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Posted by: | Posted on: April 20, 2021

Press release: Government drive to boost work between UK legal sector and Nigeria

first_imgIn 2018, 5 of the world’s fastest-growing economies are African and the continent’s total GDP could well double between 2015 and 2030. The government is keen to support UK law firms and chambers to maximise the potential of this emerging market.A delegation of legal representatives will visit Nigeria later in the year to meet counterparts and create new business opportunities.The Legal Services are Great campaign was launched by Lord Keen in Singapore last year and has already delivered trade delegations to Kazakhstan and China.The campaign promotes the UK’s £24 billion legal services sector overseas, showcasing the very best of what the UK’s legal services sector has to offer and helping to bring new business to the UK for our legal firms, chambers and courts. The initiative is the latest stage of the Ministry of Justice’s ambitious ‘Legal Services are GREAT’ campaign, which aims to promote the strength and breadth of the UK’s legal offer across the globe.The announcement was made this afternoon, as the Prime Minister visited the securities exchange company FMDQ in Lagos, and is part of a wider government drive to deepen its partnerships with African nations.It will bring UK and Nigerian legal professionals together to share knowledge, skills and legal expertise and highlight the advantages of UK legal services to wider business growth.Lord Chancellor David Gauke said: Our legal services sector is one of the UK’s greatest exports, and we want it to remain at the very heart of our future as a global, outward-looking, free-trading Britain. We launched the Legal Services are GREAT campaign, to showcase the very best of what the UK’s legal services sector has to offer around the globe, and I’m delighted that we are now extending the campaign to Nigeria. We know that UK law firms and chambers are keen to increase working in this area and are committed to supporting them to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Watch Holly Bowling’s Beautiful Take On Grateful Dead’s “Unbroken Chain” [Premiere]

first_imgHolly Bowling continues to wow fans everywhere she goes, taking on the catalogs of jam greats like Phish and the Grateful Dead in a totally unique manner. A classically trained pianist from San Francisco, Bowling first caught the jam scene’s eye with her solo piano interpretation of the famed “Tweezer” jam from Lake Tahoe in 2013.Praise for Bowling’s technique only grew from there, as she eventually released a full album of Phish interpretations called Distillation Of A Dream. Naturally, Bowling set her sights on the jam scene founders themselves: the Grateful Dead.“The Grateful Dead’s music lends itself easily to a solo instrumental interpretation in part because it’s music with intricate songwriting,” says Bowling. “That’s a big piece of it, as anything too repetitive would be difficult to arrange in this format. But more importantly, I think it works because of the depth of emotion expressed in the music.”The pianist is set to release Better Left Unsung on December 9th, a two-CD/three-vinyl album that explores the music of the Grateful Dead in solo piano composition form. You can read all about the album, and find pre-orders, here.With the new album coming out so soon, we wanted to get fans excited by sharing some of Bowling’s foray into the Dead’s catalog. We’re excited to premiere a brand new live video of Bowling’s interpretation of “Unbroken Chain,” played at the Lost Sierra Hoedown on September 24th in Johnsville, CA. Enjoy below!Bowling takes us inside her love of the Grateful Dead and scoring their music. “With solo piano music, and classical music in general, I love the structures and intricacies of composition, but it’s the emotional expression and unspoken human-to-human connection expressed in it that really makes me fall in love with a piece of music. The Dead’s music is just full of that. I feel it. Everyone who loves the Dead’s music feels it. And I think part of the reason my reinterpretation works is because this music resonates with me and holds a lot of meaning. It’s easy to open up and make that connection and pour emotion into these works. And you can feel that when you’re listening. It’s all about connection and expression of human emotion.I don’t mean to downplay the beautiful songwriting–that’s a huge part of it too. The chord changes in “Unbroken Chain,” for example, are unexpected and stunningly beautiful. I feel just as strongly about them as I do about Schubert’s surprise turns of harmony, and he’s one of my absolute favorite composers. They hit me the same way. But even then, we’re back to emotion again! It’s music that makes you feel something, deeply. It’s powerful.”We can’t wait for Better Left Unsung to be released on December 9th, and we also can’t wait to see Holly performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd. Brooklyn Comes Alive brings over 50 musicians to three venues in Brooklyn, pairing them in exciting super group formations throughout a day full of excellent music. With musicians from The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Dead & Company, Snarky Puppy and more – including Holly Bowling – don’t miss out. Tickets can be found here.For more about the Better Left Unsung album, including pre-orders, head here. The full tracklisting and Holly Bowling’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.Better Left Unsung TracklistingHelp On The Way > Slipknot!Franklin’s TowerCassidyBird SongWharf RatUnbroken ChainCrazy FingersCryptical Envelopment > The Other OneRow JimmyTerrapin Station (Suite)Eyes Of The World (6/18/74 Lousisville, KY)China DollDark StarHolly Bowling’s Upcoming Tour DatesOct. 22 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Comes AliveOct. 23 – Beacon, NY – The Towne CrierDec. 31 – The Cutting Room – New York, NY[Photo by Jessie Bell]last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

