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Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss issues a Public Challenge to Congressman Bucshon to Debate!

first_img“Our nation is at the precipice.  Time is running out. We cannot afford business as usual or the status quo. Our country is slipping through our fingers.  It is time for a change for Indiana’s 8th district. I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary May 3 2016. I will be your conservative champion in Washington.  I will not let you down.  Thank you.”Find out more about Dr. Moss at  Call or email at 812-684-0971 or [email protected]  Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.Posted without opinion, editing or biasFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Stop Ducking the Voters and the Issues!Jasper, IN – The Moss For Congress Campaign is issuing a formal and public challenge to Congressman Larry Bucshon to debate Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss in three areas across Indiana’s 8th Congressional District including Vanderburgh, Vigo, and Dubois Counties in the month of April before the May 3, 2016 Republican primary.“I call on Congressman Larry Bucshon to stop hiding behind his speech writers, spin doctors, paid operatives, hired staff, consultants, lobbyists, and propagandists and debate me on the issues and his voting record, one on one, face to face, eyeball to eyeball, in Evansville, Terre Haute, and Jasper in the month of April. Stop ducking the issues, Congressman. Stop snubbing the voters. Stop hiding behind your huge campaign war chest and the power and perks of incumbency, and face me, your challenger in the Republican Primary – and let the voters decide who should represents them.”We had scheduled a debate with Congressman Bucshon at our expense at the Eykamp Scout Center on Wednesday, March 30, 2015, in Evansville.  My campaign staff made the arrangements including food and beverages.  The Moss For Congress Campaign paid for the insurance and rent for the facility.  We notified the public through the press and other venues.  We contacted the Bucshon campaign by phone and email through his website and Evansville District Office on multiple occasions going back weeks before the event.  Each time our campaign was given the run around, leading up to a final dismissive and patronizing email note from the Bucshon campaign regarding how busy the beloved Congressman was.  Further, his schedule for that day indicated that he was in Evansville the day of the debate meeting with the Vanderburgh County Republicans Women’s Group.  He had plenty of advance notice and opportunity to respond but for purely political reasons, chose not to – until a campaign staffer fired off a summary, off-handed dismissal.As I mentioned at the time, none of this was unexpected.  Bucshon has better things to do.  Ensconced in office, enjoying the advantages of incumbency, self-satisfied, smug, secure, well funded, plenty of perks, a large staff and budget, the Congressman has grown complacent and insulated.  He doesn’t have to confront his opponent in a debate or meet the constituents other than in controlled, staged settings.  He prefers not to pick through the various votes he has taken in nearly six years in Congress that have done enormous damage to the 8th District, Indiana, and the nation. I would understand his hesitation. Friendly Lincoln Day Dinners as keynote speaker without being challenged would be more to his liking.We provided an opportunity for the voters to hear from both candidates, in a face-to-face debate. Ron Cosby of the City County Observer agreed to moderate.  We leased a suitable facility. The Congressman was given ample notice to arrange his schedule.  He found it unacceptable. Fine. It’s over.  But let’s agree now to arrange a series of three Lincoln-Douglas style debates, in honor of the founder of the Republican Party, our 16th President, in the three main divisions of the 8th district, sponsored by local media in each area.  And let the voters decide.Congressman Bucshon claims to be transparent.  He asserts that he wants to be open with his constituents. But when it comes to an honest debate, he snubs the people.  Where is the accountability?  We don’t need more glossy campaign mailers from speechwriters and ministers of propaganda.  We don’t need to hear from the graphic designers, media consultants, marketing specialists, and other paid political hacks.  We don’t need the slick TV commercials and radio spots telling us how wonderful he is or the Face Book ads and Robocalls.  We need to hear from you, Congressman.  Without the layers of staffers and operatives that protect and shield you.  In a series of three debates across the district face to face.  Leave your advisors, managers, and other hangers-on behind. And let the people decide who should represent them.As I have written before:“Congressman Bucshon voted for the Omnibus bill last December, not less than 2000 pages, a $1.1 trillion behemoth, or about half a billion dollars a page, that increased spending by $53 billion over the last year.  It also fully funded Obama’s lawless executive amnesty, not to mention Planned Parenthood and “sanctuary cities,” while quadrupling H2-B visas bringing in more unskilled labor to compete with American workers.  So his claims to oppose Amnesty are false.  If you fund something you support it.  And he has voted to fund amnesty.  Anything after that is meaningless political pablum.”It’s time to pick over Congressman Bucshon’s voting record.  Not his “conservative” rhetoric when he comes home to campaign – but his actual votes. The people deserve a face-to-face comparison of the two candidates in the Republican primary. I publically challenge Congressman Bucshon to a debate.  And let the voters decide!last_img read more

