(WBZ) BOSTON There will be no strike on Monday after Colorado-based American Medical Response reached a tentative agreement with EMS workers in eastern Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. We are pleased that we have been able to negotiate an agreement that we believe is fair and equitable for both employees and the Company, and we look forward to an ongoing collaborative relationship with the union in the future, said Brendan McNiff, AMR general manager. Read Full Story
– FRANCE: Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said French citizens who want to leave Wuhan will be taken on a direct flight to France in the middle of the week, and then held in quarantine for 14 days. French automaker PSA, which produces Peugeot and Citroen cars, said it was evacuating its expatriate employees and their families from Wuhan and quarantining them in another city. It didn’t elaborate. – JAPAN: Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said 560 Japanese citizens are confirmed in Hubei and chartered evacuation flights are being prepared to leave “as soon as possible.” The Japanese Embassy in Beijing said the initial evacuation is limited to those in Wuhan. Evacuees are expected to include employees of Honda Motor Co., Tokyo Electron, Aeon Co. and other Japanese companies operating in Wuhan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his Cabinet will designate the new coronavirus as an infectious disease subject to forced hospitalization and isolation. Such preventative measures appear to be preparation for the evacuation. – AUSTRALIA: Foreign Minister Marise Payne said her government is “exploring all opportunities” to help with evacuation of a number of Australians reportedly in Wuhan. She didn’t elaborate. Australia doesn’t have a consular presence in Wuhan. TOKYO (AP) – Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that’s the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. – CHINA: The government cut transportation links to and from the city of Wuhan on Jan. 22 and has since expanded those controls to several nearby cities. Anyone traveling from Wuhan is required to register and quarantine themselves for 14 days – the virus’ maximum incubation period. Hong Kong barred entry to travelers from Hubei province and told Hong Kong residents returning from the area to quarantine themselves at home. Travelers from Beijing , wearing masks, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, early Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) A look at steps being taken: – UNITED STATES: The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan plans a charter flight Tuesday to evacuate its personnel and some other Americans. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said the limited capacity on the flight to San Francisco meant priority will be given to to individuals “at greater risk from coronavirus.” – SRI LANKA: The embassy in Beijing has applied for a Sri Lankan Airlines plan to be allowed to land at the Wuhan airport to airlift home 32 Sri Lankan students and their family members. The foreign ministry also said it was working to bring back all other Sri Lankan students throughout China. About 860 Sri Lankan students are in China. – THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said his country’s Defense Ministry was ready to evacuate its citizens from affected areas in China, but hadn’t yet received permission from the Chinese government. The Thai Foreign Ministry, which is handling the issue, announced that there are 64 Thais in Wuhan, and 18 others elsewhere in Hubei province. – GERMANY: Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that his country is considering evacuating its citizens from Wuhan, with a government crisis response committee meeting soon with medical experts to evaluate the situation. He said the number of German citizens in Wuhan is in the double digits. The foreign ministry currently advises Germans to refrain from or postpone “non-essential travel” to China. Travelers from Beijing , wearing masks, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, early Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Tri accessories specialist FuelBelt has announced its sponsorship of South African professional triathlete James Cunnama. Cunnama has joined the star-packed FuelBelt Race Team in ‘a multi-year deal as an ambassador to one of the most dedicated and long standing brands in triathlon.’After placing 4th in the Ironman World Championships last October, and taking home the win in his 2014 debut on his home turf at Ironman South Africa in mid January, Cunnama’s future as a top ranked pro triathlete is bright. In 2012, he also impressively broke the 8hr mark at Challenge Roth with a time of 7:59:59.“We’ve been following James for a while and were very impressed with his overall skills and killer run splits,” said Vinu Malik, Founder & CEO of FuelBelt. “He’s got everything it takes to be a world champion, including a fantastic work ethic and positive attitude. We are excited to have him join the FuelBelt team!” “I have been using FuelBelt products to fuel properly in racing and training for years,” said Cunnama. “It is great to work with a company who understands the unique fuelling challenges an Ironman can present and has the solutions to make my racing and training easier and more comfortable.”FuelBelt Inc is a world leader in hydration belts and running accessories. Founded in 1997 by 36x Ironman finisher and 7-time Ironman World Championship participant, Vinu Malik, FuelBelt continues to serve the needs of endurance athletes across the globe.FuelBelts have been used to ‘break world records, set personal bests, and have been used at the Olympic world stage, where every effort and every second counts.’www.FuelBelt.comwww.JamesCunnama.net Related
