Cameron calls for Europe to go big to fight Ebola

first_imgHealth experts are especially worried about lack of preparedness in part because Ebola was relatively controllable compared to other infectious bugs: it’s transmitted through direct contact and other bodily fluids, whereas measles and influenza spread through the air.“It is time to wake up to that threat and I will be raising this issue at the G7” — David CameronThe G7 summit in Germany has been dominated by the negotiations between Greece and its creditors, who are seeking economic reforms to unlock €7 billion in bailout funds.Cameron, nearly a month after an unexpectedly smooth re-election, will call for world standards to make clinical trials more transparent and announce a cash injection to fund more research and development into Ebola and other diseases ravaging Africa.He said the UK will become the first country to require publicly-funded clinical trials to be fully available to the public and push for an international agreement through the G7 that would see the publication of the results of clinical trial data of all vaccines for related diseases.Public health advocates have long called for more transparency of clinical trials results, since the lack of information can lead to bad treatments, missed opportunities for scientific discoveries and repetitive trials on patients. UK prime minister David Cameron is using the G7 summit to push Europe to think bigger on Ebola, announcing a British rapid response unit and a €20 million initial investment push.“The reality is that we will face an outbreak like Ebola again and that virus could be more aggressive and more difficult to contain,” Cameron said in a statement on Sunday. “It is time to wake up to that threat and I will be raising this issue at the G7.”The virus has killed more than 11,000 since early last year, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in Africa, but with some cases making their way to the West.  The public health community was criticized for a slow and fragmented response. Some drugmakers, however, fear that full-scale release of clinical trial data could reveal trade secrets.The UK will invest £20 million on diseases such as Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo Fever, with some additional investment from the private and the research sector, according to a summary released by the UK government on Sunday.The government said the UK’s “big players in drug development” will come together, but didn’t specify which ones.They will also establish a group of 6-10 experts — dubbing them ‘disease detectives’ — to be ‘on permanent standby’ to help manage disease outbreaks. Health advocates have been pushing for such a unit.last_img read more

Manuel Valls considered ‘most presidential’: poll

first_imgFrench voters consider Manuel Valls the left’s “most presidential” candidate, according to a new poll published by Le Monde on Thursday.In a survey conducted among 15,000 voters ahead of the first round of left primaries on January 22, respondents said the former prime minister was the candidate who had “most proven his political effectiveness.”But asked to name the candidate who “really wants to change things” and “understands the problems facing people like us,” voters favored former Education Minister Benoît Hamon and left-wing firebrand and former Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg. More than 40 percent of those surveyed also said they considered Hamon most “likable,” followed by Montebourg, with Valls trailing at 23 percent.According to a BVA poll published by l’Express Wednesday, Valls would lose the primary by a small margin to Montebourg and Hamond. Also On POLITICO Curse of the French prime minister By Pierre Briançon French In the loop January 18: Le phénomène Macron et la gifle de Valls By Nicholas Vinocur and Pierre Briançonlast_img read more

Chu on Harvard: ‘I wish I could stay here forever.’

