Norwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott joined members of the Northfield community, Norwich University and gold star families on Saturday to break ground on a new monument that will honor those families in Northfield’s Center Park. “We can never do enough to thank the men and women in our military and their families, and for those who pay the ultimate sacrifice, we’ll never be able to repay them,” said Scott. “But, it is my hope, that by honoring them and their families with this monument, we can offer some small solace and a place for reflection and recognition of that sacrifice.”The working ground breaking allowed volunteers to participate in the excavation work for the start of this project, which will erect a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. These monuments, which are constructed in partnership with the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, honor gold star families – those families who lost a loved one while he or she was in service of our military.The monument will be made of four “black mist” granite monoliths and set on a Barre-granite base. The construction of the monument is supported by funds raised by Vermonters United to Help through Gov. Scott’s inaugural gala, as well as in-kind donations from local vendors.“I am so grateful to all who participated with this working ground breaking, and will make the construction of this monument possible,” added Gov. Scott. “I thank Norwich University and the Town of Northfield for welcoming this monument, as well as all those who attended my inaugural gala, allowing us to support veterans’ and military causes such as this one.” Governor Phil Scott greets Norwich University President Richard Schneider and Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) at Saturday’s ground breaking. VERY TOP: Gold star monument front and back, artist rendering. Courtesy imagesSaturday’s event was attended by local Gold Star Families, as well as Norwich University’s President Richard Schneider and trustee Martha Rainville, Vermont Army National Guard Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator Tammie Conner, Vermont Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), and many members of the Northfield community.Source: Northfield (Oct. 21, 2017)—Governor Phil Scott.
Former judges may not use the title before their names Senior EditorThe Standing Committee on Advertising has ratified its opinion that retired judges cannot use that title in advertising and communications, but are permitted to tell prospective clients about their experience on the bench.The committee took that action, despite the objections of several former judges and justices, when it met September 10 at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa.The committee also decided that a brochure and Web site explaining the services of collaborative lawyers in family law cases is not a lawyer referral service.On the judge issue, committee members said while they acknowledge that the former judges and justices objected, none gave any specifics on how Proposed Advertising Opinion A-09-1 could be changed to meet their concerns.The opinion now becomes final unless it is appealed to the Bar Board of Governors.The opinion, citing Bar ethics opinions and an ABA ethics opinion, says, “The committee is of the opinion that lawyers should not use the term ‘judge’ preceding their names, regardless of whether a modifier such as ‘former’ or ‘retired’ is used, when they are actively engaged in the practice of law after leaving the bench.Such a use is misleading, as the person is no longer a judge, and it may lead the public to believe that the person has an ability to exert improper influence in the judicial system. The committee therefore finds it improper to use the term as a title, or to use the term in any way that states or implies that the former judge or justice has special influence. On the other hand, the committee believes that lawyers may properly provide accurate and truthful information to the public about their prior judicial experience. For example, a former judge may include in advertisements an accurate and truthful statement that he or she is a ‘retired circuit judge,’ ‘former county judge,’ or ‘former general magistrate.’”Committee member Renee Gorman said she thinks the opinion is correct in delineating that former judges cannot use the title but may inform others of their judicial service.“I don’t have a problem with them saying they have served on the bench, but don’t use the title,” she said.Committee Chair Adam Schwartz agreed.“Nothing jumped out at me [from the objections] and made me say, ‘Oh my goodness, we overlooked something,’” he said.“This was a very thoughtful process that occurred over a long period of time. This wasn’t anything that was close to a snap decision. I don’t see anything in here [the objections] that would make me change any part of it.”The committee voted 4-0 to ratify the opinion.Former Justices Charles T. Wells and Arthur J. England, Jr., had written the committee referring to their earlier objections. They also said, “It is our view that Proposed Advisory Advertising Opinion A-09-1 sweeps too broadly in the adoption of prior ethics opinions, and in the scope of its prohibitions. Moreover, it is our view that if this opinion were to be applied as proposed, it could be in conflict with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 4 of the Florida Constitution, and adversely impact other individual constitutional rights.”They said that sentiment was shared by former Justices Kenneth B. Bell, Stephen H. Grimes, Joseph W. Hatchett, and Major B. Harding, and former Judges Monterey Campbell III, John R. Beranek, and James E. Joanas.In a separate letter, Wells said he objected that other opinions referred to in A-09-1 restrict former judges from “making known in communications ‘related to the practice of law’. . . accurate factual information that he/she has served as a judge. This information is clearly relevant to a potential client’s selection of a lawyer in knowing what experience the lawyer has which would be beneficial to the client.. . . ”The committee took up the