Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion

first_imgNews August 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion PeruAmericas PeruAmericas (Photo: AFP) Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Peru China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting News February 10, 2017 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Reporters Without Borders urges legislators to reject a government bill submitted to parliament yesterday that would toughen the provisions regulating the publication of corrections and retractions in the media and would increase the penalties for violators. The bill applies to all kinds of media, including online media.“This bill, which is still pending examination, is both questionable and inopportune,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would hold the media systematically responsible before the civil courts, not only for the facts they report but also for the views that are expressed through them, often by outside contributors, and which they do not necessarily share.”The press freedom organisation added: “The bodes ill for the future of public debate and comes at a time when media critical of the government are being subjected to a great deal of pressure. The adoption of this law would exacerbate an already unfavourable situation.”Presented to parliament by Mercedes Cabanillas, a former interior minister who now chairs parliament’s constitutional commission, proposed law 2971/2008-CR aims to guarantee “the right to a correction for anyone affected by inaccurate or insulting statements in the print, broadcast or electronic media.”It would apply not only to the allegation of facts deemed to be defamatory, but also to opinions. Writing in the daily La República, human rights lawyer Alejandro Godoy noted that President Alan García recently complained about the criticism he was receiving in many blogs. The bill stipulates that if a correction to a contentious statement is demanded within seven days, the correction must be printed, posted or broadcast within the following three days, instead of ten days as the law currently stands.The National Association of Journalists (ANP) has reacted angrily to the controversial bill, saying it “reinforces a tacit desire by the political class to silence all forms of journalistic criticism and opinion by means of legislative changes.” The ANP statement mentions two media in Amazonas department that have been targeted by the authorities since an outbreak of indigenous unrest in June.One, Radio Oriente, is under constant surveillance. The other a radio station called La Voz de Bagua Grande, was closed down in an entirely illegal manner. Reporters Without Borders has urged the government to allow it to reopen but it requests have received no answer. News News to go furtherlast_img read more

Satisfaction at choice of Cheng Yizhong for UNESCO press freedom award

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced “immense satisfaction” today at the news that Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong is to be awarded the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and it seized the occasion to reiterate its call for the release of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of Cheng’s colleagues who are still in prison.”This award is an important mark of recognition for the investigative journalism of which Cheng Yizhong is emblematic and it will encourage all journalists in a country where press freedom is constantly flouted,” the organization said.Reporters Without Borders added: “We hope it will also facilitate the release of the two journalists from the Nanfang Dushi Bao daily newspaper, which Cheng used to edit.”Cheng showed courage and professionalism by publishing sensitive articles in the liberal daily he edited. A series of investigative reports about the SARS epidemic and the case of a young graphic artist, Sun Zhigang, who was beaten to death in a Guangzhou police station, led to his arrest on 20 March 2004. He was freed after five months in custody but his two colleagues, Yu and Li, who were arrested at the same time, are still being held. Reporters Without Borders voiced “immense satisfaction” today at the news that Chinese journalist Cheng Yizhong is to be awarded the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano press freedom prize, and it seized the occasion to reiterate its call for the release of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of Cheng’s colleagues from the Nanfang Dushi Bao daily newspaper who are still in prison. “This award will encourage all journalists in a country where press freedom is constantly flouted,” the organization said. Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Satisfaction at choice of Cheng Yizhong for UNESCO press freedom award News to go furtherlast_img read more

