Justice for the slain in Bolivia

first_imgFrom a distance of 15 years and more than 3,000 miles, relatives of people killed by Bolivian security forces in 2003 have had their first taste of justice.A federal court civil jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday found former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his defense minister responsible for extrajudicial killings during a period of civil unrest, and awarded the plaintiffs $10 million in compensatory damages.Brought by the families of eight of those slain, the lawsuit charged that Sánchez de Lozada and José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín orchestrated the use of military force to quash protests against the government. Bolivian soldiers killed 58 people, including children, and injured more than 400, nearly all from indigenous Aymara communities. The turmoil forced both defendants to resign and flee to the U.S., where they have lived ever since.The lawsuit was brought to trial with the help of the International Human Rights Clinic, the practice arm of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (HLS), under the Torture Victim Protection Act, which allows civil lawsuits in U.S. courts for extrajudicial killings.Lawyers for Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín immediately asked the judge to overturn the jury’s verdict.For Teófilo Baltazar Cerro, who lost his pregnant wife and unborn child when they were shot inside their home, the jury’s decision is welcome news. Baltazar Cerro was among several relatives who traveled from La Paz to Fort Lauderdale to take part in the three-week trial.“I swore on my wife’s grave I would seek justice no matter how long it would take and far I would have to travel,” said Baltazar Cerro by phone from Fort Lauderdale. “This is an example for the whole world to see, so that no other government officials can get away with killing innocent people in their countries and think they can find safe haven in the United States.”At the opening of the trail on March 6, Etelvina Ramos Mamani described the death of her 8-year old daughter, Marlene, who was shot through the window of the family’s home. A bullet fired by Bolivian soldiers pierced her chest. According to newspaper reports, Ramos Mamani offered painful testimony when she said, “Blood was coming out of her chest like a fountain.”,For the International Human Rights Clinic, which has worked on the case since 2007, the trial is a notable achievement. In 2006, Thomas Becker, J.D. ’08, an HLS student at the time, brought the 2003 slayings to the clinic’s attention after a trip to Bolivia in 2005 left him pondering ways to seek justice for the victims’ families.Becker, who has worked tirelessly on the case for the past decade, participated in the trial. The jury’s decision is a game-changer for human rights accountability and justice in Bolivia and around the world, he said, but also for the families.“I’m proud of the plaintiffs, who fought tirelessly for well over a decade to hold these people accountable,” said Becker. “It’s been hard. They kept their wounds open to keep the struggle moving forward, and yet they were willing to do it so this doesn’t happen again.”Over the past decade, dozens of HLS students have worked on the case, under the supervision of clinical professors Susan Farbstein, J.D. ’04, and Tyler Giannini. Students have drafted briefs, traveled to Bolivia on fact-finding missions, and prepared for oral arguments, all in hopes of bringing the suit to trial.Farbstein and Giannini, who co-direct the International Human Rights Clinic, hailed the verdict, Giannini calling it “a clear signal that the U.S. is not a safe harbor for individuals who commit violent abuses and, just as importantly, it sends a message that no one is above the law.”“This is a major win for our clients, who have fought so long and so hard to get justice for their loved ones,” said Farbstein. “It not only is a historic day for those who suffered in Bolivia, but the verdict advances global efforts to hold human rights abusers accountable.”The trial’s significance was not lost on the Bolivian families, human rights lawyers, and on Bolivian President Evo Morales, who hailed the trial in a tweet. In 2005, Bolivia requested the extradition of the two politicians, but the U.S. government denied the petition. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, part of the plaintiffs’ legal team, this was the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in an American human rights trial.The plaintiffs are represented by a legal team that includes the Human Rights Clinic, the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP; Akerman LLP; and cooperating attorneys from the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia).last_img read more

UN chief: UN will seek to unite world, reverse Myanmar coup

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief is pledging that the United Nations will do everything it can to unite the international community and create conditions for the military coup in Myanmar to be reversed. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a news conference Friday it is absolutely essential to carry out the U.N. Security Council’s calls for a return to democracy, respect for the results of November elections, and release of all people detained by the military, which he says means the reversal of the coup. He says that requires all possible areas of pressure to make it happen. He says Christine Schraner Burgener, the U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, had a first contact Friday with the military since the coup and expressed the U.N.’s strong opposition to the takeover.last_img

