BBB seeks nominations for the 2021 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

first_img If you’re interested in nominating a business for the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics, the process April 7.The awards are presented by the BBB’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, and the 16th annual event will be held at the Build A Better Business Conference in October.The nomination deadline is July 7.You can learn more about the 2021 Torch Awards by clicking here. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – April 6, 2021 0 89 BBB seeks nominations for the 2021 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMarshall County chooses not to extend mask mandateNext articleGoshen Health opens enrollment for five-month EMT course Tommie Lee Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Contract loss burdens Rowe’s employees

first_imgW.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.The Penryn-based bakery firm was believed to be making around 40 members of staff redundant, with speculation surrounding the contract loss believed to be with a major supermarket chain, as previously reported in The Falmouth Packet.A company spokesperson was unable to confirm who the contract loss was with, but stated that less than 40 jobs would be affected by the move. Rowe’s currently employs around 500 staff and has 20 of its own retail outlets and six Asda concessions in the South West and south of England,Rowe’s released a statement, which said: “We can confirm that due to the loss of a significant production contract at our bakery on Kernick Industrial Estate in Penryn, we are currently in the process of realigning staff numbers to make sure they are in line with production volumes. We regret that this has lead to some redundancies from the Kernick site, which mainly produces our breads and sweet products.“As a proudly Cornish company of over 60 years we are committed to creating and maintaining local jobs. We currently employ over 500 people, mostly in Cornwall, therefore we have not taken any of these difficult decisions regarding redundancies lightly. We have redeployed a number of people to one of the growth areas of the business, namely our bakery on the Bickland Industrial Estate in Falmouth, which produces all of our pasties and other savoury products. We have ambitious growth plans for of this part of our business and hope to continue creating new local jobs.”The Cornish bakery set out a five-year development strategy last July, proposing to expand its manufacturing facilities and take over a new industrial unit on Bickland Industrial Estate.Alan Pearce, managing director of Rowe’s, told British Baker: “Expanding our production facilities is a key part of our five-year growth strategy. With the Cornish pasty being granted PGI status, we have a unique opportunity to increase the output of our genuine Cornish pasties, both for our own retail units in the south west and to our trade customers throughout the UK.last_img read more

Celebrate James Brown’s Birthday With This Powerful Concert From 1968

first_imgMay 3rd marks what would have been soul singer James Brown’s 83rd birthday. There’s a reason people referred to Brown as the “Godfather of Soul”; his voice was truly iconic. Through his sexy persona and sultry stage presence, James Brown was on a level all his own when it came to performing. Backed by the illustrious J.B.’s throughout most of his career, Brown excelled with hits like “Cold Sweat,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”There’s no denying the raw talent and energy that Brown exuded with each performance. In that spirit, we wanted to share live footage of a great James Brown show from 1968. The show came just one day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and Brown’s performance was credited for helping to keep the peace in Boston. The live broadcast of this show literally helped put a stop to potential riots in the charged city. His music was just that powerful.Enjoy some glorious James Brown footage and help us wish the Godfather a happy 83rd!Setlist: James Brown at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA – 4/5/68“That’s Life”“Kansas CityMedley: “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”/”Lost Someone”/”Bewildered”“Get It Together”“There Was a Time”“I Got the Feelin’”“Try Me”Medley: “Cold Sweat”/”Ride the Pony”/”Cold Sweat”“I Got You (I Feel Good)”“Please, Please, Please”“I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)last_img read more

