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On the eve of a decisive trial, organizations call for justice for Brazilian photographer who lost his sight while covering a protest

first_imgNews Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports BrazilAmericas Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Brazil Receive email alerts News BrazilAmericas Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Open LetterThe case of photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet in his left eye during a protest in May 2000, is on the agenda at the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to be tried on August 14. The organizations that sign this open letter emphasize that this moment is crucial, since the Court represents the last chance to correct a serious injustice that marks one of the most emblematic episodes of violence against communicators in the context of protests in the country.On May 18, 2000, while doing the coverage of a protest, Silveira was shot in the face by a rubber bullet fired by a military police officer, which led to loss of vision in his left eye. Since then, he fights for accountability, asking the State of São Paulo to indemnify him for the damages caused to his vision.The case exhibits a history of injustices, because although the indemnity was granted in the first instance, the São Paulo Court of Justice (TJSP) reformed the decision and considered that the photographer was solely responsible for his injury, since he would have “remained in the place of turmoil”. The decision of the São Paulo Court confirms the violent conduct of the police in the State, thus encouraging the occurrence of new violations in the context of protests.The Federal Supreme Court judgment is relevant to the extent that the State’s responsibility for the injury suffered by Silveira will be discussed. When the police extrapolate their prerogatives and violently repress protesters and communicators, ignoring rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution, it is the duty of the Judiciary to ensure the guarantee of these rights, which includes the reparation of victims and the accountability of public security bodies.The right to protest must be guaranteed regardless of the agenda of the demonstrations and the political agreement of representatives of the State and members of the Justice System with its content. In addition, the presence of the press in protests, in a safe manner, must be guaranteed as an indispensable element for the full accomplissement of civil rights, such as freedom of press, right to information and right to protest, essential and non-negotiable rights in a truly democratic society.However, the decision of the TJSP, in addition to similar ones, fosters police violence, selective repression, harassment of communicators and the obscurity of police action, violating guarantees intrinsic to a democratic state. Thus, the omission of the justice system in the face of such violations cooperates for their maintenance and perpetuation in Brazil.In this sense, another emblematic case is the one of the photographer Sérgio Silva, who was also shot in the left eye, while covering the June 2013 demonstrations and still awaiting redress in the justice system. It is worth noting that what happened in Brazil has parallels in other countries in the region, in Chile more than 200 people were victims of serious eye trauma during the wave of protests that took over the country at the end of last year.In view of this, the undersigned organizations highlight the importance of  Alex da Silveira’s case for guaranteeing fundamental rights, such as right to protest, freedom of expression and freedom of press. It is up to the Federal Supreme Court to correct the serious injustices committed against the photographer so far, safeguarding the individual and collective rights at stake.Signatures:ARTIGO 19Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji)Associação para o Progresso das Comunicações (APC)Comitê para Proteção de Jornalistas (CPJ)Conectas Direitos HumanosDerechos Digitales, América LatinaGabinete de Assessoria Jurídica às Organizações Populares ( GAJOP)IFEXIFEX-ALCInstituto Brasileiro de Ciências Criminais (IBCCRIM)Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa – IDDDInstituto Pro Bono (IPB)Instituto Terra, Trabalho e Cidadania (ITTC)Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação SocialNúcleo Especializado de Cidadania e Direitos Humanos da Defensoria Pública do Estado de São PauloRepórteres sem Fronteiras (RSF) Together with other civil society organizations, Reporters without Borders calls upon the Brazilian Supreme Court to indemnify Alex Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet fired by the Military Police during a rally in São Paulo, thus discouraging violations to press freedom and freedom of demonstration. Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en News August 11, 2020 On the eve of a decisive trial, organizations call for justice for Brazilian photographer who lost his sight while covering a protestlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders writes to European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel before his trip to Cuba

