Texas will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

first_img The original review had been mired in controversy since day one, largely because of the faulty methodology the state used to compile the list and the fanfare with which it was announced.Top Republican leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump, took to Twitter to falsely tout the list as proof of illegal registrations and voting in Texas. In reality, the secretary of state’s office matched the voter rolls with data it requested from the Texas Department of Public Safety for individuals who at some point in the last few years told the department they were not citizens when they obtained a driver’s license or ID card. But the review did not account for people who could’ve become naturalized citizens since then and weren’t required to update DPS.The settlement does not prohibit the secretary of state from screening the state’s massive voter registration database for possible noncitizens, but state officials agreed they would rework their methodology to only flag voters who provided DPS with documentation showing they were not citizens after they were registered to vote.It’s unclear how that will shrink the original list of voters whose citizenship was questioned. Officials agreed to provide the plaintiffs with that number as well as three more updates once the state begins compiling weekly lists to send out to county officials.Those changes are expected to address the issues at the heart of the state’s first botched attempt at reviewing the voter rolls, which unraveled within days of announcing the effort when state workers began quietly informing local election officials that thousands of the names on the original list shouldn’t have been there. A top election official in the secretary of state’s office would later acknowledge that his office had overstated the number of flagged voters by about 25,000 names because of the mistake. And local officials would quickly note they had been able to verify that hundreds of other individuals on the list were naturalized citizens.“After months of litigation, the state has finally agreed to do what we’ve demanded from the start — a complete withdrawal of the flawed and discriminatory voter purge list, bringing this failed experiment in voter suppression to an end,” said Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, which represented plaintiffs in the case. “The right to vote is sacrosanct, and no eligible voter should have to worry about losing that right.”In court in February, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits zeroed in on state officials’ own admissions that they knew naturalized citizens would be affected by the review. Despite those admissions and errors in the data, state officials continued to stand by the review as routine list maintenance and a good faith effort to maintain the integrity of the voter rolls. They also went as far as blaming individual county officials for acting too quickly to question voters on their lists, even though those local officials followed the state’s instructions for reviewing the eligibility of those voters.Under the settlement, the state agreed to provide local officials with new training materials.The plaintiffs and the state reached the settlement agreement two months after District Judge Fred Biery signaled his displeasure with the way Texas handled the review. In temporarily putting the effort on hold after three days of testimony in San Antonio, Biery chided state officials for putting “perfectly legal naturalized Americans” on a path to receiving “ham-handed and threatening” letters that demanded they prove their citizenship to avoid getting kicked off the rolls.In a scathing four-page order, Biery wrote that the letters exemplified “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety to intimidate the least powerful among us.”“No native born Americans were subjected to such treatment,” Biery said.State attorneys indicated to Biery in late March that they had proposed a deal to end the litigation. Despite early reports of an agreement, it took several weeks to iron out a deal in which the plaintiffs agreed to rescind their legal claims against the state and their requests for documents. (The plaintiffs indicated in the settlement agreement that they are not conceding that the state’s review efforts comply with federal law, leaving them room to take the state back to court if they’re troubled by subsequent reviews.)The debacle prompted a congressional inquiry as part of a larger investigation into voter suppression in various states. Congressional investigators have requested documents and communications related to the review. But the state has so far mostly denied those requests, only handing over documents that were already public.It remains unclear what the settlement means for the registered voters whose names were referred to Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has the authority to prosecute claims of voter fraud. In announcing the original review, Whitley noted his office had immediately handed over the list of names to the attorney general. Since then, Paxton’s office has offered mixed messages on whether it has begun to criminally investigate voters.On Friday, the groups and lawyers who sued the state celebrated the settlement but lamented the confusion and frustration the review effort caused..“State officials have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars and struck fear and confusion into thousands of voters in order to pursue their voter suppression agenda,” said Beth Stevens, voting rights legal director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which was also involved in the lawsuit. “We are glad that this particular effort was stopped in its tracks and we will remain vigilant to ensure that not one single voter loses their right to vote due to the actions of state officials.”Disclosure: The Texas Secretary of State has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Secretary of State David Whitley — who has yet to be confirmed by the Texas Senate amid the fallout over the review — agreed to scrap the lists of registered voters his office had sent to county voter registrars for examination. Whitley’s office will instruct local officials to take no further action on the names of people it had classified as “possible non-U.S citizens,” and county officials will be charged with notifying voters who received letters demanding they prove their citizenship that their registrations are safe.The state is also on the hook for $450,000 in costs and attorney fees for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.The agreement must still be approved by the federal judge overseeing the case, and the state will have five days after the judge dismisses the plaintiffs’ legal claims to officially rescind the list. But the settlement amounts to a profound defeat for the state leaders who had defended the review even though it had jeopardized the voting rights of tens of thousands of naturalized citizens.“Today’s agreement accomplishes our office’s goal of maintaining an accurate list of qualified registered voters while eliminating the impact of any list maintenance activity on naturalized U.S. citizens,” Whitley said in a statement Friday. “I will continue to work with all stakeholders in the election community to ensure this process is conducted in a manner that holds my office accountable and protects the voting rights of eligible Texans.” By Alexa UraThe Texas Tribunecenter_img texastribune.orgThree months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from the start.The deal was announced Friday as part of an agreement to settle three legal challenges brought by more than a dozen naturalized citizens and voting rights groups against the state. The groups alleged that the voter citizenship review, which was launched in late January, was unconstitutional and violated federal protections for voters of color.last_img read more