first_imgHarvard women’s hockey forward Julie Chu retired from figure skating pretty much before she’d begun. At the tender age of 8, when she was still finding her balance on the ice, Chu opted instead for the rigors of the puck and stick. It proved to be a sage decision. Since swapping out the patterned twirls and regimented routines of figure skating for hockey’s speed and inventiveness, Chu has pretty much gone where she pleases.While most athletes must trudge through the different levels of competition — from youth programs to high school to college and then, hopefully, on to the semi-professional, professional, or international circuits — Chu has parlayed her supreme athleticism and outstanding vision on the ice into something of a free pass.An Olympic veteran prior to her arrival at Harvard, Chu helped the Crimson turn out three consecutive NCAA title game appearances during her tenure. Along the way, she’s collected Ivy League accolades of every stripe, a second Olympic medal, and most recently, women’s hockey’s version of the Heisman Trophy, the coveted Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. What’s most remarkable, she’s done so by honoring a team philosophy seldom matched by “star” players (one suspects you don’t get 196 assists, a Harvard record, any other way).“The thing about hockey is it’s so interactive on so many levels,” explains Chu, the co-Ivy League player of year. “You really can’t have one person just dominant out there. At this level especially — college and national — you have to have a well-rounded team. Everyone plays their role and everyone plays their part and it has to be everyone in it with the mentality of ‘Let’s do what’s best for the team.’ That’s really what’s going to get us far, both individually and as a team.”A native of Fairfield, Conn., Chu began her quick ascent as a high school junior at Choate Rosemary Hall when she was invited to train with the U.S. team in preparation for the World Championships. Just 17 years old, Chu — then an accomplished athlete participating in both boys’ and girls’ programs — spent weeks competing among her idols. And though she was ultimately cut from the team, the experience opened her eyes to the possibility of playing on the sport’s biggest stage. “Wow,” Chu recalls thinking as a teenager, “I really have a chance to compete with these guys.”The following year, in 2001, Chu was invited back to train with the team, forcing her to take two terms off from Choate. This time around, Chu made the squad — then gearing up for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City — to become the team’s first woman of Asian descent, and at just 18 years old, one of its youngest members.In joining Team USA, she was forced to defer her enrollment to Harvard until fall 2002. It was a decision that ultimately paid huge dividends for Chu, who, in addition to traveling the world on pre-Olympic tours (competing in China and throughout North America), also won silver in Salt Lake City. She found the opportunity to compete for her country, in her country, a particularly moving experience. “I was on cloud nine,” Chu recalled.In fall 2002, freshman Chu joined a talent-stacked Harvard squad featuring Jennifer Botterill ’03 (of the 2002 gold medal-winning Canadian team) and Angela Ruggiero ’04 of Team USA. Among these more experienced luminaries, Chu immediately made an impact with the Crimson — and on collegiate hockey in general. As a rookie, she was second in the nation in scoring with 42 goals and 51 assists en route to earning Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Ivy rookie of the year honors. After falling to Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in double overtime in the NCAA championship game, Chu and company went on to compete, in vain, in the national title game over the next two seasons. Obviously disappointed with the results, Chu didn’t dwell on the team’s failed bid for a title. “Whether we won or lost, whatever our final results were … we just want to enjoy the process.”Harvard sorely missed Chu’s productivity during its 2005-06 campaign, when the rising senior again reported for duty with the red, white, and blue for the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. With Chu off the roster, the Crimson failed to make its fourth-straight NCAA title game appearance, finishing a relatively disappointing 18-13-4. In Italy, meanwhile, Chu tallied a pair of assists as the U.S. downed Finland in the bronze-medal contest.Wrapping up her career in third place on the Crimson’s career-scoring chart, Chu (who led all Division 1 players this past season with 1.6 assists per game) is now training for the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Whether that’s with a Women’s National Hockey League franchise in Canada or the one in Minnesota, she’s still sorting out. And after the Games, this hockey-lifer and psychology concentrator aspires to coach.“I wish I could stay here forever,” Chu says about Harvard, citing the phenomenal training facilities, coaching staff, and of course, its team. Yet for the mobile, independent Chu, one suspects that wherever she goes, “forever” might get a little old.last_img read more

I Can’t Breathe: Khris Royal On His Striking Collab With Nigel Hall, Kid Chocolate, Big Sam [Interview/Video]

