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Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy JORDYN PHELPS and SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has been clear about where he stands in the debate over whether schools should resume in-person learning amid the global pandemic, tweeting Monday in all-caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”The president’s push to reopen schools in the fall is tied to his broader push for the country to resume normal economic functions as he eyes his own reelection bid in the fall and his promise for a great American comeback despite the ongoing pandemic.The administration is set to further spotlight the issue on Tuesday, when health and educational leaders, as well as students and parents, converge at the White House for an event with President Trump, billed as a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools.” Cice President Mike Pence was also expected to discuss the issue on a call with the nation’s governors.At the roundtable discussion, he bluntly said he would be “putting a lot of pressure” on governors to open schools, applauding Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for saying his state would do so.“He just announced that the schools will be open in the fall, and we hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said of DeSantis.He then went on to claim that governors who didn’t were trying to help themselves politically.“And we don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically so they keep the schools closed. No way,” he continued.“So, we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open and it’s very important. It’s very important for our country. It’s very important for the well-being of the student and parents. So, we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on opening your schools in the fall,” he said.Later, Trump sharply criticized Harvard University for announcing plans to only partially reopen in the fall, conducting many classes online, calling that “an easy way out.”Even as the president has been outspoken about his belief that students should return to the classroom, senior administration officials acknowledged in a call with reporters that local jurisdictions, not the federal government, hold authority over reopening decisions.“School decisions are local decisions. And so we’re going to provide folks with resources both the dollars that we’ve referenced, but also help identify best practices which the CDC has done, but also other organizations have done as well, to make sure that this can be done safely moving forward,” a senior official said.The White House focus on education amid the ongoing pandemic comes the day after Florida’s education commissioner signed an emergency order saying, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students,” subject to change based on future executive orders and advice of local health departments.The move, which comes as Florida is experiencing a surge in cases, received quick backlash from Florida Education Association President Fredrick Ingram, who said, “It’s clear in communications with our members that educators are scared.”“They don’t trust politicians to make sure things are safe — rightly so, with the record-breaking number of cases being reported. The governor is trying to brush that off. Safety for students and school employees needs to be at the center of our conversations about reopening schools,” Ingram said.Teachers and advocates across the country have voiced concerns about how the reopening of schools is being handled, from concerns about underlying health conditions or the possibility of infecting family members to uncertainty surrounding child care for their own kids.Meanwhile, school systems have been looking at ways to creatively reopen, such as offering hybrid schedules and monitoring students’ health.Even as the administration is now pushing localities to reopen schools for the fall semester, a senior administration official said Tuesday that “the most important thing” in doing so is that “we double down in our commitment to protect the vulnerable.”When questioned about concerns that reopening puts vulnerable populations at risk, a senior official maintained that it is not an either-or situation.“We do believe there are a variety of different strategies that schools can adopt that really minimize the risk and open these schools quite safely. And I think that’s really the intent here,” a senior official said.Though the decision of whether to reopen for in-person instruction is ultimately beyond federal control, a reporter asked senior officials on a call whether the federal government might seek to leverage federal funds as a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage schools to comply. A senior official did not directly answer the question, except to note that schools have already received funds as part of the government’s stimulus efforts.However, advocates say state budget shortfalls from the pandemic could impact schools’ ability to reopen.“Without federal assistance, we will see educator layoffs that will be particularly harsh for those who struggle most to make ends meet even during normal times, such as our wonderful, amazingly devoted education support professionals,” National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a prepared statement to Congress on Tuesday.“Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm’s way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe,” she said.Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have signaled they are in lockstep with the president in calling for schools to resume normal teaching in the fall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled there is a way to exert federal influence through the latest coronavirus relief package under negotiation. McConnell has specifically stressed the importance of securing liability protections for schools.