first_imgHugh has been leader of of Denbighshire County Council since 2007 having been an Independent County Councillor for Llanfair DC and Gwyddelwern since June 2004.He has been a Community Councillor since 1990 and currently runs his own farming business. He is a Member of the National Farmers Union and Trustee and Treasurer of a Consolidated Charity.He is a Member and former Chair of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, a Member and former Chair of the North Wales Regional Leadership Board and former Chair of the Conwy and Denbighshire Collaboration Board.He was awarded the Local Government Politician of the Year at the 2010 Wales Yearbook awards and awarded an OBE for services to Local Government in the Queen’s Honours List 2012.This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Hugh declared that he has obtained office as a Local Councillor, spoken on behalf of a party or candidate and held office as Treasurer of the Independent Group of Wales. He has also declared that he is Independent Group Leader for Wales for the WLGA.last_img read more

first_img4 Peaks Music Festival will return to Bend, OR’s Stevenson Ranch for its 12th annual event, set for June 20th-23rd, 2019.Recently, 4 Peaks Music Festival finalized their 2019 lineup with headlining performances by The Wood Brothers, Billy Strings, Los Lobos, Sonny Landreth, The Lil Smokies, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and Poor Man’s Whiskey. 4 Peak’s 2019 lineup also includes Rising Appalachia, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Pink Talking Fish, Polyrhythmics, Matador! Soul Sounds (featuring members of The New Mastersounds, Jimmy Herring, Soulive and Pimps of Joytime), The Drunken Hearts, Mestizo Beat, Scott Law Electric, Swindler, Samuel E-M & The Joyful Noise, Blue Summit, Mosley Wotta, and The Mostest.Two local prodigies—15-year-old Hammond organist Maxwell Friedman and 12-year-old fiddler C.J. Neary—will serve as the festival’s first official artists-at-large.The 4 Peaks Music Festival was born as a musical vision of four friends, who had the desire to bring great music and a festival vibe to Bend, Oregon. The festival strives to bring great national, regional, and local acts to Central Oregon and create a community of artists and attendees that will last throughout the years.Tickets for the four-day music and camping festival are on sale now here.Head to 4 Peak Music Festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

first_imgIt has played host to farmers’ markets, seen musical performances, and been the site of a skating rink, and now the plaza outside Harvard’s Science Center is about to be refurbished, with the goal of transforming the site from a pedestrian walkway into a vibrant meeting space for Harvard student, faculty and staff events, and the surrounding community.“Our goal is to create a space that is flexible, functional, and welcoming,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “Recent programming on the plaza — from food trucks to ice skating to musical performances — has not only drawn us together but also underscored the importance of engagement, of sharing ideas and experiences, and enjoying one another’s company in expected and unexpected ways. The plaza renewal project will help to further transform a thoroughfare into a destination, supporting the broader University goal of creating a new and programmable common space for the entire community.”Part of the Common Spaces program, the project includes installation of a permanent bamboo grove and several new trees for shade, as well as a hard surface throughout, which will allow for a variety of programming options. New seating and tables will be installed.Lighting will be improved, and enhancements for the safety and access of pedestrians and bicyclists will be made. Several information kiosks equipped with solar-powered displays that feature current news and upcoming events will be installed.In addition to the visible improvements, the project includes repairs to the roof of the Cambridge Street tunnel, including drainage enhancements and the replacement of the waterproof membrane. At the same time, the city of Cambridge will perform maintenance in the tunnel. The two projects were planned to take place at the same time to minimize disruption to the area. Major construction will begin after Commencement, with the project’s completion expected by the summer of 2013. To track the progress of the project, visit Harvard’s Construction Mitigation site.The annual summer farmers market will be moved temporarily to a nearby location for the duration of construction.“One comment we’ve frequently heard is that overall the plaza itself is currently not a very inviting space,” Vice President for Campus Services Lisa Hogarty said. “So when Harvard and the city of Cambridge began coordinating efforts to make structural repairs and upgrades to the Cambridge Street Tunnel, the decision was also made to make improvements upon the surface.  By synchronizing the timing of this work, we hope to minimize disruptions.”