Apopka house featured at 67th Annual Parade of Homes in July

first_img From the Greater Orlando Builders AssociationThe Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA), the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry, announces new dates for the 67th annual Parade of Homes Orlando.Central Floridians are invited to safely experience 65+ of the best of the best homes throughout Orange, Seminole and Osceola County and surrounding areas during the FREE, self-guided tour Sat., July 18 through Sun., July 26, 2020.“We are pleased to announce the new dates for this highly anticipated event featuring Central Florida’s most inspiring homes. Whether you’re looking for a new home, wish to re-imagine your current home or are searching for a spark of inspiration, the 67th Annual Parade of Homes Orlando is open to everyone interested and enthused by stylish home design,” said Rick Caccavello, Parade of Homes Orlando chairman and president of Central Kitchen & Bath.Parade of Homes Orlando showcases Central Florida’s most inspiring homebuilders and designers. Discover innovations in homebuilding, architectural design, energy efficiency, smart homes, outdoor living, interior style, remodeling and pool design.APOPKA HOME: The Oaks at Kelly Park, by Toll BrothersThe 3,123 square-foot Ferncroft Farmhouse will include four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a three-car garage. The foyer will open to an impressive hallway, drawing guests into the home’s main living areas, a dining room, a kitchen, and a customizable flex space. The upstairs master bedroom will feature a coffered ceiling, two walk-in closets, and a master bath with a dual vanity and glass-enclosed shower. A loft, two guest bedrooms, and a full bath will complete the second floor. Please enter your comment! [email protected] HouseGreater Orlando Builders Association Previous articleRising median age of Florida COVID-19 cases spurs alarm over stressed ICU capacityNext articleDeSantis says opening schools critical to Florida’s COVID-19 economic rebound Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For more photos, information and directions to this Apopka home visit https://www.paradeofhomesorlando.com/newpage9ad4684fWhile things may be a little different this year, guests can safely visit 65+ entries ranging from new communities, new homes, whole house renovations and specialty remodeling. All participants have extra safety practices in place in compliance with all local, state and healthcare organization guidelines with Parade attendee comfort in mind for the continued prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19).Official Parade GuidebooksComplimentary guidebooks are available at Parade of Homes Orlando entry locations and Trustco Banks throughout greater Orlando Monday – Saturday and daily at select Sherwin-Williams stores beginning July 13.Enter to WinSearch for entries and plan your Parade route by visiting www.ParadeOfHomesOrlando.com. The website is your go-to resource to find home and builder information, individual participant daily hours, guidebook pick-up locations, driving directions and more. Plus, enter to win the kitchen appliance and cabinetry package valued at $10,000 presented by Central Kitchen & Bath and Aggressive Appliances.Showcase HomeThis year’s Showcase Home, Casa de los Reyes by Turning Leaf Custom Homes. Located in the heart of Winter Park, this sprawling 5,764 total square-foot home features a custom Mediterranean design with five bedrooms, five and a half baths, media room, study room, gated courtyard front entry, hand-selected concrete barrel roof tiles, custom pool design and much more. With numerous green-building elements, this custom development is Home Innovation National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Registered™ and has received gold level certification.For more information, visit ParadeofHomesOrlando.com.Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) is the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry representing more than 700 members and 25,000+ employees. Since 1953, GOBA has served the construction industry in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. The intention is to foster an environment within the association and within our neighborhoods to create opportunities for building relationships, businesses and communities while balancing economic, social and environmental needs of our members and communities served. For more information, visit www.greaterorlandoba.com and @BuildOrlando on social media platforms. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 67th Annual Parade of Homes, Apopka home in The Oaks at Kelly Park by Toll Brothers The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Parsons Announces Harwood as Executive Vice President, Operations

first_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business Districts News Parsons Announces Harwood as Executive Vice President, Operations From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | 11:29 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Parsons is pleased to announce that W. Dean Harwood has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Operations. In this role, Dean will be responsible for managing operations and business support across the global organization and will report to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Mr. Harwood has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and operational finance, profit and loss management, strategy and development, competitive analysis, and mergers and acquisitions. He joined Parsons in 2001 and has since held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities.“Having worked for Parsons for 14 years, Dean has a deep knowledge of Parsons’ business and culture, and his strategic thinking will be an asset to our operations organization,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO.”Mr. Harwood is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also participated in the Advanced Management Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is based in Charlotte, NC.Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com.center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Doggy park may be ‘paw-sible’ for City

