NOAA Declares 2020 the Second Hottest Year on Record, a Very Close Second

Carbon dioxide concentrations (dashed blue line) have increased steadily while annual average temperature anomalies (black line) changed very little from 1950 to 1970 and from 1998 to 2014 (red line).

Carbon dioxide concentrations (dashed blue line) have increased steadily while annual average temperature anomalies (black line) changed very little from 1950 to 1970 and from 1998 to 2014 (red line).

Global warming from 1970 to 1998 is closely associated with ozone depletion caused by increases in tropospheric chlorine from CFCs.

Global warming from 1970 to 1998 is closely associated with ozone depletion caused by increases in tropospheric chlorine from CFCs.

If ozone depletion is the cause of observed warming, then global temperatures should decrease slowly as the ozone layer recovers (green line). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts major warming in the future based on greenhouse-warming theory.

If ozone depletion is the cause of observed warming, then global temperatures should decrease slowly as the ozone layer recovers (green line). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts major warming in the future based on greenhouse-warming theory.

This observation documents global warming but suggests that increases in greenhouse-gas emissions may not be the best explanation

Don’t you think my fellow scientists need to look at these very clear data carefully before we waste tens of trillions of dollars trying to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions?”

— Dr. Peter L. Ward

JACKSON, WYOMING, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Detailed changes in global temperature trends since 1950 show a remarkably close correlation with changes in the ozone layer” according to Dr. Peter L. Ward, a geophysicist who worked 27 years with the U.S. Geological Survey. Ward was a leader in establishing a major national research program. He has testified before Congress, chaired a committee at the White House, worked on a committee for vice-president Gore, published many scientific papers, and received two national awards for educating the public about science.

“What is surprising,” according to Ward, “is that greenhouse-warming theory cannot explain these sudden changes in global temperature without a great deal of arm waving. Furthermore, no scientist has ever shown in the laboratory that increases in greenhouse-gas concentrations can actually cause warming of Earth’s surface.”

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased every year since 1950 at ever-increasing rates. Average global surface temperatures, on the other hand, have changed much more irregularly.

All four major analyses of global temperatures by NASA, NOAA, the United Kingdom’s Met Office, and Berkeley Earth show that temperatures remained relatively constant from 1950 to 1970, rose suddenly from 1970 to 1998, remained relatively constant from 1998 to 2014, rose very rapidly from 2014 to 2016, decreased substantially in 2018 but rose again in 2019 and 2020. Each of these sudden changes in temperature correlates quite closely with sudden changes in the thickness of the ozone layer.

The ozone layer, 9 to 22 miles above Earth, absorbs nearly all ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation from Sun, protecting life on Earth from this high-energy radiation that causes sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations.

“What is critically important,” Ward explains, “is that when a molecule of ozone absorbs ultraviolet-B radiation, the molecule is dissociated—it comes apart. The molecular pieces fly away from each other at high velocity, much like the ends of a snapped rubber band. Dissociation converts molecular bond energy holding the molecule together directly and completely into linear velocity, which is directly proportional to air temperature, warming the ozone layer. The molecular pieces can then recombine, so that dissociation will continue as long as UV-B radiation is available.”

A depleted ozone layer absorbs less UV-B, growing cooler as observed. More UV-B is then measured to reach Earth where it dissociates ground level ozone pollution, warming Earth’s surface. Warming since 1970 was nearly twice as much in the northern hemisphere, home to 90% of humanity and, therefore, home to most ground-level ozone pollution. Warming since 1970 was greatest on the Antarctic Peninsula, where ozone depletion was greatest.

UV-B radiation penetrates oceans more than a hundred feet, raising ocean heat content very efficiently since 1970, an observation that greenhouse-warming theory cannot explain.

Around 1970, ozone depletion began to increase especially above Antarctica, forming the Antarctic ozone hole in mid to late winter. The greatest depletion of ozone over Antarctica occurred in 1998.

During the 1960s, chemical companies manufactured chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) for use as spray-can propellants, refrigerants, foam-blowing agents, and solvents. CFCs were safer to use than alternatives because they were unusually inert.

In 1974, scientists discovered that CFCs in the stratosphere can be broken down by solar ultraviolet radiation, releasing atoms of chlorine. One atom of chlorine can destroy 100,000 molecules of ozone. Their work earned earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995.

In 1985, with discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, scientists and political leaders moved quickly to pass the United Nations Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which took effect in 1989, severely limiting manufacturing of CFCs. By 1993, concentrations of CFCs in the atmosphere stopped increasing. By 1995, global average ozone depletion stopped increasing. By 1998, global average temperatures stopped increasing.

Humans had caused global warming beginning around 1970 by manufacturing CFCs. Humans had stopped the increase in global warming by passing the Montreal Protocol.