issue after the Supreme Court wrote to the Bar earlier this year asking it to look into whether Bar rules should be amended “to preclude retired judges from using the title ‘judge’ in letterheads, pleadings, advertising, business cards, etc., in connection with their practicing law.”The court noted that had been an issue in a recent grievance case and asked the Bar to either file a rule amendment in its annual rule package, or submit a report to the court by August 3 on why an amendment wasn’t needed.Instead of a rule, the Bar asked the Standing Committee on Advertising to consider issuing an opinion.On the lawyer referral matter, the Collaborative Family Law Institute appealed a staff finding that a direct mailing brochure from the institute is a lawyer referral service, as defined by Rule 4-7.10(c).Robert Merlin, representing the institute, said its brochure and Web site are aimed at educating the public about collaborative law. That, he said, is a group approach involving lawyers and mental health and financial specialists to help people seeking divorces resolve their cases without litigation. He said there are nine collaborative groups around Florida.He said the brochure and the group’s Web site do not give a phone number, as a traditional referral service would. Instead it’s up to the potential client to select a lawyer or counselor from the list provided in the brochure or on the Web site.While lawyers and other professional members of the institute pay annual dues, they do not pay a fee when a client picks their name from the list, nor does the client pay a fee to the institute, Merlin said.“Our goal is to educate the public and the various professionals. The public is demanding that there be a different way to handle divorces and this is an ideal way to do that,” he said.“The public does not know it exists other than our efforts. . . to educate the public.”The committee voted 2-1 to overturn the staff opinion and find the institute did not qualify as a referral service.On another matter, the committee voted 3-0 to uphold a staff opinion that when a lawyer pays to have an article written about herself and placed in a publication that it qualifies as an advertisement which must be reviewed by the Bar. October 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Former judges may not use the title before their names
Athletics director resigns after sexual harassment allegationsTeague stepped down after two University employees complained about inappropriate texts and physical behavior. Liam James DoyleUniversity President Eric Kaler responds to questions from the media at a press conference held in the Northrop Memorial Auditorium on July 7, 2015, regarding the resignation of now former University athletic director Norwood Teague. Teague made the decision to resign following allegations of sexual harassment from two non-student University employees. Christopher AadlandAugust 7, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUniversity of Minnesota Athletics Director Norwood Teague resigned following sexual harassment allegations, the school announced Friday.University President Eric Kaler accepted Teague’s resignation Thursday, which took effect Friday. Kaler issued a statement Friday saying the alleged behavior, which included “unwelcome sexual advances and verbal and physical conduct,” occurred on one night and involved an intoxicated Teague harassing two non-student University employees.The incident was the first time Teague was accused of sexual harassment while at the University, Kaler said at a press conference Friday.“I believe his resignation is the appropriate response,” he said in the statement, noting that Teague will seek alcohol counseling and other assistance. ”Our senior leaders, in particular, must behave at the highest standards and set a positive example for our students and University community.”Teague will not get a severance package beyond three months of health insurance coverage, but the University could still hire him as a consultant while the athletic department transitions. He would be paid his current hourly wage of $285 an hour, according to a letter Kaler sent to Teague on Thursday.Teague resigned on his own, Kaler said at the press conference, but Kaler also said the school would have investigated the allegations if Teague hadn’t stepped down. Kaler said he isn’t aware of any criminal investigations of Teague’s actions.On the night the two women were allegedly sexually harassed, Teague repeatedly sent explicit text messages to one woman, where he suggested they engage in sexual acts, according to University documents released Friday.The same woman said Teague didn’t stop sending her “lewd and disgusting” text messages when she asked him to do so, according to partially redacted documents distributed to the media on Friday. She said she felt “trapped and frozen” after Teague pinched her waist and buttocks repeatedly. Another woman who complained about Teague’s behavior that night also said she felt Teague acted inappropriately when he rubbed her back and poked her side.Kaler declined to elaborate on the nature of the event, when it occurred and whether it was a University-sponsored event.The resignation comes just as the University is about to begin construction of a $150 million upgrade to the school’s athletic facilities this fall. At the same time, the University’s athletic department is addressing Title IX concerns surrounding allegedly unfair treatment and access to facilities for women athletes.Teague was 46 when he arrived at the University in 2012 after a six-year stint as Virginia Commonwealth University’s director of athletics. He replaced Joel Maturi.During his University tenure, Teague hired a number of coaches, including men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino and women’s basketball head coach Marlene Stollings.Deputy Athletics Director Beth Goetz will fill in as interim athletic director until administrators select a new director.“It is disappointing and disheartening to learn about the events that led to [Teague’s resignation],” Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson said in a statement Friday.
Jun 13, 2019 Statement on the occasion of the Forty-Seventh Anniversary… Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Rodriguez on Friday 14 June said his country had a “permanent debt of gratitude” to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for its historical and fraternal support. “We recognise your resolute and irrevocable decision to join us in rejecting the genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against our country and the fair claim to put an end to it,” he told CARICOM Foreign Ministers. Mr. Rodriguez was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the Sixth Meeting of Foreign Ministers of CARICOM and Cuba, in Georgetown, Guyana. You may be interested in… Dec 9, 2019 The Minister noted his government’s gratitude for CARICOM’s “firmness” in denouncing the US Government’s authorisation to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The authorisation paves the way for lawsuits in US courts against Cuba’s nationalisation of properties. Stating that his country’s actions were in “full adherence to national and international laws, as was recognised by the US Supreme Court ruling on the Sabatino case,” Mr Rodriguez added: “The Helms-Burton Act is arbitrary and is also an outrage and an insult against the sovereignty of Cuba and of third States.” He told CARICOM Foreign Ministers: “There is an attempt to suffocate the Cuban economy and place our people on their knees through scarcities and hardships, but I can assure you that such an attempt will fail.” Mr. Rodriguez affirmed what he described as Cuba’s “permanent commitment to cooperate and share its modest achievement with the Caribbean.” He said Cuba would never forget the courageous act of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1972 despite the tensions of the cold war. The consistency of formal dialogues between CARICOM and Cuba, such as on this occasion, he noted, was “beyond any question” and exemplified the strength of their relations. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Guyana to host meeting of CARICOM, Cuban Foreign Ministers Jun 14, 2019 CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with Cuba COMMUNIQUE – 20th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR)COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTIETH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS: 18-19 MAY 2017 The Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) took place in Bridgetown, Barbados on 18-19 May 2017,…May 23, 2017In “Barbados”COMMUNIQUÉ – Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), St. George’s, Grenada, 13-14 May 2019The Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened in St. George’s, Grenada on the 13-14 May 2019, under the Chairmanship of the Honourable C. Peter David, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada. The COFCOR was attended by the…May 14, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with CubaEven as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday reaffirmed the great value it attaches to ties with Cuba, it reiterated its call for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. Speaking at the opening of the Sixth Meeting…June 14, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Declaration Adopted At The Conclusion Of The Sixth Meeting… Jun 14, 2019
The Los Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars team. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.comStaff ReportLos Alamos Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars made it all the way to the semi finals during the state tournament in Clovis.“The boys did a great job,” Los Alamos Little League President Magdalen Miller said. “They got fourth out of nine districts (during) the semifinals.”She explained the team started playing Friday, July 12, against Enchantment Little League from Las Cruces. Los Alamos lost 9-4. This, Miller said, put the team in the “loser’s bracket.”Saturday, July 13, Los Alamos played against Silver City and won 14-0.Sunday, July 14, Los Alamos played Taos and won 3-2. Monday, they played Enchantment again and won 7-6. Tuesday, the team played against the Carlsbad Shorthorns and lost 12-1.Miller said it has been a while since the Little League 9, 10 and 11 All Stars have been this competitive and gotten this far in the state tournament. She said in Northern New Mexico the fields and the weather can put the area teams at a disadvantage to the teams in the Southern part of the state.Since Southern New Mexico is warmer, its little league teams can start playing earlier.
(Pan American Health Organisation Press Release) The European Union (EU), through the European Development Fund has signed a five-year €7 Million agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to enhance coordination and increase the climate resilience of health systems in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) community to better prepare and respond to climate threats. This will be achieved through collaboration with five sub-regional partners, UN agencies and other organizations. It will build capacity and networks within the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology (CIMH) and the University of the West Indies (UWI). The project will create a unified interdisciplinary One Health approach towards climate change and responds directly to the recommendations that came out of the Caribbean Action Plan on Climate Change and Health signed by 15 Ministers of Health and the Environment in 2018. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The project is expected to address four lines of action that include supporting Caribbean health leaders in their engagement nationally, regionally and internationally; highlighting the relationship between health and climate change; supporting public health preparedness and the development of mitigation policies to address climate risks; and facilitating access to resources to address the vulnerabilities of health systems to climate change. The project will also support ongoing regional surveillance efforts for COVID 19. Head of the European Delegation to Barbados the OECS and CARICOM and CARIFORUM, Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, hails this new programme as a demonstration of the EU’s continued commitment to address climate vulnerabilities in the region. She remarked, “The implementation of this action comes at a critical time where the region continues to battle the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on its citizens and health care systems while preparing to face what is projected to be a particularly active hurricane season. The EU stands ready to provide support to its regional partners recognising the enormous challenges precipitated by these unprecedented circumstances.” Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak “Science has established that global climate change poses an existential threat to Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States. The CARICOM region has been instrumental in making this case on a sustained basis at the international level for almost three decades. We consider interventions such as these, extremely valuable since they have the potential to positively impact the lives of citizens, and, as such, the Secretariat will collaborate with the partners to ensure that the outcomes redound to the benefit of our Caribbean Community,” ASG Slater stressed. Subregional Program Coordinator for the Caribbean PAHO/WHO office, Jessie Schutt-Aine, stated that the organisation was grateful for the opportunity to work with the EU and highlighted that the grant funds which will be used in various ways to strengthen health systems in the region and to share knowledge and best practises. “This grant will allow us to work with other subregional partners to fund visionary mitigation and adaptation projects, adapt and prioritise country plans, foster leaders, and increase capabilities for decision making over the five years. Inception meetings will begin in June and at every stage, our partners and the public will be kept informed through our communications and visibility partners and, we hope, will become more knowledgeable and engaged around the impact of climate change on health in the region,” Mrs Schutt-Aine noted. Assistant Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Douglas Slater, noted that the continued partnership between the European Union, the UN System, represented by PAHO and our CARICOM regional institutions, led by CARPHA, will address the region’s capacity to adapt to and reduce the effects of climate change on public health. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… The following countries will be supported through this grant: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. CARICOM focuses on disaster risk management in agriculture planningNatural hazards such as drought, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods have had devastating impacts on the socioeconomic and environmental landscape of the Caribbean within the last decade. The agriculture sector has not been spared this dislocation and devastation. This, in conjunction with the negative impacts of climate change and the increased…June 15, 2016In “CARDI”Secretary-General welcomes new EU funding programmeSecretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the European Union’s (EU) new regional funding programme for the Caribbean of €346 million. The signing of the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP), financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), took place at the Caribbean Forum of Africa…June 17, 2015In “CARICOM”Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protectionThe promotion, protection, and enhancement of human rights in Jamaica was a primary consideration of the current Government“, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck said Tuesday. To this extent, all fundamental rights were guaranteed by the Constitution and they would be upheld, the Minister added. He cautioned though…October 31, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
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A Cumbrian solicitor is taking on a different type of trial as he leads a world competition later this year. Nigel Davis (pictured) is the chair of the organising committee for the 2011 World Sheepdog Trials being held in September. The event is expected to attract far more than simply one man and his dog, with crowds of 40,000 anticipated for a contest involving 240 dogs from 23 different countries. Nigel, who works as a farmer as well as being a director at his agricultural law firm, has long been involved in sheepdog trials and predicts possible home success during the tournament. ‘This will be the fourth time it’s been held, and the first in England,’ he said. ‘We have as good a chance as anyone – I’d certainly expect us to finish in the top three. ‘Sheepdog trials are growing in popularity all the time and have been ever since One Man and His Dog was on television – plus there are more young people getting involved now, which is great to see.’
