Soulive Heats Up Philadelphia Three Times Over For Only Scheduled U.S. Shows of 2018 [Videos]

first_imgIt was a snowy, unforgiving night in Philadelphia as funk fusion trio Soulive kicked off their first night of a two night stand in Philadelphia on Friday March 2 at the Ardmore Music Hall with special guests John Scofield and Consider The Source. Fans’ woes of missing the show due to inclement weather were consoled by a clutch last-minute action from the folks at the Ardmore Music Hall and Soulive: There would be a THIRD show added for the following morning, and Scofield would stick around for the matinee.NYC prog-fusion shredders Consider The Source took the stage first, opening the night with a taste of their signature sci-fi infused technical mastery. As fans were just escaping the unforgiving winds, CTS was able to thaw off the remainder of the frost with electrifying riffs, simultaneously sending the room straight into outer space, leaving the crowd was left pleasantly pumped up for the main event.Enter Soulive: Fresh off the release of their new album Cinematics, Vol. 1 and itching to play the first of their now-three scheduled United States shows of 2018. The band was all smiles as they casually informed the audience of the their realization that it was, coincidentally, the 19th anniversary of the group that night.From the first note of the night it was apparent that the band came correct, taking the room on a sonic journey through new debuts and old favorites. Perhaps as a tip of the cap to the impromptu third show, the trio led off with their classic heater “Hat Trick” before launching into their first live takes on new tunes from Cinematics, with an inspired of their first single “Kings March”, followed three more new ones: the high-flying funk of “Bluebird”, the classic soul grooves of “Miller’s Last Stand”, and the laid-back styles of “Sidekick”. The night was elevated out of the stratosphere after the band welcomed special guest John Scofield to the stage for the remainder of their set.Initially hitting on the jazzier tunes, including Scofield’s classic “Hottentot” and an unnamed, completely improvised blues jam, Sco-live didn’t skip a beat the whole time. The set finished up with a twist of classic rock including a revisit to “Rubber Soulive” in the form of The Beatles‘ “Get Back”, a funky twist on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”, and an encore of the Allman Brothers Band classic instrumental In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.Soulive w/ John Scofield – Blues Jam[Video: BudFulginiti]The feeling was apparent to all after night 1, the run had already established itself as a truly special occasion. The morning of March 3rd began with a matinee set from Soulive and John Scofield, who were more than pleased to be playing for those who could not make the previous night’s show. Sco-live was met with many a “thank you” shouted from the mid-day crowd. The group revisited three new tunes in the form of “Sidekick”, “King’s March”, and a mid-set “Waves”–each with more improvisation than their debuts. John Scofield came out after two songs with high energy, rapping the “Whatcha See is What You Get” lyrics to the crowd before settling into songs from the older Soulive catalog including “Uncle Junior”, “Shaheed”, and “Tabasco”. The set ended with the quartet covering “Hey Joe” (this time with Alan Evans on vocals) “Liz Reed”, and “Get Back” once more.[Video: BudFulginiti]As if the first two shows weren’t good enough, Soulive returned to the stage just 4 hours after their daytime performance for another barn-burner supported this time around by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist Dj Williams’ new project Dj Williams’ Shots Fired.While the previous night showed more of a contrast in style between opener and headliner, the combination of Soulive & DJ William’s Shots Fired made for a nonstop crowd-pleasing funk onslaught. Shots Fired worked the crowd with a special blend of classic funk sound and new-school flare, including a talkbox laden cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.Soulive hit the stage for a third time with no signs of slowing up the pace and the band showed up big for their final ride. Night 2 had a heavy blues vibe including new material mixed with fan favorites like the groovy “Steppin”, a gigantic “El Ron”, and “Alladin”, even touching on Eric Krasno original tune “Curse Lifter” off of Blood From A Stone. Continuing the theme of tasteful covers on the weekend, the band gave a nod to blues great Stevie Ray Vaughn with a cover of “Lenny”, Eric Krasno Band guitarist and Philly local Danny Mayer joining the band for an extended jam on Hendrix classic “Manic Depression”, and revisited “Rubber Soulive” again for their final song, an instrumental cover of “Revolution”.Soulive came out swinging and left the room spinning in top form – just business as usual. With their only stateside shows finished, the trio will make their way across the pond to London’s Jazz Cafe this week on March 6. For more info, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Soulive | The Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 3/2/18Hat Trick, King’s March*, Bluebird*, Sidekick*, Miller’s Last Stand*, Waves*, Hottentot^, Nealization^, Boozer^, Hey Joe^, Turn It Out^, Whatcha See is What You Get^, Get Back^Encore: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed^ *Debut^ with John ScofieldSetlist: Soulive | The Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 3/3/18 (Daytime Show)Sidekick, King’s March, Whatcha See is What You Get^, Uncle Junior^, Shaheed^, Tabasco^, Waves^, Boozer^, Hey Joe^, Nealization^, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed^Encore: Get Back^^ with John Scofield Setlist: Soulive | The Ardmore Music Hall | Ardmore, PA | 3/3/18 (Nighttime Show)King’s March, Steppin, Up Right, Sidekick, El Ron, Alladin, Waves, Lenny, Curse Lifter, Manic Depression%, Spark, Miller’s Last Stand, One In SevenEncore: Revolution% with Danny Mayerlast_img read more

