by. Nicholas BallasyCUNA told the NCUA in a comment letter on Friday that the agency’s proposed diversity standards would place a burden on credit unions.The extended comment period for the standards for the NCUA and several other agencies ended Friday.READ NAFCU’s comment on the proposed standards.“Congress provided only very narrow authority to the agencies under the Dodd-Frank Act regarding diversity issues at financial institutions. To impose new requirements or seek to enforce new standards under the Act would be contrary to the directives of Congress,” wrote Mary Dunn, CUNA deputy general counsel, in the letter to Gerard Poliquin, secretary of the board at the NCUA.Dunn cited a portion of the law that said subsection 342(b)(2)(C) “may be construed to mandate any requirement on or otherwise affect the lending policies and practices of any regulated entity, or to require any specific action based on the findings of the assessment.”Based on that part of the law, Dunn said an “overall approach that does not result in new regulations, additional enforcement powers for the agencies, or provide further support for private causes of action against covered entities is the only approach consistent with the intent and language of the Dodd-Frank Act.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
House panel critical of court over JQC case March 1, 2017 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News House panel critical of court over JQC case Senior Editor For the second time in a month, a Florida House committee has received a scathing report about a pending Judicial Qualifications Commission proceeding against a sitting judge, including hints that an impeachment proceeding may be in the offing. In the first case, Fourth Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey resigned in January the day before the House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee was set to look into charges pending at the JQC that he misused law clerks, used his judicial assistant for personal tasks, and made racially charged statements. On February 14 the committee heard a report on the case against Third Circuit Judge Andrew J. Decker III, who has been subject of a JQC inquiry since 2013, stemming from his actions as an attorney before being elected to the bench in 2012 and violations of judicial canons governing campaign activities. (Hulsey’s case had not been adjudicated by the JQC’s hearing panel; for Decker the JQC had recommended discipline to the Supreme Court.) Committee Chair Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, said the committee was exercising its oversight of another branch, including why the Supreme Court has not acted more than a year after it received responses to its last show cause order. “It’s a very long time to have a judge being under that type of order and having no final action occur,” he said. “It gives you a feel why we’re concerned about this, why we feel this is taking too long and needs to be brought to a conclusion. This is part of our oversight function, shining a light on something we feel may not be right.” Carine Mitz, a staff attorney for the committee, noted in March 2015 the Supreme Court entered a show cause order why it should not approve the JQCs findings and recommended discipline for Decker of a 90-day suspension without pay and a public reprimand. After the responses were filed in May, the court entered another show cause order in November 2015, asking why Decker’s discipline should not be more severe, including perhaps removal from office. Responses were filed by February 2016, and the court has not yet acted, Mitz said. She noted that the Rules of Judicial Administration has a goal of 180 days for deciding cases on appeal after completion of briefing or oral arguments, which the court failed to achieve both on its first and second show cause orders. She said JQC findings on Decker included: • During a televised debate in his judicial campaign, Decker claimed he had never been charged with a conflict of interest even though a former client had filed a Bar complaint against him three months previously alleging a conflict. Before the JQC, Decker admitted the conflict. • Decker represented a sitting judge and two partners regarding dealings with property they owned, including a foreclosure. At the same time, Decker represented a couple in a separate foreclosure proceeding that was scheduled to be heard by the same judge, and he failed to inform the lawyer representing the other side. Decker admitted that conduct. • Related to the property owned by the judge and the two partners, Decker took action that favored the judge and harmed the other two clients, causing them to seek other counsel and one to file the Bar complaint. He never explained to the clients the advantages and risks of representing all three in the same case. None of the clients executed a conflict of interest waiver, Mitz said. • In another foreclosure