UNLOCKING THE COURTHOUSE BY JIM REDWINE

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 30 January 2017)UNLOCKING THE COURTHOUSEDr. Weaver, a Posey County, Indiana physician, and Judge Parrett, the Posey Circuit Court Judge when our courthouse was built in 1876, were friends. If Dr. Weaver could step into an operating room of a hospital today he would be unable to function. If Judge Parrett walked into the same courtroom he presided over 141 years ago, he would not miss a beat. Medicine has progressed. Law remains much as it has been for centuries. However, starting in April 2017 citizens in Posey County who need legal services will see a change much like Dr. Weaver’s new operating room.No longer will one need to be chained to a courthouse to file legal documents or check on the status of their case. E-Filing and digital pleadings will soon take the place of musty old file folders. The legal profession has often seen changes in the law as a dangerous meddling with carefully and slowly developed procedures that are based on years of experience, good and bad. Lady Justice has always worn the same blindfold and toga for good reason. She carefully guards the courthouse portals.This attitude has sometimes led to arcane mysteries that stultify the system and result in slow or incomplete legal outcomes or even unjust ones. Perhaps modern technology will help staunch the flow of inordinate amounts of legal documents, much of which are irrelevant to just resolutions, and will reduce the time between when cases are commenced and resolved.Instead of citizens getting their knowledge of their legal system at the coffee shop or from television, much as patients used to turn to home remedies and wives tales, now one will be able to go right to the actual source.Of course, changes in trappings and procedures do not guarantee justice. We might be able to increase access to the legal system while we reduce costs and delays. But justice must still come from people, not just the staffs of the Clerk and the Court, or the attorneys and judges, but also from the lay people who come to or are brought to the Bar.Regardless of legal procedures and technologies, a desire in the participants to fairly resolve controversies always has been and always will be the best safeguard of justice. Truthful testimony and pre-trial exchanges of accurate information mean far more than scanning in pleadings or printing out court decrees over the Internet.On the other hand, if one cannot access justice easily and economically, a proper spirit of honest compromise is of little help. Soon Posey County’s legal system will address the access portion. Citizens and those who operate the system will still need to address the rest.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Operation Martillo making strides in counter-narcotics fight

first_imgBy Dialogo July 29, 2013 MIAMI, U.S.A. – The United States’ teaming with Western Hemisphere and European countries has led to the seizure of more than 245,000 kilograms of narcotics as the result of Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. “[U.S. Southern Command’s] commitment to working with partners, both in the region and throughout the U.S. government – from the military to the rest of our government – is helping build an integrated network of defense in the Western Hemisphere, based on shared responsibility and shared values,” United States Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a prepared statement. “Through initiatives such as Operation Martillo, U.S. Southern Command and its partners are dismantling transnational criminal networks and disrupting illicit drug trafficking.” Operation Martillo, which is led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South and includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, and the United Kingdom, strives to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. From Jan. 15, 2012 to July 17, 2013, Operation Martillo, which was launched in January 2012, resulted in the seizure of 207,740 kilograms of cocaine and 37,397 kilograms of marijuana, 472 arrests and the confiscation of 152 assets. The Joint Interagency Task Force South and U.S. Southern Command will continue to work closely with partner nations through Operation Martillo, as 69% of the disruptions made during the past fiscal year were supported by a member nation. During the 2011 fiscal year, 59% of disruptions included a partner nation. The operation directly supports the curtailing of trafficking and the dismantlement of transnational criminal networks in Central America, which are key objectives of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). “Operation Martillo demonstrates a clear commitment of the Western Hemisphere and European nations to work as partners to counter the spread of transnational criminal organizations, and to protect citizens in Central America from the violence, harm and exploitation created by these criminal networks,” the Joint Interagency Task Force South and U.S. Southern Command said in a prepared statement. Operation Martillo is integral to the counter-narcotics fight, as about 80% of cocaine shipments are moved via maritime routes. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. “Operation Martillo has been a huge success and demonstrates our clear commitment to work together with our partner nations and interagency community to combat the influence of organized crime and disrupt the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.,” Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. 4th Fleet, said in a prepared statement. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, our goal is to deny them the ability to transit so that the sea lines are not free for illicit traffic.” Partner nations are committed to Operation Martillo. “Canada has steadfast, growing relationships with the people and nations of the Caribbean and Central America,” Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to building on those ties by sharing expertise and pooling our resources to tackle common threats such as international drug smuggling. By working together, we are achieving greater security and prosperity for our hemisphere.”last_img read more

