New call for release of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla

first_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more The following is a joint appeal signed by over 60 human rights organisations, which was initiated by ARTICLE 19, calling for the release of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla, after terrorism-related charges were laid against him: Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say ARTICLE 19Africa Freedom of Information CentreAlbanian Media InstituteArabic Network for Human Rights InformationAssociation of Caribbean Media WorkersBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Media Freedom and ResponsibilityCenter for Media Studies & Peace BuildingCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationFreedom HouseInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationInternational Press InstituteJournaliste en dangerMaharat FoundationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaMedia WatchNorwegian PENPakistan Press FoundationPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADAPEN American CenterPEN CanadaPEN InternationalReporters Without BordersWest African Journalists AssociationWorld Association of Newspapers and News PublishersWorld Press Freedom CommitteeAdala (Justice) Association, MoroccoAssociation de Recherche sur les Transitions Démocratiques (ARTD), TunisiaAssociation tunisienne pour la defense des valeurs universitaires (ATDVU)Centre for Law and DemocracyCentre de recherche sur l’opinion publique, les médias et la gouvernance locale (CRM), TunisiaCentre de Tunis pour la liberte de la presseCitizens Assembly, MoroccoComité pour le respcet des libertés et des droits de l’homme en Tunisie (CRLDHT)Community Media SolutionsForum of Moroccan journalists abroadForum tunisien pour les droits economiques et sociaux (FTDES)Free Press UnlimitedFront Line DefendersGulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR)International Media Support (IMS)Lam Echaml, TunisiaMedia Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT)Nawaat.orgObservatoire des libertés académiques des universitaires tunisiens (OLAUT)Organisation des libertés d’expression et des médias (HATEM – Morocco)Regional Center for Training and Development of Civil Society, SudanSyndicat des journaux indépendants et partisans (SJIP), TunisiaSyndicat général de la culture et l’information, TunisiaTunisian League to Defend Human Rights (LTDH)Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD)Tunisian Syndicate of Free Radio Stations (STRL)Union générale tunisienne du travail (UGTT)Vigilance Association for Democracy and the Civic State, Tunisia Organisation center_img Over 60 human rights organisations call for the immediate release of journalist Ali AnouzlaFreedom of expression and human rights organisations call for the immediate release of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla, and for charges to be dropped against him. Anouzla, editor of the Arabic edition of the news website Lakome, was arrested on 17 September 2013 in connection with an article published on his website.The undersigned organisations to this call declare that the indictment of Ali Anouzla on 24 September 2013 by the investigating judge at the Rabat Court of Appeals for “materially assisting”, “advocating terrorism” and “initiating terrorists acts” (on the basis of the anti-terrorist law 03-03 of 28 May 2003) is unfounded under international law, and amounts to a violation of the journalist’s freedom of expression and his right to inform the public. Therefore the charges should be dropped and he should immediately be released.Having studied the news article, entitled “For the first time Al-Qaeda attacks King Mohamed VI”, published on 13 September 2013 on the Lakome.com website, we deem the charges by the General Prosecutor that the article constitutes materially assisting, advocating terrorism and inciting terrorists’ acts as baseless and unsupported by the evidence. In his article, Ali Anouzla simply talks about the content of an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) video that he qualifies as “propaganda”, and provides an indirect link to it.We fear that the arrest and charges against Anouzla could be linked to his editorial line, in particular to his critical reporting of the highest political figures.We remind the Moroccan authorities that, according to the United Nations Human Rights Committee:”Offenses such as ‘encouraging terrorism’ and ‘extremist activity’, as well as ‘praising’, ‘glorifying’ or ‘justifying’ terrorism should be clearly defined in such a way to guarantee that it doesn’t result in unjustifiable or disproportionate interference in freedom of expression. Excessive restrictions to access to information must also be avoided. The media plays a crucial role in informing the public on acts of terrorism, and their capacity for action should not be unduly limited. In this respect, journalists must not be penalised for having pursued their legitimate work” (Comment (CCPR/C/GC/34) of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights international standards)Furthermore, in their joint statement of 2008, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, as well as regional rapporteurs on freedom of expression and the media from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organization of American States and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, clearly stated that: “The criminalisation of speech relating to terrorism should be restricted to instances of intentional incitement to terrorism, understood as a direct call to engage in terrorism which is directly responsible for increasing the likelihood of a terrorist act occurring, or to actual participation in terrorist acts… Vague notions such as the provision of assisting communications in terrorism or extremism, the “glorification” or the “promotion” of terrorism or extremism, and the mere repetition of statements made by terrorists do not themselves