On the job: Professions divided by a common language

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR Hartley our irascible weekly columnist, speaks his mindThere’s a scene in the film Tootsie where Dustin Hoffman in female personais told by the object of his affections that all she wants is a guy to bestraight with her about finding her attractive and wanting to, shall we say,progress things. A few scenes later Hoffman, now back to being male, doesexactly that and gets a drink in his face for his efforts. I may a get a few inmy face after this. What brings this movie to mind, you ask? As HR professionals we areresponsible for recruitment and the one thing we need to get that particularjob done is candidates. But watch the face of any HR person when the call isannounced as “X from Y Recruitment for you” – it drops. While the temptation to make my fortune as Ben Affleck’s body double isalways there, I feel more comfortable in the knowledge I could make a farlarger fortune training recruitment consultants to talk to HR people. Let’sface it – we are two professions divided by a common language. I recently got into a debate with the owner of a recruitment business whoblanched at the number of recruiters I work with. He went on to: a) Say he could help (pah!) b) tell me what I was doing wrong (always a winner) and c) say he had the perfect people for my business (of course he knew nothingabout what I was looking for). I take the view that I work with a larger number of recruiters because Iwant to access a wider range of candidates and if that takes more work for methen so be it. I get handsomely rewarded! Still, I suppose I have to raise the question: What have we HR recruitersdone to help consultants help us? Well, we’ve erected a mass of barriers toward them off – preferred supplier lists, receptionists, voicemail, choice afternoons,out and out rudeness… They all prevent the genuinely good from representing thegenuinely great to those in the need. If we’re to find a way towards bestpractice, maybe the first step forward is to share more information onsuppliers, and put together a benchmark that cuts through the “we do itdifferently” marketing so adored by recruitment consultants. We could even communicate to our suppliers the best ways of how we like towork to get the best job candidates. That would allow them to minimise theiropportunities for regularly winding us up. We could even start a debate thatcould end up with the phrase “recruitment consultant as businesspartner” in common use – imagine that! Where does this leave me? The usual place at 7.30pm on a Monday – my desk,pondering two questions: how can we as a profession sort this situation out?And , if there were no recruitment consultants would my advertising workbetter? But don’t get me started on advertising… On the job: Professions divided by a common languageOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Biological invasions in terrestrial Antarctica: what is the current status and can we respond?

first_imgUntil recently the Antarctic continent and Peninsula have been little impacted by non-native species, compared to other regions of the Earth. However, reports of species introductions are increasing as awareness of biological invasions as a major conservation threat, within the context of increased human activities and climate change scenarios, has grown within the Antarctic community. Given the recent increase in documented reports, here we provide an up-to-date inventory of known terrestrial non-native species introductions, including those subsequently removed since the 1990s, within the Antarctic Treaty area. This builds on earlier syntheses of records published in the mid-2000s, which focused largely on the sub-Antarctic islands, given the dearth of literature available at that time from the continental and maritime Antarctic regions. Reports of non-native species established in the natural environment (i.e. non-synanthropic) are mainly located within the Antarctic Peninsula region and Scotia Arc, with Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, the most impacted area. Non-native plants have generally been removed from sites of introduction, but no established invertebrates have yet been subject to any eradication attempt, despite a recent increase in reports. Legislation within the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty has not kept pace with environmental best practice, potentially presenting difficulties for the practical aspects of non-native species control and eradication. The success of any eradication attempt may be affected by management practices and the biology of the target species under polar conditions. Practical management action is only likely to succeed with greater co-operation and improved communication and engagement by nations and industries operating in the region.last_img read more

Jazz Open Summer League Tourney Play

first_img Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Las Vegas, NV)  —  The Jazz will take on the Magic today in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.Utah went 1-and-2 during the first three games to earn the 22nd seed in the tournament.  Orlando enters as the 11th seed after going 2-and-1.First-round pick Grayson Allen is averaging 16.5 points in two Vegas appearances. July 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz Open Summer League Tourney Play Tags: Basketball/Grayson Allen/NBA/NBA Summer League/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

Pre-Apprenticeship Adjunct Assistant Professor (Utility Line Worker and/or Gas)

first_imgQuicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2905 Posting NumberF00151P Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are requested to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work ** (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae4. Two letters of recommendation5. Letter of Interest**Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Department Location LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Application Instructions Work YearN/A Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Special Requirements Beginning and/or Ending Dates Posting Date Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). 1.Associate degree from an accredited college and four years ofjourney-level occupational experience in the subject matter area;OR six years of journey-level occupational experience in thesubject matter area and completion of at least eighteen semesterunits of degree applicable college level course work in addition toapprenticeship credit; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Closing Date Assignment Responsibilities How and where to applycenter_img Position Summary * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocument SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Work Schedule The Institution All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. Open ContinuouslyYes Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries to be emailed [email protected] Conditions Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Minimum Qualifications Posting Details Physical Demands General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook.Responsibilities included, but not limited to:• Serves as a subject matter expert in the identification, design,and development of curriculum for teaching entry-level skills forcommercial and industrial apprenticeship programs.• Instructs pre-apprentices in preparation for entry intoapprenticeship creating instructional support materials and using avariety of training methods and delivery options includingclassroom, lab exercises, field experiences, and simulations.• Uses appropriate assessment methodologies including examinationsand practical hands-on proficiencies.• Maintains required student records and submits appropriatereports.• Interacts with staff, team members, managers, pre-apprentices,trainees, and other training professionals and consultants to embedapplications and techniques into the curriculum and labexperiences.• Maintains and emphasizes safe working conditions and ensuresadherence to established policies, procedures, and practices.• Identifies and purchases equipment required in support of theinstructional program.• Participates in advisory committees and interacts with employersand labor organizations.• Performs other related duties and responsibilities asassigned.• Design and develop course curriculum and lesson plans and delivertraining using a variety of teaching methodologies and media as itrelates to apprenticeship.• Safely utilize applicable tools and equipment for relatedjourney-level trades and occupations.• Assess student performance and progress and provide appropriatefeedback.• Enter and retrieve data or information using a computer andutilize appropriate software applications.• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and inwriting.• Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws andregulations.• Understand and comply with Los Rios policies and standards forworkplace health and safety.• Work independently and/or as a member of a team.• Effectively interact with other employees and members of thepublic.• Solve problems and use good judgment.• Function effectively in a fast paced environment. Job Posting TitlePre-Apprenticeship Adjunct Assistant Professor (Utility LineWorker and/or Gas) * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Total Hrs per Week/Daylast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Making Sense by Michael ReaganHouston is trying to dry itself out and recover from the historic floods of Hurricane Harvey.It will take years and unknown billions of dollars.Unlike New Orleans in 2005 after Katrina, the country’s fourth largest city was as prepared as any metropolis can be for a thousand-year flood.But unlike New Orleans, Houston’s city government was not horribly corrupt and incompetent.In Houston, no poorly built or badly maintained federal government levies broke open, instantly flooding whole neighborhoods with sea water up to their rooftops and killing nearly 2,000 people.In Houston, where so far about 40 have died, nearly 1.7 million residents left voluntarily or were ordered to be evacuated by local officials before the flood waters crested.On a federal level, President Trump is doing and saying the right things, though his critics in the media will never admit it.They’re busy looking for any way to blame him for every thing that goes wrong in Houston while complaining he’s been too upbeat and hasn’t shown the proper degree of empathy.They’re no doubt already trying to link his personal contribution of $1 million to a kickback from Putin.It’s still early, but so far the federal government’s response has not caused more trouble for Houston’s people or created any political firestorms.The Federal Emergency Management Administration is on the scene, throwing its money around and promising much much more.FEMA clearly has learned some lessons since its failures dealing with Katrina.It was much better prepared for a major disaster and it’s not trying to hog the relief and rebuild process.FEMA now knows its proper place and its most important role – providing federal relief money and supporting state and local governments.Earlier this week FEMA’s administrator, Brock Long, encouraged “all citizens to get involved. Donate your money, figure out how you can get involved as we help Texas find a new normal going forward after this devastating disaster.”It was nice to see FEMA encouraging private organizations and individuals to help, but millions of Americans around the country were a step ahead of Long’s call.The bearded bass fishermen and flat-bottomed boat owners ofthe informal “The Cajun Navy”and thousands of other individual boaters drove straight to Houston to help people evacuate or pluck them from rooftops.Like thousands of individuals, charities, churches and community groups, they answered Houston’s call for help spontaneously out of the goodness of their American hearts.Americans have a history of helping out in disasters at home and abroad and it’s been going on long before Jimmy Carter’s administration created FEMA in 1978.After a third of the city of Chicago was destroyed by the fire of 1871, it was private individuals, companies and charities that rebuilt it, not government.Before the fire was even put out, the people of Cincinnati held a rally, raised $160,000 and sent it to Chicago. Other cities did the same, raising the equivalent of nearly $100 million in today’s money and donating much more in food and clothing.The same thing happened in 1889 when 2,209 people of Johnstown, Pa., were swept to their deaths by a wall of water from a broken dam.Americans from coast-to-coast contributed millions of dollars and sent so many relief supplies by rail to Johnstown that they were asked to stop.As the city of Houston and its people already are learning, that kind of spontaneous private generosity is not just a tradition, it’s part of America’s DNA.Today it’s easier than ever to help victims of natural disasters. Thanks to web sites like PayPal you can send a $25 donation to the reputable charity of your choice with a click or two.That’s what I did, and when I get back home to Los Angeles, I’m going to go around the corner to the Red Cross office and give to Houston the old-fashioned way – with a check. HELPING HOUSTON THE AMERICAN WAYlast_img read more

