May 19, 2020 /Sports News – National Belmont Stakes set for June 20 without fans in the bleachers Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — New York’s Belmont Stakes is usually the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. This year it will be the first. The New York Racing Association announced the 152nd Belmont Stakes will take place Saturday, June 20 as the opening leg of the Triple Crown.Another difference horse racing fans will notice — no spectators at the event in accordance with social distancing recommendations. Fans will be able to place bets online, however. The race is also usually a mile and a half, but this year it will be shorter at a mile and an eighth. The Belmont Stakes will air at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.The Kentucky Derby was rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Preakness Stakes was rescheduled from May 16 to Oct. 3.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: US Marine Corps View post tag: MH-53E Photo: Photo: US Navy The US Navy has awarded Sikorsky a $717 million performance-based contract for supply and logistics support for the entire fleet of US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon and Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters.The scope of the performance-based logistics contract includes repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years.The expanded comprehensive arrangement will cover additional readiness-critical components, including main and tail rotor blades, main gearbox, main rotor head, flight control components as well as accessories such as refueling probe and cargo system components.“We expect the expanded performance-based logistics to measurably improve material availability and reduce support cost while increasing overall aircraft readiness,” said Pierre Garant, Sikorsky senior program manager, Marine Corps In-Service Programs. “Our support infrastructure and past performance-based logistics successes will result in Sikorsky continuing to reliably provide mission support critical to the warfighter.”As the Marine Corps’ heavy lift-helicopter designed for the transportation of heavy material and supplies, the CH-53E Super Stallion is compatible with most amphibious class ships. With four-and-one-half hours’ endurance, the helicopter can move heavy equipment over rugged terrain in bad weather and at night. The MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the Navy’s need for long-range minesweeping missions, in addition to heavy-lift duties.The contract will provide the support until the introduction of the replacement aircraft, the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Sikorsky Share this article
This article was updated at 20:02 15.1.20 to clarify POLAR. In 2015 the University made 56.7% of their offers to students from state schools. Across the past five years, there has been an increase of 12.4% in state school offers. This comes after pioneering Oxford schemes have taken place, from the UNIQ programmes to Lady Margaret Hall’s Foundation Year and University College’s bridging scheme. It also coincides with the University’s formation of the Foundation Oxford and Opportunity Oxford schemes. Oxford University has announced that more than 69% of undergraduate offers have been made to students attending state schools. The increase of 4.6% is the “best percentage increase the University has ever seen.” The University was unable to provide a breakdown of the split between Grammar, Comprehensive, Academy and other forms of state schools as they do not currently collect that data. The data on the inter-state school split is not published in the University’s annual data report either, however the May 2019 access report published by the University highlighted that ‘In 2018, 11.3% of UK students admitted to Oxford came from the two most socioeconomically disadvantaged groups (ACORN categories 4 and 56).’ Oxford’s successful UNIQ programme has led to 250 students being made offers this year. The offer rate to students who attended UNIQ programmes is 33.6%, in contrast to the offer rate of 21.5% across UK applicants. The increase in offers to UNIQ participants comes after the expansion of the scheme last year, which saw more than 1,350 pupils take part in the programme – an increase of 50%. This is the largest number of UNIQ participants to receive offers in the programme’s history, thanks to the dramatic development in 2019. Opportunity Oxford launched at the end of the previous academic year, and this week more than 100 candidates from under-represented backgrounds received offers to study as a part of the scheme. Dr Andrew Bell, Coordinator of Oppertunity Oxford and University College Senior Tutor, has stated: The number of offers made to young people from areas with the lowest progression rates to higher education have increased. Students from POLAR4 quintile 1 accounted for 6.4% of UK offers – up by 1.4% from 2019 offers. 30.9% of offers were made to students from independent schools; this is over 12% higher than the 18% of students who attend independent sixth forms, according to the Sutton Trust (2018), and dramatically higher than the 7% of all UK students attending independent schools. “Opportunity Oxford is a major new initiative to increase the number of offers made to UK students from under-represented backgrounds, and to provide academic support to those students to ensure that they have the best possible start to their university careers. This year, more than 100 offers have been made under the scheme across 28 colleges. We anticipate making 200 offers per year under the scheme from 2022 onwards. We’re really excited to have launched Opportunity Oxford, and we very much look forward to welcoming our first cohort to Oxford later this year.” 78% of offers were made to UK applicants, 7% to EU applicants and 15% to Overseas applicants. The University specifies that ‘UK applicants are more likely to receive an offer.’ This year, Students from POLAR4 quintile 1 accounted for 6.4% of UK offers – up by 1.4%. These students represent the areas with the lowest progression to higher education. Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford, said: “We are delighted by this record number of offers to state school students, and to students from under-represented backgrounds. This creates a strong foundation for what we aim to achieve. We know that students from some backgrounds are not as well-represented at Oxford as they should be, and we are determined that this should change. Having taught in state schools during my career, I know the wealth of talent that lies there. We wish the students every success in their studies, and hope they flourish at Oxford.” Further clarification was made at 00:11, 16.1.19 concerning Opportunity Oxford.
