Leading with latitude

first_img Read Full Story Democrats and Republicans are more divided today than at almost any other time in United States history. According to a 2018 survey, when asked to describe members of the opposite political party, 61 percent of Democrats described Republicans as racist, bigoted, and/or sexist, and 49 percent of Republicans described Democrats as ignorant. These statistics capture the underlying tension between the two political parties.At a particularly polarizing time when it is challenging to compromise and negotiate, Jeffrey Sánchez, former Massachusetts State House Representative and Harvard alumnus, reminds us that “change doesn’t happen in a vacuum.”On Friday, Feb. 15, Dr. Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development, had the unique opportunity to interview his former student, Jeffrey Sánchez, in the Leadership Studio. Sánchez shared his experiences as a leader in Massachusetts and a young man of Puerto Rican heritage growing up in the Mission Hill neighborhood.Sánchez is a current Harvard University Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow. He graduated with a masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011. While he has fond memories of his time as a student at Harvard and left with lifelong relationships, Sánchez’s impressions of the University were not always positive. He recalls how it felt to grow up next door to one of the most elite institutions in the United States: “We used to want to go play in that quad where the grass was really green, because the parks were all messed up over here in Mission Main. [W]e were living in a place that folks wanted to shut down. So let’s just say the grass over here was really greener.”For Sánchez, the train tracks that separate the University from Mission Main, a Boston Housing Authority property that had been repeatedly ignored, symbolize a distinct barrier between Harvard and the greater community in which it is located — a relationship that has been historically tenuous. Growing up in the Mission Main housing development, Sánchez directly witnessed the impact that one person’s voice can have, especially when compounded with the voices of others.Sánchez grew up among activists. His mother, along with other women living in his neighborhood, fought to make the Mission Main housing development and its residents a priority for local legislators. It was his mother’s health advocacy that brought Sánchez and his family from Washington Heights in New York City to Boston to seek treatment at Children’s Hospital. Sánchez’s sister was sick and his mother was in search of better healthcare. They quickly found that “[the] hospital … wasn’t taking kids in the emergency room. … They were doing everything through outpatient visit at the time. And being Puerto Rican, being Hispanic and being black from the south, even though we lived across the street, a lot of the folks we grew up with were receiving health care over at City Hospital.”Seeing the power of advocacy through his mother, who grew up on a tobacco farm in Puerto Rico, left a lasting impression on Sánchez. Advocacy taught him how people from historically oppressed backgrounds continue to be deprived of basic human needs, despite living in close proximity to communities of overwhelming wealth.Sánchez spent 16 years representing Brookline, Mission Hill, and Jamaica Plain in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and most recently served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 2017–2018. In that time, he celebrated several victories, including criminal justice reform, universal health coverage, and gun control legislation. Sánchez attributes his success primarily to meeting and listening to people. Whether it was his colleagues or constituents, he felt it was important to “follow people where they’re at. It’s the way to find out who they are.”last_img read more

External Frames Live!

