Board tables action on proposed JNC bills

first_imgBoard tables action on proposed JNC bills Board tables action on proposed JNC bills Senior EditorThe Bar Board of Governors has decided to table the issue of increasing the governor’s control over judicial nomining commissions, which is included in pending House and Senate bills.The board, at its January 27 meeting in Tallahassee, tabled a motion by board member Bill Davis to have the Bar oppose House and Senate legislation that would turn the governor’s five direct appointments to each of the 26 JNCs into at-will appointments. (See story here. )The legislation does not affect the four appointments to each JNC the governor makes from nominations submitted by the Bar. Those four would continue to serve staggered terms and could only be removed “for cause.”“Each and every one of us in the room knows this is a bad bill,” Davis said.“This bill moves us markedly closer to having a politicized judiciary.”If the bills pass, he argued, it would be the second bad change to the JNCs since 2001. That year, the Legislature changed the JNC setup that had been in place since the commissions were created in the 1970s in the wake of judicial scandals. The JNCs then had three members appointed by the governor, three by the Bar, and those six chose three public members.In 2001, the Legislature changed that process and gave the governor all the appointments, making five direct appointments and four appointments from slates nominated by the Bar. The terms, however, were staggered, so it would take a few years for a new governor to actually appoint the majority of any JNC.Last year, a bill cleared the House giving the governor direct appointment of all JNC members and making their terms concurrent with the governor’s. It removed the Bar from any role. Gov. Rick Scott has voiced support this year for increasing his control over the JNCs. The Bar’s existing legislative position opposes any legislation to reduce or remove the Bar’s continuing and meaningful institutional role in the JNC process.Board member Ed Scales, co-chair of the Legislation Committee, said the committee extensively discussed the JNC bills the day before the board meeting.“The Legislation Committee’s advice was since this bill did not implicate the Bar’s [legislative] position and since it has bipartisan support. . . and the Senate sponsor has considered this to be a compromise to making all nine members of the JNC serve at the pleasure of the governor, that The Florida Bar would not be involved in this particular legislation. . . , ” he said.“There are nine members on each JNC, four appointed from slates provided by the Bar. Those four are not affected at all by this bill. Those four continue to serve exactly as they do now,” he added. “An argument can be made that since The Florida Bar members are not affected, they may have slightly more influence because they have continuity.”Board member Dennis Kainen asked if the board opposed the bill whether legislators might respond by completely removing the Bar from the JNC process.Board member Ray Abadin, the other co-chair of the Legislation Committee, replied that the advice from the Bar’s legislative consultant was to “let it pass the way it is.”Board member Jay Cohen said while he might philosophically agree with Davis, the best interests of the Bar might be different.“The one thing we don’t want to lose is The Florida Bar’s input in the JNC process. That’s the battle that goes on,” Cohen said.Board member John Stewart said the bill won’t mean much in terms of Scott’s impact on the JNCs. Within the next few months under the current staggered terms, Scott will have appointed about two-thirds of all JNCs members anyway.“The idea of investing political capital didn’t seem to merit it,” he said.On a voice vote, the board tabled Davis’ motion. February 15, 2012 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Quarantine Survival Tips for Extroverts and Perfectionists — And Those Who Live With Them

