Notice: Proposed board actions

first_imgPursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes notice of intent to consider or take final action at its October 24-25, 2002 meeting on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 1 General Subchapter 1-3 Membership 1. Rule 1-3.6 Delinquent Members Summary: Deems as delinquent those members who have not paid costs or made required restitution within time periods specified in Bar disciplinary proceedings. Subchapter 1-7 Membership Fees and Fiscal Control 2. Rule 1-7.3 Membership Fee Summary: Deems as delinquent those members who have not paid costs or made required restitution within time periods specified in Bar disciplinary proceedings. Chapter 2 Bylaws of The Florida Bar Subchapter 2-9 Policies and Rules 3. Rule 2-9.4 Ethics Summary: Creates new subdivision (e), containing provisions transferred from former rule 3-7.11( i ) to codify a specific disqualification due to conflict rule for particular attorneys involved in proceedings for the issuance of opinions on professional ethics. Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline Subchapter 3-6 Employment of Certain Attorneys or Former Attorneys 4. Rule 3-6.1 Generally Summary: Adds a prohibition against a lawyer, who is barred or suspended from practice, from being employed or supervised by another attorney who was previously supervised by that barred or suspended lawyer at the time of their discipline. Subchapter 3-7 Procedures 5. Rule 3-7.1 Confidentiality Summary: Reorganizes current rule greater clarity; adds new provisions that confirm the public nature of records and files not otherwise referenced in current rule. 6. Rule 3-7.6 Procedures Before a Referee Summary: Creates new subdivision (c) directing the referee to conduct a pretrial conference within 60 days of appointment and to set a schedule for the proceedings at that conference; within former subdivision (o), new (p), relating to taxable costs, deletes current $750 administrative fee and adds reference to new fee scale elsewhere within rules, in proposed rule 3-7.11(j); revises existing subdivision entries as necessary. 7. Rule 3-7.10 Reinstatement and Readmission Procedures Summary: Within subdivision (m) relating to taxable costs, deletes current $750 administrative fee and adds reference to new fee scale elsewhere within rules, in proposed rule 3-7.11(j). 8. Rule 3-7.11 General Rule of Procedure Summary: Revises and removes selected passages from subdivision (i), transferred elsewhere, to codify a specific disqualification due to conflict rule for particular attorneys involved in bar disciplinary proceedings; adds new subdivision ( j ) relating to administrative fees charged in discipline cases, creating a sliding scale from $1000 to $5000 for various levels of progression through the process. Subchapter 3-8 Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Program 9. Rule 3-8.1 Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Program Summary: Deleted; provisions moved and merged with various proposed revisions in chapter 14 fee arbitration rule, to be retitled “Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program.” Chapter 4 Rules of Professional Conduct Subchapter 4-7 Information About Legal Services 10. Rule 4-7.2 Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services Summary: Transfers language from former rule 4-7.3 to create a new subdivision (c)(11) within general regulations governing advertising content, which would specify that all required disclosures be clearly intelligible if spoken, or legible if written, and no smaller than one-quarter the size of the largest type size appearing elsewhere in the advertisement; revises remaining subsection numbers as necessary; adds conforming discussion within rule commentary. 11. Rule 4-7.3 Advertisements in the Public Print Media Summary: Removes selected passages from subdivision (b) and comment, to be transferred to rule 4-7.2, regarding the disclosure and appearance of required statements within lawyer advertisements; revises cross-reference to 4-7.2 as necessary. 12. Rule 4-7.4 Direct Contact With Prospective Clients Summary: Within subdivision (b)(2)(H), deletes the requirement that written communications be on letter-sized paper rather than legal-sized paper. 13. Rule 4-7.5 Advertisement in the Electronic Media Other Than Computer-Accessed Communications Summary: Revises cross-reference to rule 4-7.2 necessitated by proposed revision of that rule. 14. Rule 4-7.8 Exemptions From The Filing and Review Requirement Summary: Conforms rule to recent amendments elsewhere within advertising subchapter, to continue to allow exemptions from the requirements of filing and review for ads that contain only permissible content. Subchapter 4-8 Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession 15. Rule 4-8.4 Misconduct Summary: Within subdivision ( i ) and commentary, amends existing language prohibiting lawyer-client sexual conduct, to further recognize instances of sexual relations with “a representative of a client,” “including but not limited to a duly authorized constituent of” a corporate or other non-personal entity. 