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Abramson Award to Spirling, Combes

first_imgThis year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award are Arthur Spirling, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Government, and Stacey Combes, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology. The awards are given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching.The $10,000 award, established with a gift from Edward Abramson ’57 in honor of his mother, goes each year to members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) “in recognition of his or her excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” Recipients are chosen on the basis of their accessibility, their dedication to teaching, and their ability to communicate with and inspire undergraduates.“Arthur Spirling and Stacey Combes are outstanding young scholars who are passionate about their fields and excel at engaging and inspiring their students. Their ability to guide undergraduates helps to ensure that Harvard continues to be an unmatched place of discovery for every student,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “On behalf of the College and the entire FAS, I offer them my thanks and congratulations.”Stacey CombesCombes, whose research focuses on biomechanics and behavioral ecology of insects, began teaching at Harvard in 2008. She said receiving the award was “unexpected.”“It is really exciting. I am constantly trying to improve my teaching, and it seems to have paid off,” she said. “And not just receiving this award, but generally the response from my students has been very positive.”Juggling teaching duties with research in the field and the lab can be difficult, but Combes said that is why she and her colleagues have chosen this profession.“It certainly can be a balancing game. But the teaching is so important because it is a meaningful aspect of our job,” Comes said. “One of the great things about Harvard is the classes are so small it makes it much easier to engage with the students. It allows me to interact with them more as a peer and enables me to erase some of the distance that may exist in larger classrooms.”Combes said sharing her research with undergraduates and helping them understand the material, which can be complex, is very gratifying.“I try to make the atmosphere engaging. I, of course, am always excited about the material, which I think is key to getting the students to better understand the material,” she said.Arthur SpirlingSpirling doesn’t see much separation between his teaching and research.“My view is it’s hard to be good at research unless you’re teaching. That’s because teaching keeps you sharp; it forces you to review the basic material and reinforce the fundamental concepts in your mind,” he said. “It’s easy when you’re not teaching to lose sight of those things. Because of that, I don’t know that teaching and research are separate endeavors.”Spirling specializes in political methodology and legislative behavior, and part of his teaching includes quantitative methods, which can cause some trepidation in some undergraduates.“I always have this nervousness that the students won’t enjoy it,” he said. “And sometimes the material may be quite dry, but I find a judicious amount of humor goes a long way. Also, try to do live demonstrations in class when possible and assign homework that is relative to them.”With the $10,000 prize, Spirling said he will launch a new research project and likely hire undergraduates to assist. He said being recognized with the Abramson award was “quite humbling.”“I had two main emotions. One was absolute delight, and the other was complete shock. With my teaching fellows, we put a lot of work into the class, so it is truly wonderful to be recognized for the work,” Spirling said.last_img read more

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Social media stars sail away with sea shanty record deals

first_imgLondon (AP) — The long forgotten sea shanty has been enjoying a renaissance on social media and is now moving into popular music with two U.K. artists landing record deals, following their online performances. Scottish postman Nathan Evans and Bristol folk band The Longest Johns signed record deals last week. Evans even had a No.1 record in the U.K. with his recording of “Wellerman,” which he originally performed on TikTok. Sea shanties were work songs developed on 19th century sailing vessels. They have a call-and-response structure so sailors could sing in unison while performing physically demanding tasks. Professor Gerry Smyth, author of “Sailor Song: The Shanties & Ballads of the High Seas,” points out that chart-topping single “Wellerman” isn’t technically one.last_img read more


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The Euclid Quartet, a multinational chamber ensemble, performs at Saint Mary’s

first_imgFaculty, staff, students and community members came together in O’Laughlin Auditorium on Thursday evening for a performance by the Euclid Quartet, an ensemble whose four members have ties to four different continents.Jameson Cooper, a violinist from Great Britain, violinist Brendan Shea of the United States, violinist Luis Enrique Vargas of Venezuela and Jaqueline Choi of South Korea collectively collaborate to perform classical music across the globe. The quartet has played for audiences from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms across the country. The Euclid Quartet is just one of many guest performers that Saint Mary’s hosts every year. Nancy Menk, chair of the music department, explained that groups are chosen based on the influence they will have on the students.“We select groups that will serve as models of excellence for our students and that demonstrate something they can possibly aspire to themselves,” Menk said. “We have some fine young string players on our campus and bringing the Euclid Quartet to Saint Mary’s makes a lot of sense.”While the Euclid Quartet has performed all over the country and world, their home base is located in South Bend at Indiana University South Bend, where the members teach private lessons and coach chamber music.Founded in 1998, the quartet’s name is derived from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of artistic and cultural institutions, according to the group’s website. Highlights of the Euclid Quartet’s career include global recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions. “Bringing them to a different location [Saint Mary’s] welcomes new audiences to our campus and hopefully they will return for more performances down the road,” Menk said. Menk believes these are the types of experiences that strengthen the relationship between Saint Mary’s and the greater South Bend community as a whole. As an advocate for students being able to enjoy the fine arts, Menk said she feels it is important to bring guest performers and speakers to campus whenever possible to expose students to the great variety of talent that exists locally.“Often our students are not aware of the musical artists in our region, and it is often difficult for students to get off campus to attend performances,” Menk said. “Thus, we bring the performances to them.”Tags: Department of Music, ensemble quartet, Euclid Quartet, nancy menk, O’Laughlin Auditoriumlast_img read more


