Senate OKs Leahy’s Amendment To Delay Border-Crossing Requirements

first_imgSenate OKs Leahys AmendmentTo Delay Border-Crossing Requirements,As Leahy Also Beats Back BidTo Curb 1st Responder Grants To Smaller States Leahy says the lack of sufficientcoordination on the Pass Card (or Passport Card) system betweenDHS and State, and between the Bush Administration and the Government ofCanada, spells trouble for the system.  This has been shaping up asa bureaucratic nightmare that could clog our borders while making us even lesssecure, said Leahy.  We need to prod these agencies to cometo grips with these problems and fix them beforehand, not afterward. In the home stretch to the bills Senate passage Thursday evening,Leahy successfully led the effort to beat back an attempt to weaken the fundingformula he authored for first-responder grants his all-state minimumformula that has brought more than $65 million to Vermont in the last fouryears.  The Leahy grant formula, which he included in the USA PATRIOT Act of2001, assures that Vermont and other states receive basic grants for their firstresponder agencies the police, fire and rescue departments that areresponsible for homeland security and emergency preparedness.  The bid toweaken the Leahy formula lost in a vote of 34 to 66. The certification requirements in LeahysWHTI amendment require the two departments to:1.     Ensure that thetechnology for any Passport Card meets certain security standards andthat DHS and State agree on that technology.2.     Share the technologywith the governments of Canada and Mexico.3.     Justify the fee setfor the Passport Card.  4.     Develop analternative procedure for groups of children traveling across the border underadult supervision with parental consent. WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 13) Vermont Thursday scored twosignificant policy wins engineered by Sen. Patrick Leahy as the U.S. Senate passedthe annual homeland security budget bill. Install all necessary technological infrastructure at the ports of entry to process the cards and train U.S. agents at the border crossings in all aspects of the new technology. 6.     Make the PassportCard available for international land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean and Bermuda.7.     Establish a unified implementationdate for all sea and land borders.  The bill also includes Leahys legislation to postpone andimprove implementation of the controversial Pass Card system for bordercrossings, which will require new identity cards and methods for crossing U.S. borders, including the Northern Border with Canada.  Leahy and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) earlier had added tothe bill their amendment to delay implementation of the Pass Card system part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) — for 17 months, untilJune 1, 2009, and to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and theSecretary of State to certify to Congress that several standards are met beforethe program moves forward.  Leahy is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of itsHomeland Security Subcommittee, which handled the Senates work indrafting the annual appropriations bill for the Department of HomelandSecurity.  The bill now goes to conference with the House version of thebill, which does not include Leahys WHTI amendment but which does alsomaintain the Leahy formula for first-responder grants. # # # # #last_img read more

January 15, 2005 Notices

first_img Notice Garel seeks Florida Bar readmission Arthur M. Garel of Miami has petitioned the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for Bar readmission.Garel resigned from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to a January 1995, Supreme Court order under allegations of trust account violations.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Garel’s application for readmission and all Bar members are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Garel, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. R osenthal petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Joel N. Rosenthal has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from a rehabilitative suspension.Rosenthal’s suspension was effective December 16, 1999, and was for a period of three years resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Rosenthal’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Barnaby Lee Min, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Franjola petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Franjola has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Franjola’s suspension was effective August 24, 1998, and was for a period of three years resulting from a felony conviction for possession of cocaine.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Franjola’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jan K. Wichrowski, Chief Branch Disciplinary Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 32804-6314, phone (407) 425-5424. Comments sought on Judge Bodiford The current term of the office of part-time U.S. Magistrate Larry A. Bodiford is due to expire September 23. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term.The duties of the magistrate judge position include the following: conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary hearings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and conduct of final hearings for naturalization and admission of attorneys.Comments from members of the Bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to: William M. McCool, Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 111 N. Adams St., Tallahassee 32301. Comments must be received by March 31. 11th JNC seeks judicial applicants The 11th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the elevation of Judge Richard J. Suarez to the Third DCA.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar for the preceding five years, and reside in the 11th Circuit upon assuming office.Applications may be obtained from JNC Co-chairs Gerald I. Kornreich or Manuel Kadre at the Law Offices of Kornreich and Terraferma, Bank of America Tower, Suite #3950, 100 Southeast Second Street, Miami 33131or the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.An original plus 10 copies of the completed application must be received by Kornreich or Kadre no later than 5 p.m. January 17. Those who have previously submitted applications to the commission must submit new applications. 11th JNC seeks judicial applicants The 11th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the resignation of Judge Alex E. Ferrer.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar for the preceding five years, and reside in the 11th Circuit upon assuming office.Applications may be obtained from JNC Co-chairs Gerald I. Kornreich or Manuel Kadre at the Law Offices of Kornreich and Terraferma, Bank of America Tower, Suite #3950, 100 Southeast Second Street, Miami 33131or the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.An original plus 10 copies of the completed application must be received by Kornreich or Kadre no later than 5 p.m. January 19. Those who have previously submitted applications to the commission must submit new applications. Spittler petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, John Joseph Spittler, Jr., has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from a rehabilitative suspension.Spittler’s suspension was effective July 17, 2001, and was for a period of nine months resulting from misconduct in the filing of improper bankruptcy schedules and transfer of property.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Spittler’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Carlos A. Leon, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. January 15, 2005 Notices January 15, 2005 Noticeslast_img read more

3 unconventional ways (and a bonus) to get motivated

first_imgIts Wednesday, you have made it through half of the week and you are eyeing the weekend. You might be looking at your computer right now knowing that you have work to do but just can’t seem to find the motivation to do it. Here are a few things you can do that might be outside of the traditional ways. Clean your desk. Will in your work rut take a look at your desk. Is there a coffee cup from this morning? Maybe a ton of papers you have been meaning to take to the recycle. No matter what it is clearing those things and sprucing your desk up a little might be just enough to get you moving forward again. Change your music.Are you currently listening to your weekend “kick back” music? Think about changing it up. Whether it is music that pumps you up or some classical music that zones you in finding what works for you might just be what you need to get out of your motivation log jam.   Our office used to enjoy some Jock Jams when we needed a pick me up. Find a little YouTube motivation.There are plenty of people who are extremely motivating. YouTube makes it easy to find someone you find motivating who might just give you the boost you need to move forward. Don’t think about just work, even listening to someone that might motivate you for a workout can help!Bonus.Working for CUInsight.com I am in a unique working situation, I get to telework. When I know I have a lot of work and drive needed for my day I make sure I get up and get ready like I am going into the office. Something about this makes my work seem so much easier when I lack the motivation that I normally have.  27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more