Real as a heart attack, almost

first_img“What am I today? I’m spitting up blood.”Cory Scott was matter-of-fact about his condition, as he sat at Harvard Medical School’s Tosteson Medical Education Center in January. “I have a heart condition because of rheumatic fever I had when I was a kid.”Such an admission, on a campus surrounded by physicians — both accomplished and still in training — might ordinarily set off a rush to action, but Scott is no ordinary patient. He trained hard for his upcoming exam, to be performed by a student doctor in a nearby examination room … and then by another student doctor in the same room … and then another.One might say Scott has been preparing for this serial examination — to be conducted by a total of seven student-doctors over more than two hours — for 14 years.Scott works at the intersection of classroom and clinic. Trained as a “standardized patient,” he is part of an unsung group of actors who role-play the sort of diagnostic puzzles regularly faced by practicing physicians. The exercise keeps with the mix of clinical training and classroom learning that defines students’ four-year journey at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Ed Krupat (pictured) shows a set of rooms in the center designed as standard exam rooms with observation areas. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerLessons are set at the Clinical Skills Center, a high-tech suite of examination rooms. Each room has a table, desk, and chair, along with equipment typically found in a doctor’s office. These rooms, however, are also stocked with two cameras, a one-way glass observation window, a red-glowing digital clock marking the 20 minutes given for each encounter — and a patient like Scott.“For most [students], it’s an opportunity to put on a white coat, walk into an office, operate independently, and get immediate feedback,” said Edward Krupat, director of the School’s Center for Evaluation, which administers the simulated-patient program. “The idea is that students should feel that this is real.”Patients are recruited and trained by the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, which provides standardized patient services for schools across New England.While UMass runs the service, individual schools create the scenarios patients memorize to become truly “standardized” and provide a common experience for each student with whom they come in contact. A given scenario includes the patient profile — sex, occupation, and age — the medical issue involved, and details such as whether information should be revealed right away or held back to make the student doctor dig for it.Patients go to great lengths to be believable, Krupat said, remembering a particular performer who broke down and cried at bad news — back pain was due to metastatic cancer — only to quickly compose herself in time for the next student. Another standout was a man portraying a Big Dig worker despondent over a construction-site death. When Krupat chatted with him during a break, he was thrown.“I was so shocked at how normal he was,” Krupat said. “I couldn’t believe the difference.”Students take the standardized patient examinations twice during their medical school careers, once in the second year and once just before the fourth. They are evaluated on communication, ability to take a medical history, and physical examination skills. Each student sees seven different patients during the examination, while patients eventually see all of the roughly 170 students in a class, according to Agnieszka Jackson, assessment coordinator for the Center for Evaluation.As an actor living in Leicester, just outside of Worcester, Scott said he’s “completely blessed” by the work. In 14 years, he has come to see the exercises as more than a way to help cover the bills. Standardized patients, he said, are aiding the development of generations of doctors, in part through feedback.That feedback is crucial, Krupat said. Students hear from the standardized patients on issues such as communication and interpersonal skills, and from faculty members about the more technical aspects of their performance. Faculty members view each encounter from the hallway outside the room, through the one-way window. Each session includes 15 minutes for patient examination and five minutes of feedback, before the student moves on to the next room and a new situation.Betty Paulsen (left) from Auburn and Cory Scott from Leicester speak about their work as SPs at the center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“No student likes being tested and watched and observed, but students say they love this,” Krupat said. “They ask why can’t they do more. They’re getting immediate feedback from someone who’s knowledgeable.”The Clinical Skills Center could be the set of a medical drama, with white-coated students standing or pacing nervously outside examination rooms, stethoscopes draped around their necks. Inside, the standardized patients sit on the edge of tables, some reviewing notes and others just waiting, like thousands of patients in medical offices across the country, for the doctor to come in.Betty Paulsen of Auburn, Mass., has been a standardized patient for 32 years and been to HMS “many, many times.” Paulsen, on this day suffering depression, said she’s seen a transition in the student body, from mostly male students to about half male and half female.“Some of them are absolutely marvelous and some have a lot to learn,” Paulsen said. “Some, I say, ‘In 10 years, I wouldn’t mind them being my doctor.’”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2021