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Weather shift

first_imgGeorgia’s unusually cold winter means that two of Georgia’s most famously sweet crops are at risk later this winter or early spring. Peaches and blueberries require a certain amount of cold weather counted in chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. They need this cold period to bloom and set fruit properly in spring. In most years, this cold period protects the plants from blooming too early. If plants bloom early, it is more likely that the blossoms or fruit will be killed by a late-winter or early spring freeze. Most peaches and blueberries grown in Georgia need between 400 and 700 chill hours to break dormancy and bloom. All of Georgia has experienced at least 750 chill hours since Nov. 1, 2010. Most locations have received more than 1,000 chill hours. Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 10, Brunswick has received 751 chill hours, Cairo 997, Homerville 1,064, Statesboro 1,190, Fort Valley 1,283, Byron 1,313, Griffin 1,412, Danielsville 1,576 and Calhoun 1,746.With the needed number of chill hours met, all that is required now for blooming is a period of warm weather, which is on its way for Georgia and the Southeast. This winter, the atmosphere has been in a very strong La Niña pattern. Typically, a La Niña gives Georgia a warmer-than-normal and a drier-than-normal winter and early spring. This is the first winter on record that Georgia has experienced a colder-than-normal winter while the atmosphere was in a La Niña pattern.Another atmospheric pattern has overpowered the La Niña. The Arctic Oscillation, or AO, pattern has been at near record strength, pushing the unusually cold winter in the eastern U.S. and Europe. The short-term forecast is for the strength of the AO to return to a more typical level. With the AO weakening, Georgia should see a return to a typical La Niña winter and early spring. With the expected return to a typical La Niña winter and spring, temperatures in the 60s and 70s are expected across most of the state for the next week or so. With warmer temperatures, peaches and blueberries will prepare to bloom. A couple of weeks in the upper 60s and 70s will lead to early blooming.Unfortunately, the La Niña pattern has no impact on the date of Georgia’s last freeze. There is no way for us to forecast if the last freeze will be early or late this year. It only takes one freeze to destroy the crop for a year. Georgia’s blueberry crop is worth $102 million annually. Peaches are worth $60 million.If plants bloom early, there is a greater probability that they will be hurt by a freeze. Producers should consider appropriate frost-protection strategies for the next several weeks. Up-to-date chill hours and weather information across Georgia can be found at www.georgiaweather.net. Additional information on peaches, blueberries and Southeastern climate can be found at the website agroclimate.org.last_img read more