first_imgNews March 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders writes to European Commissioner for Development Louis Michel before his trip to Cuba October 12, 2018 Find out more Dear Commissioner,You are going to visit Cuba from 24 to 27 March, when you will meet Vice-President Carlos Lage Dávila, foreign minister Felipe Pérez Roque, foreign investment and cooperation minister Marta Lomas Morales and national assembly president Ricardo Alarcón. You will also meet the archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega. Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the fate of 21 journalists who were arrested in the March 2003 crackdown and who are still in prison. It is essential that the European Union should, whenever possible, reiterate its firm desire to see all of Cuba’s political prisoners released at once.The journalists still in prison are Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, Pedro Argüelles Morán, Mijail Barzaga Lugo, Adolfo Fernández Saínz, Alfredo Felipe Fuentes, Miguel Galvan Gutiérrez, Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez, José Luis García Paneque, Ricardo González Alfonso, Alejandro González Raga, Ivan Hernández Carrillo, Normando Hernández González, Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, Marío Enrique Mayo Hernández, José Ubaldo Izquíerdo Hernández, Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, Pablo Pacheco Ávila, Fabio Prieto Llorente, Alfredo Manuel Pulido López, Omar Rodríguez Saludes and Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández. In a travesty of justice, they were all summarily tried and sentenced in April 2003 to sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison. Their crime was to have worked as journalists for news organizations that were not authorized by the government.Filthy cells, water not fit to drink, denial of visiting rights, mistreatment and lack of medical care although most of them are becoming more ill by the day – this is the price that these 21 men must pay for being “guilty” of trying to report the news freely and thinking differently from the government. These 21 journalists, Commissioner, will be in great danger if they kept in prison any longer.During a visit to the European Parliament on 8 March, foreign minister Pérez Roque said his country would be ready to undertake “clear gestures” if the European Union refrained from condemning Cuba during the next session of the European Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.We urge you, Commissioner, to remind Mr. Pérez Roque of his duty and to point out to him that the “clear gestures” to which he is committed by this request include the immediate and unconditional release of all the Cuban dissidents and, in particular, the 21 journalists who were unjustly imprisoned.Press freedom, Commissioner, is an integral part of the public freedoms that the European Union is confident of incarnating, protecting and defending. Cuba can make no demands of the European Union without complying with a fundamental condition, namely, ceasing to be the world’s second biggest prison for journalists.We look forward to this “firm gesture” towards the Cuban authorities from you.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-GeneralFernando CastelloPresident RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News Receive email alerts to go further News CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation RSF_en On the eve of his 24-27 March visit to Cuba, Reporters Without Borders asks European commissioner for development Louis Michel to call for the release of all the political prisoners, including the 21 journalists still held since March 2003. CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information October 15, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Cubalast_img read more

Two-year jail terms for talk show hosts who said deputy governor took bribes

first_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News to go further Organisation June 12, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alerts Follow the news on Thailand Reporters Without Borders today condemned the two-year prison sentences which a Bangkok court imposed on two TV talk show hosts on 12 April after finding them guilty of defaming deputy Bangkok governor Samart Ratchapolasit by saying on two different occasions that he had taken bribes.“We are not claiming that the allegations made by the two TV presenters were in any way based on established facts, but the Thai courts must find an alternative punishment to prison sentences, even suspended ones,” the press freedom organisation said.Samak Sundaravej and Dusit Siriwan, the hosts of This Morning in Thailand on public television’s Channel 5, were sued by Samart for claiming on two different programmes in January 2006 that he accepted bribes from a construction company. Finding them guilty of slander, the judge said they did not verify their information. Samak, a former Bangkok governor, and Dusit, a former senator, are both supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.They have paid bail of 200,000 bahts (4,530 euros) to avoid going to jail while they appeal. The court also ordered them to pay for the publication of an apology in the country’s leading national daily for three days in a row. Samart is also demanding 100 million bahts (about 2 million euros) in damages.center_img April 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two-year jail terms for talk show hosts who said deputy governor took bribes August 21, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News News ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Shooting at Pensacola air base was likely ‘terror’ attack inspired by radical Islamist ideology, sources say