In 2014, the volcano Bárðarbunga in central Iceland began erupting basaltic lava flows, covering an area of 33 square miles within six months, the largest basaltic eruption since 1784. Average global temperatures began rising at five-times the rate observed between 1970 and 1998, reaching a maximum in 2016.

Temperatures increased by volcanic eruptions normally recover within a few years. Temperatures cooled until 2018 when Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted basaltic lava flows from the lower East Rift. These lava flows were much more extensive than typical in Hawaii, covering 39 square miles of land in three months. The rate of lava extrusion was nearly the same as for Bárðarbunga, but the eruption lasted half as long. Average global temperatures began rising again, causing 2020 to be nearly as warm as 2016.

Basaltic lavas contain exceptionally large amounts of chlorine and bromine gases. It only takes a small amount of these gases to reach the lower stratosphere to deplete the ozone layer. Ozone depletion is observed following most volcanic eruptions, peaking two years after the eruption stops.

Explosive volcanic eruptions cause ozone depletion but also eject water vapor and sulfur dioxide into the lower stratosphere forming an aerosol or mist that reflects and disperses sunlight, causing net global cooling for two to four years. Climate is warmed by basaltic lava flows and cooled by explosive eruptions.

Throughout Earth history, major, sudden global warming is contemporaneous with major basaltic lava flows—the larger the flow, the greater the warming.

It is the Bárðarbunga eruption in Iceland in 2014 that appears to have caused 2016 to be the hottest year on record. It was the Kilauea eruption in Hawaii during 2018 that appears to have caused 2020 to be nearly as hot.

If ozone depletion is the major cause of global warming, global temperatures are expected to decrease slowly throughout this century. Major warming predicted by computer climate models based on greenhouse-warming theory will not and cannot occur.

“Don’t you think my fellow scientists need to look at these very clear data carefully before we waste tens of trillions of dollars trying to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions?”

More information is available at WhyClimateChanges.com.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Puerto Rico’s Challenge to Anti-Animal Fighting Law

Cockfighting Ring

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the constitutionality of the federal law against animal fighting as applied to Puerto Rico.

It’s time for Puerto Rico’s cockfighters to obey the law and shut down dozens of cockfighting pits operating in the Commonwealth.”

— Wayne Pacelle

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the constitutionality of the federal law against animal fighting as applied to Puerto Rico, removing any thread of an argument that cockfighters in the Commonwealth can continue to legally stage animal fights there.

“We affirm the district court’s decision and hold that Section 12615 is a valid exercise of Congress’s Commerce Clause power and does not violate plaintiffs’ individual rights,” wrote the three judge panel in a ruling handed down today. The decision came after cockfighting interests appealed an October 2021 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Gustavo Gelpi who granted the motion for summary judgment from the United States. Gelpi declared that “[n]either the Commonwealth’s political statues, nor the Territorial Clause, impede the United States Government from enacting laws that apply to all citizens of this Nation alike, whether as a state or territory.”

Club Gallistico and other cockfighting clubs, supported by politicians across the Puerto Rico, challenged the law. Animal Wellness Action, the Animal Wellness Foundation, and the Center for a Humane Economy filed amicus briefs in support of the United States, and the appeals court thanked the organizations for their involvement.

“The United States has the authority to outlaw staged animal fights in the U.S. Territories, and it has done so,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action, which led the fight for the upgraded anti-animal fighting law. “The Congress, the Federal Courts, and the U.S. Department of Justice have been crystal clear on the matter: engage in animal fighting activities and risk going to prison. It’s time for Puerto Rico’s cockfighters to obey the law and shut down dozens of cockfighting pits operating in the Commonwealth.”

In December 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 into law, and that major legislative package applied all prohibitions against animal fighting to all parts of the United States, including the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. The animal fighting provision had a one-year delay in implementation, taking effect on December 20, 2019. Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, and Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., led the fight to pass the law.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice in its pleadings, the 2018 upgrade in the law stipulated that cockfighters “may not sponsor or exhibit cockfights, just as prior to §12616 they were prohibited from attending cockfights, possessing game cocks, or engaging in other animal fighting practices that were prohibited both in Puerto Rico and nationwide.”

“Cockfighting is a settled matter, as a question of moral conduct and law,” said Drew Edmondson, who served as Oklahoma Attorney General for 16 years. “This latest ruling by a panel of federal judges reinforces the legal principle that the United States has the power to forbid staged fighting everywhere in the U.S.” General Edmondson is the co-chairman of the National Law Enforcement Council of Animal Wellness Action.

Two U.S. district courts in the territories and now a federal appellate court on the mainland have determined that the United States has the authority to outlaw staged animal fights on every inch of U.S. soil,” added Mr. Pacelle. “It is time for cockfighters to lay down the knives and gaffs that they affix to the birds’ legs, stop placing them in a pit to fight, and move on to other forms of entertainment that do not involve maiming animals.” Puerto Rico and Guam were the last two jurisdictions where cockfighting has been openly conducted, and Animal Wellness Action calls on political leaders there to urge adherence to the law.

