A very special Midnight Ramble has been announced by Amy Helm, in honor of her late father Levon Helm‘s 76th birthday. Set to take place at Levon Helm Studios (aka “The Barn“) in Woodstock, NY on Friday, May 27th, this celebration of the former The Band drummer will feature long-time friend Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien’s bandleader), The Midnight Ramble Horns, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and additional special guests.If you aren’t familiar with the Midnight Ramble’, they are laid-back, casual affairs that take place in “The Barn.” There is a BBQ prior to the performance, with guests encouraged to bring side dishes, desserts, and lawn chairs. Some of the most epic Ramble Sessions have taken place within those walls, and countless stories have been passed down from those performances with some of the most legendary musicians having played there. This particular ramble should be a memorable one, they always are.Purchase tickets to the Midnight Ramble HERE.
For the past six years, Harvard’s public school partnerships team has offered the Mind Matters: Families Make a Difference program to schools in Cambridge and Boston. The initiative draws from cutting-edge research to give families practical skills and understanding related to early childhood development. With a particular focus on children aged 3 to 9, the program provides families with resources to support kids emotionally, socially, and academically.Fletcher Maynard Academy (FMA) in Cambridge has been offering Mind Matters to its families since the 2016–17 school year. The Gazette sat down with principal Robin Harris to talk about the impact of the program at FMA.Q&ARobin HarrisGAZETTE: How important is family engagement to the success of students?HARRIS: I’m a true believer in family engagement. It’s incredibly important. First and foremost, it’s about the relationships that all of us have with the students we see every day. But it’s also about building and forging relationships with families and parents and guardians and grandparents and the extended families of our students. Because learning is a real partnership. We want to get to know the kids. What makes them tick? What gets them excited? What are the parents’ goals for their kids? Our teachers can see the difference that relationships make in the long run. But it’s also important to understand that family engagement can come in many different shapes. It’s how you define engagement. And it looks different to different people. But ultimately we’re all after the same goal: the success of our students.GAZETTE: How does Mind Matters fit into this model?HARRIS: I wish every single parent had Mind Matters. With Mind Matters we’re able to give parents really specific tools that they’re then able to utilize with their kids. We’re able to equip them with some of the knowledge and some of the research that’s out there about different things — such as brain development. As parents, sometimes you’re just flying by the seat of your pants. But now you’ve got an opportunity to really learn about some of the research, the why and the how behind some of the advice we hear so often. You’re learning the science — the proven research. You no longer have to simply just shoot from the hip. You’re learning best practices. Mind Matters is equipping our families with knowledge that they probably wouldn’t have gotten on their own, and it’s knowledge that can make a real difference in the lives of the students.GAZETTE: What has been some of the feedback that you’ve heard from participants?HARRIS: Families who’ve participated have learned a lot. And an added benefit is that this knowledge — these practices — really crosses socioeconomic lines. There is something in it for everybody, regardless of background. We have parents who have graduate degrees, and we have parents who don’t have high school diplomas — but who are both learning together about how best to help their children — because ultimately we all want our children to be happy and successful. It’s rewarding to see how many different families are taking advantage of the learning.One of the other residual effects of the workshops is that they create bonds and relationships among the parents.GAZETTE: What made you want to help bring Harvard’s Mind Matters program to other schools in the Cambridge Public Schools district?HARRIS: We found that a lot of our parents were talking at their kids, and not necessarily with their kids. Mind Matters gives parents different tools in which to have conversations with their kids. And it makes a difference because now interactions can become more than just directives. Now they’re having actual conversations with their child, engaging kids in some discourse. And that’s just a real mind shift for some folks. It helps parents realize that making time to be present and interact with their children is very, very important.After FMA first started participating in the Mind Matters program, we thought, “Oh my gosh, wouldn’t it be awesome if every parent had this opportunity? Why stop with us? Every school should do this. This is good, rich information.” So we started talking to our colleagues at their respective schools, and it just starting growing from there.Mind Matters is available in elementary schools in Cambridge, as well as in schools in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood.
