Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew

first_img View post tag: blue View post tag: Visit Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew Share this article June 13, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Singapore following a four-day visit, June 12.During the visit, the Blue Ridge crew and 7th Fleet Staff participated in community relations projects and enjoyed the city’s diverse culture and rich history.Sailors visited orphanages dedicated to supporting children from dysfunctional homes who have been abused or neglected and brought plenty of laughter and smiles to share. “I enjoy spending quality time with the children,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Gomer Cubol. “As Sailors in the U.S. Navy, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful opportunities, and I feel good knowing we have a positive impact on children’s lives.”The 7th Fleet Band’s Pacific Ambassadors played several live shows at multiple schools and orphanages. Their sets consisted of American rock, brass band and jazz classics, along with popular local hits. “We look forward to having the opportunity to perform in the countries we visit,” said Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble. “It’s all about promoting friendship between the two countries by sharing each culture’s music and enjoying each other’s company.”Several tours were offered by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation #MWR# committee, including a night safari and canal-boat sightseeing tours.  “The trip was a great morale boost and also served as an excellent team-building exercise,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kerri Scranton.The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for nearly 34 years to continue forging partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.[mappress]Press Release, June 13, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Moral View post tag: Ridge View post tag: Defence View post tag: Great View post tag: boost View post tag: USS View post tag: crew View post tag: usalast_img read more

Biological Psychology Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgDepartment Location Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries to be emailed [email protected] Minimum Qualifications Total Hrs per Week/Day Posting NumberF00153P Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are requested to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work ** (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae4. Two letters of recommendation5. Letter of Interest**Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Conditions 1. Have a master’s degree in psychology OR Bachelor’s in psychologyAND Master’s in counseling, sociology, statistics, neuroscience, orsocial work; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Special Requirements Closing Date Assignment Responsibilities Job Posting TitleBiological Psychology Adjunct Assistant Professor SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules The Institution How and where to apply LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Beginning and/or Ending Datescenter_img Posting Date Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Open ContinuouslyYes Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Position Summary Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Physical Demands Posting Details All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes.Course Description:This course examines the biochemical, cellular, and organismalphysiological substrates of normal and abnormal behavior. Thecourse content focuses on interactions of the central nervoussystem, peripheral nervous system, endocrine and immune systems toproduce consciousness, sensation, perception, thinking, motivationand emotion. These areas will be addressed within an evolutionarycontext that emphasizes developmental plasticity of the individualand the species. Current methods of obtaining data (e.g.neuroimaging techniques) will be examined and evaluated. Studentswill be required to perform anatomical identification of brainstructures using a sheep’s brain. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2909 Work Schedule Work YearN/A Application Instructions Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentlast_img read more

Seasonal seller

first_imgBananas are available all year round, but in the months when there is less fresh seasonal fruit around, bananas are good stand-bys. They are grown in India, China, Africa, South and Central America, Australia and the Caribbean. The Windward Islands, in particular, produce a high-quality crop.Under-ripe bananas are green and reach their peak when they are yellow, with a very light speckling of brown. At this stage, the starch has been converted to sugar and they have a sweet taste with a firm texture. Over-ripe fruit can be used in cooking, but often the strong “banana” taste is overwhelming. If banana slices are to be used as decoration they need to be dipped briefly, or painted with lemon or lime juice as they discolour on contact with air, then coated with an apricot glaze.Generally, it is best to mash the bananas for use in cakes, breads and muffins. Banana bread can be varied by using different spices, chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. They can be put, cut in chunks or sliced down their length, in bread-and-butter puddings or crumbles. Try including crushed Amaretti biscuits instead of some of the flour and sugar in the topping.In season: all year – from different parts of the worldFiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine in Londonlast_img read more

Crantock’s small bites

first_imgCrantock Bakery has launched new breakfast pasties, to cater for busy consumers who want to eat-on-the-go. The new ’Breakfast Bites’ have been developed following retailer feedback requesting a broader range of products. The pasty will be available in two variants: sausage, cheese and baked beans or smoked bacon, beans and cheese.”Recent research shows that one in five people are too busy to eat breakfast before they leave home in the morning,” explained Becky Hornabrook, Crantock Bakery. “Our customers told us there was demand for a smaller product for people who are picking up breakfast on the way to work.”The 150g Breakfast Bites are available for trade and wholesale customers in cases of 36Price: 55p/unit or £19.80/ case www.crantockbakery.co.uklast_img read more

