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Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

Bill for Corruption Court Lands at Senate

first_imgSenator Jewel Howard Taylor has submitted to Senate plenary a letter asking for their attention, review and subsequent endorsement of a draft Legislative Bill entitled: “An Act to amend Title 17 of the Penal Code Laws of Liberia, known as the Judiciary Law of 1972; to provide for the establishment of the Corruption Court of Liberia.”She said the draft Act is being submitted in response to the high level of alleged corruption cases and the public perception that the endemic and systematic corruption has engulfed “our governance structure; and that we the lawmakers have not shown enough political will to put in place the requisite structure, which will enable the Judiciary deal with corruption in a holistic way.”The Bong County lawmaker told her colleagues that it is her ardent desire that “in consideration of the urgency of the passage of this bill that we will do all within our power to expedite and have this critical draft bill into law.”Immediately upon passage of the Act, Corruption Courts will be created as specialized courts and established in each of the counties, initially commencing with Montserrado County. The procedure and enforcement of the mandate and judgments of the Corruption Court shall be the same as that of the Circuit Courts in criminal cases, except as modified in this act or the Rules of the Corruption Court as may be promulgated afterwards. The court will be composed of a panel of three judges, one of whom shall be called the Chief Judge and the administrative head of the court. Decisions of the court shall be by majority. The judges of the court shall have the power and authority to issue orders in the nature of writs of prohibition, to inferior courts and their officers; will aid the exercise of the appellate jurisdiction over said inferior courts. “In terms of appointment and tenure, the President “shall nominate, and with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission three judges of the circuit court stature, who shall preside over the Corruption Court.”The Bill is now with the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator Varney G. Sherman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

What is a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exactly what is required in maintaining a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship as described in the Veterinary Feed Directive?A veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the basis for interaction among veterinarians, their clients, and their patients and is critical to the health of your animal. A VCPR means that all of the following are required.1. The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the patient and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarians’ instructions.2. The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the patient. This means that the veterinarian is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the patient by virtue of a timely examination of the patient by the veterinarian, or medically appropriate and timely visits by the veterinarian to the operation where the patient is managed.3. The veterinarian is readily available for follow-up evaluation or has arranged for the following: veterinary emergency coverage, and continuing care and treatment.4. The veterinarian provides oversight of treatment, compliance, and outcome.5. Patient records are maintained.The practical explanation is that it is a formal relationship that you have with a veterinarian who serves as your primary contact for all veterinary services and is familiar with you, your livestock/animals, and your farm operation. This veterinarian is referred to as your Veterinarian of Record (VoR), and both the VoR and the client should sign a form to document this relationship. You can download a VCPR template developed by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Drug Use Task Force at: https://vet.osu.edu/extension/general-food-fiber-animal-resources.This can be thought of as similar to having a primary “family doctor” where that individual is the one whom you consult with regarding prescription needs, changes in health status, or specialized services. Because the VoR somewhat regularly provides veterinary services to you, they may be able to approve prescriptions and provide consultation over the telephone. Having an established VCPR is important to help protect consumers and avoid residues in meat and milk. This becomes even more crucial to a farm operation with the changes regarding the purchase of antibiotics and the Veterinary Feed Directive.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 12, 2019

10 Things for Your Video Editing Suite Under $200

first_imgWe aren’t talking about USB coffee warmers or pen holders. Here are 10 things you could actually use around your video editing workstation.Photos from Shutterstock and AmazonMake 14 hour editing sessions tolerable by getting your editing workstation in order. Here are some helpful things to have around your editing suite.Note: We’re not sponsored by any of the products or vendors listed below. We encourage you to purchase products at the retailer of your choice!1. Pen TabletMost video editors I know do their work with just a keyboard and mouse, but there are others, that simply swear by a tablet for a faster and more efficient editing experience. Wacom has made a name in recent years as the go-to manufacturer of pen tablets for creative professionals and their marketing to post-production pros, touting the benefits of better ergonomics, custom button mapping and a more fluid animating process.If using a tablet seems intimidating, you can get in at a lower price point for some of the entry level models under $200. Give it a try in your editing work. If it sticks, upgrade to the Intuos Pro line and have your starter tablet as an on-the-go solution.For more info on editing and animating with a tablet check out our previous post: Why Use a Wacom Tablet or Stylus for Post Production?2. USB HubWhen you have a project on multiple hard drives and you already have your mouse or Wacom tablet hogging a port, you are going to need more USB ports. This is especially true when working on a laptop. Expand your USB capabilities with a hub…but avoid cheaply made hubs that likely won’t hold up to long term use (or being tossed around in a backpack). We love these aluminum Mac inspired models:1byone USB 3.0 7-PORT Aluminum HUB – $29.99Xcellon 4-Port Powered USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub – $34.95Satechi Premium 4 Port USB – $24.993. Uninterruptible Power SupplyIf you’re not editing with a battery backup, I’d guess you haven’t lost hours of your video editing work…yet. It’s a must-have in every editing suite. Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is just a fancy name for a battery backup. APC is the market leader for UPS units. They will guard your system against power surges and when there is an outage, they can provide ample time to backup your work and shut down your computer.The main things to look for when purchasing a UPS are the output power capacity and the number of outlets. With many units, not all the outlets have battery backup (some may just provide surge protection). UPS units vary in the amount of power capacity they provide. To calculate the output power capacity you’ll need, you’ll need to determine the average wattage load of your computer system and how long you would want that system to power solely off the UPS. An in-depth post over at HowToGeek does a great job at explaining this in depth with calculations for figuring out how long your computer (and peripherals) could run on various UPS units. It’s worth checking out.Lastly, make sure your clients are covered. If you have a client desk/table in your edit suite it should also have a power strip with surge protection (important distinction!)4. Comfortable ChairThis stock photography model is obviously not sitting in an ergonomic desk chair!That rolling office chair you found in the dumpster may have been great in college, but when you sit in that chair for too long, your back and butt will hate you. You don’t need to spend $1000+ on a Herman Miller or Steelcase chair to be comfortable but you do need to take the following things into consideration when chair shopping.Adjustability/Ergonomics: Most chairs have up/down and recline but is the seat depth also adjustable? Can you set the armrest height?Material: Leather and vinyl chairs tend to trap body heat and reduce air circulation. Opt for breathable mesh that can make grueling edit sessions a little more bearable.Test Drive: You’re going to be married to your chair…and you wouldn’t marry someone without getting to know them first. If you can, go to a local showroom and try out the different chairs. However showrooms and furniture stores typically come with a higher price tag than online options like Amazon. Although you can return items that come from Amazon direct, may Amazon resellers have policies that don’t allow you to return furniture…especially if you assembled it. Be sure to thoroughly check the return terms before you purchase a chair online.Product Reviews: We furnished our office with chairs purchased online, but used customer reviews to guide the decision on which product to buy. The trick is to look for follow-up reviews, those reviews created after the customer has spent some serious time with the chair. Most chairs are comfortable at first, so hearing from someone that’s given it a thorough sit will provide the best feedback.5. Speaker StandsSome video editors spend loads of cash on high-end speakers but miss a key component in their audio setup: speaker stands. A pair of nice stands can:Reduce speaker rattling on your desk (especially with bass-heavy audio)Angle speakers to your earsMinimize sound reflection off your deskYou can get a pair of good stands online for less than $50 – a worthwhile investment for any serious video editor. Image above from AudioEngine USA.6. Quality HeadphonesAre your headphones still comfortable after wearing them for an hour? What about three hours? Ten hours? If not, look into getting a quality pair you can actually keep on.Avoid consumer focused headphones, like Beats or Skullcandy, which often have over pumped bass. Instead, look for monitoring headphones (also called reference monitors). Video editor and PremiumBeat blogger Jonny Elywn recently did a post on his picks on the best headphone options for film and video editors. One takeaway:For comfort, you will definitely want circumaural headphones – which basically means the pads sit around the earlobe, rather than pressing down on them.Check out Jonny’s post for tons of good options.7. Video Editing Shortcut KeyboardKeyboard shortcuts save time when video editing…we know this. But unfortunately it’s difficult to get into a groove using shortcuts (for new video editors) or knowing every shortcut for your application (for experienced video editors). A dedicated video editing shortcut keyboard solves this issue.We’re really digging this new model from EditorsKeys (shown above). Each key is backlit so you can see the shortcut icons in the dark of your editing suite – very useful.8. Gaff TapeGaff tape isn’t only for on-set. Although pricey, it’s also a versatile product to have around your edit bay. You can use it to label hard drives, tape down and secure any equipment wires, or mark any steps or light switches in your dark edit bay (also called “spiking“). What we love about gaff tape is that it doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue when removed.Rosco GaffTac Gaffers Tape, 2 Pack – $33.96ProTapes Pro Gaff Tape – $13.37Devek Neon Spike Tape, 4 Pack – $35.009. Extra Cables & AdaptersEvery video editor needs a toolbox with extra cables. I’ve been sent hard drives with footage…but without any cables. Luckily, I keep a variety of extras on hand: problem solved. A few cables I always have:Micro USB to USBUSB to Firewire 400USB to Firewire 800USB to HDMIHDMI to VGAUSB extension cablesMini DisplayPort to HDMIUSB to RCAUniversal Power CordsAmazon has their own line of cables and adaptors that are inexpensive and highly reviewed.10. USB MicA mic in an edit suite – why would you need that? Scratch tracks. Having a decent mic on-hand is a quick way to rough in voiceovers or pick-up audio. For instance, when editing I’ll often record myself reading a voiceover part and add it to the timeline just so I can get a good sense of the timing. There’s no need to wait until you have the final VO track recorded from your voice talent.The Yeti Microphone by Blue is a great choice because it’s verstaile and USB powered (no need for an external audio interface). You can easily change the patterns (Cardioid, Omni, Stereo and Bi) and it comes complete with a little stand that won’t take up a lot of real estate on your desk. Image from BWOne.comBonus: A PlantPhoto from Jamey BethHey, it worked for Léon the Professional. It might sound crazy but there have actually been a number of studies in recent years that tout the health benefits of having plants in your work area (reduces stress, improves attentiveness). Small bamboo plants are a good option in super low light conditions, like a video editing suite. It’ll also create a nicer environment for when clients come to visit.Got your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 9, 2019