For anyone in need of holiday a bit closer to home, Christ Church features among 33 other UK destinations, an increase from the original 2015 list’s 24 with locations like the Lake District, Wales Coast Path and Giant’s Causeway securing top spots. Christ Church is now 314th among the world’s top 500 global destinations, as ranked by the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List 2. This decision can’t be too surprising to anyone familiar with its magnificent architecture, outstanding alumni, and perpetual association with both Alice in Wonderland and the Harry Potter series. Whether it’s the splendid cathedral or Wren’s Tom Tower, Christ Church just keeps drawing in visitors (although not right now, obviously). While this update to the original 2015 list comes at a slightly odd time given the continued restrictions on travel imposed by Covid-19, it provides plenty of fuel for the imagination; readers can plan their visits to such destinations as Petra in Jordan, or Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor. Article originally part of Cherwell News in the print edition. While Covid-19 means many of these destinations are unlikely to see an increase in visitors for some time, it’s clear that Christ Church students will continue dodging tourists on their way to tutorials for a long time to come. Image Credit: Toby Ord, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.5.
Many of the weekend’s festivities will honor those on the frontlines of the pandemic, including NHS and other essential workers. According to the press release issued by the Oxford City Council, the tone of the weekend will be “based on thoughts that have very much been with us over the past months.” These include, “The light that moves us forward; Build back better; Green recovery; My community; Real life heroes [and] Being thankful.” “This year’s Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival is an important opportunity for our local communities to share in a moment of uplifting creativity,” Councillor and Cabinet Minister for Culture Mary Clarkson wrote in a statement about this year’s event. “The wonderful ideas and activities being offered under the festival banner mean we can all enjoy the fun and spectacle in our homes and around our local areas.” Many performances that usually take place in central Oxford will also be livestreamed, to avoid potential COVID spread through overcrowding and comply with government guidelines put in place during lockdown. Luxmuralis – a fan-favorite event in which light murals are projected onto some of Oxford’s most famous buildings, including the Christ Church Cathedral and Radcliffe Camera – began at 4pm on Friday. The Oxford Bus Company is partnering with local businesses and the City of Oxford College to decorate the top-floor of one of its open-air buses, which will be driving around the city throughout the weekend. Jack FM will provide live updates of the bus’s location to its listeners and offer a live stream of the procession online. Image Credit: Peter Trimming / Broad Street, Oxford / CC BY-SA 2.0. Other streamed events include performances from 28 different dance groups, an arts and crafts tutorial based on lanterns in the Ashmolean’s collection, and a musical concert from local up-and-coming artists. The weekend will consist of a mix of in-person, socially distanced outdoor activities and live streamed performances. Those wishing to see holiday light displays close-up will be invited to walk along a variety of ‘local light trails’ throughout the city. These routes go by the houses of residents who have gone all-out on illuminated decorations. Some participants received the help of a £50 microgrant to aid in the purchasing of supplies provided by event organizers. Residents will also be encouraged to gather with other members of their households for “Doorstep Celebrations” in place of the large-crowd gatherings that the festival usually brings. This weekend’s Oxford Christmas Light Festival will look different to previous years, as the event’s organizers trade in large street performances and crowded light displays for online and socially distant offerings compliant with federal lockdown regulations. The festival, which begins today and lasts through Sunday,