first_imgMany of the memes that started after the country began social distancing involved distraught extroverts and contented introverts. Consider the Instagram image of actress Zoë Kravitz eating and drinking in the bathtub with a caption that reads, “People: I’m going crazy in quarantine. Me: Living my best life.”There’s truth to the jokes, but for some, it’s not a joking matter. People with certain psychological characteristics are more vulnerable than others to the effects of staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, what works best for one personality type might not be helpful to another. As a psychologist, I see the differences in how people adjust to the challenges of isolation, constricted life, uncertainty and dramatic change. Two personality traits that seem to have especially strong effects on people’s current functioning and household disagreements are extroversion, though introverts can also have issues, and perfectionism.  “The all-or-nothing approach puts them at a particularly high risk for psychological problems now, given that coronavirus and lockdown have severely restricted our lives and have forced us to compromise and improvise,” said Gordon Flett, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto and a co-author of “Perfectionism: A Relational Approach to Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment.” A study found that perfectionism has been on the rise in the United States, at least since the 1980s. Perfectionistic people have very high personal standards and become self-critical when they believe they have failed to reach them. They tend to base their self-worth on striving and achievement, ruminate about perceived past mistakes and worry about excelling in the future.  “When two people almost exclusively focus on problems and how bad things are, without problem-solving or pivoting toward anything positive, we call this co-rumination,” said Brandon Gibb, a professor of clinical psychology at Binghamton University. If you find yourself on the receiving end of a perfectionist’s judgment — research shows they tend to have unrelenting standards for others as well as themselves — resist the urge to question their standards. Instead, try expressing empathy and compassion for how tough it must be in the perfectionist’s shoes. After the perfectionism softens, you might try reaching a compromise on what is acceptable in different parts of your joint life.  If you or your family members are still seeking perfection and are having a hard time adapting to the new reality, you might be at risk for burnout. Rigidly adhering to pre-pandemic standards can lead to disappointment, anxiety and depression. “Obsessive information-seeking, which these days amounts to obsessively consuming news, just increases the burnout odds,” Flett said. … And if you are the perfectionist struggling with one or more easygoing household members, try expressing what lies beneath your inflexible standards and tendency to keep raising the bar. Opening up about potential vulnerability or pain will go a long way toward fostering understanding and tolerance between you and others. While co-rumination can make you feel better in the moment, studies show that it is related to depression and anxiety in the long run. So, “pay attention to what you are talking about, and make sure to talk about what’s working for you,” Gibb said. And if your confidant sticks with negativity, bring that to their attention. If that doesn’t work, make sure that you have other people in your network less prone to co-ruminate even during this difficult time. Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media > Although talking through your problems with trusted family members, romantic partners or friends is almost always beneficial, there is one important caveat. …last_img read more

AIIGMA mourns passing of founder and ‘stalwart’

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Air Products will be giving safety advice at AFPM meeting

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No time-wasters

first_imgIn common with many, I suspect, I enjoy reading the regular columns written by chief legal ombudsman Adam Sampson and his team. I am sure, like me, his readers recognise the familiar incidents described and agree that we can all improve our services. It would, however, interest me (but perhaps not others) to read the occasional story about the groundless allegation from the time-wasting client who got nowhere with his complaint about the diligent and dedicated solicitor who was completely exonerated by the ombudsman. Maybe that never happens? Tony Struve, Heald Nickinson, Camberleylast_img

Obama urges Dems to campaign aggressively for Clinton

first_imgObama urges Dems to campaign aggressively for Clinton CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) – President Barack Obama is urging Democrats to campaign aggressively for the next 80 days for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Obama says 80 days is not a lot to ask of them because Clinton could still lose if Democrats don’t do their jobs. He says there’s nothing more important than helping her become the next president.Obama told Clinton supporters at a fundraiser on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, that Democrats need to be “running scared” until the day after the Nov. 8 election.Obama pointedly did not mention Donald Trump by name and said he’s tired of talking about the Republican candidate.The president broke from his vacation on the island to help raise money for Clinton. He says his wife, Michelle, granted him “special dispensation” to do so. Published: August 15, 2016 6:56 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

1 dead, 2 injured after small plane crash in Connecticut

first_img Author: WFSB 1 dead, 2 injured after small plane crash in Connecticut NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WFSB) One person is dead and two are injured after a single-engine plane crashed near an airport in New Milford on Friday morning, federal officials said.A Cessna C-172 aircraft crashed at the end of Runway 17-35 at Candlelight Farms Airport around 10:20 a.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration. FAA officials said the plane departed Danbury Municipal Airport.National Transportation Safety Board officials said three people were on board the plane when it crashed. One person has died from injuries suffered in the crash while two others were rushed to the hospital, NTSB officials said. The conditions of those two people were not released by the NTSB officials.Life Star medical helicopter was called to the scene.The cause of the crash is under investigation by NTSB and FAA officials. Published: August 11, 2017 12:12 PM EDT center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Ring of Spies blu-ray review

first_imgBeyond the appeal for espionage fans of Bernard Lee’s starring role, Ring of Spies also has a host of great British character actors, some in small or even uncredited parts (notably Paul Eddington, Bryan Pringle and Geoffrey Palmer). The picture has been nicely, though imperfectly restored, and it looks crisp and clear in high definition at 1.66:1. The overall verdict is that it is a decent attempt at a documentary-style account of the activities of a real-life spy ring, but the overall production is a touch too pedestrian to offer profound insights into the minds of spies, or to set pulses racing with edge of the seat action. But if you love espionage movies from the Cold War-era, it’s an entertaining account of a historical case. Credit: Network Based on the real-life case of the Portland Spy Ring, which operated in Britain in the 1950s, Ring of Spies is a 1964 espionage flick directed by Robert Tronson that tells the story of the fives spies who gave British secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War. It capitalised on the recent success of the burgeoning James Bond film franchise by casting Bernard Lee in the main role. He is best-remembered as the original man behind the wooden door who gives Bond his missions as ‘M’, before his death in 1981 saw other actors take over. Credit: Network Robert Tronson’s film is successful in building and sustaining suspense, especially in the moments where acts of espionage are pulled off, and the spies meet to exchange their secret passcodes and trade information for cash. Where it falls short is in its linear narrative, that rather ploddingly moves with no surprises from start to finish. It’s also problematic in its characterisation. It’s impossible to sympathise with Bernard Lee’s Houghton because he’s a deeply unpleasant man: self-serving, drunken and course. Not only that, but he isn’t changed by the events of the film. Elizabeth is much more sympathetic, and played with great conviction by Margaret Tyzack (I, Claudius). At first she is horrified by Houghton’s suggestion that they betray their country. Her change of heart comes in wanting to improve her standard of living, as well as in wanting to retain the affections of Houghton. This is difficult to credit, but love is blind, they say. Although her character is underwritten and we are afforded few glimpses into her psychology, Tyzack was a skilful enough performer to create a rounded and intriguing character. The film follows the story of Henry Houghton, played by Bernard Lee. At first stationed in Warsaw, he is returned to England after his drunken and boorish behaviour gets out of hand. Securing work in a military records office where his secretary has the keys to a safe containing top secret documents, he is soon approached by the Soviets asking for copies of the papers in exchange for money. A weak man, Houghton is unprincipled and broke, and is primed to take the bribe. But to access the safe, he has to persuade the secretary Elizabeth (Margaret Tyzack) to collaborate. He flatters her into a romance, and tempts her by showing her the house they could afford if she helps him. But will risking just one document be enough to sate the Soviets and pay for their lifestyle? How many can they smuggle out to be copied before attracting suspicion? What would be the penalty for being caught? Apart from sharing the espionage genre, in reality, Ring of Spies couldn’t be much further removed from the alluring world of 007. There are no exotic locations, glamorous ladies or insane megalomaniacs. Rather, this is a sober and realistic depiction of the grubby world of secret agents, and the squalid reasons they hold for betraying their country. Ring of Spies is shot in black and white, and in ordinary London locations (a few are still recognisable). If anything, an attempt is made to heighten the realism by bookending the film with a public service announcement-style voiceover, essentially warning viewers to watch out for Reds under the bed. After all, in 1964 when the film was released, it was the height of the Cold War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis was a recent and horrifying memory. It’s in that specific historical context of the film being a warning to audiences and a plea to be vigilant that it is best-viewed. After all, the events depicted are fictionalised, but based on a true story. The production team even go to the trouble of filming exterior sequences at the actual former home of spies Peter and Helen Kroger in Ruislip – a bland, pleasant and unassuming house in the middle of suburbia. Credit: Network Credit: Network Cast: Bernard Lee, Margaret Tyzack, William Sylvester, David Kossoff, Director: Robert Tronson Writer: Frank Launder Certificate: PG Duration: 90 mins Released by: Network Release date: 21st September 2020 Buy Ring of Spieslast_img read more

How to prevent root cavities

first_imgDr. Sharon RobinsonRoot decay, also referred to as “root caries,” is a cavity that forms on the roots of your teeth.  You can see the roots of your teeth in your mouth if your gums have shrunk from gum disease, brushing improperly or with too hard a toothbrush.  Exposed root surfaces are also more common in older adults.Cavities on the roots of teeth can start faster and spread quicker than cavities on other parts of the tooth.  The roots of teeth do not have the protective hard enamel on them, so the cavities can get bigger faster.  It’s also harder for the dentist to treat cavities on the roots of teeth, as they can spread to the inside of the tooth where the nerve is, and cause a toothache or infection. A large cavity on the root of a tooth can even lead to the tooth breaking off, which leads to serious pain and infection.Causes Root caries is initiated when bacteria and fermentable carbohydrates attack the root surface. Studies have been conducted to identify the microflora responsible for root caries, and was found to be the primary initiating microorganism.Microorganisms metabolize simple sugars into organic acids, which dissolve through plaque that is harbored on the tooth surface. These acids then pass through the root structure and start the process of demineralization that removes calcium and phosphate ions. This process takes place as the pH reaches the critical value of 6.4 for demineralization of cementum and dentin, and 5.5 for demineralization of enamel. Dramatic effects occur during this process, with the collapse of collagen due to dissolution of inorganic minerals and the formation of cavities.Treatment Treatment of root caries depends on the extent of the lesion into the tooth structure. Removal of the infected area is done and replaced with restorative material like composites.Why do Older Adults get Root Decay?Older adults are more likely to get cavities on the roots of their teeth because:They are more likely to have gum problems that expose root surfaces.Root surfaces are softer than the top part of the tooth that is made up of enamel and get cavities faster.Older adults are more likely to take medicines that cause dry mouth. Saliva or spit helps protect teeth from cavities.  When there is less saliva, there is less natural protection from cavities.If your mouth is dry do not suck on hard candies. This makes the cavities get bigger.  Use sugar-free hard candies instead.You may have trouble taking care of your mouth because of arthritis or other medical problem such as loss of eyesight.  This raises the risk of getting root cavities. If you have had a stroke, you may not realize you have food stuck in your mouth, this can also add to your cavity risk. Forgetfulness is a problem too.  Leaving reminder notes for yourself to brush and floss is a good way to improve your oral health.If you have lost some teeth already, it may be harder to chew certain foods. You may choose foods that are easier to chew and are softer.  It is very important to brush your teeth after meals with soft food that have starch like bread, potatoes and pasta.  These soft foods contribute to cavities just like sugar.last_img read more

UN calls on Dom Rep to re-think deportation policy

first_img Share PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Haiti, Sandra Honoré, says the deportations being carried out by the Dominican Republic must not result in statelessness of people of Haitian descent.She says such acts should be consistent with the dignity, human rights and international humanitarian law.Last Friday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) appealed to the government of the Dominican Republic to ensure that people who were arbitrarily deprived of their nationality as a result of a 2013 ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court would not be deported.According to UNHCR, in May 2014, the Dominican Republic adopted a naturalization law which provided for the re-issuance of nationality documents for some individuals born in the Dominican Republic and gave others the possibility to apply for special registration until February 2015, opening a path to eventual citizenship.In an interview with UN Radio, Honoré said that in a recent meeting with the Foreign Minister and the immigration authorities in the Dominican Republic, those officials explained to her that during the process of deportation they would “take all necessary measures so that there was full respect for the basic guarantees of the people”. Honoré, who is also head of UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said that to date, there has been an increase in the flow of returnees and that both governments have decided that there would be two official points for carrying out deportations.“We encourage the dialogue recently begun at the level of foreign ministers of both countries to continue, to agree on the best way to…address these measures,” she said.She said that at several points along the border where people have gathered, the Haitian Government does not have the capability to receive or process them.“This will, in fact, be a challenge for the government,” she said, acknowledging that in response, Haitian authorities have established a committee of national solidarity to deal with the question of returnees from the Dominican Republic.In addition, Honoré said the government of Haiti does have a contingency plan that it has developed to deal with the return of large numbers of Haitian citizens and the Government is working with UN agencies, funds and programmes regarding the support it needs to enact the plan.“Our mandate for stabilization in Haiti dictates that we support the Government as best we can and within the resources that are available to us,” she said, explaining that two rounds of elections – legislative and presidential – are scheduled to take place in Haiti over the coming months.She said the UN would aim to maintain support for the Government to ensure that the climate surrounding these elections would be a serene as possible, and “we would do everything that we possibly can to ensure that the challenges posed by this situation do not translate into any undesirable effects on the overall election process”. Share 43 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintRegional UN calls on Dom Rep to re-think deportation policy by: Caribbean Media Corporation – June 26, 2015center_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more