Pathway To Paris is a concert that coincides with the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together high-profile musicians, artists, activists, politicians, and other public figures to advocate for cities to work to address climate change. The event takes its name from the Paris Agreement, a global agreement secured by the U.N. that encourage countries to mitigate their greenhouse-gas emissions, and seeks to encourage cities to meet and exceed the Paris Agreement’s climate targets.On September 14th, the fourth-annual Pathway To Paris concert will be held at San Francisco’s Masonic. Today, augmenting the event’s initial lineup announcement in July, Pathway To Paris has added a number of additional artists including Jim James, Dhani Harrison, Talib Kweli, and Lucinda Williams. Previously announced artists and public figures on the lineup include Karen O, Tony Hawk, Patti Smith, Flea, and Bill McKibben. Other musicians on the bill include Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Eric Burdon, formerly of War and The Animals, Tibetan musician and activist Tenzin Choegyla, and French pop-soul singer Imany.In addition to the musical performances, Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson has created a special interactive piece for Pathway to Paris, which will engage the audience in a collaborative work of art. As noted in a press release, “Artist Olafur Eliasson will turn the whole audience into artists by creating an interactive collective artwork. Eliasson leads a choreography that motions its audience to hold up a Little Sun solar lantern. The result is a visually striking solar-powered ‘sunrise’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality.”All proceeds from the fourth-annual Pathway to Paris concert will be donated to 350.org, Pathway to Paris, and the United Nations Development Programme. For more information and ticketing, head here.
Briefs October 1, 2002 Regular News CFLA exam set for November The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. will administer its Certified Florida Legal Assistant exam November 10 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.The cost of the exam is $100 for association members and $125 for nonmembers. Paralegals must currently hold the CLA certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants as a pre-requisite to sitting for the CFLA exam.Prior to the exam, on November 8-9, in partnership with the UCF, PAF will be offering a CFLA review course at the university. The cost of the review course is separate from the cost of the exam, $135 for association members and $160 for nonmembers. A study guide is available for $45 for those taking the review course, and $85 if purchased without the review course.The CFLA exam is the Florida complement to the NALA’s nationwide CLA program. Its purpose is to provide a standard for measurement of advanced skills and knowledge in Florida law for those persons who have already achieved the national CLA certification. The exam has been administered semi-annually since 1983. The areas covered in the exam include general Florida law, Florida court system, terminology, civil litigation (torts and negligence), Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, real estate, family law, estate/trust administration, contract law, corporation/business law (business organizations), and ethics.For information contact the association at (800) 433-4352 or on the Web at www.pafinc.org. Carmichael to lead Lakeland Bar The Lakeland Bar Association recently elected David R. Carmichael as its president for 2002-03.Other new officers of the Lakeland Bar include: Karie L. Sanoba, president-elect; A. Brent Geohagen, treasurer; Mario Cabrerra, historian; John Marc Tamayo, immediate past president; and board members James “Rusty” Franklin, Greg Kamp, Cindy L. Hardin, John J. Lancaster, E. Alexander Pujol, and William M. Midyette.The Lakeland Bar Association sponsors community outreach programs, such as high school mock-trial competitions, Law Week forums, judicial candidates and legal issue programs, scholarships, and CLE seminars. Thomas to lead Florida’s NELA Archibald J. Thomas III of Jacksonville was recently elected president of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.The National Employment Lawyers Association is comprised of attorneys who primarily represent employees in labor and employment related matters. Florida NELA is also active in legislative issues and in the filing of amicus briefs in cases involving significant employment issues in state and federal courts.Other officers include President-elect Marguerite Longoria; Vice President Gordon Leach; Legislative Vice President Frank Shooster; Secretary-Treasurer Tad Delegal; Amicus Coordinator Rick Johnson; and List Serve Moderator Ephraim Hess. Shea named FDLA’s president for 2002-03 The Florida Defense Lawyers Association recently installed Valerie Shea of Ft. Lauderdale as its new president.The FDLA is a statewide association designed to meet the needs and help solve the problems of the civil defense attorney.Other new officers include President-elect Ralph Marchbank, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Robert C. Palmer III, Immediate Past President Thomas E. Dukes III, and Directors Susan S. Erdelyi, Michael J. Corso, Scott W. Dutton, Gail L. Parenti, Spencer H. Silverglate, Donald J. Fann, John H. Richards, Jack W. Shaw, Jr., and Elizabeth C. Wheeler. Pinellas Paralegals to meet The Pinellas County Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida will meet October 14 at 6:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. Raymond L. Parri will speak on the topics of “Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Income,” and he will perform the installation ceremony for the new chapter officers. For more information call Patricia Weaver at (727) 586-4224. Professionalism seminar set The 19th Judicial Circuit Bench-Bar/Pro Bono Committee along with Florida Rural Legal Services and The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism will present “Professionalism and You,” October 10 at the Club Med Sandpiper in Port St. Lucie.The cost of the event is $80 in advance and $100 at door and includes breakfast and an award luncheon.For more information contact Donna Graf, pro bono coordinator, Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., at (772) 466-4766. Finding court filing fees online As the September directory issues of The Florida Bar Journal have begun arriving in Bar members’ offices, some have noticed that the Filing Fees section has been dropped from this year’s edition.Because of the growing size and cost of the directory, the decision was made to omit that section, especially since the information is available and reliably updated on the Internet.Here’s how to find the information.For corporate and related filing information from the Secretary of State, check thier Web site at www.dos.state.fl.us. Or the site can be reached through the Bar’s Web site at www.FLABAR.org. Click on the Links button, then the “Other Legal Links” connection, then “Gov’t Florida” and “Fla. Dept. of State” links.Fees set by statute can be researched at www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm. Information about state-set fees can also be found through the state’s Web site at www.MyFlorida.com.For court filing fees, check the links to state and federal courts on the Bar’s links page. State court fees can also be found through the Florida Supreme Court’s Web site, www.flcourts.org. Townsend gets Tax Section nomination The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has recommended Tallahassee attorney William Dewitt Townsend to serve as the 2003-2004 chair-elect.The section bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Such petitions may be filed with David Pratt, Tax Section secretary, no later than October 15 to allow inclusion on a written ballot. Nominations for the office will not be permitted unless the nominations have been made by the October 15 date and in the manner as described in the Tax Section Bylaws, Article III, Section 2, (a) & (b). If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect. The term of office will run concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair.The nominating committee includes: Louis Conti, Marvin Gutter, David Bowers, Richard Josepher, and Richard Comiter.The Tax Section’s 25th Annual Meeting will be held April 11-12 at Portofino in Orlando. Board recognizes senior Bar members Five senior Florida Bar members received special recognition at the recent Board of Governors Sarasota meeting for their many years of service to clients and the profession.“We were talking on the board, and we felt that because of your years of service and your accomplishments in our legal community, that we wanted to recognize you,” Bar President Tod Aronovitz explained as he announced the awards and gave brief bios of the lawyers.The cited members were invited to the board meeting and sat at the table with board members. They were also granted the privilege of discussing and debating any of the board’s agenda items and were presented with the President’s Certificate of Distinction.Those recognized at the August 16 meeting were George A. Dietz, Johnson S. Savary, retired Second District Court of Appeal Judge John M. Scheb, Arthur Don Ginsburg, and William C. Strode.Their certificates read: “On behalf of the 70,758 members of The Florida Bar you are hereby recognized for your years of dedication to the legal profession and the clients that you have served. It is with great appreciation for your public service as a distinguished leader in the legal community that the Board of Governors and the President of The Florida Bar recognize you with this Certificate of Distinction.”Scheb told the board he was “deeply honored” by the citation and recalled that he joined the Bar in 1950, the year it was formally organized. He also recalled a law partner, John R. Wood, had served six years on the board, along with former presidents Chesterfield Smith and Russell Troutman.“I’m grateful for all of the years I’ve been in the Bar,” Scheb said. “I think the organized Bar is wonderful and has had great leadership.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York GoPro makes affordable, hi-definition cameras that you can attach to yourself while you do things.It’s used in a lot of sporting events, to show a first-person point of view when an athlete is, for example, skiing or doing motorcross or other high-speed, high-intensity things, as the perspective is quite thrilling to those who have no shot in Hell at performing such a task.They are cool. Some are mesmerizing.Few are as heartwrenchingly sappy and tear-inducing as this.(Obviously, watch in HD for maximum tugging of your heartstrings)
Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry doesn’t deserve a monument to his greatness to be displayed in our nation’s capital or anywhere else.We have witnessed in recent months the removal of numerous statues of Civil War generals of the Confederacy. We have seen these statues removed because these war heroes were supposedly promoting slavery.We have seen in recent months the careers ruined of many men for their mistreatment of women.Yet, this man, Marion Barry, a convicted drug abuser and woman stalker, has a statue erected and dedicated in our nation’s capitol. That’s a statue that needs to be removed.Wayne CollinsScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes How hypocritical can we, as a nation, be? As a country, we vilify criminals and womanizers. Yet we allow a statue to be erected to reflect the greatness of a man who was arrested, charged, detained, prosecuted and jailed for these specific offenses. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
“We need to realize that discipline is a must at all times. If we are even just a little careless and ignore the health protocols, we will be exposed,” he said.“COVID-19 is real. It is not fabricated and not a conspiracy.”Read also: Several patients contracted COVID-19 despite ‘never leaving home’: Task forceDoni, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), also reminded the community that those engaging in activities outside of their homes without properly protecting themselves would end up harming their family members and those closest to them. National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has issued a stern warning to the public about the importance of following COVID-19 protocols at all times, explaining that a person could carry the virus without knowing it and end up transmitting it to their family members and those closest to them.“COVID-19 is dangerous. But, the humans who carry COVID-19 are far more dangerous,” Doni said in a statement on Sunday, as quoted by tempo.co.Doni said that many people were continuing to ignore health protocols, such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and avoiding crowds, as they assumed they were immune to COVID-19 or even doubted there was a pandemic at all. Around 7 percent of COVID-19 patients currently receiving treatment at the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 emergency hospital in Jakarta said they had rarely or never left home prior to their treatment, Doni said, reiterating his previous statement.There are no more safe places, he said, adding that the threat of infection was ever-present and that humans would continue to be the intermediaries of the virus.Doni explained that if a vaccine was found, it would not completely eliminate the virus and only provide stronger immunity against infection.“COVID-19 will continue to exist. Those who are vaccinated will be able to withstand it, while those who are not vaccinated will still be exposed,” he said. (syk)Topics :
Bill Signing, Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 446 to give the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) regulatory authority to license or certify recovery homes that receive public funds or referrals from state, county, or federal agencies.“It is a priority of my administration to do all it can to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic,” Governor Wolf said. “Recovering from the disease of addiction is not an easy task and it’s our job to ensure that recovery homes, where residents should feel safe and protected, are adhering to the highest standards so residents have peace of mind to focus on getting well.”This bill was one in a package of legislation that Governor Wolf pushed for passage of earlier this year. This legislation also tracks much of the work done by the Wolf Administration’s Recovery Home Task Force, which released recommendations in July 2016 for certifying recovery homes. The task force was made up of members from law enforcement, treatment providers, recovery houses, county and state drug and alcohol agencies, and advocacy and recovery-support groups. The task force’s work helped inform this legislative action and is providing a roadmap as DDAP works to draft regulations.This bill will allow DDAP to regulate and license recovery homes, which are residences specifically for people in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. Only certified recovery homes are to receive state or federal funding of any kind, and state or county courts must give consideration to certified recovery homes when housing recommendations are made for individuals under their supervision. DDAP will create and distribute regulations in cooperation with stakeholders to ensure a safe and healthy environment for residents, and to protect them from exploitation.“Recovery homes can be a supportive, drug-and-alcohol-free environment for Pennsylvanians in recovery, but without proper oversight, they can also become unsafe,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith. “I applaud the General Assembly for recognizing the need for oversight to ensure that we hold recovery homes that receive public funds or referrals from state, county, or federal agencies to the same standard as other treatment facilities. This law will protect some of our most vulnerable constituents at critical time in their recovery journey.”Senator Tom McGarrigle was the bill’s prime sponsor. Representatives Frank Farry and Tina Davis were among the many advocates for the legislation.“The addiction crisis is affecting our families in Delaware and Chester counties and in every corner of Pennsylvania; access to effective treatment is vital in turning the tide,” said McGarrigle. “People entering the recovery process have taken the crucial first step to a better, productive and healthy life. Approval of SB446 sends the message that we will not let that journey be cut short due to the lack of a safe and secure environment for recovery.”“Ensuring we have a strong and reliable system in place to assist recovering individuals with their journey back into society is a crucial part of addressing Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic,” Farry said. “With Governor Wolf’s signature, we can begin working to establish specific policies and procedures for safe recovery housing and surrounding communities.”“Thank you to my colleagues in the legislature and to Governor Wolf for seeing what a critical issue having safe, secure, and clean recovery housing is for the commonwealth, both for those dealing with the disease of addiction and for the communities where these houses are located,” Davis said.Before Senate Bill 446, recovery homes were only subject to the local ordinances of the municipality or township in which they are located.For more information on treatment options in Pennsylvania, county-based resources, and the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, visit www.pa.gov/opioid or www.ddap.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Regulate Recovery Homes December 19, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
None of the five largest Dutch pension funds generated positive returns during the second quarter of this year.The best performer on a relative basis was the €389bn civil service scheme ABP, with a return of 0%. In the first six months of 2017 the fund gained 1.9%.However, all schemes saw their funding rise by approximately 2 percentage points, as a consequence of reduced liabilities in the wake of rising interest rates.Despite the steadily improving funding, almost all pension funds remained cautious. Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, reiterated that indexation was unlikely during the next five years and said that the chance of rights cuts remained as long as coverage was short of 104.2% by 2020.ABP closed the second quarter with a funding level of 96.3%.The scheme’s fixed income holdings produced a 0.7% loss, with long government bonds and emerging market debt (EMD) contributing 0.8% and -3.8%, respectively. EMD was among ABP’s best-performing allocations last year.It said developed markets equity lost 2%, while emerging markets equity generated a 0.2% profit. Private equity and infrastructure yielded positive results of 0.6% and 1.9%, respectively.On commodities, however, ABP lost 10.6%, due to falling oil prices. It also reported negative results on hedge funds (-5.8%) and property (-1%).The scheme’s combined interest and inflation hedge came at the expense of 0.3 percentage point of its overall return. In contrast, its currency hedge contributed 1.8 percentage point.PFZW hit by debt and commodity lossesThe €186bn healthcare scheme PFZW posted a quarterly loss of 0.8%, meaning it lost 0.3% over the first half of the year. Its funding, nevertheless, rose by 1.9 percentage points to 94.2%.The scheme reported positive results from private equity (0.8%), infrastructure (0.5%), government bonds (0.1%), inflation-linked bonds (3.6%) and residential mortgages (0.5%).In contrast, equity (-2.4%), property (-2.7%), credit and high yield (-2.3%), local currency-denominated EMD (-3%) and commodities (-9.7%) all ended up in the red.PFZW’s interest rate and currency hedges contributed 0.9 percentage points to its overall quarterly result.PMT, PME register second quarter lossesPMT, the €67bn sector scheme for metalworking and mechanical engineering, said its funding had improved to 96.6%, despite a 0.6% quarterly loss on investments.The coverage of PME, the pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering industry, rose to 95.9%.Despite positive results on equity (0.9%) and property (2.3%), PME also incurred a 0.6% loss and saw its assets drop by €400m to €45bn.BpfBouw, the €54bn scheme for the building sector, said almost all its asset classes had performed negatively.The only exception was its property allocation, which returned 1%, in particular due to the scheme’s investments in Dutch residential property and hotels as well as its holdings in the Asia Pacific region.With a funding of more than 110%, BpfBouw remains in the best financial shape of the five largest schemes.