first_imgIn a previous column, I covered two major companies, Kelty and JanSport, who will introduce retro-style, external-frame backpacks in 2011. The article pitched external-frame packs as throwbacks—bulky, exposed and skeletal products that were left behind two decades ago by anyone serious about carrying loads in the great outdoors.But the external-frame lives on, and it’s not just for the retro crowd. A new entry in the category, High Sierra’s External Frame pack series, include the classic exposed-frame look but with modern touches including hydration-reservoir sleeves and eco-minded PVC-free construction.One pack in the High Sierra line, the Foxhound 50, has a top-load main compartment, contoured straps, and a mesh panel to let air flow between your back and the pack load. There is a removable media pocket on the front to store a GPS unit or an iPhone. It costs $110.High Sierra is hardly the only company in the external game. In addition to their retro lines, Kelty and JanSport sell modern external-frame models. Other companies that sell externals include ALPS Mountaineering, Mountainsmith, Coleman, Texsport, Cabela’s, and Outdoor Products.ALPS, a small company in rural Missouri, offers two external models. The Red Rock, a 2,000-cubic-inch model, costs $89.99.Outdoor Products has a couple packs in the category, including the bargain Dragonfly External Frame Youth Pack. It costs as little as $39.99 on web retailers like Campmor.com and features a plastic-composite frame.Coleman’s Bozeman X 60 has water repellency and a slick, modern look with silicone-treated nylon in a diamond rip-stop pattern. It costs about $150. There is an adjustable torso pin-and-ring system for positioning the frame and pack on your back.The Scout model from Mountainsmith, made for youth, costs $109 and is marketed as offering a “supportive external frame that provides a comfortable backpacking experience for kids.” Its frame is made with 6061 aluminum and it has a “sleeping bag sling,” which looks like a small hammock hanging on the bottom of the pack.Why go external? Cheaper price is a good place to start. To be sure, you can find deals on internal-frame packs. But at retail, external-frame packs are often cheaper than comparably-sized internals.For hot weather, externals can be a good option. With a frame propping the load away from your back, air flow is increased.Some backpackers claim externals offer better support with heavy loads. The packs can sit high and tower up behind your head, offering a higher center of gravity for the load.One thing is for sure: As a backpacker, with an external-frame pack you will stand out. The exposed-frame look is one of a bygone era in the backpacking world. Could these special packs make a comeback? Seems a few big companies are betting externals can.—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.last_img read more

VOA Exclusive Interview With US Southern Command Chief, Admiral Craig Faller

first_imgBy Carla Babb / Voice of America December 13, 2019 The top U.S. commander in Latin America and the Caribbean says illicit narcotics money is now a “big part” of financing the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.“If you’re a cartel leader, you now see an easy pathway through Venezuela into commercial shipping and air to distribute your product, and Maduro and his illegitimate regime are getting a cut,” U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), told Voice of America in an exclusive interview.He added that illicit narcotics trafficking through Venezuela is now making it more difficult for the United States and its allies to detect, monitor, and interdict illegal drugs. SOUTHCOM helped interdict 280 metric tons of illegal drugs last year, and U.S. drug deaths were down for the first time in 25 years, albeit only a decrease of 5 percent.“We had an excellent year in 2019, Fiscal Year 2019, but it’s never enough. We’ve got to be able to do more on the interdiction,” Adm. Faller said.The interview, edited for brevity, follows:U.S Navy Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command: We’re making an important and good progress in the (drug) interdiction. A lot of this is assisted with our partners, and there’re no better partners than El Salvador. El Salvador is actively engaged in defending the homeland of the United States, helping us stop the flow of illicit drugs.Carla Babb, VOA: If we were to lose the access that we have in the partnership with El Salvador, what would that do? Would we be blind in the war on drugs on the Pacific?Adm. Faller: It’s critical that we have our access, our placement, and the information that we gain here in the maritime patrol aircraft that hub out of here is absolutely essential in piecing that together. Would we be blind? We wouldn’t be blind, but we would be degraded in our ability to see the picture. And that would impact the interdictions, which would impact lives and families in the United States. We had an excellent year in 2019, Fiscal Year 2019, but it’s never enough. We’ve got to be able to do more on the interdiction. We’ve got to be able to put more pressure on the supply side, and our really good partners like the Colombians have stepped up. I was out eradicating coca with Colombian defense forces, and they’re working hard because they know how important this is for the United States, and it also affects their security.VOA: Is 2019 shaping up to be a record year for the amount of drugs collected?Adm. Faller: We’re analyzing the statistics. We had it; we had success. We made a difference. We know we saved lives. It’s too early to say where that number will come, but the team worked hard because they know how important the mission is. And we worked hard with our partners. That’s key. Between 40 and 50 percent of our introductions were partnerships with countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, where we work together.No one nation can go alone when it comes to the security of this neighborhood, this hemisphere of ours — it’s our neighborhood, these are our neighbors. We are all Americans. And so that’s been one of the real areas of progress, the amount of partnership, the amount that other nations have stepped up to really get in this because they know that flow of material through El Salvador affects their security as well.VOA: And so when we talk about making a difference, drug deaths are down in the United States for the first time in 25 years. What do you make of that?Adm. Faller: It is a whole of government effort. I credit that to the hard work of our team at SOUTHCOM. The Coast Guard — our United States Coast Guard — is critical in that and they have really stepped up in a way that should make every single American proud. Our Navy has supplied critical assets like the P/8 [Poseidon aircraft] — so this, this team working together and the partners. Our security cooperation programs have developed partnerships with El Salvador. These are professionals that we trust, that don’t succumb to corruption and do the right thing. And they’re working with us because it’s important to both of our countries.VOA: You mentioned earlier this month [November] that drug trafficking in Venezuela had increased by about 50 percent. What exactly does that look like for the war on drugs, the U.S. war on drugs?Adm. Faller: The illegitimate Maduro regime, at the expense of his people, it’s sad, has facilitated an increase of all types of illicit activity, and that’s drug flow, that’s terrorism, it’s illegal mining. This drug flow has been part of that. So if you’re a cartel leader, you now see an easy pathway through Venezuela into commercial shipping and air to distribute your product, and Maduro and his illegitimate regime are getting a cut. Maduro does whatever it takes to keep his team, himself in power, and this is a big part of keeping his finances going — illicit narcotics money.VOA: So how does that affect us?Adm. Faller: It complicates our ability to interdict narcotics, because when it leaves Venezuela, it could leave hidden in the cargo of a commercial fishing vessel, commercial ship or in a commercial airliner or an airplane. And that complicates our ability to detect, monitor, and interdict certainly, and we see that particularly in the air and on the sea that those pathways have increased. And that’s to the advantage of Maduro and no one else.VOA: And you said recently also that Venezuela is exacerbating the situation in your region. What did you mean by that exactly?Adm. Faller: The migration, now close to 5 million, has strained the social services of the hemisphere. So that’s one. Certainly the illicit narcotics traffic that is now a pathway that makes it more difficult for all of us to detect, monitor, and interdict is another.Adm. Craig Faller (c) speaks with Col. Isaac Davidson (l) and Lt Col Vrettos Notaras (r) during a tour of the Inter-American Air Force Academy at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX on July 15, 2019. (Photo: Sabrina Fine / U.S. Air Force)The ties to Cuba, ties to Russia, the ties to Iran, and to some extent China are unhelpful as they work to prop up the illegitimate regime and support a nation that’s not a democracy. Our response has been primarily in planning and the deployment of the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort two times in one year, where USNS Comfort has brought hope to the people that need it the most, those that are affected by that crisis and the social systems. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gone to where it’s needed the most in Venezuela because it’s not a democratic nation and we can’t bring our ship in there to provide the Comfort, with hope, maybe one day.VOA: You mentioned the two deployments. Is there anything else than the U.S. military can do? I mean, this is a real crisis. People are starving.  