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  • 24 It’s just a snake.

    first_imgWhy is it that some people lose control and go berserk at the sight of a harmless snake?A good friend of mine discovered one on her front porch as she and her three children were going inside. The funny part was that all the other doors were locked and there was no way in except through the front door.So what does she do? Well, instead of simply taking a stick and guiding the snake off the porch (I can all but assure you it was more than willing to leave), she locks her screaming kids in a van, runs a good 200 yards to a neighbor’s house, comes back with her gun-wielding neighbor who kills the harmless snake.My wife is just like her. I found a king snake crossing my yard when the girls were little. It was lost and just happened to be wandering around trying to figure out which way it should be going.I caught it and showed it to my daughter (she was 4 at the time). I let her pet it and then turned it loose. After all, it was harmless. Well, my wife didn’t like it one bit, what with letting her daughter touch that vicious serpent.Which just brings me to my point: the fear of snakes is a learned thing. Kids learn to be afraid of snakes from their parents. The more you learn about snakes, the less there is to fear.Snakes go wherever there is a suitable habitat and adequate food. Most people don’t have suitable habitat and food in their yards to attract snakes, so they don’t need anything to keep them away. As it is most of the time, the snakes just happen to visit your yard by accident.But if you’re worried about snakes, among things that will help keep them away are keeping the grass cut close and moving the rock garden, compost heap and woodpile.If you do these kinds of things, you lower the odds of finding a snake in the yard. But there are no guarantees.Sometimes a venomous snake comes into an area and presents a danger to people. It may need to be killed. Of the 39 species of snakes in Georgia, though, only six are venomous.Most of the time, it’s just a harmless snake — and I might add, a beneficial one that, if you learn to identify and leave it alone, would happily move on its way to wherever it was going to start with.A few years ago, my daughter Jordan, who was 9 at the time, found another king snake in our front yard. It was about 3 feet long. Again, I caught it and after handling it for a few minutes gave it to Jordan, who proudly and without fear carried it coiled around her arm to show her friends. I went into the house.About 45 minutes later I heard all this screaming coming from outside. I ran outside and found out that the snake had bitten Jordan on the arm and she’d thrown it down.Her friends were the ones doing all the screaming. Jordan quickly asked me to catch the snake again, which I did, and we walked back to the house.On the way, our conversation went like this:”Jordan, did the snakebite hurt?””Nah.””Well, if it didn’t hurt, why did you throw it down?””Daddy, I’m just a little kid. What do you think a little kid would do?”The next day she proudly carried the snake to school and showed it to five classes. Jordan’s not afraid of snakes, because she’s learned not to be. By Mike Isbell Georgia Extension Service Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 24 last_img read more

  • Baby weight

    first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaBabies born with low weights are more prone to sickness and have a higher death rate than babies born with normal weights. But nobody knows exactly why some babies are born with low birth weights.Among industrialized nations, the United States has one of the highest rates of babies born with low birth weights, said Mary Alice Smith, an environmental health scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Small statsAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. About 7.6 percent of them are born with low birth weights — less than 2,500 grams, or about 5.5 pounds.In Georgia, 8.6 percent of newborns are low-birth-weight babies. That’s one of the highest rates in the country.About 65 percent of all infant deaths in the United States can be attributed to low birth weights, Smith said.Infectious cluesIt’s a problem nobody can explain. But there are clues.”We know that women who have infections during pregnancy have a higher risk of delivering babies with lower birth weights,” she said.Smith focuses her research on understanding how different levels of bacteria and the infections they cause in the mother’s body might affect her baby’s development.During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system changes so her body won’t fight or reject the developing baby inside. This makes her more susceptible to infections.But in many cases, Smith said, the mother may never know she had an infection or that the infection threatened her baby.Campylobacters are microorganisms found in the mouth when a person has periodontal disease and in foods like poultry products. Exposure to Campylobacter can cause stillbirths in cattle and sheep and has been found in stillbirths in humans. Smith is using mice to investigate how this may occur.Mice infected with Campylobacter have an increased number of low birth-weights, she said.The microorganism was found in the placentas (the organ in pregnant mammals that feeds the fetus) of mouse fetuses with low birth weights but not in placentas of normal-weight fetuses.”This suggests that the bacteria, or the placenta’s immune responses to the bacteria, are affecting the growth of the fetus,” she said.Menacing microbesSmith is doing similar research with Salmonella and Listeria.Healthy adults and children can occasionally become infected with Listeria but rarely show signs of sickness.It can be deadly, though, for unborn babies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Listeria causes 500 deaths in the United States each year. Of these, more than 100 are stillbirths.A pregnant woman can be exposed to Listeria and not know it. And if the pathogen has time to reach her unborn baby, it could kill it.Smith hopes her research leads to better ways to detect infections during pregnancy and to understand what levels of these pathogens cause problems during pregnancy.This could, in turn, lead to efficient treatments for infections and reduce the rate of low birth weights and the sickness and death associated with it.last_img read more