constitute incitation and must not be penalised.”The Special Rapporteurs also stated that: “The vital role of the media in the exercise of freedom of expression and the provisions of information to the public must be respected in the laws against terrorism and extremism. The public has the right to be informed on the commission or attempted commission of terrorist acts, and the media must not be punished for providing this information”.According to Principle 6 of the Johannesburg Principles on national security, freedom of expression and access to information, developed by a group of experts on international law, national security and human rights:”Expression may be punished as a threat to national security only if a government can demonstrate that:(a) the expression is intended to incite imminent violence;(b) it is likely to incite such violence; and(c) there is a direct and immediate connection between the expression and the likelihood or occurrence of such violence”.According to Principle 8, “Expression may not be prevented or punished merely because it transmits information issued by or about an organisation that a government has declared it threatens national security or a related interest”.Similarly, the UN Special Rapporteur on Terrorism and Human Rights has defined “public provocation to commit a terrorist offence” with reference to three elements: “First be an act of communication (“the distribution, or otherwise making available, of a message to the public…”). Secondly, there must be a subjective intention on the part of the person to incite terrorism (“…with the intent to incite the commission of a terrorist offence… whether or not directly advocating terrorist offences…”). Finally, there must be an additional objective danger that the person’s conduct will incite terrorism (“…where such conduct… causes a danger that one or more such offences may be committed”).” (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism)In view of the above, we fear that the Moroccan authorities have not only flouted international standards regarding freedom of expression and press freedom, but have also violated the Moroccan public’s right to know.The organisations also wish to remind the authorities that the Moroccan government hosted an international expert meeting on incitement to violence in October 2012, which resulted in the Rabat Plan of Action on the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. Morocco issued a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council session of March 2013 which supported the Rabat Plan of Action on behalf of 87 delegations, including the African group, the Arab group and the OIC group, as well as other delegations.The Rabat Plan of Action recommends, amongst others, that incitement requires a high threshold because “as a matter of fundamental principle, limitation of speech must remain an exception.” It refers to a high threshold test which should be implemented consistently by an independent judiciary and includes a review of the context, the speaker, the intent of the speaker, the content of the expression, the extent and magnitude of the expression and the likelihood, including imminence, of the advocated action occurring.The Rabat Plan further recommends that: “Criminal sanctions related to unlawful forms of expression should be seen as last resort measures to be only applied in strictly justifiable situations. Civil sanctions and remedies should also be considered, including pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages, along with the right of correction and the right of reply.” Most importantly, the Rabat Plan of Action finds that an independent and pluralistic media plays a vital role in combating discrimination and promoting intercultural understandings, and thus recommends that: “States should have in place a public policy and regulatory framework which promotes pluralism and diversity of the media, including new media; and which promotes universal and non-discrimination in access to and use of means of communication.”Regarding the statement of the Minister of Communications and government spokesperson, on 23 September 2013 (mincom.gov.ma), criticising the position of more than 60 organisations in favour of Anouzla’s release, we reiterate the following:• We condemned all violence and all calls that incite to violence, discrimination or hostility, by any organisation or person, including AQMI. We also call for the protection of journalists and defenders of human rights who could become victims of this violence.• We remind the Minister that the article qualifies the video as “propaganda”. This article cannot be said to be inciting to violence under the international standards highlighted above.Regarding the Vienna Declaration of 6 October 2009, of which dozens of international, regional and national organisations are signatories, the Minister of Communication accuses us in the above-mentioned statement of not having respected this Declaration. As declared in our statement of 20 September 2013, we believe our position reflects the content of the Declaration.As a reminder, among other things it states that “the media must be free in their coverage of terrorism, including in acts of ideological terrorism, as long as it does not constitute an intentional incitement to terrorism.” In consequence, we continue to insist that the Vienna Declaration protects Anouzla against arbitrary invocation of the anti-terrorist law against his freedom of expression and his right to inform.The undersigned organisations call for the immediate release of journalist Anouzla, charges against him to be dropped, the restoration of electronic equipment to the Lakome offices, and the end of judicial and media harassment against him. News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara October 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New call for release of Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla RSF_en News to go furtherlast_img read more