first_imgTwitter Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Dog photo created by cookie_studio – www.freepik.comSINN Fein councillor Sharon Benson has welcomed the commitment from Limerick City and County Council to undertake a feasibility study to establish a  Dog Park for the city.“This is an initiative that I have championed since getting elected. A green area dedicated for dogs and their owners would be a very welcome addition,” the City North representative suggested.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Such parks are commonplace in other European cities. The Council would have to be barking mad not to pursue the same in our city. It would also go some way to assist with reducing the amount of dog waste on our streets.”Cllr Benson is urging the Council to invite submissions with regard to the possible location of the proposed park.“My own view is that the city centre or Northside would be best in terms of location, but I think it would be very good to hear the public’s views on the issue of location. A short consultation period should be set up by the Council.“Limerick is full of wonderful dog owners, and it’s time to unleash their views of where this park could be.“With a fair wind behind this proposal we could see a park established within the lifetime of the current council. With political will anything is ‘paw-sible’!”Limerick City and County Council said it has agreed to examine a variety of uses for public parks including dog parks as part of an overall Sports and Recreation Facilities Strategy currently under preparation.“Part of this strategy is examining the needs and issues around public parks, however the Council has not agreed to a separate feasibility study for a dog park,” a Council spokesman told the Limerick Post. Linkedincenter_img Print Email NewsCommunityLocal NewsDoggy park may be ‘paw-sible’ for CityBy Alan Jacques – August 27, 2020 243 Previous articleCostelloe Awaits Plans for Derelict Site in Medieval QuarterNext articleStephen Larkham pleased with attacking intent as Munster prepare for Connacht Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

No Special Knowledge Needed To Know That Offshore Entities Are Used To Launder Unaccounted Money : ITAT