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Briefs

first_imgThe Florida Bar Foundation recently distributed its 2004 legal assistance for the poor general support and special purpose grants to legal assistance providers in Florida.The presidents, presidents-elect, and executive directors of Florida’s voluntary bar associations were also notified of the availability of the grant applications.The general support grants for local programs take into account the number of poor people within a county to ensure some equitable distribution of funds among the counties. The Foundation estimates that funds available for these grants for 2004, generated chiefly by the IOTA program, will remain at the 2003 level, approximately $9.3 million.“These grant funds represent a very significant support for the delivery of legal assistance to low-income families in Florida,” said Foundation President Andrew M. O’Malley of Tampa. “The Foundation and Florida lawyers, through their participation in the IOTA program, as providers of pro bono legal services, and as contributors to the Foundation and local programs, remain committed to equal access to justice.”While financial support for legal assistance for the poor remains “woefully inadequate” to fully address the need, O’Malley said, these funds, and the continuing support of Florida lawyers, will provide low-income families protection from abuse and unfair treatment and promote family stability.Currently, 36 programs receive grants under the legal assistance to the poor program. Every county in Florida is served by one or more of those programs. In 2002, the programs provided legal assistance to over 105,000 persons, according to the Foundation. Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, individual rights, income maintenance, and consumer issues.Florida’s IOTA program has awarded more than $165 million in IOTA legal assistance to the poor grants over the program’s 21-year history.Grant application packages are available from the Foundation by contacting Andrea Kempkens at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] Grant applications must be received by the Foundation by October 31. The Foundation board will award grants on December 12.YLD offers grants for projects Florida State University College of Law graduates passed the bar exam at a rate higher than counterparts from other law schools in the state.FSU grads, taking the exam for the first time, passed the July bar exam at a rate of 85.4 percent, trailed by a tie for second-place between the University of Florida and the University of Miami, both with an 83.3-percent passing rate.Those were among the statistics from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners released September 15 by the Florida Supreme Court. The results applied to the July 2003 General Bar Examination administered July 29-30 in Tampa, for those persons sitting for both Parts A and B of the exam for the first time.FSU College of Law Dean Donald Weidner attributed FSU’s success to an excellent faculty working closely with gifted students. He noted FSU grads were also first in the state on the February 2002 and July 2002 administrations of the bar exam.“We launch careers,” Weidner said, pointing with pride to the school’s 97-percent job placement rate.Passage percentages for other Florida law school alumni were: Stetson University, 82.6 percent; Florida Coastal, 75.8 percent; Nova Southeastern University and St. Thomas tied with 60.2 percent; and Barry University of Orlando had 43.6 percent.Another 665 of 884 test-takers who graduated from out-of-state law schools passed the exam, for a 75.2-percent passing rate.Applicants taking the bar exam in July totaled 2,677, and, of those, 1,167 were approved for admission to The Florida Bar.Formal induction ceremonies to swear in the new attorneys will be held at the Florida Supreme Court and the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal on Tuesday, October 7.In addition, the Supreme Court released the results from the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination administered on August 8. This data applies to only those test-takers who had an application on file with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners as of September 2 and who requested that their MPRE score be sent to Florida:On the MPRE, Barry University of Orlando had a 94.6-percent passing rate; University of Miami and Florida State University tied with 89.5 percent; University of Florida had 89.3 percent; Stetson had 88.3 percent; non-Florida law schools had 88.2 percent; Florida Coastal had 85.1 percent; Nova Southeastern University had 82.6 percent; and St. Thomas University had 81.4 percent.PBCTLA sets expert witness seminar The 10th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and the Willson American Inn of Court will present a New Lawyer’s Orientation October 16 for new Bar members in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties.Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Ronald A. Herring has requested all new lawyers in the area to attend the event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Polk County Historic Courthouse in Bartow. The program will be followed by a reception and hors d’oeuvres will be served.For more information, contact Kevin Ashley at (863) 676-8584 or [email protected] The Martin County’s Courthouse Cultural Center recently hosted the initial meeting of a new chapter of the American Inns of Court. Named the Justice Major B. Harding Inn of Court, in honor of the recently retired chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, the chapter began organizing in 2001, and now has 40 members.The founding officers of the chapter are Richard Levenstein, president; Circuit Judge William L. Roby, president-elect; Barbara W. Bronis, secretary; and John E. Sherrard, treasurer.John Bales of Tampa, who serves on the AIC Foundation’s national board, presented the new chapter with its ceremonial charter at the meeting.The Inn’s mission is “to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and skills among judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of the law in order to perfect the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice.”FAPM gets active in the community The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended Jeffrey Allen Paine from the practice of law in the state of Ohio.Paine’s last known business address was in West Palm Beach, and his attorney registration mumber is 15348.The Ohio Supreme Court said Paine will not be reinstated to the practice of law in Ohio until such time as he is reinstated to the practice of law in Florida. (See Disciplinary Counsel v. Paine, 99 Ohio St.3d 1230, 2003-Ohio-4345, www.sconet. state.oh.us/ROD/documents, for additional information.)Young lawyers seek pro bono award nominations The 20th Circuit JNC is now accepting application to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William L. Blackwell, effective January 9, 2004.Applicants must be a registered voters, members of the Bar for the preceding five years, and residents of the 20th Circuit upon assuming office.Applications may be obtained from Darol H. M. Carr, JNC chair, 99 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 33950, or from The Florida Bar Web Site at www.flabar.org.An original with nine copies of the completed application must be received by the Carr no later than October 15, at 5 p.m. Applicants who fail to strictly comply with the application deadline and filing requirements may be treated as if they had not applied. Those who have submitted applications for recent vacancies must submit new applications.Johnson petitions for reinstatement Trauma epidemiologist Dr. Michael Freeman is only one recognized name on a program of expert witnesses set to speak at the upcoming Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association’s seminar “Winning with Expert Witnesses: Maximizing Yours; Knocking Out Theirs,” set for October 31 in Palm Beach.