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At the start of October, the NHS launched the third generation of its design and construction services framework, ProCure 22, as the primary procurement vehicle for delivering healthcare capital projects across England (Scotland and Wales have their own broadly similar arrangements). As with all current public procurement, delivering greater efficiencies is at the front of the agenda, as each NHS Trust tries to squeeze every penny out of limited capital funding.Earlier iterations of the framework were broadly considered as successful attempts to increase collaboration through the supply chain, with contractors engaged right at the start of the design process to lead a one-stop integrated team under a well-balanced NEC contract. ProCure 22 continues this theme, whilst also injecting some new blood alongside established players. Procuring NHS Trusts are strongly encouraged to use the framework, but the decision of whether and when to implement it present several challenges for a client and their project managers.The first challenge is one of appropriateness and applicability. In general terms, frameworks can offer significant benefits to a project manager trying to navigate a route through increasingly complex and protracted public procurement rules. Many frameworks are available, the majority multi-disciplinary designer led, although ProCure 22 is in a minority as being contractor led. This reduces the number of individual procurement actions on a project, and brings in a comprehensive supply chain and wealth of associated experience early on. It is ideal for projects that have navigated the initial business case stages, and will allow an expedient start on site. This should be weighed up against an arguable reduction in commercial position and slightly higher pre-construction costs.Perhaps the greatest opportunity for improving efficiency lies not in the design process and the use of standard components, but in the effectiveness of the people delivering themThe second challenge is around timing, and deciding your scheme is ready to come to market. Any good project manager will know that the opportunity to influence a better outcome is in the very earliest brief development stages. As with any building designed from the inside out, defining the clinical need and operational requirement necessitates a deep understanding of how the staff and patients will interact with the building around them. Taking time for a project to go through basic feasibility before being let loose upon the market will give it the robust foundation it needs to prove viability. Additionally, although designs must respond to a unique requirement in a unique context, the solutions themselves don’t always have to be unique. The effective use of standardised systems and components has been something of a two-edge sword for years in healthcare, pitting the need to drive cost efficiency of schemes against accusations of ‘cookie-cutter’ bland design. As a counter to this, the NHS generally embraces technical consistency, although occasionally a little dogmatically. One of the interesting and evolving features in ProCure 22 is promoting the sharing of knowledge across the whole framework and the investment in the development of repeatable design solutions for commonly faced challenges – design of a four-bed bay, for example. The time savings are obvious and familiarity with standard solutions provides benefit to contractors and operators alike.The final challenge is somewhat ideological in a public procurement context. Perhaps the greatest opportunity for improving efficiency lies not in the design process and the use of standard components, but in the effectiveness of the people delivering them. The obvious challenge is that by their very nature, teams are brought together for a specific project, work hard to deliver the best outcome they can, and are then dispersed into the wind. Not sharing knowledge and lessons learned through the course of technically challenging projects, thereby allowing teams to mature and build effectiveness from project to project, is perhaps the single greatest lost opportunity in public procurement. Ultimately though, no framework or procurement decision is ever perfect, and is merely a best fit response to the circumstances of a project. However, as funding levels are continually squeezed, everyone knows the pressure is on to pull increasingly large rabbits out of the proverbial hat. But with some careful thought at the early stages, a proper evaluation of viability and procurement choices and allowing your team to share knowledge, you have at least three strategies for delivering a better outcome.Mark Halstead is director of programme & project management at Essentia, the consultancy arm of Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust