ACLU Slams, Prosecutors welcome Sessions’ Call For Tougher ChargesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comThe American Civil Liberties Union says Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “repeating a failed experiment” by encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects.Udi Ofer, director of the organization’s Campaign for Smart Justice, said it sounds a lot like a throwback to the war on drugs. He says that effort in the 1970s and ’80s “devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans” and disproportionately hurt minorities. He says Sessions risks repeating “a vicious cycle of incarceration” at a time when crime rates are low.Sessions’ memo to U.S. attorneys is an undoing of Obama-era policies that aimed to ease federal prison overcrowding and show lenience to nonviolent, lower-level drug offenders. Sessions says the opioid scourge shows the need to return to tougher tactics.Ofer says the policy is “draconian.”Some prosecutors, however, are praising Sessions’ new policy urging them to charge the most serious crimes against suspects.The move has been criticized by defense attorneys and advocates as likely to crowd federal prisons and subject lower-level drug offenders to long mandatory minimum sentences they see as unfairly harsh.But the head of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys says the new guidance will make the public safer.Lawrence Leiser said the policy will “restore the tools that Congress intended” federal prosecutors to use to punish drug traffickers and dismantle gangs.He says the policy is simply an application of sentencing laws approved by Congress.The policy undoes Obama-era guidance that Sessions says sidestepped federal law by allowing prosecutors to avoid charging some people with the most serious charges.The head of a defense attorneys organization the directive that prosecutors pursue tougher charges against suspects has stripped them of their ability to seek justice.Barry Pollack, of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, says the new policy will “yield unfair results” and marks a return to the failed policies of past administrations.Sessions is telling the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects. That is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions announced the move in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys. It’s long been expected from the former prosecutor who has made fighting violent crime the Justice Department’s priority.The change undoes Obama administration policies aimed at easing prison overcrowding and showing leniency for lower-level drug offenders. Critics of the shift say it will revive the worst aspects of the drug war. But Sessions has said a spike in violence in some big cities shows the need for a return to tougher tactics.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Vulfpeck was the first band to perform at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival, and they surely impressed with their brand intricate, funky music. Opening with “Conscious Club”, Jack Stratton immediately started the banter as the band kicked into gear, and the fun didn’t stop throughout their hourlong set.The Vulf worked “Fugue State”, “Rango II”, “My First Car”, and “Cory Wong” into the set before inviting out frequent collaborator and explosive performer Antwuan Stanley for an excellent mid-set breakdown. “Funky Duck” got the crowd really riled up, while “1612 and “Wait for the Moment” gave Stanley an opportunity to showcase his impressive vocal range. Perhaps the highlight of the show, Stanley closed out his portion of the set with a fun cover of “Peg” by Steely Dan, a cover in Vulfpeck’s repertoire that really resonated with the classic-rock-appreciating crowd at LOCKN’.After Stanley left the stage, Vulfpeck finished their set with a series of their biggest songs. “Back Pocket” made for a big sing-a-long moment, with Theo Katzman leading the crowd through an impressive three-part harmony. Then, it was finally Joe Dart‘s turn to take center stage, and he absolutely crushed his feature on “Beastly”. Dart is beyond talented on his Fender Jazz bass, and he showed off his talent with an awesome, “Jungle Boogie”-inspired solo on “Beastly”. “Christmas in L.A.” came next, giving and Katzman and the crowd another opportunity to interact by fittingly turning “LA” into “VA” for the song’s chorus, giving the state of Virginia a nice little shout out. Vulfpeck finished their first set with “It Gets Funkier”, giving the excited LOCKN’ audience a chance to funk out one more time before Vulfpeck gave way to Umphrey’s McGee.Watch full video of Vulfpeck’s glorious debut at LOCKN’ below, courtesy of YouTube user micapaw groove.Setlist: Vulfpeck at LOCKN’ Festival, Arrington, VA – 8/25/16Set: Conscious Club, Fugue State, Rango II, My First Car, Jam, Funky Duck, 1612, Wait for the Moment, Peg (Steely Dan cover), Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas in L.A., It Gets Funkier