first_imgLive For Live Music: Hey Khris. Thanks for taking a moment to chat about “I Can’t Breathe”. I read in Offbeat that you wrote the song in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death—at least the original, the demo version. What was your process, from the emotions to the music?Khris Royal: When I feel things, I just go sit at the keyboard and play. And a lot of times I just hit record on my voice memo, and I just let it roll. I sat there and played. I think the voice memo is about 15 to 20 minutes long. You can hear me just playing through my feelings, basically. Playing what I was feeling after seeing the video. And then I hit stop, and I went and did something else.A few days later, I sat down in the studio as I normally do. And I’m like, “Okay, let’s see what we’re going to work on today.” And I pulled up my voice memos. I was like, “Oh yeah, I forgot about this from the other day.” And man, the song just flowed, man. I just thought about how I felt after seeing that [George Floyd] video. And it just came out of me.Live For Live Music: What about the lyrics? That was Kid Chocolate, right?Khris Royal: The same thing happened for Leon. Leon hit me back within two hours with a demo of the vocal verse written. That’s unheard of for a whole song to be written in one day. It doesn’t really work out that way too often. That’s when you know you have something special, you know?Live For Live Music Definitely. He knew what you needed and he was able to give it to you like that. How did that relationship start with Leon (Kid Chocolate)? How did you two come together originally, before this project?Khris Royal: Man, I’ve been knowing Leon since I was in high school. I remember he came to visit NOCCA while I was still there with Mr. Clyde Kerr. Leon is actually the reason I moved back to New Orleans from L.A. I was in town for Jazz Fest, but I was living in L.A. He was in the Hookah and he ran out, and was like, “Yo, what are you doing in town? What’s up, what’s happening?” I was like, “Yeah, I’m just in town for Jazz Fest.” He was like, “Well, you want a gig next week?” And I was like, “Yeah.” We played at Donna’s that Friday, and I had so much fun. I was like, “Man, this is what I need to be doing. L.A. is cool, but this is home. I need to be here.” Me and Leon are like brothers. I moved back after playing that gig with him and we hang all the time. We talk all the time and we create music.Live For Live Music:  I’ve been following you since I first saw you at Jazz Fest and Bear Creek back in the day. Your voice on social media, as a human being… you speak your truth to power, and you wear your emotions, feelings, and beliefs proudly, unabashedly. You’ve been talking about racism, race relations, police brutality, and more for a long time, well before you wrote this song or we started living through this again Summer 2020. How does that manifest in the music?Khris Royal: On the last Dark Matter record there was “Song for Trayvon” that I wrote years ago. It was so long ago, man. It’s like, “Yo, here we are, telling the same story, being angry about the same things all over again.” But hopefully with this song we could try to… I was talking to Nigel [Hall] about this. “Yeah, this is cool, but are we changing anything? What can we do to really, really impact the world and use this song to bring about some change?” That’s the hard part.Khris Royal & Dark Matter – “Song For Trayvon”Live For Live Music: Yeah. That’s always been the hard part and I’m sure will continue to be difficult. But it’s important. Leon really goes there with the lyrics! There’s no two ways about it. You address things in very frank terms, a language that everybody can easily understand.Khris Royal: The lyrics, that was all Leon. That was all Leon, man. I just sent him the track and I told him what I was… We talked about what we were feeling. I told him how I felt. You can hear the anger in the track. Even without the words, you can still feel how I felt in that moment. All the words, that’s all him. That’s how he was feeling, and that’s how he worded it. And it was perfect. It was straight to the point.Live For Live Music: It’s the truth and the truth hurts. You mentioned Nigel Hall. You’ve said that he was your first call. Nigel, like yourself, is outspoken about his beliefs and about his experiences with race in America and really around the world. Why did you choose him to lace this vocal?Khris Royal: He was just the voice that I heard in my head. Once Leon sent me the words, I went and I did a vocal demo. I was singing it, I was like, “Man, nobody can really pull this off other than Nigel.” … It was fun to do it. It was kind of slick what I did with Nigel. I just sent it to him. I just sent him the lyrics and he was like, “Wow, that’s pretty powerful. Who’s singing it?” It was like, before I can even respond, he said, “Man, can I sing this song?”Live For Live Music: You can feel his conviction in the delivery. And then watching the video, he’s really performing it with his trademark passion and gusto.Khris Royal: When Nigel was recording, there was one point where he finished the line and he was like, “Bro.” And he’s talking to me, and I’m in the control room. He was like, “Who wrote this sh*t? This sh*t is f*cked up. These words are f*cked up!” I’m like, “Bro, that’s the point. Exactly the point.