Vermont was among the best of show at the 2002 WorldTravel Market in London, U.K., last week. The six New England states,working together to attract international visitors to the region, receivedthe “Best Booth for Doing Business” award at the 2002 global travelindustry event.This is the first year all six states represented New England under thebanner of Discover New England as one brand, at one booth. The DiscoverNew England booth was recognized as best for its layout and for theknowledge and enthusiasm of those who staffed it. Discover New England isa non-profit consortium of the six states, based in Stowe. Its focus isinternational tourism.World Travel Market exhibit organizer, Fiona Jeffrey, noted that excellentquality of layout, welcoming atmosphere, product knowledge and participantenthusiasm in promoting New England as a region were factors in thedecision.”Vermont is proud that New England’s cooperative efforts, through DiscoverNew England, have received such prestigious recognition from theinternational tourism industry. This award proves the international valueof regional cross-marketing. We are all delighted and shall continue tomaximize the benefit of the show for years to come,” said Fredrik de Jong,of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, who led thedelegation.The Vermont delegation consisted of Sue Kruthers, Vermont AttractionsAssociation; Julie Howell, Vermont Ski Areas Association; Tony Clark,Blueberry Hill Inn; Linda Seville, Inn at Essex; Valerie Rochon, StoweArea Association; and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.More than 5000 leading travel and tourism companies and marketingorganizations from 183 countries attended World Travel Market.
Former Venezuelan president Carlos Andrés Pérez, who survived two coups d’état but left office before the end of his term after being convicted on corruption charges, died in the United States on Saturday, 25 December, of a heart attack at the age of eighty-eight, family members said. Pérez, who governed Venezuela from 1974 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1993, suffered a stroke that left him partially incapacitated in 2003. “With deep sorrow, we communicate the death of our loved one, Carlos Andrés Pérez, who died today (Saturday) in the city of Miami,” a statement released by his family said. The former president, known as “El Gocho” – as Venezuelans from the Andean region are called -, had been out of the country since 1999. Before taking up residence in the United States, he lived in the Dominican Republic, from which he was unsuccessfully sought for extradition. Pérez is the only sitting Venezuelan president to have been removed from office by judicial action and the first in the region to be convicted on corruption charges. The current mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, a former party comrade of Pérez, lamented his death and referred to him as “a democratic fighter through and through, a man determined to defend his ideas.” By Dialogo December 28, 2010
Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes Peru and Bolivia cooperate to seize two narco-planes Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport. By Dialogo December 04, 2014 Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR). Excellent report. I liked it a lot. Regarding the FARC, I believe their business is in drugs. If the Colombian president believes those who are twisted can go straight, he is mistaken. The guerrilla fighters and narcos never straighten out. It’s good that during the peace talks the government demand that the FARC immediately suspend all recruitment of children and adolescents. Terrorist FARC poses as Robin Hood, meanwhile they kill millions in Colombia trying to defend their drug dealing business. They are just a criminal group, shame on them. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on November 30. Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014. Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said. Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior. The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users. Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda use the cocaine trade to finance their violent activities in the Middle East and northern Africa. They transport drugs originating in South America from West Africa to Algeria, Morocco, and Libya; they also traffic cocaine across the Mediterranean Sea to countries such as Spain, often through the seaports of Barcelona and Valencia, as well as through Madrid’s Barajas Airport. Bolivian law enforcement officials are investigating where the cocaine came from. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Peru annually is flown by drug traffickers to Bolivia, before they transport it to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. The FELCN has confiscated 27 small narco-planes in 2014. Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, steal large amounts of petroleum from the government-owned oil company PEMEX – typically siphoning the fuel from PEMEX pipelines. Company officials estimate that oil theft will cost 1 billion dollars in 2014. Security forces have documented nearly 9,000 illegal taps of PEMEX pipelines since 2006, according to Mexican daily Excelsior. The narco-jihadists oversee the triangle of land shared by northern Mali and Niger, southern Algeria, Libya and eastern Mauritania. They smuggle large amounts of cocaine into Europe, where there are about four million cocaine users. The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay. Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on November 30. From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon. Bolivia’s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) recently seized two small narco-planes and arrested two pilots on drug charges, FELCN Director Mario Centellas said. Mexican security forces crack down on oil thieves From January through September, Mexican security forces arrested 1,415 suspected oil thieves, the PGR reported. That’s a 57 percent increase from the total number of arrests law enforcement officials made for oil theft during the same time period in 2013. Most of the suspects were arrested in the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Nuevo Leon. Law enforcement authorities in Mexico have more than doubled the number of arrests of oil thieves, according to the Attorney General’s office (PGR). The FELCN made the arrests and seizures at two ranches in the northeastern department of Beni, where drug trafficking operatives were allegedly prepared to fill the Cessna 210 aircraft with more than 300 kilograms of cocaine. One of the planes was registered in Brazil, the other in Paraguay.
: Proposed criminal rules amendments In response to the Supreme Court’s request in Amendments to Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.851, 3.852, and 3.993, 797 So. 2d 1213 (Fla. 2001), the Court’s Committee on Post Conviction Relief in Capital Cases has filed its proposed amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851(h), which addresses the procedures to be followed in capital cases after a death warrant is signed by the Governor.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and seven copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before May 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair (Chief Judge Stan R. Morris, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Alachua County Courthouse, 201 East University Avenue, Gainesville 32601) as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which has been scheduled in this case for June 5. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.851(h), SC02-526. Rule 3.851. Collateral Relief After Death Sentence Has Been Imposed And Affirmed on Direct Appeal. (a) – (g) No Change (h) After Death Warrant Signed. The time periods provided for under this rule shall be expedited after a death warrant has been signed. (1) Judicial Assignment. The Chief Judge of the circuit shall assign the case to a judge qualified under the Rules of Judicial Administration to conduct capital cases as soon as notification of the death warrant is received. (2) Calendar Advancement. Proceedings after a death warrant has been issued shall take precedence over all other cases. The assigned judge shall make every effort to resolve scheduling conflicts with other cases including cancellation or rescheduling of hearings or trials and requesting senior judge assistance. (3) Schedule of Proceedings. The time limitations in this rule shall not apply after a death warrant has been signed. All motions shall be heard expeditiously considering the time limitations set by the date of execution and the time required for appellate review. A stay of execution should only be granted when orderly disposition of the case requires it due to logistical difficulties, unavailability of witnesses or other unavoidable circumstances. (4) Venue. The traditional provisions for venue are suspended while a death warrant is pending. Venue shall be determined by the trial judge considering the availability of witnesses or evidence, the security problems involved in the case, and any other factor determined by the trial court. (5) Postconviction Motions. All motions filed after a death warrant is issued shall be considered successive motions and subject to the content requirement of section (e)(2) of this rule. (6) Presence of the defendant. The defendant shall be present in person if practical or, if not, electronically, at all evidentiary hearings and at any hearing involving change of counsel after a death warrant has been issued. (7) Case Management Conference; Evidentiary Hearing. The assigned judge shall schedule a case management conference as soon as reasonably possible after receiving notification that a death warrant has been signed. During the case management conference the court shall set a time for filing a postconviction motion and shall schedule a hearing in accordance with section (f)(5)(B) of this rule. (8) Reporting Evidentiary Hearing. The assigned judge shall require the proceedings conducted under death warrant to be reported using the most advanced and accurate technology available in general use at the location of the hearing. The proceedings shall be transcribed expeditiously considering the time limitations set by the execution date. (9) Procedures After Evidentiary Hearing. The court shall obtain a transcript of the evidentiary hearing and shall render its order in accordance with section (f)(5)(D) of this rule as soon as possible after the hearing is concluded. A copy of the final order shall be electronically transmitted to the Supreme Court of Florida, and to the attorneys of record. (10) Transmittal of Record. The record shall be immediately delivered to the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida by the Clerk of the trial court or as ordered by the assigned judge. A notice of appeal shall not be required to transmit the record. Notice: Proposed criminal rules amendments Notice April 1, 2002 Notices
Let’s face it – some New Year’s resolutions are more enduring than others. As always, some of the most common resolutions this year are to lose weight or eat healthier. But did you know that “save more,” “pay off debt,” and “spend less” also made the list of most common New Year’s goals? For the largest and most talked about generation of consumers – the millennials – financial literacy is perhaps the most sustainable and realistic goal for 2015.Making up 25% of the U.S. population, millennials have tremendous spending power and very specific personality traits. They are optimistic, confident, savvy and loyal. But generally, millennials have a poor level of financial literacy. A 2014 Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation survey found that only 18% of millennials could answer four out of five basic personal finance questions correctly. By utilizing their credit union as a resource, millennials can resolve to make the following realistic and sustainable financial resolutions:Determine your financial health. A new year is a fresh start to take inventory of spending habits. As a millennial, you may be searching for full-time work, planning a wedding, moving across the country, and/or still chipping away at student loans. Can you imagine doing this without a budget? Solidify yours by setting up savings plans and eStatements at your credit union and utilizing apps and online resources that make budgeting manageable.Invest in yourself. Though salaries may be low and expenses may be high for those just starting out, millennials should know that saving is important at every stage. Retirement may still be years away, but now is a critical time to start saving. Consider opening a 401(k) retirement savings account now, rather than waiting until your 30s or 40s.Consolidate and eliminate debt. On average, millennials can accumulate $30,000 in student debt and $4,000-$5,000 in credit card debt by the time they even enter the workforce. Take budgeting and saving a step further by creating a plan to eliminate debt. Work with a trusted advisor at your credit union to understand your current debt and planning options such as pay as you earn, income-based repayment and loan forgiveness, if necessary. Additionally, many websites will provide a copy of a copy of your credit score, often for free.Be cautious with credit. For millennials’ payment preferences, we know that plastic is king. According to a CreditCards.com survey, about half of 18-29 year olds prefer to pay with plastic. And of that group, millennials preferred debit to credit by a 3 to 1 ratio. Having grown up in a rougher economy, millennials are more hesitant to rely on a credit card than previous generations. And while building a good credit score is important, restricting credit card use may not be a bad idea.When used responsibly, credit cards can be useful and necessary. But in many cases, interest rates and un-monitored buying habits can interfere with a credit card’s intended benefits. Depending on the consumer’s lifestyle, however, using a debit card to buy only what you can afford can be a helpful strategy for controlling spending.No matter what your financial goals for 2015 may be, credit unions can empower you to achieve them. Buzz Points, a rewards program for cardholders, partners with credit unions and local businesses. Cardholders earn points on all debit card transactions, and extra points for shopping locally. In 2014, Buzz Points did extensive research on how credit unions can best address the banking needs of the millennial generation. A free webcast is available on CUNA’s website.For millennials, 2015 is the year of financial literacy. With the help of your local credit union, you can commit to specific financial habits to take inventory of your financial situation, create a budgeting strategy, and eliminate debt and poor spending habits for good. Here’s to hoping your ‘financial cleanse’ is more sustainable and painless than any 3-day juice cleanse could ever be. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Emily Gasper Emily Gasper is a strategic communication and marketing professional based in Austin, Texas. Before joining Buzz Points, Emily was a Marketing Assistant at the Anthropologie home office in Philadelphia, and … Web: buzzpoints.com Details
As recent and devastating floods affect areas throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the National Credit Union Administration announced Thursday that it is working with federally insured credit unions in those areas to ensure continuity of service.According to the agency, credit unions in the affected areas are currently operating normally, and examiners remain in contact with them.Under the NCUA’s disaster relief policy, it will, when necessary:Encourage credit unions to make prudent loans with special terms and reduced documentation to affected members;Reschedule routine examinations of affected credit unions, if necessary;Guarantee lines of credit for credit unions through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund; andMake loans to meet the liquidity needs of member credit unions through the Central Liquidity Facility.Low-income designated credit unions affected by flooding can apply for up to $7,500 in urgent needs grant assistance to repair damage or restore member services. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Mark Carrell became the fourth winner in as many nights of the Red River IMCA Modified Tour with his victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Wednesday night. (photo by Stacy Kolar)By Mike SpiekerMESQUITE, Texas (May 30) – A wild Wednesday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was capped off by an upset win in round four of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour. Mark Carrell started on the pole and picked up the $1,000 payday.Entering the night, Carrell hadn’t had the best luck with the Red River Mod Tour, making just one A-main appearance through the first three rounds. Devil’s Bowl was a different story for the Redmond, Ore. driver. By night’s end, he pocketed $1,000 and added his name to the Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Carrell of leading the field to the green. “[Devil’s Bowl] is my kind of race track. I was really happy with my car all night. We made a few little adjustments and I just tried to hit my marks and not do anything squirrelly.”Carrell grabbed the lead on the opening lap as Bo Day, Colin Deming and Chase Allen raced three wide for third behind him.Max Thomas looked to the inside of Carrell on lap two as both drivers fought for the bottom groove, but Carrell slammed the door shut.The lone caution of the race flew two laps in, setting up a restart.“I was a little bit nervous on that restart. My car wanted to drift out to the wall and I figured that’s where they were going to get me, but it all panned out for the best,” said Carrell.Carrell extended his lead over Thomas as the race reached the halfway point. He had little lapped traffic to contend with on the big half-mile clay oval.With four to go, Day found an opening and drove to the inside of Thomas down the back straightaway to take the second spot. Day quickly set his sights on Carrell, but he ran out of time as Carrell became the fourth different winner in as many nights of the tour.Day and Thomas rounded out the podium.The tour continues Thursday at Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas. Stream every lap live on IMCA.TV.
Camelot also won the 2000 Guineas in a stellar three-year-old campaign and was just denied the Triple Crown by Encke in the St Leger, before being unplaced in the Arc. Shortly after his trip to France he developed colic, but has made a full recovery and was seen moving well in a public gallop at the Curragh recently. Press Association “I’ve been delighted with him since he came back, he’s shown all the speed and the class that he always had. I’m really looking forward to him,” O’Brien told At The Races. “I think he’ll come back to the Curragh for the Mooresbridge (May 6), if everything then goes well hopefully he’ll go to the Tattersalls (Gold Cup) and then he might go to the Prince Of Wales’s. “If everything goes well that is what we are thinking for the early part of the season.” O’Brien also had news of his two Dubai winners, St Nicholas Abbey and Lines Of Battle. “Races like the Coronation Cup and the King George are likely for St Nick. We experimented a bit last year with different ways of riding him and different trips, but Joseph and Derrick (Smith) were adamant he wants to be ridden handy this year and that’s what they did,” said O’Brien. “The plan for Lines Of Battle is the Kentucky Derby. He seems to have come out of the race well, travelled well and in an ideal world he would have preferred a better lead, but that was the way the race worked out.” Aidan O’Brien has mapped out an early-season plan for his dual Derby winner Camelot that will culminate with an appearance at Royal Ascot.
Manchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid. Press Association United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger on Tuesday after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7million for the former Benfica player, who has signed a five-year contract with his new club. The fee eclipses the previous British transfer record of £50million, which Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres in 2011. It also exceeds the £37.1million sum United paid for Juan Mata in January. Di Maria said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for. “Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.” The 26-year-old, who cost Real around £28million when they signed him from Benfica in 2010, is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. His signing is a statement of intent from new manager Van Gaal too. “Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent,” he said. “He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.” The Argentinian won the man of the match award for his role in Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last season. He also made the most assists (17) in the Spanish league last season. The £71million summer signing of James Rodriguez lessened Di Maria’s chances of first-team football at the Bernabeu, however, and Madrid decided to cash in on the player, whose value increased following a successful World Cup in Brazil, where he helped Argentina reach the final. Paris St Germain were the early front runners for Di Maria’s signature, but they pulled out of the race to sign the midfielder after failing to agree a fee with the European champions. It will be interesting to see how Van Gaal attempts to slot Di Maria into his starting XI. There seems no natural place for Di Maria in the 3-4-1-2 formation Van Gaal has used since he took over at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has a plethora of options for the number 10 role, so Di Maria could be converted into a striker, or he could be deployed deeper in midfield. Another alternative is switching United to a 4-3-3 system with Di Maria as one of the front three, with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie – among others – vying for the two remaining places. United’s summer spending total now stands at over £130million following the signing of Di Maria. Marcos Rojo (£16million), Luke Shaw (£28million) and Ander Herrera (£29million) have already joined the club, and more signings are expected before the transfer window shuts on Monday night. Daley Blind, Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman are understood to be on United’s radar. But the club have reservations over the state of Vidal’s right knee, which was operated on in May, and Roma’s Strootman is also recovering from a serious knee injury. Blind, whom Van Gaal knows well from his time with the Dutch national side, has been told he can leave Ajax if United make an acceptable offer. As of yet, no bid has been made for the Ajax utility man, according to his representative Rob Jansen. ”At this moment Manchester United have not been in touch with me or Ajax about Daley and I’m not sitting here waiting for the call,” Jansen told talkSPORT. Press Association Sport understands that contrary to reports, United are not interested in signing Nigel de Jong from AC Milan. A host of departures are also expected before the window shuts. Up to 12 players could depart, chief among them striker Danny Welbeck. Marouane Fellaini was expected to leave, but an ankle injury appears to have scuppered his chances of signing for Napoli. Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson are among a long list of names with question marks hanging over their futures.
Today voters across California will determine the state’s new governor and senator, along with the fate of several propositions that are on the state ballot.Students registered to vote in California can cast their ballot at various polling places across campus. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters must bring proof of identification.Democrat Jerry Brown is running against Republican Meg Whitman for the governor’s seat, while Democrat Barbara Boxer is running to defend her senatorial seat against Republican Carly Fiorina.Several propositions will also be voted on.For a list of all the measures up for vote on this year’s ballot, click here.Michelle Hanabusa | Daily Trojan