Photo credit: World War 1 MuseumWith the chilly weather and some exciting football to watch, some of us might be tempted to stay home and get cozy under a blanket. If you can resist that temptation there are lots of great local events happening.City Center Live presents Kansas City jazz ensemble The Natalie Bates Quartet presents a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind their music. at the Community Forum auditorium located in the Lenexa City Hall.If your weekend plans usually include brunch, consider dining at Houlihan’s in Fairway, where 15% of sales will benefit the R Park Sculpture Project. Make sure to mention that you’re “Playing it Forward” when you get there.Photo credit: City of FairwayI may have a house full of little girls, but I’m definitely our biggest fan of a classic tea party. If you can find a bonnet make sure to wear it for the Tea Party at the Mission event at Shawnee Indian Mission on Saturday.On Saturday evening head out to Care Beyond the Boulevard’s Fall Festival at the Fire Stables in Lenexa. This group provides healthcare and medical services to some of Kansas City’s homeless.And of course, Monday is Veteran’s Day. Although our coverage area does not include KC, MO, it’s worth making the trip over this weekend to witness the events at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. In commemoration of the centennial of the armistice of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918) the museum will be hosting special events throughout the weekend.
The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby gives notice of filing with the Supreme Court of Florida, on or about September 15, a petition to amend the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, governs such matters.The full text of the proposed amendments is printed below. A copy of the petition will be available on the Bar’s Web site (www.floridabar.org) and the court’s Web site (www.flcourts.org) after the petition has been filed. If you do not have Internet access, you may request a copy by contacting Rosalyn Scott, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 or calling (850) 561-5600, Ext. 5775.Members who desire to comment on these proposed amendments may do so within 30 days of the filing of the Bar’s petition. Comments should be filed directly with the clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida, and a copy must be served on the executive director of The Florida Bar. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR *** CHAPTER 3. RULES OF DISCIPLINE SUBCHAPTER 3-5. TYPES OF DISCIPLINE RULE 3-5.1 GENERALLY A judgment entered, finding a member of The Florida Bar guilty of misconduct, shall include one or more of the following disciplinary measures: (a) Admonishments. [no change] (b) Minor Misconduct. [no change] (c) Probation. [no change] (d) Public Reprimand. [no change] (e) Suspension. The respondent may be suspended from the practice of law for a definite period of time or an indefinite period thereafter to be determined by the conditions imposed by the judgment. During such suspension the respondent shall continue to be a member of The Florida Bar but without the privilege of practicing , and, upon the expiration of the suspension period and the satisfaction of all conditions accompanying the suspension, the respondent shall become eligible to all of the privileges of members in The Florida Bar. A suspension of 90 days or less shall not require proof of rehabilitation or passage of the Florida bar examination and the respondent shall become eligible for all privileges of members of The Florida Bar upon the expiration of the period of suspension. A suspension of more than 90 days shall require proof of rehabilitation and may require passage of all or part of the Florida bar examination and the respondent shall not become eligible for all privileges of members of The Florida Bar until the court enters an order reinstating the respondent to membership in The Florida Bar. No suspension shall be ordered for a specific period of time in excess of 3 years. Unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent showing good cause, an order or opinion imposing a suspension of 90 days or less shall include a provision that prohibits the respondent from accepting new business from the date of the order or opinion until the end of the term of the suspension and shall provide that the suspension is effective 30 days from the date of the order or opinion so that the respondent may close out the practice of law and protect the interests of existing clients. Unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent showing good cause, an order or opinion imposing a suspension of more than 90 days shall include a provision that prohibits the respondent from accepting new business from the date of the order or opinion until further order of the court and shall provide that the suspension is effective 30 days from the date of the order or opinion so that the respondent may close out the practice of law and protect the interests of existing clients. (f) Disbarment. A judgment of disbarment terminates the respondent’s status as a member of the bar. Permanent disbarment shall preclude readmission. A former member who has not been permanently disbarred may only be admitted again upon full compliance with the rules and regulations governing admission to the bar. Except as might be otherwise provided in these rules, no application for readmission may be tendered within 5 years after the date of disbarment or such longer period as the court might determine in the disbarment order and thereafter until all court-ordered restitution and outstanding disciplinary costs have been paid.Disbarment is the presumed sanction for lawyers found guilty of theft from a lawyer’s