May 3, 2021 0

Keep ICE on the job

first_imgDear Editor:After the tragedy of 9/11, politicians said they would never forget but it appears that some liberal politicians have forgotten their pledge to keep America safe and want to disband ICE. Our previous lax visas laws allowed 9/11 to happened. ICE’s job is the removal of people who violate our immigration laws especially those who have engaged in illegal activities including drugs and sex trafficking.As a citizen, I cannot choose which laws to obey, the consequences of not obeying are fines and/or prison time. Unfortunately, many liberal politicians want an open border and have no problems with noncitizens breaking the laws.Personally, I don’t believe the so-called compassion by our politicians, they want illegal immigration because the 2020 census is around the corner and they want to protect their political turf. Congressional seats are based on populations, not citizenship; plus, the distribution of federal tax dollars is based on a head count, the higher the head count, the greater the funds. It is well known, politicians love spending our tax dollars.But here is the irony, you cannot go to a public meeting in a public building without being scanned and/or show your ID so the politicians can be safe but they want massive immigration which puts the public at risk. Disbanding ICE is a welcome mat for any terrorist willing to explore this weakness and is nothing but an open-door policy for drugs and sex trafficking on the southern border.It is sad that our politicians would sell out the safety of American citizens for their personal political gain. Yvonne Balcerlast_img read more

May 2, 2021 0

Speech: Queen’s birthday celebration 2019 in Suva, Fiji: High Commissioner, Melanie Hopkins’ speech