Exclusive Interview With The Salvadoran Defense Minister Gen. David Munguía Payés

first_imgBy Dialogo July 28, 2010 For the first time in El Salvador, criminals burned a bus with passengers inside. The crime, which took place on 20 June and left seventeen people dead, including a baby girl a few months old, horrified the country and created political pressure for the implementation of new anti-gang measures in the Central American nation. Among these measures is the use of the armed forces in support of the fight against groups like the Mara 18 gang, accused of responsibility for the bus attack, and others. The Salvadoran Defense Minister granted Diálogo the following exclusive interview, minutes after addressing the Sub-Regional Conference for Mesoamerica, held 20-23 July in San Salvador and organized by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), in order to discuss this and other topics. Diálogo – What is the role of the armed forces today in El Salvador? Gen. Munguía – The tasks that we’re going to carry out in providing support to the National Civil Police (PNC) have been defined. There’s an executive order (No. 70) in which the president orders the armed forces to support the PNC, but limits our actions, that is to say, we don’t have all the functions of police. We have a mandate to set up checkpoints, search vehicles, search people, and arrest individuals caught red-handed. Diálogo – What happens when individuals are arrested by armed forces personnel? Gen. Munguía – If we arrest someone, we immediately turn that person over to the PNC. In addition to that, we’ve established a joint command with the PNC where all activities are coordinated, so that, if there’s a problem, it can be solved right there, at the joint command. Diálogo – How is the fulfillment of this task being approached? Gen. Munguía – We’ve formed eight task forces of 350 men each, with their respective officers. The mission we have is to occupy the twenty-nine areas with the highest crime rates in the country. We’re operating in these areas, and our presence is a permanent one. Diálogo – Is this a preventive measure? Gen. Munguía – Up to now, it’s all preventive. There’s a proposal to reform the law to criminalize being part of a gang, and that’s also going to give us the opportunity to arrest gang members. Diálogo – So, currently, being part of a gang is not considered a crime? Gen. Munguía – At the moment, the fact of belonging to a gang is not considered a crime. The principle of the presumption of innocence prevails, that is to say, although we know some of them are criminals, and people point them out to us as criminals, we can’t do anything. It’s very difficult to prove the crimes. We can only arrest them if we catch them red-handed. Right now, we can’t arrest them on allegations that they commit crimes. Diálogo – But isn’t it true that in order to be part of a gang, the future member is supposed to commit a crime? Gen. Munguía – It’s true. In reality, today, they demand that the person commit at least one homicide. There are cases of gangs that demand up to six homicides. Therefore, it can be presumed that if a person belongs to a gang, it’s because he’s already committed at least one homicide, but they can’t be arrested on the basis of this presumption, nor can you start an investigation or legal proceedings. It’s necessary to wait for them to commit other crimes and for us to catch them in the act. Nevertheless, there’s a new law proposed by the President of the Republic that will allow us to arrest them for belonging to a gang. Diálogo – What was the participation of the armed forces in the case of the bus that was burned? Gen. Munguía – Unfortunately, we didn’t participate directly in that investigation. Nevertheless, we already knew that this gang existed in the municipality where they committed the crime, but we couldn’t arrest them until they committed a crime. However, we helped the National Police to solve the problem, because we advised them that there was this gang in this area, and they focused their investigation in that direction. Diálogo – Do you consider gangs to be the main security problem in El Salvador at present? Gen. Munguía – Yes. We can’t overlook the fact that there are others, like organized crime, drug trafficking, and white-collar crime, which can also be behind these gangs. The chief problem arises from the combination of gangs with drug trafficking. This is what is causing the violence that we’re seeing in the streets and this large number of homicides that are being committed in the country. When the armed forces started to support the National Civil Police (PNC) more consistently – in November 2009 – the crime rate was between 14 and 15 homicides a day. With the work that we’ve been doing, we’ve succeeded first of all in containing the upward trend of this vicious cycle, and then with the most recent missions that the President of the Republic has assigned us, such as taking control of a significant portion of the prisons, we’ve succeeded, together with the police, in getting down to 9 homicides a day for the month of June 2010. Diálogo – Can you say a bit more about the intervention of the armed forces in the prisons? Gen. Munguía – The police had data indicating that more than 80 percent of extortions were ordered from inside the prisons. Today there’s been a significant drop in extortions in the country due to the action and support of the armed forces, just to cite one example. Diálogo – What is your opinion on putting prisons in isolated locations, like Alcatraz was in the United States? Gen. Munguía – It would be a good thing, but it’s necessary to distinguish between what we would like to do and reality. Building a normal prison costs the country around thirty million dollars. Building a high-security prison and putting it on an island might cost us three or four times more. The reality is that the country is not currently in a position to spend that much money on building those kinds of prisons. There are cheaper alternatives, like building prisons using modular containers and surrounding them with a security perimeter to hold trusted prisoners or those who are about to complete their sentences, older adults or individuals with very serious illnesses. I believe that this could be a temporary solution to the problem. Diálogo – Aren’t cell phone blockers in prisons another solution to be implemented? Gen. Munguía – Technology is one solution, but it can’t be the only solution, because no technological tool is 100 percent secure. First, because the technology isn’t finished yet, and second, because in the end, these technological devices have to be operated by human beings. This is another large problem that we have in the prisons, that is to say, there’s quite a bit of corruption there. For example, the United States gave us some scanning chairs that detect whether someone going into a prison is carrying something illicit. It’s a good technology, but it’s been observed that several times, the person who was administering these chairs disconnected them at the time they were being used. We know that it’s from inside the prisons and by means of cell phone calls that crimes are being ordered on the outside, and the government is making efforts to prevent this, even using cell phone blockers, but it’s something that’s complicated to fight. Diálogo – Is there an exchange of police and military intelligence across the whole region? Gen. Munguía – Yes, but it’s still very elementary and deficient. During the last meeting of the Central American Integration System (July 2010), this was one of topics discussed. Commitments have been made and coordination has been done precisely in order to handle the transfer of information and intelligence more effectively and more rapidly, so that we can be more effective in the fight against crime, with even the participation of Mexico and Colombia. Diálogo – How can problems related to human rights be avoided? Gen. Munguía – The first thing that we did was to train our personnel on the subject of human rights, before starting to carry out these missions. We set up teams with the organizations that defend human rights and with other specialized organizations in order for them to give classes in this area to our officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted personnel. We also have strict supervision in the fulfillment of our missions. Up to now, there have not been any serious accusations related to human-rights violations. Diálogo – And with regard to juvenile delinquents? What is the government doing to prevent them from joining gangs, and what should be done with those who are already part of gangs? Gen. Munguía – First, it’s necessary to control the areas in order to prevent the criminals from dominating an area, so that after that, the government can come into these locations with its social programs. The vast majority of these social programs are directed toward helping at-risk youth so that they don’t turn to gangs. There are also rehabilitation and reinsertion plans for those who want to leave a gang. Now, since the laws on juvenile crime are very protective of minors, the gangs use children to commit crimes. In the country currently, 90 percent of crimes are committed by gang members, and of these, around 60 percent are committed by children. Our society is even debating the possibility of lowering the minimum age for treating a child who has committed a crime as an adult.last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Authorities seize 1.5 metric tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican counter-narcotics agents seized 1.5 metric tons (3,306 pounds) of cocaine off a speedboat, arrested three Venezuelans and are pursuing six other suspects allegedly linked to a drug kingpin arrested last year. The seizure, which concluded a months-long investigation called “Operation Earthquake,” marks the country’s biggest drug bust of the year. It also adds to a string of high-profile operations in which Dominican authorities have seized thousands of pounds of cocaine. “Operation Earthquake” was carried out during the morning hours of March 25 near the Caribbean beach town Juan Dolio. National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) officials said the vessel, a 40-foot speedboat with three 250-horsepower outboard motors, had been tracked from the Guajira Peninsula on Colombia’s Caribbean coast near the Venezuelan border. The Dominican Tactical Division of Sensitive Investigations, an elite unit in the country’s counter-narcotics fight, began tracking the boat when it was about 100 miles south of the Dominican coast. The DNCD, National Police, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents converged, confiscating 1,236 packets of cocaine and arresting the three individuals. Aboard the boat, agents found sophisticated communication devices and night vision equipment the alleged traffickers used for navigation. The three arrested Venezuelans were identified as Richard Chirino Primera, Eliezer Hernández Guanita, and Cruz Rafael Natera Fermín. Additionally, DNCD officials said they are close to arresting six Dominicans they believe were supposed to receive the cocaine. The individuals were allegedly part of a drug trafficking ring linked to Ramón Antonio del Rosario Puente, a kingpin who was arrested last year and extradited to Puerto Rico at the request of U.S. federal authorities, who then had him transferred to New York. Rosario, known as “Toño Leña,” is accused of running drugs from eastern Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico as part of a massive narco-trafficking operation overseen by José Figueroa Agosto, who has been called the “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean.” Figueroa Agosto was apprehended last year in Puerto Rico and is serving a 209-year prison sentence in New York. He also recently pleaded guilty to drug-trafficking charges in a U.S. Federal Court in Puerto Rico. His punishment for those crimes will be added to his sentence. Rosario has denied any links to Figueroa Agosto. But DNCD officials said pieces of the criminal organization are still in place in the Dominican Republic. “This network of drug traffickers uses the services of Venezuelans, Colombians and the remnants of the Toño Leña band to bring narcotics to the country and then to the United States and Europe,” said Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, chief of the DNCD. “These individuals were in charge of directing and coordinating the drug trafficking operations in the Dominican Republic.” The cocaine seized in the operation was sent to a laboratory where it was to be tested for purity and weighed. DNCD officials said the cocaine had a street value of US$75 million. It was the third major bust for Dominican authorities in little more than a month. On March 14, the DNCD confiscated 807.4 kilograms (1,780 pounds) of cocaine from a shipping container aboard an ocean liner docked in the Caucedo Port. The drug had been divided into smaller packets and stashed inside bails of tobacco that were bound for Port of Valencia, Spain. Eight people were arrested in the operation. On Feb. 22, the DNCD carried out “Operation Volcano,” a two-month investigation that led to the seizure of 633 kilograms (1,392 pounds) of cocaine that was allegedly being trafficked by boat from South America to Puerto Rico via the Dominican’s southern coast. The prevalence of maritime seizures reflects a growing concern by Dominican authorities. The country virtually eliminated illicit drug flights from South America when it began to deploy its own aircrafts. The reduction in drug flights, however, “has resulted in redoubled efforts by traffickers to use maritime methods such as go-fast boats, privately-owned fishing and recreational vehicles, and cargo containers,” Aníbal de Castro, the Dominican Ambassador to the U.S., said in February during a hearing on Caribbean drug trafficking. The big seizures in the early months of 2012 followed a year in which the DNCD and other counter-narcotics authorities set a record for cocaine seizures. In 2011, authorities seized 6,715 kilograms (about 14,804 pounds) of cocaine, a 48% increase from the previous year when authorities confiscated 4,527 kilograms (9,980 pounds), according to statistics from the DNCD.last_img read more

