October 1, 2002 Letters

first_imgOctober 1, 2002 Letters Lawyers Who Rock As a litigator/rock musician myself, I read with great interest the “Lawyers Who Rock” article in the September 15 News. For the past 12 years, the all-attorney band “The Learned Hands” has rocked Central Florida. As recently as August, the quintet of Steve Ball (Holland & Knight, LLP/guitar), Dave Cannella (Carlton Fields, P.A./guitar), Dave Jones (Holland & Knight, LLP/vocals), Richard Wright (The Wright Firm, P.A./bass) and Richard Whitaker (Motes & Carr, P.A./drums) played before 500 people at the Seventh Annual 1970s Party Fundraiser to Benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The fall promises to be a busy time for us as well.In the last 12 years, we have played at numerous events that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for causes such as spinal cord injury research, cancer research/treatment, and for the Orange County Bar Foundation. In addition to these events, we also play out regularly at clubs in Winter Park and Orlando. I wholeheartedly agree with the lawyer/musicians profiled in the article. Music is a great release from the daily grind of the practice and our clients love seeing us play in our musical roles (it’s more fun than seeing us in a deposition!). Plus, the music has given us another vehicle to give back to the Central Florida community. Fortunately, our real partners (respective wives and significant others) understand and don’t object to our once-a-week practices.I enjoyed the article. Long live lawyers who rock!Dave Cannella Orlando Dignity in Law Forgive me for lumping all of my brethren into this criticism, for I know there still remain many upstanding lawyers in the community. In fact, I commend newly installed President Tod Aronovitz for his efforts at restoring and upholding dignity. However, far too many of my opposing counsel fulfill the stereotype that has served as the butt of countless jokes and fueled the public’s maligning of the profession. Thus, it seemed quite appropriate, although ironically, that the cover of this year’s new Bar Journal Directory portrays the words “Dignity in Law” scratched in the sand amid the rolling tide. the end of the day, all dignity is washed away.Christopher L. Esco MiamiAt the risk of being politically incorrect, I would like to know why the Bar has to seek money from its members to launch a campaign to make the public love us? We already are asked to keep a record of how many hours of services we give away so that the public will know that we are caring individuals. Similarly, we feel obliged at the local level to teach lay persons how to obtain their own divorces so they will not need our services. Now the Bar News tells us that a Bar committee is preparing a manual to teach lay persons how to handle their own appeals, and we are told that this will not result in a reduction of work for attorneys. Bologna!I would suggest that those persons interested in doing their own legal work will never love us and will always feel we are earning way too much, and those who are willing to hire us and pay us to do a good job for them will be forever grateful for our presence. Let’s stop giving away our services. Let’s stop campaigning to have people love us, and instead let’s get out the word that we spent years being educated, that we are continually upgrading our education, that we are the experts, and that we do a good job. The people who want our good work for nothing will never appreciate us anyway!Paul E. Blade Deerfield Beach Words to Live By Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water. Assume arguendo that “Church/State” properly proscribes hanging the Ten Commandments in our schools. Is there then nothing we can do in the realm of morality in that setting?I proposed hanging the six commandments. You may recognize them:1. Have respect for your elders.2. Don’t maim, murder, or torture.3. Don’t sleep around.4. Don’t take someone else’s stuff.5. Don’t lie to get someone else in trouble.6. Don’t be overcome with greed.Note the following: (a) The word “God” is nowhere mentioned, (b) No one could seriously charge plagiarism so God does not even have to be “acknowledged” as the source. (c) Anyone could come up with these or similar maxims, regardless of religious heritage. In short, these rules cannot reasonably be objected to as religious interference in public life.Will this plan be palliative to the ACLU? I hope so, because all kids I know need some type of guidance, as all of us parents can verify. If the ACLU won’t allow assistance from God, how about some from just good old morality? Can the fact that God said it first disqualify it?Thomas F. Harkins, Jr. Ft. Worth, Texas Justice for All Regardless of what one state attorney asserts is the impeccable adherence to the law by state attorneys in seeking acquiescence of criminal defendants to plea bargains, the fact remains that the advantages are so overwhelming on the side of the state, that a majority of the people on death row in Illinois were proved to be innocent when the crimes were thoroughly investigated by college students.To help even the scales of justice, it would seem to be only fair that when a defendant rejects a plea bargain, and goes to trial for the crime alleged, the defendant should be allowed to introduce the plea that was offered, and the rejection of it when the defendant chooses to go to trial rather than to accept the plea offered by the state.Recently I have learned of a case where a woman was charged with first-degree murder, and, after rejecting one offered plea after another, for two years, while she was kept in jail without the right to be bonded out, she was told that if she did not accept a plea where she pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted armed robbery, she would be tried for first-degree murder and was told that the state attorney was so persuasive that the chances were very good that she would be convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, so she accepted the totally inappropriate plea of guilty of attempted armed robbery and was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.Case cleared for the sheriff and the state attorney, but total injustice for the accused.Is that what “with liberty and justice for all” in the pledge of allegiance means? Should that accused not have been permitted to let the jury know what the state attorney was willing to plea bargain for and the defendant rejected?David B. Higginbottom Frostproof October 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Iheanacho vows to work harder