Sushant Singh’s Death Being Made Sensational, Maharashtra Govt Tells Bombay HC

first_imgNews UpdatesSushant Singh’s Death Being Made Sensational, Maharashtra Govt Tells Bombay HC Nitish Kashyap5 Aug 2020 8:07 AMShare This – xThe Advocate General of Maharashtra Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that there is nothing sensational in the unnatural death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was found dead at his home in Bandra on June 14.A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AS Gadkari heard two Public Interest Litigations seeking CBI probe into the death of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Advocate General of Maharashtra Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that there is nothing sensational in the unnatural death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was found dead at his home in Bandra on June 14.A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AS Gadkari heard two Public Interest Litigations seeking CBI probe into the death of the 34-year-old actor and deferred the hearing in the case till Friday after the Advocate General told the Court on behalf of the state government that copies of the two PILs have not been served to them.In today’s hearing before the Supreme Court, Centre informed Justice Hrishikesh Roy that it has accepted the Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.Supreme Court is hearing actress Rhea Chakraborty’s plea seeking transfer of FIR filed against her by the late actor’s father in Patna alleging abettment of suicide to Mumbai and a stay on the investigation by the Bihar police. The apex court granted 3 days to all parties to file a reply and sought an update from the State of Maharashtra on the Investigation done by Mumbai Police.One of the petitioners before Bombay High Court is Sameet Thakkar, a 32-year-old businessman who alleges that high profile powerful people with political and underworld connections are involved in this case. Whereas the other petitioner is a lawyer, Priyanka Tibrewal, who practises in the Calcutta High Court.Responding to Tibrewal’s allegation that the case is sensational in nature and there are lot of unanswered questions, AG Ashutosh Kumbhakoni refuted the allegations saying there was nothing sensational in the case-“It is just being made sensational, and the state has not received copies of either of the pleas.”Thereafter, Court directed the petitioners to serve copies of the respective PILs with all parties concerned and adjourned the hearing till Friday.Following the actor’s death, Mumbai Police had registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and an investigation is still underway in the case.While Tibrewal sought directions for the constitution of a Special Investigation Team of the CBI to probe the case and that the probe be monitored by the High Court, Thakker’s plea seeks constitution of an SIT or transfer of probe to CBI. Tibrewal contended that “the Mumbai Police created a narrative of suicide” in the actor’s case without adequately investigating it-“The sudden death of a very successful person has created ripples in the minds of the public at large about the intricacies of nepotism prevalent in the film industry.The incident has national and international ramifications to such a grave extent that an order for constituting an SIT of the CBI is necessary for ensuring transparency and justice,” On the other hand, Thakker’s plea alleges that the way in which Mumbai police is conducting the investigation in the present matter, it is clearly evident that there is a deliberate attempt to delay and prolong the investigation, as consequence of which the crucial and material evidence will be compromised. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport, Obituaries and Nuacht Friday October 19th

first_img Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – October 19, 2018 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleCarndonagh’s Erin McLaughlin called up to WU17 SquadNext articleHarps one step closer to Premier Division status News Highland WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport, Obituaries and Nuacht Friday October 19th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Main Evening News, Sport, Obituaries and Nuacht Friday October 19th DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Two motorists clocked travelling at whopping speeds in Letterkenny

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Two motorists clocked travelling at whopping speeds in Letterkennycenter_img Two motorists have been clocked driving at excessive speeds in the Letterkenny area. The Roads Policing Unit in Letterkenny made the detections in the town last night.One motorist was recorded travelling at a whopping 171km/h and the other at 145km/h.In a statement, Gardai say that one of said motorists was arrested and charged with the offence of dangerous driving and the other will face a fine and penalty points.Gardai are also reminding the public to always drive in a safe manner and always adhere to the speed limits that are in place. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleCan you re-imagine Letterkenny’s Market Square?Next articleSix Donegal groups to share over €140,000 from Dormant Accounts Fund News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – July 27, 2020 Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