16. Rule 4-8.6 Authorized Business Entities Summary: Within subdivision (a), adds sole proprietorships and general partnerships to this listing of authorized business entities for the practice of law; deletes redundant references to professional limited liability companies and registered limited liability partnerships; within subdivision (e), would provide that a lawyer who is the sole shareholder or partner of an authorized business entity must sever all employment and financial interests with that entity during the term of any suspension imposed on that lawyer. Chapter 5 Rules Regulating Trust Accounts Subchapter 5-1 Generally 17. Rule 5-1.1 Trust Accounts Summary: Within subdivision (a)(1), clarifies that a lawyer may maintain funds belonging to the lawyer within a trust account in an amount no more than is reasonably sufficient to pay bank charges related to the account; deletes unnecessary cross-reference within subdivision (g)(2); creates new subdivision (h), to codify that a lawyer who holds funds for a client or third person and who determines that such funds are not nominal or short-term shall place the funds in a separate interest-bearing account for the benefit of the client or third person unless directed otherwise in writing; additionally prohibits a lawyer from receiving benefit from interest on funds held in trust; creates new commentary, transferred verbatim from rule 5-1.2 with the exception of first paragraph. 18. Rule 5-1.2 Trust Accounting Records and Procedures Summary: Within subdivision (b)(3), clarifies that trust account records that rely on copies of original bank checks must contain copies that include all endorsements; removes commentary, to be transferred verbatim to rule 5-1.1 with the exception of first paragraph. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-1 Generally 19. Rule 6-1.5 Disqualification as Attorney Summary: New rule, containing provisions transferred from former rule 3-7.11( i ) to codify a specific disqualification due to conflict rule for particular attorneys involved in bar certification proceedings. Chapter 10 Rules Governing the Investigation and Prosecution of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Subchapter 10-4 Circuit Committees 20. Rule 10-4.1 Generally Summary: Within subdivision (b), allows for appointment of circuit committee chair by the designated reviewer rather than the board of governors. Subchapter 10-5 Complaint Processing and Initial Investigatory Procedures 21. Rule 10-5.2 Disqualification as Attorney Summary: New rule, containing provisions transferred from former rule 3-7.11( i ) to codify a specific disqualification due to conflict rule for particular attorneys involved in bar UPL proceedings. Subchapter 10-6 Procedures for Investigation 22. Rule 10-6.2 Subpoenas Summary: Within subdivision (a), deletes requirement that a witness subpoenaed to an investigatory hearing must appear only in the circuit where the local UPL committee is located. Subchapter 10-9 Advisory Opinions 23. Rule 10-9.1 Procedures for Issuance of Advisory Opinions on the Unlicensed Practice of Law Summary: Within subdivision (b), revises the requirement that a request for formal advisory opinion state in detail “all” operative facts upon which the request is based, to allow a statement detailing operative facts “to the extent practicable.” Chapter 14 Fee Arbitration Rule Summary: Merges grievance mediation from rule 3-8.1 and fee arbitration program within existing chapter 14, for a common administrative process; similarly relocates revised rules of procedure for mediation and fee arbitration; replaces circuit fee arbitration committees with a pool of arbitrators; establishes a joint standing committee for program oversight; amends chapter title, to read “Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program;” includes companion policies for both fee arbitration and grievance mediation. Current Subchapter 14-1 Jurisdiction and Venue / Proposed Subchapter 14-1 Establishment 24. Proposed Rule 14-1.1 Establishment 25. Current Rule 14-1.1 / Proposed Rule 14-1.2 Jurisdiction 26. Rule 14-1.2 Venue (Relocated) 27. Proposed Rule 14-1.3 Authority of Board of Governors 28. Current Rule 14-1.3 Rules / Proposed Rule 14-1.4 Application of Rules and Statutes Subchapter 14-2 Standing Committee 29. Rule 14-2.1 Generally Current Subchapter 14-3 Circuit Arbitration Committees / Proposed Subchapter 14-3 Certification of Program Mediators and Arbitrators 30. Current Rule 14-3.1 Generally (Deleted) 31. Proposed Rule 14-3.1 Application Required Subchapter 14-4 Institution of Proceedings 32. Current Rule 14-4.1 Generally / Proposed Rule 14-4.1 Arbitration Proceedings 33. Proposed Rule 14-4.2 Grievance Mediation Proceedings Current Subchapter 14-5 Rules of Procedure / Proposed Subchapter 14-5 Effect of Agreement to Mediate or Arbitrate and Failure to Comply 34. Current Rule 14-5.1 Confidentiality (Relocated) 35. Proposed Rule 14-5.1 Effect of Referral to Mediation and Failure to Comply 36. Proposed Rule 14-5.2 Effect of Agreement to Arbitrate and Failure to Comply Proposed Subchapter 14-6 Nature and Enforcement of Award 37. Current Rule 14-5.2 / Proposed Rule 14-6.1 Binding Nature Proposed Subchapter 14-7 Immunity and Confidentiality 38. Current Rule 14-5.3 Immunity / Proposed Rule 14-7.1 Immunity and Confidentiality FEE ARBITRATION POLICIES 39. Rule I Preamble 40. Rule II Selection of Arbitrators 41. Rule III Record of Proceedings 42. Rule IV Hearings 43. Rule V Closing of Hearings 44. Rule VI The Award 45. Current Rule VII Enforcement / Proposed Rule VII Standards for Certification and Training 46. Rule VIII Death or Incompetence of a Party GRIEVANCE MEDIATION POLICIES 47. Rule I Adoption of Policies 48. Current Rule II Grievance Mediation Program Committee (Relocated) 49. Current Rule III / Proposed Rule II Program Mediators 50. Current Rule IV / Proposed Rule III Guidelines for Referrals 51. Current Rule V / Proposed Rule IV Procedures 52. Current Rule VI / Proposed Rule V Cost of Mediation STANDING BOARD POLICIES 500 Series – Committees, Sections and Divisions 53. Standing Board Policy 5.10 Standing Committees Summary: Conforms name changes, additions, or deletions of various committees, and revises existing alphabetical listings as necessary. 