December 1, 2006 Regular News Legal Roundup Legal Roundup Broward Jurisprudence: The Anti-Defamation League recently recognized Leonard Robbins with its Broward ADL Jurisprudence Award and Judge J. Leonard Fleet with the Broward ADL Distinguished Public Service Award for their “passion for excellence, high ethical and professional standards, dynamic leadership and social responsibility.” Gonzalez Honored: Rafael Gonzalez of Lithia was recently awarded the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the president to recognize “the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.” The award was presented to Gonzalez as a result of his work with Brandon Academy students’ celebration of Law Day over the last five years. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been helping Brandon Academy students celebrate Law Day by putting on mock legislative sessions and trials depicting all components of our American judicial system. Holiday Bookfest: The South County Holiday Bookfest to benefit Palm Beach Legal Aid is set for December 8 at Barnes & Noble at 1400 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are also asked to donate a gift for the Legal Aid Pro Bono Auction. A private shopping event, (store closed to the public) hosted by the South County Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the South County Bar is set for 7-9 a.m. and a networking luncheon is slated for noon. RSVP to (561) 655-8944, ext. 350. UM Endowment: The University of Miami School of Law has announced the creation of an endowment by Anne and Charles Papy III to name the Moot Court Board in honor of their father, Charles Cay Papy, Jr. It will be named the “Charles Cay Papy, Jr., Moot Court Board.” A practitioner in the field of insurance litigation, Papy has tried well over 800 jury trials in his career. “This is a wonderful gift in the name of an outstanding lawyer,” said UM School of Law Dennis O. Lynch. “It will be utilized to help support the many student competitions run by the student Moot Court Board.” Established by the Society of Bar & Gavel over 50 years ago, the Moot Court Board is an honorary organization whose purpose is to foster excellence in written and oral advocacy in the classroom, during competitions, and in the workplace. Carrollwood Bar Donates Food: The Carrollwood Community Bar Association will be donating 22 Thanksgiving food packages from SHARE to Amvets, a charitable organization that assists local veterans. The Carrollwood Community Bar also will hold its annual meeting at Emerald Greens December 14 at 6 p.m. There will be a social dinner immediately following. Guests are welcome. Nuts & Bolts of Divorce: The 15th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Divorce, presented by the Dade County Bar’s Family Courts Committee, Young Lawyers Section, and the Put Something Back program, is set for December 8 at the Dade County Courthouse, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The faculty includes Judge Joel H. Brown, Judge Ellen Leesfield, General Magistrate Thomas A. Tilson, and lawyers Maurice J. Kutner and Nancy Hass. Attendance is free for those who agree to accept at least one pro bono family law case from Put Something Back; otherwise, the cost is $80. For more information contact Karen Ladis at firstname.lastname@example.org. World of Thanks: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida recently held its “World of Thanks” staff retreat in Oviedo, where President Amy Goodblatt presented the CLSMF Employee of the Year Award to paralegal Lena Smith for her “deep commitment and dedication to her clients, her involvement with community groups, and her pleasant and enthusiastic work style.”
Bolden and Jamie Broback were the high scorers with 12 points apiece, but six other players had at least seven points.“We have so many different people that can perform for us on the floor,” Bolden said. “Anybody on our team can score in double digits on any given night. Our bench plays just as well as our starters.”Michigan stayed in the game in the first six minutes, leading 10-8.But Minnesota quickly responded with a 19-4 run behind Natasha Williams’ six points in the paint to take a 27-14 lead, and led 42-29 at the half.The lead stretched even longer in the second half, as Borton continually switched up the lineup. No Gophers player got more than 23 minutes.In the game’s closing minutes, Kelly Roysland scored on a reverse layup and was fouled, stretching the lead to a 30-point advantage, 81-51.Borton subsequently emptied her bench.“It was great to get a lot of people in the game,” Borton said. “Anytime you win a Big Ten road game, it’s a huge win.”Katie Dierdorf and Janelle Cooper led the Wolverines with 12 points apiece as their inexperienced team dropped a sixth-straight conference game. Minnesota rolls to win over Michigan Emily WickstromJanuary 20, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIf there was any concern about a letdown game for Minnesota’s women’s basketball team after its big victory over Michigan State, it quickly dissolved.The Gophers got off to a quick start and easily defeated Michigan 85-57 on Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich.Minnesota (12-4, 5-1 Big Ten) has won each of its three Big Ten games away from home after losing its first three road games to nonconference opponents.“We’re really confident (on the road),” senior guard Shannon Bolden. “It took us a while to start playing well on the road… Sometimes your shots don’t fall as much away from home, and we figured out that our hard work and our defense was what’s going to win games for us.”The Gophers were solid at both ends of the floor, posting their highest scoring total of the season while collecting 14 steals on defense and scoring 24 points off Michigan turnovers.“I felt great about our defense,” coach Pam Borton said. “Our defense created our offense today in a lot of different situations.But perhaps most important was that Minnesota’s starters redeemed themselves after combining for just 16 points on Sunday and being outshined by the bench players.“They came out with great energy at the very beginning of the game,” Borton said. “We’ve had a tendency to start kind of slow. Our starters did a great job today.”The bench wasn’t completely overshadowed however, contributing 38 points as 12 different players got in the box score.
