Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations Trains Military Personnel and Civilians

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 17, 2017 After seven years in operation, the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is today an international model for training service members and civilians operating under the direction of the United Nations. Also known as the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Center in homage to the Brazilian diplomat who died while serving in Iraq in 2003, the center has trained more than 3,500 people, including service members from partner nations such as Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, and the United States. “CCOPAB is sought after by various nations, whether for visits, for sending instructors, or for receiving students,” the center’s press office reported to Diálogo. “We might say that we are considered a model center.” Participants may receive different kinds of training, from the Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders to the Military Translators and Interpreters Internship. There is an ever increasing demand and the annual number of students has jumped from 433 in 2010 to 611 in 2016, including contingents from Brazil (the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force, civilians, police, and firefighters) and from abroad. “The reason why CCOPAB has become a benchmark is because of the integrated work that has been done in the presence of service members from the three military branches as well as the participation of military police and civilians in planning and giving the courses,” said Brazilian Army Major Anderson Félix Geraldo, an engineering officer who is a CCOPAB instructor and coordinator of the Training Internship for Journalists and Press Advisers in Conflict Areas. “That integration allows for the development of comprehensive and multidisciplinary Academic Subject Plans that align the hands-on experiences gleaned during the mission (i.e., lessons learned) with the theory taught in the classroom,” Maj. Felix explained, “As a result of that, CCOPAB has obtained certification from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the Joint Staff of Peacekeeping Missions Internship, the Military Observer Internship, and the UN Police Training Internship.” Courses and internships Brazilians and foreigners take the same course at CCOPAB’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. “UN training is the same throughout the world. So, be they service members, police, or civilians, they all acquire the same knowledge,” CCOPAB said, “We have courses given in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.” Among the main courses, the following stand out: Training Internship for Joint Staff and Commanders of Military Organizations: Marks the beginning of training for conducting activities related to the use of a troop contingent in a peacekeeping operation. For one week students learn how the UN operates and learn about specific issues for the mission where the troops will be deployed. Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders: Trains service members for specific duties as unit and platoon commanders during peacekeeping operations, while also qualifying them as instructors. It includes the tactics, techniques, and procedures used during missions, as well as the rules of engagement and training modules standardized by the UN. Preparedness for Peacekeeping Missions Internship: Trains interns to act as Joint Staff officers, military observers in peacekeeping missions, or as United Nations police on peacekeeping missions, all in a multicultural environment. Course on Humanitarian Demining: Expands the training of engineering officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and sergeants to perform the role of international monitor or supervisor during humanitarian demining missions. Military-Civilian Coordination Internship: Taught in English, the course trains service members who will perform duties related to military-civilian coordination, officers of partner nations who will participate in peacekeeping missions, and members of civilian partner agencies. CCOPAB also offers the Military Translator and Interpreter Internship, which trains volunteer service members to perform the duties of translator and interpreter while on peacekeeping missions. “They develop linguistic competency in English, French, or in the native language of the host country in order to carry out the duties of a translator and interpreter,” the center said. And, as part of the Logistics and Reimbursement during Peacekeeping Operations Internship, the center trains officers and noncommissioned officers from Brazil and partner nations to perform duties related to the Administration and Logistics of Peacekeeping Operations. “In addition to that, CCOPAB trains journalists on how to operate in conflict zones,” Maj. Felix said. “This year we trained 38 press professionals from every region of Brazil.” The reporters learn about human rights, international humanitarian law, first aid, firefighting, what to do in collapsed structures, reacting to mines and explosive war debris, communication and negotiation, risk analysis and mitigation in journalistic coverage, and moving through at-risk areas. “We also have lectures by professionals who pass along their experiences,” he concluded. CCOPAB’s trajectory Created in 2010, CCOPAB evolved from other agencies. The first of these was the Brazilian Army’s Center of Preparation and Evaluation for Peace Missions, founded in 2001 within the Land Operations Command’s Division of Peacekeeping Missions. Its purpose was to direct the training of all Brazilian service members designated for peacekeeping missions. “In 2005, the Brazilian Army created the Peace Operations Training Center (CIOpPaz, per its Portuguese acronym), which trained what was then the Haiti Brigade, 3rd Contingent, comprising the School Units Group, 9th Infantry Brigade,” according to the center. Since then, these contingents have been used pursuant to Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, which covers operations related to threats to peace, breakdowns in peace, and acts of aggression. On June 15, 2010, a Brazilian Ministry of Defense decree assigned CIOpPaz to train Brazilian and partner nation military members and civilians to serve on peacekeeping missions. The decree also changed the organization’s name from CIOpPaz to CCOPAB. The challenges of peacekeeping missions Today, the training for peacekeeping missions involves significant challenges. “Peacekeeping operations are multidimensional and have immense cultural diversity. Communication, respect for diversity, different cultures, and languages, and respect for all genders are concepts that must be very well conveyed,” CCOPAB said. “In this respect, we have already acquired a sound methodological basis.” In the coming years, the center will attempt to further consolidate and expand its experiences in this field. “CCOPAB has the goal of becoming a center of excellence in areas related to military, civilian, and police training for peacekeeping and humanitarian demining missions,” the center said. In addition to contributing to the training of international contingents, Brazil has historically participated in peacekeeping missions. Brazil has sent more than 50,000 service members on nearly 50 UN missions. In 2014, the country assumed the coordination and military command duties in the operations of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym), and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), in 2011. “MINUSTAH highlighted just how essential our participation was for achieving political stability in Haiti,” the Ministry of Defense said in a press release. “And UNIFIL already stands out for putting Brazil in a leadership role over the only naval force operated by the UN in the world.”last_img read more

