UPDATED WITH VICTIM’S COMMENTS: Hoboken High School student arrested after group…

first_imgAccording to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, the Hoboken Police contacted the county prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit regarding the alleged assault.Amir Goodwin, 18, appeared in Hudson County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to reports. Three other juveniles were also allegedly involved; two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old. There names were redacted from the Affidavit of Probable Cause, as was the victim’s, because they are under the age of 18.According to the warrant, there was a video from the school showing the victim being pushed into the room. The warrant charges that Goodwin alleged touched the girl inappropriately “by using physical force or coercion and was aided or abetted” by others.The warrant also says that police obtained cellphone video of the incident.The Reporter has contacted school officials for a statement and will post updates when they are available.UPDATE:CBS News posted a segment on Wednesday afternoon quoting the victim, a junior at the school, as saying the boys (allegedly) pushed her into a storage closet when she was between classes. She said that she told them “no” and tried to scream, but they pulled her shirt above her head.She also said she had told a school official in the past that she had had problems with the boys.Starting this past September, Hoboken High School was separated from the middle school, after a handful of incidents occurred at the high school/middle school building including the alleged assault of a 12-year-old girl by an older boy at the school a year earlier.In May of 2016, a Hoboken High School student allegedly fondled a 12-year-old seventh grader in a school elevator. Days later, the 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact and unlawful imprisonment in connection with the incident. The crime was defined as touching an “intimate part” over the girl’s clothing.The reporting on that incident can be found here: http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/27196115/article-HOBOKEN-BRIEFS?instance=search_results.The schools superintendent and school board president have not returned messages as of this writing.We will post updates when they are available. HOBOKEN — Eighteen-year-old Hoboken resident Amir Goodwin was charged with aggravated sexual contact on Tuesday, Dec. 12, after the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office investigated a complaint that he and a group of 16 and 17-year-old boys were allegedly involved in forcing a 17-year-old girl into a Hoboken High School classroom and allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex on one of them.A Dec. 12 warrant obtained by the Hoboken Reporter and issued by the Hoboken City Municipal Court refers to an alleged aggravated sexual assault at Hoboken High School on Nov. 30. last_img read more

Go Skiing: Snowshoe Mountain Resort

first_imgWith Thanksgiving come and gone, the holiday season has officially arrived in the Blue Ridge. For some, this means a shopping bonanza beginning on Black Friday and ending only when the post-Christmas sales do. For others, however, the holiday season is synonymous with only one thing: skiing. Luckily, this year, Mother Nature has been kinder to the Mid-Atlantic than in 2011, when early season snow was as sparse as sleep on Christmas Eve. We have Sandy to thank for that, but also colder temperatures in the high country in general have allowed for more robust snowmaking at area resorts. The first weekend in December is usually hit or miss for quality snow and good coverage, and in 2012, it’s a hit. Time to unpack the ski clothes from the garage and hit the slopes.Snowshoe Opening Day 2012-2013 from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has received nearly 30 inches of snow this season and have been blowing snow whenever possible. Early season skiing means not that many slopes or lifts are open – Snowshoe has eight slopes and four lifts running right now – but that just saves you from overdoing it on the first day back on snow. The most important thing is that, yes, they are open and, yes, you can go skiing. Use this weekend to breakout last year’s gear to see what held up over the summer, what falls apart as soon as it’s put to use, and what needs to be upgraded and added to Santa’s list. It will also be a great opportunity to get your ski legs warmed up so you’ll be ready to shred with confidence once the Western Territories open.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Interview with Jamaica’s Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Rocky R. Meade