first_img The UK has continued to lead on climate change, both domestically and internationally, including here in the Pacific. The UK is proud to be a supporter of the regional Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) hub as part of the USD88 million spent in the Pacific on International Climate Finance. We are also the champion for resilience and adaptation at the UN Secretary General’s Climate summit in September 2019. At home, we have now gone 300 hours without coal – a huge step towards becoming the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions. On oceans we have delivered new scientific and data support on ocean management as well as marine litter. The University of the South Pacific won a new 5 year £1.6 million UK research grant and will partner with world leading research centres in other Commonwealth countries in the response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean. Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Hon Inia SeruiratuHonourable Ministers and Members of Parliament Distinguished Guests, members of the media, Ladies and GentlemenBula Vinaka, Namaste.It’s a joy to welcome you all to Gordon House as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 93rd Birthday. The more discerning amongst you may have noticed a distinct Scottish theme tonight. I am delighted to be joined by the First Scots Guards tonight who are here on a rugby tour and joined their comrades at the RFMF for a march through the city at the Change of Guard at the State House last Saturday.I’m very proud that we are celebrating her Majesty’s birthday with a unique bula-kilt combination found nowhere on earth.I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Fiji 7s rugby team for bringing home the London 7s title and now leading with the HSBC World Sevens.We are very proud of the UK’s global reach as the only country in the world to spend 0.7% of GDP on development and 2% of defence; and the UK announced last year the largest expansion of its diplomatic network in a generation.This year has seen a step change in the UK’s relationship with Pacific countries: Bilaterally we have extended new support on human rights, IMO negotiations, women’s empowerment and police training. In Fiji and Tonga, we welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to deepen links on youth, gender empowerment, conservation and veterans. We have secured a new economic partnership with Papua New Guinea and Fiji to protect trade access post exit from the EU. Speaking of trade, we were delighted when Fiji Airways selected Airbus and Rolls Royce (whom I’d like to thank for their generous sponsorship of this year’s celebration) for its next generation of aircraft. Major parts of the A350 XWB are made all across the UK. Rolls Royce is known throughout the world for its precision engineering and quality engines. I can’t wait to fly on one of these. So, in short, Britain is back!And we have plenty still to come this year. This is the year when the UK’s diplomatic network doubles in the Pacific – from 3 to 6 diplomatic missions, more than any other European partner. The British High Commission team in Suva has doubled this past year with new roles on development, oceans, regional organisations and programmes.But lists of numbers and programmes don’t begin to tell the story of this relationship. A relationship so rooted in shared history and personal ties. How best to sum it up? After two and a half years in the Pacific, I thought I would like to take inspiration from the tradition of Talanoa or storytelling to tell the story of one or two individuals whose achievements sum up what makes the UK-Fiji and UK-Pacific relationships so very special.The first story involves a lady called Lusiana Manoa. Lusi was born in Navatu, Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu. Her dream as a child was to help people and to become a doctor. She was encouraged by her parents, University lecturers and they moved to a farm in Wainadoi, outside Navua. She soon realised that she wanted to specialise in diabetes prevention. Lusi was selected for a UK masters (Chevening) scholarship in 2017-2018 and was awarded a place at the London School of Economics rated the second in the world for social policy.At the end of her Masters, not only did she graduate with distinction, but Lusiana Manoa from Fiji was awarded the Dean’s prize for outstanding overall academic achievement. She now works as a WHO consultant technical advisor for non-communicable disease control.Next I want to tell you the story of Ben Naivalu, now Sergeant Ben Naivalu, a former student of Ratu Kadavulevu School in Tailevu. Sergeant Naivalu joined the British Army in 2004 and has served honourably on numerous overseas posts.As many of you know, just over 5 years ago, Russia, illegally annexed part of Ukraine, bringing open conflict to Europe’s borders for the first time since the Second World War. At the NATO Summit in Wales, NATO leaders agreed new support to Ukraine and to strengthen defences in the Baltic republics of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.The United Kingdom’s armed forces were ready to answer that call. Since September 18, the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment – including sergeant Naivalu – has spearheaded a multi-national battlegroup in Estonia.I want to thank all the Fijian men and women who are working so hard both in the British Armed Forces and the RFMF to protect global security, uphold the Rules Based International System and in the UK help the British army beat the navy at rugby! When he’s not working, Sergeant Naivalu continues to advocate for veterans and is passionate about supporting the Ministry of Defence Mental Health Awareness Campaign.So as we look ahead to big anniversaries of independence in the region – Kiribati’s 40th anniversary of independence on 10th July and Fiji’s 50th anniversary next year, we can be proud of the links that are taking us from a shared history to a shared future. But more than numbers or list of financial programmes, we can be proud of those men and women who are the beating heart of the relationship, and that includes many of you here tonight.On that note and with thanks again to our sponsors Airbus and Rolls Royce, I would like to invite you to join me in raising your glasses in a toast, “To the President, Government and People of the Republic of Fiji.”last_img read more

April 20, 2021 0

Pidy announces 50 cyclists for charity ride

first_imgPastry manufacturer Pidy has announced that 50 riders have signed up for the Ride 4 Hope charity cycle ride from Northampton to Ypres, Belgium.The three-day event, which will take place from the 6-8 July, will run for its fourth year to raise money for the Hope Centre, a Northampton-based charity working to relieve poverty and combat homelessness in the town.Pidy’s 30 cyclists raised £24,000 for the Hope Centre last year and the company has set a new target to raise £40,000 in 2017.“Following the success of last year’s event, we’ve been planning the biggest event yet,” said Pidy general manager Robert Whittle. “Our Pidy UK team, along with our colleagues in our Belgian head office are delighted to be once again supporting this event, raising money for such a great cause.”The riders will travel south through Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, cross the English Channel, cycle through northern France’s countryside, before a final push into the Flanders region of Belgium.last_img read more

