Gaddafi calls for release of all detained journalists

first_img News November 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gaddafi calls for release of all detained journalists Reporters Without Borders welcomes last night’s report on state television that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has given instructions for the release of all the journalists held in a wave of arrests since 3 November (,38776.html).Issued on the eve of a periodic review of Libya’s record by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the orders for their release unfortunately reflect Col. Gaddafi’s desire to stay in power while normalising political relations with Libya’s economic partners rather than any consideration for freedom of expression.Reporters Without Borders hopes that the announcement is quickly followed by the release of all the detained journalists.————09/11/2010Blow against freedom of expressionWave of arrests of journalists who urged return of opposition figuresReporters Without Borders today strongly condemned a wave of arrests by Libya’s secret services of around 30 journalists that began on 5 November 2010.The roundup followed the publication of an editorial in the daily Oea and the news agency Libyan Press calling for opponents and former comrades-in-arms of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the 1969 revolution living in exile abroad, to return to the country and take an active role in politics.The worldwide press freedom organisation condemned the arrests and called for the immediate release of the journalists, saying that it was the reaction of a draconian state, deaf to the need for protecting human rights and democratic freedoms. It demonstrated that the regime was determined to be intractable in relation to freedom of expression.The two media belong to the media foundation al-Ghad, owned by Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Colonel Gaddafi. The director of the foundation, Mr Dogha, who lives in London, was warned that he would be arrested if he returned to the country. Oea was banned from appearing on 3 November 2010, when the people’s public committee (the government) ordered the national printers to shelve printing the weekly. Websites Libya al-Yom and the Libyan League for Human Rights run by opponents of the regime living abroad, were shut down on the same day. Another website, al-Manara Lili’lem was hacked into and made inaccessible, on 4 November 2010. It is now up and running again and covering current news event. Around ten journalists were arrested in the capital, Tripoli, overnight on 5-6 November. Fresh arrests continued elsewhere in the country in the following days. To date, around 28 journalists are being detained at al-Sika prison in the capital. Among them are an Egyptian and a Tunisian journalist, both women. The arrests have taken place against a background of rising tension in Libya between reformers and conservatives. Top ranking members of the Revolutionary Council recently called for violence against supporters of what they called “a reformist tsunami in the country”. The UN Human Rights Council is tomorrow due to carry out its Universal Periodic Review of Libya. Reporters Without Borders has contributed to this review by releasing its own assessment of the state of press freedom in Libya (see:,38768.html). Libya is ranked 160th out of 178 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index for 2010. June 24, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Libya News Receive email alerts Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more to go further On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul LibyaMiddle East – North Africa December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

12 killed after gunman opens fire ‘indiscriminately’ at Virginia Beach office

first_imgiStock(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — A city worker opened fire “indiscriminately” at the Municipal Center in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon, killing at least 12 people before he was shot dead by police in a “long gun battle,” police said.Eleven of the victims died on the scene and one succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said during a press conference Friday night.An additional four victims were in surgery at local hospitals for their injuries, and “others may have self-transported,” Cervera said.Two law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News that DeWayne Craddock, 40, is the alleged suspect in the shooting.Craddock was recently terminated from his position as a city employee, according to two law enforcement sources.Three of the injured patients were at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, with two in critical condition and one in fair condition. Another patient was at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in critical condition, according to Dale Gauding, senior communications adviser for brand engagement at Sentara Healthcare.One of the injured victims is a Virginia Beach police officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest, Cervera said.The suspect, who had access to the Municipal Center as a public utilities employee, walked into the building at around 4 p.m. and began to “indiscriminately fire upon all the victims,” Cervera said. There were victims on all three floors of the building, and one outside, who Cervera said was shot before the suspect entered the building.The suspect had two firearms — a long gun and a handgun — law enforcement sources told ABC News.Four officers responded to the shooting and engaged in a “long gun battle” with the suspect, eventually shooting him, Cervera said, noting that the officers likely “stopped the suspect from committing more carnage.”Responding officers also secured as many victims as they could, Cervera said.A .45-caliber handgun was found with multiple empty magazines following the shootout, Cervera said.