“Ideally, the return holdings should be approximately 55%,” he said. “But, as the pension fund is in a recovery process, the current financial assessment rules [FTK] only allow for limited shifts within the same risk budget.” Credit: Scott RobinsonThe Banden & Wielen pension fund should be able to take more risk, according trustee Paul de GeusIn 2015 when the FTK was introduced, Wheels & Tyres refrained from using an option granted to underfunded schemes of a one-off increase to their risk budget. This meant the pensions fund’s required funding level was 116% rather than 120% or 125% for other sector schemes.However, in the new pensions system currently being debated by the Dutch government and social partners, in which all schemes must aim for a funding of 100%, this relative advantage seems to disappear.At the end of March, funding of Wheels & Tyres stood at 95.2%, but a new, lower ultimate forward rate – used in the calculation of the discount rate for liabilities – could easily reduce this coverage by 10%, said De Geus.He acknowledged that the pension fund would be unlikely to avoid rights cuts under the current FTK. However, in his opinion, recovery terms should also take into account the duration of a pension fund.The trustee said that, when changing investment policy, a scheme’s entire investment cycle should be reassessed, including the risk appetite of its participants and the social partners. Pensions reform in the Netherlands should avoid trapping underfunded schemes with rules preventing them from taking sufficient investment risk to enable recovery, a professional pension fund trustee has argued.Speaking to Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro, Paul de Geus, board member at the sector schemes Wheels & Tyres (Banden & Wielen) and Furniture (Meubel), argued that investment policies should be linked to the age of a pension fund’s participants.De Geus, who is also a trustee at the Dutch scheme of technology group Xerox, noted that Wheels & Tyres and Xerox used a similar asset mix – including a return-seeking portfolio of 45% – despite the duration of their liabilities being 26 and 16 years, respectively.In his opinion, Xerox’s asset mix was correct, but Wheels & Tyres – with its younger demographic and longer investment horizon – should be allowed to take more investment risk. Paul de GeusThe new pensions agreement targets an investment policy in line with age composition and risk preference of scheme participants – essentially a form of lifecycle investing.“That would be good, as this would theoretically result in the correct degree of risk taking,” said De Geus. “However, additional rules with extra limitations for underfunded schemes would trap them.”In the opinion of the trustee, lifecycle investment could be introduced by investing in separate funds for different asset classes, and by creating funds for different age cohorts.
Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage near United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman on May 12, according to UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.No details of the nature of the sabotage were provided, however, UAE said that there were no injuries or fatalities on board the affected vessels, nor spillage of chemicals or fuel.The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.Khalid Al-Falih, the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said that two of the four vessels were Saudi oil tankers. The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf.One of the two vessels was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.“Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels,” Saudi Press Agency cited Al-Falih.The Saudi minister of energy denounced the attack “that aims to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”Relevant authorities are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.The ministry added that the operations at Port of Fujairah were not affected and that it was operating without any interruption.
Fulham have sacked manager Martin Jol after defeat at West Ham on Saturday extended their run of consecutive defeats to six games. “I thank Rene for accepting and now we move forward. I have great confidence in Rene and high expectations for our squad to respond.” Meulensteen is relishing his first crack at being a Barclays Premier League manager. The 49-year-old’s first match in charge will come when Fulham face Tottenham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday. Meulensteen said: “I appreciate the faith Mr Khan has put in me and will do my very best to honour his trust. “We aim to get Fulham back on track, starting Wednesday night.” Jol’s stint lasted almost two-and-a-half years, but the team struggled badly in his third term at the helm. They began the campaign by winning at Sunderland, but Stoke and Crystal Palace have been their only other league conquests. “It was a privilege to manage Fulham, one of the great clubs in the Premier League or anywhere in the world,” Jol said. “I am disappointed in this season but know there are better days ahead for Fulham and its supporters. I will always treasure my experience here and want to thank Mr Khan and everyone at Fulham for the opportunity.” Press Association The club announced Rene Meulensteen would take over responsibility for the first team, stepping up to the top job having only been recruited last month as head coach to assist Jol. Fulham were beaten 3-0 at Upton Park and after 13 games of the Premier League season they stand 18th, inside the relegation zone. Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement on the club’s website: “Today I spoke with Martin to thank him for his efforts on behalf of Fulham Football Club over the past three seasons and, in particular, since my becoming chairman earlier this year. “Martin was very gracious and I appreciate his understanding of the situation. There is no question Martin is an excellent football man and he has my utmost respect for the commitment he made to our club. “However, our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better. With more than half the season still ahead, an immediate change was necessary.” Fulham’s dismal run has included Premier League losses to Southampton, Manchester United, Liverpool, Swansea and West Ham, and a Capital Oner Cup exit at Leicester. Many supporters had been on Jol’s back, calling for change, and Khan decided the London derby loss marked breaking point. Jol’s fellow Dutchman Meulensteen spent many years at Manchester United, initially working within the club’s academy but graduating to become first-team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008, a post he held until the Scot retired at the end of last season. A short stint in charge of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala followed, and Meulensteen was strongly linked with Crystal Palace before Tony Pulis took over at Selhurst Park. “Rene Meulensteen was brought to Fulham to assist Martin and today was offered the challenge and opportunity to step in for Martin,” Khan said.