Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron

first_imgDignity in Law takes to the college gridiron September 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Program to be showcased at key matchups Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron Senior EditorThe Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign will soon be displayed at several of the state’s premier events — college football games.Bar President Tod Aronovitz and Christine Barney, CEO of rbb Public Relations, which is managing the campaign, reported to the Board of Governors last month that the program has concluded its initial phase. They also said it is utilizing a unique opportunity in presenting events at four college football games around the state, using former football players from each school who are now lawyers.The program will start September 7 at the University of Florida versus University of Miami game and subsequent events will be at UM, Florida State University, and Florida A&M University, which is reopening its law school this fall after a 34-year hiatus.Preliminary plans call for an on-field presentation with the law school dean, lawyers/former football players, and Aronovitz recognizing the pro bono efforts of Florida lawyers, and a 30-second video played on the stadium video screens, highlighting the benefits and services of the legal system.There may also be a display area for information about Dignity in Law and an ad in the game program.“We’re really excited because we got the University of Florida to do all this at basically no cost,” Barney said. “We just have to provide the video and the players/lawyers.”As for the rest of the program, Barney said the company and the Bar have completed the start-up phase and agreed on goals. That includes settling on a clear, concise message to communicate. Aronovitz said that after extensive discussions it was decided the key message would be that the legal profession is widely misunderstood; the job of lawyers and judges is to make the law work for everyone; and The Florida Bar is the “gold standard” of state bars throughout the country.The Bar, Barney said, has revamped its Web site news center, conducted a survey of journalists, and has signed up 25 reporters for a service that provides them, via e-mail, information and background about topical legal issues and story ideas.“The lion’s share of what we’re going to do is getting out news,” Barney said. “The biggest challenge I have is getting stories from members. I just want to hear everything you think might be of interest to the media.”She urged board and Bar members to fill out and submit tip sheets (included in the August 1 and 15 News, and at the end of this article) on potential news stories. Bar sections and local bar associations are also being contacted and solicited for ideas. Barney said the Dignity in Law campaign got about 15 to 20 story ideas in its first month, and she wants to increase that three times over.“Lastly, we’re also doing some communications outside the media and focusing on the legislature,” Barney reported. She said the Bar will be doing an update for legislators in September that will focus on court funding, a crucial issue as the state complies with a constitutional mandate that it take over more trial court funding from the counties in the next two years.Barney also encouraged board members to keep talking up the program, and noted Aronovitz has received overwhelmingly positive responses from Bar members. “Give the program a chance,” she concluded. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”Aronovitz reported he’s gotten good responses from newspaper editorial boards and reporters around the state to the Dignity in Law campaign. He also said voluntary contributions have been healthy and could surpass $250,000. That includes $50,000 from the Young Lawyers Division, $25,000 from the Family Law Section, and more than $90,000 from more than 2,000 individual attorneys.When the program was initially approved, Aronovitz said he wanted to raise at least $200,000 of the $750,000 cost from donations to lessen the impact on the Bar’s budget.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Nepal, Chinese bird market confusion, weakened smallpox vaccine, NIH funds

first_imgMar 11, 2009Egyptian baby stable with H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza case that Egypt’s health ministry reported yesterday, in an 18-month-old girl from Menofia governorate. She got sick on Mar 6 after she had contact with dead and sick poultry, the WHO said. She was hospitalized on Mar 9 and remains in stable condition. The WHO’s H5N1 count for Egypt has reached 58 cases, 23 of which were fatal. The global H5N1 total is 411 cases and 256 deaths.[Mar 11 WHO statement]Nepal, Egypt report H5N1 outbreaksVeterinary officials in Nepal’s Jhapa district culled about 260 poultry and destroyed eggs yesterday in response to another H5N1 outbreak, the country’s news agency reported today, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The outbreak is Nepal’s second since mid January. Meanwhile, Egypt reported two new H5N1 outbreaks in backyard birds, one in chickens and ducks in Alexandria governorate and the other in chickens in Beheira governorate, according to reports from the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR).[Mar 11 Xinhua story]Contradictory reports on Chinese live-bird marketsContradictory reports have emerged from China regarding attempts to prevent the spread of avian influenza via live-bird markets. The news websites Shanghai Daily and Sina.com report that the Ministry of Agriculture plans to close any live bird or animal markets in medium or large cities, but the ministry denied the report in a story placed in the Beijing Times and the official news service Xinhua.[March 10 Sina.com story (Mandarin)][March 10 Xinhua story]Good results reported in trial of weakened smallpox vaccineA weakened smallpox (vaccinia) vaccine grown in tissue culture triggered an immune response in most recipients in a Japanese trial, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The vaccine, called LC16m8, was used safely in thousands of Japanese infants in the 1970s. The new trial involved more than 3,200 Japanese military personnel. The vaccine induced a skin reaction in 94.4% of vaccinia-naive participants and triggered an antibody response in 90%. Among previously vaccinated volunteers, the vaccine elicited a skin reaction in 86.6% and an antibody response in 60%. No serious adverse events were reported.[JAMA article]NIH seeks stimulus grant applicationsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was accepting applications for $1.5 billion in grant money provided by the federal stimulus bill that was passed in February. The funds include $200 million in 2-year jump-start funding to address specific challenges in biomedical and behavioral research, $1 billion to improve existing research facilities, and $300 million to purchase critical research equipment.[Mar 10 NIH press release]last_img read more