Odds & Ends: Hollywood Awards Kristin, Bergman’s Stage Adaptation & More!

first_img View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Kristin Chenoweth will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at this year’s Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl on June 21. The Tony winner will be the 43rd recipient of the award, joining other luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Plácido Domingo, Liza Minnelli, John Williams, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and Josh Groban. West End Cast for The Good People Announced The full cast has been announced for the previously reported West End transfer of David Lindsay-Abaire’s The Good People. Lorraine Ashbourne, Matthew Barker, Susan Brown and Angel Coulby will join Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen at the Noel Coward Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the play will begin previews April 10 with opening night set for April 15. Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage to Get Stage Adaptation New York Theatre Workshop has announced that its 2014/15 season will feature the U.S. premiere of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, adapted by Emily Mann and directed by Ivo van Hove. Other productions to appear include the New York premiere of The Invisible Hand, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, and the New York premiere of Forever, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Vermont’s Coffin, Demag confirmed by Congress

first_imgThe U.S. Senate Friday confirmed two nominees for the top federal law enforcement offices in Vermont, steered through the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).  Tristram Coffin and David Demag became the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal nominees of President Obama to be confirmed by the Senate. In March, Leahy recommended Coffin to fill Vermont s U.S. Attorney position, and Demag, a longtime law enforcement officer in Vermont, to be the state s U.S. Marshal.  Coffin was the President s first nominee to fill 93 U.S. Attorney positions across the country.  Demag became the President s first U.S. Marshal nominee on July 31.  By longstanding practice, the state s senior senator from the President s party makes recommendations for nominations to federal vacancies in the senator s state.  Leahy also chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles the confirmation process for U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals. In Tris Coffin and David Demag, Vermont has two first-rate federal law enforcers to fight and prevent crime, said Leahy.  Their experience and professionalism will be especially valuable in our ongoing efforts to combat drug-related crime and violence in Vermont.  I am delighted that they have become the first U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal confirmed by the Senate in the new administration.Coffin was nominated by the President on June 4.  He will manage the U.S. Department of Justice s U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland overseeing the work of nearly 20 prosecutors.  Coffin formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an attorney in the Justice Department s Civil Division.  Since 2006 he has been in private practice in Burlington.Demag was nominated just one week ago, on July 31.  He will oversee Vermont s U.S. Marshal Service operation, which has offices in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro.  Demag is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer, and formerly served as police chief in St. Albans and Essex Jct. Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 7, 2009)last_img read more

Notice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program

first_imgNotice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program To: Ms. Connie Stewart Program Administrator The Florida Bar 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 Fax # (850) 561-5825 < p>From: FL Bar # Name Address Phone # Fax # Please reserve ___ seats for me at the 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. NOTICE OF 2004 FEDERAL JUDICIAL ROUNDTABLE PROGRAM The 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, hosted by the Federal Court Practice Committee, the Criminal Law Section and the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, will be held on June 24, 2004, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.More than one dozen federal judges will be serving as panelists in the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. Those judges that have thus far committed to serve as panelists in the program include Judge Gerald Bar Tjoflat from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett, Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., Judge William J. Castagna, Judge Mary S. Scriven and Judge Alexander L. Paskay from the Middle District of Florida; Judge Donald L. Graham, Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, Judge Patricia A. Seitz, Judge Paul C. Huck, Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages, Judge Adalberto Jordan and Judge Jose E. Martinez from the Southern District of Florida; and Judge Stephan P. Mickle from the Northern District of Florida. The Federal Judicial Roundtable Program affords a unique opportunity for practitioners to interface with the federal judiciary in an intimate and stimulating atmosphere. During the first portion of the program, roundtable discussions will be conducted among the judges and practitioners in small group settings. During the second part of the program, the judges will participate in a lively and informative panel discussion which will be moderated by retired Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, Tod Aronovitz, Esquire and Robert Josefsberg, Esquire. Immediately following the program a reception will be held for the judges, moderators and practitioners. < p> There is no admission fee to attend the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. In that regard, please complete and return the reservation form at your earliest convenience. < p> Finally, it is anticipated that 3.0 CLE credits will be awarded by The Florida Bar for attendance at the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. < p> Please contact Committee Chair, Lawrence Goodman, Sub Committee Chairs Jerry Gewirtz and Eileen Parsons, and Florida Bar Liaison, Gerry Rose, for further information. TO MAKE A RESERVATION: Please mail, or fax, your reservation to Connie Stewart at the address below: May 7, 2004 Noticeslast_img read more

Consumer Experience Alert: Features matter more than speed

first_img 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is  President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The  CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Details I recently attended the Money 20/20 Conference in Las Vegas. There were more than 150 credit unions with team members wandering the vast convention center and expo hall. And those numbers didn’t include the even larger number of people like me from credit union support organizations.This year’s event was dubbed “The Money Revolution,” and the general sessions, breakouts and expo hall vendors shared information on all aspects of traditional and leading-edge payments and banking topics. I had three learning experiences that stood out from the numerous ideas and insights gleaned from the conference. All three reinforce the theme that, despite the money revolution taking place, no amount of technology and speed will trump good product features and service. Even the largest of credit unions will likely always lack the technology sophistication of big banks and new fintech disruptors. But in a financial services environment pushing service delivery to digital channels, more technology that simply automates and speeds up processes won’t necessarily translate into a winning value proposition.Credit unions, large and small, will beat their competition with a service-first approach through all channels versus a simply mobile-first approach.My first epiphany came while sharing a cab with a technologist from Wells Fargo Bank from my hotel to the convention center. In our short cab ride, Ahmad told me that he works on a team that is building smart artificial intelligence tools that automate cross-selling. Ironically, this strategy has cast Wells and other big banks in an unfavorable light. We see this as we read about the recent settlement agreement where Wells agreed to pay $65 million to settle claims that it misled investors about its cross-selling strategy. And this was just the latest in a string of such consumer complaints.I’m not sure how many technologists Wells Fargo employs, but it has been reported that Chase has over 40,000, more than all the employees employed by Facebook. As I thought about the credit union people like those at the conference scrambling to get technology ideas, I realized how critical it is to foster credit union collaboration if we are to keep up with big banks and the so-called “disruptors.” All of the “incumbent” financial institutions, large and small, as well as new fintech and bigtech disruptors, seem focused on two things that relate to the consumer experience. They’re trying to make payments, loan decisioning, money transfers, account setups and product cross-selling faster and more enjoyable for consumers and small business customers. But the irony here is that big banks like Wells Fargo continue to tarnish their brand and image by applying technology in ways that create reputation risk.Automated cross-selling and new account generation have led to numerous large fines, lawsuits and negative PR for these banks. So, technology that drives speed in processes can actually be a bad thing if consumer experience and a principled value proposition aren’t at the forefront.My second insight about this intersection of speed and service quality was reinforced as I listened to Regis Hadiaris, Executive Director of Rocket Mortgage for Quicken Loans — the Detroit-based mortgage lender that claims to be the biggest mortgage lender in the U.S.  During a panel discussion, he made a very insightful point when he said that the Rocket Mortgage app, Quicken’s mobile processing platform, can speed up the loan approval process to be done in just a matter of minutes. But here was the key point: Hadiaris said, “You can’t just make a process faster to satisfy the customer. You need to improve every aspect of the consumer experience too.” And of course, despite the speed and convenience of Rocket Mortgage, several new investigative reports have made the point that the borrower doesn’t always get the best deal in this speedy process. Buyer’s remorse can be a big problem once that fast authorization and closing lead to the realization that the consumer might have just paid a big “convenience fee.” Speed doesn’t always trump the thoughtful, consultative lending approach of a credit union.So, as small providers like credit unions look to digitize and mobilize everything from money transfers to loan approvals, listening to Hadiaris talk about Rocket Mortgage and the Wells technologist describe their latest AI-driven cross-selling tools reinforced the idea that amazing and delighting consumers is about more than just speed … it has to be about process reinvention, and in the case of mobile banking apps, it needs to be about features and functionality. Speed is just one important objective within that vision.Similar to how Quicken Loans created a mobile division of its operation under the Rocket Mortgage brand, there is a similar strategy in banking being applied by Customers Bank with its BankMobile division.As I listened to a panel of smaller bank leaders talk about competing in the digital age, one panelist talked about her 50-employee shop and the importance of good in-branch customer service. She staunchly defended the need for customer service and how technology sometimes isn’t the panacea for meeting customer needs.  Conversely, Jay Sidhu, CEO of BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, spoke confidently about his company’s product. BankMobile claims to be the “first completely digital bank.” BankMobile is really a rebranded mobile platform that touts low-fee checking, CDs, credit cards and personal loans in an online environment. Jay’s premise is that banks are all going out of business unless they adopt a mobile-first strategy. Of course, when you read the fine print, BankMobile is a just a division of Customers Bank, an $11 billion-dollar bank chartered in Pennsylvania. But BankMobile and Rocket Mortgage are using branded technology to offer a sleek, speedy user interface that appeals to millennials and others who want to bypass the traditional banking system. It appeals to young people and transient consumers who just want a low-fee digital experience that includes basic checking, debit and credit cards, and easy bill pay services — without ever having to step into a branch. The reality is that most progressive credit unions and banks also offer this mobile experience, although as more of an adjunct service as opposed to a separate, stand-alone consumer-branded product. Again, it isn’t just about speed. The user interface and user experience of a mobile platform are even more important.When applying these ideas to credit unions’ mobile banking products, mobile banking platforms often seem overly focused on simplicity and speed for the most basic purposes of checking balances, paying bills, transferring money account-to-account and remote deposit capture. But while these features speed up transactions, most larger banks and credit unions are trying to balance simplicity with expanded feature enhancements. In other words, many are trying to expand the way needs are met as opposed to a pure focus on transaction speed.For instance, most credit unions have not yet integrated all their various consumer apps into one platform. Things like card controls and P2P money transfers, mortgage and consumer loan processing, personal financial managers, auto research apps, branch and ATM locators, shopping tools, insurance offerings, and credit monitoring are often available through stand-alone apps and on the credit union website — but not integrated into the mobile app experience. And it’s worth noting that BankMobile hasn’t done this yet either.In fact, there is some wisdom in not cluttering the mobile app with all of these features and paying the never-ending cost of technology integration with the credit union’s mobile banking provider. But fewer and fewer consumers even visit a bank or credit union website if they are doing their basic recurring transactions on their mobile phones. This idea of balancing simplicity and speed with an expanded array of features constitutes the basis for CU Solutions Group’s groundbreaking product called LifeSteps Wallet. This customizable product allows credit unions to create a one-app strategy that wraps around the mobile banking app itself. The most essential mobile banking functions are prominent at the top of the app without compromising speed and simplicity. Then, numerous customizable features are built in to help members with shopping, auto, home ownership and financial wellness, including a personal finance management solution, identity protection and credit score monitoring. As technology empowers consumers to take control of their credit scores, control their debit card fraud access while traveling, make speedy peer-to-peer money transfers and apply for and process loans, credit union members will demand and value these consumer experience enhancements as much or more than the speed and simplicity in basic traditional mobile banking functionality.  But this balancing act requires a technology approach that emphasizes speed and simplicity while also providing easy, attractive access to other feature enhancements.I’m betting that credit unions and banks that effectively strike this balance between technology-enabled speed and simple, compelling feature enhancements will grow their mobile banking business. The principle-based, service-first mantra of credit unions can put them at a competitive advantage over the deep-pocket, for-profit providers.last_img read more

US CDC tells states to prep for COVID-19 vaccine distribution as soon as late October

first_imgRegulators around the world have repeatedly said development speed will not compromise vaccine safety, as quicker results would stem from conducting in parallel trials that are usually done in sequence. But such reassurances have not convinced everyone.Preliminary results of a survey conducted over the last three months in 19 countries showed that only about 70% of British and US respondents would take a COVID-19 vaccine if available, Scott Ratzan, co-leader of a group called Business Partners to Convince, told Reuters in August.Drug developers including Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc are leading the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine for the respiratory illness.The CDC documents describe two vaccine candidates that must be stored at temperatures of minus 70 and minus 20 degrees Celsius. Those storage requirements match profiles of candidates from Pfizer and Moderna. The New York Times had earlier reported that the CDC had contacted officials in all 50 states and five large cities with the planning information.The country’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci earlier on Wednesday said on MSNBC that based on the patient enrollment rate in COVID-19 vaccine trials underway, there could be enough clinical data to know by November or December that one of the vaccines is safe and effective.The documents put online by the New York Times showed the CDC is preparing for one or two vaccines for COVID-19 to be available in limited quantities as soon as late October.The vaccines would be made available free of cost first to high-risk groups including healthcare workers, national security personnel, and nursing home residents and staff, the agency said in the documents. Topics :center_img The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October, documents published by the agency showed on Wednesday.The timing of a vaccine has taken on political importance as US President Donald Trump seeks re-election in November, after committing billions of federal dollars to develop a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, which has killed more than 180,000 Americans.”For the purpose of initial planning, CDC provided states with certain planning assumptions as they work on state specific plans for vaccine distribution, including possibly having limited quantities of vaccines in October and November,” a CDC spokeswoman told Reuters.last_img read more

Pension Protection Fund wins IPE’s Best European Pension Fund Award

first_imgBorgdorff said he was collecting his award on behalf of PFZW’s members – workers within the health and welfare sector – and stressed the importance of working on behalf of the beneficiaries.Balfe, meanwhile, said he was “very surprised and deeply honoured” to be collecting his Outstanding Industry Contribution Award.“My principle in all the things I’ve done in pensions over the years has been to remember that the basic duty of pension funds is to pay pensions to pensioners,” he told attendees at the dinner.“We must never forget that, were it not for the pensioners, we would have no job left at all.”British Steel Pension Fund landed the final Gold Award for Best Long-Term Investment Strategy.Other big winners on the night included the Belgacom Pension Fund, which won the Silver Award for Best Corporate Pension Fund and the Country Award for Belgium.The SEB Pension won the Bronze Award for Fixed Income and the Country Award for Denmark, while the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund in the UK won the Bronze Award for Alternatives and the Themed Award for Specialist Managers.Finland’s Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company won Themed Awards for Emerging Markets and In-House Investment Team.The remaining Silver Awards went to Denmark’s Industriens Pension, which won Best Industry-wide Pension Fund, and Italy’s Fondo Pensione per gli Agenti Professionisti di Assicurazione, which won Best Small Pension Fund.NEST Corporation landed both the DC/Hybrid Strategy Award and the Risk Management Award.The final Bronze Award, for Equities Investment, went to Switzerland’s CERN Pension Fund. The UK’s Pension Protection Fund was the standout winner at the 2013 IPE Awards in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, taking home the Gold Award for the Best European Pension Fund, the Silver Award for the Best Public Pension Fund and the Country Award for the UK.Accepting the Gold Award for the Best European Pension Fund, the PPF’s executive director of financial risk Martin Clarke said the win was a “fantastic and tremendous” endorsement of the UK lifeboat fund’s work.“It’s great to recognise the asset owners of this industry, the ones who make the decisions, place the money and provide that link between the markets and the beneficiaries,” he added.Peter Borgdorff, director at PFZW and a veteran of the Dutch pensions industry, won the Gold Award for Pension Fund Personality of the Year, while Richard Balfe, chairman of the MEP Pension Fund for European parliamentarians, won the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award. Themed Awards            Active Management: Bosch Pensionsfonds AGCommodities: Empleados de Telefónica de EspañaDC/Hybrid Strategy: NEST CorporationEmerging Markets: Etera Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyESG: IrcantecIn-house Team: Etera Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyInnovation: Danica PensionLDI: PKAPortfolio Construction: Fonditel AlfaReal Estate: PensionDanmarkRisk Management: NEST CorporationSmart Beta: Environment Agency Pension FundSpecialist Managers: Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund Silver Awards             Best Corporate Fund: Belgacom Pension FundBest Industry-wide Fund: Industriens PensionBest Public Fund: Pension Protection FundBest Small Fund: Fondo Pensione per gli Agenti Professionisti di Assicurazione The full winners list for the 2013 IPE AwardsGold AwardsBest Long-Term Investment Strategy: British Steel Pension FundPension Fund Personality of the Year: Peter BorgdorffOutstanding Industry Contribution: Richard BalfeBest European Pension Fund: Pension Protection Fund Bronze Awards            Alternatives: Merchant Navy Officers Pension FundEquities: CERN Pension FundFixed Income: SEB Pension Country Awards            Austria: fair-finance Vorsorgekasse AGBelgium: Belgacom Pension FundCEE: Swedbank Pension Investment Plan DinamikaDenmark: SEB PensionFinland: The State Pension Fund (VER)France: ERAFPGermany: Bosch Pensionsfonds AG and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-LippeIreland: Accenture Defined Contribution Pension PlanItaly: LaborfondsNetherlands: PMTNorway: Oslo PensjonsforsikringPortugal: BPI Vida e PensõesSmall Countries: Frjálsi Pension Fund (Iceland)Spain: Caixa 30, FPSweden: SPK – Sparinstitutens PensionskassaSwitzerland: Lombard Odier Pension FundUK: Pension Protection Fundlast_img read more

Guimaras mulls to declare August as maritime safety awareness month

first_imgGov. Samuel Gumarin said that while Guimarasnons are resilient, these kinds of maritime disasters shall not happen again. Guimaras Lone District Representative Ma. Lucille Nava made the call to enact legislation that will serve as reminder on the significance of maritime security, as Guimaras remembers the August 3, 2019 sea tragedy that claimed 31 lives. OFFICIALS of the Provincial Government of Guimaras are eyeing to declare August as Maritime Safety Awareness Month. The incident is considered as the worst oil spill in the nation’s history. Nava said that due to these tragedies, safe-guarding the lives of the sea-travelling public is a priority. Atty. Gando said that trainings, assessment and forum on maritime safety shall be institutionalized. Vice Governor Atty. John Edward Gando answered the call with an assurance to push for the passage of a legislation declaring the month of August as a Maritime Safety Awareness Month. “Since the month of August reminds us of these two heartbreaking tragedies as well as the outburst presently of this pandemic, may I then proposed that you’ll consider a legislation declaring this month as Maritime Safety Awareness Month to give us a constant reminder on the value and importance of maritime security in order to safeguard the lives of our sea-travelling public,” Nava said. “After a year since the tragedy happen, we find it necessary and imperative that a legislation be passed by the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan to put to the forth the safety of sea travels by declaring the month of August as a safety at sea consciousness month where trainings, assessment and forum on the local level and on the subject matter shall be in place,” Gando said. It was August 11, 2006 when the island province was hit by a catastrophic oil spill when an oil tanker MT Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras. “Sa pagbangon sang Guimaras sa sini nga mga trahedya, I want the resiliency component to be present. Pero kuntani wala na sang may matabo nga amo ni nga mga catastrophe sa probinsiya sang Guimaras,” Gumarin said./PNlast_img read more

Han­cock County rained out for Friday night

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (Aug. 12) – Nights of 1,000 and 10,000 Stars will wait for new nights at Hancock County Speedway.The Night of 1,000 Stars, originally rescheduled for tonight (Friday) has been rained out and will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at Britt.As a result, the Night of 10,000 Stars initially rescheduled for tomorrow evening will be held Sunday, Aug. 14.Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Allstar Race has been postponed.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline both Saturday and Sunday specials, running for a potential $10,000 to win at both Iowa Modified Speedweek events.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete each program. Both the Night of 1,000 Stars and the Night of 10,000 Stars will be broadcast on IMCA.TV.last_img read more