Official Statistics: REACT-1: study of coronavirus transmission: July 2020 results

first_imgREACT-1 is the largest population surveillance study being undertaken in England that examines the prevalence of the virus causing COVID-19 in the general population. It uses test results and feedback from over 150,000 participants each month.The study focuses on national, regional and local areas, as well as age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, employment type, contact with known cases, symptoms and other factors.The findings provide the government with a better understanding of the virus’s transmission and the risks associated with different population subgroups throughout England. This will inform government policies to protect health and save lives.Read the pre-print version of this reportRead the press notice accompanying these findingslast_img read more

Insights and Outcomes: The Changing Landscape of The Conversation

first_imgIn recent weeks, this blog has been home to several articles focused on the changing dynamics of business, technology, and how organizations are dealing with the new realities of a modern approach to IT enabled business outcomes. Vic Bhagat, EMC’s Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions & Chief Information Officer, focused on the relevance of traditional IT when faced with the modern business challenges of today’s fast-paced, real time environments, and emphasized that in order “to evolve with the times and become a more client-centric, business savvy IT organization, we need to question all aspects of our technology, people and processes.” Then, Mike Koehler, President of EMC’s Professional Services Organization, discussed the challenges of IT Transformation and the “Headwinds” related to Resistance, Inertia and Misalignment. In both cases, these discussions focus on an approach to IT that supports the day-to-day needs of the business while reducing costs – a difference in cost savings that can and should fuel next generation capabilities. This, as you can imagine, poses some challenges for customers and prospects, and is a challenge that we had to overcome ourselves. While once upon a time we relied on specific products and feature sets, dying are the days of domain specific (compute, storage, network, etc.) disciplines, and dead is the idea of traditional application development methodologies. Instead, the winners in this next wave of IT-enabled businesses are those adapting flexible, automated, cloud-based infrastructures that support agile application approaches and embrace mobile, social, analytics, and data in real-time. So, how do we best enable that for our customers?We start by changing the conversation.The conversation began changing a few years ago as we focused on hybrid cloud and big data analytics. Now we see the conversation continuing to evolve, focusing on business relevant insights for customers and how our solutions address their opportunities to achieve quantifiable business outcomes. We need to holistically help customers accelerate their capabilities while simplifying the complexities of managing infrastructure and applications. As the conversation uncovers business outcomes, we need to help traditional IT translate and communicate outcomes to others outside of their organization. I have seen customers walk into a session at our executive briefing center expecting the conversation was going to be about the technology, and the result of the meeting is the development of a list of the appropriate people from their IT organization and the business to attend a workshop focused on prioritizing the potential outcomes and developing a plan to get there. As one customer said after recent briefing, the “value is tremendous when you can discuss the problem, identify a solution, and then see it in action.”Instead of speeds and feeds or slots and watts, EMC aims to holistically help customers accelerate their capabilities while simplifying the complexities of managing traditional infrastructure and applications. Those are the keys to future success: simplification and acceleration. Not just in the data center, but across the entire enterprise.To engage with EMC’s Executive Briefing program visit them at EMC.com/EBC or talk to your EMC Sales Representative.last_img read more

General Dempsey to speak at 2016 Commencement

first_imgGeneral Martin Dempsey will speak at the University’s 171st Commencement Ceremony this May, the University announced Wednesday morning.As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dempsey served as the nation’s highest-ranking military officer.Dempsey, who retired Wednesday after four years at the position, spoke on campus last September on the threats facing the U.S. for the annual Jack Kelly and Gail Weiss Lecture on National Security. During that same visit, he presented the American flag during the ceremonies before the football game against Michigan, according to the press release.According to the press release, he graduated in 1974 from the U.S. Military Academy and later earned a master’s degree in English from Duke University before serving as an assistant professor of English at West Point for three years. He also holds master’s degrees in military art and national security sciences.Throughout his career, Dempsey has served all over the world, and received awards including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge, according to the press release.According to the same press release, Notre Dame’s Commencement Ceremony will be held in Notre Dame Stadium on May 15, 2016 at 9 a.m.Tags: Commencement 2016, Commencement Speaker, General Martin Dempseylast_img read more