Young hopes that the success that Minnesota had on Sunday carries over throughout the week and into the team’s final regular season matches next weekend.“The guys will know that we have two really tough matches and good opponents next weekend, so I’m sure we will be playing good tennis,” Young said.On Saturday, the Gophers opened their road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan, facing off against the conference-rival Wolverines in a battle over the ‘Little Brown Jug’ in tennis.Michigan was overwhelming early on in the match and was too much for the Gophers to handle. The Wolverines started off the match with a quick six points.The lone bright spot for the Gophers on Saturday was Milicevic in the No. 2 singles spot. He put Minnesota on the board in the final game of the afternoon, upsetting No. 53 Mattias Siimar in three back-and-forth sets: 7-6 (7), 6-7 (6) and 1-0 (9).“He’s doing well, particularly [against Michigan]; I thought he played really good tennis at the end of the match,” Young said. “It’s good practice for him for this upcoming weekend.”The Gophers will be back in action Saturday as they host the University of Illinois at Baseline Tennis Center. Gophers finish Michigan road trip by downing the Michigan State SpartansOver the weekend the Gophers lost to Michigan but ended the weekend on a high note beating Michigan State.Courtney DeutzSenior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center. David MullenApril 15, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers hit the road this weekend and made two stops in Michigan. On Sunday, Minnesota was in East Lansing, Michigan, to take on Michigan State a day after falling to the University of Michigan. This time however, the Gophers dominated their opponents as they came out ahead 6-1 over the Spartans. “Anytime you’re on the road, its definitely tough and, after a lackluster start in doubles, I thought we did a really good job in singles,” head coach Geoff Young said. Although the Spartans took the doubles point, Minnesota was not stopped and won each of the singles matches. Five of the six single matches took only two sets to get an end result.No. 78 Josip Krstanovic rebounded after dropping his match on Saturday by topping No. 101 Jack Winkler in two sets: 6-3 and 6-4. Krstanovic is now 15-10 this season season at the No. 1 singles spot for Minnesota.Stefan Milicevic finished the weekend undefeated and got a victory for the second straight day and quickly finished his match winning in two: 6-2 and 6-2.“His game is coming together at the right time,” Young said.Freshman Sebastian Vile filled in for the Gophers in the No. 6 singles spot, replacing sophomore Vlad Lobak who returned Saturday from illness after missing more than a week. Vile won his match on Sunday, battling to win 7-6 and 6-3.