New 667g Cervelo RCA Road Bike Delivers Less Weight, More Tech, Same Stiffness

first_imgA strong neodymium magnet is molded into the frame, totally flush, on the driveside of the bottom bracket shell, positioned to pick up the signal from most popular power meter cranks. It uses their 79mm-wide BBRight press fit bottom bracket standard, which uses an 30mm spindle that’s 11mm longer than a standard BB30 crankset.In addition to the material updates, internal frame reinforcements support the thinner walls in high stress areas, namely:down tube at head tubeseat tube at top tubeabove the bottom bracket shellThey say this provides the same benefit as thicker tubes but saves a few grams. Their trademark pencil thin seatstays combine with “ComfortPly” layup design to add a bit of vibration and bump absorption.On the downtube and other key areas, more material is placed on the sides of the tubes to resist lateral stresses.The framesets will retail for $10,000 and start shipping March 18. Sizes are 48/51/54/56/58/61. Full geometry and more info should be up on Cervelo.com soon. With the original R5ca, Cervelo pushed the lower weight boundaries of a production frame to an average 700g. Now, they’re pushing it again, while maintaining the high frame stiffness and bringing in some interesting new technology.Coming in at a claimed 667g (size 54, with paint and hardware no less), this frame went through 93 different frame shapes and 279 FEA sessions to become the Rca. When Cervelo put their standard Squoval (square oval) tubed bikes in the wind tunnel, they say it performed surprisingly well given aerodynamics were never a major consideration. So, they decided to see how far they could push it without giving up the stiffness and comfort they already had. And, per usual, they wanted to make it lighter.Both took a lot of computer aided help, using custom FEA software that considered each and every ply of carbon’s size, placement and orientation. Then, it required some new materials, too. The result? An insanely lightweight bike that carries an equally insane $10,000 frameset-only price point…STRENGTH-TO-WEIGHT IMPROVEMENTSCompared to the R5ca, they’re claiming a negligible 3% increase in torsional stiffness and 3% decrease in bottom bracket stiffness.The claimed weight is an average, with a +/-20g allowance. They’re using the 54 as their callout since that’s the size used by most of the Garmin team riders.The frameset uses two new technologies to get the weight down without sacrificing strength and stiffness. Within the frame, they incorporated 3M PowerLux resin system into certain parts of the frame, which puts “nano-silica” into the resin to reinforce the space between the fibers. This improves interlaminar shear and compression strength, and allows for less material at the same strength.The fork gets a Integran/PowerMetal Nanovate treatment – a coating of nano-fied grains of nickel on the steerer tube that increases both strength and ductility without adding weight.AERODYNAMIC IMPROVEMENTSTo improve aerodynamics, the leading edge was rounded on the downtube, headtube and seatstays and tweaked the trailing corner radii. The new shape is called Squoval 3.The shapes, though, are not universally applied. Using lessons learned from the P5 TT/Tri bike, “AeroZones” were used to selectively maintain the original Squoval shape higher on the downtube where it’s closer to the front wheel, and the new shape is further down where the wind hits it more directly. They also turned the ellipse shape by 90º at the bottom of the seatstays, putting the plane more inline with air flow.Overall, this leads to improved airflow over the complete bike as a system, and they claim it sheds 74g of drag from the R5ca frame, equivalent to 7.4 watts. It’s important to note that the aero improvements are at yaw angles up to 20º, not just straight on.FRAME DETAILSLike the original Project California, these are hand-made one at a time in CA.Cable and wire ports are universal and future proof. Just pop different stops into place and you’re ready for whatever. They click into the frame to hold tight, and running everything internally keeps the airflow clean.Mechanical stops are quite nice looking, too, and they’ll have plugs for hydraulic lines, too.Another weight saving trick is the hollow carbon fiber dropouts. Normally, carbon dropouts are solid pieces made from chunked up carbon pieces pressed into a mold, then they’re bonded into the stays. Cervelo took an opposite approach, making them hollow and inserting the stays into the dropouts. This saves a bit of reinforcing material on the stays (saves 5g) and lets them run the wire/cable directly out the back for a streamlined look.The frame design and stop placement minimizes cable bends, which should improve shifting, and internal cable guides aid installation without having to remove any other parts.last_img read more