700 Series – Legal Specialization and Education 54. Standing Board Policy 7.10 Adoption, Amendment or Repeal of Policies Related to LSE Summary: Deletes outdated reference to the Florida Designation Plan. 55. STANDARDS FOR IMPOSING LAWYER SANCTIONS IN ADVERTISING AND SOLICITATION RULE VIOLATIONS Summary: New standards, as part of the comprehensive Florida Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions, related specifically to violations of advertising and solicitation regulations and intended to further provide guidance for grievance committees, bar counsel, referees, respondents, and the court; organized into categories regarding advertising, direct mail communications, solicitation, information on request, forfeiture of fees (already authorized in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar), and mitigation and aggravation; suggested sanctions are hierarchical, depending on the isolated or repetitive nature of the conduct, the knowing or unknowing nature of the violation (knowing violations are presumed by any member of the bar who has advertised and participated in the review process before using the alleged offending advertisement), and the level of harm. BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION (BLSE) POLICIES 400 Series – Florida Certification Plan 56. BLSE 4.09 Consideration of Appeal Summary: Within subdivision (b) deletes “supporting material filed by the petitioner” from the codified definition of “record”; within subdivision (c), deletes the restrictive bases for an appeals committee decision without oral argument; within subdivision (d) adds that tie votes of the appeals committee are considered favorable to the review panel decision, as well as the BLSE decision at issue. 500 Series – Course Approval Summary: Proposes new fee structure for course evaluation; other minor adjustments to various policy provisions to specify credit assignments for educational activities. 57. 5.01 Course Approval Administration – within subdivisions (c) & (d), increases late fee and rush processing fee, respectively; within subdivision (e), proposes one fee schedule based upon sponsor categories rather than credit evaluation selections; deletes subdivision (f) because of redundancy in proposed revisions to (e); revises all following subdivision entries accordingly; within subdivision (g), clarifies fee requirement when programs are sponsored by two or more sponsors; within new subdivision, specifies distribution of evaluation fee revenue to CLER and Certification program budgets; within subdivision (h), revises language and incorporates reliance of staff upon certification committee policies as well as BLSE policies for credit evaluation; within subdivision (i), clarifies content of accreditation notice and staff responsibility; within subdivision (k), adds language to permit on-line courses to receive credit similar to audio video programs. 58. 5.03 Course Approval Standards – revisions are non-substantive; editorial only. 59. 5.04 Credit Approval – within subdivision (d), adds language to also include and clarify entitlement to one-half credit hour for programs devoted to substance abuse and mental illness awareness; within subdivision (e), adds language to clarify amount of credit permitted for trial and appeal demonstrations and moot court participation as equivalent to that permitted for lectures; within subdivisions (f) – (k), substitutes all references to “hours” with the word “credits”; also within subdivision (i), reference to “3-hour” time block is revised to “150 minutes.” 60. 5.05 Credit for Other CLE Activities – substitutes all references to “hours” throughout with the word “credits”; revises all internal references to “1 hour” time blocks, to read “50 minutes”; clarifies all references to reporting cycles, to read “3-year CLER reporting cycle”; within subdivision (a)(6), proposes exclusion of additional credit for preparation of a lecture outline above that granted for delivery of the lecture; within subdivision (d)(5), proposes exclusion of writing credit for CLE handout materials. 61. 5.06 Complimentary Audio Tapes – strikes unnecessary language; eliminates specific January date reference for distribution of complimentary audio tapes; eliminates references to purchases of such tapes at cost. BYLAWS 62. Environmental and Land Use Law Section Bylaws Summary: Within Articles IV (Executive Council) & V (Terms of Officers & Executive Council Members: Nomination & Election of Officers & Executive Council) revises pertinent provisions to allow all past chairs to be ex-officio voting members of the executive council; excepts past chairs (unless officers) from provisions that declare executive council offices vacant due to excessive absences from council meetings; excepts past chairs (unless officers) from provisions that specify a quorum for executive council meetings; excepts past chairs (unless officers) from provisions that specify the formal nomination and election of executive council members. 63. Workers Compensation Section Bylaws Summary: Within Articles III (Officers), V (Nomination & Election of Officers & Executive Council) & VI (Meetings) revises the terms of section officers to end upon conclusion of the annual meeting of the executive council rather than the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar; adjusts the formal nomination and election procedures for section officers, to reflect revised terms of office; deletes bylaw requirement that section meet at the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar, instead requiring an executive council meeting at the Midyear Meeting of The Florida Bar and an annual council meeting with the section in conjunction with the section’s annual educational conference; revises provisions that declare executive council offices vacant due to excessive absences from council meetings, to apply to 2 absences from any meeting in a year, and to require that absences be excused “at the time of the missed meeting.” Notice: Proposed board actions October 1, 2002 LAWS Regular Newscenter_img Proposed board actionslast_img read more

IMCA Modified stars will shine at Hancock County specials Aug. 10-12

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The stars of the IMCA Modified division will shine during a rich three nights of racing at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if they have perfect attendance this season at Britt.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 11 boasts a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well.Winner of the Saturday, Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Stars event can more than double his or her guaranteed $4,000 payday: In addition to the $1,000 paid to the halfway leader, $1,000 bonuses will be paid if the Shryock winner as perfect season attendance and won on Friday.Another $1,500 bonus goes to the driver winning all three Stars features, making their earnings for three days an impressive $24,000.All three events are draw/redraw and qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motor Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.Thirty cars will start three-wide in each of the 50-lappers. Minimum start money is $300 on Thursday and Saturday and $400 on Friday.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps each night. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running on the 23rd annual Landus Cooperative and Doug Studer Farms-sponsored Night of 1,000 Stars card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win.DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection sponsor the fifth annual Night of 10,000 Stars. Stock Cars run for $750 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports and Pritchard Family Auto Stores. Top checks are $750 for the Hobby Stocks, $600 for the Stock Cars and $500 for the SportMods.National and state points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock competitors; regional points will also be given to Stock and Hobby drivers. Transponder scoring will be used all three nights.More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website or by emailing [email protected] Hancock County Speedway events are all part of IMCA Modified Speedweek, which starts with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show on Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer.The Harris Clash is Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale is Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more

Tax Fraud: Mourinho Pays Fine to Avoid Jail Term in…

first_imgEx-Manchester United boss José Mourinho has agreed a prison term in Spain for tax fraud but will not go to jail.A one-year prison sentence will instead be exchanged for a fine of €182,500 (£160,160). That will be added to a separate fine of €2m.Spain rarely enforces sentences of less than two years for non-violent or first-time offenders. He was accused of owing €3.3m to Spanish tax authorities from his time managing Real Madrid in 2011-2012.Prosecutors said he had created offshore companies to manage his image rights and hide the earnings from tax officials.Image rights cover the use of a person’s likeness, voice, signature and mannerisms – and can be very lucrative for footballers and managers.Mr Mourinho’s move to Manchester United in 2016 was even delayed after it emerged his previous team Chelsea owned the trademark to his name.Spanish prosecutors said that Mr Mourinho, a Portuguese national, had set up multiple business entities in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere to manage his image rights.They argued that was designed to obscure his financial gain from such deals – and he left it undeclared in his tax statements after he moved to Spain.He is the latest high-profile football personality to strike a deal with Spanish authorities, which are pursuing a crackdown on tax evasion or fraud by the country’s many resident star playersn January, Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine of €18.8m and a suspended 23-month jail sentence, in a case which was also centred around tax owed on image rights.He was playing for Real Madrid at the time of the offence between 2010 and 2014 – the same team Mr Mourinho was managing at the time of his own tax violation.Unlike the Ronaldo case, Spanish media were not told about Tuesday’s hearing, so there was no crowd to meet the former Manchester United manager, who lost his job in December.star, Xabi Alonso, is also facing charges over alleged tax fraud amounting to about €2m, though he denies any wrongdoing.Marcelo Vieira, who still plays for the club, accepted a four-month suspended jail sentence last September over his use of foreign firms to handle almost half a million euros in earnings.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar have also found themselves embroiled in legal battles with the Spanish tax authorities.As in many of the cases, Mr Mourinho’s deal which spared him from prison had been agreed in advance with tax officials.Mr Mourinho’s representatives have declined to comment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Selects to more than calm Storm en route to Provincial B Cup berth

first_imgThe Nelson Selects outscored the Kootenay South Storm 11-2 in a two-game, total goal series to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U15 Girl’s Zone title Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects now advance to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in North Vancouver.”We are extremely pleased with the performance of the squad,” said Coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”Every member of the team worked well attacking and defending, and proved themselves worthy to represent the Kootenay Region at the Provincial B Cup in July.”Game won was never in doubt as the Selects jumped to a 3-0 lead en route to the five-goal victory.Allie Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half, followed by markers from Naomi Perkins and Emily Graeme to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead at the half.The Storm squad scored from a penalty kick early in the second half to narrow the score to 3 – 1. However, Nelson quickly answered with goals by Camille Gebhart, Kyra Burkart, and a pair by Zondervan to bring the score to 7 – 1.Later in the day, the two sides squared off in game two with the same result.Nelson turned up the defence to score the shutout.Zondervan opened the scoring early in the first half followed by a pair of goals by Perkins for a 3-0 lead at half.Perkins completed the hat-trick to secure the win and a berth in the Provincial B Cup.last_img read more

