Uruguay Hosts Subregional Workshop to Develop New Strategies against Terrorism Financing

first_img The Subregional Workshop on the Fight against Terrorism Financing: Major Current Risks, of which Uruguay is the host, has begun. The event is organized by the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), part of the Organization of American States, with the collaboration of the Defense Ministry. Our president’s general secretary for anti-money laundering activities, Carlos Díaz, the executive secretary of the South American Financial Action Task Force (Grupo de Acción Financiera de Sudamérica, GAFISUD), Alejandro Montesdeoca, the OAS representative in Uruguay, Ambassador John Biehl de Río, and the undersecretary of the Defense Ministry, Dr. Jorge Menéndez, attended the opening ceremony. The undersecretary of the Defense Ministry, Dr. Jorge Menéndez, declared that this event addresses the fight against terrorism financing and current risks, and he said that this topic is of fundamental importance for the world, the region, and our country in particular. He added that this course will fundamentally make a significant contribution by strengthening the individual capabilities of the participants, who are representing agencies to which they will bring back what they learn, and he affirmed that this is definitely a way of strengthening the region’s capabilities in response to this plague. At the same time, he highlighted the possibility of establishing and strengthening relationships between countries and institutions, with the mechanisms that exist in the region to address this topic. The OAS representative in Uruguay, Ambassador John Biehl de Río, thanked the Uruguayan Government for its support and readiness to hold this workshop. Ambassador Biehl de Río indicated that the fight against terrorism is taking place on fundamental terrain, not only for citizen security, but also for strengthening democracy. He affirmed that the chief enemy of dialogue, a democrat’s fundamental weapon, will always be the fanaticism that leads to terrorist actions, and that our quality of life may be affected if everyone does not play a role in this fight. This event was organized by the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS/SMS/CICTE and CICAD), the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB), and the Executive Secretariat of GAFISUD, under the sponsorship of the Uruguayan Government. Delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay and representatives from our country, in different areas such as specialized courts, national public prosecutors’ offices, specialized police, customs police, border police, and intelligence units, are participating in the course. By Dialogo September 08, 2011last_img read more

Bolivia Asks EU, UN for Anti-drug Helicopters, Radar

first_img Bolivia, the world’s third largest cocaine producer, will ask the European Union and United Nations to provide helicopters and radars to fight drug trafficking, President Evo Morales said on December 13. “We are going to make this request official soon,” he said. “I would see that not as cooperation, but as an obligation, to more effectively fight drug trafficking in Bolivia.” The Andean country, one of the poorest in South America, has an ageing fleet of 10 UH-1H Huey helicopters that it obtained from the United States in the 1980s and early 90s. “The drug traffickers, especially the international ones, are equipped with technology that is superior to what the government has,” Morales said. Bolivia has been eagerly seeking ways to boost and diversify foreign aid for its drug trafficking programs since expelling the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008. Even so, Washington, D.C. still provided about $15 million to Bolivian anti-drug programs in 2011. The E.U. has allocated $53 million (40 million euros) in aid to Bolivia for 2012, mostly for social programs or to subsidize cultivation of alternative crops to cocaine. Brazil, the region’s heavyweight, signed a bilateral agreement with Bolivia this year that would make drones and helicopters available to the Andean country, the source of 80 to 90 percent of the cocaine circulating in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. By Dialogo December 15, 2011last_img read more