Designing standards for storing e-records

first_img January 15, 2006 Regular News Designing standards for storing e-records Designing standards for storing e-records Lawyers look to safeguard client records as part of their hurricane preparation plans Increasingly turning to electronic means to store legal records, especially as they worry about hurricanes, lawyers are asking for guidelines on the appropriateness of keeping electronic as opposed to paper records.The Bar Board of Governors, reacting to that request, has asked the Professional Ethics Committee to look at that issue and consider issuing an ethics opinion. The board acted at its December 16 meeting at Amelia Island.Board member Steve Chaykin, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said the Bar has been getting more inquiries on the subject, both through its Ethics Hotline and from the Law Office Management Assistance Service. Lawyers are paying particular attention to the issue as they look to safeguard client records and legal documents as part of their hurricane preparation plans.He noted there are no ethics opinions advising lawyers when they might need to retain an original document and when it would be okay to keep only an electronic record.Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said that lawyers have a wide variety of records and documents that could be affected. For instance, she noted that state law requires the original of some documents to be presented in court, not electronic copies. But in other instances, lawyers may have files of closed cases that don’t have such vital or essential information that could easily be electronically preserved, she said.Chaykin said the PEC’s opinion would be posted on the Bar’s Web site, and linked to information about disaster preparedness and also guidelines about retention and disposal of old client files.The committee unanimously made two recommendations, he said. The first is to refer the issue to the PEC for an opinion on converting paper records to digital files and whether electronic files are required as opposed to allowable in some situations. The second, Chaykin said, is to refer to the appropriate Bar committees the issue of whether in some instances electronic records could be submitted to courts in lieu of paper records.The board approved both unanimously, and Bar President Alan Bookman said he would make the referrals to the appropriate committees.last_img read more

NCUA Board will issue proposals on mergers, hear fund update

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board will hear an update on the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund and consider proposals dealing with voluntary federal credit union mergers, agency appeals procedures and the Supervisory Review Committee during its May 25 open meeting, according to an agenda released Thursday.The open meeting is set for 10 a.m. Eastern, to be followed by a closed meeting at 11:45 a.m. Eastern to consider supervisory matters.The Supervisory Review Committee is an independent appellate body that reviews supervisory determinations, including CAMEL ratings, loan classifications and denials of technical assistance grants.NAFCU staff will monitor the meeting and will issue analysis of the three proposals when more details are available.“We continue to urge the NCUA Board to be transparent in its actions, particularly as they relate to the budget and funds,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “NAFCU will continue to ensure credit unions’ best interests are represented.”last_img read more

