McGavick-Gayheart ticket to forfeit 12 percent of votes following Judicial Council sanction

first_imgUpdated Saturday at 1:53 p.m.The McGavick-Gayheart ticket will be required to forfeit 12 percent of the votes cast for it during Friday’s student government presidential runoff election, Judicial Council announced in a press release Friday morning.According to the release, juniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart were “found to have supporters releasing confidential information from previous Judicial Council allegation hearings, as well as engaging in a continued pattern of unethical behavior,” which violated Judicial Council’s Election Regulations and Sections 13.4(e), 17.1(g) and 17.1(h) of the Student Union Constitution.The aspect of the Election Regulations the ticket violated, the release said, mandates that candidates are “responsible for [their] actions as well as the actions of [their] supporters.” Section 13.4(e) of the Student Union Constitution states that, aside from information included in Judicial Council press releases, “all other information pertaining to hearings and appeals shall be considered confidential.”Section 17.1(g), another section the ticket was found to have violated, reads, “Candidates may not be involved in or instruct others to engage in any unethical behavior as detailed in 17.1(h).” Section 17.1(h), the final section Judicial Council found the ticket to have violated, states that “Candidates are expected to behave ethically at all times” and states that examples of unethical behavior are “monopolization of limited bulletin board space, covering or defaming of any other candidates’ posters, insulting or defaming other candidates and harassment or misconduct toward any election officials.”According to the press release, “Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals,” in accordance with Section 17.1(m) of the Student Union Constitution.“Our team is very disappointed in Judicial Council’s decision,” McGavick said in a statement emailed to The Observer. “We respect the confidentiality of the process and, as such, can’t share anything about the content of the politically motivated allegations. We wish we could, however, because they read like a bad episode of ‘House of Cards.’ We will be appealing the decision in the senate.”Senate called an emergency meeting to hear the McGavick-Gayheart ticket’s appeal Saturday afternoon, but a quorum was not met at the time the meeting started. As a result, the appeal was not heard, and the Election Committee’s decision of a 12 percent forfeiture of votes stood.This is the fifth instance of sanctions issued by Judicial Council in this year’s election, including one that requires the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket to forfeit 10 percent of votes it receives in Friday’s runoff election.With the forfeitures in place for both tickets in Friday’s runoff election, it is possible that neither ticket receives a majority of votes to be declared winner. Should that be the case, the election will go to an electoral college system that is currently in place in the event of a tie, senior and Judicial Council president Matt Ross said, as there is currently no procedure in place for the event that neither ticket receives a majority in a two-ticket race.“What happens is, I have to breakdown the votes from [Friday], in terms of senate constituencies — that’s the term that the constitution uses — and I will then read off the votes based on senate constituency,” Ross said. “So … it basically turns into an electoral college, and then count the votes. Whoever wins, wins.”Tags: 2018 student government election, Judicial Council, sanctions, Student governmentlast_img read more

Italian Mafia Prosecutor Awaiting Authorization to Move to Guatemala

first_img I want to inform that I am an admirer of the Italian anti-mafia judges and hopefully some of them may come to Argentina to organize the fight against these criminal organizations that are quite detrimental to democratic States. In addition, I am a supporter of the Italian anti-mafia law which I consider the best in the world, since most of the mobsters detentions are carried out as a result of the same. Italian mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, responsible for significant investigations into the Sicilian mafia, is awaiting official authorization to move to Guatemala for the purpose of working with the United Nations on that Central American country’s International Commission against Impunity (CICIG). Starting in September, 53-year-old Ingroia will work for a year as the individual in charge of the investigative unit of CICIG, a body that has been fighting mafias and their tentacles in that region since 2007. The transfer of the magistrate, who has been the target of debate in Italy due to his investigations into the controversial negotiations between representatives of the state and the Sicilian La Cosa Nostra mafia, is expected to be approved during the assembly of the Superior Council of the Magistracy (CSM) on July 26. Because the CSM commission is divided on the subject, the final decision will be submitted to the council’s general assembly. “It’s truly an honor that foreign authorities ask our country’s best magistrates to combat organized crime,” Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino commented for her part, indirectly endorsing the transfer. The judge, an emblem of the fight against La Cosa Nostra, agreed to leave Palermo, the capital of Sicily, at the end of a series of harsh debates following his investigations into the relationships between prominent political figures and mafia clans, as well as their economic ties. “A responsibility like this one helps me to develop my capabilities and better coordinate investigations among different countries. The anti-mafia fight should be global,” he declared in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica. Igroia said that he has maintained contacts with Latin America for several months, and he acknowledged with bitterness that “we’re more appreciated abroad than at home, where anti-mafia judges are usually denigrated and have obstacles put in their way,” he said. The magistrate, a “student” of the two heroes of the fight against the mafia, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, will work with the Guatemalan commission, which has been conducting investigations for five years and has dismantled significant criminal structures. Created by the UN, CICIG has the objective of strengthening the Guatemalan judicial system, infiltrated by organized crime, and reduce impunity. The commission has a staff of almost 200 employees from 25 countries, who work in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office. Its work has no precedents within the UN, and its mandate ends in 2013, but it can be extended another two years. By Dialogo July 26, 2012last_img read more

Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation recently sponsored a “Whole Child Conference” to address the unmet legal needs of Florida’s poor children. The conference was designed to provide lawyers experienced in advocating for poor children’s needs an opportunity to collaborate.Children’s lives and the laws and social policies affecting them are exceedingly complex and interdependent, according to Paul Doyle, director of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Program. He said since 1991, Florida has seen a dramatic shift in its demographics and correspondingly a significant increase in the number of poor children needing free civil legal assistance.“There are almost 4 million poor children in Florida, many needing some form of free civil legal assistance,” Doyle said. “Advocacy by legal aid professionals not only makes a difference in the lives of those children, but also has a significant positive impact on our local communities and the state of Florida as a whole.”The statewide group of children’s legal advocates attending the conference included public defenders, private pro bono attorneys, law professors, and legal aid service providers. Together, public and private sector professionals collaborated on identifying poor children’s priorities, developing solutions, and designing a statewide integrated advocacy network. Doyle said the Bar Foundation continually supports programs that strive to expand and improve Florida’s legal aid delivery system, such as the Whole Child Conference.Since 1999, the Foundation has made poor children’s needs a grant-making priority. Current funding of Children’s Legal Services grants totals $636,000 to 13 local legal aid and law school programs. Children’s legal services grants emphasize legal advocacy for special education, protecting the rights of foster children, and access to health care services. “Florida’s poor children remain among one of our most vulnerable populations needing civil legal assistance,” Doyle said. “Every year the demand for this assistance increases and thousands of low-income children are routinely denied their legal rights to education, health care, and other services. For poor children, legal aid is the only place to turn for legal help.” Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’ Foundation conference focuses on the ‘whole child’center_img June 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

NAFCU, on NCUA 5-year plan, urges transparency, longer exam cycle

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU urged NCUA to keep its focus on transparency and operational and regulatory improvements – including moving healthy credit unions back to an 18-month exam cycle – in a comment letter Monday on the agency’s strategic direction for the next five years.In January, the NCUA Board released its 2017-2021 strategic plan, summarizing three goals: safety and soundness, financial literacy and a diverse and skilled workforce at the agency.NAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Michael Emancipator, writing Monday, noted NAFCU’s ongoing concerns regarding NCUA’s budget increases. Also, under the agency’s safety and soundness goal, he commented on the consolidation within the credit union industry, balancing risk mitigation with innovation, vendor management, cybersecurity and examination cycles. continue reading »last_img read more

The negative consequences of the drastic increase in the sojourn tax in nautical are already being felt on the ground, and will only be felt

first_imgThe drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels came into force in August last year by a decree of the Croatian Government which brought five to six times higher prices than in the previous category, depending on the category of vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid.For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of about 150 euros, and according to the new Regulation on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be about 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual the fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros. Also, the Office abolished the payment of an annual lump sum for the use of marinas, which has been the normal practice so far.Price classes are divided except by the length of the vessel and by time periods of stay, so for the longest vessels over 20 meters in length, which are also the most luxurious, the fee for a period of one year increases from 227 euros to 1.939 euros, or a maximum of 14.500 kuna.Logically, he asked the question whether and to what extent Croatia will be competitive with the surrounding countries?We didn’t have to wait long for an answer, and the first negative consequences are already visible on the ground. Namely, according to the interpretation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Rijeka County Chamber – the Association of Marinas at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the relocation of vessels to marinas has systematically begun in the competition of competitive Mediterranean countries.”We will see the first real effects of raising the nautical sojourn tax “in the sky under the clouds” after Easter, when the arrival of a good part of the users of our services has been announced.”Said the president of the Association Sean Lisjak for Novi List , estimating that most of the owners of moored vessels on the Adriatic still do not even know what our Ministry of Tourism expects from them this year in this regard.”The point is that, despite our timely and continuous warnings of certain negative effects of this Regulation, the representatives of the competent institutions insisted on the introduction of a new way of calculating the fee, which, unlike stationary, ie guests staying in hotels, camps and apartments, these fees increased by a reasonable 14 percent, nautical or guests in our marinas are burdened with the obligation to pay fees that have multiplied the amounts compared to those they have paid so far. Already today, with the arrival of the first guests, we are witnessing their astonishment with the enormous increase in this obligation, which, in relation to its previous values, jumped from 2,5 to an incredible 8,5 times. In addition, we recognize the newly introduced calculation methodology and the fee as bad and potentially harmful, which takes into account the length of the vessel, but also eliminates the possibility of paying an annual lump sum that allowed sailors the convenience of enjoying an unlimited number of visits to their vessels. obligation ” said Lisjak.What is certainly significant is that many boaters are not yet aware in the true sense of what awaits them, and as the season is just beginning, we will only see the extent of the damage after Easter. “At the moment, none of us in the industry has the right answer to the questions that our guests are rightly starting to ask us, and we are afraid that this completely wrong, and ultimately unnecessary move will ultimately bring our nautical tourism many times more damage than the value of revenue growth. collection of this fee. And once those responsible realize they have made a mistake and are doing damage, the negative effects of such a move will not be possible to correct overnight”Concluded Lisjak for Novi List, emphasizing that the trend of clients leaving Croatian marinas has already begun and that, only in one Dalmatian nautical center, these changes caused the loss of clients and their vessels estimated at 150 thousand euros.Raising the price, as well as using the argument that we are in trend now so we go “take the icing on the cake” by raising new levies and taxes, for no good reason or raising the quality of service, is never good. We all know that it is three times, if not more, more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest / customer back because we have lost his trust, and that is the worst. A trust that builds over the years and loses overnight.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market oneWhat all the negative consequences of this reckless decision will be, we will see at the end of the season and draw the line.This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market one, and the biggest problem is that the profession is not heard, nor is the profession struggling. This is another proof that politics must not make decisions without consulting the profession, but quite the opposite, first the profession and then politics. Also, here we come to one of the key problems in Croatia, and that is the poor status of the profession, ie that the voice of the profession is not heard or fight for their sectors, which due to inertia allowed its degradation due to someone’s small private interests, as in nautical , as well as other tourism sectors.Related news:THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA ADOPTED THE DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018DECREE ON DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAX FOR 2018RESEARCH ON CAPACITY AND BUSINESS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2017last_img read more

N.Korea steps up coronavirus prevention after first possible infection

first_imgTopics : North Korea introduced tougher prevention measures against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, state media reported, after it locked down the border town of Kaesong to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed case of the respiratory disease.Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress, and test kits, protective clothing, and medical equipment were being rapidly supplied, the North’s KCNA state news agency said.The measures come after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency on Sunday after a person suspected of being infected with the virus returned from South Korea. North Korea said earlier this month it has started early clinical trial on a vaccine for the virus, but experts are skeptical.The country lacks the technology or laboratories to develop COVID-19 vaccines, said Choi Jung-hun, a former North Korean doctor who defected to the South in 2012.”North Korea wasn’t even capable of testing people just until three or four months ago,” said Choi, now a researcher at Korea University. “It is groundless for them to claim they are enrolling participants for human trials of COVID-19 vaccines.”center_img North Korea had reported testing 1,211 people for the virus as of July 16 with all returning negative results, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement sent to Reuters on Monday. The report said 696 nationals were under quarantine.Primers and probes for machines capable of facilitating 1,000 tests have arrived in North Korea, WHO said. There are 15 laboratories designated to test COVID-19 in the country.North Korea has a limited healthcare system with hospitals that lack adequate electricity, medicine, and water. It has long depended on the WHO to procure drugs as sanctions against the country made imports difficult.In the past months, it received test kits and protective gear from the WHO and countries including Russia, but some of these were held up at the border because of the country’s own restrictions.last_img read more

Ripley Chamber schedules CPR class

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce is holding an American Heart Association CPR class September 6 at the chamber office on U.S. 50 in Versailles. The class will held from 9 a.m. to noon and will cost $3. For more information please call 812-689-6654.last_img

Kipchoge, several world champions nominated for athlete of the year award

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 Eliud Kipchoge is among 11 men nominated to be crowned “Athlete of the Year’’ by athletics governing body IAAF, but German decathlon world champion Niklas Kaul missed out.The 21-year-old Kaul became the youngest title holder in the multi-sport event at the recently-concluded world championships in Doha but was not nominated.Kenya’s Kipchoge ran a non-sanctioned marathon in under two hours last weekend, and earlier in the year he retained his London marathon title.His compatriot Timothy Cheruyiot won the 1,500-metres in Doha and was short-listed, as were five world champions from the U.S.he shortlisted Americans are Donavan Brazier (800m), Christian Coleman (100m), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Noah Lyles (200m) and Christian Taylor (triple jump).Ugandan distance runner Joshua Cheptegei, Bahamas hurdler Steven Gardiner, Swedish discus thrower Daniel Stahl and Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm were the other nominees.A three-way voting process, including blocks from the IAAF council, family and fans, will decide the winner.Female nominees will be revealed on Tuesday.Tags: Eliud KipchogeIAAFlast_img read more

Ming creates history as Guyana’s first F4 Champion

first_imgOverseas-based Guyanese Calvin Ming created history last evening as the first Guyanese to win the NACAM F4 Championship at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City.In the first race of the final round last evening, the Guyanese finished fourth which was good enough to ensure that he took the championship.The Guyanese headed into this weekend’s final round with a 50 plus point difference before last evening’s race which means that he does not have to compete in the final two races today.Details of this weekend’s action will be published in tomorrow’s edition of the Guyana Chroniclelast_img