“To step back toward normalcy, our country will need K-12 and college students to resume their schooling,” McConnell said during a floor speech last week.GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said that while COVID-19 poses some health risks to children and young adults in school, “in my view the greater risk is not going back to school at all.”Beyond funding, it’s unclear exactly how the next relief package will seek to pave a path for schools to reopen given that decision around opening and closures are ultimately in the hands of state and local governments.In the House, Democrats have proposed a $100 billion fund for the Department of Education to support schools at every level, as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act the Senate has not taken up.The majority of that pot, $90 billion, would be for grants to states to support local funding schools and public universities, colleges and trade schools — to be used for personnel costs, counseling and mental health services, and to offset new cleaning and technological expenses.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co acquires McAuley Miller previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co acquires McAuley MillerThe Negotiator24th December 20190565 Views The Tunbridge Wells office of Martin & Co has boosted its managed portfolio by 43% with its latest independent agency acquisition – the property portfolio of McAuley Miller in the Kent town, taking its own managed portfolio beyond 200 properties.Managing Director, David Rogers, has owned the Tunbridge Wells branch since 2009 and McAuley Miller is his third and largest acquisition. He said, “We’re delighted to complete this acquisition and hope there will be many more to come as we look to grow the business to helping our new landlords get the best out of their properties, while ensuring the tenants are well looked after.”Martin & Co Tunbridge Wells’ staff includes David’s wife Jackie (Property Manager), eldest daughter Vicky (Lettings Manager) and her husband Scott (Sales and Valuation Manager).Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of The Property Franchise Group, added “I met David and his daughter at a franchise show in 2009. He was an experienced agent looking to use our brand to develop a new venture.“I’m sure that he and his family are delighted with the progress he has made since. His clients speak very highly of the service they receive, and the seller’s clients will be welcomed warmly onboard.”David Rogers Martin & Co Tunbridge Wells Ian Wilson Martin & Co The Property Franchise Group December 24, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’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 2021
View post tag: Retires View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Honorary View post tag: Defense View post tag: Longest View post tag: Captain View post tag: serving The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, announced the retirement of noted businesswoman and philanthropist Sonja Bata yesterday, the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) longest-serving Honorary Naval Captain, after 24 years of service.“Honorary Captains act as a bridge between military and civilian communities, and help strengthen the navy’s ties to diverse areas of Canadian society – including industry and the arts,” said Minister Nicholson. “I cannot think of a better embodiment of this ideal than Sonja Bata.”“Ms. Bata has been a tireless advocate for the RCN since her appointment in 1989,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the RCN. “She has remained firmly engaged in our activities for nearly a quarter-century, working to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues in this country.”“Over the years, I have gained tremendous respect for the men and women of the RCN who serve our country with great pride and devotion,” said Sonja Bata. “I am deeply impressed by their team spirit and commitment to the RCN and our country. It was an honour to have been given the opportunity to support them as an Honorary Captain.”Ms. Bata is the Chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation, and the Founding Chairman of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and the Batawa Development Corporation. She is the former Ontario Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for her advocacy on behalf of the RCN and the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole.Her work with the RCN includes acting as sponsor of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Ottawa – breaking the champagne to christen the ship during its commissioning in 1996. For the past 17 years, she has remained part of the Ottawa’s extended family, seeing it off for many of its operational deployments.The Minister of National Defence, on the recommendations of the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander of the RCN, is the approving authority for all Honorary Captain appointments. Most appointments are for a three-year period, but may be extended upon the recommendation of the Commander of the RCN. Subsequent appointments will be announced at a future date.[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy’s Royal Canadian Navy’s Longest-Serving Honorary Captain Retires View post tag: Canadian Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Canadian Navy’s Longest-Serving Honorary Captain Retires View post tag: Royal October 18, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Defence Share this article
