LA CARES News:Local food pantry LA Cares is in immediate need of storage space. The registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization recently received notice to vacate one of its two local storage spaces by Oct. 11.LA Cares serves an average of 80 Los Alamos families each month with canned food items and fresh produce, as well as making available once-in-a-year rent and utility assistance to residents of Los Alamos County. The organization is entirely staffed by volunteers and has stated that more than 93 percent of its budget goes directly to families in need.LA Cares is appealing to the public to help find another space in which to store large items such as bulk paper goods, cases of canned goods, cardboard boxes and flats, and other large items. Because LA Cares receives deliveries of food on pallets from the Santa Fe Food Depot, a ground level space of approximately 1,000 square feet with truck access would be ideal.LA Cares is seeking at least temporary storage at this time, however, the organization needs to find a more permanent solution. Anyone with a storage space that LA Cares could rent at a low rate or free of charge (with a donation receipt for tax purposes) is urged to contact LA Cares as soon as possible at email@example.com or leave a message at 505.661.8015.
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The Olympic Games are racing ever closer and first over the line for the legal profession is former schoolboy sprint hurdles record holder, Paul Trincas. Now a partner at Newbury firm Charles Lucas & Marshall, Trincas is to be one of 200 officials helping ensure that the athletics events at the London 2012 Olympic Games run smoothly. The qualified athletics coach said: ‘I love athletics and to be part of such a great occasion within the main Olympic stadium will be the experience of a lifetime.’
Further to BK Watkinson’s letter I have seen an expense tucked away in the small print of terms and conditions, charging a client on a conveyance a sum approaching £100 as a contribution to the solicitors’ legal indemnity insurance. I queried this at the time with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and was told that provided the fee was spelt out (however hidden) it was properly chargeable. I would have thought solicitors’ indemnity insurance was an expense of the practice, not a disbursement. I have also in the past queried whether we can make a charge for the electronic identification of our clients and was told this was not permitted. Helle Jacobsen, Jacobsen & Co, London SW6
Obama, Japan’s Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor Author: AP HONOLULU (AP) – Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit Tuesday with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan’s government has said. Although Japanese leaders have visited Pearl Harbor before, Abe will be the first to visit the memorial that now rests on the hallowed waters above the sunken USS Arizona.For Obama, it’s likely the last time he will meet with a foreign leader as president, White House aides said. It’s a bookend of sorts for the president, who nearly eight years ago invited Abe’s predecessor to be the first leader that Obama hosted at the White House.For Abe, it’s an act of symbolic reciprocity, coming six months after Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima in Japan, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in hopes of ending the war.“This visit, and the president’s visit to Hiroshima earlier this year, would not have been possible eight years ago,” said Daniel Kritenbrink, Obama’s top Asia adviser in the White House. “That we are here today is the result of years of efforts at all levels of our government and societies, which has allowed us to jointly and directly deal with even the most sensitive aspects of our shared history.”More than 2,300 Americans died on Dec. 7, 1941, when more than 300 Japanese fighter planes and bombers attacked. More than 1,000 others were wounded. In the ensuing years, the U.S. incarcerated roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps before dropping atomic bombs in 1945 that killed some 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.Abe will not apologize for Pearl Harbor, his government has said. Nor did Obama apologize at Hiroshima in May, a visit that he and Abe used to emphasize their elusive aspirations for a nuclear-free future.No apology needed, said 96-year-old Alfred Rodrigues, a U.S. Navy veteran who survived what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called a “date which will live in infamy.”