Read More »

700 go pedalling for Pieta House in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE inaugural Pieta 100 National Cycle saw over 700 cyclists in Limerick pedalling to raise awareness for the issues of suicide and self-harm last weekend.With other cycles being held in Galway, Cork and Dublin to raise much needed funds for Pieta House, the Limerick event began and ended at Mungret GAA club where participants had the option of undertaking a 50k or 100k route. Both routes brought them past the Pieta House Midwest centre, which has been delivering a service to the region since 2012.Centre manager Martin O’Sullivan said their goal was to replace suicide, self-harm and stigma with hope, self-care and acceptance.“Our commitment to offering a free service can only be achieved with the help and support of communities. We’re grateful to all the cyclists for taking part, to the supporters and organisers and the people of Limerick for their support and commitment to Pieta House,” he added.With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for those experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. To date, Pieta House has supported more than 17,000 people, with at least 5,000 seeking help in 2014. Previous articleWeek of events to promote mental health awarenessNext articleFree iPads won’t keep children out of poverty Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email TAGSlimerickMungret GAAPieta House center_img Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal News700 go pedalling for Pieta House in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – October 1, 2015 798 Printlast_img read more

Read More »

UVM scientists create ‘Hedonometer’ to measure happiness

first_imgIn 1881, the optimistic Irish economist Francis Edgeworth imagined a strange device called a “hedonimeter” that would be capable of “continually registering the height of pleasure experienced by an individual.” In other words, a happiness sensor.His was just a daydream. In practice, for decades, social scientists have had a devilish headache in trying to measure happiness. Surveys have revealed some useful information, but these are plagued by the unpleasant fact that people misreport and misremember their feelings when confronted by the guy with the clipboard. Ditto for studies where volunteers call in their feelings via PDA or cell phone. People get squirrely when they know they re being studied.But what if you had a remote-sensing mechanism that could record how millions of people around the world were feeling on any particular day–without their knowing? Large-Scale HappinessThat’s exactly what Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth, a mathematician and computer scientist working in the Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont, have created.Their methods show that Election Day, November 4, 2008, was the happiest day in four years. The day of Michael Jackson’s death, one of the unhappiest.Their results are reported this week in the Journal of Happiness Studies.”The proliferation of personal online writing such as blogs gives us the opportunity to measure emotional levels in real time,” they write in their study, “Measuring the Happiness of Large-Scale Written Expression: Songs, Blogs, and Presidents,” [LINK TO http://www.springerlink.com/content/757723154j4w726k(link is external) ] now available in an early online edition of the journal.Their answer to Edgeworth’s daydream begins with a website, wefeelfine.org [LINK TO http://www.wefeelfine.org(link is external) ] that mines through some 2.3 million blogs, looking for sentences beginning with “I feel” or “I am feeling.””We gathered nearly 10 million sentences from their site,” Dodds says. Then, drawing on a standardized “psychological valence” of words established by the Affective Norms for English Words (ANEW) study, each sentence receives a happiness score. In the ANEW study, a large pool of participants graded their reaction to 1034 words, forming a kind of “happy-unhappy” scale from 1 to 9. For example, “triumphant” averaged 8.87, “paradise” 8.72, “pancakes” 6.08, “vanity” 4.30, “hostage” 2.20, and “suicide” 1.25.The sentence “I feel lazy” would receive a score of 4.38. “Our method is only reasonable for large-scale texts, like what’s available on the web,” Dodds