by Emma WhipdayPicture the scene. Paris, 1912. Hundreds of spectators are seated in the Théâtre du Châtelet to watch a new Russian ballet scored by Debussy. Onstage, a beautiful Russian boy of twenty-two, dressed as a faun, masturbates through his golden tights. He presses up against a silken scarf, stolen from a ballerina dressed as a nymph. Applause is intermingled with boos, hisses and gasps, as the management hurriedly drop the curtain. Vaslav Nijinsky’s unforgettable performance changed the face of ballet forever. He was publicly denounced for obscenity, but defended by foremost artists of the day, from Rodin to Proust, in a scandal that shook Paris.Sadly, this occurrence has been largely forgotten. The image of ballet in the popular press is epitomised by Darcy Bussel; that of pretty girls prancing about in tutus. Billy Elliot is another name that springs to mind, but the portrait of northern-boy-made-good fails to challenge the stereotypes that the word ‘ballet’ evokes. The most radical element of ballet portrayed in the film is (gasp) the all-male cast of Swan Lake.Which is not to say that Billy Elliot got it wrong. It’s simply that the film showed so small a part of the picture. Every art has its mould-breakers, from James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, to Picasso, Dali and, more recently, Tracey Emin. The scandal surrounding Emin’s condom-strewn installation My Bed was nothing compared to that prompted by Nijinsky’s on-stage masturbation in L’après-Midi d’un Faune: why then do innovations in all other arts remain prominent in the public consciousness, whilst those in the ballet world are largely forgotten? The above example might suggest that this scandal in the ballet world was due to its gratuitous sexual element; many would say the same of Emin’s My Bed. Yet the incident was in fact just one small part in a movement which was revolutionary in its effect on the way ballet was perceived. It involved not just ballet itself but music, art and costume design; it was to influence areas as diverse as film, fashion and the culture of celebrity. Any account of those involved reads like a Who’s Who of the foremost artists, composers and dancers of the period, including Picasso, Bakst, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Pavlova. The movement itself was entirely orchestrated by one man: a Russian exile called Diaghilev.When Serge Diaghilev arrived at the University of St. Petersburg, his fellow students found him ‘provincial’. Not for long, however; the eighteen-year-old soon found himself at the centre of a group of artists and composers, all striving to establish themselves in the arts world, and all dreaming of greatness. Perhaps surprisingly, ballet was not Diaghilev’s principal interest. His first ambition was to be a composer, but he lacked the talent. Instead, he turned to art, editing the magazine Mir Iskusstva from 1889 until 1904. It was during these years that he developed the traits which were to bring him such cataclysmic success: a flair for public relations, the ability to surround himself with an entourage of like-minded individuals, a perfectionist eye for detail and a talent for discovering unknowns. His next project involved exhibiting a collection of Russian art, firstly in St. Petersburg, then later in Paris. This prompted something of a Russian revival; Russia had largely gone out of fashion. Diaghilev’s next step was to organize a season of Russian opera and ballet, to keep the public interested. The Ballet Russes was born, and proved so popular that the opera was soon dropped from the repertoire.For the next few years, the Ballet Russes was the height of fashion, and Diaghilev discovered such huge talents as composer Stravinsky and dancer/choreographer Nijinsky. He also pioneered huge advances in set and costume design. Bakst, who collaborated with Diaghilev on Mir Iskusstva, designed costumes for Cléopâtre, Scheherazade and Le Spectre de la Rose which influenced the fashions that appeared in the windows of Harvey Nichols; after a tendency towards monochrome, clashing, jewel-like colours suddenly became the vogue. Meanwhile, Picasso was introduced to Diaghilev by his friend Jean Cocteau, who wanted Diaghilev to stage a ballet representing ‘the best in Parisian modernism’. Any of the ballets which Picasso designed the sets for, from Parade to Le Train Bleu, could hold claim to that title. Each part of the meticulously planned performances was ‘modern’ to the extreme.It wouldn’t be an over-exaggeration to say that, to all intents and purposes, Diaghilev was the Ballet Russes. So much so, that when Diaghilev died, the company immediately fell apart, consumed by its creditors. This was in part due to Diaghilev’s close relationships with the stars. He not only mentored Nijinsky, persuading him to choreograph; he was also his lover, from their first meeting until Nijinsky’s secret marriage to one of the touring dancers. When Diaghilev learned of the marriage, he fired him from the company, and Nijinsky gradually disintegrated into mental illness. Some blame Diaghilev, believing it was his jealousy and possessiveness that drove his lover away. Others blame Nijinsky’s wife for seducing him in the first place. Whatever the truth of it, Nijinsky spent the remainder of his life in mental hospitals, and never danced again.Diaghilev also adored the dancer Massine, who became the principal, and replaced Nijinsky as choreographer. When Diaghilev suspected Massine of loving a woman, he had the woman followed, and even briefly kidnapped her. Yet despite his jealousy and possessiveness, Diaghilev had a charisma that inspired huge loyalty in those around him. His vision was so powerful that, even after his death and the dispersion of his company, the Ballet Russes was reformed in Monte Carlo, with the help of Massine. The company employed a new generation of dancers, many of them the daughters of Russian immigrants, whilst resurrecting the set and costume designs used by the original Ballet Russes, and performing many of the ballets from their repertoire. Strangely enough, the aspects of the movement most widely remembered are those that would make the tabloids today. On YouTube, you can find a clip from the 1980 Hebert Ross film Nijinsky, depicting a reconstruction of the dance which ends in Nijinsky’s onstage masturbation. The clip ends with a sentence worthy of any headline: ‘You’ve just masturbated in front of all Paris!’ Another scandal which revolved around Nijinsky was his early refusal to wear the ‘modesty skirt’ then mandatory for male dancers. Instead he wore only the rather revealing tights. This was 1911, and the audience included such eminent figures as the Tsar’s mother. Nijinsky was immediately fired from the company. The company was the Imperial Russian Ballet, one of the most illustrious in the world; and the role which Nijinsky forsook for the sake of his costume was that of ‘Albrecht’ in Giselle, his first principal role. He later complained, ‘I was made to suffer for my modernity’. The scandal set a precedent; forty-nine years later, Rudolph Nureyev, a ‘ballet celebrity’ to rival Nijinsky, wore a short jacket with sheer tights in order that the audience might better see the ‘line’ of his body. However, the single most talked-about event in the world of ballet had little to do with revealing costumes. Two of Diaghilev’s most talented protégées were Nijinsky and Stravinsky, and in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées witnessed the performance of The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Nijinsky, scored by Stravinsky. It was the most controversial ballet of all time.Many of the movements were the antithesis of classical ballet. Ballet dancers are trained to be ‘turned out’; that is, when they stand with their feet together, their heels must be touching, and their toes must be facing in almost opposite directions. In The Rite of Spring, however, Nijinsky decided that, to produce the right effect, the dancers had to be ‘turned in’. Indeed, the dancers had to un-learn almost every technique that had formed the basis of their balletic educations. Feet weren’t pointed, arms were stiff rather than relaxed, and many of the movements were clumsy rather than delicate. This new style took the dancers 120 rehearsals to perfect, and resulted in many injuries.Of course, even classical ballet is a dangerous art. The majority of dancers have to stop dancing as they hit their thirties, and many have foot and ankle trouble, and even hip replacements, in later life. Ballet, despite its beauty, puts the body under a strain that it wasn’t designed for. What’s more, it requires a level of fitness that would rival that of most professional athletes. Perhaps this explains the fascination with the idea of dancing to death. This motif appears in many ballets, perhaps most famously in Giselle, where the spirits of women betrayed in love dance their errant lovers to their graves. These death-dances are no doubt arduous, but they appear effortless, and the audience does not fear for the safety of those attempting them. Nijinsky, however, plays with that convention, in creating a ballet that shows a manic and frenzied dance to the death, with the dancer attempting it looking both pained and exhausted. The premise is that the dancer is chosen as a sacrifice to the god of spring, and Nijinsky’s choreography exploits this idea to its full and gruesome effect.The strange contortions into which Nijinsky forced the human body were as shocking – and influential – as the innovations in set and costume. Yet it was not these elements alone that caused the controversy, but rather the combination of the almost bestial nature of the dance with Stravinsky’s unearthly score, the likes of which had never before been experienced. Stravinsky’s rhythms were irregular and his chords discordant. What’s more, this was the first score ever to utilize percussion as a section of the orchestra in its own right. The result was the most ground-breaking ballet ever created.To call the reaction of the audience a riot is not an exaggeration. The strife between those who supported the ballet and those who deplored it was so strong that fist-fights were started in the aisles. The resulting pandemonium was so loud that the dancers could not hear the orchestra, and Nijinsky was forced to stand in the wings, counting loudly to ensure the dancers kept in time. Many people left, but the chaos continued; eventually the police got involved, but even they were unable to restore order. Nijinsky and Stravinsky were distraught, but Diaghilev was reportedly delighted: he could not have hoped for better publicity. There has never been a scandal to rival this in the ballet world; even the arts world in general, never short of scandals, would find it hard to compete.Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes became a catalyst for change in almost every form of art. It spawned countless copies, and was the inspiration for numerous films, television dramas, books, memoirs, documentaries, and even songs, making an indelible mark on modern culture. It became the hallmark for rebellion against convention and tradition, though those who later broke boundaries in mediums like sculpture, popular music and film may not remember or credit it. So when you think of ballet, by all means think of tutus, pointe shoes, and Darcey Bussel. Classical ballet has its merits, and I for one would not disparage it. Just don’t forget that there was once a time when ballet changed the world.