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Live For Live Music: Indeed. In the video, I noticed you’re playing multiple instruments. What’s the breakdown on the instrumentalists on the track? Looks like a krewe of some of NOLA’s finest!Khris Royal: I play keyboards, bass guitar, and program everything. That’s Alvin Ford on drums, Danny Abel on guitar, and then it’s just the horns. The horn section is John Michael Bradford on trumpet, Big Sam Williams on trombone. Of course, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown on trumpet, and then myself on sax.Live For Live Music: How did that video come together? It’s real minimalist, and a masterful use of shadows, the dark and light. And everyone’s in black shirts. It’s a real vibe that works.Khris Royal: The video thing, it was a bonus, because at Esplanade Studios at the time, they had all these cameras already set up. For the price of the studio that day, I could also get the cameras. It was like, “Okay, let me take advantage of that.” And I had someone else in there filming. Noe’ Cugny came in and he did all the editing. I had him bring in another camera, just a handheld, which most of the shots came from. I had him come in and film, and we focused on the song. We were going to work on a bunch of other songs that day, but I felt like this was more important. We took our time and got it right. It just felt like the song was special and needed to be documented, but with a video, not just audio.As for the look, I told everyone to wear black.Then, as we were editing and he started sending me stuff back, I was like, “Yo, I think it might look better and feel better in black and white.” Because I felt like that studio, the room was too pretty. It was kind of taking away from the words in the song. That studio is beautiful. It’s an old church with a huge pipe organ in the back. I didn’t want people to focus on that stuff so much. I wanted people to kind of zone out, especially with the end of the song, because the end of the song can be kind of overwhelming. And so, yeah, I just asked to see it in black and white and that was it. That was the vibe.Live For Live Music: The black and white nails it. You’re right. It puts the focus on the music and the message. Obviously at the root of all this, is the race issue in America and it’s not something new. You aren’t raising money for Black Lives Matter, but instead directing the donations from this song to the ACLU, am I right?Khris Royal: Yeah. Because there is no organized BLM organization and that’s what confuses a lot of people. That’s individual people. There’s no dues. There’s no central office. That’s not an organization, it’s a movement. It’s not a concrete thing that you can put your finger on. I wanted to direct money towards people that I know are going to go out and do the work and help get protesters out of jail, go out and sue the country when they put little kids in cages and stuff like that. The ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and NAACP, they’ve been doing this work for a long time. You can see what they do. I wanted to go with something that was more transparent than just saying, “Oh, we donated the money to Black Lives Matter.”Live For Live Music: Copy that. One last thing, kinda off topic but still current. You’ve been steady on the live streams during Covid. Except for a month you took off for your health, you’ve been pretty much on a weekly basis. What are you doin with the streaming, and where can people find you on the live stream?Khris Royal: Yeah. I’ve been trying to stay consistent up, until the point where I ended up going into the hospital for a couple of weeks. I stream every Friday, where I do a solo set where I play music. A lot of the music is new music that I’ve worked on since this Covid lockdown thing. Then every Sunday, I DJ, and I do a laid back chill set. I call it “Sunday Vibes For You To Relax To.” Then on Wednesday nights I do mostly R&B and Hip Hop with a lot of New Orleans Hip Hop from when I was growing up. That’s a lot of fun. A lot of my friends from high school and middle school come hang out. Yeah, you can find me on Twitch, Sunday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:00 PM. central standard time.As told to B.Getz.To check out more from Khris Royal, go to his website. An activist to the core, Khris Royal has been writing music about the struggle of Black people in America for many years. His convictions lie at the heart of his art; his beliefs inform his creativity and performances. A New Orleans-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, Royal is best known as a talented saxophonist; he’s worked extensively with local icon George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners, piloted his own squad, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, and globe-trotted with bold-font reggae stars Rebelution. But during the hot, dark, angry Covid-summer of 2020, Royal was hard at work on the stirring new single “I Can’t Breathe”, a collaboration that is rooted in the realities of the Black American experience.As May turned to June, the racial/cultural/political climate in the U.S. once again pushed Royal to his emotional limits. In Minneapolis, MN, George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police re-lit the fuse; before that, the homicide-by-cop of Rochester’s Daniel Prude, the no-knock raid killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY—tragically, the list goes on and on. The seemingly endless stream of deaths include the 2012 murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, whom Royal memorialized in song some years ago. Yet in 2020, the outspoken musician found himself writing another protest tune, sitting at the piano inspired by the pain of his people.Soon, Royal got with some local NOLA homies he knew would be down with the cause, and this new track came together. Beginning with Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, who wrote the lyrics swiftly and contributed trumpet, Royal went on to recruit vocalist Nigel Hall and trombonist “Big Sam” Williams as well as John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar) and Alvin Ford, Jr. (drums).Related: Patrice Rushen, Nigel Hall Talk Speaking Up & Doing “A Little Homework” At Justice Comes Alive [Video]In addition to writing the music, Khris Royal handled production, keyboards, bass, sax, and talkbox. Last week, he dropped “I Can’t Breathe” as a single and video. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to the fight for justice against police brutality. Those interested in lending support can make a donation directly to the ACLU.We tracked Khris Royal down in New Orleans by phone to get the scoop and backstory on this important work of art. Watch the video for “I Can’t Breathe” below and scroll down to read our conversation with the man behind the project (edited for length and clarity).Khris Royal & Dark Matter ft. Nigel Hall – “I Can’t Breathe” (Official Video)last_img read more