U.S. ‘safe’ limits of PFCs in drinking water appear too high for children

first_imgA new environmental toxicity study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Copenhagen has found that exposure limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) found in drinking water appear to be 100 to 1,000 times too high. PFCs are chemicals widely used in manufactured products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and fast-food packaging.Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH, and Esben Budtz-Jørgensen of the University of Copenhagen, concluded that current exposure limits do not adequately protect children and other vulnerable groups against adverse effects on the human immune system. These same researchers showed in 2012 that routine childhood vaccines are less effective in children exposed to PFCs.The new study, “Immunotoxicity of perfluorinated alkylates: Calculation of benchmark doses based on serum concentrations in children,” was published online April 18, 2013, in the BioMed Central open access journal Environmental Health.The researchers compared blood concentration levels of PFCs for 431 five-year-olds in a birth cohort to serum antibody concentrations against tetanus and diphtheria toxoids in the same children at age 7. A doubling in PFC exposure was associated with a 50% decrease in the antibody concentration. As a threshold for this effect could not be identified, the researchers calculated a so-called benchmark dose to identify approximate exposure levels that would protect against the effect. The same method is used by EPA and other agencies. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dear Evan Hansen’s Laura Dreyfuss on Ben Platt’s Secret Warmup Go-To & More

first_imgLaura Dreyfuss(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Shows Age: “For the next year, I’ll be 16.”Hometown: Bergen County, NJCurrent Role: Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, the longtime crush of the anxious title character who becomes closer with him following a unifying tragedy, in Dear Evan Hansen.Stage & Screen Cred: Dreyfuss originated the role of Zoe in both the Washington D.C. and off-Broadway productions of Dear Evan Hansen. She also appeared on Broadway in Once and Hair; she was featured in the first national tour of the latter. Dreyfuss was also in off-Broadway’s What’s it all About?. Onscreen, she played Madison McCarthy on the sixth season of Glee. Dear Evan Hansencenter_img View Comments from $89.00last_img read more

Almost Heaven

first_imgEver since having kids, I’ve actually managed to score more days on the ski hill than when I was child-less and the only responsibility I had was remember to take the trash out on Tuesdays. Making sure my kids love skiing is important to me and my wife, so we’ve spent a lot of time and energy reinforcing solid ski family values to our children since their first winter out of the womb. My kids are only eight, but they understand that there are no friends on powder days, and it’s okay to miss work or school if you can get solid turns in. And bagging first tracks are way better than straight A’s.When they were babies and toddlers, I made a harness for a sled so I could tow them on cross country ski days. When they got to be two or three, we got them plastic skis that fit over their winter boots and would take them to the local ski hill for an hour at a time. We fed them chocolate constantly and as soon as they started to whine, we’d whisk them away to the lodge for more treats. Then we’d get ice cream on the way home from the mountain. The plan was simple: trick them into thinking skiing is fun.They got older and grew into hard boots and real skis, took some lessons and got better. For a while, skiing still sucked. They were always uncomfortable and spent half the time crying. We persevered. They finished last season able to ski all of Breckenwolf and picked up this season without missing a step. It’s been super fun, but they’re still little so I’ve never pushed them to ski anything too hard. All season long, we’d stick mostly to the blues and take it easy. And as soon as they said they were tired, we’d make a bee-line for ice cream. But right now, I’m typing this blog in the midst of a golden parental glow because my wife and I just spent an entire day at Snowshoe skiing black diamonds with our kids. This is the sort of thing we’ve dreamed about since before we even had kids. It’s actually one of the arguments my wife would throw out there when she was trying to convince me to knock her up. “Just think: one day, we’ll be able to take ski trips as a family. And ski all day with our kids. Don’t you want that? Wouldn’t that be great?” I did want that. And it is great. At one point today, we cruised to the top of a seriously rutted out bump run that was steep and narrow. It was legitimate black diamond territory, even by western mountain standards, I thought my daughter was gonna lose it and say she wanted to find another way down, so I stopped short and waited for her and her brother to catch up. She didn’t even pause; she blew right past me into the mogul field and said, “come on dad, you got this!” I almost cried. I wonder if I’ll feel this proud on her wedding day? I guess it depends if the guy she marries is a skier.Really, it doesn’t matter what beer you drink after a day like this. Colt 45 would taste fine. But I chose Almost Heaven, an amber from Mountain State Brewing. Because it seemed appropriate given the situation.last_img read more

From Security to Humanitarian Assistance

first_img DIÁLOGO: When it comes to security, do you think there will be an increase in the crime rate if the gangs are able to reorganize? DIÁLOGO: What will be the biggest challenge from now on? DIÁLOGO: Did the military personnel participating in MINUSTAH already have this humanitarian aid profile? Maj. Gen. Peixoto: We are here to carry out a stabilization mission, working under the umbrella of the United Nations. That was MINUSTAH’s profile when it was created in 2004. The military contingent present in Haiti has been working all these years to guarantee security in the country, so that local institutions can function normally. The earthquake radically changed our modus operandi and our priorities. Besides the security component, we shifted to dedicating substantial time and resources to humanitarian aid. So my subordinates — of whom there were 7,000 and are now 8,500, and could reach 9,000, according to the U.N. Security Council’s authorization — now have a double mission: humanitarian aid and security, activities that are interrelated. DIÁLOGO: You mentioned 18 countries. What was it like to integrate these troops, especially after the earthquake, when there was an increase in the number of military personnel in Haiti? The U.N. has established three main phases. The first is to remove the debris, then to restore normality in the country, possibly with elections happening in November. The third phase will be reconstruction, which will continue until December 2011 when the U.N., along with the Haitian government, will re-evaluate what will come next for the country. DIÁLOGO: What changed in MINUSTAH’s routine after the earthquake? Maj. Gen. Peixoto: All the military personnel who arrived here after the earthquake, including troops from the United States, Italy, Dominican Republic, Canada, Jamaica, and other countries, came with the intention of strengthening the humanitarian aid in the country. We have a very close relationship with these troops, more specifically with those from Canada and the U.S., which substantially increased their troops in Haiti in a very important way. This coordination has been and is still being provided by a part of the U.N. mission called the JOTC [Joint Operational Task Center], which coordinates the activities of all humanitarian aid organizations in the country. When it comes to strategy, I am personally in contact with the other troops, especially with the Americans and Canadians, who are here in much larger numbers than other countries, with [Lt.] Gen. [Ken] Keen and with [Brig.] Gen. [Guy] Laroche for the United States and Canada, respectively. On the operational level, this interaction has worked exceptionally well. All the armed forces represented in Haiti, whether from Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala, Jordan or Nepal, just to mention some of them, work together very harmoniously. DIÁLOGO: What lessons have you learned from the earthquake that you can share with other military personnel elsewhere in positions similar to yours? Maj. Gen. Peixoto: There’s a wide range of lessons learned in various fields and levels. I wouldn’t be able to list them all here, but I’ll focus on three. The first is the need to coordinate efforts. This coordination of efforts is extremely important to avoid the loss of any kind of international or domestic humanitarian aid due to a lack of coordination. The second lesson is the capacity to move troops rapidly and with agility, especially from areas that weren’t affected to those that suffered a greater impact. We did this and had great success. The third lesson learned, and now we’re getting into the tactical-operational field, is to know how to carry out food distributions with a great deal of discretion and caution when it comes to the times, locations and security structure. But the main lesson, I would say, is to remain calm, coordinated and capable of making decisions via an efficient command-and-control system that allows the instant activation of any unit, as well as the capability to relate to and interact with other forces in order to stimulate interoperability among a variety of troops from different countries. DIÁLOGO: We all share the pain of the Haitian people, but you suffered very significant personal losses of people very close to you. Could you tell us what you felt and still feel with regard to these losses? By Dialogo April 01, 2010 Maj. Gen. Peixoto: Yes. However, I’ll be honest: We never thought about an earthquake. We were prepared and had contingency plans to face hurricanes, torrential tropical rains, like those we faced here in 2004 and in 2008. That is, we’d done planning along those lines, but not for an earthquake. All the troops who came to Haiti to serve under my command — we’re talking about 18 countries, including the United States and Canada — have extensive previous training, including a focus on humanitarian aid. Maj. Gen. Peixoto: What I can guarantee to you is that the situation is absolutely under control. It’s very important to emphasize the difference between criminality and security. Robbery, rape, kidnapping — this is criminality. This is a problem for the Haitian police. If cases like these increase sharply, then yes, this can have repercussions on security. However, I repeat, criminality is different than security. Criminality is the examples I mentioned. Security is something that often is not even visible. For example, it’s the fact that institutions are functioning; it’s ensuring that people have freedom of movement; guaranteeing normality throughout the country; guaranteeing the functioning of the institutions; of the ports and airports; of the land and sea borders: this is security, which is absolutely under control. Maj. Gen. Peixoto: Undoubtedly, moving people from the camps to other locations. The biggest challenge is to convince these people to leave the places where they are now for more organized camps, with better structures for support, health and shelter, so that in the future they will be able to return to their places of origin in better and more dignified conditions, in a cleaner city completely free of debris. Immediately after the earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010, thousands of people from different parts of the world flocked to the country to offer humanitarian aid. the biggest challenge in the first hours and days that followed was trying to organize all this help. Much of the planning for this huge task fell under Maj. Gen. Floriano Peixoto’s responsibilities. The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, Force Commander talked to Diálogo magazine about coordinating the relief efforts, the lessons learned from this experience and the sorrow of losing friends and staff members to a devastating natural disaster. Gen. Peixoto: It is indeed very painful. One hundred and one people from the U.N. mission died, including 24 military personnel, 18 of them from the Brazilian contingent. Out of those 18, I lost two colonels who worked with me in our day-to-day functions, besides all the other members of my office, such as my personal assistant; they all died. This is and will always be a very sad memory for me, as I’ve lost military and nonmilitary friends. These were people who worked with me every day here at the U.N. headquarters. This is very hard. To be in Miami at the time of the earthquake and without a way to immediately return to the country hurt very much. I was only able to come here with the help of the U.S. Southern Command, of Gen. [Douglas] Fraser, who made air transportation available from Miami to Haiti, and I am extremely grateful to him for that. That’s what made it possible for me to be here in command of the military contingent and of the mission 12 hours after the earthquake. We as military personnel are trained to face chaotic situations, with high levels of tension, a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, but this time, this experience profoundly marked my personal and professional life.last_img read more

December 15, 2003 Notices

first_imgDecember 15, 2003 Notices Rule 10-9.1(f)(1) Notice, Appearance and Service. At least 30 days in advance of the committee meeting at which a hearing is to be held with respect to a potential advisory opinion, the committee shall give public notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing, state the question presented, and invite written comments on the question. On the announced date the committee shall hold a public hearing at which any person affected shall be entitled to present oral testimony and be represented by counsel. Oral testimony by other persons may be allowed by the committee at its discretion. At the time of, or prior to, the hearing any other person shall be entitled to file written testimony on the issue before the committee.You are notified the Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law will hold a public hearing on January 15, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami, 400 Southeast Second Avenue, Miami 33131-2197, at 10:30 a.m..The question presented for consideration is: Whether any of the following actions constitute the unlicensed practice of law when performed by a nonlawyer on behalf of a party to a mortgage foreclosure action pending before a Florida court:1) Negotiating with the lender or lender’s attorney to modify, reinstate, or restructure the mortgage loan which forms the basis of the foreclosure action;2) Drafting documents which memorialize the negotiations as the representative of a party to the foreclosure action;3) Reviewing and explaining to the party to the mortgage foreclosure action documents drafted by the lender or lender’s attorney which memorialize the negotiations;4) Inducing the party to the mortgage foreclosure action to rely on the nonlawyer to handle all aspects of the foreclosure action for the party; and/or5) Preparing pleadings and other documents to be filed in the court in connection with the mortgage foreclosure action;Whether a nonlawyer who negotiates the modification, reinstatement, or restructure of a mortgage loan outside of the foreclosure context engages in the unlicensed practice of law.Written testimony may be filed at the time of, or prior to, the hearing by sending a copy of same to Jeffrey T. Picker, Assistant UPL Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Sotolongo petitions for reinstatement The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability have submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a joint recommendation seeking amendments to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.035, Determination of Need for Additional Judges. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before January 15, 2004, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Stanford R. Solomon, Chair of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 3000, Tampa 33602-4331, and Judge Martha C. Warner, Chair of the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, Fourth District Court of Appeal, P.O. Box 3315, West Palm Beach 33402-3315, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENT TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION (CERTIFICATION OF JUDGES), SC03-1905 RULE 2.035. DETERMINATION OF NEED FOR ADDITIONAL JUDGES (a) Statement of Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to set forth uniform criteria used by the supreme court in determining the need for additional judges, except supreme court jus­tices, and the necessity for decreasing the number of judges, and for increasing, decreasing, or rede­fining appellate districts and judicial circuits, pursuant to article V, section 9, Florida Constitu­tion. The criteria set forth in this rule have been identified and used by the supreme court in making this determination in recent years. These criteria form the primary basis for our determination of need for additional judges. Un­foreseen develop­ments, however, may have an impact upon the judiciary resulting in needs which cannot be fore­seen or predicted by statistical pro­jections. This court, therefore, may also consider any additional information found by it to be relevant to the process. In establishing criteria for the need for additional appellate court judges, substantial reliance has been placed on the findings and recom­mendations of the Supreme Court Commis­sion on Florida Appellate Court Structure. See In re Certification, 370 So. 2d 365 (Fla. 1979). (b) Criteria. (1) Trial Courts. (A) The following thresholds have been estab­lished based upon caseload statistics supplied to the state courts administrator by the clerks of the circuit courts. Courts either at or projected to be at the thresholds are presumed to have a need for one or more additional judges. The thresholds are not an optimal level but reflect that the courts are operating above capacity. (i) The circuit court threshold is 1,865 case filings per circuit judge. These case filings include circuit criminal (includes worthless checks), civil (includes habeas corpus), juvenile dependency and delin­quency, domestic relations (including child sup­port), probate, guardianship, and mental health cases. (ii) The county court threshold is 6,114 case filings per county judge. These case filings include criminal misdemeanor, county civil (including small claims and landlord-tenant), violations of county or municipal ordinances, DUI, and other criminal traffic cases; they do not include worthless check cases. (B) Other factors may be utilized in the determination of the need for one or more addi­tional judges. These other factors may indicate that need for an additional judge(s) even though a court may not have achieved the presumptive threshold. Con­versely, the absence of these other factors may mitigate the need for one or more additional judges. These other factors include: (i) County judge availability to serve and county judge service in circuit court. (ii) The use and availability of senior judges to serve on a particular court. (iii) The availability and use of supple­mental hearing officers. (iv) The extent of use of alternative dis­pute resolution. (v) The number of jury trials. (vi) Foreign language interpretations. (vii) The geographic size of a circuit, including travel times between courthouses in a particular jurisdiction. (viii) Law enforcement activities in the court’s jurisdiction, including any substantial com­mitment of additional resources for state attorneys, public defenders, and local law enforcement. (ix) The availability and use of case-related support staff and case management policies and practices. (x) The nature and complexity of cases coming before the courts in the jurisdiction. (xi) Caseload trends. (2) District Courts of Appeal. (A) Caseload statistics The following threshold has been established based upon data caseload statistics supplied to the state courts administrator by the clerks of the district courts of appeal. The court will presume that there is a need for an additional appellate court judgeship in any district for which a request is made and where current caseload filings reflect the need for an additional judgeship based on a primary caseload of 250 350 filings per judge. (B) Any other factor deemed relevant by the court may be utilized in the determination of the need for one or more additional judges, including, but not limited to, those the following factors listed in (b)(1) for trial courts. : (i) Number and percent of pro se and other cases impacting extraordinarily on workload. (ii) Caseload trends. (iii) Use of assigned or senior judges. (iv) Number of law clerks, staff attorneys and judicial assistants available to support judges. (v) Use of administrative measures to reduce delay and pending caseload (i.e., accelerated calendar, frequency of court days, dispute resolution programs, case management policies, etc.). (vi) Number of trial judges per appellate judge. (vii) Geographic size of appellate district (i.e., number of counties, number of days court is held in other counties, travel time). (viii) Population growth and density within district. (ix) Number of attorneys in district. (x) Presence of state and local government institutions in district. (xi) Characteristics of district (i.e., urban v. rural). (xii) New laws, events, or litigation impacting caseload or administrative workload. (c) Additional Workload Factors. Because summary statistics reflective of the above criteria do not fully measure judicial workload, the supreme court will receive and consider, among other things, information about the time to perform and volume of the following activities, which also comprise the judicial workload of a particular juris­diction:(1) review appellate court decisions; (2) research legal issues; (3) review briefs and memoranda of law; (4) participate in court conferences on pending cases; (5) hear and dispose of motions; (6) prepare correspondence, orders, judg­ments, and decisional opinions; (7) review presentence investigative reports and predispositional reports in delinquency and depen­dency cases; (8) review petitions and motions for post-conviction relief; (9) perform administrative duties relating to the court; (10) participate in meetings with those involved in the justice system; and (11) participate in educational programs designed to increase the competency and efficiency of the judiciary. (d) Certification Process. In order to gather infor­mation about these criteria and additional workload factors, the state courts administrator will distribute a compilation of summary statistics and projections to each chief judge at a time designated by the chief justice. Each chief judge will then consider these criteria, additional workload factors, and summary statistics, and submit to the chief justice a request for any increases or decreases under article V, section 9, of the Florida Constitu­tion that the chief judge feels are required. The chief justice and the state courts administrator may then visit the chief judge and other representatives of the court submitting the request as well as repre­sentatives of The Florida Bar and the public to gather additional information and clarifi­cation about the need in the particular jurisdiction. The chief justice will submit recommendations to the supreme court, which will thereafter certify to the legislature its findings and recommendations con­cerning such need. Court Commentary 1983 Adoption. Article V, section 9, of the Florida Consti­tution authorizes the establishment, by rule, of uniform criteria for the determination of the need for additional judges, except supreme court justices, the necessity for decreasing the number of judges and for increasing, decreasing, or redefining appellate districts and judicial circuits. Each year since the adoption of article V in 1972, this court, pursuant to section 9, has certified its determination of need to the legislature based upon factors and criteria set forth in our certification decisions. This rule is intended to set forth criteria and workload factors previously developed, adopted, and used in this certification process, as summarized and specifically set forth in In re Certificate of Judicial Manpower, 428 So. 2d 229 (Fla. 1983); In re Certifi­cate of Judicial Manpower, 396 So. 2d 172 (Fla. 1981); and In re Certification, 370 So. 2d 365 (Fla. 1979). 2003 Amendment. Subdivision (b)(2) was amended to provide more specific criteria and workload factors to be used in determining the need for increasing or decreasing the number of judges on the District Courts of Appeal. In addition, the caseload level at which the court will presume that there is a need for an additional appellate judge has been increased from 250 to 350 filings per judge. This increased caseload factor was based on historic trends since the date of the adoption of this rule. The increase in case filings per judge primarily reflects the improved court efficiency that has resulted from an increased number of staff attorneys and law clerks available to support judges and from the use of enhanced technology. If there is a reduction in the resources which made possible this increased judicial efficiency, the court will reexamine whether 350 should remain the caseload level at which the need for additional judges will be presumed. Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar is seeking a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Vivian L. Hobbs, Ph.D., of Tallahassee, whose second two-year term expires June 2004.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 52-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only seven other state bar associations — Alaska, Arizona, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews, and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its April meeting in Pensacola. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court of Florida and the court will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 81 local grievance committees which hear complaints against attorneys are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 32 committees which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court of Florida.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay all expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official Bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 25. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representations. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Solomon L. Badger III, Ed.D of Jacksonville.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s Web site at or call The Florida Bar at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757 to request an application to be mailed. Completed applications should be mailed to 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is Jan. 30, 2004.Board to fill Bar Foundation vacancy December 15, 2003 Regular News The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled at its January 31, 2004, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2004, on this 30-member board of directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Applicants must also be members of The Florida Bar Foundation.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application online from the Bar’s Web site,, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Thursday, January 9, 2004. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.U.S. Middle District judgeship available Robert Keith Kogon of West Palm Beach has submitted an application with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners for readmission to The Florida Bar.Kogon resigned from the practice of law, pursuant to Supreme Court order 81,873, under allegations of inaccurate accounting of funds as a guardian and that he made changes to a client’s will designating himself as a beneficiary.The bar examiners will conduct a public hearing on Kogon’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Kogon, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission. To be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a request to Eleanor Hunter, Executive Director, Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. Public hearing on UPL issues setcenter_img Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Jesus Novo III has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Novo was suspended for 18 months, nunc pro tunc to August 31, 2001.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Novo’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Vivian M. Reyes, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Foundation seeks board applicants Seven positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan which provides for 18 out of the 29 member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of governors and the Board of Directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: Adele I. Stone, Hollywood, and Philip Bruce Culpepper, Tallahassee, (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach, and Bruce B. Blackwell, Orlando, (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), John A. Noland, Ft. Myers, and John W. Thornton, Jr., Miami, (Foundation appointees). Casey, Thornton, Blackwell and Culpepper are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of The Florida Bar also must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The seventh board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones, Coral Gables, who is not eligible for an additional term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.Since 1981, the Foundation’s principal activity has been setting policy and overseeing operation of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Persons interested in applying for any of the seven Foundation board positions should obtain the appropriate application form. Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s website: under the Governance section.Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 14, 2004. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Applicants for Bar seats should contact the Bar directly.)The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. “A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live,” according to the Foundation. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.”Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities.Proposed changes to the rules the court uses to certify the need for more judges Public member applications sought Applications are now being accepted to fill the position of U.S. District Court judge for the Middle District of Florida.Applications are available from Commission Chair Roberto Martínez, 255 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 476-7430, e-mail address and from the official Web page of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida at completed applications must be mailed to Martínez, and all of the commission’s members, by January 15.Kogon petitions for readmission Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Felipe Sotolongo has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Sotolongo was suspended for 91 days for misconduct including misdemeanor criminal charges and neglect of, and lack of communication with, a client.Anyone having knowledge bearing upon Sotolongo’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Eric Montel Turner, Chief Branch Discipline Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245.Novo petitions for Bar reinstatementlast_img read more

New Product Development: 5 steps to creating an “MLP”

first_imgPrioritizeSometimes, time can be a detriment. If product development drags on for months on end, not only does the product ultimately get watered-down in features and enhancements that are not critical, but it can also push you over budget. Prioritize what is important, based on your long-term strategic goals, set a realistic time frame, and push forward. Keep them coming backGetting your members to become habitual users of your product is one of the integral ways to build loyalty. Credit Unions have a large number of opportunities to tackle this initiative since you’re involved with an individual’s finances; a very intimate and prevalent aspect of our daily lives. Additionally, the old way of marketing and advertising to consumers is all but dead. Consumers don’t want to be talked at anymore; they, particularly millennials, want to partake in the conversation. Find a way to build the kind of product that will encourage your most passionate users to engage in open dialogue with you—preferably via a public venue, such as a landing page or social media network—and share their experiences with their friends and family.Product development is very hard work and often has you venturing into unknown territory with your members, but when done well, it can lead to your credit union reaching your goals—the ones you defined earlier in step three—and increased member loyalty. I’ll add one last thing: keep in mind, your initial product is not the end of the road; it’s merely your starting point. But, if you build an MLP, the focus will keep your members engaged and position you for success on your continued development efforts. Make user experience a priorityLet’s face it—looks matter. Yes, functionality and features are critical, but the way your end-product looks and operates is just as important. Making sure that every interaction with your member is taken into consideration and is intentionally designed to address their needs and concerns. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Victoria Penn Victoria Penn is the Content Manager for SWBC. She manages the content marketing strategies for the company by producing and maintaining fresh digital and print content across multiple platforms such … Web: Detailscenter_img Would you rather be viable or lovable?MVP vs MLPIf you are involved with your credit union’s new product development efforts, you’re likely familiar with the term Minimal Viable Product (MVP). MVP is a deployment process in which you give your users a functioning product that delivers the expected business value and then relies upon users to flush out the remaining features for the whole product. While the MVP model can definitely be a great approach to take for product development it may not be the best for products involving your members’ financial needs.The threat of technology firms, often focusing exclusively on the needs of the user—without the burdens of legacy processes, systems and compliance concerns—is real. They are winning financial transactions from your members by building solutions that connect with them at a level that makes them want to share their experiences with their friends and family.Many organizations fall into the trap of simply building an “okay” product—it’s functional, cheap, and meets the deadline. The problem with that—their customers don’t love it. And, since they don’t love it, they don’t use it and they definitely don’t want to talk about it with others. So what’s the solution? How can your organization be more than viable and regularly deliver lovable results? Start guiding your team to develop products as an MLP—Minimum Loveable Product: the best possible version of a product that generates the maximum amount of love from your beta testers and early adapters.When it comes to product development, heed these famous words from John Lydgate, famous English poet and monk, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” A successful product will be loved by your key audience enough to get them talking about it and sharing it with their networks. Furthermore, it’s way more efficient and economical to make enhancements to a product that is engaging and addresses critical user needs, as opposed to having to start all over from a sub-par product.Know Your AudienceIn order to build the right product, knowing your audience is a critical step. What are their banking/lending/technology needs? How do they want/need to interact with the product? What are the non-negotiables to their “dream” product? How would this product affect their day-to-day interactions with your credit union? It’s best to get the answers to these questions “straight from the horse’s mouth.” Talk to your members: have your loan officers and service representatives ask questions when they make routine service requests, or send out a survey via email with some kind of incentive for completing. Research can be time-consuming and tedious, but it is a vital step in the product development cycle.Thorough research will give you the information you need to develop a unique buyer persona of your members, which will allow you to develop a product that meets the needs of the majority of your members, without attempting to cover every edge case.So, How Do I Create an MLP?As you’re developing your new product(s), follow these five steps and you’ll be well on your way to creating an MLP that your ideal member will love.Appeal to your members’ emotionsWhen developing a product, think about the ‘why’ instead of focusing completely on the solution. When you start to consider the ‘why,’ you increase your chances that your members create an emotional connection with your product. For example, Suburu makes vehicles. The purpose of a vehicle is to get you from point A to B, but when Suburu markets their vehicles, they appeal to their customers’ and prospects’ emotions by communicating that their mission is to protect the people that ride in their cars. “Put your eggs in one basket”This cliche’ statement has a negative connotation, but when it comes to product development, you can’t be everything to everybody. Focus on the core of what you want to accomplish, and make sure you knock that out of the park.last_img read more

Was Cyber Monday a virtual win for credit unions?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Reporting on retail results for the opening weekend of the 2015 holiday shopping season took on a variety interpretations, ranging from “bleak” in the view of a columnist, to “record breaking” in terms of online purchasing, according to Cyber Monday (November 30), CO-OP Financial Services found activity to be somewhere in the middle. The company reported 9,421,258 transactions processed, including debit, credit, ATM and branch services, a figure slightly higher than in 2014.A few key moments:775,455 transactions were processed during the peak hour, 8 a.m. Eastern.14,918 transactions were processed during the peak minute, 10:27 a.m. Eastern.258 transactions were processed at 10:24:45 a.m. Eastern, the busiest second of the day.“This bodes well for December retail buying, since we had a record breaking year in 2014 with more than 3 billion transactions, a figure we expect to surpass in 2015,” says Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. continue reading »last_img read more

Cahill ready for Man City challenge

first_img City, who Chelsea beat at Stamford Bridge in October, boast a 100 per cent record from 11 home games, scoring 42 goals in the process, and overtook Arsenal in the standings by winning 5-1 at Tottenham on Wednesday night. Monday’s contest at the Etihad Stadium will be a battle of the league’s most miserly defence – Chelsea having conceded 20 goals in their 23 games – and the most prolific attack. Cahill told Chelsea TV: “They’re banging goals in left, right and centre. It’s going to be really tough. “We had a really good result against them at home; away from home (at the Etihad Stadium) they’ve been so, so strong. “I suppose it’s the ultimate test. It’s going to be a really, really tough game. “We’ve got to try to look forward to those games and going there on Monday is exciting.” Chelsea have beaten City, Manchester United and Liverpool at home, while recording away draws at Old Trafford, against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and at the Emirates Stadium. Mourinho, whose side also travel to City in the FA Cup, would perhaps be happy with another draw, but midfielder John Obi Mikel is optimistic of more, even if he suggested a defensive approach like the one deployed against United and Arsenal. Chelsea on Wednesday night recorded a seventh clean sheet in nine games in all competitions in a goalless draw with West Ham which left Jose Mourinho so frustrated he described Sam Allardyce’s tactics as from the 19th century. The Hammers conceded nine goals to City in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, yet showed a defensive resilience against Chelsea which saw Mourinho’s men concede two points in the title race. Gary Cahill believes Chelsea face the ultimate challenge when travelling to prolific Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday. “We have to have the belief that we can go there and win, that we can go there and play the way they play,” Mikel told Chelsea TV. “We have to go out there and believe we can stop them from scoring. “If we can get one or two chances we can put it in the back of the net and game over.” Chelsea’s revival after a November and December wobble came when Mourinho emphasised defensive steel at Arsenal and since the Blues have conceded just twice to claim the best defensive record in the league. “It’s something to be proud of,” Cahill added. “As a collective unit, as a whole team, we’re working really hard defensively, not just at the back.” Chelsea were unable to show the attacking ruthlessness of City against West Ham, though. Cahill added: “We’ve been playing really well of late (and) it’s frustrating because they killed the game off. “They must’ve wasted 20 minutes of the game from setting up set-pieces and goal kicks and all the rest of it. “On another day we score that one goal and it’s game over.” Mourinho believes he has completed his business for the January transfer window, unless exceptional circumstances dictate otherwise. For Allardyce, who is awaiting confirmation of the full extent of injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), the situation is the same as his 25-man squad is full. West Ham now enter Saturday’s home match with Swansea in buoyant mood, despite still being in the relegation zone. Allardyce said: “We’ve played the last two away games and got four points. “Let’s start doing it at home, starting on Saturday, to relieve the pressure that we’re under.” Adrian, who had a fine game in goal for the Hammers, added on “We’ve gone through the game without conceding a goal, which is great, and we’ll look to build on that against Swansea now. “It is an important game, because we are playing at home and we need three points more to get us away from the bottom of the table.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Boynton Beach Fires Two Officials After Mural Changed to Remove Black Faces

first_imgTwo Boynton Beach officials have lost their jobs, after an art project in the city was changed to replace the images of two black former fire chiefs with white faces.City Manager Lori LaVerriere said in a statement on Saturday that she has terminated public arts manager Debby Coles-Dobay, and has also removed Matthew Petty as chief of the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department.A few hours later, LaVerriere added that she and Petty “agreed that it is in the best interest of the city of Boynton Beach that we mutually separate employment.”The move comes after a public mural that showed the images of two black former fire chiefs in the city was painted over with white faces.“The decision made to alter the artwork that was approved by the Public Arts Commission was wrong and disrespectful to our community,” LaVerriere wrote.She continued, “Every employee in the city of Boynton Beach works for its community. As a leader, I have been very clear that I will not tolerate any employee to be disrespectful, in any shape or form, to any members of our community.”LaVerriere also said the decisions “difficult but necessary.”last_img read more