Radcliffe’s ‘jellyfish guy’ follows the light Jellyfish are about 95 percent water, making them some of the most diaphanous, delicate animals on the planet. But their remaining 5 percent has yielded important scientific discoveries, such as green fluorescent protein that scientists now use extensively to study gene expression, and life-cycle reversal that could hold the keys to combating aging.Jellyfish may very well harbor other, potentially life-changing secrets, but the difficulty of collecting them has severely limited the study of these “forgotten fauna.” The sampling tools available to marine biologists on remotely operated vehicles were largely developed for the marine oil and gas industries, and are far better-suited to grasping and manipulating rocks and heavy equipment than jellies, which they often shred to pieces while trying to capture them.Now, a new technology developed by researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Baruch College at City University of New York offers a novel solution to that problem in the form of an ultra-soft, underwater gripper that uses hydraulic pressure to gently but firmly wrap its fettuccini-like fingers around a single jellyfish, then release it without causing harm. The gripper is described in a new paper published in Science Robotics.“Our ultra-gentle gripper is a clear improvement over existing deep-sea sampling devices for jellies and other soft-bodied creatures that are otherwise nearly impossible to collect intact,” said first author Nina Sinatra, a former graduate student in the lab of Robert Wood at the Wyss Institute. “This technology can also be extended to improve underwater analysis techniques and allow extensive study of the ecological and genetic features of marine organisms without taking them out of the water.”The gripper’s six “fingers” are composed of thin, flat strips of silicone with a hollow channel inside bonded to a layer of flexible but stiffer polymer nanofibers. The fingers are attached to a rectangular, 3D-printed plastic “palm” and, when their channels are filled with water, curl in the direction of the nanofiber-coated side. Each finger exerts an extremely low amount of pressure — about 0.0455 kPA, or less than one-tenth of the pressure of a human’s eyelid on their eye. By contrast, current state-of-the-art soft marine grippers, which are used to capture delicate but more robust animals than jellyfish, exert about 1 kPA.The researchers fitted their ultra-gentle gripper to a specially created, hand-held device and tested its ability to grasp an artificial silicone jellyfish in a tank of water to determine the positioning and precision as well as the optimum angle and speed at which to capture a jellyfish. They then moved on to the real thing at the New England Aquarium, where they used the grippers to grab swimming moon jellies, jelly blubbers, and spotted jellies, all about the size of a golf ball.The gripper was successfully able to trap each jellyfish against the palm of the device, and the jellyfish were unable to break free from the fingers’ grasp until the gripper was depressurized. The jellyfish showed no signs of stress or other adverse effects after being released, and the fingers were able to open and close roughly 100 times before showing signs of wear and tear.,“Marine biologists have been waiting a long time for a tool that replicates the gentleness of human hands in interacting with delicate animals like jellyfish from inaccessible environments,” said co-author David Gruber, a 2017-2018 Radcliffe Fellow, professor of biology and environmental science at Baruch College, and a National Geographic Explorer. “This gripper is part of an ever-growing soft robotic toolbox that promises to make underwater species collection easier and safer, which would greatly improve the pace and quality of research on animals that have been under-studied for hundreds of years, giving us a more complete picture of the complex ecosystems that make up our oceans.”The ultra-soft gripper is the latest innovation in soft robotics for underwater sampling, an ongoing collaboration between Gruber and Wood that has produced the origami-inspired RAD sampler and multifunctional “squishy fingers” to collect a diverse array of hard-to-capture organisms, including squids, octopuses, sponges, sea whips, corals, and more.“Soft robotics is an ideal solution to long-standing problems like this one across a wide variety of fields, because it combines the programmability and robustness of traditional robots with unprecedented gentleness thanks to the flexible materials used,” said Wood, a Wyss core faculty member, co-lead of the Wyss Institute’s Bioinspired Soft Robotics Platform, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS, and a National Geographic Explorer.The team is continuing to refine the ultra-soft gripper’s design, and aims to conduct studies that evaluate the jellyfishes’ physiological response to being held by the gripper, to more definitively prove that it does not cause the animals stress. Wood and Gruber, who are also co-principal investigators of the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Designing the Future project, will further test their various underwater robots on an expedition aboard the research ship Falkorin 2020.“At the Wyss Institute we are always asking, ‘How can we make this better?’ I am extremely impressed by the ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking that Rob Wood and his team have applied to solve a real-world problem that exists in the open ocean, rather than in the laboratory. This could help to greatly advance ocean science,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at SEAS.Additional authors of the paper are Clark Teeple, Daniel Vogt, and Kevin Kit Parker from the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS. Parker is a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute and the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at SEAS.The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Harvard University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, and the National Geographic Society. Related Pneumatic digital logic eliminates the last hard components from robots Replacing hard parts in soft robots A soft touch Marine biologist David Gruber’s research plumbs the potential of an oceanic enigma Researchers develop ‘soft’ valves to make entirely soft robots
An Emmy winner for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, Arnaz also teased, “We’re in discussion with a company right now that wants to produce a Broadway show based on [my parents’] lives. It’s people who could really get it done and would know how to do it well.” Arnaz added that a feature film covering the same material is also in development. She would consult on both projects as a producer. Arnaz keeps adding to her plate, but there’s no stopping her: “You talk about raining and pouring. It’s drenching out there right now! I’m soaking wet.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Lucie Arnaz is swinging back to the Great White Way! The actress will show off her circus moves as sassy grandma Berthe in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin. After kicking off the production’s national tour in September, she’s already had a few performances under her belt, but playing a hot trapezing granny is hard work: “My back went out, my knees went out, my thighs went out,” she told Broadway.com. “Then suddenly it got strong. Now it’s fun!” She’ll be taking center ring at the Music Box Theatre this week as Andrea Martin reprises her Tony-winning performance on the West Coast. Pippin Arnaz, who admits to being a “musical theater freak” as a kid, will still get to direct the Hazel reading while spending her evenings flipping through the air in Pippin. Based on the cartoon by Ted Key about a maid working for a middle-class family, Hazel features music by her friend and longtime music director Ron Abel, lyrics by Chuck Steffan and a book by Lissa Levin. The team aims to have stage vet Klea Blackhurst—whom Arnaz initially suggested for the show’s demo recordings—in the title role. Arnaz credits Abel and Steffan as the “bravest people on Broadway” for sticking to their intuition. Related Shows Naturally, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz was trained at an early age to hit her marks, enunciate and all those fundamentals: “That’s all part of my bloodstream now,” she explained. Her parents also instilled her with a huge boost of self-confidence. “My mother used to say, ‘I don’t know how you do it. I can’t do that.’ And my father used to send me red and white carnations on every opening and say, ‘Nobody will do it better than you.’ Wonderful, positive reinforcements.” So how did Arnaz wind up on Broadway after just a few short weeks on the road? While Martin was scheduled to perform in L.A., Arnaz had planned to take a hiatus and come to New York to direct a reading of the forthcoming musical adaptation of Hazel. That’s when producer Barry Weissler had an idea: Why not put Arnaz under the Broadway big top for a limited engagement? “So I said, ‘You know, let’s go for it. Take a chance and do it,’” Arnaz recalls. “I love this part and I’m looking forward to be able to do it for my friends.”