State equal pay act gets first test in the courts

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana March 19, 2013 At a federal court hearing in Burlington on Tuesday, a state equal pay act passed in 2002 faced its first test in the courts.A former Hudson News employee sued the company when she discovered that she’ d been paid thousands of dollars less than her male replacement.Plaintiff Wendi Dreves, a former general manager for Hudson Group Retail, which owns the Hudson News kiosk in Burlington International Airport, filed suit in November 2011. It’ s the first such lawsuit filed under the Vermont Equal Pay Act.The state act mandating equal pay for equal work provides stronger protections than its federal counterpart of 1963.Women’ s rights advocate Cary Brown, who leads the state’ s Vermont Commission on Women, said the lack of lawsuits doesn’ t mean there haven’ t been instances of unequal pay for equal work in the last decade.Brown said she’ s fielded plenty of complaints on the topic. She added that a reluctance to publicly battle employers in court, or unawareness of the act among potential plaintiffs, could also account for the lack of legal action.Plaintiff’ s attorney John Franco says Wendi Dreves should receive over $180,000 in backpay, after a Burlington court hearing on Tuesday. Photo by Nat RudarakanchanaDreves’ counsel John Franco argued that Hudson News paid Dreves’ replacement, Jarrod Dixon, about $16,100 annually more than Dreves for the same work, despite Dreves’ seniority and depth of experience.Dreves earned $34,356 when she first started work in September 2000. She earned $48,230 when she was fired from the job in September 2010 amid substantiated claims that she’ d performed poorly and systematically abused her subordinates.Around that time Hudson News offered Dixon, already an employee and next in line for promotion, $52,500 to move from Manchester, N.H., for the same position, according to oral arguments in court. Dixon was later accused of sexual harassing his subordinates, according to an amicus brief filed for the plaintiff.Before presiding Judge William Sessions III, Hudson’ s counsel Joseph Kernen countered that Dixon’ s unique qualifications and experience, along with the requested move from New Hampshire, justified the extra pay, which he put at about $4,000 by comparing Dreves’ final salary with Dixon’ s first salary.The 2002 state act permits different wages based on the seniority or merit of the two employees, based on ‘ any factor other than sex,’ or in other words, for a legitimate, business-related reason for a difference in pay.Kernen argued that the firm offered Dixon a higher salary for defensible and bona fide business reasons, and not on arbitrary grounds as an excuse for unequal pay. He pointed to Dixon’ s record at the time as an excellent employee, repeating that the extra money was reasonable and necessary to ‘ induce’ Dixon to his new position.Franco argued that the defendant’ s case too closely resembled the debunked classic argument that vague ‘ market forces’ meant businesses simply had to offer higher salaries to men. The courts have previously ruled this ‘ market forces’ justification as an unconvincing legal excuse.‘ We have a patriarchal society that pays men more than women, and statistics bear that out,’ said Franco at the hearing, linking his case to a history of discrimination. He said that if courts too readily accepted the exception of ‘ business-related reasons,’ the state equal pay statute loses its teeth, and may as well not exist.But Kernen said that the factors explaining Dixon’ s higher salary were ‘ real, legitimate, and certainly business-related.’ He added that ruling in his favor wouldn’ t come close to defanging state statute or undermining legislative intent. He also raised the fact that seven women testified in affidavits that they were abused by Dreves, and that Dreves had withdrawn a past claim of wrongful termination.Sessions grilled each attorney thoroughly, questioning whether Kernen understood the law’ s intent to provide equal pay for equal work, regardless of the qualifications of job candidates. He asked Franco, in turn, if employers could be held strictly liable, regardless of whether they intend to discriminate, given the broadness of the ‘ business related’ exemption.Questioning Kernen, Sessions said: ‘ You look to the job and what the job is worth. ‘¦ His [Dixon’ s] qualifications frankly become less significant.’ Sessions also pondered whether he should rule on subtle differences between the state and federal equal pay acts in his eventual decision.After the hearing, Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna said that greater education, experience, or job responsibility could justify different wages, under the state act. She noted that the state’ s law provides greater protection than federal law because it covers employees of small businesses (the federal act doesn’ t do so) and because it allows plaintiffs to request more money for restitution.Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna discusses the importance of the court case, the first filed under the state’ s Equal Pay Act, in front a Burlington courthouse on Tuesday. Photo by Nat RudarakanchanaHanna authored an amicus brief for the plaintiff, joining state lawmakers, the Vermont Commission on Women, Vermont Legal Aid, and several other national women’ s rights groups in support of the lawsuit.She called today’ s hearing ‘ historic’ because ‘ it’ s the first time a federal judge has interpreted what Vermont’ s equal pay statute means, and how courts going forward should interpret it ‘¦ It’ s the first time a court is going to decide what the Vermont Legislature intended when it passed the law.’She hoped the case would illuminate the problem of unequal pay and encourage other women to come forward to discuss or litigate the issue.The Vermont Commission on Women’ s Cary Brown added: ‘ A lifetime of limited earnings [for women] really has ripple effects. Women are more economically insecure than men are; they have a higher unemployment rate; they have lower rates of savings.’She cited U.S. Census data which shows that women in Vermont only earn 84 cents per dollar earned by men. Women here earn more than their counterparts in other states, however, with women nationally earning 77 cents on average per dollar earned by men.Dreves is seeking about $230,000 in total relief. This includes about $93,000 in allegedly owed backpay, doubled under Vermont statute to restitution of $186,000, along with $40,000 in interest and attorney’ s fees of over $100,000.The civil case also includes allegations that Dufry, the Swiss multinational which now owns Hudson News, did not justly compensate Dreves for overtime and that they discriminated against Dreves based on age.In the political arena, lawmakers will consider expanding equal pay legislation on the House floor this week, with a bill requiring employers to formally consider requests for flexible work schedules, or face civil fines and investigations.The legislation has been questioned by the business community, which views it as unnecessary and potentially burdensome, but backed by House Speaker Shap Smith at a press conference on Monday.A similar case, in which a state corrections worker sued the state for allegedly paying a male counterpart $10,000 more for the same work, is in discovery phase of litigation, according to former Human Rights Commission director Rob Appel.Hanna is hesitant to predict outcomes in the Dreves case. A decision could come as early as this summer, though there’ s no mandated timeframe.But Hanna’ s considered view is that the law clearly favors Dreves, because the burden of proof lies squarely on an employer to show that they didn’ t dole out unequal pay for equal work, and because the United States 2nd Circuit, under which Vermont’ s court falls, has often ruled in favor of unequal pay for plaintiffs in the past, adopting stringent legal standards for employers.[Note: The case originated in January 2011 as an age and sex discrimination action, but later came to include a count of equal pay violation, by November 2011, after Dreves’ attorney discovered how much Dixon earned.]COMPLAINTlast_img read more

New Business Conditions Survey results show continued slow economic recovery

first_imgToday Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the inaugural results of their new joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.  The survey, which will be conducted quarterly, is the next generation of the Roundtable’s economic outlook surveys that began in 2004, and will result in a more meaningful and predictive index going forward. The new economic indicator, constructed as a Diffusion Index, is designed to follow economic sentiments of Roundtable members over time, and serve as a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economic outlook; as a leading economic indicator. This inaugural survey, which achieved a response rate of 74 percent overall, included a strong level of response from every industry sector within the membership.  The survey asked eight questions about the economic outlook, demand, capital spending, and employment. This quarter’s survey also included a topical question about the F-35s. Results of this third quarter survey show that:·         Roundtable members corresponded strongly to the economic reality of a slow recovery from the recent recession, which lasted from December 2007 to June 2009; most responses were mildly positive or neutral;·         VBR responses also aligned closely with the lukewarm results from the recent National Business Roundtable (BRT) survey for capital spending and employment for the coming three months; and·         VBR responses concerning employment the last three months align closely with Vermont Department of Labor data on employment. Employment growth in most sectors is positive or neutral, according to both member responses and Department of Labor data.The survey also asked CEOs a topical question related to the current discussion around the basing of the F-35s at the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG). ·         Over 80 percent (80.8% percent) of respondents believed that ‘the continued mission of the Air National Guard including the F-35 jets’ would have a positive effect on Vermont’s economy (3 percent replied negative; 16 percent replied neutral)This graph shows the composite of the diffusion index points, which were generated from the percentages of ‘positive’, ‘negative’, and ‘neutral’ replies to the capital spending and employment questions. Diffusion index points measure the level of confidence respondents have about different aspects of the economy, and can range 100 (where 100% of respondents answered ‘strong positive’) to -100 (where 100% of respondents answered ‘strong negative’).  The diffusion index points, graphed over time, can show the relative amounts of optimism and pessimism that the respondents have about the economic climate.  The orange line marks the start of the new data, which uses new methodology; specifically, the new methodology takes into account the ‘intensity’ of replies, and differentiates between ‘mild’ and ‘strong’ answers.  The new methodology also weights VBR’s employment by sector to Vermont’s employment by sector, for greater representativeness to the Vermont economy.  Although the new points seem less optimistic than the years before, they are lowered because of the new methodology, and present a more accurate view of the current economic climate and future economic expectations; a slow recovery, and slightly less optimism for the three months ahead compared to the last three months.  The old points are included to show that the diffusion index is successful at illustrating the economic reality; the diffusion index points calculated from the previous surveys corresponded to the recession and gradual recovery.  The next survey will be conducted in early November, 2013. The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of chief executive officers of Vermont’s leading private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.  www.vtroundtable.org(link is external). Economic & Policy Resources, Inc. (EPR) has been providing private and public sector clients throughout the U.S. and Canada with problem-solving economic research and analysis services for more than 25 years. Our professionals bring a broad spectrum and a deep reservoir of problem-solving knowledge and experience in applied economics to each assignment. We put our capabilities and experience to work for our clients so that they have the insight and understanding necessary to move forward with confidence. EPR has successfully completed assignments throughout the United States and in eastern Canada. www.epreconomics.com(link is external) .VBR 8.14.2013last_img read more

Shawnee advances new plans for Bellmont Promenade with smaller multi-family component

first_imgA rendering of the residential component of Bellmont Promenade.Shawnee has advanced a new preliminary plan for Bellmont Promenade, a residential and retail project at the southwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road.Much to the relief of neighbors who have protested and opposed the project at various stages, the new plans for the 27-acre site slash the number of apartments nearly in half and pave the way for an additional pad site that the developers intend to earmark for a sit-down restaurant.Besides that, most of the project remains the same as the preliminary plan approved by the city planning commission several months ago, city staff said. The city in February had approved $19.5 million in TIF funds for the $99 million project. Dave Claflin, a spokesperson for the project developer, Legacy Development, said the total project cost and requested amount of TIF funds may change as a result of the changes to the project.“Not much has changed except with the intensity and density,” said Doug Allmon, community development director.David Braswell with JPL Development, the new multi-family partner for Bellmont PromenadeBach Homes LLC had been the multi-family partner for the project, but after backing out a few months ago, developer Legacy Development named JPL Development in St. Louis as the new multi-family partner on the project. Allmon said Bach Homes withdrew from the project because of concerns with finding adequate parking.JPL Development plans to build 148 residential units in two four-story buildings. The previous plan had called for about 250 apartment units. David Braswell with JPL Development said they decided to downsize the residential component because they found that a scaled-down version would be more economically viable. Parking would also be more manageable with fewer units.The project had included a mixed use portion of the project — and was partially zoned for it — but now that the residential and retail/commercial components of the project are explicitly segregated, a “re-rezoning” was required. In a planning commission meeting Monday, city staff said the new zoning was more appropriate.“I think the difficulty that they were finding is that there are typically apartment builders and commercial builders, and to bite off both chunks, they were having difficulty figuring out how to make it work,” Allmon said, adding that staff believes the residential density is sufficient to help the retail component thrive. “But losing some units from that original approval does not give me concern. If anything, I think it’s probably better than the original.”The new zoning is residential high rise for the apartments, and commercial highway for a small pad site just east of the apartments. That portion of the project had been zoned planned unit development mixed use because the plan was going to include commercial below the apartments.Here is the current zoning for the site:And here is the new zoning:Don Lysaught, a Shawnee resident who lives on Bell Road near the proposed Bellmont Promenade project, gave his support and spoke on behalf of neighbors, saying the new plan is more appropriate for the area.“I am pleased to say that we’re actually here to be supportive of this,” Lysaught said, adding his compliments toward the developers and city staff for working with the neighbors to resolve issues with the project. “I think this shows that your zoning requirements and regulations are correct. The last time we were here, there was all kinds of deviations, variations, from your rules.Don Lysaught, a neighboring resident who has opposed parts of the Bellmont Promenade project, shared his support for the new plans Monday.“This project complies with virtually everything. It gets back to our point that we tried to make then, and why we’re supportive now: This is a decent project. We’re not overwhelmed by it. We are willing to look at it objectively and say this one makes sense, and it does. We feel that this is a good use, a very reasonable use, of the property.”The project includes a pool and workout area in the eastern apartment building. Of the units, 8% will be studios, 38% will be one-bedroom units and 54% will be two-bedroom units. Braswell said rental rates for a 1,000-square foot unit may be about $1,500 a month.The project also includes 210 parking stalls, two of which will include electric car charging stations to charge four vehicles. Braswell said they may add more. Residents will also be able to use shared parking with the retail component of the project — details on crosswalks, sidewalks and pedestrian safety will be discussed and determined with the presentation of a final development plan.Commissioner Randy Braley asked about the residential component utilizing solar power, but Braswell said it’s not economically viable.Other planning commissioners indicated support for the project.“It’s always difficult to figure out which way we’re going to go, but I know that this is where we wanted to go,” said Planning Commissioner Kathy Peterson. “I’m thrilled that the residents are happy, or happier. To me, I’m excited about it.”The planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the new preliminary plan and rezoning for Bellmont Promenade. The Shawnee council will consider the commission’s recommendation as early as Dec. 23. Final plans must be approved by the city before any work can begin.Claflin said that after the city approves a final plan, they will finalize closing on the property. In the meantime, the developers plan to announce a list of commercial/retail tenants, hopefully by the end of December.last_img read more

Greenberg Traurig hosts 15th Circuit pro bono event

first_img December 1, 2016 Regular News Greenberg Traurig hosts 15th Circuit pro bono event IN OBSERVANCE OF THE ABA’S NATIONAL PRO BONO WEEK, the West Palm Beach office of Greenberg Traurig hosted a 15th Circuit pro bono event to raise awareness of the legal needs of low- and moderate-income residents and honor Equal Justice Works fellows and Palm Beach Legal Aid Society staff attorneys for their contribution and dedication to equal justice and public service. Bar members from the 15th Circuit provided more than 15,000 hours of pro bono service between July, 1, 2015, and June 30. “There is a serious need to help vulnerable or underserved residents obtain legal assistance and Pro Bono Week is a national celebration intended to attract, encourage, and inspire attorneys to provide more pro bono services to communities in need,” said Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig and president-elect of the ABA. Pictured from the left are Alex St. Pierre, Bass, Bridget Berry, and Antoinette Pollard.last_img read more

Tender of the Ministry of Tourism for vocational schools

first_imgIn order to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism staff and secondary vocational education in general in the tourism sector, the Ministry of Tourism has published a public call for secondary vocational schools to promote, strengthen competencies and raise the quality of human resources. A total of HRK 400 from the program will be available for a wide range of projects, from the creation of tourism products, promotion and introduction of IT communication technologies to the development of regional educational centers and cooperation with international centers of excellence.Grants will be awarded for the development of new tourism products (nautical, health, cultural, business, golf, cycling, rural and mountain, eno and gastro, youth, social, etc.) which will contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the destination in which the school findings, which are based on cross-sectoral connectivity, environmental protection and the introduction of new technologies, then for projects created in cooperation with other educational sectors for tourism development, for projects to strengthen the competitiveness of human resources through the development of regional secondary education centers, training centers, international educational centers of excellence, etc.Projects are open to secondary vocational and art schools founded by the City of Zagreb, the County or the Republic of Croatia, a each school that applies for the project, applies a team consisting of 1 project leader (professor / mentor) and at least 3 members (students). The amount of requested funds can be a maximum of HRK 20 thousand, if one applicant (school) applies, or HRK 40 thousand if two or more applicants (partners) apply. When selecting projects, the compliance of the project with The Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, and priorities for the award of grants will have, inter alia, projects involving cooperation with institutions and other stakeholders from the public, private and civil sectors, then projects that are aligned with the 11 thematic objectives for the use of EU funds in the financial perspective 2014- 2020 and those applying through a partnership (two or more schools together).As an indicator of the success of the Program itself, last year, out of a total of 22 projects, the three best were selected and presented with a commendation from the Minister of Tourism. These are the following projects: “Hotel for tomorrow“(Anton Štifanić Poreč School of Tourism and Hospitality in partnership with the Pula Technical School,„Why Osijek does not have a tourist boat”(Catering and Tourism School Osijek) and“ Aureus Mons ”(Technical School Požega in partnership with the School of Crafts from Požega).The public call is open until April 20, 2016, and more information about the program and the necessary documentation for project applications can be found on the website Ministry of Tourism.Source: Ministry of Tourismlast_img read more

Register To Vote: Los Alamos Nature Center Sept. 24

first_imgPEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center also has ordered materials in Spanish and Chinese for this event. National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register voters. Registering to vote is easy and the only information you need to know is your name, address, date of birth, social security number and the party you wish to register for. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.center_img PEEC News:Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by registering to vote 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The League of Women Voters is partnering with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center to observe this event. Join volunteers from the League of Women Voters and Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 for National Voter Registration Dayat the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photolast_img read more

GPLN signs up L.C. van Tiel Logistics

first_imgThe company specialises in the transport of over dimensional and heavy cargoes using its own fleet of special trucks, as well as chartering other means of transport when necessary.It is also active with a number of other activities involved in port handling for project cargoes such as packaging, stripping and stuffing containers, lashing and securing shipments of project cargoes and containers worldwide.Recently, the company has handled include mobile and crawler cranes, jack-up barges and injection moulding systems. More information about L.C. van Tiel Logistics can be seen here:http://www.tiellogistics.com/_nederlands/home/index_home.htmlThe GPLN is a premier non-exclusive professional projects logistics network of independent companies specialising in international projects movements by air, sea and land, as well as specialised lifts and the special handling of oversized, out-of-gauge and heavy lift cargo.last_img read more