HORSES AND DONKEYS ACCOUNT FOR 80% OF DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE CASES

first_imgHorses and donkeys are taking up 80% of the time of animal welfare inspectors in Co Donegal.Local animal Inspector Kevin McGinley of the Irish Society for the Prevent of Cruelty to Animals told Donegaldaily that equine matters was now the main focus of their workload.“I would certainly say that eight out of ten of our calls or visits are equine-based be that horses or donkeys. “Some of them may be minor in that horses or donkeys may need to have their hooves sheared or whatever.“But we also have more serious cases of animals which have been neglected badly and we need to take more serious action,” he said.Inspector McGinley said that anyone with concerns over animals should contact the DSPCA.  HORSES AND DONKEYS ACCOUNT FOR 80% OF DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE CASES was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DSPCAInspector Kevin McGInleylast_img read more

Angola heads for democracy

first_imgAn example of the ballot paper to be usedduring the elections. President Jośe Eduardo Dos Santos isconfident his party, the MPLA will win theupcoming elections. A strong contender: Unita’s IsaiasSamakuva plans to give the MPLA a runfor their money. Luanda, the capital of Angola is a bustlingcity with strong growth prospects.Khanyi MagubaneThe world’s eyes will be on Angola on 5 September 2008 when the country holds its first parliamentary elections since the final end to three decades of civil war.President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos announced this year’s elections in December 2007, with his office releasing a statement that “the president has today, using his powers laid down by the constitution, called the elections to be held on September 5. The legislative elections will be held across all national territory.”The announcement came a day after the Council of the Republic, a body made up of all Angola’s political parties chaired by the president, gave its final approval. The group was previously briefed that all preparations were in place.Registration of 8.3-million voters was completed in May 2008, with 8 000 polling stations being set up across the country. Ten parties, including four coalitions, and over 5 000 candidates will battle it out for 220 parliamentary seatsAngola’s previous elections, in 1992, took place during a brief hiatus in the civil war, after successful negotiations between the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) rebel movement, and the ruling Popular Movement for Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Led by Jonas Savimbi, Unita stood against Dos Santos and the MPLA.After Dos Santos and his party won by a marginal vote, Savimbi refused to contest a run-off. He declared vote rigging, and the country returned to another decade of civil war, which finally ended when he was killed by MPLA forces in 2002.The world is watchingInternational election observers are already in Angola, with the European Union (EU) mission arriving on 29 July. The EU plans to send more than a 90 observers to the Southern African country.On her arrival in Angola’s capital Luanda, EU mission head Luisa Morgantini commended President José Eduardo Dos Santos and other political party leaders for their tolerance in the run-up to the elections. But she warned that the elections would be challenging, making international observation essential.EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the elections would help rebuild the country after the civil war.“It is fundamental that these legislative elections are conducted in a satisfactory manner and in line with international standards,” she said.The Angola National Electoral Commission (CNE) has also invited an African Union (AU) observer mission to supervise the parliamentary elections, and the AU has made observers available.According to Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia Manuel Domingos Augusto, the presence of AU observers shows transparency and good governance in the electoral process.The elections were originally meant to take place in 2006, but were constantly delayed because of the poor roads and other infrastructure in certain parts of the country.Vying for votersWhile the September polls will choose representatives for the Luanda parliament, the presidential elections will only take place in 2009. Dos Santos has indicated that he will stand for a new term of office. The earlier vote is seen as a chance for the 66-year-old Dos Santos to test his popularity before deciding whether to contest the presidential election.Political parties have been intensively campaigning across the country. Campaigning started on 5 August, with the parties each allowed five minutes on television and 10 minutes on the radio each day to canvass for voters.While most of the votes are expected to go to Unita and the MPLA, smaller parties hoping to clinch a seat in parliament include the Party of Social Renovation, Democratic Front and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola.The MPLA have embarked on an aggressive campaign in a bid to win the majority of the votes, with photos of Dos Santos and MPLA flags on public display in major towns across the country. Analysts say the MPLA’s greater resources give the party the edge, allowing it to mount its massive campaign.“MPLA has all the advantages,” says Ishmael Mateus, a political analyst. “They have been in power for a long time, have all the machinery on their side, and they can show some work: roads were rehabilitated, bridges, schools, hospitals built.”MPLA campaign coordinator Rui Luis Falção Pinto de Andrade claims there is no way the party cannot clinch a victory, “We have 3-million members,” he says.While it is Angola’s biggest political party, the MPLA has come under criticism for its alleged failure to improve the social conditions of Angolans since the war ended in 2002.But De Andrade says it simply hasn’t had the time. “The Angolan people are conscious that we were more than 30 years in war and we’ve only had six years of peace. But in six years of peace we have done many things.”The Economist reports that over the past six years the government has built a reputation for competence and efficient management of the economy, overseeing high real GDP growth, falling inflation, and rising fiscal and current-account surpluses.In their election manifesto, the MPLA has promised an even more aggressive second phase of post-war reconstruction, including the creation of two new cities. One of the cities will be designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.But in his election manifesto, new Unita leader Isaias Samakuva has highlighted the shortcomings of the government, including poverty, unemployment, the education system and corruption.“It’s true our economy is growing, but it’s growing badly,” he said in a campaign speech.“More than 90% of the nation’s wealth is stolen by the state and is concentrated on less than 0.5% of the population of around 18 million.”The biggest challenge for Unita will be to change the public perception that it is a ruthless guerrilla movement, and untested as a government. Although Samakuva has been described as articulate, he has failed to gain favour for the party outside of its strongholds.Despite their different approaches to solving Angola’s problems, one thing that unites all parties is the fear of another devastating civil war.Useful linksThe Republic of Angola The EconomistAfrol newsAngola TourismDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane: [email protected]last_img read more