  • Briefs

    first_imgApplications are now being accepted to fill the position of United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida (Northern Division).Applications are available from the Commission Chair Roberto Martínez, 255 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 476-7430, e-mail address bob@colson.com.Applications also may be obtained from the Web page of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida atwww.flsd.uscourts.gov. The completed applications must be mailed to Martínez and all the commission’s members by August 15.Agulnick petitions for reinstatement The Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association recently held its first Bowl-A-Thon and raised more than $7,000 for the benefit of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.The funds were presented to Jane Gutterman, Alison Cosgrove and Nancy Shaller of the foundation by Young Lawyer Committee Chair Jordanna Goldstein.The funds raised will be used to purchase mobile “Fun Centers” which contain a DVD Player, TV and Nintendo Game System for use in the children’s hospital rooms at Coral Springs Medical Center and Hollywood Memorial West Hospital.Forum set up for attorneys to discuss alternative billing Lawyers and judges in the Fifth Circuit recently took time out to discuss professionalism.Justice Raoul Cantero, Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, and Blan Teagle, director of The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism, taught another in their series of state attorney and public defender seminars, which involves the use of film clips from classic and popular cinema. Each clip illustrates an ethics or professionalism issue. Employing a “case method” approach to the clips, faculty members asked the nearly 200 attendees to divide into discussion groups and conduct a scavenger hunt through the Bar rules, the Ideals and Goals of Professionalism, and the Guidelines for Professional Conduct, and report back on how they resolved each dilemma.“Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Victor Musley has been instrumental in assuring the success of these seminars by closing the criminal court for an afternoon, because he believes the seminars offer an important opportunity for lawyers who are usually adversaries in court to come together in a collegial session,” Teagle said. “Most of the Criminal Division judges were also on hand to participate in the plenary session and small group round tables.”Teagle said the groups examined the concept of “justice” in The Godfather, considered ineffective assistance of counsel and the special duty of a prosecutor in such films as My Cousin Vinny, and plea bargaining and civility issues in The Accused and And Justice for All. Planning committee members for the event included Chief Judge Musley, Public Defender Howard “Skip” Babb, State Attorney Brad King, and County Judge Jim McCune, who is vice chair of the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.“Much thanks is due to the chief judge, state attorney, public defender, and Judge McCune for their joint and mutual initiative, their hospitality, and expert planning,” Teagle said.Catholic Volunteers seek new law grads The governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission, are accepting applications for the position of executive director and chief judge of the Division of Administrative Hearings.The division includes two primary program areas — Adjudication of Disputes consisting of 78 full-time positions with a budget of $8.4 million, and Workers’ Compensation Appeal/Judges of Compensation Claims consisting of 197 full-time positions with a budget of $15.8 million.This position manages all of the legal and administrative activities for the division. As such, applicants must have demonstrated executive and administrative management skills and abilities; effective leadership, communication, and presentation skills; knowledge of administrative law procedures and agency rulemaking; excellent writing skills and analytical abilities; and an understanding of budgetary priorities and allocations.Minimum qualifications require membership of The Florida Bar in good standing for the preceding five years. Salary will be set commensurate with the level of skill and experience, but will be within the range of $73,002 — $148,899.24.A selection committee has been appointed by the governor and Cabinet to review applicants and recommend five candidates for consideration. The candidate selected by the governor and Cabinet must be confirmed by the Senate.Interested persons may apply by accessing MyFlorida.com and selecting Work for Florida! or go to the following Web address:http://eogresume.state.fl.us, and complete the on-line application form and copy and paste a resume in the appropriate field.Applicants must type “DOAH Director” on the first line of the “Recommended By” field in the electronic form. Writing samples are also requested. Documents may be transmitted electronically with the application and resume or five copies of the writing sample may be mailed to Barbara Leighty, Room 1802, The Capitol, Tallahassee 32399-0001. For more information on how to apply, contact Barbara Leighty or Teresa Tinker at (850) 487-1884. Applications must be received no later than August 15.U.S. 11th Circuit to amend rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and of proposed amendments to Addendum Three, Rules of the Judicial Council of the 11th Circuit Governing Complaints of Judicial Misconduct or Disability.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after August 4, 2003, from the 11th Circuit’s Internet Web site atwww.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100.Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by September 5.Judges appointed to state boards Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead has named five judges to two state boards created by the 2003 Florida Legislature.The chief justice’s appointees to the Article V Indigent Services Advisory Board are Judge Joseph Farina of the 11th Circuit, Judge Robert Bennett of the 12th Circuit, and Judge Tom Bateman of the Second Judicial Circuit.The Indigent Services Advisory Board was created by the legislature to advise it on standards to govern the future use of state funds to pay for court costs mandated by law. This will include costs of court reporters, interpreters, and private court-appointed counsel.The board also is charged with developing strategies for containing costs and standards for determining when public defenders have a conflict of interest in a pending case. The board has 12 members, with three appointed each by the governor, president of the Senate, speaker of the House, and the chief justice.Chief Justice Anstead also named Judge Sandy Karlan of the 11th Circuit and Judge Robert Rouse of the Seventh Circuit to the Guardian ad Litem Qualifications Committee. The committee will recommend to the governor a minimum of three candidates for the position of the Guardian ad Litem executive director.Under the enabling statute, the governor also names two members to the committee, and a fifth is named by the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Association.Federal JNC seeks Southern District judge applications The Southern Federal Tax Institute will hold its 38th Annual Institute September 15-19 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.The institute offers in-depth coverage on current federal tax issues for tax attorneys, accountants, financial and estate planners, and life underwriters. This year the Monday afternoon session of the institute highlights tax shelter developments. Pam Olson, assistant secretary of the Treasury, and B. John Williams, chief counsel of the IRS, along with others will review legislation, regulatory, administrative, and judicial developments affecting tax shelters.The institute offers five-day, three-day, and two-day packages. For more information visitwww.sfti.org. Tom Elligett to lead Terrell American Inn of Court Pro Doc recently inaugurated an Internet forum where Florida lawyers can ask questions about alternative billing practices such as value, flat-fee and task-based billing.The site is located atwww.prodoc.com/forums/alt_billing, and allows lawyers to post their questions about these topics and for others to share their experiences as responses to those questions.The forum is open to all, but participants must register in order to post a question or a response. The forum allows lawyers to subscribe to the entire forum or only to a particular question. Subscribing to the entire forum means that you will receive an e-mail anytime anyone posts a question or posts a response to a question on the forum. Or, you can subscribe to a particular question and receive e-mails only when responses are posted to that question.“The move to alternative billing is really a back-to-the-future event,” said ProDocs Alan Schoolcraft. “Those billing practices were the norm prior to 1970s. Since then, hourly billing has been the choice of most lawyers.”Schoolcraft said hourly billing has a number of drawbacks including:• It promotes client disputes over fees (and billing hours lost defending a bill).• Many clients hate the practice because they view it as the equivalent of a blank check to the attorney.• It discourages efficiency in law practices.“Now, as competition intensifies among lawyers, alternative billing gains prominence as an effective tool to enhance a lawyer’s competitiveness,” Schoolcraft said. “Since ProDoc commits itself to increasing the efficiency and productivity of small law firms, this forum is a natural fit for its sponsor.”Dove honored for work with Ukrainian orphans Briefs The Black Lawyers Association has voted to rename the organization after U.S. District Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., who died of leukemia June 9 in Miami.The Black Lawyers Association will now be known as the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association.“The Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr.’s legacy as a distinguished lawyer and pioneering jurist epitomizes the ideals of equal justice for all,” said Veronica Harrell-James, president of the organization, in the resolution renaming the bar.The Black Lawyers Association was formed in 1976 to champion the cause of equal access, equal rights and equal opportunity for all, by giving “voice to the voiceless,” “power to the powerless,” and “hope to the hopeless.”Ferguson, the first black judge appointed to the 11th Circuit bench and the Third District Court of Appeal, and the second African American to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District, was a founding member of the Black Lawyers Association. Ferguson also was an active member of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest bar association for lawyers of color.He began his career as an attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., where he developed a reputation as an effective advocate for “the least, the last, the lost, the looked over, and the left out,” according to the resolution.As a state trial court judge, Ferguson issued a landmark decision in 1980 holding it unconstitutional to use peremptory challenges to exclude prospective jurors from civil cases on the basis of race in City of Miami v. Cornett. He also left his mark on Florida jurisprudence in cases such as Ranger Ins. Co. v. Bal Harbour Club., in which the Florida Supreme Court adopted the reasoning of his dissenting opinion as a state intermediate appellate court judge as its majority opinion, in holding that Florida’s public policy prohibits an insured from being indemnified against intentional religious discrimination. He was the federal judge in 1996’s Doe v. Chiles who issued an injunction against the State of Florida prohibiting the state from forcing persons suffering from cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other developmental disabilities to languish on waiting lists for years before providing them with needed care. The ruling required the state to admit developmentally disabled persons to immediate care facilities