first_imgBy Dialogo January 19, 2012 “We are past the point where we think the military has no business in law enforcement. This is the military’s business,” stated Jamaica’s Chief of Defence during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) 2011. Major General Antony Anderson said this because Jamaica has a homicide rate of 52 per 100,000, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. That makes it the fourth most-violent country in the world after Honduras, El Salvador and Cote d’Ivoire. Jamaica decided to tackle this issue by making the country’s armed forces more involved through direct support of soldiers and joint patrolling. It is also offering training and course development for and with the Police, among other capacities. According to the regional chiefs of defense attending CANSEC 2012, held in St. Kitts and Nevis in December 2011, and co-sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command, this is a good model to emulate. Diálogo spoke to Jamaica’s Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Rocky R. Meade about this and other issues that affect Jamaica and other nations in the Caribbean and beyond. Diálogo: What are the main issues affecting Jamaica in terms of security and defense now? Brigadier General Rocky R. Meade: The most significant is Transnational Organized Crime [TCO], though it’s common across the region. In Jamaica, the issue of TCO manifests itself in a lot of violent criminal activities, such a high murder rate. Our murder rate, for example, is much too high for a country like ours, and from our analysis, the majority of those killings are related to Transnational Organized Crime of different sorts, so I would say it is the major issue. The other issue we have, which is of significance, is unplanned events that have a major impact, for example natural or man-made disasters; anything that can happen in an emergency that we have to respond that affects our national security. Those are the two main areas of focus that we have and we work with the region to try and resolve. Diálogo: What has Jamaica done to improve these issues at the nation and regional level? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: In Jamaica we work very closely with the Police. What we do is provide the resources that the Police does not have, including maritime resources, air resources, and additional man power. The intelligence aspect is quite important as well, and we work with all of our partners internally and externally to make sure we have a common intelligence picture so that we can prosecute it. From a disaster perspective, we have disaster agents that we support since we are the ones with the air resources to support disaster relief. We also respond to the region – when Haiti had the earthquake – we were the first to send resources, so we have this regional collaboration as well. Diálogo: We understand that other countries want to emulate what is being done in Jamaica. Why is that? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: Because we have had years of working with the Police. We had some great success last year [2010] with an internal security problem that we had. We have been reducing the murder rate consistently from last year with this partnership that we have with the Police, so once there’s success, others will want to see how we do this and we are quite happy to assist. Diálogo: Is there a mandate in which the Armed Forces help support the Police Force? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: Yes. There is a mandate. We are governed by the Defense Act and in it there is a clause for us to assist the civil authority, and the Police come under that. The prime minister gives us direct operational permission to assist the Police because we cannot engage within our country as a military without that authority. So the two instruments that affect us are direct instructions from the prime minister for us to move forward in that assistance, but the Defense Act as a broad umbrella document provides the legal framework for us to assist the Police. Diálogo: Does Jamaica fall under the category of countries in the region being used as transit countries for illicit activity that leaves behind weapons to be used for violent crimes? What is being done to counter this and how can it be applied to other countries? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: We do not have an internal drug use problem that is a chronic situation, but we do have consumption, even though that is not our main problem from the organized criminals. It [our main problem] is the transshipment effort, the money laundering that comes from it, the corruption of officials that come from it and by providing guns for the enforcement of the transshipment effort, those guns are used for other purposes and that’s really what accounts for our murder rate. What we are doing specifically is we are targeting the gangs to the extent that we can identify those specific gangs that contribute to the trafficking of weapons and drugs and killings. We are targeting their leadership and their members. We have specific legislation in addition to strengthening the Forfeiture Acts. So we are tackling the source of the problem in terms of the network of the gangs that facilitate the transshipment of drugs and weapons and result in a lot of criminal activity in the country. Diálogo: Is it a crime to be a member of a gang in Jamaica? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: Not yet, but this is one of the discussions that we are having in terms of the anti-gang legislation. At the moment, gang members have to actually commit an offense to become a criminal, but that is something we are pushing very actively and we are very close to having a final decision on that. Diálogo: How important is it for Jamaica to work with the U.S.? Brig. Gen. Rocky R. Meade: It’s very important. Certainly the United States has the greatest resources within the region. We are mindful of the fact that the United States has interests all over the world, but to the extent that they engage us in the Caribbean, we look forward to engaging with them. We see it as a partnership – although we’re small – we’re always looking for ways to help the U.S. as well, because clearly the U.S. has interests in the region, and we want to build the capacity to be helpful to the U.S. Interestinglast_img read more