April 20, 2021 0

Monica Toft named scholar for religion project

first_imgToft’s studies have focused on the ethnic and religious aspects of  war and conflict. Her previous book was Securing the Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars,  published in 2010, for which she traveled to conflict zones including Sudan. She was a Carnegie Scholar in 2008, and earned a doctorate at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was published in 2003 as The Geography of Ethnic Violence: Identity, Interests and the Indivisibility of Territory. Monica Duffy Toft, associate professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, has been named a project scholar in a new interdisciplinary project at Georgetown University to study religious freedom. The Religious Freedom Project, launched in Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, is funded by a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.The project will engage a team of international project scholars “to explore different understandings of religious liberty and its importance for democracy, economic and social development, international diplomacy, and the struggle against religious extremism.” The project will be led by the center’s senior fellow, Thomas Farr.Toft will bring rich scholarship and hands-on experience to the project study team. She leads the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and has written extensively on issues involving religious freedom and the role of religion in international conflict. Her latest book, God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics, co-authored with Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah, will be published in March.  Shah and Philpott are joining Toft as project scholars in the Georgetown project.last_img read more

March 1, 2021 0

35 Degree High Breaks 100-year-old Record In Jamestown Saturday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – To say it was cold on Saturday was an understatement, with a high of only 35 degrees, it is officially the coldest May 9th on record in Jamestown.The 35-degree high recorded at the Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport broke a record low-high that has stood for 118 years.The previous record was 42 degrees, set in 1902.Weather records for the City of Jamestown started being actively kept in 1890, later moving to the airport when it opened in the 1930’s. last_img read more

January 18, 2021 0

Bee Bugs.

first_imgA pesticide used to kill varroamites in Georgia bee hives is also proving effective in killingsmall hive beetles.Varroa mites and small hive beetlesare major pests to bees and their keepers in Georgia. In lateJanuary, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin granteda temporary clearance for beekeepers to use coumaphos, a pesticide,to fight them. However, beekeepers must remove honey from thecombs of coumaphos-treated hives.Important for GrowingCrops”Varroa mites and small hivebeetles are causing our honey bee population to dwindle,”Irvin said. “Honeybees play an important role in pollinatingmany fruits and vegetables and are responsible for pollinatingplants that account for approximately one-third of the food weeat.”The small hive beetle is a newpest, but varroa mites have been around for years.”We’ve been fighting varroamites since 1987,” said Keith Delaplane, an Extension Serviceentomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “The recent problem is theirresistance to the old stand-by product we were using.”Delaplane said the new pesticideis being used for two reasons. “One is because the varroamites have become resistant to the current pesticide, apistan,”he said. “The other is to fight a new pest, the small hivebeetle.”Came to the 1998The small hive beetle was unknownin the United States until its unexpected arrival in 1998. “Thatyear,” Delaplane said, “we found it in Georgia and inFlorida.”Both pests are harmful to beesand to beekeepers’ wallets.”The varroa mite is likea tick,” Delaplane said. “It attaches to the outsideof the bee and actually pierces into it. It’s broadly dispersedacross the state and is causing colonies to die all over Georgia.”The small hive beetle, on theother hand, is much less widely distributed, with concentrationsin south Georgia and several counties in metro Atlanta.”It’s a hive scavenger,”Delaplane said. “The larvae are carnivorous and eat immaturebees.”Hurt the Bees andEat the HoneyThey also eat honey. “Theygo tunneling through the combs and make a mess of everything,”he said. “Colonies that are severely infested will abandonthe nests, and the beekeeper comes back to find an empty box.”Delaplane said the beetles canlinger in colonies for weeks before causing damage. “Whenconditions are right, the larvae explode, and the colony comescrashing down,” he said.U.S.Department of Agriculture scientists had been looking for productsto control varroa mites, anticipating the day the current controlproduct would stop working, he said.A ‘Silver Bullet’for Both Pests”One of them, coumaphos,looked promising,” Delaplane said. “When the small hivebeetle showed up, they decided to try coumaphos on them, too.And it worked. So fortunately we got a silver bullet, so to speak,that works for both of our problems at once: the resistant mitesand the beetles.”Georgia has 75,000 bee coloniesand 2,000 hobby and commercial beekeepers. The industry generates$70 million each year in the state through sales of honey, beeswax,queen bees and package bees.”Georgia ranks 14th in thenation in honey production and second, behind California, in queenbee and packaged bee production,” Delaplane said. “Theseare bees that are shipped all to beekeepers over the world forstarting up colonies and for crop pollination. We dominate onthe east coast as a supplier of bees.”Searching for NonchemicalControlsDelaplane is doing his part tofight these pests. “My research focuses on alternative controlsthat are less chemically intense,” he said.Last summer, he tested a hivescreen that controls the varroa mites. “The screen createsa false floor in the bee hive,” he said. “When the mitesfall through the screen, they have trouble climbing back ontothe bees.”The screens were developed inFrance. Georgia beekeepers are now using them.last_img read more