“War is war,” Rodrigues said as he looked at old photos of his military service. “They were doing what they were supposed to do, and we were doing what we were supposed to do.”After a formal meeting in the morning, Obama and Abe planned to lay a wreath aboard the USS Arizona Memorial, which is accessible only by boat. Then they’ll go to nearby Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where both leaders will speak.Obama and Abe signed off on the visit last month when they met in Peru on the sidelines of an economic summit. Though the parallels with Obama’s Hiroshima visit are palpable, both governments said that one visit wasn’t contingent on the other.Abe’s visit is not without political risk given the Japanese people’s long, emotional reckoning with their nation’s aggression in the war. Though the history books have largely deemed Pearl Harbor a surprise attack, Japan’s government insisted as recently as this month that it had intended to give the U.S. prior notice that it was declaring war and failed only because of “bureaucratic bungling.”“There’s this sense of guilt, if you like, among Japanese, this ‘Pearl Harbor syndrome,’ that we did something very unfair,” said Tamaki Tsukada, a minister in the Embassy of Japan in Washington. “I think the prime minister’s visit will in a sense absolve that kind of complex that Japanese people have.”Since the war, the U.S. and Japan have built a powerful alliance that both sides say has grown stronger during Obama’s tenure. There are questions about what the relationship will look like under President-elect Donald Trump.During the campaign, Trump suggested that Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons so the U.S. would no longer be burdened with costs of defending them, a disquieting notion in many Asian capitals. But after Trump’s election, Abe became the first foreign leader to meet with him, sitting down in Trump Tower with the business mogul and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.Though no Japanese prime minister has visited the USS Arizona Memorial, former Japanese leader leader Shigeru Yoshida visited Pearl Harbor in 1951, six years after Japan surrendered. He stopped there on his way home from signing the San Francisco peace treaty with the U.S. and others, and paid a courtesy visit to the office of Adm. Arthur W.R. Radford.Other prime ministers have since visited Pearl Harbor and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Punchbowl. SHARE Published: December 27, 2016 4:46 AM EST Updated: December 27, 2016 5:31 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.
A record number of candidates applied for judicial appointments last year, the Judicial Appointment Commission’s latest annual report reveals. There were 5,490 applications in 2011-12, of which 746 resulted in the appointment of tribunal chairs, recorders, district judges, deputy district judges, circuit judges and high court judges. The number of applications was 17% up on the previous record of 4,684 applications, in 2010-11. The number of appointments was 9% up on the 2010-11 figure of 684. The annual report published yesterday does not give a breakdown of applications and appointments for solicitors and other groups under-represented in the judiciary, but says that the commission is monitoring the progress of ‘women; black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates; solicitors; and disabled candidates’ to detect any evidence of unfairness. It has also begun to collect data on the sexual orientation and religion and belief of candidates. Read the annual report.
President Carmona, “I am very much distraught at the prospect of someone peddling the symbol of our national honour and pride.” Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona says he is upset and distraught at the attempts by someone to sell the country’s highest national award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT), on the social website, Ebay.In a statement issued from his office, President Carmona said – “I am very much distraught at the prospect of someone peddling the symbol of our national honour and pride. The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not a rag doll that is disposable.”He said that “this ultimate symbol of our Nation’s pride and honour is sacrosanct.“The intended sale of the ORTT medal offends one’s sense of patriotism and exposes a raw nerve,” he said, adding that “we must explore our way out of this scenario.“Maybe the time has come that all persons who are so honoured or their representatives, sign a contract giving the Office of The President (OTP) the first option to buy the medal in the event of intended disposal/sale; or better still, amend the law to absolutely prohibit the sale/disposal of the ORTT medal. We need to create our very own international benchmark as it relates to our ORTT medal.”Carmona said that the ORTT must become and should be a proud heirloom in the family.“My humble admonition and entreaty to whoever is responsible for the intended sale of the ORTT medal. You cannot do this to us,” he said.Media reports say that the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago medal up for sale had been awarded posthumously to trade union leader Adrian Cola Rienzi.He was one of three people given the award in 2012 . The other two being the late former prime minister George Chambers and Olympic gold medallist (javelin) Keshorn Walcott.The 18-carat gold medal, packaged with the original award document, signed by President George Maxwell Richards and stamped with the presidential seal, has been offered up for bidding starting at US$25,000.