within a reasonable time not to exceed 90 days. In 1999, after the state failed to abide by his order, held the state in contempt and fined it $10,000.00 per day — Cramer v. Chiles — all of which led the state to dramatically increase funding for developmentally disabled persons by $300 million by the year 2001.Other notable decisions include Brent v. United States, in which he held that United States customs agents are not immune from civil suit for subjecting female travelers to unreasonable body cavity searches, based upon a racial profile; and Prado v. L. Luria & Son. Inc., in which Furguson held that workplace rules requiring employees to speak English first is not unconstitutional, and that employers have no obligation to hire only bilingual supervisors to accommodate non-English speaking employees.The bar said Judge Ferguson’s “principled insistence on fairness elevated the definition of justice, and infused it with compassion for humanity” and his “lifetime of achievements and public service exemplify the purposes” which the Black Lawyers Association, Inc., was founded.Fifth Circuit talks ethics August 1, 2003 Regular News Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Barry W. Agulnick of New York City has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement. Agulnick was suspended for 30 months as a result of a felony conviction. The suspension was effective October 30, 1997, the date he ceased practicing law due to his suspension in New York.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Agulnick’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Edward Iturralde, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-0200, phone (850) 561-5786.Gogel petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, William A. Gogel of New York City has petitioned the Supreme Court for Florida Bar reinstatement.Gogel was suspended for 30 months as a result of a felony conviction. The suspension was effective October 16, 1997, the date he ceased practicing law due to his suspension in New York.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Gogel’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Edward Iturralde, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-0200, phone (850) 561-5786.Bar fees are now payable The Remsen Group’s 2003 Managing Partner Forum for Florida law firms will be held October 10 at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel.The Managing Partner Forum is designed for managing partners and leaders of law firms with 10 or more attorneys. Last year’s event attracted more than 110 participants.“We presented the inaugural Managing Partner Forum last October and the feedback from those who attended surpassed my wildest expectations,” said John Renisen, Jr., president of The Remsen Group and founder of the event. “Based on input we’ve received from dozens of managing partners, this year’s forum will focus on how to successfully lead a law firm in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace for legal services.”The 2003 Managing Partner Forum is a full-day, CLE-approved program presented in affiliation with the Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough county bars, and the Association of Legal Administrators, American Corporate Counsel Association, and Legal Marketing Association.For more information contact The Remsen Group at (954) 527-9111.Southern Federal Tax Institute set for September Catholic Volunteers in Florida is now seeking recent law graduates interested in attaining a one year placement, or fellowship, with a nonprofit legal organization.“During the year, these full-time volunteers receive a stipend while their student loans are deferred,” said the organization’s Timmy Rupeiks. “Many of the legal professionals work in the fields of immigration, children’s advocacy, and family law.”In addition to offering fellowships for law graduates, Catholic Volunteers in Florida is also accepting requests from nonprofit organizations that would like to learn more about having a Catholic Volunteer contribute to their organization.If you are a graduating law student who would like the opportunity to transform your qualifications to better serve the community or if you are nonprofit organization who is in need of qualified legal professionals, contact Rupeiks at P.O. Box 536476, Orlando, 32853, (407) 660-8800, fax: (407) 660-8833, or e-mail: trupeiks@cvif.org.Broward County YLS raises money for kids Louis B. Guttmann III was recently sworn in as chair of the Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section at its recent annual convention and general membership meeting in St. Petersburg.The convention coordinator was George Meyer, and seminars in both real property and probate and trust law were held. The Real Property Seminar, organized by Pat Jones, included topics on eminent domain, mortgage law, land trusts, bankruptcy, financing vehicles for housing projects, surveying law and licensing laws for architects, engineers and contractors. The Probate and Trust Law Seminar, organized by Jim Herb, included topics on special needs trusts, durable powers of attorney, the Save our Homes Constitutional Amendment, asset preservation, estate tax matters and family limited partnerships. Each seminar also featured an in-depth ethics presentation.Justice Kenneth B. Bell provided the keynote address at the RPPTL luncheon and gave a thorough analysis of court-funding issues.Other new RPPTL officers include Chair-elect Laird A. Lile; Probate and Trust Division Director Rohan Kelley; Real Property Division Director Julius J. Zschau; Circuit Representatives Director George J. Meyer; Secretary John B. Neukamm; Treasurer Melissa J. Murphy, and the immediate past chair is Steve Hearn.For the name of your nearest circuit representative, or for more general information on the section, visitwww.flabarrpptl.org. Black Lawyers Association renamed for U.S. Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Joyce Sibson Dove, a Tallahassee attorney and Rotary member, was recently honored by the Charming Shoppes VOICES campaign for her outstanding achievements regarding her work with Ukrainian orphanages.The VOICES campaign chose 100 women who have made a difference in their community from nearly 3,000 women nominated nationwide. The winners gathered in Houston recently to be honored for their various accomplishments and to participate in workshops organized by the VOICES committee.Dove’s work with Ukraine has provided medical equipment and medical supplies through Rotary International and she also has placed Ukrainian orphans with American families. With the help and donations from the local Rotary clubs, donators from around Tallahassee, a hospital from Massachusetts and individual Rotarians from Florida and Massachusetts, the largest humanitarian aid shipment ever received by the Ukrainian children’s hospital in Crimea was delivered in October of 1999. This shipment included such vital supplies as children’s orthopedic equipment, stretchers, IV poles, an entire blood testing laboratory, wheelchairs, and over 100 boxes of disposable supplies. In addition, surgical supplies from a closed hospital in Massachusetts were shipped with five computers with a hospital inventory system donated by a Baltimore company which had toured the orphanages with Dove in 1998.In 2003 Tallahassee Memorial Hospital was able to donate excess pediatric equipment which was sent to Ukraine. That shipment totaled over 12 tons and included five incubators renovated with funds from the Columbus Day weekend Rotary Golf Tournament at Golden Eagle Country Club.In order to efficiently transport these items, as well as ensure that they actually arrive at the orphanages, Dove arranged for free shipping and convinced the Ukrainian government to allow her to bring donated vans into the country to transport donated medical supplies from the ships to the orphanages.Other projects that have been initiated by Dove and funded by Rotary International’s special 1998 Children’s Grants include obtaining eight incubators and three soy milk machines. The incubators were of particular importance, as over 300 children had died in 1997 and 500 infants had died in 1998 solely due to the lack of incubators.Dove has set up her own adoption agency and had had a nonprofit organization, Foundation for Children, Inc., since 1996. In order for the foundation to be financially self-sustaining, she has organized a team of designers to create a unique line of children’s clothing from which all profits will go to the foundation.Rosenthal & Weissman make contribution Rosenthal & Weissman recently announced a contribution to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, totaling 12,000 meals.The move was prompted by a TV morning news story about the current shortage of food at the organization’s main Treasure Coast warehouse in Ft. Pierce.Representatives of Rosenthal & Weissman are calling on all Treasure Coast businesses to support the Food Bank in its mission to improve quality of life within its service district of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties.“Food banks are the only source of food for certain members of our community,” said the firm’s Debra H. Pierce. “I don’t know of a more worthy cause than feeding our community’s hungry.”“It’s just a beautiful thing,” said Alicia Vega, operations manager of the food bank. “If more businesses followed their lead, we’d have no shortages.”The Treasure Coast Food Bank, Inc., distributes more than 1,260,000 meals annually to those in need by way of approximately 135 nonprofit agencies on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County.Palm Beach County pro bono work noted Governor seeks DOAH chief judge applicants The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. together with the Palm Beach County and South Palm Beach County Bar Associations recently hosted its 15th Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.The theme of the evening was “Rock ’n Roll” and more than 900 people attended the event which netted over $170,000 for Legal Aid’s 16 projects. All funds generated by the evening are used to provide free legal assistance to the disadvantaged children, families and elders residing in Palm Beach County.Honored at the event were: Joel Comerford (Probate Law Award), Aileen Naja Josephs (Immigration Law Award), Jane Kreusler-Walsh (Appellate Law Award), Marvin S. Littky (Cultural Arts Award), Joseph Pack (Public Benefits Law Award), Robert E. Oglesby (Family Law Award), Donia Adams Roberts (Child Advocacy Award), Bert Winkler (Homeless Advocacy Award) and Sheryl G. Wood (Community Service Award). The non-attorney award recipients included: Jayne Johnson (Guardianship Award) and Layne D. Nisenbaum D.O. (Special Service Award).Managing Partner Forum set for October The Justice William Glenn Terrell American Inn of Court recently named Tom Elligett as its new president.Judge Michael Williamson will serve as the Inns’ president-elect.Other officers include Judge Charlene E. Honeywell, counselor; Kelley C. Howard, executive director; Margaret Mathews, secretary; William Kalish, treasurer; and Bruce Cury, CLE chair.Ford lauded for educating judges Florida Bar members should have received their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees. The statements were mailed in late May. The fees were payable July 1 and are late after August 15. Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online atwww.FLABAR.org. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.Guttmann to lead RPPTL Section The National Judicial College recently honored Miami Immigration Court Judge Rex J. Ford for his dedicated service to college.Judge Ford has taught at NJC since 1997 and has taken part in several faculty development workshops and conducted class discussions.The National Judicial College was founded in 1963 and is celebrating 40 years of service to the nation’s judiciary in 2003. Since 1963, the college has awarded more than 61,000 professional judicial education certificates. Annually, the college averages 85 courses with more than 2,700 judges enrolling from across the nation.last_img read more