“We just heard that there was an active shooter and we just barricaded ourselves in offices to make sure that we were all safe, and I called 911 just to get them to come there as fast as possible,” said Megan Banton, a Public Works employee who was on the second floor of the building. “My boss was, like, ‘This is not a drill. Get down. Call 911.’”Officials are in the process of identifying the victims, Cervera said, adding that their names would be released once all of their family members were notified.“This is the most the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam described the shooting as “unspeakable, senseless violence.”Authorities are asking people to avoid the Municipal Center area. The scene is now secure, but it is still active, Cervera said.The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and Virginia State Police are assisting in the investigation.Cervera described the shooting as a “devastating incident” that “will change a lot of lives.”“I just don’t know why anyone would do something like that,” Banton said. “I don’t know what would possess someone to come in and start shooting at people.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Web site of the week:

first_imgWeb site of the week: 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Keeping abreast of health and safety issues is a vital part of an HR manager’s job and if you want to ensure your knowledge levels are always topped up, this EU-US joint venture should be your next bookmark. Set up by the European Agency for Safety at Work and the US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it provides a huge information resource on all aspects of health and safety – locally and globally. The home page gives the impression of a US site but all EU nations are covered and each nation is assessed by clicking the relevant country on the right hand side. The UK Focal Point covers everything from “good practice” to research, statistics and legislation. There are generally subsections in each of these categories, complete with a set of links to sites where you can gain more specific information. There’s also news and articles and the site acts as an excellent information exchange.last_img read more

London property firm fined £30,000 over three unlicensed HMOs

first_imgHome » News » London property firm fined £30,000 over three unlicensed HMOs previous nextRegulation & LawLondon property firm fined £30,000 over three unlicensed HMOsCrown Managed Properties and director Elliot Gambino must pay £5,000 each for the three properties after dawn raids that found shocking conditions.Nigel Lewis12th February 201901,659 Views A property management company in London has been fined £30,000 after failing to licence three flats it had been operating as Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs).Crown Managed Properties Ltd and its director, 28-year-old Elliot Gambino received six fines at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court for the unlicensed properties in Camden, North London.Council officers from the London Borough of Camden discovered shocking conditions during early-morning raids at the apartments, which are on Camden Road; at Penhurst on Marsden Street; and Welford Court (pictured, above) on Castlehaven Road.This included sham ‘lodger agreements’ issued to tenants, tiny rooms with no means of escape and inadequate fire detection within all the properties.It was also found that the HMOs were being offered via a ‘rent to rent’ scheme advertised via hearing evidence, the court fined both the company and Gambino £5,000 for each property.“We will not allow a minority to spoil it for most landlords and lettings agents who play by the rules and ensure they are running a properly licensed HMO property,” says Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes at Camden Council (left).“We work with them in turn to ensure the property is properly maintained for the good of its tenants.”Crown Managed Properties Ltd was incorporated in October 2017 and was until recently due to be compulsorily dissolved and is behind in its paperwork at Companies House. Gambino is also listed as the director of a soft drinks firm which has also faced compulsory strike-off action, official records show.camden council Crown Managed Properties Ltd February 12, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Governor Holcomb’s Public Schedule for September 6 – 15