2018 was a remarkable year for recorded music. Some of the biggest artists in the world released critically acclaimed pieces of art this year, while some of the world’s best up-and-coming talents emerged with landmark records that rocked us to our core and changed our collective perspective.What were your favorites? Vote for your top 3 below.[yop_poll id=1]
Deadpool Schools Fred Savage On Why We Need To Stop Shitting On Nickelback In New Promo Clip [Watch]
Fred Savage was a lot nicer when he was a kid.That’s the conclusion Marvel superhero Deadpool arrives at in a hilarious but honest promotional video for the new comic-inspired film, Once Upon a Deadpool. The nearly two-minute video features Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) reading a bed-side story to the former child actor in a callback to Savage’s role in The Princess Bride (1987).Everything seems to be going well until Savage goes for the low-hanging fruit of musical insults, Nickelback, to take a light-hearted jab at Deadpool. Big mistake, Fred. The comments strike a sour chord in the musical mind of the gratuitously inappropriate superhero, as Deadpool quickly corrects him with a barrage of undeniable accomplishments and record-sales facts in support of often joked-about Canadian rock band.“I’ve had it with all this Nickelback hating,” Deadpool proclaims angrily to start his impressive rant. The masked character goes on to school a neatly tucked-in Savage on the very impressive career statistics which Nickelback have earned throughout their career since releasing their debut album back in 1996. Deadpool cites the tens of millions of albums the band has sold, in addition to the number of Grammy, Juno, Billboard, and American Music Awards the band has been given over the years. The rant clearly works, as Savage is quick to take back his hurtful comments before the two dive right into an a cappella duet of Nickelback’s 2001 single, “How You Remind Me”.One fact that Deadpool forgot to mention in terms of the band’s accomplishments, is that “How You Remind Me” was also the most-played song on U.S. radio stations throughout the first decade of the 2000s. Take that, haters.Once Upon a Deadpool – Nickelback Teaser Clip[Video: Ryan Reynolds]In all seriousness, it is about time the whole anti-Nickelback movement came to an end. There is no way that Nickelback was the worst thing to happen to music considering all the actual overproduced tunes that have been released since 1996. Anyone who still thinks Nickelback is worth trashing clearly has never listened to iLoveMemphis‘ “Hit the Quan“. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.It’s also worth noting that Americans would rather listen to Nickelback than the U.S. Congress.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is pleased to announce its fall 2011 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. Highlights this fall will include contemplations a discussion about the Boston busing/desegregation project, and a talk by Professor Howard Gardner describing how truth, beauty, and goodness can be strengthened in education across the life span. All Askwith Forums are free and open to the public.View a complete list of the fall schedule. Read Full Story
It’s June, it’s hot, and that means you’re probably thirsty and ready to jump into a fresh body of water. Here’s my advice: Head to Bryson City for a dip in Lake Fontana and a visit to the Nantahala Brewing Company to catch a bottle of their limited release Trail Magic Ale. Named after the good Samaritans who hand out burgers, cookies, lemonade and good cheer to thru-hikers as they make their way up or down the Appalachian Trail, these beers are random acts of kindness for your liver.NBC releases three Trail Magic Ales throughout the year: March, June, and October. You still have time to sample this year’s summer release, which features hand-picked honey-suckle in a Belgian Farmhouse Ale. It a wee-bit bitter and packs a punch at 9 percent alcohol by volume, but it’s as refreshing as the honeysuckle that’s infused into the ale.Do yourself a favor and make a whole day out of it by paddling Lake Fontana or knocking out a big hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I like the short trek to Andrew’s Bald that begins at busy Clingman’s Dome, then leaves the crowds as it drops towards a magnificent view of Lake Fontana and the Nantahala National Forest.And if you’re itching to do some trail magic of your own, head towards northern Virginia or Maryland to try to catch the wave of north bound thru-hikers. We hear they like it when you set up a grill on the side of the trail and offer fresh-grilled burgers. And beer.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com
Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Franjola has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.The Supreme Court suspended Franjola from the practice of law for a period of three years effective August 24, 1998, as a result of his conviction for possession of cocaine, a felony offense.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Franjola’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Jan K. Wichrowski, Chief Branch Discipline Counsel, The Florida Bar, 1200 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 32804-6314, phone (407) 425-5424.Barry students report to class The American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, Inc., will hold its Midyear Meeting November 5-9, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.The continuing education program at the meeting will constitute 16 hours of CLE/CPE on November 7- 8 and focus on estate planning, taxation, and related topics. Special presentations include: The Auditing of and Accounting for Casinos and on How to Ethically Manage and Promote Your Practice.For more information and reservations contact Ronald M. DeVore, executive director, AAA-CPA, 24196 Alicia Parkway, Suite K, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, or telephone (800) CPA-ATTY.Legal aid building named for Harding For the past five years, contributions to legal aid organizations have been more than a voluntary check-off box on the dues statement for lawyers at any one of the nine Florida offices of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell. That’s because for the past five years management at the firm has made it a practice to donate $350 on behalf of each of their lawyers to a local legal aid organization in the county of that lawyer.