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High-speed Test for Three-Year-Old Sport Horses Scrapped Amid Outcry

first_img Email* A 5km test for three-year-old sport horses at speeds, which could exceed 30km/h (18.6m/h), has been scrapped by organisers of the FEI World Endurance Breeding Championships after outcry from riders and Arabian horse breeders.The Samorin Equestrian Centre in Slovakia were the organizers of the event which was to featured speed trials for three-, four- and five-year-olds as detailed in this promotional flyer. The tests were intended to provide a supporting attraction during an Arabian Horse Festival starting September 29, which incorporates the official FEI 130km endurance championship for seven-year-olds. It is understood the FEI was unaware and had not been asked to approve the additional program, but it has intervened in recent days.Astonished horsemen took to social media to call for a boycott. Others queried the “sanity” of any producer attempting to break-in and then prepare young horses for these onerous tests in just 10 weeks. All categories would have been required to achieve a heart-rate recovery of just 56 beats per minute within 10 minutes.Among riders lobbying the FEI to act was Tarek Taher, the Saudi competitor standing on a clean sport ticket for the FEI endurance committee. Taher also posted on Facebook: “I am besides myself, this is insane! Imagine how many horses are destroyed in the process; how many good horses will not have a career before they even get a chance?”The original flyer – now pulled by the organisers – described the tests as the festival’s “pinnacle.” Three-year-olds were required to complete “three laps” of Samorin’s oval racecourse at a maximum average speed of 30km/h; four-year-olds would have galloped 10km and five-year-olds 20km each at an average 25km/h.Each horse passing the first veterinary inspection would have been awarded 500 Euros ($584), and been eligible for an auction at the end of the week. Young endurance horse competitions in Europe are a magnet for Emirati buyers: the UAE currently own around 50% of all FEI-registered endurance horses (see my blogs here and here.)Ironically, until the end of 2017 Samorin’s organising committee was deemed competent to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games, though they dropped out after declining to sign the WEG organiser’s agreement.The World Arabian Horse Organisation (WAHO) also told Horse-Canada.com it was concerned and was considering contacting the FEI.Meanwhile, Ahmed Al Sammarraie, chairman of the German breeding association of Arabian sport horses and president of ISG, the world breeding organisation for Shagya-Arabians, has been in discussion with Samorin in the past 24 hours. He is hopeful of persuading them to substitute horse-friendly tests. He said ISG had previously agreed to support the championships at Samorin, having been led to believe the non-FEI program would be similar to the established formula used at Uzes, France.Al Sammarraie was “irritated” to receive the flyer. He is recommending the three-year-olds be shown in-hand only, with maximum average speeds of 15km/h for the four-year-olds, and 18km/h for the five-year-olds.Ironically, the minimum age for the official FEI young horse championship rises to eight next year, as a result of FEI concerns that so few seven-year-old championship horses are still in competition two years later.The Samorin drama also illustrates how little has been achieved so far in changing the high speed endurance culture, and how difficult it will continue to be when the UAE and its followers have such huge budgets to play with.In the past few weeks, three established endurance rides in France have cancelled because so many French riders are preferring to travel to the Dubai-promoted Toscana Lifestyle ride in Italy (July 24-27), where 2 million Euros in rider “benefits” are on offer. Similar big money events were controversially promoted by Dubai in Italy last year, and also at Euston, UK, where there were reports of horses being hurriedly brought out of retirement because of the “appearance money” on offer. Tags: speed test, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP last_img read more

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Assistant Vice President – Business Services