“This is another great collaboration between the city and Harvard to address a public need for the city of Cambridge,” said Cambridge Deputy City Manager Richard Rossi. “This joint project will address the substantial repairs needed for an important piece of city infrastructure, while significantly improving the conditions on the tunnel’s surface for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.”“This new design will transform the plaza into a gathering place for people across the University community and beyond,” said Chris Reed, principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, and an adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), who designed the project in collaboration with Eric Höweler, principal at Höweler + Yoon, and an assistant professor of architecture at the GSD. “It does so by accommodating a wide range of everyday activities — hanging out, people watching, reading, having lunch — and by providing opportunities for gatherings, events, and celebrations (informal and formal, small and large) throughout the year.“The design is simple, in that it consists of a paved plaza with fixed benches and movable seating,” he said. “Plantings are enhanced around the central plaza, especially along the edge of the Science Center, which will become an inhabitable grove with benches and tables. The adjacent lawn area and Tanner Fountain will be renovated as well, to repair worn conditions, enhance the life span of the lawn and trees, and add a shady orchard near Memorial Hall. Lastly, the project incorporates many sustainable elements, including recycled porcelain as paver aggregate and solar-powered information kiosks.”When completed, the plaza is expected to become a critical anchor site that can provide everything from gathering spots for groups of students to performance space for programmed events.“When construction is finished, the plaza will be transformed into a flexible and exciting space, with events and performances programmed frequently throughout the year,” Director of Events Management Madeline Meehan said. “The addition of movable tables and chairs, along with delicious food options, will help create a real destination for the community.”last_img read more

first_imgSaturday,  June 15th Steep Canyon RangersFriday, July 19th – GalacticSaturday, August 24th – MOE First Name: Last Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.* denotes required field Make sure you add the East Coast’s highest town and ski resort on to your summer bucket list of travel. Beech Mountain boasts not only the East Coast’s highest skiing but also an awesome Summer Concert Series featuring the likes of The Steep Canyon Rangers, MOE, Galactic and more.Break a sweat before the show on Beech’s Mountain Bike trails (both downhill and cross-country), try mountain-top yoga or catch a round of disc golf. And don’t forget to apré with Beech Mountain Brewing Company.Enter below for 2 free tickets to for one of the following shows:last_img read more

first_imgSpeakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system Senior EditorEven though voters throughout Florida rejected extending merit selection and retention to trial judges in 2000, it’s important for the Bar and the judiciary to educate residents about the process.The Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee, adopting the report of a subcommittee, has recommended that the Bar use its Speakers Bureau and other resources to explain the merit system to citizens.The report was presented to the Bar Board of Governors at its August meeting.The subcommittee was formed after the 2000 election, in which every circuit and county — pursuant to a 1998 constitutional amendment — had the option to switch from the current method of electing trial judges with mid-term vacancies filled by merit selection to a pure merit selection and retention system. The merit system was rejected everywhere in the state.Second District Court of Appeal Judge Morris Silberman, who chaired the subcommittee, said the intent was not to gear up another campaign for merit referendums, but rather to inform the public about how the judicial selection system works.That includes that the appellate bench is chosen strictly by merit selection and retention, while the trial bench is a hybrid system, with all judges standing for election at the end of their term, although incumbents rarely draw opposition.“The JAST Committee was concerned about various things that have appeared in the press and we’ve all been discussing in the past relating to merit selection and retention,” Silberman said. “The subcommittee was formed to look into how we as The Florida Bar can educate the public.“The overriding sense was we should continue our efforts as a Bar to educate the public about what merit retention is. This is the system we’ve got, and we need to let the public know the benefits and the reality.”The subcommittee divided its reports into two parts: the first was conclusions and recommendations, and the second covered general observations.