Panamanian Security Forces Cooperate with Colombia, Costa Rica, U.S. to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgIn addition to providing training, the U.S. has supplied Panama with equipment, including coastal patrol ships, high-tech equipment for wireless voice and data communications, and ground patrol vehicles for border areas, among other items. The Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) at the U.S. Embassy in Panama made the most recent donation on July 31, when it presented 11 J8 Jeeps, eight Boston Whaler ships, and 13 Ford F-450 pickups, according to OSC Chief Colonel Javier Cardona. Col. Cardona and Commissioner Ábrego agree the cooperative approach to fighting drug trafficking and other illegal enterprises is yielding positive results. Continuing vigilance In 2009, for example, 30 SENAFRONT officials trained at WHINSEC before forming SENAFRONT’s first Mobility Squadron later in the year and regaining control of the Darién area through land and river patrols. In turn, the Mobility Squadron members shared their knowledge with fellow SENAFRONT members. Today, SENAFRONT has seven Mobile Squadrons, consisting of 100 officers each, that continually monitor Darién’s forests for organized crime activity. Some of that training has occurred at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a U.S. Defense Department facility operated by the U.S. Army in Fort Benning, Georgia, that develops courses supporting security cooperation for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). WHINSEC provides professional education and training for civilian, military, and law enforcement students from nations throughout the Western Hemisphere. “The economic worth of our aid programs is nothing compared to the human value in terms of security and stability we can provide to this country in the midst of this daily, ceaseless fight,” Col. Cardona explained. “Panama is a clear example. We have excellent communication, collaboration and coordination between the different law enforcement agencies of both countries, which reinforce our bonds of cooperation and friendship.” By Dialogo November 16, 2015 Cooperation between U.S., Panama reaps results Since the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, for its Spanish acronym) was created in 2008, security forces have recovered territory in the province of Darién, where organized crime groups, drug traffickers, and terrorist groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), were operating. “Drug trafficking is a large problem that transcends borders,” said Commissioner Frank Ábrego, SENAFRONT’s Director General. “A lot of money and people are involved in this, so the fight against it must be comprehensive, with continual, mutual assistance among affected nations. In this sense, we maintain a constant exchange of information, training, and instruction with partner nations like the United States.” SENAFRONT has seized 4,713 kilograms of illicit substances since January 1 and has confiscated 30 tons of drugs – mostly cocaine – in operations along Panama’s borders since 2009. “The government of the United States offers full cooperation that includes not only physical equipment to fight criminal organizations, but technical training to use these tools, such as preventive maintenance, tactical usage of the items, and the education of officials are also frequent,” he added. “[Panama’s] government and security officials are willing to combat and halt this scourge [of drug trafficking], and this is something that we really value,” Col. Cardona said. International cooperation in the battle against drug trafficking is critical to Panama’s challenge of monitoring and safeguarding borders with neighboring countries Colombia and Costa Rica, which are key hubs in the drug trade. Both Panama and the U.S. have forged close ties of cooperation, which have been strengthened through training programs over the past 20 years, Commissioner Ábrego said. SENAFRONT officials are moving forward with initiatives designed to further improve public safety in border regions, including adding four monitoring posts along Panama’s border with Colombia, which would supplement the two already in operation. “Right now, we have just achieved two (initiatives) with Colombian Military Forces and the police,” Commissioner Ábrego said. “One of them, called Unión, includes 40 service members from Panama and 60 from Colombia working together, and the other, in Altos El Limón, is where we have worked with the Colombian National Police’s Counter-narcotics Division to develop an advanced monitoring post with 40 service members from Special Forces on our side and the same number of units on their side.” In 2008, Panama and Colombia formalized cooperative efforts in their counter-narcotics fight by creating the Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON), which comprises intelligence authorities and security forces from both countries and establishes an exchange of information between them. Meanwhile, on the Costa Rican side, security authorities held an initial meeting in February and set forth various pre-agreements, such as collaboration and bolstering security on both sides of the border.last_img read more