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Special Knowledge Needed To Know That Offshore Entities Are Used To Launder Unaccounted Money : ITAT Nitish Kashyap19 July 2020 8:52 PMShare This – xThe ITAT said that even laymen were aware of the kind of operations done by entities in places like Cayman Islands.The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has upheld an order passed by the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) holding Renu Tharani, a woman in her late eighties, to be liable to pay tax on over Rs.196 crore that has been stashed abroad in HSBC Private Bank, Geneva, Switzerland in the name of Tharani Family Trust, of which the assessee is a beneficiary. The coram of Vice President Pramod Kumar…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Income Tax Appellate Tribunal has upheld an order passed by the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) holding Renu Tharani, a woman in her late eighties, to be liable to pay tax on over Rs.196 crore that has been stashed abroad in HSBC Private Bank, Geneva, Switzerland in the name of Tharani Family Trust, of which the assessee is a beneficiary. The coram of Vice President Pramod Kumar and Amarjit Singh, Judicial Member of ITAT, Mumbai bench was hearing Renu Tharani’s appeal against an order passed by Commissioner of income Tax (Appeals) confirming the order passed by the Assessing Officer reopening assessment for the year 2005-06, by issuing notice under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, in 2014. Reason given for reopening assessment was that some information about the appellant was received from the office of DIT(Investigation) Bangalore. As per the information received, the appellant who had declared income of Rs.1.7 lakh for 2005-06, had an account with HSBC Bank, Geneva. Moreover, it was visible from the bank statement of the said account that the appellant had a peak balance of US$ 39738122 in the said account during the period 2005-06 which amounted to Rs.196,46,79,146 at the time. After perusing through relevant records and the assessing officer’s order, CIT(A) concluded that Renu Tharani is the sole beneficiary of Tharani Family Trust, which is the sole beneficiary of GWU Investments Ltd. GWU Investments Ltd having an address in Cayman Islands has investment managed by Haresh Tharani, son of the appellant. Advocates Ved Jain and Mukesh Advani appeared on behalf of the appellant. They submitted that the assessee is admittedly a non-resident and since the impugned assessment was framed on the assessee in her residential status as “non-resident”, she was not required to disclose her foreign bank accounts, even if any. Moreover, unlike in the United States, where global taxation of income of the assessee is on the basis of citizenship, the basis of taxability of income outside India, in India, is on the basis of residential status of the assessee, Jain submitted. Since March 23, 2004, the assessee is regularly residing in the United States of America, and after the financial year ended on March 31, 2006, she is a non-resident assessee. Therefore, Jain contended that any sums credited in the bank account in question cannot be taxed in the hands of the assessee, and, when it cannot be so taxed, the very foundation of the impugned reassessment proceedings ceases to hold good in law. However, at the very outset the bench raised questions about the appellant’s Bangalore residence- “As we have given our careful consideration to the rival contentions and the material on record in the light of applicable legal position, we have also taken off the factual matrix of this case. Here is an assessee who files her return of income, disclosing a meagre income of Rs 1,70,800, giving a Bangalore address and files the income tax return a ward which was meant for resident assessees. Going by the facts placed by the assessee on record, which are also set out in the paper-book, the Bangalore property was sold in the year ended March 2003, but yet income tax return continued to be filed at that address. It is not clear as to what was the basis of filing the income tax return at Bangalore but then let’s leave it at that for the time being. The income tax return filed by the assessee, a copy of which is placed before us at page 62 of assessee’s paper-book, does not at all tick the status as ‘non-resident’, but there is a clearly visible mark in the status as ‘resident’.” Importantly, the bench also clarified regarding objections by the appellant on reopening of assessment – “As regards the decisions that reopening cannot be done for mere verifications, the present case is not a case which some general and vague information is received about the assessee, which may or may not lead to an income escaping assessment in the hands of the assessee, and which is thus required to be examined on merits, but of a very specific cogent information regarding a bank account, with complete details that is good enough for holding at least the prima facie view that income has escaped in the assessment in the hands of the assessee. The peak balance in the account, which has subsequently come to the knowledge of the Assessing Officer and on the basis of which reopening is done, is tens of thousand times more than annual income of the assessee.”Finding the appellant’s connections with the entity based in Cayman Islands to be suspicious, the ITAT observed :”The assessee states that she is neither a shareholder nor a director in GWU Investments Ltd. That‟s not even in dispute. GWU Investments Ltd is a Cayman Islands entity, and it needs no special knowledge to know that, more as a rule rather than as an exception, the Cayman Island entities are owned by nominees of the beneficial owners. The operations carried out by these entities, are mainly to facilitate financial manoeuvring for the benefit of its clients, or, with that predominant underlying objective, to give the colour of genuineness to these entities. These offshore entities, which are routinely used to launder unaccounted monies, are a fact of life, and as much a part of the underbelly of the financial world, as many other evils. Even a layman, much less a Member of this specialized Tribunal, cannot be oblivious of these ground realities. Nothing, therefore, really turns on the assessee not being a director or shareholder of the GWU Investments Ltd. The relevant question is whether she is beneficial owner of the said company or not”. Finally, the bench observed- “Viewed in the light of factual backdrop of the case, and in the light of the above legal position, no reasonable person can accept the explanation of the assessee. The assessee is not a public personality like Mother Terresa that some unknown person, with complete anonymity, will settle a trust to give her US $ 4 million, and in any case, Cayman Islands is not known for philanthropists operating from there; if Cayman Islands is known for anything relevant, it is known for an atmosphere conducive to hiding unaccounted wealth and money laundering, and that does not advance the case of the assessee. This is a jurisdiction which has double the number of companies than resident, most of which remain only on paper, and it will be no naïve to believe that these companies are located here, in a country with around 65,000 residents, for bonafide core activities, rather than the benefits of anonymity, secrecy and liberal tax laws.” Furthermore, Cayman Island is one of the few jurisdictions in the world where public records of the beneficiaries of firms and companies, like GWU Investments Ltd, are not maintained, and it is only with effect from 2023, that is if the promises made by the Government of Cayman Islands can be believed at face value, that such public records will be maintained. That is an ideal situation, as of now, for holding the unaccounted monies through a web of proxy corporate entities”, the Tribunal recorded. Dismissing the appeal, the bench confirmed the conclusions arrived at by the CIT(A) and declined to interfere in the matter. Thus, the addition of over Rs.196 crore in respect of the assessee’s account with HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, Geneva, was confirmed.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal Deputy supports call for public inquiry into Mica issue