Ski Vermont announces winners of the Green Mountain Awards

first_imgIn honor of Green Up Day, a statewide spring tradition of environmental beautification, the Vermont Ski Areas Association is excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence at Vermont Ski Resorts. Judged by Melinda Vieux, President of Green Up Vermont, Alan Hebert of Efficiency Vermont and VSAA President Parker Riehle, resorts competed to win awards in environmental stewardship. Categories range from composting and recycling efforts, to educational programs and energy efficient renovations. Winners of the Green Mountain Awards for Environmental Excellence include:Greenest Overall Resort in VermontStowe Mountain ResortBest Green Up Day Participation ProgramSmugglers Notch ResortBest Environmental Awareness & Education ProgramBurke Mountain ResortGreenest Recycling ProgramStratton Mountain ResortGreenest Composting ProgramBurke Mountain ResortGreenest Water Treatment ProgramStowe Mountain ResortGreenest Alternative Energy ProgramBolton ValleyBest Efficiency Snowmaking UpgradeSugarbush ResortBest Efficiency Program for FacilitiesJay Peak ResortMost Sustainable RestaurantBurke Mountain ResortMost Creative Environmental ProgramKillington ResortFor more information about the winning entries and efforts, visit www.skivermont.com(link is external)Green Up Vermont is a nonprofit organization with 501(c) (3) status. Green Up’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment. For 43 years running, Vermonters have held Green Up Day a state-wide tradition of beautification where armies of volunteers remove roadside debris previously camouflaged by Vermonts abundant winter snow.Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding – making it one of the most significant ski  and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermonts mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state’s ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 18 Alpine and 31 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.SkiVermont. Photo of Smuggs on GreenUp Day.last_img read more