January 17, 2021 0

Technology aiding peanut farmers

first_imgThe study was conducted in South Georgia on one farmer’s 180-acre peanut operation — 12 acres were tested in 2010 and 25 acres the following year. The test farmer saw substantial yield increases when using auto-steer to plant and invert peanuts compared to conventional methods. Vellidis said the farmer would have achieved an economic gain of $27,851 in 2010 and $37,540 in 2011 if auto-steer had been used on his entire peanut acreage either of those years. The difference in economic gain was mostly a result of differences in peanut prices for those two years. Auto-steer outperformed conventional methods by 516 pounds per acre in 2010 and 439 pounds per acre in 2011. An inverter flips a plant upside down so it is on top of the soil with the peanuts facing upwards. The plants are harvested mechanically a few days later. Auto-steer surprised the UGA research team when it greatly outperformed the human driver on straight and curved rows. “GPS guidance of farm machinery has been adopted by increasingly larger segments of the farming community over the past decade because of the inherent gains in efficiency that it provides,” Vellidis said. Auto-steer systems use GPS technology to help farmers guide their tractors through fields. For peanut farmers, this means more precise harvesting and fewer peanuts left in the ground. So how does it work? As the tractor is driven in a field, auto-steer gathers signals from a GPS and steers the tractor. Auto-steer creates parallel paths, which is ideal for farmers when planting and inverting peanuts. Auto-steer also enables the tractor to follow the exact same centerline created during planting when inverting the peanuts. This new technology has been available for more than 10 years but has only recently been adopted by farmers in large numbers. “Peanut industry observers report that auto-steer is quickly becoming an essential tool for farmers in the southeastern USA who include peanuts in their crop rotation,” Vellidis said. He estimates 50 percent of farmers now use auto-steer, and some use it on multiple farm vehicles. “The user-interface may be a little bit intimidating to someone not used to computer technology. But the manufacturers have made auto-steer very user-friendly so anybody can learn how to use it very quickly,” he added.center_img Vellidis says overall, auto-steer systems are very reliable, but like all technical equipment glitches can happen. Auto-steer technology is driving peanut farmers to higher crop yields and bigger profit margins. “Now, if it starts developing problems, you’re pretty much stuck and will need to rely on tech support to resolve your problem unless you’re a techy-kind of person. “It is very important that the tractor pulling the inverter passes as close as possible over the centerline on which the peanuts were planted. Otherwise, the inverter will cut off sections of the vines and those peanuts will remain in the soil and be lost to the farmer,” Vellidis said. “It was originally assumed that under low curvature conditions, a human operator would be able to follow the centerline well,” Vellidis said. “In fact, the solid green peanut canopy encountered when inverting peanuts makes it difficult for the human operator to align the tractor with the planting centerline, whereas the auto-steer system can place the tractor within 2.5 cm of the centerline.” Auto-steer systems cost between $22,000 and $25,000. Based on his research, Vellidis says producers who farm at least 200 acres of peanuts using auto-steer can pay for the system in one year with just the extra yield they gain on peanuts.“Auto-steer systems also provide additional economic gains whenever they are used for other farm operations and those gains also add up,” Vellidis said. Auto-steer also allows farmers to watch their crops beplanted and harvested without worrying about veering off course. The farmer still needs to turn the tractor into a row and make a turn at the end of the row. George Vellidis, a researcher on the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, reached this conclusion following a two-year study in 2010-11. Vellidis and his research team tested the on-board computer system for tractors on a private farm.last_img read more