Georgia farmers are using a new way to grow cotton that keeps bugs at baywhile protecting the environment. They’re growing a new type of cotton, called Bt cotton, that fights some insectswhile it grows. Phillip Roberts, an entomologist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService, expects Georgia farmers to plant about a third of the 1997 cotton crop to Btvarieties. Farmers include Bt cotton, Roberts said, in an overall insect-control methodcalled integrated pest management. IPM programs use all sorts of natural controls, including Bt cotton andbeneficial insects, instead of chemicals to keep insects from harming the crop. Cottongrowers may still have to use some pesticides, but only as a last resort. IPM helps farmers stay on friendly terms with people who live around them,too. It can cut down on the number of times farmers must spray pesticides. Neighborslike that. Bt cotton can cut out even more spraying. It produces its own natural toxin thathelps control certain insects on the plant. Scientists took a toxin-producing gene from bacteria called Bacillusthuringiensis (Bt). They inserted it into the new cotton plant that takes its name. The naturally produced toxin helps control insects. “Bt cotton and IPMprograms don’t guarantee ‘no sprays,'” said Steve Brown, an extension cottonagronomist. “But they can dramatically decrease the number of applications required.” Killing bugs with the Bt toxin isn’t new. Many gardeners use it, too.Laboratories collect the toxin and include it in foliar sprays for garden plants. The toxinis the same. Only the delivery method differs. Now that the Boll Weevil Eradication Program has banished weevils fromGeorgia cotton fields, Roberts said farmers can really take advantage of the Bttechnology. “Regular cotton varieties might require six or seven pesticide applications in agiven year to control insects,” he said. “A field of Bt cotton right next to the regularvariety may only need two or three applications for the same amount of insect control.” One concern many people have is that insects may become resistant topesticides. Gary Herzog, a research entomologist at the Coastal Plain ExperimentStation, said IPM and Bt cotton can slow that process. Herzog has studied insect pesticide resistance trends since 1979. “Usually, a particular chemical can be widely used for about 10 years beforeresistance shows up,” he said. Bt cotton can extend that time. Farmers don’t have to spray as often. So insectsaren’t exposed as much to the most commonly used pesticides. So it takes them longerto develop resistance. If the Bt toxin doesn’t kill all the insects, Herzog said, it still weakenssurvivors. That makes them more vulnerable to other insecticides and the beneficialinsects that prey on them. The Bt toxin doesn’t affect the cotton fiber. It’s as strong and long and white asthat of non-Bt varieties. Planting Bt cotton can help farmers’ profits, too. If they can grow cotton withlower cost per acre, they can make more money on the same land. Higher profits lead more farmers to grow cotton. When more cotton is sold,though, the farmer’s prices can drop. Retail cotton clothing prices can drop, too. It costs farmers more — about $33 per acre — to plant Bt cotton. Roberts andBrown said if a grower has to spray a field four or more times for bollworms, he maydo better planting Bt cotton. “Each farmer has to decide if he can control bollworms for less than the cost toplant Bt cotton,” Brown said.