Excellent promotion of Varaždin County. Balloons of Varaždin County above the famous Pula Arena

first_imgAn excellent rounded promotion, and the icing on the cake is certainly the attractive balloon of Varaždin County, whose image will surely flood social networks. Bravo for the excellent promotion of the Varaždin County Tourist Board. Citizens of Pula, Istria County, and many domestic and foreign tourists who are currently staying on this Croatian peninsula, could try Varaždin pumpkin oil, buckwheat gibanek, Varaždin cabbage, fruit brandies and liqueurs, honey and wine from Varaždin vineyards. Natalija Martinčević, County Prefect’s Advisor and Chairwoman of the Varaždin County Tourist Board, pointed out that this event is another contribution to the branding of top quality original products, but also a contribution to the promotion of the entire Varaždin County. “Again, we promote pumpkin oil, Varaždin cabbage, and other products, and our Hussars and Purgars are in themselves a visual attraction. I am glad that a large number of citizens and tourists had the opportunity to get to know our County. A lot of exhibitors responded and I am glad that we met their expectations. The lifting of the balloon was really wonderful and fascinating, and I am sure that the inscription “Varaždin County” has reached many ” said Natalija Martinčević. In addition to the gastronomic delicacies, family farms and producers from the Varaždin County presented their traditional products and handicrafts, and the present visitors were introduced to the Hussar Guard and Varaždin Purgars. The tamburitza ensemble of KUD Toplice from Varaždinske Toplice and the jazz ensemble “Kovačević Brothers featuring Zoran Puljek” were in charge of the musical part of the presentation. Varaždin County today (June 22) presented its cultural and tourist potentials in Pula, and the day before in the evening there was a ceremonial raising of the balloons of Varaždin County in the Pula Arena.  Photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board However, a special attraction was the raising of balloons in Varaždin County on Friday, when to the delight of many tourists above the famous amphitheater shone the balloon dome, which is also a reproduction of one of the most impressive works of Croatian naive – painting “Flower Festival” by Ivan Rabuzin.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia conveys concerns over New Delhi riots

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? The Indonesian government has conveyed its concerns over the recent deadly riots in New Delhi, as anger mounts in the predominantly Muslim country over what local Islamic groups say is anti-Muslim violence in India. The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had called the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta to discuss the riots that have claimed dozens of lives.   “The government of Indonesia has complete confidence that the government of India will be able to manage the situation and ensure the harmonious relations among its religious communities. Moreover, both countries share similar characteristics, as pluralistic countries that uphold democratic values and tolerance,” the ministry said. The statement came hours after the Religious Affairs Ministry uncharacteristically issued a statement condemning the sectarian “violence against Musl… Facebook Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google India rioting citizenship-law Foreign-Ministry Indonesialast_img read more

Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves drop from record high as risks loom

first_img“Bank Indonesia considers this enough to support external sector resilience and maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability,” the central bank wrote in a statement.“Going forward, we see the reserves as adequate, supported by a stable and solid domestic economic outlook.”However, risks loom as the country is expected to face heavy foreign outflows in the future, said Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro.Foreign investors sold a net Rp 30.8 trillion (US$2.17 billion) of Indonesian assets through February until Feb. 27, Rp 26.2 trillion of which was in government bonds and Rp 4.1 trillion in stocks. “Risks are coming from weaker global growth,” Andry said. “Stagnated commodity prices and escalating fears over the COVID-19 outbreak will disrupt Indonesia’s exports and tourism and cause higher uncertainty and volatility in the financial market.”The pneumonia-like illness, which was first reported in Wuhan, China, at the end of December 2019, has infected around 95,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,200, disrupting businesses, factories, schools and office activities around the globe as governments try to contain the virus.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, prompting concerted efforts by the government and financial authorities to cushion the country’s economy from a possible hit.However, Andry expressed his optimism that the United States Federal Reserve’s dovish monetary stance coupled with Indonesia’s benign inflation rate in 2020 would make returns of Indonesia’s financial assets remain relatively attractive, encouraging foreign investors to pour their money into the country’s financial system.“We estimate the CAD [current account deficit] in 2020 to widen to 2.88 percent of GDP versus 2.72 percent of GDP in 2019 and the rupiah exchange rate to depreciate to 14,296 per US dollar versus1 3,866 in 2019,” he said.The Fed delivered an emergency half-percentage point interest rate cut to a range of 1 percent and 1.25 percent on Tuesday in a bid to protect the US economy from the spreading coronavirus. BI also cut its benchmark interest rate, the seven-day reverse repo rate, by 25 basis points (bps) to 4.75 percent last month to mitigate the potential risks from a COVID-19 spread on the country’s economic growth.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank saw ample room for monetary and macroprudential easing amid risks posed by the outbreak.He cited room for a lower reserve requirement ratio for both the greenback and rupiah for local banks. He also mentioned the policy rate as a possible easing measure to jack up growth, which he expected to slow down to 4.9 percent in the first quarter, compared with a three-year low of 4.97 percent in the 2019’s fourth quarter.“Going forward, the direction of BI’s monetary stance will continue to be accommodative,” Perry stressed. Topics :center_img Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves fell to US$130.4 billion in February after the government paid its foreign debts, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday.Foreign reserves stood at $131.7 billion in January, which was the second-highest level in Indonesia’s history after the $131.9 billion booked in January 2018.February’s figure is enough to support 7.4 months of imports and payments of the government’s short-term debts and is above the international adequacy standards of about three months of imports.last_img read more

Japan’s ​Nikko AM hires former SWIP global equities team

first_imgJapan’s Nikko Asset Management has hired William Low, former director of global equities at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), to head up a new global equities team.Low, who left SWIP in April following its acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be joined by six of his former colleagues, following the launch of an Edinburgh office for the $158bn (€114.8bn) Nikko AM.Stressing his team’s active approach to stock selection, Low said the group was the “antithesis of index-huggers”.He questioned the “blind faith” many investors placed in index providers to allocate capital for them, citing Morgan Stanley, Standard & Poor’s and FTSE, but argued that his team would “do a much better job of picking companies around the world”. Low joined SWIP in 2011 from BlackRock, first working as head of global equities and from 2012 onwards as director of global equities.He spent 15 years at BlackRock and has also worked at Dunedin Fund Managers.Alongside Low, Greig Bryson, Stephen Corr, Iain Fulton, James Kinghorn and Johnny Russell join Nikko AM – each with the title of investment director, with expertise on a specific sector.Yu-Ming Wang, deputy president and global head of investment, noted that many of the team had been working together since Low’s time at BlackRock.He said Nikko was active “in pursuit of high-alpha strategies, and with efficient passive offerings on our product”.“We will leave the middle to someone else because that middle can be easily replaced with cheap smart-beta options,” he added. Low’s team will be receiving funding immediately, taking over the management of some of Nikko’s existing global equity mandates.last_img read more

Fireworks follow final checkers at Atchison County

first_imgBy Rick StaleyATCHISON, Kan. – Fireworks follow the final checkers Friday night, July 1 at Atchison County Raceway.Intermission sees an adult scavenger hunt on the infield for cash and prizes. If paid grandstand attendance is 500 or more, the track will draw a ticket number and award $750 to one very lucky fan.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars headline the IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly program. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m.Admission for fans 13 and older is $12, for kids ages 6-12 $6 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30 or $15 for ages 5-12; all minors must have a release waiver signed by both par­ents.last_img

Rodgers thrilled by super Suarez

first_img It was a wonderful performance. Magic.” Rodgers also praised the quality of Sturridge’s goal despite him being shunted out of the limelight by Suarez. “You used to see goals like Daniel Sturridge’s here years ago, top players like Kenny (Dalglish) but that type of goal was incredible,” he added. The Reds boss could also not resist a joke at the expense of Sir Alex Ferguson after his criticism of Gerrard’s quality and Jordan Henderson’s physical attributes in his autobiography. “Steven is a top, top, top, top, top player,” he stressed, over-emphasising Ferguson’s comments. “Jordan was outstanding, athletically he was very good and he is getting better all the time tactically.” West Brom boss Steve Clarke had seen enough of Suarez’s quality as a first-team coach under Dalglish at Anfield to know the threat he posed but admitted they failed to deal with it. “It was difficult three times,” he said. “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb as we started too slowly and by the time we got into the game we were 2-0 down. “The first goal came from nothing, defensively it was disappointing, but the second is an unbelievable finish from the edge of the box and the fourth goal was also sublime – that finish put the icing on the cake. “Some days you have to take your hat off to the opposition and say they were better and their front two caused us problems.” He departed Anfield with the match ball, his fourth in a Reds shirt, and Rodgers felt the performance helped put a lid on all the shenanigans of pre-season. “It was a difficult summer for him but it was for everyone and we managed as a club and he has managed himself well and he has come out the other side performing as he always done,” said the manager. “I knew once I had got the commitment from him in the summer he has been great. “He is a tireless worker and I knew if he stayed it was going to be the case of working in training as he’s always done. “I thought the front two were brilliant. Suarez’s first goal was exceptional, we really exploited the space in front of their centre-halves and he showed wonderful invention and creativity to nutmeg (Jonas) Olsson before taking his shot early. “The second was a good team goal, I thought we moved it well, the cross came in early and he’s guided the header in fantastically well. “His third goal is from a great ball from Steven (Gerrard) and he could’ve had more after hitting the crossbar. “It was his first hat-trick here at Anfield, I think you have seen his commitment to the team and what we are trying to do. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed a “magic” performance from Luis Suarez after his first Anfield hat-trick demolished West Brom. The Uruguay international scored twice before half-time in the 4-1 win, added another 10 minutes after the break and after James Morrison had converted a contested penalty Daniel Sturridge applied the coup de grace with a delightful inch-perfect chip. Suarez departed just before the end to a standing ovation – less than three months after accusing the club of reneging on a deal to allow him to join a Champions League side following Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid – and gladly reciprocated. last_img read more

Prime Minister’s Cup confirmed for November 1-3

first_imgTHE Prime Minister’s T20 Cup has been confirmed for November 1-3, and will consist of three categories namely Over-45, Over-50 and Open with matches to be played at venues in Georgetown. The Over-50 tournament will be played for the first time. Chronicle Sport was reliably informed that, while no entrance fee is required, teams will be asked to make a deposit of $60 000 as collateral for their participation in the tournament and this will be refunded after the preliminary round matches on the second day of the competition.Teams are urged to secure their spots as early as possible since only the first eight teams registered in each of the categories will be accepted.Teams will be required to submit an ID photo of their list of 15 players which will be used for a database of the players.Following the semifinals on November 2, the finals will be held on November 3 at Everest CC, commencing with the over-50 category from 10:00hrs. This will be followed by the Over-45 final from 13:30hrs while the Open final will be played under lights from 18:00hrs.Regal Masters and Speedboat are the defending champions in the Over-45 and Open categories respectively.Registration forms can be uplifted at Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, 69 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, and teams can contact the GSCL Inc. on 225-4802 or 226-4205.last_img read more

Aston Villa Close to Club-record Deal for Watkins

first_imgWatkins was a key player for The Bees last season, scoring 26 goals as they missed out on promotion against Fulham in the Championship play-off final.Villa manager Dean Smith has been determined to improve his striking options after his side only secured Premier League safety on the final day of last season.Watkins will be reunited with Smith, who signed the forward when he was Brentford manager, paying an undisclosed fee to Exeter City in July 2017.Smith’s side scored 41 top-flight goals last season, but only six came from forwards – including five from Brazilian striker Wesley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aston Villa are closing in on a club-record deal for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins after agreeing a fee of £28m which could rise to £33m with add-ons.Villa moved swiftly for the 24-year-old forward after failing in a bid to sign Callum Wilson from Bournemouth.The England striker preferred to make a £20m move to NewcastleUnited.last_img read more