Vote of “no confidence” in Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins fails, virus spikes…

first_img Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 6, 2020 1 815 Facebook (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame video capture) A vote of no confidence in University of Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins was voted down by the school’s faculty Senate Thursday night.The body of over 40 faculty members at Notre Dame had been considering the vote after Jenkins was seen mingling in close proximity with several people in the White House rose garden during and after a nomination ceremony for the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor.Jenkins was not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing, which are rules that are enforced on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Many called Jenkins a hypocrite over it. Jenkins was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few days after the White House event.Jenkins has apologized multiple times since then and released a video to students the hours before the vote on Thursday.“As you may know, cases of COVID-19 are rising in our nation, in Indiana, and here in St. Joseph County,” he said. “In this time if increased cases, we must recommit to wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, washing our hands daily, and doing our daily health check.”Though the faculty senate voted down a no-confidence resolution, which would have called on Jenkins to resign as the president of the school, they did pass a resolution voicing a “vote of disappointment.” It means they recognize his actions at the White House were wrong and that they acknowledge his apology.“You do not want to put yourself, your friends, or your colleagues in isolation with COVID-19 for Thanksgiving instead of being home with family and loved ones,” added Jenkins in his video to students. “We don’t want a successful semester to end with a major stumble.”Campus is open for in-person learning at Notre Dame right now, even though there have been 158 new coronavirus cases in the past seven days, according to the school’s dashboard. The last time numbers were that high on the Notre Dame campus, Jenkins moved classes online for two weeks. Twitter Vote of “no confidence” in Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins fails, virus spikes on campus Google+ WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMan, 18, critically hurt in crash at Ireland & Myrtle Roads in South BendNext articleExplosion, fire claims life of a woman, 72, at a Mishawaka apartment Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific arrives in China for five day visit

first_imgFurther information Email [email protected] For journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK As my second official visit to China, I am honoured to have the opportunity to visit different parts of the country to experience the breadth and depth of cooperation between our 2 countries. China is an essential partner for the UK in many areas, from science and innovation to trade and investment. I look forward to seeing more partnerships develop as we strengthen our links in the new chapter of our ‘Golden Era’. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific, is today (22 July) starting a 5-day visit to China. The visit will include visiting Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing and Shanghai, in a programme reflecting the breadth and depth of business, investment and science and innovation links between the UK and China.During his second official trip to China as Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Minister Field will call on senior Chinese government officials. Meetings are set to include China’s Vice Minister Guo Yezhou in Beijing, Executive Vice Mayor Wu Cunrong in Chongqing, Mayor Luo Qiang in Chengdu and Vice Governor Guo Yuanqiang of Jiangsu Province.In Beijing, the Minister will discuss bilateral issues and UK-China co-operation on foreign policy issues of shared concern, ahead of the UK-China Strategic Dialogue on 30 July. He will also tour the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS), a leading example of the benefits achieved from bringing together UK and Chinese expertise in scientific research to tackle the global challenges of food security and sustainable health care.The Minister’s visit to Chongqing coincides with the celebrations on the 35th anniversary of Chevening, the UK government’s global flagship scholarship programme, in China. In Chengdu, he will visit a joint UK-China research project at the State Key Lab of Geo-hazard Prevention and Geo-environmental Protection. This project is funded by the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund, which brings together leading researchers and innovators from the UK and China.On the last leg of his visit, Minister Field will continue to Eastern China. In Nanjing, he will visit BGT Materials, a successful example of UK-China collaboration in commercialising scientific breakthroughs. In Shanghai, the Minister will visit the Shanghai Museum exhibition ‘Landscapes of the Mind: Masterpieces from Tate Britain’ and discuss opportunities with one of China’s leading museums about further future collaboration in the cultural and creative sectors.Speaking on arrival in China, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, the Rt Hon Mark Field MP said: Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

Speech: Economic Secretary speech to Equifax Spark 2019 Conference

first_imgIt’s a great pleasure to speak to you today.Technology and innovation is one of the most exciting and uplifting parts of my brief as City Minister and that’s particularly true right now with the political situation.The digital revolution rumbles on at breakneck speed, throwing up all sorts of interesting questions for the future of financial services…How do we protect consumers and investors without stifling growth and enterprise?How can technology help us balance the needs of an aging population against the aspirations of young people?And how do we ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society aren’t locked out of the opportunities or left behind by the pace of change?Our answers to these questions, and others like them, will shape the strength and success of our economy every bit as much as Brexit, if not more so.It’s not a job for government alone. Government can play a convening role; but it’s a shared effort with business and academia.So the subject of today’s conference – Making Smart Decisions Together – is apt, and not just from a technological standpoint.I congratulate Equifax for putting together a programme that’s open to the social as well as the financial opportunities that arise from the advent of Open Banking, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.What I’d like to do this morning is frame these discussions by outlining what the government is doing to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation in these areas; and what we’re doing to help direct this technology towards the challenge of financial inclusion.Throughout history, there have been moments when technology takes a great leap forward…The invention of the World Wide Web – thirty years ago – was a case in point.Tim Berners-Lee’s supervisor famously described his proposal as “vague but interesting”, which must surely be the understatement of the century.Certainly, it has transformed the way we trade, bank, invest, borrow, pay and donate money, as well as how we work and communicate with one another.And the UK has been right at the heart of this transformation.In fairness, our geography helped.Wall Street is 2,500 miles from Silicon Valley – but on this side of the pond, you can walk from the Square Mile to the Silicon Roundabout in about twenty minutes.But, just as importantly, we had the connectivity and the skills necessary to flourish.The global reach of the City of London – allied to our nationwide strengths in research and innovation – proved a truly winning combination.Today, the UK is regularly voted the best place in the world to start and grow a FinTech business….…ahead of New York.…ahead of Paris.…ahead of Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.Savour that for a moment…it’s a real tonic for those of us who believe Britain still has what it takes to tread a bold and ambitious path in the world.We have something very precious indeed, and the government wants to do everything we can to nurture the formula behind our success.We want our financial services sector to be the most competitive and innovative in the world.One that continues to fuel jobs and growth, while delivering choice and value for customers.And to achieve that ambition, we need to be ready to take advantage of the next great technological leaps as and when they arrive.Open Banking is a case in point.Two years ago, the Competition and Markets Authority published its ground-breaking Retail Market Investigation Order.It requires the nine largest banks in the UK to build standardised systems, so customers can share their financial information with FinTech firms quickly and securely.This has kick-started a transformation in retail banking.In November last year, a beauty salon in Kent became the first small business to apply for a loan in the UK using Open Banking.The lender, Iwoca, was able to use the customer’s banking transaction history to speed up the decision-making process – funds were released within an hour-and-a-half.Likewise, M&S Bank is using Open Banking to simplify its mortgage application process: now the data is readily available, most customers are no longer required to provide traditional bank statements.We can expect to see a growing number of new products and innovations appear as Open Banking gains traction.But this is nothing compared to the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.This data-driven revolution has already arrived – or at least, that’s what Alexa told me to say this morning.Of course, Equifax is itself one of the pioneers.Your patented NeuroDecision machine learning technology is paving the way for the use of advanced neural network modelling in credit scoring.And whether it’s banks using chatbots to provide personalised customer services……investors drawing on big data analytics to make faster and more accurate market forecasts……or insurance companies employing algorithms to spot financial crime……no part of the sector will be left untouched.The UK is currently ranked first in the Government (AI) Readiness Index, based on our ability to absorb and exploit the potential of this technology.We’re already home to some of the most established names in the business, like Deepmind and Swiftkey.But we’re also home to the rising stars…Like Cleo, a London-based start-up which uses AI to analyse people’s spending habits to help them better manage their money. Founded in 2016, it now has 600,000 users across the UK and North America.And Onfido, which uses photo recognition algorithms to help companies verify their customers using live images. Established by three Oxford University graduates, it now employs 200 people in five countries.(PWC) predict that by 2030, (AI) could boost our national (GDP) by 10%.But this £230-billion opportunity won’t come about by itself.That’s why the government’s (AI) Sector Deal is bringing together almost £1 billion’s worth of contributions from government, industry and academia to unlock this potential.Together, we’re seeking to attract the best and the brightest from around the world with our new Turing (AI) Fellowships…And we’re investing in home-grown talent by creating more than 1,000 (AI) PhD and Masters places at universities across the country.Meanwhile, our pioneering Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation seeks to ensure the benefits of this technology are felt evenly across our society.This leads me to the crux of my message this morning.Digital innovation can’t just be about providing wealthy people with sophisticated products and services.If that’s all we achieve, then we will have failed to grasp the full potential of this technology.Because the real opportunity before us is to bring about a stronger and more resilient financial sector – one that caters for everyone in our society.I’m not trying to be all touchy-feely.I’m a red-blooded capitalist. I believe in the power of markets to lift people out of poverty and drive our individual and collective prosperity.But the hard truth is that a growing number of people feel like our economy doesn’t work for them, or their families.I encounter examples at my constituency surgery every week.Young people who can’t get on the housing ladder.Single mums and dads struggling with the costs of pay-day loans and rent-to-own schemes.Older people worrying about how to meet the cost of care without selling their home.My view is simple.Government and industry has an obligation to put this right, and to ensure everyone can access safe and affordable forms of credit that are appropriate to their needs.For our part, the government is directing £55 million from dormant bank accounts to help address the supply of affordable credit.This money will be arranged through a new independent organisation – Fair4All Finance – which will be fully operational in the autumn.In terms of the role for business, the government doesn’t want to mandate firms to provide products and services…Rather, we want to encourage lenders to think about how technology can help vulnerable individuals tell a more convincing story about their financial integrity, so they can access the normal financial choices that most of us take for granted.Take housing as an example.Many people who rent accommodation go on to face problems getting a mortgage because they have a low credit score.In 2017 we launched the Rent Recognition Challenge to find a simple way to record and share rental payment data with lenders and credit reference agencies.It was a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition, backed by a £2 million prize fund.One of the three winners – Bud – is using its share of this money to build an artificial-intelligence driven rental recognition tool which automatically detects when an individual is paying rent and prompts them to get the payments verified.It also takes advantage of Open Banking by allowing lenders to integrate this service into their apps, so people can use the data when they apply for a mortgage.This for me is indicative of the real power of FinTech – products that deliver a social as well as a financial benefit.Following on the success of the Rent Recognition Challenge, we are launching the Affordable Credit Challenge.We want to create a whole new market of products to serve credit unions and other social lenders – ones that are tailored to the needs of this diverse sector and the communities they serve.Applications open this summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas emerge.Of course, these are just two examples.Financial inclusion is a complex issue.But as the digital revolution continues, I have faith that it will offer more and more solutions.The only limit is whether we have the attitude, aptitude and ambition to make them most of the opportunity.I’m optimistic that we have, because every time I attend events like this, I’m reminded that the dynamism and energy of our financial services sector is alive and kicking.And I’m encouraged that together we can help tackle some of the great financial challenges of our time.So I wish you every success in your discussions today.And as we look to the growing opportunities for FinTech, let me assure you – the government is there to support you every step of the way.last_img read more

Watch The Insane YEM That Kicked Off The McLovins Career Back In 2008

first_imgBack in 2008, three young musicians posted a video of themselves absolutely shredding one of Phish’s more complex tunes, “You Enjoy Myself” (YEM). The video received widespread attention in the jam scene, particularly fueled by a post that appeared on Phantasy Tour. Having surfaced around the time that the movie Superbad came out, the teenage sensations gained the title “The McLovins“, which has since stuck.“We first uploaded the YEM video on Sunday, November 30th, 2008,” explains drummer Jake Huffman. “We had just recorded it and I was so excited that right after practice was over I cut the video and uploaded it to YouTube. The next morning I had about a thousand new emails and my phone wouldn’t really turn on. By the time I got to school in the morning (I was in 10th grade) the video had gone viral though a phish fan website (Phantasy Tour) and it had well over 10,000 views. Through that video, we received a bunch of inquiries to play across the country, and because our parents were cool they let us play all over the Northeast.”“We set off from that point with good momentum,” Jake continues, “and soon found ourselves playing big events like Gathering of the Vibes and Nateva Music Festival, always bumping into people mentioning the YEM video as their first introduction to our band.”Nearly a decade later, the band continues to strategically use digital media as a driving force for their content.“With the YEM video,” bassist Jason Ott adds, “we started off with one camera and literally overnight we realized the potential, and how many people we could reach to hear our music. It motivated us to figure out new way to produce content.”“The goal has always been to connect with fans,” explains Jake, “so that when they come to our shows they feel like they already know us. Whether that’s with cover tunes, originals, van sessions, or a video from tour shot on the side of the road, we always find that fans are most engaged with us as a band when we are pushing ourselves to create original content in the band’s collective voice.”“In the past few years we have branched out from just putting out music videos and have started creating content that reflects our personality as well as our music,” continues keyboardist Atticus Kelly. “For instance, the #AtticusFacts manifests our collective sense of humor, and also serve to give a personal touch for each show, city by city.”“I think it’s important to try and communicate with all people on social media so they know we are listening,” concludes guitarist Justin Berger.Enjoy this video for a new tune called “No Limit,” and be sure to catch the McLovins Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at American Beauty NYC on 12/17 (get tickets here).last_img read more

PHOTOS: Rod Stewart, Khalid, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt & More Hit On Jazz Fest Day 2

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Ron Valle New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival forged on with another fantastic day of music, including performances by Rod Stewart, Khalid, Bonnie Raitt, Jack Johnson, Common, Big Freedia, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, The Last Bandoleros, Bonerama, Nigel Hall Band, Sonny Landreth, Eddie Cotten, and many more, as well as a special tribute to the late, great Fats Domino.Aside from the diverse stage performances, genre-specific tents, and various performers on the race track, the overall vibe of Jazz Fest is accentuated by the cultural food offerings, the colorful costuming, and the artisan arts and crafts that line the festival’s walkways.Photographer Ronald Valle was on the scene to capture the magic that is New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as you can see in the full gallery below. Stay tuned for more photos from throughout the rest of the festival, and follow us along on Instagram for real-time posts!Live for Live Music will be in New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, where we’ll be putting on a series of late night and daze between shows at clubs across town. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest, and you can take a look at our own late night calendar below. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2018 | Day 2 – Saturday, 4/28/18 | Photos: center_img Photo: Ron Valle Photo: Ron Vallelast_img read more

Small Business Revolution Host To Head Local Conference Call Next Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The Chief Brand Officer of Deluxe, and the creator, producer, and host of The Small Business Revolution will be featured on a digital conference with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Monday at 4:30 p.m. Chamber officials say Amanda Brinkman will give some tips on how to maintain communications with customers during the global COVID-19 outbreak.Brinkman is familiar with Chautauqua County through her recent work on Season Five of The Small Business Revolution. She spent time with a number of small business people in Fredonia in February and early March.She will focus on the important work of maintaining communication with customers at this time and will use her extensive marketing background to assist local business people at this time. You can join the meeting here: can also dial in using your phone:+1 (571) 317-3122Access Code: 283-421-797This is a free event. Advance registration is not required.last_img read more

WageWorks acquires assets of Choice Strategies

first_imgChoice Strategies,WageWorks Inc, a leading on-demand provider of tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter and other employee spending account benefits from California, today announced that it has acquired the operating assets of Choice Strategies, a pre-eminent administrator in the tax-advantaged, consumer-driven health care space based in Waterbury Center. A purchase price was not divulged. Choice Strategies reported 2011 revenues of $12.4 million in the January 2012 issue of Vermont Business Magazine’s Vermont 100+ (LINK). Choice Strategies services more than 5,000 employers primarily in the New England, New York, New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions. Choice Strategies serves the needs of employers and their participants with pre-tax benefits services that include HRA, FSA, HSA and commuter account benefits.  Working with brokers, general agents, health plans and other strategic partners, Choice Strategies is renowned for its ability to design and administer complex HRA plans on behalf of employers of all sizes. Choice Strategies will now operate as “Choice Strategies, a division of WageWorks.” “Choice Strategies further solidifies our position in the consumer-directed benefits industry,” said Joe Jackson, CEO, WageWorks, “as we continue to expand our comprehensive suite of employee spending account benefits.””Choice Strategies will benefit from the extensive expertise, technology, and service resources WageWorks has to offer as a leading national administrator,” said Jay Hunter, CEO, Choice Strategies. “Together, we can leverage our platforms, experience, and broader portfolio of solutions to help the employers, participants, brokers, and agents that we serve.”Choice Strategies will continue to service its employers, members, general agents and broker network out of its Vermont facility.  Over time, Choice Strategies’ clients will enjoy access to additional capabilities, products and technologies offered by WageWorks.About WageWorks WageWorks, Inc. is a leading on-demand provider of tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter and other employee spending account benefits, or CDBs, in the United States. We administer and operate a broad array of CDBs, including spending account management programs such as health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts, or FSAs, Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, and commuter benefits, such as transit and parking programs.Our corporate headquarters are located in San Mateo, California. We have additional facilities in Arizona,California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, New York ,Wisconsin, and now Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at is external).SOURCE WageWorks, Inc.  SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Attys Exchange, 2/1/04

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Merting, P.A., representation or co-counsel in general personal injury claims and medical malpractice claims against United States Military and Veterans Administration hospitals. Twenty-five plus years experience in FTCA claims arising throughout the United States at the administrative and federal court trial levels. Admitted in Florida, Colorado and Southern District of Alabama. John W. Merting, P.A., Harbourtown – Ste. 39, 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze 32561, phone (850) 916-9645, fax (850) 916-9787. HEALTH CARE LAW George F. Indest III, Board certified health care attorney, and other health care attorneys available statewide to consult, affiliate as co-counsel, or accept referrals representing physicians and other health care providers. We represent exclusively health care providers. Our practice includes business, regulatory and transactional matters and commercial, administrative and professional litigation. Experienced in defending investigations, licensing cases, Medicare/Medicaid audits/investigations, credentialing/privileges cases, covenants-not-to-compete, and other health related areas. The Health Law Firm, 220 E. Central Parkway, Suite 2030, Altamonte Springs (Orlando) 32701, (407) 331-6620. Wilson Suarez Lopez & Gennett is an “AV” rated firm that focuses on Health Law and regulatory matters for health care providers and suppliers. Available statewide to consult or serve as co-counsel on matters involving regulatory compliance issues; Medicare/Medicaid investigations and audits; prepayment reviews, overpayments, payment suspensions and terminations; professional board disciplinary proceedings and licensure matters; managed care contracting and provider reimbursement issues and litigation, and health care contracts and transactions. Wilson Suarez Lopez & Gennett, 2151 Le Jeune Road, Mezzanine, Coral Gables (Miami) 33134, (305) 446-7300,, [email protected] Michael Gennett, board certified in Health Law. HEALTH CARE LIEN REDUCTION Wade Yeakle assists the Plaintiffs Trial Bar in reducing or eliminating health care liens and subrogation claims: ERISA plans, private and Medicare HMOs, self insured and private and government health plans. Former Florida independent counsel for Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., and counsel to Plan Administrators of numerous health plans. Services available statewide. Wade Yeakle, P.A., 4128 28th St. N., St. Petersburg, 33714. Phone: 727-528-3121, Fax: 727-528-6131. IMMIGRATION LAW Jeffrey N. Brauwerman, Florida Bar Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Lawyer, former U.S. immigration judge and regional counsel and district counsel, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, available for representation, consultation, and as an expert witness. “AV” rated. Vice-chair, inaugural Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee. Listed: “The Best Lawyers in America;” “Martindale-Hubbell’s Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers;” and “The Florida Consumer Guidebook to Law & Leading Attorneys.” Offices in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Miami, phone (305) 758-1234, Ft. Lauderdale, phone (954) 527-1234, e-mail: [email protected] , . INTERNATIONAL LAW International Law and Business, Foreign Law, and Immigration — George C. J. Moore announces his continuing availability to assist counsel with advice, strategy and/or expert opinion. Member of The Florida Bar, the Bar of England and of eight countries in the Caribbean. Cambridge University LL.M. Degree in international law. Martindale “AV.” Board Certified as specialist in International Law. George C. J. Moore, 812 Citizens Building, West Palm Beach 33401, phone (561) 833-9000, fax (561) 833-9990 e-mail: [email protected] . LEGAL MALPRACTICE T. Patrick Ford, Jr., announces his availability to represent individuals in matters relating to legal malpractice. Board Certified in Trial Law and AV rated, the law firm of Ford & Dean, P.A. is available for consultations and referrals in all aspects of legal and professional malpractice. Inquiries welcome. Ford & Dean, P.A., 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard, Two Datran Center – PH 1-C, Miami, FL 33156, Telephone: (305) 670-2000; Toll-free: (888) 372-2873; Fax: (305) 670-1353; E-mail: [email protected] ; . LEMON LAW & BREACH OF WARRANTY Cousins Law Firm, A Professional Association has reviewed over 3,000 Lemon Law related matters and has represented clients from Virgin Islands to Seattle, Washington for over a decade. Patrick S. Cousins has represented foreign and domestic manufacturers and consumers, thus making him uniquely qualified to represent your client’s interest. Automobiles, SUV’s, trucks under 10,000 pounds; all recreational vehicles. Visit our Web page at ; e-mail: [email protected] ; phone (800) CAR-LAW-8, fax: 561-835-0766. Call, we are here to help. MASSACHUSETTS LAW Firm Litigating, all types of cases in Massachusetts. Hourly rates on all matters and contingent fees on personal injury cases. Experience in Federal and State courts of Massachusetts. Offices in Massachusetts and Sarasota, FL. Commercial, probate and criminal representation also provided. All inquiries regarding referrals promptly answered. Office of Albert E. Grady, Phone: 1-800-322-9022, Fax 508-586-0734; [email protected] . MEDIATION Mediation and arbitration services. Supreme Court certified County and Circuit mediator. Experienced arbitrator. Practical litigation experience representing Plaintiffs and Defendants involving a multitude of civil tort litigation including premises liability, automobile and truck accidents, homeowners, security, etc. Previous 20 years background as claims adjuster, supervisor and Claims Vice President with carriers, self-insureds, reinsurers, TPAs. No charge for travel time. Joseph C. Perzan, Esq., 407-339-5554; [email protected] . MEDIATION – STATEWIDE Laurance L. Mancuso, Esq. is available as a mediator in business, employment, family, real property & personal injury disputes. Certified in circuit civil, family, appellate & federal mediation. Experienced in civil & criminal litigation. Experienced in government contract claims. B.A., M.B.A., J.D. Florida Bar 1994. WA. State Bar 1988. Tele: 407-699-1913. Lake Mary, FL. Or email [email protected] . For additional Information visit . MEDIATION IS THE ANSWER! MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/OPHTHALMOLOGY Paul M. Silva, Plaintiff’s Attorney and Ophthalmologist, is available for case referrals or expert review throughout Florida. His background includes a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida Honors Program, an internship in Family Medicine and additional training in Ophthalmology. Law Firm of Paul M. Silva, M.D., J.D., P.A. Toll Free (866) SILVALAW or (954) 675-6790 (direct line). E-mail [email protected] . PATENT, TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHT LAW Christopher & Weisberg, P.A. Intellectual Property lawyers helping to protecting the ideas of lawyers and their clients; registered patent attorneys concentrating on intellectual property litigation and counseling, U.S. & international patent and trademark searches and applications, copyrights, Internet and computer law, trade secrets, technology and export licensing; experienced in a range of technologies including electrical, mechanical, aerospace, industrial machinery, computer hardware and software, telecommunications and networks, medical devices, sporting goods, and consumer products. 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 2040, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301, (800) 978-CWIP [2947], (954) 828-1488, Internet: , email: [email protected] . Fleit, Kain, Gibbons, Gutman, Bongini, & Bianco P.L. **Focus on I.P.** Miami – Ft. Lauderdale – Boca Raton, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, false advertising, computer law, Internet law, domain name disputes, technology licensing / transfers, litigation / dispute resolution. Registered patent attorneys, AV rated 750 S.E. 3rd Ave., Ste. 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33316, (954) 768-9002, Boca (561) 989-9811, Miami (305) 530-9100 or toll free (800) 846-0900, fax: (954) 768-0158, . Malloy & Malloy, P.A.“Since 1959” – Practice limited to patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, related intellectual property cases, including trials & appeals. Complete U.S. & Int’l services include patent and trademark applications in all foreign countries, searches, licensing, franchising. Registered patent attorneys, AV rated. John Cyril Malloy III is an intellectual property adjunct professor at St. Thomas Law School. Malloy & Malloy, P.A, 2800 S.W. Third Avenue, Miami, 33129, (305) 858-8000, toll free (800) 337-7239, fax (305) 858-0008. Ft. Laud. Office (954)525-9611, e-mail: [email protected], Internet: POLICE CASES Temporary overflow of work? Can’t be in two places at once? Personal injury attorney has 22 years experience with emphasis in 42 USC 1983 police cases representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants, wants to be your independent contractor. Available for referrals, consultations and/or co-counsel arrangements. Call the Law Offices of John J. Hoffman at (561) 775-0661; 10194 Osprey Trace, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. PROBATE AND TRUST LITIGATION Christopher Q. Wintter, Trial Lawyer, Board Certified Wills, Trusts & Estates Lawyer, C.P.A., and an instructor and faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), announces his availability to represent personal representatives, fiduciaries, beneficiaries, trustees, and potential heirs in litigation matters concerning wills, trusts, estates. Mr. Wintter is also available to assist counsel with advice, strategy, expert opinion, or to act as co-counsel relating to complex administration issues concerning trusts and estates. Wintter & Associates, P.A., 2239 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 33020. (954) 920-7014; fax: (954) 920-7080; 2255 Glades Road, Suite 324A, Boca Raton, FL 33431, (561) 470-3448. PRODUCTS LIABILITY Overchuck, Denault & De Marco is a firm specializing in products liability, toxic torts, automotive liability, insurance litigation and all other areas of negligence and personal injury for catastrophic claims. The lawyers at Overchuck, Denauly & De Marco have represented clients for 35 years, have co-counseled and consulted with other lawyers representing clients with serious injury claims. Overchuck, Denault & De Marco, 90 East Livingston St., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32801; (407) 872-6222 (phone); (407) 872-6822 (fax); . REAL ESTATE LAW James L. Mack, Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer with 53 years of practice in Florida exclusively in the area of real estate law, “AV” rated, is available to act as expert witness or consultant in real property litigation in all Florida counties. 20185 East Country Club Drive, #607, Miami 33180, (305) 933-2266, fax (305) 682-1533. SECURITIES LITIGATION John L. Chalif, J.D., LL.M. Mr. Chalif, formerly SEC Special Counsel, NASD/NASDR Prosecutor/Senior Attorney, and NASDR standing committee member, is licensed in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. He is currently an “AV” rated attorney, AAA/SRO arbitrator and NASDR mediator. He is available to handle securities/commercial litigation, arbitration, transactional, compliance, and broker registration/employment issues. He is also available to represent individuals and entities in connection with State, SEC, DOJ, NASDR, and NYSE examinations, inquiries, or investigations. The Galleria International Building, 301 Clematis Street, Suite 3000, West Palm Beach 33401 (561) 820-9488, toll free: 1-866-USA-LAW1 (Referral fees paid under Florida Bar Rules.) Schoeppl & Burke, P.A. The firm’s securities department is headed by Carl F. Schoeppl, former senior enforcement attorney for the SEC, and special assistant district attorney. Mr. Schoeppl holds an LL.M. in litigation. The firm is available to handle securities-related litigation and arbitration matters, the defense of individuals and entities in SEC, FBI, NASD, NYSE, and SRO investigations. Admitted in Florida, N.Y., and Washington D.C. 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite 207-D, Boca Raton 33431-5178, (561) 394-8301, fax (561) 394-3121. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY & RETIREMENT CLAIMS Harold R. Cohen announces that he is available to act as a consultant to or as an associate of other lawyers in matters involving disability insurance benefits before the Social Security Administration. Harold R. Cohen, 1550 Northeast Miami Gardens Dr., North Miami Beach 33179, Dade (305) 949-2424, Broward (954) 921-4489. Lyle D. Lieberman, “AV” rated lawyer, former U.S. Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, and past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), is available in matters involving Social Security disability and retirement claims. 44 West Flagler Street, Suite 2050, Miami 33130, (305) 358-0115; 201 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33301, (954)761-3488; Boca Raton (561) 394-8422; West Palm Beach (561) 655-8598. STOCKBROKER MISCONDUCT Darren C. Blum, Esq. concentrates on recovering investors’ losses caused by stock and commodity broker misconduct. Mr. Blum has vast experience within the securities industry, including working in the “pits” of the commodities exchange; former licensed broker with the NFA and NASD; former associate of a large New York law firm that defended many brokers and brokerage firms; former intern for the NASD Arbitration Department; a published author and coauthor of securities arbitration articles; and an approved Arbitrator for the NASD and NFA. Referring attorneys are gladly paid in accordance with Florida Bar rules. Blum, Silver & Schwartz, LLP, 8751 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 404, Plantation 33324 phone (954) 423-6000, fax (954) 423-2060, 1-877-STOCK-LAW. TAX LAW Teig Lawrence, Esq. concentrates on IRS controversies, Department of Revenue controversies, general tax consulting, offshore accounts, and business agreements. Mr. Lawrence holds an LL.M. in taxation and is an adjunct professor of federal tax research methods at the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Estate Planning. Referring attorneys are paid in accordance with Florida Bar rules. Teig Lawrence, P.A., 350 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301, phone (954) 522-2929, e-mail: [email protected] , Web site: . UNITED KINGDOM Bennetts Solicitors – A multinational practice serving the needs of U.S. clients and their legal advisers in the U.K. Concentration areas include business and commercial law, litigation, personal injury, real estate, employment law, and probate (contentious). For inquiries contact: Kevin M. Burke, Esq., (licensed to practice in Florida, Ohio, and England and Wales) Address – High Street, Wrington, BRISTOL BS40 5QB, UK. Phone: 44-1934-862786. e-mail: [email protected] . WAGE & HOUR LAW Robert S. Norell, Esq., announces his availability throughout Florida to represent employees against employers for claims of unpaid wages, unpaid commissions or bonus pay, unpaid overtime, and/or unpaid minimum wages under both the Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida law. Robert S. Norell, P.A. 8751 W. Broward Blvd., Suite 410, Plantation, Florida 33324, phone (954) 617-6017; toll free (800) 796-0849, e-mail: [email protected] . Visit our Web site at . WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PREMIUM DISPUTES J. Layne Smith consults and represents employers in workers’ compensation premium disputes involving payroll/remuneration, classifications, experience rating, audits, exempt status, coverage, claims handling, etc. Mr. Smith has over 20,000 hours experience litigating these types of cases, for and against the insurance industry. He consults and represents employers and others accused by the state or federal government of workers’ compensation premium fraud. He serves as a consulting and testifying expert. J. Layne Smith, P.A., 3370 Capital Circle N.E., Ste. I, Tallahassee 32308. (888) 902-8300, (850) 385-8000, fax (850) 201-8000, Web site: . Attys Exchange, 2/1/04 February 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Two worlds collide

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Paul Thomas: Genetic attraction – a love that dare not speak its name

first_imgNZ Herald 15 April 2016Family First Comment: So here’s a good commentary by NZ Herald columnist Paul Thomas rejecting people who argue for Genetic Sexual Attraction which is a poncy term for Incest. But here’s the interesting aspect – the same arguments rejecting incest could also be the basis of arguing against ‘gender’ ideology, same-sex marriage and polygamy. “The evidence that there’s such a thing as GSA is pretty thin…”“This is both self-diagnosis, hardly the most reliable scientific methodology, and self-serving…”“…since when did the scientific community let public opinion influence its areas of research?“…it seems a little reckless to push a “my DNA made me do it” line, even in unusual cases.”Does this make Paul Thomas an ‘incestophobe’?? …..Which brings us to incest or, as we now have to call it in certain cases, Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA). GSA is the phenomenon of close relatives who meet for the first time as adults and can’t keep their hands off each other. As in Kim West (51) and her son Ben Ford (32) who have just unapologetically outed themselves as a couple. Briton West got pregnant at 19 while studying in California. She put her son up for adoption; 30 years passed. A couple of years ago Ford tracked her down and it was lust at first sight. Three days after they had sex for the first time, Ford told his wife he was leaving her for his mother. According to Charlotte Gill, the writer of a Daily Telegraph article that also appeared in the Herald, GSA is real, more widespread than we think and we’d better get used to it.Call me sceptical. That’s partly personal experience: my family emigrated from the UK when I was two and the best part of three decades elapsed before I met any aunts, uncles or cousins. When I did so, GSA was conspicuous by its absence. Without ever having discussed it with my sisters – for some reason the subject just never came up – I’m pretty sure the same goes for them. The evidence that there’s such a thing as GSA is pretty thin. The term was coined in the 1980s by American Barbara Gonyo who went weak at the knees when she was reunited with the son she’d given up for adoption. This is both self-diagnosis, hardly the most reliable scientific methodology, and self-serving. (Ford told a magazine, “This is not incest, it’s GSA.” Understandably: in Michigan, where he and his mother are shacked up, plain old incest is a crime punishable by life imprisonment.) Gill refers to a single study but glibly skates over the lack of scientific evidence: “There’s not a great deal of research into the area because who wants a PhD in incest?” How about anyone wanting to persuade us that incest has genetic origins?Besides, since when did the scientific community let public opinion influence its areas of research? Each year at Harvard University a committee including Nobel laureates hands out the “Ig Nobels” to scientists engaged in spectacularly frivolous or dubious research. Past winners include a team that explored the viability of a “gay bomb” that would cause enemy troops to become sexually attracted to each other. Gill insists that “those who succumb to GSA are not sickos or freaks but victims who desperately need help and understanding. Their feelings are not controllable.” This characterisation sits uneasily alongside the presentation of West and Ford’s story and their crowing about “incredible and mind-blowing sex”.And given the sordid, coercive and traumatising nature of most incest, it seems a little reckless to push a “my DNA made me do it” line, even in unusual cases. read more