jerome Linet, Hollywood Admitted 1952; Died March 13, 2002 Douglas Harry MacArthur, Miami Admitted 1982; Died Nov. 12, 2004 Julio E. Manguart, Miami Admitted 1980; Died June 28, 2004 Bernard Marcus, Potomac, MD Admitted 1950; Died April 30, 2001 David Myron McAfee, Palos Park, IL Admitted 1974; Died Feb. 19, 2005 C. Lanny McCullers, Lutz Admitted 1962; Died Oct. 11, 2000 Luis F. Mendez, Coral Gables Admitted 1972; Died May 3, 2005 Aaron P. Metzger, Carle Place, NY Admitted 1982; Died July 8, 2003 Arthur Clements Moller III, Miami Admitted 1973; Died Dec. 18, 2004 Charles R. Murray, Miami Admitted 1961; Died June 13, 2000 F. Bay Neal III, Ponte Vedra Beach Admitted 1989; Died Aug. 10, 2000 Charles H. Netter, Miami Admitted 1949; Died June 18, 2003 Thomas C. O’Bannon, Melrose Admitted 1960; Died Dec. 20, 2004 Fred A. Ohlinger, Weirsdale Admitted 1975;Died Sept. 18, 2004 John Joseph Ogilby, Jr., Miami Admitted 1984; Died Jan. 2, 2003 T. Truett Ott, Osyka, MS Admitted 1948; Died May 14, 2005 Mercedes Padin, Aventura Admitted 1992; Died April 25, 2005 Eduardo Perez-Casalduc, Guaynabo, PR Admitted 1961; Died Oct. 19, 2000 Homer Shelton Philips, Largo Admitted 1963; Died May 22, 2005 Marvin D. Pliskin, Bay Harbor Islands Admitted 1955; Died Dec. 11, 2004 Jean B. J.Porter-Gabler, Cape Canaveral Admitted 1991; Died July 10, 2005 Anthony Thomas Randall, Haslett, MI Admitted 1977; Died May 2, 2005 Robert W. Rawlins, Ormond Beach Admitted 1957; Died April 16, 2005 William A. Raymond, Newberry Admitted 2003; Died 2004 Jerome S. Richman, Miami Admitted 1967; Died May 15, 2005 Michael Rifkin, Chapel Hill, NC Admitted 1976; Died June 14, 2005 Howard P. Rives, Clearwater Admitted 1949; Died June 5, 2005 Raymond J. Ryan, Jr., Saginaw, MI Admitted 1992; Died June 17, 2005 John Hayes Shapiro, North Miami Admitted 1964; Died June 14, 2005 Richard Lucius Shaw, Miami Admitted 1958; Died May 29, 2005 Earl Lytle Scales, Weirsdale Admitted 1970; Died March 23, 2005 Salvatore C. Scuderi, Marco Island Admitted 1971; Died April 7, 2005 Robert L. Shevin, Miami Admitted 1957; Died July 11, 2005 Joseph L. Shields, Havana Admitted 1974; Died June 16, 2005 Thomas Edward Shine, Melbourne Admitted 1968; Jan. 14, 2005 James Evans Slater, Bradenton Admitted 1973; Died May 26, 2005 Michael E. Somers, Long Beach, CA Admitted 1964; Died Dec. 26, 2004 Richard S. Sparrow, Sarasota Admitted 1953; Died April 17, 2005 A. L. Waldo Stockton, Jacksonville Admitted 1948; Died March 23, 2005 Thomas R. Tedcastle, Tallahassee Admitted 1977; Died Aug. 2, 2005 Arthur Earle Teele, Jr., Miami Admitted 1973; Died July 27, 2005 Herbert J. Teller, Knoxville, TN Admitted 1952; Died May 19, 2003 Howard C. Tompkins II, Brandon Admitted 1996; Died April 30, 2005 Fred J. Ward, Dania Beach Admitted 1956; Died April 16, 2005 Richard P. Warfield, Pensacola Admitted 1949; Died July 29, 2005 Charles M. Welch, Ormond Beach Admitted 1980; Died June 3, 2003 Samuel K. White, Vero Beach Admitted 1981; Died Sept. 11, 2004 Annette E. Williams, Maitland Admitted 1965; Died Jan. 1, 2004 Charles Ross Wilson, Lake Park Admitted 1953; Died Dec. 18, 2003 Daniel M. Wozniak, Melbourne Admitted 2002; Died July 21, 2005 Jack Perry Wyatt, Jr., Islamorada Admitted 1953; Died Oct. 24, 2004 Joseph D. Zamore, Shaker Heights, OH Admitted 1977; Died June 3, 2005 Carl J. Zarcone, Tavernier Admitted 1952; Died June 20, 2004 In Memoriam September 15, 2005 ron Johnson In Memoriamlast_img read more

Comments sought on CHR’s effectiveness in enforcing Florida’s anti-discrimination laws

first_imgComments sought on CHR’s effectiveness in enforcing Florida’s anti-discrimination laws November 1, 2005 Regular News The 2005 Florida Legislature has directed the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to review the Florida Commission on Human Relations.The Commission on Human Relations is responsible for investigating and enforcing Florida’s anti-discrimination laws (Ch. 760, Florida Statutes ). The commission accepts complaints from persons who believe they have been discriminated against in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.OPPAGA will analyze the effectiveness of CHR’s role in the civil remedies available to Florida citizens, determine whether CHR’s functions duplicate or overlap with other related programs, and consider the consequences of eliminating the commission.As part of the review, OPPAGA is seeking comments from members of the legal profession with experience in discrimination matters. These comments will be considered in the assessment of CHR’s overall effectiveness in enforcing Florida’s anti-discrimination laws and to offer the legislature recommendations for improving this process. Therefore, lawyers’ opinions are very important to this research.Anyone interested in providing an opinion is asked to complete a brief online questionnaire. The questionnaire is available on OPPAGA’s Web site at www.oppaga.state.fl.us/nosearch/surveys/chrcomments.htm and can be completed until Thursday, November 10.Those interested also may contact Jeanine King or Rashada Houston at (800) 531-2477.center_img Comments sought on CHR’s effectiveness in enforcing Florida’s anti-discrimination lawslast_img read more

Long Island Weather: More Snow on Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter weather advisory is in effect through midnight for all dark purple areas. (National Weather Service)Both Nassau and Suffolk counties are under a winter weather advisory through midnight as more snow heads toward Long Island Monday.Accumulations are expected to reach 2 to 3 inches with isolated areas up to 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service, with 40 mph wind gusts and visibilities less than 1 mile at times.Light, wet snow is expected to develop this morning and continue into tonight but will hit hardest after 1 p.m.Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch is possible before the evening commute.Snow is expected to taper off before 9 p.m. with new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.last_img read more