“The Bar’s Speakers Bureau is a particular program that can help to educate the public on the issue,” the report said in its recommendations section. “Judges and Bar members should be encouraged to accept speaking engagements relating to merit selection and retention, but also relating generally to the role and responsibilities of the judiciary. More judicial involvement would be helpful, and it is our understanding that judges can speak on issues relating to the administration of justice and role of the judiciary.”Other suggestions include:• Approaching media editorial boards on the issue, and working to get the media to include educational information when they do stories on the court system. “For example, if a particular case or controversial ruling is being reported, mention could be made of the role of the judiciary to follow and apply the law,” the report said. “This is particularly important when unpopular but legally correct court decisions are made.”• Reaching out to schools, civic, and religious groups to educate them about the judiciary, its functions, and the benefits of merit selection and retention.• Individual lawyers, as well as the Bar, must work with and educate legislators about the judicial system and merit selection. The committee said nonlawyer members of judicial nominating commissions and Bar grievance committees also would be excellent resources to meet with lawmakers.• If the Bar does any future radio and TV advertising, it should include education about the merit process.• The Bar could enhance its Web site to inform residents about the merit process, “as well as for general information about the role and responsibility of the Bar, lawyers, and judges.”• Survey responses, including from jurors, could be publicized at both the trial and appellate level as an educational tool. While the number of such responses is relatively low, “jurors have an excellent vantage point on the demeanor of judges, how they handle their courtrooms, and the like,” the report said.The subcommittee also concluded that it shouldn’t be creating expensive or new programs and emphasized that use of the Speakers Bureau and individual efforts offered the best possibilities.Observations made by the subcommittee include:• Most judicial disciplinary cases involve judges initially elected rather than judges who were merit appointed.• The public seems to feel that switching to merit selection for trial judges would deprive people of their right to vote. But in reality, under merit retention all judges would appear on the ballot, while with elections, most incumbent judges don’t draw opponents and hence don’t appear before voters. (In circuit court races this year, for example, out of 246 seats up for election, only 24 drew contested races and most of those were for open seats. Two additional seats were originally contested, but a candidate dropped out leaving only one qualifier for those seats. Nine new judgeships created by the legislature had a separate qualifying period and eight of those nine posts resulted in contested races.)• More information should be gathered on the workings of programs in Missouri and Colorado that aim to educate voters about judges up for merit retention.• JAST efforts should be focused on general education, not involvement in races.• Special efforts are needed to educate the public that judges cannot take positions on issues, “and why that restriction is meaningful to maintain an independent judiciary,” the report said. Related to that, the subcommittee noted that the public must understand that judges are obligated to apply and follow the law.• The public needs to be educated about JNCs and the “selection” side of merit selection and retention. “Although there is a different kind of politics involved in the merit selection process, the positive differences between merit selection and election should be addressed,” the report said.• Members of civic groups should be encouraged to reach out to legislators, the media, and others to show their support for the merit process and an independent judiciary. “As one subcommittee member noted, getting nonlawyers to carry the message is at least as important as having lawyers and the Bar get the message out,” the report said. Speakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system September 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI Monday reportedly delayed publishing a long-awaited website under the auspices of Countering Violent Extremism amid concerns voiced by Muslim rights groups uncomfortable with the program’s apparent disproportionate focus on Muslims. The website, dubbed “Don’t Be a Puppet,” was reportedly designed as a tool for teachers and students in school districts in America. The concept shares similarities with Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts in several big cities focused on using the public to better identify people deemed susceptible to extremism. Such programs have been criticized by civil liberties groups, who argue that law enforcement is essentially outsourcing policing to community members. The fear is that such practices could cast suspicion on Muslim communities for no reason other than their religion, and doing so could erode trust between the community members and law enforcement. The FBI has yet to publicly comment on the website, but a New York Times article published online Sunday described it as an “interactive program” replete with “games” and “tips” that, in theory, would help a user—either a student or a teacher—single out