Kearsarge ARG Enters 6th Fleet Area of Operations

first_img View post tag: ARG View post tag: 6th Fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today Kearsarge ARG Enters 6th Fleet Area of Operations October 14, 2015 The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Oct. 13, 2015.The ARG/MEU, comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) and embarked Marines from the 26th MEU departed the U.S. on Oct. 6.While in U.S. 6th Fleet, the Kearsarge ARG and Marines of the 26th MEU will participate in theatre security cooperation events and exercises before continuing to 5th Fleet.This is the maiden deployment for the USS Arlington which was commissioned on April 6, 2013.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.Image: US Navy Authorities Kearsarge ARG Enters 6th Fleet Area of Operations View post tag: Kearsarge Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Admiral, eight officers charged in bribery case

first_img US Navy Admiral, eight other officers charged in Fat Leonard bribery case March 15, 2017 A retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and eight more high-ranking officer were arrested and charged Tuesday for their involvement in a massive U.S. Navy bribery scandal.The Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) bribery case, also referred to as the “Fat Leonard” case after the nickname of GDMA CEO Francis Leonard, is dragging down one U.S. Navy official after another for their roles in disclosing sensitive information about navy operations in exchange for cash, prostitutes, and in one case, Lady Gaga concert tickets.With the arrest of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless and eight other navy officers, the number of persons charged in the case rose to 25. To date, 13 have pleaded guilty while several other cases are pending.Defendants arrested on Tuesday were brought before the federal court on various charges including bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators when confronted about their actions.Four of the defendants are retired captains: David Newland, 60, of San Antonio, Texas, James Dolan, 58, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, David Lausman, 62, of The Villages, Florida, and Donald Hornbeck, 56, a resident of the United Kingdom. The other defendants arrested today included: Colonel Enrico Deguzman, 48, of Honolulu, Hawaii, retired Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gorsuch, 48, of Virginia Beach, Virginia retired Rear Admiral Bruce Lovelace, 48, of San Diego, California, active duty Lieutenant Commander Stephen Shedd, 48, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and active duty Commander Mario Herrera, 48, of Helotes, Texas.According to the indictment, the Navy officers allegedly participated in a bribery scheme with Leonard Francis, in which the officers accepted travel and entertainment expenses, the services of prostitutes and lavish gifts in exchange for helping to steep lucrative contracts to Francis and GDMA and to sabotage competing defense contractors.The defendants allegedly violated many of their sworn official naval duties, including duties related to the handling of classified information and duties related to the identification and reporting of foreign intelligence threats. According to the indictment, the defendants allegedly worked in concert to recruit new members for the conspiracy, and to keep the conspiracy secret by using fake names and foreign email service providers. According to the indictment, the bribery scheme allegedly cost the Navy – and U.S. taxpayers – tens of millions of dollars. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Admiral, eight other officers charged in Fat Leonard bribery case View post tag: Fat Leonard View post tag: GDMA View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Braun pushing bill to reward farmers for good environmental practices

first_img By Network Indiana – June 28, 2020 0 320 IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Pinterest Facebook Braun pushing bill to reward farmers for good environmental practices WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest (Source: http://bit.ly/1t6Grcs License: http://bit.ly/1PpGKT1) WASHINGTON — Rewarding farmers for using best practices to take care of the environment is the goal of a bipartisan bill being pushed by Sen. Mike Braun.The Growing Climate Solutions Act would allow farmers better avenues to take part in the carbon markets so they can be rewarded for using “climate-smart” practices in their farming. Indiana farmer Brent Bible testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee, on which Sen. Braun sits, Thursday.“As a first-generation farmer I see myself as a typical, but vital part of the food supply chain,” Bible said. “I also see our farm as a significant piece of the climate puzzle for the well-being of my community, state and country.”Bible notes that it’s hard for farmers these days to be economically sustainable while also incurring the costs of being environmentally friendly. Bible farms 5,000 acres near Lafayette where he grows corn and soybeans for the production of farming seed, ethanol, and other products.“I have to do things on the farm today that are going to sustain that farm both environmentally and economically,” said Bible. “Certainly I have a passion for doing positive things for the environment, but I can’t do that at a cost that at a cost to me that makes me not sustainable in five to ten years.”Which is why he is pushing for Congress to allow farmers to take part in “carbon trading.” Farmers have certain standards they have stay below when it comes to how much carbon they can emit into the air, just like many other businesses such as those in manufacturing.Sen. Braun and Bible say the Growing Climate Solutions Act would make it so if farmers emit less than their emission standard, they could sell off that surplus of emissions they have yet to emit to other companies. Those companies could then exceed their emissions standards with that surplus without incurring a penalty from the government.Both Bible and Braun say this is an excellent way for businesses to make money by giving them incentives to emit less carbon into the atmosphere, and that farmers can capitalize on the market just as much. Twitter Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distributions for the week aheadNext articleIndiana Michigan Power warning of scam going around Network Indiana Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Questions and concerns about America’s future

first_imgWhere are we as a nation headed? And what role can the millennial generation play in moving America forward? These were some of the questions posed during “A Town Hall on Politics and Public Service,” a discussion at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday evening.Following an introduction by IOP polling director John Della Volpe, President Drew Faust took the podium to discuss the challenges facing our country today. In all of these, she stressed, Harvard has a role to play.“Throughout this history, our University has embraced education and learning,” she said, and that commitment is “essential for democracy.” As well, she emphasized the need for civil discourse, saying, “We need to discuss and to defend the values and the principles that define us.”Visiting IOP fellows and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski then came forward to facilitate the discussion, which covered topics from racism to health care, the administration’s uneven response to natural disasters, and gerrymandering.They were aided, at first, by visual prompts. An IOP survey had asked the registered student participants to share images that reflect America today. The pictures projected overhead ranged from the topical (NFL players “taking the knee”) to the humorous (a climber clinging to a ledge with his fingertips).Scarborough began by talking about the split in the country, citing his shock at hearing how many of his own family members did not share his political views. The lesson he learned from that, he said, was that more discussion is necessary.“We need to discuss and to defend the values and the principles that define us,” said President Faust before Scarborough and Brzezinski took the stage. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer.“That doesn’t mean we don’t call out racist comments,” he said. “It means we sit back and try to listen. This didn’t start with Donald Trump.”Brzezinski then took over, citing “depression, fog, division, and anxiety” as catchwords describing our present situation.Students, who introduced themselves by first name and, at times, their origins, took turns responding to the hosts’ prompts.One young man who introduced himself as a first-generation American, with parents from Mexico, talked about how difficult it is to hear the administration “bashing” the country of his family’s origins.A young woman, who recently moved from Wisconsin to Canada, brought up fears that President Trump’s bellicose rhetoric will become policy.Scarborough deflected her concern, slightly: “When you have a president who attacks Mexicans and gets elected, who says he wants to ban 1.5 million Muslims, my concern is not that this will be implemented in policy, because I don’t think it will. I’m worried about the attitudes that sink into people’s minds.”That comment opened the dialogue wider, as another student, who described herself as politically active, stood up. “This is not about attitudes anymore. This is about actions,” said the student, who was wearing a shawl. “Members of my family cannot come into this country.”As audience members talked about fears, frustration, and fatigue, Brzezinski nodded. “I’m really scared that we’re so desensitized, that things that are so abnormal are becoming normalized,” she said.Scarborough took the opposite tack, calling this a time of great awakening. “A lot of people who took American democracy for granted, who took the U.S. Constitution for granted, who took checks and balances for granted, will never take it for granted again,” he said.Advising the students not to be fazed by “a few nasty tweets and Russian Facebook posts,” he urged them to run for office.“The quality of public servants across the country has declined,” he said; Della Volpe said interest in serving has declined as well, citing a poll that found a drop-off in the last five years.“Politics has become a blood sport,” Scarborough concluded. “You have to know what you’re getting into, but you have to get in there. You have to get involved.”last_img read more