“I think this is what large firms should be doing; it is a worthy cause,” said David Lane, executive director of Ruden McClosky.This custom first came about when Broward Lawyers Care, a pro bono association in Ft. Lauderdale, explained that they would prefer the firm donate money to them, and that they would hire a legal aid lawyer to take on the cases. This had been the consensus among many legal aid organizations, who felt the contributions more valuable than time on matters that could be handled better by full-time legal aid lawyers.“We prefer it that way too,” said Lane. “Often, large firms are just not always equipped to handle cases of that nature.”Lane said that the donation of money as opposed to time proves more effective in getting help to those who need it by lawyers who are trained to give it.In addition to this donation, which totals about $50,000 annually, the firm also gives to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Samuel S. Smith Memorial Endowment Fund. The $100,000 pledge, given each year, honors Sam Smith, a former Bar and Foundation president and partner with the firm who passed away a few years ago. Smith, who was also a former ABA secretary, is perhaps best remembered for his involvement in the cause of providing help to the indigent.“We wanted to honor him,” said Lane, who finds it a privilege to be in the position he is in. “I carry out the wishes of the firm management, and I have the pleasure of doling out the checks.”Though proud of what the firm is doing, Lane emphasizes that these contributions should not preclude anyone in the firm from making their own pro bono contributions.Miami-Dade FAWL sets charity benefit Gov Jeb Bush recently issued a proclamation designating September 8-14 as Paralegal Week.The proclamation reads:“WHEREAS, paralegals assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services through a concept that developed in the late 1960s to address the growing volume of work generated by the pursuit of legal remedies; and“WHEREAS, in this time of escalating fees for legal services, the employment of paralegals has assisted in the effort to keep these costs down; and“WHEREAS, paralegals work to maintain integrity and a high degree of competence throughout the legal profession, while striving for professional enhancement through education to facilitate the availability of legal services; and“WHEREAS, paralegals are encouraged to commit themselves to continuing education specifically available through state and national certification programs;“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeb Bush, Governor of the state of Florida, do hereby send greetings and best wishes to all observing Paralegal Week, September 8 – 14, 2003.”For information on how the employment and utilization of paralegals can benefit law firms, contact the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., through its Web site at pafinc.org.Insurance conference set 17th JNC seeks judicial applicants Less than two years after receiving provisional approval from the American Bar Association, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law enrolled over 175 first-year students, bringing total enrollment to the East Orange County campus to over 410 students.This entering class also brings with it the beginning of the deanship of Joseph Richard Hurt. Dean Hurt was most recently the dean at Florida Coastal School of Law and served as the deputy consultant on legal education to the ABA from 1998-2000.“The start of a new school year is always exciting,” Dean Hurt said. “With the quality and quantity of this year’s entering class it speaks volumes on the quality of the education students receive at Barry University School of Law.”Classes at the campus are held Monday thru Friday and classes are offered during the day and in the evening. The first-year class is comprised of 125 full-time students, scheduled to graduate in 2006, and 53 evening students scheduled to graduate in 2007. This year’s class is made up of 30 percent minorities and is 50 percent women, according to the school. Last week the school of law conducted a five-day orientation that dealt with topics such as registering for The Florida Bar and preparing spouses, family, or significant others on what to expect during a student’s life in law school.Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards Assistant State Attorney Tom Hastings was recently selected as Florida’s “top prosecutor,” when the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association named him as the recipient of the prestigious Gene Berry Award.Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who had nominated Hastings for the honor, presented the award in July at the organization’s annual education conference.“Over 20 years ago, I realized I had made the right career decision,” Hastings said. “It is a privilege to serve the people of the state of Florida, and it is tremendous to know you can make a positive difference in a community. I’m gratified to be able to do my part to make our communities safer.”Hastings heads the Repeat Offender Division in Wolfinger’s Seminole County office where he has been the division chief for the past 13 years. According to the FPAA, Hastings has a 95-percent trial conviction rate for the past 10 years. Of 21 defendants charged with first-degree murder to which he has been assigned, six have been found guilty at trial and15 have entered guilty pleas, making for a 100-percent conviction rate.“Despite his incredible record as a prosecutor in the courtroom, it’s not just his outstanding trial record that Tom is being recognized for,” Wolfinger said. “It is his combination of integrity, community service, and dedication to excellence in everything he does that has brought him this honor.”The Gene Berry Award is given annually to a Florida prosecutor for “outstanding prosecutorial service” in pursuit of justice. The award is presented in honor of Assistant State Attorney Eugene Berry who, in 1982, was mortally shot by the wife of a man Berry sent to prison on drug charges. A plaque bearing the names of the yearly recipients hangs in the Governor’s Office.Since 1989, Hastings, working with Lake Brantley High School, has spearheaded a mentoring program that leads students through a study of the judicial system, culminating with a mock trial. The 17th Circuit JNC is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the elevation of Judge James I. Cohn to the federal bench.