Colombian Navy, Unrelenting Against Narcotrafficking in the Pacific and the Caribbean

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo November 27, 2020 The Colombian Navy seized 3.8 tons of narcotics in its territorial waters and shared information with partner nations to intercept 5 tons of drugs, in five operations carried out in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, September 22-30.Units of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station reported on September 30 that after several minutes of pursuit they caught up with a speedboat in Punta Ají, Valle del Cauca, with a Colombian and a Costa Rican national on board.Service members from Colombia’s Buenaventura Coast Guard Station seized a speedboat carrying 1,142 kg of marijuana and 150 kg of cocaine, on September 30, 2020. (Photo: Colombian Navy)“The bags, the vessel, and the individuals were transferred to the station pier, where [authorities] conducted the relevant test, yielding a positive result for 1,326 kilograms of marijuana,” official sources reported.The Coast Guard office also reported on that same day intercepting another vessel, this one in Bocas de Cajambre, Valle del Cauca, where authorities found 1,142 kg of marijuana and 150 kg of cocaine.Colombian Navy Lieutenant Commander Moisés Felipe Portilla, commander of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo that Central Americans are increasingly involved in maritime narcotrafficking.“They leave from estuaries with Colombian people, who know how to get out, and with foreign people who know how to arrive at the destination,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said. “They arrive in the boats, enter the river’s mouth, get the cargo, and leave the same way. They do not enter the country legally.”The Cartagena Coast Guard station reported on September 28 intercepting a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea, near Tierrabomba Island. Under pressure from the authorities, the crew crashed on the beach and abandoned the boat with 1,248 kg of cocaine hydrochloride on board.International cooperationDuring combined operations of cooperation against narcotrafficking, the Colombian Navy shared naval intelligence with the Costa Rican, Panamanian, and Mexican coast guards on September 22, which led to the detention of three vessels and one aircraft and the seizure of more than 5 tons of cocaine.“The motorboats were intercepted in Quintana Roo [Mexico], Punta Mona, and Corcovado [both in Costa Rica]. In the boats, 3,710 kg of cocaine were found, and 10 individuals were captured,” Colombian authorities said in a statement. Also on September 22, a Colombian maritime patrol boat detected a suspicious aircraft flying over the Caribbean Sea. “[The crew] immediately activated the protocols and coordination with the Mexican authorities, who managed to locate and intercept the aircraft in Chiapas, Mexico. A Mexican and a Guatemalan national were flying the aircraft, which carried 1,358 kg of narcotics,” the Colombian Navy reported.The operational results of the Buenaventura Coast Guard station show that the amount of seized marijuana is increasing. “The reason is that marijuana is much easier to produce, it doesn’t need as many inputs, and with the pandemic, movements [to produce cocaine] are much more restricted,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said. “What we have seen on the vessels is mixed cargo. Most of it, 90 percent, can be marijuana and 10 percent cocaine hydrochloride.”last_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img Legal RoundupAbel Band University: Abel Band in Sarasota has launched a new firm-wide education, development, and knowledge management program. Known as Abel Band University, the program operates as the firm’s conduit for continuing education and development programs for both attorneys and nonattorneys. The university’s primary purpose is to enhance business and legal skills so that all staff and attorneys are better educated to deliver the highest level of client service possible. The university provides educational opportunities utilizing technology and other media that enable lawyers to participate in programs within the office to minimize time away from delivering client service, while still allowing attorneys to obtain the latest and most up-to-date educational materials. Sandler Wins McEwen Award: Hillsborough County Bar’s immediate past president, William J. Schifino, Jr., presented Susan Sandler with the Red McEwen Award, given by the outgoing president to the individual who provided the most assistance during his or her term. Sandler was recognized in part for her “tireless efforts” for Lawyers for Literacy, elementary school children’s mentoring, and the West Tampa Elementary