Bar academy aims to develop young leaders and inspire lawyer unity

first_imgBar academy aims to develop young leaders and inspire lawyer unity Bar academy aims to develop young leaders and inspire lawyer unity Senior Editor and Megan E. Davis Associate EditorA new Leadership Academy to train future leaders of the Bar and the profession has won approval from the Bar Board of Governors. Applications for the first class of 40 “fellows” will become available March 1, with an application deadline of April 1.The academy will hold its initial session at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June.The board voted at its February 1 meeting, a day after its Program Evaluation Committee, which has been reviewing and tweaking plans for the academy for several months, gave the idea its unanimous support. A goal of Bar President-elect Eugene Pettis, the academy’s mission “is to enhance the skills of a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers selected from across the state that will enable them to become effective leaders throughout the Bar, our profession, and the greater community.”Pettis said, “As I set out to determine what the focus of my administration was going to be, I thought an area we could really advance was developing strong leadership across the Bar. The focus is not to groom leaders necessarily for the Board of Governors or to run for president, but to groom leadership throughout all areas of our profession, including the local levels, to create ambassadors for the legal profession as a whole.”At the PEC meeting January 31, board member Jay Cohen, who headed the subcommittee that reviewed the academy plans, said the idea has met with enthusiastic support from various Bar groups.“We investigated, we surveyed, we tweaked, we listened, we did everything we could to come up with answers to questions [about the academy],” he said. “They came up with a very, very viable program that impressed the subcommittee without a single vote in opposition. At the end of the day, based on all of the information we heard. . . not one single group, not one single committee, not one single section of this Florida Bar is in opposition to this Leadership Academy. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Every group, every section supports overwhelmingly this Leadership Academy.“That’s our constituents, that’s who we respond to. They found that the program’s goals will enhance The Florida Bar; enhance the membership; enhance our opportunities for the future; and it incorporates so many of the programs and principles that we stand for, including our path to unity and inclusion.”Complete details about the Leadership Academy, as well as more information about the nomination/application process for fellows, will be in the March 1 Bar News. Basic information stipulates that the first class of fellows will have approximately 40 members, with future academies dependent on the demand. The academy will have two branches. The “Northern Branch” will consist of the geographical jurisdictions of the First, Second, and Fifth district courts of appeal. The “Southern Branch” will be from the Third and Fourth DCA jurisdictions.“Florida is such a diverse state,” Pettis said. “We want to allow the fellows to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Bar and its resources, and to develop a skill set that will enable them to serve as effective leaders in their chosen path.”Fellows will be selected based not only on ethnic and gender diversity, but also diversity of firm size, geographical location, practice areas, and other factors.The academy will meet six times throughout the year, at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June, the Fall Joint Meeting in September, the Tallahassee meeting in January, and three sessions in the regional branchesEach session will begin at noon on a Friday and run until noon Saturday with various speakers and topics, such as collaborating with different workplace personalities; balancing personal, volunteer, and work life; motivating others and delegating; conducting effective meetings; effective leadership styles; and public speaking.The program also will educate participants about the Bar’s divisions and sections, strategic plan, and history.Throughout the year, fellows will put what they’ve learned into practice by creating and executing public service projects.Pettis said the continuity of a Bar’s strategic plan throughout the state is sometimes lacking.“While every bar should have an opportunity to have its unique agenda, I think we, as lawyers, should have some common agenda that can strengthen our profession,” Pettis said. “Hopefully, unified leadership training — providing core skills that all leaders need — will create a unifying focus on common goals we all must share.”Networking and mentorship will also be focuses of the academy, Pettis said. Fellows will be matched with mentors based on their specific interests and needs. Pettis said he’s already seen a buzz of excitement from various Bar and legal organizations interested in having their members participate.“I believe the demand will be great and the experience will be priceless,” Pettis said.A Leadership Academy Committee will be formed to oversee the program and receive help, especially with curriculum, from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and Diversity Initiatives Manager Arnell Bryant-Willis.Scholarships will be available to help some fellows pay hotel and transportation costs.Pettis said it’s important that cost not be an obstacle to participation.“Total inclusion must be our goal,” he said, adding some sections and divisions are already considering providing scholarships if their members are among those chosen for the academy.Former Young Lawyers Division President Reneé Thompson has worked with Pettis to develop plans for the Leadership Academy and will serve as the academy’s first chair.“When President-elect Pettis first mentioned the concept of creating an academy for our Bar, I knew that our Bar and the legal profession would benefit from this initiative for years to come with the leaders it will help foster and develop,” Thompson said. “It is an exceptional program, and he is putting together an all-star team to make it a reality for our members. I am proud to see our Bar investing in our future leaders and am truly looking forward to the launch of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy.” February 15, 2013 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Locomotive with local technology