Colombia Neutralizes Leader of FARC Dissidents

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo August 07, 2018 Colombian authorities captured Reinel Natalio García Mojica, alias Pija, leader of a residual Organized Armed Group (GAO in Spanish) of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) that operated in Cauca and Casanare departments. The Unified Action Group for Personal Freedom Arauca, attached to the Colombian Army’s Eighth Division, and the Judiciary Police Against Organized Crime of the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia combined forces in an operation that resulted in his arrest, June 7, 2018. “About six months of intelligence work from troops and intelligence service members led us to capture the subject,” Brigadier General Álvaro Vicente Pérez Durán, commander of the Colombian Army’s Task Force Quirón, told Diálogo. “Pija constantly moved from one place to another; he had security rings who did intelligence for him to conceal his location.” In early June, authorities set up a unit in the municipality of Tame, Arauca, where military troops deployed in the area around his house. “Thanks to the training of our troops, we were able to get inside the external ring that protected him and capture him,” Brig. Gen. Pérez said. According to the Army, authorities seized war material, ammunition, and valuable military intelligence documents. All was handed over to the competent authorities. Alias Pija Alias Pija’s criminal record includes assault against security forces, including three attacks in the departments of Cauca and Santander, where six soldiers were killed and six others were injured. He is also accused of killing three civilians and a police officer with a car bomb that exploded at a police station in the municipality of Villa Rica, Cauca. The man is also charged with attacking a military base in Santana, Cauca, where he kidnapped one police officer, killed a second one, and hurt another. According to the Ministry of Defense of Colombia, alias Pija had an Interpol arrest warrant and will face additional charges for illicit recruiting, manufacturing, trafficking, and carrying weapons and explosives meant for the exclusive use of the armed forces. Other achievements “So far this year [2018], we have [apprehended] 20 dissidents in regional military operations,” said Brig. Gen. Pérez. “A few days ago [on June 13th], the Colombian Air Force, Army, and the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia carried out a joint interagency operation near the municipality of Fortul, in the department of Arauca, where 18 dissidents were [neutralized].” The group was wanted for several terrorist acts, such as the attack on a nurse at Hospital de Saravena in Arauca, a pistol plan against the population and security forces in the region, and attacks against oil infrastructure, the General Command of the Colombian Military Forces reported in a press release. “The department of Arauca works with the National Police, the Office of the Attorney General, the Navy, the Colombian Air Force, and the Army, uniting all their capabilities to counter instability in the region,” Brig. Gen. Pérez said. The rest of the country also saw results. “To date [July 13th], we’ve neutralized 479 residual GAO members, which is practically a third of their armed force—53 were killed in military operations, 312 were captured, and 114 were brought to justice,” Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas told the press.last_img read more