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ A Donegal Deputy is supporting a call for a public inquiry to be held into the ongoing Mica issue.Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has submitted a parliamentary question to Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien after being lobbied by campaigners of Mica affected homeowners who are dismayed at the Government’s failure to hold a public inquiry into the issue.Deputy MacLochlainn says the anger among homeowners in Inishowen over the past number of days was palpable:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/padmica1pm-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleCathaoirleach calls for work on Buncrana Town Plan to be fast trackedNext articlePeople of Kilmacrennan have suffered too long from raw sewage smell – O’Donell News Highland Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Donegal Deputy supports call for public inquiry into Mica issue By News Highland – May 12, 2021 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Protein synthesis, RNA concentrations, nitrogen excretion, and metabolism vary seasonally in the Antarctic holothurian Heterocucumis steineni (Ludwig, 1898)

first_imgSeasonal changes in protein and nitrogen metabolism have not previously been reported in any Antarctic suspension-feeding species that ceases feeding for extended periods in winter. To provide comparison with data reported on Nacella concinna, a species that continues to feed in winter, we have measured feeding activity; oxygen consumption; ammonia, urea, and fluorescamine-positive substance (FPS) excretion; O:N ratios; body wall protein synthesis; RNA to protein ratios; and RNA activity at three times during the year in an Antarctic suspension-feeding holothurian. Feeding activity ceased for 4 mo during winter, and oxygen consumption rates decreased from 8.79+/-0.43 mumol h(-1) to 4.48+/-0.34 mumol h(-1). Ammonia excretion also decreased during winter from 2,600+/-177 nmol N h(-1) to 974+/-70 nmol N h(-1), but urea excretion rates increased from 178+/-36 nmol N h(-1) to 281+/-110 nmol N h(-1), while FPS excretion rates remained unchanged throughout the year with a seasonal mean of 88+/-13 nmol N h(-1). Oxygen to nitrogen ratios ranged between 6 and 10, suggesting that proteins were used as the primary metabolic substrate. Body wall protein synthesis rates decreased from 0.35%+/-0.03% d(-1) in summer to 0.23% d(-1) in winter, while RNA to protein ratios decreased from 33.10+/-1.0 mug RNA mg(-1) protein in summer to 27.88+/-1.3 mug RNA mg(-1) protein in winter, and RNA activity was very low, ranging between 0.11+/-0.01 mg protein mg(-1) RNA d(-1) in summer and 0.06+/-0.01 mg protein mg(-1) RNA d(-1) in winter. Heterocucumis steineni shows a larger seasonal decrease in oxygen consumption and ammonia excretion between February (summer) and July (winter) than N. concinna, while the proportional decrease in protein synthesis rates is similar in both species.last_img read more

Oil and gas industry has ‘huge opportunity’ to drive low-carbon energy transition

first_imgThe world will need oil and gas for years to comeDespite the focus on transitioning away from fossil fuels and their carbon impact, the IEA director dismissed calls from environmentalists to ban all new oil and gas projects.He said: “It’s wrong to say ‘no’ to new oil and gas production. The world will need oil and gas for several years to come.“But if the industry sincerely wants to be a solution to the problem, it should focus on lowering emissions like methane from its production.“Cutting methane emissions is a very easy win – a big chunk of them can be removed at very little cost.“Around 15% of all energy-related emissions come from oil and gas production operations. We need companies not to be greedy here.”He cautioned, however, that while the world will need oil and gas products for several years to come, “there will not be any company not affected by the clean energy transition”. Speaking at IP Week in London, IEA director Dr Fatih Birol told oil and gas firms to forget their “egos” and use their expertise to accelerate the push for low-carbon energy IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol speaking at IP Week in London The oil and gas industry has a “huge opportunity” in the next 10 years to drive the low-carbon energy transition and earn a social licence to operate – provided it explores all clean technology options with full commitment and “sincerity”.That is according to International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Dr Fatih Birol, who warned industry delegates at London’s IP Week conference today (25 February) that the coming decade will be “critical” to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring “a door to a better future is not closed forever”.He said the oil and gas industry is well-positioned to advance these decarbonisation efforts given its engineering prowess, deep pockets, wealth of skills and know-how – and should concentrate on exploring all means of developing clean energy technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen.Dr Birol added: “It is impossible to reach the desired levels of emissions reduction with only one single solution.“If we take it seriously, we need all clean energy technologies to be implemented. It’s simple arithmetic.“The issue is not to boost our own egos but to lower emissions.”center_img Carbon capture technology will be instrumental to low-carbon energy transitionThe IEA boss stressed that by integrating CCS technology into their portfolios, oil and gas companies have a “huge opportunity” to develop a social licence to operate in a world increasingly committed to decarbonisation.In doing so, the industry would follow past transitional trends, from coal in the last century, to oil and then gas, followed by the growth of nuclear and then renewables.Energy companies account for a significant portion of global carbon emissions, and while recent figures have shown that levels flat-lined in 2019, Dr Birol urged the industry to make sure that future trends follow a path of decline.He said the 2019 figures were the result of a combination of more renewables, the switch from coal to gas and a record-high level of nuclear power generation – evidence of the need to deploy a range of strategies in a push to address climate change.“It is good that emissions didn’t increase, but now it’s the job of the IEA to lead the global clean energy transition and see a big decline in emissions over the next 10 years,” added Dr Birol.last_img read more