first_imgINDIA: The first diesel-electric locomotive fitted with Indian-designed IGBT traction converters and microprocessor controls has entered service following a month of intensive trials.The Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi originally began production under a 1961 technology transfer agreement with Alco. A further agreement with EMD in 1995 led to increased local content, and since 2002 most components for the GT46 MAC derivatives have been made in India. However around 30% by value was still imported, including EMD control systems and Siemens traction converters.Indian firms were invited to develop replacements in 2006, and Medha Servo Drives of Hyderabad was selected following the success of its control systems for Alco designs.Medha has adopted IGBT technology rather than GTOs. Six inverters feed the traction motors independently, giving better wheel slip control and adhesion. Larger variations in wheel diameter are possible, and failures only affect one axle. Modern controls have allowed the WDG4 locomotive to be uprated from 4 000 to 4 500 hpFurther enhancements under development include wireless distributed power control, TFT driver display screens, remote monitoring and fuel saving measures such as automatic engine start/stop and auxiliary power units. ‘We are challenging imported technologies not just to emulate but to improve, excel and create better products’, said Railway Board Member R K Rao.last_img read more

Dairy seeks fortification against anti-animal ag attacks

first_imgDairy organization leaders took a more contentious tone toward ongoing attacks on the industry during the joint annual meeting of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB)/National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF)/United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA), Nov. 4-6, in New Orleans, Louisiana. With all the significant challenges facing the dairy industry, none are more critical than attacks from anti-animal agriculture activists, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) CEO Tom Gallagher told more than 800 dairy farmers and industry representatives attending the meeting. Citing the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others, he said the biggest activist challenge isn’t in the form of another animal abuse video, but rather its attempts divide the dairy and livestock industries.advertisementadvertisement“They’re better funded than ever, they’re better organized than ever, and they’ve permeated or infiltrated into many organizations that really aren’t anti-animal agriculture, but they spearhead the agenda,” Gallagher said. “Make no mistake, they only have one goal: to eliminate all animal agriculture in this country. They are not your friend in any way, shape or form, no matter what they tell you.”In addition to dividing dairy and other livestock farmers, activists target programs and organizations that promote and or defend animal agriculture, including checkoff programs, Gallagher said.“They’ve co-opted other groups to further their agenda, including biased dairy media groups with anti-checkoff, anti-export agendas, consumer activist organizations, politicians and some small-farm advocates, all with the endgame of infiltrating consumer trust,” he said. “They’re on the [Capitol] Hill … against NMPF, against co-ops and against checkoffs, and they’re really zeroing in on large farms.“The first step to eliminate you is to get rid of the checkoff,” said Gallagher, saying checkoff-funded organizations are a last line of defense between farmers and consumers with programs to deal with crisis management, dietary and nutrition research, exports and the environment. “When the checkoff goes away, so does consumer trust and your right to farm.”While instrumental in seeking to drive dairy product demand and sales, Gallagher noted that the dairy checkoff cannot lobby on policy, pricing or other regulatory issues. For that reason, Gallagher called on grassroots dairy farmers to pick up the fight.advertisement“Lab-grown [meat] will come, and we’ll deal with it,” he said. “Plant-based beverages are here, and they’ll have a share, and we’ll deal with them.