“This seminar will offer a unique opportunity to hear, firsthand, from experts in the areas of biomechanics, forensic pathology, low-impact trauma, accident reconstruction, safety violations, and how to identify junk science versus sound scientific principles,” said PBCTLA seminar Chair Harry Shevin.Other speakers will include forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, a frequent guest on numerous national TV and radio shows and recognized for his professional involvement in the inquiries about the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King, the death of Elvis Presley, O.J. Simpson, and JonBenet Ramsey cases; Chandra Levy death investigation and the Laci Peterson homicide.Accident reconstruction, vehicle technology, and event data recorder expert Robert McElroy will discuss current trends in accident reconstruction and the use of black box technology. George Zimmerman will use his expertise in premises liability, architectural malpractice, personal injuries, construction defects, and real estate development malpractice to discuss ways to prove a premises liability. He is particularly well-versed in the application of the building code and many other regulations.To round out the program, Palm Beach County attorneys Julie Littky-Rubin will provide a general case law update and a discussion on the Daubert/Frye case law, and Richard M. Benrubi will conduct a Frye hearing.The cost for this full-day seminar is $175 for PBCTLA attorney members and $225 for attorney non-members; $125 for PBCTLA paralegal members, and $175 for paralegal non-members. Non-members can join PBCTLA at the door and pay the member price.For more information contact Susan Glick at (561) 999-9490 or at [email protected] grants available John Ray Davis, Jr., of Indian Shores resigned from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to a Supreme Court order, under allegations that he committed mail fraud.Davis now has submitted an application for Bar readmission. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Davis’ application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Davis, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.Those who wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, may submit a written request to Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, Florida Board of Bar Examiners executive director, at 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Puerto Rican Bar to meet on Miami Beach The Criminal Law Section is now seeking nominations for its Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award.Selection for this award is based upon the candidate’s outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system of Florida.Last year’s recipient was Professor Charles Ehrhart of Florida State University. The selection will be made by the section’s executive council in January and the award will be presented at the section’s luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June 2004.Those interested in nominating a candidate should send, by letter or e-mail, the name of the candidate; a description of that person’s contribution to the criminal justice system; and a biographical sketch or resume. Deadline for receipt of nominations is November 30. Nominations should be sent to Professor Jerome C. Latimer, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg 33707, e-mail [email protected] Foundation to award children’s services grants Briefs Applications for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2004 children’s legal services grants were recently distributed to the state’s legal assistance providers.Due to increased contributions from Florida’s lawyers, the Foundation expects to make $636,000 available for grants this year, a modest increase over the amounts awarded last year.“The number of children living in poverty is increasing, and the impact not only diminishes their young lives but it also damages their futures and the future of our society,” said Tallahassee attorney William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s legal assistance for the poor grant committee.“It is a serious problem for all of us when children do not receive the educational and health services to which they are entitled and which so many of them desperately need.”In recognition of this, Davis said, the Foundation, with the support of The Florida Bar, has targeted the particular needs of children for special emphasis through these grants.“Unfortunately, the funds we have available for these grants are woefully inadequate, but nevertheless do provide vitally important legal services to literally thousands of poor children who would face insurmountable odds without this support,” Davis said.“The Foundation also encourages the use of its other funding initiatives to serve children.”Currently, 13 programs receive children’s legal services grants, with the primary purposes of assisting low-income children with problems involving dependency, foster care, access to special education services, other educational issues, and access to health services.These grants are special project funding and seek to improve the protection of children, their access to needed services, and improvement of such services.Grant application packages are available from the Foundation by contacting Andrea Kempkens at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] Grant applications must be received by the Foundation by October 12. The Foundation Board of Directors will award grants on December 12.Inn of Court named for Justice Harding Ralph Marchbank, Jr., of Sarasota was recently sworn in as president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association at its 2003 annual meeting in Key Biscayne.Other officers include President-elect Spencer H. Silverglate, Secretary-Treasurer Gail L. Parenti, and immediate Past President Valerie Shea. The group’s directors include Susan S. Erdelyi, Joseph E. Brooks, Michael J. Corso, Daniel P. Mitchell, Douglas J. Chumbley, Francisco Ramos, Jr.; Donald J. Fann; John H. Richards; Jack W. Shaw, Jr., Francis E. Pierce III, and Young Lawyer Director Adrianna M. Spain.The association also presented a number of awards, including the 2003 President’s Award for outstanding service to Parenti; the Amicus Award to Hal B. Anderson for his work on the tort reform constitutional challenge appeals; the Trial Advocate Quarterly Award to Ramos for “outstanding contributions” during the past year; and