Animal Wellness Action (AWA) identified at least 25 venues where cockfighting continued even after the federal law took effect and the District Court had affirmed that law. (Animal Wellness Action has posted copies of some of these promotional materials here.)

“Staged animal fighting is not representative of Puerto Rico, it does not reflect our values, nor our culture,” said Ana Maria Hernández Martí, an Animal Law attorney based in San Juan. “Given the emphatic court rulings on this subject, political leaders in Puerto Rico need to accept the authority of the federal government to stop this inhumane treatment of animals on our island.”

Under the federal anti-animal fighting law, it is a crime to:

– Knowingly sponsor or exhibit in an animal fighting venture;
– Knowingly attend an animal fighting venture, or knowingly cause an individual who has not attained the age of 16 to attend an animal fighting venture;
– Knowingly buy, sell, possess, train, transport, deliver, or receive any animal for purposes of having the animal participate in an animal fighting venture;
– Knowingly use the mail service of the U.S. Postal Service, or any “written, wire, radio televisions or other forms of communications in, or use a facility of, interstate commerce,” to advertise an animal for use in an animal fighting venture, or to advertise a knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument designed to be attached to the leg of a bird for use in an animal fighting venture, or to promote or in any other manner further an animal fighting venture except as performed outside the U.S.;
– Knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver in interstate or foreign commerce “a knife, a gaff, or any other sharp instrument” designed or intended to be attached to the leg of a bird for use in an animal fighting venture.
– Citizens can send tips and other information to animalcrueltytips@animalwellnessaction.org. The reward program is also mentioned on www.endcockfighting.org, which serves as a comprehensive resource about the issue and call to action for citizens to help end this illegal animal cruelty.

Animal Wellness Action, the Animal Wellness Foundation, and the Center for a Humane Economy were represented in this case by Jessica Blome of Greenfire Law.

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David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

David Walker Green Beret Discusses Why He Joined An All-Veteran Hedge fund

While thinking about the best way to make a difference, David Walker Green Beret realized that veterans could offer a lot of insight into the world of finance.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — David Walker Green Beret spent many years honorably serving in the military, helping to protect the United States from threats the world over. Some soldiers will tell you it’s hard figuring out the next step after leaving the military. Yet for David Walker Green Beret, he knew the next part of his journey would involve continued service, but this time outside of the armed forces.

“My military career taught me a lot about how important it is to serve the community, the public, and my fellow soldiers,” David Walker Green Beret says. “When I left the Special Forces, I still wanted to make a difference, but I also knew it was time to find another way to serve. Joining an all-veteran hedge fund offered a great way to continue to serve the United States.”

Finance is a vital component of the economy and society at large. While thinking about the best way to make a difference, David Walker Green Beret realized that veterans could offer a lot of insight into the world of finance.

“Like any life experience, service in the military provides you with a certain perspective,” David Walker says. “As vets, we look at the economy and different industries through our own personal experiences. When looking to get into the world of finance, I recognized early on that I wanted to work with other veterans as I know we have a lot to offer.”

David Walker Green Beret Talks Investing From the Military Perspective

How might a veteran approach investing differently? David Walker says that the team at GrowthLine still follows many of the same principles as other investors. He notes that GrowthLine's investment experts have extensively studied investing. Yet military service can provide unique insights.
“Investing is all about markets and the economy, and that’s just as true for me as a vet as anyone else,” David Walker Green Beret says. “At GrowthLine, we focus on long-term investing with high-growth potential. Our focus is on identifying disruptive change early on.”

When it comes to identifying disruptive change, David Walker Green Beret believes that his military experience aids his ability to see opportunities.
“Wars have been fought and lost based on disruptive change. In World War II, radar and various other technologies disrupted how battles were fought,” David Walker Green Beret points out. “When it comes to investing, we look for things that have the potential to really disrupt how we lead our lives, how industries operate, and how companies do business.”

David Walker also believes that many vets are uniquely positioned to identify and assess risks and that is true both on the battlefield and also while investing.

“One thing you really focus on in the military is identifying risks,” David Walker says. “That might include while you’re operating in a foreign country, securing a military base in the U.S. from domestic threats, political change, technological evolution, you name it.”
David Walker Green Beret leverages these skills when identifying risks in the market as well.

“We use risk assessment when looking at investment opportunities. Risk assessment includes a lot of things. We might look at internal management, relevant IP laws, competitors, other technologies that could disrupt a specific company’s efforts. Our military careers have taught us to look far and wide for threats,” David Walker Green Beret says, “and we do the same at GrowthLine with investments.”

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BBC & US TV PUBLIC SPEAKING COACHES HAVE TIPS TO HELP BIDEN DELIVER THE SPEECH OF HIS LIFE IN NEW PODCAST

Jacqui Harper MBE

Pat Pattison

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Will Joe Biden manage to reclaim the spotlight from Donald Trump and have the global impact needed to restore America’s reputation worldwide? Will the first US President with a stammer be able to nail his speech on Inauguration Day?