Interior Construction, Restoration on Tap for OC’s Historic Life Saving Station

first_imgThe Life Saving Station as it appeared at the beginning of the 20th Century, when its present location was on the island’s beachfront.Now that Ocean City’s historic Life Saving Station has successfully dodged the wrecking ball and much of its exterior restoration has been completed, the building’s new life as a museum is about to reach its next phase.U.S. Life Saving Station 30 Chairman John Loeper said interior construction and renovation of the historic building’s interior should begin in June and he hopes it will be completed by January, 2017. The structure, which began operation in 1885, will then be outfitted with period-specific furnishings and many of the artifacts related to building will be placed on display.“There are not many of these buildings surviving today, and this will be the only one of its type completely restored to a ‘period perfect’ condition,” Loeper said.Original architectural drawings were found, Loeper said, and an “archeological dig” of the interior revealed the location of the original walls and specific rooms.“We know where the keeper’s room was, where the kitchen was, the bunk room for the crew and a lot more,” he said. The windows and doors and furnishing will all be restored in a manner faithful to the originals.Loeper has also documented the names of all 62 men who worked at the station and has located the graves of about half of them. He also recently received a glass negative and photo print of a 1905 keeper and crew.  “It is as clear and detailed as a photo from one of today’s digital cameras,” he said.Visitors won’t feel like they are in a traditional museum. Instead they will get a feel for what the building was like when it operated from 1885 to 1915.  The Life Saving Service merged with the Revenue Cutters, a kind of sea-fairing IRS that checked on cargo ships to collect taxes, to form the United States Coast Guard.The Life Saving Station as it appears today.“You aren’t going to see a lot of stuff inside of glass cases,” Loeper said. “This is going to be a living history museum. The goal is for it to look like the guys just left to do a rescue.”Not many people, including Ocean City locals are aware that the building was part of a vast network of similar structures built and operated to aid the numerous shipwrecks of the day. During the period of its operation, most of America’s cargo was hauled by schooners which hugged the coastline, vessels Loeper compared to today’s tractor trailers.“At that time, more than 150 coastal schooners were sailing past Ocean City every single day. At any given time you could go stand on the beach and see a dozen of them.”Unfortunately, with that amount of “traffic” shipwrecks were common as well. Each Life Saving station had a Keeper, or boss, Loeper said, and a crew of seven men.  The crew members were referred to by number, not name, according to their skill levels.  For example, an inexperienced entry level man would be a one and those with top-flight sailing and rescue abilities and experience would be a seven.“In the heat of a rescue, there was no time to remember or call out a name,” Loeper said. “Also there might be another crew out near the wreck from a neighboring station. Referring to the men by number according to what task needed to be performed could actually save lives.”The crews would be dispatched and would row out in heavy 26-ft. wooden rowboats to the site of the wreck and attempt to save as many people and as much cargo as possible. Sometimes they would be pressed into duty when cargo (and occasionally bodies) would wash up to shore from the wrecks. The crews attempted to protect the cargo from looters and sometimes would bury the bodies right there on the beach. The victims rarely had ID, Loeper said, and their families would not know where to look for their remains. The victims were simply known to have been lost at sea.The Life Saving Station also served as temporary shelter for people stuck on the island during a storm. Ocean City was a remote place at that time, and inhabited by very few people.“If you had come over from Somers Point to fish and the weather turned bad, you could knock on the door and they would put you up until the weather improved,” Loeper said.Speaking of bad weather, storms around 1905 eroded a large portion of Longport, and that land wound up merging with two islands in the north inlet to form what is now the North end of Ocean City. The island previously ended at North street and the Life Saving Station’s Fourth and Atlantic location was on the beachfront.  Although the building has never moved, it currently sits almost a quarter mile from the beach.Soon it will serve as a reminder of Ocean City’s rich history and the bravery of the Life Saving Station crew members, who themselves were sometimes lost at sea during rescue attempts.“These guys lead a rough life,” Loeper said. “We need to preserve as much of this history as possible or it will be lost forever.”U.S. Life Saving Station 30 Chairman John Loeper demonstrates the use of a kerosene-fueled torch to visitors completing the Lighthouse Challenge.last_img read more

Allman Brothers Members Announce Tour Dates As Les Brers

first_imgFans of the Allman Brothers Band will surely want to check out Les Brers, as the group features a number of members that toured with the Allmans for many years. While the ABB hasn’t toured since 2014, fans can check out Butch Trucks’ ensemble, which has performed at Wanee Festival and will appear at Peach Festival, and now has announced a series of fall tour dates.The band consists of Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Bruce Katz, Lamar Williams Jr., and Pat Bergeson. Together, the group has announced a series of dates throughout the Northeast in September, hitting a few beloved spots and promising more shows in October.Check out the tour schedule below, and head here for a full set recording from Wanee ft. Warren Haynes!Les Brers Tour Schedule9/7: The Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT9/8: Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH9/9: House of Blues – Boston, MA9/10: Paramount Theatre – Rutland, VTlast_img read more

Hockey players, fans praise new venue

first_imgThe Irish hockey team has new ice to chill on this season, and players and fans are praising the new atmosphere. The Compton Family Ice Arena opened its doors Oct. 21 with a 5-1 win over Rensselaer. Friday, the team will play their second home game on the new ice against Alaska. “The players love the whole setup of the new rink, which includes an auditorium for team meetings, a weight room, and an equipment room,” said Tim Connor, Notre Dame athletics associate director of media relations. “The ice rink [also] contains message boards and video boards that allow for easy communication within the hockey program.” Despite player satisfaction with the $50 million venue, Connor said players are still adapting to one aspect of the arena. “[The players] weren’t prepared for the atmosphere at the Rensselaer game,” he said. “They claimed it felt like an away game, because they had never had 6,000 fans cheering for them at the Joyce Center due to limited seating.” Freshman Daniel Wiegandt said the fans he sat amongst were what made his first Notre Dame hockey experience feel more professional. “The Compton Family Ice Arena had a professional feel that I’ve experienced in the past at NHL [National Hockey League] games,” Wiegandt said. “The crowd against Rensselaer [resembled] the student section at football games, where students alternate between cheering together and shouting individually.” In addition to its professional feel, freshman Carson Running said the new setup allows for a more engaging hockey experience from the stands. “While watching the game, I felt as though I was part of the action and had an easy time keeping up with the pace of play,” Running said.  “The loud cheering of the students testified to the ease with which one could follow every movement on the ice.” Fan accommodation and player satisfaction is a goal of the arena staff, Connor said. “The staff is working on finding the ideal temperature and level of lighting that will benefit the players on the ice and make the fans as comfortable as possible,” Connor said.   However, Running said more aspects of the stadium need attention. “The stadium was smaller than I expected,” Running said. “I had a difficult time hearing the announcer’s voice, which prevented me from gaining information after goals were scored and penalties were called.” Despite the complaints, the new arena left fans wanting more Irish hockey. “[The Rensselaer game was] the most fun I’ve ever had at a hockey game, and I plan on going to another one really soon,” Wiegandt said.last_img read more

Family Law Section publishes conduct handbook

first_img November 15, 2004 Regular News Family Law Section publishes conduct handbook Family Law Section publishes conduct handbookcenter_img Aiming to improve the civility and professionalism of family law practice, the Bar’s Family Law Section has published “Bounds of Advocacy: Goals for Family Lawyers.”The 38-page booklet has been distributed to all section members as well as all Florida judges. It’s also available for free to any Bar member who requests a copy.“It goes through all of the different things that are peculiar to family law,” said section Chair Evan Marks. “It’s not a code of ethics so much as it is an aspirational code for family law and to take the Rambo tactics out of family law and replace it. . . with making sure people leave a case better than when they came in.”“We’re really trying to change the way lawyers represent clients in family law cases,” said Stephen Sessums, who chaired the section’s Bounds of Advocacy committee, which wrote the handbook. “We’re trying to encourage them to follow a model of problem-solving rather than pure litigation.”All-out litigation often leaves even more damaged feelings among people who frequently must still have a relationship, such as divorcing parents who will still have to cooperate on visitation rights and raising their children.“We have an obligation to help families reconstruct their lives and not destruct their lives,” Sessums said.The handbook chapters are Professional Cooperation and the Administration of Justice, Competence and Advice, Communication and Decision-making Responsibility, Conflict of Interest, Fees, Pre-litigation Advice, and The Children. Each chapter has several subsections addressing a broad range of issues, from fees to dealing with opposing parties to guidelines on bringing children to court.“Most attorneys are able to distinguish between unethical or illegal conduct and ethical and proper practice. These goals, therefore, are directed primarily to those areas in between, in which even experienced, knowledgeable family lawyers might have concerns, and are an effort to provide clear, specific guidelines in areas most important to family lawyers,” the handbook says in its introductory pages.“The goals reaffirm the attorney’s obligation to competently represent individual clients. They also promote a problem-solving approach that also considers the client’s children and family as well. In addition, they encourage efforts to reduce cost, delay, and emotional trauma and urge interaction between parties and attorneys on a more reasoned, cooperative level.”The Bounds of Advocacy Committee spent over a year meeting a Saturday every other month in Tampa to hammer out the details.The committee, chaired last year by Sessums, is headed this year by immediate past section Chair Richard West. Other members include Professor Robert Atkinson of Tallahassee, Melinda P. Gamot of West Palm Beach, Ky M. Koch of Clearwater, Judge Judith L. Kreeger of Miami, Judge John C. Lenderman of St. Petersburg, Carroll Lee McCauley of Panama City, Judge Raymond T. McNeal of Ocala, former Bar President James Fox Miller of Hollywood, Judge Stevan Northcutt of Tampa, and Judge Kenneth L. Williams of Pensacola.Copies of “Bounds of Advocacy” can be obtained from section administrator Debbie Beck at the Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2366, via e-mail at [email protected], or by calling (850) 561-5650. Information is also at the section’s Web site, www.familylawfla.org/.last_img read more

Should you consider a network credit union?

first_imgShould you consider a network credit union? For those of you looking for a middle ground between a merger into a larger credit union or trying to stay alive in an increasingly competitive environment, I have some good news for you this morning, or at least news that should spark your curiosity.On February 17th NCUA officially released a legal opinion letter authorizing the creation of a network credit union.  This is the most important statement NCUA has made so far about letting multiple credit unions join together in a unified structure while maintaining their individual identities.  Under the approach analyzed by NCUA, credit unions in Indiana are planning on becoming a single credit union with a unified board of directors.  But the credit unions want to keep their individual identity as well as continue to have the ability to impact the direction of the credit union.First, NCUA opined that the merged credit union could continue to operate and serve members under their old credit union name so long as members understand they are dealing with one credit union rather than multiple ones. The merged credit unions could refer to themselves under their own name “a division” of the new network credit union.The second issue when creating a network credit union is how to create the merged entity while continuing to let the old credit unions have a role in the direction of the merged operation. NCUA opined that the unified board could be empowered to appoint committees comprised of officials from the merged credit unions to serve in an advisory capacity.  Finally, NCUA opined that the continuing credit union could reserve one seat on its nominating committee for a member of the merged credit union. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more