Share Share Share 20 Views no discussions BusinessNewsSports New IDB report says Caribbean lags in sports spending by: – May 28, 2018 WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A new report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Latin American and the Caribbean lag in sports spending, stating that the region could get a development boost from sports activities that improve the region’s social and health benefits.But the report warns that the programmes must be “properly designed and monitored.”The report says Latin America and the Caribbean government spending on sports is “modest,” pointing to preliminary analysis of fiscal budgets from 17 countries that shows that spending on sports averages around 0.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).The region’s spending on sports is about one-third of the percentage spent by European nations, without considering special programs for elite athletes or Olympic financing, the report says.“World Cup soccer season is a good time to celebrate the benefits of sports,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno on Friday. “This report shows our region needs to spend more on sports, not just to produce better athletes but also to foster happier, less violent and healthier societies.“To gain the social benefits, we also need to design better sports programs and rigorously evaluate those that already exist,” he added.The report says while the region produces first-rate athletes in numerous professional sports, exercise is a marginal activity.Based on self-reported data, one out of three adults in the region qualifies as physically inactive, compared to the global average of one in four, defined as participating in less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.The report says he lack of activity is pervasive in all demographic segments, “but it is even more worrisome among school-going adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17, with almost 9 out of 10 adolescents not achieving the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.”According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, the prevalence of physical inactivity is 35 per cent higher in women than in men worldwide, and 41 per cent higher in Latin America and the Caribbean.Almost one in four adults in Latin America and the Caribbean qualify as obese (a body mass index of 30 percent fat or higher) and more than half are overweight, the report says.The report notes that sports can build human capital and enhance productivity by improving physical and mental health, discouraging substance abuse, and inspiring athletic as well as academic achievement.Sports can encourage capital accumulation, facilitate the workings of markets, and strengthen institutions through their effect on social capital, trust and culture, and crime, the report says.Data from the United States show that expanding girls’ access to athletic participation translated into a 10-percentage point jump in state-level female sports participation, according to the report.This, in turn, the report says, generated a 1-percentage point increase in female college attendance and a 1-2-percentage point rise in female labour force participation.Research using data from the German Socioeconomic panel has found that active participation in sports boosts earnings by about 1,200 euros annually over a 16-year period, compared to no or very little sports activity, according to the report.These results, it says, translate into a rate of return on sports activities in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent, on a par with an additional year of schooling. Similar results have been found for the United States, the report says.In Brazil, the report says salaries of physically active individuals are between 15 percent and 31 percent higher than those of sedentary counterparts.But the report warns that authorities need to be cautious when opting for policies based on these studies.“It may be that people who choose to play sports have certain unobservable skills and characteristics that also make them more successful later in life,” said Carlos Scartascini, a lead researcher at the IDB and a study coordinator.The report says evidence is mounting that even the programs with the best intentions could have unintended negative results.It says some programmes increase the prevalence of the behaviors that they try to curve, such as substance abuse and violence.Researchers using a Swedish sample found that participation in activities with low structure – such as a lightly supervised youth recreation center – was associated with high levels of antisocial behavior, the report says. Tweet Sharing is caring!
Brownlee finished the match with 39 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Tenorio added 16 markers, while Thompson and Gregory Slaughter had 13 each for the defending champions Kings (3-3).Charles Rhodes has 3×4 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out in overtime, while Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter submitted 21 and 15 markers, respectively, for the Beermen (1-3).In the first game, the Magnolia Hotshots got its game going in the second half as it stave off the struggling Columbian Dyip, 110-103, to register its second consecutive win.With the Dyip clinging to a slim lead early in the third period, the Hotshots came up with a huge run from Paul Lee, James Farr and Ian Sangalang to establish an 85-73 lead heading into the fourth.The Dyip tried to rally to within single digit several times in the fourth period but the Hotshots always has an answer from Sangalang and Rodney Brondial to maintain the 10-point advantage.Sangalang and Farr had 22 points each, while Paul Lee added 21 markers for the Hotshots (2-2). Lester Prosper finished with double-double 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Dyip (1-4)./PN Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Justin Brownlee attacks the defense of San Miguel Beermen’s Marcio Lassiter. PBA MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings pounced on the San Miguel Beermen in the overtime period to escape with a 110-107 victory in the 2019 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.With both teams knotted at 99-all, the Kings made its first move via a triple from Earl Scottie Thompson but the Beermen was able to force a deadlock on three straight points by June Mar Fajardo.The Kings gained advantage anew at 107-102 after a basket by LA Tenorio and a three-point play by Justin Brownlee. The Beermen refused to be left behind as it came up with baskets to come to within 106-109.The Beermen pulled even closer at 107-109 and had a chance to win it but Chris Ross misfired his three-point try before the Kings wrapped up the victory on a split freebie by Tenorio.