The eyes of the world will be on President Elect Joe Biden on January 20. America is riddled with division and danger. Can Biden heal the country with his words? Public Speaking expert and former BBC anchor, Jacqui Harper MBE, explains how to rise to this enormous public speaking challenge.

Jacquie has partnered with U.S. TV host and Coach Pat Pattison to lay out her tips in a podcast and vlog called “The Message Audit”. It’s the 3rd in the team’s series called “ 2 Coaches, 2 Continents =1 New Life Audit “available on YouTube and all Podcast platforms.

YouTube link for episode #3 The Message Audit: https://youtu.be/eza55OBl8lk

Other link for episode #3 The Message Audit: https://anchor.fm/jacqui-harper/episodes/3-Message-Audit-eovlcr

“It’s not about charisma. The current president has given that quality a bad name. It’s about starting powerfully to connect immediately with the audience” says Jacqui Harper.

To achieve a strong start Biden needs:

• a clearly defined presence. Identify three words that describe how you want to come across and embody those qualities. This increases impact and confidence
• an emotional objective. This delivers deep connection to the audience
• a strong theme to inspire and inform
• a compelling message that addresses the problems people are worrying about
• An opener that gets attention. This can be a quote, personal anecdote or heart-warming story.

Quotes from Jacqui Harper
• “As Joe Biden has said himself, the words of a president matter because they can incite or inspire. Let’s hope the new president delivers plenty of the latter”.

• “Joe Biden is calm and focused when speaking to live audiences: his authenticity and experience shines through. What’s needed though is a more engaging delivery. To inspire, he will need greater vocal range, energy and better storytelling”.

• “Joe Biden is the first President with a stammer. His determination and success in overcoming this disability will be a source of inspiration to many people”.

Quote from Pat Pattison:
“Since Trump is a TV animal, Biden could do well to follow his lead in plain-speaking rather than delivering a sermon. I think the U.S. public wants the truth but in a easy-to-understand way from it’s leaders now”.

“Biden can kick things off by being himself. Not create a false personae that wears thin on the public.”

2 Coaches, 2 Continets-1 New Life Audit-Podcast and Vlog.

Jacqui Harper is the author of the critically acclaimed book ‘Executive Presentations’ – a finalist in the Business Book Awards in the UK. As an executive coach and visiting professor at top European Business School, INSEAD, she has worked with leaders around the world to develop Leadership Presence. Jacqui was previously a news anchor for the BBC TV and a chat show host. Her first media job was reporting for the Oakland Tribune in California.

Pat Pattison is a TV Host and Executive Coach specializing in career transition. He is the host of “The Best of Los Angeles Award” and “The Best of California Award”. A former Disney Studios Executive he is the author of the upcoming book “Creative YOU Turn” to be released in the Spring of 2021. He is a featured career coach for the Television Academy (NATAS) members in helping with career transitions in the entertainment industry.

Podcast
Jacqui Harper and Pat Pattison are hosting a 10-part podcast series on public speaking and career tips, among other things called ‘2 Coaches 2 Continents 1 New Life Audit’ with Pat Pattison and Jacqui Harper. Link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eza55OBl8lk&feature=youtu.be

Contact
Jacqui is available for interviews on Biden and his public speaking challenge. She can support you too if, like Joe Biden, you need help preparing to make the speech of your life. Contact details below:

Jacqui Harper MBE

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jacqui@execpresentations.com

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquiharper/

Pat Pattison
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MERIDIAN BARRIERS PROTECT COVID-19 VACCINATION CENTER

Meridian Barriers protect growing lines of seniors waiting for COVID-19 vaccination.

SENIORS KEPT SAFE WHILE WAITING FOR IMMUNIZATION

The police needed to quickly set up a secure area for the people who had heard about the opportunity to get vaccinated and started arriving in large numbers.”

— Meridian CEO Peter Whitford

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In Jacksonville, Florida they needed to quickly set up a safe pedestrian zone for the hundreds of people arriving at a newly created vaccination center, and Meridian Rapid Defense Group provided the solution.

Jacksonville fire department brought in their Archer mobile anti-vehicle barriers built and supplied by Meridian. Hours before opening time, lines stretched from Lane Wiley Center on the Westside and snaked off into the nearby playground. The barriers were set up in minutes on surrounding roads, effectively blocking vehicles from moving anywhere near the growing crowd.

“This was the perfect opportunity to use our mobile barriers,” said Peter Whitford, CEO of Meridian. “The police needed to quickly set up a secure area for the people who had heard about the opportunity to get vaccinated and started arriving in large numbers.”

Mass vaccination centers are popping up all across the U.S. at stadiums, town halls, and fairgrounds in an effort to speed up coronavirus immunizations. The large crowds they are dealing with, which result in people in lines close to moving vehicles, are becoming an increasing problem for the officials running the immunization locations.