Centre to return gorillas to the wild

first_imgRay Maota The silverback gorilla is the sexuallymature leader of the gorilla pack.(Image: The Dean of Travel) Debby Cox (pictured here with chimpanzees),of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, saysthe gorillas at the centre will help give thelocal people a glimpse of the world of gorillas,which has much in common with thatof humans.(Image: Australian National University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International+1 404 624 5881The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a new rehabilitation centre, not for humans but for the Eastern Lowland gorilla or Grauer’s gorilla.The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund opened the centre, called Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (Grace), in a remote area in the DRC in early December 2010.Helping gorilla orphans to surviveThe gorillas at the centre have been rescued from traumatic situations and are physically and emotionally fragile. Often they fall victim to poachers, who take them out of their habitat to sell them as bushmeat, or traffick them illegally.The centre’s goal is to rehabilitate these gorillas to survive in the wild, while its ultimate goal is to release them into a forest in the nearby Congo Basin, as a self-sufficient group.Grace’s manager Sandy Jones said: “All of the gorilla species are endangered and because Congo is so unexplored they have not done a real census on how many Grauer’s gorillas exist.“But at the rate at which we know they are being killed and the forest is being destroyed we are really concerned that if things aren’t changed now they can be wiped out very soon,” added Jones.The centre is the first of its kind in east-central Africa and has space for 30 young gorillas, who explore a natural habitat of 350 acres. The US Fish and Wildlife Service funded its construction, while the site was donated by the Tayna Centre for Conservation Biology and is located next to the Tayna Nature Reserve. Both Tayna facilities are owned and managed by local communities, under guidance from the Fossey Fund.Debby Cox, of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, said that getting the chance to observe gorillas living like humans do, in family groups and with some familiar social habits, will help to foster empathy in people.The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project has helped the fund take care of the rescued gorillas in temporary shelters in Kinigi, Rwanda, and Goma, DRC.Eddie Kambale, a doctor for the project, said: “The gorillas are enjoying this place compared to where they were.”They didn’t like the noise and dust from the Goma roads, he added, and are happier to be in a more natural habitat.Primates in needThe first group needing help are four Grauer’s who were airlifted to the centre in a helicopter donated by the DRCs UN peacekeeping force. Gorillas still living at the temporary shelters will be airlifted to Grace in early 2011.This method of transport was used to avoid inflicting more trauma on the primates, and because roads in the area were in a poor condition.The four already at Grace are Mapendo, Amani, Kighoma and Ndjingala, who are aged between one and five years old. All were snatched from their families by poachers.Mapendo, a female whose name means love in Kiswahili, was rescued in December 2007 along with a male, which sadly survived for just two more days.Amani, which means peace, was rescued in 2009 with a large gunshot wound in her leg.“It seemed obvious that her mother was shot and she was caught in the crossfire. Although it took many weeks to heal, now she is walking perfectly normal,” said Jones.Kighoma, whose name means drums, is the only male in the group of four, while one-year-old Ndjingala was rescued earlier this year and is named after the place from which she was rescued.The Grauer’s gorillaThe Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) or Eastern Lowland gorilla, lives exclusively in eastern DRC. It’s a subspecies of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) but prefers lower levels of the forest, and tends to eat more fruit.Males can weigh up to 227kg and stand 1.7m tall. Grauer’s gorillas live in roving groups of up to 30 members, led by a dominant silverback male – silverbacks are the sexually experienced males of the pack and have glossy silver fur on their backs.They are listed as endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – in 1995 there were as many as 17 000 individuals but now only about 8 000 exist.In eastern DRC, agricultural activities are leading to massive deforestation, which only adds to the challenge of trying to conserve the Grauer’s gorilla.last_img read more

Beef Industry Update Meeting to be held in Morgan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting a Beef Industry Update Meeting Oct. 5, 2015.  OCA Allied Industry Council member, Multimin USA, is the title sponsor of the meeting. Their sponsorship will provide a complimentary New York Strip steak dinner to all of the attendees at the meeting.The October 5 meeting will be hosted by the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association. The meeting will be held at the Riecker Building Community Room, 155 E. Main Street, McConnellsville, Ohio 43756 at 6 p.m.The meeting is open to all beef producers and will feature Dr. Robert Gentry, veterinarian and researcher with Multimin USA, as the speaker. He will be discussing how to enhance your herd’s performance with Multimin USA’s trace mineral program. Prior to Dr. Gentry, there will be an OCA membership and policy update.Contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] for more information about the industry update meetings or to RSVP.The Beef Industry Updates are sponsored by Multimin USA.last_img read more

Assessing corn germination and emergence

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.Uniform corn emergence is one of the most important aspects of stand establishment and producing high yielding corn. Understanding germination, emergence, and how environmental factors influence these processes is the first step toward ensure uniform emergence.GerminationGermination begins in a corn seed when it has imbibed 30% of its weight in water. While corn can germinate when soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher, research has determined that the optimal temperature is 86 degrees F. Visual signs that corn germination is taking place are the appearance of the radicle root, coleoptile, and seminal roots. When temperatures are cooler, the germination process is slower and seedlings are more susceptible to disease, insects, and other damaging factors.EmergenceUniform emergence is one of the most important yield-influencing factors that growers should work to achieve. Delayed emergence can ultimately result in diminished yield. Emergence occurs when the coleoptile “emerges” from beneath the soil surface. The amount of time required for corn seedling emergence will vary based on environmental factors such as temperature and moisture, however it typically requires around 120 growing degree days for the coleoptile to break through the soil surface.Environmental factors influencing germination and emergence:• Temperature: For both germination and emergence, soil temperature plays a significant role. Both processes are slower with cooler temperatures. In cases where extreme cold temps exist, damage can be done to the seedling.• Moisture: Adequate moisture must be present for germination and emergence to occur. Too much moisture can result in damage to seedlings and can promote disease as well. A very critical time period for the corn seed is 24 to 48 hours after planting. During this time the seed is susceptible to imbibing injury if it absorbs cold water. A cold rain right after planting can cause significant damage to the seed.• Soil conditions: Several emergence-related issues can result due to poor soil conditions. Compaction, cloddy soil, and soil crusting can all cause problems for seedlings try to emergence.• Herbicide injury: Cooler wet weather can increase the likelihood of herbicide damage to slow-growing seedlings. When trouble-shooting emergence issues this spring, growers should keep in mind that many factors determine the success of germination/emergence of corn seedlings.last_img read more

MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

first_img“We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more