Helping your child make the best use of time online

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Raising successful kids Teenagers spend an average of nine hours a day online, and many parents worry about the impact of screen time on their children. There is no need to worry, said digital experts Urs Gasser and John Palfrey, authors of the newly released book “The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World.” The Gazette spoke with Gasser, professor of practice at Harvard Law School and executive director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and Palfrey, president of the MacArthur Foundation and former faculty director of the center, on ways parents can embrace the philosophy of “connected parenting” and help children be safe online and make the most of new media and technology.Q&AUrs Gasser and John PalfreyGAZETTE: What changes have you seen in the landscape of the new media and technology over the past 12 years since you published your book “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” in 2008?GASSER: A first change has to do with the types of technology young people are using to navigate the digital space. When we wrote “Born Digital,” smartphones were not a thing, and today they are the key device. Another change is the types of platforms young people are using and the issues that come up with these uses. Twelve years ago, for instance, there was a big challenge around music and entertainment; it was very hard for young people to find music online, and they got into trouble because they used file-sharing services to download their favorite tunes, which was illegal. Now that largely has been resolved by innovative business models, whether it’s Spotify or other platforms, where youth have music on the go, everywhere.On the flip side, we’ve seen new issues emerging in the technology and business environments. One of the biggest concerns is around the use of [user behavioral] data, or what is called “surveillance capitalism.” Also, when we started our work, youth and technology was more like a niche topic, and that awareness has changed a lot. Parents are very concerned about issues such as screen time, and so are educators who are dealing with it in the face of COVID. It’s a general trend. Both policy- and lawmakers are thinking about youth and technology issues too — whether it’s about how we can mitigate some of the risks associated with it, but also how we can embrace the new opportunities that technologies offer to young people to engage in society and become participants in the digital economy.,GAZETTE: Can you explain your philosophy of “connected parenting”?PALFREY: One thing that is distinctive about this book is that it presents the data and the advice we have for parents with a consistent philosophy. Anyone can go online and look up parenting advice tips. We think this book is helpful insofar as you embrace the philosophy of connected parenting. The ideas are very simple, but quite important and grounded in the research.One is the importance of parents keeping the lines of conversation open with the young people in your life. This seems like an obvious point, but it is not always done, and it involves making sure that kids know that they can ask questions of you, in general, not just about technology.That leads to a second point: We urge parents to get their hands dirty with the technology. We suggest that they use it to build credibility with their children. You don’t have to be on Snapchat all day long, or whatever is the latest technology at that moment, but you need to be credible for your advice to resonate with young people.We also think that you should be led in your parenting not by fear, but by the data. And that’s what we hope to do through this book: to introduce what the real facts are relative to the research in the context of the most common questions that parents ask of us. It’s also about being open to the positive sides of the technology and the ways in which young people are learning and connecting to one another through these technologies.John Palfrey. Photo by Dave WhiteGASSER: The only thing I would perhaps add is that parents need to connect with their kids first, and then connect with the technology.GAZETTE: How have new media and technology affected parenting?PALFREY: Most of the research has been looking specifically at the experiences that young people have, and the approach we’ve taken for the last 15 years at the Berkman Klein Center’s Youth and Media Lab has really been to ask the questions from the viewpoint of the young person. That is very important because it grounds the research in the realities of the child. We urge parents to focus on the lived experience of young people because our job as parents is important, but it is secondary to what they are experiencing. That’s really the most important takeaway.I’ll take one specific example, which is bullying. People often talk about cyberbullying. Our argument is that while there is cyberbullying that happens online, there’s regular bullying that happens in the schoolyard. It’s actually all just bullying. It just plays out in multiple dimensions and in different environments. What we’re urging parents to do is to see them as connected, so if somebody is bullying somebody in the cafeteria, they’re probably also bullying them online and vice versa. The strategies to deal with bullying are going to be pretty similar in most cases. The research shows that most of the strategies that have worked for us historically in good parenting are going to hold up in this new world too.GASSER: My sense is that parenting at its core is still similar to what we experienced in the offline age. But the rate of change that technology introduces is just a game-changer in many ways. The connected parent has to learn new things all the time to keep track of technological developments and understand how their children are using technology, with its risks and possible benefits. The very rapid pace of change creates a challenge for us parents because we have to make parental decisions without having the benefit of years of experience or advice from grandparents or evidence from researchers. I’ve experienced this challenge myself. As a parent, I feel I have to constantly learn, readjust, and figure out how can I empower my children: Where do I need to step in to protect them or what tools do we use to have these conversations?GAZETTE: Could you talk about the importance of being a connected parent in this age?PALFREY: If a parent abdicates in this area and doesn’t engage with young people on issues related to their technology use, then those parents are leaving their kids in a tough spot. Having hard conversations to help a young person navigate a world where they have a device connected to them 24/7 is literally necessary. Partly what we’re saying to parents is that they should jump on in because the water is fine, and it is going to be OK. You don’t get a manual for how to be a parent when a child is born; you just do some version of what you’ve learned from those who raised you, and you might adjust in one direction or another. But that doesn’t exist in this case because there is a generational turn, and what you don’t want to do is to leave kids on their own. We hope this book can serve as that “missing manual” for parents in this case.GAZETTE: Most parents are scared and worried about the impact of technology in their children’s lives. What are the most common misconceptions about the influence of new media and technology?GASSER: Adults often underestimate how integrated digital technologies are in the lives of young people. As adults, we still tend to make a distinction between “online” and “offline,” and yet, for young people, these distinctions are no longer meaningful. Both the interconnectedness and the embeddedness of digital technology shape the lives of young people in profound ways.Urs Gasser. Photo by Anne Gabriel JurgensAt the same time, there is a notion among adults that young people are tech-savvy because it’s in their DNA or because they’re young and interact with technology all the time. We know from research, however, that there are serious participation gaps. Not all children have access to digital technologies in the same way. These gaps are persistent here in the U.S. We also see big differences in the distribution of the skills that are needed to use these technologies in a meaningful way. There are really big equity issues, and we, as adults, have a deep responsibility to ensure that we