people vulnerable to extremist ideology. The need for community-related anti-extremism programs have intensified as a result of the Islamic State’s success in recruiting members around the world on social media. Muslim rights groups argue, however, that people are drawn to radical views in very different ways, thus the science of countering violent extremism is flawed. Concern over the FBI’s latest project came from several Muslim and Arab rights group who were given a preview of the software. “The program is based on flawed theories of radicalization, namely that individuals radicalize in the exact same way and it’s entirely discernible,” Arjun S. Sethi, an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, told the Times. “But it’s not, and the F.B.I. is basically asking teachers and students to suss these things out.”The groups with access to the website also objected to its apparent sole focus on Muslims. The Washington Post, which first reported on the temporary delay, also spoke to people who had reviewed the site, and noted: “Experts disagree on what might be clear triggers for young people, similarly to the cases of dozens of non-Muslims who have perpetrated the U.S. epidemic of mass shootings.”The Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement Monday said the program, as reported, could have an adverse effect on Muslim students. “The FBI’s job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.When the White House hosted a CVE in summit earlier this year, civil liberties groups questioned why white extremists groups didn’t undergo similar scrutiny. They pointed to a study published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, which found law enforcement’s chief concern is not related to Islam but the sovereign citizens movement. “Approximately 39 percent of respondents agreed and 28 percent strongly agreed that Islamic extremists were a serious terrorist threat,” the study noted. “In comparison, 52 percent of respondents agreed and 34 percent strongly agreed that sovereign citizens were a serious terrorist threat.”None of this is new to many Muslim communities, neither are their objections to policies that they say foster distrust. Police departments such as the NYPD have placed informants in mosques and have spied on neighborhoods with large populations of people who’ve emigrated from the Middle East, including on Long Island. The unit that spied on Muslims on LI, the five boroughs and New Jersey has since been disbanded. It’s unclear when or if the FBI will decide to unveil its new website, which was originally scheduled to go live Monday, according to reports. (Photo Credit: American Civil Liberties Union)last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police suspect foul play may be involved in the disappearance of a 19-year-old Brentwood man who was reported missing last month, authorities said.Oscar AcostaOscar Acosta, who also goes by the name Jossue, was last seen walking near his Thomas Street home at 7 p.m. on April 26, police said.He is described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 205 pounds with a light complexion, brown eyes and black hair.He was last seen wearing a white shirt, jeans, and black and white sneakers.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information on Acosta’s whereabouts to call 631-854-8452 or 911.last_img read more

first_imgAP3 said it had no fixed target for investment through the joint venture, and that the amount it invested would depend on the investment opportunities presenting themselves.The joint venture will see Balder and AP3 investing equally and having equal ownership of the assets.The new residential company will focus mainly on producing rental properties in growth areas within Sweden, including the country’s three metropolitan regions, as well as other areas where the population is growing.It said the property development would concentrate on being environmentally friendly.Erik Selin, chief executive at Balder and its main owner, said it was important for the company to co-invest with a player such as AP3, which, like Balder, took a long-term view on investment.“The constellation becomes strong and opens up many possibilities,” he said.In other news, Danish labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark is buying commercial properties in the cities of Aalborg and Copenhagen.The DKK171bn (€22.9bn) pension fund has bought a 7,000sqm property in Aalborg and a 26,000sqm property in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen.The Aalborg property was bought from real estate firm Nordjyske Ejendomme, and the Østerbro building was sold by Danske Bank.PensionDanmark did not disclose the value of the deals.The largest tenants of the buildings include the Appeals Board (Ankestyrelsen), as well as corporates Egmont and Danske Bank.Karsten Withington Brink, deputy director at PensionDanmark, said: “We are continually working to expand our portfolio with well-located commercial properties with solid tenants on long leases.”The pension fund made two other property investments in Aalborg recently – Alfa Laval’s new headquarters and the building housing IT firm KMD. Swedish pensions buffer fund AP3 is taking a first step into the residential property market forming a joint venture to invest in domestic residential property with listed real estate firm Balder.Kerstin Hessius, chief executive of the SEK304bn (€32.7bn) Gothenburg-based pension fund, said: “We see good opportunities in developing our Swedish property portfolio with residential together with Balder, a well-established company in the sector.”She said the strong population growth expected in Sweden meant there was a big need for more provision of residential accommodation.Although AP3 holds more than 13% of its assets, or SEK41.1bn, in real estate, so far it has never invested in the residential sector.last_img read more

first_imgForbes 24 Sept 2013In the United States, we’re all familiar with the so-called “marriage penalty” – but what about the divorce tax?Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current rate of 400 rubles ($13 US). The increase of nearly 7500% has two goals: raising revenue and discouraging divorce.The tax increase could put more than 19 billion rubles ($595 million US) back into the Russian treasury each year. That would help plug holes in the budget as concerns about Russia’s deficit continue to mount: current projections indicate that the country’s deficit will clock in at 650 billion rubles ($20.4 billion US) in 2014. The revenue raised from boosting the divorce tax would cover about 4% of the lag. Since spending is already set for 2014 and 2015 (that’s right: Russia has an actual budget on paper and we don’t), the deficit will continue to grow if there isn’t offsetting revenue – the trick, then, is to find more money.In addition to raising revenue, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has another consideration: growing conservative values. Making divorce more difficult, Medvedev reasons, makes it less likely that Russians will rush into marriage without thinking about it a little more beforehand. It may well work: the proposed tax would be more than the average monthly salary in Russia.It’s all part of the rush to morality for the country over the past few months, including a ban on homosexual “propaganda” authored by Yelena Mizulina, the head of the Committee on Family, Women and Children in the Russian Parliament. Mizulina is also at the forefront of the divorce tax, meant to stifle Russia’s “moral and demographic decline.” Mizulina’s colleague, Olga Batalina, made it clear that “a family is a marriage between a man and a woman with children, preferably at least three.” read more

first_img Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr. Colin McIntyre Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr. Colin McIntyre is describing a ground breaking ceremony for the drilling geothermal test well at Laudat as a key towards Dominica’s energy security and economic growth.He told the official ground breaking ceremony in Laudat on Monday, that his constituency holds the greatest potential for the exploration and production of geothermal energy in Dominica and possibly the Eastern Caribbean.“This is serious business and energy to the next level. I am particularly impressed with the geothermal development energy project because of its potentially sound attribute to the environment of holding the image of the nature island as the premiere eco tourism destination as well as its expected positive impact on the country’s economy,” he said.He said the success of the exploration will greatly reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel for the generation of electricity.“In fact it is expected that in the long term, the high cost associated with the importation of fuel into Dominica for the generation of electricity will virtually disappear. We should also be reminded that the journey towards enjoying actual benefits of geothermal energy occurs in difference stages and today marks one stage,” he said. Dr. McIntyre also noted that the people of Laudat will benefit with the creation of jobs.“Many job opportunities have been created so far, for taxi drivers, heavy machine operators, security officers and a noticeable increase in revenue for vendors in Laudat,” he further explained.“Improvements have been made to the village roads and further enhancements will be made in the future,” Dr. McIntyre added.Meantime representative from the Organization of the American States (OAS) Michael Bejos said the OAS has secured funding to initiative a regional geothermal program designed to tackle several of the outstanding hurdles in the area of geothermal development.“The OAS continues to support Dominica’s geothermal development. We have worked with the Word Bank to finalize the geothermal resource law, we are supporting efforts for interconnection within the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and we will continue to support Dominica’s efforts for geothermal development,” he said.The OAS representative also gave his organizations’ commitment to further assist the government in its needs for support.Dominica Vibes News Share 51 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Laudat residents told they will benefit from drilling test wells in their community by: – December 6, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more