People have nowhere to go. I believe the number of Venezuelan refugees is going to surpass the number of Syrian refugees in 2020. It’s expected to grow to that large of a number. What more can the military do?Adm. Faller: It’s, having been out there on the USNS Comfort a couple times and seeing the face of the people and how it’s tearing apart moms and dads, and we’re looking at Thanksgiving here and we brought them hope. So, our military working with the rest of our government is bringing hope, and we’re with the people of Venezuela. I think there’s a lot, there’s a lot in that.Beyond that we’re planning for a range of contingencies. It’s what you expect us to do. It’s what our chain of command has asked us to do so we would be ready. I won’t go into any more detail than that. There’s going to be a day after. There’s going to be a legitimate government. It can’t happen soon enough for the people of Venezuela, unfortunately. And when that happens, they’ve got to restore social services, sewage, water, electricity, everything else that the inept, corrupt, illegitimate Maduro regime has destroyed and ruined. They’ve all got to be built up. It’s not a military role there, but we would be in support of that to provide the types of things that militaries do: planning, perhaps some lifts, whatever we’re asked to do.VOA: You mentioned hope, and so that makes me think about another crisis that we have — not just the Venezuelan refugees, but we’ve got people trying to get to the United States from here, from Honduras. You’ve spoken to your counterparts. What are these countries doing to try to alleviate the problems that are sending these migrants to the U.S. border?Adm. Faller: Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to go out in some neighborhoods in El Salvador and Honduras and sat with some young men and women that had participated in a caravan, gone all the way up into Mexico and come all the way back down. They came all the way back down and returned. And so you ask them, “Why do you leave your home?” And it’s all, it’s basic. It’s no hope, didn’t feel safe, no food, no job.“Didn’t you know it was going to be dangerous?” We knew. But when you don’t have anything and you need something, you move out. “Why’d you come back?” Because it was even more dangerous along that migration route than what we expected. And with assistance, they had found employment and were gaining some hope. And so there’s a complex array of factors that go into this. And when I meet with military members, militaries in these countries, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, they’re in support of their government.They’re doing their part to try to explain to the people that this isn’t the best option. It’s hard to convince somebody that doesn’t have any food that it’s not the best option. But we’re seeing progress, the numbers are down. And we’re working hard to do our part in the U.S. military, Southern Command, and work with our partners. A lot of that is sharing information, looking for where the migration intersects with other illicit activity. So there is a connection between transnational criminal organizations that principally work in the counter, in the narcotics to other illicit. They’ll do whatever they can to make a buck. And if that means working with illegal migration of people, they’ll do it.VOA: Do we have teams that are targeting these criminals?Adm. Faller: We assist our partners at the U.S. Embassy in sharing information, intelligence primarily, about what we know and what we don’t know. And then we work in some partner capacity building — building intelligence networks, surveillance that supports the nation, But it’s all assistance.VOA: Should we do more than that? Should we do more than information sharing? Should we go outside the wire ourselves?Adm. Faller: I think we’re doing exactly what we should be doing. And these, the nations, this is primarily a policing effort for the partner nations or border nations. And most of their militaries are in support of that. And that’s, I think, the right balance. And I don’t, I don’t think we should be actively engaged in that. Look at a nation like El Salvador. These are extremely capable armed forces. They fought with us in Iraq. They fought with us in Afghanistan. And they currently are deploying a helicopter company to Mali as part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission. A lot of their force right now is focused inward to help their police, but they truly understand that they play a role regionally and beyond and that’s because of the training and assistance that we provide.VOA: We’re here in El Salvador where China has been courting El Salvador, trying to put a port here. Does it concern you as a military officer that China could be this close to the United States?Adm. Faller: I don’t ask for partners that choose. I don’t, but we do talk about values, democracy, human rights, rule of law, respect, integration of women and noncommissioned officers into our formations. And we see it the same. These officers and enlisted have trained with us and trained in U.S. schools. We are on the same page, the same sheet of music when it comes to those basic principles. I do then pivot and I say, “China’s going to come dangling some very attractive offer, perhaps, but remember where they stand on all those things democracy rules based order, respect for property. And you make a choice.”VOA: What is the biggest threat now in the region? And where does the concern of the rising violence — we look at Bolivia, right now and we see violence — are you concerned that it could go from protest to something bigger?Adm. Faller: There’s a vicious circle of threats that affect the security of the United States that jeopardize a peace and prosperity and democracy right here in our neighborhood. Right here. And that vicious circle is on young governments. These are young democracies, civil wars within our lifetime right here. They have young, emerging institutions, and institutions are the strength of our democracy, like the United States military. They’re susceptible, these young institutions here, to corruption. They’re susceptible to transnational criminal organizations, which breed on corruption and will deal in anything they can to make themselves a buck and stay powerful and strong. And they’re often better funded than the security institutions that they face here. Those external powers that we talked about, China, Russia, they thrive on those same sorts of conditions. And that’s a threat.This interview was originally published by VOA on November 29, 2019.last_img read more

Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards

first_imgLawyers who donate services to the needy are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar.One lawyer from each judicial circuit and an out-of-state recipient will receive the Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. The chief justice will give the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award to the lawyer who is deemed an outstanding example of dedication to the legal needs of the poor.Nominations also are being solicited for the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation and the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. The awards recognize a firm and a voluntary bar association that have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals or groups which cannot otherwise afford legal services.Nominations may be made by any person or organization by contacting the circuit representative shown below. Nomination forms are available from the Bar’s Public Service Programs Department, telephone (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810 or via e-mail at [email protected] Eligible lawyers must be licensed to practice in Florida and not be employed by an organization which primarily delivers free legal services to the poor. The nominee should be a lawyer who, with no expectation of receiving a fee, provides direct delivery of legal services in civil or criminal matters to a client or group that does not have the resources to hire counsel.The deadline is September 20.The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards were established in 1981 to recognize individual service in specific Florida judicial circuits.The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in 1982.The chief justice’s awards are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation conferring recognition of a state’s highest court on a firm and voluntary bar for pro bono services. Florida Bar president’s pro bono award circuit committee chairs FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Alan Bart Bookman P. O. Drawer 1271 30 S. Spring St. Pensacola, Florida 32501-5612 (850)433-6581 Fax: (850)434-7163 Email: [email protected] SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Kelly Overstreet Johnson Broad & Cassel P.O. Box 11300 Tallahassee, Florida 32302-3300 (850)681-6810 Fax: (850)681-9792 Email: [email protected] THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Gregory Stuart Parker P.O. Box 509 Perry, Florida 32348-0509 (850)223-1990 Fax: (850)223-1991 Email: [email protected] FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Henry Matson Coxe III Bedell Dittmar Devault, et al. 101 E. Adams St. Jacksonville, Florida 32202-3303 (904)353-0211 Fax: (904)353-9307 Email: [email protected] FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT William Harper Phelan Jr. Bond, Arnett & Phelan, P.A. 101 S.W. 3rd St. Ocala, Florida 34474-4132 (352)622-1188 Fax: (352)622-1125 Email: [email protected] SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT John Allen Yanchunis 100 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 1201 Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701-4338 (727)823-3837 Fax: (727)822-2969 Email: [email protected] SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Charles Chobee Ebbets Ebbetts, Armstrong & Traster 210 S. Beach St., Ste. 200 Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-4404 (386)253-2288 Fax: (386)257-1253 Email: [email protected] EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Robert Anthony Rush 726 N.E. 1st St. Gainesville, Florida 32601-5374 (352)373-7566 Email: [email protected] NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Russell W. Divine Divine & Estes, P.A. P.O. Box 3629 Orlando, Florida 32802-3629 (407)426-9500 Fax: (407)426-8030 Email: [email protected] TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Robert Michael Brush Brush & Pujol, P.A. 825 E. Main St. Lakeland, Florida 33801-5151 (863)603-0563 Fax: (863)603-0884 Email: [email protected] ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Arthur Halsey Rice Rice Pugatch Robinson & Schil 848 Brickell Ave., Ste. 1100 Miami, Florida 33131-2943 (305)379-3121 Fax: (305)379-4119 Email: [email protected] TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Anthony J. Abate Abel Band, et al. P.O. Box 49948 Sarasota, Florida 34230-6948 (941)366-6660 Fax: (941)366-3999 Email: [email protected] THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Richard Allen Gilbert De La Parte & Gilbert 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 3400 Tampa, Florida 33602-5195 (813)229-2775 Fax: (813)229-2712 Email: [email protected] FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Robert Clarence Blue Jr. 221 McKenzie Ave. P.O. Box 70 Panama City, Florida 32402-0070 (850)769-1414 Fax: (850)784-0857 Email: [email protected] FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Jerald S. Beer Boose Casey, et al. 515 N. Flagler Dr., Ste. 1800 West Palm Beach, Florida 33401-4330 (561)832-5900 Fax: (561)820-0389 Email: [email protected] SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT James Samuel Lupino Hershoff, Lupino & Mulick LLP 90130 Old Hwy. Tavernier, Florida 33070-2348 (305)852-8440 Fax: (305)852-8848 [email protected] SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Henry Latimer Greenberg, Traurig 515 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fl. 14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2296 (954)468-1729 Fax: (954)765-1477 Email: [email protected] EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Clifton Adamson McClelland Jr. Holland & Knight L. L. P. 1499 S. Harbor City Blvd., Ste. 2 Melbourne, Florida 32901-3245 (321)951-1776 Fax: (321)723-4092 Email: [email protected] NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Louis B. Vocelle Jr. Clem Polackwich, Vocelle et 3333 20th St. Vero Beach, Florida 32960-2469 (772)562-8111 Fax: (772)562-2870 Email: [email protected] TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT James Christopher Lombardo Woodward Pires & Lombardo 3200 Tamiami Trl., N., Ste. 200 Naples, Florida 34103-4105 (941)649-6555 Fax: (941)649-7342 Email: [email protected] OUT-OF-STATE Richard Arthur Tanner 250 Bellevue Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043-1318 (973)744-2100 Fax: (973)509-9521 Email: [email protected] Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards September 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Nominations sought for annual pro bono awardslast_img read more