first_imgWHERE:          Indianapolis City Market West PlazaW Market St.Indianapolis, IN 46204 WHAT:            Indiana Fallen Firefighters Memorial WHAT:            Sudsy Pups Dog Wash Fundraiser and Red Carpet benefitting the Indianapolis Animal Care ServicesRed carpet event featuring Indianapolis’s high-profile pets and their owners with First Dog Henry as the guest of honorMore information can be found at this link September 6, 2017 – Sudsy Pups Dog Wash Fundraiser and Red CarpetWHO:              First Lady Janet HolcombFirst Dog Henry Holcomb WHERE:          The Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters MemorialOutside the Statehouse at Senate St. and Ohio St. WHEN:            11 a.m. ETcenter_img Below find Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s public schedule for September 6 – 15, 2017. The corrected dates are highlighted.September 6, 2017 – Indiana Fallen Firefighters MemorialWHO:              Gov. Holcomb WHEN:           10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET with First Lady and First Dog’s arrival and red carpet event beginning at 12 p.m. September 7 – 15, 2017Gov. Holcomb will be in Japan from Sept. 7 to Sept. 15. Visit this link for more information. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hollywood heads for the States

first_imgTV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has revealed he will be taking up the same role in the new American version of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off this year.The star of the BAFTA award-winning series announced the news on social media website Twitter on Tuesday (5 March), adding he would not leave the British TV series as part of his new role on The Great American Baking Competition, which is due to air in the US on 29 May.Hollywood tweeted: “NO, I’m not leaving the UK bake-off, but the American version will be fascinating for me, don’t know how they’ll cope with me mind!”The British judge will be joined by Marcela Valladolid, a celebrity chef, author and host of an American television show on the Food Network called Mexican Made Easy.Last October, producers of The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions, said that American television network CBS would be making its own version of the hit British show.International versions of the programme are set to air this year in Australia, France and Ireland, while the format has already been popular in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Poland.The finale of the third series of The Great British Bake Off, which was won by John Whaite, attracted around 6.5 million viewers – approximately 10% of the British population and a 25% audience share.last_img read more

13 Days Of Phishmas 2017: Baker’s Dozen Night 9, The “Maple” Show

first_imgAnother night, another Baker’s Dozen master class from Phish. While the band has been working their way through thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden, they’ve revealed themselves to be at the top of their game musically, with top-notch jams, killer bust outs, and out-of-left-field covers being sprinkled (jimmied?) throughout each show.While Tuesday night’s “Maple”-themed affair didn’t reach the zany peaks of some of the more generally well-received nights of the Baker’s Dozen, it was another opportunity for Phish to showcase their skills as one of the best live outfits on the planet–and they did just that, with a first set that only got stronger as it went along and a second set that featured more of the locked-in jamming that we’ve seen throughout the run.Phish hit the stage, picked up their instruments and started up a sort of feedback jam with lots of distortion, causing the energy in the room to swell rapidly, before Trey Anastasio‘s piercing guitar broke through, as he delivered a powerful solo version of Canadian national anthem “O Canada,” channeling Jimi Hendrix‘s iconic rendition of the American national anthem at Woodstock for the night’s first maple-themed song. Lighting designer Chris Kuroda shined a spotlight on the Canadian flag towards the back of the room, and the crowd roared with approval as the flag’s red maple leaf towered over them. Next, the band then added their first “Crowd Control” in 51 shows, before offering up another maple reference with Mike Gordon‘s “Sugar Shack”. This was the third appearance for “Sugar Shack” in 2017, which made it a disappointment that Anastasio still couldn’t quite play the song’s composed section properly. “Sugar Shack” is just one of those songs that will seemingly always trip him up.Watch Phish’s show-opening rendition of “O, Canada” below via LivePhish:Trey and the rest of Phish made up for the sub-par “Sugar Shack” with an excellent take on the Los Lobos classic “When The Circus Comes To Town.” They followed that up with the sixth version of “Daniel Saw The Stone” since 2003, and the MSG audience bounced excitedly to the song’s bluegrass grooves. The song’s ending featured a huge solo from Page McConnell, with Kuroda showing off some bright, white “hero” lights as the Chairman of the Boards played us out. More Page followed, as his heartfelt ballad “Army Of One” was performed for the first time this year, and contained soaring guitar playing from Anastasio and perfect vocals from McConnell. Page knows how to write a song to his own strengths, and he sounded impeccable on this version of “Army of One.”The rest of the set featured classic and beloved Phish songs. “The Wedge” finally made an appearance at the Baker’s Dozen, before the band busted out “Guelah Papyrus” for the first time in fifty shows. This was a somewhat flubby version of the fan-favorite track. However, in the end, it was a successful attempt, with the band dropping into the ragtime