“What we need you to do is push back on these activists,” Gallagher urged joint annual meeting delegates representing dairy co-ops and promotion organizations. “We need you to push back on people who are trying to divide to destroy your livelihood. We need unity and leadership. We’re done taking it. These anti-animal agriculture people aren’t going to beat you.”DMI President Barb O’Brien said collective efforts to drive consumer sales and trust prove dairy remains a powerful category with more than $100 billion in annual retail sales and that household penetration of dairy is strong. She cited consumer research showing cheese is in 98% of U.S. homes and milk is in 94%.“This puts to rest the naysayers’ claim that dairy is dead,” O’Brien said. “Dairy is alive and well and in households across the country.”Randy Mooney, a Missouri dairy farmer and chair of NMPF, also urged more political and policy activity by grassroots dairy producers.“I’m getting tired of people telling me I don’t take care of my land, that I don’t take care of my cows. I’m getting tired of being used as a pawn in global trade schemes. Dairy farmers play an important role in society. We help preserve communities,” he said. He issued an impassioned plea that dairy farmers can no longer be at the bottom of the food chain when “we are the food chain.”advertisementLooking at current and futures milk prices, Mooney said there was more optimism among dairy producers compared to the last three to four years.“We’ve had a couple of months of good prices. It hasn’t fixed our balance sheets; that’s going to take a long time. But even though things are looking better, we live in a world where anything can change on a dime tomorrow,” he said, urging producers to participate in some form of risk management.NMPF leadership restructuring has led to the addition of a 15-person executive committee, designed to be more nimble than the existing 53-member board to address changing policy issues, Mooney said.Providing an overview of those issues, Mooney said 2018 represented the worst year ever on his dairy, not related to economics but rather due to labor. He urged fellow producers to get behind the recently introduced Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Read: Farm Workforce Modernization Act unveiled.Mooney praised the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, saying it will provide a much better safety net than the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) implemented in the 2014 Farm Bill. He also expressed hope that trade talks would improve the export picture.“Trade has been a killer,” Mooney said. Due to ongoing trade and tariff wars, dairy has lost about $1.5 billion per year in 2018 and 2019, but received about one-half billion dollars through federal trade mitigation programs, he said.NMPF’s Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) helped fill some of the void in lost export markets. He said the program had returned $7.5 billion to dairy producers since its inception in 2003.Mooney said U.S. dairy industry must be in position to take advantage of dairy consumption growth in China.The future of dairy cooperatives will likely require more plant consolidation and upgrades to retain economic viability while addressing changing consumer demands.“We need to commit to leading, to being leaders of the knowledge-based industry that is looking down the road and around the corner, and not just doing what we’ve always done.”Portions of Mooney’s presentation are available in NMPF’s Dairy Defined podcast.Check back for other coverage of the NDB/NMPF/UDIA annual meeting.  PHOTO: The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) honored William “Bill” Siebenborn (center), a dairy farmer from Trenton, Missouri, as the 2019 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Presenting the award during the joint NDB/NMPF/UDIA annual meeting were Brad Scott, California dairy farmer and chair of the NDB (left) and Randy Mooney, a Missouri dairy farmer and chair of the NMPF. Photo courtesy of Dairy Management Inc. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave [email protected]last_img read more