A combination of cultural and historical heritage, gastronomy and sports? Well, that’s a great tourist story

first_imgHow to solve one of our main problems in tourism?The answer is simple, to offer quality, diverse, ie different and primarily authentic content. It is on this trail that a new tourist story is born in Istria – the bicycle race “My bicycle, my heritage”It is a combination of cycling tourism, gastronomy, cultural heritage as a new experience and content, ie an initiative ‘My bike, my heritage’ whose goal is for participants to learn about the history of the region and the untouched nature of central Istria through recreational sports.The Sports Association of the County of Istria in cooperation with the sports association Rog Cycling team is organizing a free MTB bike race called ‘My Sport Is Franja – My bike, my heritage’ on Sunday, 24.09.2017. which starts at 10.00 on the main square in Vižinada, and the program will be enriched by the performance of Istra Inspirita. The trail it will cross is the Parenzana route, a former narrow-gauge railway that many recreationists and nature lovers pass through today. During the route, they will be greeted by Istra Inspirit in one part, where the participants of the cycling race will be able to refresh themselves. ‘Istrian užance’ is a combination of music, dance and local ‘beside’ and Istrian customs.The goal is for the participants of the cycling race to get to know the natural, but also cultural and historical heritage of the Istrian peninsula, and for Istra Inspirit, the participants of the cycling race will revive Istrian customs in an experience called ‘Istrian horrors’. The result of this thematic cycling race will be a combination of cultural and historical heritage and sports, as a combination that will provide a different experience of inner Istria.My bike, my heritage – so simple and ingenious. It is an experience and a story that will be remembered and certainly the motive for coming to a tourist destination. It is fascinating how successful Istria is in attracting EU funds and how it packs it all nicely into a great tourist story. By the way, the entire project is organized as part of the European Erasmus + project, and other project partners are the Franja Marathon, My Sports Is Franja, the Grožnjan Mountain Bike Club and Triglav.Everything starts with the first step, so this great story about connecting trim, sports, culture and gastronomy, and I sincerely hope that this story will only grow and become a real motive for coming in the pre-season, and maybe this story and a positive example will encourage someone else to make a great blend of tourism, sports and culture, in some other way. Also, it is important to point out that not all events and stories need to be large, nor focused only on foreign tourists. Small and medium-sized events are also extremely important and make up the rhythm and soul of the tourist destination as well as those aimed at domestic visitors.You don’t always have to be terribly creative and look for some new “Big idea,” but it’s nice enough to put together and pack all the ingredients you have to get a great travel story. You know everything, content, experience and story are the main stars. Tell stories, our authentic stories.last_img read more

For the second time in a row, a special edition of the red Michelin guide has been published, entirely dedicated to Istria

first_imgBeram (frescoes) ***Euphrasian Basilica ***Motovun-Montona **Grožnjan_Grisignana **Porec-Parenzo **Lim Bay **Rovinj-Rovigno **Brijuni **Sights of Pula (Arena, Forum, Arc de Triomphe) **Sacral collection cr. Sv. Blaza, Vodnjan **Old town of Labin **Plomin **Pula – Pola *Vodnjan – Dignano *Bale -Valle *Labin *Svetvincenat *Sv. Lovreč *Draguć *Aleja Glagoljaša *Hum *Vrsar – Orsera *Novigrad – CittanovaOprtalj – Portole Umag – Umago Under the title “Unforgettable tastes, smells and memories” Michelin describes Istria as a unique country in the Mediterranean and, for the heart-shaped peninsula, immersed in the crystal blue of the Adriatic Sea, points out that it is a hidden natural garden that slowly reveals its secret beauties. He gives special emphasis to Istrian truffles, extra virgin olive oil and wine, and then the places are arranged in alphabetical order and accordingly presented restaurants in such a way that each has a space with a description and the most important information.Monte *, Rovinj-RovignoAlla Beccaccia, ValbandonBatelina, BanjoleBody, Lovrečica-Umag / Umago – newBuščina, St. Mary on the Karst, Umag-Umago – newDamir & Ornella, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Čok, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Morgan, Bracanija, Buje-Buiemarina, Novigrad-CittanovaMeneghetti, Bale-VallePergola, Zambratija-ZambrattiaSan Rocco, Brtonigla-VerteneglioSv. Nikola, Poreč-ParenzoWine Vault, Rovinj-RovignoZigante, Livade-Levade What’s up Olive oil road Michelin emphasizes the Flos Olei guide and the fact that Istria has been declared the world’s best region of extra virgin olive oil, and singles out the following producers:Agrolaguna, PorečAl Torcio, NovigradBasiaco, BujeWhites, VodnjanBuršić, BrtoniglaChiavalon, VodnjanGrubic, BaleIpsha, MeadowsMate, SavudrijaMedea-Agroprodukt, PulaMeneghetti, BaleNegri , LabinOlea BB, RabacTonin, VodnjanZigante, BujeZubin, UmagGreen guide Michelin Istria Croatia – special edition Za zeleni dio vodiča Michelin je odabrao najvažnije lokacije Istre koje su, uz tri lokacije bez znaka, klasificirane s tri, dvije i jednom zvjezdicom. Tako su se među odabranim mjestima koje gosti ne smiju nikako propustiti prilikom posjeta Istri našle izvanredne freske crkve Sv. Marije na Škriljinah u Bermu te Eufrazijeva bazilika s osvojenim najvećim brojem bodova (3*), a klasificirane kao najveća  preporuka. Slijede: Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Limski zaljev, Rovinj, Brijuni, znamenitosti Pule, sakralna zbirka crvke Sv. Blaža u Vodnjanu, starogradska jezgra Labina te Plomin s dvije zvjezdice, tj. klasificirani kao preporučena mjesta za posjet. Potom Pula, Vodnjan, Bale, Labin, Svetvinčenat, Sveti Lovreč, Draguć, Aleja Glagoljaša, Hum i Vrsar s jednom zvjezdicom, odnosno opisana kao interesantna mjesta, a na kraju popisa se nalaze još Novigrad, Oprtalj i Umag.center_img For the second time in a row, the famous publishing house Michelin from Paris has published a special edition of the red guide, which it has once again dedicated entirely to Istria.It is a publication that Michelin publishes for important gourmet destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Trentino Alto Adige, etc., which are included in national editions, but due to their specificity, importance of territory and gourmet offer, they are especially presented in such editions.Considering that according to the criteria of Michelin Istria is defined as a small destination with a limited number of recommended addresses (the whole of Croatia has a total of three restaurants with a MICHELIN star and 55 restaurants with a recommendation) in the new Istrian edition, the region has once again confirmed one star. by adding two more new facilities to the list of recommendations – Buščina and Badi, both from Umag. ” This year’s important novelty is that the guide, in addition to the tourist part of Green Michelin, also presents the 16 best Istrian wineries and an equal number of oil mills.This edition is very important for Istria, and its effects are especially important for the next perspective of Istria. Namely, we are already working on the 2019 edition. According to the first and initial negotiations, we will have the opportunity to include a larger number of recommended addresses or those with asterisks, but it depends on our caterers and their performance and, clearly, how they will be evaluated by inspectors. said the director of the Istria County Tourist Board, Denis Ivošević.With this, Istria again managed to make a step forward and strengthen cooperation with Michelin, which is an additional quality promotion tool that puts a special focus on the entire destination. Istria has been present in almost all relevant European gastronomic guides for many years, and the red Michelin guide is certainly a great recognition for Istrian gastronomy. “What is crucial is the fact that our space is open, that we have the opportunity for our caterers to show themselves and prove that Istria can and must do much better. We should all appreciate the space that is opening up to us, because it is enough to remember that Istria has been trying for almost ten years to reach the position of thinking about us at all, to get a chance to show ourselves. Today, we have that position, I hope we will be wise and know how to use this great chance that is offered to us, because there is no remedial exam, ” Ivošević concludes.The story of Michelin, at least as far as Istria is concerned, has lasted for almost ten years, and before that date, Istria worked for almost a decade in an organized, dedicated and extremely high quality gourmet scene with the basic goal of gaining the dignity and reputation that undoubtedly belonged to it. , but this needed to be confirmed in real life and in the market. Thus, in the company of about two thousand elite restaurants around the world, the so-called. golden selection, in 2018, with one Michelin star for the second time in a row, the only Monte restaurant in Rovinj entered.Guide Michelin – Istria Croatia It is available in English-German, and is printed in 15 copies, which are distributed free of charge and, in addition to the listed restaurants, will be located in the most frequent key places in Istria.Red guide Michelin Istra Croatia – special edition Za Wine roads of Istria Michelin states that the sixteen selected wineries represent the best reflection of wine tourism on the peninsula. Agrolaguna, PorečArman Franc, VižinadaArman Marijan, VižinadaWelcome, MotovunCattunar, BrtoniglaClai, KrasicaCoronica, UmagListen, UmagDegrassi, SavudrijaKabola, BujeKozlovic, MomjanMatosevic, Sv. LovrečMeneghetti, BaleRoxanich, MotovunTrapan, ŠišanVeralda, Brtongilalast_img read more