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Kelechi Iheanacho is determined to make the most of opportunities that come his way in the Leicester City starting 11. The former Manchester City striker has had to play second fiddle, perhaps unsurprisingly, to Jamie Vardy, who has shone since Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel last season. Vardy has 17 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season and leads the Premier League scoring charts, but Iheanacho’s record isn’t all that bad, either. Iheanacho has six goals in 10 appearances in all competitions and has featured regularly under Rodgers since the back end of the year. “It’s been a good season, to be fair,” Iheanacho told Leicester’s club website. “Pre-season and getting the work done in pre-season (and) getting into the season, it’s not been easy, but I need to keep working hard and I’ll get my chance. “It’s a good group of boys, they’re like family, with everyone together and the staff as well. Everyone is happy doing well. (When) the chance comes, you have to take it.” The 23-year-old scored in the 2-1 win over the Hammers at the London Stadium on December 28. Since then David Moyes has replaced Manuel Pellegrini. “In the Premier League, when there is a change of manager, you will see a difference from the previous one,” said Iheanacho. “It’s always going to be a difficult one. No game is easy in the Premier League, so every game is hard. It’s going to be a tough one because they have become stronger, there’s something that has sparked them at the moment because of the way they are playing now.”— Tags: Kelechi IheanachoLeicester CityManchester Citylast_img read more

Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock a personality match for Jon Gruden

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden has a new sounding board, and this one just might be able to keep up with him.Whether Mike Mayock has the goods to be an NFL general manager based on 15 years as a television analyst remains to be seen. But it does appear Gruden has someone to work with who may be as manic and obsessive as he is. Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. When Gruden was initially paired with G.M. Reggie McKenzie, the hope was it could be a …last_img

Fujitsu Siemens in BEE ‘first’

first_img20 June 2008Fujitsu Siemens Computers has sold a stake of 25% plus one share in its South African operations to black economic empowerment group the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, for an undisclosed sum.The consortium consists of Thuthukani Information Technology (IT) Services, Amava Holdings and an additional broad-based black economic empowerment trust.In a statement this week, Fujitsu Siemens states that the transaction is unique in nature, as it is the first multinational computer maker to have sold equity in its local operation to an empowerment group – with the consortium being set up as a special purpose vehicle to facilitate the deal.Other multinationals have opted for an alternative route, allowed for under South Africa’s empowerment legislation.According to a Business Day article on the deal this week, “equity equivalents” are an instrument whereby multinationals can calculate the value of 25% of their local operations and invest that sum into schemes such as training and social responsibility initiatives.Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa MD Idris Suleman said that the empowerment transaction began when his predecessor convinced the board of directors of the need to engage with an empowerment grouping, about two-and-a-half years ago.Meaningful contribution“The board gave its approval, but tasked us with finding the right partner, one who would grow with us,” said Suleman. “In addition, the board required that we do not engage in any form of ‘window-dressing’, but that we conclude a deal that will be meaningful for the company and the broader socio-political environment of the country.”Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as their lead adviser, ensuring a strict adherence to governance principles and to give a level of comfort and independence to the board of the holding company.Fujitsu Siemens president and CEO Bernd Bischoff pointed out that the South African and African markets were extremely important to the company’s overall business strategy, and it therefore had a responsibility to have a positive influence on every aspect of the business environments in which it operates.“Through engaging in a transaction of this nature, I believe that we are making a positive contribution to South African society, particularly as this ensures that the fruits of our endeavours will be shared across a broader base of the economic spectrum,” he said.Seeking entrepreneursAfter meeting with and reviewing several potential suitors, and conducting thorough due diligence exercises on all prospects, PricewaterhouseCoopers introduced the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, with the belief that they offered the best prospects in terms of cultural and value alignment.According to Fujitsu Siemens, the company felt that the strong-entrepreneurial nature of the members of the consortium and the direct involvement of the principals in the companies, matched its own style and approach to business.“We were presented with a unique opportunity to invest,” said Thuthukani IT Services MD Fannie Mahlangu, who has since been appointed to the board of directors of Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa.“What we found appealing about Fujitsu Siemens Computers, was that the company has tremendous potential for growth and is complementary to our business. Additionally, there was a strong cultural and philosophical match between us,” he said.Amava Holdings CEO Puven Ramasamy pointed out that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, with its portfolio of hardware and services would complement several of the company’s previous investments.“With this transaction, we continue to emphasis our focus on the IT sector,” he said.Not the usual suspectsSuleman pointed out that Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa was adamant in not wishing to take on “the usual suspects” in its empowerment transaction, stating that it was critical for the company to find a partner whose values were in alignment with their own, and had a hunger to take the business to new heights.“In the Thuthukani Investment Consortium, we have found a group of emerging entrepreneurs who epitomise all that is good about empowerment,” he said. “Having had the opportunity to learn more about both Thuthukani and Amava, I am confident that we have made an excellent choice and that we will complement one another’s business and grow together into the future.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Energy Code Enforcement is a Mixed Bag

first_imgSince I am a HERS rater, I do the required testing for some builders and provide the test results for my building certification clients. Most of the houses I test pass; however, two recent homes did not. One house showed some bad duct leakage, which the HVAC contractor was able to identify quickly and repair.At the second house, the blower-door test showed almost 9 ach50. A quick inspection showed that an attic bonus room did not have the required attic-side sheathing on or blocking below the kneewalls. When they correct this, I will come back and retest. These are two cases where testing identified problems that could be fixed, but so far, there appears to be limited enforcement of the code by building officials.I see nothingIn my testing role, I am not responsible for overall compliance with the energy code, but I do my best to point out obvious problems, such as the missing air sealing of the knneewall mentioned above. But as long as a house passes the tests, I have no authority to report any work that doesn’t comply with code requirements.Unfortunately, it appears that many officials who are in a position to enforce the code are not doing so consistently. They require that the contractor post the state-required compliance certificate, but I have yet to see a project fail for missing the required air barriers that could be visually verified in a matter of minutes.This lack of enforcement allows builders to complete and sell homes that clearly don’t meet the requirements of the energy code, depriving homeowners of energy efficiency and comfort that they deserve. If enforcement were better and more consistent, all builders would have to step up their game and we would end up with much better housing stock.I recently served on a committee to help the city of Atlanta come up with a plan to properly enforce the energy code, with the intention of disseminating the results throughout the state when complete. The report is scheduled for release early next year. It will be interesting to see how successful this effort is at improving enforcement in the field. I’ve never been much of a code geek, but recently I’ve been studying the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) documents. When I was a contractor, energy code enforcement by building officials was pretty much nonexistent, so I didn’t pay much attention to the specifics, although I’m fairly certain we met or exceeded the minimum requirements in our projects.My recent interest in the codes was sparked by Georgia’s amendments to the 2009 IECC that went into effect this year. The Department of Community Affairs put together a pretty thorough document that improves on the 2009 code and requires blower-door testing for new homes listed as an option in the IECC – one of the few in the country that does so. For reference, a house must test better than 7 ach50, and ducts must test to better than 8 cfm @ 25 Pa/100 s.f. total leakage or 12 @ 25 Pa/100 s.f. leakage outside the building envelope. Duct systems fully inside the building envelope don’t need to be tested and blower door testing is not required on renovation projects.More cops on the streetThere is a difference, however between having a good written code and enforcing it.There are two pieces to making sure that buildings meet the energy code: visually inspecting for the mandatory measures and performance testing. Visual inspections are the responsibility of building inspectors, while the testing can be done by anyone with the proper training – HERS raters or Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) technicians who are trained to perform blower door and duct leakage tests by groups around the state. The testing does not need to be performed by a third party – the HERS rater or DET technician can be an employee of the builder, the HVAC contractor, or an independent contractor. RELATED STORIES Are Energy Codes Working?New Air Sealing Requirements in the International Residential CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeAre We Really Better Off With Building Codes? last_img read more

Competitive UP good for UAAP

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

ESPN Releases Weekly Power Rankings For Week 14

first_imgMichigan State ranked 4 in recent ESPN power rankings. ezekiel elliott michigan post-gameEzekiel Elliott and Ohio State made a jump this week.This weekend was rivalry weekend in college football, and there was plenty of riveting gridiron action for fans to enjoy.While Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa all held serve, several games shook up the ranks. Ohio State’s thumping of Michigan, Florida State’s rivalry romp over Florida and Stanford’s last-second win over Notre Dame all ensured that the polls and CFP rankings would look different this week. The weekly ESPN Power Rankings also underwent some noticeable changes.The top five is virtually the same as last week, with MSU and Oklahoma flip-flopping at three and four. After that though, there is plenty of shuffling. Ohio State and Stanford each jumped up two spots, with Florida State and UNC making leaps into the top 10. Beyond that, TCU, Houston, Oregon, Northwestern, Temple and USC all made noteworthy ascensions while Baylor, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma State fell. Mississippi State plummeted 13 spots out of the top 25 after losing the Egg Bowl. Here are the rankings, via ESPN:1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Oklahoma4. Michigan State5. Iowa6. Ohio State7. Stanford8. North Carolina9. Notre Dame 10. Florida State11. TCU12. Baylor 13. Oregon14. Ole Miss15. Northwestern16. Oklahoma State17. Michigan18. Houston19. Florida20. Temple21. USC22. Utah23. LSU24. Navy25. WisconsinYou can find last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans?last_img read more

Foundation Stages Banquet to Sponsor Health Mission to Montego Bay

first_img Over the past 19 years the Mission has served more than 47,000 patients in St. James and neighbouring parishes Story Highlights Contact: Derrick Scott The event will raise funds for the 20th Annual Health Mission to Montego Baycenter_img The Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister City Foundation will stage its 13th annual fund-raising Banquet and Dance, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Hotel on Saturday, September 21, commencing at 7:30 p.m.The event will raise funds for the 20th Annual Health Mission to Montego Bay, to be undertaken from October 7 to 10 this year.According to Chairman of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister City Health Mission, Vin Martin, over the past 19 years the Mission has served more than 47,000 patients in St. James and neighbouring parishes. It is estimated that during that period, approximately US$11 million worth of medical supplies and services have been donated.Mr. Martin said that members of the medical team comprise some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteers.Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Mayor, Kassim Reed, has commended the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Foundation for the great work it has done to strengthen the ties between both cities.“Each year, members of the Health Mission team come together and give selflessly to address the health care needs of the residents of Montego Bay and as Mayor of Atlanta, I want to applaud them for helping the less fortunate in Montego Bay,” the Mayor said.The Foundation, the oldest Caribbean organisation in Atlanta, was established in 1972 by reciprocal agreements between the mayors of Atlanta and Montego Bay.The yearly health mission is undertaken in association with the St. James Parish Council, and is facilitated by the St. James Health Department. It is one of the major events staged to coincide with annual commemoration of Montego Bay achieving city status in October 1980. Members of the medical team comprise some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteerslast_img read more

Girls trounce boys in CU Part III General exams

first_imgKolkata: Girls have outperformed boys in the Calcutta University Undergraduate Part III General examination 2019, the result of which was declared on Wednesday. The total number of candidates that had appeared for the exams was 42,279.”The girls have outperformed boys this year,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. While the overall pass percentage of girls in B.A general stream stood at 61.46%, that of boys was 58.38%. In B.Sc and B.Com general streams, overall pass percentage of girls stood at 85.44% and 47.91% respectively, while the same for boys was 77.96% and 47.74% respectively. The varsity has announced the status of marks for the examinations on its official result website (wbresults.nic.in). The results this year have been published within two and a half months. Both B.A Part-III (General) and B.Sc Part III (General) examinations had commenced on May 27 and concluded on May 30, while B.Com Part III (General) examination started on May 29 and ended on June 1.last_img read more

BC Hydro GO Fund supports community organizations in the Peace Region

first_imgThe $800,000 GO Fund was established in 2016 to support non-profit organizations in the Peace Region that provide services to children, families and seniors. According to BC Hydro, $391,091 has been distributed to 44 projects to date.Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds are distributed quarterly over an eight-year period.For more information on the fund and application details; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Tansi Friendship Centre Society received a $10,000 donation from BC Hydro through the Site C project’s Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund.The grant was put towards the society’s Chetwynd Student Support Program will receive the funding to help provide school supplies to children in need, and helps local families provide healthy snacks for their school-aged children. This program also teaches family members of the children about healthy food preparation.“Back-to-school was made easier for many families in Chetwynd through the BC Hydro GO Fund,” said Leatha Dowd, executive director of the Tansi Friendship Centre Society. “We are very fortunate to be able to provide low-income families in our community with back-to-school supplies and help with school lunches.”last_img read more