says. “Any one sentence might not show much. There’s too much variability in individual expression.” But that’s the beauty of big data sets and statistics.”It’s like measuring the temperature. You don’t care where the atoms are,” Dodds says. “You want to know the temperature of this room or this town. It’s a coarser scale. We’re interested in the collective story.”The Temperature of the BlogosphereThough blog writers do tend to be somewhat younger and more educated than average, they are broadly representative of the US population, writing from most everywhere with an even split between genders and high racial diversity.Since many blogs are connected to demographic data, Dodd’s and Danforth’s approach can let them measure the rise and fall of happiness of, say, people under 35 in California on Wednesdays, and compare to other places, age groups, and days.”We were able to make observations of people in a fairly natural environment at several orders of magnitude higher than previous happiness studies,” Danforth says. “They think they are communicating with friends,” but, since blogs are public, he says, “we’re just looking over their shoulders.”Though their method which they also apply to song lyrics, presidential speeches, and, recently, to Twitter messages is generally focused on how writings are received rather than what an author may have intended to convey, it does allow them to estimate the emotional state of the blog authors.””We are thus able to present results of what might be considered a very basic remote-sensing hedonometer,” they write (using a slight variant on Edgeworth’s spelling).Election Day 2008 showed a spike in the word “proud.” “That was the biggest deviation in the last four years,” Danforth says. “To have proud’ be the word that moves the needle is remarkable.”In contrast, the day of Michael Jackson’s death and the two following were some of the unhappiest, showing a significant dip in average valence scores. Each year, September 11 gets a dip, as does September 10, “in anticipation of the anniversary, we suppose,” says Dodds.Interestingly, their results run contrary to recent social science data that suggest that people basically feel the same at all ages of life. Instead, Dodds and Danforth’s method shows a more commonsensical result: young teenagers are unhappiest with a disproportionate use of “sick,” “hate,” “stupid,” “sad,” “depressed,” “bored,” “lonely,” “mad,” and, not surprisingly, “fat.” Then people get happier until they are old, when happiness drops off.The Tracings of MindsOf course, there is an ocean of philosophical questions to swim when trying to understand happiness. Though people regularly rank happiness as what they want most in life, what is it, really? Plato argued that achieving happiness was our true goal in life but recent studies suggest many people are bad at doing what makes them happy. Why? And what of the Buddhist perspective that all life is suffering? Is happiness simply a feeling?Though Francis Edgeworth hoped to measure happiness, “exactly according to the verdict of consciousness,” all science has to work with today are the tracings of a mind, not a literal mind-probe. New techniques in neuroscience seem to be moving closer to such a tool, but “we don’t know what is going on in people’s heads, really,” says Dodds.”Our study is a data exploration,” says Danforth. “It’s not about developing a theory.””The big picture for me is this: I have a daughter who is three,” he says, “She is going to grow up and fall in love without as much body language or visual cues. She’s inheriting an electronic world. We want to develop tools to understand that world.”Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth’s study, “Measuring the Happiness of Large-Scale Written Expression: Songs, Blogs, and Presidents,” [LINK TO http://www.springerlink.com/content/757723154j4w726k(link is external) ] will be permanently available in an open-access edition of the Journal of Happiness Studies.A video [LINK TO http://www.uvm.edu/~pdodds/research/video/index.html(link is external) ] of a lecture by Peter Dodds on this research is available on his website.For more information, contact Peter Dodds ([email protected](link sends e-mail)) or Chris Danforth ([email protected](link sends e-mail)).Source: UVM 07-23-2009last_img read more