MJP debate focuses on pro hac vice rules

first_img March 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News MJP debate focuses on pro hac vice rules Gary Blankenship Senior Editor In the name of making it easier for lawyers to practice across state boundaries, The Florida Bar is proposing rule changes that would actually restrict some practices, according to opponents of proposed rule changes on multijurisdictional practices (MJP).But attorneys representing the Bar argued the rules make it easier for out-of-state attorneys to handle matters in Florida, but also adopt protections for clients.Both positions were presented to the Supreme Court on February 10, in oral arguments that lasted more than 90 minutes. The court was considering a package of rule amendments, both to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and the Rules of Judicial Administration, relating to lawyers practicing across state lines.The issue began several years ago when the ABA appointed a special committee to study the MJP issue. The Florida Bar followed with a committee first to provide input to the ABA panel, and then to evaluate the ABA report and make recommendations to the Bar Board of Governors.The Bar last year approved the committee’s final recommendations, after extensive review. The proposals allow out-of-state lawyers to come into the state to handle transaction and arbitration, mediation, and other dispute resolution matters as long as there is a “nexus” — a client who resides in or has a business where the lawyer is admitted or if it relates to an area of the lawyer’s practice.The rules also recommend that pro hac vice admissions for either court cases or arbitrations be limited to a maximum of three cases in a 365-day period. The current rule of judicial administration allows for three admissions but allows judges to approve lawyers handling additional cases.Those attorneys would also be required to register with the Bar and pay a $250 fee per case. They would also agree to submit to Supreme Court disciplinary jurisdiction.The three-case limit — dubbed “three strikes and you’re out” by opponents — was the focus of much of the oral arguments, particularly on how it would affect arbitration cases.John Yanchunis, who headed the Bar’s MJP Committee, told the court that multijurisdictional practices are a fact of life, even though a non-Bar member practicing in Florida is committing a felony under a new state unlicensed practice of law statute. The rules, he said, are intended to recognize that reality but also to require that when a lawyer’s practice on Florida matters extends beyond temporary and becomes a regular practice, that he or she take the bar exam and join The Florida Bar.The removal of a judge’s discretion to allow an out-of-state lawyer to handle more than three cases per year is an attempt to meet that goal and establish a fair and predictable standard, Yanchunis told the court. The crux, he said, is even as many lawyers’ practices are becoming national, admission and regulation are still state functions, and the Florida Supreme Court must find a way to guarantee citizens that lawyers regularly working in Florida are capable and ethical. The only way to do that, he added, is to have them take the bar exam and also pass the character and fitness review of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.