put policies in place that allow every young person to access technology and use it in a productive way.PALFREY: One reason for writing this book and our previous book, “Born Digital,” before that, is the number of myths that pervade adult understanding of how young people are growing up. We consider our work to be myth-busting work because there are many myths that make parents underestimate the positives that young people can get from their experiences with new media as well as the actual contours of the dangers they face. One thing we always say is that for young people there is not an offline life and an online life; it’s just life.Among the positive aspects of technology is the high levels of civic activism among young people in the United States and in different parts of the world. This is connected in many ways to the kinds of things that they are able to do through technology and new media and the sense of agency young people have relative to new technologies. They can start new organizations and are able to spread the word across geographic boundaries. I would highlight the Black Lives Matter protests, which have grown in part through a networked set of technologies.Another example is climate activism, which has spread throughout the United States and other places globally in part because of the internet. Some people it’s just “clicktivism” because they’re just clicking “likes” on Facebook. That’s not seeing the fullness of the ways in which young people are using technology and how it does shift the way they engage with the world.GAZETTE: Some people worry that the internet is making people dumber. Is that a myth?PALFREY: I don’t think there’s anything in the research that says that this is a dumber generation. It made for a clever book title (“The Dumbest Generation”) that sold a lot of copies, but I do not think there is merit in the data. There are certainly questions about the long-term effects of the extensive technology use on young people’s learning, but as with other things, I wouldn’t blame the technology itself. It’s the way in which we use it and choose to use it. I, for one, believe this is going to be the most educated generation in history, not the dumbest generation in history. We’ll see.GAZETTE: Your book says that teenagers spend an average of nine hours per day online. What does the research say about the impact of so much screen time on young people? What is your advice to parents?GASSER: The important point is that how much time young people spend online matters. When it comes to screen time, perhaps surprisingly, studies suggest that moderate use of technology can have actually a positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of young people. The problem appears with excessive time spent in front of screens. A particular area of concern is sleep, because often kids who use technology in excessive ways don’t sleep enough. The difficulty is to determine what the right amount of screen time is, and that depends on the age range. Our book offers some guidance based on research. However, the biggest insight from research is that what matters is not only how many hours someone spends in front of screens, but what type of activities is the young person engaging with. For instance, if a kid uses a cellphone, does she use it for gaming? If so, what kinds of games is she playing? Or does she use it to communicate with her friends, to engage in some types of activism, or does she use it to do her homework and learn online in the time of COVID? All these types of activities can have a different impact on the young person’s well-being and development, and future research will look into these qualitative questions.PALFREY: The most important thing about screen time is quality versus quantity. It’s especially important when it comes to this moment of COVID-19 because with students being out of school, they are connected to other people through their devices almost exclusively. The debate over screen time has therefore changed enormously. It used to be adults being concerned that kids were spending too much time online, but there’s no choice during COVID. It fortunately lines up with the research that shows that the qualitative point is more important than the quantitative.GAZETTE: What are the real effects of social media and screen time in the increase in depression and anxiety among young people?PALFREY: The research is telling us that there is an increase for many young people in stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidality in general. We also know that kids are using technology more than before. We do not know that there is a causal link between those two. It’s important, as researchers, to say the things that we do know and the things we don’t know. A hypothesis is that the technology can exacerbate conditions that young people have. An example is an eating disorder, which can be an extreme form of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and so forth, a young person might be prone to by genetics and by environment to have this disorder. When they go on Instagram and they see the most beautiful and skinny version of everybody else, they might internalize that as part of the anxiety they’re having. In cases like that, technology can exacerbate underlying situations, but they don’t cause it. The challenge is having to parse things out and respond appropriately given each person’s situation. “Both young people and digital technology are better than their reputation.” — Urs Gasser Related GASSER: Research also shows that kids with moderate anxieties can actually benefit and find support in social media, as a way to cope with their challenges. There is a positive role that social media can play in not only being part of a complex problem, but part of the solution.GAZETTE: What can parents do to keep their children safe online?GASSER: The easiest point is parents should start by respecting their children’s privacy. We see lots of parents posting baby pictures on Facebook, and as kids grew up, they continue to use social media to share cute pictures with their friends, which is understandable. But this raises privacy concerns as the young person grows older. There are conversations that need to happen over time between parents and young people about sharing of particularly sensitive data, so that kids develop an awareness about what happens if you post a selfie or a snapshot of your friends on social media that later may be part of your children’s digital dossier and may be seen by their school admission’s office. Perhaps that’s the hardest part for adults and parents, but we need to understand what is going on with all the data and the traces we leave online as we use these technologies. That goes back to the topic of surveillance capitalism mentioned earlier. Parents or young people are limited by what they can do to safeguard their privacy. That’s where legislators and governments have to step in and provide, particularly here in the U.S., more robust privacy and data protection and safeguards for young people and adults. The Europeans are ahead of us, and we need desperately to catch up.PALFREY: A few additional words about safety. We’ve been led to believe that the rate of harm to young people has gone way up during the internet era. But it turns out that the data suggest quite the opposite, which is that children are less likely to be physically or sexually harmed by a stranger they meet outside the home over the last few decades, during the growth of these technologies. That’s not to say that young people can’t get in trouble online, whether that’s in a chat function of a game or in an edgy web community that is devoted to sex, for instance. These are areas where certainly young people can connect with people who wish to do them harm. Ensuring that parents are giving good advice to young people about the way they engage with others remains important.GAZETTE: What do you think is the main takeaway from your book?GASSER: If I could say it in a tweet, I would say this: Both young people and digital technology are better than their reputation.This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for length and clarity. The do’s and don’ts of sharing about your children onlinecenter_img Leah Plunkett shares some tips from her new book, ‘Sharenthood’ On internet privacy, be very afraid Kennedy School professor’s latest book explores what makes a ‘master parent’ ‘Surveillance is the business model of the internet,’ Berkman and Belfer fellow says last_img read more