January 17, 2021 0

FARC and Colombian Government Resume Peace Talks in Cuba

first_imgBy Dialogo April 25, 2013 During this time, “we made a determination to strengthen this process, giving us time to thoroughly analyze and prepare the remaining points to identify scenarios for agreement and move forward more quickly,” De la Calle explained. “Peace is not an unimportant matter; on the contrary, it is the most important goal for generations that are longing for a less painful ending to the conflict we are living in,” Catatumbo said in a press release. Meanwhile Pablo Catatumbo, who joined the FARC delegation of negotiators in Havana, said that the insurgents have started this new round of talks “with the strong determination to reach the most important demand of the Colombian people in history.” The talks started on November 19, and are still addressing the first point of the five-point agenda: the agrarian issue, which is the most complex of all. The delegations are resuming talks after a month-long recess. “This is a process that cannot continue for a long time, and we have clearly said this at the negotiating table, he added. “We want results,” said former Colombian Vice President Humberto de la Calle, head of the government delegation, but “peace will not come at any price; it will not be carelessly achieved, there is no room for peace against the will of citizens,” he stated when reading a press release. “We are here to find a political solution to the Colombian conflict on the basis of social justice. We want social justice, democracy and sovereignty for Colombia,” said Iván Márquez, head of the guerrilla delegation in the talks. On April 23, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla resumed peace talks in Havana in order to put an end to the armed conflict, and reach peace as soon as possible, which would be unacceptable to achieve “at any cost,” according to the parties’ statements. last_img read more

