Miami All Bar Conference will review Dignity in Law program

first_imgMiami All Bar Conference will review Dignity in Law program Miami All Bar Conference will review Dignity in Law program December 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img The 2003 All Bar Conference will review the Dignity in Law campaign and participants will discuss the need to increase public awareness about the role lawyers play in society.The conference will be held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s Midyear Meeting January 16 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Information about the conference has been distributed to Florida Bar leaders, including the Bar Board of Governors, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers board, voluntary bar leaders, section and standing committee chairs, members of the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, and the judiciary, according to President Tod Aronovitz. Registration information also will be mailed out soon.Dignity in Law is a public awareness campaign designed to promote dignity in the profession, as well as emphasizing the need for a fair and impartial judiciary by applying an intensive, consistent communications effort. The plan also is designed to complement existing Bar public information efforts.The day long program will include media spokesperson training and a media panel discussion that will address the merits of the program and provide suggestions on how to improve the profession’s public perception. Florida journalists will appear on the panel.There also will be sessions where all attendees will critically analyze communication techniques with legislators, media, Bar members, and consumers. A professionalism seminar also will be part of the program and will be moderated by Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis and Blan Teagle, director of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism. The participants will screen “The Good, Bad and the Ugly: Lawyers and Popular Film.” The conference will also offer lawyers continuing legal education credit.Aronovitz said the erosion of respect for the legal profession stems from its commercialization, promotion by advertisement, emphasis on profit and financial gain, as well as fast-paced competition with clients’ demands and the pursuit of legal excellence. Bar polls consistently show most Florida lawyers view journalistic attacks as unfair and ask Bar leadership “to take a stand to tell our story.”More than $250,000 has been contributed by Bar members and sections to support the Dignity in Law program, according to Toyca Williams, of the Bar’s Public Information Department. Aronovitz said he is satisfied with the program’s success so far.“We are getting the message out to all Floridians about the great work lawyers and judges do every day for their clients, in the courtrooms and in the community.”Williams said the message also has spread nationally and garnered support outside Florida. Other legal organizations have asked Aronovitz to speak to their members about Dignity in Law.“Contrary to the high profile criminal cases that the public most often associates with the legal profession, most legal work goes largely unoticed but is equally essential,” Aronovitz said. “From buying or selling a home to preparing a will, Floridians rely on attorneys to ensure that their rights and best interests are protected.”last_img read more

What J.R.R. Tolkien can teach us about life after Trump

first_imgThe sooner we begin, the sooner we may say along with Sam’s old Gaffer, “All’s well that ends better!”   McConnell may be right—indeed, he may continue to do damage even as we work to correct it—but we must undertake it just the same. And Tolkien provides us with insight into the way that work must be accomplished: with determination, but also with compassion. Frodo, as leader of the free hobbits, forbids violence against his fellow hobbits “even if they have gone over to the other side. Really gone over, I mean, not just obeying … because they are frightened.” He cautions that “it is useless to meet revenge with revenge: It will heal nothing.” Compare this to Joe Biden: “We must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.”  Like Trump’s MAGA minions, Saruman’s thugs—hobbit, half orc, and human alike—demand respect but deserve none. What they do deserve, Frodo knows, is the chance to change—with consequences if they choose not to. “Do not kill him even now,” he instructs Sam after the disgraced Wizard has just attempted to stab him with a dagger.  “He was great once, of a noble kind … He is fallen and his cure is beyond us, but I would still spare him, in the hope that he may find it.” But Saruman’s pride, like Trump’s, prevents conversion. “All my hopes are ruined,” he tells Galadriel in an earlier chapter, “but I would not share yours.” And Frodo has no compunctions about driving him and his henchmen out of town—as we must have none about driving out the recalcitrant Trump and his goons if they refuse to go in peace.  When first apprised of Sauron’s fall and the success of the Quest, Sam wonders, “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” In “The Scouring of the Shire,” Tolkien has Sam provide his own answer: “I shan’t call it the end,” he says, “till we’ve cleared up the mess. And that’ll take a lot of time and work.” That work is now our work. To quote Joe Biden, “The work of making this vision real is the task of our time.”  – Advertisement – Nor have we rid ourselves of the scourge of Trumpism. On the contrary, Trumpists still occupy the top positions in government and have not acceded to the lawful transfer of power. High-level elected officials remain complicit. Trump loyalists have been installed in our judiciary and our career civil service. Armed militias threaten violence. And millions of our fellow citizens have thrown their lot in with the corrupt and immoral Trump regime.  Tolkien understood that the aftermath of evil is not sudden good, but rather a long, hard, unglamorous slog towards normalcy and decency. And he understood that even this menial work would face resistance from the spiteful vanquished. “I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo,” smirks Sharkey/Saruman to Frodo upon realizing he is defeated. Compare this to Mitch McConnell upon the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”    – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sanofi says H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant may go further

first_imgEditor’s note: The title and first two paragraphs of this story were revised Dec 16 to correct a statement in the original that gave a more positive reflection of the trial results described below than may be warranted. The original version said that Sanofi Pasteur had described the trial results as “promising,” but the company actually said only that the results were “a sign of progress.”Dec 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur today announced preliminary trial results suggesting that using an additive to boost the immune response may help to stretch the supply of a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza by a modest amount.Previous results had indicated that an H5N1 vaccine without an immune-boosting adjuvant would have to contain 12 times as much antigen (active ingredient) as seasonal flu vaccines do. In the results announced today, it took four times as much antigen as in a seasonal flu vaccine to induce an adequate immune response—an improvement, but far from what is needed to remedy the global shortage of vaccine production capacity.Sanofi tested an H5N1 vaccine it is making for the French government on 300 volunteers, using three different doses: 7.5, 15, and 30 micrograms. The volunteers were divided into six groups, and each group received two doses of vaccine with or without alum, an adjuvant used in many vaccines, according to Len Lavenda, US spokesman for Sanofi. The shots were given 3 weeks apart.”A 30-microgram dose with an adjuvant in a two-dose regimen demonstrated an immune response at levels consistent with requirements of regulatory agencies for licensure of seasonal influenza vaccine,” the company said in a news release.The two 30-microgram doses of vaccine containing alum induced an immune response in line with what the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) requires for flu vaccines, Lavenda told CIDRAP News.”We saw responses in all six groups, but the two-30-microgram-dose adjuvant group was the only one within the range of EMEA approval,” he said.”The 7.5- and 15-microgram studies provided results that were not as high as the 30, but we are continuing to study that data and we expect to publish the full set within a few months,” Lavenda said.Seasonal flu vaccines typically contain 15 micrograms of antigen, the active ingredient, for each viral strain covered. The amount that proved adequate in the Sanofi trial was 60 micrograms (two 30-microgram doses), four times as much.However, 60 micrograms is a much smaller amount than what was found to be adequate in a trial of an H5N1 vaccine that Sanofi is producing for the US government, according to results announced in August. In that trial, which didn’t involve an adjuvant, the regimen that looked most promising was two 90-microgram doses, a total of 180 micrograms.H5N1 vaccines are being developed in the hope that they will be protective if the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain. But even if the current experimental vaccines turn out be effective, the world’s current production capacity is far too small to provide enough vaccine for more than a small fraction of the population, according to disease experts. Researchers hope that dose-sparing tools such as adjuvants will help stretch the supply.Sanofi called the new trial results “a sign of progress” that will help guide further development of a pandemic flu vaccine. “Subsequent trials will explore different dosages, which may be helpful in answering questions about dose-sparing strategies,” the company said.The vaccine used in the latest trial is being developed to provide a stockpile for the French government, the company said. It comes from a different human isolate of H5N1 virus than the one used in the vaccine Sanofi is making for the United States, according to Lavenda.See also:Aug 8, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Hopeful news on human H5N1 vaccine, but production concerns considerable”last_img read more

For the first time in history, Franjo Tuđman Airport has three million passengers

first_imgIn the operations of the Franjo Tuđman Airport, 2017 will be recorded in terms of record traffic results, and for the first time in history, Zagreb Airport recorded the three millionth passenger. Lucky passenger Stephan De Bleser from Belgium checked in for Croatia Airlines flight OU4456 Zagreb – Brussels.The check-in of the three millionth passenger for the flight was accompanied by a ceremony and a musical surprise performed by the Zagreb Philharmonic Trombone Quartet, in the check-in area, thus cheering many other passengers who found themselves at the airport. “We end a successful business year in the best possible way, by marking the three millionth passenger of the airport, for the first time in history. Congratulations to Mr. De Bleser, our three millionth passenger, and I thank all the passengers who used the services of Franjo Tudjman Airport this year, in which we opened a new passenger terminal and achieved excellent traffic results.”, Said Jacques Feron.The first three millionth passenger in the history of the Franjo Tudjman Airport is the Belgian Stephan De Bleser, who stated “I was pleasantly surprised by this kind of welcome, I felt like a movie star! This is my second time in Croatia, thank you very much for the gifts, I will use the voucher immediately in the duty free shop, and since I also received airline tickets, I will return to Croatia again. “Related news: CROATIA AIRLINES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY RECORDED TWO MILLION TRAVELERS IN ONE YEARlast_img read more

Niche market

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Coronavirus resurgence in Beijing prompts reinstatement of tough measures

first_imgBeijing reported its second consecutive day of record new numbers of COVID-19 cases on Monday, adding urgency to efforts to rein in a sudden resurgence of the coronavirus in the Chinese capital.The recent outbreak has been traced to Xinfadi, a sprawling wholesale food market that is the biggest in Asia and accounts for 80% of Beijing’s farm produce supply sourced both domestically and from overseas.The market has been shut, tens of thousands of nearby residents are being tested for the virus, and a city-wide campaign launched to identify people who have recently visited the market or been in contact with people who have. Some schools have started to suspend classes. “The risk of the epidemic spreading is very high, so we should take resolute and decisive measures,” Xu Hejiang, spokesman at the Beijing city government, said at a press conference on Monday.Xinfadi, a complex of warehouses and trading halls spanning an area the size of nearly 160 soccer pitches, is more than 20 times larger than the seafood market in Wuhan where the coronavirus originated. Thousands of tons of vegetables, fruits and meats are traded at Xinfadi each day.Beijing officials on Monday confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases for June 14, the same as a day earlier, which was the city’s highest daily infection count since late March. Officials have now reported 79 cases over just four days, the biggest concentration of infections since February.A number of neighborhoods in the west and southwest of Beijing have been upgraded to medium-risk, including Financial Street where banks and financial firms converge, which calls for measures such as strict control of people and vehicle movements, disinfections and temperature checks. One neighborhood in the same district as the food market was raised to high-risk, denoting the most severe level of infection and warning people not to go there. Beijing started testing en masse on Sunday, conducting 76,499 tests. Fifty-nine individuals tested positive, Gao Xiaojun, a spokesperson for the Beijing public health commission, said at Monday’s briefing.Samples of 8,950 people who were recently at Xinfadi had been collected as of early Monday, said Gao, adding that results from the 6,075 tested so far were negative.InvestigationThe new Beijing cluster prompted governments in some cities and provinces to warn their residents against non-essential travel to the capital, and to implement isolation protocols and testing for some incoming visitors from the capital.The northeastern province of Liaoning and northern Hebei province have reported a combined handful of cases connected to the Beijing infections. Sichuan in the southwest reported one suspected case on Monday.The World Health Organization said on Sunday it was informed of the outbreak by Chinese officials who were investigating its source and extent. WHO reinforced the need for thorough investigations.”Genetic sequencing from humans and environmental samples is ongoing, and WHO encourages the release of these sequences as soon as possible,” WHO said in its statement. “WHO understands that genetic sequences will be released as soon as possible once further laboratory analyses are completed.”An epidemiologist with the Beijing government said on Sunday that a DNA sequencing of the virus showed the Xinfadi outbreak could have come from Europe.”Our preliminary assessment is the virus came from overseas. We still can’t determine how it got here. It might’ve been on contaminated seafood or meat, or spread from the feces of people inside the market,” state media quoted Yang Peng as saying.Topics :last_img read more

Principles for Responsible Investment ‘disappointed’ by Danish defection

first_imgSince then, investors affiliated with the PRI had ceased to be members of the organisation and the original annual general meeting had been abolished, it said.PRI managing director, Fiona Reynolds said: “The PRI is deeply disappointed this has occurred.”At its annual Signatory General Meeting in Cape Town in September, the PRI committed to undertake a review of its governance, she said.“The Council’s governance committee has already begun to define the scope of this review, which will be led by a new council chair expected to be appointed in early 2014,” Reynolds said.She said the PRI advisory council was democratically elected by signatories and made up of representatives from all three categories of signatory and regions of the world.Council members appoint the directors of the PRI association board, who oversee the work of the PRI Secretariat, she said.“The council and the board take governance seriously and are committed to continued improvements,” Reynolds said.The PRI organisation’s leaders had previously arranged to meet with the Danish signatories in Copenhagen on 13 January, adding that the PRI planned to continue with the meeting and hoped all of the funds concerned would attend.“Given the important work of the Danish pension funds in responsible investment, we hope the funds concerned will reconsider their decision at some point in the near future,” she said. The private body behind the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has said it is “deeply disappointed” six Danish pension funds are leaving the organisation in protest at the way it is being run.The PRI insisted it took governance seriously and was committed to improving.On Friday, Denmark’s DKK600bn (€80.4bn) statutory pension fund ATP and five of the country’s other major pension funds said they were delisting from the PRI organisation because of a number of governance problems — but would still follow the principles themselves.ATP criticised PRI for a lack of democracy and transparency, which it said stemmed from a move by the organisation in 2010-11 to alter its constitution without involving members.last_img read more

German state signs PRI as Frankfurt eyes green finance sector

first_imgHessen’s government wants Frankfurt to become a centre for green financeAt the beginning of 2019, Hessen became the first German province to make it legally binding for the pension reserve fund to invest according to sustainable criteria.Since then companies producing nuclear energy and fossil fuels have “virtually been excluded” from the fund’s universe, Hessen’s government said in the press release.The fund’s investments are managed by the German Bundesbank according to the sustainability criteria set by the province of Hessen.De Nederlandsche Bank, the Netherlands’ central bank and financial regulator, became the first central bank to sign up to the PRI in March this year.Further readingPRI signatories must report climate change risks from 2020 Earlier this year the PRI said it would require its entire book of 2,250 signatories – including asset owners, investment managers and service providers – to report how they have considered specific climate change risks in their portfolios Hessen, which includes the city of Frankfurt, has become the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to sign the UN’s Principles on Responsible Investment (PRI).The state has joined the initiative for its €3.7bn pension reserve fund, which was established in 1999 to build a funded supplementary retirement provision for its civil servants.The region’s minister for economy, Tarek Al-Wazir, noted in a press release that signing the UNPRI was another step towards enhancing Frankfurt’s and Hessen’s standing in green finance.“By now almost all financial locations worldwide have recognised the significance of green finance and the regional government of Hessen wants Frankfurt to take a leading role in this field,” Al-Wazir said. The pension reserve fund has applied an ESG benchmark to its equity investments since 2007.For several years, the fund’s criteria have been sharpened and adjusted to include ecological and social standards, according to a ‘best-in-class’ approach.last_img read more

IU Basketball Player Improving After Accident

first_imgOn Sunday, team physician Dr. Larry Rink said in a statement, “I am glad to report that Devin is doing better this morning and has benefited from uninterrupted rest. His speech in normal and he has the use of all extremities.”The sophomore was dropped off at a campus parking by freshman player Emmitt Holt around 1 a.m. Saturday.Moments later Davis reportedly crossed the street in front of Holt’s vehicle and struck. He was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries.Police say Holt, 18, had a blood alcohol content of 0.025, and was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.02. The legal limit in Indiana is 0.08 for those over 21 years or older.IU coach Tom Crean said Sunday, “Too often in life, we all take for granted the simple tasks of opening our eyes, processing thoughts and putting a simple sentence together. In our program, we routinely emphasize to our players that everything matters and watching Devin improve just over the last 36 hours has furthered our belief in that approach.” Sophomore Devon Davis.BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The medical condition of Indiana University basketball player Devin Davis is improving after being struck by a teammate’s car on campus early Saturday morning.last_img read more

Bulldogs Tame Tigers In Freshman Basketball

first_imgThe Batesville boys 9th grade basketball team opened up 2016 by improving to 7-3 on the season with a 37-28 win at home against Lawrenceburg.The Dogs came out strong for their first game after a two week Christmas break. The Tigers narrowed the bulldog lead to 1 late in the third quarter but the dogs responded and were able to pull ahead for a solid lead in the 4th quarter.Devin Scripture lead all scorers with 12 points, scoring both inside and from 3 point range. Alex Westerfeld and Gus Cooper also contributed 8 points each. Tyler Myers dominated on the boards and helped keep many offensive possessions alive.The team is in action again Thursday when they host Connersville.Score by quarter vs Lawrenceburg:  BHS: 9 20 26 37.  LHS: 5 12 23 28.Scoring:  Lane Oesterling 5, Sam Giesting 0, Gus Cooper 8, Nathan Eckstein 2, Devin Scripture 12, Alex Westerfeld 8, Tyler Myers 2, Kevin Salatin 0, and Charlie Prickel 0Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more