Discussion analyzes labor

first_imgLast Friday, members of the Labor Café, a biweekly event hosted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program to foster discussion on work, inequality and social justice issues, met at the Snite Museum of Art to discuss Henry Mosler’s “Forging the Cross.” Bridget Hoyt, curator of education at the Snite, led the discussion.“We do these single-work exhibitions once in a while in order to show that the meaning of a work of art is fixed, and in fact, it’s in dialogue by all of us,” Hoyt said.“Forging the Cross,” the focus of the discussion, is a painting of craftsmen laboring over an iron cross with a priest nearby and community members in the background. Much of the discussion was centered on the labor component of the piece.“Although this is work, it is not private work. It is work that has a public dimension … it’s not just that the workers are exerting themselves, but that they’re doing so for these people who are waiting for their product,” Kevin Christiano, professor of sociology, said.Hoyt then focused the discussion onto the possible class divisions portrayed in this painting, especially regarding the role of the priest.“I feel that the priest’s presence shows that they’re making it [the cross] as part of their business; they’re not necessarily thinking about the religious implications … He is sort of the patron paying for this, and they are providing the priest and upper class this service,” freshman Julie Mardini said.Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Program, offered a different interpretation of the significance of the various roles in the painting.“You can read this completely positively, that forging a cross, forging a church or forging a religious community, [this painting] shows the work involved in that. Even though it’s showing men at work and women watching, they’re still in the frame,” Graff said.Hoyt and Cheryl Snay, curator of European Art, furthered the discussion by speaking on the time period and context of the piece and the artist Henry Mosler.“Mosler, as an artist, has a career that’s really emblematic of American artists of the later nineteenth century,” Hoyt said.Hoyt explained that Henry Mosler immigrated to the United States after spending much time in Europe, and he painted “Forging the Cross” in 1904 in New York City.“By the time this painting was painted, he had moved back to the United States, set up his studio in New York and had embarked on a series of historical paintings,” Snay said.Snay explained that Mosler described the community members in the painting as being dressed in Puritan clothing when he applied to copyright his work, but the priest in the painting is not illustrative of a Puritan minister. This has led to ambiguity surrounding the priest and the meaning of the work.Graff also commented on the historical context of the piece.“He’s painting this in 1904 … this in the midst of class conflict of urban America. … [Mosler] may be somehow commenting on something to do with religion and the workplace and community,” Graff said.Similarly, the discussion then concluded on the meaning of the work and the significance of this painting in relation to present day America.“I’m wondering what the effect of this painting is today, … and I don’t really know what it is besides thinking about … [how] everyone in their lifetime will experience some type of work, whether they’re viewing it … [or] doing it,” senior Hannah Petersen said.“Forging the Cross” will remain in exhibition at the Snite Museum of Art until March 13, and the next Labor Café will be hosted by the Higgins Labor Studies Program on April 1 in the Geddes Coffeehouse.Tags: Forging the Cross, Labor Cafelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2021

Emeritus political science professor dies at age 75

first_imgEmeritus political science professor Gilburt Loescher died Tuesday of heart failure at 75, Notre Dame announced in a press release.Loescher survived a terrorist attack in Baghdad in August 2003, when he traveled to meet with U.S. ambassador Paul Brenner at the U.N. headquarters at the Canal Hotel. Minutes after Loescher arrived, a suicide bomber detonated his device beneath the third-floor office of U.N. envoy to Iraq Sergio Vierira de Mello. Twenty-two people died in the attack, and 150 were injured. Loescher sustained life-threatening injuries, and doctors believed he had a 25% chance of surviving.“It took rescuers more than four hours to extract him from the rubble — amputating his legs in the process — and later told him the only reason he didn’t bleed to death was because he was trapped upside down,” the press release said.When Loescher recovered he decided to use his experience to continue his life’s work.“This tragic event has given me greater strength and a renewed sense of commitment to continue studying and reporting on the issues that mattered so much to Arthur Helton, Sergio Vieira de Mello and to all those others who died that day while working to ensure the survival of humanitarian norms,” Loescher said in a Notre Dame Magazine story.Loescher taught international relations and peace studies at the University and was a fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s College of California, a master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a doctoral degree from the London School of Economics. After retiring from teaching, he served with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, International Institute for Strategic Studies and Open Democracy.Robert Johansen, a professor emeritus of political science and peace studies and Kroc Institute senior fellow, said in the press release that Loescher treated every person he met with compassion and kindness.  “His undying commitment to scholarship on behalf of those forced out of home and often out of country was always an inspiration to his students and colleagues,” Johansen said. “Through concerned scholarship and compassionate teaching, he profoundly inspired many of the Kroc Institute’s first graduate students in peace studies. Many have testified that his influence has continued to inspire them throughout their lives since leaving Notre Dame.”Loescher is survived by his wife, Ann, and daughters Margaret and Clare.Tags: Baghdad, department of political science, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame Magazine, United Nationslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Borders are not Barriers

first_img Interview with Admiral José Cueto Aservi, Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Peru In an exclusive interview with Diálogo, during the IV South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC 2012), held in Bogotá, Colombia, from July 24 – 26, Admiral José Cueto, Chief of the Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces, discussed issues of national security and the need to create a regional body to fight drug trafficking, among other topics. Diálogo: What is the main challenge that Peru is presently facing, as it relates to national security? Admiral José Cueto: We support public safety during events, such as social or pro environmental movements that unfold every day in more complex ways around the countrydue. More directly, our Armed Forces are bound to providing a solution to a targeted area called the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley (VRAEM), in the center of the country, where some remnants of terrorists groups remain, and who have been associated with drug traffickers. If you take into account the difficult geography of the area, our operations there have great magnitude and complexitynot only of the military but all levels of the state. Diálogo: But is there an exception in the constitution, like in other countries, such as Brazil and El Salvador, that allows the Armed Forces to assist the police in certain cases, if the president requires it? Adm. Cueto: Yes, our constitution provides that only with the authorization and request of the president, will the Armed Forces act in support of the police. Or if it totally exceeds or surpasses the Police Force, which for example is happening in the VRAEM, where the Armed Forces are already taking complete control and the police are coming to support them, which in this case, are handled by the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. Diálogo: You said in your presentation that you believed it is important to have a regional body to combat drug trafficking. Can you relate to this issue? Adm. Cueto: I have tried to make it understood, that in the same way as those involved in drug trafficking and transnational organized crime recognize no boundaries, we should have one single body that could be integrated with the goal to establish policies, and thereby have real mechanisms of action against this organized struggle. It is not just, for example, in the case of Peru, where we are fighting against drug trafficking, illegal logging, and illegal mining, which is devastating the environment, but these crimes, have no borders, and they should be dealt with by the entities comprised of all the involved countries, working side by side, without looking at “borders”, and always respecting the sovereignty of every nation. But this has to be well articulated, so that borders are not a barrier to combat these transnational crimes, terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal mining, illegal logging and others which now are in collusion, not only here but also in Colombia and Bolivia, etc. Now, this not only requires that the military establishments think alike, but also that the political classes basically think alike, I know it’s hard, but at some point it has to happen. Diálogo: Would it be something like the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S)? Adm. Cueto: I mentioned to General Fraser [Douglas Fraser, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command] that it would be a type of JIATF-S, which could take the lead, or any other interrelating mechanism, such as the ones we are now managing in South America, through UNASUR, CARSI, CARICOM. Let there be a convergence of views in a possible meeting, where the only common theme is the fight against organized crime. I don’t think this is difficult, and no one in their right mind would object to that, but this then allows an operational level to create a great information reception center in an automated, digital form, allowing different organizations to activate, whether local, a particular country, or transnational, against such scourge. I see no other way, but we will still carry on with what we have, each country will try to do things in its own way. I’ve been impressed with the pictures presented by General Fraser on the amount of illegal movements. Sure, there are results, but they are few, because if there was a movement of 120,000 tons of drugs and only 20,000 tons have been caught, we still have a lot of work to do. Diálogo: The Peruvian Armed Forces conducted amazing humanitarian work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Can you talk a little about this humanitarian “gift” that Peru has? Adm. Cueto: It’s not only Peru that is doing it, we are doing it reciprocally. We also have had natural disasters. We are part of the Pacific chain where earthquakes visit us from time to time, and we’ve had disasters where we’ve received help from other countries. Similarly, within the limitations of a country like Peru, which is still in development, it provides help when it is feasible, and not just to countries that are in South America. We may provide aid by air or, as in the case of Haiti, even send some ships that can carry this type of humanitarian aid. Peru has always responded. Diálogo: Why not also create a regional organism for this type of assistance, to prevent the disorganization of the early days? Adm. Cueto: When there is a natural disaster, the first days are very hectic, although there are mechanisms to support multinational natural disasters. The chaos in the early days starts with communication problems. The first thing to do is agree to have a single system of communication, so the communication is not lost. If there is no communication, then yes, there is a disaster! We were there in the flesh during the last earthquake, the communication systems went away and it was difficult to re-establish a network that would allow us to manage the media to support the disaster area. By Dialogo September 03, 2012last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Record Cocaine Seizures for Costa Rica

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo May 14, 2020 The fight against narcotrafficking in Costa Rica doesn’t let up, and the first quarter of 2020 has yielded historic results. Through constant operations carried out with the support of partner nations, the success of the Police forces of Costa Rica not only disrupts trafficking cells that receive, store, and transport drugs, but also weakens the finances of criminal groups.According to data from the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security, so far this year, authorities have seized more than 19 tons of cocaine estimated at $532 million in the international market. Of this amount, 5 tons were found in a single operation in mid-February.The operation, which the ministry described as “the largest drug seizure in Costa Rica’s history,” took place in the port of Moín on the Caribbean coast, where Narcotics Control Police units found the stash in a container storing ornamental plants bound for the Netherlands.Another major seizure happened on March 8, when police forces found 3 tons of cocaine in a boat manned by three Colombians and a Nicaraguan, navigating in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cahuita, Límon province.Then in mid-March, security agents seized 2 tons of cocaine in the community of Moín, Límon province, in operations that involved a car chase.According to international organization InSight Crime, which specializes in threats and security in Latin America and the Caribbean, the large seizures Costa Rica has carried out in 2020 indicate that authorities have redoubled their efforts in the fight against narcotrafficking. According to the Ministry of Public Security, counternarcotics agents seized more than 35 tons of cocaine in 2019. The Central American country found almost 34 tons of the drug in 2018.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Costa Rica is an important country for the transit of drugs from South America to the United States and Europe, due to its geographical location and maritime territory in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.The Ministry of Public Security told Diálogo that the success of police forces is due to the training and formation its officers receive, both in the country and in partner nations such as “Colombia and the United States,” which have “led to strengthening their knowledge and skills in the fight against organized crime and common crime.”Intelligence exchange among countries of the region, as well as the joint work carried out under multilateral agreements, such as the 2017 consolidation of the Southern Triangle (that includes Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama with the support of the United States) to develop new strategies to fight narcotrafficking, have contributed to the latest results.“Some strategies that we implemented enabled us to modify seizures,” Costa Rican Minister of Public Security Michael Soto Rojas told the Costa Rican newspaper El Observador. “What have these strategies been? Joint patrol, basically among Panama, the United States, Colombia, and Costa Rica.”The ministry told Diálogo that Costa Rica’s goals for the rest of the year include “further strengthening partnerships with other countries, in addition to [strengthening] the information exchange and joint work […] in the fight against narcotrafficking.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2020

Ex-State Sen. Jack Martins Announces Run for Nassau Executive

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jack Martins, a former Republican New York State senator, announced Wednesday his plans to run for Nassau County executive while the indicted GOP incumbent hasn’t said if he’ll seek a third term.Current Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges last fall, joined two of the three Democrats running for his job in criticizing Martins, although Mangano’s spokesman again ignored questions about whether he would run for re-election.“Today I stand before you as I launch my campaign, formally, for county executive of Nassau County,” Martins told reporters during a rainy news conference outside Mineola Village Hall, where he previously served as mayor. “The challenges in Nassau County are just that, they are challenges, but they’re not insurmountable.”He spoke of restoring the county’s reputation, recalling its role in World War II and legacy aiding manned missions to the moon.“Our county was the preeminent county in the entire country,” Martins said, vowing to tackle public corruption. “We must ensure that that public trust is restored and renewed.”Several dozen supporters were on hand for his announcement.Martins served three terms as a state senator representing western Nassau County until last year, when instead of running for re-election, he ran for a vacant congressional seat, but lost to now-freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a former Nassau executive.After Newsday reported Tuesday that the Nassau Republican Committee plans to nominate Martins, most of the candidates for county executive were quick to pounce on him. The Nassau GOP did not return a call for comment.“I have no comment on this election season nonsense other than to wonder how Jack Martins will explain his support of an indicted Albany colleague and his failure to support tax assessment reform when he had the authority to correct it,” Mangano said, referring to disgraced state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who is appealing his conviction for his role in a Nassau contract rigging scheme.Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran, the Democratic nominee in the county executive’s race, lumped Martins in with Mangano, who is accused of a bribery scheme and rebuffed calls to resign.“There is a culture of corruption in Nassau County and the last thing we need is another career politician like Jack Martins who stood silently by, until it was politically convenient not to, as Ed Mangano sold out taxpayers,” Curran said. “As a foot soldier of the corrupt Albany establishment, Jack Martins did nothing as crooked politicians stole taxpayer money and stifled ethics reform at every turn. We need wholesale change in Nassau County and Jack Martins is just more of the same.”New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), who challenged Curran to a Democratic primary in September, also jumped into the fray.“That last thing Nassau County needs to do is replace corrupt County Executive Ed Mangano with Dean Skelos lapdog Jack Martins who the [New York] Daily News called part of the corruption caucus,” Lavine said.George Maragos, the county comptroller who switched parties from Republican to Democrat last year and also challenged Curran to a primary, did not respond to a request for comment on Martins’ announcement.Martins’ campaign spokesperson E. O’Brien Murray shot back at the critics.“Jack Martins stood up for honesty and integrity in county government and called on the county executive to resign 188 days ago,” Murray said. “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Legislator Curran and Assemblyman Lavine to play politics with this issue now, particularly when Legislator Curran has failed to say a word about corruption in either party and Assemblyman Lavine sat idly by as the Assembly Ethics Chairman when there were sexual harassment scandals, cover-ups and bribery in that chamber.”Curran’s spokesman, Philip Shulman, returned fire.“This is typical double speak from a typical career politician,” Shulman said. “State Senator Jack Martins is woefully uninformed about county issues if he doesn’t know that Laura Curran and her colleagues have filed numerous reform measures that the legislative Republicans refuse to bring to a vote, and Curran has already rolled out five sets of specific reform proposals that she will enact as County Executive. As for State Senator Martins calling on the current County Executive to resign, that’s not surprising since he clearly wants the job.”Lavine’s camp also responded to Martins’ statement.“Re-stacking the deck will not fundamentally change county government to make it work for the people of Nassau,” Lavine’s spokesman said. “Jack Martins offers nothing more than we already have. Nassau county families deserve better.”Featured Photo: Former New York State Sen. Jack Martins announces his run for Nassau County Executive outside Mineola Village Hall on April 26, 2017. (Long Island Press / Rashed Mian)-With additional reporting by Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2020

