Bar’s Speakers Bureau has attorneys available January 15, 2006 Regular News Bar’s Speakers Bureau has attorneys available The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau offers volunteer speakers who donate their time to speak with senior citizen associations, civic and community organizations, students, and professional groups, at no cost to the organization.As the senior population in Florida increases so does the number of reported crimes against seniors. Con artists pose as legitimate contractors, phishers troll the Internet for unwary users who divulge critical financial details, and identities are stolen. Florida Bar members can address these and other topics that affect the legal rights of senior citizens. Additional topics include: Social Security, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Administration issues, and immigration.Speakers can also talk about preparing wills, living wills, and health care surrogate forms, guardianship, nursing home care, powers of attorney, and other estate planning preparations.To schedule a speaker on these and other topics, call Gail Grimes at (850) 561-5767, or e-mail [email protected]
Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio has secured an additional $11.7 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 work plan for the Corps’ Civil Works program.“Our ports and harbors along the Oregon coast are critical lifelines for coastal communities, and support jobs throughout the state,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I am grateful the Corps listened to our requests and increased funding for dredging and maintenance at Oregon ports. The fact is, we still need more funding for jetty work in Coos Bay, but the funding being provided is a step in the right direction and I will continue pushing to ensure the needs of coastal communities in my district are met.”The new resources announced earlier this week will allow the Corps to conduct routine and necessary maintenance dredging at five ports in southwestern Oregon.Dredging keeps open the ports of call that serve Oregon fishing and ocean tourism industries that contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the state’s economy. The Oregon Employment Department reports that commercial fishing directly employs nearly 500 people in Lane, Coos and Curry counties.On December 23, 2019, DeFazio, along with Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley, sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works urging an increase in funding for Oregon ports.“Oregon’s ports are the lynchpin for economic activity in many of the state’s rural areas. These ports are hubs for international trade, recreations, and commercial fishing, and contribute to the local, regional, and national economies,” the Members wrote.Additional funding was awarded to the following projects:Chetco River: $274,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Coos Bay: $8,000,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Coquille River: $706,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Rogue River at Gold Beach: $247,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Siuslaw River: $2,449,000 – Funds will be used for dredging and environmental activities.
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin Badgers face off against an in-state opponent, regardless of the sport, it always seems to bring out the best in everybody as they try to prove their team is the best in the state.As the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team prepares to take on UW-Milwaukee(3-3-0) Friday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex, they are working hard in hopes of securing a victory over their in-state foe.”UW-Milwaukee is definitely a big rival for us,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “It is always a big goal of ours to be the best team in our state.”Coming into Friday’s game against the Panthers, the Badgers (3-2-1) hope to carry over the success they had on the road last weekend against Northern Arizona. Last Sunday, Wisconsin ended the Lumberjacks’ five-game unbeaten streak and handed them their first loss of the season. In addition, the Badgers’ lone goal, scored by junior forward Tricia Krombach in the eighth minute, snapped the 513:13 shutout streak of NAU goalkeeper Elizabeth Winkelblech. “It put our team in the mentality that we can overcome obstacles that are set in our way,” Krombach said. “The fact that we can come in and show them what a Big Ten powerhouse can be like is really good for our team.”In addition to beating Northern Arizona, the Badgers fought hard and played strong against a tough Brigham Young team despite losing 1-0. Like NAU, the Cougars of BYU came into the matchup undefeated, allowing zero goals in four previous games.The Cougar defense continued its strong play as the Badgers managed only two shots on goal from sophomores Whitney Owusu and Stephanie Krombach. Although they didn’t come away with a victory against the Cougars, the match was not a total loss for the team.”We actually played really well against [BYU] and gave them a good challenge,” forward Stephanie Krombach said. “Even when we lost to BYU it still [made] our team better and brought us closer to the next level.”Further, the road trip as a whole showed marked improvement from the Badgers’ previous road trip Aug. 25-Sept. 2. On that trip, the Badgers battled Vanderbilt to a scoreless tie and lost 3-1 to the Georgia Bulldogs. Additionally, UW was outshot 46-13 by their opponents from the SEC.For Wisconsin, improvement has come day-to-day and week-to-week as they continue to develop as a team. Much of the Badgers’ continued improvement can be credited to a desire to learn and a great coach who has a lot to offer.”[They are] so willing to learn and put forth the effort and battle for stuff,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I see growth in them in every practice and every game.””It is more of a learning atmosphere; Paula has a lot to teach, and she teaches us new things every day,” Walsh said. “It is my fourth year, and I think I have learned more this year than I ever have.”As Wisconsin prepares for Friday’s game against UW-Milwaukee, they are working on a few things in practice that they believe will help them continue to improve as a team.”We want to be able to keep possession a little bit more, work on our shape in the back and to solidify some stuff that we want to do pressure-wise defensively,” Wilkins said. “We are [also] focusing on being able to get the ball and numbers in the offensive third.”Regarding the game against the Panthers, the Badgers will be looking for a strong team effort as they hope to come away with the victory.”Everybody kind of just needs to step it up this Friday,” Walsh said. “I hope everyone [has an impact],” Coach Wilkins added. “I think Taylor is always a major threat up front, Krista [Liskevych] and Marissa Sarkesian have come through in the midfield and become a little more dangerous, and obviously Tricia [Krombach] has added an assist and a goal, so hopefully that will continue.”
Guyanese living overseas, who usually return home to vote during National and Regional Elections may not get the opportunity to do so at the upcoming polls.This is according to Government’s spokesperson, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who revealed at the post-Cabinet briefing on Friday that once overseas-based Guyanese are not here to register during the house-to-house exercise, then they will not be included on the voters’ list and as such, will not be allowed to vote at the next elections.Minister of State Joseph Harmon“It’s not a matter of disenfranchising anyone. Our laws do not provide for overseas voting save and except those persons who are in the employ of the State and are in the embassies, and so on, abroad. So persons who are Guyanese residents abroad, at the time of house-to-house if you are not here, then certainly your name cannot be on the list. That is why house-to-house is so important,” he asserted.Only last week, during a meeting with the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice James Patterson and the Commissioners, officials from the US-based Carter Center suggested, among other things, that a list of non-resident persons be generated to use on elections day to identify substitute voters and or, illegal voters.However, Government-nominated Commissioner, Vincent Alexander had pointed out that in working out a method to rectify and cleanse the voters’ list, the Carter Center came up with a compromise that does not “fit neatly” into what the laws of Guyana provide for.Nevertheless, GECOM has already rolled out its 2019 work programme, which includes the conduct of house-to-house registration. To this end, training for trainers was completed last weekend, while enumerators will be trained this weekend.Justice Patterson had previously indicated that GECOM cannot hold elections in March and has voted to do house-to-house registration, which will conclude in November. In fact, he informed the Head of State in a letter that polls cannot be held before late November 2019 and that it will need some $3.5 billion to prepare for the hosting of elections.“…no election date should be contemplated less than five months after these funds are placed at the disposal of and under the control of GECOM,” the Chairman of the elections body stated.Against this background, President David Granger, earlier this week, disclosed that Government will be going to the National Assembly to get the sum requested by elections body.“We are going to ensure that whatever happens at any level of the judicial system, Guyana is urgently prepared (for elections)… We are going to go back to Parliament and make requests to ensure that GECOM has everything it needs. We are committed to having clean elections, credible elections in this country and as I said, I will engage GECOM to ensure that the request made to me by the Chairman is satisfied,” the President told reporters on the sidelines of an event on Wednesday.However, Minister Harmon explained that there is a process which needs to be followed before the money is released to GECOM.“The Elections Commission has to indicate to the Government that this is what they require. When that is done, it goes to the Ministry of Finance and then they justify their figures with the Minister of Finance. It is then taken to Cabinet for Cabinet to approve before the Minister takes it to the National Assembly… So it’s a process which has to be gone through and this process starts with the Elections Commission… I cannot say (whether) that (process) has started… (But) the President has already committed to ensuring that GECOM gets the monies and all resources it requires for the conduct of credible elections in Guyana,” the Minister of State asserted.Furthermore, he clarified that the sitting of the National Assembly on April 11 is not exclusively to deal with the funding for GECOM.Meanwhile, the Parliament Office on Friday issued the parliamentary agenda for the coming week, which includes a meeting of the Special Select Committee on Food Safety Bill 2016 on Monday April 1, 2019.