case where Decker represented one of the defendants, Decker and his client met secretly with another defendant and reached an agreement without informing that defendant’s attorney. According to JQC records, a Bar grievance committee found probable cause on at least some of the charges on December 14, after Decker’s election and less than a month before he took office. The file was forwarded to the JQC on January 10, days after Decker joined the bench. Mitz said all of Decker’s actions occurred when he was an attorney and hence could not be subject of an impeachment by the Legislature. However, she said there were two possible parts of his testimony before the JQC that might be a basis for the committee to act. In the conflict of interest case, she noted that Kris Robinson, the new attorney for Decker’s former client who filed the Bar grievance, testified to the JQC that in an attempt to settle litigation over the property Decker tried to include as a condition that Robinson’s client would drop the Bar grievance case. Robinson said he refused that request. Before the JQC, Decker denied he made such a request. If Decker were found to be lying on that, it would constitute grounds for impeachment, since it occurred when he was a judge, Mitz said. The second issue involved Decker’s testimony that he had received a private reprimand from the Bar in 1985, but he could not recall why he had been disciplined, except to say it was not related to his trust account. Mitz questioned whether any attorney would forget the cause of a Bar discipline. In response to a question from a committee member, she said the court was empowered to impose a range of lawyer sanctions from letters of admonishment to private reprimands to suspensions to disbarment. At another point, she said, “You and I and all the other citizens have no idea what he was reprimanded for. A legislator charged to check and balance on other branches of government might righteously wonder how such secret proceedings protect the people from lawyers and judges and particularly unethical lawyers who become judges.” (The Supreme Court did away with private reprimands in 1990. Under current rules, Bar records related to any grievance filed are public record for a year after the case is concluded, after which the records are destroyed. Records are kept for the life of the attorney plus 10 years where a discipline is imposed.) Mitz did not mention to the committee other charges the JQC found as proven against Decker, including that at a campaign forum he identified himself as a Republican. Challenged later at that event that candidates were not supposed to reveal their personal positions, Decker said he was “pro-life” and had been since college. Those actions violated judicial canons, Bar rules, and state law, the JQC said. In response to a question from Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, on whether Judge Decker was aware the committee would be looking at his case and whether he was invited to the meeting, Mitz said he was not invited and she was unaware if he knew about the proceeding. Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, asked Mitz about her contention, made twice, that Rule of Judicial Administration 2.250 “requires” the court to act within 180 days when a case is ready for decision. He noted the rule said the time standards are “presumptively reasonable times” and most cases should be completed in those time frames. Mitz agreed the rule is not a requirement, but added, “My position is 180 days is a sufficient time to decide whether you’re going to reprimand someone 90 days without pay or removal.. . . We’re at 13 months now.” While Metz said the committee was exercising its oversight function, he did not rule out an eventual impeachment process, adding “We’re sort of parallel tracking that right now with the information Ms. Mitz referred to with the [JQC] testimony.” Craig Waters, spokesperson for the Supreme Court, declined any comment on the committee’s actions. “The court cannot comment on the pending JQC case, because doing so would tend to violate the guarantee of due process as well as the judicial ethics rules,” he said. Scott Tozian, who represented Decker before the JQC, said neither he nor the judge knew about the committee’s presentation until a reporter emailed him while it was ongoing. “This is a political issue between the Legislature and the Supreme Court, and Judge Decker has the misfortune of having a case that has been pending for some time before the Supreme Court,” he said. “The suggestion the court doesn’t properly handle JQC cases is wildly inaccurate.” Tozian said he’s handled cases before the JQC for around 20 years, and said the current court is the strictest on disciplining judges in his experience. As for Mitz’s report, “What they presented, it was really synopsized a lot,” he said. “It was a summary that doesn’t necessarily match my belief of what the different counts were.”
NPR:For many of us, chicken soup can soothe the soul and mac and cheese can erase a bad day. We eat chocolate when we feel gloomy, or when we’ve been in the presence of a Dementor. And we eat chocolate ice cream to help us get over a bad breakup.These comfort foods usually aren’t so good for our arteries, but we tend to think they have healing properties — that they’re the antidote for all our emotional afflictions.But maybe they’re not, says Traci Mann, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. In a recent study, Mann and some colleagues induced a bad mood in 100 college students by making them watch clips from sad movies. They then fed half the students their favorite comfort food, while the other students ate food they enjoyed, but wouldn’t consider comfort food.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse OliverFrom the Office Of the Secretary of State:SANTA FE – As part of her commitment to protecting democracy and ensuring the state’s 2020 elections proceed as efficiently and normally as possible, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today announced the opening of her Office’s online absentee ballot portal in light of New Mexico’s ongoing public health emergency regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The online absentee ballot application portal can be accessed directly at this link or through the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal NMvote.org. New Mexico’s primary election will take place on June 2, 2020.“Though the ongoing public health emergency has disrupted much of our day-to-day lives, I want to make sure every eligible voter in New Mexico has an opportunity to cast their ballot,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver said. “Opening the online absentee portal a month early is just one of the ways my Office, and election administrators around the state, are taking steps to ensure safe and efficient elections this year. Though there will still be in-person voting during the early vote period and on June 2nd, I encourage voters to utilize an absentee ballot as a way to fulfill your civic duty to vote while also fulfilling your civic duty to practice social distance.”New Mexico has what’s known as “no-fault” absentee balloting, a pro-voter policy meaning that any eligible New Mexico voter can request an absentee ballot for any reason. The first day County Clerks can mail requested primary election absentee ballots to voters this year is May 5, 2020; the last day a voter can request an absentee ballot for the primary election is May 28, 2020. All absentee ballots may be returned by mail (with postage already paid for by the state) to the voter’s County Clerk’s Office, or in-person at an alternative voting location, mobile alternative voting location, or any Election Day polling location no later than 7 p.m., June 2, 2020.The Secretary of State has also set up an FAQ page for absentee ballots on her website at this link.REMINDER: The Secretary of State’s Office has suspended all in-person services and transactions without an appointment as a proactive measure during the public health emergency. This suspension applies to both our Elections Division and our Business Services Division. There will be no further face-to-face processing, with the exception of Apostilles and limited election-related filings.
JUAN (JOJO) JOSE AMADEO MAESTAS May 24, 1922 – Feb. 16, 2020Juan (JoJo) Jose Amadeo Maestas passed away February 16, 2020 at the age of 97 years old, 3 months short of his 98th birthday.Jojo was born May 24, 1922 to Navor Maestas and Maria Juana Gallegos in Coyote and grew up in Ohkay Owingeh.Juan was preceded in death by his parents, Navor Maestas and Maria Juana Gallegos; infant daughter, Victoria; 3 brothers; 2 sisters, Celina and Trinidad.Juan is survived by his sons, Patrick Maestas Wrigley (Theresa) of Palmdale, CA and Jose Maestas of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Bradley Wrigley (Sydney); great-grandchildren, Silas and Blythe Wrigley, Danielle Martinez (Jake), Bratley Martinez; great-great-granddaughter due soon, Addison and Kelly Wrigley all of Palmdale, CA and several nieces, nephews of Ohkay Owingeh.Juan’s life work started at the age of 14 when he worked at a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) camp in Roswell building a dam. At age 16 Jojo joined the NM National Guard, went through basic training and 2 weeks of culinary school at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Six months later the guard found out his real age and promptly discharged him. He finally got an official discharge certificate in 1961.Then came a job in Denver at an Army Supply depot, then a job in Kansas City, KS. Jojo came back to NM after his companions from Ohkay Owingeh got homesick and came home, Jojo had to return home also.When the Manhattan Project started in the early 1940’s Jojo moved to Los Alamos and was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos. Jojo’s first job was cooking at the Army service club, when the service club was closed, he went to work for Zia Company in the restaurant at Fuller Ledge.When that restaurant closed, he went to work at the old Los Alamos Inn. He was a cook, worked in the pantry and made salads for the noon buffet. He retired at the age of 68 from Los Alamos Inn, in retirement he was a very familiar figure in Los Alamos. He would walk around town or sit on the bench in front of the post office visiting with his friends.Since Juan never cooked at home, after retirement his daily routine was 2 doughnuts and coffee for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. then a red chile enchilada with an egg or a grilled cheese sandwich at Viola’s Mexican restaurant at 1:00 p.m. He was such a regular customer that the staff reserved a spot at the same lunch counter for him. The place at the lunch counter still bears his name.In the evening he would join his friends, Mike Henderson and Charley at the VFW to play pool and enjoy a beer.Jojo’s family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the following