Surge in Solar Power Gets a Welcome Jolt From Suffolk Planning Commission

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Is Long Island’s recent embrace of solar energy an enlightened sign of sound planning, or are neighbors complaining about the planned solar farms right to block the sun from coming in?Across the region, homeowners and the municipalities in which they live are increasingly making way for solar panels—so much so that LI, with 10,943 installations of panels on resident rooftops, commercial warehouses and arrays, leads the state in the sheer number of projects installed. According to reports, the Island’s rate of adoption is the slowest in New York, but the comparison isn’t apples to apples. Although the proportion of solar panels to population is smaller compared to other areas, Long Island is simply much larger than them—so even a small percentage is nearly double that of other places.The industry is booming as well—with environmentalists arguing in recent press releases that utilities should be paying people who go solar more money to do so. That’s good news. Four years ago, there were 4,938 projects generating a maximum output of 37.8 megawatts—with each megawatt providing about 155 homes with power, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In 2014, the estimated maximum capacity was 96 watts, reaching almost 15,000 homes. Currently at Calverton’s Enterprise Park, four solar projects are underway.So why are some residents railing against the installation of solar arrays? The complaints primarily arise out of siting concerns. The proposed placements of LI’s large commercial facilities have ranged from a six-acre watershed in Holbrook to a 60-acre piece of the DeLalio Sod Farm in Shoreham, as well as a portion of the 126-acre former home of the Calverton Links golf course, with each location generating its own crowd of opposition from unhappy residents nearby.Despite some fringe fears, many residents have legitimate questions that haven’t been adequately answered. Are the sites slated for proposed solar development the right ones? These neighbors are correct to ask solar developers why they should use valuable undisturbed open spaces for new solar farms when so many blighted, commercial and industrial sites already exist in the region.The solar boom highlights what can happen when a growing industry, not local residents and local municipalities, takes hold of the development reigns on the Island. Solar power, whose adoption is truly a great environmental advance for Long Island, quickly could have become a problem thanks to the steady increase of questionable panel placements. Thankfully before the issue could snowball, Suffolk County came to the rescue by shedding light on the issue with some sound urban planning.Suffolk’s Planning Commission saw these trends emerging, and in a proactive move, worked with the industry to both create and approve voluntary guidelines in order to help standardize the patchwork siting process of the large arrays. In early May, the commission released its new rules. These guidelines were modeled on other codes successfully implemented across the country, a tactic Suffolk is no stranger to following—and vice versa.Decades ago, Suffolk set the standard for open space and groundwater strategies that other municipalities emulated nationwide. Recommendations include sensible concepts such as limiting solar projects to industrial areas, avoiding array placement near 100-year flood zones, requiring minimum residential setbacks and confining panel coverage to 60 percent of the lot. Under the guidelines, 35 percent of the site is to remain “natural and undisturbed.”As expected, solar industry insiders cried foul, but in the end as more municipalities adopt the guidelines, residents are victors. One of the benefits of LI’s home-grown Euclidean zoning is the exclusivity of land uses, which minimizes conflicting development from occurring too close to one another. Residents wouldn’t want a factory going up right near them, nor would a factory prefer a suburban development sprouting next door. These conflicts may crop up anyway thanks to the Island’s often fevered approach to development on its increasingly limited amount of open land. But the implementation of guidelines like these tends to mitigate them.Nationally, we must lessen our dependence on fossil fuels, outdated power plants and aging infrastructure. Regionally, our approach to energy must follow our policies on housing, transportation and the environment. We need cohesion that assesses the on-the-ground realities, tracks our coming needs and balances our proposals for growth. With the new solar guidelines, Suffolk has taken an important first step towards allowing residents and businesses to chart Long Island’s energy future.Rather than surrender to the darkness, let’s broaden the discussion further, and come together to address more of LI’s woes in the light of day.last_img read more

C&M Sweets Bakery does drive through Trick-or-Treating

first_imgInstead of knocking on doors, some people are driving up to residences or businesses in order to ask for candy. One of these businesses is C&M Sweets Bakery in Owego. They held a drive through trick or treating event allowing members of the community to safely get their Halloween candy. Members of the bakery say they are happy to put something special on for residents this year, especially given the fact that it’s been a challenging year, and hope the community enjoys it. OWEGO (WBNG) — Halloween is looking a little different this year for many trick-or-treaters. center_img In response, the bakery got 200 RSVPs. As of noon on Halloween, they had seen around 50 cars trick-or-treating with them. They say they posted on Facebook before the event to get an estimate for how many people to expect. last_img read more