4 May

Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang November 11, 2013 Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang Exercise Steadfast Jazz concluded successfully on Nov. 8 after two weeks of intense multinational joint military training in locations across Europe. About 6,000 personnel from 28 NATO member nations as well as three-partner nations (Sweden, Finland and Ukraine) trained together in a combined multinational setting.Joint Force Command Brunssum Headquarters succeeded in meeting a host of demanding training objectives and will be officially certified at a future ceremony to lead potential NATO Response Force missions in 2014. “As the ISAF mission winds down, NATO’s challenge is to maintain the cohesiveness and compatibility it has achieved through the years,” said Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domrӧse. “Exercise Steadfast Jazz was an important step in building and maintaining that high level of effectiveness and interoperability,” he said.According to NATO, its Response Force is the ‘tip of the spear’ in terms of NATO’s ability to respond to an emerging crisis, which is why realistic and demanding exercises like Steadfast Jazz are essential in maintaining and enhancing the effectiveness of Allied deployable forces. “The multinational soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that I saw during the exercise demonstrated an exceptionally high level of skill and prowess,” said General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. “The opportunity for troops from 28 different member nations, along with Alliance partners, to train and operate together is invaluable. Steadfast Jazz is what NATO is all about, our ability to defend ourselves together with a high-level of skill and effectiveness,” he added.“Steadfast Jazz was based on a scenario that allows NATO forces to train for all possible missions the Alliance might face,” said Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Palomeros. “A wide variety of scenarios were added to the exercise including humanitarian missions, cyber defense, anti-missile defense, and collective defense operations. Realistic, combined multinational training helps ensure that the Alliance is prepared to meet the threats of the future,” he said.While headquarters staffs wrestled with ‘big-picture’ operational challenges, NATO troops deployed in the sea, land, and air honed their abilities to work together in a comprehensive multinational environment. Naval vessels deployed in the Baltic Sea, aircraft took to the skies of central Europe, and land forces participated in a live exercise in western Poland. The exercise culminated in a firepower demonstration attended by senior NATO officials, members of the diplomatic corps and invited observers from Russia and China. “I am fully satisfied that our combined joint force met all of our training objectives, and I commend all the troops that were under my command for a job well done,” said General Domrӧse. I would also like to thank Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania for the outstanding support they provided to the exercise over the past number of months. Without their efforts, resources, and hospitality we would not have been able to achieve the results that we see today,” he added.Exercise Steadfast Jazz was designed to test and certify elements of the NATO Response Force, which is the Alliance’s quick reaction force of up to 13,000 troops, which can be deployed anywhere, in different configurations, to perform a wide range of missions all on short notice.“NATO military commanders will now turn their attention to capitalizing on the lessons, experience and knowledge gained from Exercise Steadfast Jazz to ensure that the Alliance continues to build upon its capabilities, interoperability, and experience. NATO will conduct several exercises in 2014 to certify NRF forces and headquarters, and will conduct a significant combined live exercise in 2015,” NATO ACO said in a release.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: NATO ACO Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain

first_img September 7, 2017 View post tag: US Navy Industry news US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain Share this articlecenter_img The Navy intends to issue a task order on an existing contract, for the salvage patching and transport via heavy lift of USS John S McCain (DDG 56) from Changi Naval Base in Singapore to the U.S. Navy’s Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan. The lift is notionally planned for late September. The Navy is moving John S. McCain to Yokosuka to allow the crew to be close to their families and to allow for a complete assessment of the damage. Completion of the damage assessment is required to fully determine repair plans to include cost, schedule and location for the ship’s repairs. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Aug 21. The ship suffered significant damage to her port side aft resulting in flooding to nearby compartments, including berthing, machinery and communications rooms. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain View post tag: USS John S. McCainlast_img read more