the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of The Year Award to Spain in recognition for “exceeding the standards of excellence, dedication and commitment to FDLA and its goals.”The group also presented its Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award to H. Franklin Perritt, Jr., in recognition of “superlative members’ dedication to FDLA and all its goals”; its Defense Research Institute Outstanding Recognition Award to Shea; and recognized Thomas E. Dukes III for his leadership of the Florida Liability Claims Institute.FAMU law adds eight instructors The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Youth Projects Committee is now accepting applications from any Florida young lawyer section, division, or committee that is interested in financial support for its Holidays in January or Child Friendly Room projects.The Holidays in January project distributes free toys and clothes to foster care children. The Child Friendly Room projects create separate areas for children in the courthouses in each circuit in the state.The deadline for all requests is November 21.Visit the YLD’s Web site at www.flayld.org/local/involve.htm for application details or contact Victoria Wu, chair of the Youth Projects Committee, at 202-694-1012, or [email protected] for more information.Marchbank to lead FDLA While working on improving its membership, the Equal Opportunity Law Section is also continuing to push its statement of principles promoting diversity.Chair Tammy Fields, at the section’s September 5 meeting, said the statement “reflects what this section believes should be the principles associated with diversity.”The section has embarked on a campaign to get law offices, as well as private businesses, to adopt the principles. So far, she said, one private firm and the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office has signed on, and the section has discussed it with others.The statement asks firms to acknowledge: “Diversity is an inclusive principle including race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age, disability, and marital and parental status. Through increased diversity, the legal professional can more effectively address societal and individual needs by the consideration of varied perspectives, experiences, and understanding in the administration of justice.”Firms and businesses that sign the statement agree to:• Pursue diversity in their firms and make “increasing efforts to achieve greater participation of minority lawyers at all levels in law firms, government, and corporate law departments, courts, and law schools.”• Recognize that diversity is a business asset and “critical to the success of our business.”• Actively promote diversity within the workplace, including considering diversity in hiring lawyers and law firms.• Support the section and its efforts to achieve greater diversity in the legal profession.On other matters, the section is working on a seminar on diversity to be presented during the January Midyear Meeting.“We’re also working on our membership and whether section status is still the best approach,” Fields said.For more information about the section, contact section coordinator Yvonne Sherron at (850) 561-5620.Goldin Award nominations sought The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its Legal Aid Public Service Award.The award recognizes the outstanding contributions by a public sector attorney to those in need of free legal services. To qualify as a young lawyer, one must be under the age of 36 or have been in practice for less than five years.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org and two copies of the form and the attachments should be submitted on or before December 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Florida State grads lead the way on the bar exam October 1, 2003 Regular News The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, a nonprofit alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions, is now accepting nominations for its 2lst annual awards program, honoring achievement in both practice and scholarship in conflict resolution and ADR.Awards will be made in five categories: outstanding practical achievement; original articles; original student articles and papers; outstanding books; and problem-solving in the law school.Entries must be received by CPR no later than November 3. For guidelines and entry procedures visit the CPR Web site at www.cpradr.org.Miami Kendall Bar to meet October 24 The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for a circuit judge position being vacated as a result of Judge Lewis R. Lindsey’s resignation effective December 31.Applicants must be residents of the First Judicial Circuit (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties), registered voters, and a member of the Bar in good standing for the preceeding five years.Applications are available from The Florida Bar Web site (www.FLABAR.org), or from Linda H. Wade, JNC chair, by pick-up from her law office at 25 West Cedar Street, Suite 450, Pensacola 32502, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Wade at her office no later than 5 p.m., October 10.20th Circuit judgeship available Fourth DCA Chief Judge Gary M. Farmer has been installed as president of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges.The conference’s other new officers include Fifth DCA Chief Judge Thomas D. Sawaya, president-elect, and Fifth DCA Judge Winifred J. Sharp, secretary/treasurer.The organization is comprised of the state’s 62 active district court of appeal judges and a number of retired DCA judges.Supreme Court of Ohio suspends Jeffrey Paine The Guardian ad Litem Qualifications Committee is now accepting applications for the position of executive director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.The legislature created this position to administer the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program upon its transfer from the court system to a new state office that will be administratively supported by the Justice Administrative Commission.The committee will review applications, conduct interviews, and submit a minimum of three names to the governor for consideration. The executive director will be appointed by and report to the governor and will serve a three-year term, subject to removal for cause by the governor. Any person appointed to serve as the executive director may be permitted to serve more than one term.The application deadline is October 14. Application instructions and further information about the position are available athttps://peoplefirst.myflorida.com. Workers’ comp judge needed Applications being accepted for director of the new Guardian ad Litem Program Bar President Miles McGrane will provide the keynote address when the Puerto Rican Bar Association meets on Miami Beach November 15 at the Wyndham Hotel on Collins Avenue to install its new officers.Jimmy Morales also will address the group at the 7 to 12 p.m. event.Tickets are $50 per person. For more information contact Richard Robles at (305) 755-9200 or [email protected], or Yesenia Collazo at (305) 822-8449 or [email protected] Judge Farmer to lead DCA conference Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Earl Mayberry Johnson, Jr., of Jacksonville has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Johnson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Allen Booth, staff investigator for The Florida Bar, at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5845, or (850) 561-5845.Section promotes its diversity effort The South Miami Kendall Bar Association will meet October 24 at the Fleming Restaurant on S.W. 36th Street beginning at noon.The association’s officers include President Mitchell J. Panter, President-elect Michelle A. Pivar, Treasurer Lisa R. Ginsberg, Secretary Iris N. Sachs, and Past President Fred E. Glickman.The bar’s directors include Angie Angelis, Theodore Bayer, Sharon Blake, J.B. de Rosset, Michaelle Paulson, Michael Rehr, and David Weissman.Family Law Section seeks comments on child custody The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators recently created a Community Involvement Committee to support both humanitarian causes as well as statewide programs promoting mediation, conflict resolution, and alternative dispute resolution.“During the coming year, our committee will encourage members to donate food, clothing, canned foods, fruits and vegetables, soaps, shampoo, toiletries, toys, and even blood to support a number of charitable causes,” said Bruce A. Blitman, the committee’s chair.“We will use our annual seminar in the spring and the DRC’s annual meeting as ‘collection points’ during which members can drop off their donations and supplies can be collected. Since our seminars are so well attended, we hope to collect lots of items that will help needy families and children.”The academy’s board also is committed to assisting aspiring mediators and fledgling statewide programs which promote mediation, conflict resolution, tolerance, and peaceful solutions.“Many outstanding ADR-related programs are desperately seeking financial support in order to survive,” Blitman said. “The board has generously agreed to set aside some funds which will be used to support such worthwhile programs.”Blitman said the academy hopes to identify and recognize creative ADR-related programs which help educate Florida residents and students about the benefits of mediation and the profession with small community outreach grants and “Academy Awards For ADR Excellence.”For more information about the work of the committee, contact Blitman at (954) 437-3446 or e-mail [email protected] for ADR awards sought The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims vacancy in the Tampa District office.This vacancy has been created by the announced retirement of Judge William Douglas, effective upon his term expiration on March 6, 2004.Qualified applicants must submit the original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700, e-mail [email protected] marsh.com. One additional copy must be submitted to each commission member. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on October 20. Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from the commission chair.Interviews for this opening will be held November 3, at a site yet to be determined.First Circuit judgeship available Should there be a presumption that children of a divorcing couple should spend equal time with each parent?The Family Law Section is considering making that recommendation to Florida lawmakers and is seeking input from Bar members. The section executive council discussed those and other section activities when it met September 4 at the Bar’s General Meeting.“We want commentary on creating a premise that parents should share time equally with their children as a starting point [in a dissolution], unless there is evidence to do otherwise,” section Chair Richard West said.There are two ways for lawyers to submit comments: Section members can sign on to the section’s Web site at www.familylawfla.org/ and leave comments at one of the discussion groups.Nonmembers can send comments to West, Chair-elect Evan Marks, or section coordinator Debby Beck at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (850) 561-5650.On other matters, West said a committee chaired by council member Steve Sessums is rewriting the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Bounds of Advocacy manual to be Florida-specific. The council hopes to get that approved later this month.The section has two retreats planned in the coming months. The first, October 9-11, will be at the Watercolor resort in Seaside, in Florida’s Panhandle. The second is scheduled for March 24-28 in Breckenridge, Colorado.Other section activities include plans to review a just-released Florida State University study on child support guidelines, having general masters and hearing officers — who handle many family law matters — defined as a core function of the judiciary in the Revision 7 funding shift for trial courts, and working with a committee chaired by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente that is studying families and children in the court system.Davis applies for Bar readmission The Association of Legal Administrators is holding an educational conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City November 7-8.ALA’s conferences offer opportunities for training and continuing education necessary to run an efficient, competitive, and profitable legal office. Attendees include legal administrators, support managers and managing partners from private law firms, and corporate and government legal departments.This year’s theme is “Be a Part of It!” The Region 1 Conference features two full days of educational sessions, including a keynote address by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, titled “Ed Koch on Everything.”For more information on the conference contact ALA Headquarters by phone at (847) 816-1212; by fax at (847) 816-1213; or by visiting ALA’s Web site at www.alanet.org.10th Circuit new lawyer orientation set The re-established Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando now has 201 first- and second-year law students for the 2003-2004 school year and has added eight new faculty members.The new FAMU College of Law professors are:• Barbara L. Bernier, professor, who was on faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.• Nathaniel Friends, visiting professor, has served as general counsel and vice president with AT&T.• Hastings Jones, assistant professor, held positions in public defender service in Washington, D.C., most recently as deputy chief of the special litigation division.• Jose Seda, adjunct instructor, is a senior trial attorney with Infinity Insurance Companies.• James W. Smith III, assistant professor, is the former senior prosecutor with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C.• Phyllis C. Smith, assistant professor, practiced as a general law attorney with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Alexandria, Virginia.• Robert Thompson, assistant professor, is a former patent attorney with the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York.• Virginia Bullerman Townes, a visiting assistant professor, is a shareholder in the litigation practice group of Akerman, Senterfitt.Legal administrators to meet in New York last_img read more


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NCUA bank notes reg, TCCUSF report slated March 24

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board will finalize its NAFCU-supported proposal that essentially expands the authority of federal credit unions to invest in bank notes during its open meeting March 24, according to the agenda released Thursday.The NCUA Board will also receive a Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund update and discuss a program that would integrate management of the agency’s credit union-facing websites and technology.The current investments regulation limits federal credit unions to investing in bank notes “with original weighted average maturities of less than five years.” The proposal removes the word “original” from the text of the regulation, thereby allowing federal credit unions to purchase bank notes that had original maturities of greater than five years but still have remaining maturities of less than five years. continue reading »last_img read more


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4 ways social media can help financial marketers celebrate community

first_img continue reading » While nearly all companies know they need a social media presence, many banks and credit unions have not embraced social media enthusiastically. Consider, as a benchmark, that Twitter launched in mid-2006, over a decade ago. Yet, on average, community financial institutions have been active on social media for just under three years, according to research by Kasasa.Many have — reluctantly — set up social profiles because they don’t want to appear to lag behind their competitors or because consumers expect to find them on social channels. Yet many of these same institutions don’t feel they are leveraging social media channels effectively, nor are they sure about the ROI of social, period.When they become at all active, many banks and credit unions merely use social media to push promotions, which tends to result in very little consumer engagement. That’s because social media is all about connection.When used effectively, social media channels offer banks and credit unions opportunities to foster, strengthen, and celebrate the communities at the heart of their business. An intentional, dedicated, and evolving social strategy has the potential to powerfully engage consumers and differentiate an institutions’ brand. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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Jerzy Dudek reveals ‘furious’ phone call from Arsene Wenger after Liverpool transfer move

first_imgA furious Arsene Wenger phoned Jerzy Dudek after the goalkeeper joined Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jerzy Dudek has lifted the lid on a ‘furious’ phone call he received from Arsene Wenger after he joined Liverpool instead of Arsenal almost two decades ago.The goalkeeper was desperate for a new challenge after spending five years in the Netherlands with Feyenoord and both Premier League clubs made their interest known in the summer of 2001. Wenger, looking to provide competition for an ageing David Seaman, invited Dudek for a tour of Highbury and Arsenal’s training ground before making a £7.5million offer for the shot-stopper. The Pole met Wenger before completing a move to Arsenal’s rivals (Picture: Getty)‘I went back to Rotterdam, then Wenger phoned me. “I’m really sorry,” he said. “Feyenoord want £10m and we don’t pay that amount of money, not even for a striker”. The deal was off, and I was angry.‘Then three matches into the new season, Liverpool came in and I moved to Anfield – for £5.75m. “What the hell is going on?” Wenger asked me when he called. “I offered £7.5m and Feyenoord said no!” I said, “I’m sorry – I had nothing to do with it”. ‘Joining Liverpool was meant to be.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDudek would go on to cement his place in the hearts of Liverpool fans with an outrageous double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko at the end of extra-time in the side’s Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005.His iconic ‘spaghetti legs’ tactic – inspired by Bruce Grobbelaar – in the resulting penalty shootout, in which he denied Shevchenko and Andrea Pirlo’s spot-kicks, has also gone down in Liverpool folklore. The Pole also won an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his six years on Merseyside before joining Real Madrid in 2007.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jose Enrique tells Kylian Mbappe to join Liverpool to make winning look ‘even easier’MORE: Rob Holding responds to rumours Arsenal could sell him this summer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Jerzy Dudek reveals ‘furious’ phone call from Arsene Wenger after Liverpool transfer move Dudek is best remembered for his magnificent performance in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph (Picture: Getty)But Dudek ended up completing a move to Merseyside for an even smaller fee later that summer and an enraged Wenger responded by giving the Poland international a piece of his mind. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsene Wenger called me, and he was furious,’ Dudek told Liverpool Echo. ‘He was nearly yelling. I’d joined Liverpool, not Arsenal. After five years with Feyenoord, I was ready for a fresh challenge. ‘That summer, I’d spent a couple of days in London and Wenger showed me Highbury and the training ground. It was a beautiful visit – we agreed terms and shook hands. last_img read more


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AMS Trenchless Specialists Scores Hornsea Two Onshore Gig

first_imgØrsted has contracted AMS Trenchless Specialists to conduct part of the onshore cable works for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.AMS Trenchless Specialists will conduct Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) at the landfall site in Horseshoe Point where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables under the more than GBP 1 million worth contract.Using HDD means that the cable can be buried underground without using trenches or disrupting the existing sea defenses in the intertidal area that links the offshore and onshore infrastructure, Ørsted said.According to the Danish company, the works are expected to start in May and continue until September.“We’re delighted to welcome another UK firm to join us in building the UK’s largest renewable energy project currently under construction,” said Duncan Clark, Project Director for Hornsea One and Two.“Lancashire-based VolkerInfra are installing the onshore cable, the onshore substation is being built by Balfour Beatty, and the fact that AMS Trenchless Specialists, who are based literally up the road from our onshore site, will be working with us again is a testament to their previous work on Hornsea One.”The contract follows the companies’ previous cooperation on Hornsea Project One, where AMS No-Dig designed, supplied and installed cable ducts.“We feel proud to again have the opportunity to work on a project that will make a significant difference to the UK’s clean electricity system. HDD is a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way to install this much needed infrastructure, whilst minimising disruption,” said George Aitkenhead, Managing Director at AMS Trenchless Specialists.The 1.4GW Hornsea Two is located 89km north-east of Grimsby and will comprise 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines. Once operational in 2022, it will become the largest wind farm in the world.last_img read more