Notre Dame employee charged with first-degree murder

first_imgA Notre Dame employee has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in Washington, D.C., court documents state.Prosecutors allege Nijinsky Dix shot and killed her ex-boyfriend, 44-year-old Terry Hickman.Dix serves as the director of TRiO programs at Notre Dame, which coordinates tutoring and educational resources to South Bend schools.Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame, confirmed Dix’s employment at the University to The Observer.“The University is aware of her arrest and will cooperate with law enforcement as appropriate,” Browne said in a statement to The Observer.The Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of a woman with a gun and the sound of gunshots around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on 1001 4th Street Southwest in Washington, D.C., according to court documents.Witnesses at the scene stated they heard sounds of gunshots and then a woman yelling, “Help, help, oh my God.”While searching the building, officers entered an apartment and found Hickman unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. Court documents state he was pronounced dead at the scene.When officers entered the residence, they found Dix kneeling at Hickman’s feet, holding a handgun in her left hand. Officers ordered her to drop the weapon, and she dropped the firearm.Officers heard another voice while on the scene and realized a cell phone was making a call. The person on the line said she was Dix’s mother. Court documents state Dix’s mother said Dix had called her and said, “He pushed me, and I shot him.”Dix’s cell phone case, which officers obtained at the scene, contained her driver’s license and a Notre Dame identification card.EMS staff reported Dix had an abrasion to her inside lower left lip but otherwise appeared to have no injuries. A medical examiner told officers Dix complained of pain in her back but did not report trauma. According to court documents, Dix also told the medical examiner she blacked out for a period and reported loss of memory.When questioned by detectives, Dix could not answer questions about her date of birth, age, address, which state she resides in or how she came to be in Washington, D.C. Court documents state Dix asked detectives several times for information to help jog her memory.Detectives showed Dix a photo of Hickman, to which she began crying and responded, “Please make sure he is gone, make sure he is not near me, make sure Terry not near me,” court documents said.Hickman’s next-of-kin told officers Dix was stalking Hickman after a three-month relationship between the two ended in May. Court documents state Hickman’s next-of-kin told detectives Hickman was in the process of moving to Chicago and found someone new.Tags: first degree murder, Metropolitan Police Department, TRiO programslast_img read more

Jennifer Nettles & Carly Hughes Join Broadway’s Chicago

first_img Chicago from $49.50 Hughes’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Beautiful, Ghost, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Aren’t they grand? Aren’t they great?! Grammy-winning Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles and Broadway alum Carly Hughes join the cast of Chicago on the Great White Way as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly beginning February 2. They take over for Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright at the Ambassador Theatre. Nettles, along with Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall, formed the band Sugarland in 2003 and were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2006. She and Bush two took home two Grammys in 2009 for their single, “Stay.” Nettles also received a Grammy for her collaboration with Bon Jovi. Earlier this year, she released her first solo album, That Girl. Chicago marks her Broadway debut, but she’s already an expert Broadway.com vlogger.center_img Related Shows View Comments Nettles and Hughes will appear in Chicago through March 29. The current cast of Broadway’s second longest-running show also includes Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.last_img read more