Identity Project of Notre Dame prepares for annual Edith Stein Conference

first_imgUnder the theme “Even Unto Death: Embracing the Love of the Cross,” the Identity Project of Notre Dame is hosting its 13th annual Edith Stein Conference, the largest student-run conference on campus. The event will start Friday at 1 p.m. and end Saturday with a banquet starting at 6:15 p.m. in McKenna Hall.Co-chair and senior Molly Weiner said the conference embraces a unique mix of academic and personal topics. The speakers range from professors at Notre Dame to students from other colleges across the country.“It’s a mix between a lecture from a professor, and then the next talk will be a self-help — this was my experience, this is how to change this part of your life,” she said.The event will feature two keynote lectures and various other talks on a range of topics relating to identity and relationships, Weiner said.“The conference in general was made for an opportunity for people on campus to come together and talk about topics related to relationships and friendship and personal identity and dignity that kind of isn’t really covered on campus because we’re more focused on our academics, and if we are in our friend group, sometimes we’re scared to talk about certain topics,” she said.Weiner said the conference tries to focus on the needs of students.“We do talk about things like dating, discernment, what you want to do with your life, sometimes how student life can be difficult,” she said.Junior Theresa Gallagher, who is in charge of fundraising, said the conference is relevant to students in the sense that it discusses issues that are directly applicable to their lives.“It just changes the way you think about relationships when all of the sudden you hear a talk about the cross as a gift of love,” she said. “It provides a space to hear those reflections, to think about them, to talk about them with other people, and it transforms the way you look at your everyday life. I’m not thinking about these things every single minute of every single day, but to have this place where it can provide that lens to see your whole life, your whole experience, in a different way.”For club president and junior Emily Hirshorn, the best parts of the conference are outside the formal sessions.“My favorite times are in between all the talks when there’s food out and students come together and really get to foster meaningful conversations about the speakers we just heard,” she said.While registration for the conference is open, Weiner said students can choose to attend the talks they want without registering in advance. She said the club itself is a continuation of the conversation at the conference, and Hirshorn said the club provides a lot of flexibility to discuss different topics.“It’s all about fostering conversations that matter,” Hirshorn said.Weiner said she began her role in April of last year and brainstormed topics over the summer. She began to book speakers and logistics in September.“It is a very difficult task to do something like this, but it’s worth every minute of it,” she said.Hirshorn said the conference is particularly important in that it encourages students to learn how to approach certain problems in life.“If we really take the time to learn how to approach difficult subjects, especially in light of the Catholic faith that a lot of us share, that can have a really transformative power,” she said. “… Suffering, in particular, is a topic I think we all struggle with in different forms, especially when it seems undeserved.”Tags: Edith Stein Conference, identity, Identity Project of Notre Dame, relationshipslast_img read more

Renewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says

first_imgRenewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.France should spend 1.28 trillion euros over the next four decades, mostly on clean power production and storage capacities, networks, and imports, according to a report from the country’s environment ministry. If it does this, France would progressively shut down its 58 atomic plants and renewable energy would comprise 95 percent of its electricity output by 2060, up from 17 percent last year.The development of the so-called EPR nuclear reactors “wouldn’t be competitive for the French power system from an economic standpoint,” the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie –or Ademe– said in a statement. The report assumes that the reactors would produce electricity at a cost of 70 euros per megawatt-hour, while the cost of wind and solar power would fall much lower.The report follows President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that state-controlled Electricite de France SA will have to shut as many as 14 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2035 to allow renewable energy to expand the country’s power mix. Macron also gave EDF until mid-2021 to prove that it can build an economically-viable reactor before the country decides to build new atomic plants. EDF’s EPR project in Normandy is more than six years late coming online, and the cost has more than tripled from its original budget.Falling costs means that photovoltaic facilities won’t need subsidies from 2030, nor will onshore wind from 2035, the report said. That’s assuming that EDF halts 30 percent of its reactors after 40 years of operation and an additional 30 percent when they turn 50. Otherwise, surplus production capacity would undermine the economics of both nuclear power and renewables, Ademe said.More: France would save $44.5 billion by betting on renewable energy, agency sayslast_img read more