America is celebrating like a cloud has left the skies, and a weight is off our hearts

first_imgRight now, a pandemic is raging. Right now, the economy is in recession. Right now, the nation is suffering from four years in which Donald Trump did everything possible to rewind decades of progress and tear at the foundations of democracy.But right now. Right now. All of that has to be set aside. Right now, it is time to shout. To cry in joy and in relief. To jump. To dance. To celebrate.People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House  – Advertisement – Yei Boayue, a Biden supporter celebrates after hearing several news outlets had projected Joe Biden having enough electoral votes to become the 46th President of the US outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)Yei Boayue celebrates after hearing several news outlets had projected Joe Biden the next presidentThere may be nothing more emblematic about the 2020 election than this: The call came while Donald Trump was out golfing. Because of course he was. In the spirit of new transparency, America deserves to see that score card.This isn’t just about the character of the president. It’s about the character of America. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Young. Međimurje. – an excellent project of young Međimurje winemakers

first_imgThe second generation of famous Međimurje wine families joined forces through the project “Young. Međimurje ”together and with the help of the tourist boards of northwestern Croatia present young wines to distributors and customers throughout Lijepa naša.In this way, they joined the wine regions of the world, especially those in Austria and Germany where selected young, bottled wines are offered on the market only two to three months after harvest. Apart from the promotion of wines specific for their freshness and flutter, the reasons are also of an economic nature: once upon a time, young wines were not taxed! In addition to tourist and gastronomic contents, Međimurje is increasingly appearing on the recommended wine lists of Croatia.Međimurje wine region (photo by Rene Karaman)Along with the most famous young (red) wine that traditionally opens on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais new of the variety white gamay black te Portuguese which has taken root in our country as a young wine, this year the wine lovers of white varieties have come into their own. Exceptional potential of rhizome (Müller-Thurgau), Chardonnay, green silvano, Pinot Noir, a yellow man and of course Sauvignon for which sommeliers emphasize that in Međimurje is one of the best in the world is already visible in the wines of six young winemakers from Međimurje!Cmrečnjak, Dvanajščak – Kozol, Kocijan, Rabbit, Preiner i Typo are wine families who have embarked on this commendable endeavor and instead of being fierce competition, they exchange experiences and jointly promote their products, young, fluttering, drinkable and refreshing wines with a common label. “YOUNG.”On all labels.On average, they individually own about ten hectares (the Cmrečnjak family stands out with about 20 hectares under plantations) and mostly grow indigenous varieties, of which it has recently come to the fore. pušipel for which a bottle was even specially made and designed, which raised the level of branding of the variety and wine to a higher level. The authors of these young wines are – on occasion – young winemakers(!) i winemakers, under thirty, and another interesting thing is the youngest sommelier: Tea Dvanajščak passed the sommelier exam at just sixteen!Young Međimurje wines (photo by Rene Karaman)Young wines are fresh, usually with a lower concentration of sulfur and lower alcohols, but the specialty of Međimurje (young) wines is a pronounced aroma and minerality, a characteristic due to specific vineyard positions, and the temperament of young winemakers is best bottled and like a good the spirit can’t wait to tickle the taster’s palate. These wines are sealed in bottles under controlled conditions with a threaded stelvin stopper that guarantees freshness and purity.And finally – the price of these wines is more than acceptable, and the quality is unquestionable according to one of the eminent sommelier Siniša Lasan!last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: We Must Protect the ACA and Access to Health Care for Women Amid COVID-19 and Supreme Court Vacancy

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Representative Kristine Howard and Senator Tim Kearney to discuss the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to protect women’s health care, now more than ever amid COVID-19 and the Supreme Court vacancy.Under the ACA, a wide variety of preventive care is available to women free of charge, including annual mammograms and well-woman visits, birth control and breastfeeding support. Additionally, women are protected from being charged more simply for being women, or for becoming pregnant.“My administration has consistently pushed for improvements in women’s health care,” Gov. Wolf said. “Those improvements support the gains in free preventive care and the protections for pre-existing conditions that the ACA provides. That gives women needed control over their own health, but that control – and access to affordable coverage for many Pennsylvanians – is in jeopardy right now.”Also, amid COVID, health care inequities have been magnified and women of color, who have felt those inequities long before the pandemic, have much to lose if the ACA is dismantled or repealed. Health outcomes for women of color are worse than those for white women. They are more likely to be hospitalized due to asthma, diabetes, and COPD compared to white women, and more likely to give birth to a stillborn baby than white women. In 2018, black women were five times more likely to be living with chronic Hepatitis B compared to white women.The Wolf Administration has steadfastly worked to improve access to quality health care and health care coverage for all women, despite efforts by the federal government to undermine women’s rights to health care.When a group of Republican Attorneys General brought a suit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA, President Trump made the highly unusual decision to have the Department of Justice fight to invalidate a federal law. To have the federal government seek to deprive Americans of health care coverage is deeply concerning at any time, but especially in the midst of a pandemic.“A radical change to the United States Supreme Court could lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act and the legal precedent of Roe v. Wade,” said Rep. Howard. “We have a responsibility to protect the thousands of Pennsylvanians who would lose their health care and the women who would lose their right to make their own choices in matters of reproductive health.”“The Trump Administration is in federal court trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act and rip away health coverage from millions of people,” Sen. Kearney said. “More than 5 million people in Pennsylvania who have pre-existing conditions will see their premiums increase dramatically or lose their coverage altogether. Especially during a global pandemic, we should be strengthening the ACA to reduce costs and expand coverage. We need to fight back because lives hang in the balance.”The governor was also joined by Kathryn Kolbert, a reproductive rights attorney who argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade.“The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will place in jeopardy both the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, denying millions of American women access to safe and affordable health care,” said Kolbert. “Senator Toomey, the women of Pennsylvania will remember if you forsake women’s health in this political power grab. Let the voters decide whether President Trump or President Biden will select the next Supreme Court Justice.”“All women deserve more access to better health care, not more problems created by politicians,” said Gov. Wolf. “There is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor for any health care decision. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that Pennsylvania women retain access to affordable, quality health care.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: We Must Protect the ACA and Access to Health Care for Women Amid COVID-19 and Supreme Court Vacancycenter_img October 01, 2020last_img read more

Gold Coast development adopts a resort-style mantra

first_imgIt’s a walk in the park at Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community.Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said the community, which is on East Lane and bordered by the 17ha Robina City Parklands, was attracting lots of buyers from Sydney and Melbourne. >>FOLLOW COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK<< “We are seeing an increasing number of buyers from the southern capitals purchasing at Vue Terrace Homes — contributing to the total $83 million in sales at the project to date,” Ms Griffen said.Hutchinson Builders started construction on stage one in May with residents expected to move in early next year. Mr Terry and his partner are among the latest buyers in Robina Group’s $170 million Vue Terrace Homes development, which is across the road from a 2300sq m site earmarked for his new Anytime Fitness gym. RESORT LIFE: An artist’s impression of the Vue Terrace Homes’ pool area. The open plan design incorporates kitchen, dining and living opening on to an outdoor zone.“We are going to be working hard so we wanted a place that we could come back to and really relax, so Vue’s beautiful pool and barbecue area and its direct access into Robina City Parklands was a huge drawcard.” Sydneysider Angus Terry has bought a property in Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community.The commute to work will literally be a walk in the park for Angus Terry when he makes the move from Sydney to the Gold Coast. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoCome home to Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community.He said they were eagerly seeking a change from their current bustling Sydney lifestyle and settled on Robina not only to be close to work but because of the community’s features and facilities. “We were instantly sold on the clean, contemporary design, quality fittings and layout of the homes and could see ourselves really enjoying the resort-style facilities,” Mr Terry said.last_img read more

InselAir launches service from Curacao to Caracas

first_img Share LifestyleTravel InselAir launches service from Curacao to Caracas by: – July 20, 2011 Share 32 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: airplane-pictures.netWILLEMSTAD, Curacao – On Monday, Curacao-based airline, InselAir, operated a successful inaugural flight to Caracas, Venezuela. In Caracas, InselAir was welcomed by Venezuelan Minister of Tourism A. Fleming.The inaugural flight started with a small celebration and toast at Hato International Airport in Curacao.Chairman of the InselAir supervisory board H. van der Kwast, opened the evening focusing on the growth InselAir has gone through in the last five years.“InselAir is growing fast, with the start up of the route to Medellin, the route to Charlotte and now the new route to Caracas, in the last 4 months,” he said.He also congratulated the InselAir board, management and all employees of the fast-growing airline.“InselAir is focusing on the training of new employees that will be added to the more than 300 employees, which helped grow InselAir to what it is today,” he said.Van der Kwast also stated that from 2012 InselAir will surpass the milestone of transporting 1 million passengers a year.In Caracas, together with InselAir representatives, the new route was also celebrated in the presence of Venezuelan Minister of Tourism A. Fleming and Venezuelan Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Latin America and the Caribbean M. Mendoza.In his speech, InselAir Chief International and General Affairs, E. Heerenveen focused on the importance of the historic relationship between Venezuela and Curacao.The Venezuelan Minister of Tourism gave his full support for the InselAir flights between Caracas and Curacao.The inaugural flight arrived back in Curacao at 1.20 am on Tuesday.The inaugural flight was the first flight in the new schedule InselAir operates between Curacao and Caracas each workday. Flights are on sale for a special introductory price of $150 until August 1.Together with promoting this new route, InselAir is cooperating with Curacao Tourism Board in an upcoming press trip, bringing press from InselAir destinations Medellin, Valencia and Caracas, to experience InselAir and Curacao.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Authorities seek information in beating death of Fort Lauderdale man

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale police department is currently searching for information in regards to the fatal beating of a 47-year-old local man.According to the report, authorities say Paulesky Mauney was dropped off at the Broward Health Medical Center on October 20th after being severely beaten.Mauney remained in the hospital for 10 days before he passed away as a result of his injuries.Investigators are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more