Early Recordings Of The Benevento Russo Duo Surface After 13+ Years

first_imgWith the announcement of the Benevento Russo Duo performing their first show at the Brooklyn Bowl for the upcoming Freaks Ball, fans begin to plot their upcoming adventures by going back to the good times of the early 2000’s jam scene. The combination of drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento is certainly one that is craveable, having only played a secret show in 2016 and an official set on Jam Cruise in January 2017 after a 6 year hiatus.Taper neddy o has shared some old sets from the Duo in celebration of their return. The following is from The Tap Bar in 2002 with a sit-in from Justin Wallace, playing to less than a dozen people.The second surfaced set is from January 2004, when the band had a residency going at Tribeca Rock Club. Wayne Krantz sits in for this entire set, and Phish bassist Mike Gordon even hops on organ for the first song. Listen below:[Photo via Benevento Russo Duo’s Facebook]last_img read more

A case for yawn-free civics

first_imgIt’s a common refrain that immigrants taking the U.S. citizenship test know more about the workings of the federal government than the average holder of a U.S. birth certificate.A group of experts dedicated to grappling with the themes outlined in the Constitution gathered Monday at Harvard Law School (HLS) to explore that disturbing trend and the importance of civics.Two retired U.S. Supreme Court justices, a constitutional scholar, a former U.S. solicitor general, and the dean of HLS took part in the noontime session, part of a daylong symposium titled “Civics Education: Why It Matters to Democracy, Society, and You.” The HLS Dean’s Office, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education sponsored the event.Dean Martha Minow opened the conversation by asking the participants about their personal connections to the topic, and its relevance today.Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, responded frankly, telling the crowd that her grade-school introduction to civics was “boring. I really got tired of it.”Looking back on the experience, O’Connor said, she realized that civics was a vital topic that could and should be taught much more effectively. “It’s all about how things happen at the local level, and later at the state level, and later at the national level, and it does help teach young people how our government works and how each of us are part of it.”Since stepping down from the bench in 2006, O’Connor has devoted much of her time to advocating for early civics education. In 2009 she founded the nonprofit iCivics, an online learning platform that includes free teaching materials devoted to the topic.Justice David Souter, who delivered Harvard’s commencement address in 2010, described a constitutional system balanced “between two very fundamental tendencies in American society and American political organization: the tendency to fly apart into individual interest and historical and individual groups, and the tendency to pull together.”Binding the nation together, said Souter, is at the heart of the value system outlined in the Constitution, “a value system about how to use power and distribute it and limit it, and a value system that reflects a shared conception of human worth. That value system is the counterpoise to the divisive tendencies that are so strong. Civic ignorance is the defeat of that value system.”He added: “What in effect is driving me right now is simply the essential nature of a substantially ignored value system. Without it there is no chance of overcoming, of surviving, the polarization that everyone decries. Because it is only in the common acceptance of that value system that we are going to know that at the end of the day no matter what we are fighting about, no matter what the vote is in Congress, or the state house, or the town meeting, there is something that holds us together.”Kenneth Starr, former solicitor general, said his concern for civic engagement really took hold when he argued for the constitutionality of the Flag Protection Act of 1989. Though he lost the case in 1990, Starr said that press reports and public opinion polls during the hearing underscored what he called an “inadequate appreciation on the part of the American people … of what I would just call the culture of liberty.”Later, volunteering in city schools, Starr, now the president of Baylor University, was disturbed by the “erosion of the values of liberty as taught in schools” and a lack of appreciation “of the fact that kids have rights, and the baseline, even for them, is liberty as well.”More than 30 years ago, a local pub and a thirsty student helped Laurence Tribe, Harvard’s Carl M. Loeb University Professor, truly appreciate the importance of civics. While he was making the point that “governmental power cannot be delegated to religious bodies” during an HLS class, Tribe said, a student challenged the claim, complaining that he couldn’t get a lunchtime beer at a local restaurant because a nearby church, under the protection of Massachusetts law, had denied its access to a liquor license.The student, along with Tribe and his then-colleague Stephen Breyer, now a Supreme Court justice, filed a lawsuit claiming that the church’s interference was a violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The trio took the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won with an eight-to-one decision.“The unintended lesson that civic engagement matters, that you can actually make a difference in fundamental principles that govern the country just by asking a question, that stuck with me and it has been one of my best experiences,” said Tribe.One way to combat a growing cynicism about government, especially in younger generations, is to engage young people in some kind of civic action or experience, agreed the panelists.“All you have to do is get the students involved in some question of a local nature that raises a constitutional issue. Let them ask the question and get involved, maybe bring some petition or motion before a public body to get them engaged in it. It gets them turned on right away,” said O’Connor.Bringing public officials into schools, encouraging participation in jury duty, discussing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and raising issues around privacy rights online are all ways to reach students and encourage broader civic discourse, the panelists added.Souter also argued for a vibrant history curriculum.“Let them learn something about other times. To put it simply, teach some history. … When you do, you will realize that we have been here before, and you will realize how we got out of these situations before, and you will realize that the norm is, in fact, something that does not create cynicism.”last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Increases Cooperation with Combined Maritime Forces