“This court has taken a long-standing position on the admissions process that lawyers who seek to practice on a permanent, not a temporary, basis should be fit,” Yanchunis said. “That is the obligation here: that if you want to practice on a permanent or regular basis, that you take the bar exam.”He added, in response to a question, that the Bar did not distinguish between trials and arbitrations, and did not favor an exception for firms that specialize in certain types of cases, such as personal injury work for a certain product or securities work on one type of case. That, he said, would be ambiguous and hard to define, and if a lawyer got 100 such cases in Florida, he or she would in effect have a regular Florida practice.The only distinction in the rule is for international arbitration. Jose Astigarraga, representing the Bar’s International Law Section, said that was justified. Those cases, he said, are in Florida only because it is a convenient place to meet for an arbitration, and the questions do not involve Florida law, companies, or parties.“This is more dealing with hotel rooms than the practice of law,” he said.Miami attorney Steve Maher, representing the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Bar’s Business Law Section, said the three-case limit per 365-day period was arbitrary and unfair. He noted under the rule when a demand for arbitration was filed, that would count as one case.“The only question that we are fighting about here is what is the general practice of law,” he said. “What they are saying is three strikes and you are out.. . . What if it is only three demands for arbitration that, as soon as the demands are filed, the case is settled?”Maher advocated the ABA language which did not set a number of cases, but provided that lawyers could not have a general practice in a state without being licensed there.Miami attorney Kathy Klock, representing the Security Industry Association Arbitration Committee, contended that arbitration is different from court trials because of different procedural rules and that the three-case limit was therefore wrong.“What we oppose is the three appearance limit because it doesn’t have a rational basis,” Klock said. She added that because the out-of-state counsel must register with the Bar, it will have a handle if an attorney’s practice is temporary or becoming a general practice that would trigger Bar admission requirements.The National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdiction Practice was represented by Joseph R. Giannini who agreed with Maher that the ABA language on temporary and general practices should be used. He also called for eliminating the requirement of taking the bar exam for out-of-state lawyers who have been admitted to their home jurisdictions for four years without a disciplinary problem.He did say those lawyers should still have to pass a background and character investigation.Clearwater attorney Stephen Krosschell, a plaintiff’s security attorney representing himself and his firm, argued the three-case limit was impractical in some types of arbitration cases. He noted in one case he went to arbitration on a scam by a Florida company and was the only attorney who did that work, representing plaintiffs from around the country.“It wasn’t a case of getting the best lawyer; it was a question of getting a lawyer,” he said, noting if an out-of-state attorney had been taking those cases, the proposed rules might have inhibited Florida residents from getting representation.Krosschell also said arbitration cases are different and hence should have a broader scope for allowing outside attorneys to take cases. The main difference is the Florida rules of procedure don’t apply, and most state security laws are similar.“It is. . . way more important to be more familiar with the arbitration rules and with the federal securities law and familiar with the Securities and Exchange Commission pronouncements than it is to know the individual states’ laws, which are basically the same everywhere,” he said.A video of the oral arguments as well as a transcript can be found on the Supreme Court’s Web site at MJP debate focuses on pro hac vice ruleslast_img read more

CUSOs: A risk worth regulating?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Industry opposition to NCUA’s new authority to oversee credit union service organizationsby: Richard H. GambleWhile many CUSOs give CUs an ownership stake in a venture that could provide big profits or achieve big savings, they also expose CUs to a risk of failure.“Not many CUSOs fail, but some innovations will always fail,” concedes Jack Antonini, president/CEO of NACUSO, Newport Beach, Calif. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t be truly innovative. It’s their role to test new ideas.”Still, when the National Credit Union Administration was authorized to expand its data gathering to CUSOs, many CUSOs—and NACUSO—opposed the move. NCUA will require that CUSOs directly report some information (including their existence) to NCUA, starting Dec. 31, 2015, notes Guy Messick, NACUSO general counsel and a partner in the Media, Pa., law firm Messick & Lauer PC.“It could put us at a competitive disadvantage,” argues Rick Leander, president/managing director of Allegacy Business Solutions, Winston-Salem, N.C. The money CUs have invested in CUSOs is a very small percentage of their capital, he says. “At most, they pose a theoretical risk to CU financial health, not a demonstrated risk. We support the NACUSO position.” continue reading »last_img read more

The perfect day at work does not exist

first_img 97SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Liz Garster Liz Garster is AVP of Marketing & Client Services at TwoScore, a firm dedicated to helping credit unions achieve their strategic goals through marketing. Working in credit unions for over … Web: Details Say someone asked you to describe the “perfect workday.” You might rattle off something like this:“I arrive early at 7:45 a.m. with coffee in-hand. My daily tasks are neatly organized in a list in front of me, which I review alongside my daily schedule. I read a few credit union articles and begin my morning with a clean inbox. I then work with 100% efficiency for the next 8 hours, checking off every item on my to-do list, creating a list of tomorrow’s tasks before I leave.” And perhaps you attempt to do all these things… but then your website goes down. And your co-worker wants to know if you’ve finished Black Mirror yet. And you get roped into a meeting you weren’t supposed to be in. And someone leaves a nasty review on Google for you to address.If you struggle with perfectionism, you probably do expect that each day will be like the one above (minus everything hitting the fan, of course). You feel shame when everything doesn’t go according to plan because if all those productivity gurus on social media can cram 60 hours worth of work into 5 minutes, why can’t you? What’s wrong with you?Nothing! It’s not you…it’s your expectations. The perfect day at work does not exist, just like perfect humans do not exist.  That being said, here are some simple adjustments you can make to maximize your productivity and feel calmer in the process:1.)  Be more present. Instead of getting worked up with everything you have to do for the day and rushing through assignments, focus on the present and slow down. Give your full attention to even the smallest tasks and tackle them one at a time. You may work slower, but your quality of work will improve, meaning you won’t lose time having to go back and fix errors.2.)  Start doing. Planning is only helpful when it supports action. Spending three hours making a Gantt chart to show how you’re going to tackle your to-do list can create a false sense of accomplishment, but taking a leaf out of Nike’s “just do it” playbook will actually make you feel better.3.)  Track your time. The first lesson you learn in budgeting is to know where your money is going… so why not track where your time is going? Take a few seconds to jot down start and end times for your assignments. This will help you identify where you can make improvements and serve as the foundation for asking for additional help in your department if needed.4.)  Plan for the unexpected.  Build in time during each day to deal with catastrophes… they’re going to happen! Scheduling time for them means they’ll interrupt your workflow less, and you get bonus productivity time when they don’t pop up.5.)  Get Deep: Confront your perfectionism. Author Elizabeth Gilbert has a powerful quote about perfectionism in her book Big Magic. She says, “I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear.” Take some time to examine what role fear plays in how you work, and whether or not your perfectionist habits are truly serving you – inside and outside of the office.last_img read more

Trump fans head to the streets as he pushes false election claims

first_imgTrump supporters read their phones after Biden was named President-elect while protesting outside the Maricopa County elections building on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.Gina Ferazzi | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities were scheduled to feature a mix of the president’s backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.- Advertisement –center_img Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.Biden further solidified his victory on Friday as results from Edison Research showed him winning Georgia, giving him a final tally of 306 Electoral College votes, far more than the 270 needed to be elected president and above Trump’s 232.The 306 votes was equal to what Trump won in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, which he then called a “landslide.”Trump briefly appeared close to acknowledging the likelihood he will be leaving the White House in January during remarks at a White House event.“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell,” Trump said in his first public remarks since Biden was projected as the election’s winner a week ago.With the election outcome becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.He is considering starting a television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in Georgia ahead of two Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.Failing in courtTrump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud. State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump’s supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden. And lawyers for Trump’s campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote count there rendered it moot.Federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” two security groups said in a statement released on Thursday by the lead U.S. cybersecurity agency.To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.States face a Dec. 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on Dec. 14.Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to recognize Biden’s victory, denying him access to federal office space and resources.But Biden, who will meet with advisers about the transition on Saturday in his home state of Delaware, has pressed ahead with the process, identifying legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency policies and preparing to fill thousands of jobs in the new administration.“We’re charging ahead with the transition,” Jen Psaki, a senior adviser to Biden’s transition team, said while stressing Biden still needs “real-time information” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent coronavirus pandemic and national security threats.Although the national popular vote does not determine the election outcome, Biden was ahead by more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points. His share of the popular vote, at 50.8%, was slightly higher than Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 when he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump’s supporters took to the streets on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from Jan. 20.There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.- Advertisement –last_img read more

#WhereInTheWorld campaign announcing the opening of Saudi Arabia to global tourism

first_imgNew website The government of the kingdom, due to falling oil prices, hopes that tourism will contribute up to 2030 percent of gross domestic product by 10, compared to the current 3 percent. They expect to attract up to 2030 million tourist visits a year by 100, both domestic and foreign. Is Saudi Arabia looking for its place under the global tourist sun? Who would visit Saudi Arabia when the country is known for torturing women’s rights and human rights activists in general, public executions, where there are no tourist visas… were just some of the open questions. In 2017, Saudi Arabia announced a multibillion-dollar project that would turn 50 Red Sea islands into luxury resorts. #WhereInTheWorld is the name of an online campaign that has attracted a lot of attention on the global tourism scene. The kingdom is opening its doors to tourists to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil. And all within the vision Saudi Vision 2030. But soon, tapping just two weeks later, Saudi Arabia showed off its maps and for the first time offered foreign tourists tourist visas to visit the kingdom (visitors will be able to stay for up to 90 days). Saudi Arabia’s tourism officials announced a new visa program for citizens of 49 countries, including Croatia, followed by a Twitter campaign called #WelcomeToArabia as well as a modern website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in the Kingdom. The financial power of tourism has been recognized even by Saudi Arabia, which did not have tourist visas until “yesterday”, but times are changing. Now Saudi Arabia is also entering a global struggle for every guest, all as part of preparing the future of its economy after the oil era. Obviously, as Saudi Arabia opens up more and more to the modern world, even last year Saudi Arabia ceased to be the only country in the world where women are banned from driving, and we can soon expect the lifting of various restrictions, at least for tourists. position and open to global tourists. Saudi Vision 2030 is an economic vision of the Kingdom’s development to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, to diversify its economy through the development of public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism. The goals include strengthening economic and investment activities, increasing trade in the oil industry between countries in goods and consumer goods, which was presented in 2016 by the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman In the promotional video, they skillfully play with shots and well-known symbols of other world destinations, ie their similarities, but with communication This is not Maldives, Utah, The Caribbean, Italy, Australia etc.… make it clear that these are not the mentioned destinations but one destination. The video ends with the slogan #WhereInTheWorld. The video was released as a kind of teaser in early September, and although the promotional film does not show which destination it is, with a little research it is clear that Saudi Arabia is behind the whole story. Where in the world could this be?Be the first to visit an exciting, new destination. Get ready to see the unseen.#whereintheworld Visit Saudi (@visit_saudi) September 14, 2019last_img read more

Mikael Silvestre reveals who would win in a boxing match between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link249Shares Mikael Silvestre reveals who would win in a boxing match between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira Keane and Vieira had a long history of battles on the pitch (Picture: Getty Images)Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre believes Roy Keane would get the better of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira in a boxing ring.The two iconic Premier League midfielders were known for their combative feuds whenever the bitter rivals came up against each other.One famous incident took place off the pitch before the Gunners’ clash against United at Highbury in 2005, where Keane confronted the ex-France international over something said in the tunnel.After referee Graham Poll had stepped in between the pair, the Irish midfielder shouted ‘we’ll see out there’. The mind games may have worked, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side came out as 4-2 winners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTShedding some light on the situation, Silvestre told the Talk Of The Devils podcast: ‘It’s a small tunnel, players are shoulder to shoulder, and I think Patrick went past Gary and he said “you have a big mouth when you are with your team so I want to take you on 1v1 outside, me and you”.‘So Roy Keane as a good captain defended Gary and said “if you want to take it to my player take it to me”, but there was also some French vocabulary in the conversation.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Keane and Vieira went to war often (Picture: Getty Images)When asked who would win in a boxing fight between the two, Silvestre said: ‘Maybe because we did some boxing Roy would have an advantage. ‘We had a fitness coach that came in my third season at United and he was good at lifting and also boxing, Mike Clegg.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘With Mike we would do some boxing so Roy was pretty good at it, [Ryan] Giggsy and then Wayne [Rooney].‘A lot of the players would enjoy making a one minute round, two, three rounds after training, it’s good for upper body and coordination.’MORE: Odion Ighalo reveals his plan if Manchester United offer him permanent transfer dealMORE: Jadon Sancho’s stance on Manchester United move as Dortmund fire transfer warningFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