Nurse-Family Partnership celebrates first class of graduates

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Vermont has celebrated its first graduating class of moms and babies at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier. Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, evidence-based program that supports first-time mothers with education and care to promote healthy pregnancies and empower women to achieve better lives for themselves and their families. Nurse-Family Partnership of Central Vermont is managed out of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) by Lorna Corbett, RN, BSN, CVHHH’s Maternal-Child Health Manager. There are four other NFP sites in the state, each run by a VNA.“By establishing close, one-on-one relationships with expectant mothers and supporting them through the first two years of their child’s life, we are able to create an environment in which change really can happen,” says Corbett. “It’s a therapeutic relationship based on a foundation of trust that helps build a woman’s confidence as a new mother.”Since February, 2014, NFP of Central Vermont has enrolled 87 clients. In this same period, nurses completed 2,131 visits, and 64 babies were born. The average age of the mothers enrolled is 22 years. At the graduation in June, seven women “graduated” from the program.As part of the program, each soon-to-be mother is partnered with an NFP RN during the second trimester of pregnancy. Together, the nurse works with the mother on nutrition and parenting education, breast feeding, health and wellness, family planning, and goal setting. In addition, there is a focus on connecting new mothers and babies with resources in the community and on encouraging breast feeding.“Many of the women enrolled are able to set and meet personal goals—be that staying at home or re-entering the workforce,” says Corbett. “As a result of this program, we see fewer childhood injuries, improved prenatal health, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness. This benefits not only the mothers and children, but the greater community.”About CVHHHCentral Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) is a full-service, not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Association committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to central Vermonters of all ages in the safety and comfort of home. We serve 23 communities in Washington and Orange Counties, Vermont, providing a range of services, including home health, hospice and maternal-child care. In addition, we promote the general health and welfare of the community by providing public foot care and flu clinics, immunizations and nurse consultations for international travel and long-term and private care services. Visit www.cvhhh.org(link is external) for information about programs and services.Source: CVHHH 6.10.2016last_img read more

Shawnee Mission Faces: Benjamin Sol, chef at El Salvadoreño and familiar face at the Overland Park Farmers Market

first_imgWith a rich heritage of black, white and Cherokee roots, Benjamin Sol has had a lifelong passion for teaching about other cultures. He does that through meeting others and cooking delicious food. He helped start El Salvadoreño in Overland Park. He cooks at the restaurant and remains a frequent face at the Overland Park Farmers Market, after taking some time off to figure out family stuff. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and has two daughters.You know, sometimes you’ve gotta walk away from the fire to learn how to control it. Fire of life, you know, fire of family. You kind of have to commit yourself every day and better yourself every day. That way, if you are a leader, people will follow you. But if you teach somebody how to lead, then you gave him the best thing ever.I never yell at somebody unless I care. I always look in someone’s eye and shake their hand. I never put nobody down. I always pick somebody up. And I think that’s the most wonderful thing to do when you’re a teacher, is never put anybody down because that’s not what teaching’s about.My dad, he grew up in Italy and France there in the European theater. And so he taught me how to cook like rough scratch when I was a kid, and he’s actually a Shaman priest. He taught me everything you touch, you put love into. Everybody you talk to, you put love into.He taught me just to inspire people. Everything you do and say, you kinda toss that rock in the water and it creates that wave, keeps spreading love and love.I think I’ve inspired a lot of people. I’ve touched a lot of people that I really nonchalantly didn’t know I did. Since we came back to the farmers market, so many people have given me hugs and almost cried saying, I’m so happy to see you again. We’ve missed you. I thought you were lost and now you’re found. I said, I just, I’ve been hiding (laughs).Every time I come here, I teach somebody about a culture. You’ve gotta just make people smile no matter what. If you teach somebody how to read or write or ride a bike, they don’t forget about that. And you know, if you could teach somebody how to smile and laugh, then you’ve taught them how to smile, laugh, forever.My biggest accomplishment is my daughters. A long time ago, someone said I was never going to be able to have kids, and then my dad said give up and let God take it in his hands. And I did.So like I said, sometimes you have to give up to control.last_img read more

Fryzel assures RBC plan will see changes

first_imgNational Credit Union Administration board member Michael Fryzel, responding to a letter from the Credit Union National Association, said that he is confident that significant changes will be made to the agency’s current risk-based capital proposal for credit unions before it is finalized, reflecting a message that the agency chair and other board member have also stated.However, Fryzel parted ways with his fellow regulators in his letter to CUNA when he said that if the question of extending the comment deadline on the proposal–as CUNA has recommended–came before the board for a vote, he would vote for an extension.  That opinion, however, puts him in a two-to-one minority as the others on the three-person board have told CUNA that they believe the current May 28 deadline is sufficient for comment gathering.Fryzel was responding to a joint request by CUNA and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions for the comment extensions.He wrote, “I am confident that, when the NCUA finalizes the risk-based capital rule, it will include significant changes from what has been proposed, and will incorporate the suggestions of your trade associations and credit unions across the country. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Supreme Court adopts Florida Bar rules amendments