Paralegal study panel discusses regulatory issues

first_imgParalegal study panel discusses regulatory issues October 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News A public hearing on regulating paralegals is slated for Tampa Mark D. Killian Managing Editor If paralegals are to be regulated, the entity to do it should be The Florida Bar under the auspices of the Supreme Court.That was the general consensus of the Bar’s Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation when it met face to face for the first time in Tampa in September to begin its work.But aside from where any regulatory apparatus should be housed, committee members expressed a variety of views on who exactly is a paralegal; the education criteria needed for those who would hold themselves out as paralegals; how an oversight board would be organized; whether any regulations should contain character and fitness review requirements; and who would pay for any such effort. The committee has set a public hearing for the Marriott Tampa Airport on October 28 at 10 a.m. to gather more information to help them answer these and other questions (see notice, page 5).“First and foremost our goal needs to be the quality of service to the public,” said Chair Ross Goodman of Pensacola, who worked as a paralegal in the 1970s before going to law school. “Whatever we do has got to have that as the polestar.”The 22-member committee was created in response to a legislative request. Two bills were filed last session calling for paralegal regulation. While those bills were not heard, the bill’s backers and other lawmakers wrote the Bar and asked it to look into the matter and warned if the Bar doesn’t act the legislature may in the 2006 session. With legislative committee meetings already getting underway and the 2006 session slated to begin in March, that doesn’t leave the panel much time.“I have given this a lot of thought and the more I think about it the more it becomes like an onion — you peel away a layer and another layer is there and you never seem to get to the center,” said Goodman, adding the panel must take into consideration everything from legal technicians to form preparers to independent contract paralegals to paralegals who work for international firms. “With all these disparate groups of paralegals or legal technicians or form preparers — who are not technically paralegals because they are not working under the direction of a lawyer — how do we come up with a one-size-fits-all solution? I think we need to understand the scope of what it is we are being asked to do, because any decision we make over here is going to have an effect over [there]. We have to make sure all the bases are covered.”Goodman also noted Art. V of the Florida Constitution specifically gives the Supreme Court the power to regulate lawyers, but says nothing of regulating paralegals. He said the committee is going to have to be ready to address that jurisdictional question. Any plan also should take into account the economic impact any regulatory scheme would have on lawyers, he said.Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, who introduced the paralegal bill in the House earlier this year at the request of several paralegal organizations and serves on the Bar committee, said he doesn’t see paralegal regulation as “an overly complex issue.”“I think the questions we are to answer would be who is a paralegal and what are the standards for being a paralegal,” Zapata said. “I don’t think it deals so much with what a paralegal can and cannot do. I think that has already been established.. . but who can call themselves a paralegal is the question that is here today.”Zapata also said he thinks the proper place for any regulatory scheme is under the jurisdiction of the court and the Bar.“I think the public needs to know [paralegals] are qualified professionals, there are educational standards and if [paralegals] violate those standards or do something wrong, who they would be accountable to,” Zapata said, noting he also is in favor of paralegals paying for their own regulation.Panel member David Rogero of Coral Gables, however, said setting aside the unlicensed practice law issues and concentrating only on paralegals who work under the supervision of lawyers, he’s not sure what problems the committee is trying to solve, and if regulations are put in place, what they would accomplish.“If you regulate paralegals, and say a paralegal can only be called a paralegal if they meet these qualifications and are regulated by whatever agency, that is not going to affect the workplace at all. Because those same people who do not meet those qualifications will still be serving the same functions within their office they have been doing all long. They simply won’t be called paralegals,” Rogero said. “So what are we really accomplishing?”“The one thing I keep hearing among paralegals is, ‘Wait a minute. I went to XYZ school and got this degree. I took this test. I did this. I’m a paralegal. How come this person who was a receptionist two years ago, and all of a sudden they are a paralegal and they may not have the same skills that I have?’” said Z. Felicia Jordon, a member of the Young Lawyers Division from Ft. Lauderdale who worked as a paralegal for years before going to law school. “As a former paralegal, I would like to see a distinction of what they do.”John Hume of Coral Springs said the key to the solution is to focus on the responsibility of the attorney.Scherry Elson, a paralegal for 20 years who now works with Greenburg Traurig in Tallahassee, has seen the paralegal field grow to the point where “we are not quite sure who and what we are anymore.” Ellison said regulating the field would encourage professionalism and ethics should be the number one priority.Michelle Vasalinda, coordinator of paralegal studies at Tallahassee Community College, said the committee should look at its charge from the point of view of the client, who needs to know the paralegal working on their case has a certain level of competence. She also said it may help to keep in mind that a paralegal is to a lawyer as a nurse is to a doctor, and that there are many levels of paralegals. Vasalinda said any initial regulatory process could provide some clarity to the profession now and perhaps in time distinguish between the levels of paralegals later.Scott Rubin of Miami suggested as a starting point, the panel look at how Supreme Court certified mediators are regulated.Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation sets October 28 public hearing in Tampa On October 28, The Florida Bar Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST, at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. Attendees will need to check at the front desk for the room assignment as it was not made at the time of this notice.The special committee is charged with the study of the status of paralegals in the state of Florida in light of the proposed legislation filed during the 2005 legislative session which sought recognition and/or regulation of the paralegal profession. The charge relates to paralegals working under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar. Current Bar rules define a paralegal as a person qualified by education, training, or work experience, who works under the supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible. The charge of the Special Committee does not relate to the unlicensed practice of law and testimony regarding the unlicensed practice of law will not be taken at the hearing.The hearing will focus on the following issues: • Public Policy Issues such as whether it is in the public interest to establish educational and ethical standards for persons using the title paralegal. If so, should the standards be voluntary or mandatory? • Definitional Issues such as what problems will be resolved if there is paralegal regulation, and whether the current Florida Bar definition is sufficient and accurate? • Design Issues such as if standards are established, who should make the determination that the paralegal has met the standards – the supervising attorney or another body such as The Florida Bar? Should a grievance system be established? Should a distinction be made between the terms “paralegal” and “legal assistant?” Should there be multiple status levels for paralegals? • Implementation Issues such as who will bear the cost of a regulatory scheme? What should be the composition of the regulatory body — all paralegals, all lawyers, nonlawyers who are not paralegals, or a combination? • Ancillary Issues such as should there be regulation regarding what paralegal fees may be charged and recovered as part of attorneys’ fees? Should there be more standardization in the educational institutions offering paralegal studies? Should the requirements for paralegals to be an affiliate member in certain Bar sections be standardized?Due to the number of issues to be covered and the anticipated participation, the time for testimony will be limited. While it is not necessary to register for the hearing beforehand, if you are planning to testify please contact Lori S. Holcomb, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 or via e-mail at [email protected] by Monday October 24. If you cannot attend the hearing but wish to submit written comments for the special committee’s consideration, send them to Holcomb at the above address by October 19. You may also bring written comments to the hearing.center_img Paralegal study panel discusses regulatory issueslast_img read more