​Swedish providers fight back against parliament pension transfer plans

first_imgSwedish pension providers Folksam and Skandia have spoken out against a new development in the government’s planned legislation to make it easier for individuals to switch their pension from one company to another.The two firms say they could live with the original proposal, but now parliament has begun to discuss major changes that risk reducing their customers’ pensions.Citing comments made by Ylva Wessén, deputy chief executive of Folksam, and Skandia’s chief executive Frans Lindelöw, in a joint interview in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri, Folksam said in a statement: “Radical proposals must be carefully investigated by the government.”In April the government began to act to make it easier for individuals to switch their pension from one provider to another without incurring tax consequences, aiming to clarify rules around the fees pension and insurance companies may charge. Folksam said that in the government’s transfer rights bill it originally proposed giving the pension fund a customer leaves the right to charge a transfer fee covering the remaining purchase costs for 10 years. But on 10 October, the parliamentary finance committee discussed whether a provider’s right to charge the fee should be reduced to five years.‘Adverse effect for 1.5 million customers’ The committee was also considering whether the government should introduce additional retroactive legislation covering transfers from 2007 onwards, Folksam wrote.“If the new proposal is implemented, pensions will be reduced for our 1.5 million customers who have pension savings with a guarantee, i.e. traditional insurance,” it said.Folksam said the proposal would have a particularly adverse effect on providers of traditional or average-rate pensions, where providers guarantee customers a certain pension to be paid out evenly over time, as opposed to companies providing market-rate schemes in which savers can influence investments and are responsible for the risks.It argued that long-term investment is the most effective way to grow customers’ pensions and, if the period in which a pensions firm can keep control of an individual’s savings is shortened, it would be forced into making short-term investments.“With a five-year limit, a larger portion of the pension capital would be invested in interest-bearing securities that tend to have lower returns than equities, infrastructure and real estate,” Folksam argued, adding that it currently offers a minimum of 10-year contract periods to enable a good return on pension savings.last_img read more

Bill to stop sex offenders changing names set to pass first reading

first_imgNZ Herald 2 December 2015A bill which will prevent convicted child sex offenders from changing their names is set to pass its first hurdle tonight.National, New Zealand First and the Act Party have indicated they will support National MP Jian Yang’s private member’s bill, meaning it has the numbers to pass its first reading.Dr Yang told Parliament this afternoon that his bill was designed to maintain public safety and assist with the rehabilitation of criminals.He said it would give parents confidence that people who worked with their children had been properly vetted.“This will prevent … sex offenders from being able to change their names in an attempt to get closer to innocent children,” he said.The National MP has cited the case of Henry Te Rito Miki, who was employed at six different schools despite being subject to a supervision order that prevented him from coming into contact with children.He evaded detection by changing his name.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Dr Yang indicated the bill could require some redrafting.When it was introduced, lawyer Graeme Edgeler pointed out that it could capture a broad range of offences including burglary, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm with intent.Said Dr Yang: “I look forward to the select committee input on this bill to meet the objective of preventing child sex offenders from legally changing their name.”Labour and the Greens said they would oppose the legislation.Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe said the purpose of the bill was “admirable”, but his party believed it would be a waste of a select committee’s time because it was poorly drafted.“It is our assessment that this bill needs to go back to the drafting table to be completely rewritten,” he said.Mr Rurawhe was also concerned about the Attorney-General’s finding that it unjustifiably breached the Bill of Rights by limiting freedom of expression. read more

Marshalltown reschedules Dale DeFrance Memorial to July 9

first_img“With inclement weather on the way and drivers coming from a long distance, we needed to make the call early,” explained promoter Toby Kruse. “We will have information to follow regarding the make-up date as it becomes ready.” MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 9) – Wet weather will be the winner tonight at Marshalltown Speedway and the result is the postponement of the Dale DeFrance Memorial to Thursday, July 9.  The 500th and final Summer Series event for IMCA Late Models will be part of that program, with other divisions to be announced. The Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds event will not be rescheduled to that evening. last_img read more