3 May

Communication Media Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgPosting Details Physical Demands LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Department Location Special Requirements General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields. * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Application Instructions Closing Date Minimum Qualifications Beginning and/or Ending Dates * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Assignment Responsibilities Work YearN/A Job Posting TitleCommunication Media Adjunct Assistant Professor Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2355 Total Hrs per Week/Daycenter_img Conditions The Institution Posting NumberF00038P How and where to apply 1. Have a master’s degree in speech, speech broadcasting,telecommunications, rhetoric, communication, communication studies,speech communication, or organizational communication; OR, amaster’s in journalism or communication with a specialization injournalism; OR, a master’s in drama/theatre arts/performance; OR, amaster’s in one for the disciplines included in theinterdisciplinary area and upper division or graduate course workin at least one other constituent discipline; OR, the equivalent.*All degrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Work Schedule The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Posting Date12/15/2016 Open ContinuouslyYes Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Position Summary Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2last_img read more

3 May

Voter Group Wants Documents Unsealed In Indiana Search

first_imgVoter Group Wants Documents Unsealed In Indiana SearchProvided by Indiana LawyerA voter mobilization facing an investigation into possible voter registration fraud asked a court Thursday to unseal documents from an Indiana State Police search of its offices, saying it “has been publicly demonized by the highest state officials in Indiana.”Patriot Majority USA’s attorneys asked a judge to either unseal a search warrant affidavit in the Oct. 4 search of its Indianapolis offices or hold an immediate hearing on its request.State Police announced Sept. 15 that it had begun investigating in August whether some voter registration applications submitted by Patriot Majority contained elements of fraud, including possible forged signatures. Patriot Majority has said some applications it submitted to county clerk’s offices were missing information, but none were fraudulent, and the group had flagged applications it knew were incomplete.In its motion filed in Marion County Superior Court, Patriot Majority cites comments by Gov. Mike Pence, who’s Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate; Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson; Pence-appointed State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, among others.“It would be highly unjust to not release the Affidavit when public officials have refused to provide the facts supporting their reckless conclusory proclamations,” the motion states.The issue has been highly politicized, with Trump and Pence raising the possibility of a “rigged” election without offering proof. Attorneys for Patriot Majority have asked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division to look into whether the State Police investigation is an attempt to suppress the votes of black residents.Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd declined to comment Thursday and referred to a statement issued Wednesday by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry in which Curry asked State Police to “release no further information” on its pending investigation. Curry, a Democrat, appeared to chastise both state officials and Patriot Majority for comments they had made.“Accusations of fraud or other intentional acts prior to the conclusion of a thorough review by law enforcement and a prosecutor are premature and contrary to the foundational principle of presumed innocence until and unless proven guilty,” Curry said.“Likewise, reckless assertions by third parties of voter suppression and intimidation are without merit,” he added.State Police spokesman Capt. Dave Bursten said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation. Lawson’s spokeswoman, Valerie Warycha, also declined comment.Patriot Majority has said the police search effectively shut down their voter registration efforts a week before Indiana’s voter registration deadline after the group had collected about 45,000 voter registration applications, mostly from black residents. The State Police investigation spans 56 counties.Linda Pence, an Indianapolis attorney who represents Patriot Majority, said Thursday’s motion “speaks for itself.”“We hope and expect that this matter will now be handled in a nonpartisan and professional manner moving forward,” she said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2 Mar

Temple Of The Dog Launch First Ever Tour In Philadelphia [Setlist, Videos]

first_imgIt’s official: Temple of the Dog have reunited for their first ever tour. The band–made up of Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam, and Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden–recorded one album together in the early 90s (just before the formation of Pearl Jam), and have finally pulled together for a triumphant string of live dates. The band kicked things off last night with a show at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, and they showcased the pure joy of rock ‘n’ roll that brought them together in the first place. Performing a 23-song set of songs from their self-titled debut album, their recently recently released EP, Temple of the Dog pre-cursor Mother Love Bone, and a few choice covers by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Cure, and more, Temple of the Dog owned Philadelphia during a truly memorable performance.See below for several fan-shot videos, as well as a full setlist from the evening. Temple of the Dog continue their tour tonight with another show in Philadelphia, before they hit New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle to complete the limited special run. If you have a chance to catch Temple of the Dog, do not miss out, as you may never have a chance to see them again.Your SaviourQuicksand (David Bowie)Hunger StrikeAchilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin)Fascination Street (The Cure)War Pigs (Black Sabbath)[All videos provided by YouTube user Jim Powers]Temple of the Dog | Tower Theater | Philadelphia, PA | 11/4/2016Say Hello 2 Heaven, Wooden Jesus, Call Me a Dog, Your Saviour, Stardog Champion (Mother Love Bone cover), Stargazer (Mother Love Bone cover), Seasons (Chris Cornell song), Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson cover), Four Walled World, I’m a Mover (Free cover), Pushin Forward Back, Hunger Strike, Quicksand (David Bowie cover), Heartshine (Mother Love Bone cover), Holy Roller (Mother Love Bone cover), Reach DownEncore 1:Man of Golden Words (Mother Love Bone cover) (with Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” tag), Times of Trouble, Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin cover), Baby Lemonade (Syd Barrett cover), Fascination Street (The Cure cover), War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)Encore 2:All Night Thinglast_img read more

17 Jan

Planting in drought

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaExtreme drought now covers most agricultural areas, delaying peanut and cotton planting and raising concerns for the crops this year.Dust blows thick across dry Georgia fields, where 66 percent of the soil is reported as very short in moisture, the worst category. Only 7 percent is normally ranked very short at this time of year. In central and south Georgia, where most peanuts and cotton are planted, 70 percent to 90 percent is very short.”The drought is the worst for this time of year that anyone can ever remember,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “We’ve had a dry April and May before, but never preceded by … well below normal rainfall from November to March.”Georgia farmers usually start and finish planting peanuts in May. Earlier this spring, Georgia agricultural officials estimated farmers would plant 500,000 acres.But so far, only 33 percent of that has been planted, according to a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of county extension agents. Planting is typically more than half over by this time.Delayed planting can lead to delayed harvest, Beasley said. “If harvest is delayed too much, we run the risk of cold weather in the fall slowing or shutting down maturity. If that occurs, yields and grades are reduced.”But farmers can’t think of harvest now. Their immediate concern is getting planted seed to come out of the ground. “Without moisture, peanut seed will not germinate,” Beasley said.Georgia cotton farmers face a similar scenario, said Steve Brown, a UGA Extension cotton agronomist. Most farmers can’t think about high yields or quality. They just want rain to come and give them a good reason to get back to planting.Farmers so far have only planted about 40 percent of the expected 1.1 million cotton acres. Planting is normally more than two-thirds complete by now.A cotton plant can hold up against some drought stress, he said. Last year proved that. The cotton crop set no records but did surprisingly well despite prolonged dry spells.”We have never seen cotton die of drought. It can hang on,” Brown said. “But you have to get the plant established and get a good stand up first.”The future of Georgia’s nonirrigated corn is questionable, said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension corn agronomist. It still has a chance for OK yields if rain comes soon.”But every day now that goes by without rain is one less day for recovery,” Lee said.Georgia farmers have completed corn planting. Lee figures they planted close to 425,000 acres, 75,000 fewer than estimated earlier this year. Half the crop is likely planted in fields with irrigation.Georgia corn will have its highest demand for water over the next month, he said, as it enters a critical developmental stage.Peanut, cotton and corn teams with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have recently released publications to help farmers cut costs and manage their crops during the drought.To find out more, farmers can contact their county UGA Extension offices.last_img read more