Three years ago, Naomi Penney, former president of the Neighborhood Research Corporation (NRC) in South Bend, developed an idea that hopefully would engage youths in community building and neighborhood development. Her idea has since come to life in the form of the Engaging Youths, Engaging Neighborhoods Project (EYEN), which allows middle school and high school students to examine their neighborhoods through the lens of photography. The NRC collaborated with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns to create the project, specifically working with Maria McKenna, assistant professional specialist with Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives; Stuart Greene, English professor and fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives and Kevin Burke, assistant professional specialist with the Alliance for Catholic Education. “The goals were twofold: one, to have youth voices heard in community planning and development and two, to engender a sense of agency in youth that would sustain them into adulthood,” McKenna said. The program particularly seeks to empower children from low-income families and youth of color in the South Bend area, Burke said. “One of the ways we think about empowering youth was, what if we asked them to tell us a story of their neighborhoods in photos?” Burke said. “What would you change and what do you think is a real asset to the community?” McKenna said EYEN has worked with three groups of young people in the past two years. “Each of the three groups … have presented a unique photo exhibit of their work and also prepared proposals for community change projects in their various neighborhoods,” McKenna said. Their second project was in collaboration with the Robinson Community Learning Center, a youth center in South Bend frequented by many Notre Dame student volunteers. McKenna, Greene and Burke said youths think about their neighborhoods in a broader sense than do adults, and have thus greatly informed both the project and the neighborhoods with their research and experience. “They see things that adults might not see,” Greene said. “They see assets in parks and safe spaces, even the homeless center, that adults might not see because those are places that draw people together.” Greene saidTthe leaders of the project listened to the children when they suggested something new for the future of EYEN. “[For the next project] we didn’t take on another neighborhood,” Greene said. “We took on youth from these [past] projects and created a youth leadership group … that was a brainchild of this one student in the third project.” According to the Center for Social Concerns website, the Youth Council and Leadership Summit took place this past Augustt expandind the already existing goals of the EYEN. “The idea is to bring youth together … to get kids to think about what they bring, what are their assets and how can they use their collective assets … to see the strengths of the city of South Bend but also then look to where we could improve things,” Greene said. When asked about the future of the project, Greene said the leaders want to see EYEN become self-sustaining. “We would like youth to come to the point now that as they become older, they’ll be in the position to mentor young people, and that will be a really nice perpetuating cycle of youth working with youth to change the city and have a strong enough voice,” Greene said. For those who find the EYEN intriguing, Greene and McKenna plan to teach a Community Based Learning class in the spring of 2014 that will work with the youths of this project. Contact Emma Bone at [email protected]
Four-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Radcliffe is heading back to the Great White Way! Tony winner Michael Grandage’s critically-acclaimed West End production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Radcliffe in the title role, is coming to Broadway’s Cort Theatre with the entire London cast. The production will play a strictly limited engagement April 12 through July 20. Opening night is set for April 20. The eligibility cut-off date for Tony nominations is April 24. Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy (Radcliffe), if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Daniel Radcliffe Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in Peter Shaffer’s Equus and returned to Broadway in 2011 for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Since completing the final installment in the series of eight Harry Potter films, Radcliffe has continued to prove himself a diverse performer by starring in the films Kill Your Darlings and The Woman in Black. Related Shows The Cripple of Inishmaan comes to Broadway following its sold out run last summer at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, where it was part of an award-winning season of five plays produced by the Michael Grandage Company. The production marks the Broadway premiere for McDonagh’s heralded play, and the first Broadway transfer from the Michael Grandage Company. The Cort Theatre is currently playing host to Waiting For Godot and No Man’s Land through March 30. In addition to Radcliffe, The Cripple of Inishmaan will feature Ingrid Craigie (Kate Osborne), Pádraic Delaney (Babbybobby), Sarah Greene (Helen McCormick), Gillian Hanna (Eileen Osborne), Gary Lilburn (Doctor), Conor MacNeill (Bartley McCormick), Pat Shortt (Johnnypateenmike) and June Watson (Mammy). View Comments The Cripple of Inishmaan Star Files The production will feature scenic and costume design by Tony winner Christopher Oram, lighting design by Tony winner Paule Constable and sound designe by Alex Baranowski.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andy Balaskovitz for Midwest Energy News:Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s statewide 30 percent clean energy goal by 2025 wouldn’t necessarily expand renewable energy at all — a realization that was slow to reach the public, according to emails released earlier this month in relation to the Flint water crisis.As first reported by ClimateWire last week, a policy brief prepared for the governor’s office suggests that the media had been misreporting Snyder’s energy plan by saying a 30 percent clean energy goal could be met with a combination of renewables and energy efficiency.“If asked: the media has finally figured out that the 30% goal by 2025 language from your energy message that made it into legislation doesn’t actually involve building any more renewables,” according to the email.Full article: Flint emails shed light on Michigan governor’s energy strategy Michigan’s Clean Energy Goals Less Ambitious Than Reported
Advanced Funding The article in the April 1 News headlined “Board sets out advance funding guidelines” addresses Professional Ethics Opinion 00-3, which was approved by Bar Board of Governors on March 15. The opinion purports to afford “guidance” concerning the provision of nonrecourse advance funding and other financial assistance to personal injury claimants. The opinion refers to the Supreme Court of Florida’s decision in The Florida Bar Re Amendment to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar- Rule 4-1.8(e), 635 So. 2d 968 (Fla S.Ct. Case No. 81,527, April 21, 1994). In that decision, the court, at the urging of the Bar, rejected my petition (endorsed by 49 other members of The Florida Bar) to amend Rule 4-1.8(e). The court’s opinion did not set out the text of my proposed amendment to that rule, which was as follows:“A lawyer should not provide financial assistance to a client in connection with pending or contemplated litigation, except that: (1) A lawyer may advance court costs and expenses of litigation, the repayment of which may be contingent on the outcome of the matter; (2) A lawyer representing an indigent client may pay court costs and expenses of litigation on behalf of the client; and (3) A lawyer representing a claimant for personal injury damages may serve as a trustee for his or her client only upon compliance with the following procedures and conditions:(A) In consideration of the client’s receipt of the proceeds of a loan from a lender which is subject to the provisions of Chapter 516, Florida Statutes, the client executes and delivers to the lender an interest-bearing promissory note;(B) In addition to the execution and delivery to the lender of an interest-bearing promissory note, the client executes a written trust declaration naming his or her lawyer as trustee for the lender’s benefit;(C) The lawyer signs the trust declaration, thereby accepting responsibility for repayment to the lender of the principal amount of the loan and accrued interest solely out of the proceeds of the client’s claim for personal injury damages;(D) The lawyer receives nothing of value, from any source, for his or her service as trustee;(E) The lawyer advances none of his or her funds, either directly or indirectly, to the lender;(F) The ownership and management of the lender is completely independent of the lawyer;(G) In assuming the duties of trustee for the lender’s benefit, the lawyer complies with Rule 4-1.8(a). Rules Regulating The Florida Bar; and(H) The lawyer renders no evaluations or recommendations to the lender concerning the merits of his or her claim.”I invite the members of The Florida Bar to compare the “guidance” provided by the opinion with my proposed amendment to Rule 4-1.8(e). Lawrence R. Metsch Miami Public Perception Recently hundreds of thousands of Floridians saw a Sunday St. Petersburg Times front-page headline story about how a few South Florida lawyers are traveling around the state filing Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits against small businesses without warning and collecting cash settlements. The businesses pay because they can’t afford to fight them, and there is little concern by the attorneys whether the supposed violations were ever fixed.Meanwhile, nearly every Florida family that loses a loved one meets an attorney who demands a percentage