special friends. Ronnie and Belinda Jaramillo and staff at Viola’s Restaurant for their love and support, always making sure he had good food to eat. When he started having trouble walking to Viola’s, Ronnie would drive to his apartment, take him to lunch and drive him back home.Alfred Apodaca, his neighbor visited often with him making sure he was well. When he started having trouble walking, Alfred would push him in his wheelchair to breakfast and then to Viola’s for lunch if Ronnie was not able to.If he wasn’t feeling well, he would immediately notify the Arellanos. Mike Henderson, Jojo always referred to him as “Mike London” after the professional wrestling promoter. Mike helped him with preparing his taxes, legal and health issues until the Arellanos started helping him and Mike’s health started to fail him. And Marty and Joe Arellano were part of the circle of friends.The family of Juan (Jojo) Jose Amadeo Maestas has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com
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Notification 2020: Innovative description about fuel cellThere are three important changes about Description of Notification of 2020:Respective implementation policies of auto and fuel cellIn the decade of batteries, the vehicle subsidy policies were mainly taking auto as the main body to bring along industry chain developments. However, Notification of 2020 divide auto and fuel cell, highlighting the importance of industry chain building in promoting the development of fuel cell vehicles. This means, fuel cell component and accessory companies behind the scenes will move forward to the front.The fuel cell system has a good performance on power density so far, but considered the cost, longevity, failure rates, consistency etc the commercial applications of engineering indexes, still need further validations or significantly improvement. This requires understanding of the two key sectors of “large-scale production” and “cost” separately.Subsidy policies only for fuel cell vehicles couldn’t solve the above problems. Aims at industry chain, the change of industry policy from “serial processing” to “parallel processing”, will bring positive promotions to the development of hydrogen and fuel cell, which is worth expecting.The role transition from central government to local governmentCompared with batteries, the developments and various applications of hydrogen and fuel cell, have far-reaching significance and value. How to develop the hydrogen and fuel cell industry remains to be explored. Economic development stages, resource endowments, local government financial resources of different provinces in China differ greatly. How to adjust measures to local conditions and industries to develop hydrogen and fuel cell is a subject worthy of study.So, Notification of 2020 means a start of new competition mode between provinces in the field of emerging industries…… to read the full story, visit our dedicated hydrogen platform, H2 View.gasworld launched H2 View in July 2019 as a new content and information service dedicated to the development and acceleration of the hydrogen economy.As gasworld readers will know, the hydrogen economy is the concept of using hydrogen as a low carbon fuel, replacing mankind’s current dependence on fossil fuels.Built around three core pillars of mobility, power and technology, H2 View provides the platform for news, views and analysis throughout the hydrogen energy supply chain.
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Manchester firm Slater Heelis has announced a merger with city neighbours Cottrills, with four partners moving across to the Slater Heelis management team. The new firm will boast a workforce of more than 100.
A human rights firm has received an apology from The Times newspaper for a story printed almost a year ago.The article last April had accused London firm Hodge Jones & Allen of misleading victims of Ireland’s Magdalene laundries scandal.The firm had taken out advertisements for women to come forward who had been detained in institutions run by Roman Catholic nuns to work with no pay between 1922 and 1996.HJA rejected the allegations and threatened legal action unless there was a retraction.In its corrections and clarifications section yesterday, The Times said it had reported a statement made by the Irish government which suggested the firm had falsely claimed to have drafted government proposals for the scheme.The newspaper said: ‘We accept that HJA’s advert did not make such a claim, far less was its advert dishonest, and we apologise for any suggestion to the contrary.’The Times also confirmed the firm’s senior partner Patrick Allen (pictured) did submit proposals to the Irish government in October 2011 on how a compensation scheme might operate following a request by the campaign group Justice for Magdalenes.The newspaper added: ‘We acknowledge that Mr Allen and his firm campaigned for many years to obtain justice for the victims pro bono.’As part of the settlement, The Times also agreed to remove the online article immediately and to pay damages by way of a donation to charity – the advice agency run by Sally Mulready and the Irish Women Survivors Network at the London Irish Centre to provide advice to Magdalene laundries victims. The Times will also pay a contribution to HJA’s costs.Senior media silk counsel Justin Rushbrooke QC of 5RB took the case on a CFA.Allen said he was pleased the matter was concluded but regretted it had taken a year to resolve.‘The article made serious accusations against me and Hodge Jones & Allen and called into question our business methods and our integrity. These allegations were completely unfounded, as the settlement terms and the apology recognise.’Allen added the firm is pressing on with helping laundry victims based in the UK to obtain compensation from the new scheme.It is currently working with Sally Mulready and the London Irish Centre with around 70 UK-based claimants to complete their claims and set up a PI trust to receive their damages where appropriate.