first_imgBar members must continue to state on their annual membership forms whether they meet trust accounting standards in Bar rules, and new Bar members will no longer be required to personally attend the mandatory Practicing with Professionalism course.Suspended lawyers must serve 80 percent of their suspension before applying for reinstatement and suspended lawyers who wait more than five years to seek reinstatement must show they have passed the bar exam and the MPRE when they reapply.Those are among changes to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar approved by the Supreme Court on June 11.It was the court’s second opinion on Bar rules in a month. A May 21 opinion addressed minor and routine “housekeeping” amendments (see story in the June 15 News ), while the latest decision addressed more substantive and potentially controversial issues, but still did not require being filed in their own separate cases.Issues ranged from lawyers putting their own money in trust accounts to protect clients from shortfalls to ending the practice of allowing lawyers to begin serving a suspension to which they agreed while the issue is still pending before the court for a final order. Another change sets out procedures for a referee to oversee disbursement to clients of trust funds held in a suspended or disbarred attorney’s accounts.On trust fund compliance reporting, the Bar had proposed dropping the mandatory annual requirement in Rule 5-1.2 that lawyers verify on their membership fees form that they had followed trust fund accounting rules. The Bar noted that many members do not complete the compliance notice and that can result in a disparate penalty with reporting attorneys facing a harsher punishment that non-reporters. But the court rejected that argument.“We believe that the requirement that lawyers submit a yearly trust account certificate is an important and useful tool in ensuring that lawyers are aware of the trust accounting requirements, and that they affirm their compliance with those requirements. Accordingly, we take this opportunity to make clear that, as required in Bar Rule 5-1.2(d)(5), every member of The Florida Bar must file each year a trust accounting certificate showing his or her compliance with the trust accounting rules,” the opinion said.Those who fail to report can be found delinquent and ineligible to practice law.The Young Lawyers Division, with support from the Bar Board of Governors, had proposed ending mandatory personal attendance by new Bar members at its Practicing with Professionalism course. The division found that despite holding courses at numerous locations around the state, many new lawyers had trouble finding open classes and had to travel considerable distances to attend.The court agreed with that amendment, saying, “Instead, the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar may develop a program to allow these newly admitted lawyers to attend the course electronically.”Many of the amendments dealt with the disciplinary process or trust accounting rules.The Bar had proposed that suspended lawyers not be permitted to apply for reinstatement until 80 percent of their suspension had passed. Bar staff had noted many lawyers applied much earlier and before completing other requirements for reinstatement, resulting in additional paperwork difficulties for the Bar. The court approved that change.Related to that, the court also accepted the Bar’s recommendation that lawyers suspended for more than five years must provide proof they have met the requirement of passing the bar exam and the MPRE when they apply for reinstatement.The court approved the Bar’s request to change Rule 5-1.1 to allow lawyers to deposit personal funds in a trust account to protect clients in instances of shortages, but also emphasized lawyers must report that shortage to the Bar.The Bar requested the change so lawyers who take steps to protect their clients’ funds when there is a trust account shortage are not then charged with commingling personal and trust account funds.“However, any deposits made by the lawyer to cover trust account shortages must be no more than is needed to cover the shortage (and may be less). If a lawyer does deposit personal funds to cover a shortage, the lawyer must immediately notify the Bar’s lawyer regulation department, and identify the cause of the shortage and the amount deposited into the account to cover it. This amendment is intended to encourage lawyers to take action to identify and replenish shortages in their trust accounts (whether the shortage is caused by misappropriation or error) without risking further disciplinary action for commingling funds, and the Bar states that the rule is consistent with rules governing lawyer conduct in several other states,” the court said.Other amendments include:* Changing several rules to set up a system where a referee can oversee disbursements from a trust account after an attorney is suspended on an emergency basis. The referee is authorized to determine who is permitted to receive the funds and determine a pro rata distribution if there are insufficient funds. Clients must file a petition with the referee along with proof of ownership of the funds. Bar counsel and auditors will provide information to the referee from an audit of the account on who is entitled to the funds and also notify those persons. If necessary, the referee can appoint a receiver. The referee will also handle “separate funds,” which are “monies deposited into the lawyer’s trust account after the misappropriation took place, which are not affected by the misappropriation, and funds that have been placed into a separate segregated individual trust account under the individual client’s tax identification number.”