How the first US city to fund reparations for Black residents is making amends

first_imgABCBy ASHLEY BROWN, EMILIE DE SAINTE MARESVILLE and ALLIE YANG, ABC News(EVANSTON, Ill.) — Evanston, Illinois, is like a lot of American cities. The city just north of Chicago appears picturesque, updated and grand on one side — but not far away, one can see the signs of economic and racial segregation, despite the city’s proud, diverse and liberal reputation.What sets Evanston apart from other cities, however, is its groundbreaking plan to address the impact of that segregation and Black disenfranchisement: reparations.The impetus for the city’s reparations resolution, first passed in 2019 and spearheaded by 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, is rooted partially in Rue Simmons’ experience growing up Black in Evanston.“Early in my childhood I was invited to have a play date,” she recalled. “My white friends never had a play date at my home.”Visiting a white friend’s neighborhood, she noticed, “the streets were wider. The trees were taller. The homes were bigger and brighter. As a young child, I recognized that difference.”Watch “Soul of a Nation” TUESDAY at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Episodes will be available on Hulu starting Wednesday.“I never felt, in any way, envious,” she said. “I never had that feeling like, ‘Why isn’t my family doing better?’ It was obvious that it was the barrier of race that kept us from that.”Rue Simmons still lives in the ward she represents. She says over time, resources were stripped away from her neighborhood. That, she said, coupled with a lack of investment, led to an ever-increasing wealth gap between white and Black residents in the city.She hopes that her work will help families in her neighborhood that are “burdened … get some relief” via reparations, which will first be distributed this year in increments of up to $25,000 per eligible resident to use for housing.The discussion on reparations has been ongoing — and controversial — in the U.S. since slavery was abolished in 1865. Originally, reparations were proposed to make amends for slavery, which built the nation’s wealth — but excluded Black Americans from it.Reparations first arose as a promise, in early 1865, to redistribute land in the southeast U.S. to formerly enslaved people. For decades, the promise is often invoked in the phrase, “40 acres and a mule.”It was a promise left unfulfilled. By the end of 1865, President Andrew Johnson overturned the land redistribution order. In the decades since, Black Americans have endured a succession of injustices, from Black codes to Jim Crow and redlining — American policies that broadly kept generational wealth-building out of reach for many Black communities.Today, Evanston is the first city in the U.S. to fund reparations, committing $10 million over the next decade in an attempt to repay Black residents for the wrongs and accumulated losses incurred by generations of racism.Rue Simmons said she didn’t start her elected career “even discussing reparations. It was not something I had planned to pursue,” she said.“I was looking at data,” she continued. “I was looking at what we had done, what more we could do, and reparations was the only answer.”She explained that any more of the status quo would sustain “the oppressed state and the disparity that we have and that we have had for years. That’s all it could do. More of the same.”“The only legislative response for us to reconcile the damages in the Black community is reparations,” she said.Rue Simmons and her colleagues had the support of local historian Dino Robinson in building the case for reparations. Robinson is the founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center in Evanston, an archive dedicated solely to chronicling and celebrating the local Black history that had long gone ignored.In a 70+ page report, Robinson documented discrimination and racism in Evanston that dated back to the late 1800s.“We anticipate litigation to tie things up with the premise that ‘You cannot use tax money that’s from the public to benefit a particular group of people,’” Robinson said, referring to opposition to the city’s plan. But, he countered, “the entire Black community historically has paid taxes, but were not guaranteed the same benefits.”He said part of the resistance is due to a lack of education.“The one comment I hear most often is, ‘I did not know,’” said Robinson. “‘I did not know there was segregation in Evanston.’ ‘I did not know that your housing mortgage is higher than mine but we have the same income.”But records paint a clear picture of exactly how racial inequality developed in the city.“Black community members were moving throughout Evanston and forming … Black pockets in the city of Evanston,” Robinson said. “It caused the white community to start panicking, like, ‘What do we do about this?’Articles, reports and studies were conducted on the Black community to discuss what should be done, Robinson said. And Evanston, like many cities across the country, embraced the practice of redlining.“Redlining was a federal project to determine the market values of areas and neighborhoods,” Robinson explained. “[There were] four categories, ‘A’ being the highly desired area, ‘D’ the lower, lowest-value properties. The ‘D’ areas were usually relegated to the Black community. ‘D’ was always in red.”In Evanston, Black residents were moved into a triangle-shaped area that became the 5th Ward, deliberately segregating them from white families, sought-after property, and ultimately, wealth.The 5th Ward was bordered by what was then a sewage canal on one side and far removed from public transportation and the city’s downtown. According to Robinson’s report, homes in the area had smaller lot sizes, and at the time, many had no electricity, water or sewers.“The only option to buy in Evanston was basically in the 5th Ward,” Robinson said. “Banks in Evanston would not loan to Black families for housing [and] the real estate agencies would not show you anything other than the 5th Ward.”In the late 1940s, the city also demolished some homes belonging to Black families that were outside of the 5th Ward — or physically took them from their foundations and moved them into the redlined boundaries.“The historic redlining impacts our community today,” Rue Simmons said. “That map still is the map of our concentrated Black community, our disinvestment, our inferior infrastructure.”Today, white people in Evanston make nearly double the income and have double the home value of their Black neighbors according to the most recent U.S. Census. This racial wealth gap is prevalent nationally, with Black Americans possessing less than 15% of the wealth that White Americans have, according to the Federal Reserve 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances.Black residents who lived through redlining in Evanston — and their descendants — are eligible for reparations. That includes 98-year-old, Benjamin Gaines Sr. and his son, Benjamin Gaines Jr. The Gaines family moved to Evanston in 1959.“We did something that not a whole lot of Black families were able to do in Evanston,” Gaines Sr. told ABC News. “That’s build a house from the ground up.”But Gaines Sr. said there’s no doubt in his mind that the two-year process to find a plot and get financing was much more difficult than it would have been for a white man.“The contractor, he said, ‘You find a lot anywhere in Evanston, and I’ll build whatever you want,” Gaines Sr. said. “Well, when he said that, he meant in the Black neighborhoods … It was just the way it was.”Gaines Sr. said he also had “big trouble” financing his home, and that he feels these problems are still present today.“It’s the old cliché about, ‘The more things change, the more they remain the same.’”Younger members of Gaines Sr.’s family say that while modern-day Evanston is outwardly progressive, inequality is still a problem.“Growing up in Evanston for me was definitely good, despite the racism that I faced,” Gaines Sr.’s grand-nephew, Jared Davis said. The father of three said he will apply for reparations, “because it’s owed.”Davis’ kids, 25-year-old Nic and 16-year-old Myah, have also been involved in their family’s discussion on reparations, expressing fatigue over having to justify why they’re owed, with the city’s history so well-documented at this point.“I don’t even think it’s my job to justify to you, like, why we need reparations,” said Nic. “Do you not live here? Do you not know? Did you not see the demographics changing throughout the years? Like, we knew it was racist.”Alderman Rue Simmons has also noted a shrinking Black population in Evanston as a result of historic redlining, modern gentrification and rising property taxes. Black residents currently make up 16% of Evanston’s population, but, Rue Simmons pointed out, “we’ve had much higher in the past.”Now, according to Rue Simmons, the $25,000 reparations benefit for housing is meant to combat “a lack of affordability, lack of access to living wage careers here in the city, and a lack of sense of place.”Evanston proposed a novel idea to fund reparations — a 3% tax on newly legal recreational marijuana sales.“It’s the most appropriate use for that sales tax,” Simmons said. “In our city, 70% of the marijuana arrests were in the Black community. And we are 16% of the community. All studies show that Blacks and white [people] consume cannabis at the same rate.”This funding solution has put Evanston ahead of any other city in America, and on the radar of Danny Glover, an actor and long-time reparations activist who has been vocal in his support of House Resolution 40.The 31-year-old bill was so named to invoke the broken promise of “40 acres and a mule.” The proposal would create a commission to study and develop a national plan for reparations.The bill was first proposed in 1989 by Rep. John Conyers. He re-introduced it every year he served until he resigned in 2017. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has taken on the mantle. She cites “the idea of reparations is unworkable politically or financially” as the reason opposition has fought the bill for decades.Glover testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee to support HR-40 in 2019.“[It] is an opportunity to have a commission to study reparations, but also the further contexts in which we look at slavery and the impact that it had on us,” he told ABC News.Glover traveled to Evanston in 2019 to speak at a reparations town hall because, in his words, the city “did something that no other city has done in the country.”“If we’re able to use that as a platform, maybe other cities might adopt the whole idea of this,” he continued.In Washington, the issue is incredibly divisive.Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said in 2019 “it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate,” and said, “none of us currently living are responsible” for what happened 150 years ago. Lee currently has backing from 173 cosponsors, all Democrats.It gained renewed attention this winter, but still has yet to advance out of committee.Simmons says reparations are broadly supported in Evanston, despite some questions from other city leaders over whether the recreational marijuana sales tax revenue can sustain the fund in the longer-term.For the Gaines-Davis family, and other Black Evanstonians who proudly support reparations, questions remain about how far $25,000 can go — even as a first step — to fulfill long-broken promises.“It’s a drop in the bucket… But it’s better than nothing. It’s better than what I have now,” Benjamin Gaines Sr. said. “Hopefully, before I die, I’ll see the world change.”Nic Davis is hesitant to celebrate too soon.“Uncle Ben [has been] telling all these stories and things and making you understand, like, change is not an easy thing,” he said, expressing wariness over years of support for progressive promises that have taken too long to fulfill throughout history.“[There were] people who were acting like they’re ready for change, and behind closed doors other things are happening, right?” he said. “We see that all the time in politics right now.”“What does it say that my 25-year-old has to feel like that?” his father Jared Davis said.Myah Davis said she’s learned a lot from her elders.“They constantly talk to me about issues that I would not know anything about if I wasn’t in the family that I’m in,” she said. “[In school] we aren’t really taught about a lot of Black history outside of, ‘Oh, you know, slaves came from Africa.’ I think part of reparations – it can’t just be money. Like, you have to teach us what we need to know.”Rue Simmons acknowledges the concerns of those community members who feel $25,000 is not enough.“$25,000 is life-saving for some families right now,” she said. “But relative to the injury, it’s not nearly enough. And I get that.”That’s why she hopes more relief will come from reparations at the state and federal levels, including HR-40.But Evanston’s leaders are not waiting for Washington. They plan to begin dispersing funds this spring and hope that is just the first reparative step for Evanston, and for other cities across the country.“When I introduced reparations in Evanston it was always the first step of many to come,” Simmons said. “There is a lifetime of work ahead of me and my children for us to get to justice for the Black community.”She said she remains hopeful, and that she must, to do this work.“I do believe that we’re committed as a city. And I believe that we will advance reparations,” Simmons said. “I can’t wait to celebrate the family that receives their first reparation benefit. I cannot wait for that day.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Railways must consult on safety