classic “Maple Leaf Rag” for a brief moment before returning to “Papyrus” to finish the song.Older, more rare songs from the band’s Gamehenge era, such as “Wilson”, “Tela,” “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent,” and “Fly Famous Mockingbird” have all been performed the past few nights, so it made sense that “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters” would make an appearance at this show. The song was performed with passion and precision, a powerful rendition of a rarity that many have chased for a long time. McConnell led a short jam at the end of the song, with some possible “Maple Leaf Rag” teases thrown into the mix.The “Limb By Limb” that followed harnessed the excited energy of the pair of beloved songs that preceded it and the band offered up their first major improvisation of the evening. This was a typically soaring version, with an exploratory build leading to a huge, sustained peak, with Anastasio ringing his guitar our while the band pushed and pushed until they seemingly exploded. Kuroda used his moving light rig to full effect on this one, adding to the song’s intensity. When they finally finished the song, Anastasio went straight into “Walk Away” by The James Gang, a blistering cover that the band has played only three times since 2013. When the Phish reunited in 2009, “Walk Away” was one of their go-to ragers, with many incredible versions appearing at shows from 2009-2013. While the song has become much more of a rarity, you couldn’t tell last night, as the band was simply on fire, as the “Tweezer Reprise”-esque jam built to a climactic peak several times before things were all said and done. After a somewhat uneven first set–albeit, a set with a super strong ending–the band took their bows and walked off stage for set break.Phish returned from their setbreak earlier than usual on this night, walking back on stage around 9:50 PM. They quickly started up TV on the Radio‘s “Golden Age,” which evolved into a twenty-minute powerhouse jam, another lengthy piece of improvisation at this Baker’s Dozen run that just keeps on giving. The jam featured an ambient, rhythmic portion, with chunky guitar and organ parts augmenting the groove. Jon Fishman was a machine on drums all night long, and his best moments came during the “Golden Age” jam. Finally, Anastasio leaned in with a filthy distorted rock guitar sound, and built the jam towards triumph. After the peaking jam, the band dissolved into an ominous ambience once again, before transitioning into the new song “Leaves,” making only its second appearance after debuting in Chicago earlier in the summer. Another tangentially theme-related tune, “Leaves” acted as a landing pad, offering a quick reprieve before returning to the Zeppelin-esque rock jams and blissful peaks on which they dialed in for “Golden Age.”Watch the second set-opening “Golden Age” below courtesy of LivePhish:Next up were the two biggest bustouts (or, really, one combined biggest bustout) of the night, as “Swept Away” > “Steep” was performed for the first time in 192 shows. “Swept Away” was short, of course, but beautiful. “Steep,” however, was remarkable, as the band took the short ballad–which usually falls in just under two minutes–and stretched it out to over twelve minutes long. The jam started off as in ambient faux-plinko space, reminisecnt of the band’s playing in 2010, before Gordon dropped some huge bass bombs. This whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and the band picked up on that excitement to give the crowd another huge improvised rock moment. Kuroda focused his lights behind the stage, and the combination of the energy in the room, the gorgeous jam from the band, and the unique and interesting lighting design combined to make this perhaps the top moment of the show.While the exciting “Steep” jam never amounted to a traditional peak, the band used this to their advantage, as Anastasio offered up some feedback as a dissolve before dropping into a raucous “46 Days.” The band used the hard rock style they had been focusing on throughout the evening to full effect on this one, with chunky power chords from Anastasio throughout the rocking version. After moving into a more ambient territory, Trey put down his guitar and ran over to the Marimba Lumina behind Fishman’s kit and started dropping some synth-bass bombs on the crowd. Eventually, Gordon and McConnell made their way over to the kid and joined Fishman for a full-band percussion jam. Last summer, the full-band percussion jam was becoming a bit overplayed, but as this is the only time it’s happened so far at the Baker’s Dozen, it was a welcome addition to the show. They kept it going for several minutes, with Fishman really showing off his improv skills before Anastasio mischievously ran back to his guitar to beat his band members back to their spots and lead the jam in a new direction of his choosing. He picked up on one of the rhythms that Fishman was repeating, Gordon and McConnell picked up on it too, and off they went for a few minutes before the jam was rip chorded in favor of “Piper.”Watch pro-shot video of “Swept Away” > “Steep” from the Baker’s Dozen below:“Piper” was science fiction-y, and weird–which is exactly how Phish has been playing over the past few weeks. The shows have been a mix of strange and out there jams meshed with uproarious