Leonardo gets season ban for shoving referee

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo on Thursday had his ban for pushing a referee extended from nine months to 13 months, the French Football Federation announced.The decision to suspend the Brazilian for the entire 2013/2014 season came after an appeal hearing lodged by him against the initial punishment handed down on May 31.Leonardo was found guilty of shoving referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel following PSG’s 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against Valenciennes on May 5, with the incident being caught on camera by Canal Plus television.The former AC Milan and Inter Milan coach, having regularly been outspoken in his criticism of match officials throughout the course of last season, was furious at Castro’s decision to send off PSG captain Thiago Silva.Thursday’s increased sanction means Leonardo is banned from all official duties as well as standing on the touchline during PSG games until June 30, 2014.If he had not appealed he would have been back on duty in February. In addition, PSG’s punishment of a three-point suspended penalty will be reviewed by the French Professional Football League’s disciplinary commission.Leonardo did not attend Wednesday’s hearing in person, but his case was put by PSG’s managing director Jean-Claude Blanc who said: “The facts (of the incident), suggest to us that the club does not deserve any punishment and perhaps a reduced suspended punishment for ‘Leo’.”Unfortunately for PSG and Leonardo, the FFF’s appeals commission decided otherwise.last_img read more

Cadets traveled to Spain, can we get the New Gold?

first_imgThe cadet basketball team of BiH, led by coach Josip Pandža, traveled to Spain where the World Cup will be played from the 23rd of June to the 3rd of July.Selector Pandža was cautious in his media statements and he did not promise any gold or medals, but he honestly said that their goal is to pass in the quarter-finals, “and for the rest we shall see.”Given the fact that cadets became the champions of Europe last year, they are are now under additional pressure and they promised to do their best to make the nation proud.BiH is in the group with the Dominican Republic, France and South Korea. The first match will be played on Saturday, the 23rd of June, with the Dominican Republic, on the 25th of June with France, and on the 26th of June with South Korea.Colors of BiH in Spain will defend following players: captain Džanan Musa, Sani Čampara, Emir Čerkezović, Adi Alikadić, Aljoša Janković, Drago Cvitanović, Lazar Mutić, Srđan Kočić, Miladin Vlačić, Amer Barukčija, Emir Bačvić, and Vedran Mirković.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more