December 20, 2020 0


first_imgFlorida’s Children First!, a statewide, non-profit child advocacy organization, recently honored Holland & Knight at a fund-raiser in Tallahassee, commending the firm’s use of corporate resources and legal skills throughout the state to help children and their families.“Through the firm’s Community Services Team, Holland & Knight has been engaged in major litigation affecting the welfare of Florida’s children and families, most notably their nine-year leadership of the M.E. v. Bush class action litigation to obtain mental health services for dependent and delinquent children in state custody,” said Gerard Glynn, executive director of FCF! “Holland & Knight provided not only top notch legal talent but also financial and support resources, without which this litigation could never have been successfully mounted.”Glynn also praised the firm for its leadership in the formation of FCF! through the contribution of corporate advice, financial resources, and support services.“FCF! was founded under the belief that to make political systems work for children, public interest and corporate lawyers must come together,” Glynn said. “Holland & Knight has willingly met that challenge in a profound way.”Taps wins 2004 Ervin Equal Justice Award Journalists get edited. Academics get reviewed by their peers.But when it comes to scholars of the law, it is students, not peers, who review their articles. A group of students at the Florida International University College of Law has been selected to be the inaugural editorial board for the FIU Law Review.Starting this summer, seven FIU law students will begin poring through submissions from professors all over the country seeking to publish their latest work of legal scholarship.“It’s a little different from other disciplines,” said Norma Lorenzo, who was appointed to be the editor-in-chief of the nascent publication. “It’s quite a bit of responsibility, judging the work of people who in many cases are at the cutting edge of legal thought, or from whose textbooks you’re learning.”“Many judges prefer to hire clerks who have had experience editing a review,” said Law Dean Leonard Strickman. “That experience provides law students outstanding development of their legal writing and legal analysis skills.”Lorenzo was chosen for her post after a tough application and interview process with her professors.The first issue of the FIU Law Review is expected sometime in 2005.Holland & Knight praised for work on behalf of children Briefs The Tax Section recently held its 26th Annual Meeting and Educational Institute in Palm Beach Gardens.The meeting was preceded by a full-day CLE seminar titled “Tax Planning Throughout the Life Cycle of the Family Business.” The seminar featured several lawyers from Florida and around the country dealing with topics including the tax and ethical considerations in selecting the form of entity, tax considerations of entity agreements such as buy-sell agreements, incentive and deferred compensation arrangements for family-owned businesses, and post-mortem tax planning for family business owners. Audiotapes and written materials from the presentation may be purchased from the Tax Section by calling The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5630.The Annual Meeting also was marked by the ongoing work of the section’s divisions and committees. The section’s federal tax division announced that the section had submitted comments to proposed Treasury Regulations in the areas of reverse like-kind exchanges, section 1446 foreign partner withholding requirements, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. The section also submitted comments on a recommended standard of behavior for accountants in preparing tax returns with so-called “tax shelter” items under section 6694 of the Internal Revenue Code.The section also is partnering with the Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections in commissioning a re-write of the Florida Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, and with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the Elder Law Section in studying the Uniform Trust Code for potential adoption in Florida.The section also, under the leadership of Chair-Elect William Townsend, will sponsor a full-day CLE seminar in the coming year on the topic of Florida tax issues.In addition to the work on substantive matters of tax law, the annual meeting included presentations on personal financial planning for tax lawyers, the future of law firm office design, and the latest examples of computer network and mobile computing technology.The Tax Section also soon will have a new Web site, which is being implemented with the assistance of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida.The meeting closed with an awards dinner, where Larry Gragg of Miami was recognized with the section’s Outstanding Tax Lawyer of the Year Award, and the section’s Nick Lioce performed with his band, “Nick-O-Rockwa.”The Tax Section’s 2004-2005 organizational meeting will be held July 2-5 a t Amelia Island Plantation.Deehl wins ABA Muskie Pro Bono Service Award Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fl, has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to name the new federal courthouse in downtown Jacksonville after Judge Bryan Simpson.Brown said Judge Simpson was instrumental in the struggle for civil rights and ordered the desegregation of the school systems in Duval County, Orlando, and Daytona Beach. He also desegregated the Jacksonville zoo, city pools, and city golf courses.Martin Luther King, Jr., testified in Judge Simpson’s downtown Jacksonville courtroom on Monroe Street in the case of Young v. Davis, appealing that the judge overturn a segregationist ban against nighttime civil rights marches in St. Augustine. Less than a week later, Simpson honored King’s request.Brown said the bill will be introduced in the House and referred to the Transportation Subcommittee on Public Buildings. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fl, will join Congresswoman Brown as an original co-sponsor of the legislation. As a member of the Transportation Committee, Brown will be shepherding the legislation through the committee and will be seeking support from Florida Senators Bob Graham and Bill Nelson for passage in the Senate.“Judge Bryan Simpson was a pioneer in the struggle for civil rights, a role model for jurists, and played a vital role in Jacksonville’s history,” Brown said. “The new Judge Bryan Simpson Federal Courthouse is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much for the citizens of Jacksonville.”Judge Simpson was born in Kissimmee in 1903 and received his law degree from the University of Florida in 1926.Tax Section holds annual meeting Marc Taps, an unsung hero who has devoted his career to representing poor people at Legal Services of North Florida for 26 years, was honored with the 2004 Richard Ervin Equal Justice Award in Tallahassee.“Why does he work long hours, listen to sad story after sad story, and never lose focus of his mission?” asked LSNF Executive Director Kris Knab, his longtime colleague, in presenting the award at the May 4 banquet during week-long Law Day celebrations.