Semper Fly

first_img Proprietors donate time and their private waters, like Suzie Q, to PHWFF for outings like this one. PHWFF helps veterans with both physical and mental effects of war. Semper Fly Fishing Spotting fish while lunch grills in the background at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Fish on at Suzie Q. Fierce competition at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Bringing in the catch at a PHWFF event at Suzie Q Farms. PHWFF organizes a raffle each year for the Mossy Creek Invitational.center_img PHWFF participants at an event at Suzie Q Farms Nice trout caught at the Suzie Q event. Project Healing Waters provides is participants with custom fly gear at most events. The PHWFF team at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Wetting a line helps wounded warriors heal.“Strip, strip, strip, striiiip. SET! Oooh, just missed him.”Volunteer guide Chuck Jochen is high on the bank, spotting big trout for Stan Abshire who is doing his darnedest to get a big rainbow into the net. Tricking the wily trout at Suzie Q Farm outside Bridgewater, Va., is no easy task, but Jochen and Abshire are not your average fly fishing team. They are at Suzie Q as part of Project Healing Waters, which uses fly fishing as a way to assist in the physical and emotional recovery of wounded military veterans.In 2005, the seeds of PHW began to germinate in the mind of Navy captain and life-long fly fisherman Ed Nicholson while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. On the verge of retirement, he was struck by the need to help his fellow wounded soldiers, so he started the best way he knew how: by taking them fishing.“Fly fishing is a very special kind of fishing,” he said. “It’s the fly rod and the casting of the fly rod and the tranquility you have on a nice trout stream. It’s a special thing; it’s kind of a tension breaker. It relieves stress and is especially good for individuals who have, and are dealing with, a lot of stress.”From these humble beginnings, Nicholson’s idea began to catch on – and fast. Over the past eight years, PHW has grown into an organization that runs 130 programs in 46 states enlisting the help of an army of volunteers along the way who do everything from teaching classes to hosting events. Volunteers donated over 97,000 hours to PHW in 2011, which helped more than 3,000 disabled and recovering veterans to participate in sponsored activities. These activities include fishing outings like the one at Suzie Q.“I think the healing really goes on not so much because you have a fly rod in your hand but you’re with people who really care, be they volunteers or other disabled veterans,” said Nicholson.Volunteers hold weekly classes at military hospitals to teach casting, fishing techniques, fly tying, and even rod building as part of their recreational therapy program. The classes not only provide wounded soldiers with exercises in hand-eye coordination and motor skills, but also a sense of accomplishment that may be absent since they were injured. The experience of being on the water, being able to catch fish and perform the same kinds of tasks they did before they were injured, can be a major boost, says Nicholson.“It’s a confidence builder, especially for some of these younger kids who are just now reckoning with the fact that they are ‘disabled.’ They are missing an arm or leg. They have post-traumatic stress. A lot of times they feel more comfortable in the confines of the hospital or veterans center, but we help bring them out because they have to do that sooner or later. They’ve got to get on with life, and I think we help them do that.”Sergeant First Class Walter Morse was recovering at Walter Reed from injuries sustained in Iraq when he was introduced to fly tying through the PHW.“I was in the occupational therapy clinic and saw a couple of guys tying flies. They had me doing these puzzles and chess and I said, ‘I would much rather try that.’”Morse credits the nature and organization of PHW with its success. By bringing younger and older disabled veterans together in the outdoors under a common interest, PHW creates an environment conducive to emotional healing. It also allows the older generation of soldiers to mentor the younger and see how life can change for the better over time, even with a disability.“I fished with a Vietnam veteran, very successful in life, but I got out on the river and realized that the same things I was going through, he went through,” said Morse. “If you take 12 soldiers and put them in a clinical session with a psychiatrist, it’s going to be absolutely dead silent. You take those same 12 people and put them out on the river and healing is in process.”Nowhere is the adage of “teach a man to fish…” more appropriate than when talking about PHW. The ultimate goal of the program is to help participants get to a place where they can and want to perform the skills learned in the program by themselves. Over the next five years PHW’s strategic plan calls for the program to nearly double in size. For Jochen and Abshire, that means plenty more chances to hook into that big rainbow in Mossy Creek.For more information on Project Healing Fly Fishing and to see how you can get involved, visit their website at www.projecthealingwaters.org.Project Healing Waters from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.Other programs Soldiers to SummitsThis program focuses on mountaineering as a way to help disabled veterans set ambitious goals, work through personal barriers and reclaim their lives. Their documentary High Ground premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival.Veterans ExpeditionsThis Colorado-based organization uses wilderness challenges to create a common bond and promote camaraderie and recovery. Rock climbing, mountaineering, and hiking expeditions are all part of VetEx’s program.Wounded Warrior ProjectAll encompassing support system of wounded vets including mental and physical support as well as a growing peer and alumni network.OASIS: Outdoor Adventure for Sacrifice in ServiceMainly working in the Fingerlakes region of New York, this group helps disabled veterans get back into the outdoors by offering instruction, equipment, and support for disabled veterans.Ride 2 RecoveryRide 2 Recovery holds events and races that raise money to benefit cycling programs in V.A. and military recovery centers. This nationwide organization uses cycling as a rehabilitation and recovery tool. Project Healing Waters auctions off custom made reels to raise funds.last_img read more

BOG: Core values trump MDPs

first_imgBOG: Core values trump MDPs Associate Editor For more than two years, the issue of multidisciplinary practices has been one of the stickiest controversies facing The Florida Bar.Among other groups, an All Bar Conference and a town hall meeting failed to reach a consensus about what the Bar should do, and even a special committee was unable to make a strong recommendation after two years of study and deliberations.But after hearing four hours of reports and frequently contradictory advice, the Board of Governors voted 44-1 at its April 7 meeting in Tampa to affirm that lawyers may not practice law in settings where they share fees with nonlawyers, the firm is partially or entirely owned by nonlawyers or where the core values of the profession — including independence and protection of client confidences — are compromised.The board also approved in concept a motion to provide guidance to Florida lawyers and the Bar’s representatives to the ABA House of Delegates, which is also studying the issue. The draft resolution calls for, besides protecting core values, continued study on the future of the practice of law and for the Bar to help members who want to operate ancillary businesses.And by a third vote, the board established a special three-member committee to look at how the Bar’s grievance and unlicensed practice of law programs can ensure that Bar rules — including those against fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of law firms — can be enforced.“I want to get the core question answered without bogging down,” said board member William H. Phelan, Jr., who immediately after the presentations ended made the motion against fee sharing and nonlawyer ownership. He said the motion was intended to oppose both any changes to Florida Bar rules and to ABA model rules.Board member John Hume suggested an amendment that the motion include that “it is in the public interest to preserve a lawyer’s undivided loyalty to a client,” as well as preventing fee sharing, and that the Bar should “vigorously” enforce its rules, including prohibitions against fee sharing and nonlawyer ownership. Board member John Cardillo said the motion should specifically say no rule would be acceptable which would change a lawyer’s duty to protect client confidences.Phelan accepted both as a “preamble” to his motion.Board member Ed Dunn, who chaired the “pro-MDP” subcommittee of the Special Committee on MDP/Ancillary Business, offered a substitute motion that would allow lawyers to practice in an MDP as long as lawyers owned a majority interest in the company. He noted an ABA commission studying the issue has endorsed that position, as had the pro subcommittee.The board rejected Dunn’s substitute by an overwhelming voice vote. It then endorsed Phelan’s motion 44-1 in a roll call vote, with Dunn casting the sole negative vote.The board next voted to approve in concept a proposal from the “con” subcommittee, known as Alternative C, to give guidance to Bar members and others of the Bar’s position on the issue. The board attempted to craft a final resolution based on the subcommittee proposal, but finally decided to send it back to the subcommittee and reconsider the issue at its June 2 meeting in Naples.“If this is a document that is going to conceivably be attached to lawsuits [challenging the Bar’s action], it needs to be a perfect document,” said board member Louis B. Vocelle, Jr.The subcommittee’s proposals ask that the ABA make no changes to model rules to allow MDPs to give legal advice unless additional studies guarantee that will further the public interest and won’t compromise lawyers’ traditional independence and loyalty to clients.It recommends the Bar take any and all steps to preserve lawyer independence and loyalty to clients, including investigating MDPs and prosecuting any violations found.The Bar should also promote ancillary businesses for members to expand their opportunities, the subcommittee recommended, and also study the increasing globalization of the economy and how the legal profession should react to that.After the board took that action, board member Arthur Rice moved that a special committee be created, to report back at the board’s June 2 meeting. That panel will “work with the [Standing] UPL Committee to determine the scope of the [MDP] problem, if any, that is currently not being prosecuted, and if there is a problem determine whether present resources are adequate, and if not adequate, make a recommendation on what [resources] may be necessary,” Rice said.“It is not right for us simply to say, `All right, we’re not going to split fees and we’re not going to permit nonlawyers to own law firms’ and then move on to the next item. There’s more to do here.”Board member William Kalish suggested the committee also consider what resources might be needed from the Bar’s grievance process, since that could be involved in any prosecutions. Rice agreed.The motion passed unanimously, and Bar President Edith Osman named Rice, Kalish and board member John Yanchunis, a former chair of the UPL committee, to the panel.Although their debate on the subject was limited, board members left no doubt they were seeking to send a strong message about MDPs.“The barbarians are not at their gate; they’re eating off our plates,” board member James Lupino said. “I think we have to take an active approach in enforcing the rules right now.”And member Anthony Abate argued there was no rush for the board to redraft Alternative C merely so Bar members and others would know the board’s position.“I think a 44-1 vote gives a sense of where The Florida Bar is on this issue,” he said.The board did not lack for advice.The special MDP committee submitted two reports, one each from the pro and con subcommittees. It submitted a combined recommendation that the Bar enforce its rules and also give guidance to lawyers seeking to provide ancillary services to clients.Reports were made on behalf of both subcommittees, as well as individual committee members. And the Trial Lawyers; Elder Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Business Law and Tax sections made presentations, as did the Young Lawyers Division and the Dade County Bar Association.President Osman announced at the start she would not entertain motions to table or end debate until all positions had been aired.Board member Richard Gilbert, co-chair of the special MDP committee, said the pro and con subcommittees differed mostly on a matter of emphasis.“The con view says you preserve the core values,” he said. “You may address change [in legal practice], but first of all you preserve the core values and whatever change you accept is subject to that core value.“The pro position essentially says it places slightly less emphasis on core values. It says we are not going to exist unless we accommodate change, and you preserve what core values you can once you have accommodated that change.”If the board opposes MDPs, Gilbert said, then it will have to address the costs of seeking to enforce Bar rules and address anti-trust and public relations implications. If it favors them, then it will have to look at how to preserve core values and guarantee lawyer independence in an MDP setting, including ensuring that legal decisions are not made by nonlawyer employees, he said. Those questions could include what type of professionals would be allowed to partner with lawyers in MDPs.The committee, Gilbert said, deadlocked 9-9 on the recommendation of the con subcommittee to not allow MDPs, and then voted down the pro committee’s recommendation 7-11. The only agreement, he said, was to recommend that the Bar enforce its existing rules, including Rule 4-5.4 which prohibits sharing fees with nonlawyers, and that the Bar should provide guidance to lawyers who want to open ancillary businesses.Among presentations to the board were:Mike Tanner, chair of the Trial Lawyers Section, who said that section opposes MDPs because they are a threat to the core values of lawyers. He said the independence of lawyers has been a strength of this country.“Why is it necessary to fee share?” Tanner asked. “What’s wrong with the model of lawyers working together with other disciplines to solve whatever the clients’ problems are, but at the end of the engagement, instead of one bill, the client gets two bills. That way the client gets to one-stop shop, yet the lawyer remains a separate economic entity.”Another possibility is a dual system like Britain, he said, where solicitors can be in MDPs, but barristers, who do the trial work, cannot.Business Law Section Chair Howard Berlin, a member of the special committee, said it is too early to write off MDPs.“It’s pretty obvious that the one-stop service entity has gained tremendously in our market and our population is asking for it and demanding it,” he said. “The public is voting with its feet. It is not just the man on the street, but also all the way up to the U.S. Congress.”He added that the Bar’s long-range plan calls for studying alternative ways to deliver affordable legal services.“The number one goal was to shape the practice of law to the legal needs of the public,” Berlin said, noting MDPs meet that goal. He also said the issue needs considerably more study to work out how rules would be imposed to protect core values, but added that is not a reason to oppose the idea.Elder Law Section Chair Mary Alice Jackson said an elder practice by its nature is interdisciplinary because the lawyer usually has to involve financial planners, health care professionals, insurance agents, and frequently guardians and other professionals to best serve the clients.“Nonlawyer professionals and nonprofessionals are packaging services for our clients and telling clients our services are superfluous,” she said. “They cannot do what we can do. What happens to those clients and the people we are committed to serve is they get royally misdirected? They will get back to us with an incredible loss of service and loss of money.“Consumers and clients these days have looked for one-stop shopping. They will utilize our services if we can offer them an environment that can also offer other services.”Tom Smith, chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, said the section took a more middle-of-the-road approach that seeks to preserve core values, but also “permit a lawyer and a nonlawyer to form a partnership or other business entity to offer services to the public, subject to restrictions and regulations.”The section also supports the latest recommendation from the ABA’s MDP commission that lawyer and nonlawyer partners in such a firm would be bound by legal ethics and that nonlawyer partners would not be allowed to practice law, he said.Tax Section Chair David Bowers said accounting firms are now hiring the best and brightest law school graduates, especially from LL.M programs, under the guise of improving their consulting services. The firms are not providing the mentoring and training lawyers traditionally get from law firms, but they are using the new lawyers to do legal work and give advice “to clients they will never see.”The section, he said, favors enforcing Bar rules, but has not yet directly addressed MDPs, although it plans to do so at a May meeting.Young Lawyers Division President Greg Coleman said the YLD Board of Governors had trouble reaching a consensus. That board opposed the pro position 22-7 but also voted down the con position 20-9. But they, he said, did urge the Bar to vigorously enforce all existing regulations.Dennis Kainen, president of the Dade County Bar Association, said the association’s governing board voted unanimously to oppose allowing MDPs, or making any change that compromises the profession’s core values.Miami attorney and former board member Mike Nachwalter, chair of the con committee, said it is only special interests, and not the public, that are seeking MDPs. He argued that MDPs cannot function without violating the profession’s core values and that problems with MDPs are beginning to surface.He said the Securities and Exchange Commission is moving to ban audits by MDPs because of potential conflicts of a company getting its legal and financial advice from one firm. And one of the big five accounting firms, which is getting into MDPs, was sued by a client for conflict of interest.“I would say `no’ to MDPs, not at this time,” Nachwalter said. “I don’t think we can take a `try it’ approach.” He did say he supported appointing another panel to study the future of the profession.Sam Ullman, another member of the MDP committee, said MDPs are already a fact.“As much talent and intelligence and good will is in this room, this Board of Governors will not make that decision [about allowing MDPs],” he said. “The marketplace will make the decision, as it always has about everything.”While he’s convinced lawyers in consulting companies are practicing law, Ullman said it would be nearly impossible to make a case against them for UPL.“The challenge before us is very simple. It’s happening. Stop debating about whether we have it,” he said. “The question is how we’re going to regulate it. The question is whether we want thousands and thousands of lawyers outside the regulatory tent, as they currently are.”Martin Garcia, co-chair of the MDP committee and a former board member, said he thinks MDPs may be only a fad that won’t last.“The fundamental premise of the proponents of the MDP model is that if we as a profession do not bundle our services with other professions, we will become extinct,” he said. “I have to tell you, I don’t believe it. I haven’t seen sufficient or credible enough evidence to support it.”Garcia said he rarely practices law and instead spends his time on business activities. He said he considered taking his company public a couple years ago, and made sure he got separate legal, financial and accounting advice rather than relying on one “consulting” firm.“I don’t want to go to an advisor who is selling me products,” he said. “I want to go to a lawyer who renders independent advice.”He added he sits on the board of a public company, and the company president has the same outlook, having rejected offers from consulting companies to do all those services.Dunn, chair of the con subcommittee, said lawyers are wrong to think they continue to monopolize information about legal services and problems in this age of widespread Internet access.“We are the last profession to recognize that the market is dominating what we do,” he said. “A customer never buys what the seller sells; the customer buys what the customer wants.”And while lawyers may worry that clients could compromise their confidentiality by getting legal services from a consulting firm, that’s a decision for consumers to make, he said.“If my client wants to go down to the accounting firm and retain the lawyer in that accounting firm and is willing to accept less in those protections, am I the one to tell the client he or she is incompetent?” Dunn said.He said the pro subcommittee’s proposal to allow MDPs with at least 51-percent lawyer ownership was a reasonable compromise that recognized new economic trends. The group also wants a full-time commission to help reinvent the legal practice in Florida in light of economic pressures, Dunn said.Board member Carol Brewer, a member of the special MDP committee, said a disbarred lawyer could become a nonlawyer partner in a MDP, and continue to practice.“In my opinion, the public doesn’t know what it wants,” she said. “Why require people to go to law school and to take the bar exam if we’re going to let the market dictate whether they want someone with certain qualifications or not?”President-elect designate Terry Russell, also a member of the special committee, said he started out in favor of MDPs, but changed his mind, calling them the “Wal-Martization of our profession.”“I was being asked to recommend the most significant change in American legal history, and I could not find a reason for such a change,” Russell said of MDPs. He added that MDPs would be set up not just by the big five accounting firms, but also by financial institutions and unlicensed legal technicians.He urged the board to support the con subcommittee’s Alternative C proposal, and estimated there are only 2,000 to 3,000 lawyers nationwide, and a few hundred in Florida, working in an MDP setting. Russell said it’s time for the Bar to serve the interests of the vast majority of its members who aren’t part of MDPs.Board members asked several questions and made several observations to those testifying.Public board member Dr. Alvin Smith warned that MDPs could do for lawyers what HMOs did for doctors — take away their ability to decide what is best for clients.Yanchunis said it’s a false impression that the Bar won’t prosecute and the Supreme Court won’t act on cases involving sharing fees with nonlawyers. He said there are at least 10 recorded decisions where the court has enforced the rule.The RPPTL’s Smith, in response to a question, said prosecuting consulting firms for UPL will be difficult because they will claim they are performing legal-related work and avoiding UPL by having attorneys do the document drafting.And the Business Law Section’s Berlin warned the Bar’s UPL budget of just over $1 million isn’t nearly enough to address the MDP issue.“If you are going to take that approach, then $1 million. . . is a spit in the ocean to prosecute that type of conduct that is going on all over the country and on the Internet,” he said.Board member David Welch said he agreed that $1 million might not be enough to effectively prosecute MDPs, but he disagreed with the assessment that such prosecutions would be difficult.“If an estate planner goes on the Internet and says he will prepare the estate plan. . . that’s UPL and can be prosecuted,” he said. BOG: Core values trump MDPs April 30, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img

Robertson family home sprawling and modern

first_imgThe home at 45 Parnassus St, RobertsonMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom has a big walk-in wardrobe with built-in cabinetry, an ensuite with spa and patio access.There is a study that could be used as a sixth bedroom. The media room is set up for home movie nights while the laundry has built-in cupboards and there are two storerooms off the double lockup garage. Outside, the entertainment area has a built-in outdoor kitchen, and a second garage with a toilet has been converted into a gym. The home at 45 Parnassus St, Robertson is going under the hammer.THIS grand family home is going under the hammer in a private pocket of Robertson. The property, at 45 Parnassus St, is spread across two levels and has high ceilings, multiple living areas and luxurious extras including a cinema room, gym and an outdoor kitchen.Marketing agent Tom Zhang, of Yong Real Estate Sunnybank Hills, said the executive home was on an 1165sq m block in a cul-de-sac. On the ground level there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings, modern lighting and sliding doors that open to outdoor spaces. The kitchen has a massive island bench, stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, a butler’s pantry and sleek white cabinetry. The kitchen at 45 Parnassus St, RobertsonUpstairs, bedroom two has a walk-in robe and ensuite with bath and separate shower while bedroom three has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with shower. The fourth bedroom has a walk-in robe and bedroom five has a built-in robe. The family bathroom has a walk-in shower. Mr Zhang said the home was in walking distance of public transport and Robertson State School, and close to shops. “Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to secure this exceptional family home,” he said. “The owners are relocating and this property must be sold at auction, if not before.” The property will be auctioned on May 27 at 4pm.last_img read more

US, Canadian courts throw out Nortel appeal over ‘misleading’ figures

first_imgJudge Gross from the Delaware Bankruptcy Court said he fully understood the implications of the decision made in May, while Justice Newbould from the Supreme Court of Ontario accused the bond holders of providing misleading figures.“I see no injustice in the result,” Newbould said.“I need not repeat what is contained in the reasons for judgment released on 12 May 2015. Nothing argued on this motion leads me to consider I erred in any way in those reasons.”The original case has been ongoing since the Canadian company’s insolvency in 2009, triggering one of the world’s largest insolvencies.Facing a £2.1bn (€2.9bn) hole in the UK pension scheme, the trustees, alongside the regulator and PPF, began legal proceedings against the remaining estate to seek funding.However, proceedings were then challenged by the company over the right of the UK regulator to issue demands across borders.Other creditors also challenged the ruling, suggesting they had more right to the remaining $7.3bn of Nortel assets, with May’s decision providing equal footing.Angela Dimsdale Gill, a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, which represented the trustees, said the firm saw no basis to change the judgments in the appeal.“The Judges have demonstrated they are robust in their view that a pro rata distribution of the remaining Nortel assets is the fairest and most just result,” she said. “We hope the matter can now be swiftly concluded and that all creditors can access what is rightfully theirs.” Two courts have thrown out an appeal by Nortel Networks bond holders against a decision to provide the UK pension fund with equal claim on assets, after the US creditors were accused of misleading the case.In May, two judges sitting simultaneously in US and Canadian courts ruled that the trustees of the Nortel Networks UK pension scheme were entitled to an equal share of the remaining $7bn (€6.3bn) of assets left over from one of the world’s largest insolvencies.Nortel’s other creditors, mainly US bond holders, challenged the decision, which they said was unequal between their claim and that of UK trustees, backed by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF).Again, judges in the US and Canada dismissed bond holders’ claims that the initial decision would lead to unintended consequences.last_img read more

Football Finalists

first_imgMuch to my dismay, Georgia defeated Oklahoma and Alabama defeated Clemson for the chance to play for the National Championship next week. I was not at all amused that the Big Ten was left out of the playoffs completely. The Big Ten went into this year’s Bowl Season with a chip on its shoulder. As the results kept coming in, you could certainly tell this. It started with Purdue’s comeback win over Arizona, and the record went to 7-0 before Michigan lost on New Year’s Day. Way to go Big Ten!!last_img read more