U.K.’s SSE plans significant expansion of renewable energy capacity by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:SSE is to treble its renewables output by 2030, with an aspiration to add 1GW a year of new clean power capacity by the second half of the decade.The company said it has already pledged to spend £7.5bn – £4m every day – to 2025.Its commitment follows the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan to build back greener and attract private sector investment in decarbonisation.SSE expects to reach financial close in the coming days on the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind complex, which it is a 50:50 joint venture partner on with Equinor. It added that there has also been strong progress on its other flagship projects, the 1075MW Seagreen offshore wind farm, of which SSE’s share is 49%, and the 443MW Viking onshore wind farm in Shetland, including the transmission link that will connect it to the mainland.SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said: “Today is an important day, not just for us as we publish our results and our low-carbon investment plans, but for anyone who supports the effort to tackle climate change as the Prime Minister sets out his welcome 10-point plan to build back greener. As we seek a recovery from the effects of Coronavirus, investments in low-carbon infrastructure that help stimulate the economy, boost jobs and level up regions while tackling climate change are a win-win.”More: SSE to treble renewables output by 2030
Briefs January 15, 2003 Regular News 10th Circuit court launches e-mail notification system The 10th Judicial Circuit has undertaken a new method to enhance communications efforts with the bar members in the circuit.Up until about two months ago, the customary method to notify the bar of changes in the assignment of judges, administrative orders, local policy changes, and other important information, was for the Court Administrator’s Office to send bar mailings, using first-class postage. With over 730 lawyers in the circuit (Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties), the effort was very labor intensive and quite costly.Now, with the use of a listserv program, information is disseminated immediately to the bar with the click of a mouse. Bar members who have provided their e-mail address to the court administrator will receive important information instantly from the chief judge, administrative judges, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The program was developed and implemented by Polk County Court Judge Anne Kaylor, who also serves as the Web master for the 10th Circuit’s Web site (www.judl0.org) and serves as the chair of the Technology Committee of the Conference of County Court Judges. LSGM offers free tax clinic Legal Services of Greater Miami, in conjunction with Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Dade County Bar Association, have received continued IRS funding to operate the Community Tax Clinic in 2003.The Community Tax Clinic provides a full range of legal services including information, legal advice, brief service, negotiation, and representation before administrative and judicial tribunals to resolve controversies with the IRS. The clinic specifically targets low-income taxpayers, and taxpayers for whom English is a second language. All services are free.Individuals in need of legal help to resolve a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service may walk into any Legal Services of Greater Miami office or visit any Put Something Back intake site throughout Miami-Dade County.The Community Tax Clinic lawyers provide a wide range of legal services to resolve disputes associated withclaiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Legal assistance is also available to assist individuals in reducing or eliminating tax debts, liens and levies. For more information contact Margaret Zehren at (305) 576-0080, ext. 507. Jet Break seats still available There are still seats available for the 27th Annual Orange County Bar Association Jet Break to England for its members, their families, and friends from May 5-17.The cost is $2,999 from Orlando and $3,087 from Miami, per person, double occupancy which will include round-trip and direct flights via regularly scheduled British Airways from Orlando and Virgin Airways from Miami, transportation between airports and hotels, first five nights at the Country House Hotel, The Charlton House in the Bath area of England (including English breakfasts, dinners, and four days of tours of historical and beautiful countryside, then six nights at Knightsbridge Green Hotel (an apartment, not just a room) in the Knightsbridge area of London, as well as seven-day subway and bus pass.Subject to availability of space in the same category as existing group rate, you can extend your return date at no increase in air fare for up to a total stay of 45 days.An optional and extra all-day legal day tour of London, including the Houses of Parliament, civil courts, Lincoln’s Inn, three-course catered lunch with barristers at Middle Temple Dining Room and tea at Houses of Parliament.For more information, write/call Attorney John T. Pattillo at 146 Virginia Drive, Winter Park, Florida 32789 – Phone (407) 644-2816; fax (407) 629-5209 or E-Mail [email protected] Price to lead UF law information center Mary Kathleen Price, the former law librarian at the Library of Congress and now director of the law library at New York University, will become director in 2003 of the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.Price will succeed Betty Taylor who will retire in 2003.