“As he’s said several times over the years: ‘So I can look myself in the mirror each morning and know I’ve made a positive difference in someone’s life.’”Last year, 58-year-old Taps personally assisted more than 1,300 clients, and more than 20,000 over his long legal services career. His clients are children, the elderly, the indigent, the homeless, battered women and their children disenfranchised from their homes, migrant workers, and the disabled. He largely handles consumer law cases, helping people avoid losing their homes during Chapter 13 bankruptcy and foreclosure cases, and family law cases.One highlight of his career involved representing a class of minority citizens in Franklin County on a voting rights suit, resulting in the election of the first minority county commissioner since Reconstruction.“He has handled more individual cases on behalf of poor people for our program than anyone else in the history of LSNF,” Knab said. In addition, Taps manages the largest delivery office in North Florida program, helped supervise the Quincy office, and has provided advice and training to hundreds of attorneys and student volunteers who take on pro bono cases. Plus, Taps co-authors a landlord-tenant manual for The Florida Bar.As noted in his nomination materials supplied by Tallahassee Bar Association President Nina Ashenafi, Taps’ 28-year-old son, who has practiced law for only three years in Atlanta, earns almost three times what Marc Taps does as the managing attorney of Legal Services of North Florida.But the reward goes far beyond the paycheck.“I always considered myself the luckiest lawyer in town because I get to help people without worrying about being paid,” said Taps. “What could be more fun than helping people out?”The Tallahassee Bar Association nominated Taps for the award that recognizes an individual who, through their career, an event, or a court case, has made significant contributions to the legal justice system in Florida. His nomination was submitted to the Capital City Bar President’s Council, made up of the following bar associations: TBA, William H. Stafford Inns of Court, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Tallahassee Barristers, Florida Government Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.Taps is known to shy away from the spotlight, quietly and deliberately focusing on what Knab calls “fighting the good fight.”At the banquet in his honor, in which Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince gave the keynote address, Taps declined to sit at the head table, preferring to be surrounded by his legal services colleagues and lawyer wife, Joy Aukema.“Congratulations, Marc,” Knab announced at the banquet. “For once, come on down to the spotlight and accept your well-deserved honor.” The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will present the 2004 Edmund Muskie Pro Bono Service Award to Florida lawyer David L. Deehl.The award will be presented during the 2004 ABA Annual Meeting at the TIPS Annual Section luncheon on August 7 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.The Edmund Muskie Pro Bono Service award is given annually to recognize TIPS members who exemplify the attributes of Sen. Muskie, including his dedication to justice for all citizens and to public service, and his role as a lawyer and distinguished leader of TIPS.“The Muskie Award recognizes TIPS’ lawyers who go far to assure that all can find justice regardless of their ability to pay,” said TIPS Chair Linda Klein. “We salute lawyers like David, who donate countless hours in this important work.”Deehl practices in the Miami area and is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice, insurance, and personal injury issues, and is active in pro bono work, representing victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks through the Trial Lawyers Care program, and serving as a guardian ad litem for children. He is also involved with the Put Something Back program, sponsored by the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar.Nova plans Caribbean law conference Foundation honors Sheppard, Heffernan Nova Southeastern University Law Center is one of the lead sponsors for the American and Caribbean Law Initiative Summer Conference in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 23-24, 2004.The conference is titled “Caribbean Market Forces: The Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law.” The Web site includes the schedule, hotel information, and the registration form. Early registration and hotel registration for the conference is due by June 15th. The conference Web site can be found at American and Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI) is a collaborative project of four Caribbean and four American law schools. In the Caribbean, the participating institutions are Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica; Eugene Dupuch Law School in the Bahamas; Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad; and the Faculty of Law at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. In the United States, the participating law schools are Florida Coastal University School of Law in Jacksonville; Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.; Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale; and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston, Texas.For more information on ACLI and the “Caribbean Market Forces: The Emerging Trends in International and Comparative Law” summer conference, contact Jane E. Cross, professor, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University at (954) 262-6014; fax (954) 262-3835; [email protected] International to launch law review publication in 2005 June 1, 2004 Regular News William J. “Bill” Sheppard and Rosalie Heffernan were named recipients of The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Award for 2004.The award is presented annually by The Florida Bar Foundation to a lawyer, and to a nonlawyer or lawyer not actively engaged in the practice of law, for outstanding contributions to the improvement of the administration of justice to Florida. The award, sponsored by Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, is the highest honor bestowed on a lawyer or lay-person by the Foundation. The awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner on June 24 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club during The Florida Bar Annual Meeting.Recipient of the 2004 Medal of Honor Award for a lawyer, Sheppard is being honored for a long and distinguished legal career working on behalf of the underprivileged and oppressed, ensuring that “equal justice for all” is not a hollow phrase. Sheppard was nominated for the award by Judge Hugh A. Carithers, Judge William A. VanNortwick, Jr., A. Hamilton Cooke, and Randall C. Berg, Jr.The recipient of the 2004 Medal of Honor Award to a nonlawyer, Heffernan is being honored for giving meaning and substance to the U.S. Constitution by starting an after-school elective called “Constitutional Studies,” teaching many young women, primarily daughters of Cuban exiles, the founding principles of our country. Heffernan was nominated for the award by Randall C. Berg, Jr., and Judge Federico A. 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