17 Jan

Holiday Spending

first_imgBefore Thanksgiving dinner has been reduced to leftovers, shoppers will hit the stores in search of bargains for the holiday shopping season. Serious bargain hunters get excited about the big sales that go on around the Thanksgiving holiday.To make the most of the big day, hardcore shoppers sort through advertisements and go online to compare prices. They plan to hit stores for time-specific sales and map out routes to cut down on time wasted in traffic or looking for a parking spot. Others get caught up in the moment and join the spending frenzy with no plan or shopping list.Starting your holiday shopping early helps, but with a little forethought, even procrastinators can benefit by following these shopping tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Plan holiday spending. Regardless of economic conditions, piling up a lot of holiday debt is never a good idea. Know how much money you can reasonably afford to spend. To avoid financial problems in 2018, limit spending to the cash you set aside for the season.Your holiday spending plan is not just about the gifts you plan to buy. Remember to include parties, greeting cards and postage, charitable giving, clothes to wear to holiday functions and the other things that make your holiday season joyful.Be creative. Belt-tightening is in, wasteful spending is out. Remember, the thought is what counts. Homemade gifts — whether food, clothing, or crafts — may be appreciated more than something purchased at the local big box store. Gifts of time for babysitting, car-washing or house-cleaning may also be well-received.Think carefully about each and every purchase. At the store, keep your spending plan and shopping list in hand. Avoid deciding on an item in the spur of the moment. Take your time. Think about your needs and your spending limits.Use ads to plan your purchases. Compare offerings from different stores to find the best deals. Once you decide on an item, compare features, quality, prices, charges for installation, delivery and service. The cost to use and maintain an item may make selecting a more expensive model the cheaper option.Conserve gasoline. Avoid running from store to store. Instead, use the phone and Internet to find information. Particularly for gifts you need to send out of town, ordering the desired item for direct shipment to the recipient is easier and may be cheaper than paying to ship it yourself.Shop online and avoid all the chaos. Free shipping specials and the ability to locate the best price make online shopping very attractive for busy shoppers. Use a secure browser, shop with companies you know, and keep your passwords creative and private. Pay particular attention to shipping charges. Be sure to keep records of your purchases.Wait for last-minute price cuts for items that are not in short supply. Retailers will roll out holiday items earlier than ever this year. Sales may also start earlier as retailers clear out merchandise. The best deals may come late in the season.Examine factory seconds and irregulars carefully. These items have flaws or imperfections. Find the flaw and decide if it makes a difference.Check classified ads for items. Buying person-to-person often saves money.Expect to pay a fair and reasonable price for goods and services. Bargains that sound too good to be true are usually just that. Read labels, seals, tags and instruction booklets, and ask questions.Get the facts before you buy. Find out what is promised, who stands behind the promises and what you must do to benefit from any warranty. Return a purchase that is damaged, did not provide reasonable wear or otherwise failed to live up to the guarantee.Overspending can ruin the holidays and the months that follow. Plan ahead and stick to your plan. Spending only as much as you can afford will make the holidays better for you and your family — even if they do not receive everything they wanted.last_img read more

