Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship Programme

first_img Similar Stories Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship Programme September 14, 2018 Published by Bojana Tweet +1 Share 0 Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation →center_img Reddit Deadline: 8 October 2018Open to: master’s postgraduates and early-stage researchers who have not been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years and are not already permanently employedBenefits: contract of employment with a minimum annual salary of around USD 27.000 (£20,989)DescriptionUniversity Alliance is a mission group representing and supporting modern civic universities with a professional and technical focus. Their work includes developing collaborative programmes through which our member universities seek to enhance their student experience and research such as the Doctoral Training Alliance – a unique cohort-based doctoral training programme with a strong interdisciplinary and industry-focused ethos. Its objective is to train and develop highly employable researchers in strategically important areas.The extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) brings together their existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy following a €6.5million award from the European Commission, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND scheme.The DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme (DTA3 / COFUND) will be delivered across a consortium of 15 universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The fifteen universities are:University of BrightonCoventry UniversityUniversity of Central LancashireUniversity of GreenwichUniversity of HertfordshireUniversity of HuddersfieldLiverpool John Moores UniversityManchester Metropolitan UniversityNottingham Trent UniversityThe Open UniversityUniversity of PortsmouthSheffield Hallam UniversityUniversity of South WalesTeesside UniversityUlster UniversityIt will develop 83 early stage researchers from across the EU and beyond as internationally-connected, independent researchers with interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral skills and experience, ready for industrial employment in the European and UK priority challenge areas of healthcare, clean energy and social policy.The programme will foster transnational mobility through an extended network of international associate partners in Europe and overseas, including Australia and South Africa, to provide recruitment and international placements.You can read all FAQ’s here. EligibilityTo qualify for a DTA3 / COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship opportunity, applicants must:Be an early-stage researchers’ (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree). See Guidance from the EU for the definition of an early-stage researcher;Not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before taking up a DTA3 / COFUND opportunityNot already be permanently employed by the entity where the DTA3 / COFUND opportunity will take place.Have a postgraduate master’s degree or a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the chosen research topic (see individual project details for more information);Have a strong scholarly interest in the research, and a high level of motivation;Demonstrate English language competency, as specified by the respective university.Read more about the eligibility criteria here.BenefitsAs a DTA3 / COFUND Marie Skłodowska Curie PhD Fellow you will be employed by the host institution and paid a minimum annual salary of around USD 27.000 (£20,989) with your host institute also paying National Insurance and pension contributions. The exact salary, holiday entitlements and any other terms and conditions will be advised by individual partner universities.As well as benefiting from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their chosen institution, researchers on a DTA programme will be joining a much broader professional community – where they can enjoy the collaborative power, expertise and reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance.By combining vital research skills such as critical reasoning and epistemology with practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise, the programmes will produce postgraduate researchers who are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver real world impact.Researchers on a DTA programme will be encouraged to collaborate on their work with colleagues in the cohort; attend annual induction, summer school and networking events; co-delivered training and development courses; as well as employer and industry events relevant to their chosen field.How to apply?In order to apply please read the guide and fill in the online application form. For more information please visit the official website. 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2-year-old girl missing from campsite in northern Michigan

first_imgMichigan State Police(MONROE, Mich.) — An urgent search is underway in a wooded area in northern Michigan for a 2-year-old girl who went missing at the end of a family camping trip.The family of Gabriella Roselynn Vitale told the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police that they had been camping for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was nowhere to be found.Deputies and troopers are using canine teams to search the area.Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said. She is wearing a gray shirt, pink bottoms and tennis shoes.The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where the girl went missing. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York City’s residential reckoning

first_imgArlene Reed is still reeling from a deal that took months to go into contract. By the end of February, the Warburg Realty broker was helping guide a buyer through an accepted offer on a $3.9 million apartment in a new construction condo project on the Upper East Side. But before the parties inked the contract, New York woke up to the threat of coronavirus.The stock market had taken a nosedive, businesses were shuttering left and right, and her buyer wanted a bargain.“Generally, a seller would say, ‘get lost,’” Reed noted. “No one’s waiting two months for you.” But these aren’t ordinary times. Instead, she wrangled a $100,000 credit for a renovation and a financing contingency that allowed the buyer to walk away unscathed if its lender didn’t fund the deal, and the sponsor agreed to pay the mansion tax. (They had also already agreed to pay common charges for a few years.)Selling a high-end home in Manhattan can be trying even in the best of times, especially in a soft market with a glut of new development condos. Going into 2020, there was $5.7 billion in existing condo inventory on the market and another $33 billion worth of inventory in the shadows, according to a report by Halstead Development Marketing. Add a pandemic to the mix and you might as well give up trying — and that’s what some top brokers have done, decamping to second homes to wait out the disease from the comfort of the suburbs.For those still trying to do deals, Covid-19 has not only upended the entire market, but also fundamentally changed the way they do business. While brokers were once traversing the city, going from one showing to the next, they’re now holding daily meetings over Zoom, navigating virtual tours and strategizing ways to stay competitive in a recession.“I never thought that I’d be doing virtual tours from my childhood bedroom in Massachusetts,” Halstead Development Marketing agent Craig Dancewicz joked before showing off a 46-unit condo he’s handling in Astoria, Queens. The building, dubbed the Rowan, launched sales just six weeks before the pandemic shuttered its sales office. And for luxury developers, the pandemic has only intensified the challenge of moving unsold inventory in a soft market — even more of a challenge now that buyers can’t see their potential homes in person.At the end of April, Extell Development announced that it was offering discounts of up to 20 percent on all remaining units at its 815-unit One Manhattan Square condo in response to the pandemic — the first major developer to publicize such a move.“While we have adapted to selling our residences through a virtual sales experience, we recognize that it is also important to incentivize our buyers with this program,” Gary Barnett, Extell’s founder and chair, said in a statement provided to The Real Deal.Others are offering unheard-of contingencies that allow buyers to get back their deposits if the deal should hit a snag. At the 46-unit Astoria condo, developer RockFarmer Properties is offering buyers who sign a contract during the shutdown the ability to walk away from the deal with a full refund of their deposit after they see the unit. Buyers will have a five-day window whenever the sales gallery reopens to come in person.“It’s a no-lose situation,” said John Petras, a co-founder and managing principal of RockFarmer. His company is also offering a scaled 10 percent deposit at the Rowan, with 5 percent due upon contract signing and the rest due on Oct. 1. The great pauseWhen it comes to who’s actually buying in the city’s sales market, the answer is murky. Some are even questioning the veracity of data, particularly after listing portals removed their “days on market” calculation at the urging of trade organizations advocating on behalf of real estate agents. One metric nearly everyone can agree on — in addition to the market being down — is that the number of properties up for sale has fallen as a result of the pandemic. Even as early as March, when awareness of the coronavirus remained low, the volume of new home listings was notably less than a year earlier, according to an analysis by Jonathan Miller of appraisal firm Miller Samuel. The number of condos and co-ops listed in Manhattan in March typically grows by about 7 percent compared to the end of February, heralding the start of spring selling season. This year, however, listings grew by only 2.2 percent in the first nine days of the month, Miller found.By the end of the month, spooked sellers had pulled hundreds of homes off the market, according to data firm UrbanDigs. Douglas Elliman Chair Howard Lorber said his 7,000 agents are discouraging clients from listing homes now, while they’re unable to show the properties in person. “We don’t think it really makes sense [to list],” Lorber said on an earnings call for Elliman’s parent company, Vector Group, in early May. When it comes to closed sales, Lorber said Elliman saw a “severe decline” in mid-March, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ban on home showings went into effect, though it was later amended to allow virtual showings. In response, Elliman and many other brokerage firms made hefty cuts in payroll costs and salaries in anticipation of plunging sales volume.The Corcoran Group’s parent, Realogy, reported a 30 percent drop in New York City deals, while contract activity fell by 50 percent at its company-owned brokerages.Though some brokers claim there are still buyers ready to lay down their money sight unseen, such deals are rare, and the majority that do close or go into contract began in earnest weeks, if not months, before lockdown. Wendy Maitland, founder of the boutique brokerage Atelier WM, brokered one of only a handful of luxury contracts signed in Manhattan at the end of