How rape culture shapes whether a survivor is believed

first_img Me Too founder discusses where we go from here The story behind the Weinstein story The women’s revolt: Why now, and where to Retracing the path of the two New York Times reporters who did the investigation Scholars at Radcliffe session examine the deep meaning of a movement Show at the A.R.T. connects Nigerian women to #MeToo Related Social change from the stage Advocate and activist Tarana Burke to receive the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership Gleitsman Award Probing the past and future of #MeToo A hallmark of the #MeToo movement has been to make plain the ubiquity of sexual violence against women and the impunity with which some perpetrators get away with it again and again. Rape is the nation’s most underreported violent crime, according to U.S. Justice Department statistics, as survivors fear that juries will believe the perpetrators, not them, and if they pursue justice, they may suffer further physical, economic, or social harm.This stacked deck, known as “rape culture,” is the set of social attitudes about sexual assault that leads to survivors being treated with skepticism and even hostility, while perpetrators are shown empathy and imbued with credibility not conferred on people accused of other serious crimes, like armed robbery.New research from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy, Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, and Susanne Schwarz, M.P.P. ’15, finds that rape culture bias is not only real, but it shapes how people determine what a believable rape case looks like, who is most likely a rape victim, and in which circumstances rape is less likely to take place.In a series of experiments, respondents were given certain details about rape cases, like the survivors and perpetrators’ race, a survivor’s sex and sexual history, a perpetrator’s socioeconomic status and relationship to the survivor, where the crime took place, and what clothing the victim wore — all details known to have the potential to trigger four key elements of rape bias: victim blaming, empathizing with perpetrators, assuming the victim’s consent, and questioning the victim’s credibility. The respondents were asked to determine which cases should be reported to police and how severely perpetrators should be punished, and briefly explain why, according to a paper published in Political Behavior.The details provided were not legally relevant and therefore should not have factored in people’s evaluations, “but they do,” said Schwarz, the paper’s lead author and a doctoral student in political science at Princeton University. “People use them to discriminate between and differentiate between the cases.”Schwarz began working on the issue of rape culture with Baum and Cohen while a graduate student at HKS, and the recent research follows on prior work by the two professors. In 2018 Baum and Cohen (with co-author Yuri Zhukov, Ph.D. ’14, of the University of Michigan) published what is believed to be the first large-scale quantitative analysis of rape culture bias in the U.S. media, and its consequences.Cohen and Baum were stunned by national news coverage of high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, who in 2013 were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl. Many of the accounts appeared to favor the perpetrators, so they decided to examine how common such bias was in news stories about sexual assault.After developing a 72-point framework with which to measure bias, they evaluated all newspaper stories about rape in the Lexis Nexis database published between 2000 and 2013 using machine-learning data analysis. They found a correlation between the level of rape bias in a community’s news coverage and the incidents of rape reported and prosecuted there, according to the resulting paper, coauthored with Zhukov.Correlation is not causation, of course, so the researchers next wanted to know how the public’s perceptions of rape generally influenced their views of specific rape cases.“What started out as this attempt to capture how systematic biases against rape survivors in the media are … then morphed into the question of: How does this type of coverage affect how people evaluate these cases?” said Schwarz.In the new study, the researchers found that some types of victims were believed less often than others, and some scenarios were seen as less credible. Details related to consent, such as the victim’s sexual history and prior relationship with the perpetrator, and to victim blaming, such as their sex or the venue of the rape, most influenced whether people would report a case to police and how harshly respondents believed the rapist should be punished. Cases involving male survivors were “significantly less believed” than female ones, while the race of survivors and perpetrators was not influential in the way some might expect, although respondents were 4.7 percentage points likelier to believe Black female survivors than white female victims. Despite the controversy surrounding the initially lenient punishment of Brock Turner, a white Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault and attempted rape of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a fraternity in 2015, a perpetrator’s socioeconomic status was not a factor for respondents. But where the rape took place was influential, with people, by 6 percentage points, less likely to report rapes that happened at a party and 17.6 percentage points less likely to seek harsh punishment. If the victim and perpetrator knew one another prior to the rape, the case was 11.8 percentage points less likely to be referred to police.Some respondents were asked about factors in the context of armed robbery to test whether such attitudes were crime-related or rape-specific.The researchers were surprised that respondents so willingly offered their rationales for deciding whether to report a case or how to punish perpetrators. While respondents often attributed it to analysis of the facts presented, “it is also driven by these false beliefs that people hold about what a rape victim looks like, what a believable rape incident looks like, and under what circumstances rape happens and does not happen,” said Schwarz.The findings indicate that testing the effect that rape-culture bias has on police officers, attorneys, and judges would be an important but very challenging area to pursue in future research.“One of my hopes for the implications of this research is just to make people aware that there is an undercurrent of bias about how seriously we take these crimes and how much we believe [rape] to be deserving of punishment or how much we kind of blame the victim for putting himself or herself into the situation that resulted in the attack,” Cohen said. The #MeToo surge against sexual abuse provides opportunities for pivotal societal change, but challenges too last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual welcome retreat

first_imgThis past weekend, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry hosted a spiritual retreat for first-year students centered on faith, community and friendship, Senior Devree Stopczynski, retreat leader and this year’s student coordinator, said the fundamental themes of the retreat were friendship and community. “Through a series of talks, journal time, and small group discussions, the retreat explores the questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is friendship?’, and finally ‘How do I become part of a community?’” The retreat took place at Camp Amigo in Sturgis, Michigan. About 30 first-years and their leaders came together for the 24-hour jouney, Stopczynski said.    Campus Ministry Assistant Director Regina Wilson, who attended the retreat, said the retreat aims to provide students with a positive and meaningful way to begin the new year. “We always hold this retreat as soon as possible after the school year begins because students get very busy with studies and find it hard to get away later in the year,” Wilson said. The religious getaway aims to ease any school stress while strengthening students’ connection with Christ and their Belles community. This was accomplished through interactive activities and retreat team stories, freshman Kathryn FitzMaurice said. “The retreat started with some get-to-know-you games,” she said. “We had about three talks throughout the retreat given by the retreat team on friendship, and community. They were all very relevant to our lives because they were given by students.  They were easy to relate to.” For students, as well as the upperclassmen Campus Ministry Intern leaders, the retreat allowed fellow first-year students to personally connect and relate on multiple levels, Stopczynski said. “I definitely see spiritual and communal aspects within these opportunities,” she said. “When first-years come to campus, they may be very focused on faith, but it is usually the first time they are responsible for keeping a faith life, I know that was the case for me. I think this retreat and other opportunities within Campus Ministry provide first years with an outlet to keep faith life strong and to build a community with other faith filled individuals.” Freshman Paige Spears said a personal motivation for her included finding fellow students with faith as deep as her own. “I was trying to find people that had a faith like mine, a stronger faith, because when you walk around school, you really don’t see thepeople who love God immediately,” she said. “It was cool to see which ones had the same faith as me [and] find those girls in the crowd.” Companionship amongst the students enriched with her favorite exercise, which involved involving Belle-to-Belle honesty, Spears said.     “My favorite thing we did was [an activity] where you had a booklet, and it had open-ended prompt like, ‘What I think of you is…’” Spears said. “You answer to [your partner] what you think of them […] and [the prompts] get deeper as you go.  You just read these [questions] and you just have this really deep conversation with someone.  It was awesome.” Through time together around campfire, singing and a taking spiritual walk, the girls were able to truly experience God’s presence in their lives, Spears said.   “It was so beautiful and we were just emerged in nature thanking God for all he has given us … It was super effective and meaningful.” she said. Self-reflection following two weeks of hectic schedules allows for room in students’ lives for spiritual and collective exploration needed to positively impact their college experience, Stopczynski said.     “I think the first years really enjoy knowing that they are not the only ones going through a change in terms of faith life, student life, and social life.” Stopczynski said. “They get to begin long lasting relationships with other women that have similar views, hopes, fears, and goals.” Students always voice a very positive perception of the retreat upon returning, and they appreciate the opportunity to share a piece of themselves with others they come to call friends, Wilson said. “The students understand and come to know Saint Mary’s is a place that is committed to nurturing faith, to building a community that is empowered by the Spirit and that they are known and valued for who they are.” Wilson said. “They come to build friendships, for many of them, that last throughout their four years.” Spears said these friendships would be rooted in God following the retreat. “God’s there, and we all believe in God.  These girls are there for you, and if you ever need anything, you have a solid select group of 29 friends immediately.”last_img read more

Andrew Rannells & Lena Hall Go Glam in New Hedwig Portrait from Squigs

first_img Lena Hall Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch continues to tear down walls at the Belasco Theatre, but there’s a new sugar daddy satisfying our sweet tooth: stage and screen star Andrew Rannells. Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson stopped by a recent performance to catch the Tony nominee wigging out, and penned this sketch of the new star alongside Tony winner Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Take a look out Squigs’ latest work of art, then catch Rannells and Hall for yourself in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre. Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Related Shows Andrew Rannells About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

Essential Oil Grant

first_imgOrganic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth.One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a nearly $2 million grant to a team of scientists for an Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative project to study the degree to which essential oils can help suppress certain pathogens and pests.Jonathan Oliver, assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the UGA Tifton campus, is part of the team of 15 scientists who will work on this project nationwide. Researchers from the University of Florida, Clemson University, the University of California, Riverside, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the USDA Agricultural Research Service will collaborate on the project.In his role as a small fruit pathologist in the Department of Plant Pathology, Oliver will investigate the use of essential oils in organic blueberry production, the state’s top fruit crop.“Blueberries are the highest value fruit crop in Georgia, and organic blueberry production represents a growing proportion of our total acreage,” said Oliver. “Nonetheless, organic production of blueberries in Georgia faces many challenges, because our hot, humid climate is ideal for many disease issues including fruit rots and leaf spots. Our growers need better tools to help them manage these disease problems.”Funding for the four-year research program will support scientists with expertise in fruit crop management and physiology, plant pathology, entomology, postharvest biology and organic production.To carry out the project, scientists will:Evaluate the plant safety and horticultural impact of essential oils in managing diseases in fruits including blueberries, peaches, mangos and avocados.Begin to test plant disease efficacy claims of essential oil products marketed for organic producers.Evaluate organically certified plant essential oils on targeted pathogens such as algal stem blotch, brown rot, scabs, gray mold and powdery mildew.Determine the efficiency of essential oils on fruit shelf life through postharvest testing.Test the efficacy of essential oils against insects including scales, thrips and mites, although arthropod pests are not the primary focus of this research.After they gather their new data, participating scientists will communicate the results of their research to organic fruit farmers and those who grow conventional crops, so that those producers can rapidly adopt any new practices. Scientists will also evaluate the effectiveness of the project through continuous feedback from stakeholders.“Through this research project, we hope to provide Georgia growers with the information they need to make decisions regarding the use of essential oils as a part of their organic fruit disease management program,” said Oliver. “Since Georgia is the largest producer of blueberries in the Southeastern U.S. and one of the top producers in the nation, providing Georgia growers with information and tools for safe and effective organic disease management has the potential to have a broad impact in Georgia and on the Southeastern organic blueberry production industry as a whole.”Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the U.S. in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to make up 36.3% of total organic sales, up 5.6% from the previous year.For more information from UGA about blueberry production, see site.caes.uga.edu/blueberry.Part of this article was adapted from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Falling costs and growing project pipelines will ensure the 2020s are the “decade of hydrogen,” according to new research from Wood Mackenzie.Over the past 10 months, the global green hydrogen project pipeline has swelled from 3.5 gigawatts to more than 15 gigawatts. Green hydrogen is considered by many to be a vital component of any credible net-zero carbon plan, and it can be used to decarbonize a number of industrial processes and heavy transport.As it stands, blue and gray hydrogen derived from fossil fuels are cheaper than using renewable-energy-powered electrolyzers to produce green hydrogen from water. But green hydrogen is drawing increasing interest from oil majors and utilities alike, from Shell to NextEra Energy. And Wood Mackenzie’s research indicates that the cost of green hydrogen will fall by 64 percent by 2040 as the market scales up.“On average, green hydrogen production costs will equal fossil-fuel-based hydrogen by 2040,” said Ben Gallagher, Wood Mackenzie senior research analyst and author of the new report, in a statement. “In some countries such as Germany, that will arrive by 2030. Given the scale-up we’ve seen so far, the 2020s will likely be the decade of hydrogen. Rising fossil fuel prices will boost green [hydrogen’s] competitiveness, further strengthening the case for this technology in the coming years,” Gallagher said.“If additional explicit policy support comes to fruition in the coming months, we could see costs fall even faster, and more universally, than outlined in our report,” said Gallagher. “The energy transition is dynamic. If 2020 is any indication, so too will be the low-carbon hydrogen landscape.”[John Parnell]More: WoodMac: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’ Wood Mackenzie: 2020s will be the ‘decade of hydrogen’last_img read more