What do we stand for?

first_imgAmong everything we collectively find abhorrent about George Floyd’s death and the injustices that so many fight against, we must also consider what we stand for.Economic inequality drives a deep and real wedge between the haves and have-nots. This goes well beyond someone’s financial position. Wealth influences whether or not someone’s voice is heard. And it means that no matter how hard and how high some people pull their bootstraps up, the deck will always be stacked against them. The global pandemic has only exacerbated problems that already existed.As credit unions, we fight against economic inequality and injustice. If we consider what we stand for, it boils down to this: Financial Democracy.This isn’t a new idea. The tenets of Financial Democracy are otherwise known as the “Cooperative Principles”. But it’s not always clear what those principles mean and what our commitment is to uphold them. Some see the Cooperative Principles as something that’s optional or not related to business. Seldom do we take time to reflect on how they influence our choices and our actions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Istralandia named the 5th best water park in the world

first_imgThe European bronze medal emphasizes the values ​​of quality and is another in a series of confirmations of excellent international positioning, which sees Istria again in the European Top 10, the only Croatian park on the scale of the Old Continent. Election passenger ratings are processed based on the Tripadvisor algorithm that compares different parameters, including the ranking, quantity, and quality of reviews published by the international user community. “The third European destination for Istria is a sign of growing public respect and comes at the center of a particularly complex season for the sector, fitting in with the task of aligning the entertainment offer and respecting new safety protocols and epidemiological measures.”Said Silvio Kraljević, head of the Istralandia aquapark. Today, the Travelers Choice scale was published, dedicated to theme parks and water parks, and the great news is that Istralandia is once again in first place in Croatia and the only Croatian excellence in the Top 10 European water parks. Photo: Istralandiacenter_img “The award restores employees’ hope that quality always wins because it recognizes effort and constant investment in staff training, kindness and professionalism, care for greenery, entertainment and variety of animation programs, order, cleanliness and quality of pool water, rich and varied gastronomic offer, new adrenaline attractions of the latest generation, always high standardized levels of services, rich sports offer and at the same time great readiness to accept innovative entertainment programs”Says Kraljević and emphasizes that he thanks all the employees of Aquapark Istralandia for this important new achievement and great international success, which is also a great tourist success for the destination of Istria and for Croatia in general. The Travelers’ Choice 2020 ranking dedicated to the category of water parks, published today by the most important internet portal for quality excellence ratings in the world, confirmed that the Istralandia water park is 3. the best European water park in the competition of more than 300 European water parks, and at the same time Istralandia is classified as 5. the best water park in the world. The goal that Istralandia has perfectly achieved by using attractions and services based on a few, clear and simple “rules of the game”, preserving the original formula of the park, says Kraljevic, and these are: a perfectly successful combination of fun and entertainment for all lovers of water attractions. cleanliness in accordance with the highest hygienic standards and of course impeccable safety for all visitors and lovers of water pleasures.last_img read more