School projects and her contributions to the community and the legal profession. Sandler is a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Services Stetson Wins: A team of students from Stetson University College of Law won the 15th Annual Cathy Bennett National Criminal Trial Competition at the annual meeting of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Santa Fe, N.M. The Stetson student team of Patricia Calhoun, Samuel Denny, Reneka Redmond, and Ruel Smith beat a student team from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in the final round of the three-day competition to become national champions. Teams argued a hypothetical death penalty case. This is the first year a capital litigation problem was used in the competition. Rogers Towers Honored: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid presented Rogers Towers with its 2005 Equal Justice Award and Chief Justice Barbara Pariente was the keynote speaker at the awards reception. “For 100 years Rogers Towers has been a part of our local community,” said Michael Figgins, executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “JALA is honored to be recognized by RT during its special anniversary with an expression of generosity that honors the entire legal profession and furthers JALA’s commitment to justice for all.” In August, JALA approached Rogers Towers for fundraising help to replace funds which were budgeted by JALA, but unexpectedly cut by governmental sources. In response to this need, the firm created a program to match individual financial contributions made by its attorneys. Gables Bar sets Holiday Luncheon: The Coral Gables Bar Association will hold its holiday luncheon December 21 from 11: 30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Norman’s located at 21 Almeria Ave in Coral Gables. The cost is $55 per person, with part of the proceeds going to CHARLEE — Children Have All Rights: Legal, Educational, Emotional — an organization that provides therapeutic, residential, and support services to abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County. For more information contact Deborah A. Antoni, Coral Gables Bar director, at D-Antoni@msn.com. Martin County Softball: The Young Lawyers Division of the Martin County Bar hosted the Second Annual Martin County Bench, Bar, and Red Cross Youth Leadership Program Softball Game. Jack Sobel and Robert Naberhaus pitched for the two teams; Walter Woods coached from the bench. Chief Judge Roby brought his son who was a star hitter, and his daughter who helped out in the outfield. Others who participated include: Judge Lawrence Mirman, Richard Levenstein, Scott Konopka, Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, R.J. Ferraro, Todd Thurlow, and Darren Steele. Nina Ferraro, and Michelle Naberhaus cheered from the sidelines. Jennifer Waters photographed the event. Marland, Passidomo Recognized: The Collier County Women’s Bar Association recently presented its “Distinguished Executive Award” to Martha Marland of Northern Trust Bank and Trust Company for leading in the “workplace with vision, determination, and compassion, and for promoting and creating a good working environment for women attorneys within her organization.” The “Woman Lawyer of the Year Award” was presented to Kathleen Passidomo for “excelling in her career, overcoming traditional stereotypes associated with women, and distinguishing herself as an outstanding practitioner of law.” Carbo and Dr. Phil: In a recent appearance on the “Dr. Phil Show,” Ft. Lauderdale attorney Michael J. Carbo demonstrated how effective mediation can resolve a highly complex child custody case. Carbo, a certified family mediator, was invited to appear on the program to help settle a bitterly fought custody case involving alternative lifestyles. The case involved a woman who became a man through a sex change operation in 1987. Two years later, he married a woman who was pregnant at the time. Then the couple had another child by artificial insemination. When the wife filed for divorce and primary residence of the children, ages 15 and 13, the case drew national attention and the two-week trial was televised on Court TV – without coming to a resolution. Carbo held a successful seven-hour mediation session in May, and then flew to Los Angeles two days later to appear on the Dr. Phil Show. Burnett to Lead Bankruptcy Lawyers: At a recent meeting of the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professional Association, the following officers were elected: Philip L. Burnett, president; Louis Amato, vice president; Richard A. Johnston, Jr., secretary; Gregory Champeau, treasurer. Legal Roundup December 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Board files contingency fee waiver proposal

first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News Board files contingency fee waiver proposal Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Clients could, in writing and after full disclosure, waive their constitutional right to limit attorneys’ contingency fees in medical malpractice cases under a proposed Bar rule being submitted to the Supreme Court. The rule would allow, but not require, a judge to review the waiver.At its Tallahassee meeting February 17, the Bar Board of Governors, responding to an order from the high court, approved the proposed contingency fee rule drafted by a special committee. The rule now has been sent to the court for its consideration. (See Notice, page 30)The court ordered the Bar to draft the rule after it held oral arguments November 30 on a petition from 54 Bar members, led by former Chief Justice Stephen Grimes. Those Bar members asked the court to amend the Bar’s contingency fee rule to reflect Amendment 3 approved by voters in 2004.That amendment limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, exclusive of costs, and to 10 percent on higher awards. Some attorneys responded by getting their clients to waive their constitutional right to the lower fee.The court ordered the Bar to prepare a rule that would address the waiver, the necessity for fully informing clients of their rights under Amendment 3, their right to consult with another attorney, and a requirement that the waiver be in writing. The court also asked the Bar to consider whether a judge should review the waiver.Under current Bar rules, exceeding the contingency fee limit requires a judge’s review and approval with a certification the client otherwise would be unable to obtain his or her counsel of choice.“The [proposed] rule requires that the client initial that he or she understands the implication of signing the form and in addition the form requires that the waiver be under oath,” said former Supreme Court Chief Justice Major B. Harding, who chaired the Bar’s Special Committee on Amendment 3.The committee also voted to require a judicial review only if the proposed fee exceeds the presumed maximum fees in the current rules. “Some of the members of the committee in discussion felt the current requirement of requiring the court to approve fees beyond the rule is an exercise in futility” because the waiver is almost always approved, Harding said.Some committee members wanted to recommend the Bar look at doing away with the existing waiver requirement, but Harding said that was beyond the scope of the panel.William Hahn, another special committee member and president of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, said members were concerned about delays in getting a judge’s approval.“In med mal cases, before you can go to court there is a procedure that must be followed,” Hahn said. “All they [committee members] could envision was further delays in getting to the courthouse” by requiring judicial review of the waiver.“We can get a hearing sometimes in a month, sometimes it takes three months,” he added. “All the judges I spoke with and many of the lawyers I spoke with felt that having a hearing on this was something they didn’t see the need for.”Hahn said the court seemed to express two concerns in its order to the Bar. One was to recognize the language of Amendment 3 and secondly that there be a set procedure for discussing the language with clients, informing them of their rights including that they can consult another attorney, and getting a signed waiver.“With all the swearing under oath and all the highlighted areas, we think this accomplishes the goal that everyone understands what they are signing,” Hahn said.The board approved the special committee’s proposed rule 38-1.Bar President Alan Bookman praised the work of the special committee, noting its members included trial lawyers, FLABOTA, defense lawyers, and others.The proposed rule change sets out the procedure for informing clients about the provisions of Amendment 3 and provides the waiver form that must be used.It also adds this language to the comment for Rule 4-1.5: “Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B)(iii) is added to acknowledge the provisions of Article 1, Section 26, Florida Constitution, and to create an affirmative obligation on the part of any attorney contemplating a contingency fee contract to notify a potential client with a medical liability claim of the limitations provided in that constitutional provision. This addition to the rule is adopted prior to any judicial interpretation of the meaning or scope of the constitutional provision and this rule is not intended to make any substantive interpretation of the meaning or scope of that provision. The rule also provides that a client who wishes to waive the rights of the constitutional provision, as those rights may relate to attorneys’ fees, must do so in the form contained in the rule.” Board files contingency fee waiver proposallast_img read more

Michael Hastings, Journalist and Author, Dead at 33

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Journalist Michael Hastings, whose 2010 Rolling Stone profile of US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the commander’s ousting by President Barack Obama, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in a car crash in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Blue Rider Press/Penguin)Michael Hastings, the reporter perhaps best known for ending the career of US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal following a candid 2010 profile in Rolling Stone, died early Tuesday morning in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to the magazine. He was 33 years old.Besides a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, Hastings was a reporter for BuzzFeed, a frequent contributor to GQ, and former journalist at Newsweek. He was also a gifted author who penned two books: 2008’s I Lost My Love In Baghdad: A Modern War Story, chronicling his time as a war correspondent in Iraq and the tragic death of his then-fiancee, an aid worker there; and The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, based on his reporting for “The Runaway General,” the Rolling Stone article that led to President Barack Obama relieving McChrystal of his position as Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan.Hastings is survived by his wife, writer Elise Jordan.“Hastings’ hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power,” wrote Rolling Stone reporter/contributing editor Tim Dickinson on the magazine’s website Tuesday. “While other embedded reporters were charmed by McChrystal’s bad-boy bravado and might have excused his insubordination as a joke, Hastings was determined to expose the recklessness of a man leading what Hastings believed to be a reckless war.”“Great reporters exude a certain kind of electricity,” Dickinson quoted the magazine’s managing editor Will Dana as saying, “the sense that there are stories burning inside them, and that there’s no higher calling or greater way to live life than to be always relentlessly trying to find and tell those stories. I’m sad that I’ll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won’t be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours. He will be missed.”“Hard-charging, unabashedly opinionated, Hastings was original and at times abrasive,” continued Dickinson. “He had little patience for flacks and spinmeisters and will be remembered for his enthusiastic breaches of the conventions of access journalism. In a memorable exchange with Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Hastings’ aggressive line of questioning angered Reines. ‘Why do you bother to ask questions you’ve already decided you know the answers to?’ Reines asked. ‘Why don’t you give answers that aren’t bullshit for a change?’ Hastings replied.”“We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone,” Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, said in a statement. “Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians. He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold. Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague, a joy to work with and a lover of corgis — especially his Bobby Sneakers. Our thoughts are with Elise and and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him.”Hastings won the 2010 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, among other honors, for his revelatory expose of McChrystal. As Dickinson points out in his post, Hastings leaves behind a “remarkable legacy of reporting,” with topics ranging from a behind-the-scenes look at America’s drone program and the US Army’s PSYOPS to his exclusive, three-day interview last year with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was holed up in a loaned hide-out somewhere in the English countryside. (Those are just a few of his articles.)That Hastings will be remembered for his fearless, award-winning journalism and relentless pursuit of the truth is undeniable. What’s equally undeniable, as evident from the outpouring of condolences and tributes flooding the Internet in the few hours since news of his death, is just how truly loved he is.And just how many countless others – be they journalists, readers, family members or friends – he’s inspired during his brief, illuminating life.last_img read more

Long Island Heat Wave Hits Record-Setting 7th Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pair of sunbathers cool off near the water in Long Beach (Photo by Joe Abate)Saturday was a record-setting day on Long Island as the sweltering heat wave that has enveloped Long Island for the past week enters its seventh and final day.Relief came in the form of a cold front, which is expected to finally put an end to this brutal heat wave, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service. Forecasters are also calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight Saturday, and possibly some lightning as well.Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-80s on Sunday.The previous record measured in Islip was six days in 1993, according to the National Weather Service.Islip’s records go back to 1984.But Long Islanders will have to battle one more day of 90-plus degree temperatures, forecasters said.A heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday as the heat index is expected to reach 100 degrees, forecaster said.An air quality alert is also in effect until Saturday night. Health officials suggest residents limit strenuous outdoor physical activities, adding that those especially sensitive to the heat are children and people with pre-existing respiratory problems, such as asthma or heart disease.The National Weather Service also warned of a high risk of rip currents until Saturday evening.last_img read more

West Babylon Murder Suspect Charged in 2010 Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man who allegedly shot and killing a 30-year-old man outside of a West Babylon strip club four years ago has been arrested, Suffolk County police said.Marcus Lewis was charged Thursday with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 32-year-old suspect fatally shot Michael Anderson of West Babylon in front of Stone Hedge Pub on Sunrise Highway at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.The victim was purchasing cigars at a nearby gas station when someone in a vehicle that was parked on the Sunrise Highway Service Road in front of the club—which has since closed—called Anderson by his nickname, Anderson’s friend told investigators, police have said.The victim walked behind the vehicle as the friend entered the club, according to detectives. The friend heard a gunshot and went out to find Anderson lying on the service road with a gunshot wound to his head, police have said.Anderson was later pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.Lewis will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Funeral Held for Woman Tied to Long Island Serial Killer Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A funeral Thursday in Amityville for a woman whose disappearance led to the discovery of a serial killer’s dumping group four years ago helped her loved ones grieve, yet closure remained elusive.That’s because Shannan Gilbert’s family believes that the 24-year-old escort from New Jersey was murdered in Oak Beach, where her skeletal remains were found in December 2011, 20 months after she was reported missing. And her killer, they say, is still on the loose. But, Suffolk County police have said that they suspect that she drowned in the marsh where she was found.“She’ll never be at rest until I complete the fight and give her justice,” Marie Gilbert, Shannan’s mother, told reporters after the service at Amityville Cemetery.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office has said that her cause of death was “undetermined.” Famed coroner Dr. Michael Baden, who volunteered to perform a second examination, told Fox News, where he is a contributor, that she appears to have suffered a broken hyoid bone in her neck, which indicates she may have been strangled.Baden has performed the exam Monday at a Lynbrook funeral home. The family’s attorney, John Ray, of Miller Place-based Ray, Mitev & Associates, said that Baden’s report will be released soon.Ray is representing the family in a lawsuit against Dr. Peter Hackett, who allegedly told Mari that he took Shannan in and drugged her before she went missing. Hackett later denied those claims in media interviews. Police have said that neither Hackett nor Shannan’s last client, Joseph Brewer, are suspects in her death.“We have slogged through the slime and muck of this case on a path that has revealed large quantities of poignant evidence not found or used by law enforcement,” Ray said while eulogizing Shannan.Police declined to comment on the family’s claims. Ray is also suing Suffolk police in an attempt to have authorities turn over the 911 call recordings Shannan made shortly before she disappeared.Police were searching for Gilbert when they discovered 10 sets of human remains—half of whom were also identified as escorts—along Ocean Parkway between December 2010 and the following April 2011.While reflecting upon her daughter’s short life, Mari took solace in the role that Shannan played in leading investigators to the remains, which allowed the families of those identified to lay their loved ones to rest.“Maybe that was her destiny,” Mari said. “To help other families.”Shannan Gilbert’s remains were found in Oak Beach in December 2011.last_img read more

Shirley Fire Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was found dead after the garage he was living in caught fire in Shirley over the weekend.Suffolk County police officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting the blaze on Manor Drive and after the flames were extinguished, the body of a man who lived in an apartment in the garage was discovered there at 3:17 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determined his identity.Investigators said the cause of the fire appears to be non-criminal. Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

CUNA seeks real-life reg. burden examples for Senate Banking Committee

first_imgCUNA is launching a new tool today to help credit unions collect real-life examples of how the growing regulatory burden results in reduced service for members or increased costs to credit unions–a request made last week by the Senate Banking Committee.At a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, at which CUNA testified, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) asked credit unions and community banks to submit concrete examples of how regulations negatively affect service to consumers. Several other senators echoed the Senate Banking Committee chair’s request for more information.CUNA believes that the committee’s interest in learning more about regulatory environment signals a serious and welcome attempt to roll back some of the tide of regulatory and compliance burden that credit unions have been subjected to over the past decade.It is vital that the Senate receives real examples of the negative consequences of unnecessary regulation, and CUNA requests that credit unions use the form to provide examples of how the regulatory burden has caused the credit union to: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more