first_img Comments are closed. Britain’s railway industry must learn from its mistakes when it comes tohealth and safety, not retreat into a shell, the HSE has urged. Timothy Walker, director- general of the HSE, said it was vital staff,passengers and safety representatives all had a chance to contribute to thedebate on how to improve safety on the railways in the wake of the Hatfieldrail crash. “Without safety, and a public perception that the railway is safe,there will be neither performance nor growth. The industry – including the HSE– must not cut itself off from the wider world.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Railways must consult on safetyOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img

Exeter mass wedding bliss

first_imgExeterCollege became the love capi­tal of Oxford on Saturdaymorning when a number of the college’s Freshers got married to one another.Theceremony was conducted by ‘Father’ Chris Beaumont and ‘Father’ Henry Taysom,both of whom are priests of the Universal Life Church of California, as well asbeing stu­dents at the College.Theyreceived their calling into the priesthood via the ‘instant ordi­nation’ linkon the church’s website just under two weeks ago. Saturday’s wedding service,which saw more than thirty couples tie the knot, is their first since joiningthe ‘clergy’. Each couple will receive a certificate which officially registerstheir mar­riage in the church. FatherBeaumont said, “If we had been in Californiaall we would need to do is to obtain the consent of the state senator, and themarriage would have actually been legally binding!”TheUniversity Life Church of California is well established in the USA. The churchis said to take a lib­eral stance on such issues as same sex marriages andbigamy.However,while the exchanged matrimonial vows might be legally binding in the newlywedded Exonians are only bound to remain together as college parents to theircollege children – that is, the Freshers arriving next year.Father Taysom stated, “The honey­moon starts now. I shouldtherefore expect all husbands to be fulfilling their matrimonial duty ofplaying with their wives. ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Wood & Wire Lift Denver Into New Heights On A Snowy Night [Photos]

