House ties up loose ends before final stretch

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana May 12, 2013 The Vermont House voted on three minor legislative changes before breaking for the weekend; theyll return to wrap up business on Monday and Tuesday.House Judiciary Chair Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, tweaked an omnibus opiate bill to ensure that hashish is treated similarly to marijuana, regarding criminal consequences for possessing over 5 grams of hash, which is equivalent to two ounces of marijuana.Lippert said he noticed that recently approved Senate legislation didnt provide increasingly harsher penalties for higher amounts of hashish. Under that legislation, he said, someone could possess a ton or a kilo of hashish and still face only a misdemeanor charge.Under current marijuana decriminalization legislation, possession of an ounce of pot results in a civil fine. Possessing an ounce to two ounces is a criminal misdemeanor, while possessing more than two ounces is a felony.Lippert amended the bill, with the support of the House floor, to ensure that between 5 and 10 grams of hash results in a misdemeanor charge, and that over 10 grams of hash results in a felony charge.The amendment couldnt be attached to the marijuana decriminalization bill, its natural home, because there wasnt enough time left in the legislative calendar, said Lippert. Since House Republicans refused to suspend procedural rules to allow enough time for the amendment, they had to tack it onto the omnibus opiate bill.Another minor amendment came to agricultural legislation. The amendment allowed temporary agricultural workers here under a federal H-2A visa to avoid taxes levied by the state, quietly imposed in 2008, but not widely known about until 2012 and in some cases, February 2013.State and federal notices requested back taxes from 2008, too, surprising many farmers, according to Sen. David Zuckerman, P-Chittenden.Zuckerman said the taxes were imposed without enough advance notice in the first place, and could deter sorely needed foreign workers from returning to Vermont and working on apple orchards or in other key agricultural areas.There are fewer than 500 H-2A workers in Vermont, according to a fiscal note from the Joint Fiscal Office.U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has tried and failed for years to extend the H-2A visa program to dairy farm workers, who are currently excluded under the federal program.The opiate bill was also amended to compel more frequent checks by doctors of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System, which tracks the prescribing and distribution of drugs prone to abuse.The Senate allowed the Department of Health more flexibility to set how often doctors could check the database, leading to the policy disagreement.last_img read more

ASICS glows in the dark as title sponsor of Neon Run…

first_imgSport 3 Event Management UK has confirmed ASICS UK as the new title sponsor of two Neon Run UK events. ASICS will lend its name and support to the ‘night-time spectacular’ that is ASICS Neon Run, launching in the UK this October.The deal will see ASICS as the naming rights sponsor of the two events at Sunderland and Leeds in 2014 with the opportunity to extend the partnership to further events currently being developed.As part of the deal, ASICS will be the title sponsor and exclusive footwear and technical apparel category sponsors of the events. The ‘brilliant lights and colours of Neon Run’ are seen to ‘perfectly reflect some of the latest ASICS footwear range and apparel ensuring Neon runners travel the distance in comfort and look the part.’Cathy McGinnis, UK and Ireland Marketing Manager from ASICS, said “We are delighted with the partnership with the Neon Run event series. This is an excellent opportunity for us to highlight our innovative footwear, apparel and unique brand attributes to runners of all abilities.”Neon Run is a 5K night-time run with four unique on-course neon zones of rock, disco, pop and iconic British music featuring lasers, black lights, strobes, dancers, and DJs to keep runners entertained along the course. Neon Run events are currently held across Australia and South America and can attract more than 10,000 people to each neon-charged event.The event is set to light up the UK this year with ‘the most innovative and mind blowing fun run, dance party ever seen’ on Saturday 18 October in Leeds and Saturday 25 October in Sunderland.Neon Run is positioned as an ultimate night-time event experience; and Sport 3 Event Management UK is committed to bringing these unique types of events to as many communities as possible.Trent Taylor, Managing Director Sales and Marketing for Sport 3 Event Management UK, said the partnership with ASICS is great news for the event.“Our participant experience is always our number one priority so it’s fantastic to have ASICS, the brand that is synonymous with runners and joggers around the world, join us in developing these brilliant mass participation events,” said Taylor.“Every participant has the opportunity to create their own Neon look and with the footwear and apparel range on offer from ASICS to the thousands of participants will definitely live up to our hash tag ‘Lightupthenight’,” he added.Entries for Neon Run UK are now open at the event website. Participants can enter as individuals or as part of a team of four or more friends and family. Teams of four or more registering together receive a 10% discount on entry Relatedlast_img read more

Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference needs a member

first_imgEleventh Circuit Judicial Conference needs a member November 15, 2016 Regular News Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference needs a member The Board of Governors seeks applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its December meeting: Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Southern District of Florida for a four-year term commencing January 1, 2017. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing an event during the conference in every odd numbered year. Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the “Application for Special Appointment” or call Bar headquarters at850-561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 or submitted via e-mail to no later than the close of business December 1. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors reviews all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.last_img read more

The Risks Associated With ‘Productivity Pills’ Outweigh the Benefits

first_imgThe New York Times:A few years ago Adderall was touted as a “smart pill.” But after research showed little or no improvement in cognition under its influence, Adderall is now gaining a reputation as a “productivity pill.” That is probably a better characterization of its effects, based on research I’ve done with Dr. Irena Ilieva of Weill Cornell Medical Center. Users feel more engaged in the task at hand, more energetic and less sleepy. These can be important benefits, as the United States military has known since World War II.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

On The Job In Los Alamos: At County Golf Course

first_imgWork underway Thursday in which a crew from Landscapes Unlimited is installing a new irrigation system at Los Alamos County Golf Course. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ On the job in Los Alamos is a crew from Landscapes Unlimited installing a new irrigation system Thursday near holes 16 to 18 at Los Alamos County Golf Course. ‘They far exceeded my expectations,’ County Project Manager Anthony Strain said. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Q&A: City of London’s chief planner on Bloomberg’s new HQ and the changing face of the Square Mile

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China continues to hit world shares

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Countdown on to BCGA 2018 event

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Advocacy assurance scheme put on hold for a month

first_imgThe launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been delayed and the consultation on its design extended, the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) announced today. The JAG, set up with representatives of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Services to design the scheme, said QASA is being ‘reconsidered in the light of issues being raises in the consultation period’. A consultation on the scheme to assess publicly funded criminal defence advocates was due to close today (7 October), but has been extended to 7 November. The JAG has indicated that there are likely to be adjustments made to ensure no ‘unintended consequences’. This is likely to mean that its implementation, scheduled for December, will be postponed. A JAG spokesman said: ‘We remain very committed to the introduction of a single set of standards for criminal advocates as soon as possible, but our priority is to develop a scheme which protects the public interest, while being both proportionate and consistent.’ He said: ‘A number of valid issues on how the scheme can operate most effectively have been raised during the consultation period. As responsible, public interest regulators, we must take the time needed to look at these in more detail, to ensure that the scheme meets our public interest objectives.’ Bodies representing solicitors welcomed the decision. Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘The Law Society has never been against the principle of a proportionate and balanced quality assurance of advocacy scheme. We believe that, properly implemented, it could provide an important opportunity for solicitor advocates to demonstrate their skills and for the public to identify the best advocates. ‘However, the proposal from the JAG had significant flaws to the extent that it could cause serious and unnecessary damage to the practices of many competent solicitors and to the administration of justice.’ Jo Cooper, chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates said: ‘This is a common sense move. It gives us some hope for the development of the scheme. A moratorium will give all the stakeholders time to look again at the aims originally set out by the Legal Services Board, and try to generate a new consensus about how those aims can be put into effect rigorously but fairly.’ Cooper said the structures put in place to set up the scheme had created problems. ‘The JAG has become dominated by the bar who have sent their key players into bat, whereas the SRA representation is underweight.’ He said there is also ‘ambiguity’ about the role of the advisory group chaired by Lord Justice Thomas. ‘Neither group has invested in research to identify the real needs of regulation and the scheme that has been allowed to develop has been fuelled by myth and self-interest.’ However he said: ‘There are sensible voices on all sides of the debate and this is an opportunity for a new dialogue – and hopefully a genuine consensus around a more sensible scheme.’ Max Hill QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Asscoaition said: ‘The CBA welcomes the joint announcement by the regulators extending the current consultation period to 7 November 2011. Recent events have shown that there remain important issues for discussion within the draft QASA scheme. ‘Where professional livelihoods are at stake, these matters cannot be rushed.’last_img read more

Energy industries association confirms CEO

first_imgMiller, who was named interim ceo in May, is a long-standing executive of the EIC, which provides dedicated services to help members understand, identify and pursue business opportunities globally. Miller will be based in the EIC’s London office and will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure continued, consistent promotion of members’ interests and the EIC’s reputation in the energy industry. Established in 1943, the EIC is a not-for-profit organisation with a membership of over 650 UK-registered companies who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide. www.the-eic.comlast_img read more