2 May

Mainor suffers ‘heart episode’

first_imgCharles Mainor ×Charles Mainor JERSEY CITY – Former Assemblyman Charles Mainor, who is running for mayor in Jersey City, reportedly had what is being called a “heart episode” on July 19.Apparently rushed to Bayonne Medical Center for treatment, Mainor’s Facebook page listed his condition as stable as of Wednesday night.He posted a brief video giving an update about his political campaign.But the website also asked followers for prayers for his recovery. Mainor is 50 years old served three two-year terms as state Assemblyman representing part of Jersey City and all of Bayonne.last_img read more

19 Dec

Homelessness seminar set for Orlando

first_imgHomelessness seminar set for Orlando Homelessness seminar set for Orlando November 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img National experts on homelessness are coming to Florida to share what they know in a free CLE called “Turning the Tide: Effective Legal Techniques for Addressing the Plight of Homeless Children, Youth & Adults.”Sponsored jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section Homeless Committee, the day-long seminar begins November 17, at 9 a.m., at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando.“This is really a great honor for us that the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty wants to come to Florida to spend time with Florida advocates,” said PILS Homeless Committee Chair Lisa DeVitto.“It’s an opportunity to not only share what ABA commissioners are doing in places all over the country, but their chair, Steve Binder, visited us last year and was very impressed with people he met in Tampa. They also want to learn from Florida advocates on what we are doing.”There is plenty to learn.In years past, Florida has ranked among the top five most punitive states toward its homeless population, and several Florida cities have ranked among the top 20 most punitive cities in the United States, according to DeVitto.She said legal services lawyers, public defenders, attorneys who volunteer their time and deal with homeless people, attorneys interested in housing issues and helping the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled will all benefit from the CLE in which 5 hours has been applied for. Lawyers who are new to the area of dealing with homeless clients are welcome, as well as those with plenty of experience, DeVitto said.“My hope is whatever your level of experience—whether you do it as a volunteer or full-time—you will come away with a better understanding of legal techniques available for either preventing homelessness occurring, or helping a client who is homeless. Whatever your level, we hope to increase your expertise and skills and increase your enthusiasm for this work.”The day’s agenda includes:• A discussion of the criminalization of homelessness by Michael Stoops, acting executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, and Tulin Ozdeger, civil rights staff attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, moderated by Shelbi Day, attorney/Equal Justice Works fellow for Southern Legal Counsel.• A discussion about diversion models for dealing with routine misdemeanor charges received by homeless people, by Binder, Judge Steve Leifman, founder of the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Criminal Mental Health Project, and Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, who founded a Homeless Outreach Program, moderated by Joe Jackson, vice chair of the PILS Homeless Committee and a legal skills professor at the University of Florida.• A luncheon keynote speech by Maria Foscarinis, founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.• A discussion on advocating for children and youth by Karen Nyquist, director of advocacy at Covenant House Alaska, a homeless shelter for teens; Casey Trupin, attorney with Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, where he heads a legal advocacy program for at-risk and homeless youth; and Peter Sabonis, staff attorney at KIDS Legal Aid of Maine.• The final event is a Q-and-A session with Amy Horton-Newell, staff director of the ABA commission, moderated by Binder. “I’ll tell you very simply why I care about homelessness,” DeVitto said. “In a civilized country that values human life, the poorest, the mentally ill, and the disabled do not live on the streets. We should not be a third world country.”For more information and how to register (by November 14), contact DeVitto at [email protected] mindspring.com or call her at 813-259-9744For directions to the seminar at the FAMU law school, 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, see www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/law.last_img read more

17 Sep

Expert calls stability possible for Afghanistan

first_imgThough the fault lines of state building in today’s post-Taliban Afghanistan might seem difficult to comprehend to some,  USC Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek shed light on the challenges the Middle Eastern nation faces in a late Wednesday afternoon lecture.Rasuly-Paleczek explored reasons behind the current plight of international and national efforts to stabilize the country and proposed possible solutions for the road that lies ahead.“In the West, but also within Afghanistan and neighboring countries, people are quite puzzled that despite more than a decade of efforts to stabilize the country … nothing could really be achieved,” Rasuly-Paleczek said. “Beginning with the bond process in 2001, which highlighted the idea of recreating a highly centralized Afghan state, this model is totally inadequate … From my perspective, using this model of centralized state already is a type of malconception. It does not take into account that Afghanistan has changed.”Afghanistan has led a tumultuous history leading up to present day, from early Islamization and the Mongol invasion to dynastic cycles to the Soviet war, civil war and now, the end to a decade-long U.S.-led war.Despite the nation’s troubled history, Rasuly-Paleczek said she believes that a stable future is possible.“A balancing of power can best be achieved not by a centralized model, but a federative system to give more voice to the various regions of the country,” Rasuly-Paleczek said.However, according to Rasuly-Paleczek, a federative model was never taken into account because of the tradition of a strong state.“Despite all the problems, I think an amendment of the constitution is necessary,” Rasuly-Paleczek  said. “We must find, in order to solve this problem, trust-building and concrete resolution mechanisms on several levels. But there are different approaches. Some are saying that the regions should be involved. Others are saying it should be people who are outside this whole conflict, but it should not be Iran or Pakistan.”There are changes that have occurred over time that must also be taken into account as Afghanistan continues to build its state, Rasuly-Paleczek added.“At the end of the 19th century, both superpowers at that time agreed on Afghanistan being a vassal state, whereas now, it’s not clear … Iran and, in particular, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia could play a role, and that was not the case in the 19th century,” Rasuly-Paleczek said. “People are yearning for peace and recently, putting aside conflicts, like tabula rasa.”For freshman international relations major Luke Phillips, stability is an almost unattainable concept in the current political state of Afghanistan.“The way things have been going on right now, regardless of what kind of sentiments that people want to have happen, I think the forces of history are just too strong,” Phillips said. “I suppose if there is a holistic government involving the Taliban, then that would bring more stability then they’ve had since 2001, but I don’t think there would be sufficient democracy-building.”Others, including Professor of Anthropology Erin Moore, remain hopeful for the region.“There are a lot of countries that are just as diverse, like India, that have come from a place of many separate kingdoms, and they were able to come together into a peaceful nation,” Moore said. “Just because [Afghanistan’s] so diverse and has a history of diverse kingdoms doesn’t mean that it can’t be a nation-state in the near future.”For Lynn Matthews, an attendee of the lecture, the potential solutions are a confirmation of what the Afghan population hopes for. Matthews visited Afghanistan in September, and said she saw the people’s desire to find peace firsthand.“The one continuous theme in every school that I visited, from Mazar-e-Sharif to Jalalabad, they wanted peace, and you know, I told these kids, you guys are the future of Afghanistan,” Matthews said. “I just want to believe, and I hope and pray that if we could encourage more education there, it’s going to pull people out of this militant thing going on and make them focus on education, stopping this war and moving on to live in peace.”last_img read more

28 Aug

Recreational vehicle sales increase during COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last week we showed you how sales for RV’s have skyrocketed during the COVID–19 pandemic because people were trading in their hotel stays.Today we show you another recreational vehicle that is seeing an increase in sales.Since the COVID–19 pandemic, people have had to get creative with how they spend their time.Sports Unlimited employee Jimmy Kriniak said sales have always been good on these but he definitely saw an increase in a younger demographic during the pandemic.A Greenbush resident said now became the perfect time to own one of these and since purchasing the side–by–side, she and her husband ride the trails in Oscoda near the Air Force base as well as riding the power lines.Rules and guidelines for driving one of these differs in each county but locally they are pretty lenient.Kriniak tells us the basic model for one of these is approximately $12,000.00.If you’re looking for the one with bells and whistles, that will run you about $26,000.00. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Work begins on latest mural in Downtown AlpenaNext Barn fire deaths ruled as murder-suicidelast_img read more