rock climaxes, and this “Piper” contained all of those elements. The band seemed to drop back into “46 Days” during a high-energy moment, before Anastasio signaled a shift into “Possum.” The crowd resonded with huge waves of excitement, going absolutely wild for the classic song. “Possum” will always feel like one of Phish’s best songs, as they know how to take the song’s zany energy and exploit it to their best abilities. After a set filled with zig-zagging improvisation, “Possum” worked perfectly as a set closer.For the encore, Phish broke out David Bowie‘s Ziggy Stardust masterpiece, “Rock And Roll Suicide.” The song was debuted at last fall’s Halloween show in Las Vegas, and was performed for only the second time on Maple night. While many fans were wondering where the “maple” references were in set two (though you can spot a few if you extend the theme to the already-established maple leaves), the seven song set was filled with long moments of improvisation that most fans would kill to see. To satisfy those who wanted some extra maple, the band chose “Limelight” by Rush, Canada’s biggest rock band, as the post-show music.With only four shows remaining in the Baker’s Dozen, Phish is continuing to sprint towards the finish line. While tonight’s show will likely fade towards the bottom of the Baker’s Dozen barrel–in terms of both standout moments and theme-specific references–what’s clear is that Phish is going to keep the level of quality as high as possible throughout the Baker’s Dozen residency. This run has featured all of the best songs, the best jams, and the best energy on a nightly basis. Phish returns to Madison Square Garden tonight for night 10 of the residency, with the curious theme of “Holes.”Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Chad Anderson.Hot Takes From Night 9:Repeat Watch: Phish is still going strong. No repeats.Today’s Donut: “Maple” [“O Canada”; “Sugar Shack”; “When The Circus Comes To Town”; “Maple Leaf Rag”; Honorable Mention (leaves): “Leaves”; “Swept Away”]We Tired Yet?: Four more nights and we’re STILL ready for more Phish. BRING IT!….Can someone please get me some coffee?SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 9 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/1/17SET 1: O Canada[1], Crowd Control, Sugar Shack, When the Circus Comes, Daniel Saw the Stone, Army of One, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Maple Leaf Rag[2], Guelah Papyrus, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Limb By Limb> Walk AwaySET 2: Golden Age, Leaves, Swept Away > Steep > 46 Days > Piper > PossumENCORE: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide[1] Phish debut; instrumental.[2] Phish debut; performed solo by Page.We’ll see you back here tomorrow, as we continue to re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17 [Cover photo by Rene Humer/Phish From the Road]Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 9 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/1/17 | Photos by Chad Anderson Photo: Chad Anderson In just 5 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. To date, the band has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York. The Dozen was a different kind of beast: It’s difficult to pick apart the individual shows and rank them among the band’s other 39 MSG performances because these 13 shows were so inextricably linked. Those 17 summer days in the City almost felt like one long show, and so it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Baker’s Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’ll all be primed and ready to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesWe’re now past the mid-point of our Baker’s Dozen Phishmas–into the back half of the donut box. By this point, the secret was out: something very special was happening at The Garden. In the blink of an eye, each of the remaining shows–all of which had tickets available at the box office at the start of the run–were sold the f*ck out, and the horde of restless fingers in the air on 7th Avenue was steadily growing each night. Fans eagerly awaited the announcement of a new donut each morning, and made their calculated theme predictions for each successive show in kind. And with 8 shows down and not a repeat in sight, the list of songs still on the table grew shorter and shorter each night. In hindsight, the second half of the Baker’s Dozen was, in many ways, the most “predictable” stretch of shows Phish has ever played. More so than ever before, we went into those shows knowing loosely what to expect. But of course, that didn’t stop Phish from continuing to exceed our expectations anyhow…So much fantastic ground already covered, yet still so much to come–the second half of the Dozen was uncharted territory in the Phish Universe, boldly going where no run had gone before. Come along, relive that (not so short) trip with us, and remember that euphoric feeling of being in the thick of the Baker’s Dozen. Merry Phishmas to all!NIGHT 9: Maple8/1/17Review by Gideon Plotnicki Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Welch votes against Wall Street bailout

first_imgWelch votes against Wall Street bailoutWashington, D.C. – (September 29, 2008) Vermont Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement in opposition to the Wall Street bailout. Welch voted no on H.R. 3997, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008:”The economic crisis we face is real. However, I voted against the bailout because it isn’t paid for and because I don’t believe it will work.”First, the Paulsen plan does not offer a path to a strong economic future. Quite simply, it is the biggest taxpayer bailout in American history. It proposes to solve a problem caused by reckless borrowing and reckless lending by borrowing $700 billion more.”Second, it is appalling that the plan is not funded. It is yet another expense put on the taxpayers’ credit card. Just as President Bush told us his tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would pay for themselves, and Secretary Rumsfeld told us the Iraqi oil revenues would pay for the Iraq war, now Secretary Paulsen is telling us he can sell toxic debt securities that Wall Street can’t.”Since the administration first proposed its Wall Street bailout, I have heard from thousands of Vermonters concerned about their hard earned tax dollars rewarding Wall Street’s reckless behavior. Vermonters are furious about the financial crisis and they have every right to be. They bitterly resent being asked to pay $10,000 each for a $700 billion Wall Street rescue.””Chairman Frank, Chairman Dodd, and House and Senate leadership did a good job making a bad proposal better, but it is still a bad plan. I cannot in good conscience vote for a fundamentally flawed plan that puts so much financial risk on the backs of the already stretched middle class.”There are responsible ways to accomplish stabilizing our markets without leaving the middle class holding the bag. Many of us proposed to pay for an economic stability plan by establishing a financial stabilization escrow account paid for by a small transaction fee on security trades. This would protect the taxpayer and give any plan the financial muscle required for success.”Instead, total responsibility for this crisis is transferred to the middle class. The risk of this proposal is simply too great. The burden on Vermonters is simply too heavy. Vermonters should not get caught in the undertow of greed on Wall Street.”Resolving our economic problems will take more than a quick-fix, taxpayer funded bailout. It will take a return to the core truth Vermonters know: our economic policies must focus on building and preserving our middle class. We must reward work and entrepreneurship, not speculation, market manipulation and corporate self dealing.”# # #last_img read more

Court funding ‘vital’ for businesses

first_imgCourt funding ‘vital’ for businesses Mar 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Uniform levels of judicial service are critical to us in the retail industry’ Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Florida’s business community added its voice to the chorus calling on the legislature to properly fund the court system as it moves to carry out Revision 7 to Art. V of the constitution.An adequately funded, effective, and responsive court system is essential to Florida’s economic well-being, according to Rick McAllister, president of the Retail Federation of Florida.“Protecting our business climate is why I’m here today,” McAllister told a gathering of reporters recently in Tallahassee at a press conference where Florida TaxWatch released the findings of its study to determine how much state funding is needed to carry out Revision 7.“In order to maintain the gains we have made, it is vital that we achieve a smooth implementation of this major funding shift for our judicial system, without allowing services to fall short.”TaxWatch has recommended the legislature provide an additional $35.6 million over Gov. Jeb Bush’s recommendation to adequately fund Florida’s court system. That amount includes more money for judges and judicial assistants for a system that handles 31 percent more cases on average than other states. The state court system has spent the past seven years planning for the implementation of Revision 7, which resulted in a $170-million funding request from the Supreme Court. Gov. Bush has called for the legislature to provide $104.4 million in funding and Florida TaxWatch recommends $140 million in funding. (See March 1 News. )Dominic Calabro, president of TaxWatch, said his organization’s study shows that underfunding of the courts would have significant consequences, including a likely slowdown in civil and family court cases in some circuits. Florida’s citizens and businesses also might have to wait months, instead of weeks, for legal due process, he said.“Underfunding in other states has led to civil courts being in session only four of five days a week or three of four weeks a month,” Calabro said. “It has led to cases not being heard for months on end and a resulting delay in justice. If prolonged, negative commercial and economic development consequences would follow.”Florida Bar President Miles McGrane said the legal community also seeks adequate funding for Florida’s trial courts and has confidence the legislature will provide exactly that.“We believe this TaxWatch study will be of great assistance to our legislature by providing additional data and documentation on which our legislators may base their decisions,” McGrane said.The TaxWatch report said inadequate funding could lead to:• Backlogs of civil cases, thereby hampering citizens’ and business activity.• A reduction or elimination of drug courts by counties receiving decreased state funding.• Reductions in the quality of justice, especially in larger counties.• Negative commercial and economic development consequences if underfunding is prolonged.• Subversion of Revision 7’s intent of a uniform level of judicial service for all Floridians.“If the civil court system is a roadway and the roadway is running at full capacity, what happens if you shut down one lane of traffic — what happens to that system?” McGrane asked. “It is going to slow down or come to a stop.”McAllister said that is exactly the mistake California made and “today businesses there find themselves waiting two or three years to have business issues resolved. That is very business unfriendly.“It is important that the justice served to us be of the highest quality, especially in the bigger counties where the caseloads are so large and the press for time is so great,” McAllister said. “Uniform levels of judicial service are critical to us in the retail industry.”McAllister said a robust judicial system is critical to the future of Florida because investment and jobs depend on businesses and businesses want to locate and expand states with strong judicial systems.“Will the state of Florida provide a court system that works for our business economy?” McAllister asked.The Study’s Findings TaxWatch’s study found more funding is needed for special masters and hearing officers, professional court administrators, judges and judicial assistants, staff attorneys and law clerks, an integrated statewide court technology system, a resources management system for reporting performance and accountability data, and contingency funding to cover unknown costs likely to result from this first-time integration of courts.“If we limit the court’s ability, through inadequate funding, to carry out its constitutional obligations, businesses and citizens may find themselves in the back of the line awaiting their entitled helping of justice,” Calabro said.To help bridge the budget gap and ensure proper court funding, TaxWatch offered the legislature six “well-researched” sources of approximately $180 million in nontax revenue and identified “$30 million worth of cost savings, innovations, and productivity improvements to provide future savings beyond FY 2004-05.”“We have a marvelous court system that we hope will be up and running as it is come July 1,” McGrane said. “In Florida we just cannot stop the progress we have worked so hard to achieve; we must keep our courts running; we must have the same court system on July 1 that we have today.”To access the full TaxWatch report visit Court funding ‘vital’ for businesseslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, July 8

first_imgThe Schoharie Town Board received a request for a solar farm project at its June 12 meeting.The developer, Borrego Solar, presented maps and photos of the proposed 7 mw solar farm to be sited on our land, well off state Route 30 and screened from the highway and adjoining property owners. It’s a community solar project sized to supply locally produced solar-generated power for up to 2,000 typical residences.Residents in Middleburgh, Cobleskill, Esperance, Gallupville, Berne, Duanesburg and others throughout the National Grid distribution district can purchase their electricity from this project, at a discount.It will allow those who live in apartments, mobile homes and other residences, who don’t have the option or means to install their own rooftop or on-premises solar panels, to purchase solar-generated power. This project is for those who want a more environmentally friendly power source. It will signal that Schoharie County residents care about the environment and are actually doing something about it.Likewise, businesses, particularly tourist- and hospitality enterprises, that want to thrive need to be supportive of environmental stewardship and sustainability.This project’s location was chosen to preserve the valley viewshed; the visual impact is minimized on adjoining properties through topography and tree screening.  It has an environmentally friendly design that is supportive of wildlife corridors, promotes pollinators and bee habitat; and is the right size in the right place and at the right time.Len and Meg BerdanSchoharieWant change? Stop being complacentThere are those people who believe that pointing to the problems in the country is un-American. That is incredibly idiotic.Only a fool does not seek to understand and improve his or her own weaknesses.Also, I really don’t want to hear how it’s the fault of liberal politicians and policies.Since 1980, conservatism has been the predominant policy.That is why so few Americans are protected by a union, the wealth and wage gaps have exploded, poverty is looked at punitively, and healthcare is so expensive and covers less and less.We all need to own it. It’s so much easier to ignore or blame than it is to actually do something to fix the problems, because doing something means to re-examine the fundamental policy assumptions by which we have been guided for 40 years.We also will have to change how we do some things in our daily lives. Americans do hate to change their daily habits. We are so reluctant to change that we have allowed actual information — you know, actual facts based on best available information — to become unimportant, even antithetical to beliefs and practices.So, let’s stop pretending that the moat isn’t leaking and figure out how to repair it. Let’s stop blaming everyone else and look at ourselves, as we are the ones whose complacency helped to leak to become a deluge.James CiminoSchenectadyDemocratic clowns belong in a circusI hope that you who voted for the Democratic Party are happy the way our taxes are being wasted [millions] on them trying to impeach our president. They are stupid. All that money could be used on our teachers for better education and the schools. But no, they are so intent on making America the laughing stock of our allies. When it comes time to vote, don’t forget the way they are being idiots.They are putting on a better circus than Barnum & Bailey with so many wanting to be president. I think Ringling Bros. would be glad to have 20 or so more clowns. What’s that song? Send in the clowns?James MaxfieldScotiaVote for what we need in next electionThe New York Times’ June 13 article, “Social Security Faces Shortfall,” spends 800 words pushing cuts to our basic food and shelter retirement fund.Not one single word was written about simply repealing the millionaire-written exemption on all unearned income above $133,000. If they just paid the same rate as us regular people, Social Security would be solid for generations.Imagine if “We The People” took control of our country, how fair, secure and great America would be. Heck, we could have complete Medicare for all, saving us thousands of dollars per person and tens of thousands of lives a year.Let’s vote for what we want and need this time.Peter LookerGlenville Consider disabled at next fireworks showI’d like to thank the Rivers casino for hosting a great 4th of July celebration in Schenectady.I’m not sure what organization is responsible for the safety of the patrons, but care and oversight must occur when people are allowed to set up chairs blocking entire sidewalks.Individuals with disabilities and mobility issues had problems navigating at this event.They were required to roll their wheelchairs or use their canes or crutches in gravel.Please consider placing restrictions on where people can place their chairs so that those with mobility issues can navigate the surroundings safely.Disclaimer: I am a person with a handicap/mobility issue.Kevin ThompsonRotterdamMedia too anxious to trash Trump’s 4thI don’t agree with everything President Trump does. I surely don’t like everything he says.However the mainstream media spends more than 90 percent of their coverage of the president in the negative area.Case in point: The media spent a great deal of time prior to July 4 telling Americans how bad the Washington parade would be.Additionally, they decried the self-serving political speech Mr. Trump was going to give. Funny how they critique a speech prior to it being given.The celebration was fabulous. The speech honored America and outstanding Americans while showcasing and thanking the military of the United States.The same media that bashed the events prior to them being held, for the most part, went silent after they were completed.Why? Because there was nothing negative to say.John MetalloSlingerlandsJuly 4th is not for honoring veteransIt seems the Gazette Classified section led its advertisers astray last week. The July 4 edition included an insert dressed in the American flag but carrying several ads that recognized the service of military veterans.While as a veteran I always appreciate the recognition, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is intended to celebrate the birth of this great nation.We have other holidays — namely Veterans Day and Memorial Day — on which to recognize the contributions of our veterans, both living and dead.Jerry BoehmAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChild-obesity needs lifestyle changesIt’s not often an article sends me over the edge from lifelong living experience on the subject.Regarding the article in the June 9 Gazette, “Fat-shaming during childhood leads to long-term risk of obesity,” someone has too much time on their hands. “Childhood and youth over-weight and obesity are at epidemic proportions.” That’s been said for decades and will not change without massive amounts of education on the subject, and the family having some continuity in upbringing.This nation is not the same as it was when going out to dinner or buying takeout was a rare treat. Today, it’s routine. A big difference from home-cooked.Growing up as an obese kid and not really conquering the problem until age 21 left me with memories both happy and sad, including an unnecessary bi-lateral mastectomy in 1973.My actions in the past, like grabbing a kid that made fun of me, sitting on him and slapping him silly are probably not acceptable, but they worked.Name calling did not make me continue having a weight problem. I went through a major lifestyle change to lose my 100 pounds and keep it off. Not all kids are overweight and obese, but the ones that are most assuredly are not happy about it. The ability to change has to come from within. Name calling didn’t make them fat, nor will it keep them fat. The only solution is lifestyle change, which falls into many categories. Sometimes a good name calling, or teasing can spark the change.Bob BelieveGlenvilleSchoharie’s solar project right for alllast_img read more