Specific antibiotics linked to risk of hospital-acquired VRE infectionsGerman researchers have found indications that the risk of acquiring healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococci (HA-VRE) is linked to the use of specific antimicrobial agents, according to a study yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.The study, conducted at a hospital in Berlin from January 2014 through December 2015, included data on more than 200,000 patients from 61 wards, including surgical wards, medical wards, intensive care units (ICUs), and hemato-oncology wards. VRE isolates, both from clinical infection samples and colonized patients, were labeled as HA-VRE if they were identified 3 days or later after hospital admission, and otherwise as community-acquired (CA-VRE). The researchers also collected data on all antibacterials for systemic use to calculate ward-specific antibiotic consumptionOverall, 1,430 VRE cases were identified, with 409 (28.6%) considered hospital-acquired. The highest HA-VRE rates were observed in ICUs, and the lowest rates were on medical wards. Median antibiotic use on all wards was 76.8 defined daily doses (DDD) per 100 patient-days (PD), with use of broad-spectrum antibiotics (carbapenems, third-generation cephalosporins, and glycopeptides) 3 to 13-fold higher on ICUs compared with medical wards.Using a multivariable regression model, the researchers determined that carbapenem use in the current month and glycopeptide use in the previous month increased the risk for HA-VRE by 1% per 1 DDD/100 PD and 3% per 1 DDD/100 PD, respectively. When just clinical VRE samples were considered, only glycopeptide use showed a statistically significant association. Detection of at least one patient on a ward with CA-VRE in the current month was found to nearly double the risk of having HA-VRE, a finding that suggests person-to-person transmission.The authors say the study indicates that a multifaceted approach to lowering HA-VRE rates is required, “including prudent use of antimicrobial agents as well as implementation of and strict compliance to infection control measures to prevent VRE transmission.”Sep 13 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control studyEU initiates Joint Action to combat resistance continent-wideA European Union Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections (EU-JAMRAI) was launched yesterday at the French Ministry of Health in Paris. More than 44 partners and 22 collaborating stakeholders participated, according to a news release from the EU Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA).”The Joint Action EU-JAMRAI aims to bring together the participating EU member states and international organizations, institutes, universities in order to contribute towards tackling antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections,” CHAFEA said in the release. “It will capitalize on existing initiatives and propose concrete steps to reduce the burden of antimicrobial resistance.”EU-JAMRAI will identify the best programs for combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) currently in use and examine how cooperation at the EU level can improve national AMR-related policies, according to a Science/Business story. The effort will also identify and test evidence-based measures to address AMR and hospital-acquired infections in different contexts and provide recommendations to policymakers.EU-JAMRAI has a €4 million ($4.8 million) budget to support EU member states in developing and implementing national strategies, ensure a common approach in Europe to the global AMR action plan, and produce guidance documents and tools for member states, among other goals, the story said.Sep 6 CHAFEA news release Sep 12 Science/Business story Sep 13 agenda of kickoff meeting Antibiotic-resistant brucellosis case tied to raw milkA person who consumed raw milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas, is hospitalized with brucellosis, caused by a rifampin/penicillin-resistant strain of RB51 Brucella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a Health Alert Network (HAN) statement yesterday. The Texas Department of State Health Services and the CDC are investigating the case.According the CDC, milk samples from the dairy tested positive for the RB51 Brucella strain. People who consumed milk from the dairy between Jun 1 and Aug 7 should receive appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis, which is a combination of doxycycline and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, for 21 days, the agency said.Brucellosis is a serious infection that can lead to swelling of the heart, liver, and spleen. It commonly causes fever, sweating, malaise, and joint pain. Sep 13 CDC HAN statement
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The response of Kensington & Chelsea Council to what happened post-fire is quite another matter and should not be mixed up with the fire issue.The council’s action in respect of the over-cladding procurement will be far more important to investigate, especially since it appears, from the fire tests conducted on materials provided by councils up and down the country, that K&C was far from alone in thinking all was in order.As ever following this sort of dreadful event, it is important to inject clarity into the situation.The silly criticisms of the judge invited to carry out this investigation betray a misunderstanding both of the law and of the intellectual demands placed on any individual trying to: (a) ensure that all relevant information is gathered; (b) put it into context via the knowledge and experience of people who know what they are talking about (ie not the media, not political headbangers and not scapegoat-hunters of any persuasion); and (c) attempt in the final report to get as close to the truth as is possible.Among other matters, the inquiry will have to deal with the variety of regulatory regimes which have operated since the tower was commissioned in the early 1970s, including what may be conflicting standards in respect of UK and EU requirements – or if not conflicting, then ships that pass in the night.It will also have to put into context the nature of fire testing and its relationship to the reality of construction and subsequent management and refurbishment programmes. This is no easy task, but one measure of the effectiveness of the report will be the way it is received by the construction industry as a whole.Does it understand the way we build now, and as result of understanding it, identify what needs to continue, change or be abandoned?Measured conclusionsDespicable treatment of individuals by witchfinder-general broadcasters is the exact opposite of what we hope and expect of a judge who will be accustomed to arriving at measured conclusions in the light of all the evidence available, rather than picking on individuals for vilification.The leadership of the council has been under consistent attack for its perceived failure to respond to the fire. In retrospect, the only people who could probably have dealt with this unprecedented tragedy were the Army. Perhaps a separate investigation might produce protocols in respect of occasions when it is unreasonable to expect an untrained council administration to cope with something on this scale.The response of the council post-fire should not be mixed up with the fire issueOn the basis of a meeting I had with deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen two years ago (at his invitation), I do not recognise the picture being painted of him as some sort of ruthless Mr Beadle.Our discussion concerned the sorry state of council estates in the Royal Borough and his desire to do something about them, particularly by increasing densities to create more units, to make some available for sale – to help fund regeneration – but not at the expense of tenants.I gave some examples of such approaches from my Cabe experience, and left the meeting feeling cheered up that a Conservative borough still had an interest in social housing policies. Perhaps towers like Grenfell will now be demolished, and the above strategy implemented. It is not a bad one.As for the inquiry, the other broad question that one hopes will be addressed (because it will be dealing with a particular instance of procurement and will need to put it into context), is the way that risk transfer, a polite term for passing the buck, has become endemic throughout construction. This is because it is part of the ideology of project management and the worst exponents of design-and-build. It is not the same thing as being risk-averse, although that is another congenital condition. So what happens if financial risk is at odds with fire safety?This is going to be a rough ride.Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival
Ingredients (serves 4)8 oz polenta4 oz goat cheese4 pears (peeled and sliced)2 oz butter1 8 oz can, pear nectar1 bay leaf1 shallot (minced)6 figs (quartered)1 pinch cinnamon4 oz olive oilSalt and pepper to tasteDirectionsFill a large pot with a two-to-one ratio of water to polenta and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, add the minced shallot and bay leaf, then slowly pour in the polenta while whisking it in. Once you have added all the polenta, reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to stir often. Do this for an hour, then whisk in the butter to get the polenta to the right consistency.When the polenta is finished, pour half of it into a deep baking dish and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to allow it to cool slightly, then remove and crumble the goat cheese over the top. Once done, pour in the rest of the polenta, and smooth with a spatula to even out the mixture. Then, place in the fridge for an hour.While the polenta cake cools, start braising the pears and figs. Bring one cup of water and the can of pear nectar to a simmer, then add the cinnamon and place the pears in the hot liquid. Let them cook at a low simmer for rest of the time the polenta is cooling. Add the figs at the end and let them cook in the liquid for about 15 minutes.When the polenta is set, cut it into four square pieces. Heat a large sauté pan and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, fry the polenta cakes for about seven minutes on each side. Plate the dish with a healthy portion of the braised pears, figs, and of course, some of the braising liquid. Share
On Monday, February 10, six female inmates and their companions graduated from “Pawsitive Second Chances,” a six-week puppy-training program at the Yaphank Correctional Facility. Sheriff Errol Toulon conducted the graduation ceremony in the facility’s Choose to Thrive program pod, where the program resides. The program was implemented by Toulon in December 2018 to help rehabilitate female inmates through a selection of courses. Along with using numerous outside service providers, Toulon explained he assigned “a correctional counselor that works on transitional planning with participants beginning the day they enter the facility” to help “each woman create a personal action plan.” Pawsitive Second Chances falls under the Choose to Thrive umbrella. It was developed by Deborah Whitney, CEO and founder of Working Paws Training, Inc. in spring 2018. East Enders may already be familiar with Whitney. She worked as the director of behavior and training at the Southampton Animal Shelter. “I myself was incarcerated, as everyone I work for or worked for is aware of. It’s actually part of how I introduce myself, so I don’t waste anyone’s time if they don’t believe in second chances or forgiveness,” she said. “This program was what got me through while I did my time in prison.” “I thought the initiative was a homerun for everyone involved,” Sheriff Toulon said. “The puppies became more adoptable due to the training and our inmates had the opportunity to learn new skills and bond with the animal in a unique way.” The program takes puppies as young as eight weeks old, in groups of five to six. Along with instructors, the two-hour sessions include basic obedience training, leash work, grooming, and other skills necessary to be a professional animal handler. “The dog doesn’t ever hold anything against anyone,” Whitney said. “It’s unconditional regardless of what you, as a person, have done.” Each animal is rescued from either U.S. kill shelters or hazardous conditions. Through the program, animals and humans obtain rewards and long-term success. While the inmates retain the unconditional sense of love that comes from a dog, they are also learning about options outside of the correctional facility. The dogs have a higher level of adoption desirability and exposure, and many continue on to the K9s for Warriors program. After training, the dogs are available for adoption through Save-A-Pet, a no kill shelter located in Port Jefferson Station. Pawsitive Second Chances is expected to be brought to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Riverhead Correctional Facility next. Toulon hopes to “set an example for other correctional facilities that these programs can improve safety within the facility, and reducerecidivism.”email@example.com Share
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