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 17, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Naval Operations Command (CON, in Portuguese) will increase cooperation with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a U.S Navy and Royal Navy-led multinational naval partnership, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. CMF fights piracy, terrorism, and illegal activities at sea. In July 2018, Brazil officially became the 33rd and only Latin American country to join CMF. The organization controls navigation in 3.2 million square miles of high-risk international waters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, including the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. “This means that Brazil became a sitting member of a select group of countries seeking to contribute to maritime security and free trade in a region with a high concentration of maritime shipping lanes. The new status increases operational knowledge in the fight against crimes at sea, such as piracy, terrorism, drug, and arms trafficking. It’s also a great opportunity to establish exchanges with other navies, given the considerable number of countries involved,” said MB Commander Wendell Petrocelli de Lima of CON’s Joint Operations and Planning Division. In the past, liaison officers at CMF deployed to serve in the Middle East forwarded threat reports in monitored maritime areas to CON. As Brazil joined CMF as a sitting member, MB Commander João Orlando Enes Prudêncio took on the role of senior national representative, to act as a CMF General Staff member, in Manama, July 2018–July 2019. Cmdr. Prudêncio will then be assigned to CON to serve a two-year minimum, applying and disseminating all acquired knowledge. Brazilian maritime potential CMF is under the command of U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, who also serves as commander of U.S Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. Royal Navy Commodore Steve Dainton, UK Maritime Component commander at CMF, is second-in-command. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Brazil to our growing organization,” said Commodore Dainton in a CMF press release. “It shows that maritime security issues like piracy and acts of terror are a global concern, and we hope the Brazilian Navy contributes to our international partnership.” CMF’s resources fall under three combined task forces (CTF). CTF-150, Maritime Security Operations and Counterterrorism, was created in February 2002 after 9/11. CTF-151, Counter-Piracy, handles combat operations against piracy since January 2009. CTF-152, Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf, prioritizes the fight against terror and narcotraffickers under a U.S and Royal Saudi Navy-led team of officers. Brazil’s new membership attests to the power of its naval force and its capabilities, means, and human resources to cooperate and take part in global maritime task forces and operations. “Brazil participates with an officer in the General Staff of CTF-151, which is responsible for the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa, since November 2017. The Brazilian Navy has a second officer since September 28, 2018, who, along with Cmdr. Prudêncio, is part of the General Staff of CTF-151, under Kuwait’s command,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Future possibilities With critical vessels among its fleet, such as the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier Atlântico and the Bahia Multipurpose Dock Ship, that are now formally part of CMF, MB could participate in international patrols within CMF’s jurisdiction. “Not now, but as a CMF member country, it’s possible in the future,” Cmdr. Petrocelli said. “MB’s ship crews are trained to take action during several combat operations and crimes at sea, such as those CMF faces,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Since 2011, MB commands the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon with a ship and an aircraft permanently deployed to stop the influx of illegal weapons and contraband. MB also contributes to training the Lebanese Navy to help its troops gain operational autonomy. “Brazil seeks to stay current and engaged in maritime threat matters, although our actions within CMF are limited to combating piracy, due to the Brazilian government’s legal position,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. “Piracy in the Horn of Africa is a problem that afflicts the entire international community because it directly affects global trade, and Brazil has an interest in contributing to fighting this crime. In addition, Brazil can gain from the experience in the fight against piracy in this part of the world to use against the existing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a strategic area of great interest for the country,” concluded Cmdr. Petrocelli.last_img read more