first_imgiStock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — Federal investigators have determined that the shooting at a Florida air base that killed three people was likely a “terror” attack inspired by radical Islamic ideology, three sources briefed on the ongoing investigation told ABC News.On Dec. 6, Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, allegedly opened fire inside a classroom at Air Base Pensacola, killing three U.S. Navy personnel and injuring another eight people. Alshamrani was shot and killed by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene.Alshamrani was in the United States for flight training and purchased the Glock 9 mm pistol he used in the attack about four months ago by taking advantage of a federal gun exception that allows foreign nationals to legally purchase weapons for hunting, authorities said.Alshamrani allegedly followed radical Islamist content online, including sermons by the American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a CIA-led drone strike.Alshamrani traveled to New York city shortly before the attack, authorities said, but the travel was likely related to his training and not an effort by him to seek out potential targets.The U.S. Department of Defense has since suspended operational training for all Saudi students in the wake of the shooting.The FBI has not officially designated the shooting as a terror attack, saying only that it is being investigated with the “presumption” that it was an act of terror.Federal investigators are also probing a report that Alshamrani watched mass-shooting videos in the presence of some friends in the days leading up to the attack, two sources briefed on the probe told ABC News. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Landlords splash the cash in London and the North of England

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Landlords splash the cash in London and the North of England previous nextHousing MarketLandlords splash the cash in London and the North of EnglandSheila Manchester18th March 20190798 Views Much of the cash comes from re-mortgaging says Hamptons’ Head of Research.Hamptons International Monthly Lettings Index reports a surprising rise in investment by landlords in the capital. The proportion of landlords purchasing buy-to-let homes in London with cash rose from 33% in 2017 to 48% in 2018 – a 15% increase, the highest in seven years.Across the UK, the proportion of cash landlord purchases fell from 55% in 2017 to 54% in 2018. Only Wales and London recorded a rise. In Scotland the proportion of buy-to-let homes purchased with cash fell (-7%) to 47% in 2018.Harsher stress testing on buy-to-let mortgages, plus the tapering of mortgage interest tax relief, has made it more difficult and less appealing for landlords to get a mortgage, particularly true in lower yield areas such as London where landlords tend to have bigger mortgages. As a result in 2018 a higher proportion of landlords in the capital purchased with cash, often raising the money by re-mortgaging other assets.Landlords in Northern England were most likely to buy with cash. In 2018, 63% purchasing using cash.The average cost of a new let in Great Britain rose to £965 pcm in February. Rental growth nearly doubled between January and February, from 0.6% in January to 1.1% in February. London rents drove the increase, rising 2.4% year-on-year. Meanwhile four other regions, the South East (-0.6%), South West (-0.4%), Scotland (-1.2%) and Wales (-0.2%) recorded y-o-y price falls.Aneisha Beveridge, Head of Research at Hamptons International, said, “London experienced a big rise in the proportion of landlords buying homes with cash in 2018. This comes against a backdrop of fewer homes purchased by investors in the capital last year. Meanwhile, across Great Britain there was a slight fall in the proportion of homes bought by cash landlords.“Much of this cash has come from landlords re-mortgaging to take equity out of homes they already own. By purchasing with cash, these landlords are avoiding the tax burden associated with the tapering of mortgage interest tax relief.“Rental growth accelerated in Great Britain in February, spurred on by a 2.4% annual rise in London rents. Rental growth in London reached the highest level in the last 12 months, meanwhile three other regions recorded rent falls.”Hamptons Hamptons’ Head of Research landlords Aneisha Bereridge re-mortgaging Sheila Manchester March 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Hayne’s Corner Pub to Change Ownership After 41 Years

first_imgHaynie’s Corner Pub to Change Ownership After 41 YearsAfter more than 41 years of business the Haynie’s Corner Pub is about to have a new owner. Danny Baumgart has owned the bar since 1976 and wasn’t looking to sell the place but says the opportunity just fell into his lap. Moriah Hobgood will be…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Dell EMC’s Cloud Snapshot Manager – Breaking Cloud Silos for Better Data Protection

first_imgThe explosive growth of public cloud computing is transforming enterprise IT infrastructure. Organizations are finding it difficult to manage workloads and the proliferation of snapshots with the native tools offered by most infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud providers.What is Cloud Snapshot Manager?Cloud Snapshot Manager is a SaaS solution that makes it easy to protect workloads in public cloud environments – without requiring any installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery. Dell EMC breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool for the protection of workloads across multiple clouds. Designed for any size cloud infrastructure, CSM scales as your organization and data grows. The automatic assignment of resources to protection policies based on tags is essential to achieve auto-scaling in the cloud with the peace of mind that your resources are protected.How does Cloud Snapshot Manager Work?In the middle are the resources that are running in the AWS or Azure cloud. Snapshots are a key mechanism by which resources are protected in the cloud, primarily due to the fact that when snapshots are taken, AWS copies the data from EC2, EBC and RDS to a special snapshot bucket in S3 and for Azure from managed disk to a standard Blob store, separating the primary data from the secondary copy of the data. The initial snapshot is a full copy and all the subsequent snapshots are incremental in the case of AWS. Cloud Snapshot Manager runs inside Dell EMC IT infrastructure with the highest level of security and control. Cloud Snapshot Manager micro-services use the APIs offered by AWS or Azure to discover instances and create or delete snapshots per policy. Similarly, for restores, API calls are made to create the VM image from the snapshot. It is important to note that the data will always remain in the cloud and would never leave that environment.What are the benefits of CSM?CSM is designed from the ground up for any size cloud infrastructure and scales as your organization and data grows. The following are a few benefits of CSM.Automated cloud data protection from one pane of glass, breaking cloud silosProtection, compliance, and disaster recovery of public cloud workloadsMulti-tenancy capabilities enabling multiple accounts and usersAutomatic deletion of snapshots per retention policies for cost savingsApplication consistent framework in AWS and Azure for consistent restoresEmail reports for visibility into the health and overall status of your CSM environmentDiscovery of existing snapshots in AWS for better control over snapshot sprawlCall to ActionCloud Snapshot Manager is breaking cloud silos and providing a better way to consolidate and manage the entire lifecycle of snapshots and recovery from a single management console. If you would like to demo CSM hands on we have a free 30-day trial. If you would like to learn more about CSM check us out online. Lastly, check out this video for an overview of CSM. Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection and we look forward to hearing from you.last_img read more

Thailand plans 2.7GW of floating solar capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy.State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will float 16 solar farms with a combined capacity of more than 2.7 gigawatts in nine of its hydroelectric dam reservoirs by 2037, said Thepparat Theppitak, a deputy governor with the utility. Several of the proposed projects are more than double the size of the world’s largest floating system now and the venture dwarfs the 1.3 gigawatts of generation installed globally as of October.The plan represents an ambitious bet for Thailand on floating solar, which tends to be more expensive than the ground-mounted units that dominate the sector. If EGAT builds all its proposed projects, the company says floating solar will account for one-tenth of the country’s clean energy sources, compared to just 1% of global solar capacity by 2050, according to BloombergNEF.“As the cost of solar equipment comes down, many developers are looking at water with grid connection,” said Jenny Chase, head of solar analysis for BloombergNEF in London. “This seems to be a great combination of long-term and well-structured planning, with individual projects identified already.”Locating the plants at existing hydropower reservoirs means the utility will not need to spend as much on infrastructure tying it into the grid and the system will improve the overall output of the hydropower plants, according to Mr. Thepparat. In the future, the company will also use lithium-ion batteries to store electricity produced by the floating plants.Eight of EGAT’s 16 planned floating plants would be larger than what is now the world’s biggest, a 150-megawatt system floating above a collapsed coal mine in China. Thailand’s biggest will be the 325-MW farm at Sirikit Dam in northern Thailand, scheduled to be completed in 2035.More: Thailand to build world’s biggest floating solar farms Thailand plans 2.7GW of floating solar capacitylast_img read more

Finding Frostburg

first_img Frostburg, named for the founding family of Meshach and Catherine Frost, sits high in the mountains of Western Maryland. Locals embrace the city’s tagline, “It’s just cooler here…,” which winks at the town’s “cool” name and reputation for snowy winters and temperate summers, but which really speaks more to Frostburg’s unique and interesting people and places.Janelle MuletzHome to Frostburg State University, Frostburg has the upbeat energy of a college town with authentic, Appalachian small-town charm. Catch dozens of artists and performers on Main Street during Arts Walk in April. Enjoy the Independence Day tradition of the Soap Box Derby as it races down Main Street. Ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad from Cumberland to Frostburg and back, especially in the fall to behold the stunning foliage. Take in one of the many performances at Frostburg State, productions featuring talented students or national-caliber touring acts. For those with little ones, December’s Storybook Holiday is an event not to be missed, a full day of magical fun, sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit!Home to Frostburg State University, Frostburg has the upbeat energy of a college town with authentic, Appalachian small-town charm.Downtown Frostburg is a special place. Over a dozen restaurants, plus coffee shops, a bakery, and a confectionary, all unique to Frostburg, are sure to please every palate. Secure a seat for a classic film or a nationally known bluegrass act at the historic Palace Theatre. When get thirsty, visit the winery on Main Street or drop in to one of the local taverns for craft beer, specialty cocktails, and plenty of live music.Downtown Frostburg is a special place.Venturing outside town and off the beaten path is a must when visiting Frostburg, as the area features:hiking trails in the remote Savage River State Forest filled with mythical hemlock groves;Finzel Swamp, a mountaintop frost pocket, where the “peepers” provide a deafening chorus after the spring thaw;a path for every biker: The Great Allegheny Passage (the premier long-distance rails-to-trails pathway), miles of single-track trails, and scenic, low-volume road rides;Finzel Swamp by Janelle Muletza variety of fly-fishing opportunities: hook a brown, rainbow, and naturally reproducing brook trout, for the fishing trifecta on the pristine Savage River; catch BIG fish on the North Branch of the Potomac; or maybe even spot an elusive hellbender while wading in the Casselman;Whitewater to flatwater, you can float however you fancy within a 30-minute drive. Rafters, kayakers, canoers, and SUPers will find ample waters to make the trip unforgettable;an option for every skier: Cross country skiing opportunities abound on the Great Allegheny Passage or the many trails in nearby New Germany State Park, and for the downhill thrill, Wisp, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are all less than an hour away.Located right off I-68, Frostburg is an easy 2- to 2 ½-hour drive from Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., or Harrisonburg, VA. A Trail Town along the Great Allegheny Passage, Frostburg is an enjoyable overnight stay for cyclists planning a through trip from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. However you find yourself in Frostburg, you are sure to delight in the vibrant scenes and abundance of activities!last_img read more

Dueling amendments pass

first_img Dueling amendments pass November 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Dueling amendments pass Senior Editor Florida’s medical malpractice legal landscape changed dramatically November 2 as competing constitutional amendments pushed by doctors and trial lawyers were approved by voters.The closest contest was for Amendment 3, which restricts contingency fees lawyers can earn in medical malpractice cases. It passed easily with 63.5 percent of the vote.Amendment 7, which opens previously confidential adverse incident reports and other records from doctors and health care facilities, passed with better than a 4-1 margin, the largest of any amendment on the ballot. And Amendment 8, which removes the license of any doctor found to have committed malpractice three times, passed with 70.4 percent of the vote. (Vote tallies are unofficial results as of November 3.)The balloting may only be a preamble for more legal battles over the issue. One lawsuit was filed immediately after the election, and at least one more was promised.Amendment 3 was pushed by the Florida Medical Association, and opposed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, which in turn sponsored Amendments 7 and 8. The Florida Bar opposed Amendment 3, but took no position on 7 and 8.Amendment 3 limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not including costs, and to 10 percent above that.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the Board of Governors approved opposing the amendment because it would limit access to the courts for medical malpractice victims.“I’m very disappointed that it passed. I really don’t think the public understands the ramifications of the amendment,” she said.The difficulty, Johnson said, is it can take tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars — and sometimes more — to prepare a complex medical malpractice action, costs that are typically fronted by the lawyer.“Many attorneys will be unable to take cases,” she said. “I don’t think you can assume lawyers are going to be willing to take that risk if there is no upside.”The Florida Medical Association, in a post-election statement, did not directly mention its oft-repeated contention that Amendment 3 would cut frivolous lawsuits.“It is clear the voters in Florida overwhelmingly agreed with their trusted physicians and not the attorneys; it was time to do more to help solve our medical liability crisis,” said FMA Executive Vice President Sandra Mortham. “What’s more, our citizens recognized that if something did not change, we would continue witnessing more and more of our quality doctors limit their speciality practices and others leave our state altogether.”As for Amendments 7 and 8, “We agree with the spirit of these two initiatives, but they will ultimately do harm to Florida patients,” said FMA immediate past President Rick Lentz. “We are now in a position where we will have to work diligently with the legislature to ensure these amendments do not aggravate the access crisis in Florida. If not properly handled by the legislature, Florida’s physicians and patients are poised to suffer many unintended negative consequences.”Alexander Clem, president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said the academy will challenge Amendment 3 in court.“I don’t have the battle plan laid out on paper, but we will be meeting over the next several days and weeks to discuss our approach to challenging this amendment, but I think there are some real problems with it,” he said. “If we are now going to cap lawyers’ fees, can we cap business executives’ salaries, can we cap insurance policies? What about a plumbers’ salary?”Clem, a Republican whose father was vice chair of the Florida Republican Party and who ran for governor in 1986, expressed disappointment that Gov. Jeb Bush had endorsed passage of Amendment 3.“Free markets should rule and less government is the best kind of government, and you shouldn’t interfere with somebody’s ability to make a living or interfere with private contracts,” he said. “This is the kind of thing, back when I was trying to build the party, that we would have expected from liberal Democrats.”Clem said he and other AFTA leaders tried to meet repeatedly with FMA leaders last year and earlier this year to avoid warfare over the amendments, but the FMA officials, including Lentz, refused to have any meaningful discussions. He quoted Lentz as telling him, “‘This is a blood support and we are going on the amendment. And we are going to do whatever we can to take your people out.’”One lawsuit was filed the day after the election. The St. Petersberg Times reported that the Florida Hospital Association, Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and the Adventist Health Care System/Sunbelt Inc. filed a suit against the state over Amendment 7. It asked that the legislature or courts make the rules over who has access to the medical records covered by the amendment.According to news reports, the battle over Amendment 3 attracted almost all of the time and effort of the FMA and the academy, with total campaign war chests of around $27 million. Of that, $20 million, mostly from the academy, went to opposing the amendment.Florida voters showed again their strong support for measures that provide public access to records by supporting Amendment 7 with an 80.7 percent yes vote. Its tally was almost 5.5 million votes, or more than a half million votes than any other amendment proposal got, and more than a million votes than any candidate on the statewide ballot received.Amendment 8, which also passed easily, got almost 4.8 million yes votes. Amendment 3 got 4.4 million yes votes, but also attracted by far the largest number of negative votes of any of the three amendments, more than 2.5 million.According to information from the dueling sides, the amendments may have offsetting impacts. For example, the FMA claimed during the campaign that while Amendment 3 would reduce lawsuits, Amendment 8 would make doctors more likely to settle malpractice claims rather than risk an adverse verdict that could imperil their professional licenses.AFTA, meanwhile, argued that Amendment 3 would lead to injured patients being unable to be compensated. Amendment 7, the association said, would give patients the information they need to evaluate the effectiveness and records of doctors and health care facilities and Amendment 8 will rid the state of dangerous doctors who commit repeated malpractice.During oral arguments on Amendment 8, proponents indicated that its passage would require the state to check its records and remove the licenses of any doctors who have lost three malpractice cases in court or have been found to commit three instances of malpractice by the Board of Medicine.Jackie DiPietre, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, said after the election that state officials were just beginning to look at the amendment and what it means.“We’re going to pull all of our resources together to talk about specifically what we need to do to look at the language and see what impact it will have on standard operating procedures of the Department of Health,” she said. Large impact expected on med mal caseslast_img read more