In wake of injury-riddled backcourt, James resumes secondary duties at point guard

first_imgCLEVELAND – An unexpected need for reinforcements has put the Cavs in a familiar position through three games this campaign.When Derrick Rose went down with a right ankle sprain on Greg Monroe’s flagrant foul at Milwaukee on Friday evening, the immediate thought was to slide Jose Calderon – who signed a one-year deal worth $2.33 million in July – into the starting rotation.Instead, LeBron James took over at the point guard position, a secondary role he has assumed since the departure of Matthew Dellavedova.The results were up to par.James put on another full display of his versatility in a 114-93 loss to the Magic on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, tallying 22 points (8-for-15) on four rebounds and two assists. His ability to shoulder the workload at a decimated position proved to keep the ship afloat in front of a sold-out crowd.“With D-Rose going down, we kind of had to switch our rotation once again where we’re still trying to figure it out,” said James. “We’re trying to figure out our packages.”After Calderon shot 0-for-2 with one turnover in his brief stint with the starting unit in the first quarter, the three-time NBA champion asserted himself as the team’s primary ball handler again.“As professionals, you got to figure it out,” James said. “There’s always some chemistry things. There’s always some camaraderie things, things on the floor that you hope that you have.”With the speed of a guard and the frame of a forward, James has been able to fill the void left by injured players like Rose and Isaiah Thomas (right hip), an ineffective Deron Williams or traded players such as Mo Williams and Kay Felder over the last two seasons.A telling sign that head coach Tyronn Lue reaffirms this notion came at the start of the second half, when Iman Shumpert – who finished with 21 points and seven rebounds – started in place of Calderon and LeBron resumed duties in the backcourt.“[Shumpert] came out in the third quarter, gave us a great spark,” said Lue. “We cut the lead to seven.”Although James averaged a career-high 4.1 turnovers in 2016-17, his basketball instincts make him a temporary yet suitable fit until Rose and Isaiah Thomas return to a full workload.John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long. John Alfes Related TopicsCavaliersCavaliers championshipCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersCleveland CavsLeBronLebron Jamescenter_img John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste).You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email ([email protected]).last_img read more

Why CS:GO Is Leading The Esports Betting Boom

first_imgEsports is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global entertainment industry and bookmakers have responded to demand by offering an ever expanding variety of esports betting markets.And one game is at the forefront of that betting revolution. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is the highest profile esport, particularly in Europe and North America. With millions of players and spectators around the world, it’s not hard to see why bookmakers are scrambling to offer as many CS:GO betting opportunities as possible.Why CS:GO?CS:GO betting has been growing in popularity for a number of reasons. It has the advantage of being the top First Person Shooter (FPS) game in the esports field, and this genre has an enduring popularity amongst gamers. The fact that upsets are not uncommon in CS:GO, also means that it has appeal to punters who are looking for big wins for relatively small stakes.And there’s no shortage of games to bet on. Competitive CS:GO tournaments are run all year round and can be played in a variety of formats, from leagues to single player tournaments. While the game is played primarily online, many of the main tournaments with the largest prize pools are played at high profile and prestigious venues such as the Barclays Center and the Wembley Arena.There is a bewildering variety of CS:GO tournaments to bet on. The ESL Pro League stages CS:GO games on both sides of the Atlantic, featuring some of the world’s top teams, and giving fans the chance to stream games while also betting on the outcome.Also growing in popularity is the CS:GO Global Championships. This gives teams the chance to qualify through their own national qualifying campaigns, called Minors, to take part in the CS:GO Major Championships. These are lucrative, popular events, with huge prizes on offer and bookmakers are keen to offer a wide choice of betting market for these events.Betting on CS:GOThe most popular markets for CS:GO bets are the traditional options of outright tournament winner and match winner. Since most esports fans are happy to debate which is the best CS:GO team, picking the winner of a tournament is a natural extension. The top teams in CS:GO are well known, along with their strengths and weaknesses, and these markets are often a good place to start betting.Match betting is the other main CS:GO market, as it has a simple appeal. Unlike some sports, there are no draws in CS:GO, so it is a clear choice between Team A and Team B. These markets are where it really pays to be up to date on team news, form and the head to head records of the various teams. The majority of money bet on CS:GO is wagered in the match betting markets.The complexity and subtleties of CS:GO also mean that there are a range of other specialist markets, many of them focused on maps. For instance, you can bet on which team will win a single round, or bet in the map handicap markets, which assign a handicap to the stronger team. These markets are popular for matches that see a strong favorite take on an outsider.You can also bet on the correct score in a match, although this is a volatile type of betting as teams will be focused on winning the overall match rather than achieving a certain score. And another rapidly growing form of CS:GO betting is the Over/Under markets, which give you the chance to bet on a range of stats, such as the total number of rounds in a match. Related Topics NEOSI Stafflast_img read more

R&F Wholesale Depot on board ‘Champion of Champions’ Dominoes on June 3

first_imgSENIOR Organising Secretary of the Georgetown Dominoes Association (GDA), Mark ‘Jumbie’ Wiltshire, will be hosting a massive ‘Champion of Champions’ competition on Sunday, June 3, at the R&R Sports Bar situated at 76 Meadow Brook Gardens.According to Wiltshire, the tournament will involve teams who finished first and second in competitions this year They will battle teams from Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo.The experienced dominoes executive said over $300 000 in cash and trophies will be up for grabs with the winning team set to receive $175 000 and a trophy, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $75 000, $35 000 and $20 000 respectively along with trophies.Entrance fee is $12 000 per team which must be paid on or before the start of play. The top female player and the Most Valuable Player will receive $5 000 each.Wiltshire added that all prizes are guaranteed and interested teams can contact him on 665-5855.Among the teams to participate are: Gold is Money, All Seasons, Mix Up, Spartans, Rage, Providence, Gangster, C7, C6, Thunder, Phantom, R&R, Turning Point, Masters, Gold Star, Angels and OPKO.The invited teams are: Orange Walk, NIS, East Taxi Service, Sun Flower Hotel out of Essequibo, Rockets, Players, Uprising, Mark Fitness Gym, Yhip’s Bakery, Lippy Lotto from Bartica, Golden Masters, Beacons, Medi Care, Geology & Mines Commission, CARICOM, Lil Boys and Lion.Some of the sponsors include Dynasty Sports Club, All Seasons Racing Service, Tony’s Jewellery, CBB & L Import & Export, South Land Trading and Boston Casting Jewellery.Meanwhile, R&F Wholesale Depot of Bourda Market was the latest entity to throw its support behind the tournament with a presentation of trophies yesterday at its location.Staffer Amrita Singh presented the sponsorship to Organising Committee member, Jane Chase, in the presence of Wiltshire.She thanked the entity for its support and promised that the tournament will be executed in a disciplined manner. Food and drinks will be on sale throughout the day.last_img read more

Ole Miss ticket sales for Peach Bowl are strong

first_imgOXFORD — Ole Miss has sold 17,000 Peach Bowl tickets in a week, athletics director Ross Bjork said Monday.No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3) will play No. 5 TCU (11-1) on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in the Peach Bowl.Ole Miss has traditionally been strong in selling tickets for its bowl games. The school sold more than 13,000 for the 2013 Music City Bowl, and sold 23,381 for the BBVA Compass Bowl following the 2012 season.Those totals, as well as the one Bjork said during a press conference to formally accept an invitation to the Peach Bowl, does not includes tickets sold on the secondary market.The Peach Bowl has sold out for the last 17 seasons in the 74,228-seat Georgia Dome, and is expected to do so again. Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan said Ole Miss fans are a big reason why.Ole Miss will bowl-in Vaught-Hemingway, increase capacitylast_img read more

Ward returns to victory lane at TCMS

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (June 3) – After a week away, A.J. Ward returned to victory lane following Fri­day’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Motor Speedway.The co-point leader with Todd Matheson, Ward started alongside Matheson in row five for the 20-lap feature. Matt Szecsodi and Rusty Zeigler brought the field to the green flag. Szecsodi beat the field to lap one before spinning in turn two and restarting at the rear of the field.Zeigler led the next two laps before Ward grabbed the lead on lap four.  He was unchallenged the re­maining 16 laps for his fifth local feature win of the year.Heath Grizzle, Myron DeYoung, Chaz Pray and ‘B’ winner Craig Vance were the rest of the top five finishers.last_img