Earlier in the pandemic, Meridian barriers were set up on a semi-permanent basis to protect health workers at drive-thru testing centers and now they are doing the same job at the growing number of vaccination centers.

Hilda Nettles was among the crowd waiting for the injection in the “safe zone.” While waiting in line for nearly four hours she said it was worth it and was excited to get the vaccine. “I’m not afraid of things, but I want to be safe. I want to live as long as I can and enjoy what I can and this will vaccination will free me,” she said.

Mr. Whitford explained that it is particularly important to plan to protect the health workers. “Many of the recently established injection centers are drive-thru locations. Already we have seen drivers using the cameras in their phones to record their vaccination. They are quite excited and not really paying attention while driving, which quite obviously creates a dangerous situation for the doctors and nurses there on foot,” said Mr. Whitford.

The American-made steel barriers are capable of stopping a car or truck at speed. They have recently found a role in creating safe outdoor dining zones for restaurants and are the mobile barrier of choice at events such as the Superbowl, concerts, and annual parades across the U.S. – anywhere where crowds and cars don’t mix.

Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers are “SAFETY Act Certified” by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) providing the ultimate standard in keeping people, communities and places safer.
For more information about Meridian Rapid Defense Group and the Archer 1200 Vehicle Barrier visit https://www.meridian-barrier.com/

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Freedom of Speech Muzzled

New social media platform features zero tolerance for the censure of free thought.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —
We are all born equal with the same Unalienable rights regardless of our political persuasion or skin color. We all possess the God given abilities of free thought, creativity and expression through our voice and words. A word, when written and is spoken becomes a living creation of our own expressions that we yearn to share with others. To muzzle, censure or silence the Freedom of Speech creates frustration, anger & division.

WhyWould.com offers a beacon of hope to the ‘tired, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free…’ In fact, longing to, once again, speak free. Our virtual “public square,” is such a platform. One that is intolerant to the censure of free thoughts. One comprised of a community that can post “threads” (i.e., news articles, opinions, and other media), intended for the free exchange of ideas and perspectives. WhyWould is a such a beacon for our times. Itself, a free speech alternative to services like Twitter© and YouTube©.
Our society clamors for a forum where the civil exchange of contrasting ideas can be measured, weighed, and assimilated with impunity. “We are the defenders of free speech!” Our goals; patently clear. To build a public “safe-space” for all. A space devoid of persecution, shadow-banning, harassment, and ridicule. We condemn both, violence and dishonesty while condoning civility of the highest order.” We encourage you to be bold and unite with us.

WhyWould.com functions as the definitive, “alternative” social media platform, with a central news feed, direct messaging for trending topics and alerts. A driver for meaningful dialogue which is question-driven, with the phrase “Why Would…?”

Do not let them silence us! “We have just begun the battle to protect our 1st Amendment Rights.!” Speak out and do not let your voices be muzzled because one side wants to cancel you out. There are two sides to every coin. Let us follow one another, as one beautiful, impregnable “wall” and shed light against the darkness.

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Investigation Reveals North Carolina Cockfighters Among Top Traffickers of Animals to Guam, Other Far-Flung Destinations

Cockfighting Match

Groups allege North Carolina retains an extensive network of illegal cockfighting operations

Cockfighters are knowingly violating federal laws that forbid these sales of fighting animals.”

— Wayne Pacelle

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Animal Wellness Action (AWA) and the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) today asked North Carolina’s three U.S. Attorneys to launch an investigation into a substantial network of individuals throughout the state who are alleged to be knee-deep in the business of illegal trafficking of fighting animals and are brazenly marketing their birds for sale through social media accounts. These individuals may be reaping hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales of fighting birds – a source of income that they would be required to report to the Internal Revenue Service. Click here for investigation assets in Dropbox.

“North Carolina is a hub of the cockfighting trade in the East, with key industry players illegally selling birds to Mexico, Guam, the Philippines, and other far-flung destinations for combat,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action. “Cockfighters are knowingly violating federal laws that forbid these sales of fighting animals.” Mr. Pacelle provided details in an extensive report released today by the organizations and argued that North Carolina and a half dozen other states in the U.S. have become the key breeding ground for the world’s cockfighting industry.

The investigation was triggered by data AWA and AWF obtained through the Guam Department of Agriculture, with the groups securing more than 2,500 pages of avian shipping records dated November 2017 to September 2020. These records detail more than 500 shipments of birds by 60 individuals from more than a dozen states to Guam, where more than 130 individuals purchased the birds for fights in the U.S. territory. These shipping records revealed that North Carolina was among the top five shippers in the nation to Guam, trailing only Oklahoma, California, Hawaii, and Alabama when it comes to the volume of birds transported to this long-time hotbed of cockfighting. There is no legitimate explanation for this volume of transports given that Guam does not have a significant animal agriculture industry or a show-bird circuit.

A federal law went into effect on December 20, 2019 forbidding any animal fighting on Guam, but it has been a federal felony to transport birds across state lines for fighting since May 2007. All of North Carolina’s federal lawmakers, except for Virginia Foxx and G.K. Butterfield, backed the 2018 amendment to the federal animal fighting law to ban animal fighting in the U.S. territories, including Guam.

AWA and AWF learned that the shippers use the U.S. Postal Service to transport the birds, packing the live animals into boxes and sending them in the cargo holds without food or water. Shipments to Guam are just indicators of a far larger trade in U.S.-produced fighting birds to other foreign jurisdictions, including Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other nations where the activity is not uncommon.

A detailed report from AWA and AWF points to apparent illegal animal fighting activities by a range of individuals immersed in animal trafficking:

Kevin Reece, of Widowcreek Gamefarm and an ex-commissioner in Ronda, allegedly shipped live birds for fighting through the U.S Postal Service in apparent violation of federal law. His price list, published on-line, includes several bloodlines for export for up to $2000. “I do ship roosters to other parts of the world – yes…I would agree that I also fought roosters in the past – yes, “he said in a deposition related to a legal dispute with the Mayor over a local ordinance to restrict private citizens from maintaining large flocks of crowing roosters. AWA and AWF have shipping records for Mr. Reece obtained from the Guam Department of Agriculture revealing exports of 654 birds.

Anthony Morton, of LumbeeBoy Gamefarm, shares interviews on his Facebook page that he’s done with online industry outlets called “Journey to the Pit” and “Purebred Warrior.” He touts his birds as effective fighters. “My blueface bloodline is hard-hitting fowl,” he said. “My yellow-leg hatch is very smart and accurate cutters.” He boasts that he’s “sold fowl all over the US” and has “had a lot of interest out of Mexico” and that “the great Philippines has always been a popular area and I’ve been getting some great feedback from Vietnam.”

Jesus Merida shares videos of sparring roosters on his Facebook page. He also shared pictures of shipments being sent out using the U.S. Postal Service in apparent violation of federal law.

James Yates shared pictures on his Facebook page of transports of birds and also has published images of him using the U.S Postal Service for the shipment of birds. He also apparently works with Domi Corpus, a California-based cockfighter who is reportedly the largest broker and exporter in the entire U.S., with his birds destined for Guam, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

James Edwards of Traphill (297 birds) and Jeff Hudspeth of Ronda (152 birds) also shipped birds to Guam, according to records obtained from the Guam Department of Agriculture.

“It is a federal felony to possess fighting animals and then to sell them around the world for staged battles,” noted Drew Edmondson, the four-time Oklahoma Attorney General and co-chair of the National Law Enforcement Council for Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation. “The people involved in this illegal trade are taking enormous risks to participating in this kind of cruelty to animals.” General Edmondson has been working with Animal Wellness Action to target illegal animal fighting throughout the United States and was centrally involved in defending Oklahoma’s 2002 ballot initiative outlawing cockfighting and making it a felony offense.

Under current federal law, it is a crime to:

· Knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture;

· Knowingly attend an animal fighting venture, or knowingly cause an individual who has not attained the age of 16 to attend an animal fighting venture;

· Knowingly buy, sell, possess, train, transport, deliver, or receive any animal for purposes of having the animal participate in an animal fighting venture;

· Knowingly use the mail service of the U.S. Postal Service, or any “written, wire, radio televisions or other form of communications in, or using a facility of, interstate commerce,” to advertise an animal for use in an animal fighting venture, or to advertise a knife, gaff, or other sharp instrument designed to be attached to the leg of a bird for us in an animal fighting venture, or to promote or in any other manner further an animal fighting venture except as performed outside the U.S.;

· Knowingly sell, buy, transport, or deliver in interstate or foreign commerce “a knife, a gaff, or any other sharp instrument” designed or intended to be attached to the leg of a bird for us in an animal fighting venture.

The state has an organization called the North Carolina Gamefowl Breeders’ Association, and AWA and AWF believe that works behind the scenes to support the state’s illegal cockfighting industry. Cockfighting is a felony under North Carolina law. Penalties for each violation of the federal law against animal fighting allows for a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for perpetrators, except for an adult attending an animal fighting venture. Penalties for an adult in attendance are 1 year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Marty Irby
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Social Distance Compliance; The Economy Will Not Survive Without It

It's time for innovation, not prehistoric lockdown measures

Elected officials need to stop avoiding the subject. We need to talk about Social Distance Compliance.”

— Edward Henry

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The future of our businesses and the economy depends on the choices that we make today. Instead of continuing lockdown measures, consistent social distance control plans need to be addressed and enforced as mandatory regulations for all businesses and the public to follow. The overall costs to businesses, government, health care, and our social health are rising due to continuous shutdowns. Inconsistent and reactive planning has also resulted in frustration from the public and a lack of trust in the government. We seem to be going backward, so if there is a strict focus on Social Distance Compliance, we will have a better chance of slowly rebuilding our economy to what it was pre-pandemic.