trust account or special trust funds received or disbursed by a lawyer as guardian, personal representative, receiver, or in a similar capacity such as trustee under a specific trust document. A respondent found guilty of such theft shall have the opportunity to offer competent, substantial evidence to rebut the presumption that disbarment is appropriate. Unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent, an order or opinion imposing disbarment shall include a provision that prohibits the respondent from accepting new business from the date of the order or opinion and shall provide that the disbarment is effective 30 days from the date of the order or opinion so that the respondent may close out the practice of law and protect the interests of existing clients. (g) Notice to Clients. [no change] (h) Forfeiture of Fees. [no change] (i) Restitution. [no change] (j) Disbarment on Consent. [no change] Rules concerning accepting business between a suspension order and the date of suspension will soon be filed Rules concerning accepting business between a suspension order and the date of suspension will soon be filed August 15, 2006 Regular News SUBCHAPTER 3-7. PROCEDURES RULE 3-7.9 CONSENT JUDGMENT (a) Before Formal Complaint is Filed. [no change] (b) After Filing of Formal Complaint. [no change] (c) Approval of Consent Judgments. [no change] (d) Content of Conditional Pleas. All conditional pleas shall show clearly by reference or otherwise the disciplinary offenses to which the plea is made. All conditional pleas in which the respondent agrees to the imposition of a suspension or disbarment shall include an acknowledgment that, unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent, the court order accepting the conditional plea will contain a provision that prohibits the respondent from accepting new business from the date of the order or opinion and shall provide that the suspension or disbarment is effective 30 days from the date of the order or opinion so that the respondent may close out the practice of law and protect the interests of existing clients. (e) Effect of Pleas on Certification. [no change]
April 1, 2008 Regular News Pariente is now a Women’s Hall of Famer Pariente is now a Women’s Hall of Famer Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame at a March 11 Tallahassee ceremony.Pariente was one of three women added to the hall at the event, and joins Justice Peggy Quince and former justice and current 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett.Pariente was praised by Gov. Charlie Crist at the ceremony for her dedication to helping women and children, especially those involved in the courts, and Pariente used her acceptance talk to further push that goal.“Having been on the Florida Supreme Court for Bush v. Gore, Terry Schiavo, school vouchers, abortion, and the death penalty, I am convinced that some of the most challenging and complex cases in which we can make a difference are those involving children and families,” Pariente told a crowd of a couple hundred seated in the Capitol courtyard under a giant tent on a cool and sometimes drizzly evening.“I subscribe to the notion that 100 years from now it will not make a difference what our bank account was or how many awards or honors we received, but that the world can only be better if we make a difference now in the lives of children.”She also said while she has received many awards over the years, “for me this is the Academy Award of awards.”Crist noted Pariente’s advocacy of unified family courts, adding, “Your work will leave our judicial system a fairer and more compassionate place for women and children for generations to come.”Inducted along with Pariente were Dr. Pallavi Patel, a board-certified pediatrician who was born in India and has done extensive medical philanthropy in both India and Zambia and supported the performing arts in Tampa, and U.S. Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, a former state representative and senator who was instrumental in creating the state’s prepaid college tuition program and who plays a major role in U.S. foreign policy as the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.The new inductees bring to 74 the number admitted to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. The hall is run under the auspices of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
New York Magazine:Welcome to the weirdness of tipping in America. It carries with it such a strong psychological pull that many consumers are unwilling to abandon it, and in light of recent estimates that 58 percent of a server’s income comes from tips, it seems as though there are considerable economic issues to untangle before many others follow Meyer’s lead.The basic idea behind tipping, of course, is that service workers are getting rewarded for doing a good job, but the science simply doesn’t back this up. There’s decades’ worth of consumer-psychology research demonstrating that tipping hardly improves service at all. Michael Lynn, a Cornell University professor and one of the nation’s leading experts on the psychology of tipping, has studied this at length.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >
Yesterday in Split, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli held a working meeting with representatives of the tourism sector of the Republic of Croatia in order to get direct information on the current situation and activities related to the continuation of 2017 on the eve of the main part of the tourist year.The meeting was attended by numerous stakeholders from the tourism public and private sector of the Republic of Croatia, ie representatives of tourism associations, tourist agencies, airports, hoteliers, private accommodation, caterers, public institutions, chambers, county tourist boards, national parks, the Red Cross. , etc.” Croatia started 2017 with excellent tourist results – at the fairs we were declared this year’s hit destination, and in the first five months there were 2.5 million arrivals and 7.7 million overnight stays, which is an annual growth of 14 percent, with double-digit growth Croatian tourism today is an extremely positive story that is the result of cooperation and activities of all of us, or all tourism workers.All of you are responsible for the tourist success of our country and therefore I want to express my sincere and friendly thank you for every activity you undertake. It is extremely important for us to continue quality and fruitful cooperation with all of you “, the Minister pointed out and added that everything we do must be based on quality in all segments, ie top offer.After the introductory address of the Minister, a short report on the current situation in its scope of work and activities was presented by the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance Josip Zaher, Vice President of the Croatian Hotel Employers Association Joško Lelas, President of the Croatian Travel Agencies Association Tomislav Fain, President of Jadrolinija Alan Gorge, the head of the Croatian mountain rescue service Vinko Prizmić, director of the Croatian Institute for emergency medical Maja Grba Bujević, assistant director-general of police Krunoslav Borovec, etc. ” Travel agencies this year recorded earlier arrival guests with a good occupancy rate until the end of the year. the tourism results that Croatia records is the result of joint effort and work ” UHPA President Tomislav Fain pointed out, adding that the biggest challenge for agencies is illegal business.” Croatia is at the top of European countries in terms of security. Security is a matter for all stakeholders in tourism and we can mostly influence it with responsible and safe behavior, ” said Assistant Director of Police Krunoslav Borovac, emphasizing that 72 foreign police officers from 17 countries, which will further contribute to the sense of security of foreign tourists in our country. ” Jadrolinija is a kind of backbone of Croatian maritime transport and tourism, which during the summer months, more precisely from June 2, when the summer sailing schedule begins, carries more than half a million passengers a week,”pointed out the President of the Management Board of Jadrolinija Alan Klanac. After short reports, the representatives of the meeting exchanged opinions and ideas on how to further improve the quality of service and offer in tourism, and contribute to the successful continuation of this tourist year.
An OFT study has found that some householders in financial hardship enter into sale and rent back deals when it is not their best option while some prospective landlords mislead consumers as to the value of their home or the security they would have as tenants. Following months of investigation the OFT recommends that there should be statutory regulation of the sale and rent back sector by the Financial Services Authority with obligations on landlords to be more transparent about the initial property valuation, the tenancy terms and the amount of rent. The OFT also wants a requirement on firms to tell consumers about the availability of free, independent advice before selling and for landlords that fail to honour their commitments to offer redress.Sale and rent back was unheard of in the early 1990s recession but has become one of the defining spin-offs of the current housing downturn with consumers avoiding repossession by selling their homes to landlords, usually at a discount, and staying on as tenants. John Fingleton, OFT chief executive, said: ‘The unfamiliar and highly pressurised situations that these people find themselves in may leave them particularly vulnerable to misleading statements or valuations from sale and rent back firms looking to make a deal. Even those customers for whom sale and rent back might be the best option could be unaware they are currently bearing almost all of the risks.’ He added: ‘Recommending statutory regulation is not something we do lightly or often, however in this case we consider it necessary to put a stop to the unacceptable behaviour of some sale and rent back operators and to ensure consumers are better protected.’ The OFT said there were over 1,000 specialist firms and ‘an unknown number of non-professional landlords’ that have conducted about 50,000 transactions to date. While sale and rent back is seen as acceptable practice in principle, the OFT said some firms impose substantial rent rises or even evict tenants after a short tenancy period. The study found that some consumers are evicted because they cannot afford the agreed rent, which suggests staying in the property ‘was not sustainable in the first place’. It is also possible that tenants may lose their homes if the landlord defaults on its mortgage. The National Landlords Association, which has campaigned for industry self-regulation through a voluntary code of practice, claimed the OFT study showed ‘there is now recognition that ethical sale and rent back has a place within the housing market’. However, the association said it will support any steps to drive out ‘rogue’ operators from the private rented sector. The association has been out of step with the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Shelter and Citizens Advice, which sent a joint letter to government a year ago calling for regulation. But NLA chairman David Salusbury, added: ‘We believe the majority of sale and rent back landlords act with professionalism and integrity. A small number of rogue operators have now brought the entire market under close scrutiny.’
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