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Dutch police deployed in force to curb rioting, looting

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police have taken to the streets of Dutch towns and cities in force in an attempt to prevent violent rioting that has shaken the country for three successive nights since a nationwide curfew was introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus. By late night Tuesday, the increased police presence appeared to have paid off, with no major rioting or clashes between youths and police reported. Police in Rotterdam said they arrested a total of 33 people for minor offenses and vandalism. Local broadcaster Rijnmond reported that riot police had been deployed in the south and west of the city, but police did not immediately report any major disturbances.last_img read more

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Colombian War College Students Visit SOUTHCOM

first_img More than 41 students and academics from the Colombian War College (Escuela de Guerra) visited the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as part of a tour of the country’s military institutions. Major General Juan G. Ayala, SOUTHCOM chief of staff, welcomed the delegation headed by Rear Admiral César Augusto Gómez Pinillos, head of naval education for the Navy of the Republic of Colombia. During question-and-answer sessions, the Colombian military personnel obtained first-hand information about the mission carried out by the Southern Command in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Ambassador Paul Trivelli, SOUTHCOM civilian deputy commander, also met with the team. “The presentation we received about SOUTHCOM’s mission of institutional collaboration, training, solidarity in the event of disasters, and humanitarian aid is very useful for the students, as the future commanders they will become. I believe that this visit was very valuable from the professional point of view,” Rear Admiral Gómez Pinillos affirmed. Before arriving in Miami, the Colombian War College students toured U.S. Army South headquarters, Fort Hood, and Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas. The final stop on this educational tour was the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach, Florida. By Dialogo September 14, 2011last_img read more

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Concerns raised about posting domestic violence records online

first_imgConcerns raised about posting domestic violence records online May 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Concerns raised about posting domestic violence records online Associate EditorNow that the big job of balancing privacy and public right to access issues with online court records is back at the Florida Supreme Court, Robin Hassler Thompson hopes her concerns about domestic violence victims will be heard.Thompson, senior public policy consultant for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was a Senate president appointee to the legislative Study Committee on Public Records. But she was a non-voting advisory representative, and at times, she said, “I felt like a voice in the wilderness.”When the committee issued its report February 15 — calling for a two-year moratorium going online with “certain court records not part of the official records” as determined by the Supreme Court — there was no mention of Thompson’s concerns about protecting battered women from having their addresses adrift on the Web, making it easy for their abusers to track them down.So she wrote a minority report, but it was not included on the Florida government Web page www.myflorida.com along with the final report of the Study Committee on Public Records. (See April 15 Bar News for a story on the final report.)“They didn’t deal with it,” Thompson said. “Both in the state and nationally, there is a great deal of concern about domestic violence records online.”The bottom line, Thompson wrote in her minority report, is that “public interest in access to public or court records simply should not supercede the safety and privacy interests of domestic violence victims and their children.”Because the courts are a “primary forum for battered women to achieve the safety and independence to which they are entitled by law,” Thompson says, “any policy established by the courts or others must not undermine these essential promises of the legal system.“That is why I am deeply concerned that the Final Report of the Study Committee on Public Records fails to address the very real dangers that victims of domestic violence face when the courts and other systems do not keep information about the victims and the victims’ children confidential. Identifying and personal information about victims of domestic violence is found in court filings, official records, and agency records. Public and Internet access to this information enables perpetrators to locate, stalk, and even kill their victims.”Knowing that information will be easily available online, Thompson argues, could keep victims from going to court to file injunctions for protection against domestic violence. She said such information can also be used against battered women by discrimination in housing, employment, insurance, and other matters.Any future efforts dealing with online court records, Thompson recommends, should focus on the following:• Permanently exclude injunction for protection and family law court records and official records from remote access.• Allow victims of domestic violence of other violent crimes to exclude official and court records from remote access — and in some cases public access — if they contain information that would jeopardize their safety.“This information should be excluded from the time of request through the court’s determination, with very clear and predictable qualifying standards,” Thompson wrote.• Information that is protected from remote access must not be disclosed through summary court documents, such as docket sheets. She cites a report from the National Network to End Domestic Violence that says: “Even a victim’s name coupled with the name of the court in which she has filed a petition gives an abuser all the information he needs to track her down.”• Make sure judges and lawyers are educated about how to create final judgments so personal identifying and sensitive information is minimized.• In cases under F.S. Ch. 61, the law allows a party to furnish his or her address to the court in a separate confidential filing if, for safety reasons, the party requires that the location of current residence be confidential.• Encourage courts to develop processes for preventing and remedying failures to properly exclude information from public access, such as conducting regular technology audits, and removing information that was posted online in error.• Make sure litigants and victims groups are notified about electronic record keeping, including whether the information may be disclosed, to whom it may be disclosed, the steps the person can take to limit disclosure of their information, how long their information will be retained, how to correct inaccuracies, and what protections are in place to guard against inaccuracies.As Jonathan D. Kaney, Jr., general counsel for the First Amendment Foundation and vice chair of the legislature’s Study Committee on Public Records, said in summing up the main final report: “What we want the court to do is tailor the moratorium so it deals with problematic categories of files, such as family law files or juvenile files. I know they will want input from the clerks before drafting an order on Internet restrictions. . . . This process needs to be a clear and open process.”Thompson said she hopes to be a voice in that process, too.She embraces the philosophy of the National Network to End Domestic Violence that “respectfully requests that victim and witness identities receive the same amount of protection as a judge’s notes, a court clerk’s health insurance claims, and a business’ revenue projections.”The NNEDV went on say: “The sad truth is that victims of domestic violence are never truly safe. Even if a victim manages to escape her batterer, and relocate to a new city or state, she constantly looks over her shoulder to ensure that she’s not been found. And she has good reason — batterers devote tireless energy to seeking out victims who have fled. Some abusers want to locate their victim so that they can continue to inflict physical injury. Others want to emotionally abuse their victims by stealing their identities and wreaking havoc in their lives. The World Wide Web is far and away abusers’ best tool for finding and continuing to harm their victims.”last_img read more

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5,000 Long Island Supermarket Workers Face Layoffs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 5,000 workers at 50 supermarkets on Long Island face potential layoffs this fall if the company that owns Pathmark and Waldbaum’s can’t find buyers for those stores after filing for bankruptcy.The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., known as A&P, may close 19 Pathmarks and 31 Waldbaum’s in Nassau and Suffolk counties between Oct. 19 and Thanksgiving, according to mass layoff notices A&P filed with the New York State Department of Labor shortly after the grocer requested Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Westchester federal court last month.“We are confident that pursuing a sale process implemented through chapter 11 will enable us to preserve as many jobs as possible and ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” Paul Hertz, president and CEO of A&P, said in a statement July 20.But, since first announcing that the New Jersey-based, 156-year-old company plans to sell 120 of its about 300 stores and close 25, the number of supermarkets it warned may close has risen in advance of court-ordered deadlines for buyers to bid on the remaining stores.Aside from Waldbaum’s and Pathmark, A&P also runs stores in its own name, plus SuperFresh, Food Basics, The Food Emporium and Best Cellars stores across the tri-state area, Pennsylvania and Maryland.The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the union that represents about 30,000 A&P employees, has been negotiating with the company to preserve seniority rights and severance for its members. Some workers may be rehired if their stores are purchased.“The UFCW and UFCW Local Unions will work hard to ensure that the process for selling stores protects our members’ jobs, working conditions and benefits,” the union said in a statement. “We will also hold A&P to its commitments to involve UFCW in the sales process, protect union contracts and these good jobs.”Four days after filing for bankruptcy, A&P filed a mass layoff notice for 472 workers at five “underperforming” local supermarkets it plans to close, including Pathmarks in Baldwin and Centereach as well as Waldbaum’s in Riverhead, Oceanside and Carle Place. Those separations are expected between Oct. 19 and the stores’ scheduled Nov. 1 closing date.Then on Monday, A&P filed another mass layoff notice indicating 4,732 workers at 17 additional Pathmarks and 28 more Waldbaum’s on LI may get pink slips between Nov. 12 and Nov. 26. The list detailing the layoffs for each store adds up to 4,632 affected local employees. Regardless of the discrepancy, either number combined with the 472 from the first round of layoffs equals more than 5,000 workers.The latest layoff notice include 13,097 A&P workers statewide. The potential layoffs also reportedly affect 450 workers in Connecticut, about 5,000 in New Jersey and 151 in Philadelphia. Among A&P’s competitors bidding on their stores are Stop & Shop, Key Food and Acme Markets.Acme Markets’ purchases don’t include any of A&P’s LI locations but Key Food plans to buy two Waldbaum’s in Albertson and Glen Head, Newsday reported. Among those Stop & Shop announced it will acquire are six local Waldbaum’s in Easthampton, Southampton, Baldwin, Massapequa, Long Beach and Huntington, as well as two Pathmarks in Seaford and Greenvale.“Stop & Shop is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” Don Sussman, Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division President, said in a statement. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater New York and serve new customers.”last_img read more