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for at least five years, registered voters, and residents of the 17th Circuit.Applications and instructions are available on The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or by contacting Gina R. Pozzuoli, JNC Chair at 110 SE 6th St., 15th Floor, Ft. Lauderdale 33301-5004, telephone (954) 762-2510, fax (954) 761-8475.An original and nine copies of the completed applications (with photographs) must be received by the chair no later than September 18 at 5 p.m.Effman petitions for reinstatement A national conference dedicated solely to insurance litigation is scheduled for September 29-October 1 in Orlando at the Gaylord Resort & Conference Center.Sponsored jointly by the American Insurance Association and the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, the conference is for both attorneys and insurers, providing a comprehensive review of insurance litigation – the cutting-edge trends and key issues that are shaping the legal environment in which insurers and businesses must operate.The conference will bring together people from all communities with a stake in insurance litigation: the judiciary, insurance regulators, insurers, the business community, defense attorneys, and the plaintiff’s bar. Panel discussions will focus on current insurance litigation trends, the impact of litigation on state regulators’ ability to effectively regulate insurers, reducing the incidence of litigation, managing defense resources, and how compensation can motivate — or de-motivate — both in-house and outside counsel.The conference will kick-off with an appearance by former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, who will offer his perspective on the present state of the U.S. tort system. Other speakers include retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding and Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.“Florida continues to be a challenging litigation environment for insurers,” said Katherine Giddings of Tallahassee, moderator of the panel on managing defense resources. “This conference will allow for a thoughtful examination of a range of issues affecting corporate counsels, defense attorneys, risk managers, senior claims management, and senior underwriting management. It’s sure to benefit anyone with a professional stake in insurance-related litigation.”For more information, log on to www.aiadc.org/Newsroom/Conferences.asp or contact AIA at (800) 242-2302.Hillsborough Bar Foundation to build by Stetson September 1, 2003 Regular News Jacksonville Area Legal Aid recently celebrated its Welcome Center’s move to the ground floor of the Legal Aid building.The event marked the grand opening of the Major B. Harding Center for Justice. The event’s guest of honor was retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Harding, who now heads the appellate division for Tallahassee-based Ausley & McMullen and is a former Jacksonville judge.“I have tried throughout my life in the law to ensure everyone who comes before the court receives an adequate hearing, fair ruling and no barriers in their access to the system,” Harding said.The new Center for Justice will be Jacksonville’s newest venue for citizens and legal advocates alike. The center will be the only free resource available in the Jacksonville area for low-income citizens to seek assistance with their civil legal needs.“We feel that the center will become a place where people will find ways to become more empowered in their community,” said Michael Figgins, executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “In 2003 our hope is that all Duval County and surrounding county residents will seek out the center as their resource for making Jacksonville a better place to live and work.”Meeting space is also available to attorneys for mediations or depositions. The Major B. Harding Center for Justice is located in close proximity to both the federal and county courthouses.Domestic Violence Screening Protocol is being developed Lawyers who donate services to the needy are being sought for public recognition by the Supreme Court and The Florida Bar.One lawyer from each judicial circuit and an out-of-state recipient will receive the Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. The chief justice will give the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award to the lawyer who is deemed an outstanding example of dedication to the legal needs of the poor.Nominations also are being solicited for the Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation and the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award. The awards recognize a firm and a voluntary bar association that have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals or groups which cannot otherwise afford legal services.Nominations may be made by any person or organization by contacting the circuit representative shown below. Nomination forms are available from the Bar’s Public Information Department, telephone (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669, or via e-mail at [email protected] or can be downloaded off the “What’s New” section of the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.Eligible lawyers must be licensed to practice in Florida and not be employed by an organization which primarily delivers free legal services to the poor. The nominee should be a lawyer who, with no expectation of receiving a fee, provides direct delivery of legal services in civil or criminal matters to a client or group that does not have the resources to hire counsel.The deadline is September 26.The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Awards were established in 1981 to recognize individual service in specific Florida judicial circuits.The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award commemorates Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in 1982.The chief justice’s awards are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation conferring recognition of a state’s highest court on a firm and voluntary bar for pro bono services.Young lawyers seek pro bono award nominations Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Steven Werner Effman of Plantation has petitioned the Supreme Court for Florida Bar reinstatement.Effman was suspended for 91 days for engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships with clients which affected the attorney-client relationship.