first_imgAssistant Vice President – Business ServicesAbout Northeastern:Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university andthe recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Ourworld-renowned experiential approach empowers our students,faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond theconfines of discipline, degree, and campus.Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London;Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto;Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington andNahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Throughthis network, we expand opportunities for flexible,student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focusedresearch.Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduateprograms— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead todegrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Amongthese, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degreesdesigned to prepare students for purposeful lives andcareers.About the Opportunity:Northeastern University seeks a culturally competent, creative, andforward-thinking Assistant Vice President (AVP) for BusinessServices, who will serve as an integral member of the leadershipteam that advances the principles of social equity and inclusionand recognizes diversity as central to excellence. The AVP will beresponsible for the overall administration and executive leadershipof a portfolio of auxiliary operations that support and align withthe university’s mission. The role requires an executive toflawlessly balance daily execution with the long-term developmentof a team. The role requires a detailed understanding (and abilityto balance) every operational component of Business Services,including employee needs, customer needs, process improvement, andtechnology along with the ability to effectively manage 3rd partyproviders. A successful AVP will be able to provide strong visionand direction for the team while fostering bottom-up input andparticipation in process-improvement from all levels of theorganization. This role will influence the university landscape,including our regional and international campuses. This is anexceptional opportunity for an accomplished, innovativeprofessional to join a world-class academic institution seeking totransform existing auxiliary service units with fresh thinking,define and unify the “NU customer experience” and bring entirelynew services to Northeastern’s global community.Responsibilities:Reporting to the Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer,the Assistant Vice President of Business Services (AVP) willeffectively manage all aspects of the service portfolio, includingfiduciary oversight (directing the preparation, analysis, andreconciliation of revenue, expense, cost/benefit and cash flowanalyses), infrastructure (directing and supporting the planningand execution of related capital projects) and customer experience(directing and coordinating customer service functions,establishing and administering service level KPIs, and vendormanagement.)The AVP must possess broad and deep knowledge of both national andinternational best business practices, and innovations includingbut not limited to; dining services including catering and vendingoperations, printing operations, university bookstore, mailroomoperations, and parking facilities. These operations are outsourcedto a variety of contracted operators.The incumbent should be an experienced or aspiring leader who hashad success building and advancing a progressive program at anotherorganization, either within a higher education auxiliary operationand/or related facilities management environment.The AVP will navigate Northeastern’s expansive campus footprint andbuild strong relationships throughout the global network to achievemaximum effectiveness.Serve as a politically savvy proactive leader, a forward thinker,and a self-starter who can read the culture, determine where thereis a need, develop a solution, and then tactfully present proposalsto senior leadership.Manage a wide scope of responsibility for delivering a high levelof satisfaction and providing various essential needs of students,staff, faculty, administrators, visitors, and the community.Develop sustainability project goals, objectives, initiatives, orstrategies in accordance with Northeastern’s commitment to socialjustice and environmental sustainability.Will prioritize a great deal of time upon arrival on learning thenuances and priorities of the network, discovering the internalneeds of the staff and the departments within Business Services,attending campus events, and beginning the process of reaching outand establishing themselves as the visible “face” and leader ofBusiness Services.The AVP will have excellent communication skills that can fostertransparency, promote trust, and reach all levels of the universitycommunity, including vendors and service providers.Develop an efficient and streamlined strategic plan, integratingcontracted staff and Northeastern employees to create a positive,proactive, customer-oriented, and highly responsive environment forall stakeholders at the institution.The selected candidate will manage auxiliary contracts that are atvarious stages, and assess and determine priorities and strategies,and opportunities for cost-saving measures.AVP should bring strong and sound business and financial acumen tothe role across the portfolio but should also bring an innovativeand adaptive mindset in relation to business services that canprovide diverse revenue streams.As part of Finance, this employee is a steward of the universityand a trusted partner, bridging aspirations to business solutionsin thoughtful, grounded, and agile ways to advance Northeastern’smission.Qualifications:The successful candidate will possess at least a bachelor’s degreefrom an accredited four-year college or university, with at leastten years of demonstrated oversight of several auxiliary serviceunits including but not limited to dining services includingcatering and vending operations, printing operations, universitybookstore, mailroom operations, and parking facilities.Northeastern seeks a candidate with the following skills andexperience:Exceptional business, accounting, and finance skills, and thecapability to effectively managing a multimillion-dollar operationand generating revenue to support the department anduniversity.Strong experience in budget development and implementation, fiscaloversight, understanding of financial statements, cost-benefitanalysis, evaluation of statistical data, and resourceallocation.A passion for diversity, and demonstrated commitment to theprinciples of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice forall.A demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability,responsible sourcing, supporting local communities, andcollaborating to generate impactful change.Demonstrated negotiation skills, strategic planning, draftingproposals, analyzing reports, and to conduct appropriatelysophisticated presentations at the executive level.Exceptional communicator, listener, and relationship builder, withthe ability to reach all levels of the university, to ensure thatthe contracted auxiliary entities on campus are connectedintegrally to the institution.Significant supervisory experience in an auxiliaryservices/facilities management environment setting coupled with atrack record of managing and developing teams, setting highexpectations, delegating as needed, and be a driver of changeinitiatives, as necessary.Possess strong ethical principles, maintaining integrity at alltimes, with the ability to multitask, while also being extremelyorganized and detail oriented.Acknowledging that the needs of the institution are often notlimited to the traditional work schedule, and willingness to reacton an as-needed basis. Preferred Qualifications:Salary Grade:16Additional Information:A criminal background check is required for this position.Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seekingto recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty andstaff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all itsforms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respectthat affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, religion,color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabilitystatus, or any other characteristic protected by applicablelaw.To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment andsupport of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity. To apply, visit https://careers.pageuppeople.com/879/cw/en-us/job/505618center_img jeid-62294c255be73d4a98a775be71ed7775last_img read more

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St. Louis Cardinals Announce ‘Grateful Dead Tribute Night’

first_imgHead to this MLB website for tickets, more information, and also this fun graphic: MLB team the St. Louis Cardinals are getting in on the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebration, as the Cards will host a “Grateful Dead Tribute Night” on September 2nd.The band will be giving out t-shirts commemorating the occasion, and local band Jake’s Leg will be performing a pre-game set. Check out the shirt design, which shows the specific dates that the Dead performed in St. Louis throughout the years.last_img read more

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Lou Holtz discusses importance of faith, purpose

first_imgKathryne Robinson | The Observer Lou Holtz delivers a speech to graduating seniors and other Notre Dame community members about the value of embracing a winning mindset.One of his lesser-known talents is that he is a magician. Before a crowd gathered in the Dahnke Ballroom in the Duncan Student Center on Sunday, Holtz performed a trick — ripping up a newspaper, folding it together and magically making it reappear to the applause of the crowd.But Holtz was not on campus just to perform magic. Instead, he returned to Notre Dame to address seniors as part of “Life Beyond the ND Bubble,” an event hosted by the Notre Dame Alumni Association which consisted of speakers and events aimed at preparing seniors for their lives post-graduation.Holtz’s speech focused mainly on the faith, attitude and decision-making skills needed to succeed.“You need four things in your life: … something to do, someone to love, something to believe in and something to hope for — I’m talking about dreams and ambitions,” Holtz said.For Holtz, having faith was crucial in ensuring a meaningful future.“Don’t lose your faith. I don’t know how people get along without faith,” he said. “I can’t begin to tell you how many times I prayed when Michigan was on our 2-yard line.”Continuing in the vein of tools for success, Holtz spoke extensively on making the right choices.“The most important word in [your] whole vocabulary is choice,” he said. “God gave you a lot of powers. You have the power to love, to think, to imagine, to play, but the greatest power you have as an individual is the power to choose.”Holtz said he was especially blessed to be instilled with good decision-making skills by his parents while growing up in depression-era West Virginia.Despite the poverty of his upbringing, Holtz said he was, in a way, raised with great privilege. “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth because I was born in this country and I was taught by parents that if I got an education, I stopped blaming other people, I made good choices and had faith in God that great things can happen in your life,” he said. “I had a silver spoon put in my mouth not because of what I had but because of what I was taught.”Being instilled with these values and having faith, Holtz said, allowed him to gain the self-confidence necessary to succeed.“There are two types of people in this world,” he said. “Those that lift people up and those that pull people down, and the only people who lift up are those who who have good self-esteem — and I never used to have it.”Throughout his talk, Holtz continued to come back to purpose and how faith could help instill purpose.“Have faith in God, because God won’t make your life easier but he will always be there with you,” he said. “ … We are born basically to serve our Lord and help other people.”Tags: Beyond the ND Bubble, Dahnke Ballroom, duncan student center, Lou Holtz Former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz is a man of many talents. He led the Irish to the 1988 National Championship, was a commentator on ESPN for many years and has given speaking engagements around the world.last_img read more

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Christy “Joanie” Boston

first_imgChristy “Joanie” Boston, 51, of Fort Worth, Texas passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas.Joanie was born on April 14, 1964 in Port Arthur, Texas to Jerry Curtis Dunn and Jocie Ann Autrey Dunn. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 23 years before moving to Fort Worth. She was a 1982 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and a member of the Maroon and Gold Band. Survivors include her mother, Jody Dunn of Port Arthur, TX; brother, Joey Dunn and his wife Pam of Spring, TX. Additional family members include her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joanie was a caring wife, daughter, sister and compassionate friend. She was also a faithful member of the Baptist Church and served in Children’s Ministries.She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Barry Boston; and her father, Jerry Dunn.center_img A visitation for family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Alan Autrey officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to: First Baptist Church of Port Arthur Children’s Ministries, c/o Procter Baptist Church, 4401 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77642.last_img read more

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JANICE TODORA ON BOWLING: Moity rolls 32nd perfect game; Manthei hits 298

first_img Next UpSami Jo Williams led all the women bowlers this week she hammered the lanes with games of 213, 258 and 199 for a nice 670 series. Sami Jo did all this in the Monday night Valero League.Wednesday mornings Queen Tumblers provided this weeks top senior female bowler. None other that Alice Barnes led the way this week. Alice shot up games of 210, 214 and 163 for a 587 series.This past weekend I was able to make the trip to Baton Rouge with several of the ladies and watch them bowl in the Louisiana State Women’s Bowling Championships. The Chief unloaded career 300 No. 32 during the Thursday night Energy Country Ford/Allstate League.C.J. “Chief” Moity shot his first 300 at the old Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30, 1983. Chief also had games of 269 and 194 to lead all the senior men with a 763 series.While talking about the Thursday night league, Eric Manthei came close to perfection in his second game of the evening. Eric pocketed the first 11 shots then came up with an eight count on his final ball to finish with a 298 game. Eric surrounded that masterpiece with games of 268 and 215 to lead all bowlers this week with a 781 series. This group provided a lot of excitement throughout the weekend. RaeAnna Todora left Baton Rouge on Sunday in the top spot in the all events scratch division.Perhaps the most exciting time was provided to us by Cindy Pizzey. Cindy, bowling on a 98 average, is currently sitting in fourth place with all events handicapped with a 218.3. This whole group of ladies had a fun time and provided plenty of entertainment on the lanes.center_img • 700’s: Skipper Arsenault 267-192-256-715, Eric Manthei 268-298-215-781, CJ Moity 269-300-194-763.• VALERO: Kendall Terrell 216-634, Eloy Santanna 168-486, Zach Wiley 262-608, Griffin Williams 235-647, Sami Jo Williams 258-670, Steve Powell 222-578, Branden Powell 258-688, Mark Maxwell 235-579, David Allen 152-380, Richard Allen 186-462, Chad Carlson 186-510, Michael Morvant 187-515, James Pitre 212-565, Bruce Van Boskirk 191-484, Kyle Miller 235-606, Tara Candee 165-462, Chuck Mitchell 247-685, Wendy Medina 136-376, Carlos Medina 244-647, Kirwin Melo 240-699, Bryan Boldt 234-610, Gerard Fresnido 176-507, Rene Pulver 195-550, Chris Kaufmann 232-635, Kaci Leatherwood 141-395, Eric Kyles 224-579, Elaine Whitten 152-407, Mack McPhatter 223-604, Ryan Smith 221-628, Kurt Cullums 265-691, Derrick Rivers 234-605, Zachary Beckett 206-534, Mike Jacquet 241-619, JoshSchoonfield 167-414, Derrick Joyce 203, Jeremy Premeaux 235-627, Nick Smith 222-587, Debbie Schuster 176-464, Bubba Metz 256-663, Joe Duke 202-566, John Parent 221-557, Bonnie Maxwell 144-395, Austin Arsenault 221-586, Justin Cates 187-482, Gus Saba 149-389, Alan Kay 278-641, Jan Cates 153-433.• QUEEN TUMBLERS: Alice Barnes 214-587, Donna Kelly 151-417, Betty Shannon 179-513, Joyce Porter 135-399, Flo Benoit 159-449, Shelia Vaughan 151-418, Lynne Richter 173-438, Emily Davis 112-307, Frances Boudreaux 189-482, Donna Thomas 154-436, Cindy Campbell 201-487, Elsie Tweedel 143-406, Dot Font 146-415, Brenda Dodson 179-477, Chris Marze 190-506, June Badon 166-430.• GOLDEN OLDIES: Cynthia Williams 111-297, Gloria Divello 202-561, Bill Lawless 157-414, Gary Vincent 166-491, Randy Zampini 159-445, Phil Rogers 158-441, Cliff Mosley 201-541, Charlotte Banks 120-335, Beverly Wallace 126-324, James Pitre 244-629, CJ Moity 215-590, Maryana Kimball 166-468, Paul Vaughan 231-604, Mary Gravett 141-374, Bruce Powell 170-466, Hedy Zampini 182-478, Donna Clifton 129-332, Fred Clifton 149-415, VJ Willis 183-464, Venix Morris 165-463, Frankie Hall 193-518, Joel Freeman 108-282, Bill Allen 163-464.• MID-COUNTY MIXED: Bobby Abraham 160-426, Bruce VanBoskirk 174-424, Vladie Quirante 170-458, Resty Baluyot 165-430.• FUN BOWLERS: Johnny Simon 196-536, Robert Miller 181-441, Mike Free 181-513, Carla Hurst 132-369, Joe Hurst 157-439, Jeremy Jones 262-665, Diron Owens 199-518, Charles Venable 211-523, Darlene Knight 192-503, Anna Commorato 157-412,Joseph Commorato 213-552, Hope Miller 110-278, Micah Muller 204-560, Judy Lynch 173-436, James Pitre 210-580, Bill White 257-676, Joyce Cialona 184-494, Tyler Rikoff 223-602.• ENERGY COUNTRY FORD/ALLSTATE: Michael Peterson 179-425, Chuck Clark 175-430, Kody Rountree 207-509, Michael Chandler 201-579, Linda Morris 177-488, Laura Scully 193-532, Zim Morris 219-554, Kevin Gros 220-529, Sandra Windham 215-551, Buddy Sepeda 247-594, James Robinson 207-530, Houston Rideaux 218-546, Brittany Combs 139-361, Mary Jane Parsley 183-609, Jeremy Tremonte 203-515, David Bruno 258-662, Erik Postula 246-649, John May 185-462, Randy Young 188-512, Clay Mathew 278-657, Tammy Nick 178-483, John Tatroe 135-401, Shelly Moity 233-519, Bobby Clark 236-579, Ray Todora 222-614, Jake Glenn 236-666, Timmy Le 195-557, Huu Tran 208-481, Tommy Tran 192-490, Samson Pham 197-510, Kevin tran 204-564, Kayla Kay 160-463, Chris Kaufmann 204-520, Joe Duke 216-547, Georgia McElroy 130-342, Karen Bellow 191-534, Bob Bellow 222-574, Gerard Fresnido 173-455, David Pulver 213-460, rene Pulver 208-553, Andrew Pridemore 258-694, Tyler Rikoff 224-611, Richard Chichester 210-610, Blake Dugas 222-593, Trey Todora 242-674, Braden Grusecki 183-518, Chris Merritt 245-667, Bret Chipman 223-583, Rex Morris 215-507, Ryan Cooper 233-536, Rusti Girolamo 167-422, Theresa Beavens 177-466, Art Turner 268-648, Troy Girolamo 235-631, Jim Clark 160-415, Giles Broussard 162-431, Logan Cain 225-635, Mike Charles 205-578, Bill White 240-611, Jakeevan Sonnier 192-460, Gary Biegas 222-510, Georgeann Richardson 264-607, Wendy Medina 133-350, Austin Arsenault 193-543, Skipper Arsenault 228-590, Darrel Robinson 203-509, Mike Jacquet 224-603, Daryl Hughes 247-674, Charlene Wersig 187-509, Aaron Wersig 182-466, Zack Sonnier 235-620, DeanWersig 224-607, Branden Powell 237-633, John Allen 226-585, Jonathan Martin 255-652, Rick Hermsen 221-578, Trint Miguez 229-628, Chris Edwards 215-596, Joann Williams 197-470, Derek Williams 259-674.• STARS of TOMORROW: Cain Shaw 196-519, Blaine Seymour 205-570, Ryan Thomas 155-401.last_img read more

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Board to finalize no new fees budget in Tampa

first_img Board to finalize no new fees budget in Tampa A 2013-14 budget for The Florida Bar, which does not increase annual membership fees, and revisits the issue of hiring experts in personal injury and wrongful death cases to negotiate liens will be on the Board of Governors’ agenda for its April 19 meeting.The board will approve the proposed budget at its April meeting and an official notice with the proposed budget details will be published in the April 30 News. The board will consider written member objections at its May meeting in Sarasota.The proposed budget projects total revenues before investment income of nearly $37.9 million. The largest part of that comes from annual membership fees at almost $24.9 million. That compares with a budget of $37.3 million in revenues before investment income for the 2012-13 fiscal year with membership fees of $24.3 million.Projected revenues from various member services, including CLE programs, is projected at nearly $5.2 million, compared to $5.1 million budgeted for the current year. Another $1.5 million will come from advertising revenues from the Bar Journal and News, which is slightly under the current fiscal year budget.Expenses are expected to run just over $40 million for next year, up from $39.1 million budgeted for this year. The investment income is budgeted at $1.6 million for FY 2014 versus $1.4 budgeted for FY 2013.The largest expenditure for the Bar remains its regulation of the practice of law activities, which are budgeted at $17.9 million for next year, compared to $17.6 million this year. Those activities include lawyer regulation (the Bar’s largest program), the Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program, ethics (including the Ethics Hotline), legal advertising, and membership records.The Bar expects to spend $1.8 million on unlicensed practice of law operations, up slightly from this year, and $4.2 million on communications with the public and Bar members, down from $4.5 million budgeted this year. The communications programs include the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department as well as the Journal and News. Also in the budget is $214,000 for the new Leadership Academy program.The lien issue comes after the Supreme Court last year rejected a proposed Bar rule addressing cases in which attorneys wanted to hire special counsel to negotiate medical liens and subrogation claims at the conclusion of a personal injury or wrongful death case. The special counsel would be paid a percentage of the amount they saved, even if that payment left the client paying both the original attorney and special counsel an amount above that allowed in Bar contingency fee rules.The Bar’s proposed rule said such an arrangement would be allowed with the client’s informed consent. However, the court rejected that rule and said it was the original attorney’s duty, when accepting the contingency contract, to also negotiate over those liens at the conclusion of the case.Information provided to the board noted that some liens, like those involving ERISA and Medicare, have become so complex that they have evolved into a separate specialty and may require separate litigation.The proposed amendment to Rule 4-1.5 requires the original, contingency fee lawyer to handle routine lien negations. But, the board has been told, “the amendments allow the lawyer in the personal injury matter to either refer the extraordinary lien resolution services to another lawyer or to hire another lawyer to handle the extraordinary lien resolution services on behalf of the client only when the referral/hiring is in the client’s best interests and with the client’s informed consent. The amendments require that any separate agreement to handle extraordinary lien resolutions separately comply with all ethical requirements of the fee rule.”That ethical requirement stipulates the lien resolution that an attorney may not share fees with the referring attorney.The amendments will be presented to the board for first reading in April and the board may vote on the changes at its May 31 meeting.On other matters, the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics will report on its ongoing review of recommendations from the Special Committee on Lawyer Referral Services. The Legislation Committee will report on ongoing activities related to the Legislature’s Regular Session.Additionally, the board will select one lawyer for a two-year term on the Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee, and two lawyers for four-year terms on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims. April 15, 2013 Regular News Board to finalize no new fees budget in Tampa The hiring of experts in personal injury and wrongful death cases to negotiate liens is also on the agendalast_img read more

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Allowing the Mind to Wander Aids Creativity

first_imgScientific American: History is rich with ‘eureka’ moments: scientists from Archimedes to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are said to have had flashes of inspiration while thinking about other things. But the mechanisms behind this psychological phenomenon have remained unclear. A study now suggests that simply taking a break does not bring on inspiration — rather, creativity is fostered by tasks that allow the mind to wander.The discovery was made by a team led by Benjamin Baird and Jonathan Schooler, psychologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The researchers presented 145 undergraduate students with two ‘unusual uses’ tasks that gave them two minutes to list as many uses as possible for everyday objects such as toothpicks, clothes hangers and bricks.After the two minutes were over, participants were given a 12-minute break, during which they rested, undertook a demanding memory activity that required their full attention or engaged in an undemanding reaction-time activity known to elicit mind-wandering.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Do animals from geographically distant areas speak the same language?

first_imgThe Washington Post:A friend recently asked me whether black bears in Appalachia have Southern accents and whether they have trouble understanding black bears raised in Canada or Alaska. Taken literally, those are notions more fit for a Disney movie than a scientist. In a more abstract sense, however, it’s a profound inquiry that fascinates zoologists and psychologists alike.Is communication learned or innate in nonhuman animals? Can geographically distant groups of the same species develop local culture: unique ways of eating, playing and talking to each other? I posed those questions to Darcy Kelley, a Columbia University professor who studies animal communications.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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LNG Canada starts planning work for workforce accommodation centre

first_imgShell-led LNG Canada on Thursday said it is beginning engineering and planning work on its workforce accommodation centre to house workforce during construction of the proposed liquefaction and export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.LNG Canada selected the Bird-Civeo joint venture as the contractor for the design and construction of the Centre, according to the company’s statement.However, the construction on Cedar Valley Lodge will not commence unless LNG Canada’s joint venture participants have made a positive final investment decision.LNG giant Shell said in February it is postponing final investment decision on its multi-billion LNG Canada project to late 2016 as the company is reducing costs and capital investment in a low oil price environment.LNG Canada, a joint venture company comprised of Shell, PetroChina, Korea Gas Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation is proposing to build an LNG export facility in Kitimat that initially would consist of two LNG trains each with the capacity to produce 6.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG, with an option to expand the project in the future to four trains.last_img read more

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