“In the hiring of Kathie Price, we have found a worthy and outstanding successor who is internationally known as an expert in technology and in international law,” said UF law Dean Jon Mills.Price was named to head the NYU law library in 1994, after a six-year tenure with the Library of Congress where she directed the world’s largest law library and managed the research of 30 foreign lawyers for Congress and government agencies. Price also served 10 years as professor of law and law library director at the University of Minnesota, and was a law professor and librarian at Duke University. Patent seminar set for February 4 in Miami The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals will present a “Mining Patents for Competitive Intelligence” seminar February 4.The workshop will consist of the legal theory of working with patents. The lessons learned will be illustrated with short, practical exercises that will “walk” the participants through an actual patent research and analysis project for a “client” company focused on the patent history of a competitor.The event, to take place at the Dave & Busters at the Dolphin Mall (Miami), will begin with a buffet that will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the workshop will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration and networking will begin at 6 p.m.The cost is $25 for members, $40 for guests, and students pay $15. Register by calling (703) 739-0696, ext.118 or vist www.scip.org/chapters/meeting_info.asp?ID=481. South Florida Federal Bar slates judicial reception The Federal Bar Association’s South Florida Chapter will sponsor its 22nd Annual Federal Judicial Reception February 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami.The purpose of the reception is to honor the federal judiciary and to afford an opportunity for judges and attorneys to meet in an informal atmosphere. All federal magistrates, and bankruptcy judges in the Southern District of Florida have been invited and most are expected to attend.Tickets may be purchased in advance by check payable to The Federal Bar Association, c/o Lyons and Farrar, P.A., 201 Alhambra Circle, Suite 711, Coral Gables 33134. Advanced tickets are $30 for government lawyers and $40 for non-government lawyers. Attendance will be by reservations. The admission charge will cover hot hors d’oeuvres and an open bar throughout the evening. There will be an additional charge of $5 for tickets purchased at the door. Kalish named president of the Carrollwood Bar The Carrollwood Community Bar Association recently named Joseph Kalish as its new president.Other officers and directors include Jeffrey Aman, Daniel Bubley, Mary Lynne Duet, Paul Elliott, Dominic Fariello, James Loper, David Rankin, Vice President Randall Reder, Paul Riffel, Secretary Daniel Saxe, Brian Weakland, and Treasurer Robert Wise. Barry schedules first symposium for February 14 Barry University School of Law in Orlando will host its first major law symposium February 14 titled: Civil Rights: Looking Back – Looking Forward.Barry’s Law Review will be coordinating the no-fee event which will bring in speakers from around the country.Professors William M. Wiecek of Syracuse University and Paul Finkelman of the University of Tulsa will present their views on the role of historical factors in the formation of contemporary civil rights law. Professor Melvin Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University, will present his thesis describing the jurisprudential impact of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. While these three experts will discuss issues of race, one of the nation’s leading experts on gender issues, Professor Lucinda M. Finley of SUNY Buffalo School of Law, will examine the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in the gender area of civil rights inquiry.Professor Jonathan K. Stubbs, University of Richmond School of Law, also will present a thesis that international conventions on race issues need to develop a “uniracial” world view to “prevent race from being the noose that hangs human civilization in the 21 century.” Professor Linda R. Crane of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, will examine economic barriers to racial equality focusing on how law might counter the economic civil “privileges” that have perpetually impaired opportunity for disadvantaged groups. And, Professor Paul E. Salamanca, University of Kentucky School of Law, will inquire into civil rights issues of religion posed under the First Amendment’s establishment clause, including dilemmas arising from U.S. response to the current “war on terrorism.”For more information call (407) 275-2000, ext. 279 or e-mail Robert H. Whorf, at [email protected] International Tax conference set The Florida Bar’s Tax Section and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants will host the 21st Annual International Tax Conference January 23-24 in Miami.Among the speakers will be Pamela Olson, treasury assistant secretary for tax policy of Washington, D.C., who will discuss the direction of U.S. international tax policy.The conference also will feature a panel discussion on the government’s offshore credit card compliance project. This panel discussion will feature IRS and Justice Department officials dealing with the new voluntary disclosure guidelines set forth in IR-2002-135 and an update on the government’s offshore credit card compliance project. The panel will be moderated by Robert E. Panoff of Miami and will feature David R. Smith of the IRS’ Miami office; Jose Marrero, special agent in charge of the IRS’ Plantation office; Rodney Hare, compliance territory manager from the IRS’ Plantation office; James Ruger, special counsel, IRS, Glynco, GA; Deputy Assistant Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein of Washington, D.C., and Deputy Commissioner Dale Hart, SBSE IRS from Lanham, MD. For more information contact Donna Byrd at (850) 561-5630.
January 1, 2005 Regular News Bar takes legislative positions Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on December 10, 2005 the Board of Governors approved the following positions of The Florida Bar:2. Opposes amendments to the Florida Constitution that would alter the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida to regulate the admission of persons to the practice of law or the discipline of persons admitted.3. Opposes amendment of Article V, Section 2(a) of the Florida Constitution which would alter the Supreme Court’s authority to adopt rules for practice and procedure in all courts, or which would change the manner by which such rules may be repealed by the legislature.4. Supports the most restrictive limitations on lawyer advertising consistent with constitutional requirements.5. Supports adequate funding of the state courts system, state attorneys’ offices, public defenders’ offices, and court-appointed counsel.6. Supports adequate funding for civil legal assistance to indigent persons through the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance Act.7. Supports language in the Legislative Appropriations Act to permit the payment of government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing legal education costs from funds within budget entities.8. Supports federal legislation to amend §120 of the Internal Revenue Code to restore, increase, and make permanent the exclusion from an employee’s gross income of employer contributions to group legal services plans.9. Supports adequate funding of the Legal Services Corporation by the federal government, and opposes any funding cuts.10. Opposes the Federal Trade Commission’s interpretation that law firms and attorneys who are “significantly engaged in financial activities” are subject to the customer notice provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (also known as the Financial Industries Modernization Act) regarding the protection and disclosure of individually identifiable personal client information.11. Supports legislation consistent with the Supreme Court of Florida’s November 30, 2004 certification of need for additional judges. Bar takes legislative positions
The Call for Proposals for Quality Labels has been published, which awards grants to exercise the right to use quality labels: Croatian quality i Originally Croatian. Znak Croatian quality carry products that are produced or services provided in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, and meet a higher level of quality than that established by the legislative framework and normative criteria for the type and category of product. The mark is recognition of the Croatian manufacturer / service provider and product / service, and at the same time it is a guarantee to the consumer that it is a product / service that satisfies the highest level of quality and represents the top quality in the world offer. The aim of the Call is to increase the visibility of the quality of services and products of SMEs, which will provide the preconditions for increasing revenues from sales, exports and overall competitiveness and consequently contribute to the creation of Croatian identity in the common and world market. The highest amount of support that can be awarded to an individual project is HRK 75.000,00. You can find more details and tender documentation here. Znak Originally Croatian carry high quality products and services of the Republic of Croatia that were created as a result of research and development work, invention, innovation or long tradition. The call is intended for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with the aim of increasing their competitiveness by obtaining quality labels and contributing to increasing the recognition of Croatian products and services on the open market. Cover photo: Lukas, Pexels.com / Illustration HrTurizam.hr
22/10/2004. View from hot air balloon flying over Brisbane’s suburbs – aerials.QUEENSLAND has seen a surge in expectation of capital growth coming out of houses, a sentiment survey involving one of the Big Four banks has found.The latest ANZ/Property Council Confidence Index found a six point rise in Queensland to 134 overall, but houses saw a 10 point jump.The quarterly results saw both residential and commercial property recover to healthy levels of expected growth, with house capital growth expectations up 10 points to 12, recovering from a recent dip. The rise came despite negative results for state government performance (-13) and debt finance availability (-10).More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoQueensland still lags NSW and Victoria which set a blistering pace the past few years. Picture: Marc Robertson.It was the fourth consecutive quarter of rises, according to the quarterly survey, though Victoria (145) and NSW (147) were still seeing higher confidence levels.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said despite the positive results, Queensland could not afford to rest on its laurels.“The results show a sunny outlook for Queensland, but an increasing amount of daylight evident between us and the other major states. As we head into a state election, it is critical that Queensland policymakers embrace policies which will unlock growth, create jobs and build confidence. “A greater level of infrastructure investment is key to supercharging our recent confidence boosts.”