* Approving the Bar’s requested changes to its disciplinary diversion program (Rule 3-5.3) to encourage more use of that program. The rule had prohibited a lawyer from being eligible for disciplinary diversion for seven years. The new rule shortens that time to five years but provides the lawyer must have not been diverted for the same type of rule violation. “A lawyer who has been the subject of a prior diversion for one type of rule violation, and is alleged to have violated a completely different type of rule at least one year after the initial diversion, would be eligible to attend a diversionary program,” the opinion said.* Changing Rule 3-5.1(h). The court rejected the Bar proposed amendment to require a lawyer who voluntarily began serving a suspension before the court’s final order to furnish a notice of the suspension to all clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, courts, tribunals, and any other adjudicative agency where the lawyer is counsel of record. The recommendation grew out of a case where a lawyer consented to a 30-day suspension and voluntarily served it before the Supreme Court issued the final order in the case. The rule required clients and others to be notified after the court’s final order, but the attorney had already been reinstated. A referee ruled he was not required to notify clients and others. The court, in rejecting the Bar’s proposal, said, “Consent judgments between a respondent and the Bar are not final until this court issues an order approving the judgment. See R. Regulating Fla. Bar 3-7.9(c). Accordingly, we conclude that a better practice in cases involving a conditional plea and consent judgment entered into between the Bar and a respondent is that the consent judgment may not permit the respondent to begin serving a period of suspension or disbarment until this court issues an order approving the discipline.”* Changing Rule 4-1.6 to allow lawyers to reveal confidential client information “in order to detect and resolve conflicts of interest between lawyers in different firms, which may arise when lawyers change employment or change the composition or ownership of a firm, provided that the revealed information would not compromise the attorney-client privilege or prejudice the client.” Another amendment to that rule requires lawyers to “make reasonable efforts” to prevent the accidental or unauthorized release of confidential information due to evolving technology.* Changing Rule 5-1.2 to clarify when a law firm is dissolved or sold; “the partners or the seller of the practice shall make reasonable arrangements for the maintenance and retention of trust account records.”* Altering Rule 3-5.1 to say instead of being indefinitely suspended, a lawyer may be suspended for a specified period “or until further order of this court.” Lawyers will also be required under that rule to notify, when they are disbarred, suspended, or placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to misconduct, to notify all jurisdictions where they are licensed. They must also provide the Bar with phone numbers and addresses of all individuals and entities to whom they are ordered to pay restitution.The amendments are effective October 1. The court acted in In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Biennial Petition), case no. SC14-2088. Supreme Court adopts Florida Bar rules amendments Supreme Court adopts Florida Bar rules amendmentscenter_img July 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

To See Who Holds The Power In Your Relationships, Check Your Old Emails

first_imgio9:Power dynamics are everywhere, from our personal relationships to our professional ones. Do you know where do you stand in yours? Here’s a little psychology experiment you can run at home. Finding out could be as simple as reading through your old e-mails.…I’m going to spend the next few paragraphs introducing this subject, partly to contextualize what it is we’re talking about, but also because it’s just a fascinating subject. What we’re dealing with here is language, specifically those parts of language that we often overlook, and how we use it.“The,” “this,” “a,” “and,” “an,” “there,” “that,” are all examples of what are called “function words.” You can think of them as the glue that bind together so-called “content words” – which convey information by denoting key people, places, things, and situations – into meaningful statements.There’s no question function words are important from a structural standpoint, but according to UT Austin psychologist James Pennebaker, they’re basically invisible to humans; as we read, or listen to someone speak, our brains tend to overlook them as we search for meaning in a statement’s meatier, more consequential content words. And that’s a shame, he says, because there’s a lot of information hidden in how we use function words.Read the whole story: i09 More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more