19 Dec

Rules panel votes to protect juveniles waiving right to counsel

first_imgRules panel votes to protect juveniles waiving right to counsel Rules panel votes to protect juveniles waiving right to counsel Associate EditorTestimony from researchers came as a shock to members of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children: Juveniles entitled to representation in delinquency cases often waive that right, without really understanding what they are giving up, even as they are sent to adult court for prosecution.Many of the judges and lawyers on the commission wondered: How can that happen?Something had to be done, and the commission drafted a proposed amendment to Rule 8.165 that spells out waiver of counsel by a juvenile can only occur after the child has had a meaningful opportunity to confer with counsel.Armed with the commission’s report and support from the Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, Gerard Glynn, chair of the Public Interest Law Section, and Carlos Martinez, chair of the commission’s representation subcommittee, persuaded the Juvenile Rules Committee to amend Rule 8.165.The 25-5 vote took place at the Bar Midyear Meeting in Miami in January, and the matter next goes to the Bar Board of Governors and then to the Florida Supreme Court.“This is a big step. It was our third try. The most persuasive thing Gerry said is that there are 33 opinions in Florida where the cases were reversed where the judges did not do an appropriate job in explaining to the juvenile defendants what waiving their right to counsel meant,” said Martinez, an assistant public defender in the 11th Judicial Circuit.Glynn, a law professor at Barry University School of Law Clinical Programs, said PILS made a commitment to carry forward recommendations of the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, which completed its final report in June after three years of study (available on the Bar Web site at www.FLABAR.org).“One of the problems in previous discussions with the Juvenile Rules Committee is it was submitted without backup documentation and without explanation,” Glynn said. “This time, I could show that the commission spent a significant amount of time studying the issue.”University of Florida researchers Lonn Lanza-Kaduce, at the Center of Studies in Criminology and Law, and Jodi Lane, an assistant professor of criminology and sociology, shared with the commission their preliminary findings on juveniles transferred to adult court who have no lawyer because they waived their constitutional right to counsel.“About 5 percent of the transfers (to adult court) and about 23 percent of juvenile detainees with relatively serious offenses had no counsel of record,” Lanza-Kaduce said.“The preliminary results show that among the transfer to adult court who didn’t have counsel, 70 percent re-offended. And 44 percent of the juvenile justice retainees re-offended when they didn’t have counsel. In both instances, this is the highest instance of re-offense. Failure to have counsel or legal representation is linked, at least at this basic analysis, to higher rates of recidivism.”Children in juvenile court giving up their right to counsel is a national phenomenon, Glynn said, also documented by the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.As Glynn said, many juvenile defendants are foster children who have no parents and plead away their rights without discussing options with a caring adult.Even children appearing in court with their parents can be led astray.“Especially if it is their first time in the system, neither they nor their parent have any idea what the process is,” Daniels said. “With some parents, there is a lot of pressure on kids and they are mad at them for doing something wrong. Parents want them to fess up and take their licks.”But, as Glynn and Daniels agree, there is a way for children to own up to their wrongdoing, receive an appropriate punishment, and be helped at the same time.Another hurdle in getting this changed in the past, Glynn said, has been on “ongoing battle in the rules committee about the role of the rules committee” – whether it’s a substantive right the legislature should address or whether it’s a procedural issue for the rules committee and the Supreme Court.“My belief is right to counsel is not a substantive right, it’s a procedural right, it’s constitutional due process,” Glynn said. “My position is this is not only something the rules committee can do, but it is the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, and the court has delegated the rules committee to give advice on this issue.”Daniels said she is “dismayed it had not been approved originally” and the board of the Florida Public Defender Association has supported it unanimously.In her letter to Judge John Alexander, chair of the Juvenile Rules Committee, Daniels wrote: “Even if our caseloads would increase, we believe the rule is sound as a matter of juvenile justice policy.. . . We respectfully recommend that your committee consider and support proposed Rule 8.165. By doing so, you will take a step toward improving the administration of justice for the children of our state.”How widespread is the problem of children waiving their right to counsel?“It’s strictly anecdotal, but in the experience we’ve had with various juvenile judges, it varies wildly,” Daniels said.“Some, in a heavy proportion of cases, are appointing the public defender. Other judges start out with taking pleas without counsel and think they can control their dockets that way. We tried to resist that and say, ‘No, judge, it’s very important that we represent these children and talk to them.’“It’s hard enough for an adult defendant to understand that if you enter a plea, you are giving up your right to a trial and an appeal and all of those things. Those are fairly formidable, abstract principles. And to expect someone under 18 to grasp that in a very frenetic court appearance is just not realistic.“Especially in these times when juvenile sanctions have been bumped up and their records stay with them if they re-offend,” Daniels said. “All that adds to our feeling that this is hyper-important.” February 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