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Why a big income tax refund is not a good thing

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Dan DzombakAccording to a Gallup poll, 45% of American’s would prefer to get a tax refund, with over half of those respondents preferring a large refund over a small refund. This makes no sense, as getting a tax refund means you overpaid your taxes to the government during the year. If you knowingly do this, you are essentially giving the government an interest-free loan of money you could have used throughout the year.Income tax refunds and youThe biggest reason people gave for wanting to receive an income tax refund was that “It’s like getting a bonus/reward/nice to get extra money.”While it’s always nice to receive an unexpected windfall, if you are expecting a big income tax refund check this year, you’re doing your taxes wrong. That “extra” money is cash that you could have been using throughout the year.Realize that a $1,200 income tax refund means you missed out on an extra $100 a month, and a $2,500 income tax refund means you missed out on an extra $200 a month. And if you’re in debt and expecting a large tax refund, that’s even worse, because you’re basically lending money at 0% interest while your debt accrues interest well beyond that. continue reading »last_img read more

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Donor campaign launched for the project – The story of the tavern

first_imgSuch support will enable the author and his family to continue to preserve and promote this national heritage, and help build Croatian cultural branding. “For many years I have been promoting our tradition and heritage, emphasizing the island of Hvar, Dalmatia and Croatia as a Mediterranean destination with unique values. In addition, I promote our winemakers and restaurants called “taverns”, so I hope that they will respond to this invitation. In a special way, I invite our members of the Croatian diaspora who still have a sense of traditional values ​​to join this campaign. Many thanks to all of them in advance”Points out Bratanić, who, among other things, received a personal award from the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar for his constant efforts in preserving and promoting cultural heritage. Family tavern Bratanić is just a source and inspiration for the author’s project “The story of the tavern” which aims to preserve and promote Croatian cultural heritage through various types of public activities such as cultural events, presentations and publishing books and articles. The author of the project, Miki Bratanić, has so far published three books dedicated to the tavern; “TAVERN”, “TAVERN STORY” and “TAVERN STORIES – FOR CHILDREN”, and he presented his story to audiences in New York, Boston, San Francisco and many Croatian cities. In his family tavern in Vrbanj 31.07.2019. a special donation evening will be organized in which the Tale of the Tavern will be told again with the aim of motivating people to join the action as much as possible. Some of our cultural heritage on the UNESCO list, such as “Mediterranean Food”, “Dalmatian Klapa Singing”, “Old Town Field” and the famous unique traditional procession “For the Cross” are part of this story. After more than fifteen years of self-sufficiency of his own project “Tale of the Tavern”, the owner Miki Bratanić launched a global donor campaign through the GoGetFundrising internet platform, to obtain financial support to better continue project activities. Tavern is the Croatian word for a traditional wine cellar, but the family tavern Bratanić is much more than a wine cellar, because it has the status of “Protected cultural property of the Republic of Croatia ” and represents that stopped piece of time of the ancient Mediterranean. Anyone who recognizes the need to preserve tradition and heritage, and the promotion of national cultural values ​​through the prism of the tavern, can donate their contribution at this link: https://gogetfunding.com/story-of-the-konoba-project-support/last_img read more

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Bangka Belitung uninhabited islands prone to becoming drug transit points: Governor

first_img“The corn from Myanmar was sent to Malaysia first and then transported to Batam [in Riau Islands]. From Batam, it was taken to Pangkalpinang before eventually being brought to Jakarta,” said Anang.He added that the drugs were meant to be delivered to a location in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. The police raided the location and arrested a woman, identified as CS.Authorities seized the illegal narcotics before they were destroyed in Pangkalpinang on Monday. (syk) The governor led a ceremony on Monday in which authorities destroyed more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine-type narcotics by dissolving and blending them in water before burying them.Read also: Crystal meth now cheaper, ‘stronger’ in Indonesia as drug busts rise: UN reportA joint operation comprising the Bangka Belitung Islands Police and the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department recently uncovered a crystal meth distribution chain in the province.Bangka Belitung Islands Police chief Insp. Gen. Anang Syarif Hidayat said authorities had found 98 packages of the drug weighing 211 kg in corn sacks imported from Myanmar. Topics :center_img Authorities have said that the uninhabited islands across the Bangka Belitung Islands might have been used as a key transit point for illegal narcotics following the discovery of crystal methamphetamine distribution in the province. Bangka Belitung Islands Governor Erzaldi Rosman said 400 of about 460 islands in the province were uninhabited.“This condition allows [the islands] to be used as transit points [for the illegal drugs],” Erzaldi said during a press briefing at the Bangka Belitung Police headquarters on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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MPR speaker wants thorough evaluation of COVID-19 handling in Greater Jakarta

first_imgPeople’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has urged authorities to conduct an overall evaluation of COVID-19 handling in Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi.“I’m expecting the city administrations, along with their respective COVID-19 task forces, to evaluate their own approaches to virus handling, from the system to the capacity of healthcare facilities,” Bambang said in statement on Thursday, as quoted by Antara. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap He added that increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases would be addressed by additional virus referral hospitals for patients with symptoms and isolation facilities for asymptomatic patients.“Therefore, when [a region] needs to add capacity to healthcare services, the government can make proper arrangements to provide them with healthcare workers to provide the best services for COVID-19 patients,” he said.Bambang supported strong partnerships between local governments and the private sector in the form of providing isolation facilities in hotels.He also encouraged central government and local administrations to continue to coordinate to lessen the number of COVID-19 cases and make policies to avoid clashes in the future.  “Therefore, regions can curb virus transmission by implementing, among other things, mini-lockdowns, while maintaining COVID-19 contact tracing, testing and treatment,” he said.Read also: COVID-19 surveillance remains lacking in IndonesiaThe national COVID-19 task force said in a statement on Thursday that the number of cases were continuing to increase. Nevertheless, the fatality rate had been decreasing.Nationally, COVID-19 deaths this week decreased by 7.7 percent from the previous week. As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded 320,564 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 244,060 recoveries and 11,580 deaths. Previously, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that at least three regions in the province are facing a spike in family COVID-19 clusters.  Ridwan, who has opened an office in Depok to monitor the government’s COVID-19 response, said the pandemic remained in an alarming state because Bogor, Bekasi and particularly Depok were still recording rising confirmed cases. “What I’ve received so far is that we’re having a spike in family clusters. For example, out of 200 families [that have confirmed COVID-19 cases] in Bogor, three members, on average, of each family have the virus. A similar situation is occurring in Bekasi,” Ridwan said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.National COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said he hoped more people would be willing to opt for individual polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, also known as swab tests, as the government had set a price cap. Experts agree that PCR tests remain the best available method of COVID-19 testing. (nkn) Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Enpro Subsea Flow Access Modules for Tullow Ghana Fields

first_imgEnpro Subsea has been awarded a frame agreement contract to support Tullow Oil activities in Ghana.The contract will see the Aberdeen-headquartered firm delivering subsea intervention technologies to support Tullow’s plans with new and existing wells in the Jubilee and TEN fields.The campaign will see a consignment of up to 15 of its patented flow access modules (FAMs) being deployed in phases during 2018 and 2019 to facilitate a range of immediate applications including, multiphase metering, scale squeeze and acid stimulation in addition to potential future applications like fluid sampling and water cut metering.The FAM system provides fast-track field development using standard subsea hardware. The work will continue to be delivered by Enpro Subsea personnel as they work towards establishing a permanent presence in the region.Enpro Subsea managing director, Ian Donald, said: “We’re proud to be working with Tullow. This latest order from them reflects the continuing momentum and interest in Enpro’s ability to deliver proven technology.“Critically, Enpro’s FAM technology provides Tullow with a universal platform deployed at multiple locations, which will enable them to retrofit any one of a number hardware solution at any time during the field development. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Tullow Oil as this field continues to mature.”last_img read more

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Wonder Woman

first_imgIn an article from Sports Illustrated, I learned about Sophia Rivera.  She is a student at Brentwood High School in Missouri.  At the World’s Youth Track and Field Meet in Cali, Columbia, this summer, she set a record in the shot put.  Her throw was 58’10”.  Not only was she competing in the shot put, she also finished 8th at this meet in the javelin.  She was the only athlete in the meet to double.In early June Sophia won the state shot put in 2A with a throw of 51 + feet.  I don’t believe that Miss Rivera has decided at the time this article is being written where she will go to college.  She has burst onto the world scene in just the last year, so I am sure she didn’t expect to have this much success so soon.  We wish her luck.last_img read more

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