Peru Extends State of Emergency in Five Provinces Due to Shining Path

first_img The Peruvian government extended the state of emergency in five provinces in the northeast for 60 days due to the presence of the Shining Path and drug trafficking guerrilla fronts on January 3, the official state bulletin reported. The affected areas, which will remain under the control of the Police and the Armed Forces, are the provinces of Marañón, Huamalíes and Leoncio Prado, in the region of Huanuco; the province of Tocache, in the region of San Martín; and the province of Padre Abad, in the Ucayali region. In these areas, the state of emergency has been in place since September 2011, when the government of President Ollanta Humala had been in power for less than three months. According to the government, these areas are not only affected by remnant fronts of the Shining Path, but also have “problems with drug trafficking and illegal coca leaf plantations, which is the main source of employment for people in the area.” While a state of emergency is in force in Peru, the rights to freedom, inviolability of the home, and freedom to assemble, as well as free movement are suspended. By Dialogo January 07, 2013last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Cocaine laboratory dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo September 04, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican authorities for the first time discovered and dismantled a clandestine cocaine processing laboratory, providing fresh evidence that international drug trafficking rings are establishing themselves in the Caribbean country. The laboratory was found on a farm near a small town 40 kilometers west of the capital, Santo Domingo, where two Colombians were arrested recently, the National Police said on Sept. 3. The laboratory was similar to processing facilities found in the Colombian jungle, where authorities periodically discover large labs capable of producing thousands of kilograms of cocaine. Police allege the Colombians, John Jairo Roldán Estrada and Ángel Fernando Vargas, built the facility, part of which was below ground. At the time of the raid, police found seven microwave ovens, a press, scales, more than 100 plastic bags and a four-gallon tank of ammonia, among other paraphernalia. Police said they seized 225 kilograms of cocaine paste, the base used to produce powder cocaine for consumption. The paste could have been turned into as much as 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, police said. The National Police, which led the operation, called the seizure an “unprecedented blow against organized crime” in a prepared statement. The Dominican Republic has long been one of the favored transshipment points in the Caribbean, with an estimated 6% of cocaine bound for the U.S. traveling through the country. As much as 11% of cocaine bound for Europe also passes through the island, as traffickers have infiltrated shipping containers and airports to move small and large shipments abroad. However, in recent years authorities have seen arms of international criminal groups establishing operations in the country. With an increased presence, authorities have also witnessed increased consumption in the Dominican Republic. National Police Chief Maj. Gen. Manuel Castro Castillo said the discovery of the lab “shows how international drug trafficking is advancing in the Dominican Republic.” As evidence of the presence of international criminal organizations, authorities have arrested several alleged drug smugglers from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and elsewhere during the past year. At the site of the lab seizure, heads of Dominican agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, the National Police, the National Department of Investigations and the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), gathered and pledged to coordinate their efforts in the counter-narcotics fight. “We will continue to fight tirelessly, chasing [drug trafficking] in all its forms, by air, by sea and by land,” said Attorney General Francisco Domínguez Brito. He vowed to “arrest and prosecute all those responsible … and we will continue investigating this case and all cases.” [Infosurhoy.com (Dominican Republic), 03/09/2013; Procuraduría General de la República (Dominican Republic), 30/08/2013]last_img read more

Colombia Works to Develop Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Education Center

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo October 19, 2017 During the 2017 South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), held in Lima, Peru, from August 22nd to 24th, several discussion panels were organized to address issues in a group format. For example, one panel focused on several countries’ cyberdefense strategies. Colombia took part in it as a South American leader in this area. In order to examine cyberdefense and other topics involving the Colombian Military Forces, Diálogo spoke with Colombian Army General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces.Diálogo: What are the Colombian Armed Forces doing to confront the problem of cyberattacks?Colombian Army General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces: Colombia has an organization within its general command, the Joint Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Command, which serves as an example for South America. Within that command, we bring together all the capabilities of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. We combine all of those and test not just the security of our military data but also that of some state-owned companies, private companies, and civil organizations. This brings together a common concern with capabilities, government offices, and telecommunications. We have gained skill in cybersecurity and cyberdefense from the Army War College and the Organization of American States. We are working on developing a center for cybersecurity and cyberdefense studies and monitoring. In other words, there are several endeavors relating to his matter.Diálogo: Is Colombia working with international service members on this issue?Gen. Salazar: We are constantly providing assistance, and they are constantly assisting Colombia. We hold Olympic-style competitions. We have put these on in our county, in Spain, and even in Brazil. At this event, there’s dialogue, exchange of information, exchange of training, and we also share ideas.Diálogo: What is Colombia’s “multi-mission Army,” a term coined during the country’s post-conflict period?Gen. Salazar: The complexities of the new landscape we’re experiencing in Colombia, due to the negotiated end of the armed conflict between the national government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, per its Spanish acronym), have made us delve more deeply into a series of destabilizing factors that we must confront. When we talk about destabilizing factors, [we mean] that they exist in various areas, not just in the sense of military issues and the black market economy, but also in the psychosocial realm, the judicial area, the area of infrastructure. The Army, in addition to its constitutional role to support the national government and provide security and defense, also has distinctive capabilities it can offer in terms of cooperation and the development of the country. For that reason, we say that we are a multi-mission Army.Diálogo: What kind of progress has been made in the civil-military programs, such as Fe en Colombia?Gen. Salazar: Our strategic military plan, which is called Victoria, is composed of three core ideas. The first involves achieving institutional control of the territory, in other words, military operations; the second has to do with cooperation and development; and the third, with institutional strengthening. The Fe en Colombia campaign relates to the areas of cooperation and development and institutional strengthening; we are in the hearts of Colombians, and that is where we will stay. What does Fe en Colombia mean? We have made ourselves into a link in the chain, into a bridge connecting public services and communities. We have direct access to and the ability to reach the most remote and least developed communities. We are bringing public services to those communities in a focused and prioritized way and achieving magnificent results in indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, which are located in the jungle, in the south, and on the Pacific Coast. That is Fe en Colombia: support for our people.Diálogo: What is the main lesson learned by the Colombia Armed Forces that can be shared with partner nations regarding military support for the National Police, especially in the fight against narcotrafficking?Gen. Salazar: In this area, there is a separation of roles and tasks. The National Police has its own role, as does the military, but what has happened in recent years is that the Military Forces have had to contribute to the police effort. There are areas of prime focus, such as narcotrafficking, illegal mining, the fight against smuggling and the trafficking of arms and explosives, and immigration control. All of those challenges are destabilizing factors and are the responsibility of the police. We as the military provide assistance by sharing information with them. We contribute with means, air and river transport, carrying out coordinated operations, whereas they provide the focus. But we contribute at a second or third level. We have been granted legal authority to combat extortion by kidnapping by means of our United Action Groups for Personal Freedom and have developed a general plan of direct operations. In Colombia, we work in coordination with the police to confront all agents of violence. We are currently in the process of defining the legal framework essential to protecting our personnel under the rubric of military assistance to the police.Diálogo: Would you say that FARC is truly finished?Gen. Salazar: FARC, as an armed, criminal group, has disappeared. Today, it still exists as a political entity, as per the terms of the negotiation. The process of surrendering their weapons has been met. There were 8,800 armed men who turned over their weapons. They are currently in the process of demobilization and gaining a new identity. Now, a political avenue exists for them as a result of the negotiations. That is, they now have the opportunity to participate in the political system, but, as a revolutionary group, it has disappeared. However, there are dissidents, a very small percentage who did not accept the peace process, and we currently refer to them as a residual armed group. All military operations are directed against them. In fact, we are making progress, but, in Colombia, there are other criminal groups against which military action must also be brought. This means that a reduction in military force will not be possible in the short- or even mid-term. In the long term, by 2030, we can think about reducing military and police forces. For now, we will keep the pressure on in order to maintain control of the territory.last_img read more

Brazil Combats Drug Trafficking on the Border

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo October 20, 2020 The Brazilian government has increased patrol and surveillance on its border to stop the entry of drugs from neighboring countries.A-29 Super Tucano aircraft intercepted two aircraft carrying more than 1 ton of cocaine on the Brazilian border, on August 2, 2020. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)One of these operations took place on September 1, 2020, when the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) seized 423 kilograms of cocaine inside an aircraft that made a forced landing in the rural region of Cacoal, Rondônia state, near the Bolivian border. According to the Military Police of Rondônia, the aircraft likely departed Bolivia with the drug.Other seized aircraft Two more suspicious aircraft were seized in different areas of the Brazilian border. The PF, with the support of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), seized more than 1 ton of cocaine on August 2, as part of Operation Ostium.During the first operation, authorities intercepted an aircraft carrying 487 kg of cocaine northeast of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state, on the border with Bolivia.During the second operation, another aircraft was intercepted southeast of Campo Grande with some 700 kg of cocaine on board. According to the PF, which oversees ground interdiction, the regional partnership withThe Brazilian Federal Police seized 423 kg of cocaine inside an aircraft in the rural area of Cacoal, Rondônia state, near the Bolivian border, on September 1, 2020. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)FAB enabled the identification and interception of aircraft used by drug traffickers, resulting in many seizures.Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE, in Portuguese) is the unit that oversees the planning and execution of FAB’s operational missions. FAB General Jeferson Domingues de Freitas, COMAE commander, highlighted the success of the early August interception: “We proved that we can handle multiple interceptions, and the result could not be better. We showed that our Brazilian Aerospace Defense System can launch simultaneous air defense operations wherever needed,” the officer told the Air Force Press Office.Around the clock surveillance According to information from COMAE, since early 2020, a total of 75 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have been activated to identify suspicious aircraft in the region. The E-99 radar aircraft was activated 29 times in the same period for air defense missions, as part of Operation Ostium. “The operations resulted in 39 interceptions with six seizures,” COMAE informed Diálogo.COMAE added that it is possible to activate aircraft from any part of the country. “The response also includes monitoring air traffic to send intelligence or to remotely track suspicious aircraft to collaborate with law enforcement,” it concluded.last_img read more

March 15, 2004 Notices

first_imgPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Donald Wayne Reid, who formerly practiced in Alachua County and now resides in Bronson, Michigan, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Reid’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact James A.G. Davey, Jr., Bar Counsel, at (850) 561-5789.Judge Angel reprimanded for campaigning violations A judge who attended and spoke at partisan political events to which his opponent was not invited will be publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court.The Judicial Qualifications Commission had charged Fifth Circuit Judge Carven D. Angel with 13 counts of attending partisan political events to which his opponent was not invited, speaking at some of those events or having family members speak, and revealing his party affiliation at campaign events.All of the events occurred during the judge’s 2002 campaign. The JQC noted the actions violated F.S. §§105.071(1) and (3) and three provisions of Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The law prohibits a judicial candidate from participating in any partisan activity except voting or publicly representing himself or herself as a member of a political party.The canons prohibit a judicial candidate from partisan political activities except he or she may attend a function to discuss the improvement of law or the administration of justice, and if the judge’s opponents have also been invited to attend or speak. The canon also prohibits a judicial candidate from having any employee under his control or a family member do indirectly what the candidate would be prohibited from doing, such as speaking at a partisan gathering.In his reply, Judge Angel stipulated to seven of the 13 charges, and the JQC recommended a public reprimand.The Supreme Court agreed, finding evidence was clear and convincing that Judge Angel violated the laws and canons.“Certainly, in very egregious cases, where a judge’s misconduct included implications that he or she would make partisan decisions on the bench, the JQC has recommended a substantial fine in addition to a public reprimand and even removal. . . , ” the court said in its per curiam opinion. “Based on the stipulated facts in the instant action, the JQC recommended only that Judge Angel be publicly reprimanded for his misconduct. We accept the JQC’s recommendation of a public reprimand for Judge Angel, which is consistent with governing precedent with regard to the appropriate sanction for this type of judicial misconduct.”The court did not set a date for the reprimand, which will be administered before the court.Ruling came February 19, in Inquiry Concerning a Judge, Re: Carven D. Angel, case no. SC03-833.Proposed Evidence Code amendments The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report concerning recent legislative changes to the Florida Evidence Code. Specifically, the committee recommends that the Court adopt chapters 2002-22, §18 (amending §90.6063, Interpreter services for deaf persons); 2002-246, §1 (amending §90.5035, Sexual assault counselor-victim privilege); 2003-259, §1(amending §90.104, Rulings on evidence); 2003-259, §2 (amending 90.803, Hearsay exceptions; availability of declarant immaterial); and 2003-259, §3 (amending 90.902, Self-authentication), Laws of Florida. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s recommendations, a summary of which is provided below. The proposals are reproduced in full online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before April 15, 2004, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Michael P. Dickey, Barron & Redding, P.O. Box 2467, Panama City, Florida 32402-2467, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled in this case for June. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENT TO THE FLORIDA EVIDENCE CODE, CASE NO. 04-103.YLD seeks award nominations March 15, 2004 Notices March 15, 2004 Regular News Stetson University is seeking nominations for the 2004 Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Public Service Award.The award will be presented at the law school’s spring graduation events. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 29.“Wm. Reece Smith has dedicated his professional career to public service and access to justice, and this award in his honor recognizes individuals who have given their time and talents to help others and to improve their communities and the justice system,” said Dean Darby Dickerson.Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the award’s namesake and its first recipient, is the past president of the American, International,and Florida bar associations. His relationship with Stetson Law began in the 1950s, and he has taught as a distinguished professorial lec.Nominations should be sent to Dean Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.JNC applications being accepted The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies for nominations to be submitted to Governor Bush on or before June 3: Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826, no later than 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 19.Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committees will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the March 19 deadline.Board of Bar Examiners, Commission on Professionalism appointments available The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its May 28 meeting: Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancy : Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 28, 2004, meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the five-year terms commencing November 1 and expiring on October 31, 2009.Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members volunteer 300 or more hours per year on Board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed. Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism : Five lawyers to serve on this 23-member commission for four-year terms commencing July 1. The commission acts as a steering and long-range planning commission for the creation and implementation of programs promoting the ideals and goals of professionalism, oversees the development of judicial professionalism programs and the teaching of professionalism in law schools. In addition, it establishes the policies of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and acts as the center’s governing board.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the applications from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Thursday, April 8. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.Ninth Circuit YLD seat available Reid petitions for Bar reinstatement The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications for its seven major awards: The Diversity Award, which recognizes a person and/or entity that demonstrates the highest morality and respect for all persons and diversity, for efforts and allegiance to creating diversity, and promoting a more diverse workplace. Along with the award, the YLD will make a monetary donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. The Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award, which recognizes a person and/or entity that, through humanitarian respect, advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. The YLD will make a monetary donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. The Outstanding Jurist Award, given to a judge with an excellent reputation for sound judicial decisions and an unblemished record of integrity as a lawyer and judge and who demonstrates concern for and willingness to assist young lawyers and respects their abilities. The Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, given to a young lawyer who is not a member of the Bar YLD Board of Governors, who has worked most diligently in the past year in Bar activities and/or law-related public activities and who has an excellent reputation for legal abilities and integrity. Most Outstanding Public Service Project by a young lawyers group. The project must serve the public and community, enhance the relationship of young lawyers to the public and community, and be innovative. Most Outstanding Member Service Project by a young lawyers group. The project should internally serve young lawyers, provide for membership enrichment, and be innovative. Outstanding Florida Young Lawyer Affiliate of the Year Award which recognizes a young lawyer affiliate in the state of Florida for excellence in public service, member service, and creative use of resources. See www.flayld.org for the application for this award.For more information about the awards contact Austin Newberry, YLD administrator, at (850) 561-5624 or Board member Courtney Grimm at (904) 353-0211. Nominations for the awards should be sent to Austin Newberry at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than May 1. With the election of Jamie Billotte Moses as president-elect designate of the Young Lawyers Division, her former seat on the YLD Board of Governors — Ninth Circuit, Seat 2 — will be vacant as of June 25.Anyone interested in being considered for an appointment to this seat for the remaining year of Moses’ term should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to Austin Newberry, YLD Administrator,The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, no later than April 20. Smith Award nominations soughtlast_img read more

Post your CLE credits online

first_img Post your CLE credits online May 1, 2005 Regular News Florida Bar members may now post their CLE credits online by logging on to www.flabar.org.The new CLE credit posting feature comes just months after applications were added to the Bar’s Web site to allow members to check their CLE hours and CLER reporting date information. New members can also verify reporting information for compliance with the basic skills course requirement.Members may continue to register for CLE courses and order CLE tapes on the Bar’s Web site, as well.“The ability for our members to now post their own CLE credits is offered as yet another convenience to our members,” said Mike Tartaglia, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.To access your personal CLE information, go to www.flabar.org, click on “StoreFront” in the left-hand blue column and then click on “CLE Status Inquiry.” Before being able to obtain personal CLE records or post new credits, members will have to follow the prompts to register on the “Storefront” by using their user name (Bar number) and password.When registering online to take CLE courses or order CLE tapes, members may use the search menu to find CLE courses by city, course number, date, sponsor, or title. Once the appropriate course is found, members may register by logging into the secure site via user name (Bar number) and password. Members can use either Visa or MasterCard to pay registration fees online.Also available on The Florida Bar Web site is the 2004-05 Calendar of CLE Courses, as well as a searchable calendar. Members can access a printable list of CLE audio/videotapes and order form.center_img Post your CLE credits onlinelast_img read more

West Babylon Murder Arrest Made After 19 Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Troy ArrighiSuffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives have arrested a New York City man in a nearly 20-year-old cold case murder invesetigation.Troy Arrighi, 37, of Manhattan, was taken into custody at his East 30th Street home on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder.“It was a straight up robbery,” said Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, who was unable to discuss more about the case because detectives are still searching for the suspect’s alleged accomplice. He coulnd’t say what led to the suspect’s apprehention after so long.Police said the alleged gunman and another man shot and killed 30-year-old Mario Andujar during an attempted robbery of the Diamond Trucking Company on Cabot Street in West Babylon on March 22, 1994.A second victim and fellow mechanic, then-22-year-old Juan Garcia, was also shot but survived. Garcia recovered at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.Arrighi will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Barack Obama Responds to Putin’s NYT Op-Ed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York But let’s make one thing perfectly clear: this is written by a man who is the head of Russia. Russia, where the air conditioning in the room conked out even though I was in the Presidential Suite. Russia, where no one smiles and where people actually look disappointed that they are white.Read the entire “response” here.last_img