April. The seller had initially accepted an offer in late February, but the buyer pulled out after the stock market plunged, she recounted in Olshan Realty’s luxury market report. A second buyer also backed out. Running out of options, Maitland later went back to the first buyer, this time offering a fresh round of concessions, and managed to cut a deal.Such stories are rare: In the seven weeks after New York’s stay-home order came into effect, just 20 luxury contracts were signed, according to the latest market report, a stunning fall from the 158 during the same period last year.An UrbanDigs analysis of property records and the Real Estate Board of New York’s Residential Listing Service shows the number of closed deals between March 23 and the end of April in Manhattan was down 71 percent year-over-year. Signed contracts dropped 76 percent. The preliminary analysis of weekly reports by Olshan and UrbanDigs is only part of the picture, however. Parsing what transactions are true products of the age of coronavirus (viewed, negotiated and closed amid the pandemic) is nearly impossible. It’s also debatable whether data recorded during the lockdown in New York City’s property records and industry databases is truly accurate. “Even if there is a data point, nine times out of 10, its genesis was pre-Covid,” said  Miller. “On top of it, we’re expecting unusual delays in the difference between the closing date and the reporting date, just because government employees are working from home, too,” he added. “So there’s all these hurdles to get over to get current, fresh, of-the-moment information.”Reality checksWhile it may take another month to get a clearer sense of April sales, existing contract data offers valuable insight into what it takes to keep deals alive in a pandemic — often grueling tests of resilience and perseverance. Donna Olshan, who writes her firm’s weekly report about luxury contract signings in Manhattan, said that after the city went into lockdown, she was forced to throw out her numbers-driven formula because new contracts were in such short supply. Instead, Olshan said, she’s taken to hitting the phones each week to get the backstories from brokers about their deals. Many describe multimillion-dollar contracts hanging on by a thread — buyers nervous about the market, demanding price cuts, and round after round of renegotiations.Beyond the here and now is the urgent question of when everyone can go back to work. While some firms are making tentative plans, the uncertain timeline makes it more difficult to prepare for life after the most severe restrictions are lifted.The city’s shutdown is slated to end in June, but it remains to be seen if the governor will extend it, and no one knows what a return to normalcy will look like, given new concerns about social distancing, sanitizing and density in office buildings.There are also questions about how buying patterns will change and whether our collective concern about density will spell doom for Manhattan’s crowded condo buildings.At HFZ Capital’s XI condo, the Douglas Elliman sales team had discussed the possibility of a bulk offering — a trend gaining traction in the pandemic as developers and investors hunt for opportunity.For these kinds of deals to materialize, though, developers will likely have to entertain deep discounts.“I have a list of people that want to buy in bulk, it’s just that I’m not seeing anybody that really is interested in selling in bulk at a price that investors would be interested in,” said Andrew Gerringer, who runs new business development at the Marketing Directors. Art Hooper, president of development firm Ceruzzi Properties, said he was open to bulk opportunities at his Upper East Side condo, the Hayworth. “There are bulk buyers out there,” he said.” They’re in the market; they’re calling all the condo owners, not just us.”In the townhouse market, some brokers are feeling confident that the pandemic will give their product the edge over condos.“If there’s going to be a winner in the luxury real estate market, no question it’s going to be a house,” said Jed Garfield, a townhouse specialist with Leslie J. Garfield. “You’d need to be a moron to think otherwise.”Time for some actionIt’s hard to find a group more optimistic than New York City brokers. Celebrity broker Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International said that after an initial slump, he saw his business begin to pick up again one month into lockdown.“For the first four weeks of quarantine, the market was very quiet … Everybody was in a wait-and-see mode,” he said. “[Now] we’re going into this strange new normal.”New listings in Manhattan began to creep online at the end of April, including pop singer The Weeknd’s former Tribeca rental that appeared on the market asking $27.5 million in early May. (Listings and contract signings, however, remained down.)There have also been some preliminary signs that New York state’s housing market could be spluttering back to life.In the first two weeks of May, the number of mortgage applications to buy homes in New York increased by 9 and 14 percent from the previous weeks, despite the number of applications still lagging a significant 51 and 43 percent, respectively, compared to the same periods a year earlier, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported.And while it remains an open question if and when buyers may be comfortable touring apartments again, most believe that New York’s buyer’s market will continue unabated for the foreseeable future.“I’m sure developers are scared to death,” said Reed of Warburg. “[But] when you’re working with your buyers? Run. Run, go get something.” “If you’re working with buyers,” she added. “this is your moment.”last_img read more

Youth French team conqueres Europe

first_imgHandball in Germany is played by 750.000 people Click to comment Related Items:handball, Youth handball Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. France beat Norway with Pardin&Mahe in main role! Veszprem wait clash with Zagreb, Davis: This is Champions League ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe French domination continues in the Men’s handball on different levels – this time at U18 EURO 2016 in Croatia, where young “Experts” beat the host team 40:38 (18:19) in the final!The bronze medal won Germany by beating Slovenia 32:31 after 80 minutes (four extra periods) of a great battle in Koprivnica.Here is the All Star team of the Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016.The fifth place won Denmark, the sixth is Spain ahead of Iceland and Serbia.ALL STAR TEAMVratar – Till Klimpke – GERDesno krilo – Stefan Sunajko – SRBLijevi vanjski – Sebastian Heymann – GERSrednji vanjski – Ian Tarrafeta Serrano – ESPPivot – Adrian Miličević – CRODesni vanjski – Ivan Martinović – CRODesno krilo – Benjamin Richert – FRADefense player – Miha Kavčić – SLOMVP – Kyllian Villeminot – FRANajbolji strijelac – Ian Tarrafeta Serrano – ESPPHOTO: © G.I. Tepeš, M18 EHF EURO 2016 Recommended for youlast_img read more

Stem Cell Summit draws 500 participants

first_imgMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Wed-nesday (Oct. 3) called on those attending the second day of a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)-sponsored Stem Cell Summit to support his proposed $1 billion life sciences initiative “so we can get partnering with you.”While Massachusetts has a unique concentration of researchers, academic institutions, biotech companies, and investment in the life sciences, “we can’t just rest on our laurels,” Patrick said. “I ask you to make your voices heard,” the governor continued. “Make your interests known. When the bill comes out for hearings — show up.”This year’s summit, a two-day (Oct. 2-3) gathering of about 500 of the world’s leading stem cell researchers, patient advocates, pharmaceutical and biotech executives, and people from the venture capital world, marked a maturation point for both HSCI and the stem cell field as a whole.“The goal is insight; the path is clear; the potential of stem cell research must be realized,” wheelchair-bound College (2000) and Kennedy School of Government (2004) grad Brooke Ellison told the meeting attendees in her keynote speech.Ellison, who was paralyzed from the neck down as the result of an auto accident on the first day of her seventh-grade year, has written an autobiography, had her life featured in a movie directed by the late actor and stem cell advocate Christopher Reeve, run for New York state Senate, and started a nonprofit organization to advocate for stem cell research.“I have been driven by the belief that there is no vision too big, or vision too lofty,” said Ellison, who received a standing ovation at the end of her address. “It takes only one single instant to have your life changed completely,” she said, noting that she has learned from her experience that “all of our lives are inherently fragile. Every single one of us will have our resilience questioned,” she added, but we can “have our resilience strengthened by the hope that stem cell research provides.”Leading scientists were optimistic — and at the same time cautious — in predicting what the field might produce in the next 12 months.Doug Melton, co-director of HSCI and co-chairman of Harvard’s new interschool Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, answered the question about what’s likely to be announced by saying, “I think it’s possible we will see the first disease-specific stem cell.” Lawrence Goldstein, director of the Stem Cell Program at the University of California, San Diego, went a bit further, saying that “I would hope that we will actually see stem cells of some sort used responsibly in a novel kind of setting,” referring to patient therapy.At the same time, however, Goldstein told those attending the session on “How Stem Cell Research Will Transform Medicine in the 21st Century” that he’d “like to see enhanced public understanding” of stem cells and what they’ll do. There has been too much hype about alleged stem cell therapies in other nations, Goldstein said, with absolutely no proof that they’ll work.Melton said that he personally sees two avenues of stem cell science as the most exciting and promising — and neither involves actually using stem cells themselves as treatments. “The first way,” he said, “is rather obvious, to use stem cells … to understand” normal and abnormal