first_imgThe surprise April snowstorm evidently gave Denver concertgoers a reason to dance and drink even more at a rowdy Friday night show at the Bluebird Theater. Colorado native bluegrass band Rapidgrass delivered a jam-filled set to really get the crowd rocking. Then Austin headliner Wood & Wire brought a more traditional bluegrass sound to the stage than most Colorado bluegrass-jamband fans are used to hearing, but brought just as much energy and even more dancing.The band entered the stage full of smiles as they looked out at the already raucous crowd. As they started to pick, the crowd stomped in unison to the rhythm of the bass and mandolin. The stomping spread to the upper balcony that made it sound like the band had a bass drum anchoring their song. Even before the first instrumental breakdown, a full-fledged bluegrass party had broken out.Banjoist Trevor Smith gave instrumental fans what they were looking for. Sporting a hat that read “Segovia Truck Stop” to go along with his handlebar moustache, Smith’s banjo licks rolled up and down the instrument, almost making it difficult to hear over the screams and claps from the audience.What struck me about this band was their ability to seamlessly trade and build off of each other’s solos. As soon as Smith had punctuated his, Billy Bright had already fired off into an ear-tickling mandolin solo. Frontman Tony Kamel would then join in, rolling his fingers in classic bluegrass guitar fashion, before giving way to perfectly fitting bass breakdowns from Dom Fisher, and then repeating this cycle for a few measures.Tony Kamel’s skill and aura as a frontman really set the band apart from other bluegrass bands in the scene. His powerful Texas drawl echoed off the red curtains of the Bluebird, as he hung on notes so long that it seemed like the venue had surround sound. The audience hollered as he built his lyrics the same way they cheered during the climax of the band’s solos, and the harmonizing by Smith and Fisher were perfect compliments to Kamel’s voice, truly cementing the group with a traditional bluegrass sound.The setlist consisted of relatively short pieces that demonstrated the width and strength of this young band’s growing repertoire. After a number of originals, the band satisfied classic folk fans with a bouncing cover of John Hartford’s “Down on the Levee.” They transitioned then into one of their strongest pieces of the night, the beautifully written “Overblown,” which had the crowd screaming at the mentions of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado.The band also demonstrated their ability to rock on slower bluegrass ballads. Fisher’s bass line carried the tune and Kamel’s voice shined on “Awake in the Wake,” which trembled like the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.”The deepest jam of the set came during “Freeborn Man.” Kamel showed off some of his best guitar chops and the band traded solos until the crowd was brought into a frenzy. The fan favorites “Anne Marie” and “Mexico” had most of the crowd singing along and were some of the definite highlights of the evening. Kamel laughed and mentioned how great it was to have so many fans know the words to their songs.The band finished up with a fitting encore of bluegrass classic, recognized by many from Jerry Garcia and David Grisman’s catalogue, “Drink Up and go Home”, as the crowd finished their drinks and sang along one last time.The success of the night can be measured by the smiles and laughter from the crowd, as audience members spent most of their night drinking, stomping, and trying to teach themselves how to square dance. The band couldn’t stop giggling at each other’s solos and the energy from the crowd. The songwriting skills of this band really stands out from your typical bluegrass show, and the precision of their harmonizing and breakdowns makes it a spectacle that you won’t want to miss.The tour continues tonight at Town Hall in Boulder before rolling on back to Texas. Catch them if you can tonight, but they’ll be back soon as they are definitely at home in Colorado.Enjoy the photo gallery below, courtesy of Dylan Langille of ontheDL Photography. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

January 15, 2004 News and Notes

first_img January 15, 2004 News & Notes News and Notes Robin Rosenberg of ARC Mediation in West Palm Beach recently discussed the mediation and arbitration process with the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., in Port St. Lucie. Sue Murphy, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, recently addressed commercial real estate professionals at the International Council of Shopping Centers Centerbuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Murphy presented “Project Entitlements, Permitting and Impact Fees: How to Save Time and Money in the Process.” Mark Delegal participated in a panel discussion at the University of Florida College of Law, sponsored by the Florida Law Review, titled “The Future of Med Mal in Florida: Is the Malpractice Insurance, Liability, and Litigation Reform Act the Right Prescription?” Carolyn Salzmann of Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando has been appointed to a three-year term on the City of Orlando Code Enforcement Board by Mayor Buddy Dyer. Mark H. Schlein of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Miami, recently published “The Ten Commandments. . . for Preventing a Government Investigation,” in the November 11 edition of Florida Medical Business. Peter Reinert of the Orlando office of Akerman Senterfitt presented “Exit Strategies for BioScience Investors” at the BioFlorida Conference. Ronald A. Christaldi, of Tampa’s de la Parte & Gilbert spoke at the joint annual conference of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, Florida Healthcare Corporate Compliance Association, and the Florida Society of Hospital Physician Executives. His presentation was titled “Strategies for Effective Auditing and Reporting of Clinical Trials.” Mirta “Mikki” Canton of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami was honored as the first Cuban-American woman named to the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Canton also recently received the Lalique Legacy Patron of the Arts Award in recognition of her work on behalf of the Arts in South Florida. Lisa Marie Macci, Boca Raton, and Margherita Downey, West Palm Beach, recently spoke on AM 1230’s Coach Judy Radio Show on their experiences in the family court, both as legal advocates and as parties in a divorce. One of the issues discussed was the rights of children to access both parents after divorce and the family court’s refusal to protect those rights. Doug Kelly of the Orlando office of Holland & Knight has been appointed an adjunct professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando. He will teach Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights. Robert P. Charbonneau of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin P.L., Miami, has become as president-elect of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. George H. Mazzarantani of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon, Sarasota, has been named to the National Cemetery Advisory Committee by Congresswoman Katherine Harris. The committee’s role will be assisting in the establishment of a National Cemetery in Sarasota. William A. Grimm of GrayRobinson in Orlando was recently appointed chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Crummer Graduate School of Business of Rollins College. Brett A. Panter of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., Miami, has been recognized as a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, serving as a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary pilot. Andrew Gold of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin P.L., Miami, presented “Mediation, Arbitration, and Settlement Strategies in Mold Related Construction Disputes” at the Construction Defect and Mold Litigation Conference in Las Vegas. Barry Nelson of Nelson & Levine, P.A., North Miami Beach, presented “Transfer of Partnership Interests to Charitable Lead Trusts” at The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s 2003 fall meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. He also presented “Current Trends and Traps in Estate Planning 2003-2004” the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants at meeting in Orlando. Nelson has been reappointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School graduate program in taxation where he will be teaching an estate planning workshop this spring. Eduardo Palmer, Chair, International Litigation and Arbitration Group of Steel Hector & Davis, spoke on the use of multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses in Latin America at the ICC conference in Miami. ” Carl D. Roston, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has become chair of the Florida Venture Forum. Kristin Adamson of Novey, Mendelson & Adamson, Tallahassee, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Privacy and Court Records, which will work on a statewide policy regarding electronic access to court records. Edward M. Waller, Jr., Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, has been elected to the board of directors of the Tampa Museum of Art. Danielle K. Brewer, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been elected a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association. Braulio L. Baez of Miami has been elected as chair of the Florida Public Service Commission for a two-year term that will begin this month. Tony Hernandez III of Cape Canaveral has been appointed to serve on the Cape Canaveral Hospital Board of Trustees and will continue to serve as vice-president of the Cape Canaveral Hospital District Board of Directors. David Pratt, of David Pratt and Associates, P.A., was a speaker at the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council meeting and at the Suncoast Estate Planning Council. He presented “Bad Facts Are Making Bad Law: Putting Our Clients in a Defensive Posture in Order to Avoid a Successful IRS Attack Under Section 2036 in Family Limited Partnership Cases” January 15, 2004 News and Noteslast_img read more