Saint Mary’s has partnered with Elkhart Community Schools to launch a Laboratory School Network, serving the county school system while expanding the College’s education program. The program began last summer with funding from an Elkhart County Community Foundation grant. The arrangement allows for a three-year partnership with the county, the College and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB), according to a College press release. A report in The Elkhart Truth said the Laboratory School Network’s goals are “to improve student learning, to reduce summer learning loss and to increase the application of research-based practices in elementary classrooms.” During the summer, students in the Laboratory School Network worked with Saint Mary’s education majors at Cleveland Elementary. Senior education majors Ellen Smith, Megan Calender, Griffin Bemisderfer, Kaley Jones and Allison Vasile participated in the new partnership this summer. Smith said the six-week experience furthered her development as an education major. “This summer I taught first grade summer school and it was an incredible experience,” Smith said. “It was so rewarding for myself and for my students because we always were learning from each other and I was able to practice being a teacher. “Saint Mary’s does so much to help make an impact in our schools by giving these students another positive adult in their lives.” Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said in the press release that the mission of the Laboratory School Network is “to support learning for [Elkhart Community Schools] students and the professional development of pre-service teachers from Saint Mary’s.” According to The Elkhart Truth, “student teachers had taken it on their own to write grants for Saint Mary’s spiral notebooks, folders, pencils and other supplies that each student at Cleveland’s program will receive.” The program benefited the students’ education during summer, a time in which students often forget about schoolwork. It also offered Saint Mary’s students the experience of working with children in a classroom. According to an Elkhart Community Schools report, “Saint Mary’s and IUSB are the first higher education schools to put programs in operation … These lab schools are the first summer laboratory schools in northern Indiana public school setting.” Contact Christin Kloski at [email protected]
Insuring the future of UGA systematicsHerbert Ross was on the UGA entomology faculty from 1969 untilhis retirement in 1975. He was an expert in insect systematics,the science of classifying species of insects and understandingtheir natural relationships.Ross was a world authority on the order Trichoptera, whichincludes the caddis flies. He wrote six books, seven bookchapters and more than 200 other scientific publications.He came to UGA from the Illinois Natural History Survey and theUniversity of Illinois, where he worked for 42 years. He died in1978 in Athens.”While he was here, Dr. Ross was probably the leading figure inthe world in insect systematics,” said Ray Noblet, head of theentomology department. “More than a million species have beenidentified and named, but authorities estimate there are 3million to 30 million yet to be named. He was a pioneer in thisfield.”Insects are fascinating and valuable components of almost allecosystems,” Noblet said. “But they can also do great damage toplants and transmit diseases in humans. Systematics is basic toall our work in entomology. You have to know which species you’redealing with, and Dr. Ross’s work was very important.” Ross family honors father, strengthens UGA researchCharles and June Ross live in Bellingham, Wash., the home ofWestern Washington University. Charles was a faculty member ingeology and paleobiology at WWU and later worked in oilexploration. June, a biologist and former chair of the WWUbiology department, did postdoctoral work at UGA in the late1960s, working with UGA professor Wyatt Anderson.Noblet said the couple wanted to create the endowment to honorHerbert Ross and to strengthen the entomology department’sexpertise in systematics, an area of emphasis for the departmentsince it was started in 1955 as part of the UGA College of Artsand Sciences. It was transferred to the College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences in 1996.When established, the endowment can be used for several purposes,including support for graduate assistants, salaries, underwritingcourse development, buying lab equipment or providing travelexpenses.Besides his expertise in systematics, Herbert Ross was well knownfor his work in evolutionary theory, community ecology andbiogeography.He was president of the Entomological Society of America, theSociety for the Study of Evolution and the Society of SystematicZoology. A review panelist for the National Science Foundation,he was a member of 16 scientific societies.CAES interim dean and director Josef Broder said the college is”greatly indebted to the vision and generosity of the Rossfamily. Through this endowment the entomology department canbuild upon the many scholarly contributions of Dr. Ross.”The endowment is the second memorial for Ross in the entomologydepartment. The Herbert Ross Memorial Fund, established in 1982with gifts from Charles and June Ross and other family members,now totals about $85,000. The fund provides graduateassistantships and other financial assistance for graduatestudents. By Larry DendyUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia department has been given more than halfa million dollars to honor the late UGA entomologist Herbert H.Ross and his wife Jean.Ross’s son and daughter-in-law, Charles A. and June R.P. Ross,donated $505,000. Their gift is the largest ever received by theentomology department of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.The gift will be used to establish the Herbert H. and Jean A.Ross Memorial Endowment to further the study of insectsystematics.
Elementary and middle school students can spend a week studying insects through the University of Georgia Bug Camp.Set for July 19 through 23 on the Athens, Ga., campus, the camp curriculum will cover insect collecting, insect identification, research laboratory tours and hands-on learning with UGA entomology faculty and graduate students.The cost of the camp is $150. For more information, see the website www.ent.uga.edu/BugCamp/index.htm or contact Marianne Robinette at [email protected] or (706) 542-1238.