Businesses have attempted to adapt by providing alternative ways for their customers to shop, such as contactless curbside pickup, delivery, and other virtual services. These have all been costly adjustments, and unfortunately, many businesses have had to make tough decisions to layoff additional employees and even permanently close their doors. With the constant closures and openings, companies do not have the chance to rebuild what they once had. The Canadian and American governments also have economic response plans to support citizens and businesses by releasing funding to qualified applicants. The Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) includes funding to support those employed or self-employed and the CARES Act to help American households. Millions of dollars have been put towards these relief funds as the economy is worsening.

We have also relied heavily on our healthcare system and cannot measure our appreciation. Hospitals and frontline workers have spent an immense amount of time and money to do their best to help patients diagnosed with COVID-19, along with other illnesses. Whether it’s working longer hours or bringing in more PPE and emergency equipment, on and off lockdowns and a lack of Social Distance Compliance has taken an extreme toll on our healthcare system. Ongoing lockdowns have also harmed our social and mental health, especially for those who live alone or cannot see their loved ones. With the added financial stress, and some with no capabilities to communicate utilizing virtual applications, our overall health diminishes, impacting an already overburdened healthcare system. It is a never-ending cycle that needs to be addressed.

Confusion in regulations and with our economy on the brink of defeat, the public becomes frustrated, restless, and loses trust in their government as strict essential business classifications continue. We can see the social temperature rising on social media platforms for “No More Lockdowns” and the anger that has been created from a lack of control plans and reactive behavior. The pandemic will last even longer with the continuing need for firm health measures if we do not immediately address the importance of Social Distance Compliance and how it can bring back a sense of normalcy and a restart to the economy.

Current deficiencies need to be addressed now so that the pandemic can end with the necessary innovation and preparation in the case of another health crisis. If businesses do not acknowledge the significance of Social Distance Compliance, lockdowns will continue as a way to address any future epidemics or pandemics. Social Distance Management sees the damaging affect on businesses due to lockdowns and insufficient measures. Absolute consistency in Social Distance Compliance is the solution for businesses to reopen, stay open, and rebuild their success.

Please join Social Distance Management on February 9, 2021, for a day we call All Business is Essential Day. In this online event, we will discuss the importance of keeping all businesses essential while implementing social distance protocols, so our economy can survive and move forward.

Edward Henry
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2021 UK Spouse Visa: signs that you need legal assistance

KENT, UNITED KINGDOM , January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2021 UK Spouse Visa: signs that you need legal assistance

2020 Spouse Visa Application to the UK is a very complicated process to complete if you are planning to settle in the UK as a spouse of a British or settled person. If granted entry to the UK, the spouse visa holder will have the right to live and work, with the additional right to apply for British Citizenship once completing the settling period of 5 years and then the additional 1 year settled status subject to meeting all the immigration legal requirements.

Not every spouse application is successful, many are refused by the Home Office for several reasons, here are top 5 signs when you should seek legal representation for your Spouse Visa Application.

Hiring a UK Spouse Visas Lawyer is very expensive.

My visa may get refused?

We can help reduce the charges, by offering you a fixed based costing. Be proactive before your spouse application is refused, get your legalities in order, and cover all of your bases, by instructing us. The Home Office releases new processing fees at the start of every financial year [see Change made New Home Office immigration and nationality fees for 6 April 2020 Home Office fees are fixed at £1,523; April 2019 Home Office fees were £1,523; April 2018 Home Office fees were £1,523; April 2017 Home Office fees were £1,523; April 2017 Home Office fees were £1,195] many are concerned that fees will rise after COVID19.

Here are some common worries about the “Financial Threshold”.

Financial Threshold must be met by the British sponsoring partner, some sponsors may be exempt, the majority you must meet the financial requirement for a spouse to enter. The minimum income threshold it meets without dependent children is the gross annual income of at least £18,600. If your partner, unmarried partner, the civil partner or fiancée is applying, you need to understand Appendix FM.

Here some of the most common scenarios:

You do not fully understand what factual documents must be supplied to meet the financial requirements?

You are retired and living off saving, but cannot supply supporting evidence of saving because the saving is held in an offshore account, as the financial requirements under Appendix MF do not make sense?

You are a company director and earn over the financial threshold, but only claim dividends, and the spouse application has been refused because you did not supply proof of earnings?

The Spouse Visa Law keeps changing, it’s confusing. This is true and we don’t expect you to understand every aspect of the legal requirements for a spouse visa, and you probably never need to read the law as you're not a lawyer specializing in spouse visa immigration law. Understanding Immigration law can be extremely confusing in addition, not instructing spouse expert lawyers like us, where we can prepare your spouse application, assess the supporting documents and advise on information that does not clearly support your application in a positive light, instructing us will allow you the satisfaction that as Spouse Visa Lawyers, we understand the law and will ensure your application meets the legal requirements. [see New Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules (HC 1154)on June 2019 – on the 5-year route of Appendix FM cannot rely on; New Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC1534) – Documents to be sent online; New Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules (HC 290) on 20 July 2017- other reliable financial resources; New Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules (HC 667) on NOV 2016 – English Language Test change, Financial Threshold amendments] and many more that happen every year to a spouse, settlement, unknown to applicants.

Here some more common scenarios:

I read I am exempt from the financial threshold and my spouse visa has been refused…

I sent Bank statements but now have been told that they are incorrect ones….

I completed the wrong application and a visit visa have been approved, when I wanted a marriage visitor visa….

I have sat the wrong English Language test, but they all look the same?

The Spouse Application is very complicated…

We don’t expect you to know everything, hiring a Spouse visa lawyer allows you the chance to focus on your relationship. It’s difficult to understand the forms, in the last 5 years the process has changed at least 4 times, the type of application you submit is subject to where the applicant resides and there are additional factors to also take into consideration.

As experts, we know how best to ensure that the facts of your case and UK Immigration laws are met.

Don’t know how to meet the financial requirements during the COVID 19? We understand that many of you will be worried about meeting the financial requirements, we will assess your financial circumstances carefully. You’re not expected to understand how to explain or justify your financial circumstance applying the law and compelling circumstances your face. If you are a UK Sponsor who is employed in the UK during COVID 19, check to find out if you are eligible for support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This is a government scheme that helps employers pay 80% of the wages of employees who would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19.

If you have received support under this scheme, the support is not recognises as a public fund, so people who are here on a spouse/partner visa ought to consider applying for the scheme, which is not listed as a public benefit.

Self-employed Sponsors whose income has been affected by the COVID19 can also claim 80% of their income, subject to submitting your tax returns for the financial year-end 2018/19 see Small Business Bounce Back Loans the good news is that the schemes put in place are not considered as public funds, therefore as sponsoring spouses/partners visa holders ought to apply urgently.

We know how best to ensure that the facts of your case and UK Immigration laws are met.

Shabana Shahab
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Communications Director for NIVA explains relief bill for independent venues and what's next

Understanding the #SaveOurStages act and COVID-19 relief bill for independent promoters, venues, producers or talent representative in new podcast interview!

…through 10 hard months of exhaustion and battle, we ended up doing what most people thought was unthinkable. We got a bill passed and turned into law, the Save Our Stages Act!”

— Audrey Schaefer, Director of Communications for NIVA

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, January 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Thanks to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), 2021 has started off on a positive note for independent event promoters and entertainment venues with the passing of the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act. The SOS act was recently passed with the latest COVID-19 relief bill and assigns $15 billion for independent performing venues and other cultural programs defined in the bill's terms.

Audrey Schaefer, Director of Communications for NIVA, discussed the bill in further detail on the latest episode of the EventBuzz podcast by Purplepass (listen to the entire interview here). Schaefer is also the Communications Director for I.M.P, an independent concert promotion and production company that puts on shows for 500 to 50,000 fans at a time.

NIVA was created in direct response to the current pandemic, COVID-19, to preserve the live music industry, independent performance venues and promoters throughout the U.S. NIVA is made up of independent promoters who came together in April 2020 to lobby Congress for funding. These funds were to aid live music venues facing the possibility of permanently closing due to the effects of the pandemic. After 10 months of fighting, the act, Save Our Stages was passed!

The $15 billion relief package was passed to aid independent promoters and cultural institutions during COVID-19, along with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Act Supplemental Appropriations Act. The act was created and passed to "…provide emergency relief for independent venues and promoters across the country" says Schaefer. The SOS Act will support and give venues/promoters that short-term boost they need to get through the damaging effects of COVID and come out on top post-pandemic. If awarded a grant, funds can only be used towards the usual expenses; payroll, rent, utilities, staff, contractors, insurance, taxes, etc.

Who are eligible:

• Live performance venue operators and promoters
• Performing arts organizations
• Theatrical producers
• Talent representatives
• Motion picture theatre operators
• Non-profit museums

Schaefer states that in order to apply, you have to be independent, meaning not publicly traded, not international and you can't be in more than 10 states. Essentially, you may be eligible for a grant if you’re an eligible operator, promoter, producer or talent representative. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, grant amounts, and application information, click here.

About the EventBuzz podcast (a podcast for event planners)

The EventBuzz podcast was created by Purplepass, an all-in-one event management hub for anything from large festivals to small gatherings and live streams. In each episode you can listen to different industry leaders and event planners, breaking down the world of events. Discussing real-life experiences, challenges, and tips on navigating the event space during COVID-19.

To listen, search for the EventBuzz podcast in your favorite streaming services.
For more information about Purplepass, go to https://www.purplepass.com/learn/ or call 1-800-316-8559

Savannah McIntosh
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