LETTER: Hoboken mayoral hopeful Ronald Bautista explains his candidacy

first_img CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Previous articleZimmer confirms she won’t seek re-election, endorses Bhalla for Hoboken mayorNext articleJersey City Mayor Fulop taps Kinberg to take out Ward D nemesis Yun John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In a letter to the editor, Hoboken mayoral hopeful Ronald Bautista explains his candidacy and why he thinks he’s qualified to run in a crowded field. Dear Editor,I’ve lived in Hoboken since I was 12 years old. I went to Hoboken High School, learned to play soccer here, and made lifelong friends that I still bump into on my way home after a long day. I love Hoboken.For years, this city has given me and my family so much that I’ve always felt obligated and passionate about giving back which is why on May 3rd I announced my candidacy for Mayor of Hoboken.Becoming a community organizer was a pivotal moment for me and the first time I mobilized those efforts was when the Port Authority proposed a 1AM curfew for the PATH train service.Being acutely aware of how this would impact workers and residents alike, I launched a petition and got over 3,000 signatures, even though the Port Authority claimed only 2,000 people would be affected.In galvanizing the efforts of different communities to pressure our institutions, we secured a win: a continued 24-hour PATH train service for everyone.That was when I realized that when people voice their concerns and are given an honest representation by their community leaders, things simply get done. I’ve loved the democratic process ever since.I truly believe that politics is what unites us, and not what divides us.I believe that together we can build a more people-friendly city; with more #TrafficFree options working closely with engineers, making it easier for people to live an #ActiveLife where street art and community gardens are prioritized, and promoting innovative #Entrepreneurship to help people become leaders in business, nonprofit and government.Politics is what empowers us to find solutions to make our schools better, our housing more affordable, and our transportation systems safer and more accessible.Even more, it’s when elected leaders should listen and fight for what is best for the people who elected them in the first place. I understand that many Hoboken residents are irritated because they don’t feel heard.I want to create an open dialogue within our community — especially with those who don’t agree with me — so I can better understand their perspective and refocus that frustration into solutions.If you see me, feel free to say hello. Let’s chat over coffee and build a better Hoboken for everyone!Sincerely,Ronald Bautistawww.RonBautistaNJ.com TAGS2017 hoboken mayoral raceletters to the editorronald bautista SHARE Writing a letter to the editor that includes #hashtags should automatically disqualify a person from high local office. Only #Adults need apply! Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says June 20, 2017 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm Bayonne Facebook Twitter CommunityHoboken StickItToHoboken Bayonne Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say LETTER: Hoboken mayoral hopeful Ronald Bautista explains his candidacy Hoboken2017 By John Heinis – June 20, 2017 6:16 pm 2 Community June 20, 2017 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm Dear God… help us 2 COMMENTS Comments are closed.last_img read more

The Paradox of Russia’s Disinformation Activities in Italy

first_imgAs the novel coronavirus crisis unfolded in Italy, several countries came to the rescue, and among them, Russia played a crucial role (see EDM, April 8). Italian authorities acknowledged and praised these efforts. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio personally welcomed Russian cargo planes when they arrived back in March, and he publicly thanked Russia’s government (Corriere della Sera, March 23). A few months later, Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini called his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, to praise Moscow’s “prompt and substantive support,” offering Italian help in return as the COVID-19 crisis in Russia deepened (ANSA, TASS, May 7). And on May 8, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the help over a phone call to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism (Kremlin.ru, La Stampa, May 8).These dynamics highlight the well-established and widely recognized existence of a robust relationship between Rome and Moscow. Russian-Italian ties have remained resilient over the years, with Rome perpetually among Moscow’s closest partners within the European Union—independent of any changes in the government in Italy. Against this backdrop, however, a number of developments have emerged in the wake of the coronavirus crisis that may, at least partially, undermine this friendly relationship.First, a poll carried out by SWG in April showed the impact of aid diplomacy on Italians’ estimation of foreign countries, forcing Rome to respond with reassurances to its closest allies. According to the survey, 32 percent of respondents identified the Russian Federation as a “friend,” up by 17 percent over 2019. The only country in higher place than Russia was China (52 percent); whereas, the United States garnered just 17 percent of responses (Formiche.net, May 5). The results of this public opinion poll were so stark that they raised alarms in the capitals of historical Italian allies, prompting members of the Italian government to intervene. Defense Minister Guerini, likely the most pro-Atlanticist individual in the cabinet, openly addressed the US policymaking community “inside the Beltway” with a speech at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. Specifically, he reassured his audience that, despite his government’s expressions of gratitude to all those countries that had provided support to Italy amidst the pandemic, the pillars of Rome’s “ Euro-Atlantic position […] do not change” (Affari Internazionali, May 26). Foreign Minister Di Maio—in contrast, usually considered more inclined to develop Italy’s non-traditional diplomatic channels, particularly with China—conspicuously stressed that relations with Moscow and Beijing must be seen merely in transactional terms, as business opportunities. However, Italy will not abandon its historical Euro-Atlantic orientation, he argued (Affari Italiani, May 1).At the same time that the coronavirus crisis triggered concerns among Italian allies and forced Rome to disavow its cozy relationship with Moscow (and Beijing), the pandemic also spotlighted the mounting disinformation activities targeting Italy. For the first time, a report drafted by the Italian Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic (COPASIR) openly addressed the reality of Russian and Chinese disinformation inside the country. This issue, despite being more and more visible at least since 2016, had never been treated quite so openly by Italian institutions (La Repubblica, May 26; Corriere della Sera, May 5; AGI, March 28).Enrico Borghi, a member of parliament from the Italian Democratic Party (PD), drafted the above-mentioned report, drawing on classified material provided by Italy’s intelligence agencies. Remarkably, the report was approved unanimously by COPASIR members, thus showing that all the parties in the Italian parliament share these concerns—even the League, usually considered, ideologically, Italy’s most pro-Russian faction (see EDM, August 1, 2018). Addressing the role of Russia, the report notes that “Russia, like other states, uses information as a weapon to influence attitudes, beliefs, and opinions.” Additionally, the parliamentary document stresses that Russian disinformation focuses mainly on fueling conspiracy theories. The report underscored the activities of two Russian media outlets: Sputnik News and RT. Both, the COPASIR study notes, have been aggressively highlighting issues related to migration and playing up examples of supermarket riots in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. And since the beginning of the health emergency, Sputnik has been particularly active in disseminating content that contained either outright “fake news” or that had deliberately misleading headlines (Formiche.Net, May 26).These actions beg the question: why does Russia carry out such activities considering the overall positive relations between the two countries? From Moscow’s perspective, information warfare serves the Russian goal of achieving so-called “reflexive control”—that is, pushing an actor to (seemingly voluntarily) choose a course of action more consistent with Russian objectives. However, in the case of Italy, the country’s actions are already routinely compatible with Russian interests. As such, Moscow’s information warfare approach must likely be part of a longer-term strategy aimed at maintaining strong influence over the Italian public that can be exploited in the future to prevent Rome from adopting positions increasingly at odds with Moscow.However, this Russian approach presents its own inherent risks. Notably, China’s extremely aggressive efforts to shape Italian public opinion in the wake of the crisis backfired, as the most pro-Euro-Atlantic politicians in Rome started becoming more vocal in criticizing Beijing (see China Brief, April 2). Although Italy’s geopolitical links with Russia are much more profound, intense disinformation activities from Moscow risk eroding—at least partially—the political capital the Kremlin has long enjoyed in Rome. The COPASIR report is the first visible sign of a shifting awareness. As such, Russia now faces an increasingly narrow margin for maneuver, between keeping up its aggressive information warfare versus preserving its historically cordial bilateral relationship.last_img read more

Research Program Assistant II

first_img Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Salary Not Specified LinkedIn Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Facebook Save Research Program Assistant II Similar jobs You need to sign in or create an account to save Twitter Maryland, United States Research Program Assistant II Salary Not Specified Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Research Program Assistant II School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Research Program Assistant II center_img GeneralSummary/Purpose:The Research Program Assistant II has duties andresponsibilities related to Laboratory Work in a researchenvironment. The Assistant must display professionalism,communicate effectively to others and function as a research teammember. For experimental tasks, the Assistant will function underthe direction and guidance of the Principal Investigator whenperforming research. The Assistant will report to the PI. TheAssistant must be competent and provide a safe, clean, orderly andcomfortable environment for the Radiology researchteam.SpecificDuties/Responsibilities:Will take care of the day to day maintenance of the laband checks on chemicalinventoryWill do chemical synthesis of peptides conjugated toaspirins.Will assist with animalhusbandry.Participates in labmeetingsAbility to anticipate daily changes in schedule,maintaining a smooth researchflow.Uses universal safety precautions to protect self andco-workers from bio hazardous materials, including blood-bornepathogens.Obtains and records animal vital signs: pregnancies(breeding colony), weight, tumorsizeMaintains and uses principles of aseptic technique andinfection control when performing tissue and cellcultureOperates research equipment as directed by thePI.Recognizes emergency situations, implements emergencyprocedures according to researchguidelinesDocuments task performed accurately in labnotebooks.May perform related and delegated tasks, which includestaking and relaying messages, and runningerrands.Participates in skill development and training throughin-service programs to enhance knowledge level and to ensuremastery of researchprocedures.MinimumQualifications:HighSchool Diploma/GEDrequired.Two(2) years of related experiencerequired.Additional education may substitute for required experience, tothe extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHUEquivalency Formula:30undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) may substitute forone year of experience.Forjobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-relatedcollege course work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:Proficiency in the use of software applications,databases, spreadsheets, and word processing required. Knowledge ofmedical terminology required. Outstanding organizational skillsrequired. Excellent attention to detail skills required. Must haveexcellent time management skill. Ability to understand andimplement support for research. Ability to manage multiple projectsat once, and effectively prioritize each. Requires outstandingverbal communication and interpersonalskills. Share Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified You need to sign in or create an account to save Classified title: Research Program AssistantIIWorking title: Research Program AssistantIIRole/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CCStarting Salary Range: $14.14 – $19.44 (commensurate withexperience)Employee group: FulltimeEmployee Status: Non-ExemptSchedule: Monday-Friday –8:30am-5:00pm 40hrs/WkLocation: SOM Campus – Baltimore,MDDepartment name:10003174-SOM Rad MRResearchPersonnel area (School): SOM – School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Research Program Assistant II Maryland, United States Research Program Assistant II The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm More searches like this Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United Stateslast_img read more

CPT’s a lot fresher after ‘big bang’

first_imgSo now we know who the next CEO of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) will be. One Graham Vidler, until April last year the External Affairs Director of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.A fresh mindHe’s worked in the pensions industry for some 20 years, and from what I can see has never set foot anywhere near the transport industry, let alone the bus industry. Perhaps that’s not a bad thing. It means he comes in with no preconceptions, no baggage, a fresh mind uncluttered with the history of the industry.Google tells us that Graham has skills in stakeholder management, strategy and strategic communications, policy development and advocacy. That seems to fit the bill nicely, especially given that the whole point of the CPT’s reorganisation is to develop a stronger voice at Westminster and Whitehall.The big bangThe operators have also appointed a new External Relations Manager (Tom Brackenbury) and a Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Alison Edwards). I’m slightly surprised these two appointments were made before Graham Vidler was in post and able to be part of the selection process but, be that as it may, neither Tom nor Alison appear to have any experience of the bus industry either. I’m not questioning their abilities at all. Far from it. All I am saying is that the CPT will now have three of its most senior people having no bus industry experience, no knowledge of the detailed and, in some cases, complex issues that need to be addressed.This loss of industry expertise, the loss of the ‘institutional memory’, worries me. The knowledge and memory banks exist within the operators, of course. But if it had been my call I would have managed the transformation of the CPT in a more gradualist way.This ‘big bang’ reorganisation makes me twitch given the three new appointees’ lack of experience in the industry. I hope my anxieties are groundless.   Fidler: Institutional knowledge retained at the DfTInstitutional knowledgeAnd there’s change within the Department for Transport (DfT) too. I hear that, with Graham Pendlebury retiring in May, his successor as Director for Local Transport is to be Stephen Fidler who is promoted into the post. Congratulations to him.This is something of a reassurance. I had worried that Graham Pendlebury, one of the most experienced and seasoned officials in the DfT, would be replaced with somebody from outside with little or no experience of the department, let alone local transport, thus diluting the ‘institutional knowledge’ still further.Stephen Fidler, however, has considerable experience of the DfT and Whitehall more generally, and was responsible for piloting the Bus Services Act through parliament.So Stephen is very well known to the industry, understands the issues and is an extremely capable individual. At a time when it’s ‘all change’ at the CPT, I’m relieved and pleased to see that Stephen takes over the reins from Graham. Welcome back Stephen!last_img read more