It was a Tuesday when I realized I was a spoiled asshole. Maybe a Wednesday. The exact day isn’t important, except that it was a weekday, mid-afternoon. The time of day that most adults are filing their TPS reports or finishing custom cabinets or selling skinny jeans in the mall…working is what most adults are doing on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon and I was riding my bike. I was riding my bike on an incredibly beautiful and challenging mountain on the edge of downtown that’s maybe five minutes from my house. It’s sleepy roads twist through trees and small waterfalls and the occasional ultra-modern mansion hanging over the edge of the mountain. There are great views of downtown from this mountain. Anyway, I was riding my road bike, climbing a solid 1,000 feet in under two miles to the top of the mountain, and just as I reached the crest, it started to rain. And I started to curse. I hate riding my road bike in the rain. The tires are so skinny, the pavement so slick. In my head, I started a constant monologue about how my ride was ruined because I was on the wrong bike. Why didn’t I ride the cross bike? Or the cross country mountain bike? I ended up on a gravel road connector that had some washboard sections and I double-downed on my indignation—“I brought the wrong damn bike! My ride is ruined.”I started making a bee-line for home, because I was done with it. I didn’t want to waste anymore time on this ruined ride. Stupid rain. Stupid road bike. I was half way down the mountain, squeezing the hell out of my brakes to keep my speed in check, when I realized I was being an entitled prick. Here I was riding my bike on a god damn Tuesday (or Wednesday) afternoon, when the rest of the country is knocking away at our GDP; riding my bike on a beautiful mountain when every single kid I grew up with was sitting in an office or job site, and I was bitching because the conditions weren’t perfect. Because my bike’s tires didn’t have the requisite traction. I have a predilection for entitled prickishness. It’s a character flaw. You should see me lose my shit when the automatic doors on my minivan won’t work for some reason, and I actually have to use a handle. Like an animal. Same with beer. If I have buyer’s remorse, wishing I ordered the IPA instead of the Pale, or if I feel like a beer is subpar for any reason…I get livid. What’s the point if the beer you’re drinking isn’t the best? If it’s not a peak beer experience, why even bother? It’s something I’m working on, and the rainy, week day bike ride was an eye opening moment. Once I stepped back and took a look at my situation with some perspective (I’m 40, riding a really nice bike, on a really nice mountain, on a Tuesday. Or Wednesday), I was able to enjoy the ride again. I took a left and headed back up the mountain, in the rain, on the wrong bike, with a smile on my face.
February 15, 2003 Disciplinary Actions February 15, 2003 Regular News T he Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended nine attorneys, reprimanded two others, disbarred two, and accepted the disciplinary resignation of one.The following lawyers are disciplined: Lloyd Thomas Asbury, 214 N. Clay St., Jacksonville, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a Jan. 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1978) Allegations against Asbury include converting trust funds belonging to a client, failing to maintain required trust accounting records necessary to perform an audit of his trust accounts, and issuing a worthless check on his trust account. (Case no. SC02-2521) Thomas E. Blaine, 1601 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a Nov. 27, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1994) Blaine violated rules regulating The Florida Bar in two unrelated matters. In one case, Blaine was hired by a client to pursue a slander and libel action, and was paid a flat fee of $2,500. He failed to prepare or file the action on the client’s behalf and withdrew from the case. Blaine failed or refused to refund any portion of the $2,500 fee. In the other matter, Blaine misappropriated trust account funds in the amount of $6,996.56. (Case no. SC02-402) Kevin Joseph Coffey, 153 Lost Lake, Marlton, N.J., suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a Dec. 31, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) On or about Aug. 12, 2002, Coffey was convicted of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute marijuana, a felony. (Case no. SC02-2641) Kathy Helen Czepiel, P.O. Box 60, St. Petersburg, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective 30 days following a Jan. 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 2000) In Sept. 2000, Czepiel drafted and signed a fraudulent subpoena and letter for a client. She also made false statements of material fact when she was questioned by a third party about the subpoena. (Case no. SC02-1046) Andrew Joseph de la Fuente, 4770 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 1100, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida until he fully complies with a subpoena, effective 30 days following a Dec. 19, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1995). De la Fuente failed to comply with a properly issued subpoena for trust account records and failed to show good cause for his failure to comply with the subpoena. (Case no. SC01-2745) Kenneth J. Duckworth, 5201 S.W. 163rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 100 days, effective 30 days following a Jan. 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1972) Duckworth failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; to hold in trust, separate from his own property, funds of a client; and to comply with rules regulating trust accounts. (Case no. SC01-1943) Michael Augustine Foulkes, 4770 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 570, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a Dec. 19, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1995) Foulkes failed to provide competent representation to a client and failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing the client. (Case no. SC02-181) Robin Halpern Greene, 3969 Poinciana Closed Road, Coconut Grove, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective 30 days following a Jan. 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1980) Greene was delinquent in her continuing legal education requirements from Oct. 31, 1997, until Oct. 2, 2002. During the delinquency, Greene was the attorney of record in at least 150 appellate and 15 trial proceedings for the Department of Children and Family Services. (Case no. SC02-2624) Marilyn Elizabeth Hafling, 11740 Currie Lane, Largo, suspended indefinitely from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a Jan. 3 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1992) Hafling has not provided any evidence to The Florida Bar of compliance with any of the conditions of her 18-month probation, as ordered on Nov. 21, 2001. (Case no. SC02-2231) Alan Sy Kay, 8668 Park Blvd., Ste. F, Largo, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a Jan. 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1967) Kay failed to appropriately safeguard a client’s property. He also failed to provide any written disclosures to the client regarding an obvious conflict of interest in representing her, while collecting a commission for selling the client an annuity as an agent for an insurance company. (Case no. SC02-2080) Vincent Arthur Lloyd, 201 South 2nd St., Fort Pierce, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days from Jan. 13 following a Jan. 14 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1973) On Dec. 12, 2002, Lloyd was adjudicated guilty on two counts of purchasing cocaine, one count of use or possession of a drug paraphernalia, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment. (Case no. SC02-2677) Laura Rappaport Morrison, 1200 N. University Drive, Plantation, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a Nov. 27, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1980) Morrison failed and refused to file an affidavit as required after she was suspended for two years from practicing law in Florida. (Case no. SC02-937) Maria Lara Peet, P.O. Box 2980, Fort Myers, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective retroactive to Nov. 28, 2001, following a Jan. 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1986) Peet violated rules regulating trust accounts. (Case no. SC02-182) William Pena Wells, P.O. Box 640911, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective retroactive to Oct. 22, 1998, following a Sept. 19, 2002, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1988) In June 1998, Wells was convicted of issuing two worthless checks in the amount of $150 or more. He was adjudicated guilty in August 1998 and sentenced to a probationary term of one year. (Case no. SC94732) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly 5,000 credit union leaders, a record crowd, are in the nation’s capital today for the premier credit union conference, CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference.Today’s events will feature the inaugural GAC speech from CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, who took the helm at CUNA in September. In another GAC first, Nussle’s presentation will be followed by a press outreach event outlining credit union advocacy priorities for 2015.Nussle will be joined at the press conference by CUNA Board Chair Dennis Pierce, incoming CUNA Board Chair Susan Streifel and American Association of Credit Union Leagues Chair Tracie Kenyon. The group will address all trade press and mainstream media outlets attending.CUNA shook up the status quo Sunday afternoon by offering a new highlight with the ED (Filene) Talk, featuring retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, instead of a Sunday night concert. (See the related stories in today’s News Now about Sunday’s events, including McChrystal’s speech.) continue reading »
Alaska already draws a relatively large portion of U.S. military spending, with bases serving the Air Force and the Army in or around both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Jets in Alaska scrambled repeatedly this year to intercept Russian aircraft moving toward U.S. airspace. But jets taking off from inland bases can take more than 90 minutes to reach the coast of Alaska, said Maj. Gen. Scott Clancy, a Canadian officer who is the director of operations at NORAD.General Clancy said the encounters were professional. In the encounter last month, the four Russian aircraft loitered in the area for about 90 minutes and never crossed into U.S. airspace. But General Clancy said it was clear the Russians were both testing the capabilities of NORAD and demonstrating their own, increasing the frequency and also the complexity of their approaches.“This adversary — this competitor, Russia — has advanced on all fronts,” he said. “We find ourselves in another era of great-power competition. Russia obviously wants to be a competitor in that.”Lt. Gen. David Krumm, commander of the multi-force Alaskan Command and also the 11th Air Force, said that while the Arctic used to provide a natural buffer between the nations of the Far North, the new possibility of ice-free passage has changed that.“We’re at a pivotal point in the timeline of the Arctic,” he said at a recent convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives, many of whose members reside in remote villages scattered throughout the northern region.General Krumm said the United States would need to invest in operations, equipment and training to prepare for the changing environment. Alaska, he said, has historically been viewed as a base from which to project American power elsewhere in the world, but the mission is changing. ANCHORAGE — The crew of the Bristol Leader was laying out its long cod-catching line well within U.S. fishing territory in the Bering Sea when a voice crackled over the VHF radio and began issuing commands: The ship was in danger, it said, and needed to move.The warnings, coming in a mixture of Russian and accented English from a plane buzzing overhead, grew more specific and more urgent. There was a submarine nearby, the voice said. Missiles were being fired. Leave the area.- Advertisement – The Russian military operations in August inside the U.S. economic zone off the coast of Alaska were the latest in a series of escalated encounters across the North Pacific and the Arctic, where the retreat of polar ice continues to draw new commercial and military traffic. This year, the Russian military has driven a new nuclear-powered icebreaker straight to the North Pole, dropped paratroopers into a high-Arctic archipelago to perform a mock battle and repeatedly flown bombers to the edge of U.S. airspace.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Other U.S. fishing vessels that were scattered over 100 miles of open sea were getting similar messages. Capt. Steve Elliott stood dumbfounded on the trawler Vesteraalen as three Russian warships came barreling through, barking orders of their own. On the ship Blue North, commands from a Russian plane led Capt. David Anderson to contact the U.S. Coast Guard, wondering how to protect his crew of 27.“It was frightening, to say the least,” Captain Anderson said. “The Coast Guard’s response was: Just do what they say.” Russians have refurbished and restored dozens of military posts in the Arctic region, including on Wrangel Island, some 300 miles from the coast of Alaska, and have laid plans for controlling emerging navigation routes that would bring traffic through the Bering Strait, where Alaska and Russia are separated by only 55 miles of water. – Advertisement – As he considered the safety of the 130 people on his boat, Captain Thomas ultimately decided to leave. He estimates the forced departure cost his company more than $1 million in revenue.Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska, a Republican, who has pressed for years for a stronger U.S. presence in the Arctic and has warned about increasing Russian activity there, said the fishing boats should not have been forced to leave U.S. fishing territory. He said he was surprised by the scale of Russia’s recent aggressive actions in the Bering Sea, noting that during the same exercise in August, fighter planes from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, scrambled to respond to three groups of Russian aircraft that approached Alaska.“I think they were testing us — flexing their military muscle,” the senator said.Coast Guard officials said Russia had notified the U.S. government that part of its exercise would include a portion of the fishing zone. But federal officials did not alert commercial fishing operators to the planned exercise.Coast Guard officials said they have been working to make sure future notifications reached the right people. They have also said that U.S. fishing vessels were not required to follow any orders from a foreign entity to depart American fishing grounds. But in a memo last month to those involved in the North Pacific fishing industry that outlined what had transpired in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard also cautioned that “safety of life at sea should always be paramount in managing the safe navigation of any vessel on the high seas, and is the responsibility of the mariner with firsthand situational awareness.”As Russia has ramped up its presence in the region, U.S. officials have accelerated their own efforts. The Coast Guard has long complained that its lone pair of aging icebreakers are struggling to stay in service but may now have the opportunity to build six new ones. (Russia has dozens.) The United States is also discussing a northern deepwater port, perhaps around Nome. Currently, the nearest strategic port is 1,300 nautical miles away in Anchorage. “What we have to do now is be prepared to fight here and defend here,” he said. As seas warmed by climate change open new opportunities for oil exploration and trade routes, the U.S. Coast Guard now finds itself monitoring a range of new activity: cruise ships promising a voyage through waters few have ever seen, research vessels trying to understand the changing landscape, tankers carrying new gas riches, and shipping vessels testing new passageways that sailors of centuries past could only dream of.Russia’s operations in the Arctic have meant a growing military presence at America’s northern door. Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., the commander of the Coast Guard district that oversees Alaska, said it was not a surprise to see Russian forces operating in the Bering Sea over the summer, but “the surprise was how aggressive they got on our side of the maritime boundary line.”In the air, U.S. jets in Alaska typically scramble to intercept about a half-dozen approaching Russian aircraft a year, outliers on the long-range nuclear bomber patrols that Russia resumed in 2007. But this year that number has risen to 14 — on pace to set a record since the Cold War era. In the most recent case, last month, the United States responded to the approach of two Russian bombers and two Russian fighters that came within 30 nautical miles of Alaskan shores. This summer, Russia’s military operated in the Bering Sea, home to America’s largest fishery, where boats haul up pots crawling with red king crab, and trawlers dump nets filled with 200 tons of pollock onto their decks. The area is the U.S. pathway to the Arctic waters where extraction companies have worked for years to capture the billions of dollars of oil and gas resources trapped under the sea floor.U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from the nation’s shores, but commercial vessels operate even farther within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, a territory stretching some 200 miles offshore in which the country can harvest fish or natural resources without foreign competition but cannot prohibit the passage of international vessels.Tim Thomas, a U.S. captain on the fishing vessel Northern Jaeger, encountered this summer’s Russian exercises on Aug. 26 when his ship was operating more than 20 nautical miles inside the U.S. economic zone. After a Russian plane directed Captain Thomas to take his boat out of the area, he said, he responded that he was within the U.S. zone, not on the Russian side, and that the Russians could not order them to leave.At that point, he said, a Russian military ship joined in and issued similar orders.“At this point, I’m going, ‘What’s going on here? Are we getting invaded?’” Captain Thomas said in an interview.Captain Thomas said he contacted the Coast Guard, but the officers there, he said, seemed to be unaware of the Russian operations. They told him he was responsible for the safety of his crew. But he was reluctant to leave: They were finding some of the best fishing of the season, and the Russians had ordered him not to return to those productive grounds for nine days. The Russians, who were running a military exercise known as Ocean Shield that involved some 50 warships and 40 aircraft operating throughout the Bering Sea, were adamant, and their warnings grew more intense. U.S. officials have since said that a Russian submarine launched a cruise missile from the Bering Sea that day.
The Croatian Rural Tourism Association demands the definition of rural tourism and the abolition of restrictions
Today, the Croatian Rural Tourism Association asked the parliamentary committees for agriculture and tourism for support in defining rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia in the final text of the draft Law on the provision of services in tourism and the abolition of all restrictions on rural tourism.They also requested the prescribing of the highest possible degree of availability of data from the Register of Family Farms in the Law on Family Farms and the abolition of the provision on mandatory re-registration of family farms in accordance with the Ordinance on Additional Activities of the Ministry of Agriculture.At the joint thematic session of both committees dedicated to “Potentials and Limitations of Rural Tourism of the Republic of Croatia”, the Association presented a number of positive examples and problems encountered by rural tourism service providers, most of which start due to imposing foreign, inappropriate solutions and drafting legislation. without consulting service providers. “Defining rural tourism and removing restrictions is only the first step in solving many problems that make it difficult for us to do business and marketing of domestic agricultural products, with which both Ministries are very well acquainted, but so far insufficiently active in solving them. It is an incredible fact that today, after more than 25 years since the beginning of the development of this form of tourism, we do not have a legal definition of this activity and the prescribed conditions and criteria for performing it. I emphasize that this is an activity that connects agriculture and tourism, two economic sectors of strategic importance for the Republic of Croatia. Rural tourism has exceptional potential for reducing depopulation and the general development of the Croatian countryside. Rural tourism facilities, of which we estimate to be over 700, have a turnover of almost one billion kuna, directly and indirectly employ over 10 people and realize over 000 overnight stays. Looking at the total tourist traffic of the Republic of Croatia, this is a relatively small percentage, but it is very valuable given that these facilities operate in rural areas, in difficult conditions for business development. Unfortunately, so far, as a national association that brings together rural tourism providers, we have not been involved in drafting the law on the provision of services in tourism or in drafting the law on family farms. At today’s session of the committee, we met with the understanding of the representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, and we believe that together we will succeed in finalizing the draft laws to enable further development of rural tourism.. “Emphasized Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association.The association submitted to the committees a complete list of priority proposals for each relevant ministry, as well as a text proposal for defining rural tourism in the Final Proposal of the Law on Tourism, in order to start working on solving the accumulated problems as soon as possible. “We pay twice as much VAT compared to the same period last year because we were not able to significantly increase prices. Due to high VAT and other levies, our own products are absolutely uncompetitive on the market, and the existing legal framework does not stimulate us but limits us. Therefore, we asked the committee to order the Ministry of Finance to prepare an analysis of the effects of the comprehensive tax reform on rural tourism in the Republic of Croatia. I hope that this time there will be the political will to start solving many accumulated problems, because rural tourism is unfortunately on its knees, instead of being the real engine of development of the Croatian countryside. ”Said Neven Ferlin, a member of the Association.