Board of Governors approves Bar budget

first_imgBoard of Governors approves Bar budget Board of Governors approves Bar budget Senior Editor Making only two minor changes, including one to continue publishing Bar rules in The Florida Bar Journal directory issue, the Board of Governors has signed off on the 2001-02 budget that increases annual membership fees. The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the proposed increase for June 4. The board approved the budget at its March meeting, and under Bar rules considers any objections at its next meeting. No member objections were received. Kalish said the Budget Committee had only one minor change totaling $99,000, affecting the Commission on the Legal Need of Children. The board recently agreed to extend the commission for a third year, and the panel, among other activities, is planning to hold public hearings on its preliminary recommendations and also make site visits.The commission also has a $25,000 grant from The Florida Bar Foundation.A second change came at the behest of board members, who voted to restore a total of $36,700 to the budget to continue printing the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar in the annual directory issue.Kalish told the board the Budget Committee recommended not including the rules in the directory because they are now available online on the Bar’s website, and the printed version became outdated during the year as rule changes were made.But other board members said the expense was worth the convenience of having Bar rules easily available for members.“If we’re going to provide benefits to our members, the one thing we need to do for our membership is make the rules that govern and guide us available,” board member Alan Bookman said.President-elect designate Tod Aronovitz said when he has a rule question, “My old habit is to take the September issue and look it up. I think this particular item, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, should be there right at your desk, right at your fingertips.”Under the rules, the budget must be forwarded to the Supreme Court by June 1.Both Kalish and current Budget Committee member Jesse Diner have said that the increase in annual membership fees was needed because the Bar has increasingly been using reserves the last two years to a point where it is not fiscally responsible to continue to do so.According to figures presented to the board, Bar revenues for the current year are projected at $25 million with a potential shortfall of $1.7 million. For the 2001-02 budget, revenues will rise to just over $30 million, with an expected surplus of around $2 million.The largest part of that increase will come from annual fees, where income is expected to rise from $13 million in 2000-01 to $18.3 million in the new budget.The largest expenditure will continue to be on regulation of the practice of law activities, which is expected to cost $10.7 million this year and $11.5 million for 2001-02. Those functions include the grievance system, ethics, lawyer advertising, professionalism, and the Bar’s membership records office.Added to that are the unlicensed practice of law activities budgeted at $1.2 million for the current year and $1.3 million next year.One notable change is an increase in the amount of membership fees going to the Clients’ Security Fund. That has been increased from $15 to $20 per member. (An associated rule change allows that $20 to be raised to a maximum $25 by a board vote.)That will increase the total contribution from members to the CSF from $983,310 this year to $1,352,560 next year.The CLE programs are expected to cost $2.5 million next year, up $100,000 from this year. Income is projected to drop slightly, from $3.1 million to just under $3 million.The Bar’s public information, Journal, and News operations are budgeted at $3.5 million next year, down from almost $4 million in the 2000-01 budget. Sales for advertising for the Journal and News are projected at $2 million next year, compared with $2.1 million this year.A complete breakdown of the proposed budget appeared in an official notice in the April 1 Bar News, on pages 18-19. William Kalish center_img Incoming Budget Committee Chair William Kalish told the board at its May 11 meeting in Key West that the budget is expected to provide a $2-million surplus for next year. That will contrast with an expected near $1.7 million loss for the 2000-01 budget. The new fiscal plan raises annual membership fees from $190 to $265 for active members and from $140 to $190 for inactive members. It’s the first such hike since the 1990-91 fiscal year. June 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more