How Your Superstitions About Monday Calls Ruins Your Results

first_imgOr, an alternative title: Never Give Up Your Monday. Or Any Other Day.I overheard a salesperson explain why they didn’t call the client with whom they are engaged in a rather serious sales conversation. This salesperson’s prospective client has a real and compelling need around a result that is nothing if not strategic. The reason the salesperson offered for not following up with their motivated prospect is that it is a Monday, and they didn’t want to be all over them right after the weekend. It is Monday, after all.You have five days a week, and it doesn’t make sense to give one or more of them up.Bad Days to CallSome sales professionals are not too different from the salesperson in the story above. They share this superstition about Mondays being a “bad day” to call people, as they are just getting back to work. I’ve always wondered what these salespeople do at work, if not work-related things like taking calls about work, having meetings about work, and talking with people about how they might improve their results.If you believe the reason your dream client says no to your request for a meeting because it’s Monday, you’re not looking at factors that weigh more heavily in their decision, like the value you offer in trade for their time, your confidence and conviction, your ability to successfully resolve their concerns, and your persistence.It is a mistake to give up on Mondays. But other people give up enough hours that it equals giving up Monday.Bad Hours to CallSome are superstitious about certain hours. They’re infected with the belief that you can’t call too early because that would be too aggressive. Maybe it’s rude because your contact hasn’t had time to get coffee and settle in. And, you don’t want to seem desperate, do you? Instead of having client conversations in the morning, they fritter away their time on non-opportunity creation and non-opportunity capture activities. The hours they spend avoiding calling clients and prospects are hours they can never recover, in an endeavor in which you are working with the clock or against it.Naturally, some salespeople are uncomfortable calling their prospects and their clients right before lunch. The thinking is that they are winding down, and they aren’t going to be focused enough to take a call from a salesperson. Right after lunch isn’t a good time to bother people either; they just got back from lunch and probably have a full email box to contend with before they can focus on something else.Monday isn’t the only day that people waste and the early hours aren’t the only ones that are not put to good use.Not Enough Time to CallHow about the remaining hour at the end of the day? There isn’t enough time for anything substantial, and your clients and prospects are winding down, trying to get out of their office and on their way home. It doesn’t make sense to do sales-related work when everyone else is checked out or soon will be. And then there is Friday. A day unlike any other day. With most of the week behind you, you check out. You might be at work, but you are not there to work.Giving Up Too Much YearIn a working year of two-thousand eighty hours, giving up one hour a day is to eliminate two hundred and twenty hours or ten and a half percent of your entire year. Deciding to remove two hours from eligibility for sales-related tasks, duties, and outcomes is to all but ensure you lack the time you need to reach your goals.I have a theory that more salespeople would make their quota, reach their goals, end up in President’s Club, and improve their financial position if they would spend more time doing the very few things that result in winning a new client. Many of us dream about salespeople who aren’t account managers and who aren’t asked to spend their time doing the work that rightfully belongs to someone else in a different role.But many of us also dream that salespeople stop clinging to their superstitions, like Mondays being bad days, that certain hours are off-limits, that they should send an email before making a call, that they should connect on LinkedIn first as a way to warm up the relationship, or that they should answer their email first thing in the morning.Time is your single, finite, non-renewable resource, which means you should treat it like your second most valuable asset after yourself. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2019

Here Is the Best Photo from the Oklahoma State UTSA Game

first_imgI was scouring the photo wires after OSU’s win over UTSA on Saturday, and I came across my favorite photo of the season so far. What first caught my eye was the look on Glenn Spencer’s face, but then I noticed everybody else surrounding him to watch Raymond Taylor’s first touchdown run as a Poke.A run about which Taylor said the following.“It’s what I’ve played my whole life for, worked my whole life for. The excitement was real.”Here’s the photo and what each person was (probably) thinking.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.40.15 AMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more