The most important quarter of 2019 is here

first_imgOctober is just around the quarter, and that means the beginning of the much-anticipated fourth quarter with the holiday season, vacation days and less crazy meeting schedules.  I would argue that these 90 days are the most important of the year. It’s easy to start off the year after making your New Year’s Resolutions and getting some momentum around your goals, but, by the time October 1 rolls around, the goals have lost their luster and you tell yourself your credit union has done what it’s needed to do this year.But I want to challenge you. This is the time to dig deep and remember with fresh excitement and clarity why you set those goals. If you’ve already met them…congratulations! But what’s keeping you from continuing to move forward? Aren’t anywhere near them yet? That’s ok. But again…what’s keeping you from continuing to move forward?Attack your goals with the same fervor that you did on January 2. Set mini-goals to accomplish between now and the end of the year. Rally your team around accomplishing those goals with specific stories of how you have helped members so far this year.  Think of it in terms of a four-person relay. The purpose of the first three legs of the race is to set up the fourth person so they are in a good spot to win the race. The only person who can win the race is the 4th runner.  You are the fourth runner in this year’s relay. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Detailslast_img read more

Keep it in the family

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The laws of attraction

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Indonesia, Australia to implement comprehensive economic partnership agreement on July 5

first_imgIndonesia and Australia have agreed to implement the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on July 5, according to the Indonesian Trade Ministry.Indonesia ratified the partnership agreement in late February.“In a virtual meeting with my counterpart, [Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment] Minister Simon Birmingham, we agreed to implement the IA-CEPA as soon as possible because it is important for the two countries to help with post-COVID-19 recovery,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said as quoted in a statement on Friday. Under the agreement, Indonesian exports to Australia will get zero tariffs. Likewise, most of Australia’s exports, including live male cattle, frozen beef, dairy products and sugar, may enter Indonesia without any duties. The Trade Ministry expects the export of some Indonesian products to Australia, such as automotive products, timber, textiles, electronics and communication tools, to increase despite recording a US$3.2 billion trade deficit last year.The pandemic, which has infected over 3.7 million people worldwide and at least 13,100 people in Indonesia, is slowing not only trade but also investment between countries. Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Indonesia declined 9.2 percent year-on-year to Rp 98 trillion ($6.5 billion) in the first quarter of the year, according to data released on April 20 by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).Despite relying heavily on household spending to grow the economy, Indonesia seeks to attract more investment from Australia through the IA-CEPA, especially in the higher education, vocational education, healthcare, construction, energy, mining and tourism sectors.In the first quarter of the year, foreign investment from Australia reached $86 million with 321 projects, according to BKPM data.“We hope businesses, including small and medium enterprises, from both countries can reap the benefits from the IA-CEPA to spur trade and investment between the two countries,” Agus said.The ministry’s international trade cooperation director general, Imam Pambagyo, said Indonesia was preparing ministerial regulations on tariffs and the issuance of certificates of origin, in addition to providing state institutions with updates on the latest developments of the agreement.Topics :last_img read more

Versailles trooper promoted to Crime Scene Investigator

first_imgVersailles, In.— Versailles-On Monday, April 16, 2018, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced that Master Trooper Martin Mead would be promoted to the rank of Sergeant to serve as a Crime Scene Investigator for the Versailles District of the Indiana State Police.Sgt. Mead graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Indiana in 1985.  He attended Indiana University-Southeast before being hired as a Motor Carrier Inspector at the Seymour, Indiana Scales in 1988.  In November 1991, Sgt. Mead was hired as a trooper and attended the Indiana State Police Academy.  After graduating from the academy, he was stationed at the Lowell District.  In 1994, Sgt. Mead transferred to the Seymour District.  He joined the Versailles District when the Seymour Post closed in 2010.During his career, Sgt. Mead has been a field training officer and a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon.  Much of his career has been spent working drug investigations as a member of the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team.  He was tasked with responding to and dismantling methamphetamine labs that often involved dangerous chemical reactions.Sgt. Mead is also a former member of the Indiana State Police “Top 20” list for being one of the top 20 pistol shooters on the Indiana State Police.Sgt. Mead’s new job responsibilities will include responding to scenes where criminal investigations are taking place.  He will be responsible for collecting evidence and documenting the scene for the investigation.  He will also be tasked with maintaining the Versailles District’s evidence storage room.He was formally promoted during a ceremony yesterday in the Indiana Supreme Court Chambers at the Indiana Statehouse.Sgt. Mead resides in Jackson County with his wife of 25 years, Stacy, and two sons.last_img read more