20 Oct

Case news

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19 Oct

Man killed in new Belarus protests over disputed election

first_imgWhite House ‘deeply concerned’ The White House said Monday it was “deeply concerned”, adding that “intimidation of opposition candidates and the detention of peaceful protesters” were among numerous factors that marred the election and its aftermath.European governments also questioned the results, with Germany voicing “strong doubts” about the conduct of the vote and France urging restraint.But Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Lukashenko, a longtime ally, as did Chinese leader Xi Jinping.Lukashenko was defiant, vowing he would not allow Belarus to be “torn apart.””We recorded calls from abroad. There were calls from Poland, Britain and the Czech Republic, they were directing our — forgive me — sheep,” Lukashenko said.Thousands took to the streets of Minsk and other cities on Sunday night to denounce the vote, sparking clashes with members of law enforcement. Police said they detained some 3,000 people, around 1,000 of them in Minsk.Shocking images released by pro-opposition media and posted online showed police firing stun grenades and rubber bullets into the crowds and a police van ramming into the demonstration and running down a protester.Young protesters were seen covered in blood, lying immobile on the ground or being dragged away by police.The interior ministry said dozens were injured in the capital, accusing some protesters of sparking confrontations.The Belarusian Investigative Committee said it had opened 21 criminal probes into “mass unrest” and using violence against police and detained more than 80 people. “I am ashamed of what interior ministry forces did, I served in these forces,” Sergei, a 45-year-old sheet metal worker, told AFP. She decided to run for president after the authorities jailed her husband, popular blogger Sergei Tikhanovsky, and barred him from running.Tikhanovskaya had earlier said she would not take part in the demonstrations that have been brutally quashed, leading to widespread Western condemnation.Police said a protester died when an explosive device went off in his hand Monday night, confirming the first casualty of post-election protests. “One of the protesters tried to throw an unidentified explosive device at members of law enforcement. It exploded in his hand,” the interior ministry said, adding that he died of his injuries. ‘Shame!’ Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the capital Minsk for a second night of post-election rallies, with opposition supporters shouting “Shame!” and “Long Live Belarus!” and waving flags or honking their cars. Police in full riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets on them and injured a female journalist, a witness told AFP. Blasts that sounded like stun grenades were also heard.Independent Belarusian media including tut.by also reported the use of force, saying some protesters were erecting barricades.Tikhanovskaya, whose surprise candidacy posed the biggest challenge to Lukashenko in years, said the vote had been rigged.”The authorities should think about how to peacefully hand over power to us,” she told reporters. “I consider myself the winner of this election.”Later Monday Tikhanovskaya went to lodge a complaint with the Central Election Commission where she spent three hours, her spokeswoman Anna Krasulina told AFP.  Safety concerns After leaving the commission headquarters Tikhanovskaya has gone incommunicado, said Krasulina without providing further details.Lithuania’s foreign minister also said he could not reach Tikhanovskaya for several hours late Monday.”I tried to reach her for several hours but her whereabouts are unknown since she went to the election commission to file a protest over the vote count,” Linas Linkevicius told AFP late Monday. “It raises concern about her safety,” Linkevicius told AFP.Earlier Monday, election officials confirmed Lukashenko’s re-election for a sixth term, saying he had won more than 80 percent of the vote, with Tikhanovskaya coming second with 10 percent.The 65-year-old former collective farm boss has ruled ex-Soviet Belarus since 1994, stamping out dissent and earning the nickname of “Europe’s last dictator”.center_img Topics : One man died Monday in Belarus where police fired rubber bullets and tear gas for a second day to quash protests against a disputed weekend presidential election which handed a sixth term to strongman Alexander Lukashenko.Svetlana Tikhanovskaya — a political novice who has managed to galvanize the opposition — called on Lukashenko, in power since 1994, to step down, saying she had won Sunday’s vote. The whereabouts of Tikhanovskaya, a 37-year-old mother of two, were not known to her campaign staff on Monday night, her spokeswoman told AFP.last_img read more