of the entire estate, plus an hourly fee, to file a few papers which confirm the passing of assets.Then there are the class action lawsuit notices we all receive in the mail in which consumers get cents-off coupons for buying more products from the offenders while the attorneys collect millions in fees.Does anyone in The Florida Bar really think that giving each other pro bono awards or running “Dignity in Law” publicity ads will accomplish anything when these are the kinds of experiences people have with the legal system? A legal system that transfers millions of dollars to attorneys but little to anyone else is corrupt. We can’t possibly improve the public perception of the legal profession.The perception that the system is corrupt is correct. To improve the image of lawyers, we need to change the legal system itself.Here are some modest proposals to improve the image of lawyers by reforming the legal system:• Create an ethical rule that 90 percent of all attorney fees paid in class action and ADA-type litigation be paid to the Florida Bar Foundation to provide legal services to the poor. (This couldn’t possibly deter such suits since we know so many lawyers are civic-minded.)• Require that 80 percent of all punitive damages be paid to the court system for judicial salaries and infrastructure. Plaintiffs are already paid their complete actual damages. Punitives, as a penalty, should benefit society, not one party.• Change the Florida Probate Rules to allow all uncontested estates to be settled by the heirs without attorneys.There are many other changes like this that would improve not just the image of lawyers, but our entire legal system. The Bar should stop fooling itself with worthless gestures. Mark Warda Clearwater Billing I suspect we all have our “keeper” drawer where we collect particularly interesting writings.In mine, for example, is the “.. . morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive. . . ” Cardozo quote from Meinhardt v. Salmon, 249 N.Y. 458, 464, and the quote from Flagship Nat. Bank of Miami v. King, 418 So. 2d 275, 278, “Since the object of judicial decision-making in general is likewise to reach results which conform to the requirements of common sense and reasonableness,. . . ” which I use to argue my client’s position when I can’t find any authority in my favor. The drawer contains an unpublished “Survey of [Probate] Fees” (1981) prepared by Judge Harold Clark, a renowned, now-deceased probate judge from Duval County, and the 1969 Broward County Bar Association Minimum Fee Schedule.I have added a copy of Alan Greer’s article, “Billing: Our profession’s not-so-hidden shame” (April 1 News ) to be similarly preserved in my personal “time capsule.” This article deserves your attention.Alan’s observations about the 2,000-2,500 hour annual billing requirements, and the dilemma of dishonesty it imposes on associates (and partners) are on target. This is indeed our profession’s “not-so-hidden shame.”Most of us ascribe to the statement, “Most lawyers, like most people, are honest.” Honest lawyers have financial requirements we believe are reasonable; however, the honest way to meet those requirements is by honestly billing the clients for the services performed.I don’t believe that a “dishonest” bill necessarily “overbills” the client for the services performed; but it does misrepresent the scope of the services. If the amount of the bill is truly reasonable for the services furnished (otherwise it is larcenous and ethics is not an issue), the ethical solution is for the firm to be honest and brave and simply raise its rates to a level where the associates, partners, and firm can honestly report the actual professional time expended on the client’s behalf. (Insurance defense lawyers take note.) Bill to reflect reality rather than fantasy.This places the firm in a dilemma. Will judges award the higher rates for honest time; will clients migrate to firms which dishonestly bill away from firms which honestly bill, even if the bottom line of both bills is the same? Those two potential problems will go away if the good, top-line firms make the decision to begin reality billing.I practice with two of my sons. When they came to work as associates, I compensated them for the first two years based on the amount of hours they billed at a direct rate per billable hour. There was not a minimum billing requirement. This taught them the direct relationship between working and being financially rewarded on the one hand, and how to balance the value of their obligations to their family (and my grandchildren), on the other. However, “padding” the time was never permitted.Another way to be dishonest with a client is to provide less-than-quality legal services even if it is charged at lower prices.Another of my “keeper drawer-time capsule” items is an article entitled “Long After the Price is Forgotten — Quality is What Lingers in Clients’ Minds” written by James E. Brill, an insightful Texas lawyer, and published in the September 1992 ABA Journal. This is another article which deserves your attention.Jim tells the allegory of a client-grocer who sold bananas at 30 cents per pound. He began to take out the bruised bananas and put the culls on a separate table, identifying them as “seconds,” and priced them at 10 cents per pound. His customers began complaining about the quality of the seconds and when a customer complained, the grocer replaced the seconds with the premium product, but still sold it at the seconds price. When he found he was losing money on each sale, he still culled the seconds but discarded them and only sold the premium product at the premium price and his customers stopped complaining. The message was that “The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”Mr. Brill tells us that this also applies to the practice of law. He observes “Michelangelo could have used a roller on the Sistine Chapel, but the world would have been shortchanged if he had.”Following the Brill lead, in my firm, we provide our clients with a statement of our firm’s philosophy. It is entitled “Dedicated to Excellence.” In part, it says, “If you have arrived in this office with your most important consideration in your legal representation being its cost, then you have accidentally wandered into the wrong office. We do not mean to suggest that we are unconcerned with the cost to our clients of the legal services we provide. It is, in our view, the third most important consideration.” We go on to explain that the first two are quality of service and personal attention to the client.In those matters we bill on professional time expended, our hourly rates are higher than most of our competitors. However, we make absolutely certain that the client gets an accurate count of the hours and receives the premium bananas.It is not necessary to sacrifice professionalism to profit, or vice versa. Thanks for your article, Alan. Rohan Kelley Ft. Lauderdale First Amendment I write in response to the April 15 letter in the News from the chair of the Public Interest Law Section’s First Amendment Law Committee criticizing an earlier writer who objected to a Bar seminar that she felt was oriented to educating the adult entertainment industry. He characterized her opinion as “a moralistic, knee-jerk reaction. . . uncharacteristic of educated members” of the Bar. He urged that “[a]s lawyers, our mission is not to judge the content of expression, but to advocate for the right of expression.”I disagree with his suggestion that lawyers should not judge the content of expression. When we took the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar, we did not lay aside our personal moral and ethical beliefs. As lawyers we remain individuals, and every day we judge the content of our own expression and censor our thoughts and speech. On occasion when we fail to do so (in court or elsewhere), we may suffer the consequences for that lapse. Personally, and as lawyers, we may also choose to urge as acceptable those standards of expression that do not press the boundaries of the “controversial, even despicable speech.” In fact I hope that collectively we are all striving for a higher level of civility in our professional and personal relationships.The chair closed his criticism of the writer by finding it “ironic that her opinion suggests a position that is tantamount to censorship.” I find the greater irony in a defender of First Amendment expression resorting to condemnation of an opposing viewpoint by applying labels like “moralistic,” “knee-jerk,” and uneducated in order to denigrate an individual who was simply expressing her obviously heartfelt opinion. Steven C. Hartsell Ft. Myers May 1, 2002 Letters May 1, 2002 Regular News
Like most consumers, credit union members are increasingly shifting to online channels to shop for the holidays.That’s according to an analysis of CO-OP credit union members’ credit and debit card purchases from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. 27.5 percent of all credit card purchases came from digital channels. That’s a more than 2-point increase as compared 2017’s 25 percent. Debit transactions that came from digital channels similarly increased by 2.2 percentage points (from 14.8 percent to 16.6 percent).Our findings were in close alignment with a November 24 report by Adobe Analytics, which found that this year’s Black Friday was the first day in history to see more than $2 billion in sales from smartphones. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr