Bar Pro Bono Service Awards nominations due November 7

first_img Bar Pro Bono Service Awards nominations due November 7 Bar Pro Bono Service Awards nominations due November 7 November 1, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img Each year, the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar give special recognition to lawyers, groups, and a member of the judiciary who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor.The awards ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court January 29 and nominations must be received by November 7.Nominations currently are being accepted in the following award categories: • The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award This award is given to an attorney in each of the state’s 20 judicial circuits and in the “Out of State” circuit. One winner will be selected from each of the 21 circuits and these winners will be considered to receive The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, presented annually by the chief justice to the attorney who best exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. • The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation This statewide award recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of pro bono legal services to individuals or groups that cannot otherwise afford the services. This award is not presented every year and recognizes extraordinary commitment on the part of a firm to provide access to the courts for all Floridians. • The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award Also presented by the chief justice, this award recognizes a voluntary bar association that has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services on a pro bono basis to individuals or groups that cannot otherwise afford the services. Like the Law Firm Commendation, this award is presented only when an association demonstrates extraordinary commitment to provide access to the courts for all Floridians. • The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award With more than 21,000 members, the Young Lawyers Division includes all lawyers in good standing under age 36 and all new Florida Bar members of any age for their first five years in practice. The award will be given to the division member who best exemplifies the highest ideals of public service. • The Distinguished Judicial Service Award Presented by the chief justice, this award is presented for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to support of pro bono legal services. Nominees’ pro bono service contribution may be cumulative. Consideration is not limited to the events of the immediate past year.For additional information, contact Bar Public Information Coordinator Dorohn A. Frazier at (850) 561-5764 or [email protected] .last_img read more

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Questionnaire predicts likelihood of unprotected sex, binge drinking

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Email LinkedIncenter_img Having fun is generally good, she said. “But not being able to delay gratification can interfere with education, health and financial well-being, and the impact is greater for young people,” she added.The researchers conducted four studies to get their results, comparing the measure, the Delay-of-gratification Gist Scale, against 14 others. The Gist Scale’s questions include, “I wait to buy what I want until I have enough money,” “I think it is better to save money for the future” and “I am worried about the amount of money I owe.” Money is used as a “stand-in” or proxy for tempting rewards.The first study asked 211 college students to take the Gist Scale and other measures that predict poor financial outcomes. The second and third studies, with 845 and 393 college students, respectively, compared the new measure against others involving delay discounting. With 47 teens and adult participants, the fourth study compared the Gist Scale against a widely used measure of impulsivity.The Gist Scale is not only more accurate, it’s also shorter and simpler – some other measures are more than twice as long. It is also gender and age neutral, meaning it can be taken by anyone.Reyna points out that cultures all over the world have aphorisms that encourage the ability to delay gratification. That skill can improve with practice, she said.“Sometimes we send young people very mixed messages about struggle. I think it’s extremely important for them to know that struggle and pain are part of life and to be expected,” she said. “Staying the course, keeping your eyes on the prize – these values make a difference. And they can be taught and they can be practiced.” Researchers in the social sciences have been searching for a holy grail: an accurate way to predict who is likely to engage in problematic behavior, like using drugs.In a new study, Valerie Reyna, professor of human development at Cornell University, and Evan Wilhelms of Vassar College have debuted a new questionnaire that significantly outperforms 14 other gold-standard measures frequently used in economics and psychology. The measure’s 12 simple questions ask in various ways whether one agrees with the principle “sacrifice now, enjoy later.” Their study, “Gist of Delay of Gratification: Understanding and Predicting Problem Behaviors,” appeared earlier this year in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.“People who get drunk frequently, party with drugs, borrow money needlessly or have unprotected sex disagreed more with the concept ‘sacrifice now, enjoy later’ than people who didn’t do these things,” Reyna said. “Instead, they leaned more toward ‘have fun today and don’t worry about tomorrow.’” Pinterestlast_img read more

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Amtrak begins Amfleet I refurbishment programme

first_imgUSA: Amtrak has announced the start of work to refurbish its Amfleet I hauled coaches, which are widely used on its Northeast Corridor and Midwest inter-city services.The $16m refurbishment and overhaul programme covers more than 450 vehicles, with completion planned for mid-2018. A phased approach is being adopted to ensure ‘uninterrupted service for customers’, the operator says. The refurbishment will include the provision of: new seat cushions, carpets and toilet flooring; LED reading lights; enhanced wainscoting and bulkhead design; new curtains in Business Class; redesigned galleys in the buffet cars. Materials included in the refresh have been sourced from ‘approximately a dozen’ domestic suppliers in 10 states, Amtrak reports. The refurbishment work will be carried out at eight depots across the northeastern USA.last_img read more

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Notice of winding up of President’s Charities Foundation (Erika) Relief Fund Sub-Committee

first_img Share President of Dominica, Charles SavarinPress Release==========Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 27th August, 2015, the President’s Charities Foundation Incorporated decided to launch the President’s Charities Foundation (Erika) Relief Fund with the intention of raising US$100,000.00, equivalent to (EC$270,000.00), with a start-up amount of twenty-seven thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$27,000.00) contributed by the President’s Charities Foundation Reserve Fund. The objective of the Relief Fund was to provide medium term relief and comfort to the families, more particularly school children, who reside in two of the worst affected communities on the West Coast, namely, Colihaut and Coulibistrie and also to the Operation Youth Quake and the Community Hostels Incorporated, formerly known as the Grotto Home for the Homeless. A special (Erika) Relief Fund Sub-Committee composed of eight (8) members; four (4) members of the President’s Charities Foundation and four (4) from the Private Sector was established, to coordinate this venture.The Members were:-• Mrs. Shermaine Green Brown – (Chairperson)• Mr. Antoine Raffoul• Mrs. Jennifer White• Mr. Oliver St. John• Mr. Jeffrey Baptiste• Mr. Damian Whitchurch-Aird• Mr. Julius C. Corbette• Mr. Hilkiah LavinierTo facilitate the fundraising effort, a President’s Charities Foundation Erika Relief Fund Account Number 115004096, Swift Address NCBMDMDM was set up at the National Commercial Bank of Dominica. Local and regional businesses contributed generously to the President’s Charities Foundation (Erika) Relief Fund. Contributions had been received from thirteen (13) sources, bringing the total contributions to a figure of two hundred andfive thousand six hundred and eighty Eastern Caribbean Dollars and thirty-nine cents (EC$205,680.39). The funds were utilized for its intended purpose as outlined in the attached Statement. Monies disbursed from the account totalled two hundred and five thousand six hundred and eighty Eastern Caribbean Dollars and thirty-nine cents (EC$205,680.39).The following are the details of the disbursements made by the Erika Relief Fund Sub-Committee:• On 1st July, 2016, fifty-eight (58) gallons of Sisson Paint which was donated by Ansa Coatings Limited, towards the refurbishment of the Colihaut Primary School was handed to the Ministry of Education. The pain was valued at a cost of EC$2,173.52.• On 18th July, 2016, a cheque in the amount of EC$60,000.00 was presented to the Ministry of Education to be put towards the resurfacing of the fore court at the Coulibistrie Primary School into a multipurpose court;• Fifty-nine (59) louvered windows were sourced from Oran Ltd. In Barbados, for the Colihaut Primary School in the amount of EC$39,726.91;• Sixty-five (65) student’s desks and chairs, five (5) filing cabinets and five (5) teacher’s desks and chairs were ordered from a Company in China for the Colihaut Primary School costing EC$28,962.06;• Sixteen (16) doors were purchased from Speciality Making and Materials Ltd., for the Colihaut Primary School and installed by the same Company. This was at a cost of EC$23,927.55;• A new septic tank and soak away system was constructed for the Grotto Home for the Homeless at Bellevue Rawle and also covering the cost of the transportation of excavated materials from the new site of the Grotto Home at a cost of $EC$22,475.80;• EC22,980.00 was donated towards the farm development project of the Operation Youth Quake for:(a) Building two (2) terraces of sloping land at the back of the Operation Youth Quake to create more land space;(b) The development of the farm at the Operation Youth Quake at a cost of EC$5,434.55; andA total amount of EC$205,680.39 were disbursed from the Erika Relief Fund Account. As at 17th November, 2016, the President’s Charities Foundation Erika Relief Fund Account Number 115004096 at the National Commercial Bank of Dominica reflected a zero balance.A copy of the Closing Statement of the Erika Relief Account is attached. List of Contributors to the President’s Charities Foundation (Erika) #2At a Meeting of the President’s Foundation (Erika) Relief Sub-Committee which was held on Monday, 19th December, 2016 it was decided that the Sub-Committee be dissolved with immediate effect. At that Meeting the Closing Statement of the President’s Charities Foundation (Erika) Relief Fund Account was presented, circulated among the members and finalized. At the winding up Meeting of the Sub-Committee, which was held on Monday, 19th December, 2016, His Excellency expressed his thanks to all the members for agreeing to serve on the committee and his satisfaction with what had developed following the formation of the Sub-Committee. His Excellency further expressed his deep appreciation to the members of the Sub-Committee for their hard work and commitment which aided the Foundation in achieving its objectives.His Excellency expressed his thanks and gratitude to both the local and regional businesses and individuals who contributed towards the Erika Relief Fund. He remarked that although the response could have been greater, particularly from the local Private Sector, nonetheless, considering all of the circumstances, he was satisfied with the Committee’s achievements.Upon the dissolution of the Sub-Committee, an invitation was extended to the four (4) non-Foundation members namely:-• Mr. Jeffrey Baptiste• Mr. Damian Whitchurch-Aird• Mr. Julius C. Corbette•Mr. Hilkiah Lavinier to serve on the President’s Charities Foundation, to which they willingly agreed. Sharing is caring! 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