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Effman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law may contact Joel M. Klaits, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Ste. 835, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.Franjola petitions for reinstatement Briefs Kenneth P. Hassett was recently installed as the 40th president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter.The installation dinner took place at the Hotel Intercontinental in Miami.Hastings named ‘top prosecutor’ The Florida Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy’s Subcommittee on Domestic Violence and Mediation is considering the development of a “Domestic Violence Screening Protocol” for all cases which have been court-ordered to mediation.The subcommittee will be considering screening for general circuit and county cases, in addition to family court cases. The screening protocol also would include court-ordered mediations conducted by private mediators, as well as those mediations provided by court staff.The Domestic Violence and Mediation Subcommittee is now inviting comments and suggestions about how a screening protocol should be implemented.The subcommittee is chaired by 10th Circuit Judge Bob Doyel. Other committee members include First Circuit Judge Ron Rothschild, Sixth Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, and Robin Davis, ADR director for the Eighth Circuit.Written comments should be forwarded to Sharon Press, director of the court’s Dispute Resolution Center, via fax to (850) 922-9290, e-mail at [email protected] or by sending them to Press at Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval St., Tallahassee 32399-1900 by September 5. Once the subcommittee develops a proposed course of action for the screening, the draft protocol will be circulated and comments again will be solicited.Bush decrees Paralegal Week The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers is hosting its First Annual Charity Benefit and Silent Auction to benefit the Haitian Women’s Legal Project of Legal Services of Greater Miami, which will provide free legal advice and representation to Haitian victims of domestic violence.The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 5 at the Omni Colonnade in Coral Gables. Attendees will enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing, and have an array of items to choose from during the silent auction. They will also be able to explore the Gables Gallery Night, one of the nation’s leading public art events.“It is very unfortunate that within our community, Haitian women are experiencing a high rate of domestic violence,” said Renata Calderaro, who chairs the event. “Even more disturbing is that, due to cultural and other barriers, these women are often reluctant to seek out the services of an attorney.”“FAWL is deeply committed to assisting Legal Services with this project and its mission of providing low-income individuals equal access to justice,” said FAWL President Deborah Magid. “We are hosting our ‘Event of the Year’ not only to have fun, but to raise funds for this very worthy cause.”specifically targeting this group of clients and developing collaborative relationships with providers who work with them, LSGMIs Haitian Women’s Legal Project intends to “diminish barriers to accessing the justice system and protect Haitian women’s legal rights.”“We appreciate greatly the enthusiasm and support that FAWL has shown for this new project,” said Marcia K. Cypen, executive director of LSGMI. “The proceeds from this event will help to make the project a success.”Hassett to lead Miami criminal defense lawyers 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 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Attorney-CPA conference set The Hillsborough County Bar Foundation has recently closed a deal to build on property adjoining Stetson University College of Law’s Tampa campus.As a result of a opportunity with Stetson, the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation will erect a freestanding building that will allow the foundation to expand upon its services to members of the Hillsborough County Bar and the community at large.“We are excited that our plans for the building of our future are finally coming to fruition,” said Hillsborough County Bar Foundation President Joseph W. N. Rugg.“We are excited about this agreement with the Hillsborough County Bar, which will bring Stetson’s Tampa Law Center and campus another step closer to becoming a true legal center for the Tampa Bay area,” said Darby Dickerson, interim dean of Stetson University College of Law.The mission of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation Law Center is to support and promote programs and projects that encourage assistance to the poor and disadvantaged, primarily with regard to their legal needs, and to educate the public about the judicial system.Ruden McClosky gives to legal aid
The country has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and observers say that its health statistics can be treated with confidence.Of the latest cases, 49 are in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, KCDC said.Most of the country’s infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, an entity often accused of being a cult.Shincheonji claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement.A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.Topics : South Korea reported 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates.The country now has 893 cases, the KCDC said — the largest national total anywhere outside China — adding one more person had died, taking the toll to eight.For the previous three days, KCDC had reported triple-digit increases each morning as the outbreak took hold in South Korea, the world’s 12th-largest economy.