González leads the field as contenders jostle for position

first_imgAs the Union increases its authority and becomes a complex mix of intergovernmental and communautaire policies, there is a natural tendency for prime ministers, chancellors and presidents to want to ensure that the person at the centre of that web understands their domestic pressures.Even so, the requirement seriously limits the field as the search begins for the person to lead the Commission through the early years of the new millennium.That is one reason why former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González is emerging as a potentially strong challenger. Another is that his domestic political career appears to be over and, given his understanding with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on European issues, he could win the support of both Socialist and Christian Democrat leaders. After running the Union’s most powerful country for close on two decades, why should he move to Brussels and play second fiddle to younger prime ministers?Two Italian names are increasingly in the frame: former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and current Premier Romano Prodi. Either would fit the bill if it was decided that someone from a southern member state should head the Commission.Another contender is the former Irish Commissioner Peter Sutherland.A member of the Christian Democrat family, he has an impressive range of credentials: Ireland’s youngest-ever attorney general, a highly successful Competition Commissioner; the man who assisted in the birth and early life of the World Trade Organisation; and now a prominent international businessman as chairman of Goldman Sachs.That record should more than compensate for the one obvious gap in his CV – he has never held the post of prime minister.Would he go for it? Almost certainly yes. But it would also require his Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrat political opponents in Ireland to champion a Fine Gael politician for one of Europe’s top posts. González has consistently denied any knowledge of the death squads which are alleged to have killed 28 people.However, the trial this month of his former Interior Minister Jose Barrionuevo and other ex-Socialists ensures that questions will continue to be asked about González’ possible involvement.Spanish Christian Democrats privately predict that this cloud will eventually turn into a storm which will destroy any presidency hopes González might harbour.Interestingly, they also suggest that his weak knowledge of English might be a handicap in a Union, and a world, where it is fast becoming the dominant language.But these criticisms may only be designed to hide the fact that qualified Christian Democrat candidates are noticeably thin on the ground.Kohl’s name occasionally comes up during speculation sessions, but few treat the suggestion seriously. In the past month, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has publicly said that González “has the right profile for the job”. Even Spain’s Conservative Premier José María Aznar has indicated that his government always supports Spaniards running for top international posts.Jacques Delors’ suggestion that political parties should campaign in next June’s European parliamentary elections alongside their chosen candidate for Commission president has only encouraged speculation about González’ plans. He would be an obvious champion for European Socialists.At the end of the day, González’ chances will depend on a small number of factors with little or nothing to do with Delors’ innovative scheme.Does he want the job? The answer is probably yes, although he is reputed to have said that after enduring Belgium’s grey skies as a student, he would not want to subject himself to its temperamental climate again. Perhaps different circumstances would change his mind.Would a Conservative Spanish government support a former Socialist prime minister? The answer is undoubtedly yes, if he had a realistic chance of landing the top post.But the final question exposes González’ potential Achilles’ heel. To what extent will his political credibility be tainted or even ruined by the allegations of the ‘dirty war’ his government is accused of waging against Basque separatists in the Eighties. As a result, the future offers the intriguing scenario of the staunchest supporters of two of the potential front runners being their long-standing domestic opponents.It is a clear sign of how the Union is changing.last_img read more

Ty Dillon: ‘We can run up front with the big boys’

first_imgRELATED: Full race results | Series standings | Detailed breakdownDOVER, Del. — Ty Dillon made full use of divergent pit strategies to take the lead in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.When most of the contending cars came to pit road under caution on Lap 332, Dillon kept his No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet on the track, along with the affiliated Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Ryan Newman.After taking the green flag in the lead on a Lap 339 restart, Dillon stayed out front for 27 circuits, conjuring the prospect of a Dillon brother in Victory Lane for the second straight week (with brother Austin Dillon having won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last Sunday).Eventually, however, Dillon succumbed to stronger cars, and his race ended in a 10-car pileup on the backstretch on the first lap of overtime. Credited with 14th, Dillon was elated by his run.“I can’t thank (owner) Bob Germain enough for giving me the opportunity to come out here and race with these guys,” Dillon said. “It’s a lifelong dream. To lead laps like that meant a lot to me. We had to restart fourth on old tires (in overtime), and I just think the air off the No. 31 (Newman) got me a little loose and they left a bunch of sand there off Turn 2, and as soon as I got loose and hit that sand it was all over.“I feel bad for all the cars that got torn up. But, really, I don’t really know what the No. 31 or myself could have done any different to stay out of that crash. Proud of our effort today. We proved to ourselves as a team that we can run up front with the big boys.”last_img read more

923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

first_imgThe 923rd AMXS maintains, services and inspects HH-60G Pave Hawk and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft. It also plans, schedules and directs both scheduled and unscheduled preventive maintenance for keeping its aircraft at mission-ready status. The squadron performs all launch and recovery operations. It rapidly generates, mobilizes, deploys and employs forces to provide combat and peacetime search and rescue operations.last_img

Scott breaks ground on Gold Star Families Memorial Monument

first_imgNorwich 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.last_img read more

Former judges may not use the title before their names

first_img 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 nameslast_img read more

Athletics director resigns after sexual harassment allegations

first_imgAthletics 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.last_img read more