development.Diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, “are just plain difficult problems,” said Melton, with multiple causes, both genetic and environmental. “We’re working to create disease-specific cells so we can watch the pathology of disease develop not in a patient, but in a Petri dish. The development of disease-specific stem cells” can enormously increase insight into the natural development of diseases. “I predict that what will happen by studying that process is we’ll be able to harness those processes,” Melton said. The second major use of disease-specific stem cells, he said, would be as “targets” for drug development.Last year’s first summit, co-sponsored by HSCI and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, was a relatively sedate, largely local affair, a gathering of about 150 people at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.In stark contrast, this year the co-sponsors were HSCI, the Genetics Policy Institute — a patient advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. — and Burrill Life Sciences Media Group, a venture capital, media, boutique investment banking company. Participants this year included Ian Wilmut, “father” of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal; John D. Gearhart, director of the Stem Cell Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Cell Engineering; Goldstein; Susan Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation; and leaders from the venture capital, biotech, and hospital arenas.During a Wednesday morning session titled “The Hospital Perspective — An HSCI Case Study,” Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin said that federal opposition to stem cell research has drawn the Harvard-affiliated hospitals together in a common cause, just as California’s $3 billion stem cell initiative has been “a missile across our bows.”Working together, through the collaborative that is the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, “we’ve been able to recruit people we never would have been able to attract,” said Slavin, and potential donors’ “sights have been raised” as a result of this collaboration. “It’s still a work in pro-gress,” he said, but “it is working very well” from his perspective.last_img read more

Vermont Health Connect goes live Tuesday

first_img‘While we are opening on October 1, open enrollment is a six month window, so Vermonters will have plenty of time to browse and make a decision that is right for them,’ said Robin Lunge, Vermont’s Director of Health Care Reform. ‘November is when most businesses and people who need coverage that starts on January 1st will be picking and enrolling in health plans.’ Website: is external) Toll-Free Call Center: (855) 899-9600Facebook: is external)Twitter: is external)YouTube: is external) The Department of Vermont Health Access announced today that Vermont Health Connect is on schedule to begin serving Vermonters on Tuesday, October 1t, beginning a six-month open enrollment period when Vermonters can compare health insurance options, learn if they are eligible for free or reduced cost plans, and enroll in a quality health plan that fits their needs ‘ all in one place. ‘We’re working hard to make Vermont Health Connect a success,’ said Mark Larson, Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. ‘As with any sophisticated system, the online marketplace will need improvements along the way. We have a great team that has been working non-stop to ensure the insurance marketplace works for Vermonters. As people across the state begin to explore health plans through Vermont Health Connect in the coming months, we will be standing by to answer questions, deal with concerns, and work to continually improve the consumer experience.’ The online marketplace will be available starting tomorrow at 9am and then daily from 6am to midnight.  Vermonters may choose to enroll through the web-based online marketplace, with in-person help from a Navigator or broker, or through the call center directly. Vermonters with questions or who experience difficulty with the new system should contact Vermont Health Connect through the customer support center at (855) 899-9600.  The customer support center will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. ‘With the launch of Vermont Health Connect, we have reached an important milestone on our path toward better health care coverage,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin. Through Vermont Health Connect, small businesses and their employees, as well as anyone who does not have insurance through a job, will have the information they need to pick a plan that reflects their personal medical needs and budget.last_img read more

Winter parking ban in effect Wednesday night, but free garage parking

first_imgCity of Burlington A winter PARKING BAN will go into effect tonight at 10pm to help city crews maintain the safest possible road conditions. The ban will be in effect from 10PM until 7AM throughout Burlington, except the downtown zone (midnight-6AM). Free parking is available in the city-owned Marketplace Garage (47 S. Winooski: entrances on Cherry St & Bank St), College St Garage (60 College St: entrances on College St and Battery St) and Lakeview Garage (41 Cherry St: entrance on Cherry St) starting at 10pm tonight. For a map of these city-owned parking locations, please see below or go here to view ALL parking options (including privately owned): /parking-map/(link is external)City Parking GaragesPlease do not park on the top floor of any garage OR in any municipal lot (this allows plow access for snow clearing). Vehicles must be removed by 8am or they will be charged the full daily rate. Any vehicles remaining on the street during the parking ban will be issued a $125.00 parking ticket and will be towed to another location. For questions related to parking enforcement, please call the Burlington Police Department at 802-540-2380. For questions related to snow removal, please call DPW at 802-863-9094.Call 802-658-SNOW for future updates or look for the parking ban lights around the city. Travel safely and stay warm.Source: City of Burlington 2.7.2018last_img read more

Peerless-AV Offers Bundled Solution in Response to COVID-19

first_imgPeerless-AV is offering a bundled solution available immediately to deploy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hundreds of testing and treatment stations are opening across the country to meet healthcare needs, the locations call for rapid triage and information sharing, often in inhospitable environments.The bundled solution includes a 49”, 55” or 65” UltraView UHD Outdoor TV (UV492, UV552, UV652), SmartMount Flat Panel Cart (SR560M), and if needed, custom content to accommodate a variety of considerations. By switching to digital, triage and logistics teams will no longer need to update static signage throughout the day manually, nor develop static content in multiple translations to accommodate a diversity of languages. Instead, digital content can be updated in real-time once connected to a network, or run via a USB flash drive directly connected to the TV, creating efficient workflow and information dissemination.As time is of the essence for these locations, the package’s SmartMount Flat Panel Cart offers a pre-assembled base to ensure a quick and straightforward setup. The UltraView UHD Outdoor TV is an all-weather-rated solution with 4K resolution and an IPS panel. The mobility of the cart and durability of the outdoor TV allows for convenient digital signage placement for your most important use case.Here is more information on Peerless-AV’s indoor and outdoor solutions for healthcare applications.last_img read more

New Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer

first_imgNew Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer New Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book due out this summer April 15, 2010 Regular Newscenter_img The Bar’s CLE Publications Department, in partnership with LexisNexis, is now developing a new edition of the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book, in light of the Supreme Court’s March approval of a major reworking of state’s jury instructions for civil cases.Jodi Jennings, of the Bar’s CLE Publications Department, said the new edition of the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases book is expected to be available this summer. The book can be pre-ordered now through LexisNexis by calling (800) 533-1637.Until the new book is ready for distribution, the new civil jury instructions are available online in the Supreme Court’s opinion, case no. SC09-284, and on the Web page of the Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases at Jennings also said the new instructions do not yet contain products liability instructions, but lawyers can refer to the former set of civil instructions for the existing products liability instructions, which are also available on the committee’s Web page. The committee also has proposed amended products liability instructions, which are currently pending in case SC09-1264. Oral argument in that case is scheduled for May 5.Jennings said lawyers should get in the habit of using the court’s jury instructions Web pages, especially in light of the recent amendment to Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.985, Standard Jury Instructions, effective October 1, 2009, that states “[t]he forms of Florida Standard Jury Instructions appearing on the court’s Web site at may be used by the trial judges of this state in charging the jury in civil actions.. . . ”The reorganization of the civil jury instructions was based upon the delineation of separate sections, which include oaths, preliminary instructions, evidence instructions, substantive instructions, damages, general substantive instructions, closing instructions, and supplemental matters. Each of the substantive areas are now organized into separate sections and include pertinent standard instructions which are reproduced within each substantive section or, when necessary, tailored to the specific substantive area.The court said the basic “template” used in the reorganization of the substantive law instructions includes an introduction instruction, an instruction with a simple summary of the case, instructions with the rules, and instructions on the issues with the applicable burden of proof.The amended standard civil instructions also include a number of plain language modifications which attempt to simplify the instructions to increase juror understanding by changing nonessential “legalese” to its plain English equivalent.last_img read more

Konrad, Gophers NCAA Champions

first_imgRobinson said rooting against other wrestlers from different squads is tough, but it’s the nature of the beast known as the NCAA tournament.“Watching those matches was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than the fate of your team being in the hands of others.”Junior Mack Reiter, who failed to earn All-American status for the first time in his career after battling an ACL injury, said despite his individual disappointment, to be part of the national title team is something he’ll never forget.“I almost was rooting for Iowa State for a bit there, just so Cole could end it himself,” he said. “But however it ended, we got the title and I’d trade my All-American status in for it any day.”It wasn’t a pretty tournament by any means, but in the end Minnesota again finds itself on top of the collegiate wrestling hill, ending Oklahoma State’s four-year reign.Konrad said the final session of the tournament ended in a dreamlike fashion.“To see myself in this position four years ago almost seemed impossible,” he said. “It’d be tough to script a better ending.”And so as the four-time All-American joined his teammates in celebration at mid-rink, a career was finished and the 2007 wrestling campaign was complete.Robinson said coaching Konrad for four years was something truly special.“He wants to be an Olympic champion and this is just one more step,” he said. “It’s been an honor to have him wrestle at Minnesota and we’ll miss him.” Konrad, Gophers NCAA ChampionsMinnesota used a late push to win its third national title in the last seven years. Tyler RushmeyerMarch 19, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Taking down the Minnesota wrestling team was tough; keeping them down proved to be impossible.Battling back from a disastrous Friday that saw Iowa State take over the tournament’s driver seat, the Gophers used sheer resiliency in the wrestlebacks and an exclamation-point pin by senior heavyweight Cole Konrad in his final collegiate match to give Minnesota its third national title in the last seven years.Coach J Robinson said the coaches needed to see a change in attitude and style in the tournament’s final day if the Gophers were to capture the NCAA crown.“We woke up positive this morning knowing that this thing wasn’t over yet,” he said. “Today all our wrestlers responded when they had to. That’s what champions do.”Coming into the tournament as the top seed and overwhelming favorite, Minnesota found itself hanging onto a slim lead in the final day due in large part to the ferocious wrestling of Iowa State, who sent three wrestlers into the finals, and a banged-up lineup that included the sprained MCL of undefeated sophomore Dustin Schlatter.His dropped decision on day two stunned the crowd and proved the Gophers were not invincible.Konrad, Minnesota’s other undefeated wrestler, said despite the second-day near meltdown, Minnesota felt ready to prove who the best team in the nation really was on the third.“As poorly as the second day went, we knew we had done enough to not let ourselves get out of it,” he said. “We just kept coming back, again and again.”But even with the Gophers’ best efforts Saturday, they still had to sit through three pressure-filled matches by Cyclones’ wrestlers to learn their fate.After senior Trent Paulson pulled out the decision at 157 pounds, the next two Iowa State wrestlers both came out on the wrong end of tight decisions to wrap up the team title for Minnesota, sending its fans into a frenzy.Had Iowa State taken anything more than one of three titles, it would have all been on Konrad’s shoulders; instead it was over before he even hit the mat.last_img read more