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Execution to euthanasia: Liberal worm turns

first_imgNZ Herald 5 January 2018Family First Comment: Superb commentary from Dr Paul Moon… “One of the arguments in the 20th century that convinced many people of the error of executions was that occasionally, mistakes were made in judging someone guilty, and when it came to the death penalty, one mistake was one mistake too many. Recent overseas examples of people suffering from mental illness who have sought a termination of their lives (and been granted their wish by the medical profession), only to have a last-minute change of heart, shows that the risk of error when it comes to euthanasia is very real. Do we still hold to the view that one mistake is one too many? New Zealand finally dispensed with the death penalty because when knee-jerk emotional instincts were set aside, the moral, social, and ethical arguments against legal killings proved overwhelming. It will be a test to see if the country retains that perspective as the advocates of euthanasia push for what would amount to a reversal of this enlightened trajectory.”www.protect.org.nz – Make a submission today! Dr Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology.Even as the noose was being placed around Walter Boulton’s neck on February 18, 1957, New Zealanders were growing increasingly uncomfortable with the notion of capital punishment. It was a sentiment no doubt strengthened by reports that instead of Boulton’s neck snapping immediately, he was left in agony while the rope slowly strangled him to death. In 1961, on the back of growing public opinion which saw the state sanction of killing as unenlightened, Parliament abolished the death penalty (except for the crime of treason, for which the option of execution remained until 1989, when this exemption was also removed).It is useful to reflect on the progress of death penalty abolitionists in New Zealand in the 20th century, and while it might be simplistic to transpose all their arguments to the current euthanasia debate, there are some significant themes that apply in both areas. During a 1941 parliamentary debate on the death penalty, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Rex Mason, described the state’s right to administer the death penalty as uncivilised and “backward”. Four years later, another Labour MP emphasised New Zealand’s reputation as a “progressive country” when arguing against capital punishment.As concerns over the morality of the state killing certain categories of its citizens mounted, abolitionists pointed out that the death penalty had detrimental psychological effects on those administering it. The testimony of some of those present at these killings highlighted the cold-bloodedness of the process, and the effects it left on them for life. One prison psychologist wrote of the feeling of “complete revulsion” at witnessing someone having their life terminated, despite the fact that the law had warranted it. Every execution needed an executioner, and those who took on that role also became victims in a way.Death penalty proponents, on the other hand, responded by suggesting that a life spent in prison could be worse than the death penalty, and that while people might oppose the state killing the worst of its criminals, it was sometimes a “practical” undertaking — a means of protecting society from the worst of its underbelly. However, by the 1950s, such “rational” arguments were increasingly crashing into the reality of society ending the lives of some of its members. The fact that prohibitions on public executions had long been in force was the giveaway clue that while the principle might have made sense, the practice of legally approved killings remained as abhorrent as ever.How the liberal worm has turned since. The same arguments used by progressives for the abolition of the death penalty in the 20th century have been misappropriated by those advocating for a new age of state-sanctioned killing — this time wrapped up in the euphemism of euthanasia, or the even more morbidly saccharine and utterly misleading “death with dignity”. In cases of euthanasia, it may be a doctor rather than a hangman carrying out the killing, but there is no reason to think the psychological effects on those involved in euthanasia will be any less severe, or that the fragile value we place on human life will not again be degraded. And the principle of the state giving permission for lives to be terminated on the basis of their being “worthy” and “unworthy” applies to both areas. The distinction is only that in capitalpunishment cases, death was the consequence of the state deeming that the life of a person (usually a murderer) was not worth continuing, while in euthanasia, it is the state backing the individual’s determination that their own life no longer has worth for physical or psychological reasons.One of the arguments in the 20th century that convinced many people of the error of executions was that occasionally, mistakes were made in judging someone guilty, and when it came to the death penalty, one mistake was one mistake too many. Recent overseas examples of people suffering from mental illness who have sought a termination of their lives (and been granted their wish by the medical profession), only to have a last-minute change of heart, shows that the risk of error when it comes to euthanasia is very real. Do we still hold to the view that one mistake is one too many? New Zealand finally dispensed with the death penalty because when knee-jerk emotional instincts were set aside, the moral, social, and ethical arguments against legal killings proved overwhelming. It will be a test to see if the country retains that perspective as the advocates of euthanasia push for what would amount to a reversal of this enlightened trajectory.last_img read more