July 1, 2010 Regular News LSGM honors Mills and Emami L SGM honors Mills and Emami Mandy Mills and Shahrzad Emami received awards for their work on behalf of the poverty community at the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s annual awards ceremony.Mills received the Blanca Fiallo Memorial Award for her “vigorous advocacy and for dedication and professionalism to her craft.”Emami was honored with the Alfred Feinberg award for “outstanding advocacy on behalf of the poverty community” and specifically for helping to bring $89 million in HUD funding to a consortium of nonprofit developers to create 200 single family homes and 1,200 multi-family units of affordable housing for low income residents of Miami-Dade County.The following LSGM attorneys were also presented with awards: Kimberly Derry and Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson were recognized for five years of service, and John Little was recognized for 25 years of service.Miriam Harmatz of Florida Legal Services and Juanita Cendan of Legal Aid Society of Miami-Dade County were also recognized for their contributions to LSGM.
Gov. Rick Scott vetoed three items included in the state courts system’s budget June 23, the day he signed into law the state’s fiscal year 2015-16 budget.The three court items vetoed, included:* $41,000 for renovation of the Levy County Courthouse.* $100,000 for educational initiatives specific to criminal justice officials and community-based stakeholders working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues in the criminal justice context, to be conducted by the Florida Partners in Crisis.* $1 million for expansion of the Charlotte County Justice Center.All other items in the courts’ budget were retained by the governor. Scott vetos three court-related items Scott vetos three court-related items July 15, 2015 Regular News
Guards key big win over PurdueThe Gophers won 71-49 to recover from a drubbing by Michigan State on Thursday. David McCoyFebruary 14, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintTwo things were missing from Minnesota’s women’s basketball team during its blowout loss Thursday against Michigan State – defense and production from its guards.The Gophers found both Sunday.In fact, Minnesota’s stingy defense and hot-handed guards were the key to its blowout 71-49 win over Purdue in front of a season-high 13,222 fans Sunday at Williams Arena.The Gophers had five players in double figures, and, for the first time this season, four of them were guards.Shannon Schonrock led the way with 13, followed by Kelly Roysland and April Calhoun with 11 and Shannon Bolden with 10. Bolden is listed as a forward, but Borton said she considers her a guard and plays her as such.“All of us guards, we kind of talked about how we weren’t really a factor in the Michigan State game and how we needed to come into this game and the rest of the season being more of a threat offensively,” Calhoun said.Bolden was even better on defense, holding All-Big Ten guard Katie Gearlds to just seven points total and two in the second half.Bolden wasn’t the only one solid on defense – especially in the first half.The Gophers didn’t allow a Boilermakers point until their ninth possession of the game, and Purdue didn’t score a third time until possession number 18.“I thought the way we started the game really set the tone for the game defensively,” Borton said. “That’s something that we wanted to do was set the tone with our defense, and hopefully that would turn into offense.”If it weren’t for their own mistakes, the Gophers would likely have put the game away even earlier. During the span of time before Purdue scored its third basket, Minnesota committed six turnovers itself.But with just less than nine minutes gone by, Schonrock nailed a three-pointer, was fouled and completed the four-point play to give Minnesota a 13-4 lead and awaken the Gophers’ guards from their offensive slumber.Schonrock drained another three with just less than four minutes left in the half, sparking a 10-2 run that she capped with another three to give Minnesota a 31-15 lead with just more than a minute left.Gearlds then knocked down a three-pointer for Purdue, but a three-point play by Calhoun and a jumper by Bolden just before the buzzer doubled up the Boilermakers 36-18 at the half.Minnesota came back with an 11-4 run in the early part of the second half, which began with a drive by Bolden. Bolden’s shot was blocked, but Gophers center Janel McCarville swatted the ball out of the air and over to an open Schonrock, who hit her fourth three of the day.McCarville had eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on the day.Bolden followed up with a three-pointer of her own on Minnesota’s next possession and then capped the run with another three shortly afterward.Altogether, Minnesota was 6-of-11 from downtown and shot 44.4 percent in the game overall.Defensively, it was Minnesota’s 11th game holding an opponent to less than 50 points, which ties a 28-year old team record.“Starts to the game usually determine the outcome,” McCarville said. “If you don’t start aggressively, you’re not going to all of a sudden turn on a switch and start being aggressive late in the second half. And we knew we had to come out today aggressively.”
MERS infects 3 more in Saudi Arabia, 1 fatallySaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported three more MERS-CoV cases, all secondary infections in Khafji where two other cases were recently reported, potentially signifying a household or healthcare cluster.The patients are all men, one of whom was a 56-year-old man who died from his MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection, the MOH said in an update to its epidemiologic week 14 report. The others are ages 49 and 59. It’s not known whether any of the three had recent camel contact.Khajfi is in northeastern Saudi Arabia near the border with Kuwait. The two earlier patients were a 75-year-old man who had contact with camels and whose illness was reported on Mar 29 and a 25-year-old man with secondary exposure whose infection was reported on Mar 31.The trio of new cases lifts the country’s total for the year to 119 infections, which includes 57 linked to a large outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir.Apr 4 Saudi MOH update Cholera vaccine campaign starts in wake of Mozambique cyclone floodingGlobal health groups launched an oral cholera vaccine campaign yesterday in Beira, Mozambique, to curb an outbreak following severe flooding from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai, which struck the country and three of its neighbors in March.In a press release yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said nearly 1,500 cholera cases and one death have already been reported and nine cholera treatment centers are already admitting patients.Nearly 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccine from the global stockpile arrived in Mozambique on Apr 2. The stockpile is funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which also supports the campaign’s operational costs. The campaign will be conducted by Mozambique’s health ministry with support from the WHO and other partners, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children.Seth Berkley, MD, Gavi’s chief executive officer, said in the statement that the cyclone left Beira’s water and sanitation infrastructure in ruins, providing conditions for the spread of cholera, which is endemic in the country. “This cyclone has already caused enough devastation and misery across south east Africa; we have to hope these vaccines will help stop a potentially major outbreak and prevent yet more suffering.”Apr 3 WHO press release
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement STAMFORD, Conn. – Green Earth Technologies has announced that Dr. Mathew Zuckerman, who previously held the title of chairman and chief technology officer, will serve as the company’s president and chief operating officer. He will continue to also serve on the board as a director. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In his new capacity, Zuckerman will oversee the production and delivery of the world’s first bio based totally-green biodegradable motor oil, G-OIL, as well as 16 new SKU’s for January 2009. In addition, CEO Jeff Marshall will add chairman of the board to his current title. Jeffrey Loch, a co-founder of the company with Zuckerman, will now serve as chairman of the advisory board in addition to his current marketing responsibilities. This announcement comes on the heels of Green Earth Technologies’ G-OIL Ultimate Biodegradable green motor oils passing all of the engine test criteria for The American Petroleum Institute (API) SM Certification, which the company expects to lead to significant sales of the product.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
By PETE SHEEHEYVice ChairLos Alamos County CouncilLike many of us in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. Tax revenues spent wisely on education are a good investment in our future. That is why I urge Los Alamos citizens to vote yes for continuation of our Public Schools Bonds.This vote will not increase property taxes; it will simply continue the present tax rates so that the schools can continue to rehabilitate and update our aging schools. Los Alamos support of these bond issues enables us to receive additional New Mexico state schools capital funding, multiplying the effect of our tax dollars.You can vote every day except Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building or the White Rock Town Hall. On Tuesday Nov. 5, you can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations or at the Golf Course, Betty Ehart Senior Center, or UNM-LA Building 6 room 631. Please vote yes for our children’s future!
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‘A breathtaking risk’ was the damning assessment of the cross-party constitutional affairs select committee of Lord Carter’s plan to scrap the hourly rate for fixed fees as a precursor to his vision of a market-driven economy in legal aid. However, it isn’t the fixed fees that appear to have done for Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), which went into administration last week – at least according to the charity, which squarely blames its collapse on the Legal Services Commission’s practice of only paying up on the completion of cases. That is not the official line. Justice secretary Ken Clarke told MPs that the charity went under because it was ‘unable to manage its affairs’, whereas ‘every other organisation’ had coped with the transition to fixed fees. Putting aside for a moment the disputed circumstances of RMJ’s demise, there are some 10,000 asylum-seeking clients, including 900 lone children, who could be left without representation because of this failure. That is the nature of the ‘risk’, as vividly articulated by the MPs, when gaps dramatically appear in the threadbare fabric of social welfare law. Such a gap was narrowly avoided at the end of last year with the bailing out of South West London Law Centres. As we enter a new age of public sector austerity, we will increasingly see such breakdowns. When the new regime of fixed fees was introduced in 2008, a survey by the Law Centres Federation revealed that almost one in five law centres lived under the threat of closure and almost half were in serious debt. The group’s director, Julie Bishop, says that its members have since then ‘learnt to cope, but that isn’t to say that is our ideal system’. The group last year commissioned the New Economic Foundation to look at the new payment system and found that law centres had used up 70% of their reserves on average, essentially to finance cashflow. ‘What I don’t understand is why ministers are making public statements that contradict previous Ministry of Justice reports,’ says Bishop. Indeed, Clarke’s explicit and public rebuttal of RMJ’s own account of events – ‘it’s not a question of any late payments, RMJ were paid what was due’, he told MPs – jars with the MoJ’s own research contained in last June’s study of Legal Advice at Local Level. That document explicitly addressed the impact of cashflow problems on the not-for-profit sector. The fact that ministers are prepared to cut loose RMJ indicates that a line has been drawn. The fiasco also serves to illuminate the alarming deficiencies of the new regime. Fixed fees can operate to reward the speedy and efficient; in the same way that they can penalise the painstaking and the inefficient. That appears to be what is happening. Chief executive Caroline Slocock reckons RMJ’s income per client over the last two years has fallen by 46%. Her group has flagged up the LSC response to a Freedom of Information request, finding that almost one-third (29%) of (often notoriously complex) asylum cases are concluding after little work, generating twice the income that they would have generated under the hourly regime. Immigration lawyers in private practice complain about making a viable business from a £459 fixed fee, and delivering a quality service to vulnerable clients with complex cases and where English isn’t their first language. Alison Harvey, general secretary at the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, rebuts any suggestion that ‘everyone who is balancing their books is some kind of crook’. Under the Solicitors Code of Conduct, there is no penalty for cherry picking, but Harvey points out that lawyers inevitably take on more straightforward cases despite their commitment to providing a service to vulnerable but demanding clients. ‘What makes me mad is that lawyers’ time and effort would be better spent doing the complex cases to which their skills were suited,’ she says. At its worst, it is a system that incentivises dumbing down.
Mr Justice Geoffrey Vos, former Bar Council chairman and one of the most esteemed lawyers of his generation, was in provocative form when delivering last week’s KPMG lecture on ‘The Role of UK Judges in the Success of UK plc’. Lamenting the UK’s penchant for self-criticism, he observed: ‘We are always the first to say what is bad about our society; for example that the August riots exemplify the problems in society about which nothing is being done, rather than, as they probably would in France and Germany, that such unrest was the one-off product of a long summer and some disruptive elements’. Like Barclays’ Bob Diamond, Sir Geoffrey also appears to believe the ‘time for banker remorse’ is over. ‘We must… limit the way in which we chastise [the banks] for what they do wrong, and take more trouble to support them in what they do right,’ the judge declared. Perhaps so. Alluding to ‘global economic paranoia’, Sir Geoffrey contrasted a recent 5% one-day fall in the FTSE with the trend-bucking announcement by Deloitte of an 8.4% hike in global revenues. Another arresting comparison this. Deloitte is one of KPMG’s bitter rivals among the Big Four beancounters. It’s a bit like eulogising Wayne Rooney at a meeting of Liverpool Supporters Club.
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