  • Lawyers in the Legislature: Hasner leans on his legal training

    first_imgLawyers in the Legislature: Hasner leans on his legal training Hasner leans on his legal training Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, may be one of the more unusual members of The Florida Bar.Although a member in good standing, Hasner does not actively practice law, but says his legal education may be his most valuable asset in both his business and public service pursuits.After serving as a page for three years in the Florida Senate, Hasner was an intern for former U.S. Rep. Tom Lewis, R-Fla., while attending the University of Maryland. He approached Lewis and former U.S. Rep. Harry Johnston, R-Fla., (one of the state senators who had appointed him a page) for post-graduate advice. It was simple: “Go to law school. No matter what you do, they’ll never be able to take it away from you,” Hasner recalled.“I’m admitted and in good standing to the Bar. I never pursued a career in the traditional practice of law, but have always believed the foundation and education that law school provided me is invaluable both in business, as well as the political process,” he added.Out of school, Hasner went to work in marketing and development for an HMO, and from there was recruited by healthcare giant HCA, Inc., in their physicians services division working on mergers and acquisitions. He eventually headed HCA’s practice acquisition team.He now does business consulting in the same area.“My legal training provided me with the ability to negotiate and close complex business transactions in the healthcare industry,” Hasner said.His interest in public service came early. “From a very young age I was attracted to the legislative process, and I realized in high school that the legislature is where decisions are being made that shaped Florida’s future,” he said. “I was heavily involved in student government in high school, college, and then law school. It was a natural progression for me [to run for the House].”Besides being a page for Johnston, he also served the same function in other sessions for former Sens. William “Doc” Myers and Don Childers. While in law school, Hasner worked as an intern with the House Agriculture Committee, notably with Rep. Bert Harris, a strong property rights proponent. He also interned, again with Myers, in the Senate majority leader’s office.In 2002, with his business career established, Hasner took the opportunity to run for an open House seat, based mostly in southern Palm Beach County. He won and was reelected in 2004.“It is truly a privilege and honor to serve and be on the front line in some of the decisions,” Hasner said. “Not everyone agrees with all the decisions we make, but the opportunity to be on the front line, I treat it with the utmost respect.”His law degree helps, he noted, because “it puts me on an even footing with the large percentage of attorneys who are legislators.”Hasner sees the most serious challenge for lawmakers as preparing for a rapidly growing state.“I think long-term it is to keep up with the anticipated growth and the impact that growth is going to have on the demand for services in education and healthcare, as well as the state’s infrastructure,” Hasner said. “The other challenge is to create a future for Florida where we are recognized as a leader not just in tourism and not just in agriculture, but in high-tech jobs and in scientific research and development.”With the justice system, “I think the most pressing issue is the relationship between the legislature and the courts,” he continued. “There is a perception among the legislators. . . that the court system sometimes oversteps its boundaries and partakes in judicial activities beyond legislative authority, and I believe there are some times where the courts feel the legislature intrudes on their independent status.“I think that tension exists for a good reason, but it’s something that the legislature and the judiciary are going to have to keep in check. . . so we maintain the type of system our founders envisioned.”Hasner also has a word of caution for attorneys who might be thinking about seeking a legislative seat.While most people may associate the legislature with its 60-day annual regular session, there are many more weeks each year of committee meetings. Hasner estimated it takes half his time for legislative duties.“Can you afford to spend five months a year in Tallahassee? Can you afford to be away from your family? Can you afford to be away from your job? Can you afford the local commitments, and do you have the time to walk 10,000 homes door-to-door as I did in my first campaign?” he asked.If you can, Hasner said, and “if you have a passion to make a difference in Florida, the legislature is a good place for you.” January 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • 5 tips to prevent identity theft this holiday season