Russell takes office

first_imgRussell takes office Associate Editor Pledges to fight for judicial independence and work to provide equal access Passionately proclaiming his dual mission to protect the independence of the legal system from political interference while striving to bring equal access to justice for the poor, Terry Russell of Ft. Lauderdale was sworn in as The Florida Bar’s 53rd president. The June 22 General Assembly at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando was a happy celebration of bright legal stars and the congratulatory swearing-in of new officers that included the historic testament to diversity in the Young Lawyers Division with two minority women in leadership roles: President Elizabeth Gicella Rice, of Hispanic descent, and African-American Juliet Rouhlac, as president-elect.Plenty of laughter, handshakes, hugs, snapping cameras, and well-wishing from family and friends filled the room, but the ceremony was also a sobering call to action at a time of increased criticism of the Bar and judiciary from legislators. Russell takes office • Don Horn “in recognition of distinguished service to the legal profession, his outstanding leadership as a member of the BoG, the Citizens Forum and liaison to the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and for his wise counsel and dedication to The Florida Bar for the benefit of all.” Horn receiving his award from Russomanno Providing the backdrop for his message, behind the podium, a giant screen showed a picture of the Florida Supreme Court and the convention’s slogan: “Celebrating the Independence of Our Judiciary.”“Make no mistake about it, the order in our society rests upon the goodwill of our citizens and their respect for the law,” 56-year-old Russell continued.“That respect is embedded firmly in the perception of the great majority of Americans that our courts are open to them for the fair, impartial, nonpolitical resolution of their grievances. For us to do nothing in the face of the challenges to our legal system would be to risk anarchy. To fail would be unthinkable.”U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson promised to congratulate Russell in person later that evening, and delivered the keynote address via videotape, because he was committed to stay in Washington, D.C., during the debate on the Patients Bill of Rights.“Congratulations, Terry Russell, on taking over the reins for the coming year,” Nelson said. “Mr. President, Terry Russell, you’ve got a major task ahead, as the Florida Legislature failed our courts by passing a bill that gives the governor almost total control over the nomination of judges, and it minimizes the role of The Florida Bar. By allowing one person to decide the makeup of our courts and thereby lessening the checks and balances of our system we jeopardize the independence of our judiciary. Unfortunately, Gov. Bush signed this legislation into law.. . . All of us must watch closely to see who is going to be put on these 26 judicial nominating commissions. We can hope that a future legislature will remedy this mistake before it does too much damage to our judiciary.”In giving the annual state of the Bar address, outgoing President Herman Russomanno said: “The state of the Bar is in good shape.”But Russomanno also acknowledged that “justice was under fire in the House of Representatives. Lawyers of The Florida Bar responded to our call for action, and rightly so. There were assaults on the Bar and vitriolic attacks on the judiciary. Fortunately, editorial boards of newspapers of the state have been supportive to help expose the extremist position of some. This education continues.”Russomanno said it was a privilege to work with Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells, whom he called “a fearless leader who faced unprecedented attacks on our court.”The audience gave Wells a rousing standing ovation.“There is a rising tide of judge-bashing in our state,” Russomanno said. “Although not new, it is more vitriolic, more determined, and thus more dangerous, because it threatens the independence of the judiciary as an institution, and equally important, the public’s trust and confidence.”But voicing a tone of hope, Russomanno continued: “Each and every day, we are building bridges and continue to work on that struggle so we will have no extreme positions in this state. We want moderation and respect for all branches of government. And I believe with everyone’s help, we will be able to accomplish that.”Turning to Russell, Russomanno said, “I can’t think of a better person to succeed me than Terry Russell. If I look at the attributes of what makes a great leader, I think of someone who gives service to his community, service to his family, service to his God, and service to the profession. This is a gentleman who epitomizes all of those qualities.”Russomanno said Russell is up to the challenge of defending the judiciary under fire.Presidential GoalsRussell outlined his plans, saying he has asked the Bar’s Legislation Committee, executive director, legislative staff, and outside governmental consultants to begin a comprehensive review of the Bar’s legislative programs and policies to “ensure that our ability to deal with state government is as effective as the law will permit.”Paired with that pledge to protect the independence of lawyers and judges, Russell said, is the sworn duty to keep the courthouse doors open to all who seek justice at a time when, despite the generosity and creativity of lawyers, legal aid organizations are forced to turn two out of three eligible persons away because of a lack of resources.“The legal system is ours to care for, and we must work tirelessly to ensure its availability to young and old, rich and poor, alike. We cannot successfully fight to maintain our exclusive stewardship of the legal system without such a commitment,” Russell said.“I am absolutely convinced that our profession’s tradition of public service is its first line of defense against political mischief. Our commitment to public service truly sets us apart from all other professions. Be ever mindful, however, it is not what we say we do, rather what we do, that makes the difference.”One of the first things Russell will do is sponsor a public service retreat focused on equal access to justice issues when the Board of Governors meets in Naples August 24-25.With The Florida Bar Foundation’s help, Russell said, “The Florida Bar will move forward with an ambitious legislative proposal to bring Florida in line with 39 other states in providing some measure of public assistance for civil legal services for the poor. We will ask the governor and the legislature for a $10-million annual budget allocation, and I am pleased to announce that I have secured both Senate and House sponsors for the initiative. With your help and the help of our 70,000 colleagues, we can accomplish this worthy goal.”Along with noble goals, Russell promised, “We won’t forget that our lawyers have to earn a living, and we will continue our strong commitment to helping them do that more efficiently.”A Technology Task Force will bring lawyers and judges the benefits of high-tech innovations. At the behest of the American Bar Association, the Bar will continue studying the multijurisdictional practice concept and will continue the work of the Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice and Ancillary Business.“Globalization and its effect on the modern day practice of law must be clearly understood and cannot be ignored by the organized bar,” Russell said.And with an additional grant from the BoG, the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, chaired by 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, will continue its work.“The Florida Bar is justifiably proud of the important leadership role it has played in defining the legal rights and remedies of the most defenseless among us our children and we will finish that important task this year,” Russell said.Ribbing Russell The speech-making was not all serious, as long-time partner Carl Schuster, who hired young Russell in 1970, took a few good-natured jabs at Russell’s girth and hearty appetite when he introduced the Bar’s new president, while Russell’s wife Mary Kay and daughter Cristy joined in the laughter.“You can take the boy out of Jacksonville, but you can’t take the Jacksonville out of the boy,” Schuster said, of Russell’s hometown.On the serious side, Schuster listed Russell’s many accomplishments and dedicated service to the Bar.“Terry has certainly paid his dues to the Bar, and he certainly deserves the honor being bestowed upon him today as incoming president,” Schuster said.“Terry is absolutely goal-oriented.. . . His ultimate goal is to leave his surroundings a little better than they were when he arrived. Terry has never considered that any goal or task was beyond his reach or ability. He would always rather light a candle than curse the darkness. Now, today, Terry is becoming the president of the 70,000 lawyers of The Florida Bar.“This would be considered a mammoth undertaking to most ordinary human beings. But in Terry’s case, he certainly considered it a responsibility of his to provide leadership to The Florida Bar when this leadership was most needed to counteract the apparent desire of some members of the Florida Legislature to remove some of the Bar functions from the auspices of the Supreme Court and put it under control of a state agency. With President Russomanno’s leadership this year, and a great deal of help from Terry, and a great deal of help from a lot of other people, this attack was staved off this year. As president, Terry will probably again next legislative session have the same fight on his hands. We can have confidence that Terry will be strong-willed and tireless in maintaining the integrity of The Florida Bar.”Leaders Lauded Andy Leinoff, a Coral Gables lawyer, delivered a poignant introduction to Bar President-elect Tod Aronovitz, of Miami, his former law partner and dear friend he’s known since they graduated from the University Miami law school in 1974.Leinoff recounted how Aronovitz met his wife, Leslee, when she was a 15-year-old girl inviting him to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Before she passed away about a year ago, she told her husband that if he really wanted to be Bar president, to go for it, “but promise me you’ll be the best president the Bar has ever had.”With emotion filling his voice, Leinoff said that he knows Aronovitz will “keep his promise to his Sadie Hawkins sweetheart of 36 years ago.”Ed Rice introduced his wife, Liz, as president of the YLD, detailing her talents and accomplishments, both academic and athletic, since he first met her in Dade City at age 12. He’s watched her become who she is today, an accomplished commercial litigator, mother of two little girls, and loving and dedicated wife (“no easy task, I assure you, given her partner”).“But Liz wasn’t elected president because she’s a great mommy, because she’s a terrific wife, or because she’s an exceptional lawyer. She was elected because of her dedication and her service to the Bar. Over the last year, in her position as president-elect, she devoted over 700 hours of her time to this Bar and our profession. Liz, I’m proud of you. Your family is proud of you. And this Bar is lucky to have you in service,” Ed Rice said.Liz Rice told of an e-mail story with the simple words at the end that captured her attention: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.”“That stuck with me, and it also reminded me of one of the major accomplishments of this division this year. Through Stu Ratzan’s excellent leadership, the YLD adopted a Quality of Life resolution to memorialize our commitment to quality of life initiatives.”Rice said her goal for the next year is to use the award as a springboard to showcase law firms that have successfully implemented quality of life initiatives in order to help persuade other law firms to realize that balancing family life and professional life “does not detract from, but rather enhances, the bottom line for all of us.“Our value systems are changing, and if we are to keep pace with this fast-changing environment, the legal profession is going to have to address not only the quality of life issues, but diversity and gender sensitivity issues, as well. Who better than the YLD to lead us from an old to a new way? Our board exemplifies this very spirit of new thinking,” Rice said.“I am so proud to announce that our incoming board is reflective of our constituents’ commitment to diversity and gender sensitivity, not only in the profession, but in Bar leadership, as well. Our incoming board this year has 21 nearly half women; eight Hispanics or direct descendants, such as myself; and five African-Americans.“To show our commitment to diversity and gender sensitivity, our board also adopted this year a Diversity and Gender Sensitivity resolution and created an award to recognize law firms that not only promote diversity but have actually achieved a diverse workplace.” “The students say this jurist is cool,” Lawrence said. “And the teachers say this jurist makes the law more fun than it ought to be.”In accepting the award, Justice Lewis said: “I am tremendously humbled. To be honored for what you love to do is a real blessing. I learned a long time ago that it’s not what we say about our children, but it’s what we do for them.” John Cardillo received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award that “recognizes the unique human qualities that all strive to attain but very few achieve. These include an abiding respect and caring for others, coupled with the ongoing demonstration of actual deeds of legal service with no reward beyond that of the deed itself.”The Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award went to Deborah Kearney, general counsel of the secretary of state, for her dedication to get an overwhelming job done during the presidential election contest.Noel Lawrence, chair of the Law Related Education Committee, presented the outstanding attorneys of the year award to Bobby Pickels, employee of Congressman Allen Boyd, who developed an exercise with the middle school program that used the role of a congressman in the lesson, and Laurie Chane, with Chane & Eble, who coached mock trial teams for many years and worked with the local high schools in organizing and developing local competitions. Rice and Roulhac When Rice introduced Juliet Rouhlac, next year’s YLD president, she said with a smile: “History is being made here today. For the first time in the 50-plus years of The Florida Bar, two women have been elected to lead the Bar’s YLD in two consecutive years. Second, for the first time in the history of the Bar, an African-American has been elected as president-elect.” “Well, we’ve heard it previously, haven’t we? Incoming presidents of the past have warned us that the profession is challenged as never before. I issue the same warning to you again today, the same call to action. Only this time, as recent events have shown, the threat is palpable; it extends across our nation; and our democracy is at risk,” Russell told those gathered for the pomp and pageantry that marked the official dawning of his presidency. Russell is sworn-in by Chief Justice Wells, as his wife looks on. Awards Aplenty Russomanno thanked outgoing YLD President Stuart Ratzan for his leadership, and said: “You’ve set an example in diversity initiatives, which we all embrace.”With that, Ratzan was given a standing ovation before he proceeded to hand out accolades to others.“Remarkably, one school won all three awards,” Ratzan said in presenting the YLD moot court awards of best team, best oralist (Richard Martin), and best brief to the Florida State University College of Law.The YLD presented the outstanding jurist award to 17th Judicial Circuit Judge Renee Goldenberg, which goes to a judge with “the finest credentials, finest demeanor, finest commitment to justice, and the finest respect for young lawyers practicing in the state of Florida.”The most productive young lawyer receiving the Lynn Futch Award went to Kelly O’Keefe, of Tallahassee, who is active in the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, coaches a high school moot court team, works as an intake attorney at a homeless shelter, and received 25 letters of support for her nomination.The YLD Most Significant Single Project for 2001 went to the Palm Beach County’s “Michelle Project,” for providing computers and printers to all 26 “independent living” foster care homes for children ages 16 or 17, who will most likely not be adopted. Lisa Small accepted the award.The first YLD Diversity Award was presented to the Miami law firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, which Ratzan described as a firm that “has proven itself to be truly committed to the value of diversity and to see the richness that that brings.”The Quality of Life Award was given to Keane, Reese and Vesley of St. Petersburg. Russomanno presented President’s Awards of Merit to:• Vivian Hobbs “for her wisdom and counsel given during her service as a public member on the Board of Governors, for leadership as chair of the Citizens Forum, guardian of the Constitution and protector of judicial independence for the benefit of all citizens of the state of Florida.”• Manuel Morales, Jr., “in recognition of his distinguished service to the legal profession, his outstanding leadership during eight years of service on the Board of Governors, and for his wise counsel and dedication to The Florida Bar which has benefitted all lawyers.”“I know people refer to my baseball analogies,” Russomanno said, “but this individual had a streak of 48 in a row,” never missing a single BoG meeting in eight years of service. July 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawrence presents award to Justice Lewis Outstanding judge of the year was presented to Justice Fred Lewis, who three to five times a month steps out of his black robe and into classrooms for his “Bill of Rights Rap,” reaching more than 15,000 students a year. last_img read more

Number of US coronavirus cases of unknown origin climbs to four

first_img“What we know now is that the virus is here, present at some level, but we still don’t know to what degree,” said Dr. Sara Cody, the chief public health officer for Santa Clara County, speaking of the newly diagnosed case there, the latest of three in her county and the 10th statewide.Even as confirmation was pending there, the CDC sent a team to assist local authorities in tracing close contacts the patient had with others in a bid to curb transmission.Until this week, the CDC had counted 15 confirmed cases in six states as having been detected through the US public health system since Jan. 21, none fatal. Most were contracted by individuals while traveling in China, where the outbreak originated. Only two person-to-person transmissions were documented among them, both between married couples.An additional 47 cases have been confirmed among people recently repatriated from abroad, either from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan or from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, according to the CDC.Masks, gloves and test kits The latest flurry of cases came as the Trump administration said the United States would invoke a federal defense law to boost production of masks, gloves, gowns and other items needed to protect medical personnel from exposure.Around the world, more countries are reporting new infections, companies have curtailed travel and global stock markets have tumbled.President Donald Trump said at the White House on Friday the United States will decide “very soon” about whether to bar entry to travelers from countries other than China where community transmission has emerged.At a rally in South Carolina on Friday night, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and accused Democrats of politicizing the disease.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said at the event, held a day before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where nearly 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A similar warning was issued earlier this week for South Korea, which has hundreds of infections.A government task force appointed by Trump to deal with the threat will meet at the White House on Saturday morning, according to an administration official.Latest figures from China, where the outbreak started late last year, indicated that nearly 80,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,800 deaths. The World Health Organization reported 57 deaths in 46 other countries.Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the US House of Representatives that sustained spread of the coronavirus meant there would be many more infections in the United States, according to a source.Fauci warned lawmakers the country lacked enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. The CDC said it has revised its criteria for who should be tested and is ramping up testing capabilities.”Our goal is to have every state and local health department online and doing their own testing by the end of next week,” CDC official Nancy Messonier told reporters.A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said.The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 in Las Vegas because of worries about the outbreak.US and global stocks plummeted as rattled investors braced for the prospect that a pandemic could further dent an already slowing world economy.The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday, suffering its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis. Stocks cut losses right at the end of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%.Trump this week said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained “very low,” but he has been increasingly alarmed by the reaction of the US stock market, which he considers a barometer of the economy’s health.Topics : US public health officials said they have identified four “presumptive” coronavirus cases believed to have emerged from community transmission of the infection, signaling a turning point in efforts to contain the disease in the United States.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on Friday citing three such cases newly diagnosed by state public health authorities – one each in California, Oregon and Washington state.If confirmed by the CDC, together with a previous case of unknown origin announced on Wednesday in California, that would bring to four the number of diagnosed individuals in the United States with no history of travel to a country where the virus is circulating and no close contact with an infected person. The three latest patients were diagnosed based on results obtained in their respective states from CDC-supplied test kits and are considered “presumptive positive” cases pending CDC confirmatory testing, the US agency said.A fourth presumptive positive was also announced in Washington state on Friday, but that one is “likely travel-related,” the CDC said.Still, the three latest cases of apparent community transmission, plus the one identified earlier this week in California, are a sign the virus is now spreading within at least four separate locations up and down the US West Coast.They span nearly 900 miles from California’s Silicon Valley region in Santa Clara County north to the Puget Sound near Seattle.last_img read more

Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signing

first_imgMikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana and could make him the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign, according to reports in Spain.The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Sevilla but is widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.Real Madrid have already failed in their attempt to sign Zarzana, who turned down a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side.But according to Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal are now one of the front-runners in the race to sign the midfielder from Sevilla.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Zarzana has represented Spain at Under-18 level (Instagram)The report also claims that Liverpool and Bayern Munich have already registered their interest and are keeping tabs on Zarzana’s progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the midfielder, who has represented Spain at Under-18 level, has already made it clear that he is keen to make his first-team debut for Sevilla‘I heard that Real Madrid had put an offer in for me last year,’ he told Marca earlier this year.Antonio Zarzana @zar10zana vs. Real Betis JuvenilElectric and unpredictable as always, the 17 year-old once again put on a show, this time in the juvenil derby. pic.twitter.com/digieat2LT— Kevoni (@Sevilla4Life) November 24, 2019 Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I have always wanted to make my debut with the first team here.‘I just want to take things slowly.‘Everything is going well and I am happy where I am in the youth team, however, if I get the call, obviously I will jump at the chance.’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 Arsenallast_img read more

Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part III)

first_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Fidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.ca“ON February 23, under the title “Cynicism’s,” danse macabre, I stated:“The politics of plunder imposed by the United States and its NATO allies in the Middle East is in crisis.”“Thanks to Sadat’s betrayal at Camp David, the Palestinian Arab State has not come into existence, despite the United Nations agreements of November 1947, and Israel has become a powerful nuclear force allied with the United States and NATO.“The U.S. military-industrial complex supplies tens of billions of dollars every year to Israel and to the very Arab states that it subjugates and humiliates.“The genie is out of the bottle and NATO doesn’t know how to control it.“They are going to try and take maximum advantage of the lamentable events in Libya. No one is capable of knowing at this time what is happening there. All of the figures and versions, even the most improbable, have been disseminated by the empire through the mass media, sowing chaos and misinformation.“It is evident that a civil war is developing in Libya. Why and how was this unleashed? Who will suffer the consequences? The Reuters news agency, repeating the opinion of the well-known Nomura Japanese bank, said that the price of oil could surpass all limits.”“…What will be the consequences for the food crisis?“The principal NATO leaders are exalted. British Prime MinisterDavid Cameron, informed ANSA, ‘…admitted in a speech in Kuwait that the Western countries made a mistake in supporting non-democratic governments in the Arab world.’”“His French colleague Nicolas Sarkozy declared, ‘The prolonged brutal and bloody repression of the Libyan civilian population is repugnant.’”“Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini declared ‘believable’ the figure of one thousand dead in Tripoli […] ‘the tragic figure will be a bloodbath.’”“Hillary Clinton declared, ‘…the bloodbath is completely unacceptable and has to stop…’”“Ban Ki-moon added, ‘The use of violence in the country is absolutely unacceptable.’”“…’the Security Council will act in accordance with what the international community decides.’”“’We are considering a number of options.’”“What Ban Ki-moon is really waiting for is that Obama give the final word.“The President of the United States spoke Wednesday afternoon and stated that the Secretary of State would leave for Europe in order to reach an agreement with the NATO European allies as to what measures to take. Noticeable on his face was his readiness to take on the right-wing Republican John McCain; Joseph Lieberman, the pro-Israel Senator from Connecticut; and Tea Party leaders, in order to guarantee his nomination by the Democratic Party.“The empire’s mass media have prepared the ground for action. There would be nothing strange about a military intervention in Libya, which would, additionally, guarantee Europe almost two million barrels of light oil a day, if events do not occur beforehand to put an end to the presidency or life of Gaddafi.“In any event, Obama’s role is complicated enough. What would the Arab and Islamic world’s reaction be if much blood is spilt in this country in such an adventure? Would the revolutionary wave unleashed in Egypt stop a NATO intervention?“In Iraq the innocent blood of more than a million Arab citizens was shed when this country was invaded on false pretenses. Mission accomplished, George W. Bush proclaimed.“No one in the world will ever be in favor of the deaths of defenseless civilians in Libya or anywhere else. I ask myself, would the United States and NATO apply that principle to the defenseless civilians killed every day by yankee drones and this organization’s soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan?“It is a danse macabre of cynicism.”While I was meditating on these events, the United Nations debate scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday, October 25 on the “Necessity of ending the commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba began. This is something which has been demanded by the vast majority of this institution’s member countries for 20 years.This time the numerous elemental and just arguments – which for United States governments were no more than rhetorical exercises – revealed, like never before, the political and moral weakness of the most powerful empire ever to have existed, and to whose oligarchical interests and insatiable thirst for power and riches all the planet’s inhabitants have been subjected, including the very people of that country.The United States is tyrannizing and plundering the globalized world with its political, economic, technological and military might.That truth is becoming more and more obvious in the wake of the honest and courageous debates which have taken place in the United Nations during the last 20 years, with the support of states which one would imagine are expressing the will of the vast majority of the planet’s inhabitants.Before [Cuban Foreign Minister] Bruno’s speech, many country organizations expressed their points of view through one of their members. The first was Argentina, in the name of the Group of 77 plus China; followed by Egypt, in the name of the Non-Aligned Movement; Kenya, in the name of the African Union; Belize, in the name of CARICOM; Kazakhstan, in the name of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and Uruguay, in the name of MERCOSUR.Independently of these expressions of a collective nature, China, a country of growing political and economic weight in the world, India and Indonesia strongly supported the resolution via their ambassadors; between the three of them they represent 2.7 billion inhabitants. The ambassadors of the Russian Federation, Belarus, South Africa, Algeria, Venezuela and Mexico did likewise. The impassioned words of solidarity expressed by the ambassador of Belize, speaking on behalf of the Caribbean community, and those of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Bolivia, resonated among the poorest countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Their arguments in the context of the solidarity of our people – despite a blockade which has already lasted 50 years – will be a constant stimulus for our doctors, educators and scientists.Nicaragua spoke before the vote, to bravely explain why it would vote against this perfidious measure.The United States representative also spoke before the vote, in order to explain the inexplicable. I felt sorry for him. It is the role that they assigned to him.At the hour of voting, two countries were absent: Libya and Sweden; three abstained: Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau; two voted against: the United States and Israel. Adding together those who voted against, abstained or were absent: the United States, with 313 million inhabitants; Israel, with 7.4 million; Sweden, with 9.1 million; Libya, with 6.5 million; Marshall Islands, with 67,100; Micronesia, 106,800; Palau, with 20,900, the total amounts to 336.948 million, equivalent to 4.8% of the world population, which has already risen to seven billion this month.After the vote, speaking in the name of the European Union, Poland explained the votes of members of this bloc which, in spite of its close alliance with the United States and its obligatory participation in the blockade, is against this criminal measure.Subsequently, 17 countries addressed the Assembly to explain, resolutely and decisively, why they voted for the resolution against the blockade.I will continue Friday the 28th.Fidel Castro RuzOctober 26, 2011. 9:45 p.m.center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part III) by: – October 27, 2011last_img read more