Read More »

Two Vermont newspapers initiate online payment system

first_imgMassachusetts  Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/(link is external) North Adams Transcript http://www.thetranscript.com/(link is external) MediaNews Group, Inc, based in Denver, has launched a digital subscription model for 23 of its affiliate newspapers in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Vermont papers are the Brattleboro Reformer and the Bennington Banner. This digital paywall allows free access to a limited amount of content on a monthly basis and then readers will be asked to subscribe to have full access to their local news site. This digital subscription began August 15. ‘MediaNews Group’s print and digital properties are the trusted and definitive source of local, up-to-date news and information in their communities’, said Dean Singleton, CEO and Chairman.  ‘The decision to begin charging for our online content introduces a new era for our organization that is reflective of the high value we place on journalistic excellence and serving the community.  Implementation of online subscriptions will allow us to continue to support the quality writing and reporting that our readers expect from us.’ Digital Subscription Details: All readers of the subscription sites listed below will have free access to the home page, classifieds, obituaries and announcements section at all times. In addition, readers will have five free pages of editorial content per month available before being asked to subscribe. Current print subscribers may extend their subscription to include full digital access for an additional $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Digital-only subscriptions will be available to those who are not currently print subscribers for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year.The following newspapers are launching subscription models for their Web sites are on August 15, 2011: California          The Ukiah Daily Journal http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/(link is external) Woodland Daily Democrathttp://www.dailydemocrat.com/(link is external) Red Bluff Daily News http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/(link is external) Lake County Record-Beehttp://www.record-bee.com/(link is external) Chico Enterprise-Recordhttp://www.chicoer.com/(link is external)Eureka Times-Standard http://www.times-standard.com/(link is external) Vallejo Times-Heraldhttp://www.timesheraldonline.com/(link is external) The Reporter, Vacavillehttp://www.thereporter.com/(link is external)Whittier Daily Newshttp://www.whittierdailynews.com/(link is external) Redlands Daily Factshttp://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/(link is external) New Mexico       Las Cruces Sun-News http://www.lcsun-news.com/(link is external)Deming Headlighthttp://www.demingheadlight.com/(link is external)Silver City Sun Newshttp://www.scsun-news.com/(link is external)Farmington Daily Times http://www.daily-times.com/(link is external)Carlsbad Current-Argus http://www.currentargus.com/(link is external)Alamogordo Daily Newshttp://www.alamogordonews.com/(link is external) Pennsylvania    Lebanon Daily News http://www.ldnews.com/(link is external)GameTimePa.com http://www.gametimepa.com/(link is external)FlipsidePA.com http://www.flipsidepa.com/(link is external)In York http://www.inyork.com/(link is external)Chambersburg Public Opinionhttp://www.publicopiniononline.com/(link is external) Hanover Evening Sunhttp://www.eveningsun.com/(link is external) York Daily Recordhttp://www.ydr.com/(link is external)York Dispatch http://www.yorkdispatch.com/(link is external) Vermont            Bennington Banner http://www.benningtonbanner.com/(link is external)Brattleboro Reformerhttp://www.reformer.com/(link is external) MediaNews Group, Inc. (www.medianewsgroup.com(link is external)) is the nation’s second largest newspaper company as measured by circulation, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. MediaNews Group and its affiliated companies publish 57 daily newspapers and approximately 100 non-daily publications in 11 states. In addition, MediaNews Group provides programming and operational services for a CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska and four radio stations in Texas licensed to Affiliated Media, Inc. FCC Trust. MediaNews Group Interactive, MediaNews Group’s new media division maintains more than 75 Web sites for its daily newspapers.last_img read more

Read More »

Seabees, JTF-Bravo Fulfill Continuing Promise Projects in Suriname

first_img The eight nation, four-month humanitarian civic assistance mission, Continuing Promise 2010, was in its third day of operations in its final country visit, Suriname, when the USS Iwo Jima was suddenly redirected to Haiti to offer assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Thomas to the people of that already stressed Caribbean nation. To fulfill Continuing Promise’s medical and construction project commitments to the government and people of Suriname, the United States Southern Command quickly directed two new missions to the South American country. Surinamers were cooperative and understanding of the sudden change in plans, and have since welcomed the work of 19 Seabees who arrived on November 5, from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, to complete the three construction projects started by Iwo Jima. “This is just another example of our ‘Can Do’ spirit, because we’re committed to supporting Navy efforts in the region by joining Continuing Promise,” said Chief Steel Worker Gene Murphy, NMCB 7 team leader according to Navy.mil. The Seabees have provided significant carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work to ensure completion of three humanitarian assistance projects in Suriname . They renovated the Rebecca Scheltz Girls Home by demolishing and reinstalling two fire escapes, repairing the electrical system, building a new pavilion, installing interior flooring, painting the interior and exterior walls and renovating a bathroom dormitory. The Seabees constructed a new 16’ by 32’ building for the Para District Region Library, located about an hour from the Surinamese capital. The work for this project included building bookshelves, tables and chairs, painting the building and installing all power, lights, A/C, windows, doors and insulation. In addition to major plumbing renovations at the A.J.D. Wijdenbosch Kleuterschool, a school for pre-school and kindergarten aged children, the Seabees are repairing fences and installing new playground equipment. To fulfill the commitment of Continuing Promise 2010 to provide medical care services, USSOUTHCOM Operations has directed Joint Task Force Bravo –one of three task forces under USSOUTHCOM- to deploy to Suriname. The primary mission of the surgeons from the task force includes completing six surgeries on critical patients in Suriname, ranging from the removal of tumors and masses, to biopsies and lesion excisions, according to LTC Eric Milstrey, main planner for the mission at the USSOUTHCOM Surgeon Office. The surgeries will be carried out by the team of JTF-Bravo surgeons in local Surinamese hospitals in cooperation with local medical personnel as well. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

Read More »

Bar sections renew legislative positions

first_imgBar sections renew legislative positions Bar sections renew legislative positions September 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Bar sections have received renewed recognition to lobby on dozens of previous legislative positions, as well as six new issues, following action by the Bar Board of Governors.The board acted on the positions at its August 13 meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, following on the recommendation of the Legislation Committee.Under Bar policies, all legislation positions taken by sections, committees, and the Bar for the previous two years expired on June 30. Sections typically reactivate selected positions by resubmitting them for board review.Under Bar policies, sections are given a wide latitude on legislative issues. Generally their legislative activities must fall under that particular section’s purview, not have the potential to cause deep philosophical or emotional divisions among Bar members, or contravene an official position of The Florida Bar. As yet, the Board of Governors has not approved any Bar-wide positions for the 2004-06 biennium.Bar policies generally provide that if the board does not act on a section’s requested legislation position within 60 days, it is automatically approved. Sections use their own, voluntarily-raised money and not any Bar mandatory dues or fees to pay for their legislative activities. They must also make it clear they represent only the section and not the entire Bar.The action on these positions came against the backdrop of a controversy over the request of the Family Law and Public Interest Law sections to repeal a state law that prohibits homosexuals from adopting. Both sections also want the state to adopt a “best interest” standard for adoptions. The sections have postponed their request until the board’s December meeting. (See story in the September 1 Bar News. )The adoption matter is the first time in years that a section’s proposed legislative activities have raised any serious controversy.All Bar, section, and committee positions are posted on the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, following final board action. Click on the Legislative Info. button on the left hand menu, and then List of Positions on the next menu. All of the renewed positions are listed there, as well as the new ones.With the new positions, the board approved: three for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, two for the Business Law Section, and one for the Family Law Section. Those new positions are: Business Law Section: Opposes legislation to impose income tax on limited liability companies and subchapter 5 corporations; Supports amendment of F.S. §701.02 to provide that the UCC governs the attachment and perfection of a security interest in a mortgage upon real property and in a promissory note or other right to payment or performance secured by that mortgage, and no assignment of the mortgage is required to be recorded under this section for the attachment or perfection of a security interest in such a mortgage under the UCC. Family Law Section: Supports amendments to F.S. §61.16 and F.S. §742.045 to clarify that the court has authority to award reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in establishing both the entitlement and the amount of attorneys’ fees, costs and suit money to be awarded in a proceeding. Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section: Supports the revision of F. S. 222.21 (21)(a) to strengthen the exemptions from creditors’ claims for IRAs and employee benefit funds or accounts exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; Supports the creation of a consolidated chapter for disclaimers of testamentary and non-testamentary property interests; Supports the revision of F.S. §718.117 process for terminating condominium property.last_img read more

Read More »

6 steps to build a world-class credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Building a framework for performance excellence—and ultimately a world-class credit union—involves taking six key steps, says Walter Jankowski, consultant/trainer at Reinvention LLC.Drivers of performance excellence, he says, “start with leadership, strategic planning, and a member focus.”Jankowski, speaking at CUNA Mutual Group’s recent Performance Excellence in Credit Unions Conference, cites these six steps for performance excellence:1. Clarify the strategySet your credit union’s direction with critical strategies and action plans, and check your progress along the way.last_img

Read More »

Boynton Beach Man Pulls Gun on Girlfriend, Leads Police on 100MPH Chase

first_imgBoynton Beach Police say a man fled from officers by driving at 100mph, causing several crashes after pulling a gun on his girlfriend in the middle of an argument.Officers arrested 22-year-old Jacques Joseph this week on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on an officer, fleeing or eluding police, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.The dispute allegedly started outside the woman’s home on Miner Road. Police say Joseph and the woman were arguing, when he suddenly pointed a gun at her.Police located Joseph in the driver’s seat of an SUV at a home on NE 1st Street. He sped away as an officer was trying to conduct a traffic stop.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeAccording to the arrest report, Joseph drove recklessly through city streets, onto to I-95, and to Delray Beach while going about 100 mph. At one point, he slammed on his brakes and swerved toward an officer, causing that officer to move to avoid a crash.The pursuit resulted in crashes involving civilian and law enforcement vehicles, according to police.Officers eventually were able to detain Joseph on Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach.Although they did not find the weapon he had used on the woman, a witness told officers that she heard the “racking” of a gun during the argument.Joseph was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. He made his first court appearance Thursday morning, where a judge set a $5,000 bond.last_img read more

Read More »