    first_imgIdentity theft is a real threat and it can be damaging to your finances and personal life. Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep yourself safe during this holiday season. Here are 5 things you can do to stay protected.Secure your passwords: Stop using the word ‘password’ as your password. People actually do this. And don’t use your mother’s maiden name. It’s time to get sneaky. Create a complex password that only you can remember. For instance, maybe you’re a big Yankees fan. Design a passphrase like, “I think the Yankees will win the World Series in 2018! Then use the initials, symbols, and numbers from that phrase to create your password. That would look like this: IttYwwtWSi2018! Nobody’s going to guess that one. According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take a computer 16 billion years to crack that password.Shred sensitive information: Your weekly routine probably involves dragging your trash can out to the street on trash day. Make sure when this happens, you’re not throwing anything away that an identity thief could find valuable. Anything that contains account numbers, banking information, or social security numbers would be gold for a thief. Get online, buy a paper shredder and put it to work. This is the easiest way to help yourself stay protected.Check your credit report: If checking your credit report isn’t something you do regularly, you should make it one. If a thief opens up an account in your name, this will affect your credit score and that can be an easy red flag to detect. Although it used to be a hassle, there are a few sites that provide free credit reports these days. If you need a suggestion, check out Credit Karma. I’ve been using this service for a while and I’ve been super pleased.Be careful with the internet: Cybercriminals can get your information a few ways, one of which is phishing. Phishing is when a cybercriminal defrauds you of sensitive information by posing as a legitimate company that you trust. Make sure you never click a link in an email that’s asking you for personal information. You’ll never get an email like this if you didn’t request it, and even then, contact the company and have it verified. Also, make sure you’re not doing sensitive things like logging into your bank website from a coffee house’s Wi-Fi.Monitor your accounts: My online banking got hacked once. Fortunately, because I login quite often, I noticed a pending transaction that I wasn’t aware of. Because I caught it in the pending phase, I was able to cancel it and save myself the headache of having to get my money back. I still closed the account and opened a new one, but it showed me the importance of regularly looking at my accounts and keeping a close eye on my money. 273SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Queens Woman Charged With Fatal DWI Crash on Long Island

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens woman was arrested for vehicular manslaughter after driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 61-year-old man on the Northern State Parkway in Albertson, New York State police said.Silvia Ibanez, 42, was driving a Toyota Rav4 westbound when she rear-ended a Toyota Camry near Exit 29A at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, police said.The second driver, Juan Collado of Manhattan, died of injuries suffered in the crash.Ibanez was taken to North Shore University Hospital, where she is being treated for serious injuries. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter.Police are continuing the investigation and ask any witnesses to call them at 631-756–3300.last_img read more

  • Sweden’s AMF, AP1 and Folksam buy SEK5bn of new Volvo shares

    first_img“The picture that emerges is impressive,” he said. “Volvo Cars is now a well-run and profitable company with a robust growth strategy and promising prospects.”Volvo Cars has been 100% owned by Chinese private company Geely since it bought the company from Ford Motors in 2010.Some 17,800 of Volvo Cars’ 28,500 staff are based in Sweden, and production focused on premium cars is located in Sweden, Belgium and China.Volvo Cars, whose headquarters is in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been separate from the Volvo Group since 1999.Olof Jonasson, head of equities at AP1, Sweden’s first national pensions buffer fund, said Volvo cars now had modern platforms that were adjusted to produce electric as well as self-driving cars.“As well as this, it has launched a number of exciting partnerships and invested in a more geographically balanced production,” he said. “We believe the future development of Volvo Cars can contribute positively to returns on pensions capital.”Meanwhile, at Folksam, Michael Kjeller, head of the pensions and insurance group’s asset management, said the investment would give customers a good risk-adjusted return, as well as the chance to be owners of a company with a strong link to Swedish industry.“Volvo Cars has a strong profile as far as safety is concerned, and not least from a sustainability perspective,” he said.Folksam said the investment in Volvo Cars preference shares would be divided between its subsidiaries, with SEK450m going to the life and pensions business Folksam Liv, SEK100m to Folksam Sak, the non-life insurance business, and SEK400m going to KPA, its local government pension scheme unit. Three Swedish pension funds – AMF, Folksam and AP1 – have agreed to buy SEK5bn (€514m) of newly issued preference shares in Chinese-owned but traditionally Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars, hoping the issue marks a step on Volvo’s path back to stock market listing.AMF has signed up to buy SEK2.5bn of the new shares – which include the right to have them converted into new ordinary shares in a possible future initial public offering (IPO) – AP1 has agreed to buy SEK1.5bn, and Folksam is to buy SEK1bn of the investments.Anders Oscarsson, equity manager and head of ownership at the SEK550bn pensions provider AMF, said: “We are very excited about this opportunity to be on what will hopefully become Volvo Cars’ journey back to a position as a listed company in the future.”He said the pension fund had recently looked carefully at the company’s development, met with management and examined the firm’s figures and research, as well as its new model programme.last_img read more

  • Tribunal rejects Lloyds bid to sack manager from £100bn mandate

    first_imgA spokesman for Scottish Widows said: “We are disappointed with the decision of the arbitration tribunal, and will look to discuss its outcome with Standard Life Aberdeen. Our strategy remains unchanged, which is to do the right thing for customers. Lloyds Banking Group has failed in an attempt to sack Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) from a £100bn (€117bn) mandate for its insurance subsidiary Scottish Widows, following a tribunal ruling.It means the planned transferral of assets to BlackRock and Schroders has been delayed while the two parties decide how to conclude the contracts.Lloyds announced its decision to shift the mandate away from SLA a year ago, after deciding that the 2017 merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life had meant the money was being run by a direct competitor.SLA disputed the decision and took the case to a tribunal, which this week ruled that Lloyds was “not entitled to give notice” on the relevant investment management agreements.  “We will discuss starting the process of an orderly transfer of assets to our new partners BlackRock and Schroders. We will continue to work closely with Standard Life Aberdeen to ensure there is no disruption to performance or service.”SLA said it was “carefully considering the terms of the decision and appropriate next steps” but would continue to run the assets in the meantime.Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “Now that the arbitration panel has ruled in our favour, we will carefully consider our next steps, working constructively with LBG to bring the matter to resolution.”Scottish Widows had already appointed BlackRock to run a £30bn slice of the mandate in October, to be allocated across a range of index funds.Schroders was granted the remaining £80bn as part of a strategic partnership with Scottish Widows to set up a wealth management and financial planning business.last_img read more

  • Sports and May

    first_imgIt is probably safe to say that winter is finally behind us.  When May rolls around, you have a lot of sports activities to follow.  It starts with the Kentucky Derby which is on the 7th this year and ends with two huge auto racing events.  Those are the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 both run on the 23rd this year.   High school sports start their playoff runs in May, and most of them will conclude around the first of June.  There is something for everybody.In pro sports, the NFL draft was just concluded last week so ESPN will be talking about that all month.  The NBA playoffs will continue through the month of May.  For those of you who are not big into sports, we have Mother’s Day on the 8th and Memorial Day (the official start of the summer season) at the end of the month.  Enjoy this month when the weather is nice and not yet too hot to enjoy being outside.last_img read more

  • Serie A star rejects Manchester City switch again

    first_imgAccording to Goal.com reporter Romeo Agresti, the Premier League champions are going to make another attempt to sign Bonucci over the summer.Pep Guardiola said repeatedly over the years that Bonucci is his ideal centre-back, because he is able to start moves with long, raking passes.However, Bonucci turns 33 next week and only signed a new contract in November, holding him to the Turin giants until June 2024.Above all, he learned from the dismal one-season spell at Milan in 2017-18 that leaving the Juventus jersey behind can have more risks than rewards.Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19The Italy international has been in Turin since 2010 and is expected to take over the captain’s armband once Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon retire.Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per monthFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City are trying again to bring Leonardo Bonucci to England, it’s reported, but he is committed to Juventus now more than ever.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchAlbino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate Beauty6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more